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William John Bennett (born July 3, 1943) is an American politician and political theorist. He served as United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. He also held the post of Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (or "Drug Czar") under George H. W. Bush. Bennett was born show more in Brooklyn but later moved to Washington, D.C., where he attended Gonzaga College High School. He graduated from Williams College and went on to get a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Political Philosophy. He also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School. William J. Bennett is Codirector of Empower American and Chairman and Founder of K12, an Internet based elementary and secondary school. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, Elayne, and their two sons. (Publisher Provided) show less


Works by William J. Bennett

The Children's Book of Virtues (1995) 2,719 copies
The Children's Book of Heroes (1997) 1,132 copies
The Children's Book of Faith (2000) 470 copies
Virtues Of Leadership (2001) 38 copies
Virtues Of Family Life (2001) 37 copies
Letters of John and Abigail Adams: 1762 to 1826 (2001) — Introduction — 24 copies
O livro das virtudes I (2017) 2 copies
Virtue Man 1 copy

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FROM AMAZON: Featuring the wisdom of Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Washington, Hamilton, and others, an anthology of the words and accomplishments of America's founders offers inspirational lessons in courage, civility, honesty, piety, and other important virtues and values.
Gmomaj | 2 other reviews | Jan 20, 2023 |
Summary:"The Moral Compass, the inspiring and instructive companion volume to The Book of Virtues, offers many more examples of good and bad, right and wrong, in great works from literature and in exemplary stories from history. Organized by the stages along life's journey, The Moral Compass moves from the first character lessons taught in the home, which shape the way children see life, to the countless choices that call the virtues into play as they grow older. The stories and poems serve as reference points on a moral compass, guiding the reader through the ethical and spiritual challenges along the pathway of life: leaving home, entering into marriage, easing the burdens of others, nurturing one's children, and fulfilling the obligations of citizenship and leadership." "The Moral Compass offers well-known examples from Western history and mythology along with a wider selection of tales and folklore from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Drawing on familiar authors such as Hans Christian Andersen, Washington Irving, Leo Tolstoy, and John Milton, as well as on intriguing but forgotten tales from centuries past, the stories in the Moral Compass are literary and evocative, designed to inspire as well as instruct."--Jacket… (more)
HCoC-library | 3 other reviews | Aug 28, 2022 |



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