New Arrivals · History

November 21, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

America and World War I : a traveler's guide

November 20, 2014
Van Ells, Mark D. (Mark David), 1962-
Northampton MA : Interlink Books, 2014.
432 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The road to war -- John J. Pershing -- Training camps -- Port of embarkation -- The Great War at sea -- Arrival in Europe -- First blood -- Americans on the Marne -- Behind the lines -- African Americans -- The Great War in the air -- Saint-Mihiel -- Meuse-Argonne -- Heroism in the Argonne -- Champagne -- Farther afield -- Fini la guerre! -- Aftermath.

Vintage black glamour

November 20, 2014
Gainer, Nichelle, author.
London : Rocket 88, 2014.
208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, inspired by her family history, Nichelle Gainer has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. Alongside the familiar images and stories of renowned performers such as Eartha Kitt, Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin are those of less well-remembered figures such as Bricktop, Pearl Primus, Diana Sands and many, many more. Vintage Black Glamour is a unique, sumptuous and revealing celebration of the lives and indomitable spirit of Black women of a previous era. Although talented, successful and ground-breaking, many of the women in these pages were ignored by mainstream media, but their life's work and attitude stand as inspiration for us still, today. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important.

Christendom destroyed : Europe 1517-1648

November 20, 2014
Greengrass, Mark, 1949-
New York : Viking Adult, 2014.
xxix, 721 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
List of Genealogies -- Introduction -- The fall of Western Christendom -- FROM THE "SILVER AGE" TO THE "IRON CENTURY" -- Human replenishment -- Urban and rural worlds -- Treasure and transaction -- Noble pursuits -- GRASPING THE WORLD -- Europe in the world -- Earth and heavens observed -- Being in touch -- CHRISTENDOM AFFLICTED -- Politics and empire in the Age of Charles V -- Schism -- Reaction, repression, reform -- CHRISTIAN COMMONWEALTHS IN CONTENTION -- Conflicts in the name of god -- Living with religious divisions -- Churches and the world -- The waning of Crusade -- CHRISTIAN STATES IN DISARRAY The business of states -- States in confrontation -- War at large -- Times of troubles to the East and West -- Conclusion : Europe's paroxysm.
"This latest addition to the landmark Penguin History of Europe series is a fascinating study of 16th and 17th century Europe and the fundamental changes which led to the collapse of Christendom and established the geographical and political frameworks of Western Europe as we know it. From peasants to princes, no one was untouched by the spiritual and intellectual upheaval of this era. Martin Luther's challenge to church authority forced Christians to examine their beliefs in ways that shook the foundations of their religion. The subsequent divisions, fed by dynastic rivalries and military changes, fundamentally altered the relations between ruler and ruled. Geographical and scientific discoveries challenged the unity of Christendom as a belief-community. Europe, with all its divisions, emerged instead as a geographical projection. It was reflected in the mirror of America, and refracted by the eclipse of Crusade in ambiguous relationships with the Ottomans and Orthodox Christianity. Chronicling these dramatic changes, Thomas More, Shakespeare, Montaigne and Cervantes created works which continue to resonate with us. Christendom Destroyed is a rich tapestry that fosters a deeper understanding of Europe's identity today"-- Provided by publisher.

If it's not impossible-- : the life of Sir Nicholas Winton

November 20, 2014
Winton, Barbara, author.
Kibworth Beauchamp : Matador, [2014]
xviii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"He saved 669 children from the Holocaust. 50 years later they discovered his identity."
That's Life! -- The Kindertransport scrapbook -- A formative heritage -- School days -- From youth to adulthood -- Working in the City -- Refusing to fight -- Joining up -- The grim aftermath -- Romance in Paris -- A new family -- Work loses its shine -- "My real work" -- Recognition brings new adventures -- Who is Nicholas Winton?


December 21, 2014
Harris, Bill, 1933-
New York : Mayflower Books, 1980.
95 p. : col. ill. ; 33 cm.

Jo Shelby's Iron Brigade

November 19, 2014
Sellmeyer, Deryl P.
Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub., 2007.
381 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.

The women who knew Hitler : the private life of Adolf Hitler

November 19, 2014
Sayer, Ian.
New York : Carroll & Graf, 2004.
xii, 308 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

AP world history.

November 18, 2014
New York : Simon & Schuster,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm. + 1 DVD.
Vol. for 2015 includes 1 DVD.
At head of title: Kaplan.

Thomas Cromwell : the untold story of Henry VIII's most faithful servant

November 18, 2014
Borman, Tracy, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.
xiii, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm
With new insights into Cromwell's character, his family life and his close relationships with both Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII, joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces Tracy Borman examines the life, loves and legacy of the man who changed the shape of England forever.

Founders as fathers : the private lives and politics of the American revolutionaries

November 18, 2014
Glover, Lorri, 1967- author.
x, 324 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The last colonial patriarchs -- Independence -- Sacrifice -- Liberty and power -- A "natural aristocracy" -- "All other persons" -- "Ourselves and our posterity" -- Reputation -- Epilogue: Going home.
Surprisingly, no previous book has ever explored how family life shaped the political careers of America's great Founding Fathers--men like George Mason, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. In this original and intimate portrait, historian Lorri Glover brings to life the vexing, joyful, arduous, and sometimes tragic experiences of the architects of the American Republic who, while building a nation, were also raising families. The costs and consequences for the families of these Virginia leaders were great, Glover discovers: the Revolution remade family life no less than it reinvented political institutions. She describes the colonial households that nurtured future revolutionaries, follows the development of political and family values during the revolutionary years, and shines new light on the radically transformed world that was inherited by nineteenth-century descendants.--From publisher description.

Three minutes in Poland : discovering a lost world in a 1938 family film

November 17, 2014
Kurtz, Glenn.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
x, 415 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part One -- 1. Artifacts -- 2. Preservation -- 3. Inheritance -- 4. People and Faces -- 5. A Sea of Ghosts -- Part Two -- 6. It's Good to be Back -- 7. Lists -- 8. Now We're Onto Something -- 9. Darkness and Rain -- 10. Das Vaterland deines Grossvaters -- 11. A Different Style of Torture -- Part Three -- 12. Something Goes From the Picture -- 13. A Town of Memories -- 14. Family History -- 15. The Story of the Film -- Epilogue -- Author's Note.
"The author's search for the annihilated Polish community captured in his grandfather's 1938 home movie. Traveling in Europe in August 1938, one year before the outbreak of World War II, David Kurtz, the author's grandfather, captured three minutes of ordinary life in a small, predominantly Jewish town in Poland on 16 mm Kodachrome color film. More than seventy years later, through the brutal twists of history, these few minutes of home-movie footage would become a memorial to an entire community--an entire culture--that was annihilated in the Holocaust. Three Minutes in Poland traces Glenn Kurtz's remarkable four-year journey to identify the people in his grandfather's haunting images. His search takes him across the United States; to Canada, England, Poland, and Israel; to archives, film preservation laboratories, and an abandoned Luftwaffe airfield. Ultimately, Kurtz locates seven living survivors from this lost town, including an eighty-six-year-old man who appears in the film as a thirteen-year-old boy. Painstakingly assembled from interviews, photographs, documents, and artifacts, Three Minutes in Poland tells the rich, funny, harrowing, and surprisingly intertwined stories of these seven survivors and their Polish hometown. Originally a travel souvenir, David Kurtz's home movie became the sole remaining record of a vibrant town on the brink of catastrophe. From this brief film, Glenn Kurtz creates a riveting exploration of memory, loss, and improbable survival--a monument to a lost world"-- Provided by publisher.

The secret history of the world

November 17, 2014
Booth, Mark.
New York : The Overlook Press, 2011.
603 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm.
In the beginning -- A short walk in the ancient woods -- The Garden of Eden -- Lucifer, the light of the world -- The gods who loved women -- The assassination of the Green King -- The age of demi-gods and heroes -- The Sphinx and the timelock -- The neolithic Alexander the Great -- The way of the wizard -- Getting to grips with matter -- The descent into darkness -- Reason--and how to rise above it -- The mysteries of Greece and Rome -- The sun god returns -- The tyranny of the fathers -- The age of Islam -- The wise demon of the Templars -- Fools for love -- The green one behind the worlds -- The Rosicrucian age -- Occult Catholicism -- The occult roots of science -- The age of Freemasonry -- The mystical-sexual revolution -- The illuminati and the rise of unreason -- The mystic death of humanity -- Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
An intellectual tour of the world's lesser-known histories offers a collection of alternate views that are drawn from a premise that history has been recorded from the corrupted perspectives of its victors.

Don't give up, don't give in : lessons from an extraordinary life

November 14, 2014
Zamperini, Louis, 1917-2014.
xxix, 238 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
CO-AUTHOR'S NOTE -- RUN FOR YOUR LIFE -- The Family Rules -- Anyone Can Turn Their Life Around -- The Difference Between Attention and Recognition is Self-Esteem -- It's Not How You Win, It's How You Lose -- A Race Isn't Over Until It's Over -- BE PREPARED -- Preparation Determines Your Survival -- My Survival Kit -- Keep Your Mind Sharp -- Don't Forget to Laugh -- Trust Your Instincts -- DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN -- You Are the Content of Your Character -- Never Let Anyone Destroy Your Dignit -- Hate is a Personal Decision -- The True Definition of Hero -- ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING -- You Must Have Hope -- Don't Ask Why, Ask What's Next -- You Choose How to View Your Fate -- The Secret of Contentment -- AFTER THE WAR : STILL LOST -- You Can't Run (or Sail) Away From Yourself -- Don't Leave the Crucial Details to Others -- THERE'S ALWAYS AN ANSWER TO EVERYTHING -- You Need a Cloud to Have a Silver Lining -- Know When You've Done All You Can Do -- The Gangster and the Gospel -- GIVE BACK -- It Takes a Camp to Help a Child -- First You Listen -- Get Their Attention -- Accomplishment is the Key to Self-Respect -- My Private Reward -- The Mission That Never Ends -- WHAT I'VE LEARNED -- Always Challenge Yourself -- Learn to Adapt -- Commitment and Perseverance Pay Off -- You're Only as Old as You Feel -- Free Advice -- LESSONS OF THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT -- It's About People -- You've Got to Train to Carry a Torch -- Forgiveness is the Healing Factor -- REMEMBER ME THIS WAY -- A Charitable Heart.
"Champion. Survivor. Hero. Legend. Completed just two days before Louis Zamperini's death at age 97, Don't Give Up, Don't Give In shares a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and humor from one of America's most inspiring lives. Zamperini's story has touched millions through Laura Hillenbrand's biography Unbroken, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. Now, in his own words, Louis Zamperini reveals, with warmth and great charm, the essential values and lessons that sustained him throughout his remarkable journey. He was a youthful troublemaker from California who turned his life around to become a 1936 Olympian and a world-class miler at the University of Southern California. Putting aside his superstar track career, Louis Zamperini volunteered for the army before Pearl Harbor and was thrust into the violent combat of World War II as a B-24 bombardier. While on a rescue mission, his plane went down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where he survived, against all odds, drifting two thousand miles in a small raft for forty-seven days. His struggle was only beginning: Zamperini was captured by the Japanese and, for more than two years, he courageously endured torture and psychological abuse in a series of prisoner-of-war camps. He returned home to face more dark hours, but in 1949 Zamperini's life was transformed by a spiritual rebirth that would guide him through the next sixty-five years of his long and happy life. Cowritten with longtime collaborator David Rensin, Louis Zamperini's Don't Give Up, Don't Give In is an extraordinary last testament that captures the wisdom of a life lived to the fullest. A son of Italian immigrants, Louis Zamperini (1917-2014) was a U.S. Olympic runner, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor. After the war, he returned to the United States to found the Victory Boys Camp for at-risk youth and became an inspirational speaker. Zamperini's story was told in his 2003 autobiography Devil at My Heels, as well as in Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 biography Unbroken. David Rensin worked closely with Louis Zamperini for many years and cowrote Devil at My Heels, as well as fifteen other books, including five New York Times bestsellers"-- Provided by publisher.

A royal experiment : the private life of King George III

November 14, 2014
Hadlow, Janice.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
xvii, 682 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Originally published as The strangest family in the U.K. in 2014 by William Collins"--Title page verso.
"The surprising, deliciously dramatic, and ultimately heartbreaking story of King George III's radical pursuit of happiness in his private life with Queen Charlotte and their 15 children. In the U.S., Britain's George III, the protagonist of A Royal Experiment, is known as the king from whom Americans won their independence and as "the mad king," but in Janice Hadlow's groundbreaking and entertaining new biography, he is another character altogether--compelling and relatable. He was the first of Britain's three Hanoverian kings to be born in England, the first to identify as native of the nation he ruled. But this was far from the only difference between him and his predecessors. Neither of the previous Georges was faithful to his wife, nor to his mistresses. Both hated their own sons. And, overall, their children were angry, jealous, and disaffected schemers, whose palace shenanigans kick off Hadlow's juicy narrative and also made their lives unhappy ones. Pained by his childhood amid this cruel and feuding family, George came to the throne aspiring to be a new kind of king--a force for moral good. And to be that new kind of king, he had to be a new kind of man. Against his irresistibly awful family background--of brutal royal intrigue, infidelity, and betrayal--George fervently pursued a radical domestic dream: he would have a faithful marriage and raise loving, educated, and resilient children.The struggle of King George--along with his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their 15 children--to pursue a passion for family will surprise history buffs and delight a broad swath of biography readers and royal watchers. "-- Provided by publisher.

Palestine speaks : narratives of life under occupation

November 13, 2014
346 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.

Berlin : portrait of a city through the centuries

November 13, 2014
MacLean, Rory, 1954-
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 421 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Imagine -- Konrad von Cölln , and true love -- Colin Albany and the players -- Frederick the Great, and the making of Prussia -- Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and the dream of a capital -- Lilli Neuss, and the owl -- Walther Rathenau, and lost beauty -- Else Hirsch, and the illusion -- Margarete Böhme, and 'Diary of a lost girl' -- Fritz Haber, and the geography of evil -- Käthe Kollwitz, mother and child -- Christopher Isherwood, in a city of the imagination -- Bertolt Brecht, luck and the epic -- Marlene Dietrich, on becoming -- Leni Riefenstahl, and the fatal flaw -- Albert Speer, and Germania -- Joseph Goebbels, the man who made Hitler -- Dieter Werner, Wall builder -- Bill Harvey, and the tunnel -- John F. Kennedy, and politics as theatre -- David Bowie, and 'Heroes' -- Lieu Van Ha, and the gun -- People, let's dance -- Ilse Philips, in another Berlin -- Imagine Berlin.
"Why are we drawn to certain cities? Perhaps because of a story read in childhood. Or a chance teenage meeting. Or maybe simply because the place touches us, embodying in its tribes, towers and history an aspect of our understanding of what it means to be human. Paris is about romantic love. Lourdes equates with devotion. New York means energy. London is forever trendy. Berlin is all about volatility. Berlin is a city of fragments and ghosts, a laboratory of ideas, the fount of both the brightest and darkest designs of history's most bloody century. The once arrogant capital of Europe was devastated by Allied bombs, divided by the Wall, then reunited and reborn as one of the creative centers of the world. Today it resonates with the echo of lives lived, dreams realized, and evils executed with shocking intensity. No other city has repeatedly been so powerful and fallen so low; few other cities have been so shaped and defined by individual imaginations. Berlin tells the volatile history of Europe's capital over five centuries through a series of intimate portraits of two dozen key residents: the medieval balladeer whose suffering explains the Nazis' rise to power; the demonic and charismatic dictators who schemed to dominate Europe; the genius Jewish chemist who invented poison gas for First World War battlefields and then the death camps; the iconic mythmakers like Christopher Isherwood, Leni Riefenstahl, and David Bowie, whose heated visions are now as real as the city's bricks and mortar. Alongside them are portrayed some of the countless ordinary Berliners who one has never heard of, whose lives can only be imagined: the Scottish mercenary who fought in the Thirty Years' War, the ambitious prostitute who refashioned herself as a baroness, the fearful Communist Party functionary who helped to build the Wall, and the American spy from the Midwest whose patriotism may have turned the course of the Cold War. Berlin is a history book like no other, with an originality that reflects the nature of the city itself. In its architecture, through its literature, in its movies and songs, Berliners have conjured their hard capital into a place of fantastic human fantasy. No other city has so often surrendered itself to its own seductive myths. No other city has been so shaped and defined by individual imaginations. Berlin captures, portrays, and propagates the remarkable story of those myths and their makers"-- Provided by publisher.

A history of America in thirty-six postage stamps

November 13, 2014
West, Christopher, 1940- author.
New York : Picador, 2014.
xii, 336 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Liberty, property, and no stamps! -- The British are going -- We, the people... -- Emperor of liberty -- Born for a storm -- Manifest destiny -- The rebel yell -- Forever free -- Iron horse, wild west -- Reconstruction -- Number one -- Dance of the ghosts -- Painted lilies -- Bully for TR! -- Making the world safe for democracy -- Golden beginnings -- Roar! -- Brother, can you spare a dime? -- New deal, new day -- Sulphur island -- Toward disunited nations -- Rocking and rolling -- Cold war -- Murder in Camelot -- Dreams and nightmares -- The longest war -- The discovery of Earth -- New revolutions -- Stumbling through the '70s -- Mr. Reagan goes to Washington -- A new world order? -- Boom! -- The valley of heart's delight -- Under attack -- The China syndrome -- Bowling alone.
"From George Washington's dour gaze to the charging buffalo of the western frontier and Lindbergh's soaring biplane, American stamps are a vivid window into our country's extraordinary and distinctive past. With ... West as your guide, discover the remarkable breadth of America's short history through a fresh lens"-- Provided by publisher.

Cincinnati miscellaneous prints : includes Cincinnati Fire Department, Court House riot, etc.

November 13, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio : Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 1846-1890.
1 portfolio : illustrations (some color) ; 43 x 53 cm.
39. Aufruhe in Cincinnati, Ohio (Cincinnati Court House riot) (Frank Leslie's illustrierte Zeitung, 1884) -- 40. Sketch of the Public Library of Cincinnati (Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1883) -- 41. Clerical banking in Cincinnati (Puck, 1879) -- 42. The Cincinnati Art Students' League--studies from life (Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1883) -- 43. Coal miners strike in Washingtonville, Ohio (Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1874) -- 44. Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce members (Source unknown, 1881) -- 45. Cincinnati Fire Department (Frank Leslie's illustrierte Zeitung, 1879) -- 46. Studies of the Great West (article about Cincinnati) (Source unknown, 1888) -- 47. A popular resort (Cartoon) (Judge, 1888) -- 48. Latest from Cincinnati (Cartoon) (Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1861) -- 49. Cincinnati Fire Department at the People's Theatre fire (Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1856) -- 50. The town of Ironton, its institutions, churches, and streets (Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1890) -- 51. Ohio's first capital (Old State House in Chillicothe) (Source unknown, 1881) -- 52. Music in Cincinnati (Source unknown, 1890) -- 53. Four men buried in a coal mine thirteen days-- their final rescue (Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, 1856) -- 54. The Cincinnati Gymnasium (Daily graphic: New York, 1880) -- 55. The Cincinnati Museum of Art-- an ambitious student (Harper's weekly, 1890).
A collection of approximately 55 articles and prints loose in portfolio. Many are dated, have name of printer/publisher and a brief description of the print.

The history of Charles the Twelfth, King of Sweden

November 12, 2014
Voltaire, 1694-1778.
Hartford : Published by Silas Andrus., 1828.
276 p. ; 19 cm.
Translation of: Histoire de Charles XII, roi de Suède.
Library's copy imperfect: front cover detached from spine. Gold tooled, embossed leather binding, worn.

Showa : a history of Japan, 1944-1953

November 11, 2014
Mizuki, Shigeru, 1922-
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2014.
540 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Translation of Komikku Shōwa-shi.
In Japanese right to left format.
The third volume of Mizuki's encyclopedic account of Japan before and after World War II. Drawing from his own experiences as a foot soldier in the Pacific Islands and from the greater sweep of history's footprints, it is a chilling antiwar document and an intimate revelation of the destruction left in the wake of the atomic bombs.

Lives in ruins : archeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble

November 10, 2014
Johnson, Marilyn, 1954-
New York : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
x, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographic references and index.
An entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past looks at the actual, nonglamorous working conditions they actually face, as well as what drives them to do this very important, yet often tedious, work.

41 : a portrait of my father

November 10, 2014
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
x, 294 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : ill.(chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Beginnings -- War -- Heading West -- Hat in the ring -- Man of the house -- Diplomacy -- Runner-up -- Within a heartbeat -- The road to the White House -- Number 41 -- The hardest year -- The afterlife.
George W. Bush covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush's life and career, including his service in the Pacific during World War II, his pioneering work in the Texas oil business, and his political rise as a Congressman, U.S. Representative to China and the United Nations, CIA Director, Vice President, and 41st President of the United States.

The good war : why we couldn't win the war or the peace in Afghanistan

November 10, 2014
Fairweather, Jack.
New York : Basic Books, 2014.
xx, 396 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part I. The missing peace 2001-2005 -- The wrong kind of war -- Bloody hell -- Good Taliban -- The man who would be king -- At the gates -- An irresistible illusion -- National solidarity -- A convenient drug -- Homecoming -- Part II. A dangerous alliance 2004-2007 -- The emperor's clothes -- PRTS -- A special relationship -- Eradication -- Red sky in the morning -- Fly fishing in the Hindu kush -- How to start a war -- Medusa -- Bad guests -- Stick or twist -- Part III. The blood price 2009-2014 -- An education -- The switch -- Ghosts -- A cruel summer -- Elections -- Political expediency -- A reckoning -- The futility of force -- Endgame.

Patton at the Battle of the Bulge : how the general's tanks turned the tide at Bastogne

November 10, 2014
Barron, Leo.
New York, New York : NAL Caliber, 2014.
x, 422 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

The wild truth

November 7, 2014
McCandless, Carine, author.
xv, 277 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Part I. Worth -- Part II. Strength -- Part III. Unconditional Love -- Part IV. Truth -- Epilogue -- Afterword -- Author's Note.
"The spellbinding story of Chris McCandless, who gave away his savings, hitchhiked to Alaska, walked into the wilderness alone, and starved to death in 1992, fascinated not just New York Times bestselling author Jon Krakauer, but also the rest of the nation. But the real story of Chris's life and his journey has not yet been told--until now. The missing pieces are finally revealed in The Wild Truth, written by Carine McCandless, Chris's sister. Carine has wrestled for more than twenty years with the legacy of her brother's journey to self-discovery, and now tells her own story while filling in the blanks of his. Carine was Chris's best friend, the person with whom he had the closest bond, and who witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Growing up in the same troubled household, Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family. In the many years since the tragedy of Chris's death, Carine has searched for some kind of redemption. In this memoir, she reveals how she has learned that real redemption can only come from speaking the truth"-- Provided by publisher.

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