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Subject: Highlight a History Book on your PBS bookshelf
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 1:36 AM ET
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Tell us about a really cool history book you've got on your PBS Bookshelf.  Someone just might order it from you!

I've got:

100 Years in Yosemite: The History of a Great National Park by Carl Russell

Book Description:

It portrays in terms of human experience the growth of a distinct and unique conception of land management, and chronicles the thoughts and efforts of those who contributed to it. It tells of the obstacles overcome and of the pressures to break down the park concept and turn Yosemite to commercial and other ends that would deface its beauty and impair its significance. For these reasons, the book is more than a history. It traces the evolution of an idea.

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This is fiction based closely on history: Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark.

Always a lover of history, Mary Higgins Clark wrote this extensively researched biographical novel and titled it Aspire to the Heavens, after the motto of George Washington's mother. Published in 1969, the book was more recently discovered by a Washington family descendant and reissued as Mount Vernon Love Story. Dispelling the widespread belief that although George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis, he reserved his true love for Sally Carey Fairfax, his best friend's wife, Mary Higgins Clark describes the Washington marriage as one full of tenderness and passion, as a bond between two people who shared their lives -- even the bitter hardship of a winter in Valley Forge -- in every way. In this author's skilled hands, the history, the love, and the man come fully and dramatically alive.

I enjoyed the book...it was a quick read and a sweet story!

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  Schola Illustris: The Roxbury Latin School, 1645-1995 :: F. Washington Jarvis

Founded in 1646, the Roxbury Latin School is the oldest school in continuous existence in North America. "Schola Illustris" is how Cotton Mather described the School when he wrote about it in 1690. The School's 350th. anniversary is the occasion of this new account of Roxbury Latin's unique place in the history of American education...
It offers penetrating insights into the various social and educational trends and movements that have challenged schools since the colonies became a nation...
Readers interested in the plight of the native Americans will find the story of John Eliot, "the Apostle to the Indians," especially compelling. Those interested in American social, economic, and religious history since the arrival of the Europeans settlers will discover here a long-buried treasure of material to consider. HC with DC
Sorry, but this  book is so heavy that I would have to suspend my free offers. However, it is in beautiful condition! Great for the person that is interested in the history of education. I would  love to see it have a good home.
  Our Crowd :: Stephen Birmingham
The Great Jewish Families of New York in the 20th. Century.HC

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RIVINGTON STREET.     This is fiction based on the history of the female Jewish garment workers who established unions in the early part of the 20th century.  Suffragist and labor unions highlighted.

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I've got two interesting history books about walls...

The Wall: Images and Offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial  (photographs and excerpts of letters placed at the wall by families, friends and war buddies of the dead and missing whose names are engraved there)


The Writings on the Wall: Peace at the Berlin Wall (A photobook by Terry Tillman on the grafitti on the Wall and events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall.)

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I have

The Masters : Golf, Money, and Power in Augusta, Georgia by Curt Sampson

Exciting look at the tournament, its history, some of its more flamboyant players, anecdotes, and more. Very interesting and well written.

Subject: Elizabeth I - The Royal Diaries
Date Posted: 4/15/2008 8:52 AM ET
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Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England, 1544 (The Royal Diaries)

I have been living with this constant fear of exile now for two days. So far I have heard nothing. Plans seem to proceed as normal for our move to Ashridge. This palace, too, is becoming quite filthy, what with all the banqueting and people and gaming between Michaelmas Feast and the feast of All Saints' Day. The roses bloom in our garden with such vigor, but the stench from the courtyard over the wall outside the kitchens is unbearable.

Kat is mumbling something about baths again. The woman is becoming a fanatic. I think we have had half a dozen baths since summer....

Date Posted: 4/15/2008 9:20 AM ET
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I have Jewish Americans (Coming to America) hardback written by Robert Stein. This is a history book for children.

From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-In straightforward and basically neutral language, these titles describe the patterns of emigration from the peoples' native countries. Reading them together, one is struck by the many similarities of motivation in leaving one's homeland and the commonalities of experience of each group as immigrants in America. The texts discuss, largely chronologically, each wave of immigration and the lives the people have made for themselves in the United States. Color photographs and narrative inserts are interspersed throughout. While often quite interesting and informative, too often these inserts and pictures bear little relationship to the texts that surround them. The font for the inserts is tiny and appears cropped, making for challenging reading. In both books, boldface type indicates words that are defined in the glossary, although the texts are quite good at explaining them in context. The discussion in Jewish Americans concludes with a list of prominent Jewish-Americans, followed by a table showing immigration numbers from census figures from 1790 to 2000. In Arab Americans, a chronology of significant events takes the place of the population table. Up-to-date additions where needed.
Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City

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In recent history, I have The Iraq War Reader : History, Documents, Opinions

Despite the torrent of coverage devoted to war with Iraq, woefully little attention has been paid to the history of the region, the policies that led to the conflict, and the daunting challenges that will confront America and the Middle East once the immediate crisis has ended. In this collection, Micah L. Sifry and Christopher Cerf, coeditors of the acclaimed Gulf War Reader, have assembled essays and documents that present an eminently readable, up-to-the-moment guide -- from every imaginable perspective -- to the continuing crisis in the Gulf and Middle East. Here, in analysis and commentary from some of the world's leading writers and opinion makers -- and in the words of the key participants themselves -- is the engrossing saga of how oil economics, power politics, dreams of empire, nationalist yearnings, and religious fanaticism -- not to mention naked aggression, betrayal, and tragic miscalculation -- have conspired to bring us to the fateful collision of the West and the Arab world over Iraq.

I also have a textbook: The War Against the Jews : 1933-1945

From review by Barron Laycock:

This seminal classic historical work by scholar and teacher Lucy Dawidowicz is a stunning book that both graphically and systematically spells out the details of the horrifying war of annihilation forged against the European Jews by the Third Reich. In a world that seen so much published regarding this subject, this work stands as benchmark. Ms. Dawidowicz addresses herself to the most fundamental of questions regarding this unspeakable policy of ritual race murder; how could a modern, sophisticated and industrial country such as Germany have perpetrated such a deliberate reign of horror against a whole people simply because they were Jewish? And, although we have seen recent books such as "Problem From Hell" that deal more systematically with the issue of modern examples of state sponsored genocide, the simple fact is that the Holocaust seems to have occurred because, for the first time in modern history, it was both politically and logistically possible. In other words, the Nazis had both the method and the impetus to do the unspeakable.

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The Zimmerman Telegram, Barbara Tuchman:

The average person thinks that it was the sinking of the Lusitania that brought the United States into World War I. Not so! In this slim volume that reads like a whodunnit, Barbara Tuchman reveals the little known secret of The Zimmerman Telegram. Basically, Germany wanted to keep the U.S. and its industrial might out of the European conflict by convincing Mexico and Japan to attack the U.S. Germany even promised Mexico it would get back Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona! What the Germans didn't know is that as soon as war was declared, the first thing the British did was cut Germany's transatlantic cable. All telegrams or telephone calls to North America had to travel over Britain's cable. And the British intercepted every telegram out of Germany. Even though the Zimmerman telegram was sent in code, it was broken. But the shrewd British held onto it, not revealing its contents until it was absolutely necessary, and in such a way that they didn't have to reveal that they were intercepting German messages! Brilliant! When the New York Times published the telegram in 1917, it was but a short time until pacifist Woodrow Wilson got a declaration of war from Congress, and the U.S. began sending troops "over there."

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TAKEN - Thanks!



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-Getting Open:The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Ingetration of College Basketball by Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody  Civil Rights based and breaking through for minorities in college sports, etc

_Jackie 9:Becoming Your Best Self by Sharon Robinson About Jackie Robinson and the Civil rights movement and Pro Sports, written by his daughter

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Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp

From Scholastic, Inc. Approximately 9 X 8 inches. Illustrated with photographs. "Children of the Dust Bowl" is the compelling story of the 'Okie' migration to California of the 1930s and of the construction and life of a remarkable school at a farm workers' camp there. Told largely in the words of the migrants themselves, and generously illustrated with period photographs, this memorable book provides a glimpes of a neglected period of American history and tells a story of prejudice being transformed into acceptance and despair into hope."

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I have two copies of  Bess W. Truman by Margaret Truman

0515089737 (Paperback) and 0025294709 (Hardback)
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Creative Minds in Desperate Times : The Civil War's Most Sensational Schemes and Plots

Author: Webb Garrison

Book Description:

When the Civil War broke out, leaders on both sides had to develop strategies for fighting the conflict and considered almost any suggestion. This book chronicles some of the most intriguing and unusual plans devised by these leaders.

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RN : The Memoirs of Richard Nixon

Former President Richard Nixon's bestselling autobiography is an intensely personal examination of his life, public career, and White House years. With startling candor, Nixon reveals his beliefs, doubts, and behind-the-scenes decisions, and sheds new light on his landmark diplomatic initiatives, political campaigns, and historic decision to resign from the presidency. Throughout his career, Richard Nixon made extensive notes about his ideas, conversations, activities, and meetings. During his presidency, from November 1971 until April 1973, and again in June and July 1974, he kept an almost daily diary of reflections, analyses, and perceptions. These notes and diary dictations, which are quoted throughout this book, provide a unique insight into the complexities of the modern presidency and the great issues of American policy and politics.

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Annie Oakley of the Wild West :: Walter Havighurst
Posted: 3/5/2008 5:40 PM ET

Born in rural Ohio in 1860, Annie Moses rose from poverty to become Annie Oakley, the diminutive star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show who could outshoot any man. She comes fully to life in this rousing biography by Walter Havighurst, the respected historian of the Old Northwest.


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Please, update when your book is ordered...I've already been disappointed a few times!

Thanks.  (sorry for the whine)   

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Happy Birthday to U.S: Activities for the Bicentennial :: Murray I. Suid

This is a great book of American history activities, which can be adapted for any age. It is an older book and is not in color, but the richness of the activities makes it worth using. It would be great for home-schooling or for school projects. There are over a hundred different activities including things like making an almanac, planting a colonial garden, comparing a colonial house inventory with a house inventory of today, making a time capsule, doing research about the news on the day the student was born, etc. This book is also a good teacher resource.

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The Nation Takes Shape : 1789-1837 by Marcus Cunliffe
Marcus Cunliffe, whom the Washington Post and Times Herald calls "a master historian capable of seeing his subject whole," has written a cogent and revealing study of America's first half-century under the federal Constitution. Bounded by the first Washington Administration and the last Jackson Administration, this is the period in which democracy grew and shaped the nation. It witnessed the launching of the federal government; the expansion of the frontier; the establishment of a party system; the enunciation of a foreign policy; the manufacture of the symbols of nationalism; and the forging of the arguments of sectionalism. Most important, Mr. Cunliffe writes, "the American character seems to have been formed in essence within a generation of George Washington's accession to the Presidency." a very interesting read for those who like American History!

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The American Supreme Court :: Robert G. McCloskey
Posted: 12/14/2007 3:39 PM ET

Book Description:

In the more than thirty years since its original publication, The American Supreme Court has introduced several generations of students to the workings of the highest court of the United States. Now Sanford Levinson brings this classic work up-to-date, ensuring its continued relevance for decades to come.

In this historical interpretation of the Supreme Court's role in constructing the United States Constitution, McCloskey contends that the strength of the Court has always been in its sensitivity to the changing political scene and in its reluctance to stray too far from the main currents of public sentiments. Because of the essential ambiguity of the Constitution, McCloskey argues, the Court has always been an active branch of government.

Leaving McCloskey's original text unchanged, Levinson has added two new chapters covering the developments of the past thirty years, a coda, a revised chronology, and a totally new bibliographic essay. Also included is a new preface by Daniel J. Boorstine

Nine lies about America :: Arnold Beichman
Posted: 1/29/2008 2:12 PM ET

The Search for Justice: A Defense Attorney's Brief on the O.J. Simpson Case :: Robert L. Shapiro, Larkin Warren
Posted: 2/2/2007 4:52 PM ET

Book Description:

Describes the hours before and after the arrest of O.J. Simpson, recounts how the defense team was assembled, and discusses the jury, the defense strategy, and the trial and its aftermath.


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bumping up...I know there are more history books out there.

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Why Nations Go to War by John G. Stossinger

Built around seven case studies, the book provides solid historical background on twentieth century warfare and what was "the moment of truth" when leaders crossed the threshold into war. Explores the two world wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Arab States and Israel, Saddam Hussein's two wars in the Persian Gulf, and the war over the remains of Yugoslavia.


ETA: I've also got a few college textbooks on American history if anyone is interested... :)

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