Review of A Century Turns by William J. Bennett

Title:  A Century Turns
Author: William J. Bennett
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-5955-5169-6
Reviewed by Jo Linsdell.

A Century Turns takes a look at events involving America between 1988 and 2008. It starts with the last year of the Presidency of Ronald Wilson Reagan and goes on to cover both domestic and international issues faced by America over the following twenty years.

Due to William Bennett’s close friendship with George H.W. Bush the book tends to be very pro-Bush. He highlights personal memories of the events (many of which he was directly involved in) through out the book with insights and personal anecdotes. I found that these personal touches make the book lighter reading than many other history books on the market.

Before I carry on, I must state that I’m not American. I am in fact British born and live in Italy. I know little about American politics and what I have followed over the years was mainly the scandals which were shown on gossip programmes and magazines. Much of the content of this book was unknown to me prior to reading this book and it was interesting to see an American take on the events I was aware of over the years.

The book is broken down into easy to manage sections and contains a complete notes section of all reference materials used. I think it would make an excellent reference books for schools and those studying American history. It’s also an interesting and some what enlightening read for us non-Americans. 

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