By David M Brown, Michael Wereschagin

At 3:17 p.m. on March 18, 1937, a normal fuel leak underneath the London Junior-Senior highschool within the oil boomtown of recent London, Texas, created a deadly mix of fuel and oxygen within the school’s basement. The odorless, colorless fuel went undetected until eventually the turn of an electric swap brought on a gigantic blast. The two-story university, one of many nation’s newest, disintegrated, burying everybody lower than an unlimited pile of rubble and particles. greater than three hundred scholars and academics have been killed, and hundreds and hundreds extra have been injured.

As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the disaster ways, it is still the deadliest institution catastrophe in U.S. historical past. Few, besides the fact that, recognize of this ancient tragedy, and no booklet, previously, has chronicled the explosion, its reason, its sufferers, and the aftermath.

Gone at 3:17 is a real tale of what can take place whilst institution officers make undesirable judgements. to save cash on heating the college development, the trustees had licensed staff to faucet right into a pipeline sporting “waste” traditional fuel produced through a fuel refinery. The explosion resulted in legislation that now require gasoline businesses so as to add the usual smelly smell. the information that the tragedy might have been avoided additional immeasurably to the heartbreak skilled through the survivors and the sufferers’ households. the city might by no means be the same.

Using interviews, testimony from survivors, and archival newspaper documents, Gone at 3:17 places readers contained in the store category to witness the spark that ignited the gasoline. lots of these interviewed in the course of 20 years of study are not any longer dwelling, yet their acts of heroism and tales of survival continue to exist during this meticulously documented and broadly illustrated book.

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By George C. Daughan

A few months after the outbreak of the struggle of 1812, Captain David Porter set out within the USS Essex on an epic, seventeen-month cruise to the South Seas. Porter used to be pursuing status and riches, and by means of so much bills his odyssey was once a gorgeous good fortune: it introduced glory to the fledgling American army, cemented Porter’s recognition as a bold and proficient commander, and has lengthy been celebrated as one of many maximum maritime adventures in U.S. heritage. much less popular, even if, is the negative fee that the workforce of the Essex paid for his or her captain’s oversized ambitions.

In The Shining Sea, award-winning historian George C. Daughan tells the total tale of Porter’s exciting, action-packed voyage, revealing the heights of Porter’s hubris and the genuine depths of his failure in this fateful cruise. cause on reaching own glory, Porter made the treacherous trip round Cape Horn and into the Pacific Ocean, the place he deliberate to catch a British man-of-war. From Valparaiso to the Galapagos to the Marquesas, the Essex roamed the South Seas, seizing British whaling and service provider ships, wreaking havoc on British trade, and incomes Porter and his males wealth and acclaim. Flush along with his victories, Porter welcomed the scoop British frigate—the HMS Phoebe—was on his tail, and he resolved to catch her. yet Porter couldn't conquer the Phoebe’s more suitable firepower. Over the process a determined, bloody conflict, he misplaced the Essex and over two-thirds of her crew—a surprising finish to a bold journey.

A swashbuckling story of possibility and spoil at the excessive seas, The Shining Sea brings to lifestyles the monomaniacal quest of 1 of the main misunderstood commanders of the conflict of 1812. Porter’s singular voyage, Daughan indicates, stands as a cautionary story for any chief who may placed own glory and ambition prior to reason and countrymen.

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By Richard Shenkman

In this well timed, illuminating, and sometimes surprising booklet, Richard Shenkman finds that it's not simply fresh presidents yet all presidents who've been ambitious--and every now and then frighteningly so, prepared to sacrifice their wellbeing and fitness, relatives, loyalty, and values. Presidential Ambition is a e-book that might completely modify the way in which we predict approximately prior, current, and destiny American presidents.

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By Peter Manseau

A groundbreaking new examine the tale of America

At the guts of the nation's non secular heritage are audacious and infrequently violent scenes. however the Puritans and the shining urban at the hill supply us only one option to comprehend the us. instead of recite American historical past from a Christian vantage element, Peter Manseau proves that what rather occurred is worthy an in depth, clean glance.

Thomas Jefferson himself accrued books on all religions and required that the new Library of Congress take his books, when you consider that american citizens had to think about the "twenty gods or no god" he famously famous have been respected by means of his buddies. taking a look at the americans who believed in those gods, Manseau fills in America's tale of itself, from the persecuted "witches" at Salem and who they honestly have been, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California, from spirituality and cults within the '60s to the new presidential election the place either applicants have been for the 1st time non-traditional Christians.

One kingdom, less than Gods shows how even more there's to the background we inform ourselves, correct again to the country's earliest days. Dazzling in its scope and sweep, it's an American heritage in contrast to any you could have learn.

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By David Brody, James A. Henretta, Lynn Dumenil, Susan Ware

"How did that happen?" scholars ask yourself approximately their earlier. America’s History offers a transparent clarification. teachers depend upon America’s History to aid them train that historical past concerns — this suggests supporting their scholars comprehend not just what occurred, but additionally why. For the hot, 6th version, the authors took a difficult examine all points in their textual content, thought of what labored and what didn’t, and crafted a huge revision plan that demonstrates, once more, their unequalled dedication to America’s History. The hallmark of the revision is a radical reconsideration of the post-1945 interval that comes with new scholarship and is smart of the hot earlier, yet America’s History, 6th version deals even more. This comprises extra narrative alterations in either volumes, a brand new in-text characteristic application in keeping with written and visible fundamental records in each bankruptcy, and a number of latest and superior pedagogic good points. With its transparent exposition, insightful research and in-text resources, America’s History, supplies teachers and scholars every thing they want.

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By Mamie Till-Mobley

There are numerous heroes of the civil rights movement—men and girls we will be able to glance to for notion. each one has a different tale, a course that ended in a job as chief or activist. Death of Innocence is the heartbreaking and eventually inspiring tale of 1 such hero: Mamie Till-Mobley, the mum of Emmett Till—an blameless fourteen-year-old African-American boy who used to be within the mistaken position on the fallacious time, and who paid for it together with his existence. His outraged mother’s activities galvanized the civil rights circulate, leaving an indelible mark on American racial recognition.

Mamie Carthan used to be a typical African-American lady starting to be up in Nineteen Thirties Chicago, dwelling lower than the powerful, regular impression of her mother’s care. She fell in love with and married Louis until eventually, and whereas the wedding didn’t final, they did have a gorgeous child boy, Emmett.

In August 1955, Emmett used to be vacationing kinfolk in Mississippi whilst he used to be abducted from his mattress in the midst of the evening via white males and brutally murdered. His crime: allegedly whistling at a white lady in a comfort shop. His mom started her profession of activism while she insisted on an open-casket viewing of her son’s gruesomely disfigured physique. greater than one hundred thousand humans attended the carrier. The trial of J. W. Milam and Roy Bryant, accused of kidnapping and murdering Emmett (the have been finally acquitted of the crime), used to be thought of the 1st full-scale media occasion of the civil rights circulation.

What altered the process this country’s heritage, and it used to be prepared in movement via the sheer will, decision, and braveness of Mamie Till-Mobley—a lady who may pull herself again from the edge of suicide to develop into a instructor and encourage 1000s of black kids through the country.

Mamie Till-Mobley, who died in 2003 simply as she accomplished this memoir, has venerated us along with her complete testimony: “I enthusiastic about my son whereas I thought of this ebook. . . . the result's on your palms. . . . i'm skilled, yet now not cynical. . . . i'm hopeful that all of us should be greater than we're. I’ve been brokenhearted, yet I nonetheless preserve an outsized capability for love.” Death of Innocence is an important rfile within the annals of yank civil rights background, and a painful but appealing account of a mother’s skill to remodel tragedy into boundless braveness and hope.

From the Hardcover edition.

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By Camille

Ce dictionnaire rock, historique et politique dresse un tableau éclectique de los angeles sexualité, vitale pour l’être humain et, quoi qu’on en dise, bien au cœur de notre société !

Connaissez-vous l’acomoclitisme ? los angeles xylophilie ? l. a. lilubérine ? les tengas ? le joydick ? Saviez-vous que les fonctionnaires et les professions libérales sont obligés de prendre des pseudonymes pour parler de sexualité ? Que l. a. zoophilie a été légalisée sous l. a. révolution française avant d’être à nouveau interdite en 2004 ? Que le rose a longtemps été los angeles couleur des garçons, des vrais ? Que de nombreux motion pictures pornographiques sont doublés pour les bruitages par des professionnels du son ? Savez-vous d’où vient le mot « tabou » ?

Sources de nombreux jeux de mots, insultes, rêves et fantasmes, l’acte sexuel et les organes qu’ils sollicitent sont soumis à los angeles double injonction d’être à los angeles fois intimes, et facteurs de reconnaissance sociale – pas de bonheur attainable sans sexe. C’est un tel enjeu de pouvoir que nombreux sont ceux à penser qu’il devrait être contrôlé socialement, politiquement et religieusement : les débats autour de l. a. réouverture des maisons closes et de los angeles légalisation de l. a. prostitution en France n’en sont que des exemples. Des grèves de sexe pour résoudre des conflits armés en passant par les droits des homosexuels, aujourd'hui le sexe est avant tout politique.

De A comme Abstinence à Z comme Zahia, en passant par Sœur Emmanuelle, Giscard d’Estaing, Obus, Jean-Paul II, Poil, Edgar Faure, Air intercourse, element P, Jimi Hendrix ou Rocco Siffredi… ce dictionnaire résolument rock, historique, et politique du sexe souhaite donner des clefs pour en comprendre les enjeux, en retraçant à travers le monde et les époques différentes visions de los angeles sexualité et des sexes

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In 1929, a small team of fellows and ladies threw off their outfits and started to workout in a brand new York urban fitness center, marking the beginning of the yank nudist stream. whereas numerous americans had lengthy loved the pleasures of thin dipping or nude sunbathing, nudists have been the 1st to prepare a circulate round the concept that exposing the physique corrected the ills of contemporary society and produced profound merits for the physique in addition to the brain. regardless of hostility and skepticism, American nudists enlisted the help of well-being lovers, homemakers, intercourse radicals, or even ministers, and within the approach, redefined what will be obvious, skilled, and fed on in twentieth-century the US.   
Naked gives a colourful, unique account of the yankee nudist flow and the bigger cultural phenomenon of public nudity within the usa. Brian S. Hoffman displays at the inspiration of nakedness itself within the context of a tradition that wrestles with an inherent experience of disgrace and conflicting ethical attitudes in regards to the physique. In exploring the social and felony heritage of nudism, Hoffman unearths how anxieties approximately gender, race, sexuality, and age tell our conceptions of nakedness. The e-book lines the debates approximately distinguishing deviant sexualities from morally appropriate exhibit, the criminal strategies that helped lead to the dramatic adjustments in sexuality within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies, in addition to the explosion in eroticism that has more and more outlined the fashionable American customer financial system. Drawing on a colourful number of nudist fabrics, movies, and magazines, Naked exposes the social, cultural, and ethical assumptions approximately nakedness and the physique generally hidden from view and at the back of closed doors.

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By Larry G. Aaron

With quickly Mail teach No. ninety seven an hour not on time, locomotive engineer Steve Broady, in keeping with legend, swore to place her in Spencer on time" or "put her in Hell." via eyewitness studies and courtroom stories, historian Larry Aaron expertly items jointly the occasions of September 27, 1903, at Danville, Virginia, whilst the previous ninety seven plummeted off a forty-five-foot trestle into the ravine less than. With extra twists and turns than the railroad tracks on which the previous ninety seven ran, this publication chronicles the tale of 1 of the main recognized educate wrecks in American background, in addition to the debate surrounding "The damage of the previous 97," that the majority well-known ballad, which secured the previous ninety seven a spot in the annals of yankee folklore."

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