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  • Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

    Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kwasi Kwarteng
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   PublicAffairs (2012, Feb 7th).
    Pages:   480

    Kwasi Kwarteng is the child of parents whose lives were shaped as subjects of the British Empire, first in their native Ghana, then as British immigrants. He brings a unique perspective and impeccable academic credentials to a narrative history of the British Empire, one that avoids sweeping judgmental condemnation and instead sees the Empire for what it was: a series of local fiefdoms administered in varying degrees of competence or brutality by a cast of characters as outsized and eccentric as anything conjured by Gilbert and Sullivan. The truth, as Kwarteng reveals, is that there was no such thing as a model for imperial administration; instead, appointees were schooled in quirky, independent-minded individuality. As a result the Empire was the product not of a grand idea but of often chaotic individual improvisation. more

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  • Story of the Titanic

    Story of the Titanic

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   DK Publishing
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   DK CHILDREN; Reprint edition (2012, Feb 20th).
    Pages:   48

    2012 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic's Sinking! This DK classic being brought back in print tells the story of the Titanic's fateful voyage through vivid original artwork. Young readers will learn and discover how the ship was built and equipped, what kind of passengers and crew she carried, and what facilities she offered onboard. Learn how she struck an iceberg, why she sank so quickly, how many people were saved, and how many lives were lost. Detailed double-page artwork with cutaway scenes tell the tragic story of the 'unsinkable' liner Pictorial details and lively annotation give fascinating insight into the Titanic's construction and the daily life of its passengers and crew from the start of the maiden voyage to its sinking Covers the official inquiries into the sinking, as well as the discovery of the wreck . more

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  • Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball--and America--Forever

    Summer of '68: The Season That Changed Baseball--and America--Forever

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Tim Wendel
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Da Capo Press; First edition (2012, Mar 13th).
    Pages:   304

    The extraordinary story of the 1968 baseball season—when the game was played to perfection even as the country was being pulled apart at the seams From the beginning, ’68 was a season rocked by national tragedy and sweeping change. Opening Day was postponed and later played in the shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s funeral. That summer, as the pennant races were heating up, the assassination of Robert Kennedy was later followed by rioting at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. But even as tensions boiled over and violence spilled into the streets, something remarkable was happening in major league ballparks across the country. Pitchers were dominating like never before, and with records falling and shut-outs mounting, many began hailing ’68 as “The Year of the Pitcher. more

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  • A Picture Book of Sam Houston

    A Picture Book of Sam Houston

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   David A. Adler
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Holiday House (2012, Feb 20th).

    Sam Houston was a teacher, a lawyer, a war hero, and statesman. He is best known for defeating the Mexican Army in 1836 and establishing Texas as an independent nation. He served two terms as the president of the Republic of Texas and helped Texas to become the twenty-eighth state. more

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