New Arrivals · History

August 28, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Once a Hussar : a memoir of battle, capture, and escape in World War II

August 27, 2014
Ellis, Ray, 1920-
228 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the beginning -- In sunny Palestine -- Mersa Matruh : a first taste of war -- In action near Sidi Barani -- Gennia -- Suez -- Tobruk : the first battle -- Life during the Siege of Tobruk -- The break-out from Tobruk -- In the Nile Delta -- The Battle of Knightsbridge -- First days as a prisoner of war -- A nightmare journey -- The winter at camp 53 -- A bid for freedom -- Running free -- Massa Fermana -- A journey to the mountains -- One of the family -- Repatriation.
"Once a Hussar is a vivid account of the wartime experiences of Ray Ellis, a gunner who in later life recorded this well-written, candid, and perceptive memoir of the conflict he knew as a young man seventy years ago. As an impressionable teenager, filled with national pride, he was eager to join the army and fight for his country. He enlisted in the South Notts Hussars at the beginning of World War II and started a journey that would take him through fierce fighting in the Western Desert, the deprivation suffered in an Italian prisoner-of-war camp, and a daring escape to join the partisan forces in the Apennines. His story is an honest and moving memoir that relays graphic eyewitness accounts of the horrors of warfare, but it also reveals the surprising triumphs of the human spirit in times of great hardship. Ellis's self-deprecating humor skillfully counters the harsh realities related in a personal recollection of a war that claimed so many young lives. Featuring twenty-six rare photographs from Ellis's life and experiences, Once a Hussar is a compelling and deftly told account of one soldier's life in World War II"--Provided by publisher.


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

Someday you will understand : my father's private World War II

August 25, 2014
Feld, Nina Wolff, author.
xiv, 287 pages, [8] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Part I. Hidden in plain sight. 1. Walking my father's labyrinth -- 2. Bombs, bullets, and lies -- 3. Vichy, Lyon, and the flag of rags -- 4. No exit: Marseilles, fascist Spain -- 5. And the nightmare ocean crossing -- 6. Unraveling the chaos: a kid at the Dwight School -- Part II. The long road to Ritchie -- 6. Drafted -- 7. The Ritchie boy takes on the Pentagon -- Part III. Return from exile -- 8. Coup de grace: vetting war criminals from Mussolini's masses -- 9. It is your moral duty: DPs among the ruins in Austria and Germany -- 10. "I found your gold bally shoes" -- 11. The key to the wine cellar -- 12. Details are confusing, and freedom is just another word -- Appendix to the editors of the New Yorker: A letter from Austria.
"Walter Wolff was the son of a Jewish merchant family that fled their German home when the Nazis came to power and took refuge in Brussels, Belgium. On the eve of the German invasion, in May 1940, the family began its second escape. Their sixteen-month odyssey took them through the chaos of battle in France and the dangers of living clandestinely as Jews in occupied territory, before they finally boarded the notorious freighter SS Navemar in Cadiz, Spain, to be among the last Jewish refugees admitted to the United States before Pearl Harbor. Within two years of his arrival in the States, Walter was ready to take the fight back to the Nazis as a soldier in the US Army. Trained for the Intelligence Corps at Camp Ritchie, he was sent first to Italy and then to Germany and Austria, where he interrogated POWs for potential prosecution as war criminals at Nuremberg. At the same time, he returned to the confiscated properties of his extended family, throwing out the occupiers. Telling the rousing story of a Jewish boy who fled persecution and returned to prosecute the Nazi oppressors, Walter Wolff's daughter Nina has reconstructed these events from her father's own cache of hundreds of wartime letters and photographs, which he revealed to her shortly before he died"-- Provided by publisher.

The burning of the world : a memoir of 1914

August 25, 2014
Zombory-Moldován, Béla, 1885-1967.
New York, NY : New York Review Books, [2014]
xxi, 155 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Novi -- Budapest at war -- Veszprém -- The march -- Deployment -- Into the fire -- Back to life -- Home again -- The hospital -- Leave -- Sajóvárkony -- Lovrana.
"Publishing during the 100th Anniversary of World War I , an NYRB Classics Original. The budding young Hungarian artist Bela Zombory-Moldovan was abroad on vacation when World War I broke out in August 1914. Called up by the army, he soon found himself hundreds of miles away, advancing on Russian lines--or perhaps on his own lines--and facing relentless rifle and artillery fire. Badly wounded, he returned to normal life, which now struck him as unspeakably strange. He had witnessed, he realized, the end of a way of life, of a whole world. Recently discovered among private papers and published here for the first time in any language, this extraordinary reminiscence is a deeply moving addition to the literature of the terrible war that defined the shape of the twentieth century"-- Provided by publisher.

Religious Institutions of Cincinnati, newspaper clippings : from approximately 1980-2001

August 22, 2014
Cincinnati (Ohio) : Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, [1980-2001]
3 volumes (loose-leaf) : illustrations ; 30 cm
Volume one contains an alphabetized list of religious institutions.
[Vol. 1.] (A-K) -- [v. 2.] (L-S [p1]) -- [v. 3.] (S[p2]-Z)

Western Europe.

August 18, 2014
Washington, D.C. : Stryker-Post Publications.
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Written by: 1982-<2014/15> Wayne C. Thompson.
Imprint varies: 2010, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. ; 2011- <2014/15> Lanham, Md.

Nordic, Central and Southeastern Europe.

August 18, 2014
Harpers Ferry, WV : Stryker-Post Publications,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Vols. for <2004-2014/15> by Wayne C. Thompson.
Imprint varies: <2013-2014/15> Lanham, Md.

A history of our time : readings on postwar America

August 18, 2014
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
xiv, 434 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
pt. 9 The United States and the world in the post-Cold War era : From the Persian Gulf War to Iraq and Afghanistan : confronting the post-Cold War world / George C. Herring -- 9/11 / Peter Coates, Vincent Vok -- The "Axis of Evil" Speech : President Bush's State of the Union address (2002) / George W. Bush -- Image of the United States (2005) / Pew Global Attitudes Project -- "Why the world is flat" : interview with Thomas Friedman / Daniel H. Pink -- Top ten reasons to oppose the World Trade Organization (2004) / Global Exchange.

Makers of modern Asia

August 15, 2014
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2014].
385 pages ; 24 cm.

Hoover's secret war against Axis spies : FBI counterespionage during World War II

August 14, 2014
Batvinis, Raymond J., author.
Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2014]
xv, 334 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
A remarkable weekend -- Jones and Stott -- The balloon went up -- Rothschild is coming -- Art goes to London -- Ostrich -- A fool's errand -- South of the border -- The man from Buffalo -- Breach of faith -- The count from New York -- Japs, aspirin, and pep -- ND98 -- Gaston DeChant -- Koehler -- Peasant -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: FBI- radio relay station between BSC and M16 -- Appendix B: FBI special intelligence service coverage -- Appendix C: money given by the German Nazis to its agents operating in the United States -- Appendix D: genuine and fictional FBI double agents.

Lost in the Pacific : epic firsthand accounts of WWII survival against impossible odds

August 14, 2014
[xviii], 193 pages : black and white illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

When Paris went dark : the City of Light under German occupation, 1940-1944

August 14, 2014
Rosbottom, Ronald C., 1942- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
xxxii, 447 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Chronology of the Occupation of Paris -- Major Personalities -- Preface -- Introduction -- A Nation Disintegrates -- Waiting for Hitler -- Minuet (1940-1941) -- City Without a Face-The Occupier's Lament -- Narrowed Lives -- The Dilemmas of Resistance -- The Most Narrowed Lives-The Hunt for Jews -- How Much Longer? (1942-1944) -- Liberation-A Whodunit -- Angry Aftermath-Back on Paris Time -- Is Paris Still Occupied? -- Appendix: De Gaulle's Speech on the Liberation of Paris -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index -- About the Author
On June 14, 1940, German tanks entered a silent and nearly deserted Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation. Subsequently, an eerie sense of normalcy settled over the City of Light. Many Parisians keenly adapted themselves to the situation-even allied themselves with their Nazi overlords. At the same time, amidst this darkening gloom of German ruthlessness, shortages, and curfews, a resistance arose. Parisians of all stripes, Jews, immigrants, adolescents, communists, rightists, cultural icons such as Colette, de Beauvoir, Camus and Sartre, as well as police officers, teachers, students, and store owners-rallied around a little known French military officer, Charles de Gaulle. When Paris Went Dark evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Relying on a range of resources--memoirs, diaries, letters, archives, interviews, personal histories, flyers and posters, fiction, photographs, film and historical studies, Rosbottom has forged a groundbreaking book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.

Dunmore's new world : the extraordinary life of a royal governor in Revolutionary America--with Jacobites, counterfeiters, land schemes, shipwrecks, scalping, Indian politics, runaway slaves, and two illegal royal weddings

August 14, 2014
David, James Corbett, 1977-
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2013.
viii, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Family Politics, 1745-1770 -- The Absence of Empire, 1770-1773 -- Promised Land, 1773-1774 -- A Refugee's Revolution, 1775-1781 -- Abiding Ambitions, 1781-1796 -- Conclusion, 1796-1809 -- A Note on Method : Biography and Empire.

The guns of August : the outbreak of World War I

August 14, 2014
Tuchman, Barbara W. (Barbara Wertheim), 1912-1989, author.
New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.
xxviii, 566 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Originally published 1962 ; preface ©1988 ; foreword ©1994 ; maps ©2014.

Above the dreamless dead : World War I in poetry and comics

August 13, 2014
New York : First Second, 2014.
144 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
The call to war -- In the trenches -- Aftermath.
A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

The Opium War : drugs, dreams and the making of China

August 11, 2014
Lovell, Julia, 1975-
xxiv, 456 pages, 32 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm

The house of black and white : my life with and search for Louise Johnson Morris

August 11, 2014
Sherer, David, author.
xvi, 156 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"The memoir of a white boy who was so strongly influenced by a black woman--the family maid--that he begins searching for her three decades after she went missing. This compelling book begins in 1959 in suburban Washington, D.C., and ends in 2012. Author David Sherer was barely two years old when Louise Johnson Morris became the family maid in 1959. She grew close to the children, particularly David, and taught him many life lessons. During medical school in Boston, he discovered in 1981 that Louise had left the family. After unsuccessfully trying to learn why, he continued his life and career until late 2011, when during a mid-life crisis of sorts, he went looking for her. He eventually discovered that she was living back in her hometown of Macon, Georgia, and after a separation of thirty-one years, traveled to Macon to reunite with his childhood friend. She died a mere three months later, at the age of ninety. David was an honored guest at her funeral. This is the story of their lives together and his quest to find her. It is both a memoir and an homage, set in a highly charged time of our country's history."--Page [4] of cover.

Darling Monster : the letters of Lady Diana Cooper to son John Julius Norwich, 1939-1952

August 11, 2014
Cooper, Diana, 1892-1986.
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2014.
520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Lady Diana Cooper was an aristocrat, a socialite, an actress of stage and early screen. When she married rising political star Duff Cooper, they became the golden couple who knew everyone who was anyone; they sat at the very heart of British public life. Diana's letters to her only son, John Julius Norwich, cover the period 1939 to 1952. They take us from the rumblings of war, through the Blitz, which the Coopers spent holed up in the Dorchester (because it was newer, and therefore less vulnerable, than the Ritz), to rural Sussex where we see Diana blissfully setting up a smallholding as part of the war effort. After a spell with the Free French in Algiers, Duff was appointed British Ambassador to France and the couple settled into the glorious embassy in post-Liberation Paris. Over and beyond all the glitz, Diana emerges in these letters as highly intelligent, funny, fiercely loyal: a woman who disliked extravagance, who was often cripplingly shy, who was happiest in the countryside with her cow and goats and whose greatest love and preoccupation were her husband and son. As a portrait of a time and some of history's most dramatic and important events, these letters are invaluable. But they also give us a vivid and touching portrait of the love between a mother and son, separated by war, oceans-and the constraints of the time they lived in"-- Provided by publisher.

Founding myths : stories that hide our patriotic past

August 11, 2014
Raphael, Ray, author.
New York : New Press, [2014].
x, 420 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Introduction: inventing a past -- Heroes and heroines -- Paul Revere's ride -- Sam Adams's mob -- Molly Pitcher's cannon -- David and Goliath -- The shot heard 'round the world -- The winter at Valley Forge -- Wise men -- Jefferson's declaration -- An assembly of demigods -- American aristocracy -- Doing battle -- "Give me liberty or give me death!" -- The whites of their eyes -- Good v. evil -- Patriotic slaves -- Brutal British -- Happy endings -- The final battle: Yorktown -- March of the American people -- Storybook nation -- Conclusion: why we tell tall tales -- Afterword: which myths persist, and why.
Examines thirteen well-known American stories, including those about Paul Revere's legendary ride and Thomas Jefferson's pivotal role in the establishment of American equality, contending that many of their surrounding myths are not supported by recent scholarship.


August 8, 2014
Washington, D.C. : Stryker-Post Publications,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Vols. for 1985-<2014/15> by Wayne D. Thompson.
Imprint varies: <1999-2010> Harpers Ferry, W.Va. ; <2011-2014/15> Lanham, Md.

Unbreakable : a Navy SEAL's way of life

August 8, 2014
Shea, Thom.
254 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Daily journal of M. J. Stout,

August 8, 2014
Stout, M. J., 1833- author.
[Ohio] : [Producer not identified], [1863?]
365 pages ; 21 cm
Title supplied by cataloger.
Inside front cover: "Married. On the 22nd inst. by Rev. Mr. King, Mr. E. P. Stout, of Denver City, Kansas Ter., and Miss M. J. Kirk, of North Liberty, Adams County, Ohio. 1859 Nov."
M. J. Stout's handwritten journal discusses life in Adams County, Ohio. Some topics covered family life, weather, and Morgan's Raid.

The rush : America's fevered quest for fortune, 1848-1853

August 7, 2014
Dolnick, Edward, 1952-
New York, NY : Little, Brown, and Company, 2014.
xii, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Pt. 1: Hope. A crack in time ; "I believe I have found a gold mine!" ; Headlong into history -- Pt. 2: Journey. Swarming from all over ; A day at the circus ; An army on the march ; Let us glory in our magnificence ; A rope of sand ; Gone! ; Marooned -- Pt. 3: Reality. First peeks at the Golden Land ; Hard times ; At ease in a barbarous land ; Taking the bread from American miners ; The princess and the mangled hand.
Describes the adventurous prospectors who traversed the United States in 1848 in response to rumors of gold in the Sacramento Valley, detailing the rough and rowdy cities that popped up, seemingly out of thin air, to accommodate the treasure-seekers.

Making David into Goliath : how the world turned against Israel

August 7, 2014
Muravchik, Joshua, author.
New York : Encounter Books, 2014.
xiii, 281 pages ; 24 cm
"In the Six Day War of 1967, polls showed that Americans favored Israel over the Arabs by overwhelming margins while in Europe support for Israel ran even higher. In the UN Security Council, a British resolution essentially gave Israel the terms of peace it sought; and when the Arabs and their Soviet backers tried to counteract this in the General Assembly they fell short of the necessary votes. Fast forward forty years and Israel had become perhaps the most reviled country in the world. True, Americans remained constant in their sympathy for the Jewish state, but America stood virtually alone while almost all the rest of the world treated Israel as a pariah. What had caused this remarkable turnabout? Joshua Muravchik traces the process by which material pressures and intellectual seductions reshaped world opinion. First, terrorist intimidation, oil blackmail, and the sheer weight of Arab and Muslim numbers gave the world powerful inducements to back the Arab cause. Then, a prevalent new paradigm of Leftist orthodoxy, in which class struggle was supplanted by the noble struggles of people of color, created a lexicon of rationales to take sides against Israel. Thus could nations behave cravenly while striking a high-minded pose in aligning themselves on the Middle East conflict. "-- Provided by publisher.

World War I scrapbook of German soldiers,

August 7, 2014
[Place of production not identified] : [producer not identified], [1915-1919?]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, portraits ; 31 x 22 cm
Title supplied by cataloger.
Brown scrapbook with worn cover. Pages at front of scrapbook beginning to separate from rest of scrapbook. Handwritten notes written in German Fraktur.|5OC
Photographs and handwritten information describe the lives of German soldiers during World War I, specifically from July 1915 to May 1919. Scrapbook covers the soldiers' movement in France (including the Battle of the Somme in 1916), Galicia, Crimea and Greece.

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