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Victoria The Queen

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The true story for fans of the PBS Masterpiece series Victoria, this page-turning biography reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen--a Victoria for our times. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, this stunning new portrait is a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
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"Victoria the Queen, Julia Baird's exquisitely wrought and meticulously researched biography, brushes the dusty myth off this extraordinary monarch."--The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe's monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public's expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand.

Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security--queen of a quarter of the world's population at the height of the British Empire's reach.

Drawing on sources that include fresh revelations about Victoria's relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning.

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Victory at Any Cost (USED)

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From KIRKUS REVIEWS: An absorbing biography of Vietnam's ranking soldier-statesman and, arguably, one of military history's greatest captains, from a scholar who gained direct access to him. Drawing on interviews with and material supplied by Giap (born 1912), Currey (Edward Lansdale, 1988) offers an engrossing account of how his protagonist played a leading role in an impoverished, industrially backward nation's military defeat of two Western powers. A dedicated member of the Communist Party long before he became a warrior, the self-taught Giap accomplished much as supreme commander of his country's guerrilla, militia, and regular-army forces. Having conducted effective anti-colonial insurgencies during the late 1940s, for example, he routed the French in a pitched battle at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Giap subsequently organized grassroots resistance in South Vietnam and masterminded campaigns that made continuation of America's Indochinese commitments politically untenable after the Tet offensive of 1968. In his tellingly detailed narrative (which doubles as a chronicle of armed conflict in Vietnam from the preWW II era through the border clashes with Cambodia and China in 1979), Currey (History/Univ. of South Florida) does not shy from cataloguing Giap's shortcomings. Among other things, he faults him for his active involvement in the Politburo's bloody pogroms and his willingness to sustain appalling casualties in pursuit of his objectives. The author nonetheless gives Giap full marks for strategic vision, geopolitical savvy, tactical finesse, and grasp of logistics. Currey also makes a fine job of reconstructing Giap's early years as a teacher and the influences that set him on arevolutionary's path. An authoritative briefing on a great general.

Vietnam and The United States (USED)

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Vietnam War

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From the award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelts, and others: a vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart--the companion volume to the major, multipart PBS film to be aired in September 2017.

More than forty years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war: U.S. and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-level officials in America and Vietnam, antiwar protestors, POWs, and many more. The book plunges us into the chaos and intensity of combat, even as it explains the rationale that got us into Vietnam and kept us there for so many years. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did, and to clarify its complicated legacy. Beautifully written and richly illustrated, this is a tour de force that is certain to launch a new national conversation.

Virigina Beautiful (USED)

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Voices of the Vietnam War

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Voices of the Vietnam War is an oral history told by the soldiers who fought, and others who were impacted by the fighting halfway around the world, most especially the wives and siblings who waited at home. This book listens to two people who were against the war and had to take their own philosophical stand, often against their own families and friends. The book features chapters personally written by three military veterans. Two wives tell the story of how they waited at home while their husbands fought in Vietnam, relying on letters and television news for information.Decorated combat officer David Christian is the strongest voice in the book, describing his unit's war experiences and then detailing the loss of his brother Doug to Agent Orange-linked cancer. Christian became a leading advocate for veterans' disability pensions and helped gain government approval for Agent Orange benefits.Vietnam War veteran Terry Nau wrote and edited this book, his fifth on the subject. He interviewed soldiers from his artillery unit, high school friends who went to war, and also convinced acquaintances to tell their own story in their own words.
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Voyage of the Armada (USED)

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In May of 1588, on the order of Spain's King Philip, 30,000 soldiers and sailors armed with arquebus and musket set out to sea. There were sixty-five galleons and other major ships of war, twenty-five urcas, and many more smaller vessels. A larger fleet had never before been assembled. In "The Voyage of the Armada," David Howarth brilliantly conveys the drama of the Spanish Armada's progress and brings to life the personalities of the men who influenced its course, from the dogmatic and irrational Philip II to Don Juan Martinez de Recalde, a veteran of many sea campaigns, to Don Pedro and Don Diego de Valdes, who were cousins but also bitter enemies, to the Spanish soldiers and sailors who unquestioningly ventured into unknown seas to confront their fates.

In 1884, almost three hundred years after the Armada, Cesareo Fernandez Duro, a Spanish naval captain, published one hundred and ninety-nine letters and documents of the sixteenth century that he had discovered in the royal archives. The general public, however, remained ignorant of much of this material portraying the events of the Armada from the Spanish perspective. Basing his narrative on previously unexplored Spanish sources, David Howarth shows that there is always another side to every conflict. Illustrated with lavish maps and portraits of some of the more notable characters involved, "The Voyage of the Armada" recounts the adventures of these brave men as they go from battles to storms to wrecks and then, finally -- for the lucky ones -- return home.

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Voyage of the Matthew (USED)

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In 1497, the first Europeans set foot on the North American mainland and claimed it for the English crown. Led by John Cabot, a small band of hardy sailors had braved the stormy, uncharted seas of the North Atlantic in a single, three-masted sailing ship. Americans speak English rather than Spanish or Italian because of this voyage; yet remarkably little is known about John Cabot or his adventurous and daring life. On the 500th anniversary of his discovery, another crew of intrepid sailors set out to make the same journey, in a replica of Cabot's ship - accompanied by a public television camera crew. "The Voyage of the Matthew" combines historical research into the great Age of Discovery with the lure of exploring new territory and confronting age-old challenges.
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War Chronicles From Chariots To Flintlocks; New Perspectives on the Two Thousand Years of Bloodshed That Shaped the Modern World

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Twenty-two centuries of warfare, twenty-two wars that changed the world--The War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks captures it all in 400 pages enhanced with 150+ archival illustrations gathered from around the world.

The War Chronicles: From Chariots to Flintlocks is the perfect primer for novices while offering seasoned history readers new perspectives on many famous and some not-so-well-known conflicts. Each chapter includes a quick-reference summary, a timeline, an overview of the war, essays on its principal leaders, a series of short, often offbeat features on aspects of the conflict, and a detailed account of a pivotal battle. Author Joseph Cummins highlights pivotal victories that changed nations, from the Norman invasion of England in 1066 to the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1521, and delineates defining moments in the development of political philosophies, from Athens' defense of democracy against Persian despotism to the championing of equal rights for all in the American Revolution. It recounts the heroism of armies and individuals, from the Spartans' fight to the death against the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BC to the Korean admiral who inspired his country to repel a massive Japanese invasion in the 1590s. Yet it does not shy away from showing the acts of savagery that characterize much warfare, describing, for example, the trail of devastation left by the Mongols as they cut a swath through Asia and Eastern Europe in the thirteenth century, and the atrocities perpetrated on German civilians by all sides in the Thirty Years' War of the seventeenth century. "Cummins' main goal of illustrating the law of unintended consequences is nimbly achieved with gripping stories and lively writing." --Library Journal
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War Stories III (USED)

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It was the Greatest Generation's greatest moment: when heroes at home and abroad, united in common purpose as soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines--under the leadership of generals like Patton, Eisenhower, Marshall, and Bradley--rescued Europe from the tyranny and genocide of Adolf Hitler.

In War Stories III: The Heroes Who Defeated Hitler, Marine combat veteran Lt. Col. Oliver North gives you a chance to revisit the front lines. Using dramatic first-person testimony, North reveals:

  • The reality of combat: how it felt to live through the Battle of Britain as a citizen and a pilot, on the ground and in the air
  • The stories of Yanks in the RAF: how Americans fought Hitler before Pearl Harbor
  • America's first taste of battle in North Africa against the Germans--and the French
  • A date with destiny: men and women who joined up together to fight for liberty
  • The saga of war on the home front: how women faced enormous challenges in America, Russia, and Britain and helped win the war

  • Featuring extended interviews with veterans that cover the war in Europe from beginning to end, War Stories III: The Heroes Who Defeated Hitler is a testament to the courage and sacrifice of the World War II generation--a remembrance of the bravery and honor of these heroes.

    It belongs in the hands of every veteran, every student, and every American.

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    War Stories Remembering World War II (USED)

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    Henry Lasoki, an officer in the Polish army, was there on the first day of World War II, thrusting his bayonet awkwardly into a German soldier hours after Hitler's army invaded his homeland in 1939. And Jacques Smith was there on the last, a member of the honour guard aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed the docuuments of surrender in 1945. From start to finish, this chronicle of 53 personal testimonies illuminates World War II in a way no mere accumulation of facts can. The episodes detailed provide an intimate history of the war and a direct, visceral connection to the central event of the 20th century.
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    War; An Intimate history 1941-1945 (USED)

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    The vivid voices that speak from these pages are not those of historians or scholars. They are the voices of ordinary men and women who experienced--and helped to win--the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.

    Focusing on the citizens of four towns-- Luverne, Minnesota; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama;--The War follows more than forty people from 1941 to 1945. Woven largely from their memories, the compelling, unflinching narrative unfolds month by bloody month, with the outcome always in doubt. All the iconic events are here, from Pearl Harbor to the liberation of the concentration camps--but we also move among prisoners of war and Japanese American internees, defense workers and schoolchildren, and families who struggled simply to stay together while their men were shipped off to Europe, the Pacific, and North Africa.

    Enriched by maps and hundreds of photographs, including many never published before, this is an intimate, profoundly affecting chronicle of the war that shaped our world.

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    Warrior Queens: The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in Worl War II (USED)

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    Converted from luxury liners to troopships at the outset of World War II, the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth logged over a million nautical miles and carried more than a million military personnel. Drawing from both published sources and Cunard's official archives, the archives and records of the British Admiralty and the U.S. Navy, and the firsthand recollections of soldiers, seamen, and war brides, author Daniel Allen Butler brings this unique aspect of World War II history to life by recounting the histories of the two Queens along with the stories of the soldiers and sailors who served or sailed on them.

    We Americans (USED)

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    We Walked Right Into It; Pennsbury High and the Vietnam War

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    "We Walked Right Into It" focuses on a suburban Philadelphia high school community that saw 15 of its former students killed between 1965 and 1971 in a war conducted halfway around the world. This book begins with the story of "Christmas Officer" Joseph Yatsko, who wrote a letter to his alma mater in October 1965 asking for help in supplying his soldiers with Christmas cards and ornaments for their holiday far from home. Pennsbury High's student council headed the successful holiday drive. Tragically, Lt. Yatsko and four of his soldiers were killed in an enemy ambush on Dec. 18, 1965. Yatsko's body was escorted home by his brother Mike, also stationed in Vietnam. The family buried its oldest son on the day after Christmas. Yatsko was the first soldier from Pennsbury High and the first from Levittown, Pa. to die in the war. His loss brought the cold reality of this "conflict" home to the citizens of Lower Bucks County. Each succeeding death only deepened wounds within the community. This book combines interviews with family members and friends of fallen soldiers with the stories of Pennsbury's Vietnam veterans who survived the war and came home to lead full lives. We learn from the family interviews about the true cost of war: unfinished lives that create an unfillable hole in the hearts of those left behind. From returning veterans, we discover the war has never really ended. We hear from several Vietnam veterans who are battling illnesses linked to the Agent Orange dioxins sprayed from airplanes by their own government. These veterans of an unpopular war talk about being spat upon by anti-war protestors when they returned from Vietnam. We also learn that these Vietnam veterans are filled with pride. They acknowledge their time in the military shaped them as young men. And now, in their graying years, they are part of an exclusive club. Only they can recall the shattering sounds of the Vietnam War. Only they can remember various smells of South Vietnam, or how a heavy rainstorm turned the ground into mud during monsoon season. "We Walked Right Into It" is a tale that played out all over America during this unpopular war. Here is one high school's story of the war's impact on young men who fought for their country, putting aside politics to do what they thought was right, just as soldiers had done in all of America's prior wars.
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    We Were Soldiers Once... and Young (USED)

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    The "New York Times" bestseller provides a first-person account of the shocking battle that led to the Vietnam War."Between experiencing combat and reading about it lies a vast chasm. But this book makes you almost smell it." "--Wall Street Journal"

    "A stunning achievement."--David HalberstamA

    "There are stories here that freeze the blood....The men who fought at Ia Drang could have no finer memorial than this one." "--New York Times Book Review"

    "A great book of military history."--General H. Norman SchwarzkopfA

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    We Were Soldiers Once...And Young (USED)

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    Each year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one book that he believes is both relevant and timeless for reading by all Marines. The Commandant's choice for 1993 was We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young.
    In November 1965, some 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, under the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley. They were immediately surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. Three days later, only two and a half miles away, a sister battalion was chopped to pieces. Together, these actions at the landing zones X-Ray and Albany constituted one of the most savage and significant battles of the Vietnam War.
    How these men persevered--sacrificed themselves for their comrades and never gave up--makes a vivid portrait of war at its most inspiring and devastating. General Moore and Joseph Galloway, the only journalist on the ground throughout the fighting, have interviewed hundreds of men who fought there, including the North Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the specific ordeal it chronicles to present a picture of men facing the ultimate challenge, dealing with it in ways they would have found unimaginable only a few hours earlier. It reveals to us, as rarely before, man's most heroic and horrendous endeavor.

    From the Hardcover edition.

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    Wealth of Man (USED)

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    The distinguished journalist and former British Ambassador to the United States offers an epic history of mankind's quest to invent, trade and make money. Many have told the story of mankind's evolution, battle for survival, and physical adaptation to a changing world. But equally as exciting as that physical tale is the story of our struggle to satisfy his second imperative (assuming reproduction is the first): the craving, separately and collectively, for material betterment. Now, Peter Jay, the Economics Editor of the BBC, former Economics Editor for the London Times and former British Ambassador to the United States, has written a broadranging, stirring, and surprising account of man's pursuit of wealth. From cavemen to cyberspace, and spanning the entire globe, The Wealth of Manis a work of historical, economic, scientific and cultural synthesis - the sort of re-reading of history that makes a reader's eyes pop open with wonder and delight.

    West in the World (USED)

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    Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam

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    "Westmoreland is a great book, a classic by an author who knows his subject well and tells the story without hesitation." -- General Donn A. Starry, U.S. Army (ret.), Commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command (1977-1981)

    Is it possible that the riddle of America's military failure in Vietnam has a one-word, one-man answer?

    Unless and until we understand General William Westmoreland, we will never understand what went wrong in Vietnam. An Eagle Scout at fifteen, First Captain of his West Point class, Westmoreland fought in two wars and became Superintendent at West Point. Then he was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam for four crucial years.

    He proved a disaster. He could not think creatively about unconventional warfare, chose an unavailing strategy, stuck to it in the face of all opposition, and stood accused of fudging the results when it mattered most. In this definitive portrait, Lewis Sorley makes a plausible case that the war could have been won were it not for Westmoreland. The tragedy of William Westmoreland carries lessons not just for Vietnam, but for the future of American leadership.

    Westmoreland is essential reading from a masterly historian.

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    What Happened

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    A TIME BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AND NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

    "In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I've often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net. Now I'm letting my guard down." --Hillary Rodham Clinton, from the introduction of What Happened

    For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

    In these pages, she describes what it was like to run against Donald Trump, the mistakes she made, how she has coped with a shocking and devastating loss, and how she found the strength to pick herself back up afterward. With humor and candor, she tells readers what it took to get back on her feet--the rituals, relationships, and reading that got her through, and what the experience has taught her about life. She speaks about the challenges of being a strong woman in the public eye, the criticism over her voice, age, and appearance, and the double standard confronting women in politics.

    She lays out how the 2016 election was marked by an unprecedented assault on our democracy by a foreign adversary. By analyzing the evidence and connecting the dots, Hillary shows just how dangerous the forces are that shaped the outcome, and why Americans need to understand them to protect our values and our democracy in the future.

    The election of 2016 was unprecedented and historic. What Happened is the story of that campaign and its aftermath--both a deeply intimate account and a cautionary tale for the nation.

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    What No Child Should See

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    During WWII when the German army descends upon an idyllic French village in the exuqisite Provencal countryside, three individuals are tested in ways they could never have anticipated... Madame Molineau (Grand-mere) and her grandchildren, Rene and Jeanne Marie, must summon their courage and wits to thwart their Nazi occupiers intent on locating and transporting Jews to camps as part of the "Final Solution." This is a suspenseful and intriguing tale of the bravery, selflessness, and steadfast resolve of reluctant heroes. It is also an examination of how deeply held secrets - no matter how well- intentioned - create a heavy burden, a sense of onerous guilt, extreme remorse and a compelling need for redemption and forgivenes. Many of the scenes in this book are based on actual events relayed by one who lived through them.
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    What Went Wrong/ the Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East (USED)

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    For centuries, the world of Islam was in the forefront of human achievement -- the foremost military and economic power in the world, the leader in the arts and sciences of civilization. Christian Europe was seen as an outer darkness of barbarism and unbelief from which there was nothing to learn or to fear. And then everything changed. The West won victory after victory, first on the battlefield and then in the marketplace.

    In this elegantly written volume, Bernard Lewis, a renowned authority an Islamic affairs, examines the anguished reaction of the Islamic world as it tried to make sense of how it had been overtaken, overshadowed, and dominated by the West. In a fascinating portrait of a culture in turmoil, Lewis shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weaponry, industry, government, education, and culture. He also describes how some Middle Easterners fastened blame on a series of scapegoats, while others asked not "Who did this to us?" but rather "Where did we go wrong?"

    With a new Afterword that addresses September 11 and its aftermath, What Went Wrong? is an urgent, accessible book that no one who is concerned with contemporary affairs will want to miss.

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    What Works; Gender Equality by Design (USED)

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    "Compelling, lucid, and filled with actionable insights, What Works draws from a deep well of research to explain how we can end gender inequality."--Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals

    "A pathbreaking work, packed with insights on every page... The best book ever written on behavioral science and discrimination."--Cass Sunstein, coauthor of Nudge

    A Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Finalist

    Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people's minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts. Presenting research-based solutions, Iris Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions.

    What Works is built on new insights into the human mind. It draws on data collected by companies, universities, and governments in Australia, India, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, and other countries, often in randomized controlled trials. It points out dozens of evidence-based interventions that could be adopted right now and demonstrates how research is addressing gender bias, improving lives and performance. What Works shows what more can be done--often at shockingly low cost and surprisingly high speed.

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    Where Have All the Soldiers Gone?

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    An eminent historian offers a sweeping look at Europes tumultuous 20th century, showing how the rejection of violence after World War II transformed a continent.
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    Where We Go from Here

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    Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign was a beginning, not an end. In his new book, America's most popular political figure speaks about what he's been doing to oppose the Trump agenda and strengthen the progressive movement and how we go forward as a nation.
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    White Fragility

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    The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

    In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

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    White Rabbit (USED)

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    It became a bestseller, garnered sterling critical reviews, and inspired a film: this harrowing story of a captured British agent in World War Two, his refusal to crack under horrific torture, and his imprisonment in a concentration camp, testifies to the strength of the human spirit. Wing Commander F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas, aka "The White Rabbit," parachuted into France to aid the Resistance; two years later the Gestapo seized him and unleashed all their power to make him give up information... Chilling and unforgettable.

    Who was Who in the Civil War: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Biographical Reference to more than 2500 of the Principal Union and Confederate Participants in the W (USED)

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    Why Liberalism Failed (USED)

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    Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded?

    Of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century--fascism, communism, and liberalism--only the last remains. This has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism's proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. As Patrick Deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in its pursuit of individual autonomy, it has given rise to the most far-reaching, comprehensive state system in human history. Here, Deneen offers an astringent warning that the centripetal forces now at work on our political culture are not superficial flaws but inherent features of a system whose success is generating its own failure.

    Why Peron Came to Power (USED)

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    William McKinley (USED)

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    - Historic portraits; photos of primary source documents; quotations from primary sources.
    - Extensive backmatter with information at-a-glance: historic timeline; glossary; and Table of Presidents with photos from George Washington to G.W. Bush. Table includes dates of birth, death, and when each president took office and left office.
    - Fast facts of historical events that include the "who," "when," "why," "where," and "outcome" of the event. Fast facts on the presidents and first ladies.
    - Map shows which part/s of America became states during the president's term/s in office.
    National Social Studies Standards: Grades 5-8
    Power, Authority, & Governance: VI
    - provides the life stories of representative American leaders
    - identifies basic features of the U.S. political system
    - describes how government powers are acquired, used, and justified
    - describes how governments respond to forces of unity and diversity
    - explains conditions that contribute to conflict and cooperation within the U.S. and with other nations
    Civic Ideals and Practices: X
    - examines origins and influence of democratic-republican ideals--human dignity, liberty, justice, equality, the rule of law
    - explores the roles of public opinion, citizen action, and political actors in shaping public policies

    Williamsburg Collection of Antique Furnishings (USED)

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    Without Reservation; How a Controversial Indian Tribe Rose to Power and Built the World's Largest Casino (USED)

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    With compelling detail, Without Reservation tells the stunning story of the rise of the richest Indian tribe in history.

    In 1973, an old American Indian woman dies with nothing left of her tribe but a 214-acre tract of abandoned forest. It seems to be the end of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe. But it is just the beginning. Over the next three decades, the reservation grows to nearly 2,000 acres, home to more than 600 people claiming to be tribal members. It has also become home to Foxwoods, the largest casino in the world, grossing more than $1 billion a year.

    Without Reservation reveals the mysterious roots of today's Pequot tribe, the racial tension that divides its members, and the Machiavellian internal power struggle over who will control the tribe's funds. Author Jeff Benedict brings to us the deal makers, the courtroom machinations, the trusts and betrayals.

    Now, with remarkable new information, the paperback brings us up-to-date on these revelations, which lead to state and federal investigations and calls for congressional hearings.

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    Witnesses of War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis (USED)

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    Already hailed as "magnificent . . . some of the best historical writing about the aftermath of the war I have ever read . . . stunning" "(The Guardian)," "Witnesses of War" breaks new ground in its exploration of the lives and the fate of children of all nationalities under the Nazi regime.
    Children were at the center of Nazi ideology; now we have their history of those years. Their stories open a world we have never seen before. War came home to children as a set of events without precedent, spectacular and terrifying by turns. As the Nazis overran Europe, children were saved or damned according to their race. Precious few remained unscathed during the war, and most suffered a moment that overturned their lives. For some, it was the evacuation to become junior colonists in the East; for others, it was the onset of heavy bombing, the separation of families or learning to keep their parents alive by smuggling food, creating black markets and devising their own escape networks. Some herded women waiting to be shot. Girls manned flak batteries; boys confronted Soviet tanks.
    Drawing on an untouched wealth of original material - school assignments; juvenile diaries; letters from evacuation camps, reformatories and asylums; letters to fathers at the front lines; even accounts of children's games -- Nicholas Stargardt breaks stereotypes of victimhood and trauma to give us the gripping individual stories of the generation Hitler made.
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    World Is Flat; A Breif History of the Twenty-First Century (USED)

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    When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004," what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world's two biggest nations, giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalization? And with this "flattening" of the globe, which requires us to run faster in order to stay in place, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner?
    In this brilliant new book, the award-winning "New York Times" columnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt. "The World Is Flat" is the timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.

    World War II

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    Wrestling With Moses (USED)

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    To a young Jane Jacobs, Greenwich Village, with its winding cobblestone streets and diverse makeup, was everything a city neighborhood should be. The activist, writer, and mother of three grew so fond of her bustling community that it became a touchstone for her landmark book "The Death and Life of Great American Cities." But consummate power broker Robert Moses, the father of many of New York's most monumental development projects, saw things differently: neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village were badly in need of "urban renewal." Notorious for exacting enormous human costs, Moses's plans had never before been halted-not by governors, mayors, or FDR himself, and certainly not by a housewife from Scranton.
    The epic rivalry of Jacobs and Moses, played out amid the struggle for the soul of a city, is one of the most dramatic and consequential in modern American history. In Wrestling with Moses, acclaimed reporter and urban planning policy expert Anthony Flint recounts this thrilling David-and-Goliath story, the legacy of which echoes through our society today.
    The first ordinary citizens to stand up to government plans for their city, Jacobs and her colleagues began a nationwide movement to reclaim cities for the benefit of their residents. Time and again, Jacobs marshaled popular support and political power against Moses, whether to block traffic through her beloved Washington Square Park or to prevent the construction of the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a ten-lane elevated superhighway that would have destroyed centuries-old streetscapes and displaced thousands of families and businesses.
    Like "A Civil Action" before it, Wrestling with Moses is the tale of a local battle with far-ranging significance. By confronting Moses and his vision, Jacobs forever changed the way Americans understood the city, and inspired citizens across the country to protest destructive projects in their own communities. Her story reminds us of the power we have as individuals to confront and defy reckless authority.
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    Wrong Enemy

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    "An enthralling and largely firsthand account of the war in Afghanistan."--Financial Times

    Few reporters know as much about Afghanistan as Carlotta Gall. She was there in the 1990s after the Russians were driven out. She witnessed the early flourishing of radical Islam, imported from abroad, which caused so much local suffering. She was there right after 9/11, when the US special forces helped the Northern Alliance drive the Taliban out of the north and then the south, fighting pitched battles and causing their enemies to flee underground and into Pakistan. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people. And she knows just how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government and intelligence forces. Combining searing personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of the ordinary Afghans who were caught up in the conflict of more than a decade, The Wrong Enemy is a sweeping account of a war brought by American leaders against an enemy they barely understood and could not truly engage.

    "A strong, well-crafted account by an informed observer."--The Economist

    "Gall is perhaps uniquely positioned to tackle the troubling questions she raises about Pakistan's alleged support of terrorism . . . a must-read."-- Christian Science Monitor
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    Year of the Fires; The Stories of the Great Fires of 1910 (USED)

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    As wildfires blazed throughout the western United States in the summer of 2000, news organizations from across the country sought the insights of fire expert Stephen J. Pyne. Among the things he told them about were the many parallels between the fires of 2000 and the Great Fires that raged nearly a century ago. Here Pyne tells the whole story of the catastrophic fires of 1910 and the indelible legacy they left behind. The Great Fires scorched millions of acres across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana; they destroyed mining camps and whole towns; their smoke darkened skies in New England; their soot fell on the ice of Greenland. Unlike fires before them, they received a massive and innovative response from the fledgling U.S. Forest Service. Drawing upon fresh archivadal material, Pyne chronicles that heroic and costly response, focusing on a two-day crisis, the Big Blowup of August 20-21, when the fires tripled in size and officially claimed the lives of seventy-eight firefighters. Year of the Fires also tells the larger story of how American bureaucracies, railroads, political scandals, pioneering, ideas about nature, and reformist zeal collided with wind, drought, and wood to create the cataclysmic events of 1910, and how these events continue to shape the way Americans relate and react to wildfire. One of the great tales of Americans and their land, this history is an ideal read for fans of western history and of Young Men and Fire, Fire on the Mountain, and Jumping Fire.
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    Young Guns

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    America urgently needs a new direction. But who will provide it?

    The time has come to move the country forward with a clear agenda based on common sense for the common good.

    THERE IS A BETTER WAY.

    Make no mistake: Congressmen Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, and Kevin McCarthy are proud Republicans. But they believe the party had lost sight of the ideals it believes in, like economic freedom, limited government, the sanctity of life, and putting families first. This isn't your grandfather's Republican party. These Young Guns of the House GOP--Cantor (the leader), Ryan (the thinker), and McCarthy (the strategist)--are ready to take their belief in the principles that have made America great and translate it into solutions that will make the future even better, solutions that will create private sector jobs, maximize individual freedom, and establish a better world for our children. This groundbreaking book is a call to action that sets forth a plan for growth, opportunity, and commitment that will propel this country to prosperity once again. Together, the Young Guns are changing the face of the Republican party and giving us a new road map back to the American dream.

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    Young Men and Fire (USED)

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    On August 5, 1949, a crew of fifteen of the United States Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, the Smokejumpers, stepped into the sky above a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Two hours after their jump, all but three of these men were dead or mortally burned. Haunted by these deaths for forty years, Norman Maclean puts back together the scattered pieces of the Mann Gulch tragedy.

    Young Men and Fire won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.

    "A magnificent drama of writing, a tragedy that pays tribute to the dead and offers rescue to the living.... Maclean's search for the truth, which becomes an exploration of his own mortality, is more compelling even than his journey into the heart of the fire. His description of the conflagration terrifies, but it is his battle with words, his effort to turn the story of the 13 men into tragedy that makes this book a classic."--from New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, Best Books of 1992

    "A treasure: part detective story, part western, part tragedy, part elegy and wholly eloquent ghost story in which the dead and the living join ranks cheerfully, if sometimes eerily, in a search for truth and the rest it brings."--Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune

    "An astonishing book. In compelling language, both homely and elegant, Young Men and Fire miraculously combines a fascinating primer on fires and firefighting, a powerful, breathtakingly real reconstruction of a tragedy, and a meditation on writing, grief and human character.... Maclean's last book will stir your heart and haunt your memory."--Timothy Foote, USA Today

    "Beautiful.... A dark American idyll of which the language can be proud."--Robert M. Adams, The New York Review of Books

    "Young Men and Fire is redolent of Melville. Just as the reader of Moby Dick comes to comprehend the monstrous entirety of the great white whale, so the reader of Young Men and Fire goes into the heart of the great red fire and comes out thoroughly informed. Don't hesitate to take the plunge."--Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World

    "Young Men and Fire is a somber and poetic retelling of a tragic event. It is the pinnacle of smokejumping literature and a classic work of 20th-century nonfiction."--John Holkeboer, The Wall Street Journal

    "Maclean is always with the brave young dead. . . . They could not have found a storyteller with a better claim to represent their honor. . . . A great book."--James R. Kincaid, New York Times Book Review