America, The Last Best Hope
Volume II, From a World at War to the Triumph of Freedom
William J. Bennett
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Volume II of Bill Bennett's fine U.S. history is out this week. Clocking in at almost 600 pages, it recounts the country's saga from World War I through Ronald Reagan. As Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson (himself the author of a swell new biography of Einstein) says on the dust jacket, "Bill Bennett's wonderfully readable book...puts our nation's triumphs, along with its lapses, into the context of a narrative about the progress of freedom." This is not only an excellent work for anyone wanting deeper familiarity with American history--it (together with volume I, which Thomas Nelson published last year) would also be a superb textbook for an ambitious high school or college course.