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|Author||: Clara Bingham|
|Editor||: Random House Trade Paperbacks|
"During the academic calendar year of 1969 and 1970, there were 9000 protests and 84 acts of arson or bombings at schools across the country. Two and a half million students went on strike, and 700 colleges shut down. Witness to a Revolution, Clara Bingham's oral history of that year, brings readers into this moment when it seemed that everything was about to change, when the anti-war movement could no longer be written off as fringe, and when America seemed on the brink of a revolution at home, even as it continued to fight a long war abroad. This unique oral history of the late 1960s tells of the most dramatic events of the day in the words of those closest to the action--activists, organizers, criminals, bombers, policy makers, veterans, hippies, and draft dodgers. These chapters are narrative snapshots of key moments and critical groups that sprung up in some of the most turbulent years of the 20th century. As a whole, they capture the essence of an era. They questioned and challenged nearly every aspect of American society--work, capitalism, family, education, male-female relations, sex, science, and wealth--and many of their questions remain important. A sampling of insights: how the killing of four students at Kent State turned a straight social worker into a hippie overnight; how the draft turned Ivy League-educated young men into fugitives and prisoners; how powerful government insiders walked away from their careers; how Vietnam vets came home vowing to stop the war; how, in the name of peace, intellectuals became bombers; how alienation from the establishment and the older generation compelled people to drop out, experiment with psychedelic drugs, and live communally; and how the civil rights and antiwar movements gave birth to feminism"--
|Author||: Natalie S. Bober|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Abigail Adams was an extraordinary woman who witnessed the gathering storm of the American Revolution and saw the battle of Bunker Hill from a hilltop near her home. Through her letters to friends and family, Abigail Adams lives in history--and now in this award-winning biography by Natalie Bober. Black & white illustrations .
|Author||: Victor Serge|
|Editor||: Haymarket Books|
Dispatches from a workers’ revolt by the Memoirs of a Revolutionary author, “one of the most compelling of twentieth-century ethical and literary heroes” (Susan Sontag, winner of the National Book Award). Following in the wake of the carnage reaped across Europe by World War I, German workers undertook a struggle that would prove decisive in determining the course of the entire twentieth century. In 1923, the fledgling Comintern (The Communist International) dispatched Victor Serge, with his peerless journalistic skills, to Berlin to expedite the German Revolution and write these moving reports from the battlefront. Praise for Victor Serge “He was an eyewitness of events of world historical importance, of great hope and even greater tragedy. His political recollections are very important, because they reflect so well the mood of this lost generation . . . His articles and books speak for themselves, and we would be poorer without them.” —Partisan Review “I know of no other writer with whom Serge can be very usefully compared. The essence of the man and his books is to be found in his attitude to the truth.” —John Berger, Booker Prize–winning author “The novels, poems, memoirs and other writings of Victor Serge are among the finest works of literature inspired by the October Revolution that brought the working class to power in Russia in 1917 . . . His articles—like the work of John Reed, his American friend—let us follow revolutionary events as they unfold, as seen through the eyes of an exceptionally alert journalist.” —Scott McLemee, writer of the weekly “Intellectual Affairs” column for Inside Higher Ed
|Author||: Joshua Butler Wright,William Thomas Allison|
|Editor||: Praeger Publishers|
The story of the counselor to the American Embassy in Petrograd, a remarkable account of revolutionary Russia and American activities during this chaotic time.
|Author||: Advocate (Los Angeles, Calif.).|
|Editor||: Alyson Publications|
Culled from the pages of America's most popular gay magazine, The Advocate, this collection of stories chronicles the best reporting on topics that define the gay and lesbian political and social movement. Coverage ranges from Stonewall and the birth of gay rights via AIDS and sexuality, to interviews with leading politicians and cultural icons. Sometimes tragic, often controversial, these are the stories that defined a generation.
|Author||: Marilyn Yalom|
From Marie Antoinette during her final days in prison to Charlotte Robespierre, women on both sides of the revolution were bound together by a common nightmare. Join Stanford professor Marilyn Yalom, as she uncovers first-person accounts of dozens of remarkable women memoirists of all ages and backgrounds, all victims of the French Revolution.
|Author||: Janet Fitch|
|Editor||: Little, Brown|
From the mega-bestselling author of White Oleander and Paint It Black, a sweeping historical saga of the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of one young woman St. Petersburg, New Year's Eve, 1916. Marina Makarova is a young woman of privilege who aches to break free of the constraints of her genteel life, a life about to be violently upended by the vast forces of history. Swept up on these tides, Marina will join the marches for workers' rights, fall in love with a radical young poet, and betray everything she holds dear, before being betrayed in turn. As her country goes through almost unimaginable upheaval, Marina's own coming-of-age unfolds, marked by deep passion and devastating loss, and the private heroism of an ordinary woman living through extraordinary times. This is the epic, mesmerizing story of one indomitable woman's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century.
|Author||: Andy Carvin|
In this book, NPR social media chief Andy Carvin - hailed by The Guardian as 'the man who tweets revolutions' - offers a first hand recap of the Arab Spring. Part memoir, part history, the book includes intimate stories of the revolutionaries who fought for freedom on the streets and across the internet - stories that might have never been told before the days of social media.
|Author||: Helen Azar|
In August 1914, Russia entered World War I, and with it, the imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II was thrust into a conflict they would not survive. His eldest child, Olga Nikolaevna, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, had begun a diary in 1905 when she was ten years old and kept writing her thoughts and impressions of day-to-day life as a grand duchess until abruptly ending her entries when her father abdicated his throne in March 1917. Held at the State Archives of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Olga's diaries during the wartime period have never been translated into English until this volume. At the outset of the war, Olga and her sister Tatiana worked as nurses in a military hospital along with their mother, Tsarina Alexandra. Olga's younger sisters, Maria and Anastasia, visited the infirmaries to help raise the morale of the wounded and sick soldiers. The strain was indeed great, as Olga records her impressions of tending to the officers who had been injured and maimed in the fighting on the Russian front. Concerns about her sickly brother, Aleksei, abound, as well those for her father, who is seen attempting to manage the ongoing war. Gregori Rasputin appears in entries, too, in an affectionate manner as one would expect of a family friend. While the diaries reflect the interests of a young woman, her tone grows increasingly serious as the Russian army suffers setbacks, Rasputin is ultimately murdered, and a popular movement against her family begins to grow.
|Author||: Richard B. Day,Daniel Gaido|
The theory of Permanent Revolution has been associated with Leon Trotsky for more than a century. The documents in this volume demonstrate that Trotsky was one of several participants in a debate over Permanent Revolution from 1903-1907. The volume reassembles that debate and provides new insight into the formative years of Russian Marxism.
|Author||: Charles F. Walker,Liz Clarke|
|Editor||: Oxford University Press, USA|
"This stunning graphic history tells the story of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru, a descendant of the last Inca rulers. Juan Bautista paid a high price for participating in his half-brother's massive rebellion that stretched across Peru from 1780 to 1783. His "odyssey" as he called it took him in chains from Cusco to Lima to Rio de Janeiro to Cádiz and to Ceuta, the African presidio where he spent over thirty years"--
|Author||: Serena Zabin|
|Editor||: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
A dramatic untold ‘people’s history’ of the storied event that helped trigger the American Revolution The story of the Boston Massacre—when on a late winter evening in 1770, British soldiers shot five local men to death—is familiar to generations. But from the very beginning, many accounts have obscured a fascinating truth: the Massacre arose from conflicts that were as personal as they were political. Professor Serena Zabin draws on original sources and lively stories to follow British troops as they are dispatched from Ireland to Boston in 1768 to subdue the increasingly rebellious colonists. And she reveals a forgotten world hidden in plain sight: the many regimental wives and children who accompanied these armies. We see these families jostling with Bostonians for living space, finding common cause in the search for a lost child, trading barbs and and sharing baptisms. Becoming, in other words, neighbors. When soldiers shot unarmed citizens in the street, it was these intensely human, now broken bonds that fueled what quickly became a bitterly fought American Revolution. Serena Zabin’s The Boston Massacre delivers an indelible new slant on iconic American Revolutionary history.
|Author||: Charles F. Walker|
|Editor||: Harvard University Press|
Charles Walker examines the largest rebellion in the history of Spain's American empire, led by Latin America's most iconic revolutionary, Tupac Amaru, and his wife. It began in 1780 as a multiclass alliance against European-born usurpers but degenerated into a vicious caste war, leaving a legacy that still influences South American politics today.
|Author||: Clara Bingham,Laura Leedy Gansler|
The true story of Lois Jenson, a petite single mother, who was among the first women hired by a northern Minnesota iron mine in 1975. In this brutal workplace, female miners were relentlessly threatened with pornographic graffiti, denigrating language, stalking, and physical assaults. Terrified of losing their jobs, the women kept their problems largely to themselves—until Lois, devastated by the abuse, found the courage to file a complaint against the company in 1984. Despite all of the obstacles the legal system threw at them, Lois and her fellow plaintiffs enlisted the aid of a dedicated team of lawyers and ultimately prevailed. Weaving personal stories with legal drama, Class Action shows how these terrifically brave women made history, although not without enormous personal cost. Told at a thriller’s pace, this is the story of how one woman pioneered and won the first sexual harassment class action suit in the United States, a legal milestone that immeasurably improved working conditions for American women.
|Author||: Radio Free Asia|
|Editor||: Radio Free Asia|
This e-book commemorates the one-year anniversary of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong, which took place over 79 days in late 2014. The student-led pro-democracy demonstration gained its name from the umbrellas used by protestors to shield themselves from tear gas fired at them by police. RFA’s reporting has been able to circumvent censored news coverage inside and out of China.
|Author||: Kenneth D. Campbell|
|Editor||: Archway Publishing|
Leaving his Pennsylvania steel town home as a young man, author Kenneth D. Campbell scrambled to land a magazine writer’s job in Manhattan. He followed his new boss’s instruction to “Watch that rat hole,” newspaper slang for a “beat” or coverage topic. Campbell’s “rat hole” was the real estate investment trusts or REITs, untested entities just approved by Congress. In Watch that Rat Hole, Campbell intertwines his personal journey with his unique observations as an investment newsletter editor witnessing the REIT Revolution—his rat hole. He tells how that casual assignment became a distinguished lifework in three areas: Writing—Campbell wrote an influential REIT stock market newsletter and co-authored the first hardcover REIT book; Investment banking—He and his partner advised on more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions; Managing money—Campbell co-founded a major realty stock money manager. In addition, he provides an insider’s take on investment styles of 1980s activists including Carl Icahn, Michael Milken, Leland Speed, Sam Zell, and Warren Buffett and their nearly two dozen company purchases and takeovers. And, he presents valuable insights into a number of business and stock market issues. Offering personal recollections of the world of real-estate investment, Watch that Rat Hole gives insight into REITs, this little-understood—but pivotal—area of business and finance.
|Author||: Mary Elaine Hegland|
|Editor||: Stanford University Press|
Outside of Shiraz in the Fars Province of southwestern Iran lies "Aliabad." Mary Hegland arrived in this then-small agricultural village of several thousand people in the summer of 1978, unaware of the momentous changes that would sweep this town and this country in the months ahead. She became the only American researcher to witness the Islamic Revolution firsthand over her eighteen-month stay. Days of Revolution offers an insider's view of how regular people were drawn into, experienced, and influenced the 1979 Revolution and its aftermath. Conventional wisdom assumes Shi'a religious ideology fueled the revolutionary movement. But Hegland counters that the Revolution spread through much more pragmatic concerns: growing inequality, lack of development and employment opportunities, government corruption. Local expectations of leaders and the political process—expectations developed from their experience with traditional kinship-based factions—guided local villagers' attitudes and decision-making, and they often adopted the religious justifications for Revolution only after joining the uprising. Sharing stories of conflict and revolution alongside in-depth interviews, the book sheds new light on this critical historical moment. Returning to Aliabad decades later, Days of Revolution closes with a view of the village and revolution thirty years on. Over the course of several visits between 2003 and 2008, Mary Hegland investigates the lasting effects of the Revolution on the local political factions and in individual lives. As Iran remains front-page news, this intimate look at the country's recent history and its people has never been more timely or critical for understanding the critical interplay of local and global politics in Iran.