An American Dream:Harper Perennial Modern Classics Norman Mailer
An American Dream:A Novel Norman Mailer
When gold was discovered at Sutter´s Mill on the American River, it completely transformed the territory of California. Hundreds of thousands of people sped to California by any means possible, and small cities sprung up to service their needs as they sought the precious metal. By 1850, California had become a state; it had also become a symbol of where the nation was going. Great fortunes were made by such memorable figures as John Fremont, Leland Stanford, and George Hearst; great fortunes were lost by those who are now along history´s wayside. The Gold Rush had a profound effect on the way Americans viewed their destinies, as the new get-rich-quick ethos prevailed over the old Puritan mores of hard work. H.W. Brands´ masterful narrative discloses the whole story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bkot/000150de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What is it that drives the success of America and the identity of its people? Acclaimed writer and contributing editor to This America Life Jack Hitt thinks it’s because we’re all a bunch of amateurs.America’s self-invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages - fiddling with everything from solar-powered cars to space elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a number of different garages and has written a fascinating book that looks at America’s current batch of amateurs and their pursuits. From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish’s glow-in-the-dark gene into common yogurt (all done in her kitchen using salad spinners) to a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home, Hitt not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America’s history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surges. Beginning with Ben Franklin’s kite and leading all the way to the current TV hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation’s love of self-invented obsessives has always driven the country to rediscover the true heart of the American dream. Amateur pursuits are typically lamented as a world that just passed until a Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg steps out of his garage (or dorm room) with the rare but crucial success story. In Bunch of Amateurs, Hitt argues that America is now poised to pioneer at another frontier that will lead, one more time, to the newest version of the American dream. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Colburn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003068de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Concise History of the United States, Volume One talks about the history of the Native Americans from their beginning and their contact with Europeans. Native Americans have contributed math, art, agriculture, and government to the building of the American dream. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellery Truesdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004256de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year´s westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival. But until now, the full story of what happened--and what it tells us about human nature and about America´s westward expansion--remained shrouded in myth.Drawing on fresh archeological evidence, recent research on topics ranging from survival rates to snowfall totals, and heartbreaking letters and diaries made public by descendants a century-and-a-half after the tragedy, Ethan Rarick offers an intimate portrait of the Donner party and their unimaginable ordeal: a mother who must divide her family, a little girl who shines with courage, a devoted wife who refuses to abandon her husband, a man who risks his life merely to keep his word. Rarick resists both the gruesomely sensationalist accounts of the Donner party as well as later attempts to turn the survivors into archetypal pioneer heroes. ´´The Donner Party,´´ Rarick writes, ´´is a story of hard decisions that were neither heroic nor villainous. Often, the emigrants displayed a more realistic and typically human mixture of generosity and selfishness, an alloy born of necessity.´´A fast-paced, heart-wrenching, clear-eyed narrative history, Desperate Passage casts new light on one of America´s most horrific encounters between the dream of a better life and the harsh realities such dreams so often must confront. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Prince. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001522de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thomas Jefferson, a naturalist and visionary, dreamed that the United States would stretch across the continent from ocean to ocean. The account of how that dream became reality unfolds in the stories of Jefferson and nine other Americans whose adventurous spirits and lust for land pushed the westward boundaries: Andrew Jackson, John ´´Johnny Appleseed” Chapman, David Crockett, Sam Houston, James K. Polk, Winfield Scott, Kit Carson, Nicholas Trist, and John Quincy Adams. Their tenacity was matched only by that of their enemies: the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Alamo, the Comanche and Apache Indians, and the forbidding geography itself. Known also for his powerful fiction (Gap Creek, The Truest Pleasure, Brave Enemies), Morgan uses his skill at characterization to give life to the personalities of these ten Americans without whom the United States might well have ended at the Arkansas border. Their stories - and those of the nameless thousands who risked their lives to settle on the frontier, displacing thousands of Native Americans - form an extraordinary chapter in American history that led directly to the cataclysm of the Civil War.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Drummond. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000614de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For generations, New Yorkers have joked about ´´The City´s” interminable tearing down and building up. The city that the whole world watches seems to be endlessly remaking itself. When the locals and the rest of the world say ´´New York”, they mean Manhattan, a crowded island of commercial districts and residential neighborhoods, skyscrapers and tenements, fabulously rich and abjectly poor cheek by jowl. Of course, it was not always so; New York´s metamorphosis from compact port to modern metropolis occurred during the mid-19th century. Empire City tells the story of the dreams that inspired the changes in the landscape and the problems that eluded solution. Author David Scobey paints a remarkable panorama of New York´s uneven development, a city-building process careening between obsessive calculation and speculative excess. Envisioning a new kind of national civilization, ´´bourgeois urbanists” attempted to make New York the nation´s pre-eminent city. Ultimately, they created a mosaic of grand improvements, dynamic change, and environmental disorder. Empire City sets the stories of the city´s most celebrated landmarks - Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the downtown commercial center within the context of this new ideal of landscape design and a politics of planned city building. Perhaps such an ambitious project for guiding growth, overcoming spatial problems, and uplifting the public was bound to fail; still, it grips the imagination. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Feldman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023331de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When 1919 began, the city of Chicago seemed on the verge of transformation. Modernizers had an audacious, expensive plan to turn the city from a brawling, unglamorous place into ´´the Metropolis of the World´´. But just as the dream seemed within reach, pandemonium broke loose and the city’s highest ambitions were suddenly under attack by the same unbridled energies that had given birth to them in the first place. It began on a balmy Monday afternoon when a blimp in flames crashed through the roof of a busy downtown bank, incinerating those inside. Within days, a racial incident at a hot, crowded South Side beach spiraled into one of the worst urban riots in American history, followed by a transit strike that paralyzed the city. Then, when it seemed as if things could get no worse, police searching for a six-year-old girl discovered her body in a dark North Side basement. City of Scoundrels captures the tumultuous birth of the modern American city, with all of its light and dark aspects in vivid relief. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003009de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Did you know that American history is peppered with cases of human experimentation? Could you in your wildest dreams imagine that it was happening through the mid-1970s? That is in most of our lifetimes! I wish I could tell you that it´s a load of crap, but the fact is...it´s true. Supported by dozens of declassified documents and publications, horrible human testing can be corroborated throughout our history. Conspiracy Fact: Human Experimentation in the United States introduces you to a number of appalling cases involving the most vulnerable members of society. The book documents a handful of cases taking place between the 1840s and 1970s. That´s right, for over a century, these atrocities were regularly happening. This is just the tip of the iceberg. You will discover the names of doctors who performed tests on United States citizens without their knowledge or consent. You will hear about cases of the poor, minorities, pregnant women, and infants - even military personnel were not safe from their probes and needles. That´s not all; there´s an addendum and a wealth of sources where the information was found. This is the first book in a series called Conspiracy Facts Declassified that will take an in-depth look at our world and attempt to decode fact from fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Valerie Gilbert. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/050759de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.