While national test scores reveal that American students know startlingly little about their history, former U.S. Education Secretary William J. Bennett offers one of the most gripping and memorable versions of the American story in print. The two volumes of Bennett's New York Times bestselling epic, America: The Last Best Hope, cover Columbus's discovery of the New World in the fifteenth century to the fall of world communism in the twentieth. Now both volumes are available in a convenient and attractive slip case-complete with a bonus audio CD, "Remembering Ronald Reagan," featuring recollections and commentary by Jeane Kirkpatrick, Edwin Meese, and others.
Bill Bennett brings American history to life with stories such as:
the coup d'etat quelled by a pair of reading glasses
the U.S. senator nearly caned to death on the Senate floor
the presidential pardon for hundreds of Sioux warriors
one ex-president's race to finish his memoirs and the famous humorist who helped him
when Time magazine named Hitler man of the year
Eisenhower's bold actions documenting the horrors of the Holocaust
Nixon's comic opera uniforms for White House guards
Reagan's most famous example of just saying "No"
From heroism of the Revolution to the dire hours of the Civil War, from the progressive reforms of the early 1900s to the civil rights reforms of the 1960s, from the high drama of the Space Race to the gut-wrenching tension of the Cold War, Bennett slices through the cobwebs of time, memory, and prevailing cynicism to reinvigorate America with an informed patriotism.
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October 14, 2007
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