San Francisco's Twin Peaks (Images of America)

Dual Peaks is found within the geographic middle of San Francisco. those unique hills aren't basically recognizable landmarks with superb perspectives, in addition they play an immense position within the security and safety of San Franciscans. Towers on Christmas Tree element supply communique help to the police and fireplace departments. Firmly developed into the bedrock of dual Peaks are 3 enormous municipal reservoirs that offer gravity-pulled ingesting water and water for hearth scuffling with. Roads and a tunnel have been equipped on, round, and during the peaks with the aim of gaining more straightforward entry to the western elements of the town. Farms and houses seemed alongside Corbett street, and new neighborhoods sprang up at the slopes of dual Peaks: Midtown Terrace, the Crown, Graystone, Villa Terraces, and Clarendon Heights, on which stands the Sutro Tower.

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Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven old interviews approximately her lifestyles with John F. Kennedy. Now, for the 1st time, they are often heard and browse during this deluxe, illustrated ebook and 8-CD set.

Shortly after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, with a country deep in mourning and the area depending on in surprised disbelief, Jacqueline Kennedy stumbled on the power to put aside her personal own grief for the sake of posterity and start the duty of documenting and protecting her husband's legacy. In January of 1964, she and Robert F. Kennedy licensed a deliberate oral-history undertaking that will seize their first-hand debts of the past due President in addition to the reminiscences of these closest to him all through his notable political profession. For the remainder of her existence, the famously deepest Jacqueline Kennedy steadfastly refused to debate her thoughts of these years, yet starting that March, she fulfilled her legal responsibility to destiny generations of usa citizens through sitting down with historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and recording an astonishingly certain and unvarnished account of her stories and impressions because the spouse and confidante of John F. Kennedy. The tapes of these periods have been then sealed and later deposited within the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum upon its finishing touch, in keeping with Mrs. Kennedy's wishes.

The ensuing 8 and a part hours of fabric includes a distinct and compelling list of a tumultuous period, offering clean insights at the many major humans and occasions that formed JFK's presidency but in addition laying off new gentle at the guy in the back of the momentous judgements. listed below are JFK's unscripted critiques on a number of showing matters, together with his strategies and emotions approximately his brothers Robert and Ted, and his tackle global leaders prior and current, giving us maybe the main trained, actual, and rapid portrait of John Fitzgerald Kennedy we will ever have. Mrs. Kennedy's urbane standpoint, her candor, and her flashes of wit additionally provide us our clearest glimpse into the lively brain of a impressive First Lady.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's Inauguration, Caroline Kennedy and the Kennedy kin at the moment are liberating those superbly restored recordings on CDs with accompanying transcripts. brought and annotated by means of popular presidential historian Michael Beschloss, those interviews will upload an exhilarating new measurement to our realizing and appreciation of President Kennedy and his time and make the previous come alive during the phrases and voice of an eloquent eyewitness to historical past.

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A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror

By Larry Schweikart, Michael Patrick Allen


For the previous 3 many years, many historical past professors have allowed their biases to distort the way in which America’s previous is taught. those intellectuals have hunted for situations of racism, sexism, and bigotry in our historical past whereas downplaying the greatness of America’s patriots and the achievements of “dead white men.”

As a outcome, extra emphasis is put on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington; extra in regards to the internment of eastern american citizens in the course of international struggle II than approximately D-Day or Iwo Jima; extra at the hazards we confronted from Joseph McCarthy than these we confronted from Josef Stalin.

A Patriot’s background of the United States corrects these doctrinaire biases. during this groundbreaking e-book, America’s discovery, founding, and improvement are reexamined with an appreciation for the weather of public advantage, own liberty, and personal estate that make this kingdom uniquely profitable. This publication deals a long-overdue acknowledgment of America’s actual and proud historical past.

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A Short History of Reconstruction, Updated Edition

From the “preeminent historian of Reconstruction” (New York instances e-book Review), a newly up to date abridged variation of the prize-winning vintage paintings at the post-Civil battle interval which formed sleek America.

In this up to date version of the abridged Reconstruction, Eric Foner redefines how the post-Civil warfare interval used to be viewed.

Reconstruction chronicles the best way Americans—black and white—responded to the remarkable adjustments unleashed by way of the battle and the top of slavery. It addresses the search of emancipated slaves’ looking for fiscal autonomy and equivalent citizenship, and describes the transforming of Southern society; the evolution of racial attitudes and styles of race family; and the emergence of a countrywide country owning enormously multiplied authority and one dedicated, for a time, to the primary of equivalent rights for all Americans.

This “masterful therapy of 1 of the main complicated classes of yank historical past” (New Republic) is still the traditional paintings at the wrenching post-Civil struggle period—an period whose legacy nonetheless reverberates within the usa today.

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Sound of Mountain Water

By Wallace Stegner

The essays, memoirs, letters, and speeches during this quantity have been written over a interval of twenty-five years, a time during which the West witnessed speedy adjustments to its cultural and average history, and Wallace Stegner emerged as a tremendous conservationist and novelist. This assortment is split into sections: the 1st good points eloquent sketches of the West's historical past and atmosphere, directing our mind's eye to the elegant fantastic thing about such areas as San Juan and Glen Canyon; the concluding part examines the nation of Western literature, of the legendary earlier as opposed to the lowered current, and analyzes the problems dealing with any modern Western author. The Sound of Mountain Water is either a hymn to the Western panorama, an confirmation of the wish embodied therein, and a cautious research of the West's cultural and usual legacy.

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Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose: Natural History in Early America

By Lee Alan Dugatkin

In the years after the innovative struggle, the fledgling republic of the US used to be seen through many Europeans as a degenerate backwater, populated through subspecies vulnerable and feeble. leader between those naysayers used to be the French count number and world-renowned naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon, who wrote that the natural world of the USA (humans integrated) have been not so good as eu specimens.

Thomas Jefferson—author of the statement of Independence, U.S. president, and ardent naturalist—spent years countering the French belief of yank degeneracy. His Notes on Virginia systematically and scientifically dismantled Buffon’s case via a sequence of tables and both compelling writing at the nature of his domestic nation. however the e-book did little to counter the boldness of the French and not often happy Jefferson’s quest to illustrate that his younger kingdom was once each piece the equivalent of a well-established Europe. input the large moose.

The American moose, which Jefferson claimed used to be so huge, immense a eu reindeer may stroll below it, grew to become the cornerstone of his protection. confident that the sight of the sort of fantastic beast could reason Buffon to revise his claims, Jefferson had the is still of a seven-foot ungulate shipped top quality from New Hampshire to Paris. regrettably, Buffon died sooner than he can make any revisions to his Histoire Naturelle, but the legend of the moose makes for a desirable story approximately Jefferson’s ardour to end up that American nature deserved prestige.

In Mr. Jefferson and the large Moose, Lee Alan Dugatkin vividly recreates the beginning and evolution of the debates approximately typical background in the USA and, in so doing, returns the prize moose to its rightful position in American history.

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Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech

By Victoria Saker Woeste

Henry Ford is remembered in American lore because the final entrepreneur—the guy who invented assembly-line production and made vehicles cheap. mostly forgotten is his part occupation as a writer of antisemitic propaganda. this is often the tale of Ford's possession of the Dearborn self sustaining, his involvement within the defamatory articles it ran, and the 2 Jewish legal professionals, Aaron Sapiro and Louis Marshall, who every one attempted to forestall Ford's war.

In 1927, the case of Sapiro v. Ford transfixed the kingdom. with a view to finish the embarrassing litigation, Ford apologized for the only factor he may by no means have misplaced on in courtroom: the offense of hate speech.

Using never-before-discovered facts from data and personal relations collections, this learn unearths the intensity of Ford's involvement in each element of this example and explains why Jewish civil rights legal professionals and non secular leaders have been deeply divided over easy methods to deal with Ford.

Editorial Reviews
"Thoroughly researched and ably written, Henry Ford's warfare on Jews strains [Aaron] Sapiro's valiant try and shield not just his reliable identify yet that of the Jewish people."—Rafael Medoff, magazine of yankee Studies

"The booklet comes in handy for the historian, scholars of legislation, and scholars of yank Jewish history."—Chaim Seymour, organization of Jewish Libraries (AJL) Newsletter

"Drawing on new proof from records and personal relations collections, this research information the intensity of Ford's involvement in each point of this example and explains why Jewish civil rights legal professionals and spiritual leaders have been deeply divided over easy methods to deal with Ford."—Law & Social Inquiry

"Victoria Saker Woeste's Henry Ford's battle on Jews and the criminal conflict opposed to Hate Speech contributes considerably to our knowing of the dramatic libel lawsuit introduced through Aaron Sapiro opposed to the yank automobile pioneer. Woeste's meticulously researched ebook thoughtfully examines the complicated conditions and personalities in the back of the case, the intricacies of the trial, and the consequences of its answer . . . Woeste's booklet bargains a desirable and lucrative account of Sapiro v. Ford, and what the case teaches us approximately hate speech, libel legislation, and the anti-Jewish campaign of an American icon."—Jessica Cooperman, American Studies

"A significant new ebook through American Bar starting place student Victoria Saker Woeste, Henry Ford's warfare on Jews and the felony conflict opposed to Hate Speech offers a startling new interpretation of a watershed episode within the lifetime of Henry Ford. . . never-before stumbled on proof. . . new insights."—

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Touring Gotham's Archaeological Past: 8 Self-Guided Walking Tours through New York City

By Diana diZerega Wall

This pocket-sized guidebook takes the reader on 8 strolling excursions to archaeological websites during the boroughs of latest York urban and provides a brand new manner of exploring the town throughout the wealthy heritage that lies buried underneath it. Generously illustrated and replete with maps, the excursions are designed to discover either precedent days and sleek space.
On those excursions, readers will see the place archaeologists have chanced on proof of the earliest New Yorkers, the local american citizens who arrived at the very least 11,000 years in the past. they're going to find out about thousand-year-old buying and selling routes, sacred burial grounds, and seventeenth-century villages. they'll additionally see websites that display information of the lives of colonial farmers and retailers, enslaved Africans, innovative conflict infantrymen, and nineteenth-century resort keepers, grocers, and housewives.
Some excursions deliver readers to renowned vacationer sights (the Statue of Liberty and the Wall highway district, for instance) and current them in a brand new mild. Others heart on locations that even the main pro New Yorker hasn't ever seen—colonial homes, a operating farm, out-of-the-way parks, and distant beaches—often offering appealing and unforeseen perspectives from the city’s significant shoreline.
A get together of latest York City’s previous and its current, this particular e-book will intrigue all people drawn to the town and its history.

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The Irony of American History

By Reinhold Niebuhr

“[Niebuhr] is considered one of my favourite philosophers. I remove [from his works] the compelling concept that there’s severe evil on the planet, and trouble and soreness. And we should always be humble and modest in our trust we will be able to do away with these issues. yet we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inactivity. I remove . . . the experience we need to make those efforts figuring out they're hard.”—President Barack Obama
Forged through the tumultuous yet successful postwar years whilst the USA got here of age as an international energy, The Irony of yankee History is extra proper now than ever earlier than. stated by means of politicians as diversified as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr’s masterpiece at the incongruity among own beliefs and political truth is either an indictment of yank ethical complacency and a caution opposed to the confidence of advantage. Impassioned, eloquent, and deeply perceptive, Niebuhr’s knowledge will reason readers to reconsider their assumptions approximately correct and unsuitable, battle and peace.
 “The ultimate American theologian of the 20th century.”—Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Times
“Niebuhr is necessary for the left at the present time accurately simply because he warned approximately America’s tendency—including the left’s tendency—to do undesirable issues within the identify of idealism. His suggestion deals a stronger realizing of the place the Bush management went fallacious in Iraq.”—Kevin Mattson, The sturdy Society
Irony presents the grasp key to knowing the myths and delusions that underpin American statecraft. . . . crucial publication ever written on US international policy.”—Andrew J. Bacevich, from the Introduction

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