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Jeremy Asher Dauber
Description: "The sweeping story of cartoons, comic strips, and graphic novels and their century-long hold on the American imagination. Starting with the Civil War and cartoonist Thomas Nast, creator of the lasting images of Uncle Sam and Santa Claus, author Jeremy Dauber whizzes readers through comics' progress in the twentieth century and beyond: from the golden age of newspaper comic strips (Krazy Kat, Yellow Kid, Dick Tracy) to the midcentury superhero boom (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman); from the moral panic of the Eisenhower era to the underground comix movement; from the grim and gritty Dark Knights and Watchmen to the graphic novel's brilliant rise (Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco). Dauber's story shows not only how comics have changed, but how American politics and history have changed them. Throughout, he describes the origins of beloved comics, champions neglected masterpieces, and argues that we can understand how America sees itself through whose stories comics tell"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 741.5973 Dau
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Andrés Reséndez
Description: "The story of an uncovered voyage as colorful and momentous as any on record for the Age of Discovery--and of the Black mariner whose stunning accomplishment has been until now lost to history"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 959.9 Res
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Volker Ullrich, Jefferson S. Chase
Description: Volker Ullrich reconstructs the chaotic, otherworldly last days of Nazi Germany. On April 30, 1945, in a bunker deep beneath the Old Reich Chancellery, Adolf Hitler and his newly wedded wife, Eva Braun,killed themselves. But Nazi Germany lived on, however briefly. The subsequent eight days were among the most turbulent in history, witnessing not only the final battles of World War II and the collapse of the Wehrmacht, but the near-total disintegration of the once-mighty Third Reich. Ullrich depicts the final days of the Nazi empire through the eyes of Germans, both famous and ordinary, who experienced them. He takes us inside the phantomlike regime of Hitler's chosen successor, Admiral Karl Dönitz, while capturing the drama of a society in its death throes--from mass suicides to fanatics calling for one last stand.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 943.086 Ull
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Jeffrey Veidlinger
Description: Jeffrey Veidlinger offers the first full depiction of the wave of anti-Jewish pogroms that followed the Russian Revolution and how they laid the groundwork for the Holocaust. Includes illustrations and maps.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 305.8924 Vei
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Nancy Bazelon Goldstone
Description: Chronicles the sprawling saga of Empress Maria Theresa--one of the most renowned women rulers in history--and three of her extraordinary daughters, including Marie Antoinette, the doomed queen of France.
Call Number: 940.25 Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
John C. McManus
Description: "From the author of Fire and Fortitude, the continuation of the US Army's epic crusade in the Pacific War, from the battle of Saipan to the occupation of Japan"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5426 McM
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Woody Holton
Description: Woody Holton's history of the American Revolution, from its origins to its aftermath, which emphasizes the contributions of groups usually omitted in this story: Native Americans, African Americans, and women.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.3 Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
H. W. Brands
Description: What causes people to forsake their country and take arms against it? George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams--all three men became rebels against the British Empire that fostered their success. Others in the same circle of family and friends chose differently-- and soon heard themselves denounced as traitors for not having betrayed the country where they grew up. H.W. Brands reminds us that before America could win its revolution against Britain, the Patriots had to win a bitter civil war against family, neighbors, and friends.-- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 973.311 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Dan Jones
Description: A reappraisal of the medieval world--and the rich and complicated legacy left to us by the rise of the West. When the once-mighty city of Rome was sacked by barbarians in 410 and lay in ruins, it signaled the end of an era--and the beginning of a thousand years of profound transformation. In a narrative with big names--from St Augustine and Attila the Hun to the Prophet Muhammad and Eleanor of Aquitaine--Dan Jones charges through the history of the Middle Ages. His book takes readers on a journey through an emerging Europe, the great capitals of late Antiquity, as well as the influential cities of the Islamic West, and culminates in the first contact between the old and new worlds in the sixteenth century. As we face a critical turning point in our own millennium, the legacy and lessons of how we got here matter more than ever.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.1 Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Mayukh Sen
Description: America's modern culinary history told through the lives of seven pathbreaking chefs and food writers. This group biography honors seven extraordinary women, all immigrants, who left an indelible mark on the way Americans eat today. It stretches from World War II to the present, with absorbing and deeply researched portraits of figures including Mexican-born Elena Zelayeta, a blind chef; Marcella Hazan, the deity of Italian cuisine; and Norma Shirley, a champion of Jamaican dishes. Mayukh Sen reconstructs the lives of these women in vivid and empathetic detail, daring to ask why some were famous in their own time, but not in ours, and why others shine brightly even today. Weaving together histories of food, immigration, and gender, this book will challenge the way readers look at what's on their plate--and the women whose labor, overlooked for so long, makes those meals possible.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 641.509 Sen
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Joseph J. Ellis
Description: This book rethinks the American Revolution as we have known it. George Washington claimed that anyone who attempted to provide an accurate account of the war for independence would be accused of writing fiction. At the time, no one called it the "American Revolution": former colonists still regarded themselves as Virginians or Pennsylvanians, not Americans, while John Adams insisted that the British were the real revolutionaries, for attempting to impose radical change without their colonists' consent. Joseph Ellis takes a fresh look at the events between 1773 and 1783, recovering a war more brutal than any in American history save the Civil War and discovering a strange breed of "prudent" revolutionaries, whose prudence proved wise yet tragic when it came to slavery, the original sin that still haunts our land. The book brings together a cast of familiar and forgotten characters who, taken together, challenge the story we have long told ourselves about our origins as a people and a nation.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.3 Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Judith Mackrell
Description: A group portrait of six revolutionary women writers during World War II. On the front lines of the Second World War, the lives of six remarkable women intertwined: Lee Miller, the Vogue cover model and photographer who lived in Paris as Man Ray's lover before becoming a war correspondent for the magazine; Martha Gellhorn, the third wife of Ernest Hemingway and a novelist in her own right; Sigrid Schultz, an indisputably brave journalist who withstood surveillance, interrogation, and death threats in order to publish the truth from Berlin; Virginia Cowles, whose career as a 'society girl columnist' turned combat reporter began with an exclusive interview with Mussolini; Clare Hollingworth, who had almost no professional experience when she became the first correspondent to report the outbreak of World War II; and Helen Kirkpatrick, a reporter so admired by the military that at the order of General Eisenhower she was the first woman to report from an Allied war zone with equal privileges to men. This book paints a vivid, intimate, and nuanced portrait of these pioneering women, from chasing down sources to conducting clandestine love affairs.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 070.449 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
David Graeber, D. Wengrow
Description: "A trailblazing account of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution-from the development of agriculture and cities to the emergence of "the state," political violence, and social inequality-and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 901 Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Roderick Beaton
Description: When we think of the Greeks, what comes to mind first is likely to be the artistic and scientific achievements of the group of city-states led by Athens and Sparta around two and a half thousand years ago--a civilization that laid foundation for much of the arts, science, politics, and law throughout the developed world today. But the story of the Greeks is far more than the story of this classical civilization alone. Greek is one of only three languages, along with Chinese and Hebrew, that have been continuously spoken and written for more than 3000 years, with Greek-speakers traced all the way back to the beginning of recorded history, and all the way forward to today. Roderick Beaton shows that the Greeks produced a series of civilizations that were both deeply interconnected and characterized by constant reinvention, fighting different enemies, trading with different partners, worshipping different gods, and even calling themselves by different names. Beaton maps out this millennia-spanning story, revealing how Greek speakers developed a shared sense of identity and how they forever influenced the world.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 909 Bea
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Edward Shawcross
Description: In the 1860s, Napoleon III persuaded a young Austrian Archduke and a Belgian princess to leave Europe and become the Emperor and Empress of Mexico. Political novices Maximilian and Carlota accepted the throne and arrived in a Mexico newly pacified by a French army of 30,000 troops ruled by terror, pushing Mexico's revolutionary leader Benito Juarez to the American border. Maximilian and Carlotta were unable to raise new taxes and found themselves simultaneously contending with France's threats to withdraw troops and battling Juarez's resurgent forces. When America aided Juarez in pushing back Maximilian's imperial soldiers, their regime fell apart. Maximilian was executed by a firing squad and Carlota descended into madness, spending the rest of her long life secluded in a Belgian castle.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 972.07 Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Andrew Roberts
Description: The last king of America, George III, has been ridiculed as a complete disaster who frittered away the colonies and went mad in his old age. The truth will completely change the way readers and historians view his reign and legacy. Most Americans dismiss George III as a buffoon--a heartless and terrible monarch with few, if any, redeeming qualities. But this deeply unflattering characterization is rooted in the prejudiced and persuasive opinions of eighteenth-century revolutionaries like Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, who needed to make the king appear evil in order to achieve their own political aims. Andrew Roberts has uncovered the truth: George III was in fact a wise, humane, and even enlightened monarch who was beset by talented enemies, debilitating mental illness, incompetent ministers, and disastrous luck. Roberts paints a portrait of the much-maligned monarch and outlines his accomplishments, which have been almost universally forgotten.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 941.073 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Ilise S. Carter
Description: "In America, lipstick is the foundation of empires; it's a signature of identity; it's propaganda, self-expression, oppression, freedom, and rebellion. It's a multi-billion-dollar industry and one of our most iconic accessories of gender. This engaging and entertaining history of lipstick in America throughout the twentieth century and into the present will give readers a new view of the little tube's big place in modern America; marching with the Suffragettes, building Fortune 500 businesses, being present at Stonewall, and engineered for space travel"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 391.63 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Kevin Boyle
Description: A history of the decade that exploded America's postwar order. On July 4, 1961, the rising middle-class families of a Chicago neighborhood gathered before their flag-bedecked houses, a vision of the American Dream. That vision was shattered over the following decade, its inequities at home and arrogance abroad challenged by powerful civil rights and antiwar movements. Assassinations, rioting, and the blowback of a "silent majority" mobilized by an emerging right, left a fragmented political landscape. Kevin Boyle's history of the decade covers the civil rights movement that emerges from the grassroots activism of Montgomery, through the tragic violence of Birmingham, to the frustrations of King's Chicago campaign and a rising Black nationalism. The Vietnam war unfolds as misguided policy, high-stakes politics, and searing in-country experience. Women's challenges of gender norms yield landmark decisions on privacy rights, contraception, and abortion. This definitive history of the 1960s recovers the humanity behind the decade's divisions.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.923 Boy
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Matthew Pearl
Description: Explores the little-known true story of the kidnapping of thirteen-year-old Jemima Boone, Daniel Boone's daughter, by a Cherokee-Shawnee raiding party and the ensuing battle with reverberations that nobody could predict.
Call Number: 976.902 Pea
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
Edward Dolnick
Description: The Rosetta Stone is one of the most famous objects in the world, attracting millions of visitors to the British Museum ever year, and yet most people don't really know what it is. Discovered in 1799, this slab of stone proved to be the key to unlocking a lost language that baffled scholars for centuries. Carved in ancient Egypt, the Rosetta Stone carried the same message in different languages--in Greek using Greek letters, and in Egyptian using picture-writing called hieroglyphs. Until its discovery, no one in the world knew how to read the hieroglyphs that covered every temple and text and statue in Egypt. Dominating the world for thirty centuries, ancient Egypt and its pyramids, mummies, the Sphinx were shrouded in mystery. Whoever was able to decipher the Rosetta Stone, and learn how to read hieroglyphs, would solve that mystery and fling open a door that had been locked for two thousand years. Two brilliant rivals, one English, the other French, set out to win that prize, at a time when England and France were enemies and the world's two great superpowers. A portrait of empires both ancient and modern, this is a look at the culture and history of ancient Egypt and a story of human folly and discovery unlike any other.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 493.1 Dol
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 3, 2021
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American Comics : A History
Jeremy Asher Dauber
741.5973 Dau
The Cause : The American Revolution And Its Discontents, 1773-1783
Joseph J. Ellis
973.3 Ell
Conquering The Pacific : An Unknown Mariner And The Final Great Voyage Of The Age Of Discovery
Andrés Reséndez
959.9 Res
The Correspondents : Six Women Writers On The Front Lines Of World War Ii
Judith Mackrell
070.449 Mac
Eight Days In May : The Final Collapse Of The Third Reich
Volker Ullrich, Jefferson S. Chase
943.086 Ull
The Dawn Of Everything : A New History Of Humanity
David Graeber, D. Wengrow
901 Gra
In The Midst Of Civilized Europe : The Pogroms Of 1918-1921 And The Onset Of The Holocaust
Jeffrey Veidlinger
305.8924 Vei
The Greeks : A Global History
Roderick Beaton
909 Bea
In The Shadow Of The Empress : The Defiant Lives Of Maria Theresa, Mother Of Marie Antoinette, And Her Daughters
Nancy Bazelon Goldstone
940.25 Gol
The Last Emperor Of Mexico : The Dramatic Story Of The Hapsburg Archduke Who Created A Kingdom In The New World
Edward Shawcross
972.07 Sha
Island Infernos : The Us Army's Pacific War Odyssey, 1944
John C. McManus
940.5426 McM
The Last King Of America : The Misunderstood Reign Of George Iii
Andrew Roberts
941.073 Rob
Liberty Is Sweet : The Hidden History Of The American Revolution
Woody Holton
973.3 Hol
The Red Menace : How Lipstick Changed The Face Of American History
Ilise S. Carter
391.63 Car
Our First Civil War : Patriots And Loyalists In The Revolution
H. W. Brands
973.311 Bra
The Shattering : America In The 1960s
Kevin Boyle
973.923 Boy
Powers And Thrones : A New History Of The Middle Ages
Dan Jones
940.1 Jon
The Taking Of Jemima Boone : Colonial Settlers, Tribal Nations, And The Kidnap That Shaped America
Matthew Pearl
976.902 Pea
Taste Makers : Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food In America
Mayukh Sen
641.509 Sen
The Writing Of The Gods : The Race To Decode The Rosetta Stone
Edward Dolnick
493.1 Dol