America - The Last Best Hope From the Age of Discovery to a World at War

ISBN-10: 1595551115

ISBN-13: 9781595551115

Edition: 2007

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America, how well do you know your history? Who quelled a coup d'etat by putting on a pair of reading glasses? Which U.S. senator was nearly caned to death on the Senate floor? Which first lady refused to serve alcohol in the White House? What famous inventor was called to find the assassin's bullet in President Garfield's back? Which successful candidate for president insisted on telling the truth about his sex scandal? Which beloved ex-president raced with death and poverty to write his best-selling memoirs and which famous humorist came to his rescue? Which president carefully read the trial notes of 303 condemned Sioux warriors and spared all but 38 from the hangman's noose? Which "four-eyed" future president beat up a drunken bully in a saloon? In his Farewell Address, Ronald Reagan said if we forget what we have done, we will forget who we are. This book, written by one of Reagan's most loyal lieutenants, responds to Reagan's heartfelt call for an informed patriotism. We all need to know more about this land we love. In this gripping tale of a nation, our country's past comes alive. Here is the story of those we chose to lead us and what they did with the awesome power we gave them. Join Bill Bennett for the great adventure. America's teacher will lead you on a voyage of discovery. What others are saying: "William J. Bennett artfully and subtly makes connections between our past and current events, reminding us ... that we are intimately and immediately connected to the extraordinary Americans who have bestowed upon us our great heritage.... [T]he importance of America: The Last Best Hope probably exceeds anything Dr. Bennett has ever written, and it is more elegantly crafted and eminently readable than any comprehensive work of history I've read in a very long time. It's silly to compare great works of history to great novels, but this book truly is a page-turner.... Prepare to have your faith in, hope for, and love of America renewed." -Brad Miner, American Compass "The Role of history is to inform, inspire, and sometimes provoke us, which is why Bill Bennett's wonderfully readable book is so important. He puts our nation's triumphs, along with its lapses, into the context of a narrative about the progress of freedom. Every now and then it's useful to be reminded that we are a fortunate people, blessed with generations of leaders who repeatedly renewed the meaning of America." -Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life "For too long Americans have been looking for a history of our country that tells the story of America's triumphs as well as its tragedies. Now Bill Bennett has come forward with America: The Last Best Hope , which tells the story-fairly and fully-from 1492 to 1914. Americans who have been reading recent biographies of the Founding Fathers will love this book." -Michael Barone, US News & World Report "Bill Bennett's book will stand as perhaps the most important addition to American scholarship at this, the start of the new century. For the past fifty years American historians have either distorted American history or reduced it to a mess of boring indictments of our cultural and political heritage. With this book Bennett offers to Americans young and old an exciting and enjoyable history of what makes America the greatest nation on earth. -Brian Kennedy, president, The Claremont Institute
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Incorporated
Publication date: 4/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Westward the Course (1492-1607)
Columbus: "The Christ Bearer"
The Scramble for Empire
The Rise of England
A City Upon a Hill (1607-1765)
Coming to America
The Great Migration
Expanding English Rule
Britain and France: Conflict for a Continent
Religious and Intellectual Awakenings
Britain and France: The Final Conflict
The Greatest Revolution (1765-1783)
Stamping Out Unfair Taxes
A Total Separation
"The Shot Heard 'Round the World"
A Continental War
The French Alliance
"The World Turned Upside Down"
A Dangerous Peace
Reflection and Choice: Framing the Constitution (1783-1789)
A Critical Period
"The Great Little Madison"
The Struggle for Ratification
The New Republic (1789-1801)
"The Sacred Fire of Liberty"
Madison's Bill of Rights
"A Host in Himself": Hamilton's New System
Hurricane Genet
A Long and Difficult Farewell
War, Peace, and Honest John Adams
The Revolution of 1800
The Jeffersonians (1801-1829)
"An Empire for Liberty"
Lewis & Clark: "The Corps of Discovery"
Plots, Trials, and Treason
"A Splendid Misery": Jefferson's Last Years
"Mr. Madison's War"
The Battle of New Orleans
"An Era of Good Feeling"
The Missouri Compromise
The Monroe Doctrine
"A Corrupt Bargain": The Election of 1824
"Is It the Fourth?": Adams and Jefferson Die
Jackson and Democracy (1829-1849)
From Caucus to Raucous: The Election of 1828
The Peggy Eaton Affair
John C. Calhoun: The Cast-Iron Man
"Our Federal Union: It Must Be Preserved!"
The Tragedy of Indian Removal
Jackson's War on the Bank
"Old Man Eloquent"
"Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!"
Great Harry of the West
Reannexing Texas and Reoccupying Oregon
"The Halls of Montezuma"
The Rising Storm (1849-1861)
California and The Compromise of 1850
Railroads and Reform
"Bleeding Kansas"
Dred Scott
Lincoln Meets Douglas
John Brown and Harpers Ferry
The Election of 1860
Freedom's Fiery Trial (1860-1863)
Secession Winter (1860-61)
Fort Sumter: The Circle of Fire
"A People's Contest": The Civil War Begins
"One War at a Time": The Trent Affair
1862: "Year of Jubilee"
Emancipation: "Forever Free"
A New Birth of Freedom (1863-1865)
Gettysburg: The Confederacy's High-Water Mark
The Agony of Abraham Lincoln
"Long Abraham a Little Longer"
The Union Victorious
To Bind Up the Nation's Wounds (1865-1877)
Pass in Review
Thunder on the Borders: South and North
Reconstruction and Renewal
Impeachment
"Let Us Have Peace"
A Tragic Divorce in Freedom's Ranks
The Spirit of 1876
A Dangerous Dispute
An Age More Golden than Gilded? (1877-1897)
A Gilded Age?
Reform, Roosevelts, and Reaction
Grover Cleveland: "Tell the Truth!"
The Golden Door
Winning the West
A Social Gospel
"A Cross of Gold"
"From the New World"
The American Dynamo-Shadowed by War (1897-1914)
"A Splendid Little War"
Rough Rider Politics
TR in the White House
TR and the Square Deal
Wielding the Big Stick
The Taft Interlude
Unsinkable, Unthinkable
A Bull Moose on the Loose: The Election of 1912
Woodrow Wilson and the New Freedom
"The Lights Are Going Out..."
Notes
Index
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