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  • On a Burning Deck. The Road to Akron. An Oral History of the Great Migration. Vol. 1

    by Tom Jones

    In the earliest decades of the 20th century, more than twenty-eight million men and women—black and white—began “The Great Migration” north from the Deep South and Appalachia, lured by high wages and the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families. Among the white southerners who left their homes, literally hundreds of thousands came to work in the rubber factories of Ohio during the teens and twenties, forever changing its culture, history and politics. Who were they?... more

  • A Medal for Dr. Mary

    by Polly Craig
    Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a surgeon and spy in the Union Army, is the only woman ever awarded the Medal of Honor. Born a hundred years ahead of her time, she campaigned for dress reform, women's suffrage, women's health issues and much more. "A Medal for Dr. Mary" covers eighty -seven years of this extraordinary woman's life. Four Hundred and ninety-one pages propel the reader through the Civil War tragedies as well as the political and historical background of the years between... more
  • Escape from Manchuria

    by Paul Maruyama
    In the closing days of WWII, the Soviet Union attacked and occupied Japanese-controlled northern China, then called Manchuria. Immediately, misery and death from cold, hunger, disease, and brutality descended on the Japanese civilians at the hands of the Soviet Army and revenge-seeking mobs and bandits. Nearly 2,500 Japanese, mostly the elderly and children, died daily. Three courageous Japanese men embarked on a secret mission and escaped to Japan to eventually bring about an end to the Manchu... more
  • Bosses and Blackjacks: A Tale of the "Bloody Fifth" in Philadelphia

    by L.C. Bennett Stern
    A Philadelphia cop in 1917, just trying to provide a better life for his wife and kids, becomes embroiled in a political contest involving the mayor and a butcher — but life will never be the same after events in the Fifth Ward go horribly wrong on Primary Election Day. Good cop? Bad cop? You decide.
  • The Little Bach Book

    by David Gordon
    The central subject of this richly illustrated book is the life of J.S. Bach, but nearly half the pages are devoted to engaging and detailed descriptions of the everyday world that surrounded him. Both elements contain the unexpected.
  • The Canadian Don Quixote

    by David Beasley
    Return of a classic! A nice combination of Canadian history, romantic biography, and literary research, the book is not only a good read but includes a bibliography, index and other material. Actually it is a roaring good adventure yarn about a highly eccentric dreamer and author of gothic novels. A major entry this year. Library Journal (New York). The life of John Richardson reads like one of his novels. David Beasley does justice to this Richardson, and what a story The Canadian Don Qu... more
  • The Devil's Gap: The Untold Story of Canada's First Suicide Bomber

    by Joe Ralko
    In today’s world, suicide bombers have become frighteningly common. Almost every day we hear of another atrocity committed in the name of hatred or chaos. It hasn’t always been that way. When Paul Higgins walked into the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Kenora, Ontario, few people had even heard of a suicide bomber. In this summer tourism mecca on the north shore of Lake of the Woods nothing dangerous ever happened. Then, Higgins rigged himself up to a bomb with a Dead Man’s Switch, ... more

    by Michael Hill
    WAR POET is a biography of American poet, Alan Seeger, killed at the battle of the Somme in July 1916 and author of "I Have a Rendezvous with Death," the favorite poem of President John F. Kennedy and one of the most powerful and memorable war poems of all time. When first published in the fall of 1916, Seeger became an instant hero in America and, in Europe, many compared him to the martyred British poet Rupert Brooke. His death was seen by many as "one of the most romantic incidents of the war... more
  • Who Really Invented the Automobile?

    by David Beasley
    The automobile was perfected in 1829 and ran well on English roads. Who prevented its development? Was it the railway entrepreneurs? Was it the landed interests? Was it the free-traders? The same interests prevented its development in Europe and in America. Beasley takes you from the beginning through these various factions into the railway and banking conflicts to the 1890's when the automobile is allowed to develop in France. Why was it developed as the petroleum car and why was the steam car ... more
  • From Bloody Beginnings

    by David Beasley
    Richard Beasley, first settler at the head of Lake Ontario tells the story of the development of Upper Canada from out of the American War for Independence. The characters and events in upper New York State, the tenant rebellion leading to revolution, war out of Niagara, settlement of Upper Canada, politics, War of 1812, land reform and rebellion all contribute to understanding of character of Canada and the cause and effect of its creation.
  • Simply Napoleon

    by J. David Markham & Matthew Zarzeczny

    Since he came to power in the latter part of the 18th century, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) has been considered among the world’s most fascinating and controversial figures. A military commander on a par with legendary leaders like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Napoleon was also a bold political reformer whose liberal policies had a lasting impact on Europe and the world. In Simply Napoleon, authors J.... more

  • Lost in the District, Lost in the Federal Territory: The Life and Times of Doctor David Ross, Surgeon, Sot-Weed Factor, Importer

    by Stewart Lillard
    "Lost in the District" related the facts about Doctor David Ross of Bladensburg, his family life, his business and political connections, and his efforts to develop a productive iron mine along the upper Potomac River on lower Antietam Creek in Washington County, Md. Through his diligence and the skills of his close relatives, Dr. Ross was in a position to recommend the taking up of arms against Great Britain to his river neighbors of the Committee of Correspondence, George Washington and Georg... more
  • The Alaska Railroad 1902-1923

    by Helen Hegener
    The 500-mile long Alaska Railroad runs from the seaport town of Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula, to Fairbanks, the Golden Heart of Alaska. Along the way it crosses two formidable mountain ranges, several broad and daunting rivers, and numerous deep gorges and canyons. It winds along the tidewater edge of Turnagain Arm, past Bartlett and Spencer Glaciers, and skirts the highest point on the North American continent, the Great One, Denali. This book offers a wide-ranging look at Alaska’s growth ... more
  • How the Maya Changed the World

    by James O'Kon
    Imagine Thai or Indian food without chili peppers and modern life without the Industrial Revolution or the Emancipation Proclamation. Think of the life without the internet or cell phones. All of these items that shape the modern world would not have been possible without Maya cultivars. The amazing plants invented by Maya Agronomists now feed and clothe the majority of the world and have shaped the geopolitical and cultural characteristics of the planet. The book, Corn, Cotton and Chocolate.... more
  • The Mystery of an old Master painting by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino

    by Carla N.
    The purpose of clarifying the story believed for century of a painting on wood created in 1518 by a pupil of Raffaello although everybody knew that the master had painted the original on canvas in 1514 and how It was found and research the story.
  • Romance Readers Guide to Historic London

    by Sonja Rouillard
    The Romance Readers Guide to Historic London offers everything you want to know about the settings from historical novels, including fascinating backstories and which places still exist today. Inside you’ll find: a foreword by NY Times best-selling author Sabrina Jeffries, as well as romance excerpts by Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and today’s best selling authors—Victoria Alexander, Mary Balogh, Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt, and more. Plus find 130 “Then and Now” illustrations showing how build... more