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Cold War: an international history

By Fink, Carole

Publishing Date: c2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 909.825 FIN

More than a bipolar conflict between two Superpowers, the decades-long Cold War had implications for the entire world. In this accessible, comprehensive retelling, Carole K. Fink provides new insights and perspectives on key events with an emphasis on people, power, and ideas, along with cultural coverage ´from the Beetle to the Beatles.´ Cold War goes beyond US-USSR relations to explore the Cold War from an international perspective, including key events and developments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Fink also offers a broader time line of the Cold War than any other text, charting the lead-up to the conflict from the Russian Revolution and World War II and discussing the aftermath of the Cold War since 1992. Based on the latest research and scholarship, Cold War is the consummate book on this lengthy and complex conflict for today´s students and history buffs. --Amazon.com.

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Ill fares the land

By Judt, Tony

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 909.831 JUD

In "Ill Fares The Land," Tony Judt, one of our leading historians and thinkers, reveals how we have arrived at our present dangerously confused moment and offers the language we need to address our common needs, rejecting the nihilistic individualism of the far right and the debunked socialism of the past. To find a way forward, Judt argues that we must look to our not so distant past and to social democracy in action: to re-enshrining fairness over mere efficiency.

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How to barter for paradise: my journey through 14 countries, trading up from an Apple to a house in Hawaii

By Wigge, Michael

Publishing Date: c2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 910.41 WIG

Most people like to travel in comfort: they stay in fancy hotels, never leave tourist spots, and stay away from the locals. Michael Wigge isn't like most people, though. After traveling the world without money for 150 days, he faced his next challenge: to turn an apple into a house in Hawaii.Wigge visits fourteen countries and six continents exchanging goods for more valuable ones, and he meets an array of good-humored people who take his deals.-- from publisher's description.

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The pirates' pact: the secret alliances between history's most notorious buccaneers and colonial America

By Burgess, Douglas R.

Publishing Date: 2008

Classification: 900

Call Number: 910.45 BUR

Here's the story of how almost every well-known buccaneer of the “Golden Age of Piracy” enjoyed active sponsorship from England's governors in the American colonies- setting a pattern of official disobedience to the Crown that would ultimately contribute to the American push for independence. Relying on rare primary sources discovered in government archives in England, the Carolinas, Rhode Island, Jamaica, and elsewhere, Burgess combines true tales of derring-do with groundbreaking research in this fascinating history. - (McGraw Hill)

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The emperor's river: travels to the heart of a resurgent China

By D'Arcy Brown, Liam

Publishing Date: c2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 915.1 DAR

D'Arcy-Brown set out to be the first Westerner in modern times to travel the length of China's great wonder: the Grand Canal. During his journey, he attempts to reconcile the China which fascinated him as a child with the modern, more open China he sees now.

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Lives in ruins: archeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble

By Johnson, Marilyn

Publishing Date: c2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 930.1 JOH

An entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past looks at the actual, nonglamorous working conditions they actually face, as well as what drives them to do this very important, yet often tedious, work.

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Belzoni: the giant archaeologists love to hate

By Noe¨l Hume, Ivor

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 900

Call Number: 932.0072 NOE

"Here is a story of naiveté, ambition, duplicity, avarice, and poverty...." So states Noël (former director, Colonial Williamsburg's archaeological research program) in his prologue. Belzoni (1778-1824) was, indeed, physically a giant; he also was a giant in terms of his impact on the Egyptian collections at the British Museum. This study explores his life and work as an artifact hunter, the context of his activities, and his fall from grace. The volume is attractively designed and includes numerous plates. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) - (Book News)

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World War II : stats and facts

By Darman, Peter

Publishing Date: 2009

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.53 DAR

A data book about all aspects of World War II: including information on Allied and Axis orders of battle, all major battles and campaigns, the hardware used, and detailed stats on civilian home front casualties, victims of the Holocaust, armaments production figures and medals and awards.

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Lost lives, lost art: Jewish collectors, Nazi art theft, and the quest for justice

By Müller, Melissa

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.53 MUL

The legendary names include Rothschild, Mendelssohn, Bloch-Bauer{u2014}distinguished bankers, industrialists, diplomats, and art collectors. Their diverse taste ranged from manuscripts and musical instrushy;ments to paintings by Old Masters and the avant-garde. But their stigma as Jews in Nazi Germany and occupied Europe doomed them to exile or death in Hitler{u2019}s concentration camps. Here, after years of meticulous research, Melissa Mu¨ller (Anne Frank: The Biography) and Monika Tatzkow (Nazi Looted Art) present the tragic, compelling stories of 15 Jewish collectors, the dispersal of their extraordinary collections through forced sale and/or confiscation, and the ongoing efforts of their heirs to recover their inheritance. For every victory in the effort to return these works to their rightful heirs, there are daunting defeats and long court battles. This real-life legal thriller follows works by Rembrandt, Klimt, Pissarro, Kandinsky, and others.

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Death in the Baltic: the World War II sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff

By Prince, Cathryn J.

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.53 PRI

Draws on survivor interviews and newly declassified records to offer insight into the sinking of the World War II refugee ship that killed over nine thousand people, an incident that was covered up by both Eastern and Western officials.

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The deserters: a hidden history of World War II

By Glass, Charles

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.548 GLA

An historical account of the view of deserters during World War II, this story deals with ordinary men under pressure to accomplish enormous and paradoxical expectations imposed on them. It is a history of ordinary soldiers struggling on the front lines. This book offers a new perspective on the Second World War, delving deep into army archives, personal diaries, court-martial records, and self-published memoirs to produce this portrait of men overlooked by their commanders and ignored by history. Surprisingly, deserters weren't looked on as cowards by their comrades, but rather as a normal part of wartime behavior. A soldier could fight bravely, but in a year's time become exhausted and disillusioned, causing desertion. It discards the notion of a flawless military and the dignity of conflict.

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The heir apparent: a life of Edward VII, the playboy prince

By Ridley, Jane

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 941.082 RID

Born Prince Albert Edward and known as Bertie, the future King Edward VII had a well-earned reputation for debauchery. A notorious gambler, glutton and womanizer, he preferred the company of wastrels and courtesans to the dreary life of the Victorian court. His own mother considered him a lazy halfwit, temperamentally unfit to succeed her. When he ascended to the throne in 1901, at age fifty-nine, expectations were low. Yet by the time he died nine years later, he had proven himself a deft diplomat, hardworking head of state and the architect of Britain's modern constitutional monarchy.

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My promised land: the triumph and tragedy of Israel

By Shavit, Ari

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 956.054 SHA

Presents an examination of Israel that traces the events that led the country to its current state of conflict through the stories of everyday citizens to illuminate the importance of lesser-known historical events.

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Little America: the war within the war for Afghanistan

By Chandrasekaran, Rajiv

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 958.104 CHA

In this book, the author focuses on southern Afghanistan in the year of Obama's surge. This is the story of the long arc of American involvement, and of the campaign to salvage a victory in southern Afghanistan on Obama's watch., and reveals the epic tug of war that occurred between the President and a military that, once on the ground, increasingly went its own way.

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Undaunted: my struggle for freedom and survival in Burma

By Phan, Zoya

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 900

Call Number: 959.105 PHA

Zoya Phan escaped the Burmese army in her native jungle and a Thai refugee camp to become the spokesperson of the Free Burma movement.--Publisher description.

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The rancher takes a wife

By Hobson, Richmond P.

Publishing Date: c1961

Classification: 900

Call Number: 971.12 HOB

Richmond P. Hobson Jr. (1907-1966) was born in Washington, DC, where he worked with pack outfits, survey crews, and construction gangs, saving, all the while, to buy a cattle ranch. He came to Canada after the stock market crash of the late 1920s. He and his business partner, Panhandle "Pan" Phillips, moved to the interior of British Columbia and established the Frontier Cattle Company in the 1930s. He later married his wife, Gloria, moved to Vanderhoof, British Columbia, and continued ranching while writing about his experiences. Other books by Hobson are Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy andThe Rancher Takes a Wife. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Ecstatic nation: confidence, crisis, and compromise, 1848-1877

By Wineapple, Brenda

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.6 WIN

Ecstatic Nation illuminates one of the most dramatic and momentous chapters in America's past, when the country dreamed big, craved new lands and new freedom, and was bitterly divided over its great moral wrong: slavery. With a canvas of extraordinary characters, such as P.T. Barnum, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, and L.C.Q. Lamar, Ecstatic Nation balances cultural and political history: it provides an account of the sectional conflict that preceded the Civil War, and it chronicles the complex aftermath of that war and Reconstruction, including the promise that women would share in a new definition of American citizenship. It takes us from photographic surveys of the Sierra Nevadas to the discovery of gold in the South Dakota hills, and it signals the painful, thrilling birth of modern America.--From publisher description.

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With my face to the enemy: perspectives on the Civil War : essays

Publishing Date: c2002

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7

A collection of essays on the Civil War explores every aspect of the conflict, from Lee's role in the Confederacy to the battle tactics that won and lost the war, with contributions from James M. McPherson, Tom Wicker, Thomas Fleming, David Herbert Donald, and many other notable historians. Reprint. - (Baker & Taylor)

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38 nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the beginning of the frontier's end

By Berg, Scott W.

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.7 BER

"38 Nooses" details the events surrounding the 1862 uprising of the Dakota Indians led by Little Crow within the larger context of the Civil War, the history of the Dakota people, and the subsequent United States-Indian wars.

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A world on fire: Britian'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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