The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - The U. S. Territories—american samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U. S. To truly understand the United States, one must understand The Not-Quite States of America. Mark stein, best-selling author of how the States Got Their ShapesEveryone knows that America is 50 states and… some other stuff.

How did they come to be part of the united states? what are they like today? And why aren’t they states? Deeply researched and richly reported, The Not-Quite States of America is an entertaining and unprecedented account of the territories’ crucial yet overlooked place in the American story. Virgin islands—and their 4 million people are little known and often forgotten, so Doug Mack set out on a 30, 000-mile journey to learn about them.

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Islands: Nature and Culture Earth

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Reaktion Books #ad - In response, or sternly rejected, islanders have welcomed, the fresh opportunities offered by turning their homes into tourist destinations. They entice the rich and famous, from paul gauguin in Tahiti to George Orwell on the Scottish island of Jura, and their allure has provided refuge and inspiration for artists, and general visitors alike.

Filled with illustrations, their permanent residents and vast transitional populace, Islands is a comprehensive exploration of the geographical and cultural aspects of island life – their habitation and environments, their colonial history and enduring appeal to people around the world. Islands have been sites of immense political, from charles Darwin’s enlightening voyage to the Galápagos Islands, which resulted in his groundbreaking theory of evolution, creative and scientific importance, to the moated prisons incarcerating the world’s deadliest prisoners.

Islands: Nature and Culture Earth #ad - Despite the common view of islands as earthly paradises, their often small size means they have restricted resources and limited opportunities for their inhabitants to thrive. They are associated alternately with escape, holiday and exile, imprisonment, and their exotic, otherworldly beauty has inspired artists and writers across the centuries.

For people seeking beautiful landscapes, solitude or exciting adventure, islands are the most popular holiday spots in the world. Islands are contradictory places: they can be remote, mysterious spots, or lively centres of holiday revelry.

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The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published

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Harper Perennial #ad - Critics bayed at the dictionary's permissive handling of ain't. Literary intellectuals such as Dwight Macdonald believed the dictionary's scientific approach to language and its abandonment of the old standard of usage represented the unraveling of civilization. Entertaining and erudite, the story of ain't describes a great societal metamorphosis, tracing the fallout of the world wars, and the emergence of America as the undisputed leader of the free world, the rise of an educated middle class, and illuminating how those forces shaped our language.

The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published #ad - Created by the most respected american publisher of dictionaries and supervised by the editor Philip Gove, Webster's Third broke with tradition, adding thousands of new words and eliminating "artificial notions of correctness, " basing proper usage on how language was actually spoken. The dictionary's revolutionary style sparked what David Foster Wallace called "the Fort Sumter of the Usage Wars.

Editors and scholars howled for Gove's blood, calling him an enemy of clear thinking, a great relativist who was trying to sweep the English language into chaos. Never before or since has a dictionary so embodied the cultural transformation of the United States.

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Women of Courage

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - Women of Courage #ad - Truman's look into the past pays tribute to the courage of American women from the Revolution to the present. But these women spoke the same language as their sisters today. Most wore bonnets and long skirts; few had college degrees; and only a handful stepped into a voting booth. They range from a united States senator to a Native American to a first lady.

In this unforgettable, award-winning book, some famous, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Truman profiles twelve remarkable women, others little known.

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Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Winner of the overseas press club of america's cornelius ryan award • finalist for the pulitzer Prize in NonfictionA New York Times Book Review Notable Book • Named a Best Book of the Year by New York Magazine and The Progressive"A deeply honest and brave portrait of of an individual sensibility reckoning with her country's violent role in the world.

Hisham matar, the new york times Book ReviewIn the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U. S. Led invasion of iraq, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, Suzy Hansen, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation—a profound reckoning with what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil.

Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World #ad - Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Afghanistan, and Iran, Egypt, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics. She came to understand that anti-Americanism is not a violent pathology. A one-hundred-year-old relationship.

Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America’s place in the world.

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American Chronicles The Thomas Fleming Library

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - Thomas fleming is best known as a historian of the American Revolution and a biographer of America's founding fathers. But, this award-winning writer, whose career spanned more than fifty years, also explored with equal passion and curiosity the history of other, as the following collection shows, later eras.

Spanning the generations from the beginnings of the united states to modern times, these chronicles explore events and decisions that continue to have an impact the nation to this day - from the battles of Jefferson and Hamilton and trials of Aaron Burr and John Brown to the sinking of the Maine and John Kennedy at war to the high cost of unconditional surrender in World War II and what America's presidents say about each other.

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The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

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Picador #ad - They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian. Why are the danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? do the finns really have the best education system? are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, and what their quirks and foibles are, how they differ and why, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia #ad - Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. Named the #1 best book of the year by the christian science monitor, and popular travelogue about the scandinavian countries and how they may not be as happy or as perfect as we assumejournalist michael booth has lived among the scandinavians for more than ten years, A WITTY, INFORMATIVE, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media.

In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, most intriguing of all, the secrets of their success, and, what they think of one another.

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On Spice: Advice, Wisdom, and History with a Grain of Saltiness

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Skyhorse #ad - These beliefs are passed down in family recipes and pronounced by television chefs, but where do such ideas come from? Many are little better than superstition, and most serve only to reinforce a cook’s sense of superiority or cover for their insecurities. Discover why:salt grinders are useless saffron is worth its weight in gold as long as it’s pure That jar of cinnamon almost certainly isn’t Vanilla is far more risqué than you think Learn to stop worrying and love your spice rack.

And you’ll get straightforward advice delivered with wry wit. You’ll see snapshots of life in a spice shop, how the flavors and stories can infuse not just meals but life and relationships. Inside, botanically, geographically, you’ll learn where spices come from: historically, and in the modern market.

On Spice: Advice, Wisdom, and History with a Grain of Saltiness #ad - A revealing look at the history and production of spices, with modern, no-nonsense advice on using them at home. These notes on spice come from three generations of a family in the spice trade, and dozens upon dozens of their collected spice guides and stories. It doesn’t have to be this way. Every home cook has thoughts on the right and wrong ways to use spices.

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A Short History of World War II

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - A short history of world war ii will appeal equally to the general reader, the veteran who fought in the War, and the student interested in understanding the contemporary political world. A short history of world war ii is essentially a military history, but it reaches from the peace settlements of World War I to the drastically altered postwar world of the late 1940's.

A Short History of World War II #ad - Despite the numerous books on World War II, until now there has been no one-volume survey that was both objective and comprehensive. Previous volumes have usually been written from an exclusively British or American point of view, or have ignored the important causes and consequences of the War. Lucidly written and eminently readable, it is factual and accurate enough to satisfy professional historians.

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You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Christopher potter’s narrative is as imaginative, ingenious, and elegantly concise as it is user-friendly. Sylvia nasar, author of a beautiful Mind “A personal, brilliant, and often amusing account . An idiosyncratic, encyclopedic blitzkrieg of a book. The boston globe “The Verdict: Read. Time christopher potter’s you are here is a lively and accessible biography of the universe—how it fits together and how we fit into it—in the style of science writers like Richard Dawkins, Bill Bryson, and Richard Feynman, as seen through the lens of today’s most cutting-edge scientific thinking.

. You are here is not just physics for poets, but as close to poetry or music as science is ever likely to get.

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Library: An Unquiet History

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Splendidly articulate, informative and provoking. A book to be savored and gone back to. Baltimore sunon the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Matthew battles, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, from the Vatican to the British Library, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age.

He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish—and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia. Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, manguel's A History of Reading, Basbanes's A Gentle Madness, this volume will occupy a treasured place on the bookshelf next to Baker's Double Fold, and Winchester's The Professor and the Madman.

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