Author:Richard Shenkman,Kurt Reiger
Respect yourself in the morning -- read One-Night Stands with American History! This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have uncovered numerous stories about hoaxes, inventions, secrets, and rare incidents -- many involving the most famous and powerful people in America. President U. S. Grant was arrested for speeding in his horse carriage. J. Edgar Hoover refused to allow people to walk on his shadow. France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes because women were in short supply in 1721. H. L. Hunt won his first oil well in a game of five-card stud. Even historians find that One-Night Stands with American History features fascinating stories they never knew. Now updated with facts and anecdotes from the last twenty years, this volume is a treasure trove of remarkable stories that will startle, entertain, and inform you. And the best part is that they're all true!
Publisher:Taylor Trade Publishing
History classes reduce America's story into a dry litany of dates, names, and places. That's Not in My American History Book tackles the messy details, reclaims disregarded heroes, and sets the record straight. This book explains why July 4th isn't really Independence Day, reveals 19th century mudslinging that labels Andrew Jackson a "murderer," and even unveils the only vice president with a number-one pop hit. With insight, wit, and irreverence, Ayres uncovers our overlooked past.
From prehistoric Scotland to the Brexit referendum, this little book covers all of the main events in Scottish history.
Author:The Princeton Review
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HELP SCORE A PERFECT 800. Equip yourself to ace the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History with The Princeton Review's comprehensive study guide—including 3 full-length practice tests, detailed reviews of key U.S. history concepts, and targeted strategies for every question type. SAT U.S. History is a tough exam to prepare for—after all, there's a lot of history to remember! Written by the experts at The Princeton Review, Cracking the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History arms you to take on the exam and achieve your highest possible score. Techniques That Actually Work. • Tried-and-true strategies to help you avoid traps and beat the test • Tips for pacing yourself and guessing logically • Essential tactics to help you work smarter, not harder Everything You Need to Know for a High Score. • Expert subject reviews for every test topic • Up-to-date information on the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History • Score conversion tables for accurate self-assessment Practice Your Way to Perfection. • 3 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations • Practice drills at the end of each content review chapter • Pop quiz questions throughout the review sections This eBook edition has been optimized for on-screen learning with cross-linked questions, answers, and explanations.
The Key to Happiness Is Learning to Let Go In this accessible, friendly book, bestselling author Hugh Prather presents a simple 30-day programme to free yourself from worry, conflict and painful memories. His unique and powerful approach, based on 30 years' experience, will help you to identify and release 'mental toxins'. The result is a mind free of clutter that embraces freedom and a life that knows peace. Learn how to let go of: -mental pollution -misery -inner conflict The Little Book of Letting Go is a treasure trove of practical and spiritual wisdom with gentle exercises and wonderful insights to help deliver us into the precious present, alive and grateful for the gift of life.
Author:Neil R. Storey
Publisher:The History Press
The Little Book of Norfolk is a repository of intriguing, fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts and trivia about one of England’s most colourful counties. It is an essential to the born and bred Norfolk folk or anyone who knows and loves the county. Armed with this fascinating tome the reader will have such knowledge of the county, its landscape, people, places, pleasures and pursuits they will be entertained and enthralled and never short of some frivolous fact to enhance conversation or quiz! A reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped in to time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage, the secrets and the enduring fascination of the county. A remarkably engaging little book, this is essential reading for visitors and locals alike.
As seen in the award-winning feature film, Lady Bird. There is an underside to every age about which history does not often speak, because history is written from records left by the privileged. A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up-from the point of view. Howard Zinn relays history in the words of America's women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant labourers. From Columbus to the Revolution to slavery and the Civil War – from World War II to the election of George W. Bush and the "War on Terror" – A People's History of the United States is an important and necessary contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.
To celebrate the millionth copy sold of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Zinn drew on the words of Americans -- some famous, some little known -- across the range of American history. These words were read by a remarkable cast at an event held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City that included James Earl Jones, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, Alfre Woodard, Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover, Harris Yulin, Andre Gregory, and others. From that celebration, this book was born. Collected here is a brief history of America told through stories applauding the enduring spirit of dissent. Here in their own words, and interwoven with commentary by Zinn, are Columbus on the Arawaks; Plough Jogger, a farmer and participant in Shays' Rebellion; Harriet Hanson, a Lowell mill worker; Frederick Douglass; Mark Twain; Mother Jones; Emma Goldman; Helen Keller; Eugene V. Debs; Langston Hughes; Genova Johnson Dollinger on a sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint, Michigan; an interrogation from a 1953 HUAC hearing; Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper and member of the Freedom Democratic Party; Malcolm X; and James Lawrence Harrington, a Gulf War resister, among others.
Author:Ragnhild Fiebig-von Hase,Ursula Lehmkuhl
Véritable phénomène : LA synthèse qui révise l'histoire de Rome, de sa fondation à sa chute, par une immense historienne anglaise. L'ancienne Rome continue de soutenir l'édifice de la culture occidentale, de façonner notre vision du monde et la place que nous y occupons. Mais comment et pourquoi ce qui n'était qu'un village insignifiant dans le centre de l'Italie a-t-il pu devenir une puissance à ce point dominante, exerçant son autorité sur un vaste territoire déployé à travers trois continents et façonnant nombre de nos concepts fondamentaux sur le pouvoir, la citoyenneté, la guerre, l'empire, le luxe ou la beauté ? Pour y répondre, Mary Beard retrace mille ans d'histoire de l'Urbs, du mythe fondateur de Romulus et Remus à l'édit de l'empereur Caracalla offrant la citoyenneté romaine à tous les habitants libres de l'empire (IIIe siècle). Ce faisant, l'auteur conteste les perspectives historiques confortables, refusant l'admiration simpliste ou la condamnation systématique. Elle montre que l'histoire romaine, loin d'être figée dans le marbre, est constamment révisée en fonction de nouvelles connaissances. Rome ne fut pas, par exemple, le petit frère violent de la Grèce, féru d'efficacité militaire, là où son aînée aurait au contraire privilégié la recherche intellectuelle. De célèbres personnages – Cicéron, César, Cléopâtre, Auguste et Néron – prennent ainsi une tout autre couleur, tandis que les acteurs négligés dans les histoires traditionnelles – les femmes, les esclaves et affranchis, les conspirateurs et, globalement, ceux qui ne sont pas du côté des vainqueurs – retrouvent leur place dans l'éblouissante aventure romaine. SPQR – Senatus PopulusQue Romanus – est l'abréviation qu'utilisent les Romains pour désigner leur État. À travers ce livre exceptionnel, ponctué par une centaine d'illustrations, le Sénat et le Peuple de Rome reprennent vie.
Author:Gregg Stebben,Austin Hill
Publisher:Simon and Schuster
An irreverent look at Presidential foibles, follies, fibs, and moral failures Were past presidents smarter, more honest, and better behaved that those we elect today? Don’t bet on it! White House Confidential shows that commanders-in-chief have been lying, cheating, stealing, and womanizing from the days of the Founding Fathers. Focusing on the qualities that never made it into White House press releases, the authors look at their sexual misdeeds and strange family relationships, scandals that engulfed administrations, fights with enemies, and questionable money matters. Dip into these pages to find out: Which president was famous for being the richest man alive because of all his brilliant real estate deals? Which president was born in Canada, and was ineligible to hold the office of president? Which president caused some problems by trying to grow “strange herbs” in the White House garden? Which president often ordered White House staff to rub Vaseline into his scalp while he ate breakfast in bed? Which president often called his deputy chief of staff “Turd Blossom”? Updated with new material about many presidents including George W. Bush and Barack Obama, White House Confidential will have you laughing (and sometimes cursing!) as you take a second look at the next occupant of the Oval Office.
Before Liz Smith and Perez Hilton became household names in the world of celebrity gossip, before Rush Limbaugh became the voice of conservatism, there was Hedda Hopper. In 1938, this 52-year-old struggling actress rose to fame and influence writing an incendiary gossip column, “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood,” that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers throughout Hollywood’s golden age. Often eviscerating moviemakers and stars, her column earned her a nasty reputation in the film industry while winning a legion of some 32 million fans, whose avid support established her as the voice of small-town America. Yet Hopper sought not only to build her career as a gossip columnist but also to push her agenda of staunch moral and political conservatism, using her column to argue against U.S. entry into World War II, uphold traditional views of sex and marriage, defend racist roles for African Americans, and enthusiastically support the Hollywood blacklist. While usually dismissed as an eccentric crank, Jennifer Frost argues that Hopper has had a profound and lasting influence on popular and political culture and should be viewed as a pivotal popularizer of conservatism. The first book to explore Hopper’s gossip career and the public’s response to both her column and her politics, Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood illustrates how the conservative gossip maven contributed mightily to the public understanding of film, while providing a platform for women to voice political views within a traditionally masculine public realm. Jennifer Frost builds the case that, as practiced by Hopper and her readers, Hollywood gossip shaped key developments in American movies and movie culture, newspaper journalism and conservative politics, along with the culture of gossip itself, all of which continue to play out today.
Publisher:Simon and Schuster
The pages of the past are full of characters who remind us that history depends upon the great deeds of men and women, whether famous or humble. Where would America be without George Washington, or Daniel Boone, or Sojourner Truth, or Babe Ruth? Where would we be without so many characters who are less well remembered today? Historians and biographers regularly come across stories of little-known or forgotten heroes, and this book provides a chance to rescue some of the best of them. In Forgotten Heroes, thirty-five of the country's leading historians recount their favorite stories of underappreciated Americans. From Stephen Jay Gould on deaf baseball player Dummy Hoy; to William Leuchtenburg on the truth behind the legendary Johnny Appleseed; to Christine Stansell on Margaret Anderson, who published James Joyce's Ulysses; these portraits can be read equally for delight, instruction, and inspiration Taken together, however, the whole is much more than the sum of its parts. Every culture needs heroes who lead by example and uplift us all in the process. Too often lately, historians have been more intent on picking apart the reputations of previously revered Americans. At times it has seemed as if the academy were on the attack against much of its own culture, denying its past greatness while making heroes only of its dissidents and doubters. Yet as this collection vividly demonstrates, heroes come in many shapes and sizes, and we all gain when we remember and celebrate them. Forgotten Heroes includes nearly as many women as men, and nearly as many people from before 1900 as after. It expands the traditional definition of hero to encompass not only military figures and politicians who took risks for great causes, but also educators, religious leaders, reformers, labor leaders, publishers, athletes, and even a man who started a record company. Many of them were heroes of conscience -- men and women who insisted on doing the right thing, no matter how unpopular or risky, commanding respect even from those who disagreed. Some were famous in their day and have since been forgotten, or remembered only in caricature. Others were little-known even when alive -- yet they all deserve to be remembered today, especially at the gifted hands of the authors of this book.
Publisher:Yale University Press
From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter, this rollicking romp through the world of literature reveals how writings from all over the world can transport us and help us to make sense of what it means to be human.
Author:Paul R. Wonning
Publisher:Mossy Feet Books
Colonial American History Stories - 1665 – 1753 contains almost 300 history stories presented in a timeline that begins in 1655 with the performance of the first documented play performed in British North America and ends with the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. The historical events include both famous ones as well as many little known, forgotten stories that the mists time have obscured. These reader friendly stories include: September 27, 1540 - Society of Jesus (Jesuits) Founded By Ignatius Loyola December 19, 1675 - The Great Swamp Fight September 19, 1676 - Bacon's Rebellion - Bacon Burns Jamestown April 18, 1689 - 1689 Boston Revolt February 29, 1692 - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba Accused Of Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts May 22, 1718 - Edward Teach - Blackbeard - Begins Blockade of Charlestown. November 02, 1734 - Daniel Boone Born December 08, 1741 - Vitus Bering Died December 23, 1750 - Ben Franklin Attempts to Electrocute a Turkey December 31, 1752 – Julian/Gregorian Calendar Switch Complete little known, obscure, facts, forgotten, stories,
THEODORE ROOSEVELT - Ultimate Collection: Memoirs, History Books, Biographies, Essays, Speeches &Executive Ordersby Theodore Roosevelt,Henry Cabot Lodge
Author:Theodore Roosevelt,Henry Cabot Lodge
This collection represents the great literary legacy of the president Theodore Roosevelt. He had a wide range of interests which can be seen in his work. Roosevelt had shown a great deal of talent in different literary genres, such as history, biography, nature and guide books. In addition, trough his memoirs, his personal and presidential writings you will discover surprising adventurous life the former president, as well as details of his presidential actions and truth behind certain decisions. Contents: Autobiography The Naval War of 1812 Hero Tales from American History The Winning of the West Through the Brazilian Wilderness Letters to His Children The Rough Riders A Book-Lover's Holidays in the Open Hunting The Grisly And Other Sketches America and the World War Average Americans The Strenuous Life Expansion and Peace Fellow-Feeling as Political Factor Character & Success History as Literature Biological Analogies in History The World Movement The Thraldom of Names Productive Scholarship Dante and the Bowery The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century The Search for Truth in a Reverent Spirit The Ancient Irish Sagas An Art Exhibition The Duties of American Citizenship Professionalism in Sports Practical Work in Politics Resignation Letter Colonel Roosevelt's Reports Strength & Decency The Square Deal Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech The Man With the Muck Rake Sons of the Puritans Where We Can Work With Socialists Where We Cannot Work With Socialists Citizenship in a Republic (the Man in the Arena) International Peace The New Nationalism Duty & Self-control The Right of the People to Rule I Have Just Been Shot Address to the Boys Progressive League Address to the Knights of Columbus
Author:Lin Xun,Dead Writers Club,Pointer Institute,Rex Curry
Publisher:No Pledge Publishing
Superwriter and Supermodel Lin Xun (that's Lin as the covergirl) is the author of this full frontal exposure of the USA. Find out what is taught in the schools of other countries that the USA doesn't teach in its schools. Xun teaches the USA's history to students in China (and other countries), including facts hidden in the USA's classrooms such as: (1) that the "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag" was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior; (2) Swastikas represented crossed "S" letter shapes for "socialist" under Hitler (two of the many astounding discoveries by Sociologist Dr. Rex Curry). Xun reveals all on flag bikinis, flag fetishism, flag propaganda, and more. Each book is personally handled, wrapped, and posted by Lin Xun (in the nude). Or by the publisher, depending on who's available. What do other countries think about the USA's Pledge of Allegiance today? Xun tells all as she joins forces with the Dead Writers Club in this eye-popping page-turner. Learn how the USA and its pledge inspired police states globally. Will America escape the madness? Will you? Save yourself from the cult of the ominpotent state! The book "A People's History of the United States" introduces readers to Anarchaeology, Misanthropology, and the Socialist Crusades, the Latest Socialist Dark Age, and the Modern Socialist Inquisitions, which resulted in the Wholecaust (of which the Holocaust was a part). Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and other socialists are exposed along with the influence of socialists in the United States upon those dictators. As part of the Dead Writers Club (DWC), Lin Xun has collaborated with the authors Micky Barnetti and Matt Crypto. Another volume by the Dead Writers Club is the self-titled "Dead Writers Club" and "Drug Detection Dog Training -Libertarian Lawyers Fight Police State USA." The DWC collaborated on the groundbreaking book "Pledge of Allegiance & Swastika Secrets." It is a semi-biographical work about the nation's leading authority on the Pledge of Allegiance and his many discoveries about its bizarre past and present. The DWC also assisted with a classic science fiction tale revealing an amazing discovery about time travel.
Author:Joy S. Kasson
Publisher:Hill and Wang
A fascinating analysis of the first famous American to erase the boundary between real history and entertainment Canada, and Europe. Crowds cheered as cowboys and Indians--and Annie Oakley!--galloped past on spirited horses, sharpshooters exploded glass balls tossed high in the air, and cavalry troops arrived just in time to save a stagecoach from Indian attack. Vivid posters on billboards everywhere made William Cody, the show's originator and star, a world-renowned figure. Joy S. Kasson's important new book traces Cody's rise from scout to international celebrity, and shows how his image was shaped. Publicity stressed his show's "authenticity" yet audiences thrilled to its melodrama; fact and fiction converged in a performance that instantly became part of the American tradition. But how, precisely, did that come about? How, for example, did Cody use his audience's memories of the Civil War and the Indian wars? He boasted that his show included participants in the recent conflicts it presented theatrically, yet he also claimed it evoked "memories" of America's bygone greatness. Kasson's shrewd, engaging study--richly illustrated--in exploring the disappearing boundary between entertainment and public events in American culture, shows us just how we came to imagine our memories.