The Columbia Guide to Hiroshima and the Bomb (Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures)

By Michael Kort

Few features of yankee army heritage were as vigorously debated as Harry Truman's selection to take advantage of atomic bombs opposed to Japan. during this conscientiously crafted quantity, Michael Kort describes the wartime situations and pondering that shape the context for the choice to exploit those guns, surveys the main debates relating to that call, and gives a accomplished number of key fundamental resource records that light up the habit of the U.S. and Japan in the course of the last days of global warfare II.

Kort opens with a precis of the controversy over Hiroshima because it has developed due to the fact 1945. He then presents a ancient evaluation of thye occasions in query, starting with the choice and application to construct the atomic bomb. Detailing the series of occasions resulting in Japan's hand over, he revisits the decisive battles of the Pacific warfare and the motivations of yank and eastern leaders. eventually, Kort examines ten key concerns within the dialogue of Hiroshima and courses readers to proper basic resource files, scholarly books, and articles.

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The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

A sweeping, action-packed saga of the mythical final stand on the Alamo, by way of the writer of the bestselling A poor Glory.

On February 23, 1836, a wide Mexican military led via dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to approximately one hundred seventy five Texas rebels holed up within the Alamo. The Texans refused to give up for almost weeks until eventually virtually 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a last attack. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a unfastened and self reliant Texas-but finally, they have been all slaughtered. Their final sacrifice encouraged the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon clean basic assets in U.S. and Mexican data, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic conflict. Populated through larger-than-life characters--including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis--this is a stirring tale of audacity, valor, and redemption.

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Hard Times: An Illustrated Oral History of the Great Depression

By Studs Terkel

First released in 1970, Studs Terkel’s bestselling Hard Times has been referred to as “a large anthem in compliment of the yankee spirit” (Saturday Review) and “an worthy record” (The big apple Times). together with his trademark grace and compassion, Terkel conjures up a mosaic of thoughts from those that have been richest to those that have been destitute: politicians, businessmen, artists and writers, racketeers, speakeasy operators, strikers, impoverished farmers, those that have been simply children, and those that take into accout wasting a fortune.

Now, in a good-looking new illustrated variation, a range of Studs’s unforgettable interviews are complemented by means of photos from one other wealthy documentary trove of the melancholy event: Farm safeguard management photos from the Library of Congress. Interspersed through the textual content of Hard Times, those breathtaking photos by means of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Jack Delano, and others extend the human scope of the voices captured within the ebook, including a brand new measurement to Terkel’s incomparable quantity. Hard Times is the right creation to Terkel’s paintings for brand new readers, in addition to a stunning new addition to any Terkel library.

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A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890, Volumes 1-2

By Glen Jeansonne

Author note: David Luhrssen (Contributor)

Editions/Content note
The A Time of Paradox: the USA when you consider that 1890 is intentionally extra own, speculative, and provocative than so much textbooks, but it contains the basic evidence and is equipped in order that it may be used, both as a twentieth-century textbook, or in a survey path.

Title is prepared in 4 parts:
Prelude -The Eighteen Nineties: Bridge to the 20th Century
Part I - An period of A wakening, 1900-1919
Part II - An period of Trial and Triumph, 1920-1945
Part III - An period of Uncertainty, 1945-1968
Part IV - An period of variety, on account that 1969

Title used to be additionally released as volumes:
• A Time of Paradox: the United States from Awakening to Hiroshima, 1890-1945 (2007)
• A Time of Paradox: the USA from the chilly conflict to the 3rd Millennium, 1945-Present (2006)

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In this vigorous and provocative synthesis, amazing historian Glen Jeansonne explores the folk and occasions that formed the United States within the 20th century. finished in scope, A Time of Paradox deals a balanced examine the political, diplomatic, social and cultural advancements of the final century whereas targeting the various and occasionally contradictory human reviews that characterised this dynamic period.

Designed with the coed in brain, this cogent textual content presents the hottest research on hand, providing perception into the divisive election of 2004, the warfare on Terror and the Gulf Coast hurricanes. significant biographies on figures starting from Samuel Insull to Madonna provide scholars a extra custom-made view of the lads and ladies who inspired American society during the last hundred years.

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Lincoln and the Jews: A History

By Jonathan D. Sarna, Benjamin Shapell

One hundred and fifty years after Abraham Lincoln's demise, the entire tale of his striking courting with Jews is instructed right here for the 1st time. Lincoln and the Jews: A History offers readers either with an enthralling narrative of his interactions with Jews, and with the chance to immerse themselves in infrequent manuscripts and pictures, many from the Shapell Lincoln assortment, that convey Lincoln in a fashion he hasn't ever been visible before.

Lincoln's lifetime coincided with the emergence of Jews at the nationwide scene within the usa. while he used to be born, in 1809, scarcely 3,000 Jews lived within the complete state. by the point of his assassination in 1865, large-scale immigration, largely from important Europe, had introduced that quantity as much as greater than 150,000. Many americans, together with contributors of Lincoln's cupboard and plenty of of his most sensible generals throughout the Civil struggle, have been alarmed by means of this improvement and taken care of Jews as second-class electorate and spiritual outsiders. Lincoln, this ebook exhibits, exhibited exactly the contrary tendency. He additionally expressed a uniquely deep wisdom of the outdated testomony, utilising its language and ideas in a few of his most vital writings. He befriended Jews from a tender age, promoted Jewish equality, appointed a variety of Jews to public place of work, had Jewish advisors and supporters beginning already from the early 1850s, in addition to later in the course of his presidential campaigns, and in accordance with Jewish sensitivities, even replaced the best way he inspiration and spoke approximately the United States. via his activities and his rhetoric―replacing "Christian nation," for instance, with "this state lower than God"―he embraced Jews as insiders.

In this groundbreaking paintings, the made from meticulous examine, historian Jonathan D. Sarna and collector Benjamin Shapell display how Lincoln's striking courting with American Jews impacted either his route to the presidency and his coverage judgements as president. the quantity uncovers a brand new and formerly unknown function of Abraham Lincoln's lifestyles, one who broadened him, and, for that reason, broadened America.

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January 1973: Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Changed America Forever

By James Robenalt

In January 1973, politics in the USA replaced eternally as, within the span of 31 days, the Watergate burglars went on trial, the Nixon management negotiated an finish to the Vietnam battle, the superb court docket issued its determination in Roe v. Wade, Lyndon Johnson died in Texas, and Richard Nixon used to be sworn in for his moment time period. The occasions had not likely hyperlinks and every labored besides the others to create a time of colossal transformation. utilizing newly published Nixon tapes, writer and historian James Robenalt offers readers an insider’s examine what occurred within the White apartment, occasions either interesting and terrifying, in this huge month. He additionally delves into the judge’s chambers and court drama in the course of the Watergate break-in trial, and the internal sanctum of the U.S. ultimate courtroom because it hashed out its choice in Roe v. Wade. A foreword via John W. Dean units the level for this distinct background, which info occasions that, whereas occurring greater than forty years in the past, are key to realizing today’s present political paralysis.

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First in Peace: How George Washington Set the Course for America

Just prior to he died after an extended and extraordinary foreign occupation as a political candidate, commentator, and writer, Conor Cruise O’Brien accomplished a examine of George Washington’s presidency. Cruise O’Brien has been defined as “a guy who so many times asks the best questions” (The Economist), and during this, his final e-book, he explores the query of the way early America’s destiny was once determined.

First in Peace considers the dissension among Washington and Jefferson in the course of the first U.S. presidency, and divulges Washington’s clear-sighted political knowledge whereas exposing Jefferson’s risky ideology. Cruise O’Brien makes the case that Washington, no longer Jefferson, was once the genuine democrat, and commends his readability of imaginative and prescient in restoring reliable kinfolk with Britain, his choice for order and pragmatism, and his aversion to French political extremism.

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At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power

By Danielle L. McGuire

Rosa Parks was once usually defined as a candy and reticent aged lady whose drained toes prompted her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s urban buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955 bus boycott that gave delivery to the civil rights flow.

The fact of who Rosa Parks was once and what rather lay underneath the 1955 boycott is much various from whatever formerly written.

In this groundbreaking and critical e-book, Danielle McGuire writes in regards to the rape in 1944 of a twenty-four-year-old mom and sharecropper, Recy Taylor, who strolled towards domestic after a night of making a song and praying on the Rock Hill Holiness Church in Abbeville, Alabama. Seven white males, armed with knives and shotguns, ordered the younger girl into their eco-friendly Chevrolet, raped her, and left her for useless. The president of the neighborhood NAACP department workplace despatched his most sensible investigator and organizer to Abbeville. Her identify was once Rosa Parks. In taking up this example, Parks introduced a stream that eventually replaced the world.

The writer supplies us the never-before-told background of the way the civil rights circulate begun; the way it was once partially begun in protest opposed to the ritualistic rape of black ladies by way of white males who used fiscal intimidation, sexual violence, and terror to derail the liberty move; and the way these forces continued unpunished during the Jim Crow period whilst white males assaulted black girls to implement ideas of racial and monetary hierarchy. Black women’s protests opposed to sexual attack and interracial rape fueled civil rights campaigns in the course of the South that started in the course of global warfare II and went via to the Black strength move. The Montgomery bus boycott used to be the baptism, now not the beginning, of that fight.

At the darkish finish of the Street describes the a long time of decay black girls at the Montgomery urban buses persisted on their option to prepare dinner and fresh for his or her white bosses. It finds how Rosa Parks, via 1955 essentially the most radical activists in Alabama, had had adequate. “There needed to be a preventing place,” she stated, “and this where for me to prevent being driven around.” Parks refused to maneuver from her seat at the bus, was once arrested, and, with fierce activist Jo Ann Robinson, geared up a one-day bus boycott.

The protest, meant to final twenty-four hours, grew to become a yearlong fight for dignity and justice. It broke the again of the Montgomery urban bus traces and bankrupted the company.

We see how and why Rosa Parks, rather than turning into a pace-setter of the flow she helped to begin, used to be became a logo of virtuous black womanhood, sainted and celebrated for her quiet dignity, prim demeanor, and middle-class propriety—her radicalism all yet erased. And we see in addition how hundreds of thousands of black girls whose braveness and fortitude helped to rework the USA have been lowered to the footnotes of history.

A debatable, relocating, and brave ebook; narrative historical past at its top.

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The Tragedy of American Diplomacy (50th Anniversary Edition)

By William Appleman Williams

“A tremendous publication on international affairs.”―Adolf A. Berle Jr., New York occasions booklet Review

This incisive interpretation of yank overseas coverage ranks as a vintage in American concept. First released in 1959, the publication provided an research of the wellsprings of yank overseas coverage that make clear the tensions of the chilly battle and the deeper impulses resulting in the yankee intervention in Vietnam. William Appleman Williams brilliantly explores the ways that ideology and political financial system intertwined over the years to propel American growth and empire within the 19th and 20th centuries. The robust relevance of Williams’s interpretation to global politics has purely been reinforced by way of contemporary occasions in imperative Asia and the Persian Gulf. Williams permits us to work out that the pursuits and ideology that after despatched American troops into Texas and California, or Latin the USA and East Asia, additionally propelled American forces into Iraq.

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By David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency incorporated momentous occasions from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the chilly battle and the Korean struggle, informed through America’s loved and unusual historian.

The lifetime of Harry S. Truman is among the maximum of yankee tales, packed with bright characters—Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, and Dean Acheson—and dramatic occasions. during this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not just captures the man—a extra complicated, proficient, and decided guy than ever ahead of imagined—but additionally the turbulent occasions during which he rose, boldly, to satisfy unheard of demanding situations. The final president to function a dwelling hyperlink among the 19th and the 20 th centuries, Truman’s tale spans the uncooked global of the Missouri frontier, global struggle I, the robust Pendergast computing device of Kansas urban, the mythical Whistle-Stop crusade of 1948, and the selections to drop the atomic bomb, confront Stalin at Potsdam, ship troops to Korea, and hearth common MacArthur. Drawing on newly came across archival fabric and wide interviews with Truman’s circle of relatives, acquaintances, and Washington colleagues, McCullough tells the deeply relocating tale of the doubtless traditional “man from Missouri” who used to be maybe the main brave president in our background.

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