Category: United States Of America

  • The Missing (Vintage Contemporaries)

    By Tim Gautreaux

    A masterful novel set in Twenties Louisiana, The lacking is the tale of Sam Simoneaux, a floorwalker at a brand new Orleans division shop. while a bit woman is abducted on Sam’s watch he's haunted through guilt, grief, and ghosts from his personal afflicted prior. decided to discover her, Sam units out on a trip via a global of song and violence, the place riverboats teem with consuming and dancing, and the place darkish swamplands hide those that decide to stay via their very own legislation. With the destiny of the stolen baby looming, The lacking vividly depicts an the United States lurching clear of conflict, the place civilization is barely starting to penetrate the hinterlands, and a guy needs to make a choice from compassion and vengeance.
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  • The Makers of American Wine: A Record of Two Hundred Years

    By Thomas Pinney

    Americans discovered tips to make wine effectively approximately 2 hundred years in the past, after failing for greater than 2 hundred years. Thomas Pinney takes a fascinating method of the heritage of yankee wine via telling its tale throughout the lives of thirteen those who performed major roles in development an that now extends to each kingdom. whereas a few names—such as Mondavi and Gallo—will be widely used, others are much less popular. those contain the rich Nicholas Longworth, who produced the 1st renowned American wine; the German immigrant George Husmann, who championed the local Norton grape in Missouri and provided rootstock to avoid wasting French vineyards from phylloxera; Frank Schoonmaker, who championed the varietal notion over wines with deceptive names; and Maynard Amerine, who helped make UC Davis a world-class winemaking school.
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  • The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life (A Quadrant Book)

    By Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

    Americans spend billions of greenbacks each year on medicines, treatment, and different treatments attempting to get a superb night’s sleep. Anxieties approximately now not getting adequate sleep and the influence of sleeplessness on productiveness, future health, and happiness pervade scientific opinion, the office, and pop culture. In The snoozing Masses, Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer addresses the phenomenon of sleep and sleeplessness within the usa, tracing the impact of drugs and business capitalism at the drowsing behavior of american citizens from the 19th century to the present.

    Before the advent of manufacturing facility shift paintings, americans loved various napping practices, most ordinarily nightly sessions of relaxation supplemented by way of daylight hours naps. the hot napping regimen—eight uninterrupted hours of sleep at night—led to the pathologization of different methods of drowsing. Arguing that the present version of sleep is rooted no longer in biology yet in business capitalism’s relentless desire for productiveness, The sound asleep Masses examines so-called Z-drugs that advertise sleep, using either criminal and illicit stimulants to wrestle sleepiness, and the modern politics of time. Wolf-Meyer concludes by way of exploring the extremes of sleep, from instances of perpetual sleeplessness and the sleepwalking safeguard in felony courts to army experiments with ultra-short sessions of sleep.

    Drawing on untapped archival assets and long term ethnographic examine with those who either event and deal with sleep abnormalities, Wolf-Meyer analyzes and sharply evaluations how sleep and its intended issues are understood and handled. through spotting the range and bounds of sleep, he contends, we will be able to determine extra versatile expectancies approximately sleep and, finally, subvert the wear of sleep pathology and business regulate on our lives.

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  • When Washington Shut Down Wall Street: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914 and the Origins of America's Monetary Supremacy

    By William L. Silber

    When Washington close Down Wall road unfolds like a secret tale. It lines Treasury Secretary William Gibbs McAdoo's conquer a financial obstacle on the outbreak of global struggle I that threatened the USA with financial ruin. the most important gold outflow in a iteration imperiled America's skill to pay off its accounts overseas. worry that the us might abandon the most excellent despatched the greenback plummeting on global markets. and not using a crucial financial institution in the summertime of 1914, the USA resembled a headless monetary giant.

    William McAdoo stepped in with brave motion, we learn in Silber's gripping account. He close the recent York inventory alternate for greater than 4 months to avoid Europeans from promoting their American securities and significant gold in go back. He smothered the rustic with emergency foreign money to avoid a replay of the financial institution runs that swept the United States in 1907. And he introduced the USA as an international financial energy through honoring America's dedication to the most effective. His activities offer a blueprint for situation keep an eye on that benefits awareness at the present time. McAdoo's recipe emphasizes an go out process that enables policymakers to throttle a hindrance whereas minimizing collateral damage.

    When Washington close Down Wall highway recreates the drama of America's conflict for monetary credibility. McAdoo's accomplishments position him along Paul Volcker and Alan Greenspan as nice American monetary leaders. McAdoo, in truth, nursed the Federal Reserve into lifestyles because the 1914 predicament waned and served because the first chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.
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  • The Crisis of Neoliberalism

    By Gérard Duménil

    This ebook examines “the nice contraction” of 2007–2010 in the context of the neoliberal globalization that begun within the early Eighties. This new part of capitalism tremendously enriched the pinnacle five percentage of american citizens, together with capitalists and fiscal managers, yet at an important fee to the rustic as an entire. Declining household funding in production, unsustainable loved ones debt, emerging dependence on imports and financing, and the expansion of a delicate and unwieldy worldwide monetary constitution threaten the power of the buck. until those developments are reversed, the authors are expecting, the U.S. economic climate will face sharp decline. Summarizing a large number of troubling facts, the authors convey that production has declined from forty percentage of GDP to less than 10 percentage in thirty years. in view that intake drives the yank economic climate and because synthetic items include the biggest percentage of purchaser purchases, in actual fact we won't have the ability to maintain the amassing exchange deficits. instead of blame participants, resembling Greenspan or Bernanke, the authors specialise in greater forces. Repairing the breach in our financial system would require limits on unfastened alternate and the loose overseas stream of capital; rules geared toward bettering schooling, study, and infrastructure; reindustrialization; and the taxation of upper earning.
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  • American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic

    By Nancy K. Bristow

    Among the years 1918 and1920, influenza raged around the world within the worst pandemic in recorded historical past, killing at the least fifty million humans, greater than part one million of them american citizens. but regardless of the devastation, this catastrophic occasion turns out yet a forgotten second within the usa.

    American Pandemic deals a much-needed corrective to the silence surrounding the influenza outbreak. It sheds gentle at the social and cultural heritage of american citizens through the pandemic, uncovering either the reasons of the nation's public amnesia and the intensity of the quiet remembering that continued. occupied with the first avid gamers during this drama--patients and their households, pals, and neighborhood, public healthiness specialists, and overall healthiness care professionals--historian Nancy okay. Bristow attracts on a number of views to spotlight the advanced interaction among social identification, cultural norms, reminiscence, and the epidemic. Bristow has combed a wealth of basic assets, together with letters, diaries, oral histories, memoirs, novels, newspapers, magazines, pictures, executive records, and future health care literature. She exhibits that notwithstanding the pandemic prompted great disruption within the most elementary styles of yank existence, influenza didn't create long term social or cultural switch, serving as an alternative to augment the established order and the variations and disparities that outlined American lifestyles.

    As the challenge waned the pandemic slipped from the nation's public reminiscence. The helplessness and melancholy american citizens had suffered throughout the pandemic, Bristow notes, was once a narrative poorly fitted to a country all in favour of optimism and growth. For numerous survivors, notwithstanding, the trauma by no means ended, shadowing the rest of their lives with stories of loss. This booklet shall we us pay attention those long-silent voices, reclaiming an immense bankruptcy within the American earlier.
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  • Three Kings: The Rise of an American Empire in the Middle East After World War II

    By Lloyd C. Gardner

    In an account of the U.S. function within the center East, Three Kings is an “erudite, persuasively argued, and lucid” (Publishers Weekly) narrative of America’s deep and tangled relationships within the region.

    Three Kings unearths a narrative of America’s scramble for political effect, oil concessions, and a brand new army presence in accordance with airpower and beneficiant American reduction to shaky regimes in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, and Iraq. Deftly weaving jointly 3 many years of U.S. strikes within the quarter, Lloyd Gardner delves into early American efforts to aid the impact the Saudi regime (including the production of Dhahran air base, the objective of Osama bin Laden’s first terrorist assault in 1996); the CIA-engineered coup in Iran; Nasser’s Egypt; and, eventually, the increase of Iraq as a big petroleum power.

    As American coverage makers and armed forces planners grapple with a notably new and swiftly transferring political panorama during this very important sector, Gardner uncovers “valuable new genuine facts… ably guid[ing] the reader throughout the perilous chess video game that has performed out within the sector considering the fact that global conflict II” (Kirkus Reviews).
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  • A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East--from the Cold War to the War on Terror

    By Patrick Tyler

    The White condominium and the center East―from the chilly conflict to the warfare on Terror

    The heart East is the start and the tip of U.S. international coverage: occasions there impact our alliances, make or holiday presidencies, govern the cost of oil, and draw us into struggle. however it was once now not continually so―and as Patrick Tyler indicates during this exciting chronicle of yankee misadventures within the quarter, the tale of yankee presidents' dealings there's one in every of combined factors, skulduggery, deceit, and outright foolishness, in addition to of policymaking and international relations.

    Tyler attracts on newly opened presidential data to dramatize the method of the center East throughout U.S. presidencies from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. he's taking us into the Oval workplace and indicates how our leaders made momentous judgements; whilst, the sweep of this narrative―from the Suez challenge to the Iran hostage main issue to George W. Bush's disaster in Iraq―lets us see the massive photograph as by no means ahead of. Tyler tells a narrative of presidents being drawn into the affairs of the zone opposed to their will, being stored in the dead of night by way of neighborhood potentates, being led off track via greedy subordinates, and making judgements in regards to the inner affairs of nations they rarely comprehend. principally, he indicates how each one president has controlled to undo the regulations of his predecessor, frequently fomenting either anger opposed to the United States at the streets of the sector and confusion at domestic.

    A international of difficulty is the center East publication we'd like now: compulsively readable, freed from cant and beliefs, and wealthy in perception concerning the very human demanding situations a brand new president will face as she or he attempts to revive America's status within the region.

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  • Tobacco War: Inside the California Battles

    By Stanton A. Glantz

    Tobacco War charts the dramatic and complicated background of tobacco politics in California during the last zone century. starting with the actions of a small band of activists who, within the Seventies, recommend the novel proposal that individuals do not need to respire second-hand tobacco smoke, Stanton Glantz and Edith Balbach stick to the move in the course of the Nineteen Eighties, while activists created thousands of urban and county ordinances by means of operating via their neighborhood officers, to the present--when tobacco is a hugely noticeable factor in American politics and smoke-free eating places and bars are a truth in the course of the country. The authors express how those accomplishments relaxation at the basis laid during the last 20 years through tobacco keep watch over activists who've labored around the U.S. to alter how humans view the tobacco and its behavior.

    Tobacco conflict is accessibly written, balanced, and meticulously researched. The California event presents a image demonstration of the successes and screw ups of either the tobacco and public well-being forces. It indicates how public health and wellbeing advocates slowly discovered to regulate the phrases of the controversy and the way they found that easily constructing tobacco keep an eye on courses was once no longer adequate, that consistent vigilance used to be essential to shield courses from a opposed legislature and governor. finally, the California event proves that it really is attainable to dramatically switch how humans take into consideration tobacco and the tobacco and to speedily decrease tobacco intake. yet California's adventure additionally demonstrates that it truly is attainable to run such courses effectively simply so long as the general public health and wellbeing group exerts strength successfully. With criminal settlements bringing giant funds to tobacco keep watch over courses in each kingdom, this e-book is needs to examining for someone attracted to scuffling with and beating the tobacco industry.
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  • Frommer's Maui 2013 (Frommer's Color Complete)

    By Jeanette Foster

    • Opinionated reviews: No bland descriptions and lukewarm recommendations. Based on a close own inspection, our writer covers lavish beachfront lodges, intimate rain-forest B&Bs, family-friendly condos, and masses, even more. Our eating studies are easily the simplest within the company, even if you crave state of the art Asian-fusion delicacies or a hearty, cheap plate lunch.
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    • Where to find secluded shores; mystery spots for snorkeling; the simplest clothes shops to settle on for every little thing from diving to deep-sea fishing; and the place to discover the head galleries and retailers. no matter if  you need to golfing, snorkel with sea turtles, take the line journey of a life-time at the scenicHana street, or just sit back with a mai tai to observe the sundown, you could layout the precise journey with Frommer's Maui.
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