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February 4, 2017
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Lucky 666 : the impossible mission

February 3, 2017
Drury, Bob, author.
©2016
565 pages (large print), [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Wanderlust -- The wild blue yonder -- Jay & Joe -- "The sacred duty of the leading race" -- The fortress -- The winds of war -- The Japanese Citadel -- Into the fight -- Breaking the code -- The renegade pilot -- The Bulldog -- A microscopic metropolis -- Ken's men -- A place where trouble started -- "Clear as a bell" -- The missing General -- Pushing North -- A fine reunion -- "A motley collection of outcasts" -- Blood on the Bismarck Sea -- The flight of the geishas -- Old 666 -- The outlaws -- No position is safe -- New additions -- "Hell, no!" -- Buka -- "Give 'em hell!" -- The desperate dive -- Get it home -- "He's all right" -- Dobodura.
"In 1942, as Japan dominates the Pacific Theater, small contingents of US Army Airmen make their way to the embattled Allied airbase on Papua, New Guinea. When pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and bombardier Sergeant Joseph Raymond Sarnoski can't convince superiors to give Zeamer his own plane, they recruit a crew and rebuild a B-17 with junkyard parts. In June 1943, they fly Old 666 on a 1200-mile suicide mission into the teeth of the Japanese Empire, engage in the longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the War in the Pacific."--Back cover.

The lost city of the Monkey God : a true story

February 1, 2017
Preston, Douglas J., author.
©2017
viii, 440 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The gates of hell -- Somewhere in the Americas -- The Devil had killed him -- A land of cruel jungles -- One of the few remaining mysteries -- The heart of darkness -- The fish that swallowed the whale -- Lasers in the jungle -- Something that nobody had done -- The most dangerous place on the planet -- Uncharted territory -- No coincidences -- Fer-de-lance -- Don't pick the flowers -- Human hands -- I'm going down -- A bewitchment place -- Quagmire -- Controversy -- The cave of the glowing skulls -- The symbol of death -- They came to wither the flowers -- White leprosy -- The National Institutes of Health -- An isolated species -- La ciudad del jaguar -- We are orphans.
Since the days of Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. In 1940, journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and an electrifying story of having found the Lost City -- but then committed suicide without revealing its location. In 2012, Preston joined a team of scientists using classified technology that could map the terrain under the densest rainforest canopy. They found evidence of not just an undiscovered city but an enigmatic, lost civilization -- and returned carrying a horrifying, sometimes lethal -- and incurable -- disease.

Three days in January : Dwight Eisenhower's final mission

February 1, 2017
Baier, Bret. author.
©2017
xxiii, 492 pages (large print), 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Analyzes the last three days of the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower in January, 1961, including their foundations in Eisenhower's personal experiences as well as their effects on the presidency of John F. Kennedy and beyond.

All the gallant men : an American sailor's firsthand account of Pearl Harbor

January 19, 2017
Stratton, Donald, 1922- author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
viii, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
A memoir by a USS Arizona survivor describes his experience of the attacks that left him with burns over more than sixty-five percent of his body, his resolve to reenter service after a grueling recovery, and his contributions to some of the Pacific's most violent battles. --Publisher

Eleanor and Hick : the love affair that shaped a First Lady

January 18, 2017
Quinn, Susan, 1940- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2017]
621 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm.
UNEXPECTED LOVE -- Beginning to trust -- Eleanor according to Hick -- Je t'aime et je t'adore -- Lorena -- Eleanor -- Getaway -- BECOMING A TEAM -- Partnership -- La Presidenta and the newshawk -- Getting away with it -- Now or never -- Blowing off -- Looking for a home -- TOGETHER AND APART -- Trading jobs -- This place! -- Time tears on -- THE WORLD AT WAR -- Afraid no more -- A better politician than her husband -- In residence -- In it, up to the neck -- Risking everything -- A fight for love and glory -- Winning with the women -- There is only one President -- The greatest catastrophe for the world -- STARTING OVER -- Sliding on marble floors -- The opinion of mankind -- A new way to be useful -- Living on.
"A warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok--a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women's lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history."--Provided by publisher.

Tough as they come

January 18, 2017
Mills, Travis, author.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, [2016]
384 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Originally published: New York : Convergent Books, 2015.
"Retired U.S. Army staff sergeant Travis Mills, one of only five soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to survive a quadruple amputation, shares the story of his remarkable recovery"-- Provided by publisher.

His final battle : the last months of Franklin Roosevelt

January 4, 2017
Lelyveld, Joseph, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
727 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The text of this Large Print edition is unabridged."
Prologue: feeling plaintive -- Uncle Joe in Tehran -- Wilson's shadow -- His "enormous" heart -- Somewhere in the south -- Going after "bigger coins" -- The great tantalizer -- Commander-in-Chief -- Staying on the job -- Gallant, and pitiable -- At the Czar's palace -- Almost to victory.
In a hugely insightful account, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Joseph Lelyveld untangles the narrative threads of Franklin Roosevelt's final months, showing how he juggled the strategic, political, and personal choices he faced as the war, his presidency, and his life raced to their climax.

Twenty-six seconds : a personal history of the Zapruder film

December 22, 2016
Zapruder, Alexandra, author.
New York, NY : Twelve, 2016.
viii, 630 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The family story behind Abraham Zapruder's film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact, told by Zapruder's granddaughter, draws on personal records and previously sealed archive sources to trace the film's role in the media, courts, government, and arts community.

A matter of honor : Pearl Harbor : betrayal, blame, and a family's quest for justice

December 22, 2016
Summers, Anthony, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, [2016]
xi, 860 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Catastrophe -- Consequence.
"An account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the 'scapegoat' Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel, the failure of the top brass in Washington to provide Kimmel with vital intelligence prior to the attack, and the continuing efforts of the family to have Kimmel formally exonerated."--Provided by publisher.

Pearl Harbor : from infamy to greatness

December 9, 2016
Nelson, Craig, 1955- author.
©2016
949 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Dreadnoughts and holystones -- The roads to war. Conceiving the inconceivable ; A sinister wind ; Autumn 1941 ; November ; December 6 -- Strike! From the air ; Pearl Harbor ; Describing the indescribable ; Infamy ; Resurrection -- Victory. Vengeance ; Triumph ; Legacy -- Appendix 1. Judgment and controversy -- Appendix 2. The Medal of Honor.
The America we live in was not born on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers, and midget submarines suddenly attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men and forcing America's entry into World War II. Author Craig Nelson maps the road to war, beginning in 1914 with the laying of the keel of the USS Arizona at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, following Japan's leaders as they lurched into ultranationalist fascism, and providing a blow-by-blow account from both the Japanese and American perspectives. Backed by 5 years of research, Nelson delivers all the terror, chaos, violence, tragedy, and heroism of the attack in stunning detail and offers surprising conclusions about the tragedy's unforeseen and resonant consequences that linger even today-- Adapted from book jacket.

The general vs. the president : MacArthur and Truman at the brink of nuclear war

November 4, 2016
Brands, H. W.
©2016
727 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Prologue -- Part One. Two Roads up the Mountain -- Part Two. Test of Nerve -- Part Three. An Entirely New War -- Part Four. The General and the President -- Part Five. Fade Away.
"The riveting story of how President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur squared off to decide America's future in the aftermath of World War II."-- Provided by publisher.

Indestructible : one man's rescue mission that changed the course of WWII

November 4, 2016
Bruning, John R., author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2016.
xixi, 745 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Part 1 Philippine Odyssey -- The last normal day -- The mysterious traveler -- Into the storm -- The voice of Manila -- The day of fiestas -- Terror in the night -- Silver screen scenes -- Running toward trouble -- The middle-aged recruit -- Outlaw son of a lawman -- The noose -- American red baron -- Refugee allies -- Routine in chaos -- Christmas eve -- The last broadcast -- Part 2 The Legend of Pappy Gunn -- Early legends -- The perilous consequence of not in stock -- Daniel Boone of the Dutch East Indies -- Eight avenue rules -- Pappy and Miss EMF -- Voiding the warranty -- Where the weak are prey -- Wainwright to MacArthur: Where Is Captain Gunn? -- The indomitable luck of Pappy Gunn -- The Canberra commandos and the numerous troubles that ensued -- Killing von Gronau -- Secrets, spies, and mystery holes -- Survival versus sin -- The death-dealing sweetheart with the Jack Dempsey crouch -- "The gun-craziest man I ever met" -- Bust 'em George, the undocumented Renegade General -- Clara Crosby comes of age -- Margaret, Pappy's radical, scrappy, lethal engine of death -- The war on hope -- Blood and fire -- Reconnections and revolutions -- Part 3 Homeward bound -- Later legends -- Gunship summer -- Miss Priss strikes back -- The pinky and the lungs -- On the tail of Custer's ghost -- The vow of last resort -- Pappy's final battle -- The sweet Georgia peach -- War made animals of men -- Ward six.
"This little-known WWII story introduces a renegade pilot whose personal mission to rescue his family from a POW camp changed modern air warfare forever. December 1941: Manila is invaded, and US citizen and Philippine Airlines manager, Pappy Gunn, is ordered to fly key military command out of the country, leaving his family at home. So Gunn was miles away when the Japanese captured his wife and children, placing them in an internment camp where they faced disease, abuse, and starvation. Gunn spent three years trying to rescue them. His exploits became legend as he revolutionized the art of air warfare, devising his own weaponry, missions, and combat strategies. By the end of the war, Pappy's ingenuity and flair for innovation helped transform MacArthur's air force into the scourge of the Pacific"--Provided by publisher.

Rogue heroes : the history of the SAS, Britain's secret special forces unit that sabotaged the Nazis and changed the nature of the war

November 4, 2016
Macintyre, Ben, 1963- author.
New York : Random House Large Print, 2016.
xxiv, 565 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
War in the desert -- Cowboy soldier -- L Detachment -- Recruits -- Into the desert -- The long range desert group -- Devil country -- A party of ghosts -- Blitz buggy -- Benghazi bed-and-breakfast -- Seven airfields -- Mass sabotage at Sidi Haneish -- Desert doctors -- Quite, quite mad -- Alamein -- War in Europe -- Italy -- Bulbasket -- Houndsworth -- An eye for an eye -- Paddy McGinty's goat -- A predilection for risk -- Battaglione Alleata -- Into the Reich -- Liberation -- Who dares survives.
Britain's Special Air Service--or SAS--was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat with a remarkable strategic mind. Where his colleagues looked at a map of World War II's African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel's desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind Nazi lines and sabotage their airplanes and supplies. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS's remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.--Publisher description.

Danger close : my epic journey as a combat helicopter pilot in Iraq an Afghanistan

October 17, 2016
Smith, Amber (Amber Lane), 1981- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
415 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
This is what war feels like -- Born to fly -- Mother Rucker -- Sink or swim -- Hurry up and wait -- Welcome to Iraq -- Better safe than sorry -- Bingo -- Troops in contact -- Friendly fire -- What lies beneath -- Annihilator 24 -- Flying blind -- One last mission -- Screaming eagles -- The crash -- A new war -- Cleared hot -- Shooting to kill -- Cheating death -- War test you -- Goodbye -- Lucky strike -- KIA -- The Tagab -- Handing off the war -- Epilogue: alive.

Hero of the empire : the Boer War, a daring escape, and the making of Winston Churchill

October 12, 2016
Millard, Candice, author.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2016]
xi, 605 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Irena's children : the extraordinary story of the woman who saved 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto

October 4, 2016
Mazzeo, Tilar J., author.
©2016
587 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In 1942, social worker Irena Sendler was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. She reached out to the trapped Jewish families, asking the parents to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling them out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. In a friend's garden, she buried lists of the names and true identities of those children, with the hope that their relatives could find them after the war. Irena could not have known that more than ninety percent of their families would perish." -- Back cover.

Red Platoon : a true story of American valor

October 4, 2016
Romesha, Clinton, author.
©2016
575 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Originally published: New York : Dutton, 2016.
Introduction: It doesn't get better -- Part I: The road to Nuristan. Loss -- Stacked -- Keating -- Inside the fishbowl -- Everybody dies -- Part II: Going cyclic. "Let's go kill some people" -- Heavy contact -- Combat Kirk -- Luck -- Tunnel vision -- Part III: Overrun. The only gun left in the fight -- "Charlie in the wire" -- The Alamo position -- Light 'em up -- Part IV: Taking the bitch back. Launch out -- Not gonna make it -- Ox and Finch -- Alive! -- The bone -- Part V: Saving Stephan Mace. "Go get it done" -- Mustering the dead -- Conflagration -- Farewell to Keating -- Trailing fires -- Epilogue -- In memoriam.
In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the United States military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing fourteen-hour battle -- and eventual victory -- cost eight Americans their lives. Red Platoon is a firsthand account of the Battle for COP Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Game of crowns : Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the throne

September 22, 2016
Andersen, Christopher P., author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
481 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of William and Kate and The Day Diana Died takes a compulsively readable look into the relationships and rivalries of Queen Elizabeth, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Kate Middleton. One has been famous longer than anyone on the planet--a wily stateswoman and an enduring symbol of a fading institution. One is the great-granddaughter of a king's mistress and a celebrated homewrecker who survived a firestorm of scorn to marry her lover and replace her arch rival, a beloved twentieth-century figure. One is a beautiful commoner, the university-educated daughter of a self-made entrepreneur, a fashion idol, and wife and mother to two future kings. Master biographer Christopher Andersen takes readers behind palace walls to examine the surprising similarities and stark differences among three remarkable women--Queen Elizabeth; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; and Princess Kate. Andersen reveals what transpires within the royal family away from the public's prying eyes; how the women actually feel about each other; how they differ as lovers, wives, and mothers; and how they are reshaping the landscape of the monarchy in this addictive read that will shock even those who are spellbound by the royal palace"--Publisher description.

Best. State. Ever. : a Florida man defends his homeland

September 15, 2016
Barry, Dave, author.
©2016
249 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
A brief history of Florida -- The skunk ape -- Weeki Wachee and Spongeorama -- Cassadaga -- the villages -- Gatorland -- Lock & load Miami -- LIV -- Key West.
Sure, there was the 2000 election and flying insects the size of LeBron James. But Barry is going to show you why Florida is a great state. And whatever else you think about Florida-- you can never say it's boring.

The perfect horse : the daring U.S. mission to rescue the priceless stallions kidnapped by the Nazis

August 31, 2016
Letts, Elizabeth.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2016]
xxiv, 598 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm

The girl who escaped ISIS : this is my story

August 24, 2016
Khalaf, Farida, author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press arge print popular and narrative nonfiction, 2016.
347 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Our World As It Once Was -- One Final Wonderful Summer -- The Catastrophe -- The Slave Market in Raqqa -- In the Dark Room -- With the "Beasts" -- In the Military Camp -- The Road Out of Hell -- No Home, Not Anywhere.
"A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing, intimate account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence"--Provided by publisher.

Women of valor. Polish resisters to the Third Reich

July 29, 2016
Gilbert, Joanne D., author.
©2014
342 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes glossary and reader's guide.
"Four stories of Polish women who resisted the Nazis during World War II"--Provided by publisher.

Only in Naples : lessons in food and famiglia from my Italian mother-in-law

June 24, 2016
Wilson, Katherine, 1974- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2016]
419 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
"The text of this large print edition is unabridged."

Things that matter : three decades of passions, pastimes, and politics

June 23, 2016
Krauthammer, Charles, 1950-
©2014
xii, 526 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Selected essays previously published in various periodicals and journals.
Includes index.
Personal. The good and the great ; Manners ; Pride and prejudices ; Follies ; Passions and pastimes ; Heaven and Earth -- Political. Citizen and state ; Conundrums ; Body and soul ; Man and God ; Memory and monuments -- Historical. The Jewish question, again ; The Golden Age ; The age of holy terror ; The age to come -- Global. Three essays on America and the world.
A conservative columnist presents his reflections on everything from embryo research to entitlement reform, from Halley's Comet to border collies, from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King, from drone warfare to American decline. Includes an autobiographical introduction.

The golden lad : the haunting story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt

June 15, 2016
Burns, Eric, author.
Waterville : Thorndike Press, 2016.
379 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Preface: the grand dream of a little boy -- The beginning of the story -- The heart of the story -- The soul of the story -- The end of the story -- Epilogue: the lion departs.

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