I’m not going to lie. I wanted a free book and this was the only one available through Booksneeze at the moment. When I received it, I felt like it was a summer reading assignment for a government class. I’ve read worse in my college courses, so I wasn’t daunted by the size of the text. I flipped open the cover and began my journey…
A Century Turns: New Hopes, New Fears is written by William J. Bennett. According to Wikipedia (okay so not the most reliable source, but I just wanted to basics!), Bennett is an American conservative politician and political theorist. He served as United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. He also was the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under George H. W. Bush. I tried going into the book with an open mind, but I could already see that I wasn’t aligned with Mr. Bennett’s political affiliations. Oh well, on we go!
The book started the election of President George H. Bush and ended with the election of President Barack Obama. It definitely is for someone who considers themselves to be a history buff or for someone who enjoys conservative commentary. Bennett covers other topics like the standoff in Waco, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the OJ Simpson trial, the war in Iraq… really heavy stuff. I enjoyed the pop culture references and the photographs (I sound like a teenager!), but I did appreciate the seriousness of this text. I could definitely see myself passing this along to a colleague or a relative for their review.
This book isn’t for your beach trip or relaxing poolside tanning session. Yet, it is an interesting look at recent history from a viewpoint that I usually don’t read. It definitely has its own merits.