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Alex Kershaw
Description: The untold story of four of the most decorated soldiers of World War II--all Medal of Honor recipients--from the beaches of French Morocco to Hitler's own mountaintop fortress. As the Allies raced to defeat Hitler, four men, all in the same unit, earned medal after medal for battlefield heroism. Maurice "Footsie" Britt became the first American to receive every award for valor in a single war. Michael Daly risked his neck over and over to keep his men alive. Keith Ware owed his life to Audie Murphy. In the campaign to liberate Europe, each would gain the Congressional Medal of Honor. Alex Kershaw's account of American courage spans more than six hundred days of increasingly merciless combat, from the deserts of North Africa to the dark heart of Nazi Germany.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 940.5481 Ker
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Anne Farrar Hyde
Description: A history of the West that pivots on Native peoples and the mixed families they made with European settlers. At the heart of Native life for centuries there were complex households using marriage to link communities and protect people within circles of kin. These family circles took in European newcomers who followed the fur trade into Indian Country from the Great Lakes to the Columbia River. Anne Hyde's history follows five mixed-descent families whose lives were inscribed by history: corporate battles over control of the fur trade, the extension of American power into the West, the ravages of imported disease, the violence triggered by Indian removal, the incessant battles for land with encroaching American settlement, and the mix of opportunity and disaster in post-Civil War reservations and allotment. Occupying a dangerous intermediate ground in a continent of conflict, mixed-descent families were pivotal in the events that made the West.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 978.02 Hyd
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Ira M. Rutkow
Description: A history of surgery's development--spanning the Stone Age to the present day--blending medical studies with lively and skillful storytelling. In America, tens-of-millions of major surgical procedures are performed annually but few of us pause to consider the magnitude of these figures because we have such inherent confidence in surgeons. Most of us have no idea how surgeons came to be because the story of surgery has never been fully told. This book reveals the history of surgery's evolution from its earliest roots in Europe through its rise to scientific and social dominance in the United States. This is both a global history and a uniquely American tale. You'll discover how in the 20th century the US achieved surgical world supremacy heralded by the Nobel Prize-winning, seemingly impossible feat of transplanting a kidney and how the heart-lung machine was developed. This portrays the evolution of surgery in all its dramatic and life-enhancing complexity and shows that its history is truly one awe-inspiring triumph after another.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 617 Rut
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Philip Freeman
Description: "Over two thousand years ago one of the greatest military leaders in history almost destroyed Rome. Hannibal, a daring African general from the city of Carthage, led an army of warriors and battle elephants over the snowy Alps to invade the very heart of Rome's growing empire. But what kind of person would dare to face the most relentless imperial power of the ancient world? How could Hannibal, consistently outnumbered and always deep in enemy territory, win battle after battle until he held the very fate of Rome within his grasp?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 937.04 Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Laura Thompson
Description: Laura Thompson examines the lives of heiresses throughout history and discovers the often tragic truth beneath the gilded surface. Before the 20th century a wife's inheritance was the property of her husband, making her vulnerable to kidnap, forced marriages, even confinement in an asylum. And in modern times, heiresses fell victim to fortune-hunters who squandered their millions. In discussing their lives, Thompson also tells a bigger story about how all women fought their way to equality, and sometimes even found autonomy and fulfilment. - adapted from jacket
Call Number: 305.482 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Deborah Cohen
Description: Married foreign correspondents John and Frances Gunther intimately understood that it isn't only impersonal, economic forces that propel history, bringing readers so close to the front lines of history that they could feel how personal pathologies became the stuff of geopolitical crises. Together with other reporters of the Lost Generation--American journalists H.R. Knickerbocker, Vincent Sheean, and Dorothy Thompson--the Gunthers slipped through knots of surveillance and ignored orders of expulsion in order to expose the mass executions in Badajoz during the Spanish Civil War, the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, the millions of dollars that Joseph Goebbels salted away abroad, and the sexual peccadillos of Hitler's brownshirts. Just as they were transforming journalism, it was also transforming them: who they loved and betrayed, how they raised their children and coped with death. Over the course of their careers they would popularize bringing the private life into public view, not only in their reporting on the outsized figures of their day, but in what they revealed about their own (and each other's) intimate experiences as well.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 070.92 Coh
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Caroline Elkins
Description: A searing study of the British Empire that interrogates the country's pervasive use of violence throughout the twentieth century and traces how these practices were exported, modified, and institutionalized in colonies around the globe.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 909.0971 Elk
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Nancy Rubin Stuart
Description: Benjamin Franklin: thrifty inventor, statesman of the Revolutionary era, lover of women. The most prominent among them was Deborah Read Franklin, his common-law wife and partner for 44 years. An independent, politically savvy woman and devoted wife, she raised their children, managed his finances, and fought off angry mobs at gunpoint while he traipsed about England. Stuart also introduces us to Margaret Stevenson, the widowed landlady who managed Ben's life in London; Catherine Ray, the New Englander with whom he traveled overnight and later exchanged passionate letters; Madame Brillon, the French musician who flirted shamelessly with him, and the witty Madame Helvetius, who befriended the philosophes of pre-Revolutionary France and brought Ben to his knees. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 973.3 Stu
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, Philip Wang, Julia Kuo
Description: 'RISE' is a love letter to and for Asian Americans--a vivid scrapbook of voices, emotions, and memories from an era in which their culture was forged and transformed, and a way to preserve both the headlines and the intimate conversations that have shaped their community into who they are today.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.095 Yan
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Megan Kate Nelson
Description: The story of how Yellowstone became the world's first national park amid the nationwide turmoil and racial violence of the Reconstruction era. In late July 1871, the geologist-explorer Ferdinand Hayden led a team of scientists through a narrow canyon into Yellowstone Basin, entering one of the last unmapped places in the country. The survey's discoveries led to the passage of the Yellowstone Act in 1872, which created the first national park in the world. Megan Kate Nelson examines the larger context of this American moment, illuminating Hayden's survey as a national project meant to give Americans a sense of achievement and unity in the wake of a destructive civil war. This book follows Hayden and two other protagonists in pursuit of their own agendas: Sitting Bull, a Lakota leader who asserted his peoples' claim to their homelands, and financier Jay Cooke, who wanted to secure his national reputation by building the Northern Pacific Railroad through the Great Northwest. Hayden, Cooke, and Sitting Bull staked their claims to Yellowstone at a critical moment in Reconstruction, when the Grant Administration and the 42nd Congress were testing the reach and the purpose of federal power across the nation. This is also a story of Indigenous resistance, the expansive reach of railroad, photographic, and publishing technologies, and the struggles of Black southerners to bring racial terrorists to justice. It reveals how the early 1870s were a turning point in the nation's history, as white Americans ultimately abandoned the the higher ideal of equality for all people, creating a much more fragile and divided United States.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 978.752 Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Jack E. Davis
Description: The bald eagle is regal but fearless, a bird you're not inclined to argue with. For centuries, Americans have celebrated it as "majestic" and "noble," yet savaged the living bird behind their national symbol as a malicious predator of livestock and, falsely, a snatcher of babies. Jack E. Davis contrasts the age when native peoples lived beside it peacefully with that when others, whether through hunting bounties or DDT pesticides, twice pushed Haliaeetus leucocephalus to the brink of extinction. This book is a cultural and natural history that demonstrates how this bird's wondrous journey may provide inspiration today, as we grapple with environmental peril on a larger scale.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 598.943 Dav
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Shelley Puhak
Description: The remarkable, little-known story of two trailblazing women in the Early Middle Ages who wielded immense power, only to be vilified for daring to rule. Brunhild was a foreign princess, raised to be married off for the sake of alliance-building. Her sister-in-law Fredegund started out as a lowly palace slave. And yet, in sixth-century Merovingian France, where women were excluded from noble succession and royal politics was a blood sport, these two iron-willed strategists reigned over vast realms, changing the face of Europe.
Call Number: 944.013 Puh
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Neal Thompson
Description: Today, we remember the Kennedys as an iconic American family--the vanguard of wealth, power, and style, rather than as the descendants of poor immigrants. This is the first book to explore the inspiring story of the poor Irish refugee couple, Patrick and Bridget Kennedy, who escaped famine, created a life together in a city hostile to Irish, immigrants, and Catholics, and launched the Kennedy dynasty in America.
Call Number: 929.2 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Silvia Ferrara, Todd Portnowitz
Description: "Silvia Ferrara leads a code cracking mission to decipher the hidden truths and histories of our greatest invention--the art of writing"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 411.09 Fer
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Jeffrey Frank
Description: "The nearly eight years of Harry Truman's presidency--among the most turbulent in American history--were marked by victory in the wars against Germany and Japan; the first use of an atomic weapon; the beginning of the Cold War; creation of the NATO alliance; the founding of the United Nations; the Marshall Plan to rebuild the wreckage of postwar Europe; the Red Scare; and the fateful decision to commit troops to fight in Korea"-- Amazon.com.
Call Number: 973.918 Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Scott Carney, Jason Miklian
Description: This fast-paced, meticulously detailed book tells the story of the Great Bhola Cyclone, the deadliest storm in modern history, which killed 500,000 people in Pakistan, and its aftermath as told through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it.
Call Number: 363.3492 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Barry S. Strauss
Description: "The story of one of history's most decisive and yet little known battles, the Battle of Actium in 31 BC, which brought together Antony and Cleopatra on one side and Octavian, soon to be emperor Augustus, on the other, and whose outcome determined the future of the Roman Empire"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 937.05 Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Carole Emberton
Description: "Priscilla Joyner was born into the world of slavery in 1858. Her life story, which she recounted in an oral history decades later, captures the complexity of emancipation. Based on interviews that Joyner and formerly enslaved people had with the Depression-era Federal Writers Project, historian Carole Emberton draws a portrait of the steps they took in order to feel free, something no legal mandate could instill. Joyner's life exemplifies the deeply personal, highly emotional nature of freedom and the decisions people made, from the seemingly mundane to the formidable: what to wear, where to live, what work to do, and who to love. Joyner's story reveals the many paths forged by freedmen and freedwomen to find joy and belonging during Reconstruction, despite the long shadow slavery cast on their lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.362 Emb
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Roger Lowenstein
Description: Roger Lowenstein reveals the unlikely story of how Abraham Lincoln used the urgency of financing the Civil War to transform a union of states into one united nation. Through a financial lens, he explores how this second American revolution, led by Lincoln, his cabinet, and his congress, changed the direction of the country.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 973.71 Low
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
Peter Golenbock
Description: Peter Golenbock brings to life baseball greats from the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. This book is based on hundreds of hours of taped interviews featuring the likes of Roy Campanella, Ted Williams, Phil Rizzuto, Jim Bouton, and Stan Musial.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 796.357 Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 8, 2022
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Against All Odds : A True Story Of Ultimate Courage And Survival In World War Ii
Alex Kershaw
940.5481 Ker
The Bald Eagle : The Improbable Journey Of America's Bird
Jack E. Davis
598.943 Dav
Born Of Lakes And Plains : Mixed-descent Peoples And The Making Of The American West
Anne Farrar Hyde
978.02 Hyd
The Dark Queens : The Bloody Rivalry That Forged The Medieval World
Shelley Puhak
944.013 Puh
Empire Of The Scalpel : The History Of Surgery
Ira M. Rutkow
617 Rut
The First Kennedys : The Humble Roots Of An American Dynasty
Neal Thompson
929.2 Tho
Hannibal : Rome's Greatest Enemy
Philip Freeman
937.04 Fre
The Greatest Invention : A History Of The World In Nine Mysterious Scripts
Silvia Ferrara, Todd Portnowitz
411.09 Fer
Heiresses : The Lives Of The Million Dollar Babies
Laura Thompson
305.482 Tho
The Trials Of Harry S. Truman : The Extraordinary Presidency Of An Ordinary Man, 1945-1953
Jeffrey Frank
973.918 Fra
Last Call At The Hotel Imperial : The Reporters Who Took On A World At War
Deborah Cohen
070.92 Coh
The Vortex : A True Story Of History's Deadliest Storm, An Unspeakable War, And Liberation
Scott Carney, Jason Miklian
363.3492 Car
Legacy Of Violence : A History Of The British Empire
Caroline Elkins
909.0971 Elk
The War That Made The Roman Empire : Antony, Cleopatra, And Octavian At Actium
Barry S. Strauss
937.05 Str
Poor Richard's Women : Deborah Read Franklin And The Other Women Behind The Founding Father
Nancy Rubin Stuart
973.3 Stu
To Walk About In Freedom : The Long Emancipation Of Priscilla Joyner
Carole Emberton
306.362 Emb
Rise : A Pop History Of Asian America From The Nineties To Now
Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, Philip Wang, Julia Kuo
306.095 Yan
Ways And Means : Lincoln And His Cabinet And The Financing Of The Civil War
Roger Lowenstein
973.71 Low
Saving Yellowstone : Exploration And Preservation In Reconstruction America
Megan Kate Nelson
978.752 Nel
Whispers Of The Gods : Tales From Baseball's Golden Age, Told By The Men Who Played It
Peter Golenbock
796.357 Gol