Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Allen C. Guelzo

Underneath the skin of the it sounds as if untutored and deceptively frank Abraham Lincoln ran deepest tunnels of self-taught learn, a stressed philosophical interest, and a profound clutch of the basics of democracy. Now, in Lincoln: a truly brief creation, the award-winning Lincoln authority Allen C. Guelzo deals a penetrating look at the brain of 1 of our best presidents.

If Lincoln was once recognized for analyzing aloud from comic story books, Guelzo indicates that he additionally plunged deeply into the mainstream of nineteenth-century liberal democratic concept. Guelzo takes us on a wide-ranging exploration of difficulties that faced Lincoln and liberal democracy--equality, chance, the rule of thumb of legislations, slavery, freedom, peace, and his legacy. The e-book units those difficulties and Lincoln's responses opposed to the bigger global of yankee and trans-Atlantic liberal democracy within the nineteenth century, evaluating Lincoln not only to Andrew Jackson or John Calhoun, yet to British thinkers equivalent to Richard Cobden, Jeremy Bentham, and John vivid, and to French observers Alexis de Tocqueville and François Guizot. The Lincoln we meet this is an Enlightenment determine who struggled to create a typical floor among a humans fascinated about person rights and a society wanting to identify a undeniable ethical, philosophical, and highbrow bedrock. Lincoln insisted that liberal democracy had a better function, which was once the conclusion of a morally correct political order. yet find out how to interject that experience of ethical order right into a process that values own self-satisfaction--"the pursuit of happiness"--remains a primary trouble even today.

Abraham Lincoln used to be a guy who, in keeping with his buddy and biographer William Henry Herndon, "lived within the mind." Guelzo paints a fabulous portrait of this Lincoln--Lincoln the fellow of ideas--providing new insights into one of many giants of yankee background.

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Rescue at Los Banos: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II

By Bruce Henderson

Rescue at Los Banos tells the captivating survival tale of greater than thousand prisoners of battle held within the Philippines by way of the japanese in the course of global conflict II—and the elite eleventh Airborne Division's striking, heart-pounding challenge to rescue them from deep inside of enemy territory

As the U.S. victory within the Pacific drew close to, determined eastern infantrymen guarding the civilian prisoners—most of them Americans—at the Los Baños Internment Camp grew to become more and more sadistic and started systematically ravenous, beating, and killing their captives. Fearing the lack of numerous extra lives if the POWs weren't rescued quickly, basic Douglas MacArthur in my view gave the eleventh Airborne department the damaging project of liberating those males, ladies, and youngsters in a perilous race opposed to the clock.

In Rescue at Los Baños, number one manhattan instances bestselling writer Bruce Henderson deftly weaves jointly dramatic debts of lifestyles on the jap criminal camp with distinctive research of the advanced army operation being deliberate and performed. He tells the tales of standard women and men thrust into the horrors of conflict and the valiant infantrymen decided to save lots of them. The task from MacArthur required the coordination of a three-pronged attack—deploying troops through air, land, and sea—and it needed to be conducted in darkness, with a eastern infantry department 10000 robust lurking simply down the line. the percentages opposed to good fortune have been steep and the hazards have been huge, immense, however the younger American paratroopers and Filipino guerrillas replied with exceptional braveness of their heroic efforts to avoid wasting the prisoners. basic Colin Powell has known as the raid "a textbook operation for every age and all armies," and this present day it truly is remembered as the most mythical in U.S. army history.

Combining own interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and huge archival study, Rescue at Los Baños files the superb tale of a gaggle of prisoners of war—whose fortitude helped them conquer trouble, deprivation, and cruelty—and of the younger U.S. squaddies and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to aim to avoid wasting them.

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The Politics of Inequality: A Political History of the Idea of Economic Inequality in America

Since the early days of the yankee republic, political thinkers have maintained grossly unequal department of estate, wealth, and tool might result in the erosion of democratic existence. but over the last thirty-five years, neoconservatives and neoliberals alike have redrawn the tenets of yankee liberalism. Nowhere is that this extra glaring than in our present mainstream political discourse, during which the politics of financial inequality are hardly ever discussed.

In this impassioned publication, Michael J. Thompson reaches again into America's wealthy highbrow background to reclaim the politics of inequality from the distortion of contemporary American conservatism. He starts off through tracing the improvement of the assumption of financial inequality because it has been conceived via political thinkers all through American historical past. Then he considers the switch in principles and values that experience ended in the popularity and low legitimization of financial divisions. Thompson argues that American liberalism has made a profound departure from its unique perform of egalitarian critique. It has all yet deserted its antihierarchical and antiaristocratic discourse. basically through resuscitating this custom can democracy back develop into significant to americans.

The intellectuals who pioneered egalitarian pondering in the United States believed political and social kin will be loose from all kinds of domination, servitude, and dependency. They wanted to show the antidemocratic personality of monetary existence lower than capitalism and was hoping to avoid the type of inequalities that compromise human dignity and freedom-the middle ideas of early American politics. of their knowledge is a much wider, extra compelling view of democratic lifestyles and neighborhood than we have now this day, and with this ebook, Thompson eloquently and adamantly fights to get better this significant strand of political thought.

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The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy

By Thomas Goodrich

"While waves of laughter echoed throughout the theater, James Ferguson saved his eyes taken with Abraham Lincoln. even if the president joined the group with a 'hearty chuckle, ' his curiosity probably lay extra with somebody less than. along with his correct elbow resting at the arm of his chair and his chin mendacity carelessly on his hand, Lincoln parted one of many flags within reach that he may see better.

"As the laughter subsided, Harry Hawk stood at the degree on my own together with his again to the presidential field. earlier than he may well utter one other be aware, a pointy crack sounded. because the noise echoed during the in a different way silent theater, many idea that it was once a part of the play. yet simply as fast, so much knew it used to be not." --from bankruptcy Twelve

"Among the masses of books released concerning the assassination of our sixteenth president, this is often a great volume.... [It captures] a you-are-there feeling...." --Frank J. Williams, leader Justice of the excellent courtroom of Rhode Island, founding Chair of The Lincoln discussion board, and member of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission

It used to be some of the most tragic occasions in American background: The recognized president, cherished through many, reviled through a few, murdered whereas viewing a play at Ford's Theater in Washington. The frantic look for the perpetrators. The state in mourning. The solemn funeral educate. The conspirators delivered to justice. Coming simply days after the hand over of the accomplice military at Appomattox, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln has develop into etched within the nationwide attention like few different occasions. The president who had recommended the state via its bloodiest challenge used to be diminish sooner than the top, simply because it seemed that the bloodshed used to be over. the tale has been instructed time and again, yet hardly ever with the immediacy of The Darkest sunrise. Thomas Goodrich brings to his narrative the care of the historian and the aptitude of the fiction author. the result's a gripping account, jam-packed with aspect and as clean as today's information.

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Seven Events That Made America America: And Proved That the Founding Fathers Were Right All Along

By Larry Schweikart

A conservative historian examines a number of the pivotal, but usually neglected, moments that formed our background

All scholars of yank background recognize the massive occasions that dramatically formed our state. The Civil warfare, Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and 9-11 are only a number of.

yet there are different, much less recognized occasions that had an both profound influence. striking conservative historian Larry Schweikart takes an in- intensity examine seven of those transformative moments and gives an research of the way every one of them spurred a pattern that both proven or departed from the imaginative and prescient our Founding Fathers had for the United States. for example, he exhibits how Martin Van Buren's production of a countrywide political occasion made it attainable for Obama to get elected virtually centuries later and the way Dwight Eisenhower's center assault resulted in a battle on pork, within which the govt. took keep an eye on over Americans' diets.

In his easy-to-read but informative sort, Schweikart won't basically train but in addition shock readers into reevaluating our heritage.

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Stuff Every American Should Know

By Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese

This pocket-sized better half is full of stuff each American may still know.
Who performed the 1st online game of baseball? what is a bicameral congress? the place did Mount Rushmore come from? who's Geronimo and who can we yell his identify after we jump?
Stuff each American may still Know answers those questions plus nice details at the statement of Independence, fireworks, the 1st Thanksgiving, "The Star-Spangled Banner," assassination makes an attempt on U.S. presidents, buffalo nickels, the Statue of Liberty, the right way to bake the best apple pie, and lots more and plenty, even more.  

From the Hardcover edition.

Are the U.S. structure and announcement of Independence very important to you?
Then you should try out different books by the authors:
Signing Their RIGHTS Away: the celebrity & Misfortune of the boys Who Signed the U.S. Constitution
"An terribly attention-grabbing examine of America's lesser-known founding fathers along the extra recognized ones, Signing Their Rights Today is a welcome and enthusiastically advised contribution to public and faculty library shelves." -- Midwest publication Review (Reviewer's Choice)

"[The authors]...maintain a fresh reverence for the structure itself. instead of ask readers to think that an 'assembly of demigods' (Jefferson's phrases) wrote the structure, Ms. Kiernan and Mr. D'Agnese problem the thought that the gang that crafted this rfile of putting up with genius used to be uniquely superb or visionary. If this increases the query of the way precisely the miracle used to be finished, it's going to at the least provide readers a few desire for our personal probably uninspired political era." -- The Wall road Journal

Signing Their LIVES Away: the celebrity & Misfortune of the boys Who Signed the statement of Independence

In the summer time of 1776, fifty-six males risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and signal the assertion of Independence--yet what percentage of them can we truly remember?

Signing Their Lives Away 
introduces readers to the eclectic crew of statesmen, infantrymen, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this old document--and the numerous unusual fates that awaited them. a few prospered and rose to the top degrees of usa govt, whereas others had their houses and farms seized through British soldiers.

Featured background name in Reader's Digest's, "Best of the US" factor, 2009.

"Kiernan and D'Agnese...succeed in stripping away preconceived notions of the extra well-known signers, and bringing out whatever of curiosity in regards to the different, much less renowned ones..."--Library Journal

"Kiernan and D'Agnese current awesome person photos of the entire signers" -- tuition Library magazine, starred review

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Baseball in Orange County (Images of America)

By Chris Epting

Prepared baseball in Orange County all started within the past due Eighteen Eighties whilst group groups started forming between oil good staff. round 1900, a farm boy from Kansas named Walter Johnson arrived along with his relations. quickly, the flame-throwing destiny hall-of-fame pitcher will be dominating video games in the course of the county as a celebrity for Fullerton Union highschool. because the acclaim for baseball grew, extra groups and leagues shaped in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Huntington seashore, and different towns. Connie Mack introduced the Philadelphia Athletics to spring teach in Orange County within the Nineteen Forties. Joe DiMaggio performed for his Santa Ana Air Base staff after becoming a member of the military. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, and lots of different legends visited Orange County through the years. Dozens of famous avid gamers grew up the following, and lots of are laid to relaxation right here. In 1966, the California Angels performed their first online game in Orange County, the place they continue to be this present day because the la Angels of Anaheim. The baseball heritage in Orange County is rich--and excellent.

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America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation

By Joshua Kendall

While so much people ponder Charles Lindbergh, we photo a speeding twenty-five-year-old aviator stepping out of the Spirit of St. Louis after finishing his solo flight around the Atlantic. What we don't see is the awkward highschool pupil, who hottest ogling new devices on the ironmongery store to staring at women stroll by means of of their summer time attire. convinced, Lindbergh's certain mind-set invented the pre-flight record, yet his obsession with order additionally led him to call for that his spouse and 3 German mistresses account for all their family charges in certain ledgers.
Lucky Lindy is only one of numerous American icons whom Joshua Kendall places at the psychologist's sofa in AMERICA'S OBSESSIVES. during this interesting examine the arc of yankee heritage throughout the lens of compulsive habit, he indicates how a few of our nation's maximum achievements-from the announcement of Independence to the discovery of the iPhone-have roots within the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood.
Starting with the obsessive natures of a few of Silicon Valley's titans, together with Steve Jobs, Kendall strikes directly to profile seven iconic figures, similar to founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder. This final character used to be so passionate about touching different women's faces that she remodeled her compulsion right into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation.
Entertaining and instructive, Kendall bargains up a couple of scoops alongside the way in which: Little do so much americans comprehend that Charles Lindbergh, below the alias Clark Kent, sired seven childrens along with his 3 German "wives." As Lindbergh's daughter Reeve advised Kendall, "Now i do know why he was once long gone a lot. I additionally comprehend why he was once overjoyed while i used to be studying German."

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The Imperial Season: America's Capital in the Time of the First Ambassadors, 1893-1918

By William Seale

This tale of the younger urban of Washington arising within the overseas scene is populated with presidents, international diplomats, civil servants, architects, artists, and influential hosts and hostesses who have been enamored of the assumption of worldwide strength yet had little concept of the tasks involved.

Between the Spanish American struggle and international struggle I, the fun of America's new overseas position held the nation's capital in rapture. Visionaries gravitated to Washington and sought to make it the fantastic equivalent to the nice eu capitals of the day. continues to be of the interval nonetheless outline Washington--the monuments and nice civic structures at the Mall in addition to the non-public mansions outfitted at the avenues that now function embassies.

The first surge of America's global strength ended in profound alterations in international relations, and a colourful reliable lifestyles in Washington, DC, clearly undefined. within the twenty-five 12 months interval that William Seale phrases the "imperial season," a bunch of characters molded town within the photo of a superb global capital. the various characters are popular, from presidents to John Hay and Uncle Joe Cannon, and a few quite unknown, from diplomat Alvey Adee to hostess Minnie Townsend and feminist Inez Milholland. The Imperial Season is a special social background that defines a bit explored interval of yank historical past that left an indelible mark on our nation's capital.

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I Dissent: Great Opposing Opinions in Landmark Supreme Court Cases

For the 1st time, a set of dissents from the main well-known best court docket cases

If American background can really be traced throughout the majority judgements in landmark splendid proceedings, then what concerning the dissenting evaluations? In problems with race, gender, privateness, employees' rights, and extra, could advances were impeded or mess ups rectified if the dissenting critiques have been actually the bulk critiques?

In providing 13 recognized dissents-from Marbury v. Madison and Brown v. Board of Education to Griswold v. Connecticut and Lawrence v. Texas, each one edited with the judges' eloquence preserved-renowned ideal court docket pupil Mark Tushnet reminds us that courtroom judgements will not be pronouncements issued by means of the totally target, they're in truth political statements from extremely smart yet partisan humans. Tushnet introduces readers to the very proposal of dissent within the courts after which offers helpful context for every case, filling in gaps within the Court's background and supplying an summary of the problems at stake. After each one case, he considers the effect the dissenting opinion could have had, if it have been the bulk decision.

Lively and obtainable, I Dissent deals a substantially clean view of the judiciary in a suite that's crucial interpreting for a person drawn to American background.

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