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Check out these books about history coming to the Adult Services Collection for the month of December. For a complete list click here.

940 BLA

Operation Underworld: How the Mafia and the U. S. Government Teamed Up to Win World War II / Matthew Black

This thrilling tale of espionage and crime like no other, this unbelievable, first-ever account of the Allied war effort’s clandestine coalition between the Mafia and the U.S. Government shines a light on some of history’s most infamous, improbable and unsung heroes on both sides of the law.

941.05 GRI

The Tudors in Love: Passion and Politics in the Age of England’s Most Famous Dynasty / Sarah Gristwood

Dissecting the codes of love, desire and power, this brilliant history of the Tudor dynasty reveals the romantic obsessions that irrevocably shaped the politics and international diplomacy of the period, from Henry VIII’s six wives to the poems lavished on Elizabeth I by her suitors.

973 GUT

The Jeffersonians: The Visionary Presidencies of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe / Kevin R. C. Gutzman

A long, insightful look at three Founder presidents. Political histories are rarely page-turners, but Gutzman, clearly a scholar who has read everything on his subjects, writes lively prose and displays a refreshingly opinionated eye for a huge cast of characters and their often unfortunate actions. Outstanding historical writing.

973.7 ROS

The Lion and the Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy / Alexander Rose

A master of historical espionage tells the thrilling story of the Confederate spy who, dispatched to a neutral Britain during the Civil War, was pitted against his Union rival at Dickensian port of Liverpool whose merchant princes were “addicted to Southern proclivities, foreign slave trade and domestic bribery.