Eyewitness to the Alamo (Revised Edition) by Bill Groneman

By Bill Groneman

Comprises over 100 descriptions of the conflict of the Alamo through those who have been witnesses or who claimed to have witnessed the development. those money owed are the root for the entire histories, traditions, myths, and legends of this well-known conflict. Many are conflicting, a few are hugely suspect as to authenticity, yet all are fascinating.

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Who Was Annie Oakley? by Stephanie Spinner

By Stephanie Spinner

Age diversity: eight - eleven Years

Overview

You wish woman energy? Meet Annie Oakley!

Born in 1860, she turned one of many best-loved and most renowned ladies of her iteration. She surprised audiences worldwide together with her sharpshooting, horse-riding, action-packed performances. In an age while most girls stayed domestic, she traveled the area and cast a brand new photograph for American women.

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Truman by David McCullough

By David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Harry S. Truman, whose presidency integrated momentous occasions from the atomic bombing of Japan to the outbreak of the chilly battle and the Korean warfare, informed by means of America's cherished and exceptional historian.

The lifetime of Harry S. Truman is among the maximum of yank tales, full of shiny characters—Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Wallace Truman, George Marshall, Joe McCarthy, and Dean Acheson—and dramatic occasions. during this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not just captures the man—a extra advanced, expert, and decided guy than ever earlier than imagined—but additionally the turbulent instances during which he rose, boldly, to satisfy remarkable demanding situations. The final president to function a dwelling hyperlink among the 19th and the 20 th centuries, Truman's tale spans the uncooked global of the Missouri frontier, international struggle I, the strong Pendergast computer of Kansas urban, the mythical Whistle-Stop crusade of 1948, and the choices to drop the atomic bomb, confront Stalin at Potsdam, ship troops to Korea, and fireplace basic MacArthur. Drawing on newly came across archival fabric and vast interviews with Truman's circle of relatives, associates, and Washington colleagues, McCullough tells the deeply relocating tale of the likely usual "man from Missouri" who used to be maybe the main brave president in our background.

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The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 1: Fort Sumter to by Shelby Foote

By Shelby Foote

Original yr of publication: 1958, 1986

This first quantity of Shelby Foote’s vintage narrative of the Civil warfare opens with Jefferson Davis’s farewell to the us Senate and ends at the bloody battlefields of Antietam and Perryville, because the complete, terrible scope of America’s nice warfare turns into transparent. Exhaustively researched and masterfully written, Foote’s epic account of the Civil warfare unfolds like a novel.

“A beautiful ebook jam-packed with colour, existence, personality and a brand new surroundings of the Civil conflict, and while a story of unflagging energy. Eloquent facts that an historian could be a author specially else.” —Burke Davis

“Anyone who desires to relive the Civil struggle . . . will wade through this quantity with excitement. . . . Years from now, Foote’s enormous narrative probably will stay learn and remembered as a vintage of its kind.” —New York bring in Tribune ebook Review

“To learn this nice narrative is to like the state. . . . Whitman, who eventually knew and enjoyed the bravery and frailty of the warriors, saw that the genuine Civil warfare may by no means be written and maybe shouldn't be. For me, Shelby Foote has written it. . . . This paintings was once performed to final forever.” —James M. Cox, Southern Review

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When Britain Burned the White House: The 1814 Invasion of by Peter Snow

By Peter Snow

In August 1814, the us military was once defeated simply outdoors Washington, D.C., via the world's maximum army energy. President James Madison and his spouse had simply enough time to escape the White condo earlier than the British invaders entered. British troops stopped to ceremonial dinner at the meal nonetheless sitting at the Madisons' dining-room desk prior to atmosphere the White condo on fireplace. the level of the destruction was once monstrous; complete in wooden instead of marble, every little thing contained in the mansion used to be flamable. in basic terms the outer stone partitions might stand up to the fire.

The tide of the warfare of 1812 may fast flip, even if. below a month later, American troops might stand successful on the conflict of castle McHenry. Poet Francis Scott Key, struck via the sight of the yank flag waving over citadel McHenry, jotted down the beginnings of a poem that will be set to song and turn into the U.S. nationwide anthem, "The celebrity Spangled Banner."

In his compelling narrative sort, Peter Snow recounts the fast-changing fortunes of that summer's impressive confrontations. Drawing from a wealth of fabric, together with eyewitness debts, Snow describes the colourful personalities on each side of these astounding occasions: together with the beleaguered President James Madison and primary woman Dolley, American heroes corresponding to Joshua Barney and Sam Smith, and incorrect army leaders like military leader William Winder and battle Secretary John Armstrong. at the British aspect, Snow re-creates the fiery Admiral George Cockburn, the wary yet immensely well known significant common Robert Ross, and sharp-eyed diarists James Scott and George Gleig.

When Britain Burned the White House highlights this unprecedented second in British and American background, the brave, winning safeguard of fortress McHenry and the yank triumph that may stick with, and America's and Britain's determination to by no means back struggle one another.

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Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing by Christopher Tomlins

By Christopher Tomlins

Freedom sure is ready the origins of recent the USA – a background of colonizing, paintings and civic id from the beginnings of English presence at the mainland until eventually the Civil conflict. it's a historical past of migrants and migrations, of colonizers and colonized, of families and servitude and slavery, and of the liberty all craved and a few discovered. certainly it's a historical past of the legislation that framed the full strategy. Freedom sure tells how colonies have been planted in occupied territories, how they have been populated with migrants – loose and unfree – to do the paintings of colonizing and the way the newbies secured ownership. It tells of the hot civic lives that appeared attainable in new commonwealths and of the restrictions that stored many from having fun with them. It follows the tale long gone the top of the eighteenth century until eventually the yankee Civil battle, while – only for a second – it appeared that freedom may well eventually be unbound.

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The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, by Alan Taylor

By Alan Taylor

During this deeply researched and obviously written publication, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting tale of a warfare that redefined North the United States. throughout the early 19th century, Britons and american citizens renewed their fight over the legacy of the yank Revolution. squaddies, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a northern borderland to figure out the destiny of a continent. could innovative republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or may the British empire include, divide, and smash the shaky American republic?

In a global of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous obstacles, the leaders of the republic and of the empire struggled to regulate their very own varied peoples. The border divided Americans—former Loyalists and Patriots—who fought on each side within the new struggle, as did local peoples protecting their homelands. Serving in either armies, Irish immigrants battled each other, reaping fees of uprising and treason. And dissident americans flirted with secession whereas assisting the British as smugglers and spies.

During the struggle, either side struggled to maintain armies in a northern land of tremendous forests, sizeable lakes, and stark seasonal swings within the climate. In that atmosphere, many squaddies panicked as they fought their very own bright imaginations, which forged Indians as bloodthirsty savages. After combating one another to a standstill, the americans and the British concluded that they can competently percentage the continent alongside a border that preferred the USA on the fee of Canadians and Indians. each side then celebrated victory by way of forgetting their losses and via betraying the local peoples.

A bright narrative of a frequently brutal (and occasionally comedian) conflict that unearths a lot concerning the tangled origins of the U.S. and Canada.

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The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to by Evan Thomas

By Evan Thomas

On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. The sinking of the Maine was once simply the provocation Assistant Secretary of the army Theodore Roosevelt was once trying to find. together with his good friend Senator Henry Cabot hotel and his rival, newspaper writer William Randolph Hearst, Roosevelt started stirring the public's hope for battle opposed to Spain. Roosevelt used to be quickly charging up San Juan Hill in Cuba along with his tough Riders in a tragi-comic crusade that marked America's emergence as an empire in another country. throughout the standpoint of 5 larger-than-life characters—war fanatics Roosevelt, resort, Hearst, and favorite doves, condo Speaker Thomas Reed and thinker William James—Evan Thomas portrays a pivotal bankruptcy in American history.

An exciting exam of the pull that warfare has on males, THE warfare enthusiasts is relocating saga of braveness, ambition, and damaged friendships with a provocative relevance to at the present time.

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis

By Jeanne Theoharis

The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six a long time of activism, difficult perceptions of her as an unintentional actor within the civil rights movement.

Presenting a corrective to the preferred inspiration of Rosa Parks because the quiet seamstress who, with a unmarried act, birthed the fashionable civil rights circulation, Theoharis offers a revealing window into Parks’s politics and years of activism. She exhibits readers how this civil rights flow radical sought—for greater than a part a century—to disclose and eliminate the yankee racial-caste approach in jobs, colleges, public prone, and felony justice.

“How Theoharis discovered the real nature of this girl is a narrative in itself. Parks continuously stood within the heritage, by no means volunteered information regarding herself and eschewed status. there have been no letters to refer to; even her autobiography uncovered little of the woman’s character. She concealed her mild lower than a bushel, and it has taken an astute writer to discover the true Parks. even if her refusal to renounce her bus seat sparked a revolution, Rosa Parks was once no unintentional heroine. She was once born to it, and Theoharis ably exhibits us how and why.”
—Kirkus reports, Starred Review

“Historian Theoharis bargains a fancy portrait of a forceful, decided girl who had lengthy been energetic prior to the boycott she encouraged and who had a fair longer occupation in civil rights afterward.”
—Booklist

"Theoharis submits a lavishly well-documented learn of Parks’s lifestyles and profession as an activist.”
—Publishers Weekly

"Verdict: This meticulously researched ebook is for everybody; complex heart college and beyond.”
—Library magazine

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