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Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur
by , Damien Lewis

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English

Pages

338

Publication Date

September 09, 2008

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<b>“[Halima Bashir’s] mesmerizing tale of against-all-odds endurance is a piercing lament—and a clear-eyed call to action.”—<i>Vogue</i></b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>“This memoir helps keep the Darfur tragedy open as a wound not yet healed.”—Elie Wiesel, author of <i>Night</i></b><br /> <br />Born into the Zaghawa tribe in the Sudanese desert, Halima Bashir received a good education away from her rural surroundings (thanks to her doting, politically astute father) and at twenty-four became her village’s first formal doctor. Yet not even Bashir’s degree could protect her from the encroaching conflict that would consume her homeland. Janjaweed Arab militias savagely assaulted the Zaghawa, often with the backing of the Sudanese military. Then, in early 2004, the Janjaweed attacked Bashir’s village and surrounding areas, raping forty-two schoolgirls and their teachers. Bashir, who treated the traumatized victims, some as young as eight years old, could no longer remain quiet. But breaking her silence ignited a horrifying turn of events. <br /> <br />Raw and riveting, <i>Tears of the Desert</i> is the first memoir ever written by a woman caught up in the war in Darfur. It is a survivor’s tale of a conflicted country, a resilient people, and an uncompromising spirit.<br /> <br /><b>Praise for <i>Tears of the Desert</i></b><br /><b><i> </i></b><br />“This is a brave book. And a valuable one. Halima’s story of the atrocities and immeasurable losses she has endured must be told.”<b>—Mia Farrow, actor and advocate </b><br /> <br />“Vivid, poignant and brutally candid . . . <i>Tears of the Desert</i> is that rarest of literary endeavors, not just a book you read but a book you experience.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post Book World</i></b><br /><b><i> </i></b><br />“An extraordinary memoir . . . Halima Bashir’s bravery contrasts with the world’s fecklessness and failures.”<b>—Nicholas D. Kristof, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><b><i> </i></b><br />“Searing . . . <i>Tears of the Desert </i>gives voice to the unspeakable.”<b>—<i>USA Today<br /><br /></i></b>“Powerful, harrowing and brave.”<b>—</b><i><b>The Economist</b></i><br /><br />“A luminous tale of growing up in rural Darfur . . . a wonderful and moving African memoir.”<b>—<i>The New York Review of Books</i></b>
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That ...
by , Don Yaeger

Language

English

Pages

251

Publication Date

November 03, 2015

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<b>“Another blockbuster! <i>Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates</i> reads like an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning thriller. You will love this book and also wonder why so few people know this story. No one captures the danger, intrigue, and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.” —Brad Thor</b><br /><br />This is the little-known story of how a newly indepen­dent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America’s third president decided to stand up to intimidation.<br /> <br />When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new coun­try could afford.<br /> <br />Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion jus­tified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy—at least not while easy money could be made by extorting the Western powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy’s new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli—launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status.<br /> <br />As they did in their previous bestseller, <i>George Washington’s Secret Six</i>, Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Among the many sus­penseful episodes: <br /> <br />·Lieutenant Andrew Sterett’s ferocious cannon battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship <i>Tripoli</i>.<br /> <br />·Lieutenant Stephen Decatur’s daring night raid of an enemy harbor, with the aim of destroying an American ship that had fallen into the pirates’ hands.<br /><br />·General William Eaton’s unprecedented five-hundred-mile land march from Egypt to the port of Derne, where the Marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time.<br /> <br />Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.” <i>Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates </i>recaptures this forgot­ten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.
The Great Siege, Malta 1565: Clash of Cultures: Christian Knights...
by Ernle Bradford

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English

Pages

262

Publication Date

April 01, 2014

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<b>The indispensable account of the Ottoman Empire’s Siege of Malta from the author of <i>Hannibal</i> and <i>Gibraltar</i>.</b><br /><br /> In the first half of the sixteenth century, the Ottoman Empire was thought to be invincible. Suleiman the Magnificent, the Ottoman sultan, had expanded his empire from western Asia to southeastern Europe and North Africa. To secure control of the Mediterranean between these territories and launch an offensive into western Europe, Suleiman needed the small but strategically crucial island of Malta. But Suleiman’s attempt to take the island from the Holy Roman Empire’s Knights of St. John would emerge as one of the most famous and brutal military defeats in history.<br /><br /> Forty-two years earlier, Suleiman had been victorious against the Knights of St. John when he drove them out of their island fortress at Rhodes. Believing he would repeat this victory, the sultan sent an armada to Malta. When they captured Fort St. Elmo, the Ottoman forces ruthlessly took no prisoners. The Roman grand master La Vallette responded by having his Ottoman captives beheaded. Then the battle for Malta began in earnest: no quarter asked, none given.<br /><br /> Ernle Bradford’s compelling and thoroughly researched account of the Great Siege of Malta recalls not just an epic battle, but a clash of civilizations unlike anything since the time of Alexander the Great. It is “a superior, readable treatment of an important but little-discussed epic from the Renaissance past . . . An astonishing tale” (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Co...
by Adam Hochschild

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English

Pages

318

Publication Date

September 03, 1999

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In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million—all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. <i>King Leopold's Ghost</i> is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions, a man as cunning, charming, and cruel as any of the great Shakespearean villains. It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who fought Leopold: a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure and unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust. Adam Hochschild brings this largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman. Like her, he knows that history often provides a far richer cast of characters than any novelist could invent. Chief among them is Edmund Morel, a young British shipping agent who went on to lead the international crusade against Leopold. Another hero of this tale, the Irish patriot Roger Casement, ended his life on a London gallows. Two courageous black Americans, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard, risked much to bring evidence of the Congo atrocities to the outside world. Sailing into the middle of the story was a young Congo River steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming above them all, the duplicitous billionaire King Leopold II. With great power and compassion, <i>King Leopold's Ghost</i> will brand the tragedy of the Congo—too long forgotten—onto the conscience of the West.
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela

Language

English

Pages

684

Publication Date

March 11, 2008

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<b>The autobiography of global human rights icon Nelson Mandela is </b><b>"riveting...both a brilliant description of a diabolical system and a testament to the power of the spirit to transcend it" (<i>Washington Post</i>). </b> <b><br /><br /></b>Nelson Mandela was one of the great moral and political leaders of his time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. After his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela was at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. As president of the African National Congress and head of South Africa's antiapartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving the nation toward multiracial government and majority rule. He is still revered everywhere as a vital force in the fight for human rights and racial equality.<br /><br /><i>Long Walk to Freedom</i> is his moving and exhilarating autobiography, destined to take its place among the finest memoirs of history's greatest figures. Here for the first time, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela told the extraordinary story of his life -- an epic of struggle, setback, renewed hope, and ultimate triumph. <br /><b>The book that inspired the major motion picture <i>Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.</i></b><br /><br /><br />
An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One o...
by Rick Atkinson

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English

Pages

681

Publication Date

February 22, 2002

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<p><b>WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE AND <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b></p><p><b>In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North Africa</b></p><p>The liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity and miscalculation. In this first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson shows why no modern reader can understand the ultimate victory of the Allied powers without a grasp of the great drama that unfolded in North Africa in 1942 and 1943. That first year of the Allied war was a pivotal point in American history, the moment when the United States began to act like a great power.</p><p>Beginning with the daring amphibious invasion in November 1942, An Army at Dawn follows the American and British armies as they fight the French in Morocco and Algeria, and then take on the Germans and Italians in Tunisia. Battle by battle, an inexperienced and sometimes poorly led army gradually becomes a superb fighting force. Central to the tale are the extraordinary but fallible commanders who come to dominate the battlefield: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, Montgomery, and Rommel.</p><p>Brilliantly researched, rich with new material and vivid insights, Atkinson's narrative provides the definitive history of the war in North Africa.</p>
Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Greek Mythology, Egyptian Mytho...
by , Captivating History

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English

Pages

196

Publication Date

November 25, 2017

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<h2>Explore Captivating Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals while Learning Fascinating Facts about Five Mythologies</h2><br /><b>This book includes five captivating manuscripts:</b><br /><ul><li>Greek Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Ancient Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters</li><li>Egyptian Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters and Mortals</li><li>Norse Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Sagas, and Heroes</li><li>Celtic Mythology: A Captivating Guide to the Gods, Sagas and Beliefs</li><li>Roman Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Roman Gods, Goddesses, and Mythological Creatures</li></ul>The broad arc of the first manuscript takes us from the dim beginnings of creation as seen in the Greek mythology. We move through the birth of Titans, their overthrow by the Olympian gods, the gods’ dealings with mortals like Paris of Troy, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Trojan War, and into historical times.<br /><br /><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>first part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Uranus: Betrayal by Cronus</li><li>Cronus: Fear of His Children</li><li>Titans vs. Olympian Gods</li><li>Olympian Rule</li><li>Zeus and His Ladies</li><li>Prometheus and Herakles</li><li>An Unhappy Tale of the Underworld</li><li>The Beauty Contest that Led to the Fall of Troy</li><li>Poseidon, Metis, Athena and Atlantis</li><li>Kraken and Other Monsters</li><li>Jason, the Argonauts, and Medea's Dragon</li><li>Menelaus, Agamemnon, and the Trojan War</li><li>Solon, the Athenian Law Giver</li><li>300 Spartans</li><li>Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle</li><li>Alexander the Great</li></ul>The second part is full of fascinating facts and stories. For instance, it covers perhaps the most popular of all the Egyptian stories - the myth of Osiris.<br /><br /><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>second part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Egypt in Context</li><li>Creation</li><li>Fall of Humanity</li><li>Osiris Myth</li><li>Chief Gods of the Egyptian Pantheon</li><li>Lesser Known Pantheon</li><li>Ancient Egyptian History</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>third part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Norse Creation Story</li><li>The Nine Realms</li><li>Gods and the “Giants” of Jötunheim</li><li>Midgard and the Humans</li><li>Elves, Dwarves, Trolls and Valkyries</li><li>Odin, Frigg, Thor, and Loki</li><li>The Death of Baldr</li><li>Conflict Between the Realms</li><li>English Days of the Week</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>fourth part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Celtic Animism</li><li>Universal Celtic Gods</li><li>Local Irish Celt Gods</li><li>Local Gallic Celt Gods</li><li>Celtic Sagas: The Cycles</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Animal and Human Sacrifice</li><li>The Wicker Man</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Reincarnation</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Matriarchy</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>fifth part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>The Trojan Connection</li><li>What History and an Analysis of Myth Tell Us</li><li>Founding of Rome</li><li>Purely Roman Gods</li><li>The Creatures of Roman Mythology</li><li>Borrowings from Etruria</li><li>Influence of the Greek Pantheon</li><li>Greek Creatures Adopted by the Romans</li><li>Celtic Potpourri</li><li>Roman Conquests of the Celts</li><li>Truth Behind the Roman Gods</li></ul><h2>Download the book now to learn more about these five mythologies!</h2>
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah

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English

Pages

244

Publication Date

April 01, 2007

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<p><i>My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.</i><br /><i>"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"</i><br /><i>"Because there is a war."</i><br /><i>"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"</i><br /><i>"Yes, all the time."</i><br /><i>"Cool."</i><br /><i>I smile a little.</i><br /><i>"You should tell us about it sometime."</i><br /><i>"Yes, sometime."</i><br /><i></i><br /><i></i><br />This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.</p><p>What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived.</p><p>In <i>A Long Way Gone</i>, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.</p><p>This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.</p>
African Mythology: Captivating Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Lege...
by Matt Clayton

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English

Pages

89

Publication Date

November 23, 2019

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<h2>If you're looking for a captivating collection of African myths, then keep reading...</h2><br />The continent of Africa is home to fifty-four countries that together harbor over three thousand cultures, each with their own ways of life and each with their own stories. Some of these stories have their origins in the folk beliefs of people native to their particular region, while others were imported from or influenced by cultures from elsewhere who settled in Africa.<br /><br />A great number of African folktales have been transmitted orally from person to person down through the ages, but since the nineteenth century, many stories have been written down and transmitted to audiences beyond the boundaries of the cultures that created them. One important—and tragic—conduit for the transmission of these stories beyond African shores was the European slave trade. Captured Africans who were brought to the Americas and the Caribbean fought to keep alive what they could of their home cultures, and this included their folktale traditions. <br /><br />African folktales come in many different types. Some are myths explaining the origins of things, while others are tales of heroes with supernatural abilities. Animal stories are many and varied, and they usually involve some kind of trickster who uses his wiles to get out of sticky situations and sometimes into them. There are also cautionary tales explaining why it is important to behave well and treat others with respect, while other stories have a style and shape similar to that of a fairy tale.<br /><br /><h2>In <i>African Mythology: Captivating Myths of Gods, Goddesses, and Legendary Creatures of Africa</i>, you'll find the following African myths and topics covered</h2><br /><ul><li>Animal Tricksterss</li><li>Hero Tales</li><li>Cautionary Tales</li><li>The Influence of Isla</li><li>And much, much more!</li></ul><b>So if you want a captivating collection of African myths, click the “add to cart” button!</b>
Tears of the Dead: Requiem of the Zulu Kingdom (The Anglo-Zulu Wa...
by James Mace

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English

Pages

666

Publication Date

November 30, 2019

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In the aftermath of the Battles of Khambula and Gingindlovu, a lull fell over the war-torn Zulu Kingdom. Though British forces under Lord Chelmsford emerged victorious during both encounters, earlier defeats, casualties, and supply shortages required them to withdraw back into Natal. Now with waves of long-awaited reinforcements arriving, Chelmsford prepares to launch a second invasion of Zululand.<br /><br />Death and destruction have taken their toll on the Zulu people. Thousands of families mourn for their loved ones, while refugees flee from the devastation of the border regions. Despite the defeats and fearful losses, King Cetshwayo, who never wanted war in the first place, takes heart in knowing that, strategically, his enemies were compelled to retreat from his lands. He hopes this will allow him to come to terms with the British before Chelmsford can renew the war in earnest.<br /><br />Unbeknownst to the king, Lord Chelmsford has received word from London that he is to be replaced by General Sir Garnet Wolseley. His lordship is determined to expedite the invasion and utterly crush Cetshwayo’s forces at any cost, denying Wolseley the chance to usurp him before he can expunge the humiliation that has lingered since the dark days following the defeat at Isandlwana.

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