New Arrivals · History

July 14, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The king's assassin : the secret plot to murder King James I

July 13, 2018
Woolley, Benjamin, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2018]
xxi, 342 pages, 16 unnumubered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Christ had his John and I have my George -- Two venturous knights -- The greatest villain in the world -- We the Commons.
"An absorbing account of the conspiracy to kill King James I by his handsome lover, the Duke of Buckingham, an historical crime that has remained hidden for 400 years. The rise of George Villiers from minor gentry to royal power seemed to defy gravity. Becoming gentleman of the royal bedchamber in 1615, the young gallant enraptured James, Britain's first Stuart king, royal adoration reaching such an intensity that the king declared he wanted the courtier to become his 'wife'. For a decade, Villiers was at the king's side - at court, on state occasions, and in bed, right up to James's death in March 1625. Almost immediately, Villiers' many enemies accused him of poisoning the king. A parliamentary investigation was launched, and scurrilous pamphlets and ballads circulated London's streets. But the charges came to nothing, and were relegated to a historical footnote. Now, new historical scholarship suggests that a deadly combination of hubris and vulnerability did indeed drive Villiers to kill the man who made him. It may have been by accident - the application of a quack remedy while the king was weakened by a malarial attack. But there is compelling evidence that Villiers, overcome by ambition and frustrated by James's passive approach to government, poisoned him. In The King's Assassin, acclaimed author Benjamin Woolley examines this remarkable, even tragic story. Combining vivid characterization and a strong narrative with historical scholarship and forensic investigation, Woolley tells the story of King James's death, and of the captivating figure at its center"-- Provided by publisher.

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

July 13, 2018
Pirro, Jeanine, author.
New York : Center Street, 2018.
274 pages ; 24 cm
The highly respected judge and host of "Judge Jeanine Pirro" shares some of the most outrageous falsehoods she has seen behind the high-profile issues and narratives depicted on her show.

The stone crusher : the true story of a father and son's fight for survival in Auschwitz

July 12, 2018
Dronfield, Jeremy, author.
x, 388 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: Vienna -- "When Jewish blood drips from the knife..." -- Traitors to the people -- Part II: Buchenwald -- Blood and stone: Konzentrationslager Buchenwald -- The stone crusher -- The road to life -- A favorable decision -- The new world -- Unworthy of life -- A thousand kisses -- A trip to death -- Part III: Auschwitz -- A town called Oświecim -- Auschwitz-Monowitz -- The end of Gustav Kleinmann, Jew -- Resistance and collaboration: the death of Fritz Kleinmann -- The kindness of strangers -- Far from home -- Resistance and betrayal -- Part IV: Survival -- Death train -- Mauthausen -- The end of days -- The long way home -- Epilogue: Jewish blood
"In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was arrested by the Nazis. Along with his 16-year old son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany, where a new concentration camp was being built. It was the beginning of a six-year odyssey almost without parallel. They helped build Buchenwald, young Fritz learning construction skills which would help preserve him from extermination in the coming years. But it was his bond with his father that would ultimately keep them both alive. When the 50-year old Gustav was transferred to Auschwitz--a certain death sentence--Fritz was determined to go with him. His wiser friends tried to dissuade him--"If you want to keep living, you have to forget your father," they said. But that was impossible, and Fritz pleaded for a place on the Auschwitz transport. "He is a true comrade," Gustav wrote in his secret diary, "always at my side. The boy is my greatest joy. We are inseparable." Gustav kept his diary hidden throughout his six years in the death camps--even Fritz knew nothing of it. In it he recorded his story, a tale of survival and a father-son bond which proved stronger than the machine that sought to break them both"-- Provided by publisher.

A documentary history of the United States

July 12, 2018
Heffner, Richard D., author.
New York : Berkley, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.
xv, 618 pages ; 21 cm
"Here, in a single volume, are the documents, speeches, and letters that have forged American history, now updated with new content such as Trump's inaugural address. Accompanied by interpretations of their significance by noted historian Richard D. Heffner and journalist Alexander Heffner, this book includes important documents such as: The complete text of the Declaration of Independence The complete Constitution of the United States The Monroe Doctrine The Emancipation Proclamation Woodrow Wilson's War Message to Congress Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" Speech John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Addresses Documents relating to September 11, 2001 and the Iraq War This edition has been expanded and updated to include a chapter on the Presidency of Donald Trump"-- Provided by publisher.

19 minutes to live - : helicopter combat in Vietnam

July 12, 2018
Jennings, Lew, author.
365 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Kirkuk, Iraq 2008 -- 19 minutes to live -- Rucksack and a rifle -- Army aviation -- Fort Wolters -- Preflight -- Primary flight training -- Advanced flight training -- Cobra hall -- Presidio of San Francisco -- Vietnam -- Bullet catcher -- Screaming eagles -- A Shau Valley -- Hamburger Hill -- Montgomery Rendezvous -- Monsoon -- Assault 27 disappears -- Mai Loc -- Heaven's swing -- Recon rescue -- Speed crashes again -- Great balls of fire -- I'm hit! -- Aussie farewell -- The helicopter war -- After Vietnam.
"This memoir describes first-hand the harrowing experiences of helicopter pilots and crews in combat operations, from the far South to the DMZ, including the infamous Ashau Valley, Hamburger Hill, LZ Airborne and others."--Back cover.

Obama : an oral history 2009-2017

July 11, 2018
Abrams, Brian (Journalist), author.
New York : Little A, [2018]
xviii, 506 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"This provocative collage of anecdotes, personal reminiscences, and impressions from confidants and critics not only provides an authoritative window into the events that defined an era but also offers the first published account into the making of the forty-fourth president of the United States--one that history will soon not forget."--Back cover.

American Eve : Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the birth of the "It" girl, and the crime of the century

July 11, 2018
Uruburu, Paula M., 1957-
New York : Riverhead Books, 2009.
386 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Originally published: 2008.
By the time of her sixteenth birthday in 1900, Evelyn Nesbit was already was already known to millions as the most photographed woman of her era, aniconic figure who set the standard for female beauty, and whose innocent sexuality was used to sell everything from chocolates to perfume. Women wanted to be her. Men just wanted her. But when Evelyn's life of fantasy because all too real and her insanely jealous millionaire husband, Harry K. Thaw, murdered her lover, New York City architect Stanford White, the most famous woman in the world became infamous as she found herself at the center of the "crime of the century" and a scandal that signaled the beginning of a national obsession with youth, beauty, celebrity, and sex.

George and Barbara Bush : a great American love story

July 11, 2018
Sosa, Ellie LeBlond, author.
Camden, Maine : Down East Books, [2018]
xvii, 221 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
They meet -- Poppy -- Courting -- Phillips Academy -- Bar -- "I'm going in." -- Secret's safe -- Secret's out -- Halfway across the world -- Word from home -- A time for celebration -- Then there were three -- Promises of West Texas -- Friends, faith, and family -- Off they go! -- Driving head-first into the world of politics -- Distance, it's good for the heart -- Back in the races -- First couple -- FLFW & FFLFW -- Anchor to windward.
"To begin with I was in love and I am in love so that's not hard," Barbara Bush told her granddaughter Ellie LeBlond Sosa on her porch in Kennebunkport, Maine. Sosa had asked for the secret to her and President George H.W. Bush's 77-year love affair that withstood World War II separation, a leap of faith into the oil fields of West Texas, the painful loss of a child, a political climb to the highest office, and after the White House, the transition back to a "normal" life. Through a lifetime's worth of letters, photographs, and stories, Sosa and coauthor Kelly Anne Chase paint the portrait of the enduring relationship of George and Barbara Bush. Sharing intimate interviews with the Bushes and family friends, this is a never-before-seen look into the private life of a very public couple.


July 10, 2018
Washington, D.C. : Stryker-Post Publications,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Vols. for 1985-<2018/19> by Wayne C. Thompson.
Imprint varies: <1999-2010> Harpers Ferry, W.Va. ; <2011-2018/19> Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield.

From the corner of the oval

July 10, 2018
Dorey-Stein, Beck, author.
xix, 330 pages ; 25 cm
Guidelines for aspiring stenographers -- Prologue : this place -- Act I : 2011-2012 -- Act II : 2013 -- Act III : 2014 -- Act IV : 2015 -- Act V : 2016-2017 -- Epilogue : Send in the clowns.
"In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama's stenographers. For five years, Beck was a part of the elite team of men and women who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. She got to know everyone from the White House butler to the secret servicemen, advance team, speechwriters, photographers, and press secretaries, and on whirlwind trips across time zones, she forged friendships with a tight group of fellow travelers in the bubble--young men and women who, like her, left their real lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president. But as she learned the ropes of protocol, Beck became romantically entangled with one of the President's closest aides...who was already otherwise engaged... Set against the backdrop of a White House full of glamour, drama, and intrigue, this is the compulsively readable story of a young woman finding friends, falling in love, getting her heart broken, finding her voice as a writer, and finding herself in the process"-- Provided by publisher.

Jerusalem drawn and quartered : one woman's year in the heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish quarters of old Jerusalem

July 10, 2018
Tuttle-Singer, Sarah, 1981- author.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]
x, 246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
One of the world's most widely-read bloggers explores the beautiful-and conflict-ridden-four quarters of Jerusalem's Old City.

Growing up in Iran

July 10, 2018
Sheen, Barbara, author.
San Diego, CA : Reference Point Press, 2018.
80 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
A complex nation -- Home and family -- Education and work -- Social life -- Religious influences.
Iran is a complex, multi-faceted country. Iranian youngsters grow up in a culturally rich nation where politics and religion are intertwined, and where certain personal freedoms are restricted. Featured is an overview of the country, as well as insights into how Iran s youth experience home and family, education and work, social life, and more.

How Hitler was made : Germany and the rise of the perfect Nazi

July 9, 2018
Taylor, Cory, author.
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2018.
295 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The horror of war -- The great deception -- A revolution led by German Jews -- The opposition stirs -- The death of idealism -- The Soviet Republic -- The counterrevolution -- Hitler in Austria -- The right-wing talent search -- Launch of the NSDAP [Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei] -- The shift to the right -- A state of emergency -- Hitler's expanding circle -- Delusions of grandeur -- Hitler's competitors -- The Beer Hall Putsch -- The trial -- Man of providence -- Epilogue.
"Focusing on German society immediately following the First World War, this vivid historical narrative explains how fake news and political uproar influenced Hitler and put him on the path toward dictatorial power." --

Princess : the early life of Queen Elizabeth II

July 9, 2018
Dismore, Jane, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2018]
308 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Suddenly a queen (1952) -- Into the world (1925-1926) -- A Hertfordshire haven (1926) -- Family mysteries -- Early years (1926-1929) -- New playmates (1929-1932) -- Seeds of change (1933-1934) -- Celebrations and sadness (1935-1936) -- An early annus horribilis (1936) -- Everything changes (1936-1937) -- Before the storm (1938) -- Love and war (1939) -- A symbol of the future (1940) -- Allies at last (1941) -- Growing up (1942) -- All the young men (1943) -- Rumours (1944) -- Freedom (1945) -- Courting at last (1946) -- A royal announcement (1947) -- Light and hope (1947) -- Getting settled (1948) -- Princess, wife, mother (1949-1950) -- Rehearsing the future (1951-1952).
With previously unpublished material and unique memories from friends and relatives who have known Queen Elizabeth II since childhood - Princess looks afresh and in richer depth at her early life.

The third bank of the river : power and survival in the twenty-first-century Amazon

July 9, 2018
Arnold, Chris Feliciano, 1981- author.
x, 338 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Part I: A finite world -- Fan fest -- Isolation -- A way back from oblivion -- Site X -- The real jungle -- The Brazil reader -- Wolves among sheep -- The Devil's Paradise -- Quarantine -- Part II: How monsters are born -- Biti's gang -- Maximum power -- The bloody weekend -- a sense of security -- Très fronteiras -- Operation Wolfpack -- Ghost riders -- Part III: The Amazon clock -- A land without men -- City of vultures -- Soul counts -- Guardians -- Last dance -- The torch and the jaguar.
A veteran journalist evaluates the state of the war over the Amazon, tracing the efforts of environmental activists, locals, and indigenous tribes to save the jungle from the dangers of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt politicians.

Captive of the labyrinth : Sarah L. Winchester, heiress to the rifle fortune

July 6, 2018
Ignoffo, Mary Jo.
Columbia : Univ Of Missouri Press, 2012.
xxiii, 252 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Since her death in 1922, Sarah Winchester has been perceived as a mysterious, haunted figure. After inheriting a vast fortune upon the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah purchased a simple farmhouse in San José, California. She began building additions to the house and continued construction on it for the next twenty years. A hostile press cast Sarah as the conscience of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company?a widow shouldering responsibility for the many deaths caused by the rifle that brought her riches. She was accused of being a ghost-obsessed spiritualist, and to this day it is largely believed that the extensive construction she executed on her San José house was done to appease the ghouls around her. But was she really as guilt-ridden and superstitious as history remembers her? When Winchester?s home was purchased after her death, it was transformed into a tourist attraction. The bizarre, sprawling mansion and the enigmatic nature of Winchester?s life were exaggerated by the new owners to generate publicity for their business. But as the mansion has become more widely known, the person of Winchester has receded from reality, and she is only remembered for squandering her riches to ward off disturbed spirits. Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune demystifies the life of this unique American. In the first full-length biography of Winchester, author and historian Mary Jo Ignoffo unearths the truth about this notorious eccentric, revealing that she was not a maddened spiritualist driven by remorse but an intelligent, articulate woman who sought to protect her private life amidst the chaos of her public existence. The author takes readers through Winchester?s several homes, explores her private life, and, by excerpting from personal correspondence, gives the heiress a voice for the first time since her death. Ignoffo?s research reveals that Winchester?s true financial priority was not dissipating her fortune on the mansion in San José but investing it for a philanthropic legacy. For too long Sarah Winchester has existed as a ghost herself?a woman whose existence lies somewhere between the facts of her life and a set of sensationalized recollections of who she may have been. Captive of the Labyrinth finally puts to rest the myths about this remarkable woman, and, in the process, uncovers the legacy she intended to leave behind.

World War II at sea : a global history

July 6, 2018
Symonds, Craig L., author.
xxii, 770 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The European war: Unterseebooten ; Panzerschiffen ; Norway ; France falls ; The Regia Marina ; The war on trade, I ; The Bismarck -- The war widens: The rising sun ; A two-ocean navy ; Operation AI: The attack on Pearl Harbor ; Rampage ;The war on trade, II -- Watershed: Stemming the tide ; Two beleaguered islands ; A two-ocean war ; The tipping point ; The war on trade, III -- Allied counterattack: Airplanes and convoys ; Husky ; Twilight of two navies ; Breaking the shield ; Large slow target -- Reckoning: D-Day ; Seeking the decisive battle ; Leyte Gulf ; The noose tightens ; Denouement -- Epilogue: Tokyo Bay, 1945.
"A definitive naval history of the Second World War presenting the chronology of the naval war, from The London Conference of 1930 to the surrender in Tokyo Bay in 1945, on a global scale for the first time."--Provided by publisher.

New York

July 6, 2018
Gaudet, Guillaume, 1981- photographer.
160 pages : color illustrations ; 19 x 23 cm
At head of title: Lonely Planet.
"1st edition US"--Back cover.
"One photographer. One complete picture. We present 24 hours in the life of one of the world's most iconic cities. From sunrise to after sunset, from famous landmarks to lesser-known neighbourhoods, this celebration of New York is packed with local insights and visual stories to showcase what makes the city truly great."-- Provided by publisher.

Indianapolis : the true story of the worst sea disaster in U.S. naval history and the fifty-year fight to exonerate an innocent man

July 5, 2018
Vincent, Lynn, author.
578 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Prologue: The ship -- The kamikaze -- The mission -- The deep -- Trial and scandal -- An innocent man -- Final log entry: August 19, 2017.
"Based on years of original research and new reporting, two acclaimed authors deliver the riveting and emotionally wrenching full story of the worst sea disaster in United States naval history: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II--and the fifty-year fight to exonerate the captain after a wrongful court martial."--Provided by publisher.

Promise of the Grand Canyon : John Wesley Powell's perilous journey and his vision for the American West

July 5, 2018
Ross, John F., 1958- author.
xv, 381 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"When John Wesley Powell became the first person to navigate the entire Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, he completed what Lewis and Clark had begun nearly 70 years earlier--the final exploration of continental America. The son of an abolitionist preacher, a Civil War hero (who lost an arm at Shiloh), and a passionate naturalist and geologist, in 1869 Powell tackled the vast and dangerous gorge carved by the Colorado River and known today (thanks to Powell) as the Grand Canyon." Powell was a scientist, bureaucrat, and land-management pioneer. "He began a national conversation about sustainable development when most everyone else still looked upon land as an inexhaustible resource. Though he supported irrigation and dams, his prescient warnings forecast the 1930s dust bowl and the growing water scarcities of today. Practical, yet visionary, Powell didn't have all the answers, but was first to ask the right questions."

The prison letters of Nelson Mandela

July 5, 2018
Mandela, Nelson, 1918-2013, author.
xv, 620 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Pretoria Local Prison, November 1962-May 1963 -- Robben Island Maximum Security Prison, May 1963-June 1963 -- Robben Island Maximum Security Prison, June 1964-March 1982 -- Pollsmoor Maximum Security Prison, March 1982-August 1988 -- Tygerberg Hospital & Constantiaberg MediClinic, August-December 1988 -- Victor Verster Prison, December 1988-February 1990.
"An unforgettable portrait of one of the most inspiring historical figures of the twentieth century, published on the centenary of his birth. Arrested in 1962 as South Africa's apartheid regime intensified its brutal campaign against political opponents, forty-four-year-old lawyer and African National Congress activist Nelson Mandela had no idea that he would spend the next twenty-seven years in jail. During his 10,052 days of incarceration, the future leader of South Africa wrote a multitude of letters to unyielding prison authorities, fellow activists, government officials, and, most memorably, to his courageous wife, Winnie, and his five children. Now, 255 of these letters, many of which have never been published, provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits while living in almost complete isolation, and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight. Organized chronologically and divided by the four venues in which he was held as a sentenced prisoner, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial. In 1964, Mandela was taken to Robben Island Prison, where a stark existence was lightened only by visits and letters from family. After eighteen years, Mandela was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, a large complex outside of Cape Town with beds and better food, but where he and four of his comrades were confined to a rooftop cell, apart from the rest of the prison population. Finally, Mandela was taken to Victor Verster Prison in 1988, where he was held until his release on February 11, 1990. With accompanying facsimiles of some of his actual letters, this landmark volume reveals how Mandela, a lawyer by training, advocated for prisoners' human rights. It reveals him to be a loving father, who wrote to his daughter, "I sometimes wish science could invent miracles and make my daughter get her missing birthday cards and have the pleasure of knowing that her Pa loves her," aware that photos and letters he sent had simply disappeared. More painful still are the letters written in 1969, when Mandela--forbidden from attending the funerals of his mother and his son Thembi--was reduced to consoling family members through correspondence. Yet, what emerges most powerfully is Mandela's unfaltering optimism: "Honour belongs to those who never forsake the truth even when things seem dark & grim, who try over and & over again, who are never discouraged by insults, humiliation & even defeat." Whether providing unwavering support to his also-imprisoned wife or outlining a human-rights philosophy that resonates today, The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela reveals the heroism of a man who refused to compromise his moral values in the face of extraordinary punishment. Ultimately, these letters position Mandela as one of the most inspiring figures of the twentieth century"-- Publisher's website.

Short walks from Bogotá : journeys in the new Colombia

July 5, 2018
Feiling, Tom.
London : Penguin Books, 2013.
xv, 266 pages : map ; 20 cm
Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2012.
For decades, Colombia was the 'narcostate'. Now it's seen as one of the rising stars of the global economy. Where does the truth lie? How did a land likened to paradise by the first conquistadores become a byword for hell on earth? And how is it rebuilding itself after decades of violence?

1968 : radical protest and its enemies

July 3, 2018
Vinen, Richard, author.
xvii, 446 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The year 1968 saw an extraordinary range of protests across much of the western world. Some of these were genuinely revolutionary&#x2014;around ten million French workers went on strike and the whole state teetered on the brink of collapse. Others were more easily contained, but had profound longer-term implications&#x2014;terrorist groups, feminist collectives, gay rights activists could all trace important roots to 1968. 1968 is a striking and original attempt half a century later to show how these events, which in some ways still seem so current, stemmed from histories and societies which are in practice now extraordinarily remote from our own time. 1968 pursues the story into the 1970s to show both the ever more violent forms of radicalization that stemmed from 1968 and the brutal reaction that brought the era to an end." --

The Vietnam War

July 3, 2018
Diggs, Barbara, author.
120 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 26 cm.
In The Vietnam War, kids ages 12 to 15 explore the global conditions and history that gave rise to the Vietnam War, the reasons why the United States became increasingly embroiled in the conflict, and the varied causes of its shocking defeat. As readers learn about how the fear of the spread of communism spurred the United States to enter a war that was erupting on the other side of the world, they find themselves immersed in the mood and mindset of the Vietnam Era.

The Two-ocean War : a Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War

July 3, 2018
Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976, author.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [2007]
xxvii, 611 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Originally published: Boston : Little, Brown, 1963.

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