New Arrivals · History

October 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

No hero : the evolution of a Navy SEAL

October 29, 2014
Owen, Mark, 1976?- author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2014]
vi, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Recounts definitive moments from the author's career as a Navy SEAL, discussing the missions that had the greatest personal meaning for him and explaining the lessons and values he hopes to pass on to the next generation.

Shock factor : America's snipers in the War on Terror

October 29, 2014
Coughlin, Jack, 1966-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.

Paper love : searching for the girl my grandfather left behind

October 29, 2014
Wildman, Sarah, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group, 2014.
386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

For love of country : what our veterans can teach us about citizenship, heroism, and sacrifice

October 29, 2014
Schultz, Howard.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
210 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Part I. In his son's steps -- Never leave a fallen comrade -- This is what I want to do with my life -- The last line of defense -- Just doing my job -- Part II. You're all going to college -- Team Rubicon -- Something positive has to come of all this -- Still fighting for his troops -- I miss you Dad.
In a collection of compelling, original portraits, the authors celebrate the extraordinary heroism on the battlefield and the equally valuable contributions on the home front of this generation's American veterans.

The Georgetown set : friends and rivals in Cold War Washington

October 29, 2014
Herken, Gregg, 1947- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xi, 494 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
A Borzoi Book.
The WASP ascendancy -- "A political village which has become a world capital" -- "Everything is awful here" -- "Is war inevitable?" -- "Would he go into the woods?" -- "To fight fire with fire" -- "Some brave new approach" -- "A land of conspiracy, run by conspirators" -- "Why has Washington gone crazy?" -- "A rather serious border incident" -- "Venomous, exciting and pretty frightening" -- Bold easterners -- "Stray and gusty winds" -- "The wild pigs of Capitol Hill" -- "An act of very great folly" -- "A chap of great promise" -- "The prophet of the missile gap" -- "A breathless time, full of energy and hope" -- "We will all fry" -- "How great is one's duty to truth?" -- Degringolade -- "The other side of the coin" -- "I'm afraid Joe is a cruel man" -- "It was the war that did him in" -- "Nobody plays by the rules anymore" -- "There is a feeling of doors closing" -- Epilogue: "We're all so old or dead": the end of the Georgetown set.
In the years after World War II, Georgetown's leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians who helped steer American strategy from the Marshall Plan through McCarthyism, Watergate, and the endgame of Vietnam. The Georgetown set included Phil and Kay Graham, husband-and-wife publishers of The Washington Post; Joe and Stewart Alsop, odd-couple brothers who were among the country's premier political pundits; Frank Wisner, a driven, manic-depressive lawyer in charge of CIA covert operations; and a host of other diplomats, spies, and scholars responsible for crafting America's response to the Soviet Union from Truman to Reagan. This was a smaller, cozier Washington--utterly unlike today's capital--where presidents made foreign policy in consultation with reporters and professors over martinis and hors d'oeuvres, and columnists like the Alsops promoted those policies in the next day's newspapers. Together, they navigated the perilous years of the Cold War, yielding triumphs--and tragedies--with very real consequences for present-day America and the world.--From publisher description.

The devils' alliance : Hitler's pact with Stalin, 1939-1941

October 29, 2014
Moorhouse, Roger, author.
xxxiv, 382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
A meeting on the boundary of peace -- The devil's potion -- Bonded in blood -- Sharing the spoils -- Contortions -- A rough, uncertain wooing -- Oiling the wheels of war -- Comrade "Stonearse" in the lair of the fascist beast -- Riding the Nazi tiger -- No honor among thieves -- Life after death -- Appendix: text of the Nazi-Soviet nonaggression pact.
Explores the causes and implications of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, an unholy covenant whose creation and dissolution were crucial turning points in World War II. Forged by the German foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and his Soviet counterpart, Vyacheslav Molotov, the nonaggression treaty briefly united the two powers in a brutally efficient collaboration. Together, the Germans and Soviets quickly conquered and divided central and eastern Europe; Poland, the Baltic States, Finland, and Bessarabia. The human cost was staggering: during the two years of the pact hundreds of thousands of people in central and eastern Europe caught between Hitler and Stalin were expropriated, deported, or killed.


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

The Wars of the Roses : the fall of the Plantagenets and the rise of the Tudors

October 28, 2014
Jones, Dan, 1981-
New York : Viking, [2014]
xxiii, 392 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Beginnings (1420-1437). "King of all the world" ; "We were in perfect health" ; "Born to be king" ; "Oweyn Tidr" -- What is a king? (1437-1455). "My Lord of Suffolk's good lordship" ; "A dear marriage" ; "Away, traitors, away!" ; "Then bring in the duke of York" ; "Smitten with a frenzy" -- The hollow crown (1455-1471). "Princess most excellent" ; "Suddenly fell down the crown" ; "Havoc" ; "The noble and the lowly" ; "Diverse times" ; "Final destruction" -- The rise of the Tudors (1471-1525). "To execute wrath" ; "The only imp now left" ; "Judge me, o Lord" ; "War or life" ; "Envy never dies" ; "Blanche Rose."
The best-selling author of The Plantagenets traces the 15th-century civil wars that irrevocably shaped the British crown, particularly evaluating the roles of strong women including Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort in shifting power between two ruling families. Includes six maps and four genealogies.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis : the untold story

October 28, 2014
Leaming, Barbara.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
A book that explores the seemingly magical world of Jackie Onassis' youth, her fairy-tale marriage to a wealthy and handsome senator and presidential candidate and her astonishing transformation into a deft political wife and unique first lady also explores what the author asserts was Jackie's 31-year struggle with PTSD after the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy.

Ukraine : then and now

October 28, 2014
Stewart, Gail B. (Gail Barbara), 1949- author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, [2015]
80 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm.
A nation on the brink -- The most coveted land -- The politics of Ukraine -- The economy of Ukraine -- The social fabric of Ukraine -- The challenges ahead.

New York in four seasons

October 28, 2014
Storrings, Michael, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
78 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm

Joan of Arc : a life transfigured

October 27, 2014
Harrison, Kathryn.
New York : Doubleday, 2014.
382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
In the beginning was the Word -- By angels' speech and tongue -- A small, nay, the least, thing -- The king's treasure -- Who is this then, that wind and seas obey? -- Surrender to the maid -- A leaping stag -- Black horseman -- The golden cloak -- The tower keep -- A heart that would not burn -- Life everlasting.
A fully documented, inspiring portrait of the 15th-century peasant-turned-saint draws on historical facts, folklore and centuries of critical interpretation to evaluate the questions attributed to her character.

Havel : a life

October 27, 2014
Žantovský, Michael, 1949- author.
New York : Grove Press, 2014
xiv, 543 pages, 8 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Village of secrets : defying the Nazis in Vichy France

October 27, 2014
Moorehead, Caroline, author.
Toronto : Random House Canada, 2014.
374 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

Napoleon : a life

October 24, 2014
Roberts, Andrew, 1963- author.
New York : Viking, 2014.
xli, 926 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War and the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation.

Commander Will Cushing : daredevil hero of the Civil War

October 24, 2014
Malanowski, Jamie, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Terrible excitement -- Plague and pride -- A talent for buffoonery -- Not recommended -- Neither effective nor subordinate -- His exuberant spirit -- The Gosport debacle -- Delaware farmer -- Baptisms of fire -- Twenty-eight shells a minute -- Original and speculative -- Transformations -- The virginia -- The monitor -- Rising -- Reenter flusser -- Adventures of the ellis -- Pilot hunting -- Alonzo at antietam -- In old virginia -- At Gettysburg -- Alonzo's glory -- Grieving -- The essence of impudence -- Marsh grass and cattails -- High time we went -- Zigzag -- Letters from Welles -- The coming -- Rampage -- Too strong -- Proceed to New York -- No one else -- In case of failure -- Dead ahead -- Now -- Dead gone sunk -- Seldom equaled, never excelled -- Back in action -- Secret weapon -- Sitting duck -- Return to Fort Fisher -- Slaughter at the northeast bastion -- Endgames -- Victory -- On the west coast -- Love and duty -- Love letters -- In the orient -- Howard -- The world stage -- The Virginius -- The butcher -- Face-off -- At rest.
A thrilling narrative biography of William Barker Cushing, the Civil War's most celebrated naval hero.

Isabella : the warrior queen

October 24, 2014
Downey, Kirstin.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]
x, 520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
A birth without fanfare -- A childhood in the shadows -- Frightening years -- Isabella faces the future alone -- Marriage -- Ferdinand and his family -- The newlyweds -- The Borgia connection -- Preparing to rule -- Isabella takes the throne -- The tribe of Isabel -- The whole world trembled -- The queen's war -- Architects of the Inquisition -- Landing in paradise -- Borgia gives her the world -- Lands of vanity and illusion -- Faith and family -- Turks at the door -- Israel in exile -- Three daughters -- A church without a shepherd -- The death of Queen Isabella -- The world after Isabella.
Drawing on new scholarship, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Woman Behind the New Deal presents a biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus' journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

Empire of sin : a story of sex, jazz, murder, and the battle for modern New Orleans

October 24, 2014
Krist, Gary.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
viii, 416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
PART ONE. The War Begins, 1890-1891 -- Going Respectable -- The Sodom of the South -- The First Casualty -- Retribution -- PART TWO. Drawing Boundaries, Mid-1890s-1907 -- A Sporting Man -- New Sounds -- Desperado -- Storyville Rising -- Jazzmen -- The Sin Factory -- PART THREE. Battlegrounds of Sin, 1907-1917 -- The Black Hand -- A Reawakening -- An Incident on Franklin Street -- Hard Times -- The New Prohibitionists -- PART FOUR. Twilight of the Demimonde, 1917-1920 -- Exodus -- A Killer in the Night -- "Almost As if He Had Wings" -- The Axman's Jazz -- The End of an Empire -- The Soiled Phoenix -- AFTERWORD: Who Was the Axman?
"From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans' other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City. Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans' thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city's elite 'better half' against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world"-- Provided by publisher.

The good son : JFK Jr. and the mother he loved

October 24, 2014
Andersen, Christopher P., author.
xv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Part I. His mother's son -- "Please don't do it" -- The son he had longed for -- "John, you can salute Daddy now" -- "A Kennedy never gives up" -- "I want to help him go back and find his father" -- A shoebox full of diamonds -- The crown prince -- Part II. John on his own -- Just one of the guys -- "My mother will be frantic" -- "I'm not my father" -- "The luckiest man alive".
Like many parents and children, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and JFK Jr. shared an intense, tender, and often tempestuous bond. It was, quite simply, the most important relationship in John's life. With riveting insight, Andersen reveals how mother and son influenced, challenged, and supported each other through good times and bad, unveiling startling new details about a family we thought we already knew: John's reaction to his mother's bout with suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs; the surreal and ultimately catastrophic impact of the Onassis years; the premonitions that terrified Jackie about John's fate; Jackie's success at keeping John away from his hellraising cousins, and his complicated relationship with the rest of the clan; the power she wielded over his affairs with Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daryl Hannah, and others; how John privately handled the scandalous revelations about his parents' marriage; the secrets about John's own turbulent marriage and his senseless death. Bittersweet, provocative, thoughtful and inspiring, this is the often heartbreaking tale of two lives tested by history and tragedy.--From publisher description.

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).

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.

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