New books for week of March 10, 2012

Book cover of "1877: America's Year of Living Violently" by Michael A. Bellesiles“1877: America's Year of Living Violently”
by Michael A. Bellesiles

Historian Michael A. Bellesiles brilliantly recaptures one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. History. Amid the aftermath of the Civil War, post war depression, White Supremacists mobs roaming the South, a coast-to-coast railroad strikes that turns violent and a highly contested presidential election 1877 marks a time many Americans long to forget. 

 

Book cover of "I’m Staying with My Boys" by Jim Proser“I’m Staying with My Boys”
 by Jim Proser

A firsthand look into the life of the only WWII Marine to win the Medal of Honor, the Navy Cross, and a Purple Heart. Basilone held off 3,000 Japanese troops after his 15-member unit was reduced to three men. At Iwo Jima he single handedly destroyed an enemy blockhouse.

 

Bookcover of “Helmet for My Pillow" by Robert Leckie“Helmet for My Pillow”
by Robert Leckie

This is one of the most riveting first person accounts of WWII. From basic training to battles, Leckie spares no details of the horrors and sacrifices of war. This book paints a portrait of how real heroes are made, fight and often die in defense of their country.