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From the famous to the infamous, from the virtuous to the notorious, from Thomas Jefferson to Madonna, historian Axelrod profiles key figures in American politics, arts, science, business, religion, and popular culture. The brief profiles are arranged alphabetically, about three to a page, and describe each person's major contributions. The book's scope begins centuries before there was a United States and continues through the 21st century. Without a timeline, chronology, or categories, the book will probably be more comfortable on general reader's coffee tables than in students' backpacks. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"Give me liberty or give me death. " "Houston, we have a problem. " "I did not have sexual relations with that woman. " American ears ring with these and hundreds of other declarations, spun out of history. Walt Whitman claimed to "hear America singing," but, mostly, we hear America talking. Out loud. This book features more than 300 quotations from influential Americans, including Benjamin Franklin, Muhammad Ali, George W. Bush, Paris Hilton, and many more! This book chronologically records the historical timeline of America-one voice at a time.
Charles Brockden Brown: An American Tale is the first comprehensive literary, biographical, and cultural study of the novelist whom critic Leslie Fiedler has dubbed "the inventor of the American writer. " The author of Wieland, Arthur Mervyn, Ormond, and Edgar Huntly, Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) is considered the first American professional author. He introduced Indian characters into American fiction. His keen interest in character delineation and abnormal psychology anticipates the stories of Poe, Hawthorne, and later masters of the psychological novel. Brown was eager to establish for himself an American identity as a writer, to become what Crèvecoeur called "the new man in the New World. " It is especially this intimate identification of writer with country that makes Brown a telling precursor of our most characteristic authors from Poe, Hawthorne, and Cooper to Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. To understand its significance, Brown's work must be examined as both art and artifact. Accordingly, Charles Brockden Brown: An American Tale is literary history as well as criticism, embued with insights into a writer's sources and influences and the psychology of literary composition. It is also a fascinating examination of a nation's emotional and intellectual impact on a young man in search of his identity as creative artist. Charles Brockden Brown: An American Tale is the first comprehensive literary, biographical, and cultural study of the novelist whom critic Leslie Fiedler has dubbed "the inventor of the American writer. " The author of Wieland, Arthur Mervyn, Ormond, and Edgar Huntly, Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810) is considered the first American professional author. He introduced Indian characters into American fiction. His keen interest in character delineation and abnormal psychology anticipates the stories of Poe, Hawthorne, and later masters of the psychological novel. Brown was eager to establish for himself an American identity as a writer, to become what Crèvecoeur called "the new man in the New World. " It is especially this intimate identification of writer with country that makes Brown a telling precursor of our most characteristic authors from Poe, Hawthorne, and Cooper to Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. To understand its significance, Brown's work must be examined as both art and artifact. Accordingly, Charles Brockden Brown: An American Tale is literary history as well as criticism, embued with insights into a writer's sources and influences and the psychology of literary composition. It is also a fascinating examination of a nation's emotional and intellectual impact on a young man in search of his identity as creative artist.
The Cheaper the Crook, the Gaudier the Patter: Forgotten Hipster Lines, Tough Guy Talk, and Jive Gems explores the rich vocabulary of gangsters, hipsters, jazz musicians, and military personnel of the 1930s and '40s. Entries include definitions, etymology, and examples of usage. This delightful compendium celebrates the linguistic gems cut and polished during the Great Depression, World War I, and the postwar fifties-now forgotten or in danger of being forgotten.
Well written history focuses on the twentieth century.
Based on the findings in recently released archive papers and letters, as well as extensive library and historical resources, Alan Axelrod offers a compelling profile of the remarkable leadership discipline of a general often called a "military CEO. " In fascinating detail, Axelrod reveals that Ike was more than a great military leader; he was also a great executive who could--and did--write a reassuring letter to the mother of a solider one moment and make decisions impacting millions of lives the next. Follow Ike's path as Supreme Commander from the invasion of North Africa to victory in Europe and learn the lessons of great leadership along the way, including: The nature of leadership Managing detail without sacrificing the "big picture" Ensuring follow-through to execution Building a team Converting conflict into common cause Getting the facts and making plans Mentoring, motivating, and inspiring
A Business Week bestseller-- now in paperback. Unlike other leadership books using historical figures (and mostly men) as models for business people, this highlights a famous woman leader. Hers was a surprising time for a woman to emerge as such a strong leader-- that her time was as troubled as ours is now an apt comparison. Here are business and management lessons for today's corporate leaders based on Elizabeth's leadership. The life of Elizabeth has much to say to those beginning their climb up the corporate ladder as well as to those who, having attained the top rung, do not want to slip from it. This title, like Axlerod's Patton on Leadership, will appeal to business book readers as well as history buffs. The hardcover edition of Elizabeth I, CEO has sold 55,000 copies.
From the preface: "What you will find here is a collection of leadership lessons drawn from the public words of Franklin Roosevelt, beginning with his unsuccessful run for the vice presidency in 1920, moving through his terms as governor of New York, and across the entire of his presidency during an economic depression of depth and duration, and during a war of unheard-of and consequence."
[From the dust jacket: "We love to be inspired by true stories of men and women who rose to the historic occasion and made bold--though sometimes difficult and painful--decisions, acts of courage that history has judged to be high points of leadership and wisdom. That, indeed, was the great appeal of historian Alan Axelrod's previous book, Profiles in Audacity. Although we may be a bit more reluctant to admit it, we also love to hear about the decisions that--whether through character flaws or sheer bad luck--led to misfortune, disaster, or worse. In brief, fascinating, and instructive vignettes, Axelrod pinpoints more than thirty such instances of human folly. Some are dumb choices made by bone-headed people, some are evil edicts made by ruthless people, but most are gaffes by good, smart, and savvy people that nevertheless went miserably, abominably, and often irreversibly wrong. The unfortunate blunders range from as far back as the days of the Trojans and the wooden horse to the ongoing disaster of Hurricane Katrina. They occurred in spheres as diverse as politics, the military, business, and invention. Some of these cautionary tales lead us to wonder "what were they thinking?" (Ford Motor Company and the Edsel and Coca-Cola's introduction of the "New Coke") while others leave us deeply shaken (the overconfidence behind the Titanic tragedy and the bureaucratic complacency that led to the Space Shuttle disasters of 1986 and 2003). All of the fateful choices examined in Profiles in Folly--including George Armstrong Custer abandoning his own battle plan at the Little Bighorn and Thomas Edison's stand on the wrong side of technological development with his campaign against the efficiencies of alternating current--are rich with the obstinacy, willful ignorance, and plain stupidity invaluable as lessons we can all apply not only to our own lives, but also to selecting and judging those whom we choose to be our leaders. Profiles in Folly is rich with exquisite twists ranging from acerbic to horrific, and a valuable reminder of what fools we mortals can indeed be."
Few areas of human endeavor have produced more--or more colorful--terms than has the military. Soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen have over centuries come up with words, phrases, and acronyms to express everything from raw emotion to complex technology. The military is both a distinctive way of life and a community, and a command of its slang is essential to admission to full membership within the group.Most military slang is almost always familiar only to the troops. Mating mosquitoes, for example, refers to the two-chevron insignia of the Army corporal. Gadget describes an enlisted man or woman who is temporarily promoted to a position of increased responsibility to fill an urgent need, while a panty raid is a foray into enemy territory for the purpose of gathering evidence of adversary activity.Among the less delicate entries are the day the eagle shits, or payday, and skimmer puke, a submariner's term for any surface ship sailor. (And then there's the book's title, the acronym for What The F-ck).Many elements of military vocabulary have become part of our national speech: John Wayne, boondocks, attaboy, and hot dog. But whether the words and phrases are the exclusive property of our fighting men and women or are also in general use, the "real" language of the modern military set forth in this lively book embodies a uniquely American attitude and an exuberantly colloquial, unwaveringly honest, and enduringly American grace under pressure.
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