New Arrivals · History

August 1, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki : the real story of the atomic bombings and their aftermath

July 31, 2014
Ham, Paul.
ix, 629 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Originally published in Australia in 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers, Australia Pty Limited.
In this harrowing history of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, Paul Ham argues against the use of nuclear weapons, drawing on extensive research and hundreds of interviews to prove that the bombings had little impact on the eventual outcome of the Pacific War.

The Americans on D-Day : a photographic history of the Normandy invasion

July 31, 2014
Morgan, Martin K. A., author.
Minneapolis, MN : Zenith Press, a member of Quayside Publishing Group, 2014.
240 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 32 cm
Includes index.
The buildup -- From the air -- From the sea -- On the beaches -- Pointe du Hoc -- La Fiere -- Graignes -- Aftermath.
In The Americans on D-Day: A Photographic History of the Normandy Invasion, WWI historian Martin K. A. Morgan presents 450 of the most compelling and dramatic photographs captured in northern France during the first day and week of its liberation. With eight chapters of place-setting author introductions, riveting period imagery, and highly detailed explanatory captions, Morgan offers anyone interested in D-Day a fresh look at a campaign that was fought seven decades ago, yet remains the object of unwavering interest to this day. While some of these images are familiar, they have been treated anonymously for far too long and haven't been placed within the proper context of time or place. Many others have never been published before. Together, these photographs reveal minute details about weapons, uniforms, and equipment, while simultaneously narrating an intimate human story of triumph, tragedy, and sacrifice. From Omaha Beach to Utah, from Sainte-Mère-Église to Pointe du Hoc, The Americans on D-Day is a striking visual record of the epic air, sea, and land battle that was the Normandy invasion.

Berlin now : the city after the Wall

July 31, 2014
Schneider, Peter, 1940-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
vi, 326 pages ; 22 cm
Cinderella Berlin -- The great awakening -- Clash of the architects -- Potsdamer Platz -- Berlin Schloss versus Palace of the Republic -- West Berlin -- A "wessi" attempts to find Berlin's soul -- Berlin : emergence of a new metropolis -- City West versus Capital City (East) and vice versa -- Love (and sex) in Berlin -- Love in divided Berlin -- Love after the fall of the Wall -- Clubs -- What happened to the Wall anyway? -- The American sector is leaving you -- The ghost of BER International Airport -- The Stasi legacy -- An "enemy of the state" becomes boss -- The new racism -- Vietnamese in Berlin -- Anetta Kahane and the Amadeu Antonio Foundation -- The new barbarism -- Turks in Berlin -- A mayor flouts political correctness -- Yes, you can : the Rütli School -- Help, the Swabians are coming! -- A belated cemetery visit -- The man who gave Nefertiti away -- Jewish life in Berlin -- Spring in Berlin.
A "longtime Berliner's ... exploration of the heterogeneous allure of this vibrant city. Delving beneath the obvious answers--Berlin's club scene, bolstered by the lack of a mandatory closing time; the artistic communities that thrive due to the relatively low (for now) cost of living--Schneider takes us on an insider's tour of this rapidly metamorphosing metropolis, where high-class soirees are held at construction sites and enterprising individuals often accomplish more without public funding--assembling a makeshift club on the banks of the Spree River--than Berlin's officials do"--Provided by publisher.

How the world was : a California childhood

July 31, 2014
Guibert, Emmanuel, author.
New York : First Second, 2014.
159 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Originally published in French by L'Association as L'enfance d'Alan.
In 1994, French cartoonist Emmanuel Guibert befriended an American veteran named Alan Cope and began creating his new friend's graphic biography. Alan's War was the surprising and moving result: the story of Cope's experiences as an American GI in France during World War II. How the World Was is Emmanuel Guibert's moving return to documenting the life of his friend. Cope died several years ago, as Guibert was just beginning work on this book, but Guibert has kept working to commit his friend's story to paper. Cope grew up in California during the great depression, and this remarkable graphic novel details the little moments that make a young man's life...while capturing the scope of America during the great depression.

The invisible bridge : the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan

July 31, 2014
Perlstein, Rick, 1969-
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2014].
xx, 856 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Author offers his source notes online at
The best-selling author of Nixonland presents a portrait of the United States during the turbulent political and economic upheavals of the 1970s, covering events ranging from the Arab oil embargo and the era of Patty Hearst to the collapse of the South Vietnamese government and the rise of Ronald Reagan.

Soldier girls : the battles of three women at home and at war

July 31, 2014
Thorpe, Helen, 1965-
New York : Scribner, [2014]
xi, 397 pages ; 24 cm
Indiana -- Hooah! -- Don't worry about being a female -- Drill -- Three months of hell -- High altitude -- The Tiki Lounge -- Afghanistan -- Off safety -- I'll be home soon -- Rain -- Translation -- Easter -- Indiana -- A welcome home, Dad -- Out of uniform -- Answered prayers -- Iraq -- Look, fuckers -- Hooker -- Anger management -- Indiana and Colorado -- Huge billy clubs -- Happy bomb day -- Numb.
Describes the experiences of three women soldiers deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq to reveal how their military service has affected their friendship, personal lives and families, detailing the realities of their work on bases and in war zones and how their choices and losses shaped their perspectives.


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

Profile Ohio.

July 29, 2014
Columbus : Ohio Secretary of State
v. : ill. (some col.), col. maps, ports. (some col.) ; 28 cm.

Devil at my heels : a heroic Olympian's astonishing story of survival as a Japanese POW in World War II

July 25, 2014
Zamperini, Louis, 1917-2014.
New York : Harper, 2011.
xiv, 297 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 21 cm.
"A hardcover edition of this book was published in 2003 by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers."--T.p. verso.
That tough kid down the street -- The Torrance tornado -- World-class -- On a wing and a prayer -- Prepare to crash -- Adrift -- Execution island -- We regret to inform... -- The bird -- "If goat die, you die!" -- The long road home -- The hollow hero -- A second chance -- Forgiveness -- Not every soldier fades away.

Elephant Company : the inspiring story of an unlikely hero and the animals who helped him save lives in World War II

July 25, 2014
Croke, Vicki.
xiv, 343 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
"At the onset of World War II, [Billy] Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own 'Hannibal Trek,' [becoming] a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them"-- Provided by publisher.

Unreasonable men : Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican rebels who created progressive politics

July 24, 2014
Wolraich, Michael.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
x, 310 pages ; 25 cm
The bolt -- The railroad -- The muck rake -- The panic -- The money power -- The smile -- The tariff -- The insurgency -- The progressive -- The Bull Moose -- Epilogue.

Clinton, Inc. : the audacious rebuilding of a political machine

July 24, 2014
Halper, Daniel, author.
New York, NY : Broadside, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
xxv, 319 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction: Brand management -- Hillary's redemption -- On their own -- Charm offensives -- Seducing the Bushes -- Death defiers -- Out of control -- The bubble -- The deal -- Daddy's little girl -- Chasing Hillary -- The road to coronation.
In 2001, Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House under a cloud, dogged by scandals and investigations. Even many Democrats were glad to see them go. Yet within just a few years Bill had secured a new reputation as a global humanitarian and elder statesman, and Hillary was running for president. Despite her 2008 loss to Barack Obama, Hillary bounced back to become a powerful and respected figure in his cabinet. Today the Clintons are among the most popular politicians in America--respected and feared by Republicans and Democrats alike. Their transformation has been so complete that it takes an effort to recall just how low their fortunes were a decade ago. None of this happened by accident. Behind the Clintons' remarkable comeback is an untold story of strategic calculation, backroom deals, reckless gambles, and an unquenchable thirst for wealth and power. Here, Weekly Standard reporter Daniel Halper compiles a wealth of research, exclusive documents, and candid interviews with friends, allies, and former enemies of the Clintons to reveal how they rebuilt their reputations, reconstructed their political machine, and positioned themselves for even greater success. Halper describes in intimate detail how the Bill and Hillary partnership works; provides new insights into their deals and friendships; and a comprehensive Republican effort to bring their ambitions to a halt.--From publisher description.

America's women in the Revolutionary era : a history through bibliography

July 24, 2014
Grundset, Eric.
Washington, D.C. : National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, c2011.
3 v. ; 29 cm.
Includes index.
v. 3. Authors and chronology of publications.

Politics is a joke! : how TV comedians are remaking political life

July 23, 2014
Lichter, S. Robert.
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, [2015]
xvi, 253 : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: politics is a funny business -- The rise of late night comedy -- A funny thing happened on the way to the White House -- Politicians behaving badly -- What's so funny? -- Laughing matters? -- If you can't beat them, join them -- Political humor: prospect and retrospect.

What they didn't teach you in American history class

July 22, 2014
Henry, Mike, 1952- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
x, 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the beginning : the early arrivals and the young colonies -- Freedom : what a revolutionary idea! -- Welcome to the new nation -- The war of 1812...and 1813...and 1814...and 1815 -- 1815-1865 : growing pains -- There's nothing civil about war -- Abraham Lincoln : days of dreams and nightmares -- Before there was law and order, there was the wild West! -- The inventors : lots of new stuff -- 1900-1916 : don't get stuck in the bath tub! -- World War I : from Pancho to Paris -- Between the wars, 1918-1941 : other than the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and Hitler...things were pretty good -- World War II : that German guy sure has a funny mustache! -- 1945-1949 : the forties are finished and Dewey lost again -- The fifties : in the event of a nuclear attack, get under a table! -- It's the sixties : far out, man -- The seventies : there were crooks in the White House and everyone had disco fever! -- The eighties : the president looks just like this guy that I saw the other night in an old movie! -- The nineties : denials, trials and the .com market! -- The 21st century : terrorism and Twitter -- Never follow a legend -- Epilogue: The last word.

Showa : a history of Japan, 1936-1944

July 22, 2014
Mizuki, Shigeru, 1922- author, illustrator.
Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2014.
548 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Translation of Komikku Shōwa-shi.
In Japanese right to left format.
Continues Mizuki's autobiographical and historical account of Showa-era Japan. This volume covers the final moments of the lead-up to World War II and the first few years of the Pacific War, and is a chilling reminder of the harshness of life in Japan during this highly militarized epoch.

Capture Cincinnati.

July 21, 2014
[Battle Ground, WA] : Pediment Publishing ; Cincinnati, OH : CiN Weekly :, c2007-
v. : chiefly col. ill. ; 25 x 29 cm. + 1 DVD (digital ; 4 3/4 in)
Vols. for c2007-<2009> include 1 DVD (digital ; 4 3/4 in.) containing additional photos.
"1,020 photographers, 11,891 photos, 333,211 votes"--Dust jacket [c2007]. Book is the result of a contest in which local residents voted on-line for their favorite submitted photographs.

Stilwater : finding wild mercy in the outback

July 21, 2014
Grenade, Rafael de, 1980-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Milkweed Editions, [2014]
263 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
"A young woman is airlifted to join a small crew on an abandoned Australian cattle station and drags feral cattle in from the wild, resulting in a spellbinding story that challenges notions of wildness and domestication, contrasting the pastoral with the brutality of modern ranching"--Provided by publisher.

The price of life

July 21, 2014
Nightwine, George Theodore, author.
Napa Valley, California : George Theodore Nightwine, 2014.
487 leaves : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Cover title.
1. Napa, California -- 2. Pearl Harbor -- 3. Tokyo, Japan -- 4. Port of Pusan -- 5. Pohang Valley -- 6. Operation Killer: United Nations Spring Offensive -- 7. Operation Ripper -- 8. San Francisco News: This is what I saw when I entered the valley -- 9. [Untitled] -- 10. U.N. tanks thrust toward town only 8 miles from North Korea -- 11. Quantico Line -- 12. Letter Home -- 13. Operation Mousetrap -- 14. Reds challenged to fight -- 15. Objectives on this mountain: Able, Baker, and Charlie -- 16. Marines first anniversary with United Nations forces -- 17. Next three objectives: Dog, Easy, George -- 18. Howe Objective -- 19. First Helicopter Combat Assault -- 20. November 14, 1951 : 176th birthday, U.S. Marine Corps -- 21. Postscript : Napa Valley, California ; The war is ended : July 27, 1953 -- Appendix.
"This book is my memoir of the time I spent in combat in Korea. I served as an Infantryman (Browning Automatic Rifleman), in the 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Howe Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Guadalcanal Division), FMF (Fleet Marine Force) Pacific."--Page 5.

The Nixon defense : what he knew and when he knew it

July 18, 2014
Dean, John W. (John Wesley), 1938-
New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2014.
xxx, 746 pages ; 25 cm
Part I : covering up (June 20 to July 1, 1972). June 20, 1972 (Tuesday) : before and after the 18 1/2-minute gap ; June 21, 1972 (Wednesday) : creating the cover-up scenario ; June 22, 1972 (Thursday) : first Watergate-related press conference ; June 23, 1972 (Friday) : firing "the smoking gun" ; June 24 to July 1, 1972 : Martha's breakdown, John's resignation and another scenario -- Part II : containing (July 1972 through December 1972). July 6 to July 18, 1972 : the call from Gray and a walk on the beach ; July 19 to August 18, 1972 : concern over Magruder's testimony ; August 17 to September 15, 1972 : investigations, indictment and the president meets with his White House counsel ; Late September through October 1972 : Segretti merges with Watergate ; November 1 to December 30, 1972 : reelection, reorganization, a Dean report considered, Chapin's departure and Dorothy Hunt's death -- Part III : unraveling (January 1 to March 23, 1973). January 1973 : keeping Magruder happy, giving Hunt assurances and the Watergate break-in trial ; February 3 to 23, 1973 : Senate Watergate Committee and Gray's nomination ; February 27 to March 15, 1973 : Nixon discovers his White House counsel and Gray puts me in the spotlight ; March 16 to 20, 1973 : return of the Dean report, the Ellsberg break-in and Hunt's blackmail ; March 21 to 22, 1973 : a cancer on the presidency and Nixon's response -- Part IV : the Nixon defense (March 23 to May 22, 1973) ; March 23 to April 13, 1973 : options and indecision ; April 14 to 30, 1973 : pricking the boil and cleaning house ; May 1 to 10, 1973 : new team, tough tactics and rough new issues ; May 11 to 22, 1973 : a preemptive defense statement ; May 23 to July 16, 1973 : discrediting Dean and the beginning of the end.
A former White House Counsel and one of the last surviving major figures from Watergate uses his own transcripts from hundreds of conversations as well as documents in the archives to definitively determine what Nixon knew and when he knew it.

The French house : an American family, a ruined 'maison,' and the village that restored them all

July 18, 2014
Wallace, Don, 1952-
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, Inc., [2014]
x, 325 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
"Shortly after Don and Mindy Wallace move to Manhattan to jump-start their writing careers, they learn of a house for sale in a village they once visited on a tiny French island off the Brittany coast. Desperate for a life change, the Wallaces bravely (and impulsively) buy it almost sight unseen. What they find when they arrive is a ruin, and it isn't long before their lives begin to resemble it--with hilarious and heartwarming results."--Back cover.

Double agent : the first hero of World War II and how the FBI outwitted and destroyed a Nazi spy ring

July 17, 2014
Duffy, Peter, 1969-
New York : Scribner, [2014].
vii, 338 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The object of the bombardment -- The highest humanity -- Almost single-handed -- -- True faith and allegiance -- With the resources we have on hand -- To lead an organization there -- In this solemn hour -- "You are Harry Sawyer" -- A vile race of quislings -- And you be careful -- Room 627 -- The trusted man.

Along the Appalachian Trail : Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee

July 17, 2014
Adkins, Leonard M.
Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., c2012.
127 p. : chiefly ill., map ; 24 cm.
Georgia -- Southern North Carolina -- Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- Along the North Carolina/Tennessee border.
Predating the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Appalachian Trail was established in the 1920s. Yet even after volunteers had begun the pathway's construction, its southern terminus was still undetermined, The more than 200 vintage photographs of Images of America.

The Nixon tapes

July 16, 2014
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
xxiii, 758 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The start of taping to the China Announcement, February-July 1971 -- The collapse of the gold standard to the India-Pakistan War, August-December 1971 -- Summit planning and escalation in Vietnam, January-May 1972 -- The road to reelection and the end of the war, June 1972-January 1973.
"The famous--and infamous--Nixon White House tapes that reveal for the first time President Richard Nixon uncensored, unfiltered, and in his own words President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, and other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David--3,700 hours of recordings between 1971 and 1973. Yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Now, thanks to professor Luke Nichter's massive effort to digitize and transcribe the tapes, the world can finally read an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history. The Nixon Tapes offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president's hubris, paranoia, and political genius"-- Provided by publisher.

Bell Island : dawn of first light

July 16, 2014
Sheppard, N. W. (Nathaniel W.), 1952-
St. John's, N.L. : Flanker Press, 2011.
xi, 123 p. : ill., facsim., ports. ; 24 cm.
In the beginning -- By the grace of God -- By the book: education on the island -- The riches of the earth -- For king and country -- The roaring twenties and dirty thirties -- I'm part of the union -- The winds of war -- Wave over wave -- The fifties and sixties -- Let the games begin -- After the shutdown.

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