History: The Fascinating and the Bizarre

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History is home to both the interesting and the creepy, the wild and the amazing. Check out these books for a look into the past.


Charles C Mann
Description: Mann shows how a new generation of researchers equipped with novel scientific techniques have come to previously unheard-of conclusions about the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans: In 1491 there were probably more people living in the Americas than in Europe. The earliest cities in the Western Hemisphere were thriving before the Egyptians built the great pyramids.
Call Number: 970.011 Man
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Neil MacGregor
Call Number: 930.1 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Simon Winchester
Description: Blending history and anecdote, geography and reminiscence, science and exposition, the author ... tells the breathtaking saga of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, setting it against the backdrop of mankind's intellectual evolution. Until a thousand years ago, no humans ventured into the Atlantic or imagined traversing its vast infinity. But once the first daring mariners successfully navigated to far shores, whether it was the Vikings, the Irish, the Chinese, Christopher Columbus in the north, or the Portuguese and the Spanish in the south, the Atlantic evolved in the world's growing consciousness of itself as an enclosed body of water bounded by the Americas to the West, and by Europe and Africa to the East. Atlantic is a biography of this immense space, of a sea which has defined and determined so much about the lives of the millions who live beside or near its tens of thousands of miles of coast. The Atlantic has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists and warriors, and it continues to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Poets to potentates, seers to sailors, fishermen to foresters, all have a relationship with this great body of blue-green sea and regard her as friend or foe, adversary or ally, depending on circumstance or fortune. The author chronicles that relationship, making the Atlantic come vividly alive. Spanning from the earth's geological origins to the age of exploration, World War II battles to modern pollution, his narrative is epic and awe-inspiring.
Call Number: 551.46 Win
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Alfred Lansing, Simon Prebble
Description: In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.
Call Number: 919.8904 Lan
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Mir Tamim Ansary
Description: Five times in the last two centuries. some great power has tried to invade, occupy, or otherwise take control of Afghanistan. And every intervention has come to grief for much the same reason: the intervening power has failed to understand that Afghanistan has a story of its own, a story that continues to unfold between--and despite--the interventions. Drawing on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources, Ansary weaves an epic that moves from a universe of village republics--the old Afghanistan--through a tumultuous drama of tribes. factions, and forces, to the current struggle. Ansary paints a richly textured portrait of a nation that began to form around the same time as the United States but is still struggling to coalesce; a nation driven by its high ambitions but undermined by its own demons, while every forty to sixty years a great power crashes in and disrupts whatever progress has been made.--From publisher description.
Call Number: 958.1 Ans
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
Description: When General George Washington beat a hasty retreat from New York City in August 1776, many thought the American Revolution might soon be over. Instead, Washington rallied--thanks in large part to a little-known, top-secret group called the Culper Spy Ring. Washington realized that he couldn't beat the British with military might, so he recruited a sophisticated and deeply secretive intelligence network to infiltrate New York. So carefully guarded were the members' identities that one spy's name was not uncovered until the twentieth century, and one remains unknown today. But by now, historians have discovered enough information about the ring's activities to piece together evidence that these six individuals turned the tide of the war. Here, these spies finally take their place among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution.--From publisher description.
Call Number: 973.385 Kil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Jared M Diamond, Doug Ordunio
Description: Jared Diamond, Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine, goes beyond weapons, war tactics, and politics to show how biological and environmental factors changed and shaped thousands of years of history.
Call Number: 303.4 Dia
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Rachel Swaby
Description: Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby's profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one's ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they're best known--From page 4 of cover.
Call Number: 509.22 Swa
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Ruth Goodman
Description: Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Victorian conditions, Goodman serves as our bustling and fanciful guide to nineteenth-century life. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, she celebrates the ordinary lives of the most perennially fascinating era of British history. From waking up to the rapping of a "knocker-upper man" on the window pane to lacing into a corset after a round of calisthenics, from slipping opium to the little ones to finally retiring to the bedroom for the ideal combination of "love, consideration, control and pleasure," the weird, wonderful, and somewhat gruesome intricacies of Victorian life are vividly rendered.
Call Number: 941.08 Goo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Erik. 1954- Larson, Isaac Monroe Cline
Call Number: 976.4139 Lar
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
James W Loewen
Description: Criticizes the way history is presented in current textbooks, and suggests a fresh and more accurate approach to teaching American history.
Call Number: 973 Loe 2007
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Kim MacQuarrie
Description: Kim MacQuarrie tells stories of South America's history, from Butch Cassidy to Che Guevara to cocaine king Pablo Escobar to the last survivor of an Indian tribe, all of these stories set in the Andes Mountains--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 980 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Jason Porath
Description: A collection of illustrations of tough women both historical and fantastical--too awesome, too fierce, and sometimes too weird. Here are the real unsung women of history, real and from literature, mythology and folklore. Illustrated in a contemporary animation style, Rejected Princesses dismisses the 'pretty pink princess' stereotype and profiles, through biography, imagery, wit, and humor, badass women throughout time and from all around the world--warrior queens, soldiers, villains, spies, revolutionaries, and many more. Porath presents the female role models we never knew we needed and commemorates unknown but captivating female heroes from every eara, ethnicity, class and orientation.--From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 920.72 Por
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Eleanor Herman
Call Number: 940 Her
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Steve Turner
Description: When Titanic collided with an iceberg at 23:40 on April 14th, the eight members of the band had already retired for the evening. Still, they put on overcoats and mufflers came out to play in the lounge. When most of the First Class passengers had taken to their lifeboats, the musicians simply moved to the deck and continued to play, calming the passengers as the ship sank. Historian and biographer Steve Turner delves into the lives of these men, revealing eight unique portraits of bravery. --from publisher description
Call Number: 910.9163 Tur
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Jeff Shaara
Description: This concluding novel of Shaara's epic Civil War tetralogy tells the dramatic story of the final eight months of battle from multiple perspectives: the commanders in their tents making plans for total victory, as well as the ordinary foot soldiers and cavalrymen who carried out their orders until the last alarum sounded. Through William Tecumseh Sherman's eyes, we gain insight into the mind of the general who vowed to 'make Georgia howl' until it surrendered. In Johnston, we see a man agonizing over the limits of his army's power, and accepting the burden of leading the last desperate effort to ensure the survival of the Confederacy.
Call Number: LP FIC Sha
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Tom Brokaw
Call Number: 940.5481 Bro
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Hubert Wolf
Call Number: 271.97 Wol
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Michael Pollan
Call Number: LP 394.12 Pol
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Deborah Blum
Call Number: 614.13 Blu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
J. McIver Weatherford
Call Number: 950.2 Wea
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Philip Gourevitch
Description: Stories From Rwanda
Call Number: 967.571 Gou
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
Reza Aslan
Description: Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was the age of zealotry--a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman occupation a sacred duty incumbent on all Jews. And few figures better exemplified this principle than the charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy.
Call Number: LP 232.9 Asl
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 26, 2017
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1491 : New Revelations Of The Americas Before Columbus
Charles C Mann
970.011 Man
Rejected Princesses : Tales Of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, And Heretics
Jason Porath
920.72 Por
A History Of The World In 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
930.1 Mac
Sex With Kings : 500 Years Of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, And Revenge
Eleanor Herman
940 Her
Atlantic : Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, And A Vast Ocean Of A Million Stories
Simon Winchester
551.46 Win
The Band That Played On : The Extraordinary Story Of The 8 Musicians Who Went Down With The Titanic
Steve Turner
910.9163 Tur
Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage [Audiobook]
Alfred Lansing, Simon Prebble
919.8904 Lan
The Disappearing Spoon : And Other True Tales Of Madness, Love, And The History Of The World From The Periodic Table Of The Elements
Sam Kean
546 Kea
Games Without Rules : The Often Interrupted History Of Afghanistan
Mir Tamim Ansary
958.1 Ans
The Fateful Lightning : A Novel Of The Civil War [Large Print]
Jeff Shaara
LP FIC Sha
George Washington's Secret Six : The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution
Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
973.385 Kil
The Greatest Generation [Audiobook]
Tom Brokaw
940.5481 Bro
Guns, Germs, And Steel : The Fates Of Human Societies [Audiobook]
Jared M Diamond, Doug Ordunio
303.4 Dia
The Nuns Of Sant'ambrogio : A True Story Of A Convent In Scandal
Hubert Wolf
271.97 Wol
Headstrong : 52 Women Who Changed Science-- And The World
Rachel Swaby
509.22 Swa
The Omnivore's Dilemma : A Natural History Of Four Meals [Large Print]
Michael Pollan
LP 394.12 Pol
How To Be A Victorian : A Dawn-To-Dusk Guide To Victorian Life
Ruth Goodman
941.08 Goo
The Poisoner's Handbook : Murder And The Birth Of Forensic Medicine In Jazz Age New York
Deborah Blum
614.13 Blu
Isaac's Storm : A Man, A Time, And The Deadliest Hurricane In History
Erik. 1954- Larson, Isaac Monroe Cline
976.4139 Lar
The Secret History Of The Mongol Queens : How The Daughters Of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire
J. McIver Weatherford
950.2 Wea
Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James W Loewen
973 Loe 2007
We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families
Philip Gourevitch
967.571 Gou
Life And Death In The Andes : On The Trail Of Bandits, Heroes, And Revolutionaries
Kim MacQuarrie
980 Mac
Zealot : The Life And Times Of Jesus Of Nazareth [Large Print]
Reza Aslan
LP 232.9 Asl