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



Battle of Waterloo Bicentennial

The Battle of Waterloo was fought 200 years ago on June 18, 1815. A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by a coalition army commanded by the Duke of Wellington. Napleon's defeat marked the end of his rule as Emperor of the French.

The Battle of Waterloo by Jeremy Black

The final act: the roads to Waterloo by Gregor Dallas

Waterloo: June 18, 1815: the battle for modern Europe by Andrew Roberts

Rites of peace: the fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna by Adam Zamoyski

Research Local History with Historic Map Works

The Canton Public Library offers a variety of resources to help you with genealogical or historical research. On June 1st, we will be adding a new database to help you learn more about the history of places around the United states: Historic Map Works. This resource offers over 1.5 million land ownership maps to help you track the geographic and human history of cities and villages over hundreds of years.

Tip: Look for maps of the Canton Area by searching for Western Wayne County. See who used to own the land that the library now sits on by comparing modern map overlays.

Michigan Architecture

Great architecture of Michigan by text by John Gallagher; photographs by Balthazar Korab

MSU campus— buildings, places, spaces: architecture and the campus park of Michigan State University by Linda O. Stanford and C. Kurt Dewhurst

Architecture in Michigan by Wayne Andrews

Lost Detroit: stories behind the Motor City's majestic ruins by Dan Austin ; photography by Sean Doerr

Forgotten landmarks of Detroit by Dan Austin


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