New Arrivals · History

July 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

All the agents and saints : dispatches from the U.S. borderlands

July 27, 2017
Elizondo Griest, Stephanie, 1974- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2017]
xv, 289 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"After a decade of chasing stories around the globe, intrepid travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest followed the magnetic pull home -- only to discover that her native South Texas had been radically transformed in her absence. Ravaged by drug wars and barricaded by an eighteen-foot steel wall, her ancestral land had become the nation's foremost crossing ground for undocumented workers, many of whom perished along the way. The frequency of these tragedies seemed like a terrible coincidence, before Elizondo Griest moved to the New York / Canada borderlands. Once she began to meet Mohawks from the Akwesasne Nation, however, she recognized striking parallels to life on the southern border." -- Provided by publisher.

The hidden lives of Tudor women : a social history

July 27, 2017
Norton, Elizabeth (Historian), author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
406 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

Never call me a hero : a legendary American dive-bomber pilot remembers the Battle of Midway

July 26, 2017
Kleiss, N. Jack, 1916-2016, author.
©2017
xvii, 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / by Jill Kleiss -- Introduction / by Norman Jack Kleiss -- Kansas childhood, 1916-1932 -- The lure of flight, 1932-1934 -- Midshipman, 1934-1938 -- Finding love, 1938-1939 -- The Navy's surface fleet, 1939-1940 -- Flight training, 1940-1941 -- Scouting Squadron Six, part 1, May-June 1941 -- Scouting Squadron Six, part 2, June-November 1941 -- The Pacific War begins, November 1941-January 1942 -- The battle of the Marshall Islands, February 1942 -- Wake and Marcus Islands, February-March 1942 -- Return to the central Pacific, March-June 1942 -- The Battle of Midway, part 1, the morning attack, June 4, 1942 -- The Battle of Midway, part 2, the afternoon attack, June 4, 1942 -- The Battle of Midway, part 3, June 5 and 6, 1942 -- Return to the States, June-October 1942 -- Flight instructor, 1942-1945 -- My life after the Second World War, 1946-1976 -- Remembering Midway, 1976-2016 -- Afterword / by Timothy J. Orr -- Appendix: Roster, Scouting Squadron Six, May 1941 to June 1942 -- Glossary of military acronyms.
75 years ago, one daring American pilot may have changed the course of history when he struck and sank two Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway. Now, legendary dive-bomber "Dusty" Kleiss shares his unforgettable eyewitness account of America's greatest naval victory.

The unwomanly face of war : an oral history of women in World War II

July 26, 2017
Aleksievich, Svetlana, 1948- author.
New York : Random House, [2017]
xliii, 331 pages ; 25 cm
Translated from the Russian.
"Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, War's Unwomanly Face is Svetlana Alexievich's collection of stories of women's experiences in World War II, both on the front lines, on the home front, and in occupied territories. This is a new, distinct version of the war we're so familiar with. Alexievich gives voice to women whose stories are lost in the official narratives, creating a powerful alternative history from the personal and private stories of individuals. Collectively, these women's voices provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human side of the war. When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize in Literature, they praised her "polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time," and cited her for inventing "a new kind of literary genre." Sara Danius, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, added that her work comprises "a history of emotions -- a history of the soul."--Provided by publisher.

Edward VII : the Prince of Wales and the women he loved

July 26, 2017
Arnold, Catharine, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
viii, 291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A youthful indiscretion -- A royal wedding -- "Gay Paree and London lowlife" -- Mordaunt vs. Mordaunt -- Jennie Churchill, the dollar princess -- The Aylesford scandal -- The Jersey tomboy -- Taking London by storm -- The real Prince Charming -- Royal mistress -- The wheel of fortune -- Jennie and Randolph -- My darling Daisy -- The heart has its reasons -- She stoops to conquer -- The unforgivable sin -- The Tranby Croft trial -- The socialite socialist -- Captain Laycock of the Blues -- The last mistress : Alice Keppel -- Golden years -- Famous last words.
"Edward Prince of Wales, better known as "Bertie," was the eldest son of Queen Victoria. Charming and dissolute, he was a larger-than-life personality with king-size appetites. A lifelong womanizer, Bertie conducted his countless liaisons against the glittering backdrop of London society, Europe, and the stately homes of England in the second half of the 19th century. Bertie's lovers were beautiful, spirited, society women who embraced a wide field of occupations. While the scandals resulting from his affairs--from suicides to divorces--were a blight on the royal family, Bertie would become a surprisingly modern monarch. His major accomplishment was transforming the British monarchy into the modern institution that we know today and ensuring its survival in a period when every other European dynasty collapsed in the wake of WWI"--Provided by publisher.

A time to keep

July 26, 2017
Pickett, Hazel Stone, 1904-
Indianapolis, Ind.? : [publisher not identified], 1980.
62 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

Sons and soldiers : the untold story of the Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the U.S. Army to fight Hitler

July 25, 2017
Henderson, Bruce B., 1946- author.
©2017
xii, 429 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes photographic images on end papers.
Prologue: Germany 1938 -- Saving the children -- Escaping the Nazis -- A place to call home -- Camp Ritchie -- Going back -- Normandy -- The breakout -- Holland -- The forests -- Return to Deutschland -- The camps -- Denazification -- Going home.
As Jewish families were trying desperately to get out of Europe during the menacing rise of Hitler's Nazi party, some chose to send their young sons away to uncertain futures in America, perhaps never to see them again. As these boys became young men, they were determined to join the fight in Europe. Known as the Ritchie Boys, after the Maryland camp where they were trained, these army recruits knew what would happen to them if they were captured. Yet they leapt at the opportunity to be sent in small, elite teams to join every major combat unit in Europe, where they collected key tactical intelligence on enemy strength, troop and armored movements, and defensive positions. A post-war army report found that nearly 60 percent of the credible intelligence gathered in Europe came from the Ritchie Boys. Drawing on original interviews and extensive archival research, Henderson vividly re-creates the stories of six of these men in an epic tale of heroism, courage, and patriotism that will not soon be forgotten. -- from dust jacket.

Empire made : my search for an outlaw uncle who vanished in British India

July 25, 2017
Hillsbery, Kief, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
xxiv, 259 pages : map ; 24 cm
An empire -- An education -- Margalla Pass -- A passage -- A griffin -- Ghazipur -- A safe and prudent distance -- A mosque -- An asiatic Rome -- Patna -- A folly -- A policeman -- A Christian soldier -- Gulzarbagh -- A conquest -- A peace -- Bankipore -- A war -- A giant -- A crossing -- Chandragiri -- A maharaja -- Kathmandu -- A prince -- A welcome -- A showcase -- Tipling -- A lark -- A mutiny -- Rosi Bagh -- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa -- Lal Durbar -- Now is the waiting -- Stars of tears.
"In 1841, twenty-year-old Nigel Halleck set out for Calcutta as a clerk in the East India Company. He went on to serve in the colonial administration for eight years before abruptly leaving the company under a cloud and disappearing in the mountain kingdom of Nepal, never to be heard from again. While most traces of his life were destroyed in the bombing of his hometown during World War II, Nigel was never quite forgotten--the myth of the man who headed East would reverberate through generations of his family. Kief Hillsbery, Nigel's nephew many times removed, embarked on his own expedition, spending decades researching and traveling through India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal in the footsteps of his long-lost relation. In uncovering the remarkable story of Nigel's life, Hillsbery beautifully renders a moment in time when the arms of the British Empire extended around the world."--Jacket.

Latino leaders speak : personal stories of struggle and triumph

July 24, 2017
©2017
xiv, 281 pages ; 22 cm
Originally presented at the Latino Leaders Luncheon Series in Washington, DC, and other major cities, the personal stories included in this book are all by successful Latinos involved in a variety of occupations, from politics and sports to education and activism.Their words will inspire readers of all ages to follow their dreams and help those less fortunate."--Provided by publisher.

Stark mad abolitionists : Lawrence, Kansas, and the battle over slavery in the Civil War era

July 24, 2017
Sutton, Robert Kent, author.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2017]
xxv, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part 1. The awakening -- We waked up stark mad abolitionists -- Nothing but a beautiful green carpet -- I shall build a cabin for myself forthwith -- You might as well read bibles to buffaloes -- Part 2. The conflict -- The almost bloodless Wakarusa War -- The Fabian policy is the true one -- It was the grossest outrage ever perpetuated -- The latest edition of the Herald of Freedom -- Will Buchanan see that justice is done? -- Glorious intelligence! Kansas in the Union! -- The war -- My life belongs to my country, but my heart belongs to you -- Don't turn your back on this bird -- We could stand no more -- Lawrence or hell -- Oh God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance -- Epilogue: From ashes to immortality -- Appendix: What happened to the players in this story?.

Getting tough : welfare and imprisonment in 1970s America

July 24, 2017
Kohler-Hausmann, Julilly. author.
©2017
xiv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Addicts into citizens: the tribulations of New York's treatment regime -- The public versus the pushers: enacting New York's Rockefeller drug laws -- The welfare mess: reimagining the social contract -- Welfare is a cancer: economic citizenship in the age of Reagan -- Unmaking the rehabilitative ideal -- Going berserk for punishment: a prelude to mass incarceration -- Forging an "underclass".
"In 1970s America, politicians began 'getting tough' on drugs, crime, and welfare. These campaigns helped expand the nation's penal system, discredit welfare programs, and cast blame for the era's social upheaval on racialized deviants that the state was not accountable to serve or represent. Getting Tough sheds light on how this unprecedented growth of the penal system and the evisceration of the nation's welfare programs developed hand in hand. Julily Kohler-Hausmann shows that these historical events were animated by struggles over how to interpret and respond to the inequality and disorder that crested during this period" --Dust jacket.

The working class Republican : Ronald Reagan and the return of blue-collar conservatism

July 21, 2017
Olsen, Henry (Political consultant), author.
New York, NY : Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xx, 345 pages ; 24 cm
"A political analyst argues that conservative icon Ronald Reagan was not an enemy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal, but his true heir and the popular program's ultimate savior. Conventional political wisdom views the two most consequential presidents of the twentieth-century--FDR and Ronald Reagan--as ideological opposites. FDR is hailed as the champion of big-government progressivism manifested in the New Deal. Reagan is seen as the crusader for conservatism dedicated to small government and free markets. But Henry Olsen argues that this assumption is wrong. In The Working Class Republican, Olsen contends that the historical record clearly shows that Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal itself were more conservative than either Democrats or Republicans believe, and that Ronald Reagan was more progressive than most contemporary Republicans understand. Olsen cuts through political mythology to set the record straight, revealing how Reagan--a longtime Democrat until FDR's successors lost his vision in the 1960s--saw himself as FDR's natural heir, carrying forward the basic promises of the New Deal: that every American deserves comfort, dignity, and respect provided they work to the best of their ability. "-- Provided by publisher.

Dunkirk : the history behind the major motion picture

July 21, 2017
Levine, Joshua, 1970- author.
©2017
354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Preface: "I don't see it as a war film. I see it as a survival story": an interview between Joshua Levine and Director Christopher Nolan -- Survival -- Quite like us -- The long and the short and the tall -- High hopes -- Fighting back -- Halting the Panzers -- Escape to Dunkirk -- No sign of a miracle -- A miracle -- Where's the bloody RAF? -- A new Dunkirk.
The Battle of Dunkirk, in May/June 1940, is remembered as a stunning defeat, yet a major victory as well. The Nazis had beaten back the Allies and pushed them across France to the northern port of Dunkirk. In the ultimate race against time, more than 300,000 Allied soldiers were daringly evacuated across the Channel. This moment of German aggression was used by Winston Churchill as a call to Franklin Roosevelt to enter the war. Now, historian Joshua Levine explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.

On this date : from the Pilgrims to today, discovering America one day at a time

July 19, 2017
Cannon, Carl M., author.
New York : Twelve, 2017.
xi, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Inclues index

Sharing the skies : Navajo astronomy

July 19, 2017
Maryboy, Nancy C.
Tucson, Ariz. : Rio Nuevo Publishers, ©2010.
96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
pt. 1. Introduction -- Introduction to Navajo astronomy -- Introduction to Greek astronomy -- Introduction to Space Science -- pt. 2. Comparative astronomy -- Náhookos constellation -- Náhookos Bi'ka'/Ursa Major -- Náhookos Bi'áád/Cassiopeia -- Náhookos Biko'/Polaris -- Dilyéhé/Pleiades -- Hubble : Bernard's Merope nebula -- Átsé Ets' ózí/Orion -- Hubble : Horsehead nebula -- Hastiin Sik'aí'ií/Corvus -- Átsé Etsoh/Scorpius, top half -- Gah Hahat'ee/ Scorpius, lower half -- Yikáísdáhá/The Miky Way -- Ii'ni/Pegasus and Leo -- Shash/Sagittarius -- Tsetah Dibé/Cancer -- Hubble : Star AU Microscopii -- Tłish Tsoh/Canis Major -- Ma'ii Bizo'/Argo Navis -- Hubble : the Eagle nebula -- Jo'hanaa'éí/the Sun -- Tł'éhonaa'éí/the Moon -- Calendrical comparison : Navajo and Western months -- pt. 3. Resources -- Glossary -- Navajo pronunciation guide -- Constellation location guide -- Selected bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Art and photography credits.

Putin : his downfall and Russia's coming crash

July 18, 2017
Lourie, Richard, 1940- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press/Thomas Dunne Books, [2017].
xxii, 264 pages ; 24 cm
PART ONE: The present as prologue -- 1. Arms and the man -- PART TWO: Background check -- 2. The education of V.V. Putin -- 3. Dresden -- PART THREE: Ascent -- 4. Russia's fall, Putin's rise -- 5. The Russia Putin inherited and its spiritual ills -- PART FOUR: Core issues -- 6. Oil : a wasting asset -- 7. The heart of the matter : Ukraine -- PART FIVE: North- and eastward -- 8. Russia's Mecca : the Arctic -- 9. Manifesting destiny : Asia -- PART SIX: The twilight of paranoia -- 10. How Vladimir Putin learned to stop worrying and love the Internet -- PART SEVEN: The end and after -- 11. Russia without Putin, Putin without Russia.
"For reasons that are made clear in this book, Putin's Russia will collapse just as Imperial Russia did in 1917 and as Soviet Russia did in 1991. The only questions are when, how violently, and with how much peril for the world. The U.S. election complicates everything, including: Putin's next land grab; Exploitations of the Arctic; Cyber-espionage; Putin and China... and many more crucial topics. An essential read for everybody bewildered and dismayed by the new world order"--Provided by publisher.

The women who flew for Hitler : a true story of soaring ambition and searing rivalry

July 18, 2017
Mulley, Clare, author.
©2017
xxiii, 470 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Preface: Truth And Lives -- LONGING FOR FREEDOM, 1903-1932 -- SEARCHING FOR THE FABULOUS, 1912-1933 -- PUBLIC RELATIONS, 1933-1936 -- PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS, 1936-1937 -- HOVERING, 1938 -- DESCENT, 1938-1939 -- WOMEN AT WAR, 1939-1941 -- DEFYING GRAVITY, 1942-1943 -- UNDER ATTACK, 1943 -- OPERATION SELF-SACRIFICE, 1943-1944 -- OPERATION VALKYRIE, 1944 -- IN THE CAMPS, 1944 -- IN THE BUNKER, 1945 -- FINAL FLIGHT -- LIBERATION AND DETENTION, 1945-1946 -- REPUTATIONS -- Epilogue: A Time of Contradictions.
"Despite Hitler's dictates on women's place being in the home, two fiercely defiant female pilots were awarded the Iron Cross during the Second World War. Other than this unique distinction and a passion for flying that bordered on addiction, these women could not have been less alike. One was Aryan Nazi poster-girl Hanna Reitsch, an unsurpassed pilot, who is now best-known for being the last person to fly into Berlin-under-siege in April 1945, in order to beg Hitler to let her save him. He refused and killed himself two days later. The other pilot was her antithesis, a brilliant aeronautical engineer and test-pilot Melitta Schenk Grafin von Stauffenberg who was part Jewish. She used her value to the Luftwaffe as a means to protect her family. When her brother-in-law, Claus von Stauffenberg, planned the Valkyrie attack to assassinate the Fuehrer, she agreed to provide the transport. Both women repeatedly risked their lives to change the history of the Third Reich--one in support of and the other in opposition. Mulley shows, through dazzling film-like scenes suffused in glamour and danger, that their interwoven dramas are a powerful forgotten story of conformity and resistance and the very strength of women at the heart of the Second World War"-- Provided by publisher.

The priest barracks : Dachau, 1938-1945

July 18, 2017
Zeller, Guillaume.
©2017
274 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
A camp for priests -- "O land of distress" -- A spiritual home.
At the Nazi concentration camp Dachau, three barracks out of 30 were occupied by clergy from 1938-1945. The overwhelming majority of the 2,720 men imprisoned in these barracks were Catholics including monks and seminarians from all over Europe. More than a third of the prisoners in the "priest block" died there. The story of these men which has been submerged by the overall history of the concentration camps, is told in this riveting historical account. Besides recounting moving episodes, this book sheds new light on Hitler's system of concentration camps and the intrinsic anti-Christian animus of Nazism.

Raw recruits and bullish prisoners : Ohio's capital in the war of 1812

July 18, 2017
Medert, Patricia Fife.
Chillicothe, Ohio : Ross County Historical Society, 1992.
176 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 22 cm
Includes index.

Hannibal

July 17, 2017
Hunt, Patrick, author.
©2017
xv, 362 pages : maps ; 24 cm
The vow -- Young Hannibal -- Spain -- Saguntum -- Over the Pyrenees -- Crossing the Rhône -- Gateway to the Alps -- The second ambush -- Summit of the Alps -- Ticinus -- Trebia -- The Apennines and the Arno marshes -- Trasimene -- Fabius Maximus and escape -- Cannae -- The campaign for south Italy -- The march on Rome -- War in Spain -- Scipio captures Cartagena -- Metaurus -- Roman triumph, Italy to Spain -- Zama -- Exile -- Hannibal's legacy.
"This authoritative biography brings to life one of the great commanders of the ancient world, Hannibal Barca of Carthage, who crossed the Alps with his war elephants to invade Italy and brought Rome to its knees. In the third century BCE, Carthage was the great mercantile power of the Mediterranean world, with colonies from Spain to Sicily. When the increasingly powerful Roman Republic challenged Carthage for primacy in the Mediterranean, Carthage's leading general, Hannibal, took the fight to Rome. After crossing from North Africa into Spain, he fought his way through southern Spain and Gaul (today's France), then crossed the Alps in a mighty feat of military daring. Defeating all the Roman armies that were sent to stop him, he threatened Rome itself. But after years of warfare, Hannibal's forces were depleted, and he was eventually forced to return to Carthage. Rome's most brilliant general, Scipio, having studied Hannibal's tactics, invaded Carthage and, in one of the epic battles of the ancient world, defeated Hannibal. To this day Hannibal is regarded as a military genius."--Jacket.

The Netanyahu years

July 17, 2017
Kaspit, Ben, author.
©2017
506 pages ; 24 cm
Translated from the Hebrew.
Includes index.
Part one. Biography -- Part two. Dangerous relations -- Part three. Iran, Iran, Iran -- Part four. The Palestine issue.
"Benjamin Netanyahu is currently serving his fourth term in office as Prime Minister of Israel, the longest serving Prime Minister in the country's history. Now Israeli journalist Ben Caspit puts Netanyahu's life under a magnifying glass, focusing on his last two terms in office. Caspit covers a wide swath of topics, including Netanyahu's policies, his political struggles, and his fight against the Iranian nuclear program, and zeroes in on Netanyahu's love/hate relationship with the American administration, America's Jews, and his alliances with American business magnates. A timely and important book, The Netanyahu Years is a primer for anyone looking to understand this world leader"-- Provided by publisher.

A land full of God : Christian perspectives on the Holy Land

July 17, 2017
©2017
xxx, 295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Cairo in the war, 1939-1945

July 14, 2017
Cooper, Artemis, 1953- author.
London : John Murray, 2013.
xiii, 386 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1989.
For troops in the desert, Cairo meant fleshpots or brass hats. For well-connected officers, it meant polo at the Gezira Club and drinks at Shepheard's. For the irregular warriors, Cairo was a city to throw legendary parties before the next mission behind enemy lines. For countless refugees, it was a stopping place in the long struggle home. The political scene was dominated by the British Ambassador Sir Miles Lampson. In February 1942 he surrounded the Abdin Palace with tanks and attempted to depose King Farouk. Five months later it looked as if the British would be thrown out of Egypt for good. Rommel's forces were only sixty miles from Alexandria--but the Germans were pushed back and Cairo life went on. Meanwhile, in the Egyptian Army, a handful of young officers were thinking dangerous thoughts.

Streams of gold, rivers of blood : the rise and fall of Byzantium, 955 A.D. to the First Crusade

July 12, 2017
Kaldellis, Anthony, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]
xxxi, 399 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Introduction: the Byzantine Empire in the tenth century -- Part I. Conquest and consolidation -- Part II. New enemies and the return of politics -- Part III. Collapse.

The locomotive of war : money, empire, power and guilt

July 12, 2017
Clarke, P. F., author.
©2017
ix, 418 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Prologue: A train of thought -- Fourteen points of view. Part 1. Peace and war. 1. The disciple as prophet: Thomas Woodrow Wilson -- 2. A man of the people: David Lloyd George -- 3. Aristocrat and soldier: Winston Spencer Churchill -- 4. How the Liberals started a world war -- 5. Goodbye to the Garden of Eden: John Maynard Keynes -- 6. Knight-Errant of Progressivism: Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- 7. The British war effort: Churchill, Lloyd George, Keynes -- 8. The American way in warfare: Wilson and House -- Part 2. War and peace. Agenda for the Hall of Mirrors: Clemenceau, Lloyd George, Wilson -- The fourteen points in Paris: Wilson and Lloyd George -- 11. A Carthaginian peace? Keynes -- 12. Reparations and guilt: Lloyd George and Wilson -- 13. Further economic consequences: Keynes and Lloyd George -- 14. Second chances: Churchill, Roosevelt, Keynes -- Epilogue: The legacies of war in the long run.
"'War is the locomotive of history,' claimed Trotsky, a remark thought to acknowledge the opportunity the First World War offered the Bolsheviks to seize power in Russia 1917. And here Peter Clarke uses it on a broader canvas to explore how war, rather than socioeconomic forces or individuals, is the prime mover of history. Twentieth-century warfare, based on new technologies and mass armies, saw the locomotive power of war geared up to an unprecedented level, and through the unique prism of this vast tragedy Peter Clarke examines the most influential figures of the day: David Lloyd George who, without the strains of war, would never have become prime minister in 1916; Winston Churchill who, except for the war crisis of 1940, would have been unlikely to be recalled to office; and John Maynard Keynes who, but for the same, would hardly have seen his own economic ideas and authority so suddenly accepted. Gladstone, Woodrow Wilson, Asquith, Roosevelt, they're all here in this highly sophisticated analysis of the lives, writings, decisions and pronouncements of the era's leaders. By following the trajectories of these influential lives Peter Clarke illuminates some of the crucial issues of the period: not only leadership and the projection of authority but also military strategy, war finance and the mobilisation of the nation's personnel and economic resources. The Locomotive of War is a fascinating examination of the interplay between key figures in the context of unprecedented all-out war of 1914 and 1939 and the broader dynamics of history in an extraordinary period"--Publisher's description.

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