What’s Past is Past

    Fall for the Book Festival to Reveal   

  The Secrets of History

Letter to the Boys
by Carrie A. Meyer
On the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the flood of American troops in Europe that would shift the tide of World War I in favor of the Allies, Letters from the Boys brings to life this terrible war as experienced by Wisconsinites writing home.
The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold
by Joyce Lee Malcolm
Proud and talented, history now remembers this conflicted man solely through the lens of his last desperate act of treason. Yet the fall of Benedict Arnold remains one of the Revolutionary period’s great puzzles. Why did a brilliant military commander, who repeatedly risked his life fighting the British, who was grievously injured in the line of duty, and fell into debt personally funding his own troops, ultimately became a traitor to the patriot cause?
Lipstick Brigade: The Untold True Story of Washington’s World War II Government Girls
by Cindy Gueli
Gueli explores the surprising and moving first-person stories of how courageous women triumphed over the challenges of war in America’s capital.
Fly Girls
by P.O’Connell Pearson
Fly Girls tell stories of female patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, and the love of flying in a man’s war. One thousand-one hundred female pilots ferried planes from factories to bases, to tow targets for live ammunition artillery training, to test repaired planes and new equipment, and more. Despite their commitment, they received less pay than men doing the same jobs and received no military
Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society
by William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce
The incredible true story of the US Post Office Inspector who took down the deadly Black Hand, a turn-of-the-century Italian-American secret society that preyed on immigrants across America’s industrial heartland—featuring fascinating and never-before-seen documents and photos from the Oldfield family’s private collection.
Dinner in Camelot: The Night America’s Greatest Scientists, Writers, and Scholars Partied at the Kennedy White House
by Joseph A. Esposito
Joseph Esposito, a former member of three U.S. presidential administrations, details the famous White House dinner that took place on April 29, 1962. In attendance were forty-nine Nobel Prize winners and other intellectual elites including Robert Frost, James Baldwin, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and many others.
Playfair
by Bruce Berkowitz
William Playfair is best known as an ingenious Scot of questionable repute who happened to invent “statistical graphics”―the line, bar, and pie charts we use today. Yet even those familiar with his work will be surprised to learn that Playfair was, in fact, a secret agent, carrying out espionage and subversion against France on behalf of Great Britain. Many of his contributions to economics and statistics were a direct result of his most audacious operation, the first full-scale campaign to collapse a nation’s currency, as the French First Republic turned radical.