‘A Century Turns’ is a descriptive account of the political history in America between 1988 and 2008. Bennett analyzes the highs and lows of the two decades, whilst raising questions about the extent to which the past will help us learn how to deal with the future. He brings us up to date and describes the point at which we are at as another turning point in American and indeed global history.
I think the plain and easy to understand language of the book really helps the reader to get a realistic grasp of the events Bennett is describing. His personal feeling and opinions are not portrayed in such a way as not to be biased but actually give more of a credibility to the descriptions because he writes very openly and frankly. The book would be of particular use to those who needed a general overview of this period in time for study purposes, but also it makes a very enjoyable read to someone who just enjoys reading history books. The book most definitely made me think about the way in which the world and politics has changed in the past twenty years and I think I agree that we are at a pivotal point in a global sense, because we have so much experience to learn from. But will we act based on previous experience or not? Only time will tell.
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