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During the nineteenth century, the United States entered the ranks of the world's most advanced and dynamic economies. At the same time, the nation sustained an expansive and brutal system of human bondage. This was no mere coincidence. Slavery's Capitalism argues for slavery's centrality to the emergence of American capitalism in the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. According to editors Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, the issue is not whether slavery itself was or was not capitalist but, rather, the impossibility of understanding the nation's spectacular pattern of economic development without situating slavery front and center. American capitalism-renowned for its celebration of market competition, private property, and the self-made man-has its origins in an American slavery predicated on the abhorrent notion that human beings could be legally owned and compelled to work under force of violence.Drawing on the expertise of sixteen scholars who are at the forefront of rewriting the history of American economic development, Slavery's Capitalism identifies slavery as the primary force driving key innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, management, and political economy that are too often attributed to the so-called free market. Approaching the study of slavery as the originating catalyst for the Industrial Revolution and modern capitalism casts new light on American credit markets, practices of offshore investment, and understandings of human capital. Rather than seeing slavery as outside the institutional structures of capitalism, the essayists recover slavery's importance to the American economic past and prompt enduring questions about the relationship of market freedom to human freedom.Contributors: Edward E. Baptist, Sven Beckert, Daina Ramey Berry, Kathryn Boodry, Alfred L. Brophy, Stephen Chambers, Eric Kimball, John Majewski, Bonnie Martin, Seth Rockman, Daniel B. Rood, Caitlin Rosenthal, Joshua D. Rothman, Calvin Schermerhorn, Andrew Shankman, Craig Steven Wilder.
George Washington's military strategy has been called bumbling at worst and brilliant at best. So which is it? Was George Washington a strategic genius or just lucky? So asks Dave R. Palmer in George Washington's Military Genius. An updated edition of Palmer's earlier work The Way of the Fox, George Washington's Military Genius breaks down the American Revolution into four phases and analyzes Washington's strategy during each. "e;The British did not have to lose; the patriots did not have to triumph,"e; writes Palmer as he proves without a doubt that Washington's continuously changing military tactics were deliberate, strategic responses to the various phases of the war and not the result of his lacking a plan of action. Confronting the critics who say Washington's battlefield success and ultimate victories were a function of luck, George Washington's Military Genius proves why Washington deserves the title of America's preeminent strategist.
Bring history back to life through Jim Hodges' historically accurate, exciting, and edifying audio recordings. This radio drama, originally broadcast in the 1930s, tells epic narratives of those fearless wanderers and adventurers who first broke the trails of the Old West! Frontier Fighters is not your typical Western drama; in this series, you will retrace the steps of heroes who, despite incredible odds, explored and conquered the West. Look for the Old Time Radio Show Collection from the '30s, '40s, and '50s! These classic stories will capture your attention as they reenact history in short programs.
A chilling reenactment of the federal government's anti-Communist investigationsThe testimony that the author has gleaned for this book from the thirty-year record of the House Un-American Activities Committee focuses on HUAC's treatment of artists, intellectuals, and performers. This highly readable and absorbing collection of significant excerpts from the hearings shows with painful clarity how HUAC grew from a panel that investigated possible subversive activities in a "e;dignified"e; manner to a huge, unrelenting accusatory finger from which almost no one was safe. Thirty Years of Treason serves as a warning for the future and creates living history from the documentary record.
Enjoy nearly twenty-two hours of audio entertainment as Old Time Radio brings you forty-four behind-the-scenes dramatizations of presidential life.Which president liked to "e;lose"e; his protective service officers so he could take walks alone?Which president's life was actually threatened while in the White House?Which president challenged his military officers to improve their physical fitness by making a one-hundred-mile horseback ride in a day?Which president got a speeding ticket-for driving his horse and buggy too fast?Which president got into a fistfight with his director of Veterans Affairs over corruption charges? Listen to these fascinating Old Time Radio programs and you will know!
A collection of stories about the history, people, and culture of CaliforniaElla M. Sexton's stated purposed was "e;to recount in simple accurate narratives the early conditions and subsequent development of California."e; In addition to the facts, Sexton brings the players to life with drama, emotion, and energy.
The Pony Express was a swift mail service that was only active from April 1860 to October 1861. It was a crucial communication link between the East Coast and West Coast during a time when communication between Washington, DC, and Sacramento was helping establish California as a free state, as well as helping the Union factions gain strength just prior to the Civil War.A series of relay stations was established with fresh horses so the rider could get fresh mounts all along the route. The riders simply changed mounts and rode as fast as possible-rarely stopping even to sleep or eat. It took immense courage and perseverance on the part of the riders and the relay station personnel, and the journey took about ten days through rough terrain, Indian massacres, ambushes, and brutal weather conditions over the Sierra.
A friend once said of Churchill: "e;He is a man of simple tastes; he is quite easily satisfied with the best of everything."e; But dinners for Churchill were about more than good food, excellent champagnes, and Havana cigars. "e;Everything"e; included the opportunity to use the dinner table both as a stage on which to display his brilliant conversational talents, and an intimate setting in which to glean gossip and diplomatic insights and to argue for the many policies he espoused over a long life.In this riveting, informative, and entertaining book, Stelzer draws on previously untapped material, diaries of guests, and a wide variety of other sources to tell of some of the key dinners at which Churchill presided before, during, and after World War II.
C. F. McGlashan was the newspaper editor and publisher of the local daily in Truckee, California, the closest town to the Donner Pass. Over the course of an eighteen-month period, McGlashan interviewed the survivors of the Donner Party, gathered artifacts, and amassed an enormous amount of secondary information. He published his findings as serialized articles in his paper, which were later published in book form. Detailed and engaging, History of the Donner Party is considered the definitive account of one of the most notorious treks in American history.
Following World War II, through the 1990s, there existed a sense of mutual distrust between the United States and the Soviet Union. The hostile environment included American fears of a Russian plan to control the world and the USSR's resentment over US intervention in foreign countries. The Cold War includes such speeches as JFK's address to the nation on the arms buildup in Cuba and commending West Berliners on their dedication to democracy, Presidents Nixon and Ford on treaty talks in Helsinki, and Ronald Reagan confronting Mikhail Gorbachev at the Berlin Wall. Produced by the Speech Resource Company and fully narrated by Robert Wikstrom.Winston Churchill, "e;The Iron Curtain,"e; 3/5/46Harry Truman, "e;The Truman Doctrine,"e; 3/12/47George C. Marshall, "e;The Marshall Plan,"e; 6/5/47Harry Truman, Korean War, 4/11/51Dwight Eisenhower, "e;Chance For Peace,"e; 4/16/53Dwight Eisenhower, "e;Atoms For Peace,"e; 12/8/53John Kennedy, Nixon Presidential Debate, 10/7/60John Kennedy, "e;Bay Of Pigs,"e; 4/27/61John Kennedy, "e;Cuban Missile Crisis,"e; 10/22/62John Kennedy, Nuclear Arms Reduction, 6/10/63John Kennedy, Berlin Wall, 6/26/63Dwight Eisenhower, "e;World Peace,"e; 7/13/64Lyndon Baines Johnson, Vietnam, 9/29/67Richard Nixon, Vietnam, 11/3/69Richard Nixon, SALT Treaty Talks, 5/20/71Gerald Ford, Foreign Policy, 4/10/75Gerald Ford, Helsinki Peace Accord, 8/1/75Jimmy Carter, China Relations, 12/15/78Ronald Reagan, "e;Evil Empire,"e; 3/8/83Ronald Reagan, Brandenberg Gate, 6/12/87
Party leaders, officeholders, candidates, and advisors address the press and the American people. Includes the Kennedys, the Clintons, FDR, Truman, Carter, Obama, and many others explaining what the Democratic Party stands for and strategies for winning elections. Produced by the Speech Resource Company and fully narrated by Robert Wikstrom.
A landmark work of American photojournalism "e;renowned for its fusion of social conscience and artistic radicality"e; (New York Times) In the summer of 1936, James Agee and Walker Evans set out on assignment for Fortune magazine to explore the daily lives of sharecroppers in the South. Their journey would prove an extraordinary collaboration and a watershed literary event when Let Us Now Praise Famous Men was first published in 1941 to enormous critical acclaim. This unsparing record of place, of the people who shaped the land, and the rhythm of their lives is intensely moving and unrelentingly honest, and today-recognized by the New York Public Library as one of the most influential books of the twentieth century-it stands as a poetic tract of its time. With a sixty-four-page photographic prologue featuring archival reproductions of Evans' classic images, this book offers readers a window into a remarkable slice of American history.
In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood at a precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led to astonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture also threatened to erode the country's traditional moral character. As award-winning historian George M. Marsden explains in The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, postwar Americans looked to the country's secular liberal elites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals proved unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its course. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the way for a Christian revival that offered America a firm new moral vision-one rooted in the Protestant values of the founders. A groundbreaking reappraisal of the country's spiritual reawakening, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment shows how America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War.
As the world still reeled from the tragic and historic events of November 22, 1963, William Manchester set out, at the request of the Kennedy family, to create a detailed, authoritative record of President John F. Kennedy's death, including the days immediately preceding and following the assassination. Through hundreds of interviews, extensive travel, and firsthand observation, and with unique access to the proceedings of the Warren Commission, Manchester conducted an exhaustive historical investigation, accumulating forty-five volumes of documents, exhibits, and transcribed tapes. His ultimate objective-to set down as a whole the national and personal tragedy that was JFK's assassination-is brilliantly achieved in this galvanizing narrative, a book universally acclaimed as a landmark work of modern history.
Random House presents the audiobook edition of Fantasyland, written and read by Kurt Anderson. You're entitled to your own opinion but not your own factsFantasy is the USA's primary product. From the Pilgrim Fathers onward America has been a place where renegades and freaks came in search of freedom to create their own realities with little objectively regulated truth standing in their way. The freedom to invent and believe whatever the hell you like is, in some ways, an unwritten constitutional right. But, this do-your-own-thing freedom also is the driving credo of America's current transformation where the difference between opinion and fact is rapidly crumbling. So how did we get to this weird pseudo-reality, where science and objective facts are dismissed in favour of opinions and wild speculation, or indeed, fantasies? The post truth, fake news, free-for-all mentality isn't exactly a new phenomenon. If you want to understand Trump's America, how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you have to go back to the very beginning and take a dizzying road trip across five centuries of crackpot delusion and make-believe from Salem to Scientology.Fantasyland is a journey that connects the dots between crazed franchises of true believers - a rich freak show tapestry from Mormons to Flat-Earthers and satanic panic, new age quacks to anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists of every stripe, creationists to climate change deniers, UFO-obsessives to gun-toting libertarians, showmen hucksters from P T Barnum to Trump himself, all topped off with a dangerous dose of anti-government paranoia and pseudoscience. Along the way, New York Times bestselling author Kurt Andersen has created a unique and raucous history of America and a new paradigm for understanding our post-factual world.
Every four years on January 20, the president of the United States is sworn into office. Most often following a hard-fought campaign season, the voters determine the number of electoral votes each candidate is awarded and the winner takes the oath of office given by the chief justice of the United States. The Inaugurations is a compilation of every inauguration speech given by the newly sworn-in president, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt through Donald J. Trump.
Featured speeches from past political conventions include candidates, presidents, senators, and members of Congress, mayors, governors, Hollywood celebrities, and more. This product includes such famous addresses as JFK's acceptance speech, Ronald Reagan and Ted Kennedy's concession speeches, Mario Cuomo's "e;Tale of Two Cities,"e; and Clint Eastwood's "e;Empty Chair,"e; among others. Produced by the Speech Resource Company and fully narrated by Robert Wikstrom.
At 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City setting off a series of jet crashes, destruction, and lives lost. A tribute to that day includes memorable speeches by President George W. Bush announcing the attack to the American people and conveying his support with a bullhorn to rescuers, Mayor Rudy Giuliani addressing the UN, security advisor Condoleezza Rice before the 9/11 Commission, and more. Produced by the Speech Resource Company and fully narrated by Robert Wikstrom.
There was a time when Israel could do no wrong in America's eyes. That time is long past, and justly so-no nation is absolutely perfect, particularly not one who is engaged in a conflict as long as the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the myth of the perfect Israel has been supplanted by a far more deleterious myth: the myth of the evil Israel. This new myth has so pervaded contemporary culture that the history of Israel-as well documented as it is-has been recast and retold to fit a false narrative of Israel as violent occupier.
Rebecca Traister's New York Times bestselling exploration of the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement is ';a hopeful, maddening compendium of righteous feminine anger, and the good it can do when wielded efficientlyand collectively' (Vanity Fair).Long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women's March, and before the #MeToo movement, women's anger was not only politically catalyticbut politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates its crucial role in women's slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men. ';Urgent, enlightenedrealistic and compellingTraister eloquently highlights the challenge of blaming not just forces and systems, but individuals' (The Washington Post). In Good and Mad, Traister tracks the history of female anger as political fuelfrom suffragettes marching on the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Traister explores women's anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is received based on who's expressing it; and the way women's collective fury has become transformative political fuel. She deconstructs society's (and the media's) condemnation of female emotion (especially rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions. Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Good and Mad is ';perfectly timed and inspiring' (People, Book of the Week). This ';admirably rousing narrative' (The Atlantic) offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women's collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.
Experience the timeless wit and wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt in this annotated collection of candid advice columns that she wrote for more than twenty years.In 1941, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on a new career as an advice columnist. She had already transformed the role of first lady with her regular press conferences, her activism on behalf of women, minorities, and youth, her lecture tours, and her syndicated newspaper column. When Ladies Home Journal offered her an advice column, she embraced it as yet another way for her to connect with the public. ';If You Ask Me' quickly became a lifeline for Americans of all ages. Over the twenty years that Eleanor wrote her advice column, no question was too trivial and no topic was out of bounds. Practical, warm-hearted, and often witty, Eleanor's answers were so forthright her editors included a disclaimer that her views were not necessarily those of the magazines or the Roosevelt administration. Asked, for example, if she had any Republican friends, she replied, ';I hope so.' Queried about whether or when she would retire, she said, ';I never plan ahead.' As for the suggestion that federal or state governments build public bomb shelters, she considered the idea ';nonsense.' Covering a wide variety of topicseverything from war, peace, and politics to love, marriage, religion, and popular culturethese columns reveal Eleanor Roosevelt's warmth, humanity, and timeless relevance.
An Edgar Award finalist for Best Fact Crime, this ';impressiveopen-eyed investigative inquiry wrapped within a cultural history of rural America' (The Wall Street Journal) shows legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applying his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Some of these caseslike the infamous Villisca, Iowa, murdersreceived national attention. But most incidents went almost unnoticed outside the communities in which they occurred. Few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. When celebrated true crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, court transcripts, and public records, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal and uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America. ';A suspenseful historical account' (Publishers Weekly, starred review), The Man from the Train paints a vivid, psychologically perceptive portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, when crime was regarded as a local problem, and opportunistic private detectives exploited a dysfunctional judicial system. James shows how these cultural factors enabled such an unspeakable series of crimes to occur, and his groundbreaking approach to true crime will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history. ';A beautifully written and extraordinarily researched narrativeThis is no pure whodunit, but rather a how-many-did-he-do' (Buffalo News).
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is return with one of the most inspiringand underappreciatedchapters in American history: the story of the Continental Army's six-month transformation in Valley Forge.December 1777. It is 18 months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and some 12,000 members of America's beleaguered Continental Army stagger into a small Pennsylvania encampment 23 miles northwest of British-occupied Philadelphia. The starving and half-naked force is reeling from a string of demoralizing defeats at the hands of King George III's army, and are barely equipped to survive the coming winter. Their commander in chief, the focused and forceful George Washington, is at the lowest ebb of his military career. The Continental Congress is in exile and the American Revolution appears to be lost. Yet a spark remains. Determined to keep the rebel cause alive through sheer force of will, Washington transforms the farmland plateau hard by the Schuylkill River into a virtual cabin city. Together with a dedicated coterie of advisers both foreign and domesticMarquis de Lafayette, Baron von Steuben, the impossibly young Alexander Hamilton, and John Laurenshe sets out to breathe new life into his military force. Against all odds, as the frigid and miserable months pass, they manage to turn a bobtail army of citizen soldiers into a professional fighting force that will change the world forever. Valley Forge is the story of how that metamorphosis occurred. Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the team behind such bestsellers as The Heart of Everything That Is, The Last Stand of Fox Company, and Halsey's Typhoon, show us how this miracle was accomplished despite thousands of American soldiers succumbing to disease, starvation, and the elements. Here is Steuben, throwing himself into the dedicated drilling sessions he imported from Prussian battlefields. Here is Hamilton, proffering the shrewd advice that wards off his beloved commander in chief's scheming political rivals. Here is Laurens, determined to integrate the Continental Army with freed black men and slaves. Here is Lafayette, thirsting for battlefield accolades while tenaciously lobbying his own king for crucial French aid. At the center of it all is George Washington, in the prime of his life yet confronting crushing failure as he fends off political conspiracies every bit as pernicious as his incessant military challenges. The Virginia planter-turned-general is viewed by many as unqualified to lead the Continental Army after the humiliating loss of Philadelphia, and his detractors in and out of Congress plot to replace him. The Valley Forge winter is hisand the revolution'slast chance at redemption. And, indeed, after six months in the camp, Washington fulfills his destiny, leading the Continental Army to a stunning victory in the Battle of Monmouth Court House. The momentum is never again with the Redcoats. Valley Forge is the riveting true story of a nascent United States toppling an empire. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documentsand drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nationDrury and Clavin provide the definitive account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in the battle for American independence.
Winner of the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction ';Deanne Stillman's splendid Blood Brothers eloquently explores the clash of cultures on the Great Plains that initially united the two legends and how this shared experience contributed to the creation of their ironic political alliance.' Bobby Bridger, Austin ChronicleIt was in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883 that William F. Codyknown across the land as Buffalo Billconceived of his Wild West show, an ';equestrian extravaganza' featuring cowboys and Indians. It was a great success, and for four months in 1885 the Lakota chief Sitting Bull appeared in the show. Blood Brothers tells the story of these two iconic figures through their brief but important collaboration, in ';a compelling narrative that reads like a novel' (Orange County Register). ';Thoroughly researched, Deanne Stillman's account of this period in American history is elucidating as well as entertaining' (Booklist), complete with little-told details about the two men whose alliance was eased by none other than Annie Oakley. When Sitting Bull joined the Wild West, the event spawned one of the earliest advertising slogans: ';Foes in '76, Friends in '85.' Cody paid his performers well, and he treated the Indians no differently from white performers. During this time, the Native American rights movement began to flourish. But with their way of life in tatters, the Lakota and others availed themselves of the chance to perform in the Wild West show. When Cody died in 1917, a large contingent of Native Americans attended his public funeral. An iconic friendship tale like no other, Blood Brothers is a timeless story of people from different cultures who crossed barriers to engage each other as human beings. Here, Stillman provides ';an account of the tragic murder of Sitting Bull that's as good as any in the literatureThoughtful and thoroughly well-toldjust the right treatment for a subject about which many books have been written before, few so successfully' (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ';After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint.'USA TODAY ';A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves.'The Washington Post ';We can only hope that a few of Goodwin's many readers will find in her subjects' examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place.'The New York Times Book Review In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closelyAbraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope. Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times. No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today's polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.
In this narrative of extraordinary richness, depth, and authority, America's preeminent biographer/historian explored the German national character as no other writer has done. The Arms of Krupp brings to life Europe's wealthiest, most powerful family, a four-hundred-year German dynasty that developed the world's most technologically advanced weapons, from cannons to submarines to anti-aircraft guns; provided arms to generations of German leaders, including the kaiser and Hitler; operated private concentration camps during the Nazi era; survived conviction at Nuremberg; and wielded enormous influence on the course of world events. William Manchester's galvanizing account of the rise and fall of the Krupp dynasty is history as it should be written-alive with all its terrifying power.
The bestselling Politically Incorrect Guide series provides an unvarnished, unapologetic overview of controversial topics every American should understand.The Politically Incorrect Guide to the American Revolution is a myth-busting review of the America's violent struggle for independence.
Distinguished Yale historian Henry Ashby Turner Jr. makes an important and influential addition to his lifelong study of Nazi Germany. Hitler's Thirty Days to Power paints vivid portraits of the main players in the drama of January 1933 and, using newly available documents, masterfully re-creates the bewildering circumstances surrounding Hitler's unexpected appointment as chancellor of Germany. The result is a work that Booklist calls "e;first rate...a gripping, foreboding narrative."e;
On the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, Union artillery lieutenant Bayard Wilkeson fell while bravely spurring his men to action. His father, Sam, a New York Times correspondent, was already on his way to Gettysburg when he learned of his son's wounding but had to wait until the guns went silent before seeking out his son, who had died at the town's poorhouse. Sitting next to his dead boy, Sam Wilkeson then wrote one of the greatest battlefield dispatches in American history.This vivid exploration of one of Gettysburg's most famous stories-the story of a father and a son, the son's courage under fire, and the father's search for his son in the bloody aftermath of battle-reconstructs Bayard Wilkeson's wounding and death, which have been shrouded in myth and legend, and sheds light on Civil War-era journalism, battlefield medicine, and the "e;good death."e;
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * THE BEST SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR"e;October 1964 should be a hit with old-time baseball fans, who'll relish the opportunity to relive that year's to-die-for World Series, when the dynastic but aging New York Yankees squared off against the upstart St. Louis Cardinals. It should be a hit with younger students of the game, who'll eat up the vivid portrayals of legends like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the Yankees and Bob Gibson and Lou Brock of the Cardinals. Most of all, however, David Halberstam's new book should be a hit with anyone interested in understanding the important interplay between sports and society."e;--The Boston Globe"e;Compelling...1964 is a chronicle of the end of a great dynasty and of a game, like the country, on the cusp of enormous change."e;--Newsweek"e;Halberstam's latest gives us the feeling of actually being there--in another time, in the locker rooms and in the minds of baseball legends. His time and effort researching the book result in a fluency with his topic and a fluidity of writing that make the reading almost effortless....Absorbing."e;--San Francisco Chronicle"e;Wonderful...Memorable...Halberstam describes the final game of the 1964 series accurately and so dramatically, I almost thought I had forgotten the ending."e;--The Washington Post Book World"e;Superb reporting...Incisive analysis...You know from the start that Halberstam is going to focus on a large human canvas...One of the many joys of this book is the humanity with which Halberstam explores the characters as well as the talents of the players, coaches and managers. These are not demigods of summer but flawed, believable human beings who on occasion can rise to peaks of heroism."e;--Chicago Sun-Times