History - U.S.
by Thomas J. Craughwell and M. William Phelps
Stories of the disastrous blunders of American presidents will show readers the inner workings of the White House and how some of our greatest leaders could make decisions that were terribly wrong. The fascinating stories are recounted as narratives and are as entertaining as they are shocking. The 23 stories, each about 10 pages in length, retell the histories behind bad presidential decisions. They are told in a real time narrative style, bringing readers inside the White House, introducing them to the main characters, exposing why these decisions were made, and describing the ill-fated aftermaths.
In a Time of War focuses on two members of the class of 2002 in particular: Todd Bryant, an amiable, funny Californian for whom military service was a family tradition; and Drew Sloan, the hardworking son of liberal parents from Arkansas who is determined to serve his country.
Step into the perfumed parlors of Chicago's Everleigh Club, the most famous brothel in American history -- and the catalyst for a culture war that rocked the nation.
Tony Horwitz takes on the voyage to pre-Mayflower America. On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, he realizes he's mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus's sail in 1492 to Jamestown's founding in 16-oh-something.
Everyone recognizes it. Wherever it's seen -- from lapel pins to bumper stickers to banners -- this familiar circle with its upside-down V makes an immediate anti-war, pro-harmony statement. Peace: 50 Years of Protest highlights the fascinating and eventful history of this well-known symbol.
Slave narratives are extremely rare. Of the one hundred or so of these testimonies that survive, a mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who wrote them, join that exclusive group with the publication of A Slave No More.
With The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw defined for America what it meant to come of age during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Now, in Boom!, the veteran newsman brings us into the tumultuous decade of the 1960's.
Ever wanted to ask Napoléon about his complex for Van Gogh about the whole ear episode? How about asking Thomas Jefferson about his hypocritical slavery stance or if Frida might consider a brow wax? Here's your chance! In The Dead Guy Interviews.
In this important book, veteran journalist Michael Oreskes and legal scholar Eric Lane make a passionate plea to restore our "Constitutional Conscience."
Guinness Stout has a unique place in global beverage folklore. It's a beer with a long and colorful history and mythology that maintains a passionate following among beer connoisseurs the world over. Indeed, two billion pints are poured and enjoyed around the world each year.
In An Army at Dawn -- winner of a Pulitzer Prize -- Rick Atkinson provided a dramatic and authoritative history of the Allied triumph in North Africa. Now, in The Day of Battle, he follows the strengthening American and British armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and then, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north toward Rome.
The brutal and systematic "ethnic cleansing" of Chinese Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the nineteenth century is a shocking -- and virtually unexplored -- chapter of American history.