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Chester Alan Arthur (The American Presidents Series)

by Zachary Karabell Arthur M. Schlesinger

A short and precise biography; one of a series edited by Schlesinger.

Kennedy, Johnson, and the Quest for Justice: The Civil Rights Tapes

by Jonathan Rosenberg Zachary Karabell

The story of the passage of the Civil Right Legislation of 1964, with emphasis on new information provided by the recently released tapes of Kennedy and Johnson.

The Last Campaign

by Zachary Karabell

In the presidential campaign of 1948, Americans had a choice across the ideological spectrum, from the far Right to the far Left. This account tells the story of all four candidates' campaigns, and argues that this was the last time a presidential race was dominated by radio and print media, and the last time that progressive and Left points of view were debated and covered in the mainstream press. The author has taught at Harvard, the University of Massachusetts, and Dartmouth. His essays have appeared in newspapers and national publications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

The Last Campaign: How Harry Truman Won the 1948 Election

by Zachary Karabell

The story of Truman's surprising victory over Thomas E. Dewey.

The Leading Indicators

by Zachary Karabell

How did we come by the "leading indicators" we place such stock in? We allocate trillions of dollars and make public policy and personal decisions based upon them, but what do they really tell us?"The leading indicators" shape our lives intimately, but few of us know where these numbers come from, what they mean, or why they rule the world. GDP, inflation, unemployment, trade, and a host of averages determine whether we feel optimistic or pessimistic about the country's future and our own. They dictate whether businesses hire and invest, or fire and hunker down, whether governments spend trillions or try to reduce debt, whether individuals marry, buy a car, get a mortgage, or look for a job.Zachary Karabell tackles the history and the limitations of each of our leading indicators. The solution is not to invent new indicators, but to become less dependent on a few simple figures and tap into the data revolution. We have unparalleled power to find the information we need, but only if we let go of the outdated indicators that lead and mislead us.

Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal

by Zachary Karabell

The building of the Suez Canal was considered the greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century, but, as Zachary Karabell shows, it was much more than a marvel of construction. It was a moment when the dreams and hopes of two cultures, several states, and thousands of ordinary people converged to change the face of the earth. Parting the Desert describes an extraordinary meeting between East and West. The Egyptians hoped the canal would lead to a national renaissance and renewed power in the eastern Mediterranean. The French expected the canal to enhance world trade and advance Western civilization. Napoleon Bonaparte first raised the possibility of building a waterway during his occupation of Egypt in the late eighteenth century. The idea was kept alive by the utopian followers of Saint-Simon and was then taken up by Ferdinand de Lesseps, the energetic, ambitious French diplomat who masterminded the project. As Karabell points out, Lesseps was often in the right place at the right time, and he had the good luck of forging a friendship with the young Egyptian prince Muhammad Said. In 1854, Said became the ruler of Egypt and granted Lesseps the concession to cut a hundred-mile-long canal across the isthmus of Suez. It would take fifteen years of ceaseless effort before that dream became reality. A brilliant entrepreneur, Lesseps traveled throughout Europe and the Near East to raise support and money. He convinced thousands of ordinary French citizens to invest in the canal company, and though he never won over the British prime minister, Lord Palmerston, he did convince British merchants and businessmen that the canal would benefit them. During years of careful diplomacy, Lesseps neutralized the Ottoman sultan, and with the help of his cousin the Empress Eugénie, he won the backing of the emperor of France, Napoleon III. By the time the canal was completed, it had become a symbol of progress and a sign that East and West could coexist and cooperate, and Lesseps was lionized throughout Europe as a hero of the industrial age. But it was not smooth sailing all the way: the company relied heavily on forced labor, diplomatic intrigues continued to the very end, and technical and financial obstacles constantly threatened the project's completion. The creation of the Suez Canal captured the imagination of the world. It was heralded as a symbol of progress that would unite nations, but its legacy is mixed. It was supposed to strengthen the Middle East and bridge cultures; instead the gap widened, and the region remains a flash point for conflict. Parting the Desertis both a transporting narrative and a meditation on the origins of the modern Middle East.

Peace Be upon You

by Zachary Karabell

In a narrative that is at once thoughtful and passionate, hopeful but without illusions, award-winning historian Zachary Karabell reveals the history of peaceful coexistence among Muslims, Christians, and Jews over the course of fourteen centuries until the present-day. The harsh reality of religious conflict is daily news, and the rising tensions between the West and Islam show no signs of abating. However, the relationship between Muslims, Christians, and Jews has not always been marked with animosity; there is also a deep and nuanced history of peace. From the court of caliphs in ancient Baghdad, where scholars engaged in spirited debate, to present-day Dubai, where members of each faith work side by side, Karabell traces the forgotten legacy of tolerance and cooperation these three monotheistic religions have enjoyed--a legacy that will be vital in any attempt to find common ground and reestablish peace.


by Zachary Karabell

How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World's Prosperity Depends on It

A Visionary Nation: Four Centuries of American Dreams and What Lies Ahead

by Zachary Karabell

In this penetrating volume, Zachary Karabell examines the continuous thread that runs through the tapestry of the American experience -- the belief that we can create a perfect society -- and envisions what the next great era will be. Just as the Puritan vision of a city on a hill was supplanted by the Founding Fathers' vision of individuality, just as the expansive vision of a government-led Great Society was eclipsed by the New Economy of the 1990s, so too is the New Economy being replaced by what Karabell contends will be a period when community and spirituality occupy center stage.

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