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Ken Burns directs this nine-part series that looks at the development of the American Civil War. The episodes are: 'The Cause (1861)', 'A Very Bloody Affair (1862)', 'Forever Free (1862)', 'Simply Murder (1863)', 'The Universe of Battle (1863)', 'Valley of the Shadow of Death (1864)', 'Most Hallowed Ground (1864)', 'War Is All Hell (1865)' and 'The Better Angels of Our Nature (1865)'.
**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.
A vibrant celebration of President Obama, this stunning commemorative book provides a valuable record of his historical presidency and the years since he left office. It has now been more than two years since he concluded his historic two-term presidency. Through stunning images by White House photographers and others, as well as notable essays and quotes from a broad spectrum of people, this updated edition of Obama looks back at the President's journey: from his remarkable victory, to his significant milestones and final days in office, to his life after the White House. The book features rare and previously unseen photographs, along with iconic images and newspaper front pages. It also features dramatic pictures, including the iconic shot from the situation room as the president and his staff watched the live unfolding of the Osama bin Laden raid and day-to-day images of Obama in his roles as world leader, policymaker, commander in chief and father. There are light-hearted photos from the White House Correspondents' Dinner, late-night television appearances and moments with the entire Obama family. Sixteen additional pages follow President Obama in recent years campaigning for Democratic candidates, engaging in philanthropic work, and travelling the world. The expanded volume updates the status of many of Obama's ground-breaking achievements, such as the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare"), the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accord, EPA protections, transgender rights, DACA and much more. This book is a keepsake memento of a beloved president.
Two-part PBS documentary, directed by Ken Burns, that explores the 1930s drought which devastated American prairie farms and led to a great deal of suffering and hardship. The drought, which was accompanied and exacerbated by severe dust storms, was a result of ill-considered farming policy and nearly led to ecological disaster. 400,000 square kilometres of land, chiefly in Texas and Oklahoma, was affected and many were displaced or forced to endure the poor living conditions caused by the storms.
Documentary from film makers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that sets out to tell the story of prohibition. Prohibition, the US Government's ban on the sale of alcohol between 1920 and 1933, was an extremely controversial policy. Many criticised the ban as an attack on individual liberty, while others argue that it led to an increase in organised crime as alcohol became a black market good. The narrators of the documentary include Hollywood stars Tom Hanks, Jeremy Irons and Samuel L. Jackson.
A celebration of President Obama's presidency, featuring stunning images by photographers from the White House and beyond. Looking back at Barack Obama's journey, from his remarkable victory to his final days in office, this book includes iconic shots - such as dramatic pictures from the situation room as the president and his staff watched the live unfolding of the Bin Laden raid - as well as more light-hearted photos from the White House Correspondents' dinner and family moments.
In a unique and groundbreaking presentation of important contem--porary art rarely seen in the traditional environs of the Hudson River Valley, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Olana, Frederic Edwin Church's Persian-inspired mansion, will showcase the work of con-temporary American artists such as Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, Maya Lin, Martin Puryear, and Gregory Crewdson, some of the 30 artists exhibiting. Stephen Hannock, celebrated luminist painter and one of the exhibition's co-curators, believes that "this is a terrific opportunity to open up contemporary art, as well as these historic properties, to audiences who will see firsthand these shared artistic concerns."The works of art selected for the exhibition will be shown at the two venues to encourage visitors to experience both distinguished properties and the grandeur of their surroundings, and to present a complete overview and understanding of these contemporary works in a location where many art historians believe American art was born. The accompanying publication, River Crossings: Contempo--rary Art Comes Home, will provide readers with a lavish record of this extraordinary and innovative exhibition, and will offer unique and highly informative perspectives on the continuity of the American artistic tradition in one of the nation's most historic locations.In addition to an impressive plate section of more than 60 works with brief artist biographies and descriptive narratives for the individual works, this comprehensive presentation features noteworthy, exceptional contributions. Stephen Hannock's preface details the development of this remarkable exhibition, while co-curator Jason Rosenfeld reveals in his essay the exhibition's importance relative to historical perception as he considers Cole's and Church's support of contemporary art in their time. Cultural historian Maurice Berger considers the realities of race and gender from the nineteenth-century Hudson River Valley to the present, and Marvin Heiferman, curator and writer, examines photography in the exhibition and its connections to Church's work and his use of the medium. Award-winning architectural and landscape photographer Peter Aaron generously provided the stunning installation, exterior, and landscape photographs, a gorgeous complement to this outstanding catalogue.
Seven-part documentary about three of the most prominent members of the famous Roosevelt family: Theodore, Franklin D and Eleanor. Following the family from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962 the documentary covers Theodore's and Franklin's presidencies, the creation of the National Parks of America and the digging of the Panama Canal, all events that the family helped to shape. Archive footage with voiceovers from Paul Giamatti, Edward Herrmann and Meryl Streep shows how these three people helped change the view of American politics.
The companion volume to the ten-part PBS TV series by the team responsible for
Ken Burns directs this documentary series chronicling the history of jazz. During the 1920s, coronetist Buddy Bolden might have been the man who invented jazz, but it was pianist Jelly Roll Morton who claimed that mantle when he became the first man to write the new form down. Other jazz pioneers featured include clarinet prodigy Sidney Bechet, trumpet player Freddie Keppard, and 1920s talents Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.
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.
From Babe Ruth to Bo Jackson, from Cool Papa Bell to Lou Brock, Buck O'Neil has seen it all. As a first baseman and then manager of the legendary Kansas City Monarchs, O'Neil witnessed the heyday of the Negro leagues and their ultimate demise.
In I Was Right on Time, he charmingly recalls his days as a ballplayer and as an African-American in a racially divided country. Whether he's telling of his barnstorming days with the likes of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson or the day in 1962 when he became the first African-American coach in the major leagues, O'Neil takes us on a trip not only through baseball's past but through America's as well.
The companion volume to the ten-part PBS TV series by the team responsible for
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.
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.
Walpole, a picturesque New England town on the banks of the Connecticut River, is older than the nation itself. Founded in 1752 by Colonial charter from New Hampshire's royal governor, the town's history parallels that of the nation, and it retains historic settings-period homes, gardens, squares, and commons. Walpole has been home to farmers, loggers, and mill and railroad workers, as well as artists, writers, and world-class chocolatiers. The traditional sense of community is as alive today in Walpole as it was in the early days, when community was necessary for survival.
The first biography of the vagabond, hard-boiled writer who rocked Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties The son of an Irish ditch-digger, Jim Tully (1886-1947) left his hometown of St. Marys, Ohio, in 1901, spending most of his teenage years in the company of hoboes. Drifting across the country as a "road kid," he spent those years scrambling into boxcars, sleeping in hobo jungles, avoiding railroad cops, begging meals from back doors, and haunting public libraries. After six years on the road, he jumped off a railroad car in Kent, Ohio, with wild aspirations of becoming a writer. While chasing his dream, Tully worked as a chain maker, boxer, newspaper reporter, and tree surgeon. All the while he was crafting his memories of the road into a dark and astonishing chronicle of the American underclass. After moving to Hollywood and working for Charlie Chaplin, Tully began to write a stream of critically acclaimed books mostly about his road years, including Beggars of Life, Circus Parade, Blood on the Moon, Shadows of Men, and Shanty Irish. He quickly established himself as a major American author and used his status to launch a parallel career as a Hollywood journalist. Much as his gritty books shocked the country, his magazine articles on movies shocked Hollywood. Along the way, he picked up such close friends as W. C. Fields, Jack Dempsey, Damon Runyon, Lon Chaney, Frank Capra, and Erich von Stroheim. He also memorably crossed paths with Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, and Langston Hughes. The definitive biography of a remarkable writer, Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler compellingly describes the hardscrabble life of an Irish American storyteller, from his immigrant roots, rural upbringing, and life as a hobo riding the rails to the emergent dream factory of early and Golden Age Hollywood and the fall of his fortunes during the Great Depression. Many saw the dark side of the American dream, but none wrote about it like Jim Tully.
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