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Holiday Symbols and Customs

Keith Jones · Omnigraphics Inc
Pages: 1437
Format: Hardcover

"Describes the origins of over 365 holidays around the world. Explains where, when, and how each event is celebrated, with detailed information on the symbols and customs associated with the holiday. Includes contact information and web sites for related organizations"--
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The Myth of America's Decline: Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies

Josef Joffe · WW Norton & Co
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover

A provocative and contrarian work -- filled with great lessons from history -- that challenges the pervasive notion that America is on the decline. Once every decade, it is "decline time" in America. In recent years, it has been the unstoppable rise of China that has spelled "finis...
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What Is an American Muslim?: Embracing Faith and Citizenship

Ê»Abd AllaÌ?h AhÌ£mad NaÊ»iÌ?m · Oxford Scholarship Online
Pages: 217
Format: Print book

Since 2001, there has been a tremendous backlash against the very idea that it is possible to be both American and Muslim-the controversy over the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" and the attempts to ban shari'a law are examples. Even within the Muslim community many leaders...
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A Splendid Savage: The Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham

Steve Kemper · W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Pages: 448
Format: Hardcover

A life of adventure and military daring on violent frontiers across the American West, Africa, Mexico, and the Klondike.Frederick Russell Burnham's (1861-1947) amazing story resembles a newsreel fused with a Saturday matinee thriller. One of the few people who could turn his garrulous...
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500 Great Military Leaders

Spencer C. Tucker · ABC-CLIO
Format: Hardcover

This insightful encyclopedia examines the most influential commanders who have shaped military history and the course of world events from ancient times to the present.,
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Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education

SUSAN WISE BAUER · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

A best-selling expert on education shows how to make the school system work for your child.Our K-12 school system is an artificial product of market forces. It isn't a good fit for all -- or even most -- students. It prioritizes a single way of understanding the world over all others, pushes...
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Pumpkin Cinema: The Best Movies for Halloween

Nathaniel Tolle · Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

People celebrate the magical holiday of Halloween in a wide variety of ways, but most will, at some point, turn off the lights and allow a movie to take the excitement to the next level. Pumpkin Cinema recommends over 100 titles that are guaranteed to make your Halloween fun and frightening!...
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Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class

Ian Haney López · Oxford University Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Campaigning for president in 1980, Ronald Reagan told stories of Cadillac-driving "welfare queens" and "strapping young bucks" buying T-bone steaks with food stamps. In trumpeting these tales of welfare run amok, Reagan never needed to mention race, because he was blowing...
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1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar

Eric Burns · Pegasus; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

One of the most dynamic eras in American history -- the 1920s -- began with this watershed year that would set the tone for the century to follow. "The Roaring Twenties" is the only decade in American history with a widely applied nickname, and our collective fascination with...
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David's Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art

Victoria C Gardner Coates · Encounter Books
Pages: 310
Format: Book

Throughout Western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements. Yet despite the enduring appeal of these works - from the Parthenon to Michelangelo's David to Picasso's...
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Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

Janice P. Nimura · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

"Surprising and richly satisfying" (Megan Marshall) ; "beautifully crafted . . . subtle, polished, and poised" (Stacy Schiff) .In 1871, five young girls were sent by the Japanese government to the United States. Their mission: learn Western ways and return to help...
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Young Elizabeth: The Making of the Queen

Kate Williams · Pegasus Books
Pages: 326
Format: Hardcover

Young Elizabeth
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Entertaining Judgment: The Afterlife in Popular Imagination

Greg Garrett · Oxford University Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

Nowadays references to the afterlife-angels strumming harps, demons brandishing pitchforks, God enthroned on heavenly clouds-are more often encountered in New Yorker cartoons than in serious Christian theological reflection. Speculation about death and its sequel seems to embarrass many...
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