New Arrivals · History

February 12, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Cincinnati theaters

February 11, 2016
Rolfes, Steven J., author.
Charleston, South Carolina : Arcadia Publishing, [2016]
127 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in orignal paperbound cover.
A night at the Opera House -- Downtown theaters -- Out in the suburbs -- My Old Kentucky movie house -- Please replace speakers before exiting -- The genius of waters is ready for her close-up.
"Theaters have always been the places where memories are made. There, on Saturday afternoons, children could escape the pressures of growing up to live for two hours in a fantasy world of daring heroes, dastardly villains, and dazzling magic. They were the places where awkward teenage boys could nervously, and often clumsily, put their arms around equally nervous girls. In years past, every neighborhood had its own local theater. Downtown was home to the great movie palaces, ornate portals to a world of motion picture thrills. For a unique experience, nothing could beat a hot summer night at the drive-in. Today, in the era of the corporate multiplex, the great movie palaces are just memories. Some neighborhood cinemas are now churches or venues for meetings, wedding receptions, and small concerts. Images of America: Cincinnati Theaters looks back at these marvelous old theaters and the days when they were in their prime."--Page [4] of cover.

Redeeming the great emancipator

February 11, 2016
Guelzo, Allen C.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
xv, 189 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
The unwanting of Abraham Lincoln -- The anti-slavery world of Abraham Lincoln -- Lincoln's God and emancipation.

West of Eden : an American place

February 10, 2016
Stein, Jean, author.
New York : Random House, [2016]
xiii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Maps -- I. The Dohenys -- 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills -- II. The Warners -- 1801 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills -- III. The Garlands -- 22368 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu -- IV. Jennifer Jones -- 1400 Tower Grove Road, Beverly Hills -- 22400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu -- 22368 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu -- V. The Steins -- 1330 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills -- Biographical Notes.
"An epic, mesmerizing oral history of Hollywood and Los Angeles by the author of the contemporary classic Edie; Jean Stein influenced the art of oral history in her groundbreaking book Edie : American Girl, an indelible portrait of Andy Warhol 'superstar' Edie Sedgwick. Now, in West of Eden, Stein turns her lens toward the city Sedgwick came from--Los Angeles--and a mythic cast of fortune hunters and aspiring moguls whose quests for fame and power destroyed many along the way. West of Eden, a work of history both grand in scale and intimate in detail, tells the stories of five larger-than-life individuals and their families, each one representing different aspects of Los Angeles and the American dream. There is Edward Doheny, the Wisconsin-born oil tycoon whose corruption ruins the reputation of a United States president and leads to his own son's violent death. Jack Warner, the son of Jewish Polish immigrants, joins with his brothers to found one of the world's most iconic film studios. Jane Garland, the troubled daughter of an aspiring actress, can never escape her mother's schemes. Jennifer Jones, a young actress from Oklahoma, wins an Academy Award at twenty-five but struggles with despair despite her fame and glamour. Finally, Stein chronicles the ascent of her own father, Jules Stein, an eye doctor born in Indiana who transforms Hollywood with the creation of an unrivaled agency and studio. These chapters paint a panoramic picture of outsiders pinning their hopes on Los Angeles--then watching as the shadow of those dreams envelopes their loved ones, especially their children, and the city itself. Decades in the making, West of Eden depicts a land of absurdity and treachery in the tradition of Raymond Chandler, Nathanael West, and Joan Didion. As she did in Edie, Stein weaves the personal recollections of hundreds of people into an astonishing tapestry of voices telling the saga of a place like no other. Advance praise for West of Eden: 'In times past, in an effort to capture the edge and feel of Hollywood during its golden age of glamour and noir, Nathanael West, Raymond Chandler, Carey McWilliams, and Joan Didion stretched language and genre to their limits. Jean Stein and West of Eden belong in this company'--Kevin Starr, former California State Librarian and author of California : A History"-- Provided by publisher.

In Europe's shadow : two Cold Wars and a thirty-year journey through Romania and beyond

February 10, 2016
Kaplan, Robert D., 1952- author.
xxxvi, 287 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bucharest, 1981 -- Bucharest, 2013 -- Latin Byzantium -- The Bărăgan Steppe -- The great cemetery of the Jews -- The Pontic breach -- Crossing the Carpathians -- Fisherman's bastion.
"A history of Romania traces the author's intellectual development throughout his extensive visits to the country, sharing his observations about its reflection of European politics, geography and key events while exploring the indelible role of Vladimir Putin."--NoveList.

Eisenhower's guerrillas : the Jedburghs, the Maquis, and the liberation of France

February 10, 2016
Jones, Benjamin F., 1966- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xiii, 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

First entrepreneur : how George Washington built his--and the nation's--prosperity

February 9, 2016
Lengel, Edward G., author.
vii, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Family fortunes -- Love and investment -- The road to economic freedom -- Money: the sinews of war -- Victory without peace -- An estate grows, a nation stumbles -- Building a national economy: Washington's first term -- Keeping the peace: Washington's second term -- The road home.
"Draws on primary sources to illuminate the first president's lesser-known achievements as an entrepreneur, citing his financial prowess in building the Mount Vernon estate, managing Continental Army resources and establishing a stable national economy, "--NoveList.

Hitler's forgotten children : a true story of the Lebensborn program and one woman's search for her real identity

February 9, 2016
Oelhafen, Ingrid von, author.
New York : Berkley Caliber, 2016.
ix, 275 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Previously published: London : Elliott and Thompson Limited, 2015.
"Created by Heinrich Himmler, the Lebensborn program abducted as many as half a million children from across Europe. Through a process called Germanization, they were to become the next generation of the Aryan master race in the second phase of the Final Solution. In the summer of 1942, parents across Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia were required to submit their children to medical checks designed to assess racial purity. One such child, Erika Matko, was nine months old when Nazi doctors declared her fit to be a 'Child of Hitler.' Taken to Germany and placed with politically vetted foster parents, Erika was renamed Ingrid von Oelhafen. Many years later, Ingrid began to uncover the truth of her identity. Though the Nazis destroyed many Lebensborn records, Ingrid unearthed rare documents, including Nuremberg trial testimony about her own abduction. Following the evidence back to her place of birth, Ingrid discovered an even more shocking secret: a woman named Erika Matko, who as an infant had been given to Ingrid's mother as a replacement child. Hitler's Forgotten Children is both a harrowing personal memoir and a devastating investigation into the awful crimes and monstrous scope of the Lebensborn program"-- Provided by publisher.

Washington's monument : and the fascinating history of the obelisk

February 9, 2016
Gordon, John Steele, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Preface: A fascinating shape -- The Father of his country -- The gift of the Nile -- Building a stump -- Stealing obelisks -- Paris and London take their prizes -- Reaching the top -- Securing New York's moral grandeur -- Into the twenty-first century.
"Conceived soon after the American Revolution ended, the great monument to George Washington was not finally completed until almost a century later; the great obelisk was finished in 1884, and remains the tallest stone structure in the world at 555 feet. The story behind its construction is a largely untold and intriguing piece of American history, which acclaimed historian John Steele Gordon relates with verve, connecting it to the colorful saga of the ancient obelisks of Egypt. Nobody knows how many obelisks were crafted in ancient Egypt, or even exactly how they were created and erected since they are made out of hard granite and few known tools of the time were strong enough to work granite. Generally placed in pairs at the entrances to temples, they have in modern times been ingeniously transported around the world to Istanbul, Paris, London, New York, and many other locations. Their stories illuminate that of the Washington Monument, once again open to the public following earthquake damage, and offer a new appreciation for perhaps the most iconic memorial in the country"-- Provided by publisher.

Germans in Louisville : a history

February 9, 2016
[Place of publication not identified] : History Press, 2015.
223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Overview / by C. Robert Ullrich, Jane K. Keller and Joseph R. Reinhart -- Immigration, xenophobia and bloody Monday / by John E. Kleber -- Catholic churches / by William C. Schrader -- Franciscan friars / by Adam Bunnell and Camillus Gott -- Ursuiline sisters and Catholic schools / by Martha Jacob -- Protestant churches / by Gordon A. Seiffertt -- Protestant and secular schools / by Victoria A. Ullrich -- German Christian orphanages, hospitals and elder care / by Gordon A. Seiffertt -- Jewish community and synagogues / by Carol A. Ely -- Newspapers / by Kevin Collins and Kathleen Pellegrino -- Brewers / by Conrad D. Selle and Peter R. Guetig -- Saloons and beer gardens / by Conrad D. Selle and Peter R. Guetig -- Singing societies / by Gary Falk -- The turners / by Gary Falk -- Butchertown / by Edna Kubala-Mott -- Germans in the Mexican War and the Civil War / by Joseph R. Reinhart -- Manufacturing / by Gary Falk -- Agriculture and food industries / by Carl E. Kramer -- Whiskey industries / by Michael R. Veach -- Hotels and restaurants / by Rick Bell -- Dry goods and department stores / by Holly Jenkins-Evans -- Dairies / by Robert J. Ehrler -- Bakeries and confectionaries / by Michael E. Maloney -- Pharmacies / by Mary Margaret Bell -- Funeral homes and cemeteries / by C. Robert Ullrich -- Germantown and Schnitzelburg / by Donald A. Haag -- Anti-German sentiment during the world wars / by John E. Kleber -- German cultural influences in modern times / by Don Heinrich Tolzmann and C. Robert Ullrich.

Africa's past, our future

February 9, 2016
Smythe, Kathleen R., 1966- author.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2015.
xi, 227 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The longue durée -- Humanity's African origins -- Early subsistence : gathering-hunting and agriculture -- Early adaptation : climate change and pastoralism -- New ideas and tradition -- African institutions in the middle time frame -- Forms of political authority : heterarchy -- Forms of social organization : matriliny -- Recent history and politics -- African views on colonialism and development assistance (with Heidi Frontani) -- African contributions : economics, politics, and society (with Heidi Frontani) -- An African success story : Somaliland.

A weird and wild beauty : the story of Yellowstone, the world's first national park

February 9, 2016
Peabody, Erin.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2016]
x, 181 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 25 cm
Prologue: Disbelief -- Homeland -- Waiting for Proof -- Go West! -- A Change in Plans -- A Mammoth Sight -- Tumbling Waters -- Ludicrous Descent -- Wonderland -- Into the Dragon's Mouth -- Waves -- Gush! -- Heading Home -- Back in Washington -- For the People -- Epilogue: Our Best Idea -- It's Alive! : a Guide to Geysers.
"The summer of 1871, a team of thirty-two men set out on the first scientific expedition across Yellowstone. Through uncharted territory, some of the day's most renowned scientists and artists explored, sampled, sketched, and photographed the region's breathtaking wonders--from its white-capped mountain vistas and thundering falls to its burping mud pots and cauldrons of molten magma. At the end of their adventure, the survey packed up their specimens and boarded trains headed east, determined to convince Congress that the country needed to preserve the land from commercial development. They returned with 'stories of wonder hardly short of fairy tales,' to quote the New York Times. With the support of conservationists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Law Olmsted, and John Muir, the importance of a national park was secured. On March 1, 1872, Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone Park Bill into law. It set aside over two million acres of one-of-a-kind wilderness as 'a great national park for the benefit and enjoyment of people.' This important and fascinating book will introduce young adults to the astonishing adventure that led to 'the best idea America ever had.' Today over 130 countries have copied the Yellowstone model, and billions of acres of critical habitat and spectacular scenery are being preserved for all of us to enjoy. This book has a wonderful ecological and historical message for readers ages 12 and up. No book about Yellowstone's founding has been written for this age group before, yet Yellowstone National Park is a major destination for many families, so many readers will likely have heard of Yellowstone or even have visited there. This is a great book for any school library or for history or science classrooms in middle and high school, where information can be used for research projects"-- Provided by publisher.


February 8, 2016
Murray, Geoffrey, 1942-
London : Kuperard Publishers, 2016.
168 p. : illustrations, map ; 17 cm
Includes index.
"The essential guide to customs and culture"--Cover.

Dead presidents : an American adventure into the strange deaths and surprising afterlives of our nation's leaders

February 5, 2016
Carlson, Brady, author.
xii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Monument man -- Well-timed exits -- The first patient -- Farewell, Mr. President -- Death trips -- His good name -- Robots and sphinxes -- Unintended legacies -- Eternal flame -- The rest of the set -- Family reunion.
An entertaining exploration into the varied ways we remember and memorialize the American presidents. --Publisher

The golden lad : the haunting story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt

February 5, 2016
Burns, Eric, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xv, 201 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Explores the relationship between president Theodore Roosevelt and his youngest and favorite son Quentin, who died in an air fight during the first World War.

Theodore Roosevelt in the field :

February 5, 2016
Canfield, Michael R., author.
Chicago, IL : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.
476 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Development of an identity -- First love -- The craft of the naturalist -- A thousand thoughts awakened -- Finding a home -- Persona into practice -- Tramping West -- The wilderness writer -- Into murderous thickets -- In tooth and claw -- The field president -- Return to the field -- African syzygy -- To the Amazon -- The democracy of the field.
"Draws extensively on the 26th President's field notebooks, diaries and letters to share insight into how Roosevelt's field expeditions shaped his character and political polices, covering his teen ornithology adventures, Badlands travels and safaris in Africa and South America,"--NoveList.

Children of paradise : the struggle for the soul of Iran

February 4, 2016
Secor, Laura, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2016.
xv, 508 pages : map ; 24 cm
Revolution. Little black fish ; Islamic Republic ; The period of constant contemplation ; Baptism of blood -- Rebirth. Expansion and contraction ; Thermidor ; The second of Khordad -- Reform. The chain murders ; The eighteenth of Tir ; Master plans ; The miracle room ; The spider's house ; Postmortem -- Resistance. A common man ; Asieh ; The epic of dirt and dust ; The end of the dirty wars of intellectuals.
In 1979, seemingly overnight-- moving at a clip some thirty years faster than the rest of the world-- Iran became the first revolutionary theocracy in modern times. Since then, the country has been largely a black box to the West, a sinister presence looming over the horizon. But inside Iran, a breathtaking drama has unfolded since then, as religious thinkers, political operatives, poets, journalists, and activists have imagined and reimagined what Iran should be. They have drawn as deeply on the traditions of the West as of the East and have acted upon their beliefs with urgency and passion, frequently staking their lives for them.-- Publisher

The firebrand and the First Lady : portrait of a friendship : Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the struggle for social justice

February 4, 2016
Bell-Scott, Patricia, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016.
xix, 454 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prelude: Camp Tera -- Taking aim at the White House, 1938-40 -- Bumping up against the law, 1940-42 -- Making friends with the First Lady, 1942-44 -- Standing up to life's challenges, 1944-45 -- Fashioning new lives, 1945-52 -- Drawing closer as friends, 1952-55 -- Fighting for a just world, 1956-59 -- Lighting the path for new activists, 1959-62 -- Speaking truth to the end, 1963-85.
"Describes the unlikely friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, a granddaughter of a mixed race slave and a lesbian, who became a lawyer and civil rights pioneer, and the important work they each did, taking stands for justice and freedom,"--NoveList.

A geek in Thailand : discovering the land of golden buddhas, pad Thai and kickboxing

February 3, 2016
Houton, Jody.
Tokyo ; Rutland, Vermont : Tuttle Publishing, [2016]
159 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
A Geek in Thailand is a lighthearted look at Thailand from a young foreign visitor and resident's perspective. This alternative guide to Thailand offers a smart and concise take on Thai culture, entertainment, daily life--covering all the classics--but also revealing the path less traveled. In short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous, colorful photographs, it paints a revealing picture of Asia's most popular travel destination. A Geek in Thailand is for the holidaymakers who visit for two weeks every year and have a desire to learn about the culture, but are struggling to know where to begin. Sections on the food, drink, social scene, music, film and everyday Thai life are sure to appeal to them. It is also for those who wish to move to Thailand on a more permanent basis as it contains helpful information regarding purchasing property, setting up a company and applying for visas and work permits. Chapters on the Thai character and cultural dos and don'ts and faux pas will allow the reader to go beyond the Thai smile. Sections on politics, history, economy and the unique relationship between the Thai Nation, Religion and Monarchy will also be of interest to those who wish to delve into a deeper understanding of Thailand.

John Birch : a life

February 3, 2016
Lautz, Terry E., author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
xv, 317 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Saving souls -- Missionary to China -- Evangelizing the world -- Old-time religion -- Heresy hunters -- Waging war -- After Pearl Harbor -- Becoming a soldier -- Searching for love -- The China theater -- Encountering communists -- The death of John Birch -- Confrontation and cooperation -- The aftermath -- Making a martyr -- Grief and anger -- The first casualty -- The John Birch society -- Right-wing extremism -- The real John Birch -- Epilogue.
John Birch was better known in death than life. Shot and killed by Communists in China, he posthumously became the namesake for a right-wing organization whose influence is still visible in today's Tea Party. This is the remarkable story of an American missionary-turned-soldier who wanted to save China, but became a victim instead.

The senator from New England : the rise of JFK

February 3, 2016
Savage, Sean J., 1964- author.
Albany, New York : Excelsior Editions, State University of New York Press, [2015]
xii, 333 pages, 30 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations; 24 cm

Those terrible Middle Ages : debunking the myths

February 3, 2016
Pernoud, Régine, 1909-1998.
San Francisco : Ignatius Press, ©2000.
179 pages ; 21 cm
Foreword -- "Middle Ages" -- Clumsy and awkward -- Crude and ignorant -- Torpor and barbarity -- Of frogs and men -- Women without souls -- The accusing finger -- History, ideas, and fantasy -- Simple remarks on the teaching of history.
As she examines the many misconceptions about the "Middle Ages", the renowned French historian, Regine Pernoud, gives the reader a refreshingly original perspective on many subjects, both historical (from the Inquisition and witchcraft trials to a comparison of Gothic and Renaissance creative inspiration) as well as eminently modern (from law and the place of women in society to the importance of history and tradition). Here are fascinating insights, based on Pernoud's sound knowledge and extensive experience as an archivist at the French National Archives. The book will be provocative for the general readers as well as a helpful resource for teachers.

Buster : the military dog who saved a thousand lives

February 3, 2016
Barrow, Will (Flight sergeant), author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2015.
255 pages ; 22 cm
Prologue -- A Great Dog -- Playtime is Over -- Desert Dog -- Buster's New Friends -- Under Fire -- River Dog -- Pulling the Pin -- Downtime -- Kabutlins -- Dangerous Days -- Buster the Talisman -- Working with Uncle Sam -- Stuck in the Mud -- Christmas in the Desert -- Who to Trust? -- Home at Last -- The Last to Leave -- Buster the Famous War Dog -- Afterword.
""With some dogs you share a boil in the bag breakfast and maybe a blanket on a cold desert floor. Some you wouldn't leave in charge of your Grandma unless you wanted to find out just how fast the old girl could run. But, if you're very, very lucky there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for - and for me that dog is Buster." Buster, an English springer spaniel who has served his comrades and his country with unstinting devotion, has saved thousands of lives. This is the story of his partnership with RAF Police Sergeant Will Barrow, told by Will himself, describing how each came to save the other's life. It is a relationship that produced some heroic feats--including sniffing out explosive vests that led to the arrests of two suicide bombers--in the dust and desert heat of Afghanistan and beyond. Buster, uniquely, has served five tours of duty in three theatres of war (Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan)--more than any other military dog. He also won the prestigious Crufts Friends for Life Award in 2012, and has gone on to become the official lifetime mascot of the RAF Police, the only dog in history to have been honored in that manner. A best friend in dog's clothing, an RAF dog with his mossy feet firmly on the ground, Buster is truly a dog in a million"-- Provided by publisher.

The Armenian genocide : the essential reference guide

February 3, 2016
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2015]
xviii, 425 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Overview -- Causes -- Consequences -- Perpetrators -- Victims -- Bystanders -- International reaction -- A-Z entries -- Primary source documents -- Appendix: Historical dilemmas in the Armenian genocide -- Chronology -- Biography -- Index -- Editor and Contributors.

The love of strangers : what six Muslim students learned in Jane Austen's London

February 3, 2016
Green, Nile, author.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2016]
xvi, 388 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Introducing Mr. D'Arcy's Persians -- Knowledge -- In Search of a Teacher -- The Madrasas of Oxford -- Faith -- Among the Dissenters -- Evangelical Engagements -- Friendship -- Diplomatic Friendships -- The Love of Strangers -- Afterlives -- A Note on Sources and Method.
"In July 1815, six Iranian students arrived in London under the escort of their chaperone, Captain Joseph D'Arcy. Their mission was to master the modern sciences behind the rapid rise of Europe. Over the next four years, they lived both the low life and high life of Regency London, from being down and out after their abandonment by D'Arcy to charming their way into society and landing on the gossip pages. The Love of Strangers tells the story of their search for love and learning in Jane Austen's England. Drawing on the Persian diary of the student Mirza Salih and the letters of his companions, Nile Green vividly describes how these adaptable Muslim migrants learned to enjoy the opera and take the waters at Bath. But there was more than frivolity to their student years in London. Burdened with acquiring the technology to defend Iran against Russia, they talked their way into the observatories, hospitals, and steam-powered factories that placed England at the forefront of the scientific revolution. All the while, Salih dreamed of becoming the first Muslim to study at Oxford. The Love of Strangers chronicles the frustration and fellowship of six young men abroad to open a unique window onto the transformative encounter between an Evangelical England and an Islamic Iran at the dawn of the modern age. This is that rarest of books about the Middle East and the West: a story of friendships"-- Provided by publisher.

1916 : a global history

February 2, 2016
Jeffery, Keith, author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2016.
436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
"First published in Great Britain, 2015"--Title-page verso.
Gallipoli -- Verdun -- On the Isonzo -- 'Ypres on the Liffey' -- Jutland and the war at sea -- The Eastern Front -- Asia -- The war in Africa -- The Somme -- The Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans -- The USA -- Russia -- The potential for peace in 1916.
"This is eminent historian Keith Jeffery's accomplishment in his magisterial '1916: a global history,' which focuses on a sequence of key events that unfolded around the world that year, and casts the Great War in an entirely new light"-- Dust jacket flap.

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