New Arrivals · History

May 28, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

82 days on Okinawa : one American's unforgettable firsthand account of the Pacific war's greatest battle

May 27, 2020
Shaw, Arthur (Arthur R.), 1921- author.
©2020
ix, 345 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Prologue: Prelude to battle. Okinawa ; Surprises ahead ; Settling in ; The enemy emerges ; Coming ashore ; A price to be paid ; Sharpening the focus ; The snakes come slithering in ; Trudging on ; The end of the honeymoon ; No rest for the weary ; Dark days ; Tombstones everywhere ; Cactus Hill coming up ; Cutting the cactus ; Time out ; Tragedy on the ridge ; Slaughter ; The struggle to escape ; Bravery unequaled ; Valor ; No letup in sight ; A storm unabated ; In the dead of night ; While no one sleeps ; What next? -- Starting over: the next phase. The next step ; Struggling on ; Nonstop! ; Clearing the crags ; Going on ; The escarpment ; One more hill to climb ; Onward and upward ; Deadly Deadeyes ; Endless struggle ; Digging in ; Making do ; Plowing ahead ; Disaster ; Conical Hill ; No chivalry left ; Monsoon season ; The lost platoon ; Air strikes ; Stalemate ; Rolling on ; The big apple ; The home stretch ; The final battle ; The bomb ; The road home ; Morning comes again.
On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, 1.5 million men gathered aboard 1,500 Allied ships off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa, to launch the largest amphibious assault on the Pacific Theater. Then-Major Shaw was the first American officer ashore, a unit commander in the U.S. Army's 361st Field Artillery Battalion of the 96th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Deadeyes. For the next three months their artillery proving decisive against a phantom enemy who had entrenched itself in the rugged, craggy island. This is his unprecedented soldier's-eye view of the Pacific War's bloodiest battle-- the climactic final land battle of World War II.

Fly like a girl : one woman's dramatic fight in Afghanistan and on the home front

March 12, 2020
Hegar, Mary Jennings, author.
New York : Philomel Books, 2020.
294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"This work is based on Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman's Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front, by Mary Jennings Hegar, copyright © 2017 by Mary Jennings Hegar, published by Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC."
"A Young Readers Edition of the inspiring true story of Air National Guard Major and Purple Heart recipient Mary Jennings Hegar"-- Provided by publisher.

The Trump Presidency

March 12, 2020
Allen, John, 1957- author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc. [2020]
79 pages: color illustrations ; 24 cm
A Combative Style -- Reversing Course in Foreign Policy -- Illegal Immigration and Building the Wall -- Tax Cuts and Tariffs for the Economy -- Controversy on the Environment.
"From the beginning Trump's presidency has been marked bychaos. Despite the turmoil, President Trump has presided over solid accomplishments."--Provided by publisher.

John Adams under fire : the Founding Father's fight for justice in the Boston Massacre murder trial

March 11, 2020
Abrams, Dan, 1966- author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, with Harlequin Books, [2020]
313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
History remembers John Adams as a Founding Father and our country's second president. But in the tense years before the American Revolution, he was still just a lawyer, fighting for justice in one of the most explosive murder trials of the era. On the night of March 5, 1770, shots were fired by British soldiers on the streets of Boston, killing five civilians. The Boston Massacre has often been called the first shots of the American Revolution. As John Adams would later remember, "On that night the formation of American independence was born." Yet when the British soldiers faced trial, the young lawyer Adams was determined that they receive a fair one. He volunteered to represent them, keeping the peace in a powder keg of a colony, and in the process created some of the foundations of what would become United States law.

Photographs of Confederate and Union officers participating in Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's July 1863 Indiana-Ohio raid

March 11, 2020
Edwards, David G. (Historian) compiler, author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace], [2018]
111 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
"When reading about Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's July 1863 Indiana-Ohio Raid we sometimes wonder what the Confederate and Union officers involved in the raid looked like. Now we can see photographs of the officers from both sides"--Provided by publisher.

Union Army and Navy messages sent during Brigadier General Morgan's July 1863 Indiana-Ohio raid

March 11, 2020
Edwards, David G. (Historian) compiler, author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace], [2018]
407 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Have you ever wondered why the Union Army had to chase Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan through Kentucky, across part of Indiana and then across Ohio almost to Pennsylvania before they caught him? After reading these dispatches and telegrams you will know why"--Provided by publisher.

The real story of Brigadier General Morgan's Indiana-Ohio raid in July 1863

March 11, 2020
Edwards, David G. (Historian) compiler, author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace], [2018]
246 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Against direct orders from General Braxton Bragg, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan crossed the Ohio River at Morvin's Landing, Indiana with two brigades and then crossed southeastern Indiana and southern Ohio. You will be able to follow this expedition by reading from original reports, diary entries and books written by the participants from its beginning until its conclusion at West Point, near Salineville, Ohio. From these original records you will be able to make your own decisions as to what happened rather than depend on an author's interpretation. You will also be able to read some of the men's experiences in P.O.W. camps and efforts to escape back to Confederate territory after the expedition was brought to a close by Union forces in eastern Ohio"--Provided by publisher.

Reports filed by Union and Confederate officers who participated in Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan's July 1863 Indiana-Ohio raid

March 11, 2020
Edwards, David G. (Historian) compiler, author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace], [2018]
186 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"After Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan was captured on July 26, 1863 twenty two Union Army Officers and one Union Navy Officer filed official reports describing their participation in the effort to defeat and capture General Morgan during his July 1863 Indiana-Ohio Raid. We will be able to read those reports, the report of Confederate Major General Joseph Wheeler describing the instructions he gave General Morgan before he left on his July 1863 raid and four unofficial Confederate Officer descriptions of the Indiana-Ohio Raid. Keep in mind that each officer is beating his own drum. It is natural for anyone to downplay or forget his mistakes and emphasize his successes. Enemy troop strength is frequently exaggerated. The reports do contain additional errors"--Provided by publisher.

We are not here to be bystanders : a memoir of love and resistance

March 9, 2020
Sarsour, Linda, 1980- author.
©2020
xii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
"Women's March co-organizer Linda Sarsour shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist, and empowered moved her to become a globally recognized and celebrated activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country"--Provided by publisher.

Every drop of blood : the momentous second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

March 9, 2020
Achorn, Edward, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020.
xxxvi, 376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subtitle from pre-publication: Hatred and healing at Lincoln's second inauguration.
Bloody Gashes on the Face of Heaven -- One and a Half Times Bigger -- A Message from Grant -- The Real Precious and Royal Ones -- Meditation on the Divine Will -- Public Sentiment Is Everything -- Indefinable Fascination -- The Blighting Pestilence -- There Was Murder in the Air -- A Future with Hope in It -- Andy Ain't a Drunkard -- An Excellent Chance to Kill the President -- With Malice toward None -- A Truth That Needed to Be Told -- A Sacred Effort -- Epilogue: The Stuff to Carry Them Through.
"By March 4, 1865, the Civil War had slaughtered more than 700,000 Americans and left intractable wounds on the nation. That day, after a morning of rain-drenched fury, tens of thousands crowded Washington's Capitol grounds to see Abraham Lincoln take the oath for a second term. As the sun emerged, Lincoln rose to give perhaps the greatest inaugural address in American history, stunning the nation by arguing, in a brief 701 words, that both sides had been wrong, and that the war's unimaginable horrors-every drop of blood spilled-might well have been God's just verdict on the national sin of slavery. Edward Achorn reveals the nation's capital on that momentous day-with its mud, sewage, and saloons, its prostitutes, spies, reporters, social-climbing spouses, and power-hungry politicians-as a microcosm of all the opposing forces that had driven the country apart. Achorn weaves together the stories of the host of characters, unknown and famous, that had converged on Washington-from grievously wounded Union colonel Selden Connor in a Washington hospital, embarrassingly drunk new vice president Andrew Johnson, and poet-journalist Walt Whitman, to soldiers' advocate Clara Barton, African American leader Frederick Douglass (who called the speech "a sacred effort"), and conflicted actor John Wilkes Booth-all swirling around the complex figure of Lincoln. In indelible scenes, Achorn vividly captures the frenzy in the nation's capital at this crucial moment in America's history and the tension-filled hope and despair afflicting the country as a whole, soon to be heightened by Lincoln's assassination. His story offers new understanding of our great national crisis, and echoes down the decades to resonate in our own time"-- Provided by publisher.

The bells of old Tokyo : meditations on time and a city

March 5, 2020
Sherman, Anna (Anne Katherine), 1970- author.
©2019
337 pages ; 22 cm
The bells of time -- Hibiya -- Nihonbashi : the zero point -- Asakusa : the mythic Kanto Plain -- Akasaka : the invention of Edo -- Mejiro : a failed coup -- Nezu : Tokugawa timepieces -- Ueno : the last shogun -- The Rokumeikan : the Meiji restoration -- Tsukiji : the Japanese empire -- Yokokawa-Honjo : east of the river -- Marunouchi : new origins -- Kitasuna : the firebombs of 1945 -- Shiba Kiridoshi : Tokyo tower -- Daylight savings time : the occupation -- Ichigaya : postwar prosperity -- Shinjuku : Tokyo tomorrow -- Hibiya : the imperial hotel.
"The Bells of Old Tokyo is a remarkable literary debut by Anna Sherman that is an elegant and insightful tour of Tokyo and its residents, as well as a meditation on Japanese culture and society. The book is structured around Anna's search for the eight lost bells that once surrounded the city. These bells marked the city's neighborhoods and kept time for its inhabitants before the introduction of Western-style clocks. The bells are tangible vestiges of a much older Japan--one that believed in time as represented by animals, rather than minutes and hours, a circle rather than a forward line. Similarly, the book moves in and out of time as we are introduced to Tokyo residents past and present: An aristocrat who makes his way through Tokyo's sea of ashes after WWII's firebombs. A shrine priest who remembers Yukio Mishima praying before his infamous death. A scientist who has built the most accurate clock in the world, a clock that will not lose a second in five billion years. The head of the Tokugawa house, the family that used to rule Tokyo, reflecting on the destruction of his grandfathers' city ('A lost thing is lost. To chase it leads to darkness'). And woven throughout is Anna's deep friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite coffee shop who believes that if you make coffee just right, and allow people the time to enjoy it, they will return to their 'true selves.' The Bells of Old Tokyo marks the arrival of a dazzling new writer as she presents an absorbing and alluring meditation on life in the guise of a tour through a city and its people"-- Provided by publisher.

Shit is fucked up and bullshit : history since the end of history

March 5, 2020
Harris, Malcolm, author.
New York : Melville House, 2020.
280 pages ; 21 cm
Includes list of credits and acknowledgements (pages 279-280).
"Our economic situation, political discourse, and future prospects have gotten much worse since a guy brought a sign that said "Shit is Fucked Up and Bullshit" to the Occupy Wall Street protests. We all knew what he meant then... but where are we now? And how has so much happened since the so-called end of history? Malcolm Harris, one of our sharpest and most versatile critics, tackles these questions in over 30 new and selected pieces, examining everything from the lowering of wages to the rise of fascism -- and the maddening cultural landscape in between. Along the way, he cops to being the guy who tricked protestors into thinking Radiohead was playing Occupy Wall Street; investigates why the robots that will replace us so often look like sex objects; and, most comfortingly, assures us that Marx saw the necessity of a crisis moment just like the one we're in." -- Provided by publisher.

Unknown valor : a story of family, courage, and sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima

March 4, 2020
MacCallum, Martha, 1964- author.
©2020
xvii, 314 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Arlington, Massachusetts, 1938 -- Infamy -- Outrage -- The changing tide -- What Hirohito knew -- The first step : say a prayer for your pal on Guadalcanal -- 1943 -- Cracking the inner ring -- Willing to fight -- D-Day : from Normandy to Saipan -- Japan's doorstep -- "A ghastly relentlessness" -- "An island of sulphur : no water, no sparrow, and no swallow" -- "Hell with the fire out" -- The badlands.
"In honor of the 75th Anniversary of one of the most critical battles of World War II ... Martha MacCallum pays tribute to the heroic men who sacrificed everything at Iwo Jima to defeat the Armed Forces of Emperor Hirohito--among them, a member of her own family"-- Provided by publisher.

How the old world ended : the Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution, 1500-1800

March 4, 2020
Scott, Jonathan, 1958- author.
© 2019
xvi, 392 pages : maps ; 24 cm
A powerful account of how the complex mercantile and military relationships between the British, Dutch, and American territories made the Industrial Revolution possible.

The walls have ears : the greatest intelligence operation of World War II

March 3, 2020
Fry, Helen, 1967- author.
©2019
xiv, 319 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 25 cm
A history of the elaborate and brilliantly sustained World War II intelligence operation by which Hitler's generals were tricked into giving away vital Nazi secrets. At the outbreak of World War II, MI6 spymaster Thomas Kendrick arrived at the Tower of London to set up a top secret operation: German prisoners' cells were to be bugged and listeners installed behind the walls to record and transcribe their private conversations. This mission proved so effective that it would go on to be set up at three further sites-and provide the Allies with crucial insight into new technology being developed by the Nazis. In this astonishing history, Helen Fry uncovers the inner workings of the bugging operation. On arrival at stately-homes-turned-prisons like Trent Park, high-ranking German generals and commanders were given a "phony" interrogation, then treated as "guests," wined and dined at exclusive clubs, and encouraged to talk. And so it was that the Allies got access to some of Hitler's most closely guarded secrets and from those most entrusted to protect them.

Speech of Otto J. Renner to the United Singers of Chester Park, May 30th 1914.

March 3, 2020
Renner, Otto J., author.
Cincinnati, Ohio, [1914]
4 leaves ; 33 cm
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room consists of 4 leaves of typewritten paper.
Caption title.
A typewritten speech commemorating Memorial Day in 1914 that was given by Cincinnati Attorney Otto J. Renner to the United Singers choral club at the Chester Park amusement park located in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The storm before the calm : America's discord, the coming crisis of the 2020s, and the triumph beyond

March 2, 2020
Friedman, George, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2020]
xiii, 238 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The American regime and a restless nation -- The land--a place called America -- The American people -- How America changes -- How geopolitics frames the 2020s -- The institutional cycles and war -- The socio-economic cycles -- First tremors of the coming storm -- The crisis of the 2020s--a clashing of cycles -- The 2020s crisis in technology and education -- Beyond the storm -- Conclusion: The American age.
"The master geopolitical forecaster and New York Times bestselling author of The Next 100 Years focuses on the United States, predicting how the 2020s will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture"-- Provided by publisher.

Tower of skulls : a history of the Asia-Pacific war, July 1937-May 1942

March 2, 2020
Frank, Richard B, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
751 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"The first book in a new three-volume history of the Asia-Pacific War, by the acclaimed author of Downfall and Guadalcanal. In 1937 the swath of the globe from India to Japan contained half the world's population, but only two nations with real sovereignty (Japan and Thailand) and two with compromised sovereignty (China and Mongolia). All other peoples in the region endured under some form of colonialism. Today the region contains nineteen major, fully sovereign nations. Tower of Skulls is the first work in any language to present a unified account of the course and titanic impact of this part of the global war, which began the torturous route to twenty-first-century Asia. Covering with extraordinary detail campaigns in China, Singapore, the Philippines, and Burma, as well as the attack on Pearl Harbor, it expands beyond military elements to highlight the critical political, economic, and social reverberations of the struggle. Finally, it provides a graphic depiction of the often forgotten but truly horrific death toll in the Asia-Pacific region-over 20 million-which continues to shape international relations today"-- Provided by publisher.

The Obama portraits

March 2, 2020
Caragol-Barreto, Taina Beatriz, curator.
Washington, DC : National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ; Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2020]
vii, 139 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Unveiling the unconventional : Kehinde Wiley's portrait of Barack Obama / Taína Caragol -- "Radical empathy" : Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama / Dorothy Moss -- The Obama portraits, in art history and beyond / Richard J. Powell -- The Obama portraits and the National Portrait Gallery as a site of secular pilgrimage / Kim Sajet -- The presentation of the Obama portraits : a transcript of the unveiling ceremony.
"This is the first study of the portraits Barack Obama (2018) and Michelle Obama (2018), their reception, and their significance. The book includes essays by historians examining the influence of the paintings and what they reveal about contemporary portraiture, particularly in relation to American and African American history and culture. The book also features interviews with the artists, transcripts of the remarks made by the Obamas at the unveiling, and a selection of images, including behind-the-scenes photography by Pete Souza, the official photographer for the Obamas, made during the portrait sittings"-- Provided by publisher.

Washington's end : the final years and forgotten struggle

March 2, 2020
Horn, Jonathan, 1982- author.
©2020
xi, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Washington's End begins where most biographies of George Washington leave off, with the first president exiting office after eight years and entering what would become the most bewildering stage of his life. Embittered by partisan criticism and eager to return to his farm, Washington assumed a role for which there was no precedent at a time when the kings across the ocean yielded their crowns only upon losing their heads. In a different sense, Washington would lose his head, too. In this riveting read, bestselling author Jonathan Horn reveals that the quest to surrender power proved more difficult than Washington imagined and brought his life to an end he never expected. The statesman who had staked his legacy on withdrawing from public life would feud with his successors and find himself drawn back into military command. The patriarch who had dedicated his life to uniting his country would leave his name to a new capital city destined to become synonymous with political divisions.

Eight days at Yalta : how Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin shaped the post-war world

February 28, 2020
Preston, Diana, 1952- author.
©2019
xvii, 398 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : , illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Originally published in the UK in 2019 by Picador.
"While some of the last battles of WWII were being fought, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin-the so-called "Big Three"-met from February 4-11, 1945, in the Crimean resort town of Yalta. Over eight days of bargaining, bombast, and intermittent bonhomie, while Soviet soldiers and NKVD men patrolled the grounds of the three palaces occupied by their delegations, they decided, among other things, on the endgame of the war against Nazi Germany and how a defeated and occupied Germany should be governed, on the constitution of the nascent United Nations, on the price of Soviet entry into the war against Japan, on the new borders of Poland, and on spheres of influence elsewhere in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Greece."--Provided by publisher.

Un-Trumping America : a plan to make America a democracy again

February 28, 2020
Pfeiffer, Dan, author.
New York ; Boston : Twelve, 2020.
xx, 273 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Dan Pfeiffer worked for nearly twenty years at the center of Democratic politics, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill to Barack Obama's White House. But it was Trump's victory and Republicans' incessant aiding and abetting of Trumpism that has radicalized his thinking. Here, Pfeiffer urges Democrats to embrace bold solutions--from fixing the courts to abolishing the electoral college to eliminating the filibuster--in order to make America more democratic (and Democratic). Un-Trumping America is a powerful call for Democrats and progressives to get smarter, tougher, and more aggressive without becoming a paler shade of orange"--Dust jacket flap.

The populist's guide to 2020 : a new Right and a new Left are rising

February 28, 2020
Ball, Krystal, author.
Washington, D.C. : Strong Arm Press, [2020]
243 pages ; 23 cm

The splendid and the vile : a saga of Churchill, family, and defiance during the blitz

February 27, 2020
Larson, Erik, 1954- author.
New York : Crown, [2020]
xii, 585 pages : map ; 25 cm
Bleak Expectations -- The Rising Threat -- A Certain Eventuality -- Dread -- Blood and Dust -- The Americans -- Love Amid the Flames -- One Year to the Day -- Epilogue.
"On Winston Churchill's first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally-and willing to fight to the end. In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people 'the art of being fearless.' It is a story of political brinkmanship, but it's also an intimate domestic drama set against the backdrop of Churchill's prime-ministerial country home, Chequers; his wartime retreat, Ditchley, where he and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest; and of course 10 Downing Street in London. Drawing on diaries, original archival documents, and once-secret intelligence reports-some released only recently-Larson provides a new lens on London's darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their youngest daughter, Mary, who chafes against her parents' wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; Pamela's illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisers who comprised Churchill's "Secret Circle," including his lovestruck private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Frederick Lindemann. The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today's political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when-in the face of unrelenting horror-Churchill's eloquence, courage, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."-- Provided by publisher.

The Women of City Point, Virginia, 1864-1865 : stories of life and work in the Union Occupation Headquarters

February 27, 2020
Christie, Jeanne Marie, 1944- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2020]
ix, 271 pages ; 23 cm
"After more than three years of grim fighting, General Ulysses Grant had a plan to end the Civil War-laying siege to Petersburg, Virginia, thus cutting off supplies the Confederate capital at Richmond. He established his headquarters at City Point on the James River, requiring thousands of troops, tons of supplies, as well as extensive medical facilities and staff. Nurses flooded the area yet many did not work in medical capacities-they served as organizers, advocates and intelligence gatherers. Nursing emerged as a noble profession with multiple specialties. Drawing on a range of primary and secondary sources, this history covers the resilient women who opened the way for others into postwar medical, professional and political arenas."-Provided by publisher"-- Provided by publisher.

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