Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Oscar Winning Documentary at CARL: "An Inconvenient Truth"

2007 Oscar Winner for Best Documentary
CARL Catalog - An Inconvenient Truth directed by Davis Guggenheim Assessing the Art, Science of 'Inconvenient Truth' - NPR Podcast Podcast summary: "Film critic Mondello says he was "skeptical" before seeing the movie. Instead, he discovered an "elaborate, gorgeous" movie filled with impressive digital effects. He also found that the Al Gore of the film is a "different" Al Gore than the public is accustomed to hearing: pensive, funny and thoughtful about an issue that he calls a "planetary emergency." Science correspondent Harris agrees that the movie is effective, particularly in conveying the complexity of the issue. It really does take an hour and a half to start to really understand global warming, Harris says." View full description

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New DVDs at CARL

Check out the latest additions to our DVD collection. Just visit our New Titles page and if you'd like please take a moment to subscribe to our New Titles RSS feed so you keep yourself posted on all our new acquisitions. New DVDs this week include:
If a DVD you'd like is already checked-out then just place a hold on it and we'll email you when it's ready for you to pick-up.
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New Fiction by author Alice McDermott

Select title link to view record in the CARL online catalog. After This by Alice McDermott, published 2006

Listen to an author interview (15 Feb 2007) on KCUR Los Angeles's program "The Bookworm"

Read an excerpt from her latest book After This

Read the publisher description: "Alice McDermott’s powerful novel is a vivid portrait of an American family in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Witty, compassionate, and wry, it captures the social, political, and spiritual upheavals of those decades through the experiences of a middle-class couple, their four children, and the changing worlds in which they live. While Michael and Annie Keane taste the alternately intoxicating and bitter first fruits of the sexual revolution, their older, more tentative brother, Jacob, lags behind, until he finds himself on the way to Vietnam. Meanwhile, Clare, the youngest child of their aging parents, seeks to maintain an almost saintly innocence. After This, alive with the passions and tragedies of a determining era in our history, portrays the clash of traditional, faith-bound life and modern freedom, while also capturing, with McDermott’s inimitable understanding and grace, the joy, sorrow, anger, and love that underpin, and undermine, what it is to be a family."

Other works by Alice McDermott Child of my heart Charming Billy At weddings and wakes

Monday, February 26, 2007

New at the CARL: Max Boot's "War Made New"

Review by Nancy Pearl, 22 Jan 2007 "Max Boot’s Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today is one of those narrative histories so compulsively readable that as you’re taking in all the information you forget how long it is . Boot describes how technology – specifically technology either designed or adapted for warfare – has had a major impact on human history. In Boot’s view, "technology sets the parameters of the possible", but doesn’t determine it. In exploring his thesis, he describes four different periods, and how the war-related technological innovations of each one helped steer history along a particular pathway. He includes the age of gunpowder (1500-1700), the First Industrial Revolution of the mid-19th century through the start of World War I, the Second Industrial Revolution (1917-1945), and the Information Revolution, from 1970 to the present (with its emphasis on stealth bombers, guided missiles, GPS devices, and the other major weapons systems that played such an important role in both the first and second Gulf Wars). Boot’s book is a must for war buffs, and a good choice for anyone looking for a thought-provoking look at history."

Other related podcasts

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Grammy Awards - Best Spoken Word Album 2007

The Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album has been awarded since 1959. The 2007 award was a tie between the two audio books below. You can follow the link in this post to our catalog in order to download the audio file (NetLibrary) of former President Carter's book.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Meet the author : James D. Hornfischer author of Ship of Ghosts

Ship of ghosts : the story of the USS Houston, FDR's legendary lost cruiser, and the epic saga of her survivors

Publisher description: Son, we’re going to Hell. "The navigator of the USS Houston confided these prophetic words to a young officer as he and his captain charted a course into U.S. naval legend. Renowned as FDR’s favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest. It wasn’t a fair fight, but the men of the Houston would wage it to the death.Hornfischer brings to life the awesome terror of nighttime naval battles that turned decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, the deadly rain of fire from Japanese bombers, and the almost superhuman effort of the crew as they miraculously escaped disaster again and again–until their luck ran out during a daring action in Sunda Strait. There, hopelessly outnumbered, the Houston was finally sunk and its survivors taken prisoner. For more than three years their fate would be a mystery to families waiting at home.In the brutal privation of jungle POW camps dubiously immortalized in such films as The Bridge on the River Kwai, the war continued for the men of the Houston—a life-and-death struggle to survive forced labor, starvation, disease, and psychological torture. Here is the gritty, unvarnished story of the infamous Burma–Thailand Death Railway glamorized by Hollywood, but which in reality mercilessly reduced men to little more than animals, who fought back against their dehumanization with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, will–power—and the undying faith that their country would prevail.
Other works by James Hornfischer:
Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors - Winner of the 2004 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The CARL's 10 Most Popular netLibrary Downloadable Audio Books

Did you know you can download audiobook titles directly to your desktops, or transfer them to portable devices for audio on the go? Audiobooks available through NetLibrary can be downloaded or played on any desktop, laptop or portable device supporting Windows Media Player (v9), Music Match (v8.2+), or Nullsoft Winamp 5.

Never tried this before? View Audio Book Demo

Here's a list of the 10 most popular NetLibrary AudioBook downloads at the CARL over the last 24 months.

                  1. 1776 by David G. McCullough
                  2. Against All Enemies : Inside America's War On Terror by Richard A. Clarke
                  3. An Army At Dawn : The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson
                  4. Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward
                  5. In the Company of Soldiers : A Chronicle of Combat by Rick Atkinson
                  6. Battle Ready by Tom Clancy
                  7. God Wills It! : Understanding the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden
                  8. The Osama Bin Laden I Know by Peter L.Bergen
                  9. Be, Know, Do : Leadership the Army Way by Ed Sala
                  10. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

                  NetLibrary Audio Book Guide

                  Wednesday, February 21, 2007

                  Military Historian Carlo D'Este - works and interview

                  About Carlo D'Este (from the Pritzker Library website) "Carlo D'Este is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a highly regarded military historian. He is the author of Decision in Normandy; Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily, 1943, World War II in the Mediterranean; Fatal Decision: Anzio and the Battle for Rome; Patton: A Genius for War and Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life 1890-1945. D'Este received his B.A. from Norwich University in 1958, an M.A. from the University of Richmond in 1974, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Norwich in 1992. In 1995, he co-founded the William E. Colby Military Writers' Symposium with W.E.B Griffin and the late DCI chief. He is currently at work on a biography of Winston Churchill." If you'd like to view the author interview click this link (Real Player) Works available at the CARL:

                  Presidential Libraries Pool Their Digital Archives

                  From the American Libraries Association website 16 Feb 2007: Twelve presidential libraries spanning the Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton administrations have teamed up to create the Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century, a multimedia online archive launched February 15. Spearheaded by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, the collaborative effort presents interactive timelines of each president’s life that include documents, diaries, maps, photo galleries, audio recordings, video clips, and classroom projects for teachers. The project currently contains 700 primary and secondary documents, some of which were previously available only to scholars. Contributing archivists estimate that continual updates will eventually bring the website’s total number of records into the millions. The archive allows users to scroll the length of a president’s timeline, click on buttons indicating points of interest, and then opt to view related documents. Users can also choose to overlay the timelines to compare the accomplishments of all presidents during a given time. The website also offers a basic text version of each timeline. Until now, presidential materials “hadn’t ever been put together and conceptualized in a way that was user-friendly,” LBJ Library Director Betty Sue Flowers told the February 15 Associated Press. Flowers hopes to one day include earlier presidents by incorporating documents from the Library of Congress.

                  Tuesday, February 20, 2007

                  The Quill Awards 2006

                  • The Quills celebrates the best books of the year in nineteen popular categories, ranging from romance to biography to graphic novels. Here below are those we hold currently in our collections. Click on any link to go to that item in our catalog.
                  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
                  • If you give a pig a party by Laura Numeroff (Children's Illustrated Book)
                  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Young Adult)
                  • A dirty job by Christopher Moore (General fiction)
                  • Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (Mystery/Suspense)
                  • Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts (Romance)
                  • A breath of snow and ashes by Diana Gabaldon (Science Fiction/Fantasy)
                  • Marley and me by John Grogan (Biography/Memoirs)

                  To see the complete list of awardees visit the Quill Awards website.

                  Confessions of a library junkie by Iyna Bort Caruso

                  I've been known to spend an inordinate amount of time in libraries myself quite apart from work. Perhaps some of you can relate as well?
                  Article by Iyna Bort Caruso
                  Published in the Christian Science Monitor, Feb 8, 2007
                  It's Saturday morning, and I'm standing under a thick, damp sky waiting for the doors to open. If only it was something as practical as, say, a Macy's shoe sale. But here I am, alone, waiting for the doors to open - to the library. Librarius nerdus. I am a library nerd...
                  If accessing outside of Fort Leavenworth CARL Ezproxy Log-in Required

                  Monday, February 19, 2007

                  Google Book Library Search

                  Google announced earlier this month that it has signed a new 12th partner, Princeton University, in its project to make "the world's books discoverable by readers everywhere." Here is a brief excerpt of their press release: Over the next several years we will work with Princeton to identify approximately one million public domain works to digitize from their library system, which consists of the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library and thirteen special libraries located around the campus. Because the books being digitized with Princeton are out of copyright, readers will be able to view their full text online, download them for leisure reading or research, or print them for later reference. Here are some examples of materials available in full text now thru Google Book Search:

                  Saturday, February 17, 2007

                  Available soon at the CARL - Halsey's Typhoon by Bob Drury

                  Halsey's Typhoon: The True Story of a Fighting Admiral, an Epic Storm, and an Untold Rescue by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

                  You can also listen to the author Bob Drury talk about his new book in this Pritzker Military Library Podcast

                  Review by Roland Green Published in Booklist, Nov 15, 2006 "Two seasoned writers on maritime subjects offer an impressive, long-overdue account of the U.S. Third Fleet's encounter with a savage typhoon off the Philippines in the autumn of 1944. Admiral William "Bull" Halsey was aggressively determined to remain on station in support of General Douglas MacArthur's "I Shall Return" campaign, the weather-reporting network was inadequate, and a number of ships were low on fuel and, not having taken in water ballast to compensate, had become less stable. The results of the storm encounter thereby entailed the loss of three destroyers, more than 800 men, and many aircraft, and many other ships were heavily damaged. Particular emphasis in this account is laid on the exploits of the destroyer escort Tabberer, one of the smallest ships in the fleet. She not only rode out the mountainous seas with a minimum of damage but also rescued most of the survivors of the sunken destroyer Hull. An entirely gripping account and a guaranteed hit with maritime buffs." -Roland Green View this Book review/description on Proquest - May Require CARL EzProxy Login

                  Friday, February 16, 2007

                  Recommendations from KCUR's "The Book Doctors"

                  Visit the KCUR Book Doctor's website to see the other recommended books. Want to still catch the audio broadcast?
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                  Recently featured books on KCUR available at CARL

                  Find in the CARL Catalog

                  About Alice by Trillin, Calvin

                  Book description - May Require CARL Ezproxy Login

                  Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

                  Peter Pan in Scarlet : the official sequel by Geraldine McCaughrean

                  Book description/review-May require CARL EzProxy Log-in

                  New DVDs at the CARL

                  We've added several dozen new DVDs to our collection and will be making them available over the next week. Check out our New Titles page to see the ones that are now ready for release. They include Flags of Our Fathers and the Devil Wears Prada. If what you're interested in is already checked out then please remember you can place a hold on it. (How to place a hold online)

                  Wednesday, February 14, 2007

                  New downloadable audio books at the CARL

                  Added this week from netLibrary. Click any link below to go to catalog for more details
                  1. Mornings on horseback by McCullough, David G
                  2. Silent spring by Carson, Rachel
                  3. Mercy by Picoult, Jodi
                  4. The righteous men by Bourne, Sam.
                  5. The mercy of thin air by Domingue, Ronlyn
                  6. The big bamboo by Dorsey, Tim
                  7. Overcoming the five dysfunctions of a team by Lencioni, Patrick
                  8. Searching for the sound : my life with the Grateful Dead by Lesh, Phil
                  9. Winter's child by Maron, Margaret
                  10. Emotions by McCann, Timmothy B
                  11. President Reagan : the triumph of imagination by Reeves, Richard
                  12. Blowback by Thor, Brad
                  13. A distant land by Braun, Matt
                  14. The adventures of Johnny Vermillion by Estleman, Loren D
                  15. When Madeline was young by Hamilton, Jane
                  16. Tiger Lillie by Samson, Lisa
                  17. Criss cross by Rhodes, Evie
                  18. Shakespeare : the seven major tragedies (Lecture series)by Bloom, Harold
                  19. From Jesus to Christianity: a history of the early church by Madden, Thomas F
                  20. The language of God: a scientist presents evidence for belief by Collins, Francis
                  21. Sword and blossom: a British officer's enduring love for a Japanese woman by Pagnamenta, Peter
                  22. Fun is good: how to create joy & passion in your workplace & career by Veeck, Mike
                  23. Merely the groom by Lee, Rebecca Hagan
                  24. The Boleyn inheritance by Gregory, Philippa
                  25. Copper River: a Cork O'Connor mystery by Krueger, William
                  26. Bones to pick [Mystery] by Haines, Carolyn

                  Oprah's Book of the Month

                  This month Oprah looks at Sydney Poitier's autobiography entitled "The Measure of a Man". A summary is provided here below. To read more reviews, learn about the author and check the book's availability at the CARL click the book jacket cover here to go to our catalog. If the book is checked out be sure to place a hold request.
                  "In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. In "The Measure of a Man," Sidney Poitier explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure -- as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor. He explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man seeking truth, passion, and balance in the face of limits -- his own and the world's. A triumph of the spirit, "The Measure of a Man" captures the essential Poitier." Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved. Oprah's Book of the Month Club

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