Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing

By Arnie Bernstein

"With the meticulous consciousness to element of a historian and a storyteller's eye for human drama, Bernstein shines a beam of fact on a forgotten American tragedy. Heartbreaking and riveting."
---Gregg Olsen, New York Times best-selling writer of Starvation Heights
"A chilling and old personality research of the unfathomable anguish that desperation and fury, as soon as unleashed inside of a twisted brain, can wreak on a small city. modern mass murderers Timothy McVeigh, Columbine's Dylan Klebold, and Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho can every one hint their awful family tree of terror to at least one guy: tub college bomber Andrew Kehoe."
---Mardi hyperlink, writer of When Evil got here to strong Hart
On could 18, 1927, the small city of tub, Michigan, was once ceaselessly replaced whilst Andrew Kehoe trigger a cache of explosives hid within the basement of the neighborhood college. Thirty-eight kids and 6 adults have been useless, between them Kehoe, who had actually blown himself to bits through atmosphere off a dynamite cost in his motor vehicle. the next day to come, on Kehoe's farm, what used to be left of his wife---burned past popularity after Kehoe set his estate and structures ablaze---was stumbled on tied to a handcart, her cranium beaten. With likely unending tales of faculty violence and suicide bombers filling cutting-edge headlines, Bath Massacre serves as a reminder that terrorism and large-scale homicide are not anything new.

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Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages (The Middle Ages Series)

By Stephen A. Mitchell

Stephen A. Mitchell right here bargains the fullest exam on hand of witchcraft in overdue medieval Scandinavia. He makes a speciality of these humans believed to be able—and who in a few situations notion themselves able—to manage the area round them via magical practices, and at the responses to those ideals within the criminal, literary, and renowned cultures of the Nordic center a long time. His resources diversity from the Icelandic sagas to cultural monuments less widely used to the nonspecialist, together with felony instances, church artwork, legislations codes, ecclesiastical documents, and runic spells.

Mitchell's place to begin is the 12 months 1100, wherein time Christianity used to be good proven in elite circles all through Scandinavia, while a few pre-Christian practices and ideology endured in quite a few types. The book's endpoint coincides with the arriving of the Reformation and the onset of the early sleek Scandinavian witch hunts. The terrain lined is advanced, domestic to the Germanic Scandinavians in addition to their non-Indo-European friends, the Sámi and Finns, and it encompasses such diversified parts because the very important exchange towns of Copenhagen, Bergen, and Stockholm, with their huge overseas populations; the agricultural hinterlands; and the insular outposts of Iceland and Greenland.

By reading witches, wizards, and seeresses in literature, lore, and legislations, in addition to surviving appeal magic directed towards love, prophecy, overall healthiness, and climate, Mitchell offers a portrait of either the practitioners of medieval Nordic magic and its functionality. With an figuring out of mythology as a dwelling process of cultural indicators (not simply historic sacred narratives), this research additionally makes a speciality of such strong evolving myths as these of "the milk-stealing witch," the diabolical pact, and the witches' trip to Blåkulla. complaints related to witchcraft, allure magic, and apostasy reveal that witchcraft ideologies performed a key position in conceptualizing gender and have been themselves a huge technique of workout social control.

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Quaker Constitutionalism and the Political Thought of John Dickinson

By Jane E. Calvert

Within the late-seventeenth century, Quakers originated a special pressure of constitutionalism, in accordance with their theology and ecclesiology, which emphasised constitutional perpetuity and radical swap via renowned peaceable protest. whereas Whigs may think no different technique of drastic constitutional reform other than revolution, Quakers denied this as a valid choice to governmental abuse of authority and recommended in its place civil disobedience. This idea of a perpetual but amendable structure and its concomitant proposal of well known sovereignty are issues that almost all students think didn't exist until eventually the yank Founding. the main awesome suggest of this conception used to be Founding Father John Dickinson, champion of yankee rights, yet no longer revolution. His concept and motion were misunderstood before, once they are positioned in the Quaker culture. This conception of Quaker constitutionalism will be traced in a transparent and direct line from early Quakers via Dickinson to Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

By Rosalyn Schanzer

Tackling a similar twisted topic as Stacy Schiff's much-lauded book The Witches: Salem, 1692, this Sibert Honor booklet for younger readers beneficial properties distinct scratchboard illustrations, chilling fundamental resource fabric, and robust narrative to inform the genuine tale.

within the little colonial city of Salem Village, Massachusetts, women started to twitch, mumble, and contort their our bodies into unusual shapes. The health care provider attempted each therapy, yet not anything cured the younger Puritans. He grimly introduced the dire analysis: the women have been bewitched! after which the accusations began.
The riveting, actual tale of the sufferers, accused witches, crooked officers, and mass hysteria that became a mysterious affliction affecting childrens right into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people’s lives and ruined 1000's extra unfolds in chilling, novelistic detail—complete with stylized black-white-and-red scratchboard illustrations of younger ladies having wild matches within the court, witches flying overhead, and the satan and his servants terrorizing the Puritans— during this younger grownup ebook via award-winning writer and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer.
Taught in center and excessive faculties round the united states, the 17th-century saga is still hauntingly resonant as humans fight even this present day with the pressing have to locate an individual responsible for his or her misfortunes.  
Witches! has been venerated with many prestigious awards, including:. Robert F. Sibert Informational ebook Honor Book

2012 remarkable kid's Books—ALSC

NCSS—Notable Social reviews alternate Books within the box of Social stories 2012

institution Library magazine most sensible Books of 2011

SLJ’s a hundred fabulous Children’s Books of 2011

Chicago Public Library better of the easiest 2011

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A Brief History of Cocaine

A short background of Cocaine is a completely researched, attention-grabbing account of the position cocaine has performed in around the world heritage, politics, economics, and technological know-how. shuttle with bestselling writer Steven B. Karch as he lines the trail of cocaine from the coca funds vegetation of Spain to the distinguished pharmaceutical homes of Amsterdam into the banking of Japan. know about experimentation with the drug through the centuries, together with the paintings of Sigmund Freud, who steered that cocaine be used to regard morphine dependancy. realize how cocaine has been grown, subtle, disbursed, and abused world wide for 4 centuries. eventually, comprehend why the cocaine exchange is still a thriving enterprise regardless of executive rules. a vital research of an age-old challenge, a quick background of Cocaine areas the "war on medicinal drugs" in its old context and predicts if we're destined to lose.

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Distant Ties: Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and the Construction of the Baghdad Railway

As the 1st learn to rfile the Baghdad Railway building, instead of the rhetoric surrounding it, this paintings demanding situations approximately a century of scholarship on German imperialism and Ottoman decline--scholarship that has too frequently hinged at the alleged nice energy victimization of the Ottoman Empire. McMurray finds a desirable, intercultural measurement of the railway and offers a entire, special account of the Ottoman contribution. His paintings denies the German personality of the railway by way of exhibiting it to be an completely Ottoman company designed by means of German engineers, funded by means of overseas capital, and outfitted through a veritable military of Ottoman subjects.

The examine refutes the concept that German involvement within the Baghdad Railway someway represented an orchestrated plunder of the Ottoman Empire. It unearths in its place, the advantages this union bestowed at the Ottomans regardless of starting to be discord among Germany's prime political, monetary, and cultural advocates of the railway. It lines again to the genesis of German curiosity within the firm ahead of the Age of Empire, and it exhibits that the preliminary impetus got here from inner most participants whose dedication to enhance the empire's infrastructure lay anchored within the desire that the Ottoman Empire may sooner or later develop into Germany's best friend. ultimately, it unearths that German involvement with the railway didn't traumatize the Ottoman Empire, yet quite provided it a brand new rent on existence, assisting to bolster the Ottomans' unravel to counter additional ecu incursion.

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