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At Home: The American Family, 1750-1870
At Home
The American Family, 1750-1870
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810918943
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Lies My Teacher Told Me
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
Paperback      ISBN: 0684818868
A national best-seller shows how the history textbooks used in the nation's classrooms are marred by reactionary patriotism and falsehoods and offers a revised chronicle of U.S. history that restores suppressed or ignored information. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
Post-Nationalist American Studies
Post-Nationalist American Studies
Paperback      ISBN: 0520224396
"From globalization to gender studies to the selling of Tiger Woods as multicultural icon, these provocative and reader-friendly essays provide a new overview of the landscape of cultural studies today as well as--in a unique feature of the book--a blueprint for developing courses out of the issues discussed." --Gerald Graff, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago "Post-Nationalist American Studies is a strikingly useful book. It offers a seeming contradition-'American' yet 'Post-Nationalist'-as a remarkably generative theoretical standpoint for a series of sharp and challenging essays. All of these provide vivid readings of an unusually wide range of texts and the contributors give us real syllabi for real classes in which theory, close reading, and historical specificity have been put into the kind of classroom practice which is helping reshape not just an academic field of study but the understanding of what 'American' might mean."--Paul Lauter, Smith Professor of Literature, Trinity College
The Clash: U.s.-japanese Relations Throughout History
The Clash
U.s.-japanese Relations Throughout History
Paperback      ISBN: 0393318370
Presents a study of how the U.S. and Japan have competed and collided with each other and explains why the relationship remains important, highly fragile, and misunderstood on both sides of the Pacific
Letters of the Century: America, 1900-1999
Letters of the Century
America, 1900-1999
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385315902
A collection of fascinating letters by Americans famous and obscure chronicles a century of life in the United States, from Mark Twain's side-splitting letter to the head of Western Union to Einstein's warning to Roosevelt about atomic warfare and a young Bill Gates begging hobbyists not to share software. Reissue.
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams
Passionate Sage
The Character and Legacy of John Adams
Paperback      ISBN: 0393311333
A look at the life and work of the second U.S. president discusses Adams's mind and personality, the events that shaped his thinking, his perspective on America's prospects, and his famous disagreements. By the author of the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx. Reissue.
The Great War: Walk in Hell
The Great War
Walk in Hell
Paperback      ISBN: 0345405625
A second volume in a popular alternate history series chronicles the turbulent events of 1915 when the Confederacy, which had won the Civil War, faces a Marxist uprising of its freed slaves while the United States becomes allied with Germany's Kaiser. Reprint.
Death of the Dream: Farmhouses in the Heartland
Death of the Dream
Farmhouses in the Heartland
Paperback      ISBN: 189043423x
In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life
In Small Things Forgotten
An Archaeology of Early American Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0385483996
An archaeological examination of Anglo-American culture
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of James Madison
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of James Madison
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450356
This monumental work, the second of two Library of America volumes, culminated Henry Adams’s lifelong fascination with the American past. Writing at the height of his powers, Adams understood the true subject as the consolidation of the American nation and character, and his treatment has never been surpassed. Covering the eight years spanning the presidency of James Madison, this volume chronicles “Mr. Madison’s War”—the most bungled war in American history. The President and Congress delay while the United States is bullied and insulted by both England and France; then they plunge the country into the War of 1812 without providing the troops, monies, or fleets to wage it. The incompetence of the commanders leads to a series of disasters—including the burning of the White House and Capitol while Madison and his cabinet, fleeing from an invading army, watch from the nearby hills of Maryland and Virginia. The war has its heroes, too: William Henry Harrison at Tippecanoe and Andrew Jackson at New Orleans, Commodores Perry and Decatur and the officers and crew of the Constitution. As Adams tells it, though, disgrace, is averted by other means: the ineptitude of the British, the skill of the American artillerymen and privateers, and the diplomatic brilliance of Albert Gallatin and John Quincy Adams, who negotiated the peace treaty at Ghent. The history, full of reversals and paradoxes, ends with the largest irony of all: the United States, the apparent loser of the war, emerges as a great new world power destined to eclipse its European rivals.