1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs–The Election that Changed the Country

1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs–The Election that Changed the Country1912 by James Chace
ISBN: 9781439188262
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 24th 2009
Genres: United States, Political Science, Campaigns & Elections
Pages: 336

Len's Summary: The story of the bitterly fought four-party 1912 presidential race won with a 42% plurality by T. Woodrow Wilson. Socialist candidate Debs garnered a record number of votes (some 900 thousand) for the Socialist Party, and was later jailed for his vociferous opposition to American entry into WWI. Proof that George W. Bush was not America's first minority President. Indeed, Wilson never won 50% of the vote in either 1912 or 1916. The 1912 election set the stage for a remarkable spate of progressive measures than included, during Wilson's first term, the Clayton Anti-Trust Act, creation of the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Income Tax, and the Federal Reserve System, as well as a constitutional amendment providing for the direct election of Senators.

The Daughters of Mars: A Novel

The Daughters of Mars: A NovelThe Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally
ISBN: 9781476734613
Published by Simon and Schuster on August 20th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Sagas
Pages: 517

Len's Summary: Two Australian girls leave their farming community to serve as nurses first at the Dardanelles, then behind the Western Front where they find both horror and romance.

Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919

Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919 by Ann Hagedorn
ISBN: 9781416539711
Published by Simon and Schuster on April 10th 2007
Genres: History, United States, 20th Century, Modern
Pages: 576

Len's Summary: History of a tumultuous year: lynchings, race riots, the recrudescence of the Klu Klux Klan, widespread labor unrest, anarchist bombings, the first Red Scare, prohibition, thousands of returning Doughboys looking for work and the abrupt end of the reformist Progressive Era. The author, a staffer at the Wall Street Journal reviews the unruly and often politically repressive aftermath of the “War to End All Wars.”

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and LegendRin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend by Susan Orlean
ISBN: 9781439190142
Published by Simon and Schuster on October 9th 2012
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Entertainment & Performing Arts, Pets, Dogs, General, Essays & Narratives
Pages: 352

Len's Summary: The story a canine movie star who started life on the Western Front in 1918.

A Nurse at the Front: The Great War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton. Edited by Ruth Cowen

A Nurse at the Front: The Great War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton. Edited by Ruth CowenA Nurse at the Front: The Great War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton. Edited by Ruth Cowen by Ruth Cowen, Edith Appleton
ISBN: 9780857202246
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 1st 2012
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, General, Personal Memoirs, World War I
Pages: 320

Len's Summary: War diaries of a British nurse.