New Arrivals · History

July 28, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Politics is a joke! : how TV comedians are remaking political life

July 23, 2014
Lichter, S. Robert.
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, [2015]
xvi, 253 : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: politics is a funny business -- The rise of late night comedy -- A funny thing happened on the way to the White House -- Politicians behaving badly -- What's so funny? -- Laughing matters? -- If you can't beat them, join them -- Political humor: prospect and retrospect.


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

Devil at my heels : a heroic Olympian's astonishing story of survival as a Japanese POW in World War II

July 25, 2014
Zamperini, Louis, 1917-2014.
New York : Harper, 2011.
xiv, 297 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
"A hardcover edition of this book was published in 2003 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers."--T.p. verso.
That tough kid down the street -- The Torrance tornado -- World-class -- On a wing and a prayer -- Prepare to crash -- Adrift -- Execution island -- We regret to inform... -- The bird -- "If goat die, you die!" -- The long road home -- The hollow hero -- A second chance -- Forgiveness -- Not every soldier fades away.

Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II

July 25, 2014
Croke, Vicki.
xiv, 343 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"At the onset of World War II, [Billy] Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own 'Hannibal Trek,' [becoming] a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them"-- Provided by publisher.

Unreasonable men : Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican rebels who created progressive politics

July 24, 2014
Wolraich, Michael.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
x, 310 pages ; 25 cm
The bolt -- The railroad -- The muck rake -- The panic -- The money power -- The smile -- The tariff -- The insurgency -- The progressive -- The Bull Moose -- Epilogue.

Clinton, Inc. : the audacious rebuilding of a political machine

July 24, 2014
Halper, Daniel, author.
New York, NY : Broadside, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xxv, 319 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Brand management -- Hillary's redemption -- On their own -- Charm offensives -- Seducing the Bushes -- Death defiers -- Out of control -- The bubble -- The deal -- Daddy's little girl -- Chasing Hillary -- The road to coronation.
In 2001, Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House under a cloud, dogged by scandals and investigations. Even many Democrats were glad to see them go. Yet within just a few years Bill had secured a new reputation as a global humanitarian and elder statesman, and Hillary was running for president. Despite her 2008 loss to Barack Obama, Hillary bounced back to become a powerful and respected figure in his cabinet. Today the Clintons are among the most popular politicians in America--respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike. Their transformation has been so complete that it takes an effort to recall just how low their fortunes were a decade ago. None of this happened by accident. Behind the Clintons' remarkable comeback is an untold story of strategic calculation, backroom deals, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for wealth and power. Here, Weekly Standard reporter Daniel Halper compiles a wealth of research, exclusive documents, and candid interviews with friends, allies, and former enemies of the Clintons to reveal how they rebuilt their reputations, reconstructed their political machine, and positioned themselves for even greater success. Halper describes in intimate detail how the Bill and Hillary partnership works; provides new insights into their deals and friendships; and a comprehensive Republican effort to bring their ambitions to a halt.--From publisher description.

America's women in the Revolutionary era : a history through bibliography

July 24, 2014
Grundset, Eric.
Washington, D.C. : National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, c2011.
3 v. ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
v. 3. Authors and chronology of publications.

What they didn't teach you in American history class

July 22, 2014
Henry, Mike, 1952- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
x, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the beginning : the early arrivals and the young colonies -- Freedom : what a revolutionary idea! -- Welcome to the new nation -- The war of 1812...and 1813...and 1814...and 1815 -- 1815-1865 : growing pains -- There's nothing civil about war -- Abraham Lincoln : days of dreams and nightmares -- Before there was law and order, there was the wild West! -- The inventors : lots of new stuff -- 1900-1916 : don't get stuck in the bath tub! -- World War I : from Pancho to Paris -- Between the wars, 1918-1941 : other than the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and Hitler...things were pretty good -- World War II : that German guy sure has a funny mustache! -- 1945-1949 : the forties are finished and Dewey lost again -- The fifties : in the event of a nuclear attack, get under a table! -- It's the sixties : far out, man -- The seventies : there were crooks in the White House and everyone had disco fever! -- The eighties : the president looks just like this guy that I saw the other night in an old movie! -- The nineties : denials, trials and the .com market! -- The 21st century : terrorism and Twitter -- Never follow a legend -- Epilogue: The last word.

Showa : a history of Japan, 1936-1944

July 22, 2014
Mizuki, Shigeru, 1922- author, illustrator.
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2014.
548 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Translation of Komikku Shōwa-shi.
In Japanese right to left format.
Continues Mizuki's autobiographical and historical account of Showa-era Japan. This volume covers the final moments of the lead-up to World War II and the first few years of the Pacific War, and is a chilling reminder of the harshness of life in Japan during this highly militarized epoch.

Capture Cincinnati.

July 21, 2014
[Battle Ground, WA] : Pediment Publishing ; Cincinnati, OH : CiN Weekly :, c2007-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 25 x 29 cm. + 1 DVD (digital ; 4 3/4 in)
Vols. for c2007-<2009> include 1 DVD (digital ; 4 3/4 in.) containing additional photos.
"1,020 photographers, 11,891 photos, 333,211 votes"--Dust jacket [c2007]. Book is the result of a contest in which local residents voted on-line for their favorite submitted photographs.

Stilwater : finding wild mercy in the outback

July 21, 2014
Grenade, Rafael de, 1980-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, [2014]
263 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"A young woman is airlifted to join a small crew on an abandoned Australian cattle station and drags feral cattle in from the wild, resulting in a spellbinding story that challenges notions of wildness and domestication, contrasting the pastoral with the brutality of modern ranching"--Provided by publisher.

The price of life

July 21, 2014
Nightwine, George Theodore, author.
Napa Valley, California : George Theodore Nightwine, 2014.
487 leaves : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Cover title.
1. Napa, California -- 2. Pearl Harbor -- 3. Tokyo, Japan -- 4. Port of Pusan -- 5. Pohang Valley -- 6. Operation Killer: United Nations Spring Offensive -- 7. Operation Ripper -- 8. San Francisco News: This is what I saw when I entered the valley -- 9. [Untitled] -- 10. U.N. tanks thrust toward town only 8 miles from North Korea -- 11. Quantico Line -- 12. Letter Home -- 13. Operation Mousetrap -- 14. Reds challenged to fight -- 15. Objectives on this mountain: Able, Baker, and Charlie -- 16. Marines first anniversary with United Nations forces -- 17. Next three objectives: Dog, Easy, George -- 18. Howe Objective -- 19. First Helicopter Combat Assault -- 20. November 14, 1951 : 176th birthday, U.S. Marine Corps -- 21. Postscript : Napa Valley, California ; The war is ended : July 27, 1953 -- Appendix.
"This book is my memoir of the time I spent in combat in Korea. I served as an Infantryman (Browning Automatic Rifleman), in the 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Howe Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Guadalcanal Division), FMF (Fleet Marine Force) Pacific."--Page 5.

The Nixon defense : what he knew and when he knew it

July 18, 2014
Dean, John W. (John Wesley), 1938-
New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2014.
xxx, 746 pages ; 25 cm
Part I : covering up (June 20 to July 1, 1972). June 20, 1972 (Tuesday) : before and after the 18 1/2-minute gap ; June 21, 1972 (Wednesday) : creating the cover-up scenario ; June 22, 1972 (Thursday) : first Watergate-related press conference ; June 23, 1972 (Friday) : firing "the smoking gun" ; June 24 to July 1, 1972 : Martha's breakdown, John's resignation and another scenario -- Part II : containing (July 1972 through December 1972). July 6 to July 18, 1972 : the call from Gray and a walk on the beach ; July 19 to August 18, 1972 : concern over Magruder's testimony ; August 17 to September 15, 1972 : investigations, indictment and the president meets with his White House counsel ; Late September through October 1972 : Segretti merges with Watergate ; November 1 to December 30, 1972 : reelection, reorganization, a Dean report considered, Chapin's departure and Dorothy Hunt's death -- Part III : unraveling (January 1 to March 23, 1973). January 1973 : keeping Magruder happy, giving Hunt assurances and the Watergate break-in trial ; February 3 to 23, 1973 : Senate Watergate Committee and Gray's nomination ; February 27 to March 15, 1973 : Nixon discovers his White House counsel and Gray puts me in the spotlight ; March 16 to 20, 1973 : return of the Dean report, the Ellsberg break-in and Hunt's blackmail ; March 21 to 22, 1973 : a cancer on the presidency and Nixon's response -- Part IV : the Nixon defense (March 23 to May 22, 1973) ; March 23 to April 13, 1973 : options and indecision ; April 14 to 30, 1973 : pricking the boil and cleaning house ; May 1 to 10, 1973 : new team, tough tactics and rough new issues ; May 11 to 22, 1973 : a preemptive defense statement ; May 23 to July 16, 1973 : discrediting Dean and the beginning of the end.
A former White House Counsel and one of the last surviving major figures from Watergate uses his own transcripts from hundreds of conversations as well as documents in the archives to definitively determine what Nixon knew and when he knew it.

The French house : an American family, a ruined 'maison,' and the village that restored them all

July 18, 2014
Wallace, Don, 1952-
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2014]
x, 325 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
"Shortly after Don and Mindy Wallace move to Manhattan to jump-start their writing careers, they learn of a house for sale in a village they once visited on a tiny French island off the Brittany coast. Desperate for a life change, the Wallaces bravely (and impulsively) buy it almost sight unseen. What they find when they arrive is a ruin, and it isn't long before their lives begin to resemble it--with hilarious and heartwarming results."--Back cover.

Double agent : the first hero of World War II and how the FBI outwitted and destroyed a Nazi spy ring

July 17, 2014
Duffy, Peter, 1969-
New York : Scribner, [2014].
vii, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The object of the bombardment -- The highest humanity -- Almost single-handed -- -- True faith and allegiance -- With the resources we have on hand -- To lead an organization there -- In this solemn hour -- "You are Harry Sawyer" -- A vile race of quislings -- And you be careful -- Room 627 -- The trusted man.

Along the Appalachian Trail : Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee

July 17, 2014
Adkins, Leonard M.
Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., c2012.
127 p. : chiefly ill., map ; 24 cm.
Georgia -- Southern North Carolina -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- Along the North Carolina/Tennessee border.
Predating the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail was established in the 1920s. Yet even after volunteers had begun the pathway's construction, its southern terminus was still undetermined, The more than 200 vintage photographs of Images of America.

The Nixon tapes

July 16, 2014
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
xxiii, 758 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The start of taping to the China Announcement, February-July 1971 -- The collapse of the gold standard to the India-Pakistan War, August-December 1971 -- Summit planning and escalation in Vietnam, January-May 1972 -- The road to reelection and the end of the war, June 1972-January 1973.
"The famous--and infamous--Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David--3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter's massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history. The Nixon Tapes offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president's hubris, paranoia, and political genius"-- Provided by publisher.

Bell Island : dawn of first light

July 16, 2014
Sheppard, N. W. (Nathaniel W.), 1952-
St. John's, N.L. : Flanker Press, 2011.
xi, 123 p. : ill., facsim., ports. ; 24 cm.
In the beginning -- By the grace of God -- By the book: education on the island -- The riches of the earth -- For king and country -- The roaring twenties and dirty thirties -- I'm part of the union -- The winds of war -- Wave over wave -- The fifties and sixties -- Let the games begin -- After the shutdown.

Brazil : the troubled rise of a global power

July 15, 2014
Reid, Michael, author.
xii, 334 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

A most imperfect union : a contrarian history of the United States

July 15, 2014
Stavans, Ilan, author.
xv, 269 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 25 cm.
Enough with the dead white men! Forget what you learned in school! Ever since Columbus --who was probably a converted Jew -- "discovered" the New World, the powerful and privileged have usurped American history. The true story of the United States lies not with the founding fathers or robber barons, but with the country's most overlooked and marginalized peoples: the workers, immigrants, housewives, and slaves who built America from the ground up and made this country what it is today. In A Most Imperfect Union, cultural critic Ilan Stavans and award-winning cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz present a vibrant alternative history of America, giving full voice to the country's unsung but exceptional people. From African royals to accused witches, from Puerto Rican radicals to Arab immigrants, Stavans and Alcaraz use sardonic humor and irreverent illustrations to introduce some of the most fascinating characters in American history-- and to recount travesties and triumphs that mainstream accounts all too often ignore. What emerges is a colorful group portrait of these United States, one that champions America's progress while also acknowledging its missteps. Sweeping and cinematic, stretching from the nation's prehistory to the post-9/11 era, A Most Imperfect Union is a joyous, outrageous celebration of the complex, sometimes unruly individuals and forces that have shaped our ever-changing land.

Romany and Tom : a memoir

July 15, 2014
Watt, Ben, 1962- author.
London : Bloomsbury, 2014.
viii, 351 p. ; 22 cm.
A portrait from Everything But The Girl band member Ben Watt "of his [jazz musician and Shakespearean actor] parents' exceptional lives and marriage, depicted in a personal journey from his own wide-eyed London childhood, through years as an adult with children and a career of his own, to that inevitable point when we must assume responsibility for our own parents in their old age"

We'll always have Paris : a mother/daughter memoir

July 15, 2014
Coburn, Jennifer, 1966- author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2014]
xviii, 377 pages : map ; 21 cm
Trip one. Paris and London, 2005 -- Trip two. Italy, 2008. Rome ; Salerno ; Florence ; Venice -- Trip three. Spain, 2011. Madrid ; Seville ; Granada ; Barcelona ; The Dalí Triangle -- Trip four. Amsterdam and Paris, 2013.
Jennifer Coburn has always been terrified of dying young. It's the reason she drops everything during the summers on a quest to travel through Europe with her daughter, Katie, before it's too late. Even though her husband can't join them, even though she's nervous about the journey, and even though she's perfectly healthy, she spends three to four weeks per trip jamming Katie's mental photo album with memories. In this heartwarming generational love story, Jennifer reveals how their adventures helped relinquish her fear of dying-- for the sake of living.

Disobeying Hitler : German resistance after Valkyrie

July 14, 2014
Hansen, Randall, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014].
470 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illlustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introduction -- War, atrocities, resistance -- The coup against Hitler -- From failing hands : the coup in Paris -- Paris, July 20, 1944 : the SS locked down -- The resistance's last hope : Rommel against Hitler -- Hitler's revenge -- Did a Prussian save Paris? -- To destroy the City of Light -- Paris in revolt -- Paris liberated, Paris spared -- Normandy south : the invasion of southern France -- Forts and fortresses : Toulon -- Europe's lifeline : Marseille -- Violence comes home : preparing the defense of the Reich -- To destroy Germany : Hitler and scorched earth -- Fighting to the last man : the allies at the Rhine -- Hitler rages -- The Siege of Dusseldorf -- Dying so that they may live : central Germany -- Nuremberg's destruction, Heidelberg's salvation : southern Germany -- A citizens' revolt : Augsburg -- "We, the women of Freiburg, beg you" : the French occupation of southern Germany -- A house of cards : the Soviet assault on the Reich -- Saving Caspar David Friedrich's city -- Finishing the job that Bomber Harris started : Hamburg -- Escaping the Soviet net : Walther Wenck and the flight across the Elbe -- Conclusion.

Between slavery and freedom : free people of color in America from settlement to the Civil War

July 14, 2014
Winch, Julie, 1953- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xix, 151 pages, 15 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction : "On liberty's borderlands -- Property or persons: black freedom in colonial America, 1513-1770 -- In liberty's cause: black freedom in revolutionary America, 1770-1790 -- Race, liberty and citizenship in the new nation, 1790-1820 -- "We will have our rights": redefining black freedom, 1820-1850 -- "No rights which the white man was bound to respect": black freedom and black citizenship, 1850-1861.

Good morning, Mr. Mandela

July 14, 2014
La Grange, Zelda, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2014]
xiv, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
One of Mandela's three private secretaries and now working for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, "La Grange pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as she knew him: a teacher who gave her the most valuable lessons of her life. The Mr. Mandela we meet in these pages is a man who refused to be defined by his past, who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing, and direct. As he renewed his country, he also freed La Grange from a closed world of fear and mistrust, giving her life true meaning"

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