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The travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian

By Polo, Marco

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 915 POL

This extraordinary travelogue has enthralled readers for more than seven centuries. Marco Polo's vivid descriptions of the splendid cities and people he encountered on his journey along the Silk Road through the Middle East, South Asia, and China opened a window for his Western readers onto the fascinations of the East and continued to grow in popularity over the succeeding centuries. To a contemporary audience, his colorful stories--and above all, his breathtaking description of the court of the great Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor of China--offer dazzling portraits of worlds long gone.

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Legends: women who have changed the world through the eyes of great women writers

Publishing Date: c1998

Classification: 900

Call Number: 920.7209

Fifty essays celebrate the lives and contributions of a remarkable group of women, including Rachel Carson, Anne Frank, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Onassis, Georgia O'Keefe, and Princess Diana - (Baker & Taylor)

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The pharaoh: life at court and on campaign

By Shaw, Garry J.

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 932.0099 SHA

"How did someone become pharaoh? -- What did a pharaoh do each day? -- Did the pharaoh personally lead his army into battle? -- How influential was the Great Royal Wife? -- How was a pharaoh embalmed and buried? -- Who was the last pharaoh (and it wasn't Cleopatra)?"--jkt.

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The Druids

By Ellis, Peter Berresford

Publishing Date: 1995

Classification: 900

Call Number: 936.4 ELL

"In this compelling and highly reliable study of the Druids, respected Celtic scholar Peter Berresford Ellis sifts through the historical evidence and, with reference to the latest archaeological and etymological findings, gives the first authentic account of who the mysterious Druids were and what role they played in Celtic society." "The Druids emerge as the intellectual caste of ancient Celtic society. They were the doctors, the lawyers, the ambassadors, the advisers to kings. They also had a religious function. Ellis describes the special Druidic training, their philosophy, their belief in auguries, and their intriguing origins. He also shows that the current "New Age" image of the Druids as benevolent wizards comes from a woefully inadequate interpretation of the facts."--BOOK JACKET.

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The Spartans: the world of the warrior-heroes of ancient Greece, from utopia to crisis and collapse

By Cartledge, Paul

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 900

Call Number: 938.9 CAR

Traces the history of the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta, describes its distinctive military society and the unusual freedom of Spartan women, and discusses the influence which its culture has had on later civilizations.

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The Nazi officer's wife: how one Jewish woman survived the Holocaust

By Hahn-Beer, Edith

Publishing Date: 2000, c1999

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.531 HAH

Edith Hahn tells how she survived the Holocaust, first by going underground, using a Christian friend's identity papers, and eventually marrying Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who knew she was Jewish.

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All the way to Berlin: a paratrooper at war in Europe

By Megellas, James

Publishing Date: 2003

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5421 MEG

Leading his H Company in a victory parade, the author remembers thinking how few of the men marching were with him in combat. Only half survived one of the battles recounted in this memoir, the September 1944 assault across the Waal River, immortalized in A Bridge Too Far (1974) by Cornelius Ryan. The attrition Megellas witnessed over months on the front line, at Anzio and in the Battle of the Bulge, shapes his narrative, but his observations about the craft of killing lend it a distinctive tone. In the firefights the author describes, the role of the combat leader is central, for he must both take orders from higher command and give orders to his platoon. Alongside his brother lieutenants in this role, Megellas was plainly an incredibly effective and brave leader, which is reinforced by his laconic, factual writing. Nor is authenticity lacking, as Megellas is brutally honest in admitting his hatred for German soldiers and his satisfaction in killing them. Strongly put and unsentimental, this memoir is a must for the World War II collection. ((Reviewed February 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews

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The hardest day: the Battle of Britain, 18 August 1940

By Price, Alfred

Publishing Date: 2004

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5421 PRI

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A higher call: an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II

By Makos, Adam

Publishing Date: 2013, c2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5444 MAK

This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies over wartime Germany on 21 December 1943 --the American--2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17--and the German--2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.

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The Long March: the untold story

By Salisbury, Harrison E.

Publishing Date: c1985

Classification: 900

Call Number: 951.042 SAL

In 1934-35 Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and more than 80,000 others embarked on ``the long march,'' a journey of some 6000 miles. They crossed many rivers, mountain ranges, deserts, and swamps, and fought numerous battles against local warlords and Kuomingtang forces. Fewer than 5000 were present at the end. Salisbury was given a unique opportunity to interview survivors, retrace the route, and review previously undisclosed documents (though the notes and bibliography, as well as the maps, illustrations, and index, were not available for review). Salisbury's book complements and updates but does not replace Dick Wilson's The Long March (1972). Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C. Copyright 1985 Cahners Business Information.

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Jerusalem: the biography

By Sebag Montefiore, Simon

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 900

Call Number: 956.9442 SEB

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgment Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the "center of the world" and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem's biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women -- kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores -- who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice -- in heaven and on earth. - Publisher.

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NTC's dictionary of Mexican cultural code words

By De Mente, Boye

Publishing Date: c1996

Classification: 900

Call Number: 972.003 DEM

The third in De Mente's series of cultural code word dictionaries (the first two treated Japan and China), this is a dictionary in name only. Rather, it consists of 139 short essays inspired by single words or concepts that attempt to unlock an understanding of Mexican culture through its language. A self-proclaimed "complete guide to key words that express how the Mexicans think, communicate and behave," the work often employs hyperbole to explain well-intentioned generalizations. Given these reservations, the work succeeds in introducing concepts important to understanding Mexicans and Mexican Americans. Entries range from "chicanas" (here referring to delaying tactics in the legal system) and "mordida" (bribery), to "quinceaneras" (the social affairs tied to a girl's 15th birthday), "curanderas" (medicine women), and "ramflas" (low riders). The work is aimed at travelers and business people who wish to gain understanding of the Mexican culture. The glossary, which completes the book, is the richest section, consisting of shorter definitions for potent words not normally taught in Spanish language classes. A marginal purchase for academic libraries, the book offers a unique introduction to Mexican culture. For a deeper treatment the writings of Octavio Paz remain relevant. Copyright 1999 American Library Association

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The great republic: a history of America

By Churchill, Winston

Publishing Date: c2000

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973 CHU LARGE PRINT

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1861: the Civil War awakening

By Goodheart, Adam

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.711 GOO

Goodheart provides a new interpretation of what spurred the American Civil War. Here, he describes how cultural differences played surprising roles in the move toward war.

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The Negro's Civil War: how American Blacks felt and acted during the war for the Union

By McPherson, James M.

Publishing Date: 1991

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.715 MCP

Uses excerpts from speeches, letters, articles, and official documents to point out the military and political contributions and the feelings of African-Americans during the Civil War.

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A world on fire: Britain's crucial role in the American Civil War

By Foreman, Amanda

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.72 FOR

Presents a history of the role of British citizens in the American Civil War that offers insight into the interdependencies of both nations and how the Union worked to block diplomatic relations between England and the Confederacy.

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The war of the aeronauts: a history of ballooning during the Civil War

By Evans, Charles M.

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.73 EVA

An account of the history of Civil War aeronauts was last attempted by Eugene Block in Above the Civil War: The Story of Thaddeus Lowe (1966). Evans surpasses that attempt in this more scholarly, better researched, and more serious, yet eminently readable book. Balloons had been used militarily since 1793, first in the French Revolutionary Wars. Offered pioneer balloonist Thaddeus Lowe's services, the Union accepted his skills and balloons and soon found his observations useful. In fact, even generals went aloft with him to verify what he was reporting. But his success ran up against bureaucratic stiffness. After Antietam, Lowe was dismissed, never having gained the military commission he sought and deserved. His legacy lived on, not only in the work of his assistants, but also down through WW I, in tethered observation balloons. Lowe also influenced the Confederacy, which put up its own "silk dress" aerostat, but only briefly. All levels and collections. Copyright 2003 American Library Association

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The march to the sea and beyond: Sherman's troops in the Savannah and Carolinas campaigns

By Glatthaar, Joseph T.

Publishing Date: c1985

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.737 GLA

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Forged in battle: the Civil War alliance of Black soldiers and white officers

By Glatthaar, Joseph T.

Publishing Date: c1990

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7415 GLA

A history of the United States Colored Troops during the American Civil War

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The state of Jones: the small southern county that seceded from the Confederacy

By Jenkins, Sally

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7472 JEN

In Jones County, Mississippi, a farmer named Newton Knight led his neighbors, white and black alike, in an insurrection against the Confederacy at the height of the Civil War. Knight's life story mirrors the little-known story of class struggle in the South--and it shatters the image of the Confederacy as a unified front against the Union.

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