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The War to End All Wars by Russell Freedman (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 107 MB Overview: Nonfiction master Russell Freedman illuminates for young readers the complex and rarely discussed subject of World War I. The tangled relationships and alliances of many nations, the introduction of modern weaponry, and top-level military decisions that resulted in thousands upon thousands of casualties all contributed to the "great war," which people hoped and believed would be the only conflict of its kind. In this clear and authoritative account,...

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The South Sea Bubble by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.9 MB Overview: At the end of the seventeenth century, English investors discovered that a piece of paper – a share or a bond - could be as profitable as holdings in land and far less cumbersome to administer. Furthermore, while land was taxed, profits from these new securities were not, a situation that inevitably led to abuse. In this essay, New York Times bestselling author Robert Wernick traces the remarkable history of the South Sea Bubble, one of the greatest financial...

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The Vikings: Fury From the North by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.4 MB Overview: Much about the Vikings remains a mystery - including the very name by which they are known. Whatever its origin, the word Viking quickly acquired a meaning it has never lost: a seaborne rover, raider, and conqueror. Yet, the Vikings had another side that was exceptionally creative and constructive. And in the long run, this was far more influential than all the fire and fury of their raids. Here, in this short-form book, is their story. Genre: Non Fiction...

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The Vikings: Discoverers of a... by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.7 MB Overview: Perhaps the most legendary of the Vikings, Erik the Red founded a settlement in Greenland that would survive for nearly five centuries. His son Leif burned with the same desire to reach westward beyond their Scandinavian homeland. That hungering took him to the apogee of Norse explorations: America, which Christopher Columbus was not to encounter for another half millennium. Step by step - from Norway to the Faroes to Iceland to Greenland, and, finally, to...

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Jefferson's Monticello by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.5 MB Overview: Virginia's Monticello was President Thomas Jefferson's home for the last fifty-six years of his life. The author of the Constitution of the United States spent forty of those years building it, transforming it, tearing it apart, and putting it together again. He knew and loved every inch of the house and the land that surrounded it. Here, in this essay from New York Times bestselling author Robert Wernick, is the story of the place Jefferson called home....

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The Lightning War by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.4 MB Overview: World War II was Adolf Hitler's war, started at the time and place of his choosing. After six years of dramatic, relatively bloodless triumphs - his assumption of power, the rearmament of Germany, the reoccupation of the Rhineland, the union forced upon Austria, the seizure of Czechoslovakia - the Führer was determined to prove himself on the battlefield. On April 3, 1939, Hitler issued written orders to his High Command authorizing the invasion of Poland any...

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Conquering the Wind & Waves by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.9 MB Overview: A terror to the outside world, Viking longships were a source of great and understandable pride to Norsemen. At a time when the majority of men and women in the West lived and died within walking distance of their birthplaces, and travel was slow and dangerous, Vikings seemed to skitter over the globe like water birds over a pond, appearing when they were least expected, disappearing when they chose. Unlike the other peoples of Europe in the early Middle...

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Marshall V. Jefferson by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.4 MB Overview: Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall – though second cousins – were opposites. Jefferson believed in states’ rights - that the colonies that ratified the Constitution did so as sovereign states. He wanted the weakest federal government possible. Marshall knew that a federal government without the power to tax, to support a military, and to regulate finance was a recipe for anarchy. For 34 years, in decision after decision, he built up the legal power of...

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Vanderbilt's Biltmore by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.6 MB Overview: The original sketch for the Biltmore, George Washington Vanderbilt's grand estate in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, laid out plans for a modest Tuscan villa. But ambition quickly took wing. The house swelled to 225 rooms and became - until 2012 when it was topped by the home of a billionaire in Mumbai, India - the world's largest residence ever built for a private citizen. Here, in this essay, New York Times bestselling author Robert Wernick...

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Badass by Ben Thompson (.ePUB)

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Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live by Ben Thompson Requirements: ePUB Reader l 7.8 MB Overview: The badasses populating the pages of Badass are the most savagely awesome historical figures to ever strap on a pair of chain mail gauntlets and run screaming into battle. Author Ben Thompson—considered by many to be the Internet’s foremost expert on badassitude—has gathered together a rogues’...

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1776 by Thomas Fleming (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.9 MB Overview: In this New York Times bestseller, historian Thomas Fleming examines all the dimensions of the memorable year of 1776 - particularly the common, fallible humanity of the men and women of the American Revolution. The year 1776 ended with both the Americans and the British stripped of their illusions. Each side had been forced to abandon the myth of invincibility and confront the realities of human nature on and off the battlefield. For the Americans, it had...

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Spitfire Women Of World War II by Giles Whittell (.ePUB)+

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Requirements: ePUB, MOBI Reader l 689 KB Overview: This is the incredible story of an exclusive wartime sisterhood: a group of courageous, indididual, gifted women who, in exceptionally dangerous circumstances, flews Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to the frontline in World War II. The women of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) came from every continent and every background but all were astonishingly brave. Although not allowed into combat, they provided a vital link for the RAF, and flew unarmed,...

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Yorktown by Thomas Fleming (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 6.9 MB Overview: At Yorktown, Virginia, after six and a half years of fighting, General George Washington and his troops and their French allies brought the American Revolution to a victorious end. Here, from New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming is the vivid account of the stunning reversal of British fortunes that led to the surrender of Lord Cornwallis and the birth of the American nation. Genre: Non Fiction History > Americas > United States > Colonial...

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Vikings: Conquering England, France by Robert Wernick(.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.6 MB Overview: When the Vikings invaded and conquered England, France, and Ireland, it opened a new and fascinating chapter in the era of the Norsemen. The nature and history of the beset lands, the traditions and character of their peoples, and the strengths and weaknesses of the various Viking leaders made each of these three invasions distinct from the others. And each produced a different and surprising result. In sum, award-winning journalist Robert Wernick asserts in...

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Few Survived: Submarine Disasters by Edwyn Gray (.ePUB)

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Requirements: Any ePUB Reader, 14.3 MB Overview: A revised edition of an account of peacetime submarine disasters from 1774 to the present day, previously published in 1991. Examines the development of the submarine from experimental stages in the late 18th century to the present day, and provides details of all disasters ever reported. Genre: Non-fiction, History Download link 1 Download link 2...

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Hero Found by Bruce Henderson (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 1.2 MB Overview: From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of And the Sea Will Tell comes Hero Found: the incredible but true story of Dieter Dengler, the only pilot to escape captivity from a POW camp in the Laotian jungle during the Vietnam War. This amazing story of triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds has been filmed by Werner Herzog as both a documentary (Little Dieter Needs to Fly) and a motion picture (Rescue Dawn, starring Christian Bale), and now receives...

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Bar Harbor's Gilded... by Lydia Bodman Vandenbergh (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 26 MB Overview: Maine's premier tourist destination, Bar Harbor has many historic buildings. The area was once a shipbuilding and farming hamlet that became a Gilded Age resort of the highest order-until a fire in 1947 destroyed many of its buildings. This pictorial history takes Bar Harbor from its origins to the fire. It also offers intriguing curiosities, including insights on the upstairs-downstairs aspects of resort life. The book's captions are packed with fascinating...

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Structure, Image, Ornament by Peter Schultz et al (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 49 MB Overview: This volume presents the proceedings of a conference hosted by the American School of Classical Studies, Athens and the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Athens in 2004. There are additional contributions from Patricia Butz, Robin Osborne, Katherine Schwab, Justin St. P. Walsh, Hilda Westervelt and Lorenz Winkler-Horacek. The contents are divided into four sections I. Structure and Ornament; II. Technique and Agency; III. Myth and Narrative and IV. Diffusion...

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Invasion: The Alternate History by Kenneth Macksey (.ePUB)

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Requirements: Any ePUB Reader, 40.4 MB Overview: In June 1940, German troops massed across the Channel, poised for the invasion of Britain. With France defeated and Britain cowed, Hitler seemed ready for his greatest gamble. In this brilliant and compelling alternate history the Germans launch the invasion that, in reality, was never more than a plan. Landing between Dover and Hythe, German troops push inland supported by the Luftwaffe and the impregnable panzers, and strike out towards London. The...

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Britain before the Reform Act by Eric J. Evans (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB reader, 4.6mb Overview: In the years1815-1832, Britain came close to revolution. Fewer than twenty years separate the Battle of Waterloo from the passing of the ‘Great’ Reform Act but during this period Britain’s political elite was challenged as never before. In rising to that challenge, the political elite attempted, with considerable success, to ensure that Britain engineered that most perilous of transitions, from a less complex and more deferential society into a...

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Anyuan by Elizabeth J. Perry (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB reader, 2.5 MB Overview: How do we explain the surprising trajectory of the Chinese Communist revolution? Why has it taken such a different route from its Russian prototype? An answer, Elizabeth Perry suggests, lies in the Chinese Communists’ creative development and deployment of cultural resources – during their revolutionary rise to power and afterwards. Skillful “cultural positioning” and “cultural patronage,” on the part of Mao Zedong, his comrades...

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Operation Whisper by Barnes Carr (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 9.3MB Overview: Meet Morris and Lona Cohen, an ordinary-seeming couple living on a teacher’s salary in a nondescript building on the East Side of New York City. On a hot afternoon in the autumn of 1950, a trusted colleague knocked at their door, held up a finger for silence, then began scribbling a note: Go now. Leave the lights on, walk out, don’t look back. Born and raised in the Bronx and recruited to play football at Mississippi State, Morris Cohen fought for...

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Operation Basalt by Eric Lee (.ePUB)

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Requirements: EPUB reader, 2.4 mb Overview: Operation Basalt was a raid carried out by British commandos on the island of Sark on the night of October 3-4, 1942. It was intended to reassure Channel Islanders that they had not been forgotten following their German occupation, to force the Germans to deploy resources, and to gain intelligence through German prisoners. Thought a tactical success, the raid remains mired in controversy, remembered because of Hitler's reaction. Three days after the raid, he...

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Phenomena by Annie Jacobsen (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB reader, 32.6mb Overview: The definitive history of the military's decades-long investigation into mental powers and phenomena, from the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain and international bestseller Area 51. This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances. For more than forty years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter...

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Curveball: Spies, Lies by Bob Drogin (.ePUB)(.AZW3)

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Requirements: ePUB or AZW3 Reader, 1.3MB Overview: Curveball answers the crucial question of the Iraq war: How and why was America’s intelligence so catastrophically wrong? In this dramatic and explosive book, award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Bob Drogin delivers a narrative that takes us to Europe, the Middle East, and deep inside the CIA to find the truth–the truth about the lies and self-deception that led us into a military and political nightmare. In 1999, a mysterious Iraqi applies...

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Vikings: Pioneers in Land of Ice by Robert Wernick (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.4 MB Overview: The Vikings sailed to Iceland not as raiders but as settlers. They sought farmland and goods with which to trade. For the land-hungry Norwegians, the call of the new country, where vast stretches of real estate were open for the taking, must have seemed every bit as alluring as any treasure. As added inducement to emigration, Norway's King Harald Fairhair was consolidating his power with a strong hand, and, in the words of an Icelandic saga, "He made...

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Abducting a General by Patrick Leigh Fermor (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 14.1MB Overview: One of the most daring feats in Patrick Leigh Fermor’s daring life was the kidnapping of General Kreipe, the German commander in Crete, on April 26, 1944. Abducting a General, now published for the first time in the United States, is Leigh Fermor’s own account of the kidnapping. Written in his inimitable prose, and introduced by the acclaimed Special Operations Executive historian Roderick Bailey, it is a glorious firsthand account of one of the...

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Car: Definitive Visual History by Dorling Kindersly (.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Readers, 112 MB Overview: Tracing the history of the automobile, from the first prototypes to the super cars of today, Car covers the technological developments and manufacture of cars, the cultural backdrop against which the various models arose, and the enduring impact the car has had on society as an object of curiosity, symbol of luxury, and item of necessity. The most lavishly illustrated treatment of the subject on the market, featuring the most noteworthy cars of each decade in...

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The Day Commodus Killed a Rhino by Jerry Toner (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 655 kb Overview: The Roman emperor Commodus wanted to kill a rhinoceros with a bow and arrow, and he wanted to do it in the Colosseum. Commodus' passion for hunting animals was so fervent that he dreamt of shooting a tiger, an elephant, and a hippopotamus; his prowess was such that people claimed he never missed when hurling his javelin or firing arrows from his bow. For fourteen days near the end of AD 192, the emperor mounted one of the most lavish and spectacular...

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Property & Wealth in Sparta by Stephen Hodkinson (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 3 MB Overview: From c.550 BC until her defeat at the battle of Leuktra in 371 BC, Sparta was a dominant force in the Greek world. This has traditionally ben explained by Sparta's egalitarian and militaristic society. Hodgkinson's accessible and detailed study of Sparta's ruling classes shows how a new citizen organisation was established in the 6th and 5th centuries BC in response to the great discrepancy between rich and poor in Sparta which had caused a succession of civil...

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