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History of the Telegraph

The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the 19th Century’s On-line Pioneers

The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph’s creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways. Read more…

New York During The Civil War

City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War

No city was more of a help to Abraham Lincoln and the Union war effort, or more of a hindrance than the City of Sedition. No city raised more men, money, and materiel for the war, and no city raised more hell against it. It was a city of patriots, war heroes, and abolitionists, but simultaneously a city of antiwar protest, draft resistance, and sedition.   Without his New York supporters, it’s highly unlikely Lincoln would have made it to the White House. Read more…

Washington Press Corps

Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps

Reporting from Washington: The History of the Washington Press Corps is a vibrant chronicle of news coverage in our nation’s capital, from the early days of radio and print reporting and the heyday of the wire services to the brave new world of the Internet.   Beginning with 1932, when a newly elected FDR energized the sleepy capital, Donald Ritchie highlights the dramatic changes in journalism that have occurred in the last seven decades. We meet legendary columnists–including Walter Lippmann, Joseph Alsop, and Drew Pearson –as well as the great investigative reporters, from Paul Y. Read more…

The Republican Party

To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

In To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party, the distinguished American historian, Heather Cox Richardson, traces the paradoxical evolution of the Republican Party—founded to give the poor equal opportunity, but too often aligned with the country’s elites. Read more…

A History of the World

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Read more…

April 1865

April 1865: The Month That Saved America

The month of April 1865 witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond, a daring last-ditch Southern plan for guerrilla warfare, Lee’s harrowing retreat, and then, Appomattox. It saw Lincoln’s assassination just five days later and a near-successful plot to decapitate the Union government, followed by chaos and coup fears in the North, collapsed negotiations and continued bloodshed in the South, and finally, the start of national reconciliation. In the end, April 1865 emerged as not just the tale of the war’s denouement, but the story of the making of our nation. Read more…

South Korean History

South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success

In South Korea: The Price of Efficiency and Success we learn that its extraordinary economic and technological transformation after the Korean War (1950-1953) is often referred to by observers and historians as the “Miracle on the Han River.” The nation underwent an extraordinary makeover from being one of the poorest countries to become the 12th largest economy in the world and 4th in Asia. South Korea also became one of the most technologically advanced countries in a short span. Read more…

Shinto Religion

Shinto – The Way of Gods: Introduction to the Traditional Religion of Japan

Shinto – The Way of Gods: Introduction to the Traditional Religion of Japan is intended to give a basic, yet detailed view of the Shinto world for a beginner. This book traces the path of Shinto starting from its ancient origins to its present day. Shinto is Japanese for ‘The way of the Gods.’ Shinto represents Japanese religion and cult that has its origins in prehistoric times. Referred to as the ‘indigenous faith of the Japan’ – the belief occupies a significant position even in the technologically advanced modern Japanese society. Read more…

History of the Bowery

The Bowery: The Strange History of New York’s Oldest Street

From peglegged Peter Stuyvesant to CBGB’s, The Bowery: The Strange History of New York’s Oldest Street explains the history of the city that grew up around it. It was the street your mother warned you about—even if you lived in San Francisco. Long associated with skid row, saloons, freak shows, violence, and vice, the Bowery often showed the worst New York City had to offer. Yet there were times when it showed its best as well. The Bowery is New York’s oldest street and Manhattan’s broadest boulevard. Like the city itself, it has continually reinvented itself over the centuries. Read more…

John Maynard Keynes

The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes

As we learn in The Price of Peace, John Maynard Keynes’ journey began at the dawn of World War I with an odd, frantic trip in the sidecar of his brother-in-law’s motorcycle that would change the course of history. Swept away from his placid home at Cambridge University by the currents of the conflict, Keynes found himself thrust into the halls of European treasuries to arrange emergency loans and packed off to America to negotiate the terms of economic combat. Read more…