In the spring of 1848, rumors began to spread that gold had been discovered in a remote spot in the Sacramento Valley. A year later, quit their jobs, newspaper headlines declared "Gold Fever!" as hundreds of thousands of men and women borrowed money, and allowed themselves- for the first time ever-to imagine a future of ease and splendor.
The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848-1853 #ad - In the rush, edward dolnick brilliantly recounts their treacherous westward journeys by wagon and on foot, and takes us to the frenzied gold fields and the rowdy cities that sprang from nothing to jam-packed chaos.
The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing MasterpieceHarperCollins e-books #ad - Baffled and humiliated, the norwegian police turned to the one man they believed could help: a half English, half American undercover cop named Charley Hill, the world's greatest art detective. The rescue artist is a rollicking narrative that carries readers deep inside the art underworld -- and introduces them to a large and colorful cast of titled aristocrats, intrepid investigators, and thick-necked thugs.
. In the predawn hours of a gloomy february day in 1994, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo and made off with one of the world's most famous paintings, Edvard Munch's Scream. But most compelling of all is charley hill himself, a complicated mix of brilliance, foolhardiness, and charm whose hunt for a purloined treasure would either cap an illustrious career or be the fiasco that would haunt him forever.
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The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream Search and Recover Book 2Anchor #ad - The california gold rush inspired a new American dream—the “dream of instant wealth, won by audacity and good luck. The discovery of gold on the American River in 1848 triggered the most astonishing mass movement of peoples since the Crusades. Impressive in its scholarship and overflowing with life, The Age of Gold is history in the grand traditions of Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough.
He imparts a visceral sense of the distances they traveled, the suffering they endured, and the fortunes they made and lost. It drew fortune-seekers from the ends of the earth, accelerated America’s imperial expansion, and exacerbated the tensions that exploded in the Civil War. H. W. Brands tells his epic story from multiple perspectives: of adventurers John and Jessie Fremont, and the wry observer Samuel Clemens—side by side with prospectors, entrepreneur Leland Stanford, soldiers, and scoundrels.
The Seeds of Life: From Aristotle to da Vinci, from Sharks' Teeth to Frogs' Pants, the Long and Strange Quest to Discover Where Babies Come FromBasic Books #ad - Why cracking the code of human conception took centuries of wild theories, misogynist blunders, and ludicrous mistakes Throughout most of human history, babies were surprises. But beyond that the origins of life were a colossal mystery. Taking a page from investigative thrillers, acclaimed science writer Edward Dolnick looks to these early scientists as if they were detectives hot on the trail of a bedeviling and urgent mystery.
These strange searchers included an italian surgeon using shark teeth to prove that female reproductive organs were not 'failed' male genitalia, and a Catholic priest who designed ingenious miniature pants to prove that frogs required semen to fertilize their eggs. A witty and rousing history of science, their religious beliefs, The Seeds of Life presents our greatest scientists struggling-against their perceptions, and their deep-seated prejudices-to uncover how and where we come from.
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The Girls in the Picture: A NovelDelacorte Press #ad - With cameos from such notables as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, the girls in the picture is, and Lillian Gish, at its heart, Rudolph Valentino, a story of friendship and forgiveness. From the new york times bestselling author of the swans of fifth avenue and the aviator’s Wife, a “rich exploration of two Hollywood friends who shaped the movies” USA Today—screenwriter Frances Marion and superstar Mary Pickford “Full of Old Hollywood glamour and true details about the pair’s historic careers.
In this fledgling industry, Frances finds her true calling: writing stories for this wondrous new medium. But their ambitions are challenged by both the men around them and the limitations imposed on their gender—and their astronomical success could come at a price. Melanie benjamin brilliantly captures the dawn of a glittering new era—its myths and icons, its possibilities and potential, and its seduction and heartbreak.
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel #ad - A boffo production. As in any good hollywood story, dramas will play out, personalities will clash, and even the deepest friendships might be shattered. Frances, too, longs to share her life with someone. Inspiration is a rare and unexpected gift in a book filled with the fluff of Hollywood, but Benjamin provides it with The Girls in the Picture.
Npr“profoundly resonant, the Girls in the Picture is at its core, an empowering and fascinating tale of sisterhood. Bryce dallas Howard.
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World: saac Newto, Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern WorldIHarperCollins e-books #ad - Dolnick’s earth-changing story of isaac newton, and the birth of modern science is at once an entertaining romp through the annals of academic history, in the vein of Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, and a captivating exploration of a defining time for scientific progress, the Royal Society, in the tradition of Richard Holmes’ The Age of Wonder.
. New york times bestselling author edward dolnick brings to light the true story of one of the most pivotal moments in modern intellectual history—when a group of strange, tormented geniuses invented science as we know it, and remade our understanding of the world.
The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century P.S.HarperCollins e-books #ad - As riveting as a world war ii thriller, hermann goering, the forger's spell is the true story of three men and an extraordinary deception: the revered artist Johannes Vermeer; the small-time Dutch painter who dared to impersonate him years later; and the con man's mark, the fanatical art collector and one of Nazi Germany's most reviled leaders.
Mila 18Estate of Leon Uris #ad - His epic exodus 1958 has been translated into over fifty languages. Here, painted on a canvas as broad as its subject matter, is the compelling of one of the most heroic struggles of modern times. Not only authentic as history. Follow @authorleonuris on Facebook for updates. Bearing witness to the atrocities of the nazi party and their plans for a “final solution, ” De Monti becomes determined to share his story with the world and joins the Jews of Warsaw in their resistance against German occupation.
Through the massive success of his novels and his skill as a storyteller, Uris has had enormous influence on popular understanding of twentieth-century history. It is convincing as fiction. As the war rages on and the ghetto population diminishes, honor, Mila 18 paints a picture of the sheer strength, and willpower of the Jewish resistance as they take their last stand to defend their people.
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Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell's 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand CanyonHarperCollins e-books #ad - Drawing on rarely examined diaries and journals, Down the Great Unknown is the first book to tell the full, dramatic story of the Powell expedition. On may 24, 1869 a one-armed civil war veteran, John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of nine mountain men embarked on the last great quest in the American West.
Ninety-nine days later, six half-starved wretches came ashore near Callville, Arizona. Lewis and clark opened the west in 1803, six decades later Powell and his scruffy band aimed to resolve the West’s last mystery. A brilliant narrative, a cast of memorable heroes—all these mark Down the Great Unknown, a thrilling journey, the true story of the last epic adventure on American soil.
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On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American CityPicador #ad - This fugitive world is the hidden counterpoint to mass incarceration, the grim underside of our nation's social experiment in punishing Black men and their families. Like many in the neighborhood, and low level warrants, Mike and Chuck were caught up in a cycle of court cases, probation sentences, with no clear way out.
Alice goffman spent six years in one Philadelphia neighborhood, raids, documenting the routine stops, searches, and beatings that young men navigate as they come of age. A riveting, groundbreaking account of how the war on crime hastorn apart inner-city communitiesforty years in, the tough on crime turn in American politics has spurred a prison boom of historic proportions that disproportionately affects Black communities.
While recognizing the drug trade's damage, on the run reveals a justice system gone awry: it is an exemplary work of scholarship highlighting the failures of the War on Crime, and a compassionate chronicle of the families caught in the midst of it. A remarkable feat of reporting. It has also torn at the lives of those on the outside.
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