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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 ...
The Story of a Photograph
The story behind Walker Evans’s iconic photograph of Ellie Mae ...
U.S. History Titles
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by Ulysses S. Grant
Introduction by David HardinUnited States History, Military History, American History, U.S. History
Ulysses S. Grant takes the reader onto the battlefield and behind the lines in his account of the final actions of the Civil War.
by William L. O'NeillUnited States History, American History, U.S. History
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 Story of a Sexual Obsession
by Michael O'BrienUnited 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 9/11
by Athan G. TheoharisUnited 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.
How Medical Activism Has Inflated the Diagnosis of Prostate Cancer and Depression
by Stewart JustmanUnited 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.
The Significance of the Frontier in American History
by Frederick Jackson TurnerUnited States History, American History, U.S. History
Turner here lays out his “frontier thesis,” which remains one of the key interpretations of American history. He argued that the circumstances of life on the western frontier were a determining influence on American character and institutions.
by Richard J. TofelUnited States History, European History, Military History, American History, U.S. History, Essays
An insider’s assessment of the precipitous decline of large city papers in the United States, and the newspapers’ response to their problems, by an experienced newspaper executive.