History

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SHOT DOWN

Rating: 4.5
The crew of the Susan Ruth, shot down over Belgium, attempt to survive, hide from the Nazis, and escape back to Allied territory.
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Learn the truth about the Discoverer of America in COLUMBUS—THE UNTOLD STORY

Rating: 5
Learn the truth about the Discoverer of America, the best double agent in history in: COLUMBUS—THE UNTOLD STORY
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Saving children of the Holocaust in PART OF THE FAMILY

Rating: 5
The horror of the Holocaust and the rise of Nazi Germany can never be overstated, but conveying the tragedy effectively is often best when an author humanizes it by focusing on a single incident or aspect and investigating it thoroughly.
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The curia comes to life in: OVERKILL: THE VATICAN TRIAL OF PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN, SJ

Rating: 3
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wore many hats: philosopher, geologist, paleontologist … priest. If you’re thinking that one of these things is not like the others, you’re right.
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Thirteen separate colonies become a new nation in: THE EMERGENCE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION

Rating: 4
THE EMERGENCE OF ONE AMERICAN NATION is an informative and engaging read encompassing 184 years, including the events that led to the war of independence, to the writing of the Constitution and official formation of the United States of America.
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Exploration into politics and philosophy through history in: A RIGHT TO EXIST: WHOSE RIGHTS ARE THESE?

Rating: 3
A thought provoking exploration of how the principals of freedom and opportunity enshrined – if in rhetoric only – in the Constitution have gradually expanded to encompass broader swaths of society.
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FROM THE BIG BANG TO YOUR CELLS: A fascinating look at the origin of minerals through to their role in the human body

Rating: 4
The essential compounds in the human body today can be traced in detail from the beginning of the universe to their impact in daily life.
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A renewed commitment to fair housing standards for all in: MASTERS OF INEQUALITY

Rating: 5
Written nearly 50 years after mass riots destroyed the heart of America's cities, this new book offers a new commitment.
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Rowdy

Rating: 4.5
At first glance, ROWDY seems to be a book about the rebuilding of a NY40 Class racing yacht. However, it is actually three books: the recounting of how the boat was discovered and restored, the World War I diary of Rowdy’s first owner and finally, a description of upper class New York society between the wars.
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THE WILD ONES tells the story of one woman’s quest to save the wild mustangs of Nevada

Rating: 5
A secretary turned animal activist paves the way to protect the wild mustangs of Nevada from cruel and inhumane capture.
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Women's rights in Iran and heroines of women's rights in: Jewels of Allah

Rating: 5
There is a popular narrative about Iranian women, suggesting that they advanced during the Pahlavi Monarchy, and, since the overthrow of the Shah, suffered massive repression and became symbolically and literally re-veiled.
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Saving Mona Lisa. The Battle to Protect the Louvre and Its Treasures - A celebration of the remarkable power of art.

Rating: 5
A richly detailed and thoroughly researched tale of the transportation and safekeeping of the Mona Lisa during World War II.
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The Unfinished Tower of Babel

Rating: 4
The story of the Tower of Babel in the Bible is meant as a cautionary tale, telling us that if we build our metaphorical or even physical structures too tall, they will eventually crumble to the ground.
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Young Soldiers, Amazing Warriors

Rating: 4.5
An officer who served with, and finally commanded, a rifle battalion in Vietnam tells the story of his time there and of the bravery and sacrifices of his men.
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America's Greatest Blunder

Rating: 5
A disturbing argument that America, by entering World War I, set in motion a train of events that caused much of the death and destruction of the 20th century.
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Clan Donnell

Rating: 4.5
David K. McDonnell’s book is a history of his own family intertwined with the history of Ireland. It is a balanced, well-researched history beginning with the hunter-gatherers of the Stone Age up to present times.
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I’ve Got Some Lovin’ To Do

Rating: 4
Julia Park Tracy’s edited collection of the diaries of her great aunt, Doris Bailey Murphy, written in 1925-1926, offers some insight into the life a sixteen year old girl searching for adventure, romance, and friendship while still living under her parents’ roof.
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Memoirs of an Outlaw

Rating: 4.5
MEMOIRS OF AN OUTLAW is the first outing by Tanner, a retired Marine and veteran who served in active combat duty in Afghanistan and, the subject of this story, Iraq.
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Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History

Rating: 4
When we think of Grigory Efimovitch Rasputin, we recall his historical reputation as a rogue, a criminal, and an evil man who was often thought to be responsible for the ultimate downfall of the Russian Romanov Empire. Colon disputes this theory in her concise and factual historical account, Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History.
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Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

Rating: 5
Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is the true story of three young woman who, despite their own personal tragedies, get together to do a high school history project, only to stumble upon an unexpected shared passion for finding the truth.
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Unvanquished: Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe

Rating: 5
"Unvanquished" is an important and majestic biography as complex, as engrossing, and as important as its subject. It's required reading for anyone who wants to understand all of Europe as well as Poland.
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Zeitoun

Rating: 4.5
Eggers's riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores the protagonist's roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy--an American who converted to Islam--and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun was possible. Reviewed by IR Staff
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Memories of the Little Elephant

Rating: 4
A charming tale, boldly illustrated, depicting the story of African people and their journey across the world.