America, 1908 by Jim Rasenberger
The Dawn of Flight, the Race to the Pole, the Invention of the Model T and the Making of a Modern Nation

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The 2005 Ashes series was the most eagerly anticipated for decades. Not since 1989 had the famous urn left the hands of the all-conquering Australians, and with England in the ascendant after a string of Test successes, hopes were high that the balance of power in world cricket would at last shift.

The series did not disappoint. From the rip-roaring first day at Lord's, with seventeen wickets falling, it was clear we were in for something special. Although the visitors went onto win that match England bounced back with a spectacular win at Edgbaston, and further nailbiting finishes followed at Old Trafford, Trent Bridge and The Oval. In this sparkling account of an amazing summer, England's coach Duncan Fletcher reveals the strategies, the stresses and successes of one of the greatest series in the history of the game.

About Jim Rasenberger

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Jim Rasenberger is a frequent contributor to the "New York Times." He lives in New York City with his wife and twin sons. "High Steel" is his first book.
Published June 8, 2006 by Scribner. 324 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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But Rasenberger’s talent lies in his ability to synchronously thread it all together, as the year unfolds, with random happenstances—some wistful or intriguing, others obscure.

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The CIA operatives and JFK come in for equal measures of blame: the CIA for failing to strongly oppose JFK's refusal to give the go-ahead for the air strikes that the agency believed were integral to giving the fighters any hope of success on the ground, and Kennedy for failing to stop the operat...

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By year's end, many of them had done all three, and seen a lot more.That's the exhilarating theme of Jim Rasenberger's history, America 1908.It was a remarkable year that began with the first New Year's ball drop at Times Square and ended with Wilbur Wright's record-setting, mind-bending demonstr...

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Late summer witnessed the famous episode of Fred Merkle, who failed to tag second base in a decisive game between the Cubs and the Giants, costing his New York club the world championship.

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