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No Regrets: The Civil War Diary of David Day
A rediscovered gem ... Originally published under the title My Diary of Rambles with the 25th Mass. Volunteer Infantry, with Burnside's Coast Division; 18th Army Corps, and Army of the James by King and Billings, Printers, in 1884. This edition contains an additional editor's preface and editorial comments. Although David L. Day was a "common" soldier he was without a doubt a highly individual member of the Union Army. His diary reflects this. He makes little mention of grand battles, great comm... more info>>
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The Key to The Da Vinci Code
What is it about The Da Vinci Code that has captured people's interest and made it an international bestseller? Despite being a work of fiction, The Da Vinci Code has a plot based on a number of concepts and ideas that the author claims to be true. This book explores the locations, historical facts and theories, and the sources of inspiration behind the novel in order to reveal the true key to The Da Vinci Code.
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The Duel Between France and Germany
Mr. President,--I am to speak of the Duel between France and Germany, with its Lesson to Civilization. In calling the terrible war now waging a Duel, I might content myself with classical authority, Duellum being a well-known Latin word for War. The historian Livy makes a Roman declare that affairs are to be settled by a pure and pious duel; [Footnote: Puro pioqne duello.--Historie, Lib. I. cap.
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Execution: A Guide to the Ultimate Penalty
Execution is a gruesomely fascinating account of methods of judicial Execution from around the world and through the ages, and includes such hair-raising categories as death by cannibalism, being sewn into an animal's belly and a thousand cuts. In his own darkly humorous style, Geoffrey Abbott describes the instruments used and their effectiveness, and reveals the macabre origins of familiar phrases such as "gone west" or "drawn a blank," as well as the jargon of the underworld. From the prepara... more info>>
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The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Renaissance England from 1485-1649
For the writer and anyone else interested in Renaissance England (1485-1649), this remarkable resource covers the day-to-day details: fashions, food, customs, family life, the Royal Court, law and punishment, holidays, city and rural living, seafaring and land occupations, alehouses, marriage, birth and death rituals--and a great deal more, written with authority in a wonderfully readable style. Included are bibliographies and internet addresses for further research. Written by Kathy Lynn Emerso... more info>>
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Castles of Great Britain: Volume Two
Continuing our exploration of castles from volume one, this book features a further 30 examples of fortresses throughout Britain, including some of Scotland's famous landmarks. Some now survive merely as romantic ruins, whilst others continue to dominate the surrounding area as ancestral homes to the modern nobility. Each article comprises a colour photograph, an historical overview, and an information panel containing opening times, grid reference, address, telephone number, and web site detail... more info>>
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48 Hours in America
This is a chronological account of the events that changed the United States on Tuesday September 11, 2001.
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A 9-11 Time Capsule: The First 14 days
We all experienced the horror of that terrible day, September 11, 2001, when Humanity's enemies set out to make a statement to the world. This Tribute is a compilation, a reprint of Empowered Parent posts during the 14 days following 9/11. Featuring diverse writers from around the globe such as Deepak Chopra & his son Gotham, parents from many nationalities, famous journalists, child psychologists, American Muslims, military personnel, and even children, this tribute captures the high emotions, ... more info>>
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Six Days of War
Six Days of War was a New York Times Bestseller and Washington Post Best Book Award Winner in 2002. The book has been widely recognized as the definitive telling of the Six Day War in a context which is relevant today.
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South: The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition 1914-1917
Exemplary British expedition leader Sir Ernest Shackleton's (1874-1922) compelling account of his 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition consisting of two ships, the HMS Endurance and the HMS Aurora. The goal of the expedition (which it failed to achieve, but not for want of perseverance) was to cross the Antarctic by dogsled, exploring unknown territory and making scientific observations along the way. The plan called for the Endurance, with Shackleton aboard, to establish a base on the shore... more info>>
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Notable Houses of Great Britain
In Britain today there are many 'normal' houses that were once owned by, or been the birthplace of, famous authors, poets, painters, explorers and naturalists. Many are open to the public and the fascination and interests of their one-time occupants are often as diverse as the structures themselves. Classical and contemporary art, literary masterpieces, entrepreneurial engineering, religious symbolism, and the foundations of modern science are all secreted in this miscellany. This book explores ... more info>>
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Maritime Heritage of Great Britain
For nearly a millennia Britannia has ruled the waves and over many centuries tales have been told of great sea heroes, from military commanders like Admiral Lord Nelson, to the swashbuckling rogues of Tudor England. Marvel at the 'Victory' and the 'Warrior', or experience Second World War conditions aboard HMS Belfast or HMS Cavalier. Anticipate a leisurely trip on one of the last operating British paddle steamers, or feel the claustrophobic chill inside a cold war submarine. This book explores ... more info>>
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The South Pole
World-renowned polar explorer Captain Roald Amundsen's (1872-1928) conversational, candid, and engrossing account of his Norwegian expedition's successful race, first aboard the Fram and then by dogsled, to be the first to reach the South Pole. Setting out from Norway in August, 1910, the Fram arrived in Antarctica in January, 1911. After months of preparation by the members of the expedition operating out of their Bay of Whales base on the Ross Ice Shelf, Amundsen and four of his companions set... more info>>
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Manor Houses of Great Britain Volume 1
Little evidence of everyday life in Britain during the Middle Ages has survived, with the exception of the manor house. Today there are perhaps some 300 examples of this type of late medieval country house throughout the country, many of which have evolved from the ancient "aisled hall." The selection of 30 properties contained in this volume have been well preserved, and many will be familiar even if not previously considered a "manor house" in the strictest sense. Each article comprises a colo... more info>>
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Abbeys & Priories of Great Britain Volume 1
During the twelfth century, great numbers of Norman abbeys and priories were founded in England, Wales and Scotland. By the mid-fourteenth century some 1,000 religious houses of varying denomination had been established. Today, less than one third of those exist in some form or other. This book explores 30 of these sites, some well known, others not, but all open to the public at certain times throughout the year. Each article comprises a colour photograph, an historical overview, and an informa... more info>>
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Castles of Great Britain: Volume 1
Although various types of fortification existed well before the invasion and many modern "Stately Homes" are often referred to as such, this book explores 30 of the countries surviving structures considered to be 'true castles'. Built between the eleventh and seventeenth centuries when they signified power and status, these fortifications lie at the very heart of Britain's heritage. The purpose-built south coast defences of Henry VIII are a bit of an anomaly, but several examples of these are in... more info>>
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The Battle of New Market: Self-Guided Tour
The Battle of New Market was the first of a series of engagements taking place in the summer and fall of 1864 that destroyed Confederate power in the Shenandoah Valley, although the battle itself hardly presaged such an outcome. The battlefield has been preserved and developed in relatively recent times. It has, however, been an object of interest and reverence almost since the moment the battle ended. The Battle of New Market was waged between two provisional field organizations hastily assembl... more info>>
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The Battle of Second Manassas: Self-Guided Tour
Examines the Battle of Second Manassas in the form of a tour going to twelve locations important to aspects of this fierce Civil War contest between the Union forces commanded by Major General John Pope and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia led by General Robert E. Lee which took place on 29 and 30 August 1862. Stops on the tour have been selected to help the visitor see the battle, which was characterized by complex maneuvers and fighting over the same areas at several different times. ... more info>>
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225 Years of Service: The U.S. Army, 1775-2000
Included on the Chief of Staff of the Army's recommended reading list, this concise account by David W. Hogan, Jr., of the United States Army's Center of Military History, gives a brief overview of how the Army has served the nation since the formation of George Washington's Continental Army on June 14, 1775, covering not only the Army's distinguished performance in America's major conflicts but also its conduct of several other military and non-military missions throughout American history. Dur... more info>>
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Captain Cook's Journal During His First Voyage Round the World Made in H.M. Bark Endeavour 1768-71
Captain Cook's Journal during his first voyage round the world made in H.M. Bark "Endeavour" 1768-71. A Literal Transcription of the Original MSS. with Notes and Introduction, edited by Captain W.J.L. Wharton, R.N., F.R.S. Hydrographer of the Admiralty, 1893. Illustrated by Maps and Facsimiles. The first published account of perhaps the most celebrated and, certainly to the English nation, the most momentous voyage of discovery that has ever taken place--for it practically gave birth to the grea... more info>>
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Disaster on Green Ramp: The Army's Response
A powerful and compelling story of pain, terror, pride, courage, and compassion, this work celebrates the magnificent spirit of the men and women who make up America's military community. Based largely upon the first-person accounts of those involved in the 23 March 1994 incident, this official study by the U.S. Army's Center of Military History describes the tragic events beginning with the collision of a C-130 Hercules transport and an F-16 fighter attempting to land simultaneously at Pope Air... more info>>
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The Seven Keys to Texas
T.R. Fehrenbach defines Texas as "a state of mind." In The Seven Keys To Texas, he provides us with a seven-part framework for understanding this unique and ever-important state: its people, frontiers, land, economy, society, politics, and the change that has taken place and continues as Texas grows and develops. A must read for those who want to better understand Texas or create a vision for its future.
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The Soong Sisters
In the early twentieth century, few women in China were to prove so important to the rise of Chinese nationalism and liberation from tradition as the extraordinary three Soong Sisters, Eling, Chingling and Mayling. As told with wit and verve by Emily Hahn, a remarkable woman in her own right, the biography of the Soong Sisters tells the story of China through both world wars. It also chronicles the changes to Shanghai as they relate to a very eccentric family who had the courage to speak out. Gr... more info>>
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The Not Forgotten War
The Not Forgotten War chronicles the experiences of Private Nicholas Dick, who served in a machine gun crew during the last few months of the Korean conflict. Those last months were among the bloodiest as both sides fought to claim as much territory as possible prior to reaching a cease-fire agreement. For years after his discharge, Nick was never able to talk about his horrific experiences and never mentioned the frequent nightmares he suffered. After a job injury forced him to take early retir... more info>>
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The Second World War: Volume 1: The Gathering Storm
One of the most fascinating works of history ever written, Winston's Churchill's monumental The Second World War is a six-volume account of the struggle of the Allied powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis. Told through the eyes of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, The Second World War is also the story of one nation's singular, heroic role in the fight against tyranny. Pride and patriotism are evident everywhere in Churchill's dramatic account and for good reason. Having learned ... more info>>
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