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Today in History with a Twist: November 12, 2013

Guilty!

  
     1948 - General Hideki Tojo, Japan's war time Prime Minister and primary mover behind the attack on Pearl Harbor, and six other Japanese military and government officials are sentenced to death for their roles in World War II by an international war crimes tribunal. - You didn't think the Germans were the only ones who would have to pay the price.

     No dinner plans?   Order a pizza.  It’s National Pizza with Everything (Except Anchovies) Day!   Today is the official day to order your pizza with the works (anchovies not required).  Pizza is a direct descendant of the flatbread people made before the advent of the oven.   Neolithic humans would build a fire on a flat rock to create a hearth.   When it was piping hot, they brushed away the coals and laid a layer of dough across it.   The baked bread was then topped with seeds or spices.   National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day celebrates all of the different toppings you can put on your pizza to suit your tastes and preferences.   Although having fish on a pizza isn't the worst thing in the world, the saltiness of the anchovies can mask all of the other delicious flavors.   Order your pizza today with all of your favorite toppings, but keep it anchovy-free! (Punchbowl.com)

     1927 - Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in undisputed control of the Soviet Union. - Trotsky was one of the original leaders of the Russian Revolution and built the early Red Army into a viable fighting force but he just got on the wrong side of Uncle Joe.

     1940 - World War II: Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov arrives in Berlin to discuss the possibility of the Soviet Union joining the Axis Powers. - British nightmare but Hitler and Stalin could never be BFFs.

     1893 - The treaty of the Durand Line is signed between present day Pakistan and Afghanistan; the Durand Line has gained international recognition as an international border between the two nations. - Other countries may recognize it but the Pashtuns have some problems with it.

     1981 - The Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off becoming the first manned spacecraft to be launched into space twice. - Remember when we used to have a Space Program?

Today's birthdays:

     1755 - Gerhard von Scharnhorst - Prussian General (d. 1813) - One of the key reformers who turned the Prussian Army into the military machine that it became during and after the Napoleonic Wars. - Got a battleship named after him.

     1866 - Sun Yat-sen - Chinese revolutionary and 1st President of the Republic of China (d. 1925) - Considered the 'Father of his nation' but got thrown to the curb pretty quickly.

     1934 - Charles Manson - Raised by the prison system.

     1968 - Sammy Sosa - Say it ain't so, Sammy.

To learn more about the above topics check out the following books from the Library's collection:
 


Warlord by Edwin P. Hoyt
Amazon Says: This biography of Japanese army general and dictatorial prime minister Hideki Tojo (1884-1948) covers his early, easy World War II victories (including Pearl Harbor); his subs more...
Amazon Says: This biography of Japanese army general and dictatorial prime minister Hideki Tojo (1884-1948) covers his early, easy World War II victories (including Pearl Harbor); his subsequent crushing defeats; and his trial and execution as a war criminal. less...
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Amazon Says: Describes the ingredients that are used to make a pizza, where each comes from, and how they are used to prepare final product. Includes recipe. more...
Amazon Says: Describes the ingredients that are used to make a pizza, where each comes from, and how they are used to prepare final product. Includes recipe. less...
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Amazon Says: Amusing, well researched, and surprisingly sophisticated, Leon Trotsky: An Illustrated Introduction is the perfect primer on the life and thought of the great leader and chron more...
Amazon Says: Amusing, well researched, and surprisingly sophisticated, Leon Trotsky: An Illustrated Introduction is the perfect primer on the life and thought of the great leader and chronicler of the Russian Revolution. With sympathy and humor, Tariq Ali and Phil Evans trace his political career, from prison to the pinnacle of revolutionary power to his eventual exile and murder by Joseph Stalin. Tariq Ali is a writer and filmmaker. He has written more than two dozen books on world history and politics. He is an editor of New Left Review. Phil Evans is a longtime political cartoonist based in England. He has illustrated Karl Marx's Kapital for Beginners, among many other books. less...
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Amazon Says: When the British journalist Rachel Polonsky moves to Moscow, she discovers an apartment on Romanov Street that was once home to the Soviet elite. One of the most infamous neig more...
Amazon Says: When the British journalist Rachel Polonsky moves to Moscow, she discovers an apartment on Romanov Street that was once home to the Soviet elite. One of the most infamous neighbors was the ruthless apparatchik Vyacheslav Molotov, a henchman for Stalin who was a participant in the collectivizations and the Great Purge—and also an ardent bibliophile. In what was formerly Molotov’s apartment, Polonsky uncovers an extensive library and an old magic lantern—two things that lead her on an extraordinary journey throughout Russia and ultimately renew her vision of the country and its people.In Molotov’s Magic Lantern, Polonsky visits the haunted cities and vivid landscapes of the books from Molotov’s library: works by Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Akhmatova, and others, some of whom were sent to the Gulag by the very man who collected their books. With exceptional insight and beautiful prose, Polonsky writes about the longings and aspirations of these Russian writers and others in the course of her travels from the Arctic to Siberia and from the forests around Moscow to the vast steppes. A singular homage to Russian history and culture, Molotov’s Magic Lantern evokes the spirit of the great artists and the haunted past of a country ravaged by war, famine, and totalitarianism. less...
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Ribbentrop: A Biography by Michael Bloch
Amazon Says: An insightful look into the Third Reich examines the life of Nazi diplomat Joachim von Ribbentrop, an influential member of Hitler's inner circle. By the author of Wallis an more...
Amazon Says: An insightful look into the Third Reich examines the life of Nazi diplomat Joachim von Ribbentrop, an influential member of Hitler's inner circle. By the author of Wallis and Edward: Letters 1931-1937.15,000 first printing. National ad/promo. less...
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Amazon Says: Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians, and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable more...
Amazon Says: Afghanistan has been a strategic prize for foreign empires for more than 200 years. The British, Russians, and Americans have all fought across its beautiful and inhospitable terrain, in conflicts variously ruthless, misguided and bloody. This violent history is the subject of David Loyn's magisterial book. It is a history littered with misunderstandings and broken promises, in which the British, the Russians, and later the Americans, constantly underestimated the ability of the Afghans. In Afghanistan brilliantly brings to life the personalities involved in Afghanistan's relationship with the world, chronicling the misunderstandings and missed opportunities that have so often led to war.  With 30 years experience as a foreign correspondent, David Loyn has had a front-row seat during Afghanistan’s recent history. In Afghanistan draws on David Loyn's unrivalled knowledge of the Taliban and the forces that prevail in Afghanistan, to provide the definitive analysis of the lessons these conflicts have for the present day. less...
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Amazon Says: Traces the development of the space shuttle, describes the political and technological problems the program faced, and looks at future uses of the shuttle. more...
Amazon Says: Traces the development of the space shuttle, describes the political and technological problems the program faced, and looks at future uses of the shuttle. less...
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Historical and Political Writings by Carl Von Clausewitz
Amazon Says: Carl von Clausewitz's major theoretical work, On War, has retained its freshness and relevance since it first appeared 160 years ago. Clausewitz was also a wide-ranging, inn more...
Amazon Says: Carl von Clausewitz's major theoretical work, On War, has retained its freshness and relevance since it first appeared 160 years ago. Clausewitz was also a wide-ranging, innovative historian--his acerbic history of Prussia before 1806 became an underground classic long before it could be published--and a combative political essayist, whose observations on the affairs of Germany and Europe combine social egalitarianism with a nearly Bismarckian Realpolitik. In this companion volume to On War, the editors bring together Clausewitz's political writings and a selection of his historical works--material that is fascinating in its own right, important as a commentary on his theories of war, and a valuable source for understanding European ideas and attitudes during and after the Napoleonic era. None of these works has previously appeared in English, with one exception, which was published in a corrupt, censored text that has now been restored to its original form. The editors have contributed introductions for the historical and for the political parts of the volume, as well as brief introductions to the individual selections. Their analyses and the texts themselves reveal Clausewitz to be an exceptionally independent observer both of the past and of his own times, whose outlook is distinguished by an unideological pragmatism and a keen sense of the possibilities and shortcomings of state power. Originally published in 1992. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905. less...
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Amazon Says: A New York Times Bestselling Author After more than forty years, Charles Manson continues to mystify and fascinate us. One of the most notorious criminals in American history, more...
Amazon Says: A New York Times Bestselling Author After more than forty years, Charles Manson continues to mystify and fascinate us. One of the most notorious criminals in American history, Manson and members of his mostly female commune killed nine people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate. Now, drawing on new information, bestselling author Jeff Guinn tells the definitive story of how this ordinary delinquent became a murderer. less...
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Sammy Sosa by Carrie Muskat
Amazon Says: A biography of Dominican-born home run slugger, Sammy Sosa. more...
Amazon Says: A biography of Dominican-born home run slugger, Sammy Sosa. less...
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