This week we received some new books that should be of interest to all of the history buffs out there. If you are interested in learning about some fascinating aspects of the past, check out these titles:

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck. The author and his brother, accompanied three mules and a dog, traveled from St. Joseph, Missouri to Baker City, Oregon following the famous Oregon Trail. This trail was used by 400,000 pioneers who headed west in what is considered to be the largest land migration in history. Buck tells of his experiences during the four month adventure, but also shares the stories of the original trailblazers and how they made our country what it is today.

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House by Kate Anderson Brower. The men and women who comprise the staff of the White House have the opportunity to know America’s first families better than anyone. These butlers, maids, chefs, doormen and other staffers have the difficult job of keeping the White House running and caring for the president and his family. This book tells the stories of many who have served during the last fifty years – from the Kennedys to the Obamas. These workers have been witnesses to history and have fascinating stories to tell.

Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women Behind the World’s Most Famous and Infamous by Marlene Wagman-Geller. This book tells the stories of the extraordinary and often overlooked wives and companions of some of the most famous men in the world. It shows how they stood behind these legendary figures and helped them accomplish great things, often at the cost of their own careers, reputations and happiness. These women quietly propelled their men to change the course of history and now we can hear their stories.