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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: Wayne Shepherd Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: America: The Last Best Hope Release Date: May 2006 ISBN: 9781608140312
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To rescue the future, we must remember our past. 

With command and wit, William J. Bennett reacquaints Americans with their heritage in an engaging narrative that cuts through the cobwebs of time, memory, and prevailing cynicism. Washington, Franklin, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and others reemerge not as marble icons or dust-dry names in a textbook, but as full-blooded, heroic pioneers whose far-reaching vision forged a nation that attracted—that still attracts—millions yearning to breathe free. In this, the first volume of a reasoned, balanced presentation of the American story, Bennett tells our nation’s story, with all its triumphs and tragedies. He summons us to embrace America’s cause once again as the last best hope of Earth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is history put to use as inspiration…Bennett does succeed in shaping the material into a coherent, readable narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Bennett…presents American history in an optimistic and engaging manner.”

    Library Journal

  • “Wayne Shepherd uses a comfortable reading pace to modulate the author’s haste. His animated voice does everything it can to keep the interest level high, and his diction makes all the words easy to understand.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shiloh | 2/18/2014

    " Finally! Basically this is the story of America from it's discovery to just before the first world war. Some parts were slow and sometimes I wish I had graphs and timelines to help keep it all straight in mind, but over all it was quite interesting and I look forward to part two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza Verdon | 2/14/2014

    " I actually loved this book. It was really historical, but written well. Bennett did a great job illustrating history for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Richards | 2/10/2014

    " My favorite history books (Vol. 1 & 2) to date. I love how Dr. Bennett introduces historical figures early in the narrative, before they are typically well known by history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank Kelly | 2/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl Ammerman | 2/3/2014

    " 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 Latanya | 1/29/2014

    " 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 Urey Patrick | 1/25/2014

    " A comprehensive overview - engaging, perceptive, and informative. Excellent for the curious and the unawares - hopefully it will pique an interest in an event or an episode in American history that will induce the interested and the inquisitive to seek out more focused works. Of course, this must by read with its companion Volume 2 to get the full exposure to the tapestry that is American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 1/19/2014

    " 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 Paul | 1/15/2014

    " If you are looking for a good "overview" of U.S. History, this is it. Very well written. Not a hard read at all. I've read other books written by Bennett. I like his writing style. I recommend this as a good read to anyone interested in a easy to read, overview of U.S. History. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Royce | 1/15/2014

    " 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 Mark Penzkover | 12/22/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulieanne | 12/10/2013

    " 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). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chick | 10/24/2013

    " Very good short course on America's history. Easy read and moves along smoothly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/19/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 9/21/2012

    " 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 Stephanie | 9/12/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 7/9/2012

    " Great History book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/31/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 12/17/2011

    " Thouroughly enjoyed this book. I was amazed by the committment of some of the great leaders of the USA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scotts | 10/22/2011

    " somewhat disappointing in that it does not make it's case as well as one might have thought. Interesting details in historical accounts that I was not previously familiar with, but a little dull. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 12/19/2010

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Beurman | 2/1/2009

    " Great historical reference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 2/2/2008

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Cavasos | 11/19/2007

    " I finally got my own copy of this book. It is incredibly interesting - if you are into history! The problem is the only time I have to read is at night. I can only get through a few pages before I fall asleep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Reichard | 3/29/2007

    " This is one of the American history books ever. It's a very easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janie | 8/28/2006

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

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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

Wayne Shepherd’s voice is heard widely in Christian radio and television, as well as numerous audiobooks and special projects. With nearly forty years of broadcast experience, Wayne serves a growing number of clients as a radio host, interviewer, voice-over talent, and consultant.