In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from 45 to 72 years. The Rise and Fall of American Growth provides an in-depth account of this momentous era.
"The book is a great review of how we got to where we are today"
Beowulf is considered the finest heroic poem in Old English. It celebrates the character and exploits of Beowulf, a young nobleman and warrior, as he proves his superhuman strength and endurance. He also represents the ideal lord and vassal, rewarding his men generously and accomplishing glorious deeds to honor his king.
What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander during World War II than he was as president? Why was Grant one of the best presidents of his day, if not in all of American history? What drove Bobby Kennedy into the scrum of electoral politics? Find the surprising and revelatory answers to these questions and more in this collection of new essays by great historians.
The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960’s segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling, and Stax soon defines an international sound. Then, after losses both business and personal, the siblings part, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American partner. Under integrated leadership, Stax explodes as a national player until, Icarus-like, they fall from great heights to a tragic demise.
Stubble scruffed up their chins. Tobacco wads ballooned their cheeks. The 1993 Philadelphia Phillies had the look of a slow-pitch softball team itching to kick some serious butt. They did kick butt, too, on and off the field. “They lived the life of professional baseball players as fully as it can be done,” manager Jim Fregosi said. Though they weren’t a photogenic bunch, their mugs were everywhere, on Baseball Today, on David Letterman, and on Saturday Night Live.
Cats may be the most enigmatic of all domestic animals - intelligent, inquisitive, and a law unto themselves. But this snappy book clears up most of the mystery and lets you know just why your cat does the things it does - and tells you how to deal with feline behavior problems. Written by experienced vet and animal behavior expert Gordon Roberts, this audiobook will teach you how to interpret the wide range of feline vocalizations, from mews and meows to squeaks and shrieks, and you'll discover just what's going on with a cat's body language.
From the psychology of aggression to the secrets of "silent correction", this book is your essential guide to dog behaviour problems - and how to deal with them. In 10 short chapters, experienced vet Gordon Roberts guides you through the challenges of life with "man's best friend". You will learn how to tackle everything from excessive barking to food aggression and why these problems arise.
Written by experienced vet and dog behavior expert Gordon Roberts and delivered throughout in a snappy and engaging style, you'll find clear instructions on how to tackle early essentials when you bring a new puppy into your home. There is step-by-step information on housebreaking the new canine addition to your family and everything you need to know about nipping in the bud, teaching essential commands, and tackling potential behavior problems before they develop.
What better way for your children to get to grips with numbers than with the brilliant Stephen Fry! Featuring Chris Emmett and Mark Angus, this vocal performance will have your child effortlessly learning their tables and laughing their heads off at the same time.