By Richard Hofstadter
Spans the heritage of the United States from its discovery to the current, delivering a beneficiant sampling of records.
By David Leavitt
This portrait of a relatives and its emotional fight to return to phrases with the demise of Louise Cooper, the autonomous matriarch. it truly is written by way of the writer of "The misplaced Languages of Cranes" and "Family Dancing" a set of brief tales.
By William Blum
In America’s Deadliest Export, William Blum mounts a strong case in contrast belief—and opposed to postwar American international coverage generally. Stripping away the lies that experience hidden America’s actual time table, Blum unearths the true goals—and brutal consequences—of American militarism.
“A fireball of terse information—one of our greatest muckrakers.”—Oliver Stone
“This e-book bargains with disagreeable matters but it's a excitement to learn. Blum maintains to supply us with convincing reviews people international coverage in a freshly educated and interesting way.”—Michael Parenti, writer of The Face of Imperialism
“With stable cheer and humor Blum courses us towards knowing that our executive doesn't suggest good. as soon as we now have grasped that, we are way more able to successfully doing sturdy ourselves.”—David Swanson, writer of War Is a Lie
By Miles Harvey
During this vibrantly instructed, meticulously researched ebook, Miles Harvey finds probably the most interesting and ignored lives in American background. Like The Island of misplaced Maps, his bestselling ebook a few mythical map thief, Painter in a Savage Land is a compelling seek into the mysteries of the earlier. this is often the exciting tale of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, the 1st ecu artist to trip to what's now the continental usa with the explicit goal of recording its wonders in pencil and paint. Le Moyne’s pictures, which live on at the present time in a chain of striking engravings, supply a unprecedented glimpse of local American existence on the pivotal time of first touch with the Europeans–most of whom arrived with the preconceived inspiration that the hot international was once a nearly legendary position within which whatever used to be possible.
In 1564 Le Moyne and 3 hundred different French Protestants landed off the coast of Florida, hoping to set up the 1st everlasting ecu payment within the sprawling territory that may turn into the us. Their quest resulted in ugly violence, yet Le Moyne used to be one of many few colonists to flee, returning around the Atlantic to create dozens of illustrations of the neighborhood local Americans–works of lasting significance to students. this present day, he's additionally famous as an influential early painter of plant life and plants.
A Zelig-like character, Le Moyne labored for essentially the most admired figures of his time, together with Sir Walter Raleigh. Harvey’s study, in addition, indicates a desirable hyperlink to the infamous Mary Queen of Scots. mostly forgotten until eventually the 20th century, Le Moyne’s items became more and more wanted within the paintings world–at a 2005 public sale, a formerly unknown e-book of his botanical drawings offered for 1000000 dollars.
In re-creating the lifestyles and legacy of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, Miles Harvey weaves a story of either highbrow intrigue and swashbuckling drama. Replete with shipwrecks, mutinies, spiritual wars, pirate raids, and Indian assaults, Painter in a Savage Land is actually a travel de strength of narrative nonfiction.
Praise for Painter in a Savage Land
"Inspired, attractive, and totally unique. Miles Harvey is an archeologist of forgotten tales, a grasp of discovering amazing characters folded into the crevices of withered files. In Painter in a Savage Land, he has breathed lifestyles right into a exciting and not likely story that, finally, connects us all." --Robert Kurson, writer of Shadow Divers and Crashing Through
"Like a few adorable sleuth of the esoteric--a type of scholarly Columbo--Miles Harvey has a manner of stumbling onto interesting ancient stories solely neglected via others. With equivalent elements rigor and sweetness, he has transported us to a stunning dawn-world whilst a bewildered Europe was once making its first contacts with a extraordinary and susceptible continent." --Hampton facets, writer of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers
"A extraordinary brew of paintings, exploration and exploitation. Miles Harvey's tale bristles with surprises on each page." --Laurence Bergreen, writer of Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu and Over the sting of the area: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
"Miles Harvey has outdone himself with this soaking up account of the existence and paintings of a mysterious French artist who used to be the 1st eu to list visible impressions of North the United States. Harvey's research into the curious existence, swashbuckling adventures and enduring legacy of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues is attractive on a few compelling degrees, adeptly performed with kind, splendor and a convinced experience of story." --Nicholas A. Basbanes, writer of A mild insanity, one of the lightly Mad and A beauty of Letters
"Insatiable interest and fierce pursuit of truth mix to create a sleek exploration of worlds outdated and new." --Kirkus Reviews
"A interesting exploration of the vague existence and violent occasions of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. … Harvey's quantity hits the candy spot for either experience buffs and background fans." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One marvelous discovery after one other … Harvey's groundbreaking, fun-to-read biography blows dirt off major swathes of background and makes for a rousing read." --Booklist (starred review)
"[A] rip-roaring account of Le Moyne's adventures. ... it is a testomony to Harvey's learn and magnificence that he can powerfully evoke a guy approximately whom so few documentary strains remain." --Entertainment Weekly
On February 23, 1836, a wide Mexican military led via dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to approximately a hundred seventy five Texas rebels holed up within the Alamo. The Texans refused to give up for almost weeks until eventually nearly 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a last attack. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a unfastened and self sustaining Texas-but in any case, they have been all slaughtered. Their final sacrifice encouraged the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.
Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon clean fundamental assets in U.S. and Mexican records, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic conflict. Populated via larger-than-life characters--including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis--this is a stirring tale of audacity, valor, and redemption.
By Cheryl K. Chumley
The Founding Fathers would not realize the USA at the present time. The God-given freedoms they championed within the invoice of Rights were chipped away through the years via an ever-intrusive executive bent on controlling all points of our lives within the identify of security and safety. NSA wire-tapping and knowledge assortment is Orwellian in its scope. The TSA, BLM, and IRS are all jockeying for regulate of our lives. warrantless searches are at the upward thrust or even inspired in a few communities. Free speech, the proper to undergo palms, inner most estate, and freedom of faith all are less than assault. The structure has been tossed at the related trash pile because the Bible. From site visitors mild cameras to mobile tapping, from militarized police forces to focusing on particular teams of individuals, the govt. is unfettered in its wish to keep an eye on the yankee humans. Police nation united states chronicles how the United States acquired to the purpose of being a de facto police country and what resulted in an out-of-control executive that more and more ignores the structure and exploits Sept. 11 safety fears to justify spying on its electorate. wonderful new surveillance expertise makes it more uncomplicated to maintain tabs at the humans. the purchase by way of police departments of significant battlefield apparatus emboldens officers to strong-arm these they need to be retaining. The failure of the scoop media to uphold the rights of voters units the degree for this slippery slope. Police kingdom USA tells how we would triumph over and recapture our freedoms, as estimated through the Founding Fathers.
The U.S. presidential election of 2008 was once essentially the most major elections in contemporary American heritage. Bringing jointly top geographers and political scientists, this authoritative atlas analyzes and maps the campaigns, primaries, basic election, and key country referenda to supply a wealthy photo of this watershed event.
The members supply a finished and distinctive review of all facets of the election, supplying presidential effects on the nationwide point, in significant areas, and in swing states. Drilling right down to county point, they hint vote casting styles for key racial, ethnic, non secular, and occupational teams. in addition they illustrate the crusade thoughts of Democratic and Republican get together leaders. relocating past the nationwide race, the atlas compares very important senatorial and gubernatorial races to presidential votes and considers chosen kingdom referenda resembling marriage amendments, farm animal cruelty, stem cellphone learn, and physician-assisted suicide. for additional context and intensity, the 2008 election effects are in comparison with prior nationwide elections.
Illustrated with greater than two hundred meticulously drawn full-color maps, the atlas should be a necessary reference and a desirable source for pundits, electorate, crusade staffs, and political junkies alike.
Contributions by: John Agnew, J. Clark Archer, William Berentsen, Stanley D. Brunn, Thomas E. Chapman, Jeffrey R. Crump, Carl T. Dahlman, David Darmofal, Lisa M. DeChano-Cook, Mark Drayse, Joshua J. Dyck, Ryan D. Enos, Daniel Ervin, John W. Frazier, Megan A. Gall, Andrew Gelman, James G. Gimpel, Alex Ginsburg, Sean P. Gorman, Mark Graham, Nathaniel HadleyDike, John Heppen, Heather Hollen, Taylor Johnson, Kimberly Karnes, Larry Knopp, Matt Landers, Stephen J. Lavin, Jonathan I. Leib, Kenneth C. Martis, John McNulty, Joshua R. Meddaugh, Melissa R. Michelson, Mark A. Moody, Toby Moore, Richard L. Morrill, J. Eric Oliver, Kathleen O'Reilly, Nick Quinton, Mark E. Reisinger, Wesley J. Reisser, Tony Robinson, Fred M. Shelley, Taylor Shelton, Jonathan Taylor, Andrew J. Turner, Tom Vanderhorst, Barney Warf, Robert Watrel, Gerald R. Webster, and Matthew Zook.
A New York instances bestseller, Nemesis is Chalmers Johnson's "fiercest book―and his top" (Andrew J. Bacevich)
In his prophetic e-book Blowback, Chalmers Johnson associated the CIA's clandestine actions in a foreign country to catastrophe at domestic. In The Sorrows of Empire, he explored the ways that the expansion of yank militarism and the garrisoning of the planet have jeopardized our balance. In Nemesis, the bestselling and ultimate quantity in what has turn into referred to as the Blowback Trilogy, he indicates how imperial overstretch is undermining the republic itself, either economically and politically.
Delving into new areas―from plans to militarize outer area to Constitution-breaking presidential actions at domestic and the devastating corruption of a toothless Congress―Nemesis offers a remarkable description of the seize into which the reckless pursuits of America's leaders have taken us. Johnson confronts questions of urgent urgency: What are the unintentional outcomes of our dependence on an everlasting conflict economic system? What does it suggest while a nation's major intelligence association turns into the president's mystery military? Or while the globe's sole "hyperpower" turns into the best hyper-debtor of all times?
Writing "as if the very life of the country is at stake" (San Francisco Chronicle), Johnson bargains his so much "bracing" and "important" (Los Angeles Times) exploration of the drawback dealing with America.
By Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
The Federalist, through Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, is a part of the Barnes & Noble vintage sequence, which bargains caliber variants at cheap costs to the coed and the final reader, together with new scholarship, considerate layout, and pages of rigorously crafted extras.
A vintage of yankee political inspiration, The Federalist is a sequence of eighty-five essays through 3 authors Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay the function of which used to be to achieve aid for the proposed new structure of the us, a record that many thought of too radical. many of the papers” have been released in periodicals because the vote on approving it drew close to. with out the aid of those powerfully persuasive essays, the structure probably wouldn't have been ratified and the United States will possibly not have survived as a nation.
Beginning with an attack upon the country’s first structure, the Articles of Confederation, the authors of The Federalist current a masterly safeguard of the hot approach. Hamilton, Madison, and Jaythree of our such a lot influential founderscomment brilliantly on factor after factor, no matter if it's the right kind dimension and scope of presidency, taxation, or impeachment. this present day lawmakers and politicians often invoke those commentaries, greater than 2 hundred years when they first appeared.
Written in haste and through a time of significant trouble within the new American govt, the articles weren't anticipated to accomplish immortality. this day, although, many historians give some thought to The Federalist because the 3rd most vital political record in American background, simply at the back of the assertion of Independence and the structure itself. they've got develop into the benchmark of yankee political philosophy, and the easiest rationalization of what the Founding Fathers have been attempting to achieve.
By Steven H. Jaffe, Jessica Lautin
From innovative period financial institution notes to the 2008 monetary cave in, Capital of Capital explores how long island urban gave upward thrust to a banking that during flip made the yankee and global economies. Capital of Capital additionally examines the usually contentious evolution of the banking company, its function in making ny urban a global monetary heart, and its impression on America's politics, society, and tradition.
Based on an incredible exhibition on the Museum of the town of latest York, Capital of Capital positive factors the major leaders of banking, together with Alexander Hamilton and J. P. Morgan, in addition to its critics, comparable to Louis Brandeis and the Occupy Wall highway protesters. The ebook additionally covers the key occasions and controversies that experience formed the historical past of banking and features a interesting array of basic fabrics starting from antebellum financial institution notes and ledgers to early charge cards and ads. Lavishly illustrated, Capital of Capital presents a multifaceted, unique knowing of the profound influence of banking at the lifetime of manhattan urban and the world's economy.