The Benghazi Report: Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012

On September eleven, 2012, a squad of armed militants in Libya attacked the yank diplomatic project at Benghazi, killing U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and 3 different American diplomats. even though the vicious assault used to be at the beginning stated as a protest opposed to an anti-Islamic video, later facts prompt that it could actually were a coordinated terrorist attack—perhaps even tied to al-Qaeda. This begged the query: Did the White apartment push aside a terrorist assault that allows you to shop face? due to the fact that then, the incident has constructed right into a full-blown partisan debate over even if the govt. used to be desirous about a cover-up or now not, and worse, even if the assault might have been prevented.

The Benghazi Report is the Senate committee’s findings—the fruits of over a year’s worthy of investigations and interviews, offered in complete. Readers of The Benghazi Report will locate some of the revelations stunning. Did the White condominium manage the proof? Why was once the disclosure of knowledge so unnecessarily sluggish? what's the connection among the mysterious deaths of fifteen Libyans who were helping the FBI’s research and a path of incompetence left via international governments unwilling cooperate? have been the assaults have been preventable?

Featuring an creation via bestselling writer Roger Stone, this record represents a landmark within the ongoing fight for extra transparency from the U.S. government.

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The Mammoth Book of the West: The Making of the American West

By Jon E. Lewis

The lore and the legends, the lawmen and the undesirable males, the increase of the farm animals barons and the tragic dying of the Plains Indians, the pioneers and the forty-niners, Little immense Horn and the Alamo, Calamity Jane and loopy Horse -- from the Alleghenies to the Rockies the occasions that formed the West and the folks who tamed it are featured during this vibrant anecdotal background, which pulls upon firsthand testimony and modern records to supply a compelling and complete account of a land because it turned a kingdom.

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American Colonial History: Clashing Cultures and Faiths

By Thomas S. Kidd

Thomas Kidd, a generally revered student of colonial background, deftly bargains either intensity and breadth during this available, introductory textual content at the American Colonial period. Interweaving basic files and new scholarship with a bright narrative reconstructing the lives of eu colonists, Africans, and local americans and their encounters in colonial North the USA, Kidd deals clean views on those occasions and the interval as an entire. This compelling quantity is geared up round subject matters of faith and clash, and individual by means of its incorporation of an improved geographic frame.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

By Frederick Douglass

Former slave, impassioned abolitionist, amazing author, newspaper editor and eloquent orator whose speeches fired the abolitionist reason, Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) led an stunning existence. actual abuse, deprivation and tragedy plagued his early years, but via sheer strength of personality he used to be in a position to conquer those stumbling blocks to develop into a number one spokesman for his people.
In this, the 1st and most often learn of his 3 autobiographies, Douglass offers image descriptions of his adolescence and scary reviews as a slave in addition to a harrowing list of his dramatic break out to the North and eventual freedom.
Published in 1845 to quell doubts approximately his origins — considering that few slaves of that interval may possibly write — the Narrative is well-known this day for its notable ardour, delicate and shiny descriptions and storytelling strength. It belongs within the library of a person drawn to African-American heritage and the lifetime of one of many country's such a lot brave and influential champions of civil rights. a variety of the typical middle kingdom criteria Initiative.

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The Grace of Silence: A Memoir

By Michele Norris

Within the wake of speak of a “postracial” the US upon Barack Obama’s ascension as president of the USA, Michele Norris, cohost of nationwide Public Radio’s flagship software All issues Considered, got down to write, via unique reporting, a booklet approximately “the hidden dialog” on race that's unfolding national. She may, she notion, base her publication at the frank disclosures of others at the topic, yet she was once quickly disabused of her presumption while compelled to confront the truth that “the dialog” in her family had no longer been forthright.
Norris unearthed painful relatives secrets and techniques that forced her to question her personal self-understanding: from her father’s capturing by way of a Birmingham police officer weeks after his discharge from the military on the end of worldwide warfare II to her maternal grandmother’s peddling pancake combine as an itinerant Aunt Jemima to white farm ladies within the Midwest. In what turned a profoundly own and bracing trip into her family’s prior, Norris traveled from her formative years domestic in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots within the Deep South to discover the explanations for the “things left unsaid” through her mom and dad while she was once growing to be up, the higher to come back to phrases along with her personal identification. alongside the way in which she chanced on how her personality used to be solid by means of either revelation and silence.
Extraordinary for Norris’s candor in analyzing her personal racial legacy and what it capacity to be an American, The Grace of Silence can also be proficient by means of rigorous examine in its evocation of time and position, ratings of interviews with usual folks, and clever observations approximately evolving attitudes, instantly encouraging and stressful, towards race in the United States this present day. For its particularity and universality, it truly is powerfully relocating, a travel de strength.

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The Confederate Nation: 1861 to 1865

By Emory M. Thomas

The accomplice country has but to be outdated because the commonplace name at the topic. ” —Journal of Southern History, 2007

“Incisive and insightful…. pretty much as good a brief background of the Southern struggle attempt used to be we have.” —T. Harry Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Lincoln and His Generals

Emory M. Thomas’s significantly acclaimed chronicle of the Confederacy is still well known because the typical background of the South through the Civil conflict. Now with a brand new advent through the writer, The accomplice Nation provides a excessive readable, hugely own portrait of the Southern adventure throughout the Civil warfare. Thomas, popular for his illuminating biographies of Robert E. Lee and different Southern generals, the following supplies the definitive account of the political and army occasions that outlined the state in the course of its interval of maximum turmoil.

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California State Fair (Images of America)

By Carson Hendricks

Beginning in San Francisco in 1854, the California country reasonable and Exposition all started as a car to exhibit, motivate, and extend California's agricultural undefined. It quick grew to become an charm for millions of citizens, either neighborhood and from around the nation. by way of 1884, it occupied the biggest convey corridor within the usa. inside of a hundred years, it turned the biggest reasonable within the nation through including horse racing, intricate indicates from each county within the country and from all over the world, thrill rides, top-flight leisure, and, after all, the simplest foodstuff. the unique target of the reasonable was once met a few 50 years in the past, as California continues to be the nation's most sensible manufacturer of agricultural items.

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Jefferson Davis Gets His Citizenship Back

By Robert Penn Warren

Publish 12 months note: initially released in 1980

In 1979 Robert Penn Warren lower back to his local Todd kingdom, Kentucky, to wait ceremonies in honor of one other local son, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, whose usa citizenship had simply been restored, 90 years after his dying, through a unique act of Congress. From that nostalgic trip grew this reflective essay at the tragic occupation of Jefferson Davis — "not a latest guy in any feel of the notice yet a conservative referred to as to regulate what used to be, in a single experience, a revolution."

Jefferson Davis will get His Citizenship Back is usually a meditation via considered one of our most precious males of letters at the ironies of yank heritage and the paradoxes of the trendy South.

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The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex during the War of 1812

By George C. Daughan

A few months after the outbreak of the battle of 1812, Captain David Porter set out within the USS Essex on an epic, seventeen-month cruise to the South Seas. Porter was once pursuing status and riches, and by way of so much money owed his odyssey used to be a gorgeous good fortune: it introduced glory to the fledgling American military, cemented Porter’s popularity as a bold and proficient commander, and has lengthy been celebrated as one of many maximum maritime adventures in U.S. historical past. much less renowned, even though, is the bad fee that the staff of the Essex paid for his or her captain’s oversized ambitions.

In The Shining Sea, award-winning historian George C. Daughan tells the whole tale of Porter’s exciting, action-packed voyage, revealing the heights of Porter’s hubris and the real depths of his failure in this fateful cruise. motive on reaching own glory, Porter made the treacherous trip round Cape Horn and into the Pacific Ocean, the place he deliberate to seize a British man-of-war. From Valparaiso to the Galapagos to the Marquesas, the Essex roamed the South Seas, seizing British whaling and service provider ships, wreaking havoc on British trade, and incomes Porter and his males wealth and acclaim. Flush along with his victories, Porter welcomed the scoop British frigate—the HMS Phoebe—was on his tail, and he resolved to trap her. yet Porter couldn't conquer the Phoebe’s enhanced firepower. Over the process a determined, bloody conflict, he misplaced the Essex and over two-thirds of her crew—a stunning finish to a bold journey.

A swashbuckling story of hazard and damage at the excessive seas, The Shining Sea brings to lifestyles the monomaniacal quest of 1 of the main misunderstood commanders of the struggle of 1812. Porter’s singular voyage, Daughan exhibits, stands as a cautionary story for any chief who could placed own glory and ambition prior to reason and countrymen.

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The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals and Dirty Politics

By Kim Long

Watergate. Billygate. Iran-Contra. Teapot Dome. Monica Lewinsky.American historical past is marked through era-defining misdeeds, indiscretions, and the type of tabloid-ready scandals that politicians appear to do higher than a person else. Now, for the 1st time, one quantity brings jointly three hundred years of political wrongdoing in an illustrated heritage of politicians long past wild—proving that today’s scoundrels aren’t the 1st, worst, and absolutely won’t be the last….

From excessive crimes to misdemeanors to moments of licentiousness and larceny, this distinctive compendium captures in entire, colourful element the foibles, failings, peccadilloes, soiled methods, and marvelous mistakes dedicated through politicians behaving badly. Amid tales of brawlers, plagiarists, sexual predators, tax evaders, and the briefly insane, this almanac tells all about:

•The basically (so far!) president to be arrested whereas in workplace: Ulysses S. furnish, who used to be allegedly issued a price ticket for racing his horse and buggy throughout the streets of Washington, D.C.

•The former New Jersey country senator David J. Friedland, who disappeared in the course of a scuba diving coincidence in 1985. It seems he staged the twist of fate and served 9 years in criminal after being captured within the Maldives.

•Tape-recorded directions from intellectual president Franklin Delano Roosevelt on how his employees may still perform a few low-down political tricks

•The strange tale of U.S. congressman Robert Potter, who castrated males he suspected of getting affairs together with his spouse. Potter gained election to the country condominium whereas in jail—but used to be kicked out for dishonest at cards.

•Texas congressman Henry Barbosa Gonzalez: he was once charged with attack in 1986 after he shoved and hit a guy who known as him a communist. Gonzalez used to be seventy years outdated on the time.

At as soon as surprising and hilariously humorous, here’s a booklet that exposes the historical past of yank politics, warts and all—and makes for hours of jaw-dropping, interesting, illuminating studying.

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