New Arrivals · Large Print History

April 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Mathews men : seven brothers and the war against Hitler's U-boats

April 27, 2016
Geroux, William.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
615 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Unabridged.
"The German U-Boat war against American merchant men was deadly and dramatic--in World War II, the U.S. Merchant Marine had twice the fatality rate of the U.S. Navy. William Geroux has unearthed a fascinating tale of one small coastal town caught in the thick of the fight, and he tells it with a sharp reporter's eye and a real feel for the heroic men who went down to the sea in ships"--Provided by publisher.

The three battles of Wanat : and other true stories

April 27, 2016
Bowden, Mark, 1951- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
699 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Includes previously published essays from various periodicals, such as The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Vanity fair, Philadelphia inquirer, and others.

The devil's diary : Alfred Rosenberg and the stolen secrets of the Third Reich

April 20, 2016
Wittman, Robert K., author.
©2016
777 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"This exploration of the private wartime diary of Alfred Rosenberg--Hitler's 'chief philosopher' and architect of Nazi ideology--interweaves the story of its recent discovery with the revelation of its never-before-published contents, which are contextualized by the authors: The result is a unprecedented, page-turning narrative of the Nazi rise to power, the Holocaust, and Hitler's post-invasion plans for Russia. A groundbreaking historical contribution, The Devil's Diary is a chilling window into the mind of Adolf Hitler's 'chief social philosopher,' Alfred Rosenberg, who formulated some of the guiding principles behind the Third Reich's genocidal crusade. It also chronicles the thrilling detective hunt for the diary, which disappeared after the Nuremburg Trials and remained lost for almost three quarters of a century, until Robert Wittman, a former FBI special agent who founded the Bureau's Art Crimes Team, played an important role and tells his story now for the first time. The authors expertly and deftly contextualize more than 400 pages of entries stretching from 1936 through 1944, in which the loyal Hitler advisor recounts internal meetings with the Führer and his close associates Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler; describes the post-invasion occupation of the Soviet Union; considers the 'solution' to the 'Jewish question'; and discusses his overseeing of the mass seizure and cataloguing of books and artwork from homes, libraries, and museums across occupied Europe. An eyewitness to events, this narrative of Rosenberg's diary offers provocative and intimate insights into pivotal moments in the war and the notorious Nazi who laid the philosophical foundations of the Third Reich"-- Provided by publisher.

Louisa : the extraordinary life of Mrs. Adams

April 8, 2016
Thomas, Louisa, author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016.
761 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

Rightful heritage : Franklin D. Roosevelt and the land of America

March 31, 2016
Brinkley, Douglas, author.
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
x, 1277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

The only street in Paris : life on the Rue des Martyrs

March 21, 2016
Sciolino, Elaine, author.
©2016
421pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
The perfect street -- Searching for home -- Is fish necessary? -- Hidden in plain sight -- Wedding the crowd -- Now, this is butter! -- To catch a mouse -- The meaning of martyrdom -- Some of my favorite ghosts -- The knife sharpener -- Guess who's coming to passover? -- The murdered schoolgirls -- Cheaper than a psychiatrist -- In celebration of books -- The artisan with the golden touch -- Minister of the night -- The dive -- The Flying House of the Virgin Mary -- A street fit for a pope -- Le kale américain est arrivé! -- The resurrection of fish -- Le potluck.
Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. 'I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs,' Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood's rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats, Émile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and François Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents--the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who's been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a hundred-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers--bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty.

1944 : FDR and the year that changed history

February 23, 2016
Winik, Jay, 1957-
©2015
1027 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Published in 2016 by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc."
Chronicles the events of 1944 to reveal how nearly the Allies lost World War II, citing the pivotal contributions of FDR, Churchill, and Stalin.

And then all hell broke loose : two decades in the Middle East

February 23, 2016
Engel, Richard, 1973- author.
©2016
329 pages (large print) : 22 cm.
"Based on two decades of reporting, NBC's chief foreign correspondent's riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen up-close--sometimes dangerously so. When he was just twenty-three, a recent graduate of Stanford University, Richard Engel set off to Cairo with $2,000 and dreams of being a reporter. Shortly thereafter he was working freelance for Arab news sources and got a call that a busload of Italian tourists were massacred at a Cairo museum. This is his first view of the carnage these years would pile on. Over two decades Engel has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, taken hostage. He has watched Mubarak and Morsi in Egypt arrested and condemned, reported from Jerusalem, been through the Lebanese war, covered the whole shooting match in Iraq, interviewed Libyan rebels who toppled Gaddafi, reported from Syria as Al-Qaeda stepped in, was kidnapped in the Syrian crosscurrents of fighting. He goes into Afghanistan with the Taliban and to Iraq with ISIS. In the page-turning And Then All Hell Broke Loose, he shares his adventure tale. Engel takes chances, though not reckless ones, keeps a level head and a sense of humor, as well as a grasp of history in the making. Reporting as NBC's Chief-Foreign Correspondent, he reveals his unparalleled access to the major figures, the gritty soldiers, and the helpless victims in the Middle East during this watershed time. We can experience the unforgettable suffering and despair of the local populations. Engel's vivid description is intimate and personal. Importantly, it is a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that dangerous land."

Dead wake : the last crossing of the Lusitania

February 23, 2016
Larson, Erik, 1954-
[New York] : Random House Large Print, [2015]
648 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Mining suspense -- A word from the captain -- "Bloody monkeys" -- Jump rope and caviar -- Dead wake -- The black soul -- The sea of secrets -- Epilogue: personal effects.
Larson presents a 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania. He discusses the factors that led to the tragedy, and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

The lovers : Afghanistan's Romeo & Juliet : the true story of how they defied their families and escaped an honor killing

February 9, 2016
Nordland, Rod, author.
©2016
xviii, 566 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 23 cm
"An astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women's rights in the Muslim world. Zakia and Ali were from different tribes, but they grew up on neighboring farms in the hinterlands of Afghanistan. By the time they were young teenagers, Zakia, strikingly beautiful and fiercely opinionated, and Ali, shy and tender, had fallen in love. Defying their families, sectarian differences, cultural conventions, and Afghan civil and Islamic law, they ran away together only to live under constant threat from Zakia's large and vengeful family, who have vowed to kill her to restore the family's honor. They are still in hiding. Despite a decade of American good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. Rod Nordland, then the Kabul bureau chief of the New York Times, had watched these abuses unfold for years when he came upon Zakia and Ali, and has not only chronicled their plight, but has also shepherded them from danger. The Lovers will do for women's rights generally what Malala's story did for women's education. It is an astonishing story about self-determination and the meaning of love that illustrates, as no policy book could, the limits of Western influence on fundamentalist Islamic culture and, at the same time, the need for change."--Provided by Amazon.com

Buster : the military dog who saved a thousand lives

February 2, 2016
Barrow, Will (Flight sergeant), author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
313 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Buster is an explosive-sniffing English springer spaniel who served his comrades and country with unstinting devotion and saved thousands of lives. This is the story of his partnership with RAF Police Sergeant Will Barrow, describing how each came to save the other's life.

The time of our lives : collected writings

January 22, 2016
Noonan, Peggy, 1950-
New York : Twelve, 2015.
lvi, 610 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
A lecture -- People I miss -- As I was telling Kate... -- America, America -- Having fun -- Making trouble -- What I told the bishops -- Uneasy pieces -- I just called to say I love you -- War -- What I saw at the evacuation -- My beautiful election -- The loneliest president since Nixon -- A republic, if we can keep it -- State of the Union.
"Peggy Noonan is one of the most brilliant and influential political thinkers and writers of our time. The author of five bestselling books (What I Saw at the Revolution is now a classic), her column in The Wall Street Journal is a must-read for millions of Americans. Witty, incisive and always original, Peggy Noonan is a conservative intellectual with wide reaching appeal across the political spectrum. Now, for the first time, the best of Noonan's writing will be collected in one indispensible volume. With a special, original introduction, she chronicles her career in journalism, the Reagan White House, and the political arena. Annotated and analyzed throughout, Peggy expands a lifetime of wonderful writing into an astute examination of American life"-- Provided by publisher.

Destiny and power : the American odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

January 21, 2016
Meacham, Jon, author.
New York : Random House Large Print in association with Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House, [2015]
xxx, 1422 pages (large print), 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
The last gentleman -- A vanished universe : beginnings to 1942. The land of the self-made man ; A real son of a bitch ; He gets so intense over everything ; Not for self ; That's Barbara Pierce -- War and marriage : 1942 to 1948. Off I zoomed ; I wanted to finish my mission ; Life lay ahead of us -- Texas and tragedy : 1948 to 1966. Who had ever heard of Odessa, Texas? ; I push it away, push it back ; I was bleeding inside ; Goldwater's policies, Kennedy's style -- The wars of Washington : 1966 to 1977. Without a moment to stop ; A turn on the world stage ; This job is no fun at all ; Am I running away from something? ; George Bush, super spook -- The age of Reagan : 1977 to 1989. A President we won't have to train ; We have done the unthinkable ; It hurt like hell ; Is George Bush there? ; Well, what do we do now? ; The special relationship ; The President was struck ; George did it ; On the eve of the run ; Like you've been hit in the stomach ; We came out of the dead ; I'm stronger and tougher -- The awesome responsibility : 1989 to 1993. The sun started through ; If it weren't for the deficit ... ; Victory in Europe, terror in China ; The fall of the Wall ; I want to do the most good I can ; A nation reunited and a new NATO ; I've got to do what I think is right ; This will not stand ; No blood for oil ; Read by hips ; The threat of impeachment ; Nothing like it since Truman ; I'm just not sure I want to run again ; A coup in Moscow ; It was discouraging as hell ; God, it was ghastly ; The closing of an era -- In the twilight : 1993 to 2016. I'd like to see old George Bush ; The proudest father in the whole wide world ; It is not easy to sit on the sidelines ; The buck stops there -- I don't want to miss anything.
He was the last of a kind, and his rise, his fall, and his rebirth in the twilight of his life offers a window on a great deal of American history.' Meacham creates an intimate and detailed life story of a man whom many know only through his politics, or from a distance. From interviews and exclusive access to Bush's presidential diaries, Meacham brings Bush and the great American family he came from, vividly to life, beginning with the family's story working in a tool company in the Midwest in the late 1800's and on through George H.W. Bush's childhood in Connecticut, his heroic service in World War II, his decision to strike out on his own and try to create an oil business in Texas, to his political rise to be congressman, ambassador to the U.N., head of the CIA, vice president, then president, and the only man since John Adams to see his son become president. Written with Meacham's trademark compelling narration and historical depth and contemporary insight, this stunning biography reveals the unusual self-reflections, as well as the distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation who pursued a life of service as a guardian of America in the way of Eisenhower, and was one of the last gentlemen in our political world.

Pacific : silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world's superpowers

January 21, 2016
Winchester, Simon, author.
©2015.
xv, 693 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
The great thermonuclear sea -- Mr. Ibuka's radio revolution -- The ecstasies of wave riding -- A dire and dangerous irritation -- Farewell, all my friends and foes -- Echoes of distant thunder -- How goes the lucky country? -- The fires in the deep -- A fragile and uncertain sea -- Of masters and commanders -- Epilogue: the call of the running tide.
The New York Times best-selling author of The Men Who United the States traces the geological history of the Pacific Ocean to assess its relationship with humans and indelible role in the modern world.

Deep south : four seasons on back roads

January 7, 2016
Theroux, Paul.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press : a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015.
769 pages (large print), 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Photos by Steve McCurry"--Cover.
"One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked. Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his tenth travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America--the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation's worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It's these parts of the South, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux's keen traveler's eye. On road trips spanning four seasons, wending along rural highways, Theroux visits gun shows and small-town churches, laborers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where they still call the farm up the road 'the plantation.' He talks to mayors and social workers, writers and reverends, the working poor and farming families--the unsung heroes of the south, the people who, despite it all, never left, and also those who returned home to rebuild a place they could never live without. From the writer whose 'great mission has always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself--and thus, to challenge us' (Boston Globe), Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike"-- Provided by publisher.

Vendetta : Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa

December 14, 2015
Neff, James.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016.
579 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Originally published: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Prologue: Dark Forces -- The Blinding -- Life Is a Jungle -- Jump Off the Capitol -- Lucky Bastard -- The First Face-Off -- Hoffa for President -- Mafia Conclave -- Keep the Pressure On -- Promising Leads -- Primary Opponent -- Nixon's Favor -- Get Hoffa Squad -- A Brazen Girl -- Planting a Snitch -- Trouble at Home -- Get to the Jury -- Epilogue: In Love with Night.
"One of America's greatest investigative reporters brings to life the gripping, no-holds-barred clash of two American titans: Robert Kennedy and his nemesis Jimmy Hoffa. From 1957 to 1964, Robert Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa channeled nearly all of their considerable powers into destroying each other. Kennedy's battle with Hoffa burst into the public consciousness with the 1957 Senate Rackets Committee hearings and intensified when his brother named him attorney general in 1961. RFK put together a 'Get Hoffa' squad within the Justice Department, devoted to destroying one man. But Hoffa, with nearly unlimited Teamster funds, was not about to roll over. Drawing upon a treasure trove of previously secret and undisclosed documents, James Neff has crafted a brilliant, heart-pounding epic of crime and punishment, a saga of venom and relentlessness and two men willing to do anything to demolish each other"--From publisher's website.

Young Elizabeth : the making of the queen

December 11, 2015
Williams, Kate, 1974- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
465 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Thorndike Press large print biographies and memoirs"--T.p. verso.
"A lucky fellow if she accepts you" -- "Such a nice name" -- "All the equipment a lady needs" -- "Queen, Empress of India, the whole bag of tricks" -- "Great changes" -- "Who is this Hitler?" -- "Do let me see what is happening" -- "After all, she is only nineteen" -- "A flash of colour" -- "An obedient sitter" -- "Came down a queen" -- Regina.

Ardennes 1944 : the Battle of the Bulge

December 4, 2015
Beevor, Antony, 1946- author.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
809 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
In this deeply researched work, with striking insights into the major players on both sides, Antony Beevor gives us the definitive account of the Ardennes offensive which was to become the greatest battle of World War II.

Reagan : the life

November 13, 2015
Brands, H. W.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015.
1181 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.

Being Nixon : a man divided

November 13, 2015
Thomas, Evan, 1951-
New York : Random House Large Print, [2015]
xvi, 862 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The fatalistic optimist -- Part I. The striver -- Lives of great men remind us -- Pat and Dick -- The greenest congressman -- Rock 'em, sock 'em -- Checkers -- "El gringo tiene cajones" -- Jack -- Over the wall we go -- The new Nixon -- October surprise -- Part II. At the mountaintop -- "He loves being P!" -- Statesman and mad man -- "Need for joy" -- Silent majority -- The movie goer -- Hippies and hardhats -- Department of dirty tricks -- Father of the bride -- "Blow the safe" -- Part III. The fall -- Big plays -- Speak quietly -- Triumph and tragedy -- "An exciting prospect" -- Peace at last -- Ides of March -- Praying not to wake up -- Saturday Night Massacre -- "I hope I haven't let you down" -- "Richard! Wake up!" -- Elder statesman -- Epilogue: Rise again.
What was it really like to be Richard Nixon? Thomas tackles this question by peeling back the layers of a man driven by a poignant mix of optimism and fear. He reveals the contradictions of a leader whose vision and foresight led him to achieve détente with the Soviet Union and reestablish relations with communist China, but whose underhanded political tactics taint his reputation.

Avenue of spies : a true story of terror, espionage, and one American family's heroic resistance in Nazi-occupied France

November 13, 2015
Kershaw, Alex.
New York : Random House Large Print, [2015]
x, 426 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The true story of an American doctor and his family in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War II. Exclusive Avenue Foch was Paris's hotbed of spies, secret police, informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when the couple at number 11--American physician Sumner Jackson and his Swiss-born wife Toquette--joined the French resistance, they knew the stakes were extraordinarily high. They would be risking not only their own lives but that of their only child, twelve-year-old Phillip. Toquette agreed to allow the Goelette network of the resistance to use their home as a drop box for vital information en route to Britain. As D-Day neared, the noose began to tighten.

Killing Reagan : the violent assault that changed the presidency

October 13, 2015
O'Reilly, Bill, author.
©2015
509 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world? Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in the California governor's mansion, and finally to the White House, where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan's most heroic actions.

The residence : inside the private world of the White House

October 8, 2015
Brower, Kate Andersen, author.
©2015
447 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 22 cm
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.
America's First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family. These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion's 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d'oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level's basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love. Combining first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy's private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband's assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon's resignation and President Clinton's impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.

One summer : America, 1927

October 5, 2015
Bryson, Bill, author.
©2013
751 pages (large print), 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
May: The Kid -- June: The Babe -- July: The President -- August: The anarchists -- September: Summer's end.
The summer of 1927 began with one of the signature events of the twentieth century: on May 21, 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first man to cross the Atlantic by plane nonstop, and when he landed in Le Bourget airfield near Paris, he ignited an explosion of worldwide rapture and instantly became the most famous person on the planet. Meanwhile, the titanically talented Babe Ruth was beginning his assault on the home run record, which would culminate on September 30 with his sixtieth blast, one of the most resonant and durable records in sports history. In between those dates, a Queens housewife named Ruth Snyder and her corset-salesman lover garroted her husband, leading to a murder trial that became a huge tabloid sensation. Alvin "Shipwreck" Kelly sat atop a flagpole in Newark, New Jersey, for twelve days -- a new record. The American South was clobbered by unprecedented rain and by flooding of the Mississippi basin, a great human disaster, the relief efforts for which were guided by the uncannily able and insufferably pompous Herbert Hoover. Calvin Coolidge interrupted an already leisurely presidency for an even more relaxing three-month vacation in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The gangster Al Capone tightened his grip on the illegal booze business through a gaudy and murderous reign of terror and municipal corruption. The first true "talking picture," Al Jolson's The Jazz Singer, was filmed and forever changed the motion picture industry. The four most powerful central bankers on earth met in secret session on a Long Island estate and made a fateful decision that virtually guaranteed a future crash and depression. In 1927, America stepped out onto the world stage as the main event, and Bill Bryson captures the year's outsized personalities, exciting events, and occasional just plain weirdness.

No better friend : one man, one dog, and their extraordinary story of courage and survival in WWII

September 23, 2015
Weintraub, Robert.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, [2015]
691 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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