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  • Inventive Minds of 20th Century America:

    Since 1790 over six million patents have been issued in the USA. Of these, approximately 5.8 million were awarded in the 20th century. The inventions they covered have been credited with providing the USA with its industrial supremacy. Whereas the patents awarded to a handful of famous 20th century inventors such as Edison, Marconi and Tesla are well known, there are hundreds of thousands of other inventors who contributed to the greatness of the USA whose names are long forgotten, consigned to ... more
  • The Making of a Leader: Franklin D. Murphy: The Kansas Years

    by Nancy Kellogg Harper
    As a teenager he purchased on the installment plan a Durer woodcut print from a Kansas City antiquarian. Thus began a lifelong love of the arts. By age 32, he had graduated first in his medical class at the University of Pennsylvania and become dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He gained national prominence for his plan to bring doctors to rural America. Three years later, Murphy was named Chancellor of KU and served during a transformative nine years. It was said that he "bro... more
  • He Could Make Words Sing: An Ordinary Man During Extraordinary Times

    by David Greene
    Harry Greissman, raised in 1920’s and 30’s Brooklyn by his immigrant parents, represented the Greatest Generation as he defeated the Nazis in World War II, became the first in his family to graduate college, led the exodus to the suburbs in Westchester, served for 40 years as a “Mad Men” in an anti-Semitic advertising agency, and retired to sunny Florida. His life is the subject of an interesting story told by his son-in-law in a new book, He Could Make Words Sing: An Ordinary Man During Extrao... more
  • Hey Tuskegee!

    by Robert E. Constant
    Follow siblings Robbie and Saniyah as they relive the outstanding accomplishments of iconic African-Americans, including the University’s founder, Booker T. Washington. Take in the spirit and pageantry of Homecoming as the Marching Crimson Pipers entertain and lead more than 30,000 fans in singing the University’s signature songs. After the game, witness the Black Greek Sororities’ and Fraternities’ camaraderie as they passionately sing their traditional songs. Then, share the families’ pride... more
  • The Founders' Revolution

    by Michael S. Law
    Readers will re-discover the forgotten treasures of the history and principles of the Declaration of Independence, recognizing the dedication of the Founding Fathers to the principles found therein. "The Founders' Revolution" expounds upon the forgotten history and principles, enlightening the reader and urging them to "come back to the truths" found therein. "The Founders' Revolution" focuses on the intent of the Founding Fathers and the historical circumstances of the Declaration of Independen... more
  • Rise and Decline: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It

    by Bruce Thatcher
    Sooner or later, all nations die. Rise and Decline: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It studies six of history’s great democracies and republics – Ancient Athens, the Roman Republic, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, The French Third Republic, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Rise and Decline shows that the United States has passed its peak in world prominence and is on the decline. It identifies the core values that drove its ascendance. And it shows that the reas... more
  • Here Is The Church: A History of St. Mary Parish

    by Donna Lee Davis
    Fredericksburg's Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church is steeped in history, from its antebellum roots in overwhelmingly Protestant Virginia through the carnage of the American Civil War and its aftermath to the modern age which finds its congregation 18,000 strong. Its colorful story comes alive in Here Is the Church: A History of St. Mary Parish through the chronicling of local newspapers and first person accounts.
  • If You Were Me and Lived in....the Mayan Empire: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 4)

    by Carole P. Roman
    Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Viking Europe, and what children who lived during the Han Dynasty did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-trav... more
  • If You Were Me and Lived in...Viking Europe: An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time (Volume 3)

    by Carole P. Roman
    Hop in our time travel machine and join Carole P. Roman as she visits a Viking settlement in the year 890 AD. Learn what your name could be and the kind of food you might eat. Read about the different levels of society, how they affect where you would live, and the type of clothing you might wear. Mateya Arkova's beautiful illustrations illustrate what Vikings ate and their children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in.. Viking Europe is an exciting trip that shows a colorful culture through... more
  • Betrayed: Secrecy, Lies, and Consequences

    by Frederic H Martini
    In 1944, 168 Allied airmen were beaten, experimented on, and otherwise mistreated in Buchenwald, where the famous Nazi engineer Wernher von Braun obtained slave labor for his V-2 factory, the Mittelwerk. After the war, the US Army brought von Braun and his associates to America, as part of the ultra-secret Project Paperclip. The US government concealed von Braun’s wartime activities, and promoted an alternate history that sheltered him from prosecution for war crimes. This involved suppressing ... more
  • The Seasons of Treaty Oak

    by Jane Bauld
    The Seasons of Treaty Oak is the life story of the beautiful and historic Treaty Oak of Austin, Texas. The author tells the story sensitively and suspensefully with due respect for both history and legend. The story of the attack on Treaty Oak and its struggle to recover is truly inspirational.
  • THEY Made America Great --31 Endearing Legacies Worth Heeding Today

    by Rick Rhodes
    Spanning more than 250 years of history, this work is a collection of 31 heartwarming stories of fellow Americans who have traveled that road behind us. Some people here are well known. Others presented here are lesser known, but also have contributed to our American Legacy. Harry Truman once stated, “The only thing really new, is the history you don’t know.” Distinguished historian David McCullough affirms, “History is a great way to meet people.” This book does that.
  • On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron. An Oral History of the Great Migration. Vol. 1

    by Tom Jones

    In the earliest decades of the 20th century, more than twenty-eight million men and women—black and white—began “The Great Migration” north from the Deep South and Appalachia, lured by high wages and the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families. Among the white southerners who left their homes, literally hundreds of thousands came to work in the rubber factories of Ohio during the teens and twenties, forever changing its culture, history and politics. Who were they?... more

  • A Medal for Dr. Mary

    by Polly Craig
    Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a surgeon and spy in the Union Army, is the only woman ever awarded the Medal of Honor. Born a hundred years ahead of her time, she campaigned for dress reform, women's suffrage, women's health issues and much more. "A Medal for Dr. Mary" covers eighty -seven years of this extraordinary woman's life. Four Hundred and ninety-one pages propel the reader through the Civil War tragedies as well as the political and historical background of the years between... more
  • Escape from Manchuria

    by Paul Maruyama
    In the closing days of WWII, the Soviet Union attacked and occupied Japanese-controlled northern China, then called Manchuria. Immediately, misery and death from cold, hunger, disease, and brutality descended on the Japanese civilians at the hands of the Soviet Army and revenge-seeking mobs and bandits. Nearly 2,500 Japanese, mostly the elderly and children, died daily. Three courageous Japanese men embarked on a secret mission and escaped to Japan to eventually bring about an end to the Manchu... more
  • Bosses and Blackjacks: A Tale of the "Bloody Fifth" in Philadelphia

    by L.C. Bennett Stern
    A Philadelphia cop in 1917, just trying to provide a better life for his wife and kids, becomes embroiled in a political contest involving the mayor and a butcher — but life will never be the same after events in the Fifth Ward go horribly wrong on Primary Election Day. Good cop? Bad cop? You decide.