Rising Tide

Author : John M. Barry
ISBN : 9781416563327
Genre : Social Science
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An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north, and transformed American society and politics forever. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Lillian Smith Award.
Category: Social Science

Unter Verschluss

Author : Greg Iles
ISBN : 9783732511662
Genre : Fiction
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Penn Cage kennt den Tod wie seine Westentasche: Als Staatsanwalt in Houston hat er sechzehn Menschen in die Todeszelle gebracht. Doch nach dem plötzlichen Tod seiner Frau sehnt er sich nach Ruhe und Frieden. Mit seiner kleinen Tochter begibt er sich in die Stadt seiner Kindheit, um den Schatten der Vergangenheit zu entfliehen. Doch Natchez, Mississippi, ist nicht der Ort, um seine Trauer zu begraben. Ein dunkles Geheimnis umgibt diese Stadt im Süden der USA, ein Geheimnis, das mit den Rassenunruhen der 60er Jahre verknüpft ist, und an dessen Aufdeckung niemand Interesse bekundet. Doch Penn Cage ist ein zu integrer Staatsanwalt, um ungesühnte Verbrechen - zumal solche, die bis in die höchsten Kreise des amerikanischen Establishements reichen - dem Vergessen anheimzustellen. Eine junge und attraktive Journalistin unterstützt ihn bei den Recherchen, die beide in große Gefahr bringen.
Category: Fiction

Sommer 1927

Author : Bill Bryson
ISBN : 9783641120191
Genre : History
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1927. Ein Sommer der ein ganzes Jahrhundert prägte Es ist die Geschichte eines Sommers, und doch ist es so viel mehr. Das Jahr 1927 ist für Amerika entscheidend auf dem Weg zur Weltmacht. Es sind die goldenen Zwanziger: der Aktienmarkt boomt, das Fernsehen wird erfunden, die Filme sind nicht mehr stumm, und verrückte Pläne entstehen, wie der, vier Köpfe in den völlig unzugänglichen Mount Rushmore zu meißeln. Es ist die Zeit, in der ein junger Flieger namens Charles Lindbergh Ruhm und Ehre erlangt, aber auch die des Al Capone und des größten Schulmassakers aller Zeiten. Und in diesen Monaten werden durch fatale Entscheidungen die Weichen für die bevorstehende Weltwirtschaftskrise gestellt. Bill Bryson erzählt davon so spannend, als sei es eine unglaubliche Abenteuergeschichte, voller erstaunlicher geschichtlicher Momente aus der Zeit, als Amerika erwachsen wurde ...
Category: History

Smonk

Author : Tom Franklin
ISBN : 9783927734821
Genre : Fiction
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Old Texas, Alabama, 1911. Fernab und inmitten abgebrannter Maisfelder gelegen, leidet die kleine Gemeinde nicht nur unter den Folgen des Bürgerkrieges. E.O. Smonk, ein schießwütiger, einäugiger Farmer, tyrannisiert das Städtchen, insbesondere Dutzende Witwen und junger Mädchen, an denen er sich vergeht. Als ihm der Prozess gemacht werden soll, kann Smonk dem Lynchmob entkommen. Doch es scheint eine Verbindung zu geben zwischen Smonk, dem geheimnisvollen religiösen Witwen-Kult und der Truppe um einen christlichen Hilfssheriff, der eine mordende minderjährige Hure entlang der Golfküste verfolgt. Auf den Spuren von Faulkner und McCarthy kombiniert US-Autor Tom Franklin Elemente des Southern Gothic und des Western noir und legt in seiner Groteske die Wurzeln der angezählten amerikanischen Nation bloß, die nicht selten Freiheit mit dem Recht des Stärkeren assoziert.
Category: Fiction

Die Natur Der Gefahr

Author : Uwe Lübken
ISBN : 9783525317068
Genre : History
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Die Arbeit untersucht den historischen Umgang mit Überschwemmungen an einem der bedeutendsten Flüsse der USA.
Category: History

Herbert Hoover

Author : Glen Jeansonne
ISBN : 9781101991022
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“At last, a biography of Herbert Hoover that captures the man in full… [Jeansonne] has splendidly illuminated the arc of one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century.”—David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author of Freedom from Fear Prizewinning historian Glen Jeansonne delves into the life of our most misunderstood president, offering up a surprising new portrait of Herbert Hoover—dismissing previous assumptions and revealing a political Progressive in the mold of Theodore Roosevelt, and the most resourceful American since Benjamin Franklin. Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University. His hardworking ethic drove him to a successful career as an engineer and multinational businessman. After the Great War, he led a humanitarian effort that fed millions of Europeans left destitute, arguably saving more lives than any man in history. As commerce secretary under President Coolidge, Hoover helped modernize and galvanize American industry, and orchestrated the rehabilitation of the Mississippi Valley after the Great Flood of 1927. As president, Herbert Hoover became the first chief executive to harness federal power to combat a crippling global recession. Though Hoover is often remembered as a “do-nothing” president, Jeansonne convincingly portrays a steadfast leader who challenged congress on an array of legislation that laid the groundwork for the New Deal. In addition, Hoover reformed America’s prisons, improved worker safety, and fought for better health and welfare for children. Unfairly attacked by Franklin D. Roosevelt and blamed for the Depression, Hoover was swept out of office in a landslide. Yet as FDR’s government grew into a bureaucratic behemoth, Hoover became the moral voice of the GOP and a champion of Republican principles—a legacy re-ignited by Ronald Reagan and which still endures today. A compelling and rich examination of his character, accomplishments and failings, this is the magnificent biography of Herbert Hoover we have long waited for. INCLUDES PHOTOS From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Great Influenza

Author : John M. Barry
ISBN : 0143036491
Genre : History
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An account of the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918, which took the lives of millions of people around the world, examines its causes, its impact on early twentieth-century society, and the lasting implications of the crisis.
Category: History

Power Plays

Author : John M. Barry
ISBN : 157806404X
Genre : Political Science
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Disaster Response And Appointment Of A Recovery Czar

Author : Kevin R. Kosar
ISBN : 9781437938388
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In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the press has looked to the past for examples of fed. responses to natural disasters that might serve as models for emulation today. The fed. response to the flood of 1927 featured Sec. of Commerce Herbert Hoover as the director of the flood response and wielding immense executive powers. This report describes the flood of 1927, and assesses the fed. government¿s response. Pres. Calvin Coolidge created a quasi-governmental commission that included members of his Cabinet and the Red Cross. This commission encouraged the public to donate funds to the relief effort and gave Hoover near-absolute authority to organize and oversee its response. A print on demand report.
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Mississippi River Tragedies

Author : Christine A. Klein
ISBN : 9781479825387
Genre : History
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Read a free excerpt here! American engineers have done astounding things to bend the Mississippi River to their will: forcing one of its tributaries to flow uphill, transforming over a thousand miles of roiling currents into a placid staircase of water, and wresting the lower half of the river apart from its floodplain. American law has aided and abetted these feats. But despite our best efforts, so-called “natural disasters” continue to strike the Mississippi basin, as raging floodwaters decimate waterfront communities and abandoned towns literally crumble into the Gulf of Mexico. In some places, only the tombstones remain, leaning at odd angles as the underlying soil erodes away. Mississippi River Tragedies reveals that it is seductively deceptive—but horribly misleading—to call such catastrophes “natural.” Authors Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer present a sympathetic account of the human dreams, pride, and foibles that got us to this point, weaving together engaging historical narratives and accessible law stories drawn from actual courtroom dramas. The authors deftly uncover the larger story of how the law reflects and even amplifies our ambivalent attitude toward nature—simultaneously revering wild rivers and places for what they are, while working feverishly to change them into something else. Despite their sobering revelations, the authors’ final message is one of hope. Although the acknowledgement of human responsibility for unnatural disasters can lead to blame, guilt, and liability, it can also prod us to confront the consequences of our actions, leading to a liberating sense of possibility and to the knowledge necessary to avoid future disasters.
Category: History