New Arrivals · History

January 20, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A consequential president : the legacy of Barack Obama

January 19, 2017
D'Antonio, Michael, author.
©2016
310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ending the Great Recession : it was the economy, stupid -- Auto industry rescue : "the doomsayers were wrong" -- Health care reform : saving Spike Dolomite -- Energy : sun, wind, and market forces -- Environment : saving the planet -- Foreign policy : Obama's world -- Education : racing to the top -- Financial reform : boring is better -- Equality : expectations, limits, progress -- Unfinished business (and failures) -- Postscript: the benefits of cool -- Addendum: Antagonism and false alarms.
Recounts the accomplishments of President Obama during his eight years in office, considering his major successes and how he was able to govern while facing both racial hostility and unrealistic expectations.

Nonstop metropolis : a New York City atlas

January 19, 2017
©2016
224 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 31 cm
Introduction : Centers and edges -- Map 1. Singing the city: the New York of dreams. Our city of songs / Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Garnette Cadogan, Valeria Luiselli, Joe Boyd, Will Butler, Mirissa Neff, Teju Cole, Margo Jefferson, and Barry Lopez -- Map 2. Capital of capital: how New York happened. The best city money can buy / Joshua Jelly-Schapiro -- Map 3. Crash: crises and collisions in 21st-century lower Manhattan. Falling and rising in lower Manhattan / Astra Taylor -- Map 4. Riot! Periodic eruptions in volcanic New York. The violence of inequality / Luc Sante -- Map 5. Carboniferous: Climate change and the city. Petro Gotham, people's Gotham / Daniel Aldana Cohen -- Map 6. Water and power: the reach of the city. Thirsts and ghosts, Heather Smith -- Map 7. Harper's and harpooners: Whaling and publishing in Melville's Manhattan. Sailors and scriveners / Paul La Farge -- Map 8. What is a Jew? From Emma Goldman to Goldman Sachs. My Yiddishe papa / Sheerly Avni ; The lost world of Jewish Flatbush / Joel Dinerstein -- Map 9. Archipelago: the Caribbean's far north. Of islands and other mothers / Gaiutra Bahadur -- Map 10. City of Women. The power of names / Rebecca Solnit -- Map 11. Love and rage -- Map 12. City of walkers: around the world in a day. Round and round / Garnette Cadogan -- Map 13. Wildlife. The oysters in the spire / Rebecca Solnit -- Map 14. Our Latin thing: New York city radio en español. The mega mezclapolis / Alexandra Y. Vazquez -- Map 15. Burning down and rising up: the Bronx in the 1970s. New York City: seeing through the ruins / Marshall Berman ; Interviews with Valerie Capers, Grandmaster Caz, Grandwizzard Theodore, and Melle Mel -- Map 16. Makers and breakers: Olmsted, Moses, Jacobs shape the city. Ways and means / Jonathan Tarleton -- Map 17. Trash in the city: dumping on Staten Island and beyond. Coming clean / Lucy R. Lippard -- Map 18. Mysterious land of Shaolin: the Wu-Tang Clan's Staten Island. Breathing space: an interview with RZA / Joshua Jelly-Schapiro -- Map 19. Brownstones and basketball: Brooklyn's home grounds and games. Empire of brownstone and brick / Thomas J. Campanella ; Prisoners of Red Hook / Francisco Goldman -- Map 20. Brooklyn villages. Freed but not free / Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts -- Map 21. Public/private: a map of childhoods. Playgrounds I have known / Emily Raboteau -- Map 22. The suburban theory of the avant-garde: New Jersey's greats. North stars and gospel battles: Peter Coyote's Jersey memories -- Map 23. Planting liberty: 350 years of freedom in Flushing. "Law of love, peace and libertie" / Garnette Cadogan -- Map 24. Mother tongues and Queens: the world's languages capital. Tower of scrabble / Suketu Mehta -- Map 25. Black star lines: Harlem secular and sacred. Home to Harlem / Christina Zanfagna -- Map 26. Oscillating city: Manhattan, day and night. Schleptropolis / Thomas J. Campanella.
"Nonstop Metropolis, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts-from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists-amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan's playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island. The contributors to this exquisitely designed and gorgeously illustrated volume celebrate New York City's unique vitality, its incubation of the avant-garde, and its literary history, but they also critique its racial and economic inequality, environmental impact, and erasure of its past. Nonstop Metropolis allows us to excavate New York's buried layers, to scrutinize its political heft, and to discover the unexpected in one of the most iconic cities in the world. It is both a challenge and homage to how New Yorkers think of their city, and how the world sees this capital of capitalism, culture, immigration, and more." -- Publisher's description

The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama

January 12, 2017
Ifill, Gwen.
New York : Anchor Books, 2009.
300 pages ; 21 cm
"With a new afterword"--Cover.
Breaking through -- The generational divide -- Barack Obama -- The race/gender clash -- Artur Davis -- Legacy politics -- Cory Booker -- The politics of identity -- Deval Patrick -- The next wave.
The Breakthrough is a remarkable look at contemporary politics and an essential foundation for understanding the future of American democracy in the age of Obama.

Ancient history of the Manchuria : redefining the past

January 12, 2017
Mosol, Lee, 1940- author.
©2013
532 pages ; 23 cm
"Rev. date: 07/18/2013"--Title page verso.

"All the real Indians died off" : and 20 other myths about Native Americans

January 11, 2017
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939- author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2016]
xi, 208 pages ; 22 cm
"All the real Indians died off" -- "Indians were the first immigrants to the Western hemisphere" -- "Columbus discovered America" -- "Thanksgiving proves the Indians welcomed the Pilgrims" -- "Indians were savage and warlike" -- "Indians should move on and forget the past" -- "Europeans brought civilization to the backward Indians" -- "The United States did not have a policy of genocide" -- "US Presidents were benevolent or at least fair-minded toward Indians" -- "The only real Indians are full-bloods, and they are dying off" -- "The United States gave Indians their reservations" -- "Indians are wards of the state" -- "Sports mascots honor Native Americans" -- "Native American culture belongs to all Americans" -- "Most Indians are on government welfare" -- "Indian casinos make them all rich" -- "Indians are anti-science" -- "Indians are naturally predisposed to alcoholism" -- "What's the problem with thinking of Indian women as princesses or squaws?" -- "Native Americans can't agree on what to be called" -- "Indians are victims and deserve our sympathy."
Covering a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history the authors disrupt long-held and enduring myths such as: "Thanksgiving Proves the Indians Welcomed Pilgrims", "Indians Were Savage and Warlike", "Europeans Brought Civilization to Backward Indians", "Sports Mascots Honor Native Americans", "Most Indians Are on Government Welfare", "Indian Casinos Make Them All Rich", and "Indians Are Naturally Predisposed to Alcohol. Each chapter shows how these myths are rooted in the fears and prejudice of European settlers and in the larger political agendas of a settler state aimed at acquiring Indigenous land.

Best. state. ever. : a Florida man defends his homeland

January 10, 2017
Barry, Dave, author.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
A brief history of Florida -- The skunk ape -- Weeki Wachee and Spongeorama -- Cassadaga -- The Villages -- Gatorland -- Lock & load Miami -- LIV -- Key West.
"We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, "What the hell is wrong with Florida?" Somehow, the state has acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that's at the top, from the Sunshine State's earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness that it is today."--Provided by publisher.

The lost city of the Monkey God : a true story

January 10, 2017
Preston, Douglas J., author.
©2017
viii, 326 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
The gates of hell -- Somewhere in the Americas -- The devil had killed him -- A land of cruel jungles -- One of the few remaining mysteries -- The heart of darkness -- The fish that swallowed the whale -- Lasers in the jungle -- Something nobody had done -- The most dangerous place on the planet -- Uncharted territory -- No coincidences -- Fer-de-lance -- Don't pick the flowers -- Human hands -- "I'm going down" -- A bewitchment place -- Quagmire -- Controversy -- The Cave of the Glowing Skulls -- The symbol of death -- They came to wither the flowers -- White leprosy -- The National Institutes of Health -- An isolated species -- La Ciudad del Jaguar -- We became orphans.
"Douglas Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled true story about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization"-- Provided by publisher.

In pursuit of privilege : a history of New York City's upper class & the making of a Metropolis

January 10, 2017
Hood, Clifton, author.
©2017
xviii, 488 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: The upper class is a foreign country -- "The best mart on the continent:" The 1750s and 1760s -- Uncertain adjustments: The 1780s and 1790s -- Immense wealth: The 1820s & beyond -- All for the union: The 1860s -- A dynamic businessmen's aristocracy: The 1890s -- The ways of millionaireville: The 1890s -- Making spaces of their own: The 1940s -- The antielitist elite: the 1970s & beyond -- Conclusion: The limits of antielitism.
"In Pursuit of Privilege traces the history of this elite class over two centuries, focusing on decades of upheaval and great change (such as the wars of the 1780s, 1860s, 1940s and the urban upheaval in the 1820s and 1970s), and argues the upper class was not born in the Gilded Age, but that the late nineteenth century was one of many periods where the elites wielded great power and influence and profoundly shaped, for better and for worse, the history of New York and America."--Provided by publisher.

The king is dead : the last will and testament of Henry VIII

January 9, 2017
Lipscomb, Suzannah, author.
©2016
xvi, 192 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 24 cm
The death of a king -- The last decade -- The last year -- The final months -- The making of the will -- The faith of the King -- The succession -- The "unwritten will" -- The legacy of the will -- Appendix I. Henry VIII's last will and testament : a transcription -- Appendix II. Council personnel -- Appendix III. Highlights from Henry VIII's inventory.
"Henry's will is one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. Historians have disagreed over its intended meaning, its authenticity and validity, and the circumstances of its creation. As well as examining the background to the drafting of the will and describing Henry's last days, Suzannah Lipscomb offers her own ... interpretation of one of the most significant constitutional documents of the Tudor period"-- Dust jacket.

The complete infidel's guide to Iran

January 5, 2017
Spencer, Robert, 1962- author.
Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, [2016]
xviii, 361 pages ; 23 cm
An Iran timeline -- Introduction -- "The ultimate screwing": The Iran nuclear deal -- "We welcome war with the US": Iran's ambition to conquer the world for Islam -- "Wherever a movement is Islamic, populist, and anti-American, we support it": Iran's Middle East adventurism -- "Israel will go, it must not survive, and it will not": Iran's all-consuming hatred for Israel -- "I am Cyrus, King of the World": One of the world's great civilizations -- "Islam says, kill them": The Islamic Revolution -- "The Middle East is going to have to overcome that": Shi'ite Islam and the Sunni-Shi'ite Jihad -- "In Iran, nothing is what it seems": Life inside the Islamic Republic -- "I will not submit to this dangerous charade": Iran's green revolution -- "If you want peace, prepare for war": What can be done about Iran.
The author of "The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS" and "The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran" returns with the sharp wit and boundless courage needed to expose the oncoming storm from Iran.

The Quartermaster : Montgomery C. Meigs : Lincoln's General, master builder of the Union army

January 5, 2017
O'Harrow, Robert, author.
New York ; London ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
x, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, facsimile ; 24 cm
Rigid duty -- Patience and perseverance -- Wholesome water -- An aqueduct worthy of the nation -- A rival to the Parthenon -- The great drama -- The Saturday Club -- The workload grows -- Rowdy looking -- Energetic, obliging, firm -- An inscription for all time -- Everything into confusion -- Eternal blot -- Tall and awkward candidate -- Floyd resigns -- He plucked a laurel -- A secret mission -- Much praise for Meigs -- Building an army -- Shoddy -- Sinews of war -- The war cannot be long -- Gunboats -- His best name is honesty -- Vast in quantity -- Exhaustion steals over the country -- Fret him and fret him -- Exhaustion of men and money -- A beauteous bubble -- A vulnerable capital -- The refit at Savannah -- The journey home -- Dogs to their vomit -- Soldier, engineer, architect, scientist, patriot.
"Born to a well to do, connected family in 1816, Montgomery C. Meigs graduated from West Point as an engineer. He helped build America's forts and served under Lt. Robert E. Lee to make navigation improvements on the Mississippi River. As a young man, he designed the Washington aqueducts in a city where people were dying from contaminated water. He built the spectacular wings and the massive dome of the brand new US Capitol. Introduced to President Lincoln by Secretary of State William Seward, Meigs became Lincoln's Quartermaster. It was during the Civil War that Meigs became a national hero. He commanded Ulysses S. Grant's base of supplies that made Union victories, including Gettysburg, possible. He sustained Sherman's army in Georgia, and the March to the Sea. After the war, Meigs built Arlington Cemetery (on land that had been Robert E. Lee's home). [The author] brings Meigs alive in [this book]. We get to know this major military figure that Lincoln and his Cabinet and Generals called the key to victory and learn how he fed, clothed, and armed the Union Army using his ingenuity and devotion"--Amazon.com.

A savage war : a military history of the Civil War

January 5, 2017
Murray, Williamson, author.
©2016
x, 602 pages : maps ; 24 cm
The origins -- The war's strategic framework -- And the war came -- First battles and the making of armies -- Stillborn between Earth and water: the unfulfilled promise of joint operations -- The Confederacy recovers, 1862 -- The Confederacy on the offensives, 1862 -- The war in the east, 1863 -- The war in the west, 1863 -- The killing time, the war in the east, 1864 -- Victory in the west, 1864 -- The collapse of the Confederacy -- The Civil War in history.
The Civil War represented a momentous change in the character of war. It combined the projection of military might across a continent on a scale never before seen with an unprecedented mass mobilization of peoples. Yet despite the revolutionizing aspects of the Civil War, its leaders faced the same uncertainties and vagaries of chance that have vexed combatants since the days of Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War. A Savage War sheds critical new light on this defining chapter in military history. In a masterful narrative that propels readers from the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox, Williamson Murray and Wayne Wei-siang Hsieh bring every aspect of the battlefield vividly to life. The show how this new way of waging war was made possible by the powerful historical forces unleashed by the Industrial Revolution and the French Revolution, yet how the war was far from being simply a story of the triumph of superior machines. Despite the Union's material superiority, a Union victory remained in doubt for most of the war. Murray and Hsieh paint indelible portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and other major figures whose leadership, judgment, and personal character played such decisive roles in the fate of a nation. They also examine how the Army of the Potomac, the Army of Northern Virginia, and the other major armies developed entirely different cultures that influenced the war's outcome. A military history of breathtaking sweep and scope, A Savage War reveals how the Civil War ushered in the age of modern warfare. -- Inside jacket flap.

The vanquished : why the First World War failed to end

January 5, 2017
Gerwarth, Robert, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
446 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Originally published in 2016 by Allen Lane, an imprint of Pengin Books, Great Britain"--Title page verso.
Part I: Defeat -- 1. A Train Journey in Spring -- 2. Russian Revolutions -- 3. Brest-Litovsk -- 4. The Taste of Victory -- 5. Reversals of Fortune -- Part II: Revolution and Counter-Revolution -- 6. No End to War -- 7. The Russian Civil Wars -- 8. The Apparent Triumph of Democracy -- 9. Radicalization -- 10. Fear of Bolshevism and the Rise of Fascism -- Part III: Imperial Collapse -- 11. Pandora's Box : Paris and the Problem of Empire -- 12. Reinventing East-Central Europe -- 13. Vae Victis -- 14. Fiume -- 15. From Smyrna to Lausanne -- Epilogue: The "Post-War" and Europe's Mid-Century Crisis.
"An epic, groundbreaking account of the ethnic and state violence that followed the end of World War I--conflicts that would shape the course of the twentieth century. For the Western allies, November 11, 1918 has always been a solemn date--the end of fighting that had destroyed a generation, and also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of the principal enemies: the German Empire, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire. But for much of the rest of Europe this was a day with no meaning, as a nightmarish series of conflicts would soon engulf country after country. In The Vanquished, a highly original and gripping work of history, Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of the First World War. In large part it was not the fighting on the Western Front that proved so ruinous to Europe's future, but the devastating aftermath, in which countries on both sides of the original conflict were savaged by revolutions, pogroms, mass expulsions, and further major military clashes. In the years immediately after the armistice, millions would die across central, eastern, and southeastern Europe before the Soviet Union and a series of rickety and exhausted small new states came into being. It was here, in the ruins of Europe, that extreme ideologies such as fascism would take shape and ultimately emerge triumphant. As absorbing in its drama as it is unsettling in its analysis, The Vanquished is destined to transform our understanding of not just the First World War but the twentieth century as a whole"--Provided by publisher.

When Churchill slaughtered sheep and Stalin robbed a bank : history's unknown chapters

January 5, 2017
Milton, Giles, author.
©2016
viii, 264 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain under the titles When Churchill slaughtered sheep and When Stalin robbed a bank by John Murray (Publishers), a Hachette UK company."--Title page verso.
Book I. When Churchill slaughtered sheep -- When Churchill slaughtered sheep -- A question of mistaken identity -- Kings, queens and madmen -- Papal bull -- Up and away -- Beauty and the beast -- Get me out! -- The bubble that burst -- A child for the Fuhrer -- Book II. When Stalin robbed a bank -- When Stalin robbed a bank -- It'll never happen to me -- Escape from hell -- Just plain weird -- Die-hard Nazis -- A trio of monsters -- I am a hero -- Rule-breakers.
In this collection of obscure and addictive true tales from history, Milton presents outrageously unbelievable-- yet true-- stories from history. There's the Russian scientist who attempted to produce a human-ape hybrid; the family who survived thirty-eight days at sea after their ship was destroyed by a killer whale; and Churchill ordered the test of biological weapons using sheep on a small Scottish island.

Love triangle : Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, & Nancy Davis

January 5, 2017
Porter, Darwin. author
©2014
662 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Place of publication from page 662.
All the gossip unfit to print. Hot, unauthorized, and unapologetic! -- Cover.
Long before two of its members became the most publicized leaders of the Free World, they were part of an amorous, "winner-take-all" love triangle that rocked Hollywood. Published after decades of research, this triple biography focuses on the one of the strangest three-sided love affairs in presidential history. Read about the bizarre entanglements of Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman, and a failed, B-List starlet-Nancy Davis-who eventually evolved into one of the most controversial (and demanding) First Ladies in American history.

Game of queens : the women who made sixteenth-century Europe

January 5, 2017
Gristwood, Sarah, author.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
xxxi, 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
"Sixteenth-century Europe saw an explosion of female rule. From Isabella of Castile and her granddaughter Mary Tudor, to Catherine de Medici, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth Tudor, women wielded enormous power over their territories for more than a hundred years. In the sixteenth century, as in our own, the phenomenon of the powerful woman offered challenges and opportunities. Opportunities, as when in 1529 Margaret of Austria and Louise of Savoy negotiated the "Ladies' peace" of Cambrai. Challenges, as when both Mary Queen of Scots and her kinswoman Elizabeth I came close to being destroyed by sexual scandal. A fascinating group biography of some of the most beloved (and reviled) queens in history, Game of Queens tells the story of the powerful women who drove European history"-- Provided by publisher.

The women who made New York

January 5, 2017
Scelfo, Julie, author.
©2016
335 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- The settler -- The revolutionary -- The caretakers -- The builders -- The liberators -- The beacon -- The advocates -- Wall Street -- The benefactors -- The funder -- The ambassador -- Madison Avenue -- Hot stuff -- The news makers -- Harlem Renaissance -- The crooks -- The authorities -- The Great White Way -- The editrixes -- The style setters -- The artists -- Sountrack to the city -- The mythmakers -- The icons -- The educators -- The politicos -- The preservationists -- The counterculturists -- The intellects -- The loudmouths -- After hours -- The grocers -- The restaurateurs -- The tastemakers -- The in-crowd -- The aunties -- The ushers -- The wisecrackers.
The Women Who Made New York reveals the untold stories of the phenomenal women who made New York City the cultural epicenter of the world. Many were revolutionaries and activists, like Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde. Others were icons and iconoclasts, like Fran Lebowitz and Grace Jones. There were also women who led quieter private lives but were just as influential, such as Emily Warren Roebling, who completed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when her engineer husband became too ill to work. -- amazon.com

Final solution : the fate of the Jews 1933-1949

January 4, 2017
Cesarani, David, author.
©2016
xl, 1016 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographic references and index.
The first year 1933 -- Judenpolitik, 1934-1938 -- Pogrom ,1938-1939 -- War, 1939-1941 -- Barbarossa, 1941 -- Final solution, 1942 -- Total war, 1943 -- The last phase, 1944-1945.
"A new one-volume history of the Nazi mass murder and persecution of the Jews by a noted historian that incorporates the material from newly-opened archives and research on the Nazi era"-- Provided by publisher.

Island people : the Caribbean and the world

January 4, 2017
Jelly-Schapiro, Joshua, author.
©2016
x, 451 pages : map ; 25 cm
The Greater Antilles. Jamaica : the wages of love. Branding ; Badness ; Redemption songs -- Cuba Libre. Cuba sí ; Cuban counterparts ; Autumn of the patriarch -- On Puerto Rico. Boricua and the Bronx -- Hispaniola : mountains beyond mountains. The Massacre River ; The Citadel ; Haiti cherie -- The Lesser Antilles. Sea of islands. Heading south (Cayman, Barbados, Grenada, Barbuda, Montserrat, Antigua) ; Au Pays Natal : on Martinique (and Guadeloupe) ; The last of the Carib : Dominica ; Return to El Dorado : Trinidad.
"From the moment Columbus gazed out from the Santa Maria's deck in 1492 at what he mistook for an island off Asia, the Caribbean has been subjected to fantasies projected from without by the West, and viewed as a place to be consumed. It stood at the center of the transatlantic slave trade for more than 300 years. Its societies were shaped by mass migrations and forced labor from the 16th century onwards, imposed by European or latterly-American imperial masters. Scattered across a vast arc of islands and in some instances separated by the languages and cultures of their colonizers, the more than 40,000,000 Caribbean people today are countering their imperial history by shaping cultural conversation the world over: through literature, music, art, and religion in an era when cultures everywhere are contending with "rootlessness.""-- Provided by publisher.

The wars of the Roosevelts : the ruthless rise of America's greatest political family

December 29, 2016
Mann, William J., author.
©2016
x, 609 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Prologue: The larger picture, 1960 -- Cain and Abel, 1890-1891 -- Everything to fear, 1893-1894 -- Popular and powerful, 1903-1905 -- A shot, 1912 -- Believing more than ever before, 1918-1920 -- Rough stunts, 1924-1925 -- The future and the past, 1932 -- Changing the world, 1936-1938 -- Terrific responsibility, 1943-1945 -- Epilogue: The last sortie, 1962.
Drawing on historical documents and interviews with the long-silent 'illegitimate' branch of the family, celebrity biographer William J. Mann paints a group portrait of this legendary family ... Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs from Elliott's archives, The Wars of the Roosevelts is a deeply psychological history, illuminating not only the enviable strengths but also the profound shame of this remarkable and influential family.--Adapted from publisher description.

The French Revolution : from Enlightenment to tyranny

December 29, 2016
Davidson, Ian, 1935- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
xxii, 314 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Profile Books, 2016.
États Généraux -- The fall of Necker -- The storming of the Bastille -- The dismantling of feudalism -- Declaration of the rights of man -- The King moves to Paris -- The Assembly starts to govern France -- The revolutionaries reform the Church -- The flight of the King -- The rush to war -- The overthrow of the monarchy -- The Commune insurrectionnelle -- The Convention -- The wars in 1792 : from Valmy to Jemappes -- The trial of the King -- Girondins and Montagnards -- The fall of the Girondins -- The civil wars of 1793 -- The Gouvernement Révolutionnaire -- The Terreur -- The spasm of religion to the fall of Danton -- The fall of Robespierre -- The aftermath -- Epilogue -- A note on the children of Louis XVI ; A note on the franchise for women ; The coups d'état of the French Revolution ; The French text of the Declaration of the Rights of Man of 1789 ; A note on money and inflation ; A note on the Comité de Salut Public ; A note on death and the Revolution.
The French Revolution casts a long shadow, one that reaches into our own time and influences our debates on freedom, equality, and authority. Yet it remains an elusive, perplexing historical event. Its significance morphs according to the sympathies of the viewer, who may see it as a series of gory tableaux, a regrettable slide into uncontrolled anarchy--or a radical reshaping of the political landscape. In this riveting new book, Ian Davidson provides a fresh look at this vital moment in European history. He reveals how it was an immensely complicated and multifaceted revolution, taking place in different places, at different times, and in different spheres; and how subsequently it became weighted with political, social, and moral values. Stirring and dramatic--and filled with the larger-than-life players of the period and evoking the turbulence of this colorful time--this is narrative history at its finest.-- Publisher description.

The rise of Athens : the story of the world's greatest civilization

December 22, 2016
Everitt, Anthony, author.
©2016
xxxiii, 540 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
How to be Greek -- Three's company. National hero ; State of war ; The Persian mule -- The invention of democracy. The shaking-off ; A friend of the poor ; Charioteers of the soul ; Inventing democracy -- The Persian threat. Eastern raiders ; Fox as hedgehog ; Invasion ; "The acts of idiots" ; "O divine Salamis" -- The empire builders. League of Nations ; The falling out ; The kindly ones ; "Crowned with violets" -- The Great War. The prisoners on the island ; The man who knew nothing ; Downfall ; The end of democracy? -- A long farewell. Sparta's turn ; Chaeronea : "fatal to liberty" ; Afterword : "a God-forsaken hole".
The achievements of Athens have left a profound impact on Western culture. The Athenians invented the first real democracy (albeit one that included only adult males) and, in doing so, transformed the very notion of government. They established the concept of philosophy, raising issues with which today's thinkers still wrestle, and shaped the arts of tragedy and comedy, architecture and sculpture, as well as the study of history. Just how did a tiny community of some two hundred thousand souls manage to give birth to towering geniuses across the range of human endeavor and lay the foundations of our contemporary intellectual universe? With Athens itself as his protagonist, Anthony attempts to answer this question. Filled with tales of adventure and astounding reversals of fortune, this book celebrates the city-state that transformed the world--from the democratic revolution that marked its beginning, through the city's political and cultural golden age, to its decline into the ancient equivalent of a modern-day university town. Everitt also fills his history with unforgettable portraits of the talented, tricky, ambitious, and unscrupulous Athenians who fueled the city's rise: Themistocles, the brilliant naval strategist who led the Greeks to a decisive victory over their Persian enemies; Pericles, arguably the greatest Athenian statesman of them all; and the wily Alcibiades, who changed his political allegiance several times during the course of the Peloponnesian War--and died in a hail of assassins' arrows. Here also are riveting you-are-there accounts of the milestone battles that defined the Hellenic world: Thermopylae, Marathon, and Salamis among them. Everitt combines erudite, thoughtful historical analysis with stirring narrative set pieces that capture the colorful, dramatic, and exciting world of ancient Greece. Although the history of Athens is less well known than that of other world empires, the city-state's allure would inspire Alexander the Great, the Romans, and even America's own Founding Fathers. It's fair to say that the Athenians made possible the world in which we live today.--Adapted from dust jacket.

An iron wind : Europe under Hitler

December 22, 2016
Fritzsche, Peter, 1959- author.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
xviii, 356 pages ; 25 cm
Talk in wartime -- Hitler means war! -- A new authoritarian age? -- Living with the Germans -- Journey to Russia -- The fate of the Jews -- The life and death of God -- The destruction of humanity -- Broken words.
"Unlike World War I, when the horrors of battle were largely confined to the front, World War II reached into the lives of ordinary people in an unprecedented way. Entire countries were occupied, millions were mobilized for the war effort, and in the end, the vast majority of the war's dead were non-combatant men, women, and children. Inhabitants of German-occupied Europe--the war's deadliest killing ground--experienced forced labor, deportation, mass executions, and genocide. As direct targets of and witnesses to violence, rather than far-off bystanders, civilians were forced to face the war head on. Drawing on a wealth of diaries, letters, fiction, and other first-person accounts, award-winning historian Peter Fritzsche redefines our understanding of the civilian experience of war across the vast territory occupied and threatened by Nazi Germany."-- Provided by publisher.

Black square : adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine

December 22, 2016
Pinkham, Sophie, author.
©2016
xv, 288 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain under the title Black Square: Adventures in the Post-Soviet World" -- title page verso.
New worlds. The Paris of Siberia ; Resurrection ; City of gardens, city of ravines ; Men's day -- Living together. Buckwheat and rye ; Carpathian cowboys ; The people's music ; The last Jew in Stalindorf ; The kingdom of the dead -- Revolution. Dreaming of Europe ; Are you alive, brother? ; Masks and monuments ; Reunion ; The wild steppe -- War and peace. Heroes don't die ; Crashing ; New Year in Kiev ; Rocket city ; Victory day.
"This captivating and original narrative blends politics, history, and reportage in a street-level account of a vexing and troubled region. In the tradition of Elif Batuman and Ian Frazier, Black Square presents an evocative, multidimensional portrait of Ukrainian life under the shadow of Putin. In vivid, original prose, Sophie Pinkham draws us into the fascinating lives of her contemporaries--a generation that came of age after the fall of the USSR, only to see protestors shot on Kiev's main square, Maidan; Crimea annexed by Russia; and a bitter war in eastern Ukraine. Amid the rubble, Pinkham tells stories that convey a youth culture flourishing within a tragically corrupt state. We meet a charismatic, drug-addicted doctor helping to smooth the transition to democracy, a Bolano-esque art gallerist prone to public nudity, and a Russian Jewish clarinetist agitating for Ukrainian liberation. With a deep knowledge of Slavic literature and a keen, outsider's eye for the dark absurdity of post-Soviet society, Pinkham delivers an indelible impression of a country on the brink."--Provided by publisher.

Egyptomania : a history of fascination, obsession and fantasy

December 22, 2016
Fritze, Ronald H., 1951- author.
©2016
444 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Egyptomania through the ages. The real Egypt ; Ancient Egyptomania : Hebrews, pharaohs, and plagues ; Classical Egyptomania : the Greeks and Romans ; Medieval Egyptomania : from St Augustine to the Renaissance ; Egyptomania from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment ; Napoleon's expedition to Egypt and the birth of modern Egyptomania ; Nineteenth-century Egyptomania and the discovery of King Tut ; The rise of mass Egyptomania : Tutankhamun, Tutmania, and the curse of the mummy -- Varieties of modern Egyptomania. Occult Egyptomania ; Egyptomania on the fringe of history ; African American Egyptomania ; Egyptomania and fiction.
"Ancient Egypt has been a focus of awe and fascination from the age of the Pyramids to the present day. In 'Egyptomania' Ronald H. Fritze takes us on a historical journey to unearth the Egypt of the imagination, a land of weird gods, murky magic, secret knowledge, marvellous pyramids, enigmatic sphinxes, monumental obelisks, immense wealth and mystifying mummies."--Provided by publisher.

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