Category: History

  • Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation

    By Jonathan Rieder

    "I am in Birmingham simply because injustice is here," declared Martin Luther King, Jr. He had come to that urban of racist terror confident that vast protest may perhaps topple Jim Crow. however the insurgency faltered. to restore it, King made a sacrificial act on sturdy Friday, April 12, 1963: he was once arrested. on my own in his phone, examining a newspaper, he came across an announcement from 8 "moderate" priests who branded the protests extremist and "untimely."

    King drafted a livid rebuttal that emerged because the "Letter from Birmingham Jail"-a paintings that may take its position one of the masterpieces of yankee ethical argument along these of Thoreau and Lincoln. His insistence at the urgency of "Freedom Now" may motivate not only the marchers of Birmingham and Selma, yet peaceable insurgents from Tiananmen to Tahrir Squares.

    Scholar Jonathan Rieder delves deeper than somebody sooner than into the Letter-illuminating either its undying message and its an important place within the background of civil rights. Rieder has interviewed King's surviving colleagues, and found infrequent audiotapes of King talking within the mass conferences of 1963. Gospel of Freedom provides us a startling standpoint at the Letter and the guy who wrote it: an indignant prophet who chastised American whites, discovered solace within the religion and resilience of the slaves, and knew that ethical attraction with no fight by no means brings justice.

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  • Guests of the Ayatollah: The Iran Hostage Crisis: The First Battle in America’s War with Militant Islam

    By Mark Bowden

    From the best-selling writer of Black Hawk Down comes a riveting, definitive chronicle of the Iran hostage drawback, America’s first conflict with militant Islam. On November four, 1979, a gaggle of radical Islamist scholars, encouraged by means of the progressive Iranian chief Ayatollah Khomeini, stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran. They took fifty-two american citizens hostage, and stored the vast majority of them hostage for 444 days. In Guests of the Ayatollah, Mark Bowden tells this sweeping tale during the eyes of the hostages, the warriors in a brand new particular forces unit despatched to loose them, their radical, naïve captors, and the diplomats operating to finish the predicament. Bowden takes us contained in the hostages’ cells and contained in the Oval place of work for conferences with President Carter and his exhausted staff. We go back and forth to overseas capitals the place shadowy figures held clandestine negotiations, and to the deserts of Iran, the place a brave, determined try to rescue the hostages exploded into tragic failure. Bowden devoted 5 years to this study, together with a number of journeys to Iran and numerous interviews with these concerned on each side. Guests of the Ayatollah is an in depth, brilliantly re-created, and suspenseful account of a problem that gripped and finally replaced the world.
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  • America Behind The Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans

    By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    Greater than thirty-five years after the loss of life of Martin Luther King, Jr., americans ask yourself simply how a lot of his dream has come actual. Now popular student and long island instances bestselling writer Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., examines the amazing social and fiscal trip African american citizens have made because the civil rights period. utilizing the interviews he performed for his groundbreaking PBS sequence, Professor Gates introduces us to forty-four participants from each section of the African-American community-from Maya Angelou and Morgan Freeman to convict "Eric Edwards" and a unmarried mom on Chicago's South aspect. of their personal candid, deeply felt phrases, every one discusses what it capability to be African American within the twenty-first century: the thrill, the issues, the perils. jointly, they demonstrate a group united via reminiscence and tradition but divided by way of wealth and shortage of an the US nonetheless suffering to make sure precise equality for all.
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  • The Age of Revolution (A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume 3)

    By Winston S. Churchill, Jeffrey Webb

    Winston S. Churchill's A heritage of the English conversing Peoples is the literary masterwork of the 20th century's maximum old determine. starting with Marlborough's victory at Blenheim in 1704 and finishing with Wellington's defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, Churchill recounts Britain's upward thrust to international management over the process the eighteenth century. during this quantity Churchill offers a very good representation of his special literary voice, including an advent to his concepts at the forces that form human affairs.
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  • America's Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy

    By Naoko Shibusawa

    During international warfare II, Japan used to be vilified through the United States as our hated enemy within the East. even though we distinct "good Germans" from the Nazis, we condemned all jap indiscriminately as fans and savages. because the chilly warfare heated up, besides the fact that, the U.S. executive made up our minds to make Japan its bulwark opposed to communism in Asia.

    But how used to be the yank public made to just accept an alliance with Japan so quickly after the "Japs" were demonized as subhuman, bucktoothed apes with Coke-bottle glasses? during this revelatory paintings, Naoko Shibusawa charts the notable reversal from hated enemy to important best friend that happened within the twenty years after the battle. whereas basic MacArthur's career Forces pursued our nation's strategic pursuits in Japan, liberal American politicians, reporters, and filmmakers pursued an both crucial, although long-unrecognized, target: the dissemination of a brand new and palatable picture of the japanese one of the American public.

    With broad learn, from profession memoirs to army files, from courtroom files to Hollywood motion pictures, and from charity projects to newspaper and journal articles, Shibusawa demonstrates how the evil enemy was once rendered as a feminized, submissive kingdom, as an immature adolescence that wanted America's benevolent hand to lead it towards democracy. curiously, Shibusawa finds how this obsession with race, gender, and adulthood mirrored America's personal anxieties approximately race relatives and fairness among the sexes within the postwar international. America's Geisha Ally is an exploration of ways belligerents reconcile themselves within the wake of battle, but in addition bargains perception into how a brand new superpower adjusts to its function because the world's preeminent force.

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  • The Age of Nixon: A Study in Cultural Power

    By Carl Freedman

    The basic argument this e-book is, first, that Richard Nixon, although now not normally considered as a charismatic or emotionally outgoing flesh presser like Franklin Roosevelt or Ronald Reagan, did identify profound psychic connections with the yank humans, connections that may be detected either within the significant electoral good fortune that he loved for many of his occupation and in his final defeat throughout the Watergate scandal; and, moment or even extra vital, that those connections are symptomatic of a few of the most crucial currents in American lifestyles. The publication isn't just a piece of political background or political biography yet a research of cultural strength: that's, a learn within the ways in which tradition shapes our politics and frames our feel of chances and values. In its software of Marxist, psychoanalytic, and different theoretical instruments to the research of yank electoral politics, and in a manner designed for the final in addition to for the tutorial reader, it's a new form of book.
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  • America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation

    By Elaine Tyler May

    In 1960, the FDA licensed the contraceptive generally called “the pill.” Advocates, builders, and brands believed that the handy new drug may positioned an finish to undesirable being pregnant, make certain chuffed marriages, or even get rid of poverty. yet as popular historian Elaine Tyler may possibly finds in America and the Pill, it was once ladies who embraced it and created switch. They used the capsule to problem the authority of medical professionals, pharmaceutical businesses, and lawmakers. They established that the capsule was once approximately even more than family members planning—it provided girls keep watch over over their our bodies and their lives. From little-known debts of the early years to non-public tales from younger ladies at the present time, may well illuminates what the tablet did and did not in attaining in the course of its part century at the market.
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  • The File: A Personal History

    By Timothy Garton Ash

    "Eloquent, conscious and scrupulous . . . a wealthy and instructive exam of the chilly conflict past." --The long island Times

    In 1978 a romantic younger Englishman took up place of abode in Berlin to work out what that divided urban may well educate him approximately tyranny and freedom. Fifteen years later Timothy Garton Ash--who was once by way of then recognized for his reportage of the downfall of communism in vital Europe--returned. This time he had come to examine a dossier that bore the code-name "Romeo." The dossier were compiled via the Stasi, the East German mystery police, with the help of dozens of informers. And it contained a meticulous checklist of Garton Ash's past existence in Berlin.

    In this memoir, Garton Ash describes what it was once wish to rediscover his more youthful self in the course of the eyes of the Stasi, after which to move directly to confront those that really knowledgeable opposed to him to the key police. relocating from rfile to remembrance, from the places of work of British intelligence to the dwelling rooms of retired Stasi officials, The dossier is a private narrative as gripping, as disquieting, and as morally provocative as any fiction by way of George Orwell or Graham Greene. And it's all true.

    "In this painstaking, robust unmasking of evil, the wretched face of tyranny is revealed." --Philadelphia Inquirer
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  • This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible

    By Charles E. Cobb Jr.

    Visiting Martin Luther King Jr. through the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, journalist William invaluable nearly sat on a loaded pistol. "Just for self-defense," King guaranteed him. It was once now not the one weapon King saved for this type of function; one in every of his advisors remembered the reverend’s Montgomery, Alabama, domestic as "an arsenal." Like King, many ostensibly "nonviolent" civil rights activists embraced their constitutional correct to self-protection—yet this significant size of the Afro-American freedom fight has been lengthy neglected by way of heritage. In This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed, Charles E. Cobb Jr. recovers this background, describing the very important function that armed self-defense has performed within the survival and liberation of black groups.  Drawing on his stories within the civil rights stream and giving voice to its individuals, Cobb lays naked the paradoxical dating among the nonviolent civil rights fight and the lengthy heritage and value of African american citizens taking on fingers to protect themselves opposed to white supremacist violence. 
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  • Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West

    By Deanne Stillman

    Mustang is the sweeping tale of the wild horse within the tradition, heritage, and well known mind's eye of the yank West. It follows the wild horse throughout time, from its evolutionary origins in this continent to its go back with the conquistadors, its bloody battles at the previous frontier, its iconic prestige in Buffalo invoice indicates and early westerns, and its plight this day because it makes its final stand at the vanishing diversity. With the Bureau of Land administration providing to euthanize millions of horses and ever-encroaching improvement threatening the land, the mustang’s place hasn't ever been extra perilous. yet as Stillman unearths, the horses are nonetheless working wild regardless of all of the hindrances, with spirit unbroken.

    "Like the easiest nonfiction writers of our time (Jon Krakauer and Bruce Chatwin come to mind), Stillman's prose is inviting, her voice authoritative, and her imaginative and prescient inventive and impressively broad." (Pam Houston, Los Angeles Times)

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