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Download E-books The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey PDF

By Rinker Buck

#1 NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • no 1 Indie subsequent choose • Winner of the PEN New England Award

“Enchanting…A publication packed with rather a lot love…Long ahead of Oregon, Rinker dollar has confident us that the right way to see the United States is from the seat of a coated wagon.” —The Wall highway Journal

“Amazing…A genuine nonfiction thriller.” —Ian Frazier, The ny evaluation of Books

“Absorbing…Winning…The many layers in The Oregon Trail are associated by way of Mr. Buck’s voice, that is alert and unpretentious in a fashion that positioned me in brain of invoice Bryson’s comedian tone in A stroll within the Woods.” —Dwight Garner, The ny Times

A significant bestseller that has been hailed as a “quintessential American tale” (Christian technological know-how Monitor), Rinker Buck’s The Oregon path is an epic account of touring the 2,000-mile size of the Oregon path the old school way—in a lined wagon with a group of mules—that has captivated readers, critics, and booksellers from coast to coast. at the same time an imposing trip around the West, an important paintings of heritage, and a relocating own saga, Buck’s chronicle is a “laugh-out-loud masterpiece” (Willamette Week) that “so ensnares the sentiments it turns into a tear-jerker at its shut” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis) and “will go away you having a pipe dream and hungry to work out this land” (The Boston Globe).

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Download E-books America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation PDF

By Elaine Tyler May

In 1960, the FDA licensed the contraceptive generally called “the pill.” Advocates, builders, and brands believed that the handy new drug could positioned an finish to undesirable being pregnant, verify satisfied marriages, or even remove poverty. yet as well known historian Elaine Tyler may well unearths in America and the Pill, it used to be ladies who embraced it and created switch. They used the tablet to problem the authority of medical professionals, pharmaceutical businesses, and lawmakers. They validated that the capsule was once approximately even more than relatives planning—it provided girls regulate over their our bodies and their lives. From little-known debts of the early years to non-public tales from younger ladies at the present time, may perhaps illuminates what the capsule did and did not in achieving in the course of its part century at the market.

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Download E-books The Western Time of Ancient History: Historiographical Encounters with the Greek and Roman Pasts PDF

This booklet examines the conceptual and temporal frames during which sleek Western historiography has associated itself to classical antiquity. In doing so, it articulates a genealogical complicated of what heritage is and a extra strictly concentrated reappraisal of Greek and Roman historic inspiration. historical principles of historical past have performed a key function in sleek debates approximately historical past writing, from Kant via Hegel to Nietzsche and Heidegger, and from Friedrich Creuzer via George Grote and Theodor Mommsen to Momigliano and Moses Finley; but scholarship has paid little consciousness to the theoretical implications of the reception of those rules. The essays during this assortment disguise a variety of correct themes and techniques and boast unique authors from throughout Europe within the fields of classics, historic and sleek heritage and the idea of historiography.

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Download E-books The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy PDF

By Adrienne Mayor

Machiavelli praised his army genius. ecu royalty sought out his mystery elixir opposed to poison. His existence encouraged Mozart's first opera, whereas for hundreds of years poets and playwrights recited bloody, romantic stories of his victories, defeats, intrigues, concubines, and mysterious dying. yet earlier no glossy historian has acknowledged the complete tale of Mithradates, the ruthless king and visionary insurgent who challenged the ability of Rome within the first century BC. during this richly illustrated book--the first biography of Mithradates in fifty years--Adrienne Mayor combines a storyteller's presents with the newest archaeological and clinical discoveries to inform the story of Mithradates because it hasn't ever been instructed before.

The Poison King describes a lifestyles brimming with spectacle and pleasure. Claiming Alexander the nice and Darius of Persia as ancestors, Mithradates inherited a filthy rich Black Sea country at age fourteen after his mom poisoned his father. He fled into exile and back in triumph to develop into a ruler of great intelligence and fierce ambition. Hailed as a savior by way of his fans and feared as a moment Hannibal via his enemies, he estimated a grand jap empire to rival Rome. After massacring 80 thousand Roman voters in 88 BC, he seized Greece and modern day Turkey. struggling with one of the most unbelievable battles in historical background, he dragged Rome right into a lengthy around of wars and threatened to invade Italy itself. His uncanny skill to elude seize and surge again after devastating losses unnerved the Romans, whereas his mastery of toxins allowed him to foil assassination makes an attempt and get rid of rivals.

The Poison King is a gripping account of 1 of Rome's so much relentless yet least understood foes.

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Download E-books The Swerve: How the World Became Modern PDF

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction 
Winner of the 2011 nationwide publication Award for Non-Fiction

one of many world's so much celebrated students, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted either an cutting edge paintings of heritage and an exciting tale of discovery, during which one manuscript, plucked from 1000 years of forget, replaced the process human notion and made attainable the area as we all know it.

approximately 600 years in the past, a quick, genial, cannily alert guy in his overdue thirties took a really outdated manuscript off a library shelf, observed with pleasure what he had stumbled on, and ordered that or not it's copied. That e-book used to be the final surviving manuscript of an old Roman philosophical epic, On the character of Things, through Lucretius―a attractive poem of the main risky principles: that the universe functioned with no the help of gods, that non secular worry was once destructive to human lifestyles, and that topic used to be made of very small debris in everlasting movement, colliding and swerving in new directions.

The copying and translation of this old book-the maximum discovery of the best book-hunter of his age-fueled the Renaissance, inspiring artists akin to Botticelli and thinkers reminiscent of Giordano Bruno; formed the idea of Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a innovative impression on writers equivalent to Montaigne and Shakespeare or even Thomas Jefferson. sixteen pages of colour illustrations

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Download E-books For Sale _American Paradise: How Our Nation Was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida PDF

By Willie Drye

Winner of a 2016 IPPY Award Silver Medal for most sensible Non-Fiction, Southeast Region.

The tale of ways Florida turned entwined with americans' twentieth-century hopes, goals, and expectancies can be a story of mass fable, genuine property collapses, and catastrophic hurricanes. For Sale--American Paradise hones in at the studies of yank icon William Jennings Bryan, journalist Edwin Menninger, and others who formed identical to Florida that we all know at the present time and who bought that photograph as America's paradise. the forged additionally contains the Marx Brothers, Thomas Edison, Al Capone, a pack of backwoods bandits referred to as the Ashley Gang, and the visionaries and businessmen who poured their desires and their funds into Florida within the roaring, raucous Twenties.

A story of a colourful and tragicomic period in which the attract and phantasm of the yankee Dream used to be on complete display--a Jazz Age interval whilst americans all started chasing what F. Scott Fitzgerald known as "the orgiastic future"--the e-book unearths how the 2008 cave in of Florida actual property used to be eerily just like occasions that occurred there within the Twenties What units the mid-1920s' Florida land increase except newer booms-and-busts, even if, is this was once the 1st time that rising new applied sciences, mass communications, and sleek advertisements ideas have been used to promote the country at the concept that prosperity and happiness are entitlements which are easily there for the taking.

Florida's picture as a spot the place the principles of lifestyle do not practice and winners visit play was once shaped in this sunrise of the age of consumerism while americans desired to rejoice and make lots of cash, and hundreds of thousands of them suggestion Florida was once the precise position to do that.

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Download E-books Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age PDF

Dutch society has loved a name, or notoriety, for permissiveness because the 16th century. The Dutch Republic within the Golden Age was once the one society that tolerated spiritual dissenters of all persuasions in early sleek Europe. mockingly, it used to be devoted to a strictly Calvinist public Church and in addition to the protection of non secular plurality. R. Po-chia Hsia and Henk van Nierop have introduced jointly a bunch of top historians from the U.K., the U.S. and the Netherlands. Their notable essays probe the heritage and delusion of Dutch non secular toleration.

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Download E-books Firehouse PDF

By David Halberstam

Greater than 6 years after his dying David Halberstam is still considered one of this country's Most worthy newshounds and respected gurus on American existence and historical past within the years when you consider that WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting at the Vietnam struggle, Halberstam wrote greater than 20 books, just about all of them bestsellers. His paintings has stood the try of time and has turn into the traditional through which all newshounds degree themselves.

"In the firehouse, the lads not just reside and consume with one another, they play activities jointly, burst off to drink jointly, aid fix one another's homes, and, most crucial, percentage terrifying hazards; their loyalties to one another needs to, by way of the calls for of the hazards they face, be instinctive and absolute."

So writes David Halberstam, certainly one of America's such a lot exclusive journalists and historians, during this stunning long island Times bestselling ebook approximately Engine forty, Ladder 35, situated at the West facet of long island close to Lincoln heart. at the morning of September eleven, 2001, rigs sporting 13 males set out from this firehouse: twelve of them may by no means return.

Firehouse takes us to the epicenter of the tragedy. in the course of the type of intimate pix which are Halberstam's trademark, we watch the day unfold--the males known as to responsibility whereas their households wait anxiously for information of them. additionally, we come to appreciate the tradition of the firehouse itself: why talented males do that; why, in such a lot of circumstances, they're desirous to keep on with of their fathers' footsteps and serve in so harmful a career; and why, greater than the rest, it's not only a task, yet a calling.

This is journalism-as-history at its top, the tale of what occurs while one small establishment will get stuck in an apocalyptic day. Firehouse is a booklet that would circulate readers as few others have in our time.

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Download E-books The Pirate Handbook: A Rogue's Guide to Pillage, Plunder, Chaos & Conquest PDF

By Pat Croce

Avast, ye! For somebody who has dreamed of hitting the excessive seas, manning a group, brandishing a cutlass, or burying treasure, here's The Pirate Handbook. half how-to, half illustrated heritage, this specified guide offers perception into each point of the pirating lifestyles: tips on how to make a seaworthy raft, navigate by means of the celebs, brew up a batch of grog, and lots more and plenty extra. that includes a detachable reproduction of an exact pirate map, special illustrations, actual recipes from the Golden Age of Piracy, plus the lore of the real-life pirates who roamed the waters of the Caribbean and past, this is often the last word advisor for salty canines anyplace they rove the seas.

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