American Caesars

Author: Nigel Hamilton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446433978

Category: History

Page: 608

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The twentieth century has been called 'the American Century'. Not since the days of the Roman emperors has there been such a succession of rulers holding the fate of the world in their hands. Now, award-winning biographer Nigel Hamilton gives us the lives of the twelve men, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush, who presided over America's imperial fortunes - the good, the bad and the truly awful. How did these American Caesars reach the White House? What were the challenges they faced when they got there and how did they meet them? And who were these men in their private lives? Compulsively readable, packed with unforgettable characters as well as stories, lessons and revelations, American Caears is essential reading for our times.

Buried Caesars, and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing

Author: Robert Viscusi

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791482421

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

View: 1381


Examines the forces that have shaped Italian American writing, from the novels of John Fante to the musings of Tony Soprano. Robert Viscusi takes a comprehensive look at Italian American writing by exploring the connections between language and culture in Italian American experience and major literary texts. Italian immigrants, Viscusi argues, considered even their English to be a dialect of Italian, and therefore attempted to create an American English fully reflective of their historical, social, and cultural positions. This approach allows us to see Italian American purposes as profoundly situated in relation not only to American language and culture but also to Italian nationalist narratives in literary history as well as linguistic practice. Viscusi also situates Italian American writing within the “eccentric design” of American literature, and uses a multidisciplinary approach to read not only novels and poems, but also houses, maps, processions, videos, and other artifacts as texts. Robert Viscusi is Professor of English and Executive Officer at The Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for the Humanities, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York. He is the author of many books, including Max Beerbohm, or, The Dandy Dante: Rereading with Mirrors and Astoria: A Novel, winner of a 1996 American Book Award.

American Caesar

Author: William Manchester

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316032425

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 816

View: 9838


The bestselling classic that indelibly captures the life and times of one of the most brilliant and controversial military figures of the twentieth century. "Electric...Tense with the feeling that this is the authentic MacArthur...Splendid reading." -- New York Times Inspiring, outrageous... A thundering paradox of a man. Douglas MacArthur, one of only five men in history to have achieved the rank of General of the United States Army. He served in World Wars I, II, and the Korean War, and is famous for stating that "in war, there is no substitute for victory." American Caesar examines the exemplary army career, the stunning successes (and lapses) on the battlefield, and the turbulent private life of the soldier-hero whose mystery and appeal created a uniquely American legend.

Caesar in the USA

Author: Maria Wyke

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520273915

Category: History

Page: 306

View: 2332


The figure of Julius Caesar has loomed large in the United States since its very beginning, admired and evoked as a gateway to knowledge of politics, war, and even national life. In this lively and perceptive book, the first to examine Caesar's place in modern American culture, Maria Wyke investigates how his use has intensified in periods of political crisis, when the occurrence of assassination, war, dictatorship, totalitarianism or empire appears to give him fresh relevance. Her fascinating discussion shows how--from the Latin classroom to the Shakespearean stage, from cinema, television and the comic book to the internet--Caesar is mobilized in the U.S. as a resource for acculturation into the American present, as a prediction of America’s future, or as a mode of commercial profit and great entertainment.

Nation of Devils

Author: Stein Ringen

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300199015

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 8827


How does a government get the people to accept its authority? Every government must make unpopular demands on its citizens; the challenge is that power is not enough, the populace must also be willing to be led.

The American Consul

Author: Charles Stuart Kennedy

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 3452


Kennedy has written a long overdue history of the Consular Service, an unheralded, but significant element in the promotion of American commerce and influence abroad from the Revolution onward. He introduces, through brief histories, anecdotes, and vignettes, some of the men sent abroad by an imperfect system to represent our country. This book is an evolving chronicle of their contributions to the expansion of American influence from the start of the Revolutionary War to to the eve of the First World War, when American diplomats assumed the predominant role in America's foreign relations.

Daily Report

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: East Asia

Page: N.A

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