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The Zimmermann Telegram by Thomas Boghardt

The Zimmermann Telegram

Thomas Boghardt

eBook

By the winter of 1916/17, World War I had reached a deadlock. While the Allies commanded greater resources and fielded more soldiers than the Central Powers, German armies had penetrated deep into Russia and France, and tenaciously held on to their c...

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The war of the gun boats by Bryan Cooper

The war of the gun boats

Bryan Cooper

eBook

The 'little ships' of the Second World War - the fast and highly maneuverable motor torpedo boats and gunboats which fought in coastal waters all over the world - developed a special kind of naval warfare. With their daring nightly raids against an e...

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Why the Dutch are different  by Ben Coates

Why the Dutch are different

Ben Coates

Book

In the first book to consider the hidden history of the Netherlands from a modern perspective, author Ben Coates explores the length and breadth of his adopted homeland and discovers why one of the world's smallest countries is so fascinating and sig...

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A tour on the Underground Railroad along the Ohio River  by Nancy Stearns Theiss

A tour on the Underground Railroad along the Ohio River

Nancy Stearns Theiss

Book

Running for 664 miles along Kentucky's border, the Ohio River provided a remarkable opportunity for the enslaved to escape to free soil in Indiana and Ohio. The river beckoned fugitive slave Henry Bibb onto a steamboat at Madison, Indiana, headed to....

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Biographia literaria by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Biographia literaria

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra

William Shakespeare

eBook

Antony and Cleopatra is a tragic play by Shakespeare, which tells the ill-fated love story between Antony and Cleopatra and the antagonistic role played by Julius Caesar, future Emperor of Rome. "I will tell you. The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd...

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A brief Bible history by James Oscar Boyd

A brief Bible history

James Oscar Boyd

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Common sense by Thomas Paine

Common sense

Thomas Paine

eBook

First released in 1776 at the height of the American Revolution this treatise denounced British rule and is thought to have been so popular as to have influenced the path of the revolution itself.

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The Balkan Wars by Jacob Gould Schurman

The Balkan Wars

Jacob Gould Schurman

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Curious myths of the middle ages by S. (Sabine) Baring-Gould

Curious myths of the middle ages

S. (Sabine) Baring-Gould

eBook

Step back into the romance and primal conflict of the medieval period with this collection of fairy tales and folklore from the era. Equal parts charmingly quaint and bracingly brutal, this carefully curated volume is sure to engage and enthrall readers...

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The breath of life by John Burroughs

The breath of life

John Burroughs

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Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy) Bird

Among the Tibetans

Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy) Bird

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Biography of the Bible by Ernest Sutherland Bates

Biography of the Bible

Ernest Sutherland Bates

eBook

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The ascent of man by Mathilde Blind

The ascent of man

Mathilde Blind

eBook

Renowned German poet Mathilde Blind published several influential volumes of verse in the late nineteenth century. The epic poem The Ascent of Man is her most ambitious literary undertaking. In it, she provides a poetic account of Charles Darwin's theory...

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The changeling by Thomas Middleton

The changeling

Thomas Middleton

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Stories of the Ships by Lewis R. Freeman

Stories of the Ships

Lewis R. Freeman

eBook

A journalist with insatiable wanderlust, Lewis R. Freeman spent decades traveling the globe as a war correspondent and as a special embed with the U.S. Navy Fleet. This collection of nautical tales includes some events that Freeman witnessed firsthand...

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Little Gidding and its inmates in the time of King Charles I by J. E. (John Edward) Acland

Little Gidding and its inmates in the time of King Charles I

J. E. (John Edward) Acland

eBook

In the early 1600s, an Anglican religious community was established by members of the Ferrar family in the small English village of Little Gidding. Though the community was informally organized and did not require its members to take vows, it was still...

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Books Condemned to Be Burnt by James Anson. Farrer

Books Condemned to Be Burnt

James Anson. Farrer

eBook

As battles over literary censorship continue to rage on, it's vitally important to understand the background of this debate. In this fascinating volume, Farrer catalogs centuries of censorship in England, detailing the books that were identified as p...

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Recollections of the Civil War by Charles A. (Charles Anderson) Dana

Recollections of the Civil War

Charles A. (Charles Anderson) Dana

eBook

As the Civil War seemed to spin out of control, President Lincoln sought more insight into the conditions on the front lines. Because he did not have full confidence in the controversial approach that General Grant had taken, Lincoln sent renowned jo...

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With Fire and Sword by S. H. M. (Samuel Hawkins Marshall) Byers

With Fire and Sword

S. H. M. (Samuel Hawkins Marshall) ...

eBook

Immerse yourself in thrilling battlefield action with this top-notch account of the American Civil War. Based on his own experiences as a Union soldier and, eventually, a prisoner of war, Byers paints a vivid, compelling and at times disturbing picture...

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Change in the village by George Sturt

Change in the village

George Sturt

eBook

A massive influx of wealth and the emergence of a new class of nouveau riche industrialists and tycoons began to change the social structure of Britain in the early twentieth century. George Sturt, a craftsman and writer, documents the transition in ...

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The Countess of Charny by Alexandre Dumas

The Countess of Charny

Alexandre Dumas

eBook

Known as one of the important early figures in the burgeoning genre of historical fiction, Alexandre Dumas spent much of his life chronicling the social and political unrest that utterly transformed France--and by extension, the rest of the world--in...

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A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

A First Year in Canterbury Settlement

Samuel Butler

eBook

On the verge of entering the Anglican clergy, Samuel Butler experienced a sudden change of heart and instead decided to set sail for New Zealand, where he established a sheep farm. Butler chronicles his rocky start as a rancher--and his opinions on a...

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Hieroglyphics by Arthur Machen

Hieroglyphics

Arthur Machen

eBook

Welsh writer Arthur Machen achieved literary acclaim with his groundbreaking tales of the supernatural, some of which modern-day horror luminary Stephen King ranks among the best in the English language. In the engaging nonfiction volume Hieroglyphics,...

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The Psychology of Revolution by Gustave Le. Bon

The Psychology of Revolution

Gustave Le. Bon

eBook

Often, revolts and uprisings are regarded as being solely the results of a perfect storm of geopolitical, societal, and economic factors. But as French sociologist Gustave Le Bon astutely points out in The Psychology of Revolution, more personal vari...

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The Last Boer War by H. Rider (Henry Rider) Haggard

The Last Boer War

H. Rider (Henry Rider) Haggard

eBook

The author H. Rider Haggard is today best remembered for classics of the action-adventure genre such as She and King Solomon's Mines. But these masterworks of "lost world" fiction had their roots in Haggard's real-life experiences in what is now known...

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The Altar Fire by Arthur Christopher Benson

The Altar Fire

Arthur Christopher Benson

eBook

The British author Arthur Christopher Benson was never content to fall back on the typical narrative structure when it came to his novels, and The Altar Fire is definitely no exception. In a series of letters, it tells the tale of a successful novelist...

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An Accursed Race by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

An Accursed Race

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

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Our Old Home by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Our Old Home

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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An account of Egypt by ̔Ηρ́οδοτος

An account of Egypt

̔Ηρ́οδοτος

eBook

Regarded by many as the first major historian, Herodotus was a Greek scholar and traveler who set down his impressions of foreign countries and his analysis of wars and other significant events in a relatively straightforward, journalistic manner. This...

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My adventures with your money by George Graham Rice

My adventures with your money

George Graham Rice

eBook

Most of the lore surrounding America's Wild West has to do with cowboys and outlaws, but these boomtowns were also overrun with grifters, hustlers, and confidence men on the prowl. George Graham Rice was a legendary example of a crook who amassed a s...

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King Richard III by William Shakespeare

King Richard III

William Shakespeare

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Life in Dixie during the war, 1861-1865 by Mary Ann Harris Gay

Life in Dixie during the war, 1861-1865

Mary Ann Harris Gay

eBook

The "official" account of the Civil War is well known by many, but this sweeping narrative often overlooks the experiences and impressions of individuals. Life in Dixie During the War offers up a fascinating first-hand account of what it was like to ...

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Magic and witchcraft

Magic and witchcraft

eBook

Dip into the mysterious world of sorcery with this comprehensive take on the topic. Published anonymously due to the incendiary nature of the subject matter, Magic and Witchcraft offers a historical overview of magic throughout the ages, all rendered...

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A history of Salem witchcraft by Harriet Beecher Stowe

A history of Salem witchcraft

Harriet Beecher Stowe

eBook

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The history of the conquest of Peru by William Hickling Prescott

The history of the conquest of Peru

William Hickling Prescott

eBook

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Le cid by Pierre Corneille

Le cid

Pierre Corneille

eBook

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History of 'Billy the Kid' by Charles A. Siringo

History of 'Billy the Kid'

Charles A. Siringo

eBook

Many histories of the short life of Old West gunslinger William Bonney have been published, but few pack the punch of Charles A. Siringo's History of 'Billy the Kid' , a thrilling first-person account that traces the doomed outlaw's story from birth to...

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The idea of progress by J. B. (John Bagnell) Bury

The idea of progress

J. B. (John Bagnell) Bury

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Historic events of colonial days by Rupert Sargent Holland

Historic events of colonial days

Rupert Sargent Holland

eBook

Early American history is brought to life in this thrilling collection of tales from the period surrounding the tumultuous birth of the nation. It's a must-read for history buffs, or for students seeking a much more enthralling take on topics like Pu...

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Historic adventures by Rupert Sargent Holland

Historic adventures

Rupert Sargent Holland

eBook

Who needs fictional flights of fancy when the truth of the matter is so wild, weird, and fascinating? In Historic Adventures: Tales From American History, author Rupert Holland guides readers through a treasure trove of true-to-life tales about the p...

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Ten days that shook the world by John Reed

Ten days that shook the world

John Reed

eBook

An American journalist's first-hand account of the Russian Revolution of 1917 offers a moment-by-moment chronicle of the Bolshevik seizure of power and profiles of the leaders involved.

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The rights of man by Thomas Paine

The rights of man

Thomas Paine

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The ring and the book by Robert Browning

The ring and the book

Robert Browning

eBook

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The story of the outlaw by Emerson Hough

The story of the outlaw

Emerson Hough

eBook

Though born in Iowa, author Emerson Hough moved to rural New Mexico and practiced as a frontier lawyer there for many years. Along the way, he met some very interesting characters, including many of the Wild West's most infamous outlaws. This volume ...

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The story of my heart by Richard Jefferies

The story of my heart

Richard Jefferies

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A short history of England by G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton

A short history of England

G. K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton

eBook

England's rise to prominence on the world stage over the course of thousands of years is a tumultuous tale that includes equal parts triumph and tragedy. This volume grants readers a first-row seat as the drama unfolds, told with inimitable elegance,...

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Diary of a pilgrimage by Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka) Jerome

Diary of a pilgrimage

Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka) Jerome

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King Robert the Bruce by A. F. Murison

King Robert the Bruce

A. F. Murison

eBook

This in-depth historical account focuses on the life, accomplishments and influence of Robert I, also known as Robert the Bruce, who was the king of Scots in the period 1306-1329. Offering a detailed and even-handed look at the king, Murison's remarkable...

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The face of the fields by Dallas Lore Sharp

The face of the fields

Dallas Lore Sharp

eBook

In the early twentieth century, university professor and Methodist minister Dallas Lore Sharp made a splash in the often-stuffy field of nature writing with this collection of essays in his unique voice, which combines encyclopedic knowledge of flora...

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By-Ways of War by James Jeffrey. Roche

By-Ways of War

James Jeffrey. Roche

eBook

Today, the term "filibuster" refers to a tactic used by loquacious lawmakers who seek to prevent a vote by delivering marathon-length speeches. But in the past, the term had a different meaning--it referred to freelance mercenaries who traveled to fo...

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The Discovery of the Future by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells

The Discovery of the Future

H. G. (Herbert George) Wells

eBook

Though best remembered as an important early figure in the development of the genre of science fiction, H. G. Wells was a intellectually voracious thinker and writer who used his novels and short stories as a means of getting at significant, timeless...

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The tale of terror by Edith Birkhead

The tale of terror

Edith Birkhead

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An Outline of Russian Literature by Maurice Baring

An Outline of Russian Literature

Maurice Baring

eBook

Russian authors such as Pushkin, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky have long been recognized by critics and readers alike as some of the world's most gifted literary artists. However, their complex prose and weighty philosophical ideas can be overwhelming. This...

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Early britain by Grant Allen

Early britain

Grant Allen

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Cleopatra by Jacob Abbott

Cleopatra

Jacob Abbott

eBook

Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, was a mysterious and beguiling figure who has fascinated historians for thousands of years. In this detailed account of her life and influence, author Jacob Abbott addresses many of the lingering question...

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London Souvenirs by Charles William. Heckethorn

London Souvenirs

Charles William. Heckethorn

eBook

Travel through the genteel avenues and gritty slums of turn-of-the-century London in this dazzling travelogue from Charles William Heckethorn. Rather than focusing solely on the affluent neighborhoods filled with high-born aristocrats, Heckethorn catalogs...

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The hyborian age by Robert E. (Robert Ervin) Howard

The hyborian age

Robert E. (Robert Ervin) Howard

eBook

The Hyborian Age is an essay by Robert E. Howard pertaining to the Hyborian Age, the fictional setting of his stories about Conan the Cimmerian. It sets out in detail the major events of the prehistorical period, before and after the time of the Conan...

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Mob rule in New Orleans by Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Mob rule in New Orleans

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

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History of the kingdom of Siam by F. H. (François Henri) Turpin

History of the kingdom of Siam

F. H. (François Henri) Turpin

eBook

The country now known as Thailand was long referred to as "Siam," and it has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. This in-depth history details the series of states that were established in the region from the early classical period to the...

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The Jesuits, 1534-1921 by Thomas J. Campbell

The Jesuits, 1534-1921

Thomas J. Campbell

eBook

The largest religious order in the Catholic Church, the Jesuits have played a major role in the religion since the order's founding in 1540. In this comprehensive history from Thomas J. Campbell, the contribution of the Jesuits--particularly in the realms...

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Hellenica by author Xenophon

Hellenica

author Xenophon

eBook

Xenophon was a Greek soldier who played a key role in several military skirmishes and attacks throughout his life. Later in his life, he began to write down his recollections of these battles and other key political and cultural events, thus becoming...

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City on fire  by Antony Dapiran

City on fire

Antony Dapiran

Book

Through the long, hot summer of 2019, Hong Kong burned. Anti-government protests, sparked by a government proposal to introduce a controversial extradition law, grew into a pro-democracy movement that engulfed the city for months. Protesters fought s...

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The monuments by Peter Cossins

The monuments

Peter Cossins

eBook

The Tour de France may provide the most obvious fame and glory, but it is cycling's one-day tests that the professional riders really prize. Toughest, longest and dirtiest of all are the so-called 'Monuments', the five legendary races that are the sp...

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Elvis died for somebody's sins ... but not mine by Mick Farren

Elvis died for somebody's sins ... but not mine

Mick Farren

eBook

"You cannot believe a word Mick Farren tells you!" John Lydon A literary life railing against the machine, in the company of Johnny Cash, Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry and more. Mick Farren has spent more than 4 decades in the thick of the culture wars as...

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Action likely in Pacific  by John Koster

Action likely in Pacific

John Koster

Book

A story of espionage that could have changed the course of history and saved thousands of American and British lives - and millions of Asian lives. 'On the night of 3 December 1941, I could not fall asleep,' Kilsoo Haan remembered. 'I went to the Chop...

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Vikings  by W. B. Bartlett

Vikings

W. B. Bartlett

Book

The year 1066: a battlefield in England, a mighty king lies prone on the ground, his lifeblood ebbing out of him. As he draws his last breath, the world of which he is the greatest figurehead also moves towards its end, its existence about to pass from...

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Pan Am at war  by Mark Cotta Vaz

Pan Am at war

Mark Cotta Vaz

Book

Pan Am at War chronicles the airline's historic role in advancing aviation and serving America's national interest before and during World War II. From its inception, Pan American Airways operated as the "wings of democracy," spanning six continents ...

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A concise history of Romania  by Keith Hitchins

A concise history of Romania

Keith Hitchins

Book

Comprehensive and engaging new history charting Romania's development over 2000 years from its establishment to the present day.

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The biggest estate on earth by Bill Gammage

The biggest estate on earth

Bill Gammage

eBook

"Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. Bill Gammage has discovered this was...

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Anam cara by John O'Donohue

Anam cara

John O'Donohue

eBook

This book offers an exploration of the secret universe we all carry inside us, the connections we forge with the worlds of our friends and loved ones, and the products of our worlds reflected in the things we create outside of ourselves. Anam Cara, Gaelic...

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A room of one's own by Virginia Woolf

A room of one's own

Virginia Woolf

eAudiobook

This Penguin Classic is performed by Natalie Dormer, best known for her standout role as Queen Margaery in Game of Thrones, as well as her roles in The Hunger Games and Captain America: The First Avenger. A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given...

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Party animals by Samantha Maiden

Party animals

Samantha Maiden

eAudiobook

Secrets, lies, lawyers and covert recordings. If you thought the 2019 election was just about a death tax that didn't exist, you're in for a surprise.From the dark arts of the dirt units to the role of billionaire Clive Palmer, this is the untold story...

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World War II  by Keith D. Dickson

World War II

Keith D. Dickson

Book

World War II was the most destructive conflict of the 20th century. How did it happen -- and why? Packed with fascinating anecdotes, interesting sidebars, and top ten lists, this friendly reference contains everything you need to know about World War...

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Missing  by Richard Van Emden

Missing

Richard Van Emden

Book

In May 1918, Angela and Leopold Mond received a knock on the front door. It was the postman and he was delivering the letter every family in the United Kingdom dreaded: the notification of a loved one's battlefield death, in their case the death in action...

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A short history of South-East Asia

A short history of South-East Asia

Book

This book will aid readers' knowledge of this region by addressing its historical past and political future. It is based around a prophetic observation of Lee Kuan Yew, the legendary former Prime Minister of Singapore, that "to understand the present...

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RAF Harrier ground attack - Falklands  by Jerry Pook

RAF Harrier ground attack - Falklands

Jerry Pook

Book

During the Falklands war Jerry Pook, a pilot in No. 1(F) Squadron RAF, flew air interdiction, armed reccon, close-air-support and airfield attack as well as pure photo-reccon missions. Most weapons were delivered from extreme low-level attacks because...

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Extreme survivors  by Richard Happer

Extreme survivors

Richard Happer

Book

60 of the most daring escapes, famous shipwrecks, and ultimate survival stories. These are astonishing stories of human endurance and endeavour. Compelling descriptions combined with illustrative maps give you a full understanding of the world's grea...

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A short history of Babylon  by Karen Radner

A short history of Babylon

Karen Radner

Book

Much of our perception of Babylon in the West is filtered through the poignant echoes of loss and longing that resonate in the Hebrew Bible. The lamenting exiles of Judah craved a return to their lost homeland after the sack of Jerusalem in 587 BC and...

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Last stop Auschwitz  by E. de Wind

Last stop Auschwitz

E. de Wind

Book

An Auschwitz prisoner's remarkable account of suffering and survival, widely thought to be the only complete book written inside the camp itself. With an Afterword by John Boyne, author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Eddy de Wind, a Dutch doctor ...

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Desperate sunset  by Mike Yeo

Desperate sunset

Mike Yeo

Book

By the middle of 1944, Imperial Japan's armed forces were in an increasingly desperate situation. Its elite air corps had been wiped out over the Solomons in 1942-43, and its navy was a shadow of the force that had attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. But ...

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Hitler  by Ian Kershaw

Hitler

Ian Kershaw

Book

No figure in twentieth century history more clearly demands a close biographical understanding than Adolf Hitler; and no period is more important than the Second World War. Beginning with Hitler's startling European successes in the aftermath of the ...

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American amphibious gunboats in World War II by Robin L Rielly

American amphibious gunboats in World War II

Robin L Rielly

eBook

"In the United States campaign against numerous Japanese-held islands in the Pacific, crucial to the assaults was a new group of amphibious gunboats that could deliver heavy fire close in to shore as American forces landed. They were important later ...

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The shortest history of Germany  by J. M. (James M.) Hawes

The shortest history of Germany

J. M. (James M.) Hawes

Book

"The West is in full retreat. The Anglo-Saxon powers, great and small, withdraw into fantasies of lost greatness. Populists all over Europe cry out that immigration and globalisation are the work of a nefarious system, run by unseen masters with no n...

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