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Heather Dune Macadam
Description: On March 25, 1942, nearly a thousand young, unmarried Jewish women boarded a train in Poprad, Slovakia. Filled with a sense of adventure and national pride, they left their parents' homes wearing their best clothes and confidently waving good-bye. Believing they were going to work in a factory for a few months, they were eager to report for government service. Instead, the young women--many of them teenagers--were sent to Auschwitz. Their government paid 500 Reich Marks (about $200) apiece for the Nazis to take them as slave labor. Of those 999 innocent deportees, only a few would survive. These were not resistance fighters or prisoners of war. There were no men among them. Sent to almost certain death, the young women were powerless and insignificant not only because they were Jewish--but also because they were female. Heather Dune Macadam reveals their stories to create an important addition to Holocaust literature and women's history.
Call Number: 940.5318 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Françoise Frenkel
Description: In 1921, Françoise Frenkel--a Jewish woman from Poland--opens her dream shop, La Maison du Livre, Berlin's first French bookshop, attracting artists and diplomats, celebrities and poets. The shop becomes a haven for intellectual exchange as Nazi ideology begins to poison the culturally rich city. In 1935, things change--new bureaucratic hurdles, followed by frequent police visits and book confiscations. Françoise's dream finally shatters on Kristallnacht in November 1938, as hundreds of Jewish shops and businesses are destroyed. La Maison du Livre is miraculously spared, but fear of persecution eventually forces Françoise on a desperate, lonely flight to Paris. When the city is bombed, she seeks refuge across southern France, witnessing countless horrors: children torn from their parents, mothers throwing themselves under buses. Secreted away from one safe house to the next, Françoise survives at the heroic hands of strangers risking their lives to protect her.
Call Number: 940.5318 Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Jeremy D. Popkin
Description: The principles of the French Revolution remain the only possible basis for a just society--even if, after more than two hundred years, they are more contested than ever before. Jeremy D. Popkin offers an account of the revolution that puts the reader in the thick of the debates and the violence that led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the establishment of a new society. We meet Mirabeau, Robespierre, and Danton; we witness the failed escape and execution of Louis XVI; we see women demanding equal rights and black slaves wresting freedom from revolutionaries who hesitated to act on their own principles; and we follow the rise of Napoleon out of the ashes of the Reign of Terror. --From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 944.04 Pop
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Robert Hutton
Description: The story of Eric Roberts, who infiltrated a network of Nazi sympathizers in Great Britain in order to protect the country from the grips of fascism. In June 1940, Europe has fallen to Adolf Hitler's army, and Britain is his next target. Churchill exhorts the country to resist the Nazis, but in secret, some British citizens are plotting to hasten an invasion. Eric Roberts, a seemingly inconsequential bank clerk who, in the guise of "Jack King", helped uncover and neutralize the invisible threat of fascism on British shores. Gifted with an ability to make people trust him, Roberts penetrated the Communist Party and the British Union of Fascists before becoming Hitler's man in London--for MI5. Pretending to be an agent of the Gestapo, Roberts single-handedly built a network of hundreds of British Nazi sympathizers--factory workers, office clerks, shopkeepers--who shared their secrets with him. Agent Jack shatters the comforting notion that Britain could never have succumbed to fascism and, consequently, that the world could never have fallen to Hitler. It is the story of one man who loved his country so much that he risked everything to stand against a rising tide of hate.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5486 Hut
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Owen Matthews
Description: The true story of Richard Sorge, whose actions turned the tide of the Second World War. Born of a German father and a Russian mother, he moved in a world of shifting alliances and infinite possibility. A member of the angry and deluded generation who found new, radical faiths after their experiences on the battlefields of the First World War, Sorge became a fanatical communist--and the Soviet Union's most formidable spy. Sorge was an effortless seducer, combining charm with ruthless manipulation. He did not have to go undercover to find out closely guarded state secrets--his victims willingly shared them. As a foreign correspondent, he infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including the Second World War. Here Sorge's story is told from the Russian side as well as the German and Japanese.
Call Number: 327.12 Mat
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Kerri Greenidge
Description: This long-overdue biography reestablishes William Monroe Trotter's place next to Douglass, Du Bois, and King in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes. William Monroe Trotter (1872- 1934) was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, he galvanized black working- class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post- Reconstruction America. For more than thirty years, Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Trotter advocated for a radical vision of black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Greenidge renders the drama of turn-of-the-century America and reclaims Trotter as a seminal figure, whose prophetic, yet tragic, life offers a link between the vision of Frederick Douglass and black radicalism in the modern era.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 323.092 Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Jonathan Rosenberg
Description: Jonathan Rosenberg explores the entanglement of classical music with American foreign relations. He goes back to a time when classical music stood at the center of American life, occupying a prominent place in the nation's culture and politics. The work of renowned conductors, instrumentalists, and singers--and the activities of orchestras and opera companies--were intertwined with momentous international events: two world wars, the rise of fascism, and the Cold War. He recovers the politics behind classical music, showing how German musicians were dismissed or imprisoned as the country's music was swept from American auditoriums during World War I--yet, twenty years later, those same compositions could inspire Americans in the fight against Nazism while Russian music was deployed to strengthen the U.S.-Soviet alliance. During the Cold War, Van Cliburn's triumph in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow became cause for America to celebrate.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 780.973 Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Sarah Abrevaya Stein
Description: For centuries, the port city of Salonica was home to the sprawling Levy family. As leading publishers and editors, they helped chronicle modernity as it was experienced by Sephardic Jews across the Ottoman Empire. The wars of the twentieth century redrew the borders around them, transforming the Levys from Ottomans to Greeks. Family members soon moved across boundaries and hemispheres, from Greece to Western Europe, Israel, Brazil, and India. In time, the Holocaust eradicated whole branches of the family tree. Sarah Abrevaya Stein tells the story of their journeys over the century and across the globe. Stein uses the Levys' letters to tell their story and the history of Sephardic Jews in the 20th century.
Call Number: 929.2 Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Robert Harms
Description: Robert Harms reconstructs the chaotic process by which the heart of Africa was utterly transformed in the nineteenth century and the rainforest of the Congo River basin became one of the most brutally exploited places on earth. Ranging from remote African villages to European diplomatic meetings to Connecticut piano-key factories, Harms reveals how equatorial Africa became fully, fatefully, and tragically enmeshed within our global world.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 967 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Craig Shirley
Description: George Washington's first fight for independence was from his controlling, singular mother. Mary Ball Washington was entrenched in the Old World ways of her ancestors, dismissing the American experiment even as her son led the successful rebellion against the crown. Though she raised her eldest son to become one of the world's greatest leaders, Mary also tried many times to hold him back. The constant tug of war between the two throughout the early years helped define George's character. Craig Shirley uncovers details about the inner workings of the Washington family, illuminating the qualities they shared and the differences that divided them. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: B Was
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Tom Chaffin
Description: Thomas Jefferson first met the Marquis de Lafayette in 1781, when the young French-born general was dispatched to Virginia to assist Jefferson, then the state's governor, in fighting off the British. The two could not have seemed more different. When Jefferson moved to Paris three years later as a diplomat, speaking little French and in need of a partner, their friendship began in earnest. Chaffin shows how their friendship endured through the making of two revolutions-- and two nations, to a powerful and emotional reunion at Monticello in 1824. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 973.3 Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Description: Harriet Tubman is best known as one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. As a leading abolitionist, her bravery and selflessness has inspired generations in the continuing struggle for civil rights. Erica Armstrong Dunbar presents a fresh take on this American icon blending traditional biography, illustrations, photos, and sidebars that illuminate the life of Tubman as never before. Tubman helped liberate hundreds of slaves, was the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the Civil War, worked as a spy for the Union Army, was a fierce suffragist, and was an advocate for the aged. This book reveals the many complexities and varied accomplishments of this true heroe and offers an accessible and modern interpretation of Tubman's life that is both informative and engaging.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Tub
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Francesca Cartier Brickell
Description: "The captivating story of the family behind the Cartier empire and the three brothers who turned their grandfather's humble Parisian jewelry store into a global luxury icon--as told by a great-granddaughter with exclusive access to long-lost family archives."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 920 Bri
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Kassia St. Clair
Description: From colorful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity. When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why and offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future.
Call Number: 677 St C
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
A. C. Grayling
Description: "The first authoritative and accessible single-volume history of philosophy to cover both Western and Eastern traditions, from one of the world's most eminent thinkers The story of philosophy is the story of who we are and why. An epic tale, spanning civilizations and continents, it explores some of the most creative minds in history. But not since the long-popular classic Bertrand Russell's A History of Western Philosophy, published in 1945, has there been a comprehensive and entertaining single-volume history of this great, intellectual, world-shaping journey. With characteristic clarity and elegance, A.C. Grayling takes the reader from the worldviews and moralities before the age of the Buddha, Confucius and Socrates through Christianity's capture of the European mind, from the Renaissance and Enlightenment on to Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre and, finally, philosophy today. Bringing together these many threads that all too often run parallel, he surveys in tandem the great philosophical traditions of India, China and the Persian-Arabic world"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 109 Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Ed Ward
Description: It's February 1964 and the Beatles just landed in New York City. This is where volume 2 kicks off. Chronicling the years 1964 through the mid-1970s, this latest volume covers one of the most exciting eras of rock history, which saw a massive outpouring of popular and cutting-edge music. Ward weaves together a narrative told through colorful anecdotes and shares the behind-the-scenes stories of the megastars, the trailblazers, DJs, record executives, concert promoters, and producers who were at the forefront of this period in music history. From Bob Dylan to Bill Graham, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Byrds, Aretha Franklin, and the Rolling Stones, everyone's favorite musicians of the era make an appearance in this sweeping history that reveals how the different players, sounds, and trends came together to create the music we all know and love today.--From dust jacket flap.
Call Number: 781.66 War 1964-1977
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Jeanine Basinger
Description: "Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical in the most telling, most incisive, most detailed, most gorgeously illustrated book of her long and remarkable career"--Jacket.
Call Number: 791.436 Bas
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Mo Moulton
Description: Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) was a renowned crime novelist who achieved fame and fortune during a period that Mo Moulton calls 'the day after the revolution.' In a time when just as many doors were closed to women as open, Sayers found professional success with her Lord Peter Wimsey novels. Yet she never could have done it without the cohort of women she met at university--all of whom would go on to challenge societal norms and fight for equality of opportunity in their own way. In 1912, Sayers and five friends founded a writing group at Somerville College, Oxford and called themselves the 'Mutual Admiration Society.' These women were also sheltered and chaperoned, barred from receiving degrees despite taking classes and passing exams. Within a few short years, WWI rapidly expanded the rights and opportunities available to women, including the right to vote (1918) and access to the professions (1919). In October 1920, members of the MAS returned to Oxford to receive full degrees. This book follows these six women as they navigate the complexities of adulthood, work, intimacy, and sex in Interwar England. Sayers was intimately intertwined with the members of the MAS, and together they fought their way into modernity.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 823.09 Say
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Daisy Dunn
Description: When Pliny the Elder perished at Stabiae during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, he left behind an enormous compendium of knowledge, his thirty-seven-volume Natural History, and a teenaged nephew who revered him as a father. Grieving his loss, Pliny the Younger inherited the Elder's notebooks-filled with pearls of wisdom--and his legacy. This is a literary biography of the younger man, who would grow up to become a lawyer, senator, poet, collector of villas, and chronicler of the Roman Empire from the dire days of terror under Emperor Domitian to the gentler times of Emperor Trajan. A biography, but also a moving narrative about the profound influence of a father figure on his adopted son. Interweaving the younger Pliny's Letters with extracts from the Elder's Natural History. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 937.06 Dun
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Gareth Russell
Description: A product of Anglo-American capitalism, built by a generation that had never known trauma and was bored by its own prosperity and success, the Titanic set sail into a world that was about to change forever. Modernity was shaking the class system, the Industrial Revolution was creating new kinds of wealth, and revolutionary fervor would lead to The Great War. Exploring the infamous disaster from the perspectives of six of her first-class passengers--a British aristocrat, a celebrated maritime architect, an American railway tycoon and his son, a first-generation American philanthropist, and a silent movie star--The Ship of Dreams uses the ship's creation and her tragic fate as a window into the changing, unsettled world at the end of the Edwardian era. The book disproves many of the most established myths about the Titanic, including the treatment of her third-class passengers, the conspiracies surrounding her construction, and the lives of some of her most famous passengers. Representing the limitless technological and financial possibilities of its time, The Titanic was the embodiment of the the splendors and injustices of the Edwardian society, a world as doomed as the infamous ship sailing into dangerous, dark waters.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 910.452 Rus
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
Patrick J. Sloyan
Description: Patrick Sloyan, a journalist who reported on the events as it happened, offers an action-packed account of Reagan's failures in the 1983 Marines barracks bombing in Beirut. On October 23, 1983, a truck bomb destroyed the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut. 241 Americans were killed in the worst terrorist attack our nation would suffer until 9/11. He tells why the Marines were there, how their mission became confused and compromised, and how President Ronald Reagan used another misguided military venture to distract America from the attack and his many mistakes leading up to it. Sloyan shines new light on the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and Reagan's doomed ceasefire in Beirut. Sloyan draws on interviews with key players to explore the actions of Kissinger and Haig, while revealing the courage of Marine Colonel Timothy Geraghty, who foresaw the disaster in Beirut, but whom Reagan would later blame for it. More than thirty-five years later, America continues to wrestle with Lebanon, the Marines with the legacy of the Beirut bombing, and all of us with the threat of Mideast terror that the attack furthered.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 956.92 Slo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
David Zucchino
Description: "By 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina, was a shining example of a mixed-race community-a bustling port city with a thriving African American middle class and a government made up of Republicans and Populists, including black alderman, police officers, and magistrates. But across the state-and the South-white supremacist Democrats were working to reverse the advances made by former slaves and their progeny. They were plotting to take back the state legislature in the November 8th election and then use a controversial editorial published by black newspaper editor Alexander Manly to trigger a "race riot" to overthrow the elected government in Wilmington. With a coordinated campaign of intimidation and violence, the Democrats sharply curtailed the black vote and stuffed ballot boxes to steal the 1898 mid-term election. Two days later, more than 2,000 heavily armed white nightriders known as Red Shirts swarmed through Wilmington, terrorizing women and children and shooting at least sixty black men dead in the streets. The rebels forced city officials and leading black citizens to flee at gun point while hundreds of local African Americans took refuge in nearby swamps and forests. This brutal insurrection is the only violent overthrow of an elected government in U.S. history. It halted gains made by blacks and restored racism as official government policy, cementing white rule for another seventy years. It was not a "race riot" as the events of November 1898 came to be known, but rather a racially-motivated rebellion launched by white supremacists."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8 Zuc
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 10, 2020
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999 : The Extraordinary Young Women Of The First Official Transport To Auschwitz
Heather Dune Macadam
940.5318 Mac
She Came To Slay : The Life And Times Of Harriet Tubman
Erica Armstrong Dunbar
B Tub
A Bookshop In Berlin : The Rediscovered Memoir Of One Woman's Harrowing Escape From The Nazis
Françoise Frenkel
940.5318 Fre
The Cartiers : The Untold Story Of The Family Behind The Jewelry Empire
Francesca Cartier Brickell
920 Bri
A New World Begins : The History Of The French Revolution
Jeremy D. Popkin
944.04 Pop
The Golden Thread : How Fabric Changed History
Kassia St. Clair
677 St C
Agent Jack : The True Story Of Mi5's Secret Nazi Hunter
Robert Hutton
940.5486 Hut
The History Of Philosophy
A. C. Grayling
109 Gra
An Impeccable Spy : Richard Sorge, Stalin's Master Agent
Owen Matthews
327.12 Mat
The History Of Rock & Roll. Volume Two, 1964-1977 : The Beatles, The Stones, And The Rise Of Classic Rock
Ed Ward
781.66 War 1964-1977
Black Radical : The Life And Times Of William Monroe Trotter
Kerri Greenidge
323.092 Gre
The Movie Musical!
Jeanine Basinger
791.436 Bas
Dangerous Melodies : Classical Music In America From The Great War Through The Cold War
Jonathan Rosenberg
780.973 Ros
The Mutual Admiration Society : How Dorothy L. Sayers And Her Oxford Circle Remade The World For Women
Mo Moulton
823.09 Say
Family Papers : A Sephardic Journey Through The Twentieth Century
Sarah Abrevaya Stein
929.2 Ste
The Shadow Of Vesuvius : A Life Of Pliny
Daisy Dunn
937.06 Dun
Land Of Tears : The Exploration And Exploitation Of Equatorial Africa
Robert Harms
967 Har
The Ship Of Dreams : The Sinking Of The Titanic And The End Of The Edwardian Era
Gareth Russell
910.452 Rus
Mary Ball Washington : The Untold Story Of George Washington's Mother
Craig Shirley
B Was
When Reagan Sent In The Marines : The Invasion Of Lebanon
Patrick J. Sloyan
956.92 Slo
Revolutionary Brothers : Thomas Jefferson, The Marquis De Lafayette, And The Friendship That Helped Forge Two Nations
Tom Chaffin
973.3 Cha
Wilmington's Lie : The Murderous Coup Of 1898 And The Rise Of White Supremacy
David Zucchino
305.8 Zuc