New Arrivals · History

July 22, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Milestones marking Wheeling's progress, 1769-1925

July 21, 2016
National Bank of West Virginia at Wheeling.
[Wheeling, W.Va.] : National Bank of West Virginia at Wheeling, [1925]
16 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original brown paper wrappings.|5OC
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection shelved in Inland Rivers Library.|5OC
"...West Virginia's oldest bank presents this booklet setting forth the important events of the city's history..."--The Chronicler.

Hillary's America : the secret history of the Democratic Party

July 20, 2016
D'Souza, Dinesh, 1961- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2016]
294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The Hillary enigma -- The land stealer -- Party of slavery -- Segregation now, segregation forever -- The problem of useless people -- Progressivism über alles -- The education of a mafiosa -- The enabler -- Partners in crime -- Republicans to the rescue.
Dinesh D'Souza is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton's flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth. D'Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.

Hitler's soldiers : the German army in the Third Reich

July 20, 2016
Shepherd, Ben (Ben H.), author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
xxiii, 639 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Part I: Military Ascent, Moral Decline. The Army in the New Reich, 1933-36 -- Road to War, 1936-39 -- Part II: Triumph and Hubris. Poland, 1939-40 -- "Sitzkrieg," 1939-40 -- The Greatest Victory, 1940 -- Occupying the West, 1940-41 -- Planning Operation Barbarossa, 1940-41 -- Barbarossa Unleashed, 1941 -- Part III: Losing the Initiative. Barbarossa Undone, 1941 -- Resistance and Reaction, 1941 : Western Europe and Southeast Europe -- Winter Crisis, 1941-42 -- The Desert War, 1941-42 -- Southern Russia and Stalingrad, 1942-43 -- Faces of Occupation, 1942-43 : The Soviet Union -- Faces of Occupation, 1942-43 : Western Europe and Southeast Europe -- The Initiative Lost, 1943 -- Part IV: Beleagured. Takeover in Southern Europe, 1943-44 -- The Eastern Front, 1943-44 : The Ostheer Retreats -- The Eastern Front, 1943-44 : The Frontsoldat Endures -- Italy, 1943-44 -- Fortress Europe Breached, 1943-44 -- Part V: Defeat, Destruction and Self-Destruction. The Greatest Defeat, 1944 -- The Army "Recovers," 1944-45 -- The Army Self-Destructs, 1945.
"For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and military occupation. This was a true people's army, drawn from across German society and reflecting that society as it existed under the Nazis. Without the army and its conquests abroad, Shepherd explains, the Nazi regime could not have perpetrated its crimes against Jews, prisoners of war, and civilians in occupied countries. The author examines how the army was complicit in these crimes and why some soldiers, units, and higher commands were more complicit than others. Shepherd also reveals the reasons for the army's early battlefield successes and its mounting defeats up to 1945, the latter due not only to Allied superiority and Hitler's mismanagement as commander-in-chief, but also to the failings--moral, political, economic, strategic, and operational--of the army's own leadership"-- Provided by publisher.

The world must know : the history of the Holocaust as told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

July 20, 2016
Berenbaum, Michael, 1945-
Washington, D.C. : United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ; Baltimore : Distributed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, ©1993.
xxi, 250 pages : illustrations (some color), map, portraits ; 31 cm
Nazi assault -- Holocaust -- Last chapter -- Afterword -- Bibliographical note -- About the museum -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
Draws on eyewitness accounts, artifacts, and photographs to tell the story of the perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers, and victims of the Holocaust.

The girl who escaped ISIS : this is my story

July 19, 2016
Khalaf, Farida, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
xiii, 224 pages : map ; 22 cm
Our World As It Once Was -- One Final Wonderful Summer -- The Catastrophe -- The Slave Market in Raqqa -- In the Dark Room -- With the "Beasts" -- In the Military Camp -- The Road Out of Hell -- No Home, Not Anywhere.
"A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing, intimate account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence"-- Provided by publisher.

La Americana : a memoir

July 19, 2016
Simón, Melanie Bowden, author.
©2016
x, 222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Havana -- Manhattan and Tina Brown's 'Talk' -- Gringas in Castro's Cuba -- Tick tock -- Who's afraid of Uncle Sam? -- Maria Victoria and the Casa Particular -- Click clack go the tiles -- Hallmark moments -- Advanced cancer -- Devastating blow -- Old man and the sea -- Path finder -- Signs and symbols -- Castro the artist -- Good-byes -- Therapy in the garden -- Gypsy-- Freckles -- La Americana -- The Kiss -- Thirty-six hours and counting -- War -- Budapest -- A mismatched LEGO piece -- Lost along the Danube -- The Serb -- Breathe, Mel, breathe -- Lost in translation -- Wings of an angel -- You're talking, but I can't hear you -- Viva La Revolución! -- Pi-Chi! -- The real deal -- The elephant in the room -- Grim reaper -- Castro, Bush, and the racy tango -- Santo -- The lost boys of Cuba -- Starstruck -- Lockout -- To Mom, love Princesa -- Graveside -- Friends and the curious case of the speed bump -- A Havana wedding and the Canadian chickens -- Tobacco, mangoes, and the horseback Cafecito -- Acceptance -- Nooks, crannies, and saying adios -- Miami-bound.
"'La Americana' is the story of Melanie Bowden Simon, who, at the age of twenty-five, left her job at Tina Brown's 'Talk' magazine following the death of her mother and decided to travel to Havana, Cuba, with a friend. Little did she know that she would meet and fall in love with a Cuban man named Luis and dive headlong into a culture defined by beauty, humor, and grace within the unnerving realities of communism. In this memoir, Simon details her fascination with Cuban culture as she grapples with the death of her mother. She also covers the struggle to get in and out of Cuba at a time when the country is labeled a pariah state. Yet over and over again, Simon manages to overcome international barriers and overcome language and cultural obstacles-- all in the name of her love for Luis"-- Provided by publisher.

What they didn't teach you in American history class : the second encounter / Mike Henry.

July 18, 2016
Henry, Mike, 1952- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
x, 278 pages ; 23 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, includes thank you letter to the Library for permission to use the photo from the Cincinnati collection for the book's cover.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original paper cover is inscribed by the author.
Let's try this again: they were looking for China and Japan but ended up in America? -- Remember, one if by land, two if by sea? No, this is not a math question! -- George Washington...some say that it was because of his teeth but if you had his problems, you wouldn't be smiling either -- If the British set fire to the White House, why didn't the smoke detectors go off? -- Americans won their freedom on battles fought in the east. So when it was over, they moved west. Sure, that makes sense -- The Civil War: America's real family feud -- Following the war, America lived happily ever after for the next few years -- The inventors: if you build it, someone will probably show up -- If it was the 20th century, then why was it in the 1900s? -- You mean John Wayne didn't win the war for our side? -- Hey Grandpa...were you a hippie? -- The 1980s and 1990s, or, as we call it, the days when machines took over the country -- Y2k...was that like the first cell phone? -- Internal briefings: the presidency -- One more time! As history repeats -- Unfinished business.

The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II

July 14, 2016
Kiernan, Denise, author.
©2013
xxi, 373 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A Touchstone book."
Revelation, August 1945. -- Everything Will Be Taken Care Of: train to Nowhere, August 1943. Tubealloy: the Bohemian Grove to the Appalachian Hills, September 1942. -- Peaches and Pearls: the Taking of Site X, Fall 1942. Tubealloy: Ida and the atom, 1934. -- Through the Gates: Clinton Engineer Works, Fall 1943. Tubealloy: Lise and fission, 1938. -- Bull Pens and Creeps: the Projects Welcome for New Employees. Tubealloy: Leona and success in Chicago, December 1942. -- Only Temporary: Spring into Summer, 1944. Tubealloy: the quest for product. -- To Work. Tubealloy: the couriers. -- Rhythms of Life. Tubealloy: Security, censorship, and the press. -- The One About the Fireflies. Tubealloy: pumpkins, spies, and chicken soup, Fall 1944. -- The Unspoken: Sweethearts and Secrets. Tubealloy: combining efforts in the New Year. -- Curiosity and Silence. Tubealloy: the project's crucial spring. -- Innocence Lost. Tubealloy: hope and the haberdasher, April-May 1945. -- Sand Jumps in the Desert, July 1945 -- The Gadget Revealed -- Dawn of a Thousand Suns -- Life in the New Age.
This is the story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project's secret cities. All knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece together the true nature of their work until the bomb "Little Boy" was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, and the secret was out. The reverberations from their work there, work they did not fully understand at the time, are still being felt today.

Kick : the true story of JFK's sister and the heir to Chatsworth

July 13, 2016
Byrne, Paula, author.
New York : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
x, 342 pages : illustrations, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Among Rose and Joe Kennedy's children the fourth child, Kathleen, stood out. Known as Kick, she was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. When her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick shocked and alienated her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family-- William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. The marriage only lasted a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, four years before Kick's own death in an airplane crash. Byrne shines a spotlight on this feisty Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her family's history.

Calendar.

July 12, 2016
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Metro, a non-profit public service of Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority,
v. : ill. ; 23 x 30 cm.
Title from cover.

The last punisher : a SEAL Team THREE sniper's true account of the Battle of Ramadi

July 12, 2016
Lacz, Kevin, author.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2016.
xv, 301 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Tadpole -- Newguy -- Charlie 13 -- Put Me In, Coach -- A Punisher's First Kill -- Firefight in the Ma'Laab -- Mass Casualties -- Nailed It! -- Don't Get Cocky -- Overwatch at Bernie's -- Chainsaw Massacre -- 23 in 24 -- Two-For -- the Mailman Delivers -- Patrol to Contact -- Up the Gut -- Iwo Jima Games -- KYK'ing Ass -- Man Down -- All Stop -- Final Salute -- Payback -- A Final Op -- Leaving.
"A first-person account of the Iraq War, from a Navy SEAL who was part of SEAL Team 3 with American Sniper Chris Kyle, describes their legendary unit, zThe Punishers,y and provides gripping details of their missions in Ramadi,"--NoveList.

The real Peter Pan : J.M. Barrie and the boy who inspired him

July 12, 2016
Dudgeon, Piers, author.
©2015
xiii, 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain by The Robson Press". -- Verso title page.
1905: an awfully big adventure -- 1860-1900: a rich harvest of possibility -- 1895: a key to Kensington Gardens -- 1897: spellbound -- 1897: Barrie comes out -- 1897-99: lost boy -- 1900: Peter and Michael break through -- 1901-03: island games -- 1901-03: unrest within the family -- 1903-04: the real play -- 1904-05: Arthur's retreat -- 1905-07: death takes a hand -- 1906: Barrie's Scotland -- 1907: the widow Sylvia -- 1908: dependence and uncertainty -- 1909: mind games and manoeuvres -- 1910: no idle steer -- 1910-11: Scourie: learning to fly -- 1912: the Outer Hebrides: catching Mary Rose -- 1913-14: broken to Eton -- 1914-15: loving, J.M.B. -- 1915: the blue bird of happiness -- 1916-17: home fires burning -- 1917-18: Michael turns away -- 1918: the real Peter Pan -- 1918: within the gothic chamber -- 1919: Oxford -- 1919: Garsington -- 1920: romance -- 1920: Michael breaks out -- 1920: between earth and paradise -- 1920-21: Barrie gets his way -- 1921: disposal.
"In this revealing behind-the-scenes book, author Piers Dudgeon examines the fascinating and complex relationships among Peter Pan's creator, J.M. Barrie, and the family of boys who inspired his work. After meeting the Llewelyn Davies family in London's Kensington Garden, Barrie struck up an intense friendship with the children and their parents. The innocence of Michael, the fourth of five brothers, went on to influence the creation of Barrie's most famous character, Peter Pan. Barrie was so close to the Llewelyn Davies family that he became trustee and guardian to the boys following the deaths of their parents. Although the relationship between the boys and Barrie (and particularly between Barrie and Michael) was enduring, it was punctuated by the fiercest of tragedies. Throughout the heart-rending saga of Barrie's involvement with the Llewelyn Davies brothers, it is the figure of Michael, the most original and inspirational of their number, and yet also the one whose fate is most pitiable, that stands out. The Real Peter Pan is a captivating true story of childhood, friendship, war, love, and regret"--Provided by publisher.

Kampfgruppe Peiper : the race for the Meuse

July 8, 2016
Cooke, David, author.
©2005
192 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Originally published : Pen & Sword Military, 2005.
Wacht am Rhein -- Kampfgruppe Peiper : organization and equipment -- 16 December 1944 : Peiper frustrated -- 17 December 1944 : breakthrough -- 18 December 1944 : those damned engineers -- 19 December 1944 : furthest point -- 20 December 1944 : Peiper cut off -- 21 December 1944 : a shortening of lines -- 22 December 1944 : the pressure builds -- 23 December 1944 : the end is nigh -- 24 December 1944 : the long walk -- Trials and retributions.

A life beyond the boundaries

July 7, 2016
Anderson, Benedict R. O'G. (Benedict Richard O'Gorman), 1936-2015.
London ; New York : Verso, 2016.
x, 205 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Shifting Youth -- Area Studies -- Fieldwork -- Frameworks of Comparison -- Interdisciplinary -- Retirement and Liberation -- Afterword.
"An intellectual memoir by the author of the acclaimed Imagined Communities. Benedict Anderson is one of the leading historians of nationalism and Southeast Asia. His seminal book Imagined Communities has changed the way we think about the reason that people live, die and kill in the name of nationhood. Born in China, Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at Cornell University, where he immersed himself in the growing field of Southeast Asian studies. After field work in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, he was banned from Suharto's Indonesia for disputing the legitimacy of the 1965 coup. In his memoir, he brings to life the intellectual formation of a life spent open to the world, resisting the easy comforts of imagined homes: the joys of learning languages; the importance of field work; the influence of the New Left upon global thinking; and the satisfactions of teaching"-- Provided by publisher.

Mount Sinai : a history of travellers and pilgrims

July 7, 2016
Manginis, George, author.
©2016
308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.

Ladies of the canyons : a league of extraordinary women and their adventures in the American Southwest

July 7, 2016
Poling-Kempes, Lesley, author.
Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, 2015.
viii, 373 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Prologue : ladies of the canyons -- Imperfectly independent -- Land of ineffable light and sudden shadow -- Capturing the wind -- The Indians' book -- "Time and the world" -- Secrets and dualities -- Creating a brave new world -- Desert euphoria -- Walpi rendezvous -- "A fine woman to be out with" -- The city different -- Remarkable time, remarkable place -- A rare thing : becoming oneself -- "A country of things in light" -- Death in Paris -- City of ladies -- New women of the Rio Grande -- "Roughneck and low-brow" -- Everything and nothing -- Afterword : something of the spirit.
"Ladies of the Canyons tells the true stories of a group of remarkable women whose lives were transformed by the people and landscape of the American Southwest in the first decades of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

Tomas Young's war

July 7, 2016
Wilkerson, Mark Ian.
Chicago, Ill. : Haymarket Books, c2016.
xiii, 225 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Foreword by Phil Donahue.
Growing up -- September 11 and beyond -- Black Sunday -- April 2013, Kansas City -- Waking up at Walter Reed -- Back home -- Purpose -- A glimmer of hope -- Living solo -- Claudia -- Darkness -- Deciding to die -- Letting go, embracing life -- A visit to Portland -- Epilogue.
The tragic yet life affirming story of a paralyzed Iraq War veteran who spent his last ten years battling heroically with his injuries, while courageously speaking against America's wars. Wilkerson puts the reader alongside Young as he suffers frustration and humiliation, attempting to reenter society and resume as normal an existence as possible. Balancing his precarious health with his drive to speak out for veterans care and against the war, Young's life serves as a powerful testament to the true cost of war.

Bush

July 6, 2016
Smith, Jean Edward, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
xxii, 808 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
The wilderness years -- Turnaround -- "Don't mess with Texas" -- Governor -- The 2000 election -- The rule of law -- Inauguration -- March of the Hegelians -- Asleep at the switch -- Toppling the Taliban -- "L'état c'est moi" -- The torture trail -- Waging aggressive war: the prelude -- Invasion -- Mission accomplished -- Four more years -- Katrina -- Perils of a second term -- The mess in Mesopotamia -- Rummy walks the plank -- Bush takes command -- Aids -- Quagmire of the vanities -- Financial Armageddon -- Finis.

Trying to float : coming of age in the Chelsea Hotel

July 6, 2016
Rips, Nicolaia, author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
xiv, 254 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Prologue -- Part One: THE FLEDGLING YEARS -- My First Trip -- Italy -- Preschool -- The Pool Party -- The Crafties -- Halloween -- My Steed -- Pippi -- Eyes -- Stormé -- But Not the Fish -- A Leg Up -- A Crush -- Artie -- My Babysitters -- The Theater -- Rebecca -- Winter Valley -- The Traitor -- My Friend Fan -- The Traitor Revealed -- Part Two: MIDDLE SCHOOL -- Friendship -- The Delicacy of Love -- Friendship and Chocolate -- Greta Returns -- Moving On -- King of the Night -- The Studio -- My Crowd -- The Schnoz -- Mom vs. Mama -- The Dance -- The Shaman -- Tic-Tac-Toke -- Summer Camp -- An Unexpected Journey -- My Interested Look -- Cinderella -- The Banana Peels of Optimism -- The Playing Fields of West Chelsea -- Mr. Crafty Moves Out -- At Last -- Author's Note.
"'Hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise--a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents' (Patricia Marx, New Yorker writer and bestselling author), Trying to Float is a seventeen-year-old's darkly funny, big-hearted memoir about growing up in New York City's legendary Chelsea Hotel. New York's Chelsea Hotel may no longer be home to its most famous denizens--Andy Warhol, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, to name a few--but the eccentric spirit of the Chelsea is alive and well. Meet the family Rips: father Michael, a lawyer turned writer with a penchant for fine tailoring; mother Sheila, a former model and renowned artist who matches her welding outfits with couture; and daughter Nicolaia, a precocious high school junior at work on a record of her peculiar seventeen years. Nicolaia is a perpetual outsider who has struggled to find her place in public schools populated by cliquish girls and loudmouthed boys. But at the Chelsea, Nicolaia need not look far to find her tribe. There's her neighbor Storme, a tall woman who keeps a pink handgun strapped to her ankle; her babysitter, Paris, who may or may not have a second career as an escort; her friend Artie, former proprietor of New York's most famous nightclubs. The kids at school might never understand her, but as Nicolaia endeavors to fit in she begins to understand that the Chelsea's motley crew could hold the key to surviving the perils of a Manhattan childhood. Not since Holden Caulfield has there been such a fabulously compelling teen guide to New York City: Nicolaia Rips's debut is a disarming, humble, heartfelt, and wise tale of coming-of-age amid the contradictions, complexities, and shifting identities of life in New York City. A bohemian Eloise for our times, Trying to Float is a triumphant parable for the power of embracing difference in all its forms"-- Provided by publisher.

Crisis of character : a White House Secret Service officer discloses his firsthand experience with Hillary, Bill, and how they operate

July 6, 2016
Byrne, Gary J., author.
New York : Center Street, 2016.
xiii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
The vase -- The Air Force security police -- Club Fed -- To the White House -- Meet the new boss -- The boy from Hope, Arkansas -- "Billary" -- Clinton world -- Oklahoma City -- Mole -- Wild Bill -- USSS work environment -- Tours and JJRTC -- Mud drag: part I -- Mud drag: part II -- "Commence firing!" -- New skies -- Cyprus.
A former Secret Service official explores what he sees as "the personal and political dysfunction of the Clinton White House, so consumed by scandal and destroying their enemies, real and imagined, ... that governing was an afterthought."

Oh Florida! : how America's weirdest state influences the rest of the country

July 6, 2016
Pittman, Craig, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 320 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
The punch line state -- Growing up Floridian -- Flirting with disaster -- Getting stucco -- Trading gators for beer -- On the beach -- Road warriors -- The tower of power -- The gunshine state -- Bad boys -- God's waiting room -- Schoolhouse rock -- You bet your life -- Space invaders -- See you in the funny papers -- The sinshine state -- Confederacy of dunces -- The friends of Emma Jones -- A whole new you -- The unified theory of Florida.

The drone eats with me : a Gaza diary

July 6, 2016
Abū Sayf, ʻĀṭif, author.
©2015
258 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"An ordinary Gazan's chronicle of the struggle to survive during Israel's 2014 invasion of Gaza The fifty-day Israel-Gaza conflict that began in early July of 2014 left over 2,100 people dead. The overwhelming majority of the dead were Palestinians, including some 500 children. Another 13,000-odd Palestinians were wounded, and 17,200 homes demolished. These statistics are sadly familiar, as is the political rhetoric from Israeli and Palestinian authorities alike. What is less familiar, however, is a sense of the ordinary Gazan society that war lays to waste. One of the few voices to make it out of Gaza was that of Atef Abu Saif, a writer and teacher from Jabalia refugee camp, whose eyewitness accounts (published in the Guardian, New York Times, and elsewhere) offered a rare window into the conflict for Western readers. Here, Abu Saif's complete diaries of the war allow us to witness the events of 2014 from the perspective of a young father, fearing for his family's safety. In The Drone Eats with Me, Abu Saif brings readers an intimate glimpse of life during wartime, as he, his wife, and his two young children attempt to live their lives with a sense of normalcy, in spite of the ever-present danger and carnage that is swallowing the place they call home"-- Provided by publisher.

Trials of the earth : the true story of a pioneer woman

July 6, 2016
Hamilton, Mary, 1866-1937.
New York City : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
xiv, 318 pages ; 24 cm
"Originally published by University Press of Mississippi, October 1992" -- copyright page
"Near the end of her life, Mary Mann Hamilton (1866 - c.1936) was encouraged to record her experiences as a female pioneer. The result is the only known firsthand account of a remarkable woman thrust into the center of taming the American South-surviving floods, tornadoes, and fires; facing bears, panthers, and snakes; managing a boardinghouse in Arkansas that was home to an eccentric group of settlers; and running a logging camp in Mississippi that blazed a trail for development in the Mississippi Delta. All this she tackled-and diligently wrote about in secrecy, in a diary that not even her family knew she kept-while caring for her children, several of whom didn't survive the perils of pioneer life. The extreme hard work and tragedy Hamilton faced are eclipsed only by her emotional and physical strength; her unwavering faith in her husband, Frank, a mysterious Englishman; and her tenacious sense of adventure." -- amazon.com

Jacobites : a new history of the '45 rebellion

July 5, 2016
Riding, Jacqueline, author.
New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2016.
xv, 587 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Bloomsbury, ©2016.
The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion was a turning point in British history. It continues to be obscured by fiction and myth, as personified by the heroic, gallant but doomed 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' pitted against the heartless victor, 'Butcher' Cumberland. In the years 1745-46, nothing was certain. While utilizing past and recent scholarship, this account draws extensively on a wealth of contemporary sources, revealing the thoughts and feelings of the most important participants and local eyewitnesses as these extraordinary events played out.

Bobby Kennedy : the making of a liberal icon

July 5, 2016
Tye, Larry, author.
©2016
xxi, 580 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Cold warrior -- Crusading -- Brother's keeper -- Getting justice -- Breaking barriers -- Cuba and beyond -- The interregnum -- Off and running -- Senator Kennedy -- Last campaign.
An in-depth, vibrant and measured biography about Robert F. Kennedy-the most complex and controversial member of the Kennedy family.

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