Amy Campbell Library > History

The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber

By Scott Christianson

The final Gasp takes us to the darkish aspect of human background within the first complete chronicle of the gasoline chamber within the usa. In page-turning aspect, award-winning author Scott Christianson tells a dreadful tale that's choked with striking and provocative new findings. First developed in Nevada in 1924, the gasoline chamber, a mode of killing sealed off and faraway from the sight and listening to of witnesses, used to be initially touted as a “humane” approach to execution. Delving into technological know-how, warfare, undefined, drugs, legislation, and politics, Christianson overturns this mythology for stable. He exposes the sinister hyperlinks among companies searching for revenue, the army, and the 1st makes use of of the fuel chamber after global battle I. He explores little-known connections among the fuel chamber and the eugenics flow. maybe so much controversially, he has unearthed new proof approximately American and German collaboration within the construction and deadly use of hydrogen cyanide and approximately Hitler’s adoption of fuel chamber expertise constructed within the usa. greater than a booklet concerning the dying penalty, this compelling background finally finds a lot approximately America’s values and gear constructions within the 20th century.

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A 1960s Childhood: From Thuderbirds to Beatlemania

By Paul Feeney

With chapters on domestic and college lifestyles, video games and spare time activities, tune and type, along a range of fascinating illustrations, this compendium enables you to take a nostalgic examine what it used to be wish to develop up in the course of the sixties and recaptures many of the elements of existence again then.

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History: Sound smarter without trying harder (The Very Lazy Intellectual)

By Adams Media

Did you pass your historical past homework? have you ever stressed Charlemagne with champagne? worry now not! Spanning from the traditional global to the current, The Very Lazy highbrow: History introduces you to the world's most vital old figures and occasions. With info on Alexander the good to the Vietnam warfare, you'll not need to confer with Cesar because the "salad dressing guy."

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The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution

By Amir Taheri

Who rather ideas Iran this day? Are the lads in legit positions in simple terms puppets activated by means of hidden fingers? How are judgements made in a procedure that looks so chaotic at the beginning look? Is the present political constitution doomed to clash? those are the various questions that Amir Taheri addresses during this riveting and well timed book.

An anatomy of 1 of the main secretive regimes within the modern international, The Persian Night strains the ancient, spiritual, cultural, and political roots of the Khomeinist revolution and analyzes how it has grown right into a pseudo-religious ideology during the last 3 many years. Taheri dissects a regime that has hijacked a state of seventy million humans and mobilized its assets for international “holy battle” opposed to the us and its allies. From Khomeini’s “divine challenge” to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s messianic crusade within the identify of the “Hidden Imam,” Iran is on a trajectory in the direction of war.

The Persian Night appears to be like into the particular hyperlinks among the Islamic Republic and terrorist networks together with al-Qaeda and Hezballah; the truth of the Iranian nuclear application; the Islamic Republic’s war-making services and techniques; and the origins of the 3 Khomeinist phobias—women, Jews, and the United States.

But as Taheri demonstrates, Khomeinism isn't really Iran. at the present time there are competing Irans: the single manifested within the damaging Khomeinist energies that experience dragged the kingdom into its darkish evening; the opposite drawing from the lengthy and celebrated heritage of Persian tradition whereas extending a pleasant hand to the West.

Successive U.S. administrations, in addition to so much ecu governments, have did not comprehend the truth of the Khomeinist regime and every now and then have even aided its pursuit of guns of mass destruction, together with a nuclear arsenal. Taheri presents a suite of ingenious feedback for more desirable methods of facing Iran.

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The Everyday Atlantic: Time, Knowledge, and Subjectivity in the Twentieth-Century Iberian and Latin American Newspaper Chronicle (SUNY series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture)

By Tania Gentic

Rethinks the strategies of country, imperialism, and globalization by means of analyzing the standard writing of the newspaper chronicle and web publication in Spain and Latin America.

In The daily Atlantic, Tania Gentic bargains a brand new figuring out of the ways that members and groups understand themselves within the twentieth-century Atlantic international. She grounds her learn in first-time comparative readings of day-by-day newspaper texts, written in Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan. referred to as chronicles, those daily literary writings are a precursor to the web publication and show the ephemerality of identification because it is represented and got day-by-day. through the textual content Gentic deals clean readings of recognized and lesser-known chroniclers (cronistas), together with Eugeni d’Ors (Catalonia), Germán Arciniegas (Colombia), Clarice Lispector (Brazil), Carlos Monsiváis (Mexico), and Brazilian blogger Ricardo Noblat.

While earlier techniques to the Atlantic have serious about geographical crossings by means of topics, Gentic highlights the typical moments of examining and idea during which discourses of kingdom, postcolonialism, and globalization come into clash. Critics have frequently evaluated in isolation how ideology, ethics, have an effect on, and the physique tell identification; notwithstanding, Gentic skillfully combines those ways to illustrate how the chronicle exposes daily representations of self and community.

Tania Gentic is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Georgetown collage.

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A Brief History of Witchcraft

By Lois Martin

The witch in historical past is especially varied from the picture in Harry Potter, Wicked, or the trendy day Pagan. A short historical past of Witchcraft units out to discover how the witch phenomenon begun in medieval Europe and the way it has persevered to hang-out us for greater than 500 years. ideal for someone intrigued via the clandestine, contentious position of witchcraft in background, this publication unearths the mysterious layers of characters, scandals, and trials that made witchcraft a undying common fascination.

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A History of Opera: Milestones and Metamorphoses (Opera Classics Library)

By Burton D. Fisher

Burton D. Fisher's accomplished historical past of opera that strains every one milestone and metamorphosis within the evolution of recent opera. All sessions are analysed extensive: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Bel Canto, Opera Buffa, German Romanticism, Wagner and song drama, Verismo, post-Romanticism, Atonalism, and masses extra. all of the 17 operas that represents a "milestone" in opera heritage is gifted with crucial Characters within the Opera; short tale Synopsis; tale Narrative with tune spotlight Examples; and Burton D. Fisher's insightful and intensive remark and research.

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Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation

By John Boyko

Blood and bold will switch our perspectives not only of Canada's dating with the USA, yet of the Civil struggle, Confederation and Canada itself.
In Blood and Daring, lauded historian John Boyko makes a compelling argument that Confederation happened while and because it did principally due to the pressures of the Civil warfare. Many readers can be surprised through Canada's deep connection to the war--Canadians fought in each significant conflict, provided hands to the South, and lots of key accomplice conferences happened on Canadian soil. Boyko offers americans a brand new figuring out of the North American context of the conflict, and in addition indicates how the political weather of the time created a extra unified Canada, one who used to be capable of effectively oppose American expansion.
Filled with enticing tales and impressive proof from formerly unaccessed fundamental assets, Boyko's attention-grabbing new interpretation of the battle will entice all readers of background. Blood and bold will swap our perspectives not only of Canada's courting with the USA, yet of Confederation itself.

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Ancient Syria: A Three Thousand Year History

By Trevor Bryce

Syria has lengthy been probably the most trouble-prone and politically unstable areas of the close to and heart jap global. This publication appears again past the concerns of the current to inform the 3000-year tale of what got here sooner than: the peoples, towns, and kingdoms that arose, flourished, declined, and disappeared within the lands that now represent Syria, from the time of the region's earliest written files within the 3rd millennium BC, all the way through to the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian within the early 4th century advert.

Across the centuries, from the Bronze Age to Imperial Rome, we come upon an unlimited array of characters and civilizations, enlivening, enriching, and besmirching the annals of Syrian heritage: Hittite and Assyrian nice Kings; Egyptian pharaohs; Amorite robber-barons; the biblically infamous Nebuchadnezzar; Persia's Cyrus the good and Macedon's Alexander the good; the rulers of the Seleucid empire; and an collection of Rome's such a lot distinct and so much notorious emperors. All swept around the plains of Syria sooner or later in her lengthy historical past. All contributed, in a single manner or one other, to Syria's distinct, special personality, as they imposed themselves upon it, fought each other inside it, or pillaged their approach via it.

But this isn't only a heritage of invasion and oppression. Syria had nice rulers of her personal, native-born Syrian luminaries, occasionally showing as neighborhood champions who sought to disencumber their lands from overseas despots, occasionally as crafty, self-seeking manipulators of squabbles among their overlords. They culminate with Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, whose existence presents a becoming grand finale to the 1st 3 millennia of this historical civilization. And but the lengthy tale of Syria doesn't finish with the mysterious destiny of Queen Zenobia. the belief seems to be ahead to the Muslim conquest within the seventh century advert: in lots of methods the hole bankruptcy within the both complicated and infrequently bothered historical past of contemporary Syria.

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Floating Palaces of the Great Lakes: A History of Passenger Steamships on the Inland Seas

Through a lot of the 19th century, steam-powered ships supplied some of the most trustworthy and cozy transportation concepts within the usa, turning into a serious accomplice in railroad growth and the center of a thriving sport undefined. the cultured, structural, and advertisement height of the steamboat period happened at the nice Lakes, the place palatial ships created thoughts and livelihoods for thousands whereas sporting passengers among the region’s significant commercial ports of Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Toronto. by means of the mid-twentieth century, the was once in steep decline, and at the present time North America’s wealthy and enjoyable steamboat historical past has been mostly forgotten. In Floating Palaces of the nice Lakes, Joel Stone revisits this significant period of maritime heritage, filled with beauty and event, politics and wealth, triumph and tragedy. This tale of serious Lakes tourists and the gorgeous floating palaces they engendered will have interaction historians and heritage buffs alike, in addition to genealogists, regionalists, and researchers.

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