Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express

By Christopher Corbett

“WANTED. younger, thin, WIRY FELLOWS. now not OVER 18. has to be specialist RIDERS. prepared TO chance loss of life day-by-day. ORPHANS PREFERRED.”
—California newspaper help-wanted advert, 1860

The Pony convey is among the so much celebrated and enduring chapters within the heritage of the USA, a narrative of the all-American qualities of bravery, bravado, and entrepreneurial probability which are a part of the very textile of the outdated West. No snapshot of the yankee West within the mid-1800s is extra frequent, extra liked, and extra robust than that of the lone rider galloping the mail throughout adversarial Indian territory. No snapshot is extra respected. And none is much less understood. Orphans Preferred is either a revisionist heritage of this superb and ill-fated experience and an wonderful examine the usually larger-than-life people who created and perpetuated the parable of “the Pony,” because it is understood alongside the horse exhibit path that runs from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. the horse show is a narrative that exists within the annals of Americana the place truth and myth collide, a narrative as heroic because the trip of Lewis and Clark, as complicated and revealing because the legacy of Custer’s final Stand, and as muddled and freighted with yarns as Paul Revere’s nighttime experience. Orphans Preferred is a clean and exuberant reexamination of this nice American story.

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FDR

By Jean Edward Smith

One in all today’s greatest biographers has written a latest, entire, certainly final booklet at the epic lifetime of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. during this superlative quantity, Jean Edward Smith combines modern scholarship and a vast variety of basic resource fabric to supply an engrossing narrative of 1 of America’s maximum presidents.

This is a portrait painted in large strokes and bits and bobs. We see how Roosevelt’s stressed power, fierce mind, own magnetism, and talent to venture easy grace authorised him to grasp numerous demanding situations all through his lifestyles. Smith recounts FDR’s battles with polio and actual incapacity, and the way those stories helped forge the get to the bottom of that FDR used to surmount the industrial turmoil of the nice melancholy and the wartime probability of totalitarianism. the following is also FDR’s deepest existence depicted with unparalleled candor and nuance, with shut consciousness paid to the 4 girls who molded his character and helped to notify his worldview: His mom, Sara Delano Roosevelt, ambitious but ever supportive and soft; his spouse, Eleanor, whose information and affection have been instrumental to FDR’s public and person achievements; Lucy Mercer, the good romantic love of FDR’s lifestyles; and Missy LeHand, FDR’s longtime secretary, spouse, and confidante, whose adoration of her boss used to be virtually unlimited.

Smith additionally tackles head-on and in-depth the varied mess ups and miscues of Roosevelt’s public profession, together with his disastrous try to reconstruct the Judiciary; the shameful internment of Japanese-Americans; and Roosevelt’s sometimes self-defeating government overreach. also, Smith bargains a delicate and balanced review of Roosevelt’s reaction to the Holocaust, noting its breakthroughs and shortcomings.

Summing up Roosevelt’s legacy, Jean Smith publicizes that FDR, greater than the other person, replaced the connection among the yank humans and their executive. It used to be Roosevelt who revolutionized the artwork of campaigning and used the burgeoning mass media to garner public help and allay fears. yet extra very important, Smith supplies us the clearest photo but of ways this vital Knickerbocker aristocrat, a guy who by no means needed to rely on a paycheck, grew to become the typical man’s president. the result's a robust account that provides clean views and attracts profound conclusions a few guy whose tale is celebrated yet some distance much less good understood. Written for the final reader and students alike, FDR is a beautiful biography in each means invaluable of its subject.

From the Hardcover edition.

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San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture

By Philip P. Choy

**A Los Angeles instances summer interpreting pick**

"A attractive new guidebook. . . historical past buffs could be surprised by means of the wealth of lore, legend and radiant fact."—San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chinatown is the 1st "insider's consultant" to 1 of America's such a lot celebrated ethnic enclaves through an writer born and raised there. either a historical past of America's oldest chinese language neighborhood and a consultant to its major websites and structure, San Francisco Chinatown strains the improvement of the local from the city's earliest days to its post-quake transformation into an "oriental" vacationer allure as a realistic technique of survival. Written through architect and chinese language American stories pioneer Philip P. Choy, and that includes images and strolling excursions, the publication info the triumphs and tragedies of the chinese language American adventure within the United States.

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THIS HALLOWED GROUND The Story of the Union Side of the Civil War

First released in 1955, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Bruce Catton's vintage account of the Civil battle concurrently captures the dramatic scope and intimate event of that epic fight in a single remarkable quantity. masking occasions from the prelude of the clash to the dying of Lincoln, Catton blends a gripping narrative with deep, but unassuming, scholarship to convey the conflict alive at the web page in a nearly novelistic means. it's this present for narrative that led modern critics to match this booklet to battle and Peace, and make contact with it a "modern Iliad." Now over fifty years previous, This Hallowed flooring continues to be one of many best-loved and fashionable common Civil battle books: an ideal creation to readers starting their exploration of the clash, in addition to an exhilarating research and reimagining of its occasions for knowledgeable scholars of the warfare.

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Redondo Beach Pier (Images of America Series)

By Jennifer Krintz

Piers have regularly drawn humans to the mysterious ask yourself of the sea. the power to possible stroll on water with the development of a pier has created for people a feeling of transitority mastery of the majestic and cruel sea. The Southern California coastline has regularly attracted travelers from close to and much to adventure the normal great thing about the beach. Capitalizing at the traditional and man-made attraction of the sea and the excitement pier, Henry Huntington created in Redondo seashore a fantasyland of ask yourself and pleasure for beachgoers within the early twentieth century. As one of many significant competitors to the excitement piers of Santa Monica, Ocean Park, and Venice to the north, the unending Pier and later the adjoining Monstad Pier in Redondo seashore drew in hundreds of thousands of visitors an afternoon. Pleasure-seekers can nonetheless fish, take pleasure in dinner and tune, store, or just take a night walk over the water on present day Municipal Pier--remnants from the heyday of Redondo Beach's excitement pier of the early twentieth century.

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Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: a cultural history)

By David Hackett Fischer

This attention-grabbing publication is the 1st quantity in a projected cultural background of the USA, from the earliest English settlements to our personal time. it's a heritage of yank folkways as they've got replaced via time, and it argues a thesis in regards to the significance for the us of getting been British in its cultural origins.

While most folk within the usa this present day haven't any British ancestors, they've got assimilated neighborhood cultures that have been created through British colonists, even whereas keeping ethnic identities while. during this experience, approximately all american citizens are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity might be. The concluding part of this awesome ebook explores the ways in which local cultures have persisted to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless aid to form attitudes towards schooling, govt, gender, and violence, on which ameliorations among American areas are more than among ecu nations.

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Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

By Stephen E. Ambrose

Nothing love it within the World provides the account of an unparalleled feat of engineering, imaginative and prescient, and braveness. it's the tale of the lads who outfitted the transcontinental railroad—the traders who risked their companies and funds; the enlightened politicians who understood its significance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and occasionally misplaced, their lives; and the Irish and chinese language immigrants, the defeated accomplice infantrymen, and the opposite workers who did the backbreaking and unsafe paintings at the tracks.

The U.S. executive pitted companies—the Union Pacific and the relevant Pacific Railroads—against one another in a race for investment, encouraging pace over warning. Locomotives, rails, and spikes have been shipped from the East via Panama or round South the USA to the West or lugged around the kingdom to the Plains. In Ambrose's palms, this company, with its large expenditure of brainpower, muscle, and sweat, comes vibrantly to lifestyles.

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Monroeville: The Search for Harper Lee's Maycomb (Images of America: Alabama)

For 39 years, humans from around the globe and all walks of existence have come to the small city of Monroeville, Alabama, looking for a spot referred to as Maycomb. they arrive looking for a narrative that experience moved thousands of individuals with its enduring message, and looking for the realm of the storyteller. Monroeville: the quest for Harper Lee's Maycomb explores the connection among Harper Lee's place of origin and the atmosphere of her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Born in accordance with the curiosities of holiday makers to the Monroe County background Museums, this booklet explores the parallels among the tow worlds via classic photographs and informative captions. incorporated are photos of the Lee relatives and the writer in her early years; the attractions of Monroeville that unquestionably encouraged the surroundings of Maycomb; the solid of the Oscar-winning movie variation that premiered in 1963; and the Mockingbird avid gamers, a bunch of Monroeville citizens who, every year in may possibly, current an real creation of the two-act play tailored by way of Christopher Sergel. one of the viewers to Monroeville are lecturers and attorneys creating a pilgrimage to Atticus' court docket, students looking for unanswered questions, and lovers of the unconventional attempting to seize a glimpse of Scout's global. The Monroe County background Museums, less than the path of Kathy McCoy, made this attainable in 1991 with the hole of the previous Courthouse Museum in town sq.. viewers now go away Monroeville feeling as though they walked the streets of Maycomb on a sizzling summer season day, enchanted by way of the imagined presence of Sout, Jem, and Dill exploring their local in an period of tumultuous swap.

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Presidential Ambition: Gaining Power At Any Cost

By Richard Shenkman

In this well timed, illuminating, and infrequently stunning e-book, Richard Shenkman unearths that it's not simply fresh presidents yet all presidents who've been ambitious--and from time to time frighteningly so, keen to sacrifice their well-being, kin, loyalty, and values. Presidential Ambition is a publication that may completely adjust the way in which we expect approximately earlier, current, and destiny American presidents.

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The Civil War: The Final Year Told By Those Who Lived It (Library of America, Volume 250)

Additional contributors: John H. Stringfellow, Henry Highland Garnet, Emma LeConte, Luther Rice turbines, Frederick Douglass, Charles Sumner, Frances Johnson, Clarissa Burdett, Sallie Brock, William Gordon McCabe, Thomas Morris Chester, Elizabeth Keckly, Sarah Morgan, Jefferson Davis, Stephen Minot Weld, Gordon Granger

This ultimate installment of the hugely acclaimed four-volume sequence strains occasions from March 1864 to June 1865. It presents an incomparable portrait of a kingdom at battle with itself, whereas illuminating the army and political occasions that introduced the Union to ultimate victory, and slavery and secession to their final destruction. listed below are greater than one hundred fifty letters, diary entries, memoir excerpts, speeches, articles, messages, and poems via over 100 members and observers, either recognized and unsung, together with Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. supply, William T. Sherman, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Harriet Jacobs, Henry Adams, Elizabeth Keckly, and George Templeton robust, in addition to Union and accomplice infantrymen; girls diarists from North and South; and freed slaves. the decisions contain brilliant and haunting firsthand bills of mythical battles and campaigns— the desert, Spotsylvania, chilly Harbor, the Atlanta crusade, the Crater, Franklin, Sherman’s march via Georgia and the Carolinas—as good as of the determined stipulations inside of Andersonville legal; the sinking of the accomplice raider Alabama; the passage of the 13th modification; and the struggles of either black and white civilians to outlive the tough and violent downfall of the Confederacy.

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