New Arrivals · History

March 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The beekeeper : rescuing the stolen women of Iraq

March 22, 2018
Mīkhāʼīl, Dunyā, 1965-, author.
211 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"The true story of a beekeeper who risks his life to rescue enslaved women from Daesh"

The Battle of Churubusco : American rebels in the Mexican-American War

March 22, 2018
Ferraris, Andrea, 1966- author, illustrator.
191 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Orginally published in Italy by Coconino Press.
"In 1847, Mexican suburb Churubusco was the stronghold of the San Patricios, a motley battalion of soldiers--even some runaway American slaves--who deserted the United States army for a just, if suicidal, cause. In this graphic novel, Ferraris tells their story through the eyes of Gaetano Rizzo (based on a real soldier). A twenty-two-year-old Sicilian immigrant, he is promised citizenship and a parcel of land if he will fight to take California away from Mexico. Soon, he sees the cruelty he is being ordered to inflict is no different from what he had escaped from"--Back cover.

Vietnam War casualty list Ohio : the National Archives.

March 22, 2018
[North Charleston, S.C.] : [CreateSpace], [2008?]
211 pages ; 26 cm
"Source of data: the Vietnam Conflict Extract Data File, as of April 29, 2008 of the Defense Casualty Analysis System (DCAS) Files, part of Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. You can view the full DCAS record for an individual named in the list via the Access to Archival Databases resource, or AAD. The link to the AAD main page is as follows:" --Page 1.

Harry : life, loss and love

March 21, 2018
Nicholl, Katie, author.
x, 259 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Respected biographer Katie Nicholl details the most insightful book on Prince Harry to date, based on exclusive interviews with former Palace aides, courtiers, friends, and family members, and including stories, clandestine lovers, family feuds, and family secrets never before revealed."--Provided by publisher.

Gibraltar : the greatest siege in British history

March 20, 2018
Adkins, Roy (Roy A.), author.
xxvi, 449 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2017"--Title page verso.
Prologue: Disaster -- Beginnings -- Blockade -- Invasion -- Firepower -- Shortages -- Moonlight battle -- Rodney's relief -- Smallpox -- Gunboats -- Scurvy -- Darby's convoy -- Bombardment -- Devastation -- Surrender -- Countersign steady -- Minorca falls -- French ingenuity -- Tunnels -- Waiting -- Mass attack -- Explosion -- Hurricane -- Peace and plenty -- Aftermath.
"For more than three and a half years, from 1779 to 1783, the tiny territory of Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by the overwhelming forces of Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history, and the obsession with saving Gibraltar was blamed for the loss of the American colonies in the War of Independence. Located between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, on the very edge of Europe, Gibraltar was a place of varied nationalities, languages, religions, and social classes. During the siege, thousands of soldiers, civilians, and their families withstood terrifying bombardments, starvation, and disease. Very ordinary people lived through extraordinary events, from shipwrecks and naval battles to an attempted invasion of England and a daring sortie out of Gibraltar into Spain. Deadly innovations included red-hot shot, shrapnel shells, and a barrage from immense floating batteries. This is military and social history at its best, a story of soldiers, sailors, and civilians, with royalty and rank and file, workmen and engineers, priests, prisoners of war, spies, and surgeons, all caught up in a struggle for a fortress located on little more than two square miles of awe-inspiring rock. Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History is an epic page-turner, rich in dramatic human detail--a tale of courage, endurance, intrigue, desperation, greed, and humanity. The everyday experiences of all those involved are brought vividly to life with eyewitness accounts and expert research"--

Historical sketch and roster of the Kentucky 19th Infantry Regiment (Union)

March 20, 2018
Rigdon, John C., author.
Cartersville, GA : Eastern Digital Resources, [2017]
126 pages : illustration ; 23 cm
Includes historical sketch of the regiment and an alphabetical listing of soldiers.
He died at his post -- A turtle on a lamp post -- Officers -- Assignments -- Service -- Companies of the Kentucky 19th Infantry Regiment -- Historical sketch -- First hand account -- First hand account (Battle of Champion Hill ; Battle of Big Black River ; Siege of Vicksburg-storming on 22d of May) -- Field staff and band -- Company A -- Company B -- Company C -- Company D -- Company E -- Company F -- Company G -- Company H -- Company I -- Company K -- Bibliography -- Index -- For further research.
"The Kentucky 19th Infantry Regiment was recruited and organized at Harrodsburg, Ky., in the fall of 1861 by Col. Landrum and Lieut. Col. Cowan and was mustered into the U.S. service Jan. 2, 1862. It participated in the Cumberland Gap Campaign, then formed part of Gen. Sherman's army which moved on Vicksburg via Chickasaw bayou. It participated in the battle of Chickasaw and Arkansas Post, followed by the battles leading up to Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Siege. Following the surrender of Vicksburg, the 19th Kentucky was transferred to the Department of the Gulf and was with Gen. Banks on the Red River Expedition. After the Red River Expedition it returned to Baton Rouge, La., where it remained until ordered to Louisville, Ky., where it was mustered out Jan 20, 1865, the veterans and recruits being transferred to the 7th Ky. Veteran Infantry"--Back cover.

Ohio, territory to statehood

March 20, 2018
Rees, Robert Ross, Jr., author.
203 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm
History of Ohio -- Cleveland, Ohio -- Standard Oil -- John D. Rockefeller -- Carnegie Steel Company -- Ivory Soap -- Owens Corning -- Jeep-Toledo -- Scott & Fetzer -- Kirby Company.
"This is about the history of the state of Ohio with additional history about John D. Rockefeller, Standard Oil, Owens Corning, Scott & Fetzer and Kirby Company"--Provided by publisher.

Killing the Deep State : the fight to save President Trump

March 19, 2018
Corsi, Jerome R., author.
West Palm Beach, FL : Humanix Books, [2018]
xiii, 228 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The Deep State embraces the #NeverTrump movement. The smoking gun ; A shattering defeat and the left's paradise lost ; The Deep State targets Trump ; The strategy to block Trump's inauguration fails ; Democrats go hard-left ; The Deep State sets a trap -- The Deep State's plan to remove Trump from office. The Trump dossier ; The truth about "Russian collusion" ; Mainstream media attack Trump ; Antifa anarchists go wild -- How Trump wins. How Trump can win the propaganda war ; The counteroffensive Trump must launch -- Conclusion: the fight to save President Trump.
Argues that there is a secret conspiracy between leftist extremists, the mainstream media, government holdovers from the previous administration, and shadowy forces within the U.S. intelligence community to destroy the Trump presidency, and explains what Trump must do to prevail.

Claiming my place : coming of age in the shadow of the Holocaust

March 16, 2018
Price, Planaria J., author.
xvi, 250 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
The true story of a young Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust by escaping to Nazi Germany and hiding in plain sight.

Andrew Jackson : the making of America

March 15, 2018
Kanefield, Teri, 1960- author.
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018.
234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Prologue: a mob in the White House -- A brutal boyhood -- Head of all the rowdies -- Romance on the frontier -- Congressman Jackson -- Justice, Jackson style -- The beat of the war drum -- The Battle of New Orleans -- The corrupt bargain -- Demagogue or passionate patriot? -- The Indian Removal Act -- Who decides? -- Jackson's war with the bank -- Nullification -- Legacy.

The Ukrainian night : an intimate history of revolution

March 14, 2018
Shore, Marci, author.
xxiii, 290 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Part 1 Revolution, the Maidan -- Part 2 War, east of Kiev.
What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013-14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: The blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices. In this lyrical book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore's book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian's reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it - and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced. - from bookjacket.

St. Bernard : 1912-1962 ; 50 years of progress.

March 14, 2018
[St. Bernard, Ohio] : 50th Year Celebration Committee, 1962.
49 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Cover title.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection has original orange and white paper wrappers.

Prince Harry : the inside story

March 13, 2018
Larcombe, Duncan, author.
339 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Dressing down -- The gap year -- The royal job -- Klosters -- Botswana -- Iraq blow -- The flight that changed his life -- Harry's R&R -- A right royal row -- Lesotho -- Stealing away -- Harry the pilot -- The "Paki" row -- Chelsy split -- Sandhurst -- The warrior prince -- Royal wedding -- Harry's other women -- The first solo tour -- Harry in Las Vegas -- The warrior prince returns -- The start of the rest of his life -- Meghan -- Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Civilianized : a young veteran's memoir

March 9, 2018
Anthony, Michael, 1986- author.
192 pages ; 22 cm
"After twelve months of military service in Iraq, Michael Anthony stepped off a plane, seemingly happy to be home--or at least back on US soil. He was twenty-one years old, a bit of a nerd, and carrying a pack of cigarettes that he thought would be his last. Two weeks later, Michael was stoned on Vicodin, drinking way too much, and picking a fight with a very large Hell's Angel. At his wit's end, he came to an agreement with himself: If things didn't improve in three months, he was going to kill himself. Civilianized is a memoir chronicling Michael's search for meaning in a suddenly destabilized world."

No turning back : life, loss, and hope in wartime Syria

March 8, 2018
Abouzeid, Rania, author.
xxi, 378 pages : map ; 24 cm
This astonishing book by the prize-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid tells the tragedy of the Syrian War through the dramatic stories of four young people seeking safety and freedom in a shattered country. Extending back to the first demonstrations of 2011, No Turning Back dissects the tangle of ideologies and allegiances that make up the Syrian conflict. As protests ignited in Daraa, some citizens were brimming with a sense of possibility. A privileged young man named Suleiman posted videos of the protests online, full of hope for justice and democracy. A father of two named Mohammad, secretly radicalized and newly released from prison, saw a darker opportunity in the unrest. When violence broke out in Homs, a poet named Abu Azzam became an unlikely commander in a Free Syrian Army militia. The regime's brutal response disrupted a family in Idlib province, where a nine-year-old girl opened the door to a military raid that caused her father to flee. As the bombings increased and roads grew more dangerous, these people's lives intertwined in unexpected ways. Rania Abouzeid brings readers deep inside Assad's prisons, to covert meetings where foreign states and organizations manipulated the rebels, and to the highest levels of Islamic militancy and the formation of ISIS. Based on more than five years of clandestine reporting on the front lines, No Turning Back is an utterly engrossing human drama full of vivid, indelible characters that shows how hope can flourish even amid one of the twenty-first century's greatest humanitarian disasters.

Left Bank : art, passion, and the rebirth of Paris, 1940-50

March 8, 2018
Poirier, Agnès Catherine, author.
xiv, 331 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
I. War was my master -- The fall -- The choice -- The fight -- The desire -- II. Modern times -- A philosophy of existence -- Lust and emancipation -- A third way -- III. The ambiguities of action -- How not to be a communist? -- Love, style, drugs, and loneliness -- Action and dissidence -- "Paris's gloom is a powerful astringent" -- IV. Sharpening the senses -- "They owned art while we were just full of dollars" -- Stimulating the nerves -- Anger, spite, and failure -- Vindicated -- Farewells and a new dawn.
"An incandescent group portrait of the midcentury artists and thinkers whose lives, loves, collaborations, and passions were forged against the wartime destruction and postwar rebirth of Paris"

Sabers and utopias : visions of Latin America

March 7, 2018
Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936- author.
xxiii, 275 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"Originally published in Spanish in 2009 by Santillana Ediciones Generales, Spain, as Sables y Utopías."
Foreword: The instinctive struggle for freedom / by Carlos Granés -- The fall of Somoza -- Toward a totalitarian Peru -- The perfect dictatorship -- Death in Haiti -- Fidel and his "melancholy whores" -- Funeral rites for a tyrant -- Warning to dictators -- The leader's honor -- Letter to Fidel Castro -- The logic of terror -- Good terrorists -- Down with the law of gravity! -- The apogee of horror -- No more FARC -- For the history of infamy -- Death of the Caudillo -- Elephant and culture -- Why? How? -- The "hispanics" -- Nostalgia for the sea -- Repugnant laudatory fare -- The other state -- The defeat of fascism -- A call for harmony -- Empty the shelves! -- Between namesakes -- Liberalism across two millennia -- Dreams and reality in Latin America -- Hunting gays -- Marijuana comes out of the closet -- Julian Assange on the balcony -- Lost identity -- The students -- José Donoso; or, A life made into literature -- Cabrera infante -- Welcome to Fernando de Szyszlo -- Friendship and books -- Fifty years of the Latin American boom.
"Throughout his career, the Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa has grappled with the concept of Latin America on a global stage. Examining liberal claims and searching for cohesion, he continuously weighs the reality of the continent against the image it projects, and considers the political dangers and possibilities that face this diverse set of countries. Now this illuminating and versatile collection assembles these never-before-translated criticisms and meditations. Reflecting the intellectual development of the writer himself, these essays distill the great events of Latin America's recent history, analyze political groups like FARC and Sendero Luminoso, and evaluate the legacies of infamous leaders such as Papa Doc Duvalier and Fidel Castro. Arranged by theme, they trace Vargas Llosa's unwavering demand for freedom, his embrace of and disenchantment with revolutions, and his critique of nationalism, populism, indigenism, and corruption. From the discovery of liberal ideas to a defense of democracy, buoyed by a passionate invocation of Latin American literature and art, Sabers and Utopias is a monumental collection from one of our most important writers. Uncompromising and adamantly optimistic, these social and political essays are a paean to thoughtful engagement and a brave indictment of the discrimination and fear that can divide a society.."--Jacket flap.

Stonehenge : the story of a sacred landscape

March 7, 2018
Pryor, Francis, author.
207 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
Prologue: Why Stonehenge matters -- Introduction: Religion, landscape and change -- After the ice (8000-4000 BC) -- The Stonehenge "ritual landscape" (4000-1500 BC) -- Before the great stones, part I: the formative years (from 3300 BC) -- Before the great stones, part II: stage 1 (from 3000 BC) -- The great stones arrive: stage 2 (from 2500 BC) -- The journey from life to death: stage 3 (from 2400 BC) -- Later developments: stages 4 and 5 (2100-1500 BC) -- After the stones -- Stonehenge today -- Appendix I. Timeline of significant events in British prehistory -- Appendix II. The ditch and the gradual establishment of Stonehenge.
"Pryor delivers a rigorous account of the nature and history of Stonehenge, but also places the enigmatic monument in a wider cultural context, bringing acute insight into how antiquarians, scholars, writers, artists, and even neopagans, have interpreted the mystery over the centuries."--Front jacket flap.

Eat the apple : a memoir

March 6, 2018
Young, Matt, 1986- author.
251 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Matt Young joined the Marine Corps at age eighteen. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases charged with making him a Marine. Matt survived the training and then not one, not two, but three deployments to Iraq. Visceral, ironic, self-lacerating, and ultimately redemptive, Young's story drops us unarmed into Marine Corps culture and lays bare the absurdism of 21st-century war, the manned-up vulnerability of those on the front lines, and the true, if often misguided, motivations that drove a young man to a life at war.

Searching for the Amazons : the real warrior women of the ancient world

March 6, 2018
Man, John, 1941- author.
xiv, 301 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: Changing myths, emerging truths -- A legend and its meaning -- Close encounters of the Scythian kind -- A short chapter on breasts -- Treasures in bone and gold -- The ice maiden -- Sarmatians: the roots of the legend -- The return of the mounted archer -- Amazonia: from dreams to new reality -- A painting, two plays and a suicide -- The Amazons of "Black Sparta" -- Amazons with wings: Russia's night witches -- Wonder Woman: the secret origins of an Amazon princess -- Epilogue: Halfway to Amazonia.
"Since the time of the ancient Greeks we have been fascinated by accounts of the Amazons, an elusive tribe of hard-fighting, horse-riding female warriors... In the absence of evidence, we eventually reasoned away their existence, concluding that these powerful, sexually liberated female soldiers must have been the fantastical invention of Greek myth and storytelling. Until now. Following decades of new research and a series of groundbreaking archeological discoveries, we now know these powerful warrior queens did indeed exist. In Searching for the Amazons, John Man travels to the grasslands of Central Asia, from the edge of the ancient Greek world to the borderlands of China, to discover the truth about the truth about these women whose legend has resonated over the centuries."-- Provided by publisher.

The Family Medici : the hidden history of the Medici dynasty

March 6, 2018
Hollingsworth, Mary, author.
480 pages : color illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Prologue: A city under siege: 'Florence in ashes rather than under the Medici' -- 1. Migrants: Bonagiunta, Chiarissimo and their descendants, 1216-1348 -- 2. Survivors: Salvestro, Foligno, Bicci and Vieri, 1348-1400 -- 3. The fortune: Giovanni di Bicci, 1400-1425 -- 4. Politics: Giovanni di Bicci, Averardo and Cosimo, 1426-1433 -- 5. For honour and profit: Cosimo the banker, 1434-1450 -- 6. The republican toga: Cosimo the politician, 1451-1464 -- 7. The succession crisis: Piero the Gouty, 1464-1469 -- 8. Youth at the helm: Lorenzo and Giuliano, 1469-1479 -- 9. Pride: Lorenzo the Magnificent, 1480-1492 -- 10. Nemesis: Piero and Cardinal Giovanni, 1492-1503 -- 11. Exile: Cardinal Giovanni, Giulio and Giuliano, 1504-1512 -- 12. Age of gold: Pope Leo X, 1513-1521 -- 13. Age of iron: Pope Clement VII, 1521-1530 -- 14. Imperial poodles: Pope Clement VII, Ippolito, Alessandro and Cosimo, 1531-1543 -- 15. The new Augustus: Cosimo I, 1544-1559 -- 16. Grand Duke: Cosimo I, 1560-1574 -- 17. Adultery: Francesco I and Cardinal Ferdinando, 1574-1587 -- 18. Cardinal to Grand Duke: Ferdinando I, 1587-1609 -- 19. The unlucky prince: Cosimo II, Christine of Lorraine and Maria Magdalena of Austria, 1609-1668 -- 20. Science and religion: Ferdinando II, 1628-1670 -- 21. Vanity: Cosimo III, 1670-1723 -- 22. Extinction: Gian Gastone, 1723-1737 -- Epilogue: Revival.
Having founded the bank that became the most powerful in Europe in the fifteenth century, the Medici gained massive political power in Florence, raising the city to a peak of cultural achievement and becoming its hereditary dukes. Among their number were no fewer than three popes and a powerful and influential queen of France. Their influence brought about an explosion of Florentine art and architecture - Michelangelo, Donatello, Fra Angelico, and Leonardo were among the artists patronized by the Medici. Thus runs the "accepted view" of the House of Medici. However, Mary Hollingsworth argues that the idea that the Medici were enlightened rulers of the Renaissance is a fiction that has now acquired the status of historical fact. In truth, the Medici were as devious and immoral as the Borgias - tyrants loathed in the city they illegally made their own. In this dynamic new history, Hollingsworth argues that past narratives have focused on a sanitized view of the Medici - wise rulers, enlightened patrons of the arts, and fathers of the Renaissance - but that "in fact" their past was reinvented in the sixteenth century, mythologized by later generations of Medici who used this as propaganda for their legacy. Hollingsworth's revelatory retelling of the story of the family Medici bridges a fresh and exhilarating new perspective to the story behind the most powerful family of the Italian Renaissance.

Were Native Americans the victims of genocide?

March 5, 2018
Haugen, David M., 1969- author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, Inc., [2018]
80 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
A question of intent -- The arrival of the Europeans -- Colonial settlement -- The expansion West -- Removal, relocation, and assimilation -- The Western Indian wars.
European destiny in the Americas came at the expense of the Native peoples. On this point, most knowledgeable people would agree. Where there is disagreement is in determining the intent of the white Europeans who sought to make the Americas their new home. The question of intent, still contentious today, is the focus of the new book Were Native Americans the Victims of Genocide?

Movie nights with the Reagans : a memoir

March 2, 2018
Weinberg, Mark (Communications consultant), author.
xxiv, 261 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 23 cm
Introduction. Nancy Reagan's last good-bye -- 9 to 5: the film that made the Reagans angry and propelled a First Lady's crusade -- Oh, God! Book II: the film that starred one of the Reagans' dearest Hollywood friends, who modeled how to joke about old age -- Raiders of the Lost Ark: the film that revealed the President's greatest Hollywood regret -- On Golden Pond: the film that hit close to home -- Chariots of Fire: the film that inspired a President -- E.T. the Extra-terrestrial: the film that made the Reagans cry -- Return of the Jedi and Wargames: the films that stirred the President's imagination -- Curse of the Pink Panther: the film that revealed Reagan's biggest disappointment -- A golden oldie--Bedtime for Bonzo: the film that helped define a career -- Ghostbusters: the film that energized the 1984 campaign -- Back to the Future: the film that left us speechless -- Anti-communist films--Rocky IV, Reds, and Red Dawn: the films that set the tone for an era -- Top Gun: the film that became a touchstone for the Reagan years -- Knute Rockne All-American: the film that created a political legend -- The Untouchables: the film that echoed one of Reagan's lifelong missions -- Ferris Bueller's Day Off: the film that reminded the Reagans of yesterday -- Hellcats of the Navy: the film they starred in together.
"Former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan shares an intimate, behind-the-scenes look inside the Reagan presidency--told through the movies they watched together during weekends at Camp David. Over the course of eight years, Mark Weinberg travelled to the legendary presidential retreat at Camp David each weekend with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. He was one of a few select members invited into Aspen Lodge when the First Family gathered for 'movie nights,' showing contemporary and classic films on Fridays and Saturdays. Movies brought them together in times of triumph, such as Reagan's historic 1984 landslide, and after moments of tragedy, like the explosion of the Challenger and the shooting of the president and press secretary Jim Brady. Weinberg's unparalleled access offers a rare glimpse of the Reagans--unscripted, relaxed, unburdened by the world with no cameras in sight. Each chapter discusses a legendary film, shares the Reagans' thoughts, and provides warm anecdotes and never-before-told stories about the family and the administration. From Reagan's pranks on the Secret Service to his thoughts on the parallels between Hollywood and Washington, Weinberg paints a full picture of the president The New Yorker once famously dubbed "The Unknowable." Movie Nights with the Reagans is a nostalgic journey through the 1980s and its most iconic films, seen through the eyes of one of Hollywood's former stars: one who was simultaneously transforming the Republican Party, the American economy, and the course of the Cold War."--Dust jacket.

There are no dead here : a story of murder and denial in Colombia

March 1, 2018
Sánchez-Moreno, Maria McFarland, author.
New York : Nation Books, 2018.
viii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Colombia's drug-fueled cycle of terror, corruption, and tragedy did not end with Pablo Escobar's death in 1993. Just when Colombians were ready to move past the murderous legacy of the country's cartels, a new, bloody chapter unfolded. In the late 1990s, right-wing paramilitary groups with close ties to the cocaine business carried out a violent expansion campaign, massacring, raping, and torturing thousands. There Are No Dead Here is the harrowing story of three ordinary Colombians who risked everything to reveal the collusion between the new mafia and much of the country's military and political establishment: Jesús María Valle, a human rights activist who was murdered for exposing a dark secret; Iván Velásquez, a quiet prosecutor who took up Valle's cause and became an unlikely hero; and Ricardo Calderón, a dogged journalist who is still being targeted for his revelations. Their groundbreaking investigations landed a third of the country's Congress in prison and fed new demands for justice and peace that Colombia's leaders could not ignore. Taking readers from the sweltering Medellín streets where criminal investigators were hunted by assassins, through the countryside where paramilitaries wiped out entire towns, and into the corridors of the presidential palace in Bogotá, There Are No Dead Here is an unforgettable portrait of the valiant men and women who dared to stand up to the tide of greed, rage, and bloodlust that threatened to engulf their country."--Inside dust jacket.

A dangerous woman : American beauty, noted philanthropist, Nazi collaborator : the life of Florence Gould

February 28, 2018
Ronald, Susan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
viii, 388 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. The aspiring chanteuse -- San Francisco -- From fire to flood and death -- La Parisienne -- War and the boy next door -- Young Mrs. Heynemann -- Home again, war, and folies -- The man they call "Franck" -- Part II. The crazy years -- Taming all these monsters -- Leaving the perfumed air of Bohemia -- Careless people -- An amusing intermezzo for millionaires -- Taking stock -- The Monégasque feud fit for a prince -- Hollywood calling -- The phoenix rises -- Scandal, America, and separate lives -- Dark horizons -- Part III. Darkness falls -- Fifth columnists and fellow travelers -- Fall of France -- Ludwig -- The "anything goes" occupation -- In the garden of earthly delights -- The occupation, 1942-1943 -- Florence the banker -- Liberation and treason -- Part IV. Still a Gould -- So safe havens -- Paper clips and friends cast long shadows -- A fortune to give away -- Queen of the Riviera -- Epilogue.
"A revealing biography of Florence Gould, fabulously wealthy socialite and patron of the arts, who hid a dark past as a Nazi collaborator in 1940s Paris. Born in turn-of-the-century San Francisco to French parents, Florence moved to Paris at the age of eleven. Believing that only money brought respectability and happiness, she became the third wife of Frank Jay Gould, son of the railway millionaire Jay Gould. She guided Frank's millions into hotels and casinos, creating a luxury hotel and casino empire. She entertained Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Joseph Kennedy, and many Hollywood stars, like Charlie Chaplin, who became her lover. While the party ended for most Americans after the Crash of 1929, Frank and Florence refused to go home. During the Occupation, Florence took several German lovers and hosted a controversial salon. As the Allies closed in, the unscrupulous Florence became embroiled in a notorious money-laundering operation for fleeing high-ranking Nazis. Yet after the war, not only did she avoid prosecution, but her vast fortune bought her respectability as a significant contributor to the Metropolitan Museum and New York University, among many others. It also earned her friends like Estee Lauder, who obligingly looked the other way. A seductive and utterly amoral woman who loved to say "money doesn't care who owns it," Florence's life proved a strong argument that perhaps money can buy happiness after all."--Dust jacket.

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