New Arrivals · History

October 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The victory with no name : the Native American defeat of the first American army

September 30, 2014
Calloway, Colin G. (Colin Gordon), 1953-
ix, 214 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
1. Confederations : America in 1790 -- 2. Building a Nation on Indian Land -- 3. The U.S. Invades Ohio -- 4. The Indian Resistance Movement -- 5. Battle with No Name -- 6. Recriminations and Reversal -- Epilogue.
"In 1791, General Arthur St. Clair led the United States Army in a campaign to destroy a complex of Indian villages at the Miami River in northwestern Ohio. Almost within reach of their objective, St. Clair's 1,400 men were attacked by about one thousand Indians. The U.S. force was decimated, suffering nearly one thousand casualties in killed and wounded, while Indian casualties numbered only a few dozen. But despite the lopsided result, it wouldn't appear to carry much significance; it involved only a few thousand people, lasted less than three hours, and the outcome, which was never in doubt, was permanently reversed a mere three years later. Neither an epic struggle nor a clash that changed the course of history, the battle doesn't even have a name. Yet, as renowned Native American historian Colin Calloway demonstrates here, St. Clair's Defeat--as it came to be known--was hugely important for its time. It was both the biggest victory the Native Americans ever won, and, proportionately, the biggest military disaster the United States had suffered. With the British in Canada waiting in the wings for the American experiment in republicanism to fail, and some regions of the West gravitating toward alliance with Spain, the defeat threatened the very existence of the infant United States. Generating a deluge of reports, correspondence, opinions, and debates in the press, it produced the first congressional investigation in American history, while ultimately changing not only the manner in which Americans viewed, raised, organized, and paid for their armies, but the very ways in which they fought their wars. Emphasizing the extent to which the battle has been overlooked in history, Calloway illustrates how this moment of great victory by American Indians became an aberration in the national story and a blank spot in the national memory. Calloway shows that St. Clair's army proved no match for the highly motivated and well-led Native American force that shattered not only the American Army but the ill-founded assumption that Indians stood no chance against European methods and models of warfare. An engaging and enlightening read for American history enthusiasts and scholars alike, The Victory with No Name brings this significant moment in American history back to light"-- Provided by publisher.

Good grief! : life in a tiny Vermont village

September 30, 2014
Stimson, Ellen, 1962-
Woodstock, Vermont : The Countryman Press, [2014]
239 pages ; 22 cm
At the table -- The table -- Naked -- By the back door -- Real Vermonters -- Back at the table -- The pond -- Making home -- Imperfect -- Scraps -- Steve -- No words -- Pants matter -- Steve's table -- Fur comfort -- Underneath -- Bad juju -- Making room -- Still alive -- The counter -- Good grief -- Bedside.

Massachusetts royal commissions, 1681-1774.

September 30, 2014
Great Britain. Sovereign.
Boston : Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1913.
xxxv, 409 pages ; 25 cm.
Includes the texts of the extant royal commissions issued to certain of the crown officials (governors, lieutenant-governors, secretaries and a few others) of Massachusetts, 1681-1774; also the Charter of the province of Massachusetts bay, 1691, and the Explanatory charter, 1725.
Includes index.

Heimatlossen and Landsassen : Canton Bern's 1861 solution

September 30, 2014
Rockland, ME : Picton Press, c2010.
160 p. ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
"Contains the names, year of birth, and a variety of other data on every one of the 2,767 Heimatlosen and Landsassen people who in 1861 were granted Heimatrecht by the government of Canton Bern, Switzerland"--Preface.
"The following list contains the names, year of birth, and a variety of other data on every one of the the 2,767 Heimatlosen and Landsaßen people who in 1861 were granted Heimatrecht by the government of Canton Bern, Switzerland"--P. 15.


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

The life and legends of Calamity Jane

September 29, 2014
Etulain, Richard W.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2014]
xviii, 381 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Foundations, stable and broken -- Finding her way -- Negotiating Deadwood -- Overnight fame: a dime novel heroine -- On the road again -- The decline of a life -- Imagining Calamity: launching a legendary heroine, 1903-1930 -- The search for a coherent Calamity, 1930-1960 -- A new gray Calamity, 1960-1990 -- A complex Calamity, 1990-present.

Vital records of Franklin, Maine

September 29, 2014
Bronson, Margaret W.
191 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Vital records of Freedom, Waldo County, Maine, prior to 1892

September 29, 2014
Freedom (Me.)
Camden, Me. : Picton Press, c1991.
193 p. ; 29 cm.

Of all the gin joints : stumbling through Hollywood history

September 29, 2014
Bailey, Mark, 1968-
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2014]
324 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

After Lincoln : how the north won the Civil War and lost the peace

September 26, 2014
Langguth, A. J., 1933-2014.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
xv, 444 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
Charles Sumner (1865) -- William Henry Seward (1865) -- Jefferson Davis (1865) -- Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (1865) -- Andrew Johnson (1865) -- Oliver Otis Howard (1865) -- Thaddeus Stevens (1865-1866) -- The Fourteenth Amendment (1866) -- Edwin Stanton (1867-1868) -- Salmon Portland Chase (1868) -- Benjamin Franklin Wade (1868) -- Nathan Bedford Forrest (1868) -- Ulysses S. Grant (1869) -- Gold and Santo Domingo (1869-1870) -- Ku Klux Klan (1870-1872) -- Horace Greeley (1872) -- Hiram Revels (1872-1873) -- Grant's second term (1873-1876) -- Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1876) -- Jim Crow (1877)

The battles of Monte Cassino : the campaign and its controversies

September 25, 2014
Harper, Glyn, 1958-
xxii, 290 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"The Allied forces' actions in and around Monte Cassino in Italy remain some of the most controversial of the Second World War. Adolf Hitler described them as the battles that came closest to the bitter struggles on the Western Front. The name Cassino has become a touchstone for New Zealanders as a result of the crucial role played there by Kiwi forces, and the controversy surrounding the battles refuses to die down. This reappraisal of the battles brings new information about the events at Cassino to light. The Battles of Monte Cassino is not another campaign narrative but a fresh look at some of the key aspects of the battles -- the controversial bombing of the Benedictine monastery, the effectiveness of the commanders involved on both sides, the consequences of the Anzio beachhead, the performance of the Germans -- and why four agonising battles were needed to defeat the Germans at Cassino."--Page 4 of cover.

Rebel yell : the violence, passion, and redemption of Stonewall Jackson

September 25, 2014
Gwynne, S. C. (Samuel C.), 1953-
New York : Scribner, 2014.
xi, 672 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
An account of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's rise to prominence during the Civil War.

Embattled rebel : Jefferson Davis as commander in chief

September 25, 2014
McPherson, James M.
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
xii, 301 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
We must prepare for a long war -- Winter of discontent -- War so gigantic -- The clouds are dark over us -- We should take the initiative -- We must beat Sherman -- The last resort.
From the Pulitzer Prize--winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy shows how Davis shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy with clarity and force and, like no other chief executive in American history, exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy.

Such good girls : the journey of the Holocaust's hidden child survivors

September 25, 2014
Rosen, Richard Dean, 1949-
xxiii, 257 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. The children -- Sophie -- Flora -- Carla -- Part II. The gathering -- Still hiding -- Sophie's choices -- My name may have been Miriam -- The hierarchy of suffering -- Part III. The ghetto inside -- The minefield of memory -- Am I a Christian or a Jew? -- The next circle of hell -- Keepers of the flame -- My name is refugee.
"The real-life puzzle of what happened to the generation of Jewish children who survived the Holocaust in hiding, Edgar Award-winning mystery novelist R. D. Rosen tells this silent, forgotten generation's story through the lives of three girls hidden in three different countries--among the less than 10 percent of Jewish children in Europe to survive World War II--who went on to lead remarkable lives in New York City"-- Provided by publisher.

Cold case Kennedy

September 25, 2014
Mey, Flip de, author.
Tielt, Belgiam : Lannoo, ©2013.
431 pages : illustrations, maps, facsimiles ; 25 cm
"A new investigation into the assassination of JFK"--Cover.
Initial orientation -- The suspects -- The bullets -- The scene of the crime -- The victims -- Ballistic investigation -- Whodunit.
Cold Case Kennedy is the first book to systematically scrutinize all aspects of the murder dossier. Why did Robert Kennedy remain silent? Was there really a magic bullet? What was the role of Lyndon Johnson in the drama? Was there more than one sniper? Why did the Warren Commission refuse to consider a third victim on Dealey Plaza? What was a convicted gangster doing in the building directly across from the Texas School Book Depository? And, last but not least: was the official investigation the most in-depth inquest ever to be carried out, or was it nothing more than a clumsy attempt to sweep things under the carpet? Flip de Mey started his career as a lawyer, but studied further to become a forensic auditor specializing in the unraveling of fraud and other irregularities. His expertise based on many years of experience and his specific methods for analyzing complex dossiers served him well during the pursuit of his passion: the assassination of JFK.

One million steps : a marine platoon at war

September 24, 2014
West, Francis J.
New York : Random House, 2014.
xxxii, 277 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Shock -- Leader lost -- With the old breed -- Leaders found -- Toe to toe -- Thanksgiving -- Gone -- Enemy respite -- Midway to home -- The routine -- End of tour -- The endless grunt -- Who will fight for us?
Battalion 3/5 suffered the highest number of casualties in the war in Afghanistan. This is the story of one platoon in that distinguished battalion. Aware of U.S. plans to withdraw from the country, knowing their efforts were only a footprint in the sand, the fifty Marines of 3rd Platoon fought in Sangin, the most dangerous district in all of Afghanistan. So heavy were the casualties that the Secretary of Defense offered to pull the Marines out. Instead, they pushed forward. Each Marine in 3rd Platoon patrolled two and a half miles a day for six months--a total of one million steps--in search of a ghostlike enemy that struck without warning. Every day brought a new skirmish. Each footfall might trigger an IED. Half the Marines in 3rd Platoon didn't make it intact to the end of the tour. This is the story of the fifty brave men who faced these grim odds and refused to back down.--From publisher description.

The pious ones : the world of Hasidim and their battles with America

September 24, 2014
Berger, Joseph, 1945- author.
370 pages ; 21 cm
"As the population of ultra-Orthodox Jews in the United States increases to record proportions after near-extinction during the Holocaust, award-winning New York Times journalist and author Joseph Berger takes us inside the notoriously insular world of the Hasidim to explore their origins, beliefs, and struggles--and the social and political implications of their expanding presence in America"-- Provided by publisher.

Alvin York : a new biography of the hero of the Argonne

September 23, 2014
Mastriano, Douglas V.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
xii, 323 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
A life well lived -- Without prospect -- At war with the army -- Marching as to war -- Into the trenches! -- Prelude to battle -- One day in October -- The war without end -- Emergence of a national hero -- Back on the farm in Pall Mall -- Another war with Germany -- Honoring a hero.
Alvin C. York (1887--1964) -- devout Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of World War I -- is one of America's most famous and celebrated soldiers. Known to generations through Gary Cooper's Academy Award-winning portrayal in the 1941 film Sergeant York, York is credited with the capture of 132 German soldiers on October 8, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne region of France -- a deed for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.At war's end, the media glorified York's bravery but some members of the German military and a soldier from his own unit cast aspersions on his wartime record. Recently, a new generation of historians has also argued that York received more recognition than he deserved.

City of lies : love, sex, death, and the search for truth in Tehran

September 23, 2014
Navai, Ramita.
New York : PublicAffairs, 2014.
xiii, [2], 301 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Dariush -- Somayeh -- Amir -- Bijan -- Leyla -- Morteza -- Asghar -- Farideh.
"Rich, absorbing, and exotic, City of Lies travels up and down Vali Asr Street, Tehran's pulsing thoroughfare, from the lavish shopping malls of Tajrish through the smog that lingers over the alleyways and bazaars of the city's southern districts. Ramita Navai gives voice to ordinary Iranians forced to live extraordinary lives: the porn star, the aging socialite, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce, and the old-time thug running a gambling den."-- From dust jacket flap.

GI brides : the wartime girls who crossed the Atlantic for love

September 23, 2014
Barrett, Duncan.
London, : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2014.
361, 14 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Worn down by years of war and hardship, girls like Sylvia, Margaret, and Gwendolyn were thrilled when American GI's arrived in Britain with their exotic accents, handsome uniforms and aura of Hollywood glamor. Others, like Rae, who distrusted the Yanks, were eventually won over by their easy charm. So when VE Day finally came, for the 70,000 women who'd become GI brides, it was tinged with sadness--it meant leaving their homeland behind to follow their husbands across the Atlantic. And the long voyage was just the beginning of an even bigger journey. Adapting to a new culture thousands of miles from home, often with a man they barely knew, was difficult-but these women survived the Blitz and could cope with anything. GI BRIDES shares the sweeping, compelling, and moving true stories of four women who gave up everything and crossed an ocean for love"-- Provided by publisher.

The Overland Campaign, 4 May - 15 June 1864

September 23, 2014
Hogan, David W., 1958- author.
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2014.
74 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 22 cm.
Shipping list no.: 2014-0256-P.

The regular army before the Civil War, 1845-1860

September 23, 2014
Newell, Clayton R., 1942- author.
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2014.
55 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 22 cm.
Shipping list no.: 2014-0271-P.
"PIN : 100444-000"--Page 4 of cover.

Fallujah, November-December 2004

September 23, 2014
McWilliams, Timothy S., author.
Quantico, VA : History Division, United States Marine Corps, 2014.
81 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
Shipping list no.: 2014-0269-P.
Cover title.

Two-man air force

September 19, 2014
Kaplan, Philip.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire [U.K.] : Pen & Sword Aviation, 2006.
170 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Canada -- To England -- At ease -- Debden -- Thunderbolt -- Chums -- Mustangs -- Horseback -- Little friends -- Downed -- Two-man Air Force.

I remember Beirut

September 19, 2014
Abirached, Zeina, 1981-
Minneapolis Graphic Universe, 2014.
96 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
Zeina Abirached grew up in Beirut in the 1980sas fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. With striking black-and-white artwork, Abirached recalls the details of ordinary life inside a war zone.

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