New Arrivals - History
"One day I will tell you the story of my life," promises Emma Brockes's mother, "and you will be amazed." Brockes grew up hearing only pieces of her mother's past--stories of a rustic childhood in South Africa, glimpses of a bohemian youth in London--and yet knew that crucial facts were still in the dark. A mystery to her friends and family, Paula was clearly a strong, self-invented woman; glamorous, no-nonsense, and frequently out of place in their quaint English village. Looking to unearth the truth after Paula's death, Brockes begins a dangerous journey into the land--and the life--her mother fled from years before. As she follows her mother's footsteps back to South Africa, Brockes begins to find the wellsprings of her mother's strength, the tremendous endurance which allowed Paula to hide terrible secrets from even her closest friends and family.--From publisher description.
Serving Victoria follows the lives of six members of her household, from the governess to the royal children, from her maid of honor to her chaplain and her personal physician -- Front jacket flap.
Offers a comprehensive look at the history of the state of Florida, from its discovery, exploration, and settlement through its becoming a state, to notable events in the early twenty-first century.
"A visual celebration of the places and people of Scotland, seen through the lenses of some of the country's finest photographers"--From publisher description.
"Five scavenger hunts offer cryptic clues to Mickey's hiding places on the Disney Cruise Line's ships and its private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay" -- Publisher's description.
Tells the dramatic story of the titanic battle for Western Europe from D-Day to the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich.
Recounts the Battle of Gettysburg from the perspectives of ordinary soldiers to offer insight into nineteenth-century military practices, the pivotal influence of politics on the battle's course and the unique characters of artillery units.
"It is accepted by most acholars that Thomas Jefferson had a lengthy affair with his slave Sally Hemings and fathered at least one of her children. This conclusion is based on a 1998 DNA study published in Nature and on the work of historian Annette Gordon-Reed, assumed by many to be the last word on the subject. But as author M. Andrew Holowchak argues compellingly in this eye-opening investigation, the DNA evidence is inconclusive and there are remarkable flaws in the leading historical scholarship purporting to show such a liasion"--From publisher description.
Chronicles the author's pilgrimmage with his wife from Paris to the Pyrenees and ultimately to the sanctuary of Saint James, a journey on which they followed age-old trails through France rather than the commercialized Spanish route.
Experience the true "great outdoors" through the stories of the men who lived it.
Explores the circumstances and events that contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler, noting his early character flaws and how he rallied a small group of like-minded political and social outcasts in history-shaping ways.
"... chronicles Andrew Carroll's eye-opening, and at times hilarious, journey across America to find and explore unmarked historic sites where extraordinary moments occurred and remarkable individuals once lived"--P.  of cover.
Presents a portrait of two marriages of the American Revolution, Philadelphia belle Peggy Shippen, who married Benedict Arnold; and Lucy Flucker, who married Henry Knox and followed him through the army camps of the Revolution.
A budget-conscious traveler who toured the world for eight years offers tips for saving thousands of dollars on the road, featuring advice on such topics as avoiding currency conversion fees and acquiring free frequent flyer points.
Discusses the recent uprisings in the Arab world and offers a historical perspective on the movement, citing the demands for regime change in 1950s and 1960s that ultimately lead to today's ruling tyrants.
"Historian Otto Dov Kulka has dedicated his life to studying and writing about Nazism and the Holocaust... Kulka [now] brings together the personal and historical, in a devastating, at times poetic, account of the concentration camps and the private mythology one man constructed around his experiences"--P.  of jacket.
Swaping real estate for wheel estate, Christina Nealson, along with her husband, a Bengal leopard cat, and a 110-pound Newfie journeyed from British Columbia to the Baj Peninsula, crisscrossing the American West.
An exploration of the New Deal era highlights the politicians and pundits of the time, many of whom advocated for questionable positions, including separation of the races and an American dictatorship.
Spanning the crucial months from January 1863 to March 1864, this third volume of The Library of America?s four-volume series presents a portrait of a nation at war with itself while illuminating the military and political events that brought the Union closer to victory and slavery closer to destruction. It brings together more than 140 contemporary letters, diary entries, speeches, articles, messages, and poems by more than eighty participants and observers, among them Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Mary Chesnut, Clement Vallandigham, Henry Adams, Charlotte Forten, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, and George Templeton Strong, as well as Union officers Robert Gould Shaw, Charles B. Haydon, and Henry Livermore Abbott; Confederate diarists Catherine Edmondston, Kate Stone, and Judith McGuire; and Alabama soldier Samuel Pickens, Iowa housewife Catharine Peirce, Kentucky preacher George Richard Browder, and Kansas clergyman Richard Cordley. The selections include vivid and haunting eyewitness narratives of some of the war?s most famous battles?Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Fort Wagner, Chickamauga, Chattanooga?as well as firsthand accounts of the merciless guerrilla war in Missouri and Kansas; the Richmond bread riot and the New York draft riots; the controversies surrounding the use of black soldiers and the Lincoln administration?s curtailment of civil liberties; and the struggles of civilians both black and white to survive increasingly harsh wartime conditions.