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Invisible Heroes of World War II - Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People (Hardcover): Jerry Borrowman Invisible Heroes of World War II - Extraordinary Wartime Stories of Ordinary People (Hardcover)
Jerry Borrowman
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The Story of Oklahoma (Hardcover, New edition): W.David Baird, Danney Goble The Story of Oklahoma (Hardcover, New edition)
W.David Baird, Danney Goble
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Describes the people and events that have shaped the state's history.

Mar-A-Lago - Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace (Hardcover): Laurence Leamer Mar-A-Lago - Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace (Hardcover)
Laurence Leamer 1
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Where Trump Learned to Rule To know Donald J. Trump--to understand what makes the forty-fifth president of the United States tick--it is best to start in his natural habitat: Palm Beach, Florida. It is here he learned the techniques that took him all the way to the White House. Painstakingly, over decades, he has created a world in this exclusive tropical enclave and favorite haunt of billionaires where he is not just president but a king. The vehicle for his triumph is Mar-A-Lago, one of the greatest mansions ever built in the United States. The inside story of how he became King of Palm Beach--and how Palm Beach continues to be his spiritual home even as president--is rollicking, troubling, and told with unrivaled access and understanding by Laurence Leamer. Never before has an American president overseen a club where access to him can be bought. In Mar-A-Lago, the reader will learn: * How Donald Trump bought a property now valued by some at as much as $500,000,000 for less than three thousand dollars of his own money. * Why Trump was blackballed by the WASP grandees of the island and how he got his revenge. * How Trump joined forces with the National Enquirer, headquartered nearby, and engineered his own divorce. * How by turning Mar-A-Lago into a private club, Trump was the unlikely man to integrate Palm Beach's restricted country club scene, and what his real motives were. * What transpires behind the gates of today's Mar-A-Lago during "the season," when President Trump and assorted D.C. power players fly down each weekend. In addition to copious interviews and reporting from inside Mar-A-Lago, Laurence Leamer brings an acute and unparalleled understanding of the society of Palm Beach, where he has lived for twenty-five years. He has written an essential book for understanding Donald Trump's inner character, in the place where he can most be himself.

Unsettling Canada - A National Wake-Up Call (Paperback): Arthur Manuel Unsettling Canada - A National Wake-Up Call (Paperback)
Arthur Manuel
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As the son of George Manuel, who served as president of the National Indian Brotherhood and founded the World Council of Indigenous Peoples in the 1970s, Arthur Manuel was born into the struggle. From his unique and personal perspective, as a Secwepemc leader and an Indigenous activist who has played a prominent role on the international stage, Arthur Manuel describes the victories and failures, the hopes and the fears of a generation of activists fighting for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Unsettling Canada chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs.

Gamer Nation - Video Games and American Culture (Paperback): John Wills Gamer Nation - Video Games and American Culture (Paperback)
John Wills
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In 1975, design engineer Dave Nutting completed work on a new arcade machine. A version of Taito's Western Gun, a recent Japanese arcade machine, Nutting's Gun Fight depicted a classic showdown between gunfighters. Rich in Western folklore, the game seemed perfect for the American market; players easily adapted to the new technology, becoming pistol-wielding pixel cowboys. One of the first successful early arcade titles, Gun Fight helped introduce an entire nation to video-gaming and sold more than 8,000 units. In Gamer Nation, John Wills examines how video games co-opt national landscapes, livelihoods, and legends. Arguing that video games toy with Americans' mass cultural and historical understanding, Wills show how games reprogram the American experience as a simulated reality. Blockbuster games such as Civilization, Call of Duty, and Red Dead Redemption repackage the past, refashioning history into novel and immersive digital states of America. Controversial titles such as Custer's Revenge and 08.46 recode past tragedies. Meanwhile, online worlds such as Second Life cater to a desire to inhabit alternate versions of America, while Paperboy and The Sims transform the mundane tasks of everyday suburbia into fun and addictive challenges. Working with a range of popular and influential games, from Pong, Civilization, and The Oregon Trail to Grand Theft Auto, Silent Hill, and Fortnite, Wills critically explores these gamic depictions of America. Touching on organized crime, nuclear fallout, environmental degradation, and the War on Terror, Wills uncovers a world where players casually massacre Native Americans and Cold War soldiers alike, a world where neo-colonialism, naive patriotism, disassociated violence, and racial conflict abound, and a world where the boundaries of fantasy and reality are increasingly blurred. Ultimately, Gamer Nation reveals not only how video games are a key aspect of contemporary American culture, but also how games affect how people relate to America itself.

Sacred Encounters - Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West (Paperback): Jacquelyn Peterson, Laura Peers Sacred Encounters - Father De Smet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West (Paperback)
Jacquelyn Peterson, Laura Peers
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In 1841 Jesuit Pierre Jean De Smet arrived among the Coeur d'Alene Salish Indians in what is today northern Idaho and western Montana. With 200 color and 20 b&w illustrations, this catalog of the international Sacred Encounters exhibition displays the similarities and differences between European Christianity and Native American beliefs.

Major Problems in American History, Volume 2: Since 1865 (Paperback, 2nd edition): Jon Gjerde, Elizabeth Cobbs Major Problems in American History, Volume 2: Since 1865 (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Jon Gjerde, Elizabeth Cobbs
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Designed to encourage critical thinking about history, the Major Problems in American History series introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays on important topics in U.S. history. This collection serves as the primary anthology for the introductory survey course, covering the subject's entire chronological span. Comprehensive topical coverage includes politics, economics, labor, gender, culture, and social trends. The Second Edition features integrated coverage of women in Volume I, as well as a streamlined chronology in Volume II. Key pedagogical elements of the Major Problems format have been retained: 14 to 15 chapters per volume, chapter introductions, headnotes, and suggested readings.

It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own - New History of the American West (Paperback, New edition): Richard White It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own - New History of the American West (Paperback, New edition)
Richard White
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A centerpiece of the New History of the American West, this book embodies the theme that, as succeeding groups have occupied the American West and shaped the land, they have done so without regard for present inhabitants. Like the cowboy herding the dogies, they have cared little about the cost their activities imposed on others; what has mattered is the immediate benefit they have derived from their transformation of the land.
Drawing on a recent flowering of scholarship on the western environment, western gender relations, minority history, and urban and labor history, as well as on more traditional western sources, "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own" is about the creation of the region rather than the vanishing of the frontier.
Richard White tells how the various parts of the West--its distinct environments, its metropolitan areas and vast hinterlands, the various ethnic and racial groups and classes--are held together by a series of historical relationships that are developed over time. Widespread aridity and a common geographical location between the Missouri River and the Pacific Ocean would have provided but weak regional ties if other stronger relationships had not been created.
A common dependence on the deferral government and common roots in a largely extractive and service-based economy were formative influences on western states and territories. A dual labor system based on race and the existence of minority groups with distinctive legal status have helped further define the region. Patterns of political participation and political organization have proved enduring. Together, these relationships among people, and between people and place, have made the West a historical creation and a distinctive region.
From Europeans contact and subsequent Anglo-American conquest, through the civil-rights movement, the energy crisis, and the current reconstructing of the national and world economies, the West has remained a distinctive section in a much larger nation. In the American imagination the West still embodies possibilities inherent in the vastness and beauty of the place itself. But, Richard White explains, the possibilities many imagined for themselves have yielded to the possibilities seized by others. Many who thought themselves cowboys have in the end turned out to be dogies.

Sugarhead - Tales of Moonshine and a Vanished Mountain Culture (Paperback): Clark Church Sugarhead - Tales of Moonshine and a Vanished Mountain Culture (Paperback)
Clark Church
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Life in a Corner - Cultural Episodes in Southeastern Utah, 1880-1950 (Paperback): Robert S McPherson Life in a Corner - Cultural Episodes in Southeastern Utah, 1880-1950 (Paperback)
Robert S McPherson
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The Huasteca - Culture, History, and Interregional Exchange (Hardcover): Katherine A. Faust, Kim N Richter The Huasteca - Culture, History, and Interregional Exchange (Hardcover)
Katherine A. Faust, Kim N Richter
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Rebellious Passage - The Creole Revolt and America's Coastal Slave Trade (Paperback): Jeffrey R Kerr-Ritchie Rebellious Passage - The Creole Revolt and America's Coastal Slave Trade (Paperback)
Jeffrey R Kerr-Ritchie
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In late October 1841, the Creole left Richmond with 137 slaves bound for New Orleans. It arrived five weeks later minus the Captain, one passenger, and most of the captives. Nineteen rebels had seized the US slave ship en route and steered it to the British Bahamas where the slaves gained their liberty. Drawing upon a sweeping array of previously unexamined state, federal, and British colonial sources, Rebellious Passage examines the neglected maritime dimensions of the extensive US slave trade and slave revolt. The focus on south-to-south self-emancipators at sea differs from the familiar narrative of south-to-north fugitive slaves over land. Moreover, a broader hemispheric framework of clashing slavery and antislavery empires replaces an emphasis on US antebellum sectional rivalry. Written with verve and commitment, Rebellious Passage chronicles the first comprehensive history of the ship revolt, its consequences, and its relevance to global modern slavery.

2019 History Channel This Day in Military History Boxed Calendar - 365 Days of America's Greatest Military Moments... 2019 History Channel This Day in Military History Boxed Calendar - 365 Days of America's Greatest Military Moments (Calendar)
History Channel
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Way Down Yonder in the Indian Nation - Writings from America's Heartland (Paperback, Oklahoma): Michael Wallis Way Down Yonder in the Indian Nation - Writings from America's Heartland (Paperback, Oklahoma)
Michael Wallis
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"A deeply sympathetic, colorful evocation of life on the American prairies"

In "Way Down Yonder in the Indian Nation"--a title inspired by the lyrics of Woody Guthrie--best-selling author Michael Wallis creates a brilliant tableau of America's heartland.

Featuring a new introduction by the author, this collection of sixteen essays reflects the finest examples of Wallis's writing and harkens back to a time before fast food and malls replaced family-owned diners along Route 66. From tales of the notorious Oklahoma panhandle, where "the only law was the colt and the carbine," to the fate of Woody Guthrie's mother Nora, who, burdened by depression, set fire to her kids and spent the last years of her life in an asylum, "Way Down Yonder in the Indian Nation" brings to life some of Oklahoma's most memorable characters--the famous and infamous, the ordinary and down-home.

"Enclosed within the covers of this book are some of my favorite spoonfuls of Oklahoma," says Wallis. The result is a quintessential American book--a crazy quilt of stories and a powerful portrait of Okie identity.

The Liberal Tradition in America (Hardcover): Louis Hartz The Liberal Tradition in America (Hardcover)
Louis Hartz; Foreword by Tom Wicker
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Hartz's influential interpretation of american political thought since the Revolution. He contends that americanca gave rise to a new concept of a liberal society, a "liberal tradition" that has been central to our experience of events both at home and abroad. New Introduction by Tom Wicker; Index.

Ghost Towns of Texas (Paperback, New edition): T Lindsay Baker Ghost Towns of Texas (Paperback, New edition)
T Lindsay Baker
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"The indefatigable T. Lindsay Baker has now turned his enormous mental and physical energies to the subject and has brought to view - if not to life -eighty-six Texas ghost towns for the reader's pleasure. Baker lists three criteria for inclusion: tangible remains, public access, and statewide coverage. In each case Baker comments about the town's founding, its former significance, and the reasons for its decline. There are maps and instructions for reaching each site and numerous photographs showing the past and present status of each. The contemporary photos were taken, in most instances, by Baker himself, who proves as adept a photographer as he is researcher and writer....Baker has done his work thoroughly and well, within limits imposed by necessity. He obviously had fun in the process and it shows in his prose."---"New Mexico Historical Review"

A Hero on Mount St. Helens - The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston (Paperback): Melanie Holmes A Hero on Mount St. Helens - The Life and Legacy of David A. Johnston (Paperback)
Melanie Holmes
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Serendipity placed David Johnston on Mount St. Helens when the volcano rumbled to life in March 1980. Throughout that ominous spring, Johnston was part of a team that conducted scientific research that underpinned warnings about the mountain. Those warnings saved thousands of lives when the most devastating eruption in U.S. history blew apart Mount St. Helens, but killed Johnston on the ridge that now bears his name. Melanie Holmes tells the story of Johnston's journey from a nature-loving Boy Scout to a committed geologist. Blending science with personal detail, Holmes follows Johnston through encounters with Aleutian volcanoes, his work helping the Portuguese government assess the geothermal power of the Azores, and his dream job as a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Interviews and personal writings reveal what a friend called "the most unjaded person I ever met," an imperfect but kind, intelligent young scientist passionately in love with his life and work and determined to make a difference.

Mohawk Baronet - Biography of Sir William Johnson (Paperback, Syracuse Univ Pr ed.): James Thomas Flexner Mohawk Baronet - Biography of Sir William Johnson (Paperback, Syracuse Univ Pr ed.)
James Thomas Flexner
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The Lienzo of Tlapiltepec - A Painted History from the Northern Mixteca (Paperback): Arni Brownstone The Lienzo of Tlapiltepec - A Painted History from the Northern Mixteca (Paperback)
Arni Brownstone; Contributions by Nicholas Johnson, Bas Van Doesburg; Foreword by Elizabeth Hill Boone
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain - The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (Hardcover): Gordon H. Chang Ghosts of Gold Mountain - The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad (Hardcover)
Gordon H. Chang
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Before Custer - Surveying the Yellowstone, 1872 (Hardcover, Annotated edition): M. John Lubetkin Before Custer - Surveying the Yellowstone, 1872 (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
M. John Lubetkin
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A Saint of Our Own - How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American (Hardcover): Kathleen Sprows Cummings A Saint of Our Own - How the Quest for a Holy Hero Helped Catholics Become American (Hardcover)
Kathleen Sprows Cummings
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What drove U.S. Catholics in their arduous quest, full of twists and turns over more than a century, to win an American saint? The absence of American names in the canon of the saints had left many of the faithful feeling spiritually unmoored. But while canonization may be fundamentally about holiness, it is never only about holiness, reveals Kathleen Sprows Cummings in this panoramic, passionate chronicle of American sanctity. Catholics had another reason for petitioning the Vatican to acknowledge an American holy hero. A home-grown saint would serve as a mediator between heaven and earth, yes, but also between Catholicism and American culture. Throughout much of U.S. history, the making of a saint was also about the ways in which the members of a minority religious group defined, defended, and celebrated their identities as Americans. Their fascinatingly diverse causes for canonization-from Kateri Tekakwitha to Elizabeth Ann Seton to many others that are failed, forgotten, or still underway-represented evolving national values as Catholics made themselves at home. Cummings's vision of American sanctity shows just how much Catholics had at stake in cultivating devotion to men and women perched at the nexus of holiness and American history-until they finally felt little need to prove that they belonged.

Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective - Limits and Possibilities (Paperback): Romain Huret, Randy J. Sparks Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective - Limits and Possibilities (Paperback)
Romain Huret, Randy J. Sparks; Contributions by James M. Boyden, Richard Campanella, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, …
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"There is no such thing as a 'natural' disaster," writes Romain Huret in his introduction to this multidisciplinary study of the events and legacy of Hurricane Katrina. Though nature produced Katrina's rising waters and destructive winds, a vast array of manmade factors shaped the scope of the storm's impact as well as the local and national response to it. In Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective, American and European scholars approach this infamous storm and its legacy through a variety of disciplines, from music to geography to anthropology, creating a nuanced understanding of how society reacts to and remembers times of disaster. Richard Campanella and Romain Huret examine the particular geographical and political mix that set the stage for Katrina's devastation, especially among the poorest populations of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Jean Kempf, James Boyden, Andrew Diamond, and Thomas Jessen Adams address the ideological biases and racial stereotypes that infused local and national commentary in the days and weeks after the storm. Finally, Bruce Raeburn, Sara Le Menestrel, Anne M. Lovell, and Randy J. Sparks explore the impact of this powerful tropical event on the city's institutions and cultural organizations. Hurricane Katrina in Transatlantic Perspective provides a profound and innovative collection of insights on one of the most significant environmental catastrophes in U.S. history, forcing us to examine the cultural actors that transformed a natural disaster into a humanitarian crisis.

Transforming the South - Federal Development in the Tennessee Valley, 1915-1960 (Hardcover): Matthew L. Downs Transforming the South - Federal Development in the Tennessee Valley, 1915-1960 (Hardcover)
Matthew L. Downs
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Historians have long recognized the middle of the twentieth century as significant in the history of the modern South, owing to a convergence of social change, political realignment, and cultural expansion. This period in southern history has provided extensive material for scholars of race, gender, and politics. In addition, sweeping economic changes spread throughout the South, permanently shifting the area's material resources. Transforming the South examines this transition from farm to factory and explores the dramatic reshaping of the region's economy. Matthew L. Downs focuses on three developments in the Tennessee Valley: the World War I-era government nitrate plants and hydroelectric dams at Muscle Shoals, Alabama; the extensive work completed by the Tennessee Valley Authority; and Cold War/Space Age defense investment in Huntsville, Alabama. Downs argues that the modernization of the Sunbelt economy depended on cooperation between regional leaders and federal funders. Local boosters lobbied to receive federal funds for their communities while simultaneously forming economic development organizations that would prepare those communities for further growth. Economic reform also drove social reform: as members of historically disenfranchised groups attained employment in the new industrial workforce, they gained financial and political capital to push for social change. Transforming the South considers the role played by the recipients of government funds in the mid-twentieth century and demonstrates how communities exerted an unparalleled influence over the federal investments that shaped the southern economy.

Tucson - The Life and Times of an American City (Paperback, New edition): Charles Leland Sonnichsen Tucson - The Life and Times of an American City (Paperback, New edition)
Charles Leland Sonnichsen
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"Dedicated to all those living elsewhere who would rather be in Tucson"

"Tucson" is the first comprehensive history of a unique corner of America, a city with its roots in Indian and Spanish colonial history; its skies broken by the towers of a Sunbelt metropolis.

In these pages C. L. Sonnichsen, dean of southwestern historians-and a Tucsonan by adoption--chronicles with humor and affection the growth over two centuries of one of the region's most colorful communities.

Today's metropolitan Tucson is a city of half a million people. Set along the Santa Cruz River in the Lower Sonoran Desert in a great basin surrounded by soaring mountain ranges, it is different in many ways from any other city in the United States. Like all other Sunbelt centers, however, it is growing by great leaps and bounds. A popular winter resort, it attracts fugitives from the frozen North. The site of the University of Arizona, it draws many with an intellectual bent. For artists the attractions of the "Old Pueblo" are all but endless. The city booms with new people, industries, shopping centers, and subdivisions.

Newcomers tend to bring along their ideas, life-styles, and landscapes, including Bermuda grass and mulberry trees, and have moved Tucson closer to the familiar patterns of urban America. But tradition and geography limit their efforts, for Tucson has always been the center of a separate world, with a history, population, and character of its own. It was an oasis far from other Indian cultural centers a thousand years ago.

It was a remote outpost in 1776, when the Spaniards founded a presidio there. It was not far from the edge of the world when Anglos began settling along the Santa Cruz not long before the Civil War. Even with the coming of the railroad, the airplane, and television, Tucson has remained insulated from the rest of the country by distance and by special habits of mind. Much of Tucson's charm derives from this insulation.

Beyond the separateness, says the author, is a fact too often overlooked: Deserts Were Not Made for People. Technological skills make survival possible for most of the population; only the long-resident Papago Indians are truly at home there. In such a difficult environment early-day white settlers had to make do with little, undergo much, and be prepared for the worst.

Today their successors live in what is essentially an artificial environment, using their natural resources as if they were inexhaustible-- for water Tucson depends entirely on underground sources-and continue to enjoy the genial, if sometimes superheated, climate, the casual life-style and western friendliness of the population, the Indian-Spanish-Mexican cultural and historical ambience, and the artistic and intellectual life. The problems of other great American cities are Tucson's also. Perhaps it is those very problems and the uncertainty of the future that add a special urgency to the savoring of life in this special corner of America.

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