U.s. History - Late 19th Century
Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West
Paperback ISBN: 125019072x
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling story of the taming of the depraved and criminal Wild West. The instant New York Times bestseller! THE TRUE STORY OF HOW TWO GUNFIGHTERS BROUGHT LAW AND ORDER TO DODGE CITY, the most depraved and criminal town in the nation Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad
When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam
Hardcover ISBN: 0809023989
The surprising tale of the first American Protestant missionaries to proselytize in the Muslim world On November 3, 1819, Pliny Fisk and Levi Parsons embarked from Boston on the first American mission to the Middle East. A year later they were joined by their friend Jonas King. Poor boys reared on hardscrabble New England farms and steeped in evangelical piety, they imagined themselves martyrs to the cause of converting the world. So too did their large and devoted following in the United States. Christine Leigh Heyrman's American Apostles brilliantly chronicles the first collision between American evangelicalism and the diverse religious cultures of the Levant. The founding members of the "Palestine mission" thrilled readers with tales of crossing the Sinai and exploring Cairo and Jerusalem. But their missions did not go according to plan. The Muslims of the Middle East showed no interest in converting. Instead of saving souls, the New Englanders found themselves engaging scholars in theological debate, marveling at the local folkways, and pursuing an elusive Bostonian convert to Islam. From the start, the American encounter with Islam was an unstable mix of crusading vigor and cosmopolitan curiosity. In the end, Heyrman argues that the failure of the foreign missions movement bolstered a more militant Christianity that became America's unofficial creed. The missionaries did not convert Muslims but they did transform themselves--with political and religious legacies that last to this day.
Bringing Down the Colonel
The Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took On Washington
Hardcover ISBN: 0374252661
Relates the story of Madeline Pollard, an unlikely nineteenth-century women's rights crusader who brought the man who "ruined" her, and the hypocrisy of America's control of women's sexuality, to trial and won.
The Bully Pulpit
Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Paperback ISBN: 1416547878
One of the Best Books of the Year as chosen by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, Time, USA TODAY, Christian Science Monitor, and more. “A tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue
The Hidden History of the Cowboy West
Paperback ISBN: 1328470253
“The best all-around study of the American Cowboy ever written. A must-read!”—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America The open-range cattle era lasted barely a quarter century, but it left America irrevocably changed. These few decades saw the greatest boom-and-bust cycle until the Depression, the invention of the assembly line, the dawn of the conservation movement, and the birth of American legends, like the cowboy. Yet this extraordinary time has remained unexamined for decades. Cattle Kingdom reveals how the West rose and fell, and how its legacy defines us today. The tale takes us from dust-choked cattle drives to the unlikely splendors of boomtowns like Abilene, Kansas, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. We meet a diverse cast, from cowboy Teddy Blue to failed rancher and future president Teddy Roosevelt. Christopher Knowlton shows us how they and others like them could achieve so many outsized feats: killing millions of bison, building the first opera house on the open range, driving cattle by the thousands, and much more. Cattle Kingdom is a revelatory new view of the Old West.
Hardcover ISBN: 1451626207
In this lavishly illustrated volume, Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, the American West's greatest chronicler, delivers a defining portrait of the life and legacy of the West's most legendary figure, George Armstrong Custer. On June 25, 1876, George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry attacked a large Lakota Cheyenne village on the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory. He lost not only the battle but also his life—and the lives of all his men. It was the U.S. Army's worst defeat in the long and bloody Plains Indian War. Yet with no survivors and only unreliable Indian accounts, “Custer's Last Stand
Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West
Paperback ISBN: 1250160561
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling story of the taming of the Wild West, set in Dodge City, the most depraved and criminal town in the nation. The instant New York Times bestseller! Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long, Dodge City’s streets were lined with saloons and brothels and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870s, Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West. Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained men, the lawmen led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West, and did it in the wickedest place in the United States. When they moved on, Wyatt to Tombstone and Bat to Colorado, a tamed Dodge was left in the hands of Jim Masterson. But before long Wyatt and Bat, each having had a lawman brother killed, returned to that threatened western Kansas town to team up to restore order again in what became known as the Dodge City War before riding off into the sunset. #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin's Dodge City tells the true story of their friendship, romances, gunfights, and adventures, along with the remarkable cast of characters they encountered along the way (including Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Theodore Roosevelt) that has gone largely untold—lost in the haze of Hollywood films and western fiction, until now.
Empire of Shadows
The Epic Story of Yellowstone
Paperback ISBN: 1250023203
A reinterpretation of the 19th-century West documents the exploration of an uninhabited Yellowstone region after the Civil War, evaluating the roles of key contributors while providing coverage of the pioneer era, the Indian wars and period efforts to "civilize" the frontier. By the author of The Trout Pool Paradox. 30,000 first printing.
First Great Triumph
How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power
Hardcover ISBN: 0374179395
Documents how the United States rose to a significant world power one century ago through the actions of five political figures, including Theodore Roosevelt, naval strategist Alfred T. Mahan, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Secretary of State John Hay, and colonial administrator Elihu Root.