New Arrivals · History

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Boone County

September 16, 2019
Schrage, Robert.
Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., ©2005.
95 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
"As one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, Boone County has come a long way since its founding in 1799. Communities such as Florence, Union and Burlington have changed dramatically, but residents still remember the vibrant past. Others such as Rabbit Hash, Bellview, and Petersburg remain small towns with much of their historic charm. In Then & now: Boone County, vintage images are compared to modern photographs to showcase an interesting history and tremendous change. The neighborhoods examinded in this volume make up the heart of the county."--Back cover.

Fort Thomas

September 16, 2019
Thomas, Bill.
Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia Pub., ©2012.
95 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
"With a rich history marked by dramatic changes, Fort Thomas has grown from a rural farming community to an important military post to a charming suburban community known for its excellent school system, beautiful homes, and views of the Ohio River. Bill Thomas, a publisher and writer, has produced this comparison of Fort Thomas's past and present, providing a sampling of the business, homes, neighborhoods, and churches that played a part in growth of this close-knit community."--Back cover.

Opdycke's Tigers in the Civil War : a history of the 125th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

September 16, 2019
Crowl, Thomas, author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2019]
vii, 298 pages ; 26 cm
"After losing a third of their number at Chickamauga, the 125th fought engagements across Tennessee and Georgia during 1864, and took part in the decisive battles at Franklin and Nashville. Drawing on both primary sources and recent scholarship, this is the first full-length history of the regiment in more than 120 years."-- Provided by publisher.

Truth has a power of its own : conversations about A people's history

September 16, 2019
Zinn, Howard, 1922-2010, author, interviewee.
©2019
223 pages ; 20 cm
Includes index.
"This book is based on the transcripts of conversations between Howard Zinn and Ray Suarez that took place in 2007."
"Truth Has a Power of Its Own is an engrossing collection of never-before-published conversations with Howard Zinn, conducted by the distinguished broadcast journalist Ray Suarez in 2007, that covers the course of American history from Columbus to the War on Terror from the perspective of ordinary people--including slaves, workers, immigrants, women, and Native Americans. Viewed through the lens of Zinn's own life as a soldier, historian, and activist and using his paradigm-shifting People's History of the United States as a point of departure, these conversations explore the American Revolution, the Civil War, the labor battles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, U.S. imperialism from the Indian Wars to the War on Terrorism, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and the fight for equality and immigrant rights, all from an unapologetically radical standpoint. Longtime admirers and a new generation of readers alike will be fascinated to learn about Zinn's thought processes, rationale, motivations, and approach to his now-iconic historical work."--Amazon.com

Be strong and of good courage : how Israel's most important leaders shaped its destiny

September 13, 2019
Ross, Dennis, author.
New York : PublicAffairs, 2019.
xii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ben-Gurion: Ben-Gurion's unswerving road to statehood -- Menachem Begin: The thin line : Menachem Begin and the justice of a cause -- Yitzhak Rabin: Mr. Security accepts the PLO and Oslo -- Ariel Sharon: A leader who tells the settlers to give up the dream -- Why a fateful choice is necessary and what it will take to make it.
"At a time when the identity of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, Do What Is Necessary celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country's future. David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation, and each faced a threat that directly imperiled the country's existence. The book is a history of those moments when Israel, a country born of existential peril, required extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future. The strength its leaders showed, their character and calculation in the most agonizing moments, made them not just the political center of the country but its moral compass too. The leaders were not perfect; sometimes the decisions they made had consequences they could not foresee or control, but they managed to maintain the character of the nation without jeopardizing its survival. Israel is currently more secure than ever in its recent history, but it may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. This is the story of that epic fight"-- Provided by publisher.

Call sign chaos : learning to lead

September 13, 2019
Mattis, James N., 1950- author.
©2019
xiv, 300 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Part I: Direct leadership. A carefree youth joins the disciplined Marines ; Recruit for attitude, train for skill ; Battle ; Broadening ; Rhino -- Part II: Executive leadership. The march up ; A division in its prime ; Incoherence ; Cascading consequences ; Fighting while transforming ; Hold the line ; Essential NATO ; Disbanding bureaucracy -- Part III: Strategic leadership. Central Command: the trigonometry level of warfare ; Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory ; Friend or foe ; Reflections -- Epilogue: America as its own ally -- Appendix A. My letter to General Robert Johnston, October 1991 -- Appendix B. Jim Mattis on reading -- Appendix C. Correspondence between General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral William Halsey, 1943 -- Appendix D. To the families of our sailors and marines deploying to the Middle East, February 2004 -- Appendix E. My dismissal of charges letter for Haditha incident, August 2007 -- Appendix F. President George W. Bush's assignment letter for NATO Supreme Command, September 2007 -- Appendix G. My USJFCOM commander's guidance for effects based operations, August 2008.
"Call Sign Chaos is a memoir of a life of warfighting and lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey about learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy, one relevant to us all."--Dust jacket flap.

The King's war : the friendship of George VI and Lionel Logue during World War II

September 13, 2019
Logue, Mark.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
xv, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The broadcast that George VI made to the British nation on the outbreak of war in September 1939--which formed the climax of the multi-Oscar-winning film The King's Speech--was the product of years of hard work with Lionel Logue, his iconoclastic, Australian-born speech therapist. Yet the relationship between the two men did not end there. Far from it: in the years that followed, Logue was to play an even more important role at the monarch's side. The King's War follows that relationship through the dangerous days of Dunkirk and the drama of D-Day to eventual victory in 1945--and beyond. Like the first book, it is written by Peter Conradi, a London Sunday Times journalist, and Mark Logue (Lionel's grandson), and again draws on exclusive material from the Logue Archive--the collection of diaries, letters, and other documents left by Lionel and his feisty wife, Myrtle. This gripping narrative provides a fascinating portrait of two men and their respective families--the Windsors and the Logues--as they together face the greatest challenge in Britain's history.

The only plane in the sky : an oral history of 9/11

September 12, 2019
Graff, Garrett M., 1981-
©2019
xxii, 483 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"Over the last eighteen years, much has been written and said about the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the profound impact they had on America and the world. But those names, stories, and memories have never before been collected in one place to tell the full, 360-degree story of what happened that day, and in the days after."

Monroe

September 11, 2019
McCartt, Marcia.
Charleston, SC : Arcadia, 2009.
127 pages : chiefly illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Early history -- Post-World War II development -- The 1969 tornado -- Contemporary history.

Erie Street Cemetery

September 11, 2019
Cimperman, John D.
Charleston, S.C. : Arcadia Pub., ©2011.
127 pages : chiefly illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

Operation Nordwind 1945 : Hitler's last offensive in the West

September 11, 2019
Zaloga, Steve, 1952-
Oxford ; New York : Osprey, ©2010.
96 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm
Origins of the battle -- Chronology -- The strategic setting -- The opposing commanders. German commanders -- American and French commanders -- Opposing plans. German plans -- American plans -- The opposing armies. Wehrmacht -- US Army -- French Army -- The campaign. Operation Nordwind -- The Strasbourg controversy -- Shifting the Schwerpunkt -- Hatten-Rittershoffen -- The Gambsheim cancer -- Operation Cheerful : strangling the Colmar pocket -- Aftermath -- The battlefield today.
"Operation Nordwind is one of the lesser known campaigns of World War II yet one of the more intriguing. Largely overshadowed by the Battle of the Bulge further north, Nordwind was the last great operation by the Waffen-SS Panzer divisions in the West, and the last time the Wehrmacht was on the offensive in the West. The campaign also highlights the difficulties of inter-Allied cooperation between the Americans and the French. This campaign has been extensively treated in German and French accounts, but is not well covered in English"--Publisher's website.

Proof of conspiracy : how Trump's international collusion is threatening American democracy

September 9, 2019
Abramson, Seth, 1976- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
viii, 582 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Introduction : the Red Sea conspiracy and the grand bargain -- The pedophile, the mercenary, and the flack -- The Iran nuclear deal, the Center for the National Interest, and the Valdai discussion Club -- The young prince, Israeli spies, the NRA junket, and the Flynn Intel Group -- The Emirati ambassador, the Mayflower Hotel, and Project Rome -- The Grand Havana Room, the Trump-Nader meeting, and the Middle East Marshall Plan -- CSMARC, the incognito prince, the Seychelles, and the chairman's dinner -- The Gang of Six, Whatsapp, and the Qatar blockade -- Tel Aviv, the purge, the chairman, and the spy army -- Mdb, Mesa, the Saudi quartet, the Trump Doctrine, and the death of Jamal Khashoggi -- The Syria withdrawal, the Yemeni civil war, secret summits, and the Saudi nuclear deal -- The Mueller Report -- Epilogue : the point of no return.
"Seth Abramson shows how Trump has conspired and colluded with leaders from Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, from even before he won the presidency In late 2015, convicted pedophile, international dealmaker, and cooperating witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation George Nader convened a secret meeting aboard a massive luxury yacht in the Red Sea. Nader pitched Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and other Middle Eastern leaders a plan for a new pro-U.S., pro-Israel alliance of Arab nations that would fundamentally alter the geopolitics of the Middle East while marginalizing Iran, Qatar, and Turkey. To succeed, the plan would need a highly placed American politician willing to drop sanctions on Russia so that Vladimir Putin would in turn agree to end his support for Iran. They agreed the perfect American partner was Donald Trump, who had benefited immensely from his Saudi, Emirati, and Russian dealings for many years, and who, in 2015, became the only U.S. presidential candidate to argue for a unilateral end to Russian sanctions and a far more hostile approach to Iran. So begins New York Times bestselling author Seth Abramson's explosive new book Proof of Conspiracy: How Trump's International Collusion Threatens American Democracy, a story of international intrigue whose massive cast of characters includes Israeli intelligence operatives, Russian oligarchs, Saudi death squads, American mercenary companies, Trump's innermost circle, and several members of the Trump family as well as Trump himself-all part of a clandestine multinational narrative that takes us from Washington, D.C. and Moscow to the Middle Eastern capitals of Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Jerusalem, Cairo, Tehran, and Doha. Proof of Conspiracy is a chilling and unforgettable depiction of the dangers America and the world now face"-- Provided by publisher.

All the powers of Earth : the political life of Abraham Lincoln, 1856-1860

September 5, 2019
Blumenthal, Sidney, 1948- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
xxii, 758 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"After a period of depression that he would ever find his way to greatness, Lincoln takes on the most powerful demagogue in the country, Stephen Douglas, in the debates for a senate seat. He sidelines the frontrunner William Seward, a former governor and senator for New York, to cinch the new Republican Party's nomination. All the Powers of Earth is the political story of all time. Lincoln achieves the presidency by force of strategy, of political savvy and determination. This is Abraham Lincoln, who indisputably becomes the greatest president and moral leader in the nation's history. But he must first build a new political party, brilliantly state the anti-slavery case and overcome shattering defeat to win the presidency. In the years of civil war to follow, he will show mightily that the nation was right to bet on him. He was its preserver, a politician of moral integrity." --Provided by publisher.

World War II map by map

September 5, 2019
New York, NY : Dorling Kindersley, 2019.
288 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 31 cm
Includes index.

To build a better world : choices to end the Cold War and create a global commonwealth

September 5, 2019
Zelikow, Philip, 1954- author.
New York, NY : Twelve, 2019.
510 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations ; 24 cm
"Two of America's leading scholar-diplomats, Philip Zelikow and Condoleezza Rice, have combed sources in several languages, interviewed leading figures, and drawn on their own firsthand experience to bring to life the choices that molded the contemporary world. Zeroing in on the key moments of decision, the might-have-beens, and the human beings working through them, they explore both what happened and what could have happened, to show how one world ended and another took form. Beginning in the late 1970s and carrying into the present, they focus on the momentous period between 1988 and 1992, when an entire world system changed, states broke apart, and societies were transformed. Such periods have always been accompanied by terrible wars-but not this time. This is also a story of individuals coping with uncertainty. They voice their hopes and fears. They try out desperate improvisations and careful designs. These were leaders who grew up in a "postwar" world, who tried to fashion something better, more peaceful, more prosperous, than the damaged, divided world in which they had come of age. New problems are putting their choices, and the world they made, back on the operating table. It is time to recall not only why they made their choices, but also just how great nations can step up to great challenges. Timed for the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD is an authoritative depiction of contemporary statecraft. It lets readers in on the strategies and negotiations, nerve-racking risks, last-minute decisions, and deep deliberations behind the dramas that changed the face of Europe -- and the world -- forever"--Publisher's description.

Escalante's dream : on the trail of the Spanish discovery of the Southwest

September 5, 2019
Roberts, David, 1943- author.
©2019
337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Abiquiu and beyond -- Where are the Indians? -- Escalante slept here -- Searching for Yutas -- Finding the Río Tizón -- Teguayó and the Lost Spaniards -- Decision -- The crossing of the fathers -- Hopi and beyond -- Epilogue: the legacy.
In July 1776 a pair of Franciscan friars, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, were charged by the governor of New Mexico with discovering a route across the unknown Southwest to the new Spanish colony in California. They had other goals as well, some of them secret: converting the indigenous natives along the way to the true faith, discovering a semi-mythical paradise known as Teguayó, hunting for sources of gold and silver, and paving the way for Spanish settlements from Santa Fe to Monterey. In strict terms, the expedition failed. Running out of food and beset by an early winter, the twelve-man team gave up in what is now western Utah. The retreat to Santa Fe became an ordeal of survival. The men were reduced to eating their own horses while they searched for a crossing of the raging Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Seven months after setting out, Domínguez and Escalante staggered back to Santa Fe. Yet in the course of their 1,700-mile voyage, the explorers discovered more land unknown to Europeans than Lewis and Clark would encounter a quarter-century later. Other writers, using Escalante's brilliant and quirky diary as a guide, have retraced the expedition route, but David Roberts is the first to dig beneath its pages to question and ponder every turn of the team's decision-making and motivation. Roberts weaves the personal and the historical narratives into a gripping journey of discovery through the magnificent American Southwest. --Publisher

Searching for black Confederates : the Civil War's most persistent myth

August 28, 2019
Levin, Kevin M., 1969- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
228 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The camp slaves' war -- Camp slaves on the battlefield -- Camp slaves and the lost cause -- Camp slaves and pensions -- Turning camp slaves into black Confederate soldiers -- Black Confederates on the front lines of the Civil War sesquicentennial.
"In addition to tracking the evolution of the black Confederate myth, Levin explores the roles that African Americans performed in the army with a particular focus on the relationship between officers and their personal body servants or camp slaves. In contrast to claims that these men served as soldiers in racially integrated regiments, Levin demonstrates that regardless of the dangers faced in camp, on the march and on the battlefield their legal status remained unchanged. Even long after the guns fell silent Confederate veterans and other writers remembered these men as former slaves and not as soldiers. Levin offers an important reminder that how the war is remembered often runs counter to history"-- Provided by publisher.

Cold warriors : writers who waged the literary cold war

August 28, 2019
White, Duncan, 1979- author.
New York : HarperCollins Publishers ; 2019.
782 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A brilliant, invigorating account of the great writers on both sides of the Iron Curtain who played the dangerous games of espionage, dissidence and subversion that changed the course of the Cold War. During the Cold War, literature was both sword and noose. Novels, essays and poems could win the hearts and minds of those caught between the competing creeds of capitalism and communism. They could also lead to exile, imprisonment or execution if they offended those in power. The clandestine intelligence services of the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union had secret agents and vast propaganda networks devoted to literary warfare. But the battles were personal, too: friends turning on each other, lovers cleaved by political fissures, artists undermined by inadvertent complicities. In Cold Warriors, Harvard University's Duncan White vividly chronicles how this ferocious intellectual struggle was waged on both sides of the Iron Curtain. The book has at its heart five major writers: George Orwell, Stephen Spender, Mary McCarthy, Graham Greene and Andrei Sinyavsky; but the full cast includes a dazzling array of giants, among them Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John le Carré, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Boris Pasternak, Gioconda Belli, Arthur Koestler, Vaclav Havel, Joan Didion, Isaac Babel, Howard Fast, Lillian Hellman, Mikhail Sholokhov -and scores more. Spanning decades and continents and spectacularly meshing gripping narrative with perceptive literary detective work, Cold Warriors is a welcome reminder that, at a moment when ignorance is celebrated and reading seen as increasingly irrelevant, writers and books can change the world."--Amazon.com.

The other Trail of Tears : the removal of the Ohio Indians

August 27, 2019
Stockwell, Mary, author.
©2014
xi, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Prologue : many Trails of Tears -- Turning back the clock at Ghent -- Starting over at Springwells -- Boundaries long gone -- A race against time -- On the edge of eternity -- The future unravels -- The exodus of the Seneca -- The Shawnee exile -- The passing of the Ottawa -- The Wyandot farewell -- Epilogue : a last goodbye.
The book chronicles the history of Ohio's Indians and their interactions with settlers and U.S. agents in the years leading up to their official removal, and sheds light on the complexities of the process, with both individual tribes and the United States taking advantage of opportunities at different times. It is also the story of how the native tribes tried to come to terms with the fast pace of change on America's western frontier and the inevitable loss of their traditional homelands. While the tribes often disagreed with one another, they attempted to move toward the best possible future for all their people against the relentless press of settlers and limited time.--Provided by publisher.

The strenuous life : Theodore Roosevelt and the making of the American athlete

August 27, 2019
Swanson, Ryan A., author.
New York, NY : Diversion Books, 2019.
329 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Hit the line hard -- The strenuous (like, really strenuous) life -- Harvard and its harvardness -- The tennis cabinet -- Creating the Roosevelt athletic league -- 1904 -- Ted's dangerous football adventure -- "Walking" -- Baseball's great Roosevelt chase -- Legacy -- Wait... Jack Johnson? -- One last race -- Epilogue.
Crippling asthma, a frail build, and grossly myopic eyesight: these were the ailments that plagued Teddy Roosevelt as a child. In adulthood, he was diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition and was told never to exert himself again. Roosevelt's body was his weakness, the one hill he could never fully conquer--and as a result he developed what would become a lifelong obsession with athletics that he carried with him into his presidency. As President of the United States, Roosevelt boxed, practiced Ju-Jitsu, played tennis nearly every day, and frequently invited athletes and teams to the White House. It was during his administration that America saw baseball's first ever World Series; interscholastic sports began; and schools began to place an emphasis on physical education. In addition, the NCAA formed, and the United States hosted the Olympic Games for the first time. From a prize-winning historian, this book shows how Roosevelt fought desperately (and sometimes successfully) to shape American athletics in accordance with his imperialistic view of the world. It reveals that, in one way or another, we can trace our fanaticism for fitness and sports directly back to the twenty-sixth president and his relentless pursuit of "The Strenuous Life."

Alexander the Great : his life and his mysterious death

August 23, 2019
Everitt, Anthony, author.
New York : Random House, 2019.
xviii, 464 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Alexander takes a holiday -- Goat kings -- The young apprentice -- 'The bull is wreathed' -- The lone wolf -- First blood -- Undoing the knot -- The empire strikes back -- Immortal longings -- At the house of the camel -- 'Passing brave to be a king' -- Treason! -- War without end -- A passage to India -- Show me the way to go home -- Last things -- Funeral games.
"What can we learn from the stunning rise and mysterious death of the ancient world's greatest conqueror? An acclaimed biographer reconstructs the life of Alexander the Great in this magisterial portrait. More than two millennia have passed, but Alexander the Great is still a household name. His life was an adventure story and took him to every corner of the ancient world. His memory and glamour persist, and his early death at thirty-three has kept him evergreen in our imaginations with a legacy that meant something different to every age: in the Middle Ages he became an exemplar of knightly chivalry, he was a star of Renaissance paintings, and by the early twentieth century he even came to resemble an English gentleman. But who was he in his own time? In Alexander the Great, Anthony Everitt judges Alexander's life against the criteria of his own age and considers all his contradictions. We meet the Macedonian prince who was naturally inquisitive and fascinated by science and exploration, who enjoyed the arts and used the poet Homer's great epic, the Iliad, as a bible. As his empire grew, stretching from Greece and Macedonia to Ancient Egypt and Persia and all the way to India, Alexander exhibited respect for the traditions of his new subjects and careful judgment in administering rule over a vast territory. But his career also had a dark side. An inveterate conqueror, who in his short life built the largest empire to that point in history, Alexander glorified war and was known to commit acts of great cruelty. As debates continue about the meaning of his life, Alexander's death remains an unsolved mystery. Did he die of natural causes, felled by a fever, or did his marshals, angered by his tyrannical behavior, kill him? An explanation of his death can lie only in what we know of his life, and Everitt ventures to solve that puzzle, offering an ending to Alexander's story that has eluded so many for so long"-- Provided by publisher.

A serpent's tale : discovering America's ancient mound builders

August 23, 2019
Treese, Lorett, 1952- author.
©2016
290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
A serpent's tale -- Genteel Virginia gets news from the frontier -- "Let us open the tombs ..." -- The lost civilizations -- Mormons and the mounds -- That old-time religion -- Fall of the empire -- The Hopewell culture of death -- The eclipsed adena -- Fort ancient -- So what's the alternative?
When American settlers first crossed the Appalachian Mountains they were amazed to discover that the wilderness beyond contained ancient ruins - large man-made mounds and enclosures, and impressive earthen sculptures, such as a gigantic serpent. Reports trickled back to the eager ears of President Thomas Jefferson and others. However, most did not believe these earthworks had anything to do with Native Americans; rather, given the intense interest in the history of Western Civilization at the time, it became popular to speculate that the ruins had been built by refugees from Greece, Rome, Egypt - or even the lost continent of Atlantis. Since their discovery, the mounds have attracted both scholars and quacks, from the first investigations sponsored by the then new Smithsonian Institution to the visions of the American psychic Edgar Cayce.

Grass

August 22, 2019
Gendry-Kim, Keum Suk, author, illustrator.
[Montréal, Québec] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2019.
471 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm.
First published in 2017 as P'ul by Bori Publishing Co., Korea
"Grass is a powerful anti-war graphic novel, offering up firsthand the life story of a Korean girl named Okseon Lee who was forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during the second World War - a disputed chapter in 20th century Asian history. Beginning in Lee's childhood, Grass shows the leadup to World War II from a child's vulnerable perspective, detailing how one person experienced the Japanese occupation and the widespread suffering it entailed for ordinary Korean folk. Keum Suk Gendry-Kim emphasizes Lee's strength in overcoming the many forms of adversity she experienced. Grass is painted in a black ink that flows with lavish details of the beautiful fields and farmland of Korea and uses heavy brushwork on the somber interiors of Lee's memories."--Provided by publisher.

The blockade of the Gaza Strip

August 22, 2019
New York, NY : Greenhaven Publishing, 2020.
175 pages ; 23 cm
Is the blockade of the Gaza Strip an act of aggression or preservation of a nation? -- Is the blockade of the Gaza Strip legal? -- Is the blockade of the Gaza Strip inhumane? -- Can the problem be solved? -- Periodical and internet sources bibliography -- For further discussion -- Organizations to contact.
Ever since Israel ended its occupation of Gaza in 2005, Islamist group Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza have created conflicts with Israel. In 2007, Israel instituted a blockade of the Gaza Strip, restricting border crossings and access to necessities such as food, water, and power. Israel maintains that the intent of the blockade is to eliminate Hamas's ability to launch rockets into Israel. The Palestinians charge that the blockade effectively weakens Hamas and constitutes suffering and human rights violations among Gaza's citizens. In this informative and provocative resource, essay authors share their unique perspectives on this contentious issue.

Dogfight over Tokyo : the final air battle of the Pacific and the last four men to die in World War II

August 19, 2019
Wukovits, John F., 1944- author.
New York : Da Capo Press, 2019.
xiv, 322 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
"From an expert in the Pacific theater of World War II comes the tragic story of the pilots who fought the last fight of the war during the first hour of peace. When Billy Hobbs and his fellow Hellcat aviators from Air Group 88 lifted off from the venerable Navy carrier USS Yorktown early on the morning of August 15, 1945, they had no idea they were about to carry out the final air mission of World War II. Two hours later, Yorktown received word from Admiral Nimitz that the war had ended and that all offensive operations should cease. As they were turning back, twenty Japanese planes suddenly dove from the sky above them and began a ferocious attack. Four American pilots never returned--men who had lifted off from the carrier in wartime but were shot down during peacetime. Drawing on participant letters, diaries, and interviews, newspaper and radio accounts, and previously untapped archival records, historian and prolific author of acclaimed Pacific theater books, including Tin Can Titans and Hell from the Heavens, John Wukovits tells the story of Air Group 88's pilots and crew through their eyes. Dogfight over Tokyo is written in the same riveting, edge-of-your-seat style that has made Wukovits's previous books so successful. This is a stirring, one-of-a-kind tale of naval encounters and the last dogfight of the war--a story that is both inspirational and tragic."--Jacket flap.

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