America: The Last Best Hope, Volume I: From the Age of by William J. Bennett

By William J. Bennett

America, how good are you aware your history?

• Who quelled a coup d'etat by means of placing on a couple of interpreting glasses?
• Which U.S. senator used to be approximately caned to loss of life at the Senate ground?
• Which first woman refused to serve alcohol within the White condo?
• What well-known inventor used to be known as to discover the assassin's bullet in President Garfield's again?
• Which profitable candidate for president insisted on telling the reality approximately his intercourse scandal?
• Which loved ex-president raced with demise and poverty to write down his best-selling memoirs and which recognized stand-up comedian got here to his rescue?
• Which president conscientiously learn the trial notes of 303 condemned Sioux warriors and spared all yet 38 from the hangman's noose?
• Which "four-eyed" destiny president beat up a drunken bully in a saloon?

In his Farewell tackle, Ronald Reagan acknowledged if we disregard what we now have performed, we are going to put out of your mind who we're. This booklet, written by way of one in every of Reagan's so much unswerving lieutenants, responds to Reagan's heartfelt demand an educated patriotism.

We all want to know extra approximately this land we like. during this gripping story of a kingdom, our country's earlier comes alive. here's the tale of these we selected to steer us and what they did with the striking energy we gave them. sign up for invoice Bennett for the good experience. America's instructor will lead you on a voyage of discovery.

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"William J. Bennett artfully and subtly makes connections among our previous and present occasions, reminding us ... that we're in detail and instantly hooked up to the extreme american citizens who've bestowed upon us our nice heritage.... [T]he value of the United States: The final most sensible desire most likely exceeds something Dr. Bennett has ever written, and it truly is extra elegantly crafted and eminently readable than any entire paintings of background I've learn in a long time. It's foolish to match nice works of historical past to nice novels, yet this booklet really is a page-turner.... organize to have your religion in, wish for, and love of the United States renewed."
-Brad Miner, American Compass

"The function of historical past is to notify, motivate, and infrequently galvanize us, that is why invoice Bennett's splendidly readable publication is so vital. He places our nation's triumphs, in addition to its lapses, into the context of a story in regards to the development of freedom. now and then it's important to be reminded that we're a lucky humans, blessed with generations of leaders who time and again renewed the that means of America."
-Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

"For too lengthy americans were trying to find a historical past of our kingdom that tells the tale of America's triumphs in addition to its tragedies. Now invoice Bennett has come ahead with America: The final top Hope, which tells the story-fairly and fully-from 1492 to 1914. american citizens who've been examining contemporary biographies of the Founding Fathers will love this book."
-Michael Barone, US information & international Report

"Bill Bennett's booklet will stand as maybe crucial addition to American scholarship at this, the beginning of the recent century. For the earlier fifty years American historians have both distorted American heritage or lowered it to a large number of uninteresting indictments of our cultural and political history. With this publication Bennett bargains to americans old and young an exhilarating and relaxing historical past of what makes the USA the best kingdom in the world.
-Brian Kennedy, president, The Claremont Institute

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That is how Papa got his second pair of trousers and blue suspenders; now with his boots and slouch hat he looks quite like a miner. 40 FRIDAY, THE 6TH OF APRIL Yesterday several wagons pulled by mule teams came into town. The rattle of their harnesses and wheels brought most of us out to look. There was great excitement as goods were unloaded, mainly premade buildings that had been shipped in flat bundles from around the Horn. I am now sitting on our rock in the water, writing to the noise of hammers echoing off the hills.

I was upset to hear these things. At noon we rested by a stream. We shared our figs 59 with Rosita; she gave us each a roasted potato. When we were thirsty, we leaned over the grassy bank to drink from our cupped hands. Such good, cold water. We returned home before dark; the dirt in front of our cabin was smooth except for tiny paw prints of rabbits and squirrels. No humans. Clara and I have rekindled our fire, and there’s a nice pot of soup simmering on the coals. All the way home we talked of wanting to help Rosita, but we’re not sure how.

We learned that to find Jesse 33 Blue is not as simple as knocking on someone’s door. The hills around here are spotted with caves and men hauling rocks out of them. When their luck fails or they hear of a better strike somewhere else, they move on. That’s why a fellow’s tent might be here one day, gone the next. Also, there are creeks, streams, rivulets, and waterfalls — so many places a man can pan for gold. Papa walked around for a few hours that first afternoon looking for our friend, but soon realized the search could take longer.

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