Alcatraz: The Gangster Years

Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis, "Dock" Barker—these have been quite a few of the mythical "public enemies" for whom America's first supermax criminal was once created. In Alcatraz: The Gangster Years, David Ward brings their tales to existence, besides bright money owed of the lives of different notorious criminals who undergone the reformatory from 1934 to 1948. Ward, who loved extraordinary entry to FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Federal Parole documents, carried out interviews with 100 former Alcatraz convicts, guards, and directors to supply this definitive background of "The Rock." Alcatraz is the single booklet with authoritative solutions to questions that experience swirled concerning the felony: How did prisoners cope psychologically with the cruel regime? What provoked the protests and moves? How did defense flaws result in the sensational break out makes an attempt? And what occurred while those "habitual, incorrigible" convicts have been ultimately published? via shining a gentle at the most famed legal on this planet, Ward additionally increases well timed questions about ultra-modern supermax prisons.

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Batavia's Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny

By Mike Dash

In 1628 the Dutch East India corporation loaded the Batavia, the flagship of its fleet, with a king’s ransom in gold, silver, and gem stones for her maiden voyage to Java; the send itself was once a tangible image of the world’s richest and strongest monopoly.

The corporation additionally despatched alongside a brand new worker to protect its treasure. He was once Jeronimus Corneliszoon, a disgraced and bankrupt guy with nice air of secrecy and dangerously heretical rules. With the aid of a couple of disgruntled sailors, he hatched a plot to grab the send and her riches. The mutiny may have succeeded, yet at nighttime morning hours of June three, 1629, the Batavia smashed via a coral reef and ran aground on a small chain of islands close to Australia. The captain and skipper escaped the spoil, and in a tiny lifeboat they set sail for Java—some 1,500 miles north—to summon support. greater than 250 nervous survivors waded ashore, grateful to be alive. regrettably, Jeronimus and the mutineers had survived too, and the nightmare used to be basically starting.

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Die 101 wichtigsten Fragen - Antike

By Stefan Rebenich

Was once ist die Antike? Wie funktionierte die athenische Demokratie? used to be ist ein Mythos? Welche medizinischen Kenntnisse besaßen die Römer? Wieso ging das römische Reich unter? Stefan Rebenich erschließt mit den a hundred and one wichtigsten Fragen und seinen – in manchen Fällen überraschenden – Antworten auf gleichermaßen informative und anregende Weise die Welt der Griechen und Römer.

Achtung: Aus lizenzrechtlichen Gründen dürfen die Abbildungen in diesem publication leider nicht wiedergegeben werden.

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Historical Heroes

By Martin Oliver, Mick Gowar, Dennis Hamley, Victoria Parker

Delve into the lives of six of history's such a lot celebrated personalities with those outrageously humorous biographies. observe the key concept for Shakespeare's performs, how Caesar made a deadly mistake and why barnacles have been key to Darwin's conception of evolution. Illustrated with colour cartoons and bursting with proof, those funny debts turn out that the reality relatively is stranger than fiction.

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Genghis Khan and the Mongol War Machine

By Chris Peers

As a soldier and normal, statesman and empire-builder, Genghis Khan is a nearly mythical determine. His striking achievements and his ruthless tools have given upward thrust to a sinister popularity. As Chris friends indicates, during this concise and authoritative learn, he possessed unheard of presents as a pacesetter and supervisor of fellows - he ranks one of the maximum army commanders - yet he can in simple terms be appropriately understood when it comes to the Mongol society and traditions he used to be born into. So the army and cultural history of the Mongols, and the character of steppe societies and their armies, are significant subject matters of his publication. He appears intimately on the army abilities, strategies and ethos of the Mongol squaddies, and on the benefits and drawbacks they'd in strive against with the warriors of extra settled societies. His booklet deals a desirable clean point of view on Genghis Khan the fellow and at the armies he led.

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Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times

By Amy Sonnie, James Tracy

THE tale of a few OF an important AND LITTLE-KNOWN ACTIVISTS OF THE Sixties, IN A DEEPLY SOURCED NARRATIVE HISTORY
 
The historians of the overdue Sixties have emphasised the paintings of a workforce of white collage activists who courageously took to the streets to protest the conflict in Vietnam and carrying on with racial inequality. terrible and working-class whites have tended to be painted as spectators, reactionaries, and, even, racists. such a lot american citizens, the tale is going, simply watched the political hobbies of the sixties pass by.

James Tracy and Amy Sonnie, who've been interviewing activists from the period for almost ten years, reject this previous narrative. They convey that negative and working-class radicals, encouraged by way of the Civil Rights move, the Black Panthers, and innovative populism, began to arrange major political struggles opposed to racism and inequality throughout the Sixties and Seventies. between those teams:

+  sign up for group Union introduced jointly southern migrants, scholar radicals, and welfare recipients in Chicago to struggle for housing, health and wellbeing, and welfare . . .
 
+  The Young Patriots Organization and Rising Up Angry prepared self-identified hillbillies, Chicago greasers, Vietnam vets, and younger feminists right into a mythical “Rainbow Coalition” with Black and Puerto Rican activists . . .
 
+  In Philadelphia, the October 4th Organization united citizens of business Kensington opposed to huge company, conflict, and a repressive police strength . . .
 
+ In the Bronx, White Lightning occupied hospitals and outfitted coalitions with medical professionals to struggle for the rights of drug addicts and the poor.

Exploring an untold background of the recent Left, the publication indicates how those teams helped to redefine group organizing—and transforms the way in which we predict a couple of pivotal second in U.S. historical past.

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Jews in an Iberian Frontier Kingdom: Society, Economy, and Politics in Morvedre, 1248-1391 (Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World)

By Mark D Meyerson

This ebook treats the tumultuous heritage of the Jews within the colonial nation of Valencia via targeting one city, Morvedre. in accordance with archival resources, it explores the Jews' actions as settlers and officers, their function within the new kingdom's financial improvement, and their quickly altering kin with the Christian conquerors and the topic Muslims. It dissects the Jewish community's inner social and political struggles whereas it handled the monarchy's heavy financial calls for. It additionally considers the controversies surrounding Jewish moneylending and the Jews' embattled place in the course of the rebellions and wars that rocked the dominion within the fourteenth century. The ebook is critical for college kids of Jewish historical past, Spanish heritage, and interfaith family within the center a while.

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