New Arrivals · History

January 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Let me finish : Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the power of in-your-face politics

January 22, 2019
Christie, Chris.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
420 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The controversial former governor and presidential candidate traces his rise to power through the bare-knuckle politics of New Jersey, describes his long friendship with Donald Trump, and shares insights into the current administration.

Team of vipers : my 500 extraordinary days in the Trump White House

January 22, 2019
Sims, Cliff, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2019.
xx, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Offers a first-hand account of the author's time in the Trump White House, discussing the infighting and leaking he witnessed first-hand and his role in the president's successes and disasters.

The story of Britain : a history of the great ages: from the Romans to the present

January 22, 2019
Strong, Roy, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
xviii, 590 pages, 16 pages of plates : color illustrations, color maps ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A authoritative and sweeping history of Britain from the Romans to the present day.

Landing in hell : the Pyrrhic victory of the First Marine Division on Peleliu, 1944

January 22, 2019
Margaritis, Peter, author.
Philadelphia : Casemate, 2018.
xiv, 225 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

Cuba libre! : Che, Fidel, and the improbable revolution that changed world history

January 21, 2019
Perrottet, Tony, author.
[New York, New York] : Blue Rider Press, [2019]
367 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"Perrottet chronicles the events of the Cuban Revolution and the figures at the center of the guerrilla uprising: Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and the scrappy band of rebel men and women who followed them. The general timeline of the Cuban Revolution of 1956-1958: It was led by two of the 20th century's most iconic figures, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara; it successfully overthrew the island nation's US-backed dictator; and it quickly went awry under Castro's rule. In this wildly entertaining and meticulously researched account, Tony Perrottet unravels the human drama behind history's most improbable revolution: a scruffy handful of self-taught revolutionaries--many of them kids just out of college, literature majors, art students and young lawyers, and including a number of women--defeated 40,000 professional soldiers to overthrow the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. Cuba Libre's deep dive into the revolution reveals fascinating details and is an entertaining look back at a liberation movement that captured the imagination of the world with its spectacular drama, foolhardy bravery, tragedy, and, sometimes, high comedy--and that set the stage for a buildup of Cold War tension that became a pivotal moment in history"-- Provided by publisher.

The history of emotions

January 21, 2019
Boddice, Rob, author.
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2018.
ix, 248 pages ; 23 cm.
Historians and emotions -- Words and concepts -- Communities, regimes and styles -- Power, politics and violence -- Practice and expression -- Experience, senses and the brain -- Spaces, places and objects -- Morality.
This book introduces students and professional historians to the main areas of concern in the history of emotions. It discusses how the emotions intersect with other lines of historical research relating to power, practice, society and morality. Addressing criticism from within and without the discipline of history, the book offers a rigorous defence of this new approach, demonstrating its potential centrality to historiographical practice, as well as the importance of this kind of historical work for our general understanding of the human brain and the meaning of human experience.

A thousand sisters : the heroic airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II

January 18, 2019
Wein, Elizabeth, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, 2019.
388 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Documents the contributions of Soviet airwomen during World War II, examining the formation, obstacles, missions, and legacy of Russia's female combat pilot regiments.

Omaha Beach and beyond : the long march of Sergeant Bob Slaughter

January 18, 2019
Slaughter, John Robert, 1925-
St. Paul : Zenith Press, 2009, ©2007.
288, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
The National Guardsmen of Virginia's 116th Infantry Regiment were known as 'Home Nannies' or 'Weekend Warriors'. On 6 June 1944, however, these proud Virginians showed the world what true courage and bravery really was.

Presentism : reexamining historical figures through today's lens

January 18, 2019
128 pages ; 23 cm
The problem with presentism is that it blurs our understanding of the past / Lynn Hunt -- Why judging past actions is wrong / G. E. Moore -- Viewing history through ethics can help make better citizens / Marshall Tamuka Maposa -- Our position in the present always affects how we see the past / Sarah Godsell -- Reexamining historical figures through social media / Clarissa Lee -- Is the past to blame for limiting who we celebrate as historical figures? / Ama Biney -- Presentism helps women reclaim recognition for their work / Stephanie Thomson -- Historical narratives offer a skewed view of the past that presentism can fix / David A. Tomar -- Reexamining past female activists shows a more nuanced history than we know / Nancy A. Hewitt -- Reexamining the past helps us bring representation to a wider audience / Ray Filar -- The problem with dishonoring Christopher Columbus / Gerald Korson -- Should we celebrate Christopher Columbus? / Evelyn Red Lodge -- Patrice Lumumba : revisiting a historical figure who is still remembered today / Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja -- Ronald Reagan's legacy: fighting for a united Republican party / L. John Van Til -- Why Ronald Reagan's legacy should be revisited / Jeralyn Merritt -- Organizations to contact.
"The recent wave of statues, building names, and other monuments memorializing figures like Christopher Columbus and Confederate generals being removed from public spaces and college campuses has brought the reassessment of historical figures to the fore. It has raised questions about whom we choose to venerate; how historical narratives form; and whether it is best to erase problematic figures from the historical record, present a new interpretation on them, or attempt to be as unbiased as possible by contemporary attitudes when regarding them. Readers will learn more about this timely and complicated issue through a wide range of perspectives."--Provided by publisher.

The heartbeat of Wounded Knee : native America from 1890 to the present

January 16, 2019
Treuer, David, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2019.
512 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Narrating the apocalypse : 10,000 BCE-1890 -- Purgatory : 1891-1934 -- Fighting life : 1914-1945 -- Moving on up--termination and relocation : 1945-1970 -- Becoming Indian : 1970-1990 -- Boom city : tribal capitalism in the twenty-first century -- Digital Indians : 1990-2018.

Mortal republic : how Rome fell into tyranny

January 16, 2019
Watts, Edward Jay, 1975- author.
vii, 336 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Autocratic freedom -- The new world order -- Empire and inequality -- The politics of frustration -- The rise of the outsider -- The republic breaks -- Rebuilding amidst the wreckage -- The republic of the mediocre -- Stumbling towards dictatorship -- The birth and death of Caesar's republic -- The republic of Octavian -- Choosing Augustan liberty.
"In 22 BC, amid a series of natural disasters and political and economic crises, a mob locked Rome's senators into the Senate House and threatened to burn them alive if they did not make Augustus dictator. Why did Rome--to this day one of the world's longest-lived republics--exchange freedom for autocracy? Mortal Republic is a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome made this trade. Prizewinning historian Edward J. Watts shows how, for centuries, Rome's governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs succeeded in fostering compromise and negotiation. Even amid moments of crisis like Hannibal's invasion of Italy in the 210s BC, Rome's Republic proved remarkably resilient, and it continued to function well as Rome grow into the premier military and political power in the Mediterranean world. By the 130s BC, however, the old ways of government had grown inadequate in managing a massive standing army, regulating trade across the Mediterranean, and deciding what to do with enormous new revenues of money, land, and slaves. In subsequent decades, politicians increasingly misused Rome's consensus-building tools to pursue individual political and personal gain, and to obstruct urgently needed efforts to address growing social and economic inequality. Individuals--and Marius, Caesar and Cato, Augustus and Pompey--made selfish decisions that benefited them personally but irreparably damaged the health of the state. As the political center decayed, political fights evolved from arguments between politicians in representative assembles to violent confrontations between ordinary people in the street, setting the stage for the destructive civil wars of the first century BC--and ultimately for the Republic's end"-- Provided by publisher.

Hitler's pawn : the boy assassin and the Holocaust

January 15, 2019
Koch, Stephen, 1941- author.
x, 259 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
"After learning about Nazi persecution of his family, Herschel Grynszpan (pronounced "Greenspan"), an impoverished seventeen-year-old Jew living in Paris, bought a small handgun and on November 7, 1938, went to the German embassy and shot the first German diplomat he saw. When the man died two days later, Hitler and Goebbels made the shooting their pretext for the great state-sponsored wave of anti-Semitic terror known as Kristallnacht, still seen by many as an initiating event of the Holocaust. Overnight, Grynszpan, a bright but naive teenager―and a perfect political nobody―was front-page news and a pawn in a global power struggle. When France fell, the Nazis captured Grynszpan after a wild chase and flew him to Berlin. The boy became a privileged prisoner of the Gestapo while Hitler and Goebbels plotted a massive show trial to blame "the Jews" for starting World War II. A prisoner and alone, Grynszpan grasped Hitler's intentions and waged a battle of wits to sabotage the trial, knowing that even if he succeeded, he would certainly be murdered. The battle of wits was close, but Grynszpan finally won. Based on the newest research, Hitler’s Pawn is the richest telling of Grynszpan's story to date."--Inside dust jacket.

Code name :Lise : the true story of World War II's most highly decorated spy

January 11, 2019
Loftis, Larry.
New York, NY : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., [2019]
xxi, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Dramatis personae -- Preface -- Duty -- Jinxed -- Mission to Marseille -- The briefcase -- Control -- The kiss -- Pearl of the French Alps -- Grand Duke -- Lifeless -- The beam -- They will send for you -- Tick, tick -- The Black Hollow -- Viennese waltzes -- All my love -- Lily of the valley -- The bunker -- The slaughter -- Still warm -- Pierre -- Hunting the hunter -- Fanning the damned -- Completing the loop -- Epilogue -- Appendix: the soe official history affair.
"The year is 1942, and World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and one plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. It is here that she meets her commanding officer Captain Peter Churchill. As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police sergeant, Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them. They are sent to Paris’s Fresnes prison, and from there to concentration camps in Germany where they are starved, beaten, and tortured. But in the face of despair, they never give up hope, their love for each other, or the whereabouts of their colleagues."--Provided by publisher.

Queen Victoria : twenty-four days that changed her life

January 10, 2019
Worsley, Lucy, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
421 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits (some color), genealogical table ; 25 cm
PART ONE: A NAUGHTY DAUGHTER. Double wedding: Kew Palace, 11 July 1818 ; Birth: Kensington Palace, 24 May 1819 ; Wet feet: Sidmouth, 23 January 1820 ; 'I will be good': Kensington Palace, 11 March 1830 ; The three missing weeks: Ramsgate, October 1835 ; Albert: Kensington Palace, 18 May 1836 ; Accession: Kensington Palace, 20 June 1837 ; Coronation: Buckingham Palace, 28 June 1838 ; In Lady Flora's bedchamber: Buckingham Palace, 27 June 1839 -- PART TWO: THE GOOD WIFE. The proposal: Windsor Castle, 10-15 October 1839 ; Wedding day: three palaces, 10 February 1840 ; 'Oh Madam it is a princess': Buckingham Palace, 21 November 1840 ; Christmas at Windsor: 25 December 1850 ; A Maharaja on the Isle of Wight: 21-24 August 1854 ; Miss Nightingale at Balmoral: 21 September 1856 ; A night with Nellie: 6 September 1861 ; The Blue Room: Windsor Castle, 14 December 1861 ; PART THREE: THE WIDOW OF WINDSOR. 'Sewer-poison': Sandringham, 13 December 1871 ; Lunch with Disraeli: Hughenden Manor, 15 December 1877 ; John Brown's legs: 6 March 1884 ; Baby gets married: Usborne House, 23 July 1885 ; Munshi-mania: Excelsior Hotel Regina, French Riviera, 4 April 1897 ; Apotheosis: London, 22 June 1897 ; Deathbed: Osborne, 23 January 1901.
"A passionate princess, an astute and clever queen, and a cunning widow, Victoria played many roles throughout her life. In [this book], Lucy Worsley introduces her as a woman leading a truly extraordinary life in a unique time period. Queen Victoria simultaneously managed to define a socially conservative vision of Victorian womanhood, while also defying its conventions. Beneath her exterior image of traditional daughter, wife, and widow, she was a strong-willed and masterful politician. Drawing from the vast collection of Victoria's correspondence and the rich documentation of her life, Worsley recreates twenty-four of the most important days in Victoria's life. Each day gives a glimpse into the identity of this powerful, difficult queen and the contradictions that defined her. [This] is an intimate introduction to one of Britain's most iconic rulers as a wife and widow, mother and matriarch, and above all, a woman of her time."--Dust jacket.

The life of Frederick Douglass : a graphic narrative of a slave's journey from bondage to freedom

January 10, 2019
Walker, David, 1968- author.
California : Ten Speed Press, [2018]
ix, 181 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
The early life of Frederick Douglass -- Lesson: A brief history of slavery in America -- Coming to understand slavery -- Unfit to be a slave -- The escape -- Life as a runaway slave -- Lesson: Photography and Frederick Douglass -- England and freedom -- A voice grows louder -- Lesson: A brief explanation of the Civil War -- The war against slavery -- Later years.

The curse of Oak Island : the story of the world's longest treasure hunt

January 7, 2019
Sullivan, Randall, author.
410 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"As documented on History's television show"--Dust jacket flap.
"From longtime Rolling Stone contributing editor and journalist Randall Sullivan, [this book] explores the curious history of Oak Island and the generations of individuals who have tried and failed to unlock its secrets"--Publisher marketing.

The first conspiracy : the secret plot to kill George Washington

January 4, 2019
Meltzer, Brad, author.
New York, NY : Flatiron Books, 2019.
x, 413 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Map on endpaper.
New York, New York, April 1776 -- The commander -- Spies in Boston -- "A bloody summer" -- A most infernal plot -- Sacricide -- Aftermath.
"In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington's bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan. In the months leading up to the Revolutionary War, these traitorous soldiers, along with the Governor of New York William Tryon and Mayor David Mathews, launched a deadly plot against the most important member of the military: George Washington himself. This is the story of the secret plot and how it was revealed. It is a story of leaders, liars, counterfeiters, and jailhouse confessors. It also shows just how hard the battle was for George Washington--and how close America was to losing the Revolutionary War. Taking place during the most critical period of our nation's birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington's character, but also illuminates the origins of America's counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA"-- Provided by publisher.

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

January 4, 2019
Fleming, Melissa (Melissa R.), author.
290 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Young readers' edition"--Cover.
A childhood in Syria -- The war begins -- The siege of daraa -- Life as a refugee -- Love in exile -- The engagement -- Deal with the devil -- Ship of horrors -- All that is left is the sea -- Rescue at the dying hour -- Epilogue.

The quest for Queen Mary

January 4, 2019
Pope-Hennessy, James, author.
London : Zuleika, 2018.
335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Queen Mary, the widow of George V, and grandmother of the Queen, died at Marlborough House on 24 March 1953, a few months before the Coronation. She was eighty-five years old. Unusually for a Queen consort, an official biography was commissioned."--Book jacket.

Negro history week pamphlet.

January 2, 2019
Washington, D.C. : Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Inc.,
v. ; 23-28 cm.

Fault lines : a history of the United States since 1974

December 31, 2018
Kruse, Kevin Michael, 1972- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2019]
x, 428 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
A crisis of legitimacy -- Crisis of confidence -- Crisis of identity -- Crisis of equality -- Turning right -- Fighting right -- Changing channels -- Dividing America -- New world orders -- Scandalized -- The roaring 1990s -- Scandalized -- Compassion and terror -- The politics of mass destruction -- Polarized politics -- The Trump effect.
"Two award-winning historians explore the origins of a divided America. In the middle of the 1970s, America entered a new era of doubt and division. Major political, economic, and social crises--Watergate, Vietnam, the rights revolutions of the 1960s--had cracked the existing social order. In the years that followed, the story of our own lifetimes would be written. Longstanding historical fault lines over income inequality, racial division, and a revolution in gender roles and sexual norms would deepen and fuel a polarized political landscape. In Fault Lines, leading historians Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer reveal how the divisions of the present day began almost four decades ago, and how they were echoed and amplified by a fracturing media landscape that witnessed the rise of cable TV, the internet, and social media. How did the United States become so divided? Fault Lines offers one of the few comprehensive, wide-angle history views toward an answer"-- Provided by publisher.

The doomed horse soldiers of Bataan : the incredible stand of the 26th Cavalry

December 31, 2018
Woolfe, Raymond G., Jr., author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
viii, 397 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Twilight of empire's paradise to the dawn of hell -- Hell comes for breakfast -- The 26th goes to war -- Interlude in Manila -- The road north & the nature of the enemy -- North to Rosario -- First enemy contact at Lingayen -- Pause & preparations in Rosario before the storm: the 26th & 192nd join to face the impossible -- The blooding of American armor at Lingayen -- Lt. George's roadblock -- The longest six miles -- Stand on the ridge at Lingayen -- Miracle on the Bued River -- Christmas Eve ordeal at Binalonan -- "C" Troop's saga begins -- The long road to Bataan begins -- Baliuag: the 192nd's revenge -- Manila abandoned: return to Stotsenburg / Layac Jct. / Culis -- The 26th gets left behind at Culis -- The Battle of Bataan begins: the Abucay-Mauban line & the bridge of dead -- "C" Troop's raid on Tuguegarao Air Field -- Moron: the last charge -- The last dismounting of a U.S. horse regiment -- The beginning of the end of the defense of Bataan -- The final chapter for Bataan.
This is the story of the last mounted American troops to see action in battle, when, in late 1941, six hundred men and their horses held off the Japanese invasion of Luzon in the Philippines just long enough to allow General Douglas MacArthur's forces to withdraw to Bataan. The 26th Cavalry continued to fight on horseback until late February 1942 when, tragically, they were ordered dismounted and their horses and mules transferred to the Quartermaster's center and slaughtered for food for the defenders. It is on record that the 26th troopers refused to accept meat rations from their animals, regardless of their own starvation.

Eagles and evergreens : a rural Maine childhood

December 27, 2018
Charles, Robert B., author.
293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Over four seasons, he describes Maine half a century ago - smelting and rescuing ice houses, moose encounters and indoor ermine, raising mischievous rabbits and conversing with pigs, hunting a legendary "football-sized emerald" and learning from legendary World War II vets.

Palestine = Filasṭīn

December 27, 2018
Sacco, Joe, author.
vi, 285 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 28 cm
"This book collects the nine issue comic-book series Palestine (1993-1995)"--Title page verso.
Uses a comic book format to shed light on the complex and emotionally-charged situation of Palestinian Arabs, exploring the lives of Israeli soldiers, Palestinian refugees, and children in the Occupied Territories.

Queen of the world

December 26, 2018
Hardman, Robert, author.
xiv, 578 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Draws on privileged access to the Royal Family and Royal Household to present a portrait of the British monarch that shares insights into her considerable work as diplomat and dignitary in more than one hundred thirty countries.

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