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Egerton, Douglas R.
Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America
E269.N3E35 2009
In Death or Liberty, Douglas R. Egerton offers a sweeping chronicle of African American history stretching from Britain's 1763 victory in the Seven Years' War to the election of slaveholder Thomas Jefferson as president in 1800. Canvassing every colony and state, as well as incorporating the wider Atlantic world, Death or Liberty offers a lively and comprehensive account of black Americans and the Revolutionary era in America.
 
Korda, Michael
With wings like eagles: a history of the Battle of Britain
D756.5.B7 K67 2009
Michael Korda's brilliant work of history takes the reader back to the summer of 1940, when fewer than three thousand young fighter pilots of the Royal Air Force-often no more than nine hundred on any given day-stood between Hitler and the victory that seemed almost within his grasp. Here is the story of "the few," and how they prevailed against the odds, deprived Hitler of victory, and saved the world during three epic months in 1940.
 
Frommer, Harvey
Five o'clock lightning: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the greatest team in baseball, the 1927 New York Yankees
GV875.N4 F757 2008
How great were the '27 Yankees? So great that even now, eighty years later, they still have the power to astonish and entertain. The 1927 Yankees may or may not have been the best team ever, but surely this is the best book about that wonderful concentration of talent. Harvey Frommer brings the perceptive eye of a historian to what was arguably the most feared batting order of all time. Add to that his contagious enthusiasm for classic baseball and you have a most enjoyable book.
 
Axelrod, Alan
Profiles in Folly: history's worst decisions and why they went wrong
D21.3.A84 2008
Although Axelrod investigates some dumb decisions by stupid people and some evil decisions by evil people, the overwhelming majority of these decisions were made by good, smart people whose poor judgment produced disastrous, often irreversible results. Among the 35 compelling and often poignant stories, which range from ancient times to today, include: The Trojan Horse; the Children's Crusade; the sailing of the Titanic, and the false belief that it just couldn't sink; Ken Lay's deception with Enron; and even the choice to create a "New Coke" and fix what wasn't broke.
 
Collins, Paul
From Egypt to Babylon: the international age 1550-500 BC
DS62.23.C66 2008
For those who believe that globalization is a purely modern phenomenon, this book holds a startling and absorbing lesson. From Egypt to Babylon immerses readers in a world of exotic empires and states as they waxed and waned and interacted in a period of extraordinary internationalism-all before the rise of the Persian Empire.
 
Katzenbach, Nicholas deB
Some of it was fun: working with RFK and LBJ
E840.8.K285 A3 2008
As legal counsel and deputy attorney general under Bobby Kennedy and then attorney general and under secretary of state for Lyndon Johnson, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach found himself at the center of the defining issues of the 1960s: the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War. The lively, intimate narrative follows Katzenbach's transition to LBJ's State Department, where he and other members of the administration came to realize the devastating costs of the Vietnam War." "Some of It Was Fun" is as much a fresh and candid perspective on a decade that continues to captivate Americans as it is a memoir of one man's eight years in Washington. Yet one of the book's greatest revelations is the voice of a natural storyteller.
 
Johnson, George
The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
Q182.3.J65 2008
An irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science-moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply. Johnson takes us to those times when the world seemed filled with mysterious forces, when scientists were dazzled by light, by electricity, and by the beating of the hearts they laid bare on the dissecting table. We see the likes of Galileo, Newton, William Harvey, Galvani and Pavlov as their directions become clear. In an instant, confusion was swept aside and something new about nature leaped into view. In bringing us these stories, Johnson restores some of the romance to science, reminding us of the existential excitement of a single soul staring down the unknown.
 
Booth, Mark
The Secret History of the World: as laid down by the secret societies
D21.3.B67 2008x
They say that history is written by the victors. But what if history - or what we have come to know as history - has all along been written by the wrong people? In this groundbreaking culmination of a lifetime's research, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling and mind-opening journey through our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and Mystery schools throughout history are true - Booth produces nothing short of an alternate account of the past three thousand years.
 
Meyerson, Michael
Liberty's Blueprint: how Madison and Hamilton wrote The federalist papers, defined the Constitution, and made democracy safe for the world
KF4520.M49 2008
Aside from the Constitution itself, there is no more important document in American politics and law than The Federalist - the series of essays that James Madison and Alexander Hamilton wrote to persuade the American people to ratify the Constitution. Today, in an age of angry, polarizing debate over what the Constitution means and how to determine the relevance of the framers' "original intent," the Federalist Papers are once again essential reading. Michael Meyerson presents a much-needed introduction to how the Federalist Papers were written and the philosophical thinking that shaped the Constitution.
 
Lewis, Michael
Panic: the story of modern financial insanity
HB3722.P36 2009
When it comes to markets, the first deadly sin is greed. Michael Lewis has chosen more than fifty pieces of journalism to illuminate the most violent and costly upheavals in recent financial history: the crash of '87, the Russian default (and the subsequent collapse of Long Term Capital Management), the Asian currency crisis of 1999, the Internet bubble, and the current subprime mortgage disaster. There are sobering messages common to these narratives: the lessons that should have been learned along the way were for the most part ignored, and when push comes to shove, the carefully devised protections against risk turn out to be wishful thinking.
 
Hollington, Kris
Wolves, Jackals, and Foxes: the assassins who changed history
HV6515.H62 2008x
This book is the first to study in detail not only the causes and surprising consequences of assassination, but also the crucial seconds of the act itself and the psychology of the killer in an effort to understand why some assassinations succeed where others fail---and what might be done to prevent them. It is also the first book to examine the fascinating facts and figures of assassination, revealing everything from the success rate by type of weapon and the escape and survival rates of assassins to the most popular time of year and location for an attack.