Lacking even the most basic mechanical knowhow, Tim Moore sets out to cross Trumpland USA in an original Model T Ford. Armed only with a fan belt made of cotton, wooden wheels and a trunkload of `wise-ass Limey liberal gumption', his route takes him exclusively through Donald-voting counties, meeting the everyday folks who voted red along the way.
Two hundred and forty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States, the story of how America overthrew the British is as meaningful today as it was when the ink was still wet on the document. This book brings the drama of the Revolutionary War to life.
It was Thomas Jefferson who envisioned the United States as a great 'empire of liberty.' This title takes Jefferson's phrase as a key to the saga of America - helping unlock both its grandeur and its paradoxes.
Once America's capitalist dream town, the Silicon Valley of the Jazz Age, Detroit became the country's greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the furthest. The city of Henry Ford, modernity, and Motown found itself blighted by riots, arson, unemployment, crime and corruption.
In 1960, John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to New Orleans. The trip became Travels With Charley, one of his best-loved books. Half a century on, Geert Mak sets off from Steinbeck's home.
From early British colonisation to the Reagan years, this title captures an array of dynamic personalities and events. In a broad sweep of America's triumphant progress, it explores the period leading to Independence from the American and the British points of view, touching on permanent features of 'the American character' - the good and the bad.
Surrounding the war with an aura of nostalgia both fosters the delusion that war can cure our social ills and makes us strong again, and weakens confidence in our ability to act effectively in our own time."-Journal of Military History
Everyone knows the great American Dream: that America is the land of free enterprise, offering men and women without inherited advantages the chance to get ahead through hard work and self-reliance. Yet The Great American Speech offers an alternative vision, one enshrined in the country's most memorable speeches.
The American war against British imperial rule (1775-1783) was the world's first great popular revolution. Ideologically defined by the colonists' Declaration of Independence in 1776, the struggle has taken on a mythic character and become emblematic of American national identity.
Beginning with the bloody suppression of the Filipino struggle for independence and spanning the two World Wars, this title documents how US administrations have repeatedly intervened in conflicts on foreign soil, taking part in covert operations and wars in Latin American, Asia and the Middle East.
Is America the new world empire? Presidents from Lincoln to Bush may have denied it but, this book shows, the US is in many ways the greatest imperial power of all time. This title reveals, is an empire running on empty, weakened by chronic defecits of money, manpower and political will.
In summer 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a sensational murder trial, and an unknown aviator named Charles Lindbergh who became the most famous man on earth. This book brings to life a forgotten summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world.