The True Flag

Author: Stephen Kinzer
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781627792172
Release Date: 2017-01-24
Genre: History

The bestselling author of Overthrow and The Brothers brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond. How should the United States act in the world? Americans cannot decide. Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments. Then we retreat—until the cycle begins again. No matter how often we debate this question, none of what we say is original. Every argument is a pale shadow of the first and greatest debate, which erupted more than a century ago. Its themes resurface every time Americans argue whether to intervene in a foreign country. Revealing a piece of forgotten history, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the twentieth century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans. It horrified others. Their debate gripped the nation. The country’s best-known political and intellectual leaders took sides. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst pushed for imperial expansion; Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint. Only once before—in the period when the United States was founded—have so many brilliant Americans so eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity. All Americans, regardless of political perspective, can take inspiration from the titans who faced off in this epic confrontation. Their words are amazingly current. Every argument over America’s role in the world grows from this one. It all starts here.

The True Flag

Author: Stephen Kinzer
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781627792165
Release Date: 2017-01-24
Genre: History

The bestselling author of Overthrow and The Brothers brings to life the forgotten political debate that set America’s interventionist course in the world for the twentieth century and beyond. How should the United States act in the world? Americans cannot decide. Sometimes we burn with righteous anger, launching foreign wars and deposing governments. Then we retreat—until the cycle begins again. No matter how often we debate this question, none of what we say is original. Every argument is a pale shadow of the first and greatest debate, which erupted more than a century ago. Its themes resurface every time Americans argue whether to intervene in a foreign country. Revealing a piece of forgotten history, Stephen Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the twentieth century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans. It horrified others. Their debate gripped the nation. The country’s best-known political and intellectual leaders took sides. Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hearst pushed for imperial expansion; Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington, and Andrew Carnegie preached restraint. Only once before—in the period when the United States was founded—have so many brilliant Americans so eloquently debated a question so fraught with meaning for all humanity. All Americans, regardless of political perspective, can take inspiration from the titans who faced off in this epic confrontation. Their words are amazingly current. Every argument over America’s role in the world grows from this one. It all starts here.

Flag

Author: Marc Leepson
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781429906470
Release Date: 2007-04-01
Genre: History

The thirteen-stripe, fifty-star flag is as familiar an American icon as any that has existed in the nation's history. Yet the history of the flag, especially its origins, is cloaked in myth and misinformation. Flag: An American Biography rectifies that situation by presenting a lively, comprehensive, illuminating look at the history of the American flag from its beginnings to today. Journalist and historian Marc Leepson uncovers scores of little-known, fascinating facts as he traces the evolution of the American flag from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. Flag sifts through the historical evidence to---among many other things---uncover the truth behind the Betsy Ross myth and to discover the true designer of the Stars and Stripes. It details the many colorful and influential Americans who shaped the history of the flag. "Flag," as the novelist Nelson DeMille says in his preface, "is not a book with an agenda or a subjective point of view. It is an objective history of the American flag, well researched, well presented, easy to read and understand, and very informative and entertaining." "Our love for the flag may be incomprehensible to others, but at least we now have a comprehensive guide to its unfolding." ---The Wall Street Journal "The fascination of history is in its details, and the author of Flag: An American Biography knows how to find them and turn them into compelling reading.... This book brings out the irony, humor, myth, and behind-the-scenes happenings that make our flag's 228-year history so fascinating." ---The Saturday Evening Post "Timely and insightful." ---The Dallas Morning News

Flags of Our Fathers

Author: James Bradley
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780307979261
Release Date: 2012-02-29
Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction

Now abridged for young people, Flags of Our Fathers is the unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history: the raising of the U. S. flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America. In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima–and into history. The son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different men who came together in the heroic battle for the Pacific’s most crucial island.

All the Shah s Men

Author: Stephen Kinzer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470185490
Release Date: 2003
Genre: History

A new edition of the best-selling study of the Iran-U.S. conflict traces the events leading to the 1953 coup in Iran, noting the reasons behind the U.S.'s covert operations under the joint authority of Eisenhower and Churchill, the orchestrations of prime minister Mossadegh and CIA officer Kermit Roosevelt, the coup's ongoing consequences, and future conflict. Original.

Under the Black Flag

Author: David Cordingly
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780307763075
Release Date: 2013-02-06
Genre: History

For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier. 16 pp. of photos. Maps. From the Hardcover edition.

A People s History of American Empire

Author: Howard Zinn
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0805087443
Release Date: 2008-04-01
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels

Adapted from the critically acclaimed chronicle of U.S. history, a study of American expansionism around the world is told from a grassroots perspective and provides an analysis of important events from Wounded Knee to Iraq, in a volume created in the format of a graphic novel. Simultaneous. 100,000 first printing.

He Kept the Colors

Author: L. E. Johnson
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781425990879
Release Date: 2007
Genre: History

In our world of life, we stroll along searching for that special hand to hold onto. Men and women not only seek love, but companionship. Canvassing high and low, we quest for those embraces that not only clasp the flesh, but also wrap a lasting caress around our emotional makeup. Some of us will be swirled into the great joys of unforgettable happiness while others will find themselves spinning into a life of unforgettable anguish. And along with us, hidden in the dark shadows of any relationship, steps a lone stranger. He will keep his distance but remain ever present. He watches all life. He has come for one sole purpose he has come to take it. He does not rest in the time of day, for he will never be weary. Ultimately, he has become the most feared outlander of all. On nature's grasses of life, where his approach is not heard, his touch will come with gentleness. He has a proper place. He has a proper name. He is Death

Under the Banner of Heaven

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 1400078997
Release Date: 2004-06-08
Genre: True Crime

This extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities, where some 40,000 people still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God. At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

Benny s Flag

Author: Phyllis Krasilovsky
Publisher: Roberts Rinehart
ISBN: 9781461663744
Release Date: 2002-11-05
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Benny was an Aleut Indian boy living in an Alaskan mission home many years before Alaska became a state. One day his teacher told the class about a contest to make a flag for Alaska. That night the boys and girls of the mission house made many designs for the flag. Benny thought about what he loved most about Alaska. Benny knew what he wanted his flag to be like: the blue field for the Alaska sky and the forget-me-not flower; the North Star for the future State of Alaska, the most northerly state in the Union; and the dipper for the Great Bear—symbolizing strength. A month later the teacher announced: "Children, the flag contest is over. From all over Alaska children sent in designs for the flag. And Benny's design has won the contest!" Benny's Flag is a true story. Ages 5-8

The American Flag

Author: Elaine Landau
Publisher: Childrens Press
ISBN: 0531147754
Release Date: 2008-03-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Describes the history of the American flag from its original design by Betsy Ross at the request of George Washington, discussing how it has changed over the years and how it came to be a symbol of the United States.

Nothing But the Truth

Author: Avi
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780545174152
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Ninth-grader Philip Malloy's suspension for humming "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.

A Flag Worth Dying For

Author: Tim Marshall
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501168338
Release Date: 2017-07-04
Genre: History

First published in Great Britain in 2016 by Elliott and Thompson Limited as: Worth dying for: the power and politics of flags.

The Confederate Battle Flag

Author: John M. COSKI
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674029860
Release Date: 2009-06-30
Genre: History

Beautiful Minds explains how and why apes and dolphins are so distantly related yet so cognitively alike and what this teaches us about another large-brained mammal: Homo sapiens. Noting that apes and dolphins have had no common ancestor in nearly 100 million years, Bearzi and Stanford describe the parallel evolution that gave rise to their intelligence.

Overthrow

Author: Stephen Kinzer
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805082401
Release Date: 2007-02-06
Genre: History

Offers a narrative history of the role of the U.S. in a series of coups, revolutions, and invasions that toppled fourteen foreign governments, from the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 to the 2003 war in Iraq, and examines the sometimes disastrous long-term repercussions of such operations. Reprint.