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1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire
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1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

By Rebecca Rideal

"1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters. While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London--a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city. With flare and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history"--

$20.00

A Crack In The Edge Of The World
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A Crack In The Edge Of The World

By Simon Winchester

2005. Hardcover. Like New. Minor wear dust jacket. Winchester brings his storytelling abilities, as well as his understanding of geology, to the extraordinary San Francisco Earthquake, exploring not only what happened in northern California in 1906 that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion, but what we have learned since about the geological underpinnings that caused the earthquake. He also positions the quake's significance along the earth's geological timeline and shows the effect it had on the rest of 20th-century California and American history.--From publisher description.

$8.00

An American Plague
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An American Plague

By Jim Murphy

2003. Hardcover. Like New. Minor wear on dust jacket. It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This powerful dramatic account by award-winning author Jim Murphy traces the devastating course of the epidemic. An American Plague offers a fascinating glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.

$12.00

Washington Burning: How a Frenchman\'s Vision for Our Nation\'s Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army
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Washington Burning: How a Frenchman's Vision for Our Nation's Capital Survived Congress, the Founding Fathers, and the Invading British Army

By Les Standiford

2008. Hardcover. Like New. Minor curling on dust jacket. An early history of Washington, D.C., describes how the city became the nation's capital, the design of eccentric French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Washington's efforts to balance the design with opposition from fiscal conservatives--which mirrored the struggles of a fledgling nation--and the 1814 burning of the city by British troops. 50,000 first printing.

$12.00

Hot Time in the Old Town
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Hot Time in the Old Town

By Edward P. Kohn

2010. Hardcover wih Dust Jacket. New. One of the worst natural disasters in American history, the 1896 New York heat wave killed almost 1,500 people in ten oppressively hot days. The heat coincided with a pitched presidential contest between William McKinley and the upstart Democrat William Jennings Bryan, who arrived in New York City at the height of the catastrophe. As historian Edward P. Kohn shows, Bryan's hopes for the presidency began to flag amidst the abhorrent heat just as a bright young police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt was scrambling to mitigate the dangerously high temperatures by hosing down streets and handing out ice to the poor.A vivid narrative that captures the birth of the progressive era,Hot Time in the Old Townrevives the forgotten disaster that almost destroyed a great American city.

$20.00

Rising Tide
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Rising Tide

By John M. Barry

1998. Paperback. New. An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north, and transformed American society and politics forever.A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Lillian Smith Award.

$10.00