New Arrivals · History

October 20, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Withdrawal : reassessing America's final years in Vietnam

October 19, 2017
Daddis, Gregory A., 1967- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
xvii, 300 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: the limits of strategy in a stalemated war -- Abe's "one war": continuity in change -- Vietnamization: policy of withdrawal or strategy for "victory"? -- Pacification without peace: the travails of nation building -- Balancing a war: the coordination of force and diplomacy -- A beleaguered army at a long war's end -- From victory to defeat?: Abrams's final years -- Epilogue and conclusions: questioning "victory" in an American war.
"A 'better war.' Over the last two decades, this term has become synonymous with US strategy during the Vietnam War's final years. The narrative is enticingly simple, appealing to many audiences. After the disastrous results of the 1968 Tet offensive, in which Hanoi's forces demonstrated the failures of American strategy, popular history tells of a new American military commander who emerged in South Vietnam and with inspired leadership and a new approach turned around a long stalemated conflict. In fact, so successful was General Creighton Abrams in commanding US forces that, according to the "better war" myth, the United States had actually achieved victory by mid-1970. A new general with a new strategy had delivered, only to see his victory abandoned by weak-kneed politicians in Washington, DC who turned their backs on the US armed forces and their South Vietnamese allies. In a bold new interpretation of America's final years in Vietnam, acclaimed historian Gregory A. Daddis disproves these longstanding myths. Withdrawal is a groundbreaking reassessment that tells a far different story of the Vietnam War. Daddis convincingly argues that the entire US effort in South Vietnam was incapable of reversing the downward trends of a complicated Vietnamese conflict that by 1968 had turned into a political-military stalemate. Despite a new articulation of strategy, Abrams's approach could not materially alter a war no longer vital to US national security or global dominance. Once the Nixon White House made the political decision to withdraw from Southeast Asia, Abrams's military strategy was unable to change either the course or outcome of a decades' long Vietnamese civil war"--Back cover.

Early settlers of Great Falls, 1884-1920

October 18, 2017
Great Falls, Mont. : Great Falls Genealogical Society, 2012.
2 volumes : illustrations, portraits ; 28 cm
Introduction: the birth of Great Falls, the "Niagara of the West" -- Great Falls mayors and city council members, 1888-1920 -- Early Great Falls neighborhoods -- Dewey, the fire horse -- The Great Falls Fire Department -- The Great Falls Police Department -- Great Falls public schools and teachers, 1885-1920 -- Early settlers of Great Falls: family stories and glimpses of residents (v. 1 and v. 2).

Schlesinger : the imperial historian

October 17, 2017
Aldous, Richard, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
viii, 486 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917-2007), known today as the architect of John F. Kennedy's presidential legacy, blazed an extraordinary path from Harvard University to wartime London to the West Wing. The son of a pioneering historian--and a two-time Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner in his own right--Schlesinger redefined the art of presidential biography.

Index to Hardeman County, Tennessee freedman's contracts, 1865-1866

October 17, 2017
Jackson, Tenn. : Tennessee Genealogical Society, 1999.
xiii, 61 pages ; 28 cm
Indexes microfilm roll 67 of: Selected records of the Tennessee Field Office of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872, [MF973.8 U58st 1958], National Archives microfilm publications, microcopy no. T142.
Foreword -- Introduction -- Code explanations -- Microfilm contents -- Index to Freedman's contracts.

Hidden history of Kentucky in the Civil War

October 17, 2017
Craig, Berry.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2010.
128 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
'United We Stand, Divided We Fall' is Kentucky's motto. Yet the Civil War sharply split the Bluegrass State. Kentuckians fought Kentuckians in some of the bloodiest battles of America's bloodiest war. The names and faces of the winning and losing generals of those battles are in most history books. But this book is not like most history books; it is about hidden history. Most of the stories are not found in other books. Some are proof that the Civil War was truly 'a brother's war' in the home state of Lincoln and Davis. From the Graves County gun grab to pirates in Paducah to dueling gunboats on the Mississippi, this one-of-a-kind collection of little-known tales by Kentucky historian Berry Craig will captivate Civil War enthusiasts and casual readers alike.

Fairfield through time

October 16, 2017
Fowler, Scott.
Charleston, SC : Arcadia Publishing, 2016.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Symmes Corner -- West-Great Miami River -- Northeast-Furmandale -- Southeast-Stockton
The City of Fairfield can trace its roots to the early 1950s, prior to becoming a city, when the City of Hamilton was initiating efforts to incorporate a large chunk of what was then Fairfield Township. But the history of this southwest Ohio city actually dates back almost 200 years. The city of Fairfield was originally part of the legendary Symmes Purchase, a small but major real estate transaction that resulted in the establishment of a major US city and led to a population outbreak that helped inaugurate statehood for Ohio. --Back cover.

Hamilton

October 16, 2017
Smith, Brian (Local historian), author.
©2016
127 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Downtown -- The moument and the courthouse -- Bridges -- Industry -- Architecture -- Churches -- Schools -- Neighborhoods -- Parks and recreation -- People and events.

Tenements, towers & trash : an unconventional illustrated history of New York City

October 13, 2017
Wertz, Julia, author, illustrator.
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2017.
282 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 32 cm
"Here is New York, as you've never seen it before. A perfectly charming, sidesplittingly funny, intellectually entertaining illustrated history of the blocks, the buildings, and the guts of New York City, based on Julia Wertz's popular illustrated columns in The New Yorker and Harper's."--Amazon.com.

Fire road : the Napalm girl's journey through the horrors of war to faith, forgiveness, and peace

October 13, 2017
Kim Phúc, 1963- author.
©2017
xv, 317 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates (some color) ; 22 cm
"Get out! Run! We must leave this place! They are going to destroy this whole place! Go, children, run first! Go now! These were the final shouts nine year-old Kim Phuc heard before her world dissolved into flames--before napalm bombs fell from the sky, burning away her clothing and searing deep into her skin. It's a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War. Kim was left for dead in a morgue; no one expected her to survive the attack. Napalm meant fire, and fire meant death. Against all odds, Kim lived--but her journey toward healing was only beginning. When the napalm bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them: her home, her country's freedom, her childhood innocence and happiness. The coming years would be marked by excruciating treatments for her burns and unrelenting physical pain throughout her body, which were constant reminders of that terrible day. Kim survived the pain of her body ablaze, but how could she possibly survive the pain of her devastated soul? Fire Road is the true story of how she found the answer in a God who suffered Himself; a Savior who truly understood and cared about the depths of her pain. Fire Road is a story of horror and hope, a harrowing tale of a life changed in an instant--and the power and resilience that can only be found in the power of God's mercy and love."--Provided by publisher.

Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II

October 13, 2017
Mundy, Liza, 1960- author.
©2017
xiv, 416 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The secret letters -- Introduction: "Your country needs you, young ladies" -- Part I. "In the event of total war women will be needed" -- Twenty-eight acres of girls -- "This is a man's size job, but I seem to be getting away with it" -- The most difficult problem -- "So many girls in one place" -- Part II. "Over all this vast expanse of waters Japan was supreme" -- "It was heart-rending" -- "Q for communications" -- The forlorn shoe -- "Hell's half-acre" -- "It was only human to complain" -- Pencil-pushing mamas sink the shipping of Japan -- Part III. The tide turns -- Sugar camp -- "All my love, Jim" -- "Enemy landing at the mouth of the Seine" -- Teedy -- The surrender message -- Good-bye to Crow -- Epilogue: The mitten.
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

The Corps of Engineers : the war against Japan

October 13, 2017
Dod, Karl C.
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, U.S. Army, 2017.
xv, 759 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 26 cm.
Shipping list no: 2017-0039-S.
Reprint. Originally published: Washington, D. C. : Office of the Chief of Military History, U.S. Army, 1966.
Ch. I Strengthening the defense triangle: Panama, Hawaii and Alaska: Early war plans and the corps of engineers -- First steps in building up the Pacific outposts -- Ch. II The defense gains momentum: Panama -- Alaska -- Hawaii -- The air ferry route -- Supplies -- War appears imminent -- Last days of peace -- Ch. III The fall of the Philippines: Preparations for defense -- Withdrawal to Bataan and Corregidor -- Bataan -- Corregidor and the end of the campaign -- Ch. IV Build-up in the southwest Pacific: Australia -- the first days -- Toward a more aggressive strategy -- Preparing for the offensive -- Ch. V First offensives: the Solomons and Papua: Strengthening the south Pacific -- Preparing to fight in New Guinea -- Engineers in combat -- Problems with logistics -- Ch. VI The drive toward Rabaul: Preparing for CARTWHEEL -- CARTWHEEL -- The engineers continue to furnish logistic support -- Arawe, Cape Gloucester and Saidor Ch. VII The far north: -- Strengthening Alaska's defenses -- The Alcan Highway -- Canol -- The danger passes -- Ch. VIII Hawaii after Pearl Harbor: -- The engineers organize for war -- Protection against air raids -- Military defenses -- Change in organization -- CH. IX After Midway: -- Work on defensive installations slows down -- First offensives in the Central Pacific -- Ch. X The China-Burma-India theater: 1941-August 1943: Priority on airfields -- Ground communications for a campaign in Burma -- Renewed priority on airfields -- Ch. IX The China-Burma-India theater: august 1943-January 1945: QUADRANT directs all-out effort -- The all-out effort continues -- The CBI is cut back -- Ch. XII The drive across central Pacific: -- The Marshalls -- Logistical support from Hawaii -- The Marianas -- 1944 draws to a close -- Ch. XIII Amphibious warfare and base construction in the southwest Pacific: -- The advance to Biak -- Logistical support -- Western New Guinea and the Moluccas -- Ch. XIV Return to the Philippines: -- Leyte and Mindoro -- Luzon: the drive to Manila -- The capture of Manila and the islands of Manila Bay -- Ch. XV The final months of the war: -- Destruction of the Japanese in the Philippines and Borneo -- Iwo Jima -- Okinawa -- Base and airfield construction for the assault on Japan -- Planning for the invasion of Japan -- Conclusion -- Appendix.
Engineer activities in the Pacific war, with particular emphasis on those in General MacArthur's Southwest Pacific Area.

The Signal Corps : the emergency (to December 1941)

October 13, 2017
Terrett, Dulany.
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2017.
xiii, 383 pages, [1] folded leaf : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm.
Shipping list no.: 2017-0039-S.
Folded sheet contains: Chart 2--Contrast between typical Signal Corps organizations in wartime and peacetime.
Describes the Corps' responsibility for developing, procuring, and furnishing signal equipment. The development of radar is featured, as well as the development of frequency modulation and its impact on the use of tanks.

Nine continents : a memoir in and out of China

October 12, 2017
Guo, Xiaolu, 1973- author.
New York : Grove Press, 2017.
366 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
From one of Grantas Best of Young British Novelists, Xiaolu Guos memoir documents her trajectory from a small fishing village in rural China to life in the West as a fearless writer and filmmaker.

The future is history : how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

October 12, 2017
Gessen, Masha, author.
©2017
xii, 515 pages ; 24 cm
Part one. Born in the USSR -- Born in 1984 -- Life, examined -- Privilege -- Homo sovieticus -- Part two. Revolution -- Swan Lake -- The execution of the White House -- Everyone wants to be a millionaire -- Part three. Unraveling -- Grief, arrested -- Old songs -- It's all over all over again -- Part four. Resurrection -- Life after death -- The orange menace -- All in the family -- Part five. Protest -- The future is history -- Budushchego net -- White ribbons -- Masha: May 6, 20112 -- Part six. Crackdown -- Seryozha: July 18, 2013 -- Lyosha: June 11, 2013 -- A nation divided -- Zhanna: February 27, 2015 -- Forever war.
Hailed for her zfearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russiay (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their ownas entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of todays terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

One nation after Trump : a guide for the perplexed, the disillusioned, the desperate, and the not-yet deported

October 11, 2017
Dionne, E. J., Jr., author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
344 pages ; 22 cm
Part I. Trump and Trumpism: Trumpian misconceptions: what Trump's election meant, what it didn't, and why Trumpism doesn't own the future ; When the truth doesn't matter: the crisis of the media and the rise of "alternative facts" ; Bad behavior: the disappearing norms of American politics ; A penchant for authoritarianism: how Trump intimidates opponents, promotes kleptocracy, and challenges the rule of law ; Phony friend of the working class: Trump, "populism," and the new politics of the far right ; Race, immigration, culture, or economics? The complicated motivations of the Trump voter -- Part II. The way forward: With opportunity and justice for all: building a new economy ; Yearning to breathe free: discovering a new patriotism ; Our little platoons: the urgency of a new civil society ; What "draining the swamp" really looks like: bringing a new democracy to life ; "Show up, dive in, stay at it": building one nation after Trump.

The Allies strike back, 1941-1943

October 11, 2017
Holland, James, 1970- author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017.
xxvi, 720 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part I. America enters the war -- The largest clash of arms -- Manoeuvring -- Summer '41 -- The US Navy goes to war -- The sinking of the Reuben James -- Crusaders -- Unraveling -- World war -- Part II. Eastern influences -- Battles at sea -- Strategic blunders -- Carnage off America -- Fighters and bombers -- Steel and strategy -- Seeds of resistance -- Heat and dust -- Into the cauldron -- Combined production -- The fall of Tobruk -- Sea and sand -- Thousand bomber raid -- Sea and steppe -- Gathering strength -- Last chance in Africa -- The end of the German dream -- Part III. The Allies strike back -- A brief discourse on tanks and fire-power -- A brief discourse on training and morale -- Return of the hero -- Getting ready -- The vicious circle -- Lighting the torch -- Lightfoot -- Supercharge -- Cutting losses -- Invasion -- Part IV. Crushing the wolfpacks -- The blackest month -- Setbacks -- Year end -- The critical theatre -- Living dangerously -- Frühlingswind -- Heavy water -- Regaining the initiative -- Into the gap -- Closing in -- Victory for the Allies.
"James Holland's The Rise of Germany, the first volume in his War in the West trilogy, was widely praised for Holland's impeccable research and narrative skills. With a wealth of characters from across the western theatre of WWII, Holland told a captivating story and used new research to challenge our assumptions and reframe our understanding of this momentous conflict. As The Rise of Germany ended, the Nazi war machine looked to be unstoppable. Germany had taken Poland and France with shocking speed. London was blitzed by the Luftwaffe, and U-boats harried Allied shipping. But Germany hadn't actually won the Battle of Britain or the Battle of the Atlantic, and was not producing airplanes or submarines fast enough. And what looked like victory in Greece and Crete had expended crucial resources in short supply. In The Allies Strike Back, while Germany's invasion of Russia unfolds in the east, in the west, the Americans formally enter the war. In North Africa, after setbacks at the hands of Rommel, the Allies storm to victory. Meanwhile, the bombing of Germany escalates, aiming to destroy Nazi industry and crush civilian morale. The Allies Strike Back is a captivating book by a supremely skilled historian"-- Provided by publisher.

The dawn of Detroit : a chronicle of slavery and freedom in the city of the straits

October 11, 2017
Miles, Tiya, 1970- author.
©2017
336 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction: the coast of the strait -- The straits of slavery (1760-1770) -- The war for liberty (1774-1783) -- The wild northwest (1783-1803) -- The winds of change (1802-1807) -- The rise of the renegades (1807-1815) -- Conclusion: the American city (1817 and beyond) -- Coda: a note on historical conversations and concepts.

King of spies : the dark reign in Korea of American's spymaster

October 10, 2017
Harden, Blaine, author.
New York : Viking, 2017.
viii, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Camp 14 returns with the untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history, shedding new light on the U.S. role in the Korean War, and its legacy In 1946, master sergeant Donald Nichols was stationed on the sleepy island of Guam when he caught the eye of recruiters from the Army's Counter Intelligence Corps. After just three months' training, he was sent to Korea, then a backwater largely beneath the radar of MacArthur's Pacific Command. Though he lacked the education and pedigree of most spies, Nichols quickly metamorphosed from army mechanic to black ops phenomenon. He insinuated himself into the affections of South Korea's first president, Syngman Rhee, and became a key player in the American war effort, warning months in advance about the North Korean invasion, breaking enemy codes, and identifying most of the bombing targets used throughout the war. But Nichols's accomplishments had a dark side: he ran his own base and played by his own rules. He recruited agents from refugee camps and prisons, sending many to their deaths on reckless missions. And his proximity to Rhee meant that he witnessed - and did nothing to stop - the slaughter of thousands of South Korean civilians in anticommunist purges"-- Provided by publisher.

Thanks, Obama : my hopey changey White House years

October 4, 2017
Litt, David, 1986- author.
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
310 pages ; 24 cm
A note regarding facts -- Introduction. Arugula on Air Force One -- Part one. Obamabot -- The rapture -- How to not land a White House job -- Cleared to work -- the corridors of power -- The salmon in the toilet -- Is Obama toast? -- Going Eastwood -- That first real taste of blood -- Part two. Our (teensy) place in history -- Hitler and Lips -- Juice in purgatory -- The holy war -- In the barrel -- Bucket -- The big rock candy mountain -- The finish line -- Epilogue. Squishing the scorpion.
"A different kind of White House memoir, presidential speechwriter David Litt's comic account of his years spent working with Barack Obama and his reflection on Obama's legacy in the age of Trump. Like many twentysomethings, David Litt frequently embarrassed himself in front of his boss's boss. Unlike many twentysomethings, Litt's boss's boss was President Obama. At age twenty-four, Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Along with remarks on issues like climate change and criminal justice reform, he was the president's go-to writer for comedy. As the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner speech (the "State of the Union of jokes"), he was responsible for some of President Obama's most memorable moments, including Keegan-Michael Key's appearance as Luther, Obama's "anger translator." With a humorist's eye for detail and a convert's zeal, Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front lines of Obamaworld. In his political coming-of-age story, he goes from starry-eyed college student--a self-described "Obamabot"--to nervous junior speechwriter to White House senior staff. His behind-the-scenes anecdotes answer questions you never knew you had: What's the classiest White House men's room? What's the social scene like on Air Force One? How do you force the National Security Council to stop hitting reply-all on every e-mail? In between lighthearted observations, Litt uses his experience to address one of today's most important issues: the legacy and future of the Obama movement in the age of Donald Trump"-- Provided by publisher.

Queens of the conquest : England's medieval queens. Book one

October 4, 2017
Weir, Alison, 1951- author.
New York : Ballentine Books, 2017.
xxxiv, 556 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Matilda of Flanders -- Matilda of Scotland -- Adeliza of Louvain -- Matilda of Boulogne and the Empress Maud -- The Empress Maud.
"Spanning the years from the Norman conquest in 1066 to the dawn of a new era in 1154, when Henry II succeeded to the throne and Eleanor of Aquitaine, the first Plantagenet queen, was crowned, this book brings to life five women, including Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, the first Norman king; Matilda of Scotland, revered as the common mother of all England; and Empress Maud, England's first female ruler, whose son King Henry II would go on to found the Plantagenet dynasty"--Amazon.com.

Angels in the sky : how a band of volunteer airmen saved the new state of Israel

October 4, 2017
Gandt, Robert L., author.
©2017
xix, 442 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
"The gripping story of how an all-volunteer air force helped defeat five Arab nations and protect the fledgling Jewish state. In 1948, only three years after the Holocaust, the newly founded nation of Israel came under siege from a coalition of Arab states. The invaders vowed to annihilate the tiny country and its 600,000 settlers. A second Holocaust was in the making. Outnumbered sixty to one, the Israelis had no allies, no regular army, no air force, no superpower to intercede on their behalf. The United States, Great Britain, and most of Europe enforced a strict embargo on the shipment of arms to the embattled country. In the first few days, the Arab armies overran Israel. The Egyptian air force owned the sky, making continuous air attacks on Israeli cities and army positions. Israel's extinction seemed certain. And then came help. From the United States, Canada, Britain, France, South Africa arrived a band of volunteer airmen. Most were World War II veterans--young, idealistic, swaggering, noble, eccentric, courageous beyond measure. Many were Jews, a third were not. Most of them knowingly violated their nations' embargoes on the shipment of arms and aircraft to Israel. They smuggled in Messerschmitt fighters from Czechoslovakia, painting over swastikas with Israeli stars. Defying their own countries' strict laws, the airmen risked everything--their lives, careers, citizenship--to fight for Israel. They were a small group, fewer than 150. In the crucible of war they became brothers in a righteous cause. They flew, fought, died, and, against all odds, helped save a new nation."--Provided by publisher.

So great a prince : the accession of Henry VIII: 1509

October 4, 2017
Johnson, Lauren, author
New York, N.Y. : Pegasus Books, 2017.
330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plate : color illustrations ; 24 cm

White mountain : a cultural adventure through the Himalayas

October 4, 2017
Twigger, Robert, author.
New York, N.Y. : Pegasus Books, 2017.
458 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Demons -- Pundits -- 1904 -- Going higher -- Nagas.
Home to mythical kingdoms, battles and expeditions, and magical beasts, the Himalayas have always loomed tall in our imaginations. Twigger takes a journey through the history of the world's greatest mountain range, and explores them as a central hub of the world's religion, as well as a climber's challenge and a traveler's dream.

A Guide to researching African American ancestors in Laurens County, South Carolina and selected finding aids

October 4, 2017
Garrett-Nelson, LaBrenda, 1953- author.
Bloomington, IN : Xlibris, 2016.
xxi, 423 pages ; 24 cm

The last castle : the epic story of love, loss, and American royalty in the nation's largest home

October 3, 2017
Kiernan, Denise, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
vii, 388 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A winter's tale -- A lady of the long man rising -- Rhapsody in mauve -- Collaborations and consecrations -- A crossing of some consequence -- New mistress -- Forest for the tress -- Births of the century -- Trials and toymakers -- The more things change -- High and dry -- Final crossings -- Washed away -- Homespun and a great war -- Freedoms and flappers -- Glimpse of a castle -- You might go home again -- Epilogue.
Documents the story of the Gilded Age mansion Biltmore, tracing George Vanderbilt's construction of his European-style estate and the efforts of his bride, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, to become its protector in the face of changing fortunes and times.

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