Redondo Beach Pier (Images of America Series)

By Jennifer Krintz

Piers have constantly drawn humans to the mysterious ask yourself of the sea. the power to possible stroll on water with the development of a pier has created for people a feeling of transitority mastery of the majestic and cruel sea. The Southern California coastline has continually attracted travelers from close to and much to adventure the usual great thing about the beach. Capitalizing at the ordinary and man-made charm of the sea and the excitement pier, Henry Huntington created in Redondo seashore a fantasyland of ask yourself and pleasure for beachgoers within the early twentieth century. As one of many significant opponents to the excitement piers of Santa Monica, Ocean Park, and Venice to the north, the never-ending Pier and later the adjoining Monstad Pier in Redondo seashore drew in hundreds of thousands of holiday makers an afternoon. Pleasure-seekers can nonetheless fish, take pleasure in dinner and song, store, or just take a evening walk over the water on latest Municipal Pier--remnants from the heyday of Redondo Beach's excitement pier of the early twentieth century.

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A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War

By Thomas Fleming

By the time John Brown hung from the gallows for his crimes at Harper’s Ferry, Northern abolitionists had made him a ““holy martyr” of their crusade opposed to Southern slave proprietors. This Northern hatred for Southerners lengthy predated their objections to slavery. They have been confident that New England, whose spokesmen had all started the yankee Revolution, must have been the chief of the hot country. as an alternative, they'd been displaced through Southern ““slavocrats” like Thomas Jefferson.

This malevolent envy exacerbated the South’s maximum worry: a race warfare. Jefferson’s cry, ““We are really to be pitied,” summed up their dread. for many years, extremists in either areas flung insults and threats, growing intractable enmities. by way of 1861, just a civil struggle that might kill 1000000 males may possibly store the Union.

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The Birth of America: From Before Columbus to the Revolution

In this provocative account of colonial the USA, William R. Polk explores the major occasions, contributors, and issues of this serious interval. With vibrant descriptions of the societies that individuals from Europe got here from and with an emphasis on what they believed they have been going to, Polk introduces the local Indians encountered within the New global and the black Africans who have been introduced around the Atlantic.

With insightful research, he additionally discusses the twin truths of colonial societies' "growing up" and "growing apart." As John Adams might indicate to Thomas Jefferson, the lengthy years that witnessed the formation of our nationwide personality and the expansion of our spirit of independence have been certainly the genuine revolution. That tale types the foundation of The start of America. as well as its dialogue of the impact the British had at the colonies, The beginning of America covers the pivotal roles performed by means of the Spanish, French, and Dutch in early America.

From the worried crossing of the stormy Atlantic to the expansion of the early settlements, to the French and Indian conflict and the unrest of the 1760s, William Polk brilliantly strains the development of the colonies to the purpose the place itwas now not attainable to recapture the earlier and the holiday with England used to be inevitable. the US were born.

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People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

In People of Paradox, Terryl Givens strains the increase and improvement of Mormon tradition from the times of Joseph Smith in upstate long island, via Brigham Young's founding of the Territory of Deseret at the beaches of significant Salt Lake, to the unfold of the Latter-Day Saints around the world.
in the course of the final century and a part, Givens notes, designated traditions have emerged one of the Latter-Day Saints, formed by means of dynamic tensions--or paradoxes--that supply Mormon cultural expression a lot of its energy. here's a faith formed by way of a inflexible authoritarian hierarchy and radical individualism; via prophetic simple task and a party of studying and highbrow research; by means of lifestyles in exile and a longing for integration and recognition through the bigger international. Givens divides Mormon heritage into sessions, separated via the renunciation of polygamy in 1890. In every one, he explores the lifetime of the brain, the emphasis on schooling, the significance of structure and concrete making plans (so obvious in Salt Lake urban and Mormon temples round the world), and Mormon accomplishments in track and dance, theater, movie, literature, and the visible arts. He situates such cultural practices within the context of the society of the bigger country and, in additional contemporary years, the realm. at the present time, he observes, simply fourteen percentage of Mormon believers stay within the usa.
Mormonism hasn't ever been extra admired in public lifestyles. yet there's a wealthy internal lifestyles underneath the general public floor, one deftly captured during this sympathetic, nuanced account through a number one authority on Mormon heritage and thought.

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The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA

By Antonio J. Mendez

From the writer of Argo comes an unforgettable behind-the-scenes tale of espionage in motion. within the first ever memoir by way of a top-level operative to be approved through the CIA, Antonio J. Mendez unearths the crafty tips and insights that helped retailer 1000's from lethal situations.

Adept at growing new identities for an individual, wherever, Mendez used to be all for operations worldwide, from “Wild West” adventures in East Asia to chilly warfare intrigue in Moscow. In 1980, he orchestrated the get away of six americans from a hostage state of affairs in innovative Tehran, Iran. This striking operation encouraged the motion picture Argo, directed by means of and starring Ben Affleck.

The grasp of Disguise provides us a privileged examine what relatively occurs on the optimum degrees of overseas espionage: within the box, undercover, and at the back of closed doors.

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I Have a Dream (Book & CD)

A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream keeps to continue to exist from new release to new release, and this gorgeous and robust illustrated variation of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest between us—those who will sooner or later hold his dream ahead for everyone.”

On August 28, 1963, at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the course of the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave probably the most robust and remarkable speeches in our nation's background. His phrases, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's superb work, make for an image publication absolute to be valuable via teenagers and adults alike. the topics of equality and freedom for all aren't merely appropriate at the present time, 50 years later, but additionally offer younger readers with an immense creation to our nation's previous. incorporated with the publication is an audio CD of the speech.

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Their Last Full Measure: The Final Days of the Civil War

Dramatic advancements spread out throughout the first months of 1865 that introduced America's bloody Civil battle to a speedy climax.

As the Confederacy crumbled below the Union army's relentless "hammering," Federal armies marched at the Rebels' final bastions in Alabama, the Carolinas, and Virginia. common William T. Sherman's battle-hardened military performed a punitive crusade opposed to the seat of the uprising, South Carolina, whereas General-in-Chief Ulysses S. furnish sought to damage the months-long siege at Petersburg, defended by means of Robert E. Lee's ravenous military of Northern Virginia. In Richmond, accomplice President Jefferson Davis struggled to carry jointly his unraveling kingdom whereas at the same time sanctioning diplomatic overtures to bid for peace. in the meantime, President Abraham Lincoln took steps to finish slavery within the usa forever.

Their final complete Measure relates those exciting occasions, which one at the heels of one other, from the battles finishing the Petersburg siege and forcing Lee's hand over at Appomattox to the destruction of South Carolina's capital, the assassination of Lincoln, and the extensive manhunt for his killer. The fast paced narrative braids the disparate occasions right into a compelling account that incorporates strong armies; leaders civil and armed forces, unsuitable and luxurious; and traditional humans, black and white, suffering to outlive within the war's wreckage.

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Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents: What Your Teachers Never Told you About the Men of The White House

Your highschool background lecturers by no means gave you a booklet like this one! Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents beneficial properties outrageous and uncensored profiles of the lads within the White apartment - entire with hundreds of thousands of little-known, politically mistaken, and downright wacko proof. you will discover that:

  • George Washington spent a whopping 7% of his wage on booze
  • John Quincy Adams enjoyed to skinny-dip within the Potomac River
  • Gerald Ford as soon as labored as a sophisticated journal hide version
  • Warren G. Harding gambled with White condo china whilst he ran low on funds
  • Jimmy Carter mentioned a unidentified flying object sighting in Georgia
  • And Richard Nixon . . . sheesh, do not get us all started on Nixon!

With chapters on all people from George Washington to Barack Obama, Secret Lives of the U.S. Presidents tackles all of the tricky questions that different background books are afraid to invite: what number of those men have been dishonest on their better halves? Are there quite mystery tunnels beneath the White residence? And what was once Nancy Reagan pondering whilst she seemed on Diff'rent Strokes? American historical past was once by no means this a lot enjoyable at school!

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Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

One of People’s most sensible Ten Books of 2015

"[Larson] succeeds in offering a well-rounded portrait of a lady who, previously, hasn't ever been considered in full."—Boston Globe

​“A biography that chronicles her existence with clean information . . . by way of making Rosemary the relevant personality, [Larson] has produced a invaluable account of a psychological overall healthiness tragedy and an influential family’s belated efforts to make amends.” — New York instances e-book Review
 

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly attractive daughter Rosemary attended particular colleges, was once provided as a debutante to the queen of britain, and traveled the area together with her high-spirited sisters. but Rosemary was once intellectually disabled, a mystery fiercely guarded via her strong and glamorous family.

In Rosemary, Kate Clifford Larson makes use of newly exposed assets to convey Rosemary Kennedy’s tale to gentle. younger Rosemary comes alive as a candy, vigorous woman cherished via her siblings. yet Larson additionally unearths the usually determined and duplicitous preparations the Kennedys made to maintain her clear of domestic as she grew to become more and more tough in her early twenties, culminating in Joe’s choice to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three and the family’s complicity in retaining the key. simply years later did the Kennedy siblings start to comprehend what had occurred to Rosemary, which galvanized them to direct executive recognition and assets to the plight of the developmentally and mentally disabled, reworking the lives of millions.
 
“The forgotten Kennedy is forgotten now not. Rosemary is an extraordinary factor, a e-book in regards to the Kennedys that has whatever new to say.” — Laurence Leamer, writer of The Kennedy Women
 
“Heartbreaking.” — Wall highway Journal

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