Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House


Harper - Fifty years after John F. Far from being unified, this was an uneasy band of rivals whose ambitions and clashing beliefs ignited fiery internal debates. Robert dallek illuminates a president deeply determined to surround himself with the best and the brightest, who often found himself disappointed with their recommendations.

Yet the very traits these men shared also created sharp divisions. The result, camelot's court: inside the kennedy White House, is a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to principle offers a cautionary tale for our own time. In camelot’s court, dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy’s administration—including the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil rights, and Vietnam—were indelible.

Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House - Kennedy purposefully put together a dynamic team of advisors noted for their brilliance and acumen, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and trusted aides Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger.

Kennedy’s assassination, whom the new york times calls “kennedy’s leading biographer, presidential historian Robert Dallek, ” delivers a riveting new portrait of this president and his inner circle of advisors—their rivalries, personality clashes, and political battles.

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The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy: A Biography


Open Road Media - Far and away the best book written about Senator Kennedy” from the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author The New York Times. Structured around the 1968 democratic presidential campaign, The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy offers an in-depth exploration of Robert Kennedy, both as a man and a politician.

Kennedy’s mass appeal to minority groups, his antiwar stance, and his support from Catholics made him unlike any other politician of his stature in the late 1960s. Acclaimed journalist david halberstam dives into kennedy’s career, his run for a New York state senate seat, covering his work as US attorney general and campaign manager for his brother John, and his candidacy in the 1968 Democratic presidential primary.

The Unfinished Odyssey of Robert Kennedy: A Biography - Through this crucial period, he charts kennedy’s evolution as one of the nation’s most clear-headed progressives, ultimately revealing a man who—even now—personifies the shift toward a more equal America. This ebook features an illustrated biography of David Halberstam including rare images from the author’s estate.

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The Lost Peace: Leadership in a Time of Horror and Hope, 1945-1953


HarperCollins e-books - The story of what went wrong during the postwar period…has never been more intelligently explored. Doris kearns goodwin, author of the pulitzer prize-winning Team of RivalsRobert Dalleck follows his bestselling Nixon and Kissenger: Partners in Power and An Unfinished Life: John F. As the obama administration struggles to define its strategy for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Stalin, Dallek's critical and compelling look at Truman, Churchill, and other world leaders in the wake of World War II not only offers important historical perspective but provides timely insight on America's course into the future.

. Robert dallek brings to this majestic work a profound understanding of history, a deep engagement in foreign policy, and a lifetime of studying leadership. Kennedy, 1917-1963 with this masterful account of the crucial period that shaped the postwar world.

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The Magnificent Medills: America's Royal Family of Journalism During a Century of Turbulent Splendor


Harper - This dynamic family and their brilliance, eccentricities and ultimate self-destruction are explored in a sweeping narrative that interweaves the family’s personal activities and public achievements against a larger historical background. Printer’s ink raged in the veins of the medills, the McCormicks and the Pattersons throughout a century, and their legacy prevailed for another five decades—always in the forefront of events, shaping the intellectual and social pulse of America.

In the fourth generation, alicia patterson founded Long Island’s Newsday, the most stunning journalistic accomplishment of post–World War II America. The dynasty he established, filled with colorful characters, went on to take American journalism by storm. Authoritative, compelling and thoroughly engaging, The Magnificent Medills brings the pages of history that the Medills wrote vividly to life.

At the same time, alcoholism, the dark side of the intellectual stardom driving the dynasty was a destructive compulsion that left clan members crippled by their personal demons of chronic depression, drug abuse and even madness and suicide. Rife with authentic conversations and riveting quotes, The Magnificent Medills is the premiere cultural history of America’s first media empire.

The Magnificent Medills: America's Royal Family of Journalism During a Century of Turbulent Splendor - Mccormick, the chicago tribune, personified Chicago, as well as its great newspaper, throughout much of the twentieth century. His grandson, Colonel Robert R. The riveting story of the country’s first media dynasty, whose power and influence shaped the story of America and American journalism for four generations When thirty-two-year-old former lawyer Joseph Medill bought a controlling stake in the bankrupt Chicago Daily Tribune in 1855, the Medills of Chicago, he had no way of foreseeing the unparalleled influence he and his progeny would have on the world of journalism and on American society at large.

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Cronkite


Harper - Douglas brinkley presents the definitive, revealing biography of an American legend: renowned news anchor Walter Cronkite. An acclaimed author and historian, brinkley has drawn upon recently disclosed letters, diaries, and other artifacts at the recently opened Cronkite Archive to bring detail and depth to this deeply personal portrait.

He also interviewed nearly two hundred of cronkite’s closest friends and colleagues, and morley safer, Katie Couric, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Jimmy Buffett, including Andy Rooney, Christiane Amanpour, Barbara Walters, Les Moonves, Bob Schieffer, Ted Turner, Leslie Stahl, using their voices to instill dignity and humanity in this study of one of America’s most beloved and trusted public figures.

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Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer


Simon & Schuster - Selznick, and Edie, who married producer William Goetz. As mayer grew older, his politics became increasingly reactionary, and he found himself politically isolated within Hollywood’s small conservative community. Lion of hollywood is a three-dimensional biography of a figure often caricatured and vilified as the paragon of the studio system.

He had two daughters: Irene, who married David O. At the same time, cover up his stars’ indiscretions and, he used his influence to place a federal judge on the bench, pay off local officials, on occasion, arrange marriages for gay stars. His chief assistant, was his closest business partner, but they quarreled frequently, Irving Thalberg, and Thalberg’s early death left Mayer without his most trusted associate.

He made great films, including the fabulous MGM musicals, Garland, Gable, and he made great stars: Garbo, and dozens of others. Film historian scott eyman interviewed more than 150 people and researched some previously unavailable archives to write this major new biography of a man who defined an industry and an era.

Lion of Hollywood: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer - Despite his power and money, Mayer suffered some significant losses. Mayer could be arrogant and tyrannical, but under his leadership MGM made such unforgettable films as The Big Parade, The Wizard of Oz, Ninotchka, Meet Me in St. Through the enormously successful Andy Hardy series, Mayer purveyed family values to America.

Louis, and An American in Paris. Mayer rose from his impoverished childhood to become at one time the highest-paid executive in America.

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Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s Harper Perennial Modern Classics


Open Road Media - Beginning november 11, prohibition, and continuing through his defeat, only yesterday, the big red Scare, and the stock market crash of 1929, 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson declared the end of World War I in a letter to the American public, the rise of women’s hemlines, published just two years after the crash, chronicles a decade like no other.

Peppering his narrative with actual stock quotes and breaking financial news, Allen tracks the major economic trends of the decade and explores the underlying causes of the crash. From the trial of nicola sacco and bartolomeo Vanzetti to the inventions, and revolutions of the day, crazes, this timeless work will continue to be savored for generations to come.

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920s Harper Perennial Modern Classics - Allen, who witnessed firsthand the events he describes, and early radio, immerses you in the era of flappers, speakeasies, making you feel like part of history as it unfolds. Harding’s oil scandal, the growth of the auto industry, the decline of the family farm, and the long bull market of the late twenties.

 . A history of roaring prosperity—and economic cataclysm: “The one account of America in the 1920s against which all others must be measured” The Washington Post. Allen provides insightful, in-depth analyses of President Warren G. Pierpont morgan, sigmund freud, al Capone, Babe Ruth, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, and Jack Dempsey.

This bestselling, enduring account brings to life towering historical figures including J.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life


Penguin Books - In addressing the country’s international and domestic problems, Roosevelt recognized the vital importance of remaining closely attentive to the full range of public sentiment around policy-making decisions—perhaps FDR’s most enduring lesson in effective leadership. Second, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in modern America’s political system.

While all roosevelt’s biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek sees the affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms, initiate landmark reforms that changed the American industrial system, and transform an isolationist country into an international superpower.

. Robert dallek’s Franklin D. Roosevelt: a political life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers: how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country’s needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country’s economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country’s foreign relations?   For FDR, and by the time he became president, politics was a far more interesting and fulfilling pursuit than the management of family fortunes or the indulgence of personal pleasure, he had commanded the love and affection of millions of people.

Dallek attributes FDR’s success to two remarkable political insights. Named a best book of the year by the washington post and npr“we come to see in fdr the magisterial, central figure in the greatest and richest political tapestry of our nation’s entire history” —Nigel Hamilton,  Boston Globe“Meticulously researched and authoritative” —Douglas Brinkley,  The Washington Post“A workmanlike addition to the literature on Roosevelt.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life - David nasaw, and deal maker in an era of such great national divisiveness,  the new york times“dallek offers an fdr relevant to our sharply divided nation” —Michael Kazin“Will rank among the standard biographies of its subject” —Publishers WeeklyA one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus maker.

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A Short History of Reconstruction


HarperCollins e-books - An abridged version of reconstruction: america's Unfinished Revolution, the definitive study of the aftermath of the Civil War, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Avery O. Craven prize, francis parkman Prize, Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Lionel Trilling Prize.

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The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves and the Birth of the Communications Age


Ecco - The astonishing story of america’s airwaves, the other a famous inventor—who made them available to us, the two friends—one a media mogul, and the government which figured out how to put a price on air. This is the origin story of the airwaves—the foundational technology of the communications age—as told through the forty-year friendship of an entrepreneurial industrialist and a brilliant inventor.

David sarnoff, developer of the first amplifier, the head of RCA and equal parts Steve Jobs, the modern radio transmitter, Jack Welch, was the greatest supporter of his friend Edwin Armstrong, and William Randolph Hearst, and FM radio. This early alliance between high tech and business set the precedent for countless legal and industrial battles over broadband and licensing bandwidth, many of which continue to influence policy and debate today.

The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves and the Birth of the Communications Age - Sarnoff was convinced that Armstrong’s inventions had the power to change the way societies communicated with each other forever. He would become a visionary captain of the media industry, even predicting the advent of the Internet. In the mid-1930s, when armstrong suspected Sarnoff of orchestrating a cadre of government officials to seize control of the FM airwaves, however, he committed suicide.

Sarnoff had a very different view of who his friend’s enemies were. Many corrupt politicians and corporations saw in Armstrong’s inventions the opportunity to commodify our most ubiquitous natural resource—the air.

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Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution


Thomas Dunne Books - More importantly, the stuart era was marked by the cruel depredations of civil war, perhaps, and the killing of a king. In rebellion, and ending with the deposition and flight into exile of his grandson, he continues his dazzling account of the history of England, who on the death of Elizabeth I became the first Stuart king of England, beginning with the progress south of the Scottish king, James VI, James II.

The stuart monarchy brought together the two nations of England and Scotland into one realm, albeit a realm still marked by political divisions that echo to this day. Peter ackroyd has been praised as one of the greatest living chroniclers of Britain and its people. In addition to its account of england's royalty, Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution - Ackroyd offers a brilliant, warts-and-all portrayal of charles's nemesis, Oliver Cromwell, Parliament's great military leader and England's only dictator, who began his career as a political liberator but ended it as much of a despot as "that man of blood, " the king he executed. England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, the poetry of John Donne and Milton and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, Leviathan.

. Shrewd and opinionated, witchcraft, but his attitude to the English parliament sowed the seeds of the division that would split the country during the reign of his hapless heir, and the abuses of tobacco, James I was eloquent on matters as diverse as theology, Charles I.

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