New Arrivals · History

April 25, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The people of Bowmansville

April 24, 2017
Spotts, Charles Dewey.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania : Schaff Library, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 1970.
vi, 85 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
The oldest inhabitants of the Bowmansville area -- Mennonite pioneers -- Reformed and Lutheran settlers -- A Mennonite congregation emerges -- Samuel Bowman, the founder -- The school fight produces a new Mennonite congregation -- The Yellow Hill Community (Brushtown) -- The Musselman family -- Rocks in the Bowmansville hills -- The 1884 robbery -- St. Paul's Lutheran and Reformed Church -- A famous printing press -- Hosteling comes to Bowmansville -- A twentieth century pioneer.

The American spirit : who we are and what we stand for

April 21, 2017
McCullough, David G., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
xv, 176 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Simon Willard's clock -- Civilization and the city -- The spirit of Jefferson -- Which way forward -- The animating spirit -- The lessons of history -- What's essential is invisible -- The first to reside here -- History, lost and found -- The bulwark of freedom -- Knowing who we are -- The ties that bind -- The love of learning -- The summons to serve -- A building like no other.
"This timely collection of speeches by David McCullough, the most honored historian in the United States--winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors--reminds us of fundamental American principles. Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, the White House, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, as many Americans engage in self-reflection following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume that articulates important principles and characteristics that are particularly American..."--Jacket.

Who we are : Asians

April 21, 2017
©2016
xiii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
"New to the third edition of Who We Are: Asians is a chapter on trends in Asian wealth before and after the Great Recession. The Population chapter includes 2014 population estimates showing numbers nationally and by state. The Time Use chapter examines how Asians prioritize their time. Also included is information on the spending, incomes, labor force participation, educational attainment, school enrollment, and living arrangements of Asians"--Publisher's website.

Oddball Indiana : a guide to 350 really strange places

April 20, 2017
Pohlen, Jerome, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2017.
xi, 270 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.
Includes index.

Ties that bound : founding first ladies and slaves

April 19, 2017
Schwartz, Marie Jenkins, 1946- author.
©2017
420 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Washington. The widow Washington ; Martha Dandridge ; Married lady ; Mistress of Mount Vernon ; Revolutionary war ; First lady ; Slaves in the president's house ; Home again -- Jefferson. Martha Wayles ; Mistress of Monticello I ; War in Virginia ; Birth and death at Monticello ; Patsy Jefferson and Sally Hemings ; First lady ; Mistress of Monticello II ; The Hemingses ; Death of Thomas Jefferson -- Madison. Dolley Payne ; Mrs. Madison ; First lady ; Mistress of Montpelier ; Decline of Montpelier ; The widow Madison ; Sale of Montpelier ; In Washington ; Death of Dolley Madison -- Epilogue inside and outside.
Behind every great man stands a great woman. And behind that great woman stands a slave. Or so it was in the households of the Founding Fathers from Virginia where slaves worked and suffered throughout the domestic environments of the era, from Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Montpelier to the nation's capital. American icons like Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson, and Dolley Madison were all slaveholders. And as Marie Jenkins Schwartz uncovers in 'Ties That Bound', these women, as the day to day managers of their households, dealt with the realities of a slaveholding culture directly and continuously, even in the most intimate of spaces. Unlike other histories that treat the stories of the First Ladies' slaves as somehow separate from the lives of their mistresses, as if slavery should be relegated to its own sphere or chapter, 'Ties That Bound' closely examines the relationships that developed between the First Ladies and their slaves. For elite women and their families, slaves were more than an agricultural workforce; instead, slavery was an entire domestic way of life that reflected and reinforced their status. In many cases slaves were more constant companions to the white women of the household than were the white men themselves, who often traveled or were at war. Thus, by looking closely at the complicated intimacy these women shared, Schwartz is able to reveal how they negotiated their roles, illuminating much about the lives of slaves themselves as well as class, race, and gender in early America.

The return of history : conflict, migration, and geopolitics in the twenty-first century

April 19, 2017
Welsh, Jennifer M. (Jennifer Mary), 1965- author.
©2016
347 pages ; 21 cm.
The return of history -- The return of barbarism -- The return of mass flight -- The return of Cold War -- The return of inequality.
"More than two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Welsh revisited the bold claims made by Francis Fukuyama and the prophets of progress, who declared the triumph of Western liberal democracy and the advent of a more peaceful world. She identifies four main fault lines that threaten global security and economic and social stability: the return of barbarism with the rise of ISIS, the return of mass flight with the Syrian refugee crisis, the return of Cold War with Vladimir Putin's Russia, and the return of staggering inequality within Western nations. A powerful and essential analysis of the world's most pressing contemporary crises."--Page 4 of cover.

Daily life of the ancient Greeks

April 19, 2017
Garland, Robert, 1947-
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009.
xxi, 339 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Preface to the second edition -- Author's note -- Chronology -- Introduction -- 1: Historical Outline -- Mycenaeans -- Dark age -- Greek renaissance -- Rise of the city-state -- Colonization -- Archaic Greece -- Sparta -- Classical Greece -- Age of Perikles -- Rise of Macedon -- Empire of Alexander the Great -- Hellenistic world -- Roman conquest -- 2: Space And Time -- Landscape and climate -- City of Athens -- Time and the seasons -- 3: Language, Alphabet, And Literacy -- Origins of the Greek language and linear B -- Literacy -- Papyri -- Ostraka -- Libraries -- 4: People -- Social organization -- Women -- Men -- Parents and children -- Elderly -- Disabled -- Slaves -- Foreigners and barbarians -- Spartan alternative -- 5: Private Life -- Housing -- Household religion -- Dress -- Food and drink -- Drinking parties -- Education -- Health and sickness -- Sexual mores -- Death -- Afterlife -- Magic -- 6: Public Sphere -- Religion -- Economy and trade -- Law and order -- Work -- Travel and transportation -- Warfare -- 7: Pleasure And Leisure -- Athletics and the cult of physical fitness -- Festivals -- Theatrical performances -- Music -- Visual arts -- Mythology -- 8: Impact Of Ancient Greece On Modern Culture -- Continuing classical tradition -- Cradle of democracy -- Our so-called classical roots: the controversy over Black Athena -- Glossary of Greek terms -- For further reading -- Index.
From the Publisher: Ancient Greece comes alive in this exploration of the daily lives of ordinary people-men and women, children and the elderly, slaves and foreigners, rich and poor. With new information drawn from the most current research, this volume presents a wealth of information on every aspect of ancient Greek life. Discover why it was more desirable to be a slave than a day laborer. Examine cooking methods and rules of ancient warfare. Uncover Greek mythology. Learn how Greeks foretold the future. Understand what life was like for women, and what prevailing attitudes were toward sexuality, marriage, and divorce. This volume brings ancient Greek life home to readers through a variety of anecdotes and primary source passages from contemporary authors, allowing comparison between the ancient world and modern life. A multitude of resources will engage students and interested readers, including a "Making Connections" feature which offers interactive and fun ideas for research assignments. The concluding chapter places the ancient world in the present, covering new interpretations like the movie 300, the founding of modern Greece, and the ways in which classical culture still affects our own. With over 60 illustrations, a timeline of events, a glossary of terms, and an extensive print and nonprint bibliography, this volume offers a unique and descriptive look at one of the most influential eras in human history.

Through darkness to light : photographs along the underground railroad : a photographic essay

April 18, 2017
Michna-Bales, Jeanine, author, photographer.
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2017.
191 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 x 28 cm
The Underground Railroad. Bound for freedom : the history of the Underground Railroad ; Let freedom ring : the Underground Railroad comes alive ; The spirituals --The journey : a photographic essay.
"They left in the middle of the night-- often carrying little more than the knowledge to follow the North Star. An estimated one hundred thousand slaves between 1830 and the end of the Civil War in 1865 embarked on a journey of untold hardship in search of freedom, many with the aid of the Underground Railroad. Through Darkness to Light : Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad imagines how this journey may have appeared through a series of atmospheric and evocative photographs by Jeanine Michna-Bales. A pieced together route of Underground Railroad sites from the cotton plantations just south of Natchitoches, Louisiana, all the way north to the Canadian border, a path encompassing roughly two thousand miles. Complementing the compelling photographs are essays on the history and figures of the Underground Railroad "--Provided by publisher.

Official guide to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

April 18, 2017
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Books, [2017].
175 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"A colorful guide introducing the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture"-- Provided by publisher.

The encyclopedia of the War of 1812 : a political, social, and military history

April 18, 2017
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2012.
3 volumes (xliii, 1034 pages) : illustrations ; 29 cm
V. 1. A-K -- v. 2. L-Y -- v. 3. Documents.
This work is a comprehensive reference work on the War of 1812, offering a multidisciplinary treatment of course, causes, effects, and specific details of the War that provides both quick reference and in-depth analysis. --from publisher description.

Four princes : Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the obsessions that forged modern Europe

April 17, 2017
Norwich, John Julius, 1929- author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017.
xi, 288 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
The hollow of their hands -- The flower and vigour of youth -- All is lost, save honour -- Enough, my son! -- Like a brother to the Sultan -- Noisome to our realm -- A reasonable regret -- Fray Carlos and "the drum of conquest" -- Worth celebrating.
"John Julius Norwich has crafted a tapestry of the early sixteenth century, when Europe and the Middle East were overshadowed by a quartet of legendary rulers, all born within a ten-year period: Francis I of France, the personification of the Renaissance, who became a highly influential patron of the arts and education. Henry VIII, who was not expected to inherit the throne but embraced the role with gusto, broke with the Roman Catholic Church and appointed himself head of the Church of England. Charles V, the most powerful and industrious man at the time, was unanimously elected Holy Roman Emperor. Suleiman the Magnificent stood apart as a Muslim, and brought the Ottoman Empire to its apogee of political, military, and economic power. Against the vibrant background of the Renaissance, these four men laid the foundations for modern Europe and the Middle East. Their relations shifted dramatically, from hostile and competitive to friendly and supportive, while they collectively impacted the culture, religion, and politics of their respective domains" --Adapted from jacket.

Solomon Northup's kindred : the kidnapping of free citizens before the Civil War

April 17, 2017
Fiske, David (David A.), 1954- author.
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2016]
ix, 170 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Factors that led to and enhanced the business of kidnapping -- The kidnappers and their methods -- Interaction of kidnappers and slave traders -- Ways kidnapping was fought -- How victims were kept enslaved -- Honest men, north and south -- Lessons for today -- Victims' case studies.

Why irrational politics appeals : understanding the allure of Trump

April 17, 2017
Santa Barbara, California : Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2017]
vi, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction : all too human : the allure of Donald Trump / Mari Fitzduff -- The politics of hope : Donald Trump as an entrepreneur of identity / Stephen Reicher and S. Alexander Haslam -- Unexamined assumptions about leadership : why people follow Trump / Mark R. Leary -- Leadership and followership : Trump--an adaptive mismatch? / Micha Popper -- Power, persuasion, and bad leadership / Ronald E. Riggio -- Nationalist politics : the role of predispositions and emotions / Michael C. Grillo -- Trump : an anti establishment hero? / Gregg Henriques -- Intolerant and afraid : authoritarians rise to Trump's call / Matthew C. MacWilliams -- Death : the Trump card / Florette Cohen, Sharylynn Thompson, Tom Pyszczynski, and Sheldon Solomon -- Insulter Trump : a bonus for his followers? / Karina V. Korostelina -- Tweeting morals in the 2016 election / J.P. Prims, Zachary J. Melton, and Matt Motyl -- Dramatic rationalities : electoral theater in the age of Trump / Mark Chou and Michael L. Ondaatje -- Mindfulness : a tool for thoughtful politics / Christopher S. Reina -- Afterword / Mari Fitzduff.

African Kaiser : General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918

April 17, 2017
Gaudi, Robert, author.
New York : Caliber, [2017]
viii, 436 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Black heroes of the Fatherland -- Zeppelins of the China show -- At war in bush and desert -- A photograph -- Ancestors -- Youth -- At war with the Boxers -- Hereroland -- A red soup with black dumplings -- Peacetime ennui -- German East Africa -- A romantic interlude -- Opening moves -- The war at sea -- Tanga -- War on the Rufiji -- The siege of Jasin -- The war against the railroad -- The wreck of the Königsberg -- Battle for Kilimanjaro -- War in the rainy season -- The long retreat -- A Zeppelin over Africa -- Marching with the shroud maker -- The English motorcycle messenger -- Gylippus in retirement -- Tanzania Park.

The president will see you now : my stories and lessons from Ronald Reagan's final years

April 17, 2017
Grande, Peggy, author.
©2017
viii, 262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
To serve the president -- First day at work -- Getting to know the boss -- Invitation to the office of Ronald Reagan -- Communicating greatness -- The perfect gentleman -- Mrs. Reagan's ally -- Rawhide's ranch -- A stetson for Gorbachev -- Rock River painting -- The legacy of a lifetime -- Balancing act -- Life at full throttle -- On the rooftops -- Visiting the residence -- Tru luv marriage -- Seasons of change -- My fellow Americans -- The journey into sunset -- Surrounded with love -- One last project -- A faithful life -- Farewell to the fairway -- End of an era -- Saying goodbye -- Mourning in America.
"In The President Will See You Now, devoted Reagan insider Peggy Grande shares behind-the-scenes stories, intimate moments, and insights into one of America's most beloved presidents. Grande, who started in the Office of Ronald Reagan as a college student and earned her way into a coveted role as the president's Executive Assistant, offers an unparalleled perspective on the post-presidency of a political icon. Grande's stories and never-before-seen photos show a unique, private side to a public figure and leader who reshaped conservatism, ushered in an era of prosperity, and helped spur the end of the Cold War. Grande reveals what day-to-day life was like in Reagan's California office, including the former president's relationship with the First Lady and his interactions with friends, world leaders, and everyday Americans. Grande recalls how Reagan kept a vigorous schedule for years after he left the White House, his robust engagement with others, and ongoing political advocacy. Despite his eventual Alzheimer's diagnosis, Grande shows how Ronald Reagan remained true to core beliefs, his gentlemanly kindness, and his undying hope for his country. Today the Reagan legacy looms over American politics more than ever. Grande reminds readers why: When Ronald Reagan was president, we not only loved ourselves but also loved America, and the American values he represented: faith, optimism, and patriotism,"--Amazon.com.

The gatekeepers : how the White House Chiefs of Staff define every presidency

April 13, 2017
Whipple, Chris (Christopher C.), author.
New York : Crown, [2017]
365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Introduction: "I brought my pillow and my blankie" -- "The Lord High Executioner" : H.R. Haldeman and Richard Nixon -- "Beware the spokes of the wheel" : Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, and Gerald Ford -- "The smartest man in the room" : Hamilton Jordan, Jack Watson, and Jimmy Carter -- "One hell of a chief of staff " : James A. Baker III and Ronald Reagan -- "Don't hang up on the First Lady" : Donald Regan, Howard H. Baker Jr., Kenneth Duberstein, and Ronald Reagan -- "The prime minister" : John Sununu, Samuel Skinner, James A. Baker III, and George H.W. Bush -- "An iron fist in a velvet glove" : Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, Leon Panetta, Erskine Bowles, John Podesta, and Bill Clinton -- "The decider" : Andrew Card, Joshua Bolten, and George W. Bush -- "Between bad and worse" : Rahm Emanuel, William Daley, Jacob Lew, Denis McDonough, and Barack Obama.
"The first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House Chiefs of Staff, whose actions--and inactions--have defined the course of our country. Since George Washington, presidents have depended on the advice of key confidants. But it wasn't until the twentieth century that the White House chief of staff became the second most powerful job in government. Unelected and unconfirmed, the chief serves at the whim of the president, hired and fired by him alone. He is the president's closest adviser and the person he depends on to execute his agenda. He decides who gets to see the president, negotiates with Congress, and--most crucially--enjoys unparalleled access to the leader of the free world. When the president makes a life-and-death decision, often the chief of staff is the only other person in the room. Each chief can make or break an administration, and each president reveals himself by the chief he picks. Through extensive, intimate interviews with all seventeen living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on this unique fraternity, whose members have included Rahm Emanuel, Dick Cheney, Leon Panetta, and Donald Rumsfeld. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker and Panetta skillfully managed the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, ensuring their reelections--and, conversely, how Jimmy Carter never understood the importance of a chief, crippling his ability to govern. From Watergate to Iran-Contra to the Monica Lewinsky scandal to the Iraq War, Whipple shows us how the chief of staff can make the difference between success and disaster. As an outsider president tries to govern after a bitterly divisive election, The Gatekeepers could not be more timely. Filled with shrewd analysis and never-before-reported details, it is a compelling history that changes our perspective on the presidency."--Jacket flap.

America's first ladies : a historical encyclopedia and primary document collection of the remarkable women of the White House

April 13, 2017
Hendricks, Nancy, author.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2015]
xix, 408 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Martha Washington -- Abigail Adams -- Martha Jefferson -- Dolley Madison -- Elizabeth Monroe -- Louisa Catherine Adams -- Rachel Jackson -- Angelica Van Buren -- Anna Harrison -- Letitia Tyler -- Julia Tyler -- Sarah Polk -- Margaret Taylor -- Abigail Fillmore -- Jane Pierce -- Harriet Lane -- Mary Lincoln -- Eliza Johnson -- Julia Grant -- Lucy Hayes -- Lucretia Garfield -- Ellen Arthur -- Frances Cleveland -- Caroline Harrison -- Ida McKinley -- Edith Roosevelt -- Helen Taft -- Ellen Wilson -- Edith Wilson -- Florence Harding -- Grace Coolidge -- Lou Hoover -- Eleanor Roosevelt -- Bess Truman -- Mamie Eisenhower -- Jacqueline Kennedy -- Lady Bird Johnson -- Pat Nixon -- Betty Ford -- Rosalynn Carter -- Nancy Reagan -- Barbara Bush -- Hillary Clinton -- Laura Bush -- Michelle Obama.

Butler County : an illustrated history

April 12, 2017
Crout, George C.
Woodland Hills, CA : Windsor Publications, 1984, ©1983.
127 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 29 cm
"Produced in cooperation with the Butler County Historical Society."
"Partners in progress by Thomas Grant and Ercel Eaton": p. 95-120.
Butler County beginnings -- Fort Hamilton and early settlement -- Along the old canal -- Down on the farm -- Business and industry develop -- Spirit, mind, and body: the growth of local institutions -- Entertainment, sports, and recreation -- Butler County: a century of change -- Partners in progress / Thomas Grant and Ercel Eaton.

Young and damned and fair : the life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII

April 11, 2017
Russell, Gareth, author.
©2016
xxiv, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 25 cm
The hour of our death -- "Our fathers in their generation" -- Lord Edmund's daughter -- The Howards of Horsham -- "Mad wenches" -- "The King's highness did cast a fantasy" -- "The charms of Catherine Howard" -- "The Queen of Britain will not forget" -- "All these ladies and my whole kingdom" -- The Queen's brothers -- The return of Francis Dereham -- Jewels -- Lent -- "For they will look upon you" -- The errands of Morris and Webb -- The girl in the silver dress -- The chase -- Waiting for the King of Scots -- "Being examined by my lord of Canterbury" -- A greater abomination -- The King has changed his love into hatred -- Ars moriendi -- The shade of Persephone.
"Written with narrative flair and historical authority, this biography of the tragic life of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, breaks new ground in our understanding of the young, doomed woman who became queen at a time of unprecedented social and political tension. On the morning of July 28, 1540, as King Henry VIII's former confidant Thomas Cromwell was being led to his execution, a teenager named Catherine Howard began her reign as queen of a country simmering with rebellion and terrifying uncertainty. Nineteen months later, she was on the scaffold, accused of adultery and high treason. Until now, Catherine 's story has been incomplete. Unlike previous accounts of her life, which portray her as a naive victim of an ambitious family, this compelling and authoritative biography reexamines her motives and social milieu, including both fellow aristocrats and the servants who eventually conspired against her. By illuminating Catherine's entwined upstairs/downstairs worlds and societal tensions beyond the palace walls, Gareth Russell offers a fascinating portrait of court life and the forces that led to Catherine 's execution--from diplomatic pressure and international politics to the long-festering resentments against the queen's household at court. Including a forgotten text of Catherine 's confession, Young and Damned and Fair changes our understanding of one of history's most famous women while telling the compelling and very human story of complex individuals attempting to survive in a dangerous age."--Jacket.

Prince Charles : the passions and paradoxes of an improbable life

April 10, 2017
Smith, Sally Bedell, 1948- author.
©2017
xxii, 596 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 25 cm
The lonely schoolboy -- Cold showers in the morning -- Heir to a fortune -- Nixon plays matchmaker -- The shadow of Camilla -- Wild oats -- Searching for meaning -- Prince without a princess -- Diana snares her man -- Glamour and heartache -- Naming and shaming -- A marriage in shambles -- Dangerous liaisons -- Butterfly mind -- Midlife melancholy -- Timeless principles -- Love tape -- Diana's revenge -- Wounded feelings -- Scarlet A -- Three in a marriage -- Breathing the same air -- Tragedy in Paris -- No ordinary pilgrim -- Media makeover -- Out of the shadows -- Cracking the ice -- Deaths in the family -- Blackadder's revenge -- Hitched at last -- Camilla joins the firm -- Royal infighting -- A prince in full -- Rising sons -- On the defensive -- The magnificent seven -- Rehearsing new roles -- The shadow king's legacy -- "Don't ever stop."
"This vivid, eye-opening biography--the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more--is filled with fresh insights into Charles's life, in and out of the public eye. [This book] brings to life the real man, with all of his ambitions, insecurities, and convictions. Drawing upon hundreds of sources, many of whom are speaking on the record for the first time, [this book] is the surprising and definitive portrait of the man who will be king."--Jacket.

Enduring Vietnam : an American generation and its war

April 10, 2017
Wright, James Edward, 1939- author.
©2017
xvi, 445 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Introduction: a generation goes to war -- Memorial days -- Dong Ap Bia: becoming Hamburger Hill -- Passing the torch to a new generation -- Receiving the torch -- Not their father's way of war -- The Vietnam War in America -- The American war in Vietnam -- Getting out of this place -- Duck and cover -- Enduring Vietnam: a story that has no end.
The Vietnam War is largely recalled as a mistake, either in the decision to engage there or in the nature of the engagement. Or both. Veterans of the war remain largely anonymous figures, accomplices in the mistake. Critically recounting the steps that led to the war, this book does not excuse the mistakes, but it brings those who served out of the shadows.

My fellow soldiers : General John Pershing and the Americans who helped win the Great War

April 10, 2017
Carroll, Andrew, author.
©2017
xxx, 383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
August 26 -- The first to go -- Hunting Pancho -- Lafayette's boys -- Countdown -- The promotion -- Over there -- Heaven, Hell, or Hoboken -- Under the gun -- Show of force -- Divisions -- Black Jack and the Hellfighters -- The eyewitness -- An army of angels -- Their crowded hour -- Captain Harry -- The birthday present -- All in -- Postscript.
"Draws on a rich trove of both little-known and newly uncovered letters and diaries to create a marvelously vivid and moving account of the American experience in World War I, with General John Pershing featured prominently in the foreground. Andrew Carroll's intimate portrait of General Pershing, who led all of the American troops in Europe during World War I, is a revelation. Given a military force that, on the eve of its entry into the war, was downright primitive compared with the European combatants, the general had to surmount enormous obstacles to build an army and ultimately command millions of U.S. soldiers. But Pershing himself--often perceived as a harsh, humorless, and wooden leader--concealed inner agony from those around him: almost two years before the United States entered the war, Pershing suffered a personal tragedy so catastrophic that he almost went insane with grief and remained haunted by the loss for the rest of his life, as private and previously unpublished letters he wrote to family members now reveal. Before leaving for Europe, Pershing also had a passionate romance with George Patton's sister, Anne. But once he was in France, Pershing fell madly in love with a young painter named Micheline Resco, whom he later married in secret. Woven throughout Pershing's story are the experiences of a remarkable group of American men and women, both the famous and the unheralded, including Harry Truman, Douglas MacArthur, William "Wild Bill" Donovan, Teddy Roosevelt, and his youngest son, Quentin. The chorus of these voices, which begins with the first Americans who enlisted in the French Foreign Legion as well as those who flew with the Lafayette Escadrille, makes the high stakes of this epic American saga piercingly real, demonstrating the War's profound impact on the individuals who served--both during the conflict and in the years after--with extraordinary humanity and emotional force."--Jacket.

Goin' to the corner : a history of Elmsdale, Elmsdale West, and Brockton, Prince Edward Island.

April 7, 2017
Elmsdale, P.E.I. : Elmsdale and Area Historical Society in association with Crescent Isle Publishers, ©2006-
volumes : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, plans, portraits ; 21 cm
Vol. 2. published by Elmsdale and Area Historical Society.
"Research Committee: Margaret Adams, Chairperson, Lillian Adams, Allan Graham, Norma McLellan, Arlene Morrison, Jean O'Brien, Kay Williams; Administrative Assistant, Susan Murphy."
v. 2. The people.

Boston's massacre

April 7, 2017
Hinderaker, Eric, author.
©2017
x, 358 pages ; 22 cm
A war of words -- Town and crown -- Smugglers and mobs -- Imperial spaces -- Settling in -- Provocations -- Uncertain outcomes -- Four trials -- Contested meanings -- A usable past -- Appendix. Eyewitness accounts.
"On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of Boston's Custom House, killing five people. Denounced as an act of unprovoked violence and villainy, the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre is one of the most familiar incidents in American history, yet one of the least understood. Eric Hinderaker revisits this dramatic episode, examining in forensic detail the facts of that fateful night, the competing narratives that molded public perceptions at the time, and the long campaign afterward to transform the tragedy into a touchstone of American identity. When Parliament stationed two thousand British troops in Boston beginning in 1768, resentment spread rapidly among the populace. Steeped in traditions of self-government and famous for their Yankee independence, Bostonians were primed to resist the imposition. Living up to their reputation as Britain's most intransigent North American community, they refused compromise and increasingly interpreted their conflict with Britain as a matter of principle. Relations between Britain and the North American colonies deteriorated precipitously after the shooting at the Custom House, and it soon became the catalyzing incident that placed Boston in the vanguard of the Patriot movement. Fundamental uncertainties about the night's events cannot be resolved. But the larger significance of the Boston Massacre extends from the era of the American Revolution to our own time, when the use of violence in policing crowd behavior has once again become a pressing public issue" --Iniside jacket.

Richard Nixon : the life

April 6, 2017
Farrell, John A. (John Aloysius), author.
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
737 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The dragon slayer -- "I had to win" -- As American as Thanksgiving -- Death, God, love, and war -- A kind of man the country needs -- HUAC -- A tragedy of history -- The Pink Lady -- The Great Train Robbery -- Checkers -- A candidate for the little man -- McCarthy -- The new Nixon -- The desolate night of man's inhumanity -- The field of pending battle -- Nixon vs. Kennedy -- Wilderness -- The greatest comeback -- Nixon's war -- Not fish nor fowl -- Drawing the sword -- The road to Watergate -- The week that changed the world -- A third-rate burglary -- A fairly reasonable interval -- Cancer on the presidency -- The final days -- Exile.
"At the end of World War II, navy lieutenant "Nick" Nixon returned from the Pacific and set his cap at Congress, an idealistic dreamer seeking to build a better world. Yet amid the turns of that now-legendary 1946 campaign, Nixon's finer attributes gave way to unapologetic ruthlessness. The story of that transformation is the stunning overture to John A. Farrell's magisterial biography of the president who came to embody postwar American resentment and division. Within four years of his first victory, Nixon was a U.S. senator; in six, the vice president of the United States of America. "Few came so far, so fast, and so alone," Farrell writes. Nixon's sins as a candidate were legion; and in one unlawful secret plot, as Farrell reveals here, Nixon acted to prolong the Vietnam War for his own political purposes. Finally elected president in 1969, Nixon packed his staff with bright young men who devised forward-thinking reforms addressing health care, welfare, civil rights, and protection of the environment. It was a fine legacy, but Nixon cared little for it. He aspired to make his mark on the world stage instead, and his 1972 opening to China was the first great crack in the Cold War. Nixon had another legacy, too: an America divided and polarized. He was elected to end the war in Vietnam, but his bombing of Cambodia and Laos enraged the antiwar movement. It was Nixon who launched the McCarthy era, who played white against black with a "southern strategy," and who spurred the Silent Majority to despise and distrust the country's elites. Ever insecure and increasingly paranoid, he persuaded Americans to gnaw, as he did, on grievances--and to look at one another as enemies. Finally, in August 1974, after two years of the mesmerizing intrigue and scandal of Watergate, Nixon became the only president to resign in disgrace. This is a gripping and unsparing portrayal of our darkest president. Meticulously researched, brilliantly crafted, and offering fresh revelations, it will be hailed as a masterwork."--Jacket.

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