“From a small expanse of land on the North American continent came four of the nation’s first five presidents–a geographic dynasty whose members led a revolution, created a nation, and ultimately changed the world. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe were born, grew to manhood, and made their homes within a sixty-mile circle east of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Christopher Columbus, the most famous explorer in history, was once a celebrated hero. Now, many consider him a villain, a despoiler of paradise. So which version of Columbus is true? Michael Knowles answers this question and offers some much-needed historical perspective.
“In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
This brick of a book—1,150 pages—is going to keep me busy for a while.
“From the evolution of Homo sapiens to the exploration of space, the vast landscape of human history appears in J.M. Roberts’s History of the World. Deftly written and evocatively illustrated, this book offers an outstanding one-volume survey of the major events, developments, and personalities of the known past.
Lillian Gish was one of the most important actors in movie history.
She was there at the beginning of moving pictures working with D.W. Griffith, inventing the grammar of film, perfecting the new style of acting for the motion picture camera. She was Hollywood’s first great actress. Her film career lasted for 75 years from 1912 to her last film The Whales of August on 1987. She passed away in 1993 at the age of 99.