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KGO Radio Jumps The Shark (Essay)
By C.D. Reimer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,120. Language: American English. Published: February 3, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Radio
After Cumulus Media switched KGO Radio (810AM) from an all talk format to an all news format in December 2011, laying off the best radio talent in the San Francisco Bay Area and throwing away 40 years of broadcasting history in a desperate bid to improve ratings, the lost of familiar voices over the airwaves was heartbreaking. (A 3,660-word essay.)
Death At A Hell's Angels' Funeral: Driving Past The Memories (Essay)
By C.D. Reimer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,210. Language: American English. Published: December 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » History
With hundreds of police officers lining the street across from the cemetery on one side, and 3,000 Hell's Angels attending a funeral and a shooting at the same service inside the cemetery, the resulting traffic jam between the two sides made for an interesting Saturday afternoon on 10/15/2011. (A 3,730-word essay.)
The Hunger for More: Values in an Age of Greed
By Laurence Shames
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,730. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012 and represented by SKLA. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
Laurence Shames offers a brilliant and acerbic anatomy of America’s “Hunger for More,” from its roots in the optimism of the high frontier to its apotheosis in the frenzy–and panic–of the Reagan years. As a history of our love affair with consumption, as a prescription for a more durable and dignified national ethic, THE HUNGER FOR MORE is a book that defines the era just past, & maybe the future.
Following Lincoln as He Followed Douglas
By Georgiann Baldino
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,800. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » History » American
In 1858 Abraham Lincoln was a country lawyer, and few people knew who he was. Yet he entered the Illinois Senate race to oppose Stephen A. Douglas over the expansion of slavery. The repercussions of their debates shook political foundations all the way to Washington. Lincoln's platform helped redefine American Democracy. Criss-cross Illinois with this book and retrace the dramatic campaign
Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity
By Lise Funderburg
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 146,200. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
In this 20th anniversary edition of the landmark "Black, White, Other" (Morrow, Quill), journalist Lise Funderburg explores the lives of 46 adult children of black/white unions. Her subjects' unflinching honesty, humor, and deep feeling result in a stunning—and enduring—portrait of race in America. New foreword by novelist Mat Johnson and links to updated commentary from original participants.
Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West
By Tim Blevins
Series: Regional History Series. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,520. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013 by Pikes Peak Library District. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
Extraordinary Women of the Rocky Mountain West brings us the real women who homesteaded, worked the ranches, built the cities, ran the businesses, brought art to the frontier, founded the institutions, preserved human history and natural wonders, fought against racial and gender discrimination, and advanced the cause of equality for women.
The Big Time: Harvard B-School's Most Successful Class
By Laurence Shames
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,480. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012 and represented by SKLA. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
The Big Time: The Harvard Business School’s Most Successful Class & How It Shaped America—Shames’ debut book, examining the fabled “class the dollars fell on,” was named one of Newsweek’s 10 Best in 1986, and remains a seminal study of American privilege and power. Starting with elite schools and corporate boardrooms, the volume offers a compelling social history of a confident nation in the 80s.
Experiencing The Death of Elvis: Another Childhood Tragedy (Essay)
By C.D. Reimer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,700. Language: American English. Published: December 30, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
On the day that Steve Jobs died in October 2011, I felt an immense sadness not for the technological visionary who just passed away but for another cultural icon who changed the world for an earlier generation. The death of Elvis Presley in 1977 that cast a long shadow over my childhood, as my mother loved him more than either my father or myself. (A 3,230-word essay.)
White River Junctions
By Dave Norman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,360. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2012 by f/64 Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
This fascinating look at White River Junction relates the history of this Vermont river town to the country at large. Norman puts faces, names, and anecdotes to the forces that shaped the American Century. The opening chapters tell the town's story through histories of the railroad and several buildings. The final chapters introduce residents whose lives show a town--and country--in transition.
At My Father's Knee: Chronicles of a Buckhorn pioneer family
By Janet Clarkson
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 20,020. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013 by Agio Publishing House. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
"This book was born from the stories my father told me and my adventure of growing up in a freer time. I realized from a young age how fortunate I had been to have exposure to such a varied experience and I wanted my children to know these people when my dad and I were gone. Cast your memory back and enjoy." ~ Janet Clarkson
Priests and Prospectors: A History of Montana, Volume Two
By Greg Strandberg
Series: A History of Montana. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 40,790. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
Montana comes alive from the 1840 to 1870 in this mesmerizing second volume of Montana history. Discover the journey from a sleepy backwater of less than 700 people to a thriving territory of more than 20,000 residents. Learn about Indians and the priests they sought; road builders and the hardships they endured; gold prospectors and the life they led; politicians and the territory they created.
Dynamite: A Concise History of the NYPD Bomb Squad
By J.E. Fishman
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,850. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013 and represented by Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Law enforcement
A short but comprehensive history of the oldest, busiest and most sophisticated bomb squad in the world. For more than 100 years, NYPD bomb techs have combated bomb-related violence while risking (and sometimes losing) their own lives. Beginning in an era of horse-drawn carriages and ending in the Jet Age, DYNAMITE tells the colorful and informative story of this elite group of New York’s Finest.
Billy the Kid's Jail, Santa Fe, New Mexico: A Glimpse into Wild West History on the Southwest's Frontier
By Lynn Michelsohn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,480. Language: American English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
Where did Billy the Kid spend the winter of 1880-1881? Today, two plaques in Santa Fe mark the spot . . . or rather, two competing spots. This brief historical detective story documents the actual location of the jail that held Billy, and provides a glimpse into life on America’s Southwestern Frontier (12,000 words; 17 photos, maps, and drawings; 82 pages in paperback).
Port Tobacco, MD prior to 1895
By James L. Barbour
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012 by ByDand Publishing. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
Founded in 1658 and once a thriving seaport, Port Tobacco served as the Charles County, MD county seat for 250 years. The town witnessed the nation’s founding and many subsequent events including the Civil War and the escape of John Wilkes Booth. This book contains the history, sketches and descriptions of Port Tobacco as it existed prior to 1895, provided by one of the town's last residents.
GERONIMO LIVE! And Other Florida Stories
By Ray Kania
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 12,930. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
Real places and People of the Sunshine State; “GERONIMO LIVE! And Other Florida Stories” covers the overlooked, sometimes unusual history of the Sunshine State.
Understanding Presidential Elections and The Constitution
By Catherine Jaime
Series: Simply Put: Civics Lessons. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,230. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
As we move closer to a presidential election we often start to pay closer attention to the act of electing a president - the primaries, caucuses, and the Electoral College. But how did we come to this point? What is the constitutional background of the Executive Branch? What did the founders consider when they put this into place over two hundred years ago? See these short and simple answers!
How I Survived the Cherokee War of 1776: The Story Behind A Demand of Blood
By Nadia Dean
Price: Free! Words: 14,190. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
How I Survived the Cherokee War of 1776 tells the story behind the writing of A Demand of Blood. Author Nadia Dean describes the genesis of the book and tells how writing A Demand of Blood changed her life. It is a story of perseverance and faith, and of one woman’s passion for finding the truth, no matter how long it takes. Includes an excerpt from A Demand of Blood: The Cherokee War of 1776.
Strategy & Soul: a campaigner's tale of fighting billionaires, corrupt officials, and Philadelphia casinos
By Daniel Hunter
Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 170,270. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism
The movement was outspent by hundreds of millions of dollars, up against powerful elected officials, private investigators, and the state supreme court. This David versus Goliath story gives unparalled access to the behind-the-scenes of campaigns, making the nuances of strategy come to life. Written by an experienced and unusually self-reflective direct action organizer.
After the Galaxy
By John Sabella
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 66,800. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » History » North America
Captain Dave Shoemaker's account of the crisis on the Fishing Vessel Galaxy ranks as one of the great stories of sea survival. No one knew of the plight of his vessel, 30 miles southwest of the Pribilofs, the remote fur seal islands north of the Aleutian Chain; even if they did know, rescue units were hours away. Their circumstance was hopeless, yet 23 of 26 men and women would ultimately survive.
The Pink Nectar Café
By James Bishop, Jr
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 27,190. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
The Pink Nectar Café offers myths and mysteries and is richly draped in the patina of Southwestern lore, but Bishop is respectful enough not to lift the veil too far. As he reminds us, “Let the mystery be.”