Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Marianne Monson
Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women

I like reading about women who step up to every challenge they meet. Frontier Grit tells us about twelve such women. They not only confronted challenges to better their own lives but also they often improved the lives of others. I had heard of a couple of the women, but it was a treat to meet new ones.  Check our catalog

Doris M., Reference


Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Norman Ohler
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

A well-documented and surprising account of the extremely high use of methamphetamines and other opioids by Germans from the 1930s through the end of WWII and the Nazi downfall. The facts are astounding! The drugs caused almost super-human behavior which was crucial to the Wehrmacht Army gaining more territory in 100 hours than they did during all of WWI, defeating the strongest military at that time, and capturing France in only eleven days. They were also crucial in forcing the Czech President to surrender his country and prolonging the war in Europe by years although German officials realized by the end of 1941 that they could not defeat the Russians.

Five years of research in the scattered and incomplete records of Hitler's personal physician, Dr. Theodor Morell, provide information of the massive pharmaceutical capabilities (833,000 pills were pressed daily) and evidence of Hitler's extensive and possibly unknown use of a variety of stimulants and animal by-products. Hitler personally took 120-150 pills and 8-10 injections each week near the end of the war when his supplies ran out and production facilities had been destroyed. There can be no doubt that these substances altered the course of the war and history itself.

Although only about 65% of Morell's records are known to exist, they are scattered in Koblenz, Munich, Washington, D.C., and College Park, MD and have only been available to the public since 1998. Previous attempts to translate from the German and miscellaneous notations have made accurate interpretation very difficult and are often erroneous.  Mr. Ohler's dedication and efforts are outstanding and provide an interesting and thought-provoking read.  Check our catalog

Dana A., Reference



The Wright Brothers

Friday, February 24, 2017
David McCullough
The Wright Brothers
This biography gave the Wright brothers, Wilber and Orville, a humanness that I had never read about before.  It made me appreciate their hard work and dogged determination even more than I had in the past.  Both of the brothers had a talent for making and fixing things and a deep curiosity about movement especially flying.  Orville, the younger one, had “dark” periods which is how it was described in the diaries and other documents.  It was probably some sort of deep depression that he suffered from time to time. Their family was close-knit and supportive.  Their father was a well-known traveling minister who had a talent for writing and was well-respected for his integrity.   Their mother died of tuberculosis when they were in their 20s and her death was deeply mourned by the whole family.  Katharine, their younger sister and the only female sibling, was college-educated and very supportive of their work, helping in many ways behind the scenes as their bicycle store and then their airplane business grew.  A very good read.  Check our catalog
Kathleen Z., Administration

They Marched Into Sunlight

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
David Maraniss
They Marched Into Sunlight

War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967


I started this book on my Nook and then got the library book so I could see the photographs and finish the 500 pages.

The book alternates from Madison, Wisconsin, where there were massive protests against the war; Washington, DC, LBJ, and the politics of the war; and the sad and gruesome detailed accounts of the terrible week in October when there was so much confusion and chaos for the Americans.

I didn’t know anyone serving in Vietnam but remember reading about it every day and seeing it every night on TV.  So it was an eye opener for me as to what really went on that year. It was a long book but it is important to learn about this part of U.S. history.

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This year marks the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War and the library's Veterans Day program, Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Girl's War in Vietnam, on Thursday, November 10, 2016, will focus on the War. Find out more about this event here.


Sue N., Youth Services

WWII History (Magazine)

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Various Authors
WWII History Magazine

I find these magazines interesting for learning about topics that are not always covered in WWII books. Sometimes they are about one particular ship, tank, battle etc. The magazine also reviews WWII related video games which I find interesting also. I would recommend these magazines if you enjoy reading about WWII history.

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Jeremy E., Administration

One Summer: America 1927

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Bill Bryson
One Summer: America 1927

The best book I've read in 2016!

1927 was an amazing year: Lindberg's crossing the Atlantic nonstop in the Spirit of St. Louis, the develpment of early aviation in the world, Babe Ruth's home run record accomplished, flagpole sitting, talking movies, a flood disaster in the southern U.S., Al Capone and Chicago crime, and soooo much more.

This is fascinating history told as fiction, such as Erik Larson writes, with humor, detail, and gripping history. I read it on my Nook for many enjoyable hours. I strongly recommend reading about this part of our U.S. history.

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Sue N., Youth Services

Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Peter Guttmacher
Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief

Since I am going to South Dakota next August, I wanted to study some history of the region. This is a youth book but certainly not a little kids' book. I learned so much about the issues between the Indian tribes and the soldiers who were there to protect the settlers. The life of Crazy Horse is fascinating as is the description of the tribes' way of life. I plan to see the giant sculpture of Crazy Horse in South Dakota which was begun years ago and is still being worked on. This book is something we should all read since we missed this information in our high school history classes.

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Sue N., Youth Services

The World's Great Tanks

Friday, April 15, 2016
Roger Ford
The World's Great Tanks

From 1916 to the Present Day


This book gives a good history of the tank and the configurations of various tanks from the very beginning of the tank to present day. The book is broken apart by WWI, between WWI and WWII, WWII and after WWII. It also describes various modifications different countries did to the basic tank design. I found it interesting that the term tank came from British code name for it (referring to a tank that would hold liquids). This book made me realize that the tank really hasn't been around in the world for very long and how quickly it has developed since 1916.

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Jeremy E., Reference

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Janice P. Nimura
Daughters of the Samurai

As a history buff, I enjoy reading history and, when I find an event that is new to me, it is doubly enjoyable.

In 1871, after being isolated for over 200 years, the Japanese government sent five young girls, ages 6 to 14, to America. They were to learn our ways and help nurture a new generation to lead Japan. Only three of the girls stayed for the ten-year journey. They traveled the country, learned English, and made life-long friends. Upon returning to a country that was now foreign to them, the three young ladies had many decisions to make.

The author has written a scholarly but very readable work covering the history of the Samurai in Japan, the opening of Japan to the Western world, and the education and life of three very strong and brave young women.

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Jeanne S., Youth Services

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Thursday, April 23, 2015
Erik Larson
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

As World War I entered its tenth month, transatlantic shipping was becoming a dangerous business. The German submarine fleet was doing its best to disrupt British naval traffic as well as any boats thought to be concealing troops and munitions bound for the war effort. Up to this point, civilian passenger ships and those from neutral countries were generally considered off limits, but Germany was determined to change the rules of the game. On May 1, 1915 the luxury liner Lusitania sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool with a record number of women and children aboard. It was considered the fastest ship on the seas and it was generally thought that it would be able to outrun any U-boat attack.

In Dead Wake, Erik Larson brings to life the story of the forces that lead to the ultimate demise of the Lusitania. The cast of characters ranges from captains of both the Lusitania and the German U-boat, to some of the colorful passengers, to President Woodrow Wilson as he tries to maintain American neutrality but is eventually led to declare war.  This was a very intriguing read about a subject that I remember as being touched on only briefly in history class as a trigger to U.S. involvement in the war. I highly recommend it. Check the catalog.

Sue A., Reference


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