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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 />
True Crime Files Volume 2
by Stephen McGrann

Language

English

Pages

215

Publication Date

April 11, 2019

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In Volume 2 of Stephen McGrann's True Crime Files, explore the following cases:<br /><br />The McFraud: Jerome is trusted by his employers to run a promotional scheme for McDonald's. But he discovers an easy way to make millions for himself. An almost unbelievable tale of greed and betrayal which is soon to be made into a major motion picture.<br /><br />A Mother's Love: little Gypsy Rose was a desperately sick child. Her mother Dee Dee had to care for her around the clock, and relied upon charity to provide for her daughter. When Dee Dee is found brutally murdered and Gypsy goes missing at the same time, Detectives discover a shocking secret which seems too bizarre to be true.<br /><br />The Lost Boys: when teenage males start disappearing from a rough Texan neighbourhood, local police believe the boys have simply left in the hope of finding a better life for themselves. In actual fact, the disappearances are a result of America's first documented serial killer.<br /><br />A Father's Dream: Bill Butterfield had seemed destined to make it as a professional footballer, but fate had different ideas. When his son Lance shows the same promise which he had years earlier, Bill is determined that his son will succeed where he failed...with fatal consequences.<br /><br />Handsome Devil: when women start disappearing all over the Pacific north-west, authorities find themselves hunting a man who will ultimately go on to become the most notorious serial killer in American history.<br /><br />A Coincidence Too Far: when police are called to 3635 Pitch Pine Crescent to deal with a sudden death for the third time in as many years, they realise that something just does not add up. Who murdered the Harrison's one by one in their own home?
Islam: The Key Concepts (Routledge Key Guides)
by , Oliver Leaman

Language

English

Pages

202

Publication Date

October 10, 2007

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<p><em>Islam: The Key Concepts</em> is a clear and concise guide to the religion and culture of Islam. Kecia Ali and Oliver Leaman explore this highly topical subject focusing on key issues including: the Qur’an, faith, theology, gender, fundamentalism, martyrdom, Jihad, Islam in America, Islam in Europe and Islamic Law.</p><br /><p>This is the ideal study resource and includes: a comprehensive introduction, an alphabetical list of relevant terms (fully cross-referenced), a short bibliographical guide, bibliography, and index. A glossary of all non-English terms is also provided. </p>
True Crime Case Histories - Volume 2: 12 Disturbing True Crime St...
by Jason Neal

Language

English

Pages

226

Publication Date

September 06, 2019

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<h1>12 True Crime Stories of Murder & Mayhem<h1><h2>Second Book of the True Crime Case Histories Series (2019)</h2>As with volume one, a quick word of warning. The stories you are about to read are brutally gruesome. They represent humanity at its worst. TV crime shows and stories in the news tend to gloss over the truly horrible parts, but the True Crime Case Histories series leaves out none of the details.<br /><br />A sampling of the stories include:<br /><br /><b>The Girl in the Barrel</b> - A homeowner finds a fifty-five gallon barrel in the crawl space beneath his home. What they find inside the barrel unlocks a murder mystery dating back thirty years.<br /><br /><b>The Dexter Wannabe</b> - A young man obsessed with the TV show Dexter lures unsuspecting victims to his "kill room" and keeps a detailed diary of the dismemberment of his prey.<br /><br /><b>The Murder of Elizabeth Olten</b> - A fifteen-year-old girl wants to know what it feels like to kill a person. <br /><br /><b>Interpol's Most Wanted</b> - When fishermen pull up the dead body of a man in the English Channel, police stumble upon one of Interpol's Most Wanted criminals.<br /><br /><b>The Girl in the Box</b> - An unbelievable story of a psychopath who kidnaps a young girl and keeps her as a slave locked beneath his bed for seven years.<br /> <br /><b>The Green Chain Rapist</b> - A beautiful young mother is butchered in broad daylight in a London park and the only witness is her two-year-old son. Police then waste three years chasing the wrong man while the real killer slaughters another woman.<br /><br /><b>Paige’s Secret Life</b> - A young single-mother of three goes missing and police realize she's been living a secret life that her friends and family didn't know about.<br /><br /><b>A Walking Shadow</b> - A suicidal teenager, frustrated with the bank threatening to foreclose on the family home, kidnaps the bank manager's ten-year-old son and holds him for ransom.<br /><br /><b>Plus three more disturbing true crime stories.</b><br /><br /> <br />The stories included in this collection are dark and creepy and will leave you with a new understanding of just how fragile the human mind can be.<br /><br /><b>Scroll up to get your copy</b><br /><br />True Crime Case Histories Volume 3 is coming December 2019 featuring 12 more short stories of; True Crime, Murder & Mayhem, Serial Killer Biographies, and True Murder Case Files.<br /><br />Stories include: Mark Twitchell, Howard Elkins, Rick Valentini, Cameron Hooker, Alyssa Bustamante, Jamie Reynolds, Albert Johnson Walker, Lester Jones, Robert Napper, Mike Adams, Harvey Glatman, and Myles Fukunaga. Also included is the full text of Mark Twitchell's "SK Confessions" diary.<br /><br />
Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey
by Rachel Simon

Language

English

Pages

308

Publication Date

March 05, 2013

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<b>A “heartwarming, life-affirming” memoir of a relationship with an intellectually disabled sibling: “Read this book. It might just change your life” (<i>Boston Herald</i>).</b><br />  <br /> Beth is a spirited woman with an intellectual disability who lives intensely and often joyfully, and spends most of her days riding the buses in Pennsylvania. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers, her community—though some display less patience or kindness than others.<br />  <br /> Her sister, Rachel, a teacher and writer, camouflages her emotional isolation by leading a hyperbusy life. But one day, Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on public transportation for an entire year—and Rachel accepts. This wise, funny, deeply affecting book is the chronicle of that remarkable time, as Rachel learns how to live in the moment, how to pay attention to what really matters, how to change, how to love—and how to slow down and enjoy the ride.<br />  <br /> Weaving in anecdotes and memories of terrifying maternal abandonment, fierce sisterly loyalty, and astonishing forgiveness, Rachel Simon brings to light a world that is almost invisible to many people, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life, and, without sentimentality, wrestles with her own limitations and portrays Beth as the endearing, feisty, independent person she is.<br />  <br /> “With tenderness and fury, heartbreak and acceptance . . . Simon comes to the inescapable conclusion that we are all riders on the bus, and on the bus we are all the same.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of <i>The Deep End of the Ocean</i>
True Crime Case Histories - Volume 1: 8 Disturbing True Crime Sto...
by Jason Neal

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English

Pages

122

Publication Date

June 11, 2019

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<h1>Eight True Crime Stories of Murder & Mayhem<h1><h2>First Book of the True Crime Case Histories Series (2019)</h2>A quick word of warning. The true crime short stories within this book are unimaginably gruesome. Most news stories, television crime shows and true crime documentaries tend to leave out the most horrible details about murder cases simply because they are too extreme for the general public. <br /><br />I have done my best to include full details of these stories no matter how sickening they may be. In these true crime stories you'll find that truth really is more strange and vastly more disturbing than fiction.<br /><br />In my first book as a true crime author I've started with a few of the stories that have haunted me for some time. Some of these stories are unbelievable in their brutality while others are astounding in the stupidity of the killers. <br /> <br />You'll find a story of a religious evangelical christian who would rather strangle his wife and two young boys than lose his prominent job with the church. <br /><br />Then there's the story of a man that fills his wife's orifices with grease so she will be flammable from the inside. <br /><br />There's the story of the small-town doctor that goes through the unbelievable lengths of performing surgery on himself to avoid going to jail for raping his patients.<br /><br />Plus there're more stories of Serial Killers terrorizing cities and crime scenes that bring investigators and seasoned police to tears. <br /><br />This collection of stories are from all around the globe and have no common thread between them other than that they are both thought provoking and disturbing. <br /> <br />The stories included in this anthology are dark and creepy and will leave you with a new understanding of just how fragile the human mind can be.<br /><br />The stories include: Fred Grabbe, James Patterson Smith, Dr. John Schneeberger, Chris Coleman, Michelle Bica, Mary Bell, Graham Dwyer, Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris (The Toolbox Killers).<br /><br /><b>Scroll up to get your copy</b><br /><br />True Crime Case Histories Volume 2 is coming September 2019 featuring 12 more short stories of; True Crime, Murder & Mayhem, Serial Killer Biographies, and True Murder Case Files<br /><br />
The Churchill Companion: A Concise Guide to the Life & Times of W...
by The Churchill Centre

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English

Pages

202

Publication Date

June 30, 2015

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<b>A fact-packed reference for anyone interested in the great twentieth-century statesman—with contributions from more than two dozen Churchill experts.</b><br />  <br /> This revised and expanded edition of <i>The Churchill Companion</i> offers twenty-eight categories of ready-reference information on the life and times of Sir Winston S. Churchill for students, scholars, and researchers, together with links for further reference. It includes:<br />   <ul><li>A hundred-year timeline of Churchill’s life</li><li>Lists of his books and books about him</li><li>Information on elections</li><li>The family tree</li><li>Churchill’s military positions, offices, and honors</li><li>A glossary of Parliamentary and political terms</li></ul>  <br /> Lists of British governments, prime ministers and sovereigns, and other British political facts are also highlighted in this handy, fact-filled reference.
Gone: Catastrophe in Paradise
by OJ Modjeska

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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>
A Man Without a Country
by Kurt Vonnegut

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

June 20, 2017

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<b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “For all those who have lived with Vonnegut in their imaginations . . . this is what he is like in person.”<b>–<i>USA Today</i></b></b><br /><br /> In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this age–or any age–holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. From his coming of age in America, to his formative war experiences, to his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: Being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, <i>A Man Without a Country</i> is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>A Man Without a Country</i></b><br /><br />“[This] may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.”<b>–</b><i><b>Los Angeles Times</b><br /></i><br />“Like [that of] his literary ancestor Mark Twain, [Kurt Vonnegut’s] crankiness is good-humored and sharp-witted. . . . [Reading <i>A Man Without a Country</i> is] like sitting down on the couch for a long chat with an old friend.”<b><i>–The New York Times Book Review<br /></i></b><br /> “Filled with [Vonnegut’s] usual contradictory mix of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, humor and gravity.”<b>–<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> “Fans will linger on every word . . . as once again [Vonnegut] captures the complexity of the human condition with stunning calligraphic simplicity.”<b>–<i>The Australian</i></b><br /><br /> “Thank God, Kurt Vonnegut has broken his promise that he will never write another book. In this wondrous assemblage of mini-memoirs, we discover his family’s legacy and his obstinate, unfashionable humanism.”<b>–Studs Terkel</b>

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