The author of Eternal Vigilance presents “a compelling, new perspective on economic, political and cultural history” (Phillip Scribner, Associate Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, American University). Adam Smith, the 18th century father of modern economics, once posed a provocative question: Why do some nations prosper while others do not? In Free People, Free Markets, author Ralph L. Bayrer presents the answer. Combining the economic theories of Smith, Friedrich von Hayek, and contemporary scholarship, Bayrer demonstrates the vital role of freedom in the creation of prosperity. In America as well as across the Western world, liberty, free markets, and scientific progress have been the all-important pillars of modern progress. “Relying on thorough scholarship and clarity of argument, Bayrer makes the compelling case that mankind’s progress in the last millennium rests on a narrow foundation of freedom, a lesson people forget at their peril.” —John McCain, US Senator
Edward Teach Blackbeard-is one of the legends of the so-called golden age of piracy. There have been so many accounts of his short, bloody career that it is hard to see him and his times in a clear historical light. This new study looks for the man behind the legend, and it gives a vivid insight into the nature of piracy and the naval operations that were launched against it.The narrative focuses on the roles played by the Governor of Virginia Alexander Spotswood who masterminded the pursuit of Blackbeard, and Lieutenant Robert Maynard of HMS Pearl who led the pursuit and finally cornered Teach and his crew and, after a vicious fight, saw him killed.In vivid detail, it reveals how the hunt for Blackbeard was orchestrated, how he was tracked down, and the parts played in the drama by the larger-than-life leading characters in this extraordinary story. This freshly researched study of the pursuit of the notorious pirate and his crew—and of the final fight in which Blackbeard lost his life—makes compelling reading.
This satirical short novel displays a side of Cooper unfamiliar to many modern readers. It is told from the point of view of an actual handkerchief: its origins in a French flax field, how it was passed around New York City society in the 1830s, and its eventual return to its maker. In this story, Cooper makes a point of ridiculing Victorian materialism—which places value on consumption, not production.
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