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The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television
The Boy Genius and the Mogul
The Untold Story of Television
Hardcover      ISBN: 0767907590
A fascinating portrait of Philo T. Farnsworth, a young scientist form Idaho and the true inventor of television, describes his odyssey from his initial 1922 design for the precursor of television at the age of fourteen through his struggle to develop the project without RCA's powerful David Sarnoff.
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
American Dynasty
Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670032646
A in-depth and critical portrait of the Bush political dynasty describes their rise to political power over the course of four generations, from World War I to the present day, arguing that the Bush family has used its financial and social empire to gain the White House, in the process subverting American democracy, and exploring its prospects for the 2004 presidential election. 125,000 first printing.
The Twentieth Century: A People's History
The Twentieth Century
A People's History
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0060530340
An updated account of the author's observations on the twentieth century, based on A People's History of the United States, includes coverage of the Gulf War, the post-Cold War "peace dividend," the welfare debate, the Clinton presidency, and the War on Terrorism. Original.
Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir
Wait Till Next Year
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0684847957
An eccentric cast of characters populates the autobiography of a young girl who roots for the Brooklyn Dodgers with her father, while her mother suffers from a debilitating illness
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Isaac's Storm
A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Paperback      ISBN: 0375708278
An account of the September 8, 1900 hurricane in Galveston, Texas, which killed more than six thousand people and is noted as the worst natural disaster in American history, is presented from the records of U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologist Isaac Cline. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight
On Great White Wings
The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0786866861
Released on the eve of the hundredth anniversary of Kitty Hawk, this lively account of the historic Wright Brothers flight chronicles the race to the first to achieve powered flight. 75,000 first printing.
Sex-Crime Panic: A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s
Sex-Crime Panic
A Journey to the Paranoid Heart of the 1950s
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1555836593
Following the brutal murders of two children in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1954, police, in an attempt to quell public hysteria, arrested 20 men whom the authorities never claimed had anything to do with the crimes. Labeled as sexual psychopaths under an Iowa law that lumped homosexuals together with child molesters and murderers, the men were sentenced to a mental institution until cured. Their shocking story is brought to light for the first time by award-winning journalist Neil Miller, author of Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present. Shedding a harsh light on 1950s attitudes toward homosexuality, Miller's carefully researched account shows how the paranoia of the McCarthy era destroyed the lives of gay men in the American heartland. Interviews with the formerly incarcerated men, law enforcement officials, lawyers, mental hospital staff, and relatives of the murder victims provides a vivid and disturbing glimpse of a town that betrayed its own sons and a mental institution where patients provided cheap labor and shock treatment was the therapy of choice. A gripping story of murder and antigay hysteria, Sex-Crime Panic presents a dark chapter in the history of postwar America. Marketing Plans: Advance reader copies. Major media targets: NPR: Morning Edition, All Things Considered. Regional media, including Des Moines Register, Sioux City Journal, Iowa City Press Citizen, Quad City Times and others. Neil Miller is the author of Out in the World: Gay and Lesbian Life From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, Out of the Past: Gay and Lesbian History from 1869 to the Present, and In Search of Gay America, the winner of the 1990 American Library Association prize for gay and lesbian nonfiction as well as the Lambda Literary Award. As a freelance journalist, his writing has appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, and Out. He teaches journalism and nonfiction writing at Tufts University in Medford, Massachussetts.
Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution
Contesting Castro
The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 0195101200
A diplomatic history of United States-Cuban relations focuses on the 1950s and early 1960s.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Seabiscuit
An American Legend
Paperback      ISBN: 0345465083
Follows the story of the champion racehorse and the three men who discovered him, chronicling how a former bicycle repairman purchased the horse despite its lack of promise, and how the horse rose to become one of the sport's top performers. Reprint. (A Universal Pictures film, releasing July 2003, written & directed by Gary Ross, starring Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, & Elizabeth Banks) (Sports & Recreation)
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Undaunted Courage
Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684811073
A chronicle of the two-and-a-half year journey of Lewis and Clark covers their incredible hardships and the contributions of Sacajawea