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By Winston Groom


From the writer of Forrest Gump and A typhoon in Flanders comes a riveting chronicle of America's most important hour. On December 6, 1941, an unforeseen assault on American territory pulled an unprepared nation right into a terrifying new model of battle. Novelist and renowned historian Winston Groom vividly re-creates the tale of America's first 12 months in global struggle II. To the iteration of american citizens who lived via it, the second one global battle was once the defining occasion of the 20 th century, and the defining occasions of that battle have been performed out within the 12 months 1942.

This account covers the Allies' relentless defeats because the Axis overran so much of Europe, North Africa, and the a ways East. yet midyear the tide started to flip. the US ultimately went at the offensive within the Pacific, and within the west the British defeated Rommel's panzer divisions at El Alamein whereas the U.S. military started to push the Germans out of North Africa. by means of the year's finish, the odor of victory used to be within the air. 1942, informed with Groom's finished storyteller's eye, permits us into the admirals' process rooms, onto the conflict fronts, and into the guts of a country at struggle.

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Cattle syndicates bought out vast individual land grants and also attempted to fence lands within the communal land grants. White Farmers' Alliance members occasionally made common cause with Hispanic farmers against the cattlemen. In San Miguel County 30 FARMERS Hispanos organized a militant People's party in the midst of a bitter struggle to protect the communal holdings of the Las Vegas Community Grant from the land grabbing of Anglo ranchers. 16 When the dust of the fence war settled in the Cross Timbers counties of Texas, the Farmers' Alliance turned its attention to the business of boosting real estate values.

He joined the Milam County Farmers' Alliance in the spring of 1886. Soon thereafter he quit his medical practice to work for the Alliance full-time. He committed himself to transforming the as yet ill-defined Alliance into a national organization for the professional progress of the farmer. Precisely why he made this commitment remains unclear. His detractors within the movement would accuse him of running the Alliance for his private gain. Although such charges were never proven, he gave the appearance of being attached to the salary and other amenities that his elevated position offered.

Still, farm reformers recognized the advantages of size and concentration. They, too, believed that bigger was indeed better. To explain rural poverty they pointed to the farmers' late entry into the modern business world of combination: hence the necessity of the Farmers' Alliance and similar organizations. " Dunning's idea—repeated in Alliance editorials, letters to the editor, and lectures—reflected a conviction that spurred the agrarian revolt. 32 It also remains hidden under the veil of romantic history that surrounds farmers' cooperatives.

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