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by: Bartov, Omer,
Anatomy of a genocide : the life and death of a town called Buczacz /

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View Description“For more than four hundred years, the Eastern European border town of Buczacz–today part of Ukraine–was home to Poles, Ukrainians, and Jews, all living side by side in relative harmony. Then came World War II, and in the span of a few years the entire Jewish population had been murdered by German and Ukrainian police, while Ukrainian nationalists eradicated Polish residents. The violence lifted as quickly as it began, leaving the survivors searching for answers. In Anatomy of a Genocide, historian Omer Bartov shows that ethnic cleansing doesn’t occur, as is so often portrayed in popular history, with the quick ascent of a vitriolic political leader and the unleashing of military might. It begins in seeming peace, slowly and often unnoticed, as the culmination of pent-up slights and grudges and indignities. The perpetrators aren’t just sociopathic soldiers–they are neighbors and friends and family. Others are average middle-aged men who come from elsewhere, often with their spouses and children and parents, and settle into a life of bourgeois comfort peppered with bouts of mass murder: an island of normality floating on an ocean of blood. For more than two decades, Bartov–whose mother was raised in Buczacz–traveled extensively throughout the region, scouring archives and amassing thousands of documents and photographs rarely seen until now. He relied on hundreds of first-person testimonies by victims, perpetrators, collaborators, and rescuers. The result is a vivid, suspenseful investigation into one of the biggest crimes in modern history. Anatomy of a Genocide changes our understanding of the Holocaust and the nature of mass killing as a whole. However, this book isn’t just an attempt to understand what happened in the past. It’s a warning of how it could happen again, in our own towns and cities–much more easily than we might think”–Dust jacket.

by: Waterfield, Robin
Creators, conquerors, and citizens: a history of ancient Greece
Oxford University Press, USA 2018
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by: Heminway, John
In full flight: a story of Africa and atonement
Knopf Publishing Group, 2018
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by: Lake, Roseann
Leftover in China
W. W. Norton and Company, 2018
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by: Chrystal, Paul
The Ancient Greeks in 100 facts
Amberley Publishing, 2017
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by: Mealer, Bryan
The Kings of Big Spring: God, oil, and one familys search for the American Dream
Flatiron Books, 2018
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by: Bell, Richard
The last veterans of world war II : portraits and memories
Schiffer Publishing, 2017
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by: Steil, Benn
The Marshall Plan: dawn of the Cold War
Simon and Schuster, 2018
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by: Doyle, Martin
The source: how rivers made America and America remade its rivers
W. W. Norton and Company, 2018
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by: Morton, Andrew,
Wallis in love : the untold life of the Duchess of Windsor, the woman who changed the monarchy /

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View DescriptionBefore she became known as the woman who enticed a king from his throne and birthright, Bessie Wallis Warfield was a prudish and particular girl from Baltimore. At turns imaginative, ambitious, and spoiled, Wallis’s first words as recalled by her family were “me, me.” From that young age, she was in want of nothing but stability, status, and social acceptance as she fought to climb the social ladder and take her place in London society. As irony would have it, she would gain the love and devotion of a king, but only at the cost of his throne and her reputation. In WALLIS IN LOVE, acclaimed biographer Andrew Morton offers a fresh portrait of Wallis Simpson in all her vibrancy and brazenness as she transformed from a hard-nosed gold-digger to charming chatelaine. Using diary entries, letters, and other never-before-seen records, Morton takes us through Wallis’s romantic adventures in Washington, China, and her entrance into the strange wonderland that is London society. During her journey, we meet an extraordinary array of characters, many of whom smoothed the way for her dalliance with the king of England, Edward VIII.

by: Dychtwald, Zak
Young China : how the restless generation will change their country and the world
St. Martins Press, 2018
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