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New & Notables: December 2011

We’re testing out a new way of displaying our “New & Notable” books by combining them in to one post per month. Also, above the book listings, you’ll see a slideshow with links to the WorldCat records for each book. If you are not a user of our physical collection, WorldCat will help you find a copy of the book in a library near you. If you enjoy our “New & Notable” section, we would love to hear your comments below.


Here are some of the newest additions to the National Air and Space Museum Library collection:

Webimage Ascend or Die: Richard Crosbie: Pioneer of Balloon Flightsby Bryan McMahon.  History Press Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, 2010.  TL620. C76 M36 2010

Fighting Seventeen: A Photographic History of VF-17 in World War II by Lee Cook.  Schiffer Military History, Atglen, Pennsylvania, 2011. 

D790. 375 17th C66 2011


Millville Army Air Field: America’s First Defense Airport (Images of Aviation) by John Galluzzo.  Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2011. 

UG634.5 M55 G35 2011


Storms of Controversy: The Secret Avro Arrow Files Revealed by Palmiro Campagna.   Dundurn Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2010.  

TL685.3 C35 2010 

—Leah Smith


New books in the National Museum of American History Library:

American eden American Eden : from Monticello to Central Park to our backyards : what our gardens tell us about who we are by Wade Graham.

New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2011.

SB451.3 .G718 2011

12_11_clip_image002 Born southern : childbirth, motherhood, and social networks in the old South by V. Lynn Kennedy.

Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
RG652 .K46 2010

12_11_clip_image002_0000 The sword of St. Michael : the 82nd Airborne Division in World War II by Guy LoFaro.

Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2011.
D769.346 82nd .L64 2011

12_11_clip_image002_0001 Master mechanics & wicked wizards : images of the American scientist as hero and villain from colonial times to the present by Glen Scott Allen.

Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2009.
Q127.U6 A6815 2009

12_11_clip_image002_0002 American tempest : how the Boston Tea Party sparked a revolution by Harlow Giles Unger.

Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2011.
E215.7 .U64 2011

— Trina Brown


New items in the Botany-Horticulture Library:


Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasey. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, 2010

SB475.9.E35 C74 2010  

— Robin Everly


New books in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library:


Crystal and arabesque : Claude Bragdon, ornament, and modern architecture . Jonathan Massey. Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, c2009.

NA737.B65 M37 2009 CHM

From the 1890s to the 1930s, Claude Bragdon enjoyed an international reputation as an architect, designer, and critic working in the progressive tradition associated with Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Prairie School. In 1915 Bragdon created “projective ornament,” a system of geometric patterns designed to serve as a universal form-language integrating not only architecture, art, and design, but also a society divided by differences of class, gender, religion, culture, and national origin. Spreading across the surfaces of buildings, posters, books, and the settings Bragdon designed for massive community singing festivals, projective ornament came to symbolize the progressive potential of modernity for thousands of Americans.


Triumvirate : McKim, Mead & White : art, architecture, scandal and class in America’s Gilded Age / / by Mosette Broderick. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

NA737.M4 B76 2010 CHM

A rich, fascinating saga of the most influential, far-reaching architectural firm of their time and of the dazzling triumvirate—Charles McKim, William Mead, and Stanford White—who came together, bound by the notion that architecture could help shape a nation in transition. They helped to refine America’s idea of beauty, elevated its architectural practice, and set the standard on the world’s stage.


Bauhaus : a conceptual model / / editor, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin/Museum für Gestaltung, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, and Klassik Stiftung Weimar ; in cooperation with, Museum of Modern Art, New York ; [translations, Benjamin Carter… et al.]. Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz, c2009. N6868.5.B27 B38 2009 CHM

Essays: The Bauhaus on the market : on the difficult relationship between the Bauhaus and consumer culture / Regina Bittner ; Escape into the public sphere : the exhibition as an instrument of self-presentation at the Bauhaus / Patrick Rössler — Selective appropriation : remarks on the reception of Bauhaus pedagogy in Germany / Rainer K. Wick ; Teaching at Black Mountain College and the New Bauhaus : the seperation of art and design / Gabriele Diana Grawe ; The Bauhaus : internationalization and globalization / Klaus von Beyme ; “Timeless gothic” instead of “Dentist-style with housing cubes” : The National Socialist opposition to the Bauhaus / Justus H. Ulbricht ; Vice versa-art of the people? / Ulrike Bestgen and Werner Möller ; The Bauhaus today / Philipp Oswalt.


Gerrit Rietveld  by Ida van Zijl.   London ; New York, NY : Phaidon, 2010.

NA1153.R5 Z54 2010 CHM

From his first great design masterpiece, the Red-Blue Chair, to his final design for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Gerrit Rietveld created a significant body of work and left a remarkable legacy. His simple yet dynamic design style has greatly affected international furniture design and has made a significant contribution to the history of architecture. His unconventional approach and extraordinary furniture, hailed by Theo van Doesburg as ‘the new sculpture’, inspired many of his contemporaries just as it continues to inspire today’s designers; he has he has been cited as a source of inspiration by designers ranging from Verner Panton to Konstantin Grcic. This detailed yet accessible monograph is structured chronologically and richly illustrated with photographs and sketches of Reitveld’s furniture design and his twenty-odd architectural projects.

—Elizabeth Broman

One Comment

  1. This is a really interesting way to present the new titles, since the audience goes beyond the Smithsonian. Nancy

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