San Francisco in World War II (Images of America) by John Garvey, California Center for Military History

By John Garvey, California Center for Military History

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Everything replaced at the morning of December 7, 1941, and existence in San Francisco was once no exception. Flush with pleasure and tourism within the wake of the 1939 Golden Gate overseas Exposition, town was once surprised on the severity of the Pearl Harbor assault, and speedy settled into geared up chaos with its new function as a massive deployment heart for the rest of the war.

"Frisco" teemed with servicemen and servicewomen in the course of and after the clash, ceaselessly altering the face of this waterfront urban. Warships roamed the bay, and fearsome gun embankments seemed at the cliffs dealing with the ocean, getting ready to repel an invasion that by no means occurred.

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Lee vs. McClellan: The First Campaign by Clayton R. Newell

By Clayton R. Newell

In 1861, wonderful yet green generals confronted off within the rugged mountains of western Virginia. Neither Robert E. Lee nor George B. McClellan had ever commanded a military ahead of; yet within the the most important first crusade of the bloody Civil struggle, either males have been quick positioned to the attempt. Lee vs. McClellan is a shiny, gripping account of this often-overlooked first campaign—a crusade that taught either North and South the grueling realities of struggle.

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Torrance Airport (Images of Aviation) by Charles Lobb

By Charles Lobb

Californians have been panicked via the Pearl Harbor assault of December 7, 1941, and civilian flights inside of two hundred miles of the coast have been instantly terminated. Airfields have been commandeered and new ones rapidly equipped. this sort of used to be the Lomita Flight Strip, recognized this present day as Zamperini box, the Torrance Municipal Airport, or TOA. This 490-acre parcel despatched 4 squadrons of P-38 fighter pilots off to warfare with one commanded by way of the pass judgement on of the Charles Manson trial, an ex-Flying Tiger. Six different pilots grew to become generals, turned commandants of cadets on the Air strength Academy, and one grew to become the single fighter pilot with wrestle victories in either international battle II and the Vietnam struggle. jap americans coming back from international struggle II internment camps came upon transitority housing on the box, and the world's greatest producer of civilian helicopters settled there in 1973. the 1st runway takeoff of a Vertical Take-Off and touchdown (VTOL) plane used to be pioneered at TOA, and aerobatic champ Bob Herendeen proficient on the web site.

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George Washington: History in an Hour by David B. McCoy

By David B. McCoy

Love heritage? recognize your stuff with background in an Hour.

George Washington – a determine synonymous with American heritage. His snapshot is understood all over the world, marked on American foreign money, postage stamps – even a kingdom is called after him. George Washington in an Hour explores the fellow underneath the emblem. this can be the fundamental chronicle of Washington’s lifestyles – his upward push from center classification Virginian upbringing to America’s first President, elected unanimously twice.

Explore Washington’s legacy – from securing Independence, to his instrumental position in writing and adopting the yank structure. George Washington in an Hour covers Washington’s redefinition of greatness, relinquishing energy no longer as soon as yet two times – on the finish of Revolution and his moment time period in Presidency. examine why Washington remains to be certainly one of the main influential humans in heritage, and the way his effect formed the realm during this enticing assessment of his life.

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Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy

By Robert F. Kennedy

"A minor vintage in its laconic, spare, compelling evocation through a player of the moving moods and maneuvers of the main harmful second in human history."—Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

During the 13 days in October 1962 while the U.S. faced the Soviet Union over its install of missiles in Cuba, few humans shared the behind-the-scenes tale because it is advised right here through the past due Senator Robert F. Kennedy. during this detailed account, he describes all the individuals through the occasionally hour-to-hour negotiations, with specific realization to the activities and perspectives of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In a brand new foreword, the prestigious historian and Kennedy adviser Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., discusses the book's enduring significance and the importance of recent information regarding the obstacle that has come to mild, specially from the Soviet Union. 

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A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son by Geoffrey C. Ward

By Geoffrey C. Ward

Ferdinand Ward used to be the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. supply and ran roughshod over the total international of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told through his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward used to be the Bernie Madoff of his day, a intended genius at making tremendous cash quick on Wall highway who became out to were working an enormous pyramid scheme—one that eventually collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American historical past. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to long island at twenty-one and in below a decade, armed with allure, strength, and a complete loss of judgment of right and wrong, made himself the enterprise associate of the previous president of the U.S. and was once largely hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he became out to be a whole fraud, his complete lifestyles marked via dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for something yet his personal interests.
Drawing from millions of kinfolk files by no means sooner than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward strains his great-grandfather’s fast upward push to riches and popularity and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the way in which; quickly horses and crooked bankers and corrupt long island officers; court confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his palms at the property his past due spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a couple of vintage American con artist, advised with boundless allure and dry wit via one among our most interesting historians.

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The Tea Party: A Brief History by Ronald P. Formisano

By Ronald P. Formisano

The Tea celebration burst at the nationwide political scene in 2009–2010, powered through right-wing grassroots ardour and Astroturf immense cash. Its impact on electoral politics and the political technique is indisputable, however the message, goals, and endurance of the loosely geared up teams look much less transparent. during this concise e-book, American political historian Ronald P. Formisano probes the amazing upward push of the Tea get together stream in the course of a time of financial concern and cultural switch and examines its robust impression on American politics.

A confederation of intersecting and overlapping companies, with a powerful connection to the Christian fundamentalist correct, the phenomenon may simply be referred to as the Tea events. the yankee media’s fascination with the Tea Party—and the tendency of political leaders who've embraced the circulate to claim and do outlandish things—not in simple terms has fueled the hearth using the move, yet has diverted consciousness from its roots, time table, and the big impression it holds over the Republican social gathering and the yank political time table. taking a look at the Tea Party's claims to historic precedent and patriotic values, Formisano locates its anti-state and libertarian impulses deep in American political tradition in addition to in voter frustrations that experience boiled over in contemporary a long time. He types throughout the disparate objectives the movement’s diverse factions espouse and exhibits that, eventually, the contradictions of Tea celebration libertarianism mirror these ingrained within the huge mass of the electorate.

Throughout American background, 3rd events, strain teams, and social activities have emerged to call for reforms or radical swap, basically to finally fade away, whether elements in their courses usually are later followed. The Tea Party’s influence as a strain crew has been extra fast. even if the Tea social gathering endures is still visible. Formisano’s short historical past definitely provides us clues.

Reviews:

Formisano benefits recognition for offering even-handed point of view on and clarifying misconceptions approximately America’s fresh political phenomenon... the writer makes worthwhile clarifications: the Tea get together and the non secular correct should not synonymous, and there are factional disputes... His such a lot trenchant commentary may have emerged from a Pirandello play: 'Its partisans and critics alike, as though interpreting tea leaves, usually see in it what they need to see.' within.

(Publishers Weekly)

Formisano examines the stipulations that gave beginning to the Tea get together and if it is certainly grassroots or directed via company pursuits and billionaires. A valuable primer on a circulate that's altering the yank political landscape.

(Vanessa Bush Booklist)

Written in a brisk, journalistic style, this informative booklet is a superb photograph of the Tea celebration because it seeks to make additional inroads within the political arena.

(Library Journal)

Formisano is a hugely revered authority at the heritage of populist events. In an evenhanded method he writes of the origins of the Tea social gathering or Tea events (there are many competing factions), in resentments opposed to so-called 'elites,' and numerous alliances and rejections on the grass roots.

(Lexington Herald-Leader)

One of the main orderly shows of this contemporary heritage i've got read... Take a number of hours within the waning days of summer season to learn The Tea get together: a short historical past that you should clarify on your scholars why the Paul Ryan candidacy is heritage within the making.

(Claire Potter Tenured Radical, Chronicle of upper Education)

A fantastic and straightforward creation to a new social gathering and its recommendations, urged for any normal assortment powerful in American historical past and politics.

(Midwest ebook Review)

A succinct yet enlightening heritage of the Tea occasion within the US.

(Choice)

Ron Formisano dons a couple of good ancient lenses to learn the tea leaves of the reactionary populism that has turn into an indisputable political strength in 21st-century the USA. it is a lucid and intelligently built primer at the coalition of usa citizens longing and lobbying for (far too) easy solutions to advanced questions. He will get it simply right.

(Ellen Goodman)

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Swashbucklers and Black Sheep: A Pictorial History of Marine by Bruce Gamble

By Bruce Gamble

Overview

"A gorgeous portrait of enormously brave males and their striking flying machines."-Alex Kershaw, writer of The Few

Marine combating Squadron (VMF) 214 is the world's most famed fighter squadron. Its moment wartime squadron commander was once the mythical Greg "Pappy" Boyington. Boyington and the squadron have been the unfastened suggestion for the late-seventies NBC tv sequence Baa Baa Black Sheep, which used to be later syndicated less than the identify Black Sheep Squadron.

Swashbucklers and Black Sheep is a complete illustrated background of the squadron from its formation and primary strive against excursions on Guadalcanal because the Swashbucklers, which incorporated their transition to the enduring gull-winged Corsair, to the arriving in their moment commander, Pappy Boyington, and then they grew to become the Black Sheep.

The squadron's strive against over Bougainville and Rabaul and the tale of Boyington being shot down are lined, as are the squadron's exploits within the latter a part of the warfare (while Boyington was once a POW), which culminated within the heavy losses suffered aboard the provider USS Franklin. The squadron's provider in Korea, Vietnam, and the worldwide conflict on Terror entire the storied historical past of VMF 214.

In addition to a wealthy number of historic images, Swashbucklers and Black Sheep positive aspects wrestle aviation art from 4 of America's most sensible aviation artists: John Shaw, Jim Laurier, Craig Kodera, and Bob Rasmussen.

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The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That by Joe Urschel

By Joe Urschel

It's 1933 and Prohibition has given upward thrust to the yankee gangster--now notorious names like Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger. financial institution robberies at gunpoint are regular and kidnapping for ransom is the scourge of a lawless country. With neighborhood police officers unauthorized to move nation traces in pursuit and no nationwide police strength, defense for kidnappers is simply a quick journey on again roads they recognize good from their bootlegging days. Gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly and his spouse, Kathryn, are one of the most celebrated criminals of the good melancholy. With gin-running operations dealing with extinction and financial institution vaults with dwindling shops of money, Kelly units his points of interest at the easy-money racket of kidnapping. His objective: wealthy oilman, Charles Urschel.

Enter J. Edgar Hoover, a determined Justice division bureaucrat who badly wishes a profitable prosecution to provoke the hot management and store his task. Hoover's brokers are given the only authority to chase kidnappers throughout kingdom traces and whilst Kelly bungles the grab task, Hoover senses his great chance. What follows is an exhilarating 20,000 mile chase over the again roads of Depression-era the USA, crossing sixteen nation traces, and producing headlines throughout the United States alongside the way--a historic mystery/thriller for the ages.

Joe Urschel's The yr of Fear is an exhilarating precise crime tale of gangsters and lawmen and the way an imprecise federal bureaucrat used this now mythical kidnapping case to release the FBI.

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The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American by Alan Brinkley

By Alan Brinkley

Recognized for its transparent narrative voice and impeccable scholarship, Alan Brinkley's best-selling survey textual content invitations scholars to imagine severely in regards to the many forces that continuously create the incomplete country that's the usa. In a concise yet wide-ranging narrative, Brinkley exhibits the range and complexity of the country and our figuring out of its history--one that maintains to adapt either within the occasions of the current and in our reexamination of latest proof and views at the earlier. This 6th variation contains a new sequence of styles of pop culture essays, in addition to elevated insurance of pre-Columbian the United States, new the United States on the earth essays, and up to date assurance of modern occasions and advancements that demonstrates how a brand new iteration maintains to form the yankee tale.

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