New Arrivals · History

October 25, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Napoleon : a life

October 24, 2014
Roberts, Andrew, 1963- author.
New York : Viking, 2014.
xli, 926 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War and the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation.

Commander Will Cushing : daredevil hero of the Civil War

October 24, 2014
Malanowski, Jamie, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2014.
304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Terrible excitement -- Plague and pride -- A talent for buffoonery -- Not recommended -- Neither effective nor subordinate -- His exuberant spirit -- The Gosport debacle -- Delaware farmer -- Baptisms of fire -- Twenty-eight shells a minute -- Original and speculative -- Transformations -- The virginia -- The monitor -- Rising -- Reenter flusser -- Adventures of the ellis -- Pilot hunting -- Alonzo at antietam -- In old virginia -- At Gettysburg -- Alonzo's glory -- Grieving -- The essence of impudence -- Marsh grass and cattails -- High time we went -- Zigzag -- Letters from Welles -- The coming -- Rampage -- Too strong -- Proceed to New York -- No one else -- In case of failure -- Dead ahead -- Now -- Dead gone sunk -- Seldom equaled, never excelled -- Back in action -- Secret weapon -- Sitting duck -- Return to Fort Fisher -- Slaughter at the northeast bastion -- Endgames -- Victory -- On the west coast -- Love and duty -- Love letters -- In the orient -- Howard -- The world stage -- The Virginius -- The butcher -- Face-off -- At rest.
A thrilling narrative biography of William Barker Cushing, the Civil War's most celebrated naval hero.

Isabella : the warrior queen

October 24, 2014
Downey, Kirstin.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, [2014]
x, 520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
A birth without fanfare -- A childhood in the shadows -- Frightening years -- Isabella faces the future alone -- Marriage -- Ferdinand and his family -- The newlyweds -- The Borgia connection -- Preparing to rule -- Isabella takes the throne -- The tribe of Isabel -- The whole world trembled -- The queen's war -- Architects of the Inquisition -- Landing in paradise -- Borgia gives her the world -- Lands of vanity and illusion -- Faith and family -- Turks at the door -- Israel in exile -- Three daughters -- A church without a shepherd -- The death of Queen Isabella -- The world after Isabella.
Drawing on new scholarship, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Woman Behind the New Deal presents a biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus' journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

Empire of sin : a story of sex, jazz, murder, and the battle for modern New Orleans

October 24, 2014
Krist, Gary.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014]
viii, 416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
PART ONE. The War Begins, 1890-1891 -- Going Respectable -- The Sodom of the South -- The First Casualty -- Retribution -- PART TWO. Drawing Boundaries, Mid-1890s-1907 -- A Sporting Man -- New Sounds -- Desperado -- Storyville Rising -- Jazzmen -- The Sin Factory -- PART THREE. Battlegrounds of Sin, 1907-1917 -- The Black Hand -- A Reawakening -- An Incident on Franklin Street -- Hard Times -- The New Prohibitionists -- PART FOUR. Twilight of the Demimonde, 1917-1920 -- Exodus -- A Killer in the Night -- "Almost As if He Had Wings" -- The Axman's Jazz -- The End of an Empire -- The Soiled Phoenix -- AFTERWORD: Who Was the Axman?
"From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans' other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City. Empire of Sin re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans' thirty-years war against itself, pitting the city's elite 'better half' against its powerful and long-entrenched underworld of vice, perversity, and crime. This early-20th-century battle centers on one man: Tom Anderson, the undisputed czar of the city's Storyville vice district, who fights desperately to keep his empire intact as it faces onslaughts from all sides. Surrounding him are the stories of flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, venal politicians, and one extremely violent serial killer, all battling for primacy in a wild and wicked city unlike any other in the world"-- Provided by publisher.

The good son : JFK Jr. and the mother he loved

October 24, 2014
Andersen, Christopher P., author.
©2014
xv, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Part I. His mother's son -- "Please don't do it" -- The son he had longed for -- "John, you can salute Daddy now" -- "A Kennedy never gives up" -- "I want to help him go back and find his father" -- A shoebox full of diamonds -- The crown prince -- Part II. John on his own -- Just one of the guys -- "My mother will be frantic" -- "I'm not my father" -- "The luckiest man alive".
Like many parents and children, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and JFK Jr. shared an intense, tender, and often tempestuous bond. It was, quite simply, the most important relationship in John's life. With riveting insight, Andersen reveals how mother and son influenced, challenged, and supported each other through good times and bad, unveiling startling new details about a family we thought we already knew: John's reaction to his mother's bout with suicidal depression and growing dependence on prescription drugs; the surreal and ultimately catastrophic impact of the Onassis years; the premonitions that terrified Jackie about John's fate; Jackie's success at keeping John away from his hellraising cousins, and his complicated relationship with the rest of the clan; the power she wielded over his affairs with Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daryl Hannah, and others; how John privately handled the scandalous revelations about his parents' marriage; the secrets about John's own turbulent marriage and his senseless death. Bittersweet, provocative, thoughtful and inspiring, this is the often heartbreaking tale of two lives tested by history and tragedy.--From publisher description.

Philadelphia

December 21, 2014
Harris, Bill, 1933-
New York : Mayflower Books, 1980.
95 p. : col. ill. ; 33 cm.

Another man's war : the story of a Burma boy in Britain's forgotten African army

October 23, 2014
Phillips, Barnaby, author.
London, England : Oneworld Publications, 2014.
xv, 313 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"In December 1941 the Japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land campaign of the Second World War had begun. 100,000 African soldiers were taken from Britain's colonies to fight the Japanese in the Burmese jungles. They performed heroically in one of the most brutal theatres of war, yet their contribution has been largely ignored. Isaac Fadoyebo was one of those 'Burma Boys'. At the age of sixteen he ran away from his Nigerian village to join the British Army. Sent to Burma, he was attacked and left for dead in the jungle by the Japanese. Sheltered by courageous local rice farmers, Isaac spent nine months in hiding before his eventual rescue. He returned to Nigeria a hero, but his story was soon forgotten. Barnaby Phillips travelled to Nigeria and Burma in search of Isaac, the family who saved his life, and the legacy of an Empire. Another Man's War is Isaac's story."--Page 2 of jacket.

Kid presidents : true tales of childhood from America's presidents

October 23, 2014
Stabler, David, author.
©2014
215 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Ulysses S. Grant, the horseback kid -- Theodore Roosevelt and the Broadway Seal -- Richard Nixon and the size 9 boots of doom -- Jimmy Carter, arrowhead hunter -- Bill Clinton and the red, white, and blue sax -- George Washington, kid of the wild frontier -- Andrew Jackson , the littlest patriot -- Herbert Hoover, boy of the Osage -- Franklin D. Roosevelt and his day of freedom -- Barack Obama, new kid in town -- Abraham Lincoln and the not-so-wicked stepmother -- Dwight Eisenhower and his three lessons of leadership -- John F. Kennedy and the bullying big brother -- Lyndon Johnson, class clown -- Gerald Ford, the angriest boy in the world -- Ronald Reagan, near-sighted superhero.

When lions roar : the Churchills and the Kennedys

October 23, 2014
Maier, Thomas, 1956-
New York : Crown Publishers, [2014.
pages cm
A far-reaching history of the intertwined personal and public lives of the Churchills and the Kennedys discusses their respective family views, how they overcame bitter differences to unite against Hitler and the enduring influence of their collaborations.

At home in exile : why diaspora is good for the Jews

October 23, 2014
Wolfe, Alan, 1942- author.
©2014
272 pages ; 24 cm
"The Holocaust followed by Israel's creation constituted a kind of civil religion for Jews, reminding them of their eternal vulnerability while offering salvation in the form of statehood. Memories inevitably change, however, and as the impact of these two titanic events fade, an increasingly number of Judiasm's next generation is starting to reject the particularism associated with both events in favor of a rebirth of the universalism that once characterized life in the diaspora. In this book I argue that this is a positive moment, both for Jews and the non-Jews with whom they live"-- Provided by publisher.

Founding fathers : the fight for freedom and the birth of American liberty

October 23, 2014
Kostyal, K. M., 1951-
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Books, 2014.
350 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Commonwealths, crimes, and calamities (1763-1774) -- Liberty or death (1775) -- Times that try men's souls (1776) -- Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots (1777-1778) -- In the very midst of a revolution (1779-1780) -- The tide of success (1781-1783) -- A more perfect union (1784-1789).

Native elders : sharing their wisdom

October 22, 2014
Sigafus, Kim, author.
Summertown, Tennesse : 7th Generation, Native voices, [2014]
101 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
LaDonna Harris -- Ernest Siva -- Jacqueline Guest -- Percy Henry -- Nella Heredia -- Jim Northrup -- Judy Gingell -- Christine Jack -- Mark Bellcourt -- Bert Crowfoot -- Louva Dahozy -- Faith Davison.
Read the stories of Native elders whose lives spring from a time without television, computers or cell phones.

DeSoto County, Mississippi : history and families.

October 21, 2014
Humboldt, Tenn. : Rose Pub. Co., c1999.
232 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
"A project of the Genealogical Society of DeSoto County"--P.3.

Escape from Tibet : a true story

October 21, 2014
Gray, Nick, author.
Toronto, Ontario : Annick Press, 2014.
154 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

Victoria : a life

October 20, 2014
Wilson, A. N., 1950- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2014.
xi, 642 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
"Includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources to show us Queen Victoria as she's never been seen before. Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death, and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of this momentous epoch in Britain's history--and the world's"--Dust jacket flap.
Wilson explores the curious set of circumstances that led to Victoria's coronation, her strange and isolated childhood, her passionate marriage to Prince Albert and his pivotal influence even after death and her widowhood and subsequent intimate friendship with her Highland servant John Brown, all set against the backdrop of a momentous epoch in Britain's history -- and the world's.

North Korea : anonymous country

October 20, 2014
Leeb, Julia, photographer.
Kempen : teNeues, 2014.
218 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 35 cm
Includes index.

Emilie Davis's Civil War : the diaries of a free Black woman in Philadelphia, 1863-1865

October 20, 2014
Davis, Emilie Frances, 1838-1899, author.
University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2014]
xxiv, 211 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
"A transcription and annotation of the diary of Emilie Davis, a free African American woman who lived in Philadelphia during the Civil War"--Provided by publisher.

Manassas : a battlefield guide

October 20, 2014
Rafuse, Ethan Sepp, 1968-
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2014]
xvii, 252 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

The USA and the world.

October 17, 2014
Harpers Ferry, W. Va. : Stryker-Post Publications
v. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.

Ghost walls : the story of a 17th-century colonial homestead

October 17, 2014
Walker, Sally M.
Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, [2014]
136 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm

On his own terms : a life of Nelson Rockefeller

October 17, 2014
Smith, Richard Norton, 1953-
New York : Random House, [2014].
xxxiv, 842 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
A Pulitzer Prize finalist offers a sweeping portrait of one of the 20th century's most significant politicians, businessmen and philanthropists.

Top dog : the story of marine hero Lucca

October 17, 2014
Goodavage, Maria, 1962- author.
New York, New York : Dutton Adult, 2014.
x, 306 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Soldier Dogs returns with the incredible story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. An extraordinary bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez, in what would become a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry, and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name. The book describes in gritty detail Lucca's adventures on and off the battlefields, including tense, lifesaving explosives finds and firefights, as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and dogs they served with. Ultimately we see how the bond between Lucca and her handlers overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas this violence ignites. Here is a portrait of modern warfare with a heartwarming and inspiring conclusion that will touch dog lovers and the toughest military readers."-- Provided by publisher.

Rebellion : the history of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution

October 17, 2014
Ackroyd, Peter, 1949- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2014.
ix, 502 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
First published in Great Britain by Macmillan as a set, complete in 6 volumes, under the common title The history of England. Rebellion is volume 3, which in the Macmillan set was entitled Civil war.
A new Solomon -- The plot -- The beacons -- The god of money -- The angel -- The vapours -- What news? -- A Bohemian tragedy -- The Spanish travellers -- An interlude -- Vivat Rex -- A fall from grace -- Take that slime away -- I am the man -- The crack of doom -- The shrimp -- Sudden flashings -- Venture all -- A great and dangerous treason -- Madness and fury -- A world of change -- Worse and worse news -- A world of mischief -- Neither hot nor cold -- The gates of hell -- The women of war -- The face of God -- The mansion of liberty -- A game to play -- To kill a king -- This house to be let -- Fear and trembling -- Healing and settling -- Is it possible? -- The young gentleman -- Oh prodigious change! -- On the road -- To rise and piss -- And not dead yet? -- The true force -- Hot news -- New infirmities -- Or at the cock? -- Noise rhymes to noise -- The Protestant wind.
Examines the Stuart dynasty during a turbulent seventeenth century marked by civil war, the execution of Charles I, the rule of Oliver Cromwell, and the deposition and exile of James II.

The unsubstantial air : American fliers in the First World War

October 17, 2014
Hynes, Samuel, 1924-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
xii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: A Fire Beyond the Horizon -- 1. An Occupation for Gentlemen -- 2. The Ivy League Air Force -- 3. Going -- 4. Abroad I : First Impressions -- 5. Driving the Machine -- 6. The Pleasurable Sensation of Flying -- 7. Waiting for the War -- 8. How to Fight -- 9. This Killing Business -- 10. Abroad II : Getting Acquainted -- 11. In Pursuit -- 12. Looking at the War -- 13. A Short History of Bombing -- 14. Summer : 1918 -- 15. September : St. Mihiel -- 16. Abroad III : End Games -- 17. The Last Battle -- 18. November Eleventh -- 19. Afterwards.
"The vivid story of the young Americans who fought and died in the aerial battles of World War I. The Unsubstantial Air is a chronicle of war that is more than a military history; it traces the lives and deaths of the young Americans who fought in the skies over Europe in World War I. Using letters, journals, and memoirs, it speaks in their voices and answers primal questions: What was it like to be there? What was it like to fly those planes, to fight, to kill? The volunteer fliers were often privileged young men--the sort of college athletes and Ivy League students who might appear in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, and sometimes did. For them, a war in the air would be like a college reunion. Others were roughnecks from farms and ranches, for whom it would all be strange. Together they would make one Air Service and fight one bitter, costly war. A wartime pilot himself, the memoirist and critic Samuel Hynes tells these young men's saga as the story of a generation. He shows how they dreamed of adventure and glory, and how they learned the realities of a pilot's life, the hardships and the danger, and how they came to know both the beauty of flight and the constant presence of death. They gasp in wonder at the world seen from a plane, struggle to keep their hands from freezing in open-air cockpits, party with actresses and aristocrats, and search for their friends' bodies on the battlefield. Their romantic war becomes more than that--it becomes a harsh but often thrilling new reality"-- Provided by publisher.

Rise of ISIS : a threat we can't ignore

October 17, 2014
Sekulow, Jay, author.
©2014
xi, 128 pages ; 22 cm
Adapted in part from a series of papers presented by Jay Sekulow in July 2014 at Oxford University's History, Politics, and Society program on Religion and Politics in the Middle East.
The horror of jihad -- The rise of Isis and the new caliphate -- ISIS: the world's most ruthless and powerful jihadist army -- Hamas: architects of eternal jihad -- Hamas: Israel's most restless enemy -- Hamas creates a unity government with Fatah then launches war -- Waging warfare: the U.N. tries to transform our soldiers into war criminals -- The 2014 Gaza War: who are the real war criminals? -- Hamas systematically and intentionally violated the law of war -- The stakes could not be higher -- Oppose, don't appease: the way forward against jihad.

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