Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

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Babylon: legend, history and the ancient city

By Seymour, Michael

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 935 SEY

Babylon: for eons its very name has been a byword for luxury and wickedness. 'By the rivers of Babylon we sat down and wept', wrote the psalmist, 'as we remembered Zion'. One of the greatest cities of the ancient world, Babylon has been eclipsed by its own sinful reputation. For two thousand years the real, physical metropolis lay buried while another, ghostly city lived on, engorged on accounts of its own destruction. More recently the site of Babylon has been the centre of major excavation, yet the spectacular results of this work have done little to displace the many other fascinating ways in which the city has endured and reinvented itself in culture. Saddam Hussein, for one, notoriously exploited the Babylonian myth to associate himself and his regime with its glorious past. Why has Babylon so creatively fired the human imagination, with results both good and ill? Why has it been so enthralling to so many, and for so long? In exploring answers, Michael Seymour's book ranges extensively over space and time and embraces art, archaeology, history and literature. From Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar, via Strabo and Diodorus, to the Book of Revelation, Brueghel, Rembrandt, Voltaire, William Blake and modern interpreters like Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and Gore Vidal, the author brings to light a carnival of disparate sources dominated by powerful and intoxicating ideas such as the Tower of Babel and the city of sin. Yet captivating as this dark mythology was and has continued to be, at its root lies a remarkable and sophisticated imperial civilization whose complex state-building, law-making and religion dominated Mesopotamia and beyond for millennia, before its incorporation into the still wider Persian empire of the Achaemenid kings.- (McMillan Palgrave)

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Nordic, Central, & Southeastern Europe 2019-2020

By Thompson, Wayne C.

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940 THO

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Western Europe 2019-2020

By Thompson, Wayne C.

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940 THO

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We survived: at last I speak

By Malmed, Leon

Publishing Date: c2013

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5318 MAL

"This is Leon Malmed's true story of his and his sister Rachel's escape from the Holocaust in Occupied France. When their father and mother were arrested in 1942, their French neighbors agreed to watch their children until they returned. Leon's parents were taken first to Drancy, then to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and they never returned. Meanwhile their downstairs neighbors, Henri and Suzanne Ribouleau, gave the children a home and family and sheltered them through subsequent roundups, threats, air raids, and the war's privations. The courage, sympathy, and dedication of the Ribouleaus stand in strong contrast to the collaborations and moral weakness of many of the French authorities. "Papa Henri and Maman Suzanne" were honored as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in 1977. It is a narrative of love and courage, set against a backdrop of tragedy, fear, injustice, prejudice, and the greatest moral outrage of the modern era. It is a story of goodness triumphing once more over evil"-- publisher's description.

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Crete 1941: the battle and the resistance

By Beevor, Antony

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 940.5421 BEE

"The bestselling author of Stalingrad and D-Day vividly reconstructs the epic WWII struggle for Crete--reissued with a new introduction. Nazi Germany expected its airborne attack on Crete in 1941 to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. Littledid they know that the British, using Ultra intercepts, had already laid a careful trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war when a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle around. Prize-winning historian and bestselling author AntonyBeevor lends his gift for storytelling to this important conflict, showing not only how the situation turned bad for Allied forces, but also how ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance. Originally published in 1991, Crete 1941 is a breathtaking account of a momentous battle of World War II"--

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Russia and eurasia 2019-2020

By Hierman, Brent

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 947 HIE

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Russia and eurasia 2019-2020

By Hierman, Brent

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 947 HIE

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Stalin: paradoxes of power, 1878-1928

By Kotkin, Stephen

Publishing Date: 2014

Classification: 900

Call Number: 947.084 KOT

A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world. It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler's son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. When the band seizes control of the country in the aftermath of total world war, the former seminarian ruthlessly dominates the new regime until he stands as absolute ruler of a vast and terrible state apparatus, with dominion over Eurasia. While still building his power base within the Bolshevik dictatorship, he embarks upon the greatest gamble of his political life and the largest program of social reengineering ever attempted: the collectivization of all agriculture and industry across one sixth of the earth. Millions will die, and many more millions will suffer, but the man will push through to the end against all resistance and doubts.

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East and Southeast Asia 2019-2020

By Leibo, Steven A.

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 950 LEI

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The Middle East and South Asia 2019-2020

By Yarbakhsh, Elisabeth

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 956 YAR

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Africa 2019-2020

By Wiafe-Amoako, Francis

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 960 WIA

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Canada 2019-2020

By Russo, Charles J.

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 971 RUS

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The USA and the world 2019-2020

By Keithly, David M.

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973 KEI

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Ronald Reagan

By Weisberg, Jacob

Publishing Date: 2016

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.927 WEI

"In the second half of the twentieth century, no American president defined his political era as did Ronald Reagan. He ushered in an age that extolled smaller government, tax cuts, and strong defense, and to this day politicians of both political parties operate within the parameters of the world he made. His eight years in office from 1981 to 1989 were a time of economic crisis and recovery, a new American assertiveness abroad, and an engagement with the Soviet Union that began in conflict but moved in surprising new directions. Jacob Weisberg provides a bracing portrait of America's fortieth president and the ideas that animated his political career, offering a fresh psychological interpretation and showing that there was more to Reagan than the usual stereotypes. Reagan, he observes, was a staunch conservative but was also unafraid to compromise and cut deals where necessary. And Reagan espoused a firm belief, just as firm as his belief in small government and strong defense, that nuclear weapons were immoral and ought to be eliminated. Weisberg argues that these facets of Reagan were too often ignored in his time but reveal why his presidency turned out to be so consequential. In the years since Reagan left office, he has been cast in marble by the Republican Party and dismissed by the Democrats. Weisberg shows why we need to move past these responses if we wish truly to appreciate his accomplishments and his legacy."--Jacket.

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A warning

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 973.933

"An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation's capital"--Dust jacket.

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Putting California on the map: von Schmidt's lines

By Carle, David

Publishing Date: [2018]

Classification: 900

Call Number: 979.4 CAR

When A.W. von Schmidt lived in California, from 1849 through 1906, the young state developed a reputation as a society of innovators and energetic problem-solvers. Von Schmidt’s life story is at the core of the “anything is possible” legend that became associated with California and its citizens. He was a surveyor and civil engineer, an involved citizen of San Francisco, a father and husband, and a pioneer whose personal triumphs and tragedies enlarged the California Dream. A.W.'s energetic efforts to give shape to California, to devise long-distance water delivery systems and astonishingly creative engineering solutions for challenges faced by the young state, have been nearly forgotten. This biography is the first comprehensive telling of his life and of his leadership in the shaping of 19th century California. Includes 45 photos and sketches, and 13 maps. - (Booksurge)

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Latin America 2019-2020

By Beezley, William H.

Publishing Date: 2019

Classification: 900

Call Number: 980 BEE

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