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Take Off Your Shoes: One Man's Journey from the Boardroom to Bali...
by Ben Feder

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English

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224

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May 01, 2018

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The <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> for busy executives, <i>Take Off Your Shoes</i> invites the reader to join a journey of self-rediscovery.<br /><br />A hard-charging CEO of a large enterprise, Ben Feder discovers that he is losing the very things that sustained him over his years of business success. Unsettled by his insight and determined to rebuild family relationships and rejuvenate his sense of purpose, he risks his career on a life-altering physical and emotional journey. Together with his wife and children, Feder sets off for an exotic island on a self-prescribed sabbatical year. That experience transforms them all.<br /><br />If <i>10% Happier</i> made you more mindful, and <i>Wild</i> more adventuresome, <i>Take Off Your Shoes</i> will ground you and help you find your soul.<br /><br />The writing is honest and moving, baring the author’s innermost struggles and fears, and enticing the reader to share his quest. As Feder navigates the thrills and pitfalls of his time away, he draws us into remarkable examinations of values and priorities in adult life.
Shots Fired in Anger: A Rifleman's Eye View of the Activities on ...
by John B. George

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English

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506

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July 23, 2018

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<b>On August 7, 1942, Allied forces landed on Guadalcanal with the aim of relieving pressure that the Japanese were putting upon Allied supply and communication routes.<br /><br />It was the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan.</b><br /><br />John B. George’s wonderful account of his early overseas experiences as a rifleman in the Guadalcanal campaign presents the viewpoint not of a brass hat, but instead of doughboy who saw the conflict from the ground.<br /><br />He begins with the story of his early years in the 132nd Infantry of the Illinois National Guard, training on the ranges in various ranges across America, before he and his regiment were inducted into the United States Army just months before the terrible events at Pearl Harbor.<br /><br />George and his regiment landed on Guadalcanal just one day after the invasion had begun and were thrown quickly into the action to secure the beachhead and defend Lunga Point.<br /><br />Being a crack shot George records the many hours that he spent hidden in the bush sniping at his enemies if any opportunities arose.<br /><br />What makes this memoir different from others is the fact that George not only uncovers the conflicts that he witnesses and took part in but he also gives extensive information about the tactics that the U.S. military implemented as well as in depth descriptions of all the weapons that they used along with those of their enemies.<br /><br />“Johnny George is a fine officer and an able Infantryman. As a leader he was always capable and aggressive; as an individual rifleman he never lost an opportunity to kill or harass the enemy.” Colonel George F. Ferry, Commanding Officer of 132nd Infantry Regiment.<br /><br />John B. George served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1947 in the Pacific and China-Burma-India theaters and held the rank of lieutenant colonel. After this he went to Princeton and later joined the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Institute as a consultant, lecturer, and writer on African affairs. His book <em>Shots Fired in Anger</em> was first published in 1947 and he passed away in 2009.<br />
Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid
by Martin Caidin

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English

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207

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February 19, 2018

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<b><h2>“The ‘longest day’ for the B-17’s in World War II ... Superb!” <em>NY Times</em></h2></b><br /><br />On Thursday, October 14, 1943, two hundred and ninety one B-17 Flying Fortresses set out for a strategic bombing raid on the factories in Schweinfurt.<br /><br />Sixty of those planes never returned and six hundred and fifty men were lost during the course of that mission.<br /><br />It was the greatest failure that the United States Air Force had ever suffered and became known as “Black Thursday”.<br /><br />Martin Caidin’s <em>Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid</em> is a brilliant account of that day that should never be forgotten.<br /><br />This book uncovers in thrilling detail the build-up to that fateful raid as the ground crew prepare the aircraft and the aviators are briefed on their mission ahead.<br /><br />By consulting with first-hand accounts and interviewing survivors Caidin’s book takes the reader to the heart of the action as the planes burst into battle in the skies above Western Europe.<br /><br />“It is documented in the same careful kind of research which makes the whole book so successful. Excellent!” <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />Martin Caidin was an American author and an authority on aeronautics and aviation. Caidin was an airplane pilot as well, and bought and restored a 1936 Junkers Ju 52 airplane. His book <em>Black Thursday</em> was first published in 1960. He passed away in 1997.<br /><br />
Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea: The Daring Capture of the U-50...
by Daniel V. Gallery

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English

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267

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February 25, 2018

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<h2>“Terrific... the first-hand story of Uncle Sam’s U-Boat killers.” — <em>Chicago Daily News</em></h2><br /><br /><b>“The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril. . . .” — Winston Churchill</b><br /><br />German U-Boats were causing havoc for the Allied fleets across the oceans of the world.<br /><br />The Battle of the Atlantic had been ongoing since the beginning of the war and the Royal Navy, United States Navy and Allied merchant shipping were taking heavy casualties against these underwater terrors.<br /><br />The U-505 had been launched on 25 May 1941.<br /><br />Over the next three years she went on to sink a total of eight ships.<br /><br />But the upper hand that once had been held by U-Boats was beginning to weaken and tide began to turn in favor of the Allied navies.<br /><br />Daniel Gallery, in his brilliant memoir, explains how he led Task Group 21.12 in the battle against the U-Boat threat.<br /><br />Commanding the USS <em>Guadalcanal</em> he led his crew to sink three of these menacing submarines, but his greatest achievement was to capture the U-505 off the coast of Africa.<br /><br />He was the first American officer to capture an enemy warship since the War of 1812, and this victory gave the United States Navy not only a great victory but also the codebooks, Enigma machine and other secret materials found on board critically assisted the Allied codebreakers.<br /><br />“Excellent in several ways: it provides a fine quick survey of the whole Atlantic war, it describes the operation of the German U-boat service, and, most dramatically, it tells how an American task force under Admiral Gallery achieved the unique feat of capturing a German submarine.” — <em>Publishers’ Weekly</em><br /><br /> “One of the best non-fiction books about World War II.” — <em>Raleigh News & Observer</em><br /><br />“One of the war’s most exciting memoirs.” — <em>Chicago News</em><br /><br />“A first-rate adventure tale...suspense and excitement told with a seaman’s salty zest...excellent reading.” — <em>Chicago Sunday Tribune</em><br /><br />“A masterful job that merits the attention of every lover of sea stories.” — <em>Pittsburgh Press</em><br /><br />“Brimming with thrills.” — <em>Philadelphia News</em><br /><br />“An engrossing tale. . . . Pungent, entertaining, informative.” — <em>Navy Times</em><br /><br />“A humdinger of a sea story ... a highly readable book, trimmed from stem to stern with the writer’s irrepressible sense of humor.” — <em>Chicago Sunday Times</em><br /><br />Daniel V. Gallery was a rear admiral in the United States Navy. He saw extensive action during World War II, fighting U-boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. After the war, Gallery was a prolific author of fiction and non-fiction. <em>Twenty Million Tons Under the Sea</em> was originally published in 1956 and he passed away in 1977.<br /><br /><br /><br />
Rendezvous By Submarine: The Story Of Charles Parsons And The Gue...
by Travis Ingham

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English

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207

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July 03, 2018

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<b>1942.<br /><br />Manila had fallen and MacArthur had retreated with the famous words, “I shall return.”</b><br /><br />Many thousands of American and Filipino prisoners of war were forced to march in atrocious conditions from Bataan to various prison camps with huge numbers dying along the way.<br /><br />Yet the Imperial Japanese Army was not able to subdue all of its enemies.<br /><br />A motley group of American and Filipino soldiers escaped into the depths of Mindanao and began to form a new force that would fight with coordinated guerrilla tactics against the occupying forces.<br /><br />Charles “Chick” Parsons, who previously had been in charge of the naval docks of Manila, led his men to cause terror among the Japanese as they stuck time and again in hit-and-run raids.<br /><br />Endlessly spying on the Japanese forces they became the eyes and ears for MacArthur’s forces who were preparing to retake the Philippines. <br /><br />Parsons became instrumental in organization of the guerrilla movement as they moved ammunition, medicine and arms from under the noses of the Japanese, installed coast watchers and radio stations, evacuated American and Allied personnel and civilians, and undertaking secret submarine missions to the Philippines.<br /><br />Travis Ingram drew much of the material for this book directly from Parsons who frequently interjects through the book with his own opinion of certain situations.<br /><br />This is the remarkable story of the man that MacArthur described as “the bravest man I ever met” and deserves to be read by all who wish to find out more about individual acts of heroism that took place in the most trying of circumstances.<br /><br />“A story of military and morale building that paid dividends to our advantage, told with the flourish and zest it deserves.” <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />“No small part of the credit for the reconquest of the Philippines goes to an American businessman turned Navy Commander — Mr. Charles Parsons — who organized guerrilla forces in a number of islands. This is the exciting narrative of how he did this job.” <em>Foreign Affairs</em><br /><br />Travis Ingham was an American writer. His book <em>Rendezvous By Submarine: The Story Of Charles Parsons And The Guerrilla-Soldiers In The Philippines</em> was first published in 1945. He passed away in 1969.<br />
Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific
by Robert Leckie

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English

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252

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January 28, 2018

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<b>“One hell of a book! The real stuff that proves the U.S. Marines are the greatest fighting men on earth!” Leon Uris</b><br /><br />Robert Leckie signed up for service with the United States Marines on January 5, 1942.<br /><br />Wake Island had fallen and America was still reeling from the tragedy of Pearl Harbor.<br /><br />This vivid and personal account of one marine’s journey through the course of the war in the Pacific in World War Two.<br /><br />Leckie provides vivid, and at times humorous, details of his training in South Carolina, through to being assigned to first terrifying duties as a fighting marine.<br /><br />He was thrust into the heat of battle at Guadalcanal before seeing action across many islands of the Pacific until he was eventually wounded and evacuated from the island of Peleliu.<br /><br />Yet this fascinating autobiography is not simply about Leckie’s fighting life over the duration of the war as it also records the camaraderie of his fellow soldiers, the adventures that he enjoyed during his time off service in Melbourne, Australia, along with the day to day life of a normal marine.<br /><br />“Helmet for My Pillow is a grand and epic prose poem. Robert Leckie’s theme is the purely human experience of war in the Pacific, written in the graceful imagery of a human being who — somehow — survived.” Tom Hanks<br /><br />This work is essential reading for anyone interested in uncovering the voice of a true marine who saw some of the bloodiest battles of World War Two.<br /><br />Along with E. B. Sledge’s <em>With the Old Breed: At Peleiu and Okinawa</em> this book formed the basis for the HBO miniseries <em>The Pacific</em>.<br /><br />Robert Leckie was an American author and historian. His service with the 1st Marine Division in World War Two as a machine gunner and a scout greatly influenced his later work. <em>Helmet for my Pillow</em> was first published in 1957 and Leckie passed away in 2001.<br />
Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence
by Charles Augustus Goodric...

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June 10, 2018

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<h2><b>The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history.</b></h2><b><br /><br />But why was it created?<br /><br />And who were the men willing to risk their lives by adding their signatures to the bottom of it?</b><br /><br />Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, and other prominent figures who actively shaped the Declaration are given in depth biographies.<br /><br />But Charles Goodrich does not just focus upon the more famous of the fifty-signers as he draws evidence from a wide variety of sources to shine light upon even the most obscure of the Declaration’s signatories.<br /><br />Indeed some of the most fascinating of the lives within this work are those that have more frequently been forgotten.<br /><br />Goodrich begins the work with a short history of why the Declaration of Independence came into being. It provides an excellent grounding for his biographies of all fifty-six signers and lives that they led, both before and after they had added their names to this famous document.<br /><br />“The same intrepidity and genius which had raised them to be leaders of the nation at that crisis, carried them forward in the career of glory through a long period of public life. … we are convinced these biographies will be read with pleasure.” <em>The North American Review</em><br /><br />This book is worthy reading for anyone interested in how the United States was founded and for people wishing to learn more about the figures that shaped its history in those early years.<br /><br />Charles Augustus Goodrich was an American author and Congregational minister, who popularized the motto "a place for everything and everything in its place". His book <em> Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of independence</em> was first published in 1829 and he passed away in 1862.<br />
Bataan Uncensored
by Col. E. B. Miller

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English

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479

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July 29, 2018

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<b>After three months in a last-ditch defense of Bataan over sixty thousand American and Filipino soldiers were captured.<br /><br />What happened next would scar survivors for the rest of their lives.</b><br /><br />On 9th April 1942, the prisoners were rounded up and forced to begin marching. This was the beginning of the infamous Bataan Death March.<br /><br />They were subject to cruel beatings and torture, were not provided with adequate food or water, and were forced to witness summary executions along the dreadful march that went on for over sixty miles. Those who survived with deep physical and psychological trauma.<br /><br />Yet, Colonel E. B. Miller refused to allow the lives his fallen comrades to be forgotten.<br /><br />So, even though he risked his own life, he kept notes of what happened. Humiliated by defeat, he obtained affidavits from men who were there, smuggled his history-in-the-making past Jap sentries, hid the notes in Jap prison camps, remembered and recovered them when victory came. <br /><br /><em>Bataan Uncensored</em> is the result of these remarkable notes that he made through the course of the war.<br /><br />It is the memoir not of a professional soldier, but instead of a citizen soldier, who as a member of the National Guard, was a commander of the 194th Tank Battalion.<br /><br />This book begins with how Miller, as a veteran from Mexican Border Campaign and World War One, came to be involved in the Second World War along with his fellow citizen-soldiers of the National Guard. <br /><br />It then covers the withdrawals into Bataan and how they became an integral part in that heroic siege against the overpowering Japanese hordes. <br /><br />But the book becomes especially vivid when Miller goes on to describe how he and his men gasped for strength on the Death March, how they elbowed death away in the confines of the hell ships, and how their sense of defeat fought with their American pride through the starvation and abuse of Jap prison camps. <br /><br />This book is essential reading for anyone interested in this tragic moment in American history and for anyone who wishes to discover how these remarkable men managed to survive and overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds that faced them.<br /><br />Colonel E. B. Miller had served in the Mexican Border Campaign and the First World War prior to becoming a commanding officer of the 194th Tank Battalion. He was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan POW Camps in the Philippines before being sent to Japan. In Japan, he was held at Tanagawa, Zentsuji, and Rokuroshi POW Camps. He was liberated in September 1945. His book <em>Bataan Uncensored</em> was first published in 1949 and he passed away in 1959.<br />
A Voice from the Main Deck: Being a Record of the Thirty Years' A...
by Samuel Leech

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English

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163

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February 12, 2018

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<b><em>I heard the shot strike the sides of our ship; the whole scene grew indescribably confused and horrible; it was like some awfully tremendous thunder-storm, whose deafening roar is attended by incessant streaks of lightning, carrying death in every flash and strewing the ground with the victims of its wrath: only, in our case, the scene was rendered more horrible than that, by the presence of torrents of blood which dyed our decks.</em></b><br /><br />This was Samuel Leech’s first experience of naval warfare. He was a powder monkey aboard the HMS Macedonian when it was attacked forced to strike its colors by the USS United States in the war of 1812.<br /><br />Leech provides a fascinating account of life as a sailor in the War of 1812 and through early nineteenth century.<br /><br />It is a remarkable account of a man who until the conflict with the USS United States had fought British Navy but after that battle changed allegiance to the United States and continued sailing with her navy for a further four years.<br /><br />He provides brilliant insight into the contrasts that he saw between the US Navy and the British Navy during this time.<br /><br />It is a vivid account of life at sea in the early nineteenth century and a perfect addition to any sailor’s library.<br /><br />‘an unlettered tar details the secrets of the naval main-deck ... an interesting volume’ <em>The Merchant’s Magazine</em><br /><br />Samuel Leech was a young sailor in the Royal Navy and the United States Navy during the War of 1812. He became notable as one of very few who wrote an account of his experiences. His book was first published in 1843 and he passed away in 1848.<br />
The 84th Infantry Division In The Battle Of Germany: November 194...
by Theodore Draper

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May 30, 2018

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<b>In early November 1944, five months after D-Day, the “Railsplitter” division landed on Omaha beach.<br /><br />Through the course of the next six months it would see some of the most ferocious fighting of the entire war.</b><br /><br />As soon as they landed they drove quickly into the Netherlands to prepare for an offensive into Nazi Germany.<br /><br />Their movements were dramatically altered as the German forces attempted to launch a momentous counter-offensive against the allies. The 84th division was sent to Belgium to plug a gap in the Allied line and fought back against the last ditch effort of Nazi forces.<br /><br />Draper takes the reader through every engagement that the division took part in from the first shots fired in anger through to crossing the Rhine into Germany and finally taking Hannover and making contact with Soviet forces in May 1945.<br /><br />Lt. Theodore Draper’s book is a unique account of the allied invasion of Germany. <br /><br />Rather relying on secondhand stories of the division’s actions months after the events had occurred, Draper was encouraged to go direct to the source, to the men themselves, from the commanding general to any private, for the most complete, firsthand information on every action.<br /><br />This book is largely based on hundreds of pages of such interviews, most of them within 48 hours of the unit’s relief and many of them while the unit was still fighting.<br /><br />“Though ostensibly a divisional history, Draper’s well-informed and interesting account is useful for an understanding of the war on the western front in general.” Robert Gale Woolbert, <em>Foreign Affairs</em><br /><br />“This is the whole operation of the battle of Germany on the broad and individual level, the Siegfried Line, the fight to the Rhine, the Ardennes, the mad race to the Elbo, with credit attributed to men, companies, battalions where it is due.” <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />Theodore Draper was an American historian and political writer. He wrote many notable books during his career on a variety of subjects. During the Second World War he was inducted into the U. S. Army and worked in the historical section of the 84th Infantry Division. His book <em>The 84th Infantry Division In The Battle Of Germany : November 1944-May 1945</em> was first published in 1946 and he passed away in 2006. <br />

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