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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.
The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
The Great Bridge
The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
Paperback      ISBN: 067145711x
A detailed account of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge providing background on its engineering history as well as the political and social climate of the late-nineteenth century
The Civil War: A Narrative : Fort Sumter to Perryville
The Civil War
A Narrative : Fort Sumter to Perryville
Paperback      ISBN: 0394746236
Follows the course of the war from 1862 to 1864, discusses the strategies of both sides in major battles, and assesses the performance of the Union generals
Life of Billy Yank: The Common Soldier of the Union
Life of Billy Yank
The Common Soldier of the Union
Paperback      ISBN: 0807104760
Wartime diaries and letters provide the sources for a composite portrait of the Union soldier
The Prairie Traveler: A Handbook for Overland Expeditions
The Prairie Traveler
A Handbook for Overland Expeditions
Paperback      ISBN: 0918222893
Filled with helpful information that was essential for safe travel west as well as a fascinating view of the strenuous life faced by prairie travelers before the era of the railroad.
The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson
The Path to Power
The Years of Lyndon Johnson
Paperback      ISBN: 0679729453
Traces young Lyndon Johnson's rise from Texas poverty to political power, illuminating his political relationships
Centennial Campaign: The Sioux War of 1876
Centennial Campaign
The Sioux War of 1876
Paperback      ISBN: 0806121521
“A fine book…In the twenty-two chapters that comprise the background and the campaign narrative, the author is at his best when he moves away from the Washington scene to detail the field operations. But it is the second part of the book—seven chapters labeled “Facets
Francis Parkman: France and England in North America : Count Frontenac and New France Under Louis XIV a Half-Century of Conflict Montcalm
Francis Parkman
France and England in North America : Count Frontenac and New France Under Louis XIV a Half-Century of Conflict Montcalm
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450119
This is the second of two Library of America volumes (the companion volume
Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls: Personal Histories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South
Hard Times Cotton Mill Girls
Personal Histories of Womanhood and Poverty in the South
Paperback      ISBN: 0875461298
The Framing of the Constitution of the United States
The Framing of the Constitution of the United States
Paperback      ISBN: 0300000790
A brief study of the drafting of the United States Constitution