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By Denise Kiernan. 2013
At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents. But to most of the… world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s fateful secret was revealed. Bestseller. 2013.
Discusses the 1507 Waldseemüller map - the first to designate America - which is in the collections of and displayed… by the Library of Congress. Traces the overlapping voyages, some geographical and some intellectual, that brought about the map’s revolutionary depiction of the world. 2009.
By Douglas Porch. 1995
Porch examines intelligence services in modern French history, tracing their roots to Napoleon and analyzing their impact on government and… the military during two world wars and colonial rule in Africa and Southeast Asia. He documents successes, such as the Resistance in World War II, as well as failures, such as the infamous Dreyfus Affair. 1995.
By Amity Shlaes. 2007
Economics reporter analyzes the Great Depression era in the United States and posits that federal intervention in the economy lengthened… its duration. Considers economic plans from members of Franklin Roosevelt's brain trust and alternate solutions of outsiders such as African American Father Divine and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. 2007.
By Barbara Wertheim Tuchman. 1988
Looks at the American Revolution from the British point of view. Examines how Britain's relations with rival sea powers influenced… the course of events that allowed the colonies to defeat Britain. c1988.
By Ranulph Fiennes. 1991
The "Feather Men," so named because of their light touch, were a group of Englishmen recruited to stop an organization… of contract killers from murdering former members of the Special Air Service. This true story of their vigilante activities during the 1980s is set mainly in Oman and is told in chilling detail with action-packed narrative. Includes violence. 1991.
By Ronald Kessler. 1993
While researching the Federal Bureau of Investigation for this book, the author requested a response to some questions that were… forwarded to the Justice Department and resulted in the firing of FBI director William S. Sessions. Kessler's research also reveals an intimate look at FBI facilities, personnel, procedures, successes and failures, and hiring practices. 1993.
By Rodman W Paul. 1988
The author looks at the development of the mining industry in the West which he believes was the primary factor… in encouraging settlement. Cities and improvements in transportation and agriculture are viewed as responses to the needs of the miners. 1988.
By Dick Lehr. 2009
The Fence documents the true story of a Boston police incident during which an undercover officer was brutally beaten by… fellow officers who mistook him for a murder suspect. Some strong language and some descriptions of violence. c2009.
Ranging from the late-eighteenth century to the present, a narrative history reveals how the boundaries and borders that formed both… states and the nation as a whole created a sense of identity that is central to defining American character. 2007.
By T. J English. 2018
Drawing on detailed reporting and extensive evidence, English reveals how an entire generation of political exiles, refugees, racketeers, corrupt cops,… hitmen, and their wives and girlfriends became caught up in an American saga of desperation and empire building, set against the larger backdrop of revolution, exile, and ethnicity. 2018.
By Lesley Poling-Kempes. 1989
From the 1880s to the 1950s, the Harvey Girls went west to work in Fred Harvey's restaurants along the Santa… Fe railway. At a time when there were "no ladies west of Dodge City and no women west of Albuquerque," they came as waitresses, but many stayed and settled, founding the struggling cattle and mining towns that dotted the region. Interviews, historical research, and photographs help re-create the Harvey Girl experience. The accounts are personal, but laced with the history the women lived: the dust bowl, the depression, and anecdotes about some of the many famous people who ate at the restaurants--Teddy Roosevelt, Shirley Temple, Bob Hope, to name a few. Winner of the 1991 New Mexico PressWomen's ZIA award. 1989.
By Noel Rae. 2018
Rae exposes the commerce and culture of slavery, not only from an economic or moral standpoint but also through multitudinous… perspectives within it: a young girl is beaten after being accused of stealing a piece of candy, a slave ship's surgeon recounts brutal treatment and squalid conditions, an Englishman visiting Haiti observes as violent uprisings break out. So many viewpoints ensure that no historical blind spot will leave the picture of an era incomplete. 2018.
By John Boessenecker, Mark Dugan. 1992
Between the years 1860 and 1911, Bill Miner's criminal career included stagecoach and train robberies. A gentleman robber who never… killed, Miner believed that railroad companies robbed the public and he therefore had a right to rob them back. 1992.
By Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenit͡ìsyn. 1973
Drawn from reports, letters, witnesses, and the Nobel Prize winner's own 11-year incarceration at Archipelago. This is an intense portrayal… of the history of the Soviet prison system. Bestseller. 1973. Uniform title: Arkhipelag GULag, 1918-1956.
In 1901, pinup girl and penniless actress Evelyn Nesbit was taken advantage of by legendary architect Stanford White. Four years… later, Nesbit would tell her husband Harry Thaw of the encounter, leading Thaw to publicly murder White. 2018.
By Ruth Brandon. 1980
A witty social history of the parade of American heiresses who, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, captured… aristocratic European husbands by their fortunes and their charms. Includes such foster princesses as Consuelo Vanderbilt, Nancy Shaw, Anna Gould, Winnaretta Singer, and many others. 1980.
By Iris Chang. 2005
Chang explores 150 years in the history of Chinese Americans. She traces three waves of immigration - the first during… the 1849-era California gold rush - and explains each group’s differing motivations, reception in America, and accomplishments. Also includes experiences of individuals and their personal struggles for success. 2005.
By M. L Friedland. 1994
A sensational trial -- questions about the influence of the media, expert witnesses, the issue of the death penalty, and… the advantage of wealth. While it sounds like one of today's headlines, this actually happened in 1900. The author investigates the remarkable trial of two men accused of murdering William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University. 1994.