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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Israeli Mirage & Nesher Aces by Shlomo Aloni (.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Reader | 27 MB Overview: Israeli delta fighters pilots have been credited with almost 300 kills between 1966 and 1974, and dozens of them became aces. The Israeli aerial kill exchange rate and overall air-to-air performance was phenomenal. Although the Israeli pilots were flying Mach 2 fighters, they lacked any modern radar equipment and their MiG-21 flying opponents should have had a performance edge over them. This book details their most signifcant engagements, many of which were...

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American Aces of World War I by Norman Franks (.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Reader | 21 MB Overview: American fliers arriving in Europe from September 1917 brought with them no aircraft. Instead, US units had to obtain machines mainly from the British and French. From early 1918 American pilots were issued with SPAD fighters and they never looked back. As this volume details, the first American trained pilot to become an ace was Lt Douglas Campbell, who shot down five German aircraft by the end of May 1918. He was a member of the celebrated 94th 'Hat in the...

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A Stranger in My Own Country by Hans Fallada (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, Size: 400 Kb Overview: I lived the same life as everyone else, the life of ordinary people, the masses.’ Sitting in a prison cell in the autumn of 1944, Hans Fallada sums up his life under the National Socialist dictatorship, the time of ‘inward emigration’. Under conditions of close confinement, in constant fear of discovery, he writes himself free from the nightmare of the Nazi years. His frank and sometimes provocative memoirs were thought for many years to...

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Lincoln's Autocrat by William Marvel (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, Size: 2.23 Mb Overview: Edwin M. Stanton (1814-1869), one of the nineteenth century's most impressive legal and political minds, wielded enormous influence and power as Lincoln's Secretary of War during most of the Civil War and under Johnson during the early years of Reconstruction. In the first full biography of Stanton in more than fifty years, William Marvel offers a detailed reexamination of Stanton's life, career, and legacy. Marvel argues that while Stanton was a...

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A Dark History: Roman Emperors by Michael Kerrigan (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 8 MB Overview: From the murder of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. to the fall of Rome in A.D. 476, Dark History of The Roman Emperors reveals the adultery, incest, profligacy, sadism, and insanity of Rome's 500-year empire, including: - A.D. 40 Caligula orders his troops to collect seashells as the 'spoils of war' - A.D. 54 The bumbling Claudius, who had his nymphomaniac third wife killed, was murdered himself by his fourth wife, his niece - A.D. 64 Nero sings and plays the lyre while...

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Delta Reports, Volume 1 by Donald B. Redford (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 32.62MB Overview: This is a new series reporting on work carried out by Pennsylvania State University in the Delta region of Egypt. Genre: Non-Fiction, History Download link 1 Download link 2 Download link 3...

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U.S. Army 1941-45 by Philip Katcher, Chris Collingwood(.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Reader | 12 MB Overview: At the time of the Second World War, the United States Army took an unusual approach, for the period, towards the design of its uniforms. Rather than attempt to find an all-purpose outfit, such as the British battledress, it attempted to design special-purpose dress for every possible duty, from combat in cold climates to dress parades in hot ones. Here Philip Katcher provides an extensive examination of the many different types of uniform and equipment which...

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Changing Barnsley by Cathy Dogget, Tim Thornton (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 1.7 MB Overview: Changing Barnsley looks at how Barnsley has evolved, through the eyes of the former Mining and Technical College on Church Street, which now hosts Barnsley's very own University. Covering the 75 years of its existence, it tracks the period from 1932, when the building was first built, until 2007, when the University was fully up and running. Built along the northern side of the Town Hall in 1932, on Church Street, the Building which now houses Barnsley's very...

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In The Company Of Heroes by Michael J. Durant et al (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 972 kb Overview: In the autumn of 1993, American special forces were dispatched to the famine-stricken land of Somalia. Their intervention in this war-torn country was the most dramatic US military action since Vietnam. A routine mission went horribly wrong when Michael Durant's Black Hawk helicopter was shot down over Mogadishu and he was quickly surrounded by Somali troops and taken captive. The brutal torture he underwent was made all too clear to the world when his...

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The Battle of Marathon by Peter Krentz (.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Reader, 5 MB Overview: How did the city-state of Athens defeat the invaders from Persia, the first world empire, on the plain of Marathon in 490 BCE? Clever scholars skeptical of our earliest surviving source, Herodotus, have produced one ingenious theory after another. In this stimulating new book, bound to provoke controversy, Peter Krentz argues that Herodotus was right after all. Beginning his analysis with the Athenians’ first formal contact with the Persians in 507 BCE,...

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This New Ocean by William E. Burrows (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 7.7 MB Overview: It was all part of man's greatest adventure--landing men on the Moon and sending a rover to Mars, finally seeing the edge of the universe and the birth of stars, and launching planetary explorers across the solar system to Neptune and beyond. The ancient dream of breaking gravity's hold and taking to space became a reality only because of the intense cold-war rivalry between the superpowers, with towering geniuses like Wernher von Braun and Sergei Korolyov...

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The Epidemic by David DeKok (.ePUB)

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Requirements: EPUB Reader | 4.61 MB Overview: The dramatic account of a turn-of-the-twentieth-century struggle against a frightening disease with lessons for today. The Epidemic tells the story of how a vain and reckless businessman became responsible for a typhoid epidemic in 1903 that devastated Cornell University and the surrounding town of Ithaca, New York. Eighty-two people died, including twenty-nine Cornell students. Protected by influential friends, William T. Morris faced no retribution for this...

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Rough Crossings by Simon Schama (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 537 kb Overview: If you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, which side would you want to win? When the last British governor of Virginia declared that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the king would be emancipated, tens of thousands of slaves fled from farms, plantations, and cities to try to reach the British camp. A military strategy originally designed to break the plantations of the American South had unleashed one of the great...

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The War That Used Up Words by Hazel Hutchison (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.3 MB Overview: In this provocative study, Hazel Hutchison takes a fresh look at the roles of American writers in helping to shape national opinion and policy during the First World War. From the war’s opening salvos in Europe, American writers recognized the impact the war would have on their society and sought out new strategies to express their horror, support, or resignation. By focusing on the writings of Henry James, Edith Wharton, Grace Fallow Norton, Mary...

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We Fight for Peace by Brian D. McKnight (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 2.8 MB Overview: At midnight on January 24, 1954, the last step was taken in the armistice to end the war in Korea. That night, the neutral Indian guards who had overseen the prisoner of war repatriation process abandoned their posts, leaving their charges to make their own decisions. The vast majority of men allowed to choose a new nation were Chinese and North Koreans who elected the path of freedom. There were smaller groups hoping that the communist bloc would give them a...

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War Games by Philipp von Hilgers, Ross Benjamin (ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 7.4 MB Overview: For centuries, both mathematical and military thinkers have used game-like scenarios to test their visions of mastering a complex world through symbolic operations. By the end of World War I, mathematical and military discourse in Germany simultaneously discovered the game as a productive concept. Mathematics and military strategy converged in World War II when mathematicians designed fields of operation. In this book, Philipp von Hilgers examines the theory...

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Scandinavia in the First World War by Claes Ahlund (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 20.3 MB Overview: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden all managed to stay out of World War I, but all three countries were deeply affected by it. Opening with a systematically comparative introduction to the history of the Scandinavian countries during that time period, this account then presents 13 case studies examining the impact of the war on these neutral entities. From inflation and the shortage of consumer goods to widespread poverty and political unrest—not to mention the...

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Secret Societies by John Lawrence Reynolds (.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Reader | 2 MB Overview: Secret societies have flourished throughout history, capturing the public imagination and generating fear, suspicion and above all fascination. Reynolds treats the reader to a behind-the-scenes look at the origins, initiations, secret signs and famous members of the most notorious secret societies of all time. Included are chapters on the Cosa Nostra, Al Qaeda, the Triads, the Assassins, the Yakuza, Kabbalah, the Freemasons and the Druids. Does a global power...

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Chinese Mythology A To Z by Jeremy Roberts (.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Reader | 2.2 MB Overview: In ancient Chinese civilization, emperors were revered as the direct descendants of the gods, who ruled all of nature and the heavens. Animal bones were consulted as oracles to answer the great questions of life and death, and ancestral spirits were thought to roam the earth, negotiating with the gods on behalf of the living. From the legends of the Eight Immortals to the teachings of Confucius, Chinese Mythology A to Z, Second Edition provides a refreshing,...

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Call of the Camino by Robert Mullen (.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Reader | 1.82 MB Overview: The experiences of an ordinary man on the pilgrim’s path are charted in this narrative that walks along the Camino Francés to the shrine of Saint James at Santiago de Compostela and then on to Finisterre, the westernmost point of Spain. The history of the Camino is recounted, as well as several of the myths, legends, and miracle stories that have become attached—and given special meaning—to this itinerary. Emphasizing that personal myths are an essential...

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Handbook of Japanese Mythology by Michael Ahskenazi (.PDF)

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Requirements: PDF Reader | 4.5 MB Overview: Japanese gods, too numerous to count, are known collectively as yaoyorozu-no-kamigami--the eight million. They are the cast of a vast, complex mythology that encompasses two religions, three cultures, and three millennia, one whose ancient deities are still hard at work today. Handbook of Japanese Mythology makes it easy to travel this vast yet little-known mythological landscape. The book reveals the origins of Japan's myths in the very different realms of...

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The Right & the Power by Leon Jaworski (.ePUB) (.MOBI)

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Requirements: EPUB, MOBI Reader | 866 KB Overview: The secrets of Watergate were hidden by lies & deceit. Only one man had the right & the power to bring the White House to justice. In this book Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski for the first time explains & documents the details of the behind-the-scenes struggles for the White House tape recordings, the release of which culminated in a historic Supreme Court decision & the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Genre: Non Fiction | Politics | History...

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Watergate by Stanley I. Kutler (.ePUB) (.MOBI)

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Requirements: EPUB, MOBI Reader | 744 KB Overview: A Brief History with Documents presents a collection of relevant historic documents from Nixon's acceptance speech at the 1968 Republican National Convention to his 1974 pardon. Includes transcripts of recently-released Watergate tapes that reveal Nixon's thoughts and reactions to events as they unfolded, and that deal with the identity of the anonymous source known as 'Deep Throat'. Uses the crisis to explain how American politics and law work and...

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The Vietnam Reader by Stewart O'Nan (.MOBI)

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Requirements: MOBI Reader | 1.1 MB Overview: The Vietnam Reader is a selection of the finest and best-known art from the American war in Vietnam, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, film, still photos, and popular song lyrics. All the strongest work is here, from mainstream bestsellers to radical poetry, from Tim O'Brien to Marvin Gaye. Also included are incisive reader's questions--useful for educators and book clubs--in a volume that makes an essential contribution to a wider understanding of...

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The Making of the First World War by Ian F.W. Beckett(.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 1.3MB Overview: Nearly a century has passed since the assassination of Austria-Hungary's Archduke Ferdinand, yet the repercussions of the devastating global conflict that followed echo still. In this provocative book, historian Ian Beckett turns the spotlight on twelve particular events of the First World War that continue to shape the world today. Focusing on episodes both well known and scarcely remembered, Beckett tells the story of the Great War from a new perspective,...

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Perilous Glory by John France (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 4.7MB Overview: This expansive book surveys the history of warfare from ancient Mesopotamia to the Gulf War in search of a deeper understanding of the origins of Western warfare and the reasons for its eminence today. Historian John France explores the experience of war around the globe, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. His bold conclusions cast doubt on well-entrenched attitudes about the development of military strength, the impact of culture on warfare, the future of...

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December 1941 by Evan Mawdsley (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 2.7MB Overview: In far-flung locations around the globe, an unparalleled sequence of international events took place between December 1 and December 12, 1941. In this riveting book, historian Evan Mawdsley explores how the story unfolded. He demonstrates how these dramatic events marked a turning point not only in the course of World War II but also in the direction of the entire century. On Monday, December 1, 1941, the Japanese government made its final decision to attack...

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The Fetterman Massacre by Dee Brown (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 4.3MB Overview: Dee Brown’s authoritative history of Fort Phil Kearney and the notorious Fetterman Massacre This dark, unflinching, and fascinating book is Dee Brown’s riveting account of events leading up to the Battle of the Hundred Slain—the devastating 1866 conflict that pitted Lakota, Arapaho, and Northern Cheyenne warriors, including Oglala chief Red Cloud, against the United States cavalry under the command of Captain William Fetterman. Providing a vivid...

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The Mirror: A History by Sabine Melchoir-Bonnet (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 2.3MB Overview: Sabine Melchior-Bonnet marries science and art, literature and philosophy, and history and meditation with a mastery and a quality of writing that is, at times, dizzying. The very idea of a historical essay on the mirror is remarkable. How could we not have thought of it earlier? Many painters represented Mary and the baby Jesus holding a mirror. One also said in the Middle Ages that God is the perfect mirror because “he is a shining mirror unto...

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