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Beyond the Revolution: a history of American thought from Paine to pragmatism

By Goetzmann, William H

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973 GOE

From 1776, when Citizen Tom Paine declared, “The birthday of a new world is at hand,” America was unique in world history. A nation suffused with the spirit of explorers, constantly replenished by immigrants, and informed by a continual influx of foreign ideas, it was the world's first truly cosmopolitan civilization. In Beyond the Revolution, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William H. Goetzmann tells the story of America's greatest thinkers and creators, from Paine and Jefferson to Melville and William James, showing how they built upon and battled one another's ideas in the critical years between 1776 and 1900. An unprecedented work of intellectual history by a master historian, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the origins of our national culture.- (Perseus Publishing)

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Man of destiny: FDR and the making of the American century

By Hamby, Alonzo L

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973 HAM

The author explores the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in terms of the degree to which his personality shaped his immense legacy.

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The disuniting of America

By Schlesinger, Arthur M

Publishing Date: 1992

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973 SCH

Examines the growing cult of ethnicity in the United States and discusses how it undermines a common American identity and results in ethnic and racial animosity - (Baker & Taylor)

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The men who united the States: America's explorers, inventors, eccentrics, and mavericks, and the creation of one nation, indivisible

By Winchester, Simon

Publishing Date: [2013]

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973 WIN

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Winchester illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U.S.A. from its beginnings and ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

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Valiant ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution

By Philbrick, Nathaniel

Publishing Date: [2016]

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.3 PHI

In the summer of 1776, Washington's army in Brooklyn and New York City faced one of the largest invading forces ever assembled by the British Empire. After suffering a series of devastating defeats, Washington's vulnerable and dejected troops were forced to evacuate the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Three weeks later, however, near the Canadian border, one of his favorite and most talented generals accomplished a tactical miracle by stalling the British advance in a viciously fought naval battle on Lake Champlain. An American defeat would have effectively ended the war, and it was Benedict Arnold who saved his young country from ruin. Moving beyond the storied victories at Trenton and Princeton and the ordeal of the Continental army at Valley Forge, Philbrick shows how the injuries Arnold suffered at the Battle of Saratoga set Washington's greatest fighting general on the road to treason. Arnold was an impulsive but sympathetic hero whose misfortunes at the hands of self-serving politicians undermined his faith in the legitimacy of the rebellion. By 1780, he had fled to the enemy after his failed attempt to surrender the American fortress at West Point to the British. During the same period, Washington came to embrace the full scope of leadership. The book tracks the messy collision of military and political goals and shows how the deep divisions among the American people posed a greater threat to their cause than the British army. In a new country wary of tyrants, Washington's unmatched ability to rise above the petty politics of his time enabled him to recognize the war that really mattered. In his treason, Arnold may actually have saved America. By intertwining the stories of Washington and Arnold, Philbrick reveals the dark path America traveled during its revolution. This is a portrait of a people in crisis and the war that gave birth to a nation.

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Abigail Adams

By Holton, Woody

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.4 HOL

Prof. Woody Holton (NBA-finalist for Unruly Americans) reveals that American icon Abigail Adams was far wiser and wilier than previously known.

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Thomas Jefferson: the art of power

By Meacham, Jon

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.4 MEA

"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" gives readers Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson's genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously, catapulting him into becoming the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.

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The last founding father: James Monroe and a nation's call to greatness

By Unger, Harlow G

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.5 UNG

The epic story of James Monroe-- the last of America's Founding Fathers -- who transformed a small, fragile nation beset by enemies into a glorious and powerful empire stretching "from sea to shining sea."

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Hymns of the Republic: the story of the final year of the American Civil War

By Gwynne, S. C

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7 GWY

"S.C. Gwynne's Hymns of the Republic addresses the period from Ulysses S. Grant's appointment as general of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later."

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Rebel yell: the violence, passion, and redemption of Stonewall Jackson

By Gwynne, S. C

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7 GWY

An account of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's rise to prominence during the Civil War.

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The man who would not be Washington: Robert E. Lee's Civil War and his decision that changed American history

By Horn, Jonathan

Publishing Date: 2015

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7 HOR

On the eve of the Civil War, one soldier embodied the legacy of George Washington and the hopes of leaders across a divided land. Both North and South knew Robert E. Lee as the son of George Washington's most famous eulogist and the son-in-law of Washington's adopted child. Each side sought his service for high command. Lee could choose only one. Here, former White House speechwriter Jonathan Horn reveals how the officer most associated with Washington went to war against the Union that Washington had forged. This extensively researched and gracefully written biography follows Lee through married life, military glory, and misfortune. The story that emerges is more complicated, more tragic, and more illuminating than the familiar tale. As Washington was the man who would not be king, Lee was the man who would not be Washington. The choice was Lee's. The story is America's.--From publisher description.

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Theodore Rex

By Morris, Edmund

Publishing Date: c2001

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.91 MOR

Describes Theodore Roosevelt's presidency as he faced the challenges of a new century in which the United States would become a world power, and discusses his accomplishments and failures, the enemies he made, and his family life. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Disloyal: a memoir : the true story of the former personal attorney to the president of the United States

By Cohen, Michael

Publishing Date: [2020]

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.933 COH

"Once Donald Trump's fiercest surrogate, closest confidant, and staunchest defender, Michael Cohen knows where the skeletons are buried. This is the most devastating business and political horror story of the century. As Trump's lawyer and "fixer," Cohen not only witnessed firsthand but was also an active participant in the inner workings of Trump's business empire, political campaign, and presidential administration. This is a story that you have not read in newspapers, or on social media, or watched on television. These are accounts that only someone who worked for Trump around the clock for over a decade--not a few months or even a couple of years--could know. Cohen describes Trump's racist rants against President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Black and Hispanic people in general, as well as the cruelty, humiliation, and abuse he leveled at family and staff. Whether he's exposing the fact that Trump engaged in tax fraud by inflating his wealth or electronic fraud by rigging an online survey, or outing Trump's Neanderthal views towards women or his hush-money payments to clandestine lovers, Cohen pulls no punches. He shows Trump's relentless willingness to lie, exaggerate, mislead, or manipulate. Trump emerges as a man without a soul--a man who courts evangelicals and then trashes them, panders to the common man, but then rips off small business owners, a con man who will do or say absolutely anything to win, regardless of the cost to his family, his associates, or his country. At the heart of Disloyal, we see how Cohen came under the spell of his charismatic "Boss" and, as a result, lost all sense of his moral compass. The real "real" Donald Trump who permeates these pages--the racist, sexist, homophobic, lying, cheating President--will be discussed, written about, and analyzed for years to come" -- Book jacket flap.

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Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox news and the dangerous distortion of truth

By Stelter, Brian

Publishing Date: 2020

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.933 STE

The CNN correspondent examines Donald Trump's controversial relationship with the Fox News network and discusses the tensions at the network between Trump loyalists and the few remaining journalists.

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When Indians became cowboys: native peoples and cattle ranching in the American West

By Iverson, Peter

Publishing Date: c1994

Classification: 900

Call Number: 978 IVE

Focusing on the northern plains and the Southwest, Peter Iverson traces the rise and fall of individual and tribal cattle industries against the backdrop of changing federal Indian policies. He describes the Indian Bureau's inability to recognize that most nineteenth-century reservations were better suited to ranching than farming. Even though allotment and leasing stifled ranching, livestock became symbols and ranching a new means of resisting, adapting, and living -- for remaining Native. In the twentieth century, allotment, leasing, non-Indian competition, and a changing regional economy have limited the long-term economic success of Indian ranching. Although the New Deal era saw some marked improvements in Native ranching operations, Iverson suggests that since the 1960s, Indian and non-Indian ranchers alike have faced the same dilemma that confronted Indians in the nineteenth century: they are surrounded by a society that does not understand them and has different priorities for their land. Cattle ranching is no more likely to disappear than are the Indian communities themselves, but cowboys and Indians, who share a common sense of place and tradition, also share an uncertain future.

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Dreams of El Dorado: a history of the American West

By Brands, H. W

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 978.02 BRA

Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes readers from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush.

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The Emerald Mile: the epic story of the fastest ride in history through the heart of the Grand Canyon

By Fedarko, Kevin

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 979.132 FED

The epic story of the fastest boat ride in history, on a hand-built dory named the "Emerald Mile," through the heart of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado river.

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Price of fame: the honorable Clare Boothe Luce

By Morris, Sylvia Jukes

Publishing Date: c2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 996.9 MOR

"Price of Fame, the concluding volume of the life of a brilliant polymath, chronicles Luce's progress from the early months of World War II, when, as an eye-catching Congresswoman and only female member of the House Military Affairs Committee, she toured both Eastern and Western Fronts, captivating generals and GIs. After a shattering personal tragedy, she converted to Roman Catholicism, and became the first American woman to be appointed ambassador to a major foreign power. 'La Luce,' as Italians dazzled by her luminous aura called her, was also a prolific journalist, formidable public speaker and television personality, as well as a playwright, screenwriter, pioneer scuba diver, early experimenter in psychedelic drugs, and grande dame of the GOP in the Reagan era. Tempestuously married to Henry Luce, the powerful publisher of Time Inc., she endured his infidelities while pursuing her own... Price of Fame records the crowded later years of the Honorable Clare Boothe Luce, during which she strengthened her friendships with Winston Churchill, Somerset Maugham, John F. Kennedy, Evelyn Waugh, Lyndon Johnson, Salvador Dal©U, Richard Nixon, William F. Buckley, the composer Carlos Ch©Lvez, Ronald Reagan, and countless other celebrities who visited her lavish Honolulu retreat. In 1973, she was appointed by Nixon to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, a position she continued to hold in the Ford and Reagan administrations."--www.Amazon.com.

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