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

By William J. Bennett

America, how good have you learnt your history?

• Who quelled a coup d'etat through placing on a couple of studying glasses?
• Which U.S. senator used to be approximately caned to dying at the Senate flooring?
• Which first woman refused to serve alcohol within the White apartment?
• What recognized inventor used to be known as to discover the assassin's bullet in President Garfield's again?
• Which winning candidate for president insisted on telling the reality approximately his intercourse scandal?
• Which cherished ex-president raced with loss of life and poverty to write down his best-selling memoirs and which recognized slapstick comedian got here to his rescue?
• Which president rigorously 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 deal with, Ronald Reagan stated if we disregard what now we have performed, we are going to overlook who we're. This ebook, written by way of one among Reagan's such a lot dependable 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 state, our country's previous comes alive. here's the tale of these we selected to guide us and what they did with the extraordinary energy we gave them. sign up for invoice Bennett for the nice event. 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 significance of the USA: The final most sensible wish most likely exceeds whatever Dr. Bennett has ever written, and it's 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 heritage to nice novels, yet this ebook really is a page-turner.... arrange to have your religion in, wish for, and love of the US renewed."
-Brad Miner, American Compass

"The position of heritage 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, besides its lapses, into the context of a story concerning the growth of freedom. from time to time it's worthwhile to be reminded that we're a lucky humans, blessed with generations of leaders who time and again renewed the which means of America."
-Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

"For too lengthy american citizens were searching for a heritage of our state 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. americans who've been interpreting contemporary biographies of the Founding Fathers will love this book."
-Michael Barone, US information & international Report

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

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He was once the 1st president to stay within the newly developed govt Mansion. His prayer for it used to be “I pray Heaven to bestow the simplest of benefits in this condominium, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. may possibly none yet sincere and clever males ever rule below this roof. ” Abigail Adams. clever, dependable, and passionately keen on the nation’s founding, Abigail Adams persisted lengthy separations and family members sorrows to offer sincere John Adams the emotional and non secular help he craved. while aside, they wrote lengthy, loving letters to one another day-by-day. Their correspondence, on microfilm, extends totally 5 miles. It offers us an incomparable view of this notable couple and the age they embellished. The vp didn't totally detect that he had come domestic from London simply to step right into a clash that might dominate the 1790s—between those that wanted the fashion of monarchy if now not the political procedure and those that favourite a extra egalitarian simplicity from their rulers. Few humans criticized George Washington’s based trainer drawn by means of six matched greys, prancing well via Manhattan’s slim cobblestoned streets. humans beloved to have a president who was once aware of haute couture. yet those that accrued round the new govt went some distance past the necessities of fashion. Washington’s birthday was once celebrated as a countrywide holiday—as King George’s were. and a few desired to see the president’s face inspired at the cash. Worse, in line with Jefferson and Madison, used to be the expansion of a “republican courtroom” in regularly status-conscious long island. eight Weekly levies have been the Washingtons’ approach of formally enjoyable visitors. On a raised dais, President and girl Washington may greet their visitors, who bowed to the 1st couple and bought stiff, formal bows in go back. delicate even to the looks of ascendant monarchy, Jefferson had inveighed frequently opposed to such trappings in his many writings. He did ranking a few victories for republican simplicity, as whilst he persuaded American judges to discard the massive, flowing wigs worn through English magistrates. stated Jefferson, “They seem like rats peeping via bunches of oakum,” the wooly wadding used for stuffing among the timbers of boating ships. nine His gibe was once sufficient to pierce pomposity and overturn a centuries-old culture. Madison spoke for american citizens of the Jeffersonian bent whilst he instructed the home: “The extra uncomplicated, the extra republican we're in manners, the extra nationwide dignity we will collect. ”10 The Jeffersonians thought of this a significant topic. the area was once nonetheless ruled by means of monarchies. the US used to be surrounded by means of them—in Canada, in Florida, in Louisiana. throughout the warfare years, Jefferson had not just labored to disestablish Virginia’s authentic church—always a prop of monarchy—but he had additionally labored to abolish primogeniture and entail. Primogeniture was once the rule of thumb in Europe’s monarchies that required all land be handed down from father to eldest son. Entail prescribed how estate used to be to be inherited simply via lineal descendents of the landowner.

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