Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Long way down: an epic journey by motorcycle from Scotland to South Africa

By McGregor, Ewan

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 910.4 MCG

Longtime friends and bike enthusiasts McGregor and Boorman wowed international audiences with their first major motorcycle journey that spanned several continents, captured in the book and television show Long Way Round. Now they are back, with the fascinating account of their second, equally ambitious journey: from the northernmost tip of Scotland, across Europe and down through Africa ending in Cape Town, this is the account of the authors' three month journey across two continents, over difficult terrain and in unpredictable conditions. Their route covers Britain, Italy, Switzerland, Tunisia, the Sudan, Rwanda, Botswana, and Namibia, among other countries; and they stop in cities and villages along the way to experience the European and African cultures firsthand. Featuring diary entries, travel maps, mileage charts, and dozens of color photographs.--From publisher description.

Titian Ramsay Peale, 1799-1885: and his journals of the Wilkes Expedition

By Poesch, Jessie J.

Publishing Date: 1961

Classification: 900

Call Number: 910.973 POE

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Caesars' wives: sex, power, and politics in the Roman Empire

By Freisenbruch, Annelise

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 937.0609 FRE

An account of the politics of Rome through the lives of eight dramatically different wives of the Caesars.

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The Landmark Xenophon's Hellenika: a new translation

By Xenophon

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 938.06 XEN

Here is a new edition of Xenophon's Hellenika, the primary source for the events of the final seven years and aftermath of the Peloponnesian War. --from publisher description.

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The Landmark Arrian: the campaigns of Alexander ; Anabasis Alexandrous : a new translation

By Arrian

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 938.07 ARR

Presents an illustrated and annotated edition of "The Campaigns of Alexander" by the Roman author Arrian, featuring a new translation that incorporates the views of leading classics scholars.

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The envoy: the epic rescue of the last Jews of Europe in the desperate closing months of World War II

By Kershaw, Alex

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.53 KER

The epic and heroic story of how Raoul Wallenberg out-dueled Adolph Eichmann and saved more than 100,000 Jews in Budapest from the Nazi death camps.

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Easy Company soldier: the legendary battles of a sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers"

By Malarkey, Don

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5412 MAL

Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper, and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne. Drafted in 1942, Malarkey became one of the one-in-six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings. He went to England in 1943 to provide cover on the ground for the largest amphibious military attack in history: Operation Overlord. In the darkness of D-day morning, Malarkey parachuted into France and within days was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in battle. He fought for twenty-three days in Normandy, nearly eighty in Holland, thirty-nine in Bastogne, and nearly thirty more in and near Haugenau, France, and the Ruhr pocket in Germany. This is his epic story of how an adventurous kid from Oregon became a leader of men.--From publisher description.

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The Korsun pocket: the encirclement and breakout of a German army in the East, 1944

By Zetterling, Niklas

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5421 ZET

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So sad to fall in battle: an account of war

By Kakehashi, Kumiko

Publishing Date: 2007

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5425 KAK

A detailed portrait of Japanese general Tadamichi Kuribayashi draws on the military commander's letters from Iwo Jima to describe the fierce struggle of Japanese defenders on Iwo Jima to resist the onslaught of American troops, holding out against a superior force for more than a month with little food or water. Reprint. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Castles in the air: the story of the B-17 Flying Fortress crews of the US 8th Air Force

By Bowman, Martin W.

Publishing Date: 1985, c1984

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5449 BOW

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A tale of two subs: an untold story of World War II, two sister ships, and extraordinary heroism

By McCullough, Jonathan J.

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5451 MCC

"There was no way for the commander of the USS Sailfish to know that the Japanese aircraft carrier he just torpedoed actually had on board several crew members of the USS Sculpin, the sister sub to the Sailfish which had been sunk just days earlier by enemy fire. This is the extraordinary story of the events that led to this amazing twist of fate and what happened to the Sculpin survivors."--Provided by the publisher

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The Colditz myth: British and Commonwealth prisoners of war in Nazi Germany

By Mackenzie, S. P.

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5472 MAC

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Honor untarnished: a West Point graduate's memoir of World War II

By Bennett, Donald V.

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5481 BEN

A memoir of the Second World War from the perspective of a West Point graduate documents more than two and a half years of combat in Casablanca, Tunisia, Sicily, and Normandy, and the final days of the Third Reich. - (Baker & Taylor)

Taking command: General J. Lawton Collins from Guadalcanal to Utah beach and victory in Europe

By Jeffers, H. Paul

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5481 JEF

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Paris to the moon

By Gopnik, Adam

Publishing Date: 2001

Classification: 900

Call Number: 944.36 GOP

Revisiting a recurring American obsession with the French capital, the author takes a look at Paris and what it means to Americans as he describes his own relationship with the city. - (Baker & Taylor)

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A girl in Paris

By Guppy, Shusha

Publishing Date: 1991

Classification: 900

Call Number: 944.36 GUP

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Orientalism

By Said, Edward W.

Publishing Date: [2003], c1994

Classification: 900

Call Number: 950.072 SAI

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Radio Shangri-La: what I discovered on my accidental journey to the happiest kingdom on earth

By Napoli, Lisa

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 954.98 NAP

Describes how a midlife crisis and chance encounter prompted the author's relocation to Bhutan, where she volunteered at the country's first youth radio station and witnessed the rapid changes in the culture of a country just beginning to open up to the modern world.

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The Iraq papers

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 956.7044

From the Publisher: No foreign policy decision in recent history has had greater repercussions than President George W. Bush's decision to invade and occupy Iraq. It launched a new doctrine of preemptive war, mired the American military in an intractable armed conflict, disrupted world petroleum supplies, cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars, and damaged or ended the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans and Iraqis. Its impact on international politics and America's standing in the world remains incalculable. The Iraq Papers offers a compelling documentary narrative and interpretation of this momentous conflict. With keen editing and incisive commentary, the book weaves together original documents that range from presidential addresses to redacted memos, carrying us from the ideology behind the invasion to negotiations for withdrawal. These papers trace the rise of the neoconservatives and reveal the role of strategic thinking about oil supplies. In moving to the planning for the war itself, the authors not only provide Congressional resolutions and speeches by President Bush, but internal security papers, Pentagon planning documents, the report of the Future of Iraq Project, and eloquent opposition statements by Senator Robert Byrd, other world governments, the Non-Aligned Movement, and the World Council of Churches. This collection addresses every aspect of the conflict, from the military's evolving counterinsurgency strategy to declarations by Iraqi resisters and political figures-from Coalition Provisional Authority orders to Donald Rumsfeld's dismissal of the insurgents as "dead-enders" and Iraqi discussions of state- and nation building under the shadow of occupation. The economics of petroleum, the legal and ethical questions surrounding terrorism and torture, international agreements, the theory of the "unitary presidency," and the Bush administration's use of presidential signing statements all receive in-depth coverage.

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Aftermath: following the bloodshed of America's wars in the Muslim world

By Rosen, Nir

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 956.7044 ROS

Rosen-who the Weekly Standard once bitterly complained has "great access to the Baathists and jihadists who make up the Iraqi insurgency"--has spent nearly a decade among warriors and militants who have been challenging American power in the Muslim world. In Aftermath, he tells their story, showing the other side of the U.S. war on terror, traveling from the battle-scarred streets of Baghdad to the alleys, villages, refugee camps, mosques, and killing grounds of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, and finally Afghanistan, where Rosen has a terrifying encounter with the Taliban as their "guest," and witnesses the new Obama surge fizzling in southern Afghanistan. Rosen was one of the few Westerners to venture inside the mosques of Baghdad to witness the first stirrings of sectarian hatred in the months after the U.S. invasion. He shows how weapons, tactics, and sectarian ideas from the civil war in Iraq penetrated neighboring countries and threatened their stability, especially Lebanon and Jordan, where new jihadist groups mushroomed. Moreover, he shows that the spread of violence at the street level is often the consequence of specific policies hatched in Washington, D.C. Rosen offers a seminal and provocative account of the surge, told from the perspective of U.S. troops on the ground, the Iraqi security forces, Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents that were both allies and adversaries. He also tells the story of what happened to these militias once they outlived their usefulness to the Americans. Aftermath is both a unique personal history and an unsparing account of what America has wrought in Iraq and the region. The result is a hair- raising, 360-degree view of the modern battlefield its consequent humanitarian catastrophe, and the reality of counterinsurgency.

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