Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race

By Richard Rhodes

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Rhodes offers a riveting account of the nuclear hands race and the chilly warfare.

In the Reagan-Gorbachev period, the us and the Soviet Union got here inside of mins of nuclear warfare, until eventually Gorbachev boldly introduced a crusade to do away with nuclear guns, surroundings the level for the 1986 Reykjavik summit and the awesome occasions that undefined. during this exciting, authoritative narrative, Richard Rhodes attracts on own interviews with either Soviet and U.S. individuals and a wealth of latest documentation to resolve the compelling, stunning tale in the back of this enormous time in human history—its beginnings, its approximately chilling outcomes, and its results on international politics this day.

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One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History

By Peter Manseau

A groundbreaking new examine the tale of America

At the center of the nation's non secular historical past are audacious and infrequently violent scenes. however the Puritans and the shining urban at the hill supply us only one strategy to comprehend the us. instead of recite American heritage from a Christian vantage aspect, Peter Manseau proves that what quite occurred is worthy a detailed, clean glance.

Thomas Jefferson himself accumulated books on all religions and required that the new Library of Congress take his books, considering american citizens had to contemplate the "twenty gods or no god" he famously famous have been respected by means of his friends. taking a look at the american citizens who believed in those gods, Manseau fills in America's tale of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they honestly have been, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults within the '60s to the hot presidential election the place either applicants have been for the 1st time non-traditional Christians.

One country, below Gods shows how even more there's to the background we inform ourselves, correct again to the country's earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it's an American heritage not like any you have got learn.

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San Clemente (Images of America)

By Jennifer A. Garey, San Clemente Historical Society

Within the Nineteen Twenties, San Clemente founder Ole Hanson anticipated a "Spanish Village" at the Pacific coast midway among l. a. and San Diego. His urban could have streets that the ordinary contours of the land. Sunny shores and ideal weather enticed many to settle during this fascinating neighborhood. identified for its hospitality and neighborly surroundings, town grew to become host and residential to dignitaries akin to Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pres. Richard M. Nixon. this day, specialist surfers, skate boarders, and small companies name San Clemente home--the ideal position for paintings and relaxation.

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White Robes, Silver Screens: Movies and the Making of the Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan was once reestablished in Atlanta in 1915, slightly every week earlier than the Atlanta preferable of The delivery of a kingdom, D. W. Griffith’s paean to the unique Klan. whereas this hyperlink among Griffith's movie and the Klan has been greatly stated, Tom Rice explores the little-known courting among the Klan’s luck and its use of movie and media within the interwar years whilst the picture, functionality, and ethical rectitude of the Klan was once contested at the nationwide level. through interpreting wealthy archival fabrics together with a sequence of movies produced by means of the Klan and a wealth of files, newspaper clippings, and manuals, Rice uncovers the fraught heritage of the Klan as a neighborhood strength that manipulated the yankee movie to increase its succeed in around the nation. White gowns, Silver monitors highlights the ways that the Klan used, produced, and protested opposed to movie with a view to recruit participants, generate exposure, and outline its position inside American society.

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An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America

By Nick Bunker

Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in History

Written from a strikingly clean viewpoint, this new account of the Boston Tea get together and the origins of the yankee Revolution exhibits how a deadly combination of politics, personalities, and economics resulted in a conflict that few humans welcomed yet not anyone may perhaps prevent.  

“A nice Empire, like an excellent Cake, is most simply decreased on the edges,” saw Benjamin Franklin, presently prior to the yankee Revolution. In An Empire at the part, British writer Nick Bunker provides a robust and propulsive narrative of the line to struggle. on the middle of the publication lies the Boston Tea celebration, whilst the British stumbled into an unexpected problem that revealed deep flaws in an imperial procedure sprawling from the Mississippi to Bengal. laying off new mild at the Tea Party’s origins and at the roles of such popular characters as Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Thomas Hutchinson, and the British ministers Lord North and Lord Dartmouth, Bunker depicts the final 3 years of deepening anger on each side of the Atlantic, culminating within the irreversible descent into revolution.

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Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

By Bill O'Reilly, Dwight Jon Zimmerman

Lincoln’s final Days is a gripping account of 1 of the main dramatic nights in American history—of how one gunshot replaced the rustic endlessly. tailored from invoice O’Reilly’s bestselling old mystery, Killing Lincoln, this ebook can have younger readers—and grown-ups too—hooked on history.

In the spring of 1865, President Abraham Lincoln travels via Washington, D.C., after ultimately successful America’s bloody Civil conflict. in the course of celebrations, Lincoln is assassinated at Ford’s Theatre by means of a recognized actor named John Wilkes sales space. What follows is an exhilarating chase, finishing with a fiery shoot-out and rapid justice for the perpetrators.

With an unforgettable solid of characters, page-turning motion, bright aspect, and artwork on each unfold, Lincoln’s final Days is background that reads like a mystery. this can be a very distinctive ebook, impossible to resist by itself or as a compelling better half to Killing Lincoln.

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Who Was Harriet Tubman?

By Yona Zeldis McDonough

Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it intended to be a persons estate; she used to be whipped through vendors and nearly killed via an overseer. It was once from different box palms that she first heard concerning the Underground Railroad which she travelled by way of herself north to Philadelphia. all through her lengthy existence (she died on the age of ninety-two) and lengthy after the Civil warfare introduced an finish to slavery, this notable girl was once facts of what only one individual can do.

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Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West

This number of brief, action-filled tales of the outdated West’s so much egregiously badly behaved girl outlaws, gamblers, dirty doves, and different depraved girls by way of award-winning Western heritage writer Chris Enss bargains a glimpse into Western Women’s event that is much less sunbonnets and extra six-shooters. in the course of the overdue 19th century, whereas males have been settling the hot frontier and speeding off to the newest growth cities, ladies of simple advantage came across depraved lives west of the Mississippi after they fortune hunters looking gold and land in an unsettled territory. Prostitutes and feminine gamblers was hoping to capitalize at the vices of the intrepid pioneers. Pulling jointly tales of women stuck within the acts of mayhem, distraction, homicide, and street theft, it's going to contain well-known names like Belle Starr and massive nostril Kate, in addition to lesser recognized characters.

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The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism

In a twin biography overlaying the final ten years of the lives of buddies and contemporaries, author Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of country lower than presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt), The Statesman and the Storyteller not just presents an intimate inspect the day-by-day lives of those males but additionally creates an elucidating portrait of the USA at the verge of rising as an international power.

And simply because the narrative information the knowledge, and the occasional missteps, of 2 nice males in the course of a tumultuous time, it additionally penetrates the seat of energy in Washington because the country strove to make itself identified internationally--and within the procedure devoted acts antithetical to America’s professed beliefs and promises.

The country’s most vital stream during this time used to be to visit struggle with Spain and to finally wrest  regulate of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. In what needs to be considered as probably the most shameful classes in American political historical past, Filipinos who believed they'd been promised independence have been as an alternative advised they have been incapable of self-government after which violently subdued in a struggle that featured torture and execution of local infantrymen and civilians. the USA extensively utilized its turning out to be army and political may to snatch the whole thing of the Hawaiian Islands and a wide part of Panama.

As secretary of nation in this time, Hay, notwithstanding a charitable guy, used to be still complicit in those misdeeds. Clemens, a staunch critic of his country’s imperialistic activities, used to be compelled by means of his personal monetary and family members must mood his feedback. Nearing the tip in their lengthy and noteworthy lives, either males came across themselves suffering to keep up their own integrity whereas last celebrated and esteemed public figures.

Written with a willing eye--Mark Zwonitzer is additionally an award-winning documentary filmmaker--and proficient by way of the author’s deep realizing of the styles of historical past, The Statesman and the Storyteller has the compelling speed of a unique, the epic sweep of historic writing at its top, and, in shooting the essence of the lives of Hay and Twain, the humanity and nuance of masterful biography.

 

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The Studs Terkel Reader: My American Century

By Studs Terkel

With a foreword by means of Robert Coles and a preface through Calvin Trillin.

The Studs Terkel Reader, initially released lower than the identify My American Century, collects the easiest interviews from 8 of Terkel's vintage oral histories with his excellent introductions to every paintings. that includes decisions from American desires, Coming of Age, department highway, "The strong War", the nice Divide, not easy occasions, Race, and Working, this "greatest hits" quantity is a treasury of Terkel's so much memorable matters that may pride his many lifelong fanatics and supply an ideal advent should you haven't but skilled the enjoyment of studying Studs Terkel. It contains an creation by way of Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Coles surveying Terkel's total physique of labor and a brand new foreword through Calvin Trillin.

"An casual epic of Terkel's close to century [with a] cinematic vividness that tells you greater than a shelf of normal background books." —Entertainment Weekly

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