Download E-books The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream PDF

By H.W. Brands

“I have came across it.” those phrases, uttered through the guy who first chanced on gold at the American River in 1848, caused the main incredible mass move of peoples because the Crusades. California’s gold drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth. It sped up America’s imperial enlargement and exacerbated the tensions that exploded within the Civil conflict. And, as H. W. manufacturers makes transparent during this spellbinding e-book, the Gold Rush encouraged a brand new American dream—the “dream of immediate wealth, gained through audacity and solid luck.”
Brands tells his epic tale from a number of views: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side through facet with prospectors, infantrymen, and scoundrels. He imparts a visceral feel of the distances they traveled, the discomfort they continued, and the fortunes they made and misplaced. outstanding in its scholarship and overflowing with existence, The Age of Gold is heritage within the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.

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Download E-books The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life (A Quadrant Book) PDF

By Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer

Americans spend billions of bucks each year on medications, remedy, and different treatments attempting to get a superb night’s sleep. Anxieties approximately now not getting sufficient sleep and the impression of sleeplessness on productiveness, future health, and happiness pervade clinical opinion, the office, and pop culture. In The drowsing Masses, Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer addresses the phenomenon of sleep and sleeplessness within the usa, tracing the impression of medication and commercial capitalism at the snoozing conduct of american citizens from the 19th century to the present.

Before the creation of manufacturing facility shift paintings, americans loved more than a few slumbering practices, most ordinarily nightly sessions of relaxation supplemented by way of daylight hours naps. the hot dozing regimen—eight uninterrupted hours of sleep at night—led to the pathologization of alternative methods of dozing. Arguing that the present version of sleep is rooted no longer in biology yet in commercial capitalism’s relentless want for productiveness, The snoozing Masses examines so-called Z-drugs that advertise sleep, using either felony and illicit stimulants to strive against sleepiness, and the modern politics of time. Wolf-Meyer concludes via exploring the extremes of sleep, from situations of perpetual sleeplessness and the sleepwalking safety in felony courts to army experiments with ultra-short classes of sleep.

Drawing on untapped archival assets and long term ethnographic learn with those that either adventure and deal with sleep abnormalities, Wolf-Meyer analyzes and sharply evaluations how sleep and its meant problems are understood and taken care of. through spotting the diversity and boundaries of sleep, he contends, we will be able to identify extra versatile expectancies approximately sleep and, finally, subvert the wear of sleep pathology and business keep watch over on our lives.

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Download E-books Covert Wars and Breakaway Civilizations: The Secret Space Program, Celestial Psyops and Hidden Conflicts PDF

By Joseph P. Farrell

Oxford-educated historian Farrell's sequel to Saucers, Swastikas and Psyops and his best-selling e-book sequence on suppressed know-how, Nazi survival and postwar hidden conflicts. Farrell delves into the production of a breakaway civilization by means of the Nazis in South the USA and different elements of the realm. He discusses the complex expertise that they took with them on the finish of the battle and mental warfare that they waged for many years on the USA and NATO. He investigates the key house courses presently happening via the breakaway civilizations and the present militaries in charge of planet Earth. lots of awesome money owed, files and hypothesis at the brilliant substitute background of hidden conflicts and mystery house courses that started while global battle II formally "ended.”

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Download E-books America's War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflicts PDF

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower ready to depart the White condo in 1961, he did so with an ominous message for the yankee humans in regards to the "disastrous upward push" of the military-industrial advanced. Fifty years later, the advanced has morphed right into a nearly unstoppable conflict laptop, person who dictates U.S. financial and overseas coverage in an immediate and tremendous way.

Based on his stories as an award-winning Washington-based reporter masking nationwide protection, James McCartney provides a compelling background, from the chilly battle to give day that exhibits that the matter is way worse and much extra wide-reaching than whatever Eisenhower may have imagined. enormous army has develop into "too sizeable to fail" and has grown to envelope the nation's political, cultural and highbrow associations. those facilities of energy and impression, together with the now-complicit White condo and Congress, have a vested curiosity in getting ready and waging pointless wars. The authors persuasively argue that no longer one overseas intervention long ago 50 years has made us or the realm safer.

With additions by way of Molly Sinclair McCartney, a fellow journalist with 30 years of expertise, America's warfare Machine presents the context for brand new nationwide protection kingdom and explains what may be performed approximately it.

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Download E-books The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap PDF

By Matt Taibbi

NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr by way of THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, AND KIRKUS REVIEWS

A scathing portrait of an pressing new American crisis
 
over the past 20 years, the US has been falling deeper and deeper right into a statistical mystery:
 
Poverty is going up. Crime is going down. The felony inhabitants doubles.
Fraud by way of the wealthy wipes out forty percentage of the world’s wealth. the wealthy get vastly richer. nobody is going to jail.
 
looking for an answer, journalist Matt Taibbi chanced on the Divide, the seam in American lifestyles the place our so much troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come jointly, pushed through a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our uncomplicated rights at the moment are made up our minds via our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what permits vastly harmful fraud by means of the hyperwealthy to move unpunished, whereas turning poverty itself right into a crime—but it’s very unlikely to determine until eventually you examine those alarming tendencies aspect by way of side.
 
In The Divide, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing trip via each side of our new procedure of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably filthy rich and the criminalized terrible. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the monetary cave in; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to ruin an organization via soiled methods; and the tale of a whistleblower who will get within the method of the most important banks in the USA, merely to discover herself within the crosshairs. at the different facet of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to front strains of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare method which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep contained in the stop-and-frisk global, the place status in entrance of your home has develop into an arrestable offense. As he narrates those brilliant tales, he attracts out and analyzes their universal resource: a perverse new average of justice, in line with an intensive, annoying new imaginative and prescient of civil rights.
 
via astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the rich and nightmare tales of standard humans stuck within the Divide’s punishing good judgment, Taibbi lays naked one of many maximum demanding situations we are facing in modern American lifestyles: surviving a process that devours the lives of the terrible, turns a blind eye to the harmful crimes of the rich, and implicates us all.

Praise for The Divide
 
“Ambitious . . . deeply pronounced, hugely compelling . . . most unlikely to place down.”—The ny instances e-book Review
 
“These are the tales that might preserve you up at evening. . . . The Divide isn't just a document from the recent the USA; it truly is advocacy journalism at its finest.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Taibbi is a constant investigative reporter. he's taking readers inside of not just funding banks, hedge cash and the blood game of short-sellers, yet into the lives of the needy, minorities, road drifters and unlawful immigrants. . . . The Divide is a vital booklet. Its documentation is robust and shocking.”—The Washington Post
 
“Captivating . . . The Divide enshrines its author’s place as the most very important voices in modern American journalism.”The Independent (UK)
 
“Taibbi [is] maybe the best reporter on Wall Street’s crimes within the smooth era.”Salon

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download E-books Omeros PDF

By Derek Walcott

A poem in 5 books, of round narrative layout, titled with the Greek identify for Homer, which concurrently charts currents of background: the seen historical past charted in occasions -- the tribal losses of the yank Indian, the tragedy of African enslavement -- and the internal, unwritten epic formed from the soreness of the person in exile.

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Download E-books Crossing the Plains with Bruno PDF

By Annick Smith

Dogs, like people, have stories, instincts, fears, and loyalties. yet, so far as we all know, canines don't get swept up in nostalgia, hypothesis, or self-analysis. even if they've got hopes, they aren't pushed through regrets. In Crossing the Plains with Bruno, Annick Smith weaves jointly a memoir of go back and forth and courting, western historical past and kinfolk historical past, human love and animal love centering round a week street journey around the nice Plains she and her ninety five pound chocolate lab, Bruno, took in the summertime of 2003. it's a chain of associated meditations, usually brought on via position, approximately how the earlier impinges at the current and the way the current can exist probably sans past.

Traveling from her rural home in Montana to select up her approximately 100-year-old mom from her senior place of abode on Chicago’s North facet and convey her to the family’s seashore apartment on a dune overlooking Lake Michigan, Smith usually will get misplaced in reminiscence and rambling contemplation. Bruno’s consistent companionship and ever current wishes strength her to come back to the particular, reminding her that she, too, is an animal whose lifestyles is determined by being alert to the scents, points of interest, hungers, and feelings of the moment.

Passing via broad open areas, death ranch cities, eco-friendly cornfields, and Midwestern hamlets, Annick is immersed in thoughts of her immigrant Hungarian Jewish kin, her youth days in Chicago, her early marriage, and supreme immigration west. prompted via random encounters alongside the best way, she’s taken again to lifestyles as a tender mom, her profession as a author and filmmaker who produced the vintage A River Runs via It, the dying of her husband, and the fun of a overdue romance. a life of mirrored image performed out one mile at a time.

Crossing the Plains with Bruno is a narrative narrated by means of a lady beset through the methods of getting older, residing with the upcoming truth of a parent’s demise, however it is the puppy that rides shotgun, like Sancho Panza to Don Quixote, that turns into the reminder of the actual realities outdoor our personal imaginations.

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Download E-books Empire of Cotton: A Global History PDF

By Sven Beckert

WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST

The empire of cotton used to be, from the start, a fulcrum of continuous worldwide fight among slaves and planters, retailers and statesmen, staff and manufacturing unit vendors. Sven Beckert makes transparent how those forces ushered on the earth of recent capitalism, together with the gigantic wealth and worrying inequalities which are with us today.
        In a remarkably short interval, eu marketers and strong politicians recast the world’s most important production undefined, combining imperial enlargement and slave hard work with new machines and salary employees to make and remake international capitalism. the result's a e-book as unsettling because it is enlightening: a e-book that brilliantly weaves jointly the tale of cotton with how the current worldwide international got here to exist.

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Download E-books The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB PDF

By James Risen

A landmark collaboration among a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The major Enemy is the dramatic inside of tale of the CIA-KGB undercover agent wars, advised during the activities of the boys who fought them.

Based on enormous quantities of interviews with operatives from each side, the most Enemy places us contained in the heads of CIA officials as they steer clear of surveillance and stroll into violent ambushes in Moscow. this can be the tale of the iteration of spies who got here of age within the shadow of the Cuban missile concern and rose in the course of the ranks to run the CIA and KGB within the final days of the chilly conflict. The clandestine operations they masterminded took them from the sewers of Moscow to the again streets of Baghdad, from Cairo and Havana to Prague and Berlin, however the motion facilities on Washington, beginning within the notorious "Year of the Spy"--when, one after the other, the CIA’s brokers in Moscow started to be killed, up via to the final man.

Behind the scenes with the CIA's covert operations in Afghanistan, Milt Bearden led the United States to victory within the mystery warfare opposed to the Soviets, and for the 1st time he finds the following what he did and whom the USA subsidized, and why. Bearden was once known as again to Washington after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan and was once made leader of the Soviet/East Euro-pean Division—just in time to witness the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the revolutions that swept throughout jap Europe, and the implosion of the Soviet Union.

Laced with startling revelations--about fail-safe top-secret again channels among the CIA and KGB, double and triple brokers, covert operations in Berlin and Prague, and the fateful autumn of 1989--The major Enemy is heritage at its action-packed best.

From the Hardcover edition.

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