In A Century Turns, William J. Bennett explores America's recent and momentous history―the contentious election of 1988, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of global Communism, the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton, the technological and commercial boom of the 1990s, the war on terror, and the election of America's first black president.
Surveying politics and pop culture, economics and technology, war and religion, Bennett pieces together the players, the personalities, the feats and the failures that transformed key moments in the American story. And he captures it all with piercing insight and unrelenting optimism.
I just recently finished reading William J. Bennett’s book “A Century Turns, New Hopes, New Fears.” Inside the pages of this book the reader is afforded a very interesting and largely unbiased look at the past 20 years of American history from the eyes of a man who was intimately involved in that history. Beginning with the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency Bennett guides the reader through the policies, scandals, triumphs, and failures that shaped American history from 1988 to 2008. From the initiation of America’s failing war on drugs to how the Internet and technology has changed the American political process, Bennett gives an inside view of what and who shaped the moments in the past 20 years that have shaped into 21st century America.I found this book to very captivating. Bennett’s style is an easy one in which no motive to gain or lose is apparent. His mostly non-partisan presentation of the facts in this book is very refreshing. This book was a stroll down memory lane for me as being a person in my early 30’s I was just becoming fully aware of the world around where this historical account begins. If you are interested in the American political process you would be hard pressed to find a book with more researched and documented book than this one. I would recommend that all read this book.read more
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