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July 22, 2014
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Capture Cincinnati.

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

Stilwater : finding wild mercy in the outback

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

The price of life

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Nixon tapes

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

Bell Island : dawn of first light

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

Brazil : the troubled rise of a global power

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

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

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

Romany and Tom : a memoir

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

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

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

Disobeying Hitler : German resistance after Valkyrie

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

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

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

Good morning, Mr. Mandela

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

My two Italies

July 11, 2014
Luzzi, Joseph.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
204 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A charming, informative personal history that blends the anecdotal, historical, and downright unusual The child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature, in My Two Italies Joseph Luzzi straddles these two perspectives to link his family's dramatic story to Italy's north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family. From his Calabrian father's time as a military internee in Nazi Germany--where he had a love affair with a local Bavarian woman--to his adventures amid the Renaissance splendor of Florence, Luzzi creates a deeply personal portrait of Italy that leaps past facile clichés about Mafia madness and Tuscan sun therapy. He delves instead into why Italian Americans have such a complicated relationship with the "old country," and how Italy produces some of the world's most astonishing art while suffering from corruption, political fragmentation, and an enfeebled civil society. With topics ranging from the pervasive force of Dante's poetry to the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi, Luzzi presents the Italians in all their glory and squalor, relating the problems that plague Italy today to the country's ancient roots. He shares how his "two Italies"--the earthy southern Italian world of his immigrant childhood and the refined "northern" Italian realm of his professional life--join and clash in unexpected ways that continue to enchant the many millions who are either connected to Italy by ancestry or bound to it by love"-- Provided by publisher.

The Victorian city : everyday life in Dickens' London

July 11, 2014
Flanders, Judith, author.
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2014.
xxiii, 520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Previously published: London : Atlantic Books, 2012.
The city wakes. 1810 : The Berners Street Hoax ; Early to rise ; On the road ; Travelling (mostly) hopefully ; In and out of London -- Staying alive. 1861 : The Tooley Street Fire ; The world's market ; Selling the streets ; Slumming ; The waters of death -- Enjoying life. 1867 : The Regent's Park Skating Disaster ; Street performance ; Leisure for all ; Feeding the streets ; Street theatre -- Sleeping and awake. 1852 : The funeral of the Duke of Wellington ; Night entertainment ; Street violence ; The red-lit streets to death.
"From the critically acclaimed author of The Invention of Murder, an extraordinary, revelatory portrait of everyday life on the streets of Dickens' London.The nineteenth century was a time of unprecedented change, and nowhere was this more apparent than London. In only a few decades, the capital grew from a compact Regency town into a sprawling metropolis of 6.5 million inhabitants, the largest city the world had ever seen. Technology--railways, street-lighting, and sewers--transformed both the city and the experience of city-living, as London expanded in every direction. Now Judith Flanders, one of Britain's foremost social historians, explores the world portrayed so vividly in Dickens' novels, showing life on the streets of London in colorful, fascinating detail.From the moment Charles Dickens, the century's best-loved English novelist and London's greatest observer, arrived in the city in 1822, he obsessively walked its streets, recording its pleasures, curiosities and cruelties. Now, with him, Judith Flanders leads us through the markets, transport systems, sewers, rivers, slums, alleys, cemeteries, gin palaces, chop-houses and entertainment emporia of Dickens' London, to reveal the Victorian capital in all its variety, vibrancy, and squalor. From the colorful cries of street-sellers to the uncomfortable reality of travel by omnibus, to the many uses for the body parts of dead horses and the unimaginably grueling working days of hawker children, no detail is too small, or too strange. No one who reads Judith Flanders's meticulously researched, captivatingly written The Victorian City will ever view London in the same light again. "-- Provided by publisher.

The histories

July 9, 2014
Herodotus, author.
New York : Viking, 2014
xxxix, 833 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Recounts the causes and history of the wars between the Greek city-states and Persia.

When the United States spoke French : five refugees who shaped a nation

July 8, 2014
Furstenberg, François.
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
498 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Strange reunions: an introduction -- Pt. 1: The United States speaks French. France comes to America ; Settling in America : Philadelphia speaks French ; Franco-American networks and polite Atlantic spaces --Pt. 2: The French Revolution in the West. Transatlantic land speculation ; France in the Mississippi Valley ; The émigrés return to France, France returns to America -- A conclusion: Empty houses.
"In 1789, as the French Revolution shook Europe to the core, the new United States was struggling for survival in the face of financial insolvency and bitter political and regional divisions. When the United States Spoke French explores the republic's formative years from the viewpoint of a distinguished circle of five Frenchmen taking refuge in America. When the French Revolution broke out, these men had been among its leaders. They were liberal aristocrats and ardent Anglophiles, convinced of the superiority of the British system of monarchy and constitution. They also idealized the new American republic, which seemed to them an embodiment of the Enlightenment ideals they celebrated. But soon the Revolutionary movement got ahead of them, and they found themselves chased across the Atlantic. François Furstenberg follows these five men -- Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Napoleon's future foreign minister; theorist/reformer Rochefoucauld, the duc de Liancourt; Louis-Marie Vicomte de Noailles; Moreau de Saint-Méry; and Constantin-François Chasseboeuf, Comte Volney -- as they left their homes and families in France, crossed the Atlantic, and landed in Philadelphia -- then America's capital, its principal port, and by far its most cosmopolitan city and the home of the wealthiest merchants and financiers. The book vividly reconstructs their American adventures, following along as they integrated themselves into the city and its elite social networks, began speculating on backcountry lands, and eventually became enmeshed in Franco-American diplomacy. Through their stories, we see some of the most famous events of early American history in a new light, from the diplomatic struggles of the 1790s to the Haitian Revolution to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. By the end of this period, the United States was on its way to becoming a major global power. Through this small circle of men, we find new ways to understand the connections between U.S. and world history, and gain fresh insight into American history's most critical era. Beautifully written and brilliantly argued, When the United States Spoke French offers a fresh perspective on the tumultuous years of the young nation, when the first great republican experiments were put to the test"-- Provided by publisher.

The crusades : a history

July 8, 2014
Riley-Smith, Jonathan Simon Christopher, 1938-
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2005.
xxxiii, 353 p. : maps ; 20 cm.
Previous edition titled The Crusades : a short history.
The birth of the crusading movement : the preaching of the first crusade -- The course of the first crusade -- The holy places and the patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch -- Settlement, government and defence of the Latin East, 1097-1187 -- Crusading in adolescence, 1102-1187 -- Crusading comes of age, 1187-1229 -- Crusading in maturity, 1229-c. 1291 -- The Latin East, 1192-c. 1291 -- The variety of crusading, c. 1291-1523 -- The old age and death of the crusading movement, 1523-1798.
"This lively comprehensive history provides a wealth of fascinating detail about the Crusades and the politics and personalities behind them. This new edition includes revisions throughout as well as a new Preface and Afterword in which Jonathan Riley-Smith surveys recent developments in the field and examines responses to the Crusades in different periods, from the Romantics to the Islamic world today, making this the standard and authoritative account of the Crusades"--Back cover.

Secret lives of the tsars : three centuries of autocracy, debauchery, betrayal, murder, and madness from Romanov Russia

July 7, 2014
Farquhar, Michael, author.
New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, [2014].
xvi, 349 pages : genealogical tables ; 21 cm
The Time of Troubles and the rise of the Romanovs -- Ivan V and Peter I (1682-1696): one autocrat too many -- Peter I (1696-1725): the eccentricities of an emperor -- Catherine I (1725-1727): the peasant empress -- Anna (1730-1740): "a bored estate mistress" -- Elizabeth (1741-1762): the empress of pretense -- Peter III (1762): "nature made him a mere poltroon" -- Catherine II (1762-1796): "prey to this mad passion!" -- Paul (1796-1801): "he detests his nation" -- Alexander I (1801-1825): Napoleon's conqueror -- Nicholas I (1825-1855): "a condescending Jupiter" -- Alexander II (1855-1881): "a crowned semi-ruin" -- Alexander III (1881-1894): "a colossus of unwavering autocracy" -- Nicholas II (1894-1917): "an absolute child" -- Nicholas II (1894-1917): "gliding down a precipice" -- Nicholas II (1894-1917): a bloody end -- Aftermath.

The Civil War in the Western Theater, 1862

July 7, 2014
Bowery, Charles R., author.
Washington, DC : For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office
74 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 22 cm.
Shipping list no.: 2014-0207-P.

The Medical Department : hospitalization and evacuation, zone of interior

July 7, 2014
Smith, Clarence McKittrick, 1913- author.
Washington, D.C. Center of Military History, United States Army, 2013.
xxiii, 503 pages : illustrations, map.
Shipping list no.: 2014-0207-P.

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