Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold by Ross Benes
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
"What's the matter with Nebraska? The Cornhusker State has a famously independent history and stands out as the only state to have a nonpartisan, single-house legislature. But over the past three decades, like other states in "middle America," Nebraska has shifted from being a consistently centrist state to a deeply red and reliably Republican state. Many of the popular accounts of this partisan shift come from people who do not understand these states from the inside and are thus already unsympathetic with their concerns. As a native Nebraskan and professional journalist who has watched these changes unfold, Ross Benes understands intimately well why this happened. With unflinching honesty as well as deep empathy for his fellow Nebraskans, Benes explains how his home state became a Republican stronghold. With a blend of memoir, journalism, political science, and sociology, Cornhusker Red examines the changes that have taken place in America's heartland from the perspective of one who grew up there and still sees his home as "the good life." Benes explores key cultural and political topics, such as religion, healthcare, and immigration, as well as important Nebraskan institutions, including the state legislature, public university system, and political parties. Through detailed reporting and personal life experiences, Benes traces how his home state abandoned its nonpartisan legislature and kicked its most popular moderates and liberals to the curb while dark money, cultural resentment, and rigid political parties drove good-hearted working-class folks to embrace the policies and rhetoric of billionaires and reactionaries"--
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia (Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children (Awards)) by Candace Fleming
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
The award-winning author of The Lincolns traces the story of the Russian Revolution, the lives of the Romanov family and the story of their tragic deaths, in an account that draws on primary source materials and includes period photography. Simultaneous eBook.
This Is Not A Drill: An Extinction Rebellion Handbook by Extinction Rebellion
Extinction Rebellion are inspiring a whole generation to take action on climate breakdown. Now you can become part of the movement - and together, we can make history. It's time. This is our last chance to do anything about the global climate and ecological emergency. Our last chance to save the world as we know it. Now or never, we need to be radical. We need to rise up. And we need to rebel. Extinction Rebellion is a global activist movement of ordinary people, demanding action from Governments. This is a book of truth and action. It has facts to arm you, stories to empower you, pages to fill in and pages to rip out, alongside instructions on how to rebel - from organising a roadblock to facing arrest. By the time you finish this book you will have become an Extinction Rebellion activist. Act now before it's too late.
Rise to Rebellion: A Novel of the American Revolution (The American Revolutionary War) by Jeff Shaara
Publisher: Ballantine Books
The acclaimed author who has illuminated the Civil War and the Mexican-American War brilliantly brings to life the American Revolution, creating a superb saga of the men who helped to forge the destiny of a nation.
I'm Not Holding Your Coat: My Bruises-and-All Memoir of Punk Rock Rebellion by Nancy Barile
Publisher: Bazillion Points
From disaffected Catholic schoolgirl and glam maniac to instigator on the 1980s hardcore punk scene, Nancy Barile discovered freedom at a time when punk music was new and dangerous. She made her place behind the boards and right in the front row as insurgents such as SSD, Minor Threat, Bad Brains, the Dead Kennedys, and Black Flag wrote new rules and made history. She survived punk riots and urban decay, ran the streets with outcasts, and ultimately found true love as she fought for fairness and found her purpose.
George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father by David O. Stewart
A fascinating and illuminating account of how George Washington became the single most dominant force in the creation of the United States of America, from award-winning author David O. Stewart Washington's rise constitutes one of the greatest self-reinventions in history. In his midtwenties, this third son of a modest Virginia planter had ruined his own military career thanks to an outrageous ego. But by his midforties, that headstrong, unwise young man had evolved into an unassailable leader chosen as the commander in chief of the fledgling Continental Army. By his midfifties, he was unanimously elected the nation's first president. How did Washington emerge from the wilderness to become the central founder of the United States of America? In this remarkable new portrait, award-winning historian David O. Stewart unveils the political education that made Washington a master politician--and America's most essential leader. From Virginia's House of Burgesses, where Washington learned the craft and timing of a practicing politician, to his management of local government as a justice of the Fairfax County Court to his eventual role in the Second Continental Congress and his grueling generalship in the American Revolution, Washington perfected the art of governing and service, earned trust, and built bridges. The lessons in leadership he absorbed along the way would be invaluable during the early years of the republic as he fought to unify the new nation.
Shays's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Final Battle by Leonard L. Richards
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
"The importance of Shay's Rebellion has never been fully appreciated, chiefly because Shays and his followers have always been viewed as a small group of poor farmers and debtors protesting local civil authority. In Shays's Rebellion: The American Revolution's Final Battle, Leonard Richards reveals that this perception is misleading, that the rebellion was much more widespread than previously thought, and that the participants and their supporters actually represented whole communities - the wealthy and the poor, the influential and the weak, even members of some of the best Massachusetts families. Through a careful examination of contemporary records, including a long-neglected but invaluable list of the participants, Richards provides a clear picture of the insurgency, capturing the spirit of the rebellion, the reasons for the revolt, and its long term impact on the participants, the state of Massachusetts, and the nation as a whole.
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