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Flora Tristan: Feminism In The Age Of George Sand

by Sandra Dijkstra

A new edition of an influential biography of the early Victorian socialist feminist writer Flora Tristan.Active in the 1830s and 1840s, Flora Tristan is best known for her book "Workers' Union," an account of the conditions of women and workers in Peru, London, Paris and the provinces of France. Regarded as something of a pariah, she was one of the first women radicals to draw clear connections between the plight of disaffected workers and powerless women. Her version of socialism has been regarded as leading towards Marx. Sandra Dijkstra aims to paint a clear picture of Tristan as a class- and gender-conscious women writer in a transitional historical period, and to demonstrate her influence on Marxism.

PyTorch Deep Learning Hands-On: Apply modern AI techniques with CNNs, RNNs, GANs, reinforcement learning, and more

by Sherin Thomas Sudhanshu Passi

All the key deep learning methods built step-by-step in PyTorchKey FeaturesUnderstand the internals and principles of PyTorchImplement key deep learning methods in PyTorch: CNNs, GANs, RNNs, reinforcement learning, and moreBuild deep learning workflows and take deep learning models from prototyping to productionBook DescriptionPyTorch is a new, lightweight, and Python-first tool for deep learning. Built by Facebook to offer flexibility and speed, it has quickly become the preferred tool for deep learning experts. PyTorch helps you release deep learning models faster than ever before.PyTorch Deep Learning Hands-On shows how to implement every major deep learning architecture in PyTorch. Starting with simple neural networks, it covers PyTorch for computer vision (CNN), natural language processing (RNN), GANs, and reinforcement learning. You will also build deep learning workflows with the PyTorch framework, migrate models built in Python to highly efficient TorchScript, and deploy to production using the most sophisticated available tools.Each chapter focuses on a different area of deep learning. Chapters start with a refresher on the core principles, before sharing the code you need to implement them in PyTorch.If you want to become a deep learning expert this book is for you.What you will learnUse PyTorch to build:Simple Neural Networks – build neural networks the PyTorch way, with high-level functions, optimizers, and moreConvolutional Neural Networks – create advanced computer vision systemsRecurrent Neural Networks – work with sequential data such as natural language and audioGenerative Adversarial Networks – create new content with models including SimpleGAN and CycleGANReinforcement Learning – develop systems that can solve complex problems such as driving or game playingDeep Learning workflows – move effectively from ideation to production with proper deep learning workflow using PyTorch and its utility packagesProduction-ready models – package your models for high-performance production environmentsWho this book is forMachine learning professionals and enthusiasts who know Python and want to build efficient and powerful deep learning systems in PyTorch.

Advanced TypeScript Programming Projects: Build 9 different apps with TypeScript 3 and JavaScript frameworks such as Angular, React, and Vue

by Peter O'Hanlon

Gain in-depth knowledge of TypeScript and the latest ECMAScript standards by building robust web applications across different domains Key Features Apply the cutting-edge features of TypeScript 3.0 to build high-performance, maintainable applications Learn through practical examples of using TypeScript with popular frameworks, such as Angular and React Focus on building high-quality applications that are modular, scalable and adaptable Book Description With the demand for ever more complex websites, the need to write robust, standard-compliant JavaScript has never been greater. TypeScript is modern JavaScript with the support of a first-class type system, which makes it simpler to write complex web systems. With this book, you'll explore core concepts and learn by building a series of websites and TypeScript apps. You'll start with an introduction to TypeScript features that are often overlooked in other books, before moving on to creating a simple markdown parser. You'll then explore React and get up to speed with creating a client-side contacts manager. Next, the book will help you discover the Angular framework and use the MEAN stack to create a photo gallery. Later sections will assist you in creating a GraphQL Angular Todo app and then writing a Socket.IO chatroom. The book will also lead you through developing your final Angular project which is a mapping app. As you progress, you'll gain insights into React with Docker and microservices. You'll even focus on how to build an image classification program with machine learning using TensorFlow. Finally, you'll learn to combine TypeScript and C# to create an ASP.NET Core-based music library app. By the end of this book, you'll be able to confidently use TypeScript 3.0 and different JavaScript frameworks to build high-quality apps. What you will learn Discover how to use TypeScript to write code using common patterns Get to grips with using popular frameworks and libraries with TypeScript Leverage the power of both server and client using TypeScript Learn how to apply exciting new paradigms such as GraphQL and TensorFlow Use popular cloud-based authenticated services Combine TypeScript with C# to create ASP.NET Core applications Who this book is for This book is for programmers and web developers who are familiar with TypeScript and want to put their knowledge to work by building real-world complex applications. Prior experience with any other web framework is not required.

Queen: Complete Works (revised and updated)

by Georg Purvis

Clashing together outrageous musical influences, and extravagant visual imagery, Queen's place in history as the greatest glam band of them all is rock solid.Their fan base continues to grow, over 25 years on from the death of Freddie Mercury, Queen's flamboyant, unforgettable front man. Georg Purvis's meticulous, session-by-session, song-by-song, album-by-album, tour-by-tour record of the band's progress is the complete reference source that Queen fans have been waiting for. If you love the Champions of Rock, it's all here:The Band - detailed insights into Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon including bands the members formed outside of Queen and solo endeavours The Albums - detailed production history and analysis of every album, including solo releasesThe Sessions - In depth coverage from the early days via A Night at The Opera all the way to Made in HeavenThe Songs - hundreds of individual entries on all the famous recordings, as well as obscure, unreleased raritiesThe Tours - set-lists and histories of every Queen and Queen-related live show including Queen + Adam LambertThe Videos - a complete guide to Queen's groundbreaking video workThe Movies - Flash Gordon, Highlander and 2018's Bohemian Rhapsody biopic Plus - the reunion shows with Paul Rodgers, Adam Lambert, the radio sessions, the costumes, the parties and much, much more...

Invisible Blood

by Christopher Fowler Lee Child Mary Hoffman Jeffrey Deaver

FEATURING A BRAND-NEW JACK REACHER STORY! A collection of seventeen brand-new crime stories from bestselling authors Lee Child, Jeffrey Deaver, Stella Duffy, and more.KILLER SECRETSFEATURING A BRAND NEW JACK REACHER STORYOpen the files on an anthology of seventeen new crime stories to probe the brutal and complex hearts of criminals, and unravel the strangest of mysteries. Watch as a secretive group of intelligence community officers trace Jack Reacher through Heathrow in Lee Child's "Smile". In Mary Hoffman's "Fallen Woman", a journalist on the trail of a secretive drug lord gets caught up in the violent suicide of a young woman in Siena. And in Jeffery Deaver's "Connecting the Dots", detectives follow the trail of clues in the brutal killing of a homeless man, wherever it may lead... Invisible Blood is a gripping collection exploring the compulsions of the criminal mind.SEVENTEEN STORIES FROM TODAY'S FINEST CRIME WRITERSLee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Denise Mina, R.J. Ellory, Christopher Fowler, Stella Duffy, Ken Bruen, Lauren Henderson, James Grady, Jason Starr, Mary Hoffman, Cathi Unsworth, Bill Beverly, Lavie Tidhar, Johana Gustawsson, A K Benedict, John Harvey

Alien: Isolation

by Keith R.A. DeCandido

The action-packed official adaptation of Alien: Isolation and a revealing look into the lives of Ellen Ripley and her daughter, Amanda Ripley.HE OFFICIAL VIDEO GAME ADAPTATION--AND MUCH MORE!From birth, Amanda Ripley's life is riddled with hardship. Her parents live on the edge of poverty, so her mother--Ellen Ripley--seeks off-world contracts that lead to a position aboard the commercial hauler Nostromo. Then when the deep-space vessel disappears, Amanda passes into adulthood focused on discovering one thing.WHAT HAPPENED TO ELLEN RIPLEY?Amanda's quest pulls her into the underbelly of society, where few can be trusted. On Luna she meets someone who seems the exception--Private Zula Hendricks of the Colonial Marines but their relationship is short-lived. Just as Amanda appears to hit rock bottom... a lead appears.To follow it, she must travel to the remote Sevastopol Station. There she hopes to find the answers she seeks. But the station is in ruins, and death stalks the corridors in the form of a deadly alien the likes of which she never could have imagined.

Gears of War: Ascendance

by Jason M. Hough

The official prequel to the action video game Gears 5, beginning immediately after Gears of War 4 and leading directly into the new game.THE OFFICIAL BRIDGE TO GEARS 5Following Reyna Diaz's death at the hands of the Swarm, Kait seals her mother's tomb, swearing revenge. With her allies, including JD Fenix and Del Walker, she returns to New Ephyra to warn the Coalition of Ordered Governments:THE SWARM IS COMINGHowever, First Minister Jinn requires proof of the threat. She also demands their utter loyalty, driving a wedge between the allies. Joined by Marcus Fenix, Kait strikes out on her own while JD and Del embark on a sanctioned mission to prove that the threat is real. With the fate of humankind hanging in the balance, it's a race against time.

Conscientious Objectors in the Civil War

by Edward Needles Wright

The term “conscientious objector” was not in use during the Civil War, but the concept certainly existed. This engrossing volume is an authoritative, thoroughly researched study of the whole problem of objection to warfare on religious or moral grounds, as it existed during the Civil War. The author covers five major areas: the types of individuals and which religious denominations were actually opposed to the war on conscientious grounds; what efforts were made on behalf of objectors and what changes took place in their political status; the attitude of the civil and military authorities toward objectors; the number of objectors; and, finally, a comparison of the problem of conscientious objection in the Civil War with the same problem as it existed for the United States during the First World War.The facts presented in this volume are of historical interest; the conclusions the author draws, however, are, if anything, more relevant and important today than they were during any other period in American history.

Abraham Lincoln and Coles County, Illinois

by Charles H. Coleman

In the predawn darkness of Friday, February 1, 1861, aboard a westbound train, Abraham Lincoln, left Coles County for the last time.Elected to the presidency the previous November and not yet having departed his home in Springfield for Washington, D.C., to be inaugurated, he had come on January 30 to visit his stepmother, Sarah Bush Lincoln, and to say farewell to friends and family in Charleston and the surrounding area.He would never return. Having led the United States through the Civil War, he would die at the hand of assassin John Wilkes Booth in Washington’s Ford Theater on another Friday—April 14, 1865.This book by history scholar Charles H. Coleman explores Lincoln’s close-knit family ties in and connection to Coles County, located in east-central Illinois: the home of his father and stepmother, Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, as well as his stepbrother John and his stepsisters, Sarah Elizabeth and Matilda, along with their families, and where Lincoln himself was a frequent visitor during his lifetime.

The Guns at Gettysburg

by Fairfax Davis Downey

The guns still stand at Gettysburg amid the markers and the monuments on the hallowed ground. And it is fitting that they do, for Gettysburg marked not only the high tide of the Confederacy and the turning point of the war, but also the greatest cannonade ever seen in this hemisphere. In no battle of the Civil War did artillery play a more decisive role than it did here, and no factor contributed more to the Union victory than the superior handling of the Federal cannon. Amid all the discussions of the errors of generalship on both sides, too little credit has been given to that all-but-forgotten hero of the battle, General Henry Jackson Hunt, the chief of the Union artillery. In reappraising and retelling the battle form the artilleryman’s point of view, Colonel Downey has made a real contribution to our understanding of the reasons for the Confederate failure to crush the Army of the Potomac.

A Life For The Confederacy: As Recorded in the Pocket Diaries of Pvt. Robert A. Moore

by Robert A. Moore

Robert Augustus Moore, aged 25, gave his life for the Confederacy at Chickamauga on September 20, 1863. No one knows where he was buried or whether he was buried at all, and the young Mississippi farmer would be no more than a name on an obscure muster roll had he not kept faithfully a diary of his wartime experiences. This remarkable record not only discloses the personality of its author, but illuminates the daily life of the Confederate soldier. An important Confederate document….The book contains a roster of the Officers and Men of Company “G”, 17th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry with the name, rank, birthplace, occupation, residence, age, marital status and remarks (entry dates, discharge dates, dates wounded or killed, promotion information, etc.)“…the diary of an educated Mississippian whose candid observations ended abruptly with his death at Chickamauga.”—Civil War Books

Forgotten Hero: The Biography of a Civil War General

by Elizabeth J. Whaley

First published in 1955, this is a fascinating biography of General James Birdseye McPherson (1828-1864), a career United States Army officer who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.The story carries McPherson from his birth near Clyde, Ohio in 1828 to his sudden death during the Battle for Atlanta in 1864. Son of pioneer parents who migrated to northern Ohio from upstate New York in the 1820’s, McPherson, showing promise in school and at his store job, won an appointment to West Point, where he graduated top of the class of 1853. There followed a year of teaching mathematics at the military academy and then assignments with the corps of engineers, first at New York, where he served with William T. Sherman, then at San Francisco, where his task was strengthening the Alcatraz Island fortifications.Shortly after the onset of the Civil War, McPherson requested a transfer to the Corps of Engineers to further his career and, departing California in August 1861, he requested a position on the staff of Maj.-Gen. Halleck. McPherson’s career began to flourish after this assignment, rising through the ranks and battles to become Major-General and given command of Grant’s Army of Tennessee in March 1864. Sherman began his Atlanta Campaign in May 1864, with McPherson and his army constituting the right flank, and it was during the Battle of Atlanta in July 1864 that McPherson left his permanent mark on the history of his country when he lost his life as the second highest-ranking Union officer killed during the war.“In presenting this story of his life, I have tried to bring out an officer whose dynamic personality was reflected in the results of many engagements on the battlefield; a gentleman whose talent for friendship and love for people endeared him to thousands; a leader whose quick decisions and wise, cool judgments were needed after the noise of battle had subsided.”—Elizabeth J. Whaley

Camera Trails in Africa: A Photographer’s Safari in British East Africa

by Martin Johnson

Martin and Osa Johnson went to British East Africa in the 1920’s in order to photograph wild animals, many of which were disappearing with the advances of civilization. They ended up falling in love with the country, and did not want to return to the United States.It is easy to imagine why, considering the Johnsons spent their days wandering around the bush, camping and trekking and photographing. Each morning they ventured out with their cameras to stalk snorting rhinos or magnificent lions against the backdrop of the golden-brown plains and turquoise skies.But don’t imagine that Johnson’s life as a photographer was always peaceful. At one point, he describes cranking up the motion picture camera as a lion prepares to spring. Later on, Osa saves Martin’s life from a herd of stampeding elephants—all for the sake of the perfect picture.Although most of the area they covered was uninhabited by people, they did have many African servants who accompanied them on their travels, and they encountered Masai and other tribes along the way.Martin Johnson was once a member of Jack London’s boat crew, and may have picked up some skills from that famous author. Camera Trails in Africa is a beautifully-written book, and makes you want to “safari off to some country that is still God’s country.

African Sculpture Speaks

by Ladislas Segy

PABLO PICASSO: “…when the form is realized, it is there to live its own life.”HENRY MOORE: “The sculpture which moves me most is full-blooded and self-supporting, fully in the round; giving out something of an energy and power of great mountains, it has a life of its own independent of the object it represents.”African Art Speaks, the first full appraisal of African art published in the United States, describes and illustrates the sculpted works of more than 150 West African tribes.Ladislas Segy approaches African art from several different but interrelated perspectives, considering the sculptures first as products of a distinct African culture, then as high-quality works of art. Seeking to bring the African carver’s work within the scope of the Western observer, Segy stresses the need for appraising African art within in its own context, suspending established procedures for art appreciation and viewing the object as it actually is, not as we think it is or should be.Bringing to bear the disciplines of aesthetics, anthropology, psychology, and phenomenology, Segy shows how the deep-seated magico-religious beliefs of the tribal carver creates such powerful emotional tension in his work that the viewer can recapture this emotion and identify it as part of his own experience.This present edition is the Third Printing, originally published in 1961, and provides a systematic Style Guide, analyzing the characteristic features of the different styles of tribal sculpture. A special chapter for the collector tells how to buy and care for African art. Segy also discusses the styles of the main sculpture-producing tribes in East and South Africa. Included are maps, a bibliography and a list of illustrations.“While much has been written about African sculpture within recent years, Mr. Segy’s book is undoubtedly among the finest published in this country.”—The San Francisco Chronicle

Coronado: Knight of Pueblos and Plains

by Herbert Eugene Bolton

Herbert Eugene Bolton, who was well-known for his books on the Southwest and Spanish Americas, here recounts in detail Francisco Vasquez de Coronado’s sixteenth-century entrada to the North American frontier of the Spanish Empire.In retracing Coronado’s route, Professor Bolton—with access to new information—was able to relive the experiences of the original exploration. Originally published in 1949, he brings fresh insight and profound knowledge to CORONADO: Knight of Pueblos and Plains.“Thoroughly documented, this tells of the search for El Dorado, the preliminary explorations of Fray Marcos seeking the Seven Cities of Cibola, Alarcon’s voyage, the discovery of the Colorado, the explorations of Coronado and his lieutenants…Then there are Coronado’s later years as governor of Nueva Galicia, his trial and acquittal.”—Kirkus Review

The Internal Threat to the American Way of Life

by Ezra Taft Benson

The Internal Threat to the American Way of Life was a talk given by Ezra Taft Benson at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on December 11, 1961. Benson had served as the 15th United States Secretary of Agriculture from January 21, 1953 to January 20, 1961.

Early American Wooden Ware & Other Kitchen Utensils

by Mary Earle Gould

An authoritative and comprehensive history of wooden ware, including old New England kitchens, pantry tools, bowls, plates, mortars, buckets, tubs, the early uses of paint, means of identification, and much more.“It would be hard to say how and where the material for this book was gathered. From my childhood I have been interested in early manners, customs, and sayings, and have retained as I have learned. It was natural, then, that wherever I went as a collector I questioned and listened, and no chance remarks slipped by unheeded. A notebook went with me and I began to keep a diary of the happenings of the days….“With many happy memories of places I have visited, of acquaintances I have made, of hospitality shown me by those of an older generation and of interesting correspondence with all parts of the United States, I have written my book.“This enlarged edition has been made possible by more research work and by helpful correspondence from those interested in recording this early history. A few more pieces of wooden ware have come to the museum which now numbers over 1,000 pieces, including the iron fireplace utensils.”—Mary Earle Gould

Eagle of the Sea: The Story of Old Ironsides

by Bruce Grant Gordon Grant

U.S.S. Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy named by President George Washington after the United States Constitution. She is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. She was launched in 1797, one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794 and the third constructed.Constitution is most noted for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships: H.M.S. Guerriere, Java, Pictou, Cyane, and Levant. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname “Old Ironsides” and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons, and she circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War, she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy. She carried American artwork and industrial displays to the Paris Exposition of 1878.“The author, an authority on the history of the Constitution (better known as Old Ironsides), has unearthed a good deal of documentary source material relating to her story, and has used some of this material in this, his first book for boys and girls. The story is told through the experiences of a boy who helped build her in the Boston shipyards, and later sailed on her as a recruit of the new U.S. Navy, first to prove her might against the Barbary pirates, later against the British in the War of 1812. The bloody pirate battles, the rush of wind in the sails, the loud report of heavy shells, all are there to please any boy or girl who revels in stories of the days of sailing ships and battles. The historical and biographical background of this make it good supplementary reading, of particular use in school libraries.”—Kirkus ReviewRichly illustrated throughout by Gordon Grant.

Congressional Districting: The Issue of Equal Representation

by Andrew Hacker

THE SUPREME COURT’S decision in the case of Baker v. Carr, handed down in the spring of 1962, opened the way for reform of antiquated and inequitable patterns of representation in state legislatures. Over the ensuing twelve months, districting arrangements have been challenged in many states, and in several of them the legislatures have convened to draw up new districts which better reflect their actual population distribution.The Court’s decision has raised a number of issues, including the question whether the drive for more equal representation in the state legislatures will affect the United States Congress. The Brookings Institution therefore asked Prof. Andrew Hacker, of the Depart. of Government, Cornell University, to prepare a problem paper that would examine the present congressional districts from the viewpoint of the problems that might arise in connection with reapportionment in the states. The objective was a brief informative analysis drawing largely on available materials, with an early deadline precluding much new research.Mr. Hacker’s report approaches this subject from several vantage points. Among these are: the constitutional and historical background of congressional districting; state and judicial action as it applies to the Congress; reasons for the disproportion between votes cast and seats won; and the extent and consequences of inequalities in representation in the House of Representatives. Mr. Hacker indicates that the House does not give an equal voice to all of its constituents, and that prevailing inequities may become even more pronounced since the forces opposing reform feel strongly that justice is on their side, and the courts have yet to indicate how far they will go in applying the doctrine of equal representation enunciated in Baker v. Carr—or, indeed, whether they will apply it at all to congressional districts.—Robert Calkins

In the Midst of a Revolution

by David Hawke

In the Midst of a Revolution, originally published in 1961, provides a social history of Pennsylvania in the months before Independence, based on contemporary diaries and newspapers. The author, Dr. David Freeman Hawke, a teacher at Pace University in New York City, examines the events of Pennsylvania in 1776, which made it possible to overthrow the venerable Charter of Privileges of 1701, and to replace it with the more democratic Constitution of 1776.A useful book with informative footnotes and an extensive bibliography.

Politics: Who Gets What, When, How

by Harold D. Lasswell

Politics: Who Gets What, When, How, which was first published in 1936, is the classic analysis of power and manipulation by ruling elites and counter-elites. The themes that occur throughout this essay have become the guideposts for most modern research in techniques of propaganda and political organization.“It is unquestionably one of the most influential treatments of politics published in this century.”—David B. Truman, Prof.of Public Law and Government, Columbia University“This book is a landmark of modern political science.”—Daniel Lerner, Professor of Sociology, M.I.T.“For over three decades the students of politics have had their intellectual horizons constantly broadened by Harold Lasswell. There is probably no man in American political science who has brought to bear as many new approaches to the analysis of political behaviour as he has. There is perhaps no better way to get the essence of Lasswell’s thought than in his book, Politics: Who Gets What, When, How.”—Seymour Martin Lipset, Department of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley

The Butterfield Overland Mail: by Waterman L. Ormsby, Only Through Passenger on the First Westbound Stage (The\huntington Library Classics Ser.)

by Waterman L. Ormsby

This is the classic firsthand account by Waterman L. Ormsby, a reporter who in 1858 crossed the western states as the sole through passenger of the Butterfield Overland Mail stage on its first trip from St. Louis to San Francisco. Ormsby’s reports, which soon appeared in the New York Herald, are lively and exciting. He describes the journey in close detail, giving full accounts of the accommodations, the other passengers, the country through which they passed, the dangers to which they were exposed, and the constant necessity for speed.“A most interesting account of the first westbound trip of an overland mail stage.”—Southern California Historical Society Quarterly“The best narrative of the trip and one of the best accounts of western travel by stage.”—Pacific Historical Review“If other travelers had been as careful and observant as Ormsby we should know vastly more about our country and the ways of our fathers than we do...The book is fascinating. It will prove interesting to all who care for travelogues, the history of the West, and particularly to those interested in our economic history.”—Journal of Economic History

Skyland: The Heart of the Shenandoah National Park

by George F. Pollock

First published in 1960, this is the autobiography of George Freeman Pollock, a young Washington, D.C. man who in 1895 founded, built and managed the Skyland Resort, originally called Stony Man Camp, in Virginia.“The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, separating the eastern or Piedmont and Tidewater sections from the Shenandoah Valley, commence at the south side of the gap at Harper’s Ferry. Thence, stretching out in a southwestwardly direction, they become substantially higher near Front Royal (at the beginning of the Shenandoah National Park) and further on in the Park, in the vicinity of Sperryville to the east and Luray to the west, they reach an apex in lofty Hawksbill Mountain and in the slightly lower though more imposing Stony Man Mountain.“In 1886, fifty years before the establishment of the Shenandoah National Park, a young man came to Stony Man Mountain and in 1894 (on one of its shoulders, a plateau) he founded a summer resort. Soon known far and wide as ‘Skyland,’ this resort was and, to a degree, still is the heart of Stony Man Mountain as well as of the area surrounding it and until 1937, the young man (he never grew old) was the soul of Skyland.”—STUART E. BROWN, JR.

The Story of Big Creek

by David H. Redinger

Nature never intended Southern California to be anything but desert, so they said. But settlers turned it into farms, factories and living areas for millions of people.The key to that development was 300 miles north, in the High Sierra, where the company that became the Southern California Edison Company undertook the creation of one of the great water power developments in the world.They called it Big Creek.Completed in 1929, this work of engineering art involved six dams, eight tunnels (one 13 miles long), three major artificial lakes and five powerhouses—all created to ensure electric power for a rapidly growing Los Angeles and suburbs.Author David H. Redinger was Resident Engineer for the Big Creek Hydroelectric Project, one of the most extensive in the world. In this fascinating book, he recounts the obstacles encountered in building a railroad in the High Sierra, from carving roads and tunnels through rough terrain, to enduring snowstorms at high altitudes, and generally accomplishing near-miracles with brainpower, mulepower, steampower, and manpower.

A Buckeye Titan

by William E. Smith

Here is a panorama of life as it was lived and witnessed by one Ohio citizen, his family, and his friends, from 1816-1876. From the diary and correspondence of John H. James of Urbana, Ohio, and from contemporary manuscripts, periodicals, and newspapers, William E. and Ophia D. Smith have created an authentic picture of the times. A Buckeye Titan is not so much a biography of a man as it is an exposition of the contribution of his manuscripts to American history in general and to Ohio history in particular. The point of view presented is that of the protagonist and his friends.Cincinnati and Louisville are seen when slow-moving, square-rigged barges and primate boats propelled by “elastic vigor” crowded their landings, and when stately floating castles received and discharged passengers and cargoes upon their busy rivers. Lexington, Athens of the West, is portrayed as it was in the lush days of Horace Holley. The sophistication of New Orleans, Philadelphia, and New York sets off the awkward adolescence of such Mid-Western towns as Columbus, Dayton, Urbana, and Indianapolis. Against a background of devious politics and frenzied finance, the Mad River and Lake Erie Rail Road begins in Sandusky and stubbornly fights its way to Springfield. Whigs and Loco Focos engage in a titanic struggle of the establishment of a second banking system.Civil War days are graphically drawn. The tumultuous conflict of opinion, the graft and corruption, the political chicanery in the raising of troops and in the promotion of officers and men, the strength and the weakness of the Northern fighting forces and their leaders—all are here.Statesmen and politicians, reformers and scholars, authors and artists, actors and actresses, soldiers, travelers, bankers and merchants, founders of the first Swedenborgian college in the world, and plain everyday people, as well as intimate glimpses of distinguished characters, appear in these pages.

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