United States History 1800-1900
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The Civil War: A Narrative : Fredericksburg to Meridian
The Civil War
A Narrative : Fredericksburg to Meridian
Paperback      ISBN: 039474621x
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
Henry Adams: History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson
Henry Adams
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450348
One of the greatest histories ever written in English, Henry Adams’s History of the United States is remarkable for its fullness of detail, its penetrating insight, and above all its strong, lively, and ironic style. First published in nine volumes from 1889 to 1891, this classic work was out of print for several decades until The Library of America reissued it in two volumes: the first volume on the years of Thomas Jefferson’s presidency and the second devoted to those of James Madison. With a cast of characters including Aaron Burr, Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Gallatin, John Randolph, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and the complex, brilliantly delineated character of Thomas Jefferson, the first volume is unrivaled in its handling of diplomatic intrigue and political factionalism. Upon assuming office, Jefferson discovers that his optimistic laissez-faire principles—designed to prevent American government from becoming a militaristic European "tyranny"—clash with the realities of European war and American security. The party of small government presides over the Louisiana Purchase, the most extensive use of executive power the country has yet seen. Jefferson’s embargo—a high-minded effort at peaceable coercion—breeds corruption and smuggling, and the former defender of states’ rights is forced to use federal power to suppress them. The passion for peace and liberty pushes the country toward war. In the center of these ironic reversals, played out in a Washington full of diplomatic intrigue, is the complex figure of Jefferson himself, part tragic visionary, part comic mock-hero. Like his contemporary Napoleon Bonaparte, he is swept into power by the rising tide of democratic nationalism; unlike Bonaparte, he tries to avert the consequences of the wolfish struggle for power among nation-states. The grandson of one president and the great-grandson of another, Adams gained access to hitherto secret archives in Europe. The diplomatic documents that lace the history lend a novelistic intimacy to scenes such as Jefferson’s conscientious introduction of democratic table manners into stuffily aristocratic state dinner parties. Written in a strong, lively style pointed with Adams’s wit, the History chronicles the consolidation of American character, and poses questions about the future course of democracy.
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.
Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
Nothing Like It in the World
The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684846098
Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.
First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power
First Great Triumph
How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374179395
Documents how the United States rose to a significant world power one century ago through the actions of five political figures, including Theodore Roosevelt, naval strategist Alfred T. Mahan, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Secretary of State John Hay, and colonial administrator Elihu Root.
Gettysburg: The Second Day
Gettysburg
The Second Day
Paperback      ISBN: 0807847305
Offers a detailed analysis of the second day of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg and discusses the stratagies of the Northern and Southern forces
Chancellorsville
Chancellorsville
Paperback      ISBN: 039587744x
Exploiting a wealth of new sources, the author recreates the dramatic battle of Charlottesville, Robert E. Lee's greatest triumph, in a monumental volume chosen by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 1996. Reprint. 15,000 first printing. PW. K.
Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
Nothing Like It in the World
The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
Paperback      ISBN: 0743203178
Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.
The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex: A Narrative Account by Owen Chase, First Mate
The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex
A Narrative Account by Owen Chase, First Mate
Paperback      ISBN: 0156006898
Told by one of its few survivors, a dramatic account of the Essex, a whaling ship that was rammed by an angry sperm whale on November 20, 1820, details the sailors terrifying battle for survival on the turbulent Pacific Ocean, in the riveting adventure that inspired Moby Dick. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
Brave Companions: Portraits in History
Brave Companions
Portraits in History
Paperback      ISBN: 0671792768
A collection of portraits of men and women who changed history includes discussions of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederic Remington, Louis Agassiz, Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and others