The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission · A History, 1943–2013 · By Phillip J. Obermiller and Thomas E. Wagner · Foreword by Michael E. Maloney

In the summer of 1943, as World War II raged overseas, the United States also faced internal strife. Earlier that year, Detroit had erupted in a series of race riots that killed dozens and destroyed entire neighborhoods. Across the country, mayors and city councils sought to defuse racial tensions and promote nonviolent solutions to social and economic injustices.

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Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Cleveland’s Free Stamp · By Edward J. Olszewski

In 1985, the Sohio oil company commissioned Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen to design and construct a large outdoor sculpture for its new corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. The result was Free Stamp, a bold and distinctive installation that captured both a Pop Art sensibility and a connection to the city’s industrial past. Sohio executives approved the design, and work was already underway, when British Petroleum acquired the company.

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Empowering the Public-Private Partnership · The Future of America’s Local Government · By George V. Voinovich · Introduction by R. Gregory Browning and Hunter Morrison · Afterword by Hunter Morrison

Using lessons from Cleveland, Mayor George V. Voinovich developed this handbook for governments and private entities seeking a mutually enriching partnership. It is his legacy to those who will guide America’s cities to new growth and vitality.

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Fifty Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio · By Rick Armon

Every craft beer has a story, and part of the fun is learning where the liquid gold in your glass comes from. In Fifty Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio, veteran beer writer Rick Armon picks the can’t-miss brews in a roundup that will handily guide everyone from the newest beer aficionado to those with the most seasoned palates. Some are crowd pleasers, some are award winners, some are just plain unusual—the knockout beers included here are a tiny sample of what Ohio has to offer.

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Ohio in Photographs · A Portrait of the Buckeye State · By Ian Adams and Randall Lee Schieber · Introduction by John Fleischman · Foreword by John R. Kasich

Showcasing the work of two of the state’s leading landscape photographers, Ohio in Photographs presents a rich array of places and people, from serene hiking trails and Dayton’s Huffman Prairie to shining downtown riverscapes and the riotous colors and figures of an unconventional Fourth of July parade. Ian Adams and Randall Lee Schieber give us iconic and unique images that capture the true texture of life in Ohio today.

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When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike · By Michelle Houts and Erica Magnus

In 1955, sixty-seven-year-old Emma “Grandma” Gatewood became the first woman to solo hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one through hike. Michelle Houts and Erica Magnus bring us the first children’s book about her feat and the unexpected challenges she encountered on the journey she initially called a “lark.”

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Driven toward Madness · The Fugitive Slave Margaret Garner and Tragedy on the Ohio · By Nikki M. Taylor

Margaret Garner was the runaway slave who, when confronted with capture just outside of Cincinnati, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery. Her story has inspired Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a film based on the novel starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera. Yet, her life has defied solid historical treatment.

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The Jacksonian Conservatism of Rufus P. Ranney · The Politics and Jurisprudence of a Northern Democrat from the Age of Jackson to the Gilded Age · By David M. Gold

In The Jacksonian Conservatism of Rufus P. Ranney, David M. Gold works with the public record to reveal the contours of the life and work of one of Ohio’s most intriguing legal figures. The result is a new look at how Jacksonian principles crossed the divide of the Civil War and became part of the fabric of American law and at how radical antebellum Democrats transformed themselves into Gilded Age conservatives.

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No Money, No Beer, No Pennants · The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression · By Scott H. Longert

A lively history of the ups and downs of a legendary team and its iconic players as they persevered through internal unrest and the turmoil of the Great Depression, pursuing a pennant that didn’t come until 1948. Illustrated with period photographs and filled with anecdotes of the great players, this book will delight fans of baseball and fans of Cleveland.

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Follow the Blue Blazes · A Guide to Hiking Ohio’s Buckeye Trail · By Connie Pond and Robert J. Pond · Foreword by Steven M. Newman

From the startling rock formations and graceful waterfalls of Old Man’s Cave, to Native American mounds, battlefields, and scenic rivers, Connie and Robert J. Pond provide a captivating guide to often-overlooked treasures around the state.

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Walking the Steps of Cincinnati · A Guide to the Queen City’s Scenic and Historic Secrets · By Mary Anna DuSablon · Foreword by Roxanne Qualls

A field guide that will introduce readers and walkers to over two hundred sets of steps within thirty-five urban and neighborhood trails.

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The Collected Letters of Henry Northrup Castle · By Henry Northrup Castle · Edited by George Herbert Mead and Helen Castle Mead · Introduction by Alfred L. Castle · Foreword by Marvin Krislov

Castle’s correspondence with family members and with George Herbert Mead— one of America’s most influential philosophers and his best friend at Oberlin College—reveals many of the intellectual, economic, and cultural forces that shaped American thought.

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The Engraving Trade in Early Cincinnati · With a Brief Account of the Beginning of the Lithographic Trade · By Donald C. O'Brien

Examines the vibrant engraving industry that helped fuel the growth of the “Queen City” and established its influence as the midwestern center for the print and engraving trade.

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A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus · Finding the Past in the Present in Ohio’s Capital City · By Bob Hunter · Photography by Lucy S. Wolfe

A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus invites Columbus’s families to rediscover their city with a treasure trove of stories from its past and suggests to visitors and new residents many interesting places that they might not otherwise find. This new book is certain to amuse and inform for years to come.

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Access with Attitude · An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio · By David Marburger and Karl Idsvoog

For those who find themselves in a battle for public records, Access with Attitude: An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio is an indispensable weapon. First Amendment lawyer David Marburger and investigative journalist Karl Idsvoog have written a simply worded, practical guide on how to take full advantage of Ohio’s so-called Sunshine Laws.

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