History

100 Years of Einstein's Theory of Relativity

November 2015 marks the centenary of Einstein's landmark theory.

Albert Einstein's vision: remarkable discoveries that shaped modern science by Barry Parker

E=mc²: a biography of the world's most famous equation by David Bodanis

Einstein: a life by Denis Brian

Einstein: his life and universe by Walter Isaacson

Einstein in Berlin by Thomas Levenson

Native American Biographies

In honor of Native American Heritage Month check out some of the biographies of notable First Americans from the Library's collection, or go to this list for more information.

Tecumseh: a life by John Sugden

Sacajawea by [by] Harold P. Howard

Chief Joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce: the untold story of an American tragedy by Kent Nerburn

Crazy Horse: a Lakota life by Kingsley M. Bray

Native American Heritage Month

birdIn 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared the month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month", which has come to be commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. By either name it is a time of "recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S." The Library's collection is a great place to look for materials about Native Americans and their place in our country's history.

500 nations: an illustrated history of North American Indians by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. ; based on a documentary filmscript by Jack Leustig, Roberta Grossman, Lee Miller, and William Morgan with contributions by John M.D. Pohl

The Cambridge history of the native peoples of the Americas

Five Came Back


Five came back: a story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris. The extraordinary wartime experience of five of Hollywood's most legendary directors, Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, William Wyler, and George Stevens all of whom put their stamp on World War II and were changed forever by it is chronicled by Mark Harris.  

State of the union [videodisc] by Liberty Films presents ; as produced on the stage by Leland Hayward

The man who shot Liberty Valance [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures ; screenplay by James Warner Bellah and Willis Goldbeck ; produced by Willis Goldbeck ; directed by John Ford

Michigan History for Kids, Free for a Limited Time

Check out this neat resource while the website is free! The MIchigan History for kids Magazine is now available to view for free.  This magazine goes beyond the textbooks, exploring the history and heritage of all Michigan’s peoples. It also thoroughly integrates Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and the emerging standards of the Common Core into the content. The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) is proud to publish Michigan History for Kids,

This site the rebirth of this popular publication is made possible by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 
Check out this resource here or go to www.michigankids.org

World War II Anniversary

In memory of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, check out some of these recent publications on the topic.
 

American warlords: how Roosevelt's high command led America to victory in World War II by Jonathan W. Jordan

 

Avenue of spies: a true story of terror, espionage, and one American family's heroic resistance in Nazi-occupied France by Alex Kershaw

 

 

Beyond the call: the true story of one World War II pilot's covert mission to rescue POWs on the Eastern Front by Lee Trimble with Jeremy Dronfield

 

 

A brief stop on the road from Auschwitz by Göran Rosenberg ; translated from the Swedish by Sarah Death ; edited by John Cullen

 

 

Bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki, August 1945

Seventy years ago this year in August 1945, during the final stages of WWII, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The first bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, and the second on Nagasaki on August 9. On August 15, Japan announced it's surrender to Allied forces. The two bombs  killed at least 129,000 people, and are  the only use of  nuclear weapons in warfare in history.

Hiroshima by John Hersey

Atomic tragedy: Henry L. Stimson and the decision to use the bomb against Japan by Sean L. Malloy

The decision to use the atomic bomb and the architecture of an American myth by Gar Alperovitz, with assistance of Sanho Tree ... [et al.]

What We're Reading: August 2015

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britian

The Battle of Britain is the name given to the German Air Force's (Luftwaffe) campaign against the shipping, airfields, and cities of the United Kingdom. Between July and October, 1940, over 1,350 bombers attacked ships, airfield, and cities. This was the first military campaign in history to be fought entirely in the air. The climax came on September 15, when Britain's RAF shot down 56 Luftwaffe planes.
 

Battle of Britain: five months that changed history, May -October 1940 by James Holland

 

With wings like eagles: a history of the Battle of Britain by Michael Korda

 

 

The few: the American "Knights of the air" who risked everything to fight in the battle of Britain by Alex Kershaw

 

 

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