Category: American History

  • Download E-books San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture PDF

    By Philip P. Choy

    **A Los Angeles occasions summer analyzing pick**

    "A beautiful new guidebook. . . historical past buffs may be surprised through the wealth of lore, legend and radiant fact."—San Francisco Chronicle

    San Francisco Chinatown is the 1st "insider's advisor" to 1 of America's such a lot celebrated ethnic enclaves via an writer born and raised there. either a background of America's oldest chinese language neighborhood and a advisor to its major websites and structure, San Francisco Chinatown lines the advance of the local from the city's earliest days to its post-quake transformation into an "oriental" vacationer allure as a realistic technique of survival. Written through architect and chinese language American reports pioneer Philip P. Choy, and that includes photos and strolling excursions, the ebook information the triumphs and tragedies of the chinese language American adventure within the United States.
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  • Download E-books The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia PDF

    By Amy Pastan

    Which president holds the checklist for the main vetoes? Which president had the biggest shoe dimension? Who used to be the single president to serve in either global battle I and global struggle II? Who used to be the tallest president? those questions and lots of, many extra are spoke back in The Smithsonian e-book of Presidential Trivia.

    Divided into eleven chapters, The Smithsonian e-book of Presidential Trivia seems to be at each point of our heads of kingdom and presidential background: voters, officials, Heroes, and Saviors; Stumping: From entrance Porch to fb; The Pledge and the events; contained in the Oval workplace; The Perpetual Podium; domestic, resort, Parlor, Playground; First households; Impeachment, Controversy, disgrace; Assassination; dying, and nationwide Mourning; Presidents within the renowned mind's eye; and The Quotable President.

    Many of the questions are followed with photos of artifacts from the Smithsonian's collections. The Smithsonian booklet of Presidential Trivia is bound to puzzle the minutiae buff and presidential professional alike!
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  • Download E-books The President and the Assassin: McKinley, Terror, and Empire at the Dawn of the American Century PDF

    By Scott Miller

    A SWEEPING story OF TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY the US AND THE impossible to resist FORCES THAT introduced males jointly ONE FATEFUL DAY
    In 1901, as the US tallied its profits from a interval of remarkable imperial growth, an assassin’s bullet shattered the nation’s self assurance. The stunning homicide of President William McKinley threw into stark aid the rising new global order of what may end up often called the yankee Century. The President and the Assassin is the tale of the momentous years top as much as that occasion, and of the very diverse paths that introduced jointly of the main compelling figures of the period: President William McKinley and Leon Czolgosz, the anarchist who murdered him.

    The males looked as if it would stay in eerily parallel Americas. McKinley used to be to his contemporaries an enigma, a president whose conflicted emotions approximately imperialism mirrored the country’s personal. below its renowned Republican commander-in-chief, the U.S. used to be present process an uneasy transition from an easy agrarian society to an business powerhouse spreading its impact out of the country through strength of hands. Czolgosz was once at the wasting finish of the industrial alterations taking place—a first-generation Polish immigrant and manufacturing unit employee sickened by way of a central authority that appeared targeted completely on making the wealthy richer. With a deft narrative hand, journalist Scott Miller chronicles how those males, each one pursuing what he thought of the perfect and honorable course, collided in violence on the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

    Along the way in which, readers meet a veritable who’s who of turn-of-the-century the USA: John Hay, McKinley’s visionary secretary of nation, whose diplomatic efforts cleared the path for a part century of Western exploitation of China; Emma Goldman, the unconventional anarchist whose incendiary rhetoric encouraged Czolgosz to dare the unthinkable; and Theodore Roosevelt, the vainglorious vp whose 1898 cost up San Juan Hill in Cuba is yet one of the exciting army adventures stated the following.

    Rich with relevance to our personal period, The President and the Assassin holds a reflect as much as a desirable interval of upheaval whilst the titans of grew fats, speculators sought fortune in a foreign country, and determined souls became to terrorism in a useless try to thwart the juggernaut of change.

    Praise for The President and the Assassin
    “[A] panoramic travel de strength . . . Miller has an exceptional eye, knowledgeable through years of journalism, for telling information and enriching anecdotes.”—The Washington self reliant evaluation of Books
    “Even with out the intrinsic draw of the 1901 presidential assassination that shapes its pages, Scott Miller’s The President and the murderer [is] soaking up examining. . . . What makes the e-book compelling is [that] such a lot of conditions and occasions of the sooner time have parallels in our own.”—The Oregonian
    “A terrific paintings of heritage, splendidly written.”—Fareed Zakaria, writer of The Post-American World
    “A actual triumph.”—BookPage
    “Fast-moving and richly detailed.”—The Buffalo News
    “[A] compelling read.”—The Boston Globe
    One of Newsweek’s 10 Must-Read summer season Books
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  • Download E-books Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis PDF

    By Robert F. Kennedy

    "A minor vintage in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation by way of a player of the transferring moods and maneuvers of the main harmful second in human history."―Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

    During the 13 days in October 1962 while the USA faced the Soviet Union over its deploy of missiles in Cuba, few humans shared the behind-the-scenes tale because it is advised the following by way of the past due Senator Robert F. Kennedy. during this targeted account, he describes all the contributors throughout the occasionally hour-to-hour negotiations, with specific awareness to the activities and perspectives of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In a brand new foreword, the prestigious historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses the book's enduring significance and the importance of recent information regarding the concern that has come to gentle, in particular from the Soviet Union. 

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  • Download E-books Fontana (CA) (Images of America) PDF

    The self-proclaimed "City of Innovation" has a superb culture of reinventing itself. cutting-edge Fontana was often called "Rancho de San Bernardino." the 1st recorded proprietor, Don Antonia Maria Lugo, handed the land right down to his sons, and in 1851, the Lugo brothers offered their stake to Mormon settlers, who quickly relocated to Utah. a number of agricultural builders, together with A.B. Miller, observed power within the land, altering its identify to "Fontana" from its previous railroad identify "Rosena." yet citrus and grain weren't the most exports for lengthy. in the course of global struggle II, town switched gears to turn into an business powerhouse as Southern California's prime metal manufacturer. on the junction of Interstates 10 and 15, smooth Fontana is a crucial nexus of transportation and trade, with the mythical direction sixty six passing via its well-preserved downtown district and path ninety nine via its southern boundary.
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  • Download E-books Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring PDF

    By Alexander Rose

    Turn: Washington’s Spies • Now a brand new unique sequence on AMC

    in keeping with striking new learn, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose brings to lifestyles the genuine tale of the secret agent ring that helped the US win the progressive struggle. For the 1st time, Rose takes us past the battlefront and deep into the shadowy underworld of double brokers and triple crosses, covert operations and code breaking, and unmasks the brave, unsuitable males who inhabited this desolate tract of mirrors—including the spymaster on the center of it all.

    in the summertime of 1778, with the struggle poised to flip in his want, common George Washington desperately had to be aware of the place the British might strike subsequent. hence, he unleashed his mystery weapon: an not likely ring of spies in long island charged with studying the enemy’s conflict plans and army process.

    Washington’s small band integrated a tender Quaker torn among political precept and relations loyalty, a swashbuckling sailor hooked on the perils of espionage, a hard-drinking barkeep, a Yale-educated cavalryman and pal of the doomed Nathan Hale, and a calm, sickly farmer who begged Washington to permit him retire yet who continually got here via in any case. for my part guiding those imperfect daily heroes was once Washington himself. In an period while officials have been gents, and gents didn’ t secret agent, he possessed a unprecedented expertise for deception—and proved an adept spymaster.

    the boys he mentored have been dubbed the Culper Ring. The British mystery provider attempted to seek them down, yet they escaped by means of the nearest of shaves because of their ciphers, lifeless drops, and invisible ink. Rose’s exciting narrative tells the unknown tale of the Revolution–the murderous intelligence battle, gunrunning and kidnapping, defectors and executioners—that hasn't ever seemed within the background books. yet Washington’s Spies is usually a lively, touching account of friendship and belief, worry and betrayal, amid the darkish and silent international of the spy.

    From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Download E-books Liberalism and American Identity PDF

    By Patrick M. Garry

    On the grounds that 1968, liberalism as a achievable political ideology has been less than assault, with the main competitive attack taking place within the 1988 presidential crusade. whereas conservatives denounced the "L-word" and proclaimed its loss of life as a political ideology, liberals and Democrats didn't safeguard America's proud liberal culture. Liberals have not begun to take the ideological offensive. certainly, and not using a transparent ideological identification, it's not stunning that the Democratic get together seems to be doubtful as to its destiny political message. In Liberalism and American id, Patrick Garry offers a coherent and well-argued thesis of the that means and value of liberalism in American politics. His is the 1st paintings that makes an attempt to rejuvenate political liberalism because the devastating assault on it in the course of the Nineteen Eighties. proposing a viable definition of liberalism, which used to be missing during the Eighties, Garry demonstrates the very important function it has performed, and will proceed to play, in American historical past. His exam of the liberal ideology and culture in American politics finds not just the nation's liberal identification, but in addition the conservative tendency to label liberalism "un-American" as a way to avoid dialogue of social difficulties. Garry defines liberalism, via ancient examples and the ideals and management of widespread american citizens, particularly Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and John Kennedy. He then applies those rules of liberalism to a dialogue of present politics and the issues of crime, poverty, and nationwide security. even supposing arguing that the conservative assault in the course of the Eighties drastically misrepresented the yankee liberal culture, Garry additionally recognizes that adjustments withinaccepted liberal doctrines throughout the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies resulted in a deviation of latest liberalism from its roots. This betrayal of liberalism and its degeneration into specific curiosity politics, he asserts, prompted an identification main issue between liberals and alienated huge segments of the
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  • Download E-books U.S. Marshals: Inside America's Most Storied Law Enforcement Agency PDF

    Blending background and memoir, retired U.S. Marshal Mike Earp—a descendant of the mythical lawman Wyatt Earp—offers an unique and engaging behind-the-scenes examine the main storied legislation enforcement company in the United States, illuminating its important position within the nation’s improvement for greater than 200 years.

    Mike Earp spent his profession with the U.S. Marshals provider, achieving the quantity 3 place within the organization’s hierarchy sooner than he retired. during this interesting, eye-opening publication, written with the service’s complete cooperation, he stocks his reviews and takes us on a desirable travel of this amazing organization—the oldest, the simplest, and the main risky department of yankee legislation enforcement, and the least known.

    Unlike their opposite numbers within the police and the FBI, U.S. Marshals aren’t chargeable for investigating or prosecuting crimes. They pursue and arrest the main harmful felony offenders on U.S. soil, an awfully damaging task frequently regarding gun battles and actual altercations. Earp takes us again to the service’s early days, explaining its production and its function within the border wars that helped make continental enlargement attainable. He brings to lifestyles the gunslingers and gunfights that experience made the Marshals legend, and explores the service’s function this day integrating federal, kingdom, and native legislation enforcement enterprises in quest of the main infamous criminals—terrorists, drug lords, gun runners.

    Setting his personal studies in the lengthy historical past of the U.S. Marshals carrier, Earp deals a relocating and illuminating tribute to the courageous marshals who've committed their lives to holding the kingdom safe.

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  • Download E-books Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History PDF

    By Paul Schneider

    "Old guy River," Paul Schneider's exploration of America's nice waterway taking the reader from the Mississippi River's origins to its polluted current and tracing its prehistory, geology, and cultural and literary histories is as massive as its subject.

    The interesting solid of characters comprises the French and Spanish explorers de Soto, Marquette and Joliet, and the incomparable l. a. Salle; George Washington battling his first conflict with a view to safe the watershed; the delivery of jazz and blues; and literary greats like Melville, Dickens, Trollope, and, after all, Mark Twain.

    Pirates and riverbats, gamblers and slaves, hustlers and panorama painters, loggers and catfishers, travelers and missionaries: The Mississippi is a river of reports and fable. it is Paul Robeson sitting on a cotton bale, Daniel Boone floating on a flatboat, and Paul Bunyan slicing timber in the community of "Little condominium within the huge Woods."

    Half-devastated made of American ingenuity, half-magnificent common ask yourself, it really is very unlikely to visualize the United States with out the Mississippi."

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  • Download E-books The Mountains of California PDF

    This anthology is a radical creation to vintage literature if you haven't but skilled those literary masterworks. if you have recognized and enjoyed those works some time past, this can be a call for participation to reunite with outdated pals in a clean new layout. From Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit, this exact assortment brings jointly works as various and influential because the Pilgrim’s growth and Othello. As an anthology that invitations readers to immerse themselves within the masterpieces of the literary giants, it's must-have addition to any library.
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