Posts tagged with "America"

Posted by jmurrow on 05/22/14
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When asked to name historical figures who influenced America, everyone can name George Washington, Samuel L. Clemens, and Henry Ford. But what about Dorthea Dix, who exposed the harsh treatment of the mentaly ill in the 1800s, ᎾᏅᏰᎯ who with other members of the Cherokee tribal council fought for peaceful relations with European-Americans, or Grace Murray Hopper, whose work became the bassis of the computer language COBOL? 
I genuenly enjoyed Charlotte Waisman's Her Story, which highlights the awesome, varied, and often unrecognized contributions of over 900 women throughout U.S. history, beginning in the 1500s and spanning all the way through 2011.  For lovers of American history, feminists, or even the simply curious, Her Story is a fantastic book that I can't recommend enough! 

Posted by cclapper on 03/03/11
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1779 - Penobscot Bay, Revolutionary America: British forces have occupied the Bay (in what will become Maine), harassing the revolutionary forces and sheltering those still loyal to the King.  The Americans dispatch experienced officers leading a much greater force against this garrison and naval base - and the American forces suffer a naval defeat unequaled in significance until the attack on Pearl Harbor.  
This defeat changes the lives of two men: John Moore, a Scottish Lieutenant on the British forces who goes on to an illustrious military career.  The other is an American; a Boston silversmith who  faces court-martial for disobedience and cowardice.  That silversmith is named Paul Revere.
Surprising stuff, here- grounded in fact!  I want to find out more about this!
Bernard Cornwell is a martial master.  You've probably heard of his Sharpe's series... incredibly popular books about one man in the Napoleonic Wars (made into a wildly successful television series that has appeared on PBS to great acclaim). 
This guy knows war- and how to write it. Read it?  Report!  (And let me know what you think!)