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Never Forget!

     Terrorism came to America in a big way today (2001). Two hijacked aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third smashed into The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.   A plane crashed fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  They were all a part of a series of coordinated suicide attacks by members of Al Qaeda.  Altogether, 2,996 people were killed.  I used to go to work through that door at the Pentagon where the plane hit.

     Do you really feel like it?  It's Make Your Bed Day. Some/many of us seldom, rarely, or never make up our beds in the morning.  If that's you, you're in good company.  Okay, if company is coming over, mom makes you make your bed.  Other than that, you arise each day and leave your sheets and bedding in a crumpled pile, pouring over the side, and onto the floor.  No one can claim that making the bed is a fun chore.  Today is the day to arise and make your bed for a change.  Speaking of change, as you celebrate Make Your Bed Day, it just might be a good idea to change the sheets first.  Here's a suggestion for those of you who faithfully make your bed every day of the year.  Take a break.  Rename today to be "Don't Make your Bed Day!"  Your mom will be so happy! (http://www.holidayinsights.com)

     More news about New York, it was on this date (1609) that Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.  So can you really say he discovered it?

    Also in New York on Staten Island (1776) British Admiral Lord Richard Howe met with members of the Second Continental Congress John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Edward Rutledge.  The British-American peace conference was an attempt to stop the nascent American Revolutionary War.  The main sticking point was the American insistance on recognition of their recently-declared independence.  Howe's limited authority does not give him the authority to deal with that development.  Why quit when your ahead anyway?

      A series of protests and attacks against American Embassies across the Middle East began today.  The worst of which is the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya is the worst, four Americans, including J. Christopher Stevens, the United States Ambassador to Libya, have been killed.  Somebody forgot.

      Massacre in America (1857) in Mountain Meadows, Utah where Mormon militia, disguised as Indians along with some actual Paiute Indians killed 120 pioneers. The must be something about this day.

     Victory for the Scots in their war with England (1297) where Scottish forces led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray defeated the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.  Hey Mel, the battle was over the bridge, where is it?

Today we celebrate the birthdays of:

     1931 - Hans-Ulrich Wehler - German historian known for his role in promoting social history through the "Bielefeld School", and for his critical studies of 19th century Germany.  Be interested to see late 20th Century/21st Century America studied the same way.

      1965 - Bashar al-Assad - 21st President of Syria. - He's been in the news a bit lately.

 

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


Amazon Says: UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORD National Book Award Finalist A Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year more...
Amazon Says: UPDATED AND WITH A NEW AFTERWORD National Book Award Finalist A Time, Newsweek, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center. Lawrence Wright re-creates firsthand the transformation of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri from incompetent and idealistic soldiers in Afghanistan to leaders of the most successful terrorist group in history. He follows FBI counterterrorism chief John O’Neill as he uncovers the emerging danger from al-Qaeda in the 1990s and struggles to track this new threat. Packed with new information and a deep historical perspective, The Looming Tower is the definitive history of the long road to September 11. less...
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Amazon Says: Debbie Mumm does it again, this time with a fun and unique book that features quilting projects for every room in the house. The projects revolve around individual rooms, and more...
Amazon Says: Debbie Mumm does it again, this time with a fun and unique book that features quilting projects for every room in the house. The projects revolve around individual rooms, and when taken together, achieve a complete decorator look throughout the house. Each room is decorated in a theme such as teapots and angels in the dining room, fruits in the kitchen, a lodge-style family room, a sports bedroom, a bird bath, and more. The projects include wall quilts, table quilts, room accessories, and for the first time, bed-size quilts. This informative and inspiring book is filled with dozens of decorating tips and helpful diagrams, all designed to inspire you to make lovely quilts and use them to create a warm country decor throughout your home. less...
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Amazon Says: Book by Sandler, Corey more...
Amazon Says: Book by Sandler, Corey less...
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Amazon Says: Book by Burnett, Betty more...
Amazon Says: Book by Burnett, Betty less...
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Amazon Says: The New York Times bestselling inside account of the attack against the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence outposts in Benghazi, Libya  On the night of September 11, 2012, the more...
Amazon Says: The New York Times bestselling inside account of the attack against the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence outposts in Benghazi, Libya  On the night of September 11, 2012, the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, Libya, came under ferocious attack by a heavily armed group of Islamic terrorists. The prolonged firefight, and the attack hours later on a nearby CIA outpost, resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, the Information Officer, Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, working for the Central Intelligence Agency. After the fall of Qaddafi, Benghazi was transformed into a hotbed of fundamentalist fervor and a den of spies for the northern half of the African continent. Moreover, it became the center of gravity for terrorist groups strategically situated in the violent whirlwinds of the Arab Spring. On the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, a group of heavily armed Islamic terrorists had their sights set on the U.S. diplomatic and intelligence presence in the city. Based on the exclusive cooperation of eyewitnesses and confidential sources within the intelligence, diplomatic, and military communities, Fred Burton and Samuel M. Katz reveal for the first time the terrifying twelve-hour ordeal confronted by Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, his Diplomatic Security (DS) contingent, and the CIA security specialists who raced to rescue them. More than just the minute-by-minute narrative of a desperate last stand in the midst of an anarchic rebellion, Under Fire is an inspiring testament to the bravery and selflessness of the men and women who put their country first while serving in one of the most dangerous regions in the world. less...
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Massacre at Mountain Meadows by Ronald W. Walker
Amazon Says: On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute al more...
Amazon Says: On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them. More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter. Massacre at Mountain Meadows offers the most thoroughly researched account of the massacre ever written. Drawn from documents previously not available to scholars and a careful re-reading of traditional sources, this gripping narrative offers fascinating new insight into why Mormons settlers in isolated southern Utah deceived the emigrant party with a promise of safety and then killed the adults and all but seventeen of the youngest children. The book sheds light on factors contributing to the tragic event, including the war hysteria that overcame the Mormons after President James Buchanan dispatched federal troops to Utah Territory to put down a supposed rebellion, the suspicion and conflicts that polarized the perpetrators and victims, and the reminders of attacks on Mormons in earlier settlements in Missouri and Illinois. It also analyzes the influence of Brigham Young's rhetoric and military strategy during the infamous "Utah War" and the role of local Mormon militia leaders in enticing Paiute Indians to join in the attack. Throughout the book, the authors paint finely drawn portraits of the key players in the drama, their backgrounds, personalities, and roles in the unfolding story of misunderstanding, misinformation, indecision, and personal vendettas. The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands as one of the darkest events in Mormon history. Neither a whitewash nor an exposé, Massacre at Mountain Meadows provides the clearest and most accurate account of a key event in American religious history. less...
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Amazon Says: Based on original research, William Wallace is the first full examinationof both contemporary sources and of the way the Wallace myth has been constructed. more...
Amazon Says: Based on original research, William Wallace is the first full examinationof both contemporary sources and of the way the Wallace myth has been constructed. less...
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The German Empire, 1871-1918 by Hans-Ulrich Wehler
Amazon Says: In the wake of the Fischer Controversy on the origins of World War I there emerged in West Germany a younger generation of historians who took a critical 'revisionist' view of more...
Amazon Says: In the wake of the Fischer Controversy on the origins of World War I there emerged in West Germany a younger generation of historians who took a critical 'revisionist' view of the Bismarckian Empire and began to analyze the political development of the Hohenzollern monarchy against the background of the country's social and economic power structures. Professor Wehler became one of the most prominent exponents of this approach and his structural analysis of the 'Kaiserreich' created a considerable stir when it was first published. It has since, with its incisive and rigorous analysis, become a classic in the field. less...
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Amazon Says: Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Lebanon? Based on unique and extraordinary access to Syria’s President Bashar al-Asad, hi more...
Amazon Says: Is Syria a rogue state? How important is it to the fates of Iraq, Iran, Israel, and Lebanon? Based on unique and extraordinary access to Syria’s President Bashar al-Asad, his circle, and his family, this book tells Syria’s inside story. David W. Lesch presents the essential account of this country and its enigmatic leader at a critical juncture in the history of the Middle East.Syria has been called the crossroads of civilization for millennia. Lately, however, it is a nation more in the crosshairs than the crossroads. From the U.S. perspective, Syria is on the wrong side of history with respect to Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, the global war on terrorism, and the growth of democracy in the Middle East. Bashar al-Asad assumed the presidency in 2000 after the long reign of his father, Hafiz al-Asad, and soon encountered momentous regional and international events. Bashar’s efforts to integrate his country into this changing environment without being coerced have met with some success and some failure. The fate of Syria, very much tied to its young ophthalmologist-turned-president, will profoundly affect what type of Middle East emerges in the near future. less...
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