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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
by Walter Isaacson

Language

English

Pages

608

Publication Date

July 31, 2003

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In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of <I>Einstein </I>and <I>Steve Jobs</I>, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.<BR><BR>Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin’s life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Walter Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the runaway apprentice who became, over the course of his eighty-four-year life, America’s best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind <I>Poor Richard’s Almanac</I> and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation’s alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.<BR><BR>In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.
The Big Book of Serial Killers: 150 Serial Killer Files of the Wo...
by , Rebecca Lo

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 10, 2017

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There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us. <br /><br />These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader’s, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community. <br /><br />This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference book. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so the range is broad.<br /><br />Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy to follow collection of information on the world’s most heinous murderers.<br />
24 Karat Etiquette: Golden Rules from the World's Most Glamorous ...
by Lisa Gaché

Language

English

Pages

275

Publication Date

September 01, 2013

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<DIV><DIV><B>From a Beverly Hills etiquette guru comes this “must-read” behind the scenes look into her clients’ unique social dilemmas, debacles, and transformations (Dr. Phil).</B><BR />  <BR /> In Beverly Hills, fame and wealth can buy everything—except class, grace, and sophistication. In <I>24 Karat Etiquette</I>, the founder of Beverly Hills Manners, Lisa Gaché, describes transforming her awkward, boorish, and sometimes difficult clients into social virtuosos. She provides practical solutions to a variety of social challenges—from dining with decorum to red carpet protocol—which is why her services are in demand from Saudi princesses to Oscar winners, talent agents to child actresses, butlers, and football players.<BR />  <BR /> Of course, in today’s technology-driven world, Lisa also dispenses expert advice on social media <I>netiquette</I>. If a tweet hits the fan, repercussions are real and can be devastating, whether you’re a “nobody” or a “somebody.” Everyone can pick up tips to apply to their own lives from Lisa’s stories about her most amusing, clueless, and stubborn clients.<BR />  <BR /> “Here, the etiquette guru provides advice on every aspect of life that her clients might encounter, from social media to travel, from marriage to what to do if you screw up in public.” —<I>Publishers Weekly</I><BR />  <BR /> “[This book is] poking out of every Birkin bag in town.” —<I>The Daily Telegraph</I></DIV></DIV>
War in the South Pacific: Out in the Boondocks, U.S. Marines Tell...
by James David Horan

Language

English

Pages

176

Publication Date

October 18, 2017

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<em><b>“I was in one of the last landing barges to hit the beach of Gavutu Island. We were halfway in when the Japanese machine guns got their range. Bullets slapped the water and whined as they ricocheted off the barge. Some of us ducked; some of us fell to the floor; and all of us prayed.”</b></em><br /><br />Here, in heart-stopping human detail, are twenty-one personal accounts told by the men themselves. <br /><br />They are the stories of men who lived in hell and lived to tell of it. <br /><br />There is the story of Sgt. Albert Schmid who was awarded the Navy Cross for his single-handed destruction of a flanking attack while on Guadalcanal. <br /><br />The account of Private Nicolli who was literally blown into the air like a matchstick and then, with a piece of shrapnel in his chest, managed to help a wounded comrade to the rear. <br /><br />“The luckiest man in the Solomons,” Sgt. Koziar, tells of how he had his tonsils removed with the assistance of a Japanese sniper’s bullet.<br /><br />These are just three of the twenty-one fascinating stories that were told to Gerold Frank and James Horan just months after these marines had returned from active duty to recover from the conflict in the Pacific.<br /><br />The valor of these marines is astounding, as twenty-one-year-old Corporal Conroy states in the book, “I don’t suppose I shall ever be able to sum up all the bravery, the guts, the genuine, honest courage displayed by the boys out in Guadalcanal. They were afraid, and yet they took it. They had what it takes . . .”<br /><br />The battles of Gavutu-Tanambogo, Tulagi, Tenaru, Matanikau and Guadalcanal are all covered through these accounts which take the reader right to the epicenter of the Pacific conflict.<br /><br />“telling of living conditions on the beaches and in the jungles where they fought, offering an insider’s view of foxholes, food, snipers, mosquitos, boondocks, shrapnel, their injuries, and their pain.” <em>Great Stories of World War II</em><br /><br />Gerold Frank and James Horan were professional authors who wrote down the stories of these marines shortly after they had returned from active duty. <em>The War in the South Pacific</em> was first published in 1943 as <em>Out in the Boondocks</em>. Frank went on to become a prominent ghostwriter and passed away in 1998. Horan, author of more than forty books, died in 1981.
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

Language

English

Pages

276

Publication Date

March 01, 2018

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Among the most powerful accounts of the Nazi occupation, "The Diary of Anne Frank" chronicles the life of Anne Frank, a thirteen-year old girl fleeing her home in Amsterdam to go into hiding. Anne reveals the relationships between eight people living under miserable conditions: facing hunger, threat of discovery and the worst horrors the modern world had seen. In these pages, she grows up to be a young woman and a wise observer of human nature. She shares an unparalleled bond with her diary, which holds a detailed account of Anne's close relationship with her father, the lack of daughterly love for her mother, admiration for her sister's intelligence and closeness with her friend Peter. Anne Frank's account offers a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman who turns thoughtful and learns of the many terrors of the world.
Leah Chase: Listen, I Say Like This
by Carol Allen

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

October 31, 2002

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<p>Leah Lange Chase was raised in a small, country town across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. With the values instilled in her by devoted parents-hard work, faith, and family-she soon grew into a woman to be reckoned with. In her roles as chef of the most popular Creole restaurant in New Orleans, nationally respected patron of the arts, and civic leader, she has influenced the world around her in important ways. Reading her story makes one think, "If she can do it, maybe I can too."
Gone: Catastrophe in Paradise
by OJ Modjeska

Language

English

Pages

88

Publication Date

March 16, 2017

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<p><b>A mass of European and American tourists descend on an idyllic tropical island for the holiday of a lifetime. Within hours, hundreds are dead.</b></p><p> What happened? This is the true story of one of history's most tragic and shocking disasters, in which aviation, terrorism, a sudden change in weather and plain old bad luck made for a ruinous mix.</p><p>Discover the mind-boggling facts of this catastrophe in this compelling, action-packed and haunting tale of the human condition that will have you turning the pages to the very end.</p><p>Praise from readers:<br /></p><p><i><b>★★★★★ - "Brings to light an accident that many in the aviation field are aware of, but most average people have no knowledge of. Excellent read."</b></i></p><p><i><b>★★★★★ - "A vivid reportage about an eerie tragedy related to the greatest disaster in airline history."</b></i></p><p><i><b>★★★★★ - "I commend Modjeska for writing about this accident, for reflecting on its meaning, and for helping us as readers to consider all the coincidences that had to align for this accident to occur. An amazing, highly recommended read."</b></i><br /></p>
Sketches of a Black Cat - Full Color Collector's Edition: Story o...
by Ron Miner

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

July 26, 2017

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(Available in Color or B&W - click both format arrows - or Color Kindle) <br /><br /><br />“They painted our planes black, we wondered about that, then they put flame arrestors on our engines. We were told the cabin would be completely blacked out, the cockpit windows were darkened, and we would be doing mainly night work…” LCDR Howard Miner, VP-54<br /><br /><br /> This coming-of-age story follows the exploits of a WWII Navy seaplane pilot who, flying in huge planes painted entirely black, became one of the first to fly night missions. From boxes of journals, photos, and artwork comes a true story filled with colorful descriptions of exotic locations, sea rescues, and the humor that was intrinsic to a Navy squadron’s daily life while at war in the South Pacific. <br /><br /> His is a tale of seven buddies, all pilots who flew at night, slept and got into mischief by day, then repeated. Wartime was unpredictable, and whether landing on a tropical isle where the women he saw from the air turned out to be topless, or dropping wing tanks containing a strange new substance called “Napalm,” this was clearly a very different world than he had known as a college student in Indiana. <br /><br /> Their seaplane odyssey stretched from the Solomon Islands to the northern tip of the Philippines and included a full range of missions, from search, attack, and bombing runs, to daring sea rescues. Howard’s journey through training and tours of duty is skillfully captured in his art and narratives. The descriptive verse from the artist’s viewpoint gives us a creatively told and intriguing portrayal of WWII’s Pacific Theater. <br /><br /><br />* * * * "Sketches of a Black Cat" is a unique and fascinating memoir of a World War II combat aviator ~ with original and previously unpublished sketches and photographs. This artfully crafted book is a must read for anyone in search of a new and completely different view into the world of war in the Pacific and on the home front during America's greatest conflict." ~ Larkin Spivey, military historian and author. <br /><br /><br />* * * * “From boxes of notes and drawings comes a book illuminating a WWII pilot’s experiences as part of the Black Cat Squadron…accounts of support missions, rescues of airmen and interactions with indigenous island peoples told in vivid but unembellished detail…a handsome volume that reads breezily and is punctuated with photos and drawings from Howard’s war years. ~ Mike Francis <br />the Oregonian <br /><br /><br />* * * * "Wonderful and beautifully real stories such as this are dying every day as we lose our WWII veterans. Kudos to Ron Miner for preserving and sharing with the rest of us the gold of his father's journals, photos, and drawings to bring us such a compelling look at life during the war. This is not only a valuable and insightful historical document but a dramatic and warm personal story." ~ Don Keith, WWII author <br /> <br /><br />* * * * “... Howard Miner’s memoirs are a wonderful view into the world of a patrol squadron at war. Miner sees the war through the eyes of an artist, revealing details of day-to-day life that are often overlooked in war time narratives. A wholly enjoyable story!” ~ Stewart Bailey, Curator, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum <br /> <br /><br />* * * * " “As a former flight engineer aboard a PBY in WWII… I can truly say I felt as though I was on Howard’s Catalina…so many similarities to my own experiences. I can almost hear the drone of the engines in synchronization. Many episodes were warm and compelling. I highly recommend this book to vets, historians, and students. You won’t put down Sketches of a Black Cat till you’ve read it cover-to-cover!” ~ Win Stites, VP-91, VP2-1 served in both Atlantic and Pacific regions during WWII, Former President PBY Memorial Foundation and Museum
The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir
by Bill Griffeth

Language

English

Pages

196

Publication Date

September 06, 2016

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<SPAN STYLE="" >Bill Griffeth, longtime genealogy buff, takes a DNA test that has an unexpected outcome: "If the results were correct, it meant that the family tree I had spent years documenting was not my own." Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, which shakes his sense of identity. As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents, and others, and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past.</SPAN>
Jeffrey Dahmer: The Gruesome True Story of a Hungry Cannibalistic...
by Ryan Becker

Language

English

Pages

150

Publication Date

October 20, 2017

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Customer Reviews
<b>Cannibal. Necrophiliac. Kidnapper. Killer. </b><br /><br />The stories of serial killers often begin with terrible upbringings and sad events of trauma, but not all have such unfortunate beginnings. Some simply develop their evil on their own and become tainted without anyone realizing it.<br /><br />Jeffrey Dahmer was a man described by his own father as the result of a child becoming lost in the maelstrom while nobody paid attention, of a child who was strange and apathetic but whom nobody bothered to ask why…<br /><br />…The results were catastrophic.<br /><br />Seventeen men lost their lives and were defiled even after death because of the desires of a neglected young boy who just wanted to fulfill his needs. The following is the tale of a sad child, the same young man who grew up to become the infamous Milwaukee Cannibal, one of the worst serial killers in humanity’s history.<br /><br />This is a book that recounts the tale of the Milwaukee Cannibal, a man capable of committing the most truly degrading acts on his victims before and even after death; a man who to his last days — and long after — still haunts the city of Milwaukee with the memories of his horrific murders.<br /><br />Be warned, reader, you aren’t just about to read about Jeffrey Dahmer and his acts.<br /><br /><b>You are about to walk into his very mind.</b><br />

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