New Arrivals · History

December 13, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Victoria : portrait of a queen

December 12, 2017
Reef, Catherine, author.
Boston : Clarion Books ; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
246 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 26 cm
Prologue. Long live the Queen! -- England's hope -- Reginamania -- Growing pains -- "Too happy!" -- Prince versus Queen -- Family life -- The modern world -- "Oh, this is death" -- Where is Queen Victoria? -- A tale of two prime ministers -- "The Queen is enough to kill anyone" -- The last procession -- Great Britain's limited monarchy -- The kings and queens of England and Great Britain -- Queen Victoria's family tree.
"A biography for teens on Queen Victoria (1819-1901). Her long reign was filled with drama, death, intrigue, and passion, and took place during a time of great transformation, an era that bears the imprint of her personality and values as well as that of her name--the Victorian period."--Provided by publisher.

Darkest hour : how Churchill brought England back from the brink

December 12, 2017
McCarten, Anthony, 1961- author.
xii, 316 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A house divided -- The social wastrel -- A leader falls -- The holy fox -- The great "dictator" -- Blood, toil, tears and sweat -- The worsening situation -- Fear, doubts and pressures from within -- Cabinet crisis and leadership -- "Fight on the beaches" -- Epilogue: If the truth be told.
"May 1940. Britain is at war. The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one Western European democracy after another fall in rapid succession to Nazi boot and shell. Invasion seems mere hours away. Just days after becoming prime minister, Winston Churchill must deal with this horror--as well as a skeptical king, a party plotting against him, and an unprepared public. Pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, how could he change the mood and shore up the will of a nervous people? In this gripping day-by-day, often hour-by-hour account of how a sometimes uncertain Churchill turned Britain around, the celebrated BAFTA-winning writer Anthony McCarten exposes sides of the great man never seen before. He reveals how Churchill practiced and rewrote his key speeches, from 'Blood, toil, tears, and sweat' to 'We shall fight on the beaches'; his consideration of a peace treaty with Nazi Germany and his underappreciated role in the Dunkirk evacuation; and, above all, how twenty-five days helped make one man an icon. Using new archive material, McCarten explores the crucial behind-the-scenes moments that changed the course of history. It's a scarier--and more human--story than has ever been told."--Dust jacket flap.

The last Republicans : inside the extraordinary relationship between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush

December 12, 2017
Updegrove, Mark K., author.
ix, 479 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Part I. I never looked back -- A flash of light -- Bar -- Go west -- The sky's the limit -- More than tongue can tell -- Aggravation and pride -- A certain sort of expectation -- Part II. A debt to pay -- To do something of service -- Young and foolish -- A whole different life -- Up in the air -- Listen to your conscience -- Horizons -- Go east -- Coming home -- Defeat isn't defeat -- Part III. Turning points -- The big mo -- The call from Reagan -- A heartbeat away -- Arbusto or bust -- Why don't you come to Washington -- Awakening -- Junior -- Be tough -- Not so kind, not so gentle -- Part IV. 41 -- A new breeze -- Comfortable in the job -- A whole new ballgame -- Commander-in-chief -- You can't give in -- Coming of age -- Defeat with dignity -- Finish strong -- Part V. His turn now in the family" -- The l-word -- Joy and heartache -- Chart your own course -- No turning back -- Great expectations -- Part VI. 43 -- Mr. President -- Shock and awe -- Mourning in America -- Prelude to war -- A broader battle -- 41 and 43 -- Part VII. The decider -- To whom much is given -- Regards from President Bush -- The last campaign -- Brother from another mother -- The first Jewish president -- The toughest decision -- Last days -- Part VIII. The last Republicans -- It wasn't me -- Trumped -- What about George? -- Epilogue.
Updegrove tracks the two Bush presidents from their formative years through their post-presidencies. He examines the failed presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush, which derailed the Bush presidential dynasty. Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other's presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America's role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on Donald Trump, and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.

When the world seemed new : George H. W. Bush and the end of the Cold War

December 11, 2017
Engel, Jeffrey A., author.
viii, 596 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Swan song and surprise -- Bush's rise -- Gorbachev at the UN -- "We know what works" -- The pause -- "A special relationship there" -- Cheney rises and the pause ends -- From a funeral to a riot -- Crackdown -- Untying the knot -- Eastern Europe aboil -- Another border opens -- "It has happened" -- Germans pause ... and act -- Malta -- Not one inch eastward -- Camp David -- Concession -- "This will not stand" -- With us, or not against us -- The New World Order -- "Disunion is a fact" -- "I have signed it".
"The untold story of how George H. W. Bush faced a critical turning point of history--the end of the Cold War--based on unprecedented access to heretofore classified documents and dozens of interviews with key policymakers"-- Provided by publisher.

Promise me, Dad : a year of hope, hardship, and purpose

December 11, 2017
Biden, Joseph R., author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
260 pages ; 22 cm
Biden family Thanksgiving -- Have a purpose -- Solace -- Trust -- Keeping busy -- It has to be you -- Calculated risks -- Home base -- You have to tell them the truth -- Can you stay? -- Run, Joe, run.
In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered on Nantucket for Thanksgiving, a tradition they had been celebrating for the past forty years. It was the one constant in what had become a hectic, scrutinized, and overscheduled life. But this year felt different from all those that had come before. Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son, Beau, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor fifteen months earlier, and his survival was uncertain. "Promise me, Dad," Beau had told his father. "Give me your word that no matter what happens, you're going to be all right." Joe Biden gave him his word. The year that followed would be the most momentous and challenging in Joe Biden's extraordinary life and career. Vice President Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles that year, across the world, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. When a call came from New York, or Capitol Hill, or Kyiv, or Baghdad, he responded. For twelve months, while Beau fought for and then lost his life, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his responsibilities to his family. And never far away was the insistent and urgent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. But even in the worst times, Biden was able to lean on the strength of his long, deep bonds with his family, on his faith. Joe Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop. This is a story of how family and friendships sustain us and how hope, purpose, and action can guide us through the pain of personal loss into the light of a new future.

Marked, unmarked, remembered

December 11, 2017
Lichtenstein, Andrew, 1965- photographer.
ix, 181 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 23 cm
"From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and from the Upper Big Branch mine disaster to the Trail of Tears, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered presents photographs of significant sites from US history, posing unsettling questions about the contested memory of traumatic episodes from the nation's past. Focusing especially on landscapes related to African American, Native American, and labor history, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered reveals new vistas of officially commemorated sites, sites that are neglected or obscured, and sites that serve as a gathering place for active rituals of organized memory. These powerful photographs by award-winning photojournalist Andrew Lichtenstein are interspersed with short essays by some of the leading historians of the United States. The book is introduced with substantive meditations on meaning and landscape by Alex Lichtenstein, editor of the American Historical Review, and Edward T. Linenthal, former editor of the Journal of American History. Individually, these images convey American history in new and sometimes startling ways. Taken as a whole, the volume amounts to a starkly visual reckoning with the challenges of commemorating a violent and conflictual history of subjugation and resistance that we forget at our peril."--Provided by publisher.

Becoming Hitler : the making of a Nazi

December 8, 2017
Weber, Thomas, 1974- author.
xxiii, 422 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Part I: Genesis: Coup ̕d État (20 November 1918-February 1919) ; A Cog in the Machine of Socialism (February to early April 1919) ; Arrested (early April to early May 1919) ; Turncoat (early May to mid to July 1919) -- Part II: New Testaments: A New Home at Last (mid-July to September 1919) ; Two Visions (October 1919 to March 1920) ; A 2500 -Year ; Old Tool (March-August 1920) ; Genius (August to December 1920) ; Hitler's Pivot to the East (December 1920 to July 1921) -- Part III: Messiah: The Bavarian Mussolini (July 1921 to December 1922) ; The German Girl from New York (Winter 1923 to summer 1923) ; Hitler's First Book (summer 1923 to autumn 1923) ; The Ludendorff Putsch (autumn 1923 to spring 1924) ; Lebensraum (spring 1924 to1926).
Examines Hitler's years in Munich after World War I and his radical transformation from a directionless loner into the leader of Munich's right-wing movement.

The great Halifax explosion : a World War I story of treachery, tragedy, and extraordinary heroism

December 8, 2017
Bacon, John U., 1964- author.
ix, 418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Part I: A forgotten story. A century of gratitude ; Under cover of darkness -- Part II: O Canada. "Why aren't we Americans?" ; Waking up just in time -- Part III: The Great War. As near to Hell ; Halifax at war ; Life and death on the Western Front ; Halifax Harbour ; "It can't be any worse" ; "The city's newer part" ; Wounded inside and out -- Part IV: A dangerous dance. Two ships ; December 5, 1917 ; A game of chicken ; "Look to your boats!" ; Box 83 ; "Oh, something awful is going to happen" -- Part V: 9:04:35 a.m.. One-fifteenth of a second -- Parting the sea ; Blown away ; They're all gone ; The panic -- Part VI: Help. No time to explain ; Ready to go the limit ; A steady stream of victims ; Blizzard ; Lost and found ; The last stop ; The Yanks are coming ; A working Sabbath ; "It's me, Barbara!" ; Small gifts ; A toast to allies -- Part VII: Rebuilding. The missing and the dead ; The inquiry ; Christmas, 1917 ; Orphans ; "Don't stare" ; The trials ; The wholesome discord of a thousand saws -- Part VIII: Facing the future. New lives ; The accidental doctor ; The lasting impact ; The reunion.
"After steaming out of New York City on December 1, 1917, laden with a staggering three thousand tons of TNT and other explosives, the munitions ship Mont-Blanc fought its way up the Atlantic coast, through waters prowled by enemy U-boats. As it approached the lively port city of Halifax, Mont-Blanc's deadly cargo erupted with the force of 2.9 kilotons of TNT -- the most powerful explosion ever visited on a human population, save for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mont-Blanc was vaporized in one fifteenth of a second; a shockwave leveled the surrounding city. Next came a thirty-five-foot tsunami. Most astounding of all, however, were the incredible tales of survival and heroism that soon emerged from the rubble. This is the unforgettable story told in John U. Bacon's The Great Halifax Explosion: a ticktock account of fateful decisions that led to doom, the human faces of the blast's 11,000 casualties, and the equally moving individual stories of those who lived and selflessly threw themselves into urgent rescue work that saved thousands. The shocking scale of the disaster stunned the world, dominating global headlines even amid the calamity of the First World War. Hours after the blast, Boston sent trains and ships filled with doctors, medicine, and money. The explosion would revolutionize pediatric medicine; transform U.S.-Canadian relations; and provide physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, who studied the Halifax explosion closely when developing the atomic bomb, with history's only real-world case study demonstrating the lethal power of a weapon of mass destruction."--Dust jacket.

Cause & effect. Ancient China

December 8, 2017
Allen, John, 1957- author.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
A brief history of ancient China -- How important was the Great Wall in the development of ancient Chinese civilization? -- What effect did Confucianism have on the Chinese moral and political outlook? -- How did the Chinese invention of gunpowder affect warfare in the world? -- How did the Silk Road link China with the rest of the world?
The Chinese empire spanned more than two thousand years, providing the world with many important inventions and influential philosophies. Through thoughtful narrative supported by fully documented quotes, this title begins with A Brief History of Ancient China and then examines these questions: How Important Was the Great Wall in the Development of Ancient Chinese Civilization? What Effect Did Confucianism Have on the Chinese Moral and Political Outlook? How Did the Chinese Invention of Gunpowder Affect Warfare in the World? How Did the Silk Road Link China with the Rest of the World?

Our year of war : two brothers, Vietnam, and a nation divided

December 7, 2017
Bolger, Daniel P., 1957- author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, 2017.
xii, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Chuck Hagel -- Tom Hagel.
Two brothers--Chuck and Tom Hagel--who went to war in Vietnam, fought in the same unit, and saved each other's life. They disagreed about the war, but they fought it together. In 1968 America was divided. Flag-draped caskets came home by the thousands. Riots ravaged our cities. Assassins shot our political leaders. Black fought white, young fought old, fathers fought sons. And it was the year that two brothers from Nebraska went to war. In Vietnam, Chuck and Tom Hagel served side by side in the same rifle platoon. Together they fought in the Mekong Delta, battled snipers in Saigon, chased the enemy through the jungle, and each saved the other's life under fire. But when their one-year tour was over, these two brothers came home side-by-side but no longer in step--one supporting the war, the other hating it.


December 6, 2017
Kotkin, Stephen.
New York : Penguin Press, 2014-
volumes : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
v. 1. Paradoxes of power, 1878-1928 -- v. 2. Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

President McKinley : architect of the American century

December 6, 2017
Merry, Robert W., 1946- author.
x, 608 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Ohio roots -- The forge of war -- Life and work -- The Ohio Republicans -- Steadfast protectionist -- Four years in Columbus -- The Major versus the bosses -- St. Louis triumph -- The victor -- Building a cabinet -- Inauguration Day -- Taking charge -- White House life -- Cuba -- Year-end assessment -- America and Spain -- Path to war -- Victory at sea -- The Caribbean War -- End of hostilities -- Empire -- War's aftermath -- Aguinaldo -- Second-term question -- Second-term resolve -- China -- Reelection -- Family and nation -- Buffalo.
"Lively, definitive, eye-opening, [this book] by acclaimed historian Robert W. Merry brilliantly evokes the life and presidency of William McKinley, cut short by an assassin. Most often lost in the shadow of his brilliant and flamboyant successor, TR, the twenty-fifth president is presented by Merry as a transformative figure, the first modern Republican. It was President McKinley who established the United States as an imperial power. In the Spanish-American War he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines through war and diplomacy; he took the country to a strict gold standard; he developed the doctrine of 'fair trade'; he forced the 'Open Door' to China; and he forged the 'special relationship' with Great Britain. McKinley established the noncolonial imperialism that took America global. He set the stage for the bold leadership of Theodore Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments. [This book] brings to life a sympathetic man and an often overlooked president. Merry raises his rank to a chief executive of consequence who paved the way for the American Century."--Dust jacket flap.

The three lives of James Madison : genius, partisan, president

December 6, 2017
Feldman, Noah, 1970- author.
New York : Random House, 2017.
xviii, 773 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 25 cm
Book I. Constitution. Friendships ; Rise ; Crisis ; Philadelphia ; Compromise ; Ratification -- Book II. Party. The Bill of Rights ; Debts ; Enemies -- The President and his party ; In the shade -- Book III. War. Secretary of State ; Neutrality ; President ; War ; Failure and redemption.
"Over the course of his life, James Madison changed the United States three times: First, he designed the Constitution, led the struggle for its adoption and ratification, then drafted the Bill of Rights. As an older, cannier politician he co-founded the original Republican party, setting the course of American political partisanship. Finally, having pioneered a foreign policy based on economic sanctions, he took the United States into a high-risk conflict, becoming the first wartime president and, despite the odds, winning. An intriguing portrait of this elusive genius and the constitutional republic he created--and how both evolved to meet unforeseen challenges."--Jacket.

8 seconds of courage : a soldier's story, from immigrant to the Medal of Honor

December 6, 2017
Groberg, Florent, 1983- author.
ix, 191 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Toy soldiers -- Shut up and listen -- Piss and shit -- The wild west -- Honaker-miracle -- Finish strong -- The last sprint -- Freak on a leash -- A leg up -- A greater honor -- Epilogue: the next mission.
Describes the author's childhood relocation from France to the U.S., where as a naturalized citizen he joined the military and served multiple tours in Afghanistan before he was wounded while protecting his patrol from a suicide bomber.

Havana without makeup : inside the soul of the city

December 6, 2017
Portocarero, Herman, 1952- author.
Brooklyn, New York : Turtle Point Press, [2017]
xv, 285 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Walls of illusion -- Exceptional -- Nocturnes (Havana by night) -- Afro Cuba -- Havana in black and white -- Rumba -- Santería -- Santería and the racial divide -- Communist orishas? -- ¡Salsa! -- Asia de Cuba -- "Achinado" -- Sex & Cenesex -- ¡Tremenda mariconada! -- Havana's Hour Zero -- Proposal for a controversial monument -- Good money, bad money -- The economy as a book and a beast -- Looking west--to Asia again -- La mula como vaca de leche (The mule as cash cow) -- La libreta (the ration booklet) -- El cañonazo -- The last salvo -- 1762: British occupation and a defining moment -- It takes (at least) two to rumba -- Sitting down (and more) with Europe -- Cuba no soy (I am not Cuba) -- Traffic lights of history -- Ghosts of revolutions past -- Much louder ghosts -- Napoleon in Cuba -- The Orestes Ferrara secret -- The cave at the end of the world -- Conversation in Café del Oriente -- Palacio de la Revolución -- Who's the terrorist? -- Parque Lenin -- Playas del Este -- Jardines de la Tropical -- Two shore of Art Deco -- Rum and cigar wars -- Wave over the wall -- Patria es humanidad es patria (Homeland is humanity is homeland) -- Havana's Palestinians -- Next year in Havana/Jerusalem -- Cantos de ida y vuelta (Songs of coming and going) -- Mulatas de rumba & puellae gaditanae -- Alma mater -- God's crocodile -- La fábrica (The factory) -- Mercenaries -- Bloggers' breakfast -- Primero de mayo -- The pen & the sword -- Prima ballerina assoluta -- Le Parisien -- Hatuey & Huracán -- Todo el mundo canta -- Who's the boss? -- The Holy Spirit on the Plaza del a Revolución -- Winners and losers -- Jacobins & dinosaurs -- Other churches, other gods -- Misionero del a misericordia -- Mozart in Havana -- Art & politics -- Pelota (The ball game) -- The united mobsters -- Una mal criada -- Hollywood Havana -- Pirates of all kinds -- Elián -- New York connections -- Music has no enemies? -- El paquete -- Hemingway -- Fuster -- The last Cimarrón -- Fabelo -- KCHO/STAINLESS/CUTY -- Casa Verde -- Río Almendares -- Havana and the chocolate factory -- Tallapiedra (Havana high line) -- Radio Reloj & Radio Bemba -- La muerte -- Apotheosis -- Postscript.

How Alexander Hamilton screwed up America

December 6, 2017
McClanahan, Brion T., author.
Washington, DC : Regnery History, [2017]
xviii, 206 pages ; 24 cm
Hamilton vs. Hamilton -- From Philadelphia to Poughkeepsie -- Assumption and implied powers -- The bank -- The rebellion -- The proclamation -- Marshall vs. Marshall -- Judicial review and contracts -- Marshall codifies implied powers -- The Marshall court and the states -- Joseph Story and the Commentaries -- Hugo Black and incorporation -- Think locally, act locally.
Examines the dangers of Hamilton's philosophy, introduces readers to heroes and enemies both new and familiar, and-most importantly-explains how we can put power back in the hands of the American people.

The accidental president : Harry S. Truman and the four months that changed the world

December 4, 2017
Baime, A. J. (Albert J.), author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
xvi, 431 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- April 12, 1945 -- The political education of Harry S. Truman -- April-May 1945 -- June-July 1945 -- Little Boy, Fat Man, and Potsdam -- Epilogue.
"Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who are thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as FDR's fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman--a midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home--was the prototypical ordinary man. Until, that is, he found himself quickly in over his head after FDR's death. The first four months of Truman's administration saw the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings in Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation of Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of imperial Japan, and finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. No other president had ever faced so much in so short a time. Tightly focused, meticulously researched, and rendered with vivid detail and narrative verse, The Accidental President takes readers into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history making 120 days when the stakes were high and the challenges even higher. The result is narrative history of the highest order and a compelling look at a presidency with great relevance to our times."--Dust jacket.

African-American life in Louisville

December 4, 2017
Tyler, Bruce Michael, 1948-
Charleston, SC : Arcadia, 1998.
128 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.

African Americans in Fort Wayne : the first 200 years

December 4, 2017
Miller, Dodie Marie.
Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia, ©2000.
128 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.

Louisville's historic Black neighborhoods

December 4, 2017
Brown, Beatrice S.
Charleston, South Carolina : Arcadia Publishing, [2012]
127 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Smoketown -- BlackHill-Old Louisville, California, Parkland -- Central business district -- Berry-Griffy towns, Petersburg, Newburg -- South Louisville and black horsemen in the Kentucky derby -- "Southeast on Third" -- Russell -- The Lincoln Institute.

An oral history of African Americans in Grant County

December 4, 2017
Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., [2000]
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Union County's Black soldiers and sailors of the Civil War

December 4, 2017
Washington, Ethel M.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2011.
206 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Black life in Union County, 1857-1866 -- Union County regiments, recruitment and enlistments -- United State Colored Troops (USCT), 1862-1866 -- Sailors: United States Navy and Marine Corps -- Rahway contributions to the war effort -- Union County tribute to the sailors and sailors -- Appendix: Roster, miscellaneous state and out of state enlistments.

Washington County underground railroad

December 4, 2017
Burke, Henry Robert, 1940-
Charleston, SC : Arcadia, ©2004.
128 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

The last girl : my story of captivity, and my fight against the Islamic State

December 4, 2017
Murad, Nadia, author.
xi, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map, portrait ; 25 cm
"Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon. On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Six of Nadia's brothers were killed, and her mother soon after, their bodies swept into mass graves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade. Nadia would be held captive by several militants and repeatedly raped and beaten. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety. Today, Nadia's story-- as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi-- has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war"-- Provided by publisher.

Lenin : the man, the dictator, and the master of terror

December 1, 2017
Sebestyen, Victor, 1956- author.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2017.
xix, 569 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
A nest of gentlefolk -- A childhood idyll -- The hanged man -- The police state -- A revolutionary education -- Vladimir Ilyich--attorney at law -- Nadya--a Marxist courtship -- Language, truth and logic -- Foreign parts -- Prison and Siberia -- Lenin is born -- Underground lives -- England, their England -- What is to be done? -- The great schism -- Bolsheviks and Mensheviks -- Peaks and troughs -- An autocracy without an autocrat -- Back home -- "Expropriate the expropriators" -- Geneva--"an awful hole" -- Inessa--Lenin in love -- Betrayals -- A love triangle--two into three will go -- Catastrophe--the world at war -- In the wilderness -- The last exile -- Revolution--part one -- The sealed train -- To the Finland station -- The interregnum -- "Peace, land and bread" -- The spoils of war -- A desperate gamble -- The July days -- On the run -- Revolution--part two -- Power--at last -- The man in charge -- The sword and shield -- War and peace -- The one-party state -- The battle for grain -- Regicide -- The assassins' bullets -- The simple life -- Reds and whites -- Funeral in Moscow -- The "Internationale" -- Rebels at sea and on land -- Intimations of mortality -- Revolution--again -- The last battle -- "An explosion of noise" -- Lenin lives.
"Victor Sebestyen's riveting biography of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin--the first major biography in English in nearly two decades--is not only a political examination of one of the most important historical figures of the twentieth century but also a fascinating portrait of Lenin the man. From Lenin's early years to his long exile in Europe and return to Petrograd in 1917 to lead the first Communist revolution in history. With Lenin's personal papers and those of other leading political figures now available, Sebestyen gives us new details that bring to life the dramatic and gripping story of how Lenin seized power in a coup and ran his revolutionary state. The product of a violent, tyrannical, and corrupt Russia, he chillingly authorized the deaths of thousands of people and created a system based on the idea that political terror against opponents was justified for a greater ideal This included his invention of Stalin, who would take Lenin's system of the gulag and the secret police to horrifying new heights. In Lenin, Victor Sebestyen has written a brilliant portrait of this dictator as a complex and ruthless figure, and he also brings to light important new revelations about the Russian Revolution, a pivotal point in modern history." -- Publisher's description

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