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From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians

Jeroen Dewulf · Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette
Pages: 242
Format: Paperback

From the Kingdom of Kongo to Congo Square: Kongo Dances and the Origins of the Mardi Gras Indians presents a provocatively new interpretation of one of New Orleans s most enigmatic traditions the Mardi Gras Indians. By interpreting the tradition in an Atlantic context, Dewulf traces the black...
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March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution

Will Englund · W. W. Norton & Company
Pages: 387
Format: Hardcover

A riveting history of the month that transformed the world's greatest nations as Russia faced revolution and America entered World War I."We are provincials no longer," declared Woodrow Wilson on March 5, 1917, at his second inauguration. He spoke on the eve of America's entrance...
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From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town

Ingrid D Rowland · The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Pages: 340
Format: Hardcover

When Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE, the force of the explosion blew the top right off the mountain, burying nearby Pompeii in a shower of volcanic ash. Ironically, the calamity that proved so lethal for Pompeii's inhabitants preserved the city for centuries, leaving behind a snapshot of Roman...
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1941: Fighting the Shadow War: A Divided America in a World at War

Marc Wortman · Atlantic Monthly Press
Pages: 416
Format: Print book

Officially, America entered World War II on December 8, 1941 the day after the bombing of Peal Harbor, but even before that infamous day America had been at war. Long before, Franklin D. Roosevelt had been supporting the Allies. While Americans were sympathetic to the people being crushed...
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Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

Bryan Burrough · Penguin Press
Pages: 608
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich, an explosive account of the decade-long battle between the FBI and the homegrown revolutionary movements of the 1970sThe Weathermen. The Symbionese Liberation Army. The FALN. The Black Liberation Army. The names seem quaint...
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1944: FDR and the Year That Changed History

Jay Winik · Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Pages: 639
Format: Print book

New York Times bestselling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.It was not inevitable that World War II would end as it did, or that...
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Thief-Taker Hangings: How Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Wild, and Jack Sheppard Captivated London and Created the Celebrity Criminal

Aaron Skirboll · Globe Pequot Press
Format: Hardcover

After the Glorious Revolution, a not so glorious age of lawlessness befell England. Crime ran rampant, and highwaymen, thieves, and prostitutes ruled the land. Execution by hanging often punished the smallest infractions, and rip-roaring stories of fearless criminals proliferated, giving...
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Connected: How Trains, Genes, Pineapples, Piano Keys, and a Few Disasters Transformed Americans at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century

Steven Cassedy · Stanford University Press
Format: Book

Between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, Americans underwent a dramatic transformation in self-conception: having formerly lived as individuals or members of small communities, they now found themselves living in networks, which arose out of scientific...
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Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II

Richard Reeves · Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
Pages: 342
Format: Print book

A LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITOR'S CHOICE * Bestselling author Richard Reeves provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War IILess than three months after Japan bombed...
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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Edward E. Baptist · Basic Books
Format: Hardcover

Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution - the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy.As historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half...
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The Kingdom of Speech

Tom Wolfe · Little Brown and Company
Pages: 192
Format: Print book

The maestro storyteller and reporter provocatively argues that what we think we know about speech and human evolution is wrong.Tom Wolfe, whose legend began in journalism, takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. THE KINGDOM OF SPEECH is a captivating,...
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The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act

Alex Prud'homme · Alfred A. Knopf
Pages: 318
Format: Print book

The enchanting story of Julia Child's years as TV personality and beloved cookbook author--a sequel in spirit to My Life in France--by her great-nephew Julia Child is synonymous with French cooking, but her legacy runs much deeper. Now, her great-nephew and My Life in France coauthor vividly...
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Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns

Carl Hiaasen · Vintage Books
Pages: 400
Format: Print book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIf you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, bestselling novels, think again. Dance of the Reptiles collects the best of Hiaasen's Miami Herald columns, which lay bare the stories--large and small--that...
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Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations

Aude Grouard de Tocqueville · Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
Pages: 142
Format: Print book

Like humans, cities are mortal. They are born, they thrive, and they eventually die. In Atlas of Lost Cities, Aude de Tocqueville tells the compelling narrative of the rise and fall of such notable places as Pompeii, Teotihuac√°n, and Angkor. She also details the less well known places,...
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The Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of US History, 1790-1900

Allison Dolan · Family Tree Books
Pages: 222
Format: Hardcover

Journey Into the Past!Envision your ancestors' world--as your ancestors knew it--through hundreds of beautiful full-color reproductions of useful eighteenth and nineteenth century maps. The maps illustrate the historical boundaries of each of the U.S. states as they progressed from...
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