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Chris Kelly - America Invaded: A State By State Guide to Fighting On American Soil


Have you ever wondered why some towns in Texas have French names? Or why there’s a statue of a Shawnee chief at the US Naval Academy? Or what coastal wildlife refuges have to do with American fears of invasion? And what the Olive Oil Riot in Montana was really all about? America Invaded has the answers to these intriguing questions, and so many more. Ever since they first set foot on the North American continent, humans have explored, discovered, established boundaries – and subsequently invaded – all across the territory we now call the United States. In America Invaded, we track some of the many explorations and invasions that founded or destroyed towns, that set and reset state lines, and that shaped the peoples and culture of this nation. Christopher Kelly, graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the former chairman of Chyron Corporation, has had a lifelong passion for military history. He is coauthor of America Invades and Italy Invades and the editor of An Adventure in 1914, a memoir of his great-grandfather’s time in Europe at the start of World War I. Join us as we welcome, once again, one of our favorite historians to the Readings Gallery.