New Arrivals · History

October 24, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Another man's war : the story of a Burma boy in Britain's forgotten African army

October 23, 2014
Phillips, Barnaby, author.
London, England : Oneworld Publications, 2014.
xv, 313 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"In December 1941 the Japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land campaign of the Second World War had begun. 100,000 African soldiers were taken from Britain's colonies to fight the Japanese in the Burmese jungles. They performed heroically in one of the most brutal theatres of war, yet their contribution has been largely ignored. Isaac Fadoyebo was one of those 'Burma Boys'. At the age of sixteen he ran away from his Nigerian village to join the British Army. Sent to Burma, he was attacked and left for dead in the jungle by the Japanese. Sheltered by courageous local rice farmers, Isaac spent nine months in hiding before his eventual rescue. He returned to Nigeria a hero, but his story was soon forgotten. Barnaby Phillips travelled to Nigeria and Burma in search of Isaac, the family who saved his life, and the legacy of an Empire. Another Man's War is Isaac's story."--Page 2 of jacket.

Kid presidents : true tales of childhood from America's presidents

October 23, 2014
Stabler, David, author.
215 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Ulysses S. Grant, the horseback kid -- Theodore Roosevelt and the Broadway Seal -- Richard Nixon and the size 9 boots of doom -- Jimmy Carter, arrowhead hunter -- Bill Clinton and the red, white, and blue sax -- George Washington, kid of the wild frontier -- Andrew Jackson , the littlest patriot -- Herbert Hoover, boy of the Osage -- Franklin D. Roosevelt and his day of freedom -- Barack Obama, new kid in town -- Abraham Lincoln and the not-so-wicked stepmother -- Dwight Eisenhower and his three lessons of leadership -- John F. Kennedy and the bullying big brother -- Lyndon Johnson, class clown -- Gerald Ford, the angriest boy in the world -- Ronald Reagan, near-sighted superhero.

When lions roar : the Churchills and the Kennedys

October 23, 2014
Maier, Thomas, 1956-
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014.
pages cm
A far-reaching history of the intertwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys discusses their respective family views, how they overcame bitter differences to unite against Hitler and the enduring influence of their collaborations.

At home in exile : why diaspora is good for the Jews

October 23, 2014
Wolfe, Alan, 1942- author.
272 pages ; 24 cm
"The Holocaust followed by Israel's creation constituted a kind of civil religion for Jews, reminding them of their eternal vulnerability while offering salvation in the form of statehood. Memories inevitably change, however, and as the impact of these two titanic events fade, an increasingly number of Judiasm's next generation is starting to reject the particularism associated with both events in favor of a rebirth of the universalism that once characterized life in the diaspora. In this book I argue that this is a positive moment, both for Jews and the non-Jews with whom they live"-- Provided by publisher.

Founding fathers : the fight for freedom and the birth of American liberty

October 23, 2014
Kostyal, K. M., 1951-
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Books, 2014.
350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Commonwealths, crimes, and calamities (1763-1774) -- Liberty or death (1775) -- Times that try men's souls (1776) -- Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots (1777-1778) -- In the very midst of a revolution (1779-1780) -- The tide of success (1781-1783) -- A more perfect union (1784-1789).


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

Native elders : sharing their wisdom

October 22, 2014
Sigafus, Kim, author.
Summertown, Tennesse : 7th Generation, Native voices, [2014]
101 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
LaDonna Harris -- Ernest Siva -- Jacqueline Guest -- Percy Henry -- Nella Heredia -- Jim Northrup -- Judy Gingell -- Christine Jack -- Mark Bellcourt -- Bert Crowfoot -- Louva Dahozy -- Faith Davison.
Read the stories of Native elders whose lives spring from a time without television, computers or cell phones.

DeSoto County, Mississippi : history and families.

October 21, 2014
Humboldt, Tenn. : Rose Pub. Co., c1999.
232 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
"A project of the Genealogical Society of DeSoto County"--P.3.

Escape from Tibet : a true story

October 21, 2014
Gray, Nick, author.
Toronto, Ontario : Annick Press, 2014.
154 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

Victoria : a life

October 20, 2014
Wilson, A. N., 1950- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2014.
xi, 642 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources to show us Queen Victoria as she's never been seen before. Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death, and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of this momentous epoch in Britain's history--and the world's"--Dust jacket flap.
Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of a momentous epoch in Britain's history -- and the world's.

North Korea : anonymous country

October 20, 2014
Leeb, Julia, photographer.
Kempen : teNeues, 2014.
218 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 35 cm
Includes index.

Emilie Davis's Civil War : the diaries of a free Black woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865

October 20, 2014
Davis, Emilie Frances, 1838-1899, author.
University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2014]
xxiv, 211 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
"A transcription and annotation of the diary of Emilie Davis, a free African American woman who lived in Philadelphia during the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.

Manassas : a battlefield guide

October 20, 2014
Rafuse, Ethan Sepp, 1968-
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
xvii, 252 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

The USA and the world.

October 17, 2014
Harpers Ferry, W. Va. : Stryker-Post Publications
v. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.

Ghost walls : the story of a 17th-century colonial homestead

October 17, 2014
Walker, Sally M.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [2014]
136 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm

On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller

October 17, 2014
Smith, Richard Norton, 1953-
New York : Random House, [2014].
xxxiv, 842 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
A Pulitzer Prize finalist offers a sweeping portrait of one of the 20th century's most significant politicians, businessmen and philanthropists.

Top dog : the story of marine hero Lucca

October 17, 2014
Goodavage, Maria, 1962- author.
New York, New York : Dutton Adult, 2014.
x, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs returns with the incredible story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez, in what would become a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry, and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name. The book describes in gritty detail Lucca's adventures on and off the battlefields, including tense, lifesaving explosives finds and firefights, as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and dogs they served with. Ultimately we see how the bond between Lucca and her handlers overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas this violence ignites. Here is a portrait of modern warfare with a heartwarming and inspiring conclusion that will touch dog lovers and the toughest military readers."-- Provided by publisher.

Rebellion : the history of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

October 17, 2014
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
ix, 502 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
First published in Great Britain by Macmillan as a set, complete in 6 volumes, under the common title The history of England. Rebellion is volume 3, which in the Macmillan set was entitled Civil war.
A new Solomon -- The plot -- The beacons -- The god of money -- The angel -- The vapours -- What news? -- A Bohemian tragedy -- The Spanish travellers -- An interlude -- Vivat Rex -- A fall from grace -- Take that slime away -- I am the man -- The crack of doom -- The shrimp -- Sudden flashings -- Venture all -- A great and dangerous treason -- Madness and fury -- A world of change -- Worse and worse news -- A world of mischief -- Neither hot nor cold -- The gates of hell -- The women of war -- The face of God -- The mansion of liberty -- A game to play -- To kill a king -- This house to be let -- Fear and trembling -- Healing and settling -- Is it possible? -- The young gentleman -- Oh prodigious change! -- On the road -- To rise and piss -- And not dead yet? -- The true force -- Hot news -- New infirmities -- Or at the cock? -- Noise rhymes to noise -- The Protestant wind.
Examines the Stuart dynasty during a turbulent seventeenth century marked by civil war, the execution of Charles I, the rule of Oliver Cromwell, and the deposition and exile of James II.

The unsubstantial air : American fliers in the First World War

October 17, 2014
Hynes, Samuel, 1924-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
xii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: A Fire Beyond the Horizon -- 1. An Occupation for Gentlemen -- 2. The Ivy League Air Force -- 3. Going -- 4. Abroad I : First Impressions -- 5. Driving the Machine -- 6. The Pleasurable Sensation of Flying -- 7. Waiting for the War -- 8. How to Fight -- 9. This Killing Business -- 10. Abroad II : Getting Acquainted -- 11. In Pursuit -- 12. Looking at the War -- 13. A Short History of Bombing -- 14. Summer : 1918 -- 15. September : St. Mihiel -- 16. Abroad III : End Games -- 17. The Last Battle -- 18. November Eleventh -- 19. Afterwards.
"The vivid story of the young Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I. The Unsubstantial Air is a chronicle of war that is more than a military history; it traces the lives and deaths of the young Americans who fought in the skies over Europe in World War I. Using letters, journals, and memoirs, it speaks in their voices and answers primal questions: What was it like to be there? What was it like to fly those planes, to fight, to kill? The volunteer fliers were often privileged young men--the sort of college athletes and Ivy League students who might appear in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, and sometimes did. For them, a war in the air would be like a college reunion. Others were roughnecks from farms and ranches, for whom it would all be strange. Together they would make one Air Service and fight one bitter, costly war. A wartime pilot himself, the memoirist and critic Samuel Hynes tells these young men's saga as the story of a generation. He shows how they dreamed of adventure and glory, and how they learned the realities of a pilot's life, the hardships and the danger, and how they came to know both the beauty of flight and the constant presence of death. They gasp in wonder at the world seen from a plane, struggle to keep their hands from freezing in open-air cockpits, party with actresses and aristocrats, and search for their friends' bodies on the battlefield. Their romantic war becomes more than that--it becomes a harsh but often thrilling new reality"-- Provided by publisher.

Rise of ISIS : a threat we can't ignore

October 17, 2014
Sekulow, Jay, author.
xi, 128 pages ; 22 cm
Adapted in part from a series of papers presented by Jay Sekulow in July 2014 at Oxford University's History, Politics, and Society program on Religion and Politics in the Middle East.
The horror of jihad -- The rise of Isis and the new caliphate -- ISIS: the world's most ruthless and powerful jihadist army -- Hamas: architects of eternal jihad -- Hamas: Israel's most restless enemy -- Hamas creates a unity government with Fatah then launches war -- Waging warfare: the U.N. tries to transform our soldiers into war criminals -- The 2014 Gaza War: who are the real war criminals? -- Hamas systematically and intentionally violated the law of war -- The stakes could not be higher -- Oppose, don't appease: the way forward against jihad.

The return of George Washington : 1783-1789

October 16, 2014
Larson, Edward J. (Edward John), author.
© 2014
xv, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Book I. From New York to Mount Vernon, 1782-1786. Retiring becomes him; Reeling in the West; To go or not to go -- Book II. To, from, and in Philadelphia, 1787. The center holds; In his image; "Little short of a miracle" -- Book III. From Mount Vernon to New York, 1877-1789. Ratifying Washington; The first federal elections; The inaugural parade.

Pay any price : greed, power, and endless war

October 16, 2014
Risen, James.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014].
xvii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Greed. Pallets of cash ; The Emperor of the War on Terror ; The new oligarchs -- Power. Rosetta ; Alarbus ; Too big to fail -- Endless war. The war on decency ; The war on normalcy ; The war on truth.
"War corrupts. Endless war corrupts absolutely. Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses -- and until this book, it has worked very hard to cover them up. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. FDR authorized the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. Presidents Bush and Obama now must face their own reckoning. Power corrupts, but it is endless war that corrupts absolutely"-- Provided by publisher.

The seasons of trouble : life amid the ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War

October 16, 2014
Mohan, Rohini.
Brooklyn, NY : Verso Books, [2014].
xiii, 353 pages : map ; 24 cm
The seasons of trouble -- Part I. Unseen, June 2008-April 2009 -- Part II. Claustrophobia, April 2009-June 2010 -- Part III. Refuge, August 2010-April 2013 -- A brief history of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

La Belle Créole : the Cuban countess who captivated Havana, Madrid, and Paris

October 16, 2014
García-Lapuerta, Alina.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2014.
x, 309 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : color illustrations, maps, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Havana : a city of sea and light -- Mercedes and Mamita -- Joaquin -- Behind the convent walls -- Adios, Cuba -- Madrid : grandeur and decay -- A sense of loss -- Treason, hatred, vengeance -- The good devils -- Adios, España -- Starting over -- The rise of La Belle Créole -- Romancing the past -- The literary socialite -- Daughter of Havana -- A song for Havana -- Finale: adagio cantabile.
"The adventurous woman nicknamed La Belle Créole is brought to life in this book through the full use of her memoirs, contemporary accounts, and her intimate letters. The fascinating María de las Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, also known as Mercedes, and later the Comtesse Merlin, was a Cuban-born aristocrat who was years ahead of her time as a writer, a socialite, a salon host, and a participant in the Cuban slavery debate. Raised in Cuba and shipped off to live with her socialite mother in Spain at the age of 13, Mercedes triumphed over the political chaos that blanketed Europe in the Napoleonic days, by charming aristocrats from all sides with her exotic beauty and singing voice. She married General Merlin in Napoleon's army and discussed painting with Francisco de Goya. In Paris she hosted the city's premier musical salon where Liszt, Rossini, and great divas of the day performed for Rothschilds, Balzac, and royalty. Celebrated as one of the greatest amateur sopranos of her day, Mercedes also achieved fame as a writer. Her memoirs and travel writings introduced European audiences to 19th-century Cuban society and contributed to the debate over slavery. Mercedes has recently been rediscovered as Cuba's earliest female author and one who deserves a place in the canon of Latin American literature"-- Provided by publisher.

Napoleon : the end of glory

October 16, 2014
Price, Munro, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2014]
xx, 324 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Napoleon and his empire, December 1812 -- Plots and alarms, 1812-1813 -- Russia, Austria and Napoleon, 1812-1813 -- War and diplomacy, spring 1813 -- Napoleon and Metternich -- The Congress of Prague -- From Dresden to Leipzig -- The battle of the nations -- Natural frontiers -- Challenge from within -- The Congress of Chatillon -- The beginning of the end -- Talleyrand -- An end to glory.

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