Selected Library Acquisitions 2018-2019
Dieter and Anke Adler. Berlin.London: Compendium Publishing, 2008. 256 pages.
The authors have been fascinated by Germany’s capital city since they first visited there at the height of the Cold War. They watched with joy along with all Germans when the wall came down. Today they live outside Bielefeld. The book is a photography survey of the city and its many historical periods and sites and includes many old photos. A great first look at one of the most dynamic cities in Europe today.
Gretchen M. Bataille, David M. Gradwohl, and Charles l. Silet. The World Between Two Rivers: Perspectives on American Indians in Iowa.Ames: Iowa State University Press, 1978. 148 pages.
These thirteen essays give a clearer picture of the first Iowans then and now. Many points of view are represented—Native American, Euro-Americans, lay people, educators, social scientists and humanists.
Duncan Clarke. A New World: the History of Immigration into the United States.London: Thunder Bay Press, 2000. 256 pages.
This volume provides a history of immigration to the U.S. In total, nearly 36 million persons were recorded entering the U.S. between 1820 and 1924, with 8 million coming in a single decade between 1901 and 1910. The book covers the first settlers, slavery, the Germans, Dutch, Scandinavians, Irish, Jews and Eastern Europeans, Italians, Chinese, and Japanese. An excellent overview.
Clyde Cremer. The Life and Times of a World War I Soldier: The Julius Holthaus Story.Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse LLC, 2014. 411 pages. 41 pages of images.
Julius Holthaus a humble American farm boy, went to France to help fill the depleted ranks of the Allies in America’s biggest battle in World War I, the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Julius had no idea of what he was getting into. The fight would involve over a million American doughboys, em 47 days, and result in the deaths of tens of thousands of Allied and German soldiers, in one of the costliest battles in history. Truly, the horrors of war writ large. Clyde Cremer explores the diary and life of Holthaus.
The story follows Holthaus from Idaho and Iowa through his enlistment, training, and final trauma in the dark, disenchanted forest of the Argonne. Mr. Cremer was born and raised in NE Iowa, obtained degrees in forestry and environmental sciences from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and Yale University in Connecticut. He currently is president of American Log Homes in Pueblo, Colorado.
Theodor Geus. Deutschland Germany Allemagne.Frankfurt am Main: Umschau, 1990. 368 pages, boxed volume.
This large volume celebrates the reunification of Germany through pictures of the many different states and regions. A pictorial tour de force of Deutschland—ein heimat? A very handsome coffee table book.
Cecele R. Ganteaume. Officially Indian: Symbols that Define the United States.Washington, DC: National Museum of the American Indian, October 2017. 184 pages.
This volume examines the United States’ habit of employing visual imagery of American Indians to distinguish itself from other nations and define itself as a Nation. Images of the Indian Queen engraved on the nations’ first diplomatic medal in 1792 and Sequoyah’s likeness etched into the glass doors at the Library of Congress in 2013 reveal how deeply rooted American Indians are in U.S. national identity. Another good example is the U.S. Congressional Gold Medals for the Code Talkers in World War II. On page 157 is the Gold Medal awarded to the Ho-Chunk Nation for its service in WW II.
H. A. Gruber. Middle Ages: Myths and Legends.London: Bracken Books, 1985. 405 pages.
This volume covers a wide swath of middle age myths and legends, including King Arthur, Charlemagne and the Holy Grail. Interesting is the chapter on the Amelings.
Victor Klemperer. I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years 1942 – 1945.New York: Random House, 1999. 556 pages.
Victor Klemperer risked his life to preserve these diaries so that he could as he wrote “bear witness” to the gathering horror of the Nazi regime. The son of a Berlin rabbi, Klemperer was a German patriot who served with honor during the First World War, married a gentile, and converted to Protestantism. Volume one of his diaries covers the years 1933 to 1941, the period where he loses his professorship of Romance languages, his house, even his typewriter.
This volume begins in 1942, the year of the final Solution, and ends in 1945, with the devastation of Hitler’s Germany. For many years his diaries were thought to have been lost, but his wife had deposited them in the Dresden Landsarchiv after his death in 1960. Their discovery and publication became a national event in Germany. An English reviewer said, “Of all the books I have read on this subject, I find it hard to think of one which has taught me more.”
Patty Loew. Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal.Madison: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2013. 222 pages.
Extensive collection of historical photographs. Professor Loew, an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Ojibwe, has done a superb job of providing an overview of the many tribes in Wisconsin. Dr. Loew tells the stories through maps, photos and great narrative.
The chapter on the Ho-Chunk Nation is of special interest. It covers the early history, removal to Iowa, and their struggle for survival, endurance and renewal today. Interestingly, given all the abuse they encountered from the American government and society, they supported the American government in the Civil War by providing a company of troops. Their rich heritage is summarized in this compelling chapter.
Mark L. Louden. German Words American Voices. Madison, Wisconsin, Max Kade Institute, 2007.
In these CDs we listen to speakers of German from across the United States, Americans quite distant from their European roots in both time and space. Each is a fluent speaker of some variety of German, but as Americans at least two generations from immigration, all are also fluent English speakers. The sound clips hail from three regions in the United States where varieties of German have survived the longest after immigration: Wisconsin, Texas and Pennsylvania.
Thomas E. Mails. The Mystic Warriors of the Plains: The Culture, Arts, Crafts and Religion of the Plains Indians.New York: Mallard Press, 1991. 618 pages.
Since its publication it has become a classic avidly sought by collectors and readers seeking information on the Plains Indians. The volume includes 32 color illustrations and nearly 1,000 drawings covering their culture, government, training of youth, the role of warriors in a highly mobile society, spiritual beliefs, ceremonial practices, art, building of shelters and weapons.
Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr. Hitler’s Legions: the German Army Order of Battle, World War II.New York: The Dorset Press, 1985. 540 pages.
Seven years in the making, this reference work covers infantry, panzer, panzer grenadier, mountain, airborne, Jager, and light divisions, as well as security, Luftwaffe field, Waffen-SS, and others, like Cossack cavalry divisions. Each entry covers subordinate regiments and battalions, home station and unit history during the war. The volume also provides summaries of major activities of German corps, armies and army groups.
Arnoldo Mondadori, Editor. Pinakothek Munich.Milan: Newsweek Great Museums of the World, 1969. 172 pages.
The Alte Pinakothek –Munich’s oldest picture gallery—contains one of the world’s finest collections of European painting. The book highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of early German, Flemist, and Dutch paintings and includes masterpieces by Italian, Spanish and French artist. An excellent survey volume.
Norman M. Naimark. The Russians in Germany: A History of the Soviet Zone of Occupation, 1945-1949.Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1995. 586 pages.
Naimark, using newly opened archives in Germany and Russia, reveals what actually happened during the Soviet occupation of eastern Germany. Unique in its broad, comparative approach to the Soviet military government in Germany, Naimark fills a void in modern Germany history. His work is a masterly analysis of the ruthless Stalinization of East Germany in the early post war years and of its economic and scientific exploitation.
Adam Makos. A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II.New York, Berkley Books, 2013.
This is a true story of two pilots, one a B-17 pilot from West Virginia and the other a ME-109 pilot from Bavaria, whose lives collided in the skies over Germany just before Christmas 1943. This encounter would haunt Charlie and Franz for 40 years until, as old men, they would search for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.
Allen G. Noble, Editor. To Build in a New Land: Ethnic Landscapes in North America.Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992. 456 pages.
This is a collection of twenty-two original essays on the distinctive cultural landscapes created by the immigration of various European groups, mostly in the 19th century, and the migrations of Black and Native American groups.
Each chapter deals with a particular ethnic group and with the cultural landscape each group created. In some instances, the landscape is comprehensive and well-established; in others only a few relic features remain to document the presence of the group. In most locations the particular ethnic landscape is intermixed with features from the larger American cultural landscape. A book well worth your time.
Jaroslav Pelikan. The Illustrated Jesus through the Centuries.New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997. 254 pages.
Pelikan, one of the most distinguished history scholars of our age, has created a wise, informative and sumptuously illustrated book. Pelikan discusses how each age created Jesus in its own image, discovering in his life and teachings the answers to fundamental questions to human existence and destiny.
LaVern Rippley. Of German Ways.Minneapolis, Minnesota: Dillon Press, 1970. 301 pages.
As Rippley says, in this book you will find a bit of history, a bit of sports, art, music, literature customs and food, and much of people. Of German Ways successfully measures the pulse of German life in both Germany and America. Dr. Rippley vividly describes the great political and cultural contributions of the immigrants from two periods—the outcasts of the 1848 revolutions in Germany who became leaders and builders of American during and following the Civil War, and the refugees of the 1930s who have influenced all aspects of contemporary America.
James A. Scott. The Butterflies of North America: A Natural History and Field Guide.Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1986. 583 pages.
The only field guide to cover all North American butterfly species, this monumental work is also a complete natural history, fully describing the biological and ecological world of butterflies in general. Over 1,800 butterflies representing all 679 species are illustrated in full color photographs. A must book for those interested in butterflies and bringing them back to our farms and neighborhoods. Used at Iowa State University.
Robert Stearns, Editor. Illusions of Eden: Visions of the American Heartland.Minneapolis: Arts Midwest, 2000. 278 pages.
The American Midwest was witness to profound cultural and social changes during the 1920s-1940s, with the most dramatic being the shift from an agrarian society to an industrial one. This volume captures the unique character and spirit of the region during this time and demonstrates its impact on current American iconography. This exhibition volume includes more than 100 paintings, photographs and installations, both traditional and contemporary, by artists whose works are inspired by their Midwestern backgrounds and values.
Fritz Stern. Gold and Iron: Bismark, Bleichroder, and Building the German Empire.New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. 620 pages.
Fritz Stern has written a brilliant study of politics and high finance that shows how these two men, Bismark, the preeminent leader of late-nineteenth Europe and Bleichroder, a great banker, a central figure in the rise of imperial Germany. The two men come out of two different worlds and aspired to different stations. Bismark was the adventurous Junker who had to circumvent the Prussian constitution to bolster a conservative monarchy and realize his plans for a unified Germany.
Bleichroder was a capitalist par excellence, an ingenious Jewish financier who had to circumvent the social hierarchy of the day to attain aristocratic respectability. Professor Stern reveals that Bleichroder was not only Bismark’s private banker, but his confidant in politics and diplomacy for thirty years. The book sheds light on the fragility and hidden conflicts of the German Empire, whose glittering façade masked a nation sundered by political and social patterns that latter favor the rise of political extremism. A compelling work by a keen mind in the study of German history and politics.
Michael Sturmer. The German Century: A Photographic History.New York: Barnes and Noble, 1999. 288 pages.
The volume begins with the shadow of the German eagle falling over Europe with the fall of France in 1870, the fatal leadership flaws leading to World War I, the Weimar Republic, the Great Depression, the 12- year rampage of destruction by the Nazi regime, the post war political and economic recovery, and finally, the reunification of the Nation in 1990. Worth your time browsing through these arresting photographs.
U.S. Army, Center for Military History. The War against Germany: Europe and Adjacent Areas.Pictorial Record. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1951 and 1985. 448 pages.
The photos feature terrain, troops, the equipment, weapons, weather conditions and military operations. It covers the build-up in UK and air offensive, the Normandy campaign, Northern France campaign, Rhineland campaign, Ardennes-Alsace campaign, and the Central European campaign. An excellent way to help understand military history.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Hidden History of the Konov Ghetto.Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1997. 255 pages.
This history brings together unique materials from Lithuania, Israel and the United States to present a compelling and unforgettable view of Jewish life, loss, survival and defiance during the Holocaust. This documentary record covers the assault on Lithuania Jewry, the Konov Jews’ resilient yet ultimately futile efforts, and concludes with survivor’s personal reminiscence and a historian’s reflection on the experience.
Bryce Walker, Chief Editor. Through Indian Eyes: The Untold Story of Native American Peoples.Pleasantville, New York: R. R. Donnelly & Sons, 1995. 400 pages.
This volume seeks to present American History as it was experienced by the Americans who were here first. They were a populace of enormous variety—500 or more societies north of the Rio Grande, as different from one another as Vikings were from the Basques in Europe. For all their diversity, the first Americans has a lot in common. Foremost was a reverence for the harmony of the Creator’s works, the web of relationships linking every human to very other thing in the natural world. The arrival of the Europeans lead to many different responses—fighting, embracing, compromise, or turning inward. All these responses led to complex issues of personal and cultural identity that continue to face native peoples across the continent today.
Fred Zinnemann. A Life in the Movies: An Autobiography.New York: Charles Scribner’s sons, 1992. 256 pages.
Fred Zinnemann recalls fifty years of film-making and more than twenty major productions, including High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma, A Man for all Seasons, the Day of the Jackal, Julia, and the Nun’s Story. He tells his story with wit and a sense of humor: aided by 400 superb photographs. His autobiography is seen as a key work in understanding the history of cinema in its classic period.