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Cahill continues his study of civilizations, begun in "How the Irish Saved Civilization" (DC15036), with an extended look at the…Torah. He shows how events therein, especially the Jews' belief in one God and their ability to look at reality in a whole new way, influenced civilization. Some strong language. Bestseller. 1998.
Par Edmund White. 2001
Novelist, critic, and biographer White, who moved to Paris in 1983, describes his wanderings through the city's arrondissements, including districts…congenial to writers, African-Americans, Jews, artists, gays and lesbians, and royalists. A flâneur is someone who strolls about a city with no specific purpose, yet is attuned to its history and character. Bestseller. 2001.
Par Clinton Cox. 1993
Relates the history of the 9th and 10th Cavalry--the "Buffalo Soldiers"--from 1867 to 1898. The units, composed of emancipated slaves,…were used to subjugate and remove Native Americans onto reservations and for other hazardous duties in the American west. Junior and Senior High. c1993.
Par Amity Shlaes. 2007
Economics reporter analyzes the Great Depression era in the United States and posits that federal intervention in the economy lengthened…its duration. Considers economic plans from members of Franklin Roosevelt's brain trust and alternate solutions of outsiders such as African American Father Divine and Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson. 2007.
Par Peter Christie. 2008
The world's first empire, Akkad, was toppled 4,000 years ago by a disastrous drought in Mesopotamia, Ancient Rome experienced 18…months of darkness, possibly from a volcanic eruption half a world away, and Mayan society in Mexico began to crumble when fresh water became scarce. Christie explores climate shifts of the past, from ice ages to a World War II El Niño that frustrated the battle plans of Hitler. Grades 4-7. 2008.
Par Fouad Ajami. 1998
Examines the concepts of secular nationalism and modernity as conceived by Arab intellectuals of Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, and Cairo. Provides…insights into the Middle East from Arabic sources: fiction, poetry, memoirs, and political commentaries. c1998.
Par R. Keith Schoppa. 2000
A history of China from 1780 to 2000, outlining its transition from a traditional society to a world power. Includes…the consequences of Western imperialism, early twentieth-century cultural upheavals, continuing social transformation, and economic disasters. 2000.
Par Jonathan D Spence. 1998
Based on a series of lectures presented at Yale, a survey of China's influence on the West from 1253 to…the 1980s. Citing diplomatic reports, letters, plays, films, poetry, and novels, Spence argues that the Western view of China has been shaped by the observations of outsiders rather than the words of the Chinese people themselves. 1998.
Par Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster. 1998
Researched and compiled by the staff of ABC News, this chronicle of the twentieth century charts changes in popular attitudes…in the United States and describes key events in other countries as they affected the American worldview. Personal interviews and a series of story-filled essays provide a "coherent picture of a remarkable time." Bestseller. 1998.
Par Geoffrey A Hosking. 1997
Traces the history of Russia as a nation and an empire up to the year 1917. Asserts that the economic…and political processes of state building impeded the development of a sense of national identity and cohesiveness among the Russian people. 1997.
Par Tony Judt. 2005
Europe, so devastated during World War II and still haunted by its memory, has been transformed. Covering 60 years of…history in both eastern and western Europe, Judt explains how the European Union was built, how communism "imploded of its own accord", and why Europe still struggles to cope with ethnic diversity. Integrates international relations, domestic politics, ideas, social change, economic development, and culture. Descriptions of violence. 2005. If you request this book on CD it will be on 2 or more CDs. You must play the first CD to the end before playing the next CD.
Par Adam Gopnik. 2000
In 1995 an American writer moved with his wife and young son to Paris, fulfilling a childhood dream. He recorded…his expatriate family experience and views on French culture and society during their five-year stay. Bestseller. 2000.
Par Margaret MacMillan. 2001
Analyzes the failure of the Versailles Peace Conference after World War I. Focuses on the nationalistic goals of American president…Woodrow Wilson, French premier Georges Clemenceau, and British Prime Minister David Lloyd George - the author's great-grandfather - as they reorganized the defeated empires and created the League of Nations. Foreword by Richard Holbrooke. Bestseller. Winner of the 2003 Governor General's Award for Non-fiction. Canada Reads 2012. 2001. Uniform title: Peacemakers
Par A. A Fursenko, Timothy J Naftali. 1997
Chronicles the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, when the world's two superpowers came to the brink of nuclear war. Using Russian…archives opened in the 1990s, this account traces and analyzes events surrounding a confrontation that was, in the authors' view, the most serious of the Cold War. 1997.
Par William B. F Ryan, Walter C Pitman. 1998
Two geophysicists present the results of years of international research that sought historical data from the mid-sixth millennium B.C. to…confirm biblical and mythical accounts of a great flood. They explore linguistic, archaeological, and other evidence of an inundation around the Black Sea and hypothesize that a diaspora followed. 1998.
Par R. Douglas Hurt. 1998
Biography of Daniel Boone's youngest son, who followed in his father's footsteps as a frontiersman. Nathan worked as trapper and…hunter, a surveyor, and a soldier, eventually settling in Missouri with a family of fourteen children. He was instrumental in the removal of tribes to the Indian Territory that enabled settlement of the plains by pioneers. 1998.
An expose of financial collaboration between Swiss bankers and officials in Nazi Germany during World War II. Alleges that in…return for looted gold and other wealth, Swiss banks helped fund the German war effort and then blocked Holocaust survivors' efforts to claim their assets. c1997.
Par Noel Malcolm. 1998
History of a disputed area in southeastern Europe that was once part of Yugoslavia. Both Serbs and Albanians contest the…region known as Kosovo, based on historical records and mythology. Explores the impacts of Ottoman expansion in Europe, the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, national developments in 1912, World War II, and the years of Marshal Tito's rule until 1980. 1998.
Par J. P Docherty. 1999
Explores the people, history, culture, land, and economy of this Middle Eastern country, once called Mesopotamia, which is considered the…"cradle of civilization." Also briefly discusses its modern wars with neighbours Iran and Kuwait. Grades 5-8. c1999.
Par Ed Rothfarb. 1998
Traces the history of the three-hundred-year Mughal dynasty in northern India. Describes the Mughals' arrival in the fifteenth century led…by Babur, who conquered and remained to rule. Examines the development of Islam during the interchange of cultures, as the Mughals interacted with the local Hindu traditions. For junior and senior high readers. 1998.