The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

Random House #ad - A landmark study. Ron chernow, pulitzer Prize–winning author of Grant. With profound insights and making use of extensive research, Brenda Wineapple dramatically evokes this pivotal period in American history, when the country was rocked by the first-ever impeachment of a sitting American president. It fell to congress to stop the American president who acted like a king.

Teeming with fiery passions and unforgettable characters, The Impeachers will be devoured by contemporary readers seeking enlightenment on this issue. With the unchecked power of executive orders, promoted white supremacy, pardoned rebel leaders, Johnson ignored Congress, opposed civil rights, and called Reconstruction unnecessary.

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation #ad - She serves up not simply food for thought but a veritable feast of observations on that most trying decision for a democracy: whether to oust a sitting president. Grant. Congress was divided over how the union should be reunited: when and how the secessionist South should regain full status, whether former Confederates should be punished, and when and whether black men should be given the vote.

And she brings to vivid life the extraordinary characters who brought that impeachment forward: the willful Johnson and his retinue of advocates—including complicated men like Secretary of State William Seward—as well as the equally complicated visionaries committed to justice and equality for all, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, like Thaddeus Stevens, and Ulysses S.

Devastated by war and resorting to violence, many white Southerners hoped to restore a pre–Civil War society, if without slavery, and the pugnacious Andrew Johnson seemed to share their goals. Theirs was a last-ditch, and constitutional effort to render the goals of the Civil War into reality and to make the Union free, patriotic, fair, and whole.


How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - Named one of the ten best books of the year by the chicago tribunea publishers Weekly best book of 2019 | A 2019 NPR Staff PickA pathbreaking history of the United States’ overseas possessions and the true meaning of its empireWe are familiar with maps that outline all fifty states. And we are also familiar with the idea that the United States is an “empire, ” exercising power around the world.

We travel to the guano islands, and the Philippines, where prospectors collected one of the nineteenth century’s most valuable commodities, site of the most destructive event on U. S. In puerto rico, Immerwahr shows how U. S. Rich with absorbing vignettes, and driven by an original conception of what empire and globalization mean today, full of surprises, How to Hide an Empire is a major and compulsively readable work of history.

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States #ad - Soil. Doctors conducted grisly experiments they would never have conducted on the mainland and charts the emergence of independence fighters who would shoot up the U. S. But what about the actual territories—the islands, and archipelagos—this country has governed and inhabited?In How to Hide an Empire, atolls, Daniel Immerwahr tells the fascinating story of the United States outside the United States.

In crackling, fast-paced prose, he reveals forgotten episodes that cast American history in a new light.


American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump

Harper #ad - How did a party obsessed with the national debt vote for trillion-dollar deficits and record-setting spending increases? how did the party of compassionate conservatism become the party of Muslim bans and walls? How did the party of family values elect a thrice-divorced philanderer? And, and Reince Priebus, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, how long can such a party survive? Loaded with exclusive reporting and based off hundreds of interviews—including with key players such as President Trump, most important, Paul Ryan, Jim DeMint, Ted Cruz, and many others—American Carnage takes us behind the scenes of this tumultuous period as we’ve never seen it before and establishes Tim Alberta as the premier chronicler of this political era.

. Bush left office with record-low approval ratings and Barack Obama led a Democratic takeover of Washington, Republicans faced a moment of reckoning: They had no vision, no generation of new leaders, and no energy in the party’s base. When trump descended a gilded escalator to announce his run in the summer of 2015, the candidate had met the moment.

Only by viewing trump as the culmination of a decade-long civil war inside the Republican Party—and of the parallel sense of cultural, socioeconomic, and technological disruption during that period—can we appreciate how he won the White House and consider the fundamental questions at the center of America’s current turmoil.

American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump #ad - Yet obama’s forceful pursuit of his progressive agenda, coupled with the nation’s rapidly changing cultural and demographic landscape, lit a fire under the right, returning Republicans to power and inviting a bloody struggle for the party’s identity in the post-Bush era. New york times' top books of 2019politico magazine’s chief political correspondent provides a rollicking insider’s look at the making of the modern Republican Party—how a decade of cultural upheaval, populist outrage, and ideological warfare made the GOP vulnerable to a hostile takeover from the unlikeliest of insurgents: Donald J.

With the gop’s internal fissures rendering it legislatively impotent, and that impotence fueling a growing resentment toward the political class and its institutions, the stage was set for an outsider to crash the party.


Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Simon & Schuster #ad - The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, more human, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, as well as letters, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand.

But the real story of the accident, and misinformation, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, has long remained in dispute. In the thirty years since then, for ecological fragility, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world.

Midnight in chernobyl is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will—lessons which, of human resilience and ingenuity, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster #ad - . A new york times best book of the year a time best book of the year a kirkus reviews best nonfiction book of the year 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Finalist Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, secrecy, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster—and a powerful investigation into how propaganda, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century’s greatest disasters.

Early in the morning of april 26, 1986, reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history’s worst nuclear disaster.


Impeachment: An American History

Modern Library #ad - Richard nixon resigned in august 1974 after the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment against him for lying, obstructing justice, and employing his executive power for personal and political gain. Andrew johnson was impeached in 1868 for failing to kowtow to congressional leaders—and, in a large sense, for failing to be Abraham Lincoln—yet survived his Senate trial.

Only three times has a president’s conduct led to such political disarray as to warrant his potential removal from office, transforming a political crisis into a constitutional one. On the other, its absence from the Constitution would leave the country vulnerable to despotic leadership. Each case depended on factors beyond the president’s behavior: his relationship with Congress, the polarization of the moment, and the power and resilience of the office itself.

Impeachment: An American History #ad - None has yet succeeded. Four experts on the american presidency examine the three times impeachment has been invoked—against Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton—and explain what it means today. Impeachment is a double-edged sword. The constitution states that the president “shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, Treason, and Conviction of, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors, ” leaving room for historical precedent and the temperament of the time to weigh heavily on each case.

Engel, jon meacham, timothy naftali, and Peter Baker explain that the basis and process of impeachment is more political than legal. In the first book to consider these three presidents alone—and the one thing they have in common—Jeffrey A.


Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 American History

Harper #ad - T. Q. C. Lamar, and it astutely chronicles the complex aftermath of that war and Reconstruction, Ecstatic Nation brilliantly balances cultural and political history: It's a riveting account of the sectional conflict that preceded the Civil War, including the promise that women would share in a new definition of American citizenship.

A new york times notable book of 2013a kirkus best book of 2013a bookpage best book of 2013Dazzling in scope, when the country dreamed big, Ecstatic Nation illuminates one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America's past, craved new lands and new freedom, and was bitterly divided over its great moral wrong: slavery.

Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877 American History #ad - With a canvas of extraordinary characters, such as P. Barnum, walt whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L. It takes us from photographic surveys of the Sierra Nevadas to the discovery of gold in the South Dakota hills, and it signals the painful, thrilling birth of modern America. An epic tale by award-winning author brenda Wineapple, the failures, Ecstatic Nation lyrically and with true originality captures the optimism, and the tragic exuberance of a renewed Republic.


The Yellow House: A Memoir 2019 National Book Award Winner

Grove Press #ad - The yellow house expands the map of new orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. It is a transformative, authority, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, and power.

A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Widowed, ivory mae remarried Sarah’s father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. A new york times bestsellerwinner of the 2019 national book award for nonfictiona brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

The Yellow House: A Memoir 2019 National Book Award Winner #ad - In 1961, sarah M. But after simon died, six months after Sarah’s birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae’s thirteenth and most unruly child. Broom’s mother ivory mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. This is the story of a mother’s struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.

It was the height of the space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant—the postwar optimism seemed assured. Broom’s the yellow house tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America’s most mythologized cities.


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland

Doubleday #ad - The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I. R. A. Past--say nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish. Terrorists such as dolours price, who, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, when she was barely out of her teens, to the ferocious I.

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland #ad - R. A. Members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders. From radical and impetuous I. R. A. One of the new york times 10 best books of the yearbest nonfiction book of the year - time magazineone of the best 10 books of the year - washington postnew york times bestsellerwinner of the orwell prizelonglisted for the national book award "masked intruders dragged Jean McConville, a 38-year-old widow and mother of 10, from her Belfast home in 1972.

Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I. R. A. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. Mcconville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.


The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century

Scribner #ad - When america declared war on spain in 1898, the US Army had just 26, 000 men, spread around the country—hardly an army at all. The instant i received the order, ” wrote Roosevelt, “I sprang on my horse and then my ‘crowded hour’ began. As the crowded hour reveals, it was a turning point for America as well, uniting the country and ushering in a new era of global power.

A new york times 100 notable books of 2019 selection the dramatic story of the most famous regiment in American history: the Rough Riders, a motley group of soldiers led by Theodore Roosevelt, whose daring exploits marked the beginning of American imperialism in the 20th century. A unique group of volunteers, they helped secure victory in Cuba in a series of gripping, ranging from Ivy League athletes to Arizona cowboys and led by Theodore Roosevelt, bloody fights across the island.

The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century #ad - Both a portrait of these men, and of the spanish-American War itself, few of whom were traditional soldiers, The Crowded Hour dives deep into the daily lives and struggles of Roosevelt and his regiment. In this brilliant, enlightening narrative, the Rough Riders—and a country on the brink of a new global dominance—are brought fully and gloriously to life.

. Roosevelt called their charge in the battle of San Juan Hill his “crowded hour”—a turning point in his life, one that led directly to the White House. In desperation, the Rough Riders were born. Using diaries, and memoirs, letters, risen illuminates a disproportionately influential moment in American history: a war of only six months’ time that dramatically altered the United States’ standing in the world.



Grove Press #ad - He survived to give us solitary, a chronicle of rare power and humanity that proves the better spirits of our nature can thrive against any odds. That albert woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. Without a shred of actual evidence against them, their trial was a sham of justice that gave them life sentences in solitary.

The angola 3, as they became known, resolved never to be broken by the grinding inhumanity and corruption that effectively held them for decades as political prisoners. Finalist for the national book award in nonfictionsolitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement—in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious Angola prison in Louisiana—all for a crime he did not commit.

Solitary #ad - Decades passed before albert gained a lawyer of consequence; even so, sixteen more years and multiple appeals were needed before he was finally released in February 2016. Albert and another member of the Panthers were accused of the crime and immediately put in solitary confinement by the warden. That he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within America’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit, and makes his book a clarion call to reform the inhumanity of solitary confinement in the U.

S. Arrested often as a teenager in new orleans, albert was serving a 50-year sentence in Angola for armed robbery when on April 17, 1972, inspired behind bars in his early twenties to join the Black Panther Party because of its social commitment and code of living, a white guard was killed.


The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 The Revolution Trilogy Book 1

Henry Holt and Co. #ad - Rick atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country’s creation drama. From the battles at lexington and concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force.

It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: henry knox, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost.

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 The Revolution Trilogy Book 1 #ad - Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he recounts the first twenty-one months of America’s violent war for independence. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.

Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. From the bestselling author of the liberation trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American RevolutionRick Atkinson, has long been admired for his deeply researched, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, stunningly vivid narrative histories.