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Into Africa
by Thomas Sterling

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English

Pages

130

Publication Date

February 25, 2016

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When the explorer René Caillié returned to France from Africa in 1828, he published a sketch of the legendary city he had discovered - Timbuctoo. But neither that simple drawing nor his matter-of-fact description gave Caillié's countrymen a sufficiently colorful picture to match their preconceptions of how Africa should look. They turned their backs on the young explorer, ignored his accomplishments, and let him die neglected.<br /><br />Here are the epic adventures of the European explorers who opened Africa – from Mongo Park and Vasco da Gama to Francis Burton and David Livingstone and Henry Stanley.
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That ...
by , Don Yaeger

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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.
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>
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela

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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 />
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Co...
by Adam Hochschild

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English

Pages

366

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.
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>
Congo: The Epic History of a People
by David Van Reybrouck

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English

Pages

658

Publication Date

March 25, 2014

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<p>Hailed as "a monumental history . . . more exciting than any novel" (NRC Handelsblad),David van Reybrouck’s rich and gripping epic, in the tradition of Robert Hughes' <em>The Fatal Shore</em>, tells the extraordinary story of one of the world's most devastated countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p><p> Epic in scope yet eminently readable, penetrating and deeply moving, David van Reybrouck's <em>Congo: The Epic History of a People</em> traces the fate of one of the world's most critical, failed nation-states, second only to war-torn Somalia: the Democratic Republic of Congo.</p><p>Van Reybrouck takes us through several hundred years of history, bringing some of the most dramatic episodes in Congolese history. Here are the people and events that have impinged the Congo's development—from the slave trade to the ivory and rubber booms; from the arrival of Henry Morton Stanley to the tragic regime of King Leopold II; from global indignation to Belgian colonialism; from the struggle for independence to Mobutu's brutal rule; and from the world famous Rumble in the Jungle to the civil war over natural resources that began in 1996 and still rages today.</p><p>Van Reybrouck interweaves his own family's history with the voices of a diverse range of individuals—charismatic dictators, feuding warlords, child-soldiers, the elderly, female merchant smugglers, and many in the African diaspora of Europe and China—to offer a deeply humane approach to political history, focusing squarely on the Congolese perspective and returning a nation's history to its people.</p>
The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
by , Elizabeth Weil

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English

Pages

281

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />“The plot provided by the universe was filled with starvation, war and rape. I would not—could not—live in that tale.”</b><br />  <br /> Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were dead or alive. <br />  <br /> When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, ultimately, graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old. <br />  <br /> In <i>The Girl Who Smiled Beads, </i>Clemantine provokes us to look beyond the label of “victim” and recognize the power of the imagination to transcend even the most profound injuries and aftershocks. Devastating yet beautiful, and bracingly original, it is a powerful testament to her commitment to constructing a life on her own terms.
Undeniable: Full Color Evidence of Black Israelites In The Bible
by Dante Fortson

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English

Pages

109

Publication Date

September 16, 2019

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<b>“Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon their heads, and rent their clothes, and laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.” - 1 Maccabees 3:47-48</b><br /><br />Undeniable is the perfect outreach tool to connect with anyone that is skeptical of the claim that the Israelites of the Bible are were black, and have always been black. This is first and foremost an outreach tool, but it also makes a great gift for anyone that wants to see the hard evidence.<br /><br />+ Full Color Images<br />+ Minimal Commentary<br />+ Designed To Start The Conversation<br /><br />Inside of the book you'll find:<br /><br />+ Maps<br />+ Paintings<br />+ Statues<br />+ Explorer Journal Entries<br />+ Memorandum To The President of The United States<br /><br />All of the evidence adds up to the fact that there was a multi national conspiracy to kidnap, enslave, and hide the true history of Negroes scattered all over the world through the Transatlantic Slave Trade. There has been a conscious concerted effort to steer people away from the truth that Israel fled into Africa in 70 A.D. and still inhabits many areas of the continent. <br /><br />
Bible History of the Negro (1915)
by Richard Alburtus Morrisey

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

October 12, 2019

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<b>"Answers all vital Bible questions regarding the colored race, should be in every home and church." -Pittsburgh Courier, 1953 <br />"Interesting, significant ... brings together all the references to the Negro in the Bible." -American Journal of Sociology, 1927<br />"The first of its kind in modern scholarship to detail the genealogy of Ham ... a biblical scholar of the first magnitude." -The Chronological History of the Roanoke Missionary Baptist Assoc. (2012)</b><br /> <br />Reverend Richard A. Morrisey (born 1858) was a first-rate African-American biblical scholar—a valedictorian of Livingston College and a Doctor of Divinity, president of the Greeneville College, and the pastor of a number of churches in the American South and in Pennsylvania. <br /><br />In 1915, Morrisey published "Bible History of the Negro," with the hope of inspiring a greater desire to read the Bible" which he describes as giving "the Negro a place among the foremost races of the world, in wealth, in education, in honor and in religion—a history to which every member of the race may point with great pride and profound gratitude to Almighty God today; for the best way to judge the future of any people is by the past."<br /><br />Morrisey's book of unusual interest importance brings together brings together all the references to the black race in the Bible, covering: <br /><br />•HAM, <br />•BATHSHEBA, THE QUEEN OF SHEBA, <br />•THE WIDOW OF ZAREPHATH, <br />•“WISE MEN FROM THE EAST,”<br />•GENEALOGY OF CHRIST, <br />•ONE OF THE TWELVE DISCIPLES, <br />•SIMON THE CYRENIAN, <br />•MEMBERS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH, <br />•NIMROD FOUNDER OF THE BABYLONIAN EMPIRE, <br />•MELCHIZEDEK, <br />•HAGAR AND ISHMAEL, <br />•RAHAB, <br />•WORKMEN OF THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON, <br />•PHILIP AND THE ETHIOPIAN, <br />•CANDACE, QUEEN OF ETHIOPIA. <br /><br />In debunking Noah's curse of Ham as a justification for slavery, Morrisey writes that Noah "no doubt was angry at the time and spoke as one in such a temper in those times naturally would speak. Again, God had already blessed the descendants of Ham before Noah made his attempt to curse them; and God had placed his blessings upon them and had not withdrawn it: Noah had no power to revoke whatever God had done, however great his desire to pronounce a curse."<br /><br />This book called "Bible History of the Negro Race" is indeed of unusual interest and importance. It may be rightly termed a brief history of some of the world’s most illustrious men and women.<br />

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