American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our by Wade Graham

By Wade Graham

American Eden strikes luminously via landscapes of background, literature, biography, and layout idea. . . . fusing sharp-edged research and swish American prose.” —Kevin Starr, writer of Golden Gate: The existence and instances of America's maximum Bridge

“Informative and completely engrossing.”  —Ross King, writer of Brunelleschi's Dome 

Garden fashion designer and historian Wade Graham deals a special imaginative and prescient of the tale of the US during this riveting exploration of the nation’s gardens and the visionaries at the back of them, from Thomas Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to Michelle Obama’s vegetable backyard, Fredrick legislations Olmsted’s expansive crucial Park to Martha Stewart’s how-to landscaping publications. within the culture of Mark Kurlansky, Simon Schama, and Michael Pollan, Graham can provide a sweeping social historical past that examines our nation’s background from an ignored vantage element, illuminating anew the residing drama of yank self-creation.

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And it was clear that the Soviet Union was aggressive and expanding. For the United States to take steps to strengthen countries threatened with Communist subversion was not to pull British chestnuts out of the fire; it was to protect the security of the United States—it was to protect freedom itself. For if the Soviet Union succeeded in extending its control over two-thirds of the world’s surface and three-fourths of its population, there could be no security for the United States, and freedom anywhere in the world would have only a poor chance of survival.

Mining, submarine, and aerial activities against both sea traffic and seaborne communications. ”10 Truman was also receiving reports based on MAGIC intercepts of Japanese coded messages that the Japanese high command, fearing the impending Russian entry into the war, was seriously contemplating suing for peace. S war aim. Second, Secretary of War Stimson, along with other officials in the administration, tried to persuade the president to modify the unconditional surrender demand so as to let Japan keep its emperor.

20 But Truman apparently needed more than individual instances of Soviet belligerence in order to go before the American people and tell them, brutally, that their fondest hopes for returning to the pursuit of happiness were based on false premises. Even as the increasing newspaper reports of Soviet totalitarianism at home and expansion abroad became a part of the public consciousness, Truman’s public posture toward Soviet belligerence continued to stress the mobilization of “world opinion” to back up the principles of the United Nations Charter—issue by issue, situation by situation.

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