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Tarnished Victory: Finishing Lincoln's War by William Marvel

By William Marvel

A grasp Civil struggle historian re-creates the ultimate 12 months of our nation’s maximum crisis.

With Tarnished Victory William wonder concludes his sweeping four-part series—this ultimate quantity starting with the Virginia and Atlanta campaigns in may well 1864 and shutting with the ultimate hand over of accomplice forces in June 1865. during that 12 months the warfare grows ever extra lethal, the house entrance is stripped to fill the armies, and the economic climate is crippled via debt and inflation, whereas the obdurate survival of the Confederacy heavily undermines aid for Lincoln’s conflict.

In the top, it appears Lincoln’s early critics, who performed the sort of pivotal position first and foremost of the sequence, are confirmed right. Victory did require enormous bloodshed and entire conquest of the South. It additionally required a long time of profession to cement the achievements of 1865, and the failure of Lincoln’s political heirs to hold via with that profession squandered the main commendable of these achievements, eventually making it a tarnished victory. wonder, known as the “Civil War’s grasp ancient detective” by means of Stephen Sears, has unearthed provocative information and wealthy tales lengthy buried underneath a century of amassed distortion and misinterpretation to create revisionist historical past at its top.

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The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry that by Steven M. Gillon

By Steven M. Gillon

Such a lot american citizens observed President invoice Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich as staunch foes--"the polar extremes of Pennsylvania Avenue." yet as Steven Gillon unearths within the Pact, those robust adversaries shaped a mystery alliance in 1997, a pact that may have rocked the political panorama, had it now not foundered within the wake of the Lewinsky scandal.
A attention-grabbing examine politics American-style, The Pact deals a riveting account of 2 of America's so much charismatic and influential leaders, detailing either their changes and their extraordinary similarities, and highlighting the profound and lasting effect the tumultuous Nineteen Sixties had on either their own and political lives. With the cooperation of either President Clinton and Speaker Gingrich, interviews with key gamers who've by no means earlier than spoken approximately their reports, in addition to extraordinary entry to Gingrich's inner most papers, Gillon not just bargains a behind-the-scenes examine the finances deadlock and the govt shutdown in 1995--the recognized face-off among Clinton and Gingrich--but he additionally unearths how the 2 moved nearer jointly after 1996--closer than somebody knew. particularly, the publication illuminates their mystery efforts to desert the liberal and conservative wings in their personal events and strike a bi-partisan deal to reform the "third rail of yank politics"--Social safeguard and Medicare. That in all probability groundbreaking attempt used to be swept away via the hugely charged response to the Lewinsky affair, finishing an initiative that would have reworked hundreds of thousands of yankee lives.
Packed with compelling new revelations approximately of the main robust and interesting figures of our time, this ebook might be needs to interpreting for everybody attracted to politics or present events.

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Ventura (Images of America) by Glenda J. Jackson

By Glenda J. Jackson

Franciscan monk Fr. Junipero Serra, founding father of the Spanish undertaking approach in California, raised a move at the seashore on March 31, 1782, at a place that grew to become a common wayfarer's midpoint among l. a. and element belief. This was once the commitment of challenge San Buenaventura. Bordered by way of rivers out of the foothills, this coastal quarter had initially been domestic to many Chumash Indian villages, relationship again to a thousand A.D. The small venture outpost fast flourished and finally grew right into a city entire with dust streets, wood sidewalks, saloons, church buildings, and diverse adventures and calamities. On March 10, 1866, the "City of excellent Fortune" included and acquired one of many first charters from the then 16-year-old, thirty first country within the union. this day the town of Ventura bustles with greater than 110,000 citizens and is called the "Gateway to the Channel Islands."

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Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia, Volumes 1-3 by Philip C. DiMare

By Philip C. DiMare

Movies in American heritage: An Encyclopedia is a reference textual content concerned with the connection among American society and flicks and filmmaking within the usa from the overdue nineteenth century throughout the current. past discussing many very important American motion pictures starting from Birth of a Nation to Star Wars to the Harry Potter movie sequence, the essays integrated within the volumes discover delicate concerns in cinema regarding race, category, and gender, authored by means of foreign students who supply detailed views on American cinema and historical past.

Written through a various workforce of uncommon students with backgrounds in heritage, movie experiences, tradition experiences, technological know-how, faith, and politics, this reference advisor will entice readers new to cinema experiences in addition to movie specialists. each one encyclopedic access offers information in regards to the movie, an evidence of the film's cultural value and effect, information regarding major members concerned with that paintings, and assets for additional study.

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Ghost Towns of the Mountain West: Your Guide to the Hidden by Philip Varney

By Philip Varney

The Rocky Mountain and nice Basin states are the guts of ghost-town state. Once-bustling pioneer outposts, mining camps, lumber cities, and railroad villages stand at the present time as reminders of the dignity days of gold rushes, business development, and that pioneering spirit of the previous West. This publication courses readers to the interesting and scenic ghost cities of Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Nevada. Varney highlights well known vacationer locations in addition to out-of-the-way spots strange even to natives of the sector. Maps, ancient heritage, and lovely colour photos deliver to existence dozens of ghost cities and supply sensible info for exploring this attention-grabbing bankruptcy of yankee history.

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Mark Twain: Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final by Michael Shelden

By Michael Shelden

Sooner or later in overdue 1906, seventy-one-year-old Mark Twain attended a gathering on copyright legislation on the Library of Congress. the coming of the well-known writer triggered the standard stir—but then Twain took off his overcoat to bare a "snow-white" adapted go well with and scandalized the room. His stunning outfit appalled and thrilled his contemporaries, yet way over that, as Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Shelden exhibits during this remarkable new biography, Twain had brilliantly staged this act of showmanship to cement his picture, and his own legend, within the public's mind's eye. That afternoon in Washington, below 4 years prior to his dying, marked the start of a colourful, tumultuous interval in Twain's lifestyles that might form a lot of the now-famous snapshot wherein he has emerge as known—America's indomitable icon, the fellow in White.

Although Mark Twain has lengthy been one in every of our so much cherished literary figures—Time journal has declared him "our unique superstar"—his ultimate years were principally misunderstood. regardless of relations tragedies, Twain's final part- decade was once one of the so much dynamic sessions within the author's existence. With the spirit and power of a guy fifty years more youthful, he persevered to fan the flames of hassle, perfecting his ability for dwelling huge. Writing forever and consistently prepared with one among his mythical quips, Twain could probability his fortune, turn into the keen sufferer of a lost-at-sea hoax, and decide fights with King Leopold of Belgium and Mary Baker Eddy.

Drawing on a few unpublished resources, together with Twain's personal journals, letters, and a revealing four-hundred-page own account saved less than wraps for many years (and nonetheless but to be published), Mark Twain: guy in White brings the mythical author's twilight years vividly to existence, supplying mind-blowing insights, together with an intimate, soft examine his family members lifestyles. packed with quality scholarship, infrequent and never-published Twain images, pleasant anecdotes, and noteworthy fees, together with a number of recovered Twainisms, this definitive biography of Twain's final years presents a impressive portrait of the fellow himself and of the unforgettable period in American letters that, in lots of methods, he helped to create.

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Empire of Mud: The Secret History of Washington, DC by J. D. Dickey

By J. D. Dickey

Washington, DC, gleams with stately columns and neoclassical temples, a pulsing hub of political energy and prowess. yet for many years it used to be one of many worst excuses for a capital urban the area had ever visible. sooner than the USA grew to become a global strength within the 20th century, Washington urban was once an eyesore at most sensible and a shame at worst. Unfilled swamps, filthy canals, and rutted horse trails littered its panorama. Political bosses employed hooligans and thugs to behavior the nation's affairs. mythical madams entertained consumers from all stations of society and politicians of each get together. The police served and guarded due to bribes and defense cash. underneath pestilential air, the city’s muddy roads resulted in a stumpy, half-finished obelisk to Washington right here, a domeless Capitol development there. Lining the streets stood boarding homes, tanneries, and slums. lethal horse races gouged dusty streets, and opposing factions of volunteer firefighters battled each other like violent gangs instead of life-saving heroes. The city’s turbulent heritage set a precedent for the dishonesty, corruption, and mismanagement that experience led generations to appear suspiciously at the quite a few sin--both genuine and imagined--of Washington politicians. Empire of dust finds and untangles the roots of our capital’s tale and explores how town used to be tainted from the outset, approximately stifled from turning into the proud castle of the republic that George Washington and Pierre L'Enfant expected greater than centuries in the past.

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Six Flags Over Georgia (Images of America) by Tim Hollis

By Tim Hollis


When Six Flags Over Georgia opened in June 1967, it grew to become the 1st subject park within the Southeast. even if the park is healthier recognized this day for its high-speed curler coasters, this booklet recaptures its past years while it used to be dedicated to a few of the sessions of Georgia's history.

Six Flags Over Georgia revisits such vintage rides and sights because the Log Jamboree, stories of the Okefenokee, Jean Ribaut'sAdventure, the Krofft Puppet Theater, the satisfied Motoring highway, and lots of others.

It additionally explores how the park's concentration replaced and extended over the many years and takes a glance at a few of its vintage advertisements and souvenirs.

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Why New Orleans Matters by Tom Piazza

By Tom Piazza

Ten years after typhoon Katrina, revisit Tom Piazza’s award-winning appraisal of a urban in crisis—with a brand new afterword putting the tale of recent Orleans within the context of the continued risk to America’s coastal populations.

In the last decade for the reason that storm Katrina devastated town of recent Orleans, american citizens have discovered a lot from the resilience of this proud, battered urban. And but, whilst town has regained a few of its misplaced footing, different areas round the state remain battered by means of hurricanes, snow and ice storms, and large climate occasions like Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the mid-Atlantic coast seven years later.

Published simply months after the hurricane, Why New Orleans concerns used to be instantly hailed as a passionate and eloquent party of town as either a cultural middle and a house to hundreds of thousands of citizens from varied—and occasionally precarious—walks of existence. Award-winning writer Tom Piazza, an established New Orleans resident, evoked the sensuous rapture of the town that gave us jazz song and Creole cooking, but in addition tested its deep undercurrents of corruption, racism, and injustice, and explored how its humans suffer and go beyond these stipulations. probably most vital, he requested that all of us, as americans contemplate our shared accountability to this nice and overlooked city and everything it has shared with the area: its grace and sweetness, resilience and soul.

In the years on account that its first e-book, Piazza has persevered to discover the tale of latest Orleans and its humans in lots of ways—most significantly in his novel urban of shelter and as a author for the acclaimed HBO sequence Treme, created through David Simon. Now, he revisits Why New Orleans Matters—and, in an all-new foreword for this version, re-examines the tale of Katrina as a cautionary story for a kingdom that has too frequently missed either its treasures and, way more vital, its humans.

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Shadow Warfare: The History of America's Undeclared Wars by Larry Hancock, Stuart Wexler

By Larry Hancock, Stuart Wexler

Opposite to its modern picture, deniable covert operations will not be whatever new. Such actions were ordered through each president and each management because the moment global struggle. routinely covert operations have trusted surrogates, with American team of workers concerned in simple terms at a distance, insulated via layers of deniability.

Shadow conflict lines the evolution of those covert operations, detailing the strategies and instruments used from the Truman period via these of the modern Obama Administrations. It additionally explores the personalities and careers of the various so much famous shadow warriors of the previous sixty years, tracing the decade-long courting among the CIA and the military.

Shadow war provides a balanced, non-polemic exploration of yankee mystery war, detailing its styles, results and collateral harm and offering its successes in addition to mess ups. Shadow Wars explores why each president from Franklin Roosevelt on, felt forced to show to mystery, deniable army motion. It additionally delves into the political dynamic of the president's courting with Congress and the truth that regardless of a long time of strive against, the U.S. Congress has selected to not workout its accountability to claim a unmarried kingdom of conflict - even for prolonged and hugely obvious wrestle.

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