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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (587 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William J. Bennett Narrator: Jon Gauger Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: America: The Last Best Hope Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781608146390
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The whole world can change in twenty years—and it did. Where is America going? Just look at the decades between 1988 and 2008. As America collectively exhaled at the end of the Cold War, we loosened our grip on the fear of nuclear confrontation for the first time since WWII. Some scholars even characterized the collapse of the Soviet Union as the end of history itself. Peace was palpable. But America’s domestic and global vitals changed almost instantly, and turbulence, not tranquility, marked the turn of the century: the war on drugs, race riots, values debates, deep economic shifts, and the growing threat of terrorism on US soil that would tragically play out in 2001. And there were storms abroad: US forces landed in Panama, Somalia, Kuwai, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Names such as Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden folded seamlessly—and almost instantly—into the American vernacular. Where is America going? Recent history offers the only signposts. What Bennett makes clear is that we are at a critical juncture: “Today, the levels of both hope and fear are at a high point. Whether we can expand the former and reduce the latter…will depend on what we do with the challenges before us today.” Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting US history book written as a narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 2/9/2014

    " This was a great history book. I love history, I just hate the anti-American slant that many history books tend to have taken nowadays. This one lays down the facts as they are! The Founding Fathers weren't perfect men. They weren't always the nicest men, and they didn't always make the best decisions, but they created this great country that has stood up for over 300 years now. That's quite an accomplishment! This book focuses on the positive lessons that can be learned from history and gives a bright outlook on the future. A good fun read too! I can't wait to read the second part! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kbwright | 2/8/2014

    " Great book on American History. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Ammerman | 2/6/2014

    " Bill Bennett did an amazing job with this two-volume book. Educational and entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 2/5/2014

    " One of the very best histories of the United States I've ever read. Rich in detail and superbly written. An instant classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 1/31/2014

    " Very readable rendition of American history. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/27/2014

    " For anybody wanting to know THE American history from before we were a country to today - if you have a student in High School or College taking American History this is the book for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent read. Very interesting and flows great. I recommend it to those who love history and those who did not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 1/19/2014

    " Simply a great book on the early stages of American history. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tigerlily | 1/19/2014

    " I hate American history. This made it more bearable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 1/14/2014

    " A must read for every student of American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 1/13/2014

    " This is a great book for those who love history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 1/9/2014

    " William Bennett does a superb job of covering American history, through events and individuals and their impact. What a great way to study our nation's past and marvel at how it all connects. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise samples | 1/3/2014

    " was ok feels like a history text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/2/2014

    " It is a general overview of American History. Good for high school kids. It starts with British history. Interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Penzkover | 12/24/2013

    " Very nice summary of first portion of our country's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 12/6/2013

    " Enjoyable light overview of US history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Forrest | 12/2/2013

    " This is the best book I have ever read. Dr. Bennett has done an excellent job making American history come alive. He has a lot of detail that I have not found in other historical writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Latanya | 11/20/2013

    " Love it! Learning so much more than what was in the history textbooks of my school years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett's Books | 10/11/2013

    " A motivational read, if you are politically conservative person. The book is intended to highlight American exceptionalism while also looking honestly at some of the darker moments of American history. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 7/5/2013

    " concise, interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryann Woollims | 7/1/2013

    " This book is very intresting so far. kinda confusing at some points but i usually understand eventually "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulieanne | 4/30/2013

    " Okay, so listening on tape isnt quite the same as reading it. However, it made some long car rides go by quicker. I enjoyed it and learned some new things and remembered things I once learned (in like the 4th grade). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 2/25/2013

    " Great History book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/15/2013

    " Wonderful stories about what makes America a great country "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/15/2012

    " What a great review of American history! I think I'll try to read this once a year just to keep familiar with the important events in our history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 5/28/2012

    " A history of America from 1492 to 1989. Very well written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry | 4/18/2012

    " Excellent accessible overview of American history, especially the Founding. (Far too kind to Lincoln, but that's to be expected from someone who has worked for government.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 9/20/2011

    " Not the most exciting read, but I made a goal to read a history book and I have really enjoyed it so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 8/24/2011

    " I learned more in this book than all the history classes I've ever been in. Bennett paints a beautiful portrait of America's history and destiny, without glossing over its imperfections. Every chapter was engaging and informative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 8/15/2011

    " As a student of American Thought rather than history this is a lovely book to give me a sampler. Even handed and smart! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/7/2011

    " Not quit done yet. I am up through Nixon. If you like history, and understanding some of why things happened, this is a great read. I keep saving it for Sunday so I can read something better, along with other books, on Sunday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Royce | 2/3/2011

    " Good History of America. Has some interesting stories alongside the general history line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 1/11/2011

    " William Bennett does a superb job of covering American history, through events and individuals and their impact. What a great way to study our nation's past and marvel at how it all connects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bri | 11/23/2010

    " I am reading this for my History class, and it is AMAZING!! Full of funny tid bits and the information I need. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 10/29/2010

    " Very nice summary of first portion of our country's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenzi | 10/20/2010

    " Its amazing!!!
    I'm reading it for U.S. History. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janna | 6/9/2010

    " Very readable rendition of American history. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/14/2010

    " This is a great overview of American history. Bennett does a great job of touching upon just about everything in a very readable way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 1/10/2010

    " whew! it took me several months as I put it down to read other things, but I did finish. It was an interesting look at American History up to WWI; it just didn't call my name to read it and thus got relegated to the back burner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 11/21/2009

    " One of the very best histories of the United States I've ever read. Rich in detail and superbly written. An instant classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/29/2009

    " As a student of American Thought rather than history this is a lovely book to give me a sampler. Even handed and smart! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 9/19/2009

    " A history of the country I love, written by someone else who loves this country - unlike the version I got in college. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Latanya | 8/11/2009

    " Love it! Learning so much more than what was in the history textbooks of my school years! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryann | 8/4/2009

    " This book is very intresting so far. kinda confusing at some points but i usually understand eventually "

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About the Author
Author William J. Bennett

William J. Bennett, bestselling author, educator, and speaker, is a conservative pundit, politician, and political theorist. He served as Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. A former senior editor of the National Review, he writes for the National Review Online, National Review, and Commentary.

About the Narrator

Jon Gauger is the announcer for Dr. Paul Nyquist’s weekly teaching program, Moody Presents. He writes and produces a weekly commentary, creates special documentaries, and has traveled to thirty countries covering stories for Moody Radio. Gauger has also done extensive freelance voice-over work, including a number of audiobook projects.