New Arrivals · History

September 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Asegi Stories : Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory

September 22, 2017
Driskill, Qwo-Li, author.
Tucson : The University of Arizona Press, 2016.
xii, 210 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Introduction. Asegi stories : memories between the basket walls -- Doubleweaving two-spirit critiques : building alliances between native and queer studies -- The queer lady of Cofitachequi and other asegi routes -- . Unweaving the basket : missionaries, slavery, and the regulation of gender and sexuality -- Beautiful as the red rainbow : Cherokee two-spirits rebeautifying erotic memory -- Chapter 5. [Cherokee characters] (asegi ayetl) : Cherokee two-spirit people reimagining nation -- Epilogue. Doubleweave : an asegi manifesto.
"The book focuses on the concept of asegi stories--stories that revise and revive Cherokee cultural memories of same-sex relationships and non-binary gender systems. It is the first full-length work of scholarship to develop a tribally specific Indigenous queer/two-spirit critique, providing a Cherokee 2GLBTQ lens from which to interpret the past, understand our present, and imagine decolonial futures"--Provided by publisher.

My holiday in North Korea : the funniest/worst place on Earth

September 22, 2017
Simmons, Wendy E., author.
©2015
311 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Arrival -- Curioser and curioser -- The Koryo Hotel -- James Franco could have killed me -- Shit I think might be real -- And then there were two -- The simulation cinema -- Next stop : normal people -- It takes a hero -- Hot doctor, dimly lit -- The kids are alright -- The Grand People's study house -- Go green go -- "Say cheese" -- The day I hit the wall -- My mind is a terrible thing to waste -- The older one -- And the Earth goes 'round the Sun -- Clam bake and a hot spa -- Friends for life -- Driver -- The gynecologist -- They're only human -- Author's note : Seeing is not believing -- The "shit I think might be real" list.
"Through poignant, laugh-out-loud essays and 92 never-before-published color photographs of North Korea, [the author] chronicles one of the strangest vacations ever. Along the way, she bares all while undergoing an inner journey as convoluted as the country itself."--Amazon.com.

Unshackling America : how the War of 1812 truly ended the American Revolution

September 22, 2017
Randall, Willard Sterne, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
viii, 452 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"A glow of patriotic fire" -- "Salutary neglect" -- "Force prevails now everywhere" -- "For cutting off our trade" -- "To the shores of Tripoli" -- "The reign of witches" -- "Free trade and sailors rights" -- "War now! war always!" -- "A mere matter of marching" -- "Purified as by fire" -- "Father, listen to your children" -- "You shall now feel the effects of war" -- "Destroy and lay waste" -- "Hard war" -- "So proudly we hail" -- "I must not be lost".
"Unshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Williard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade. Neither Jefferson nor any other Founding Father could divine that the Revolutionary Period of 1763 to 1783 had concluded only one part, the first phase of their ordeal. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War halted overt combat but had achieved only partial political autonomy from Britain. By not guaranteeing American economic independence and agency, Britain continued to deny American sovereignty. Randall details the fifty years and persistent attempts by the British to control American trade waters, but he also shows how, despite the outrageous restrictions, the United States asserted the doctrine of neutral rights and developed the world's second largest merchant fleet as it absorbed the French Caribbean trade. American ships carrying trade increased five-fold between 1790 and 1800, its tonnage nearly doubling again between 1800 and 1812, ultimately making the United States the world's largest independent maritime power"--Provided by publisher.

Tracing your Glasgow ancestors ; a guide for family and local historians

September 22, 2017
Maxwell, Ian, author.
Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Family History, 2017. © 2017
202 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Researching in Glasgow -- Glasgow's history -- Key sources -- Local government and taxation -- Land and property ownership -- The church in Glasgow -- Trade and industry -- Transport -- Education -- Health and welfare -- Migration -- Glasgow at war -- Sport and entertainment -- Law and order -- Local detail -- Appendix: Scottish websites.
"Tracing Your Glasgow Ancestors is a volume in the series of city ancestral guides published by Pen & Sword for readers and researchers who want to find out about life in Glasgow in the past and to know where the key sources for its history can be found. In vivid detail it describes the rise of Glasgow through tobacco, shipping, manufacturing and trade from a minor cathedral town to the cosmopolitan centre of the present day. Ian Maxwells book focuses on the lives of the local people both rich and poor and on their experience as Glasgow developed around them. It looks at their living conditions, at health and the ravages of disease, at the influence of religion and migration and education. It is the story of the Irish and Highland migrants, Quakers, Jews, Irish, Italians, and more recently people from the Caribbean, South-Asia and China who have made Glasgow their home. A wealth of information on the city and its people is available, and Glasgow Ancestors is an essential guide for anyone researching its history or the life of an individual ancestor. institutions, clubs, societies and schools."--Publisher's description.

How the French saved America : soldiers, sailors, diplomats, Louis XVI, and the success of a Revolution

September 21, 2017
Shachtman, Tom, 1942- author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
viii, 359 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, map, color ; 24 cm
Prologue: December 18-28, 1775 -- Part I. A mutual courtship -- Part II. Approaches and retreats -- Part III. Making the connection -- Part IV. Together: first steps -- Part V. Together: struggling through -- Part VI. A triumph and a fare thee well -- Epilogue: 1783-1844.
"To the rebelling colonies, French assistance made the difference between looming defeat and eventual triumph. Even before the Declaration of Independence was issued, King Louis XVI and French foreign minister Vergennes were aiding the rebels. After the Declaration, that assistance broadened to include wages for our troops; guns, cannon, and ammunition; engineering expertise that enabled victories and prevented defeats; diplomatic recognition; safe havens for privateers; battlefield leadership by veteran officers; and the army and fleet that made possible the Franco-American victory at Yorktown. Nearly ten percent of those who fought and died for the American cause were French. Those who fought and survived, in addition to the well-known Lafayette and Rochambeau, include François de Fleury, who won a Congressional Medal for valor, Louis Duportail, who founded the Army Corps of Engineers, and Admiral de Grasse, whose sea victory sealed the fate of Yorktown"--Inside dust jacket.

The unexpected president : the life and times of Chester A. Arthur

September 21, 2017
Greenberger, Scott S., author.
©2017
x, 304 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Elder Arthur -- "This Is the Place" -- Bleeding Kansas -- Playing the Game -- Barracks and Blankets -- The Shoddy Aristocracy -- The Lordly Roscoe -- The Collector -- From Grant to Hayes -- His Fraudulency, the President -- "The One I Loved Dearest" -- Dark Horse -- "A Great Deal of Soap" -- "An Ugly Wound" -- A Mysterious Correspondent -- "He Is Our President" -- "A Splendid Henry V" -- A Surprise Visit -- An Attack in Savannah -- "Between Two Stools" -- "Fame is a Bubble" -- Epilogue.
"An exquisitely written, comprehensive biography of Chester A. Arthur, our virtually forgotten 21st president, who unexpectedly occupied the nation's highest office and surprised everyone with his moral character and reformist policies"--Provided by publisher.

Slaves have names : ancestors of my home

September 21, 2017
Cumbo-Floyd, Andi, author.
copyright ©2013
212 pages ; 23 cm
Publisher's name from Amazon.com.
"The book tells the stories of the people who were enslaved on the plantation where I was raised in Central Virginia. It's the story of my journey to get to know these extraordinary people and to understand my debt to them as well as our nation's continued struggles around race and the legacy of slavery. When my family moved to these plantations when I was 14, I had no sense of the history of slavery that was at the heart in this place. No one really discussed the enslaved people who had built these beautiful buildings beyond mention of the fact that there was a slave graveyard. So when - in college - I realized the silence around these individuals, I began to be interested. ... and a bit ashamed because, well, I was part of the silence, too. This book is my attempt to speak their stories aloud so that others will know these people. Their stories are not mine, but they have shaped who I am and the work I do now as a writer, genealogist, and historian. ... " -- Author's website, viewed March 18, 2014.

How the Obama Presidency Changed the Political Landscape

September 20, 2017
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2017.
ix, 359 pages ; 25 cm
The body politic : how underrepresented groups can gain political power / Christopher M. Whitt -- The right to vote, 50 years later : do we still need the 1965 VRA? / Blanche M. Radford-Curry -- The Latino vote : growth, influence, and how Obama changed the game / Andrew Martinez and Paola Esmieu -- African Americans, voting, and the Republican party / Donna L. Taylor -- Barack Obama and the youth vote / Glenn L. Starks -- New definitions of progressivism in the age of Obama / Linda D. Tomlinson -- You can't call that mentoring : the fallacy of mentoring in Obama's My brother's keeper / Torie Weiston-Serdan and Arash Daneshzadeh -- The great divider : Obama's influence on trust in government and racial attitudes / Clarissa Peterson and Emmitt Y. Riley III -- Body cameras and policing : from Ferguson to Baltimore / MaCherie M. Placide -- President Obama : code-meshing and the power of speech in racial politics / Cassandra Chaney and Kyomi Gregory -- The duplicitous commodification of the Obama presidency : interrogating Barack Obama's sociopolitical assent and relevance through a conscious hip-hop pedagogy / Ahmad R. Washington, Belema Idoniboye, and Marta N. Mack-Washington -- Black women as agents of social change during the Obama presidency / Melissa Brown -- The Black president and the Black body : the intersection of race, class, gender, and violence in America / David O. Fakunle, Calvin J. Smiley, and Marisela B. Gomez -- HBCUs and activism in the post-Obama era / Felecia Commodore and Robert T. Palmer -- Standardized testing, teacher accountability, and the school choice debate / Nicole McZeal-Walters -- Use of deadly force : policing and accountability during the Obama administration / Kimberly J. Rice, Keith Boeckelman, and Casey LaFrance.

Killing England : the brutal struggle for American independence

September 19, 2017
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
©2017
340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the reader from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe. What started as protest and unrest in the colonies soon escalated to a world war with devastating casualties. O'Reilly and Dugard recreate the war's landmark battles, including Bunker Hill, Long Island, Saratoga, and Yorktown, revealing the savagery of hand-to-hand combat and the often brutal conditions under which these brave American soldiers lived and fought. Also here is the reckless treachery of Benedict Arnold and the daring guerrilla tactics of the "Swamp Fox" Francis Marion.

Defining moments in Black history : reading between the lies

September 19, 2017
Gregory, Dick, author.
©2017
236 pages ; 24 cm
In the title on the dust jacket, the word "black" appears with a strikethrough.
Introduction: Dick-o-lo-gy -- Searching for freedom -- Solidarity -- The more things change, the more they stay the same -- Making something out of nothing -- Running in place, embarrassing the race -- Epilogue: last thoughts.
The activist and comedian examines key events in black history, from the beginnings of the slave trade in Africa and the Middle Passage to the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Alone : Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk : defeat into victory

September 18, 2017
Korda, Michael, 1933- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, [2017]
xiv, 525 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Prologue: "The past is a foreign country" -- Part one: The Second Great War. To the brink ; The failure of diplomacy ; "Speak for England!" ; The phoney war ; Operation Pied Piper ; Case Yellow ; "Gad, gentlemen, here's to our greatest victory of the war" ; Hitler "missed the bus" ; "In the name of God, go" -- Part two: The Battle of France. "The top of the greasy pole" ; Rommel crosses the Meuse ; "We are beaten; we have lost the battle" ; "The mortal gravity of the hour" ; May 20, 1940: "a pretty fair pig of a day" ; "The fatal slope" ; "Hard and heavy tidings" ; The sharp end of the stick ; The Battle of Arras: "we may be foutu" ; "Their zest and delight in shooting Germans was most entertaining" -- Part three: Dunkirk. The burghers of Calais ; "Fight it out to the bitter end" ; Flag officer, Dover ; The home front ; "Presume troops know they are cutting their way home to Blighty" ; Dynamo ; "Fight it out, here or elsewhere" ; Holding the line ; "The little ships" ; "The best mug of tea I have ever had in my life" ; "Arm in arm" ; "We are going to beat them" ; The Dunkirk spirit ; At sea.
"Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk. In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of World War II, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. For, indeed, May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous movie family who would himself be evacuated." -- David McCullough

Istanbul : a tale of three cities

September 15, 2017
Hughes, Bettany, author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, 2017.
xxix, 800 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Byzantion, Bryzas' City, 800,000 BC - AD 311 -- Constantinople, City of God, AD 311-475 -- The new Rome, AD 476-565 -- The world's desire, AD 565-1050 -- City of war, AD 1050-1320 -- Allah's city, AD 1320-AD 1575 (Islamic calendar 720-983) -- Imperial city, AD 1550-1800 (Islamic calendar 957-1215) -- City of revolt and opportunity, AD 1800 (Islamic calendar 1215) onwards -- Coda.
Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul-- one city, where stories and histories collide. The gateway between East and West, North and South, it has been the capital city of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Hughes takes us on an historical journey from the Neolithic to the present, exploring the ways that Istanbul's influence has spun out to shape the wider world. This is the story not just of emperors, viziers, caliphs, and sultans, but of the poor and the voiceless, of the women and men whose aspirations and dreams have continuously reinvented Istanbul.

Something beautiful happened : a story of survival and courage in the face of evil

September 15, 2017
Corporon, Yvette Manessis, author.
New York, NY : Howard Books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017.
xiv, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction. They weren't really gone after all -- We loved them like sisters -- The Jews of Corfu -- You are orphans now -- Pass the lamb. We saved the Jews. -- Papa Savvas, the Jewish tailor of Corfu -- The nightly knock at the door -- Yia-yia never told -- -- Searching for Savvas -- Righteous among the nations -- Whatever you do, don't challenge him to a game of chess -- I think our grandmothers were friends -- Reat and Bill -- When words don't make sense -- Tragic irony -- He picked the wrong family and the wrong community -- He was watching over them -- The ones who stood up -- Heaven is all around us -- It was nothing. It was everything. -- Piecing together the story of Savvas -- Rosa's family -- Modern miracles -- Reunion -- Erikousa's Icarus -- Finding Savvas -- Full circle -- Epilogue -- Afterword. Lessons from new and cherished friends.

No room for small dreams : courage, imagination, and the making of modern Israel

September 14, 2017
Peres, Shimon, 1923-2016, author.
©2017
xii, 227 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Shimon Peres' final work, finished shortly before his death. An autobiography and study of the crucial moments in Israel's history. "It would be easy to review what elapsed during my 93 years purely for nostalgic value. But here, in the final chapter of my life, I am not interested in simply putting a marker down regarding my specific recall of the past. Instead, I am writing a book about what it takes to fight cynicism in all of its forms, and what it takes to follow dreams no matter their size.""-- Provided by publisher.

Diana : I'm going to be me : the people's princess revealed in her own words

September 14, 2017
Dampier, Phil, author.
[United Kingdom?] : Barzipan Publishing, ©2017.
83 pages ; 21 cm
It is now 20 years since this iconic figure died at the tragically young age of 36 in a Paris car crash. In this first ever comprehensive collection of Diana's most memorable quotes, veteran royal reporter Phil Dampier reveals the heart and soul of an incredible woman who is missed by millions.

The ghost ship of Brooklyn : an untold story of the American Revolution

September 14, 2017
Watson, Robert P., 1962- author.
New York, NY : Da Capo Press, [2017]
xiv, 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: "A vast and silent army" -- Warship -- "The glorious cause" -- City of prisons -- Privateers -- Patriots -- Adventure on the high seas -- Floating dungeons -- Dead reckoning -- Welcome to hell -- The final voyage -- Tempest -- Negotiations -- July 4 -- Escape -- Run! -- Turning point -- Freedom -- Deaths and demise -- Rediscovery -- Postscript -- Appendix I. "The poet of the American Revolution" -- Appendix II. List of prison ships.
"The surprising story of the most infamous prison ship of the American Revolution, the HMS Jersey, and its role in the fight for independence."--Provided by publisher.

At the strangers' gate : arrivals in New York

September 12, 2017
Gopnik, Adam, author.
New York : Knopf, 2017.
253 pages ; 25 cm
"From The New York Times best-selling author of Paris to the Moon and beloved New Yorker writer, a memoir that captures the romance of New York City in the 1980s. When Adam Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious. But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life's consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. At the Stranger's Gate builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple's journey--from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family. Gopnik transports us to his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. He takes us through his professional meanderings, from graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the corridors of Conde Nast and the galleries of MoMA. Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now"-- Provided by publisher.

Poppies of Iraq

September 8, 2017
Findakly, Brigitte, author, artist.
[Montréal] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
Originally published in French by L'Association.
"Poppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly's nuanced tender chronicle of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, co-written and drawn by her husband, the acclaimed cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. In spare and elegant detail, they share memories of her middle class childhood touching on cultural practices, the education system, Saddam Hussein's state control, and her family's history as Orthodox Christians in the Arab world. Poppies of Iraq is intimate and wide-ranging; the story of how one can become separated from one's homeland and still feel intimately connected yet ultimately estranged. Signs of an oppressive regime permeate a seemingly normal life: magazines arrive edited by customs; the color red is banned after the execution of General Kassim; Baathist militiamen are publicly hanged and school kids are bussed past them to bear witness. As conditions in Mosul worsen over her childhood, Brigitte's father is always hopeful that life in Iraq will return to being secular and prosperous. The family eventually feels compelled to move to Paris, however, where Brigitte finds herself not quite belonging to either culture. Trondheim brings to life Findakly's memories to create a poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile."-- Provided by publisher.

A disappearance in Damascus : friendship and survival in the shadow of war

September 8, 2017
Campbell, Deborah, 1970- author.
New York : Picador, 2017.
341 pages ; 22 cm
Exodus -- The fixer -- The apartment -- The death division -- A free bird -- Friendship -- Another country -- Ahlam's war -- A small triumph -- Assassins -- Damascus in winter -- These dark times -- The disappearance -- The cage -- Officialdom -- The fixer's fixer -- Alone together -- Ahlam's story, part one -- We accept everything -- Ahlam's story, part two -- Beirut -- The children -- Unexpected revelations -- Ahlam's story, part three -- Failure -- Ahlam's story, part four -- Adaptation -- Aftermath -- Exile.
"In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned journalist Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Campbell's frank, personal account of a journey through fear and the triumph of friendship and courage is as riveting as it is illuminating. The story begins in 2007, when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria, following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a "fixer"--providing Western media with trustworthy information and contacts to help get the news out. Ahlam has fled her home in Iraq after being kidnapped while running a humanitarian center. She supports her husband and two children through her work with foreign journalists while setting up a makeshift school for displaced girls. Strong and charismatic, she has become an unofficial leader of the refugee community in Damascus. Campbell is inspired by Ahlam's determination to create something good amid so much suffering, and the two women become close friends. But one morning, Ahlam is seized from her home in front of Campbell's eyes. Haunted by the prospect that their work together has led to her friend's arrest, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find Ahlam--all the while fearing she could be next. The compelling story of two women caught up in the shadowy politics behind today's most searing conflict, A Disappearance in Damascus reminds us of the courage of those who risk their lives to bring us the world's news."

Fractured continent : Europe's crises and the fate of the West

September 8, 2017
Drozdiak, William, author.
©2017
xxi, 298 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Berlin : the new epicenter of power -- London : the breakaway realm -- Paris : in search of lost glory -- Brussels : capital of Europe, Tower of Babel? -- Madrid : will the center hold? -- Rome : the eternal city, forever in decline? -- Warsaw : between East and West -- Copenhagen : the green welfare state in peril? -- Riga : in the shadow of the bear -- Athens : life on the edge -- Moscow, Ankara, Tunis : Europe's troubled neighborhood -- Washington, D.C. : the illusion of America first -- Epilogue : a post-American Europe?

Crossings : a doctor-soldier's story

September 7, 2017
Kerstetter, Jon, author.
New York : Crown Publishing, [2017]
viii, 342 pages ; 24 cm
Part one: Learn. Near the edge of a boundary ; The boundary layer -- Part two: Fight. 61-November ; War zones ; Call-up ; SimMan ; Camp New York ; Forensics ; Triage ; Ballistic maneuvers ; The crossing ; Second tour ; Glint of winter ; The sound of a zipper ; Globemaster -- Part three: Adapt. Awake ; Diagnosis ; Discovery ; Stroke school ; Reading ; Winter dream ; St. Luke's ; Elephant man ; Therapy: VA style ; The list ; Thinking level 5.3 ; Wride (write) -- Part four: Overcome. Beyond the crossings.
"Every juncture in Jon Kerstetter's life has been marked by a crossing from one world into another: from civilian to doctor to soldier; between healing and waging war; and between compassion and hatred of the enemy. When an injury led to a stroke that ended his careers as a doctor and a soldier, he faced the most difficult crossing of all, a recovery that proved as shattering as war itself. Crossings is a memoir of an improbable, powerfully drawn life, one that began in poverty on the Oneida Reservation in Wisconsin but grew by force of will to encompass a remarkable medical practice. Trained as an emergency physician, Kerstetter's thirst for intensity led him to volunteer in war-torn Rwanda, Kosovo, and Bosnia, and to join the Army National Guard. His three tours in the Iraq War marked the height of the American struggle there. The story of his work in theater, which involved everything from saving soldiers' lives to organizing the joint U.S.-Iraqi forensics team tasked with identifying the bodies of Saddam Hussein's sons, is a bracing, unprecedented evocation of a doctor's life at war. But war was only the start of Kerstetter's struggle. The stroke he suffered upon returning from Iraq led to serious cognitive and physical disabilities. His years-long recovery, impeded by near-unbearable pain and complicated by PTSD, meant overcoming the perceived limits of his body and mind and reimagining his own capacity for renewal and change. It led him not only to writing as a vocation but to a deeper understanding of how healing means accepting a new identity, and how that acceptance must be fought for with as much tenacity as any battlefield victory."--Jacket flap.

Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history

September 7, 2017
Andersen, Kurt, 1954- author.
©2017
xiii, 462 pages ; 25 cm
Now entering Fantasyland -- Part I: The conjuring of America: 1517-1789. I believe, therefore I am right : the Protestants ; All that glitters : the gold-seekers ; Building our own private heaven on Earth : the Puritans ; The God-given freedom to believe in God ; Imaginary friends and enemies : the early satanic panics ; The first me century : religion gets American ; Meanwhile, in the eighteenth-century reality-based community -- Part II: United States of amazing: the 1800s. The first great delirium ; The all-American fan fiction of Joseph Smith, prophet ; Quack nation : magical but modern ; Fantastic business : the gold rush inflection point ; In search of monsters to destroy : the conspiracy theory habit ; The war between states of mind ; Ten million little houses on the prairie ; Fantasy industrialized -- Part III: A long arc bending toward reason: 1900-1960. Progress and backlash ; The biggest backlash : brand-new old-time religion ; The business of America is show business ; Big rock candy mountains : utopia in the suburbs and the sun ; The 1950s seemed so normal -- Part IV: Big bang : the 1960s and '70s. Big bang : the hippies ; Big bang : the intellectuals ; Big bang : the Christians ; Big bang : politics and government and conspiracies ; Big bang : living in a land of entertainment -- Part V: Fantasyland scales : from the 1980s through the turn of the century. Making make-believe more realistic and real life more make-believe ; Forever young : kids "r" us syndrome ; The Reagan era and the start of the digital age ; American religion from the turn of the millennium ; Our wilder Christianities : belief and practice ; America versus the godless civilized world : why are we so exceptional? ; Magical but not necessarily Christian, spiritual but not religious ; Blue-chip witch doctors : the re-enchantment of medicine ; How the mainstream enabled fantasyland : squishies, cynics, and believers ; Anything goes--unless it picks my pocket or breaks my leg -- Part VI: The problem with fantasyland : from the 1980s to the present and beyond. The inmates running the asylum decide monsters are everywhere ; Reality is a conspiracy : the x-filing of America ; Mad as hell, the new voice of the people ; When the GOP went off the rails ; Liberals denying science ; Gun crazy ; Final fantasy-industrial complex ; Our inner children? They're going to Disney World! ; The economic dreamtime ; As fantasyland goes, so goes the nation.
"In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, one of our sharpest observers, Kurt Andersen, demonstrates that what's happening in our country today--this strange, post-truth, 'fake news' moment we're all living through--is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by impresarios and their audiences, by hucksters and their suckers. Believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Over the course of five centuries--from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P.T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials--our peculiar love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies--every citizen free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. Little by little, and then more quickly in the last several decades, the American invent-your-own-reality legacy of the Enlightenment superseded its more sober, rational, and empirical parts. We gave ourselves over to all manner of crackpot ideas and make-believe lifestyles designed to console or thrill or terrify us. In Fantasyland, Andersen brilliantly connects the dots that define this condition, portrays its scale and scope, and offers a fresh, bracing explanation of how our American journey has deposited us here. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand the politics and culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book."--Jacket.

Alexander Hamilton, revolutionary

September 6, 2017
Brockenbrough, Martha, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
xi, 372 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"The subject of the most humiliating criticism" -- A Son of Liberty -- "It's a collegian!" -- Love, war, and glory's price -- "All for love" -- "I must tell you, Sir, you treat me with disrespect" -- "Rocking the cradle and ... fleecing my neighbours" -- The Federalist -- Mr. Secretary -- Genius and fool -- Hamilton's heart -- "This is a mortal wound" -- Epilogue -- Hamilton's family -- Allies & enemies -- Time line -- The natural world: diseases and hurricanes -- A brief history of the colonies -- Early government -- Ball gowns, pointy shoes, and ornate wigs -- What combat was like -- The arms were bare -- Artillery -- How the early trade cycle worked -- Relations with tribal nations -- A brief history of the sugar trade -- Federalism vs. Antifederalism -- Rules for duels -- The sad life of Aaron Burr -- Major battles of the Revolutionary War.
Born out of wedlock on a small island in the West Indies and orphaned as a teenager, Alexander Hamilton nonetheless rose to a position of power and influence in colonial America. His military career brought him fame; his groundbreaking and enduring policy continues to shape American government today; his salacious and scandalous personal life and his heartrending end have made him immortal.

The Vietnam War : an intimate history

September 6, 2017
Ward, Geoffrey C., author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
xiii, 612 pages : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 29 cm
Déjà vu, 1858-1961 -- Riding the tiger, 1961-1963 -- The River Styx, January 1964-December 1965 -- Resolve, January 1966-June 1967 -- What we do, July-December, 1967 -- Things fall apart, January-June 1968 -- The veneer of civilization, June 1968-March 1969 -- The history of the world, May 1969-December 1970 -- A disrespectful loyalty, January 1971-March 1973 -- The weight of memory, March 1973-April 1975.
"A comprehensive look at the Vietnam War"--Provided by publisher.

St. Henry, 1862-1987, Quasquicentennial : St. Henry, Indiana: our Church, our school, our town, our people.

September 1, 2017
St. Henry (Ind.)
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1987]
279 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 27 cm
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