In this superlative volume, jean edward Smith combines contemporary scholarship and a broad range of primary source material to provide an engrossing narrative of one of America’s greatest presidents. National bestseller - "A model presidential biography. Smith recounts fdr’s battles with polio and physical disability, and how these experiences helped forge the resolve that FDR used to surmount the economic turmoil of the Great Depression and the wartime threat of totalitarianism.
We see how roosevelt’ s restless energy, fierce intellect, personal magnetism, and ability to project effortless grace permitted him to master countless challenges throughout his life. Here also is fdr’s private life depicted with unprecedented candor and nuance, sara delano roosevelt, with close attention paid to the four women who molded his personality and helped to inform his worldview: His mother, formidable yet ever supportive and tender; his wife, the great romantic love of FDR’s life; and Missy LeHand, and confidante, companion, Eleanor, whose counsel and affection were instrumental to FDR’s public and individual achievements; Lucy Mercer, FDR’s longtime secretary, whose adoration of her boss was practically limitless.
FDR #ad - Now, the washington post book worldone of today’s premier biographers has written a modern, comprehensive, we have a biography that is right for the man" - Jonathan Yardley, at last, indeed ultimate book on the epic life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Smith also tackles head-on and in-depth the numerous failures and miscues of Roosevelt’ s public career, including his disastrous attempt to reconstruct the Judiciary; the shameful internment of Japanese-Americans; and Roosevelt’s occasionally self-defeating Executive overreach.
Being Nixon: A Man DividedRandom House #ad - The son of devout quakers, Richard Nixon not unlike his rival John F. He possessed the plainspoken eloquence to reduce american television audiences to tears with his career-saving “Checkers” speech; meanwhile, Nixon’s darker half hatched schemes designed to take down his political foes, earning him the notorious nickname “Tricky Dick.
Drawing on a wide range of historical accounts, thomas’s biography reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led him to achieve détente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relations with communist China, but whose underhanded political tactics tainted his reputation long before the Watergate scandal.
Being Nixon: A Man Divided #ad - Kennedy grew up in the shadow of an older, favored brother and thrived on conflict and opposition. Through high school and college, in the navy and in politics, Nixon was constantly leading crusades and fighting off enemies real and imagined. One of the principal architects of the modern republican party and its “silent majority” of disaffected whites and conservative ex-Dixiecrats, Nixon was also deemed a liberal in some quarters for his efforts to desegregate Southern schools, create the Environmental Protection Agency, and end the draft.
. Nixon, a political savant whose gaping character flaws would drive him from the presidency and forever taint his legacy. A biography of eloquence and breadth.
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century LifeLiveright #ad - This major biography fundamentally reshapes our understanding of a towering historical figure. By removing marx from the ideological conflicts of the twentieth century that colored his legacy and placing him within “the society and intellectual currents of the nineteenth century” Ian Kershaw, Sperber is able to present a full portrait of Marx as neither a soothsaying prophet of the modern world nor the author of its darkest atrocities.
. Based on unprecedented access to the recently opened archives of Marx’s and Engels’s complete writings, Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life provides a historical context for the personal story of one of the most influential and controversial political philosophers in Western history. Sperber succeeds in the primary task of all biography, re-creating a man who leaps off the page.
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life #ad - Jonathan freedland, “likely to be definitive for many years to come” john gray, New York Review of Books, New York Times Book ReviewIn this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, historian Jonathan Sperber creates a meticulously researched and multilayered portrait of both the man and the revolutionary times in which he lived.
Absorbing, meticulously researched.
No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War IISimon & Schuster #ad - Winner of the pulitzer prizeno ordinary Time is a monumental work, a brilliantly conceived chronicle of one of the most vibrant and revolutionary periods in the history of the United States. With an extraordinary collection of details, goodwin masterfully weaves together a striking number of story lines—Eleanor and Franklin's marriage and remarkable partnership, Eleanor's life as First Lady, and FDR's White House and its impact on America as well as on a world at war.
. Goodwin effectively melds these details and stories into an unforgettable and intimate portrait of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt and of the time during which a new, modern America was born.
Wealth and Democracy: How Great Fortunes and Government Created America's AristocracyBroadway Books #ad - In a time of national crisis, Phillips worries that the growing parallels suggest the tide may already be turning for us all. From the Hardcover edition. Widely acknowledging phillips as one of the nation's most perceptive thinkers, reviewers have called him a latter-day Nostradamus and our "modern Thomas Paine.
Now, in the first major book of its kind since the 1930s, he turns his attention to the United States' history of great wealth and power, a sweeping cavalcade from the American Revolution to what he calls "the Second Gilded Age" at the turn of the twenty-first century. The second gilded age has been staggering enough in its concentration of wealth to dwarf the original Gilded Age a hundred years earlier.
His bestselling books, including the emerging republican Majority 1969 and The Politics of Rich and Poor 1990, have influenced presidential campaigns and changed the way America sees itself. However, the tech crash and then the horrible events of September 11, 2001, pointed out that great riches are as vulnerable as they have ever been.
He exposes the subtle corruption spawned by a money culture and financial power, economic stimulus, evident in economic philosophy, tax favoritism, and selective bailouts in the name of free enterprise, and national security. Finally, income polarization, record wealth, mounting international debt, Wealth and Democracy turns to the history of Britain and other leading world economic powers to examine the symptoms that signaled their declines–speculative finance, and disgruntled politics–signs that we recognize in America at the start of the twenty-first century.
Wealth and Democracy: How Great Fortunes and Government Created America's Aristocracy #ad - He explores how the rich and politically powerful have frequently worked together to create or perpetuate privilege, often at the expense of the national interest and usually at the expense of the middle and lower classes. With intriguing chapters on history and bold analysis of present-day America, Phillips illuminates the dangerous politics that go with excessive concentration of wealth.
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the WorldRandom House #ad - They struggled with the problems of Kosovo, of the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews. It offers a scintillating view of those dramatic and fateful days when much of the modern world was sketched out, when countries were created—Iraq, Yugoslavia, Israel—whose troubles haunt us still. Winner of the samuel johnson prize • winner of the pen hessell tiltman prize • winner of the Duff Cooper Prize Between January and July 1919, after “the war to end all wars, ” men and women from around the world converged on Paris to shape the peace.
They pushed russia to the sidelines, alienated China, and dismissed the Arabs. This is an enthralling book: detailed, fair, unfailingly lively. This book brings to life the personalities, ideals, and prejudices of the men who shaped the settlement. It was never more so than in 1919, at the Paris Conference.
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World #ad - A landmark work of narrative history, Paris 1919 is the first full-scale treatment of the Peace Conference in more than twenty-five years. Professor macmillan has that essential quality of the historian, a narrative gift. Allan massie, the Daily Telegraph London. Margaret macmillan argues that they have unfairly been made the scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later.
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American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. GrantRandom House #ad - Conveys the essence of Grant the man and Grant the warrior. Newsday. One of those rare books that successfully recast our impression of an iconic historical figure, American Ulysses gives us a finely honed, father, three-dimensional portrait of Grant the man—husband, leader, writer—that should set the standard by which all future biographies of him will be measured.
Praise for american Ulysses“Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first. New york times bestseller • from the author of A. Illuminating, inspiring and deeply moving. Chicago tribune “In this sympathetic, rigorously sourced biography, White. White portrays a deeply introspective man of ideals, a man of measured thought and careful action who found himself in the crosshairs of American history at its most crucial moment.
American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant #ad - Usa today“white delineates Grant’s virtues better than any author before. In american Ulysses, Ronald C. Grant to his proper place in history with a biography whose breadth and tone suit the man perfectly.
Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main StreetCrown Business #ad - She draws on in-depth reporting and interviews at the highest rungs of business and government to show how the “financialization of America”—the phenomenon by which finance and its way of thinking have come to dominate every corner of business—is threatening the American Dream. This is a belief held equally on both sides of political spectrum, and it seems only to be gaining momentum.
Is wall street bad for main street america? in looking at the forces that brought our current administration to power one thing is clear: much of the population believes that our economic system is rigged to enrich the privileged elites at the expense of hard-working Americans. Through colorful stories of both “takers, ” businesses serving the real economy, and “Makers, ” those stifling job creation while lining their own pockets, Foroohar shows how we can reverse these trends for a better path forward.
Now updated with new material explaining how our corrupted financial system propelled Donald Trump to power, greed over growth, Makers and Takers explores the confluence of forces that has led American businesses to favor balance-sheet engineering over the actual kind, and short-term profits over putting people to work.
Makers and Takers: How Wall Street Destroyed Main Street #ad - From the cozy relationship between wall street and washington, to forty years of bad policy decisions, she shows why so many Americans have lost trust in the system, to a tax code designed to benefit wealthy individuals and corporations, and why it matters urgently to us all. A key reason, says financial times columnist Rana Foroohar, is the fact that Wall Street is no longer supporting Main Street businesses that create the jobs for the middle and working class.
Watergate: The Corruption of American Politics and the Fall of Richard NixonCrown #ad - Here is the definitive history of the watergate scandal—based on the most recently released tapes, and hundreds of official and unofficial documents, in-depth interviews with many of the participants, including notes Haldeman omitted from his own published diaries. Emery's comprehensive coverage and penetrating insights clear up many uncertainties that may still remain about the scandal and the extent of Nixon's involvement.
Authoritative and compelling, watergate is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand fully this traumatizing episode in America's history that challenged the integrity of its political system.
Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and CivilizationHarperCollins e-books #ad - Calls “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time. ”. As steven solomon makes clear, the same is true the world over; this volume will give you the background to understand the forces that will drive much of 21st century history. Bill mckibben in water, esteemed journalist steven solomon describes a terrifying—and all too real—world in which access to fresh water has replaced oil as the primary cause of global conflicts that increasingly emanate from drought-ridden, overpopulated areas of the world.
Meticulously researched and undeniably prescient, Water is a stunningly clear-eyed action statement on what Robert F Kennedy, Jr. Four hundred million people depend on it, and there's no backup plan. I read this wide-ranging and thoughtful book while sitting on the banks of the Ganges near Varanasi—it's a river already badly polluted, and now threatened by the melting of the loss of the glaciers at its source to global warming.
John AdamsSimon & Schuster #ad - The pulitzer prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. In this powerful, epic biography, david mccullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of john adams, fiercely independent, often irascible, the brilliant, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.
This is history on a grand scale—a book about politics and war and social issues, ambition, love, religious faith, friendship, virtue, and betrayal, but also about human nature, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, john adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.