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by: Kaufmann, Miranda
Black tudors : the untold story
ONEWorld Publications, 2017
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by: Yip, George S.
Chinas next strategic advantage : from imitation to innovation
Mit Press, 2017
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by: Mundy, Liza,
Code girls : the untold story of the American women code breakers of World War II /

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View Description “Recruited from small Southern towns and posh New England colleges, 10,000 American women served the U.S. Army and Navy as code breakers during World War II. While their brothers and husbands took up arms, these women moved to Washington and, under strict vows of secrecy, learned the meticulous work of breaking German and Japanese military codes. Poring over reams of encrypted messages, the women worked tirelessly in makeshift facilities in Washington, D.C.; Arlington, Virginia; and Dayton, Ohio. Their code-breaking triumphs shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. In the process, many got their first taste of the big city, made lifelong friends, and fell in and out of love amid the heartbreak of war. Ordered never to reveal the details of their wartime work, these women were all but written out of history. Now, through her dazzling archival research and interviews with surviving code breakers, Liza Mundy has brought to life this vital story of American courage, service, and science. At the heart of Code Girls is Dot Braden, a feisty Virginia schoolteacher who, in 1943, leapt at the chance to take a mysterious job with the Army at a place called Arlington Hall. With [this book], the children and grandchildren of Dot and those of thousands of other women will finally learn the complete story of their accomplishments.”–Dust jacket flap.

by: Bolger, Daniel P.,
Our year of war : two brothers, Vietnam, and a nation divided /

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View DescriptionTwo brothers–Chuck and Tom Hagel–who went to war in Vietnam, fought in the same unit, and saved each other’s life. They disagreed about the war, but they fought it together. 1968. America was divided. Flag-draped caskets came home by the thousands. Riots ravaged our cities. Assassins shot our political leaders. Black fought white, young fought old, fathers fought sons. And it was the year that two brothers from Nebraska went to war. In Vietnam, Chuck and Tom Hagel served side by side in the same rifle platoon. Together they fought in the Mekong Delta, battled snipers in Saigon, chased the enemy through the jungle, and each saved the other’s life under fire. But when their one-year tour was over, these two brothers came home side-by-side but no longer in step–one supporting the war, the other hating it. Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his brother Tom epitomized the best, and withstood the worst, of the most tumultuous, shocking, and consequential year in the last half-century. Following the brothers’ paths from the prairie heartland through a war on the far side of the world and back to a divided America, Our Year of War tells the story of two brothers at war–a gritty, poignant, and resonant story of a family and a nation divided yet still united.

by: Maddox, Brenda
Reading the rocks : how victorian geologists discovered the secret of life
Bloomsbury USA, 2017
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by: Roach, Craig
Simply electrifying : the technology that transformed the world, from Benjamin Franklin to Elon Musk
Benbella Books, 2017
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by: Goldfield, David
The gifted generation : when government was good
Bloomsbury USA, 2017
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