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This review is from: America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I): From the Age of Discovery to a World at War (Hardcover)
I am not sure if other reviewers have been able to read this whole thing or not, since it did just come out yesterday. Admittedly, I myself have yet to finish it,however, I have read about half of it. Being a history student in a department with many prominent historians, most notably Leonard Richard who has become particularly famous for his original analysis of John Quincy Adam's anti-slavery rhetoric as a congressman, I am extremely fond of new history books.
Mr. Bennett's book is truly a masterpiece. The very fact that I have already read about half of it in the past day it has been released should attest to how difficult it is to put this book down. Despite the fact that Mr. Bennett clearly has a political past, this book is highly non-partisan as he praises both political sides. The only bias that Mr. Bennett holds is that he (as do I ) think America is the greatest nation on the face of the Earth. This is not blind patriotism or nationalism. Instead it is patriotism based on fact more than pure emotion. He admits that our nation has had MAJOR problems, especially in terms of racial history. However, as he states, no nation is perfect and every other nation has similar disturbing facets of their past. Keeping that in mind, America has been and still is the beacon of freedom and hope around the world. Mr. Bennett's research is extremely thorough (first thing I do when I check a history book are check the sources.... he derives his information from historians ranging from Shelby Foote to Harry Jaffa to Douglas Brinkley to Henry Steele Commager to David McCullough; really some of the greatest in their field). Furthermore, he is an exquisite writer as he does things such as refer to men such as Ronald Reagan (in his only reference to the former president) as "the old man who dreamed dreams and lived to see those dreams become reality".
It is a rather long book (and only volume I too) but it is more than worth all the pages and you will actually find yourself wishing that this 525 page masterpiece was even longer. Here's looking forward to spring 2007 so volume II will come out.
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Initial post: Aug 5, 2007 3:29:18 PM PDT
Liz Ellerbe says:
BTW, beakon is spelled beacon. Great review motivating me to buy the book!
Posted on Dec 28, 2007 7:00:45 AM PST
David A. Kaiser says:
I disagree with the contention that this book is non-partisan. It is skewed to supporting the big-government philosophy of those who want a consolidated nation state instead of the confederated republic our founders left us. Bennett's misunderstanding of Lincoln is as profound as it is inexcusable. There is definitely an agenda at work here.
Posted on Nov 18, 2010 7:09:11 PM PST
This is helping me b/c I want something for my grandchildren so they can love and treasure our great nation that God has blessed beyond anything we could ask or think!.
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