New Arrivals · History

September 1, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Royal legacy : how the royal family have made, spent and passed on their wealth from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

August 31, 2015
McClure, David, author.
xxi, 494 pages ; 20 cm
Over the last century the British Royal Family have benefited from special privileges like secret wills to keep their private wealth away from public scrutiny. How can Prince Charles afford to live so lavishly, many ask, and how is the Queen able to bankroll other members of her family? With the discovery of unpublished royal wills, little-known royal auction records and recently-released Treasury papers, David McClure has pieced together a mosaic of the landed property, jewelery and artworks that together forms the bedrock of the royal family's inherited fortune. But like all inheritance tales it's also a highly human story full of greedy relatives, family splits and skeletons in the closet, and one made all the more timely by the current succession process whereby the Queen hands over some royal duties to the younger generation. Nosy and irreverent, Royal Legacy takes a peek behind the palace curtains.

Paradise of the Pacific : approaching Hawaii

August 28, 2015
Moore, Susanna, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
303 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
This realm of chaos and old night --Awe of the night approaching -- The source of the darkness that made darkness -- The cloak of bird feathers -- One great caravanserai -- A pilgrim and a stranger -- A light to my path -- Crucified to the world -- Falling are the heavens -- The voice of landshells -- Gods and personages.
"The dramatic history of America's tropical paradise. The history of Hawaii may be said to be the story of arrivals--from the eruption of volcanoes on the ocean floor 18,000 feet below, the first hardy seeds that over millennia found their way to the islands, and the confused birds blown from their migratory routes, to the early Polynesian adventurers who sailed across the Pacific in double canoes, the Spanish galleons en route to the Philippines, and the British navigators in search of a Northwest Passage, soon followed by pious Protestant missionaries, shipwrecked sailors, and rowdy Irish poachers escaped from Botany Bay--all wanderers washed ashore, sometimes by accident. This is true of many cultures, but in Hawaii, no one seems to have left. And in Hawaii, a set of myths accompanied each of these migrants--legends that shape our understanding of this mysterious place. In Paradise of the Pacific, Susanna Moore, the award-winning author of In the Cut and The Life of Objects, pieces together the elusive, dramatic story of late-eighteenth-century Hawaii--its kings and queens, gods and goddesses, missionaries, migrants, and explorers--a not-so-distant time of abrupt transition, in which an isolated pagan world of human sacrifice and strict taboo, without a currency or a written language, was confronted with the equally ritualized world of capitalism, Western education, and Christian values"-- Provided by publisher.

Underground in Berlin : a young woman's extraordinary tale of survival in the heart of Nazi Germany

August 28, 2015
Simon, Marie, 1922-1998.
New York : Little, Brown, 2015.
xi, 366 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Originally published in Germany as Untergetaucht: Eine junge Frau uberlebt in Berlin 1940-1945 by S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, 2014" -- page 2
"First English-language edtion published in Great Britain as Gone to ground by Profile Books, February 2015" -- page 2

Weird Civil War : your travel guide to the ghostly legends and best-kept secrets of the American Civil War

August 28, 2015
Sceurman, Mark, author.
New York : Sterling, [2015]
206 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm

A little history of the United States

August 27, 2015
Davidson, James West.
New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press, [2015].
xiv, 325 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Because we say so

August 25, 2015
Chomsky, Noam.
[San Francisco] : City Lights Books, [2015]
199 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
"Because We Say So presents more than thirty short, forceful commentaries written between 2011 and 2015 covering the most urgent matters in U.S. politics during global crisis. With uncompromising clarity, Chomsky takes on a range of hot-button issues from climate change, nuclear politics, and spying/cyberwar, to the Middle East and the future of democracy. Brilliant, accessible, timely, gloves-off political writing"-- Provided by publisher.

Zero Night : the untold story of World War Two's greatest escape

August 25, 2015
Felton, Mark, 1974-
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xvii, 299 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain [in 2014] by Icon Books Ltd"--Title page verso.
Barbed wire horizon -- Trial and error -- The wire -- Short circuit -- Diversions -- "Big X" -- Operation Timber -- Practice makes perfect -- The road less travelled -- Pack up your troubles -- Fifteen yards to freedom -- Zero Night -- "Another British evacuation" -- A walk in the woods -- "Hände hoch!" -- The bitter road -- Three blind mice -- Comet Line -- The last frontier.
"On August 30, 1942-- Zero Night-- 40 Allied officers staged the most audacious mass escape of World War II. Months of meticulous planning and secret training hung in the balance during three minutes of mayhem as the officers boldly stormed the huge double fences at Oflag Prison. Employing wooden ladders and bridges previously disguised as bookshelves, the highly coordinated effort succeeded and set 36 men free into the German countryside. Later known as the 'Warburg Wire Job', fellow prisoner and fighter ace Douglas Bader once described the attempt as 'the most brilliant escape conception of this war'. The first author to tackle this remarkable story in detail, historian Mark Felton brilliantly evokes the suspense of the escape and the adventures of those escapees who managed to elude the Germans, as well as the courage of the civilians who risked their lives to help them in enemy territory. Fantastically intimate and told with a novelist's eye for drama and detail, this rip-roaring adventure is all the more thrilling because it really happened"-- Provided by publisher.

The Orpheus Clock : the search for my family's art treasures stolen by the Nazis

August 25, 2015
Goodman, Simon, 1948- author.
New York, NY : Scribner, 2015.
x, 353 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of color plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foundation. My father's old boxes ; The generations that came before ; Fritz and Louise : marriage, war, and a new life ; Holland and Bosbeek : the years between the wars ; The ephemeral peace -- Devastation. The wolves at the door ; Theresienstadt ; Bernard -- Restoration. Out of the ashes ; Searching for Degas ; Renoir and Botticelli ; Return to Holland ; "Sin" and "Sensuality" ; "Portrait of a Young Man" ; Lifting the curse : the Orpheus clock ; Postscript: On reflection -- Appendix 1. Gutmann family tree -- Appendix 2. Recovered art.
The passionate, true story of one man's quest to reclaim what the Nazis stole from his family--their beloved art collection--and to restore their legacy. Simon Goodman's grandparents came from German Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps. And that's almost all he knew--his father rarely spoke of their family history or heritage. But when he passed away, and Simon received his father's papers, a story began to emerge. The Gutmanns, as they were known then, rose from a small Bohemian hamlet to become one of Germany's most powerful banking families. They also amassed a world-class art collection that included works by Degas, Renoir, Botticelli, and many others, including a Renaissance clock engraved with scenes from the legend of Orpheus. The Nazi regime snatched everything the Gutmanns had labored to build: their art, their wealth, their social standing, and their very lives. Simon grew up in London with little knowledge of his father's efforts to recover their family's possessions. It was only after his father's death that Simon began to piece together the clues about the stolen legacy and the Nazi looting machine. He learned much of the collection had gone to Hitler and Goring; other works had been smuggled through Switzerland, sold and resold, with many pieces now in famous museums. More still had been recovered by Allied forces only to be stolen again by bureaucrats-- European governments quietly absorbed thousands of works of art into their own collections. Through painstaking detective work across two continents, Simon proved that many pieces belonged to his family, and successfully secured their return-- the first Nazi looting case to be settled in the United States. Goodman's dramatic story reveals a rich family history almost obliterated by the Nazis. It is not only the account of a twenty-year long detective hunt for family treasure, but an unforgettable tale of redemption and restoration. --Adapted from book jacket.

Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll : the rise of America's 1960s counterculture

August 25, 2015
Cottrell, Robert C., 1950- author.
xiii, 437 pages ; 24 cm
The precursors : from Utopia to Huxley -- Troubadours for a new American Bohemia : Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and the Beats -- The continued reception of the Beats -- From Harvard to Millbrook : Timothy Leary -- The merry prankster : Ken Kesey -- The magic elixir of sex and a touch of anarchism -- The magic in the music -- California dreaming and Haight-Ashbury -- Spreading the word : alternative media -- People of the book -- From the human be-in to the summer of love -- The death of hippie and early postmortems -- Alternative living -- From hippie to yippie on the way to revolution -- Fighting in the streets and the latest battle of the bands -- COINTELPRO and the millennium -- The conspiracy, street fighting man, and the apocalypse -- The not so slow fade -- It's all over now.
"Drugs, Sex, and Rock 'n' Roll: The American Counterculture of the 1960s offers a unique examination of the cultural flowering that enveloped the United States during that early postwar decade. Robert C. Cottrell provides an enthralling view of the counterculture, beginning with an examination of American Bohemia, the Lyrical Left of the pre-WWII era, and the hipsters. He delves into the Beats, before analyzing the counterculture that emerged on both the East and West coasts, but soon cropped up in the American heartland as well. Cottrell delivers something of a collective biography, through an exploration of the antics of seminal countercultural figures Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey. Cottrell also presents fascinating chapters covering 'the magic elixir of sex,' rock 'n roll, the underground press, Haight-Ashbury, the literature that garnered the attention of many in the counterculture, Monterey Pop, the Summer of Love, the Death of Hippie, the March on the Pentagon, communes, Yippies, Weatherman, Woodstock, the Manson family, the women's movement, and the decade's legacies"--Jacket flap.

Australia's greatest landmarks & locations

August 24, 2015
Grant, Virginia (Writer on Australia)
North Sydney, NSW : Random House Australia, 2014.
v, 186 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm
Includes index.

Under another sky : journeys in Roman Britain

August 18, 2015
Higgins, Charlotte, 1972-
New York, NY : The Overlook Press, 2015.
xxii, 282 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Kent and Essex -- Norfolk -- London -- Silchester -- Wales and the West -- Bath -- Hadrian's Wall -- Scotland -- York -- Cumbria and the Lakes -- The Cotswolds and the South-West -- Norfolk, again, and Sussex.
"What does Roman Britain mean to us now? How were its physical remains rediscovered and made sense of? How has it been reimagined, in story and song and verse? Sometimes on foot, sometimes in a magnificent, if not entirely reliable, VW camper van, Charlotte Higgins sets out to explore the ancient monuments of Roman Britain. She explores the land that was once Rome's northernmost territory and how it has changed since the years after the empire fell. Under Another Sky invites us to see the British landscape, and British history, in an entirely fresh way: as indelibly marked by how the Romans first imagined and wrote, these strange and exotic islands, perched on the edge of the known world, into existence"-- Provided by publisher.

The end of Tsarist Russia : the march to World War I and revolution

August 18, 2015
Lieven, D. C. B., author.
426 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"First published in Great Britain under the title 'Towards the flame: empire, war, and the end of tsarist Russia' by Allan Lane, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK"--title-page verso.
A world of empires -- The Russian Empire -- The decision makers -- The emergence of the Triple Entente, 1904-9 -- Crisis follows crisis, 1909-13 -- 1914 -- The July Crisis -- War, revolution, and empire.

The creation of Anne Boleyn : a new look at England's most notorious Queen

August 18, 2015
Bordo, Susan, 1947-
xvii, 345 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Introduction: The erasure of Anne Boleyn and the creation of "Anne Boleyn" -- Queen interrupted. -- Why you shouldn't believe everything you've heard about Anne Boleyn -- Why Anne? -- In love (or something like it) -- A perfect storm -- The tower and the scaffold -- How could he do it? -- Recipes for "Anne Boleyn" -- Basic historical ingredients -- From she-heroine to historical romance -- Post-war: domestic trouble in the house of Tudor -- An Anne for all seasons -- It's the Anne that makes the movie: "Anne of the Thousand Days" -- "The Tudors" -- Chapuys' revenge -- Anne gets the last word (for now).
Reconstructs the life of the second wife of Henry VIII, drawing on scholarly studies and critical analysis to define an English queen who has been alternately viewed as a whore, martyr, feminist icon, and cautionary tale.

The 51 day war : ruin and resistance in Gaza

August 14, 2015
Blumenthal, Max, 1977- author.
viii, 261 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Rogues -- Human animals -- The resistance -- The Battle of Shujaiya -- A thin red line -- Bloodlands -- Human shields -- Hannibal -- Good night, Left Side -- The attrition factor -- Three million bullets -- Assassins -- Bringing the towers down -- Defiance in the rubble -- Dodging death -- The deadliest catch -- Singapore or Darfur -- The teacher.
On July 8, 2014, Israel launched air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza, followed by a ground invasion. The ensuing fifty-one days of war left more than 2,200 people dead. Max Blumenthal was in Gaza and throughout Israel-Palestine during what he argues was an entirely avoidable catastrophe. Blumenthal radically shifts the discussion around a number of highly contentious issues-- the use of civilians as human shields by Israeli forces, the arbitrary targeting of Palestinian civilians, and the radicalization of Israeli public officials and top military personnel. The 51 Day War is an urgent warning that the aftermath of the conflict has made another military assault on Gaza almost inevitable.

Born on the bayou : a memoir

August 14, 2015
Lourd, Blaine.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
209 pages ; 24 cm
"In the tradition of the modern classics The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer and The Liars' Club by Mary Karr, Blaine Lourd's Born on the Bayou is a powerful gothic memoir set in the bayous and oil towns of 1970s Louisiana. Coonass: [koon-as] (noun, slang, from the French conasse), a term of endearment and an expression of cultural and ethnic pride. So echoes this all-important definition throughout this good-humored memoir of growing up in the South. A rollercoaster rags-to-riches story, Blaine Lourd's meaningful debut is both a nostalgic send-up of '60s and '70s Louisiana, and a heartfelt portrait of one family's coming of age. In honest, confessional prose, Born on the Bayou transports us to a pocket of the South where Lourd learns how to be a man from the two people he looks up to the most: his larger-than-life father, 'Puffer,' a prominent figure in the oil business (coonass translation: awl bidness), and his successful older brother, Bryan. With an eye turned perpetually toward the gruff and distant Puffer, Lourd illustrates how those closest to us can cause the most hurt, even as we seek their approval. Whether he's learning how to skin a duck at age ten, enjoying his first beer at thirteen, or detailing the finer points of ride-on lawn mowing, Lourd gets to the heart of being a Southerner with rawness and grace. From his early childhood through his eventual pilgrimage to the West Coast, he beautifully details what it means to have tangible roots to a place so ingrained it is a part of your own being. From barreling down the low country roads in a shiny Thunderbird to chasing women and learning to be a gentleman, Born on the Bayou is one man's struggle against the forces of family love, loyalty and obligation, and the ties that keep us tethered to our roots no matter how far we run. As the saying goes, 'a coonass always goes his own way'"-- Provided by publisher.

Clifton: neighborhood and community in an urban setting : a brief history

August 14, 2015
Shapiro, Henry D., author.
xv, 79 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
Reprint. Originally published: Cincinnati : Laboratory of American Civilization, 1976. New material copyright, 2014.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Collection, bound in original paper binding.
Editor's introduction / Charles F. Casey-Leininger -- The beginnings of Clifton -- The settlement of the country -- Incorporation and its consequences: the emergence of a suburb -- Clifton School and a sense of place -- Annexation and the idea of suburb -- The new Clifton and its stately homes -- The short road to neighborhood -- Clifton as neighborhood: the post annexation years -- Neighborhood and city -- Neighborhood as city: the rise of the community idea in Clifton -- About the authors: Zane L. Miller / Charles F. Casey-Leininger ; Henry D. Shapiro / Alan I. Marcus.
"Originally published in 1976, this book was the initial product Zane Miller and Henry D. Shapiro's "Laboratory of American Civilization," a way of studying larger trends in American history by focusing on small communities. This book traces the history of Cincinnati's first suburb community from empty farmland in the early 1800s to the well-developed, semi-autonomous community we recognize today. Throughout the book, the relationship of Clifton to the ever-expanding metropolis of Cincinnati is explored, from annexation battles to eventual inclusion in the city."--Publisher's description.

Robert M. La Follette, Jr. and the decline of the Progressive Party in Wisconsin :

August 13, 2015
Johnson, Roger T.
Madison, State Historical Society of Wisconsin for the Department of History, University of Wisconsin, 1964.
ix, 195 pages ; 24 cm.

Nana's shoes : a story of a family's faith, hope, and courage in a time of ethnic cleansing

August 13, 2015
Softic, Aisa, 1950- author.
236 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Edited by John Overbeck and Azra Husejnovic.
Prologue -- Clear sky -- Clouds are gathering -- The war -- Struggles -- Strength -- Courage -- Sharing the load -- The fight for the house -- Difficulties -- Preserverance.
Nana's shoes describes how the Bosnian war (1992-1995) divided my country and my family: my daughter came to the United States, my husband became a refugee in Austria. War is the worst disaster humans can face. It is worse than earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis because people purposely harm other people, creating an army of mourners, refugees, disabled persons, and raped women. My thirteen-year-old son, eighty seven-year-old mother-in-law, and I stayed in our home to witness the war's destructions, but at the same time, we viewed God's miracles. My only weapons were my prayers.

Stuff Brits like : a guide to what's great about Great Britain

August 12, 2015
McAlpine, Fraser, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
360 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The storm of the century : tragedy, heroism, survival, and the epic true story of America's deadliest natural disaster : the great Gulf hurricane of 1900

August 11, 2015
Roker, Al, 1954-
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
vi, 312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
They all had plans. Looking forward ; The storm: Africa ; A reasonable argument ; Storm watcher ; The storm: from Cuba to Texas -- Maelstrom. Galveston: Thursday, September 6 ; Friday: the waves ; Saturday morning: storm tide ; Saturday afternoon: "half the city underwater" ; The night of horrors -- The white city on the beach. Telegraph silence ; The pile ; "I can begin life again, as I entered it" ; "In pity's name, in America's name" ; No tongue can tell.
Presents an account of the legendary hurricane to assess its destruction of Galveston, role in thousands of deaths, and influence on American history and culture. --Publisher's description.

Slice harvester : a memoir in pizza

August 11, 2015
Hagendorf, Colin Atrophy.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
209 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"Simon & Schuster nonfiction original hardcover"--Title page verso.
"Over the course of two years, a twenty-something punk rocker eats a cheese slice from every pizzeria in New York City, gets sober, falls in love, and starts a blog that captures headlines around the world--he is the Slice Harvester, and this is his story. Since its arrival on US shores in 1905, pizza has risen from an obscure ethnic food to an iconic symbol of American culture. It has visited us in our dorm rooms and apartments, sometimes before we'd even unpacked or painted. It has nourished us during our jobs, consoled us during break-ups, and celebrated our triumphs right alongside us. In August 2009, Colin Hagendorf set out to review every regular slice of pizza in Manhattan, and his blog, Slice Harvester, was born. Two years and nearly 400 slices later, he'd been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Daily News (New York), and on radio shows all over the country. Suddenly, this self-proclaimed punk who was barely making a living doing burrito delivery and selling handmade zines had a following. But at the same time Colin was stepping up his game for the masses (grabbing slices with Phoebe Cates and her teenage daughter, reviewing kosher pizza so you don't have to), his personal life was falling apart. A problem drinker and chronic bad boyfriend, he started out using the blog as a way to escape--the hangovers, the midnight arguments, the hangovers again--until finally realizing that by taking steps to reach a goal day by day, he'd actually put himself in a place to finally take control of his life for good"-- Provided by publisher.

Katrina : after the flood

August 11, 2015
Rivlin, Gary.
New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
xvi, 462 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Water rising -- The banker -- Air Force One -- Behind enemy lines -- A first burst of optimism -- The shadow government -- Looking the part -- Cassandra -- He said, she said -- Rita -- Brick by brick -- Blue sky -- Shrink the footprint --- Isle of denial -- Look and leave -- A smaller, taller city -- Limbo -- Chocolate city -- The Mardi Gras way of life -- Darkness revealed -- Road home -- "You'll see cranes in the sky" -- Eight feet across -- Fatigue -- Vanilla city -- Blight -- The sore winner -- Return to splendor -- "Get over it".
"Ten years after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in southeast Louisiana--on August 29, 2005--journalist Gary Rivlin traces the storm's immediate damage, the city of New Orleans's efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm's lasting affects not just on the city's geography and infrastructure, but on the psychic, racial, and social fabric of [the city]"

To hell and back : the last train from Hiroshima

August 11, 2015
Pellegrino, Charles R.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
413 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Originally published under title: The last train from Hiroshima. New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2010.
The killing star -- Gojira's egg -- Setsuko -- And the rest were neutrinos -- The crazy iris -- Kaiten and the faithful elephants -- A vapor in the heavens -- Threads -- Testament -- Legacy.

Return to sender : unanswered letters to the President, 2001-2015

August 11, 2015
Nader, Ralph.
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2015]
x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In letters addressed to Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, Ralph Nader provides incisive critiques of more than a decade of American policy decision and indecision. Each letter offers frank advice and shines light on government mishaps and missed opportunities for progress. With his signature dry wit, Nader holds these presidents to their campaign promises. He also boldly points to the ignoble and sometimes heinous decisions made in pursuit of party platforms and misguided ideals. Covering a range of still-current topics--including the Iraq War, torture, the Crimean annexation, the minimum wage, worker's health legislation, and corporatism--these letters were wholesale ignored on receipt. Here they are reproduced to refute that fate in the spirit of true and healthy democracy"-- Provided by publisher.

Hit the target : eight men who led the Eighth Air Force to victory over the Luftwaffe

August 11, 2015
Yenne, Bill, 1949-
New York, New York : NAL Caliber, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
xiv, 370 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Wartime service of Tooey Spaatz, Ira Eaker, Jimmy Doolittle, Curtis LeMay, Hub Zemke, Maynard "Snuffy" Smith, Bob Morgan, and Rosie Rosenthal.

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