New Arrivals · History

October 8, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The age of Clinton : America in the 1990s

October 7, 2015
Troy, Gil, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
viii, 368 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Prologue : "Lost in the funhouse" : how Bill Clinton invented the Nineties -- 1990 : Houston : Cowboy cosmopolitanism and the end of history? -- 1991 : Philadelphia : "You just don't get it" : from the "new world order" to domestic disorder -- 1992 : Little Rock : "Don't stop thinking about tomorrow" : Bubba, Billary, and the rise of the adversarials -- 1993 : Washington, D.C. : "We must care for one another" : Clinton's learning curve -- 1994 : Seattle : the new nihilism in the Coffee Capital, and renewed Republicanism in the nation's capital -- 1995 : Oklahoma City : "Their legacy must be our lives" : the Claw-Back Kid finds windows of opportunity -- 1996 : Alphabet City, New York : "Take me or leave me" : cultural salvoes from Blue America -- 1997 : Silicon Valley : "Think different" : the everyday wizardry of everything and everywhere machines -- 1998 : Beverly Hills, 90210 : the Great American Moral Panic -- 1999 : Chicago : Finding forgiveness in the Church of Oprah -- 2000 : Miami : "The purpose of prosperity" : dilemmas of multiculturalism and hedonism in America's pleasure capital -- 2001 : "Let's roll" : America the function under attack.
"The 1990s was a decade of extreme change. Seismic shifts in culture, politics, and technology radically altered the way Americans did business, expressed themselves, and thought about their role in the world. At the center of it all was Bill Clinton, the talented, charismatic, and flawed Baby Boomer president and his controversial, polarizing, but increasingly popular wife Hillary. Although it was in many ways a Democratic Gilded Age, the final decade of the twentieth century was also a time of great anxiety. The Cold War was over, America was safe, stable, free, and prosperous, and yet Americans felt more unmoored, anxious, and isolated than ever. Having lost the script telling us our place in the world, we were forced to seek new anchors. This was the era of glitz and grunge, when we simultaneously relished living in the Republic of Everything even as we feared it might degenerate into the Republic of Nothing. Bill Clinton dominated this era, a man of passion and of contradictions both revered and reviled, whose complex legacy has yet to be clearly defined.In this unique analysis, historian Gil Troy examines Clinton's presidency alongside the cultural changes that dominated the decade. By taking the '90s year-by-year, Troy shows how the culture of the day shaped the Clintons even as the Clintons shaped it. In so doing, he offers answers to two of the enduring questions about Clinton's legacy: how did such a talented politician leave Americans thinking he accomplished so little when he actually accomplished so much? And, to what extent was Clinton responsible for the catastrophes of the decade that followed his departure from office, specifically 9/11 and the collapse of the housing market? Even more relevant as we head toward the 2016 election, The Age of Clinton will appeal to readers on both sides of the aisle"-- Provided by publisher.

Nixon's gamble : how a president's own secret government destroyed his administration

October 6, 2015
Locker, Ray, author.
xii, 339 pages ; 24 cm
Taking the gamble. Origins ; Nixon takes charge (1969) ; First moves (1969) ; The secret wiretaps (1969) ; The military's harsh awakening (1969) ; Cooking intelligence with SALT (1969-1970) ; The Cambodia sideshow (1970) ; Nixon's war with the FBI (1970) ; Chile (1970) ; Laos and other crises (1970-1971) ; China (1971) ; Pentagon papers and FBI (1971) ; India-Pakistan (1971) ; Triumphs (1972) ; Watergate and early cover-up (1972) -- The unraveling. Early 1973 ; May 1973 ; The White House tapes ; Spy ring cover-up (1973-1974) ; Impeachment (1974).
"After taking the Oath of Office, Richard Nixon announced that 'government will listen ... Those who have been left out, we will try to bring in' and signed National Security Decision Memorandum 2. Using years of research and newly released NSC and administration documents, Ray Locker upends conventional wisdom about the Nixon presidency and shows how the creation of this secret, unprecedented, extra-constitutional government undermined U.S. policy and values; and sowed the seeds of his own destruction by creating a climate of secrecy, paranoia, and reprisal that still affects Washington today"-- Provided by publisher.

The Army and Reconstruction, 1865-1877

October 6, 2015
Bradley, Mark L., author.
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2015.
75 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm.
Shipping list no.: 2015-0306-P.
"PIN: 104654-000."--Page [4] of cover.

"Some system of the nature here proposed" : Joseph Lovell's Remarks on the sick report, Northern Department, U.S. Army, 1817 and the rise of the modern US Army Medical Department

October 6, 2015
Craig, Stephen C., 1955- author.
Washington, DC : For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office
139 pages ; 23 cm
Shipping list no.: 2015-0324-P.
A second War for Independence -- America, 1815-1818 -- Joseph Lovell and Remarks on the Sick report -- The first US Army Medical Department -- Epilogue.
"A regimental surgeon promoted to hospital director in the War of 1812, Joseph Lovell, MD, became the first Army staff-level surgeon general. This volume is an in-depth analysis of how Lovell's report on Army medicine just after the war gave rise to innovations, from focus on the soldier's welfare and preventive medicine to accurate epidemiology and experimental research, that formed the organizational and functional principles of today's professional and effective Medical Department"--Provided by publisher.

From Stonischken to Gedhus : a child's view of World War II

October 6, 2015
Braunheim, Gerda, 1933- author.
vii, 140 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"Gerda Braunheim experienced the horrors and trials of World War II as a young girl living in East Prussia. This story is her recollection of what happened when Hitler invaded Europe, and she was forced to flee her home in the train station and leave everything behind. She fled with her brother Willi, her older sister Lilli, an Aunt, and their Grandmother. Landing in a refugee camp in Gedhus, Denmark. Their camp containing 5,000 displaced Germans had no way of communicating with loved ones left behind in Germany, as all communication was suspended for two years. This story isn't about political viewpoints or economic impacts of the war, but the impact of the war on the world of a young girl. The book closes with Gerda's revisit to Stonischken and her immigration to America."--Publisher's description.

PT 109 : an American epic of war, survival, and the destiny of John F. Kennedy

October 5, 2015
Doyle, William, 1957-
New York, NY : William Morrow, 2015.
xvii, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Give me a fast ship -- Summit meeting on Fifth Avenue -- Into the labyrinth -- The front line -- The raid -- The Battle of Blackett Strait -- Lost at sea -- Land of the dead -- The hand of fate -- The rescue -- Life and death at the Warrior River -- The winged chariot -- Mission to Tokyo -- The greatest actor of our time.

Cincinnati, 1788 to 1800 : a historical vignette.

October 5, 2015
Starr, Stephen Z.
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : The Cincinnati Historical Society, 1976.
5 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Cover title.
"Published as a supplement to The Cincinnati Historical Society Bulletin, volume 34, Summer 1976, Number 2."


October 1, 2015
Ferguson, Niall, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2015-
<1> volumes : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Volume 1. 1923-1968 : The idealist --
A definitive portrait of the American statesman, based on unprecedented access to his private papers, challenges common misconceptions to trace Kissinger's beliefs to philosophical idealism.

The dead duke, his secret wife, and the missing corpse : an extraordinary Edwardian case of deception and intrigue

October 1, 2015
Eatwell, Piu Marie, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
xiii, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Dramatis personae -- Act One: Burial -- Scene One: Welbeck Abbey, December 1879 -- Scene Two: St. Paul's Cathedral, March 1898 -- Scene Three: Highgate Cemetery, March 1898 -- Scene Four: Baker Street and Cavendish Square, 1860s -- Scene Five: The streets of London, Summer 1898 -- Scene Six: Featherstone Buildings, December 1898 -- Scene Seven: The New London Law Courts, three years later -- Act Two: Resurrection -- Scene Eight: Bury St. Edmunds, October 1816 -- Scene Nine: On board RMS Oroya, May 1903 -- Scene Ten: An office on London Wall, March 1907 -- Scene Eleven: Marylebone Police Court, October/December 1907 -- Scene Twelve: The Druce Vault, December 1907 -- Scene Thirteen: The Police Court, one week later -- Act Three: Revelation -- Scene Fourteen: London and Welbeck, December 1907 -- Scene Fifteen: London and Worksop, January 1908 -- Scene Sixteen: Holloway Prison, January 1908 -- Scene Seventeen: A London hotel, September 1898 -- Scene Eighteen: Sledmere House, East Riding, 1870s -- Scene Nineteen: A library in Nottingham, October 2013 -- Scene Twenty: Welbeck Abbey, October 2013 -- Epilogue: An obscure grave, London, December 2013 -- Postscript.
"One of the most notorious and bizarre mysteries of the Edwardian age, for readers who loved The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. At the close of the Victorian era, as now, privacy was power. The extraordinarily wealthy 5th Duke of Portland had a mania for it, hiding in his horsedrawn carriage and creating tunnels between buildings to avoid being seen. So when, in 1897, an elderly widow asked the court to exhume the grave of her late father-in-law, T.C. Druce, under the suspicion that he'd led a double life as the 5th Duke, no one could dismiss her claim. The eccentric duke, Anna Maria was sure, had faked his death as Druce, and, therefore, her son should inherit the Portland millions. A lurid, decade-long case was born. Uncovering new archival treasures and offering a 'lively account of ... the lies, deceit, and hypocrisy of Victorian society' (The Times), Piu Marie Eatwell evokes an era in transition, when the rise of sensationalist media blurred every fact into fiction, and when family secrets and fluid identities pushed class anxieties to new heights"--Provided by publisher.

Igniting the American Revolution : 1773-1775

October 1, 2015
Beck, Derek W., author.
xi, 467 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Ratcheting tensions (1773-1774). Dawn of an epoch ; Coercive measures ; An army from across the sea ; An unstable peace -- Taking up arms (January to mid-May 1775). A disquieting thaw ; Many preparations ; The die is cast ; The rending of an empire ; A countryside unleashed ; An emboldened people ; The spreading flames of rebellion.

The Ghost Army of World War II : How One Top-Secret Unit Deceived the Enemy with Inflatable Tanks, Sound Effects, and Other Audacious Fakery

October 1, 2015
Beyer, Rick, 1956- author.
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, [2015]
253 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
A cultural history/visual culture book featuring the story, photos, ephemera, and art of The Ghost Army, a World War II deception unit, which used inflatable tanks and other illusions to mislead the Germans on the battlefields of Europe. The Army recruited artists to create these illusions; in private moments, they painted and sketched their way across Europe, creating a unique visual record of the war.

Castro : a graphic novel

October 1, 2015
Kleist, Reinhard, 1970-
Vancouver, BC : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015.
295 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
Translation of: Castro.
Translated from the German.
As America moves toward normalizing relations with Cuba, this gripping, vivid graphic novel reveals the life and times of Fidel Castro, one of the 20th century's most intriguing, charismatic, and divisive figures. The book is narrated by a German journalist named Karl Mertens, who is plunged into the searing heat of pre-revolutionary Cuba in the mid-1950s. He first meets with Castro while the latter is hiding in the mountains, then follows him through the dramatic revolution and his ascent to the presidency that, despite the Bay of Pigs confrontation and decades of international trade blockades, lasts for nearly 50 years. We also witness Castro's involvement in bloody skirmishes, failed missions, and brutal crackdowns, as well as his interactions with and on behalf of the Cuban people, which reveal as much about his fallible human qualities as they do his legend. Castro is the work of acclaimed German graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist, who visited Cuba in 2008; it was first published in English by SelfmadeHero for the British market, and is now being made available in North America for the first time. Bristling with energy and alive with the spirit of Cuba, Castro has much to offer about the complex politics of one of the most enduring and controversial figures in modern history.

Is this America? : Katrina as cultural trauma

September 30, 2015
Eyerman, Ron, author.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015.
ix, 171 pages ; 24 cm
Breaking the covenant -- Print media -- Arts and popular culture -- Television coverage.

Deep South : four seasons on back roads

September 30, 2015
Theroux, Paul, author.
441 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Photos by Steve McCurry"-- Book jacket.
"An Eamon Dolan book."
Fall : "You gotta be going there to get there" -- Interlude : the taboo word -- Winter : "Ones born today don't know how it was" -- Interlude : the paradoxes of Faulkner -- Spring : redbud in bloom -- Interlude : the fantastications of Southern fiction -- Summer : the odor of sun-heated roads.
"Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his tenth travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America--the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It's these parts of the South, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux's keen traveler's eye."-- Provided by publisher.

Germany : memories of a nation

September 30, 2015
MacGregor, Neil, 1946- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xli, 606 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps, 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Allan Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, London, in 2014"--Title-page verso.
"By arrangement with the BBC and the British Museum"--title-page verso.
Where is Germany?. The view from the gate ; Divided heaven ; Lost capitals ; Floating city ; Fragments of power -- Imagining Germany. A language for all Germans ; Snow White vs. Napoleon ; One nation under Goethe ; Hall of heroes ; One people, many sausages -- The persistent past. The battle for Charlemagne ; Sculpting the spirit ; The Baltic brothers ; Iron nation ; Two paths from 1848 -- Made in Germany. In the beginning was the printer ; An artist for all Germans ; The white gold of Saxony ; Masters of metal ; Cradle of the modern -- The descent. Bismarck the blacksmith ; The suffering witness ; Money in crisis ; Purging the degenerate ; At the Buchenwald gate -- Living with history. The Germans expelled ; Beginning again ; The new German Jews ; Barlach's angel ; Germany renewed.
"Germany is unlike any other country in the world. But how much do we really know about it, and how do its people understand themselves? In Germany: Memories of a Nation, Neil MacGregor -- director of the British Museum and author of A History of the World in 100 Objects -- presents the stories of a nation through a collection of thirty objects and touchstones. From coins and crowns to fairy tales and philosophers, MacGregor presents the inventions, ideas, and icons that comprise the many identities of the German people. Germany: Memories of a Nation is a view of this complex and fascinating country like no other"-- Provided by publisher.

Henry Clay : America's greatest statesman

September 30, 2015
Unger, Harlow G., 1931- author.
xviii, 318 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

Stars between the Sun and Moon : one woman's life in North Korea and escape to freedom

September 30, 2015
Jang, Lucia.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015.
280 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Part One -- Part Two -- Part Three -- Epilogue -- Translator's Note -- Afterword: Bearing Witness / by Stephan Haggard.
"An incredible memoir of North Korea by a woman who defied the government to keep her family alive. Born in 1970s North Korea, Lucia Jang grew up in a typical household--her parents worked in the factories and the family scraped by on rationed rice and a small garden. Nightly, she bowed to her photo of Kim Il-Sung. But it was the beginning of a chaotic period with a decade-long famine resulting in more than a million deaths. In this harsh time, Jang married an abusive man who sold their baby. She left him and went home to help her family by illegally crossing the river to China to trade goods. She was caught and imprisoned twice. After giving birth to a second child, which the government ordered to be killed, she escaped with him, fleeing under gunfire across the Chinese border. This stunning demonstration of love and courage reflects the range of experiences many North Korean women have endured--loss of a child, starvation, imprisonment, and trafficking"--Provided by publisher.

The new tsar : the rise and reign of Vladimir Putin

September 29, 2015
Myers, Steven Lee.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
x, 572 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"A Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Part one. Homo sovieticus ; A warm heart, a cool head and clean hands ; The devoted officer of a dying empire ; Democracy faces a hungry winter -- Part two. The spies come in from the cold ; Mismanaged democracy ; An unexpected path to power ; Swimming in the same river twice ; Kompromat ; In the outhouse -- Part three. Becoming Portugal ; Putin's soul ; The gods slept on their heads ; Annus horribilis ; The orange contagion ; Kremlin, inc. ; Poison ; The 2008 problem -- Part four. The regency ; Action man ; The return -- Part five. The restoration ; Alone on Olympus ; Putingrad ; Our Russia.
"The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia's current president--of his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history. Former New York Times Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers has followed Vladimir Putin's path for many years, and gives us the fullest, most absorbing account we have of his rise to power. This gripping narrative elucidates a cool and calculating man with enormous ambition and few scruples. We see Putin, a former KGB agent, come to office in 2000 as a reformer, cutting taxes, expanding property rights, bringing a measure of order and eventual prosperity to millions whose only experience of democracy in the early years following the Soviet collapse was instability, poverty, and criminality. But Myers makes clear how Putin then orchestrated a new authoritarianism, consolidating power, reasserting the country's might, brutally crushing revolts, and swiftly dispatching dissenters, even as he retained--and continues to retain--the support of many. As the world struggles to confront a newly assertive Russia, the importance of understanding Putin has never been greater. This keenly insightful, riveting book provides an essential key to that understanding"-- Provided by publisher.

Jack Hinson's one-man war

September 29, 2015
McKenney, Tom C. (Tom Chase)
Gretna, La. : Pelican Pub., 2009.
400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The Hinsons of Bubbling Springs -- War comes to Bubbling Springs -- Occupation and the rise of guerrilla warfare -- Death comes to Bubbling Springs -- A time to kill -- Twilight at Bubbling Springs -- The end of Bubbling Springs -- All-out war -- Making military history -- The last campaign -- The twilight years -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Scenes in the story, then and now -- Appendix B: The fourth generation -- Appendix C: Jack Hinson's rifle, chain of possession -- Appendix D: John W. "Jack" Hinson genealogy (partial) -- Appendix E: Documents.
"A quiet, unassuming, and wealthy plantation owner, Jack Hinson was focused on his family life and seasonal plantings when the Civil War started to permeate the isolated valleys of the Kentucky-Tennessee border area where he lived. He was uniquely neutral--friend to both Confederate and Union generals--and his family exemplified the genteel, educated, gracious, and hardworking qualities highly valued in their society. By the winter of 1862, the Hinsons' happy way of life would change forever"--Jacket.

Black flags : the rise of ISIS

September 28, 2015
Warrick, Joby.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
xvii, 344 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Book I: The rise of Zarqawi. "What kind of person can command with only his eyes?" ; "Here was a real leader" ; "A problem like that always comes hack" ; "The time for training is over" ; "I did it for al-Qaeda and for Zarqawi" ; "This war is going to happen" ; "Now his fame would extend throughout the Arab world" -- Book II: Iraq. "No longer a victory" ; "So you guys think this is an insurgency?" ; "Revolting is exactly what we want" ; "It would surpass anything al-Qaeda did" ; "The sheikh of the slaughterers" ; "It's hopeless there" ; "Are you going to get him?" ; "This is our 9/11" ; "Your end is close" -- Book III: ISIS. "The people want to topple the regime!" ; "Where is this Islamic State of Iraq that you're talking about?" ; "This is the state for which Zarqawi paved the way" ; "The mood music started to change" ; "There was no more hope after that" ; "This is a tribal revolution".
"In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented character-driven account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq. Zarqawi began by directing terror attacks from a base in northern Iraq, but it was the American invasion in 2003 that catapulted him to the head of a vast insurgency. By falsely identifying him as the link between Saddam and bin Laden, U.S. officials inadvertently spurred like-minded radicals to rally to his cause. Their wave of brutal beheadings and suicide bombings persisted until American and Jordanian intelligence discovered clues that led to a lethal airstrike on Zarqawi's hideout in 2006. His movement, however, endured. First calling themselves al-Qaeda in Iraq, then Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, his followers sought refuge in unstable, ungoverned pockets on the Iraq-Syria border. When the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, and as the U.S. largely stood by, ISIS seized its chance to pursue Zarqawi's dream of an ultra-conservative Islamic caliphate. Drawing on unique high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Warrick weaves gripping, moment-by-moment operational details with the perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw a menace worse than al Qaeda and tried desperately to stop it. Black Flags is a brilliant and definitive history that reveals the long arc of today's most dangerous extremist threat"-- Provided by publisher.

Marina and Lee : the tormented love and fatal obsession behind Lee Harvey Oswald's assassination of John F. Kennedy

September 28, 2015
McMillan, Priscilla Johnson.
Hanover, New Hampshire : Steerforth Press, [2013]
xxviii, 639 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
"Originally published in 1977 by Harper & Row."
Russia, 1941-1961. Archangel ; Moldavia ; Death of Klavdia ; Farewell to Leningrad ; Meeting in Minsk -- Russia, 1961-1962. Courtship ; The wedding ; Journey to Moscow ; Marina's ordeal ; The long wait ; Birth of June ; Departure for America -- Texas, 1962-1963. Family reunion ; Summer in Fort Worth ; The émigrès ; Ingratitude ; Dallas ; George de Mohrenschildt ; Reconciliation ; Lee and George ; The revolver ; The sanction ; "Ready for anything" ; Walker ; Legacies -- New Orleans, Mexico City, Dallas, 1963. Brief separation ; Magazine Street ; Castro and Kennedy ; Arrest ; "You understand me" ; Parting ; A new disappointment ; Lee and Michael ; Agent Hosty ; The President's visit ; November 22, 1963 ; The wedding ring ; An end and a beginning.
The inside story of Lee Harvey Oswald's path to killing John. F. Kennedy. Reissued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Marina and Lee is an indispensable account of one of America's most traumatic events, and a classic work of narrative history. In her meticulous, at times even moment by moment, account of Oswald's progress toward the assassination, Priscilla Johnson McMillan takes us inside Oswald's fevered mind and his manic marriage. When Marina, only a few weeks after giving birth to their second child, hears of Kennedy's death and discovers that Lee's rifle is missing from the garage where it was stored, she knows that her husband has killed the President. McMillan came to the story with a unique knowledge of the two main characters. In the 1950s she had worked for Kennedy and had known him well for a time. Later, working in Moscow as a journalist, she interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald during his attempt to defect to the Soviet Union. When she heard his name again on November 22, 1963, she said, "My God! I know that boy!" Marina and Lee was written with the complete and exclusive cooperation of Oswald's Russian-born wife, Marina Prusakova, whom McMillan debriefed for seven months in the immediate aftermath of the President's assassination and her husband's nationally televised execution at the hands of Jack Ruby. The truth is far more compelling, and unsettling, than the most imaginative conspiracy theory. Marina and Lee is a human drama that is outrageous, heartbreaking, tragic, fascinating. . . and real.

My New York : celebrities talk about the city

September 25, 2015
Vercelli, Italy : White Star Publishers, [2015]
254 p. ; 32 cm

'Til we meet again : a memoir of love and war

September 25, 2015
Whipps, Ray, 1921- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
xii, 265 pages ; 21 cm
Too nimble to die -- Where's Pearl Harbor? -- Don't show me up, you little twerp! -- The reluctant dogface -- Breakfast first, then bullets -- Hedgerow country -- Breakthrough -- Over by Christmas -- Facing the line -- A new way of fighting -- Alone -- Shrapnel of the heart -- I'll write to you -- No rest for the weary -- No way out...alive -- Life by a thread -- Would she say yes?
An epic story of faith, hope, and love. Ray Whipps was an infantryman under General Patton in the trenches of Normandy, Paris, and Belgium; Betty was a field nurse in Cherbourg, France. Both strong Christians, the two bonded over their shared faith, and as Betty nursed Ray back to health after an injury, they fell in love and vowed to marry after the war. When Ray was captured by German forces and held in Stalag VII, Germany's largest prisoner of war camp, his faith was put to the ultimate test as he endured weeks marked by brutality, malnutrition, back-breaking labor, and near-constant death.

On Stalin's team : the years of living dangerously in Soviet politics

September 25, 2015
Fitzpatrick, Sheila, author.
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2015]
xi, 364 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The team emerges -- The great break -- In power -- The team on view -- The great purges -- Into war -- Postwar hopes -- Aging leader -- Without Stalin -- End of the road.
"Stalin was the unchallenged dictator of the Soviet Union for so long that most historians have dismissed the officials surrounding him as mere yes-men and political window dressing. On Stalin's Team overturns this view, revealing that behind Stalin were a group of loyal men who formed a remarkably effective team with him from the late 1920s until his death in 1953. Drawing on extensive original research, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides the first in-depth account of this inner circle and their families, vividly describing how these dedicated comrades-in-arms not only worked closely with Stalin, whom they both feared and admired, but also constituted his social circle. Readers meet the wily security chief Beria, whom the rest of the team quickly had executed following Stalin's death; Stalin's number-two man, Molotov, who continued on the team even after his wife was arrested and exiled; the charismatic Ordzhonikidze, who ran the country's industry with entrepreneurial flair; Andreev, who traveled to provincial purges while listening to Beethoven on a portable gramophone; and Khrushchev, who finally disbanded the team four years after Stalin's death. Among the book's surprising findings is that Stalin almost always worked with the team on important issues, and after his death the team managed a brilliant transition to a reforming collective leadership. Taking readers from the cataclysms of the Great Purges and World War II to the paranoia of Stalin's final years, On Stalin's Team paints an entirely new picture of Stalin within his milieu--one that transforms our understanding of how the Soviet Union was ruled during much of its existence"-- Provided by publisher.

Hitler at home

September 25, 2015
Stratigakos, Despina, author.
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2015.
x, 373 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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