During his two terms as the fortieth president of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record–the only daily presidential diary in American history–is available for the first time.
Brought together in one volume and edited by historian Douglas Brinkley, The Reagan Diaries provides a striking insight into one of this nation’s most important presidencies and sheds new light on the character of a true American leader. Whether he was in his White House residence study or aboard Air Force One, each night Reagan wrote about the events of his day, which often included his relationships with other world leaders Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Mohammar al-Qaddafi, and Margaret Thatcher, among others, and the unforgettable moments that defined the era—from his first inauguration to the end of the Cold War, the Iran hostage crisis to John Hinckley Jr.’s assassination attempt.
The Reagan Diaries reveals more than just Reagan’s political experiences: many entries are concerned with the president’s private thoughts and feelings—his love and devotion for Nancy Reagan and their family, his belief in God and the power of prayer. Seldom before has the American public been given access to the unfiltered experiences and opinions of a president in his own words, from Reagan’s description of near-drowning at the home of Hollywood friend Claudette Colbert to his determination to fight Fidel Castro at every turn and keep the Caribbean Sea from becoming a “Red Lake.”
To read these diaries–filled with Reagan’s trademark wit, sharp intelligence, and humor–is to gain a unique understanding of one of the most beloved occupants of the Oval Office in our nation’s history.
- Author: Ronald Reagan, Editor: Douglas Brinkley
- Publisher: Harper Collins – March 2009
- Formats: Print – $8.00, Kindle – $9.99, NOOK – $9.99, iBooks – $9.99
Leslie Albrecht Huber’s ancestors were journey takers, leaving their homes in Germany, Sweden, and England behind to sail to the US and start new lives here. Huber sets out to trace these journeys and to understand her family – who they were and what mattered to them. As she follows in their footsteps, walking the paths they walked and looking over the land they farmed, she finds herself on a journey she hadn’t expected. Based on thousands of hours of research, Huber recreates the immigration experience in a way that captures both its sweeping historical breadth and its intimately personal consequences.
- Author: Leslie Albrecht Huber
- Publisher: Foundation Books – August 2010
- Formats: Print – $19.95
Organized by state, this resource for historians and genealogists covers thousands of published county histories. Each entry lists title, author, place and date of publication, as well as details of editions, reprints, and indexes. Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico are not included. The bibliography is based primarily on the holdings of the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library and is augmented with information furnished by librarians in each state.
- Author: P. William Filby
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company – September 2000
- Formats: Print – $37.95
No scholarly reference library is complete without a copy of Ancestry’s Red Book. In it, you will find both general and specific information essential to researchers of American records. This revised 3rd edition provides updated county and town listings within the same overall state-by-state organization. Whether you are looking for your ancestors in the northeastern states, the South, the West, or somewhere in the middle, Ancestry’s Red Book has information on records and holdings for every county in the United States, as well as excellent maps from renowned mapmaker William Dollarhide. In short, the Red Book is simply the book that no genealogist can afford not to have. The availability of census records such as federal, state, and territorial census reports is covered in detail. Unlike the federal census, state and territorial census were taken at different times and different questions were asked. Vital records are also discussed, including when and where they were kept and how.
- Author: Alice Eichholz
- Publisher: Ancestry Publishing – June 2004
- Formats: Print – $34.74
There are thousands of websites devoted to all aspects of military history from ancient Greece to the modern Gulf. This unique book helps you find the ones that will help with your research whether you are checking out a soldier ancestor or an airman or researching a naval campaign. It also features sites that are entertaining or controversial. Sections cover the British armed services and their long military history, but the author also describes in detail websites that focus on American and Canadian forces. A Guide to Military History on the Internet is a companion volume to Pen and Sword’s best-selling Tracing Your Army Ancestors by the same author.
- Author: Simon Fowler
- Publisher: Pen and Sword Books – November 2007
- Formats: Print – $17.68
Women’s Work in the Civil War: a Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience is an expansive history of the female heroines of the Civil War. The biographies of famous women such as Dorothea Dix, Barbara Frietchie, and more are collected in this massive tome.
Over a dozen illustrations and photographs of the women are included, as well as a table of contents for easier navigation.
- Author: L.P. Brockett & Mary C. Vaughan
- Publisher: Charles River Editors – November 2011
- Formats: Kindle – $0.99, NOOK – $2.99, iBooks – $3.99
Stories of the heroism and fortitude of the men and women of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, who kept vital shipping lanes safe from 1716 until early in the 20th century. Vivid tales about the daily work; coping with fog, storms, and other catastrophes; women’s and families’ roles; lighthouse children and pets; the natural world around lighthouses; and the diverse characters of those who held the job.
- Author: Elinor De Wire
- Publisher: Pineapple Press – April 1995
- Formats: Print – $20.40
The story of life and death in America as told through beautiful cemetery art photography accompanied by meaningful epitaphs from cemeteries up to 300 years old. View 68 cemeteries in 224 beautiful photographs that breathe life into existence of those who have passed before us, and who are now enshrined for eternity in landscaped paradises. Within each placid scene and through heartfelt words displayed upon markers, join photographer John Thomas Grant in his one-of-a-kind study of an American tradition.
- Author: John Thomas Grant
- Publisher: Schiffer Publishing – October 2011
- Formats: Print – $23.09
A Yorkshire Family Genealogy contains 13 Family Trees with thousands of names, dates, births, marriages and deaths of families from the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Including some of the families who emigrated to the USA and Australia. All the families are connected to each other through marriage and together they make up A Yorkshire Family Genealogy.
- Author: Peter Knowles
- Publisher: Peter Knowles – May 2011
- Formats: PDF – $4.99, Kindle – $4.99, NOOK – $4.99
A genealogical notebook compilation on Germans From Russia who emigrated to the United States from the Black Sea region of the Ukraine. Specifically chronicling the Daniel Schell and Christina Jauch family line.
- Author: Stephanie Wilson
- Publisher: Highland Park Publishers – July 2011
- Formats: Print – $23.19, PDF – $21.99