Stuff Every American Should Know

Author: Denise Kieman and Joseph D'Agnese

Category: General Nonfiction

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This pocket-sized companion is filled with stuff every American should know.   Who played the first game of baseball? What's a bicameral congress? Where did Mount Rushmore come from? Who is Geronimo and who do we yell his name when we jump?   Stuff Every American Should Know answers these questions plus great information on the Declaration of Independence, fireworks, the first Thanksgiving, "The Star-Spangled Banner," assassination attempts on U.S. presidents, buffalo nickels, the Statue of Liberty, how to bake the perfect apple pie, and much, much more.  From the Hardcover edition.Are the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence important to you?Then you'll want to check out two other books by the authors:Signing Their RIGHTS Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the U.S. Constitution"An extraordinarily fascinating study of America's lesser-known founding fathers alongside the more well-known ones, Signing Their Rights Today is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended contribution to public and college library shelves." -- Midwest Book Review (Reviewer's Choice)"[The authors]...maintain a refreshing reverence for the Constitution itself. Rather than ask readers to believe that an 'assembly of demigods' (Jefferson's words) wrote the Constitution, Ms. Kiernan and Mr. D'Agnese challenge the notion that the group that crafted this document of enduring genius was uniquely brilliant or visionary. If this raises the question of how exactly the miracle was accomplished, it should at least give readers some hope for our own seemingly uninspired political era." -- The Wall Street JournalSigning Their LIVES Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of IndependenceIn the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence--yet how many of them do we actually remember?Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document--and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers.Featured history title in Reader's Digest's, "Best of America" issue, 2009."Kiernan and D'Agnese...succeed in stripping away preconceived notions of the more famous signers, and bringing out something of interest about the other, less well known ones..."--Library Journal * "Kiernan and D'Agnese present astonishing individual portraits of all the signers" -- School Library Journal, starred review

Ten Days in a Mad-House

Author: Nellie Bly

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Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864 - January 27, 1922) was a pioneer woman in journalism. She remains notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. In addition to her writing, she was also an industrialist and charity worker.

The Doughboys

Author: Gary Mead

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More than three million American men, many of them volunteers, joined the A.E.F. in the first 20 months of US involvement in the First World War. Of these, over 50,000 were killed on European soil. These were the Doughboys, the young men recruited from the cities and farms of the United States, who travelled across the Atlantic to aid the allies in the trenches and on the battlefields. Without their courage and determination, the outcome of the war would have been very different. Why did America become involved in the First World War? What was the fighting experience of the A.E.F. in France and Russia? Most importantly, why has the vital contribution made by the Americans been largely neglected by historians of the Great War? Drawing upon the often harrowing personal accounts of the soldiers of the A.E.F., The Doughboys establishes the pivotal role played by the Americans in the defeat of the central powers in November 1918. In this fascinating study, based on original research, Gary Mead adjusts the balance of history in favour of these unsung heroes. Drawing on a rich selection of engaging personal accounts, he brings us the stories of the young men whose courage and tenacity changed the course of the war...Praise for Gary Mead: ‘The appearance of the Americans was decisive...the achievements of the doughboys were unfairly forgotten’ – John Keegan, Daily Telegraph‘Gary Mead argues that Europeans, especially the British and French, have allowed a fog of ignorance and forgetfulness to obscure the decisive role of America's doughboys...Their story is well worth telling’ – Charles Wheeler, Literary Review‘Mead has done a good job in placing the AEF where it heroically belongs...[he] does well to set the record straight’ – Cal McCrystal, Financial Times‘A fine account of the Great War...an impressive historical debut that gazes behind time's curtain at the startling, pivotal experiences of the American fighting men of WWI’ – Kirkus ReviewsGary Mead was a journalist for the Financial Times for ten years and has worked extensively with the BBC.

Out of the Shoebox

Author: Yaron Reshef

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Did you ever get a phone call that changed your life?That is what happened to author of this book. A mysterious unexpected phone call hurls Yaron Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930s and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone ”" along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.Out of the Shoebox is a fascinating journal that reads like a detective story, comes across as an imaginative quest into the past, yet is the true personal story of the writer, Yaron Reshef. “I had no intention of writing a book. I had no need to write a story in general nor a story about my family and the Holocaust in particular. But life being what it is, sometimes things happen in mysterious, even surprising ways. Stuff that used to take center stage moves to the background, and background stuff moves downstage and center. That’s what happened in my case.” Yaron Reshef *** I read this fascinating book as a “quest story" and couldn’t stop reading it even for one moment. It is the story of the children of holocaust victims”. Rose Finkelman “Together with its literary values, Yaron Reshef's book,” Out of the Shoebox”, can be used as a textbook or a model for anyone who believes in Intuitive Methods of information search”. A. Panini “It's a long time since I enjoyed so much reading a historical story. It is an optimistic novel that tells us about the nature of reconciliation and acceptance”. Moses Bari Out of the shoebox reads absolutely like a detective story. When I read Yaron’s book I felt like “hearing the author voice reading me the story”. It was a spiritual experience for me. Ruth Levine Scroll up and grab a copy today.

Paris in my Springtime

Author: Vernon Coleman

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"'Paris in my Springtime' tells the story of what happened to a naive, inexperienced young man forced through illness at the start of medical school in 1963 to take an unplanned gap year. The colourful characters he meets and the unusual situations he finds himself in form the framework of this story, laced with amusing anecdotes that will keep you laughing. Highly entertaining." - Living France magazineIs this a novel? Or is it autobiography? The reader must decide. (Not easy...even the author's father got it wrong!) While sorting through old boxes the author finds a diary he kept during a stay in Paris in the 1960s. He had started medical school but been taken ill and had to abandon his studies for a while. He had two choices: a temporary job driving a fish delivery van or a trip to Paris. After much thought (lasting nearly a second) he chose to go to Paris. And this the story of what happened. Or is it? Who cares? As This England magazine says `Coleman is a very funny writer' and that is probably all that really matters. Vernon Coleman is a qualified doctor who has earned his living as a professional author for over 30 years. His books have sold over two million copies in hardback and paperback in the UK and been translated into 24 languages. An award winning film was made of his novel Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War and he is the author of the hugely popular bestselling Bilbury series. His bestselling medical books include Bodypower (the subject of three TV series and one radio series), How To Stop Your Doctor Killing You and many more. He is the author of over 100 books and a list of books available in kindle form is available on his Amazon Author listing.What the papers say:Vernon Coleman writes brilliant books - The Good Book GuideColeman is a very funny writer - This EnglandNo thinking person can ignore him - The EcologistHe writes lucidly and wittily - Good HousekeepingSuperstar - Independent on SundayProbably one of the most brilliant men alive today - Irish TimesIt's impossible not to be impressed - Western Daily PressRevered guru of medicine - Nursing TimesMarvellously succinct, refreshingly sensible - The SpectatorKing of the media docs -The IndependentThe man is a national treasure - What Doctors Don't Tell youetc etc

Through a Mother’s Tears

Author: Cathy Broomfield

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Longlisted for the People's Book Prize 2019.When Cathy Broomfield’s youngest daughter Kirsty went missing, Cathy prayed that she had gone to stay with friends to escape her brutal and bullying husband.But as the days passed with no word from Kirsty, a loving daughter who spoke to her mum every day, Cathy became increasingly anxious, until the day the police arrived at her door to tell her they had found a body. Cathy's worst fears had been realised...Through a Mother’s Tears is the poignant and heartbreaking story of how Cathy lost not only Kirsty, her youngest daughter, but Kirsty’s big sister Hayley, who died of heartbreak when the agony of her baby sister’s loss became too much to bear.Praise for Through a Mother’s tears:‘A harrowing tale that had to be told… it kept me hooked’ - Reilly Cook (Reviewer)‘This is a heartbreaking true story… As a mother this really affected me. I do not know how Cathy Broomfield found the strength to carry on and write this’ - Angela Hunt (Reviewer)‘Cathy Broomfield is a brave loving mother and I have the utmost respect for her and her family’ - Mary Thomas (Reviewer)‘What a heartbreaking read. Cathy, you say you are weak but in my eyes you are one of the strongest women I have ever read about’ - Adele Shea (Reviewer)Cathy Broomfield is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has lived in South Wales with her husband, Dave, for the past twenty years. This is her first book.