The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai

By John Tayman

Within the bestselling culture of In the guts of the Sea, The Colony, “an impressively researched” (Rocky Mountain News) account of the background of America’s basically leper colony situated at the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is “an totally engrossing examine a heartbreaking bankruptcy” (Booklist) in American historical past and a relocating story of the intense those who persisted it.

Beginning in 1866 and carrying on with for over a century, greater than 8 thousand humans suspected of getting leprosy have been forcibly exiled to the Hawaiian island of Molokai -- the longest and deadliest example of scientific segregation in American background. Torn from their houses and households, those males, ladies, and kids have been loaded into shipboard livestock stalls and deserted in a lawless position the place brutality held sway. Many didn't have leprosy, and lots of who did weren't contagious, but all have been ensnared in a shared nightmare.

Here, for the 1st time, John Tayman finds the entire heritage of the Molokai payment and its unforgettable population. it truly is an epic of ruthless manhunts, exciting escapes, extraordinary clinical experiments, and tragic, irreversible blunders. rigorously researched and masterfully informed, The Colony is a searing story of person bravery and remarkable survival, and stands as a testomony to the ability of religion, compassion, and the human spirit.

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The Depression Dilemmas of Rural Iowa, 1929-1933

By Lisa L. Ossian

 
To many rural Iowans, the inventory industry crash on New York’s Wall road in October 1929 appeared an occasion a ways faraway from their lives, even supposing the consequences of the crash turned all too actual through the kingdom. From 1929 to 1933, the enthusiastic religion that almost all Iowans had in Iowan President Herbert Hoover was once remodeled into sour unhappiness with the government. accordingly, Iowans without delay puzzled their management on the kingdom, county, and neighborhood degrees with a renewed spirit to salvage family members farms, demonstrating the individuality of Iowa’s rural life. 
Beginning with an summary of the kingdom in the course of 1929, Lisa L. Ossian describes Iowa’s specific rural dilemmas, evoking, via anecdotes and examples, the commercial, dietary, familial, cultural, commercial, felony, felony, and political demanding situations that engaged the folks of the country. the subsequent chapters research lifestyles throughout the early melancholy:  new prescriptions for children’s overall healthiness, artistic housework to stretch assets, using farm “playlets” to speak new details creatively and memorably, the dying of the smooth coal mining undefined, elevated violence in the panorama, and the flow to finish Prohibition.
The demanding situations confronted within the early nice melancholy years among 1929 and 1933 inspired resourcefulness instead of passivity, creativity instead of resignation, and group instead of hopelessness. Of specific curiosity is the position of ladies in the rural panorama, as a lot of the elevated day-by-day paintings fell to farm girls in this time. whereas the ladies addressed this paintings easily as “making do,” Ossian indicates that their resourcefulness entailed complicated making plans crucial for households’ emotional and actual health.
Ossian’s epilogue takes readers into the Iowa of at the present time, ruled through business agriculture, and asks the reader to contemplate if this version that stemmed from Depression-era innovation is sustainable. Her wealthy rural heritage not just is helping readers comprehend the actual forces at paintings that formed the social and actual panorama of the earlier but in addition strains how those landscapes have persisted in numerous types for nearly 80 years into this century.

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At Home: A Short History of Private Life

By Bill Bryson

With his signature wit, attraction, and doubtless unlimited wisdom, invoice Bryson takes us on a room-by-room travel via his personal residence, utilizing every one room as a leaping off aspect into the mammoth background of the household artifacts we take without any consideration. As he is taking us throughout the historical past of our smooth comforts, Bryson demonstrates that no matter what occurs on the earth ultimately leads to our domestic, within the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and each merchandise of furnishings. Bryson has one of many liveliest, such a lot inquisitive minds in the world, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home some of the most wonderful books ever written approximately inner most life.

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Remnants of the Gods: A Virtual Tour of Alien Influence in Egypt, Spain, France, Turkey, and Italy

By Erich von Däniken

Erich boldly keeps to problem our figuring out of history." --Philip Coppens, writer, the traditional Alien query we are living in an age of knowledge. yet there are issues in our prehistory "about which we don't have the faintest idea," writes best-selling writer Erich von Dniken in his gripping new booklet, Remnants of the Gods. Stone constructions erected by way of grasp developers, mysterious underground complexes, geometrically aligned stone circles, the breathtaking pyramids of Egypt--who equipped them? And, maybe extra importantly, the place did those developers receive such terrific wisdom? Erich von Dniken exhibits intimately how complete nations have been surveyed hundreds of thousands of years in the past. 1000's of Stone Age holy areas can be found at equivalent distances from each other, forming titanic squares and triangles. How was once all of this attainable? vintage archaeology presents no solutions to those questions. Worse nonetheless, it doesn't even seem to be . Are all of us threatening to develop into "camp fans of disinterest," as Erich asks? that includes greater than one hundred sixty colour pictures and illustrations, Erich finds the secrets and techniques of "impossible buildings" in Europe and the Mediterranean zone, describes "crazy facts," and relentlessly exposes fake doctrines. Remnants of the Gods will make even strident skeptics reassess what they suspect they comprehend of the previous.

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Cincinnati's Golden Age (OH) (Images of America)

By Betty Ann Smiddy

In its golden age, Cincinnati was once a pace-setter in and tradition. Europeans immigrated into town to fill jobs, and the agricultural panorama was once constructing into suburbs. Incline railways supplied entry to hilltop neighborhoods, and for

the first time, the center type might come up with the money for to maneuver to outlying components, commuting to paintings within the urban. Breweries, cleaning soap brands, meat packing vegetation, and different industries flourished, as provides and items have been dispensed all through Cincinnati alongside the Miami-Erie

Canal--steamboats crowded the Ohio River wharves. town thrived in the course of the many years surrounding the flip of the nineteenth century.

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Artists Under Hitler: Collaboration and Survival in Nazi Germany

By Jonathan Petropoulos

“What are we to make of these cultural figures, many with major foreign reputations, who attempted to discover lodging with the Nazi regime?” Jonathan Petropoulos asks during this exploration of a few of the main acute ethical questions of the 3rd Reich. In his nuanced research of well-liked German artists, architects, composers, movie administrators, painters, and writers who rejected exile, opting for as an alternative to stick in the course of Germany’s darkest interval, Petropoulos exhibits how contributors variously handled the regime’s public competition to trendy paintings. His findings explode the parable that each one smooth artists have been anti-Nazi and all Nazis anti-modernist.
 
Artists less than Hitler heavily examines situations of artists who failed of their makes an attempt to discover lodging with the Nazi regime (Walter Gropius, Paul Hindemith, Gottfried Benn, Ernst Barlach, Emil Nolde) in addition to others whose hope for reliable attractiveness was once discovered (Richard Strauss, Gustaf Gründgens, Leni Riefenstahl, Arno Breker, Albert Speer). jointly those ten figures light up the advanced cultural heritage of Nazi Germany, whereas separately they supply haunting pictures of individuals facing excruciating offerings and grave ethical questions.

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Jane Austen's Names: Riddles, Persons, Places

In Jane Austen’s works, a reputation is rarely only a identify. in reality, the names Austen provides her characters and areas are as wealthy in refined that means as her prose itself. Wiltshire, for instance, the house county of Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey, is a clue that this heroine isn't really as silly as she turns out: in accordance with legend, crafty Wiltshire citizens stuck hiding contraband in a pond capitalized on a name for lack of understanding by means of claiming they have been digging up a “big cheese”—the moon’s mirrored image at the water’s floor. It worked.

In Jane Austen’s Names, Margaret Doody bargains a desirable and entire research of all of the names of individuals and places—real and imaginary—in Austen’s fiction. Austen’s inventive selection of names unearths not just her virtuosic expertise for riddles and puns. Her names additionally choose up deep tales from English heritage, specifically some of the civil wars, and the blood-tinged adjustments that performed out within the reign of Henry VIII, a interval to which she frequently returns. contemplating the key novels along unfinished works and juvenilia, Doody exhibits how Austen’s names sign category tensions in addition to local, ethnic, and non secular adjustments. We achieve a brand new figuring out of Austen’s means of inventive anachronism, which performs with and opposed to her skillfully deployed realism—in her books, the conflicts of the previous swirl into the tensions of the current, transporting readers past the Regency.

filled with perception and surprises for even the main committed Janeite, Jane Austen’s Names will revolutionize how we learn Austen’s fiction.

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The New World (A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Volume 2)

By Winston S. Churchill, Brian Weiser

Within the 16th and 17th centuries England underwent a startling sequence of variations. The turbulent reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts witnessed the Protestant Reformation, the expansion of robust monarchies, the English Civil conflict, and the colonization of the hot international. during this, the second one quantity of his historical past of the English talking Peoples, Sir Winston Churchill became his massive rhetorical and analytical acumen to weaving a compelling and insightful narrative of those formative centuries.

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The World Turned Inside Out: American Thought and Culture at the End of the 20th Century

By James Livingston

The international became inside of Out explores American notion and tradition within the formative second of the late-20th century within the aftermath of the fabled Sixties. the general argument here's that the trends and sensibilities we go along with that previous second of upheaval decisively formed highbrow agendas and cultural practices—from the all-volunteer military to the comic strip politics of Disney movies—in the Eighties and 90s. by way of this accounting, the so-called Reagan Revolution was once not just, or perhaps quite often, a conservative occasion.

By a similar accounting, the Left, having seized the commanding heights of upper schooling, was once by no means at risk of wasting the so-called tradition wars. on the finish of the twentieth century, the argument is going, the us was once less conservative than it have been in 1975. The publication takes supply-side economics and "South Park" both heavily. It treats Freddy Kreuger, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ronald Reagan as similar cultural icons.

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