America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I): From the Age of Discovery to a World at War

by William J. Bennett

Paperback, 2007



Call number

973 BEN



Call number

973 BEN




Endeavors to present the history of the United States from a balanced perspective, describing both positive and negative events, and illuminating the powerful leaders who steered the country on the path of freedom.


Thomas Nelson (2007), 573 pages

Original publication date



1595551115 / 9781595551115



(45 ratings; 4)

User reviews

LibraryThing member taterzngravy
A seamless overview of United States history from the voyages of Christopher Columbus to the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. This book is good for those who want to fill in gaps or get a broad picture of US history.

Without whitewashing the nation's past nor spraying it with graffiti, Bennett tells America's story as if he were sitting in the room talking to the reader, giving the reader a firm grasp of the past and thus, an understanding of the present. He elaborates on certain people such as Washington, Adams, Calhoun, and Lincoln which livens the story and propels it forward.

I found it to be a very enjoyable book. Though it filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of American history, because it is an overview, it did leave me with wanting to know more, which can be seen as both a positive and negative aspect of the book. I am looking forward to the second volume.
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LibraryThing member 5hrdrive
A very broad, but not very deep, history of the United States from 1492 to 1914.
LibraryThing member PikeH
William Bennett provides narrative history of the United States with a positive and engaging voice. This series is beneficial to the study of United States and World History. Secondary and college students are the best audience for this text. Bennett's books were on the New York Best Sellers list in 2006.
LibraryThing member msaucier818
This book was a solid survey history covering America from its birth until Reconstruction. The author is a well known Republican conservative and he openly wrote a history in a positive light that tries to make all of our history look good. While I appreciated the refreshing look at U.S. History, some parts were hard to swallow. I did enjoy the read as it contained many nuggets of history that I did not know. I did feel good as an American after reading this and and I do plan on reading the second volume when I have the chance to pick it up.… (more)


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