History Sampler

A sampling of historical works available at the Lititz Public Library.

Lafayette in the Somewhat United StatesLafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell
Returning to the U.S. in 1824, during a politically contentious period, the Marquis de Lafayette became a reminder of the sacrifices and bravery of the revolutionary generation and what they wanted the country to be.

Brand Luther: 1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation by Andrew Pettegree
In 1517, a virtually unknown Martin Luther catalyzed a violent wave of religious reform that would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation.

Hitler’s Art Thief: Hildebrand Gurlitt, the Nazis and the Looting of Europe’s Treasures by Susan Ronald
Gurlitt succeeded in plundering billions of dollars’ worth of masterpieces in the name of the Third Reich as the official art dealer for Hitler and Goebbels.

Abandoned in Hell: The Fight for Vietnam’s Fire Base Kate by William Albracht and Marvin J. Wolf
Led by the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, less than 200 men held Fire Base Kate and faced an attack of nearly 6,000 Vietnamese in October 1969.

Devotion : An Epic Story of Heroism, Brotherhood, and SacrificeDevotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice by Adam Makos
A white New Englander from the country-club scene and an African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi became the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo during the Korean War.

The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by Piu Marie Eatwell
A decade-long case began when, in 1897, an elderly widow asked the court to exhume the grave of her late father-in-law under the suspicion that he’d led a double life as the 5th Duke of Portland and faked his death.

Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alex Kershaw
An American physician and his Swiss-born wife joined the French Resistance, risking their lives by smuggling fallen Allied crewmen out of France and operating a drop box for vital information in route to Britain.

Ardennes 1944 : The Battle of the BulgeArdennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble by Antony Beevor
Believing he could split the Allies by driving his army to Antwerp and forcing the Canadians and British out of the war, in December 1944, Hitler launched a strike through the snow-covered forests of the Ardennes.

The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East by Eugene Rogan
Following years of war against Balkan nationalists and Italian forces, WWI spelled the end of the Ottomans, leading to the partition of empire lands between victorious powers.

Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds by Pamela Rotner Sakamoto
When WWII began, three brothers, all born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, were split between their homeland and their mother’s ancestral home, Hiroshima.

A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings by Dan Cruickshank
The history of architecture is also the history of politics, economy, religion, science, ecology, art and culture in general.

Once in a Great City : A Detroit StoryOnce in a Great City: A Detroit Story by David Maraniss
Before decades of civic corruption and neglect, Detroit embodied American prosperity and promise.

Junius and Albert’s Adventures in the Confederacy by Peter Carlson
Two New York Tribune reporters were captured by the Confederates and shuffled from one prison to another until they escaped and trekked across the snow-covered Appalachians with the help of slaves and pro-Union bushwhackers.

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth
A journey through the five countries of Scandinavia explores how they differ, why these societies have become so successful and what darker issues plague the population.

Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs – A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder by Ben Mezrich
A group of larger-than-life billionaire businessmen rode the waves of privatization, amassing obscene wealth and power after the fall of the Soviet regime.

May 13, 2016