New Arrivals · History

August 25, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Where the Jews aren't : the sad and absurd story of Birobidzhan, Russia's autonomous region

August 24, 2016
Gessen, Masha, author.
169 pages : map ; 23 cm.
"The story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia as told through the strange history of the Soviet solution to the Jewish question. In 1929, the Soviet Union declared the area of Birobidzhan a homeland for Jews. In the late 1920s and early 19302, tens of thousands of Jews moved to Birobidzhan, chased from the shtetl by poverty, hunger, and fear. Birobidzhan was written about breathlessly by a small group of intellectuals who envisioned a home built by Jews for Jews-- a place where Jews worked the land and where Yiddish would become the common language of a post-oppression Jewish culture. The short period of state-building ended in the late 1930s with arrests and purges of the Communist Party and cultural elite. After the Second World War, Birobidzhan, now called the "Jewish Autonomous Region," received a new influx of Jews. These were the dispossessed from what had once been the Pale, and most of them had lost families in the Holocaust. They had no one and no place to return to. Once again, in the late 1940s, a wave of arrests swept through Birobidzhan, frightening the Jews into silence and making them invisible. WHERE THE JEWS AREN'T is the story of the dream of Birobidzhan-- and how it became a nightmare. In Masha Gessen's haunting and haunted account, Birobidzhan becomes the cracked and crooked mirror that allows us to see the story of the history of absence and silence that is the story of Jews in twentieth-century Russia"-- Provided by publisher.

The perfect horse : the daring U.S. mission to rescue the priceless stallions kidnapped by the Nazis

August 23, 2016
Letts, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2016]
xix, 369 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Part One: The Europeans. An unlikely Olympian ; The master of all horses ; The Polish prince ; Rau's dominion ; The Spanish Riding School of Vienna ; The hidden stud farm ; Podhajsky's choice ; Horses in peril ; The escape -- Part Two: The Americans. Machine versus horse ; A horseless commander ; America's fightin'est General ; Two hands and a Purple Heart -- Part Three: The mission. Armies closing in ; The photographs ; The plan ; Dressed up as a plenipotentiary ; Change of heart ; Lessing takes charge ; The tanks are coming ; The fallen ; The Americans ; The generals ; The craziest caravan in the world ; The Lipizzaner farewell -- Part Four: Homecoming. The super horses are ours ; Departure! ; The riderless horse ; The victory parade ; Finding a home ; The war orphans ; The auction ; The widow's rose ; The birthday party ; A mighty good American ; The veterans ; The Spanish Riding School today -- Epilogue: What became of them?
"Traces the lesser-known efforts of Hitler to build a master race of the finest purebred horses and the heroic achievements of American soldiers to rescue imperiled stolen equines from a hidden Czechoslovakian farm during a 1945 battle between Third Reich and Allied forces,"--NoveList.

Theodore the great : conservative crusader

August 23, 2016
Ruddy, Daniel, author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2016]
xiv, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Part I. The first modern president -- TR's roller coaster reputation -- Delighted defender of family and country -- Misconceptions about TR -- The Bull Moose progressive -- Part II. The making of a conservative reformer -- TR's political education -- TR's run-up to the White House -- Part III. TR as president: domestic policy -- The trust buster myth -- Sidestepping the tariff third rail -- Neglecting currency/banking reform -- Setting the model for labor disputes -- Protecting consumer health and safety -- Conserving natural resources -- Delivering water to the arid west -- Winning, then losing Black voters -- Part IV. TR as president: foreign policy -- Britain: forging the special relationship -- Germany: restraining the Kaiser -- Japan: preventing war in the Pacific -- Panama: making the dirt fly -- Monroe Doctrine: adding a police power -- Part V. Assessing his two terms -- One of the greatest presidents -- Founding father of the American century.

Trump revealed : an American journey of ambition, ego, money, and power

August 23, 2016
Kranish, Michael, author.
x, 431 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Prologue: "Presidential" -- Gold rush : the new land -- Stink bombs, switchblades, and a three-piece suit -- Father and son -- Roy Cohn and the art of the counterattack -- Crossing the bridge -- "Best sex I've ever had" -- All in -- Cold winds -- The chase -- A league of his own -- The great unraveling -- Ratings machine -- The name game -- Empire -- Showman -- Political chameleon -- The worth of a man -- "Trump! Trump! Trump" -- Epilogue: Law and order.
Authoritative, timely, and provocative, this deeply researched biography of Donald Trump provides a complex portrait of the man who--despite broad skepticism--could be the next president of the United States. Despite decades of scrutiny, many aspects of Trump's life are not well known. Few individuals have ever roamed so widely through such diverse realms as real estate, sports, entertainment, and national politics. To discover Trump in full, The Washington Post assembled a team of reporters and researchers to delve into every aspect of his improbable life, from his privileged upbringing in Queens to his astonishing 2016 rise to seize the Republican candidacy for president. Coauthored by Washington Post investigative political reporter Michael Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher, this comprehensive book documents Trump's family roots, his aggressive efforts to make a name for himself in New York social circles, and his penchant for big bets--on real estate, branded businesses, and, ultimately, on himself. The authors, seasoned journalists who interviewed Trump for this book, scrutinize everything from his youthful alliance with the power broker Roy Cohn to his alleged dealings with organized crime and his controversial projects in New York City, Atlantic City, Florida, Scotland, and Azerbaijan. The authors examine Trump's wealth, the evolution of his political beliefs, and his peculiar identity as a billionaire businessman, celebrity, global brand, television star, and now candidate for the most powerful office in the world.--Adapted from dust jacket.

The history of Japan

August 23, 2016
Perez, Louis G.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009.
xvii, 266 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
A wonderful place -- Early Japan -- Feudal Japan -- The Tokugawa era: 1600-1868 -- The Meiji era: 1868-1912 -- Prewar Japan -- The Pacific war and Allied occupation -- A new Japan -- Turbulent politics -- Society in the twenty-first century.
From the Publisher: Louis G. Perez revisits Japan's turbulent past and recent events in the past decade and 21st Century in this revised and fully expanded second edition of The History of Japan, a must-have for all high school and public libraries. This essential resource provides readers with a comprehensive look at Japan's long and rich history, examining its politics, culture, philosophy, and religious beliefs throughout the ages. Also included are up-to-date discussions of political situations, environmental issues, and even a glimpse into the cultural lives of the Japanese today. Students will learn who the Japanese are today, and how the past has shaped their contemporary society. An updated timeline, appendices, and glossary, along with an illustrative bibliographical essay that includes both print and electronic sources, round out this valuable reference tool. Roughly the same size as the state of California, the island nation of Japan is one of the world's most densely populated nations-not to mention an economic powerhouse and a Mecca of advanced technology. But the Land of the Rising Sun did not always lead the world with its success in the automobile industry, innovative electronics, and powerful stock market. Louis G. Perez revisits Japan's turbulent past and recent events in the past decade and 21st Century in this revised and fully expanded second edition of The History of Japan, a must-have for all high school and public libraries. This essential resource provides readers with a comprehensive look at Japan's long and rich history, examining its politics, culture, philosophy, and religious beliefs throughout the ages. Also included are up-to-date discussions of political situations, environmental issues, and even a glimpse into the cultural lives of the Japanese today. Students will learn who the Japanese are today, and how the past has shaped their contemporary society. An updated timeline, appendices, and glossary, along with an illustrative bibliographical essay that includes both print and electronic sources, round out this valuable reference tool. This updated narrative of Japan's history is an absolute must-have for high school and public library shelves.

Portfolio. Il grand tour delle insegnanti.

August 23, 2016
Roma [Italy] : Internazionale s.r.l., [2016]
pages 64-69 : illustrations, some color ; 28 cm.
Title from the portfolio feature of the issue.
"Tutte le foto per gentile concessione di The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County"--Page 64.

The Black Prince of Florence : the spectacular life and treacherous world of Alessandro de' Medici

August 22, 2016
Fletcher, Catherine, 1975- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xxiii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Family tree -- Glossary of names -- Timeline -- Maps -- A note on money -- Prologue -- Book one: The bastard son -- Book two: The obedient nephew -- Book three: The prince alone -- Afterword: Alessandro's ethnicity.
"Ruler of Florence for seven bloody years, 1531 to 1537, Alessandro de' Medici was arguably the first person of color to serve as a head of state in the Western world. Born out of wedlock to a dark-skinned maid and Lorenzo de' Medici, he was the last legitimate heir to the line of Lorenzo the Magnificent. When Alessandro's noble father died of syphilis, the family looked to him. Groomed for power, he carved a path through the backstabbing world of Italian politics in a time when cardinals, popes, and princes vied for wealth and advantage. By the age of nineteen, he was prince of Florence, inheritor of the legacy of the grandest dynasty of the Italian Renaissance. Alessandro faced down family rivalry and enormous resistance from Florence's oligarchs, who called him a womanizer-which he undoubtedly was--and a tyrant. Yet this real-life counterpart to Machiavelli's Prince kept his grip on power until he was assassinated at the age of 26 during a late-night tryst arranged by his scheming cousins. After his death, his brief but colorful reign was criticized by those who had murdered him in a failed attempt to restore the Florentine republic. For the first time, the true story is told in The Black Prince of Florence. Catherine Fletcher tells the riveting tale of Alessandro's unexpected rise and spectacular fall, unraveling centuries-old mysteries, exposing forgeries, and bringing to life the epic personalities of the Medicis, Borgias, and others as they waged sordid campaigns to rise to the top. Drawing on new research and first-hand sources, this biography of a most intriguing Renaissance figure combines archival scholarship with discussions of race and class that are still relevant today."--Provided by publisher.

Letters of Second Lieutenant Charles Wesley Chapman, Jr., December 19, 1894-May 3, 1918.

August 22, 2016
Chapman, Charles Wesley, Jr., 1894-1918, author.
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama : Air Force Research Institute, Air University Press, 2016.
xix, 136 pages : illustrations; 23 cm
Shipping list no.: 2016-0296-P.
"Published by Air University Press in April 2016"--Title page verso.

The commander : Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab independence, 1914-1948

August 19, 2016
Parsons, Laila, author.
New York : Hill and Wang, 2016.
xvi, 295 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Ottoman officer -- Syria in revolt -- Palestine 1936 -- Baghdad to Berlin -- Palestine 1948 -- Epilogue.
"The definitive biography of the military leader who stood at the center of Arab politics for four decades"--Provided by publisher.

Reformations : the early modern world, 1450-1650

August 19, 2016
Eire, Carlos M. N., author.
xviii, 893 pages : illustrations, maps, facsimiles, portraits ; 26 cm
Part One. On the Edge. Prelude: Rome, 1450 -- An Age of Breakthroughs -- Religion in Late Medieval Christendom -- Reform and Dissent in the Late Middle Ages -- Italian Humanism -- Humanism Beyond Italy -- Forerunners of the Catholic Reformation -- Part Two. Protestants. Prelude: Rome, 1510 -- Luther: From Student to Monk -- Luther: From Rebel to Heretic -- Luther: The Reactionary -- The Swiss Reformation -- The Radical Reformation -- Calvin and Calvinism -- England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, 1521-1603 -- Part Three. Catholics. Prelude: Rome, 1564 -- Catholic Reform: Facing the Challenge -- Catholic Reform: Healing the Body of Christ -- Catholic Reform: Fashioning a New Clergy -- Catholic Reform: The Society of Jesus -- Missions to the New World -- Missions to the East Indies -- Part Four. Consequences. Prelude: Rome, 1626 -- The Age of Religious Wars -- The Age of Orthodoxy -- The Confessional Age -- The Age of Devils -- The Age of Reasonable Doubt -- The Age of Outcomes -- The Spirit of the Age -- Epilogue: Assessing the Reformations.
This fast-paced survey of Western civilization's transition from the Middle Ages to modernity brings that tumultuous period vividly to life. Carlos Eire, popular professor and gifted writer, chronicles the two-hundred-year era of the Renaissance and Reformation with particular attention to issues that persist as concerns in the present day. Eire connects the Protestant and Catholic Reformations in new and profound ways, and he demonstrates convincingly that this crucial turning point in history not only affected people long gone, but continues to shape our world and define who we are today. The book focuses on the vast changes that took place in Western civilization between 1450 and 1650, from Gutenberg's printing press and the subsequent revolution in the spread of ideas to the close of the Thirty Years' War. Eire devotes equal attention to the various Protestant traditions and churches as well as to Catholicism, skepticism, and secularism, and he takes into account the expansion of European culture and religion into other lands, particularly the Americas and Asia. He also underscores how changes in religion transformed the Western secular world. A book created with students and nonspecialists in mind, Reformations is an inspiring, provocative volume for any reader who is curious about the role of ideas and beliefs in history.

Marie Antoinette : phantom queen

August 17, 2016
Goetzinger, Annie, 1951- author, artist.
New York, NY : NBM Publishing, [2016]
68 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
Initially published in French as Marie Antoinette, la reign fantome.

Troubled refuge : struggling for freedom in the Civil War

August 17, 2016
Manning, Chandra, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
396 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book" -- copyright page
Part I. Out of Egypt -- Grit and limits: experiencing emancipation in eastern contraband camps -- Constant turbulence: experiencing emancipation in western contraband camps -- Part II. By the sword -- Precarious routes to freedom: wartime emancipation in contraband camps -- Uneasy alliances: wartime citizenship in contraband camps -- Part III. Time in the desert -- Imperfect ploughshares: from military to civil authority, April-December 1865 -- Conclusion.
Even before shots were fired at Fort Sumter, slaves recognized that their bondage was at the root of the war, and they began running to the Union army. By the war's end, nearly half a million had taken refuge behind Union lines in improvised "contraband camps". These were crowded and dangerous places, with conditions approaching those of a humanitarian crisis, yet families and individuals took unimaginable risks to reach them, and they became the first places where many Northerners would come to know former slaves en masse. Drawing on records of the Union and Confederate armies, the letters and diaries of soldiers, transcribed testimonies of former slaves, and more, Manning sweeps us along, from the contraband camps, sharing insight and stories of individuals and armies on the move, to debates in the halls of Congress. --adapted from publisher website.

Betrayal at Little Gibraltar : a German fortress, a treacherous American general, and the battle to end World War I

August 17, 2016
Walker, William T., Jr., author.
New York : Scribner, 2016.
xiii, 447 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Prologue: words tongued with fire -- Part I. The stakes -- "Horrors from the abyss" -- Harry Parkin's affidavit -- Little Gibraltar of the Western Front -- "Do you wish to take part in the battle?" -- "This appalling proposition" -- "Feeling like crusaders" -- Training for disaster -- "An ominous, dread inspiring place" -- Part II. Battle and betrayal -- Over the top and into a trap -- "The 79th is holding up the entire First Army" -- "Bayonet and rifle butt, pistol and trench knife" -- "All America is behind us" -- "Regardless of cost" -- The cost of "regardless" -- Relief and disgrace -- Into the cyclone ... once again -- Redemption on Corn Willy Hill -- Making good ... at last -- Part III. The war after the war -- Controlling the narrative -- Bullard, Bjornstad, and Booth -- Betrayal at Little Gibraltar -- Denkmal: remembering the lost doughboys -- Epilogue: "Some could, some could not, shake off misery."
"A painstakingly researched account of World War I's violent Meuse-Argonne Offensive and the 100-year-old cover-up at its center traces the efforts of AEF Commander-in-Chief John J. Pershing to capture the near-impregnable German Montfaucon and the inside betrayal that cost untold lives"--NoveList.

The rest I will kill : William Tillman and the unforgettable story of how a free black man refused to become a slave

August 16, 2016
McGinty, Brian, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2016]
236 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
A free black man -- To sea -- The capture -- Now is our time -- The return -- A hero's welcome -- A matter of compensation -- Passing judgment -- The fury continues -- Epilogue: a black man's fate.

California comeback : how "failed state" became a model for the nation

August 12, 2016
Zacchino, Narda, author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
328 pages ; 24 cm
"In recent years, California has begun, sometimes boldly, sometimes tentatively, a reinvestigation of the idea that government may not be a dirty word. From raising taxes on those with annual incomes over $250,000, to shifting money toward the schools of poor children, from seeking environmental alliances with other countries to limit global warming, to the rejection of military solutions to the problems posed by illegal immigration, California has been a laboratory of innovation. These are clear, if not always consistent, indications that Californians are not content to pursue the "race to the bottom" right-wing philosophy that has gone mostly unchallenged since the fall of the Communism. That model of endorsing privatization, deregulation, and reductions in government spending, eschewing subsidies, minimal government interference in business, and a tax system that disproportionately favors the wealthy, is exemplified by Rick Perry's vision for Texas and rejected by the pragmatic liberal Jerry Brown. This liberal mindset, forged in the crucible of the tumultuous last half century, is California's true contribution to not only the county, but the world"-- Provided by publisher.

Hillary : the other woman : a political memoir

August 9, 2016
Kyle, Dolly, author.
xii, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The author, a childhood friend of Hillary Clinton's husband Billy, talks about Hillary Clinton's political career and why she thinks a second Clinton presidency would be a disaster.

Thumbs up America : Americans at war : a current history of America's longest war, battlespace 2015

August 9, 2016
Smittle, Dean, author.
North Charleston, South Carolina : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, [2016]
iv, 292 pages ; 23 cm
The book narrative is created from a series of 700 WLW AM Military briefs from the Jim Scott Radio Show from a variety of news sources, many of them military, to focus on what the author believes are the are the most important news items of the day. The daily military briefs are arranged sequentially from January 2015 through December 2015 for the readers historical reference.--Author's notes.

A floating Chinaman : fantasy and failure across the Pacific

August 5, 2016
Hsu, Hua, 1977- author.
Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, [2016]
276 pages ; 25 cm
Chinese whispers -- Naïve melody -- Four hundred million customers -- A pilgrim, protesting -- New York ghost -- Chinatown, USA, world -- Too big to fail.
"A Floating Chinaman is, in the broadest sense, a book about who gets to speak for China. The title is taken from a lost manuscript by H.T. Tsiang, a Chinese immigrant writer who self-published a series of visionary novels in the 1930s, a time when China was recast as a rich, unexplored mystery to the American public. At this time the United States "rediscovered" China, and the book traces its causes and cues in a variety of sites: the comfortable, middlebrow literature of Pearl Buck, Alice Tisdale Hobart and Lin Yutang; the journalism of Carl Crow and Henry Luce; exuberant reports from oil executives proclaiming a new era in global trade. On the margins--in Chinatowns, on college campuses, in the failed avant-gardism of Tsiang--a different conversation about the possibilities of a transpacific future was taking place. The book is about the circulation of ideas about China; but it is also a book about writers, rivalries, and the acquisition of authority. It is about the creation and refinement of those ideas, as well as the spirit of competition that underlies all critical endeavors. These were decades when China represented a new area of inquiry, and the stakes for writers to flex their expertise were at once intellectual, professional, and deeply personal. The author considers a range of texts--from best-sellers to self-published paperbacks, travel literature to corporate newsletters, FBI surveillance files to flowery letters from an Ellis Island detention center--and considers the competing notions of a transpacific future that animated the literary imagination as well as some satisfying moments of revenge."--Provided by publisher.

Whistlestop : my favorite stories from presidential campaign history

August 5, 2016
Dickerson, John, 1968- author.
New York : Twelve, 2016.
xxi, 439 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Whistlestop tells the human story of nervous gambits hatched in first-floor hotel rooms, failures of will before the microphone, and the cross-country crack-ups of long-planned stratagems. At the bar at the end of a campaign day, these are the stories reporters rehash for themselves and embellish for newcomers. In addition to the familiar tales, Whistlestop is a ride through the American campaign history with one of its most enthusiastic conductors guiding you through the landmarks along the way."--Jacket.

Our family dreams : the Fletchers' adventures in nineteenth-century America

August 4, 2016
Smith, Daniel Blake.
New York City : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
x, 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Beginnings -- Heading West -- Settling In -- "The Best Fortune We Can Give Our Children" -- Public Life -- Calamities -- War and Loyalty -- Legacies.
"In the early years after the Revolution, Americans were on the move, seeking to establish a new way of life. And, more than the church or the school or the courthouse, it was the family that nurtured the American Dream. In this novel-like narrative, Daniel Blake Smith vividly brings to life the Fletchers, a family of loving, ambitious, at times insecure pioneers who scattered across the vast expanse of post-revolutionary America but kept in touch through letters despite their wildly different life paths. On a hard scrabble farm in Vermont, the patriarch, Jesse Fletcher, struggled with debt and depression but managed to educate his children, especially his son Elijah, a Yankee who moved to Virginia, shocked by the horrors of slavery but then seduced by the plantation lifestyle. Another son, Calvin, left at age 17 for Indianapolis to become a self-made lawyer, banker, and a prominent citizen and passionate abolitionist. The grandchildren include Indiana, a women's education activist who donated her home to create Sweet Briar College; black sheep Lucian, who went to California to join in the gold rush; and physician Billy captured as a spy during the Civil War. Through letters and diaries, we find that the Fletchers appear surprisingly similar to us; they dream, fret, fight, and love. Despite numerous heartaches and setbacks, their spirit of enterprise, sacrifice, mobility, and education endures as American values to this day"--Provided by publisher.

The king's revenge : Charles II and the greatest manhunt in British history

August 3, 2016
Jordan, Don, 1948- author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2016.
383 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The watchtower -- "That man of blood", January 1647-January 1649 -- A wicked design, 8 January-27 January 1649 -- Execution, 29 January-7 February 1649 -- Propaganda and assassination, January 1649-October 1651 -- "The honour of dying for the people", April 1653-August 1658 -- After Oliver, September 1658-October 1659 -- The invader, October 1659-February 1660 -- The round-up begins, February-April 1660 -- Exodus, April-May 1660 -- Death list, May-September 1660 -- "The guilt of blood", 8-12 October 1660 -- Damned if you do, damned if you don't, 13-19 October 1660 -- Disinterred, November 1660-April 1661 -- Bloodhounds, May-September 1661 -- On the word of a king, September 1661-July 1663 -- The tightening net, 1663-1665 -- Plans to invade and hopes dashed, 1665-1692 -- Epilogue: the legacy of the regicides.
"When Charles I was executed, his son Charles II made it his role to seek out retribution, producing the biggest manhunt Britain had ever seen, one that would span Europe and America and would last for thirty years. "We shall pursue and bring to their due punishment those bloody traitors who were either actors or contrivers of that unparalleled and inhuman murder." So vowed the nineteen-year-old Prince of Wales, following the beheading of his father Charles I in January 1649. From exile, he instigated what became the biggest manhunt the nation had ever seen, spreading out across Europe and America and lasting for over thirty years. When he ascended to the throne in 1660 as Charles II, his search for revenge intensified, with show trials in London and assassination squads scouring foreign countries. Many of the most senior figures in England were hanged, drawn and quartered; imprisoned for life; or consigned to a self-imposed exile, in constant fear of the assassin's bullet. History has painted the regicides and their supporters as fanatics, but among them were exceptional men, including John Milton, poetic genius and political propagandist; Oliver Cromwell's steely son-in-law, Henry Ireton; and the errant son of an earl, Algernon Sidney, whose writings helped inspire the founders of the American Revolution. Cromwell himself was subjected to the most bizarre symbolic revenge when—though long-dead—his body was disinterred and beheaded. Set in an age of intrigue and betrayal, The King's Revenge brings these remarkable figures vividly to life in an engrossing tale of ambition, double agents, and espionage"--publisher's website.

The story of Egypt : the civilization that shaped the world

August 3, 2016
Fletcher, Joann, author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2016.
482 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
In the beginning -- Sahara savannah: c.55,000-5500 BC -- Seeking the waters: c.5500-3500 BC -- The north-south divide: c.3500-3100 BC -- Lords and ladies of the Two Lands: c.3100-2890 BC -- Shifting focus: c.2890-2686 BC -- The rise of the pyramid age: c.2667--2613 BC -- Sons and daughters of the sun: c.2613-2494 BC -- The rule of Ra: c.2494-2375 BC -- Clouds across the sun: c.2375-2181 BC -- Anarchy in the Two Lands: c.2181-1985 BC -- Classic kingdom, Middle Kingdom: c.1985-1855 BC -- Proliferate, disintegrate: c.1855-1650 BC -- Divided and conquered: c.1650-1550 BC -- Dawn of the golden age: c.1550-1425 BC -- Zenith of the sun: c.1425-1352 BC -- Reflected glories: c.1352--1295 BC -- Reigns of the Ramessides: c.1295-1069 BC -- Decline, rise and fall: c.1069-332 BC -- The final flourish: 332-30 BC.
"The story of the world's greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories-- an evolving society rich in inventors, heroes, heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers. Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete story of [ancient] Egypt-- charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while putting their whole world into ... context"--

Making Roots : a nation captivated

August 2, 2016
Delmont, Matthew F., author.
x, 264 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Before this anger -- The Gambia -- Speaking Roots -- Writing Roots -- Producing Roots -- Reading Roots -- Watching Roots -- A troublesome property.

The fall of heaven : the Pahlavis and the final days of imperial Iran

August 1, 2016
Cooper, Andrew Scott, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2016.
xviii, 587 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 25 cm
People -- Events of the 1978-1979 revolution -- Looking for rain. Back to Cairo ; The Shah ; Crown and kingdom ; The Old Lion ; Farah Diba ; The Ayatollah ; "Javid shah!" ; Royals and rebels ; The camp of gold cloth ; The Pahlavi progress ; Emperor of oil ; The turning ; Thirsty for martyrdom ; Last days of Pompeii -- Farewell the Shah. Lights over Niavaran ; The caravan passes ; Five days in May ; Into the storm ; Ramadan rising ; The Great Terror ; Black Friday ; State of siege ; Tehran is burning ; Sullivan's folly ; Swept away ; Flight of the eagle.
" An immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall of Iran's glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late Shah's widow, Empress Farah."-- Provided by publisher.

feed —Subscribe to the History feed .


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print