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By Sigmund Brouwer. 2019
This riveting narrative told from the astronauts' points of view offers a unique approach to the story behind Apollo 11's… successful --- though nearly disastrous --- 1969 moon landing. Readers are brought along on the ride of a lifetime, as they relive every step of the mission, including the nail-biting (and relatively unknown) crucial moments when it came close to failure. From ignition to moon walk to splashdown, the story is structured in eleven exciting episodes. And, setting this book apart, each episode is linked to the innovations and discoveries from the past four centuries that made it possible --- from Copernicus to Einstein, the sextant to Velcro. It's a new perspective on an epic journey, and the science, technology, engineering and math that set it in motion! Bestselling and award-winning author Sigmund Brouwer offers children an original look at the historic feat that captivated the world in July of 1969. The information is thoroughly researched and includes NASA-sourced photographs throughout. Highly readable and with a compelling modern graphic design, this engaging book is sure to generate interest among a broad range of readers. At the same time, it's teeming with math, engineering, science and technology lessons that give young readers the opportunity to make the connections between what they learn in school and awesome things that happened in the real world. There are strong curriculum links here, including earth and space systems, physical sciences, chemistry, math, engineering, technology and applied science, as well as history.
By Kelly S. Thompson. 2019
At eighteen years old, Kelly Thompson enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in a military family --… she would, in fact, be a fourth-generation soldier -- she couldn't shake the feeling that she didn't belong. From the moment she arrives for basic training at a Quebec military base, a young woman more interested in writing than weaponry, she quickly realizes that her conception of what being a soldier means, forged from a desire to serve her country after the 9/11 attacks, isn't entirely accurate. A career as a female officer will involve navigating a masculinized culture and coming to grips with her burgeoning feminism. In this compulsively readable memoir, Thompson writes with wit and honesty about her own development as a woman and a soldier, unsparingly highlighting truths about her time in the military. In sharply crafted prose, she chronicles the frequent sexism and misogyny she encounters both in training and later in the workplace, and explores her own feelings of pride and loyalty to the Forces, and a family legacy of PTSD, all while searching for an artistic identity in a career that demands conformity. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Thompson fearlessly re-examines her identity as a soldier. 2019.
By Shane Vogel. 2018
In 1956 Harry Belafonte’s Calypso became the first LP to sell more than a million copies. For a few fleeting… months, calypso music was the top-selling genre in the US—it even threatened to supplant rock and roll. Stolen Time provides a vivid cultural history of this moment and outlines a new framework—black fad performance—for understanding race, performance, and mass culture in the twentieth century United States. Vogel situates the calypso craze within a cycle of cultural appropriation, including the ragtime craze of 1890s and the Negro vogue of the 1920s, that encapsulates the culture of the Jim Crow era. He follows the fad as it moves defiantly away from any attempt at authenticity and shamelessly embraces calypso kitsch. Although white calypso performers were indeed complicit in a kind of imperialist theft of Trinidadian music and dance, Vogel argues, black calypso craze performers enacted a different, and subtly subversive, kind of theft. They appropriated not Caribbean culture itself, but the US version of it—and in so doing, they mocked American notions of racial authenticity. From musical recordings, nightclub acts, and television broadcasts to Broadway musicals, film, and modern dance, he shows how performers seized the ephemeral opportunities of the fad to comment on black cultural history and even question the meaning of race itself.
By Mark Hasara, Rush Limbaugh. 2017
From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Afghan War, and Iraq… War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and moral lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.Get a glimpse of life in the pilot’s seat and experience modern air warfare directly from a true American hero. Lt. Col Mark Hasara—who has twenty-four years experience in flying missions around the world—provides keen and eye-opening insights on success, failure, and emphasizes the importance of always being willing to learn. He provides twelve essential lessons based on his wartime experience and his own personal photographs from his missions during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War. With a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author and radio host Rush Limbaugh, this is a military memoir not to be missed.
By Sarah Miller. 2016
Here's middle-grade nonfiction that reads like a thriller. With murder, court battles, and sensational newspaper headlines, the story of Lizzie… Borden is compulsively readable and perfect for the Common Core. Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. In a compelling, linear narrative, Miller takes readers along as she investigates a brutal crime: the August 4, 1892, murders of wealthy and prominent Andrew and Abby Borden. The accused? Mild-mannered and highly respected Lizzie Borden, daughter of Andrew and stepdaughter of Abby. Most of what is known about Lizzie's arrest and subsequent trial (and acquittal) comes from sensationalized newspaper reports; as Miller sorts fact from fiction, and as a legal battle gets under way, a gripping portrait of a woman and a town emerges. With inserts featuring period photos and newspaper clippings--and, yes, images from the murder scene--readers will devour this nonfiction book that reads like fiction."Sure to be a hit with true crime fans everywhere." --School Library Journal, StarredFrom the Hardcover edition.
By Elizabeth Partridge. 2018
<p>America's war in Vietnam. In over a decade of bitter fighting, it claimed the lives of more than 58,000 American… soldiers and beleaguered four US presidents. More than forty years after America left Vietnam in defeat in 1975, the war remains controversial and divisive both in the United States and abroad. <p>The history of this era is complex; the cultural impact extraordinary. But it's the personal stories of eight people—six American soldiers, one American military nurse, and one Vietnamese refugee—that create the heartbeat of Boots on the Ground. From dense jungles and terrifying firefights to chaotic helicopter rescues and harrowing escapes, each individual experience reveals a different facet of the war and moves us forward in time. Alternating with these chapters are profiles of key American leaders and events, reminding us of all that was happening at home during the war, including peace protests, presidential scandals, and veterans' struggles to acclimate to life after Vietnam. <p>With more than one hundred photographs, award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge's unflinching book captures the intensity, frustration, and lasting impacts of one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.</p>
By Noah Galloway. 2016
Military hero and beloved Dancing with the Stars alum Noah Galloway shares his life story and how losing his… arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live--and live to the fullest Inspirational humorous and thought provoking Noah Galloway s LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama his military experience and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his new normal after losing his arm and leg in combat Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds Noah s gripping story is a shining example that with laughter and the right amount of perspective you can tackle anything Whether it be overcoming injury conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom or taking the next steps forward in life with his young family - Noah demonstrates how to live life to the fullest with no excuses
By Eric Foner. 2006
This book seeks to bring the fruits of recent scholarship on Reconstruction to a broad popular audience and in doing… so, reinforce the point that knowledge of that turbulent era is indispensable to thinking about American society today. The six visual essays that appear in this book chart the ways American visual culture embraced, ignored, and distorted issues of race and equality from the 1840s to the 1920s
By Cate Lineberry. 2017
"A stunning tale of a little-known figure in history. Robert Smalls' astounding heroism during the Civil War helped convince Lincoln… and the country that African Americans were extraordinarily capable of fighting for their freedom. Lineberry has produced a triumph in this heroic story that illuminates our country's ongoing struggles with race." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Professor in American History Harvard University and Executive Producer of Finding Your Roots“Be Free or Die makes you want to stand up and cheer. Cate Lineberry has done us all a great service by telling this incredibly moving, thrilling, and important story about an American hero who deserves to be remembered, and admired.” —Candice Millard, author of Hero of the EmpireFacing death rather than enslavement—a story of one man's triumphant choice and ultimate rise to national heroIt was a mild May morning in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1862, the second year of the Civil War, when a twenty-three-year-old slave named Robert Smalls did the unthinkable and boldly seized a Confederate steamer. With his wife and two young children hidden on board, Smalls and a small crew ran a gauntlet of heavily armed fortifications in Charleston Harbor and delivered the valuable vessel and the massive guns it carried to nearby Union forces. To be unsuccessful was a death sentence for all. Smalls’ courageous and ingenious act freed him and his family from slavery and immediately made him a Union hero while simultaneously challenging much of the country’s view of what African Americans were willing to do to gain their freedom. After his escape, Smalls served in numerous naval campaigns off Charleston as a civilian boat pilot and eventually became the first black captain of an Army ship. In a particularly poignant moment Smalls even bought the home that he and his mother had once served in as house slaves.Be Free or Die is a compelling narrative that illuminates Robert Smalls’ amazing journey from slave to Union hero and ultimately United States Congressman. This captivating tale of a valuable figure in American history gives fascinating insight into the country's first efforts to help newly freed slaves while also illustrating the many struggles and achievements of African Americans during the Civil War.
By Richard Morenus. 2015
The author was a businessman from New York who got tired of the Big City life and was… unhappy for some time He decided to move as far away from that environment Taking only his dog some gear and an open heart he travelled to Canada During this trip he found an island of epic beauty and decided to purchase it His story tells of his difficulty trying to adapt to such the harsh environment The local population were Native Americans who gave him the name Crazy White Man for making the changes that he did Dick Morenus New York radio and magazine writer took to the Ontario bush country to shed his ulcers After writing this hilarious account of his six-year transition from tenderfoot to woodsman-guide he returned to city life to teach write and lecture CHICAGO TRIBUNE -- As a story of the indomitable spirit of men and women pitted against the overwhelming forces of nature Crazy-White-Man is an inspiring one as a tale of pure adventure it will be hard to put down a book that is a little classic of the rugged life CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR -- one of the best tales of escape from city pressures It is a vivid close-up of the Ontario bush--written down with the vividness and gaiety of a man who knew he was free NEW YORK TIMES -- Respect for Mr Morenus courage and hardihood grows with every page we read it emerges as a valuable addition to the small number of books about the Canadian bush COLORADO SPRINGS FREE PRESS -- Anyone from young to old who has wanted to toss the soft life of today into the discard and live as our ancestors did will enjoy this book To those who have lived under frontier conditions it will be equally refreshing--and that cannot be said for many of this type
Southern Nation: Congress and White Supremacy after Reconstruction (Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives #158)
By Ira Katznelson, John S. Lapinski, David Bateman, Russell Sage Foundation. 2018
How southern members of Congress remade the United States in their own image after the Civil WarNo question has loomed… larger in the American experience than the role of the South Southern Nation examines how southern members of Congress shaped national public policy and American institutions from Reconstruction to the New Deal and along the way remade the region and the nation in their own image The central paradox of southern politics was how such a highly diverse region could be transformed into a coherent and unified bloc a veritable nation within a nation that exercised extraordinary influence in politics This book shows how this unlikely transformation occurred in Congress the institutional site where the South s representatives forged a new relationship with the rest of the nation Drawing on an innovative theory of southern lawmaking in-depth analyses of key historical sources and congressional data Southern Nation traces how southern legislators confronted the dilemma of needing federal investment while opposing interference with the South s racial hierarchy a problem they navigated with mixed results before choosing to prioritize white supremacy above all else Southern Nation reveals how southern members of Congress gradually won for themselves an unparalleled role in policymaking and left all southerners whites and blacks disadvantaged to this day At first the successful defense of the South s capacity to govern race relations left southern political leaders locally empowered but marginalized nationally With changing rules in Congress however southern representatives soon became strategically positioned to profoundly influence national affairs
The new society that the world awaited might yet be born in the humble guise of a backwoods village … This was the belief shared by the many groups which moved into the American frontier to create experimental communities communities which they hoped would be models for revolutionary changes in religion politics economics and education in American society For as James Madison wrote the American Republic was useful in proving things before held impossible The communitarian ideal had its roots in the radical Protestant sects of the Reformation Arthur Bestor shows the connection between the holy commonwealths of the colonial period and the nonsectarian experiments of the nineteenth century He examines in particular detail Robert Owen s ideals and problems in creating New Harmony Two essays have been added to this volume for the second edition In these Patent-Office Models of the Good Society and The Transit of Communitarian Socialism to America Bestor discusses the effects of the frontier and of the migration of European ideas and people on these communities He holds that the communitarians could believe in the possibility of nonviolent revolution through imitation of a small perfect society only as long as they saw American institutions as flexible By the end of the nineteenth century as American society became less plastic belief in the power of successful models weakened
By Diane Lapis, Anne Peck-Davis. 2018
50 20th century cocktail recipes illustrated with vintage postcards Cocktail culture boomed in the United States after Prohibition … starting with the jazz-filled cocktail lounges and elegant supper clubs in New York City and as rail and automotive travel advanced flowing all the way to the postwar-era resorts and cabaret night spots of California and beyond Barkeepers and mixologists across the country were developing new-fangled concoctions like the Red Snapper the Santa Fe Cooler and Cooper s Ranch Punch A newly liberated America couldn t get enough The unique cocktail lounges hotel bars and other more exotic drinking venues ice rinks carousels and tropical gardens just to name a few defined this era of drinking culture and were immortalized in the linen postcards used to advertise them With over 50 vintage cocktail recipes including several modern twists fascinating historical vignettes and more than 150 pieces of vintage ephemera you will be transported to an era of unbridled indulgence and distinct glamour
By Christopher Moore. 1994
In 1783 and 1784, some fifty thousand Americans felt that they could not support the revolution against Britain. They were… called Loyalists - and there would be no place for them in the new United States.As they streamed into the Canadian colonies to the north, they changed forever the face of settlement there. Their arrival would eventually lead to the formation of the provinces of New Brunswick and Ontario.First published in hardcover in 1984, the bicentenary of the migration, The Loyalists tells the very human story of these people - of the societies that shaped them, the attitudes that motivated them, and the circumstances that determined their future and influenced the future of Canada. It went on to win the Secretary of State's Prize for Excellence in Canadian Studies.From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the acclaimed author of Citizens of London comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World… War II--a bitter sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world At the center of this controversy stood the two most famous men in America President Franklin D Roosevelt who championed the interventionist cause and aviator Charles Lindbergh who as unofficial leader and spokesman for America s isolationists emerged as the president s most formidable adversary Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative While FDR buffeted by political pressures on all sides struggled to marshal public support for aid to Winston Churchill s Britain Lindbergh saw his heroic reputation besmirched--and his marriage thrown into turmoil--by allegations that he was a Nazi sympathizer Spanning the years 1939 to 1941 Those Angry Days vividly re-creates the rancorous internal squabbles that gripped the United States in the period leading up to Pearl Harbor After Germany vanquished most of Europe America found itself torn between its traditional isolationism and the urgent need to come to the aid of Britain the only country still battling Hitler The conflict over intervention was as FDR noted a dirty fight rife with chicanery and intrigue and Those Angry Days recounts every bruising detail In Washington a group of high-ranking military officers including the Air Force chief of staff worked to sabotage FDR s pro-British policies Roosevelt meanwhile authorized FBI wiretaps of Lindbergh and other opponents of intervention At the same time a covert British operation approved by the president spied on antiwar groups dug up dirt on congressional isolationists and planted propaganda in U S newspapers The stakes could not have been higher The combatants were larger than life With the immediacy of a great novel Those Angry Days brilliantly recalls a time fraught with danger when the future of democracy and America s role in the world hung in the balance Advance praise for Those Angry Days With this stirring book Lynne Olson confirms her status as our era s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy Those Angry Days tells the extraordinary tale of America s internal debate about whether and how to stop Hitler Filled with fascinating anecdotes and surprising twists the text raises moral and practical questions that we still struggle with today Compelling for students of history and casual readers alike --Madeleine K Albright former U S Secretary of State Lynne Olson has done it again Those Angry Days is a riveting account of the political tensions and cast of historic figures engaged in an epic battle over the role of the United States in the early years of World War II It s all here FDR Lindbergh Churchill Hitler war in Europe and the Pacific The stakes could not have been higher and the outcome was never certain Modern leaders and citizens alike can learn so much from Those Angry Days --Tom Brokaw author of The Greatest Generation
By Charles Johnson. 2016
From Charles Johnson--a National Book Award winner Professor Emeritus at University of Washington and one of America s… preeminent scholars on literature and race--comes an instructive inspiring guide to the craft and art of writing An award-winning novelist philosopher essayist screenwriter professor and cartoonist Charles Johnson has devoted his life to creative pursuit His 1990 National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage is a modern classic revered as much for its daring plot as its philosophical underpinnings For thirty-three years Johnson taught and mentored students in the art and craft of creative writing The Way of the Writer is his record of those years and the coda to a kaleidoscopic boundary-shattering career Organized into six accessible easy-to-navigate sections The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom starting with word choice sentence structure and narrative voice and delving into the mechanics of scene dialogue plot and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer What separates literature from industrial fiction What lies at the heart of the creative impulse How does one navigate the literary world And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant Luminous inspiring and imminently accessible The Way of the Writer is a revelatory glimpse into the mind of the writer and an essential guide for anyone with a story to tell
By Jesmyn Ward. 2017
National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a… jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time.<p><p>In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin's 1962 "Letter to My Nephew," which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: "You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon." <p>Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin's words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation's most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. <p>The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume. <p>In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin's essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a "post-racial" society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront. Baldwin's "fire next time" is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. <p>Contributors include Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnette Cadogan, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Mitchell S. Jackson, Honoree Jeffers, Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Daniel Jose Older, Emily Raboteau, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Wendy S. Walters, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kevin Young.
By S. C. Gwynne. 2016
In the tradition of Michael Lewis s Moneyball award-winning historian S C Gwynne tells the incredible story of… how two unknown coaches revolutionized American football at every level from high school to the NFL Hal Mumme is one of a handful of authentic offensive geniuses in the history of American football The Perfect Pass is the story of how he irreverently destroyed and re-created the game Mumme spent fourteen mostly losing seasons coaching football before inventing a potent passing offense that would soon shock players delight fans and terrify opposing coaches The revolution he fomented began at a tiny overlooked college called Iowa Wesleyan where Mumme was head coach and Mike Leach a lawyer who had never played college football was hired as his offensive line coach In the cornfields of Iowa while scribbling plays on paper napkins these two mad inventors drawn together by a shared disregard for conventionalism and a love for Jimmy Buffett began to engineer the purest most extreme passing game in the 145-year history of football Implementing their Air Raid offense their teams--at Iowa Wesleyan and later at Valdosta State and the University of Kentucky--played blazingly fast--faster than any team ever had before and they routinely beat teams with far more talented athletes And Mumme and Leach did it all without even a playbook Their quarterback once completed sixty-one of eighty-six passes both collegiate records In The Perfect Pass S C Gwynne explores Mumme s leading role in changing football from a run-dominated sport to a pass-dominated one the game that tens of millions of Americans now watch every fall weekend Whether you re a casual or ravenous football fan this is a truly compelling story of American ingenuity and how a set of revolutionary ideas made their way from the margins into the hot center of the game we celebrate today
By Richard Snow. 2016
From acclaimed popular historian Richard Snow who writes with verve and a keen eye The New… York Times Book Review the thrilling story of the naval battle that not only changed the Civil War but the future of all sea power No single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads Virginia in March 1862 The Confederacy with no fleet of its own built an iron fort containing ten heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack The North got word of the project when it was already well along and in desperation commissioned an eccentric inventor named John Ericsson to build the Monitor an entirely revolutionary iron warship--at the time the single most complicated machine ever made Abraham Lincoln himself was closely involved with the ship s design Rushed through to completion in just 100 days it mounted only two guns but they were housed in a shot-proof revolving turret The ship hurried south from Brooklyn and nearly sank twice on the voyage only to arrive to find the Merrimack had arrived blazing that morning destroyed half the Union fleet and would be back to finish the job the next day When she returned the Monitor was there She fought the Merrimack to a standstill and saved the Union cause As soon as word of the battle spread Great Britain--the foremost sea power of the day--ceased work on all wooden ships A thousand-year-old tradition ended and the path to the naval future opened Richly illustrated with photos maps and engravings Iron Dawn is the irresistible story of these incredible intimidating war machines Historian Richard Snow brings to vivid life the tensions of the time explaining how wooden and ironclad ships worked maneuvered battled and sank This full account of the Merrimack and Monitor has never been told in such immediate compelling detail
By From The Editors Of Writer's Digest. 2010
Everything You need to Write and Sell Your Work This is the ultimate crash course in writing and publishing! Inside… you'll find comprehensive instruction, up-to-date market listings, and more. Writer's Digest University is the perfect resource for you, no matter your experience level. This one-stop resource contains: Quick and comprehensive answers to common questions including: "How do I write a successful novel?" and "How do I know if self-publishing is right for me?" Instruction and examples for formatting and submitting fiction, nonfiction, articles, children's writing, scripts, and verse. Advanced instruction on business-related issues like marketing and publicity, using social media, freelancing for corporations, keeping finances in order, and setting the right price for your work. A detailed look at what agents want and how to get one that best fits your needs. Market listings for publishers and agents open to unsolicited work and new writers, contests and awards, and conferences and workshops. Get started now with everything you need to build a thriving writing career. Whether you're starting from scratch or have a bit of experience, you'll find the tools you need for success.