Half Moon Bay (Images of America) by Kathleen Manning, Jerry Crow

By Kathleen Manning, Jerry Crow

First dubbed San Benito after which "Spanishtown," part Moon Bay is a coastside city with an extended and interesting tale. Many understand it for its gorgeous traditional atmosphere, old fashioned downtown structure, and cozy surroundings, yet no longer many folks recognize that this city was once the 1st to be validated in San Mateo County due to 1840s land can provide to early Spanish settlers. remoted at the coast for a time, it grew to become domestic to Mexican, Chilean, Italian, Portuguese, and different cultures after the 1850s, while roads eventually reached over the mountains. in the course of the twentieth century, a wide selection of companies thrived the following, as humans arrived through street, water, or even railroad. Farms, church buildings, colleges, companies, and houses sprang up, and town modernized, notwithstanding today's part Moon Bay appears very like it did a hundred years in the past.

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Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo

By Stephen Puleo

Presently after midday on January 15, 1919, a fifty-foot-tall metal tank choked with 2.3 million gallons of molasses collapsed on Boston"s waterfront, disgorging its contents as a fifteen-foot-high wave of molasses that in brief traveled at thirty-five miles according to hour. while the tide receded, a piece of the city"s North finish were reworked right into a warfare region. the nice Boston Molasses Flood claimed the lives of twenty-one humans and ratings of animals, injured a hundred and fifty, and prompted common destruction.

But the molasses flood was once greater than an remoted occasion. Its tale overlays America"s tale in the course of a tumultuous decade in our historical past. Tracing the period from the tank"s building in 1915 in the course of the multiyear lawsuit that the tragedy, darkish Tide makes use of the drama of the flood to envision the sweeping adjustments led to by way of international warfare I, Prohibition, the Anarchist move, the purple Scare, immigration, and the function of huge enterprise in society.

Stephen Puleo is a former award-winning newspaper reporter and now works in company public family within the Boston region. He has performed vast examine on Boston"s North finish, the place the molasses flood came about, and is a widespread contributor to American heritage journal. He lives within the Boston sector.

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Liberty's Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of by Elizabeth Mitchell

By Elizabeth Mitchell

The Statue of Liberty is among the such a lot recognizable monuments on this planet, a strong image of freedom and the yankee dream. for many years, the parable has continued that the statue used to be a grand present from France, yet now Liberty's Torch unearths how she was once actually the puppy undertaking of 1 quixotic and visionary French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Bartholdi not just solid this 151-foot-tall colossus in a workshop in Paris and transported her around the ocean, yet battled to elevate cash for the statue and make her a reality.

A younger sculptor encouraged by way of a visit to Egypt the place he observed the pyramids and Sphinx, he traveled to the United States, wearing with him the assumption of a gigantic statue of a girl. There he enlisted the aid of extraordinary humans of the age - together with Ulysses S. provide, Joseph Pulitzer, Victor Hugo, Gustave Eiffel, and Thomas Edison - to assist his scheme. He additionally got here up with artistic principles to elevate cash, together with displaying the torch on the Phildaelphia world's reasonable and charging humans to climb up inside of. whereas the French and American governments dithered, Bartholdi made the statue a truth via his personal entrepreneurship, imaginative and prescient, and backbone.

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Washington and Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America by Tony Williams, Stephen F. Knott

By Tony Williams, Stephen F. Knott

The Untold tale of the intense Alliance That cast Our state and the not going Duo in the back of It: George Washington & Alexander Hamilton

In the wake of the yank Revolution, the Founding Fathers confronted a frightening activity: triumph over their competing visions to construct a brand new state, the likes of which the area had by no means visible. As opposed debates raged over how to guard their new hard-won freedoms, males shaped an out of this world partnership that may release the fledgling usa: George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.

Washington and Hamilton chronicles the not going collaboration among those conflicting characters on the center of our nationwide narrative: Washington, the fundamental common dedicated to classical virtues, and Hamilton, an formidable officer and legal professional longing for status of the noblest kind.

Working jointly, they laid the basis for the associations that govern the USA to today and guarded one another from sour assaults from Jefferson and Madison, who thought of their regulations a betrayal of the republican beliefs they'd fought for.

Yet whereas Washington and Hamilton's diverse personalities frequently resulted in fruitful collaboration, their conflicting beliefs additionally verified the limits in their relationship—and threatened the way forward for the hot republic.

From the rumblings of the yankee Revolution during the fractious Constitutional conference and America's turbulent first years, this beautiful background finds the lovely effect of this not going duo that set the U.S. at the route to turning into a superpower.

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great by Isabel Wilkerson

By Isabel Wilkerson

During this epic, fantastically written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of many nice untold tales of yankee heritage: the decades-long migration of black voters who fled the South for northern and western towns, looking for a greater lifestyles. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of just about six million humans replaced the face of the US. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of alternative peoples in historical past. She interviewed greater than 1000 humans, and won entry to new facts and authentic files, to put in writing this definitive and vividly dramatic account of the way those American trips spread out, changing our towns, our nation, and ourselves.
With beautiful ancient element, Wilkerson tells this tale in the course of the lives of 3 targeted members: Ida Mae Gladney, who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, the place she accomplished quiet blue-collar good fortune and, in outdated age, voted for Barack Obama whilst he ran for an Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling, who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, the place he endangered his activity combating for civil rights, observed his kinfolk fall, and at last came upon peace in God; and Robert Foster, who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a clinical occupation, the non-public health professional to Ray Charles as a part of a glitteringly winning scientific occupation, which allowed him to buy a grand domestic the place he usually threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and laborious cross-country journeys by means of motor vehicle and educate and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, in addition to how they replaced those towns with southern meals, religion, and tradition and greater them with self-discipline, force, and difficult paintings. either a riveting microcosm and a huge evaluation, The heat of different Suns is a daring, striking, and riveting paintings, an outstanding account of an “unrecognized immigration” inside of our personal land. during the breadth of its narrative, the great thing about the writing, the intensity of its learn, and the fullness of the folk and lives portrayed herein, this e-book is destined to turn into a vintage.

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Soft Soil, Black Grapes: The Birth of Italian Winemaking in by Simone Cinotto

By Simone Cinotto

From Ernest and Julio Gallo to Francis Ford Coppola, Italians have formed the historical past of California wine. greater than the other workforce, Italian immigrants and their households have made California viticulture certainly one of America’s so much targeted and colourful achievements, from boutique vineyards within the Sonoma hills to the large business wineries of the valuable Valley. yet how did a small staff of nineteenth-century immigrants plant the roots that flourished right into a world-class undefined? used to be there whatever really “Italian”in their success?

In this clean, attention-grabbing account of the ethnic origins of California wine, Simone Cinotto rewrites a century-old triumphalist tale. He demonstrates that those Italian visionaries weren't expert winemakers transplanting an immemorial agricultural culture, no matter if California did resemble the rolling Italian nation-state in their local Piedmont. as a substitute, Cinotto argues that it was once the wine-makers’ entry to “social capital,” or the ethnic and familial ties that certain them to their wealthy wine-growing background, and never monetary leverage or direct enological event, that enabled them to enhance one of these winning and influential wine enterprise. concentrating on the most very important names in wine history—particularly Pietro Carlo Rossi, Secondo Guasti, and the Gallos—he chronicles a narrative pushed by way of ambition and creativity yet learned in a classy tangle of immigrant entrepreneurship, classification fight, racial inequality, and a brand new global of shopper culture.

Skillfully mixing local, social, and immigration historical past, gentle Soil, Black Grapes takes us on an unique trip into the cultural development of ethnic economies and markets, the social dynamics of yank race, and the absolutely transnational historical past of yankee wine.

Editorial Reviews
From Booklist
History professor Cinotto strains a special direction during this learn of the origins of California’s wine undefined. He specializes in the function of Italian immigrants in constructing these now-famous vineyards and wineries that got here to dominate the company. prior historians have posited a translation of Italy’s Piedmont vineyards into the valleys north of San Francisco, yet Cinotto marshals proof that the Gallos, Rossis, Guastis, and different North Italians based and grew their companies alongside kinfolk, ethnic, and racial strains and had possessed little winemaking event of their local Piedmont. They held onto the robust bonds of , encouraging complete extended family strains to go away Italy for America’s promise. within the technique, they generally exploited the exertions of alternative immigrant teams, similar to the chinese language, eastern, and Mexicans. ultimate aloof and academically rigorous, Cinotto alludes in simple terms tangentially to the dysfunctional and often scandal-ridden generations that inherited those companies whose worthy grew exponentially after the repeal of Prohibition. --Mark Knoblauch

"History professor Cinotto lines a special course during this research of the origins of California’s wine industry."-Booklist,

"The writing variety is attractive and the writer makes use of quite a few assets to explain the cultural panorama of the California wine from its beginnings to trendy times."-Library Journal,

“Soft Soil, Black Grapes is properly conceived, good written…and nuanced and unique in its arguments.”-David Vaught,The magazine of yankee History

"This fantastically typeset booklet, with well-chosen black and white illustrations, attracts the reader into the entrepreneurial spirit and immigrant staff dynamic in the back of the good fortune of California Italian wines. Engagingly written, Simone Cinotto's account merits a large distribution between financial, cultural, and migration historians and all who love wine. The e-book blends wealthy and colourful descriptions of meals heritage with company intrigues and kinfolk passions. it's a tale of high-stakes dangers and monetary rewards."-Mark I. Choate,American ancient Review

“In this crucial ebook, Cinotto indicates how the luck of California’s wine used to be no longer the fabricated from atmosphere and culture yet quite the results of the potent use (and the exploitation) of symbols and solidarities in keeping with ethnicity.”-Fraser Ottanelli,University of South Florida

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The Military in San Diego by Scott McGaugh

By Scott McGaugh

No urban is as pleased with its army background as San Diego, often called military city, united states. Congress additionally has exact San Diego because the Birthplace of Naval Aviation. even if, its neighborhood textile displays a extra different and tightly woven courting with our international locations security. over the last century, town has invented after which reinvented itself according to moving global affairs and nationwide priorities. it all started with a profitable crusade to develop into a West Coast military base within the early 1900s. by means of the Thirties, army plane production drove monetary improvement. After explosive progress in international warfare II, San Diego emerged as a longtime army city. on the sunrise of the chilly struggle, San Diego recast itself as a house for chilly conflict examine and improvement and safety contractors. this present day, San Diego is an across the world well known safety technology and know-how improvement heart, a urban during which one in 4 jobs and entirely 50 percentage of local household product are safety comparable. Like no different urban in the US, San Diego has grown from a distant army presidio outpost to develop into a preeminent Pacific powerhouse.

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The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without by James Davison Hunter

By James Davison Hunter

The demise of personality is a vast historic, sociological, and cultural inquiry into the ethical lifestyles and ethical schooling of younger americans dependent upon a massive empirical examine of the kids themselves. The children's concepts and concerns-expressed right here of their personal words-shed a complete new gentle on what we will anticipate from ethical schooling. concentrating on new theories of schooling and the prominence of psychology over ethical guide, Hunter analyzes the making of a brand new cultural narcissism.

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The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness History of by Rod Gragg

By Rod Gragg

100 and fifty years after the conflict of Gettysburg, the phrases of the warriors and onlookers current for these 3 fateful days nonetheless reverberate with the facility in their braveness and sacrifice. The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader: An Eyewitness historical past of the Civil War's maximum Battle gathers letters, journals, articles and speeches from the folk who lived via these mythical 3 days. Tied including narrative via historian Rod Gragg and illustrated with a wealth of pictures and photographs, The Illustrated Gettysburg Reader will shipping you to the battlefield, immersing you within the emotional depth of the fight of brother opposed to brother for the way forward for the U.S. of America.

"Here they're penetrating the center of a opposed kingdom leaving their houses past extensive rivers and the biggest of the enemies armies whereas in entrance of them is amassing all of resistance that may be bought through an influence fruitful of each portion of army power."
Confederate soldier T.G. Pollock at the thirtieth of June, 1863, the day earlier than the conflict of Gettysburg

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The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before by Daniel Stashower

By Daniel Stashower

"It's historical past that reads like a race-against-the-clock thriller." Harlan Coben
Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award–winning writer of The appealing Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting real tale of the "Baltimore Plot," an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln at the eve of the Civil conflict within the HOUR OF PERIL.

In February of 1861, simply days prior to he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln confronted a "clear and fully-matured" hazard of assassination as he traveled through teach from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a interval of 13 days the mythical detective Allan Pinkerton labored feverishly to discover and thwart the plot, assisted through an enthralling younger widow named Kate Warne, America's first girl inner most eye.

As Lincoln's teach rolled inexorably towards "the seat of danger," Pinkerton struggled to solve the ever-changing info of the homicide plot, at the same time he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to think that the chance used to be genuine. With time working out Pinkerton took a determined gamble, staking Lincoln's life—and the way forward for the nation—on a "perilous feint" that appeared to supply the one probability that Lincoln might live to tell the tale to turn into president. Shrouded in secrecy—and, later, mired in controversy—the tale of the "Baltimore Plot" is without doubt one of the nice untold stories of the Civil struggle period, and Stashower has crafted this spellbinding ancient narrative with the velocity and urgency of a race-against-the-clock mystery.

A Washington put up Notable Nonfiction ebook of 2013
Winner of the 2014 Edgar Award for top truth Crime
Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for top Nonfiction
Winner of the 2014 Anthony Award for most sensible severe or Non-fiction paintings
Winner of the 2014 Macavity Award for most sensible Nonfiction

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