New Arrivals · History

January 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Gateway to freedom : the hidden history of the underground railroad

January 28, 2015
Foner, Eric, 1943- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xiii, 301 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Rethinking the underground railroad -- Slavery and freedom in New York -- Origins of the underground railroad : the New York Vigilance Committee -- A patchwork system : the underground railroad in the 1840s -- The Fugitive Slave Law and the crisis of the Black community -- The metropolitan corridor : the underground railroad in the 1850s -- The record of fugitives : an account of runaway slaves in the 1850s -- The end of the underground railroad.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner relates the dramatic story of fugitive slaves and the antislavery activists who defied the law to help them reach freedom.

The young T.E. Lawrence

January 28, 2015
Sattin, Anthony, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xiii, 316 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain under the title Young Lawrence : a portrait of the legend as a young man"--Title page verso.
The young scholar. Landing ; Origins ; Father confessor ; On foot and alone ; A glorious country for wandering in ; Pushing the boundaries -- The young archaeologist. Forgotten far off things ; The apprentice ; The wanderer after sensations ; If the Italians permit ; Because he loves us ; An old story ; The happiest time, the richest dig ; Gathering storm ; Eating lotos -- The young spy. A splendid trip ; Another step, a long way ; Shooting and burning ; Of Arabia.

George W. Bush

January 28, 2015
Mann, Jim, 1946- author.
New York : Times Books/Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
xviii, 185 pages ; 22 cm.
"A good-time guy" -- The rising politician -- The new president and his tax cuts -- September 11 -- Iraq -- Reelection and its unhappy aftermath -- Second-term changes -- "I'm going to be Roosevelt, not Hoover."
A biography of the controversial president whose time in office was defined by the September 11 attacks and the War on Terrorism.

Hell and good company : the Spanish Civil War and the world it made

January 28, 2015
Rhodes, Richard, 1937-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xviii, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : maps, illustrations ; 24 cm
"Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author Richard Rhodes relates the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it. The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and John Dos Passos. The idealism of the cause--defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war--and the brutality of the conflict drew from them some of their best work: Guernica, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Homage to Catalonia, The Spanish Earth. The war spurred breakthroughs in military and medical technology as well. New aircraft, new weapons, new tactics and strategy all emerged in the intense Spanish conflict. Indiscriminate destruction raining from the sky became a dreaded reality for the first time. Progress also arose from the horror: the doctors and nurses who volunteered to serve with the Spanish defenders devised major advances in battlefield surgery and front-line blood transfusion. In those ways, and in many others, the Spanish Civil War served as a test bed for World War II, and for the entire twentieth century" -- from publisher's web site.

Beyond the call : the true story of one World War II pilot's covert mission to rescue POWs on the Eastern Front

January 28, 2015
Trimble, Lee.
New York : Berkley Caliber, 2015.
xxv, 323 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Prologue -- 1. One Lucky Bastard -- 2. An American in London -- 3. The Long Way Round -- 4. Behind the Curtain -- 5. A Brutal Awakening -- 6. Running with the Bird Dogs -- 7. Fighting Bastard of the Ukraine -- 8. Kasia -- 9. Night of the Cossacks -- 10. Russian Roulette -- 11. Suffer the Lost Prisoners -- 12. American Gentlemen -- 13. Rising Tide -- 14. Far from Home -- 15. Isabelle -- 16. Bait and Switch -- 17. Blood Sacrifice -- 18. Spare the Conquered, Confront the Proud -- 19. The Long Way Home -- Epilogue: Not Without Honor.
"Near the end of World War II, thousands of Allied ex-POWs were abandoned to wander the war-torn Eastern Front, modern day Ukraine. With no food, shelter, or supplies, they were an army of dying men. The Red Army had pushed the Nazis out of Russia. As they advanced across Poland, the prison camps of the Third Reich were discovered and liberated. In defiance of humanity, the freed Allied prisoners were discarded without aid. The Soviets viewed POWs as cowards, and regarded all refugees as potential spies or partisans. The United States repeatedly offered to help recover their POWs, but were refused. With relations between the allies strained, a plan was conceived for an undercover rescue mission. In total secrecy, the OSS chose an obscure American air force detachment stationed at a Ukrainian airfield; it would provide the base and the cover for the operation. The man they picked to undertake it was veteran 8th Air Force bomber pilot Captain Robert Trimble. With little covert training, already scarred by the trials of combat, Trimble took the mission. He would survive by wit, courage, and a determination to do some good in a terrible war. Alone he faced up to the terrifying Soviet secret police, saving hundreds of lives. At the same time he battled to come to terms with the trauma of war and find his own way home to his wife and child. One ordinary man. One extraordinary mission. A thousand lives at stake. This is the compelling, inspiring true story of an American hero who laid his life on the line to bring his fellow men home to safety and freedom. Include photos"-- Provided by publisher.

Abandoned in hell : the fight for Vietnam's Firebase Kate

January 28, 2015
Albracht, William.
New York, New York : NAL Caliber, 2015.
xix, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In October 1969, William Albracht, the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate, held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. He found their defenses woefully unprepared. At dawn the next morning, three North Vietnamese Army regiments--some 6,000 men--crossed the Cambodian border and attacked. Outnumbered three dozen to one, Albracht's men held off repeated ground assaults by communist forces with fierce hand-to-hand fighting, air support and a dangerously close B-52 strike. For days, the NVA blanketed Kate in a rain of rockets, mortars, artillery, machine guns, and small arms, blocking efforts to resupply, reinforce, or evacuate the outpost. Albracht continually exposed himself to enemy fire to direct air strikes, to guide re-supply helicopters, to distribute ammunition and water to his men, to retrieve the dead and to rescue the wounded, often shielding men with his own body. Wounded by rocket shrapnel, he refused medical attention or evacuation. Exhausted from days without sleep, he continued to rally his men to beat off each new enemy attack. After five days, Kate's defenders were out of ammo and water. Aerial resupply was suicidal, and reinforcements were denied by military commanders who had written off Kate. Albracht refused to surrender or die in place. Refusing to allow his men to surrender, Albracht led his troops, including many wounded, off the hill and on a daring night march through enemy lines. Abandoned in Hell is an astonishing memoir of leadership, sacrifice, and brutal violence, a riveting journey into Vietnam's heart of darkness, and a compelling reminder of the transformational power of individual heroism. Not since Lone Survivor and We Were Soldiers Once, And Young has there been such a gripping and authentic account of battlefield courage. Includes photos"-- Provided by publisher.

The last days of George Armstrong Custer : the true story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

January 28, 2015
Hatch, Thom, 1946- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
viii, 366 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Subtitle from jacket; subtitle on title page repeats the main title.
The wrath of President Grant -- Glorious war -- Chasing shadows on the plains -- Death along the Washita -- Battling Sioux in Yellowstone country -- Black Hills, red spirits -- Prelude to war -- First blood -- The march of the Seventh Cavalry -- Into the valley -- The crimson trail -- Battle Ridge -- The siege of the hilltop -- Bodies on the field -- Custer's avengers -- Mysteries, myths, and legends -- Clearing the smoke from the battlefield -- What really happened? -- Heroes and villains.

In these times : living in Britain through Napoleon's wars, 1793-1815

January 27, 2015
Uglow, Jennifer S., author.
ix, 740 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2014 by Faber and Faber Limited, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
1. Who tells the news? -- I. STIRRING, 1789-1792 -- 2. Down with Tom Paine! -- II. ARMING, 1793-1796 -- The universal pant for glory -- Flanders and Toulon -- 5. Scarlet, shoes and guns -- 6. British tars -- 7. Trials and tribulations -- 8. Warp and weft -- 9. Money, city and country -- 10. "Are we forgotten?" -- 11. High life -- 12. Four farmers -- 13. Portsmouth deliveries -- 14. Bread -- 15. East and west -- III. WATCHING, 1797-1801 -- 16. Invasions, spies and poets -- 17. Mutinies and militia -- 18. Cash in hand -- 19. At sea and on land -- 20. The powerhouse -- 21. "Check proud Invasion's boast" -- 22. Ireland -- 23. The Nile and beyond -- 24. "The distressedness of the times" -- 25. God on our side -- 26. "Good men should now close ranks" -- 27. Denmark, Egypt, Boulogne...peace -- IV. PAUSING, 1801-1803 -- 28. France -- 29. New voices -- 30. "Always capable of doing mischief" -- 31. Albion -- V. SAILING, 1803-1808 -- 32. Into war again -- 33. "Fine strapping fellows" -- 34. Press gangs and fencibles -- 35. Panic and propaganda -- 36. "Every farthing I can get" -- 37. The business of defence -- 38. Trafalgar -- 39. All the Talents -- 40. Private lives -- 41. Abolition and after -- 42. Danes and Turks -- 43. Orders in Council -- 44. Land -- VI. FIGHTING, 1809-1815 -- 45. "Caesar is everywhere" -- 46. Scandals, Flanders and fevers -- 47. Going to the show -- 48. Burdett and press freedom -- 49. "Brookes's and Buonaparte," Cintra and Troy -- 50. Storms of trade -- 51. The coming of the sheep -- 52. Sieges and prisoners -- 53. Luddites and protests -- 54. Prince, Perceval, Portland -- 55. Three fronts -- 56. Sailors -- 57. Swagger and civilisation -- 58. "We are to have our rejoicings" -- VII. ENDINGS, 1815 and beyond -- 59. To Waterloo and St. Helena -- 60. Afterwards -- Principal events of the wars.
"A people's history of life in Britain during the Napoleonic Wars"-- Provided by publisher.

The Reaper : autobiography of one of the deadliest Special Ops snipers

January 27, 2015
Irving, Nicholas, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
They call me the Reaper -- A near and colorful miss -- Misfires, malfunctions, and misery -- A ranger in the making -- A long day of reckoning -- The Chechen comes calling -- A whole 'nother danger -- Rumble in the rubble -- Ninja wife and the big bomb -- Winding up and winding down -- things that go hump in the night.
A memoir by a Special Operations Direct Action Sniper traces his extraordinary career during the War on Terror, which was marked by his record-setting deployment to Afghanistan and his face-off against an enemy sniper known only as The Chechnian.

The upstairs wife : an intimate history of Pakistan

January 27, 2015
Zakaria, Rafia, 1978-
Boston : Beacon Press, 2015.
x, 251 pages ; 24 cm
The return -- Birth of a nation -- The scent of other cities -- A suburban wedding -- Half a wife -- The woman in charge -- The graveyards of Karachi -- Loving and leaving -- A return to the original.
"A memoir of Karachi through the eyes of its women. Rafia Zakaria's Muslim-Indian family immigrated to Pakistan from Bombay in 1962, feeling the situation for Muslims in India was precarious and that Pakistan represented enormous promise. And for some time it did. Her family prospered, and the city prospered. But in the 1980s, Pakistan's military dictators began an Islamization campaign designed to legitimate their rule--a campaign that particularly affected women. The political became personal for Zakaria's family when her Aunt Amina's husband did the unthinkable and took a second wife, a betrayal of kin and custom that shook the foundation of her family. The Upstairs Wife dissects the complex strands of Pakistani history, from the problematic legacies of colonialism to the beginnings of terrorist violence to increasing misogyny, interweaving them with the arc of Amina's life to reveal the personal costs behind ever-more restrictive religious edicts and cultural conventions. As Amina struggles to reconcile with a marriage and a life that had fallen below her expectations, we come to know the dreams and aspirations of the people of Karachi and the challenges of loving it not as an imagined city of Muslim fulfillment but as a real city of contradictions and challenges"-- Provided by publisher.

Warrior diplomat : a green beret's battles from Washington to Afghanistan

January 27, 2015
Waltz, Michael G., author.
[Dulles, VA] : Potomac Books, [2014]
xxi, 376 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : billustrations, maps ; 24 cm
State of the war : office of the Secretary of Defense -- Arabs, Afghans, and Americans : the war of ideas -- The Tagab Valley : patrolling to ambush -- The clinic in Achin : development dilemmas -- The road to Musa Qala : the Taliban are back -- The French in Maruf : a pawn in a diplomatic game -- Operation Perth : war by consensus -- Back to Washington : the Pentagon and the White House -- The Mangal tribe : protecting people we can't access -- The elder in Khost : risk aversion and the cost of inaction -- Night raid : the catch-and-release detention system -- Blackbeard rising : the Afghan National Army Commandos -- On the border with Pakistan : the rocket's red glare -- The tribes of Chamkani : the community defense initiative -- Washington again : wishing the problem away.
Grappling with centuries-old feuds, defeating a shrewd insurgency, and navigating the sometimes paralyzing bureaucracy of the U.S. military are issues that prompt sleepless nights for both policy makers in Washington and soldiers at war, albeit for different reasons. Few, however, have dealt with these issues in the White House situation room and on the front line. Michael G. Waltz has done just that, working as a policy advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney and also serving in the mountains of Afghanistan as a Green Beret, directly implementing strategy in the field that he helped devise in Washington. In Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret's Battles from Washington to Afghanistan Waltz shares his unique firsthand experiences, revealing the sights, sounds, emotions, and complexities involved in the war in Afghanistan. Waltz also highlights the policy issues that have plagued the war effort throughout the past decade, from the drug trade, to civilian casualties, to a lack of resources in comparison to Iraq, to the overall coalition strategy. At the same time, he points out that stabilizing Afghanistan and the region remains crucial to national security and that a long-term commitment along the lines of South Korea or Germany is imperative if America is to remain secure.

The almost nearly perfect people : behind the myth of the Scandinavian utopia

January 26, 2015
Booth, Michael, author.
New York : Picador, 2015.
viii, 388 pages : map ; 22 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2014.
Includes index.
Denmark -- Iceland -- Norway -- Finland -- Sweden.

Citizen general : Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War era

January 26, 2015
Schmiel, Gene, author.
xiii, 340 pages : illustrations, maps, plans ; 24 cm.
Citizen of the Western Reserve: maturing in peace, girding for war -- A citizen-general secures (West) Virginia -- Citizen-general on the national stage: the Maryland Campaign -- Citizen/political general: political wars outside the mainstream -- Division and army commander: the Atlanta Campaign -- Citizen-warrior: the Franklin-Nashville Campaign and war's end -- From citizen-general to state and national political leader -- Citizen-statesman -- Civil War historian -- Renaissance man in the Gilded Age.
The Civil War transformed not only the United States but also the men unexpectedly called on to lead their fellow citizens to war. Jacob Dolson Cox, a former divinity student with no formal military training, rose to the challenge, becoming one of the better commanders in the Union army. His military career included helping secure West Virginia for the Union; jointly commanding the left wing of the Union army at the critical battle of Atlanta; and holding the defensive line at the Battle of Franklin, a Union victory that effectively ended the Confederate supply line and thereby precipitating the victory that effectively ended the Confederate threat in the West. At a time when the self-made man was the standard for success, Cox fashioned himself into a Renaissance man. In each of his vocations and avocations- general, governor, cabinet secretary, university president, law school dean, railroad president, historian, and scientist- he was recognized as a leader. Cox earned his greatest fame, however, as the foremost participant historian of the Civil War. His accounts of the conflict are to this day cited by serious scholars and serve as a foundation for the inrepretation of many aspects of the war.

Civil War Chicago : eyewitness to history

January 26, 2015
Athens : Ohio University Press, [2014]
xvi, 308 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
A divided city: Chicago and the crisis of the union -- The war spirit: Chicagoans and the call to arms -- Ties between the home front and the battlefield -- Confined Confederates: Camp Douglas and Chicago -- The politics of war -- The business and politics of war -- The war in the wards -- The long shadow of war -- A guide to Civil War Chicago sites.

Taking on Theodore Roosevelt : how one senator defied the president on Brownsville and shook American politics

January 26, 2015
Lembeck, Harry, 1944-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
544 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustraions ; 24 cm
The iron of the wound enters the soul itself -- "They ate shooting us up" -- A special request -- On the ground -- A more aggressive attitude -- The education of the Rough Riders and the wizard -- Roosevelt does justice -- Friends of the administration -- These are my jewels -- Two sets of affidavits -- Between two stools -- Grim-visaged war -- Strange fruit -- A different burden of proof -- Cordial cooperation -- Most implicit faith -- What did happen at that Gridiron dinner -- First-class color men -- Greatest Shepherd -- The soldiers' patron and patronage -- Other coalitions, other fronts -- A face to grace the White House -- Brownsville ghouls -- "Do you care to say anything on the subject?" -- An act of treason -- Roosevelt fatigue -- "Not one particle of regret".

The Italians

January 23, 2015
Hooper, John, 1950- author.
New York, New York : Viking, [2015].
xvii, 316 pages : map, illustrations ; 24 cm
How can a nation that spawned the Renaissance have produced the Mafia? How could people concerned with bella figura (keeping up appearances) have elected Silvio Berlusconi as their leader-not once, but three times? Sublime and maddening, fascinating yet baffling, Italy is a country of seemingly unsolvable riddles. John Hooper's entertaining and perceptive new book is the ideal companion for anyone seeking to understand contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. Digging deep into their history, culture, and religion, Hooper offers keys to understanding everything from their bewildering politics to their love of life and beauty. Looking at the facts that lie behind the stereotypes, he sheds new light on many aspects of Italian life: football and Freemasonry, sex, symbolism, and the reason why Italian has twelve words for a coat hanger, yet none for a hangover. Even readers who think they know Italy well will be surprised, challenged, and delighted by The Italians.

Women of two countries : German-American women, women's rights and nativism, 1848-1890

January 23, 2015
Bank, Michaela.
New York : Berghahn Books, 2012.
vii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Content and Effect of 19th-century Gendered Nativism -- "Women of Two Countries" as Critics, Translators and Messengers -- The Complex Place of Women of Two Countries -- A German-American Movement : Critical Opponents -- Imagining Opposition to Nativism -- Mathilde Wendt's Powerful Words : Die Neue Zeit -- Mathilde Wendt's Activism : Deutscher Frauenstimmrechtsverein -- Opposition as a Dual Strategy -- Mathilde Franziska Anneke : Powerful Translator -- Anneke's Identification with the Women's Rights Movement -- Translating Nativism -- Anneke's Efforts on Behalf of the Germans -- Ethnicity as Anneke's Source of Power -- Clara Neymann : Transatlantic Messenger -- Neymann's German-American political apprenticeship -- Women Suffrage and Temperance in Nebraska -- Neymann's Ethnicization at NWSA Washington Conventions -- Neymann as Messenger in Germany -- The Transatlantic Space of "Women of Two Countries" -- The Ascendance of the US-American Avant-Garde -- The Paradox of Nativism.

History and biographical sketches of the 46th Tennessee Infantry C.S.A. : Henry County, Tennessee

January 23, 2015
King, Stephen Lynn.
Bowling Green, KY. (P.O. Box 151, Bowling Green, 42102) : S.L. King, 1992.
196 pages : illustrations, map ; 29 cm
Includes index.

Year of the big flood, 1937.

January 23, 2015
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Cincinnati Enquirer ; Cincinnati Times-Star ; Cincinnati Post ; [Covington, Ky.] : Kentucky Post, [1937 and 1997]
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (some color) ; 60 x 44 x 9 cm. + 1 section (23 pages) : illustrations (some color) ; 58 x 35 cm folded to 30 x 35 cm in pocket inside front cover.
Title from cover.
Bound volume of complete Cincinnati area newspapers published during the Ohio River flood, from Thursday, January 21, 1937 to Monday, February 8, 1937: Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Times-Star, Cincinnati Post, Kentucky Post. Also includes the Cincinnati Post souvenir edition of Saturday, February 13, 1937, and the Cincinnati Times-Star edition "10 wet days: a pictorial history of 1937 Greater Cincinnati flood.

88 days to Kandahar : a CIA diary

January 21, 2015
Grenier, Robert (Robert L.)
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xix, 443 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Killers of the king : the men who dared to execute Charles I

January 21, 2015
Spencer, Charles Spencer, Earl, 1964- author.
339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Man of blood -- A king on trial -- The republic -- A new monarchy -- The word of a king -- A bloody sacrifice -- Men of God -- A time to die -- Surrender or else... -- Strangers in a strange land -- A Swiss sanctuary -- Vengeance at least -- An ocean away -- Into the wilderness -- To the last man.

Flashpoints : the emerging crisis in Europe

January 21, 2015
Friedman, George, author.
xxii, 258 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
"A major new book by New York Times bestselling author and geopolitical forecaster George Friedman (The Next 100 Years, The Next Decade) with a bold thesis about coming conflict in the world, this provocative work examines the geopolitical flashpoints--particularly in Europe--in which imminent future conflicts are brewing. George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for five hundred years, been the cultural hotbed of the world--Europe--and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture. Analyzing the fault lines that have existed for centuries--and which have led to two world wars and dozens more conflicts--Friedman walks us through the 'flashpoints' that are still smoldering beneath the surface and are on course to erupt again. In Flashpoints, George Friedman begins with a fascinating history of the events leading up to the horrific wars that nearly tore apart Western civilization--killing over 100 million people on the 'civilized' European continent. Modern-day Europe, and the formation of the European Union, were designed to minimize the built-in geopolitical tensions that led to catastrophic war, but as Friedman shows with a mix of history and cultural analysis, those plans have failed. 'Flashpoints' are now simmering as dangerously as in the early twentieth century. Zeroing in on half a dozen locations, borderlands, and cultural dynamics, George Friedman does what few historians can--he explains precisely how certain trends are unstoppable, and what the future holds, both in terms of conflict and also opportunity. Flashpoints also explains in riveting detail how events in Europe will affect the rest of the world--from the United States to Russia, from China to Latin America. Continuing in his bestselling tradition, he reveals a geopolitical landscape that is at once a scintillating history lesson and a forecast for the coming years"-- Provided by publisher.

Once upon a revolution : an Egyptian story

January 21, 2015
Cambanis, Thanassis.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
ix, 274 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Breaking the wall of fear -- The country is dying -- Enough -- The republic of Tahrir -- Seeds of discontent -- Stuck in the square -- The owner of this world is a devil -- Upstairs from the dead cow -- I don't fear my people -- The enemy within -- The revolution continues.
"he inside story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution by following two courageous and pivotal leaders--and their imperfect decisions that changed the world... Thanassis Cambanis tells the story of the noble dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of freedom, and the dark powerful forces that--for the time being--stopped them short. But he also tells a universal story of inspirational people willing to transform themselves in order to transform their society...and the world"--From publisher's website.

Crucible of command : Ulysses S. Grant and Rober E. Lee -- the war they fought, the peace they forged

January 20, 2015
Davis, William C., 1946-
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
xxi, 629 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

The Burma spring : Aung San Suu Kyi and the new struggle for the soul of a nation

January 20, 2015
Pederson, Rena, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
xxiv, 536 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm.
Aung San Suu Kyi--Burma's "woman of destiny" and one of the most admired voices for freedom in the world today--comes alive through this rendering of Burma/Myanmar's tumultuous history. Award-winning journalist and former State Department speechwriter Rena Pederson brings to light fresh details about the charismatic Nobel Peace Prize winner. Suu Kyi, the daughter of the late General Aung San (who secured freedom from Britain's imperial rule in 1948) initially had no desire to enter politics, but she had always made it clear that should her country need her, she would return. She would soon find herself embroiled in civil strife, then imprisoned in her home for fifteen years. But after decades of struggle, there is cause for renewed hope. Her party will be a major contender in the 2015 elections, a potential breakthrough after years of military dictatorship. Using exclusive interviews with Suu Kyi since her release, as well as recently disclosed diplomatic cables, Pederson uncovers new facets to Suu Kyi's extraordinary story. The book will also reveal the extraordinary steps taken by First Lady Laura Bush to help Suu Kyi, and also how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton injected new momentum into Burma's democratic rebirth. One of the few Western journalists to travel here extensively, Pederson provides a never-before-seen view of the harrowing hardships the people of Burma have endured, and of the fiery political atmosphere in which Suu Kyi has fought a life-and-death struggle for liberty.--From publisher description.

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