A night to remember by Walter Lord
Check out some of these fascinating stories that you probably never learned in history class:
American heroes: profiles of men and women who shaped early America by Edmund S. Morgan
The Antebellum Period by James M. Volo and Dorothy Denneen Volo
Daily life during the Reformation by James M. Anderson
Daily life in Anglo-Saxon England by Sally Crawford
Daily life in the age of Charlemagne by John J. Butt
Find out what life was like growing up in bygone days:
Big Russ and me: father and son: lessons of life by Tim Russert — South Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1950s
Defending Baltimore against enemy attack: a boyhood year during World War II by Charles Osgood — Baltimore in the 1940s
A girl named Zippy: growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel — Mooreland, Indiana in the 1960s
The bonfire: the siege and burning of Atlanta by Marc Wortman
Chancellorsville, 1863: the souls of the brave by Ernest B. Furgurson
Dissonance: the turbulent days between Fort Sumter and Bull Run by David Detzer
Donnybrook: the Battle of Bull Run, 1861 by David Detzer
Take a walk back in history to the New York City of the 1870s, '80s and '90s where you will encounter the Astors and Vanderbilts, Diamond Jim Brady, Boss Tweed, Stanford White, and Teddy Roosevelt:
American passage: the history of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato
The architect of desire: beauty and danger in the Stanford White family by Suzannah Lessard
The blizzard of '88 by Mary Cable
Jump into the Wayback Machine and be there when history was being made!
Days of destiny: crossroads in American history: America's greatest historians examine thirty-one uncelebrated days that changed the course of history by general editors, James M. McPherson, Alan Brinkley; editor, David Rubel
Eyewitness to America: 500 years of America in the words of those who saw it happen by edited by David Colbert
Travel back through America's history and learn more about America's 44 presidents and their families:
America's first families: an inside view of 200 years of private life in the White House by Carl Sferrazza Anthony
Dear First Lady: letters to the White House by [compiled and edited] by Dwight Young and Margaret Johnson; foreword by Helen Thomas
First fathers: the men who inspired our Presidents by Harold I. Gullan
Travel back in time and learn about some of the most memorable days in world history:
America's jubilee by Andrew Burstein — July 4, 1826
D-Day, June 6, 1944: the climactic battle of World War II by Stephen E. Ambrose — June 6, 1944
The day Kennedy was shot by Jim Bishop — November 22, 1963
Bound for Canaan: the underground railroad and the war for the soul of America by Fergus M. Bordewich
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. It was on June 18, 1812 that the United States declared war on Great Britain, and although it is arguably one of America's least remembered wars, it was during this time that many legendary battles were fought, heroes made, and memorable events occurred. It was during this war that the British burned the White House and First Lady Dolley Madison helped to save several valuable items — such as George Washington's portrait and original drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It was during this war that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry.
What if the Allied invasion of Europe on D-Day had failed? The Mayflower had not sailed? The Mongols had succeeded in conquering Europe? JFK hadn't been assassinated? Napoleon had invaded North America? The South had won the Civil War? Go back in time and reimagine history as it might have been with the following fascinating titles:
All the daring of the soldier: women of the Civil War armies by Elizabeth D. Leonard
Daughters of the Union: northern women fight the Civil War by Nina Silber
England's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, commemorating 60 years on the British throne. Her reign is the second longest for a British monarch after Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and 7 months. Princess Elizabeth was crowned on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey after the death of her father George VI. Although she had been proclaimed queen when her father died in February, 1952, the official ceremony was not held until after a period of mourning for the late king.
Indomitable will: LBJ in the presidency by Mark K. Updegrove
San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 on May 27. On that day in 1937 over 200,000 people crossed the bridge on foot and roller skates. The bridge links the City of San Francisco with Marin County. Singer Tony Bennett immortalized the Golden Gate Bridge in the song "(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco". Construction on the bridge began on January 5, 1933 and ultimately cost $35million. Take a virtual walk across the bridge, read about the history of this world famous bridge, or watch the Golden Gate Bridge being constructed.
Golden Gate Bridge [videodisc] by a Ben Loeterman Productions, Inc. film
Fans of historical dramas will have two new productions to choose from on Monday, May 28. HBO is debuting Hemingway & Gellhorn at 9:00 PM and the History Channel will present its miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, also at 9:00 PM. Hemingway & Gellhorn stars Clive Owen as the author, and Nicole Kidman as the legendary foreign correspondent who became Hemingway's third wife. Considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century, Gellhorn reported on virtually every major conflict during her 60 year career, including the Vietnam War. Hatfields & McCoys stars Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton as Devil Anse Hatfield and Randall McCoy, two members of the families involved in the long running feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky.
Tickets are available for $35 and $100. More information is available at the Michigan Humanities Council. For immediate event updates, keep an eye out on the Council's Facebook page.
17F: the life of Ian Fleming by Donald McCormick
The dead witness: a connoisseur's collection of Victorian detective stories by edited by Michael Sims
The language of flowers [sound recording]: [a novel] by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan