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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.
By Richard Rhodes. 1995
A historical account of the Cold War with focus on the nuclear arms race between the United States and the… Soviet Union. Traces the development of the hydrogen bomb, the formation of arms stockpiles, and the superpower confrontations that nearly erupted into global cataclysms. 1995.
By Chris Patten. 1998
Chris Patten reflects on his experiences as the governor of Hong Kong, why he adopted the stance he did, and… how he fought his battles. Why has the Far East more generally prospered so spectacularly over recent decades, and how seriously should its recent crises be taken? What is the possibility of such conditions for prosperity being reproduced elsewhere? What are the connections between political freedom and the rule of law, and economic freedom and advance? What is China's role in the world to be? Patten discusses the answers to these and other questions. 1998.
By James S Romm. 2014
Explores the moral struggles, political intrigues and violent vendettas that enmeshed Seneca, the ancient Roman writer and philosopher, in the… brutal daily lives of the imperial family and the regime of his student, Nero. 2014.
By Francis Thompson, Lee Selleck. 1997
Two Yellowknife journalists analyze what happened during the strike at the Giant mine, which culminated in an explosion which killed… nine men in 1992. They describe the major players in the drama, the major events, including the trial of Roger Warren, and even raise questions about Warren's guilt. Some strong language. 1997.
By Henry Mietkiewicz, Bob Mackowycz. 1988
Rochdale College was an eighteen-story apartment building near the University of Toronto campus which, between 1968 and 1975, was the… centre of hippie culture in Toronto. Reviled by politicians and police for its anarchy and its flow of drugs, and loved by hippies for the same reasons, the Rochdale culture helped create some of Canada's most gifted artists, actors, musicians, and writers. Some strong language. 1988.
Don't know much about history: everything you need to know about American history, but never learned
By Kenneth C Davis. 1990
Many people only remember the myths, misconceptions and glossed-over facts of American history. The author provides the true stories, in… question-and-answer format, from the ambiguous discovery of America to the Iran-Contra Affair. 1990.
By Sheila B Nickerson. 1996
The Alaska poet reflects on the ways people have disappeared into her state's vast wilderness, beginning with a colleague whose… plane vanished over glaciers in Alaska's "Bermuda Triangle." Includes many other accounts: notably those of Sir John Franklin, who disappeared in 1845 with 128 men and two ships, and of Louisiana congressman Hale Boggs, whose plane was lost in 1972. 1996.
By Hans Blix. 2004
Blix reluctantly came out of retirement in 2000 to lead the U.N. weapons inspections team in Iraq because he was… the only man everyone could agree on for the job. Three years later, those clamouring for military intervention grumbled at his inability (or, as they saw it, refusal) to present evidence of weapons of mass destruction, but he reminds readers that his assignment was to assess and report on the available evidence. A play-by-play account of the months of diplomacy and inspection efforts leading up to the Iraq war. Some descriptions of violence. 2004.
By David Jay Bercuson, J. L Granatstein. 1992
The editors have compiled approximately 1500 entries concerning Canadian military history from the early 17th century to peacekeeping duties in… 1992, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Entries cover military actions, senior military personnel, politicians whose policies affected the military, Victoria and George Cross winners, and entries on security and intelligence topics.
By Dambisa Moyo. 2009
In the past 50 years, more than $1 trillion in aid has gone to Africa. Moyo offers a new road… map for financing development of the world's poorest countries that guarantees economic growth and a significant decline in poverty - without reliance on foreign aid. c2009.
By Georgina Howell. 2006
Archaeologist, spy, Arabist, linguist, author, poet, photographer, mountaineer, and nation builder, Gertrude Bell was born in 1868 into a world… of privilege and plenty. Turning her back on that, she became the architect of the independent kingdom of Iraq and saw its first king safely onto the throne in 1921. A compelling portrait of a woman who transcended the restrictions of her class and age and, in so doing, created a remarkable and enduring legacy. Some descriptions of violence. 2007, c2006.
Offers an account of the most important developments in Canadian history from the sixties until today, as seen and interpreted… by leftist scholars and writers. Each chapter reviews a major theme, such as Canada's relationship to the U.S., the development of our health care system, the dynamics of Aboriginal-non-Aboriginal relations and the role of Canadian cultural work in shaping Canadian society. Taken together, the book provides a unique and broad perspective on virtually every significant event and development in recent Canadian history. 2016.
By Vincent J Cannato. 2009
Cannato delivers a definitive history of America's landmark port of entry. From eyewitness accounts, Cannato weaves together a poignant testament… to the hopes and fears of "huddled masses yearning to breathe free." 2009.
Beginning with New York City's first ever New Year's ball drop, 1908 got off to a spectacular start. As the… year went on, America witnessed President Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet sailing around the globe, Henry Ford's unveiling of the Model T, and the Wright Brothers' year-end, history making, longest recorded flight. Sandwiched between these events, great social changes were also occurring, as race relations deteriorated in the South and the Great War loomed over in Europe. 2008.
By David S Painter. 2005
In this course, Georgetown University professor, David S. Painter, examines the Cold War and its far-reaching, global implications in order… to understand the history of the second half of the twentieth century and beyond. 2005.
By Peter Meineck. 2005
In this course, New York University professor Peter Meineck examines, in detail, the way in which military power, colonial organization,… superior technology, a well-organized infrastructure, and a cohesive economic system helped to make Rome such a successful empire. These elements of Roman genius are well known, but it was the very idea of Rome that proved persuasive and this Roman ideal was born from mythology. 2005.
By Joseph J Ellis. 2004
Mount Holyoke College professor Joseph Ellis delivers a course that is a chronological survey of the period from 1763 to… 1800 and discusses the single most consequential event in all of American history, the American Revolution. The key figures during this time, or the brotherhoood of the revolution, achieved many successes for America that made a lasting impact on the future of this nation. 2004.
By Christopher Hibbert. 1996
British historian chronicles the seventeenth-century English civil war between King Charles’s Royalist Cavaliers and Oliver Cromwell’s Roundhead Parliamentarians. Details the… pillaging of towns and castles by both sides and the carnage on the battlefields that ends in Charles’s beheading in 1649. 1996.
By William Loren Katz. 1998
African-Americans did not accept slavery passively and with good humor. Through the use of primary source materials, Katz lays to… rest the myth of the happy, docile slave - which was perpetuated by slave owners and given credence by historians. Katz paints a compelling picture of perpetual, resilient, and active and passive resistance to slavery by men, women, and children. Junior and Senior High. 1998.