New Arrivals · History

May 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

American values : lessons I learned from my family

May 23, 2018
Kennedy, Robert Francis, 1954- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
433 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Grandpa -- Grandma -- The Skakels -- The White House -- Hickory Hill -- Attorney General -- JFK : in pursuit of peace -- A farewell to Camelot -- Senator Robert F. Kennedy -- The final campaign -- Lem -- My mother.
In this powerful book that combines the best aspects of memoir and political history, the third child of Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of JFK takes us on an intimate journey through his life, including watershed moments in the history of our nation. Stories of his grandparents Joseph and Rose set the stage for their nine remarkable children, among them three U.S. senators--Teddy, Bobby, and Jack--one of whom went on to become attorney general, and the other, the president of the United States. We meet Allen Dulles and J. Edgar Hoover, two men whose agencies posed the principal threats to American democracy and values. Their power struggles with the Kennedys underpinned all the defining conflicts of the era. We live through the Cuban Missile Crisis, when insubordinate spies and belligerent generals in the Pentagon and Moscow brought the world to the cliff edge of nuclear war. At Hickory Hill in Virginia, where RFK Jr. grew up, we encounter the celebrities who gathered at the second most famous address in Washington, members of what would later become known as America's Camelot. Through his father's role as attorney general we get an insider's look as growing tensions over civil rights led to pitched battles in the streets and 16,000 federal troops were called in to enforce desegregation at Ole Miss. We see growing pressure to fight wars in Southeast Asia to stop communism. We relive the assassination of JFK, RFK's run for the presidency that was cut short by his own death, and the aftermath of those murders on the Kennedy family. These pages come vividly to life with intimate stories of RFK Jr.'s own experiences, not just with historical events and the movers who shaped them but also with his mother and father, with his own struggles with addiction, and with the ways he eventually made peace with both his Kennedy legacy and his own demons. The result is a lyrically written book that is remarkably stirring and relevant, providing insight, hope, and steady wisdom for Americans as they wrestle, as never before, with questions about America's role in history and the world and what it means to be American.

Africa : an encyclopedia of culture and society

May 23, 2018
3 volumes (xxxii, 1366 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
V. 1. Algeria-Djibouti -- v. 2. Egypt-Mozambique -- v. 3. Namibia-Zimbabwe.
"These volumes offer a one-stop resource for researching the lives, customs, and cultures of Africa's nations and peoples. Unparalleled in its coverage of contemporary customs in all of Africa, this multivolume set is perfect for both high school and public library shelves. The three-volume encyclopedia will provide readers with an overview of contemporary customs and life in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa through discussions of key concepts and topics that touch everyday life among the nations' peoples. While this encyclopedia places emphasis on the customs and cultural practices of each state, history, politics, and economics are also addressed. Because entries average 14,000 to 15,000 words each, contributors are able to expound more extensively on each country than in similar encyclopedic works with shorter entries. As a result, readers will gain a more complete understanding of what life is like in Africa's 54 nations and territories, and will be better able to draw cross-cultural comparisons based on their reading."--Publisher's description.

"Those who labor for my happiness" : slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

May 23, 2018
Stanton, Lucia C.
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2012.
xiv, 369 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Jefferson and slavery. "Those who labor for my happiness": Thomas Jefferson and his slaves ; Looking for liberty: Thomas Jefferson and the British lions ; "A well-ordered household": domestic servants in Jefferson's White House ; Jefferson's people: slavery at Monticello ; Perfecting slvaery: rational plantation management at Monticello -- Families in slavery. The other end of the telescope: Jefferson through the eyes of his slaves ; Free some day: the African American families of Monticello -- Families in freedom. Monticello to Main Street: The Hemings family and Charlottesville ; Bonds of memory: identity and the Hemings family / Lucia Stanton and Dianne Swann-Wright ; "We will prove ourselves men": hemings descendants in the Civil War ; Fulfilling the Declaration: descendants of Monticello's African American families.
"Our perception of life at Monticello has changed dramatically over the past quarter century. The image of an estate presided over by a benevolent Thomas Jefferson has given way to a more complex view of Monticello as a working plantation, the success of which was made possible by the work of slaves. At the center of this transition has been the work of Lucia 'Cinder' Stanton, recognized as the leading interpreter of Jefferson's life as a planter and master and of the lives of his slaves and their descendants. This volume represents the first attempt to pull together Stanton's most important writings on slavery at Monticello and beyond. Stanton's pioneering work revealed Jefferson's psychology in crucial ways, deepening our understanding of him without demonizing him. Perhaps even more important is the light her writings have shed on the lives of the slaves at Monticello. Her detailed reconstruction for modern readers of the life of the slave is more than vivid; it reveals an active role in the creation of Monticello and a dynamic community previously unimagined. The essays collected here address Jefferson and the lives of his slaves from a rich variety of perspectives, from family histories (including the Hemingses) to the temporary slave community at Jefferson's White House to stories of former slaves' lives after Monticello. Each piece is characterized by Stanton's deep knowledge of her subject and by her determination to do justice to both Jefferson and his slaves"--Publisher description.

Gist's promised land : the little-known story of the largest relocation of freed slaves in U.S. history

May 23, 2018
Wright, Paula Kitty, author.
Seaman, Ohio : Sugar Tree Ridge Publishing, [2013]
127 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Freedom found -- Master Samuel Gist -- Finding a new home -- Resentment from neighbors -- Day of reckoning -- Help from abolitionists -- Move to Highland County, Ohio -- Turner family moves to Ohio -- An Englishman visits the U.S. -- The Gist Trust is exhausted -- Ex-slaves claim their land -- Courts take action -- The Hannibal Turner family -- Trouble in the settlement -- Uncovering a mystery -- Paul Turner returns home.

Underage warriors : over 600 stories about the courage and hardship of children, ages seven to fourteen, who fought in the American Revolution

May 23, 2018
Crowder, Jack Darrell, 1944- author.
Berwyn Heights, Md. : Heritage Books, 2017.
xxii, 822 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- Underage children -- Bibliography -- Name index.
"This book is about the underage soldiers who served in the American Revolution. Much of the information is in the veteran's own words as reported to others and recorded in their pension applications. Most of the underage boys who served in the American Revolution applied for pensions in the early 1800s and their pension applications contain fascinating descriptions of battles, military life and famous participants in the war. The vast majority of these applications have been well preserved. The statements are recorded as originally written, in the first person, with no changes to grammar or spelling. A bibliography and a full-name index add to the value of this book"-- Back cover.

Origin story : a big history of everything

May 22, 2018
Christian, David, 1946- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
x, 357 pages ; 25 cm
Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond. With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.

Dancing bears : true stories of people nostalgic for life under tyranny

May 22, 2018
Szabłowski, Witold, 1980- author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2018]
xvii, 233 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
"Originally published in Polish: Tańczące niedźwiedzie. Warszawa : Agora S.A. 2014."
Introduction -- Part one. Love ; Freedom ; Negotiations ; History ; Instincts ; Hibernation ; Lions to Africa ; Castration ; Dancing bears ; The end -- Part two. Love. Cuba : the McRevolution is coming ; Freedom. Poland/United Kingdom : Lady Peron ; Negotiations. Ukraine : nothing bleeps for the smugglers ; History. Albania : the end of the concrete toadstools ; Instincts. Estonia : tea with the invader ; Hibernation. Poland : hobbits at the state farm ; Lions to Africa. Serbia : pop art Radovan. Serbia : chickens for the Serbs ; Castration. Georgia : Stalin's vestal virgins ; Dancing bears. Greece : we'll sweep capitalism away.
An account of people in formerly Communist countries holding fast to their former lives.

Citizen internees : a second look at race and citizenship in Japanese American internment camps

May 21, 2018
Ivey, Linda L., author.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
xi, 277 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
The idea of the citizen internee. Citizen internees -- History of the Japanese and anti-Japanese sentiment in California -- Planning for relocation and the protection of property -- The move to Tanforan -- The move to Topaz -- Citizenship restored? Joining the army, going home -- The banker and his documents. What Morrish was doing during this period (transcribed letters) -- Original letters with annotations.
Through a new collection of primary documents about Japanese internment during World War II, this book enables a broader understanding of the injustice experienced by displaced people within the United States in the 20th century. Enables readers to see--through primary documents comprising letters written by the internees and banker J. Elmer Moorish in Redwood City, CA--how Japanese-American citizens who were interned during World War II handled their financial affairs. Reveals new information on the day-to-day lives of Japanese Americans while residing in internment camps located in various areas of the United States.

The unknowns : the untold story of America's unknown soldier and WWI's most decorated heroes who brought him home

May 18, 2018
O'Donnell, Patrick K., 1969- author.
362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
I. America goes to war, 1917: Getting over there ; The Kaiser's killing machine ; James Delaney and the SS Campana ; Q ships and depth charges: Das Boot -- II. Buildup, 1917-1918: Pershing and the AEF ; Ernest August Janson: first to fight ; Trench warfare -- III. Defending Paris, 1918: Belleau Wood ; Hill 142;- "The Marines are fighting like Trojans" ; Edward Younger: Vaux -- IV. Counteroffensive, 1918: Turing point: Soissons -- V. By sea, 1918: Charles Leo O'Connor: USS Mount Vernon ; James Delaney: Brandenberg -- VI. Offensive, 1918: St. Mihiel ; Thomas Daniel Saunders: breaching the wire ; The skies above and victory ; "A natural fortress...beside which the wilderness in which Grant fought Lee was a park": the Meuse-Argonne ; Harry Taylor and the Wild West Division ; The charge of the Light Brigade at Gesnes ; Mission impossible: Blanc Mont Ridge ; Woodfill of the Regulars ; "I got a few" ; Louis Razga: the big guns -- VII. The final battles and coming home: The final push ; The bridge ; Occupation -- VIII. America's unknown soldier: The unknown ; Coming home.
Brilliantly researched, vividly told, The Unknowns is a timeless tale of heeding the calls of duty and brotherhood, and humanizes the most consequential event of the twentieth century, which still casts a shadow a century later. --provided by publisher.

Coffin corner boys : one bomber, ten men, and their harrowing escape from Nazi-occupied France

May 18, 2018
Avriett, Carole Engle, author.
xxi, 266 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
part I. Beginnings: Reconnecting: the "search" trip ; Beginning at sixteen ; Only one jump...ever -- part II. The crew and first days down: A whistle signal ; Betrayed by the gendarmes ; "Are you Hebrew?" ; Cognac and eggs ; Meeting up with buddies ; Meeting in a shack ; A casket and a bicycle -- part III. The helpers and the enemy: Processing in Frankfurt am Main ; Living with the Videls ; "Get the hell out of here" ; Sitting around a French fireplace ; An engineer's home, a dress shop, and a root cellar ; A squeaky wheel ; Life in Stalag Luft III ; 11, Rue de Saussaies, Gestapo Headquarters, Paris ; Fresnes Prison, Paris ; Dulag Luft and the Forty-and-Eights ; Stalag Luft IV, deeper into Germany ; Angels watching over ; Troop train and a brave man ; The captain ; "Frisco" ; The theater and the stress of POW camp ; One more day ; Steaming clothes on a stove ; The chief of police and Giselle ; A train full of Germans ; Maurice Baverel, a spy for all seasons ; Dr. Charlin and the five-horsepower Peugeot -- part IV. The final push out ; Worsening conditions ; The black death march ; A small miracle ; Swiss surprise ; Enough of Switzerland ; Rowboat ride at midnight -- part V. Going home ; George Starks and the Green Hornet ; Irv Baum and Ted Badder ; Dick Morse ; Bill Wyatt with Don Edgerly and Bob Williams ; Andy Brenden with Wally Trinder ; Dale Beery and William Wallace -- part VI. Finding old friends ; Reconnecting, 1969 ; On to Pontarlier ; The Boillots and Dr. Charlin ; Back with Mike, 1970 ; More visits with friends ; Reunion with the crew.
As a young band of brothers flies over German-occupied France, they come under heavy fire. Their B-17 is shot down and the airmen--stumbling through fields and villages--scatter across Europe. Some struggled to flee for safety. Others were captured immediately and imprisoned. Now, for the first time, their incredible story of grit, survival, and reunion is told.

Apostles of revolution : Jefferson, Paine, Monroe and the struggle against the old order in America and Europe

May 18, 2018
Ferling, John E., author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
xvi, 478 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The destinies of life": on the road to bigger things -- "The birthday of a new world is at hand": revolutionaries -- "These are the times that try men's souls": Paine and Monroe go to war -- "Defending our fanes and fire-sides": winning the Revolutionary War -- "The times that tried men's souls are over": peace and new departures -- "My country is the world": Paine ad the early years of the French Revolution -- "Itching for crowns, coronets, and miters": the rise of partisan politics -- "The only man who possessed the confidence of the whole": partisan America in a predatory world -- "I relinquish hope": the French Revolution in France and America -- "A continued sense of horror": Paine, Monroe, and the Luxembourg -- "The Federalist tide is strong": gloomy years for the apostles of revolution -- "The reign of witches": the high federalists take charge -- "I know of no republic except America": endgame -- "Death has no terrors for me": closing the age of Paine.
"Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe were in the vanguard of revolutionary ideas in the 18th century. As founding fathers, they risked their lives for American independence, but they also wanted more. Each wished for profound changes in the political and social fabric of pre-1776 America and hoped that the American Revolution would spark republican and egalitarian revolutions throughout Europe, sweeping away the old monarchical order. Ultimately, each rejoiced at the opportunity to be a part of the French Revolution, a cause that became untenable as idealism gave way to the bloody Terror. Apostles of Revolution spans a crucial period in Western Civilization ranging from the American insurgency against Great Britain to the Declaration of Independence, from desperate engagements on American battlefields to the threat posed to the ideals of the Revolution by the Federalist Party. With the French Revolution devolving into anarchy in the background, the era culminates with the "Revolution of 1800," Jefferson's election as president"--Title page verso.

How Bernie won : inside the revolution that's taking back our country-- and where we go from here

May 18, 2018
Weaver, Jeff, author.
xx, 378 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The brilliant manager of Bernie Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign shows how Bernie took on the entire establishment and changed modern American politics for good.When Jeff Weaver hopped in a car with Bernie Sanders in the summer of 1986, he had no idea the Vermont backroads would lead them all the way to the 2016 presidential campaign. In How Bernie Won, Weaver shows how Bernie sparked a movement that would sweep America and inspire millions. He vowed not to run a negative campaign. He would focus on policies, not personalities. He would not be beholden to big money. He would actually make America work for ordinary people. Weaver also shows how they overcame significant challenges: A media that thrived on negative campaigns. A party controlled by insiders. And a political system dependent on big money. Weaver explains how Bernie beat them all and, in doing so, went from having little national name recognition when he entered to the race to being one of the most respected and well-known people in the world by its end--because, Weaver argues, Bernie won the race. He moved the discussion from the concerns of the 1% to those of the 99%. He forced the Democrats to remember their populist roots. And he showed that an outsider with real ideas and ways to get them done could compete and win against the establishment's hand-picked candidate.From holding bags of "Bernie buttons" and picket-stick signs, to managing thousands of campaign workers, to looking ahead to 2020, Weaver chronicles the birth of a revolution that didn't end in November 2016. It's only just begun.

The mirage factory : illusion, imagination, and the invention of Los Angeles

May 18, 2018
Krist, Gary, author.
402 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Prologue: An echo of dynamite ; Implausible city -- A thirsty place -- Alternate realities -- Stories in light and shadow -- On location -- "A river now is here" -- The birth of an industry -- Water and celluloid -- Epic times -- One million souls to save -- A drinking problem -- Scandals in Bohemia -- "Jesus, Jesus all the day long" -- Thunder in the valley -- A sound proposition -- The missing saint -- A silent twilight -- A perfect disaster -- Epilogue: World city.
"The story of the metropolis that never should have been and the visionaries who dreamed it into reality. Little more than a century ago, the southern coast of California--bone-dry, harborless, isolated by deserts and mountain ranges--seemed destined to remain scrappy farmland. Then, as if overnight, one of the world's iconic cities emerged. At the heart of Los Angeles's meteoric rise were three flawed visionaries: William Mulholland, an immigrant ditchdigger turned self-taught engineer, who designed the massive aqueduct that would make urban life there possible; D.W. Griffith, who transformed the motion picture from a vaudeville-house novelty into a cornerstone of American culture and gave L.A. its signature industry; and Aimee Semple McPherson, a charismatic evangelist who founded a religion and cemented the city's identity as a center for spiritual exploration. All were masters of their craft, but also illusionists of a kind. The images they conjured up--of a blossoming city in the desert, of a factory of celluloid dream-works, of a community of seekers attaining personal salvation under the California sun--were like mirages liable to evaporate on closer inspection. To realize these dreams, all three would have to pay a steep price in a crescendo of hubris, scandal, and catastrophic failure of design that threatened to topple each of their personal empires. Yet when the dust settled, the mirage that was LA remained. Spanning the years from 1900 to 1930, The Mirage Factory is the enthralling tale of an improbable city and the people who willed it into existence by pushing the limits of human engineering and imagination."--Dust jacket.

Rome : a history in seven sackings

May 18, 2018
Kneale, Matthew, 1960- author.
xii, 417 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
Gauls -- Goths -- More Goths -- Normans -- Spanish and Lutherans -- French -- Nazis.
"[This book] tells the story of the Eternal City--from the early Roman Republic through the Renaissance and the Reformation to Mussolini and the German occupation in World War Two--through pivotal moments that defined its history"

Soldiering for freedom : how the Union army recruited, trained, and deployed the U.S. Colored Troops

May 18, 2018
Luke, Bob.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2014]
x, 131 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
How racism impeded the recruitment of black soldiers -- How slaves and freedmen earned their brass buttons -- How white officers learned to command black troops -- How blacks became soldiers -- How black troops gained the glory and paid the price.
After President Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, Confederate slaves who could reach Union lines often made that perilous journey. A great many of the young and middle-aged among them, along with other black men in the free and border slave states, joined the Union army. These U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), as the War Department designated most black units, materially helped to win the Civil War--performing a variety of duties, fighting in some significant engagements, and proving to the Confederates that Northern manpower had practically no limits. Soldiering for Freedom explains how Lincoln's administration came to recognize the advantages of arming free blacks and former slaves and how doing so changed the purpose of the war. Bob Luke and John David Smith narrate and analyze how former slaves and free blacks found their way to recruiting centers and made the decision to muster in. As Union military forces recruited, trained, and equipped ex-slave and free black soldiers in the last two years of the Civil War, white civilian and military authorities often regarded the African American soldiers with contempt. They relegated the men of the USCT to second-class treatment compared to white volunteers. The authors show how the white commanders deployed the black troops, and how the courage of the African American soldiers gave hope for their full citizenship after the war. Including twelve evocative historical engravings and photographs, this engaging and meticulously researched book provides a fresh perspective on a fascinating topic. Appropriate for history students, scholars of African American history, or military history buffs, this compelling and informative account will provide answers to many intriguing questions about the U.S. Colored Troops, Union military strategy, and race relations during and after the tumultuous Civil War.

Making freedom : the Underground Railroad and the politics of slavery

May 18, 2018
Blackett, R. J. M., 1943-
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2013]
xii, 122 pages ; 23 cm.
Making their way to freedom -- The workings of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law -- Taking leave: fugitive slaves and the politics of slavery -- Counternarratives.

Excuse me while I slip into someone more comfortable : a memoir

May 17, 2018
Poole, Eric, 1960- author.
New York : Rosetta Books, 2018.
275 pages ; 23 cm
Manilow of the hour -- Truth or dare -- These boots were made for stealin' -- New York state of blind -- Tune deaf -- If they could see me now -- Don't call me Shirley -- The letter -- The boy bombeck -- That boy -- Who can turn the world on with his wig -- Free to be you and me.
"In the great tradition of David Sedaris, David Rakoff, and Augusten Burroughs, memoirist Eric Poole recounts his quirky childhood years in utterly hilarious and painful detail. In 1977, Eric Poole is a talented high school trumpet player with one working ear, the height-to-weight ratio of a hat rack, a series of annoyingly handsome bullies, and a mother irrationally devoted to Lemon Pledge. But who he wants to be is a star, ANY star. With equal parts imagination, flair, and delusion, Eric proceeds to emulate a series of his favorite celebrities, like Barry Manilow, Halston, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine, in an effort to become the man he's meant to be--that is, anyone but himself. As he moves through his late teens and early twenties in suburban St. Louis, he casts about for an appropriate outlet for his talents. Will he be a trumpet soloist? A triple-threat actor/singer/dancer? A fashion designer in gritty New York City? Striving to become the son who can finally make his parents proud, Eric begins to suspect that discovering his personal and creative identities can only be accomplished by admitting who he really is. Picking up at the end of his first acclaimed memoir, Where's My Wand?, Poole's journey from self-delusion to acceptance is simultaneously hysterical, heartfelt, and inspiring."--provided by publisher.

The killing of Uncle Sam : the demise of the United States of America

May 17, 2018
Howard-Browne, Rodney M., author.
xxii, 474 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Pride, greed, and power have driven men to do the unthinkable--including selling out their nations and unsuspected citizens to the most corrupt and destructive "invisible" global leaders on Earth. But how did this happen on American soil? How did the downfall begin and who were the predators that the "land of the free and home of the brave" fell victim to? And is all hope lost? This book captures details of the last 200 years of American history that mainstream media does not want you to know. It dissects the "legalized" system of the private central banks that has gone unchecked, and delivers gut-wrenching truths about the real domestic and foreign enemies of the United States. With over 1000 footnotes and quotes from former presidents, prime ministers, and state officials, it will equip you with the facts that the elites have covered up for centuries and empower you to stand up for the truth.--dust jacket.

When the center held : Gerald Ford and the rescue of the American presidency

May 17, 2018
Rumsfeld, Donald, 1932- author.
New York : Free Press, 2018.
xvii, 331 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A revealing political memoir of the presidency of Gerald Ford is seen through the eyes of Donald Rumsfeld, Ford's former secretary of defense, chief of staff, and longtime personal confidant.

Kissinger the negotiator : lessons from dealmaking at the highest level

May 16, 2018
Sebenius, James K., 1953- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
xxxii, 411 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines the negotiation methods of Henry Kissinger, highlighting such diplomatic achievements as the Paris Peace Accords, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

From broken glass : my story of finding hope in Hitler's death camps to inspire a new generation

May 16, 2018
Ross, Steve, 1931- author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2018.
xix, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A survivor of the Holocaust describes how he learned through his darkest experiences of the human capacity to rise above even the bleakest circumstances, and later used that knowledge to help underprivileged youth in Boston for more than forty years.

The promise and the dream : the untold story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy

May 16, 2018
Margolick, David. author.
New York : Rosetta Books [2018]
400 pages ; illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm
"A Lawrence Schiller Book"--Title page.
History would keep them together -- Look the enemy in the eye -- The face of courage -- The unkindest cut -- The meeting -- As old as the scriptures -- The least worst thing -- How long? Not long! -- Ripple of hope -- A fine pair -- Change would come -- The political equation -- What they did to Jack -- There were no words.
No issue in America in the 1960s was more vital than civil rights, and no two public figures were more crucial in the drama of race relations in this era than Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. Fifty years after they were both assassinated, noted journalist David Margolick explores the untold story of the complex and ever-evolving relationship between these two American icons. Assassinated only sixty-two days apart in 1968, King and Kennedy changed the United States forever, and their deaths profoundly altered the country's trajectory. As trailblazers in the civil rights movement, leaders in their respective communities, and political powerhouses with enormous personal appeal, no single pairing of white and black ever mattered more in American history. In The Promise and the Dream, Margolick examines their unique bond and the complicated mix of mutual assistance, impatience, wariness, awkwardness, antagonism and admiration that existed between the two, documented with firsthand interviews from close sources, oral histories, FBI files, and previously untapped, contemporaneous newspaper accounts. At a turning point in social history, MLK and RFK embarked on distinct but converging paths toward lasting change. Even when they weren't interacting directly, they monitored and learned from, one another. Yet the distance they maintained from one another reflected much broader tensions between the races in the United States, and their nearly simultaneous deaths embodied the nation's violent predilections and ongoing racial turmoil. Their joint story, a story each man took some pains to hide and which began to come into focus only with their murders, is not just gripping history but a window into contemporary America and the challenges we continue to face. Complemented by eighty-three revealing photographs by the foremost photojournalists of the period, The Promise and the Dream offers a compelling look at one of the most consequential but misunderstood relationships in our nation's history. "Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children." --Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 "In this difficult day, in this difficult time... It is perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in." --Robert F. Kennedy, 1968 -- Publisher description

Those turbulent sons of freedom : Ethan Allen's Green Mountain boys and the American Revolution

May 15, 2018
Wren, Christopher S. (Christopher Sale), 1936- author.
xiii, 302 pages : maps ; 22 cm
A land rush north -- Seizing Fort Ticonderoga -- Congress invades Canada -- This thievish, pockey army -- A Green Mountain Boy serves his king -- Burgoyne bogs down in Vermont -- The most active and most rebellious race -- Victory at Bennington -- Ethan Allen sails free -- Conniving with the enemy -- Green Mountain Boys disbanded -- Spy base on the lake -- A fake invasion canceled -- A bastard joins the United States.
"The story of Ethan Allen and the much-loved Green Mountain Boys of Vermont and their role in the American Revolution. The myth of Ethan Allen as a legendary hero of the American Revolution and a patriotic son of Vermont is overturned and offers a different portrait of Allen and his Green Mountain Boys. Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom is an important contribution to the history of the American Revolution"--Provided by publisher.

Denmark Vesey's garden : slavery and memory in the cradle of the Confederacy

May 15, 2018
Kytle, Ethan J., author.
445 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"A 150-year reckoning with America's Original Sin" --front cover.
Prelude: Slavery's capital -- Part I: Emancipation and Reconstruction -- The year of jubilee -- Reconstructing Charleston in the shadow of slavery -- Part II: Jim Crow rising -- Setting Jim Crow in stone -- Cradle of the Lost Cause -- Part III: Jim Crow era -- Black memory in the Ivory City -- America's most historic city -- The sounds of slavery -- We don't go in for slave horrors -- Part IV: Civil rights era and beyond -- We shall overcome -- Segregating the past -- Conclusion: Denmark Vesey's garden -- Afterword: The saving grace of the Emanuel nine?
"A book that strikes at the heart of the recent flare-ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere, Denmark Vesey's Garden reveals the deep roots of these controversies and traces them to the heart of slavery in the United States: Charleston, South Carolina, where almost half of the U.S. slave population stepped onto our shores, where the first shot at Fort Sumter began the Civil War, and where Dylann Roof shot nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the congregation of Denmark Vesey, a black revolutionary who plotted a massive slave insurrection in 1822. As early as 1865, former slaveholders and their descendants began working to preserve a romanticized memory of the antebellum South. In contrast, former slaves, their descendants, and some white allies have worked to preserve an honest, unvarnished account of slavery as the cruel system it was. Examining public rituals, controversial monuments, and whitewashed historical tourism, Denmark Vesey's Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War all the way to contemporary times, where two segregated tourism industries still reflect these opposing impressions of the past, exposing a hidden dimension of America's deep racial divide. Denmark Vesey's Garden joins the small bookshelf of major, paradigm-shifting new interpretations of slavery's enduring legacy in the United States."--Inside dust jacket.

Gates of the Arctic National Park : twelve years of wilderness exploration

May 15, 2018
Wilkins, Joe, 1942- author, photographer.
309 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 x 29 cm
"Joe Wilkins has now accumulated more than half a century of experience in the wilds of northern Alaska since receiving training in arctic wilderness survival in 1966. During the 1970s he began hiking, backpacking and camping in the region which, in 1980, was officially designated Gates of the Arctic National Park. A complex land of breathtaking contrasts, this frontier is exceptional in no other region in North America does it get colder, darker, or wilder. Its remote beauty and extensive human history imbue the land with an elemental and visceral sense of inspiration for those who visit. Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration provides thorough, accurate and detailed information about Gates of the Arctic National Park along with a collection of Wilkins' own personal photographs. Wilkins has created a definitive, perennial book about one of the country's most enchanting national parks that will stand the test of time."

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