Winner of the "HISTORY: GENERAL" category in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards
On June 3, 1769, the planet Venus briefly passed across the face of the sun in a cosmic alignment that occurs twice per century. Anticipation of the rare celestial event sparked a worldwide competition among aspiring global superpowers, each sending their own scientific expeditions to far-flung destinations to time the planet’s trek. These pioneers used the “Venus Transit” to discover the physical dimensions of the solar system and refine the methods of discovering longitude at sea.
In this fast-paced narrative, Mark Anderson reveals the stories of three Venus Transit voyages--to the heart of the Arctic, the New World, and the Pacific—that risked every mortal peril of a candlelit age. With time running out, each expedition struggles to reach its destination—a quest that races to an unforgettable climax on a momentous summer day when the universe suddenly became much larger than anyone had dared to imagine.
The Day the World Discovered the Sun tells an epic story of the enduring human desire to understand our place in the universe.
Winner of the "HISTORY: UNITED STATES" category in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards
A bestselling author and legendary photographer present an illuminating look at a pivotal moment in our nation's history: The March on Washington
Despite the heat and humidity, people came in droves from across the country and around the world, heading for the towering spire of the Washington Monument in our nation’s capital. All of the marchers—black, white, Christian, and Jew—shared the same dream: freedom and equality for 19 million African Americans. Almost 300,000 strong, the marchers poured into Washington, D.C., to bear witness, to hear the immortal words of Martin Luther King, Jr., and to petition Congress to pass the President’s Civil Rights bill.
Stanley Tretick, a seasoned photojournalist best known for his iconic images of President Kennedy and his family, was also in the crowd, drawing inspiration from the historic scenes unfolding before him. In this magnificent book, his stirring photographs of that day are published for the first time. Accompanied by an insightful essay and captions from bestselling author Kitty Kelley, as well as a moving foreword by Marian Wright Edelman, Let Freedom Ring commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and celebrates the crescendo of the Civil Rights movement in America.
Now in its thirteenth edition, The Living White House opens the gates to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, presenting the more than 200-year history of life in the most famous house in America. This new edition features updated and expanded text illustrated with both historic and modern images of the president at work in his office, state occasions, public celebrations, the first family at home, pets, children, weddings, and White House workers, visitors, and daily routines.
Winner of the "HISTORY: MILITARY" category in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards
Entering World War One against Germany was America's greatest blunder of the 20th century. America had no reason to join the 3-year-old struggle. By sending two million doughboys to the Western Front, America shattered the battlefield stalemate and won the war, allowing Britain and France to impose a devastating peace on Germany, thus igniting toxic German cries for revenge.
Absent America's entry into the war, the exhausted combatants, however unhappily, would have had to drag themselves to a negotiating table and there make a peace of compromise. There would have been no victor, no vanquished, no Versailles Treaty, no reparations, no German demands for revenge, no Hitler and surely no World War II and even no Cold War.
The tale of how America stumbled into war is told by America's Greatest Blunder. It chronicles America's journey from sensible neutrality to its war declaration. It then describes how legions of doughboys were mobilized and trained and how they won the war, giving victory to Britain and France - thus launching the young 20th century on its course of decades of unprecedented violence.
Winner of the "HISTORY: MEDIA/ENTERTAINMENT" category in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards
A noted Hollywood historian takes a first-ever marketing look at the selling of classic motion pictures generated by Hollywood's fabled movie factories in this lush coffee-table retrospective. Movie buffs will enjoy seeing the effects of the Depression, censorship, world war, the Cold War, television, and the counter-culture movement on the changing tastes of moviegoers, and the way showmen responded with creative and sometimes zany ad campaigns. Chapters include the sexy and salacious pre-Code pictures; the launch of the new dance team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Flying Down to Rio; MGM’s gamble on the Marx Brothers with A Night at the Opera; lavish campaigns for The Wizard of Oz in original release and reissue; creation of a new star, John Wayne, in John Ford’s Stagecoach; Orson Welles’ failed Citizen Kane campaign; Billy Wilder’s unusual and dark Hollywood statement picture, Sunset Boulevard; the selling of Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, and East of Eden following the death of James Dean; Alfred Hitchcock’s personal gamble with Psycho; and much more!
WINNER in the "Best Cover Design: Non-Fiction" category of the 2013 International Book Awards
San Marino: A Centennial History traces the history of the city through words and images. This deluxe, 268 page, hard cover book incorporates original research and includes full color photos and maps, many seen for the first time.
The book is a documented history of Hungarian-Slovak Gypsies that came to America over 120 years ago, they brought to America the traditional Hungarian Gypsy music they and their ancestors played in Europe for hundreds of years. They are directly linked to Europe's finest Gypsy musicians.
Over twenty years ago, the Minnesota legislature passed the first chartered school law in the nation. By all accounts, it shouldn’t have happened. Today, 70 percent of the American public supports chartering, and over two million students attend over 5,600 chartered schools in forty-one states and the District of Columbia. Chartering succeeded because it was a bipartisan initiative from the middle of the political spectrum that arose from visionary citizens outside the political system.
Ember Reichgott Junge, the Minnesota state senator who authored the law, candidly shares her personal and challenging journey of pioneering chartering through its early origins, its tumultuous legislative passage in Minnesota, and its explosion onto the national stage. With never-before-published historical documents and first-person accounts by supporters and opponents, this book informs both the past and future of public education. It is an eye-opening and stimulating inside look at policymaking. Zero Chance of Passage is the seminal reference on the history of this unique and inspiring redesign of public education.
"Bottoms Up" celebrates Wisconsin's taverns and the breweries that fueled them. Beginning with inns and saloons, the book explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. It traces the development of the megabreweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries. Contemporary photographs of unusual and distinctive bars and breweries of all eras, historical photos, postcards, advertisements, and breweriana illustrate the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing and the place that bars - and beer hold in our social and cultural history.
Seventy featured taverns and breweries represent diverse architectural styles, from the open-air Tom's Burned Down Cafe on Madeline Island to the Art Moderne Casino in La Crosse, and from Club 10, a 1930s roadhouse in Stevens Point, to the well-known Wolski's Tavern in Milwaukee. There are bars in barns and basements and brewpubs in former ice cream factories and railroad depots. "Bottoms Up" also includes a heady mix of such beer-related topics as ice harvesting, barrel making, bar games, Old-Fashioneds, bar fixtures, and the queen of the bootleggers.
“As you know, I am on my way to an unknown destination. It was something that has been expected so please don’t take it too hard. I’m being a good soldier and I expect all of you to be good soldiers.”
December 1942. The world is at war, and a twenty year-old welder from Mt. Vernon, New York gets the call to serve his country. Three weeks after receiving his draft notice he is inducted, and begins a journey that takes him to the other side of the world. He is sent to the China-Burma-India theater (CBI) to help in the construction of the Ledo-Burma Road, a crucial supply route to China. Share in his journey with the postcards, letters, telegrams and photographs he sent home to his family.
Winner of the "Law" category in the 2013 International Book Awards
Regent Press takes great pride in announcing the release on Feb. 1, 2012 of The Sky’s The Limit: People v. Newton, The REAL Trial of the 20th Century? by retired Judge Lise Pearlman, a book that brings to life 20th century protests that rocked America. This legal scholar offers the general public a fast-paced tour of the American 20th century that began and ended with acts of terrorism and periodically erupted in-between with forceful protest movements and no-holds-barred efforts to suppress changes in the power structure—all seen through the prism of dozens of highly polarizing “trials of the century” from 1901 to 1999 that provide deep insights into today’s growing class antagonism and the 2012 presidential race. The book features unions in pitched battles with management; “100%” Americans aroused against “hyphenated Americans;” white supremacists defending their turf; hawks versus pacifists; minorities and women demanding their place at the table; the have-nots against the richest one per cent. This highly entertaining journey takes readers to the 1907 Idaho murder trial of 8-hour day champion Big Bill Haywood that prompted laborers to march by the tens of thousands in the streets of Boston and Manhattan; Clarence Darrow’s stirring defense in 1925 of black homeowners in Detroit besieged by the KKK bent on protecting whites-only neighborhoods; the 1969-70 Chicago Seven spectacle with the whole world watching anti-war activists mocking the establishment and Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale (the original eighth, and only nonwhite, defendant) bound and gagged; the controversial prosecution in 1987 of subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz; and the trials of two homegrown terrorists for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing in revenge for the federal government’s siege of a survivalist compound in Waco, Texas.
More than a decade after Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers, aka Slim Shady) disrupted mainstream hip-hop culture, he is even more hated, contested, and celebrated. His albums, autobiographies, and motion picture catapulted him into the upper echelon of American cultural icons. In Eminem: The Real Slim Shady, Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins, acclaimed author of Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, offers a fresh way of looking at Eminem -- as performer, father, son, spiritual force, cultural critic, innovative businessman and polyethnic American -- that will excite those who already love the artist and inform those who want to understand him.
Charlie's Place is the story of an Oklahoma homestead, settled during the Land Rush, lost during the Great Depression and restored seven decades later. It is an American tale of pioneering, loss and restoration. The narrative revolves around two memorable figures, Charlie Hasbrook and his grand-daughter, Nadiene Malone. The book follows the events that led Hasbrook to ride in the Land Rush—including three violent murders in Kansas and Oregon; then continues with desperate years on the Homestead continuing through the decades of prosperity that followed. Losing the farm to an unscrupulous banker during the Depression, teenaged Nadiene made an oath to regain the farm for her family. The last section of the book swings from Silicon Valley to New York City, to the lonely, long-abandoned Hasbrook Homestead, as Malone and her children race to save the farm buildings before they collapse from years of neglect. In the end, at nearly ninety years of age, she fulfills her promise.
Honorable (Purpose in Repose) describes the life of Lucy Higgs Nichols. This amazing woman escaped generational slavery with her husband and young daughter at the beginning of the Civil War. The Union camp of Indiana's 23rd Infantry in Bolivar, Tennessee gave them protection. From that moment she devoted her life to being their nurse, cook, and laundress for almost 30 battles during the war. Even though she lost her husband and daughter during the war, she stayed with them to the end and continued as housekeeper and nurse for officers and veterans of New Albany, Indiana. She cared for them and loved them as they did for her decades beyond the war. As a group in the Grand Army of the Republic, they elected her as the only black, female member. Thirty years following the war, 55 of these men signed a letter petitioning the government for her Civil War pension as a nurse, which was granted 1898 after the initial denial, one of only three African American women to ever be given that right.
The Civil War obliterated America's past, along with many of the founders' visions of what America should be. Replacing those visions was the America that we have today. Any true understanding of America, both past and present, must include a specific understanding of this conflict.
This work, with a thought-provoking introduction exploring the true causes of the war, traces the entire story of the conflict in a concise monthly summary. In addition to all the major events that shaped the war, key facts that have disappeared from most mainstream texts are also included.
The history, style, recipes and music of one of America’s oldest and best-loved cities. The complete Beaufort and the Sea Islands experience.
Step through these pages to learn about the colorful history of one of America’s oldest cities. This is a story of treasure galleons on the Spanish Main, of pirates and privateers, Indians and settlers; the story of French Huguenots and English aristocrats; Southern belles, satin slippers and sweet tea. This is the story of Sherman marching from Atlanta to the sea, burning all before him. The story of rice, cotton and indigo plantations, of slavery and Civil War, all set against the backdrop of majestic mansions built in a time of Southern grace.
Included DVD of a carriage ride through Beaufort set to the music of the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra.
And, enjoy the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra on the included CD performing classical music from Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington Jazz.
Mulligan Stew contains a variety of ingredients from the hobo culture: hobo life as it was lived early in the twentieth century, women hobos, hobo heroes, hobo signs and symbols, contemporary hobos telling of their experiences, and hobo traditions from the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa—an event that has opened the door into the hobo world every August for more than 100 years.
Mulligan Stew is the result of extensive research Barbara Hacha conducted for her historical novel, Line by Line. As she answered readers' questions during speaking engagements and book signings, she was inspired to write this book.
Bean Camp to Briar Patch details life of American POWs during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Conditions in the camps are explained along with how the POWs coped with those conditions. Maps are included and for some camps names of the men (and women) held there are listed. Detailed histories of each of the main camps from both wars are given. Almost half of the POWs died from cold and starvation the first winter in Korea. The dead were stripped of clothing so the living could stay warm. Men were so weak they died while digging in the frozen ground to bury their buddies. In Vietnam the POWs endured extreme isolation. Some went years without seeing another American face to face. They were tortured to the point death was near, then were revived to be tortured again. They had to compete with the rats for their food. Americans know nothing about our POWs in Korea. Some recognize the name of the Hanoi Hilton from Vietnam, but know almost nothing about what happened to the men held there. This book will change that. By trying to understand what they endured we honor those who sacrificed so much. We have too long ignored this debt.
In LOAD KICK FIRE, 89 year old Gene Palumbo gives a first-hand account of the life of a tanker and as a reconnaissance soldier during World War II.
At Fort Knox, Kentucky, Palumbo trained as a tanker and soon found himself on the front lines in Europe, where he fought for 22 months with the 756th Tank Battalion, B Company. From the mountains of Cassino, Italy, to the taking of Rome, to the D-Day landing in Southern France, to Germany, Austria and Hitler's Eagles's Nest, Palumbo describes the horrors of war. Told in a straight-forward, honest voice, Palumbo grapples with seeing so many die, all the time wondering why he got to live. Palumbo finally returns home, only to find he has another battle to fight - the one within himself.
Winner in the "History: General" category of the 2013 International Book Awards
An essential and concise reference guide to the final resting places of the monarchs of England. Learn the true-life stories of these monarchs from the warrior kings of the Dark Ages to modern day. Visit some of the famous cathedrals and lesser-known burial sites throughout Great Britain. Learn about some of the most dramatic episodes in the history of Great Britain. Whether it's William the Conqueror's slaying of Harold Godwinson, Henry VIII's readiness to behead his unfortunate wives, or Elizabeth I's chastity, these kings and queens hold both legendary and symbolic positions in the public imagination. In a spectacular celebration of the British monarchy, discover momentous content detailing the lives and final resting places of each ruler. Also presented are their achievements and failings, as well as their impact on the wider world. A magnificent visual feast, this book guarantees to bring history alive for readers of all ages, through exciting narrative, illustrations, paintings, and rare photographs.
From the Author: "Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned" is the culmination of almost 3 years of research. Much has been learned about the use of threshing stones and their history. Over 100 threshing stones have been found, and we now have a better understanding of how and where they were used. My early assumption was that there were thousands spread out across North America, however we find that it is mostly a regional Kansas Mennonite artifact that had a very short time of use. The book covers the many paths that are crossed by the threshing stone, Threshing Stone Basics, Cereal Grains, The History of Threshing, The Stone and Geology, Making the Stone, German/Russian/Mennonite History, The Railroad, Picking Kansas, Farming With Horses, First Person Stories, Turkey Red Wheat, Symbolism and Bethel College, Art and Objects, Food - The Amazing Grain of Wheat, Finding the Stones, and A Summary of what we now know.