A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
The Insurgents tells the interior tale of the small workforce of soldier-scholars, led by way of Gen. David Petraeus, who plotted to revolutionize the oldest, stodgiest establishment in America—the army. operating from mystery records, deepest emails, and interviews with multiple hundred key characters, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Fred Kaplan information how those women and men solid a group (a “cabal,” a few of them referred to as it), manipulated the forms, and adjusted respectable policy.
This is a narrative of energy, politics, rules, and personalities—and how they converged to reshape twenty-first century battle. it's also a cautionary story approximately how inventive doctrine can harden into dogma and the way clever strategists—today’s “best and brightest”— can win the battles at domestic yet no longer the wars out of the country. Petraeus and his fellow insurgents made the U.S. army extra adaptive to the conflicts of the fashionable period, yet additionally they created the tools—made it extra tempting—for political leaders to wade into wars that they'd were clever to prevent.
By James W. Loewen
Lies My instructor advised Me approximately Christopher Columbus disproves the myths approximately Columbus nonetheless enshrined in American textbooks with quotations from basic resource fabric that units the checklist immediately. The poster and accompanying 48–page paperback booklet sum up the mistellings—and display the true story—in a graphically beautiful and available structure that indicates the measure to which textbooks have “lied” by means of knowingly substituting crowd-pleasing myths for grim and ugly old evidence.
By Tim Grove
In 1924 the U.S. military despatched 8 younger males on a daring try to be the 1st to circumnavigate the globe via flight. males from 5 different countries—Great Britain, France, Portugal, Italy, and Argentina—had an identical aim. The race used to be on!
First Flight around the globe documents the fascinating trip of 4 American planes—the Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle—and their crews on a race all over the world. The journey held many demanding situations: severe climate, tough navigation, surprising cultures, fragile planes, and few airfields. The
global fliers risked their lives for the sake of nationwide pride.
established partly at the magazine of 1 of the workforce individuals, First Lieutenant Leslie Arnold, in addition to statement, newspaper studies, and archival photos, First Flight round the World is an enthralling story approximately American ingenuity, gumption, and perseverance.
By Dorothy Rabinowitz
In 1742, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, wrote, "There is not any crueler tyranny than that that's perpetrated less than the defend of legislations and within the identify of justice." 200 forty-three years later, in 1985, Dorothy Rabinowitz, a syndicated columnist and tv commentator, encountered the case of a brand new Jersey day care employee named Kelly Michaels, accused of 280 counts of sexually abusing nursery university young children -- and uncovered the 1st of the prosecutorial abuses defined in No Crueler Tyrannies.
No Crueler Tyrannies remembers the hysteria that observed the kid sex-abuse witch-hunts of the Eighties and Nineties: how a unmarried nameless cellphone name may perhaps carry to undergo a military of recovered-memory therapists, venal and bold prosecutors, and hypocritical judges -- a military that jailed countless numbers of blameless americans. The overarching tale of No Crueler Tyrannies is that of the Amirault relatives, who ran the Fells Acres day care middle in Malden, Massachusetts: Violet Amirault, her daughter Cheryl, and her son Gerald, sufferers of might be the main biased prosecution because the Salem witch trials. Woven into the material of the Amirault tragedy -- an unfinished tale, with Gerald Amirault nonetheless incarcerated for crimes that, Rabinowitz persuasively argues, not just did he now not devote, yet which never happened -- are different, both alarming stories of prosecutorial terrors: the tales of Wenatchee, Washington, the place the single-minded efforts of leader intercourse crimes investigator Robert Perez jailed dozens of his friends; Patrick Griffin, a revered health care provider whose existence and attractiveness have been destroyed by way of a fake accusation of sexual molestation; John Carroll, a marina proprietor from Troy, ny, now serving ten to 20 years mostly on the behest of a similar professional witness used to wrongly reformatory Kelly Michaels fifteen years formerly; and provide Snowden, the North Miami policeman sentenced to 5 consecutive lifestyles phrases after being prosecuted through then Dade County country legal professional Janet Reno...who spent 11 years killing rats in a variety of Florida prisons sooner than a brand new trial affirmed his innocence.
No Crueler Tyrannies is right away a really scary and even as inspiring booklet, documenting how those electorate, who turned pursuits of the justice process within which they'd rather a lot religion, got here to realize that their lives may be destroyed, that they can be despatched to legal for years -- even a long time. No Crueler Tyrannies exhibits the complicity of the courts, their hypocrisy and indifference to the claims of justice, but in addition the braveness of these keen to problem the runaway prosecutors and the energy of these who've continued their depredations.
Starting with the recovery of diplomatic relatives among the united states and Cambodia in 1969, this ebook is the 1st to systematically discover the debatable matters and occasions surrounding the connection among the 2 international locations within the latter half the 20 th century. It lines how the key bombing of Cambodia, the coup which overthrew Prince Sihanouk and the yank invasion of Cambodia in 1970 ended in a brutal civil struggle. in accordance with large archival learn within the usa, Australia and Cambodia, this is often the main complete account of the U.S.' afflicted dating with Cambodia.
By David Bradley
The legends say whatever occurred in Chaneysville. The Chaneysville Incident is the robust tale of 1 man's obsession with researching what that anything was--a quest that takes the intense and sour younger black historian John Washington again in the course of the secrets and techniques and buried evil of his background. Returning domestic to deal with after which bury his father's closest pal and his personal father or mother, previous Jack Crawley, he comes upon the scant documents of his family's proud and tragic historical past, which he drives himself to reconstruct and settle for. this can be the tale of John's dating together with his relations, town, and the girl he loves; and likewise among the prior and the current, among oppression and guilt, hate and violence, love and reputation.
By Michael Graham
Overlook the calzone and cannoli; the sole distinction among Brooklyn, big apple, and Birmingham, Alabama, is that you simply cannot get a gun rack right into a Trans Am. Trailer parks, pickup vans, Hee Haw, grits...just the point out of anyone of those can elicit a smirk north of the Mason-Dixon Line. yet in line with Michael Graham, the South is getting the final snort simply because redneckery has unfold like kudzu from Bangor to Baja. don't think it? How else do you clarify the outstanding acclaim for NASCAR and seasoned wrestling? Now Michael Graham-writer, comic, radio speak exhibit host, and previous GOP flack-fearlessly takes on large executive, the general public college process, Enron, loose speech, illiteracy, multiculturalism, and racism. He proves that the guidelines Northern liberals as soon as marched south to protest make up the time table they advertise this day. Provocative, sincere, and hilarious, Graham takes no prisoners-reminding us that for each slack-jawed yokel swearing he simply observed Elvis, there is a left-wing Yankee attempting to re-segregate America's faculties or observing the chitlin' consuming contest on his favourite fact television express.
Based on Nixon’s ignored recordings, New York Times bestselling writer John W. Dean connects the dots among what we’ve come to think approximately Watergate and what really happened
Watergate eternally replaced American politics, and in mild of the revelations concerning the NSA’s common surveillance application, the scandal has taken on new value. but remarkably, 4 many years after Nixon was once pressured to renounce, not anyone has instructed the total tale of his involvement in Watergate.
In The Nixon Defense, former White apartment assistance John W. Dean, one of many final significant surviving figures of Watergate, attracts on his personal transcripts of virtually 1000 conversations, a wealth of Nixon’s secretly recorded info, and greater than 150,000 pages of files within the nationwide records and the Nixon Library to supply the definitive resolution to the query: What did President
Nixon recognize and whilst did he be aware of it?
Through narrative and contemporaneous discussion, Dean connects dots that experience by no means been attached, together with revealing how and why the Watergate break-in happened, what was once at the mysterious 18 0.5 minute hole in Nixon’s recorded conversations, and more.
In what is going to stand because the so much authoritative account of 1 of America’s worst political scandals, The Nixon Defense indicates how the disastrous blunders of Watergate might have been refrained from and gives a cautionary story for our personal time.
By Jonathan Darman
In politics, the guy who takes the top spot after a landslide isn't status on stable ground.
during this riveting paintings of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the tale of 2 giants of yankee politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and indicates how, from 1963 to 1966, those men—the comparable age, and pushed through a similar heroic ambitions—changed American politics forever.
The liberal and the conservative. The deal-making arm tornado and the cool communicator. The Texas rancher and the Hollywood big name. Opposites in politics and elegance, Johnson and Reagan shared a defining impulse: to set forth a grand tale of the USA, a narrative during which he may be the hero. within the tumultuous days after the Kennedy assassination, Johnson and Reagan each one, in flip, seized the opportunity to supply the rustic a brand new imaginative and prescient for the longer term. Bringing to existence their vibrant personalities and the fearful temper of the United States in a considerably transformative time, Darman indicates how, in promising the most unlikely, Johnson and Reagan together dismantled the lengthy American culture of consensus politics and ushered in a brand new period of fracture. historical past involves existence in Darman’s bright, fly-on-the wall storytelling.
at the same time Johnson publicly revels in his triumphs, we see him develop enthusiastic about darkish forces he believes are out to spoil him, whereas his spouse, woman fowl, urges her husband to place apart his paranoia and spot the realm because it relatively is. and because the warfare in Vietnam threatens to overhaul his presidency, we witness Johnson desperately suffering to compensate with ever extra extravagant can provide for his nice Society.
at the different aspect of the rustic, Ronald Reagan, a fading actor years faraway from his Hollywood glory, steadily turns towards a brand new occupation in California politics. We watch him supplying speeches to crowds who're determined for a brand new chief. And we see him wielding his well-honed intuition for timing, awaiting Johnson’s majestic offers to end up empty ahead of he steps again into the highlight, on his lengthy trip towards the presidency.
From Johnson’s election in 1964, the best popular-vote landslide in American background, to the pivotal 1966 midterms, whilst Reagan burst forth onto the nationwide degree, Landslide brings alive a rustic transformed—by riots, protests, the increase of tv, the shattering of consensus—and the 2 towering personalities whose offerings in these moments could reverberate throughout the nation for many years to come.
Praise for Landslide
“Richly specified . . . Landslide is a brilliant retelling of a tumultuous 3 years in American background, and Mr. Darman captures in complete the personalities and causes of 2 of the 20 th century’s such a lot consequential politicians.”—The manhattan Times
“Novel or even extraordinary . . . Landslide deftly reminds readers that Johnson and Reagan either trafficked in grandiose oratory and promoted utopian visions at odds with the social complexity of contemporary America.”—The Washington Post
“Riveting . . . Darman portrays [Johnson and Reagan] as polar opposites of political charm. . . . lively through the crafty perception that they have been males of sadness headed towards an appointment with background . . . A story approximately myths and a country that believed them, a few global of a part century in the past now long gone forever.”—The Boston Globe
“Alert to the subtleties of politics and political historical past, Darman, a former correspondent for Newsweek, nimbly explores fantasy and self-delusion on the maximum levels.”—The big apple instances booklet Review