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Catherine Bailey
Description: As war swept across Europe in 1940, the idyllic life of Fey von Hassell seemed a world away from the conflict. The daughter of Ulrich von Hassell, Hitler's Ambassador to Italy, her marriage to Italian aristocrat Detalmo Pirzio-Biroli brought with it a castle and an estate in the north of Italy. Fey and her two young sons led a tranquil life-- until her father and husband made the difficult decision to resist the Nazis. As SS soldiers took up occupancy in the castle, Fey struggled to maintain an air of warm welcome to her unwanted guests. But the clandestine activities of both her father and husband become increasingly brazen and openly rebellious. Fay was arrested-- and their two young boys seized by the SS. Bailey tells of the family's sacrifices, from first-hand accounts and surviving SS files. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 943.086 Bai
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Phil Keith, Thomas Clavin
Description: The life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military pilot in WWI, who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance and an American civil rights pioneer. The son of a former slave and an indigenous Creek woman, Bullard fled home at the age of eleven to escape the racial hostility of his Georgia community. His five-year journey led him to a steamer bound for Europe, where he discovered boxing, climbed the ranks and garnered worldwide fame as the "Black Sparrow." At eighteen he settled in Paris as a beloved celebrity and bon vivant. When WWI broke out, Bullard joined the French Foreign Legion, where he went on to become the first African American fighter pilot in history. After the war, he returned to Paris a decorated war hero and leveraged his celebrity to become a fixture of Parisian nightclub society. At the dawn of WWII, Bullard became a French spy, drawing Nazi soldiers to his club and conducting crucial surveillance for the Allies. After fleeing Paris he joined the Resistance before being safely smuggled onto a ship bound for America. This is the untold story of an American hero, a survey of the twentieth century, and a portrait of a man who came from nothing and by his own courage, determination, gumption, intelligence and luck forged a legendary life.
Call Number: 940.44 Kei
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Paul Freedman
Description: With an ambitious sweep over two hundred years, Paul Freedman's illustrated history shows that there actually is an American cuisine. For centuries, skeptical foreigners--and even millions of Americans--have believed there was no such thing as American cuisine. Freedman demonstrates that there is an exuberant and diverse, if not always coherent, American cuisine that reflects the history of the nation itself. Freedman underscores three recurrent themes--regionality, standardization, and variety--that shape a completely novel history of the United States. He shows that American cuisine would be nowhere without the constant influx of immigrants, who have popularized everything from tacos to sushi rolls.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 641.5973 Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Holly Jackson
Description: "A character-driven narrative history about the nineteenth-century radicals--from Fanny Wright and Henry David Thoreau to John Brown and William Lloyd Garrison--who demanded that the United States live up to its revolutionary ideals, and what their successes and failures can teach us today"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 303.484 Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Jung Chang
Description: The most famous sisters in China, the three Soong sisters from Shanghai were at the center of power during a time of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations. Red Sister, Ching-ling married Sun Yat-sen; Little Sister, May-ling, became Madame Chiang Kai-shek; Big Sister, Ei-Ling, became Chiang's unofficial main adviser, and made herself one of China's richest women.
Call Number: 951.05 Cha
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Iain MacGregor
Description: This is the story of the men and women--from both sides of the Cold War's political divide--who lived, served on, or escaped through the Berlin Wall during its life span (13th August 1961 - 9th November 1989). This physical monstrosity created by the East German communist state was to divide one of the most beautiful and by 1961, ruined cities of the world; dividing families, friends and lovers. Its creation, and its sudden collapse twenty-seven years later, were the key moments of the Cold War. Checkpoint Charlie was the one place where East faced West across one hundred yards of No Man's Land. Where soldiers served, spies watched through trained binoculars, escapees fled, politicians made speeches, people died and, mothers wept. Over two hundred people died trying to escape through it to the West, and these are just the recorded deaths. Many more who attempted and failed to break to freedom, would later die of their wounds in an East German hospital or prison. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 943.155 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Kelcey Wilson-Lee
Description: "Revealing the truth behind the life of a royal princess in medieval England, the colorful story of the five remarkable daughters of King Edward I."-- Publisher's website.
Call Number: 942.035 Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
H. W. Brands
Description: Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes readers from John Jacob Astor's fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush.
Call Number: 978.02 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Stephen Harding
Description: This book is the true, thrilling wartime adventure story of downed American aviators rescued by French resistance fighters, taken to Nazi-occupied Paris, and hidden under the very noses of the Gestapo. A small group of U.S. aviators in four B-17 Flying Fortresses were shot down over German-occupied France on a single, fateful day: July 14, 1943, Bastille Day. They were rescued by brave French civilians and taken to Paris for eventual escape out of France. In the French capital, where German troops walked on every street and Gestapo agents hid around every corner, the flyers met a brave Parisian resistance family living and working in a complex of buildings and military memorials, where Nazi officials had set up offices. Hidden in the complex the Americans, along with dozens of other downed Allied pilots and resistance operatives, hatched daring escape plots. The danger of discovery by the Nazis grew every day, as did an unlikely romance when one of the American airmen begins a star-crossed wartime romance with the twenty-two-year old daughter of the family sheltering him. Escape from Paris has it all--the tense drama of air combat over Europe, the intrigue of occupied Paris, and courageous American and Allied pilots and French resistance fighters pitted against Nazi thugs.
Call Number: 940.5344 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Camilla Townsend
Description: "Five hundred years ago, in November 1519, Hernando Cortés walked along a causeway leading to the capital of the Aztec kingdom and came face to face with Moctezuma. That story--and the story of what happened afterwards--has been told many times, but always from the point of view of the Europeans. After all, we have been taught, it was the Europeans who held the pens. But the Native Americans were more intrigued by the Roman alphabet than the Spaniards ever knew. Unbeknownst to the newcomers, the Aztecs took it home and used it to write detailed histories in their own language of Nahuatl. Until recently, these sources remained obscure, only partially translated, and almost never consulted by scholars. For the first time, in Fifth Sun, the history of the Aztecs is offered in all its complexity, in an account based solely on the texts written by the people themselves. The Aztecs suddenly appear as real people, rather than the exotic, bloody figures of stereotypes. The conquest is neither an apocalyptic moment, nor an origin story launching Mexicans into existence. This book presents the story of Native Americans who had a history of their own long before the Europeans arrived and who used their talents to survive when the worst of times came upon them. It shows people who realigned their political allegiances, accommodated new obligations, adopted new technologies (such as alphabetic writing and European paper), and carried on. This revisionist history of the Aztecs explores the experience of a once-powerful people facing the trauma of conquest--as well as their survival and continuity--offering an accessible and humanized depiction of a civilization for experts and non-specialists alike."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: ordered 103119
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
S. C. Gwynne
Description: The fourth and final year of the Civil War offers a compelling narrative, defining the nation and one of history's great turning points. Insights on the war that will surprise many listeners. Robert E. Lee, known as a great general and southern hero, is presented here as a man dealing with frustration, failure, and loss. Ulysses S. Grant is known for his prowess as a field commander, but in the final year of the war, he largely fails at that. His most amazing accomplishments began the moment he stopped fighting. William Tecumseh Sherman, Gwynne argues, was a lousy general, but probably the single most brilliant man in the war. We also meet a different Clara Barton, one of the greatest and most compelling characters in wartime. And proper attention is paid to the role played by large numbers of black Union soldiers, most of them former slaves. They changed the war and forced the South to come up with a plan to also use black soldiers.
Call Number: 973.7 Gwy
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Pekka Hämäläinen
Description: The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America's history. This first complete account of the Lakota Indians traces their rich and often surprising history from the early sixteenth to the early twenty-first century. Pekka Hamalainen explores the Lakotas' roots as marginal hunter-gatherers and reveals how they reinvented themselves twice: first as a river people who dominated the Missouri Valley, America's great commercial artery, and then--in what was America's first sweeping westward expansion--as a horse people who ruled supreme on the vast high plains. The Lakotas are imprinted in American historical memory. Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull are iconic figures in the American imagination, but in this groundbreaking book they emerge as something different: the architects of Lakota America, an expansive and enduring Indigenous regime that commanded human fates in the North American interior for generations. Hamalainen's deeply researched and engagingly written history places the Lakotas at the center of American history, and the results are revelatory.
Call Number: 970.98 Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Jack Hartnell
Description: "With wit, wisdom, and a sharp scalpel, Jack Hartnell dissects the medieval body and offers a remedy to our preconceptions. Medieval beliefs about the body were drastically different from ours today: Hair was thought to be a condensation of fumes emitted from the pores, ideas were supposedly committed to memory by being directly imprinted on the brain, and the womb of a goat was believed to function as a contraceptive. But while this medieval medicine now seems archaic, it also made a critical contribution to modern science. Medieval Bodies guides us on a head-to-heel journey through this era's revolutionary advancements and disturbing convictions. We learn about the surgeons who dissected a living man's stomach, then sewed him up again; about the geographers who delineated racial groups by skin color; and about the practice of fasting to gain spiritual renown. Encompassing medicine and mysticism, politics and art-and complete with vivid, full-color illustrations-Medieval Bodies shows us how it felt to live and die a thousand years ago"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 909.07 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Lara Maiklem
Description: Expert "mudlarker" Lara Maiklem is uniquely trained in the art of seeking. Tirelessly trekking across miles of the Thames' muddy shores, where others only see the detritus of city life, Maiklem unearths evidence of England's captivating, if sometimes murky, history--with some objects dating back to 43 AD, when London was but an outpost of the Roman Empire. From medieval mail worn by warriors on English battlefields to nineteenth-century glass marbles mass-produced for the nation's first soda bottles, Maiklem deduces the historical significance of these artifacts with the quirky enthusiasm and sharp-sightedness of a twenty-first century Sherlock Holmes.
Call Number: 942.1 Mai
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Gene Weingarten
Description: Gene Weingarten explores the events of a random day in U.S. history, offering a diorama of American life that illuminates all that has changed--and all that hasn't--in the past three decades. Weingarten asked three strangers to, literally, pluck a day, month, and year from a hat. That day turned out to be Sunday, December 28, 1986, by any conventional measure a most ordinary day. He then spent the next six years proving that there is no such thing. That Sunday between Christmas and New Year's turned out to be filled with comedy, tragedy, implausible irony, cosmic comeuppances, kindness, cruelty, heroism, cowardice, genius, idiocy, prejudice, selflessness, coincidence, and startling moments of human connection, along with evocative foreshadowing of momentous events yet to come. Lives were lost. Lives were saved. Lives were altered in overwhelming ways. Many of these events never made it into the news; they were private dramas in the lives of private people. One Day asks and answers the question of whether there is even such a thing as "ordinary" when we are talking about how we all lurch and stumble our way through the daily, daunting challenge of being human.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.927 Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Eric Lichtblau
Description: "The remarkable story of Fred Mayer, a German-born Jew who escaped Nazi Germany only to return as an American commando on a secret mission behind enemy lines"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5486 Lic
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Sten F. Odenwald
Description: "From Galileo's telescope to the International Space Station - a stunningly photo-filled tour through the milestones of space exploration, examining iconic objects from Sputnik to Skylab and their effect on what we know and how we think about space."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 520.9 Ode
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Orlando Figes
Description: The nineteenth century in Europe was the first age of cultural globalization--an epoch when mass communications and high-speed rail travel brought Europe together, overcoming national barriers and creating a truly pan-European canon of artistic, musical, and literary works. By 1900, people across the continent were reading the same books, looking at the same art, and attending the same opera performances. Orlando Figes moves from Parisian salons to German spa towns to Russian country houses, exploring the interplay of money and art that made this unification possible. At the book's center is an intimate love triangle: the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev; the Spanish prima donna Pauline Viardot; and her husband Louis Viardot, a connoisseur and political activist. Their passionate, ambitious lives caught up an astonishing array of artists and princes, poets, composers, and impresarios--Delacroix, Chopin, the Schumanns, Hugo, Flaubert, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky, among them. Nearly all of civilization's great advances have come when people, ideas, and artistic creations circulate freely between nations. Spanning a continent and a century, The Europeans offers an international history of European culture, and a compelling argument for the benefits of cosmopolitanism.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.28 Fig
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Nathalia Holt
Description: From Snow White to Moana, the animated films of Walt Disney Studios have moved and entertained millions. But few fans know that behind these groundbreaking features was an influential group of women who fought for respect in an often ruthless male-dominated industry and who have slipped under the radar for decades. Holt shows how these women infiltrated the boys' club of Disney's story and animation departments and used early technologies to create the rich artwork and unforgettable narratives that have become part of the American canon. While battling sexism, domestic abuse, and workplace intimidation, these women also fought to transform the way female characters are depicted to young audiences. - adapted from jacket
Call Number: 791.433 Hol
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Douglas Smith
Description: "The harrowing, little-known story of the ARA, an American effort to save the newly-formed Soviet Union from a disastrous famine"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 947.0841 Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Maurice Isserman
Description: The story of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, whose elite soldiers broke the last line of German defenses in Italy's mountains in 1945, spearheading the Allied advance to the Alps and final victory.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5412 Iss
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
David J. Silverman
Description: Ahead of the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, a new look at the Plymouth colony's founding events, told for the first time with Wampanoag people at the heart of the story. In March 1621, when Plymouth's survival was hanging in the balance, the Wampanoag sachem (or chief), Ousamequin (Massasoit), and Plymouth's governor, John Carver, declared their people's friendship for each other and a commitment to mutual defense. Later that autumn, the English gathered their first successful harvest and lifted the specter of starvation. Ousamequin and 90 of his men then visited Plymouth for the "First Thanksgiving." The treaty remained operative until King Philip's War in 1675, when 50 years of uneasy peace between the two parties would come to an end. 400 years after that famous meal, historian David J. Silverman sheds profound new light on the events that led to the creation, and bloody dissolution, of this alliance. Focusing on the Wampanoag Indians, Silverman deepens the narrative to consider tensions that developed well before 1620 and lasted long after the devastating war-tracing the Wampanoags' ongoing struggle for self-determination up to this very day. -- Amazon
Call Number: ordered 101019
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Alan Taylor
Description: Alan Taylor offers a study of Jefferson and his campaign to save Virginia through education. By turns entertaining and tragic, this history reveals the origins of a great university in the dilemmas of Virginia slavery. Thomas Jefferson shares center stage with his family and fellow planters, all dependent on the labor of enslaved black families. With a declining Virginia yielding to commercially vibrant northern states, Jefferson in 1819 proposed to build a university to educate and improve the sons of the planter elite. They, he hoped, might one day lead a revitalized Virginia free of slavery-- and free of the former slaves. Jefferson's campaign to build the university was a contest for the future of a state and the larger nation. Although he prevails, Jefferson's vision of reform through education is hobbled by the actions of genteel students whose defiant sense of honor derived from owning slaves. It is the women of this hypermasculine society--particularly Jefferson's granddaughters--who redeem the best elements of his legacy.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.46 Tay
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
Donald L. Miller
Description: The story of the longest and most decisive military campaign of the Civil War in Vicksburg, Mississippi, which opened the Mississippi River, split the Confederacy, freed tens of thousands of slaves, and made Grant the most important general of the war.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.734 Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 2, 2019
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A Castle In Wartime : One Family, Their Missing Sons, And The Fight To Defeat The Nazis
Catherine Bailey
943.086 Bai
Medieval Bodies : Life, Death And Art In The Middle Ages
Jack Hartnell
909.07 Har
All Blood Runs Red : The Legendary Life Of Eugene Bullard-- Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy
Phil Keith, Thomas Clavin
940.44 Kei
Mudlark : In Search Of London's Past Along The River Thames
Lara Maiklem
942.1 Mai
American Cuisine : And How It Got This Way
Paul Freedman
641.5973 Fre
One Day : The Extraordinary Story Of An Ordinary 24 Hours In America
Gene Weingarten
973.927 Wei
American Radicals : How Nineteenth-century Protest Shaped The Nation
Holly Jackson
303.484 Jac
Return To The Reich : A Holocaust Refugee's Secret Mission To Defeat The Nazis
Eric Lichtblau
940.5486 Lic
Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister : Three Women At The Heart Of Twentieth-century China
Jung Chang
951.05 Cha
Space Exploration : A History In 100 Objects
Sten F. Odenwald
520.9 Ode
Checkpoint Charlie : The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, And The Most Dangerous Place On Earth
Iain MacGregor
943.155 Mac
The Europeans : Three Lives And The Making Of A Cosmopolitan Culture
Orlando Figes
940.28 Fig
Daughters Of Chivalry : The Forgotten Princesses Of King Edward Longshanks
Kelcey Wilson-Lee
942.035 Wil
The Queens Of Animaltion : The Untold Story Of The Women Who Transformed The World Of Disney And Made Cinematic History
Nathalia Holt
791.433 Hol
Dreams Of El Dorado : A History Of The American West
H. W. Brands
978.02 Bra
The Russian Job : The Forgotten Story Of How America Saved The Soviet Union From Ruin
Douglas Smith
947.0841 Smi
Escape From Paris : A True Story Of Love And Resistance In Wartime France
Stephen Harding
940.5344 Har
The Winter Army : The World War Ii Odyssey Of The 10th Mountain Division, America's Elite Alpine Warriors
Maurice Isserman
940.5412 Iss
Fifth Sun : A New History Of The Aztecs
Camilla Townsend
ordered 103119
This Land Is Their Land : The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, And The Troubled History Of Thanksgiving
David J. Silverman
ordered 101019
Hymns Of The Republic : The Story Of The Final Year Of The American Civil War
S. C. Gwynne
973.7 Gwy
Thomas Jefferson's Education
Alan Taylor
973.46 Tay
Lakota America : A New History Of Indigenous Power
Pekka Hämäläinen
970.98 Ham
Vicksburg : Grant's Campaign That Broke The Confederacy
Donald L. Miller
973.734 Mil