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Illinois Haunted Route 66 (Paperback): Tremeear, Janice Illinois Haunted Route 66 (Paperback)
Tremeear, Janice
R454 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Route 66 is no longer the main thoroughfare between Chicago and St. Louis, but if local lore is to be believed, ghostly traffic along the Mother Road continues unabated. Janice Tremeear chases down accounts of a man executed for witchcraft, the demon baby of Hull House and the secrets of H.H. Holmes's "Murder Castle." Native American legends place the piasa bird in the skies above the highway's southern stretch with the same insistence that characterize contemporary UFO sightings in the north. In between, spirits such as Resurrection Mary join the throng of hapless souls wandering the roadside of the Prairie State's most famous byway.

Hidden History of Uptown & Edgewater (Paperback): Patrick Butler Hidden History of Uptown & Edgewater (Paperback)
Patrick Butler
R454 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

If there's any place in Chicago that's been all things to all men, it has to be the corner of the city that is occupied by Edgewater and Uptown. Babe Ruth and Mahatma Gandhi found a place of refuge at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, but the locale has also been a sanctuary for Appalachian coal miners and Japanese Americans released from internment camps. Al Capone reportedly moved booze through a secret tunnel connecting the Green Mill and the Aragon Ballroom, "Burglar Cops" moonlit out of the Summerdale police station and a "Kitchen Revolt" by some not-very-ordinary housewives sent once-invulnerable machine ward boss Marty Tuchow on his way to Club Fed. Ferret out the hidden history of Uptown and Edgewater with veteran beat reporter Patrick Butler in this curio shop of forgotten people and places.

The 1910 Wellington Disaster (Paperback): Deborah Cuyle, Rodney Fletcher The 1910 Wellington Disaster (Paperback)
Deborah Cuyle, Rodney Fletcher
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
New York's Original Penn Station - The Rise and Tragic Fall of an American Landmark (Paperback): Paulm Kaplan New York's Original Penn Station - The Rise and Tragic Fall of an American Landmark (Paperback)
Paulm Kaplan
R515 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R100 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Pittsburgh'S Lost Outpost - Captain Trent's Fort (Paperback): Jason A. Cherry Pittsburgh'S Lost Outpost - Captain Trent's Fort (Paperback)
Jason A. Cherry; Foreword by David L. Preston
R516 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Culinary History of Pittsburg County - Little Italy, Choctaw Beer and Lamb Fries (Paperback): David Cathey A Culinary History of Pittsburg County - Little Italy, Choctaw Beer and Lamb Fries (Paperback)
David Cathey
R459 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Long before the era of the foodie, the little coal-mining town of Krebs set the standard for celebrating food in Oklahoma. Its reputation as the Sooner State's Little Italy began in the mid-1870s when Italian immigrants chased the coal boom to Pittsburg County, deep in the heart of the Choctaw Nation. After 150 years, Italians and Choctaw neighbors are now bound by pasta, homemade cheeses and sausages and native beer once brewed illegally in basement bathtubs and delivered by children from door to door. Stop by for a steak at GiaComo's, a Choc at Pete's Place, lamb fries at the Isle of Capri, gnocchi at Roseanna's or a gourd of caciocavallo at Lovera's--venues that have proven impervious to time and hardship. Join Food Dude Dave Cathey on a tour through this colorful and delicious history.

Oregon Asylum (Paperback): Diane L. Goeres-Gardner Oregon Asylum (Paperback)
Diane L. Goeres-Gardner
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Oregon State Insane Asylum was opened in Salem on October 23, 1883, and is one of the oldest continuously operated mental hospitals on the West Coast. In 1913, the name was changed to the Oregon State Hospital (OSH). The history of OSH parallels the development and growth in psychiatric knowledge throughout the United States. Oregon was active in the field of electroshock treatments, lobotomies, and eugenics. At one point, in 1959, there were more than 3,600 patients living on the campus. The Oscar-winning movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed inside the hospital in 1972. In 2008, the entire campus was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and the state began a $360-million restoration project to bring the hospital to modern standards. The story of OSH is one of intrigue, scandal, recovery, and hope.

Inside the Ohio Penitentiary (Paperback): David Meyers, Elise Meyers Walker, James Dailey II Inside the Ohio Penitentiary (Paperback)
David Meyers, Elise Meyers Walker, James Dailey II
R466 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As "animal factories" go, the Ohio Penitentiary was one of the worst. For 150 years, it housed some of the most dangerous criminals in the United States, including murderers, madmen and mobsters. Peer in on America's first vampire, accused of sucking his victims' blood five years before Bram Stoker's fictional villain was even born; peek into the cage of the original Prison Demon; and witness the daring escape of John Hunt Morgan's band of Confederate prisoners. Uncover the full extent of mayhem and madness locked away in one of history's most notorious maximum-security prisons.

Washington, Dc, Jazz (Paperback): Regennia N Williams, Sandra Butler-truesdale Washington, Dc, Jazz (Paperback)
Regennia N Williams, Sandra Butler-truesdale; Foreword by Willard Jenkins
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Black Experience in Revolutionary North Carolina (Paperback): Jeffrey J. Crow Black Experience in Revolutionary North Carolina (Paperback)
Jeffrey J. Crow
R273 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Constitution of the United States with the Declaration of Independence (Hardcover): Castle Books The Constitution of the United States with the Declaration of Independence (Hardcover)
Castle Books
R235 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R58 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England - The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838-1839... Thomas Jefferson's Granddaughter in Queen Victoria's England - The Travel Diary of Ellen Wayles Coolidge, 1838-1839 (Paperback)
Ellen Wayles Coolidge; Edited by Ann Lucas Birle, Lisa A. Francavilla
R726 R578 Discovery Miles 5 780 Save R148 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Ellen Wayles Coolidge arrived in London in June 1838 at the advent of Queen Victoria's reign--the citizens were still celebrating the coronation. During her nine-month stay, Coolidge kept a diary that reveals the uncommon education of her youth, when she lived and studied at Monticello with her grandfather, Thomas Jefferson. London's docks, theaters, parks, public buildings, and museums all come under Coolidge's astute gaze as she and her husband, Joseph Coolidge Jr., travel the city and gradually gain entry into some of the most coveted drawing rooms of the time.

Coolidge records the details of her conversations with writers such as Samuel Rogers, Thomas Carlyle, and Anna Jameson and activists including Charles Sumner and Harriet Martineau. She gives firsthand accounts of the fashioning of the young queen's image by the artists Charles Robert Leslie and Sir Francis Chantrey and takes notes as she watches the queen open Parliament and battle the first scandal of her reign. Her love of painting reawakened, Coolidge chronicles her opportunities to view more than four hundred works of art held in both public and private collections, acknowledging a new appreciation for the modern art of J. M. W. Turner and a fondness for the Dutch masters.

As rich as her experience in England proves to be, Coolidge often reflects on her family in Boston and Virginia and her youth at Monticello. As she encounters her mother's schoolgirl friends and recalls the songs her grandfather sang while working in his study, Coolidge's thoughts return to Monticello and the lessons she learned there.

Distributed for the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation

Abandoned in Place - Preserving America's Space History (Hardcover): Roland Miller Abandoned in Place - Preserving America's Space History (Hardcover)
Roland Miller; Foreword by Roger D. Launius; Prologue by Bob Thall
R1,129 R889 Discovery Miles 8 890 Save R240 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Stenciled on many of the deactivated facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the evocative phrase "abandoned in place" indicates the structures that have been deserted. Some structures, too solid for any known method of demolition, stand empty and unused in the wake of the early period of US space exploration. Now Roland Miller's color photographs document the NASA, Air Force, and Army facilities across the nation that once played a crucial role in the space race. Rapidly succumbing to the elements and demolition, most of the blockhouses, launch towers, tunnels, test stands, and control rooms featured in Abandoned in Place are located at secure military or NASA facilities with little or no public access. Some have been repurposed, but over half of the facilities photographed no longer exist. The haunting images collected here impart artistic insight while preserving an important period in history.

Unsolved Mysteries of the Old West (Paperback, Second Edition): W. C Jameson Unsolved Mysteries of the Old West (Paperback, Second Edition)
W. C Jameson
R397 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R26 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Two subjects continue to fascinate people-the Old West and a good mystery. This book explores and examines twenty-one of the Old West's most baffling mysteries, which lure the curious and beg for investigation even though their solutions have eluded experts for decades. Many relate to the death or disappearance of some of the best-known lawmen and outlaws in history, such as Billy the Kid, Buckskin Frank Leslie, John Wilkes Booth, The Catalina Kid, and Butch Cassidy. Others involve mysterious tales and legends of lost mines and buried treasures that have not been recovered-yet.

Oregon Wildland Firefighting - A History (Paperback): Sean Davis Oregon Wildland Firefighting - A History (Paperback)
Sean Davis
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
No Shadows in the Desert - Murder, Vengeance, and Espionage in the War Against ISIS (Hardcover, Original ed.): Samuel M. Katz No Shadows in the Desert - Murder, Vengeance, and Espionage in the War Against ISIS (Hardcover, Original ed.)
Samuel M. Katz
R680 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R143 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Military Conquest of the Prairie - Native American Resistance, Evasion & Survival,  1865-1890 (Paperback): Tore T. Petersen Military Conquest of the Prairie - Native American Resistance, Evasion & Survival, 1865-1890 (Paperback)
Tore T. Petersen
R751 R609 Discovery Miles 6 090 Save R142 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Military Conquest of the Prairie is a study on the final wars on the prairie from the Native American perspective. When the reservation system took hold about one-third of tribes stayed permanently there, one-third during the harsh winter months, and the last third remained on what the government termed unceded territory, which Native Americans had the right to occupy by treaty. For the Federal government it was completely unacceptable that some Indians refused to submit to its authority. Both the Red River war (1874-75) in the south and the great Sioux war (1876-77 ) in the north were the direct result of Federal violation of treaties and agreements. At issue was the one-sided violence against free roaming tribes that were trying to maintain their old way of life, at the heart of which was avoidance on intermingling with white men. Contrary to the expectations of the government, and indeed to most historical accounts, the Native Americans were winning on the battlefields with clear conceptions of strategy and tactics. They only laid down their arms when their reservation was secured on their homeland, thus providing their preferred living space and enabling them to continue their way of life in security. But white man perfidy and governmental double-cross were the order of the day. The Federal government found it intolerable that what it termed savages' should be able to determine their own future. Vicious attacks were initiated in order to stamp out tribalism, resulting in driving the US aboriginal population almost to extinction. Analysis of these events is discussed in light of the passing of the Dawes Act in 1887 that provided for breaking up the reservations to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 that gave a semblance of justice to Native Americans.

Historic Cape May, New Jersey - The Summer City by the Sea (Paperback): Emil R. Salvini Historic Cape May, New Jersey - The Summer City by the Sea (Paperback)
Emil R. Salvini
R456 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Cape May began as Cape May Island, where families journeyed to enjoy wide white beaches and gentle surf during the early nineteenth century. With the advent of steamships and railroads, the quiet village soon became America's first seaside resort town. Despite its charm and elegance, visitors slowed in the 1880s, as a series of mysterious fires claimed some of its most beloved structures. As the twentieth century dawned, Cape May's failure to modernize ultimately became its salvation. By the 1960s, visitors were once again flocking to this seaside destination to enjoy its quaint Victorian charm. Experience the elegant Chalfonte Hotel, stately Congress Hall and the classic Cape May Boardwalk with local historian Emil Salvini.

Historic Tales of Colonial Rhode Island - Aquidneck Island and the Founding of the Ocean State (Paperback): Richard V Simpson Historic Tales of Colonial Rhode Island - Aquidneck Island and the Founding of the Ocean State (Paperback)
Richard V Simpson
R464 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Roger Williams purchased the fertile Aquidneck Island from the Narragansett tribe in 1637. It was here that Anne Hutchinson, along with William Coddington and other colonists who had been banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, found shelter from persecution. The intrepid dissenters of Rhode Island Colony saw their community flourish with the founding of Portsmouth and Newport townships. The Battle of Rhode Island was the only clash between American colonials and the British on Rhode Island soil during the Revolutionary War. From the mercantile success of the Atlantic triangle trade routes to the establishment of the United States Navy, noted historian Richard V. Simpson brings these and other stories from the Ocean State to life. Join Simpson as he explores the landmarks and architecture of the period to discover the remnants of Rhode Island's colonial past.

Claremont (Paperback): Wayne L. McElreavy Claremont (Paperback)
Wayne L. McElreavy
R509 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Chartered by Gov. Benning Wentworth in 1764, Claremont received its name from the English estate of Claremont, home of the Earl of Clare. The town was known in early years for its fertile farmland along the Connecticut River, and mills sprang up along the Sugar River after the War of 1812 and following the formation of the Sunapee Dam Company. Numerous inventions by locals, such as John Tyler's iron turbine waterwheel, an important advance in harnessing waterpower, helped fuel Claremont's evolution from a farming community to a textile mill town. Albert Ball, whose patents included the diamond core drill, revolutionized the mining industry. Once known as the "Shopper's Town," Claremont enjoyed a period of prosperity as the industrial, commercial, and social center of western New Hampshire. Today, still reeling from the loss of industry in recent decades, Claremont is making steps to revitalize itself. The Monadnock Mills Revitalization Project, which brought the Common Man Inn & Restaurant to Claremont, and other projects are helping to once again make the community a travel destination.

Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit (Paperback): Dan Austin Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit (Paperback)
Dan Austin
R565 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R105 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Motor City. The City on the Strait. The Arsenal of Democracy. Detroit is the city that put the world on wheels. Once the fourth largest in the country, its streets were filled with bustling crowds and lined with breathtaking landmarks. Over the years, many of Detroit's most beautiful buildings--packed with marble, ornate metalwork, painted ceilings and glitz and glamour--have been reduced to dust. From the hallowed halls of Old City Hall to the floating majesty of steamships to the birthplace of the automotive industry, Dan Austin, author of Lost Detroit and creator of HistoricDetroit.org, recaptures stories and memories of a forgotten Detroit, giving readers a glimpse into some of the most stunning buildings this city has ever known.

Revolutionaries for the Right - Anticommunist Internationalism and Paramilitary Warfare in the Cold War (Hardcover): Kyle Burke Revolutionaries for the Right - Anticommunist Internationalism and Paramilitary Warfare in the Cold War (Hardcover)
Kyle Burke
R923 Discovery Miles 9 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Freedom fighters. Guerilla warriors. Soldiers of fortune. The many civil wars and rebellions against communist governments drew heavily from this cast of characters. Yet from Nicaragua to Afghanistan, Vietnam to Angola, Cuba to the Congo, the connections between these anticommunist groups have remained hazy and their coordination obscure. Yet as Kyle Burke reveals, these conflicts were the product of a rising movement that sought paramilitary action against communism worldwide. Tacking between the United States and many other countries, Burke offers an international history not only of the paramilitaries who started and waged small wars in the second half of the twentieth century but of conservatism in the Cold War era. From the start of the Cold War, Burke shows, leading U.S. conservatives and their allies abroad dreamed of an international anticommunist revolution. They pinned their hopes to armed men, freedom fighters who could unravel communist states from within. And so they fashioned a global network of activists and state officials, guerrillas and mercenaries, ex-spies and ex-soldiers to sponsor paramilitary campaigns in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Blurring the line between state-sanctioned and vigilante violence, this armed crusade helped radicalize right-wing groups in the United States while also generating new forms of privatized warfare abroad.

North Carolina and the War of 1812 (Paperback): Sarah McCulloh Lemmon North Carolina and the War of 1812 (Paperback)
Sarah McCulloh Lemmon
R210 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R40 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cedar City (Paperback): Jennifer Hunter Cedar City (Paperback)
Jennifer Hunter
R508 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Masculinity and Sexuality in Modern Mexico (Paperback, New): Victor Manuel Macias-Gonzalez, Anne Rubenstein Masculinity and Sexuality in Modern Mexico (Paperback, New)
Victor Manuel Macias-Gonzalez, Anne Rubenstein
R993 Discovery Miles 9 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Masculinity and Sexuality in Modern Mexico, historians and anthropologists explain how evolving notions of the meaning and practice of manhood have shaped Mexican history. In essays that range from Texas to Oaxaca and from the 1880s to the present, contributors write about file clerks and movie stars, wealthy world travelers and ordinary people whose adventures were confined to a bar in the middle of town. The Mexicans we meet in these essays lived out their identities through extraordinary events--committing terrible crimes, writing world-famous songs, and ruling the nation--but also in everyday activities like falling in love, raising families, getting dressed, and going to the movies. Thus, these essays in the history of masculinity connect the major topics of Mexican political history since 1880 to the history of daily life.

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