New Arrivals · History

July 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

City of sedition : the history of New York during the Civil War

July 27, 2016
Strausbaugh, John, author.
New York : Twelve, 2016.
vi, 423 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Part I. Before: city of confusion -- My God, we are ruined! -- City of slavery -- City of confusion -- The great riot year -- The war of the pennies -- Immigrants and Know-Nothings -- A trio of Tammany rogues -- Lurching toward the precipice -- Riot and outrage -- From New York to bleeding Kansas -- Leaves of Grass -- Hard times and high -- Murder and rebellion -- Slave ships -- The tall, dark horse stranger -- City of secession -- Part II. During: city of sedition -- The tempest bursting -- War! war!! war!!! -- New York to the rescue -- Immigrants join the fight -- The first to fall -- Seeing the elephant, or, the great skedaddle -- The hyenas of war -- The shoddy aristocracy -- We are coming, Father Abraham -- Three cheers for Ericsson -- I goes to fight mit Sigel -- The dead of Antietam -- Sambo's right to be kilt -- Burnside falls, Sickles rises -- Grafted into the army -- Dan Sickles, hero or villain? -- The volcano erupts -- Tweed to the rescue -- The fire in the rear -- New York City's burning -- Last acts -- A "hippodrome of sorrow" -- Part III. After: city of gilt -- The postwar boom -- Anything to beat Grant -- Scandals and scams -- Old soldiers -- Epilogue.

The free state of Jones : Mississippi's longest civil war

July 26, 2016
Bynum, Victoria E., author.
xxiv, 324 pages : illustrations, maps, charts, genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
"With a new afterword by the author."
Sacred Wars: Race and the Ongoing Battle over the Free State of Jones -- The Origins of Mississippi's Piney Woods People -- Jones County's Carolina Connection: Class and Race in Revolutionary America -- The Quest for Land: Yeoman Republicans on the Southwestern Frontier -- Piney Woods Patriarchs: Class Relations and the Growth of Slavery -- Antebellum Life on the Leaf River: Gender, Violence, and Religious Strife -- Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Struggle for Power -- The Inner Civil War: Birth of the Free State of Jones -- The Free State Turned Upside Down: Colonel Lowry's Confederate Raid on Jones County -- Reconstruction and Redemption: The Politics of Race, Class, and Manhood in Jones County -- Defiance and Domination: "White Negroes" in the Piney Woods New South -- Epilogue: The Free State of Jones Revisited: Davis Knight's Miscegenation Trial -- Afterword -- Selected Descendants of the Knight Family -- Selected Descendants of the Coleman Family -- Selected Descendants of the Welborn Family -- Selected Descendants of the Bynum Family -- Selected Descendants of the Collins Family -- Selected Descendants of the Sumrall Family -- Selected Descendants of the Welch Family -- Selected Descendants of the Valentine Family -- The "White Negro" Community, 1880-1920.
Between late 1863 and mid-1864, an armed band of Confederate deserters battled Confederate cavalry in the Piney Woods region of Jones County, Mississippi. Calling themselves the Knight Company after their captain, Newton Knight, and aided by women, slaves, and children who spied on the Confederacy and provided food and shelter, they set up headquarters in the swamps of the Leaf River. There, legend has it, they declared the Free State of Jones. The story of the Jones County rebellion is well known among Mississippians, and debate over whether the county actually seceded from the state during the war has smoldered for more than a century. Adding further controversy to the legend is the story of Newt Knight's interracial romance with his wartime accomplice, Rachel, a slave. Newt and Rachel's relationship resulted in the growth of a mixed-race community that endured long after the Civil War had ended. The ambiguous racial identity of their descendants confounded the rules of segregated Mississippi, as vividly evidenced by the 1948 miscegenation trial of great-grandson Davis Knight. In this book, Victoria Bynum pierces through the haze of romantic legend, Lost Cause rhetoric, popular memory, and gossip that has long shrouded the story of the Free State of Jones. Relying on exhaustive research in a wide range of sources, she traces the origins and legacy of the Jones County uprising from the American Revolution to the modern civil rights movement. In bridging the gap between the legendary and the real Free State of Jones, Bynum shows how the legend -- what was told, what was embellished, and what was left out -- reveals a great deal about the South's transition from slavery to segregation; the racial, gender, and class politics of the period; and the contingent nature of history and memory.

F is for France : a curious cabinet of French wonders

July 26, 2016
Eatwell, Piu Marie, author.
216 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"Exploring a culture filled with arcane laws, historical incidents, and bizarre paradoxes, Piu Eatwell's follow up to her award-winning and critically acclaimed myth-buster They Eat Horses, Don't They is a delightful exploration of France's quirky, literary, and culinary heritage. From absinthe and catacombs to former French soccer player Zinedine Zidane, Eatwell leaves no stone unturned, taking readers off the beaten path to explore the kind of information that gets missed in guidebooks and 'official' information sources. Who could imagine, for example, that there is a village in France where UFOs are banned from landing? Or that there is a verifiable population of wild kangaroos in the forests surrounding Paris? These, and many other off-beat delights, are just some of the curiosities awaiting readers in this journey through byways and hidden treasures of this endlessly fascinating and paradoxical country. Full of the richness and variety of France beyond the platitudes, including recipes and charming illustrations, F is for France is an ideal gift book and a must-read for Francophiles and anyone with an interest in French travel and culture"-- Provided by publisher.

Into the lion's mouth : the true story of Dusko Popov : World War II spy, patriot, and the real-life inspiration for James Bond

July 26, 2016
Loftis, Larry, author.
New York : Berkley Caliber, 2016.
xiii, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Forging the anvil -- Exiting feet first -- Spying for Hitler, killing for Churchill -- Magic -- The bee hive -- Too many devices -- Passion and addiction -- Death in the afternoon -- "He's not dead" -- Taranto and the target -- Casino Estoril -- Pearl Harbor warning -- Cover-up -- I'll kill her -- Butterflies and carnage -- Blown -- Incomplete canvas -- The art of the silent kill -- "Turn around slowly" -- Ticking -- Five lives -- Shots rang out -- Truth serum -- AUF -- D-Day -- Naked and shaved -- Ulla -- Partisan politics -- Johnny.
"A biography of Dusko Popov, who, as "an operative for the Abwehr, SD, MI5, MI6, and FBI during World War II ... seduced countless women--including agents on both sides--spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslav diplomat"

Lucie Aubrac : the French resistance heroine who outwitted the Gestapo

July 25, 2016
Rees, Siân, 1965- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
256 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : Illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Lucie Bernard -- Lucie Samuel -- "Lucie Montet" -- "Lucie Aubrac" -- Lucie Aubrac.
In May 1943, a young Frenchwoman called Lucie Aubrac engineered the escape of her husband, Raymond, from the clutches of Klaus Barbie, the feared Gestapo chief later known as the "Butcher of Lyon." When Raymond was arrested again that June, Lucie mounted a second astonishing rescue, ambushing the prison van that was transporting him. As a founding member and leader of the important French Resistance group Liberation-Sud, Lucie served as a courier, arms carrier, and saboteur who engineered these and other escape plans on behalf of her husband and other Resistance fighters. Spirited out of France with Raymond by the RAF, Lucie arrived in London a heroine. For the postwar generation the couple embodied the spirit of "the real France": the one that resisted, and eventually expelled the Nazis. However, in 1983, Kalus Barbie made the bombshell claim that the Aubracs had become informers in 1943, betraying their comrades. The French press and the couple themselves furiously denounced this as slander, but as worrying inconsistencies were spotted in Lucie's story, doubts emerged that have never quite gone away. Who was Lucie Aubrac? What did she really do in 1943? And was she truly the spirit of la vraie France, or a woman who could not resist casting herself as a heroine? Siân Rees's penetrating, even-handed account draws from letters, newspaper articles, and other archival materials, as well as several interviews, to decipher the truth behind Lucie and her husband's wartime endeavors and near fall from grace. It offers a thrilling portrait of a brave, resourceful woman who went to extraordinary lengths for love and country.

Angela Merkel : Europe's most influential leader

July 25, 2016
Qvortrup, Matthew, author.
New York, NY : Overlook Duckworth, 2016.
367 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
A childhood under communism -- In the shadow of the Berlin Wall -- Angela in Leipzig -- The unbearable boredom of being: a squatter in Berlin -- Angela becomes Merkel -- Kohl's girl -- the politics of patricide: how Merkel became party leader -- Waiting game: the patient party leader -- Merkel loses and becomes chancellor -- The making of the Queen of Europe -- Potato soup, the Pope and re-election -- The Euro-crisis and Afghanistan -- From the jaws of defeat and beyond -- Ukraine, another Greek tragedy and the refugee crisis -- Epilogue: Mother Courage or Merkiavelli?
"The in-depth biography of Angela Merkel, using exclusive new sources and research to tell how the daughter of a clergyman from East Germany rose to become one of the most powerful women in the world."--NoveList.

The house by the lake : one house, five families, and a hundred years of German history

July 25, 2016
Harding, Thomas, 1968- author.
xix, 442 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
"In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding traveled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a small house by a lake on the outskirts of Berlin. It had been a holiday home for her and her family, but in the 1930s, she had been forced to flee to England as the Nazis swept to power. Nearly twenty years later, the house was government property and soon to be demolished. It was Harding's legacy, one that had been loved, abandoned, fought over -- a house his grandmother had desired until her death. Could it be saved? And should it? As Harding began to make inquiries, he unearthed secrets that had lain hidden for decades about the lives of the five families who had lived there: a wealthy landowner, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned composer, a widow and her children, and a Stasi informant. All had made the house their home, and all -- bar one -- had been forced out. The house had been the site of domestic bliss and of contentment, but also of terrible grief and tragedy. It had weathered storms, fires and abandonment; witnessed murders, had withstood the trauma of a world war, and the dividing of a nation. As the story of the house began to take shape, Harding realized that there was a chance to save it, but in doing so, he would have to resolve his own family's feelings towards their former homeland -- and a hatred handed down through the generations. -- For readers of Edmund de Waal, Daniel Mendelson, and David Laski" -- Provided by publisher.

Milestones marking Wheeling's progress, 1769-1925

July 21, 2016
National Bank of West Virginia at Wheeling.
[Wheeling, W.Va.] : National Bank of West Virginia at Wheeling, [1925]
16 pages : illustrations ; 16 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original brown paper wrappings.|5OC
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection shelved in Inland Rivers Library.|5OC
"...West Virginia's oldest bank presents this booklet setting forth the important events of the city's history..."--The Chronicler.

Hillary's America : the secret history of the Democratic Party

July 20, 2016
D'Souza, Dinesh, 1961- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2016]
294 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The Hillary enigma -- The land stealer -- Party of slavery -- Segregation now, segregation forever -- The problem of useless people -- Progressivism über alles -- The education of a mafiosa -- The enabler -- Partners in crime -- Republicans to the rescue.
Dinesh D'Souza is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton's flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth. D'Souza chronicles the sleazy ascent of the Clintons and makes clear what some voters have long suspected: that Hillary is far more dangerous and corrupt than Bill ever was.

Hitler's soldiers : the German army in the Third Reich

July 20, 2016
Shepherd, Ben (Ben H.), author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
xxiii, 639 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Part I: Military Ascent, Moral Decline. The Army in the New Reich, 1933-36 -- Road to War, 1936-39 -- Part II: Triumph and Hubris. Poland, 1939-40 -- "Sitzkrieg," 1939-40 -- The Greatest Victory, 1940 -- Occupying the West, 1940-41 -- Planning Operation Barbarossa, 1940-41 -- Barbarossa Unleashed, 1941 -- Part III: Losing the Initiative. Barbarossa Undone, 1941 -- Resistance and Reaction, 1941 : Western Europe and Southeast Europe -- Winter Crisis, 1941-42 -- The Desert War, 1941-42 -- Southern Russia and Stalingrad, 1942-43 -- Faces of Occupation, 1942-43 : The Soviet Union -- Faces of Occupation, 1942-43 : Western Europe and Southeast Europe -- The Initiative Lost, 1943 -- Part IV: Beleagured. Takeover in Southern Europe, 1943-44 -- The Eastern Front, 1943-44 : The Ostheer Retreats -- The Eastern Front, 1943-44 : The Frontsoldat Endures -- Italy, 1943-44 -- Fortress Europe Breached, 1943-44 -- Part V: Defeat, Destruction and Self-Destruction. The Greatest Defeat, 1944 -- The Army "Recovers," 1944-45 -- The Army Self-Destructs, 1945.
"For decades after 1945, it was generally believed that the German army, professional and morally decent, had largely stood apart from the SS, Gestapo, and other corps of the Nazi machine. Ben Shepherd draws on a wealth of primary sources and recent scholarship to convey a much darker, more complex picture. For the first time, the German army is examined throughout the Second World War, across all combat theaters and occupied regions, and from multiple perspectives: its battle performance, social composition, relationship with the Nazi state, and involvement in war crimes and military occupation. This was a true people's army, drawn from across German society and reflecting that society as it existed under the Nazis. Without the army and its conquests abroad, Shepherd explains, the Nazi regime could not have perpetrated its crimes against Jews, prisoners of war, and civilians in occupied countries. The author examines how the army was complicit in these crimes and why some soldiers, units, and higher commands were more complicit than others. Shepherd also reveals the reasons for the army's early battlefield successes and its mounting defeats up to 1945, the latter due not only to Allied superiority and Hitler's mismanagement as commander-in-chief, but also to the failings--moral, political, economic, strategic, and operational--of the army's own leadership"-- Provided by publisher.

The world must know : the history of the Holocaust as told in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

July 20, 2016
Berenbaum, Michael, 1945-
Washington, D.C. : United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ; Baltimore : Distributed by the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006, ©1993.
xxi, 250 pages : illustrations (some color), map, portraits ; 31 cm
Nazi assault -- Holocaust -- Last chapter -- Afterword -- Bibliographical note -- About the museum -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
Draws on eyewitness accounts, artifacts, and photographs to tell the story of the perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers, and victims of the Holocaust.

The girl who escaped ISIS : this is my story

July 19, 2016
Khalaf, Farida, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
xiii, 224 pages : map ; 22 cm
Our World As It Once Was -- One Final Wonderful Summer -- The Catastrophe -- The Slave Market in Raqqa -- In the Dark Room -- With the "Beasts" -- In the Military Camp -- The Road Out of Hell -- No Home, Not Anywhere.
"A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing, intimate account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence"-- Provided by publisher.

La Americana : a memoir

July 19, 2016
Simón, Melanie Bowden, author.
x, 222 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Havana -- Manhattan and Tina Brown's 'Talk' -- Gringas in Castro's Cuba -- Tick tock -- Who's afraid of Uncle Sam? -- Maria Victoria and the Casa Particular -- Click clack go the tiles -- Hallmark moments -- Advanced cancer -- Devastating blow -- Old man and the sea -- Path finder -- Signs and symbols -- Castro the artist -- Good-byes -- Therapy in the garden -- Gypsy-- Freckles -- La Americana -- The Kiss -- Thirty-six hours and counting -- War -- Budapest -- A mismatched LEGO piece -- Lost along the Danube -- The Serb -- Breathe, Mel, breathe -- Lost in translation -- Wings of an angel -- You're talking, but I can't hear you -- Viva La Revolución! -- Pi-Chi! -- The real deal -- The elephant in the room -- Grim reaper -- Castro, Bush, and the racy tango -- Santo -- The lost boys of Cuba -- Starstruck -- Lockout -- To Mom, love Princesa -- Graveside -- Friends and the curious case of the speed bump -- A Havana wedding and the Canadian chickens -- Tobacco, mangoes, and the horseback Cafecito -- Acceptance -- Nooks, crannies, and saying adios -- Miami-bound.
"'La Americana' is the story of Melanie Bowden Simon, who, at the age of twenty-five, left her job at Tina Brown's 'Talk' magazine following the death of her mother and decided to travel to Havana, Cuba, with a friend. Little did she know that she would meet and fall in love with a Cuban man named Luis and dive headlong into a culture defined by beauty, humor, and grace within the unnerving realities of communism. In this memoir, Simon details her fascination with Cuban culture as she grapples with the death of her mother. She also covers the struggle to get in and out of Cuba at a time when the country is labeled a pariah state. Yet over and over again, Simon manages to overcome international barriers and overcome language and cultural obstacles-- all in the name of her love for Luis"-- Provided by publisher.

What they didn't teach you in American history class : the second encounter / Mike Henry.

July 18, 2016
Henry, Mike, 1952- author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
x, 278 pages ; 23 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, includes thank you letter to the Library for permission to use the photo from the Cincinnati collection for the book's cover.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original paper cover is inscribed by the author.
Let's try this again: they were looking for China and Japan but ended up in America? -- Remember, one if by land, two if by sea? No, this is not a math question! -- George Washington...some say that it was because of his teeth but if you had his problems, you wouldn't be smiling either -- If the British set fire to the White House, why didn't the smoke detectors go off? -- Americans won their freedom on battles fought in the east. So when it was over, they moved west. Sure, that makes sense -- The Civil War: America's real family feud -- Following the war, America lived happily ever after for the next few years -- The inventors: if you build it, someone will probably show up -- If it was the 20th century, then why was it in the 1900s? -- You mean John Wayne didn't win the war for our side? -- Hey Grandpa...were you a hippie? -- The 1980s and 1990s, or, as we call it, the days when machines took over the country -- Y2k...was that like the first cell phone? -- Internal briefings: the presidency -- One more time! As history repeats -- Unfinished business.

The girls of Atomic City : the untold story of the women who helped win World War II

July 14, 2016
Kiernan, Denise, author.
xxi, 373 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 23 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A Touchstone book."
Revelation, August 1945. -- Everything Will Be Taken Care Of: train to Nowhere, August 1943. Tubealloy: the Bohemian Grove to the Appalachian Hills, September 1942. -- Peaches and Pearls: the Taking of Site X, Fall 1942. Tubealloy: Ida and the atom, 1934. -- Through the Gates: Clinton Engineer Works, Fall 1943. Tubealloy: Lise and fission, 1938. -- Bull Pens and Creeps: the Projects Welcome for New Employees. Tubealloy: Leona and success in Chicago, December 1942. -- Only Temporary: Spring into Summer, 1944. Tubealloy: the quest for product. -- To Work. Tubealloy: the couriers. -- Rhythms of Life. Tubealloy: Security, censorship, and the press. -- The One About the Fireflies. Tubealloy: pumpkins, spies, and chicken soup, Fall 1944. -- The Unspoken: Sweethearts and Secrets. Tubealloy: combining efforts in the New Year. -- Curiosity and Silence. Tubealloy: the project's crucial spring. -- Innocence Lost. Tubealloy: hope and the haberdasher, April-May 1945. -- Sand Jumps in the Desert, July 1945 -- The Gadget Revealed -- Dawn of a Thousand Suns -- Life in the New Age.
This is the story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. The Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project's secret cities. All knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece together the true nature of their work until the bomb "Little Boy" was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, and the secret was out. The reverberations from their work there, work they did not fully understand at the time, are still being felt today.

Kick : the true story of JFK's sister and the heir to Chatsworth

July 13, 2016
Byrne, Paula, author.
New York : Harper, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016.
x, 342 pages : illustrations, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Among Rose and Joe Kennedy's children the fourth child, Kathleen, stood out. Known as Kick, she was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts. When her father was appointed as the ambassador to Great Britain in 1938, Kick shocked and alienated her devout family by falling in love and marrying the scion of a virulently anti-Catholic family-- William Cavendish, the heir apparent of the Duke of Devonshire and Chatsworth. The marriage only lasted a few months; Billy was killed in combat in 1944, four years before Kick's own death in an airplane crash. Byrne shines a spotlight on this feisty Kennedy long relegated to the shadows of her family's history.


July 12, 2016
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Metro, a non-profit public service of Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority,
v. : ill. ; 23 x 30 cm.
Title from cover.

The last punisher : a SEAL Team THREE sniper's true account of the Battle of Ramadi

July 12, 2016
Lacz, Kevin, author.
New York : Threshold Editions, 2016.
xv, 301 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Tadpole -- Newguy -- Charlie 13 -- Put Me In, Coach -- A Punisher's First Kill -- Firefight in the Ma'Laab -- Mass Casualties -- Nailed It! -- Don't Get Cocky -- Overwatch at Bernie's -- Chainsaw Massacre -- 23 in 24 -- Two-For -- the Mailman Delivers -- Patrol to Contact -- Up the Gut -- Iwo Jima Games -- KYK'ing Ass -- Man Down -- All Stop -- Final Salute -- Payback -- A Final Op -- Leaving.
"A first-person account of the Iraq War, from a Navy SEAL who was part of SEAL Team 3 with American Sniper Chris Kyle, describes their legendary unit, zThe Punishers,y and provides gripping details of their missions in Ramadi,"--NoveList.

The real Peter Pan : J.M. Barrie and the boy who inspired him

July 12, 2016
Dudgeon, Piers, author.
xiii, 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain by The Robson Press". -- Verso title page.
1905: an awfully big adventure -- 1860-1900: a rich harvest of possibility -- 1895: a key to Kensington Gardens -- 1897: spellbound -- 1897: Barrie comes out -- 1897-99: lost boy -- 1900: Peter and Michael break through -- 1901-03: island games -- 1901-03: unrest within the family -- 1903-04: the real play -- 1904-05: Arthur's retreat -- 1905-07: death takes a hand -- 1906: Barrie's Scotland -- 1907: the widow Sylvia -- 1908: dependence and uncertainty -- 1909: mind games and manoeuvres -- 1910: no idle steer -- 1910-11: Scourie: learning to fly -- 1912: the Outer Hebrides: catching Mary Rose -- 1913-14: broken to Eton -- 1914-15: loving, J.M.B. -- 1915: the blue bird of happiness -- 1916-17: home fires burning -- 1917-18: Michael turns away -- 1918: the real Peter Pan -- 1918: within the gothic chamber -- 1919: Oxford -- 1919: Garsington -- 1920: romance -- 1920: Michael breaks out -- 1920: between earth and paradise -- 1920-21: Barrie gets his way -- 1921: disposal.
"In this revealing behind-the-scenes book, author Piers Dudgeon examines the fascinating and complex relationships among Peter Pan's creator, J.M. Barrie, and the family of boys who inspired his work. After meeting the Llewelyn Davies family in London's Kensington Garden, Barrie struck up an intense friendship with the children and their parents. The innocence of Michael, the fourth of five brothers, went on to influence the creation of Barrie's most famous character, Peter Pan. Barrie was so close to the Llewelyn Davies family that he became trustee and guardian to the boys following the deaths of their parents. Although the relationship between the boys and Barrie (and particularly between Barrie and Michael) was enduring, it was punctuated by the fiercest of tragedies. Throughout the heart-rending saga of Barrie's involvement with the Llewelyn Davies brothers, it is the figure of Michael, the most original and inspirational of their number, and yet also the one whose fate is most pitiable, that stands out. The Real Peter Pan is a captivating true story of childhood, friendship, war, love, and regret"--Provided by publisher.

Kampfgruppe Peiper : the race for the Meuse

July 8, 2016
Cooke, David, author.
192 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm
Originally published : Pen & Sword Military, 2005.
Wacht am Rhein -- Kampfgruppe Peiper : organization and equipment -- 16 December 1944 : Peiper frustrated -- 17 December 1944 : breakthrough -- 18 December 1944 : those damned engineers -- 19 December 1944 : furthest point -- 20 December 1944 : Peiper cut off -- 21 December 1944 : a shortening of lines -- 22 December 1944 : the pressure builds -- 23 December 1944 : the end is nigh -- 24 December 1944 : the long walk -- Trials and retributions.

A life beyond the boundaries

July 7, 2016
Anderson, Benedict R. O'G. (Benedict Richard O'Gorman), 1936-2015.
London ; New York : Verso, 2016.
x, 205 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Shifting Youth -- Area Studies -- Fieldwork -- Frameworks of Comparison -- Interdisciplinary -- Retirement and Liberation -- Afterword.
"An intellectual memoir by the author of the acclaimed Imagined Communities. Benedict Anderson is one of the leading historians of nationalism and Southeast Asia. His seminal book Imagined Communities has changed the way we think about the reason that people live, die and kill in the name of nationhood. Born in China, Anderson spent his childhood in California and Ireland, was educated in England and finally found a home at Cornell University, where he immersed himself in the growing field of Southeast Asian studies. After field work in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, he was banned from Suharto's Indonesia for disputing the legitimacy of the 1965 coup. In his memoir, he brings to life the intellectual formation of a life spent open to the world, resisting the easy comforts of imagined homes: the joys of learning languages; the importance of field work; the influence of the New Left upon global thinking; and the satisfactions of teaching"-- Provided by publisher.

Mount Sinai : a history of travellers and pilgrims

July 7, 2016
Manginis, George, author.
308 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.

Ladies of the canyons : a league of extraordinary women and their adventures in the American Southwest

July 7, 2016
Poling-Kempes, Lesley, author.
Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, 2015.
viii, 373 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Prologue : ladies of the canyons -- Imperfectly independent -- Land of ineffable light and sudden shadow -- Capturing the wind -- The Indians' book -- "Time and the world" -- Secrets and dualities -- Creating a brave new world -- Desert euphoria -- Walpi rendezvous -- "A fine woman to be out with" -- The city different -- Remarkable time, remarkable place -- A rare thing : becoming oneself -- "A country of things in light" -- Death in Paris -- City of ladies -- New women of the Rio Grande -- "Roughneck and low-brow" -- Everything and nothing -- Afterword : something of the spirit.
"Ladies of the Canyons tells the true stories of a group of remarkable women whose lives were transformed by the people and landscape of the American Southwest in the first decades of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

Tomas Young's war

July 7, 2016
Wilkerson, Mark Ian.
Chicago, Ill. : Haymarket Books, c2016.
xiii, 225 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Foreword by Phil Donahue.
Growing up -- September 11 and beyond -- Black Sunday -- April 2013, Kansas City -- Waking up at Walter Reed -- Back home -- Purpose -- A glimmer of hope -- Living solo -- Claudia -- Darkness -- Deciding to die -- Letting go, embracing life -- A visit to Portland -- Epilogue.
The tragic yet life affirming story of a paralyzed Iraq War veteran who spent his last ten years battling heroically with his injuries, while courageously speaking against America's wars. Wilkerson puts the reader alongside Young as he suffers frustration and humiliation, attempting to reenter society and resume as normal an existence as possible. Balancing his precarious health with his drive to speak out for veterans care and against the war, Young's life serves as a powerful testament to the true cost of war.

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