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America: The Last Best Hope Volumes I & II Box Set Hardcover – October 16, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Slp edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551252
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William J. Bennett served as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H. W. Bush and as Secretary of Education and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. He is the author of such bestselling books as The Educated Child, The Death of Outrage, The Book of Virtues, and the two-volume series America: The Last Best Hope. Dr. Bennett is the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett's Morning in America. He is also the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute and a regular contributor to CNN. He, his wife, Elayne, and their two sons, John and Joseph, live in Maryland.


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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Danny T. Lorenz on October 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a great, and much needed, update of our great Nation's history. We have very little to be ashamed of in this country and Dr. Bennett brings that forth with wonderful prose throughout the book. As a teacher of US History I would strongly recommend the book to any and all.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By J. Kroeger on November 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this set for my dad as a Father's Day gift. Here is his slightly editted (to avoid names of others) email review:

I HAVE NEARLY FINISHED VOLUME TWO OF "AMERICA, THE LAST BEST HOPE" BY WILLIAM BENNETT (PAST SECRETARY OF EDUCATION, DRUG CZAR AND CURRENT RADIO TALK SHOW HOST ON MORNING IN AMERICA), BOTH VOLUMES HAVING BEEN FATHER'S DAY GIFTS...

I HEARTILY RECOMMEND THIS READING FOR ALL! YOUNG, OLD, IN BETWEEN, THE DISENFRANCHISED, THOSE UNHAPPY WITH GOVERNMENT, PATRIOTS, ANARCHISTS, COMMUNISTS, FASCISTS, WHOEVER AND WHATEVER YOU ARE, AND WHATEVER BELIEFS YOU ESPOUSE PER YOUR INALIENABLE RIGHTS GUARANTEED IN THE CONSTITUTION.

THESE VOLUMES PRESENT OUR HISTORY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, AND OF COURSE, IN CONTEXT RELATIVE TO ITS JUXTAPOSITION WITH EVENTS AS THEY OCCURRED IN THE REST OF THE WORLD, IN A MANNER OF RELEVANCE AND CONCISENESS I HAVE NEVER BEFORE SEEN.

HIS LAST COMMENT IN THE BOOK:

"EACH AND EVERY ONE (CITIZEN) HAS PLAYED A ROLE IN MAKING THIS COUNTRY, AFTER ALL, AND IT IS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US WHO IS GIVEN THE TASK TO KEEP IT"

PS: I WAS PUSHING THAT MESSAGE ~40 YEARS BEFORE THESE BOOKS WERE WRITTEN.

PS2: IF PEOPLE DO CHOOSE TO THROW THIS PROGRAM AWAY, THEY OUGHT AT LEAST LEARN WHAT IT WAS THEY WERE DUMPING.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Don E. Salters on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I would love to write a great review for this book however after reading it I am at a loss for words. It is simply not possible for me to write a review that would do it justice. This is truly a must read for anyone who loves history!!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By G. Lyster on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the best of the best - a must read for all Americans (and foreigners wishing to learn about the United States. Get both volumes - share them with friends.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PBH on November 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I learned more American History in the first five chapters of this book then anything I learned in college. Secretary Bennett is a major asset to this country.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Snipe on January 9, 2008
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I just finished reading both volumes, and I must say I am impressed. I'm very glad that the author stopped with Reagan, as I feel that the other is too much in the recent past to be a good history.

Bennett does a good job of going through the historical documents and producing a readable, interesting narrative. This is NOT a boring textbook, by any stretch. Every summer my kids have a reading list for when school gets out. These volumes will be on that reading list.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Nash on January 2, 2008
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I have just begun reading Volume I of "America, The Last Best Hope," and it is a page turner. It is a wonderfully entertaining chronology of America's history, with all of the "warts" included but with accuracy and no political correctness. I recommend it highly for everyone, especially students.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dwaine G. Rayburn on December 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a History Major in College, I would have to say that if Bill Bennett had written the texts in my day everyone would have studied American History. The writing and subject presentation was excellent. A bargain at twice the price !
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