Rightful Heritage

Author: Douglas Brinkley
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780062089250
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The acclaimed, award-winning historian—“America’s new past master” (Chicago Tribune)—examines the environmental legacy of FDR and the New Deal. Douglas Brinkley’s The Wilderness Warrior celebrated Theodore Roosevelt’s spirit of outdoor exploration and bold vision to protect 234 million acres of wild America. Now, in Rightful Heritage, Brinkley turns his attention to the other indefatigable environmental leader—Teddy’s distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, chronicling his essential yet under-sung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and premier protector of America’s public lands. FDR built from scratch dozens of State Park systems and scenic roadways. Pristine landscapes such as the Great Smokies, the Everglades, Joshua Tree, the Olympics, Big Bend, Channel Islands, Mammoth Cave, and the slickrock wilderness of Utah were forever saved by his leadership. Brinkley traces FDR’s love for the natural world from his youth exploring the Hudson River Valley and bird watching. As America’s president from 1933 to 1945, Roosevelt—consummate political strategist—established hundreds of federal migratory bird refuges and spearheaded the modern endangered species movement. He brilliantly positioned his conservation goals as economic policy to combat the severe unemployment of the Great Depression. During its nine-year existence, the CCC put nearly three million young men to work on conservation projects—including building trails in the national parks, pollution control, land restoration to combat the Dust Bowl, and planting over two billion trees. Rightful Heritage is an epic chronicle that is both an irresistible portrait of FDR’s unrivaled passion and drive, and an indispensable analysis that skillfully illuminates the tension between business and nature—exploiting our natural resources and conserving them. Within the narrative are brilliant capsule biographies of such environmental warriors as Eleanor Roosevelt, Harold Ickes, and Rosalie Edge. Rightful Heritage is essential reading for everyone seeking to preserve our treasured landscapes as an American birthright.

Franklin D Roosevelt

Author: Robert Dallek
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0698181727
Format: PDF, ePub
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Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and NPR “We come to see in FDR the magisterial, central figure in the greatest and richest political tapestry of our nation’s entire history” —Nigel Hamilton, Boston Globe “Meticulously researched and authoritative” —Douglas Brinkley, The Washington Post “A workmanlike addition to the literature on Roosevelt.” —David Nasaw, The New York Times “Dallek offers an FDR relevant to our sharply divided nation” —Michael Kazin “Will rank among the standard biographies of its subject” —Publishers Weekly A one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, and deal maker In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus maker. Robert Dallek’s Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers: how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country’s needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country’s economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country’s foreign relations? For FDR, politics was a far more interesting and fulfilling pursuit than the management of family fortunes or the indulgence of personal pleasure, and by the time he became president, he had commanded the love and affection of millions of people. While all Roosevelt’s biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, Dallek sees the affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms, initiate landmark reforms that changed the American industrial system, and transform an isolationist country into an international superpower. Dallek attributes FDR’s success to two remarkable political insights. First, unlike any other president, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building a national consensus and commanding stable long-term popular support. Second, he made the presidency the central, most influential institution in modern America’s political system. In addressing the country’s international and domestic problems, Roosevelt recognized the vital importance of remaining closely attentive to the full range of public sentiment around policy-making decisions—perhaps FDR’s most enduring lesson in effective leadership.

FDR and the Creation of the U N

Author: Townsend Hoopes
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300085532
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this comprehensive account, two prize-winning historians explain how the idea of the United Nations was conceived, debated, and revised, first within the U.S. government and then by negotiation with its major allies in World War II. 28 illustrations.

Nature s Burdens

Author: Daniel Nelson
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1607325705
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Nature’s Burdens is a political and intellectual history of American natural resource conservation from the 1980s into the twenty-first century—a period of intense political turmoil, shifting priorities among federal policymakers, and changing ideas about the goals of conservation. Telling a story of persistent activism, conflict, and frustration but also of striking achievement, it is an account of how new ideas and policies regarding human relationships to plants, animals, and their surroundings have become vital features of modern environmentalism. In the 1960s and 1970s, Congress embraced the largely dormant movement to preserve distinctive landscapes and the growing demand for outdoor recreation, establishing an unprecedented number of parks, monuments, and recreation areas. The election of Ronald Reagan and a shift to a Republican-controlled Senate brought this activity to an abrupt halt and introduced a period of intense partisanship and legislative gridlock that extends to the present. In this political climate, three developments largely defined the role of conservation in contemporary society: environmental organizations have struggled to defend the legal status quo, private land conservation has become increasingly important, and the emergence of potent scientific voices has promoted the protection of animals and plants and injected a new sense of urgency into the larger cause. These developments mark this period as a distinctive and important chapter in the history of American conservation. Scrupulously researched, scientifically and politically well informed, concise, and accessibly written, Nature’s Burdens is the most comprehensive examination of recent efforts to protect and enhance the natural world. It will be of interest to environmental historians, environmental activists, and any general reader interested in conservation.

Environmental Sustainability and American Public Administration

Author: J. Michael Martinez
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498509673
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book discusses the many meanings of “sustainability,” explores the importance of economics in environmental policy-making, and highlights the schools of thought in environmental ethics. It concludes that public administrators can play an important role in ensuring that environmental sustainability is an integral part of American government.

Mustang Creek Sehnsucht ist mein Wort f r dich

Author: Linda Lael Miller
Publisher: MIRA Taschenbuch
ISBN: 3956499670
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Hotelmanagerin Grace hätte nie gedacht, dass ein berühmter Filmemacher wie Slater Carson eines Tages ihr Ritter in schimmernder Rüstung sein könnte. Doch als der Sohn ihres Exmannes in Schwierigkeiten gerät, bietet Slater sofort an, sich um ihn zu kümmern und ihn auf seiner Ranch zu beschäftigen. Schnell stellt Grace fest: Slater tut es vor allem für sie - was sein heißer Kuss verrät. Das Glück scheint so nah ... aber plötzlich taucht ihr Ex in Mustang Creek auf. Der großartige Auftakt zur neuen Erfolgsserie von Nr. 1-New York Times-Bestsellerautorin Linda Lael Miller.

Worte m ssen etwas bedeuten

Author: Barack Obama
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518751328
Format: PDF, Docs
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Es sind die Themen unserer Zeit: Klimawandel, Migration, Terrorismus, Atomwaffen, rassistische Gewalt. Es sind die Themen, die Barack Obama in acht Jahren als US-Präsident wie kein anderer Staatsmann verfolgt hat. In seinen Reden zieht er unaufgeregt und konzentriert Lehren aus einer fehlgeleiteten Politik der Vergangenheit und richtet den Blick auf die Zukunft. Barack Obama ist aber nicht nur ein scharfsinniger Politiker, er ist einer der Menschen, die sich nicht scheuen, Mitgefühl zu zeigen, Verzweiflung und Trauer. Unvergessen seine Rede beim Begräbnis von Nelson Mandela oder seine spontane Äußerung zu dem Attentat in Orlando. Auf seinen Reden gründet sich sein Vermächtnis, Ideale auch angesichts einer schwierigen Realität nicht zu verraten.