New Arrivals · History

May 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Gumption : relighting the torch of freedom with America's gutsiest troublemakers

May 26, 2015
Offerman, Nick, 1970- author.
xvii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the best-selling Paddle Your Own Canoe pays tribute to inspiring mischief makers, from George Washington to Willie Nelson, while expounding on such topics as religion, handcrafting and meat.

Rhythm of the wild : a life inspired by Alaska's Denali National Park

May 21, 2015
Heacox, Kim.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, [2015]
xix, 283 pages ; 24 cm
The first summer. The midnight ride of Kimmy the Kid ; Red socks and Secretary Watt ; Not recommended for rehire -- Ten years later : Toklat River. In the presence of absence ; Alexander Supertramp ; Kantishna gold and Usibelli coal -- Another ten years later : Wonder Lake. Degree north of heaven ; The bear is nowhere and everywhere ; The battle below Mount Galen -- Another ten years later : East Fork cabin. Wolfing down pizza ; The grasshopper effect ; Hiking with Melanie.
"Rhythm of the Heart is a compelling memoir about Kim Heacox's 30+ year relationship with the most iconic landscape in Alaska, a sister book to his 2005 Lyons book The Only Kayak, a PEN USA Literary Award finalist now in its seventh printing. Woven throughout the personal narrative will be stories on the human and natural histories of the Denali National Park, garnished with a conservation polemic, much as Edward Abbey did with Desert Solitaire, and Rick Bass has done with any number of books (that continue to sell well). Heacox will write of Denali through an inspirational arc: to show how a place can touch a life, even save a life, quietly, profoundly, day after day, year after year, and how that saving multiplied by millions of lives over a century makes the world a better place. Heacox makes the argument, through his beautiful and impassioned prose, that we must save these places so they in turn will save us. Denali National Park is the most accessible subarctic sanctuary in the world, and has awakened millions of people to what's authentic, priceless and true. Any serious student of spirituality and the American landscape must one day address his relationship with Alaska, and once in Alaska, he must confront Denali, the heart of the state, the state of the heart"--Provided by publisher.

The Double life of Fidel Castro : my 17 years as personal bodyguard to El Líder Máximo

May 21, 2015
Sánchez, Juan Reinaldo, 1949-
278 pages : color map ; 22 cm
Map on lining papers.
Includes index.
In The Double Life of Fidel Castro, one of Castro's soldiers of 17 years breaks his silence and shares his memoir of years of service, and eventual imprisonment and torture for displeasing the notorious dictator, and his dramatic escape from Cuba.

Battle lines : a graphic history of the Civil War

May 20, 2015
Kelman, Ari, 1968-
New York : Hill and Wang, 2014.
x, 214 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Featuring breathtaking panoramas and revelatory, unforgettable images, Battle Lines is an utterly original graphic history of the Civil War. A collaboration between the award-winning historian Ari Kelman and the acclaimed graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Battle Lines showcases various objects from the conflict (a tattered American flag from Fort Sumter, a pair of opera glasses, a bullet, an inkwell, and more), along with a cast of soldiers, farmers, slaves, and well-known figures, to trace an ambitious narrative that extends from the early rumblings of secession to the dark years of Reconstruction. Employing a bold graphic form to illuminate the complex history of this period, Kelman and Fetter-Vorm take the reader from the barren farms of the home front all the way to the front lines of an infantry charge. A daring presentation of the war that nearly tore America apart, Battle Lines is a monumental achievement.

The Revolutionary War diary of Major William Croghan of the Virginia Continental Line, 1779-1780

May 19, 2015
Croghan, William, 1752-1823.
x, 89 pages : illustrations, facsimiles., maps, portrait ; 23 cm.
"Three detachments of Virginia soldiers were dispatched in the last months of 1779 to proceed to South Carolina to aid in the defense of Charleston. A member of the 1st Virginia Regiment, Major William Croghan belonged to this group who were, on account of the rivers being so solidly frozen that ships could not move, obliged to march the 800 miles from the Jerseys to Sullivan's Island in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor. Major Croghan kept an itinerant diary which reveals the hardships, and pleasures, experienced by this group of more than 700 patriots.

Ancient Greece

May 18, 2015
Bailey, Diane.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Essential Library, an imprint of Abdo Publishing, [2015]
112 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 x 29 cm.
A crossroads of cultures -- On Mediterranean shores -- Citizens and slaves -- Daily life -- Ideas and ideals -- In service to the gods -- The first scientists -- Military muscle -- The Greek legacy -- Timeline -- Ancient history.
Readers will discover the history and accomplishments of the people of ancient Greece, including their cultural achievements and feats of construction.

The Gettysburg Address : perspectives on Lincoln's greatest speech

May 15, 2015
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
xvi, 350 pages ; 24 cm
Part I. Influences -- Classical democracy and the Gettysburg Address / Nicholas P. Cole -- "We here highly resolve": the end of compromise and the return to revolutionary time / Robert Pierce Forbes -- Democracy at Gettysburg / Sean Wilentz -- Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, and the Gettysburg Address / Craig L. Symonds -- "Of all, by all, for all": Theodore Parker, transcendentalism, and the Gettysburg Address / Dean Grodzins -- Death and the Gettysburg Address / Mark S. Schantz -- Shared suffering and the way to Gettysburg / Chandra Manning -- Little note, long remember: Lincoln and the murk of myth at Gettysburg / Allen C. Guelzo -- Part II. Impacts -- "A new birth of freedom": emancipation and the Gettysburg Address / Louis P. Masur -- "The great task remaining before us": Lincoln and Reconstruction / George Rutherglen -- Immigration and the Gettysburg Address: nationalism and equality at the gates / Alison Clark Efford -- Engendering the Gettysburg Address: its meaning for women / Jean H. Baker -- The Gettysburg Address and civil rights / Raymond Arsenault -- Widely noted and long remembered: the Gettysburg Address around the world / Don H. Doyle -- The search for meaning in Lincoln's great oration / Thomas A. Desjardin.
It remains without question the most memorable and memorized speech in American history. In 272 words, spoken on November 19, 1863, among the freshly dug graves of the Union dead at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Abraham Lincoln evoked and distilled the profound significance of the terrible war in which the nation was engaged. This volume aims to place Lincoln's words in their full context. Edited by the country's leading scholars, including Sean Wilentz, Craig L. Symonds, and Harold Holzer, it approaches the Address from a number of fresh perspectives. Taken together, they show why in the century and a half since it was delivered, the Gettysburg Address has proven a seemingly inexhaustible source of somber reflection and soaring hope, its language echoed by those seeking meaning for their own struggles and sacrifices.

The great divide : the conflict between Washington and Jefferson that defined a nation

May 14, 2015
Fleming, Thomas J., author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
viii, 424 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the months after her husband's death, Martha Washington told several friends that the two worst days of her life were the day George died--and the day Thomas Jefferson came to Mount Vernon to offer his condolences. What could elicit such a strong reaction from the nation's original first lady? Though history tends to cast the early years of America in a glow of camaraderie, there were, in fact, many conflicts among the Founding Fathers--none more important than the one between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The chief disagreement between these former friends centered on the highest, most original public office created by the Constitutional Convention--the presidency. They also argued violently about the nation's foreign policy, the role of merchants and farmers in a republic, and the durability of the union itself. At the root of all these disagreements were two sharply different visions for the nation's future. Acclaimed historian Thomas Fleming examines how the differing temperaments and leadership styles of Washington and Jefferson shaped two opposing views of the presidency--and the nation. The clash between these two gifted men, both of whom cared deeply about the United States of America, profoundly influenced the next two centuries of America's history and resonates in the present day."--Book jacket.

Photographer and the president : Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Gardner, and the images that made a presidency

May 14, 2015
Lowry, Richard S., 1954-
xiv, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Their last full measure : the final days of the Civil War

May 14, 2015
Wheelan, Joseph, author.
xi, 407 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"As the Confederacy crumbled under the Union army's relentless "hammering," Federal armies marched on the Rebels' remaining bastions in Alabama, the Carolinas, and Virginia. General William T. Sherman's battle-hardened army conducted a punitive campaign against the seat of the Rebellion, South Carolina, while General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant sought to break the months-long siege at Petersburg, defended by Robert E. Lee's starving Army of Northern Virginia. In Richmond, Confederate President Jefferson Davis struggled to hold together his unraveling nation while simultaneously sanctioning diplomatic overtures to bid for peace. Meanwhile, President Abraham Lincoln took steps to end slavery in the United States forever. Their Last Full Measure relates these thrilling events, which followed one on the heels of another, from the battles ending the Petersburg siege and forcing Lee's surrender at Appomattox to the destruction of South Carolina's capital, the assassination of Lincoln, and the intensive manhunt for his killer. The fast-paced narrative braids the disparate events into a compelling account that includes powerful armies; leaders civil and military, flawed and splendid; and ordinary people, black and white, struggling to survive in the war's wreckage." -- Publisher's description.

Encyclopedia of the Continental Congresses

May 14, 2015
Grossman, Mark, author.
2 volumes (1746 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm.
Volume 1. A-K -- Volume 2. L-Z.

The Petersburg and Appomattox camp[a]igns, 1864-1865

May 14, 2015
Maass, John R., author.
Washington, D.C. : Center of Military History, United States Army, 2015.
71 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm.
Shipping list no.: 2015-0209-P.
"Appomattox 1865, Petersburg 1864-1865."--Page 4 of cover.

War bonds : love stories from the greatest generation

May 12, 2015
Hval, Cindy.
Philadelphia : Casemate, 2015.
214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Band of gold -- Lady in waiting -- The luck of the draw -- Have a little faith -- Footloose, fancy free and fun -- Dishpan hands -- From sailor to preacher -- Damn Yankee -- Globe trotters -- Little things add up to love -- Pearl Harbor survivors -- Brothers and their brides -- A seat next to you -- Hard to say goodbye -- She still wears the pants -- The farmer's wife -- Pin curls and all -- Letters from home -- Bicycle built for two -- Can't take my eyes off of you -- Happy trails -- Peg O' My Heart -- I've got your number -- The short drive home -- Preacher's boy and farmer's daughter -- The pilot and the WAVE -- Laughing through the years -- Keeping time -- Second look was all it took -- The Marine and the sailor -- So nice to come home to -- Sharing the ride -- First kiss -- Fireworks -- Wings of gold -- Romance on wheels.
"From blind dates to whirlwind romances to long separations, War Bonds highlights stories of couples who met or married during World War II. Each of the the 30 stories begins with a WWII-era song title and concludes with a look at wartime couples in their twilight, as well as when they were so hopeful and young and determined to save the world. Illustrated with photographs from the 1940s as well as current ones of each couple, War Bonds offers readers a glimpse of bygone days, as well as a poignant glimpse of our own" --Dust jacket flap.

Sketches of George Washington by those who were in his presence

May 12, 2015
Flaig, Richard L.
Cincinnati : printed by the author, 2014
76 pages ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Over 100 eyewitness descriptions of George Washington, his physical presence, and character, gathered from a wide variety of sources. Each is prefaced with a brief biographical note about the author.

Night witches : the untold story of Soviet women in combat

May 11, 2015
Myles, Bruce, 1942-
Chicago, Ill. : Academy Chicago, 1990.
272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Reprint. Originally published: Novato, CA : Presidio, ©1981.

Reagan : the life

May 8, 2015
Brands, H. W.
New York : Doubleday, [2015].
805 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Prairie idyll : 1911-1934 -- The golden west : 1935-1962 -- A time for choosing : 1962-1980 -- Heroic dreams : 1980-1983 -- A worthy adversary : 1984-1986 -- The frosty Iceland air : 1986-1988 -- A ranch in the sky : 1989-2004.
"From master storyteller and New York Times bestselling biographer H. W. Brands, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, comes the first full life of Ronald Reagan since his death. Ronald Reagan today is a conservative icon, celebrated for transforming the American domestic agenda and playing a crucial part in ending communism in the Soviet Union. In his masterful new biography, H. W. Brands argues that Reagan, along with FDR, was the most consequential president of the twentieth century. Reagan took office at a time when the public sector, after a half century of New Deal liberalism, was widely perceived as bloated and inefficient, an impediment to personal liberty. Reagan sought to restore democracy by bolstering capitalism. In Brands's telling, how Reagan, who voted four times for FDR, engineered a conservative transformation of American politics is both a riveting personal journey and the story of America in the modern era. Brands follows Reagan as his ambition for ever larger stages compelled him from a troubled childhood in small-town Illinois to become a radio announcer and then the quintessential public figure of modern America, a movie star. In Hollywood, Reagan edged closer to public service as the president of the Screen Actors' Guild, before a stalled film career led to his unlikely reinvention as the voice of General Electric and a spokesman for corporate America. Reagan follows its subject on his improbable political rise, from the 1960s, when he was first elected governor of California, to his triumphant election in 1980 as president of the United States. Brands employs archival sources not available to previous biographers and dozens of interviews with surviving members of the administration. The result is an exciting narrative and a fresh understanding of a crucially important president and his era"-- Provided by publisher.

The quartet : orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789

May 7, 2015
Ellis, Joseph J.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xx, 290 pages ; 24 cm
Preface : Pluribus to Unum -- The Articles and the Vision -- The Financier and the Prodigy -- The Domain -- The Courting -- Madison's Moment -- The Great Debate -- The Final Pieces -- Appendices.
"The prizewinning author of Founding Brothers and American Sphinx now gives us the unexpected story of why the thirteen colonies, having just fought off the imposition of a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible-- some familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement"-- Provided by publisher.

Potsdam : the end of World War II and the remaking of Europe

May 7, 2015
Neiberg, Michael S.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015].
xxiv, 310 pages : illutrations ; 25 cm
"Jesus Christ and General Jackson" -- "The most terrible responsibility any man ever faced" -- May days -- "Our troubles might not yet be over" -- "A vast undertaking": coming to Potsdam -- "What a scene of destruction" -- "In seventeen days you can decide anything" -- "I dreamed that my life was over" -- "Dismemberment as a permanent fate"? Solving the problem of Germany -- "The bastard of Versailles" -- Dr. Groves's son and the fate of East Asia -- Conclusion.

Whirlwind : the American Revolution and the war that won it

May 7, 2015
Ferling, John E., author.
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., 2015.
xxii, 409 pages, 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
"I am a Briton": on the brink -- "Loyal but jealous of their liberties": changes in imperial policy and the colonists' thinking, 1759-1766 -- "A plan for governing and quieting them": the second great crisis, 1767-1770 -- "I am unwilling to give up that duty on America": to the Tea Party, 1770-1773 -- "Behold America where matters are driving": 1774, year of momentous decisions -- "Blows must decide whether they are to be subject to this country": the war begins -- "Great Britain is equal to the contest": war brings crucial changes in 1775 -- "The birthday of a new world": America declares independence -- "The American cause is in a critical situation": the New York Campaign in 1776 -- "Across America in a hop, step, and a jump": the campaigns of 1777 -- "The central stone in the geometrical arch": the war is transformed in 1778 -- "The longest purse will win the war": reform at home while the war takes a new turn -- "Whom can we trust now?": a year of disasters, 1780 -- "A war of desolation shocking to humanity": the southern theater in 1780-1781 -- "We have got Cornwallis in a pudding bag": the decisive victory at Yorktown -- "Oh god, it is all over": peace, conspiracy, demobilization, change, 1781-1783.

Kidnap in crete : the true story of the abduction of a Nazi general

May 7, 2015
Stroud, Rick, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
288 pages,16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

Official program: inaugural ceremonies of John F. Kennedy,thirty-fifth President of the United States, and Lyndon B. Johnson, thirty-seventh Vice President of the United States. Washington, D.C., January 20, 1961.

May 7, 2015
Washington (D.C.). Inaugural Committee. 1961.
Washington, D.C. : Kennedy-Johnson Inaugural Committee, c1961.
63 p. illus., ports. ; 29 cm.

January 1973 : Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the month that changed America forever

May 6, 2015
Robenalt, James D., 1956- author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2015]
xxxii, 384 pages ; 24 cm

American warlords : how Roosevelt's high command led America to victory in World War II

May 6, 2015
Jordan, Jonathan W., 1967-
New York, N.Y. : NAL Caliber, Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
xvi, 607 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"New powers of destruction" ; Three minutes ; "The hand that held the dagger" ; "Fewer and better Roosevelts" ; The New Deal war ; "One-fifty-eight" ; The parable of the garden hose ; Inching into war ; Beggars banquet ; Last stand of the old guard ; Year of the snake ; Kido butai -- Part two: A new doctor. Kicking over anthills ; "Do your best to save them" ; "O.K. F.D.R." ; "There are times when men have to die" ; "Inter arma silent leges" ; Rolling in the deep ; Sharks and lions ; "Lights of perverted science" ; Midway's glow ; "The burned child dreads fire" ; Chairman of the Board ; Along the watchtower ; Girdles, beer, and coffee ; The devil's bridge ; "Hollywood and the Bible" ; "A war of personalities" ; Blind spots ; Stickpins ; The first casualty ; Landings, Luzon, and Lady Lex ; "A vital difference of faith" ; Plains of Abraham ; The indispensable man ; "Dirty baseball" ; Vinegar Joe and Peanut's wife ; A Russian uncle ; Reno and granite ; "Considerable sob stuff" ; Sorrows of war ; "Dr. Win-the-War" ; Halcyon plus five ; Hatfields and McCoys ; Mr. Catch ; Trampling out the vintage ; Old wounds ; Voltaire's battalions ; Counting stars ; The tsarina's bedroom ; "O captain" -- Part three: Swords, plowshares, and atoms. Truman ; Downfall ; "Come and see" ; "This is a peace warning".
The story of the greatest "team of rivals" since the days of Lincoln. In a lifetime shaped by politics, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proved himself a master manipulator. But when war in Europe and Asia threatened America's shores, FDR found himself in a world turned upside down, where his friends became his foes, his enemies his allies. To help wage democracy's first "total war," he turned to one of history's most remarkable triumvirates. Henry Stimson, an old-money Republican from Long Island, rallied to FDR's banner to lead the Army as Secretary of War, and championed innovative weapons that shape our world today. General George C. Marshall argued with Roosevelt over grand strategy, but he built the world's greatest war machine and willingly sacrificed his dream of leading the invasion of Europe that made his protégé, Dwight Eisenhower, a legend. Admiral Ernest J. King, a hard-drinking, irascible fighter who "destroyed" Pearl Harbor in a prewar naval exercise, understood how to fight Japan, but he also battled the Army, the Air Force, Douglas MacArthur, and his British allies as they moved armies and fleets across the globe. These commanders threw off sparks whenever they clashed: generals against politicians, Army versus Navy--but during four years of bitter warfare, FDR's lieutenants learned to set aside deep personal, political, and professional differences and pull a nation through the twentieth century's darkest days.--From publisher description.

Born survivors : three young mothers and their extraordinary story of courage, defiance, and hope

May 5, 2015
Holden, Wendy, 1961- author.
New York, New York : HarperCollins, 2015.
xiv, 385 pages : map, illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2015 by Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brwon Book Group" -- title page verso.
Among the millions of Holocaust victims sent to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944, Priska, Rachel, and Anka each pass through its infamous gates with a secret. Strangers to one another, they are newly pregnant, and facing an uncertain fate without their husbands. Alone, scared, and with so many loved ones already lost to the Nazis, these young women are privately determined to hold on to all they have left: their lives and those of their unborn babies. That the gas chambers ran out of Zyklon B just after the babies were born, before they and their mothers could be exterminated, is just one of several miracles that allowed them all to survive and rebuild their lives after World War II. Born Survivors follows the mothers' incredible journey--first to Auschwitz, where they each came under the murderous scrutiny of Dr. Josef Mengele; then to a German slave-labor camp, where, half-starved and almost worked to death, they struggled to conceal their condition; and, finally, as the Allies closed in, their hellish seventeen-day train journey with thousands of other prisoners to the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. Biographer Wendy Holden details the courage and kindness of strangers, including guards and civilians, which helped save these women and their children. Sixty-five years later, the three "miracle babies" meet for the first time at Mauthausen for the anniversary of the American liberation. United by their remarkable experiences of survival against all odds, they come to consider each other "siblings of the heart." In Born Survivors, Holden brings all three stories together for the first time, to mark their seventieth birthdays and the seventieth anniversary of the ending of the war. A heart-stopping account of how three mothers and their newborns fought to survive the Holocaust, Born Survivors is also a life-affirming celebration of our capacity to care and love amid inconceivable cruelty.

The ingenious Mr. Pyke : inventor, fugitive, spy

May 5, 2015
Hemming, Henry, 1979- author.
New York : Public Affairs, [2015]
500 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Preface Publishing.

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