New Arrivals · History

June 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Knights & castles : a LEGO adventure in the real world

June 28, 2016
Arlon, Penelope, author.
New York : Scholastic, 2016.
64 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

The best "worst president" : what the right gets wrong about Barack Obama

June 28, 2016
Hannah, Mark, 1980- author.
New York : Dey Street Books, 2016.
324 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Part I. The man -- The dictator -- The socialist -- The outsider -- Part II. The country -- The economy destroyer -- The health care usurper -- The planet "healer" -- The freedom wrecker -- Part III. The world -- The bungler of foreign policy -- The alienator of allies -- The appeaser of enemies.
"A political analyst and an illustrator from the New Yorker debunk, through words and pictures, the lies and disinformation that haunt and negate Barack Obama's presidency and accomplishments,"--NoveList.

Revolution on the Hudson : New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence

June 27, 2016
Daughan, George C., author.
416 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
George III declares war on America -- The importance of New York -- The great Hudson River illusion -- HMS Phoenix and HMS Rose provide a lesson -- Attack delayed -- The Battle of Brooklyn -- A masterful retreat -- The Howes take New York City -- Washington evacuates Manhattan -- Race for the Delaware -- Redemption at Trenton -- Depraved indifference -- New war plans -- Duel for a continent -- New York and Philadelphia -- Clinton and Burgoyne -- France declares war on Great Britain -- Admiral Howe saves New York -- The Franco-American alliance misfires -- Withdrawal from Rhode Island -- Charleston -- Benedict Arnold's betrayal -- Rodney -- Facing south -- Prelude to victory -- Rodney's dilemma -- New York and Yorktown -- Britain stunned -- Peace.
"Traces the lesser-known story of the fight for the Hudson River Valley during the American Revolution, explaining the conflict's essential role in the outcome of the war and the political, military, economic and social strategies that influenced both sides,"--NoveList.

Cleopatra's needles : the lost obelisks of Egypt

June 27, 2016
Brier, Bob, author.
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, An imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
ix, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
How to quarry an obelisk -- Rome's obelisks -- God's architect -- Napoleon's obelisk -- Cleopatra's Needle sails for London -- The oldest skyscraper in New York -- Postscript on the obelisks.

Tales of an historic rivertown : 150 years of progress and pride.

June 23, 2016
South St. Paul, MN : Dakota County Historical Society, ©2007.
74 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm.

Wallace Township : born of controversy in 1852

June 23, 2016
Wallace Township Historical Commission.
Glenmoore, Pennsylvania : Wallace Township Historical Commission, c1977.
ix, 105 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

She went to the field : women soldiers of the Civil War

June 22, 2016
Tsui, Bonnie.
Guilford, Conn. : TwoDot, ©2006.
x, 149 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Sarah Emma Edmonds, aka Private Frank Thompson, Union -- Loreta Janeta Velazquez, aka Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate -- Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, aka Private Lyons Wakeman, Union -- Jennie Hodgers, aka Private Albert D.J. Cashier, Union -- Frances Clayton, Florena Budwin, Mary Ann Clark, Mary Pitman, and other women soldiers -- "Daughters of the regiment" : the role of vivandières in the war: Kady Brownell, Union; Annie Etheridge, Union; and others -- Spies: Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Belle Boyd, Pauline Cushman, Elizabeth Van Lew, and Harriet Tubman -- Wartime nurses: Clara Barton, Cornelia Hancock, Mary Livermore, Mary Anne Bickerdyke, Belle Reynolds, Sally Tompkins, and Kate Cumming.
"Women Soldiers of the Civil War" profiles several substantiated cases of female soldiers during the American Civil War, including Sarah Rosetta Wakeman (aka Private Lyons Wakeman, Union); Sarah Emma Edmonds (aka Private Frank Thompson, Union); Loreta Janeta Velazquez (aka Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate); and Jennie Hodgers (aka Private Albert D.J. Cashier, Union). Also featured are those women who may not have posed as male soldiers but who nonetheless pushed gender boundaries to act boldly in related military capacities, as spies, nurses, and vivandieres ("daughters of the regiment") who bore the flag in battle, rallied troops, and cared for the wounded.

The global Hillary : women's political leadership in cultural contexts

June 21, 2016
xix, 202 pages ; 23 cm
The global Hillary : smart power and the making of a woman president / Dinesh Sharma -- See Hillary run : Hillary Clinton, American exceptionalism and exceptions to the rule / Gregory W. Streich and Robynn Kuhlmann -- Hillary Clinton : feminist and activist / Florence L. Denmark, Hillary I. Goldstein, Kristin Thies and Adrian Tworecke -- Hillary and Eleanor : the rise of smart power and national security feminism / Dinesh Sharma -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and the 1995 Beijing International Conference on Women : gender and the nexus of global and domestic power dynamics / N'Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba -- Seeing red : Republicans and Democrats in Alaska view Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin / Grant J. Rich -- Hillary's soft power in France and Germany / Donald Morrison -- Can Hillary Clinton get Afghanistan right? / Prakhar Sharma -- Hillary Clinton : soft power, hard rhetoric and US foreign policy / Kenneth Christie -- Hillary Clinton and Israel : American Jewish and Israeli perceptions / Ellen Fleishman -- A translation of her own : Hillary, Japan and the pivot to Asia / Eijun Senaha.
"Bringing together two key aspects of Clinton's ongoing career--her advocacy for international women's rights and the mission to foster democratic development around the world--The Global Hillary critically analyzes Clinton's role as a transformative leader of global influence. Essays in this collection provide insight into Clinton's leadership style, particularly her use of American 'smart power' in foreign policy, while examining her impact of the continuing worldwide struggle for women's rights. Using international perspectives on the historical and cultural contexts of Clinton's leadership, this book also looks toward the future of women's political leadership in the 21st century with special attention to the prospect of electing a woman to the United States presidency."--Page 4 of cover.

The discovery of chance : the life and thought of Alexander Herzen

June 21, 2016
Kelly, Aileen, M., author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [2016]
x, 592 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Who was Herzen? -- Russia and the romantic revolution -- A romantic youth -- A revolution in science -- Science and history -- An education in method -- Science and Saint-Simonism -- Prison and exile -- Awakening -- The discovery of chance -- Nature and time -- Man in the middle -- A conservative revolution -- Herzen and Proudhon -- Toward another shore -- View from the other shore -- The living truth -- In defence of inconsistency -- What is history? -- The Polish rising -- True nihilism -- Last years.
"Alexander Herzen--philosopher, novelist, essayist, political agitator, and one of the leading Russian intellectuals of the nineteenth century--was as famous in his day as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. While he is remembered for his masterpiece "My Past and Thoughts" and as the father of Russian socialism, his contributions to the history of ideas defy easy categorization because they are so numerous. Aileen M. Kelly presents the first fully rounded study of the farsighted genius whom Isaiah Berlin called "the forerunner of much twentieth-century thought." In an era dominated by ideologies of human progress, Herzen resisted them because they conflicted with his sense of reality, a sense honed by his unusually comprehensive understanding of history, philosophy, and the natural sciences. Following his unconventional decision to study science at university, he came to recognize the implications of early evolutionary theory, not just for the natural world but for human history. In this respect, he was a Darwinian even before Darwin. Socialism for Russia, as Herzen conceived it, was not an ideology--least of all Marxian "scientific socialism"--but a concrete means of grappling with unique historical circumstances, a way for Russians to combine the best of Western achievements with the possibilities of their own cultural milieu in order to move forward. In the same year that Marx declared communism to be the "solution to the riddle of history," Herzen denied that any such solution could exist. History, like nature, was contingent--an improvisation both constrained and encouraged by chance."--Provided by publisher.

The history of Concord, Massachusetts. Volume 1, Colonial Concord

June 20, 2016
Hudson, Alfred Sereno, 1839-1907.
Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1999.
xviii, 496, xiii pages : illustrations, folded map, portraits ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Facsimile reprint. Originally published: Concord, Mass. : Erudite Press, 1904.

The day the president was shot : the Secret Service, the FBI, a would-be killer, and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan

June 20, 2016
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
xi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thriller, Killing Reagan."
A chronicle of the events leading up to the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Includes a discussion of the aftermath and provides biographical information on the former president.

The time traveler's handbook : 18 experiences from the eruption of Vesuvius to Woodstock

June 17, 2016
Wyllie, James, author.
New York, NY : Harper Design, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016.
x, 338 pages ; illustrations (some color), maps : 21 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2015 by Profile Books, London" -- Title page verso.
Celebrations & Exhibitions -- Moments That Made History -- Cultural & Sporting Spectaculars -- Epic Journeys & Voyages -- Extreme Events.
Travel through time to witness some of the most extraordinary and colorful events in world history with this unusual and entertaining guide that includes fascinating cultural details from each period, including what and where to eat, what to wear, how to act like a local, and most importantly, how to stay alive.

The Middle East

June 17, 2016
Thousand Oaks, California : CQ Press, [2017]
xxxiii, 1020 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

In praise of forgetting : historical memory and its ironies

June 17, 2016
Rieff, David, author.
x, 145 pages ; 22 cm
Footprints in the sands of time, and all that -- Must we deform the past in order to preserve it? -- What is collective memory actually good for? -- The victory of memory over history -- Forgiveness and forgetting -- The memory of wounds and other safe harbors -- Amor fati -- Against remembrance.
"The conventional wisdom about historical memory is summed up in George Santayana's celebrated phrase, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Today, the consensus that it is moral to remember, immoral to forget, is nearly absolute. And yet is this right? David Rieff, an independent writer who has reported on bloody conflicts in Africa, the Balkans, and Central Asia, insists that things are not so simple. He poses hard questions about whether remembrance ever truly has, or indeed ever could, zinoculatey the present against repeating the crimes of the past. He argues that rubbing raw historical wounds, whether self-inflicted or imposed by outside forces, neither remedies injustice nor confers reconciliation. If he is right, then historical memory is not a moral imperative but rather a moral option, sometimes called for, sometimes not. Collective remembrance can be toxic. Sometimes, Rieff concludes, it may be more moral to forget. Ranging widely across some of the defining conflicts of modern times, the Irish Troubles and the Easter Uprising of 1916, the white settlement of Australia, the American Civil War, the Balkan wars, the Holocaust, and 9/11, Rieff presents a pellucid examination of the uses and abuses of historical memory. His contentious, brilliant, and elegant essay is an indispensable work of moral philosophy." -- publisher

The rivers ran backward : the Civil War and the remaking of the American middle border

June 17, 2016
Phillips, Christopher, 1959 November 1- author.
xviii, 505 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Introduction -- White flows the river: freedom and unfreedom in the early national west -- Babel: changed persistence on slavery's borderland -- The ten year war: sectional politics in a dividing region -- No north, no south, no east, no west: the fiction of the wartime middle ground -- Netherworld of war: civilians, soldiers, and the dominion of war -- Bitter harvest: emancipation and the politics of loyalty -- Shadow wars: the crucible of social violence -- Southern cross, north star: the politics of irreconciliation -- Conclusion.

The lemon tree : an Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East

June 17, 2016
Tolan, Sandy.
xix, 378 pages : maps ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword by the author"--Page 4 of cover.
Bell -- House -- Rescue -- Expulsion -- Emigration -- Refuge -- Arrival -- War -- Encounter -- Explosion -- Deportation -- Hope -- Homeland -- The lemon tree.
Based on a 43-minute radio documentary that Tolan produced for "Fresh Air," this volume pursues the story into the homes and histories of the two families at its center through the present day. Their stories form a personal microcosm of the last 70 years of Israeli-Palestinian history.

The mistresses of Cliveden : three centuries of scandal, power, and intrigue in an English stately home

June 14, 2016
Livingstone, Natalie, author.
xv, 494 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in hardcover in the United Kingdom by Hutchinson, a member of Penguin Random House, London, in 2015"--Title page verso.
"An immersive historical epic about a lavish English manor and a dynasty of rich and powerful women who ruled the estate over three centuries of misbehavior, scandal, intrigue, and passion. Five miles from Windsor Castle, home of the royal family, sits the Cliveden estate. Overlooking the Thames, the mansion is flanked by two wings and surrounded by lavish gardens. Throughout its storied history, Cliveden has been a setting for misbehavior, intrigue, and passion--from its salacious, deadly beginnings in the seventeenth century to the 1960s Profumo Affair, the sex scandal that toppled the British government. Now, in this immersive chronicle, the manor's current mistress, Natalie Livingstone, opens the doors to this prominent house and lets the walls do the talking." --Provided by publisher.

Shanghai grand : forbidden love and international intrigue in a doomed world

June 14, 2016
Grescoe, Taras, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
xiii, 455 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom by Macmillan, an imprint of Pan Macmillan"--Title page verso.
Map: Shanghai, 1935 -- Prologue: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Shanghai Municipality, March 28, 2014 -- Part one -- Shanghai, January 28, 1932 -- Where China Meets the World -- The Sassoon Gamble -- Part two -- St. Louis, 27 May 1916 -- The Flapper's Progress -- Shanghai Grand -- Mickey Checks In -- On the Shanghai Beat -- Part three -- Shanghai, April 12, 1935 -- Cathay and the Muse -- The Fantastic Mr. Pan -- Cosmopolis-on-the-Whangpoo -- Part four -- Shanghai, November 3, 1936 -- The Rise of the Dwarf Bandits -- Sweetie Pie Goes to Nanking -- Part five -- Shanghai, August 14, 1937 -- After Saturday -- The Solitary Island -- Waking from the Doze -- Part six -- Shanghai, August 1, 1941 -- The Last Light in a Dark World -- Check-Out Time -- Settling the Bill -- Epilogue.
"On the eve of WWII, the foreign-controlled port of Shanghai was the rendezvous for the twentieth century's most outlandish adventurers, all under the watchful eye of the fabulously wealthy Sir Victor Sassoon. Emily 'Mickey' Hahn was a legendary New Yorker journalist whose vivid writing played a crucial role in opening Western eyes to the realities of life in China. At the height of the Depression, Hahn arrived in Shanghai after a disappointing affair with an alcoholic Hollywood screenwriter, convinced she will never love again. After checking in to Sassoon's glamorous Cathay Hotel, Hahn is absorbed into the social swirl of the expats drawn to pre-war China, among them Ernest Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn, Harold Acton, and a colourful gangster named Morris 'Two-Gun' Cohen. But when she meets Zau Sinmay, a Chinese poet from an illustrious family, she discovers the real Shanghai through his eyes: the city of rich colonials, triple agents, opium-smokers, displaced Chinese peasants, and increasingly desperate White Russian and Jewish refugees--places her innate curiosity will lead her to explore first hand. Danger lurks on the horizon, though, as the brutal Japanese occupation destroys the seductive world of pre-war Shanghai, paving the way for Mao Tse-tung's Communists rise to power"-- Provided by publisher.

The way to the spring : life and death in Palestine

June 13, 2016
Ehrenreich, Ben, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2016.
xiv, 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
A brave and necessary immersion into the lives and struggles of a group of everyday Palestinians. In cities and small villages alike, men and women, young and old, a group of unforgettable characters share their lives with Ehrenreich and make their own case for resistance and resilience in the face of life under occupation. Ruled by the Israeli military, set upon and harassed constantly by Israeli settlers who admit unapologetically to wanting to drive them from the land, forced to negotiate an ever more elaborate and more suffocating series of fences, checkpoints and barriers that have sundered home from field, home from home, they are a population whose living conditions are unique, and indeed hard to imagine.

William Howard Taft : the travails of a progressive conservative

June 13, 2016
Lurie, Jonathan, 1939- author.
xv, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The early years, 1857-1887 -- Judges and justice, 1887-1900 -- Roosevelt and Taft in the Philippines, 1900-1904 -- The unwilling heir, 1904-1908 -- President Taft : tensions and travail, 1909-1910 -- Jockeying on the court, 1910-1911 -- At the brink, 1911 -- The split, 1912 -- Relief and renewal, 1913-1921.

King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in Colonial Africa

June 13, 2016
Hochschild, Adam.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
366 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"The traders area kidnapping our people" -- Walking into fire. "I shall not give up the chase" ; The fox crosses the dream ; The magnificent cake ; "The treaties must grant us everything" ; From Florida to Berlin ; Under the Yacht Club flag ; The first heretic ; Where there aren't no Ten Commandments ; Meeting Mr. Kurtz ; The wood that weeps ; A secret society of murderers -- A King at bay. David and Goliath ; Breaking into the thieves' kitchen ; To flood his deeds with day ; A reckoning ; "Journalists won't give you receipts" ; No man is a stranger ; Victory? ; The Great Forgetting -- Looking back : a personal afterword.
Documents the plundering of the territory.

North Korea : state of paranoia

June 13, 2016
French, Paul, 1966- author.
xx, 468 pages ; 20 cm

But what if we're wrong? : thinking about the present as if it were the past

June 10, 2016
Klosterman, Chuck, 1972- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2016]
272 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
A brief examination as to why this book is hopeless (and a briefer examination as to why it might not be) -- A quaint and curious volume of (destined-to-be) forgotten lore -- But that's the way I like it, Baby. I don't want to live forever. -- "Merit" -- Burn thy witches -- The world that is not there -- Don't tell me what happens. I'm recording it. -- Sudden death (over time) -- The case against freedom -- But what if we're right? -- Only the penitent man shall pass.
"We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there's nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure--until, of course, they don't. "--Provided by publisher.

Commander in chief : FDR's battle with Churchill, 1943

June 10, 2016
Hamilton, Nigel.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xv, 464 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part I.A secret journey -- A crazy idea -- Aboard the magic carpet -- Part II. Total war -- The United Nations -- What next? -- Stalin's nyet -- Addressing Congress -- A fool's paradise -- Facing the Joint Chiefs of Staff -- Part III. Casablanca -- The house of happiness -- Hot water -- A wonderful picture -- In the president's boudoir -- Part IV. Unconditional surrender -- Stimson is aghast -- De Gaulle -- An acerbic interview -- The unconditional surrender meeting -- PtV: Kasserine -- Kasserine -- Arch-admirals and arch-generals -- Between two forces of evil -- Health issues -- Part VI. Get Yamamoto! -- Inspection tour two -- Get Yamamoto! -- "He's dead?" -- Part VII. Beware Greeks bearing gifts -- Saga of the Niebelungs -- A scene from Arabian Nights -- The God Neptune -- A battle royal -- No major operations until 1945 or 1946 -- Part VIII. The Riot Act -- The Davies Mission -- A dozen Dieppes in a day -- The future of the world at stake -- The president loses patience -- Part IX. The first crack in the Axis -- Sicily; and Kursk -- The Fuehrer flies to Italy -- Countercrisis -- A fishing expedition in Ontario -- The president's judgment -- Part X. Conundrum -- Stalin lies -- War on two western fronts -- The Fuehrer is very optimistic -- A cardinal moment -- Churchill is stunned -- Part XI. Quebec 1943 -- The German will to fight -- Near homicidal negotiations -- A longing in the air -- The president is upset; with the Russians -- Part XII. The endgame -- Close to disaster -- A Darwinian struggle -- A talk with Archbishop Spellman -- The empires of the future -- A tragi-comedy of errors -- Meeting reality -- A message to Congress -- Achieving wonders.

Black man, White House : an oral history of the Obama years

June 10, 2016
Hughley, D. L. (Darryl L.), 1963- author.
vi, 338 pages, 8 pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.

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