Railroad Empire Across The Heartland

Author: James E. Sherow
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 0826355102
Size: 65.38 MB
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Best known for his Civil War photographs, Alexander Gardner also documented the construction of the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division (later the Kansas Pacific Railroad), across Kansas beginning in 1867. This book presents recent photographs by John R. Charlton of the scenes Gardner recorded, paired with the Gardner originals and accompanied by James E. Sherow’s discussion. Like most rephotography projects, this one provides fascinating information about the changes in the landscape over the last century and a half. The book presents ninety pairs of Gardner’s and Charlton’s photographs. In all of Charlton’s photos he duplicates the exact location and time of day of the Gardner originals. Sherow uses the paired images to show how Indian and Anglo-American land-use practices affected the landscape. As the Union Pacific claimed, the railroad created an American empire in the region, and Charlton’s rephotography captures the transformation of the grasslands, harnessed by the powerful social and economic forces of the railroad.

Chasing Weather

Author: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Publisher: Ice Cube Books
ISBN: 9781888160826
Size: 56.29 MB
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The sky is made of rivers before and after they became rivers, Caryn writes in Chasing Weather. Weather subtly shapes our days, infuses our moods and interactions, and at times, completely re-orients our lives. Catching moments of stunning beauty and surprising shifts in the sky helps make the vibrant and variable world more visible to us, and shows us how to truly see where and who we are.

Alexander Gardner

Author: Jane L. Aspinwall
Publisher: Other Distribution
ISBN: 9780300208245
Size: 18.40 MB
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A glimpse into the development of the American West through startling photographs of the frontier landscape and the rich culture of American Indian tribes

The Soul Of Battle

Author: Victor Davis Hanson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684845024
Size: 63.85 MB
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Arguing that American Generals Sherman and Patton, as well as ancient Athenian General Epaminondas, were the three greatest military leaders in history, the author makes his case by demonstrating the qualities, on and off the battlefield, that made them great.

The Cosmic Time Of Empire

Author: Adam Barrows
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520948157
Size: 60.34 MB
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Combining original historical research with literary analysis, Adam Barrows takes a provocative look at the creation of world standard time in 1884 and rethinks the significance of this remarkable moment in modernism for both the processes of imperialism and for modern literature. As representatives from twenty-four nations argued over adopting the Prime Meridian, and thereby measuring time in relation to Greenwich, England, writers began experimenting with new ways of representing human temporality. Barrows finds this experimentation in works as varied as Victorian adventure novels, high modernist texts, and South Asian novels—including the work of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, H. Rider Haggard, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling, and Joseph Conrad. Demonstrating the investment of modernist writing in the problems of geopolitics and in the public discourse of time, Barrows argues that it is possible, and productive, to rethink the politics of modernism through the politics of time.

Methland

Author: Nick Reding
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608192075
Size: 66.25 MB
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Traces the efforts of a small Iowa community to counter the pervasiveness of crystal methamphetamine, in an account that offers insight into the drug's appeal while chronicling the author's numerous visits with the town's doctor, the local prosecutor and a long-time addict. Reprint. A best-selling book.

Nothing Like It In The World

Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743203173
Size: 40.65 MB
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Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.

One World Divisible

Author: David Reynolds
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393321081
Size: 78.67 MB
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Documents the last fifty years of history as a period of increasing interconnection and fragmentation through such political events as the Cold War, the Chinese revolution, Vietnam, the fall of the Soviet Union, and digital development. Reprint. 12,000 first printing.

The Worst Hard Time

Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547347776
Size: 39.37 MB
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In a tour de force of historical reportage, Timothy Egan’s National Book Award–winning story rescues an iconic chapter of American history from the shadows. The dust storms that terrorized the High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since. Following a dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, Timothy Egan tells of their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black dust blizzards, crop failure, and the death of loved ones. Brilliantly capturing the terrifying drama of catastrophe, he does equal justice to the human characters who become his heroes, “the stoic, long-suffering men and women whose lives he opens up with urgency and respect” (New York Times). In an era that promises ever-greater natural disasters, The Worst Hard Time is “arguably the best nonfiction book yet” (Austin Statesman Journal) on the greatest environmental disaster ever to be visited upon our land and a powerful reminder about the dangers of trifling with nature. This e-book includes a sample chapter of THE IMMORTAL IRISHMAN.