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Noted Civil War writer Stephen Sears offers a blow-by-blow account of
the three-day battle at Gettysburg, from the "first gleam in General
Lee's eye" to the last Rebel retreating across the Potomac.
Praised for his dramatic narrative style, Sears reconstructs the minute
details of battlefield maneuvers while taking stock of the infighting
and ambitions of both armies' many generals and other commanding
officers. The former editor of American Heritage, Sears is the author
of six award-winning books on the Civil War.
The Words of Gardner Taylor,
50 Years of Timeless Treasures
This six-volume set features an eclectic collection of sermons spanning
Taylor's impressive career. As the acclaimed pastor emeritus of
the historic Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., Taylor received
the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000 and was lauded by TIME as "dean
of the nation's black preachers." He has preached on six continents,
delivered the 100th Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale University, and preached
the sermon at the prayer service for the inauguration of President Clinton.
The Honolulu Symphony: A Century of Music
The Honolulu Symphony Society evolved from a German beer/music club founded
in 1902 into a multicultural and major U.S. orchestra. A retired musicology
and music history teacher at the University of Hawaii, Hall spent 10 years
researching the symphony's history to create this meticulous account
of noted conductors and legendary performers over the past 100 years.
The Hanging of Ephraim Wheeler
In 1806 Massachusetts, Ephraim Wheeler was sentenced to death by hanging for
the rape of his 13-year-old daughter. Not all witnesses believed justice had
triumphed; the death penalty had become controversial. Wheeler maintained his
innocence, and more than 100 citizens petitioned for his pardon. Using trial
reports and Wheeler's jailhouse autobiography of his troubled family,
the authors find similarities between death penalty politics in early America
and today. Brown is a distinguished professor of history at the University
of Connecticut and director of the Humanities Institute.
Difficult Characters: Interdisciplinary Studies of Chinese and Japanese
The misconception that Chinese characters are symbols that express ideas directly
to the mind without reference to spoken language is known as the ideographic
myth. This collection of essays by linguists and historians addresses the origin
of this myth, evidence to refute it, and how the myth has hampered progress
in some scholarly areas. Erbaugh is a research associate at the University
of Oregon's Center for Asian and Pacific Studies.
Social Connections in China: Institutions, Culture, and the Changing
Nature of Guanxi
Guanxi, the Chinese term for social connections or social networks, is at the
heart of China's social order and considered important in all aspects
of its culture. This series of essays covers the role of guanxi in business
decisions among managers, entrepreneurs, and workers; the construction of new
legal institutions; and the new social order. Both professors of sociology,
Gold teaches at UC- Berkeley, and Wank at Sophia University
Megamall on the Hudson: Planning,
Wal-Mart, and Grassroots Resistance
This is the story of a small Hudson Valley community's two-year struggle
to fend off threats from a Wal-Mart megamall, whose developer was determined
to gain control over land development with the help of local political insiders.
In the process of the fight, a detailed model was created to help give grassroots
anti-sprawl activists a head start in their own communities. Porter teaches
political science at Empire State College of the State University of New York.