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Lift Your Spirits - A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans (Hardcover): Elizabeth M. Williams, Chris... Lift Your Spirits - A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans (Hardcover)
Elizabeth M. Williams, Chris McMillian, Dale DeGroff
R494 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R82 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Sazerac, the Hurricane, and the absinthe glass of Herbsaint are among the many well-known creations native to New Orleans's longstanding drinking culture. But more than vehicles for alcohol, the cocktails and spirits that complement the city's culinary prowess are each a token of its history. In every bar-side toast or street-corner daiquiri you can find evidence of the people, politics, and convergence of ethnicities that drive the story of the Crescent City. In Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans, Elizabeth M. Williams, founder and director of the Southern Food and Beverage Institute, and world-renowned bartender Chris McMillian illuminate the city's open embrace of alcohol, both in religious and secular life, while delving into the myths, traditions, and personalities that have made New Orleans a destination for imbibing tourists and a mecca for mixologists. With over 40 cocktail recipes interspersed among nearly three hundred years of history, a sampling of premier cocktail bars in New Orleans, and a glossary of terms to aid drink making and mixing, Lift Your Spirits honors the art of a good drink in the city of good times.

Beyond Blue Skies - The Rocket Plane Programs That Led to the Space Age (Hardcover): Chris Petty Beyond Blue Skies - The Rocket Plane Programs That Led to the Space Age (Hardcover)
Chris Petty; Foreword by Dennis R. Jenkins
R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 1945 some experts still considered the so-called sound barrier an impenetrable wall, while winged rocket planes remained largely relegated to science fiction. But soon a series of unique rocket-powered research aircraft and the dedicated individuals who built, maintained, and flew them began to push the boundaries of flight in aviation's quest to move ever higher, ever faster, toward the unknown. Beyond Blue Skies examines the thirty-year period after World War II during which aviation experienced an unprecedented era of progress that led the United States to the boundaries of outer space. Between 1946 and 1975, an ancient dry lakebed in California's High Desert played host to a series of rocket-powered research aircraft built to investigate the outer reaches of flight. The western Mojave's Rogers Dry Lake became home to Edwards Air Force Base, NASA's Flight Research Center, and an elite cadre of test pilots. Although one of them-Chuck Yeager-would rank among the most famous names in history, most who flew there during those years played their parts away from public view. The risks they routinely accepted were every bit as real as those facing NASA's astronauts, but no magazine stories or free Corvettes awaited them-just long days in a close-knit community in the High Desert. The role of not only the test pilots but the engineers, aerodynamicists, and support staff in making supersonic flight possible has been widely overlooked. Beyond Blue Skies charts the triumphs and tragedies of the rocket-plane era and the unsung efforts of the men and women who made amazing achievements possible.

Nana's Creole Italian Table - Recipes and Stories from Sicilian New Orleans (Hardcover): Elizabeth M. Williams, Cynthia... Nana's Creole Italian Table - Recipes and Stories from Sicilian New Orleans (Hardcover)
Elizabeth M. Williams, Cynthia Lejeune Nobles
R679 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R115 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From meatball po'boys to Creole red gravy, the influence of Sicilian foodways permeates New Orleans, one of America's greatest food cities. Nana's Creole Italian Table tells the story of those immigrants and their communities through the lens of food, exploring the ways traditional Sicilian dishes such as pasta and olive salad became a part of-and were in turn changed by-the existing food culture in New Orleans. Sicilian immigrants-Elizabeth M. Williams's family among them-came to New Orleans in droves in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, fleeing the instability of their own country and hoping to make a new home in America. This cookbook shares Williams's traditional family recipes, with variations that reveal the evolution and blending of Sicilian and Creole cuisines. Baked into every recipe is the history of Sicilian American culture as it has changed over the centuries, allowing each new generation to incorporate its own foodways and ever-evolving tastes.

In a Narrow Grave - Essays on Texas (Paperback): Larry McMurtry In a Narrow Grave - Essays on Texas (Paperback)
Larry McMurtry
R396 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R57 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Before embarking on what would become one of the most prominent writing careers in American literature, spanning decades and indelibly shaping the nation's perception of the West, Larry McMurtry knew what it meant to come from Texas. Originally published in 1968, In a Narrow Grave is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's homage to the past and present of the Lone Star State, where he grew up a precociously observant hand on his father's ranch. From literature to rodeos, small-town folk to big city intellectuals, McMurtry explores all the singular elements that define his land and community, revealing the surprising and particular challenges in the "dying . . . rural, pastoral way of life." "The gold standard for understanding Houston's brash rootlessness and civic insecurities" (Douglas Brinkley, New York Times Book Review), In a Narrow Grave offers a timeless portrait of the vividly human, complex, full-blooded Texan.

Black Marxism - The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Cedric J. Robinson Black Marxism - The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Cedric J. Robinson; Foreword by Robin D.G. Kelley; Preface by Tiffany Wiloughby-Herard
R792 Discovery Miles 7 920 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this ambitious work, first published in 1983, Cedric Robinson demonstrates that efforts to understand Black people's history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete and inaccurate. Marxist analyses tend to presuppose European models of history and experience that downplay the significance of Black people and Black communities as agents of change and resistance. Black radicalism, Robinson argues, must be linked to the traditions of Africa and the unique experiences of Blacks on western continents, and any analyses of African American history need to acknowledge this. To illustrate his argument, Robinson traces the emergence of Marxist ideology in Europe, the resistance by Blacks in historically oppressive environments, and the influence of both of these traditions on such important twentieth-century Black radical thinkers as W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James, and Richard Wright. This revised and updated third edition includes a new preface by Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, and a new foreword by Robin D. G. Kelley. Not for Sale in the UK or Commonwealth

The Voice of the Dawn - An Autohistory of the Abenaki Nation (Paperback): Frederick Matth Wiseman The Voice of the Dawn - An Autohistory of the Abenaki Nation (Paperback)
Frederick Matth Wiseman
R564 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R89 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

" My] story is a sash woven of many strands of language. The first strand is the remembered wisdom of the Abenaki community. The second strand is our history and that of our relatives, written down by European, Native American, and Euroamerican observers. The third strand is what our Mother the Earth has revealed to us through the studies and writings of those who delve in her, the archaeologists and paleoecologists. The fourth strand is my own family history and its stories. The fifth strand is, of course, that which has come to me alone, stories which I create with my own beliefs and visions."
So begins the first book about Abenaki history and culture written from the inside. Frederick Matthew Wiseman's extensive research and personal engagement breathe life into Voice of the Dawn, making it truly unique. Colin Calloway, Chair of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, writes, "Going beyond all previous works on the Abenakis, Wiseman draws on family and community knowledge in a way that none of those authors could, speaks from an avowedly Abenaki perspective, and addresses aspects and issues ignored in other works. Moreover, no one that I know of has done as much work in locating and regathering items of Western Abenaki material culture. The quality and quantity of illustrations alone make this an attractive book, as well as a valuable visual record of change and persistence over time. As someone personally and pivotally involved in the Abenaki renaissance, Wiseman brings the story up to date without closing it."

After the Fall - The Rise of Authoritarianism in the World We've Made (Paperback): Ben Rhodes After the Fall - The Rise of Authoritarianism in the World We've Made (Paperback)
Ben Rhodes
R356 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R130 (37%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Jimmy the King - Murder, Vice, and the Reign of a Dirty Cop (Hardcover): Gus Garcia-Roberts Jimmy the King - Murder, Vice, and the Reign of a Dirty Cop (Hardcover)
Gus Garcia-Roberts
R685 R574 Discovery Miles 5 740 Save R111 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Huguenot Family of Pierre Peter Poitevint - His Ascendants and Descendants from France to the Carolinas and Beyond... The Huguenot Family of Pierre Peter Poitevint - His Ascendants and Descendants from France to the Carolinas and Beyond (Hardcover)
Charlet Poitevint Grace; Edited by Bonnie L Bailey-Arden
R978 R811 Discovery Miles 8 110 Save R167 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of Arizona (Paperback): W. C Jameson Lost Mines and Buried Treasures of Arizona (Paperback)
W. C Jameson
R533 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R90 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Arizona's history is liberally seasoned with legends of lost mines, buried treasures, and significant deposits of gold and silver. The famous Lost Dutchman Mine has lured treasure hunters for over a century into the remote, treacherous, and reportedly cursed Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. Gold and silver bars discovered in Huachuca Canyon by a soldier stationed at nearby Fort Huachuca just before World War II remain inaccessible despite years of laborious attempts at recovery. Outside the town of Yucca, bandits eager to make a fast getaway buried a strongbox filled with gold, unaware they wouldn't survive the pursuit of a law-enforcing posse to recover their plunder. And somewhere in the Little Horn Mountains northeast of Yuma lies an elusive wash containing hundreds of odd gold-filled rocks. Selected from hundreds of tales passed down from generation to generation since the days of the gold-seeking Spanish explorers, the tales included here are among the most compelling that Arizona has to offer.

Hidden History of East Texas (Paperback): Tex Midkiff Hidden History of East Texas (Paperback)
Tex Midkiff
R481 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R78 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Circle of Treason - A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed (Paperback): Sandra Grimes, Jeanne... Circle of Treason - A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed (Paperback)
Sandra Grimes, Jeanne Vertefeuille
R525 R441 Discovery Miles 4 410 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

While there have been other books about Aldrich Ames, Circle of Treason is the first account written by CIA agents who were key members of the CIA team that conducted the intense "Ames Mole Hunt." Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille were two of the five principals of the CIA team tasked with hunting one of their own and were directly responsible for identifying Ames as the mole, leading to his arrest and conviction. One of the most destructive traitors in American history, CIA officer Aldrich Ames provided information to the Soviet Union that contributed to the deaths of at least ten Soviet intelligence officers who spied for the United States. In this book, the two CIA officers directly responsible for tracking down Ames chronicle their involvement in the hunt for a mole. Considering it their personal mission, Grimes and Vertefeuille dedicated themselves to identifying the traitor responsible for the execution or imprisonment of the Soviet agents with whom they worked. Their efforts eventually led them to a long-time acquaintance and coworker in the CIA's Soviet-East European division and Counterintelligence Center, Aldrich Ames. Not only is this the first book to be written by the CIA principals involved, but it is also the first to provide details of the operational contact with the agents Ames betrayed. The book covers the political aftermath of Ames's arrest, including the Congressional wrath for not identifying him sooner, the FBI/CIA debriefings following Ames's plea bargain, and a retrospective of Ames the person and Ames the spy. It is also the compelling story of two female agents, who overcame gender barriers and succeeded in bringing Ames to justice in a historically male-oriented organization. Now retired from the CIA, Grimes and Vertefeuille are finally able to tell this inside story of the CIA's most notorious traitor and the men he betrayed.

Chasing Me to My Grave - An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South (Hardcover): Winfred Rembert, Erin I Kelly Chasing Me to My Grave - An Artist's Memoir of the Jim Crow South (Hardcover)
Winfred Rembert, Erin I Kelly; Foreword by Bryan Stevenson
R775 R659 Discovery Miles 6 590 Save R116 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
First Peoples in a New World - Populating Ice Age America (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): David J. Meltzer First Peoples in a New World - Populating Ice Age America (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
David J. Meltzer
R838 Discovery Miles 8 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Over 15,000 years ago, a band of hunter-gatherers became the first people to set foot in the Americas. They soon found themselves in a world rich in plants and animals, but also a world still shivering itself out of the coldest depths of the Ice Age. The movement of those first Americans was one of the greatest journeys undertaken by ancient peoples. In this book, David Meltzer explores the world of Ice Age Americans, highlighting genetic, archaeological, and geological evidence that has revolutionized our understanding of their origins, antiquity, and adaptation to climate and environmental change. This fully updated edition integrates the most recent scientific discoveries, including the ancient genome revolution and human evolutionary and population history. Written for a broad audience, the book can serve as the primary text in courses on North American Archaeology, Ice Age Environments, and Human evolution and prehistory.

The Lost Southern Chefs - A History of Commercial Dining in the Nineteenth-Century South (Paperback): Robert F Moss The Lost Southern Chefs - A History of Commercial Dining in the Nineteenth-Century South (Paperback)
Robert F Moss
R618 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R105 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In recent years, food writers and historians have begun to retell the story of southern food. Heirloom ingredients and traditional recipes have been rediscovered, the foundational role that African Americans played in the evolution of southern cuisine is coming to be recognized, and writers are finally clearing away the cobwebs of romantic myth that have long distorted the picture. The story of southern dining, however, remains incomplete. The Lost Southern Chefs begins to fill that niche by charting the evolution of commercial dining in the nineteenth-century South. Robert F. Moss punctures long-accepted notions that dining outside the home was universally poor, arguing that what we would today call "fine dining" flourished throughout the region as its towns and cities grew. Moss describes the economic forces and technological advances that revolutionized public dining, reshaped commercial pantries, and gave southerners who loved to eat a wealth of restaurants, hotel dining rooms, oyster houses, confectionery stores, and saloons. Most important, Moss tells the forgotten stories of the people who drove this culinary revolution. These men and women fully embodied the title "chef," as they were the chiefs of their kitchens, directing large staffs, staging elaborate events for hundreds of guests, and establishing supply chains for the very best ingredients from across the expanding nation. Many were African Americans or recent immigrants from Europe, and they achieved culinary success despite great barriers and social challenges. These chefs and entrepreneurs became embroiled in the pitched political battles of Reconstruction and Jim Crow, and then their names were all but erased from history.

The First Kennedys - The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty (Hardcover): Neal Thompson The First Kennedys - The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty (Hardcover)
Neal Thompson
R529 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R128 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Based on genealogical breakthroughs and previously unreleased records, this is the first book to explore the inspiring story of the poor Irish refugee couple who escaped famine, created a life together in a city hostile to Irish, immigrants, and Catholics, and launched the Kennedy dynasty in America. Their Irish ancestry was a hallmark of the Kennedys' initial political profile, as JFK leveraged his working-class roots to connect with blue-collar voters. Today, we remember this iconic American family as the vanguard of wealth, power, and style rather than as the descendants of poor immigrants. Here at last, we meet the first American Kennedys, Patrick and Bridget, who arrived as many thousands of others did following the Great Famine-penniless and hungry. Less than a decade after their marriage in Boston, Patrick's sudden death left Bridget to raise their children single-handedly. Her rise from housemaid to shop owner in the face of rampant poverty and discrimination kept her family intact, allowing her only son P.J. to become a successful saloon owner and businessman. P.J. went on to become the first American Kennedy elected to public office-the first of many. Written by the grandson of an Irish immigrant couple and based on first-ever access to P.J. Kennedy's private papers, The First Kennedys is a story of sacrifice and survival, resistance and reinvention: an American story.

Our National Monuments - America's Hidden Gems (Hardcover): Q. T. Luong Our National Monuments - America's Hidden Gems (Hardcover)
Q. T. Luong; Foreword by Sally Jewell; Contributions by Ian Shive
R1,473 R1,228 Discovery Miles 12 280 Save R245 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
New Orleans Architecture - Volume IX: Carrollton (Hardcover): Robert J Cangelosi Jr New Orleans Architecture - Volume IX: Carrollton (Hardcover)
Robert J Cangelosi Jr
R1,303 R1,033 Discovery Miles 10 330 Save R270 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An essential reference guide to one of New Orleans's most iconic Uptown neighborhoods, New Orleans Architecture: Volume IX documents the remarkable architectural history of the former city of Carrollton, once the seat of Jefferson Parish and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Following the format of previous volumes in the series, Robert J. Cangelosi Jr. divides the study into three sections. He begins in the early eighteenth century by chronicling the area's development as one of the many upriver communities just west of New Orleans. Its fields and plantations afforded early homesteaders tillable farmland and easy access to the Mississippi River. Later, during the War of 1812, American troops led by William Carroll encamped there, and the area was subsequently named for the general. In 1831, developers purchased the land, subdivided it, and began construction of a road and a canal linking the area to New Orleans. Local officials reorganized Carrollton in 1845 - by then a village of about 1,000 residents - as a town in Jefferson Parish, and in 1859 a charter officially incorporated it as a city. Just fifteen years later, the City of New Orleans annexed Carrollton - now replete with schools, public gardens, and brick-paved streets - as the Seventh Municipal District. The volume's second section consists of a ""Building Index,"" which gives the original owners, dates of construction, costs, designers, and builders for many of the structures erected in Carrollton since its founding. In the ""Selective Architectural Inventory,"" the book's final section, Cangelosi explores the history of nearly 420 historic homes and buildings in Carrollton, and shares thumbnail photographs, detailed sales records, and information on a variety of architectural styles. New Orleans Architecture: Volume IX serves as a valuable resource for the city's Historic District Landmark Commission and the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as home owners, real estate agents, guides, historians, and tourists.

The Last Sovereigns - Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Free Lakotas (Hardcover): Robert M. Utley The Last Sovereigns - Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Free Lakotas (Hardcover)
Robert M. Utley
R559 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R89 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Last Sovereigns is the story of how Sioux chief Sitting Bull resisted the white man's ways as a last best hope for the survival of an indigenous way of life on the Great Plains-a nomadic life based on buffalo and indigenous plants scattered across the Sioux's historical territories-that was sacred to him and his people. Robert M. Utley explores the final four years of Sitting Bull's life of freedom, from 1877 to 1881. To escape American vengeance for his assumed role in the annihilation of Gen. George Armstrong Custer's command at the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull led his Hunkpapa following into Canada. There he and his people interacted with the North-West Mounted Police, in particular Maj. James M. Walsh. The Mounties welcomed the Lakota and permitted them to remain if they promised to abide by the laws and rules of Queen Victoria, the White Mother. But the Canadian government wanted the Indians to return to their homeland and the police made every effort to persuade them to leave. They were aided by the diminishing herds of buffalo on which the Indians relied for sustenance and by the aggressions of Canadian Native groups that also relied on the buffalo. Sitting Bull and his people endured hostility, tragedy, heartache, indecision, uncertainty, and starvation and responded with stubborn resistance to the loss of their freedom and way of life. In the end, starvation doomed their sovereignty. This is their story.

TVA and the Dispossessed - The Resettlement of Population in the Norris Dam Area (Paperback): Michael J McDonald TVA and the Dispossessed - The Resettlement of Population in the Norris Dam Area (Paperback)
Michael J McDonald
R759 Discovery Miles 7 590 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Undaunted Courage - The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier (Paperback, Reissue): Stephen E.... Undaunted Courage - The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier (Paperback, Reissue)
Stephen E. Ambrose 1
R243 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R42 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'This was much more than a bunch of guys out on an exploring and collecting expedition. This was a military expedition into hostile territory'. In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a pioneering voyage across the Great Plains and into the Rockies. It was completely uncharted territory; a wild, vast land ruled by the Indians. Charismatic and brave, Lewis was the perfect choice and he experienced the savage North American continent before any other white man. UNDAUNTED COURAGE is the tale of a hero, but it is also a tragedy. Lewis may have received a hero's welcome on his return to Washington in 1806, but his discoveries did not match the president's fantasies of sweeping, fertile plains ripe for the taking. Feeling the expedition had been a failure, Lewis took to drink and piled up debts. Full of colourful characters - Jefferson, the president obsessed with conquering the west; William Clark, the rugged frontiersman; Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition; Drouillard, the French-Indian hunter - this is one of the great adventure stories of all time and it shot to the top of the US bestseller charts. Drama, suspense, danger and diplomacy combine with romance and personal tragedy making UNDAUNTED COURAGE an outstanding work of scholarship and a thrilling adventure.

Winter in America - A Cultural History of Neoliberalism, from the Sixties to the Reagan Revolution (Paperback): Daniel Robert... Winter in America - A Cultural History of Neoliberalism, from the Sixties to the Reagan Revolution (Paperback)
Daniel Robert Mcclure
R898 Discovery Miles 8 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Neoliberalism took shape in the 1930s and 1940s as a transnational political philosophy and system of economic, political, and cultural relations. Resting on the fundamental premise that the free market should be unfettered by government intrusion, neoliberal policies have primarily redirected the state's prerogatives away from the postwar Keynesian welfare system and toward the insulation of finance and corporate America from democratic pressure. As neoliberal ideas gained political currency in the 1960s and 1970s, a reactionary cultural turn catalyzed their ascension. The cinema, music, magazine culture, and current events discourse of the 1970s provided the space of negotiation permitting these ideas to take hold and be challenged. Daniel Robert McClure's book follows the interaction between culture and economics during the transition from Keynesianism in the mid-1960s to the triumph of neoliberalism at the dawn of the 1980s. From the 1965 debate between William F. Buckley and James Baldwin, through the pages of BusinessWeek and Playboy, to the rise of exploitation cinema in the 1970s, McClure tracks the increasingly shared perception by white males that they had "lost" their long-standing rights and that a great neoliberal reckoning might restore America's repressive racial, sexual, gendered, and classed foundations in the wake of the 1960s.

American Intellectual History: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen American Intellectual History: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
R225 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R38 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Long before the United States was a nation, it was a set of ideas, projected onto the New World by European explorers with centuries of belief and thought in tow. From this foundation of expectation and experience, America and American thought grew in turn, enriched by the bounties of the Enlightenment, the philosophies of liberty and individuality, the tenets of religion, and the doctrines of republicanism and democracy. Crucial to this development were the thinkers who nurtured it, from Thomas Jefferson to Ralph Waldo Emerson, W.E.B. Du Bois to Jane Addams, and Betty Friedan to Richard Rorty. This addition to Oxford's Very Short Introductions series traces how Americans have addressed the issues and events of their time and place, whether it is the Civil War, the Great Depression, or the culture wars of today. Spanning a variety of disciplines, from religion, philosophy, and political thought, to cultural criticism, social theory, and the arts, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen shows how ideas have been major forces in American history, driving movements such as transcendentalism, Social Darwinism, conservatism, and postmodernism. In engaging and accessible prose, this introduction to American thought considers how notions about freedom and belonging, the market and morality - and even truth - have commanded generations of Americans and been the cause of fierce debate.

A Deserving Brother - George Washington and Freemasonry (Hardcover): Mark A. Tabbert A Deserving Brother - George Washington and Freemasonry (Hardcover)
Mark A. Tabbert
R801 R660 Discovery Miles 6 600 Save R141 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Like several of America's founding fathers, George Washington was a Freemason. Yet Washington's ties to the fraternity and the role it played in his life have never been widely researched or understood. In A Deserving Brother, Mark Tabbert presents a complete story of Washington's known association with Freemasonry. Much more than a conventional history, this book has curated an exhibition of artifacts and episodes to fully contextualize our first president's Masonic life and experiences. Consulting the Library of Congress, Mount Vernon, the Boston Athenaeum, and numerous private Masonic lodges, libraries, and museums, Tabbert chronicles all known instances of Washington's association with Freemasons, confirming some existing knowledge, adding new insights, and debunking unsubstantiated myths. The record of Washington's Masonic ties is presented through contextualizing descriptions and color illustrations, ranging from lodge minute books recording Washington's attendance, to his Washington's Masonic aprons, from the tools used at the U.S. Capitol cornerstone ceremony to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts's gold urn, made by Paul Revere, containing a lock of Washington's hair. A Deserving Brother documents the significance of Freemasonry in Washington's life and career in a way that separates fact from fiction and will satisfy both historians and general readers, including today's Freemasons.

The Male Chauvinist Pig - A History (Paperback): Julie Willett The Male Chauvinist Pig - A History (Paperback)
Julie Willett
R579 Discovery Miles 5 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, a series of stock characters emerged to define and bolster white masculinity. Alongside such caricatures as "the Playboy" and "the Redneck" came a new creation: "the Male Chauvinist Pig." Coined by second-wave feminists as an insult, the Male Chauvinist Pig was largely defined by an anti-feminism that manifested in boorish sexist jokes. But the epithet backfired: being a sexist pig quickly transformed into a badge of honor worn proudly by misogynists, and, in time, it would come to define a strain of right-wing politics. Historian Julie Willett tracks the ways in which the sexist pig was sanitized by racism, popularized by consumer culture, weaponized to demean feminists, and politicized to mobilize libertine sexists to adopt reactionary politics. Mapping out a trajectory that links the sexist buffoonery of Bobby Riggs in the 1970s, the popularity of Rush Limbaugh's screeds against "Feminazis" in the 1990s, and the present day misogyny underpinning Trumpism, Willett makes a case for the potency of this seemingly laughable cultural symbol, showing what can happen when we neglect or trivialize the political power of humor.

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