A Portrait of American Food--Before the National Highway System, Before Chain Restaurants, and Before Frozen Food, when the Nation's Food was Seasonal, Regional, and Traditional--from the Lost WPA Files
Uses long-forgotten WPA files archived in the Library of Congress to paint a detailed picture of Depression Era Americans through the food that they ate and the local traditions and customs they observed when preparing meals.
Relates the story of the author's grandparents, an interracial couple in early twentieth-century Alabama who were able to build a strong family and establish a unique cultural and racial identity in spite of Jim Crow laws.
Gives readers a front row seat to the secret inner workings of China's government. It is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, who tried to stop the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, and was dethroned for his efforts.
Describes how the Pullman Company hired former slaves as sleeping car porters and became the largest employer of African American men in the country by the 1920s, creating a unique culture that blazed a path for a black middle class.
A Celebration of All That's Great, Surprising, or Silly in America Using the Foolproof Method of Bracketology to Determine What We Love or Hate--and Why
Using the ranking practices of the NCAA tournament called "March Madness", various authors rank favorable and humorous aspects of American culture, covering such categories as political rivalries, ringless athletes, financial villains, and cars that made a difference.
The author narrates his encounters with residents of countries throughout the Middle East as they conduct their everyday lives and adjust to the dramatic political and social upheavals that have occurred throughout the region.
Chronicles the human drama behind the evolution of finance from its origins in Mesopotamia to the modern world's most recent upheavals, in an account that covers such topics as the stock market bubble that prompted the French Revolution, the theories behind common investment vehicles, and the reasons why the free market is failing to protect Hurricane Katrina victims. 75,000 first printing.
From Mutiny on the Bounty to a Modern-day Legacy of Sexual Mayhem, the Dark Secrets of Pitcairn Island Revealed
Remote Pitcairn Island, a place of towering cliffs and lashing surf, is home to descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty crew, who fled there with a group of Tahitian maidens after deposing Captain Bligh in 1789. Shrouded in myth, the island was considered a tropical Shangri-La by outsiders—but as the world discovered two centuries later, it was also a place of sinister secrets. In 2000, police descended on the British territory to investigate an allegation of child rape, and uncovered a trail of child abuse dating back at least three generations. Most islanders, including the victims' mothers, claimed it was the Pitcairn "way of life." The ensuing trials commanded worldwide attention and tore the close-knit, interrelated community apart. Journalist Kathy Marks lived on Pitcairn for six weeks and observed how the tiny, claustrophobic community ticked: the gossip, the feuding, the intimacy—and the power dynamics that had allowed the abuse to flourish.—From publisher description.