"Intense and absorbing... If you buy only one book on the Vietnam War, this is the one you want." -Chicago Tribune Christian G. Appy's monumental oral history of the Vietnam War is the first work to probe the war's path through both the United States and Vietnam. These vivid testimonies of 135 men and women span the entire history of the Vietnam conflict, from its murky origins in the 1940s to the chaotic fall of Saigon in 1975. Sometimes detached and reflective, often raw and emotional, they allow us to see and feel what this war meant to people literally on all sides: Americans and Vietnamese, generals and grunts, policymakers and protesters, guerrillas and CIA operatives, pilots and doctors, artists and journalists, and a variety of ordinary citizens whose lives were swept up in a cataclysm that killed three million people. By turns harrowing, inspiring, and revelatory, Patriots is not a chronicle of facts and figures but a vivid human history of the war. "A gem of a book, as informative and compulsively readable as it is timely." -The Washington Post Book World
Australia? environmental movement and those defending the unique wildlife Down Under are superbly examined in this powerful account. Charting the emergence of a new national ?reen?movement and its members?commitment to nature? survival, this exploration details the landmark environmental battles already faced as well as those lurking on the horizon.
Definitive account of the New England Patriots. Analyzes "success factors" responsible for three Super Bowl victories in four seasons. Vol. 2 covers training, planning, collaborating, and motivating. Entertains and informs with humorous, insightful quotations from players, coaches, executives and owners. Essential for fans of Bill Belichick's Patriots and anyone building a great organization. Author earned his economics Ph.D. at Stanford, where he analyzed "high-performance work organizations" like the Patriots.
The Lower Canadian Rebellion of 1837 has been called the most important event in pre-Confederation history. Previously, it has been explained as a response to economic distress or as the result of manipulation by middle-class politicians. Lord Durham believed it was an expression of racial conflict. The Patriots and the People is a fundamental reinterpretation of the Rebellion. Allan Greer argues that far being passive victims of events, the habitants were actively responding to democratic appeals because the language of popular sovereignty was in harmony with their experience and outlook. He finds that a certain form of popular republicanism, with roots deep in the French-Canadian past, drove the anti-government campaign. Institutions such as the militia and the parish played an important part in giving shape to the movement, and the customs of the maypole and charivari provided models for the collective actions against local representatives of the colonial regime. In looking closely into the actions, motives, and mentality of the rural plebeians who formed a majority of those involved in the insurrection, Allan Greer brings to light new causes for the revolutionary role of the normally peaceful French-Canadian peasant. By doing so he provides a social history with new dimensions.
A tale by the creator of SurvivalBlog.com imagines a world in which a cataclysmic financial crisis prompts a total collapse of American society and forces people to fend for themselves, in a story that follows a group of protagonists who make their way to a shared secure ranch in northern Idaho, where they struggle to survive against violent looting and natural hazards. Original.
This book offers new insight into the love-hate relationship between the United States and China by examining the experience of Chinese students caught between the two countries. American-educated Chinese have considered themselves patriots because they studied in the west in order to return home to build a strong and prosperous China. However, when they returned they were often accused of being traitors who advocated Western ideals. The author focuses on several generations of Chinese students from 1872 to the present as she examines attempts to bridge the gap between East and West. The work includes seventeen biographical sketches that place the cultural and political trends of over a century within a more personal and accessible context. Through the students' experiences we are able to trace developments in China's modern history, China's ambivalence toward Western influence, U.S.-China relations, and the use of educational and cultural exchanges as a political device.