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America: The Last Best Hope (Volume III) - From the Collapse of Communism to the Rise of Radical Islam-logo

America: The Last Best Hope (Volume III) - From the Collapse of Communism to the Rise of Radical Islam

William J Bennett

The whole world can change in twenty years - and it did. Where is America going? Just look at the decades between 1988 and 2008. As America collectively exhaled at the end of the Cold War, we loosened our grip on the fear of nuclear confrontation for the first time since WWII. Some scholars even characterized teh collapse of the Soviet Union as the end of history itself. Peace was palpable. But America's domestic and global vitals changed almost instantly, and turbulence, not tranquility, marked the turn of the century: the war on drugs, race riots, values debates, deep economic shifts, and the growing threat of terrorism on U.S. soil that would tragically play out in 2001. And there were storms abroad: U.S. forces landed in Panama, Somalia, Kuwai, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Names such as Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden folded seamlessly - and almost instantly - into the American vernacular. Where is America going? Recent history offers the only signposts. What Bennett makes clear is that we are at a critical juncture: "Today, the levels of both hope and fear are at a high point. Whether we can expand the former and reduce the latter... will depend on what we do with the challenges before us today."

The whole world can change in twenty years - and it did. Where is America going? Just look at the decades between 1988 and 2008. As America collectively exhaled at the end of the Cold War, we loosened our grip on the fear of nuclear confrontation for the first time since WWII. Some scholars even characterized teh collapse of the Soviet Union as the end of history itself. Peace was palpable. But America's domestic and global vitals changed almost instantly, and turbulence, not tranquility, marked the turn of the century: the war on drugs, race riots, values debates, deep economic shifts, and the growing threat of terrorism on U.S. soil that would tragically play out in 2001. And there were storms abroad: U.S. forces landed in Panama, Somalia, Kuwai, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Names such as Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden folded seamlessly - and almost instantly - into the American vernacular. Where is America going? Recent history offers the only signposts. What Bennett makes clear is that we are at a critical juncture: "Today, the levels of both hope and fear are at a high point. Whether we can expand the former and reduce the latter... will depend on what we do with the challenges before us today."
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Genres:

History

Description:

The whole world can change in twenty years - and it did. Where is America going? Just look at the decades between 1988 and 2008. As America collectively exhaled at the end of the Cold War, we loosened our grip on the fear of nuclear confrontation for the first time since WWII. Some scholars even characterized teh collapse of the Soviet Union as the end of history itself. Peace was palpable. But America's domestic and global vitals changed almost instantly, and turbulence, not tranquility, marked the turn of the century: the war on drugs, race riots, values debates, deep economic shifts, and the growing threat of terrorism on U.S. soil that would tragically play out in 2001. And there were storms abroad: U.S. forces landed in Panama, Somalia, Kuwai, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Names such as Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden folded seamlessly - and almost instantly - into the American vernacular. Where is America going? Recent history offers the only signposts. What Bennett makes clear is that we are at a critical juncture: "Today, the levels of both hope and fear are at a high point. Whether we can expand the former and reduce the latter... will depend on what we do with the challenges before us today."

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jon Gauger

Length:

10h 59m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:02


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

38:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:55


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:42


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:05


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

42:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:41


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:24


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:59


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:53


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

17:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

01:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

13:05


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

33:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

20:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

16:29


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:59


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

14:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:46


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

13:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

11:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:38


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

13:03


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

14:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

10:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

12:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

10:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

12:52


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:59


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

11:04