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Ernesto - The Untold Story of Hemingway in Revolutionary Cuba (Hardcover): Andrew Feldman Ernesto - The Untold Story of Hemingway in Revolutionary Cuba (Hardcover)
Andrew Feldman
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I Have America Surrounded (Paperback): John Higgs I Have America Surrounded (Paperback)
John Higgs 1
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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.

Shooting from the Hip - Photographs and Essays (Hardcover): J. Don Cook Shooting from the Hip - Photographs and Essays (Hardcover)
J. Don Cook; Foreword by James Garner
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In this heartfelt tribute to the spirit and people of Oklahoma, one of the state's most distinguished photojournalists shows that he is equally talented as a photographer and writer. Showcasing black-and-white photographs and fifty short essays, "Shooting from the Hip "portrays Oklahoma's people, animals, lifestyles, landscapes, and weather in all their diversity. Cowboys, kids, tornados, trucks, rattlesnakes, fiddlers--J. Don Cook has seen them all, and through his poignant essays, he allows us not only to see them but to understand them as he does.

After a hardscrabble boyhood, Cook became a photographer at the age of twenty when he took a job with the "Ada Evening News" in southern Oklahoma. His first assignment was to photograph six abandoned puppies at the city dump--an apt foreshadowing of his career, for he has always been drawn to the poor, the disenfranchised, and the downtrodden.

In addition to the brief essays that accompany his photographs, Cook shares some of his own life experiences in a moving introduction and epilogue. His unsparing account of some of the worst moments of his difficult youth and his meditations on how he used these hardships to become an artist can only be called inspirational. "At seven I didn't know any better," he writes, "and believed I had few choices. But I quickly learned to cope--to feint, to dodge, to hide, to read, to run, to survive, to make art--and I did it all, shooting from the hip."

J. Don Cook, a resident of Oklahoma City, is an award-winning photojournalist, artist, poet, and business entrepreneur. Nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize and named News Photographer of the Year seven times by the Oklahoma Press Association, his photographs have appeared in such magazines as National Geographic and Time. James Garner, the acclaimed film and television actor, is best known for his leading roles in the television series Maverick and the The Rockford Files. He is a native of Norman, Oklahoma.

The Curse of Oak Island - The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt (Hardcover): Randall Sullivan The Curse of Oak Island - The Story of the World's Longest Treasure Hunt (Hardcover)
Randall Sullivan
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From longtime Rolling Stone contributing editor and journalist Randall Sullivan, The Curse of Oak Island explores the curious history of Oak Island and the generations of individuals who have tried and failed to unlock its secrets. In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure. Early excavators uncovered a clay-lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible. Since then the mystery of Oak Island's "Money Pit" has enthralled generations of treasure hunters, including a Boston insurance salesman whose obsession ruined him; young Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and film star Errol Flynn. Perplexing discoveries have ignited explorers' imaginations: a flat stone inscribed in code; a flood tunnel draining from a man-made beach; a torn scrap of parchment; stone markers forming a huge cross. Swaths of the island were bulldozed looking for answers; excavation attempts have claimed two lives. Theories abound as to what's hidden on Oak Island--pirates' treasure, Marie Antoinette's lost jewels, the Holy Grail, proof that Sir Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare's plays--yet to this day, the Money Pit remains an enigma. The Curse of Oak Island is a fascinating account of the strange, rich history of the island and the intrepid treasure hunters who have driven themselves to financial ruin, psychotic breakdowns, and even death in pursuit of answers. And as Michigan brothers Marty and Rick Lagina become the latest to attempt to solve the mystery, as documented on the History Channel's television show The Curse of Oak Island, Sullivan takes readers along to follow their quest firsthand.

A History of America in 100 Maps (Hardcover): Susan Schulten A History of America in 100 Maps (Hardcover)
Susan Schulten
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Throughout its history, America has been defined through maps. Whether made for military strategy or urban reform, to encourage settlement or to investigate disease, maps invest information with meaning by translating it into visual form. They capture what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for, and what they feared. As such they offer unrivaled windows onto the past. In this book Susan Schulten uses maps to explore five centuries of American history, from the voyages of European discovery to the digital age. With stunning visual clarity, A History of America in 100 Maps showcases the power of cartography to illuminate and complicate our understanding of the past. Gathered primarily from the British Library's incomparable archives and compiled into nine chronological chapters, these one hundred full-color maps range from the iconic to the unfamiliar. Each is discussed in terms of its specific features as well as its larger historical significance in a way that conveys a fresh perspective on the past. Some of these maps were made by established cartographers, while others were made by unknown individuals such as Cherokee tribal leaders, soldiers on the front, and the first generation of girls to be formally educated. Some were tools of statecraft and diplomacy, and others were instruments of social reform or even advertising and entertainment. But when considered together, they demonstrate the many ways that maps both reflect and influence historical change. Audacious in scope and charming in execution, this collection of one hundred full-color maps offers an imaginative and visually engaging tour of American history that will show readers a new way of navigating their own worlds.

America, Inc - The 400-Year History of American Capitalism (Paperback): Bhu Srinivasan America, Inc - The 400-Year History of American Capitalism (Paperback)
Bhu Srinivasan 1
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How and why did the US become the most successful economy in history? One of The Economist's Best Books of 2017, America, Inc explains the rise of America's economic power and how so many US businesses have succeeded. In a winning, accessible style, Bhu Srinivasan boldly takes on four centuries of American enterprise, revealing the unexpected connections that link them. The story is entertaining, eye-opening and sweeping in its reach. America, Inc takes us on a journey through the inventions, techniques and industries that drove America forward: from the telegraph, the railroad, guns, radio and banking to flight, suburbia and sneakers, culminating with the Internet and mobile technology at the turn of the twenty-first century. We learn how Andrew Carnegie's early job as a telegraph messenger boy paved the way for his leadership of the steel empire that would make him one of history's richest men; how the gunmaker Remington reinvented itself in the postwar years to sell typewriters; and how the inner workings of the Mafia mirrored the trend of consolidation and regulation in more traditional business. Reliving the heady early days of Silicon Valley, we are reminded that the start-up is an idea as old as capitalism itself.

Boston (Hardcover): Henry Cabot Lodge Boston (Hardcover)
Henry Cabot Lodge
R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Christ's Warning to the Churches to Beware of False Prophets, Who Come as Wolves in Sheep's Clothing (Hardcover):... Christ's Warning to the Churches to Beware of False Prophets, Who Come as Wolves in Sheep's Clothing (Hardcover)
Joseph Lathrop
R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Jersey Gold - The Newark Overland Company's Trek to California, 1849 (Hardcover): Margaret Casterline Bowen, Gwendolyn... Jersey Gold - The Newark Overland Company's Trek to California, 1849 (Hardcover)
Margaret Casterline Bowen, Gwendolyn Joslin Hiles
R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
God Save Texas - A Journey into the Future of America (Paperback): Lawrence Wright God Save Texas - A Journey into the Future of America (Paperback)
Lawrence Wright 1
R343 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R167 (49%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'This is a funny, pointed love letter to Texas, at once elegiac and clear-eyed' Ben Macintyre, The Times From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower, God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. Texas is a Republican state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslim adherents in the United States). The cities are Democrat and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports and has an economy only somewhat smaller than Australia's. Lawrence Wright has written an enchanting book about what is often seen as an unenchanting place. Having spent most of his life there, while remaining deeply aware of its oddities, Wright is as charmed by Texan foibles and landscapes as he is appalled by its politics and brutality. With its economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation producing both extraordinary growth and striking income disparities, Texas, Wright shows, looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. This profound portrait of the state, completed just as Texas battled to rebuild after the devastating storms of summer 2017, not only reflects the United States back as it is, but as it was and as it might be. As much the home of Roy Orbison and Willie Nelson as of J.R., Ross Perot and the Bush family, as filled with magical scenery as with desolate oil-fields and strip-malls, Texas is a bellwether, super-sized mass of contradictions: a life-long study.

Talking Machine West - A History and Catalogue of Tin Pan Alley's Western Recordings, 19021918 (Hardcover): Michael A.... Talking Machine West - A History and Catalogue of Tin Pan Alley's Western Recordings, 19021918 (Hardcover)
Michael A. Amundson
R833 Discovery Miles 8 330 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The 1928 Bunion Derby - A Historical Tour and Driving Guide, Chicago to New York City (Paperback): James R. Powell The 1928 Bunion Derby - A Historical Tour and Driving Guide, Chicago to New York City (Paperback)
James R. Powell
R718 R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Save R150 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
So Long for Now - A Sailor's Letters from the USS Franklin (Hardcover): Jerry L. Rogers So Long for Now - A Sailor's Letters from the USS Franklin (Hardcover)
Jerry L. Rogers; Foreword by Robert M. Utley
R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Wild Bill - The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter (Hardcover): Tom Clavin Wild Bill - The True Story of the American Frontier's First Gunfighter (Hardcover)
Tom Clavin
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The Black Jacobins - Toussaint L'ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (Paperback, New [ed.]): C. L. R. James The Black Jacobins - Toussaint L'ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (Paperback, New [ed.])
C. L. R. James; Introduction by James Walvin; Notes by James Walvin
R344 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R112 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 1791, inspired by the ideals of the French Revolution, the slaves of San Domingo rose in revolt. Despite invasion by a series of British, Spanish and Napoleonic armies, their twelve-year struggle led to the creation of Haiti, the first independent black republic outside Africa. Only three years later, the British and Americans ended the Atlantic slave trade.

In this outstanding example of vivid, committed and empathetic historical analysis, C.L.R. James brilliantly illuminates these epoch-making events. He explores the appalling economic realities of the Caribbean economy, the roots of the world’s only successful slave revolt and the utterly extraordinary former slave – Toussaint L’Ouverture – who led them. Explicitly written as part of the fight to end colonialism in Africa, The Black Jacobins puts the slaves themselves centre stage, boldly forging their own destiny against nearly impossible odds. It remains one of the essential texts for understanding the Caribbean – and the region’s inextricable links with Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Lady First - The World of First Lady Sarah Polk (Hardcover): Amy S. Greenberg Lady First - The World of First Lady Sarah Polk (Hardcover)
Amy S. Greenberg
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If We Can Keep It - How the Republic Collapsed and How it Might Be Saved (Hardcover): Michael Tomasky If We Can Keep It - How the Republic Collapsed and How it Might Be Saved (Hardcover)
Michael Tomasky
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Why has American politics fallen into such a state of horrible dysfunction? Can it ever be fixed? These are the questions that motivate Michael Tomasky's deeply original examination into the origins of our hopelessly polarized nation. "One of America's finest political commentators" (Michael J. Sandel), Tomasky ranges across centuries and disciplines to show how America has almost always had two dominant parties that are existentially, and often violently, opposed. When he turns to our current era, he does so with striking insight that will challenge readers to reexamine what they thought they knew. Finally, not content merely to diagnose these problems, Tomasky offers a provocative agenda for how we can help fix our broken political system-from ranked-choice voting and at-large congressional elections to expanding high school civics education nationwide. Combining revelatory data with trenchant analysis, Tomasky tells us how the nation broke apart and points us toward a more hopeful political future.

The Socialist Manifesto - The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (Hardcover): Bhaskar Sunkara The Socialist Manifesto - The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality (Hardcover)
Bhaskar Sunkara 1
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U.S. Map-Laminated (Sheet map, flat): Mapping Specialists U.S. Map-Laminated (Sheet map, flat)
Mapping Specialists
R200 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R37 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Detailed topography actual image of Earth's surface

Labeled states, cities, and areas of interest

City type size is based on population

Attractive and stylish design

High-quality, non-glare lamination

Measures 50" x 32"

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Winding Through Time - The Forgotten History and Present-Day Peril of Bayou Manchac (Hardcover): Mary Ann Sternberg Winding Through Time - The Forgotten History and Present-Day Peril of Bayou Manchac (Hardcover)
Mary Ann Sternberg
R362 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R70 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Once considered one of the most important waterways in the American southeast and a vital link in a shortcut from the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana's Bayou Manchac rests in virtual obscurity today. Few now notice the bayou -- which runs for eighteen miles, forming the boundary between several south Louisiana parishes -- or remember that everyone from French explorers and steamboat captains to modern-day loggers and fishermen have plied its waters and lived along its banks. Even fewer are aware that the bayou remains a place of striking, intense beauty in spots untouched by development and pollution. In Winding through Time, Mary Ann Sternberg interweaves the bayou's history with tales, anecdotes, and personal observations, creating an entertaining and educational introduction to this overlooked natural haven.

With the tenacity and skill of a historical detective, Sternberg uncovers Bayou Manchac's rich and colorful past. She reveals that the waterway that most know only by weathered highway signs on the parish line served, several times in its history, as an international border, forming part of the northern boundary of the "Isle of Orleans." She recalls the flourishing Native American cultures that occupied sites along the bayou as early as 250 b.c. and describes the many unsuccessful schemes over the years to make it navigable and thus provide a major commercial artery connecting the Mississippi River with Lakes Maurepas and Pontchartrain. Bayou Manchac survives still, she shows, as a somewhat frayed relic of our natural past valued mainly for its drainage capacity and abused by polluters.

More than simply an environmental history, however, Sternberg's Winding through Time offers her personal narrative of "discovering" Bayou Manchac a few years ago and her growing awareness of its untamed beauty, historical significance, and threatened well-being. She traveled the bayou, meeting some of the people who live along its banks and who shared many of their stories. Through her engaging prose and lively commentary, she succeeds in providing a life-history and, indeed, a personality, for this geographical feature.

Sternberg shines a long overdue spotlight on Bayou Manchac, questioning how such a valuable resource could have become so diminished. As she eloquently illustrates, the wandering tale of this little waterway, though unique, also strikes a cautionary note for other small historic American streams.

Farmers Helping Farmers - The Rise of the Farm and Home Bureaus, 1914-1935 (Hardcover): Nancy K Berlage Farmers Helping Farmers - The Rise of the Farm and Home Bureaus, 1914-1935 (Hardcover)
Nancy K Berlage
R898 Discovery Miles 8 980 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Our Indian Summer in the Far West - An Autumn Tour of Fifteen Thousand Miles in Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and the... Our Indian Summer in the Far West - An Autumn Tour of Fifteen Thousand Miles in Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and the Indian Territory (Hardcover)
Samuel Nugent Townshend; Photographs by John George Hyde; Edited by Alex Hunt, Kristin Loyd
R1,061 Discovery Miles 10 610 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
John Pendleton Kennedy - Early American Novelist, Whig Statesman, and Ardent Nationalist (Hardcover): Andrew R Black John Pendleton Kennedy - Early American Novelist, Whig Statesman, and Ardent Nationalist (Hardcover)
Andrew R Black
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Marital Cruelty in Antebellum America (Hardcover): Robin C Sager Marital Cruelty in Antebellum America (Hardcover)
Robin C Sager
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Sweet Freedom's Plains - African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841-1869 (Hardcover): Shirley Ann Wilson Moore Sweet Freedom's Plains - African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841-1869 (Hardcover)
Shirley Ann Wilson Moore
R680 Discovery Miles 6 800 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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