The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 254
ISBN: 9781594484001
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Release: 2009
Editor: Penguin
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

A cultural profile of Puritan life covers a wide range of topics, from their covenant communities and deep-rooted ideologies to their beliefs about church and state and their perspectives on other faiths, in an account that also evaluates their legacy in today's world. 125,000 first printing.

The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781440638695
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Release: 2008-10-07
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, The Wordy Shipmates is New York Times bestselling author Sarah Vowell's exploration of the Puritans and their journey to America to become the people of John Winthrop's "city upon a hill," a shining example, a "city that cannot be hid." To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Vowell investigates what that means? and what it should mean. What was this great political enterprise all about? Who were these people who are considered the philosophical, spiritual, and moral ancestors of our nation? What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe-buckles-and- corn reputation might suggest. The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance. Along the way she asks: *Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian, a Christlike Christian, or conformity?s tyrannical enforcer? Answer: Yes! *Was Rhode Island?s architect, Roger Williams, America?s founding freak or the father of the First Amendment? Same difference. *What does it take to get that jezebel Anne Hutchinson to shut up? A hatchet. *What was the Puritans? pet name for the Pope? The Great Whore of Babylon. Sarah Vowell?s special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where ?righteousness? is rhymed with ?wilderness,? to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America?s most celebrated voices. Thou shalt enjoy it.

The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 254
ISBN: 1594489998
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Release: 2008
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A cultural profile of Puritan life covers a wide range of topics, from their covenant communities and deep-rooted ideologies to their beliefs about church and state and their perspectives on other faiths, in an account that also evaluates their legacy in today's world. 125,000 first printing.

Unfamiliar Fishes

Unfamiliar Fishes
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 238
ISBN: 9781594485640
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Release: 2012
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

An irreverent analysis of late-nineteenth-century imperialism in the United States focuses on the annexation of Hawaii as a defining historical milestone, covering such contributing factors as the missionary overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the activities of whaling fleets.

Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 272
ISBN: 0743282531
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Release: 2005-04-04
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

New York Times bestselling author of The Word Shipmates and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” Sarah Vowell embarks on a road trip to sites of political violence, from Washington DC to Alaska, to better understand our nation’s ever-evolving political system and history.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9781594631740
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Release: 2015
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette--the one Frenchman we could all agree on--and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality. On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him. The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000. Lafayette's arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.

Radio On

Radio On
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781466857278
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Release: 2013-11-19
Editor: St. Martin's Griffin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

There are approximately 502 million radios in America. For this savvy, far-reaching diary, celebrated journalist and author Sarah Vowell turned hers on and listened--closely, critically, creatively--for an entire year. As a series of impressions and reflections regarding contemporary American culture, and as an extended meditation on both our media and our society, Radio On is a keenly focused book that is as insightful as it is refreshing.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 224
ISBN: 0743243803
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Release: 2003-10
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The author shares her perspective on such topics as the 2000 election, present-day civil rights activists, and the relationship between the United States and Canada.

Take the Cannoli

Take the Cannoli
Author: Sarah Vowell
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781439126516
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Release: 2013-12-17
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell. Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," Vowell has an irresistible voice -- caustic and sympathetic, insightful and double-edged -- that has attracted a loyal following for her magazine writing and radio monologues on This American Life. While tackling subjects such as identity, politics, religion, art, and history, these autobiographical tales are written with a biting humor, placing Vowell solidly in the tradition of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker. Vowell searches the streets of Hoboken for traces of the town's favorite son, Frank Sinatra. She goes under cover of heavy makeup in an investigation of goth culture, blasts cannonballs into a hillside on a father-daughter outing, and maps her family's haunted history on a road trip down the Trail of Tears. Take the Cannoli is an eclectic tour of the New World, a collection of alternately hilarious and heartbreaking essays and autobiographical yarns.

Wordy

Wordy
Author: Simon Schama
Pages: 416
ISBN: 1471180123
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Release: 2020-08-20
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A wide-ranging collection of essays written by the award-winning writer and historian over his forty-year career, chosen by the man himself.

Hunger of Memory

Hunger of Memory
Author: Richard Rodriguez
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780553898835
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Release: 2004-02-03
Editor: Bantam
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hunger of Memory is the story of Mexican-American Richard Rodriguez, who begins his schooling in Sacramento, California, knowing just 50 words of English, and concludes his university studies in the stately quiet of the reading room of the British Museum. Here is the poignant journey of a “minority student” who pays the cost of his social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation — from his past, his parents, his culture — and so describes the high price of “making it” in middle-class America. Provocative in its positions on affirmative action and bilingual education, Hunger of Memory is a powerful political statement, a profound study of the importance of language ... and the moving, intimate portrait of a boy struggling to become a man.

Hakluyt s Promise

Hakluyt s Promise
Author: Peter C. Mancall
Pages: 378
ISBN: 9780300164220
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Release: 2010-03-16
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Hakluyt's Promise demonstrates [Hakluyt's] prominent role in the establishment of English America as well as his interests in English opportunities in the East Indies. The volume presents nearly fifty illustrations - many unpublished since the sixteenth century - and offers a fresh view of Hakluyt's milieu and the central concerns of the Elizabethan age"--Jacket.

Founding Myths

Founding Myths
Author: Ray Raphael
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781458781147
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Release: 2010-10-08
Editor: ReadHowYouWant.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Widely praised following its initial publication, Founding Myths is a page-turner created out of the stuff of American history primers. Reexamining thirteen well-known tales from the American struggle for independence, the book documents the errors and inventions that permeate these cherished national myths - myths that are often still taught in American history classes - in what Baltimore's City Paper calls a ''debunking that does not disappoint." ''Engaging and eye-opening" (The Sacramento Bee), Ray Raphael's bold and provocative book reexamines the story of Paul Revere's midnight ride, which turns out to have involved far more than one rider; Patrick Henry's famous (and fictitious) ''Give Me Liberty" speech; and the made-up character of Molly Pitcher, among many others. Raphael cleverly demonstrates how these stories evolved over time. And in each case, he offers an alternative version, one that is both more historically accurate and more in tune with our nation's democratic ideals. For anyone who is curious about the true story of the nation's founding, and for those searching for a genuine chronicle of democratic struggle, Founding Myths is American history at its truest and most vital.

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty
Author: David Levinthal
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9780375841958
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Release: 2012
Editor: Schwartz & Wade
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Police detective Binky investigates the theft of a golden goose, the poisoning of Snow White, and other fairy tale crimes. Full color.

46 Pages

46 Pages
Author: Scott Liell
Pages: 240
ISBN: UOM:39015074198774
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Release: 2004-03-03
Editor: Running Press Adult
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Includes complete text of Thomas Paine's Common sense"--Cover.

Sleepwalk with Me

Sleepwalk with Me
Author: Mike Birbiglia
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781476705767
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Release: 2012-08-21
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In a tie-in to a one-man show that will be touring the United States in Fall 2010, a comedian offers a charming, funny memoir about first love, denial, sleepwalking and the perils and pitfalls of being ... himself.

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire
Author: Will Hermes
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781429968676
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Release: 2011-11-08
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented—all at once, from one block to the next, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another. Crime was everywhere, the government was broke, and the city's infrastructure was collapsing. But rent was cheap, and the possibilities for musical exploration were limitless. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire is the first book to tell the full story of the era's music scenes and the phenomenal and surprising ways they intersected. From New Year's Day 1973 to New Year's Eve 1977, the book moves panoramically from post-Dylan Greenwich Village, to the arson-scarred South Bronx barrios where salsa and hip-hop were created, to the Lower Manhattan lofts where jazz and classical music were reimagined, to ramshackle clubs like CBGBs and The Gallery, where rock and dance music were hot-wired for a new generation. As they remade the music, the musicians at the center of the book invented themselves: Willie Colón and the Fania All-Stars renting Yankee Stadium to take salsa to the masses, New Jersey locals Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith claiming the jungleland of Manhattan as their own, Grandmaster Flash transforming the turntable into a musical instrument, David Byrne and Talking Heads proving that rock music "ain't no foolin' around." Will Hermes was there—venturing from his native Queens to the small dark rooms where the revolution was taking place—and in Love Goes to Buildings on Fire he captures the creativity, drive, and full-out lust for life of the great New York musicians of those years, who knew that the music they were making would change the world.

Operation Nemesis

Operation Nemesis
Author: Eric Bogosian
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780316292016
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Release: 2015-04-21
Editor: Little, Brown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A masterful account of the assassins who hunted down the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide In 1921, a tightly knit band of killers set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They were a humble bunch: an accountant, a life insurance salesman, a newspaper editor, an engineering student, and a diplomat. Together they formed one of the most effective assassination squads in history. They named their operation Nemesis, after the Greek goddess of retribution. The assassins were survivors, men defined by the massive tragedy that had devastated their people. With operatives on three continents, the Nemesis team killed six major Turkish leaders in Berlin, Constantinople, Tiflis, and Rome, only to disband and suddenly disappear. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told, until now. Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins by setting the killings in the context of Ottoman and Armenian history, as well as showing in vivid color the era's history, rife with political fighting and massacres. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of vengeance, Bogosian draws upon years of research and newly uncovered evidence. Operation Nemesis is the result--both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.

Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines
Author: Marthe Cohn,Wendy Holden
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780307419880
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Release: 2007-12-18
Editor: Crown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"[T]he amazing story of a woman who lived through one of the worst times in human history, losing family members to the Nazis but surviving with her spirit and integrity intact.” —Publishers Weekly Marthe Cohn was a young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents. But soon her homeland was also under Nazi rule. As the Nazi occupation escalated, Marthe’s sister was arrested and sent to Auschwitz and the rest of her family was forced to flee to the south of France. Always a fighter, Marthe joined the French Army and became a member of the intelligence service of the French First Army. Marthe, using her perfect German accent and blond hair to pose as a young German nurse who was desperately trying to obtain word of a fictional fiancé, would slip behind enemy lines to retrieve inside information about Nazi troop movements. By traveling throughout the countryside and approaching troops sympathetic to her plight--risking death every time she did so--she learned where they were going next and was able to alert Allied commanders. When, at the age of eighty, Marthe Cohn was awarded France’s highest military honor, the Médaille Militaire, not even her children knew to what extent this modest woman had helped defeat the Nazi empire. At its heart, this remarkable memoir is the tale of an ordinary human being who, under extraordinary circumstances, became the hero her country needed her to be.

The Mercury 13

The Mercury 13
Author: Martha Ackmann
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780375758935
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Release: 2004-07-01
Editor: Random House Incorporated
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Profiles the thirteen extraordinary women, all pilots who passed the same battery of tests as the Mercury 7 astronauts, who were chosen as America's first female astronauts but who were refused the opportunity to participate, in a fascinating study that includes interviews with the surviving candidates, space program insiders, and other notables. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.