Download E-books A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam PDF

By Neil Sheehan



When he got here to Vietnam in 1962, Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann used to be the only clear-sighted player in an enterpirse riddled with conceitedness and self-deception, a charismatic soldier who placed his lifestyles and occupation at the line in an try and persuade his superiors that the warfare may be fought otherwise. by the point he died in 1972, Vann had embraced the follies he as soon as decired. He died believing that the warfare have been won.

In this magisterial publication, a monument of heritage and biography that used to be presented the nationwide ebook Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, a well known journalist tells the tale of John Vann--"the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam"--and of the tragedy that destroyed a rustic and squandered a lot of America's younger manhood and resources.

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Download E-books The Populist Vision PDF

By Charles Postel

Within the overdue 19th century, huge technological concepts just like the telegraph and steam strength made the US and the area a way smaller position. New applied sciences additionally made attainable large-scale association and centralization. companies grew exponentially and the wealthy collected nice fortunes. these at the brief finish of those wrenching alterations spoke back within the Populist rebel, the most powerful demanding situations to company energy in American history.

But what did Populism symbolize? part a century in the past, students equivalent to Richard Hofstadter portrayed the Populist flow as an irrational reaction of backward-looking farmers to the demanding situations of modernity. because then, the romantic idea of Populism because the resistance move of tradition-based and pre-modern groups to a contemporary and advertisement society has prevailed. In a extensive, leading edge reassessment, according to a deep examining of archival assets, The Populist Vision argues that the Populists understood themselves as--and have been in fact--modern humans, who pursued an alternative imaginative and prescient for contemporary America.

considering either the leaders and the led, The Populist Vision makes use of a large lens, targeting the farmers, either black and white, women and men, whereas additionally bet employees and bohemian urbanites. From Texas to the Dakotas, from Georgia to California, farmer Populists strove to exploit the hot recommendations for his or her personal ends. They sought medical and technical wisdom, shaped hugely centralized enterprises, introduced large-scale cooperative companies, and pressed for reforms at the version of the nation's so much difficult forms - the Postal carrier. thousands of Populist farm girls sought schooling, employment in colleges and workplaces, and a extra glossy lifestyles. Miners, railroad employees, and different exertions Populists joined with farmers to offer impetus to the regulatory kingdom. Activists from Chicago, San Francisco, and different new towns supplied Populism with a dynamic city dimension

This significant reassessment of the Populist adventure is key analyzing for somebody attracted to the politics, society, and tradition of contemporary America.

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Download E-books High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House 28) PDF

By Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie are prepared for his or her subsequent experience within the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

trap the wave!

That's what Jack and Annie do while the Magic Tree residence whisks them again to a Hawaiian island of some time past. They how you can surf and feature a superb time—until unusual issues commence taking place. Jack and Annie quickly observe the reason: A tidal wave is headed their means! Can they assist shop their new pals in time?

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Download E-books Is It Good for the Jews?: The Crisis of America's Israel Lobby PDF

By Stephen Schwartz

In 2005, then-officials of the yankee Israel Public Affairs Committee have been indicted for delivering labeled info to a overseas energy. That the ability in query was once assumed to be Israel introduced clean credibility to a conspiracy idea that have been floating round Washington for years: strong “Jewish foyer” controls U.S. coverage within the center East.

The run-up to the Iraq conflict had supplied new grist for this concept. a bunch of mostly Jewish neoconservatives have been one of the architects of the conflict, and their motivations for elimination Saddam Hussein have been alternately ascribed to grease pursuits and the necessity to defend Israel. The allegations opposed to those neoconservatives—especially former Deputy Secretary of safety Paul Wolfowitz—echoed the case of the infamous Jonathan Pollard who pled in charge of spying for Israel in 1986.

In this biting and incisive polemic, journalist and writer Stephen Schwartz confronts the parable of a Jewish foyer head on, asking questions that not anyone else has dared to pose. what's the “Jewish lobby”? How robust is it? What was once its involvement within the arrangements for warfare in Iraq? used to be there relatively a “cabal” of neoconservative Jews within the management of George W. Bush? How did AIPAC officers become accused, in 2004, of espionage? especially, what's sturdy for the Jews, and who comes to a decision it?

Many folks omit that during the Nineteen Thirties, a real home-grown fascist circulation arose in the United States. at the moment, Schwartz reminds us, it was once now not the reputable representatives of the Jewish neighborhood that stood as much as the fascist goons of latest York urban, yet Jewish socialists—the antecedents of today’s neoconservatives. Likewise, this present day, it has no longer been the meek and timid leaders of the supposedly omnipotent Jewish foyer that experience defended the Jews however the reviled “neocons” within the Bush management. Their strategic imaginative and prescient initiatives a overseas coverage that's either solid for the USA and strong for the Jews. consequently, Schwartz predicts an expanding flip for Jewish citizens clear of their dysfunctional marriage with the Democratic social gathering and towards the Republicans.

Ultimately Schwartz concludes that during modern-day the USA, a “Jewish foyer” might not be precious. within the face of the threatened cave in of the foyer, he argues, American Jews may still overtly and proudly think their right function as ethical and non secular exemplars for his or her fellow american citizens and stop performing like a apprehensive minority.

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