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This rich, rousing gusher of a biography captures the life and times of an American hero and the birth of the modern oil empire he created.
Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum, was one of the
most prominent self-made business tycoons of the twentieth century.
In "Oil Man," Michael Wallis, a best-selling historian of the West,
presents Phillips against a pageant of luminaries and outlaws that
includes Will Rogers, Harry Truman, Edna Ferber, J. Paul Getty, and
Pretty Boy Floyd.
"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.
Popular culture transformed his memory into "Davy Crockett," and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. In this surprising New York Times bestseller, historian Michael Wallis has cast a fresh look at the flesh-and-blood man behind one of the most celebrated figures in American history. More than a riveting story, Wallis's David Crockett is a revelatory, authoritative biography that separates fact from fiction and provides us with an extraordinary evocation of not only a true American hero but also the rough-and-tumble times in which he lived.
Is your child ready for their first year of school? Settling Your Child in School: A Parent's Guide is a comprehensive guide to help your child cross the gap between pre-school and school. Learn what schools expect of children so your child can enjoy their first school experience. Helpful information is provided on: What your child needs to know about starting school How to settle your child in the school environment The mental and physical abilities your child will need at school How schools approach classroom learning Helping your child with reading, writing and number skills at home Games and activities to stimulate your child's interest in learning
In this spiritual, moving autobiography, Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, tells of her own history while also honoring and recounting the history of the Cherokees. Mankiller's life unfolds against the backdrop of the dawning of the American Indian civil rights struggle, and her book becomes a quest to reclaim and preserve the great Native American values that form the foundation of our nation. Now featuring a new Afterword to the 2000 paperback reissue, this edition of Mankiller completely updates the author's private and public life after 1994 and explores the recent political struggles of the Cherokee Nation.
In this revisionist biography, award-winning historian Michael Wallis re-creates the rich anecdotal saga of Billy the Kid (1859 1881), a young man who became a legend in his time and remains an enigma to this day. In an extraordinary evocation of the legendary Old West, Wallis demonstrates why the Kid has remained one of our most popular folk heroes. Filled with dozens of rare images and period photographs, Billy the Kid separates myth from reality and presents an unforgettable portrait of this brief and violent life."
It began in 1913 with a glorious new highway that connected the bright lights of Broadway with the foggy shores of San Francisco. It was a magnificent and meandering road that enticed millions of newly motoring Americans to hop in their Model Ts and explore the fading frontier. It was the road of Gettysburg, Pretty Boy Floyd, Notre Dame, the Great Salt Lake, and the Gold Rush Trail. Once a symbol of limitless potential, it has undergone a miraculous revival. With hundreds of rare photographs, this ode to a bygone era guides us across the true spine of the country, exploring vintage diners, Art Deco buildings, and funky roadside attractions all waiting to be discovered."
His name was David Crockett. He never signed his name any other way, but popular culture transformed his memory into "Davy Crockett," and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever wore. Best-selling historian Michael Wallis casts a fresh look at the frontiersman, storyteller, and politician behind these legendary stories. Born into a humble Tennessee family in 1786, Crockett never "killed him a b'ar" when he was only three. But he did cut a huge swath across early-nineteenth-century America as a bear hunter, a frontier explorer, a soldier serving under Andrew Jackson, an unlikely congressman, and, finally, a martyr in his now-controversial death at the Alamo. Wallis's David Crockett is more than a riveting story. It is a revelatory, authoritative biography that separates fact from fiction, providing us with an extraordinary evocation of a true American hero and the rough-and-tumble times in which he lived."
Founded in Oklahoma in 1893, the 101 Ranch created one of the most exciting and influential traveling rodeo shows ever to tour the country. Featuring countless cowboys and cowgirls, including such Western legends as Buffalo Bill, Geronimo, Will Rogers, and Bill Picket, it was only a matter of time before the 101 Ranch caught the glittering eye of Hollywood.
Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich Politik - Sonstige Themen, Note: 1,5, Universitat Leipzig (Institut fu r Politikwissenschaft ), Veranstaltung: The Politics of Branding - The Branding of Politics, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die folgende Ausarbeitung will den Versuch machen, die Ausweitung der Markenzone auf das Feld der Politik kompakt darzulegen. Hierbei wird der Fokus auf die Frage gelegt, ob und wie ein Politiker als Marke funktionieren kann. Einleitend werden unterschiedliche Ansatze - ausgewahlter Autoren - der Markenbildung in der Politik skizziert. Darauf aufbauend sollen vorhandene Ansatze weiter gedacht und neue Aspekte angerissen werden. Im zweiten Teil sollen die anfangs vorwiegend allgemeinen Betrachtungen auf das weite Feld der Politik an einem einzelnen Politiker uberpruft werden. Hierbei wird der Frage nachgegangen, inwieweit Hans-Christian Strobele (nachfolgend jeweils: Christian Strobele) von Bundnis 90/Die Grunen als Marke gesehen werden kann. Christian Strobele, der Volkstribun aus Berlin1," wurde fur die Untersuchung explizit ausgewahlt, da er wie kaum eine andere Politikerpersonlichkeit eine einzigartige Konstanz in seinem Lebenslauf sowie in seinen Wahlerfolgen aufweisen kann. Er ist der erste und bis dato einzige Grune, der ein Direktmandat fur den Deutschen Bundestag erringen konnte. Im Jahr 2002 wurde er direkt ins deutsche Parlament gewahlt. Drei Jahre spater konnte er diesen Wahlerfolg souveran wiederholen. In dieser Arbeit soll insbesondere betrachtet werden, ob seine Wahlerfolge moglicherweise mit besonders guten Markenwerten korrelieren.
It began in 1913 with a glorious new highway stretching across 3,389 miles and 13 states that connected the bright lights of Broadway with the foggy shores of San Francisco. It was a magnificent and meandering road that enticed millions of newly motoring Americans to hop into their Model Ts and explore the fading frontier. The Lincoln Highway. It was the road of Gettysburg, Pretty Boy Floyd, Notre Dame, the Great Salt Lake, and the Gold Rush Trail. Once a symbol of limitless potential, it is now undergoing (as Route 66 did twenty years ago) a miraculous revival. With hundreds of new and rare photographs provided by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael S. Williamson, this ode to a bygone era guides us across the true spine of the country, exploring vintage diners, Art Deco buildings, and funky roadside attractions, all waiting to be discovered."
"The Wild West: 365 Days" is a day-by-day adventure that tells the stories of pioneers and cowboys, gold rushes and saloon shoot-outs in America's frontier. The lure of land rich in minerals, fertile for farming, and plentiful with buffalo bred an all-out obsession with heading westward. "The Wild West: 365 Days" takes the reader back to these booming frontier towns that became the stuff of American legend, breeding characters such as Butch Cassidy and Jesse James. Author Michael Wallis spins a colorful narrative, separating myth from fact, in 365 vignettes. The reader will learn the stories of Davy Crockett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Annie Oakley; travel to the O.K. Corral and Dodge City; ride with the Pony Express; and witness the invention of the Colt revolver. The images are drawn from Robert G. McCubbin's extensive collection of Western memorabilia, encompassing rare books, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts, including Billy the Kid's knife.
His name was David Crockett. He never signed his name any other
way, but popular culture transformed his memory into "Davy
Crockett," and Hollywood gave him a raccoon hat he hardly ever
wore. Bestselling historian Michael Wallis casts a fresh look at
the frontiersman, storyteller, and politician behind these
Vintage shots of Harleys from the archives of a dealership in the middle of Route 66 combine with great color photos from a recent Harley Owners Group tour down the Mother Road to make this the perfect gift for Harley riders and for anyone who collects Route 66 memorabilia. The images capture the fun of being on the loose in the heartland, where you encounter the world's best folks at the mom-and-pop tourist stops along the Main Street of America. This great little collection will inspire you to hit the road yourself and mail the postcards to twenty- two potential road warriors back home!
From the best-selling author of Billy the Kid and Route 66, a true-life story of a notorious outlaw that magnificently re-creates the vanished, impoverished world of Dust Bowl America. Michael Wallis evokes the hard times of the era as he follows the life of Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd from his coming of age, when there were no jobs and no food, to his descent into a life of petty crime, bootlegging, murder, and prison. Before long he was one of the FBI's original "public enemies." After a series of spectacular bank robberies he was slain in an Ohio field in 1934 at the age of thirty. Pretty Boy is social history at its best, portraying, with a sweeping style, the larger story of the hardscrabble farmers whose lives were so intolerably shattered by the Depression.
America's Main Street is celebration, Michael Wallis hit the road
again, revisiting people and
"WESTWARD HO! FOR OREGON AND CALIFORNIA!" In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local newspaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime. But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream," this optimistic-yet-motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada. We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. Now, celebrated historian Michael Wallis-beloved for his myth-busting portraits of legendary American figures-continues his life's work of parsing fact from fiction to tell the true story of one of the most embroidered sagas in Western history. Wallis begins the story in 1846, a momentous "year of decision" for the nation, when incredible territorial strides were being made in Texas, New Mexico, and California. Against this dramatic backdrop, an unlikely band of travelers appeared, stratified in age, wealth, education and ethnicity. At the forefront were the Donners: brothers George and Jacob, true sons of the soil determined to tame the wild land of California; and the Reeds, headed by adventurous, business-savvy patriarch James. In total, the Donner-Reed group would reach eighty-seven men, women, and children, and though personal motives varied-bachelors thirsting for adventure, parents wanting greater futures for their children-everyone was linked by the same unwavering belief that California was theirs for the taking. Skeptical of previous accounts of how the group ended up in peril, Wallis has spent years retracing its ill-fated journey, uncovering hundreds of new documents that illuminate how a combination of greed, backbiting, and recklessness led the group to become hopelessly snowbound at the infamous Donner Pass in present-day California. Climaxing with the grim stories of how the party's paltry rations soon gave way to unimaginable hunger, Wallis not only details the cannibalism that has in perpetuity haunted their legacy but also the heroic rescue parties that managed to reach the stranded, only to discover that just forty-eight had survived the ordeal. An unflinching and historically invaluable account of the darkest side of Manifest Destiny, The Best Land Under Heaven offers a brilliant, revisionist examination of one of America's most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes.
"WESTWARD HO! FOR OREGON AND CALIFORNIA!" In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local newspaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime. But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream," this optimistic-yet-motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada. We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. With The Best Land Under Heaven, Wallis has penned what critics agree is "destined to become the standard account" (Washington Post) of the notorious saga. Cutting through 160 years of myth-making, the "expert storyteller" (True West) compellingly recounts how the unlikely band of early pioneers met their fate. Interweaving information from hundreds of newly uncovered documents, Wallis illuminates how a combination of greed and recklessness led to one of America's most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes. The result is a "fascinating, horrifying, and inspiring" (Oklahoman) examination of the darkest side of Manifest Destiny.
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