20th Century World History
The Age of Radiance
The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era
Hardcover ISBN: 145166043x
A riveting narrative of the Atomic Age—from x-rays and Marie Curie to the Nevada Test Site and the 2011 meltdown in Japan—written by the prizewinning and bestselling author of Rocket Men. Radiation is a complex and paradoxical concept: staggering amounts of energy flow from seemingly inert rock and that energy is both useful and dangerous. While nuclear energy affects our everyday lives—from nuclear medicine and food irradiation to microwave technology—its invisible rays trigger biological damage, birth defects, and cellular mayhem. Written with a biographer’s passion, Craig Nelson unlocks one of the great mysteries of the universe in a work that is both tragic and triumphant. From the end of the nineteenth century through the use of the atomic bomb in World War II to the twenty-first century’s confrontation with the dangers of nuclear power, Nelson illuminates a pageant of fascinating historical figures: Enrico Fermi, Marie and Pierre Curie, Albert Einstein, FDR, Robert Oppenheimer, and Ronald Reagan, among others. He reveals many little-known details, including how Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler transformed America from a country that created light bulbs and telephones into one that split atoms; how the most grotesque weapon ever invented could realize Alfred Nobel’s lifelong dream of global peace; how emergency workers and low-level utility employees fought to contain a run-amok nuclear reactor, while wondering if they would live or die. Brilliantly fascinating and remarkably accessible, The Age of Radiance traces mankind's complicated and difficult relationship with the dangerous power it discovered and made part of civilization.
Lindbergh, His Competitors, and the Race to Cross the Atlantic
Paperback ISBN: 1250033306
"A fast-paced, dynamic account of the race to cross the Atlantic, and the larger-than-life personalities of the aviators who captured the world's attention In 1919, a prize of $25,000 was offered to the first aviator to cross the Atlantic in either direction between France and America. Although it was one of the most coveted prizes in the world, it sat unclaimed (not without efforts) for eight long years, until the spring of 1927. It was then, during five incredibly tense weeks, that one of those magicalwindows in history opened, when there occurred a nexus of technology, innovation, character, and spirit that led so many contenders (from different parts of the world) to all suddenly be on the cusp of the exact same achievement at the exact same time. Atlantic Fever is about the race; it is a milestone in American history whose story has never been fully told. Richard Byrd, Noel Davis, Stanton Wooster, Clarence Chamberlin, Charles Levine, Rene; Fonck, Charles Nungesser, and Franðcois Coli--all had equalweight in the race with Charles Lindbergh. Although the story starts in September 1926 with the crash of the first competitor, or even further back with the 1919 establishment of the prize, its heart is found in a short period, those five weeks from April 14 to May 21, 1927, when the world held its breath and the aviators met their separate fates in the air"--Provided by publisher.
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0385483279
More than five hundred full-color and black-and-white photographs complement a stunning history of the twentieth century in a companion volume to the upcoming ABC-TV series that chronicles the great events and personalities of the past hundred years. 200,000 first printing. BOMC Main.
The Cold War
A New History
Paperback ISBN: 0143038273
Evaluates the second half of the twentieth century in light of its first fifty years, chronicling how the world transformed from a dark era of international communism and nuclear weapons to a time of political and economic freedom. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Coming Apart, Coming Together
The World of the Twentieth Century
Paperback ISBN: 0802844561
An independent scholar and former history professor addresses the post-WWII period in Volume 2 of his narrative history of the 20th century. His account revolves around two dominant global events the Cold War and the revolt against imperialism showing how these events both drove nations apart while creating political and regional alliances. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
1915: Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America
Paperback ISBN: 0062307568
"Combining the pulsating drive of Showtime's Homeland with the fascinating historical detail of such of narrative nonfiction bestsellers as Double Cross and In the Garden of Beasts, Dark Invasion is Howard Blum's gritty, high-energy true-life tale of German espionage and terror on American soil during World War I, and the NYPD Inspector who helped uncover the plot--the basis for the film to be produced by and starring Bradley Cooper. When a "neutral" United States becomes a trading partner for the Alliesearly in World War I, the Germans implement a secret plan to strike back. A team of saboteurs--including an expert on germ warfare, a Harvard professor, and a brilliant, debonair spymaster--devise a series of "mysterious accidents" using explosives and biological weapons, to bring down vital targets such as ships, factories, livestock, and even captains of industry like J.P. Morgan. New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, head of the department's Bomb Squad, is assigned the difficult mission of stopping them. Assembling a team of loyal operatives, the cunning Irish cop hunts for the conspirators among a population of more than eight million Germans. But the deeper he finds himself in this labyrinth of deception, the more Tunney realizes that the enemy's plan is far more complex and more dangerous than he suspected.Full of drama and intensity, illustrated with eight pages of black and-white photos, Dark Invasion is riveting war thriller that chillingly echoes our own time"--
A History of the Twentieth Century
Hardcover ISBN: 0688100643
The first volume in a proposed three-volume narrative history of the twentieth century charts the first thirty-three years, from the age of horse-drawn travel and colonial wars to the inauguration of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany. 50,000 first printing. Tour.
An Iron Wind
Europe Under Hitler
Hardcover ISBN: 0465057748
Draws on diaries, letters, fiction, and first-person accounts to describe the devastation and deaths inflicted on the World War II civilian populations in the territories occupied and threatened by Nazi Germany.
Lost in Shangri-la
A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II
Hardcover ISBN: 0061988340
Describes the 1945 odyssey of three plane crash survivors in New Guinea who endured a harrowing journey through the jungle to seek help, their encounter with a primitive tribe who had never seen white people, and their eventual rescue by a band of paratroopers.