Great Expectations

Author: Noemie Emery
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Incorporated
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An intriguing look at American political dynasties, from the Adamses to the Bushes From the suicide of the eldest son of John Quincy Adams, caught up in fiscal and sexual scandal, political families in the United States have been pushing, prodding, and trying to shame their sons into power, with a potent effect on American history, and an often devastating impact on personal lives. We see the recurrent curse of the Adamses, with four of six sons in two generations dying alcoholic or early; the bitter battle as Theodore Roosevelt’s oldest son and his fifth cousin Franklin fight for his legacy; the heroic rise and decadent fall of the Kennedy family; and the tangled stories of golden boys Al Gore and Jeb Bush–and of bad boy and late convert George W., a tale that is not yet over. Noemie Emery (Alexandria, VA) writes regularly about politics for the Weekly Standard and also contributes to Commentary, Women’s Quarterly, the National Review, and other publications. She is the author of Washington: A Biography and Alexander Hamilton: An Intimate Portrait.

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens
ISBN: 9781536969924
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This is an 8.5" x 11" version, which is much larger than most versions of this classic book.Clearly a literary genius, Charles Dickens gave his great gift to the world many years ago with this classic novel. "Great Expectations," set in the 1800s, takes the reader on an interesting journey into the maturation of an orphan named Pip. Enjoy Dickens' wonderful imagination as you discover what life can be like for someone who, at a young age, faced unfortunate odds.* Large Print - 16 point ** Paperback ** 8.5" x 11" book size *

Troubled State

Author: Gari Carter
Publisher: Truman State University Press
ISBN: 1935503863
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In his private journals, Franklin Archibald Dick, a St. Louis attorney, Union officer, and provost marshal, wrote of his concerns about keeping Missouri pro-Union during the turbulent Civil War years. His firsthand perspective of important historical events includes the early Camp Jackson incident when he was Captain Nathaniel Lyon's assistant adjutant general, and when he served as Missouri's provost marshal general under Major General Samuel Curtis. Dick was troubled by the slow progress and terrible cost of the war. For him, the divided city of St. Louis was heartbreaking, and his journal entries changed from early optimism to later doubts about his future due to the war and his loyalty to the Union. After the war, Dick practiced law with Montgomery Blair, President Lincoln's postmaster general. Gari Carter's great-great-grandfather never intended for anyone to read the private worries in his journals. His views on the politics and daily life of the country, state, and leaders he knew, and his concerns about morality, were thoughts he usually kept to himself. Pressures from the war changed the entries from optimistic to sorrowful and doubtful about the future, and he asked, “In what does happiness consist?” Franklin Dick's record of American life during the Civil War gives us an irreplaceable new perspective on the impact of history in our lives. Buried for years in family files, this important firsthand Civil War account of Franklin Dick's experiences as Union assistant adjutant general and Missouri provost marshal general gives a new view of politics, power, and divided loyalties in the state of Missouri. It is filled with the intrigue and emotion of major Civil War figures Nathaniel Lyon, Frank Blair, John C. Frémont, and Abraham Lincoln. Troubled State is a new resource for library collections, historians, and Civil War buffs.

Greater Expectations

Author: William Damon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451603101
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Greater Expectations is the book that exposed the low standards that children are confronted with in our homes, our schools, and throughout our culture. It exploded many of the misconceptions about children and how to raise them, including the cult of self-esteem, "child-centered" learning, and other overly indulgent practices that have been watering down the education and guidance that we are providing our young people. It disclosed how the self-centered ethic is damaging our youth. Greater Expectations started America talking about these issues and about how young people need to be provided with challenges and a sense of purpose if we want them to survive and thrive in life. Provocative and challenging, Greater Expectations was a wake-up call, a must-read for anyone concerned about the growing youth crisis in America and what we can do about it.

The Allure of Order

Author: Jal Mehta
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199942064
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Explores why reformers from both the left and right have repeatedly placed such high hopes in these reforms and why teachers and schools have been unable to resist these external reformers.

Six Generations Here

Author: Marjorie McLellan
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
ISBN: 0870206567
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Six Generations Here: A Farm Family Remembers by Marjorie L. McLellan, with an essay by Kathleen Neils Conzen and a foreword by Dan Freas Discover the story of the Krueger family, as images of farm, family, and landscape reveal the struggles of rural immigrant life in Wisconsin. Drawing on snapshots, memorabilia, and interviews, Six Generations Here brings together the voices of the past and the present to create a distinctive portrait of Wisconsin farm life. Leaving their German home in 1851, the Kruegers came to America for economic opportunity. But like other immigrant families, they struggled to make ends meet. Only with the whole family helping out did they manage to get their Watertown farm up and running. By the turn of the century, they had achieved a life of middle-class comfort in the midst of the rigors of dairy farming. Over the generations, the Kruegers incorporated their past traditions with the needs of the present, adapting to the challenges of rural American life and, when necessary, breaking from the past. Despite these changes, their commitment to hard work and family persisted, shaped their identity, and ensured their success. Through photographs, documents, and family stories, the Kruegers left a deep history of who they were and how they sought to be remembered. Follow their family through six generations as they compile a rich and varied record of Wisconsin life.

Neo Victorian Families

Author: Marie-Luise Kohlke
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9401207240
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Tracing representations of re-imagined Victorian families in literature, film and television, and social discourse, this collection, the second volume in RodopiOCOs Neo-Victorian Series, analyses the historical trajectory of persistent but increasingly contested cultural myths that coalesce around the heterosexual couple and nuclear family as the supposed OCynormativeOCO foundation of communities and nations, past and present. It sheds new light on the significance of families as a source of fluctuating cultural capital, deployed in diverse arenas from political debates, social policy and identity politics to equal rights activism, and analyses how residual as well as emergent ideologies of family are mediated and critiqued by contemporary arts and popular culture. This volume will be of interest to researchers and students of neo-Victorian studies, as well as scholars in contemporary literature and film studies, cultural studies and the history of the family. Situating the nineteenth-century family both as a site of debilitating trauma and the means of ethical resistance against multivalent forms of oppression, neo-Victorian texts display a fascinating proliferation of alternative family models, albeit overshadowed by the apparent recalcitrance of familial ideologies to the same historical changes neo-Victorianism reflects and seeks to promote within the cultural imaginary."

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

Author: Amy Chua
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408813165
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A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what Chinese parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them, because I've done it... Amy Chua's daughters, Sophia and Louisa (Lulu) were polite, interesting and helpful, they were two years ahead of their classmates in maths and had exceptional musical abilities. But Sophia and Lulu were never allowed to attend a sleepover, be in a school play, choose their own extracurricular activities, get any grade less than an A, and not be the #1 student in every subject (except gym and drama). And they had to practice their instruments for hours every day, as well as in school breaks and on family holidays. The Chinese-parenting model certainly seemed to produce results. But what happens when you do not tolerate disobedience and are confronted by a screaming child who would sooner freeze outside in the cold than be forced to play the piano? In Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua relates her experiences raising her children the 'Chinese way', and how dutiful, patient Sophia flourished under the regime and how tenacious, hot-tempered Lulu rebelled. It is a story about a mother, two daughters, and two dogs. It's also about Mozart and Mendelssohn, the piano and the violin, and how they made it to Carnegie Hall. It was supposed to be a story of how Chinese parents are better at raising kids than Western ones. But instead, it's about a bitter clash of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory, and how you can be humbled by a thirteen-year-old. Witty, entertaining and provocative, this is a unique and important book that will transform your perspective of parenting forever.