The King and Queen of Malibu: The True Story of the Battle for Paradise

By David K. Randall

New York Times best-selling writer David ok. Randall spins a extraordinary story of the yank West and the will of 1 couple to maintain paradise.

Frederick and will Rindge, the not likely couple whose love tale propelled Malibu’s transformation from an untamed ranch in the course of nowhere to a paradise seeded with motion picture stars, are on the center of this tale of yank grit and determinism. He was once a Harvard-trained confidant of presidents; she used to be a bad Midwestern farmer’s daughter raised to be suspicious of the seasons. but the bond among them could form history.

The newly married couple reached l. a. in 1887 whilst it used to be nonetheless a frontier, and inside of many years Frederick, the one inheritor to a major Boston fortune, grew to become one of many wealthiest males within the kingdom. After his unexpected loss of life in 1905, may well spent the following thirty years scuffling with off essentially the most strong males within the country―as good as fissures inside of her personal family―to protect Malibu as her inner most state. Her fight, one of many longest over land in California background, may culminate in a landmark perfect courtroom determination and result in the construction of the Pacific Coast Highway.

The King and Queen of Malibu lines the trail of 1 relations because the nation round them swept off the final vestiges of the Civil conflict and moved into what we'd realize because the smooth age. the tale of Malibu levels from the halls of Harvard to the previous West in New Mexico to the beginnings of San Francisco’s counter tradition amid the Gilded Age, and culminates within the glamour of early Hollywood―all in the course of the short sliver of background within which the arrival of railroads and the auto traversed a beckoning American frontier and whatever appeared possible.

eight pages of illustrations; map

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The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil

By James Davison Hunter

The dying of personality is a wide historic, sociological, and cultural inquiry into the ethical lifestyles and ethical schooling of younger americans established upon an incredible empirical examine of the kids themselves. The kid's recommendations and concerns-expressed the following of their personal words-shed an entire new mild on what we will anticipate from ethical schooling. concentrating on new theories of schooling and the prominence of psychology over ethical guide, Hunter analyzes the making of a brand new cultural narcissism.

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Early Anaheim (CA) (Images of America)

By Stephen J. Faessel

As one of many biggest towns in a single of the nation's so much populous counties, Anaheim anchors a number of Orange County points of interest, now not the least of that are Disneyland, the 2002 international Champion Anaheim Angels, and the Anaheim conference middle. yet Anaheim's early historical past the hardscrabble path, with fitful years of early cityhood recommended partially by way of hardy immigrant German vintners who, with a civic-mindedness, complex the institution of the church buildings, faculties, banks, civic providers, and a Carnegie Library that made Anaheim thrive. This choice of greater than 2 hundred classic photographs finds the foresight of such males as John Frohling, Charles Kohler, George Hansen, John Fischer, August Langenberger, and others who formed the beginnings of 1 of California's nice towns.

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Who Was Abraham Lincoln?

Born to a kin of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age—literally! (He used to be six toes 4 inches tall.) As 16th President of the USA, he guided the country during the Civil warfare and observed the abolition of slavery. yet Lincoln used to be tragically shot one evening at Ford’s Theater—the first President to be assassinated. Over a hundred black-and-white illustrations and maps are integrated.

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The Everything Theodore Roosevelt Book: The extraordinary life of an American icon

By Arthur G. Sharp

You most likely comprehend bits and items approximately Theodore Roosevelt: He used to be the President of the U.S., led the cost up San Juan Hill, had whatever to do with the "Bull Moose" celebration, and is represented on Mt. Rushmore. that is a begin. yet his accomplishments went some distance past that.

This booklet expands that record and highlights his most important contributions to historical past, including:

  • His position within the construction of the Panama Canal
  • How he ended the Russo-Japanese War
  • His "trust busting," which introduced companies less than the regulate of the people
  • The effect of his conservation efforts
  • How he outfitted up the military and verified the U.S. as an international power

A clean substitute to the stuffy, overly educational books out there, this booklet is the definitive consultant that you can examine extra approximately the most winning U.S. presidents, students, and statesmen in global history.

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We could not fail

Pre-order your signed replica today.The house Age all started simply because the fight for civil rights pressured american citizens to confront the lengthy and sour legacy of slavery, discrimination, and violence opposed to African american citizens. Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson applied the gap software as an agent for social switch, utilizing federal equivalent employment chance legislation to open places of work at NASA and NASA contractors to African american citizens whereas developing millions of study and know-how jobs within the Deep South to ameliorate poverty. We couldn't Fail tells the inspiring, mostly unknown tale of the way taking pictures for the celebs helped to beat segregation on earth.

Richard Paul and Steven Moss profile ten pioneer African American area employees whose tales illustrate the position NASA and the gap application performed in selling civil rights. They recount how those technicians, mathematicians, engineers, and an astronaut candidate surmounted boundaries to maneuver, on occasion actually, from the cotton fields to the launching pad. The authors vividly describe what it used to be wish to be the only African American in a NASA paintings team and the way those courageous and made up our minds males additionally helped to rework Southern society through integrating faculties, patenting new innovations, preserving optional place of work, and reviving and governing defunct cities. including new names to the roster of civil rights heroes and a brand new bankruptcy to the tale of area exploration, We couldn't Fail demonstrates how African americans broke the colour barrier through competing effectively on the optimum point of yank highbrow and technological achievement.

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Mark Twain: Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final Years

By Michael Shelden

Someday in past due 1906, seventy-one-year-old Mark Twain attended a gathering on copyright legislation on the Library of Congress. the coming of the well-known writer prompted the standard stir—but then Twain took off his overcoat to bare a "snow-white" adapted go well with and scandalized the room. His surprising outfit appalled and extremely joyful his contemporaries, yet way over that, as Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Shelden exhibits during this fantastic new biography, Twain had brilliantly staged this act of showmanship to cement his snapshot, and his own legend, within the public's mind's eye. That afternoon in Washington, under 4 years ahead of his demise, marked the start of a colourful, tumultuous interval in Twain's lifestyles that will form a lot of the now-famous picture in which he has become known—America's indomitable icon, the guy in White.

Although Mark Twain has lengthy been one among our so much liked literary figures—Time journal has declared him "our unique superstar"—his ultimate years were principally misunderstood. regardless of kin tragedies, Twain's last half- decade was once one of the so much dynamic classes within the author's existence. With the spirit and power of a guy fifty years more youthful, he persevered to fire up difficulty, perfecting his ability for dwelling huge. Writing perpetually and regularly prepared with certainly one of his mythical quips, Twain could probability his fortune, develop into the keen sufferer of a lost-at-sea hoax, and decide fights with King Leopold of Belgium and Mary Baker Eddy.

Drawing on a couple of unpublished resources, together with Twain's personal journals, letters, and a revealing four-hundred-page own account saved less than wraps for many years (and nonetheless but to be published), Mark Twain: guy in White brings the mythical author's twilight years vividly to existence, supplying dazzling insights, together with an intimate, soft examine his relatives lifestyles. packed with quality scholarship, infrequent and never-published Twain photographs, pleasant anecdotes, and noteworthy rates, together with various recovered Twainisms, this definitive biography of Twain's final years provides a impressive portrait of the guy himself and of the unforgettable period in American letters that, in lots of methods, he helped to create.

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Some of It Was Fun: Working with RFK and LBJ

By Nicholas deB Katzenbach

A energetic, intimate memoir that vividly recollects the idealism of the Kennedy administration.

As deputy lawyer common less than Bobby Kennedy after which lawyer normal and below secretary of nation for Lyndon Johnson, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach deals a different standpoint at the civil rights circulate, Vietnam, and different problems with the day. during this enticing memoir, by means of turns intensely dramatic and charmingly matter-of-fact, we're taken care of to a ringside seat for Katzenbach's war of words with segregationist governor George C. Wallace over the combination of the collage of Alabama, his efforts to guide the Civil Rights Act of 1964 via Congress, after which his transition to the kingdom division, the place he served on the middle of the typhoon over Vietnam. within the political weather of this election season, Some of It used to be Fun presents a fresh reminder of the hopes and struggles of an previous period, talking either to readers who got here of age within the Nineteen Sixties and to a iteration of youth trying to that interval for political idea. sixteen pages of photos

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The Irony of American History

By Reinhold Niebuhr

“[Niebuhr] is one in every of my favourite philosophers. I remove [from his works] the compelling concept that there’s critical evil on this planet, and hassle and discomfort. And we should always be humble and modest in our trust we will be able to put off these issues. yet we shouldn’t use that as an excuse for cynicism and inactivity. I remove . . . the experience we need to make those efforts figuring out they're hard.”—President Barack Obama
Forged in the course of the tumultuous yet positive postwar years while the United States got here of age as an international energy, The Irony of yankee History is extra appropriate now than ever sooner than. pointed out by means of politicians as different as Hillary Clinton and John McCain, Niebuhr’s masterpiece at the incongruity among own beliefs and political fact is either an indictment of yank ethical complacency and a caution opposed to the confidence of advantage. Impassioned, eloquent, and deeply perceptive, Niebuhr’s knowledge will reason readers to reconsider their assumptions approximately correct and unsuitable, warfare and peace.
 “The splendid American theologian of the 20th century.”—Arthur Schlesinger Jr., New York Times
“Niebuhr is necessary for the left this day accurately simply because he warned approximately America’s tendency—including the left’s tendency—to do undesirable issues within the identify of idealism. His concept deals a far better knowing of the place the Bush management went flawed in Iraq.”—Kevin Mattson, The strong Society
Irony presents the grasp key to knowing the myths and delusions that underpin American statecraft. . . . crucial ebook ever written on US overseas policy.”—Andrew J. Bacevich, from the Introduction

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We the People: Volume 2: Transformations

Constitutional switch, possible so orderly, formal, and sophisticated, has in reality been a progressive procedure from the 1st, as Bruce Ackerman makes transparent in We the folk: Transformations. The Founding Fathers, not often the genteel conservatives of fantasy, set the US on a striking process innovative disruption and constitutional creativity that endures to today. After the bloody sacrifices of the Civil battle, Abraham Lincoln and the Republican social gathering revolutionized the conventional approach of constitutional modification as they positioned rules of liberty and equality into larger legislations. one other wrenching transformation happened through the nice melancholy, whilst Franklin Roosevelt and his New buyers vindicated a brand new imaginative and prescient of activist executive opposed to an attack by means of the ideally suited Court.

These are the an important episodes in American constitutional background that Ackerman takes up during this moment quantity of a trilogy hailed as "one of crucial contributions to American constitutional concept within the final half-century" (Cass Sunstein, New Republic). In each one case he indicates how the yankee people--whether led by way of the Founding Federalists or the Lincoln Republicans or the Roosevelt Democrats--have faced the structure in its moments of significant drawback with dramatic acts of upheaval, constantly within the identify of well known sovereignty. A completely new approach of knowing constitutional improvement, We the folks: Transformations finds how America's "dualist democracy" offers for those populist upheavals that amend the structure, frequently with no formalities.

The ebook additionally units modern occasions, corresponding to the Reagan Revolution and Roe v. Wade, in deeper constitutional viewpoint. during this context Ackerman exposes easy constitutional difficulties inherited from the hot Deal Revolution and exacerbated via the Reagan Revolution, then considers the elemental reforms that may unravel them. A daring problem to formalist and fundamentalist perspectives, this quantity demonstrates that ongoing fight over America's nationwide id, instead of consensus, marks its constitutional history.

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