What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, by Daniel Walker Howe

By Daniel Walker Howe

The Oxford historical past of the us is through a ways the main revered multi-volume historical past of our state. during this Pulitzer prize-winning, severely acclaimed addition to the sequence, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the interval from the conflict of latest Orleans to the tip of the Mexican-American warfare, an period while the U.S. multiplied to the Pacific and received keep an eye on over the richest a part of the North American continent.

A panoramic narrative, What Hath God Wrought portrays innovative advancements in transportation and communications that speeded up the extension of the yank empire. Railroads, canals, newspapers, and the telegraph dramatically diminished shuttle occasions and spurred the unfold of knowledge. those concepts triggered the emergence of mass political events and inspired America's fiscal improvement from an overwhelmingly rural state to a varied financial system within which trade and took their position along agriculture. In his tale, the writer weaves jointly political and armed forces occasions with social, monetary, and cultural heritage. Howe examines the increase of Andrew Jackson and his Democratic social gathering, yet contends that John Quincy Adams and different Whigs—advocates of public schooling and financial integration, defenders of the rights of Indians, ladies, and African-Americans—were the real prophets of America's destiny. moreover, Howe unearths the ability of faith to form many facets of yank existence in this interval, together with slavery and antislavery, women's rights and different reform events, politics, schooling, and literature. Howe's tale of yankee growth culminates within the bitterly arguable yet brilliantly carried out battle waged opposed to Mexico to achieve California and Texas for the U.S..

Winner of the New-York old Society American historical past e-book Prize

Finalist, 2007 nationwide e-book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

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The Benghazi Report: Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. by U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Roger Stone

By U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Roger Stone

On September eleven, 2012, a squad of armed militants in Libya attacked the yank diplomatic venture at Benghazi, killing U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and 3 different American diplomats. even if the vicious assault used to be in the beginning said as a protest opposed to an anti-Islamic video, later proof recommended that it might were a coordinated terrorist attack—perhaps even tied to al-Qaeda. This begged the query: Did the White condo push aside a terrorist assault as a way to keep face? considering then, the incident has constructed right into a full-blown partisan debate over even if the govt. used to be eager about a cover-up or no longer, and worse, even if the assault might have been prevented.

The Benghazi record is the Senate committee's findings—the end result of over a year's worthy of investigations and interviews, provided in complete. Readers of The Benghazi record will locate a few of the revelations stunning. Did the White condominium manage the evidence? Why was once the disclosure of knowledge so unnecessarily sluggish? what's the connection among the mysterious deaths of fifteen Libyans who have been supporting the FBI's research and a path of incompetence left by means of international governments unwilling cooperate? have been the assaults have been preventable?
Featuring an creation by means of bestselling writer Roger Stone, this document represents a landmark within the ongoing fight for extra transparency from the U.S. govt.

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Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White by Sally Bedell Smith

By Sally Bedell Smith

It's approximately fifty years because the bad assassination in Dallas, and through that point the allure of John and Jackie Kennedy, a uniquely glamorous presidential couple, frozen in everlasting formative years by way of the bad and surprising truncation in their reign, has if something in basic terms deepened. before, notwithstanding, no unmarried ebook has long past past the gossip and the conspiracy theories to inform the total tale of the Kennedy White apartment - soberly, comprehensively and compellingly. In a massive paintings of heritage Sally Bedell Smith now does simply that. Grace and gear is a compassionate and poignant chronicle of pivotal ancient occasions obvious from the interior out, at the back of the headlines and the conscientiously staged tv appearances. while John Kennedy entered the White condo he was once basically forty three; his lovely spouse Jackie, astonishingly, used to be simply 31. Amidst all of the superficial opulence and extravagant partying, we see political crises just like the Bay of Pigs and the burgeoning clamour for civil rights from the viewpoint of a president usually slightly good adequate to seem in public, and a lonely younger girl wounded via her husband's insouciant philandering and attempting to construct a brand new identification for herself. We see how John Kennedy developed his circle of advisers, lieutenants and officers with equivalent measures of altruism and expediency, and the claustrophobic dynamics of the Camelot court docket. With sizeable pathos, Sally Bedell's narrative exhibits how, on the very second whilst the President and primary girl had come during the first tough years of his time period and will start to consider a crusade for re-election, a sniper's bullets ended every thing and compelled Jackie Kennedy to imagine the most important position of her existence. chiefly, Grace and tool allows us to determine the Kennedys and their internal circle beset through the unexpected turns of heritage whereas, even as, their sort and politics have been shaping the historical past of the US and certainly the area. For these too younger to recollect the period of the Kennedys up to in case you won't ever put out of your mind it, Grace and gear is the vintage account of a historic second that left an indelible mark at the final 4 many years.

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Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of by Elizabeth Mitchell

By Elizabeth Mitchell

The Statue of Liberty is likely one of the such a lot recognizable monuments on the planet, a robust image of freedom and the yankee dream. for many years, the parable has persevered that the statue was once a grand reward from France, yet now Liberty's Torch finds how she used to be actually the puppy undertaking of 1 quixotic and visionary French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Bartholdi not just cast this 151-foot-tall colossus in a workshop in Paris and transported her around the ocean, yet battled to elevate cash for the statue and make her a reality.

A younger sculptor encouraged via a visit to Egypt the place he observed the pyramids and Sphinx, he traveled to the USA, wearing with him the assumption of a immense statue of a lady. There he enlisted assistance from striking humans of the age - together with Ulysses S. furnish, Joseph Pulitzer, Victor Hugo, Gustave Eiffel, and Thomas Edison - to aid his scheme. He additionally got here up with creative principles to elevate funds, together with displaying the torch on the Phildaelphia world's reasonable and charging humans to climb up within. whereas the French and American governments dithered, Bartholdi made the statue a truth by means of his personal entrepreneurship, imaginative and prescient, and backbone.

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Hot Rodding in Santa Barbara County (Images of America) by Tony Baker

By Tony Baker

Californias principal coast was once fertile floor for warm rodding, and all motor activities as a rule, in the course of the Forties and Fifties. sizzling Rodding in Santa Barbara County takes the reader again in time with a set of exceptional pictures from the earliest days of the recent rod flow. This booklet comprises photographs of the 1st drag strips within the nation, rough-and-tumble jalopy racing, early road-racing motion, and many nice scorching rods and customs. stick with neighborhood hot-rodders as they take journeys to El Mirage dry lake and the world-famous salt residences at Bonneville, Utah, and stopover at a long-lost international as noticeable via photos taken from the private albums of people that contributed to the beginning of a tradition that may unfold around the kingdom.

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John F. Kennedy (Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership) by Sherman Hollar

By Sherman Hollar

Pivotal Presidents: John F. Kennedy profiles the lifetime of a pacesetter whose mystique lives on, including aspect to the demanding situations and successes of Kennedy’s time in office—as good as taking readers via his deepest lifestyles and early years.

This booklet explores, examines, and explains the indelible moments and foreign crises of America’s first widely televised presidency.

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The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the by David McCullough

By David McCullough

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The dramatic and mesmerizing tale of the development of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge on the time, a story of greed, corruption, and obstruction but additionally of optimism, heroism, and resolution, informed by means of grasp historian David McCullough.

This enormous e-book is the enchanting tale of 1 of the best occasions in our nation’s background, in the course of the Age of Optimism—a interval whilst american citizens have been confident of their hearts that each one issues have been possible.

In the years round 1870, whilst the undertaking used to be first undertaken, the concept that of creating an extraordinary bridge to span the East River among the nice towns of big apple and Brooklyn required a imaginative and prescient and backbone equivalent to that which went into the construction of the nice cathedrals. through the fourteen years of its building, the chances opposed to the winning crowning glory of the bridge appeared incredible. our bodies have been beaten and damaged, lives misplaced, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion continually threatened the undertaking. yet this isn't simply the saga of an engineering miracle; it's a sweeping narrative of the social weather of the time and of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in both developing or exploiting the surpassing enterprise.

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Concrete Revolution: Large Dams, Cold War Geopolitics, and by Christopher Sneddon

By Christopher Sneddon

Water could appear risk free, yet as a common necessity, it necessarily intersects with politics by way of acquisition, regulate, and linked applied sciences. whereas we all know very much in regards to the socioecological expenditures and advantages of contemporary dams, we all know some distance much less approximately their political origins and ramifications. In Concrete Revolution, Christopher Sneddon bargains a corrective: a compelling ancient account of the united states Bureau of Reclamation’s contributions to block know-how, chilly struggle politics, and the social and environmental adversity perpetuated through the USA executive in its pursuit of monetary progress and geopolitical power.

Founded in 1902, the Bureau grew to become enmeshed within the US kingdom Department’s push for geopolitical strength following global struggle II, a reaction to the Soviet Union’s expanding international sway. through supplying technical and water source administration recommendation to the world’s underdeveloped areas, the Bureau stumbled on that it could actually not just supply them with financial assistance and the USA with funding possibilities, but in addition forge alliances and shore up a country’s international status within the face of burgeoning communist impression. Drawing on a few overseas case studies—from the Bureau’s early forays into in a foreign country improvement and the release of its international actions workplace in 1950 to the Blue Nile research in Ethiopia—Concrete Revolution deals insights into this old damming increase, with very important implications for the current. If, Sneddon argues, we will comprehend dams as either technical and political items instead of tools of neutral technological know-how, we will be able to greater perform present debates approximately huge dams and river basin making plans.

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