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Te Whau  by Angela J. Thomson

Te Whau

Angela J. Thomson

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"Explore the history of the Whau River and its surrounding communities, from the time of Tamaki’s earliest inhabitants to the hustle and bustle of modern day Auckland. This book was commissioned by the Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust and philanthropic...

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In search of ancient North Africa  by Barnaby Rogerson

In search of ancient North Africa

Barnaby Rogerson

Book

"For forty years, Barnaby Rogerson has travelled across North Africa, making sense of the region’s complex and fascinating history as both a writer and a guide. Throughout that time there have always been a handful of stories he could not pin into neat,...

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Marked, unmarked, remembered  by Andrew Lichtenstein

Marked, unmarked, remembered

Andrew Lichtenstein

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"From Wounded Knee to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and from the Upper Big Branch mine disaster to the Trail of Tears, Marked, Unmarked, Remembered presents photographs of significant sites from US history, posing unsettling questions about the contested...

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The Ferret  by Tom O'Connor

The Ferret

Tom O'Connor

Book

A biography of the late Eric Batchelor, World War Two veteran and twice recipient of the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the MID (Mentioned in Dispatches) clasp. This biography looks beyond the war years, and into the years after, as returned servicemen...

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50 finds from Oxfordshire  by Anni Byard

50 finds from Oxfordshire

Anni Byard

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"From some of the earliest human artefacts found in the Upper Thames Valley to Roman villas and military encampments, from early Christian religious houses to Civil War battlefields, Oxfordshire has a very long and rich archaeological heritage. Although...

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Fly  by Michael Veitch

Fly

Michael Veitch

Book

This collection of stories is the result of the author's interviews in Australia with surviving World War Two airmen, both pilots and crew, from Australia, Britain and even Germany. Undertaken when most were in their eighties, this explores how they feel...

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A wilder time by William E. Glassley

A wilder time

William E. Glassley

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Progress by Johan Norberg

Progress

Johan Norberg

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History''s Daybook by Peter Furtado

History''s Daybook

Peter Furtado

eBook

Every day of the year carries the memory of great and terrible events. From the founding of Rome to the 21st century''s war on terror, History''s Daybook presents a vivid, day-by-day perspective on 2,500 years of human history through the medium of 366...

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Here She Comes Now by Jeff Gordinier

Here She Comes Now

Jeff Gordinier

eBook

A glittering collection of essays on outstanding women in rock and pop.

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Vulnerable in Hearts by Sandy Balfour

Vulnerable in Hearts

Sandy Balfour

eBook

Sandy Balfour's father and the game of contract bridge were both conceived in 1925. Vulnerable in Hearts spans the eight decades of Tom Balfour's life and the same period in the epic story of bridge's spread around the world. Sandy Balfour's poignant...

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Masters of the Word by William L. Bernstein

Masters of the Word

William L. Bernstein

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From the author of A Splendid Exchange comes a remarkable history of media - from the alphabet to the internet - that examines how it has shaped human society over millennia. In Masters of the Word, Bernstein chronicles the development of the technology...

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Talking guitar

Talking guitar

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"Jas Obrecht presents a celebration of the world's most popular instrument as seen through the words, lives, and artistry of some of its most beloved players. Readers will read--and hear--accounts of the first guitarists on record, pioneering bluesmen,...

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Sticky fingers by Joe Hagan

Sticky fingers

Joe Hagan

eBook

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine is the story of how one man's ego and ambition captured the 1960s youth culture of rock and roll and turned it into a hothouse of fame, power, politics, and riches that would...

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The morbid age  by R. J. Overy

The morbid age

R. J. Overy

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'The Morbid Age' opens a window onto this creative but anxious era, the golden age of the public intellectual and scientist: Arnold Toynbee, Aldous and Julian Huxley, H.G. Wells, Marie Stopes and a host of others.

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Twilight of history  by Shlomo Sand

Twilight of history

Shlomo Sand

Book

"The acclaimed and controversial historian turns his critical gaze on the writing of history today. Drawing on his four decades as a professional historian, Shlomo Sand interrogates the academic discipline of history, whose origin lay in the need for...

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Caracalla  by Ilkka Syvänne

Caracalla

Ilkka Syvänne

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Caracalla' has one of the worst reputations of any Roman Emperor. Many ancient historians were very hostile and Edward Gibbon later dubbed him the common enemy of mankind. Yet his reign was considered by at least one Roman author to be the apogee of the...

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Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific war  by Noriko Kawamura

Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific war

Noriko Kawamura

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"This reexamination of the controversial role Emperor Hirohito played during the Pacific War gives particular attention to the question: If the emperor could not stop Japan from going to war with the Allied Powers in 1941, why was he able to play a crucial...

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The Kaiser's first POWs  by Philip D. Chinnery

The Kaiser's first POWs

Philip D. Chinnery

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"In 1915, the German government published a book entitled 1915 in an attempt to portray the Germans as a civilised people who were destined to win the war, who would treat their prisoners with care and compassion. _The Kaiser s First POWs_ is the first...

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Alexander the Great by Jacob Abbott

Alexander the Great

Jacob Abbott

eAudiobook

Alexander the Great is a towering figure in ancient history because of his legendary conquests throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. He was born in 356 BC to the noble family of Macedon. As such, he was afforded with great luxuries growing up including...

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The Soviet Union by Stephen Lovell

The Soviet Union

Stephen Lovell

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This introduction blends political history with an investigation into the society and culture at the time. Stephen Lovell examines aspects of patriotism, political violence, poverty, and ideology; and provides answers to some of the big questions about...

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The American clipper ship, 1845-1920 by Glenn A. Knoblock

The American clipper ship, 1845-1920

Glenn A. Knoblock

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"This work offers a new and comprehensive account of the fastest and most beautiful sailing ships ever built. It explores the quest for speed on the seas from the early 1800s through the fast-paced times of the 1850s. Their builders in East Coast states...

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Rise up women! by Diane Atkinson

Rise up women!

Diane Atkinson

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Between the death of Queen Victoria and the outbreak of the First World War, while the patriarchs of the Liberal and Tory parties vied for supremacy in parliament, the campaign for women's suffrage was fought with great flair and imagination in the public...

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The Vél d'Hiv raid by Maurice Rajsfus

The Vél d'Hiv raid

Maurice Rajsfus

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A handful of hard men by Hannes Wessels

A handful of hard men

Hannes Wessels

eAudiobook

It is difficult to find another soldier's story to equal Captain Darrell Watt's in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced.

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Grunts by John C. McManus

Grunts

John C. McManus

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My life and work by Henry Ford

My life and work

Henry Ford

eAudiobook

The book that has inspired entrepreneurs for generations, My Life and Work by Henry Ford is not only a memoir of an American icon, but also shows the spirit that built America. Written in 1922, this work provides a unique insight into the observations,...

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Vietnam  by Nigel Cawthorne

Vietnam

Nigel Cawthorne

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Vietnam was the first war America lost on the ground. ... Nigel Cawthorne traces the conflict from its inception to its traumaticend. He looks at the politcal events that led to the war and examines its impact upon both the Americans and the Vietnamese,...

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Siege of Khe Sanh  by Robert Pisor

Siege of Khe Sanh

Robert Pisor

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"A war correspondent's masterful blow-by-blow account of the Battle of Khe Sanh, reissued with a new preface by Mark Bowden for the battle's 50th anniversary. The six-month siege of Khe Sanh in 1968 was the largest, most intense battle of the Vietnam...

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Coffee for one by K. J. Fallon

Coffee for one

K. J. Fallon

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The wizard and the prophet by Charles C. Mann

The wizard and the prophet

Charles C. Mann

eBook

From the best-selling, award-winning author of 1491 and 1493--an incisive portrait of the two little-known twentieth-century scientists, Norman Borlaug and William Vogt, whose diametrically opposed views shaped our ideas about the environment, laying...

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This Time by Benjamin T. Jones

This Time

Benjamin T. Jones

eBook

To propose an Australian should be our head of state doesn't seem revolutionary. 'Isn't that already the case?" some may even ask. Flip a coin and you'll have your answer. In This Time, Benjamin T. Jones charts a path to an independent future. He reveals...

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Desert Anzacs by Neil Dearberg

Desert Anzacs

Neil Dearberg

Large Print

For 100 years, the astounding story of Anzac horsemen, cameleers, aviators, rough riders, medics, vets, light and armoured cars hasn't been told. Until now. Championed by Australia's Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel they overcame early feeble British...

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Rabaul 1943-44 by Mark Lardas

Rabaul 1943-44

Mark Lardas

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In 1942, the massive Japanese naval base and airfield at Rabaul was a fortress standing in the Allies' path to Tokyo. It was impossible to seize Rabaul, or starve the 100,000-strong garrison out. Instead the US began an innovative, hard-fought two-year...

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Enemies within by R. P. T. (Richard Peter Treadwell) Davenport-Hines

Enemies within

R. P. T. (Richard Peter Treadwell) ...

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Operation yellow star by Maurice Rajsfus

Operation yellow star

Maurice Rajsfus

eBook

A two-part book in which French investigative journalist Maurice Rajsfus, who survived the 1942 "Black Thursday" roundup at Vel d'Hiv of 13,000 Jews, recollects events that day and uses meticulous research of police archives to make a damning inquiry...

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The art of Renaissance warfare  by Stephen R. Turnbull

The art of Renaissance warfare

Stephen R. Turnbull

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Details the changes in warfare that occurred between the fall of Constantinople in 1453 to the outbreak of the Thirty Years' War in 1618. The years between these two events were a time of transition and innovation; a time when military technology was...

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Bush and Cheney  by David Ray Griffin

Bush and Cheney

David Ray Griffin

Book

"Was America s response to the 9/11 attacks at the root of today's instability and terror? Because of various factors, including climate change, ISIS, the war in Syria, the growing numbers of immigrants, and the growing strength of fascist parties in...

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1984  by Pav Singh

1984

Pav Singh

Book

In November 1984, the ruling elite of the world's largest democracy conspired to murder thousands of their country's citizens in genocidal massacres reminiscent of Nazi-era Germany while the world watched on. Over three days, armed mobs brutally and systematically...

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Women's experiences in the Holocaust in their own words  by Agnes Grunwald-Spier

Women's experiences in the Holocaust in their own words

Agnes Grunwald-Spier

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"This book brings to light women’s experiences in the Holocaust. It explains why women’s difficulties were different to those of men. Men were taken away and the women were left to cope with children and elderly relatives and obliged to take on new roles....

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Escape artist by Peter Monteath

Escape artist

Peter Monteath

Large Print

"The never-before-told story of World War II escape artist extraordinaire, Johnny Peck. In August 1941, an eighteen-year-old Australian soldier made his first prison break - an audacious night-time escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp in Crete. Astoundingly,...

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Beautiful balts  by Jayne Persian

Beautiful balts

Jayne Persian

Book

"Over 170,000 Displaced Persons arrived in Australia between 1947 and 1952 - the first non-Anglo-Celtic mass migrants. Australia's first immigration minister, Arthur Calwell, scoured post-war Europe for refugees, Displaced Persons he characterised as...

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Nihongi  by W. G. (William George) Aston

Nihongi

W. G. (William George) Aston

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"The chief object of preparing this translation of the standard native history of ancient Japan, known as Nihongi, was to make accessible to European scholars the very considerabvle store of material for the study of mythology, folk-lore, early civilization,...

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Yorkshire  by Richard Morris

Yorkshire

Richard Morris

Book

Do the demands of motherhood tip you out of balance, leaving some parts of your life brushed aside? Are you pulled in all directions - never sure if anything you're doing is 'good enough'? Project Me for Busy Mothers is the essential go-to guide for modern...

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The battle within  by Christina Twomey

The battle within

Christina Twomey

Book

"This landmark and compelling book follows the stories of 15,000 Australian prisoners of war from the moment they were released by the Japanese at the end of World War II. Their struggle to rehabilitate themselves and to win compensation and acknowledgement...

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Crusade and jihad  by William R. (William Roe) Polk

Crusade and jihad

William R. (William Roe) Polk

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Thud pilot  by Victor Vizcarra

Thud pilot

Victor Vizcarra

Book

"Thud Pilot is the personal account of a combat fighter pilot who flew the Air Force's premier fighter-bomber in the most dangerous skies over North Vietnam. In the first five years of the Vietnam War, the F-105 Thunderchief conducted 75 percent of the...

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Allied jet killers of World War 2  by Stephen Chapis

Allied jet killers of World War 2

Stephen Chapis

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Allied fighter pilots began encountering German jets - principally the outstanding Me 262 fighter - from the autumn of 1944. Stunned by the aircraft's speed and rate of climb, it took USAAF and RAF units time to work out how to combat this deadly threat...

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Spitfire by Philip Kaplan

Spitfire

Philip Kaplan

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Mapping naval warfare by Jeremy Black

Mapping naval warfare

Jeremy Black

eBook

Naval operations and warfare were, and remain, a key element for mapping. Maps were vital for commanders in drawing up plans of attack, and their detail and usefulness have increased over the centuries as the science of mapping has developed. This book...

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When Montezuma met Cortés by Matthew Restall

When Montezuma met Cortés

Matthew Restall

eBook

"On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introduction--the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization...

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Flying cars, zombie dogs, and robot overlords by Charles Pappas

Flying cars, zombie dogs, and robot overlords

Charles Pappas

eBook

Dozens of short, illustrated chapters take the reader through over 150 years of world and trade fairs, from the Colt revolver and the Corvette to fax machines and flush toilets.

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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Reni Eddo-Lodge

eBook

'This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where we'll no longer need such a book. Essential' Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-Winner 2015 Her words hit a nerve. The post went viral and comments flooded...

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Toward an intellectual history of women by Linda K. Kerber

Toward an intellectual history of women

Linda K. Kerber

eBook

The essays in this volume address the role of women in early American history and, more broadly, in intellectual and cultural history and explore the rhetoric of historiography. Prefaced with an eloquent and personal introduction, these writings illustrate...

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Runaway by Anthony Chaney

Runaway

Anthony Chaney

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Welcome to Fairyland by Julio CapØ Jr

Welcome to Fairyland

Julio CapØ Jr

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Home From Home by Brian Williams

Home From Home

Brian Williams

eBook

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Lionheart by Christopher Manson

Lionheart

Christopher Manson

eBook

Richard the Lionheart has long been considered the greatest heroic figure in the history of the Christian world.Born as the third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, he became King of England and ruler of the Angevin Empire at the age of thirty-two,...

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A Dalit history by Meena Kandasamy

A Dalit history

Meena Kandasamy

eBook

Babasaheb Ambedkar, one of the most important voices to have spoken against caste discrimination, was also the father of the Indian Constitution. Juxtapose this against the various caste-based attacks happening in the country today and a very different...

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Big bang by Jason P. Smolinski

Big bang

Jason P. Smolinski

eBook

Big Bang: From Myths to Model is a chronological, scientific treatment of the history of astronomy as a science. Beginning with ancient cultures and ending with the modern era, this book explores how humanity has studied the universe, what we claim to...

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India at 70 by Roshen Dalal

India at 70

Roshen Dalal

eBook

Enter the portal that will export you all the way to that historic stroke of the midnight hour!The year 1947 was one of change. After almost 200 years of British rule, India became a united political entity. Only one question rang loud: What type of nation...

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The Ku Klux Klan by Raphaël Coune

The Ku Klux Klan

Raphaël Coune

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50Minutes.com provides a clear and engaging analysis of the Ku Klux Klan's activity over the past 150 years. This notorious organisation was founded in 1865 in the wake of the American Civil War, but although its stated aim was to protect the war-torn...

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American pravda by James O'Keefe

American pravda

James O'Keefe

eAudiobook

The one real difference between the American press and the Soviet state newspaper Pravda was that the Russian people knew they were being lied to. To expose the lies our media tell us today, controversial journalist James O'Keefe created Project Veritas,...

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Stirring the pot with Benjamin Franklin by Rae Katherine Eighmey

Stirring the pot with Benjamin Franklin

Rae Katherine Eighmey

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In this remarkable culinary biography, Rae Katherine Eighmey presents Benjamin Franklin's experimentation with food throughout his life. At age sixteen, he began dabbling in vegetarianism. In his early twenties, citing the health benefits of water over...

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Homeward bound by Elaine Tyler May

Homeward bound

Elaine Tyler May

eAudiobook

A revised edition of the classic, myth-shattering exploration of American family life during the Cold War.When Homeward Bound first appeared in 1988, it forever changed how we understand Cold War America. Elaine Tyler May demonstrated that the Atomic...

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Ghetto by Mitchell Duneier

Ghetto

Mitchell Duneier

eAudiobook

On March 29, 1516, the city council of Venice issued a decree forcing Jews to live in il geto--a closed quarter named for the copper foundry that once occupied the area. The term stuck.In this sweeping and original interpretation, Mitchell Duneier traces...

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Marshall and his generals by Stephen R. Taaffe

Marshall and his generals

Stephen R. Taaffe

eAudiobook

General George C. Marshall, chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, faced the daunting task not only of overseeing two theaters of a global conflict but also of selecting the best generals to carry out American grand strategy. Marshall and...

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Stanley Johnston's blunder by Elliot Carlson

Stanley Johnston's blunder

Elliot Carlson

eAudiobook

In 1942 Stanley Johnston is embarked in the aircraft carrier USS Lexington during the Battle of the Coral Sea. In addition to recording the crew's doomed effort to save the ship, Johnston displays great heroism, earning the praise of the Lexington's senior...

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קיצור תולדות האנושות = Sapiens : a brief history of humankind  by הררי, יובל נח

קיצור תולדות האנושות = Sapiens : a brief history of humankind

הררי, יובל נח

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"From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution--a #1 international bestseller--that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be...

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Compassionate bastard by Peter (Peter Gordon) Mitchell

Compassionate bastard

Peter (Peter Gordon) Mitchell

eBook

Politicians outdo each other with tough measures to deal with asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. But someone has to look people in the eye and do the questioning, the arresting, the detaining and the deporting. For a time, that someone was Peter Mitchell....

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Black fortunes by Shomari Wills

Black fortunes

Shomari Wills

eBook

"The astonishing untold history of America's first black millionaires - former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties - self-made entrepreneurs whose...

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Hard to be a saint in the city

Hard to be a saint in the city

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"An exploration of Beat spirituality--seen through excerpts from the writings of the seminal writers of Beat Generation themselves. The Beat writers stand out as prophets who made a valiant effort to speak the truth in the face of the establishment values...

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Epidemics by Joshua S. Loomis

Epidemics

Joshua S. Loomis

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A more beautiful and terrible history by Jeanne Theoharis

A more beautiful and terrible history

Jeanne Theoharis

eBook

-- A More Beautiful and Terrible History will change our historical frame, revealing the richness of our civil rights legacy, the uncomfortable mirror it holds to the nation, and the crucial work that remains to be done.

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Brutus by Kathryn Tempest

Brutus

Kathryn Tempest

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Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Tortured for Christ

Richard Wurmbrand

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Stormtroopers by Daniel Siemens

Stormtroopers

Daniel Siemens

eAudiobook

The first full history of the Nazi Stormtroopers whose muscle brought Hitler to power, with revelations concerning their longevity and their contributions to the Holocaust Germany's Stormtroopers engaged in a vicious siege of violence that propelled the...

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Brutus by Kathryn Tempest

Brutus

Kathryn Tempest

eAudiobook

Conspirator and assassin, philosopher and statesman, promoter of peace and commander in war, Marcus Brutus (ca. 85-42 BC) was a controversial and enigmatic man even to those who knew him. His leading role in the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of...

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The ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappé

The ethnic cleansing of Palestine

Ilan Pappé

eAudiobook

Renowned Israeli historian Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel.

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Black fortunes by Shomari Wills

Black fortunes

Shomari Wills

eAudiobook

The astonishing untold history of America's first black millionaires--former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties--self-made entrepreneurs whose unknown...

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When Montezuma met Cortés by Matthew Restall

When Montezuma met Cortés

Matthew Restall

eAudiobook

A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando Cortes

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This will be my undoing by Morgan Jerkins

This will be my undoing

Morgan Jerkins

eAudiobook

From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins' highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very...

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Servants of the Lord  by David S. D. Jones

Servants of the Lord

David S. D. Jones

Book

"David Jones presents a unique look into the lives, roles and responsibilities of the outdoor staff of the great country houses during the golden age of Queen Victoria's reign to World War 1. Through his meticulous research of estate records, biographical...

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The Crimean War  by David R. Jones

The Crimean War

David R. Jones

Book

"Following repeated visits to the Crimea over a number of years, Dr David Jones, with the help of local guides, was able to identify and photograph every important location related to one of the nineteenth century’s most deadliest conflicts. These have...

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Spitfire voices  by Dilip (Historian) Sarkar

Spitfire voices

Dilip (Historian) Sarkar

Book

"Drawing upon the personal letters, diaries and memories of their families and comrades, the author recounts the ... moving stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The book features the whole range of combat experience by Spitfire pilots, from...

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Terminus by Shirley Fitzgerald

Terminus

Shirley Fitzgerald

eBook

For over thirty years the Terminus Hotel had stood dilapidated and abandoned on the corner of Harris and John Streets in Pyrmont ₆ shrouded in mystery and a heavy coat of ivy, and the memories of its publicans and customers long faded. Told with fascinating...

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God's city  by Nic Fields

God's city

Nic Fields

Book

"Byzantium. Was it Greek or Roman, familiar or hybrid, barbaric or civilised, Oriental or Western? In the late eleventh century Constantinople was the largest and wealthiest city in Christendom, the seat of the Byzantine emperor, Christ’s vice-regent...

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