United States History 1900-1950
50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know
Paperback ISBN: 1932857028
Reveals fifty facts that have been hidden, distorted, or censored, including a judge's ruling that marijuana is medically beneficial, most corporations pay no federal income tax, and using sunscreen can cause cancer.
Generation of Swine
Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s
Paperback ISBN: 0743250443
The second volume of the Gonzo Papers comments on the television coverage of Hurricane Gloria, blood pressure machines, the Super Bowl, the hijinks of televangelists, the Iran Contra hearings, the 1988 Presidential race, and other topics, in a collection of cynical, provocative essays. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Steal This Book
Paperback ISBN: 156858217x
Abbie Hoffman, the most influential sixties humorist/activist/provocateur/yippie/ Pentagon levitator, finished this book in 1970 from the Cook County Jail. It was turned down by 30 publishers, including one who thought it a threat to free speech. Mr. Hoffman reminds us that in "Amerika" [sic], "If
The Barbary Coast
An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld
Paperback ISBN: 1560254084
“The history of the Barbary Coast properly begins with the gold rush to California in 1849. If the precious yellow metal hadn’t been discovered ... the development of San Francisco’s underworld in all likelihood would have been indistinguishable from that of any other large American city. Instead, owing almost entirely to the influx of gold-seekers and the horde of gamblers, thieves, harlots, politicians, and other felonious parasites who battened upon them, there arose a unique criminal district that for almost seventy years was the scene of more viciousness and depravity, but which at the same time possessed more glamour, than any other area of vice and iniquity on the American continent.” The Barbary Coast is Herbert Asbury’s classic chronicle of the birth of San Francisco—a violent explosion from which the infant city emerged full-grown and raging wild. From all over the world practitioners of every vice stampeded for the blood and money of the gold fields. Gambling dens ran all day including Sundays. From noon to noon houses of prostitution offered girls of every age and race. (In the 1850s, San Francisco was home to only one woman for every thirty men. It was not until 1910 that the sexes achieved anything close to parity in their populations.) This is the story of the banditry, opium bouts, tong wars, and corruption, from the eureka at Sutter’s Mill until the last bagnio closed its doors seventy years later.
Gangsters of the Dirty '30's
Paperback ISBN: 1894864107
The smoke had barely cleared from the booze-fueled gun battles of Prohibition and the Roaring 20s when a new breed of gangster stepped onto the American stage. Unlike the slick mobsters of New York and Chicago, the new outlaws were often born from the hunger and desperation of the Great Depression. These back-road bandits emerged from the farmlands of Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas to launch wild and daring crime sprees that captured the imagination of the nation. In Dustbowl Desperadoes you'll enjoy a rogue's gallery of bad guys and diabolical dolls, from bank robber John Dillinger to criminal mastermind Ma Barker to the star-crossed duo Bonnie and Clyde.
Roll Me over
An Infantryman's World War II
Paperback ISBN: 0804116059
From the beaches of Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the border of Czechoslovakia, an American infantryman recounts his journey through the expiring Third Reich, offering an insightful and detailed account of his experiences under fire. Reissue.
A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II
Paperback ISBN: 0684872889
Presents the story of financier Alfred Lee Loomis and his role in the American victory during World War II, discussing Tuxedo Park, the lavish safe haven he created for some of the world's greatest scientists to meet and share ideas.