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AP U.S. History Powerpack (SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
1411402898
March 2005
Paperback
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Cracking the AP European History Exam, 2006-2007 Edition (College Test Prep)

0375765395


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Book Description
The Princeton Review realizes that scoring high on the AP European History Exam is very different from earning straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about European history–only the strategies and information you’ll need to get your highest score. In Cracking the AP European History Exam, we’ll teach you how to

·Use our preparation strategies and test-taking techniques to raise your score
·Focus only on the critical political, economic, social, and intellectual history that’s likely to be covered on the test
·Test your knowledge with review questions for each topic covered

This book includes 2 full-length practice AP European History tests. All of our practice questions are just like those you’ll...


Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2004-2005 Edition
Princeton Review
0375763929
Jan 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
The Princeton Review realizes that acing the AP U.S. History Exam is very different from getting straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about U.S. history–only what you’ll need to score higher on the exam. There’s a big difference. In Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, we’ll teach you how to think like the test makers and
-Eliminate answer choices that look right but are planted to fool you
-Earn more points by reviewing and mastering the U.S. history concepts most
likely to be tested
-Score higher on the Multiple-Choice section by using the chronological
arrangement of questions as a clue
-Crack the document-based question by knowing the right way to
organize your essay
This book includes 2 full-length practice AP...


REA's AP US History Test Prep with TESTware Software

0878913327


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Book Description
Get the AP college credits you've worked so hard for... Our savvy test experts show you the way to master the test and score higher. This new and fully expanded edition includes a comprehensive review course of all the topics covered on the exam: the Colonial Period, the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, Westward expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrialism, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam Era, Watergate, Carter, and the New Conservatism. Features 6 full-length practice exams with all answers thoroughly explained.

Includes CD-ROM software containing 3 of the book's tests as timed, computerized exams that provide actual exam conditions with controlled timing and question order. Your score and test performance are automatically calculated plus the program provides...


U.S. History Study Cards (SparkNotes History and Social Sciences Series)
SparkNotes Editors
1411400933
January 2004
Paperback
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Truth, Torture, and the American Way
Jennifer Harbury
0807003077
Sept 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
When torture photos from Abu Ghraib became public in spring 2004, Americans reacted with revulsion: how could our military commit such horrible acts? In fact, Harbury's well-documented volume reveals, American representatives abroad have been involved in torture for decades, much of it in Central America, where U.S. agents apparently encouraged the kidnapping, maltreatment and murder of left-wing fighters and their suspected sympathizers. Harbury's own husband became one of the Guatemalan victims-she described his fate in Searching for Everardo-and this new volume alludes to his story repeatedly. Its central chapter compiles testimony from Latin American torture survivors, making a case for U.S. involvement in "torture by proxy." Harbury accompanies her evidence with passionate if unsurprising denunciations,...


Kaplan AP World History 2006 (Kaplan Ap. World History)

0743274369


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Book Description
Everything you need to score higher on the AP World History exam -- Guaranteed.Kaplan's comprehensive guide includes: 2 full-length practice tests Diagnostic test to target areas for score improvement Detailed answer explanations Powerful strategies to help you score higher Glossary of key world history terms Sample Document-Based, Change-Over-Time and Comparative essaysAbout the Kaplan Panel of AP ExpertsTo give our readers the best possible preparation, Kaplan has partnered with teachers who are experts on the AP World History exam to review the book for up-to-the-minute accuracy, test-like practice, and appropriate content. Jay Harmon (Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, LA) has more than 22 years of experience teaching World History.


Cracking the SAT U.S. & World History Subject Tests
Princeton Review
037576450X
Mar 2005
Paperback
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1776
David McCullough
0743226712
May 24, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Esteemed historian David McCullough covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776 with characteristic insight and a gripping narrative, adding new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution. It was a turbulent and confusing time. As British and American politicians struggled to reach a compromise, events on the ground escalated until war was inevitable. McCullough writes vividly about the dismal conditions that troops on both sides had to endure, including an unusually harsh winter, and the role that luck and the whims of the weather played in helping the colonial forces hold off the world's greatest army. He also effectively explores the importance of motivation and troop morale--a tie was as good as a win to the Americans, while anything short of overwhelming victory was disheartening to the...


American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
Kevin Phillips
067003486X
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The title of political analyst Phillips's latest book may overstate his case (in the text, he prefers the term "theocratic direction"), but his analysis likely will strike chords among those troubled by our current political moment. Phillips (American Dynasty) expounds upon historical parallels for each of his three subjects. In his section on "Oil and American Supremacy," for example, he points to Britain's post-WWI involvement in the Middle East as an analogy to Iraq, and in his section on radicalized religion, he warns of "the pitfalls of imperial Christian overreach from Rome to Britain." The five major measures of U.S. debt—from national to household—keep setting records, he observes in his section on "Borrowed Prosperity," and the real estate boom spurred by the Federal Reserve, he argues,...


American Spartans
James A. Warren
0684872846
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Warren chose Iwo Jima as the starting point for his history of the U.S. Marine Corps because there and at Okinawa the marines displayed the spartan virtues of hardihood, discipline, loyalty, and ferocity more vividly than ever before. He argues that the marines have remained a subculture within the larger and more lenient American military culture and that from this situation arises much of their combat effectiveness. Certainly that effectiveness has been high during the two island campaigns, in Korea, and most recently in Iraq. On the other hand, Vietnam presents a mixed picture, and training accidents such as the Ribbon Creek drownings and the implications of the post-Vietnam reforms in training suggest that the spartan way is not wholly sufficient in and of itself. Warren makes a very useful contribution to the lively...


Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam
Tom Meltzer
0375765336
Jan 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
The Princeton Review realizes that scoring high on the AP U.S. History Exam is very different from earning straight A’s in school. We don’t try to teach you everything there is to know about American history–only the strategies and information you’ll need to get your highest score. In Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, we’ll teach you how to

·Use our preparation strategies and test-taking techniques to raise your score
·Focus on the topics most likely to appear on the test
·Test your knowledge with review questions for each U.S. history topic covered

This book includes 2 full-length practice AP U.S. History tests. All of our practice questions are just like those you’ll see on the actual exam, and we explain how to answer every question. ...


Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
James L. Swanson
0060518499
February 1, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
The Greatest Manhunt in American History For 12 days after his brazen assassination of Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth was at large, and in Manhunt, historian James L. Swanson tells the vivid, fully documented tale of his escape and the wild, massive pursuit. Get a taste of the daily drama from this timeline of the desperate search.

April 14, 1865 Around noon, Booth learns that Lincoln is coming to Ford's Theatre that night. He has eight hours to prepare his plan.
10:15 pm: Booth shoots the president, leaps to the stage, and escapes on a waiting horse.
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton orders the manhunt to begin. April 15 About 4:00 am: Booth seeks treatment for a broken leg at Dr. Samuel Mudd's farm near Beantown, Maryland. Cavalry patrol heads south toward Mudd farm.
Confederate operative...



American Gospel : God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation
Jon Meacham
1400065550
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Historian and Newsweek editor Meacham's third book examines over 200 years of American history in its quest to prove the idea of religious tolerance, along with the separation of church and state, is "perhaps the most brilliant American success." Meacham's principal focus is on the founding fathers, and his insights into the religious leanings of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and Co. present a new way of considering the government they created. So it is that the religious right's attempts to reshape the Constitution and Declaration of Independence into advocating a state religion of Christianity are at odds with the spirit of religious freedom ("Our minds and hearts, as Jefferson wrote, are free to believe everything or nothing at all-and it is our duty to protect and perpetuate this sacred culture of freedom")....


U.S. History for Dummies
Steve Wiegand
076455249X
Jan 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Lots of people think that learning U.S. history is a punishment. It's a subject you had to take in school. You memorized a bewildering array of dates, absorbed definitions for terms like Manifest Destiny, and wondered if America really needed two presidents named Harrison. Historical figures were presented to you as if they were characters in a junior high school costume pageant, with their blemishes airbrushed out and personalities drained away in stodgy history textbooks.

History textbooks often overlook the fascinating moments of history. They present U.S. history as something dry and distant, all events and facts, and don't focus on what is really is: The story of Americans. It's the story of people – what they thought, did, and tried to do as they struggled to build a nation.

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U.S. Army
Raymond K. Bluhm
088363113X
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In 1775, determined and angry colonists took up arms against a common foe, and their battle cries signaled the birth of the United States Army. The Army has been forged in the fires of revolution, tested on continental battlefields, battered at the shores of Normandy, and hardened on the sands of the Persian Gulf and Iraq. Published in conjunction with the Army Historical Foundation, this beautifully illustrated large-format book is both a major reference tool and a handsome addition to any military history collection. Building on official Army chronologies, U.S. Army: A Complete History presents a year-by-year summary of significant Army activities, from before the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Key historical entries, as well as significant operations, technological advances, and the people...


Overthrow : America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq
Stephen Kinzer
0805078614
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The recent ouster of Saddam Hussein may have turned "regime change" into a contemporary buzzword, but it's been a tactic of American foreign policy for more than 110 years. Beginning with the ouster of Hawaii's monarchy in 1893, Kinzer runs through the foreign governments the U.S. has had a hand in toppling, some of which he has written about at length before (in All the Shah's Men, etc.). Recent invasions of countries such as Grenada and Panama may be more familiar to readers than earlier interventions in Iran and Nicaragua, but Kinzer, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times, brings a rich narrative immediacy to all of his stories. Although some of his assertions overreach themselves—as when he proposes that better conduct by the American government in the Spanish-American War might have prevented...


The REA Test Prep for the Advanced Placement Examination: U. S. History
Jerome McDuffie
0878918442
June 1991
Paperback
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Book Description
Get the AP college credits you've worked so hard for... Our savvy test experts show you the way to master the test and score higher. This new and fully expanded edition includes a comprehensive review course of all the topics covered on the exam: the Colonial Period, the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, Westward expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrialism, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Vietnam Era, Watergate, Carter, and the New Conservatism. Features 6 full-length practice exams with all answers thoroughly explained.

Follow up your study with REA's test-taking strategies, powerhouse drills and study schedule that get you ready for test day.

DETAILS
- Comprehensive, up-to-date subject review of every US history topic used in the AP exam
- Study...


State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration
James Risen
0743270665
January 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
The winter holidays are usually a quiet time for news, but the December 2005 revelations of the Bush administration's extensive, off-the-books domestic spying program by New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau made headline after headline, raising criticism from both sides of the aisle and an immediate, unapologetic response from President Bush himself. On the heels of those scoops comes Risen's State of War, which goes beyond his Times stories to provide a wide-ranging, if anecdotal, "secret history" of U.S. intelligence following 9/11.

Risen's description of what he says was called "the Program"--the ongoing eavesdropping operation, done with almost no judicial or congressional oversight, on the phone calls and emails of hundreds of Americans (and potentially millions more)--is only...



How to Prepare for the AP U.S. History
William O. Kellogg
0764123386
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
This manual's extensive subject review has been updated to encompass historical events to the present year. In addition, the author offers advice on how to answer the essay question, provides two full-length model exams with all questions answered and explained, and presents additional practice and review questions, giving students complete preparation for the Advance Placement Exam in U.S. History.

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Choose Barron’s Method for Test Success on the AP U.S. History Exam



Read and understand the author’s overview of the AP U.S. History exam

Devise your personal study plan for success

Use this book’s subject review to improve your skills in all test topics

Take the...


Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin
0684824906
October 25, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
The life and times of Abraham Lincoln have been analyzed and dissected in countless books. Do we need another Lincoln biography? In Team of Rivals, esteemed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin proves that we do. Though she can't help but cover some familiar territory, her perspective is focused enough to offer fresh insights into Lincoln's leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation. Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln's political genius by examining his relationships with three men he selected for his cabinet, all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860: William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates. These men, all accomplished, nationally known, and presidential, originally disdained Lincoln for his backwoods upbringing and lack of experience, and were shocked and humiliated at...


The Constitution in Exile : How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land
Andrew P. Napolitano
1595550305
April 18, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Napolitano, New Jersey Superior Court Judge and analyst for Fox News, explains how the federal government has manipulated the Constitution to take power from the states and the people. Written for a general audience, Napolitano's book also includes a brief history of the founding of the United States, the Bill of Rights, the specific powers granted to Congress in the Constitution and an explanation of relevant legal precedents. Napolitano's nonpartisan apprehension toward a strong central government is clear as he takes issue with both Democratic and Republican legislative initiatives, including the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1992, the Patriot Act, attempted FCC regulation of HDTV sets and the retention of Yasser Hamdi and Jose Padilla. However, the book is disappointingly sparse on ways to fix the...


The Frogmen of World War II
Chet Cunningham
0743482166
Jan 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
As countless battlefronts in the Pacific, African, and European theaters called for direct amphibious assaults against islands and beachheads, a small corps of exceptionally skilled fighting men was formed -- the U.S. Navy underwater warriors. Beginning in 1943, these men undertook never-before-attempted missions ranging from eye-to-eye recon of enemy-held positions to staging the demolition of shoreline obstacles and clearing the way for landing craft.Here, in their own words, are the true stories of these aquatic commandos, whose daring exploits and bravery would pave the way for thousands of American fighting men around the globe -- and whose recolitionary training and fighting methods would evolve into the modern specail forces known as the Navy SEALs.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by...


Cracking the Da Vinci Code: The Unauthorized Guide to the Facts Behind Dan Brown's Bestselling Novel
Simon Cox
0760759316
May 2004
Hardcover
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AP U.S. History
Stephen Armstrong
0071377174
Dec 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
An exciting new series of study guides that lets each student design a course of study pitched to his or her individual needs and learning style Each year, more than one million U.S. high school students take one or more advanced placement (AP) exams, and, according to official projections, that number will continue to rise in the years ahead. That is because AP exams confer important benefits on those who do well on them. High AP scores are indispensable to gaining admission to most elite colleges. They provide students with a competitive edge when competing for grants and scholarships. And they allow students to bypass required university survey courses, saving on skyrocketing tuition fees. Designed to coincide perfectly with the most current AP exams, Five Steps to a 5 on the Advanced Placement Examinations...


America Back on Track
Edward Kennedy
0670037648
April 18, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As the title implies, Senator Kennedy's book of political history, criticism and advice is an effort to reawaken the belief in progress that underlay politics in the 1960s, often lauding his brother's presidency and Johnson's just after. Kennedy presents some of his most important points in bulleted lists, giving the appearance of simplicity and clarity on complex topics like ways to adjust to globalization and "the shrinking world," steps to achieve "a sound energy conservation policy" and how to provide health care for all. Although Kennedy isn't often as clear as his bulleted points make it appear, his straightforward solutions—like equal federal, state and local government funding for education and an increase in the minimum wage to $7.25—are refreshing. Not unexpectedly, Kennedy's proposals also...


The Constitution: 1781-1815 (History SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
1411404181
July 2005
Paperback
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Failed States : The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Noam Chomsky
0805079122
April 4, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Forget Iraq and Sudan--America is the foremost failed state, argues the latest polemic from America's most controversial Left intellectual. Chomsky (Imperial Ambitions) contends the U.S. government wallows in lawless military aggression (the Iraq war is merely the latest example); ignores public opinion on everything from global warming to social spending and foreign policy; and jeopardizes domestic security by under-funding homeland defense in favor of tax cuts for the rich and by provoking hatred and instability abroad that may lead to terrorist blowback or nuclear conflict. Ranging haphazardly from the Seminole War forward, Chomsky's jeremiad views American interventionism as a pageant of imperialist power-plays motivated by crass business interests. Disdaining euphemisms, he denounces...


Politics Lost : How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You're Stupid
Joe Klein
0385510276
April 18, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The people castigated in this lively but self-contradictory jeremiad make up the "pollster-consultant industrial complex" of political handlers responsible for today's bland, prefabricated candidates, carefully stage-managed campaigns and vacuous, focus-grouped policy proposals. Political reporter and Time pundit Klein (Primary Colors) traces the political consultants' influence through pungent insider accounts of presidential campaigns from 1968 to the present, throwing in plenty of his own armchair quarterbacking of triumphs and fiascoes. Throughout, he deplores the deadening of American political culture and celebrates the few politicians, like Ronald Reagan and John McCain, who occasionally slip the consultant's leash, blurt out an unfashionable opinion, take a principled stand or otherwise demonstrate their...


Three Cups of Tea : One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time
Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
0670034827
March 2, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse's unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson's efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world,...

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