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Contributions by Rosa M. Banda, Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey, Donathan L. Brown, Michael L. Clemons, William H. L. Dorsey, Hannah Firdyiwek, Alonzo M. Flowers III, Helen Taylor Greene, William G. Jones, Athena M. King, Taj'ullah Sky Lark, Jamela M. Martin, Marcus L. Martin, Byron D'Andra Orey, Amardo Rodriguez, Audrey E. Snyder, James L. Taylor, Leslie Walker, and Jason M. Williams. This book examines how Martin Luther King's life and work had a profound, if unpredictable, impact on the course of the United States since the civil rights era. A global icon of freedom, justice, and equality, King is recognized worldwide as a beacon in the struggles of peoples seeking to eradicate oppression, entrenched poverty, social deprivation, as well as political and economic disfranchisement. While Dr. King's work and ideas have gained broad traction, some powerful people misappropriate the symbol of King, skewing his legacy. With unique, multidisciplinary works by scholars from around the country, this anthology focuses on contemporary social policies and issues in America. Collectively, these pieces explore wide-ranging issues and contemporary social developments through the lens of Dr. King's perceptions, analysis, and prescriptions. Essayists bring a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to social policies and current issues in light of his ideals. They strive to glean new approaches and solutions that comport with Dr. King's vision. Organized into three sections, the book focuses on selected issues in contemporary domestic politics and policy, foreign policy and foreign affairs, and social developments that impinge upon African Americans and Americans in general. Essays shed light on Dr. King's perspective related to crime and justice, the right to vote, the hip hop movement, American foreign policy in the Middle East and Africa, healthcare, and other pressing issues. This book infers what Dr. King's response and actions might be on important and problematic contemporary policy and social issues that have arisen in the post-civil rights era.
Today, as we board our flights to Adelaide, Zurich, and all points in between, we give little thought to the jet power that will take us there. But, this is only possible because just over 70 years ago a select band of British test pilots was prepared to risk all in the quest to fly further, faster and higher than ever before. Their quest was fraught with danger; disaster and death were never far away. This book captures eleven of those stories as told by the pilots themselves - their words as to how they took British aviation to the forefront of a new era, the Jet Age'. Britain's aircraft industry was booming in the years immediately after the end of the Second World War and the demand for test pilots seemingly limitless as new aircraft types rolled off the drawing boards. Meteors, Vampires, Hunters, Comets, Victors, Vulcans and Harriers were some of the aircraft that became world-beaters. Today, these names and the role played by the test pilots in bringing these projects to fruition are all but forgotten. The stories were filmed over a number of years and it is the edited transcripts of those interviews that form a unique and rare perspective on such a pivotal era in aviation. Most were veterans of the Second World War with illustrious service records. Now they faced new battles as they flew new airframes and engines to the limit and sometimes beyond. First, they had to conquer the sound barrier' which to many, scientists and the public alike, had assumed almost mythic status. Having done that, they were soon flying at twice the speed of sound, such was the rate of progress. It took discipline, technical know-how, an above average level of flying skill and according to some, a lack of imagination to make a good test pilot. Their stories are often insightful, always modest and often tinged with humour.
D'Urban Victor Armstrong was born on 26 July 1897 in Natal, South Africa. Having initially enlisted in the South African Defence Force on the outbreak of war in 1914, he soon sought a transfer to the Royal Flying Corps. He was awarded his flying licence on 12 February 1916, marking the start of what was a remarkable wartime career as a fighter pilot. Such was the skill Armstrong displayed when in the air, he was famed among his British, French and American contemporaries as the best Camel pilot of the war, bar none. His aerobatic performances were in demand to entertain visiting senior officers, politicians and dignitaries. He even once outfought Ren Fonck in a mock dogfight. In 1917, Armstrong helped to pioneer home defence tactics used by the RFC against the onslaught of enemy bombers which had started to operate over the South-East and London. In 1918 he was at the leading edge of the dangerous new art of offensive night fighting, flying intruder missions and intercepting German night-bombers in support of ground troops on the Western Front. Despite his obvious skill, he crashed during one of his aerobatic displays in France on 8 October 1918\. He succumbed to his injurious on 14 November, three days after the fighting on the Western Front had ended. He died unaware that he had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the citation of which described his as a brilliant pilot of exceptional skill'. The official history of one the squadrons he served in, No.60 Squadron, noted that he was perhaps the finest pilot the Flying Corps ever produced'. Armstrong was never forgotten by anyone who saw his incredible low-level air displays. During the inter-war years he would be spoken of with awe in aviation magazines, and his aerial exploits described with wonder - all of which is revealed in this graphic biography of a remarkable Great War airman.
I didn't realize there was another `hermit' of Walden Pond! is the usual response author-historian Terry Barkley receives when he tells someone the subject of his new book. Henry David Thoreau's experiment there from 1845-1847 is widely known and immortalized in his classic Walden; or, Life in the Woods (1854). However, stresses Barkley, Neither the world nor even most avid Thoreauvians know about Edmond Hotham's six-months at Walden Pond during the winter of 1868-1869, the fascinating story of which is detailed in The Other Hermit of Thoreau's Walden Pond: The Sojourn of Edmond Stuart Hotham. A generation later and nearly seven years after Henry Thoreau died in 1862 of tuberculosis in Concord, Massachusetts, a young theological student from New York City arrived in Concord in November 1868. Edmond Hotham had never been there, but he immediately began preparations to pursue the wild life. He met transcendentalist poet (William) Ellery Channing, a former close friend of Thoreau's who had suggested to Thoreau that he build his cabin at Walden Pond. It was Channing who likely introduced Hotham to transcendentalist leader Ralph Waldo Emerson (the Sage of Concord ), and Emerson who gave Hotham permission, like Thoreau before him, to build his Earth-cabin on the poet's property at Walden Pond. Edmond Hotham's sojourn at Walden Pond was the first and only time someone traveled to Walden Pond to emulate Thoreau's experiment in simplicity. Hotham made his way to Walden Pond to pursue some private business while he was preparing for Christian ministry and stateside missionary work. He built his shanty on the pond's shore about 100 yards in front of Thoreau's, where he attempted to out-economize and out-simplify Thoreau. Hotham's sojourn as the second hermit at Walden Pond exemplified the growing adulation of Henry David Thoreau and his literary work. Author Terry Barkley has gleaned archival sources, vital records, period newspaper accounts, and census rolls for everything that is known about Edmond Hotham.The Other Hermit of Thoreau's Walden Pond is the first book-length treatise on Hotham, half of which is wholly new material. It far supersedes the late Kenneth Walter Cameron's 1962 article on Hotham, which until now was the most complete study of the man. Barkley's groundbreaking study book is an important addition to the Concord-Walden Pond story and a fascinating read. To quote Thoreau, What is once well done is done forever.
Doreen Warriner's War is not the typical story of a woman in the 1930's and 40's. It is the extraordinary unravelling of why, and how, a young academic gave up her Rockefeller Scholarship for travel to the West Indies in 1938, and instead went to Prague. There she joined a small group of other like-minded people who rescued thousands of anti-Nazi men and women, and, with Nicholas Winton, Jewish children. For this she was awarded an OBE in 1941. This is also the story of Doreen's subsequent life, her startling loves and losses, told by her nephew through her own diaries and letters and contemporary accounts. After working for the Political Warfare Executive in London, Doreen joined two almost exclusively male worlds. She worked for the Middle East Supply Centre in Cairo and she became Head of Food Supplies, based in Belgrade, for the United Nations relief operation set up to prevent starvation in war-torn Yugoslavia. After the war, Doreen returned to academic life at University College, London, becoming a professor there before her retirement in 1966. Recognised as an expert on economic and agrarian problems in less developed countries, she wrote extensively, and was also seconded to several international organisations. In 2018, forty-five years after her death, her nephew collected on her behalf, a `British Heroes of the Holocaust' medal, awarded by the British Government.
How the conflict between political Islamists and secular-leaning nationalists has shaped the modern Middle East In Making the Arab World, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world's leading authorities on the Middle East, describes how the clash between pan-Arab nationalism and pan-Islamism has shaped the history of the region from the 1920s to the present. He tells this story through an unprecedented dual biography of Egyptian president and Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918-70) and another of the twentieth-century Arab world's most influential figures--Sayyid Qutb (1906-66), a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and the father of many branches of radical political Islam. Based on a decade of research, including in-depth interviews with many leading figures in the story, Making the Arab World is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the roots of the turmoil engulfing the Middle East, from civil wars to Al-Qaeda and ISIS.
Tom Segev's page-turning book casts the history of Israel and its founder in a bracing new light. Using previously unrevealed archival material, Segev demonstrates Ben-Gurion's power, skills and achievements, as well as his limitations and failures. He reveals for the first time Ben-Gurion's secret negotiations with the British on the eve of Israel's independence, his willingess to countenance the forced transfer of Arab neighbours, his relative indifference to the status of Jerusalem and Israel's nuclear programme, and his occassional nutty moments from UFO sightings to a plan for Israel to acquire territory in South America. Many admired Ben-Gurion in his day, and many now miss his vision and inspiration, his boldness and integrity. Others have vilified him as an aggressive, divisive, dour, and often capricious politician. But only a few have really grasped the most intimate and guarded aspects of his complex character, the man behind the myth.
A compelling new portrait of Marcus Brutus delves behind the ancient evidence to set aside the myths that surround the ancient world's most famous assassin Conspirator and assassin, philosopher and statesman, promoter of peace and commander in war, Marcus Brutus (ca. 85-42 BC) was a controversial and enigmatic man even to those who knew him. His leading role in the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March, 44 BC, immortalized his name forever, but the verdict on his act remains out to this day. Was Brutus wrong to kill his friend and benefactor, or was he right to place his duty to country ahead of personal obligations? In this comprehensive and stimulating biography Kathryn Tempest delves into contemporary sources to bring to light the personal and political struggles Brutus faced. As the details are revealed-from his own correspondence with Cicero, from the perceptions of his peers, and from the Roman aristocratic values and concepts that held sway in his time-Brutus emerges from legend, revealed to us more surely than ever before.
In this evocative biography of Richard Nixon, presidential historian and former White House speechwriter Kasey Pipes explores Nixon's post-White House life, beginning with his days in virtual exile to his unlikely redemption through later-life works.
'An outstanding work of historical artistry, a brilliantly woven and pacy story of the men who surrounded, influenced and sometimes plagued Henry VIII.' Alison Weir Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But what do we see if we take a different look? When we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective on this famous king emerges. Henry's relationships with the men who surrounded him reveal much about his beliefs, behaviour and character. They show him to be capable of fierce, but seldom abiding loyalty; of raising men only to destroy them later. He loved to be attended and entertained by boisterous young men who shared his passion for sport, but at other times he was more diverted by men of intellect, culture and wit. Often trusting and easily led by his male attendants and advisers during the early years of his reign, he matured into a profoundly suspicious and paranoid king whose favour could be suddenly withdrawn, as many of his later servants found to their cost. His cruelty and ruthlessness would become ever more apparent as his reign progressed, but the tenderness that he displayed towards those he trusted proves that he was never the one-dimensional monster that he is often portrayed as. In this fascinating and often surprising new biography, Tracy Borman reveals Henry's personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Irena's Children comes a vivid, compelling, and unputdownable new biography (Christopher Andersen, #1 New York Times bestselling author) about the extraordinary life and times of Eliza Hamilton, the wife of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and a powerful, unsung hero in America's early days. Fans fell in love with Eliza Hamilton-Alexander Hamilton's devoted wife-in Lin-Manuel Miranda's phenomenal musical Hamilton. But they don't know her full story. A strong pioneer woman, a loving sister, a caring mother, and in her later years, a generous philanthropist, Eliza had many sides-and this fascinating biography brings her multi-faceted personality to vivid life. This expertly told story (Publishers Weekly) follows Eliza through her early years in New York, into the ups and downs of her married life with Alexander, beyond the aftermath of his tragic murder, and finally to her involvement in many projects that cemented her legacy as one of the unsung heroes of our nation's early days. This captivating account of the woman behind the famous man is perfect for fans of the works of Ron Chernow, Lisa McCubbin, and Nathaniel Philbrick.