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Rogers D. Spotswood Collection

Works: 1,670 works in 1,747 publications in 1 language and 898,972 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Young adult works  Juvenile works  Military history  Dictionaries  Reference works 
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Most widely held works by Rogers D. Spotswood Collection
The closing of the American mind : how higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today's students by Allan David Bloom( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 3,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author (a distinguished political philosopher) argues that the social/political crisis of 20th-century America is really an intellectual crisis marked by obvious declines in appreciation of humanities, a drop in the qualitative output of our university systems, and a disquieting disconnect between today's students and the spiritual and cultural traditions of their heritage
Living history by Hillary Rodham Clinton( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 3,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[The author writes] about her upbringing in suburban, middle-class America in the 1950s and her transformation from Goldwater Girl to student activist to controversial First Lady. [This book] is her revealing memoir of life through the White House years. It is also her chronicle of living history with Bill Clinton"--Jacket
American Caesar : Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 by William Manchester( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 3,650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of one of the most controversial American generals
In retrospect : the tragedy and lessons of Vietnam by Robert S McNamara( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 3,548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert S. McNamara, secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, helped lead America into Vietnam. McNamara believed that the fight against communism in Asia was worth the sacrifice of American lives, and yet he eventually came to believe that the war was, in fact, unwinnable. Outnumbered by those who wanted to continue fighting, he left the Johnson administration and his involvement in Vietnam behind. He refused any public comment on the war, and for almost three decades has kept his silence - until the nineties. Drawing on his personal experience and a wealth of documentation - much of it only declassified decades later, and some presented here for the first time ever - McNamara has crafted an insider account of Vietnam policy making. He reveals exactly how we stumbled into the war, and exactly why it quickly became so difficult to pull out. McNamara takes us into the Oval Office for late-night discussions with the president, into the halls of the Pentagon as military strategy is argued, and into the chambers of Congress as policy is debated. He also reveals his own inner torment as the war effort becomes increasingly frustrating, and then utterly disastrous. The result is a book that is not only history of the highest order, but also revealing portrait of the trials of leadership.--adapted from publisher description
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 3,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes Theodore Roosevelt's presidency as he faced the challenges of a new century in which the United States would become a world power, and discusses his accomplishments and failures, the enemies he made, and his family life
The discoverers by Daniel J Boorstin( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 3,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the ongoing story of the progressive discovery by man of the nature of the observable world and universe
A bright shining lie : John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 3,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the military career of Lt. Col. John Paul Vann, profiling his military and civilian roles in the Vietnam War
The making of the atomic bomb by Richard Rhodes( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 3,165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes in human, political, and scientific detail the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the power of the atom, to the first bombs dropped on Japan
An unfinished life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 3,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unfinished life is the first major, single-volume life of John F. Kennedy to be written by a historian in nearly four decades. Robert Dallek draws upon previously unavailable material and never-before-opened archives to tell Kennedy's story. We learn just how sick Kennedy was, what medications he took and concealed from all but a few, and how severely his medical condition affected his actions as President. We also learn the real story of how Bobby was selected as Attorney General. Dallek reveals exactly what Jack's father did to help his election to the presidency, and he follows previously unknown evidence to show what path JFK would have taken in the Vietnam entanglement had he survived. Dallek shows that while Kennedy was the son of privilege, he faced great obstacles and fought on with remarkable courage. Never shying away from Kennedy's weaknesses, Dallek also explores his strengths. The result is a portrait of a bold, brave, human Kennedy, once again a hero
A distant mirror : the calamitous 14th century by Barbara W Tuchman( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 3,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the history of fourteenthcentury Europe as background to the life of Enguerrand de Coucy VII, one of the most prominent French knights of that time
The vantage point : perspectives of the Presidency, 1963-1969 by Lyndon B Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 3,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirty-sixth President of the United States describes the challenges, the trials and achievements of his eventful years in the White House
The coldest winter : America and the Korean War by David Halberstam( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 3,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pulitzer-winning historian Halberstam first decided to write this book more than thirty years ago and it took him nearly ten years. It stands as a lasting testament to its author, and to the fighting men whose heroism it chronicles. Halberstam gives us a full narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides, charting the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides vivid portraits of all the major figures--Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. He also provides us with his trademark narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order. At the heart of the book are the stories of the soldiers on the front lines who were left to deal with the consequences of the dangerous misjudgments and competing agendas of powerful men.--From publisher description
The rise and fall of the great powers : economic change and military conflict from 1500 to 2000 by Paul Kennedy( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 3,057 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the relationship of economic to military power as it affects the rise and fall of empires
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2,964 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother
The Oxford companion to the Bible by B. M Metzger( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2,958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bible has had an immeasurable influence on Western culture, touching on virtually every aspect of our lives. This authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, and secular influence of the Bible was written by over 250 scholars from 20 nations
Freedom from Fear : the American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 by David M Kennedy( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 2,956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1929 and 1945, two great travails were visited upon the American people: the Great Depression and World War II. In a single volume the author tells how America endured, and eventually prevailed, in the face of those unprecedented calamities. He demonstrates that the economic crisis of the 1930s was more than a reaction to the excesses of the 1920s. For more than a century before the Crash, America's unbridled industrial revolution had gyrated through repeated boom and bust cycles, consuming capital and inflicting misery on city and countryside alike. Nor was the alleged prosperity of the 1920s as uniformly shared as legend portrays. Countless Americans eked out threadbare lives on the margins of national life. Roosevelt's New Deal wrenched opportunity from the trauma of the 1930s and created a lasting legacy of economic and social reform, but it was afflicted with shortcomings and contradictions as well. The author details the New Deal's problems and defeats, as well as its achievements. Yet, even as the New Deal was coping with the Depression, a new menace was developing abroad. Exploiting Germany's own economic burdens, Hitler reached out the disaffected, turning their aimless discontent into loyal support for the Nazi Party. In Asia, Japan harbored imperial ambitions of its own. The same generation of Americans who battled the Depression eventually had to shoulder arms in another conflict that wreaked worldwide destruction, ushered in the nuclear age, and forever changed their way of life and their country's relationship to the rest of the world. In the second installment of the chronicle, the author explains how the nation agonized over its role in the conflict, how it fought the war, and why the U.S. emerged victorious, and why the consequences of victory were sometimes sweet, sometimes ironic. The author analyses the determinants of American strategy, the painful choices faced by commanders and statesmen, and the agonies inflicted on the millions of ordinary Americans who were compelled to swallow their fears and face battle as best they could
From dawn to decadence : 500 years of western cultural life : 1500 to the present by Jacques Barzun( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Showcases the triumphs and defeats of five hundred years of Western cultural history, highlighting the contributions of women and arguing that decadence is required in order to spark creativity in the next era
The collected stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This omnibus volume by one of the South's greatest writers includes stories published prior to 1980. Stories are as good in themselves and as influential on the aspirations of others as any since Hemingway's. The breadth of Welty's offering is finally most visible not in the variety of types--farce, satire, horror, lyric, pastoral, mystery--but in the clarity and solidity and absolute honesty of a lifetime's vision
A history of private life by Philippe Aries( Book )

in English and held by 2,767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Benjamin Franklin by Edmund Sears Morgan( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2,732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of Benjamin Franklin, discussing his many inventions, the many contradictions in his life, his vast writings, and the impact he had on American history
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The closing of the American mind : how higher education has failed democracy and impoverished the souls of today's students
Living historyAmerican Caesar : Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964In retrospect : the tragedy and lessons of VietnamTheodore RexThe discoverersA bright shining lie : John Paul Vann and America in VietnamThe making of the atomic bombAn unfinished life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
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