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by Jay PhillipsThe A Shau Valley played a critical yet poorly understood role in the decade-long battle for South Vietnam. This work, relying heavily on primary sources, tells the story of the many campaigns during the struggle for control of this critical area, a major terminus of the Ho Chi MInh Trail and the most important North Vietnamese base in the northern half of the country. A Shau was the base from which the enemy infiltrated and supplied Hue City during the 1968 Tet battles and was also the site ... more
by Cordelia Frances BiddleThe first half of the 19th century was an era of upheaval. The United States nearly lost the War of 1812. Partisanship became endemic during violent clashes regarding States’ Rights and the abolition of slavery. The battle between Andrew Jackson and Nicholas Biddle over the Second Bank of the United States epitomized a nation in turmoil: Biddle, the erudite aristocrat versus Jackson, the plain-spoken warrior. The conflict altered America’s political arena. In 1832, President Andrew Jackson vowe... more
by Amy McVay Abbott
Anna Long Hoard stood at Eberhard Cemetery, watching her husband's casket lowered into his grave. Kellis Hoard died by mistaking sulphuric acid for cider, a mystery never solved. Kellis was Anna's rock and the man who farmed Anna's legacy farm. She had no sons. Could she keep the farm? Like thousands of pioneers who left the East Coast after the Revolutionary War in search of a better life, the Longs fought weather and wild country to move to a state in the Old Northwest Territory... more
by Steve Rodan
In Jewish Blood, written with Elly Sinclari, details the strategic alliance between Germany and the Zionist leadership that began as soon as Hitler gained power in 1933. For nearly the next decade, the alliance included sharing the Nazi-confiscated assets of the Jews in occupied Europe, intelligence and political cooperation, particularly in stopping any revolts in the ghettos, as well as working together to block or deny reports of the genocide of the Jews.
by William L. McGee
The Naval Armed Guard was the special service branch of the U.S. Navy responsible for defending U.S. and Allied merchant ships and their valuable cargo and crews from attack by enemy aircraft, submarines, and surface ships.
In World War II, nearly 145,000 men served in the Naval Armed Guard as Gunner’s Mates, Coxswains and Boatswains, Radiomen, Signalmen, an occasional Pharmacist’s Mate, and toward the end of the war a few radarmen.
The Naval Armed Guard serv... more
by Earl Ofari HutchinsonEarl Ofari Hutchinson's new book, How World War II Changed America, is scheduled for release on August 6, designated Hiroshima Day globally and months before commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the December 7. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack propelled the U.S. into the war. The events continue to spark discussion, debate, and reflection on the lessons still to be learned from World War II. How World War II Changed America pays tribute to the enduring changes the war brought t... more
by Dean Ulland“We must all be ready to sacrifice...” -Albert Lea Women’s Auxiliary for Promoting National Defense, May 1st, 1917 Soon after the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, it became clear that all Americans would need to be involved in the war effort. The people of Freeborn, Mower, and Steele Counties in Southern Minnesota were no exception. Young men registered for the draft and went off to war; they had no assurance of victory or of ever coming home again. Women, farmers, ... more
by Roger Stark
"This novel is destined to be a best-seller and the new "American Classic Wartime" novel of our time"...
“They were the fathers we never knew, the uncles we never met, the friends who never returned, the heroes we can never repay. They gave us our world. And those simple sounds of freedom we hear today are their voices speaking to us across the years.” -Former President Bill Clinton
Such a man was 1st Lt. Dean Harold Sherman, B-29 Airpla... more
by Mark HouserMore than 100 years ago, towering marvels like New York's Flatiron Building thrilled the public and transformed cities across the country. Now take a tour of the best of these elegant landmarks still standing today in 31 U.S. and 5 international cities. Packed with colorful tales of the powerful executives and self-made millionaires who commissioned the country's first skyscrapers, MultiStories also traces the emergence of modern corporations in banking, media, transportation, insurance, manufac... more
by Patrick DaviesSomething is going badly wrong in America. But what is really happening, why, and what does it mean? Could the US itself now be the greatest threat to the future of the West? In this fascinating account of America today, Patrick Davies, former British Deputy Ambassador to the US, sets out to understand how America, blinded by myths of its own exceptionalism, has failed to tackle serious political, social and economic problems which are exacerbating divisions in its society, poisoning its pol... more
by Harle H. TinneyWith some new stories and pictures, the third edition of THE GHOSTS OF BELCOURT CASTLE recounts stories of apparitions seen, heard, and experienced in Newport, Rhode Island’s “Gilded Age” mansion of the Belmont Family. Belcourt stood empty for fifteen years until the Tinney Family purchased it in 1956. A residence and showplace, the castle was furnished with antiques from thirty-three countries and some of them were HAUNTED.
by Barry Silverstein“Economic growth, product proliferation and television converged in the crucible of post-war America to create the fertile soil needed for modern brands to take root and bloom,” observes Barry Silverstein in this fascinating book. Exploring the interrelationship of World War II and American brands, Silverstein shows how the war itself was “branded,” how brand advertisers leveraged the war, and how the post-war economy helped birth the modern brand. Included are scores of stories about some of th... more
by W. Patrick LangMemoir of a soldier who came from a family of soldiers, fought in Vietnam, became a leading figure in US intelligence, a scholar on Middle East affairs after serving as military attache and special advisor in a number of Arab countries, and as a senior Defense Intelligence Agency officer.
by Angela Fortnum"Every family has a story. And for Angela Fortnum, her maternal family story would begin eight generations before her and reach back to the turn of the eighteenth century in England?and it is a story that she will tell and continue today. In Pages and Leaflets of North Oxfordshire, author Angela Fortnum shares a well-researched family history of her maternal grandfathers, offering a compelling window into the life and times of her ancestors. This history chronicles the Page family?s shift from... more
by Andrew Porter BrownIn 55 years of teaching in both high school and college, I’ve always wondered why American history is presented the way it is. History texts try to cover the big picture and students never get an understanding of our wars – how they are the eyes and memory of the veterans who fought the battles in the big campaigns described by their textbook. I went to a writing seminar conducted by the celebrated Civil War historian Shelby Foote and he was gracious as Southern gentlemen are who smoke pipes and... more
by Carol A. Strickland
Up the patriarchy!
Come read about Diana, Princess and Champion of the legendary Amazons, presented in an ever-so-slightly opinionated manner that will explain everything important about the lady starring in Those Movies and comics. She’s been around since 1941, you know, and has seen a lot of changes through the years.
If you take your aspirin when warned, you’ll even learn about her beloved younger sister, Donna Troy, who suffers from the worst continuity in comic bo... more