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Larry Schweikart on his new book, 'Dragonslayers: Six Presidents and their War with the Swamp'

Join us at The Heartland Institute for a great talk about presidential history

Wednesday
April 20, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 North Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

About the book

Author Larry Schweikart's new book, Dragonslayers, examines six presidents and their war with the “Swamp” of their day. At first glance, these battles seem unrelated. What did slavery have to do with the spoils system, for example? Or what did the Bay of Pigs have to do with the Russia hoax that Donald Trump faced?

Yet the size and scope of the government Abraham Lincoln inherited was so great because of the very spoils system created to prevent a war over slavery that it caused the war it was supposed to prevent. Lincoln beat slavery, but bequeathed a hugely growing bureaucracy to his successors like Grover Cleveland.

Meanwhile Theodore Roosevelt, alert to the equally dangerous power of business without competitors, warred with the trusts in part to protect them from the press. It would be that very press that would use its power to attack Donald Trump. The CIA that John Kennedy needed to fight communism soon escaped his control.

At every turn, first presidents, then Congress, then finally courts shrugged as they gave up power to the bureaucracy. By the time Trump came into office, promising to “drain the Swamp,” he found it had grown far too big—-and dangerous for any one man, even him, to defeat.

About the author

Larry Schweikart, a native Arizonian, graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in Political Science, then went on the road with several different rock bands, opening for such 60s/70s acts as Steppenwolf. He abruptly switched gears in 1976 receiving an MA from ASU in history, then a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1985 to 2016 he taught at the University of Dayton. In his career he taught every grade from 7th through college.

He is the co-author, with Michael Allen, of the New York Times #1 bestseller, A Patriot’s History of the United States, now in its 31st printing, fourth edition, with a half-million copies in print. Patriot’s History remains the best selling homeschool history textbook in America, and is featured in numerous college courses as an antidote to Howard Zinn’s People’s History.

Schweikart’s other best selling books include Seven Events that Made America, How Trump Won with Joel Pollak (completed before the 2016 election) and with David Dougherty, A Patriot’s History of the Modern World in two volumes. Reagan: the American President appeared in 2018.

He has been on almost all media, from Al-Jazeera to Glenn Beck, from Tavis Smiley to Rush Limbaugh. Since 2009, he has been a film producer. His documentary, “Rockin’ the Wall,” which appeared on PBS and the sequel “Other Walls 2 Fall.” In 2019 he founded the Wild World of History curriculum website is now available as a full curriculum for US and World history for grades 8-12, providing full lessons with video instruction by Larry Schweikart.

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    • Larry Schweikart
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      Larry Schweikart is the author of several books, including "Seven Events that Made America," "How Trump Won" with Joel Pollak (completed before the 2016 election) and with David Dougherty, "A Patriot’s History of the Modern World" in two volumes. "Reagan: the American President" appeared in 2018.
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    • 5:30 p.m.
      Doors Open
    • 6 p.m.
      Program begins
    • 7:30 p.m.
      Program ends
Larry Schweikart on his new book 'Reagan: The American President'