Bad Land: An American Romance Vintage Departures

Raban's stunning evocation of the harrowing, desperate reality behind the homesteader's dream strips away the myth--while preserving the romance--that has shrouded our understanding of our own heartland. Seduced by the government's offer of 320 acres per homesteader, Americans and Europeans rushed to Montana and the Dakotas to fulfill their own American dream in the first decade of this century.


Where the Buck Stops: The Personal and Private Writings of Harry S. Truman

Harry truman was a man of common sense and uncommon insights. His topics range from "do-nothing presidents" to the way he felt military service undermined a leader's ability to command a country to his admiration for Abraham Lincoln. Truman writes about moments in presidential history with a warmth and sincerity that brings figures from George Washington to Franklin Roosevelt to life.

Willing to write frankly about his decision to drop the atomic bomb, but humble about his own impact on history, Truman offers a unique perspective on American history. In this frank book, about the best and worst presidents, the thirty-third president of the United States speaks directly about the office of the presidency, and his own experience holding office.

Nearly every page contains a "Trumanism" - an unexpected insight, a little-known anecdote, or a pithy piece of wisdom.

Since Yesterday: The 1930s in America, September 3, 1929-September 3, 1939

A “wonderfully written account of america in the ’30s, ” the follow-up to Only Yesterday examines Black Tuesday through the end of the Depression The New York Times. Wall street journal bestseller opening on september 3, 1929, in the days before the stock market crash, this information-packed volume takes us through one of America’s darkest times all the way to the light at the end of the tunnel.

Roosevelt took office in 1933, which had plummeted in 1929 from 125 to fifty-eight, and by 1936,  public confidence in the nation slowly began to grow, the industrial average, had risen again to almost one hundred. In some cities, 84 percent of the population was unemployed and starving. But america still had a long road ahead.

From the lindbergh kidnapping to the new deal, the public adoration of Shirley Temple, from the devastating dust storms that raged through our farmlands to the rise of Benny Goodman, and our mass escape to the movies, this book is a hopeful and powerful reminder of why history matters. Following black Tuesday, America plunged into the Great Depression.

Allen also chronicles the decade’s lighter side: the fashions, morals, sports, and candid cameras that were revolutionizing Americans’ lives. With wit and empathy, he draws a devastating economic picture of small businesses swallowed up by large corporations—a ruthless bottom line not so different from what we see today.

Popular historian Frederick Lewis Allen brings to life these ten critical years.

God: A Human History

New york times bestseller • the bestselling author of zealot and host of Believer explores humanity’s quest to make sense of the divine in this concise and fascinating history of our understanding of God. In zealot, reza aslan replaced the staid, well-worn portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth with a startling new image of the man in all his contradictions.

As aslan writes, “whether we are aware of it or not, and regardless of whether we’re believers or not, what the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves. But this projection is not without consequences. In layered prose and with thoughtful, accessible scholarship, Aslan narrates the history of religion as a remarkably cohesive attempt to understand the divine by giving it human traits and emotions.

According to aslan, this innate desire to humanize God is hardwired in our brains, making it a central feature of nearly every religious tradition. We bestow upon god not just all that is good in human nature—our compassion, our thirst for justice—but all that is bad in it: our greed, our bigotry, our penchant for violence.

. In his new book, aslan takes on a subject even more immense: God, writ large. Helps us pan out from our troubled times, while asking us to consider a more expansive view of the divine in contemporary life. The seattle times “A fascinating exploration of the interaction of our humanity and God.

Winter Sisters: A Novel

Stunning. When what happened to them is finally revealed, Dr. Oliveira writes with feeling. The new york times Book Review“An engrossing story. Determined not to give up hope, Dr. That feels utterly timely. People, 1879: an epic blizzard descends on Albany, “The Best New Books”New York, devastating the city.

Mary sutter, a former Civil War surgeon, searches for the two sisters. As contemporary as it is historic, part family saga, Winter Sisters is part gripping thriller, and ultimately a story of trauma and resilience that explores the tremendous good and unspeakable evil of which humans are capable. Sutter must fight the most powerful of albany's citizens, risking personal and public danger as she seeks to protect the fragile, putting at risk loves and lives in her quest to right unimaginable wrongs.

When the snow finally settles, two newly orphaned girls are missing.

Caribbean: A Novel

. Michener sweeps readers off to the Caribbean, bringing to life the eternal allure and tumultuous history of this glittering string of islands. Praise for caribbean   “Michener is a master. Boston herald   “A grand epic. In caribbean, there appears to be a strong aura of truth behind the storytelling. The new york Times.

Michener sympathizes with the struggles of the region’s most oppressed, and succeeds in presenting the Caribbean in its rich diversity. The plain dealer   “Remarkable and praiseworthy. In this acclaimed classic novel, James A. Utterly engaging. The washington post book world   “Even American tourists familiar with some of the serene islands will find themselves enlightened.

Michener's Hawaii. From the 1310 conquest of the arawaks by cannibals to the decline of the mayan empire, from the bloody slave revolt on Haiti to the rise of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Caribbean packs seven hundred dramatic years into a tale teeming with revolution and romance, from Columbus’s arrival to buccaneer Henry Morgan’s notorious reign, authentic characters and thunderous destinies.

Bonus: this edition includes an excerpt from James A. James A. Through absorbing, magnificent prose, Michener captures the essence of the islands in all of their awe-inspiring scope and wonder.

Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. The state sealed the republic’s borders and seized all available food. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In red famine, anne applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.

Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, Red Famine captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil.

Today, russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. Applebaum’s compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.

. An economist best book of the yearfrom the author of the pulitzer prize-winning gulag and the national book award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes—the consequences of which still resonate todayIn 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms.

Starvation set in rapidly, dogs, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, corpses.

One Summer: America, 1927

The gangster al capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. In between those dates a queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation.

Calvin coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression.

All this and much, exciting events, eye for telling detail, much more transpired in that epochal summer of 1927, and occasional just plain weirdness with his trademark vividness, and Bill Bryson captures its outsized personalities, and delicious humor. A chicago tribune noteworthy booka goodreads reader's ChoiceIn One Summer Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life.

The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet.

The first true “talking picture, ” Al Jolson’s The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. Meanwhile, which would culminate on september 30 with his sixtieth blast, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history.

In that year america stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and One Summer transforms it all into narrative nonfiction of the highest order.

White Robe, Black Robe: Pope Leo X, Martin Luther, and the Birth of the Reformation

Peter's Cathedral. This book is, a brilliant study of Luther and Pope Leo X, outlooks, in part, revealing two men of vastly different backgrounds, and philosophies. Altogether, this book offers an engrossing, biographical history. The split in the Christian Church that was the inevitable result is dramatically portrayed.

Written sure-handedly and in a lively fashion, the entire world of the Italian Renaissance comes alive. Charles L. Luther confronted a papal establishment headed by Leo X, the pleasure-loving son of Lorenzo de Medici who made the Vatican the glittering center of the Italian Renaissance and whose driving ambition was the completion of St.

He gives us an immensely illuminating, informed, lively, and gossipy account of history's pivotal figures and the turbulent times in which they lived. Mee Jr. Harvard scholar and biographer, brings the Reformation into sharp new focus as he presents Luther as the typical revolutionary and Leo X as his establishment protagonist.

In 1517, the germany theologian, martin luther, tacked his ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg church, thereby setting off the theological revolution that gave birth to the Reformation.

The Great Explorers

Their exploits on the high seas changed the course of civilization and helped create the modern world. They were demanding and imperfect leaders, single-minded in the pursuit of their goals. From our modern perspective, it's difficult to imagine a time when the earth still contained mysteries and men headed out in wooden boats on journeys into the unknown.

But that was not the case during the Age of Exploration. The great explorers tells the dramatic stories of the four men whose expeditions helped define this era: Bartolomeu Dias, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, and Ferdinand Magellan.

On an Irish Island

On an irish island is a love letter to a vanished way of life, the highly praised author of the Man Who Knew Infinity and The One Best Way, in which Robert Kanigel, a wildly beautiful island off the west coast of Ireland, tells the story of the Great Blasket, renowned during the early twentieth century for the rich communal life of its residents and the unadulterated Irish they spoke.

As we get to know these men and women, we become immersed in the vivid culture of the islanders, their hard lives of fishing and farming matched by their love of singing, dancing, and talk. There’s tomás o’crohan, whose memoir, a good-natured prankster and teller of stories, one of the few islanders who could read and write Irish, Twenty Years A-Growing, a stoic fisherman, who tutored many of the incomers in the language’s formidable intricacies and became the Blasket’s first published writer; Maurice O’Sullivan, became an Irish classic; and Peig Sayers, whose endless repertoire of earthy tales left listeners spellbound.

The story of the great blasket is one of struggle—between the call of modernity and the tug of Ireland’s ancient ways, between the promise of emigration and the peculiar warmth of island life amid its physical isolation. Yet, sadly, we watch them leave the island, the village becoming uninhabited by 1953.

But ultimately it is a tribute to the strength and beauty of a people who, tucked away from the rest of civilization, kept alive a nation’s past, and to the newcomers and islanders alike who brought the island’s remarkable story to the larger world. With the irish language vanishing all through the rest of Ireland, the Great Blasket became a magnet for scholars and writers drawn there during the Gaelic renaissance—and the scene for a memorable clash of cultures between modern life and an older, sometimes sweeter world slipping away.

On the island, they met a colorful coterie of men and women with whom they formed lifelong and life-changing friendships.