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Overview Endeavors to present the history of the United States from a balanced perspective, describing both positive and negative events, and illuminating the powerful leaders who steered the country on the path of freedom.
To resce the future, we must remember our past.
With command and wit, William J. Bennett reacquaints Americans with their heritage in an engaging narrative that cuts through the cobwebs of time, memory, and prevailing cynicism. Washington, Franklin, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and others reemerge not as marble icons or dust-dry names in a textbook, but as full-blooded, heroic pioneers whose far-reaching vision forged a nation that attracted―that still attracts―millions yearning to breathe free. In this, the first volume of a "reasoned, balanced presentation of the American story," Bennett tells our nation's story, with all its triumphs and tragedies. He summons us to embrace America's cause once again as "the last best hope of earth."
What others are saying:
"William J. Bennett artfully and subtly makes connections between our past and current events, reminding us ... that we are intimately and immediately connected to the extraordinary Americans who have bestowed upon us our great heritage.... T]he importance of "America: The Last Best Hope" probably exceeds anything Dr. Bennett has ever written, and it is more elegantly crafted and eminently readable than any comprehensive work of history I've read in a very long time. It's silly to compare great works of history to great novels, but this book truly is a page-turner.... Prepare to have your faith in, hope for, and love of America renewed." -Brad Miner, American Compass
"The Role of history is to inform, inspire, and sometimes provoke us, which is why Bill Bennett's wonderfully readable book is so important. He puts our nation's triumphs, along with its lapses, into the context of a narrative about the progress of freedom. Every now and then it's useful to be reminded that we are a fortunate people, blessed with generations of leaders who repeatedly renewed the meaning of America." -Walter Isaacson, "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life"
"For too long Americans have been looking for a history of our country that tells the story of America's triumphs as well as its tragedies. Now Bill Bennett has come forward with "America: The Last Best Hope," which tells the story-fairly and fully-from 1492 to 1914. Americans who have been reading recent biographies of the Founding Fathers will love this book." -Michael Barone, "US News & World Report"
"Bill Bennett's book will stand as perhaps the most important addition to American scholarship at this, the start of the new century. For the past fifty years American historians have either distorted American history or reduced it to a mess of boring indictments of our cultural and political heritage. With this book Bennett offers to Americans young and old an exciting and enjoyable history of what makes America the greatest nation on earth. -Brian Kennedy, president, The Claremont Institute
America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I)
From the Age of Discovery to a World at War
By Dr. William J. Bennett
Trim Size: 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Page Count: 592
America, how well do you know your history?
Who quelled a coup d'etat by putting on a pair of reading glasses?
Which U.S. senator was nearly caned to death on the Senate floor?
Which first lady refused to serve alcohol in the White House?
What famous inventor was called to find the assassin's bullet in President Garfield's back?
Which successful candidate for president insisted on telling the truth about his sex scandal?
Which beloved ex-president raced with death and poverty to write his best-selling memoirs and which famous humorist came to his rescue?
Which president carefully read the trial notes of 303 condemned Sioux warriors and spared all but 38 from the hangman's noose?
Which "four-eyed" future president beat up a drunken bully in a saloon?
In his Farewell Address, Ronald Reagan said if we forget what we have done, we will forget who we are. This book, written by one of Reagan's most loyal lieutenants, responds to Reagan's heartfelt call for an informed patriotism.
We all need to know more about this land we love. In this gripping tale of a nation, our country's past comes alive. Here is the story of those we chose to lead us and what they did with the awesome power we gave them. Join Bill Bennett for the great adventure. America's teacher will lead you on a voyage of discovery.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25" Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Release Date May 23, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series America The Last Best Hope
Series Number 1
ISBN 1595550550 ISBN13 9781595550552 UPC 020049140420
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More About William J. Bennett
William John Bennett, born July 31, 1943, is an American conservative pundit, politician, and political theorist. Bennett was born in Brooklyn, later moved to Washington, D.C., graduated from Williams College, and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from the University of Texas. He also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
From 1976 to 1981 he was executive director of National Humanities Center, a private “think tank”. In 1981 President Ronald Reagan appointed Bennett to head the National Endowment for the Humanities, and later appointed him Secretary of Education. In 1988 President George H. W. Bush appointed Bennett Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Never one to shy from public opinion debates, Mr Bennett’s book A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art directly assaulted the reckless character abandon of President Bill Clinton. Similarly Bennett’s You Light Up My Life takes on changes in societal morality as America approached the Twentieth Century.
Bennett is a member of the National Security Advisory Council of the Center for Security Policy (CSP). He was co-director of Empower America and was a Distinguished Fellow in Cultural Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Since switching to the Republican Party in 1986, he is a constantly in-demand speaker at Republican events. As an author he has focused on American history and culture, including America: The Last Best Hope Volumes I & II Box Set.
Mr Bennett has written a series of Virtues compilation books. They select classic literature which teaches virtues such as character, morality, honesty, bravery and many more.
Since April 5, 2004, Bill has hosted the weekday radio program Morning in America on the Dallas, Texas-based Salem Communications. He is also a regular political analyst for CNN, and cable news giant FOX News, where he is a frequent guest of national cable timeslot leaders Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity.
Bennett and his wife, Elayne, have two sons, John and Joseph. Elayne is the president and founder of Best Friends Foundation, a national program promoting sexual abstinence among adolescents. He is the brother of Washington attorney Robert S. Bennett.
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American History Part 1 Oct 24, 2008
As a junior undergraduate student majoring in History, I adored Dr. Bennet's book. What he proves that many historians can not seem to get right is that History is essentially a long narrative. Dr. Bennett brilliantly lays out the book in a structure that consumes the reader from chapter to chapter while containing various levels of knowledge. I have read this Volume twice and I see a possible third in the future. Why? Because what the textbooks and history professors fail to do, Dr. Bennett so cleverly fills the void. Better yet, there is no real bias in this Volume in regards to politics and he is helpful on guiding the reader to both views of politics if such a scenario existed.
A Disappointment Sep 3, 2008
Although I love William Bennett, I had a hard time with this book. The writing is not very good at all. If you are looking for a book on American History that is fair and balanced, I recommend Paul Johnson's A History of the American People. It is beautifully written and very comprehensive.
Okay overview of American history Aug 16, 2008
This is a good book for anyone who either has little grasp of the main points of US history from 1492 to 1914, or for someone who's forgotten all that high school US history. But I thought it spent too much time on trivial facts, such as electoral and popular vote results of each and every presidential election, at the expense of facts that might have been more relevant and enlightening -- for example, a good explanation of the electoral college and why it was and still is in use. Similarly, the book mentions the votes and veto of the Chinese Exclusion Act, but completely neglects to explain what the Act was (I know all about it, but I bet a lot of readers are not familiar with it).
So definitely worth a read, but with the caveat that it might leave the reader wanting a more thorough history of the US.
Very good. Jun 6, 2008
I think all Americans should know how our great nation came to be, and what is happening now to threaten it's sovereignty and constitution. Since 911, we have been to willing to give up our freedom and prosperity in hopes of some security. Now our economy, our republic, the balance of power between national govt. branches, and our constitutional liberties and values are being rapidly eroded in the name of the "war on terror". I highly recommend Ron Paul's book, Revolution: A Manifesto. We must set a good example for the rest of the world by following our constitution, not interfere with the internal affairs of other nations, such as imposing sanctions, puppet governments, much less threaten massive war on those who "might" have weapons of mass destruction!
Great trip thru the history of our country Apr 5, 2008
Bennett has done an outstanding job of documenting the often chaotic, confusing story of the founding and development of our country in a very easy to read and comprehend book. It's become one of my permanent references on US history.