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The Algiers Motel Incident The Johns Hopkins University Press John Hersey

31st March 2012 History Books 29 Comments
In 1967 three black men were killed and nine other people brutally beaten by, as John Hersey describes it in The Algiers Motel Incident, an "aggregate of Detroit police, Michigan State Troopers, National Guardsmen, and private guards who had been directed to the scene." Responding to a telephoned report of sniping, the police group invaded the Algiers Motel and interrogated ten black men and two white women, none of whom were armed, for an hour. By the time the interrogators left, three men had been shot to death and the others, including the women, beaten. Hersey's extremely careful and ...
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Troubling the Waters: Black-Jewish Relations in the American Century Princeton University Press Cheryl Lynn Greenberg

31st March 2012 History Books 26 Comments
Was there ever really a black-Jewish alliance in twentieth-century America? And if there was, what happened to it? In Troubling the Waters, Cheryl Greenberg answers these questions more definitively than they have ever been answered before, drawing the richest portrait yet of what was less an alliance than a tumultuous political engagement--but one that energized the civil rights revolution, shaped the agenda of liberalism, and affected the course of American politics as a whole. Drawing on extensive new research in the archives of organizations such as the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation ...
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The American Revolution: A History in Documents ) Oxford University Press USA Steven C. Bullock

31st March 2012 History Books 12 Comments
The American Revolution vividly illustrates through a collection of fascinating primary documents how, in the space of a few hundred years, contented colonists -- the majority of whom were transplanted English citizens -- would form an independent country that could challenge the greatest world power of the time -- and win. The American Revolution explores the colonies' break with Great Britain, the resulting war to gain independence, and the struggle to create a successful government for the new United States. Steven C. Bullock turns to such documents as Common Sense, the Declaration of ...
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The English Constitution Walter Bagehot Oxford University Press USA

31st March 2012 History Books 25 Comments
r s24 Miles Taylor is at King's College, London. Walter Bagehot's The English Constitution (1867) is the best account of the history and workings of the British political system ever written. As arguments raged in mid-Victorian Britain about giving the working man the vote, and democracies overseas were pitched into despotism and civil war, Bagehot took a long, cool look at the "dignified" and "efficient" elements which made the English system the envy of the world. His analysis of the monarchy, the role of the prime minister and cabinet, and comparisons with the American ...
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The Medicine of Memory: A Mexica Clan in California University of Texas Press 1 edition Alejandro Murguía

31st March 2012 History Books 18 Comments
"People who live in California deny the past," asserts Alejandro Murguía. In a state where "what matters is keeping up with the current trends, fads, or latest computer gizmo," no one has "the time, energy, or desire to reflect on what happened last week, much less what happened ten years ago, or a hundred." From this oblivion of memory, he continues, comes a false sense of history, a deluded belief that the way things are now is the way they have always been.In this work of creative nonfiction, Murguía draws on memories--his own and his family's reaching back to the eighteenth ...
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The Plan for Perpetual Peace On the Government of Poland and Other Writings on History and Politics Dartmouth Trans. from the French edition Jean-Jacques Rousseau

31st March 2012 History Books 2 Comments
The Collected Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Volume 11. 6 x 9 trim. The Plan for Perpetual Peace, On the Government of Poland, and Other Writings on History and Politics (Collected Writings of Rousseau) (v. 11) ...
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Contemporary Spanish Politics Routledge 2 edition José M. Magone

31st March 2012 History Books 6 Comments
Having been fully revised and updated to reflect the considerable changes in Spain over the last decade, Jos M. Magone gives a fresh insight into the formal and informal workings of this dynamic southern European democracy. Thoroughly examining Spains historical background, political culture, core political institutions and foreign policy making, each chapter provides a research-based overview of the studied topic which can then be used as the basis for further research by students. Key themes of the book include: recent history of Spain after Franco's death Spains political ...
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Legends and Lies: Great Mysteries of the American West Forge 1 edition Dale L. Walker

31st March 2012 History Books 22 Comments
In this lively, humorous, and rational approach to the West's greatest puzzles, veteran historical writer Dale Walker presents a dozen of the biggest enigmas, including Davy Crockett's fate at the Alamo, the men who claimed to be Billy the Kid and Jesse James, the unexplained death of explorer Meriwether Lewis, and the fabled treasure in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. A collection of strange and intriguing tales about famous characters of American Western history. The author's research has come upon many mysteries that resist ultimate solution. Prolific writer of the Old West, ...
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Northumbria 500-1100: Creation and Destruction of a Kingdom Cambridge University Press David Rollason

31st March 2012 History Books 3 Comments
This book traces the rise and fall of the kingdom of Northumbria, in a broader European context. It examines the ethnic, political, social and religious changes that (after the end of the Roman Empire) transformed the large and disparate area between the Humber and the Firth of Forth into one of the most powerful kingdoms of early medieval England. It also examines the subsequent changes which led to the kingdom's disintegration and its replacement by political structures of northern England and southern Scotland. 'This is an erudite volume.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History'This book is ...
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Rainbow’s End: The Crash of 1929 Maury Klein Oxford University Press USA

31st March 2012 History Books 18 Comments
The first serious account of the Crash of 1929 was Only Yesterday, by Frederick Lewis Allen, published less than two years after the event and still in print. Disappointingly, Klein's effort is almost a chapter-by-chapter retelling of Only Yesterday, adding some research from the last 70 years but lacking Allen's firsthand knowledge and writing skill. Klein (The Life and Legend of Stephen Jay Gould) is an academic historian. His prose is pleasant enough, but he dashes hope of depth or rigor with the claim that the Crash cannot be explained by economics, or indeed by any observable ...
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