William Bennett has created a quick and easy historical read of the last Century. A Century Turns follows some of the high and low points in America's history.
I wouldn't recommend this book as an exhaustive resource, as Bennett only touches on one or two impactful moments in each year from 1988 to 2008.
You will find his writing very easy to follow and the two section of full-color pictures add the touch every modern historical book needs.
While the tone of the book is very gracious, you can tell where on the political divide, Bennett falls. He is a strong defender of President George H.W. Bush seeing as he served as his Drug Czar.
The footnotes are quite extensive - over 15 pages of notes. And his small, personal additions at the bottom of the page add the right touch as he was part of the history.
Not quite the book for deep history buffs, but exactly what the average reader will enjoy. Take it to the beach while on vacation.