U.s. History - Colonial Period
Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem
Paperback ISBN: 031620059x
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra analyzes the Salem Witch Trials to offer key insights into the role of women in its events while explaining how its tragedies became possible. Reading group guide available. Reprint. 300,000 first printing.
Hardcover ISBN: 162365100x
George Washington is a vivid recounting of the formative years and military career of "The Father of his Country," following his journey from brutal border skirmishes with the French and their Native American allies to his remarkable victory over the British Empire, an achievement that underpinned his selection as the first president of the United States of America. The book focuses on a side of Washington that is often overlooked: the feisty young frontier officer and the early career of the tough forty-something commander of the revolutionaries' ragtag Continental Army. Award-winning historian Stephen Brumwell shows how, ironically, Washington's reliance upon English models of "gentlemanly" conduct, and on British military organization, was crucial in establishing his leadership of the fledgling Continental Army, and in forging it into the weapon that secured American independence. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including original archival research, Brumwell brings a fresh new perspective on this extraordinary individual, whose fusion of gentleman and warrior left an indelible imprint on history.
The Making of America's First Leader
Hardcover ISBN: 1101874236
A vivid portrait of the formative years that shaped the first American president offers detailed psychological insights into his beliefs, passions and patriotism. Includes five maps. By the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of The Glorious Cause. 35,000 first printing. Illustrations. Map(s).
The Epic Story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898
Hardcover ISBN: 1632867222
An epic history of the Spanish empire in North America from 1493 to 1898 by Robert Goodwin, author of Spain: The Centre of the World. At the conclusion of the American Revolution, half the modern United States was part of the vast Spanish Empire. The year after Columbus's great voyage of discovery, in 1492, he claimed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Spain. For the next three hundred years, thousands of proud Spanish conquistadors and their largely forgotten Mexican allies went in search of glory and riches from Florida to California. Many died, few triumphed. Some were cruel, some were curious, some were kind. Missionaries and priests yearned to harvest Indian souls for God through baptism and Christian teaching. Theirs was a frontier world which Spain struggled to control in the face of Indian resistance and competition from France, Britain, and finally the United States. In the 1800s, Spain lost it all. Goodwin tells this history through the lives of the people who made it happen and the literature and art with which they celebrated their successes and mourned their failures. He weaves an epic tapestry from these intimate biographies of explorers and conquerors, like Columbus and Coronado, but also lesser known characters, like the powerful Gvez family who gave invaluable and largely forgotten support to the American Patriots during the Revolutionary War; the great Pueblo leader Popay; and Esteban, the first documented African American. Like characters in a great play or a novel, Goodwin's protagonists walk the stage of history with heroism and brio and much tragedy.
A Story of Courage, Community, and War
Paperback ISBN: 0143111973
A history of the Pilgrim settlement of New England challenges popular misconceptions, discussing such topics as the diseases of European origin suffered by the Wampanoag tribe, the fragile working relationship between the Pilgrims and their Native American neighbors, and the devastating impact of the King Philip's War. By the author of Sea of Glory. Reprint.
The Story of Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica
Hardcover ISBN: 1476783039
Discusses Ben Franklin's favorite invention, the glass armonica, which became so popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s that Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and Strauss composed for it.
An American Life
Hardcover ISBN: 0684807610
Chronicles the founding father's life and his multiple careers as a shopkeeper, writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, business strategist, and political leader, while showing how his faith in the wisdom of the common citizen helped to forge an American national identity based on the virtues of its middle class. 150,000 first printing.
Crossing the Continent, 1527-1540
The Story of the First African-American Explorer of the American South
Paperback ISBN: 0061140457
Documents the sixteenth-century crossing of North America by a trio of Spanish noblemen and a pioneering former African slave who endured such challenges as a shipwreck, famine, disease, and Native American attacks. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America
Paperback ISBN: 0451531302
Written in layman's terms, and perfect for students, aspiring citizens, and general readers, this revised and updated edition provides readers with complete explanations of every section of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Original.