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.