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Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam Description:

This landmark work based on Frances FitzGerald s own research and travels takes us inside Vietnam into the traditional ancestor worshiping villages and the corrupt crowded cities into the conflicts between Communists and anti Communists Catholics and Buddhists generals More and monks and reveals the country as seen through Vietnamese eyes With a clarity and authority unrivaled by any book before it or since Fire in the Lake shows how America utterly and tragically misinterpreted the realities of Vietnam

Rating: 3.58 out of 5

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America Description:

b A page turner We have long needed a fair minded overview of this vitally important religious sensibility and FitzGerald has now provided it i The New York Times Book Review i b br br b FitzGerald s brilliant book could not have been more timely more well researched more well written or more necessary i The American Scholar i b br br This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America from the Puritan era to the presidential election br br The evangelical movement began in the revivals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries known in America as the Great Awakenings A populist rebellion against the established churches it became the dominant religious force in the country br br During the nineteenth century white evangelicals split apart dramatically first North versus South and then at the end of the century modernist versus fundamentalist After World War II Billy Graham the revivalist preacher attracted enormous crowds and tried to gather all Protestants under his big tent but the civil rights movement and the social revolution of the sixties drove them apart again By the s Jerry Falwell and other southern televangelists such as Pat Robertson had formed the Christian right Protesting abortion and gay rights they led the South into the Republican Party and for thirty five years they were the sole voice of evangelicals to be heard nationally Eventually a younger generation of leaders protested the Christian right s close ties with the Republican Party and proposed a broader agenda of issues such as climate change gender equality and immigration reform br br Evangelicals have in many ways defined the nation They have shaped our culture and our politics Frances FitzGerald s narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history piecing together the centuries long story for the first time Evangelicals now constitute twenty five percent of the American population but they are no longer monolithic in their politics They range from Tea Party supporters to social reformers Still with the decline of religious faith generally FitzGerald suggests that evangelical churches must embrace ethnic minorities if they are to survive

Rating: 3.53 out of 5

Cities on a Hill

Cities on a Hill Description:

We must consider that we shall be A City Upon a Hill the eyes of all people upon us John Winthrop told his Pilgrim community crossing the Atlantic to found the Massachusetts Bay Colony Four centuries later Americans are still building Cities Upon a Hill br In i Cities on a Hill i Pulitzer Prize winner Frances FitzGerald explores this often eccentric sometimes prophetic inclination in America With characteristic wit and insight she examines four radically different communities a fundamentalist church a guru inspired commune a Sunbelt retirement city and a gay activist community all embodying this visionary drive to shake the past and build anew br Frances FitzGerald here gives eloquent voice and definition to a quintessentially American impulse It is a resonant work of literary imagination and journalistic precision

Rating: 3.29 out of 5

Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War

Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War Description:

Using the Star Wars missile defense program as a magnifying glass on his presidency Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Frances FitzGerald gives us a wholly original portrait of Ronald Reagan Drawing on extensive research FitzGerald shows how Reagan managed to get billions in funding for a program that was technologically impossible by exploiting the fears of the American public The Reagan who emerges from FitzGerald s book was a gifted politician with a deep understanding of the national psyche and an executive almost totally disengaged from the policies of his administration Both appalling and funny i Way Out There in the Blue i is the most penetrating study of Reagan s presidency to date

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

America Revised

America Revised Description:

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Rating: 3.31 out of 5

Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth

Vietnam: Spirits of the Earth Description:

This volume is the result of an unusual collaboration between noted author Frances Fitzgerald and photojournalist Mary Cross Both have travelled repeatedly to Vietnam and revisited the country together in From their extensive experience they have created a vivid look at Vietnam as it is today

Rating: 3.74 out of 5

Our Cat Cookie

Our Cat Cookie Description:

An endearing true story about a beloved pet cat who was lost and found A beautiful tale in verse form that will appeal to all small children ending with a powerful message to always be kind to animals Children and adults alike cannot fail to fall in love with this magnificant cat with the orange eyes

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop

American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop Description:

b The fascinating story of one of the grand dames of Georgetown society and a true Washington insider b br br An American aristocrat a descendant of founding father John Jay Susan Mary Alsop with husband Joe Alsop brought together the movers and shakers of not just the United States but the world Henry Kissinger remarked that more agreements were concluded in her living room than in the White House br br Born in Rome brought up in Argentina and the United States Susan Mary arrived in Paris in to join her first husband Bill Patten There she witnessed history on the boil at dinners with Winston Churchill Duff Cooper the British ambassador and the love of her life FDR Greta Garbo and many others A year after Bill s death in she married the renowned journalist and legendary power broker Joe Alsop Dubbed the second lady of Camelot Susan Mary hosted dinner parties that were the epitome of political power and social arrival She reigned over Georgetown society for four decades her house was the gathering place for everyone of importance including John F Kennedy Katharine Graham and Robert McNamara br br

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram

Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Dang Thuy Tram Description:

At the age of twenty four Dang Thuy Tram volunteered to serve as a doctor in a National Liberation Front Viet Cong battlefield hospital in the Quang Ngai Province Two years later she was killed by American forces not far from where she worked Written between and her diary speaks poignantly of her devotion to family and friends the horrors of war her yearning for her high school sweetheart and her struggle to prove her loyalty to her country At times raw at times lyrical and youthfully sentimental her voice transcends cultures to speak of her dignity and compassion and of her challenges in the face of the war s ceaseless fury br br The American officer who discovered the diary soon after Dr Tram s death was under standing orders to destroy all documents without military value As he was about to toss it into the flames his Vietnamese translator said to him Don t burn this one It has fire in it already Against regulations the officer preserved the diary and kept it for thirty five years In the spring of a copy made its way to Dr Tram s elderly mother in Hanoi The diary was soon published in Vietnam causing a national sensation Never before had there been such a vivid and personal account of the long ordeal that had consumed the nation s previous generations br br Translated by Andrew X Pham and with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Frances FitzGerald i Last Night I Dreamed of Peace i is an extraordinary document that narrates one woman s personal and political struggles Above all it is a story of hope in the most dire of circumstances told from the perspective of our historic enemy but universal in its power to celebrate and mourn the fragility of human life br br br i From the Hardcover edition i

Rating: 3.31 out of 5

America's Intervention In Vietnam: An Anthology

America's Intervention In Vietnam: An Anthology Description:

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Rating: 3.39 out of 5