New Arrivals · History

September 21, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Casey County, Ky., 1806-1992 : a pictorial history.

September 20, 2018
[Place of publication not identified] : The Committee, 1992 (Marceline, Mo. : Walsworth Pub. Co.)
200 pages : illustrations, maps ; 32 cm

Heartland : a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on Earth

September 19, 2018
Smarsh, Sarah, author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
ix, 290 pages ; 22 cm
Dear August -- A penny in a purse -- The body of a poor girl -- A stretch of gravel with wheat on either side -- The shame a country could assign -- A house that needs shingles -- A working-class woman -- The place I was from.
"During Sarah Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to examine the class divide in our country and the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities, and she explores this idea as lived experience, metaphor, and level of consciousness. Born a fifth-generation Kansas wheat farmer on her paternal side and the product of generations of teen mothers on her maternal side, Smarsh grew up in a family of laborers trapped in a cycle of poverty. Whether working the wheat harvest, helping on her dad's construction sites, or visiting her grandma's courthouse job, she learned about hard work. She also absorbed painful lessons about economic inequality. Through her experience growing up as the child of a dissatisfied teenage mother--and being raised predominantly by her grandmother on a farm thirty miles west of Wichita--she gives us a unique, essential look into the lives of poor and working-class Americans living in the middle of our country. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, Heartland is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess. "--Dust jacket.

The field of blood : violence in Congress and the road to civil war

September 19, 2018
Freeman, Joanne B., 1962- author.
©2018
xvii, 450 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Fallout : conspiracy, cover-up, and the deceitful case for the atomic bomb

September 19, 2018
Watson, Peter, 1943- author.
©2018
423 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Preface--Cover-up: 'When the righteous sin' -- PART ONE: Incognito: Klaus Fuchs and Niels Bohr. Zigzag -- PART TWO: The overestimate of the Germans. The taste of fear : the menace of fission ; The beginnings of a 'strategic game' ; Struggles over secrecy ; The midwives ; The strategic sabotage of heavy water ; The first glimpses of Germany's nuclear secrets ; The 'crown jewel' of secrets ; Intelligence blackout : the fatal mistake ; Fall out ; 'Hard evidence' of Soviet spying ; The secret agenda of General Groves ; The Bohr scare ; A vital clue vanishes ; 'Don't bother me with your scruples' : the loss of innocence ; The claws of the bear -- PART THREE: Lives in parallel: Niels Bohr and Klaus Fuchs ; The little fox ; Lunch in the Supreme Court ; 'The mission he had been waiting for' ; A president 'eager for help' ; The letter from Moscow ; The Prime Minister's mistake ; The bomb in trouble : mistakes at Los Alamos ; The President's mistake -- PART FOUR: The underestimate of the Russians. Bohr and Stalin ; Fuchs : shining in the shadows.
"The justification for the atomic bomb was simple: it would defeat Hitler and end the Second World War faster, saving lives. The reality was different. [This book] dismantles the conventional story of why the atom bomb was built. Peter Watson has found new documents showing that long before the Allied bomb was operational, it was clear that Germany had no atomic weapons of its own and was not likely to. The British knew this, but didn't share their knowledge with the Americans, who in turn deceived the British about the extent to which the Soviets had penetrated their plans to build and deploy the bomb. The dark secret was that the bomb was dropped not to decisively end the war in the Pacific but to warn off Stalin's Russia, still in principle a military ally of the US and Britain. It did not bring a hot war to an abrupt end; instead it set up the terms for a Cold one to begin. Moreover, none of the scientists recruited to build the bomb had any idea that the purpose of the bomb had been secretly changed and that Russian deterrence was its new objective. Fallout vividly reveals the story of the unnecessary building of the atomic bomb, the most destructive weapon in the world, and the long-term consequences that are still playing out to this day."--Dust jacket.

Leadership in turbulent times

September 19, 2018
Goodwin, Doris Kearns, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xvi, 473 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Part 1. Ambition and the recognition of leadership. Abraham: "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition" ; Theodore: "I rose like a rocket" ; Franklin: "No, call me Franklin" ; Lyndon: "A steam engine in pants" -- Part 2. Adversity and growth. Abraham Lincoln: "I must die or be better" ; Theodore Roosevelt: "The light has gone out of my life" ; Franklin Roosevelt: "Above all, try something" ; Lyndon Johnson: "The most miserable period of my life" -- Part 3. How they led: man and the times. Transformational leadership: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation ; Crisis management: Theodore Roosevelt and the Coal Strike ; Turnaround leadership: Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Days ; Visionary leadership: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights -- Epilogue: Of death and legacy.
"In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration into the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders..."--Provided by publisher.

Fear : Trump in the White House

September 14, 2018
Woodward, Bob, 1943- author.
©2018
xxii, 420 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump's White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president's first years in office.

The sky is falling : how vampires, zombies, androids, and superheroes made America great for extremism

September 13, 2018
Biskind, Peter, author.
©2018
252 pages ; 24 cm
part I: Winter has come: Apocalypse now ; Bleeding hearts ; Doing the right thing -- part II: Who'll stop the rain? ; Gone fishin' ; Coming apart ; Draining the swamp -- part III: Breaking bad ; The silence of the lambs ; Beauty in the beast ; License to kill -- part IV: Heaven can't wait: What a piece of work was man ; Anywhere but here ; No exit.

1968 : today's authors explore a year of rebellion, revolution, and change

September 13, 2018
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
ix, 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
January-March: Nightly news, winter / by Elizabeth Partridge ; Biker's ed / by Paul Fleischman ; The Red Guard / by Leonore Look ; The student view from Paris / by Kate MacMillan -- April-June: Nightly news, spring / by Elizabeth Partridge ; The death of the dream / by Kekla Magoon ; The wrong side of history / by Laban Carrick Hill ; Gym crow / by Jennifer Anthony ; Robert F. Kennedy / by Mark Kuriansky -- July-September: Nightly news, summer / by Elizabeth Partridge ; People, get ready / by Susan Campbell Bartoletti ; Prague spring / by Mark Kuriansky ; Running with sharp schticks / by David Lubar -- October-December: Nightly news, fall / by Elizabeth Partridge ; Student sacrifices / by Omar Figueras ; Running into history / by Jim Murphy ; The code wars / by Loree Griffin Burns ; Douglas Engelbart / by Marc Aronson.
"Nineteen sixty-eight was a pivotal year that grew more intense with each day. As thousands of Vietnamese and Americans were killed in war, students across four continents took over colleges and city streets. Assassins murdered Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. Demonstrators turned out in Prague and Chicago, and in Mexico City, young people and Olympic athletes protested. In those intense months, generations battled and the world wobbled on the edge of some vast change that was exhilarating one day and terrifying the next. To capture that extraordinary year, editors Marc Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti created an anthology that showcases many genres of nonfiction. Some contributors use a broad canvas, others take a close look at a moment, and matched essays examine the same experience from different points of view. As we face our own moments of crisis and division, 1968 reminds us that we've clashed before and found a way forward -- and that looking back can help map a way ahead."-- Publisher's website.

Outside the wire : ten lessons I've learned in everyday courage

September 13, 2018
Kander, Jason, author.
©2018
xxv, 224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Experience is good, but perspective is golden -- Politics is a profession practiced entirely by amateurs -- Hustle and be humble -- Never lose your inner chinstrap -- Keep it real -- Politics can be completely absurd ; deal with it -- "You live your life with your friends [and family], not your accomplishments" -- Be willing to fail ... publicly -- Make your argument -- "Something's happening here" (in America).
"Barack Obama has called Jason Kander the future of the Democratic Party. A former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, Kander was the first millennial ever elected to statewide office. Today, he is the founder and president of Let America Vote, and a bold new voice in American politics. In OUTSIDE THE WIRE, Jason Kander writes candidly about his life, from joining the military following 9/11, to launching his first political campaign, to becoming the next step in the evolution of the Democratic Party following the 2016 presidential election. Kander's signature outspoken voice is on full display as he guides readers through his own journey from soldier to politician, detailing -- often with a dose of humor -- the lessons he's learned along the way. OUTSIDE THE WIRE is an inspiring and entertaining argument for a life of service, as well as a hopeful vision of America's future as seen through the eyes of one of its most dedicated citizens." -- Publisher's annotation.

The battle of Arnhem : the deadliest airborne operation of World War II

September 12, 2018
Beevor, Antony, 1946-
©2018
xvii, 459 pages, 32 unnumbered leaves of plates : black and white photographs, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on end papers.
"On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division. Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, American, British, Polish, and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student called "The Last German Victory." Yet The Battle of Arnhem, written with Beevor's inimitable style and gripping narrative, is about much more than a single dramatic battle--it looks into the very heart of war."--Inside jacket flap.

They fought alone : the true story of the Starr Brothers, British secret agents in Nazi-occupied France

September 12, 2018
Glass, Charles, 1951- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2018.
xiv, 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
An unexpected encounter -- Called to the colors -- A beautiful friendship -- "I was a human being" -- A cursed day -- "It literally rained containers" -- Arrests and arrivals -- Avenue Boche -- Word of honor -- Sabotage -- John's cousin -- Das Reich -- The battle of Castelnau -- The Germans retreat -- "I said 'shit' to de Gaulle" -- Starrs on trial.

Betty Ford : First Lady, women's advocate, survivor, trailblazer

September 10, 2018
McCubbin, Lisa, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
xvii, 411 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"An intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford, from the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me. Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is the inspiring story of an ordinary Midwestern girl thrust onto the world stage and into the White House under extraordinary circumstances. Setting a precedent as First Lady, Betty Ford refused to be silenced by her critics as she publicly championed equal rights for women, and spoke out about issues that had previously been taboo--breast cancer, depression, abortion, and sexuality. Privately, there were signs something was wrong. After a painful intervention by her family, she admitted to an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. Her courageous decision to speak out publicly sparked a national dialogue, and in 1982, she co-founded the Betty Ford Center, which revolutionized treatment for alcoholism and inspired the modern concept of recovery. Lisa McCubbin also brings to light Gerald and Betty Ford's sweeping love story: from Michigan to the White House, until their dying days, their relationship was that of a man and woman utterly devoted to one another other--a relationship built on trust, respect, and an unquantifiable chemistry. Based on intimate in-depth interviews with all four of her children, Susan Ford Bales, Michael Ford, Jack Ford, and Steven Ford, as well as family friends, and colleagues, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is a deeply personal, empathic portrait of an outspoken First Lady, who was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. With poignant details and rare insight, McCubbin reveals a fiercely independent woman who had a lively sense of humor, unwavering faith, and an indomitable spirit--the true story behind one of the most admired and influential women of our time"-- Provided by publisher.

Paris on the brink : the 1930s Paris of Jean Renoir, Salvador Dalí, Simone de Beauvoir, André Gide, Sylvia Beach, Léon Blum, and their friends

September 10, 2018
McAuliffe, Mary Sperling, 1943- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xii, 359 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
End of an era (1929) -- Rags and riches (1929) -- It could never happen here (1930) -- The ooh la la factor (1930) -- Navigating a dangerous world (1931-1932) -- Taking sides (1933) -- Bloody Tuesday (1934) -- Sailing, sailing (1935) -- Coming apart (1936) -- War in Spain (1936) -- End of the dream (1937) -- In war's shadow (1938) -- Dancing on a volcano (1939) -- Closing the circle (1940).
"Vividly portrays the City of Light during the tumultuous 1930s. The decade was marked by violence at home and the rise of Hitler abroad, even as glamour prevailed in fashion and Surrealism sparked new forms of artistic creativity"-- Provided by publisher.

Black flags, blue waters : the epic history of America's most notorious pirates

September 7, 2018
Dolin, Eric Jay, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
378 pages ; 24 cm
Small beginnings -- Welcomed with open arms -- "Where the money was as plenty as stones and sand" -- Crackdown -- War's reprieve -- Interlude or a pirate classification -- Treasure and the tempest -- The gentleman pirate and Blackbeard -- Fading away -- Epilogue: "yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!".
"With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the 'Golden Age' of piracy in the Americas. Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy's 'Golden Age'--spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s--when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates' manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life"-- Provided by publisher.

Contempt : a memoir of the Clinton investigation

September 7, 2018
Starr, Kenneth, 1946- author.
New York, NY : Sentinel, [2018]
xiv, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Twenty years after the Starr Report and the Clinton impeachment, former special prosecutor Ken Starr finally shares his definitive account of one of the most divisive periods in American history. You could fill a library with books about the scandals of the Clinton administration, which eventually led to President Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives. Bill and Hillary Clinton have told their version of events, as have various journalists and participants. Whenever liberals recall those years, they usually depict independent counsel Ken Starr as an out-of-control, politically driven prosecutor. But as a New York Times columnist asked in 2017, "What if Ken Starr was right?" What if the popular media in the 1990s completely misunderstood Starr's motives, his tactics, and his ultimate goal: to ensure that no one, especially not the president of the United States, is above the law? Starr--the man at the eye of the hurricane--has kept his unique perspective to himself for two full decades. In this long-awaited memoir, he finally sheds light on everything he couldn't tell us during the Clinton years, even in his carefully detailed "Starr Report" of September 1998. Contempt puts you, the reader, into the shoes of Starr and his team as they tackle the many scandals of that era, from Whitewater to Vince Foster's death to Travelgate to Monica Lewinsky. Starr explains in vivid detail how all those scandals shared a common thread: the Clintons' contempt for our system of justice. This book proves that Bill and Hillary Clinton weren't victims of a so-called "vast right-wing conspiracy." They played fast and loose with the law and abused their powers and privileges"-- Provided by publisher.

Young water protectors : a story about Standing Rock

September 7, 2018
Tudor, Asland, author.
[North Dakota]: EagleSpeaker publishing, 2018
22 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, maps ; 28 cm

Edge of empire : Rome's frontier on the Lower Rhine

September 6, 2018
Lendering, Jona, author.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands : Karwansaray Publishers, 2012.
vii, 193 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps, color plans, genealogical tables ; 27 cm
"Translated and expanded English edition of Jona Lendering and Arjen Bosman, De rand van het Rijk"--Title page verso.
Introduction -- Preconceptions -- War on the edge of the world -- Romanization begins -- The other side of the Rhine -- A turning point? -- Chauki and Frisians -- Romanization -- The Batavian revolt -- A frontier zone in peacetime -- From gold to iron to rust -- Militarization -- Transformation -- Epilogue.
"Every ancient author writing about the Low Countries was preoccupied with the complete contrast between the civilized people of the Roman Empire and the tribes of noble savages or barbarians living outside it ... The reality was different. The presence of the Roman army along the River Rhine radically changed the way of life in the small Roman province of Germania Inferior, and the need to maintain and feed this large army became a significant incentive for economic change. The tribes living along the lower reaches of the Rhine and close to the North Sea gradually began to resemble their occupiers."--Back cover.

The Browns of California : the family dynasty that transformed a state and shaped a nation

September 6, 2018
Pawel, Miriam, 1958- author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
x, 483 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
The mansion -- The pioneer -- The Paris of America -- The yell leader -- The Roosevelt Democrat -- Forest Hill -- The governor and the seminarian -- Fiat lux -- Down but not out -- "Water for people for living" -- The turbulent term -- The Browns of Los Angeles -- The candidate -- The new spirit -- Jerry and Cesar -- To the moon and back -- The fall -- Winter soldiers -- A different shade of Brown -- Oakland ecopolis -- Son of Sacramento -- Second chances -- Fiat lux, redux -- Past as prologue -- The mountain house.
"Four generations of the Brown family as a prism through which we view the history of the Union's thirty-first state. Through the family's colorful and significant principal players that is essential to understanding California and the way it shapes the nation. This book gives new insights to those steeped in California history, offers a corrective for those who confuse stereotypes and legend for history, and opens new vistas for readers familiar with only the sketchiest outlines of a place habitually viewed from afar with a mix of envy and awe, disdain, and fascination"--Provided by publisher.

These truths : a history of the United States

September 6, 2018
Lepore, Jill, 1966- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
xx, 932 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The nature of the past -- The rulers and the ruled -- Of wars and revolutions -- The constitution of a nation -- A democracy of numbers -- The soul and the machine -- Of ships and shipwrecks -- The face of battle -- Of citizens, persons, and people -- Efficiency and the masses -- A constitution of the air -- The brutality of modernity -- A world of knowledge -- Rights and wrongs -- Battle lines -- America, disrupted -- The question addressed.
"In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. The American experiment rests on three ideas--"these truths," Jefferson called them--political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, "on a dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching," writes Jill Lepore in a groundbreaking investigation into the American past that places truth itself at the center of the nation's history. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths, or belied them. "A nation born in contradiction, liberty in a land of slavery, sovereignty in a land of conquest, will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history," Lepore writes, finding meaning in those very contradictions as she weaves American history into a majestic tapestry of faith and hope, of peril and prosperity, of technological progress and moral anguish. A spellbinding chronicle filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, These Truths offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation"-- Provided by publisher.

Western Europe.

September 5, 2018
Washington, D.C. : Stryker-Post Publications.
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Written by: 1982-<2018/19> Wayne C. Thompson.
Imprint varies: 2010, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. ; 2011- <2018/19> Lanham, Md.

East and Southeast Asia.

September 5, 2018
Harpers Ferry, W. Va. : Stryker-Post Publications, c2005-
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Vols. for 2005-<2018/19> by Steven A. Leibo.
Imprint varies: 2011-2014/15, Lanham, Md. ; 2015/16-<2018/19> Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield.

Devil's mile : the rich, gritty history of the Bowery

September 5, 2018
Alexiou, Alice Sparberg, 1951- author.
©2018
xii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The Dutch -- The governor with the silver leg -- Bowery Lane -- The Astors -- Shakespeare and Jim Crow come to the Bowery Theatre -- The mob takes the stage -- The Civil War on the Bowery -- The devil's work -- The Jews -- The king of the Bowery -- The bums on the Bowery -- Punk -- Bones and ghosts.
"A fascinating cultural history of New York City's Bowery, from the author of The Flatiron. The Bowery was a synonym for despair throughout most of the 20th century. The neighborhood's name recalled visuals of drunken bums passed out on the sidewalk, and New Yorkers nicknamed it 'Satan's Highway,' 'The Mile of Hell,' and 'The Street of Forgotten Men.' It was so shameful for so many years that the little businesses along the Bowery--stationers, dry goods sellers, jewelers, hatters--periodically asked the city to change the street's name. To have a Bowery address, they claimed, was hurting them; people did not want to venture there. But in the 1990s, as New York was exploding into real estate frenzy, developers discovered the Bowery. Around 2000, they rushed in and began tearing down. Today, the bad old Bowery no longer exists, and instead, Whole Foods, hipster night spots, and expensive lofts replace the flophouses and dive bars. In Devil's Mile, Alice Sparberg Alexiou explores the history and future of The Bowery back to its origins, when farmland covered the areas around the boulevard and the area around it was considered outside of town. She'll explore the years after the Civil War when the Bowery rivaled Fifth Avenue for best Manhattan addresses. And she'll tell this story as soon as she can, before all its old buildings, and the memories associated with them, disappear"-- Provided by publisher.

21 lessons for the 21st century

August 31, 2018
Harari, Yuval N., author.
New York : Spiegel & Grau, [2018]
xix, 372 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: The technological challenge -- Disillusionment: the end of history has been postponed -- Work: when you grow up, you might not have a job -- Liberty: big data is watching you -- Equality: those who own the data own the future -- Part II: The political challenge -- Community: humans have bodies -- Civilization: there is just one civilization in the world -- Nationalism: global problems need global answers -- Religion: God now serves the nation -- Immigration: some cultures might be better than others -- Part III: Despair and hope -- Terrorism: don't panic -- War: never underestimate human stupidity -- Humility: you are not the center of the world -- God: don't take the name of God in vain -- Secularism: acknowledge your shadow -- Part IV: Truth -- Ignorance: you know less than you think -- Justice: our sense of justice might be out of date -- Post-truth: some fake news lasts forever -- Science fiction: the future is not what you see in the movies -- Part V: Resilience -- Education: change is the only constant -- Meaning: life is not a story -- Meditation: just observe.
Shares insights into such present-day issues as the role of technology in transforming humanity, the epidemic of false news, and the modern relevance of nations and religion.

Every day is extra

August 31, 2018
Kerry, John, 1943- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
622 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Childhood -- Bright college years -- Raising my right hand -- War -- The war at home -- Finding my way -- The old Senate -- Holding Washington accountable -- Making peace -- A time of transition -- Cancer and comebacks -- Within a whisper -- Dusting myself off -- New president, broken Senate -- Mr. Chairman -- Diplomacy in a dangerous world -- Getting caught trying -- Preventing a war -- The open wound -- Protecting the planet.
"John Kerry tells the story of his extraordinary life of public service, from decorated Vietnam veteran to five-term United States senator, 2004 Democratic presidential candidate, and Secretary of State for four years: a personal and candid memoir by a witness to some of the most important events of our recent history, including the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accords."--Provided by publisher.

Pay no heed to the rockets : life in contemporary Palestine

August 31, 2018
Di Cintio, Marcello, 1973- author.
©2018
241 pages : map ; 23 cm
Introduction: The girl in the green dress -- The homeland is where none of this can happen -- Whenever my sore heart gets hungry -- To breathe life into a name -- I do not have an account in the Bank of Wars -- If you can hear the rockets, then you are alive -- She is oranges that explode -- Conclusion: Her name is Maram.
"A look at life in contemporary Palestine through the lens of its literary culture Marcello Di Cintio first visited Palestine in 1999 and, like most outsiders, the Palestinian narrative he knew was one defined by unending struggle, a near-Sisyphean curse of stories of oppression, exile, and occupation told over and over again. In the summer of 2014, during a brief lull in the bombing from Israel's Operation Protective Edge, photos emerged of a young Gazan girl in a green dress sifting through the rubble of her destroyed home. She was looking for her books. In Pay No Heed to the Rockets, Di Cintio travels to Palestine to find the girl. Using the form of a political-literary travelogue, he explores what literature means to modern Palestinians and how Palestinians make sense of the conflict between a rich imaginative life and the daily violence of survival. Taking the long route through the West Bank, into Jerusalem, across Israel and finally into Gaza, he meets with poets, authors, librarians, and booksellers to learn about Palestine through their eyes, and through the story of their stories. Di Cintio travels through the rich cultural and literary heritage of Palestine. It's there that he uncovers a humanity, and a beauty, often unnoticed by news media. At the seventieth anniversary of the Arab-Israeli War, Pay No Heed to the Rockets tells a fresh story about Palestine, one that begins with art rather than war."-- Provided by publisher.

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