New Arrivals · History

May 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The unknowns : the untold story of America's unknown soldier and WWI's most decorated heroes who brought him home

May 18, 2018
O'Donnell, Patrick K., 1969- author.
362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
I. America goes to war, 1917: Getting over there ; The Kaiser's killing machine ; James Delaney and the SS Campana ; Q ships and depth charges: Das Boot -- II. Buildup, 1917-1918: Pershing and the AEF ; Ernest August Janson: first to fight ; Trench warfare -- III. Defending Paris, 1918: Belleau Wood ; Hill 142;- "The Marines are fighting like Trojans" ; Edward Younger: Vaux -- IV. Counteroffensive, 1918: Turing point: Soissons -- V. By sea, 1918: Charles Leo O'Connor: USS Mount Vernon ; James Delaney: Brandenberg -- VI. Offensive, 1918: St. Mihiel ; Thomas Daniel Saunders: breaching the wire ; The skies above and victory ; "A natural fortress...beside which the wilderness in which Grant fought Lee was a park": the Meuse-Argonne ; Harry Taylor and the Wild West Division ; The charge of the Light Brigade at Gesnes ; Mission impossible: Blanc Mont Ridge ; Woodfill of the Regulars ; "I got a few" ; Louis Razga: the big guns -- VII. The final battles and coming home: The final push ; The bridge ; Occupation -- VIII. America's unknown soldier: The unknown ; Coming home.
Brilliantly researched, vividly told, The Unknowns is a timeless tale of heeding the calls of duty and brotherhood, and humanizes the most consequential event of the twentieth century, which still casts a shadow a century later. --provided by publisher.

Coffin corner boys : one bomber, ten men, and their harrowing escape from Nazi-occupied France

May 18, 2018
Avriett, Carole Engle, author.
xxi, 266 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
part I. Beginnings: Reconnecting: the "search" trip ; Beginning at sixteen ; Only one jump...ever -- part II. The crew and first days down: A whistle signal ; Betrayed by the gendarmes ; "Are you Hebrew?" ; Cognac and eggs ; Meeting up with buddies ; Meeting in a shack ; A casket and a bicycle -- part III. The helpers and the enemy: Processing in Frankfurt am Main ; Living with the Videls ; "Get the hell out of here" ; Sitting around a French fireplace ; An engineer's home, a dress shop, and a root cellar ; A squeaky wheel ; Life in Stalag Luft III ; 11, Rue de Saussaies, Gestapo Headquarters, Paris ; Fresnes Prison, Paris ; Dulag Luft and the Forty-and-Eights ; Stalag Luft IV, deeper into Germany ; Angels watching over ; Troop train and a brave man ; The captain ; "Frisco" ; The theater and the stress of POW camp ; One more day ; Steaming clothes on a stove ; The chief of police and Giselle ; A train full of Germans ; Maurice Baverel, a spy for all seasons ; Dr. Charlin and the five-horsepower Peugeot -- part IV. The final push out ; Worsening conditions ; The black death march ; A small miracle ; Swiss surprise ; Enough of Switzerland ; Rowboat ride at midnight -- part V. Going home ; George Starks and the Green Hornet ; Irv Baum and Ted Badder ; Dick Morse ; Bill Wyatt with Don Edgerly and Bob Williams ; Andy Brenden with Wally Trinder ; Dale Beery and William Wallace -- part VI. Finding old friends ; Reconnecting, 1969 ; On to Pontarlier ; The Boillots and Dr. Charlin ; Back with Mike, 1970 ; More visits with friends ; Reunion with the crew.
As a young band of brothers flies over German-occupied France, they come under heavy fire. Their B-17 is shot down and the airmen--stumbling through fields and villages--scatter across Europe. Some struggled to flee for safety. Others were captured immediately and imprisoned. Now, for the first time, their incredible story of grit, survival, and reunion is told.

Apostles of revolution : Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and the struggle against the old order in America and Europe

May 18, 2018
Ferling, John E., author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
xvi, 478 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The destinies of life": on the road to bigger things -- "The birthday of a new world is at hand": revolutionaries -- "These are the times that try men's souls": Paine and Monroe go to war -- "Defending our fanes and fire-sides": winning the Revolutionary War -- "The times that tried men's souls are over": peace and new departures -- "My country is the world": Paine ad the early years of the French Revolution -- "Itching for crowns, coronets, and miters": the rise of partisan politics -- "The only man who possessed the confidence of the whole": partisan America in a predatory world -- "I relinquish hope": the French Revolution in France and America -- "A continued sense of horror": Paine, Monroe, and the Luxembourg -- "The Federalist tide is strong": gloomy years for the apostles of revolution -- "The reign of witches": the high federalists take charge -- "I know of no republic except America": endgame -- "Death has no terrors for me": closing the age of Paine.
"Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe were in the vanguard of revolutionary ideas in the 18th century. As founding fathers, they risked their lives for American independence, but they also wanted more. Each wished for profound changes in the political and social fabric of pre-1776 America and hoped that the American Revolution would spark republican and egalitarian revolutions throughout Europe, sweeping away the old monarchical order. Ultimately, each rejoiced at the opportunity to be a part of the French Revolution, a cause that became untenable as idealism gave way to the bloody Terror. Apostles of Revolution spans a crucial period in Western Civilization ranging from the American insurgency against Great Britain to the Declaration of Independence, from desperate engagements on American battlefields to the threat posed to the ideals of the Revolution by the Federalist Party. With the French Revolution devolving into anarchy in the background, the era culminates with the "Revolution of 1800," Jefferson's election as president"--Title page verso.

How Bernie won : inside the revolution that's taking back our country-- and where we go from here

May 18, 2018
Weaver, Jeff, author.
xx, 378 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The brilliant manager of Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign shows how Bernie took on the entire establishment and changed modern American politics for good.When Jeff Weaver hopped in a car with Bernie Sanders in the summer of 1986, he had no idea the Vermont backroads would lead them all the way to the 2016 presidential campaign. In How Bernie Won, Weaver shows how Bernie sparked a movement that would sweep America and inspire millions. He vowed not to run a negative campaign. He would focus on policies, not personalities. He would not be beholden to big money. He would actually make America work for ordinary people. Weaver also shows how they overcame significant challenges: A media that thrived on negative campaigns. A party controlled by insiders. And a political system dependent on big money. Weaver explains how Bernie beat them all and, in doing so, went from having little national name recognition when he entered to the race to being one of the most respected and well-known people in the world by its end--because, Weaver argues, Bernie won the race. He moved the discussion from the concerns of the 1% to those of the 99%. He forced the Democrats to remember their populist roots. And he showed that an outsider with real ideas and ways to get them done could compete and win against the establishment's hand-picked candidate.From holding bags of "Bernie buttons" and picket-stick signs, to managing thousands of campaign workers, to looking ahead to 2020, Weaver chronicles the birth of a revolution that didn't end in November 2016. It's only just begun.

The mirage factory : illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles

May 18, 2018
Krist, Gary, author.
402 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Prologue: An echo of dynamite ; Implausible city -- A thirsty place -- Alternate realities -- Stories in light and shadow -- On location -- "A river now is here" -- The birth of an industry -- Water and celluloid -- Epic times -- One million souls to save -- A drinking problem -- Scandals in Bohemia -- "Jesus, Jesus all the day long" -- Thunder in the valley -- A sound proposition -- The missing saint -- A silent twilight -- A perfect disaster -- Epilogue: World city.
"The story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality. Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California--bone-dry, harborless, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges--seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world's iconic cities emerged. At the heart of Los Angeles's meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditchdigger turned self-taught engineer, who designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life there possible; D.W. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture and gave L.A. its signature industry; and Aimee Semple McPherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion and cemented the city's identity as a center for spiritual exploration. All were masters of their craft, but also illusionists of a kind. The images they conjured up--of a blossoming city in the desert, of a factory of celluloid dream-works, of a community of seekers attaining personal salvation under the California sun--were like mirages liable to evaporate on closer inspection. To realize these dreams, all three would have to pay a steep price in a crescendo of hubris, scandal, and catastrophic failure of design that threatened to topple each of their personal empires. Yet when the dust settled, the mirage that was LA remained. Spanning the years from 1900 to 1930, The Mirage Factory is the enthralling tale of an improbable city and the people who willed it into existence by pushing the limits of human engineering and imagination."--Dust jacket.

Rome : a history in seven sackings

May 18, 2018
Kneale, Matthew, 1960- author.
xii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Gauls -- Goths -- More Goths -- Normans -- Spanish and Lutherans -- French -- Nazis.
"[This book] tells the story of the Eternal City--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two--through pivotal moments that defined its history"

Soldiering for freedom : how the Union army recruited, trained, and deployed the U.S. Colored Troops

May 18, 2018
Luke, Bob.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014]
x, 131 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
How racism impeded the recruitment of black soldiers -- How slaves and freedmen earned their brass buttons -- How white officers learned to command black troops -- How blacks became soldiers -- How black troops gained the glory and paid the price.
After President Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, Confederate slaves who could reach Union lines often made that perilous journey. A great many of the young and middle-aged among them, along with other black men in the free and border slave states, joined the Union army. These U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), as the War Department designated most black units, materially helped to win the Civil War--performing a variety of duties, fighting in some significant engagements, and proving to the Confederates that Northern manpower had practically no limits. Soldiering for Freedom explains how Lincoln's administration came to recognize the advantages of arming free blacks and former slaves and how doing so changed the purpose of the war. Bob Luke and John David Smith narrate and analyze how former slaves and free blacks found their way to recruiting centers and made the decision to muster in. As Union military forces recruited, trained, and equipped ex-slave and free black soldiers in the last two years of the Civil War, white civilian and military authorities often regarded the African American soldiers with contempt. They relegated the men of the USCT to second-class treatment compared to white volunteers. The authors show how the white commanders deployed the black troops, and how the courage of the African American soldiers gave hope for their full citizenship after the war. Including twelve evocative historical engravings and photographs, this engaging and meticulously researched book provides a fresh perspective on a fascinating topic. Appropriate for history students, scholars of African American history, or military history buffs, this compelling and informative account will provide answers to many intriguing questions about the U.S. Colored Troops, Union military strategy, and race relations during and after the tumultuous Civil War.

Making freedom : the Underground Railroad and the politics of slavery

May 18, 2018
Blackett, R. J. M., 1943-
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2013]
xii, 122 pages ; 23 cm.
Making their way to freedom -- The workings of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law -- Taking leave: fugitive slaves and the politics of slavery -- Counternarratives.

Excuse me while I slip into someone more comfortable : a memoir

May 17, 2018
Poole, Eric, 1960- author.
New York : Rosetta Books, 2018.
275 pages ; 23 cm
Manilow of the hour -- Truth or dare -- These boots were made for stealin' -- New York state of blind -- Tune deaf -- If they could see me now -- Don't call me Shirley -- The letter -- The boy bombeck -- That boy -- Who can turn the world on with his wig -- Free to be you and me.
"In the great tradition of David Sedaris, David Rakoff, and Augusten Burroughs, memoirist Eric Poole recounts his quirky childhood years in utterly hilarious and painful detail. In 1977, Eric Poole is a talented high school trumpet player with one working ear, the height-to-weight ratio of a hat rack, a series of annoyingly handsome bullies, and a mother irrationally devoted to Lemon Pledge. But who he wants to be is a star, ANY star. With equal parts imagination, flair, and delusion, Eric proceeds to emulate a series of his favorite celebrities, like Barry Manilow, Halston, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine, in an effort to become the man he's meant to be--that is, anyone but himself. As he moves through his late teens and early twenties in suburban St. Louis, he casts about for an appropriate outlet for his talents. Will he be a trumpet soloist? A triple-threat actor/singer/dancer? A fashion designer in gritty New York City? Striving to become the son who can finally make his parents proud, Eric begins to suspect that discovering his personal and creative identities can only be accomplished by admitting who he really is. Picking up at the end of his first acclaimed memoir, Where's My Wand?, Poole's journey from self-delusion to acceptance is simultaneously hysterical, heartfelt, and inspiring."--provided by publisher.

The killing of Uncle Sam : the demise of the United States of America

May 17, 2018
Howard-Browne, Rodney M., author.
xxii, 474 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Pride, greed, and power have driven men to do the unthinkable--including selling out their nations and unsuspected citizens to the most corrupt and destructive "invisible" global leaders on Earth. But how did this happen on American soil? How did the downfall begin and who were the predators that the "land of the free and home of the brave" fell victim to? And is all hope lost? This book captures details of the last 200 years of American history that mainstream media does not want you to know. It dissects the "legalized" system of the private central banks that has gone unchecked, and delivers gut-wrenching truths about the real domestic and foreign enemies of the United States. With over 1000 footnotes and quotes from former presidents, prime ministers, and state officials, it will equip you with the facts that the elites have covered up for centuries and empower you to stand up for the truth.--dust jacket.

When the center held : Gerald Ford and the rescue of the American presidency

May 17, 2018
Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932- author.
New York : Free Press, 2018.
xvii, 331 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A revealing political memoir of the presidency of Gerald Ford is seen through the eyes of Donald Rumsfeld, Ford's former secretary of defense, chief of staff, and longtime personal confidant.

Kissinger the negotiator : lessons from dealmaking at the highest level

May 16, 2018
Sebenius, James K., 1953- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xxxii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines the negotiation methods of Henry Kissinger, highlighting such diplomatic achievements as the Paris Peace Accords, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

From broken glass : my story of finding hope in Hitler's death camps to inspire a new generation

May 16, 2018
Ross, Steve, 1931- author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2018.
xix, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A survivor of the Holocaust describes how he learned through his darkest experiences of the human capacity to rise above even the bleakest circumstances, and later used that knowledge to help underprivileged youth in Boston for more than forty years.

The promise and the dream : the untold story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

May 16, 2018
Margolick, David. author.
New York : Rosetta Books [2018]
400 pages ; illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
"A Lawrence Schiller Book"--Title page.
History would keep them together -- Look the enemy in the eye -- The face of courage -- The unkindest cut -- The meeting -- As old as the scriptures -- The least worst thing -- How long? Not long! -- Ripple of hope -- A fine pair -- Change would come -- The political equation -- What they did to Jack -- There were no words.
No issue in America in the 1960s was more vital than civil rights, and no two public figures were more crucial in the drama of race relations in this era than Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Fifty years after they were both assassinated, noted journalist David Margolick explores the untold story of the complex and ever-evolving relationship between these two American icons. Assassinated only sixty-two days apart in 1968, King and Kennedy changed the United States forever, and their deaths profoundly altered the country's trajectory. As trailblazers in the civil rights movement, leaders in their respective communities, and political powerhouses with enormous personal appeal, no single pairing of white and black ever mattered more in American history. In The Promise and the Dream, Margolick examines their unique bond and the complicated mix of mutual assistance, impatience, wariness, awkwardness, antagonism and admiration that existed between the two, documented with firsthand interviews from close sources, oral histories, FBI files, and previously untapped, contemporaneous newspaper accounts. At a turning point in social history, MLK and RFK embarked on distinct but converging paths toward lasting change. Even when they weren't interacting directly, they monitored and learned from, one another. Yet the distance they maintained from one another reflected much broader tensions between the races in the United States, and their nearly simultaneous deaths embodied the nation's violent predilections and ongoing racial turmoil. Their joint story, a story each man took some pains to hide and which began to come into focus only with their murders, is not just gripping history but a window into contemporary America and the challenges we continue to face. Complemented by eighty-three revealing photographs by the foremost photojournalists of the period, The Promise and the Dream offers a compelling look at one of the most consequential but misunderstood relationships in our nation's history. "Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children." --Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 "In this difficult day, in this difficult time... It is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in." --Robert F. Kennedy, 1968 -- Publisher description

Those turbulent sons of freedom : Ethan Allen's Green Mountain boys and the American Revolution

May 15, 2018
Wren, Christopher S. (Christopher Sale), 1936- author.
xiii, 302 pages : maps ; 22 cm
A land rush north -- Seizing Fort Ticonderoga -- Congress invades Canada -- This thievish, pockey army -- A Green Mountain Boy serves his king -- Burgoyne bogs down in Vermont -- The most active and most rebellious race -- Victory at Bennington -- Ethan Allen sails free -- Conniving with the enemy -- Green Mountain Boys disbanded -- Spy base on the lake -- A fake invasion canceled -- A bastard joins the United States.
"The story of Ethan Allen and the much-loved Green Mountain Boys of Vermont and their role in the American Revolution. The myth of Ethan Allen as a legendary hero of the American Revolution and a patriotic son of Vermont is overturned and offers a different portrait of Allen and his Green Mountain Boys. Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom is an important contribution to the history of the American Revolution"--Provided by publisher.

Denmark Vesey's garden : slavery and memory in the cradle of the Confederacy

May 15, 2018
Kytle, Ethan J., author.
445 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"A 150-year reckoning with America's Original Sin" --front cover.
Prelude: Slavery's capital -- Part I: Emancipation and Reconstruction -- The year of jubilee -- Reconstructing Charleston in the shadow of slavery -- Part II: Jim Crow rising -- Setting Jim Crow in stone -- Cradle of the Lost Cause -- Part III: Jim Crow era -- Black memory in the Ivory City -- America's most historic city -- The sounds of slavery -- We don't go in for slave horrors -- Part IV: Civil rights era and beyond -- We shall overcome -- Segregating the past -- Conclusion: Denmark Vesey's garden -- Afterword: The saving grace of the Emanuel nine?
"A book that strikes at the heart of the recent flare-ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere, Denmark Vesey's Garden reveals the deep roots of these controversies and traces them to the heart of slavery in the United States: Charleston, South Carolina, where almost half of the U.S. slave population stepped onto our shores, where the first shot at Fort Sumter began the Civil War, and where Dylann Roof shot nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the congregation of Denmark Vesey, a black revolutionary who plotted a massive slave insurrection in 1822. As early as 1865, former slaveholders and their descendants began working to preserve a romanticized memory of the antebellum South. In contrast, former slaves, their descendants, and some white allies have worked to preserve an honest, unvarnished account of slavery as the cruel system it was. Examining public rituals, controversial monuments, and whitewashed historical tourism, Denmark Vesey's Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War all the way to contemporary times, where two segregated tourism industries still reflect these opposing impressions of the past, exposing a hidden dimension of America's deep racial divide. Denmark Vesey's Garden joins the small bookshelf of major, paradigm-shifting new interpretations of slavery's enduring legacy in the United States."--Inside dust jacket.

Gates of the Arctic National Park : twelve years of wilderness exploration

May 15, 2018
Wilkins, Joe, 1942- author, photographer.
309 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 x 29 cm
"Joe Wilkins has now accumulated more than half a century of experience in the wilds of northern Alaska since receiving training in arctic wilderness survival in 1966. During the 1970s he began hiking, backpacking and camping in the region which, in 1980, was officially designated Gates of the Arctic National Park. A complex land of breathtaking contrasts, this frontier is exceptional in no other region in North America does it get colder, darker, or wilder. Its remote beauty and extensive human history imbue the land with an elemental and visceral sense of inspiration for those who visit. Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration provides thorough, accurate and detailed information about Gates of the Arctic National Park along with a collection of Wilkins' own personal photographs. Wilkins has created a definitive, perennial book about one of the country's most enchanting national parks that will stand the test of time."

Lincoln and the Irish : the untold story of how the Irish helped Abraham Lincoln save the union

May 15, 2018
O'Dowd, Niall, author.
xvi, 205 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction: "Write what should not be forgotten" -- Chapter One: Scoop of the century -- Chapter Two: Mary and Abe and their Irish maids -- Chapter Three: Lincoln on Robert Emmet and the Irish struggle -- Chapter Four: Lincoln's near duel to the death with an Irish rival -- Chapter Five: Lincoln's new party, anti-Irish and anti-slavery -- Chapter Six: Lincoln takes an axe handle to the Irish -- Chapter Seven: The Irish, Douglass, and Lincoln in the 1860 election -- Chapter Eight: Lincoln's Irish White House circle -- Chapter Nine: Lincoln's love for Irish ballads displayed -- Chapter Ten: Two Irish become the first casualties of the Civil War -- Chapter Eleven: Three men convince the Irish to fight for Lincoln: Thomas Francis Meagher -- Chapter Twelve: Fighting for Lincoln: the Irish Archbishop -- Chapter Thirteen: Fighting for Lincoln: General Michael Corcoran -- Chapter Fourteen: Lincoln's unexpected heroes -- Chapter Fifteen: Lincoln's Irish soldiers--captured by the rebels -- Chapter Sixteen: The man they couldn't kill--the Irish Medal of Honor winners -- Chapter Seventeen: General Shields, former dueling partner, declares for Lincoln -- Chapter Eighteen: Taking on Stonewall Jackson, the rebel avenger -- Chapter Nineteen: Gettysburg, the gap of danger -- Chapter Twenty: Father Corby summons God--the draft riots cometh -- Chapter Twenty-one: The President pardons some Irish, not others -- Chapter Twenty-two: Fear of Black/Irish Coupling derails Lincoln support -- Chapter Twenty-three: The south seeks to stop Irish migration -- Chapter Twenty-four: Off the boat and into the arms of the Union -- Chapter Twenty-five: In Ireland, Father Bannon wins friends for the rebels'' cause -- Chapter Twenty-six: General Phil Sheridan, the Little Big fighter -- Chapter Twenty-seven: Ford's Theater--what might have been -- Chapter Twenty-eight: The co-conspirators--a catholic plot? -- Chapter Twenty-nine: Irishmen seeking the killer Booth -- Chapter Thirty: Edward Doherty gets his man -- Chapter Thirty-one: Lincoln and the Irish--linked forever -- Epilogue: Kennedy retraces Lincoln and Gettysburg.
An unprecedented narrative of the relationship that swung the Civil War. When Pickett charged at Gettysburg, it was the all-Irish Pennsylvania 69th who held fast while the surrounding regiments broke and ran. And it was Abraham Lincoln who, a year earlier at Malvern Hill, picked up a corner of one of the Irish colors, kissed it, and said, "God bless the Irish flag." Lincoln and the Irish untangles one of the most fascinating subtexts of the Civil War: Abraham Lincoln's relationship with the men and women coming to America to escape the Irish famine. Renowned Irish-American journalist Niall O'Dowd gives unprecedented insight into a relationship that began with mutual disdain. Lincoln saw the Irish as instinctive supporters of the Democratic opposition, while the Irish saw the English landlord class in Lincoln's Republicans. But that dynamic would evolve, and the Lincoln whose first political actions included intimidating Irish voters at the polls would eventually hire Irish nannies and donate to the Irish famine fund. When he was voted into the White House, Lincoln surrounded himself with Irish staff, much to the chagrin of a senior aide who complained about the Hibernian cabal. And the Irish would repay Lincoln's faith--their numbers and courage would help swing the Civil War in his favor, and among them would be some of his best generals and staunchest advocates.

A little history of archaeology

May 15, 2018
Fagan, Brian M., author.
viii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index (pages [268]-277).
The "backward-looking curiosity" -- Donkeys and pharaohs -- Reading ancient Egypt -- Digging into Nineveh -- Tablets and tunnelling -- The Maya revealed -- Axes and elephants -- A huge turning point -- The three ages -- Stone Age hunters in an icy world -- Across the ages -- The myth of the mound builders -- "Stepping into the unknown" -- Toros! Toros! -- Searching for Homer's heroes -- "Organised common sense" -- The small and unspectacular -- The palace of the minotaur -- Not "men's work" -- Mud bricks and a flood -- "Wonderful things" -- A palace fit for a chief -- East and west -- Shell heaps, pueblos and tree rings -- A fire-breathing giant -- Around the river bend -- Dating the ages -- Ecology and world prehistory -- "Dear boy!" -- The first farmers -- Defending the Emperor -- Underwater archaeology -- Meeting the colonists -- The Ice Man and others -- Warrior-priests of the Moche -- Tunnelling for the cosmos -- C̦atalhöyük -- Looking in the landscape -- Shining a light on the invisible -- Archaeology today and tomorrow.
"The thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers, and astonishing discoveries around the globe. What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations, or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these, but also far more: the only science to encompass the entire span of human history--more than three million years! This Little History tells the riveting stories of some of the great archaeologists and their amazing discoveries around the globe: ancient Egyptian tombs, Mayan ruins, the first colonial settlements at Jamestown, mysterious Stonehenge, the incredibly preserved Pompeii, and many, many more. In forty brief, exciting chapters, the book recounts archaeology's development from its eighteenth-century origins to its twenty-first-century technological advances, including remote sensing capabilities and satellite imagery techniques that have revolutionized the field. Shining light on the most intriguing events in the history of the field, this absolutely up-to-date book illuminates archaeology's controversies, discoveries, heroes and scoundrels, global sites, and newest methods for curious readers of every age."--provided by

I am Gandhi

May 14, 2018
Meltzer, Brad, author.
New York, NY : Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
"Illustrated by 25 acclaimed artist." --Cover

My country, my life : fighting for Israel, searching for peace

May 10, 2018
Barak, Ehud, 1942- author.
xx, 472 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
"The definitive memoir of one of Israel's most influential soldier-statesmen and one-time Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, with insights into forging peace in the Middle East. In the summer of 2000, the most decorated soldier in Israel's history--Ehud Barak--set himself a challenge as daunting as any he had faced on the battlefield: to secure a final peace with the Palestinians. He would propose two states for two peoples, with a shared capital in Jerusalem. He knew the risks of failure. But he also knew the risks of not trying: letting slip perhaps the last chance for a generation to secure genuine peace. It was a moment of truth. It was one of many in a life intertwined, from the start, with that of Israel. Born on a kibbutz, Barak became commander of Israel's elite special forces, then army Chief of Staff, and ultimately, Prime Minister. My Country, My Life tells the unvarnished story of his--and his country's--first seven decades; of its major successes, but also its setbacks and misjudgments. He offers candid assessments of his fellow Israeli politicians, of the American administrations with which he worked, and of himself. Drawing on his experiences as a military and political leader, he sounds a powerful warning: Israel is at a crossroads, threatened by events beyond its borders and by divisions within. The two-state solution is more urgent than ever, not just for the Palestinians, but for the existential interests of Israel itself. Only by rediscovering the twin pillars on which it was built--military strength and moral purpose--can Israel thrive"-- Provided by publisher.

The soul of America : the battle for our better angels

May 10, 2018
Meacham, Jon, author.
New York : Random House, [2018]
xii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
To hope rather than to fear -- The confidence of the whole people: visions of the presidency, the ideas of progress and prosperity, and 'We, the people' -- The long shadow of Appomattox: the Lost Cause, the Ku Klux Klan, and Reconstruction -- With soul of flame and temper of steel: "the melting pot," TR and his "bully pulpit," and the progressive promise -- A new and good thing in the world: the triumph of women's suffrage, the Red Scare, and a new Klan -- The crisis of the old order: the Great Depression, Huey Long, the New Deal, and America First -- Have you no sense of decency?: 'making everyone middle class," the GI Bill, McCarthyism, and modern media -- What the hell is the presidency for?: 'segregation forever,' King's crusade, and LBJ in the crucible -- The first duty of an American citizen.
"The current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America, Meacham shows us how what Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and others, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the "Lost Cause"; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of "America First" in the years before World War II; the Communist witch hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade to finish the fight against Jim Crow. In each of these dramatic, crucial turning points, the battle to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear, was joined, even as it is today. While the American story has not always or even often been heroic, and the outcome of that battle has never been certain, in this inspiring book, Meacham writes, "The good news is that we have come through darkness before," as time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail"-- Provided by publisher.

Chicago on the make : power and inequality in a modern city

May 10, 2018
Diamond, Andrew J., author.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
ix, 421 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Capital order -- Black metropolis -- White and black -- The boss and the black belt -- Civil rights in the multiracial city -- Violence in the global city -- A city of two tales.
"Heralded as America's most quintessentially modern city, Chicago has attracted the gaze of journalists, novelists, essayists, and scholars as much as any city in the nation. And, yet, few historians have attempted big-picture narratives of the city's transformation over the twentieth century. Chicago on the Make traces the evolution of the city's politics, culture, and economy as it grew from an unruly tangle of rail yards, slaughterhouses, factories, tenement houses, and fiercely defended ethnic neighborhoods into a truly global urban center. Reinterpreting the familiar narrative that Chicago's autocratic machine politics shaped its institutions and public life, Andrew J. Diamond demonstrates how the grassroots politics of race crippled progressive forces and enabled an alliance of downtown business interests to promote a neoliberal agenda that created the stark inequalities that ravage the city today. Chicago on the Make takes the story into the twenty-first century, chronicling Chicago's deeply entrenched social and urban problems as the city ascended to the national stage during the Obama years"--Provided by publisher.

The man with the sawed-off leg and other tales of a New York City block

May 10, 2018
Wakin, Daniel J., author.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2018]
xxi, 205 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
The Planning, Stage 1: "Bags of Money" -- Origins: "A Benefit to the Neighborhood" -- The Kidnapping: "You Are His God Now" -- No. 330: Baking Powder: "Their Difficulties Are Well Known" -- The Planning, Stage 2: "One Good Ton Deserves Another" -- No. 336: "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" -- The Heist, Part I: "Ramshackle or Abandoned Mansions" -- No. 333: The Canavans, Bellow and the Duke -- The Heist, Part II: "Say a Word, and It Spits" -- No. 334: Adrenaline and "Sakura, Sakura" -- The Getaway: Bennie Loses a Leg -- No. 334, Continued: "Four Out of Five Have It" -- The Hunt: "A Motion Picture Director's Dream" -- No. 335: "More Potent for Evil" -- The Gang Disintegrates: "I Lived High, Wide and Handsome" -- No. 336: Rubber and Clay -- Breakthrough -- No. 337: Mrs. Havisham's House: "Freedom Was Mine" -- Farewells -- The Fates of Townhouses: "Life Is Particularly Difficult".

My life as a spy : investigations in a secret police file

May 10, 2018
Verdery, Katherine, 1948- author.
xvi, 323 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The 1970s : "the folklorist" as military spy -- The 1980s : the enemy's many masks -- Excursus : reflections on reading one's file -- Revelations -- Ruminations.

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