America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I): From the Age of Discovery to a World at War

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Thomas Nelson Inc, Apr 15, 2007 - History - 592 pages
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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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"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

 

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History no longer

User Review  - Matthew M. Paperchase - Borders

I love history...and Bennett is very readable in this first volume. However, Bennett misunderstands the causes of the War Between the States (for those reading in New York, the American Civil War) as only slavery; when in actuality it was a myriad of things. Not worth your time. Read full review

America: The Last Best Hope

User Review  - razor12 - Overstock.com

Straight talk on America's history. Better than a classroom. Plan to order part two book. Can't beat the price, value or service. Would definately use, and plan to use this company again. It's all about the "O"! ... Read full review

Contents

Westward the Course 14921607
1
A City Upon a Hill 16071765
30
The Greatest Revolution 17651783
62
Reflection and Choice Framing the Constitution 17831789
107
The New Republic 17891801
133
The Jeffersonians 18011829
177
Jackson and Democracy 18291849
220
The Rising Storm 18491861
269
Freedoms Fiery Trial 18601863
311
A New Birth of Freedom 18631865
356
To Bind Up the Nations Wounds 18651877
393
An Age More Golden Than Gilded? 18771897
434
The American Dynamo Shadowed by War 18971914
475
Notes
527
Index
563
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Dr. William J. Bennett is one of America’s most influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and educational issues. Host of the top-ten nationally syndicated radio shows, “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America,” he is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute. He is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books, and lives near Washington, DC.

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