The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Midwife's Tale presents a revelatory and deeply intimate exploration of the world of early Mormon women that draws on 19th-century diaries, letters, albums, minute-books and quilts created by first-generation Latter-Day Saints.
"The Farewell was published at the end of Washington's second term. It was reprinted in newspapers across the country. The President began the letter during his first term intending to retire but was persuaded by Hamilton and Jefferson to run for a second. By the end of that term he was the object of scurrilous press attacks and alarmed by the growing partisan bitterness. Fearful for the country's future, Washington pled with his countrymen to resist hyper-partisanship and foreign alliances. He called for unity among "citizens by birth or choice," defended religious pluralism, called for national education. His message to the country was urgent. Avlon describes how it was quoted by Jackson, Webster, Clay, Calhoun, and importantly by Lincoln in defense ofthe Union. Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson called on it for nation-building; Kennedy for Cold war; Reagan for religion. Clinton kept a copy on his Oval Office wall. In Washington's Farewell, Avlon offers important insight into Washington's his final public days, presenting not only a startling description of the perilous state of the new nation but a rare view of the man behind the usual face of a tranquil First Father"—
The author shares his experiences as an ambassador from the United Arab Emirates to Russia and explores what it means to be a good Muslim in the twenty-first century, while offering a vision of what moderate Muslims must do to fruitfully engage with the modern world.
Shares the lesser-known story of the scientific contributions of a group of women working at the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-20th century, tracing their collection of star observations captured nightly on glass photographic plates that enabled extraordinary discoveries.
The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.
Tara Clancy describes her unconventional upbringing as a fifth-generation New Yorker in three wildly divergent homes, including a Queens boat shed, an Italian geriatric community and a sprawling Hamptons estate.
Describes the shared history of the United States and China, from early American missionaries and Chinese students who were the first to enroll in American universities, through the Boxer Rebellion, the rise of Mao and both countries' involvement in World Wars I and II.
The young gastronomist formerly behind New York magazine's Grub Street food blog presents a culinary history of America that chronicles the diverse cultures that shaped the nation's cuisine, using long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight distinct flavors changed how we eat.
A history of the iconic public hospital on New York City's East Side describes the changes in American medicine from 1730 to modern times as it traces the building's origins as an almshouse and pesthouse to its current status as a revered place of first-class care.
An in-depth examination of the history of television traces the evolution of shows through classic TV genres, including the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show.
Told through the author's own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life comes a bold and personal investigation into America's racial history and its contemporary echoes.
Traces the story of Louis Till, the father of iconic civil rights martyr Emmet Till, tying their fates together to reveal how the father was wrongly convicted for rape and murder before being executed by the Army a decade before his son's murder.
A concluding volume to the definitive portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt traces her post-World War II years, covering subjects ranging from FDR's death and the founding of the UN through her efforts to promote key initiatives in spite of limited support and her death in 1962.
Truevine is the true story of George and Willie Muse, two albino African American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.
Collects the most interesting Bill Murray anecdotes from the past forty years, many of which have never been made public, and pairs them with whimsical illustrations of the film star in various situations.
"From Tim Wu, author of award-winning The Master Switch, and who coined the phrase "net neutrality"—a revelatory look at the rise of "attention harvesting," and its transformative effect on our society and our selves"—