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By Barack Obama. 2006
By Joseph T Glatthaar. 2018
Since the first English settlers landed at Jamestown with the legacy of centuries of European warfare in tow, the military… has been an omnipresent part of America. In "The American Military: A Concise History", Joseph T. Glatthaar explores this relationship from its origins in the thirteen colonies to today's ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. During the Revolutionary War, tension grew between local militias and a standing army. The Founding Fathers attempted to strike a balance, enshrining an army, navy, and a "well-regulated Militia" in the Constitution. The U.S. soon witnessed the rise of a professional military, a boon to its successes in the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. However, after the Civil War, the U.S. soon learned that the purpose of a peacetime army is to prepare for war. When war did arrive, it arrived with a vengeance, gutting the trenches of the Great War with effective innovations: tanks, planes, machine guns, and poison gas. The U.S. embraced the technology that would win both world wars and change the nature of battle in the Second World War. The nuclear era brought encounters defined by stalemate--from the Cold War conflicts of Korea and Vietnam to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 9/11, the U.S. has been frustrated by unconventional warfare, including terrorism and cyberwar, largely negating the technological advantage it had held. Glatthaar examines all these challenges, looking to the future of the U.S. military and its often proud and complicated legacy. 2018.
By Vivian Jeanette Kaplan. 2002
For a brief period between 1938 and 1941, roughly 20,000 Jews found refuge from the Nazis in the one place… not requiring visas, police certificates or proofs of financial independence: Shanghai. In 1939, the author's family made a month-long, 7,000-mile journey to Shanghai, struggling with heat, disease, poverty, and fear. With the war's end came the shock of learning what became of family and friends left behind in Europe. Descriptions of violence. 2002.
By Thomas Paine. 2006
"The American Crisis" was a series of pamphlets published from 1776 to 1783 during the American Revolution by 18th-century Enlightenment… philosopher and author Thomas Paine. The writings bolstered the morale of the American colonists, appealed to the English people's consideration of the war with America, clarified the issues at stake in the war, and denounced the advocates of a negotiated peace. 2006.
By Robin Blackburn. 2011
A history of the rise and abolition of slavery in the Americas covers such topics as the plantation revolution of… the seventeenth century, the emergence of anti-slavery thought, and the contributions of such figures as Thomas Paine and Frederick Douglass. 2011.
By David Litt. 2017
With a humorist's eye for detail and a convert's zeal, Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front… lines of Obamaworld. In his political coming-of-age story, he goes from starry-eyed college student to nervous junior speechwriter to White House senior staff. In between lighthearted observations, he addresses one of today's most important issues: the legacy and future of the Obama movement in the age of Trump. 2017.
From blue bells to armadillos and the San Antonio River Walk to Cadillac Ranch, here's the inside story about the… very things that give the state its character. Did you know that Texas has more bird species than any other state? That Texas is the largest producer of oil and gas in the United States and the nation's leader in pickup sales? That Texas has museums and larger-than-life statues that honor native sons and daughters such as Lyndon B. Johnson, Barbara Jordan, Buddy Holly, and J. Frank Dobie? 2017. Uniform title: Texas icons
By John Boessenecker. 2016
To most Americans, Frank Hamer is known only as the "villain" of the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. But from… the horseback days of the Old West through the gangster days of the 1930s, Frank Hamer stood on the frontlines of some of the most important and exciting periods in American history. He participated in the Bandit War of 1915, survived the climactic gunfight in the last blood feud of the Old West, battled the Mexican Revolution's spillover across the border, protected African Americans from lynch mobs and the Ku Klux Klan, and ran down gangsters, bootleggers, and Communists. When at last his career came to an end, it was only when he ran up against another legendary Texan: Lyndon B. Johnson. 2016.
By Lorne Rubenstein, Tiger Woods. 2017
In 1997, Tiger Woods was already among the most-watched and closely examined athletes in history. But it wasn't until the… Masters Tournament that his career would definitively change forever. Woods, then only 21, won the Masters by a historic 12 shots, which remains the widest margin of victory in the tournament's history, making it an iconic moment for him and sports. Now, 20 years later, Woods is ready to explore his history with the game, how it has changed over the years, and what it was like winning such an important event. With never-before-heard stories, this book will provide keen insight from one of the game's all-time greats. Bestseller. 2017.
By Christine Hyung-Oak Lee. 2017
Christine Hyung-Oak Lee woke up with a headache on New Year's Eve 2006. By that afternoon, she saw the world--quite… literally--upside down. By New Year's Day, she was unable to form a coherent sentence. And after hours in the ER, days in the hospital, and multiple questions and tests, she learned that she had had a stroke. For months, Lee outsourced her memories to her notebook. In a precise and captivating narrative, Lee navigates fearlessly between chronologies, weaving her childhood humiliations and joys together with the story of the early days of her marriage; and then later, in painstaking, painful, and unflinching detail, her stroke and every upset, temporary or permanent, that it causes. Lee processes her stroke and illuminates the connection between memory and identity in an honest, meditative, and truly funny manner, utterly devoid of self-pity. And as she recovers, she begins to realize that this unexpected and devastating event provides a catalyst for coming to terms with her true self. 2017.
By Isy Suttie. 2017
Isy Suttie wakes up one day in her late twenties to discover that the deal she'd struck with her friends,… to put off growing up for as long as possible, had been entirely in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers' markets, and going off the Pill, rather than running naked into the sea or getting hammered in a country pub with eighty-year-old men. After a particularly crushing breakup precipitated by Isy's gifting of a human-size papier-mache penguin to her boyfriend, her dearest friend advises Isy not to worry: the next guy she meets will be The Actual One. Heartened by this promise, Isy decides to keep delaying the onset of adulthood, whether that means standing on the side of a highway in nothing but an old fur coat and sneakers, dating a man who speaks only in rhyme, or conquering her fears of Alpine skiing by wildly overestimating her athletic ability. An ode to the confusing wilderness of your late twenties, alongside a quest for a genuinely good relationship... or at the very least, a good story to tell. 2017.
By Stacey Patton. 2008
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stacey Patton penned this memoir describing her tumultuous childhood growing up first in a state institution and… then in a fractured foster family. She makes a strong case to illustrate how the brutal legacy of slavery continues to affect African-American families today. 2008.
By Benson Bobrick, Benjamin Webb Baker. 2003
The author tells the story of Benjamin "Webb" Baker, his great-grandfather. Webb enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 and… thereafter suffered through horrid conditions in camp and absolute hell in combat. Also contains a heretofore unreleased collection of Webb's letters. 2003.
By John E Mack, Rita S Rogers. 1988
Internationally known child psychologist Rita Rogers grew up in Romania, the daughter of a prominent Jewish family. Her idyllic childhood… came to an abrupt end with the arrival of Nazi troops. 1988.
By Henry Lilienheim. 1994
Moving back and forth in time, from life soon after liberation to the struggle for survival in Nazi Europe, Lilienheim… tells of his successful search for his wife after his liberation. c1994. Uniform title: 978-0-616-71336-5 (CNIB)
By Jim Lanning, Judy Lanning. 1984
By Leslie Scrivener. 1981
By Richard Gwyn. 1985
By Abigail Carter. 2008
When Abigail Carter realized that her husband, killed on 9/11, wasn't coming home, she began to grieve, basing her process… on alchemy. First was blackening, which strips down lead to its original alloys and corresponded to her initial phase of disorienting grief. Then the whitening stage, which purifies the metal, was when new routines took hold and she started feeling as though she might make it, and lastly came reddening, when the base metal turns to pure gold, which corresponded to Carter's own enlightenment. Some descriptions of sex. 2008.
By David Walsh, Stephen Roche. 1988
The world of cycle racing through the eyes of champion Stephen Roche. He writes of the gruelling training, battles with… the weather, the crowds' impact on morale, the dangers, and the rewards. 1988.