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Battle for the
American Mind


#1 New York Times Bestseller


Battle for the
American Mind


#1 New York Times Bestseller


It began early in the 20th century, when progressives quietly transformed America’s schools. Their strategy would one day hold the keys to America’s most fundamental political force… The American Paideia. They succeeded beyond their wildest hopes.

Battle for the American Mind: Uprooting a Century of Miseducation was released by Harper Collin’s imprint Broadside Books on June 24, 2022. In its first reporting week (July 3, 2022), it debuted at #1 on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Seller list. The book remained #1 for 4 weeks, and remained on the list for 12 weeks. It also debuted near the top of Amazon’s overall non-fiction sales, and remains #1 in multiple categories in late fall, 2022. It made the “Best Sellers of 2022” list on Amazon. The book was a cooperative work by FOX News personality Pete Hegseth and The Classical Difference editor David Goodwin. It chronicles the Progressive takeover of education early in the 20th century and follows the decline of public schools, exposing their plan to capture the nation’s “paideia,” a little known societal and cultural power-structure that has captivated America’s culture and political ecosphere.

In January of 2022, FOX Nation released the first season of a 5-part documentary — “The Miseducation of America” — based on the book. In January of 2023, due to the popularity of the first season, FOX Nation will release the second season, expanding on the book’s content.

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PETE HEGSETH is the co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend, America’s #1-rated cable morning television show and author with David Goodwin of “Battle for the American Mind”. Pete is also the New York Times best-selling author of “American Crusade,” “Modern Warriors” and “In the Arena.”

Pete is an army veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay who holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time overseas.

Pete is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Pete and his wife, Jennifer, have seven kids, all future Crusaders.

DAVID GOODWIN is the coauthor of Battle For the American Mind: Uprooting a Century of Miseducation with Pete Hegseth of FOX News. In 2022, the book released at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list. It remained on the list for 12 weeks and is believed to be the best selling book on education in over 20 years. He also authored Discover Classical Christian Education, with over 150,000 copies in print.

David was a founding boardmember and spent 13 years as the headmaster of The Ambrose School, a classical Christian school in Boise, Idaho. He currently serves as the President of the Association of Classical Christian Schools and is the editor of The Classical Difference magazine. David holds an M.B.A. and B.I.S. from Boise State University and worked for a fortune 100 tech company before he quit to invest in classical Christian education. He grew up on an Idaho farm and now lives in Boise with his wife, Stormy. They have three grown children, one of whom will begin teaching at a classical Christian school in the fall. You can read more from David Goodwin on DavidGoodwin.substack.com.

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PETE HEGSETH is a bestselling author and the co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend, America’s #1-rated cable morning television show. He is an army veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay who holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Pete is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

DAVID GOODWIN earned an M.B.A. and worked for a fortune 500 tech company before he quit to invest in classical Christian education. He is a founding and current board member of The Ambrose School in Boise, Idaho, and was also headmaster there for 13 years. He is currently president of the Association of Classical Christian Schools and editor of The Classical Difference.

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