Wednesday, March 24, 2010

A Century Turns-William Bennett

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A few weeks ago, I was visiting various blogs, and I came upon one blog that had a banner on it for  I enjoy a good book as much as the next guy, so I decided to check them out.  I am glad I did.  Book Sneeze provides books to bloggers to read and to review.

The first book that I have the pleasure to review for Book Sneeze is "A Century Turns-New Hopes, New Fears" by William J. Bennett.  The book covers the time period from 1988 to 2008.  Bennett gives a unique perspective on this era in our very recent past, because as part of the George H.W. Bush administration, he was right in the middle of a lot of it.

By studying our past, we can learn an awful lot about our current situation and our future.  Bennett does a nice job of showing how the events of the past twenty years have led us to our current situation. Although a well know conservative, Bennett gives criticism and praise to both sides of the aisle.  In addition to covering politics and foreign affairs, Bennett delves into cultural events that helped shape events of the day. All in all, it was an enjoyable and entertaining read.  I highly recommend it if you have any interest in our history.  

In order to comply with Federal Trade Commission requirements of 16CFR Part 255, "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising," I disclose that Thomas Nelson Publishing provided me with a free copy of this book as part of their blogger book review program.  All opinions expressed regarding this book are entirely my own.
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  1. Thanks for sharing the book review. I think it is a valuable service that bloggers can provide and I'm glad you are reviewing books for BookSneeze. I believe I reviewed some books by the publishers behind Booksneeze a year or to ago, before they set up BookSneeze.

    I know that you and I look at things from opposite sides of the political spectrum, but I do agree with you that we can learn a lot by studying our past, especially when reading books written by people who acknowledge their political viewpoints, but at the same time try to be fair in talking about different views on the issues.

  2. thanks, aldon. It is a pretty cool service that BookSneeze provides. Unfortunately I don't get to read quite as often as I like, but it is always good to get involved in a good book instead of hours in front of the boob tube



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