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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.
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 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 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 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.
By Gregg Herken. 1985
By Rhoda Blumberg. 1985
By Thomas Paine. 1997
On January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine published his pamphlet "Common Sense", a persuasive argument for the colonies' political and economic… separation from Britain. It cites the evils of monarchy, accuses the British government of inflicting economic and social injustices upon the colonies, and points to the absurdity of an island attempting to rule a continent. Today, "Common Sense" remains a landmark document in the struggle for freedom. 1997.
By Douglas J Preston. 1992
The author chronicles his journey on horseback retracing the path of sixteenth-century Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado across the… American Southwest in search of the seven cities of gold. Woven into the narrative are natural history; stories heard from cowboys, Native Americans, and ranchers; and an account of the original expedition. 1992.
By Stephen W Sears. 1996
Describes the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville, Virginia, in 1863. It was during this campaign that Stonewall Jackson was accidentally shot… by his own troops while riding night inspection. Robert E. Lee later pressed northward toward Pennsylvania after this hollow victory where over 30,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing. 1996.
By Nelson Johnson. 2011
Through most of the 20th century, Atlantic City was controlled by a powerful partnership of local politicians and racketeers. Funded… by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars and brothels, this corrupt alliance reached full bloom during the reign of Enoch 'Nucky' Johnson - the second of the three bosses to head the Republican machine that dominated city politics and society. In this book, Nucky Johnson, Louis 'the Commodore' Kuehnle, Frank 'Hap' Farley, and Atlantic City itself spring to life in all their garish splendour. The author traces 'AC' from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom struggles, to the city's rebirth as an international entertainment and gambling mecca where anything goes. 2011.
By James M McPherson. 1988
Looks at the events and issues that divided the American public and led to the Civil War, opposition to the… war in both the North and South, and the reasons for the Union's victory. 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner. c1988.
By Sarah Vowell. 2005
Journalist Vowell visits sites associated with the first three assassinated American presidents: Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, and William McKinley. Relates… pieces of historical trivia, including the fact that Robert Todd Lincoln was present at all three shootings. Some descriptions of sex, violence and strong language. Bestseller 2005.
By Jay Winik. 2001
In April 1865, as the war ends, the Confederate capitol - Richmond - lies in ruins, generals Robert E. Lee… and Joe Johnston surrender their armies, and President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated. Remarkably, the author contends, the nation survives. Analyzes the reasons for the unusually successful conclusion to a republic's civil war. Bestseller. 2001.
Describes the horrific events in Philadelphia in 1793 when citywide illness prevented Congress from convening. Thousands of people were dying,… many unattended, and physicians of the time were unsure of the cause or treatment of the yellow-fever outbreak. Junior High. 2004.
By William Langewiesche. 2003
"American Ground" is the story - until now untold - of the people who responded to the destruction of the… World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Within days, William Langewiesche made his way into the innermost recesses of the collapse. By virtue of the integrity and excellence of his previous work, he quickly secured unique, unrestricted, around-the-clock access to the site, the rescue workers and labourers there, and the meetings of city officials, engineers, construction companies, and consultants. 2003.
By Paula Mitchell Marks. 1989
The real truth of what happened at the O.K. Corral may never be known, but the author has sorted through… the conflicting testimonies to determine the mostly likely course of events. After establishing the backgrounds and alliances of the participants, she offers an analysis of why the famous Tombstone, Arizona gunfight occurred. c1989.