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Early in the 20th century, Progressives quietly transformed America’s schools. One hundred years later, they've succeeded beyond their wildest hopes. 

Behind a smokescreen of “preparing students for the new industrial economy,” early progressives had political control in mind. America’s original schools didn’t just make kids memorize facts or learn skills; they taught them to think freely and arrive at wisdom. They assigned the classics, inspired love of God and country, and raised future citizens that changed the world forever. 

Today, after 16,000 hours of K-12 indoctrination, our kids come out of government schools hating America. They roll their eyes at religion and disdain our history. We spend more money on education than ever, but kids can barely read and write—let alone reason with discernment. Western culture is on the ropes. Kids are bored and aimless, flailing for purpose in a system that says racial and gender identity is everything.

Battle for the American Mind is the untold story of the Progressive plan to neutralize the basis of our Republic—by removing the one ingredient that had sustained Western Civilization for thousands of years. Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin explain why, no matter what political skirmishes conservatives win, progressives are winning the war—and control the “supply lines” of future citizens. Reversing this reality will require parents to radically reorient their children’s education; even most homeschooling and Christian schooling are infused with progressive assumptions. We need to recover a lost philosophy of education—grounded in virtue and excellence—that can arm future generations to fight for freedom. It’s called classical Christian education. Never heard of it? You’re not alone.

Battle for the American Mind is more than a book; it’s a field guide for remaking school in the United States. We’ve ceded our kids’ minds to the left for far too long—this book gives patriotic parents the ammunition to join an insurgency that gives America a fighting chance.

©2022 Pete Hegseth (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Do IT Over

I wish I could! My life would have been so much better. The worst thing is I didn't know how much better my children's lives would have been. Both my kids did well in public school, and college. But they would have done so much better, had I known what this book teaches. Don't accept like I did that your a victim of the public school system. Do something about it. I'm 72 years old now, my wife passed away. Our educations were the only regrets we had in life. I'm sorry I can't fix it now for my children. I know they will do the best for my grandkids they think they can. But they were raised in public school. I wish I could fix it now but I don't see it happening. And I will die now knowing that.

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THE Must Read Of All Must Reads!!

While Americans were focused on economics of Capitalism vs Socialism/Communism. Leftist have been focused for 100 years on the high ground... Paideia.

While our politicians focused on economics, Leftists focused on our children. We are now 100 years behind.

Pete Hegseth and David Goodwin chronicle the who, what, where, when, why and how we got here, as well as how we liberate America from the clutches of social Marxists.

One of the well written books I've ever read.

Battle For The American Mind belongs along side,
The War On The West,
Irresistable Revolution,
Red Handed,
Debunking Howard Zinn,
Cynical Theories,
Debunking the 1619 Project,
A Conflict Of Visions


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In a time surrounded by complexity, confusion, and chaos

For the last 22 years, I have served in the United States Army, and like Pete, I’ve spent a quarter of my military service in foreign countries fighting to defend the very Freedom that ‘most’ Americans take for granted. Those who have witnessed an alternative life to that of an American will understand where I’m coming from, while most may interpret what I’m saying negatively and will not actually understand what I mean. The combination of social media and conflicting historical viewpoints my 15 y/o daughter receives at school versus her home, ultimately led her to attempting suicide. My daughter has since been pulled out of public school and is doing significantly better. I’m sharing my story to hopefully be the tipping point with those who are undecided as to whether or not you should get and read this book. I highly recommend getting this book and listen to the book more than once, narrated by Pete. Thank you Pete and David for having the courage to write and publish Battle for the American Mind! God bless!! - Tim S

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Academically sound

I am a retired education professor. I found the cited facts in this book to be indisputable. The philosophers that he mentioned were accurately cited, but only a small number of the actual theorists who are involved with this are mentioned. It would have benefited from including more recent theorists.

On the other hand, I realize that he is seeking to reach an entry-level audience, so perhaps a follow-up book would be the Place for further citations.

He is a young writer, and his evangelistic tone was sometimes a bit over the top, but I appreciate his earnestness and his ability to clarify the issues.

Everyone who is interested in the future of America should read this book.

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Much needed to rescue our society

I have been saying the problem with our society is “we” have taken morals, values, expectations, and true love of the child out of our society for quite some time and our youngest citizens do not know what they need to survive life.
Real love in not just hugs, kisses, and affirmation; but it is discipline that informs the child of the expectations of the family, the school, the society, and the church.
Many are lost and without purpose. We need to think about what our future and past are. Hard to see Americans solving anything on our present course

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Eye opening for all parents!!

Thank you Pete for your insight and sharing your knowledge and thoughts! Praying for our children’s future.

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Best book I have read in a very long time!

Everyone frustrated with the school system in America should would benefit from reading this book!

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Where are your kids minds going?

Someone needed to say/write something about this topic. It is scary but we've all known it for a long time. The minds of the youth in this country have been twisted and manipulated for a long long time. Now we are seeing the fruit of our lack of labor. I'm a grampa now and will do anything to help my grandkids get real education.

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Exactly what our nation needs.

I have been looking for this information since I was about 20 years old. I wanted to understand the history of our educational system and why our country is in the situation it is in now. This book answers that from a to z.

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Agenda driven - terms and ideas are inaccurately defined for the context of education

This is a highly biased view, based on a preference for religious-Republican influenced education. The information is grossly uninformed (ex. The way CRT is spoken about in the context of education is inaccurate as the least). This is a very isolated understanding of what education is and should be. It is also agenda focused to demonize any progress made in the education system (character building, addressing social emotional needs, adding skills, standards and advancing curriculum). I always go back to the question of what is education for if not to prepare students for reality, for life, for post school success in a global economy? Why is it wrong to be honest about history and open about factual information? Why is that turned into a political battle?

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