Chronicles the life of Adolf Hitler and describes the consequences his quest for German dominance and his hatred of the Jews brought upon the entire world. 921 HITLER Haugen, Brenda. Adolf Hitler : Dictator of Nazi Germany. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A biography of German dictator Adolf Hitler describing his childhood, involvement in the First World War, rise to power during the 1930s as the head of the Nazi Party, and his plan for a master race and world domination. 921 HITLER Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Tells the story of Hitler's life and his social and political philosophy.
921 ISAACSON Isaacson, Judith Magyar. Seed of Sarah: Memoirs of a Survivor. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1991.
The author tells the story of her childhood in Hungary, through her coming-of-age as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps, and her marriage to an American officer. 921 JACKSON Jackson, Livia Bitton. I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1999.
A memoir of Elli Friedmann in which she tells about her experiences at Auschwitz concentration camp where she was taken at the age of thirteen in 1944 when the Nazis invaded her native Hungary. 921 JACKSON Jackson, Livia Bitton. My Bridges of Hope: Searching for Life and Love after Auschwitz. New York: Simon Pulse, 2002.
In 1945, after surviving a harrowing year in Auschwitz, fourteen-year-old Elli returns, along with her mother and brother, to the family home, now part of Slovakia, where they try to find a way to rebuild their shattered lives. 921 JADHAV Jadhav, Narendra. Untouchables: My Family's Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India. New York: Scribner, 2005.
The author relates the story of his family's struggle to rise above the discrimination and humiliation associated with being a Dalit, or "untouchable," the lowest level of the Hindu caste system. 921 JAFFREY Jaffrey, Madhur. Climbing the Mango Trees: a Memoir of a Childhood in India. New York: Knopf, 2006.
The author provides a memoir of her childhood, family, and being a part of a large family in Delhi, India; along with a collection of tradition Indian recipes. 921 JOHNSON Wooten, James T. We are All the Same: a Story of a Boy's Courage and a Mother's Love. New York: Penguin Books, 2005.
Presents the story of Nkosi Johnson, a South African boy born with AIDS, who became an inspiration to thousands of people suffering from the disease because he believed that every child's life was important. 921 KAMARA Kamara, Mariatu. The Bite of the Mango. Buffalo: Annick Press, 2008.
Describes the life of Mariatu Kamara, focusing on her experiences as a child during the civil war in Sierra Leone where she was raped, tortured, and had her hands cut off by juvenile rebel soldiers; and discusses her experiences after the war. 921 KAMKWAMBA Kamkwamba, William. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. New York: William Morrow, 2009.
The author details how he ignored naysayers and was able to bring electricity and running water to his Malawian village when he built a makeshift windmill out of scrap metal and spare parts. 921 KEAT Keat, Nawuth. Alive in the Killing Fields: Surviving the Khmer Rouge Genocide. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2009.
Nawuth Keat, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge invasion of Cambodia, describes his experiences, discussing the killings of his family members, his enslavement, the relationships that were formed between people from his community, and more. 921 KENDERIAN Kenderian, Shant. 1001 Nights in Iraq: the Shocking Story of an American Forced to Fight for Saddam
Against the Country He Loves. New York: Atria Books, 2007.
Shant Kenderian recounts how, at the age of seventeen, he was forced to join Saddam Hussein's army and fight against his own country against his will. 921 KHERDIAN Kherdian, David. The Road from Home: the Story of an Armenian Girl. New York: Greenwillow Books, 1979.
A biography of the author's mother concentrating on her childhood in Turkey before the Turkish government deported its Armenian population. 921 KLEIN Klein, Gerda Weissmann. All But My Life. New York: Hill and Wang, 1995.
The author tells of the three years she endured as a slave laborer of the Nazis during World War II.
921 KOR Kor, Eva Mozes. Surviving the Angel of Death: the Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz. Terre Haute:
Eva Mozes Kor details the experiences she shared with her twin sister Miriam when they were sent to Auschwitz as children and were forced to endure medical experiments and other horrors under the care of Josef Mengele. 921 KRAMER Kramer, Clara. Clara's War: One Girl's Story of Survival. New York: Ecco, 2009.
Presents the diary of Clara Kramer, a Polish-Jewish teenager whose family was taken in during World War II by the Becks, an ethnically German family from their town, who sheltered the Kramers, as well as two other Jewish families, in a bunker dug out of the basement for twenty months. 921 LATIFA Latifa. My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: a Young Woman's Story. New York: Talk Miramax Books, 2001.
Latifa, a young woman who was sixteen in 1996 when the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, tells about her family's experiences under the repressive regime, focusing on the lives of women and girls who were abruptly denied the freedom to work, go to school, or even leave their homes without a male escort. 921 LAYSON Layson, Annelex Hofstra. Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp during World War II: a Memoir. Washington, D.C: National Geographic, 2008.
The author reveals a first-hand account of her and her family's experiences when they and other Dutch residents on the island of Java, were captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp where they spent over three years. 921 LEMELMAN Lemelman, Gusta. Mendel's Daughter. New York: Free Press, 2006.
A graphic novel in which Martin Lemelman recounts his mother's childhood in 1930s Poland and her escape from Nazi persecution. 921 LI Li, Cunxin. Mao's Last Dancer. New York: Putnam, 2003.
Li Cunxin, a principal dancer with the Houston Ballet and Australian Ballet, explains how his childhood of poverty in rural China changed when he was selected by Madame Mao to attend the dance academy in Beijing, tells how his devotion to Communist philosophy was shaken during his first visit to the U.S. as part of an exchange program with the Houston Ballet, and discusses his eventual defection to the West. 921 LI Li, Moying. Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China during the Cultural Revolution. New York: Melanie Kroupa Books, 2008.
The author reveals the events of her life from age twelve to adulthood when the cultural revolution of Mao Zedong destroyed family customs and life as they knew it. 921 LUGOVSKAYA Lugovskaya, Nina. I Want to Live: the Diary of a Young Girl in Stalin's Russia. New
York: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Presents the diary Nina Lugovskaya wrote while living in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, where she records the thoughts, feelings, and emotions the Soviet government interpreted as subversive before she and her family were sent to a labor camp in Siberia. 921 MAH Mah, Adeline Yen. Falling Leaves: the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter. New York: Broadway Books, 1999.
Autobiography of physician and writer Adeline Yen Mah, discussing her emotionally abusive childhood, experiences of isolation and loneliness, success as a student, and triumphant struggle to achieve freedom and a new life. 921 MANDELA Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom: the Autobiography of Nelson Mandela. Boston: Back Bay Books, 1995.
Autobiography of the South African leader, discussing his childhood, political career, and imprisonment. 921 MANDELA Keller, Bill. Tree Shaker: the Story of Nelson Mandela. Boston: Kingfisher, 2008.
Explores the life and accomplishments of Nelson Mandela, discussing his political protests, imprisonment, selection as president of South Africa, and more. 921 MATHABANE Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy: the True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in
Apartheid South Africa. New York: Penguin Books, 1987.
The author recalls his personal experiences growing up under South African Apartheid during the 1970s, the poverty and oppression of living in the ghettos of Alexandra, and of those who helped him escape from it. 921 MOAVENI Moaveni, Azadeh. Lipstick Jihad: a Memoir of growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran. New York : Public Affairs, 2006.
The author examines her life as an American-born Iranian and the frustration and confusion of trying to live in both worlds, and describes her decision to move to Tehran as a journalist and the cultural, political, and social upheaval she encountered.
921 MOLNAR Molnar, Haya Leah. Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2010.
Haya Leah Molnar, née Eva Zimmermann, recalls growing up in Bucharest, Romania, during the 1950s. Though she heard Yiddish and kept Kosher at home, Eva remained unaware of her Jewish heritage. This ignorance protected Eva at her Communist-run school. 921 MUSSOLINI Haugen, Brenda. Benito Mussolini: Fascist Italian Dictator. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2007.
A brief biography of fascist Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, that chronicles his childhood, relationship with German leader Adolf Hitler during World War II, and assassination by his own people in 1945. 921 NIR Nir, Yehuda. The Lost Childhood: a memoir. Tucson, Ariz: Schaffner Press, 2006.
The story of six years in the life of a Polish Jewish boy, who along with his mother and sister, survived World War II through cunning and guile. 921 PERON Stille, Darlene R. Eva Peron: First Lady of Argentina. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A brief biography of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine president Juan Peron, providing information on her childhood, her failed acting career, her political activities, and more. 921 SAKHAROV Sakharov, Andrei. Memoirs. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990.
Sakharov, the leader of the Soviet dissenters and a world-renowned human rights activist, recounts his life. 921 SANSAN Sansan. Eighth Moon: the True Story of a Young Girl's Life in Communist China. New York. Harper & Row, 1964.
A seventeen-year-old Chinese girl, Sansan, leaves Tiantsin, China for America to be reunited with her parents after being separated from them for sixteen years. 921 SCHMIDLE Schmidle, Nicholas. To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan. New York: Henry Holt, 2009.
Chronicles the two years that the author spent as an American journalist in Pakistan, a journey which began in October of 2007, and describes the places, people, and other things that he witnessed. 921 SEIERSTAD Seierstad, Asne. The Bookseller of Kabul. Boston: Little, Brown, 2003.
Asne Seierstand recounts the experiences she had while staying with a bookseller named Sultan Khan and his family in Afghanistan just after the fall of the Taliban, describing what it was like for families in Afghanistan to adjust to a new way of life and a new government. 921 SHCHARANSKY Shcharansky, Anatoly. Fear No Evil: the Classic Memoir of One Man’s Triumph Over a Police
State. New York: Random House, 1988.
The author tells the story of his experiences during nine years in a Soviet prison where he was sent after being kidnapped by the KGB in 1977 and incarcerated for dissident activities and his request to emigrate to Israel. 921 SHEVCHENKO Shevchenko, Arkady N. Breaking with Moscow. New York: Knopf, 1985.
A high-ranking Soviet official tells of his life as a diplomat and a reluctant spy, and of life at the top of the Soviet power structure before defecting to the U.S. 921 STALIN Haugen, Brenda. Joseph Stalin: Dictator of the Soviet Union. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A biography of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin describing his childhood and early political leanings, association with Vladimir Lenin, alliance with the United States and England during World War II, and his effort to spread Communism around the world. 921 SULTANA Sasson, Jean P. Princess: a True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia. New York: Morrow, 1992.
A Saudi Arabian princess tells of her life, from her turbulent childhood to her arranged marriage, revealing the true role designated to women by men in her country. 921 TENBOOM Ten Boom, Corrie. The Hiding Place. New York: Bantam, 1983.
The memoirs of a Dutch woman who was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II as a result of her activities in the anti-Nazi underground. 921 TSUI Peterson, Michael. Charlie Two Shoes and the Marines of Love Company. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1998.
Tells the story of Charlie Tsui, an eleven-year-old Chinese boy who was befriended and cared for by a company of U.S. Marines stationed in China between 1945 and 1949; revealing the difficulties Charlie experienced after the communist takeover, and discussing efforts to bring Charlie to America which were finally successful in 1983. 921 UNG Ung, Loung. First They Killed My Father: a Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.
Loung Ung, one of seven children of a high-ranking government official in Phnom Penh, tells of her experiences after her family was forced to flee from Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge army, discussing her training as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans, and telling of how her surviving siblings were eventually reunited. 921 UNG Ung, Loung. Lucky Child: a Daughter of Cambodia Reunites with the Sister She Left Behind. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.
Loung Ung recounts her struggles to adapt to life in America after arriving in 1980 as a ten-year-old Cambodian refugee. 921 WATT Crane, William D. The Man Who Transformed the World: James Watt. New York: Messner, 1963.
A biography of the inventor of the condensing steam engine, a machine which played a vital role in the Industrial Revolution. 921 YE Ye, Ting-xing. My Name is Number 4: a True Story from the Cultural Revolution. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.
Ting-Xing Ye recounts the brutality, horror, and desperation she and her family faced during the Chinese cultural revolution and reflects on how those events impacted every aspect of her life. 921 ZENATTI Zenatti, Valérie. When I was a Soldier: a memoir. New York: Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2005.
Presents the memoirs of Valerie Zenatti, who at eighteen, enlisted in the Israeli army, endured harsh conditions and surroundings, and participated in top secret missions for the Israeli Secret Service, and describes her French-Jewish heritage and personal struggles. 921 ZYSKIND Zyskind, Sara. Struggle. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Co., 1989.
The story of a teenage boy who managed to stay alive during the years of the Jewish Holocaust.
940.3 DOA Doak, Robin S. Assassination at Sarajevo: the Spark that Started World War I. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2009.
Explains how the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife lead to World War I, and includes eyewitness accounts and contemporary views of the event, a time line summarizing important dates, and informative photographs and diagrams. 940.3 STO Storey, William Kelleher. The First World War: a Concise Global History. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2009.
Offers a global perspective on the history of World War I, exploring the experiences of individuals as well as environmental and technological factors that influenced the war. 940.4 LAN Langley, Andrew. The Hundred Days Offensive: the Allies' Push to Win World War I. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2009.
Chronicles the Allied offensive against the German army near Amiens, France, in 1918 that led to the end of World War I. 940.53 FIT Fitzgerald, Stephanie. Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
Recounts the events surrounding the November 1938 attacks in which Nazi troops in Germany and Austria destroyed more than eight thousand Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues, beginning the Nazi's persecution of the Jews. 940.53 GIL Gilbert, Martin. The Righteous: the Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust. New York: Holt, 2003.
Tells the stories of dozens of individuals throughout Europe who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust, and describes the kindnesses that many prisoners and even some guards showed amidst the hellish conditions of the Nazi concentration camps and the death marches. 940.53 MCC McClafferty, Carla Killough. In Defiance of Hitler: the Secret Mission of Varian Fry. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008.
Chronicles the efforts of American journalist Varian Fry, who flew to Marseilles, France, in 1940 to help artistic and intellectual refugees, such as novelist Heinrich Mann, flee the Nazi regime, but ended up staying for over a year to assist as many people as he could until he was evicted. 940.53 ROG Rogasky, Barbara. Smoke and Ashes: the Story of the Holocaust. New York: Holiday House, 2002.
Tells the story of the Holocaust, tracing the origins of Nazi anti-Semitism; following the development of plans for the extermination of the Jews, with discussion of the ghettos, the final solution, deportations, the camps, resistance, rescuers, and other topics; and including responses to claims that the Holocaust never happened. 940.53 YEA Yeatts, Tabatha. The Holocaust Survivors. Springfield: Enslow, 1998.
Discusses the experiences of people who survived the Holocaust, the trials of Nazi leaders at Nuremberg, the establishment of the state of Israel, the search for justice, and efforts of the survivors to begin new lives. 940.54 GRE Greenberger, Robert. The Bataan Death March: World War II Prisoners in the Pacific. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2009.
Describes the disease, torture, and deprivation of both Allied and Filipino prisoners as they were forced to march several miles to prison camps in the Philippines in April 1942; with personal testimonies from some of those who survived. 940.54 HER Hersey, John. Hiroshima. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.
An account of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, from the viewpoint of the people who lived through it. 940.54 LAN Langley, Andrew. Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Fire from the Sky. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2006.
A narrative describing the events surrounding the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in early August 1945, the devastation and deaths that resulted from it, and the surrender that ended World War II. 940.54 OHN Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko. Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Presents a collection of diaries and correspondence left by young Kamikaze pilots who died during the latter part of World War II. 940.54 RYA Ryan, Cornelius. The Longest Day, June 6, 1944. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994.
An account of the invasion of Normandy, telling the story of the decisive World War II battle, and discussing events that preceded and followed the campaign. 940.54 SEI Seiple, Samantha. Ghosts in the Fog: the Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion. New York: Scholastic, 2011.
A narrative, nonfiction account of the Japanese invasion and occupation of the Aleutian Islands during World War II, told from the perspectives of an American civilian and soldiers from both sides of the conflict. 941.508 ONE O'Neill, Joseph R. The Irish Potato Famine. Edina: ABDO Pub, 2009.
Chronicles the history of Ireland and the events leading to the great potato famine of 1854 that killed about one million people and forced over two million to flee the country. 943 BUR Burgan, Michael. The Berlin Airlift: Breaking the Soviet Blockade. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
Describes the 1948-49 airlift by which the U.S. and Great Britain brought food and supplies to West Berlin during a blockade of the city by the Soviet Union. 943 BUR Burgan, Michael. The Berlin Wall: Barrier to Freedom. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2008.
Chronicles the separation of East and West Berlin in the post-World War II years and the closing of the borders on August 13, 1961 when East Germany's Communist government stopped its citizens from fleeing to the West. 943.086 AXE Axelrod, Toby. Hans and Sophie Scholl: German Resisters of the White Rose. New York: Rosen, 2000.
This book describes the lives of Hans and Sophie Scholl and tells of the work of the White Rose, a German student group that opposed Adolph Hitler and his regime.
943.086 JOH Johnson, Eric A. What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany: an Oral History. Cambridge: Basic Books, 2005.
Analyzes the Nazi regime, Adolf Hitler, and the Holocaust through the personal testimonies of German Jews and non-Jewish Germans who maintain that much of the population were not only aware of the mass murders and the torture by the Gestapo but that intimidation and terror by the SS was rarely needed to enforce loyalty. 944 DAR Darnton, Robert. The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History. New York: Basic Books, 1984.
Presents six essays that analyze and discuss eighteenth-century folklore, everyday life in Europe during the time, and stories including "Little Red Riding Hood," an account of a massacre of cats, and Mother Goose. 947.08 CRA Crankshaw, Edward. The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia's Drift to Revolution, 1825-1917. New York: Viking Press, 1976.
A narrative history of Russia from 1825's failed uprising in St. Petersburg to the time just preceding 1917's Revolution, covering its political shifts and its significant figures such as Rasputin, Tsar Nicholas II, and Alexandra. 947.085 LAN Langley, Andrew.