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They Made America by David Lefer

Title They Made America
Author David Lefer
Publisher Back Bay Books
Release Date 2009-03-03
Category History
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9780316070348
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An illustrated history of American innovators -- some well known, some unknown, and all fascinating -- by the author of the bestselling The American Century.

They Made America by Harold Evans

Title They Made America
Author Harold Evans
Publisher Little Brown
Release Date 2014-05-22
Category BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Total Pages 548
ISBN 0316151440
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the steam engine to the search engine, Harold Evans presents an illustrated history of two centuries of American innovators. Vast and beautifully designed, scores of men and women populate this rollicking survey which reveals the surprising truths behind many modern creations, as well as valuable lessons to be gleaned by studying these brilliant entrepreneurs. 0-316-27766-5$40.00 / Time Warner Book Group

They Made America by David Lefer

Title They Made America
Author David Lefer
Publisher Hachette UK
Release Date 2009-03-03
Category History
Total Pages 496
ISBN 9780316070348
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An illustrated history of American innovators -- some well known, some unknown, and all fascinating -- by the author of the bestselling The American Century.

Title They Made America Great
Author Rick Rhodes
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2017
Category Heroes
Total Pages 218
ISBN 0966586662
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Spanning more than 250 years of history, this work is a collection of 31 heartwarming stories of fellow Americans who have traveled that road behind us. Some people here are well known. Others presented here are lesser known, but also have contributed to our American Legacy. Harry Truman once stated, "The only thing really new, is the history you don't know." Distinguished historian David McCullough affirms, "History is a great way to meet people." This book does that.

Made In America by Claude S. Fischer

Title Made in America
Author Claude S. Fischer
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2010-05-15
Category Social Science
Total Pages 528
ISBN 0226251454
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Our nation began with the simple phrase, “We the People.” But who were and are “We”? Who were we in 1776, in 1865, or 1968, and is there any continuity in character between the we of those years and the nearly 300 million people living in the radically different America of today? With Made in America, Claude S. Fischer draws on decades of historical, psychological, and social research to answer that question by tracking the evolution of American character and culture over three centuries. He explodes myths—such as that contemporary Americans are more mobile and less religious than their ancestors, or that they are more focused on money and consumption—and reveals instead how greater security and wealth have only reinforced the independence, egalitarianism, and commitment to community that characterized our people from the earliest years. Skillfully drawing on personal stories of representative Americans, Fischer shows that affluence and social progress have allowed more people to participate fully in cultural and political life, thus broadening the category of “American” —yet at the same time what it means to be an American has retained surprising continuity with much earlier notions of American character. Firmly in the vein of such classics as The Lonely Crowd and Habits of the Heart—yet challenging many of their conclusions—Made in America takes readers beyond the simplicity of headlines and the actions of elites to show us the lives, aspirations, and emotions of ordinary Americans, from the settling of the colonies to the settling of the suburbs.

The War That Made America by Fred Anderson

Title The War That Made America
Author Fred Anderson
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2006-11-28
Category History
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781101117750
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The globe's first true world war comes vividly to life in this "rich, cautionary tale" (The New York Times Book Review) The French and Indian War -the North American phase of a far larger conflagration, the Seven Years' War-remains one of the most important, and yet misunderstood, episodes in American history. Fred Anderson takes readers on a remarkable journey through the vast conflict that, between 1755 and 1763, destroyed the French Empire in North America, overturned the balance of power on two continents, undermined the ability of Indian nations to determine their destinies, and lit the "long fuse" of the American Revolution. Beautifully illustrated and recounted by an expert storyteller, The War That Made America is required reading for anyone interested in the ways in which war has shaped the history of America and its peoples.

The Ideas That Made America A Brief History by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

Title The Ideas That Made America A Brief History
Author Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2019-01-03
Category History
Total Pages 152
ISBN 9780190625375
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Long before the United States was a nation, it was a set of ideas, projected onto the New World by European explorers with centuries of belief and thought in tow. From this foundation of expectation and experience, America and American thought grew in turn, enriched by the bounties of the Enlightenment, the philosophies of liberty and individuality, the tenets of religion, and the doctrines of republicanism and democracy. Crucial to this development were the thinkers who nurtured it, from Thomas Jefferson to Ralph Waldo Emerson, W.E.B. DuBois to Jane Addams, and Betty Friedan to Richard Rorty. The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History traces how Americans have addressed the issues and events of their time and place, whether the Civil War, the Great Depression, or the culture wars of today. Spanning a variety of disciplines, from religion, philosophy, and political thought, to cultural criticism, social theory, and the arts, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen shows how ideas have been major forces in American history, driving movements such as transcendentalism, Social Darwinism, conservatism, and postmodernism. In engaging and accessible prose, this introduction to American thought considers how notions about freedom and belonging, the market and morality -- and even truth -- have commanded generations of Americans and been the cause of fierce debate.

The World America Made by Robert Kagan

Title The World America Made
Author Robert Kagan
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2013-01-22
Category Political Science
Total Pages 149
ISBN 9780345802712
Language English, Spanish, and French
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What would the world look like if America were to reduce its role as a global leader in order to focus all its energies on solving its problems at home? And is America really in decline? Robert Kagan, New York Times best-selling author and one of the country's most influential strategic thinkers, paints a vivid, alarming picture of what the world might look like if the United States were truly to let its influence wane. Although Kagan asserts that much of the current pessimism is misplaced, he warns that if America were indeed to commit preemptive superpower suicide, the world would see the return of war among rising nations as they jostle for power; the retreat of democracy around the world as Vladimir Putin's Russia and authoritarian China acquire more clout; and the weakening of the global free-market economy, which the United States created and has supported for more than sixty years. We've seen this before - in the breakdown of the Roman Empire and the collapse of the European order in World War I. Potent, incisive, and engaging, The World America Made is a reminder that the American world order is worth preserving, and America dare not decline.

Against All Odds by William B. Helmreich

Title Against All Odds
Author William B. Helmreich
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2017-07-05
Category History
Total Pages 355
ISBN 9781351533430
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Against All Odds is the first comprehensive look at the 140,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors who came to America and the lives they have made here. William Helmreich writes of their experiences beginning with their first arrival in the United States: the mixed reactions they encountered from American Jews who were not always eager to receive them; their choices about where to live in America; and their efforts in finding marriage partners with whom they felt most comfortable?most often other survivors.In preparation, Helmreich spent more than six years traveling the United States, listening to the personal stories of hundreds of survivors, and examining more than 15,000 pages of data as well as new material from archives that have never before been available to create this remarkable, groundbreaking work. What emerges is a picture that is sharply different from the stereotypical image of survivors as people who are chronically depressed, anxious, and fearful.This intimate, enlightening work explores questions about prevailing over hardship and adversity: how people who have gone through such experiences pick up the threads of their lives; where they obtain the strength and spirit to go on; and, finally, what lessdns the rest of us can learn about overcoming tragedy.

Title How the Scots Made America
Author Michael Fry
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2014-03-04
Category History
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781466865488
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ever since they first set foot in the new world alongside the Viking explorers, the Scots have left their mark. In this entertaining and informative book, historian Michael Fry shows how Americans of Scottish heritage helped shape this country, from its founding days to the present. They were courageous pioneers, history-changing revolutionaries, great Presidents, doughty fighters, inspiring writers, learned teachers, intrepid explorers, daring frontiersmen, and of course buccaneering businessmen, media moguls, and capitalists throughout American history. The Scots' unflappable spirit and hardy disposition helped them take root among the earliest settlements and become some of the British colonies' foremost traders. During the Revolution, the teachings of the great Scottish philosophers and economists would help to shape the democracy that thrived in America as in no other part of the world. America may have separated from the British Empire, but the Scottish influence on the young continent never left. Armed with an inimitable range of historical knowledge, Fry charts the exchange of ideas and values between Scotland and America that led to many of the greatest achievements in business, science, and the arts. Finally, he takes readers into the twentieth century, in which the Scots serve as the ideal example of a people that have embraced globalization without losing their sense of history, culture and national identity. Scottish Americans have been incomparable innovators in every branch of American society, and their fascinating story is brilliantly captured in this new book by one of Scotland's leading historians. How the Scots Made America is not only a must-read for all those with Scottish ancestry but for anyone interested in knowing the full story behind the roots of the American way of life.

Title Seven Events That Made America America
Author Larry Schweikart
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2010-06-01
Category History
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781101433027
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A conservative historian examines some of the pivotal, yet often ignored, moments that shaped our history All students of American history know the big events that dramatically shaped our country. The Civil War, Pearl Harbor, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and 9/11 are just a few. But there are other, less famous events that had an equally profound impact. Notable conservative historian Larry Schweikart takes an in- depth look at seven of these transformative moments and provides an analysis of how each of them spurred a trend that either confirmed or departed from the vision our Founding Fathers had for America. For instance, he shows how Martin Van Buren's creation of a national political party made it possible for Obama to get elected almost two centuries later and how Dwight Eisenhower's heart attack led to a war on red meat, during which the government took control over Americans' diets. In his easy-to-read yet informative style, Schweikart will not only educate but also surprise readers into reevaluating our history.

Sham by Steve Salerno

Title Sham
Author Steve Salerno
Publisher Crown Forum
Release Date 2006-09
Category Self-Help
Total Pages 273
ISBN 9781400054107
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A critique of the self-help movement assesses the pervasive damage that it has done to every aspect of American society, explaining how the notion of victimization has blurred the concept of personal responsibility and right and wrong, and how the idea of empowerment teaches that the belief that we can do something is more important than developing the skills to accomplish the task. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Smuggler Nation by Peter Andreas

Title Smuggler Nation
Author Peter Andreas
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2013-01-16
Category History
Total Pages 472
ISBN 9780199301614
Language English, Spanish, and French
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America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contraband capitalism, it turns out, has been an integral part of American capitalism. Providing a sweeping narrative history from colonial times to the present, Smuggler Nation is the first book to retell the story of America--and of its engagement with its neighbors and the rest of the world--as a series of highly contentious battles over clandestine commerce. As Peter Andreas demonstrates in this provocative and fascinating account, smuggling has played a pivotal and too often overlooked role in America's birth, westward expansion, and economic development, while anti-smuggling campaigns have dramatically enhanced the federal government's policing powers. The great irony, Andreas tells us, is that a country that was born and grew up through smuggling is today the world's leading anti-smuggling crusader. In tracing America's long and often tortuous relationship with the murky underworld of smuggling, Andreas provides a much-needed antidote to today's hyperbolic depictions of out-of-control borders and growing global crime threats. Urgent calls by politicians and pundits to regain control of the nation's borders suffer from a severe case of historical amnesia, nostalgically implying that they were ever actually under control. This is pure mythology, says Andreas. For better and for worse, America's borders have always been highly porous. Far from being a new and unprecedented danger to America, the illicit underside of globalization is actually an old American tradition. As Andreas shows, it goes back not just decades but centuries. And its impact has been decidedly double-edged, not only subverting U.S. laws but also helping to fuel America's evolution from a remote British colony to the world's pre-eminent superpower.

Title The Myths That Made America
Author Heike Paul
Publisher transcript Verlag
Release Date 2014-08-31
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 450
ISBN 9783839414859
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This essential introduction to American studies examines the core foundational myths upon which the nation is based and which still determine discussions of US-American identities today. These myths include the myth of »discovery,« the Pocahontas myth, the myth of the Promised Land, the myth of the Founding Fathers, the melting pot myth, the myth of the West, and the myth of the self-made man. The chapters provide extended analyses of each of these myths, using examples from popular culture, literature, memorial culture, school books, and every-day life. Including visual material as well as study questions, this book will be of interest to any student of American studies and will foster an understanding of the United States of America as an imagined community by analyzing the foundational role of myths in the process of nation building.

What Made America Great by James M. Macdonald

Title What Made America Great
Author James M. Macdonald
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-01-07
Category Political Science
Total Pages 230
ISBN 1793328951
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Why is America great? What makes her an exceptional country? Why has God blessed this nation far above all other countries? This book is a must-read for anyone who loves America. It's also a great reference book with timeless truths and historical facts....See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. -1 John 3:1 NIV. American Exceptionalism flourished because we are a Christian Nation. It's the power of Jesus Christ that motivates man to be exceptional--to be free. America didn't become great by accident. She excelled because America placed God on the thrown and followed His principles. ...When the righteous triumph, there is great elation; but when the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding. --Proverbs 28:12 NIV. Unfortunately, the 'wicked' has risen to power in the United States. 'We the People' have allowed Evil to distort the truth about America. Progressivism (America's term for Marxism) has infiltrated the mainstream. Academia indoctrinates our youth to believe Socialism is a utopia and capitalism is evil. While Hollywood and the media strengthen this progressive narrative. Miracles God performed at the founding of our nation have been removed from the history books. Miracles such as: *** 4 different times, river waters lowering for the American troops to cross, then flooding over when the British troops arrived. *** During an ambush, a sharpshooter fired 17 shots at George Washington: 4 bullet holes in his coat, 2 horses killed under him and every other officer on horseback was killed. But Washington was not harmed. These stories are revealed in this book, plus: *** What made America great. *** Why original intent of the Constitution is critical *** God's role in establishing America *** How America got off course *** Steps to restoring her back to greatness. And so much more......including a 'Reader's Digest' explanation of the Declaration of Independence, each section of the United States Constitution and all 27 Amendments. Final Points: God's gifts are always good--always freely given. The ultimate gift, Jesus Christ, came to destroy the works of the Devil--and Christians threaten the Establishment! Beware! In order to prevail, Progressives must eliminate God and the Constitution from America--and they must discredit the character of our Founding Fathers'. This book will provide armor to withstand their arrows of lies and deceit. ***For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. -Psalm 47:2 NIV

Made In America by Bill Bryson

Title Made in America
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2016-09-08
Category Americanisms
Total Pages 566
ISBN 9781784161866
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'Funny, wise, learned and compulsive' - GQ Bill Bryson turns away from travelling the highways and byways of middle America, so hilariously depicted in his bestselling The Lost Continent, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid and Notes from a Big Country, for a fast, exhilarating ride along the Route 66 of American language and popular culture. In Made in America, Bryson tells the story of how American arose out of the English language, and along the way, de-mythologizes his native land - explaining how a dusty desert hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how they were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up - as well as exposing the true origins of the words G-string, blockbuster, poker and snafu. 'A tremendously sassy work, full of zip, pizzazz and all those other great American qualities' Will Self, Independent on Sunday

Made In America by Bill Bryson

Title Made in America
Author Bill Bryson
Publisher Harper Collins
Release Date 1996-03-01
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780380713813
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bill Bryson, who gave glorious voice to The Mother Tongue, now celebrates her magnificent offspring in the book that reveals once and for all how a dusty western hamlet with neither woods nor holly came to be known as Hollywood...and exactly why Mr. Yankee Doodle call his befeathered cap "Macaroni."

Irving Berlin by Nancy Churnin

Title Irving Berlin
Author Nancy Churnin
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 9781939547446
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The story behind how a Jewish refugee wrote the patriotic American classic, God Bless America.

Movie Made America by Robert Sklar

Title Movie Made America
Author Robert Sklar
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2012-10-31
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780307756848
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Hailed as the definitive work upon its original publication in 1975 and now extensively revised and updated by the author, this vastly absorbing and richly illustrated book examines film as an art form, technological innovation, big business, and shaper of American values. Ever since Edison's peep shows first captivated urban audiences, film has had a revolutionary impact on American society, transforming culture from the bottom up, radically revising attitudes toward pleasure and sexuality, and at the same time, cementing the myth of the American dream. No book has measured film's impact more clearly or comprehensively than Movie-Made America. This vastly readable and richly illustrated volume examines film as art form, technological innovation, big business, and cultural bellwether. It takes in stars from Douglas Fairbanks to Sly Stallone; auteurs from D. W. Griffith to Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee; and genres from the screwball comedy of the 1930s to the "hard body" movies of the 1980s to the independents films of the 1990s. Combining panoramic sweep with detailed commentaries on hundreds of individual films, Movie-Made America is a must for any motion picture enthusiast.

The World That Fear Made by Jason T. Sharples

Title The World That Fear Made
Author Jason T. Sharples
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date 2020-06-19
Category History
Total Pages 365
ISBN 9780812297102
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A thought-provoking history of slaveholders' fear of the people they enslaved and its consequences From the Stono Rebellion in 1739 to the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831, slave insurrections have been understood as emblematic rejections of enslavement, the most powerful and, perhaps, the only way for slaves to successfully challenge the brutal system they endured. In The World That Fear Made, Jason T. Sharples orients the mirror to those in power who were preoccupied with their exposure to insurrection. Because enslavers in British North America and the Caribbean methodically terrorized slaves and anticipated just vengeance, colonial officials consolidated their regime around the dread of rebellion. As Sharples shows through a comprehensive data set, colonial officials launched investigations into dubious rumors of planned revolts twice as often as actual slave uprisings occurred. In most of these cases, magistrates believed they had discovered plans for insurrection, coordinated by a network of enslaved men, just in time to avert the uprising. Their crackdowns, known as conspiracy scares, could last for weeks and involve hundreds of suspects. They sometimes brought the execution or banishment of dozens of slaves at a time, and loss and heartbreak many times over. Mining archival records, Sharples shows how colonists from New York to Barbados tortured slaves to solicit confessions of baroque plots that were strikingly consistent across places and periods. Informants claimed that conspirators took direction from foreign agents; timed alleged rebellions for a holiday such as Easter; planned to set fires that would make it easier to ambush white people in the confusion; and coordinated the uprising with European or Native American invasion forces. Yet, as Sharples demonstrates, these scripted accounts rarely resembled what enslaved rebels actually did when they took up arms. Ultimately, he argues, conspiracy scares locked colonists and slaves into a cycle of terror that bound American society together through shared racial fear.