Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Book Review

"A Century Turns" by William J. Bennett

Published by Thomas Nelson

This book is easy to read and not at all as dry as one might expect a book about the years between 1988 to 2008, from an historical standpoint. A key factor in the author's writing style is that he has first person reference to many of the events. He provides the reader with behind the scene tidbits yet does not project a judgemental observation.

Bennett describes events from his own life and how history has shown his views to be correct or not. For example, he describes the decision of Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard and form Microsoft. Bennett was a proctor at Harvard during that time and advised Gates to stay in school. Bennett also tells about a meeting with George W. Bush during the time Bush was considering people as a running mate. Bennett declined Bush's inquiry when asked if he was interested in the vice president slot of the ticket in 2000.

This book is a refreshing look back at events that have shaped our country as described in honest and thoughtful language. The book cuts through the bias from media reports of events and provides some honest reporting of history. Bill Bennett has a natural gift of storytelling and combines it with a true appreciation of our nation's history. The reader is the beneficiary.

I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers 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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