A history of the World Trade Center discusses such topics as its builders' determination to raise the towers in spite of challenging natural and political forces, and the mystery surrounding their collapse on September 11.
Draws on newly declassified documents, unpublished letters and diaries, and first-person interviews to document the contributions of an unlikely band of second-string soldiers and haggard military leaders in enabling the success of the Berlin Airlift humanitarian relief operation.
The author of Losing the Race presents a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship of hip-hop music while urging readers to recognize the genre as a violence-laced art form rather than a true reflection of black society, cautioning its fans against drawing on hip-hop as a positive or healthy source of political legitimacy. 20,000 first printing.
A leading foreign policy expert offers a look at the inner workings of China to explore a hidden world of intellectual debate that is fueling a new Chinese revolution and to reflect on what this will mean in terms of both China as a nation and its role in global affairs.
From the acclaimed author of "Bound for Canaan" comes a major work of American history on the astonishing compromises and alliances involved in making Washington, D.C., the capital of the new nation..
Documents the cultural revolution behind the making of 1967's five Best Picture-nominated films, including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, Doctor Doolittle, In the Heat of the Night, and Bonnie and Clyde, in an account that discusses how the movies reflected period beliefs about race, violence, and identity. 40,000 first printing.
How Pension Debts Ruined General Motors, Stopped the NYC Subways, Bankrupted San Diego, and Loom As the Next Financial Crisis
A call-to-action evaluation of the economic dangers being posed by the retiring generation's pensions and health-care needs offers sobering insight into how pensions work in America and why they are threatening major companies and public institutions.
In honor of the bicentennial of the 1807 abolition of the Atlantic slave trade by the British Parliament, a definitive biography of William Wilberforce documents the political career of this staunch conservative and ardent abolitionist who tirelessly campaigned for some twenty years to outlaw the practice.
Traces the story of World War II soldier Herman Perry, an African-American G.I. assigned to a segregated labor battalion who sparked the war's most notorious manhunt when he fled into the Indo-Burmese jungle after shooting an unarmed white officer.
Published to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of his assassination, this memoir, compiled by Robert Kennedy's youngest son, contains stirring and compassionate writings recorded in the slain politician's personal journals throughout the 1960s. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.
The former White House press secretary offers an insider's look behind the doors of the White House to provide a revealing account of the George W. Bush administration and its response to hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war and Washington's political infighting.
In the capital of Ghana, a teenager nicknamed "Condom Sister" trolls the streets to educate other young people about contraception. Her work and her own aspirations point to a remarkable shift not only in the West African nation, where just a few decadesago women had nearly seven children on average, but around the globe. While world population continues to grow, family size keeps dropping in countries as diverse as Switzerland and South Africa. The phenomenon has some lamenting the imminent extinction of humanity, while others warn that our numbers will soon outgrow the planet's resources. In this book, the author offers a decidedly different vision, one that celebrates women's widespread desire for smaller families. Mothers aren't seeking more children, he argues, but more for their children. If they are able to realize their intentions, we just might suffer less climate change, hunger, and disease, not to mention sky-high housing costs and infuriating traffic jams. He also shows that this three-way dance between population, women's autonomy, and the natural world is as old as humanity itself. He traces pivotal developments in our history that set population and society on its current trajectory, from hominids' first steps on two feet to the persecution of "witches" in Europe to the creation of modern contraception. The book also explores how population growth has shaped modern civilization and humanity as we know it. The result is a mind-stretching exploration of parenthood, sex, and culture through the ages. Yet for all its fascinating historical detail, it is primarily about the choices we face today. Whether society supports women to have children when and only when they choose to will not only shape their lives, but the world all our children will inherit.
A chronicle of the period in American history between Columbus's discovery of the New World and Jamestown's founding evaluates the voyages and first-contact experiences of numerous European adventurers.
An exploration of Niagara Falls traces its history from natural wonder to engineering testament, in a report that reveals the impact of human development on the region and documents Niagara's ties to Native American rights, slavery, and the atomic bomb.