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Night of the Assassins - The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin (Large print, Paperback,... Night of the Assassins - The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
Howard Blum
R735 R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Save R161 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ten Innings at Wrigley - The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink (Paperback): Kevin Cook Ten Innings at Wrigley - The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball on the Brink (Paperback)
Kevin Cook
R404 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Alta California - From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State (Paperback): Nick Neely Alta California - From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State (Paperback)
Nick Neely
R449 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R77 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rio - A Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande (Paperback): Melissa Savage Rio - A Photographic Journey down the Old Rio Grande (Paperback)
Melissa Savage; Introduction by William DeBuys
R708 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Weaving together landscape and memory, this book presents historical photographs of the Rio Grande of the American Southwest. The dynamic Rio Grande has run through all the valley's diverse cultures: Puebloan, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo. Photography arrived in the region at the beginning of the river's great transformation by trade, industry, and cultivation. In Rio Savage has collected images that document the sweeping history of that transformation - from those of nineteenth-century expeditionary photographer W. H. Jackson to the work of the great twentieth-century chronicler of the river, Laura Gilpin. The photographs are assembled in thematic bundles - river crossings, cultivation, trade, floods, the Mexican insurrection, the Big Bend region, and the estuary where the river at last meets the Gulf of Mexico. Essays by Rina Swentzell, G. Emlen Hall, Juan Estevan Arellano, Estella Leopold, Norma Elia Cantu, Jan Reid, and Dan Flores illuminate the images.

Places and Names - On War, Revolution, and Returning (Paperback): Elliot Ackerman Places and Names - On War, Revolution, and Returning (Paperback)
Elliot Ackerman
R392 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Chronology of Virginia and the War of Independence, 1763-83 (Paperback): John E. Selby Chronology of Virginia and the War of Independence, 1763-83 (Paperback)
John E. Selby
R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Siouan Tribes Of The East (Hardcover): James Mooney The Siouan Tribes Of The East (Hardcover)
James Mooney
R668 Discovery Miles 6 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
One Summer - America 1927 (Paperback): Bill Bryson One Summer - America 1927 (Paperback)
Bill Bryson 1
R230 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R49 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day (and slept much of the rest), a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. It was the summer that saw the birth of talking pictures, the invention of television, the peak of Al Capone's reign of terror, the horrifying bombing of a school in Michigan, the thrillingly improbable return to greatness of over-the-hill baseball player Babe Ruth, and an almost impossible amount more. In this hugely entertaining book, Bill Bryson spins a tale of brawling adventure, reckless optimism and delirious energy. With the trademark brio, wit and authority that make him Britain's favourite writer of narrative non-fiction, he brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world.

A Brave Soldier and Honest Gentleman - Lt. James E. H. Foster in the West, 1873-1881 (Hardcover): Thomas R Buecker A Brave Soldier and Honest Gentleman - Lt. James E. H. Foster in the West, 1873-1881 (Hardcover)
Thomas R Buecker
R709 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Relatos (Spanish, Paperback): Julio Garmendia Relatos (Spanish, Paperback)
Julio Garmendia
R399 R324 Discovery Miles 3 240 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Grandees of Government - The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia (Hardcover): Brent Tarter The Grandees of Government - The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia (Hardcover)
Brent Tarter
R1,029 Discovery Miles 10 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From the formation of the first institutions of representative government and the use of slavery in the seventeenth century through the American Revolution, the Civil War, the civil rights movement, and into the twenty-first century, Virginia's history has been marked by obstacles to democratic change. In The Grandees of Government, Brent Tarter offers an extended commentary based in primary sources on how these undemocratic institutions and ideas arose, and how they were both perpetuated and challenged.

Although much literature on American republicanism focuses on the writings of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, among others, Tarter reveals how their writings were in reality an expression of federalism, not of republican government. Within Virginia, Jefferson, Madison, and others such as John Taylor of Caroline and their contemporaries governed in ways that directly contradicted their statements about representative--and limited-- government. Even the democratic rhetoric of the American Revolution worked surprisingly little immediate change in the political practices, institutions, and culture of Virginia. The counterrevolution of the 1880s culminated in the Constitution of 1902 that disfranchised the remainder of African Americans. Virginians who could vote reversed the democratic reforms embodied in the constitutions of 1851, 1864, and 1869, so that the antidemocratic Byrd organization could dominate Virginia's public life for the first two-thirds of the twentieth century.

Offering a thorough reevaluation of the interrelationship between the words and actions of Virginia's political leaders, The Grandees of Government provides an entirely new interpretation of Virginia's political history.

Spying on the South - An Odyssey Across the American Divide (Paperback): Tony Horwitz Spying on the South - An Odyssey Across the American Divide (Paperback)
Tony Horwitz
R432 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R79 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail (Paperback): Ezra Meeker, Howard R. Driggs Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail (Paperback)
Ezra Meeker, Howard R. Driggs
R351 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R66 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Classrooms and Clinics - Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Child Health, 1870-1930 (Paperback, New): Richard A.... Classrooms and Clinics - Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Child Health, 1870-1930 (Paperback, New)
Richard A. Meckel
R923 Discovery Miles 9 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Classrooms and Clinics is the first book-length assessment of the development of public school health policies from the late nineteenth century through the early years of the Great Depression. Richard A. Meckel examines the efforts of early twentieth-century child health care advocates and reformers to utilize urban schools to deliver health care services to socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved children in the primary grades. Their goal, Meckel shows, was to improve the children's health and thereby improve their academic performance. Meckel situates these efforts within a larger late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century public discourse relating schools and schooling, especially in cities and towns, to child health. He describes and explains how that discourse and the school hygiene movement it inspired served as critical sites for the constructive negotiation of the nature and extent of the public school's-and by extension the state's-responsibility for protecting and promoting the physical and mental health of the children for whom it was providing a compulsory education. Tracing the evolution of that negotiation through four overlapping stages, Meckel shows how, why, and by whom the health of schoolchildren was discursively constructed as a sociomedical problem and charts and explains the changes that construction underwent over time. He also connects the changes in problem construction to the design and implementation of various interventions and services and evaluates how that design and implementation were affected by the response of the civic, parental, professional, educational, public health, and social welfare groups that considered themselves stakeholders and took part in the discourse. And, most significantly, he examines the responses called forth by the question at the heart of the negotiations: what services are necessitated by the state's and school's taking responsibility for protecting and promoting the health and physical and mental development of schoolchildren. He concludes that the negotiations resulted both in the partial medicalization of American primary education and in the articulation and adoption of a school health policy that accepted the school's responsibility for protecting and promoting the health of its students while largely limiting the services called for to the preventive and educational.

Classrooms and Clinics - Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Child Health, 1870-1930 (Hardcover, New): Richard A.... Classrooms and Clinics - Urban Schools and the Protection and Promotion of Child Health, 1870-1930 (Hardcover, New)
Richard A. Meckel
R3,076 Discovery Miles 30 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Classrooms and Clinics is the first book-length assessment of the development of public school health policies from the late nineteenth century through the early years of the Great Depression. Richard A. Meckel examines the efforts of early twentieth-century child health care advocates and reformers to utilize urban schools to deliver health care services to socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved children in the primary grades. Their goal, Meckel shows, was to improve the children's health and thereby improve their academic performance. Meckel situates these efforts within a larger late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century public discourse relating schools and schooling, especially in cities and towns, to child health. He describes and explains how that discourse and the school hygiene movement it inspired served as critical sites for the constructive negotiation of the nature and extent of the public school's-and by extension the state's-responsibility for protecting and promoting the physical and mental health of the children for whom it was providing a compulsory education. Tracing the evolution of that negotiation through four overlapping stages, Meckel shows how, why, and by whom the health of schoolchildren was discursively constructed as a sociomedical problem and charts and explains the changes that construction underwent over time. He also connects the changes in problem construction to the design and implementation of various interventions and services and evaluates how that design and implementation were affected by the response of the civic, parental, professional, educational, public health, and social welfare groups that considered themselves stakeholders and took part in the discourse. And, most significantly, he examines the responses called forth by the question at the heart of the negotiations: what services are necessitated by the state's and school's taking responsibility for protecting and promoting the health and physical and mental development of schoolchildren. He concludes that the negotiations resulted both in the partial medicalization of American primary education and in the articulation and adoption of a school health policy that accepted the school's responsibility for protecting and promoting the health of its students while largely limiting the services called for to the preventive and educational.

Family, Faith and Love - Beyond Immigration (Paperback): Elizabeth McClure Family, Faith and Love - Beyond Immigration (Paperback)
Elizabeth McClure; Ralph Bartel; Edited by Alan G Bartel
R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
How to Make Love to a Despot - An Alternative Foreign Policy for the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover): Stephen D. Krasner How to Make Love to a Despot - An Alternative Foreign Policy for the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover)
Stephen D. Krasner
R684 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R143 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The United States has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in the idea that state-building can make the world "safe for democracy" but the return on that investment has been woeful. Witnessing this failure, many observers hold the view that investment in undemocratic countries should halt. Yet ignoring these troubled countries risks our safety. Drawing on his formidable foreign policy experience, Steve Krasner explains that eliminating corruption or holding free and fair elections is often not possible today in many parts of the world but negotiated compromises and halting large-scale theft is. Better security and some economic growth are possible everywhere. How to Make Love to a Despot defines a new and pragmatic American foreign policy vision that quells terrorism and leads to "good governance" around the globe.

Columbia Rising - Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson (Paperback, New edition): John L.... Columbia Rising - Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson (Paperback, New edition)
John L. Brooke
R947 Discovery Miles 9 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Columbia Rising , Bancroft Prize-winning historian John Brooke explores the struggle within the young American nation over the extension of social and political rights after the Revolution. By closely examining the formation and interplay of political structures and civil institutions in the upper Hudson Valley, Brooke traces the debates over who should fall within and outside of the legally protected category of citizen. The story of Martin Van Buren--kingpin of New York's Jacksonian ""Regency,"" president of the United States, and first theoretician of American party politics--threads the narrative, since his views profoundly influenced American understandings of consent and civil society and led to the birth of the American party system. Brooke masterfully imbues local history with national significance, and his analysis of the revolutionary settlement as a dynamic and unstable compromise over the balance of power offers an ideal window on a local struggle that mirrored the nationwide effort to define American citizenship. |Brooke explores the struggle within the young American nation over the extension of social and political rights after the Revolution. By closely examining the formation and interplay of political structures and civil institutions in the upper Hudson Valley, Brooke traces the debates over who should fall within and outside of the legally protected category of citizen. The story of Martin Van Buren threads the narrative, since his views profoundly influenced American understandings of consent and civil society and led to the birth of the American party system. Brooke's analysis of the revolutionary settlement as a dynamic and unstable compromise over the balance of power offers a window to a local struggle that mirrored the nationwide effort to define American citizenship.

I Have America Surrounded (Paperback): John Higgs I Have America Surrounded (Paperback)
John Higgs 1
R266 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R66 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The brilliant first biography of the man President Nixon called 'the most dangerous man in America'. Timothy Leary was one of the most controversial and divisive figures of the twentieth century. President Nixon called him 'the most dangerous man in America.' Hunter S. Thompson said that he was 'not just wrong, but a treacherous creep and a horrible goddamn person.' Yet the writer Terence McKenna claims that he 'probably made more people happy than anyone else in history.' A brilliant Harvard psychologist, Leary was sacked because of his research into LSD and other psychedelic drugs. He went on to become the global figurehead of the 1960s drug culture, coin the phrase 'tune in, turn on and drop out', and persuade millions of people to take drugs and explore alternative lifestyles yet the tremendous impact of his 'scandalous' research has been so controversial that it has completely overshadowed the man himself and the details of his life. Few people realise that Timothy Leary's life is one of the greatest untold adventure stories of the twentieth century. Timothy Leary led a life of unflagging optimism and reckless devotion to freedom. It was, in the words of his goddaughter Winona Ryder, 'not just epic grandeur but flat-out epic grandeur.' Leary's life is undoubtedly one of the greatest untold adventure stories of the twentieth century and this book presents it for the first time in all its uncensored glory.

Empire of Shadows - the Epic Story of Yellowstone (Paperback): George Black Empire of Shadows - the Epic Story of Yellowstone (Paperback)
George Black
R558 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R106 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"George Black rediscovers the history and lore of one of the planet's most magnificent landscapes. Read "Empire of Shadows," and you'll never think of our first--in many ways our greatest--national
park in the same way again."--Hampton Sides, author of "Blood and Thunder"""

"Empire of Shadows" is the epic story of the conquest of Yellowstone, Wyoming, a landscape uninhabited, inaccessible and shrouded in myth in the aftermath of the Civil War. In a radical reinterpretation of the nineteenth century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history - the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier - and charts its course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman known as "the man who invented Wonderland"; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran to Yellowstone; and Gen. Phil Sheridan, Civil War hero and architect of the Indian Wars, who finally succeeded in having the new National Park placed under the protection of the US Cavalry. George Blacks Empire of Shadows is a groundbreaking historical account of the origins of Americas majestic national landmark.

These Truths - A History of the United States (Paperback): Jill Lepore These Truths - A History of the United States (Paperback)
Jill Lepore 1
R520 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R87 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The American experiment rests on three ideas-"these truths", Jefferson called them-political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, "on a dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching", writes Jill Lepore in a ground-breaking investigation into the American past that places truth at the centre of the nation's history. Telling the story of America, beginning in 1492, These Truths asks whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them. Finding meaning in contradiction, Lepore weaves American history into a tapestry of faith and hope, of peril and prosperity, of technological progress and moral anguish. This spellbinding chronicle offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation.

Policing Los Angeles - Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD (Hardcover): Max Felker-Kantor Policing Los Angeles - Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD (Hardcover)
Max Felker-Kantor
R1,069 R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Save R148 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts erupted in violent protest in August 1965, the uprising drew strength from decades of pent-up frustration with employment discrimination, residential segregation, and poverty. But the more immediate grievance was anger at the racist and abusive practices of the Los Angeles Police Department. Yet in the decades after Watts, the LAPD resisted all but the most limited demands for reform made by activists and residents of color, instead intensifying its power. In Policing Los Angeles, Max Felker-Kantor narrates the dynamic history of policing, antipolice abuse movements, race, and politics in Los Angeles from the 1965 Watts uprising to the 1992 Los Angeles rebellion. Using the explosion of two large-scale uprisings in Los Angeles as bookends, Felker-Kantor highlights the racism at the heart of the city's expansive police power through a range of previously unused and rare archival sources. His book is a gripping and timely account of the transformation in police power, the convergence of interests in support of law and order policies, and African American and Mexican American resistance to police violence after the Watts uprising.

Presidential Spirits (Paperback): Dan Coonan Presidential Spirits (Paperback)
Dan Coonan
R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Gabriel's Conspiracy - A Documentary History (Carter G. Woodson Institute) (Paperback): Schwarz Gabriel's Conspiracy - A Documentary History (Carter G. Woodson Institute) (Paperback)
Schwarz
R769 Discovery Miles 7 690 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The plans for a large slave rebellion in the Richmond area in 1800, orchestrated by a literate enslaved blacksmith named Gabriel, leaked out before they could be executed, and he and twenty-five other enslaved people were hanged. In reaction to the plot, the Virginia and other legislatures passed restrictions on free blacks, as well as on the education, movement, and hiring out of the enslaved. Although Gabriel's conspiracy is well known among historians, documents relating to it have remained relatively inaccessible. In "Gabriel's Conspiracy, " Philip J. Schwarz offers a valuable selection of the documents discovered to date. Together with Michael Nicholls's complementary book, "Whispers of Rebellion" (Virginia), these volumes offer a complete account of the quashed slave conspiracy.

Never Ask Permission - Elisabeth Scott Bocock of Richmond, a Memoir by Mary Buford Hitz (Paperback): Hitz Never Ask Permission - Elisabeth Scott Bocock of Richmond, a Memoir by Mary Buford Hitz (Paperback)
Hitz
R469 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R87 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Some cities, through hardship or glory or a combination of both, produce extraordinary women. Richmond in the early twentieth century, dominated by its prominent families and still haunted by the ghosts of its Confederate past, produced a galaxy of such characters, including Ellen Glasgow, Mary Cooke Branch Munford, and Lila Meade Valentine. Elisabeth Scott Bocock, Victorian in values but modern in outlook, carried on this tradition with her unique combination of family wealth and connections, boundless energy, eccentricity, and visionary zeal. Her daughter Mary Buford Hitz's candid memoir reveals the pleasures and frustrations of growing up with a woman who expected so much from her children and from the city whose self-appointed guardian she became.

Elisabeth Bocock's vision was of a city that would take historic preservation seriously, of a society that would accept the importance of conservation. Impatient with process and society's conventions, she used her enormous personal magnetism to circumvent them when founding many of the institutions Richmond takes for granted today. In the creation of the Historic Richmond Foundation, the Carriage Museum at Maymont, the Hand Workshop, and the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy she played the dual roles of visionary and bulldozer. While part of a tradition of strong southern women, Elisabeth Bocock's tactics were unique, as she sought to convince others of both the practical and aesthetic links between preservation and the environment.

One of the "five little Scotts," children of the founder of the investment firm Scott & Stringfellow, she grew up with great privilege, and she schooled her children in how to take advantage of such privilege and how to ignore it. Whether in their winter residence at 909 West Franklin Street in Richmond or at their summer home, Royal Orchard, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in her household she insisted both on achievement and on avoiding boredom at all costs.

As Mary Buford Hitz recounts with intelligence and feeling, her mother often seemed like a natural force, leveling anything that stood in its way but leaving in its wake a brighter, changed world. Never Ask Permission is not only a daughter's honest portrait of a charismatic and difficult woman who broke the threads of convention; in Elisabeth Scott Bocock we recognize the flawed but feisty, enduring character of Richmond.

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