The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 1594484007
ISBN 13: 9781594484001
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wordy Shipmates Book Review:

A cultural profile of Puritan life covers a wide range of topics, from their covenant communities and deep-rooted ideologies to their beliefs about church and state and their perspectives on other faiths, in an account that also evaluates their legacy in today's world. 125,000 first printing.

The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2008-10-07
ISBN 10: 1440638691
ISBN 13: 9781440638695
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wordy Shipmates Book Review:

From the author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, The Wordy Shipmates is New York Times bestselling author Sarah Vowell's exploration of the Puritans and their journey to America to become the people of John Winthrop's "city upon a hill," a shining example, a "city that cannot be hid." To this day, America views itself as a Puritan nation, but Vowell investigates what that means? and what it should mean. What was this great political enterprise all about? Who were these people who are considered the philosophical, spiritual, and moral ancestors of our nation? What Vowell discovers is something far different from what their uptight shoe-buckles-and- corn reputation might suggest. The people she finds are highly literate, deeply principled, and surprisingly feisty. Their story is filled with pamphlet feuds, witty courtroom dramas, and bloody vengeance. Along the way she asks: *Was Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop a communitarian, a Christlike Christian, or conformity?s tyrannical enforcer? Answer: Yes! *Was Rhode Island?s architect, Roger Williams, America?s founding freak or the father of the First Amendment? Same difference. *What does it take to get that jezebel Anne Hutchinson to shut up? A hatchet. *What was the Puritans? pet name for the Pope? The Great Whore of Babylon. Sarah Vowell?s special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where ?righteousness? is rhymed with ?wilderness,? to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America?s most celebrated voices. Thou shalt enjoy it.

The Wordy Shipmates

The Wordy Shipmates
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9781594489990
ISBN 13: 1594489998
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wordy Shipmates Book Review:

A cultural profile of Puritan life covers a wide range of topics, from their covenant communities and deep-rooted ideologies to their beliefs about church and state and their perspectives on other faiths, in an account that also evaluates their legacy in today's world. 125,000 first printing.

Unfamiliar Fishes

Unfamiliar Fishes
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 159448564X
ISBN 13: 9781594485640
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unfamiliar Fishes Book Review:

An irreverent analysis of late-nineteenth-century imperialism in the United States focuses on the annexation of Hawaii as a defining historical milestone, covering such contributing factors as the missionary overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy and the activities of whaling fleets.

Assassination Vacation

Assassination Vacation
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2005-04-04
ISBN 10: 9780743282536
ISBN 13: 0743282531
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Assassination Vacation Book Review:

New York Times bestselling author of The Word Shipmates and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” Sarah Vowell embarks on a road trip to sites of political violence, from Washington DC to Alaska, to better understand our nation’s ever-evolving political system and history.

Radio On

Radio On
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2013-11-19
ISBN 10: 1466857277
ISBN 13: 9781466857278
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Radio On Book Review:

There are approximately 502 million radios in America. For this savvy, far-reaching diary, celebrated journalist and author Sarah Vowell turned hers on and listened--closely, critically, creatively--for an entire year. As a series of impressions and reflections regarding contemporary American culture, and as an extended meditation on both our media and our society, Radio On is a keenly focused book that is as insightful as it is refreshing.

The Partly Cloudy Patriot

The Partly Cloudy Patriot
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2003-10
ISBN 10: 9780743243803
ISBN 13: 0743243803
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Partly Cloudy Patriot Book Review:

The author shares her perspective on such topics as the 2000 election, present-day civil rights activists, and the relationship between the United States and Canada.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2015
ISBN 10: 1594631743
ISBN 13: 9781594631740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States Book Review:

From the bestselling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous and insightful account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette--the one Frenchman we could all agree on--and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality. On August 16, 1824, an elderly French gentlemen sailed into New York Harbor and giddy Americans were there to welcome him. Or, rather, to welcome him back. It had been thirty years since the Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette had last set foot in the United States, and he was so beloved that 80,000 people showed up to cheer for him. The entire population of New York at the time was 120,000. Lafayette's arrival in 1824 coincided with one of the most contentious presidential elections in American history, Congress had just fought its first epic battle over slavery, and the threat of a Civil War loomed. But Lafayette, belonging to neither North nor South, to no political party or faction, was a walking, talking reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted this country to be. His return was not just a reunion with his beloved Americans, it was a reunion for Americans with their own astonishing singular past. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.

Take the Cannoli

Take the Cannoli
Author: Sarah Vowell
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-12-17
ISBN 10: 1439126518
ISBN 13: 9781439126516
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take the Cannoli Book Review:

A wickedly funny collection of personal essays from popular NPR personality Sarah Vowell. Hailed by Newsweek as a "cranky stylist with talent to burn," Vowell has an irresistible voice -- caustic and sympathetic, insightful and double-edged -- that has attracted a loyal following for her magazine writing and radio monologues on This American Life. While tackling subjects such as identity, politics, religion, art, and history, these autobiographical tales are written with a biting humor, placing Vowell solidly in the tradition of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker. Vowell searches the streets of Hoboken for traces of the town's favorite son, Frank Sinatra. She goes under cover of heavy makeup in an investigation of goth culture, blasts cannonballs into a hillside on a father-daughter outing, and maps her family's haunted history on a road trip down the Trail of Tears. Take the Cannoli is an eclectic tour of the New World, a collection of alternately hilarious and heartbreaking essays and autobiographical yarns.

Wordy

Wordy
Author: Simon Schama
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2020-08-20
ISBN 10: 9781471180125
ISBN 13: 1471180123
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wordy Book Review:

A wide-ranging collection of essays written by the award-winning writer and historian over his forty-year career, chosen by the man himself.

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty
Author: David Levinthal
Publsiher: Schwartz & Wade
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0375841954
ISBN 13: 9780375841958
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty Book Review:

Police detective Binky investigates the theft of a golden goose, the poisoning of Snow White, and other fairy tale crimes. Full color.

Hakluyt s Promise

Hakluyt s Promise
Author: Peter C. Mancall
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 378
Release: 2010-03-16
ISBN 10: 030016422X
ISBN 13: 9780300164220
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hakluyt s Promise Book Review:

"Hakluyt's Promise demonstrates [Hakluyt's] prominent role in the establishment of English America as well as his interests in English opportunities in the East Indies. The volume presents nearly fifty illustrations - many unpublished since the sixteenth century - and offers a fresh view of Hakluyt's milieu and the central concerns of the Elizabethan age"--Jacket.

Founding Myths

Founding Myths
Author: Ray Raphael
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2010-10-08
ISBN 10: 1458781143
ISBN 13: 9781458781147
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Founding Myths Book Review:

Widely praised following its initial publication, Founding Myths is a page-turner created out of the stuff of American history primers. Reexamining thirteen well-known tales from the American struggle for independence, the book documents the errors and inventions that permeate these cherished national myths - myths that are often still taught in American history classes - in what Baltimore's City Paper calls a ''debunking that does not disappoint." ''Engaging and eye-opening" (The Sacramento Bee), Ray Raphael's bold and provocative book reexamines the story of Paul Revere's midnight ride, which turns out to have involved far more than one rider; Patrick Henry's famous (and fictitious) ''Give Me Liberty" speech; and the made-up character of Molly Pitcher, among many others. Raphael cleverly demonstrates how these stories evolved over time. And in each case, he offers an alternative version, one that is both more historically accurate and more in tune with our nation's democratic ideals. For anyone who is curious about the true story of the nation's founding, and for those searching for a genuine chronicle of democratic struggle, Founding Myths is American history at its truest and most vital.

Hunger of Memory

Hunger of Memory
Author: Richard Rodriguez
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2004-02-03
ISBN 10: 0553898833
ISBN 13: 9780553898835
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hunger of Memory Book Review:

Hunger of Memory is the story of Mexican-American Richard Rodriguez, who begins his schooling in Sacramento, California, knowing just 50 words of English, and concludes his university studies in the stately quiet of the reading room of the British Museum. Here is the poignant journey of a “minority student” who pays the cost of his social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation — from his past, his parents, his culture — and so describes the high price of “making it” in middle-class America. Provocative in its positions on affirmative action and bilingual education, Hunger of Memory is a powerful political statement, a profound study of the importance of language ... and the moving, intimate portrait of a boy struggling to become a man.

46 Pages

46 Pages
Author: Scott Liell
Publsiher: Running Press Adult
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2004-03-03
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015074198774
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

46 Pages Book Review:

"Includes complete text of Thomas Paine's Common sense"--Cover.

Founding Mothers

Founding Mothers
Author: Cokie Roberts
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2009-04-14
ISBN 10: 9780061867460
ISBN 13: 0061867462
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Founding Mothers Book Review:

Cokie Roberts's number one New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, examined the nature of women's roles throughout history and led USA Today to praise her as a "custodian of time-honored values." Her second bestseller, From This Day Forward, written with her husband, Steve Roberts, described American marriages throughout history, including the romance of John and Abigail Adams. Now Roberts returns with Founding Mothers, an intimate and illuminating look at the fervently patriotic and passionate women whose tireless pursuits on behalf of their families -- and their country -- proved just as crucial to the forging of a new nation as the rebellion that established it. While much has been written about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the British, and framed the Constitution, the wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters they left behind have been little noticed by history. Roberts brings us the women who fought the Revolution as valiantly as the men, often defending their very doorsteps. While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their businesses, raised their children, provided them with political advice, and made it possible for the men to do what they did. The behind-the-scenes influence of these women -- and their sometimes very public activities -- was intelligent and pervasive. Drawing upon personal correspondence, private journals, and even favored recipes, Roberts reveals the often surprising stories of these fascinating women, bringing to life the everyday trials and extraordinary triumphs of individuals like Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Deborah Read Franklin, Eliza Pinckney, Catherine Littlefield Green, Esther DeBerdt Reed, and Martha Washington -- proving that without our exemplary women, the new country might never have survived. Social history at its best, Founding Mothers unveils the drive, determination, creative insight, and passion of the other patriots, the women who raised our nation. Roberts proves beyond a doubt that like every generation of American women that has followed, the founding mothers used the unique gifts of their gender -- courage, pluck, sadness, joy, energy, grace, sensitivity, and humor -- to do what women do best, put one foot in front of the other in remarkable circumstances and carry on.

Sleepwalk with Me

Sleepwalk with Me
Author: Mike Birbiglia
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-08-21
ISBN 10: 1476705763
ISBN 13: 9781476705767
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sleepwalk with Me Book Review:

In a tie-in to a one-man show that will be touring the United States in Fall 2010, a comedian offers a charming, funny memoir about first love, denial, sleepwalking and the perils and pitfalls of being ... himself.

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire
Author: Will Hermes
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2011-11-08
ISBN 10: 1429968672
ISBN 13: 9781429968676
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire Book Review:

Punk rock and hip-hop. Disco and salsa. The loft jazz scene and the downtown composers known as Minimalists. In the mid-1970s, New York City was a laboratory where all the major styles of modern music were reinvented—all at once, from one block to the next, by musicians who knew, admired, and borrowed from one another. Crime was everywhere, the government was broke, and the city's infrastructure was collapsing. But rent was cheap, and the possibilities for musical exploration were limitless. Love Goes to Buildings on Fire is the first book to tell the full story of the era's music scenes and the phenomenal and surprising ways they intersected. From New Year's Day 1973 to New Year's Eve 1977, the book moves panoramically from post-Dylan Greenwich Village, to the arson-scarred South Bronx barrios where salsa and hip-hop were created, to the Lower Manhattan lofts where jazz and classical music were reimagined, to ramshackle clubs like CBGBs and The Gallery, where rock and dance music were hot-wired for a new generation. As they remade the music, the musicians at the center of the book invented themselves: Willie Colón and the Fania All-Stars renting Yankee Stadium to take salsa to the masses, New Jersey locals Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith claiming the jungleland of Manhattan as their own, Grandmaster Flash transforming the turntable into a musical instrument, David Byrne and Talking Heads proving that rock music "ain't no foolin' around." Will Hermes was there—venturing from his native Queens to the small dark rooms where the revolution was taking place—and in Love Goes to Buildings on Fire he captures the creativity, drive, and full-out lust for life of the great New York musicians of those years, who knew that the music they were making would change the world.

Making Haste from Babylon

Making Haste from Babylon
Author: Nick Bunker
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2010-04-13
ISBN 10: 0307593002
ISBN 13: 9780307593009
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Making Haste from Babylon Book Review:

At the end of 1618, a blazing green star soared across the night sky over the northern hemisphere. From the Philippines to the Arctic, the comet became a sensation and a symbol, a warning of doom or a promise of salvation. Two years later, as the Pilgrims prepared to sail across the Atlantic on board the Mayflower, the atmosphere remained charged with fear and expectation. Men and women readied themselves for war, pestilence, or divine retribution. Against this background, and amid deep economic depression, the Pilgrims conceived their enterprise of exile. Within a decade, despite crisis and catastrophe, they built a thriving settlement at New Plymouth, based on beaver fur, corn, and cattle. In doing so, they laid the foundations for Massachusetts, New England, and a new nation. Using a wealth of new evidence from landscape, archaeology, and hundreds of overlooked or neglected documents, Nick Bunker gives a vivid and strikingly original account of the Mayflower project and the first decade of the Plymouth Colony. From mercantile London and the rural England of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I to the mountains and rivers of Maine, he weaves a rich narrative that combines religion, politics, money, science, and the sea. The Pilgrims were entrepreneurs as well as evangelicals, political radicals as well as Christian idealists. Making Haste from Babylon tells their story in unrivaled depth, from their roots in religious conflict and village strife at home to their final creation of a permanent foothold in America.

Operation Nemesis

Operation Nemesis
Author: Eric Bogosian
Publsiher: Little, Brown
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2015-04-21
ISBN 10: 031629201X
ISBN 13: 9780316292016
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Operation Nemesis Book Review:

A masterful account of the assassins who hunted down the perpetrators of the Armenian Genocide In 1921, a tightly knit band of killers set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They were a humble bunch: an accountant, a life insurance salesman, a newspaper editor, an engineering student, and a diplomat. Together they formed one of the most effective assassination squads in history. They named their operation Nemesis, after the Greek goddess of retribution. The assassins were survivors, men defined by the massive tragedy that had devastated their people. With operatives on three continents, the Nemesis team killed six major Turkish leaders in Berlin, Constantinople, Tiflis, and Rome, only to disband and suddenly disappear. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told, until now. Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins by setting the killings in the context of Ottoman and Armenian history, as well as showing in vivid color the era's history, rife with political fighting and massacres. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history's most remarkable acts of vengeance, Bogosian draws upon years of research and newly uncovered evidence. Operation Nemesis is the result--both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.