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    • Global and transnational history : the past, present, and future
    • The concise history of the Crusades
      The concise history of the Crusades
      Thomas F. Madden.
      Overview: 'God wills it!' With that cry of medieval knights a new era in European history began. Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to a distant land in a great struggle for Christ. Yet the crusades were more than simply a holy war. They represent a synthesis of attitudes and values that were uniquely medieval-so medieval, in fact, that the crusading movement is rarely understood today. This book places the crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries. The events of the crusades to Palestine and Europe's periphery are narrated in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. Special attention is also given to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East. Also included is a historiographical overview of the subject as well as an up-to-date select biography.
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    • The Harlem Hellfighters
      The Harlem Hellfighters
      Max Brooks
      "This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Alvin York : a new biography of the hero of the Argonne
      Alvin York : a new biography of the hero of the Argonne
      Douglas V. Mastriano.
      Alvin C. York (1887--1964) -- devout Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of World War I -- is one of America's most famous and celebrated soldiers. Known to generations through Gary Cooper's Academy Award-winning portrayal in the 1941 film Sergeant York, York is credited with the capture of 132 German soldiers on October 8, 1918, in the Meuse-Argonne region of France -- a deed for which he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.At war's end, the media glorified York's bravery but some members of the German military and a soldier from his own unit cast aspersions on his wartime record. Recently, a new generation of historians has also argued that York received more recognition than he deserved.
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    • Beneath Flanders fields : the tunnellers' war 1914-1918
    • World War II in numbers : an infographic guide to the conflict, its conduct, and its casualties
      World War II in numbers : an infographic guide to the conflict, its conduct, and its casualties
      Peter Doyle.
      "A different way to understand the magnitude of World War II." Countless books exist about the Second World War and in those can be found all of the statistics to be had: numbers killed, bombs dropped, battles won and lost, ad infinitum. But to see these numbers as infographics gives the reader a fresh perspective on the war. "World War II in Numbers" uses color graphics and succinct text to tell the key stories of the battles that engulfed the globe and affected virtually everyone alive during the 1940s. To see the war set out in numbers tells the story with a new certainty: how the Polish Home Army carried out more than 700,000 acts of sabotage, the large number of Japanese lost in the Pacific War, how Allied tanks stood up to the armor-piercing power of the Panzerfaust, the damage the Kamikaze inflicted on Allied ships during the Okinawa Campaign, the number of unexploded bombs reported on the island of Malta, that in 1944 alone 914,637 tons of bombs were dropped on German cities, by how much the Allied forces outnumbered the Germans in Normandy, how the ten costliest land battles in WWII compare with those of WWI.
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    • Writing war : soldiers record the Japanese Empire
      Writing war : soldiers record the Japanese Empire
      Aaron William Moore.
      Historians have made widespread use of diaries to tell the story of World War II in Europe but have paid little attention to personal accounts from the Asia-Pacific Theater. This book examines over 200 diaries, and many more letters, postcards, and memoirs, written by Chinese, Japanese, and American servicemen in the Pacific from 1937 to 1945.
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    • The burning shore : how Hitler's U-boats brought World War II to America
    • How could this happen : explaining the Holocaust
    • Dead people
      Dead people
      Ewart Hutton.
      "Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, in disgrace and exiled from Cardiff to the deep heart of rural Wales, is called to the discovery of a human skeleton at a remote site in the hills during excavation work for a new wind farm. The body is missing its head and hands, making it unidentifiable. When other bodies are uncovered, Capaldi's superiors assume that it is either the work of a hit squad or a serial killer, and that the site is just a dumping ground. Capaldi is not convinced. To him, the remoteness of the location points to some local knowledge. However, an apparent suicide in the valley, along with incriminating evidence, appears to back-up his superiors' theory. Believing that they have found the killer, they move the investigation to the city to try and discover the identity of the victims. Capaldi is left in place to tidy up the loose ends. He sets about trying to discover a motive among the varied characters that inhabit the area. To achieve this he also has to try and unravel the mystery of who these dead people were, and why they were buried in this particular location all those years ago. Ewart Hutton's new novel provides a thrilling story and a most welcome revisit of this fascinating character and atmospheric setting"-- Provided by publisher.
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    • Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
      Unbroken : a World War II story of survival, resilience, and redemption
      Laura Hillenbrand.
      On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared; it was Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor. Zamperini had a troubled youth, yet honed his athletic skills and made it all the way to the 1934 Olympics in Berlin. However, what lay before him was a physical gauntlet unlike anything he had encountered before: thousands of miles of open ocean, a small raft, and no food or water. He spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war.
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    • Poilu : the World War I notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, barrelmaker, 1914-1918
    • The evil necessity : British naval impressment in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world
    • A short history of the Wars of the Roses
    • Edmund Burke : the first conservative
      Edmund Burke : the first conservative
      Jesse Norman.
      Examines the life of the great Irish philosopher, statesman, and political thinker, who supported abolition, free markets, and Catholic equality in Ireland in the eighteenth century, while warning of the dangers of a corporate state.
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    • The historical imagination in nineteenth-century Britain and the Low Countries
    • Censoring Queen Victoria : how two gentlemen edited a queen and created an icon
    • Hot dogs and cocktails : when FDR met King George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson
      Hot dogs and cocktails : when FDR met King George VI at Hyde Park on Hudson
      Peter Conradi.
      Between June 9th and 12th 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the guests of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at his country estate in Hyde Park, New York, during what was the first ever visit by a reigning British monarch to the United States. Coming at a time when Britain desperately needed U.S. help in the conflict that now seemed inevitable, the meeting was front page news on both sides of the Atlantic and imbued with huge political significance. This fascinating book recreates the backdrop to the royal visit, analyzing the political background and the media's reaction, and tells the back stories both of the King and of Roosevelt, whose colorful personal life became entwined with the visit.
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    • A taste for intrigue : the multiple lives of Francois Mitterrand
      A taste for intrigue : the multiple lives of Francois Mitterrand
      Philip Short.
      Documents the life of France's first popularly elected socialist president, covering such topics as the Observatory affair, his decision to join Petain's Vichy government, and his influence on French social and political dynamics.
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    • Spectacular Paris
      Spectacular Paris
      text by William G. Scheller

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    • Not I : memoirs of a German childhood
      Not I : memoirs of a German childhood
      Joachim Fest
      The historian shares the story of his childhood and youth during which he experienced World War II in a German household opposed to the Nazis and was forced to come to terms with his father's strong political convictions.
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    • The Nazi occult war : Hitler's compact with the forces of evil
    • The making of the Middle Sea : a history of the Mediterranean from the beginning to the emergence of the classical world
      The making of the Middle Sea : a history of the Mediterranean from the beginning to the emergence of the classical world
      Cyprian Broodbank.
      The Mediterranean has been for millennia one of the global cockpits of human endeavor. World-class interpretations exist of its Classical and subsequent history, but there has been remarkably little holistic exploration of how its societies, culture and economies first came into being, despite the fact that almost all the fundamental developments originated well before 500 BC. This book is the first full, interpretive synthesis for a generation on the rise of the Mediterranean world from its beginning, before the emergence of our own species, up to the threshold of Classical times, by which time the "Middle Sea" was already in effect made. Thanks to unrivalled depth and breadth of exploration, Mediterranean archaeology is one of the world's richest sources for the reconstruction of ancient societies. This book is the first to draw in equal measure on ideas and information from the European, western Asian and African flanks, as well as the islands at the Mediterranean's heart, to achieve a truly innovative focus on the varied trajectories and interactions that created this maritime world. The Mediterranean combines unusual conditions in a strictly unique fashion that goes a long way towards explaining its precocious development: it is the world's largest inland sea, easily the largest of the five challenging, opportunity-rich "mediterraneoid" environments on the planet, and adjacent to the riverine cores of two of the earliest civilizations, in Mesopotamia and Egypt. No wonder its societies proved exceptional. Extensively illustrated and ranging across disciplines, subject matter and chronology from early humans and the origins of farming and metallurgy to the rise of civilizations -- Egyptian, Levantine, Hispanic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Phoenician, Etruscan, early Greek -- the book is a masterpiece of archaeological and historical writing. - Publisher.
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    • The Trojan War : a very short introduction
    • Delphi : a history of the center of the ancient world
      Delphi : a history of the center of the ancient world
      Michael Scott.
      The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the "omphalos"--The "center" or "navel" - of the ancient world for more than 1000 years. Individuals, city leaders, and kings came from all over the Mediterranean and beyond to consult Delphi's oracular priestess; to set up monuments to the gods in gold, ivory, bronze, marble, and stone; and to take part in athletic and musical competitions. This book provides the first comprehensive narrative history of this extraordinary sanctuary and city, from its founding to its modern rediscovery, to show more clearly than ever before why Delphi was one of the most important places in the ancient world for so long. In this richly illustrated account, Michael Scott covers the whole history and nature of Delphi, from the literary and archaeological evidence surrounding the site, to its rise as a center of worship with a wide variety of religious practices, to the constant appeal of the oracle despite her cryptic prophecies. He describes how Delphi became a contested sacred site for Greeks and Romans and a storehouse for the treasures of rival city-states and foreign kings. He also examines the eventual decline of the site and how its meaning and importance have continued to be reshaped right up to the present. Finally, for the modern visitor to Delphi, he includes a brief guide that highlights key things to see and little-known treasures. A unique window into the center of the ancient world, this book will appeal to general readers, tourists, students, and specialists.
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    • Athens
      James H.S. McGregor.

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    • From Pompeii : the afterlife of a Roman town
    • Taken at the flood : the Roman Conquest of Greece
    • The secrets of Italy : people, places, and hidden histories
    • Dancing into dreams : Maya vase painting of the Ik' kingdom
    • DC Universe Presents. Volume 3, Black Lightning and Blue Devil
      DC Universe Presents. Volume 3, Black Lightning and Blue Devil
      Marc Andreyko, Joe Keatinge, Tony Bedard, writers
      "From fan-favorite Mark Andreyko comes the next chapter of DC Universe Presents featuring the New 52 debut of Black Lightning and Blue Devil! The team of two VERY different heroes must work together to solve a mystery that could unlock a new corner of the New 52. But danger threatens the uneasy alliance from outside and within as mobster Tobias Whale makes a deal with the demon Neibros that pits the heroes against the damned souls of Los Angeles. Collects #13-18 of DC Universe Presents"-- Provided by publisher.
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