New Arrivals · Large Print History

September 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

They fought alone : the true story of the Starr brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-occupied France

September 19, 2018
Glass, Charles, 1951- author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
551 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
The astounding story of Britain's Special Operations Executive, one of World War II's most important secret fighting forces.

The world as it is : a memoir of the Obama White House

September 17, 2018
Rhodes, Benjamin, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2018]
xxv, 668 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Part one. Hope: 2007-2010 -- In the beginning -- Talk to Iran, get Bin Laden -- A community of fate -- The President is on board the aircraft -- Cairo -- Obama's war -- War and a peace prize -- The end of the beginning -- Part two. Spring: 2011-2012 -- Egypt: the transition must begin now -- Libya -- Bin Laden: life inside a secret -- Gathering clouds -- Reaction and action -- Life, death, and Benghazi -- A second term -- Young men wage war, old men make peace -- Part three. Change: 2013-2014 -- Clenched fists -- Red line -- Becoming a right-wing villain -- Race, Mandela, and Castro -- Russians and intervention -- Divine intervention -- Permanent war -- New beginnings -- Part four. What makes America great: 2015-2017 -- Tapping the brakes -- The antiwar room -- Bombs and children -- Havana -- The stories people tell about you -- The stories we tell -- Information wars -- The end.
For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President's Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now he tells the full story of his partnership--and, ultimately, friendship--with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States. Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency--waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump. In The World as It Is, Rhodes shows what it was like to be there--from the early days of the Obama campaign to the final hours of the presidency. It is a story populated by such characters as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and--above all--Barack Obama, who comes to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy. This is the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama's worldview and presidency, a chronicle of a political education by a writer of enormous talent, and an essential record of the forces that shaped the last decade.

Liars, leakers, and liberals : the case against the anti-Trump conspiracy

September 4, 2018
Pirro, Jeanine, author.
©2018
viii, 355 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Here's my open -- Lying, liberal fake news and fiction -- Lying, liberal Hollywood hypocrites -- Lying, liberal RINOs -- Liberal sanctuary cities -- Lying, leaking, liberal leadership -- Lying, leaking, liberal law enforcement -- Lying and leaking to fix an election -- The liberal insurance policy -- The lying, leaking, liberal swamp's secret court -- The lying, leaking, liberal witch hunt -- The real Trump presidency -- The Trump boomerang -- Some closing thoughts.
"At this point in American history, we are the victims of a liberal sabotage of the presidency unlike anything we've ever witnessed. Nevertheless President Trump continues to fight every day to keep his promise to Make America Great Again. Today that bold idea has already led to a conservative judge on the Supreme Court, tax reform, and deregulation that has unleashed an economy stronger than anyone could have imagined. But there are dark forces that seek to obstruct and undermine the president and reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election. They are part of a wide-ranging conspiracy that would seem incredible if it weren't being perpetrated openly. Driven by ambition, blinded by greed, and bound by a common goal-to unseat the 45th President of the United States-this cabal is determined to maintain its wrongful hold on national political power. Fox News host Jeanine Pirro uncovers the elements of this conspiracy, including: "Fake news" propaganda, law enforcement corruption at the highest levels, national security leaks by the intelligence community, bureaucratic resistance to lawful and constitutional executive orders issued by the duly elected president, crooked deals with foreign governments by U.S. officials sworn to defend our Constitution. It's about time the American public knows the truth about the plot to bring down the Trump presidency. By the time you've finished this book, you'll agree with Judge Pirro that the only way to stop these hoodlums is to Take Them Out in Cuffs!"-- Provided by publisher.

The last girl : my story of captivity, and my fight against the Islamic State

August 27, 2018
Murad, Nadia, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
456 pages (large print), 7 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Regular print version previously published by: Tim Duggan Books.
"In this intimate memoir of survival, a former captive of the Islamic State tells her harrowing and ultimately inspiring story. Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon. On August 15th, 2014, when Nadia was just twenty-one years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves. Nadia was taken to Mosul and forced, along with thousands of other Yazidi girls, into the ISIS slave trade. Finally, she managed a narrow escape through the streets of Mosul, finding shelter in the home of a Sunni Muslim family whose eldest son risked his life to smuggle her to safety. Today, Nadia's story--as a witness to the Islamic State's brutality, a survivor of rape, a refugee, a Yazidi--has forced the world to pay attention to the ongoing genocide in Iraq. It is a call to action, a testament to the human will to survive, and a love letter to a lost country, a fragile community, and a family torn apart by war."--Provided by publisher.

The cut out girl : a story of war and family, lost and found

August 14, 2018
Van Es, Bart, author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
423 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Title from web page.
The extraordinary true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland under Nazi occupation who finds refuge in the homes of an underground network of foster families, one of them the author's grandparents.

No better friend, no worse enemy : the life of General James Mattis

August 13, 2018
Proser, Jim, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
viii, 397 pages ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Cover.

The soul of America : the battle for our better angels

July 6, 2018
Meacham, Jon, author.
©2018
xiv, 751 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
To hope rather than to fear -- The confidence of the whole people: visions of the presidency, the ideas of progress and prosperity, and 'We, the people' -- The long shadow of Appomattox: The Lost Cause, the Ku Klux Klan, and Reconstruction -- With soul of flame and temper of steel: "the melting pot," TR and his "bully pulpit," and the progressive promise -- A new and good thing in the world: The triumph of women's suffrage, the Red Scare, and a new Klan -- The crisis of the old order: the Great Depression, Huey Long, the New Deal, and America First -- Have you no sense of decency?: 'Making everyone middle class," the GI Bill, McCarthyism, and modern media -- What the hell is the presidency for?: 'Segregation forever,' King's crusade, and LBJ in the crucible -- The first duty of an American citizen.
To better understand the present moment in American politics, we must look back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day during turning points in American history. Among other subject, he writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade to finish the fight against Jim Crow.

Robert F. Kennedy : ripples of hope : Kerry Kennedy in conversation with heads of state, business leaders, influencers, and activists about her father's impact on their lives

June 19, 2018
Kennedy, Kerry, author.
©2018
484 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Foreword / by Thurston Clarke -- Preface / by Kerry Kennedy -- Harry Belafonte -- Tony Bennett -- Joe Biden -- Bono -- Bill Clinton -- George Clooney -- Tim Cook -- Marian Wright Edelman -- Al Gore -- LaDonna Harris -- Dolores Huerta -- Van Jones -- John Lewis -- Stefan Löfven -- Shirley MacLaine -- Chris Matthews -- Gavin Newsom -- Barack Obama -- Soledad O'Brien -- Matteo Renzi -- Jeffrey Sachs -- Joe Scarborough -- Howard Schultz -- Martin Sheen -- Robert Frederick Smith -- Gloria Steinem -- Alfre Woodard -- Victoria Wright.
"Robert F. Kennedy staunchly advocated for civil rights, education, justice, and peace; his message transcended race, class, and creed, resonating deeply within and across America. He was the leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency and was expected to run against Republican Richard Nixon in the 1968 presidential election, following in the footsteps of his late brother John. After winning the California presidential primary on June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy was shot, and he died the following day. He was forty-two. Fifty years later, Robert Kennedy's passions and concerns and the issues he championed are--for better and worse--still so relevant. Ripples of Hope explores Kennedy's influence on issues at the heart of America's identity today, including moral courage, economic and social justice, the role of government, international relations, youth, violence, and support for minority groups, among other salient topics. Ripples of Hope captures the legacy of former senator and U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy through commentary from his daughter, as well as interviews with dozens of prominent national and international figures who have been inspired by him. They include Barack Obama, John Lewis, Marian Wright Edelman, Alfre Woodard, Harry Belafonte, Bono, George Clooney, Gloria Steinem, and more. They share personal accounts and stories of how Kennedy's words, life, and values have influenced their lives, choices, and actions. Through these interviews, Kerry Kennedy aims to enlighten people anew about her father's legacy and bring to life RFK's values and passions, using as milestones the end of his last campaign and a life that was cut off much too soon. Thurston Clarke provides a powerful foreword to the book with his previous reporting on RFK's funeral train."--Amazon.com.

Born Trump : inside America's first family

June 19, 2018
Fox, Emily Jane, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
527 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Spine.
Inauguration -- Campaign/transition -- Election day -- Born/married/divorced/married/divorced/married/raised Trump -- Meet the mini-Voltrons -- Ivanka--Voltron number one: the media mastermind -- "Bashert" -- You are who you marry -- Don Jr.--Voltron number two: the attack dog -- Eric--Voltron number three: the builder -- Tiffany--the Voltron from another universe.
"A deeply reported, and richly detailed look at President Trump's five children, exploring their lives, roles in the campaign and administration, and the relationships to their father and each other. Full of surprising insights and previously untold stories, Born Trump will quench the ever increasing desire for a greater understanding of who these people are, how they were raised, and what makes them tick." -- Publisher's annotation.

American values : lessons I learned from my family

May 31, 2018
Kennedy, Robert Francis, 1954- author.
©2018
672 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
Grandpa -- Grandma -- The Skakels -- The White House -- Hickory Hill -- Attorney General -- JFK : in pursuit of peace -- A farewell to Camelot -- Senator Robert F. Kennedy -- The final campaign -- Lem -- My mother.
The son and namesake of Robert F. Kennedy shares memories from his turbulent childhood, the lessons he learned from family mentors, and finding his calling as a passionate environmental activist.

Ruthless tide : the heroes and villains of the Johnstown flood, America's astonishing gilded age disaster

May 31, 2018
Roker, Al, 1954- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
vi, 390 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Prologue: "Mr. Quinn is too fearful" -- Part I: Members and nonmembers. Up on the mountain ; Down in the valley ; How to make a lake ; "No danger from our enterprise" ; Rain -- Part II: When the dam broke. Tap-tap-tap ; A monster unchained ; Cauldron ; The night of the Johnstown Flood ; Alone in the world -- Part III: Justice and charity. Some convulsion ; Poor, lone woman ; Frozen with fear ; Strict liability -- Epilogue: Song and story.

The future is history : how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

May 22, 2018
Gessen, Masha, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
879 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.

RFK : his words for our times

May 18, 2018
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
New York, N.Y. : HarperLuxe, [2018]
xlvii, 653 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Kennedy's death, an inspiring collection of his most famous speeches accompanied by commentary from notable historians and public figures. Twenty-five years after Robert Kennedy was assassinated, RFK: Collected Speeches, a celebration of Kennedy's life and legacy, was published and immediately became the standard for activists, elected officials, and lovers of language and history. Now, a quarter century later, this classic volume has been thoroughly edited and updated. Through his own words we gain a direct and intimate perspective on Kennedy's views on civil rights and social justice, war and the quest for peace, poverty and the power of work, and the common aspirations that unify us across the divides of race, gender, age, and circumstances. With messages of hope in the midst of a fractured nation and globe, Kennedy's words speak to our times as strongly as they did to his own, a legacy testified to here by highly individualized reflections from notables, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, five Nobel Peace Prize laureates, two Pulitzer Prize winners, the holder of twenty-two Grammy Awards, Fortune magazine's Businessperson of the Year, and others. Placed in the context of Kennedy's life and times, accompanied by a rich selection of photographs (some never before published), and assembled with the cooperation of the Kennedy family, RFK: His Words for Our Times summons Robert Kennedy's vision of a truly greater America, as compelling now and for our future as it was in his lifetime."--Jacket.

Young Washington : how wilderness and war forged America's founding father

May 18, 2018
Stark, Peter, 1954- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xvii, 826 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naïve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian Wara conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution. With powerful narrative drive and vivid writing, Young Washington recounts the wilderness trials, controversial battles, and emotional entanglements that transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader. Enduring terrifying summer storms and subzero winters imparted resilience and self-reliance, helping prepare him for what he would one day face at Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to set aside his own relentless ambitions and stand in solidarity with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating military strategy with British and colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. And thwarted in his obsessive, youthful love for one woman, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships. By weaving together Washingtons harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historical context, Young Washington offers new insights into the dramatic years that shaped the man who shaped a nation.

The fox hunt : a refugee's memoir of coming to America

April 16, 2018
Al Samawi, Mohammed.
©2018
482 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Weak ties, strong bonds -- Contradictions -- Reason and religion -- Rinse and repeat -- The economics of love -- The book of Luke -- The fox hunt -- Up, up, and away -- Consequences -- If at first you don't succeed -- You say you want a revolution -- Are you home? -- A man of my word -- Clear and present danger -- Call to prayer -- The Justice League -- The ones who said yes -- Good news and bad news -- A new hope -- Network of networks -- Luck be a lady -- The waiting game -- Fantasia -- Go, go, go -- What just happened? -- If you can't stand the heat, get out of Djibouti -- The promised land
The son of middle-class Shiite doctors in Yemen describes his harrowing escape from regional fanaticism and civil unrest through a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of Western interfaith activists.

The Trump White House : changing the rules of the game

April 16, 2018
Kessler, Ronald, 1943- author.
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2018]
viii, 360 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Includes an exclusive interview with President Trump"--Cover.
Never before has an American president had so much impact on the country and the world in so short a time as Donald Trump. Yet no president has stirred so much controversy, dominating media coverage and conversation both pro and con. Months after Trump took office, consumer confidence hit a seventeen-year high, unemployment plummeted to the lowest level in seventeen years, and the stock market zoomed to repeated record highs. At the same time, ISIS was nearly defeated, Arab countries banded together to stop financing terrorists and promoting radical Islamic ideology, and Trump's decision to send missiles into Syria because of its use of chemical weapons and his strident warnings to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made it clear to adversaries that they take on the United States at their peril. Yet for all the media coverage, Trump remains a cipher. Ronald Kessler has known Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for two decades and understands him better than any other journalist. The book includes an exclusive interview with Trump, the only interview he says he has given, or will give, for a book as president. Crammed with media-grabbing revelations. The Trump White House is the unvarnished and unbiased inside story that answers the question: Who is Donald Trump?

Lady in red : an intimate portrait of Nancy Reagan

April 11, 2018
Tate, Sheila, 1942- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2018]
327 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Christmas at the White House -- The art lover -- Finding her voice -- Press contacts -- Diplomat in chief -- Planes, trips, and weather reports -- Protecting Nancy -- Up close and personal -- Blame it on Nancy -- No better friend -- White House humor -- Searching for privacy -- Staff memories -- The long goodbye -- No words.
"Lady in Red is the long-awaited collection of behind-the-scenes stories and iconic images of one of the most influential First Lady in modern history -- Nancy Reagan. Lovingly compiled by long-time close confidante and aide, Sheila Tate, the book provides a rare and much-anticipated look into the personal life of the president's wife, from her daily routines and travels as First Lady to her friendships and deep influence in the Reagan White House. Lady in Red depicts a nuanced portrait of this graceful yet strong woman who felt it was her mission to restore a sense of grandeur, mystique, and excitement to the presidency, showcasing the various roles that Mrs. Reagan played during her years in the White House, that of Wife, Mother, Protector, Host, Diplomat, and Advisor, among others. The book also features twenty-four pages of gorgeous color photographs, including "Nancy's Album," a collection of Mrs. Reagan's favorite photographs, which she entrusted to Sheila to share with the world after she and her beloved Ronnie had passed. To complete the portrait, Lady in Red includes interviews with the friends and politicians who knew Mrs. Reagan best: President George H. W. Bush, Chris Wallace, James Baker, Ed Meese, Maureen Dowd, and Marlin Fitzwater share their most cherished memories of the First Lady."--Provided by publisher.

King of spies : the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea

March 29, 2018
Harden, Blaine, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
430 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Original edition has subtitle: the dark reign and ruin of an American spymaster.
Introduction: The spy who came in from the motor pool -- Part I. Most valuable spy -- Nichols of Korea -- Rhee and son -- Muzzling Mr. Nichols -- Part II. War spy -- Dark star -- Code break bully -- Any means necessary -- Empire of islands -- Famous in Pyongyang -- Part III. Ruined spy -- Sacked -- Shocked -- Adrift and accused -- Nolo contendere -- A spy's grave.
"The untold story of one of the most powerful spies in American history sheds new light on the U.S. role in the Korean War"-- Provided by publisher.

The last castle : the epic story of love, loss, and American royalty in the nation's largest home

March 26, 2018
Kiernan, Denise, author.
©2017
665 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
A winter's tale -- A lady of the long man rising -- Rhapsody in mauve -- Collaborations and consecrations -- A crossing of some consequence -- New mistress -- Forest for the tress -- Births of the century -- Trials and toymakers -- The more things change -- High and dry -- Final crossings -- Washed away -- Homespun and a great war -- Freedoms and flappers -- Glimpse of a castle -- You might go home again -- Epilogue.
Documents the story of the Gilded Age mansion Biltmore, tracing George Vanderbilt's construction of his European-style estate and the efforts of his bride, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, to become its protector in the face of changing fortunes and times.

The Duchess : Camilla Parker Bowles and the love affair that rocked the crown

March 21, 2018
Junor, Penny, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2018.
587 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
The problem -- Deb's delight -- Medals not money -- History -- The foundation years -- The stuffed stoat -- Swinging sixties -- Mrs PB -- The attentions of a prince -- An education -- A suitable bride -- Dishonesty all round -- A state of mind -- The stuff of nightmares -- Princess of Wales -- A plea for help -- For king and country -- Annus horribilis -- The final salvos -- Dark days -- Divorce -- Blackadder -- Week of waiting -- A low profile -- Raw recruit -- Coming out -- A little local difficulty -- U-turn -- Final furlong -- It girl -- Staying sane -- Pillars of interest -- A good read -- Nothing to prove -- In the family -- Bedside manner -- Abroad -- WOW -- Making a difference -- Domestic violence -- Mending fences -- The future.
"In the first in-depth biography of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall--the infamous other woman who made the marriage of Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana 'a bit crowded'--royal biographer Penny Junor tells the story of a woman reviled as a pariah who became the popular princess consort. Junor argues that although Camilla played a central role in the darkest days of the modern monarchy, she also played a central role in restoring the royal family's reputation, especially that of Princes Charles, the man who has always been the love of her life"--Back cover.

Grant

March 13, 2018
Chernow, Ron, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale , 2018.
1485 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Introduction: The Sphinx talks -- Part one, A life of struggle: Country bumpkin ; The darling young lieutenant ; Rough and ready ; The son of temperance ; Payday -- Part two, A life of war: The store clerk ; The quiet man ; Twin forts ; Dynamo ; A glittering lie ; Exodus ; Man of iron ; Citadel ; Deliverance ; Above the clouds ; Idol of the hour ; Ulysses the Silent ; Raging storm ; Heavens hung in black ; Caldron of hell ; Chew & choke ; Her satanic majesty ; Dirty boots ; A singular, indescribable vessel -- Part three, A life of peace: Soldierly good faith ; Swing around the circle ; Volcanic passion ; Trading places ; Spoils of war ; We are all Americans ; Sin against humanity ; The darkest blot ; A dance of blood ; Vindication ; A butchery of citizens ; The bravest battle ; Let no guilty man escape ; Saddest of the falls ; Redeemers -- Part four, A life of reflection: The wanderer ; Master spirit ; A miserable dirty reptile ; Taps.
Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency.

Something beautiful happened : a story of survival and courage in the face of evil

March 1, 2018
Corporon, Yvette Manessis, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2018.
446 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: Howard Books.
Large print.
"Seventy years after her grandmother helped hide a Jewish family on a Greek island during World War II, a woman sets out to track down their descendants--and discovers a new way to understand tragedy, forgiveness, and the power of kindness"-- Provided by publisher.

The kings of Big Spring : God, oil, and one family's search for the American dream

February 27, 2018
Mealer, Bryan, author.
©2018
605 pages (large print) : map, genealogical tables ; 23 cm
"In 1892, Bryan Mealer's great-grandfather leaves the Georgia mountains and heads west into Texas, looking for wealth and adventure in the raw and open country. But his luck soon runs out. Beset by drought, the family loses their farm just as the dead pastures around them give way to one of the biggest oil booms in American history"--Provided by publisher.

Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America

February 20, 2018
Kerrison, Catherine, 1953- author.
2018
xii, 759 pages (large print) : illustrations, map, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
First Monticello -- To Paris -- School life -- Families reunited -- Transitions -- Becoming America again -- A Virginia wife -- Harriet's Monticello -- An enlightened household -- Departure -- Passing -- Legacies.
"Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women--and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris--a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonniᥲes are vividly brought to life in Kerrison's narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America. Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery--apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for descendants of Harriet Hemings. The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America--and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers." -- Publisher's description

Dare not linger : the presidential years

February 14, 2018
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, a Cengage Company, [2017]
755 pages (large print), 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged."

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