New Arrivals · History

February 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Secrets we kept : three women of Trinidad

February 15, 2018
Sital, Krystal A., author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
337 pages ; 22 cm

The book smugglers : partisans, poets, and the race to save Jewish treasures from the Nazis

February 14, 2018
Fishman, David E., 1957- author.
Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, an imprint of University Press of New England, [2017]
xv, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Before the war -- Shmerke--the life of the party -- The city of the book -- Under German occupation -- The first assault -- Intellectuals in Hell -- A haven for books and people -- A rescued gem: the record book of the Vilna Gaon's synagogue -- Accomplices or saviors? -- The Nazi, the Bard, and the teacher -- Ponar for books -- The paper brigade -- The art of book smuggling -- A rescued gem: Herzl's diary -- The book and the sword -- Slave-labor curators and scholars -- From the ghetto to the forest -- Death in Estonia -- Miracle from Moscow -- After the war -- From under the ground -- A museum like no other -- A rescued gem: Sholem Aleichem's letters -- Struggling under the Soviets -- Tears in New York -- The decision to leave -- The art of book smuggling--again -- Rachela's choice -- Parting duties -- A rescued gem: the bust of Tolstoy and other Russians -- Wanderings: Poland and Prague -- Paris -- Return from Offenbach, or Kalmanovitch's prophecy -- From liquidation to redemption -- The path to liquidation -- Later lives -- Forty years in the wilderness -- Grains of wheat.
The Book Smugglers is the nearly unbelievable story of ghetto residents who rescued thousands of rare books and manuscripts--first from the Nazis and then from the Soviets--by hiding them on their bodies, burying them in bunkers, and smuggling them across borders. It is a tale of heroism and resistance, of friendship and romance, and of unwavering devotion--including the readiness to risk one's life--to literature and art. And it is entirely true. Based on Jewish, German, and Soviet documents, including diaries, letters, memoirs, and the author's interviews with several of the story's participants, The Book Smugglers chronicles the daring activities of a group of poets turned partisans and scholars turned smugglers in Vilna, "The Jerusalem of Lithuania." The rescuers were pitted against Johannes Pohl, a Nazi "expert" on the Jews, who had been dispatched to Vilna by the Nazi looting agency, Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg, to organize the seizure of the city's great collections of Jewish books. Pohl and his Einsatzstab staff planned to ship the most valuable materials to Germany and incinerate the rest. The Germans used forty ghetto inmates as slave-laborers to sort, select, pack, and transport the materials, either to Germany or to nearby paper mills. This group, nicknamed "the Paper Brigade," and informally led by poet Shmerke Kaczerginski, a garrulous, street-smart adventurer and master of deception, smuggled thousands of books and manuscripts past German guards. If caught, the men would have faced death by firing squad at Ponar, the mass-murder site outside of Vilna. To store the rescued manuscripts, poet Abraham Sutzkever helped build an underground book-bunker sixty feet beneath the Vilna ghetto. Kaczerginski smuggled weapons as well, using the group's worksite, the former building of the Yiddish Scientific Institute, to purchase arms for the ghetto's secret partisan organization. All the while, both men wrote poetry that was recited and sung by the fast-dwindling population of ghetto inhabitants. With the Soviet "liberation" of Vilna (now known as Vilnius), the Paper Brigade thought themselves and their precious cultural treasures saved--only to learn that their new masters were no more welcoming toward Jewish culture than the old, and the books must now be smuggled out of the USSR. Thoroughly researched by the foremost scholar of the Vilna Ghetto--a writer of exceptional daring, style, and reach--The Book Smugglers is an epic story of human heroism, a little-known tale from the blackest days of the war.

A cabinet of Byzantine curiosities : strange tales and surprising facts from history's most orthodox empire

February 14, 2018
Kaldellis, Anthony, author.
2017
xii, 236 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Marriage and the family -- Unorthodox sex -- Animals -- Food and dining -- Eunuchs -- Medical practice -- Science and technology -- War, by any means -- A menagerie of saints -- Heresy and scandal -- A gallery of rogues -- Inventive insults -- Punishments -- Foreign lands and people, 330-641 AD -- Foreigners and stereotypes, 641-1453 AD -- Latins, Franks, and Germans -- Disasters, mostly acts of God -- The emperors.

What you are getting wrong about Appalachia

February 14, 2018
Catte, Elizabeth, author.
Cleveland, Ohio : Belt Publishing, 2018.
146 pages ; 18 cm
An insider's perspective on Appalachia, and a frank, ferocious assessment of America's recent fascination with the people and the problems of the region.

The kings of Big Spring : God, oil, and one family's search for the American dream

February 13, 2018
Mealer, Bryan, author.
2018
369 pages : map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
In 1892, Bryan Mealer's great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history.

Media madness : Donald Trump, the press, and the war over the truth

February 12, 2018
Kurtz, Howard, 1953- author.
©2018
ix, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A catastrophic media failure -- Trump works the refs -- Trump trauma -- A question of loyalty -- A leaky ship of state -- The dossier surfaces -- Spicer goes to war -- Bannon as Darth Vader -- Kellyanne under siege -- Trump targets media "enemies" -- The war over wiretapping -- "The knives are out" -- Answering with airstrikes -- White House game of thrones -- Jared and Ivanka fight back -- The Comey firestorm -- The media go to DEFCON 1 -- Collusion confusion -- Climate change calamity -- The Mueller escalation -- Investigative overreach -- The secret Russia meeting -- The mooch's moment -- Charlottesville catastrophe -- Tackling the sports world -- The fight over "fake news" -- The era of harassment.
"According to the media, Donald Trump could never become president. Now many are on a mission to prove he shouldn't be president. The Trump administration and the press are at war -- and as in any war, the first casualty has been truth.This book offers a stunning expose of how supposedly objective journalists, alarmed by Trump's success, have moved into the opposing camp. Kurtz's exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes interviews with reporters, anchors, and insiders within the Trump White House reveal the unprecedented hostility between the media and the president they cover." -- From book jacket.

Black fortunes : the story of the first six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires

February 9, 2018
Wills, Shomari, author.
2018
xv, 300 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index (pages [273]-300).
The first black millionaire -- Abolitionism and capitalism -- King Cotton's bastard -- Funding the insurrection -- Robert Reed Church and the Civil War -- The near lynching of a millionaire -- Forty acres deferred -- Bob Church vs Jim Crow -- Mother of civil rights in California -- Saint or sinner? -- Building the promised land in Oklahoma -- Founding the black hair industry -- Black Cleopatra -- Last days of Mary Ellen Pleasant -- The most powerful black man alive -- "Black Wall Street" rises -- Battle for hair supremacy -- The trials of Hannah Elias -- Black millionaire legacy -- End of the promise -- Paris by way of Harlem.
"The astonishing untold history of America's first black millionaires - former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties - self-made entrepreneurs whose unknown success mirrored that of American business heroes such as Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison. Between the years of 1830 and 1927, as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity, a small group of smart, tenacious, and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success."--Amazon.com

The sea in world history : exploration, travel, and trade

February 9, 2018
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, 2017.
2 volumes (xix, 919 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
v. 1. Ancient Egypt through the first global age -- v. 2. A world of revolutions through the present.

Faith and Fury : the Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary : the story of Jerusalem's most sacred space

February 8, 2018
Cooper, Ilene, author.
©2017
xi, 132 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Temple Mount is a site where worlds meet, conflict arises, and history changes. Standing in the center of Jerusalem, it is a holy landmark for Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike, and has been the locus of many of the most important religious, social, and political upheavals of the last thousand years. Rumored to be the location of the Garden of Eden, Temple Mount dominates Jerusalem's Old City and contains the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall, both of which attract millions of visitors and religious pilgrims each year.Veteran author Ilene Cooper explores the turbulent history of Jerusalem's famous Temple Mount in this timely, illustrated nonfiction offering"-- Provided by publisher.

Jackie, Janet & Lee : the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill

February 8, 2018
Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author.
2018
514 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
The beginning -- A mother's duty -- Heady times -- The White House years -- Trouble brewing -- The assassination -- Recovery -- Transition -- Onassis -- Shifting tides -- Enduring -- "Well, happy and loved ..." -- Epilogue: Passages.
A portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis; her mother, Janet Lee Auchincloss; and her sister, Princess Lee Radziwill, discusses their ambitions, status-seeking marriages, illicit liaisons, and psychological profiles.

1947 : where now begins

February 8, 2018
Åsbrink, Elisabeth, author.
2017
280 pages ; 22 cm
"The year 1947 marks a turning point in the twentieth century. Peace with Germany becomes a tool to fortify the West against the threats of the Cold War. The CIA is created, Israel is about to be born, Simone de Beauvoir experiences the love of her life, an ill George Orwell is writing his last book, and Christian Dior creates the hyper-feminine New Look as women are forced out of jobs and back into the home."--Provided by publisher.

Building the Great Society : inside Lyndon Johnson's White House

February 8, 2018
Zeitz, Joshua, author.
2018
xviii, 378 pages ; 24 cm
Put the ball through the hoop -- Participation in prosperity -- Second day -- Revolutionary activity -- Frontlash -- A frustrating paradox -- Completing the Fair Deal -- Get 'em! Get the last ones! -- The fabulous Eighty-ninth -- Guns and butter -- Backlash -- You aren't a man in your own right -- The thirty-first of March -- Conclusion.
LBJ's towering political skills and his ambitious slate of liberal legislation are the stuff of legend: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, and environmental reform. But what happened after the bills passed? One man could not and did not go it alone. Joshua Zeitz reanimates the creative and contentious atmosphere inside Johnson's White House as a talented and energetic group of advisers made LBJ's vision a reality. They desegregated public and private institutions throughout one third of the United States; built Medicare and Medicaid from the ground up in one year; launched federal funding for public education; provided food support for millions of poor children and adults; and launched public television and radio, all in the space of five years, even as Vietnam strained the administration's credibility and budget. Bill Moyers, Jack Valenti, Joe Califano, Harry McPherson and the other staff members who comprised LBJ's inner circle were men as pragmatic and ambitious as Johnson, equally skilled in the art of accumulating power or throwing a sharp elbow. Building the Great Society is the story of how one of the most competent White House staffs in American history - serving one of the most complicated presidents ever to occupy the Oval Office - fundamentally changed everyday life for millions of citizens and forged a legacy of compassionate and interventionist government.

When Montezuma met Cortés : the true story of the meeting that changed history

February 8, 2018
Restall, Matthew, 1964- author.
2018
xxxiii, 526 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Prologue: Invention -- Mysterious kindness -- No small amazement -- Social grace and monstrous ritual -- The empire in his hands -- The greatest enterprises -- Principal plunderers -- The epic boxer -- Without mercy or purpose -- Epilogue: Halls of the Montezumas -- Appendix: Language and label, cast and dynasty.
"On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introduction--the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas--has long been the symbol of Cortés's bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere. But is this really what happened? In a departure from traditional tellings, When Montezuma Met Cortés uses "the Meeting"--as Restall dubs their first encounter--as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Cortés and Montezuma. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Restall explores Cortés's and Montezuma's posthumous reputations, their achievements and failures, and the worlds in which they lived--leading, step by step, to a dramatic inversion of the old story. As Restall takes us through this sweeping, revisionist account of a pivotal moment in modern civilization, he calls into question our view of the history of the Americas, and, indeed, of history itself" -- ǂc Publisher.

Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America

February 7, 2018
Kerrison, Catherine, 1953- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
xi, 425 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
First Monticello -- To Paris -- School life -- Families reunited -- Transitions -- Becoming American again -- A Virginia wife -- Harriet's Monticello -- An enlightened household -- Departure -- Passing -- Legacies.
"Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women--and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris--a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonniᥲes are vividly brought to life in Kerrison's narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America. Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery--apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for descendants of Harriet Hemings. The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America--and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers." -- Publisher's description.

Enemies and neighbors : Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017

February 5, 2018
Black, Ian, 1953- author.
©2017
xxii, 605 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Enemies and Neighbors is a balanced account of over 100 years of the Israel-Palestine conflict, published on the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration (the famous pledge made by the British government on Nov. 2, 1917 expressing sympathy for a national Jewish home in Palestine). 2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in June 1967, during which Israel seized its current borders. Much of the existing literature on the Israel-Palestine conflict focuses on the era post-Israeli independence (starting in 1948), has a clear bias, and/or comes at the subject from an academic angle. This is a major, engagingly written trade history covering the entire arc of the conflict up to the present, and Black has done an extraordinary job of telling it from both sides.

Pittsburgh 1950

February 5, 2018
Erwitt, Elliott, photographer.
London : GOST Books, 2017.
139 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 31 cm
Includes essay: Conjuring Pittsburgh / Vaughn Wallace.

The last London : true fictions from an unreal city

February 5, 2018
Sinclair, Iain, 1943- author.
©2017
324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Losing. Dancers on the beach ; HMS Haggerston Park ; By weight of water ; After Sebald -- Finding. Digging for victory ; Overground soundscrape ; Pigeon fishing ; Free breakfast for bikes ; Two swimming pools or, Shardenfreude ; Voice of the huts -- Walking. The Milky Way (to Croydon) ; Downriver ; Absolutely Barking ; Night hospital ; Gummed eyes ; Brexit means Brexit.
Iain Sinclair has been documenting the peculiar magic of the river city that absorbs and obsesses him for most of his adult life. In 'The Last London', Sinclair strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition.

Anatomy of a genocide : the life and death of a town called Buczacz

February 1, 2018
Bartov, Omer, author.
©2018
xiv, 398 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Memories of childhood -- The gathering storm -- Enemies at their pleasure -- Together and apart -- Soviet power -- German order -- The daily life of genocide -- Neighbors -- Aftermath.
"For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz--today part of Ukraine--was home to Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews, all living side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and in the span of a few years the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. The violence lifted as quickly as it began, leaving the survivors searching for answers. In Anatomy of a Genocide, historian Omer Bartov shows that ethnic cleansing doesn't occur, as is so often portrayed in popular history, with the quick ascent of a vitriolic political leader and the unleashing of military might. It begins in seeming peace, slowly and often unnoticed, as the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators aren't just sociopathic soldiers--they are neighbors and friends and family. Others are average middle-aged men who come from elsewhere, often with their spouses and children and parents, and settle into a life of bourgeois comfort peppered with bouts of mass murder: an island of normality floating on an ocean of blood. For more than two decades, Bartov--whose mother was raised in Buczacz--traveled extensively throughout the region, scouring archives and amassing thousands of documents and photographs rarely seen until now. He relied on hundreds of first-person testimonies by victims, perpetrators, collaborators, and rescuers. The result is a vivd, suspenseful investigation into one of the biggest crimes in modern history. Anatomy of a Genocide changes our understanding of the Holocaust and the nature of mass killing as a whole. However, this book isn't just an attempt to understand what happened in the past. It's a warning of how it could happen again, in our own towns and cities--much more easily than we might think."--Dust jacket.

Trumpocracy : the corruption of the American republic

January 31, 2018
Frum, David, 1960- author.
©
xvi, 301 pages ; 24 cm
Pre-existing conditions -- Enablers -- Appeasers -- Plunder -- Betrayals -- Enemies of the people -- Rigged system -- America alone -- Autoimmune disorder -- Resentments -- Believers -- Hope.
"From Russia to South Africa, from Turkey to the Philippines, from Venezuela to Hungary, authoritarian leaders have smashed restraints on their power. Media freedom and judicial independence have eroded. The right to vote remains, but the right to have one's vote counted fairly may not. Until the US presidential election of 2016, the global decline of democracy seemed a concern for other peoples in other lands... That complacent optimism has been upended by the political rise of Donald Trump. The crisis is upon Americans, here and now. Quietly, steadily, Trump and his administration are damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy, perhaps irrevocably. As he and his family enrich themselves, the presidency itself falls into the hands of the generals and financiers who surround him. While much of the country has been focused on Russia, David Frum has been collecting the lies, obfuscations, and flagrant disregard for the traditional limits placed on the office of the presidency. In Trumpocracy, he documents how Trump and his administration are steadily damaging the tenets and accepted practices of American democracy. During his own White House tenure as George W. Bush's speechwriter, Frum witnessed the ways the presidency is limited not by law but by tradition, propriety, and public outcry, all now weakened. Whether the Trump presidency lasts two, four, or eight more years, he has changed the nature of the office for the worse, and likely for decades."--Inside dust jacket.

Veterans : faces of World War II

January 31, 2018
Maslov, Sasha, author, photographer, interviewer.
New York, New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2017]
142 pages : color illustrations ; 27 x 22 cm
"Since 2010, Ukrainian-born photographer Sasha Maslov has traveled to more than twenty countries, interviewing participants in World War II and taking richly detailed photographs of them in their homes. Soldiers, support staff, and resistance members candidly discuss wartime experiences and their lifelong effects. We meet Ichiro Sudai, who trained to be a kamikazi; Urszula Hoffmann, who taught young children as a member of the Polish resistance; Roscoe Brown, a commander in the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military aviators; Charin Singh, a farmer from Delhi who spent seven years as a Japanese prisoner of war, returning home only in 1949; and Uli John, who lost an arm while serving in the German Army and ultimately befriended former enemy soldiers as part of a network of veterans--"people who fought in the war and know what war really means." Veterans is a record of a cataclysmic time in world history and a tribute to the members of an indomitable generation; it is also a meditation on memory, human struggle, and the passage of time. Its portraits are indelible."--Provided by publisher.

The Modoc War : a story of genocide at the dawn of America's Gilded Age

January 31, 2018
McNally, Robert Aquinas, author.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2017]
xiii, 409 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Prologue: Duel at Lost River -- Holy lands here and there -- Bad to worse -- Stone and story -- Running the pagans out of the promised land -- Death squads, sex slaves, and knights of the frontier -- The peace that wasn't, the treaty that was, kind of -- The bacon of three hundred hogs -- Gray-eyed rancher to the rescue -- True fog, real war -- Glove and fist -- Modoc steak for breakfast -- A look inside -- First fog of war -- Celebration and postmortem -- Firing into a continent -- Give peace a chance -- The news that fits -- Heroic reporter dens with lions -- Talking for peace, lying for war -- The warrior takes command -- Squeeze play -- A homeland to be named later -- Pride and prejudice in the peace tent -- Martyrs at midday -- The war goes cosmic -- Girding for battle -- Half-empty victory -- Scalps and skulls -- Into the volcanic valley of death -- Things fall apart -- The center cannot hold -- Hounds and scouts -- Hang 'em high -- Varnishing vengeance -- Still small voices swell -- Strangled necks, severed heads -- Exile and showbiz -- Requiem -- Epilogue.
"On a cold, rainy dawn in late November 1872, Lieutenant Frazier Boutelle and a Modoc Indian nicknamed Scarface Charley leveled firearms at each other. Their duel triggered a war that capped a decades-long genocidal attack that was emblematic of the United States' conquest of Native America's peoples and lands. Robert Aquinas McNally tells the wrenching story of the Modoc War of 1872-73, one of the nation's costliest campaigns against North American Indigenous peoples, in which the army placed nearly one thousand soldiers in the field against some fifty-five Modoc fighters. Although little known today, the Modoc War dominated national headlines for an entire year. Fought in south-central Oregon and northeastern California, the war settled into a siege in the desolate Lava Beds and climaxed the decades-long effort to dispossess and destroy the Modocs. The war did not end with the last shot fired, however. For the first and only time in U.S. history, Native fighters were tried and hanged for war crimes. The surviving Modocs were packed into cattle cars and shipped from Fort Klamath to the corrupt, disease-ridden Quapaw reservation in Oklahoma, where they found peace even more lethal than war. The Modoc War tells the forgotten story of a violent and bloody Gilded Age campaign at a time when the federal government boasted officially of a "peace policy" toward Indigenous nations. This compelling history illuminates a dark corner in our country's past." -- Publisher's description

World War I

January 30, 2018
Williams, Brian, 1943- author.
2018
64 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
Taking sides -- War begins -- Key players -- Off to war -- Two fronts -- War horses -- Trench warfare -- A day in the trenches -- Battles at sea -- Battles in the skies -- Air aces -- Wartime intelligence -- Spying -- Uniforms -- Gas warfare -- Gallipoli -- Women in wartime -- Desert fighting -- Two great battles -- Tanks at war - The US at war -- Russian revolution -- War propaganda -- Recording the war -- The last battles -- Peace at last -- Remembering the war -- World War I facts and figures.
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, discusses the build-up to the war, along with battles, history, technology, and more. Fun facts, amazing pictures, quizzes.

Black Tudors : the untold story

January 30, 2018
Kaufmann, Miranda, 1982- author.
©2017
376 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
John Blanke, the trumpeter -- Jacques Francis, the salvage diver -- Diego, the circumnavigator -- Edward Swarthye, the porter -- Reasonable Blackman, the silk weaver -- Mary Fillis, the Moroccan convert -- Dederi Jaquoah, the Prince of River Cestos -- John Anthony, mariner of Dover -- Anne Cobbie, the tawny Moor with soft skin -- Cattelena of Almondsbury, independent singlewoman.
From long forgotten records, Kaufmann has unearthed the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England. They were present at some of the defining moments of the Tudor age. They were christened, married and buried by the Church. And their stories have remained untold. Kaufmann challenges preconceptions of sixteenth century attitudes toward race and slavery, and transforms how we see this period of history.

Lincoln & Churchill : statesmen at war

January 29, 2018
Lehrman, Lewis E., author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Stackpole Books, [2018]
xvii, 526 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Men of character: quintessential leaders with different personalities -- The unlikely emergence of Lincoln and Churchill -- The rhetoric of leadership -- Anglo-American relations -- Virtues of great war leaders -- Managing ministers and legislators -- Finding and managing generals -- Army leadership -- 1862/1942 -- 1863/1943 -- 1864/1944 -- 1865/1945 -- Reelection and reconstruction -- Managing men at war : Lincoln style -- Managing men at war : Churchill style -- Legacies -- Epilogue.
Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, as commanders in chief, led their nations to victory -Lincoln in the Civil War, Churchill in World War II. They became revered leaders -statesmen for all time. Yet these two world-famous war leaders have never been seriously compared at book length. Acclaimed historian Lewis Lehrman, in his pathbreaking comparison of both statesmen, finds that Lincoln and Churchill -with very different upbringings and contrasting personalities- led their war efforts, to some extent, in similar ways. As supreme war lords, they were guided not only by principles of honor, duty, freedom, but also by the practical wisdom to know when, where, and how to apply these principles. They made mistakes which Lehrman considers carefully. But the author emphasizes that, despite setbacks, they never gave up. Even their writings and speeches were swords in battle. Gifted literary stylists, both men relied on the written and spoken word to steel their citizens throughout desperate and prolonged wars. Both statesmen unexpectedly left office near the end of their wars -Lincoln by the bullet, Churchill by the ballot.

It's even worse than you think : what the Trump administration is doing to America

January 29, 2018
Johnston, David Cay, 1948- author.
©2018
306 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: A president like no other. The Trump factor ; Kleptocracy rising ; Emoluments ; Refusals to pay ; Appointees -- Part II: Jobs. Hiding in the budget ; A mighty job creator ; Forgetting the forgotten man ; Washington apprentice -- Part III: Taxes. The tax expert ; Trump's tax return ; Trump's wall -- Part IV: Fossil fuels and climate and science denial. Polluters' paradise ; Go FOIA yourself ; Interior purging ; Stripping science ; Stocking the swamp -- Part V: Global affairs. Diplomacy ; Trade ; Digital delusions -- Part VI: Education. Promises and performances ; Bankers before brains -- Part VII: Law and order, veterans, race and guns, immigration. Above the law ; Wounding the veterans ; The road to Charlottesville ; Immigration -- Part VIII: Conclusion. The con unravels.
"No journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who has been following him since 1988. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America goes inside the administration to show how the federal agencies that touch the lives of all Americans are being undermined. Here is just some of what you will learn: The Wall. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto told President Trump that Mexico will never pay for the border wall. So, Trump is proposing putting a tariff on Mexican imports. But a tariff will simply raise the price of Mexican goods in the US, meaning American consumers will end up paying for the wall--if it ever gets built. Climate Change. Welcome to the new EPA, run by Scott Pruitt, a lawyer who has spent much of his career trying to destroy the agency he now heads. Secrecy reigns at the new EPA because Pruitt meets with industry executives to find out which clean air and clean water provisions they most want to roll back, and keeps staffers in the dark to make sure these pro-pollution plans don't leak prematurely. Stocking the Swamp. Contrary to his promise to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, DC, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman Sachs and hedge fund veteran who made much of his fortune foreclosing on homeowners, to billionaire heiress Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has already put the interests of bankers ahead of debt-burdened students and their families. The Kleptocracy. Under Donald Trump conflict of interest is pass⥮ When Trump isn't in Washington, he stays at one of his properties, where the taxpayers pick up the tab for staffers, Secret Service, and so on, all at full price. And back in Washington, everyone now knows that the Trump International Hotel is the only place to stay if you want to do business with the administration. Meanwhile sons Donald Jr. and Eric run an eyes-wide-open blind trust of Trump holdings to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest--but not the reality."--Dust jacket.

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