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Closest Companion - The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley (Paperback):... Closest Companion - The Unknown Story of the Intimate Friendship Between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley (Paperback)
Geoffrey C Ward
R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For the first time in paperback, the highly acclaimed, remarkably intimate, and surprisingly revealing secret diary of the woman who spent more private time with FDR than any other person during his years in the White house. At once a love story and a major contribution to history, it offers dramatic new insights into FDR--both the man and the president.
- Bestselling author: Geoffrey C. Ward is an award-winning biographer of FDR and the bestselling coauthor of many books with Ken Burns, including The Civil War and Baseball.
- Widely acclaimed: "A fascinating, very personal view of the man and his life" (USA TODAY). "A remarkable portrait" (The Washington Post). "A new mirror on Roosevelt" (The New York Times). "engrossing" (The New York Review of Books).
- Intimate portrait of a president: FDR trusted Margaret "Daisy" Suckley completely--she was allowed to photograph him in his wheelchair, was privy to wartime secrets, and documented his failing health in great detail.
- Major contribution to history: Daisy's diary offers unique insights into FDR's relationship with Winston Churchill and other wartime leaders, his decision to run for an unprecedented fourth term, and his hopes for the postwar world.

The Vietnam War - An Intimate History (Paperback): Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns The Vietnam War - An Intimate History (Paperback)
Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns 1
R350 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R70 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

**The New York Times Bestseller**

**The book of the landmark documentary, The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick**

The definitive work on the Vietnam War, the conflict that came to define a generation, told from all sides by those who were there.

More than forty years after the Vietnam War ended, its legacy continues to fascinate, horrify and inform us. As the first war to be fought in front of TV cameras and beamed around the world, it has been immortalised on film and on the page, and forever changed the way we think about war.

Drawing on hundreds of brand new interviews, Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward have created the definitive work on Vietnam. It is the first book to show us the war from every perspective: from idealistic US Marines and the families they left behind to the Vietnamese civilians, both North and South, whose homeland was changed for ever; politicians, POWs and anti-war protesters; and the photographers and journalists who risked their lives to tell the truth. The book sends us into the grit and chaos of combat, while also expertly outlining the complex chain of political events that led America to Vietnam.

Beautifully written, this essential work tells the full story without taking sides and reminds us that there is no single truth in war. It is set to redefine our understanding of a brutal conflict, to launch provocative new debates and to shed fresh light on the price paid in ‘blood and bone’ by Vietnamese and Americans alike.

The War (Paperback): Ken Burns, Geoffrey C Ward The War (Paperback)
Ken Burns, Geoffrey C Ward
R751 R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Save R73 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced--and helped to win--the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.
Focusing on the citizens of four towns--Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama--"The War" follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps--but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together while their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.
Enriched by maps and hundreds of photographs, including many never published before, this is an intimate, profoundly affecting chronicle of the war that shaped our world.

The Vietnam War (Hardcover): Ken Burns, Geoffrey C Ward The Vietnam War (Hardcover)
Ken Burns, Geoffrey C Ward
R1,519 R926 Discovery Miles 9 260 Save R593 (39%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Baseball - An Illustrated History, Including the Tenth Inning (Paperback, Updated ed.): Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns, Kevin Baker Baseball - An Illustrated History, Including the Tenth Inning (Paperback, Updated ed.)
Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns, Kevin Baker
R1,096 R1,009 Discovery Miles 10 090 Save R87 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The acclaimed nationwide best seller and companion volume to Ken Burns's grand-slam PBS documentary--updated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part "Tenth Inning" that lokos back on the age of steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, and so much more.
With a narrative by Geoffrey C. Ward, a preface to the new edition by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, a new chapter by Kevin Baker, and an introduction by Roger Angell
Essays by Thomas Boswell, Robert W. Creamer, Gerald Early, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bill James, David Lamb, Daniel Okrent, John Thorn, George F. Will
And featuring an interview with Buck O'Neil

Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Hardcover): Geoffrey C Ward Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Hardcover)
Geoffrey C Ward
R830 Discovery Miles 8 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Jazz - A History of America's Music (Paperback): Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns Jazz - A History of America's Music (Paperback)
Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns
R1,164 R1,062 Discovery Miles 10 620 Save R102 (9%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The companion volume to the ten-part PBS TV series by the team responsible for
The Civil War and Baseball.

Continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed works, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music—jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans but played from the beginning by musicians of every color, jazz celebrates all Americans at their best.

Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music: Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into a soloist's art and influenced every singer, every instrumentalist who came after him; Duke Ellington, the pampered son of middle-class parents who turned a whole orchestra into his personal instrument, wrote nearly two thousand pieces for it, and captured more of American life than any other composer. Bix Beiderbecke, the doomed cornet prodigy who showed white musicians that they too could make an important contribution to the music; Benny Goodman, the immigrants' son who learned the clarinet to help feed his family, but who grew up to teach a whole country how to dance; Billie Holiday, whose distinctive style routinely transformed mediocre music into great art; Charlie Parker, who helped lead a musical revolution, only to destroy himself at thirty-four; and Miles Davis, whose search for fresh ways to sound made him the most influential jazz musician of his generation, and then led him to abandon jazz altogether. Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Artie Shaw, and Ella Fitzgerald are all here; so are Sidney Bechet, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and a host of others.

But Jazz is more than mere biography. The history of the music echoes the history of twentieth-century America. Jazz provided the background for the giddy era that F. Scott Fitzgerald called the Jazz Age. The irresistible pulse of big-band swing lifted the spirits and boosted American morale during the Great Depression and World War II. The virtuosic, demanding style called bebop mirrored the stepped-up pace and dislocation that came with peace. During the Cold War era, jazz served as a propaganda weapon—and forged links with the burgeoning counterculture. The story of jazz encompasses the story of American courtship and show business; the epic growth of great cities—New Orleans and Chicago, Kansas City and New York—and the struggle for civil rights and simple justice that continues into the new millennium.

Visually stunning, with more than five hundred photographs, some never before published, this book, like the music it chronicles, is an exploration—and a celebration—of the American experiment.


From the Hardcover edition.

The Civil War (Paperback, 1st Vintage Civil War Library ed): Geoffrey C Ward The Civil War (Paperback, 1st Vintage Civil War Library ed)
Geoffrey C Ward
R370 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The complete text of the bestselling narrative history of the Civil War--based on the celebrated PBS television series. This non-illustrated edition interweaves the author's narrative with the voices of the men and women who lived through that cataclysmic trail of our nationhood, from Abraham Lincoln to ordinary foot soldiers. Includes essays by distinguished historians of the era.

Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Hardcover): Geoffrey C Ward Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Hardcover)
Geoffrey C Ward
R1,045 R825 Discovery Miles 8 250 Save R220 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Hardcover): Geoffrey C Ward Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Hardcover)
Geoffrey C Ward
R829 Discovery Miles 8 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Paperback): Geoffrey C Ward Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Paperback)
Geoffrey C Ward
R711 R576 Discovery Miles 5 760 Save R135 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The West - An Illustrated History (Paperback, 1st Back Bay pbk. ed): Geoffrey C Ward The West - An Illustrated History (Paperback, 1st Back Bay pbk. ed)
Geoffrey C Ward
R460 R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Save R54 (12%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Shorn of the 400-plus images that illustrated the TV tie-in edition, the text of The West is an outstanding work of scholarly synthesis and a feat of storytelling. It is a book that will enthrall readers of popular history as well as students of the North American West. Essays by seven noted writers and historians, complement Geoffrey Wards compelling narrative.

Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Paperback): C.Ward Geoffrey C.Ward Before the Trumpet Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905 (Paperback)
C.Ward Geoffrey C.Ward
R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Out of stock
The West - An Illustrated History (Paperback, New ed): Geoffrey C Ward The West - An Illustrated History (Paperback, New ed)
Geoffrey C Ward
R251 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R50 (20%) Out of stock

This is the history of the American West as it really happened. The book focuses on the experiences of men and women - explorers, soldiers, Indian warriors, railroad builders, showmen, outlaws and others - who peopled the drama. Their lives are recounted in their own words through letters, diaries and memoirs, all illustrated.

The War - An Intimate History (Hardcover, New): Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns The War - An Intimate History (Hardcover, New)
Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns
R900 R688 Discovery Miles 6 880 Save R212 (24%) Out of stock

This title features history captured in the hearts and minds, words and deeds, of those who made history at its most essential level: on the battlefields and on the home-front of World War II. With more than 450 photographs, the book is the story of the war, told from the point of view of four American towns.

Baseball - An Illustrated History, Including the Tenth Inning (Hardcover, Updated ed.): Geoffrey C Ward Baseball - An Illustrated History, Including the Tenth Inning (Hardcover, Updated ed.)
Geoffrey C Ward
R1,809 R1,617 Discovery Miles 16 170 Save R192 (11%) Out of stock

The companion volume to Ken Burns's magnificent PBS television series--updated and expanded to coincide with the broadcast of a new, two-part "Tenth Inning," directed with Lynn Novick.
The authors of the acclaimed and best-selling "The Civil War," "Jazz," ""and" The War "turn to another uniquely American phenomenon: baseball. In words and pictures they provide a stunningly rich evocation of our beloved national pastime, a game woven inextricably into the fabric of our lives and our national memory.
Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns's moving and fascinating history of the game goes beyond stolen bases, double plays, and home runs to demonstrate how baseball has been influenced by, and has in turn influenced, American life: politics, race, labor, big business, advertising, social custom, literature, art, and morality. The book covers every milestone of the game: from the rules drawn up in 1845 by Alexander Cartwright to the American League's introduction of the designated hitter in 1973; from the founding of the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players in 1885 to the eight-month players' strike of 1994; from the 1924 Negro World Series (Kansas City Monarchs vs. Philadelphia Hilldales) to Jack Roosevelt Robinson's major-league debut in 1947; from the first curve ball in 1867 (pitched by Candy Cummings of the Brooklyn Excelsiors) to Nolan Ryan's seventh and last no-hitter in 1991. This new edition brings the authors' monumental work into the twenty-first century: steroids, home-run records, the rise of Latino players, the long-awaited Red Sox World Series victory, and so much more.
Nine essays by notable baseball enthusiasts, exploring their individual preoccupations with the game, complement this sweeping narrative. And a wealth of pictures document baseball's evolution since the mid-nineteenth century and bring to life its most memorable figures. Monumental, affecting, informative, entertaining, and sumptuously illustrated--"Baseball "is a book that speaks to all Americans.
With a narrative by Geoffrey C. Ward, a preface to the new edition by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, a new chapter by Kevin Baker, and an introduction by Roger Angell
Essays by Thomas Boswell - Robert W. Creamer - Gerald Early - Doris Kearns Goodwin - Bill James - David Lamb - Daniel Okrent - John Thorn - George F. Will
And featuring an interview with Buck O'Neil

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Hardcover): Ken Burns, Geoffrey C Ward The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Hardcover)
Ken Burns, Geoffrey C Ward
R1,080 R818 Discovery Miles 8 180 Save R262 (24%) Out of stock

An extraordinarily vivid and personal portrait of America's greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation-the tie-in volume to the PBS documentary to air in the fall of 2014.
This handsome, engaging, revelatory book is an "intimate" history of three extraordinary individuals from the same extraordinary family-Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Geoffrey C. Ward, distilling more than thirty years of thinking and writing about the Roosevelts, and the acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns help us understand for the first time that, despite the fierce partisanship of their eras and ours, the Roosevelts were far more united than divided. All the history the Roosevelts made is here, but this is primarily a book about human beings, each of whom somehow overcame obstacles that would have undone less forceful personalities, and all of whom wrestled in their lives with issues still familiar to the rest of us-anger and the need for forgiveness, courage and cowardice, confidence and self-doubt, loyalty to family and the need to be oneself. This is the story of the Roosevelts-no other American family ever touched so many lives.

Before the Trumpet - Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905 (Paperback): Geoffrey C Ward Before the Trumpet - Young Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1905 (Paperback)
Geoffrey C Ward
R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Out of stock

" "
Before Pearl Harbor, before polio and his entry into politics, FDR was a handsome, pampered, but strong-willed youth, the center of a rarefied world. In "Before the Trumpet, "the award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward transports the reader to that world--Hyde Park on the Hudson and Campobello Island, Groton and Harvard and the Continent--to recreate as never before the formative years of the man who would become the 20th century's greatest president. Here, drawn from thousands of original documents (many never previously published), is a richly-detailed, intimate biography, its central figure surrounded by a colorful cast that includes an opium smuggler and a pious headmaster; Franklin's distant cousin, Theodore and his remarkable mother, Sara; and the still-more remarkable young woman he wooed and won, his cousin Eleanor. This is a tale that would grip the reader even if its central character had not grown up to be FDR.

A Disposition to Be Rich - Ferdinand Ward, the Greatest Swindler of the Gilded Age (Paperback): Geoffrey C Ward A Disposition to Be Rich - Ferdinand Ward, the Greatest Swindler of the Gilded Age (Paperback)
Geoffrey C Ward
R381 Discovery Miles 3 810 Out of stock

A "New York Times" Notable Book
The compelling behind-the-scenes story of the greatest swindler of the Gilded Age, whose villainy bankrupted Ulysses S. Grant and stunned the world of finance--told by his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ferdinand Ward, the son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor, moved to New York at twenty-one and, in less than a decade, made himself the business partner of a former president and established himself as the "Young Napoleon of Finance." In truth, he was running a massive pyramid scheme. Drawing from thousands of family documents never before examined, Geoffrey C. Ward traces his great-grandfather's rapid rise to riches and fame, and his even more dizzying fall from grace, in a narrative populated with mistresses, crooked bankers, corrupt New York officials, and a desperate kidnapping scheme. Here is a great story about a classic American con artist.

Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (Paperback): Geoffrey C Ward Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (Paperback)
Geoffrey C Ward
R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Out of stock

He was the first black heavyweight champion in history, the most celebrated-and most reviled-African American of his age. In "Unforgivable Blackness, the prizewinning biographer Geoffrey C. Ward brings to vivid life the real Jack Johnson, a figure far more complex and compelling than the newspaper headlines he inspired could ever convey. Johnson battled his way from obscurity to the top of the heavyweight ranks and in 1908 won the greatest prize in American sports-one that had always been the private preserve of white boxers. At a time when whites ran everything in America, he took orders from no one and resolved to live as if color did not exist. While most blacks struggled just to survive, he reveled in his riches and his fame. And at a time when the mere suspicion that a black man had flirted with a white woman could cost him his life, he insisted on sleeping with whomever he pleased, and married three. Because he did so the federal government set out to destroy him, and he was forced to endure a year of prison and seven years of exile. Ward points out that to most whites (and to some African Americans as well) he was seen as a perpetual threat-profligate, arrogant, amoral, a dark menace, and a danger to the natural order of things.
"
Unforgivable Blackness is the first full-scale biography of Johnson in more than twenty years. Accompanied by more than fifty photographs and drawing on a wealth of new material-including Johnson's never-before-published prison memoir-it restores Jack Johnson to his rightful place in the pantheon of American individualists.

"From the Hardcover edition.

A First-Class Temperament - The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928 (Paperback): Geoffrey C Ward A First-Class Temperament - The Emergence of Franklin Roosevelt, 1905-1928 (Paperback)
Geoffrey C Ward
R502 Discovery Miles 5 020 Out of stock

In this classic of American biography, based upon thousands of original documents, many never previously published, the prize-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward tells the dramatic story of Franklin Roosevelt's unlikely rise from cloistered youth to the brink of the presidency with a richness of detail and vivid sense of time, place, and personality usually found only in fiction.
In these pages, FDR comes alive as a fond but absent father and an often unfeeling husband--the story of Eleanor Roosevelt's struggle to build a life independent of him is chronicled in full-as well as a charming but pampered patrician trying to find his way in the sweaty world of everyday politics and all-too willing willing to abandon allies and jettison principle if he thinks it will help him move up the political ladder. But somehow he also finds within himself the courage and resourcefulness to come back from a paralysis that would have crushed a less resilient man and then go on to meet and master the two gravest crises of his time.

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