New Books on the History Shelf

Cemeteries are crucial for any genealogist's search, and this book will show you how to search for and analyze your ancestors' graves. Discover tools for locating tombstones, tips for traipsing through cemeteries, an at-a-glance guide to frequently used gravestone icons, and practical strategies for on-the-ground research. 

Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn vividly reveal in their diaries and correspondence the world of Restoration England. Now author Margaret Willes uses the analogy of a cabinet of curiosities to provide a detailed account not only of the two friends but also of their times.

The story of the mutiny of the Bounty and William Bligh and his men's survival on the open ocean for 48 days and 3,618 miles has become the stuff of legend. But few realize that Bligh's escape across the seas was not the only open-boat journey in that era of British exploration and colonization. Indeed, 9 convicts from the Australian penal colony, led by Mary Bryant, also traveled 3,250 miles across the open ocean and some uncharted seas to land at the same port Bligh had reached only months before. In this meticulously researched dual narrative of survival, acclaimed historian Diana Preston provides the background and context to explain the thrilling open-boat voyages each party survived and the Pacific Island nations each encountered on their journey to safety. 

Despite Hitler's dictates on women's place being in the home, two female pilots were awarded the Iron Cross during the Second World War. One was Aryan Nazi poster-girl Hanna Reitsch, who is now best-known for being the last person to fly into Berlin-under-siege in April 1945, in order to beg Hitler to let her save him. The other pilot was her antithesis, a brilliant aeronautical engineer, Melitta Schenk Grafin von Stauffenberg who was part Jewish. When her brother-in-law planned the Valkyrie attack to assassinate the Fuehrer, she agreed to provide the transport. Both women repeatedly risked their lives to change the history of the Third Reich--one in support of and the other in opposition. 

A memoir of Nadia Murad's time as a captive of the Islamic State, her escape, and her human rights activism.

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