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by: Freeman, Joshua Benjamin,
Behemoth : a history of the factory and the making of the modern world /

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View DescriptionFactories, with their ingenious machinery and miraculous productivity, are celebrated as modern wonders of the world. Yet from William Blake’s “dark Satanic mills” they have also fuelled our fears of the future. Telling the story of the factory, Joshua B. Freeman takes readers from the textile mills in England that powered the Industrial Revolution to the steel and car plants of twentieth-century America, Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, to today’s behemoths making trainers, toys and iPhones in China and Vietnam. He traces arguments about factories and social progress through such critics and champions as Marx, Ford and Stalin. And he explores the representation of factories in the work of Margaret Bourke-White, Charlie Chaplin and Diego Rivera.

by: King, Gilbert,
Beneath a ruthless sun : a true story of violence, race, and justice lost and found /

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View Description“A small town. A big secret. In December 1957, the wife of a Florida citrus baron is raped in her home while her husband is away. She claims a ‘husky Negro’ did it, and the sheriff, the infamous racist Willis McCall, does not hesitate to round up a herd of suspects. But within days, McCall turns his sights on Jesse Daniels, a gentle, mentally impaired white nineteen-year-old. Soon Jesse is railroaded up to the state hospital for the insane, and locked away without trial. Crusading journalist Mabel Norris Reese cannot stop fretting over the case and its baffling outcome. Who is protecting whom, or what? She pursues the story for years, chasing down leads, hitting dead ends, winning unlikely allies. Bit by bit, the unspeakable truths behind a conspiracy that shocked a community into silence come to the surface. Beneath a Ruthless Sun tells a powerful page-turning story rooted in the fears that rippled through the South as integration began to take hold, sparking a surge of virulent racism that savaged the vulnerable, debased the powerful, and roils our own times still.”–Dust jacket.

by: Satia, Priya
Empire of guns : the violent making of the industrial revolution
Penguin Press, 2018
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by: Novak, Jason
Et tu, brute?: the deaths of the roman emperors
W. W. Norton and Company, 2018
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by: Jackson, Libby
Galaxy girls: 50 amazing stories of women in space
Harper Design, 2018
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by: Rao, Maya
Great american outpost : dreamers, mavericks, and the making of an oil frontier
PublicAffairs, 2018
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by: Corchado, Alfredo,
Homelands : four friends, two countries, and the fate of the great Mexican-American migration /

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View DescriptionWhen Alfredo Corchado moved to Philadelphia in 1987, he felt as if he was the only Mexican in the city. But in a restaurant called Tequilas, he connected with two other Mexican men and one Mexican American, all feeling similarly isolated. Over the next three decades, the four friends continued to meet, coming together over their shared Mexican roots and their love of tequila. One was a radical activist, another a restaurant/tequila entrepreneur, the third a lawyer/politician. Alfredo himself was a young reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Homelands merges the political and the personal, telling the story of the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends at a time when the Mexican population in the United States swelled from 700,000 people during the 1970s to more than 35 million people today. It is the narrative of the United States in a painful economic and political transition. As we move into a divisive, nativist new era of immigration politics, Homelands is a must-read to understand the past and future of the immigrant story in the United States, and the role of Mexicans in shaping America’s history. A deeply moving book full of colorful characters searching for home, it is essential reading.

by: Lawler, Andrew
The secret token: myth, obsession, and the search for the lost colony of Roanoke
Doubleday Books, 2018
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by: Mearns, David L.
The shipwreck hunter: a lifetime of extraordinary discoveries on the ocean floor
Pegasus Books, 2018
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by: Dyson, Michael Eric
What truth sounds like : Robert F. Kennedy, JamesBbaldwin, and our unfinished conversation about race in america
St. Martins Press, 2018
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