The British and French Navies, 1650-1815
Author: Jonathan R. Dull
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
For nearly two hundred years huge wooden warships called ships of the line dominated war at sea and were thus instrumental in the European struggle for power and the spread of imperialism. Foremost among the great naval powers were Great Britain and France, whose advanced economies could support large numbers of these expensive ships. This book, the first joint history of these great navies, offers a uniquely impartial and comprehensive picture of the two forces their shipbuilding programs, naval campaigns, and battles, and their wartime strategies and diplomacy. Jonathan R. Dull is the author of two award-winning histories of the French navy. Bringing to bear years of study of war and diplomacy, his book conveys the fine details and the high drama of the age of grand and decisive naval conflict. Dull delves into the seven wars that Great Britain and France, often in alliance with lesser naval powers such as Spain and the Netherlands, fought between 1688 and 1815. Viewing war as most statesmen of the time saw it as a contest of endurance he also treats the tragic side of the Franco-British wars, which shattered the greater security and prosperity the two powers enjoyed during their brief period as allies.
Author: J. R. Helton
Publisher: Last Gasp
Category: Performing Arts
Movies have replaced the circus and the carnival as the traveling sideshow for the masses of America today, providing longed for escape from day-to-day reality. In the actual movie business, one is either above the line or below the line, the demarcation where the real money and power starts and stops. In a personal attempt to separate fact from fiction, the author takes a look at the beautiful, and the not-so-beautiful, people who work in films, in a behind the scenes account of "movie magic" from the thoroughly kissed bottom.
Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading
Author: Ronald Heifetz,Ronald Abadian Heifetz,Martin Linsky
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
Category: Business & Economics
Leadership On The Line is a survival manual for leaders that explains what they need to know to survive the professional and personal perils of leading, and how to exercise leadership in a way that reduces the chances of being pushed aside.
How Overfishing is Changing the World and what We Eat
Author: Charles Clover
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Argues that if nothing is done to stop the squandering of fish stock, the ecological balance of life in the oceans will face collapse and millions of people could starve, and examines the causes and implications of the problem.
U.S. Defense Alternatives for the Early 21st Century
Author: Cindy Williams
Publisher: MIT Press
Category: Political Science
An objective and detailed look at the American defense budget and military strategy.
A Bluejacket's Odyssey in World War II
Author: Alvin B. Kernan
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this memoir of life aboard aircraft carriers during World War II, Alvin Kernan combines vivid recollections of his experience as a young enlisted sailor with a rich historical account of the Pacific war. Kernan served in many battles and was aboard the Hornet when it was sunk by torpedoes in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. 'One of the most arresting naval autobiographies yet published.'—Sir John Keegan 'An honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade.'—Kirkus Reviews '[Kernan] recounts a wonderful and exciting American story about a poor farm boy from Wyoming who enlisted in the Navy. . . .[He] has written eight other books. I will go back and read them all.'—John Lehman, Air & Space 'Details . . . make the moment vivid; that is what it was like, on the Hornet in its last hours.'—Samuel Hynes, New York Times Book Review
Race, Gender, and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands
Author: Sheila McManus
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Nations are made and unmade at their borders, and the forty-ninth parallel separating Montana and Alberta in the late nineteenth century was a pivotal Western site for both the United States and Canada. Blackfoot country was a key site of Canadian and American efforts to shape their nations and national identities. The region?s landscape, aboriginal people, newcomers, railroads, and ongoing cross-border ties all challenged the governments? efforts to create, colonize, and nationalize the Alberta-Montana borderlands. The Line Which Separates makes an important and useful comparison between American and Canadian government policies and attitudes regarding race, gender, and homesteading. ø Federal visions of the West in general and the borderlands in particular rested on overlapping sets of assumptions about space, race, and gender; those same assumptions would be used to craft the policies that were supposed to turn national visions into local realities. The growth of a white female population in the region, which should have ?whitened? and ?easternized? the region, merely served to complicate emerging categories. Both governments worked hard to enforce the lines that were supposed to separate "good" land from "bad," whites from aboriginals, different groups of newcomers from each other, and women's roles from men's roles. The lines and categories they depended on were used to distinguish each West, and thus each nation, from the other. Drawing on a range of sources, from government maps and reports to oral testimony and personal papers, The Line Which Separates explores the uneven way in which the borderlands were superimposed on Blackfoot country in order to divide a previously cohesive region in the late nineteenth century.
A Tribute to Fallen Law Enforcement Officers from the State of Michigan
Author: Isaiah McKinnon
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
The Adventures and Misadventures of an American Radical
Author: William Herrick
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An eye-opening account of time served in the great battles of our century— for workers’ rights, against Fascism, Communism, and racism—Jumping the Line is the life story of an American original. William Herrick chronicles his adventures and misadventures on the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, in (and very much out of) the Communist Party, driving a tractor on a communal farm in Michigan, jumping the line as a hobo, organizing African American sharecroppers in Georgia, at work with Orson Welles, and immersed in his own writing. Herrick chronicles a life of great conviction and great disillusion. He went to Spain in 1936 to fight against the Fascists and there witnessed the horrifying acts that Fascists and Communists alike committed, before he was felled by a near-fatal wound. Here he tells about the life that led him, a working-class Jewish kid from New York, into the idealism and then the murky politics of this internecine conflict. From the bloody fight in Spain he takes us to the battlefields of the Communist movement in the U.S., where he found himself parading up and down the garment district of Manhattan, denouncing his former comrades. When Paul Berman interviewed Herrick in the Village Voice in 1986, for the fiftieth anniversary of the Spanish Civil War, Herrick’s remarks so incensed other veterans of the Abraham Lincoln battalion that they picketed the paper. What William Herrick has to say doesn’t always go down easily. But for those who like the truth, with a dash of wit and a healthy dose of history, it can be exhilarating.
Racial Passing in Twentieth-Century U.S. Literature and Culture
Author: Gayle Wald
Publisher: Duke University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
DIVExamines constructions of racial identity through the exploration of passing narratives including Black Like Me and forties jazz musician Mezz Mezzrow’s memoir Really the Blues./div