New Arrivals · History

January 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

American aristocrats : a family, a fortune, and the making of American capitalism

January 18, 2018
Stout, Harry S., author.
New York : Basic Books, 2017.
xix, 411 pages ; 24 cm
Documents how the Anderson family of eighteenth-century Kentucky worked to amass land while becoming apologists for slavery, Native American removal, and continental expansion.

The long hangover : Putin's new Russia and the ghosts of the past

January 17, 2018
Walker, Shaun, author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
vii, 278 pages : maps ; 24 cm
In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Putin's aggressive foreign policy and his support among Russians.

The road not taken : Edward Lansdale and the American tragedy in Vietnam

January 15, 2018
Boot, Max, 1968- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
l, 717 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Prologue: The day of the dead: Saigon, November 1-2, 1963 -- Introduction: The misunderstood man -- Ad man (1908-1945) -- Colonel Landslide (1945-1954) -- National builder (1954-1956) -- Washington warrior (1957-1963) -- Bastard child (1964-1968) -- The beaten man (1968-1987) -- Afterword: Landalism in the twenty-first century.
A biography of Edward Lansdale, the CIA operative. Boot chronicles his rise and fall as a proponent of a visionary "hearts and minds" diplomacy in Vietnam who was ultimately overruled by the American military bureaucracy, which favored bombs and troop build-ups over winning the people's trust.

Border : a journey to the edge of Europe

January 11, 2018
Kassabova, Kapka, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 2017.
xviii, 379 pages : map ; 21 cm
Preface -- border -- Mountain of madness, I -- Part one: Starry Strandja -- via pontica -- Red Riviera -- strandja -- The village in the valley -- agiasma -- Everything begins with a spring -- cheshma -- A man of leisure -- 415 -- Wire in the heart -- klyon (1961-1990) -- The tomb of Bastet -- cold water -- Pilgrims -- atonement -- One hundred and twenty sins -- sozialistishen persönlichkeit -- Riding the Iron Curtain -- zmey -- Ball of fire -- Part two: Thracian corridors -- thrace -- The friend with the pigeons -- memleket -- Girl between languages -- komshulak -- To see a dancing priest -- rosa damascena -- If you are true -- corridors -- Everybody comes to Ali's -- via antica -- Tales from the bridge -- ghosts -- A Kurdish love story -- the spring of the white-legged maiden -- The chicken shack -- Part three: Rhodope Pass -- rhodopaea, rhodopaeum, rhodopensis -- The village where you lived for ever -- the judgement -- On the road to freedom -- tale of two kingdoms -- Drama -- metaxaz line -- Mountain of madness, II -- agonia -- Hotel above the world -- ursus arctos -- Goddess of the forest -- tobacco -- the woman who walked for a week -- Part four: Starry Strandja -- lodos -- To the river -- kaynarca -- The monk of happiness -- eternal return -- The good siren -- muhhabet -- The last shepherd -- uroki -- How to lift a spell.
"In this extraordinary work of narrative reportage, Kapka Kassabova returns to Bulgaria, from where she emigrated as a girl twenty-five years previously, to explore the border it shares with Turkey and Greece. When she was a child, the border zone was rumored to be an easier crossing point into the West than the Berlin Wall, and it swarmed with soldiers and spies. On holidays in the "Red Riviera" on the Black Sea, she remembers playing on the beach only miles from a bristling electrified fence whose barbs pointed inward toward the enemy: the citizens of the totalitarian regime. Kassabova discovers a place that has been shaped by successive forces of history: the Soviet and Ottoman empires, and, older still, myth and legend. Her exquisite portraits of fire walkers, smugglers, treasure hunters, botanists, and border guards populate the book. There are also the ragged men and women who have walked across Turkey from Syria and Iraq. But there seem to be nonhuman forces at work here too: This densely forested landscape is rich with curative springs and Thracian tombs, and the tug of the ancient world, of circular time and animism, is never far off."--Amazon.com.

The empire must die : Russia's revolutionary collapse, 1900-1917

January 10, 2018
Zygarʹ, Mikhail, 1981- author.
©2017
xi, 558 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Chapter 1, in which Leo Tolstoy becomes a symbol of the fight against the regime and the main ideologist of the opposition -- Chapter 2, in which Sergei Witte fails to stop Russia from invading China and seizing Beijing -- Chapter 3, in which Jews go on the war path: Mikhail Gotz and Gregory Gershuni create the most powerful opposition party in Russia -- Chapter 4, in which liberals come into fashion: Peter Struve and Pavel Milyukov become the most popular politicians in the country -- Chapter 5, in which Empress Alexandra and Dowager Empress Maria argue over who will be mistress of the palace and of Russia -- Chapter 6, in which Russian gets a new leader of popular protest: his name is Georgy Gapon -- Chapter 7, in which Black-Hundreder Alexander Dubrovin creates the first Russian party of the state, and oppositioner Maxim Gorky asks the West to stop funding Russia -- Chapter 8, in which Pyotr Stolypin and Dmitriy Trepov suggest two different ways of reforming Russia -- Chapter 9, in which art fan Sergei Diaghilev and religious fanatic Sergei Trufanov (Iliodor) try to stay independent from the state and even use it to their advantage -- Chapter 10, in which millionaires Alexander Guchkov and Pavel Ryabushinsky try to engage big business in managing the country -- Chapter 11, in which Grigory Rasputin becomes the most powerful kleptocrat and the most hated pacifist in Russia -- Chapter 12, in which there is a second leader of popular protest in Russia: his name is Alexander Kerensky -- Chapter 13, in which Irakli Tsereteli tries to turn Russian into a parliamentary democracy and Vladimir Lenin stands in his way -- Chapter 14, in which Leon Trotsky and Lev Kamenev don't wish for a Bolshevik revolt anymore, since they believe it to be completely unnecessary.
From Tolstoy to Lenin, from Diaghilev to Stalin, The Empire Must Die is a tragedy of operatic proportions with a cast of characters that ranges from the exotic to utterly villainous, the glamorous to the depraved. In 1912, Russia experienced a flowering of liberalism and tolerance that placed it at the forefront of the modern world: women were fighting for the right to vote in the elections for the newly empowered parliament, Russian art and culture was the envy of Europe and America, there was a vibrant free press and intellectual life. But a fatal flaw was left uncorrected: Russia's exuberant experimental moment took place atop a rotten foundation. The old imperial order, in place for three hundred years, still held the nation in thrall. Its princes, archdukes, and generals bled the country dry during the First World War and by 1917 the only consensus was that the Empire must die. Mikhail Zygar's dazzling, in-the-moment retelling of the two decades that prefigured the death of the Tsar, his family, and the entire imperial edifice is a captivating drama of what might have been versus what was subsequently seen as inevitable. A monumental piece of political theater that only Russia was capable of enacting, the fall of the Russian Empire changed the course of the twentieth century and eerily anticipated the mood of the twenty-first.

The expanding blaze : how the American Revolution ignited the world, 1775-1848

January 10, 2018
Israel, Jonathan I. (Jonathan Irvine), 1946- author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017]
x, 755 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: The American Revolution and the origins of democratic modernity -- First rumblings -- A republican revolution -- Revolutionary constitutionalism and the Federal Union (1776-90) -- Schooling republicans -- Benjamin Franklin: "American icon"? -- Black emancipation: confronting slavery in the new republic -- Expropriating the Native Americans -- Whites dispossessed -- Canada: an ideological conflict -- John Adams's "American revolution" -- Jefferson's French revolution -- A tragic case: the Irish Revolution (1775-98) -- America's "conservative turn": the emerging "party system" in the 1790s -- America and the Haitian revolution -- Louisiana and the Principles of '76 -- A revolutionary era: Napoleon, Spain, and the Americas (1808-15) -- Reaction, radicalism, and Américanisme under "the Restoration" (1814-30) -- The Greek revolution (1770-1830) -- The Freedom-fighters of the 1830s -- The revolutions of 1848: Democratic Republicanism versus Socialism -- American reaction (1848-52) -- Conclusion: "Exceptionalism," populism, and the radical Enlightenment's demise.
"A major intellectual history of the American Revolution and its influence on later revolutions in Europe and the Americas, the Expanding Blaze is a sweeping history of how the American Revolution inspired revolutions throughout Europe and the Atlantic world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Jonathan Israel, one of the world's leading historians of the Enlightenment, shows how the radical ideas of American founders such as Paine, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and Monroe set the pattern for democratic revolutions, movements, and constitutions in France, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Greece, Canada, Haiti, Brazil, and Spanish America. The Expanding Blaze reminds us that the American Revolution was an astonishingly radical event--and that it didn't end with the transformation and independence of America. Rather, the revolution continued to reverberate in Europe and the Americas for the next three-quarters of a century. This comprehensive history of the revolution's international influence traces how American efforts to implement Radical Enlightenment ideas--including the destruction of the old regime and the promotion of democratic republicanism, self-government, and liberty--helped drive revolutions abroad, as foreign leaders explicitly followed the American example and espoused American democratic values. The first major new intellectual history of the age of democratic revolution in decades, The Expanding Blaze returns the American Revolution to its global context."-- Provided by publisher.

Silent witness : the Civil War through photography and its photographers

January 10, 2018
Field, Ron, author.
Oxford, UK : Osprey Publishing, 2017.
328 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 25 cm
First published in Great Britain in 2017.
Opening shots, 1859-1861 -- Photography on the home front -- Photography in camp and barracks -- Photography at the front -- Photography in maps and documents -- The camera with the Navy -- Closing shots, 1865.

Step aside for royalty : treasured memories of the royal household

January 10, 2018
Parker, Eileen, author.
©1982
x, 256 pages ; 20 cm
The glitter and the gold -- Philip, Prince of Greece -- A royal wedding -- The Equerry's wife -- Prince Philip in my kitchen -- 'Phillip's funny friends' -- Off-duty duties -- Picnics at Balmoral -- Boogie woogie Riviera -- On tour in Canada -- Prince Philip wins his wings -- Prince Charles at the zoo -- Behind the scenes at the coronation -- Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend -- Prince Philip's mother -- On tour in Australia -- Exit by limelight.
"Step aside for royalty. Make way for the pride and pageantry. When it comes to the early years of Queen Elizabeth's reign only Eileen Parker could write a book like this. She was there. She was part of it. Eileen knew Prince Philip before his marriage. Later, her husband Mike Parker became the Prince's first private secretary and the 'Parkers of the Palace' became part of the furniture at court. Prince Philip even gave them his car. The events that tested the Parker's marriage to breaking point have been seen in fiction in the Netflix television series, The crown. Here's Eileen's story in her own words"--Back cover.

Dutch New York histories : connecting African, native American and slavery heritage = Geschiedenissen van Nederlands New York : verbonden met Afrikaans, inheems Amerikaans en slavernij-erfgoed

January 8, 2018
Volendam : LM Publishers, 2017.
vi, 170 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Did you know that the famous African American abolitionist Sojourner Truth was formerly enslaved and spoke Dutch until the age of ten? Or that the Dutch brought enslaved Africans to North America in the merchant ships of the West India Company? This eye-opening guide focuses on traces of the Dutch presence in New York city and state. Dutch rule in New Amsterdam and New Netherland (1609-1664) was short, but it has had a lasting cultural impact. Dutch colonists, entering the rich American lands, had friendly and violent encounters with Native Americans. They traded and partnered with them, but also fought against them. Enslaved Africans built and formed New York, in farms and households. The guide invites a visit to many surprising locations of Dutch New York's histories of trade, treason, resistance, violence, survival, profit, loss, religious zeal, old rituals and new cultural forms. Discover a new layer of information about New York State, that includes the Hudson River Valley and the five boroughs of New York City.

The saboteur : the aristocrat who became France's most daring anti-Nazi commando

January 8, 2018
Kix, Paul, author.
©2017
viii, 286 pages ; 24 cm
"A scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucald was raised in magnificent chateaux and educated in Europe's finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucald escaped to England and learned the dark arts of anarchy and combat--cracking safes and planting bombs and killing with his bare hands--from the officers of Special Operations Executive, the collection of British spies, beloved by Winston Churchill, who altered the war in Europe with tactics that earned it notoriety as the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare." With his newfound skills, La Rochefoucauld returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, interfered with Germans' war-time missions, and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucald withstood months of torture without cracking, and escaped his own death, not once but twice."-- Front jacket flap.

Cuba on the verge : 12 writers on continuity and change in Havana and across the country

January 8, 2018
New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
xi, 285 pages ; 22 cm
Miami: the coconut trail / by Carlos Manuel Álvarez -- Cuban capital: transition (to what?) in seven parts / by Iván de la Nuez -- The personal movie: tribulations of "The Good Demons" / by Vladimir Cruz -- Glamour and revolution / by Wendy Guerra -- Dreaming in Cuban: a chronicle in nine innings / by Leonard Padura -- The hunter: Ernesto the Jinetero / by Abraham Jiménez Enoa -- Even though he's dead / by Patricio Fernández -- Mi amigo Manuel / by Patricia Engel -- The other shore / by Jon Lee Anderson -- Secret Cuba / by Mauricio Vincent -- Tropicana redux / by Francisco Goldman -- Sodom's bookstore / by Rubén Gallo.
"As the US and Cuba move toward the normalization of diplomatic relations after an epic fifty-six-year standoff, we find ourselves face-to-face with one of the few places in the world that has been off limits to most Americans. Standing on both sides of the divide, twelve of our most celebrated writers investigate this period of momentous transition in Cuba on the Verge. These essays span the spectrum, from Carlos Manuel ?lvarez?s story of being among the last generation of Cubans to be raised under Fidel Castro to Patricia Engel?s look at how Cuba?s capital has changed through her years of riding across it with her taxi driver friend; from The New Yorker?s Jon Lee Anderson (who traveled with President Obama on the first trip to Cuba by an American president since the twenties) on being a foreigner in Cuba during the Special Period to Francisco Goldman on the Tropicana, then and now, to Leonardo Padura on the religion that is Cuban baseball" -- adapted from jacket.

The Landmark Julius Caesar : the complete works : Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African War, and Spanish War : in one volume, with maps, annotations, appendices, and encyclopedic index

January 8, 2018
New York : Pantheon Books, [2017]
xci, 793 pages : illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm.
Caesar's texts translated from the Latin.
"The Landmark Julius Caesar is the definitive edition of the complete works of Julius Caesar, offering an unprecedented view into the life and career of one of the greatest statesmen and military commanders in the ancient world. Between 58 and 50 B.C., Caesar led his army to twice invade Britain and conquer most of the land that is now France, Belgium, and Switzerland. The Gallic War, Caesar's firsthand account of his campaigns, offers a record of his travels and insights into military strategy. It also served another purpose: to present the Roman public with a portrait of Caesar as a compelling, effective leader, which would be a key part of his public image as he fought off his rivals for control of the empire. The Civil War is Caesar's subsequent chronicle of his struggle to rule, from his crossing of the Rubicon in 49 B.C. through the death of his chief rival, Pompey, and the ongoing efforts of Pompey's heirs and followers to remove Caesar from power. Accompanying Caesar's commentaries are three essential additional works, The Alexandrian War, The African War, and The Spanish War, which together provide a comprehensive picture of the far-reaching military conquests that would concentrate unparalleled power and influence in the hands of the Roman dictator. With elegant new translations by Kurt A. Raaflaub, this volume includes detailed annotations, appendices, color maps, and illustrations to place the narratives in their historical and political context. Lively, accessible, and assembled with rigorous scholarship, The Landmark Julius Caesar is an indispensable resource for history buffs and fans of the classics"-- Provided by publisher.

Saga of Chief Joseph

January 8, 2018
Howard, Helen Addison, author.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2017]
xxv, 380 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Originally published: War Chief Joseph. Caldwell, Idaho : Caxton Printers, 1941.
Prologue -- Early history -- The Valley of Winding Waters -- The coming of the missionaries -- Thunder-rolling-in-the-mountains -- Treaty history -- The council smoke of 1855 -- War in the Columbia Basin -- 1856-58 -- The Treaty of 1863 -- The Tah-mah-ne-wes beckons -- The earth-mother drinks blood -- The Council at Fort Lapwai -- 1877 -- Chief white bird's murders -- The military campaign of 1877 -- The settlers prepare for war -- The Battle of White Bird Canyon -- The skirmish at Cottonwood -- The Battle of the Clearwater -- The march over the Lolo Trail -- The affair at "Fort Fizzle" -- The Battle of the Big Hole -- The Camas Meadows Raid -- The attack on the Cowan and Weikert parties -- The Battle of Canyon Creek -- The Skirmish at Cow Island -- Battle of the Bearpaw Mountains -- Joseph's surrender -- Later history -- Prisoners of war -- "Somebody has got our horses" -- Return from exile -- The trail to the setting sun -- Appendix 1: Genealogy chart -- Appendix 2: Sidelights.
"In "Saga of Chief Joseph," Helen Addison Howard has written the definitive biography of the great Nez Perce chief, a diplomat among warriors. In times of war and peace, Chief Joseph exhibited gifts of the first rank as a leader for peace and tribal liberty. Following his people's internment in Indian Territory in 1877, Chief Joseph secured their release in 1885 and led them back to their home country. Fiercely principled, he never abandoned his quest to have his country, the Wallowa Valley, returned to its rightful owners. The struggle of the Nez Perces for the freedom they considered paramount in life constitutes one of the most dramatic episodes in Indian history. This completely revised edition of the author's 1941 version (titled War Chief Joseph) presents in exciting detail the full story of Chief Joseph, with a reevaluation of the five bands engaged in the Nez Perce War, told from the Indian, the white military, and the settler points of view. Especially valuable is the reappraisal, based on significant new material from Indian sources, of Joseph as a war leader. The new introduction by Nicole Tonkovich explores the continuing relevance of Chief Joseph and the lasting significance of Howard's work during the era of Angie Debo, Alice Marriott, and Muriel H. Wright."--Provided by publisher.

The last 100 days : FDR at war and at peace

January 8, 2018
Woolner, David B., 1955- author.
©2017
xiv, 349 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
The last Christmas -- An uncertain new year -- Atlantic sojourn -- Interlude at Malta -- On to the Crimea -- Sunrise over Yalta -- Coming to grips with "the German problem" -- The Polish quandary -- The birth of the United Nations -- The final turn -- The last mission -- Failure at Bitter Lake -- Going home -- The Last address -- March days -- The Architect -- Hudson requiem -- Easter in Warm Springs -- Off the record -- The last day -- Looking beyond victory.
"The first hundred days of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency are justly famous, a period of political action without equal in American history and still the standard by which we judge our presidents. Yet, in this remarkably intimate portrait of a president nearing the end, Roosevelt scholar David B. Woolmer contends that the last hundred days might very well rival them in drama and consequence. Woolner takes us from the final Christmas in Hyde Park, New York, where FDR received dispiriting reports from the Battle of the Bulge, to his unexpected death in Warm Springs, Georgia, on April 12, 1945, when the war in Europe was all but over. Though suffering from numerous ailments, some diagnosed, others not, FDR traveled halfway around the globe and back again, presiding over pivotal summits-- including with Stalin and Churchill at Yalta-- whose legacy are still felt across the world. Throughout, FDR called on every ounce of his diminishing energy in his attempts to establish a congress of nations, reinvigorate the New Deal, and bring an end to American isolationism. As Woolner argues, better than any of his aides or foreign counterparts, FDR understood the crucial role of the United States in shaping the peace to come, to the point that he contemplated resigning his office to become the first secretary-general of the United Nations. The Last 100 Days ultimately forces us to reckon with Roosevelt's conviction that the world's problems are America's problems, and to ask ourselves if, in the face of the challenges confronting us today, we will exhibit the same courage to live up to our responsibilities."--Dust jacket flaps.

The awakening of HK Derryberry : my unlikely friendship with the boy who remembers everything

January 8, 2018
Bradford, James L., 1943- author.
Nashville : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2016]
viii, 216 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: An aimless existence -- A twenty-five-cent cup of coffee -- The pint-sized pickpocket -- Groundhog Day -- "I'll never forget you for the rest of my life" -- Precious Pearl and the family tree -- Quittin' time -- Life-giving decision -- Miracle baby -- Sunday's child -- Reality sets in -- Borrowing my eyes -- School challenges -- Brenda's surprise -- No tree, no lights, no Santa -- "I just know dates" -- "Will you stay until I say my prayers?" -- "Don't worry; Mr Bradford is a good driver" -- Bluegrass and friends -- Cover story -- "You know, I'm famous" -- The world's best blind pilot -- Proud to be a Rotarian -- Divine intervention -- William returns -- Driving and riding blind -- Football rivalries -- The game jersey -- Dreaming big -- Sixteenth birthday -- Speaking to thousands -- The flood -- A gift of memory -- King of the prom -- "I think she would have loved me" -- Epilogue: New life awakening.
Eventually it becomes apparent that buried beneath HKs severe disabilities is one spectacular ability. He is diagnosed with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM), which involves superlative powers of recollection that enable him to remember everything that has happened to him since the age of three. Less than one hundred people have been diagnosed with HSAM, but none of them have the physical disabilities of HK Derryberry.

Fire and fury : inside the Trump White House

January 8, 2018
Wolff, Michael, 1953- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
xiii, 321 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Election day -- Trump Tower -- Day one -- Bannon -- Jarvanka -- At home -- Russia -- Org chart -- CPAC -- Goldman -- Wiretap -- Repeal and replace -- Bannon agonistes -- Situation room -- Media -- Comey -- Abroad and at home -- Bannon redux -- Mika who? -- McMaster and Scaramucci -- Bannon and Scaramucci -- General Kelly -- Epilogue: Bannon and Trump.
Thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff tells the story of the stormy first nine months of Donald Trump's term as President. Among the revelations: What President Trump's staff really thinks of him -- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama -- Why FBI director James Comey was really fired -- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room -- Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing -- What the secret to communicating with Trump is -- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers.

Souls against the concrete

January 5, 2018
Allah, Khalik, author.
©2017
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 x 32 cm
Khalik Allah is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker whose work has been described as "street opera," simultaneously penetrative, hauntingly beautiful, and visceral. His photography has been acclaimed by the New York Times, TIME Light Box, the New Yorker, the Guardian, the Village Voice, the BBC, and the Boston Globe. Since 2012, Allah has been photographing people who frequent the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem. Shooting film at night with only the light pouring from storefront windows, street lights, cars, and flashing ambulances, he captures raw and intimate portraits of "souls against the concrete." This volume presents a gallery of 105 portraits created with a Nikon F2 35mm camera and a photography predicated on reality. Inviting viewers to look deeply into the faces of people living amid poverty, drug addiction, and police brutality, but also leading everyday lives, Allah seeks to dispel fears, capture human dignity, and bring clarity to a world that outsiders rarely visit. This nuanced portrayal of nocturnal urban life offers a powerful and rare glimpse into the enduring spirit of a slowly gentrifying Harlem street corner and the great legacies of black history that live there.

Caesar's footprints : a cultural excursion to ancient France : journeys through Roman Gaul

January 5, 2018
Omrani, Bijan, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
xiii, 386 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Gaul before Caesar -- Caesar's command -- The taming of Gaul -- Tales of the imagination -- When in France -- High life and city chic -- Country life -- The dignity of labour -- In their own words -- Blood of the martyrs -- Epilogue: From an empire to a dream.
"Julius Caesar's conquests in Gaul were bloody and transformative. On the pretext of curbing an imminent barbarian threat to the Roman Republic, Caesar first defeated and decimated the Helvetii tribe, before subjugating the other Celtic peoples who occupied the territory of what is now modern France. In the wake of this conquest the Romans left behind a legacy of language, literature, law, religion, and architecture. From Marseille and Mulhouse to Orléans and Autun, Bijan Omrani journeys across Gaul in the footsteps of its Roman conquerors. From the amphitheatres of Arles and Nîmes to the battlefield of Châlonsz--where Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun--this exciting and authoritative voice in Roman history explores archaeological sites, artifacts, and landscapes to reveal how the imprint of Roman culture shaped Celtic France. Caesar laid Gallic civilization to waste, but during the tumult the Gauls exchanged their tribal quarrels for the paraphernalia of civilized urban life. This dramatic historical narrative tells the incredible story of Caesar's Gallic Wars and traces the indelible imprint on modern Europe of the Gallo-Roman civilization that emerged as a result."

Cause & effect : the ancient Maya

January 4, 2018
Currie, Stephen, 1960- author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, 2017.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Who were the ancient Mayans? -- How did geography help shape Mayan civilization? -- How did religion affect Mayan arts and science? -- How did trade help bring Mayan society together? -- How did environmental issues contribute to the collapse of Mayan society?
The ancient Maya were a remarkable Central American people who developed a rich civilization with particular focuses on art, astronomy, and architecture. Through thoughtful narrative supported by fully documented quotes this title begins with A Brief History of the Ancient Maya and then examines these questions: How Did Geography Help Shape Maya Civilization? How Did Religion Affect Maya Art and Science? How Did Trade Unify Maya Culture? and How Did Environmental Problems Contribute to the Collapse of Maya Society?

Cause & effect : Ancient Rome

January 4, 2018
Nardo, Don, 1947- author.
San Diego, CA : ReferencePoint Press, 2018.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
A brief history of ancient Rome -- How did dissatisfaction with the monarchy give rise to the Roman republic? -- How did internal conflict destroy the republic and give birth to an empire? -- How did a persecuted faith become the official religion of Rome? -- How did external threats and internal decline cause western Rome's demise?
The ancient Romans created an empire that covered most of Europe and their language, laws, and religion helped to shape the medieval and modern European civilizations that followed Rome s fall. Through thoughtful narrative supported by fully documented quotes this title begins with A Brief History of Ancient Rome and then examines these questions: How Did Dissatisfaction with the Monarchy Give Rise to the Roman Republic? How Did Internal Conflict Destroy the Republic and Give Birth to an Empire? How Did a Persecuted Faith Become the Official Religion of Rome? How Did External Threats and Internal Decline Cause Western Rome s Demise?

Friends divided : John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

January 3, 2018
Wood, Gordon S., author.
©2017
502 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue : The eulogies -- Contrasts -- Careers, wives, and other women -- The imperial crisis -- Independence -- Missions abroad -- Constitutions -- The French Revolution -- Federalists and Republicans -- The President vs. the Vice President -- The Jeffersonian Revolution of 1800 -- Reconciliation -- The great reversal -- The national jubilee.
"Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy's champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave owner, while Adams, the overachiever from New England's rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government. They worked closely in the crucible of revolution, crafting the Declaration of Independence and leading, with Franklin, the diplomatic effort that brought France into the fight. But ultimately, their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and writ large in the nation, as they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties. It was a bitter breach, lasting through the presidential administrations of both men, and beyond. But late in life, something remarkable happened: these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and a friendship was rekindled, over the course of hundreds of letters. In their final years they were the last surviving founding fathers and cherished their role in this mighty young republic as it approached the half century mark in 1826. ... Arguably no relationship in this country's history carries as much freight as that of John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Gordon Wood has more than done justice to these entwined lives and their meaning; he has written a magnificent new addition to America's collective story."--Dust jacket.

1917 : Lenin, Wilson, and the birth of the new world disorder

January 2, 2018
Herman, Arthur, 1956- author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
xii, 480 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: A world on fire -- The German note -- Russia and America confront a world war -- Tommy and Volodya -- Neutrality at bay -- Break point -- President Wilson goes to war, Lenin goes to the Finland Station -- Ruptures, mutinies, and convoys -- Mr. Wilson's war -- Summer of discontent -- American leviathan -- Russia on the brink -- Hinge of fates -- 1918: war and peace and war again -- 1919: grand illusions -- Last act.
Chronicles the intertwined stories of Woodrow Wilson and Vladimir Lenin, revealing how their crucial decisions changed world politics and spread disruptive ideologies that continue to influence the modern world. --Publisher.

The despot's apprentice : Donald Trump's attack on democracy

January 2, 2018
Klaas, Brian P. (Brian Paul), 1986- author.
New York, NY : Hot Books, [2017]
xi, 324 pages ; 20 cm
Doublethink -- Fake news! -- Lock her up! -- From Russia with love -- How to rig an election -- Divide and rule -- Flood the swamp -- The deep state -- Take your kids to work day -- The despot's cheerleader -- The ghost of depotism yet to come.
An ex-US campaign advisor who has sat with the world's dictators explains Donald Trump's increasingly authoritarian tactics and the threat they pose to American democracy. -- Amazon.com

The Mafia's president : Nixon and the mob

December 28, 2017
Fulsom, Don, author.
©2017
xxii, 280 pages ; 22 cm
The mob in the age of Nixon -- The Nixon-Mafia relationship -- Dick and Bebe -- Mobsters in Cuba -- Nixon's Mafia web -- Hoffa and clemency -- The most violent man in the Oval Office -- The JFK Assassination and the Warren Commission -- Nixon and Ford -- Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover -- Nixon, Sparky, and Ozzie -- Did Oswald know Ruby? -- Mob assassination connections -- The Watergate-assassination connection -- The Bay of Pigs Invasion -- Blackmailing the CIA chief -- Conclusion.
Describes President Nixon's association, through a political advisor and lawyer, with individuals in the Mafia, including Mickey Cohen, Meyer Lansky, Jimmy Hoffa, and Carlos Marcello and details the favors he exchanged with them to advance his own career.

The West Point history of the American Revolution : The United States Military Academy

December 27, 2017
©2017
xiv, 297 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm.
Warfare in colonial North America: paths to revolution / Samuel J. Watson -- The origins of the American Revolution and the opening moves / Edward G. Lengel -- From defeat to victory in the north: 1777-1778 / Edward G. Lengel -- The war in Georgia and the Carolinas / Stephen Conway -- Yorktown, the peace, and why the British failed / Stephen Conway -- To the Constitution and beyond: creating a national state / Samuel J. Watson.

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