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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 ...
Is a College Education Still Worth the Price?
A former dean looks at American higher education and finds ...
U.S. History Titles
Browse our U.S. History titles listed below.
The Twisted Path to a Nuclear WeaponUnited States History, Political Science, European History, Military History, American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government
Jeremy Bernstein traces the circuitous route by which Iran secured the expertise to develop a nuclear capability. Since Iran’s program appears to be aimed at weapons production, he concludes, the time of decision for action is fast approaching.
Harry Truman Tells How He'd Had Enough of MacArthur
by Merle MillerUnited States History, Military History, American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government
No episode in the Truman years caused a greater uproar than his firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War. MacArthur wanted to expand the war; Truman sought a limited conflict. The always candid former president explains what happened.
How Baseball Escaped Its Violent Past
by Peter MorrisU.S. History, Sports History, Essays, Sports
Baseball was not always a game of quiet courage played by gentlemen, as Peter Morris shows in this fascinating historical profile of the rise and fall of violence as a part of our national pastime.
Selections from The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinUnited States History, American History, U.S. History
In his famous Autobiography, Franklin displays the iconic American virtues of thrift, ambition, hard work, self-improvement, and common sense. In these selections he reflects upon his rise and the self-taught lessons that brought his success.
The oral history of Siskel and EbertUnited States History, American History, U.S. History, Television History
Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, competing Chicago film critics, started out as enemies in print. When someone put them together on TV to critique coming attractions, they became legendary—and friends, but no less acerbic. Witty and engaging, in the end they stood tallest when they stood together.
Radio and the Movies in the Daily Life of Americans, 1920-1940United States History, American History, U.S. History
Early-20th-century electrification affected the daily lives of millions of ordinary Americans. Electric lights lengthened days and reshaped nights. As its use expanded, electricity prepared the way for radio and the movies, new marvels of the age.
The Failure of the Jewish Rescuers at the Onset of the Holocaust
by Raul HilbergUnited States History, European History, American History, U.S. History
Despite information about the plight of the European Jews, the major Jewish organizations in Europe and the U.S. either failed to act or failed to persuade governments to act. Even when the “final solution” became apparent, some leading Jewish figures remained unconvinced of the catastrophe.
An Outmoded Concept Is Sapping America's Strength
by John PradosUnited States History, Political Science, Military History, American History, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Essays
The distinguished historian John Prados calls for a total rethinking of our expansive concept of national security. If we fail to make hard decisions about existential threats, he concludes, we will find ourselves in a death spiral as a nation.