New Arrivals · History

May 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Iconic Mexico : an encyclopedia from Acapulco to Zócalo

May 23, 2017
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2015]
2 volumes (xxxii, 754 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm

Saving Monticello : the Levy family's epic quest to rescue the house that Jefferson built

May 23, 2017
Leepson, Marc, 1945-
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, ©2001.
303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Originally published: New York : Free Press, ©2001.
"When Thomas Jefferson died on the Fourth of July 1826 -- the nation's fiftieth birthday -- he was more than $100,000 in debt. Forced to sell thousands of acres of his lands and nearly all of his furniture and artwork, in 1831 his heirs bid a final goodbye to Monticello itself. The house their illustrious patriarch had lovingly designed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, his beloved "essay in architecture," was sold to the highest bidder. "Saving Monticello" offers the first complete post-Jefferson history of this American icon and reveals the amazing story of how one Jewish family saved the house that became a family home to them for 89 years -longer than it ever was to the Jeffersons. Levy discovered that Jefferson's mansion had fallen into a miserable state of decay. Acquiring the ruined estate and committing his considerable resources to its renewal, he began what became a tumultuous nine-decade relationship between his family and Jefferson's home. After passing from Levy control at the time of the commodore's death, Monticello fell once more into hard times, cattle being housed on its first floor and grain in its once elegant upper rooms. Again, remarkably, a member of the Levy family came to the rescue. Uriah's nephew, the aptly named Jefferson Monroe Levy, a three-term New York congressman and wealthy real estate and stock speculator, gained possession in 1879. After Jefferson Levy poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into its repair and upkeep, his chief reward was to face a vicious national campaign, with anti-Semitic overtones, to expropriate the house and turn it over to the government. Only after the campaign had failed, with Levy declaring that he would sell Monticello only when the White House itself was offered for sale, did Levy relinquish it to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1923" --Adapted from Amazon.com

D Day through German eyes : eyewitness accounts of German soldiers of June 6th 1944

May 23, 2017
Eckhertz, Holger.
[Place of publication not identified] : DTZ History Publications, 2016.
320 pages ; 23 cm
Book two. Introduction to book two. -- The concrete panzer -- The luftwaffe pilot -- The troops in the observation point -- The military police -- The infantry in the houses -- The airborne troops -- The stug crew -- The wonder weapon -- Postscript to book two.
Almost all accounts of D Day are told from the Allied perspective. But what was it like to be a German soldier in the bunkers of the Nromandy coast, facing the onslaught of the mightiest invasion in history? What motivated the German defenders, what were their thought processes - and how did they fight from one strong point to another, among the dunes and fields, on that first cataclysmic day? This book sheds fascinating light on these questions, bringing together statements made by German survivors after the war, when time had allowed them to reflect on their state of mind, their actions and their choices of June 6th. We see a perspective of D Day which deserves to be added to the historical record, in which ordinary German troops struggled to make sense of what was facing them, and emerged stunned at the weaponry and sheer determination of the Allied troops. Above all, we now have the unheard human voices of the individual German soldiers - the men who are so often portrayed as a faceless mass.

The history of Afghanistan

May 23, 2017
Runion, Meredith L., author.
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
xxxiii, 263 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Timeline of historical events -- The three pillars of Afghanistan : geography, people, and Islam -- Prehistory : the emergence of civilization in ancient Afghanistan -- Early civilization and the nomadic people of Afghanistan -- Afghanistan from Hellenistic culture to the introduction of Islam -- The Mongolian invasion of Afghanistan through the Shah dynasty -- The birth of modern Afghanistan (1747-1826) -- European influence in Afghanistan (1826-1919) -- The age of reformation to the war with the Soviets (1919-1979) -- The Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan (1979-1989) -- Fundamentalism and the Taliban regime (1989-2001) -- Afghanistan after September 11th -- The decade to find Osama Bin Laden -- Looking back : the road to democracy in Afghanistan -- The future of Afghanistan -- Notable people in the history of Afghanistan -- Glossary of frequently used terms -- Timeline of rulers of Afghanistan -- Chronological list of recent leaders of Afghanistan.

Voices of the Iraq war : contemporary accounts of daily life

May 23, 2017
Santa Barbara, CA : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2016]
xxxvi, 288 pages ; 29 cm.
Evaluating and Interpreting Primary Documents -- Chronology of the Iraq War -- Documents of the Iraq War. Before the War : 1. A Translator's Journey: Mohamed al-Shara on Leaving Iraq ; 2. Congressional Resolution Supporting Use of Force against Iraq, October 16, 2002 ; 3. State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003 -- The Invasion of Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom : 4. Brigade Commander and the Invasion: David Perkins ; 5. Corps Staff and the Invasion: Russell Thadden and Stephen Hicks ; 6. British Perspective in Basra: Johnny Austin -- 7. The Close and Chaotic Fight for Invasion: David A. Miles ; 8. Medal of Honor: Paul R. Smith, April 4, 2003 ; 9. Mission Accomplished: President Bush's Remarks to the Crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln, May 1, 2003 -- The Occupation (2003--2005) : 10. Disbanding the Army: Coalition Provisional Authority Number 2, May 23, 2003 ; 11. Iraqi Advisor to U.S. Military Personnel: Nasier Abadi ; 12. A Journalist's Perspective on Combat: Ann Barnard ; 13. Abu Ghraib, A Guard's Perspective: Samuel J. Provance ; 14. The Battle of Fallujah from a USMC Information Operations Perspective: Andy Dietz ; 15. A Journalist's Perspective on Combat (2): Ann Barnard ; 16. Counterinsurgency from the Ground: John Nagl ; 17. Perspective from the Commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq: George Casey ; 18. Iraqi Constitution: Preamble and Basic Rights, October 15, 2005 -- Insurgency Grows or Civil War (2005--2006) : 19. Noncommissioned Officer and the Close Fight: Hans Hull ; 20. British Perspective in Basra (2): Johnny Austin ; 21. Iraqi Advisor to U.S. Military Personnel (2): Nasier Abadi ; 22. Training the Iraqi Security Forces: David Petraeus ; 23. Perspectives on the Insurgency: Dan Darling ; 24. Contractors in War, Blackwater: Erik Prince ; 25. Political Efforts: George W. Bush and Nuri al-Maliki -- The Surge and Beyond (2006--2009) : 26. Field Manual 3-24: Counterinsurgency, 2006 ; 27. Telafar, the Example for Counterinsurgency: Paul Yingling ; 28. Counter-IED: Brian Huskey ; 29. Congressional Testimony: David Petraeus, September 10, 2007 ; 30. Military Transition Team Advising the Iraqi Security Forces: Mark Hull ; 31. British Perspective in Basra (3): Stephen Campbell ; 32. Brigade Commander in Sadr City: John Hort ; 33. Status of Forces Agreement, November 17, 2008 -- A New Administration and Withdrawal: Operation New Dawn (2009-2011) : 34. A New Policy: Barack Obama ; 35. Confusion in Language: Mohamed al-Shara ; 36. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)/Drones: Albert Scaperotto ; 37. End of Combat Operations: Barack Obama ; 38. Defense Secretary at the End: Leon Panetta -- Impact : 39. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Ashley Pullen ; 40. Sexual Assaults: Kirsten Gillibrand ; 41. WikiLeaks: John Conyers Jr., and Louie Gohmert -- Appendix 1: Biographical Sketches of Important Individuals Mentioned in the Text Appendix 2: Glossary of Terms Mentioned in the Text.
"Voices of the Iraq War: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life illuminates the complex and poorly reported realities of the conflict that those without direct experience cannot possibly fathom, presenting detailed personal accounts of what the conflict in Iraq was like across multiple disciplines and through a variety of viewpoints. The accounts are based on interviews with American, Iraqi-American, and British officers who deployed and fought throughout the country of Iraq. The book begins with the story of an Iraqi boy who flees Iraq with his family after Desert Storm and then returns to Iraq as a translator to assist U.S. forces nearly 16 years later. The book is filled with personal accounts of combat and training as well as other real-world experiences that define what the Iraq War meant to thousands of U.S. and allied service members. These personal accounts are supported with national level policy speeches and official statements that help readers put the individual stories and events in national, regional, and global perspective. The book concludes by examining the impact of this war on thousands of young men and women that will last for decades to come."--Publisher description.

Chuck Klosterman X : a highly specific, defiantly incomplete history of the early 21st century

May 22, 2017
Klosterman, Chuck, 1972- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2017]
xvii, 444 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Three-man weave -- My zombie, myself -- That's not how it happened -- The light who has lighted the world -- There's something peculiar about lying in a dark room. You can't see anything -- Liquid food -- C'mon Dave, gimme a break -- Where were you while we were getting high? -- I'm assuming it's going to be fun -- I need to be alive (in order to watch TV) -- I will choose free will (Canadian reader's note: this is not about Rush) -- Everybody's happy when the wizard walks by (or maybe not? Maybe they hate it? Hard to say, really) -- Speed kills (until it doesn't) -- Not a nutzo girl, not yet a nutzo woman (Miley Cyrus, 2008) -- When giants walked the earth (and argued about China) -- Use your illusion (but don't bench Ginóbili) -- The drugs don't work (actually, they work great) -- The city that time remembered (Tulsa, Oklahoma) -- But what if we're wrong? (drink the acid, swallow the mouse) -- Owner of a lonely heart -- The enemy of my enemy is probably just another enemy -- A road seldom traveled by the multitudes -- Brown would be the color (if I had a heart) -- I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars -- White's shadow -- House mouse in the mouse house -- The man who knew too much -- The opposite of Beyoncé -- Like regular music, except good -- Non-suppressive slacker -- Democracy now! -- Metal machine "music" -- 2+2=5 -- Advertising worked on me -- Hero in black -- Villain in white -- (1928-2013) -- Something else.
"Chuck Klosterman's tenth book (akaChuck Klosterman X) collects his most intriguing pieces, accompanied by fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. Klosterman presents many of the articles in their original form, featuring previously unpublished passages and digressions. This is a tour of the past decade from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers of our unusual times"-- Provided by publisher.

Wrestling with his angel : the political life of Abraham Lincoln , 1849-1856

May 22, 2017
Blumenthal, Sidney, 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
xx, 581 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
White negros -- The civil was of old rough and ready -- The art of the deal -- the consequences of the peace -- What is to be done? -- A hero's welcome -- The making of the dark horse -- The victory march of old fuss and feathers -- The death of Henry Clay -- The waterloo of the Whigs -- The acting president of the United States -- I, Thomas Hart Benton -- The triumph of the F Street mess -- A self-evident lie -- Citizen know nothing -- The conquest of Kansas -- Imperialism, the highest stage of slavery -- Armed liberty -- The failure of free society -- The blood of the revolution -- Senator Lincoln -- The Republican -- Destiny and power.
"The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, reveals the future president's genius during the most decisive period of his political life when he seizes the moment, finds his voice, and helps create a new political party. In 1849, Abraham Lincoln seems condemned to political isolation and defeat. His Whig Party is broken in the 1852 election, and disintegrates. Violent struggle breaks out on the plains of Kansas, a prelude to the Civil War. Lincoln rises to the occasion. Only he can take on Douglas in Illinois, and he finally delivers the dramatic speech that leaves observers stunned. In 1855, he makes a race for the Senate, which he loses when he throws his support to a rival to prevent the election of a proslavery candidate. Now, in Wrestling With His Angel, Sidney Blumenthal explains how Lincoln and his friends operate behind the scenes to destroy the anti-immigrant party in Illinois to clear the way for a new Republican Party. Lincoln takes command and writes its first platform and vaults onto the national stage as the leader of a party that will launch him to the presidency" -- provided by publisher.

The water kingdom : a secret history of China

May 19, 2017
Ball, Philip, 1962- author.
©2017
341 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: rain on the Summer Palace -- The great rivers -- Yangtze and Yellow: the axes of China's geography -- Out of the water -- The myths and origins of ancient China -- Finding the way -- Water as source and metaphor in Daoism and Confucianism -- Channels of power -- How China's waterways shaped its political landscape -- Voyages of the eunuch admiral -- How China explored the world -- Rise and fall of the hydraulic state -- Taming the waters by bureaucracy -- War on the waters -- Rivers and lakes as sites and instruments of conflict -- Mao's dams -- The technocratic vision of a new China -- The fluid art of expression -- How water infuses Chinese painting and literature -- Water and China's future -- Threats, promises and a new dialogue.

Tin can titans : the heroic men and ships of World War II's most decorated Navy destroyer squadron

May 19, 2017
Wukovits, John F., 1944- author.
Boston : Da Capo Press, [2017]
xiii, 320 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Origins of a squadron -- Prologue -- The destroyers go to war -- Initiation at Guadalcanal -- Naval slugfest off Guadalcanal -- Desron 21 holds the line in the South Pacific -- Blunting the Tokyo Express -- Birth of a squadron -- Struggle for the slot -- Kula Gulf confrontations -- Desron 21 sweeps to victory -- Climbing the New Guinea ladder -- The Philippine whirlwind -- Kamikaze carnage -- Eyewitnesses to victory -- Epilogue -- Chronology -- Appendix I: Battle stars awarded -- Appendix II: Location of ships at war's end.

Autumn of the Black Snake : the creation of the U.S. Army and the invasion that opened the West

May 18, 2017
Hogeland, William, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
447 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue : the ruins of an old French fort -- Part I. Sinclair's retreat -- The death of General Butler -- The turnip field -- Drive them out -- An inquiry into the causes of the unfortunate late defeat -- Part II. War dancing -- Standing armies -- Metropotamia -- Mad Anthony -- The peaceful intentions of the United States -- Legion Ville -- Part III. The Blacksnake march -- Recovery -- Fallen Timbers -- Black granite.
An account of how the U.S. Army was created to fight a crucial Native American war. Describes how George Washington and other early leaders organized the Legion of the United States under General "Mad" Anthony Wayne in response to a 1791 militia defeat in the Ohio River Valley. --Publisher

The only language they understand : forcing compromise in Israel and Palestine

May 17, 2017
Thrall, Nathan, author.
©2017
x, 323 pages ; 25 cm
I. Forcing compromise. The only language they understand -- II. Domination : Israeli conquest and its justifications. Feeling good about feeling bad -- Going native -- III. Collaboration : easing occupation as a failed strategy of liberation. Our man in Palestine -- Palestinian paralysis -- The end of the Abbas era -- IV. Confrontation : Palestinian pressure and its limits. Not popular enough -- Rage in Jerusalem -- Hamas's chances -- Trapped in Gaza -- V. Negotiation : "political horizons" and other euphemisms for false hope. More than one state, less than two -- Faith-based diplomacy -- Obama's Palestine legacy.
In a myth-busting analysis of the world's most intractable conflict, a star of Middle East reporting argues that only one weapon has yielded progress: confrontation. Scattered over the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea lie the remnants of failed peace proposals, international summits, secret negotiations, UN resolutions and state-building efforts. The conventional story is that these well-meaning attempts at peacemaking were repeatedly thwarted by the use of violence. Through a rich interweaving of reportage, historical narrative and forceful analysis, Nathan Thrall presents a startling counter-history. He shows that Israelis and Palestinians have persistently been marching toward partition, but not through the high politics of diplomacy or the incremental building of a Palestinian state. In fact, negotiation, collaboration and state-building--the prescription of successive American administrations--have paradoxically entrenched the conflict in multiple ways. They have created the illusion that a solution is at hand, lessened Israel's incentives to end its control over the West Bank and Gaza and undermined Palestinian unity. Ultimately, it is those who have embraced confrontation through boycotts, lawsuits, resolutions imposed by outside powers, protests, civil disobedience, and even violence who have brought about the most significant change. Published as Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza reaches its fiftieth year, which is also the centenary of the Balfour Declaration that first promised a Jewish national home in Palestine, The Only Language They Understand advances a bold thesis that shatters ingrained positions of both left and right and provides a new and eye-opening understanding of this most vexed of lands.

Historic Cincinnati

May 17, 2017
Cincinnati Historical Society. Crosley Foundation Education Service.
Cincinnati, Ohio : The Society, 1966?
14 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
This pamphlet is more historic in content than its successor of the same title which includes some history with descriptions of historic areas.
Cover title.

Dunmore's War : the last conflict of America's colonial era

May 16, 2017
Williams, Glenn F., author
Yardley, Pa. : Westholme Publishing, [2017]
xviii, 393 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Our customs differing from yours : cultural friction and conflict on the frontier -- Extraordinary occurrences : intercolonial boundaries and Indian relations -- A war is every moment expected : increasing frontier violence -- Trained to martial exercise : escalating violence and the militia law -- The present exigence : military mobilization -- The warlike nation of the Cherokee : one conflict avoided -- The drums beat up again : partial mobilization becomes general -- On his majesty's service : the militia prepares -- Equal to any troops : the militia accepts the challenge -- To hold themselves in readiness : the militia marches -- A hard fought battle : point pleasant -- The treaty of Camp Charlotte and beyond -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Wakatomika expedition, July 26 - August 2, 1774 order of battle -- Appendix B: Battle of point pleasant, October 10, 1774 order of battle.

Marine Corps deaths, 1917-1921

May 16, 2017
Scott, Craig Roberts, author.
©2013
xi, 424 pages ; 22 cm

MacArthur's spies : the soldier, the singer, and the spymaster who defied the Japanese in World War II

May 16, 2017
Eisner, Peter, author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
xv, 348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The war -- Occupation -- Survival -- Fame -- Telling the story.
The true story of three intrepid people who successfully eluded the Japanese in Manila for more than two years, sabotaging enemy efforts and preparing the way for MacArthur's return. One was a debonair polo-playing expatriate businessman who was also a U.S. Navy intelligence officer. Another was a defiant enlisted American soldier. And the third was a wily American woman, an intinerant torch singer with many names and almost as many husbands. With ample doses of intrigue, drama, skulduggery, sacrifice, and romance, this book has all the complicated heroism and villainy of the best war novels. But it is, in the end, a true tale of courage when it counted the most. -- adapted from book jacket.

October : the story of the Russian Revolution

May 16, 2017
Miéville, China, author.
London ; Brooklyn, NY : Verso, 2017.
369 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"The moral rights of the author have been asserted" --t.p. verso.
Introduction -- The prehistory of 1917 -- February: joyful tears -- March: 'in so far as' -- April: the prodigal -- May: collaboration -- June: a context of collapse -- July: hot days -- August: exile and conspiracy -- September: compromise and its discontents -- Red October -- Epilogue: after October -- Glossary of personal names.
"Acclaimed fantasy author China Mieville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down The renowned fantasy and science fiction writer China Mieville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place? How was a ravaged and backward country, swept up in a desperately unpopular war, rocked by not one but two revolutions? This is the story of the extraordinary months between those upheavals, in February and October, of the forces and individuals who made 1917 so epochal a year, of their intrigues, negotiations, conflicts and catastrophes. From familiar names like Lenin and Trotsky to their opponents Kornilov and Kerensky; from the byzantine squabbles of urban activists to the remotest villages of a sprawling empire; from the revolutionary railroad Sublime to the ciphers and static of coup by telegram; from grand sweep to forgotten detail. Historians have debated the revolution for a hundred years, its portents and possibilities: the mass of literature can be daunting. But here is a book for those new to the events, told not only in their historical import but in all their passion and drama and strangeness. Because as well as a political event of profound and ongoing consequence, Mieville reveals the Russian Revolution as a breathtaking story"-- Provided by publisher.

The road to Camelot : inside JFK's five-year campaign

May 16, 2017
Oliphant, Thomas, author.
©2017
x, 433 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
The spark -- Mating game -- Ousting onions -- Winning by losing -- The decision -- Starting early -- Defying the idea of empire -- Beyond the New Deal -- Playing Dixie -- Going national -- Challenging favorite sons -- The shadow campaign -- Overconfidence in Wisconsin -- West Virginia melodrama -- Cashing in -- Tying up loose ends -- Triumph in LA -- Choosing LBJ -- Holy war -- Cunning, cosmetics, and blue shirts -- Walking a tightrope -- Calling Coretta -- The squeaker.
"A behind-the-scenes, revelatory account of John F. Kennedy's wily campaign to the White House, beginning with his bold, failed attempt to win the vice presidential nomination in 1956. A young and undistinguished junior plots his way to the presidency and changes the way we nominate and elect presidents. John F. Kennedy and his young warriors invented modern presidential politics. They turned over accepted wisdom that his Catholicism was a barrier to winning an election and plotted a successful course to that constituency. They hired Louis Harris--a polling entrepreneur--to become the first presidential pollster. They twisted arms and they charmed. They lined up party bosses, young enthusiasts, and fellow Catholics and turned the traditional party inside out. The last-minute invitation to Lyndon B. Johnson for vice president in 1956 surprised them only because they had failed to notice that he wanted it. They invented The Missile Gap in the Cold War and out-glamoured Richard Nixon in the TV debates. Now acclaimed, award-winning journalists Tom Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie provide the most comprehensive account, based on a depth of personal reporting, interviews, and archives. The authors have examined more than 1,600 oral histories at the John F. Kennedy library; they've interviewed surviving sources, including JFK's sister Jean Smith, and they draw on their own interviews with insiders including Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. From the start of the campaign in 1955 when his father tried to persuade President Johnson to run with JFK as his running mate, The Road to Camelot reveals him as a tough, shrewd political strategist who kept his eye on the prize. This is one of the great campaign stories of all time, appropriate for today's political climate"-- Provided by publisher.

Rising star : the making of Barack Obama

May 15, 2017
Garrow, David J., 1953- author.
©2017
1460 pages : map ; 25 cm
The end of the world as they knew it: Chicago's far South Side, March 1980 -- July 1985 -- A place in the world: Honolulu, Seattle, Honolulu, Jakarta, and Honolulu, August 1961 -- September 1979 -- Searching for home: Eagle Rock, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Hermitage, PA, September 1979 -- July 1985 -- Transformation and identity: Roseland, Hyde Park, and Kenya: August 1985 -- August 1988 -- Emergence and achievement: Harvard Law School, September 1988 -- May 1991 -- Building a future: Chicago, June 1991 -- August 1995 -- Into the Arena: Chicago and Springfield, September 1995 -- September 1999 -- Failure and recovery: Chicago and Springfield, October 1999 -- January 2003 -- Calculation, coincidence, coronation: Illinois and Boston, January 2003 -- November 2004 -- Disappointment and destiny: the U.S. Senate, November 2004 -- February 2007 -- Epilogue: the President did not attend, as he was golfing.
"Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama captivatingly describes Barack Obama's tumultuous upbringing as a young black man attending an almost-all-white, elite private school in Honolulu while being raised almost exclusively by his white grandparents. After recounting Obama's college years in California and New York, Garrow charts Obama's time as a Chicago community organizer, working in some of the city's roughest neighborhoods; his years at the top of his Harvard Law School class; and his return to Chicago, where Obama honed his skills as a hard-knuckled politician, first in the state legislature and then as a candidate for the United States Senate. Detailing a scintillating, behind-the-scenes account of Obama's 2004 speech, a moment that labeled him the Democratic Party's 'rising star,' Garrow also chronicles Obama's four years in the Senate, weighing his stands on various issues against positions he had taken years earlier, and recounts his thrilling run for the White House in 2008" --Inside jacket.

50 states : our America

May 12, 2017
New York : Liberty Street, an imprint of Time Inc. Books, 2017.
80 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Provides a brief historical account of each state along with a map.

JFK : a vision for America in words and pictures

May 12, 2017
Smith, Stephen Kennedy, editor.
©2017
493 pages : illustrtions (some color) ; 28 cm
The making of JFK 1906-1945 -- The senator from Massachusetts 1946-1959 -- The road to the White House 1960 -- The new frontier 1961 -- Toward a more perfect union 1962 -- Goodwill warrior 1963 -- An idea lives on.
Collects JFK's most important speeches with accompanying commentary from such individuals as Barack Obama, David McCullough, and Norman Mailer in commemoration of the president's 100th birthday.

Jackie's girl : my life with the Kennedy family

May 12, 2017
McKeon, Kathy, author.
©2017
309 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 24 cm
A coming-of-age memoir by a young woman who was Jackie Kennedy's personal assistant and sometime nanny for thirteen years describes her witness to significant historical events and the lessons about life and love she learned from the beloved First Lady.

The Jersey brothers : a missing naval officer in the Pacific and his family's quest to bring him home

May 11, 2017
Freeman, Sally Mott, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
xiv, 588 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Map on endpages.
April 1942, Luzon, the Philippines -- Benny -- Helen -- Bill -- Cabanatuan, Spring 1942 -- White House Map Room, April 1942 -- "This force is bound for Tokyo" -- Barton, 1930-1941 -- The perils of escape-and a little baseball -- A brother's burden: the search -- Midway -- Under siege: JN-25 -- To Davao: en avant! -- And then there was one: USS Enterprise vs. Japan -- The other war: Army-Navy football -- Happy days at the penal colony -- Winter's grief -- Escape: crime and punishment -- Farewell to the White House -- A tale of atrocities -- August 1943: Allied War Summit, Quebec, Canada -- Revenge on the innocent and a covert plan -- Secrets inside the oxygen tent -- Hero of Bataan vs. the War Department -- Bad tidings -- Politics in Brisbane -- "Proceed to Kwajalein" -- The best-laid plans -- Initiation at Saipan -- Decampment -- September 1944, Lilac Hedges -- Hopes dashed -- Setbacks -- Through a prism: MacArthur's return -- What Benny knew -- The Oryoko Maru -- End game in the Pacific -- A sailor's nightmare -- In the end, a question of casualties -- and sea power -- No peace at Lilac Hedges -- Final hours -- Epilogue -- Afterword.
"They are three brothers, all Navy men, who end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war’s most crucial moments. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to run his first Map Room in Washington. Benny is the gunnery and anti-aircraft officer on the USS Enterprise, one of the only carriers to escape Pearl Harbor and by the end of 1942 the last one left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest and least distinguished of the three, is shuffled off to the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm’s way. But this protection plan backfires when Barton is sent to the Philippines and listed as missing-in-action after a Japanese attack. Now it is up to Bill and Benny to find and rescue him. Based on ten years of research drawn from archives around the world, interviews with fellow shipmates and POWs, and primary sources including diaries, unpublished memoirs, and letters half-forgotten in basements, The Jersey Brothers is a remarkable story of agony and triumph—from the home front to Roosevelt’s White House, and Pearl Harbor to Midway and Bataan. It is the story, written with intimate, novelistic detail, of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the Japanese do everything short of killing him. And it is, above all, a story of brotherly love: of three men finding their loyalty to each other tested under the tortures of war—and knowing that their success or failure to save their youngest brother will shape their family forever" --Dust jacket.

Women in the world of Frederick Douglass

May 11, 2017
Fought, Leigh, 1967- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2017.
xiv, 401 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A true mother's heart" -- Anna Murray, Mrs. Frederick Douglass, 1810-1848 -- "The cause of the slave has been peculiarly woman's cause," 1841-1847 -- "The pecuniary burdens," 1847-1853 -- "I wont have her in my house," 1848-1858 -- The Woman's Rights Man and his daughter, 1848-1861 -- Principle and expediency, 1861-1870 -- "Her true worth," 1866-1883 -- Helen Pitts, Mrs. Frederick Douglass, 1837-1890 -- Legacies, 1891-1895 -- Epilogue: Afterlife, 1895-1903.
"In his extensive writings--editorials, speeches, autobiographies--Frederick Douglass revealed little about the private side of his life. His famous autobiographies were very much in the service of presenting and advocating for himself. But Douglass had a very complicated array of relationships with women: white and black, wives and lovers, mistresses-owners, and sisters and daughters. And this great man deeply needed them all at various turns in a turbulent life that was never so linear and self-made as he often wished to portray it. In this book, Leigh Fought aims to reveal more about the life of the famed abolitionist off the public stage. She begins with the women he knew during his life as a slave--his mother, whom he barely knew; his grandmother, who raised him; and his slave mistresses, including the one who taught him how to read. She shows how his relationships with white women seemed to fill more of a maternal role for Douglass than his relationships with his black kin. Readers will learn about Douglass's two wives--Anna Murray, a free woman who helped him escape to freedom and become a famous speaker herself, and later Helen Pitts, a white woman who was politically engaged and played the public role of the wife of a celebrity. Also central to Douglass's story were women involved in the abolitionist and other reform movements, including two white women, Julia Griffiths and Ottilia Assing, whom he invited to live in his household and whose presence there made him vulnerable to sexual slander and alienated his wife. These women were critical to the success of his abolitionist newspaper, The North Star, and to promoting his work, including his Narrative and My Bondage and My Freedom nationally and internationally. At the same time, white female abolitionists would be among Douglass's chief critics when he supported the 15th amendment that denied the vote to women, and black women, such as Ida B. Wells-Barnett, would become some of his new political collaborators. Fought also looks at the next generation, specifically through Douglass's daughter Rosetta, who was the focus of her father's campaign to desegregate Rochester's schools and who literally acted as a go-between for her parents, since her mother, Anna Murray, had limited literacy. This biography of the circle of women around Frederick Douglass promises to show the connections between his public and private life, as well as reveal connections among enslaved women, free black women, abolitionist circles, and nineteenth-century politics and culture in the North and South before and after the Civil War."-- Provided by publisher.

Scars of independence : America's violent birth

May 11, 2017
Hoock, Holger, author.
New York : Crown Publishing, [2017]
xiv, 559 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Tory-hunting -- Britain's dilemma -- Rubicon -- Plundering protectors -- Violated bodies -- Slaughterhouses -- Black holes -- Skiver them! -- Town-destroyer -- Americanizing the war -- Man for man -- Returning losers.
"The American Revolution is often portrayed as an orderly, restrained rebellion, with brave patriots defending their noble ideals against an oppressive empire. It's a stirring narrative, and one the founders did their best to encourage after the war. But as historian Holger Hoock shows in this ... account of America's founding, the Revolution was not only a high-minded battle over principles, but also a profoundly violent civil war--one that shaped the nation, and the British Empire, in ways we have only begun to understand"--Amazon.com.

The Holocaust : a new history

May 11, 2017
Rees, Laurence, 1957- author.
©2017
xv, 509 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Origins of hate -- Birth of the Nazis (1919-1923) -- From revolution to ballot box (1924-1933) -- Consolidating power (1933-1934) -- The Nuremberg Laws (1934-1935) -- Education and empire-building (1935-1938) -- Radicalization (1938-1939) -- The start of racial war (1939-1940) -- Persecution in the West (1940-1941) -- War of extermination (1941) -- The road to Wannsee (1941-1942) -- Search and kill (1942) -- Nazi death camps in Poland (1942) -- Killing, and persuading others to help (1942-1943) -- Oppression and revolt (1943) -- Auschwitz (1943-1944) -- Hungarian catastrophe (1944) -- Murder to the end (1944-1945).
This landmark work answers two of the most fundamental questions in history - how, and why, did the Holocaust happen? Laurence Rees has spent twenty-five years meeting survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust. Now, in his magnum opus, he combines their enthralling eyewitness testimony, a large amount of which has never been published before, with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in more than three decades. This is a new history of the Holocaust in three ways. First, and most importantly, Rees has created a gripping narrative that contains a large amount of testimony that has never been published before. Second, he places this powerful interview material in the context of an examination of the decision making process of the Nazi state, and in the process reveals the series of escalations that cumulatively created the horror. Third, Rees covers all those across Europe who participated in the deaths, and he argues that whilst hatred of the Jews was always at the epicentre of Nazi thinking, what happened cannot be fully understood without considering the murder of the Jews alongside plans to kill millions of non-Jews, including homosexuals, "Gypsies" and the disabled. Through a chronological, intensely readable narrative, featuring enthralling eyewitness testimony and the latest academic research, this is a compelling new account of the worst crime in history.

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