Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919

By Stephen Puleo

Round midday on January 15, 1919, a bunch of firefighters was once cards in Boston's North finish after they heard an enormous crash. It was once like roaring surf, one among them acknowledged later. Like a runaway two-horse group smashing via a fence, acknowledged one other. a 3rd firefighter jumped up from his chair to seem out a window-"Oh my God!" he shouted to the opposite males, "Run!"

A 50-foot-tall metal tank jam-packed with 2.3 million gallons of molasses had simply collapsed on Boston's waterfront, disgorging its contents as a 15-foot-high wave of molasses that at its outset traveled at 35 miles an hour. It demolished wood houses, even the brick hearth station. The variety of lifeless wasn't recognized for days. it'd be years earlier than a landmark courtroom conflict made up our minds who used to be chargeable for the catastrophe.

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1968: The Year That Rocked the World

By Mark Kurlansky

During this enormous new publication, award-winning writer Mark Kurlansky has written his such a lot formidable paintings up to now: a novel and finally definitive examine a pivotal second in history.

With 1968, Mark Kurlansky brings to teeming lifestyles the cultural and political background of that world-changing 12 months of social upheaval. humans contemplate it because the 12 months of intercourse, medicinal drugs, and rock and roll. but it was once additionally the 12 months of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy assassinations; the riots on the Democratic nationwide conference in Chicago; Prague Spring; the antiwar move and the Tet Offensive; Black strength; the new release hole, avant-garde theater, the delivery of the women’s circulation, and the start of the tip for the Soviet Union. From big apple, Miami, Berkeley, and Chicago to Paris, Prague, Rome, Berlin, Warsaw, Tokyo, and Mexico urban, spontaneous uprisings happened at the same time around the world.

Everything used to be disrupted. within the center East, Yasir Arafat’s guerilla association rose to prominence . . . either the Cannes movie competition and the Venice Biennale have been pressured to close down through protesters . . . the Kentucky Derby winner used to be stripped of the crown for drug use . . . the Olympics have been a catastrophe, with the Mexican executive having massacred 1000s of scholars protesting police brutality there . . . and the omit the United States festival was once stormed via feminists wearing banners that brought to the television-watching public the word “women’s liberation.”
Kurlansky indicates how the arriving of stay tv made 1968 the 1st worldwide 12 months. It was once the yr that an surprised international watched the 1st stay telecast from outer area, and that television information elevated to part an hour. For the 1st time, american citizens watched that day’s battle–the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive–on the night information. tv additionally stunned the area with seventeen mins of police clubbing demonstrators on the Chicago conference, reside movie of unarmed scholars dealing with Soviet tanks in Czechoslovakia, and a struggle of hunger in Biafra. The impression used to be large, not just at the antiwar circulation, but in addition at the medium itself. the truth that one now wanted tv to make issues occur was once a cultural revelation with huge, immense effects.

In many ways, this momentous yr led us to the place we're this present day. even if via early life and track, politics and struggle, economics and the media, Mark Kurlansky indicates how, in 1968, twelve unstable months reworked who we're as a humans. yet particularly, he offers a brand new knowing to the underlying explanations of the original old phenomenon that was once the 12 months 1968. completely researched and engagingly written–full of telling anecdotes, penetrating research, and the author’s trademark incisive wit–1968 is crucial booklet but of Kurlansky’s noteworthy career.

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Olives in California's Gold Country

By Terry Beaudoin

The background of the olive within the Gold nation of Northern California is a narrative of the Spanish within the New global, of the Gold Rush, of immigrants from Italy and different Mediterranean international locations, of daring pioneers, enterprising farmers and scientists, and of businessmen and businesswomen. targeting Calaveras County within the south and Placer County within the north, but additionally exploring the olive all through so much of Northern California, together with olive havens resembling Corning and Oroville, that tale is advised inside those pages via infrequent and interesting images. if you happen to desire to discover the olive in Northern California, no matter if its historical past, or know-how, this quantity offers either an appetizer and a lovely entree. As love of the olive grows, for the 1st time a booklet tells the story of the olive tree, the king of bushes, within the mom Lode of California."

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Klansville, U.S.A.: The Rise and Fall of the Civil Rights-Era Ku Klux Klan

By David Cunningham

Within the Nineteen Sixties, at the heels of the Brown vs. Board of Education choice and in the course of the becoming Civil Rights circulation, Ku Klux Klan task boomed, achieving an depth now not noticeable because the Twenties, whilst the KKK boasted over four million individuals. so much strangely, the kingdom with the biggest Klan membership-more than the remainder of the South combined-was North Carolina, a intended bastion of southern-style progressivism.

Klansville, U.S.A. is the 1st enormous historical past of the civil rights-era KKK's amazing upward thrust and fall, targeting the under-explored case of the United Klans of the USA (UKA) in North Carolina. Why the UKA flourished within the Tar Heel nation provides a desirable puzzle and a window into the advanced charm of the Klan as an entire. Drawing on more than a few new archival resources and interviews with Klan contributors, together with country and nationwide leaders, the publication uncovers the advanced common sense of KKK task. David Cunningham demonstrates that the Klan geared up such a lot effectively the place whites perceived civil rights reforms to be an important chance to their prestige, the place mainstream shops for segregationist resistance have been missing, and the place the policing of the Klan's actions used to be lax. additionally, by means of connecting the Klan to the extra mainstream segregationist and anti-communist teams around the South, Cunningham offers invaluable perception into southern conservatism, its resistance to civil rights, and the region's next dramatic shift to the Republican Party.

Klansville, U.S.A. illuminates a interval of Klan background that has been mostly missed, laying off new mild on geared up racism and on how political extremism can intersect with mainstream associations and ideals.

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Dreaming Up America

By Russell Banks

With the United States ever lower than international scrutiny, Russell Banks contemplates the questions of our origins, values, heroes, conflicts, and contradictions. He writes with conversational ease and emotional perception, drawing on modern politics, literature, movie, and his wisdom of yankee historical past.

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Joseph E. Johnston: A Civil War Biography (Norton Paperback)

By Craig L. Symonds

"Riveting. . . . A considerate biography." ―New York occasions ebook Review

common Joseph E. Johnston was once in charge of accomplice forces on the South's first victory―Manassas in July 1861―and at its last―Bentonville in April 1965. a lot of his contemporaries thought of him the best southern box commander of the conflict; others ranked him moment purely to Robert E. Lee.

yet Johnston was once an enigmatic guy. His battlefield victories have been by no means decisive. He didn't retailer accomplice forces lower than siege by way of supply at Vicksburg, and he retreated into Georgia within the face of Sherman's march. His severe feud with Jefferson Davis ensured the cave in of the Confederacy's western crusade in 1864 and made Johnston the focal point of a political schism in the government.

Now during this rousing narrative of Johnston's dramatic occupation, Craig L. Symonds supplies us the 1st rounded portrait of the final as a private and non-private man.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Vietnam War

If you're too younger to recollect the Vietnam struggle, this booklet provides you with a complete view of the thirty-year clash, a extra entire tale than you may get on your background textbook. it's going to fulfill the interest of these who need to know extra in regards to the heritage and tradition of the U.S. in the course of the sixites and seventies, and it'll provide older readers an impartial reminder in their youth.

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The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History

By Paul Andrew Hutton

In the culture of Empire of the summer season Moon, a stunningly vibrant old account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache fight for his or her homeland

They referred to as him Mickey unfastened. His kidnapping all started the longest battle in American historical past, and either sides--the Apaches and the white invaders—blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily among the worlds of the Apaches and the yankee squaddies, he used to be by no means depended on through both yet desperately wanted through either. He used to be the one guy Geronimo ever feared. He performed a pivotal function during this lengthy warfare for the wasteland Southwest from its starting in 1861 until eventually its lead to 1890 together with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid.

In this sprawling, huge paintings, Paul Hutton unfolds over twenty years of the final conflict for the West in the course of the eyes of the lads and ladies who lived it. this can be Mickey Free's tale, but additionally the tale of his contemporaries: the nice Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the warriors package Carson, O. O. Howard, George criminal, and Nelson Miles; the scouts and frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, and Texas John Slaughter; the good White Mountain scout Alchesay and the Apache woman warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache child. those lives formed the violent historical past of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands--a bleak and unforgiving international the place a humans might make a last, bloody stand opposed to an American battle computing device bent on their destruction.

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One Nation without God?: The Battle for Christianity in an Age of Unbelief

By David Aikman

Christianity in the United States is lower than siege. From litigation over coaches beginning video games with prayer to expulsion from university for refusing to suggest ideals at odds with the Christian religion, not often every week is going by means of with no information of the declining impact that Christianity has within the public sq.. Can Christianity during this kingdom live to tell the tale the advances of secularists and stay influential in our tradition? And if a brand new religious awakening is feasible, what shape will it take?

Supported through an unbelievable parade of concrete examples and direct fees from newshounds, judges, bloggers, and influencers, David Aikman turns his journalist's eye at the upward thrust of hostility towards Christian expression in the US and the alarming decline of orthodox trust between those that name themselves Christians. He explores the inspiring background of Christianity in the USA, the robust cultural affects that experience weakened the church, and the intense spots of wish he sees around the nation, suggesting attainable methods Christian impact in the United States should be sophisticated and revived.

Pastors, culture-watchers, and someone all for the nation of the church in the US will locate this a desirable and eye-opening learn.

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A Dear America: The Light in the Storm

By Karen Hesse

Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil conflict diary, a mild within the hurricane, is now again in print with a gorgeous new cover!

In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his put up as a ship's captain while he's stuck harboring the chief of a slave uprising. Now he's an assistant lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware -- a country wedged among the North and the South, simply as Amelia is wedged among her warring mom and dad. Amelia's mom blames her abolitionist husband for his or her residing stipulations, which she claims are taking a toll on her healthiness. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.

But slavery is the deeper factor isolating the 2 facets. because the Civil conflict rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the battling, yet through holding watch within the lighthouse every day, lighting fixtures the lamps, cleansing the glass, and rescuing sufferers of Atlantic storms, she will be able to nonetheless make a distinction.

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