History

Mad Men at CPL

The New York Public Library posted a list last month with many of the books that appear or are mentioned in the acclaimed TV series Mad Men. If you love the show, or are looking for what people may have read in the 1960s, these are the titles from the NYPL list that CPL has:

The best of everything: a novel by Rona Jaffe

The chrysanthemum and the sword: patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict; with a foreword by Ezra F. Vogel

Exodus by Leon Uris

World War II Documentaries

Assault on Iwo Jima [videodisc]

Bataan rescue [videodisc] by a Green Umbrella film for American experience ; written and produced by David Axelrod ; directed by Peter Jones

The Battle of the Bulge [videodisc]: the deadliest battle of World War II by produced by Thomas Lennon ; written by Thomas Lennon & Mark Zwonitzer

BBC history of World War II. Part one [videodisc]

Berga [videodisc] : soldiers of another war

Feature Films About WWII

Band of brothers. Part 1 & 2 [videodisc] by HBO in association with Dreamworks and Playtone

Battleground [videodisc] by Loew's Incorporated

The big red one [videodisc] by Lorimar presents a Samuel Fuller film

The bridge on the River Kwai [videodisc] by Colubmia Pictures

Colditz [videodisc] by Granada Television presents a Power co-production

The enemy below [videodisc]

Escape from Sobibor [videodisc]

Books About World War II

Baa baa Black Sheep by Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Band of brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne : from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's nest by Stephen E. Ambrose

Bataan : a survivor's story by Gene Boyt with David L. Burch ; foreword by Gregory J.W. Urwin

Colditz : the full story by P.R. Reid

Ernie's war : the best of Ernie Pyle's World War II dispatches by edited with a biographical essay by David Nichols ; foreword by Studs Terkel

Flyboys : a true story of courage by James Bradley

Year 2009 Top Non-Fiction Picks

National American Indian Heritage Month

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994. The National Register of Historic Places has put together a list of sites promoting the history and culture of Native Americans. The following Special Collection is designed to highlight some of the library's many resources about Native Americans.

General Reference

Historical Dictionary of North American Archaeology edited by Edward B. Jelks: This comprehensive guide to mainly prehistoric sites, cultures and artifacts in the United States and Canada features some 1800 signed entries by 151 expert contributors.

American Indians edited by Harvey Markowitz: This three-volume set, arranged alphabetically in an encyclopedia style, highlights hundreds of important characters, events, places and concepts in Native American culture. Also included are a timeline, addresses of educational institutions, agencies, museums as well as statistical information.

Lest We Forget Movies for Memorial Day

Memorial Day was established in 1868 following the end of the American Civil War as General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters:

II. It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

Over the past two centuries, wars continue to be fought, and Hollywood has immortalized them on film:

Gettysburg [videodisc] by Turner Pictures presents a Mace /Neufeld/Robert Rehme presentation of an Esparza/Katz production ; a film by Ronald F. Maxwell ; screenplay by Ronald F. Maxwell ; produced by Robert Katz, Moctesuma Esparza ; directed by Ronald F. Maxwell

Johnny got his gun [videodisc] by Roxbury Entertainment ; Arch Oboler Productions

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