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George Washington's 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island (Paperback): Dr Joanne S Grasso George Washington's 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island (Paperback)
Dr Joanne S Grasso
R543 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R112 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Mind of a Patriot - Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas (Hardcover): Kevin J Hayes The Mind of a Patriot - Patrick Henry and the World of Ideas (Hardcover)
Kevin J Hayes
R583 R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"The Mind of a Patriot" presents an intellectual life of a major figure who has traditionally been seen as an anti-intellectual "child of nature." This was the view of Patrick Henry that William Wirt presented in his "Life of Henry, " and it has pervaded every biography since. Hayes presents a very different view of Henry. Starting with neglected pieces of evidence-the inventory of Henry's library-Hayes's unique perspective allows him to position Henry's life within the intellectual currents of the day. After the opening chapter, which shows how Thomas Jefferson's opinions of Henry influenced Wirt's depiction of him, the author traces Henry's life through his relationship with the world of books. Individual chapters examine Henry's education; his legal career; his use of books to improve his speaking style; his relationship to the antislavery movement; his use of books as a legislator, a farmer, and a father; and, ultimately, the place of books in his life during his waning years. In a lengthy appendix, Hayes reconstructs Henry's library, presenting a detailed catalogue of its contents.

Historic Tales of Michigan Up North (Paperback): D. Laurence Rogers Historic Tales of Michigan Up North (Paperback)
D. Laurence Rogers
R499 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R99 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
New Jersey Originals - Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters & More (Paperback): Linda J Barth New Jersey Originals - Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters & More (Paperback)
Linda J Barth
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Murder & Mayhem in the Highlands - Historic Crimes on the Jersey Shore (Paperback): John P King Murder & Mayhem in the Highlands - Historic Crimes on the Jersey Shore (Paperback)
John P King
R460 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Visitors gazing out over the Highlands of coastal New Jersey might never guess that these rolling hills have been a stage for mankind s darkest deeds. In his thrilling new book, "Murder & Mayhem in the Highlands," John King shines a spotlight on the region s violent history of kidnapping, murder, smuggling and extortion. From axe-wielding lunatics to killers who leave calling cards, King presents each case with the care of a criminal investigator, including details from coroners reports and witness testimonies.

In this sensational and gripping read, uncover the gritty history of the Highlands, where a suspicious death usually meant foul play and staying in a hotel might cost you your life.

Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience - The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion (Hardcover): Jack N Rakove Beyond Belief, Beyond Conscience - The Radical Significance of the Free Exercise of Religion (Hardcover)
Jack N Rakove
R537 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R106 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Classic Restaurants of Summit County (Paperback): Sharon A. Myers, Images Courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal--Summit Memory... Classic Restaurants of Summit County (Paperback)
Sharon A. Myers, Images Courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal--Summit Memory Project
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Remembering Old Charleston - Glimpses Behind Parlor Doors (Paperback): Margaret Middleton Rivers Eastman Remembering Old Charleston - Glimpses Behind Parlor Doors (Paperback)
Margaret Middleton Rivers Eastman
R414 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

These 'First Families' of Old Charleston- and others- are Lowcountry legends in their own right. Margaret Middleton Rivers Eastman takes readers behind parlor doors on a journey from the patrician historical area south of Broad Street to the luxurious Sea Island plantations in an unusual collection of treasured family traditions that span the colony's founding to the mid-twentieth century.

Ghosts of Atlanta - Phantoms of the Phoenix City (Paperback): Reese Christian Ghosts of Atlanta - Phantoms of the Phoenix City (Paperback)
Reese Christian
R458 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Drawing on her work with the Cold Case Investigative Research Institute at Bauder College and Ghost Hounds Paranormal Research Society, elite psychic medium and cold case researcher Reese Christian writes of the tragic past and the haunted present of Greater Atlanta. From Peachtree Street in the heart of downtown to the plantations and battlefields surrounding the city, join her in discovering the twisted histories of some of Atlanta's most infamous landmarks and forgotten moments.

A Vast Conspiracy - The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President (Paperback): Jeffrey Toobin A Vast Conspiracy - The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President (Paperback)
Jeffrey Toobin
R288 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R52 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The International Bestseller The definitive account of the Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandals, A Vast Conspiracy casts an insightful eye over the extraordinary ordeal that nearly brought down a president. First published a year after the infamous impeachment trial, Jeffrey Toobin's propulsive narrative captures the full arc of the Clinton sex scandals - from their beginnings in a Little Rock hotel to their culmination on the floor of the United States Senate with only the second vote on presidential removal in American history. Rich in character and fuelled with the high octane of a sensational legal thriller, A Vast Conspiracy has indelibly shaped our understanding of this disastrous moment in American political history.

Thomas Jefferson - Reputation and Legacy (Paperback): Francis D. Cogliano Thomas Jefferson - Reputation and Legacy (Paperback)
Francis D. Cogliano
R729 Discovery Miles 7 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"An exceptionally well-researched and persuasively written book that] asks who Jefferson was in new and exciting ways. This is a book that needed to be written, and, happily, is one that was undertaken by an exceedingly thorough, judicious, open-minded, and creative historian."--Andrew Burstein, University of Tulsa, author of "Jefferson's Secrets: Death and Desire at Monticello "

"Francis D. Cogliano's splendid book demonstrates that history is indeed an argument between past and present about the future. Offering formidable research deployed with grace and skill in the service of a powerful and well-crafted argument, this study will be essential reading. It illuminates in myriad ways the history that Jefferson made and historians' ongoing struggles to figure out what to make of Jefferson. Further, it enriches our understanding of the interactions between history and memory in American culture. It deserves a wide and enthusiastic readership, not just for the moment but for years to come."--R. B. Bernstein, New York Law School, author of "Thomas Jefferson "

"Thomas Jefferson continues to enthrall, excite, and enrage academics, students, and members of the American public. This book provides a useful study of Jefferson's construction of his own historical image, and the reconstructions of that image that have occurred over the past half-century."--Simon Newman, University of Glasgow

In "Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy " Francis D. Cogliano looks at both the impact Jefferson had on his historical moment and the considerable lengths to which he went to secure his legacy.

Beginning by locating Jefferson's ideas about history within the context of eighteenth-century historical thought, Cogliano then considers the efforts Jefferson made to shape the way the history of his life and times--which he thought crucial to the success of the republican experiment--would be written. The second half of the book reflects on the mixed results, from his time to the present, of Jefferson's efforts to shape historical writing, through his careful preservation of most of his personal and public papers, and through the institutions he left behind: his home, Monticello, and the University of Virginia. Engaging with recent scholarship's attention toward Jefferson's views on race, class, and gender, "Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy " is a must-read for anyone interested in Jefferson in his own time or the legacy he worked so hard to create.

Francis D. Cogliano is a Reader in History at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of "Revolutionary America, 1763-1815: A Political History. "

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Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau (Paperback): Robert Silbernagel Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau (Paperback)
Robert Silbernagel
R518 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Vice Capades - Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present (Hardcover): Mark Stein Vice Capades - Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present (Hardcover)
Mark Stein
R652 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R166 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From outlawing bowling in colonial America to regulating violent video games and synthetic drugs today, Mark Stein's Vice Capades examines the nation's relationship with the actions, attitudes, and antics that have defined morality. This humorous and quirky history reveals that our views of vice are formed not merely by morals but by power. While laws against nude dancing have become less restrictive, laws restricting sexual harassment have been enacted. While marijuana is no longer illegal everywhere, restrictive laws have been enacted against cigarettes. Stein examines this nation's inconsistent moral compass and how the powers-that-be in each era determine what is or is not deemed a vice. From the Puritans who founded Massachusetts with unyielding, biblically based laws to those modern purveyors of morality who currently campaign against video game violence, Vice Capades looks at the American history we all know from a fresh and exciting perspective and shows how vice has shaped our nation, sometimes without us even knowing it.

Around Gunnison and Crested Butte (Paperback): Duane Vandenbusche, Gunnison Pioneer Museum, Crested Butte Mountain Heritage... Around Gunnison and Crested Butte (Paperback)
Duane Vandenbusche, Gunnison Pioneer Museum, Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Western Slope towns of Gunnison and Crested Butte are defined by their placement in the Colorado Rockies. Both are located in alpine valleys surrounded by 14,000-foot-high peaks with sparkling mountain-fed streams, and both dominate the Gunnison country, a unique wilderness covering over 4,000 square miles. Beginning over 400 years ago, Native Americans, fur traders, explorers, miners, railroaders, and cattlemen all made a place for themselves in the area. Today Gunnison, Crested Butte, and the Gunnison country remain isolated and tranquil. Recreation, tourism, and cattle ranching now reign supreme as Gunnison and Crested Butte attempt to preserve their distinctly Western heritage.

Rails of War - Supplying the Americans and Their Allies in China-Burma-India (Hardcover): Steven James Hantzis Rails of War - Supplying the Americans and Their Allies in China-Burma-India (Hardcover)
Steven James Hantzis
R644 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R166 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Oppressive conditions, a thankless task, a theater of war long forgotten and barely even known at the time-nonetheless, as Rails of War demonstrates, without James Harry Hantzis and his fellow soldiers of the 721st Railway Operating Battalion, the Allied forces would have been defeated in the China-Burma-India conflict in World War II. Steven James Hantzis's father served alongside other GI railroaders in overcoming danger, disease, fire, and monsoons to move the weight of war in the China-Burma-India theater. Torn from their predictable working-class lives, the men of the 721st journeyed fifteen thousand miles to Bengal, India to do the impossible: build, maintain, and manage seven hundred miles of track through the most inhospitable environment imaginable. This remarkable story of the extraordinary men of the 721st includes the harrowing adventures of the Flying Tigers and Merrill's Marauders, the Siege of Myitkyina, detailed descriptions of grueling jungle operations, and much more as they move an entire army to win the war.

Ride the Devil's Herd - Wyatt Earp's Epic Battle Against the West's Biggest Outlaw Gang (Hardcover, Original... Ride the Devil's Herd - Wyatt Earp's Epic Battle Against the West's Biggest Outlaw Gang (Hardcover, Original ed.)
John Boessenecker
R713 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Tombstone - The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell (Hardcover): Tom Clavin Tombstone - The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell (Hardcover)
Tom Clavin
R710 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Wicked Vermont (Paperback): Thea Lewis Wicked Vermont (Paperback)
Thea Lewis
R512 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Frost/Nixon - Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews (Paperback): David Frost Frost/Nixon - Behind the Scenes of the Nixon Interviews (Paperback)
David Frost
R376 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R24 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Following the resounding success of the eponymous West End and Broadway hit play, "Frost/Nixon" tells the extraordinary story of how Sir David Frost pursued and landed the biggest fish of his career--and how the series drew larger audiences than any news interview ever had in the United States, before being shown all over the world.

This is Frost's absorbing story of his pursuit of Richard Nixon, and is no less revealing of his own toughness and pertinacity than of the ex-President's elusiveness. Frost's encounters with such figures as Swifty Lazar, Ron Ziegler, potential sponsors, and Nixon as negotiator are nothing short of hilarious, and his insight into the taping of the programs themselves is fascinating.

"Frost/Nixon" provides the authoritative account of the only public trial that Nixon would ever have, and a revelation of the man's character as it appeared in the stress of eleven grueling sessions before the cameras. Including historical perspective and transcripts of the edited interviews, this is the story of Sir David Frost's quest to produce one of the most dramatic pieces of television ever broadcast, described by commentators at the time as "a catharsis" for the American people.

Picturing Historic Person County (Paperback): Eddie Talbert, Edith Grey Picturing Historic Person County (Paperback)
Eddie Talbert, Edith Grey; Photographs by John W. Merritt
R475 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Tucked away from the bustle of nearby Raleigh and Durham, Person County, North Carolina, is an oasis of easygoing Southern charm. The photography of John Wesley Merritt, shutterbug and lifelong Roxboro resident, brilliantly captures the spirit of this idyllic setting as it was in the 1940s and 1950s.

Producing a vivid portrait of a bygone era, Merritt had the rare talent of preserving a whole way of life through the details he recorded on film from streets and shops to fields and farm stands. Captions and essays by Eddie Talbert reveal what the photographs do not. Hard times and good times, historic facts and interesting details are all collected here in a unique edition that celebrates a cherished era in Person County's history.

University of Tennessee (Paperback): Aaron D. Purcell University of Tennessee (Paperback)
Aaron D. Purcell
R511 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1794, two years before Tennessee became a state, the legislature of the Southwest Territory chartered Blount College in Knoxville as one of the first three colleges established west of the Appalachian Mountains. In 1807, the school changed its name to East Tennessee College. The school relocated to a 40-acre tract, known today as the Hill, in 1828 and was renamed East Tennessee University in 1840. The Civil War literally shut down the university. Students and faculty were recruited to serve on battlefields, and troops used campus facilities as hospitals and barracks. In 1869, East Tennessee University became the states land-grant institution under the auspices of the 1862 Morrill Act. In 1879, the state legislature changed the name of the institution to the University of Tennessee. By the early 20th century, the university admitted women, hosted teacher institutes, and constructed new buildings. Since that time, the University of Tennessee has established campuses and programs across the state. Today, in addition to a rich sports tradition, the University of Tennessee provides Tennesseans with unparalleled opportunities.

Sacramento Beer - A Craft History (Paperback): Justin Chechourka Sacramento Beer - A Craft History (Paperback)
Justin Chechourka; Foreword by Daniel Moffatt - Fountainhead Brewing Company
R518 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cape Cod Curiosities - Jeremiah's Gutter, the Historian Who Flew as Santa, Pukwudgies and More (Paperback): Robin... Cape Cod Curiosities - Jeremiah's Gutter, the Historian Who Flew as Santa, Pukwudgies and More (Paperback)
Robin Smith-Johnson
R506 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Brockton Tragedy at Moosehead Lake (Paperback): James E. Benson, Nicole B Casper The Brockton Tragedy at Moosehead Lake (Paperback)
James E. Benson, Nicole B Casper; Foreword by Colonel Joel T Wilkinson Maine Warden Service
R506 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Art Deco Tulsa (Paperback): Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis Art Deco Tulsa (Paperback)
Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis; Photographs by Sam Joyner; Foreword by Michael Wallis
R512 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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