Orange County (Then and Now)

By Chris Epting

Orange County used to be created in 1889. quickly, desert advanced into farmlands and groups supported through a year-round harvest of Valencia oranges, lemons, avocados, walnuts, and extra. within the Nineteen Fifties, aerospace and accelerated right here, and this day the county boasts greater than 3 million humans. This assortment gains side-by-side historical comparisons of many neighborhood associations, from orange groves to seashores to Disneyland.

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The American Way of War: How Bush's Wars Became Obama's

By Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt, author of the very important web site, takes a scalpel to the yank urge to dominate the globe. Tracing advancements from September 11 to overdue final evening, this can be an unforgettable anatomy of a catastrophe that's but to end.

Since 2001, Tom Engelhardt has written typical reviews for his well known website TomDispatch that experience supplied badly-needed perception into U.S. militarism and its results, either at domestic and out of the country. while others have been celebrating the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, he warned of the large risks of either occupations.

In The American manner of War, Engelhardt records Washington’s ongoing dedication to army bases to preserve—and extend—its empire; unearths damning information regarding the yank reliance on airpower, at nice expense to civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan; and exhibits that the U.S. empire has deep old roots that precede the Bush administration—and proceed at the present time into the presidency of Barack Obama.

"Tom Engelhardt presents a clear-eyed exam of U.S. international coverage within the Bush and Obama years, and information unsparingly how Obama has inherited -- and in lots of circumstances exacerbated -- the ills of the Bush era.... a massive publication for a person hoping to appreciate how the U.S. arrived at its present main issue in the course of the Bush years, and the way it continues to be during this challenge regardless of Obama's top efforts -- or maybe due to them."
—Daniel Luban, Inter-Press Service

“Tom Engelhardt is between our such a lot trenchant critics of yank perpetual conflict. Like I. F. Stone within the Sixties, he has an uncanny skill to ferret out and spot basically the gruesome truths hidden in govt studies and records. No cynic, he continuously measures the sordid truth opposed to a vivid imaginative and prescient of an the US that lives as much as its maximum ideals.”
—Juan R. Cole, Professor of historical past on the collage of Michigan

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The Civil War: A Narrative: Volume 2: Fredericksburg to Meridian

By Shelby Foote

"This, then, is narrative history—a type of historical past that is going again to an older literary tradition.... The writing is of the ancient and literary achievements of our time." —The Washington put up ebook World

" defined with such meticulous recognition to motion, terrain, time, and the characters of a number of the commanders that I comprehend, ultimately, what occurred in that battle.... Mr. Foote has an acute experience of the relative significance of occasions and a novelist's ability in directing the reader's consciousness to the boys and the episodes that would effect the process the complete battle, with no omitting goods that are of non permanent curiosity. His association of proof may perhaps not often be better." —Atlantic

"Though the occasions of this center 12 months of the Civil struggle were stated 1000's of instances, they've got hardly been re-created with such vigour and such picturesque detail." —The ny occasions booklet Review

"The lucidity of the conflict narratives, the power of the prose, the powerful feeling for the lads from generals to privates who did the struggling with, are all managed via consistent experience of the way it occurred and what it used to be all approximately. Foote has the novelist's feeling for personality and state of affairs, with no wasting the historian's scrupulous regard for recorded truth. The Civil War is probably going to face unequaled." —Walter generators

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Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South

By Yael A. Sternhell

The Civil conflict thrust hundreds of thousands of guys and women―rich and negative, squaddies and civilians, enslaved and free―onto the roads of the South. in the course of 4 years of conflict, Southerners lived at the circulation. within the fingers of Sternhell, flow turns into a notably new potential to understand the entire trajectory of the Confederacy’s upward push, fight, and supreme defeat.

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The Benghazi Report: Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012

On September eleven, 2012, a squad of armed militants in Libya attacked the yankee diplomatic undertaking at Benghazi, killing U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and 3 different American diplomats. even if the vicious assault was once at the beginning said as a protest opposed to an anti-Islamic video, later facts recommended that it can were a coordinated terrorist attack—perhaps even tied to al-Qaeda. This begged the query: Did the White apartment push aside a terrorist assault as a way to store face? because then, the incident has constructed right into a full-blown partisan debate over no matter if the govt used to be all for a cover-up or no longer, and worse, no matter if the assault might have been prevented.

The Benghazi Report is the Senate committee’s findings—the end result of over a year’s worthy of investigations and interviews, awarded in complete. Readers of The Benghazi Report will locate a few of the revelations stunning. Did the White condominium control the evidence? Why used to be the disclosure of data so unnecessarily gradual? what's the connection among the mysterious deaths of fifteen Libyans who were aiding the FBI’s research and a path of incompetence left via international governments unwilling cooperate? have been the assaults have been preventable?

Featuring an advent by means of bestselling writer Roger Stone, this record represents a landmark within the ongoing fight for extra transparency from the U.S. government.

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Hollywoodland (Images of America Series)

By Mary Mallory

Proven via genuine property builders Tracy E. Shoults and S. H. Woodruff in 1923, Hollywoodland used to be one of many first hillside advancements in-built Hollywood. Touting its type and class, the local promoted a eu effect, that includes such specific parts as stone holding partitions and stairways, besides dependent Spanish, Mediterranean, French Normandy, and English Tudor–styled houses thoughtfully put onto the hillsides. The neighborhood comprises one of many world’s so much recognizable landmarks, the Hollywood signal, initially developed as a tremendous billboard for the advance and interpreting “Hollywoodland.” The ebook illustrates the improvement of the higher part of Beachwood Canyon referred to as Hollywoodland with ancient pictures from Hollywood Heritage’s S. H. Woodruff assortment in addition to from different files, associations, and participants.

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Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

By Jill Leovy

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED one of many TEN top BOOKS OF THE 12 months via SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, USA TODAY, AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE • A masterly paintings of literary journalism a couple of mindless homicide, a constant detective, and the good plague of murder in America

NATIONAL ebook CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST • NAMED ONE OF the easiest BOOKS OF THE 12 months by means of The manhattan instances booklet assessment • The Washington publish • The Boston Globe  The Economist • The Globe and Mail  BookPage  Kirkus Reviews

On a hot spring night in South la, a tender guy is shot and killed on a sidewalk mins clear of his domestic, one of many hundreds of thousands of black american citizens murdered that yr. His assailant runs down the road, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to hitch the rankings of killers in American towns who're by no means arrested for his or her crimes.

yet once the case is assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the chances shift.

this is the kaleidoscopic tale of the indispensable, yet generally overlooked, American murder—a “ghettoside” killing, one younger black guy slaying another—and an excellent and pushed cadre of detectives whose creed is to pursue justice for forgotten sufferers in any respect charges. Ghettoside is a fast paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a neighborhood bonded in tragedy, and a shocking new lens into the nice topic of why homicide occurs in our cities—and how the epidemic of killings may well but be stopped.

Praise for Ghettoside

“A severe and kaleidoscopic fulfillment . . . [Jill Leovy is] a crisp author with a crisp brain and the power to boil whole skies of knowledge into challenging journalistic rain.”—Dwight Garner, The long island Times

“Masterful . . . gritty reporting that fits the police paintings in the back of it.”Los Angeles Times

“Moving and engrossing.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Penetrating and heartbreaking . . . Ghettoside points out how really little the US has cared whilst lately because the final decade in regards to the worth of younger black men’s lives.”USA Today

“Functions either as a quick police procedural and—more significantly—as a searing indictment of felony forget . . . Leovy’s robust testimony calls for respectful attention.”The Boston Globe

“Gritty, heart-wrenching . . . everybody must learn this book.”—Michael Connelly

Ghettoside is extraordinary: a deep anatomy of lawlessness.”—Atul Gawande, writer of Being Mortal

“[Leovy writes] with grace and artistry, and controlled—but bone-deep—outrage in her new ebook. . . . The most crucial booklet approximately city violence in a generation.”The Washington Post

“Riveting . . . This well timed e-book couldn't be extra important.”—Associated Press

“Leovy’s relentless reporting has produced a ebook full of helpful, hard-won insights—and it serves as a vital, 366-page reminder that ‘black lives matter.’ ”The manhattan occasions booklet Review

“A compelling research of the criteria in the back of the epidemic of black-on-black murder . . . a major ebook, which merits a large audience.”—Hari Kunzru, The Guardian

From the Hardcover edition.

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Two Americans: Truman, Eisenhower and a Dangerous World

By William Lee Miller

From William Lee Miller, the extremely popular biographer of Abraham Lincoln, a riveting twin exam of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower that explores the similarities and both awesome modifications of 2 extraordinary males within the context of mid-twentieth-century American tradition and politics.
Two Americans weaves jointly the lifestyles tales of Truman and Eisenhower, displaying how those destiny presidents, born six years except one another in small farming cities, have been emblematic in their Midwestern upbringings and their new release. Miller additionally indicates how their markedly assorted lifestyles reports in the course of international battle I and among the area wars could form their offerings and the jobs they performed within the politics of the time, as Truman turned the indispensable baby-kisser, and Eisenhower, the thoroughgoing anti-politician. Their personalities come alive in vividly defined scenes in their collaboration throughout the war-torn Forties; their twin, yet various, roles in bringing the warfare to an finish and shaping the postwar international; their starting to be disapproval of one another; and, eventually, in 1952, the adverse bickering and maneuvering that characterised the passing of presidential strength from one to the other.

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