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  Cover Art: Modern-day Piracy Modern-day Piracy
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Iron Curtain : the Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 Applebaum, Anne, 1964-
Iron Curtain : the Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956
In the long-awaited follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning "Gulag," acclaimed journalist Anne Applebaum delivers a groundbreaking history of how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed in frightening fashion the individuals who came under its sway.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: 1948 : a Soldier's Tale : the Bloody Road to Jerusalem Avnery, Uri
1948 : a Soldier's Tale : the Bloody Road to Jerusalem
Written from the trenches, this moving memoir of a young Israeli soldier is the first eyewitness account of the Israeli War of Independence, and is widely recognized as the outstanding book of that war - the Middle East's All Quiet on the Western Front.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War : How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World Buchanan, Patrick J.
Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War : How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World
Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen--Winston Churchill first among them--the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have collapsed into ruins. Half a century of murderous oppression of scores of millions under the iron boot of Communist tyranny might never have happened, and Europe's central role in world affairs might have been sustained for many generations.--From amazon.com.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Birch Coulie : the Epic Battle of the Dakota War Christgau, John.
Birch Coulie : the Epic Battle of the Dakota War
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Twilight War : the Secret History of America's Thirty-year Conflict with Iran Crist, David
The Twilight War : the Secret History of America's Thirty-year Conflict with Iran
Reveals the covert operations that have brought the United States and Iran to the brink of open war, including Iran's proposal for peace after 9/11, which was rejected by President Bush, and Iran's secret army in post-U.S. invasion Iraq.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Return of a King : the Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42 Dalrymple, William.
The Return of a King : the Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42
Examines the mid-19th-century Afghan war as a tragic result of neocolonial ambition, cultural collision and hubris, drawing on previously untapped primary sources to explore such topics as the reestablishment of a puppet-leader Shah, the conflict's brutal human toll and the similarities between the war and present-day challenges.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Return of a King : the Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42 Dalrymple, William.
The Return of a King : the Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42
Examines the mid-19th-century Afghan war as a tragic result of neocolonial ambition, cultural collision and hubris, drawing on previously untapped primary sources to explore such topics as the reestablishment of a puppet-leader Shah, the conflict's brutal human toll and the similarities between the war and present-day challenges.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Rise of Rome : the Making of the World's Greatest Empire Everitt, Anthony.
The Rise of Rome : the Making of the World's Greatest Empire
Rome's decline and fall have long fascinated historians, but the story of how the empire was won is every bit as compelling. Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C.E., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Historian Anthony Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite page-turner filled with lessons for our time. He paints indelible portraits of the great Romans--and non-Romans--who left their mark on the Roman world. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire. And he outlines the corrosion of constitutional norms that accompanied Rome's imperial expansion, as old habits of political compromise gave way, leading to violence and civil war. In the end, unimaginable wealth and power corrupted the traditional virtues of the Republic, and Rome was left triumphant everywhere except within its own borders.--From publisher description.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Last Kings of Norse America : Runestone Keys to a Lost Empire Johnson, Robert G. (Robert Glenn), 1922-
The Last Kings of Norse America : Runestone Keys to a Lost Empire
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Liberator : One World War II Soldier's 500-day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau Kershaw, Alex.
The Liberator : One World War II Soldier's 500-day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau
The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War. The battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe; from the invasion of Italy to the gates of Dachau.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: In the Garden of Beasts : Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin Larson, Erik.
In the Garden of Beasts : Love Terror and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
The bestselling author of "Devil in the White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Norwegians On the Prairie: Ethnicity and the Development of the Country Town Lovoll, Odd Sverre
Norwegians On the Prairie: Ethnicity and the Development of the Country Town
"Norwegian American scholar Odd S. Lovoll takes the premise one step further in Norwegians on the Prairie, tracing the development of three midwestern towns whose histories reveal a distinctively ethnic flavor." [Book Jacket]
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Time to Start Thinking : America in the Age of Descent Luce, Edward, 1968-
Time to Start Thinking : America in the Age of Descent
Luce diagnoses factors behind the country's waning global leadership such as the shrinking middle class; an ineffective and flawed educational system; the stagnation of innovation in business and technology; a bloated and inefficient bureaucracy; the virulent polarization of national politics; and the damage caused by the influence of money in politics, along with endless campaigning. In the end, he assesses the prospects for change and offers a bleak outlook.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Bringing Mulligan Home : the other Side of the Good War Maharidge, Dale.
Bringing Mulligan Home : the other Side of the Good War
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Tears in the Darkness : the Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath Norman, Michael
Tears in the Darkness : the Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath
For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book. From then until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the prisoners of war suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery: forty-one months of captivity, starvation rations, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, and torture--far from the machinations of General Douglas MacArthur.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Killing Kennedy : the End of Camelot O'Reilly, Bill
Killing Kennedy : the End of Camelot
Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and the deceit of Camelot. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president of the United States. Along the way he acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. When his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, cracks down on organized crime, the list of those who have it in for the President grows. Then, in the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down, and the nation begins its slide into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.--From publisher description.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Killing Kennedy : the End of Camelot O'Reilly, Bill
Killing Kennedy : the End of Camelot
Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and the deceit of Camelot. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president of the United States. Along the way he acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. When his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, cracks down on organized crime, the list of those who have it in for the President grows. Then, in the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down, and the nation begins its slide into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.--From publisher description.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Bunker Hill : a City a Siege a Revolution Philbrick, Nathaniel.
Bunker Hill : a City a Siege a Revolution
Recounts the events of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution, tracing the experiences of Patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren, a newly recruited George Washington, and British General William Howe.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind Pollard, Justin
The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind
A history of the ancient city documents its period superiority as an archaeological and technological super power, revealing how atomic theory, geometry, the steam engine, and other developments were initiated there while tracing the city's downfall and ultimate legacy to the modern world.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
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AUTHORS
• Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
• Ambrose, Stephen E.
• Atkinson, Rick
• Ball, Edward, 1959-
• Barry, John M.
• Berlin, Ira, 1941-
slavery
• Bobrick, Benson
• Bondeson, Jan
• Boorstin, Daniel J.
• Boot, Max
• Bordewich, Fergus
• Bowden, Mark
• Bradley, James, 1954-
• Branch, Taylor
• Brands, H.W.
• Brinkley, Douglas
• Bryson, Bill
• Bugliosi, Vincent
• Burkett, Elinor
• Burrough, Bryan, 1961-
• Cahill, Thomas
• Catton, Bruce
Civil War
• Chang, Iris
• Chernow, Ron
• Clinton, Catherine
Civil War
• Cohen, Rich
• Cowley, Robert
• Cramer, Richard Ben
• Dallek, Robert
• Dash, Mike
• Donald, David Herbert
Lincoln, Civil War
• Egan, Timothy
• Ellis, Joseph J.
• Ferguson, Niall
• Fischer, David Hackett
• Fischer, David Hackett
• Fleming, Thomas, 1945-
• Foote, Shelby
• Fraser, Antonia
• Friedman, Thomas
• Fussell, Paul
• Gilbert, Martin, 1936-
Winston Churchill scholar, other subjects
• Gonick, Larry
Cartoon History of ...
• Goodwin, Doris Kearns
• Gordon, John Steele
• Halberstam, David
• Hamill, Pete, 1935-
• Hanson, Neil
• Hersh, Seymour M.
• Hillenbrand, Laura
• Hochschild, Adam
• Hoffer, Peter Charles
• Holzer, Harold
Abraham Lincoln scholar
• Huchthausen, Peter A.
• Humes, Edward
• Ivins, Molly
• Jeffers, H. Paul
• Jenkins, Philip, 1952-
• Kaplan, Robert D., 1952-
• Kashner, Sam
• Keegan, John, 1934-
• Kershaw, Alex
WWII
• Kessler, Ronald
• Kidder, Tracy
• Kurlansky, Mark
• Kurzman, Dan
• Langewiesche, William
• Larson, Erik
• Laskin, David, 1953-
• Lepore, Jill
• Lewis, Bernard
Middle East
• Lind, Michael, 1962-
• Loewen, James W.
• Maas, Peter, 1929-2001
• Macintyre , Ben
• Maier, Pauline
• Manchester, William, 1922-2004
• Massie, Robert K.
• Mazower, Mark
• McCullough, David G.
• McPherson, James M.
U.S. Civil War
• Meacham, Jon
• Miller, Nathan, 1927-
• Milton, Giles
• Morris, Edmund
Theodore Roosevelt scholar
• Nicolson, Adam
• Olson, Lynne
• Oren, Michael B.
Middle East
• Patterson, James T.
• Philbrick, Nathaniel
• Pomerantz, Gary M.
• Powers, Ron
• Preston, Diana
• Remnick, David
• Schama, Simon
• Schiff, Stacy
• Sears, Stephen W.
• Sides, Hampton
• Strachan, Hew
WWI
• Symonds, Craig L.
• Tobin, James, 1956-
engineering, journalism
• Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim
• Vowell, Sarah
• Weatherford, J. McIver
• Weintraub, Stanley
• Weir, Alison
• Williams, Tony, 1970-
• Wills, Garry, 1934-
• Winchester, Simon
• Woods, Gordon S.
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