Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 1, 2010

William J. Bennett covers past 20 years in new book, “A Century Turns”


Can you imagine a world without Fox News or American Idol?  Or can you remember a time when no one had ever heard of Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Lopez or Justin Timberlake?  Can you remember a time without email, an iPod or Amazon.com?  You only have to go back to 1988 when George H.W. Bush began his presidential term.  From 1988 to 2008, the United States has seen her share of controversy from partial birth abortion to gay marriage, scandals from the Iran-Contra affair to White Water to Monica Lewinsky, and terrorism from the bombing of the  Achille Laro to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

William J. Bennett covers it all in his new book, “A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears.”  From the election of George H. W. Bush to the election of Barack Obama, Bennett covers the good, the bad and the ugly in the history of the United States’ past 20 years.  A great resource for teachers and students,  Bennett even has a website for additional resources. 

For those of us who were adults over the past 20 years, this is a reminder of where we’ve been, where we are and where we are going.  It seems that things will continue to go the way they’ve always gone.   For those who are too young to remember the last two decades, this is a great history book which will give you more information than just spewing out facts and figures; it will also fill you in on the backstory.

I highly recommend this book.  It put some things into perspective for me.   It was a reminder for me that you should never judge a person or a situation before you have all of the facts and the media only tells you what they want you to hear.   Read this book and keep it on your bookshelf because you may want to refer to it again in 20 years.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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