The second greatest story ever told

I just returned from a book party for William Bennett celebrating the release of Volume I of his history of the United States, America: The Last Best Hope. When properly presented, our history is the second greatest story ever told. This author is just the person to present it properly.

I had never met Bennett before. He could not have been nicer or more generous in his praise of Power Line. I mentioned that my daughter, a high school senior, just completed an AP U.S. History course in which one of the texts was Howard Zinn’s leftist People’s History of the United States. Bennett praised Zinn’s scholarship but noted that he writes “a brief for only one side.”

Bennett’s book attempts to present the full story. As he says in the introduction,

In this work, I will not try to cover up great wrongs. Injustices need sunlight — always, as Justice Brandeis said, the best disinfectant. I will try to paint America as Oiliver Cromwell asked to be painted: warts and all. But I will not follow the fashion of some today who see America as nothing but warts.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was in attendance and I had the privilege of shaking his hand and thanking him for all he’s doing to protect our national security.

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