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Paul Preston
Description: Paul Preston's history of modern Spain is not only the definitive history of Spain from 1876 to 2016, but an absorbing narrative that becomes a lens for understanding the challenges that all democracies have faced in the modern world. Spain's decrepit political system led to defeat in 1898 at the hands of the United States and cost Spain the last of its major colonies. Preston shows how the humiliation and economic degradation following the loss of empire brought forth a succession of feeble governments, culminating in the tragic Spanish Civil War and the rise of Francisco Franco's fascist dictatorship. This work discusses the continuities of political unrest and national anxiety in Spain up until the present, and illuminates the vicious political cycle that continues to create a stark gulf between the people and the elite political powers who rule over them.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 949.074 Pre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Doug J. Swanson
Description: "A twenty-first-century reckoning with the legendary Texas Rangers that does justice to their heroic moments while also documenting atrocities, brutality, and corruption The Texas Rangers rode into existence in 1823, when Texas was still part of Mexico, and continue today as one of the most famous of all law enforcement agencies. In Cult of Glory, Doug J. Swanson offers a sweeping account of the Rangers that chronicles both their epic, daring escapades and how the white and propertied power structures of Texas have used them as enforcers and protectors"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 363.209 Swa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Alexander Rose
Description: "Of all people who might have solved the problem of human flight, few would have suspected Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, a fusty, old-school member of the Wurrtemburg nobility, recently ousted from the German military and convinced that a flying machine will be his ticket back to military glory. Instead, by the dawn of the twentieth century, he creates something much bigger: a system of flight that embodies the cutting edge of multiple sciences and a business that would last for decades and make his name synonymous with airships. Not even the Wright brothers, who were creating their competing technology at nearly the same moment, managed such close association. Zeppelin, aging, leaves his company in the hands of Hugo Eckener, his partner and publicity expert, who has a vision of the airship connecting people all over the world. He guides the Zeppelin Company, always on the brink of collapse, through the first world war and some of Germany's most difficult years, as he tries to establish the first airline route across the Atlantic. But, just as Zeppelin had a rival for the best flight technology in the Wright Bros., Eckener meets his match in Pan American's Juan Trippe in the race to secure a financially sustainable and popular airline business."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 387.7092 Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Steven Johnson
Description: Henry Avery was the seventeenth century's most notorious pirate. The press published wildly popular--and wildly inaccurate--reports of his nefarious adventures. The British government offered enormous bounties for his capture, alive or (preferably) dead. But Steven Johnson argues that Avery's most lasting legacy was his inadvertent triggering of a new model for the global economy. His book focuses on one key event--the attack of an Indian treasure ship by Avery and his crew--and its surprising repercussions across time and space. Johnson uses the story of Henry Avery and his crimes to explore the emergence of the modern global marketplace: a densely interconnected planet ruled by nations and corporations. The book crosses disciplinary boundaries to recount its history; the chemistry behind the invention of gunpowder; the innovations in navigation that enabled the age of exploration; the cultural history of pirates; the biographical history of Avery and his crew; the rise of the Moghul dynasty; and the commercial ambition of the East India Company.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 910.45 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Neal Bascomb
Description: They were the unlikeliest of heroes. René Dreyfus, a former top driver on the international race car circuit, had been banned from the best teams--and fastest cars--by the mid-1930s because of his Jewish heritage. Charles Weiffenbach, head of the down-on-its-luck automaker Delahaye, was desperately trying to save his company as the world teetered at the brink. And Lucy Schell, the adventurous daughter of an American multi-millionaire, yearned to reclaim the glory of her rally-driving days. As Nazi Germany launched its campaign of racial terror and pushed the world toward war, these three misfits banded together to challenge Hitler's dominance at the apex of motorsport: the Grand Prix. Their quest for redemption culminated in a remarkable race that is still talked about in racing circles to this day--but which, soon after it ended, Hitler attempted to completely erase from history.
Call Number: 796.7209 Bas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Peter Fritzsche
Description: Over just a few months in spring 1933, Germany transformed from a deeply divided republic into a one-party Nazi dictatorship. Peter Fritzsche offers a probing new account of the dramatic and pivotal period when Germans became Nazis and the Third Reich began. Amid the ravages of economic depression, Germans in the early 1930s were pulled to political extremes both left and right. But after Adolf Hitler's appointment as chancellor in January, the Nazis moved with brutality and audaciousness to swiftly create a new political order. Fritzsche closely examines the events of these days--the elections and mass arrests, the gunfire and bonfires, the patriotic rallies and anti-Jewish boycotts--to understand both the terrifying power that the National Socialists exerted over ordinary Germans, and the powerful appeal of the new era they promised. It was a time characterized by both coercion and consent--but ultimately, a majority of Germans preferred the Nazi future to the Weimar past. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 943.086 Fri
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Tim McGrath
Description: The life of James Monroe: soldier, senator, diplomat, and the last Founding Father to hold the presidency, a man who helped transform thirteen colonies into a vibrant and mighty republic. Tim McGrath has delved into an array of primary sources, many rarely seen since Monroe's own time, to conjure up this portrait of an essential American statesman and president.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: B Mon
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Eileen Alexander
Description: In 1939, Eileen Alexander, a bright young woman recently graduated from Girton College, Cambridge, begins a brilliant correspondence with fellow Cambridge student Gershon Ellenbogen that lasts five years and spans many hundreds of letters. But as Eileen and Gershon's relationship flourishes from friendship and admiration into passion and love, the tensions between Germany, Russia, and the rest of Europe reach a crescendo. When war is declared, Gershon heads for Cairo and Eileen forgoes her studies to work in the Air Ministry. Love in the Blitz is a glimpse of life in London during World War II and a portrait of an ordinary young woman trying to carve a place for herself in a time of uncertainty. As the Luftwaffe begins its bombardment of England, Eileen, like her fellow Britons, carries on while her loved ones are called up to fight, some never to return home. Throughout the turmoil and bloodshed, one thing remains constant: her beloved Gershon, who remains a source of strength and support, even after he, too, joins the fighting. Though his letters have been lost to time, the bolstering force of his love for Eileen is illuminated in her responses to him. A timeless romance and a deeply personal story of life and resilience amid the violence and terror of war. .
Call Number: 942.1 Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Jia Lynn Yang
Description: A history of the legislative battle to reform American immigration laws that set the stage for the immigration debates roiling America today. The idea of the United States as a nation of immigrants is today so pervasive, and seems so foundational, that it can be hard to believe Americans ever thought otherwise. A 1924 law passed by Congress instituted a system of ethnic quotas so stringent that it choked off large-scale immigration for decades, sharply curtailing immigration from southern and eastern Europe and outright banning people from nearly all of Asia. Jia Lynn Yang recounts how a small number of lawmakers, activists, and presidents worked relentlessly for the next forty years to abolish the 1924 law and its quotas. Their efforts established the new mythology of the United States as "a nation of immigrants" that is so familiar to all of us now. Through a world war, a global refugee crisis, and a McCarthyist fever that swept the country, these Americans never stopped trying to restore the United States to a country that lived up to its vision as a home for "the huddled masses". When the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, one of the most transformative laws in the country's history, ended the country's system of racial preferences among immigrants, it opened the door to Asian, Latin American, African, and Middle Eastern migration at levels never seen before--paving the way for America's modern immigration trends in ways those who debated it could hardly have imagined.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 325.73 Yan
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Jim Rasenberger
Description: A biography of Samuel Colt--the inventor of the legendary Colt revolver (a.k.a. six-shooter) which changed the US forever, triggering the industrial revolution and the settlement of the American West. Patented in 1836, the Colt pistol with its revolving cylinder was the first practical firearm that could shoot more than one bullet without reloading. Colt's gun had a profound effect on American history. Its most immediate impact was on the expansionism of the American west, where white emigrants and US soldiers came to depend on it, and where Native Americans came to dread it. The six-shooter became the iconic weapon of gun-slingers, outlaws, and cowboys. In making the revolver, Colt also changed American manufacturing--his factory revolutionized industry in the United States. Ultimately, Colt and his gun-making brought together the two most significant forces of change before the Civil War--the industrial revolution in the east, Manifest Destiny in the west. In the space of his forty-seven years, Sam Colt seemingly lived five lives: he traveled, womanized, drank prodigiously, smuggled guns to Russia, bribed politicians, and supplied the Union Army with the guns they needed to win the Civil War. Colt lived during an age of promise and progress, but also of slavery, corruption, and unbridled greed, and he not only helped to create this America, he completely embodied it.--Bookdepository.com.
Call Number: B Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Deirdre Mask
Description: The story of how streets got their names and houses their numbers, and why something as seemingly mundane as an address can save lives or enforce power. Street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. Addresses arose out of a grand Enlightenment project to name and number the streets, but they are also a way for people to be identified and tracked by those in power. As Deirdre Mask explains, the practice of numbering houses was popularized in eighteenth-century Vienna by Maria Theresa, leader of the Hapsburg Empire, to tax her subjects and draft them into her military. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class, causing them to be a shorthand for snobbery or discrimination. Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King, Jr., the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany, and why numbered streets dominate in America but not in Europe. The flipside of having an address is not having one, and we see what that means for millions of people today. The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name,to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn't--and why.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 388.1 Mas
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Jill Watts
Description: "In 1932 in the midst of the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the presidency with the help of key African American defectors from the Republican Party. At the time, most African Americans lived in poverty in the South, denied citizenship rights and terrorized by white violence. But Roosevelt's victory created the opportunity for a group of African American intellectuals and activists to join his administration as racial affairs experts. Known as the Black Cabinet, they organized themselves into an unofficial council. They innovated antidiscrimination policy, documented the New Deal's inequalities, led programs that lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for greater federal accountability to African Americans and a greater black presence in government. But the Black Cabinet never won official recognition from Roosevelt, and with his death, it disappeared from history. This is its story"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 323.1196 Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Thomas Penn
Description: "For fans of Hilary Mantel and The Tudors, this is the dramatic story of the concluding episode in England's War of the Roses, featuring three brothers, two of whom became kings, Edward IV and Richard III, famous from Shakespeare's great history play Richard III"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 942.04 Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Maggie Doherty
Description: The story of five brilliant, passionate women who, in the early 1960s, converged at the newly founded Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study, stepping outside the domestic sphere and shaping the course of feminism in ways that still resonate today. In 1960, at the height of an era that expected women to focus solely on raising families, Radcliffe College announced the founding of an Institute for Independent Study, offering fellowships to women with a PhD or "the equivalent" in artistic success. Maggie Doherty introduces us to five brilliant friends--poets Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin, painter Barbara Swan, sculptor Mariana Pineda, and writer Tillie Olsen--who came together at the Institute and would go on to make history. Doherty weaves from these women's own voices a moving narrative of friendship, ambition, activism, and art.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 700.92 Doh
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Dan C. Goldberg
Description: "This is the story of the thirteen black men who broke one of the military's most rigid racial barriers and integrated the officer corps of the United States Navy."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 359.009 Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Susan Berfield
Description: It seemed like no force in the world could slow J. P. Morgan's drive to power. In the summer of 1901, the financier was assembling his next mega-deal: Northern Securities, an enterprise that would affirm his dominance in America's most important industry--the railroads. Then, a bullet from an anarchist's gun put an end to the business-friendly presidency of William McKinley. A new chief executive bounded into office: Theodore Roosevelt. He was convinced that as big business got bigger, the government had to check the influence of the wealthiest or the country would inch ever closer to collapse. By March 1902, battle lines were drawn: the government sued Northern Securities for antitrust violations. But as the case ramped up, the coal miners' union went on strike and the anthracite pits that fueled Morgan's trains and heated the homes of Roosevelt's citizens went silent. With millions of dollars on the line, winter bearing down, and revolution in the air, it was a crisis that neither man alone could solve. This is the story of a banker and a president thrown together in the crucible of national emergency even as they fought in court. The outcome of the strike and the case would change the course of our history.-- From book jacket.
Call Number: 973.911 Ber
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Katherine Sharp Landdeck
Description: The true story of the daring female aviators who helped the United States win World War II--only to be forgotten by the country they served. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Cornelia Fort was already in the air. At twenty-two, Fort had escaped Nashville's debutante scene for a fresh start as a flight instructor in Hawaii. She and her student were in the middle of their lesson when the bombs began to fall, and they barely made it back to ground that morning. Still, when the U.S. Army Air Forces put out a call for women pilots to aid the war effort, Fort was one of the first to respond. She became one of just over 1,100 women from across the nation to make it through the Army's rigorous selection process and earn her silver wings. The brainchild of trailblazing pilots Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) gave women like Fort a chance to serve their country--and to prove that women aviators were just as skilled as men. While not authorized to serve in combat, the WASP helped train male pilots for service abroad, and ferried bombers and pursuits across the country. Thirty-eight WASP would not survive the war. But even taking into account these tragic losses, Love and Cochran's social experiment seemed to be a resounding success--until, with the tides of war turning, Congress clipped the women's wings. The program was disbanded, the women sent home. But the bonds they'd forged never failed, and over the next few decades they came together to fight for recognition as the military veterans they were--and for their place in history.-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5449 Lan
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Thomas Clavin
Description: The true story of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the famous Battle at the OK Corral. On October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history. Thirty bullets were exchanged in thirty seconds, killing three men and wounding three others. The fight sprang forth from a tense, hot summer. Cattle rustlers had been terrorizing the back country of Mexico and selling the livestock they stole to corrupt ranchers. The Mexican government built forts along the border to try to thwart American outlaws, while Arizona citizens became increasingly agitated. Rustlers, who became known as the cow-boys, began to kill each other as well as innocent citizens. That October, tensions boiled over with Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne confronting the Tombstone marshal, Virgil Earp, and the suddenly deputized Wyatt and Morgan Earp and shotgun-toting Doc Holliday. Tom Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding the story of Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous. Tombstone also digs deep into the vendetta ride that followed the tragic gunfight, when Wyatt and Warren Earp and Holliday went vigilante to track down the likes of Johnny Ringo, Curly Bill Brocius, and other cowboys who had cowardly gunned down his brothers. That "vendetta ride" would make the myth of Wyatt Earp complete and punctuate the struggle for power in the American frontier's last boom town.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 979.153 Cla
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Emma Dabiri
Description: Despite increasingly liberal world views, black hair continues to be erased, appropriated, and stigmatized to the point of taboo. Through her personal and historical journey, Emma Dabiri gleans insights into the way racism is coded in society's perception of black hair--and how it is often used as an avenue for discrimination. Dabiri takes us from pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, and into today's Natural Hair Movement, exploring everything from women's solidarity and friendship, to the criminalization of dreadlocks, to the dubious provenance of Kim Kardashian's braids. Through the lens of hair texture, Dabiri leads us on a historical and cultural investigation of the global history of racism--and her own personal journey of self-love and finally, acceptance. Twisted proves that far from being only hair, black hairstyling culture can be understood as an allegory for black oppression and, ultimately, liberation.
Call Number: 391.5 Dab
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Claudio Saunt
Description: A masterful and unsettling history of the forced migration of 80,000 Native Americans across the Mississippi River in the 1830s. On May 28, 1830, Congress authorized the expulsion of indigenous peoples from the East to territories west of the Mississippi River. Over the next decade, Native Americans saw their homelands and possessions stolen through fraud, intimidation, and murder. Thousands lost their lives. Claudio Saunt upends the common view that "Indian Removal" was an inevitable chapter in US expansion across the continent. Instead, Saunt argues that it was a contested political act--resisted by both indigenous peoples and US citizens--that passed in Congress by a razor-thin margin. In telling the story of this systematic, state-sponsored theft, Saunt reveals how expulsion became national policy, abetted by southern slave owners and financed by Wall Street. The book offers an account of unbridled greed, government indifference, and administrative incompetence. The consequences of this vast transfer of land and wealth still resonate today.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 323.1197 Sau
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 24, 2020
Randy Roberts, John Matthew Smith
Description: Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith explore the monumental changes taking place in Boston during the Great War through the stories of three men: Karl Muck, the German conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Charles Whittlesey, a Harvard Law Student who was called to service and became an unlikely leader; and the famous baseball player, the Red Sox's Babe Ruth. Each was cast into the turmoil of the war, and each emerged as a public figure of one sort or another: one a villain, one a hero, one an athlete.
Call Number: 974.461 Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: May 15, 2020
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A People Betrayed : A History Of Corruption, Political Incompetence And Social Division In Modern Spain
Paul Preston
949.074 Pre
The Black Cabinet : The Untold Story Of African Americans And Politics During The Age Of Roosevelt
Jill Watts
323.1196 Wat
Cult Of Glory : The Bold And Brutal History Of The Texas Rangers
Doug J. Swanson
363.209 Swa
The Brothers York : A Royal Tragedy
Thomas Penn
942.04 Pen
Empires Of The Sky : Zeppelins, Airplanes, And Two Men's Epic Duel To Rule The World
Alexander Rose
387.7092 Ros
The Equivalents : A Story Of Art, Female Friendship, And Liberation In The 1960s
Maggie Doherty
700.92 Doh
Enemy Of All Mankind : A True Story Of Piracy, Power, And History's First Global Manhunt
Steven Johnson
910.45 Joh
The Golden Thirteen : How Black Men Won The Right To Wear Navy Gold
Dan C. Goldberg
359.009 Gol
Faster : How A Jewish Driver, An American Heiress, And A Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best
Neal Bascomb
796.7209 Bas
The Hour Of Fate : The Story Of Theodore Roosevelt, J. P. Morgan, And The Battle To Transform American Capitalism
Susan Berfield
973.911 Ber
Hitler's First Hundred Days : When Germans Embraced The Third Reich
Peter Fritzsche
943.086 Fri
The Women With Silver Wings : The Inspiring True Story Of The Women Airforce Service Pilots Of World War Ii
Katherine Sharp Landdeck
940.5449 Lan
James Monroe : A Life
Tim McGrath
B Mon
Tombstone : The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, And The Vendetta Ride From Hell
Thomas Clavin
979.153 Cla
Love In The Blitz : The Long-lost Letters Of A Brilliant Young Woman To Her Beloved On The Front
Eileen Alexander
942.1 Ale
Twisted : The Tangled History Of Black Hair Culture
Emma Dabiri
391.5 Dab
One Mighty And Irresistible Tide : The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924-1965
Jia Lynn Yang
325.73 Yan
Unworthy Republic : The Dispossession Of Native Americans And The Road To Indian Territory
Claudio Saunt
323.1197 Sau
Revolver : Sam Colt And The Six-shooter That Changed America
Jim Rasenberger
B Col
War Fever : Boston, Baseball, And America In The Shadow Of The Great War
Randy Roberts, John Matthew Smith
974.461 Rob
The Address Book : What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, And Power
Deirdre Mask
388.1 Mas