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American Carnage: Wounded Knee, 1890 - Jerome A. Greene; Thomas Powers (Foreword by)
Call Number: 973.86 Greene 2014
ISBN: 0806144483
Publication Date: 2014-04-10
American Carnage explores the complex events preceding the tragedy, the killings, and their troubled legacy. Historian Jerome A. Greene explores why the bloody engagement happened and demonstrates how it became a brutal massacre. Drawing on a wealth of sources, including previously unknown testimonies, Greene examines the events from both Native and non-Native perspectives, explaining the significance of treaties, white settlement, political disputes, and the Ghost Dance as influential factors in what eventually took place. He addresses controversial questions: Was the action premeditated? Was the Seventh Cavalry motivated by revenge after its humiliating defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn? Should soldiers have received Medals of Honor? He also recounts the futile efforts of Lakota survivors and their descendants to gain recognition for their terrible losses.

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Asymmetric Warfare: threat and response in the twenty-first century - Rod Thornton
Call Number: 355.0218 Thornton 2007
ISBN: 074563365X
Publication Date: 2007-02-12
"In this clear and engaging introduction, Rod Thornton unpacks the meaning and significance of asymmetric warfare, in both civilian and military realms, and examines why it has become such an important subject for study. He seeks to provide answers to key questions, such as how weaker opponents apply asymmetric techniques against the Western world, and shows how the West's military superiority can be seriously undermined by asymmetric threats. The book concludes by looking at the ways in which the US, the state most vulnerable to asymmetric attack, is attempting to cope with some new battlefield realities."--Jacket.

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Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War strategy - Frank Leith Jones
Call Number: 355.0092 Jones 2013
ISBN: 1612512283
Publication Date: 2013-03-15
"Upon Kennedy's death, Lyndon Johnson named Komer his "point man" for Vietnam pacification policy, and later General Westmoreland's operational deputy in Vietnam. The author highlights Komer's activities during the three years he strove to fulfill the president's vision that Communism could be repelled from Southeast Asia by economic and social development along with military force. Known as "Blowtorch" for his abrasive personality and disdain for bureaucratic foot dragging, Komer came to be seen as the right person for managing that effort, and in 1968 was rewarded with an ambassadorship to Turkey. The book analyzes Komer's work during the Carter administration as special adviser to Secretary of Defense Harold Brown and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and credits him for reenergizing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's conventional capability and forging the military instrument that implemented the Carter Doctrine in the Persian Gulf - the Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force. It also explores his final role as a defense intellectual and critic of the Reagan administration's defense policies. The book concludes with a useful summary of Komer's impact on American policy and strategy and his contributions to counterinsurgency practices, a legacy now recognized for its importance in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the challenges of modern warfare - David H. Ucko; Robert Egnell; Colin Gray (Foreword by)
Call Number: 355.02180941 Ucko 2015
ISBN: 0231164270
Publication Date: 2015-01-20
"The British military encountered significant problems in Iraq and Afghanistan when they tried to suppress insurgent violence and their effort to apply the principles and doctrines of past wars failed to prevent Basra and Helmand from descending into violence. By juxtaposing the deterioration of these campaigns against Britian's celebrated legacy of counterinsurgency, this investigation identifies both the contributions and limitations of traditional tactices in such settings, exposing a disconcerting gap between ambitions and resources." -- from the book cover.

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Embers of War: the fall of an empire and the making of America's Vietnam - Fredrik Logevall
Call Number: 959.7041 Logevall 2012
ISBN: 0375504427
Publication Date: 2012-08-21
Pulitzer Prize for History, 2013.

A history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War offers insights into how the U.S. became involved, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while discussing relevant political factors.

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Fight Like the Devil: the first day at Gettysburg, July 1, 1863 - Chris Mackowski; Daniel Davis; Kristopher D. White
Call Number: 973.7349 Mackowski 2015
ISBN: 1611212278
Publication Date: 2015-04-20
The campaign -- First shots -- Fight like the devil -- Herbst Woods -- The death of John Reynolds -- The railroad cut -- Oak Hill -- Oak Ridge -- The XI Corps arrives -- Collapse -- The brickyard -- The key to the battlefield -- Cemetery Hill.

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Financial Intelligence: a manager's guide to knowing what the numbers really mean - Karen Berman; Joe Knight; John Case (As told to)
Call Number: 658.1511 Berman 2013
ISBN: 1422144119
Publication Date: 2013-02-19
""Inc." magazine calls it one of "the best, clearest guides to the numbers" on the market. Readers agree, saying it's exactly "what I need to know" and calling it a "must-read" for decision makers without expertise in finance. Since its release in 2006, "Financial Intelligence" has become a favorite among managers who need a guided tour through the numbers--helping them to understand not only what the numbers really mean, but also why they matter. This new, completely updated edition brings the numbers up to date and continues to teach the basics of finance to managers who need to use financial data to drive their business. It also addresses issues that have become even more important in recent years--including questions around the financial crisis and those around broader financial and accounting literacy. Accessible, jargon-free, and filled with entertaining stories of real companies, Financial Intelligence gives nonfinancial managers the confidence to understand the nuance beyond the numbers--to help bring everyday work to a new level."--Publisher's website.

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God Is Not Here: a soldier's struggle with torture, trauma, and the moral injuries of war - Bill Russell Edmonds; Thomas Ricks (Foreword by); George Lober (Supplement by); Bill Nash (Introduction by)
Call Number: 172.42 Edmonds 2015
ISBN: 1605987743
Publication Date: 2015-05-15
Edmonds' job was to advise an Iraqi intelligence officer--to assist and temper his interrogations--but not give orders. But he wanted to be more than a wallflower, so he immersed himself in the experience, even learning Arabic. In a makeshift basement prison, over countless nights and predawn hours, Edmonds came to empathize with Iraqi rules: do what's necessary, do what works. After all, Americans and Iraqis were dying. He wanted to make a difference--yet the longer he submerged himself in the worst of humanity, the more conflicted and disillusioned he became, slowly losing faith in everything and everyone. In the end, he lost himself. He returned home with no visible wounds, but on the inside he was different. He tried to forget--to soldier on--but memories from war never just fade away. In this book, the weight of history is everywhere, but the focus is on a young man struggling to learn what is right when fighting wrong. Edmonds provides a disturbing and thought-provoking account of the morally ambiguous choices faced when living with and fighting within a foreign religion and culture, as well as the resulting psychological and spiritual impacts on a soldier.--Adapted from book jacket.

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Goodnight Mind: turn off your noisy thoughts & get a good night's sleep - Colleen E. Carney; Rachel Manber
Call Number: 616.84982 Carney 2013
ISBN: 9781608826186
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
Two psychologists specializing in sleep and mood disorders offer readers an easy-to-use, friendly guide to getting to sleep when their mind is spinning and their thoughts won't quiet down. This book offers evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help readers overcome insomnia and get a good night's sleep.

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Great Powers, Small Wars: asymmetric conflict since 1945 - Larisa Deriglazova
Call Number: 355.0218 Deriglazova 2014
ISBN: 1421414120
Publication Date: 2014-02-25
In sophisticated combination of quantitative research and two in-depth case studies, Larisa Deriglazova first surveys armed conflicts since World War II in which one opponent is much stronger than the other. She then focuses on the experiences of Britain's decolonization after World War II and the United States' Iraq War beginning in 2003. The survey in Great Powers, Small Wars employs several large databases to identify basic characteristics and variables of wars between enemies of disproportionate power. The case studies focus on the economics, domestic politics, and international factors that ultimately shaped miltiary events more than military capacity and strategy.

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The Hidden History of America at War: untold tales from Yorktown to Fallujah - Kenneth C. Davis
Call Number: 355.020973 Davis 2015
ISBN: 140132410X
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
Combat tales have come to form an essential piece of our identity as Americans. But as some war stories have been repackaged and embellished, the truth behind the conflicts--the lives of the average soldiers and civilians involved and the lasting significance of the battles on American history--often lies buried. Kenneth C. Davis aims to change that. Here, he takes readers inside six landmark battles that offer crucial insights. From the Battle of Yorktown (1781), where a fledgling America learned hard lessons about what kind of military it would need to survive; to 1945 Berlin, when the downfall of the Third Reich set the stage for decades of Cold War tension; to Fallujah (2004), which epitomized the dawn of privatized war, Davis explores the key battlefield characters and events, shattering myths and misconceptions. Revelations include: the unacknowledged role that enslaved people and free African Americans played in the Revolution and Civil War; the grave miscalculations and cruelty that took place at Petersburg, Virginia, site of the longest siege of an American city; the scandalous use of water torture and civilian atrocities that shook Theodore Roosevelt's White House; the secret reasons why Stalin was desperate to take Berlin in the closing days of World War II--and why General Eisenhower let him; and the epic battle that changed how reporters covered--and Americans viewed--the Vietnam War. With this book, Davis illuminates why we go to war, who fights, the grunt's-eye view of combat, and how these conflicts shaped our military and national identity.--From publisher description.

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A History of the Philippines: from Indios Bravos to Filipinos - Luis H. Francia
Call Number: 959.9 Francia 2014
ISBN: 1468308572
Publication Date: 2013-09-18
The Philippines is a country in its adolescence, struggling by fits and starts to emerge from a rich, troubled and multilayered past. From its first settlement through the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century to the subsequent American occupation and beyond, this work recasts various Philippine narratives, familiar and unfamiliar, with an eye for the layers of colonial and post colonial history that have created this diverse and fascinating population. The narrative moves from a pre Hispanic Philippines in the 16th century through the Spanish American War, the nation's tumultuous relationship with the United States, and General MacArthur's controlling presence during WWII, up to its independence in 1946 and subsequent years of Islamic insurgency. The author creates a portrait that provides the reader valuable insights into the heart and soul of the modern Filipino, laying bare the multicultural, multiracial society of modern times.

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Leading Change - John P. Kotter
Call Number: 658.406 Kotter 2012
ISBN: 1422186431
Publication Date: 2012-11-06
From the ill-fated dot-com bubble to unprecedented M & A activity to scandal, greed, and, ultimately, recession -- we've learned that widespread and difficult change is no longer the exception. It's the rule. The author's eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process organizations have used to achieve transformational goals and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, the author provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work.

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Madison's Gift: five partnerships that built America - David O. Stewart
Call Number: 973.51092 Stewart 2015
ISBN: 145168858X
Publication Date: 2015-02-10
"Historian David O. Stewart restores James Madison, sometimes overshadowed by his fellow Founders, to his proper place as the most significant framer of the new nation. Short, plain, balding, neither soldier nor orator, low on charisma and high on intelligence, Madison cared more about achieving results than taking the credit. To reach his lifelong goal of a self-governing constitutional republic, he blended his talents with those of key partners. But it was his final partnership that allowed Madison to escape his natural shyness and reach the greatest heights. Dolley was the woman he married in middle age and who presided over both him and an enlivened White House. This partnership was a love story, a unique one that sustained Madison through his political rise, his presidency, and a fruitful retirement"-- Provided by publisher.

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Making War at Fort Hood: life and uncertainty in a military community - Kenneth T. MacLeish
Call Number: 956.7044340976 Macleish
ISBN: 0691152748
Publication Date: 2013-02-24
"[This book] is the first ethnography to examine the everyday lives of the soldiers, families, and communities who personally bear the burden of America's most recent wars."--Dust jacket.

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Melvin Laird and the Foundation of the Post-Vietnam Military, 1969-1973 - Richard A. Hunt
Call Number: 353.609 History
ISBN: 9780160927577
Publication Date: 2015-04-01
Change comes to the Pentagon -- Organizing national security in a new administration -- How much for defense? The FY 1970 budget -- The predicament of Vietnam -- The battle over troop withdrawals -- Taking the fight into Cambodia -- The war in Laos -- Preparing South Vietnam to stand alone -- A time of trial: the Easter Offensive and Vietnamization -- Looking beyond Vietnam: the FY 1971 budget -- A turning point: the FY 1972 budget -- The enduring commitment to NATO -- Change in East Asia -- The all-volunteer force -- Strategic defense: ABM and SALT -- Realistic deterrence? The FY 1973 budget -- Military assistance -- Looking toward the future: the FY 1974 budget -- Fixing the fraying force -- Laird's legacy

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Men of War: the American soldier in combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima - Alexander Rose
Call Number: 355.330973 Rose 2015
ISBN: 0553805185
Publication Date: 2015-06-09
Sheds light on the experience of the individual soldier by examining three battles which demonstrate the formation of the United States military that people know today and the traditions that have shaped the character of America's armed forces.

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Michelle Obama: a life - Peter B. Slevin
Call Number: 973.932092 Slevin 2015
ISBN: 0307958825
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
A comprehensive portrait of the First Lady describes her working-class upbringing on Chicago's South Side, her education at Princeton and Harvard during the racially charged 1980s, and her marriage to the future forty-fourth president

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Mission Ready Marriage: My Life as an Active Duty Wife - Claire Wood
Call Number: 355.129 Wood 2015
ISBN: 1631929291
Publication Date: 2015-06-11
One of the most challenging aspects of life in the active duty military service is working to keep your marriage intact amidst moves, deployments, training and transitions. This book takes a firsthand look at the typical stages of military life and those trials and tests that accompany them. Each chapter ends with questions for personal reflection and/or small group discussion.

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No More Sleepless Nights - Peter Hauri; Shirley Linde; Philip R. Westbrook (Foreword by)
Call Number: 616.8498 Hauri 1996
ISBN: 0471149047
Publication Date: 1996-08-13
"The best book this reviewer has seen on insomnia."-Library Journal "Make sleep as easy as falling out of bed."-USA Today "At last, an authoritative, sensible book for all those with trouble sleeping; this is wonderfully written and offers real help."-Rosalind D. Cartwright, Ph.D., Director, Sleep Disorder Center Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago "Nearly everything you always wanted to know about sleep and what can go wrong with it . . . with step-by-step suggestions."- Publishers Weekly This newly revised edition of Dr. Hauri's internationally acclaimed sleep therapy program offers you much more than helpful hints. You'll learn what works and what doesn't, ways to evaluate the latest insomnia treatments, and how to create your own customized sleep therapy program. With this easy-to-follow advice, there's no longer any reason to lose precious sleep. Whether your sleep problem is chronic or occasional, No More Sleepless Nights is the best remedy available.

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Single Handed: the inspiring true story of Tibor "Teddy" Rubin, Holocaust survivor, Korean War hero, and Medal of Honor recipient. - Daniel M. Cohen
Call Number: 951.904242092 Cohen 2015
ISBN: 0425279758
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
From a World War II concentration camp to the Korean War to the White House, this is the incredible story of Tibor "Teddy" Rubin, the only Holocaust survivor ever to receive a Medal of Honor... As a POW, Tibor called on his experience in Mauthausen to help fellow GIs survive two and half years of captivity. Tibor returned from Korea in 1953, but it wasn't until 2005-at age 76-that he was invited to the White House, where he received the Medal of Honor from President George W. Bush. It had taken over half a century for Tibor's adopted homeland to recognize this Jewish immigrant for acts of valor that went "beyond the call of duty." But when it did, the former Hungarian refugee became the only survivor of the Holocaust to have earned America's highest military distinction. Drawing on eyewitness accounts and extensive interviews, author Daniel M. Cohen presents the inspiring story of Tibor "Teddy" Rubin for the first time in its entirety and gives us a stirring portrait of a true hero. INCLUDES PHOTOS"-- Provided by publisher.

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Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War - Rita Nakashima Brock; Gabriella Lettini
Call Number: 174.9355 Brock 2012
ISBN: 0807029076
Publication Date: 2012-11-06
Although veterans make up only 7 percent of the U.S. population, they account for an alarming 20 percent of all suicides. In Soul Repair, the authors tell the stories of four veterans of wars from Vietnam to our current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan--Camillo "Mac" Bica, Herman Keizer Jr., Pamela Lightsey, and Camilo Mejâia--who reveal their experiences of moral injury from war and how they have learned to live with it. Brock and Lettini also explore its effect on families and communities, and the community processes that have gradually helped soldiers with their moral injuries. Soul Repair will help veterans, their families, members of their communities, and clergy understand the impact of war on the consciences of healthy people, support the recovery of moral conscience in society, and restore veterans to civilian life. When a society sends people off to war, it must accept responsibility for returning them home to peace.

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Symbols of Power: ten coins that changed the world - Thomas Hockenhull (Editor)
Call Number: 332.5 Bracey 2015
ISBN: 023117408X
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
"The revelatory history of ten major currencies details how the trajectory of world civilization is bound up with the movement of money. From the earliest measures of precious metals to the global fiat currencies we use today, the evolution of the shekel, the drachma, the denarius, the florin, the franc, the mark, the rupee, the yen, the pound and the dollar tracks closely with the rise and fall of influential rulers, goverments, and imperial powers. These coins have acted as powerful symbols of political expression and continuity despite deeply disruptive social, economic, and political change."

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Tet Offensive 1968: Battle Story - Andrew Rawson
Call Number: 959.704342 Rawson 2013
ISBN: 0752487841
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
"By the end of January 1968 the American people thought their armed forces were winning in South Vietnam after three years of escalating conflict. Then the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong struck back, hitting military and political targets across the country. While the NVA and Viet Cong suffered a military defeat, they dealt a huge blow to US support for the war. If you want to understand what happened and why - read Battle Story." -- From the book cover.

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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation - Jane Straus; Lester Kaufman; Tom Stern
Call Number: 428.2 Straus 2014
ISBN: 9781118785560
Publication Date: 2014-02-10
""A revised and updated new edition of the bestselling workbook and grammar guideThe Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages. Appropriate for virtually any age range, this authoritative guide makes learning English grammar and usage simple and fun. This updated Eleventh Edition reflects the latest updates to English usage and grammar and features a fully revised two-color design and lay-flat binding for easy photocopying. Clear and concise, easy-to-follow, offering ""just the facts"" Fully updated to reflect the latest rules in grammar and usage along with new quizzes Ideal for students from seventh grade through adulthood in the US and abroad For anyone who wants to understand the major rules and subtle guidelines of English grammar and usage, The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation offers comprehensive, straightforward instruction""-- Provided by publisher.

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The Last Days of George Armstrong Custer: True story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn - Thom Hatch
Call Number: 973.82 Hatch 2015
ISBN: 1250051029
Publication Date: 2015-02-03
In this thrilling narrative history of George Armstrong Custer's death at the Little Bighorn, award-winning historian Thom Hatch puts to rest the questions and conspiracies that have made Custer's last stand one of the most misunderstood events in American history. By reexamining the facts and putting Custer within the context of his time and his career as a soldier, Hatch's The Last Days of George Armstrong Custer reveals the untold and controversial truth of what really happened in the valley of the Little Bighorn, making it the definitive history of Custer's last stand. This history of charging cavalry, desperate defenses, and malicious intrigue finally sets the record straight for one of history's most dynamic and misunderstood figures.

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The Long Walk: a story of war and the life that follows - Brian Castner
Call Number: 956.70443 Castner 2013
ISBN: 0307950875
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
It is also an unflinching portrayal of the toll war exacts on the men and women who are fighting it. When the author returned home to his wife and family, he began a struggle with a no less insidious foe, an unshakable feeling of fear and confusion and survivor's guilt that he terms The Crazy. His book immerses the reader in two harrowing and simultaneous realities: the terror and excitement and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the enemy within, the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off. After enduring what he has endured, can there ever again be such a thing as "normal"?

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The Outpost: An untold story of American Valor - Jake Tapper
Call Number: 958.104742 Tapper 2012
ISBN: 031618540X
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
Jake Tapper exposes the origins of one of the Afghan War's deadliest battles for U.S. forces and details the stories of soldiers heroic and doomed, shadowed by the recklessness of their commanders in Washington, D.C. and a war built on constantly shifting sands.

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The Price of Valor: the life of Audie Murphy, America's most decorated hero of World War II - David A. Smith
Call Number: 940.541273092 Smith 2015
ISBN: 1621573176
Publication Date: 2015-04-20
"Audie Murphy was the most decorated American Soldier of World War II and one of our greatest heroes. He stood for what were once considered timeless American virtues, virtues which seemed to be reflected on his boyish face: innocence, humility, honesty and underneath it all a steely courage and determination. It was an actor that Audie Murphy would become, starring in a long string of westerns, capitalizing on his all-American charm. But behind that boyish face and humble demeanor was a man scarred by his ne'er-do-well father who abandoned his family, the early death of his mother and the poverty that forced some of his siblings into an orphange. He loved the Army, but the war left deep scars, not only physical, but mental and emotional, including a survivor's sense of guilt." -- from the book jacket.

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The Quartet: orchestrating the second American Revolution, 1783-1789 - Joseph J. Ellis
Call Number: 342.73029 Ellis 2015
ISBN: 0385353405
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
The triumph of the American Revolution was neither an ideological nor political guarantee that the colonies would relinquish their independence and accept the creation of a federal government with power over their individual autonomy. The Quartet is the story of this second American founding and of the men responsible. Some names are familiar, such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, and some less so, such as Robert Morris and Governeur Morris. It was these men who shaped the contours of American history by diagnosing the systemic dysfunctions created by the Articles of Confederation, manipulating the political process to force a calling of the Constitutional Convention, conspiring to set the agenda in Philadelphia, orchestrating the debate in the state ratifying conventions, and, finally, drafting the Bill of Rights to assure state compliance with the constitutional settlement.

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The Tet Offensive: politics, war, and public opinion - David F. Schmitz
Call Number: 959.704342 Schmitz 2005
ISBN: 0742544850
Publication Date: 2005-09-29
"Schmitz situates the Tet Offensive in the context of American foreign policy and the state of the war up to 1968, while carefully considering the impact of the media on American public opinion. Through his up-to-date analysis of recently available sources. Schmitz works to dispel myths and clarify the central debates surrounding this pivotal event that brought an end to American escalation of the war and led to Lyndon B. Johnson's decision to withdraw from the presidential race."--Jacket

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The Vietnam War: the Tet Offensive, 1968 - Anthony Tucker-Jones
Call Number: 959.704342 Tucker-Jones 2014
ISBN: 1783463627
Publication Date: 2015-02-19
On 30 January 1968 the North Vietnamese communists launched a coordinated surprise attack - the Tet Offensive - across South Vietnam against the South Vietnamese and American armies. Superior firepower eventually crushed the offensive, but it proved to be a major psychological victory for the communists - a turning point in the Vietnam War.

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The War That Forged a Nation: why the Civil War still matters - James M. McPherson
Call Number: 973.71 McPherson 2015
ISBN: 0199375771
Publication Date: 2015-03-12
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson considers why the Civil War remains so deeply embedded in our national psyche and identity. The drama and tragedy of the war, from its scope and size -- an estimated death toll of 750,000, far more than the rest of the country's wars combined -- to the nearly mythical individuals involved -- Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson -- help explain why the Civil War remains a topic of interest. But the legacy of the war extends far beyond historical interest or scholarly attention. McPherson draws upon his work over the past fifty years to illuminate the war's continuing resonance across many dimensions of American life

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The Wright Brothers - David McCullough
Call Number: 629.130092 McCullough 2015
ISBN: 1476728747
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off in one of their contrivances, they risked being killed. Historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

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Thieves' Road: the Black Hills betrayal and Custer's path to Little Bighorn - Terry Mort
Call Number: 978.39 Mort 2015
ISBN: 1616149604
Publication Date: 2015-02-10
In the summer of 1874, Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer led an expedition of some 1000 troops and more than one hundred wagons into the Black Hills of South Dakota. This narrative history tells the little-known story of this exploratory mission and reveals how it set the stage for the climactic Battle of the Little Bighorn two years later. What is the significance of this obscure foray into the Black Hills? The short answer, as the author explains, is that Custer found gold. This discovery in the context of the worst economic depression the country had yet experienced spurred a gold rush that brought hordes of white prospectors to the Sioux's sacred grounds. The result was the trampling of an 1868 treaty that had granted the Black Hills to the Sioux and their inevitable retaliation against the white invasion. Mort brings the era of the Grant administration to life, with its "peace policy" of settling the Indians on reservations, corrupt federal Indian Bureau, Gilded Age excesses, the building of the western railroads, the white settlements that followed the tracks, the Crash of 1873, mining ventures, and the clash of white and Indian cultures with diametrically opposed values

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Thinking in New Boxes: a new paradigm for business creativity / - Luc de Brabandere; Alan Iny
Call Number: 658.40714 Brabandere 2013
ISBN: 0812992954
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
Outlines a new model of practical creativity that challenges business professionals to evaluate customers, goals, and companies in engaging alternative ways, explaining how to develop strategies for effective and adaptive business environments.

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When Soldiers Fall: how Americans have confronted combat losses from World War I to Afghanistan - Steven Casey
Call Number: 355.422 Casey 2014
ISBN: 0199890382
Publication Date: 2014-01-02
Call it the Vietnam Syndrome or Black Hawk Down blowback. It's the standard assumption that Americans won't tolerate combat casualties, that a rising body count lowers support for war. But that's not true, argues historian Steven Casey; even worse, this assumption damages democracy. Fearing a backlash, the military has routinely distorted its casualty reports in order to hide the true cost of war. When Soldiers Fall takes a new look at the way Americans have dealt with the toll of armed conflict. Casey discusses the impact of changing presidential administrations, the role of technology, the dispersal of correspondents to cover multiple conflicts, and the enormous improvements in our ability to identify bodies. Recreating the controversies that have surrounded key battles, from the Meuse-Argonne to the Tet Offensive to Fallujah, the author challenges the formula that higher losses lower support for war." -- Publisher's description.

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Winning Wars Amongst the People - Peter A. Kiss
Call Number: 355.0218 Kiss 2014
ISBN: 1612347002
Publication Date: 2014-05-15
"Since the end of World War II a paradigm shift has occurred in armed conflict. Asymmetric, or fourth-generation warfare: the challenge of nonstate belligerents to the authority and power of the state has become the dominant form of conflict, while interstate conventional war has become an increasingly irrelevant instrument of statecraft. In asymmetric conflicts the enemy is often a fellow citizen with a different vision for the future of the country, waging war among the people, maneuvering on the borderlines between parliamentary politics, street politics, criminal activity, and combat operations. Using five detailed case studies, Peter A. Kiss explains the fundamental differences between the paradigm of conventional warfare and that of asymmetric warfare as well as the latter's politcal, social and economic roots and main characteristics. Most important, he identifies the measures a government must take to prepare its security forces and other institutions of state for an asymmetric conflict." -- back cover

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Wrong Turn: America's Deadly Embrace of Counter-Insurgency - Gian Gentile
Call Number: 355.02180973 Gentile 2013
ISBN: 1595588744
Publication Date: 2013-08-01
"Drawing both on the author's experiences as a combat battalion commander in the Iraq War and his research into the application of counterinsurgency in a variety of historical contexts, Wrong Turn is a brilliant summation of Gentile's views of the failures of COIN, as well as a searing reevaluation of the current state of affairs in Afghanistan. As the issue of America's withdrawal from Afghanistan inevitably rises to the top of the national agenda, Wrong Turn will be a major new touchstone for what went wrong and a vital new guide to the way forward. Note: the ideas in this book are the author's alone, not the Department of Defense's."-- Provided by publisher.

 

New Ebooks and Audiobooks -- EBSCOhost

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Accounting at War - Warwick Funnell; Michele Chwastiak
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 9781138859791
Publication Date: 2015-04-06
Accounting and the Crimean War -- Accounting on the frontline in the South African War -- Military accounting and the business of war -- Taming the untamable: the normalization of nuclear war -- The Vietnam War, performance measures and representations of reality -- The Holocaust, accounting and the denial of humanity -- Rendering death and destruction visible: counting the costs of war -- Commodifying state crime: accounting for "extraordinary rendition".

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American Reckoning: the Vietnam War and our national identity - Christian G. Appy
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 9780670025398
Publication Date: 2015-02-05
How did the Vietnam War change the way we think of ourselves as a people and a nation? Christian G. Appy examines the war's realities and myths and its lasting impact on our national self-perception. Drawing on a vast variety of sources that range from movies, songs, and novels to official documents, media coverage, and contemporary commentary, Appy offers an original interpretation of the war and its far-reaching consequences for both our popular culture and our foreign policy.

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Financial Stability: fraud, confidence and the wealth of nations / - Frederick L. Feldkamp; R. Christopher Whalen
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 9781118935798
Publication Date: 2014-09-29
Describes the economic, political and legal antecedents of financial crises in the western market economies. By describing how these events developed in the past and how the markets can be used to gauge the threat of future contagion, the book provides a roadmap for how we can avoid financial disruptions and thereby maximize financial stability and economic prosperity"-- Provided by publisher.

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Fire Base Illingworth: an epic true story of remarkable courage against staggering odds - Philip Keith; Michael Prichard (Narrated by)
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 1452619034
Publication Date: 2014-01-06
In the early morning hours of April 1, 1970, more than four hundred North Vietnamese soldiers charged out into the open and tried to overrun FSB Illingworth. The battle went on, mostly in the dark, for hours. Exposed ammunition canisters were hit and blew up, causing a thunderous explosion inside the FSB that left dust so thick it jammed the hand-held weapons of the GIs. Much of the combat was hand-to-hand. In all, twenty-four Americans lost their lives and another fifty-four were wounded. Nearly one hundred enemy bodies were recovered. It was one of the most vicious small-unit firefights in the history of U.S. forces in Vietnam.As in his acclaimed book Blackhorse Riders, a finalist for the prestigious Colby Award, Phil Keith uncovers a harrowing true story of bravery and sacrifice by the men who fought valiantly to hold FSB Illingworth-a tale never-before-told and one that will not be soon forgotten.

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Grab Their Belts to Fight Them: the Viet Cong's big-unit war against the U.S., 1965-1966 - Warren Wilkins
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 9781591149613
Publication Date: 2011-05-15
The Viet Cong. Origins, infrastructure, and organization -- On the field of battle -- Generating friction -- The big-unit war : 1965. Strategic debates and decisions -- Van Tuong -- An Ninh and the Ia Drang Valley -- The B2 front -- Cong Truong 9 enters the fray -- The die is cast -- The big-unit war : 1966. An inauspicious beginning -- Winter-spring battles : region 5 -- Winter-spring battles : the B2 front -- Epilogue. The big-unit war and the road to Tet -- Attitudes and adversaries.

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Invasion of Laos 1971: Lam Son 719 - Robert D. Sander
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 0806144378
Publication Date: 2014-02-26
Johnson's war -- The truck hunters -- Nixon's war -- 1970: the Cambodian incursion -- Planning Lam Son 719 -- Dewy Canyon 2 -- The first week in Laos -- The second week in Laos: the attack stalls -- Collapse on the northern flank -- Onward to Tchepone -- The retreat from Laos -- After Lam Son 719.

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Matterhorn: a novel of the Vietnam War / Karl Marlantes - Karl Marlantes
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 080211928X
Publication Date: 2010-03-23
In the tradition of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" and James Jones's "The Thin Red Line," Marlantes tells the powerful and compelling story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood.

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New Perceptions of the Vietnam War: essays on the war, the South Vietnamese experience, the diaspora and the continuing impact / edited by Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen. - Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen (Editor)
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 078649509X
Publication Date: 2014-11-28
"This international collection of essays examines the war from new perspectives--including those of the Vietnamese diaspora--and explores ways in which perceptions of the war have been altered in recent years. The war is examined through the lens of history, politics, biography and literature, with Vietnamese, American, Australian and French scholars providing insights on its reassessment"-- Provided by publisher

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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War - Phillip Jennings
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost
ISBN: 1596985674
Publication Date: 2010-02-23
Why we were in Vietnam -- Camelot it was not --
LBJ's war -- Unheralded victory -- The anti-war movement -- Coming home.

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The Tet Offensive: a concise history - James H. Willbanks
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 0231502354
Publication Date: 2007-01-05
Begins with a historical overview of the events leading up to the offensive, the attack itself, and the consequent battles of Saigon, Hue, and Khe Sahn. Continues with a critical assessment of the main themes and issues surrounding the offensive, and concludes with excerpts from American and Vietnamese documents, maps and chronologies, an annotated list of resources, and a short encyclopedia of key people, places, and events.

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Vietnam - Stanley Karnow
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 0786152109
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Companion to PBS's American experience series.

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The War That Never Ends: new perspectives on the Vietnam War - David L. Anderson (Editor); John Ernst (Editor)
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 9780813145617
Publication Date: 2014-03-21
More than three decades after the final withdrawal of American troops from Southeast Asia, the legacy of the Vietnam War continues to influence political, military, and cultural discourse. Journalists, politicians, scholars, pundits, and others have used the conflict to analyze each of America's subsequent military engagements. Many Americans have observed that Vietnam-era terms such as ""cut and run, "" ""quagmire, "" and ""hearts and minds"" are ubiquitous once again as comparisons between U.S. involvement in Iraq and in Vietnam seem increasingly appropriate.

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The Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive 1968 - Anthony Tucker-Jones
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI Collection
ISBN: 9781783463626
Publication Date: 2015-02-19
On 30 January 1968 the North Vietnamese communists launched a coordinated surprise attack - the Tet Offensive - across South Vietnam against the South Vietnamese and American armies. Superior firepower eventually crushed the offensive, but it proved to be a major psychological victory for the communists - a turning point in the Vietnam War.

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Why Vietnam Matters: an eyewitness account of lessons not learned - Rufus C. Phillips III
Call Number: ONLINE EBSCOhost SSI collection
ISBN: 9781612515625
Publication Date: 2013-12-04
In The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam described Rufus Phillips as a man one could trust telling President Kennedy during the Vietnam War about the failures of the Strategic Hamlet Program, 'in itself a remarkable moment in the American bureaucracy, a moment of intellectual honesty.' With that same honesty, Phillips gives an extraordinary inside history of the most critical years of American involvement in Vietnam, from 1954 to 1968, and explains why it still matters.

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