Redondo Beach Pier (Images of America) by Jennifer Krintz

By Jennifer Krintz

Piers have regularly drawn humans to the mysterious ask yourself of the sea. the power to probably stroll on water with the development of a pier has created for people a feeling of transitority mastery of the majestic and cruel sea. The Southern California coastline has constantly attracted travelers from close to and much to event the typical fantastic thing about the sea coast. Capitalizing at the ordinary and man-made charm of the sea and the excitement pier, Henry Huntington created in Redondo seashore a fantasyland of ask yourself and pleasure for beachgoers within the early twentieth century. As one of many significant opponents to the excitement piers of Santa Monica, Ocean Park, and Venice to the north, the never-ending Pier and later the adjoining Monstad Pier in Redondo seashore drew in hundreds of thousands of visitors an afternoon. Pleasure-seekers can nonetheless fish, get pleasure from dinner and tune, store, or just take a evening walk over the water on today's Municipal Pier--remnants from the heyday of Redondo Beach's excitement pier of the early twentieth century.

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Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition by Marni Davis

By Marni Davis

On the flip of the century, American Jews and prohibitionists considered each other with becoming suspicion. Jews believed that each one american citizens had the ideal to promote and devour alcohol, whereas prohibitionists insisted that alcohol trade and intake posed a hazard to the nation’s morality and defense. the 2 teams possessed incompatible visions of what it intended to be a effective and patriotic American—and in 1920, whilst the Eighteenth modification to the structure made alcohol trade unlawful, Jews found that anti-Semitic sentiments had combined with anti-alcohol ideology, threatening their acceptance and their status in American society.

In Jews and Booze, Marni Davis examines American Jews’ lengthy and complex dating to alcohol through the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, the years of the nationwide prohibition movement’s upward thrust and fall. Bringing to endure an intensive diversity of archival fabrics, Davis bargains a unique standpoint on a formerly unstudied region of yank Jewish monetary activity—the making and promoting of liquor, wine, and beer—and finds that alcohol trade performed a very important function in Jewish immigrant acculturation and the expansion of Jewish groups within the usa. yet prohibition’s triumph forged a pall on American Jews’ historical past within the alcohol exchange, forcing them to revise, make clear, and shield their communal and civic identities, either to their fellow americans and to themselves.

"Thoughtful, instructive and sometimes insightful."—New York occasions publication overview

“There are sufficient attention-grabbing anecdotes, proof and figures within the captivating heritage to make the reader thirsty for an additional round.”—Times Literary complement

"An very good ebook. Davis crafted a posh and complex narrative, weaving quite a few issues jointly into an argumentative arc that demonstrates the complicated relationships among prohibition and the improvement of those generations in American Jewish life."—Journal of yankee historical past

"... a provocative learn of Jews' complex dating to alcohol and Prohibition in American history."
-Publishers Weekly,

"In her debut, Davis means that anti-Semitism and Prohibition have been parallel expressions of political disquiet in the course of the flip of the final century...A attention-grabbing, nuanced social history."

“A pioneering research of Jews and the yankee alternate in alcohol from entrepreneurial nineteenth century immigrants via twentieth century battles over prohibition. vigorous, well-researched, and finished, this may lengthy stand because the definitive learn of Jews, booze, and evolving American taboos.”
-Jonathan D. Sarna,author of yankee Judaism: A History

“Imaginatively conceived, fiercely researched, fantastically written, Jews and Booze is welcome information certainly. a truly proficient and promising historian has proven how a contentious slice of the yankee Jewish earlier can stay very important to today's readers—and has made a specific clash among Protestant moralism and ethnic conduct her own.”
-Stephen J. Whitfield,author of looking for American Jewish Culture

“In this groundbreaking learn, Davis deftly blends social and cultural heritage to discover the real position American Jews performed within the liquor exchange, and the hostilities they elicited. In recuperating this approximately forgotten prior, Jews and Booze presents a prism during which to view the problems of Americanization.” -Tony Michels,author of a hearth of their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York

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The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of by David Priess

By David Priess

Each president has had a special and intricate courting with the intelligence neighborhood. whereas a few were coolly far-off, even adverse, others have stumbled on their intelligence organisations to be one of the most respected tools of coverage and power.

Since John F. Kennedy’s presidency, this dating has been distilled right into a custom-made day-by-day record: a quick precis of what the intelligence gear considers the main the most important info for the president to grasp that day approximately worldwide threats and possibilities. This top–secret rfile is named the President’s day-by-day short, or, inside nationwide safety circles, easily “the Book.” Presidents have spent wherever from a number of moments (Richard Nixon) to a fit a part of their day (George W. Bush) ate up through its contents; a few (Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush) reflect on it some distance and away crucial rfile they observed frequently whereas commander in chief.

The info of so much PDBs are hugely labeled, and should stay so for a few years. however the strategy wherein the intelligence neighborhood develops and provides the booklet is an engaging check out the operation of strength on the maximum degrees. David Priess, a former intelligence officer and day-by-day briefer, has interviewed each residing president and vice chairman in addition to multiple hundred others in detail concerned with the creation and supply of the president's publication of secrets and techniques. He bargains an exceptional window into the choice making of each president from Kennedy to Obama, with many character–rich tales published the following for the 1st time.

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California: A History (8th Edition) by Andrew Rolle, Arthur C. Verge

By Andrew Rolle, Arthur C. Verge

The 8th variation of "California: A History" covers the complete scope of the historical past of the Golden country, from sooner than first touch with Europeans in the course of the current; an available and compelling narrative that includes the tales of the numerous diversified peoples who've referred to as, and at present do name, California domestic.

• Explores the most recent advancements in terms of California’s immigration, strength, surroundings, and transportation concerns
• good points concise chapters and a story strategy besides a number of maps, photos, and new picture gains to facilitate pupil comprehension
• bargains illuminating insights into the numerous occasions and folks that formed the long and intricate heritage of a country that has develop into synonymous with the yank dream
• comprises dialogue of contemporary – and uniquely Californian – social tendencies connecting Hollywood, social media, and Silicon Valley – and such a lot lately "Silicon Beach"

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Founding America: Documents from the Revolution to the Bill

Glossy American politicians discuss with “the founders so frequently that they’re at risk of changing into clichés. yet Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abigail and John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, James Madison, James Monroe, and the opposite authors integrated during this new assortment have been a totally unique—and complex—group of people, graced with striking highbrow powers, a profound commitment to their beliefs, and a remarkable skill to articulate these beliefs in transparent and passionate prose. 

This unique anthology in their writings, lots of them a ways much less regular to us than they need to be, demonstrates the intensity in their thinking—and in their disagreements. It covers the total diversity of occasions from 1773 to 1789: that's, from the early debates approximately even if the North American colonies may still claim their independence from England, to the ratification of the structure and the 1st ten amendments (the invoice of Rights). Among the records integrated are papers from the 1st and moment Continental Congresses, the Articles of Confederation, Washington’s Farewell tackle to his armies, and large excerpts from the Federalist papers and the Madison–/Jefferson correspondence at the Constitution. 

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Dissent and the Supreme Court: Its Role in the Court's by Melvin I. Urofsky

By Melvin I. Urofsky

From the trendy judicial authority, writer of Louis D. Brandeis (“Remarkable”—Anthony Lewis, The long island assessment of Books; “Monumental”—Alan M. Dershowitz, The manhattan instances e-book Review), Division and Discord, and Supreme Decisions—Melvin Urofsky’s significant new ebook appears to be like on the function of dissent within the very best court docket and the which means of the structure in the course of the maximum and longest enduring public-policy debate within the country’s background, between individuals of the perfect courtroom, among the court docket and the opposite branches of presidency, and among the courtroom and the folks of the United States.
Urofsky writes of the need of constitutional discussion as one of many ways that we as a humans reinvent and reinvigorate our democratic society. In Dissent and the very best court docket, he explores the good dissents in the course of the Court’s 225-year historical past. He discusses intimately the position the ultimate court docket has performed in aiding to outline what the structure potential, how the Court’s majority evaluations haven't constantly been correct, and the way the dissenters, through positing substitute interpretations, have initiated a severe discussion approximately what a specific choice should still suggest. This discussion is usually resolved speedy; different occasions it will possibly take a long time sooner than the courtroom adjusts its place. Louis Brandeis’s dissenting opinion approximately wiretapping grew to become the location of the court docket 4 a long time after it was once written. The courtroom took six many years to undertake the dissenting opinion of the 1st Justice John Harlan in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)—that segregation at the foundation of race violated the Constitution—in Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
Urofsky exhibits that the perform of dissent grew slowly yet gradually and that during the 19th century dissents grew to become extra common. within the (in)famous case of Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), leader Justice Roger Taney’s opinion upheld slavery, stating that blacks may possibly by no means be electorate. The justice got extreme condemnations from a number of of his colleagues, however it took a civil conflict and 3 constitutional amendments earlier than the dissenting view prevailed and Dred Scott used to be overturned.
Urofsky seems to be besides on the many elements of yankee constitutional existence that have been stricken by the Earl Warren Court—free speech, race, judicial appointment, and rights of the accused—and exhibits how few of those judgements have been unanimous, and the way the dissents within the previous situations molded the result of later judgements; how with Roe v. Wade—the Dred Scott of the trendy era—dissent formed next judgements, and the way, within the court docket, a discussion that started with the dissents in Roe has formed each selection since.
Urofsky writes of the increase of conservatism and discusses how the ensuing appointments of extra conservative jurists to the bench placed the final of the Warren liberals—William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall—in more and more beleaguered positions, and within the minority. He discusses the current age of incivility, during which reasoned discussion turns out much less and no more attainable. but in the Marble Palace, the individuals of the preferrred courtroom proceed to listen to arguments, vote, and draft majority reviews, whereas the minority keeps to “respectfully dissent.” The Framers understood that if a structure doesn’t develop and adapt, it atrophies and dies, and if it does, so does the democratic society it has supported. Dissent—on the court docket and rancid, Urofsky argues—has been a very important element in protecting the structure alive and needs to remain so.

(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)

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The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The Rise of by Paul Starr

By Paul Starr

Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize in American heritage, it is a landmark heritage of ways the total American healthiness care method of medical professionals, hospitals, well-being plans, and govt courses has developed over the past centuries.

"The definitive social heritage of the scientific occupation in America....A huge achievement."—H. Jack Geiger, M.D., New York occasions booklet Review

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Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth by Bryan Burrough

By Bryan Burrough

Original yr of publication: 2004

In Public Enemies, bestselling writer Bryan Burrough strips away the thick layer of myths placed out through J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI to inform the complete story—for the 1st time—of the main mind-blowing crime wave in American background, the two-year conflict among the younger Hoover and the collection of criminals who turned nationwide icons: John Dillinger, computer Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, child Face Nelson, beautiful Boy Floyd, and the Barkers. In an epic feat of storytelling and drawing on a extraordinary volume of newly to be had fabric on all of the significant figures concerned, Burrough finds an online of interconnections in the immense American underworld and demonstrates how Hoover’s G-men overcame their early fumbles to safe the FBI’s upward thrust to power.

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The Populist Vision by Charles Postel

By Charles Postel

Within the overdue 19th century, huge technological recommendations just like the telegraph and steam strength made the USA and the realm a way smaller position. New applied sciences additionally made attainable large-scale association and centralization. firms grew exponentially and the wealthy accumulated nice fortunes. these at the brief finish of those wrenching adjustments replied within the Populist insurrection, essentially the most powerful demanding situations to company energy in American history.

But what did Populism characterize? part a century in the past, students similar to Richard Hofstadter portrayed the Populist flow as an irrational reaction of backward-looking farmers to the demanding situations of modernity. on the grounds that then, the romantic concept of Populism because the resistance flow of tradition-based and pre-modern groups to a latest and advertisement society has prevailed. In a wide, cutting edge reassessment, in line with a deep examining of archival resources, The Populist imaginative and prescient argues that the Populists understood themselves as--and have been in fact--modern humans, who pursued another imaginative and prescient for contemporary America.

Taking under consideration either the leaders and the led, The Populist imaginative and prescient makes use of a large lens, concentrating on the farmers, either black and white, women and men, whereas additionally bet employees and bohemian urbanites. From Texas to the Dakotas, from Georgia to California, farmer Populists strove to exploit the hot ideas for his or her personal ends. They sought clinical and technical wisdom, shaped hugely centralized corporations, introduced large-scale cooperative companies, and pressed for reforms at the version of the nation's so much tricky forms - the Postal carrier. thousands of Populist farm girls sought schooling, employment in faculties and places of work, and a extra glossy existence. Miners, railroad employees, and different exertions Populists joined with farmers to offer impetus to the regulatory kingdom. Activists from Chicago, San Francisco, and different new towns supplied Populism with a dynamic city dimension

This significant reassessment of the Populist adventure is vital analyzing for somebody drawn to the politics, society, and tradition of contemporary the US.

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The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United by Gordon S. Wood

By Gordon S. Wood

The preeminent historian of the yankee Revolution explains why it continues to be the main major occasion in our historical past.

greater than virtually the other state on this planet, the U.S. started as an concept. as a result, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. wooden believes that the yankee Revolution is crucial occasion in our background, bar none. on the grounds that American id is so fluid and never in line with any universally shared historical past, we've needed to continuously go back to our nation's founding to appreciate who we're. In The notion of America, wooden displays at the start of yank nationhood and explains why the revolution is still so essential.

In a chain of stylish and illuminating essays, wooden explores the ideological origins of the revolution-from old Rome to the ecu Enlightenment-and the founders' makes an attempt to forge an American democracy. As wooden unearths, whereas the founders was hoping to create a virtuous republic of yeoman farmers and bored to death leaders, they in its place gave delivery to a sprawling, licentious, and materialistic well known democracy.

wooden additionally lines the origins of yankee exceptionalism to this era, revealing how the innovative iteration, regardless of dwelling in , in moderation populated nation, believed itself to be the main enlightened humans in the world. The revolution gave americans their messianic feel of purpose-and maybe our persevered propensity to advertise democracy round the world-because the founders believed their colonial uprising had common importance for oppressed peoples in every single place. but what could seem like audacity on reflection mirrored the truth that within the eighteenth century republicanism was once a very radical ideology-as radical as Marxism will be within the nineteenth-and person who certainly encouraged revolutionaries the area over.

this present day there exists what wooden calls a terrifying hole among us and the founders, such that it calls for virtually an act of mind's eye to completely recapture their period. simply because we now take our democracy without any consideration, it really is approximately very unlikely for us to understand how deeply the founders feared their grand scan in liberty may perhaps evolve into monarchy or dissolve into licentiousness. Gracefully written and full of perception, The concept of America is helping us to recapture the fears and hopes of the innovative iteration and its makes an attempt to translate these beliefs right into a operating democracy.

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