Author: James Cross Giblin

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Book:Chimney Sweeps

Chimney Sweeps: Yesterday and Today

James Cross Giblin

Traces the history and folklore of the chimney-sweeping profession from the fifteenth century to the present day, emphasizing the plight of the often abused climbing boys of past centuries.

Book:The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

James Cross Giblin

Many people believe Hitler was the personification of evil. In this intriguing biography, James Cross Giblin penetrates this façade and presents a picture of a complex person — at once a brilliant, influential politician and a deeply disturbed man.

In a straightforward and nonsensational manner, the author explores the forces that shaped the man as well as the social conditions that furthered his rapid rise to power. Against a background of crucial historical events, Giblin traces the arc of Hitler's life: his childhood, his years as a frustrated artist in Vienna, his extraordinary rise as dictator of Germany, his final days in an embattled bunker under Berlin.

Powerful archival images provide a haunting visual accompaniment to this clear and compelling account of a life that left an ineradicable mark on our world. Author’s note, bibliography, index.

Book:Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light: A Book About Windows

James Cross Giblin

Surveys the development of windows from prehistory to the modern era.

Book:Walls: Defenses Throughout History

Walls: Defenses Throughout History

James Cross Giblin

Discusses why and how walls have been constructed throughout history, around cities, castles, even countries.

Book:The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

James Cross Giblin

When Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph (“call me Joe”) McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods. Award-winning writer James Cross Giblin tells the story of a man whose priorities centered on power and media attention and who stopped at nothing to obtain both. The strengths and weaknesses of the man and the system that permitted his rise are explored in this authoritative, lucid biography, which sets McCarthy’s life against a teeming backdrop of world affairs and struggles between military and political rivals at home. Chapter notes, bibliography, index.

Book:Good Brother, Bad Brother

Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth

James Cross Giblin

On April 14, 1865, five days after the end of the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth fired a single shot and changed the course of American history. His infamous deed cost him his life and brought notoriety and shame to his family-particularly his elder brother, the renowned actor Edwin Booth. From that day forward, Edwin would be known as “the brother of the man who killed President Lincoln.”

In many ways, the Booth brothers were two of a kind. They were among America’s finest actors, having inherited from their father, Junius Brutus Booth, a commanding stage presence and a rich, expressive voice. They also inherited Junius’s penchant for alcohol and impulsive behavior. In other respects, the two brothers were very different. Edwin’s introspective nature made him the perfect actor to play Hamlet, while John, with his dashing good looks and passionate intensity, excelled in romantic roles.…[more]

Book:Secrets of the Sphinx

Secrets of the Sphinx

James Cross Giblin

The Great Sphinx is one of the largest sculptures in the world. Six stories high and a city block wide, it has stood guard over the pyramids of Egypt’s Giza Plateau for 4,500 years. Who built the Sphinx and why? And how did primitive sculptors manage to carve such a towering monument?

In search of answers, James Cross Giblin takes readers back to a time before written history and traces the trail of clues left behind by the ancient Egyptians. As he explores various theories, Giblin seamlessly incorporates fascinating information on the pyramids, the Rosetta Stone, Atlantis, and more.

Book:The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin

The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin

James Cross Giblin

Benjamin Franklin was one of seventeen children, and the youngest of 10 sons. To help out with the family, he was put to work when he was 10 years old in his father’s candle and soap-making shop. Ben hated making soap and candles. Since he was smart and a good speller and he loved to read, he later went to work in his brother’s print shop as an apprentice. He read book after book, and soon began to write himself. By 18, he moved to Philadelphia where he eventually opened his own print shop. By age 28 he published “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” a best seller in Colonial America.

Book:Charles A. Lindbergh

Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero

James Cross Giblin

Pilot Charles A. Lindbergh was one of the first Americans to be lionized by the news media. When Lindbergh made his nonstop transatlantic flight in 1927, radio and sound movies were just beginning to be popular, enabling people to learn of events almost as soon as they happened. Overnight, the 25-year-old Lindbergh, a man of modest means and education, was catapulted into the public limelight. He became the American hero whom everyone adored and thought could do no wrong.

Lindbergh’s popularity lasted little more than a decade. His ties to Nazi Germany and his outspoken isolationist views prior to World War II cost him the respect of many close friend and relatives, and of the general public as well. The story of Lindbergh’s rise to fame and abrupt descent into disgrace is told here with frankness and understanding. The meticulously researched text and generous selection of archival photographs present a lively and rounded portrait of a man who earned his place in aviation history despite his faults.

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