2015 History




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Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619025738
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

This book is a brilliant and unique musing on American history and landscape. Lauret Savoy is a mixed race woman and professor of geology and environmental studies. Her search for her ancestors leads her to landscapes, including borderlands of the southwest, the Grand Canyon, Washington D.C., and her birthplace in California. Inevitably the role of race in American history is part of her family’s history. Savoy details the inaccuracies, silences, and omissions throughout American history, including the Black Codes in Washington D.C. and South Carolina, land grabs from Mexico and Native peoples, and the disappearance of African American towns. An important book as we struggle to understand and overcome the wrongs of history and the impact on our current lives. ~ Joan *Signed copies*

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The German War: A Nation Under Arms, 1939-1945 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465018994
Availability: Not in Stock - Hard to Find
Published: Basic Books - October 13th, 2015

When World War II started in 1939 it was deeply unpopular, so how was it that the German people actively participated in a war that would last for six years? Stargardt eschews the usual assumptions about the German people, instead delving into the letters and diaries of a variety of ordinary citizens, and in the process creates a clearer understanding for us of how and why many could have supported the Nazis, as well as how they tried to oppose them. Seen through the eyes of those who lived through it—soldiers, teachers, housewives; Christians and Jews—Steingardt’s impeccable research into original source documents brings an important new look at this horrible period in history to life, making us all wonder how we might have reacted under those circumstances. ~ Mitch

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The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307272157
Availability: Not in Stock - Backordered
Published: Knopf - October 27th, 2015

Many of us are familiar with the Catskills of Upstate New York as the home of the “Borscht Belt” in the early to mid-20th Century, where Jewish New Yorkers enjoyed an unsurpassed vacation mecca of resorts and entertainment. (Remember Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing?) While that era is fabulously documented in this well-researched book, anyone interested in the history of the area will love discovering the other fascinating aspects of the Catskills, from the setting for Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle story, to the 1800’s offering WASP guests “one hundred percent restricted” accommodations (“Hebrews will knock vainly for admission”), through the Woodstock era to the center of today’s anti-fracking movement. The liberal use of historical photographs brings this book alive. ~ Mitch