Robert W. Galvin - America's Founding Secret

This 'book' is not as concise as advertised, although it is certainly short. It is, in reality, a rambling essay, written in large font, on tiny pages, with many photos, and bulleted lists thrown in to apparently try and get it to 100 pages. The only reason, I can imagine, that it was published is that the author is a famous businessman, and hence it may sell a few copies based on name recognition alone.

The idea that Scots influenced America's founding fathers is not a secret and can be found elsewhere in less exaggerated, and more scholarly, form. To top it off, there is little in this book that can't be found on the inside flap of the dust cover, reproduced for your convenience, and to save you the bother of having to pick up this book, below.

Galvin's treatise, assuming it be published at all, should have been a four or five paragraph blurb in something like Reader's Digest or Parade--not a book.

from the publisher:
In the history of America's founding, the names of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and other founding, fathers loom large. But few Americans today would recognize the role played by such men as Francis Hutchinson, Adam Smith, Thomas Reid, Dugald Stewart, David Hume, and other philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment.

In this book, Robert W Galvin, retired Chairman of the Board of Motorola, Inc. and one of America's most respected corporate leaders, reminds us of the fundamental debt that our founding fathers and this nation owe to this extraordinary group of Scottish thinkers. In the Scottish Enlightenment, America's founders themselves found the philosophical underpinnings for a conceived government and defined with the intent to promote economic programs, in commerce, based on private capital means.

Concise and accessible, America's Founding Secret will forever change the way Americans look at their nation's beginnings and will remind us again of the fundamental connection between private enterprise and freedom that remains at the heart of the American experiment.