Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920 American History

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The washington post an illuminating and authoritative history of america in the years between the Civil War and World War I, Jackson Lears’s Rebirth of a Nation was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It

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Bloomsbury Press #ad - Balancing social and political concerns of the period and perspectives of the average American revolutionary with a careful examination of the war itself, the war that won it, Ferling has crafted the ideal book for armchair military history buffs, a book about the causes of the American Revolution, and the meaning of the Revolution overall.

Written in ferling's engaging and narrative-driven style that made books like Independence and The Ascent of George Washington critical and commercial successes, Whirlwind is a fast-paced and scrupulously told one-volume history of this epochal time. Combining careful scholarship, and illustrative storytelling, arresting detail, Whirlwind is a unique and compelling addition to any collection of books on the American Revolution.

Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It #ad - . Books chronicling the revolution have largely ranged from multivolume tomes that appeal to scholars and the most serious general readers to microhistories that necessarily gloss over swaths of Independence-era history with only cursory treatment. Amid a great collection of scholarship and narrative history on the Revolutionary War and the American struggle for independence, there is a gaping hole; one that John Ferling's latest book, Whirlwind, will fill.

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The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

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Bloomsbury USA #ad - Fifty years later, it remains an engineering marvel. Now in a new, beautifully packaged edition featuring dozens of breathtaking photos and architectural drawings, The Bridge remains both a riveting narrative of politics and courage and a demonstration of Talese's consummate reporting and storytelling that will captivate new generations of readers.

At 13, 700 feet more than two and a half miles, it is still the longest suspension bridge in the United States and the sixth longest in the world. Gay talese, then early in his career at the new york times, closely followed the construction, and soon after the opening of this marvel of human ingenuity and engineering, he chronicled the human drama of its completion-from the construction workers high on the beams to the backroom dealing that displaced whole neighborhoods to make way for the bridge.

The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge #ad - Toward the end of 1964, the verrazano or, more properly, Verrazzano Narrows Bridge-linking the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island-was completed.

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1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

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Harper #ad - One hundred years later, we still sit on the powder keg they first set the detonator to, through war and revolution.   . In this incisive, fast-paced history, New York Times bestselling author Arthur Herman brilliantly reveals how Lenin and Wilson rewrote the rules of modern geopolitics. Through the end of world War I, countries only marched into war to increase or protect their national interests.

After world war I, countries began going to war over ideas. Together lenin and wilson unleashed the disruptive ideologies that would sweep the world, from nationalism and globalism to Communism and terrorism, and that continue to shape our world today. Our new world disorder is the legacy left by Wilson and Lenin, and their visions of the perfectibility of man.

This is the story of two men, that transformed world history in a single tumultuous year, and the two decisions, 1917: Wilson’s entry into World War One and Lenin’s Bolshevik Revolution. In april 1917 woodrow wilson, bloodshed, champion of american democracy but also segregation; advocate for free trade and a new world order based on freedom and justice; thrust the United States into World War One in order to make the “world safe for democracy”—only to see his dreams for a liberal international system dissolve into chaos, and betrayal.

1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder #ad - That october vladimir lenin, ” would overthrow russia’s earlier democratic revolution that had toppled the all-power Czar, communist revolutionary and advocate for class war and “dictatorship of the proletariat, all in the name of liberating humanity—and instead would set up the most repressive totalitarian regime in history, the Soviet Union.

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The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 The Penguin History of Europe Book 7

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Penguin Books #ad - An ambitious synthesis. Uniting the era’s broad-ranging transformations was the pursuit of power in all segments of life, from the banker striving for economic power to the serf seeking to escape the power of his landlord, from the engineer asserting society’s power over the environment to the psychiatrist attempting to exert science’s power over human nature itself.

Evans, bestselling historian of nazi germany, returns with a monumental new addition to the acclaimed Penguin History of Europe series, covering the period from the fall of Napoleon to the outbreak of World War I. Evans writes with admirable narrative power and possesses a wonderful eye for local color.

The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 The Penguin History of Europe Book 7 #ad - . Among the great themes it discusses are the decline of religious belief and the rise of secular science and medicine, music, the replacement of old-regime punishments by the modern prison, and literature from Romanticism to Modernism, the end of aristocratic domination and the emergence of industrial society, the journey of art, and the dramatic struggle of feminists for women’s equality and emancipation.

. An economist best Book of the Year“Sweeping. Evans’s gripping narrative ranges across a century of social and national conflicts, from the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 to the unification of both Germany and Italy, from the Russo-Turkish wars to the Balkan upheavals that brought this era of relative peace and growing prosperity to an end.

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Life in a Medieval City Medieval Life Book 1

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Martin’s Game of Thrones series. Evoking every aspect of city life in the middle Ages, Life in a Medieval City depicts in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous city of Northwest Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. European civilization has emerged from the Dark Ages and is in the midst of a commercial revolution.

. As the gieses take us through the day-to-day life of burghers, how medieval cities were governed, how financial transactions were conducted, we learn the customs and habits of lords and serfs, and what life was really like for a wide range of people. For serious students of the medieval era and anyone wishing to learn more about this fascinating period, Life in a Medieval City remains a timeless work of popular medieval scholarship.

Life in a Medieval City Medieval Life Book 1 #ad - Merchants and money men from all over Europe gather at Troyes to buy, borrow, sell, and lend, creating a bustling market center typical of the feudal era. From acclaimed historians frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.

R. The year is 1250 ce and the city is troyes, capital of the county of Champagne and site of two of the cycle Champagne Fairs—the “Hot Fair” in August and the “Cold Fair” in December.

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Rats: Observations on the History & Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants

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Bloomsbury USA #ad - Sullivan looks deep into the largely unrecorded history of the city and its masses-its herds-of-rats-like mob. Funny, wise, sometimes disgusting but always compulsively readable, Rats earns its unlikely place alongside the great classics of nature writing. With an all-new Afterword by the author. New york public library book for the teenager new york Public Library Book to Remember PSLA Young Adult Top 40 Nonfiction Titles of the Year "Engaging.

. A lively, theories, informative compendium of facts, and musings. Michiko kakutani, remarkable, new york timesbehold the rat, dirty and disgusting! Robert Sullivan turns the lowly rat into the star of this most perversely intriguing, and unexpectedly elegant New York Times bestseller. Love them or loathe them, rats are here to stay-they are city dwellers as much as or more than we are, surviving on the effluvia of our society.

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A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in A

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Free Press #ad - For a time, it seemed as if the middle-class utopians would cause a revolution. They accomplished an astonishing range of triumphs. In michael mcgerr's a fierce discontent America's great political upheaval is brilliantly explored as the root cause of our modern political malaise. The progressive era witnessed the nation's most convulsive upheaval, a time of radicalism far beyond the Revolution or anything since.

None of them was as ambitious, as openly determined to transform people and create utopia, as the progressive movement. The progressive era, who marched in the streets until they finally achieved the vote; andrew carnegie and the super-rich, whose energy glinted through his pince-nez; Carry Nation, still burns in American memory for its outsized personalities: Theodore Roosevelt, who smashed saloons with her axe and helped stop an entire nation from drinking; women suffragists, a few brief decades around the turn of the last century, who spent unheard-of sums of money and became the wealthiest class of Americans since the Revolution.

A Fierce Discontent: The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Movement in A #ad - For all of us, center, right, and left, the age of "fierce discontent" is long over. We have been forced to think modestly ever since that age of bold reform. Everything was open to question -- family life, leisure pursuits, sex roles, race relations, morals, and politics. But the failure of the progressive movement set boundaries around the aspirations of all of these efforts.

In response to the birth of modern america, and an explosion of wealth, with its first large-scale businesses, newly dominant cities, one small group of middle-class Americans seized control of the nation and attempted to remake society from bottom to top. It is an astonishing and moving story.

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The Gilded Age

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - National book award nominee milton rugoff gives his uniquely revealing view of the Gilded Age in this collective biography of Americans from 1850 to 1890 Writing on the political spoilsmen, parvenus, and women's rights leaders, sexual transgressors, forty-niners, lords of the press, money kings, Rugoff focuses on thirty-six men and women from almost every walk of life.

And alva vanderbilt squandered tens of thousands on one evening to crack the closed social circle of the Mrs. Rugoff's spirited and immensely beguiling book takes a joyful bite out of the nineteenth century. The new york times"king of the lobbyists" Sam Ward was best known for his talent for throwing parties - courtesy of the U.

S. And when jay gould, of black friday fame, it was returned with the comment, sent his card to one of the Rothschilds, "Europe is not for sale. It was this climate of mid- and late-nineteenth-century excess that fostered the most rapid period of growth in the history of the United States, replacing the unyielding Puritanism of Cotton Mather with the flexible creed of Henry Ward Beecher.

The Gilded Age #ad - Astor. His exponents include U. S. Treasury. Grant, boston brahmin charles eliot norton, free-love advocate victoria woodhull, john charles frémont, elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jim Fisk, black visionary Sojourner Truth, Brigham Young's rebellious nineteenth wife Anna Eliza Young, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and to critique American society, Horatio Alger, first female surgeon Bethenia Owens-Adair, Gold Rush pioneer Sarah Royce, Walt Whitman.

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The Fall of the Dynasties: The Collapse of the Old Order: 1905-1922

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Congregation Press #ad - An excellent book worthy to rank with Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August and Alan Moorehead’s Gallipoli. The new york times“the events may be sprawling but the assessment is succinct … always informative, highly intriguing, one of those historical recreations putting many a novelist in the shade” Kirkus ReviewsEdmond Taylor was a journalist who also published a number of works on European history.

Taylor passed away at the age of 90 in 1998. In this fascinating account of the period from 1905 through to 1922 Taylor examines how these opulent dynasts existed upon a tightrope of power, where they were increasingly concerned with petty diplomatic squabbles between themselves and ignored the rebellious spirits of their subjects.

Taylor’s work provides wonderful portraits of all the major figures in world politics at the beginning of the twentieth century from those who held power such as the mock-heroic figure of Wilhelm II and the out-of-depth Czar Nicholas II to those who replaced them like Mustafa Kemal and Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin.

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A tour de force of scholarship and sophistication” Kirkus ReviewsIn the aftermath of World War One four of the most powerful royal families had been deposed and the sprawling empires that they had once ruled over lay in tatters. The fall of the Dynasties was first published in 1963.

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The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger

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Simon & Schuster #ad - A colorful introduction to one of the most influential businessmen in history” The New York Times Book Review, Jacob Fugger—the Renaissance banker “who wrote the playbook for everyone who keeps score with money” Bryan Burrough, author of Days of Rage. In the days when columbus sailed the ocean and Da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, a German banker named Jacob Fugger became the richest man in history.

In an era when kings had unlimited power, Fugger dared to stare down heads of state and ask them to pay back their loans—with interest. By the time he died, his fortune amounted to nearly two percent of European GDP. Before fugger came along it was illegal under church law to charge interest on loans, but he got the Pope to change that.

The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger #ad - It is a story about palace intrigue, knights in battle, family tragedy and triumph, and a violent clash between the one percent and everybody else. The tale of fugger’s aspiration, ruthlessness, and greed is riveting” The Economist. He also helped trigger the Reformation and likely funded Magellan’s circumnavigation of the globe.

Fugger lived in germany at the turn of the sixteenth century, the grandson of a peasant. His creation of a news service gave him an information edge over his rivals and customers and earned Fugger a footnote in the history of journalism. Enjoyable…readable and fast-paced” the wall Street Journal, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived is more than a tale about the most influential businessman of all time.

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