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Rogers D. Spotswood Collection

Works: 1,671 works in 1,731 publications in 1 language and 904,651 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 Bloom( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 3,942 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 3,884 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 3,679 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 3,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, McNamara analyzes the Vietnam War and his role in it
Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 3,550 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 3,536 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 3,389 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 3,221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here for the first time, in rich, human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan."--Cover
A distant mirror : the calamitous 14th century by Barbara W Tuchman( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 3,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the history of fourteenth century Europe as background to the life of Enguerrand de Coucy VII, one of the most prominent French knights of that time
An unfinished life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 3,159 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
The vantage point : perspectives of the Presidency, 1963-1969 by Lyndon B Johnson( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 3,141 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 rise and fall of the great powers : economic change and military conflict from 1500 to 2000 by Paul M Kennedy( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 3,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the relationship of economic to military power as it affects the rise and fall of empires
The coldest winter : America and the Korean War by David Halberstam( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 3,120 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
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 2,988 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 decadance is required in order to spark creativity in the next era
The Oxford companion to the Bible by Bruce M Metzger( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 2,979 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 2,977 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
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 2,946 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 collected stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 2,932 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 Georges Duby( Book )

in English and held by 2,783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Library has Vol. 1-5
Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S Morgan( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2,742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic. He was also a pioneering scientist, a best selling author, the country's first postmaster general, a printer, a bon vivant, a diplomat, a ladies' man, and a moralist-and the most prominent celebrity of the eighteenth century. Franklin was, however, a man of vast contradictions, as Edmund Morgan demonstrates in this brilliant biography. A reluctant revolutionary, Franklin had desperately wished to preserve the British Empire, and he mourned the break even as he led the fight for American independence. Despite his passion for science, Franklin viewed his groundbreaking experiments as secondary to his civic duties. And although he helped to draft both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution, he had personally hoped that the new American government would take a different shape. Unraveling the enigma of Franklin's character, Morgan shows that he was the rare individual who consistently placed the public interest before his own desires
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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 bombA distant mirror : the calamitous 14th century
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