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Eric Jay Dolin
Description: An historical account of America's hurricanes and how they've shaped our nation. From the moment European colonists laid violent claim to this land, hurricanes have had a profound and visceral impact on American history. Eric Jay Dolin presents the five-hundred-year story of American hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus' New World voyages, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the escalation of hurricane season as a result of global warming. With stories of unlikely heroes such as Benito Vines, the nineteenth-century Jesuit priest whose revelatory methods for predicting hurricanes saved countless lives, and journalist Dan Rather, whose coverage of a 1961 hurricane would change broadcasting history, Dolin uncovers the often surprising ways we respond to natural crises. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 363.3492 Dol
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Sudhir Hazareesingh
Description: "A biography of the Haitian revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Tou
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Christopher Capozzola
Description: Tens of thousands of Filipino soldiers and sailors fought and died under the American flag in the Pacific during the Second World War. Yet Americans know little about these casualties, because they know little about America's long history in the Philippines--or about Filipinos' long history in the US armed forces. Since US Marines first occupied the islands in 1898, war and military service have created an enduring, often-fraught bond between Americans and Filipinos. Christopher Capozzola offers a portrait of twentieth-century American foreign relations by following the generations of Filipinos and Americans who crossed the Pacific in military uniforms in the century after America's ships first steamed into Manila Bay. Whether in steel ships or nuclear subs, it is from the Philippines that the United States has faced a series of Pacific rivals since the late 1800s. The Philippine islands were where American forces built the first of their overseas military bases, where they learned to use napalm, and where they mastered waterboarding. The islands were a proving ground for pivotal American figures; Filipino soldiers have been crucial partners in the exercise of U.S. power in Asia.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 355.031 Cap
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Charles Leerhsen
Description: "For a century Butch Cassidy has been the subject of legends about his life and death, spawning a small industry of mythmakers and a major Hollywood film. Charles Leerhsen sorts out fact from fiction to find the real Butch Cassidy, who is far more complicated and fascinating than legend has it"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Cas
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Neil S. Price
Description: The Viking Age--between 750 and 1050--saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples. As traders and raiders, explorers and colonists, they reshaped the world between eastern North America and the Asian steppe. This book tells the story of the Vikings on their own terms: their politics, their cosmology, their art and culture. From Björn Ironside, who led an expedition to sack Rome, to Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, the most traveled woman in the world, Price shows us the real Vikings, not the caricatures they've become in popular culture and history.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 948.02 Pri
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Matthew Van Meter
Description: In 1966 in a small town in Louisiana, a 19-year-old black man named Gary Duncan pulled his car off the road to stop a fight. Duncan was arrested a few minutes later for the crime of putting his hand on the arm of a white child. Rather than accepting his fate, Duncan found Richard Sobol, a brilliant, 29-year-old lawyer from New York who was the only white attorney at "the most radical law firm" in New Orleans. Against them stood one of the most powerful white supremacists in the South, a man called simply "The Judge." In this powerful work of character-driven history, journalist Matthew Van Meter vividly brings alive how a seemingly minor incident brought massive, systemic change to the criminal justice system. Van Meter shows how Gary Duncan's insistence on seeking justice empowered generations of defendants--disproportionately poor and black--to demand fair trials. Duncan v. Louisiana changed American law, but first it changed the lives of those who litigated it.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 345.763 Van
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
A. J. Baime
Description: A. J. Baime delivers the thrilling story of the 1948 presidential election, one of the greatest election stories of all time, as Truman mounted a history-making comeback and staked a claim for a new course for America.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 324.973 Bai
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Małgorzata Szejnert, Sean Gasper Bye
Description: A dramatic, multi-vocal account of the personal agonies and ecstasies that played out within the walls of Ellis Island, as told by Poland's well-known journalist.
Call Number: 304.873 Sze
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Charles J. Hanley
Description: Although it was then perceived as a far-off and inconclusive engagement, the Korean War was a decisive and deeply destructive conflict. American forces dropped 635,000 tons of bombs over Korea--more than the entire Pacific campaign of World War II--and millions of Koreans perished. Mass graves still litter the countryside and two nuclear-armed forces stand at odds. Charles Hanley tells the history of the war through the eyes of twenty one individuals--soldiers and civilians, male and female, young and old, witnesses both to atrocity and to heroism. The narrative unfolds in interwoven episodes, month by month, from the hilltop trench lines, the refugee camps and the prisoner-of-war camps. For the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the war, Hanley offers a people's history of the devastating events on the Korean Peninsula.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 951.9042 Han
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Alan Mikhail
Description: A global history that redefines the historical origins of the modern world through the life of Sultan Selim I and his Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was a hub of flourishing intellectual fervor, geopolitical power, and enlightened pluralistic rule. At the helm of its ascent was the omnipotent Sultan Selim I (1470-1520), who, with the aid of his gifted mother, Gülbahar, hugely expanded the empire, propelling it onto the world stage. Alan Mikhail centers Selim's Ottoman Empire and Islam as the very pivots of global history, redefining such world-changing events as Christopher Columbus's voyages--which originated as a Catholic jihad that viewed Native Americans as somehow "Moorish"--the Protestant Reformation, the transatlantic slave trade, and the dramatic Ottoman seizure of the Middle East and North Africa. Mikhail's account vividly recaptures Selim's life and world, and radically reshapes our understanding of a world we thought we knew.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 956.015 Mik
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
David A. Bell
Description: "A group biography of Pasquale Paoli, George Washington, Toussaint Louverture, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Simon Bolivar with an emphasis on charismatic leadership."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 909.7 Bel
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Simon Jenkins
Description: By the former editor of the London Times, a vivid, evocative, and deeply knowledgeable history of this unique world capital. London:a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes, and ruled by the Normans. This transformative place became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be checkered with grand estates of Georgian splendor. It swelled with industry and became the center of the largest empire in history. And having risen from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world. From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. He masterfully explains the battles that determined how London was conceived and built and especially the perennial conflict between money and power. Based in part on his experiences of and involvement in the events that shaped the post-war city, and with his trademark color and authority, Simon Jenkins shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. Fascinating for locals and visitors alike, this is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of British heritage.
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Martyn C Rady
Description: Habsburgs ruled much of Europe for centuries. From modest origins as minor German nobles, the family used fabricated documents, invented genealogies, savvy marriages, and military conquest on their improbable ascent, becoming the continent's most powerful dynasty. By the mid-fifteenth century, the Habsburgs controlled of the Holy Roman Empire, and by the early sixteenth century, their lands stretched across the continent and far beyond it. But in 1918, at the end of the Great War, the final remnant of their empire was gone. Martyn Rady reveals how the Habsburgs saw themselves--as destined to rule the world, not through mere territorial conquest, but as defenders of Christian civilization and the Roman Catholic Church, guarantors of peace and harmony, and patrons of science and learning.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 929.736 Rad
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Robert J. Mrazek
Description: When Florence Finch died at the age of 101, few of her neighbors knew that this unassuming Filipina native was a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, whose courage and sacrifice were unsurpassed in the Pacific War against Japan. Long accustomed to keeping her secrets close in service of the Allies, she waited fifty years to reveal the story of those dramatic and harrowing days to her own children. Florence was an unlikely warrior. She relied on her own intelligence and fortitude to survive on her own from the age of seven, facing bigotry as a mixed-race mestiza with the dual heritage of her American serviceman father and Filipina mother. As the war drew ever closer to the Philippines, Florence fell in love with an American naval intelligence agent, Charles "Bing" Smith. In the wake of Bing's sudden death in battle, Florence transformed from a mild young wife into a resistance fighter. She conceived a bold plan to divert fuel from the Japanese army, which was then sold on the black market to provide desperately needed medicine and food for hundreds of American POWs. In constant peril of arrest and execution, Florence fought to save others, even as the Japanese police closed in. This life unfolds against the Bataan Death March, the fall of Corregidor, and the daily struggle to survive a brutal occupying force. Robert J. Mrazek brings to light this long-hidden American patriot--the story of the bravery of a woman who belongs in America's pantheon of war heroes.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5472 Mra
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
David Nasaw
Description: Documents the experiences and fates of the one million concentration camp survivors, POWs, slave laborers and political prisoners left in Germany after World War II who spent years as displaced refugees in unsupported, segregated, and poorly converted buildings while the world's nations refused shelter.
Call Number: 940.5314 Nas
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Charles Jones
Description: An investigation into how racial inequality has shaped the heart transplant race describes how in 1968 an injured black man checked into a hospital before his heart was removed and donated without his family's knowledge or consent.
Call Number: 617.412 Jon
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Gerald Easter, Mara Vorhees
Description: In October 1771, a merchant ship out of Amsterdam, Vrouw Maria, crashed off the stormy Finnish coast, taking her historic cargo to the depths of the Baltic Sea. The vessel was delivering a dozen Dutch masterpiece paintings to Europe's most voracious collector: Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Among the lost treasures was The Nursery, an oak-paneled triptych by painter Gerrit Dou, Rembrandt's student and Holland's first international superstar artist. Dou's triptych was long the most beloved and most coveted painting of the Dutch Golden Age, and its loss in the shipwreck was mourned throughout the art world. Vrouw Maria became a maritime legend, confounding would-be salvagers for more than two hundred years. In July 1999, a Finnish wreck hunter found Vrouw Maria, upright on the sea floor and perfectly preserved. This book recounts the tale of Vrouw Maria--her loss and discovery--weaving together the rise and fall of the artist whose priceless masterpiece was the jewel of the wreckage.--From statement at Amazon.
Call Number: 947.063 Eas
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Ian W. Toll
Description: The final volume of the Pacific War Trilogy from historian Ian W. Toll. Twilight of the Gods is an account of the last year of World War II in the Pacific, when the U.S. Navy won the largest naval battle in history; Douglas MacArthur made good his pledge to return to the Philippines; waves of kamikazes attacked the Allied fleets; the Japanese fought to the last man on one island after another; B-29 bombers burned down Japanese cities; and Hiroshima and Nagasaki were vaporized in atomic blasts. Ian W. Toll's narratives of combat in the air, at sea, and on the beaches are as gripping as ever, but he also takes the reader into the halls of power in Washington and Tokyo, where the great questions of strategy and diplomacy were decided.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5426 Tol
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
Alexandra N. Harris, Mark G. Hirsch, issuing body National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.), issuing body Smithsonian Institution
Description: Why We Serve commemorates the 2020 opening of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the first landmark in Washington, DC, to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of Native veterans. American Indians' history of military service dates to colonial times, and today, they serve at one of the highest rates of any ethnic group. This book explores the range of reasons why, from love of their home to an expression of their warrior traditions. The book brings history to life with historical photographs, sketches, paintings, and maps. It celebrates the unsung legacy of Native military service and what it means to their community and country.--From statement at Amazon.
Call Number: 355.0089 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 25, 2020
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A Furious Sky : The Five-hundred-year History Of America's Hurricanes
Eric Jay Dolin
363.3492 Dol
Men On Horseback : The Power Of Charisma In The Age Of Revolution
David A. Bell
909.7 Bel
Black Spartacus : The Epic Life Of Toussaint Louverture
Sudhir Hazareesingh
B Tou
The City On The Thames : The Creation Of A World Capital : A History Of London
Simon Jenkins
Bound By War : How The United States And The Philippines Built America's First Pacific Century
Christopher Capozzola
355.031 Cap
The Habsburgs : To Rule The World
Martyn C Rady
929.736 Rad
Butch Cassidy : The True Story Of An American Outlaw
Charles Leerhsen
B Cas
The Indomitable Florence Finch : The Untold Story Of A War Widow Turned Resistance Fighter And Savior Of American Pows
Robert J. Mrazek
940.5472 Mra
Children Of Ash And Elm : A History Of The Vikings
Neil S. Price
948.02 Pri
The Last Million : Europe's Displaced Persons From World War To Cold War
David Nasaw
940.5314 Nas
Deep Delta Justice : A Black Teen, His Lawyer, And Their Groundbreaking Battle For Civil Rights In The South
Matthew Van Meter
345.763 Van
The Organ Thieves : The Shocking Story Of The First Heart Transplant In The Segregated South
Charles Jones
617.412 Jon
Dewey Defeats Truman : The 1948 Election And The Battle For America's Soul
A. J. Baime
324.973 Bai
The Tsarina's Lost Treasure : Catherine The Great, A Golden Age Masterpiece, And A Legendary Shipwreck
Gerald Easter, Mara Vorhees
947.063 Eas
Ellis Island : A People's History
Małgorzata Szejnert, Sean Gasper Bye
304.873 Sze
Twilight Of The Gods : War In The Western Pacific, 1944-1945
Ian W. Toll
940.5426 Tol
Ghost Flames : Life And Death In A Hidden War, Korea 1950-1953
Charles J. Hanley
951.9042 Han
Why We Serve : Native Americans In The United States Armed Forces
Alexandra N. Harris, Mark G. Hirsch, issuing body National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.), issuing body Smithsonian Institution
355.0089 Har
God's Shadow : Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, And The Making Of The Modern World
Alan Mikhail
956.015 Mik