Blood And Thunder: The Epic Story Of Kit Carson And The Conquest Of The American West
- Wild West
- Published In 2006
- Made In Usa
Looking for a wild west history book that’s been published in 2006? Look no further than Blood and Thunder: The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West! This paperback book tells the story of Kit Carson and the American West from its origins to the present day.
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The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow was my first book. I still remember the colossal influence it had on everyone, not only academics (Alexander is technically an academic), but also all people. It was published during the Obama Administration, an interval which many (white people) thought signaled a new dawn of race relations in America of a kind of fantastic post-racialism. Although it is difficult to see back at this particular zeitgeist (when, and still cannot believe that I am writing this), without condemning the ignorance of this mindset. Alexander’s book called this out the insistent on the phenomenon of “colorblindness”, which was a facade, a sham or simply another type of ignorance. “We have not ended racial caste in America,” she declares, “we have merely redesigned it.” Alexander’s meticulous research concerns the mass incarceration of black men principally through the War on Drugs, Alexander explains how the United States government itself (the justice system) carries out a significant racist pattern of injustice which not only literally subordinates black men by jailing them, but also then removes them of their rights and turns them into second class citizens after the fact. Former convicts, she learns through working with the ACLU, will face discrimination (discrimination that is supported and justified by society) which includes restrictions from voting rights, juries, food stamps, public housing, student loans and job opportunities. Alexander states that unlike Jim Crow days there were no “Whites Only” signs. This system is not visible, it is invisible.” Alexander explains. -Olivia Rutigliano, Crime. Reads Editorial Fellow The Emperor of All Maladies In this riveting (despite its near 600 pages) and highly influential book, Mukherjee traces the known history of our most feared ailment, from its earliest appearances over five thousand years ago to the wars still being waged by contemporary doctors, and all the confusion, success stories, and failures in between hence the subtitle “a biography of cancer,” though of course it is also a biography of humanity and of human ingenuity (and lack thereof).
Mukherjee said that the inspiration for writing the book came from a meeting with a person suffering stomach cancer. “She said, ‘I’m willing to go on fighting, but I need to know what it is that I’m battling.’ That was a very embarrassing moment. She didn’t know what to do, so I could not answer. I was driven by the urgent need to answer her question. The book was written simply because it wasn’t there.” He worked well. The Pulitzer in General Nonfiction was awarded 2011 to The Emperor of All Maladies. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award; it was a New York Times bestseller. Yet, most important, it was the first book most lay people (read: scientists and doctors not those who had been affected by cancer in the past) read. Science advances constantly, but it’s still widely used today. Emily Temple, Senior Editor The Immortal Living of Henrietta Lacks I tend to focus on the humanities and have trouble connecting with books about science. Let me just say that my public education was not what I expected. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks drew me in to the idea that, if all science were part of this kind of compelling and human narrative I could probably become a doctor. (I mean, it’s possible.) Rebecca Skloot shares the story of Henrietta Lacks a woman of color who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and died in 1951. Her cells were called He. These cells, called La cells (cultured without Lacks’ permission) were valuable for scientists working in labs around the globe. They were also the first cells in which humans could reproduce in a laboratory. He. The use of La cells has been instrumental in the creation and testing of new vaccines, treatments and gene mapping. The cells were also sent out into space for researchers to investigate the effects zero gravity has on human cells.
It is a history of institutional failures and missed opportunities. This includes acts of malice towards a community that was in crisis. These actions were motivated by hate and terror of gay men and queer people. However, I was equally shocked and amazed. This is a very humbling historical account, especially for those who, like myself, come from a queer family that has been accused to forget it. France’s account is an invaluable source of information that will be remembered by all. Corinne Segal (Senior Editor) The Other Slavery Resendez is an extraordinary recalibration American history. One that is long overdued and desperately needed for the current moment. The story of the assault on indigenous peoples in the Americas is perhaps well-known, but what’s less known is how many of those people were enslaved by colonizers, how that enslavement led to mass death, and how complicit the American legal system was in bringing that oppression about and sustaining it for years beyond the supposed emancipation in regions in which indigenous peoples were enslaved. This was not a singular phenomenon. This extended beyond the Caribbean to include Western mining interests. It was an integral part of European attempts to settle “the new world”, and it was one reason behind early expeditions and colonies. Resendez estimates that between Columbus’s arrival in Columbus and 1900, there were between 2.5 to 5 million and 3 million indigenous people who had been enslaved. Resendez points out that the institution had many names. However, by reading the legal obfuscations and going deeper into the archives and first-hand accounts, Resendez can see how slavery permeated all continents. Native tribes were not simply wiped out by disease, war, and brutal segregation. They were also worked against their will, without pay, in mass numbers to death. This was an organized and sustained enslavement. Also, The Other Slavery chronicles the history of individuals and communities who rebelled against slavery. The complex, tragic history of the Other Slavery required an expert historian to make it relevant in today’s society. Resendez can be described as both a great historian and an excellent investigator. He is also a gifted storyteller, with extraordinary subjects. This historical nonfiction is at its finest and most crucial. Dwyer Murphy, Crime. All the Single Ladies reads by Managing Editor. After a few minutes of being indecisive about my plans, Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies was recommended to me. I placed my order and a few minutes later, Traister had provided a detailed, fascinating history of single American women. A server offered me a seat further away at the bar to avoid feeling embarrassed. I tried to keep my laughter from breaking out, and assured her everything was well. She seemed to be so anxious.
When Traister described this type of cultural distress for a woman alone, I went back to my book. There is now a whole new generation unmarried adult females who are independent and more numerous than ever. Traister writes that the shift was not about a crisis within the social system. “Women’s paths are increasingly marked by options, off ramps, variations on what has historically been a constrained theme.” Traister examines the past of unmarried females as a political and social force. This includes the activist women who dedicated their lives to creating a wider range of educational and familial choices for women. Traister also focuses attention to the fact that the US is a history of racial equality and economic justice Traister also points out the network of social support women have built to sustain patriarchy and build lifestyles not dependent on it. She demonstrates how intimacy and communication were key components of the reform movements and activism that overcame the dominant order.
Macfarlane has been an excellent guide for his wanderings. He is warmly welcomed by the fireside yarn, and the light of his knowledge softens as if in the warmth of the fireplace. Macfarlane, while contemplating all the things we have made upon this planet, squeezes himself into its darker chambers. His toxic tombs Macfarlane does not succumb to pessimism. Instead, he finds in deep meditation a path towards humility. It’s a remarkable work. As profound and poignant as its subject, this book would mark the accomplishment of a lifetime for any writer. Jonny Diamond, Chief Editor Patrick Radden Keefe. Say Nothing: A True Story of Memory and Murder In Northern Ireland. It is a daunting task to attempt to capture the complexity and scale of the Northern Ireland Troubles, an ethnic-nationalist and political conflict that dominated Anglo-Irish relations over more than three decades. The book also attempts to convey a feeling of torture and the mercurial motives of many of its most prominent and iconic individual players. Patrick Radden Keefe is an investigative journalist. His 2015 New Yorker article, “Where the Bodies Are Buried”, about Gerry Adams is one of the most notable examples of Say Nothing. This mesmerizing account is simultaneously panoramically expansive, and intimate. It focuses on the murder and disappearance of Jean Mc. Conville’s 1972 visit to Belfast serves as the fulcrum around which all the complicated narratives of the Troubles may revolve. The book, while meticulously researched and reported (Radden Keefe interviewed over one hundred different sources, painstakingly sorting through conflicting and corroborating accounts), also employs a novelistic structure and flair that in less skilled hands could feel exploitative, but here serves only to deepen our understanding of both the historical events and the complex personalities of ultimately tragic figures like Dolours Price, Brendan Hughes, and Mc. Conville, herself plays an important role in this tragic drama. She is often reduced to the rank of a martyr or monster. The end of this revelatory hybrid piece will leave you with a profound and abiding sense of sorrow. Dan Sheehan. Marks Editor
Our 50 Favorite Nonfiction Books of the Last 25 Years
Slate’s books team selects the definitive works of reporting, memoir, and argument of the past quarter-century.
David Carr, a reporter, wrote that as a writer, “I prefer to get bossed about by my notebook, and the facts therein.” He also described his memoir The Night of the Gun. It was one of Slate’s fifty
Slate’s list of the definitive nonfiction books written in English in the past quarter-century includes beautifully written memoirs but also books of reportage, collections of essays, travelogues, works of cultural criticism, passionate arguments, even a compendium of household tips. They all have one thing in common: a belief in “mostly truth”, and that it is worth digging deeply to uncover a true story, whether it is in your mind, dusty archives shelves, Russian literature or in a Mumbai slum.
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Mr. Wilsons Cabinet of Wonder: Horned Humans & Pronged Ants by Lawrence Weschler (Pantheon), 1994) Lawrence Weschler asks Lawrence Weschler about his strange Los Angeles shopfront museum. He is surprised and delighted to discover that the exhibits are whimsical, often humorous and, in truth, quite common (but not always!) This is all completely fictitious. Weschler transforms Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder into a highly successful meditation on human intelligence and creativity. He also offers a thought experiment regarding how we react to being amazed. The result is a deceptively simple book that like the 16th-century “wonder cabinets” that, Weschler explains, served as the very first museums opens to reveal astonishments untold.
Lawrence Weschler $12.29 Amazon Bookshop. Candless, a young, in-search of untrammeled, wild experience, set out to hike into Alaskan wilderness. His body was discovered by a hunter of moose four months later. Krakauer sets out to unravel the mystery of how this adventure ended in tragedy, and the tiny mistakes that cost Mc. Candless was able to read Mc. Candless’ journals, talking to his friends, and traveling to the abandoned bus where Mc. Candless lived his final months. Through his reporting of Mc. He reports on the passionate, foolhardy and risky quest of Mc. Krakauer writes about similar youth experiences and explores modern society’s relationship with the wilderness.
Jon Krakauer, $10.20 Amazon, $13.80 Bookshop Madeleine’s World by Brian Hall, Houghton Mifflin 1997. Hall’s curious observation and creative interpretation of his subject is what makes his quixotic idea to create a biography about Madeleine. Madeleine is that subject. But also Madeleine’s childhood. It marks an incomprehensible period between zero to three, when there are simultaneous blossomings of action and reason. Madeleine’s World is a fascinating read for anyone, even those who are not parents. It explores thought patterns and creative leaps that readers can recall from their childhoods. Parents will find Madeleine’s World almost too moving for its insistent on love being the best.
History, Science, Memoir, Biography, Food, Politics, And More!
Do you think a beach reader should be a literary novel? If you said yes, please click here. For those who answered no, please continue reading to see the nonfiction books we are most excited about for this summer. You’ll find something to suit your reading preferences, whether you are looking for information on the history of food or the inner workings Silicon Valley. The Lit Hub editors Jessie Gaynor, Corinne Segal, and Vanessa Willoughby compiled these recommendations.
Americanon: Thirteen best selling books on U.S. history (Dutton), June 1. We like the idea that culture, national and regional, is representative of the most prestigious artistic creations, that we can be as proud of our mythologies, as they are about us. This is not true. Jess Mc. Hugh discovers in this deep dive into thirteen of America’s most owned books from farmer’s almanacs to dictionaries to cookbooks to etiquette guides a nation’s story is shaped and told from much humbler texts.
Slow Food Manifesto: “We are what we eat”
(Penguin Press, June 1) Since opening Chez Panisse in 1971, Alice Waters has been a kind of living legend in the movement for local food, sustainable agriculture, and seasonal cooking. Waters’ latest book recounts some of the highlights from her life. She advocates slow food farming, as well as biodiversity and good health.
Pop Culture in 2000 made me gay: Essays
Grace Perry (St. Martin’s Griffin – June 1) Grace Perry spent most of her youth finding queer undertext in straight stories, including Gossip Girl and pop music. In this collection of essays she recounts her experiences. It’s certain to be both painfully and humorously recognisable for queer young adults who were raised before there was much LGBTQ representation in the culture.
The Word is Passed: An Account with the History of Slavery Across America
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Unbroken. A World War II Story for Survival, Resilience And Redemption (Hardcover).
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Biggest Bluff. by Maria Konnikova.
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Exercise of Power. Robert M.
Hidden Valley Road. Robert Kolker
Washington’s Man Who Ruled.
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