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Read online A Professor, A President, and A Meteor: The Birth of American Science.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Professor, A President, and A Meteor: The Birth of American Science Based on original source documents and interviews Prince tells the story of Benjamin Silliman arguably America s first scientist pitting him against no less an adversary than Thomas Jefferson when science on this continent was still in its infancy by Cathryn J. Prince

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A Professor, A President, and A Meteor: The Birth of American Science
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American Daredevil: The Extraordinary Life of Richard Halliburton, the World's First Celebrity Travel Writer, Shot from the Sky: American POWs in Switzerland, A Professor, A President, and A Meteor: The Birth of American Science, Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, Burn the Town and Sack the Banks: Confederates Attack Vermont!
On a dreary October afternoon bands of Confederate raiders held up the three banks in St Albans With guns drawn they herded the townspeople out into the common sending the people of the North into panic Operating out of a Confederate stronghold in Canada the raiders were young men mostly escapees from Union prison camps who had been recruited to inaugurate a new kind of guerilla war along the Yankees unprotected border The raid though bungling at times was successful the consequent pursuit of the rebels into Canada The celebrity like trial it sparked in Montreal and resulting diplomatic tensions that arose between the U S Canada and Great Britain left the Southern dream of a second front diversion in ruins What survived however is a fascinating tale of the South s desperate attempt to reverse the course of the war Burn the Town and Sack the Banks is a tale filled with dashing soldiers spies posses bumbling plans smitten locals lawyers diplomats and an idyllic Vermont town set against the backdrop of the great battles far from the Northern border that were bringing the Civil War to its bloody conclusion, The worst maritime disaster ever occurred during World War II when more than German civilians drowned It went unreported br br January The outcome of World War II has been determined The Third Reich is in free fall as the Russians close in from the east Berlin plans an eleventh hour exodus for the German civilians trapped in the Red Army s way More than women children sick and elderly pack aboard the i Wilhelm Gustloff i a former cruise ship Soon after the ship leaves port and the passengers sigh in relief three Soviet torpedoes strike it inflicting catastrophic damage and throwing passengers into the frozen waters of the Baltic br br More than perished in the night six times the number lost on the Titanic Yet as the Cold War started no one wanted to acknowledge the sinking Drawing on interviews with survivors as well as the letters and diaries of those who perished award wining author Cathryn Prince reconstructs this forgotten moment in history She weaves these personal narratives into a broader story finally giving this WWII tragedy its rightful remembrance, Based on original source documents and interviews Prince tells the story of Benjamin Silliman arguably America s first scientist pitting him against no less an adversary than Thomas Jefferson when science on this continent was still in its infancy, With a polished walking stick and neatly pressed trousers Richard Halliburton served as an intrepid globetrotting guide for millions of Americans in the s and s Readers waited with bated breath for each new article and book he wrote During his career Halliburton climbed the Matterhorn nearly fell out of his plane while shooting the first aerial photographs of Mt Everest and became the first person to swim the Panama Canal With his matinee idol looks the Tennessee native was a media darling in an era of optimism and increased social openness But as the Great Depression and looming war pushed America toward social conservatism Halliburton more actively worked to hide his homosexuality burnishing his image as a masculine trailblazer As chronicled in i American Daredevil i Halliburton harnessed the media of his day to gain and maintain a widespread following long before our age of the hour news cycle and thus became the first celebrity adventure journalist And during the darkest hours of the Great Depression Halliburton did something remarkable he inspired generations of authors journalists and everyday people who dreamt of fame and glory to explore the world