The daughter of former president Harry S. Truman reveals life in the White House, discussing the lives of its famous residents, describing various sections of the house, and offering a tour of the nation's most famous dwelling.
When they declared independence in Philadelphia in 1776, they changed the course of Western history. But the patriots-landowners, merchants, and professional men who hailed from towns, cities, and plantations scattered along the eastern seaboard-had private lives too, quite apart from the public deeds we know so well. In this breathtaking volume, historian Hugh Howard and photographer Roger Straus examine the everyday lives of the Founding Fathers.
Not since Pearl Harbor has an American president gone to Congress to request a declaration of war. Nevertheless, since then, one president after another, from Truman to Obama, has ordered American troops into wars all over the world.
Draws on recently declassified documents to chronicle one of the most disastrous presidencies in U.S. history, presenting a portrait of a brilliant man overcome by his deep insecurities and his distrust of his cabinet, Congress, and the American people.
From Thomas Jefferson's birth in 1743 to the California Gold Rush in 1849, America's westward expansion comes to life in the hands of a writer fascinated by the way individual lives link up, illuminate one another, and collectively impact history.
Fifty years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce a federal court order desegregating the city's Central High School, a leading authority on Eisenhower presents an original and engrossing narrative that places Ike and his civil rights policies in dramatically new light. Historians such as Stephen Ambrose and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., have portrayed Eisenhower as aloof, if not outwardly hostile, to the plight of African-Americans in the 1950s.
Tracing Roosevelt's Path Down the 'River of Doubt'
Starting with Washington, who allegedly gambled and whipped his horses, and Lincoln, the "ape . . . gorilla . . . monster," vilified for his wife's extravagance, our presidents have been accused of malfeasance and scandalous conduct--slander abetted by the press to satisfy a gossip-avid public.
The assassinations and attempted assassinations of American presidents were pivotal events that reverberated throughout the nation, even in cases where the murder was botched. The individuals behind each plot are often fascinating studies in obsession and distorted perception of reality.