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William John Bennett (born July 31, 1943) is an American conservative politician and political commentator who served as secretary of education from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. He also held the post of director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under George H. W. Bush. Early life and education Bennett was born July 31, 1943 to a Catholic family in Brooklyn, the son of Nancy (née Walsh), a medical secretary, and F. Robert Bennett, a banker. His family moved to Washington, D.C., where he attended Gonzaga College High School. He graduated from Williams College in 1965, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Society, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in political philosophy in 1970. He also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating in 1971. Career Educational institutions Bennett was an associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Boston University from 1971 to 1972 and then became an assistant professor of philosophy and an assistant to John Silber, the president of the college, from 1972 to 1976. In May 1979, Bennett became the director of the National Humanities Center, a private research facility in North Carolina, after the death of its founder Charles Frankel. Federal offices In 1981 President Reagan appointed Bennett to chair the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), where he served until Reagan appointed him secretary of education in 1985. Reagan initially nominated Mel Bradford to the position, but due to Bradford's pro-Confederate views, Bennett was appointed. This event was later marked as the watershed in the divergence between paleoconservatives, who backed Bradford, and neoconservatives, led by Irving Kristol, who supported Bennett. While at NEH, Bennett published "To Reclaim a Legacy: A Report on the Humanities in Higher Education", a 63-page report. It was based on an assessment of the teaching and learning of the humanities at the baccalaureate level, conducted by a blue-ribbon study group of 31 nationally prominent authorities on higher education convened by NEH.In May 1986, Bennett switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party. In September 1988, Bennett resigned as secretary of education, to join the Washington law firm of Dunnels, Duvall, Bennett, and Porter. In March 1989, he returned to the federal government, becoming the first Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, appointed by President George H. W. Bush. He was confirmed by the Senate in a 97–2 vote. He left that position in December 1990. Radio and television In April 2004, Bennett began hosting Morning in America, a nationally syndicated radio program produced and distributed by Dallas, Texas-based Salem Communications. The show aired live weekdays from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and was one of the only syndicated conservative talk shows in the morning drive time slot. However, its clearances were limited due to a preference for local shows in this slot, and the show got most of its clearances on Salem-owned outlets. Morning in America was also carried on Sirius Satellite Radio, on Channel 144, also known as the Patriot Channel. Bennett retired from full-time radio on March 31, 2016.In 2008, Bennett became the host of a CNN weekly talk show, Beyond the Politics. The show did not have a long run, but Bennett remained a CNN contributor until he was fired in 2013 by then-new CNN president Jeff Zucker. Bennett has been moderating The Wise Guys, a Sunday night show on Fox News, since January 2018. Carried on Fox Nation as well, participants include Tyrus, Byron York, Ari Fleischer, Victor Davis Hanson, and others. Author, speaker, and pundit Bennett writes for National Review Online, National Review and Commentary, and is a former senior editor of National Review. Bennett is a member of the National Security Advisory Council of the Center for Security Policy (CSP). He was co-director of Empower America and was a Distinguished Fellow in Cultural Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. Long active in United States Republican Party politics, he is now an author and speaker. Bennett was the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute. He was also a commentator for CNN until 2013. He is an advisor to Project Lead The Way and Beanstalk Innovation. He is on the advisory board of Udacity, Inc., Viridis Learning, Inc. and the board of directors of Vocefy, Inc. and Webtab, Inc. In 2017, Bennett launched a podcast, The Bill Bennett Show.According to internal White House records from January 6, 2021, Bennett spoke on the phone with then-President Donald Trump just before Trump went to the "Save America" rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol. Political views Bennett tends to take a conservative position on affirmative action, school vouchers, curriculum reform, and religion in education. As education secretary, he asked colleges to enforce drug laws better and supported a classical education. He frequently criticized schools for low standards. In 1987 he called the Chicago Public Schools system "the worst in the nation." He coined the term "the blob" to describe the state education bureaucracy, a term which was later taken up in Britain by Michael Gove.Bennett is a staunch supporter of the War on Drugs and has been criticized by some for his views. On Larry King Live, he said that a viewer's suggestion of beheading drug dealers would be "morally plausible." He also "lamented that we still grant them [drug dealers] habeas corpus rights."Bennett is a member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and was one of the signers of the January 26, 1998 PNAC Letter sent to President Bill Clinton, which urged Clinton to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein from power. Bennett is a neoconservative, and was an advocate for the Iraq War.In 2016, Bennett vigorously supported Donald Trump in his presidential campaign, writing that saying that conservatives who objected to Trump "suffer from a terrible case of moral superiority and put their own vanity and taste above the interest of the country" and that "our country can survive the occasional infelicities and improprieties of Donald Trump. But it cannot survive losing the Supreme Court to liberals." Controversies Gambling In 2003, it became publicly known that Bennett - who had spent years preaching about family values and personal responsibility - was a high-stakes gambler who lost millions of dollars in Las Vegas. Criticism increased in the wake of Bennett's publication, The Book of Virtues, a compilation of moral stories about courage, responsibility, friendship and other examples of virtue. Joshua Green of the Washington Monthly said that Bennett failed to denounce gambling because of his own tendency to gamble. Also, Bennett and Empower America, the organization he co-founded and headed at the time, opposed an extension of casino gambling in the United States.Bennett said that his habit had not jeopardized himself or his family financially. Af.... Discover the Paul J Bennett popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Paul J Bennett books.

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  • Guardian of the Crown synopsis, comments

    Guardian of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    Victory is theirs, but are they safe? With the dark host defeated, peace finally descends upon the warweary land. Even as the fragile truce keeps conflict at bay, each kingdom must...

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    Paul J Bennett

    What happens when your enemies are more powerful than you? Everywhere, magic is feared by commoners while being revered by the nobility. But, if a mage hunter discovers a peasant ...

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    Sword of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    When an invading army crosses the border… only hope stands between victory and defeat. Enter Dame Beverly Fitzwilliam, who has trained for this moment since she first held a sword...

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    Turn Of The Tide

    Rosie Harris

    Let muchloved multimillion copy bestseller Rosie Harris sweep you away to Liverpool in this captivating and emotionally charged saga. Perfect for readers of Dilly Court, Kitty Nea...

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    The Beast of Brunhausen

    Paul J Bennett

    On the eve of a full moon, no one is safe in the sleepy village of Brunhausen When Brother Cyric finds himself travelling to the city, a chance encounter with a stranger leads him...

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    Paul J Bennett

    There is no sanctuary for those who are hunted! Natalie and Athgar are safely ensconced in the sleepy town of Ostermund when a chance encounter leads them on a trail of deceit that...

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    Tempered Steel

    Paul J Bennett

    What drives a warrior to fight? Some take up arms to protect their homeland, while others seek glory and riches. For Charlaine and Ludwig, it's the result of a love that can never...

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    Shadow of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    Treachery! Treason! Trolls! Fooled into thinking they are returning heroes, the entourage's royal welcome is cut short when they mysteriously collapse; all but Nikki, the one ...

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    Paul J Bennett

    A land on the brink of destruction! Determined to do everything they can to break the family's stranglehold over the Petty Kingdoms, Athgar and Natalia travel to the distant p...

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    The Revolutionary Paul Revere

    Joel J. Miller

    “Quick in the saddle and fast out of town.” Watch one of America’s most remarkable heroes come alive through fastpaced prose and gripping storytelling. He’s Famous for his Ride.&#x...

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    A Plague in Zeiderbruch

    Paul J Bennett

    Death lurks in the shadows, but nobody knows who's next! Brother Cyric, called upon to investigate a deadly malady, begins to question where it began after too many are afflic...

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    Temple Knight

    Paul J Bennett

    Life took a twist she never expected. All Charlaine ever wanted was to follow in her father's footsteps… until the moment she was forced to leave her old life behind to save her f...

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    Temple Captain

    Paul J Bennett

    A rot creeps through the Continent, threatening to destroy its very foundation. After her victory in the south, Charlaine is summoned to the Antonine, where the Church rules supre...

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    Heart of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    For as long as he can remember, Alric dreamed of being a hero; of defeating a dragon and saving the princess. But his royal position would never allow it, until… the arrival of t...

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    Paul J Bennett

    Is nowhere safe? Athgar and Natalia have everything they have ever dreamed offamily, friends, and a place to call home. When Athgar's longlost sister unexpectedly walks into t...

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    A Midwinter Murder

    Paul J Bennett

    Where there's murder, there's a mystery to be solved! When Brother Cyric, Temple Knight of Saint Mathew, finds himself travelling to the countryside to bless a Duke's ...

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    Into the Maelstrom

    Paul J Bennett

    How can one man succeed where an entire army has failed? Amarantis, a powerful Fire Mage, searches the battlefield, seeking his next victim. Giselle refuses to give in to defeat....

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    The Power of Dreams

    Rosie Harris

    Fans of Dilly Court, Kitty Neale, Emma Hornby and Rosie Goodwin will love this vivid and compelling saga, set around Tiger Bay and Cardiff. Muchloved multimillion copy bestseller ...

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    Warrior Prince

    Paul J Bennett

    A new king promises peace, but old hatreds return After defeating the insurrection, Ludwig returns home to his family, only to be ordered back to the capital. Thrust into the respo...

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    Warrior Lord

    Paul J Bennett

    From warrior to diplomat, his destiny awaits. Heralded as the Hero of the North, Ludwig returns home, expecting to reconcile with his father, only to learn a mysterious illness ha...

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    Burden of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    Not all wars are won on the battlefield! Even as a young child, Anna fought against injustice. Now, with the crown firmly in her grasp, she need only win over the nobles council t...

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    Defender of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy! As peace settles across the land, two great kingdoms prepare for a royal wedding. With all eyes focused on the celebrations, the unexpecte...

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    The Awakening - Into the Fire

    Paul J Bennett

    The path to one's destiny is never easy! Athgar and Natalia are destined to become great mages, yet everyone has to start somewhere. In this prequel to Ashes, the first book in The...

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    Servant of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    An old warrior, too stubborn to die. A royal heir, hidden since birth. Can they save a realm on the brink of war? Tragedy tears Gerald's world apart and only his unwavering l...

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    Waiting for Love

    Rosie Harris

    With all her signature warmth, wonderful characters and unforgettable drama, lose yourself in this moving saga of one girl's battle for happiness in the face of a life of shattered...

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    Paul J Bennett

    Natalia returns to where it all began Forced to pursue those who threaten their daughter's very existence, Athgar and Natalia must say goodbye to all they know. Barely survivi...

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    Triumph of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    Weldwyn has fallen, and with it, all hope of peace. The army of Merceria, bruised and beaten, returns only to learn of the invasion of its closest ally, Weldwyn. With the Palace ...

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    Troubled Waters

    Rosie Harris

    Let muchloved multimillion copy bestseller Rosie Harris take you back in time with this wonderfully evocative, emotional and atmospheric saga of love, life and trauma. Fans of Dill...

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    Enemy of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    What hope have so few against so many? Halvaria. The very name conjures images of a vast empire, determined to rule the world of Eiddenwerthe. For twelve hundred years their might...

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    War of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    The secret to their future lies in the past. War rages on, stretching the Army of Merceria to the breaking point. Even with Norland armies marching in the north, their capital pro...

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    Temple Commander

    Paul J Bennett

    With a new rank comes great responsibility Newly promoted, Charlaine deShandria is sent to the very borders of the mighty Halvarian Empire. There, she finds a beleaguered kingdom,...

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    Paul J Bennett

    Old friends. New Allies. Their fates forever entwined. Guided by the Ancestors, Natalia and Athgar journey to an inhospitable land where danger lurks behind the guise of friendship...

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    Fate of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    From lonely little girl… to the people's princess. She is the last hope of a kingdom crushed under the heel of tyranny. At first alone in the world, everything changed the da...

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    Paul J Bennett

    A kingdom in turmoil, a family seeking revenge! Carlingen is a beacon of hope, promising fame and fortune but delivering neither. Athgar and Natalia, hoping to make their stay i...

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    Cable From Kabul

    Nigel Tranter

    MACREADY BELIEVED DEAD STOP PROJECT IN BALANCE STOP PLEASE COME STOP said the cable which reached the respectable Fenchurch Street office of Cranstoun and Macready, Importers and E...

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    Heir to the Crown Box Set

    Paul J Bennett

    They are all that stands between victory and defeat! After tragedy tears Gerald's world apart, he serves as a soldier for years until a single act of sacrifice cuts him off from al...

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    Battle at the River

    Paul J Bennett

    An enemy commander. A skilled tactician. Only one can be victorious. The Norland raiders are at it again. When the Baron of Bodden splits their defensive forces, Sergeant Gerald M...

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    Fury of the Crown

    Paul J Bennett

    There can be no peace while any possibility of invasion remains After beating back the Norlanders, the Mercerians decide on retribution through force of arms. Provoked by all that...

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    A Stake in the Kingdom

    Nigel Tranter

    Seventh son of the penurious Laird of Balfour, the fiercely ambitiousDavid Beaton was determined to rise in the world by whatever meansavailable. Never one to be burdened by scru...

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    Paul J Bennett

    Peace is impossible while the family survives. As the Northern Alliance threatens the Stormwind's power, the family retaliates, forcing the rulers of the Petty Kingdoms to bend to ...

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    Warrior Knight

    Paul J Bennett

    Win a tournament, find a wealthy patron, and be set for lifehow hard can it be? Desperate to escape the unending duty and responsibility of being a baron's son, Ludwig Altenburg s...