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Ordinary Men, Revised by Christopher R. Browning (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB reader, 14 MB Overview: Christopher R. Browning's shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews—now with a new afterword and additional photographs. Ordinary Men is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men...

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Armoured Warfare... by Anthony Tucker-Jones (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 6 MB Overview: German, American and British tanks come to mind first whenever the military vehicles of the Second World War are considered - they get all the historical attention. The tanks, self-propelled guns and armored cars built and deployed by the secondary nations in the conflict, in particular by Hitler's Axis allies, have been almost forgotten. The rarity of these armored fighting vehicles makes them especially interesting, and that is why Anthony Tucker-Jones's...

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The Secret War: 1939-1945 by Max Hastings (.MOBI) (.ePUB)

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Requirements: MOBI/ePUB reader, 32.4mb Overview: From one of the foremost historians of the period and the acclaimed author of Inferno and Catastrophe: 1914, The Secret War is a sweeping examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of World War II—intelligence—showing how espionage successes and failures by the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, and Japan influenced the course of the war and its final outcome. Spies, codes, and guerrillas played unprecedentedly critical roles...

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The Battle of Fromelles 1916 by Roger Lee (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 4.55MB Overview: The Battle of Fromelles - until recently largely forgotten in the accounts of Australia’s experiences in World War One- remains the single bloodiest day in terms of numbers of soldiers killed, wounded or missing, in Australia’s military history. The battle now is also one of the most controversial military episodes in Australian history. Genre: Non-Fiction, History, War The battle for Fromelles was undoubtedly a tragedy – in the midst of a war...

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Murder & Mayhem in the Catskills by Caroline Crane (.ePUB)

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Requirements: EPUB reader, 800 kb Overview: Stylish resorts, breathtaking vistas and glittering lakes are hallmarks of the Catskills region. But since the pre- Revolutionary era, this seemingly idyllic vacationland has been a theater for some of mankind's darkest deeds and evildoers, including the notorious Murder, Inc. Caroline Crane explores the stories behind the bodies and bones that turn up here, from the bizarre hex murder at Stone Arch Bridge to the murderous escapades of Lethal Lizzie. Meet...

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The Air-Raid Warden Was a Spy by William B. Breuer (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 1.9 MB Overview: In his latest collection of fresh and surprising stories from World War II, popular author and distinguished historian William Breuer recounts over fifty little-known tales of military actions, espionage, and skullduggery on the home front. Based on personal interviews, official archives, and declassified documents, The Air-Raid Warden Was a Spy features intriguing accounts of covert raids and combat experiments, spies and saboteurs, draft dodgers and...

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The Struggle for Equality by James M. McPherson (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 5.5 MB Overview: Originally published in 1964, The Struggle for Equality presents an incisive and vivid look at the abolitionist movement and the legal basis it provided to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Pulitzer Prize–winning historian James McPherson explores the role played by rights activists during and after the Civil War, and their evolution from despised fanatics into influential spokespersons for the radical wing of the Republican Party. Asserting that it was...

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Empire Lost by Andrew Stewart (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.2 MB Overview: Using government records, private letters and diaries and contemporary media sources, this book examines the key themes affecting the relationship between Britain and the Dominions during the Second World War, the Empire's last great conflict. It asks why this political and military coalition was ultimately successful in overcoming the challenge of the Axis powers but, in the process, proved unable to preserve itself. Although these changes were inevitable...

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Tried by War by James M. McPherson (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 832 kb Overview: James McPherson, a bestselling historian of the Civil War, illuminates how Lincoln worked with—and often against— his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy and create the role of commander in chief as we know it. Though Abraham Lincoln arrived at the White House with no previous military experience (apart from a couple of months spent soldiering in 1832), he quickly established himself as the greatest commander in chief in American history. James...

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As If by Michael Saler (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 4.8 MB Overview: Many people throughout the world "inhabit" imaginary worlds communally and persistently, parsing Harry Potter and exploring online universes. These activities might seem irresponsibly escapist, but history tells another story. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, when Sherlock Holmes became the world's first "virtual reality" character, readers began to colonize imaginary worlds, debating serious issues and viewing reality in...

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The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 1.5 MB Overview: A BRACING ACCOUNT OF A WAR THAT IS EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD, FORGOTTEN, OR WILLFULLY IGNORED For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Bruce Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought. He...

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All Hell Let Loose by Max Hastings (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.5 MB Overview: From one of our finest historians, a magisterial account of the most terrible event in history – World War II. The horror of World War II touched the lives of millions across the globe. Few could find the words to describe it, only that the carnage they experienced resembled ‘all hell let loose’. The eminent historian Max Hastings here encapsulates life through war for the ordinary people involved –soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives...

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Airfields & Airmen of the Channel by Michael O'Connor(.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 5.2 MB Overview: In this latest addition to the Airfields and Airmen Series, Mike O’Connor describes the dramatic air actions that took place along the Belgian and North France coastline during The Great War. In addition to the Royal Fighting Corps and RAF aspect this volume covers the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and Belgian Air Service (AMB) as well as the German Naval Air Service. Genre: Non Fiction > History > Military > Aviation Download link 1 Mirror:...

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Airfields & Airmen: Arras by Mike O'Connor (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 27.6 MB Overview: The latest volume in the Airfields and Airmen series covers the Arras area. It includes a visit to the grave of Albert Ball VC and the graves of Waterfall and Bayly, the first British fliers killed in action. There is a visit to the aerodrome from which Alan McLeod took off from to earn his VC and to the grave of Viscount Glentworth, killed while flying with 32 Squadron. The German side is well covered with visits to their cemeteries and aerodromes. This...

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The Shipwreck of Their Hopes by Peter Cozzens (.ePUB)

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Requirements: EPUB reader, 10.59 mb Overview: Civil War enthusiasts will welcome this concluding volume of Peter Cozzens's highly praised trilogy on the Civil War in the West. Genre: History Download link 1 Download link 2...

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Code Warriors by Stephen Budiansky (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 6.2 MB Overview: A sweeping, in-depth history of NSA, whose famous “cult of silence” has left the agency shrouded in mystery for decades The National Security Agency was born out of the legendary codebreaking programs of World War II that cracked the famed Enigma machine and other German and Japanese codes, thereby turning the tide of Allied victory. In the postwar years, as the United States developed a new enemy in the Soviet Union, our intelligence community...

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Valley of Death by Ted Morgan (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 5.4 MB Overview: Pulitzer Prize–winning author Ted Morgan has now written a rich and definitive account of the fateful battle that ended French rule in Indochina—and led inexorably to America’s Vietnam War. Dien Bien Phu was a remote valley on the border of Laos along a simple rural trade route. But it would also be where a great European power fell to an underestimated insurgent army and lost control of a crucial colony. Valley of Death is the untold story of the 1954...

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Her Majesty's Spymaster by Stephen Budiansky (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 679 kb Overview: Queen Elizabeth I and England's First Spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham's official title was principal secretary to Queen Elizabeth I, but in fact this pious, tight-lipped Puritan was England's first spymaster. A ruthless, fiercely loyal civil servant, Walsingham worked brilliantly behind the scenes to foil Elizabeth's rival Mary Queen of Scots and outwit Catholic Spain and France, which had arrayed their forces behind her. Though he cut an incongruous figure...

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Perilous Fight by Stephen Budiansky (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 8.1 MB Overview: In Perilous Fight, Stephen Budiansky tells the rousing story of the underdog coterie of American seamen and their visionary secretary of the navy, who combined bravery and strategic innovation to hold off the legendary Royal Navy.Budiansky vividly demonstrates that far from an indecisive and unnecessary conflict—as historians have long dismissed the War of 1812—this “forgotten war” had profound consequences that would change the course of naval...

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Stories from Livy by Alfred J. Church (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 1.4 MB Overview: Tales of early Roman history drawn from the greatest of Roman historians, and admirably retold by Alfred J. Church. Features stories of the founding of Rome, the expulsion of kings, and the early days of the republic. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Genre: Non Fiction History Download link 1 Mirror: Download link 2...

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Story of Last Days of Jerusalem by Alfred J Church (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 708 kb Overview: Skillful retelling of Josephus's account of the revolt against Rome and the destruction of Jerusalem. Recounts the events leading up to the opening of the war with the Romans, Josephus's brave defense of Jotapata, its final capture and his escape from death, and finally the siege of Jerusalem, the burning of the temple, and the razing of the city. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the narrative. Genre: Non Fiction History Download link 1 ...

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Eastern Front 1914-1917 by Norman Stone (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.4 MB Overview: 'Without question one of the classics of post-war historical scholarship, Stone's boldly conceived and brilliantly executed book opened the eyes of a generation of young British historians raised on tales of the Western trenches to the crucial importance of the Eastern Front in the First World War' Niall Ferguson 'Scholarly, lucid, entertaining, based on a thorough knowledge of Austrian and Russian sources, it sharply revises traditional assumptions about the...

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World War One: A Short History by Norman Stone (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB Reader | 3.2 MB Overview: The First World War was the overwhelming disaster from which everything else in the twentieth century stemmed. Fourteen million combatants died, four empires were destroyed, and even the victors' empires were fatally damaged. World War I took humanity from the nineteenth century forcibly into the twentieth—and then, at Versailles, cast Europe on the path to World War II as well. In World War One, Norman Stone, one of the world's greatest historians, has...

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The Modern Mind by Peter Watson (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB reader, 1.8 MB Overview: From Freud to Babbitt, from Animal Farm to Sartre to the Great Society, from the Theory of Relativity to counterculture to Kosovo, The Modern Mind is encyclopedic, covering the major writers, artists, scientists, and philosophers who produced the ideas by which we live. Peter Watson has produced a fluent and engaging narrative of the intellectual tradition of the twentieth century, and the men and women who created it. Genre: Non-Fiction > Intellectual History ...

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Hope & Glory by Peter Clarke (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.9mb Overview: Peter Clarke brilliantly challenges the commonly held view of Britain in the twentieth century as a nation in decline. Adopting a wide perspective, he examines the political. social and economic changes that transformed Britain. He looks at how jobs and prices, food and shelter, and education and welfare, shaped society and explores such areas as architecture, sport and popular culture. Embracing a century of national experience, Hope and Glory superbly conveys...

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The Locomotive of War Peter Clarke (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.2mb Overview: A fresh and fascinating reappraisal of the first half of the twentieth century from one of our foremost historians 'War, comrades,' declared Trotsky, 'is a great locomotive of history.' He was thought to be acknowledging the opportunity the First World War had offered the Bolsheviks to seize power in Russia in 1917. Twentieth-century warfare, based on new technologies and mass armies, certainly saw the locomotive power of war geared up to an unprecedented...

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The Hollow Crown by Miri Rubin (.ePUB)

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Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4.1mb Overview: There is no more haunting, compelling period in Britain's history than the later middle ages. The extraordinary kings - Edward III and Henry V, the great warriors, Richard II and Henry VI, tragic inadequates killed by their failure to use their power, and Richard III, the demon king. The extraordinary events - the Black Death that destroyed a third of the population, the Peasants' Revolt, the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Agincourt. The extraordinary...

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The Island: Nijmegen to Arnhem by Tim Saunders (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 3.2MB Overview: Having fought their way up fifty miles of Hell's Highway and through Nijmegen, XXX Corps was just ten miles from Arnhem and the 1st British Airborne Division. Here it found itself on an island of flat land between the Waal at Nijmegen and the Rhine at Arnhem. The situation was increasingly bad with the remainder of II SS Panzer Corps in the area and German counter attacks on Hell's Highway preventing the Allies applying their material superiority. The Guards...

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The Battle of Neuve Chapelle by Geoff Bridger (.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 7.4MB Overview: Neuve Chapelle a lost battlefield is now opened up for the explorer to learn more about the actions that took place there. In Early 1915, the British decided to take the offensive for the first time in the war against German positions in Northern France. The initial objective was a bulge, about one mile across, in their lines at Neuve. Events which took place here early in 1915 are described in detail and show why this almost forgotten battle set the course of...

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The Affair at Néry: 1 September 1914 by Patrick Takle(.ePUB)

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Requirements: ePUB Reader, 4.6MB Overview: Early on 1 September 1914, the Germans surprised 1st Cavalry Brigade harboring in the little town of Néry. Their initial bombardment caused chaos and destruction and the British took time to organize themselves. The actions of two batteries of the Royal Horse Artillery were eventually so successful that even today there is a battery known as Néry Battery RHA. The Queen’s Bay’s a cavalry regiment, charged in classic style and the Germans, who...

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