Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the seminal masterpiece of the Beat Generation, a visual record of the era features more than two hundred rare illustrations that chronicle the evolution of the Beat Generation from its underground origins to its worldwide acclaim in the works of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Cassady, and others. 50,000 first printing.
An illustrated tour of some of the most significant and history-making maps ever made is culled from Library of Congress archives and offers insight into the role of maps as living histories.
November 1944: Army airmen set out in a B-24 bomber on what should have been an easy mission off the Borneo coast. Instead they found themselves facing a Japanese fleet—and were shot down. When they cut themselves loose from their parachutes, they were scattered across the island's mountainous interior. Then a group of loincloth-wearing natives silently materialized out of the jungle. Would these Dayak tribesmen turn the starving airmen over to the Japanese occupiers? Or would the Dayaks risk vicious reprisals to get the airmen safely home? The tribal leaders' unprecedented decision led to a desperate game of hide-and-seek, and, ultimately, the return of a long-renounced ritual: head-hunting. This survival story features a bamboo airstrip built on a rice paddy, a mad British major, and a blowpipe-wielding army that helped destroy one of the last Japanese strongholds.—From publisher description.Describes how the American Army crew of a B-24 bomber, shot down over Japanese-occupied Borneo in November 1944, were rescued by native Dayak tribesmen, one-time headhunters who returned to their long-renounced ritual in order to protect the airmen.
Describes how a simple act of faith and the relationship between two families—one Israeli, one Palestinian—represents a personal microcosm of decades of Israeli-Palestinian history and symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East.
Traces the history of the CIA from the end of World War II to Iraq, in a study that condemns the organization for its record, its inability to understand world affairs, the violence it has unleashed, and its undermining of American politics.
The author of the best-selling The Greatest Generation redefines the tumultuous and history-making decade of the 1960s, a decade that saw the rise of the rebellious children of the greatest generation, to reveal how American social, political, economic, and cultural institutions were transformed by an era of dramatic change and upheaval. 250,000 first printing.
A history of the pursuit and use of spices notes how major voyages of discovery were linked to the spice trade, discussing the role of spices in the forging of relations between Europe and Asia and depicting spices as food enhancers, archaeological clues, aphrodisiacs, and more. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
A New York Times reporter recounts her childhood in Cuba before the events of the Mariel boatlift rendered her a teenage refugee in Miami, describing the Cuban revolution, the beliefs about el norte that prompted her family's immigration, and her prize-winning journalism career. Reprint.
A Muslim Cleric on the Power of His Faith, The Struggle Against Prejudice, and the Future of Islam and America
A prominent Muslim cleric reflects on his experiences as a Muslim in the United States and what it means to be Arab, Muslim, and American in the post-September 11 world, arguing that Islam and America have great benefits to offer each other. 35,000 first printing.
Answers questions about Native Americans, including those related to identity, origins and history, animals and land, language and education, love and marriage, and culture.
A collection of twelve stories of the Choctaw people, including traditional lore arising from beliefs and myths, historical tales passed down through generations, and personal stories of contemporary life.
An examination of the early years of the American Republic analyzes the eventful last quarter of the eighteenth century, the accomplishments of the American founders, and the triumphs and failures that shaped the early nation and the American character.