New Arrivals · Large Print History

November 2, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Sisters first : stories from our wild and wonderful life

November 1, 2017
Bush, Jenna, author.
New York, NY : Grand Central Publishing, 2017.
xiii, 383 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm

Dear world : a Syrian girl's story of war and plea for peace

October 31, 2017
Al Abed, Bana, author.
©2017
215 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
When seven-year-old Bana Alabed took to Twitter to describe the horrors she and her family were experiencing in war-torn Syria, her heartrending messages touched the world and gave a voice to millions of innocent children. Bana's happy childhood was abruptly upended by civil war when she was only three years old. Over the next four years, she knew nothing but bombing, destruction, and fear. Her harrowing ordeal culminated in a brutal siege where she, her parents, and two younger brothers were trapped in Aleppo, with little access to food, water, medicine, or other necessities. Facing death as bombs relentlessly fell around them--one of which completely destroyed their home--Bana and her family embarked on a perilous escape to Turkey.

Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II

October 31, 2017
Mundy, Liza, 1960- author.
©2017
xiv, 620 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The secret letters -- Introduction: "Your country needs you, young ladies" -- Part I. "In the event of total war women will be needed" -- Twenty-eight acres of girls -- "This is a man's size job, but I seem to be getting away with it" -- The most difficult problem -- "So many girls in one place" -- Part II. "Over all this vast expanse of waters Japan was supreme" -- "It was heart-rending" -- "Q for communications" -- The forlorn shoe -- "Hell's half-acre" -- "It was only human to complain" -- Pencil-pushing mamas sink the shipping of Japan -- Part III. The tide turns -- Sugar camp -- "All my love, Jim" -- "Enemy landing at the mouth of the Seine" -- Teedy -- The surrender message -- Good-bye to Crow -- Epilogue: The mitten.
Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

Inside Camp David : the private world of the presidential retreat

October 31, 2017
Giorgione, Michael, author.
©2017
viii, 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
The good ship Shangri-La -- Reporting for duty -- Living there -- Happy campers -- The spirit of Camp David -- The lonely sentry -- An unusual duty -- Pew one -- Guesthouse to the world -- Down the mountain -- Changing of the guard -- The true meaning of Camp David.
"...Combining fascinating first-person anecdotes of the presidents and their families with years of storied history and interviews with commanders past and present, 'Inside Camp David' reveals the intimate connection felt by the First Family with this historic retreat."--Dust jacket

Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI

October 31, 2017
Grann, David, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
492 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Chronicle one: the marked woman: The vanishing -- An act of God or man? -- King of the Osage Hills -- Underground reservation -- The devil's disciples -- Million dollar elm -- This thing of darkness -- Chronicle two: the evidence man -- Department of easy virtue -- The undercover cowboys -- Eliminating the impossible -- The third man -- A wilderness of mirrors -- A hangman's son -- Dying words -- The hidden face -- For the betterment of the Bureau -- The quick-draw artist, the yegg, and the soup man -- The state of the game -- A traitor to his blood -- So help you God! -- The hot house -- Chronicle three: the reporter -- Ghostlands -- A case not closed -- Standing in two worlds -- The lost manuscript -- Blood cries out.
Presents a true account of the early twentieth-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. --Publisher.

Killing England : the brutal struggle for American independence

October 10, 2017
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
©2017
605 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the reader from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe. What started as protest and unrest in the colonies soon escalated to a world war with devastating casualties. O'Reilly and Dugard recreate the war's landmark battles, including Bunker Hill, Long Island, Saratoga, and Yorktown, revealing the savagery of hand-to-hand combat and the often brutal conditions under which these brave American soldiers lived and fought..

Diana : her true story in her own words

September 13, 2017
Morton, Andrew, 1953- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2017.
623 pages ; 23 cm

The American spirit : who we are and what we stand for

August 24, 2017
McCullough, David G., author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
347 pages ; illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
Simon Willard's clock -- Civilization and the city -- The spirit of Jefferson -- Which way forward -- The animating spirit -- The lessons of history -- What's essential is invisible -- The first to reside here -- History lost and found -- The bulwark of freedom -- Knowing who we are -- The ties that bind -- The love of learning -- The summons to serve -- A building like no other.
"Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, as many Americans engage in self-reflection following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume that articulates important principles and characteristics that are particularly American."--From publisher description.

Churchill and Orwell : the fight for freedom

August 24, 2017
Ricks, Thomas E., author.
©2017
589 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Enduring Vietnam : an American generation and its war

August 24, 2017
Wright, James Edward, 1939- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
825 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Introduction: a generation goes to war -- Memorial days -- Dong Ap Bia: becoming Hamburger Hill -- Passing the torch to a new generation -- Receiving the torch -- Not their father's way of war -- The Vietnam War in America -- The American war in Vietnam -- Getting out of this place -- Duck and cover -- Enduring Vietnam: a story that has no end.
The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the shadows.

Sons and soldiers : the untold story of the Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the U.S. Army to fight Hitler

August 1, 2017
Henderson, Bruce B., 1946- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xvi, 662 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Prologue: Germany 1938 -- Saving the children -- Escaping the Nazis -- A place to call home -- Camp Ritchie -- Going back -- Normandy -- The breakout -- Holland -- The forests -- Return to Deutschland -- The camps -- Denazification -- Going home.
As Jewish families were trying desperately to get out of Europe during the menacing rise of Hitler's Nazi party, some chose to send their young sons away to uncertain futures in America, perhaps never to see them again. As these boys became young men, they were determined to join the fight in Europe. Known as the Ritchie Boys, after the Maryland camp where they were trained, these army recruits knew what would happen to them if they were captured. Yet they leapt at the opportunity to be sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions. A post-war army report found that nearly 60 percent of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys. Drawing on original interviews and extensive archival research, Henderson vividly re-creates the stories of six of these men in an epic tale of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten. -- Back cover.

Dodge City : Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the wickedest town in the American West

July 14, 2017
Clavin, Thomas, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
613 pages (large print), 17 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Kennedy and King : the president, the pastor, and the battle over civil rights

June 23, 2017
Levingston, Steven, author.
©2017
xiii, 768 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house

June 22, 2017
Epstein, Daniel Mark, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
xxiii, 690 pages (large print) : map ; 24 cm

Never call me a hero : a legendary American dive-bomber pilot remembers the Battle of Midway

June 5, 2017
Kleiss, N. Jack, 1916-2016, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xxii, 420 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
June 4, 1942, high above the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway. Lt. (j.g.) "Dusty" Kleiss burst out of the clouds and piloted his SBD Dauntless into a near-vertical dive aimed at the heart of Japan's Imperial Navy, which six months earlier had ruthlessly struck Pearl Harbor. Within a three-day period he became the only pilot from either side to land hits on three different ships, all of which sank-- losses that crippled the once-fearsome Japanese fleet. Now the Navy Cross recipient's full story is told for the first time, offering an intimate look at the fight for control of the Pacific in World War II.

Agent 110 : an American spymaster and the German resistance in WWII

May 25, 2017
Miller, Scott, 1960- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
591 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Portal on the Reich -- "I have never believed in turning back" -- The "eternal plotter" -- "Roosevelt's emissary" -- Unconditional surrender -- "Because you're you" -- "A Yankee Doodle-Dandy" -- "Utterly without scruples" -- "Imposing their brand of domination" -- Two bottles of Cointreau -- "Who, me? Jealous?" -- "There is just the glimmer of a chance that this man is on the square" -- "You could have peace in eight days" -- "I wouldn't tell Dulles" -- The Committee for a Free Germany -- "Twenty percent for liberation and eighty percent for Russia" -- "A high-tension power line" -- "The qualities of a genius" -- "Obviously a plant" -- "Now all is lost" -- "I trembled with emotion" -- "I do not understand what our policy is" -- "The Soviet maintains a steady flow into the Reich of constructive ideas" -- "Aren't they ready to act yet?" -- The wolf's lair -- "Communism is not what Germany needs" -- "I never saw them so completely downtrodden" -- Reunion with Donovan -- Light had gone out -- "I felt that the walls of the cellar were about to collapse around me" -- "An implacable enemy of Bolshevism" -- "A common desire to know what the Germans were planning" -- "Gero, are you standing or sitting?" -- "I can see how much you and Allen care for each other" -- "I was puzzled about what the Soviets would do with this information" -- "I may be crazy" -- "I cannot avoid a feeling of bitter resentment toward your informers" -- "This is the most terrible news I've ever had" -- "In view of complications which have arisen with Russians" -- An overloaded Mercedes-Benz -- "I will never forget what you have done for me" -- "Countless thousands of parents would bless you" -- The crown jewels -- "It was three allies and one enemy" -- "Most of my time is spent reliving those exciting days".
"Presents an account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of disenchanted Germans in a plot to assassinate Hitler and end World War II before the invasion of opportunistic Russian forces,"--NoveList.

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

May 19, 2017
Eisner, Peter, author.
©2017
xix, 580 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
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.

Havana : a subtropical delirium

April 28, 2017
Kurlansky, Mark, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2017.
309 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Prologue. A black-and-white feast -- Change -- The hated sea -- Danger of a black city -- Cecilia's fire and sugar -- Beyond the wall -- The monster -- The death it has given us -- The twenty-six-flavor revolution -- The mulata returns -- The sound of an African city -- Frozen in the tropics -- Sunny side up -- How to argue in Havana -- The nocout.
"An insider's view of Havana: Part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs, and Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings throughout, Havana celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures. Like all great cities, Havana has a rich history that informs the vibrant place it is today--from the native Taino to Columbus's landing, from Cuba's status as a U.S. protectorate to Batista's dictatorship and Castro's revolution, from Soviet presence to the welcoming of capitalist tourism. Havana is a place of extremes: a beautifully restored colonial city whose cobblestone streets pass through areas that have not been painted or repaired since the revolution. Kurlansky shows Havana through the eyes of Cuban writers, such as Alejo Carpentier and José Martí, and foreigners, including Graham Greene and Hemingway. He introduces us to Cuban baseball and its highly opinionated fans; the city's music scene, alive with the rhythm of Son; its culinary legacy. Once the only country Americans couldn't visit, Cuba is now opening to us, as is Havana, not only by plane or boat but also through Mark Kurlansky's multilayered and electrifying portrait of the long-elusive city"--Provided by publisher.

The gatekeepers : how the White House Chiefs of Staff define every presidency

April 26, 2017
Whipple, Chris (Christopher C.), author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2017]
571 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Title from web page.
Introduction: "I brought my pillow and my blankie" -- "The Lord High Executioner" : H.R. Haldeman and Richard Nixon -- "Beware the spokes of the wheel" : Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Gerald Ford -- "The smartest man in the room" : Hamilton Jordan, Jack Watson, and Jimmy Carter -- "One hell of a chief of staff " : James A. Baker III and Ronald Reagan -- "Don't hang up on the First Lady" : Donald Regan, Howard H. Baker Jr., Kenneth Duberstein, and Ronald Reagan -- "The prime minister" : John Sununu, Samuel Skinner, James A. Baker III, and George H.W. Bush -- "An iron fist in a velvet glove" : Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, Leon Panetta, Erskine Bowles, John Podesta, and Bill Clinton -- "The decider" : Andrew Card, Joshua Bolten, and George W. Bush -- "Between bad and worse" : Rahm Emanuel, William Daley, Jacob Lew, Denis McDonough, and Barack Obama -- Epilogue.
"The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions--and inactions--have defined the course of our country. Since George Washington, presidents have depended on the advice of key confidants. But it wasn't until the twentieth century that the White House chief of staff became the second most powerful job in government. Unelected and unconfirmed, the chief serves at the whim of the president, hired and fired by him alone. He is the president's closest adviser and the person he depends on to execute his agenda. He decides who gets to see the president, negotiates with Congress, and--most crucially--enjoys unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. When the president makes a life-and-death decision, often the chief of staff is the only other person in the room. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity, whose members have included Rahm Emanuel, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, and Donald Rumsfeld. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker and Panetta skillfully managed the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, ensuring their reelections--and, conversely, how Jimmy Carter never understood the importance of a chief, crippling his ability to govern. From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the Iraq War, Whipple shows us how the chief of staff can make the difference between success and disaster. As an outsider president tries to govern after a bitterly divisive election, The Gatekeepers could not be more timely. Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, it is a compelling history that changes our perspective on the presidency."--Jacket flap.

Prince Charles : the passions and paradoxes of an improbable life

April 17, 2017
Smith, Sally Bedell, 1948- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press Large Print, 2017.
973 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged. Other aspects of the book may vary from the original edition."
The lonely schoolboy -- Cold showers in the morning -- Heir to a fortune -- Nixon plays matchmaker -- The shadow of Camilla -- Wild oats -- Searching for meaning -- Prince without a princess -- Diana snares her man -- Glamour and heartache -- Naming and shaming -- A marriage in shambles -- Dangerous liaisons -- Butterfly mind -- Midlife melancholy -- Timeless principles -- Love tape -- Diana's revenge -- Wounded feelings -- Scarlet A -- Three in a marriage -- Breathing the same air -- Tragedy in Paris -- No ordinary pilgrim -- Media makeover -- Out of the shadows -- Cracking the ice -- Deaths in the family -- Blackadder's revenge -- Hitched at last -- Camilla joins the firm -- Royal infighting -- A prince in full -- Rising sons -- On the defensive -- The magnificent seven -- Rehearsing new roles -- The shadow king's legacy -- "Don't ever stop."
"This vivid, eye-opening biography--the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more--is filled with fresh insights into Charles's life, in and out of the public eye. [This book] brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. Drawing upon hundreds of sources, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, [this book] is the surprising and definitive portrait of the man who will be king."--Jacket.

The meaning of Michelle : 16 writers on the iconic first lady and how her journey inspires our own

April 17, 2017
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
249 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Preface / Ava Duvernay -- Introduction: Homegirls / Veronica Chambers -- Michelle in high cotton / Benilde Little -- Crushing on Michelle : or, The unapologetic power of Blackness / Damon Young -- The composer and the brain : a conversation about music, marriage, power, creativity, partnership ... and the Obamas / Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran -- Lady O and King Bey / Brittney Cooper -- We go way back / Ylonda Gault Caviness -- Two Black first ladies walk into a room / Chirlane McCray -- Becoming the wife / Cathi Hanauer -- On being flawlessly imperfect / Tiffany Dufu -- She slays : Michelle Obama & the power of dressing like you mean it / Tanisha C. Ford -- Cooking with a narrative / Marcus Samuelsson -- Michelle Obama : representational justice / Sarah Lewis -- The freedom to be yourself / Karen Hill Anton -- She loves herself when she is laughing : Michelle Obama, taking down a stereotype and co-creating a presidency / Rebecca Carroll -- The best of wives and best of women / Phillipa Soo -- Making space / Roxane Gay.
"Michelle Obama is unlike any other First Lady in American History. From her first moments on the public stage, she has challenged traditional American notions about what it means to be beautiful, to be strong, to be fashion-conscious, to be healthy, to be First Mom, to be a caretaker and hostess, and to be partner to the most powerful man in the world... This collection presents a chorus of diverse voices with smart, engaging perspectives on Michelle Obama"-- Adapted from back cover.

The stranger in the woods : the extraordinary story of the last true hermit

March 23, 2017
Finkel, Michael, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
283 pages (large print) : maps ; 22 cm.
"For readers of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude--the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for twenty-seven years. In 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even in winter, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store food and water, to avoid freezing to death. He broke into nearby cottages for food, clothes, reading material, and other provisions, taking only what he needed, but terrifying a community never able to solve the mysterious burglaries. Based on extensive interviews with Knight himself, this is a vividly detailed account of the why and how of his secluded life--as well as the challenges he has faced returning to the world. A riveting story of survival that asks fundamental questions about solitude, community, and what makes a good life, and a deeply moving portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded"--Publisher description.

A hope more powerful than the sea : one refugee's incredible story of love, loss, and survival

March 6, 2017
Fleming, Melissa (Melissa R.), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.
pages cm
Originally published: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
ONE: A Childhood in Syria -- TWO: The War Begins -- THREE: The Siege of Daraa -- FOUR: Life as a Refugee -- FIVE: Love in Exile -- SIX: The Engagement -- SEVEN: Deal with the Devil -- EIGHT: Ship of Horrors -- NINE: All That Is Left Is the Sea -- TEN: Rescue at the Dying Hour -- Epilogue -- A Note from Doaa -- Author's Note.
"The stunning story of a young woman, an international crisis, and the triumph of the human spirit. Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight--just debris from the ship's wreckage and floating corpses all around--nineteen-year-old Doaa Al Zamel floats with a small inflatable water ring around her waist and clutches two children, barely toddlers, to her body. The children had been thrust into Doaa's arms by their drowning relatives, all refugees who boarded a dangerously overcrowded ship bound for Sweden and a new life. For days, Doaa floats, prays, and sings to the babies in her arms. She must stay alive for these children. She must not lose hope. Doaa Al Zamel was once an average Syrian girl growing up in a crowded house in a bustling city near the Jordanian border. But in 2011, her life was upended. Inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, Syrians began to stand up against their own oppressive regime. When the army was sent to take control of Doaa's hometown, strict curfews, power outages, water shortages, air raids, and violence disrupted everyday life. After Doaa's father's barbershop was destroyed and rumors of women being abducted spread through the community, her family decided to leave Syria for Egypt, where they hoped to stay in peace until they could return home. Only months after their arrival, the Egyptian government was overthrown and the environment turned hostile for refugees. In the midst of this chaos, Doaa falls in love with a young opposition fighter who proposes marriage and convinces her to flee to the promise of safety and a better future in Europe. Terrified and unable to swim, Doaa and her young fiance hand their life savings to smugglers and board a dilapidated fishing vessel with five hundred other refugees, including a hundred children. After four horrifying days at sea, another ship, filled with angry men shouting insults, rams into Doaa's boat, sinking it and leaving the passengers to drown. That is where Doaa's struggle for survival really begins. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is an emotionally charged, eye-opening true story that represents the millions of unheard voices of refugees who risk everything in a desperate search for the promise of a safe future. Melissa Fleming sheds light on the most pressing humanitarian crisis of our time and paints a vivid, unforgettable portrait of the triumph of the human spirit"--Publisher description.

The tunnels : escapes under the Berlin Wall and the historic films the JFK White House tried to kill

February 21, 2017
Mitchell, Greg, 1947- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2016]
xvi, 592 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The Cyclist -- Two Italians and a German -- The Recruits -- The President -- The Correspondent -- The Leaks -- Schorr and the Secretary -- Kiefholz Strasse -- Interrogations -- The Intruder -- The Martyr -- Coming Up Short -- Schonholzer Strasse -- Underground Film -- Threats -- The Buried Tunnel -- Sabotage -- Coming Up for Air -- Epilogue -- Cast of Characters.
A thrilling Cold War narrative exploring two harrowing attempts to rescue East Germans by tunneling beneath the Berlin Wall, the U.S. television networks who financed and filmed them, and the Kennedy administration's unprecedented attempt to suppress both films. In the summer of 1962, one year after East German Communists built the Berlin Wall, a group of daring young West Germans came up with a plan. They would risk prison, Stasi torture, even death to liberate friends, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wall. Among the tunnelers and escape helpers were a legendary cyclist, an American student from Stanford, and an engineer who would later help build the tunnel under the English Channel. Then two U.S. television networks, NBC and CBS, heard about the secret projects, and raced to be first to air a spectacular 'inside tunnel' special on the human will for freedom. The networks funded two separate tunnels in return for exclusive rights to film the escapes. In response, President John F. Kennedy and Secretary of State Dean Rusk, wary of anything that might raise tensions and force a military confrontation with the Soviets, maneuvered to quash both documentaries. Unfolding week by week, sometimes hour by hour, Greg Mitchell's riveting narrative deftly cuts back and forth from one extraordinary character to another. There's the tunneler who had already served four years in the East German gulag; the Stasi informer who betrays the 'CBS tunnel'; the young East Berliner who escapes with her baby, then marries one of the tunnelers; and broadcast legend Daniel Schorr, who battled unsuccessfully to save his film from White House interference and remained bitter about it to the end of his life. Looming over all is John F. Kennedy, who was ambivalent about--even hostile toward--the escape operations. Kennedy confessed to Dean Rusk: 'We don't care about East Berlin.' Based on extensive access to the Stasi archives, long-secret U.S. documents, and new interviews with tunnelers and refugees, The Tunnels provides both rich history and high suspense. Award-winning journalist Mitchell captures the hopes and fears of everyday Berliners; the chilling reach of the Stasi secret police; U.S. networks prepared to 'pay for play' yet willing to cave to official pressure; and a White House and State Department eager to suppress historic coverage. The result is 'breaking history, ' a propulsive read whose themes reverberate even today"-- Provided by publisher.

Lucky 666 : the impossible mission

February 3, 2017
Drury, Bob, author.
©2016
565 pages (large print), [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Wanderlust -- The wild blue yonder -- Jay & Joe -- "The sacred duty of the leading race" -- The fortress -- The winds of war -- The Japanese Citadel -- Into the fight -- Breaking the code -- The renegade pilot -- The Bulldog -- A microscopic metropolis -- Ken's men -- A place where trouble started -- "Clear as a bell" -- The missing General -- Pushing North -- A fine reunion -- "A motley collection of outcasts" -- Blood on the Bismarck Sea -- The flight of the geishas -- Old 666 -- The outlaws -- No position is safe -- New additions -- "Hell, no!" -- Buka -- "Give 'em hell!" -- The desperate dive -- Get it home -- "He's all right" -- Dobodura.
"In 1942, as Japan dominates the Pacific Theater, small contingents of US Army Airmen make their way to the embattled Allied airbase on Papua, New Guinea. When pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and bombardier Sergeant Joseph Raymond Sarnoski can't convince superiors to give Zeamer his own plane, they recruit a crew and rebuild a B-17 with junkyard parts. In June 1943, they fly Old 666 on a 1200-mile suicide mission into the teeth of the Japanese Empire, engage in the longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the War in the Pacific."--Back cover.

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