By William J. Bennett
America, how good have you learnt your history?
• Who quelled a coup d'etat through placing on a couple of interpreting glasses?
• Which U.S. senator was once approximately caned to demise at the Senate flooring?
• Which first woman refused to serve alcohol within the White residence?
• What recognized inventor was once referred to as to discover the assassin's bullet in President Garfield's again?
• Which winning candidate for president insisted on telling the reality approximately his intercourse scandal?
• Which cherished ex-president raced with dying and poverty to put in writing his best-selling memoirs and which well-known stand-up comedian got here to his rescue?
• Which president rigorously learn the trial notes of 303 condemned Sioux warriors and spared all yet 38 from the hangman's noose?
• Which "four-eyed" destiny president beat up a drunken bully in a saloon?
In his Farewell tackle, Ronald Reagan acknowledged if we put out of your mind what we've performed, we'll put out of your mind who we're. This e-book, written by means of one in every of Reagan's such a lot dependable lieutenants, responds to Reagan's heartfelt demand an educated patriotism.
We all want to know extra approximately this land we adore. during this gripping story of a kingdom, our country's earlier comes alive. here's the tale of these we selected to steer us and what they did with the notable energy we gave them. sign up for invoice Bennett for the good event. America's instructor will lead you on a voyage of discovery.
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"William J. Bennett artfully and subtly makes connections among our prior and present occasions, reminding us ... that we're in detail and instantly hooked up to the extreme american citizens who've bestowed upon us our nice heritage.... [T]he value of the USA: The final top wish most likely exceeds whatever Dr. Bennett has ever written, and it truly is extra elegantly crafted and eminently readable than any complete paintings of background I've learn in a long time. It's foolish to match nice works of heritage to nice novels, yet this e-book actually is a page-turner.... organize to have your religion in, desire for, and love of the United States renewed."
-Brad Miner, American Compass
"The function of heritage is to notify, encourage, and occasionally galvanize us, that's why invoice Bennett's splendidly readable ebook is so very important. He places our nation's triumphs, in addition to its lapses, into the context of a story concerning the growth of freedom. now and then it's important to be reminded that we're a lucky humans, blessed with generations of leaders who many times renewed the that means of America."
-Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
"For too lengthy american citizens were trying to find a heritage of our state that tells the tale of America's triumphs in addition to its tragedies. Now invoice Bennett has come ahead with America: The final most sensible Hope, which tells the story-fairly and fully-from 1492 to 1914. american citizens who've been analyzing contemporary biographies of the Founding Fathers will love this book."
-Michael Barone, US information & international Report
"Bill Bennett's publication will stand as maybe an important addition to American scholarship at this, the beginning of the hot century. For the prior fifty years American historians have both distorted American heritage or lowered it to a large number of dull indictments of our cultural and political historical past. With this ebook Bennett deals to american citizens old and young a thrilling and stress-free background of what makes the United States the best kingdom in the world.
-Brian Kennedy, president, The Claremont Institute
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