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An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic by John Steele Gordon

By John Steele Gordon

Original yr of publication: 2005

Throughout time, from historical Rome to trendy Britain, the good empires equipped and maintained their domination via strength of fingers and political energy. yet now not the U.S.. the US has ruled the area in a brand new, peaceable, and pervasive manner -- during the persisted production of astounding wealth. during this authoritative, engrossing background, John Steele Gordon captures as by no means sooner than the genuine resource of our nation's international effect: wealth and the ability to create extra of it.
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Giant bonfires blazed on every corner. From virtually every home and building, candles—sometimes as many as sixty per window—sent a shower of light below, turning night into day. 7 “Every tower, turret, every window in the city, from the dizzy height of the dome of the capitol, all over the immense structure; from the stairs of the Smithsonian, from every house and hovel, flashed a flood of light,” wrote a reporter for the Wilmington Delaware Republican. 9 Wrote a dazzled Julia Shepard to her father in upstate New York: All along our route the city was one blaze of glorious light.

Hence, the ceremony this day was especially poignant for Anderson. 7 “I am here, my friends and fellow-citizens, and brother soldiers, to perform an act of duty which is dear to my heart,” said the handsome, devout general. “I thank God I have lived to see this day. . 9 “The whole audience sprang to their feet,” recounted one writer. ” Added to the thundering ovation that followed, a deafening cannon salute erupted from the fort itself and the numerous batteries along the nearby coast. When the crowd thereupon joined in the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the effect was “thrilling,” wrote a New York newsman.

Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards and there was a throng of people, some gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. ” I demanded of one of the soldiers. “The President,” was his answer. ” gasped Mary. “I wish you had not told it. ”16 But Mary Lincoln did believe in dreams, and the woman was in terror for her husband’s life, though her fear of assassination had begun long before he told of his dream. The day he was nominated for the presidency in 1860, the death threats began.

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