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A Jewish State
Theodor Herzl proposes a solution to the 'Jewish Question' and to anti-Semitism: a separate and independent ...
My Father's Girl
Jane Addams, whose Hull-House became a symbol of progressive reform, here remembers her father who helped ...
Paris Goes to War
As the World War engulfs Europe in August 1914, Edith Wharton reports from Paris on the ...
Lord Charnwood recounts the development and importance of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, a signal event in American ...
Darwin Changes His Mind
Here is Darwin’s account of his visit to the Galapagos Islands with its myriad species, which ...
A Grand Way to Chronicle a War
A fascinating glimpse of World War II journalism behind the front lines at Paris’s Hotel Scribe, ...
The Genius and the Jerk
Walter Vatter explores the early years of Steve Jobs--was he a genius, or simply an expert ...
In Search of the Next Kick
An insightful mini-biography of the icon of the “beat” generation ...
Now and Then Reader publishes substantial articles and essays on American history. Featuring original titles, excerpts from forthcoming and reissued books, and reprints of work deserving of being read again, Now and Then American history titles range in length from 5,000 to 25,000 words or approximately 15 to 60 book pages. The American history books listed below are available exclusively as digital downloads for the Kindle, Nook, iPad and other popular mobile devices.
As William O’Neill makes us realize, the 1960s was a time like no other America has ever known. In this appraisal of its “new” culture, he conveys all that was inspired, phony, large-spirited, dreary, mad, magnificent, screwed-up, delightful, and confused about the period.
The contested election of 2000 that brought George W. Bush to the White House was filled with a strange sort of drama. But, as historian Kenneth O’Reilly shows in this fresh recounting, it was even stranger than we know.
The Story of a Sexual ObsessionUnited States History, American History, U.S. History
Largely under the radar during Kennedy’s White House years was the president’s womanizing. O’Brien details Kennedy’s near-pathological approach to women and sex, then beyond the farthest reaches of the media’s imagination. Here is an astonishing piece of presidential history.
The FBI, the NSA, and the Struggle Between National Security and Civil Liberties in the Wake of 9/11United States History, American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government
Athan Theoharis considers the record of the past to assess today’s broadened powers for the FBI and the NSA after 9/11. He concludes that Americans may feel marginally safer, but at a dangerous cost to their freedoms and to the tenor of our political dialogue.
Hank Greenberg Confronts Anti-Semitism in Baseball
by Ray RobinsonUnited States History, U.S. History, Sports History
When Hank Greenberg challenged Babe Ruth’s home run record he became a hero to American Jews. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Ray Robinson remembers the man, the player, and the prejudice he overcame.
A Dean's Sobering PerspectiveUnited States History, Education
A former dean looks at American higher education and finds the value of a college education now highly problematic. With an insider's knowledge, he describes the hidden costs behind exploding tuition costs that are creating a two-tiered society.
How Medical Activism Has Inflated the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer and DepressionUnited States History, U.S. History, Medical History
How the quest for early detection of prostate cancer and depression has led to mass screenings, which in turn have revealed an incidence of disease that is beyond common sense and cautious medical practice. The entire process has led to patients who have been not helped but damaged.