New Arrivals · History

April 18, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Memoirs of an American Jewish soldier : from the heartland of America to the frontline of the Third Reich

April 17, 2015
Sabetay, Robert, 1924- author.
Littleton, CO : Sabetay Publishing, Inc., 2013
vii, 163 pages : illustrations, facsimilies, portraits, maps ; 24 cm

Hell from the heavens : the epic story of the USS Laffey and World War II's greatest kamikaze attack

April 16, 2015
Wukovits, John F., 1944- author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2015.
xvii, 296 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Part I. The Normandy training ground -- The formation of a crew -- Off Normandy's shores -- To the Pacific -- Part II. Into Pacific combat -- Kamikazes stage a terrifying introduction -- North from the Philippines -- Part III. Hell from the heavens -- First days at Okinawa -- The triumph of Laffey's gunners -- Agony on the afterdeck -- Defying the odds -- A lasting legacy.

U.S. history 101 : historic events, key people, important locations, and more!

April 16, 2015
Sears, Kathleen.
Avon, Massachusetts : Adams Media, [2015]
288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
Includes index.
Crossing the land bridge -- Leif Ericson and Vinland -- Columbus's voyages -- Native Americans -- Jamestown -- The Mayflower Compact -- The Salem witch trials -- French wars in the new world -- Tobacco and cotton -- Taxation and representation -- Lexington and Concord -- The Declaration of Independence -- Thomas Jefferson -- George Washington -- Bunker Hill to Yorktown -- The Constitutional convention -- Federalists and anti-Federalists -- The Louisiana Purchase -- The War of 1812 -- Jacksonian democracy -- Slavery -- Railroads and telegraphs -- Manifest Destiny -- The gold rush -- The great compromise -- Lincoln's election -- Fort Sumter -- Gettysburg -- Grant and Lee -- Reconstruction and reaction -- Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Mellon -- Busting the trusts -- Organized labor -- The automobile -- World War I -- The roaring twenties -- Crash! -- Votes for women -- The New Deal -- Franklin D. Roosevelt -- World War II -- Life on the home front -- McCarthyism -- The Korean War -- Martin Luther King and civil rights -- Black power -- John F. Kennedy -- The missiles of October -- Vietnam -- The space race -- The counterculture -- Women's liberation -- Environmentalism -- Watergate -- Ronald Reagan -- Iran-Contra -- The collapse of communism -- The first Gulf War -- 9/11 -- The Afghan and Iraq wars -- The occupation of Iraq -- The great recession -- Barak H. Obama.

Dearest wife and girls : love letters from Germany, 1944-1945

April 15, 2015
Cassie, Connie Cisco, 1941-
©2014
x, 381 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm

In Manchuria : a village called Wasteland and the transformation of rural China

April 14, 2015
Meyer, Michael J., 1972-
New York, NY : Bloomsbury Press, 2015.
365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Winter solstice -- Quid pro quo -- Lineages -- Ruins and remains -- The waking of insects -- Grain rain -- The pilgrims' progress -- To the Manchuria station! -- Tunnels in time, sidings to space -- Summer solstice -- The ballad of Auntie Yi -- Puppets of Manchukuo -- Occupation's aftermath -- Great heat -- The half-bombed bridge to Worker's Village -- Beginning of autumn -- Dalian's display cases -- Frost's descent -- Major snow.
Not since Pearl Buck wrote The Good Earth has anyone brought rural China to life as Michael Meyer has here. This combination of memoir, contemporary reporting, and historical research presents a unique profile of China's legendary northeast. For three years, Meyer rented a home in the rice-farming community of Wasteland, hometown to his wife's family, and their personal saga mirrors the tremendous change most of rural China is undergoing, in the form of a privately held rice company that has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed high-rise apartments into which farmers can move in exchange for their land rights. Once a commune, Wasteland is now a company town, a phenomenon happening across China that Meyer documents for the first time. Amplifying the story of family and Wasteland, Meyer takes us on a journey across Manchuria's past, a history that explains much about contemporary China, from the fall of the last emperor to Japanese occupation and Communist victory. Through vivid local characters, Meyer illuminates the remnants of the imperial Willow Palisade, Russian and Japanese colonial cities and railways, and the POW camp into which a young American sergeant parachuted to free survivors of the Bataan Death March.--From publisher description.

Power grab : Obama's dangerous plan for a one party nation

April 10, 2015
Morris, Dick, author.
Boca Raton, FL : Humanix Publishing LLC, [2014]
xxxv, 210 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Obama's goal: one-party government -- Obama's regulatory power grab. ObamaCare: the biggest power grab of all: the law that means anything they say it does ; Common Core Curriculum: Obama federalizes education to dumb it down ; The EPA tries to change every aspect of our lives ... in the name of climate change ; Blocking energy independence ; Obama guts welfare reform ; The FCC tries to regulate the Internet.
A former presidential advisor to Bill Clinton, Dick Morris argues that Obama has gone well beyond any previous president in extending executive power and asserts that Obama has embarked on an outrageous and sweeping scheme to decisively -- and illegally -- grab power away from Congress, the Courts, and the States to appropriate it to himself.

Biography of Sergeant John B. Pingel of Merrill's Marauders

April 10, 2015
Pingel, John B., 1924- author.
[Covington, KY] : [John B. Pingel], 2014.
13 leaves in various pagings : illustrations ; 28 cm

Natural born heroes : how a daring band of misfits mastered the lost secrets of strength and endurance

April 9, 2015
McDougall, Christopher, 1962-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
337 pages : map ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
"Author of the phenomenal national best seller, Born to Run, Christopher McDougall now travels to the Mediterranean where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete and in the muscles and minds of fitness enthusiasts everywhere. While researching Born to Run, Chris McDougall encountered the story of Pheidippides, the legendary ancient Greek 'all-day runner.' Later, when McDougall met a dedicated amateur historian, he saw a connection to one of the most fascinating mysteries of World War II: How did a small band of Resistance fighters surrounded by German troops kidnap a top German general? What he discovered is that ancestral techniques for extraordinary endurance, natural movement, and nutrition allowed ancient Greek soldiers and Cretan shepherds to race across mountains on all-night missions. Inspired by their heroic acts, McDougall sets off to discover the lost art of the hero, both throughout history and across the world. Just as Born to Run inspired casual runners to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into nature, Natural-Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to leave the gym and take their fitness to nature doing cross-training, mud runs, parkour and free-running to bound--and climb, swim, skip, wade, and jump--their way to heroic feats"-- Provided by publisher.

Capital dames : the Civil War and the women of Washington, 1848-1868

April 9, 2015
Roberts, Cokie, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
x, 494 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Map on lining papers.
Meet the women of Washington, 1848-1856 -- Jessie runs for president but Harriet takes the White House and Mary Jane reports, 1856-1858 -- Varina leads and leaves as Abby drops by, 1859-1861 -- Rose goes to jail, Jessie goes to the White House, Dorothea goes to work, 1861 -- Rose is released, Clara goes to war, Louisa May briefly nurses, 1862 -- Lizzie reports on the action, Janet goes to camp, Louisa takes charge, 1863 -- Anna speaks, Jessie campaigns (again), Sojourner visits, 1864 -- One Mary leaves, one Mary hangs, and Lois writes about it all, 1865 -- Virginia and Varina return, Sara survives, Mary is humiliated, Kate loses, 1866-1868.
"Roberts marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a ... look at Washington, D.C., and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during this momentous period of American history"--Amazon.com.

Unraveling : high hopes and missed opportunities in Iraq

April 8, 2015
Sky, Emma, author.
New York : Public Affairs, 2015.
xiii, 383 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
"When Emma Sky volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, she had little idea what she was getting in to. Her assignment was only supposed to last three months. She went on to serve there longer than any other senior military or diplomatic figure, giving her an unrivaled perspective of the entire conflict. As the representative of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Kirkuk in 2003 and then the political advisor to US General Odierno from 2007-2010, Sky was valued for her knowledge of the region and her outspoken voice. She became a tireless witness to American efforts to transform a country traumatized by decades of war, sanctions, and brutal dictatorship; to insurgencies and civil war; to the planning and implementation of the surge and the subsequent drawdown of US troops; to the corrupt political elites who used sectarianism to mobilize support; and to the takeover of a third of the country by the Islamic State. With sharp detail and tremendous empathy, Sky provides unique insights into the US military as well as the complexities, diversity, and evolution of Iraqi society. The Unraveling is an intimate insider's portrait of how and why the Iraq adventure failed and contains a unique analysis of the course of the war. Highlighting how nothing that happened in Iraq after 2003 was inevitable, Sky exposes the failures of the policies of both Republicans and Democrats, and the lessons that must be learned about the limitations of power"--Book jacket.

They are all my family : a daring rescue in the chaos of Saigon's fall

April 8, 2015
Riordan, John P., author.
©2015
vii, 238 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
April 3, Saigon : the call -- The ides of March, 1975 -- April 3, disaster preparedness -- April 3, money on fire -- April 4, leaving Saigon -- April 5-12, Hong Kong -- April 14, Saigon briefings -- April 17th, dinner in Hong Kong -- April 18th, return to Saigon -- April 19-20, weekend in Saigon -- April 21, breaking curfew, Saigon -- April 22, day one -- April 23-24, day two and three -- April 25th, day four -- April 26th, flying out -- The end of April.
"In the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War in April 1975, as Americans fled and their Vietnamese allies and employees prepared for the worst, John Riordan, the assistant manager of Citibank's Saigon branch, succeeded in rescuing 105 Vietnamese. They were his 33 Vietnamese staff members and their families. Unable to secure exit papers for the employees, Citibank ordered Riordan to leave the country alone. Safe in Hong Kong, Riordan could not imagine leaving behind his employees and defied instructions from his superiors not to return to Saigon. But once he did make it back on the last commercial flight, his actions were daring and ingenious. Decades later, Riordan has located the Vietnamese and reconnected with them, sharing accounts of those frantic days and the derring-do it took to get them out to safety"-- Provided by publisher.

Napoléon : "my ambition was great"

April 8, 2015
Lentz, Thierry.
New York : Abrams, 2005.
159 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 18 cm.
Translation of: Napoléon : mon ambition était grande.
Son of the Revolution -- The conquest of power -- The founder of contemporary France -- The god of war -- The fall.

The residence : inside the private world of the White House

April 7, 2015
Brower, Kate Andersen.
New York : Harper, [2015]
x, 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Controlled chaos -- Discretion -- Devotion -- Extraordinary demands -- Dark days -- Sacrifice -- Race and the residence -- Backstairs gossip and mischief -- Growing up in the White House -- Heartbreak and hope.

Motherland : growing up with the Holocaust

April 7, 2015
Goldberg, Rita, 1949-
New York : The New Press, 2015.
xii, 340 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain by Halban Publishers Ltd., 2014.
Berlin -- Berlin and Amsterdam -- My mother comes of age -- Invasion, Amsterdam 1940 -- In the Ardennes, 1943 -- Bergen-Belsen, April 1945 -- Displaced persons, Bergen-Belsen -- Love letters amsterdam, Basel -- War again, Israel 1948 -- An American in Germany, 1971.

American warlord : a true story

April 7, 2015
Dwyer, Johnny.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
xiii, 344 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Tells the story of "Chucky" Taylor, a young American who lost his soul in Liberia, the country where his African father was a ruthless warlord and dictator.

The lost world of the Old Ones : discoveries in the ancient Southwest

April 7, 2015
Roberts, David, 1943-
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 cm
Waldo's catwalk -- The cowboy's Indians -- Things -- Cedar Mesa revisited -- Chaco Meridian -- Wandering the Rez -- Land of Enchantment -I -- Land of Enchantment- II -- Exploring the fifty -- Deso days -- Return to the Basket.
"An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants. In The Lost World of the Old Ones, David Roberts expands and updates the research from his 1996 classic, In Search of the Old Ones. As he elucidates startling archaeological breakthroughs, Roberts also recounts his past twenty years of far-flung exploits in search of spectacular prehistoric ruins and rock-art panels known to very few modern travelers. His adventures range across Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado and illuminate the mysteries of the Ancestral Puebloans and their contemporary neighbors the Mogollon and Fremont, as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche. Roberts uses his climbing and exploratory know-how to reach the remote sanctuaries of the Old Ones hidden high on nearly vertical cliffs, many of which are unknown to archaeologists and park rangers. As a passionate advocate for an experiential encounter with history, Roberts mixes the findings of experts with personal explorations to raise questions that archaeologists have yet to address"--Provided by publisher.

Swansong 1945 : a collective diary of the last days of the Third Reich

April 7, 2015
©2014
xxii, 479 pages ; 24 cm
Original German edition first published in 2005 as Das Echolot : Abgesang '45 Ein kollekitives Tagebuch by Albrecht Knaus Verlag, Munich.--Title page verso.
First published in Great Britain by Granta Books, 2014 as Swansong 1945: a collective diary from Hitler's last birthday to VE Day. -- Great Britain : Granta Books, 2014.
Foreword / Alan Bance -- Preface / Walter Kempowski -- Editorial Note / Walter Kempowski -- Note on the English Translation -- List of Abbreviations -- Friday, 20 April 1945 -- Wednesday, 25 April 1945 -- Monday, 30 April 1945 -- Tuesday, 8 May/Wednesday, 9 May 1945 -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgements -- Sources 1. Published and broadcast sources -- 2. Archives and institutions -- Index

Target Tokyo : Jimmy Doolittle and the raid that avenged Pearl Harbor

April 7, 2015
Scott, James (James M.)
©2015
xv, 648 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The dramatic account of one of America's most celebrated-- and controversial--military campaigns: the Doolittle Raid.

Nelson Mandela : South African revolutionary

April 6, 2015
Gormley, Beatrice, author.
New York : Aladdin, 2015.
247, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to change the world in this comprehensive biography that tells the complete life story of internationally renowned peacemaker Nelson Mandela. Civil rights activist. World leader. Writer. Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela took on many roles, all in the pursuit of peace. Born in 1918 in South Africa, he grew up in a culture of government-enforced racism and became involved in the anti-apartheid movement at a young age. Deeply committed to nonviolent activism, Mandela directed a peaceful campaign against the racist policies of his South African government, and spent twenty-seven years in prison as a result. In the years following his emergence as a free man, he continued his efforts to dismantle the country's apartheid system and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside South African President F.W. de Klerk. In 1994 he was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president and served until his retirement from active politics in 1999 at the age of eighty-one. He continued to promote global peace until his death in 2013, and his legacy lives on. From Nelson Mandela's childhood to his monumental impact on race relations and nonviolent activism, this comprehensive biography shares the truth about the man behind the iconic smile: his struggles, his triumphs, and the sacrifices along the way"-- Provided by publisher.

Picnic in Provence : a memoir with recipes

April 6, 2015
Bard, Elizabeth, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
ix, 368 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
The author describes how she and her husband moved from cosmopolitan Paris to rural Provence after their son was born, the beginning of their adventures as culinary entrepreneurs, and their initiation into classic Provencial cuisine.

Michelle Obama : a life

April 3, 2015
Slevin, Peter B.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
418 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Chicago's promise -- South Side -- Destiny not yet written -- Orange and blackness -- Progress in everything and nothing -- Finding the right thing -- Assets and deficits -- A little tension with that -- Just don't screw it up -- I'm pretty convincing -- Veil of impossibility -- Nothing would have predicted -- Between politics and sanity -- Simple gifts -- I am no different from you.
With disciplined reporting and a storyteller's eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago's largely segregated South Side.

Beale Street dynasty : sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis

March 31, 2015
Lauterbach, Preston, author.
New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xi, 352 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Birth of a kingpin, 1866-1885. There is no Yankee Doodle in Memphis ; A promiscuous running fight ; A frightful state of moral darkness ; Birth of a kingpin -- Birth of Beale, 1885-1892. Dividing the wages of sin ; Contributions from malefactors ; Free speech, high revelry, and low song ; The true spark of manhood -- Birth of the blues, 1901-1918. Red, gray, and blue ; Doctor said it'd kill me, but he didn't say when ; Purifying the moral atmosphere ; The gig ; We gonna barrelhouse anyhow ; Like a stone cast into the sea ; I'd rather be there than any place I know -- The lid, 1918-1940. All the pretty girls lived good ; In a class by himself ; The frolic ; The unholy combination ; Snitchin' gambler blues ; God's chillun ; Within the gates of Memphis ; A Boyle festers ; This is a white man's country.

The madman and the assassin : the strange life of Boston Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth

March 30, 2015
Martelle, Scott, 1958- author.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press Incorporated, [2015]
xiii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Loss and redemption -- Boston Corbett goes to war -- Andersonville : a journey to hell -- The assassin -- A president is murdered -- The hunt for Booth and Herold -- Celebrity, and infamy -- Citizen corbett, preacher -- Corbett goes west -- Corbett cracks -- The return of Boston Corbett.

The passing of the armies : an account of the final campaign of the Army of the Potomac based upon personal reminiscences of the Fifth Army Corps

March 30, 2015
Chamberlain, Joshua Lawrence, 1828-1914.
Dayton, Ohio : Morningside Bookshop, 1974.
ix, 392 pages : illustration, maps (some folded) ; 23 cm
Originally published in 1915 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Facsimile edition.

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