New Arrivals · Biography

July 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Marconi : the man who networked the world

July 28, 2016
Raboy, Marc, 1948- author.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2016]
viii, 863 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, : illustrations / 25 cm
The prodigy: Bologna:beginnings -- Priority an detractors -- London:start up -- The magician -- New York:new frontiers -- Love and imperialism -- The upstart technology -- "The great thing" -- Newfoundland:the world shrinks -- The player: Corralling the brand -- Regulation -- Marriage -- A life in litigation -- The Marconi aura -- A new world order -- On the way to somewhere -- The perfect laureate -- The patriot: The Godsend -- Signals of war -- Wireless and disaster -- "The Marconi scandal" -- The invisible weapon -- "L'roe magico" -- The statesman -- The spark -- The outsider: The master of the house -- The beam indenture -- Radio -- The merger -- The anchor -- The conformist: A servant of the regime -- Science and Fascism -- "Your every wish is my command" -- Controlling his legacy -- The heritage -- He only cared about wireless.
Marc Raboy gives us the first real account of Marconi's vital role as the wizard of wireless, industry developer, and consummate political insider. Raboy's impeccably researched biography will help guide histories of global media in the years ahead.

You are a complete disappointment : a triumphant memoir of failed expectations

July 28, 2016
Edison, Mike, 1964- author.
244 pages ; 22 cm
"You are a complete disappointment" -- Of Atomic Fireballs® and talking cows -- The great meatball pizza incident -- Welcome to the summer of suck -- How to win friends and influence idiots -- "You built a computer when you were eight, and then ... nothing!!" -- Papa Joe -- Requiem -- Punching back -- (Talkin' 'bout) my ggggeneration -- Brothers and sisters -- Mom -- From mauler to Mahler -- I am just a Jeepster for your love -- Freedom.
It begins with a child's hunger for love and acceptance and continues through years of withering criticism, perverse expectations, and unfounded competition from a narcissistic father who couldn't tolerate his son's happiness and libertine spirit. In the end, the author unravels a relationship that could never be fixed--but perhaps didn't need to be.

Ramones at 40

July 27, 2016
Popoff, Martin, 1963- author.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
1974-1975 : "A bunch of degenerate weirdos hanging out" -- 1976-1977 : "The antithesis of everything" -- 1978-1979 : Road to ruin and the end of punk -- 1980-1981 : "A bunch of kids in a sandbox" -- 1983-1985 : The death and life of the Ramones -- 1986-1992 : "All he cared about was the hardcore fans" -- 1993-1994 : Cover me -- 1995-1996 : "It wasn't like it was going to kill him ... " -- 1997-2014 : "Eternal teenagers."
"Ramones at 40 chronicles in words and photos the music of the legendary band that helped spearhead the punk rock movement, from their early days in New York City to their last tour and album. Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of their first album, and with a foreword by Ramones bassist CJ Ramone, this book is a must-have for all fans of the kings of punk"--Jacket.

They left us everything : a memoir

July 26, 2016
Johnson, Plum, author.
279 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
"First edition published by Penguin Random House Canada, 2014"--Title page verso.
Never mind the dog -- Part I. Endings -- Mum's will -- Hornet's nest -- Point o' view -- Dancing till the end -- Good-bye, Mum -- Part II. Inheritance -- Other mothers -- Unpacking the past -- A fate worse than death -- Appraisals -- Buried treasure -- Part III. Dispersal -- Two weddings and a funeral -- Dividing what remains -- Earthquake -- Careful what you wish for -- Separation -- Hong Kong farewell -- One last look.
"A warm, heartfelt memoir of family, loss, and a house jam-packed with decades of goods and memories. After almost twenty years of caring for elderly parents--first for their senile father, and then for their cantankerous ninety-three-year old mother--author Plum Johnson and her three younger brothers have finally fallen to their middle-aged knees with conflicted feelings of grief and relief. Now they must empty and sell the beloved family home, twenty-three rooms bulging with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks. Plum thought: How tough will that be? I know how to buy garbage bags. But the task turns out to be much harder and more rewarding than she ever imagined. Items from childhood trigger difficult memories of her eccentric family growing up in the 1950s and '60s, but unearthing new facts about her parents helps her reconcile those relationships, with a more accepting perspective about who they were and what they valued. They Left Us Everything is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future"-- Provided by publisher.

The free state of Jones : Mississippi's longest civil war

July 26, 2016
Bynum, Victoria E., author.
xxiv, 324 pages : illustrations, maps, charts, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
"With a new afterword by the author."
Sacred Wars: Race and the Ongoing Battle over the Free State of Jones -- The Origins of Mississippi's Piney Woods People -- Jones County's Carolina Connection: Class and Race in Revolutionary America -- The Quest for Land: Yeoman Republicans on the Southwestern Frontier -- Piney Woods Patriarchs: Class Relations and the Growth of Slavery -- Antebellum Life on the Leaf River: Gender, Violence, and Religious Strife -- Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Struggle for Power -- The Inner Civil War: Birth of the Free State of Jones -- The Free State Turned Upside Down: Colonel Lowry's Confederate Raid on Jones County -- Reconstruction and Redemption: The Politics of Race, Class, and Manhood in Jones County -- Defiance and Domination: "White Negroes" in the Piney Woods New South -- Epilogue: The Free State of Jones Revisited: Davis Knight's Miscegenation Trial -- Afterword -- Selected Descendants of the Knight Family -- Selected Descendants of the Coleman Family -- Selected Descendants of the Welborn Family -- Selected Descendants of the Bynum Family -- Selected Descendants of the Collins Family -- Selected Descendants of the Sumrall Family -- Selected Descendants of the Welch Family -- Selected Descendants of the Valentine Family -- The "White Negro" Community, 1880-1920.
Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, and aided by women, slaves, and children who spied on the Confederacy and provided food and shelter, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River. There, legend has it, they declared the Free State of Jones. The story of the Jones County rebellion is well known among Mississippians, and debate over whether the county actually seceded from the state during the war has smoldered for more than a century. Adding further controversy to the legend is the story of Newt Knight's interracial romance with his wartime accomplice, Rachel, a slave. Newt and Rachel's relationship resulted in the growth of a mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. The ambiguous racial identity of their descendants confounded the rules of segregated Mississippi, as vividly evidenced by the 1948 miscegenation trial of great-grandson Davis Knight. In this book, Victoria Bynum pierces through the haze of romantic legend, Lost Cause rhetoric, popular memory, and gossip that has long shrouded the story of the Free State of Jones. Relying on exhaustive research in a wide range of sources, she traces the origins and legacy of the Jones County uprising from the American Revolution to the modern civil rights movement. In bridging the gap between the legendary and the real Free State of Jones, Bynum shows how the legend -- what was told, what was embellished, and what was left out -- reveals a great deal about the South's transition from slavery to segregation; the racial, gender, and class politics of the period; and the contingent nature of history and memory.

Into the lion's mouth : the true story of Dusko Popov : World War II spy, patriot, and the real-life inspiration for James Bond

July 26, 2016
Loftis, Larry, author.
New York : Berkley Caliber, 2016.
xiii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Forging the anvil -- Exiting feet first -- Spying for Hitler, killing for Churchill -- Magic -- The bee hive -- Too many devices -- Passion and addiction -- Death in the afternoon -- "He's not dead" -- Taranto and the target -- Casino Estoril -- Pearl Harbor warning -- Cover-up -- I'll kill her -- Butterflies and carnage -- Blown -- Incomplete canvas -- The art of the silent kill -- "Turn around slowly" -- Ticking -- Five lives -- Shots rang out -- Truth serum -- AUF -- D-Day -- Naked and shaved -- Ulla -- Partisan politics -- Johnny.
"A biography of Dusko Popov, who, as "an operative for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and FBI during World War II ... seduced countless women--including agents on both sides--spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslav diplomat"

Lucie Aubrac : the French resistance heroine who outwitted the Gestapo

July 25, 2016
Rees, Siân, 1965- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : Illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Lucie Bernard -- Lucie Samuel -- "Lucie Montet" -- "Lucie Aubrac" -- Lucie Aubrac.
In May 1943, a young Frenchwoman called Lucie Aubrac engineered the escape of her husband, Raymond, from the clutches of Klaus Barbie, the feared Gestapo chief later known as the "Butcher of Lyon." When Raymond was arrested again that June, Lucie mounted a second astonishing rescue, ambushing the prison van that was transporting him. As a founding member and leader of the important French Resistance group Liberation-Sud, Lucie served as a courier, arms carrier, and saboteur who engineered these and other escape plans on behalf of her husband and other Resistance fighters. Spirited out of France with Raymond by the RAF, Lucie arrived in London a heroine. For the postwar generation the couple embodied the spirit of "the real France": the one that resisted, and eventually expelled the Nazis. However, in 1983, Kalus Barbie made the bombshell claim that the Aubracs had become informers in 1943, betraying their comrades. The French press and the couple themselves furiously denounced this as slander, but as worrying inconsistencies were spotted in Lucie's story, doubts emerged that have never quite gone away. Who was Lucie Aubrac? What did she really do in 1943? And was she truly the spirit of la vraie France, or a woman who could not resist casting herself as a heroine? Siân Rees's penetrating, even-handed account draws from letters, newspaper articles, and other archival materials, as well as several interviews, to decipher the truth behind Lucie and her husband's wartime endeavors and near fall from grace. It offers a thrilling portrait of a brave, resourceful woman who went to extraordinary lengths for love and country.

Angela Merkel : Europe's most influential leader

July 25, 2016
Qvortrup, Matthew, author.
New York, NY : Overlook Duckworth, 2016.
367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
A childhood under communism -- In the shadow of the Berlin Wall -- Angela in Leipzig -- The unbearable boredom of being: a squatter in Berlin -- Angela becomes Merkel -- Kohl's girl -- the politics of patricide: how Merkel became party leader -- Waiting game: the patient party leader -- Merkel loses and becomes chancellor -- The making of the Queen of Europe -- Potato soup, the Pope and re-election -- The Euro-crisis and Afghanistan -- From the jaws of defeat and beyond -- Ukraine, another Greek tragedy and the refugee crisis -- Epilogue: Mother Courage or Merkiavelli?
"The in-depth biography of Angela Merkel, using exclusive new sources and research to tell how the daughter of a clergyman from East Germany rose to become one of the most powerful women in the world."--NoveList.

The house by the lake : one house, five families, and a hundred years of German history

July 25, 2016
Harding, Thomas, 1968- author.
xix, 442 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
"In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding traveled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been a holiday home for her and her family, but in the 1930s, she had been forced to flee to England as the Nazis swept to power. Nearly twenty years later, the house was government property and soon to be demolished. It was Harding's legacy, one that had been loved, abandoned, fought over -- a house his grandmother had desired until her death. Could it be saved? And should it? As Harding began to make inquiries, he unearthed secrets that had lain hidden for decades about the lives of the five families who had lived there: a wealthy landowner, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned composer, a widow and her children, and a Stasi informant. All had made the house their home, and all -- bar one -- had been forced out. The house had been the site of domestic bliss and of contentment, but also of terrible grief and tragedy. It had weathered storms, fires and abandonment; witnessed murders, had withstood the trauma of a world war, and the dividing of a nation. As the story of the house began to take shape, Harding realized that there was a chance to save it, but in doing so, he would have to resolve his own family's feelings towards their former homeland -- and a hatred handed down through the generations. -- For readers of Edmund de Waal, Daniel Mendelson, and David Laski" -- Provided by publisher.

Preston Tucker and his battle to build the car of tomorrow

July 25, 2016
Lehto, Steve, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
xi, 260 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
An early morning car crash -- Preston Thomas Tucker -- Harry Miller -- The Tucker combat car -- Andrew Higgins -- Tucker's automobile plans -- The PIC article -- The Tucker Corporation -- Ticker acquires a plant -- Before the stock offering -- The tin goose -- Getting ready -- The tin goose unveiled -- The stock offering -- Post-tin goose -- Gearing up for production -- The first car off the assembly line: #100! -- The accessories program -- The end of the dream -- Bankruptcy -- The SEC report -- The grand jury -- Collier's and Reader's digest -- The trial -- The civil suits -- Preston Tucker speaks out -- Joseph Turnbull testifies again -- The last days of Preston Tucker -- The movie -- After -- The Tucker legacy -- The fleet of Tucker '48 sedans.
"The first comprehensive, authoritative account of the amazing rise and tragic fall of Preston Tucker, the visionary entrepreneur who, in the wake of World War II, took on the Big Three automakers to create a revolutionary new vehicle: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up"-- Provided by publisher.

Run the world : my 3,500-mile journey through running cultures around the globe

July 25, 2016
Wade, Becky, 1989- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
271 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Trading the start line for the sideline: England -- Kitting up and forging ahead: Greater England and Ireland -- Flying high in a mountain running mecca: Switzerland -- Following the lead of the yaya girls: Ethiopia -- Striking a balance and tackling the track: Australia and New Zealand -- Pounding pavement, rethinking recovery: Japan -- Speeding Swedes and flying Finns: Sweden and Finland.
"An elite marathoner describes the year she spent running over 3,500 miles in nine different countries, living with host families and exploring diverse running communities and cultures all over the globe,"--NoveList.

American and Catholic : stories of the people who built the church

July 22, 2016
Gollar, C. Walker.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Franciscan Media, 2015.
xiv, 225 pages ; 22 cm
"The Catholic Church in America was built in the missions of the West, the slums of New York, and the heartland of the Midwest by ordinary believers forging extraordinary lives. C. Walker Gollar tells their stories, which become the story of the Church. American and Catholic tackles difficult topics such as slavery, the treatment of Native Americans, martyrdom, the role of women, and immigration in a balanced and nuanced way. From the time of the first European explorers to the twenty-first century, it offers glimpses into the long, sometimes painful, and always changing life of the Church in the United States"-- Provided by publisher.

It gets worse : a collection of essays

July 20, 2016
Dawson, Shane, 1988- author.
New York : Keywords Press/Atria, 2016.
237 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
"New York Times bestselling author Shane Dawson returns with another highly entertaining and uproariously funny essay collection, chronicling a mix of real life moments both extraordinary and mortifying, yet always full of heart. Shane Dawson shared some of his best and worst experiences in I Hate Myselfie, the critically acclaimed book that secured his place as a gifted humorist and keen observer of millennial culture. Fans felt as though they knew him after devouring the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal bestseller."-- Provided by publisher.

For the love of money : a memoir

July 19, 2016
Polk, Sam, author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
x, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Unconscious inheritance -- The cheerleader -- Camp Fox -- Numbcake -- Chicken-all-together -- Fifteen pounds -- There's a bomb in my stomach -- The boy with the dragon tattoo -- The burglary -- ON24 -- Fight Club -- Sex in the city -- Spiritual counselor -- Like father, like son -- Brand-name life -- The fulcrum -- Remnants of an accident -- The easy confidence of millionaires -- Nurturing love -- Protector of the stupid -- The least cool thing to order at a bar -- The ice melteth -- The ephemeral prison -- Charleston -- The land of ambition and success -- A castle on a cloud -- A handwritten note -- The Navy SEALs of bond trading -- The anniversary presents -- Sacred creatures -- Gatsby, interrupted -- The Mad Max scenario -- Fear, love, and a billion dollars -- Peter Luger's -- Hear it in the deep -- The bright light of the afternoon.
"A former hedge-fund trader presents a memoir about coming of age on Wall Street, his obsessive pursuit of money, his disillusionment and the radical new way he has come to define success,"--NoveList.

The girl who escaped ISIS : this is my story

July 19, 2016
Khalaf, Farida, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
xiii, 224 pages : map ; 22 cm
Our World As It Once Was -- One Final Wonderful Summer -- The Catastrophe -- The Slave Market in Raqqa -- In the Dark Room -- With the "Beasts" -- In the Military Camp -- The Road Out of Hell -- No Home, Not Anywhere.
"A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing, intimate account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence"-- Provided by publisher.

La Americana : a memoir

July 19, 2016
Simón, Melanie Bowden, author.
x, 222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Havana -- Manhattan and Tina Brown's 'Talk' -- Gringas in Castro's Cuba -- Tick tock -- Who's afraid of Uncle Sam? -- Maria Victoria and the Casa Particular -- Click clack go the tiles -- Hallmark moments -- Advanced cancer -- Devastating blow -- Old man and the sea -- Path finder -- Signs and symbols -- Castro the artist -- Good-byes -- Therapy in the garden -- Gypsy-- Freckles -- La Americana -- The Kiss -- Thirty-six hours and counting -- War -- Budapest -- A mismatched LEGO piece -- Lost along the Danube -- The Serb -- Breathe, Mel, breathe -- Lost in translation -- Wings of an angel -- You're talking, but I can't hear you -- Viva La Revolución! -- Pi-Chi! -- The real deal -- The elephant in the room -- Grim reaper -- Castro, Bush, and the racy tango -- Santo -- The lost boys of Cuba -- Starstruck -- Lockout -- To Mom, love Princesa -- Graveside -- Friends and the curious case of the speed bump -- A Havana wedding and the Canadian chickens -- Tobacco, mangoes, and the horseback Cafecito -- Acceptance -- Nooks, crannies, and saying adios -- Miami-bound.
"'La Americana' is the story of Melanie Bowden Simon, who, at the age of twenty-five, left her job at Tina Brown's 'Talk' magazine following the death of her mother and decided to travel to Havana, Cuba, with a friend. Little did she know that she would meet and fall in love with a Cuban man named Luis and dive headlong into a culture defined by beauty, humor, and grace within the unnerving realities of communism. In this memoir, Simon details her fascination with Cuban culture as she grapples with the death of her mother. She also covers the struggle to get in and out of Cuba at a time when the country is labeled a pariah state. Yet over and over again, Simon manages to overcome international barriers and overcome language and cultural obstacles-- all in the name of her love for Luis"-- Provided by publisher.

Jane Austen

July 19, 2016
Alkayat, Zena.
San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, 2016.
128 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 16 cm
"Enchanting illustrations and handwritten text featuring excerpts from Austen's personal letters outline the intimate details of the literary icon's life her childhood on a farm, the writing of her first novella, her marital woes, the inspiration behind Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, and more."--Provided by publisher.

An abbreviated life : a memoir

July 19, 2016
Leve, Ariel, 1968- author.
272 pages ; 22 cm
"The author describes how she endured as the only child of an unstable poet for a mother and a beloved but largely absent father and explores the consequences of a psychologically harrowing childhood as she seeks refuge from the past and recovers what was lost,"--NoveList.

Jeff Lynne : Electric Light Orchestra : before and after

July 19, 2016
Van der Kiste, John, author.
United Kingdom : Fonthill Media, 2015.
190 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Dog medicine : how my dog saved me from myself

July 18, 2016
Barton, Julie (Julie H.), author.
xiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A poignant first memoir of how the author's relationship with her dog saved her from suicidal depression describes her unsuccessful work with therapists and loved ones before she adopted a Golden Retriever puppy who became a loyal companion throughout her difficult recovery,"--NoveList.

The Osamu Tezuka story : a life in manga and anime

July 18, 2016
Ban, Toshio, 1953- author.
Berkeley, CA : Stone Bridge Press, [2016]
xiv, 914 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Printed in Japanese right to left format.
First published in Japan in 1992.

The devil's defender : my odyssey through American criminal justice from Ted Bundy to the Kandahar massacre

July 15, 2016
Browne, John Henry, 1946- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, 2016.
248 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The Ted murders -- "Where did you get those shoes?" -- The shadows of secret cities -- "Are you experienced?" -- The Spiro Agnew acid test -- Deborah -- A total eclipse of the sun -- Chicago -- I go to prison -- The killer beside me -- Escape -- A bargain -- Confessions -- Success -- The floor is supposed to be green? -- Defending Benjamin Ng -- I want a new drug -- Fighting for women who fight back -- The execution of Theodore Bundy -- Presumed guilty -- The barefoot bandit -- A massacre in Kandahar.

Lost rockers : broken dreams and crashed careers

July 15, 2016
Blush, Steven, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Powerhouse Books, 2016.
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Evie Sands -- Alan Merrill -- Chris Robison -- Ginger Bianco -- Brett Smiley -- Betty Davis -- Pat Briggs -- Bobby Jameson -- Rik Fox -- Charlie Farren -- Gloria Jones -- Gass Wild & Johnny Hodge -- Rick Rivets -- Cherry Vanilla -- Robert Fleischman -- Kenny Young -- Marge Raymond -- Jake Holmes
"To become a star you need talent, charisma, dedication, intelligence, energy, intensity and a helluva lot of luck." -- page [4] of cover.

Kick : the true story of JFK's sister and the heir to Chatsworth

July 13, 2016
Byrne, Paula, author.
New York : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
x, 342 pages : illustrations, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Among Rose and Joe Kennedy's children the fourth child, Kathleen, stood out. Known as Kick, she was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. When her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick shocked and alienated her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family-- William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. The marriage only lasted a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, four years before Kick's own death in an airplane crash. Byrne shines a spotlight on this feisty Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her family's history.

Admiral Bill Halsey : a naval life

July 13, 2016
Hughes, Thomas Alexander, 1963- author.
483 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
An american aristocracy -- The admiral's captain -- A carefree and careful boy -- New officer, new navy, new century -- A naval band of brothers -- Becoming Bill Halsey -- The oldest aviator -- The first fighter -- The right man -- The thin red line -- Real tales of the South Pacific -- The crossroads of command -- Low tide -- High tide -- At sea at last -- Bull's run -- An old man at sea -- At home at last.
"William Halsey was the most famous naval officer of World War II. His fearlessness in carrier raids against Japan, his steely resolve at Guadalcanal, and his impulsive blunder at the Battle of Leyte Gulf made him the "Patton of the Pacific" and solidified his reputation as a decisive, aggressive fighter prone to impetuous errors of judgment in the heat of battle. In this definitive biography, Thomas Alexander Hughes punctures the popular caricature of the "fighting admiral" to reveal the truth of Halsey's personal and professional life as it was lived in times of war and peace. Halsey, the son of a Navy officer whose alcoholism scuttled a promising career, committed himself wholeheartedly to naval life at an early age. An audacious and inspiring commander to his men, he met the operational challenges of the battle at sea against Japan with dramatically effective carrier strikes early in the war. Yet his greatest contribution to the Allied victory was as commander of the combined sea, air, and land forces in the South Pacific during the long slog up the Solomon Islands chain, one of the war's most daunting battlegrounds. Halsey turned a bruising slugfest with the Japanese navy into a rout. Skillfully mediating the army and navy's constant strategy disputes--as well as the clashes of ego between General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz--Halsey was the linchpin of America's Pacific war effort when its outcome was far from certain."--Provided by publisher.

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