By John H. Elliott
This epic historical past compares the empires equipped by way of Spain and Britain within the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival within the New global to the tip of Spanish colonial rule within the early 19th century. J. H. Elliott, some of the most uncommon and flexible historians operating this present day, deals us background on a grand scale, contrasting the worlds outfitted via Britain and via Spain at the ruins of the civilizations they encountered and destroyed in North and South America.
Elliott identifies and explains either the similarities and changes within the empires’ tactics of colonization, the nature in their colonial societies, their targeted types of imperial govt, and the independence hobbies fastened opposed to them. in keeping with broad interpreting within the heritage of the 2 nice Atlantic civilizations, the ebook units the Spanish and British colonial empires within the context in their personal occasions and provides us insights into facets of this twin historical past that also impression the Americas.
By Rachel Maddow
The no 1 long island instances bestseller that charts America’s risky waft right into a country of perpetual struggle.
Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we have drifted clear of America's unique beliefs and turn into a kingdom weirdly at peace with perpetual warfare. to appreciate how we have arrived at this type of risky position, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam struggle to modern battle in Afghanistan, alongside the way in which exploring Reagan's radical presidency, the anxious upward thrust of govt authority, the sluggish outsourcing of our war-making features to non-public businesses, the plummeting percent of yankee households whose childrens struggle our consistent wars for us, or even the altering fortunes of G.I. Joe. eventually, she exhibits us simply how a lot we stand to lose through permitting the scope of yank army strength to overpower our political discourse.
Sensible but provocative, lifeless critical but seriously humorous, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate approximately our monstrous and confounding nationwide defense country.
By Stetson Kennedy
Stetson Kennedy’s infiltration and publicity of the KKK.
This ebook explores the cultural heritage and future customers of the so-called ‘new American approach of war’. In fresh many years, American army tradition has develop into more and more ruled through a imaginative and prescient of ‘immaculate destruction’, which reached its apogee with the autumn of Baghdad in 2003. Operation Iraqi Freedom used to be hailed because the positive validation of this new American method of battle. For its such a lot enthusiastic supporters, it additionally encapsulated a broader political imaginative and prescient. through attaining entire technical mastery of the battlefield, the U.S. may render conflict surgical, humane, and predictable, and turn into a accurately calibrated software of nationwide coverage.
American procedure has usually been characterized as missing in trouble for the non-military results of activities. besides the fact that, the chaotic aftermath of the Iraq warfare printed the undying fact that army good fortune and political victory usually are not a similar. in fact, the yankee approach of warfare has usually emerged because the contradictory expression of competing visions of warfare suffering for dominance because the early chilly warfare interval. by way of tracing the origins and evolution of those competing perspectives at the political application of strength, this publication will set the presently renowned picture of a brand new American means of battle in its broader historic, cultural and political context, and supply an evaluation of its destiny prospects.
This publication might be of great curiosity to scholars of strategic stories, army concept, US international coverage and foreign politics. it will likely be hugely correct for army practitioners attracted to the elemental techniques which proceed to force American strategic pondering within the modern battlegrounds of the battle on Terror.
By Thomas S. Kidd
In Patrick Henry, Kidd pulls again the curtain on one in every of our such a lot radical, passionate Founders, exhibiting that until eventually we comprehend Henry himself, we'll overlook a number of the Revolution’s animating values.
By Tim Grove
In 1924 the U.S. military despatched 8 younger males on a daring try to be the 1st to circumnavigate the globe by way of flight. males from 5 different countries—Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina—had an identical objective. The race was once on!
First Flight world wide documents the interesting trip of 4 American planes—the Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle—and their crews on a race all over the world. The journey held many demanding situations: severe climate, difficult navigation, strange cultures, fragile planes, and few airfields. The
global fliers risked their lives for the sake of nationwide pride.
dependent partially at the magazine of 1 of the workforce contributors, First Lieutenant Leslie Arnold, in addition to observation, newspaper experiences, and archival photographs, First Flight round the World is a charming story approximately American ingenuity, gumption, and perseverance.
By Dante Chinni
A provocative counterargument to the blue/red divide that illuminates our country's multidimensional political spectrum.
In a weather of tradition wars and monetary uncertainty, the media have usually lowered the USA to a simplistic schism among purple and blue states. in keeping with that oversimplification, journalist Dante Chinni teamed up with political geographer James Gimpel, utilizing on-the-ground reporting and statistical research to get previous generalizations and probe American groups in depth.
Looking on the info, they famous that the rustic breaks into twelve distinctive varieties of groups, whose alterations and particular matters make clear the delicate differences in how american citizens vote, store, and differently behave. Showcasing own interviews, mixed with proof and facts, Our Patchwork Nation bargains a really good new option to study the problems that topic such a lot to our groups, and to our nation.
By Matt Taibbi
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr through THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, AND KIRKUS REVIEWS
A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
over the past 20 years, the USA has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The legal inhabitants doubles.
Fraud via the wealthy wipes out forty percentage of the world’s wealth. the wealthy get vastly richer. nobody is going to jail.
looking for an answer, journalist Matt Taibbi came across the Divide, the seam in American lifestyles the place our such a lot troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed by way of a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our easy rights at the moment are made up our minds by way of our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits hugely damaging fraud by way of the hyperwealthy to head unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it’s very unlikely to work out until eventually you examine those alarming traits aspect by way of side.
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via each side of our new process of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably prosperous and the criminalized terrible. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to ruin an organization via soiled tips; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the method of the most important banks in the US, basically to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different part of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front traces of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare process which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep contained in the stop-and-frisk global, the place status in entrance of your house has turn into an arrestable offense. As he narrates those significant tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new commonplace of justice, in keeping with a thorough, traumatic new imaginative and prescient of civil rights.
via astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the rich and nightmare tales of normal humans stuck within the Divide’s punishing good judgment, Taibbi lays naked one of many maximum demanding situations we are facing in modern American lifestyles: surviving a method that devours the lives of the bad, turns a blind eye to the damaging crimes of the rich, and implicates us all.
Praise for The Divide
“Ambitious . . . deeply suggested, hugely compelling . . . most unlikely to place down.”—The ny instances ebook Review
“These are the tales that would maintain you up at evening. . . . The Divide is not only a document from the recent the United States; it truly is advocacy journalism at its finest.”—Los Angeles Times
“Taibbi is a constant investigative reporter. he's taking readers within not just funding banks, hedge cash and the blood game of short-sellers, yet into the lives of the needy, minorities, highway drifters and unlawful immigrants. . . . The Divide is a vital ebook. Its documentation is robust and shocking.”—The Washington Post
“Captivating . . . The Divide enshrines its author’s place as probably the most vital voices in modern American journalism.”—The Independent (UK)
“Taibbi [is] maybe the best reporter on Wall Street’s crimes within the glossy era.”—Salon
From the Hardcover edition.
By Chris Sinacola
Sutton used to be born between fertile hilltops and well-watered valleys of the Nipmuc kingdom, the place, within the early 1700s, a bunch of London vendors verified a brand new foothold in the US. within the wake of Indian wars, English farmers equipped a city on their weapons, plows, and Congregational sensibilities, a spot echoed this day throughout the photos in Sutton. No Massachusetts city despatched extra of its local sons to struggle for independence, and Sutton secured that liberty via exertions. French Canadian employees equipped the mill villages of Manchaug and Wilkinsonville and became out fabric, hats, and shuttles. Sutton raised prize-winning farm animals and grew the Sutton good looks apple. because the 20th century introduced development, Sutton combined highways and subdivisions with eighteenth-century houses, farms, and a operating blacksmith store.