Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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JFK: the CIA, Vietnam, and the plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy

By Prouty, L. Fletcher

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.922 PRO

Reveals Kennedy's plans for Vietnam, Kennedy's intentions to "shatter the CIA," and President Johnson's reversal of Kennedy's orders concerning Vietnam immediately following the assassination, aruging that the assassination was a professionally executed coup d'etat.

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Brothers: the hidden history of the Kennedy years

By Talbot, David

Publishing Date: 2007

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.922 TAL

Journalist Talbot sheds a dramatic new light on the tumultuous inner life of the Kennedy presidency and its stunning aftermath. The book begins on the shattering afternoon of November 22, 1963, as a grief-stricken Robert Kennedy urgently demands answers about the assassination of his brother, then shifts back in time, revealing the shadowy conflicts that tore apart the Kennedy administration, pitting the young president and his even younger brother against their own national security apparatus. The Kennedy brothers and their small circle of trusted advisors repeatedly thwarted Washington's warriors, the hard-line generals and spymasters hell-bent on a showdown with the Communists--the Kennedys pushing instead for a peaceful resolution to the Cold War. The tensions within the Kennedy administration were heading for an explosive climax, when a burst of gunfire in Dallas terminated John F. Kennedy's presidency.--From publisher description.

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Beyond the White House: waging peace, fighting disease, building hope

By Carter, Jimmy

Publishing Date: 2007

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.926 CAR

The former president discusses the initiatives that he has undertaken since leaving the White House, including leading peacekeeping efforts for Ethiopia, North Korea, and Haiti, and establishing the Carter Center to help fight neglected diseases.

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The war within: a secret White House history, 2006-2008

By Woodward, Bob

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.931 WOO

Bob Woodward's fourth book about the Bush presidency at war declassifies the secrets of America's political and military involvement in Iraq. Woodward once again pulls back the curtain on Washington to reveal the inner workings of a government at war.

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The hanging of Thomas Jeremiah: a free Black man's encounter with liberty

By Harris, J. William

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 975.7 HAR

In this wholly satisfying work of accessible historical scholarship, Pulitzer Prize finalist Harris (Univ. of New Hampshire; Deep Souths) explores the paradox of Colonial American slave owners fighting for freedom from British rule. His account hinges upon the tragic plight of Thomas Jeremiah. A free black man who made a successful living as a commercial fisherman and riverboat pilot in Colonial Charleston, SC, "Jerry" was publicly hanged in 1775 after being falsely accused of plotting a slave revolt, despite being a slave owner himself. Among the powerful whites convinced of Jeremiah's unproven guilt was civic and political leader Henry Laurens, whose personal letters make up the bulk of the primary-source documentation used here. Laurens's contradictory attitudes toward owning slaves while simultaneously arguing for liberty from Britain represent the broader Colonial attitude at the heart of this study. A third key player is South Carolina's royal governor William Campbell, portrayed as a feckless outsider who never grasped the depths of white Colonists' fears of slave revolt and was tragically unable to effect Jeremiah's release. VERDICT Brimming with illuminating and provocative passages, this concise, highly readable, and thoroughly annotated work will appeal to scholars of Southern slavery and colonialism and is highly recommended to anyone interested in these significant components of American history. [See also "Best Books 2009," p. 48.—Ed.]—Douglas King, Univ. of South Carolina Lib., Columbia [Page 119]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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Pilgrim's wilderness: a true story of faith and madness on the Alaska frontier

By Kizzia, Tom

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 979.8 KIZ

Documents the story of Robert "Papa Pilgrim" Hale and the antiestablishment family settlement in remote Alaska that was exposed as a cult-like prison where Hale brutalized and isolated his wife and fifteen children.

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