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Notable Government Documents 2016-2017

Birth of Camp Jackson: A Collection of Photographs, Maps and Papers Documenting the Development of Camp Jackson Near Columbia, South Carolina. U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum. 2016.

The history of one of World War I’s National Army cantonments built to accommodate some of the soldiers drafted as a result of the recently passed Selective Service Act of 1917 is detailed here. 

Chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1949–2016. U.S. Dept. of Defense, Office of the Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint History Office. 2016.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, whose primary responsibility is to provide military advice to civilian leadership. This revised fifth edition examines the development of the position as an institution over the last 67 years. 

Covered Bridges and the Birth of American Engineering. by Justine Christianson & others. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Svc., Historic American Engineering Board. 2015.

This study, conducted jointly by the Federal Highway Administration and the National Park Service, is the result of the National Covered Bridges Recording Project. Essays explore the history of these iconic bridges, their design, prominent bridge builders and practices, and the structures’ preservation. 

Green Eyeshades of War: An Examination of Financial Management During War. by Larry O. Spencer. U.S. Dept. of Defense, Air Univ. 2016.

An important perspective on financial management during World War II, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. 

Hill of Angels: U.S. Marines and the Battle for Con Thien, 1967 to 1968. by Joseph C. Long. U.S. Dept. of Defense, Marine Corps Univ. (Marines in the Vietnam War Commemorative). 2016.

This history is one in a series devoted to U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. Colonel Long, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (retired), examines U.S. Marine and North Vietnamese Army actions throughout the northern half of a region that became known as “Leatherneck Square.”

Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. by Alison Crimmins & others. U.S. Global Change Research Program. 2016.

This report lucidly details the myriad observed and projected impacts of climate change on human health in this country.

Keeping America Informed: The U.S. Government Publishing Office; Legacy of Service to the Nation, 1861–2016. rev. ed. U.S. Government Publishing Office. 2016.

This revised edition celebrates the 155th anniversary of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and recognizes its ongoing and successful use of digital technologies in meeting the rapidly changing information needs of U.S. citizens.

National Parks Index: 2012–2016; Official Index of the National Park Service. Centennial ed. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Svc. 2016.

America’s national parks are a treasured resource. This publication provides a comprehensive list, arranged by state, of every park in the system. 

Pipeline to Russia: The Alaska-Siberia Air Route in World War II. ed. by Alexander B. Dolitsk. Alaska Affiliated Areas Program, National Park Svc. 2016.

Rooted in history, this work is a tribute to the service and crucial role played by the Alaska-Siberia Air Route and the people who worked within the lend-lease project. 

Preventing Violent Extremism in Schools. U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Partner Engagement. 2016.

This guide is designed to educate school personnel about at-risk behaviors and activities and assist students with reducing a social and psychological commitment to violence as a method of resolving a grievance.

Rare Bryophytes of Oregon. by Ronald L. Exeter. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Salem District. 2016.

The strength of this book is its list of the 142 species of hornwort, liverwort, and mosses in Oregon considered rare, threatened, or endangered.

Toward “Thorough, Accurate, and Reliable”: A History of Foreign Relations of the United States Series. by William B. McAllister. U.S. Dept. of State, Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs. 2015.

“Foreign Relations of the United States (aka FRUS),” a flagship series from the U.S. Department of State, provides the official documentary history of U.S. foreign relations.

Treasured Landscapes: National Park Service Art Collections Tell America’s Stories. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Svc., Museum Mgt. Program. 2016.

To commemorate the centennial of the National Park Service (NPS; 1916–2016), the agency gathered paintings, sketches, and other works of art from more than 45 NPS collections to illustrate and tell the history of our parkland.

Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future. by Henry D. Sokolski. U.S. Army War Coll. & Strategic Studies Inst. 2016.

This strategic study is a timely observation of what the author sees as “our not so peaceful nuclear future.” He addresses the growing stockpiles of separated plutonium and of highly enriched uranium, as well as the likely expansion of nuclear power programs in more countries. 

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