History

Congressman Doc Hastings: Twenty Years of Turmoil

Congressman Doc Hastings: Twenty Years of Turmoil traces the causes and growth of our nation's political divide during the twenty years that Richard "Doc" Hastings represented his Eastern Washington district in Congress. A trusted ally of Republican House Speakers, Doc was rarely in the public spotlight yet helped create the nuclear cleanup caucus, insured funding for the Hanford Site, protected Northwest dams, backed water storage solutions, and championed the development of public lands. Voters elected him nine times by an average margin of 63 percent. 

Route 9 Problem

When the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) planned to send forty thousand troops to attack the six thousand US Marines at Khe Sanh in 1968 it expected a decisive victory. Certainly, the small US Special Forces camp in the way at Lang Vei would be quickly overcome.

Mitya's Harbin: Majesty and Menace

Harbin: Russia's Loss and China's Gain. In the late 1950's, the Soviet Union was pressuring its citizens in Harbin, China, to return to Mother Russia. For the family of Dimitry ("Mitya") Nikolayevich Zissermann and other White Russians, leaving their beloved "home town" had its perils. Few wanted to labor on the collective farms--their likely fate if they returned. But where else could they go, and how would they get there?

Whistles: The Story of Longview Fibre Company

In today's world focused on the immediate profitability of a business, the story of Longview Fibre Company gives one pause. From the start, the founding families held to three priorities: make money, build long-term shareholder value, and contribute positively to the community. 

Snapshots in Time

Granddaughter of photographer and founder of Price Photo Service, Albert E. Price, Kathleen Thompson presents a glimpse into Seattle’s past through a heritage of pictures. Albert started the business in 1925, and after his death in 1945, his wife and Kathleen’s parents took over. Even Kathleen at the tender age of nine helped out in the developing room. Although her father, Donald, sold the company, the family retained thousands of photographs of the Puget Sound area. A choice selection presented here shows Seattle and environs in its early years.

 

Shards of Light

Tracing the 120-plus years of Seattle’s Jewish Family Service (JFS) to the current day, Carolee Danz shows its uninterrupted history of giving and sharing. From its beginning as the Ladies’ Hebrew Benevolent Society in 1892 to the current day, Seattle’s JFS has taken the lead in helping those less fortunate.

America Invades

America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or Been Militarily Involved with Almost Every Country on Earth by Christopher Kelly and Stuart Laycock gives us history as it should be taught—calling out for more!

With precision and a love for the bizarre, obscure, and humorous, Kelly and Laycock uncover the lesser-known facts of US military involvement around the world. We’re all familiar with the major wars the United States has fought. But how many know details behind these?

When Our Homes Had Porches

Written by a father and his two young sons, When Our Homes Had Porches is a historical review of the times when our communities were very different. It was an era when there were two parents and/or extended family members in practically every home. A time when there were no drugs, no gangs (as we know them today), no drive-by-shootings and no security officers and metal detectors in our schools. It was a time when it was illegal to buy beer or wine on Sunday, a time when there were no PG- or R-rated movies, and a time when citizens trusted God more and government less. This book wi

Son of Forgotten Hollywood, Forgotten History

Back again with another treasure trove of Hollywood character actors from yesteryear, Manny Pacheco captures the essence and spirit of classic performances. At this time of prolific filmmaking, movies featured similar supporting casts---always assuring motion picture audiences of superior portrayals. 

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