A Man and His Ship: America's Greatest Naval Architect and His Quest to Build the S.S. United States

By Steven Ujifusa

Within the culture of David McCullough’s grand histories, the sweeping tale of 1 man’s quest to construct the quickest, most interesting ocean liner in history—set opposed to the politics, tradition, and company of 20th century America.

The tale of a superb American builder.

At the height of his strength, within the Nineteen Forties and Fifties, William Francis Gibbs used to be thought of America’s most sensible naval architect.

His quest to construct the best, quickest, most lovely ocean liner of his time, the S.S. United States, was a subject of nationwide fascination. while accomplished in 1952, the send used to be hailed as a technological masterpiece at a time while “made in the USA” intended the best.

Gibbs used to be an American unique, on par with John Roebling of the Brooklyn Bridge and Frank Lloyd Wright of Fallingwater. pressured to drop out of Harvard following his family’s unexpected financial disaster, he overcame debilitating shyness and shortage of formal education to develop into the visionary writer of a few of the best ships in historical past. He spent 40 years dreaming of the send that grew to become the S.S. United States.

William Francis Gibbs used to be pushed, relentless, and devoted to excellence. He enjoyed his send, the assumption of it, and the belief of it, and he committed himself to creating it the epitome of luxurious commute through the victorious post–World conflict II period. Biographer Steven Ujifusa brilliantly describes the way in which Gibbs labored and the way his imaginative and prescient remodeled an undefined. A guy and His send is a story of ingenuity and firm, a very striking trip on land and sea.

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The Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to the Dynasty

By Barb Alexander

From the bloody Wars of the Roses to Queen Elizabeth I’s iconic rule, the Tudor Dynasty used to be a interval of intercourse, scandal, and intrigue. Monarchs akin to Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth i've got develop into part of sleek popular culture, leading to never-ending parodies, satires, rumors, and concrete legends that grace our tv displays. yet as with every city legends and parodies, proof surrounding the lives of those rulers are significantly exaggerated. during this pleasing advisor, Barb Alexander serves to debunk these rumors and train you in regards to the dynasty.

History doesn’t must be dry, uninteresting, and tough to learn. As an educator, Barb understands precisely easy methods to have interaction an viewers. This pocket-sized consultant is not just informative, but additionally jam-packed with cheek, snark, and wit. With 50 appealing illustrations that depict Tudor Monarchs and key gamers in the course of their rule, this e-book is sure to garner a chortle or . So chill out, chill out, and luxuriate in the lesson. earlier than lengthy, you’ll be sharing Tudor historical past proof that might make sure to provoke your less-informed peers.

Skyhorse Publishing, in addition to our Arcade imprint, are proud to post a huge variety of books for readers drawn to history--books approximately global conflict II, the 3rd Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the yankee Civil conflict, the yank Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, historic Rome, medieval occasions, the previous West, and masses extra. whereas now not each name we submit turns into a New York Times bestseller or a countrywide bestseller, we're dedicated to books on matters which are occasionally ignored and to authors whose paintings would possibly not differently discover a home.

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Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical

By Anthony Bourdain

From the best-selling writer of Kitchen exclusive comes this precise, exciting story of pursuit during the kitchens of latest York urban on the flip of the century.

By the overdue 19th century, it appeared that ny urban had placed an finish to the outbreaks of typhoid fever that had so often decimated the city's inhabitants. that's until eventually 1904, while the illness broke out in a family in Oyster Bay, manhattan. specialists suspected the family members cook dinner, Mary Mallon, of being a provider. yet ahead of she might be verified, the girl, quickly to be often called Typhoid Mary, had disappeared. Over the process the subsequent 3 years, Mary labored at a number of flats, spreading her pestilence as she went. In 1907, she used to be traced to a house on Park road, and brought into custody. Institutionalized at Riverside medical institution for 3 years, she used to be published purely whilst she promised by no means to paintings as a prepare dinner back. She briskly disappeared.

For the following 5 years Mary labored in houses and associations in and round long island, usually lower than assumed names. In February 1915, a devastating outbreak of typhoid on the Sloane sanatorium for ladies was once traced to her. She was once eventually apprehended and reinstitutionalized at Riverside health facility, the place she could stay for the remainder of her existence.

Typhoid Mary is the tale of her notorious existence. Anthony Bourdain finds the seedier aspect of the early 1900s, and writes along with his popular panache approximately existence within the kitchen, uncovering the frightening stipulations that allowed the lethal unfold of typhoid over a decade. Typhoid Mary is a real banquet for historical past fans and Bourdain fanatics alike.

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Death of the USS Thresher: The Story Behind History's Deadliest Submarine Disaster

By Norman Polmar

On the morning of April 10, 1963, the world's such a lot complicated submarine was once on a try dive off the hot England coast while she despatched a message to a aid send one thousand toes above her at the floor: experiencing minor challenge . . . have optimistic attitude . . . trying to blow . . . Then got here the sounds of air stressed and a garbled message: . . . attempt intensity . . . Last got here the eerie sounds that skilled army males knew from global conflict II: the sounds of a submarine breaking apart and booths collapsing.When she first went to sea in April of 1961, the U.S. nuclear submarine Thresher used to be the main complicated submarine at sea, outfitted particularly to seek and kill Soviet submarines. within the dying of the USS Thresher, popular naval and intelligence advisor Norman Polmar recounts the dramatic situations surrounding her implosion, which killed all 129 males on board, in history's first lack of a nuclear submarine. This revised variation of Polmar's 1964 vintage is predicated on interviews with the Thresher's first command officer, different submarine officials, and the designers of the submarine. Polmar offers lately declassified information regarding the submarine, and relates the loss to next U.S. and Soviet nuclear submarine sinkings, in addition to to the break out and rescue platforms constructed via the army within the aftermath of the catastrophe. The demise of the USS Thresher is a must-read for the legions of lovers who loved the past due Peter Maas's big apple occasions best-seller The poor Hours.

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Emperors Don't Die in Bed

By Fik Meijer

This clean and interesting e-book appears at all of the Roman emperors from Julius Caesar in 44BC to Romulus Augustulus in advert 476, illuminating not just the style in their deaths yet what their ultimate days let us know approximately their lives. We additionally pay attention how the main strong place within the historical past of the Western international held an enduring allure, regardless of its perils, with keen applicants always coming ahead to grab the throne.

Very few of the Roman emperors died a normal loss of life. The insane Caligula used to be murdered after leaving the theatre; Caracalla whereas he was once relieving himself. Caesar was once stabbed twenty thrice and Otho used to be dragged into the Tiber with a flesh-hook. although nice an emperor's strength, hazard was once ever present.

Emperors do not Die in Bed presents a transparent background of the imperial succession in addition to a compelling depiction of the intrigue and drama of Roman imperial politics.

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The Thirty Years' War 1618-1648

By Richard Bonney

Greater than 3 and a part centuries have handed because the Peace of Westphalia ended the Thirty Years' struggle (1618-48); yet this so much devastating of wars within the early sleek interval maintains to catch the mind's eye of readers: this ebook unearths why. It used to be one of many first wars the place contemporaries under pressure the significance of atrocities, the horrors of the scuffling with and in addition the sufferings of the civilian inhabitants. The Thirty Years' warfare is still a clash of key significance within the heritage of the advance of war and the 'military revolution'.

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The Lords of Creation: The History of America's 1 Percent (Forbidden Bookshelf)

By Gretchen Morgenson, Frederick Lewis Allen

An acclaimed vintage detailing the commercial background of the United States within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries and exposing the capitalist giants who replaced the world

Frederick Lewis Allen's insightful monetary background of the United States—from the overdue 1800s throughout the inventory marketplace cave in of 1929—remains a seminal paintings on what triggered America's worst monetary catastrophe: the good melancholy. within the a long time following the Civil battle, the USA entered an period of remarkable company enlargement, with final monetary energy within the fingers of some filthy rich industrialists who exploited the capitalist process for every little thing it used to be worthy. The Rockefellers, Fords, Morgans, and Vanderbilts have been the "lords of creation" who, in addition to like-minded magnates, managed the industrial future of the rustic, unrestrained through rules or ethical imperatives. via a mixture of foresight, ingenuity, ruthlessness, and greed, America's giants of remolded the U.S. financial system of their personal most popular photograph. In so doing, they proven their absolute energy and authority, making sure that they—and they alone—would regulate the technique of construction, transportation, strength, and commerce—thereby surroundings the level for the main devastating international monetary cave in in history.

As Gretchen Morgenson thoughtfully states in her creation, "It isn't really instantly transparent why the frequency and severity of economic scandals is expanding within the usa. what's transparent is that we have to comprehend the origins of those mess ups, in addition to the guidelines and folks that carry them on. . . . whereas far-off activities could seem unrelated to present occasions, rereading concerning the prior more often than not presents superb insights into the present."The Lords of production, first released in the middle of the good melancholy, whilst the monetary disaster used to be nonetheless painfully clean, is an engaging tale of bankers, railroad tycoons, metal magnates, speculators, scoundrels, and robber barons. it's a story of innovation and surprising exploitation—and a sobering reminder that heritage can certainly repeat itself.

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Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World

By Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong, bestselling writer of A background of God, skillfully narrates this heritage of the Crusades with a view towards their profound and carrying on with impact.

In 1095 Pope city II summoned Christian warriors to soak up the go and reconquer the Holy Land. therefore begun the holy wars that may concentration the ability of Europe opposed to a standard enemy and develop into the stuff of romantic legend. in truth the Crusades have been a chain of rabidly savage conflicts within the identify of piety. And, as Armstrong demonstrates during this interesting e-book, their legacy of spiritual violence maintains this day within the heart East, the place the age-old clash of Christians, Jews, and Muslims persists.

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The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England

By Marc Morris

A riveting and authoritative heritage of the one most vital occasion in English background: the Norman Conquest.

An upstart French duke who units out to beat the main strong and unified state in Christendom. An invasion strength on a scale now not visible because the days of the Romans. one of many bloodiest and such a lot decisive battles ever fought.

This new historical past explains why the Norman Conquest used to be the main major cultural and army episode in English historical past. Assessing the unique proof at each flip, Marc Morris is going past the well-known define to provide an explanation for why England was once without delay so robust and but so susceptible to William the Conqueror’s assault; why the Normans, in a few respects much less subtle, possessed the army innovative; how William’s hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unraveled, dashed by means of English rebellions, Viking invasions, and the insatiable calls for of his fellow conquerors.

eight pages of colour illustrations

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