• Crime And Punishment In American History

    In a wide ranging historical past of our felony justice approach from Colonial instances to this day, one in every of our optimal criminal thinkers exhibits how the United States formed a procedure of crime and punishment in its personal image.

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  • A Brief History of Witchcraft

    By Lois Martin

    The witch in historical past is especially various from the picture in Harry Potter, Wicked, or the fashionable day Pagan. A short historical past of Witchcraft units out to discover how the witch phenomenon begun in medieval Europe and the way it has endured to hang-out us for greater than 500 years. ideal for a person intrigued by way of the clandestine, contentious position of witchcraft in historical past, this booklet finds the mysterious layers of characters, scandals, and trials that made witchcraft a undying common fascination.

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  • The White and the Gold: The French Regime in Canada

    By Thomas B. Costain

    This can be the attention-grabbing tale of the French regime in Canada. Few sessions within the historical past of North the US can equivalent it for romance and colour, drama and suspense, nice human braveness and far-seeing aspiration. Costain, who writes background within the phrases of the folk who lived it, wrote of this e-book: "Almost from the 1st I stumbled on myself stuck within the spell of those brave, colourful, merciless days. yet at any time when i discovered myself in charge of overstressing the romantic aspect of the image and forgetful of the extra prosaic lifestyles underneath, i attempted to stability the scales extra effectively. [This] is...a conscientious attempt at a balanced photograph of a interval which was once courageous, strange, fanatical, lyrical, lusty, and, in reality, particularly thoroughly unbalanced."

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  • A Million Bullets: The real story of the British Army in Afghanistan

    By James Fergusson

    In April 2006 a small British peace-keeping strength was once despatched to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. inside weeks they have been bring to a halt and besieged by way of many of the world's hardest combatants: the notorious Taliban, who have been made up our minds to ship the foreigners domestic back. Defence Secretary John Reid had was hoping that Operation Herrick four will be comprehensive with no shot being fired; as a substitute, the military was once drawn into the fiercest scuffling with it had visible for 50 years. hundreds of thousands of bullets and hundreds of thousands of lives were expended considering then in an under-publicized yet sour clash whose finish continues to be now not in sight. a few humans ponder it the fourth Anglo-Afghan struggle due to the fact Victorian occasions. how the heck did this ensue? and what's it like for the troops at the entrance line of the 'War on Terror'?
    James Fergusson takes us to the darkish middle of the conflict area. the following, of their personal phrases and for the 1st time, are the younger veterans of Herrick four. right here, unmasked, are the civilian and army officers chargeable for making plans and executing the operation. the following, too, are the Taliban themselves, to whom Fergusson received special and notable entry. arguable, interesting and infrequently downright terrifying, A Million Bullets analyses the sorry slide into conflict in Helmand and asks this such a lot troubling query: may perhaps Britain might be have shunned the violence altogether?

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  • La Renaissance européenne

    By Peter Burke

    Peter Burke n'est pas un peintre de los angeles Renaissance. Et pourtant son livre est celui d'un artiste. Portrait de l. a. Renaissance en mouvement. Au loin, en arrière plan, les frontières de l'Islam qui lui aussi connaît un réveil, un peu plus loin, ce qui reste de Byzance qui jouera un rôle capital dans los angeles transmission de l'Antique et, en ligne de fuite, les vieux inspirateurs Platon, Cicéron et Virgile. Au moment plan, les plus jeunes, parmi lesquels Pétrarque, Boccace et Giotto. Ils sont dans des décors urbains - Avignon, Florence, plus tard viendront les villes des Flandres, celles de France et d'Angleterre - mais aussi dans l. a. nature regorgeante de formes, de sons et de couleurs. Du tableau, les limites sont vastes, de l'Europe du Nord aux can pay slaves, et sa lumière touche chaque objet animé par une vie renaissante devenue règle générale. Au most advantageous plan, bien sûr, le printemps de l'Italie avec les deux sœurs en gloire, Rome et Florence. los angeles Renaissance invente l'Europe ou un rêve d'Europe. Elle est toujours devant nous par ce qui fait d'elle un dynamisme incessant d'imitation et de création.

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  • Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern

    By Joshua Zeitz

    Blithely flinging apart the Victorian manners that stored her disapproving mom corseted, the recent girl of the Twenties puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. extra vital, she earned her personal maintain, managed her personal future, and secured liberties that smooth girls take without any consideration. Her newfound freedom heralded an intensive swap in American culture.

    Whisking us from the Alabama nation membership the place Zelda Sayre first stuck the attention of F. Scott Fitzgerald to Muncie, Indiana, the place would-be flappers begged their moms for silk stockings, to the new york speakeasies the place consumers partied until eventually first light, historian Joshua Zeitz brings the period to exhilarating existence. this can be the tale of America’s first sexual revolution, its first retailers of cool, its first celebrities, and its so much glowing commercial for the correct to pursue happiness.

    The women and men who made the flapper have been a various lot.

    There used to be Coco Chanel, the French orphan who redefined the female shape and silhouette, assisting to loose girls from the torturous corsets and crinolines that had served as instruments of social keep an eye on.

    Three thousand miles away, Lois lengthy, the daughter of a Connecticut clergyman, christened herself “Lipstick” and gave New Yorker readers an exciting entrée into Manhattan’s extravagant Jazz Age nightlife.

    In California, the place orange groves gave approach to studio plenty and fairytale mansions, 3 of America’s first celebrities—Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louise Brooks, Hollywood’s nice flapper triumvirate—fired the imaginations of thousands of filmgoers.

    Dallas-born type artist Gordon Conway and Utah-born cartoonist John Held crafted journal covers that captured the electrical energy of the social revolution sweeping the United States.

    Bruce Barton and Edward Bernays, pioneers of advertisements and public relatives, taught massive enterprise tips to harness the goals and anxieties of a newly commercial America—and a country of shoppers used to be born.

    Towering primarily have been Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, whose speedy ascent and awesome fall embodied the glamour and far more than the period that will come to an abrupt finish on Black Tuesday, while the inventory industry collapsed and rendered the age of abundance and frivolity immediately obsolete.

    With its heady cocktail of storytelling and massive rules, Flapper is a stunning examine the ladies who introduced the 1st really glossy decade.

    From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science

    New York occasions booklet Review 
    "[S]mart, delightful... a wonderfully pleasing schooling in ethics, activism and science.”

    Editors's selection, New York occasions publication Review

    An impassioned safeguard of highbrow freedom and a clarion name to highbrow accountability, Galileo’s heart Finger is one American’s eye-opening tale of lifestyles within the trenches of medical controversy. for 2 many years, historian Alice Dreger has led a lifetime of impressive engagement, combining activist provider to sufferers of unethical clinical examine with security of scientists whose paintings has outraged id politics activists. With spirit and wit, Dreger deals in Galileo’s heart Finger an unforgettable imaginative and prescient of the significance of rigorous fact looking in today’s the United States, the place either the loose press and loose scholarly inquiry fight below dire fiscal and political threats.

    This illuminating chronicle starts off with Dreger’s personal learn into the remedy of individuals born intersex (once referred to as hermaphrodites). recognition of the stunning surgical and moral abuses carried out within the identify of “normalizing” intersex children’s gender identities moved Dreger to develop into an across the world famous sufferer rights’ activist. yet at the same time the intersex rights move succeeded, Dreger started to discover how a few fellow revolutionary activists have been using lies and private assaults to silence scientists whose facts printed uncomfortable truths approximately people. In getting to know one such case, Dreger abruptly grew to become the objective of simply a majority of these attacks.

    Troubled, she determined to attempt to appreciate more—to go back and forth the rustic to ferret out the reality in the back of a variety of controversies, to acquire an international view of the character and prices of those battles. Galileo’s center Finger describes Dreger’s lengthy and harrowing trips among the 2 camps for which she felt equivalent empathy: social justice activists made up our minds to win and researchers decided to place not easy truths ahead of convenience. eventually what emerges is a lesson concerning the intertwining of justice and of truth—and a lesson of the significance of liable students and reporters to our fragile democracy.

    Booklist (starred review)
    "A crusader within the mould of muckrackers from a century ago, Dreger doesn’t attempt to cover her politics or her time table. as an alternative she advocates for switch intelligently and passionately. hugely recommended."

    Kirkus (starred review)
    “Let us be thankful that there are writers like Dreger who've the wits and the heart to struggle for truth.” 

    Jared Diamond, writer of Guns, Germs, and Steel and The international until eventually Yesterday
    “Alice Dreger may win a prize for this year’s so much gripping novel, apart from something: her tales are real, and this isn’t a singular.  Instead, it’s a thrilling account of advanced sturdy men and undesirable men, and the pursuit of justice.”

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  • Empty Without You: The Intimate Letters Of Eleanor Roosevelt And Lorena Hickok

    In 1978, greater than 3,500 letters written over a thirty-year friendship among Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok have been found by means of archivists. even if the main specific letters have been burned (Lorena advised Eleanor's daughter, "Your mom wasn't continually so very discreet in her letters to me"), the locate used to be nonetheless electrifying adequate to create controversy in regards to the nature of the women's courting. Historian Rodger Streitmatter has transcribed and annotated greater than three hundred of these letters—published the following for the 1st time—and placed them in the context of the lives of those remarkable girls, permitting us to appreciate the position of this striking friendship in Roosevelt's transformation right into a crusading First Lady.

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  • Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America

    By J. Anthony Lukas

    From the writer of Common Ground -- some of the most acclaimed books of modern years -- comes a grand narrative of the U.S. because it charged, packed with desire and trepidation, into the 20th century.

    J. Anthony Lukas, a masterful storyteller, tells a enthralling story -- of a bad homicide, a very good trial, and the fight they trigger for the soul of the USA.

    Big Trouble starts off on a snowy night at Christmas time 1905 within the little city of Caldwell, Idaho, to which the state's former governor, Frank Steunenberg, had back to move his kin financial institution whereas considering his political destiny. As he walked domestic that evening, he sensed all approximately him the daring, exuberant, unashamedly acquisitive spirit of Caldwell's younger marketers, who -- as his brother had written -- have been "here for the money." Like such a lot of within the West at the moment, those brothers believed their customers for enriching themselves have been unlimited, that the longer term opened broad ahead of them.

    ANd but the governor suffered premonitions that he and his acquaintances were not absolutely in command of their very own future, that anything malign threatened their future health.

    Now, as he the plume of his frozen breath, his boots crunching 8 inches of freshly frozen snow, he became via his backyard gate and a bomb connected to the gatepost blew him "into eternity."

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  • Islanders In The Stream: A History of The Bahamian People, Volume 1: From Aboriginal Times to the End of Slavery

    By Michael Craton, Gail Saunders

    From major historians of Bahamian background comes this groundbreaking paintings on a special archipelagic state. Islanders within the move is not just the 1st finished chronicle of the Bahamian humans, it's also the 1st paintings of its style and scale for any Caribbean kingdom. This complete quantity info the complete, notable historical past of the entire those who have ever inhabited the islands and explains the evolution of a Bahamian nationwide id in the framework of neighboring territories in comparable circumstances.

    Divided into 3 sections, this quantity covers the interval from aboriginal instances to the top of formal slavery in 1838. the 1st half contains authoritative bills of Columbus’s first landfall within the New international on San Salvador island, his voyage in the course of the Bahamas, and the consequent disastrous collision of eu and local Arawak cultures. overlaying the islands’ preliminary cost, the second one part levels from the preliminary eu incursions and the 1st English settlements during the lawless period of pirate misrule to Britain’s professional takeover and improvement of the colony within the eighteenth century. The 3rd, and biggest, part deals a whole research of Bahamian slave society in the course of the nice inflow of Empire Loyalists and their slaves on the finish of the yank Revolution to the purported success of complete freedom for the slaves in 1838.

    This paintings is either a pioneering social historical past and a richly illustrated narrative editing earlier Eurocentric interpretations of the islands’ early background. Written to entice Bahamians in addition to all these drawn to Caribbean background, Islanders within the move seems to be on the islands and their humans of their fullest contexts, constituting not only the main thorough view of Bahamian heritage so far yet an incredible contribution to Caribbean historiography.

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