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Military Book group selection for March 5th

1861The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen 1861, by Adam Goodheart as the title for their March 5th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

1861 is Adam Goodheart’s account of how the Civil War began and a second American revolution unfolded, setting Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. In this gripping and original book, Goodheart introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer’s wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Their stories take us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the waters of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at its moment of ultimate crisis and decision.

 

 

 

Military Book group selection for February 5th

2015Jan-Remain of Company DThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Remains of Company D, by James Carl Nelson as the title for their February 5th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Haunted by an ancestor’s tale of near death on a distant battlefield, James Carl Nelson set out in pursuit of the scraps of memory of his grandfather’s small infantry unit. Years of travel across the world led to the retrieval of unpublished personal papers, obscure memoirs, and communications from numerous Doughboys as well as original interviews of the descendants of his grandfather’s comrades in arms. The result is a compelling tale of battle rooted in new primary sources, and one man’s search for his grandfather’s legacy in a horrifying maelstrom that is today poorly understood and nearly forgotten.

The Remains of Company D follows the members of Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, United States First Division, from enlistment to combat to the effort to recover their remains, focusing on the three major battles at Cantigny, Soissons, and in the Meuse-Argonne and the effect these horrific battles had on the men.

 

Military Book group selection for January 8, 2014

51EGJqk-tcL._AA160_The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Savage Continent, by Keith Lowe as the title for their January 8th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The Second World War might have officially ended in May 1945, but in reality it rumbled on for another ten years…

 

Military Book group selection for December 4, 2014

hopkins touchThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Hopkins Touch, by David Roll as the title for their December 4th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 

 

Military Book group selection for November 6, 2014

download (4)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Blackett’s War, by Stephen Budiansky as the title for their November 6th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In March 1941, after a year of devastating U-boat attacks, the British War Cabinet turned to an intensely private, bohemian physicist named Patrick Blackett to turn the tide of the naval campaign. Though he is little remembered today, Blackett did as much as anyone to defeat Nazi Germany, by revolutionizing the Allied anti-submarine effort through the disciplined, systematic implementation of simple mathematics and probability theory. This is the story of how British and American civilian intellectuals helped change the nature of twentieth-century warfare, by convincing disbelieving military brass to trust the new field of operational research.

 

Military Book group selection for October 2, 2014

untitledThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq, by Richard Rubin as the title for their October 2nd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Band of Sisters presents twelve amazing and often heart-wrenching stories of American women on the frontlines including America’s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the U.S. military’s first black female combat pilot, a 21-year-old turret gunner defending a convoy, two military policewomen in a firefight, a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own, and more.

Military Book group selection for September 4, 2014

indexThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation, by Richard Rubin as the title for their September 4th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War I. But then, he found another. And another. Eventually he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now.

A decade-long odyssey to recover the story of a forgotten generation and their Great War led Rubin across the United States and France, through archives, private collections, and battlefields, literature, propaganda, and even music. But at the center of it all were the last of the last, the men and women he met: a new immigrant, drafted and sent to France,

 

Military Book group selection for August 7, 2014

download (2)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Citizens of London, by Lynne Olson as the title for their August 7th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The author reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Lynne Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time. Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field.