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Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group

Title: The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Empire.

Author: Robert L. O'Donnell

For millennia,
Carthage’s triumph over Rome at Cannae in 216 B.C. has inspired
reverence and awe. No general since has matched Hannibal’s most
unexpected, innovative, and brutal military victory. Now Robert L.
O’Connell, one of the most admired names in military history, tells the
whole story of Cannae for the first time, giving us a stirring account
of this apocalyptic battle, its causes and consequences.

O’Connell brilliantly conveys how Rome amassed a giant army to punish
Carthage’s masterful commander, how Hannibal outwitted enemies that
outnumbered him, and how this disastrous pivot point in Rome’s history
ultimately led to the republic’s resurgence and the creation of its
empire. Piecing together decayed shreds of ancient reportage, the author
paints powerful portraits of the leading players, from
Hannibal—resolutely sane and uncannily strategic—to Scipio Africanus,
the self-promoting Roman military tribune. Finally, O’Connell reveals
how Cannae’s legend has inspired and haunted military leaders ever
since, and the lessons it teaches for our own wars.

About the Author

Robert L. O’Connell has worked as a senior analyst at the
National Ground Intelligence Center, as a contributing editor to MHQ:
The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and most recently as a
visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of
Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; Sacred
Vessels: The Cult of the Battleship and the Rise of the U.S. Navy; Ride
of the Second Horseman: The Birth and Death of War; Soul of the Sword:
An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the
Present; and the novel Fast Eddie.


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ISBN: 9780812978674
Availability: Special Order
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 13th, 2011

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers)

Title: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Violent Faith

Auhtor: Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

About the Author

Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air and is editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.

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ISBN: 9781400032808
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - June 8th, 2004

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The G-String Murders

Author: Gypsy Rose Lee (Craig Rice)

G. K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: The Poet & the Lunatics

Author: G. K. Chesterton

The Poet and the Lunatics: Episodes in the Life of Gabriel Gale (Dover Books on Literature & Drama) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780486478432
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dover Publications - January 28th, 2011

History Discussion Group

Title: Hirohito & the Making of Modern Japan

Author: Herbert P. Bix

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ISBN: 9780060931308
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harper Perennial - September 4th, 2001

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: Helsinki Homicide #1 Nothing But the Truth

Athor: Jarrko Sipila

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ISBN: 9780982444931
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ice Cold Crime - June 30th, 2011

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Topic: The Forensic Artist

Guest Speaker: Joshua Harker

To learn more about Joshua, please visit his website Visit to see Forensic facial reconstruction by Joshua Harker of an Egyptian mummy, Nesmin (300 B.C.)  for Dr. Branislav Andelkovic of the University of Belgrade. 2011 We have been trying for a rather long time to get speakers on these often requested topics. Do remember that we always have Q&A time at the end of the presentations, so please bring your questions for these experts. We hope to see you there!

Sisters in Crime Meeting

Topic: Crime Scene Cleanup

Speaker: Dan Reynolds

Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup is fully licensed, insured, and certified to handle a wide range of situations. We are not just another carpet cleaning company or fire/water restoration company that “also does” blood and bodily fluid cleaning; crime scene cleanup and hazardous waste removal is ALL we do. In the Aftermath of a trauma, you can count on Chicago Crime Scene Cleanup to respond quickly and professionally, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Do remember that we always have Q&A time at the end of the presentations, so please bring your questions for these experts. We hope to see you there!

The First Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore's "Annual" Trivia Competition Between the History Discussion Group (Centuries) and the Mytery Discussion Group (Sleuths)

We have the Contestatents.... All we need is the audience. The audience will be the "Life Line" for panels that are stuck on an answer. Admission is $5/person with reservations. Seating is limited to 30. RSVP with Payment only.


We will have the likes of John "the Henchman" Machonga, Bill "the Screws" Sanderson, Gary "the Lump" Ludin, Gloria "the Gorgeous" Waber, Bert "the Rabbit" Rossini, Charles "the Veritable" Vietzen and others for the "Centuries" led by Coach Brenda "the Pulchratudinous" Rossini.

On the other side there will be Bill "the Bulldog" Sawisch, Brendon "Mee Boy" Riley, John "the Calm" Cline, Julie "the Jezebell" Jezuit, Marsha "the Merciless" Bobilitz, Claudia "the Crusher" Szewki and more names to come for the "Sleuths ".


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