American Decades

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    After Camelot

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    2012

    After Camelot : a personal history of the Kennedy family 1968 to the present

    Taraborrelli, J. Randy.

    In this ambitious and sweeping account, Taraborelli continues the Kennedy family chronicle begun with his bestselling "Jackie, Ethel, Joan" and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the years "after Camelot."

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    Alexander Hamilton

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    HAM
    2007

    Alexander Hamilton

    One of the most controversial men of his age, Alexander Hamilton was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor, and arrogance. His life and career were marked by power, scandal, and tragedy.

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    Angela Merkel

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    MER
    2016

    Angela Merkel : Europe's most influential leader

    Qvortrup, Matthew, author.

    "The in-depth biography of Angela Merkel, using exclusive new sources and research to tell how the daughter of a clergyman from East Germany rose to become one of the most powerful women in the world."--NoveList.

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    The last camel charge: the untold story of America's desert military experiment

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    2016

    The last camel charge: the untold story of America's desert military experiment

    Johnson, Forrest Bryant

    In the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S. Army would employ a weapon that had never before been seen on its native soil. From the Middle East came a calvary mount that would fare better than both mules and horses in the American Southwest. Against the Mojave in the Arizona Territory, against the Mormons in Utah Territory, during the early stages of the Civil War, the camel would become part of military history and a nearly forgotten chapter of Americana. This is the true story of that experiment and the extraordinary group of people who brough it together. This book gives them their due as a vital piece of American history.

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    One blood: the death and resurrection of Charles R. Drew

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    2015

    One blood: the death and resurrection of Charles R. Drew

    Love, Spencie

    One Blood traces both the life of the famous black surgeon and blood plasma pioneer Dr. Charles Drew and the well-known legend about his death. On April 1, 1950, Drew died after an auto accident in rural North Carolina. Within hours, rumors spread that the man who had helped create the first American Red Cross blood bank had bled to death because a whites-only hospital refused to treat him. Though Drew was in fact treated in the emergency room of a small, segregated hospital, Spencie Love shows that in a generic sense, the legend of his death is true: throughout the era of segregation, African Americans were refused medical help because of their race. By preserving their own stories, she says, they have proven the enduring value of oral history.

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    The republic of pirates: being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down

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    2016

    The republic of pirates: being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down

    Woodard, Colin

    Captains such as Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane rallied with their fellow pirates to create the "Flying Gang," thus establishing the Pirate Republic--a crude, distinctive, and all-too-brief democracy in the Bahamas. Indentured servants became free, blacks and runaway slaves could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or desposed by vote. In cutting off trade routes, sacking slave ships, and severing Europe from its New World, the Pirate Republic shook the very foundations of imperialism and fanned democratic sentiments that would one day drive the American Revolution. The pirates became heroes in the eyes of the people, and in this, their untold story, the glorious Pirate Republic lives again.

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    Shot Down

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    2015

    Shot Down : The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth

    Snyder, Steve (Historian), author.

    "Shot Down is a compelling story of our B-17 aircrews that flew, fought, and died over Europe to save a continent from tyranny and oppression. There were over 56,000 downed airmen in World War II. Lt. Howard Snyder and the crew of the Susan Ruth were one of those crews that went down over Europe... --General Duncan J. McNabb, USAF, retired, 33rd Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force." -- back cover

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    Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates: the forgotten war that changed American history

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    K48th
    2016

    Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates: the forgotten war that changed American history

    Kilmeade, Brian

    This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. Over the previous fifteen years as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy--at least not wihle easy money could be made by extorting the Western powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy's new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli--launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America's journey toward future superpower status.

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    The War of 1812

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    973.52
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    2011

    The War of 1812

    A two-hour documentary looking at this important historic event from several perspectives, the American, Canadian, British and Native American. The program will have some limited but very well done reenactments and major historians, authors, and experts.

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    The warmth of other suns: the epic story of America's great migration

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    2016

    The warmth of other suns: the epic story of America's great migration

    Wilerson, Isabel

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. She interviewed more than a thousand individuals, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramamtic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

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