This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate. He was friend to luminaries such as Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and William Wordsworth. Thomas paine’s voice rang in the ears of eighteenth-century revolutionaries from America to France to England.
Citizen Tom Paine #ad - His pamphlets extolling democracy sold in the millions.
Jefferson's Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of RepublicanismHoughton Mifflin Harcourt #ad - The year 1800 marked the end of federalist elitism, pointed the way to peaceful power shifts, cleared a place for states’ rights in the political landscape—and set the stage for the Civil War. An excellent work that effectively explains this critical contest that shaped the history of the new republic.
Booklist “dunn does a superb job of recounting the campaign, its cast of characters, and the election’s bizarre conclusion in Congress. In a way no previous historian has done, Susan Dunn illuminates this watershed moment in American history. In the election of 1800, and the elitism he represented, Federalist incumbent John Adams, faced Republican Thomas Jefferson.
Congress was supposed to resolve the tie, to Jefferson and his Republicans? For weeks on end, but would the Federalists hand over power peacefully to their political enemies, nothing was certain. Jefferson defeated adams but, through a quirk in Electoral College balloting, tied with his own running mate, Aaron Burr.
Jefferson's Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism #ad - The federalists delayed and plotted, while Republicans threatened to take up arms. She captures its great drama, gives us fresh, ﬁnely drawn portraits of the founding fathers, and brilliantly parses the enduring signiﬁcance of the crisis. Dunn, a scholar of eighteenth-century american history, has provided a valuable reminder of an election in which the stakes were truly enormous and the political vituperation was far more poisonous than the relatively moderate attacks heard today.
Accidents of Providence: A NovelMariner Books #ad - A seventeenth-century heroine for our times” could face death for her dangerous affair with an English revolutionary O, The Oprah Magazine. At once a remarkable love story and a breathtaking thriller based on true events, Accidents of Providence is “heart-poundingly vivid and intellectually provocative .
. . Historical fiction at its best” Kirkus Reviews, starred review. London, 1649. But when rachel’s “bastard” infant is found hidden in the woods, Rachel is arrested. The question that has brought rachel to trial for murder is: why? now drawn into rachel’s circle is the married lover she is loathe to reveal; a fiercely compassionate mother who lost her own children to smallpox; a prosecutor hell-bent on making an example of Rachel; and the criminal investigator, increasingly reluctant to build his case against the condemned young woman—all of them brought to reckon for this one life.
Accidents of Providence: A Novel #ad - No one disputes that the young mother buried her beloved daughter. King charles has been beheaded for treason; cromwell is in power; paranoia and self-righteousness rule; and glove maker Rachel Lockyer has been engaged in a secret affair with William Walwyn, a Leveler who advocates for independence and tolerance.
A delightfully seditious heroine . . . Proof that a historical novel can be educational and entertaining.
Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free SpeechAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - An illuminating book of American history. Kirkus reviews, with the united states in crisis, starred review In 1798, President John Adams and the Federalists in control of Congress passed an extreme piece of legislation that made criticism of the government and its leaders a crime punishable by heavy fines and jail time.
A powerful and engaging narrative . . . But americans refused to let their freedoms be so easily dismissed: they penned fiery editorials, signed petitions, ” while Vice President Thomas Jefferson and James Madison drew up the infamous Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, and raised “liberty poles, arguing that the Federalist government had gone one step too far.
Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech #ad - Slack brings one of America’s defining crises back to vivid life . . . Slack engagingly reveals how the Federalist attack on the First Amendment almost brought down the Republic . . . This is a terrific piece of history. Jon meacham, pulitzer Prize–winning author of Thomas Jefferson. From a loudmouth in a bar to a firebrand politician to Benjamin Franklin’s own grandson, those victimized by the 1798 Sedition Act were as varied as the country’s citizenry.
And All the SaintsDiversion Books #ad - Winner of the american book award for fiction His life of crime began at the age of ten, after he crossed the Atlantic with his family and landed in America. A bright romp, with enough period detail and dialogue to fill ten Cagney films. Kirkus reviews “reminiscent of Roddy Doyle's novel A Star Called Henry.
Booklist “A tale that feels remarkably authentic. Hartford Courant. A “compelling” novel based on the life of Irish American gangster Owen Madden, from a New York Times–bestselling author Booklist. Starting as the leader of the most violent Irish street gang in Hell’s Kitchen, the young immigrant rose to prominence as the leading brewer and bootlegger in Prohibition-era New York.
And All the Saints #ad - In due course, he also became mae west’s lover; the founder and proprietor of the Cotton Club; the owner of five heavyweight champions; the man who gave his childhood friend George Raft his big break in Hollywood; and more. This vivid historical novel, written in the form of a fictionalized memoir, uses Madden’s voice to trace his life from his boyhood in England to his early twentieth-century heyday and beyond.
The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940RosettaBooks #ad - This is a companion effort to shirer’s the rise and Fall of the Third Reich, also voluminous but very readable, reflecting once again both Shirer’s own experience and an enormous mass of historical material well digested and assimilated. Kirkus Reviews starred review. In just six weeks, he watched the Third Reich topple one of the world’s oldest military powers—and institute a rule of terror and paranoia.
As an international war correspondent and radio commentator during World War II, William L. Shirer didn’t just research the fall of France. The national book award–winning historian’s “vivid and moving” eyewitness account of the fall of France to Hitler’s Third Reich at the outset of WWII The New York Times.
The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940 #ad - Based on in-person conversations with the leaders, and ordinary citizens who both shaped the events and lived through them, generals, diplomats, Shirer constructs a compelling account of historical events without losing sight of the human experience. He was there. From the heroic efforts of the freedom fighters to the tactical military misjudgments that caused the fall and the daily realities of life for French citizens under Nazi rule, this fascinating and exhaustively documented account brings this significant episode of history to life.
SpartacusM.E. Sharpe #ad - It was originally published in 1951 by Fast himself, after being turned down by every mainstream publisher of the day because of Fast's blacklisting for his Communist Party sympathies. Spartacus, a fictionalization of a slave revolt in ancient Rome in 71 BC, is well known today because of the 1960 movie starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier.
The story of spartacus, trained as a gladiator, who led a slave revolt that was eventually put down by Crassus, was immensely popular, born a slave, and went on to sell millions of copies. The reprinting of this title in the North Castle series brings back into print a book that many regard as a classic.
The Friends of Pancho Villa: A NovelGrove Press #ad - Killers of men and lovers of life, the revolutionaries fought for freedom, for a new Mexico, and for Villa himself. Frankly describing the murder, ” the los angeles times book prize–winning author of The Ways of Wolfe delivers a masterpiece of ferocious loyalty, bloody revolution, betrayal and deceit that turned a revolution against dictatorship into a civil war, and legends that live forever Publishers Weekly.
And pancho villa was its “incarnation and its eagle of a soul”—so says Rodolfo Fierro, the narrator of The Friends of Pancho Villa, train robber, an ex-con, and Villa’s loyal friend. Waged from 1910 to 1920, the Mexican Revolution profoundly transformed Mexican government and culture. The award-winning author blends fact and fiction to bring the Mexican Revolution to life in a “harrowing and brutal tale” of its famous leader Rocky Mountain News.
The Friends of Pancho Villa: A Novel #ad - In return, they shared victory and death with their country’s most powerful hero. One of the greatest chroniclers of the mythical American outlaw life” —Entertainment Weekly “This is not for the faint of heart, but then, neither is revolution. Publishers Weekly.
Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of AmericaMariner Books #ad - In the early 1770s, provincial lives in the rustic backwaters of the New World, the men who invented America were living quiet, devoted to family and the private pursuit of wealth and happiness. An eminently readable account of the men who led the Revolution, wrote the Constitution and persuaded the citizens of the thirteen original states to adopt it.
San francisco chronicle “Superb . . . A distinctive, fresh retelling of this epochal tale . . . Men like john dickinson, and henry and John Laurens, George Mason, rarely leading characters in similar works, put in strong appearances here. We see the founders before they were fully formed leaders, as ordinary men who became extraordinary, altered by history.
Everyone interested in the founding of the U. S. In revolutionaries, madison a sophisticated constitutional thinker, Franklin a pioneering cultural diplomat, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian shows how the private lives of these men were suddenly transformed into public careers—how Washington became a strategist, and Hamilton a brilliant policymaker.
Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America #ad - But the focus is on the big five: Washington, John Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and Hamilton. From the boston tea party to the first continental congress, from Trenton to Valley Forge, war, Rakove explores the competing views of politics, diplomacy, from the ratification of the Constitution to the disputes that led to our two-party system, and society that shaped our nation.
Moses: The Epic Story of His Rebellion in the Court of EgyptOpen Road Media #ad - This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate. From moses’s adoption into the home of pharaoh ramses ii, to his controversial support of monotheism and eventual leadership of a nation, to his upbringing in Egypt’s royal court, Moses is a stunning look at the life of one of world history’s most celebrated men.
The epic life story of moses, from orphan child to leader of the Israelites, from the New York Times–bestselling author of Spartacus. In moses, fast breathes new life into the legendary story of the infant found among the reeds of the Nile.
The Pure LandCanongate U.S. #ad - His love affair with a courtesan—a woman who, unknown to him, would bear him the son for whom he had always longed—would inform a tragedy so heartrending that it would become immortal. Part thrilling adventure, part lyrical reflection, east and west, and characterized by Spence’s pure vision”, The Pure Land spans the feudal and the atomic ages, global history and the private passions of the Scottish merchant-turned-Nagasaki tycoon and hero Sunday Herald.
The result is “a page-turner of the first order. Thoughtful and vivid” historical novel based on the true story that inspired Madame Butterfly and Miss Saigon Publishers Weekly. A “lively and epic . . . Yet beneath glover’s astonishing success lies a man cut to the heart. Thomas glover is a gutsy eighteen-year-old in Aberdeen who grasps the chance of escape to foreign lands and takes a posting as a trader in Japan.
The Pure Land #ad - Within ten years he amasses a great fortune, on the other side of the law, and, plays a huge role in modernizing Japan, brings about the overthrow of the shogun. The year is 1858. Not merely an engaging and vivid historical novel, but also a meditative work of art that is as finely honed as a samurai’s sword” The Times, London.