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Sugar, Stamps & Tea: The Objects That Made America (Bite Sized Hi...
by , Lauren Tokarewich

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English

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March 24, 2017

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Most people think of history as a subject they were forced to attend in school or some old guy with wooden teeth and a bad wig. There’s stories about governments passing laws and people making grand speeches, but people don’t really have a connection with that nowadays.<br /><br />When you think back to the American Revolution you’re probably not making connections to an episode of Dr. Who that you saw, or how America was like the little brother that got stuck with all the strict rules just because we moved away.<br /><br />History is more than a series of important dates or dry facts that you were forced to memorize for school. With funny anecdotes, witty comparisons, and creative metaphors, Sugar, Stamps & Tea puts the 50 most important events that led to the American Revolution in a unique modern light.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr.: A Portrait
by Raymond B. Fosdick

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English

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March 28, 2017

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“Mr. Fosdick has written a biography in its formal meaning — fully documented, chronologically precise — and not simply a personal tribute to a friend of more than forty years’ standing. The book, in consequence, is both biography and history, satisfying all the rigorous canons of personal and social analysis. It is to be read as part of the history of our time and as the record of a man of as much consequence to us as have been those other leaders and creators among his contemporaries who have affected public conduct.<br /><br />What we have here, then, is the narrative of a rich man who overcame the almost impossible handicaps of great wealth, limited religious upbringing, and a narrow and protective family circle. He might have become defensive and suspicious, or a recluse cultivating private and expensive hobbies, or a popular leader and therefore a demagogue (such patterns of the behavior of men of inherited fortunes are familiar throughout history), but instead he was able to grow and to assume great, national obligations.<br /><br />What might have been a puzzle slowly disappears under Mr. Fosdick’s skillful scholarship and his deep regard for his friend. The young Rockefeller (he is called throughout the book ‘JDR Jr.’), as early as 1910, when he was 36, severed his direct connections with business: did he do so because of a real or unconscious rejection of his father? Quite the contrary; father and son early forged strong bonds of mutual affection and respect, but while there never was hostility on the part of the son, neither was there subservience.<br /><br />JDR Jr. continued to support the philanthropies founded by the older man, the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, the General Education Board, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and to expand them; did he do this because he, like other men in public life — like Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Louis D. Brandeis — was inevitably swept up in the ‘reform movement’ of the day? That was only a part, and possibly a minor one, of his development. For as his tastes became surer and his vocation clearer, he ranged wider and wider until his interests were as large as those of his country and his world.<br /><br />As one goes over the catalogue of his benefactions and interests — none ever representing a perfunctory concern, most requiring long years of careful planning with a devotion to exact detail that only the truly outstanding seem to possess — one grasps the sweep and boldness of JDR Jr.’s mind. Williamsburg; the Cloisters; Rockefeller Center; the Museum of Modern Art; the restoration of the Athenian Agora; Rheims, Versailles, Fontainebleau; Negro education; the four International Houses; Jackson Hole and the Jersey Palisades; the Library of the League of Nations at Geneva, and the site of the U.N. at New York; the interdenominational movement; the long battle to achieve industrial understanding in two decades marked by bitter strife between management and labor: this is only a partial list.<br /><br />Mr. Fosdick seeks the key to the Rockefellers in some observations made by Frederick T. Gates, that restless and fascinating man who had such a great influence on the lives of both father and son. In 1905, Gates wrote to the father: ‘Two courses are open to you. One is that you and your children while living should make final disposition of this great fortune in the form of permanent corporate philanthropies for the good of mankind... or at the close of a few lives now in being it must simply pass into the unknown, like some other great fortunes, with unmeasured and perhaps sinister possibilities.’ In 1929, Gates was satisfied, for he put down in a private document these remarks concerning JDR Jr.: ‘I have known no man who entered life more absolutely dominated by his sense of duty, more diligent in the quest of the right path, more eager to follow it at any sacrifice.’” — Louis M. Hacker, The New York Times
The Last Flight of Chauncey Freeman
by Mark T. Holmes

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English

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March 29, 2017

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The Last Flight of Chauncey Freeman is a very brief tribute to two brave Americans who served and sacrificed in the 8th Air Force in World War II. This short article in written the form of Paul Harvey's "rest of the story" - enjoy.
Morning Star
by DR JACOB JOSTEN KOCHUPURA...

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English

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March 29, 2017

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This book gives a good picture of a century of German History.<br />It is the touching story of mother’s love, tears, self-confidence, unshakable faith in God, heroism, farsightedness and dedication.<br />It is the story of a brave German women who, scorched by the bolts of fate and plunged into a deep well of tears, mustered courage, scrambled up ashore and lived a holy life, putting her trust in Providence. This morning Star will illumine the way for the victims of fate who grope in the dark and for those who even in the midst of terrible sufferings and sorrows, believe that life has a meaning, because God is its author.<br />
The Turk
by Ernest Wittenberg

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English

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March 29, 2017

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The Turk - or Mechanical Turk as it was sometimes called - was an ingenious mechanical chess player that defeated Frederick the Great, George III, and Napoleon (whom it caught cheating) and nearly fooled all America. Here, in this essay from historian Ernest Wittenberg, is the Turk's surprising and little-told story.
MY ARMY AIR FORCE STORY
by Oak Mackey

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English

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March 29, 2017

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A story of a young man entering the service in world II. How it happened coming from a farm in Oklahoma.
Louis Napoleon, Ex-Emperor Of The French
by Edward Walford

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English

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March 29, 2017

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This vintage book from 1873 has been digitally converted to downloadable format. A great classic for the home or classroom, an interesting old-fashioned reference book, and an outstanding find.<br /><br />A short biography of Napoleon III, written following his death.
Napoleon
by T. P. O'Connor

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English

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March 29, 2017

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<h2>”A storehouse for all future writers of modern history” <em>Athenaeum</em> </h2><br /><br />Originally published in 1896, Thomas Power O’Connor’s intimate portrait of Napoleon covers everything from his military campaigns to his questionable table manners.<br /><br />Far from a stuffy account of Napoleon’s battles and governance, O’Connor’s conversational style reveals the man behind the Emperor. This biography remains an important addition to the study of Napoleon with its personal and, at times, visceral details of the public and private life of the Emperor. <br /><br />Examining contemporary French sources such as Hippolyte Taine, and with quotations from those closest to Napoleon such as Claude François Méneval, Étienne-Denis Pasquier and Josephine, O’Connor’s depiction of Napoleon is informative and entertaining in style, and far-reaching in scope.<br /><br />As O’Connor guides the reader through these sources – either from devotees or detractors of Napoleon – a conflicting portrayal of the man arises that can only be expected from such a divisive and monumental figure. Brilliant but volatile, domineering but juvenile, but always – the violence of his campaigns appears rooted in his chaotic personality.<br /><br />Nevertheless, O’Connor shows that one link remains unbroken throughout Napoleon’s life: his fierce ambition.<br /><br />Perhaps this is what drew the leader of the United Irish League and the “Father of the House of Commons” to his subject.<br /><br /><b>T. P. O’Connor</b> (1848-1929) was a journalist and MP. His mastery of French and German led him to report from the Franco-Prussian War following his sub-editorship of <em>The Daily Telegraph</em>. He was elected into the House of Commons in 1880 and was then continuously re-elected for 49 years and 215 days running as a proponent for Home Rule and Irish nationalism.
My Life and Lens: The Story of a Marine Corps Combat Corresponden...
by Capt. Robert L. Bowen

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English

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March 29, 2017

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<p>Journalists possess critical responsibilities—one is simply to inform, another is to explain. As a military photojournalist during the Vietnam Era, Bob Bowen has captured visually with his camera and explained eloquently with his written words, the horrors and the honorable service of that period. In his new book My Life and Lens, Bowen articulates not only high action combat but the artful subtleties and tactics of warfare. He writes so well that the reader is pulled into the stories as if there in person.</p><br /><br /><p>It is one thing to provide facts to America’s cumulative history; it’s another to display the facts through personal experiences. One will learn through reading this memoir that the life of a journalist in a war zone could be short-lived. It is dangerous work; but when successful, the work informs. This is what makes Bowen’s book such a compelling read.</p><br /><br /><p>This memoir is an excellent pictorial and literary contribution not only to our nation’s history but in the recognition of those who honorably participated in that unpopular conflict. Respect is demonstrated to the families of the brave American heroes of this long-ago era by Bob Bowen’s memorializing them in his book.<br />- Worth Earlwood Norman, Jr., retired account executive, EDS Corporation; author of two biographies—James Solomon Russell: Former Slave, Pioneer Educator, and Episcopal Evangelist (McFarland Publishing, 2012), William Jelks Cabaniss, Jr., Crossing Lines in His Business, Political and Diplomatic Life (Archdeacon Books, 2014) and one memoir, Six Bits: USMC 1962-1963 (My Years in USMC Bands 1962-1966) (Kindle eBook)</p><br /><br /><p>I predict this is a great book by Bob Bowen who is writing about his own life during the Vietnam War. Bob is an expert photographer and was a war correspondent and a fine writer. This job was dangerous. This book could really take off and be a great success. I recommend it to anyone interested in the Vietnam War. The war was a harrowing experience for the men involved, and they have never been given proper credit for their bravery.<br />- Don Gilmore, author, Eyewitness Vietnam</p><br /><br /><p>The images you captured of our Marines in Vietnam are unequaled. Your book will be a smash hit!<br />- Franklin Cox, author, Lullabies for Lieutenants</p><br /><br /><p>My friend Bob Bowen has been a member of The American Legion for more than four decades, during which time he has been totally devoted to our country, our veterans, and their families. This memoir details his insights not only into war and coming home, but also into the people who are Americans. His life is proof that when most veterans take off their uniforms, they don’t quit their service to the nation. My Life and Lens is the inspiring story of how one Marine is still serving America.<br />- Daniel S. Wheeler, National Adjutant, The American Legion</p>
DOCUMENTOS INSOLITOS (Spanish Edition)
by NANDO BARROS

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Spanish

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Publication Date

March 29, 2017

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CARTAS Y DOCUMENTOS BIOGRAFICOS DE ECHOS INSOLITOS Y CURIOSOS EN LOS SIGLOS GLORIOSOS DE ESPAÑA. ESTOS SON LOS VERDADEROS DESCLASIFICADOS.

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