America: The Last Best Hope (Volume I): From the Age of Discovery to a World at War - William J. Bennett

This has to be the best book of U.S. history I've read. It covers from the time of Columbus to the brink of WWI and how we arrived there. I cannot wait to read the second in this series. Dr. Bennett did a masterful job at keeping me informed and entertained at the same time. Time and again I turned to my wife saying "did you know..." This book even reaffirmed my love for this country and how blessed I feel for being a part of it. It dwells deep into the sacrifice and hard work that has brought our great country to where are.