New Arrivals · Large Print History

February 26, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The American story : conversations with master historians

February 25, 2020
Rubenstein, David M., interviewer, compiler.
Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, Gale, Cengage Learning, 2020.
701 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Excerpts from Congressional Dialogues, a series of presentations by authors for Members of Congress, which have been hosteded by the Library of Congress, since 2013.
Introduction by David M. Rubenstein -- Jack D. Warren Jr. on George Washington -- David McCollough on John Adams -- Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson -- Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton -- Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin -- Cokie Roberts on founding mothers -- Doris Kearns Goodwin on Abraham Lincoln -- A. Scott Berg on Charles Lindbergh -- Jay Winik on Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- Jean Edward Smith on Dwight D. Eisenhower -- Richard Reeves on John F. Kennedy -- Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement -- Robert A. Caro on Lyndon B. Johnson -- Bob Woodward on Richard M. Nixon and executive power -- H. W. Brands on Ronald Reagan -- Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"In these lively dialogues, the biggest names in American history explore the subjects they've come to so intimately know and understand. -- David McCullough on John Adams -- Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson -- Ron Chernow on Alexander Hamilton -- Walter Isaacson on Benjamin Franklin -- Doris Kearns Goodwin on Abraham Lincoln -- A. Scott Berg on Charles Lindbergh -- Taylor Branch on Martin Luther King -- Robert Caro on Lyndon B. Johnson -- Bob Woodward on Richard Nixon --And many others, including a special conversation with Chief Justice John Roberts Through his popular program The David Rubenstein Show, David Rubenstein has established himself as one of our most thoughtful interviewers. Now, in The American Story, David captures the brilliance of our most esteemed historians, as well as the souls of their subjects. The book features introductions by Rubenstein as well a foreword by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead our national library. Richly illustrated with archival images from the Library of Congress, the book is destined to become a classic for serious readers of American history. Through these captivating exchanges, these bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors offer fresh insight on pivotal moments from the Founding Era to the late 20th century."-- Provided by publisher.

The art of resistance : my four years in the French underground : a memoir

February 20, 2020
Rosenberg, Justus, 1921- author.
©2020
339 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
99-year-old literature professor Justus Rosenberg escaped the Holocaust and spent four daring years in the French Underground during World War II. Now he finally writes his own unforgettable epic. The Art of Resistance is unlike any World War II memoir before it. Its author, Justus Rosenberg, has spent the past seventy years teaching the classics of literature to American college students. Hidden within him, however, was a remarkable true story of wartime courage and romance worthy of a great novel. Here is Professor Rosenberg's elegant and gripping chronicle of his youth in Nazi-occupied Europe, when he risked everything to stand against evil. In 1937, after witnessing a violent Nazi mob in his hometown of Danzig, a majority German city on the Baltic Sea, sixteen-year-old Justus Rosenberg was sent by his Jewish parents to Paris to finish his education in safety. Three years later, the Nazis came again, as France fell to the Germans. Alone and in danger, Justus fled Paris, heading south. A chance meeting led him to Varian Fry, an American journalist in Marseille who led a clandestine network helping thousands of men and women--including many legendary artists and intellectuals, among them Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst--escape the Nazis. With his intimate understanding of French and German culture, and fluency in several languages, including English, Justus became an invaluable member of Fry's operation as a spy and scout. After the Vichy government expelled Fry from France, Justus worked in Grenoble, recruiting young men and women for the Underground Army. For the next four years, he would be an essential component of the Resistance, relying on his wits and skills to survive several close calls with death. Once, he found himself in a Nazi internment camp, with his next stop Auschwitz--and yet Justus found an ingenious way to escape. He spent two years during the war gathering intelligence, surveying German installations and troop movements on the Mediterranean. Then, after the allied invasion at Normandy in 1944, Justus became a guerrilla fighter, participating in and leading commando raids to disrupt the German retreat across France. At the end of the Second World War, Justus emigrated to America, and built a new life. For the past fifty years, he has taught literature at Bard College, shaping the inner lives of generations of students. Now he adds his own story to the library of great coming-of-age memoirs: The Art of Resistance is a powerful saga of bravery and defiance, a true-life spy thriller touched throughout by a professor's wisdom.

Franklin & Washington : the founding partnership

February 20, 2020
Larson, Edward J. (Edward John), author.
©2020
xvii, 478 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 23 cm
Book I. Converging lives. Great expectations ; Lessons from the frontier ; From subjects to citizens -- Book II. Partners in revolution. Taking command ; "The most awful crisis" -- Book III. Working together and apart. Rendezvous in Philadelphia ; Darkness at dawn ; The walking stick.
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, illuminating their partnership's enduring importance. Theirs was a three-decade-long bond that, more than any other pairing, would forge the United States. Vastly different men, Benjamin Franklin--an abolitionist freethinker from the urban north--and George Washington--a slavehold­ing general from the agrarian south--were the indispensable authors of American independence and the two key partners in the attempt to craft a more perfect union at the Constitutional Convention, held in Franklin's Philadelphia and presided over by Washington. And yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since. Illuminating Franklin and Washington's relationship with striking new detail and energy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson shows that theirs was truly an intimate working friendship that amplified the talents of each for collective advancement of the American project. During the French and Indian War, Franklin supplied the wagons for General Edward Braddock's ill-fated assault on Fort Duquesne, and Washington buried the general's body under the dirt road traveled by those retreating wagons. After long sup­porting British rule, both became key early proponents of inde­pendence. Rekindled during the Second Continental Congress in 1775, their friendship gained historical significance during the American Revolution, when Franklin led America's diplomatic mission in Europe (securing money and an alliance with France) and Washington commanded the Continental Army. Victory required both of these efforts to succeed, and success, in turn, required their mutual coordination and cooperation. In the 1780s, the two sought to strengthen the union, leading to the framing and ratification of the Constitution, the founding document that bears their stamp. Franklin and Washington--the two most revered figures in the early republic--staked their lives and fortunes on the American experiment in liberty and were committed to its preservation. Today the United States is the world's great super­power, and yet we also wrestle with the government Franklin and Washington created more than two centuries ago--the power of the executive branch, the principle of checks and balances, the electoral college--as well as the wounds of their compromise over slavery. Now, as the founding institutions appear under new stress, it is time to understand their origins through the fresh lens of Larson's Franklin & Washington, a major addition to the literature of the founding era."--Publisher's website.

A house in the mountains : the women who liberated Italy from fascism

February 20, 2020
Moorehead, Caroline, author.
©2020
xxxv, 642 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
In the late summer of 1943, when Italy broke with the Germans and joined the Allies after suffering catastrophic military losses, an Italian Resistance was born. Four young Piedmontese womenAda, Frida, Silvia and Biancaliving secretly in the mountains surrounding Turin, risked their lives to overthrow Italys authoritarian government. They were among the thousands of Italians who joined the Partisan effort to help the Allies liberate their country from the German invaders and their Fascist collaborators. What made this partisan war all the more extraordinary was the number of womenlike this brave quartetwho swelled its ranks.

A Bookshop in Berlin : the rediscovered memoir of one woman's harrowing escape from the Nazis

February 12, 2020
Frenkel, Françoise, 1889-1975, author.
©2015
328 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
First published in France as Rien où poser sa tête by L'Arbalète Gallimard in 2015.
"In 1921, FrançoiseFrenkel-a Jewish woman from Poland-fulfills a lifelong dream. She opens Berlin's first French-language bookshop, La Maison du Livre, attracting artists, diplomats, celebrities, and poets. The shop soon becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. But as the occupation intensifies and politics darken, Frenkel's bookshop is frequently visited by police officers who confiscate her beloved books. Frenkel's dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht-The Night of Broken Glass-as Jewish shops and businesses, including La Maison du Livre, are destroyed. She flees to Paris where she witnesses countless horrors. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Frenkel survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her. Originally published in 1945, and rediscovered nearly sixty years later in an attic, A Bookshop in Berlin is the remarkable tale of one woman whose passion for life and literature helps her survive history's darkest hours"--Provided by publisher.

Lake of the Ozarks : my surreal summers in a vanishing America

January 29, 2020
Geist, William, author.
©2019
251 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
The drive down/ now and then -- The strip -- The tourist trappers -- Uncle Ed -- The Chili Pond -- Extreme dishwashing -- Another day, another dollar -- Amateur night in the kitchen -- The great salad bar debate -- Ozark bellhops -- The Pow Wow Room -- La Noche de la Larry Don -- Sisterhood of servers -- I don't get it -- Night desk -- The Ozark outback -- Getting to the point -- Cross-cultural exchange -- The best laid plans -- Autumn leaves.
"Before there was 'tourism' or 'leisure time;' before souvenir ashtrays became 'camp' and 'kitsch;' before Goofy Golf became an 'attraction' and today's colossal theme parks could even be imagined, there was 'Beautiful Lake of the Ozarks -- Family Vacationland,' where to this day the ashtrays remain devoid of irony. It was here, at Arrowhead Lodge at Lake of the Ozarks, where Bill Geist spent his summers between high school and college working at this tacky resort. What may have seemed 'just a summer job' became, upon reflection, a transformative era where a cast of eccentric, small-town characters and experiences would make Bill the man he is today. Bill realized it was this time in his life that would shape his sensibilities, his humor, his writing, and ultimately a career searching the world for other such untamed characters for The Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. In Lake of the Ozarks, two-time Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Bill Geist reflects on his coming of age in the American heartland of the Midwest and traces his evolution as a man and a writer, in the summers between high school and college, before he went off to Vietnam and the country went to Hell. Written with Geistian warmth and quirky humor, Lake of the Ozarks takes readers back to a bygone era, and shows how you can find inspiration in the most unexpected places"-- Provided by publisher.

The fall of Richard Nixon : a reporter remembers Watergate

January 20, 2020
Brokaw, Tom, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
xiii, 246 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The last year of the Nixon presidency was filled with power politics, legal jiu-jitsu and high-stakes showdowns, with head-shaking surprises every day. Tom Brokaw, the NBC News White House correspondent during the final year of Watergate, gives us a close-up, personal account of the players, the strategies, and the highs and lows of the scandal that brought down a president. Brokaw writes, 'Even now, almost half a century later, I am astonished by what the country went through, and I wanted to share press stories from the inside looking out -- what it was like to be on call 24/7, the twists and turns, the laughs and tensions during this historic time.'"-- Provided by publisher.

Hymns of the Republic : the story of the final year of the American Civil War

December 2, 2019
Gwynne, S. C. (Samuel C.), 1953- author.
©2019
697 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
The end begins -- With malice toward all -- The armies of spring -- A wilderness of pain -- Shovels and other weapons of war -- One additional horror -- A battlefield angel -- A circus of ineptitude -- The persuasive logic of gunpowder -- An elaborate slaughter -- The man who lost everything -- The mind of Ulysses S. Grant -- The war against Lincoln -- Politics of the not-quite-real -- Valley of fire -- Backroads to fame -- The moralist from hell -- Uncle Billy's book of moments -- Death ahead of them, death behind them -- Richmond is burning -- This bitter glory -- The unbearable weight of history -- Hell itself.
The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers one of that era's most compelling narratives, defining the nation and one of history's great turning points.Now, S.C. Gwynne'sHymns of the Republic addresses the time Ulysses S. Grant arrives to take command of all Union armies in March 1864 to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox a year later. Gwynne breathes new life into the epic battle between Lee and Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea; the rise of Clara Barton; the election of 1864 (which Lincoln nearly lost); the wild and violent guerrilla war in Missouri; and the dramatic final events of the war, including the surrender at Appomattox and the murder of Abraham Lincoln.

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers : the Texas victory that changed American history

November 22, 2019
Kilmeade, Brian, author.
©2019
381 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
General Jackson's Protege -- Gone to Texas -- "Come and Take It" -- Concepcion -- A Slow Siege at the Alamo -- The Defenders -- Twelve Days of Uncertainty -- The Massacre -- Bring Out the Dead -- Houston Hears the News -- Fort Defiance -- The Texian Exodus -- An Army Assembles -- The Battle at San Jacinto -- "Remember the Alamo!" -- Old Sam Jacinto -- President Sam Houston -- epilogue -- The Founding and the Founders of Texas.
"Brian Kilmeade explores hidden aspects of Sam Houston, the first president of Texas, and brings the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal moments in American history."-- Provided by publisher.

All blood runs red : the legendary life of Eugene Bullard -- boxer, pilot, soldier, spy

November 15, 2019
Keith, Phil, 1946- author.
[Waterville, Maine] : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
483 pages (large print), 15 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Eugene Bullard lived one of the most fascinating lives of the twentieth century. The son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, Bullard fled home at the age of eleven to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community. When his journey led him to Europe, he garnered worldwide fame as a boxer, and later as the first African American fighter pilot in history. After the war, Bullard returned to Paris a celebrated hero. But little did he know that the dramatic, globe-spanning arc of his life had just begun. All Blood Runs Red is the inspiring untold story of an American hero, a thought-provoking chronicle of the twentieth century and a portrait of a man who came from nothing and by his own courage, determination, gumption, intelligence and luck forged a legendary life.

Three days at the brink : FDR's daring gamble to win World War II

October 29, 2019
Baier, Bret, author.
©2019
xvi, 604 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
November 1943: World War II teetered in the balance. The Nazis controlled nearly all of the European continent. Japan dominated the Pacific. Allied successes at Sicily and Guadalcanal had gained modest ground but at an extraordinary cost. On the Eastern Front, the Soviets had already lost millions of lives. That same month in Tehran, with the fate of the world in question, the 'Big Three,' Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin, secretly met for the first time to chart a strategy for defeating Hitler. Over three days, this trio, strange bedfellows united by their mutual responsibility as heads of the Allied powers, made essential decisions that would direct the final years of the war and its aftermath. Meanwhile, looming over the covert meeting was the possible threat of a Nazi assassination plot nicknamed 'Operation Long Jump,' heightening the already dramatic stakes.

Piety & power : Mike Pence and the taking of the White House

October 16, 2019
LoBianco, Tom, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
ix, 581 pages ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
Introduction: The caretaker government -- Prologue: The cornfield in Pence's backyard -- Idyllic -- Conversion -- Candidate school: 1988 -- Broke: 1990 -- The think tank -- Mike Pence, Inc. v. Michael -- Resurrection: 2000 -- The unknown -- Pence's moment -- Back home again -- Governor Pence for President -- Now, George -- At peace -- God's plan -- Piety & power.
LoBianco offers a revealing portrait of Mike Pence, the devout Christian who shocked many of his closest followers when he joined the campaign and became one of the strongest champions of Donald Trump. He also explores the rumors surrounding the Vice President's ambitions to succeed and even "overthrow" Trump. From unearthing anecdotes about Pence's faith, his marriage to Karen Pence, his obsequious relationship with Trump, his deeply buried personality, and his presidential aspirations and plans for America's future, LoBianco sheds light on this ambitious Midwestern politician, his past, and his possible future. -- adapted from publisher info

You are worth it : building a life worth fighting for

October 16, 2019
Carpenter, Kyle, 1989- author.
©2019
viii, 355 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Introduction: you are worth it -- Afghanistan -- It starts at home -- Hard work pays off -- Keep your promises--to others and to yourself -- Lead with action -- Someone else's shoes -- The grenade -- Call your mom -- Find the joy -- It starts at home (again) -- The past truly is the past -- Jump -- Don't hide your scars -- "Stay motivated" -- Know your worth -- You're going to fail...and that's okay -- You are more than your ribbon rack or résumé -- Say thank you -- Parting thoughts.
"From the youngest living recipient of the Medal of Honor comes an extraordinary inspirational memoir that will change the life of every reader. Moving and unforgettable, You Are Worth It is an astonishing memoir from an extraordinary young leader"--provided by publisher.

No surrender : a father, a son, and an extraordinary act of heroism that continues to live on today

October 15, 2019
Edmonds, Chris (Christopher Waring), 1957- author.
New York : HarperLuxe ; [2019]
498 pages pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Part contemporary detective story, part World War II historical narrative, No Surrender is the inspiring true story of Roddie Edmonds, a Knoxville-born enlistee who risked his life during the treacherous final days of World War II to save others from murderous Nazis, and the lasting effects his actions had on thousands of lives--then and now"--Provided by publisher.

The United States of Trump : how the President really sees America

October 9, 2019
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
Farmington Hills, Mich : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
471 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Drawing on exclusive interview materials and deep research, this book is an insider's portrait of the 45th President that includes previously undisclosed details about Trump's childhood, family life and career.

A woman of no importance : the untold story of the American spy who helped win World War II

September 25, 2019
Purnell, Sonia, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2019.
627 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
"In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." The target in their sights was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." She became the first Allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it."--Provided by publisher.

Radicals, resistance, and revenge : the left's plot to remake America

September 23, 2019
Pirro, Jeanine, author.
©2019
viii, 370 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Here's my open -- They can lie, but they can't stop Trump from winning -- Revenge off the rails: The resistance attacks Barr -- Rats desert the ship -- Open season on conservatives -- The democrat clown car -- Home alone in the White House -- Invasion at the border -- The radicals' revenge: Now they're getting downright nasty -- Resisting reality: Media madness -- The radicals' attack on life itself -- The democrats' siren song of socialism -- Ghosting conservatives -- In closing.
Donald Trump's presidency has been under siege from the Left and its Deep State fellow travelers who have concocted an outrageous case of conspiracy with Russia to keep Trump from securing America's borders, reviving the nation's economy, and restoring our constitutional republic. Pirro's keen analysis reveals the anti-Trump conspirators' corrupt methods and possible crimes, warning patriotic Americans before it is too late. -- adapted from jacket

D-Day girls : the spies who armed the resistance, sabotaged the Nazis, and helped win World War II

July 24, 2019
Rose, Sarah, 1974- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
695 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

The Kennedy heirs : John, Caroline, and the new generation, a legacy of triumph and tragedy

July 24, 2019
Taraborrelli, J. Randy, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019.
971 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged. Other aspects of the book may vary from the original edition."

The storm on our shores : one island, two soldiers, and the forgotten battle of World War II

June 24, 2019
Obmascik, Mark, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
407 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

The real Wallis Simpson : a new history of the American divorcee who became the Duchess of Windsor

June 13, 2019
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2019]
631 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Prologue: the heart has its reasons -- The Prince's girl -- Ich dien -- One and only -- God bless WE -- Down with the American harlot -- Oceans of agony -- The last hour -- The fury -- Untitled -- The Twilight Zone -- A shadow king -- Son Altese Royale -- My David -- Epilogue: The cedar walk.

We were rich and we didn't know it : a memoir of my Irish boyhood

June 13, 2019
Phelan, Tom, 1940- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2019]
325 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
JohnJoe's clever plan -- JohnJoe gets a wife -- The jubilee nurse -- In the farmhouse kitchen -- The turkey in the cupboard -- Love writ shyly -- My fifty-two-acre playground -- The lovely church -- Praying for the dead -- The storyteller -- The road to school -- First babies -- The penny catechism -- Scary surprise from the dark continent -- The red motorcar -- To school with Uncle Jack and Red -- Altar boy days -- The recruiter -- Blessed Oliver -- The sweet paper -- Sheriff Johnny's gun -- My boxing career -- Tyranny of the Irish weather -- De Valera and Dad's turnips -- Early morning cattle drive -- The early lives of piglets -- Horses -- The forge -- Whiteface and the stallion -- The bull on the farm -- Accident near Tullamore -- Isaac's tree -- Burning bushes -- We were rich and we didn't know it -- The rambler -- Luckless Lar -- The man who knew everything -- Wasted on the bog air -- Jimser Scott -- Billy -- Flying the nest.
"Tom Phelan, who was born and raised in County Laois in the Irish midlands, spent his formative years working with his wise and demanding father as he sought to wrest a livelihood from a farm that was often wet, muddy, and back-breaking. It was a time before rural electrification, the telephone, and indoor plumbing; a time when the main modes of travel were bicycle and animal cart; a time when small farmers struggled to survive and turkey eggs were hatched in the kitchen cupboard; a time when the Church exerted enormous control over Ireland. We Were Rich and We Didn't Know It recounts Tom's upbringing in an isolated, rural community from the day he was delivered by the local midwife. With tears and laughter, it speaks to the strength of the human spirit in the face of life's adversities"-- Provided by publisher.

The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality

May 31, 2019
Isenberg, Nancy, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2019]
xxxvii, 900 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"How the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy. Until now, no one has properly dissected the intertwined lives of the second and sixth (father and son) presidents."--Provided by publisher.

The first wave : the D-Day warriors who led the way to victory in World War II

May 31, 2019
Kershaw, Alex, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, 2019.
497 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
June 5, 1944 -- Ham and jam -- The cruel seas -- A Grade A stinker -- Bloody lucky -- By dawn's faint light -- An angel on each shoulder -- La Belle France -- All the blue bonnets -- Tallyho! -- The Bocage -- A dirty bush war -- Defeating Hitler.
"Beginning in the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, The First Wave follows the remarkable men who carried out D-Day's most perilous missions. The charismatic, unforgettable cast includes the first American paratrooper to touch down on Normandy soil; the British glider pilot who braved antiaircraft fire to crash-land mere yards from the vital Pegasus Bridge; the Canadian brothers who led their troops onto Juno Beach under withering fire; as well as a French commando, returning to his native land, who fought to destroy German strongholds on Sword Beach and beyond. Readers will experience the sheer grit of the Rangers who scaled Pointe du Hoc and the astonishing courage of the British airborne soldiers who captured the Merville Gun Battery in the face of devastating enemy counterattacks. The first to fight when the stakes were highest and the odds longest, these men would determine the fate of the invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe--and the very history of the twentieth century. The result is an epic of close combat and extraordinary heroism. It is the capstone Alex Kershaw's remarkable career, built on his close friendships with D-Day survivors and his intimate understanding of the Normandy battlefield. For the seventy-fifth anniversary, here is a fresh take on World War II's longest day"-- Provided by publisher.

The ghost ships of Archangel : the Arctic voyage that defied the Nazis

May 31, 2019
Geroux, William, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2019]
528 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"On the fourth of July, 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic separated from their decimated convoy to head further north into the ice field of the North Pole, seeking safety from Nazi bombers and U-boats in the perilous white maze of ice floes, growlers, and giant bergs. Despite the risks, they had a better chance of survival than the rest of Convoy PQ-17, a fleet of thirty-five cargo ships carrying $1 billion worth of war supplies to the Soviet port of Archangel--the limited help Roosevelt and Churchill extended to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to maintain their fragile alliance, even as they avoided joining the fight in Europe while the Eastern Front raged. The high-level politics that put Convoy PQ-17 in the path of the Nazis were far from the minds of the diverse crews aboard their ships. U.S. Navy Ensign Howard Carraway, aboard the SS Troubadour, was a farm boy from South Carolina and one of the many Americans for whom the convoy was to be a first taste of war; aboard the SS Ironclad, Ensign William Carter of the U.S. Navy Reserve had passed up a chance at Harvard Business School to join the Navy Armed Guard; from the Royal Navy Reserve, Lt. Leo Gradwell was given command of the HMT Ayrshire, a fishing trawler that had been converted into an antisubmarine vessel. All the while, The Ghost Ships of Archangel turns its focus on Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, playing diplomatic games that put their ships in peril. The twenty-four-hour Arctic daylight in midsummer gave no respite from bombers, and the Germans wielded the terrifying battleship Tirpitz, nicknamed The Big Bad Wolf. Icebergs were as dangerous as Nazis. As a newly forged alliance was close to dissolving and the remnants of Convoy PQ-17 tried to slip through the Arctic in one piece, the fate of the world hung in the balance"-- Provided by publisher.

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