New Arrivals · History

September 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Two-man air force

September 19, 2014
Kaplan, Philip.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire [U.K.] : Pen & Sword Aviation, 2006.
170 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Canada -- To England -- At ease -- Debden -- Thunderbolt -- Chums -- Mustangs -- Horseback -- Little friends -- Downed -- Two-man Air Force.

I remember Beirut

September 19, 2014
Abirached, Zeina, 1981-
Minneapolis Graphic Universe, 2014.
96 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
Zeina Abirached grew up in Beirut in the 1980sas fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. With striking black-and-white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone.

An indigenous peoples' history of the United States

September 19, 2014
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939-
Boston : Beacon Press, [2014]
xiv, 296 pages ; 24 cm


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

The short and tragic life of Robert Peace : a brilliant young man who left Newark for the Ivy League

September 18, 2014
Hobbs, Jeff, 1980-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
viii, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines "the short life of a talented young African-American man who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University only to succumb to the dangers of the streets--and of one's own nature--when he returns home"

The First World War in colour

September 18, 2014
Walther, Peter, 1965- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Taschen, [2014].
383 pages : color illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
Includes index.
In colour for the first time -- 1914 : on the precipice -- 1915 : Paralysed fronts -- 1916 : The great slaughter -- 1917 : The decisive year -- 1918 : Peace without permanence - Appendix.

Menachem Begin : the battle for Israel's soul

September 18, 2014
Gordis, Daniel, author.
New York : Nextbook/Schocken, [2014]
295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Between the Kaiser and the Czar -- A pit of decay and dust -- This year we are slaves -- We fight therefore we are -- A brutal act -- Deadly road to Jerusalem -- A civil war with the enemy at our gates -- Say "no" to forgiveness -- Of whom were we afraid? -- The style of a good Jew -- Give those people a haven -- A time for war and a time for peace -- It belongs to my people -- Crazy like a fox -- Nobody's cowering Jew -- I cannot go on.
Reviled as a fascist by his great rival Ben-Gurion, venerated by Israel's underclass, the first Israeli to win the Nobel Peace Prize, a proud Jew but not a conventionally religious one, Menachem Begin was both complex and controversial. Born in Poland in 1913, Begin was a youthful admirer of the Revisionist Zionist movement. A powerful orator, Begin was imprisoned by the Soviets in 1940, joined the Free Polish Army in 1942, and arrived in Palestine as a Polish soldier shortly thereafter. Joining the underground paramilitary Irgun in 1943, he achieved instant notoriety for the organization's violent acts. Intentionally left out of the new Israeli government, Begin's right-leaning Herut party became a fixture of the opposition, until the surprising parliamentary victory of his political coalition in 1977 made him prime minister. Welcoming Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israel and cosigning a peace treaty with him on the White House lawn in 1979, Begin accomplished what his predecessors could not. His outreach to Ethiopian Jews and Vietnamese "boat people" was universally admired, and his decision to bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981 is now regarded as an act of courageous foresight. But the disastrous invasion of Lebanon, combined with his declining health and the death of his wife, led Begin to resign in 1983. He spent the next nine years in virtual seclusion, until his death in 1992. Begin was buried not alongside Israel's prime ministers, but alongside the Irgun comrades who died in the struggle to create the Jewish national home to which he had devoted his life. Daniel Gordis's perceptive biography gives us new insight into a remarkable political figure whose influence continues to be felt throughout the world.--From publisher description.

A history of New York in 101 objects

September 17, 2014
Roberts, Sam, 1947-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xx, 308 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The story of America's great metropolis, told through 101 distinctive objects that span the history of New York, all reproduced in full color.

Flight 93 : the story, the aftermath, and the legacy of American courage on 9/11

September 17, 2014
McMillan, Tom (Newspaper writer), author.
xv, 272 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Midnight at the Pera Palace : the birth of modern Istanbul

September 12, 2014
King, Charles, 1967- author.
New York : W.W. Norton and Company, 2014.
xiv, 476 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Grand hotel -- The gray fleet -- Occupation -- Resistance -- Moscow on the Bosphorus -- Konstantinoupolis -- "The post-war world was jazzing" -- "The past is a wound in my heart" -- Modern times -- Beyond the veil -- Living like a squirrel -- Island life -- Queen -- Holy wisdom -- Shadow wars -- Paper trails -- At the Gate of Felicity.
"In this ... portrait of urban reinvention, Charles King re-creates an era when an ancient city became a global crossroads--a forgotten moment when Europe's closest Muslim metropolis became its vital port of refuge"--Provided by publisher.

Empire of mud : the secret history of Washington, DC

September 12, 2014
Dickey, Jeff.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, [2014]
xviii, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: Capital movers -- The Capital archipelago -- A plague of waters -- A mechanic's guide to Washington City -- Driving souls -- The company they kept -- Coming to the scratch -- Illicit congress -- Seeing the elephant -- Suspicious characters -- The fall of Washington City -- A gilded cage -- Epilogue: The sea of pavement.

Israel : is it good for the Jews?

September 12, 2014
Cohen, Richard M.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
viii, 275 pages ; 25 cm
Part reportage, part memoir, a nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post since 1976 takes readers on a intimate journey through the history of Europe's Jews, while delving into his own Jewish history and sharing stories of his own relatives and his American boyhood.

My life as a foreign country

September 12, 2014
Turner, Brian, 1967-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
x, 212 pages ; 22 cm
Also published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2014.
"A memoir"--Jacket.
"In this ... memoir, award-winning poet Brian Turner retraces his war experience--pre-deployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath. Free of self-indulgence or self-glorification, his account combines recollection with the imagination's efforts to make reality comprehensible. Across time, he seeks parallels in the histories of others who have gone to war, especially his taciturn grandfather (World War II), father (Cold War), and uncle (Vietnam). Turner also offers something that is truly rare in a memoir of violent conflict--he sees through the eyes of the enemy, imagining his way into the experience of the 'other'"--Provided by publisher.

An empire on the edge : how Britain came to fight America

September 11, 2014
Bunker, Nick.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
x, 429 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The finest country in the world -- The old régime -- An empire of speculation -- The tiger's mouth -- "This dark affair": the Gaspée incident -- A bankrupt age -- The unhappiness of Lord North -- Ignorance and bad policy -- The sending of the tea -- The East India crisis -- Whigs, West Indians and Thomas Hutchinson -- Massachusetts on the eve -- The Boston Tea Party: prelude -- The Boston Tea Party: climax -- Down the slope -- The cabinet in winter -- "Boston must be destroyed" -- The revolution begins -- An election in Arcadia -- The arming of America -- The fatal despatch.
A British-perspective chronicle of the Boston Tea Party and other events that led up to the American Revolution traces three years of volatile politics, personalities and economics on both sides of the conflict.

Demon's brood : a history of the Plantagenet dynasty

September 11, 2014
Seward, Desmond, 1935-
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2014.
xxix, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Constable, 2014.
The demon and her heirs -- The first Plantagenets. The first Plantagenets ; The Eagle : Henry II ; The Lionheart : Richard I ; The Madman : John ; The Aesthete : Henry III -- Plantagenet Britain? The Hammer : Edward I ; The Changeling : Edward II -- Plantagenet France? The Paladin : Edward III ; The Absolutist : Richard II ; The Usurper : Henry IV ; The 'Gleaming King' : Henry V -- Lancaster and York. The Holy Fool : Henry VI ; The Self-Made King : Edward IV ; The Suicide : Richard III -- The Kings in the national myth.
A vivid and colorful history of the most dominant royal dynasty in English history, from Richard the Lionheart and Edward the Black Prince to Henry IV and Richard III.

Steel will : my journey through hell to become the man I was meant to be

September 10, 2014
Harris, Shilo, 1974-
265 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

The Black Panthers : a story of race, war, and courage : the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II

September 10, 2014
DiNicolo, Gina M., author.
xxvi, 321 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

Happiness : ten years of n+1

September 10, 2014
New York : Faber & Faber, [2014].
xi, 368 pages ; 21 cm
"A selection from the first ten years of n+1 magazine. The first issue of n+1 appeared in the fall of 2004 as the brainchild of a group of writers working out of a Brooklyn apartment. Intended to revive the leftist social criticism that was the hallmark of Dissent and Partisan Review, n+1 was a fierce rejoinder to the consumerism and complacency of the Bush years. It hasn't slowed down since. It has given us the first sociological survey of the Brooklyn hipster, the best criticism of the New York City literary scene, and the most clear-eyed, boots-on-the-ground reportage of the 2008 crash and the Occupy movement. No media, new or old, has escaped its ire, and n+1's firebrand contributors have had the last word on reality TV, Twitter, diploma deflation, drone strikes, and Internet porn. Happiness, released on the occasion of n+1's tenth anniversary, collects the best of the magazine as selected by its editors. These essays are fiercely contentious, disconcertingly astute, and screamingly funny, taking a searching moral inventory of the strange times we live in. Founding lights Chad Harbach, Keith Gessen, Benjamin Kunkel, Marco Roth, and Mark Greif are featured, as well as the essays that launched some of the most electric young writers working today, talents such as Elif Batuman, Emily Witt, and Kristen Dombek. This anthology is the definitive work of the definitive intellectual magazine of our time"-- Provided by publisher.

Band of giants : the amateur soldiers who won America's independence

September 10, 2014
Kelly, Jack, author.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2014].
276 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Knowledge of the military art: 1754 -- Blows must decide: 1774 -- The predicament we are in: 1775 -- Learning to be soldiers: 1775 -- Precious convoy: 1776 -- Sudden and violent: 1776 -- Valcour Island: 1776 -- An indecisive mind: 1776 -- Your country is at stake: 1776 -- A continual clap of thunder: 1777 -- Fight as well as brag: 1777 -- Something more at stake: 1777 -- The discipline of the leggs: 1778 -- The boldest conduct: 1779 -- The fate of battle: 1780 -- Downright fighting: 1780 -- War is an intricate business: 1781 -- America is ours: 1781 -- Our troops: 1782 -- The large hearts of heroes: 1824.
Band of Giants brings to life the founders who fought for our independence in the Revolutionary War. Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin are known to all; men like Morgan, Greene, and Wayne are less familiar. Yet the dreams of the politicians and theorists only became real because fighting men were willing to take on the grim, risky, brutal work of war. We know Fort Knox, but what about Henry Knox, the burly Boston bookseller who took over the American artillery at the age of 25? Eighteen counties in the United States commemorate Richard Montgomery, but do we know that this revered martyr launched a full-scale invasion of Canada? The soldiers of the American Revolution were a diverse lot: merchants and mechanics, farmers and fishermen, paragons and drunkards. Most were ardent amateurs. Even George Washington, assigned to take over the army around Boston in 1775, consulted books on military tactics. Here, Jack Kelly vividly captures the fraught condition of the war--the bitterly divided populace, the lack of supplies, the repeated setbacks on the battlefield, and the appalling physical hardships. That these inexperienced warriors could take on and defeat the superpower of the day was one of the remarkable feats in world history.

Gaza : a history

September 10, 2014
Filiu, Jean-Pierre, author.
New York, New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
xiv, 422 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Gaza before the strip -- 1947-67 : the generation of mourning -- 1967-87 : the generation of dispossession -- 1987-2007 : the generation of the intifadas -- The generation of impasses/
"Through its millennium-long existence, Gaza has often been bitterly disputed while simultaneously and paradoxically enduring prolonged neglect. Squeezed between the Negev and Sinai desert on the one hand and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, Gaza was contested by the Pharaohs, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Fatimids, the Mamluks, the Crusaders, and the Ottomans. Napoleon had to secure it in 1799 to launch his failed campaign on Palestine. In 1917, the British Empire fought for months to conquer Gaza, before establishing its mandate on Palestine. In 1948, 20,000 Palestinians sought refuge in Gaza, a marginal area that neither Israel nor Egypt wanted. Palestinian nationalism grew there, and Gaza has since found itself at the heart of Palestinian history. ." --Publisher's website.

Augustus : first emperor of Rome

September 10, 2014
Goldsworthy, Adrian Keith, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2014.
viii, 598 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plagtes : illustrations ; 25 cm
Tells the story of the heir to the murdered Julius Caesar who, as Rome's first emperor, brought peace and stability to the empire and presided over a new system of government.

The politics of washing : real life in Venice

September 8, 2014
Coles, Polly.
London : Robert Hale Limited, [2013].
206 pages ; 22 cm
Getting away -- September. Living on water ; In the giant's castle ; The art of arguing ; The politics of washing ; Authentic -- October. Hospitality ; Unlearning IKEA ; Self-service ; Do not disturb ; The last laugh ; Steps ; Letizia and the professor -- November. High water 1 ; High water 2 ; San Martino went up to the attic ; Trailing clouds of glory ; Salute! -- December. Undercover tourist ; Growing up in history ; Technicals -- Thursday 15 December ; Iconic -- January. the old man and the sea ; Three, or, Is dead beautiful? ; Baba Yaga ; Giardino di Merda -- February. Village fete ; Dressing up ; The Venice effect ; Eating cake -- March. Bloodlines ; Commuters ; Kites -- April. Crabs ; Cassandra ; Hey, you! ; Real estate heaven -- May. Other lives ; The weather in Moldova ; Katerina's story ; the life of fish ; Sunday 25 May -- June. Home and away ; Beside the seaside, beside the sea ; Opus Dei -- July. Itinerant ; Pinhole camera -- August. Paying ; Together ; If you care.
The beautiful city of Venice has been a fantasy land for people from around the globe for centuries, but what is it like to live there? To move house by boat, to get a child with a broken leg to a hospital, or to set off for school one morning, only to find that the streets have become rivers and the playground is a lake full of sewage? When Polly Coles and her family left England for Venice, they discovered a city caught between modern and ancient life-- where the locals still go on an annual pilgrimage to give thanks for the end of the Black Death, where schools are housed in Renaissance palaces, and your new washing machine can only be delivered on foot. This is a city perilously under siege from tourism, but its people refuse to give it up-- indeed they love it with a passion. This book is a fascinating window into the world of ordinary Venetians and the strange and unique place they call home.

The Roosevelts : an intimate history

September 8, 2014
Ward, Geoffrey C.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xii, 503 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Get action : 1858-1901 -- In the arena : 1901-1910 -- The fire of life : 1910-1919 -- The storm : 1920-1933 -- The rising road : 1933-1939 -- The common cause : 1939-1944 -- A strong and active faith : 1944-1962.
An extraordinarily vivid and personal portrait of America's greatest political family and its enormous impact on our nation--the tie-in volume to the PBS documentary to air in the fall of 2014.

But one race : the life of Robert Purvis

September 8, 2014
Bacon, Margaret Hope.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2007.
xi, 279 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Of southern birth -- The city of brotherly love -- Present at the beginning -- World traveler -- "We are not intruders here" -- To aid the fleeing slave -- A time of loss -- Gentleman farmer -- "This wicked law" -- "Are we not men?" -- "A proud day for the colored man" -- "Equality of rights for all" -- The Freedman's savings bank -- "We are to the manner born" -- "His magnificent record."
"Born in South Carolina to a wealthy white father and mixed race mother, Robert Purvis (1810-1898) was one of the nineteenth century's leading black abolitionists and orators. In this first biography of Purvis, Margaret Hope Bacon uses his eloquent and often fierce speeches to provide a glimpse into the life of a passionate and distinguished man, intimately involved with a wide range of major reform movements, including abolition, civil rights, Underground Railroad activism, women's rights, Irish Home Rule, Native American rights, and prison reform. Citing his role in developing the Philadelphia Vigilant Committee, an all black organization that helped escaped slaves secure passage to the North, the New York Times described Purvis at the time of his death as the president of the Underground Railroad. Voicing his opposition to a decision by the state of Pennsylvania to disenfranchise black voters in 1838, Purvis declared "there is but one race, the human race." But One Race is the dramatic story of one of the most important figures of his time."--Page [4] of cover.

Lincoln's gamble : the tumultuous six months that gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War

September 5, 2014
Brewster, Todd.
New York : Scribner, 2014.
352 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm
Introduction: A man, imperfect -- A funeral: July 13, 1862 -- "In regard to your slaves..." -- Nerve center -- First reading -- Send them away -- God knows -- One day: September 17, 1862 -- Preliminaries -- Dissent -- A different war -- Weakened -- A birthing: January 1, 1863.
A brilliant, authoritative, and riveting account of the most critical six months in Abraham Lincoln's presidency, when he penned the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War.

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