San Francisco in World War II (Images of America)

By John Garvey

Every little thing replaced at the morning of December 7, 1941, and existence in San Francisco was once no exception. Flush with pleasure and tourism within the wake of the 1939 Golden Gate foreign Exposition, town used to be shocked on the severity of the Pearl Harbor assault, and quick settled into prepared chaos with its new function as an immense deployment heart for the rest of the struggle. "Frisco" teemed with servicemen and servicewomen in the course of and after the clash, ceaselessly altering the face of this waterfront urban. Warships roamed the bay, and fearsome gun embankments seemed at the cliffs dealing with the ocean, getting ready to repel an invasion that by no means occurred.

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Lincoln's Darkest Year: The War in 1862

By William Marvel

A revealing examine Lincoln’s activities in 1862—and a state in the course of war

Lincoln’s Darkest 12 months bargains a gripping narrative of 1862, a pivotal 12 months in our country’s Civil battle. surprise maintains the tale he all started in Mr. Lincoln is going to struggle, which all in favour of Lincoln’s first yr in workplace, back hoping on lately unearthed basic resources and little-known money owed to color an image of this serious yr in newfound element. Lincoln’s Darkest 12 months highlights not only the activities but in addition the deeper motivations of the most important figures, together with normal Ulysses S. furnish, Jefferson Davis, George McClellan, Stonewall Jackson, and, such a lot significantly, Lincoln himself. because the motion darts from the White residence to the battlefields and again, surprise sheds new gentle at the hardships persisted by means of daily voters and the monstrous and sustained public competition to the war.

The moment in a deliberate four-part sequence at the Civil struggle, and the 1st significant reexamination in over fifty years, Lincoln’s Darkest yr stands except conventional assumptions and narratives concerning the early years of the Civil struggle. wonder combines fluid prose and scholarship with the abilities of an investigative old detective to unearth the genuine tale of our nation’s maximum quandary.

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The Age of Reform

This booklet is a landmark in American political notion. It examines the eagerness for growth and reform that coloured the complete interval from 1890 to 1940 -- with startling and stimulating effects. it searches out the ethical and emotional explanations of the reformers the myths and desires within which they believed, and the realities with which they'd to compromise.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

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The Wordy Shipmates

By Sarah Vowell

In this New York Times bestseller, the writer of Lafayette within the a little bit United States "brings the [Puritan] period wickedly to lifestyles" (Washington Post).

To at the present time, the USA perspectives itself as a Puritan state, yet Sarah Vowell investigates what that means-and what it's going to suggest. What she discovers is whatever some distance diverse from what their uptight shoebuckles- and-corn popularity may possibly suggest-a hugely literate, deeply principled, and unusually feisty humans, whose tale is stuffed with pamphlet feuds, witty court dramas, and bloody vengeance.

Vowell takes us from the modern day reenactment of an Indian bloodbath to the Mohegan sunlight on line casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, the place "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. all through, The Wordy Shipmates is wealthy in ancient truth, funny perception, and social remark via one in every of America's such a lot celebrated voices.

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San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960

By Fred Lyon

With a landmark round each nook and an image excellent view atop each hill, San Francisco should be the world's so much picturesque urban. And but, the Golden urban is a lot more than postcard vistas. it is a city alive with heritage, tradition, and a palpable experience of grandeur most sensible captured by way of a guy often called San Francisco's Brassai. strolling the city's foggy streets, the fourth-generation San Franciscan captures the local's view in dramatic black-and-white photographs— from fog-drenched mornings in North seashore and cable autos on marketplace road to moody evening pictures of Coit Tower and the twists and turns of Lombard road. In San Francisco, Portrait of a urban 1940–1960, Fred Lyon captures the enduring landscapes and exclusive personalities that remodeled the town via the bay right into a legend. Lyon's anecdotes and private remembrances, together with sly pictures of San Francisco characters akin to author Herb Caen, painters Richard Diebenkorn and Jean Varda, and madame and previous mayor of Sausalito Sally Stanford upload an artist's first-hand view to this portrait of a vintage American urban.

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Eugenic Nation: Faults and Frontiers of Better Breeding in Modern America (American Crossroads)

First variation, Winner of the Arthur J. Viseltear Prize, American Public health and wellbeing Association

With an emphasis at the American West, Eugenic Nation explores the lengthy and unsettled historical past of eugenics within the usa. This increased moment variation contains stunning info demonstrating that eugenics maintains to notify institutional and reproductive injustice. Alexandra Minna Stern attracts on lately exposed old files to bare styles of racial bias in California’s sterilization software and records compelling person studies. With the addition of considerably new and proper study, this version connects the eugenic prior to the genomic current with awareness to the moral and social implications of rising genetic technologies.

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Hope Dies Last: Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times

By Studs Terkel

The well known oral historian turns his consciousness to the aspirations of "the American century."

I think there's gonna be a metamorphosis, yet we're those gonna do it, no longer the govt.. With us there's a announcing, "La esperenza muera ultima. wish dies last." You can't lose desire. should you lose desire, you lose everything.—Jessie de los angeles Cruz, retired farm employee

Studs Terkel's wonderful oral histories have hitherto handled specifics, as he places it "the visceral stuff — the task, race, age and death." whereas Terkel's selected subject the following, the incandescence of desire, could before everything look elusive, it really is whatever yet summary. For Terkel, wish is born of activism, dedication, and the steely choice to withstand.

The spirit of activism has ebbed and flooded via Terkel's venerable lifestyles. within the nice melancholy of the Thirties he remembers a guy swinging from a chandelier on the Astor resort shouting for "Social Security!" within the Nineteen Sixties it was once African americans and scholars who endorsed for equivalent rights and an finish to maladventure in a foreign country. And now, in a brand new century, old and young are becoming a member of forces at the streets to decline to warfare. The spark of activism is igniting the valuable thought of a higher international once more.
The interviews in Hope Dies Last represent another heritage of the "American century," forming a legacy of the indefatigable spirit that Studs has regularly embodied, and an inheritance if you, by means of taking a stand, are making concrete the goals of today.

Hope Dies Last is Studs Terkel's inspiring new oral background of social motion in the United States. an alternate, extra own background of the yankee century, desire Dies final varieties a legacy of the indefatigable spirit that Studs has regularly embodied, and an inheritance in the event you, through taking a stand, are making concrete the desires of this present day. For Terkel, those interviews characterize a transformation that has taken position within the previous couple of years of uncertainty in the United States. From a physician who teaches his younger scholars compassion, to the now-retired brigadier basic who flew the Enola homosexual over Hiroshima, those interviews let us know a lot concerning the energy of the yankee dream and the strength of people who desire for a greater global. Terkel's topics show with grace and heat their mystery hopes and desires, combining to inform an inspiring tale of optimism and endurance that resonates with the eloquence of conviction.

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eISBN : 9781595585769

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The Concise Untold History of the United States

By Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick

A spouse to Oliver Stone’s ten-part documentary sequence of an analogous identify, this consultant deals a people’s heritage of the yankee Empire: “a severe evaluate people overseas policy…indispensable” (former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev); “brilliant, a masterpiece!” (Daniel Ellsberg); “Oliver Stone’s new e-book is as riveting, eye-opening, and thought-provoking as any historical past publication you are going to ever learn. It achieves what background, at its top, should do: provides a mountain of formerly unknown evidence that makes you query and think again a lot of your long-held assumptions in regards to the such a lot influential events” (Glenn Greenwald).

In November 2012, Showtime debuted a ten-part documentary sequence according to Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s The Untold background of the us. The booklet and documentary appeared again at human occasions that, on the time, went underreported, but additionally crucially formed America’s detailed and complicated historical past over the 20 th century.

From the atomic bombing of Japan to the chilly battle and fall of Communism, this concise model of the bigger publication is customized for the overall reader. entire with poignant images, arresting illustrations, and little-known records, The Concise Untold background of the U.S. covers the increase of the yankee empire and nationwide safety kingdom from the past due 19th century throughout the Obama management, placing all of it jointly to teach how deeply rooted the doubtless aberrant guidelines of the Bush-Cheney management are within the nation’s previous and why it has confirmed so tough for Obama to alter path.

In this concise and indispensible consultant, Kuznick and Stone (who Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills has referred to as America’s personal “Dostoevsky in the back of a camera”) problem winning orthodoxies to bare the darkish fact concerning the upward thrust and fall of yank imperialism.

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Historical Dictionary of American Propaganda

By Martin J. Manning

From the French and Indian battle in 1754, with Benjamin Franklin's subscribe to or Die sketch, to the current struggle in Iraq, propaganda has performed an important function in American historical past. The historic Dictionary of yank Propaganda presents greater than 350 entries, focusing totally on propaganda created by way of the U.S. govt all through its lifestyles. experts, one a long-time study librarian on the U.S. details company (the USIA) and the country Department's Bureau of international relations, and the opposite a former USIA Soviet Disinformation Officer, Martin J. Manning and Herbert Romerstein carry a profound wisdom of professional U.S. propaganda to this reference paintings. The dictionary is additional enriched through a considerable bibliography, together with motion pictures and video clips, and an excellent annotated record of greater than one hundred and five targeted collections around the globe that comprise fabric vital to the learn of U.S. propaganda.

Students, researchers, librarians, school, and normal readers will locate the Historical Dictionary of yankee Propaganda an authoritative ready-reference paintings for fast details on a variety of occasions, guides, media, humans, govt businesses, executive plans, agencies, and logos that supplied mechanisms to advertise America's pursuits, either in another country and regionally, in peace and in battle. just about all entries finish with feedback for additional study, and the topically prepared bibliography offers one other accomplished directory of significant assets, together with movies and videos.

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Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

By H.W. Brands

National Bestseller 

In this, the 1st significant single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in many years, H.W. manufacturers reshapes our realizing of this attention-grabbing guy, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.

An orphan at a tender age and with out formal schooling or the kinfolk lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson confirmed that the Presidency used to be no longer the unique province of the rich and the well-born yet may really be held by means of a guy of the folk. On an impressive, sweeping scale manufacturers re-creates Jackson’s upward push from his hardscrabble roots to his days as frontier attorney, then directly to his heroic victory within the conflict of latest Orleans, and eventually to the White apartment. taking pictures Jackson’s oversized lifestyles and deep influence on American historical past, manufacturers additionally explores his arguable activities, from his unapologetic expansionism to the disgraceful path of Tears. This is an exhilarating portrait, in complete, of the president who outlined American democracy.

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