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The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of Am...
by Kliph Nesteroff

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English

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448

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November 03, 2015

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<div>In <I>The Comedians</I>, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff’s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years.<br /><br />Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian—an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy’s part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, <I>The Comedians</I> culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.</div>
Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon
by Charles Slack

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English

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288

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April 05, 2011

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When J. P. Morgan called a meeting of New York's financial leaders after the stock market crash of 1907, Hetty Green was the only woman in the room. The <em>Guinness Book of World Records</em> memorialized her as the World's Greatest Miser, and, indeed, this unlikely robber baron -- who parlayed a comfortable inheritance into a fortune that was worth about 1.6 billion in today's dollars -- was frugal to a fault. But in an age when women weren't even allowed to vote, never mind concern themselves with interest rates, she lived by her own rules. In <em>Hetty</em>, Charles Slack reexamines her life and legacy, giving us, at long last, a splendidly "nuanced portrait" <em>(Newsweek)</em> of one of the greatest -- and most eccentric -- financiers in American history.<p>This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more. </p>
Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, an...
by Andrea Barnet

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English

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487

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March 13, 2018

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<p><strong>Four influential women we thought we knew well—Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters—and how they spearheaded the modern progressive movement</strong></p><p>This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women—linked not by friendship or field, but by their choice to break with convention—showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. Jane Jacobs fought for livable cities and strong communities; Rachel Carson warned us about poisoning the environment; Jane Goodall demonstrated the indelible kinship between humans and animals; and Alice Waters urged us to reconsider what and how we eat. <br /><br />With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman’s career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history. While they hailed from different generations, Carson, Jacobs, Goodall, and Waters found their voices in the early sixties. At a time of enormous upheaval, all four stood as bulwarks against 1950s corporate culture and its war on nature. Consummate outsiders, each prevailed against powerful and mostly male adversaries while also anticipating the disaffections of the emerging counterculture. </p>All told, their efforts ignited a transformative progressive movement while offering people a new way to think about the world and a more positive way of living in it. <p><strong></strong> </p>
Notorious Royal Marriages: A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries...
by Leslie Carroll

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English

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530

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November 09, 2009

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<b><b><b>From the author of <i>American Princess: The Love Story of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry </i>comes <b>a funny and delightful history of the royal weddings and marriages of Europe’s most famous—and infamous—monarchs. This edition includes bonus chapters!</b></b></b><br /><br />“An irresistible combination of <i>People</i> magazine and the History Channel.”—<i>Chicago Tribune<br /></i></b><br /> Since time immemorial, royal marriages have had little to do with love—and almost everything to do with diplomacy and dynasty. Clashing personalities have joined in unholy matrimony to form such infamous couples as Russia’s Peter II and Catherine the Great, and France's Henri II and Catherine de Medici—all with the purpose of begetting a male heir. But with tensions high and silverware flying, kings like England’s Henry II have fled to the beds of their nubile mistresses, while queens such as Eleanor of Aquitaine have plotted their revenge...<br /><br /> Full of the juicy gossip and bad behavior that characterized <i>Royal Affairs</i>, this book chronicles the love-hate marriages of the crowned heads of Europe—from the Angevins to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry—and ponders how dynasties ever survived at all.
33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billi...
by Dorian Lynskey

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English

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683

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April 05, 2011

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Dorian Lynskey is one of the most prominent music critics writing today. With <em>33 Revolutions Per Minute</em>, he offers an engrossing, insightful, and wonderfully researched history of protest music in the twentieth century and beyond. From Billie Holiday and Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan and the Clash to Green Day and Rage Against the Machine, <em>33 Revolutions Per Minute</em> is a moving and fascinating portrait of a century of popular music that tried to change the world.<br />
St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street: Th...
by Ada Calhoun

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English

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382

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November 02, 2015

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<p>A vibrant narrative history of three hallowed Manhattan blocks—the epicenter of American cool.</p><br /><p>St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements. Here Frank O’Hara caroused, Emma Goldman plotted, and the Velvet Underground wailed. But every generation of miscreant denizens believes that <em>their</em> era, and no other, marked the street’s apex. This idiosyncratic work of reportage tells the many layered history of the street—from its beginnings as Colonial Dutch Director-General Peter Stuyvesant’s pear orchard to today’s hipster playground—organized around those pivotal moments when critics declared “St. Marks is dead.”</p><br /><p>In a narrative enriched by hundreds of interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun profiles iconic characters from W. H. Auden to Abbie Hoffman, from Keith Haring to the Beastie Boys, among many others. She argues that St. Marks has variously been an elite address, an immigrants’ haven, a mafia warzone, a hippie paradise, and a backdrop to the film Kids—but it has always been a place that outsiders call home. This idiosyncratic work offers a bold new perspective on gentrification, urban nostalgia, and the evolution of a community. </p>
Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age
by Donna M. Lucey

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English

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352

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June 27, 2006

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<b>Filled with glamour, mystery, and madness, <i>Archie and Amélie </i>is the true story chronicling a tumultuous love affair in the Gilded Age. </b><br /><br />John Armstrong "Archie" Chanler was an heir to the Astor fortune, an eccentric, dashing, and handsome millionaire. Amélie Rives, Southern belle and the goddaughter of Robert E. Lee, was a daring author, a stunning temptress, and a woman ahead of her time. <br /><br /> Archie and Amélie seemed made for each other—both were passionate, intense, and driven by emotion—but the very things that brought them together would soon tear them apart. Their marriage began with a “secret” wedding that found its way onto the front page of the <i>New York Times</i>, to the dismay of Archie’s relatives and Amélie’s many gentleman friends. To the world, the couple appeared charmed, rich, and famous; they moved in social circles that included Oscar Wilde, Teddy Roosevelt, and Stanford White. But although their love was undeniable, they tormented each other, and their private life was troubled from the start. <br /><br /> They were the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald of their day—a celebrated couple too dramatic and unconventional to last—but their tumultuous story has largely been forgotten. Now, Donna M. Lucey vividly brings to life these extraordinary lovers and their sweeping, tragic romance.<br /><br /> <br /> “In the Virginia hunt country just outside of Charlottesville, where I live, the older people still tell stories of a strange couple who died some two generations ago. The stories involve ghosts, the mysterious burning of a church, a murder at a millionaire’s house, a sensational lunacy trial, and a beautiful, scantily clad young woman prowling her gardens at night as if she were searching for something or someone—or trying to walk off the effects of the morphine that was deranging her. I was inclined to dismiss all of this as tall tales Virginians love to spin out; but when I looked into these yarns I found proof that they were true. . . .” <b>—Donna M. Lucey on Archie and Am</b>é<b>lie</b>
The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock ...
by Lucy Worsley

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English

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320

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October 15, 2014

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<p>The history of the evolution of the traditional English murder, from Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to the cozy crimes of the Golden Age.</p><br />Murder—a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves?<br /><br /><br /><br />Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of the modern era, murder entered the popular psyche, and it’s been a part of us ever since.<br /><br /><br /><br /><em>The Art of the English Murder</em> is a unique exploration of the art of crime—and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.
1968 in America: Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture, and the ...
by Charles Kaiser

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English

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336

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November 27, 2012

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<DIV><B>From assassinations to student riots, this is “a splendidly evocative account of a historic year—a year of tumult, of trauma, and of tragedy” (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.).</B><BR />  <BR /> In the United States, the 1960s were a period of unprecedented change and upheaval—but the year 1968 in particular stands out as a dramatic turning point. Americans witnessed the Tet offensive in Vietnam; the shocking assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy; and the chaos at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. At the same time, a young generation was questioning authority like never before—and popular culture, especially music, was being revolutionized.<BR />  <BR /> Largely based on unpublished interviews and documents—including in-depth conversations with Eugene McCarthy and Bob Dylan, among many others, and the late Theodore White’s archives, to which the author had sole access—<I>1968 in America</I> is a fascinating social history, and the definitive study of a year when nothing could be taken for granted.<BR />  <BR /> “Kaiser aims to convey not only what happened during the period but what it <I>felt </I>like at the time. Affecting touches bring back powerful memories, including strong accounts of the impact of the Tet offensive and of the frenzy aroused by Bobby Kennedy’s race for the presidency.” —<I>The New York Times Book Review</I></DIV>
Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories from History Without the ...
by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

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English

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301

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November 19, 2013

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<b>This new edition offers true tales of these take-charge princesses plus dozens more in a fascinating read that’s perfect for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story. </b><br /><br />You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, and you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But real princesses didn’t always get happy endings. Sure, plenty were graceful and benevolent leaders, but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their majestic closets. <b>Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe</b> was a Nazi spy. <b>Empress Elisabeth</b> of the Austro-Hungarian Empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. <b>Princess Olga</b> of Kiev slaughtered her way to sainthood. And <b>Princess Lakshmibai</b> waged war on the battlefield with her toddler strapped to her back.

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