Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Book Review: A Century Turns
I believe that anyone interested in American history and politics would find this a valuable read because of the primary source that Bennett is to so much of the history of this time in this place. I found it very readable and engaging. Bennett's "voice" is very comfortable to read. Very like sitting down with a friend to hear their side of the story of an event they were involved in. But at the same time the book is much like a history text with plenty of good information. Having lived through these events I found the book helped me to create a timeline of sorts in my mind of the events that took place. Some of the events had faded from my memory and this book was a good reminder and at the same time added new information I had not known before. In addition the personal view of the people we see only in the news shorts was fascinating.
Because of the primary source material I believe that this book would be an excellent supplement to a history spine for an American History class for students in high school or college. I would certainly use it to teach my own children as the part of a larger curriculum. I believe it has value in teaching Bennett's side of the story that unfolded as our collective history. I enjoyed his writing style enough to now want to read his previous two volumes of history.
I was provided a copy by the publisher for review. I am under no obligation to "like" the book and I wouldn't publish a review here if I didn't like the book. But I did really enjoy reading this book and recommended it for personal edification or teaching in a classroom.