I first heard of Thaddeus Russell on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and although he had some weird views on some matters (he believes there is no difference between Asian and African people, for example), he was interesting to listen to. In the podcast they mentioned his book A Renegade History of the United States so I decided to check it out.
I love history books, especially when they are written in a way that is engaging and interesting, and not just a boring run down of numbers and facts. Renegade covers US history from the early days in a fast moving and action packed way. History often focuses on individuals and politicians, when in reality it is the populace and Joe on the street that gives the real impetus behind movements. This books focuses on these people – the cowboys, the prostitutes, the dock workers, the jazz musicians, and shows that America rose, not at the hands of a few, but with the power of the many.
It gives a taste of what life was like as America grew up, and shines a light on some unknown areas of the past. Definitely worth a read if you like your history books to have a bit of dirt and grit.