The Birth of the American Century
By (author) David Traxel
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1898 by David Traxel
Book DescriptionIn "1898: The Birth of the American Century, " David Traxel tells the story of a watershed year, a year of foreign conflict, extravagant adventure, and breakneck social change that forged a new America--a sudden empire with many far-flung possessions, a dynamic new player upon the global stage. At the heart of this vivid, anecdotal history is a masterly account of the Spanish-American War, the "splendid little war" that garnered the nation Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. From the sinking of the "Maine" in waters off Havana to Teddy Roosevelt's rough riders and the triumph of Admiral Dewey, here is the lightning-swift military episode that transformed America into a world power. Here too are many stories not so often told--the bloody first successes of the new United Mine Workers, the tentative beginnings of the Ford Motor Company, the million-dollar launch of the Uneeda Biscuit--each in its way as important as the harbinger of the American century. Compulsively readable, frequently humorous, utterly fascinating in its every detail, "1898" is popular history at its finest.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679776710
(203mm x 133mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David Traxel
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Author Biography - David Traxel
David Traxel received his B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkley, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has been the recipient of Fulbright, Smithsonian, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and is the author of "An American Saga: The Life and Times of Rockwell Kent. "Currently at work on a biography of the American journalist Richard Harding Davis, Traxel lives with his wife, Rosemary, in Philadelphia.
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