Changing Tides: Twilight and Dawn in the Spanish Sea, by Robert S. Weddle

By Robert S. Weddle

During this crowning contact to his old trilogy, Robert S. Weddle resumes the dramatic voyage of discovery and exploration within the Gulf of Mexico (the Spanish Sea) and alongside its coast. Combining thorough study with stylish narrative, altering Tides treats the reader to political intrigue, stories of hurricanes and shipwrecks, and the wealthy historiography that marks the interval among 1763 and 1803. The booklet opens with a chain of territorial transfers that drove France from the North American continent and introduced a flurry of exploration by way of Spain and England, each one wanting to survey its new territory and align its defenses. Spanish reconnaissance of the Texas barrier islands and lagoons in keeping with a rumored English risk and 3 voyages to survey and map the Gulf Coast west of the Mississippi River exhibit foreign contention as a spur to exploration. the tale concludes with Spain's retrocession of Louisiana to France and the fast sale of the territory to the U.S., a milestone towards the younger nation's occur future. utilizing resources formerly underutilized by means of historians, Weddle increases new questions referring to occasions of the past due eighteenth century and the politics that drove them, with emphasis on exploration and mapping within the Gulf. students and scholars of Texas historical past, Spanish borderlands, and colonial the US and Latin the US will price this ultimate installment in Weddle's meticulous, well-researched, and expertly written examine.

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Billy Rose presents-- Casa Mañana by Jan Jones

By Jan Jones

In 1936 as Texas ready to have a good time its centennial—100 years after the conflict of San Jacinto—Dallas was once selected because the website of the legit exhibition. Plans have been less than manner for a modest Frontier Days party in citadel Worth—until Star-Telegram writer and civic booster Amon G. Carter stepped in. Carter thought of the naming of Dallas because the authentic website a gross miscarriage of justice and was resolute to get even by means of mounting a exhibit that may at once rival the respectable event—and pull vacationer funds into castle worthy. to place his party jointly Carter employed flamboyant Broadway manufacturer Billy Rose. the end result was once citadel Worth’s Frontier Centennial, an incredible conglomeration of agricultural shows, sideshow nudes, an old-time Wild West convey, Rose’s musicalized circus Jumbo, and a parade of Broadway and vaudeville expertise led by means of function artiste, stripper Sally Rand.

The centerpiece for this extravaganza was once the dinner theater, Casa Mañana, with the world's greatest revolving level surrounded via a tank of water on which it appeared to drift, over twenty fountains, and geysers of water that shot into the air at strategic periods. The construction featured over thirty Spanish-style arches, was once 320 toes in size, and contained the world’s longest bar, a truth of which Rose used to be inordinately proud.

But it was once the revue in this remarkable level that really made theatrical heritage. On beginning evening, Paul Whiteman raised his baton and bands swung into the fanfare. there have been interpretations of the St. Louis World’s reasonable, the Paris Exposition of 1925, and Chicago’s 1933 Century of growth Exposition. Texas “Sweetheart #1” wore a $5,000 gold-mesh costume, and Sally Rand wore just a large opaline balloon. On beginning evening while the orchestra performed “The Eyes of Texas,” the viewers rose to its toes making a song, whistling, and cheering. “Texans,” wrote one critic, “are no longer given to well mannered applause.”

The Frontier Centennial and its sequel, the Frontier Fiesta, closed after simply short seasons (1936 and 1937), the second one season minimize brief through controversy and proceedings. Rose left fortress worthy less than a cloud, expert by means of urban fathers that his companies have been now not wanted. Undaunted, he went directly to turn into a multimillionaire with virtually mythical prestige as a theatrical producer.

But castle worthy used to be by no means back a similar after the Frontier Centennial . . . and stories of that pageant linger this present day, although the structures have been some time past razed.

Today an enduring theater-in-the-round, competently named Casa Mañana, is found at the centennial grounds. well liked by castle Worthians, it will possibly basically echo the elegance of the original.

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Saints and Strangers: New England in British North America by Joseph A. Conforti

By Joseph A. Conforti

Within the first normal heritage of colonial New England to be released in over twenty-five years, Joseph A. Conforti synthesizes present and vintage scholarship to discover how Puritan saints and "strangers" to Puritanism participated within the making of colonial New England. Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop's recognized description of latest England as a "city upon a hill" has tended to lessen the region's background to an completely Pilgrim-Puritan drama, a global of narrow-minded founders, the 1st Thanksgiving, steepled church buildings, and the Salem witchcraft trials.In a concise quantity aimed toward normal readers and school scholars in addition to historians, Conforti indicates that New England used to be neither as Puritan nor as insular as such a lot widespread tales indicate. because the sector advanced into British America's preeminent maritime sector, the Atlantic Ocean served as a road of industrial and cultural come upon, connecting white English settlers to diverse races and spiritual groups of the transatlantic global. The Puritan go with -- but in addition Natives, African slaves, and non-Puritan white settlers -- turned lively members within the production of colonial New England. Conforti discusses how those subcommunities of white, pink, and black strangers to Protestant piety retained their very own cultures, coexisted, or even thrived inside of and past the domain names of Puritan payment, growing tensions and strain issues within the later improvement of early the US. (Dec 2006 - Jan 2007)

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Top 10 Chicago (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide) by Elisa Kronish, Elaine Glusac, Roberta Sotonoff

By Elisa Kronish, Elaine Glusac, Roberta Sotonoff

Whether you are looking for the the most lovable parks and shores on Lake Michigan, the liveliest jazz and blues joints, or preferred eating places, DK Eyewitness go back and forth consultant: most sensible 10 Chicago will lead you immediately to the superior this urban has to offer.

The totally up to date, pocket-size advisor is split by way of quarter with eating place reports for every, in addition to strategies for motels, bars and areas to buy. depend on dozens of most sensible 10 lists, from the issues to not omit on the best 10 attractions to the head 10 museums, actions for kids, urban strolls, and occasions and gala's. there is even an inventory of the pinnacle 10 issues to prevent. Plus, DK Eyewitness go back and forth consultant: best 10 Chicago contains a pull-out road map with public transportation info, priceless cellphone numbers, and 60 nice rules on easy methods to spend an afternoon in Chicago.

You'll locate the insider wisdom you want to discover the town with DK Eyewitness commute consultant: most sensible 10 Chicago and its pull-out map.

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In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town by Richard Adams Carey

By Richard Adams Carey

At the afternoon of August 19, 1997, John Harrigan—owner and writer of the scoop and Sentinel newspaper in Colebrook, New Hampshire—arrived at his development to discover the girl he enjoyed mendacity useless within the car parking zone. attorney Vickie Bunnell have been shot and killed by means of a neighborhood chippie wielding an attack rifle. by way of then, 3 extra humans have been already useless or loss of life. extra mayhem used to be to occur in a day of plot twists too unbelievable for a singular. The roots of the incident stretch again twenty-five years, with tendrils deep within the historical past of latest England’s North kingdom.

These bloody occasions stunned the United States and made headlines the world over. thousands of neighborhood voters turned unwilling avid gamers within the drama—friends and co-workers of the lifeless, women and men who have been themselves genuine or strength objectives, besides their associates in legislation enforcement—but the city and its population have been by no means passive sufferers. From the 1st shot fired that day, they remained courageously made up our minds to outlive. this is often the tale of that city, these humans, and that day. within the Evil Day is a relocating portrait of small-town existence and normal characters endlessly replaced by way of unexpected violence.

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The Progressive Architecture Of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr by Martin Aurand

By Martin Aurand

Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr. (1872-1958) used to be the infrequent turn-of-the-century American architecht who seemed to innovative activities equivalent to artwork Nouveau and the humanities and Crafts circulate for idea, instead of traditional styles.  His clean condo designs and plans for house structures and multifamily “group cottages” function dramatic massing, wealthy detailing, and a large choice of fabrics comparable to brick, stucco, wooden, uncovered metal, ornamental tile, and ary glass.  Scheibler anticipated every one development as a piece of paintings, integrating structure and ornamentation.  Prized at the present time, Scheibler’s top works are scattered via Pittsburgh’s East finish and easter suburbs.

This richly illustrated quantity, the 1st complete learn of Scheibler, comprises a hundred twenty five ancient and modern photos and drawings, a catalouge raisonne of all of Scheibler’s identified initiatives - together with many now not recorded in the other released resource - a listing of books in Scheibler’s library, and a specific bibliography.

Martin Aurand discusses Scheibler’s lifestyles and occupation, the impacts on his architectural strategies, his inventive sensibility and tastes, and his lasting significance.  The revolutionary structure of Frederick G. Scheibler, Jr., will be learn via architects and aficionados who domesticate an curiosity in Scheibler’s ingenious buildings and leading edge principles and via all who're attracted to the innovative structure of the early 20th century.

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Lay Down With Dogs: The Story of Hugh Otis Bynum and the by Byron Woodfin

By Byron Woodfin

On the morning of December four, 1972, the small north Alabama city of Scottsboro was once shaken while a bomb ripped throughout the automobile of a favourite lawyer. What have been years of unyielding
research leading to the arrest of the town's wealthiest landowner. The trial that pitted invoice Baxley, a tender, bold Alabama lawyer common, opposed to the state's so much widespread lawyers.

Lay Down with Dogs is the tale of a small southern city because it makes the transition from an agrarian hamlet to revolutionary New South suburbia. it's also the tale of a twisted yet robust personality, bent on revenge, whose purpose used to be as enigmatic because the guy himself. And it's the tale of a tender prosecutor, keen to possibility a promising political destiny in an effort to pursue his feel of justice.

This e-book isn't just a well-researched account but additionally a desirable tale of crime, the court docket, and the numerous characters introduced jointly at one time and in a single position to participate--for strong or evil--in an unforgettable drama.

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