Firing the General

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John Prados

John Prados is a senior fellow of the National Security Archive at George Washington University. He is the author of more than twenty books in the field, including Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA; Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945–1975; Combined Fleet Decoded: The Secret History of U.S. Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II; and Keepers of the Keys: A History of the National Security Council from Truman to Bush. He lives ...

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Read Rethinking National Security by John Prados

Read A Streetcar Named Pleiku by John Prados

Jacob A. Riis

Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914), himself an immigrant, came to the United States from Denmark at age twenty-one. Arriving in New York, he worked on farms and at odd jobs before taking a job as a journalist, first as a trainee with the New York News Association and eventually as a police reporter with the New York Tribune, working the most crime-ridden and impoverished slums of the city. His reporting, enhanced by his own pioneering photographs, made a difference in the ...

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Read 'Jewtown' in the New Land by Jacob A. Riis

William L. Riordon

William L. Riordon was a reporter for the New York Evening Post. He recorded these conversations with George Washington Plunkitt over a half-dozen years at the turn of the 20th century. 

Read Plunkitt of Tammany Hall by William L. Riordon

Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson, a former magazine editor, is the author of the widely acclaimed biography Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time as well as other biographies of Knute Rockne, Christy Mathewson, Will Rogers, and Stan Musial.  His writings appear frequently in the New York Times.  At age ninety-one he lives in New York City with his wife of sixty-two years, Phyllis.

Read High and Tight by Ray Robinson

Read Peanuts, Popcorn & American Presidents by Ray Robinson

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt began his political career as a New York State Assemblyman. He grew prominent in reform politics nationally, and when the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898 he left his job as secretary of the navy to fight in Cuba. He was vice president when McKinley’s assassination elevated him, at age forty-two, to be the twenty-sixth and youngest president of the United States.

Read Hunting the Grizzly by Theodore Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States, served from 1933 to 1945.

Read Inaugural Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Jean-Paul Sartre

Jean-Paul Sartre--French existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic--was a leading figure in 20th century French philosophy, particularly Marxism, and one of the key figures in literary and philosophical existentialism. His work continues to influence fields such as Marxist philosophy, sociology, critical theory, and literary studies

Read Paris Under the Occupation by Jean-Paul Sartre, Translated from the French with an introduction Lisa Lieberman

June Skinner Sawyers

June Skinner Sawyers has written and lectured extensively on Bruce Springsteen. She is the editor of Racing in the Street: The Bruce Springsteen Reader (Penguin) and author of Tougher Than the Rest: 100 Best Bruce Springsteen Songs (Omnibus Press). She has an essay in Reading the Boss: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen (Lexington Books) and appears on the DVD Bruce Springsteen Under Review 1978–1982. She is a member of the advisory board of BOSS: The Biannual Online-Journal ...

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Read Workingman by June Skinner Sawyers