New Arrivals · History

June 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Going to the mountain : life lessons from my grandfather, Nelson Mandela

June 22, 2018
Mandela, Ndaba, author.
xv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Idolophu egqibeleleyo iyakusoloko imgama : "The perfect city is always along way off" -- Umthi omde ufunyanwa yimimoya enzima : "The tall tree catches the hard wind" -- Umntana ngowoluntu : "No child belongs to one house" -- Kuhlangene isanga nenkohla : "The wonderful and the impossible sometimes collide" -- Uzawubona uba umoya ubheka ngaphi : "Listen to the direction of the wind" -- Ulwazi alukhulelwa : "One does not become great by claiming greatness" -- Isikhuni sibuya nomkhwezeli : "A brand burns him who stirs it up" -- Intyatyambo engayi kufa ayibonakali : "The flower that never dies is invisible" -- Ukwaluka : "Going to the Mountain" -- Indlu enkulu ifuna : "A great house needs a strong broom" -- Akukho rhamncwa elingagqumiyo emngxumeni walo : "There is no beast that does not roar in its own den."
"An intimate look at one of the greatest leaders the world has ever known ... through the eyes of a child whose life he changed forever. To the rest of the world, Nelson Mandela was a giant: an anti-apartheid revolutionary, a world-renowned humanitarian, and South Africa's first black president. To Ndaba Mandela, he was simply 'Granddad.' In Going to the Mountain, Ndaba tells how he came to live with Mandela shortly after he turned eleven--having met each other only once, years before, when Mandela was imprisoned at Victor Verster Prison--and how the two of them slowly, cautiously built a relationship that would affect both their lives in extraordinary ways. It wasn't an easy transition. Mandela had high expectations for those around him, especially his family, and Ndaba chafed at the strict rules and exacting guidelines in his grandfather's home. But at the same time--through overheard calls from foreign dignitaries as well as the Xhosa folk wisdom that his grandfather shared with him at every opportunity--Ndaba was learning how to be a man. On a scale both personal and epic, Ndaba's extraordinary journey mirrors that of South Africa's coming of age--from the segregated Soweto ghettos into which he was born to the privileged life in which he grew up and the turbulent yet exciting times in which he carries on his grandfather's legacy. Going to the Mountain is, in the end, a story about unlocking the power within each of us. It's a cautionary tale about how a child's life can go one way or the other, depending upon the intervention of a caring soul--and about the awesome power of love to serve as a catalyst for change."--Dust jacket.

Empress : the astonishing reign of Nur Jahan

June 22, 2018
Lal, Ruby, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.
xiii, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Note on transliteration and terminology -- Dramatis personae -- Queen of queens, an introduction -- Miracle girl -- Al-hind -- The cupolas of chastity and the perfect man -- The wak-wak tree -- The mirror of happiness -- Grave matters -- A key for closed doors -- Ascent -- Wonder of the age -- Veils of light -- The light-scattering garden -- Fitna -- The rescue -- Angel of death -- Beyond 1627, an epilogue.

Europa : how Europe shaped the modern world / Julio Crespo MacLennan.

June 22, 2018
Crespo MacLennan, Julio, 1970- author.
xviii, 477 pages ; 24 cm
Europa from myth to reality: how Renaissance Europe gave birth to an expanding civilization -- As far as it is possible for a man to go: how geographic discoveries laid the foundations of European hegemony -- The world is not enough: the rise of the Great European Empire -- Revolution versus empire: the impact of the era of revolutions on European empires and the western world -- Eastern dreams of grandeur: how China, India, and the rest of Asia were shaped by European expansion -- In search of a better world: how European culture and values were propagated by the great migratory waves -- The power and the glory: the golden era of European hegemony -- The first and last great frontier of civilization: the scramble for Africa on behalf of civilization, Christianity, and imperial interests -- The wars that shook the world: how the two world wars precipitated a new post-European era -- Goodbye to all that: the global influence of European intellectual migration and exile -- Experiences with the truth: how the legacy of imperial Europe shaped the postcolonial world -- The European dream: how Europe transformed itself into a union that exerts universal attraction -- Conclusion: The pillars of a global civilization.
European history is deeply embedded in the global civilization that has emerged in the 21st century. More than two thirds of today's nations were once European colonies or protectorates. Europe's legacy is evident in the trajectory of the United States and has influenced aspiring hegemonic powers like China. For centuries, Europe was the heart and soul of the West, and European powers enjoyed unprecedented global hegemony, not only by military and economic means, but also through their influence on politics and culture.

Northland : a 4,000-mile journey along America's forgotten border

June 22, 2018
Fox, Porter, author.
xviii, 247 pages : maps ; 24 cm
The dawnland -- The sweet-water seas -- Boundary waters -- Fires -- The medicine line.
"America's northern border is the world's longest international boundary, yet it remains obscure even to Americans. The northern border was America's primary border for centuries--much of the early history of the United States took place there--and to the tens of millions who live and work near the line, the region even has its own name: the northland. Travel writer Porter Fox spent three years exploring 4,000 miles of the border between Maine and Washington, traveling by canoe, freighter, car, and foot. In Northland, he blends a deeply reported and beautifully written story of the region's history with a riveting account of his travels. Setting out from the easternmost point in the mainland United States, Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain's adventures across the Northeast; recounts the rise and fall of the timber, iron, and rail industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; tracks America's fur traders through the Boundary Waters; and traces the forty-ninth parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean. Fox, who grew up the son of a boat-builder in Maine's northland, packs his narrative with colorful characters (Captain Meriwether Lewis, railroad tycoon James J. Hill, Chief Red Cloud of the Lakota Sioux) and extraordinary landscapes (Glacier National Park, the Northwest Angle, Washington's North Cascades). He weaves in his encounters with residents, border guards, Indian activists, and militia leaders to give a dynamic portrait of the northland today, wracked by climate change, water wars, oil booms, and concerns over border security."--Dust jacket.

Terracotta army : legacy of the first emperor of China

June 22, 2018
Li, Jian, 1956- author.
Richmond, VA : Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, [2017]
xvii, 114 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 32 cm
Directors' forewords / Zhao Rong, Alex Nyerges, Cameron Kitchin -- Exhibition lenders -- Qin chronology -- Map of warring states period -- Introduction / Li Jian -- Entries / Li Jian, Hou-mei Sung, and William Neer -- The First Emperor and unification of China -- Birth of the Qin Empire -- Quest for immortality -- Plan of the First Emperor's mausoleum complex -- Recent archaeology and new thoughts about Qin Shihuang's mausoleum complex / Zhang Weixing -- Hierarchy of Qin imperial government -- Map of Qin Dynasty -- Qin rulers -- Biographies of historical figures.
"This catalog accompanies the exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China, organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts"-- Provided by publisher.

The last crusade : Spain: 1936

June 21, 2018
Carroll, Warren Hasty.
Front Royal, Va. : Christendom Press, ©1996.
232 pages : map ; 22 cm

Lost Dayton Ohio

June 20, 2018
Walsh, Andrew J. (Andrew Joseph), 1987-
189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Neighborhoods. Bomberger Park (The Haymarket, St. Anne's Hill) -- Baker's Hardware Building (The Oregon District) -- Classic Theater, Palace Theater (West Fifth Street) -- Kossuth Colony (Old North Dayton) -- Industry. National Cash Register -- Delco -- Wright Company Factory -- Huffman Prairie Flying Field -- Dayton Motor Car Company Historic District -- Retail. Dayton Arcade -- Rike's Department Store -- Early Skyscrapers. Callahan Building -- Reibold Building -- United Brethren Building -- Recreation/Education. Lakeside Park -- Triangle Park (Dayton Triangles) -- Public Library -- Steele High School -- Roosevelt High School -- Downtown, the heart of the city. Auditorium/State Theater -- Robert Boulevard -- Union Station -- Lowe Brothers Paint Store (Fire Blocks) -- Central Market House -- Post Office.
Explores Dayton's retail, industrial, entertainment, and residential sites and how they have changed over time.

Lost Northern Kentucky

June 20, 2018
Schrage, Robert.
Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2018.
128 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Northern Kentucky has a unique location as the gateway between the North and the South. Many of its historic businesses, religious structures, homes and buildings were lost to time. Just after the Civil War, Daniel Henry Holmes purchased a large Victorian-Gothic house he named Holmesdale, better known as Holmes Castle. By the 1890s, the Latonia Racetrack had two hundred stables to accommodate horses and space for one hundred bookmakers. The Motordrome at the Ludlow Lagoon Amusement Park had seating for eight thousand people. Authors Robert Schrage and David Schroeder detail the fascinating history of Northern Kentucky's lost treasures." -- Page 4 of cover.

Neuues from America or, a new and experimentall discoverie of New England, containing, a true relation of their war-like proceeding these two yeares last past, with a figure of the Indian fort, or palizado

June 19, 2018
Underhill, John, Captaine.
[United States] : Underhill Society of America, 2017.
44 pages : facsimiles ; 22 cm
A 2017 reproduction of a 1902 reproduction of a 1638 original pamphlet published in London by Peter Cole.

The bone and sinew of the land : America's forgotten black pioneers & the struggle for equality

June 18, 2018
Cox, Anna-Lisa, author.
xviii, 280 pages : map ; 25 cm
"Life, liberty" -- Interlude: "We hold these truths to be self-evident" -- "The pursuit of happiness" -- "And secure the blessings of liberty." -- "To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." -- "Burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people" -- "The right of the people to peaceably assemble." -- "For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments" -- "A history of repeated injuries and usurpations." -- Conclusion: "All men are created equal".
"The American frontier is one of our most cherished and enduring national images. We think of the early settlers who tamed the wilderness and built the bones of our great country as courageous, independent--and white. In this groundbreaking work of deep historical research, Anna-Lisa Cox shows that this history simply isn't accurate. In fact, she has found a stunning number of black settlements on the frontier--in the thousands. Though forgotten today, these homesteads were a matter of national importance at the time; their mere existence challenged rationalizations for slavery and pushed the question toward a crisis--one that was not resolved until the eruption of the Civil War. Blending meticulous detail with lively storytelling, Cox brings historical recognition to the brave people who managed not just to secure their freedom but begin a battle that is still going on today--a battle for equality."--Provided by publisher.

Born Trump : inside America's first family

June 18, 2018
Fox, Emily Jane, author.
339 pages ; 24 cm
Inauguration -- Campaign/transition -- Election day -- Born/married/divorced/married/divorced/married/raised Trump -- Meet the mini-Voltrons -- Ivanka--Voltron number one: the media mastermind -- "Bashert" -- You are who you marry -- Don Jr.--Voltron number two: the attack dog -- Eric--Voltron number three: the builder -- Tiffany--the Voltron from another universe.
"A deeply reported, and richly detailed look at President Trump's five children, exploring their lives, roles in the campaign and administration, and the relationships to their father and each other. Full of surprising insights and previously untold stories, Born Trump will quench the ever increasing desire for a greater understanding of who these people are, how they were raised, and what makes them tick." -- Publisher's annotation.

The bonanza king : John Mackay and the battle over the greatest riches in the American West

June 18, 2018
Crouch, Gregory, 1966- author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
ix, 466 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Traces the rags-to-riches frontier story of Irish immigrant John Mackay, describing how in mid-nineteenth-century Nevada he outmaneuvered the pernicious "Bank Ring" monopoly and thousands of rivals to take control of the history-making Comstock Lode.

Rough beauty : forty seasons of mountain living

June 15, 2018
Auvinen, Karen, author.
x, 303 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: The hard prayer -- Part I. Marlboro woman -- Good girl -- Saying no -- Marlboro woman -- Part II. Refuge -- Summer into fall -- Winter -- Spring -- Summer -- Part III. Home of the somewhat feral -- Controlled burn -- Home of the somewhat feral -- Fuck T.S. Eliot -- The book of mornings -- Part IV. A season of voluptuousness -- Loving Elvis -- Yajna: fire ceremony -- A season of voluptuousness -- Epilogue: The fox who came to dinner.
A memoir by an award-winning poet describes her retreats to a primitive mountain cabin to write in solitude and find answers to life's big questions, describing how a fire forced her to reconcile her conflicting needs for isolation and community.

Yes we (still) can : politics in the age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump

June 15, 2018
Pfeiffer, Dan, author.
xvii, 284 pages ; 24 cm
Started from the bottom -- How not to lose a campaign -- Telling the country and other tales of presidential communications -- Something pants-splittingly funny -- The new media wasteland -- Fighting fake news -- My beautiful, dark, twisted (White House) fantasy -- Fox (and friends) is destroying America -- The Republicans go off the deep end -- Tweeting while Rome burns -- From 1600 Penn to Keepin' it 1600 -- Advice you can believe in -- The 2016 campaign clusterfuck -- Thanks,Obama (seriously)
The former White House director of communications explores how politics, the media, and the Internet changed during the Obama administration and how Democrats can fight back in the Trump era.

Five for freedom : the African American soldiers in John Brown's army

June 14, 2018
Meyer, Eugene L., author.
Chicago, Illinois : Lawrence Hill Books, [2018]
xxi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Beginnings -- One bright hopem -- The Oberlin connection -- North to Canada -- The road to Harpers Ferry -- The raid -- Trial and punishment -- Remains of the day -- The aftermath -- Hapless Haywood Shepherd -- To preserve this sacred shrine -- Commemorations.
"A close examination of the five African American soldiers in John Brown's army and the raid on Harpers Ferry"-- Provided by publisher.

Homelands : four friends, two countries, and the fate of the great Mexican-American migration

June 14, 2018
Corchado, Alfredo, author.
x, 293 pages ; 25 cm
When Alfredo Corchado moved to Philadelphia in 1987, he felt as if he was the only Mexican in the city. But in a restaurant called Tequilas, he connected with two other Mexican men and one Mexican American, all feeling similarly isolated. Over the next three decades, the four friends continued to meet, coming together over their shared Mexican roots and their love of tequila. One was a radical activist, another a restaurant/tequila entrepreneur, the third a lawyer/politician. Alfredo himself was a young reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Homelands merges the political and the personal, telling the story of the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends at a time when the Mexican population in the United States swelled from 700,000 people during the 1970s to more than 35 million people today.

God, war, and providence : the epic struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians against the Puritans of New England

June 13, 2018
Warren, James A., author.
New York : Scribner, 2018.
xiii, 287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"The tragic and fascinating history of the first epic struggle between white settlers and Native Americans in the early seventeenth century: a fresh look at the aggressive expansionist Puritans in New England and the determined Narragansett Indians, who refused to back down and accept English authority over people and their land."--Amazon.

Maryland regulars in the War of 1812

June 12, 2018
Johnson, Eric E. (Eric Eugene), 1949- author.
Berwyn Heights, Md. : Heritage Books, 2018.
xii, 428 pages ; 23 cm
"Copyright ©2018 War of 1812 Society in the State of Maryland"--Verso title page.
The regimental histories. 5th Regiment of U.S. Infantry ; 12th Regiment of U.S. Infantry ; 14th Regiment of U.S. Infantry ;36th Regiment of U.S. Infantry ; 38th Regiment of U.S. Infantry ; U.S. Sea Fencibles ; U.S. Volunteers ; 2nd Regiment of U.S. Artillery ; 5th Military District -- The Roster -- The Bibliography.
"The purpose of this book is to identify Maryland residents who served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812 and not to create a detailed service record for each individual man ... Overall, this book should be used to identify soldiers and to point out what records are available for each individual ... There are a total of 5,452 men listed in this book. Twenty-seven men have been identified as being African-Americans; 545 men became prisoners of war; and, 541 men died during the war either in battle, from wounds, from diseases, or from injuries."--Adapted from back cover.

Lincoln's last trial : the murder case that propelled him to the presidency

June 12, 2018
Abrams, Dan, 1966- author.
287 pages, 26 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The true story of Abraham Lincoln's last murder trial, a case in which he had a deep personal involvement--and which played out in the nation's newspapers as he began his presidential campaign. Lincoln's Last Trial captures the presidential hopeful's dramatic courtroom confrontations in vivid detail as he fights for his client--but also for his own blossoming political future. It is a moment in history that shines a light on our legal system, as in this case Lincoln fought a legal battle that remains incredibly relevant today. --Provided by publisher.

Harvey Milk : his lives and death

June 12, 2018
Faderman, Lillian, author.
viii, 283 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Harvey Milk--eloquent, charismatic, and a smart-aleck--was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had not even served a full year in office when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk's assassination at the age of forty-eight made him the most famous gay man in modern history; twenty years later Time magazine included him on its list of the hundred most influential individuals of the twentieth century. Before finding his calling as a politician, however, Harvey variously tried being a schoolteacher, a securities analyst on Wall Street, a supporter of Barry Goldwater, a Broadway theater assistant, a bead-wearing hippie, the operator of a camera store and organizer of the local business community in San Francisco. He rejected Judaism as a religion, but he was deeply influenced by the cultural values of his Jewish upbringing and his understanding of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. His early influences and his many personal and professional experiences finally came together when he decided to run for elective office as the forceful champion of gays, racial minorities, women, working people, the disabled, and senior citizens. In his last five years, he focused all of his tremendous energy on becoming a successful public figure with a distinct political voice.

The long walk : a story of war and the life that follows

June 12, 2018
Castner, Brian, author.
222 pages ; 21 cm

The secret token : myth, obsession, and the search for the lost colony of Roanoke

June 8, 2018
Lawler, Andrew, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2018]
xx, 426 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Part one: The planting. Some delicate garden ; All signs of joy ; Firing invisible bullets ; Small things flourish by concord -- Part two: The search. A whole country of English ; Child of science and slow time ; A four-hundred-year-old cover-up ; Pot of brass ; Rejoicing in things stark naughty ; We dare anything ; Heap plenty wampum -- Part three: The revelation. Who's afraid of Virginia Dare? ; Swamp saints and renegades ; Return to Roanoke ; An old buck Christmas -- Coda : a brave kingdom.
"A sweeping account of America's oldest unsolved mystery, the people racing to unearth its answer, and the sobering truths--about race, gender, and immigration--exposed by the Lost Colony of Roanoke. In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina. Chartered by Queen Elizabeth I, their colony was to establish England's first foothold in the New World. But when the colony's leader, John White, returned to Roanoke from a resupply mission, his settlers were nowhere to be found. They left behind only a single clue--a "secret token" carved into a tree. Neither White nor any other European laid eyes on the colonists again. What happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? For four hundred years, that question has consumed historians and amateur sleuths, leading only to dead ends and hoaxes. But after a chance encounter with a British archaeologist, journalist Andrew Lawler discovered that solid answers to the mystery were within reach. He set out to unravel the enigma of the lost settlers, accompanying competing researchers, each hoping to be the first to solve its riddle. In the course of his journey, Lawler encounters a host of characters obsessed with the colonists and their fate, and he determines why the Lost Colony continues to haunt our national consciousness. Thrilling and absorbing, The Secret Token offers a new understanding not just of the first English settlement in the New World but of how its disappearance continues to define--and divide--America."--Dust jacket.

Those wild Wyndhams : three sisters at the heart of power

June 8, 2018
Renton, Claudia, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
458 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"Worse than 100 boys" -- Wilbury -- "The little hunter" -- Honeymoon -- The gang -- Clouds -- The birth of the souls -- The summer of 1887 -- Mananai -- Conflagration -- The season of 1889 -- The mad and their keepers -- Crisis -- India -- Rumor -- Egypt -- The Florentine drama -- Glen -- The portrait, war and death -- Plucking triumph from disaster -- The 1900 election -- Growing families -- The souls in power -- Pamela at Wilsford -- Mr. Balfour's poodle -- 1910 -- Revolution? -- 1911-1914 -- MCMXIV -- The front -- The remainder -- The grey dawn -- The end.

Governor's register, state of Delaware.

June 8, 2018
Wilmington, Del. : Public Archives Commission of Delaware, 1926-
volumes ; 27 cm
V. 1 has subtitle: "Appointments and other transactions by Executives of the State from 1674 to 1851."
Includes index.
v. 1. --

Index to the Superior Court records of Sonoma County, California

June 7, 2018
Berwyn Heights, Md : Heritage Books, 2017-
<2> volumes : portraits ; 28 cm
Volume 1: 1880-1889 -- Volume 2: 1890-1899 --
In 2014, the Friends of Santa Rosa Libraries funded a project to convert the microfilm images of the existing Sonoma County Superior Court record indices to digital images. Volunteers from the Sonoma County Genealogical Society transcribed the records of the General Plaintiff Indices and the General Defendant Indices from these digital images to create the present volumes. Volunteers also abstracted information from the original Sonoma County Superior Court Registers of Actions and the Sonoma County Superior Court Criminal Actions, capturing each suit's cause (when noted), Register of Actions or Criminal Actions volume and page reference(s), and action date. Both civil and criminal cases are included.

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