by James Presley
The salacious and scandalous murders of…more
The salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's "lovers lanes" in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this decades-old puzzle.
Dubbed "the Phantom murders" by the press, these grisly crimes took place in an America before dial telephones, DNA science, and criminal profiling, and even pre-television, print and radio media, stirred emotions to a fever pitch. The Phantom Killer, exhaustively researched, is the only definitive nonfiction book on the case, and includes details from an unpublished account by a survivor, and rare, never-before-published photographs. With so much of the investigation shrouded in mystery since 1946, rumors and fractured facts have distorted the reality. Now, for the first time, a careful examination of the archival record, personal interviews, and stubborn fact checking come together to produce new insights and revelations on the old slayings.
Advanced Praise for The Phantom Killer:
“Pulitzer Prize nominee Presley effectively conveys the fear that gripped Texarkana in 1946 in the wake of a series of murders—and goes on to offer a persuasive solution to the unsolved crimes. Diligently researched, this gripping, page-turning account is a standout true-crime narrative.” —Publishers Weekly [close]
by A.M.N. Goldman (Goodreads Author)
A More Perfect Union interweaves history and current affairs in an attempt to show what citizenry in America is and ho…more
A More Perfect Union interweaves history and current affairs in an attempt to show what citizenry in America is and how our government was designed to work. By providing objectivity and historical perspective, it bridges our revolutionary origins, our founding fathers, our Constitution, and modern politics so that citizens may truly understand and appreciate the path our government has taken. It begins by introducing readers more intimately with our founding fathers and the values which precipitated our constitution. Progressively, it introduces the reader to developments, traditions, and movements which spawned after and without any basis in our constitution. A More Perfect Union argues that finding our place within our government is about participation, perspective, and progress.
by Donald L. Miller
While F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, Manhattan was transformed by jazz, night clubs, radio, skyscrapers, movies, and the ferocious energy of the 1920s, as this illuminating cultural history brilliantly demonstrates.
In four words -- "the capital of everything" -- Duke Ellington captured Manhattan during one of the most exciting and celebrated eras in our history: the Jazz Age. Radio, tabloid newspapers, and movies with sound appeared. The silver screen took over Times Square as Broadway became America's movie mecca. Tremendous new skyscrapers were built in Midtown in one of the greatest building booms in history.
Supreme City is the story of Manhattan's growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. Nearly all of the makers of modern Manhattan came from elsewhere: Walter Chrysler from the Kansas prairie; entertainment entrepreneur Florenz Ziegfeld from Chicago. William Paley, founder of the CBS radio network, was from Philadelphia, while his rival David Sarnoff, founder of NBC, was a Russian immigrant. Cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden was Canadian and her rival, Helena Rubenstein, Polish. All of them had in common vaulting ambition and a desire to fulfill their dreams in New York. As mass communication emerged, the city moved from downtown to midtown through a series of engineering triumphs -- Grand Central Terminal and the new and newly chic Park Avenue it created, the Holland Tunnel, and the modern skyscraper. In less than ten years Manhattan became the social, cultural, and commercial hub of the country. The 1920s was the Age of Jazz and the Age of Ambition.
Original in concept, deeply researched, and utterly fascinating, Supreme City transports readers to that time and to the city which outsiders embraced, in E.B. White's words, "with the intense excitement of first love."
"Sweeping. . . . Enjoyable. . . . [In the 1920s] New York was the United States intensified, an electric vessel into which the hopes and desires of a nation were distilled. As Mr. Miller's vivid and exhaustive chronicle demonstrates, Jazz Age Manhattan was the progenitor of cultural movements--individualized fusions of art and commerce--that came to symbolize the American way of life."
-- David Freeland, The Wall Street Journal [close]
― Niall Ferguson, Civilization: The Six Ways the West Beat the Rest
― Alexander H. Stephens
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