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La Famille qui est allée à la guerre (French Edition)
by Gordon Smith

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French

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Publication Date

May 21, 2017

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This book is on the life of a family during the First World War. The Family that went to War” is set back in the early 1900’s during wartime. The story follows six Australian family members as they each choose to go and fight for varying personal reasons. The book recounts their highs, lows, struggles as well as triumphs. It is both inspiring and heartbreaking about what these people were leaving behind (including families and children) and what hardships they faced on their journeys.<br />The story covers their journeys through the war in Europe and explores some of their complex characteristics  and the summary of the lives of the three who returned.<br />It also highlights the anguish of the mother whose son was lost on the battlefields of Fromelles and whose body still as not been identified one hundred years later’<br />Six family members went to war. Only three returned!<br />
The Saga of Pappy Gunn
by George C. Kenney

Language

English

Pages

140

Publication Date

May 06, 2017

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<h2><b> “This is the story of an extraordinary character. He was one of the great heroes of the Southwest Pacific in World War II, a mechanical genius, and one of the finest storytellers I have ever known.”</b></h2><br /><br />Four-star General Kenney pays tribute to a remarkable man in this biography. <br /><br />Colonel Paul Irvin (“Pappy”) Gunn was a fearless fighter who demonstrated his qualities of leadership. <br /><br />To the youngsters fresh from the training fields and untried in air combat he was an example, an inspiration, a confidence builder, and an invaluable man to have around.<br /><br />As well as a brilliant pilot, Pappy was also a formidable aviation engineer. If any piece of equipment from the airplane itself to any of its hundreds of accessories failed to work, the universal answer was “Pappy can fix it,” and Pappy could and did. <br /><br />Kenney's book uncovers the remarkable life of Pappy Gunn and his exploits through the Second World War, explaining why many generals, admirals and soldiers acknowledged that he was one of aviation's great pioneers.<br /><br />‘Pappy Gunn is a loving tribute by the youngest son of one of the United States’ greatest heroes, one that highlights the humanity of a man who was a legend in his own time.’ — <em>HistoryNet</em><br /><br />‘An affectionate biography of an almost legendary Air Force hero’ — <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />George Churchill Kenney (1889 –1977) was a United States Army Air Forces general during World War II. He is best known as the commander of the Allied Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA), a position he held from August 1942 until 1945. Kenney wrote three books about the SWPA air campaigns he led during World War II. His major work was <em>General Kenney Reports</em> (1949), a personal history of the air war he led from 1942 to 1945. He also wrote <em>The Saga of Pappy Gunn</em> (1959) and <em>Dick Bong: Ace of Aces</em> (1960), which described the careers of Paul Gunn and Richard Bong, two of the most prominent airmen under his command.
Alas It Seems Cruel: The Mount Mulligan Coal Mine Disaster of 192...
by Peter Bell

Language

English

Pages

322

Publication Date

May 20, 2017

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Mount Mulligan is 100km west of Cairns, an impressive natural landmark whose sandstone cliffs look as though a part of the Blue Mountains of New South Wales has somehow been transported 2,000km north. Underlying the mountain are coal deposits that supported a small mining town from 1914 until 1958. There is not much left of the township now. The best place to learn about Mount Mulligan's history is the cemetery, where nearly a quarter of the little town's population was buried in less than one week. On 19 September 1921 a massive coal dust explosion in the Mount Mulligan mine killed all 75, or perhaps 76, men and boys who were working underground.<br /><br />This is the story of a horrible event in a remote and beautiful location ninety years ago. Of all peacetime jobs, underground mining is one of the most destructive of human life.
Mother of Ten (Whisper My Secret Book 2)
by JB Rowley

Language

English

Pages

236

Publication Date

April 21, 2013

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<b> #1 BEST SELLER IN ‘AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND’! </b><br /><p><strong> What happens to children who are robbed of family?</strong></p><p>Myrtle’s first three children grew up without any knowledge of their mother after Myrtle was forced to give them up when they were still toddlers. Not only were the children deprived of contact with their mother, they also grew up devoid of any knowledge of each other after being placed in separate facilities.</p><p>In this sequel to Whisper My Secret, JB Rowley explores what happened to the three half-siblings she never knew. As one of the children of Myrtle’s second family, JB also offers a personal view of a mother making a new life without her first family.</p><p>Although the devastating loss of her first three children remained with her, Myrtle became a caring and committed mother of seven more children living in near isolation in the Australian bush. This mother’s strength of character is matched in her first three children who survived and thrived despite being cheated of the nurturing that should have been their birthright.</p> <p>Their stories are sad, sometimes heartbreaking but ultimately courageous and inspiring.</p>
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an Amer...
by Timothy Egan

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English

Pages

389

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<DIV><B>"An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals,and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . [Egan] is a master storyteller." <I>—Boston Globe</I><BR /><BR /> “Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist’s eye for the telltale detail . . . This is masterly work.” — <I>New York Times Book Review</I></B><BR />  <BR /> In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was “back from the dead” and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher’s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana—a quixotic adventure that ended in the  great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.<BR />  <BR /><B>“This is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived—powerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.” — Daniel James Brown, author of <I>The Boys in the Boat</I><BR />  <BR /> “Thomas Meagher’s is an irresistible story, irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan . . . A gripping, novelistic page-turner.” — <I>Wall Street Journal</I></B><BR />  </DIV>
INCONVENIENT HEROES
by BRIAN TAAFFE

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English

Pages

254

Publication Date

May 09, 2017

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ON CRETE, during the Second World War, New Zealand suffered the shame of defeat by the invading Germans. Militarily it was a shambles, with much of the blame landing at the feet of Major General Freyberg’s immediate subordinates for their lack of offensive response against paratroop landings. While the major turning point of the Battle of Crete undoubtedly was the fall of Maleme - which allowed the Germans to gain a foothold and then inexorably roll back the New Zealand line – there were two other events on the first day that potentially could have had equally grim ramifications, but for the immediate and decisive action taken. <br />One was when Lt. Colonel Ian Campbell’s outnumbered Australian 2/1 Battalion, defending Rethymon, counterattacked and threw German paratroopers off the strategically important knoll (Hill A) before they had time to consolidate their position. This was the beginning of the end for Germans in this sector (until later, when Campbell had no option but to surrender to the very troops he had defeated). The other event occurred at the height of the paratroop assault out of Prison Valley against the village of Galatas. Here, the undermanned New Zealand Divisional Petrol Company valiantly stood its ground and refused to yield, despite losing all officers and their brigade commander swiftly removing himself to the other side of the village during the initial assault. <br />Had the drivers capitulated, the Germans would have wasted no time in turning their attention to their principal target, the ancient Venetian harbour town of Hania, where Freyberg had set up his headquarters. Aside from several battalions held back in reserve, New Zealand infantry, in the main was strung out along the coast to counter an anticipated seaborne invasion (which never eventuated) and to guard the Maleme airfield to the west. Now able to rapidly build up airborne reinforcements in Prison Valley, the Germans would have split asunder these forces. <br />Petrol Company drivers continued to thwart the Germans, at one stage combining with Greek recruits and villagers in an extraordinary ‘bayonet and pitchfork’ counterattack and throwing a full battalion of stunned paratroopers off the battlefield. At the end, as Germans reinforcements advanced on Hania, the drivers and a detachment of Divisional Cavalry held out to the last, even after the rest of the New Zealand line to the north had withdrawn east of Galatas. <br />Astonishingly, 10 Brigade’s Commander, Colonel (later Major General Sir) Howard Kippenberger, would barely acknowledge Petrol Company’s brave stand, while he was hailed as a hero of Crete and accorded much of the credit for the defence of Galatas. Later as Editor in Chief of the New Zealand Government War Histories, he would preside over Dan Davin’s writing of the official history of the battle, where the drivers would find their actions expunged from vital episodes. Despite British historians and Arthur Kidson, their unit historian, championing their deeds, and Davin later clearly having doubts concerning the selectiveness of reportage provided to him, New Zealand historians and others would endlessly refurbish Kippenberger’s own heroic narrative and set it in stone. The upshot is that one of New Zealand’s great stories of the war largely remains suppressed. Inconvenient Heroes retells Petrol Company’s story and examines the manner by which this irrepressible unit came to be written out of history.<br />
John G. Paton, Missionary to the New Hebrides: An Autobiography ...
by John Gibson Paton

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

December 06, 2014

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The autobiography of John G. Paton contains everything necessary to make it a missionary classic. Born into a Christian family near Dumfries in 1824, Paton's early years were marked by a struggle against poverty. He was self-educated, and the training ground for his life's work was the slums of Glasgow where he laboured with success as a city missionary. With 'the wail of the perishing heathen in the South Seas' continually sounding in his ears, he prepared himself to serve overseas and was ordained as a missionary to the New Hebrides in 1858. This gorup of thirty mountainous islands, so named by Captain Cook, with its unhealthy climate, was then inhabited by savages and cannibals. The first attempt to introduce Christianity to them resulted in John Williams and James Harris being clubbed to death of his wife and child within months of their arrival. Against the savagery and the superstition, despite the trials and the tragedies, Paton persevered and witnessed the triumph of the gospel in two of these South Sea islands. His life is almost without parallel in missionary annals and his account of it is moving and gripping.<br /><br />This book published in 1889 has been reformatted for the Kindle and may contain an occasional defect from the original publication or from the reformatting.
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the ...
by Mitchell Zuckoff

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English

Pages

563

Publication Date

April 26, 2011

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“A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them <em>a dame withgreat gams</em>, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeplysatisfying read!" —Simon Winchester, author of <em>Atlantic</em><br /><em> </em><br />Award-winning former <em>Boston Globe</em> reporter Mitchell Zuckoffunleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War IIrescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S.military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ <em>Ghost Soldiers</em>, Marcus Luttrell’s <em>Lone Survivor</em>, and David Grann’s <em>The Lost Cityof Z </em>will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfullyrecounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery injungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.
Cooper's Creek: Tragedy and Adventure in the Australian Outback
by Alan Moorehead

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

August 01, 2010

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<div>In 1860, an expedition set out from Melbourne, Australia, into the interior of the country, with the mission to find a route to the northern coast. Headed by Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills, the party of adventurers, scientists, and camels set out into the outback hoping to find enough water and to keep adequate food stores for their trek into the bush. Almost one year later, Burke, Wills, and two others from their party, Gray and King, reached the northern shore but on their journey back, they were stranded at Cooper’s Creek where all but King perished. <I>Cooper’s Creek</I> is a gripping, intense historical narrative about the harshness of the Australian outback and the people who were brave enough to go into the very depths of that uncharted country.</div>
Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Roc...
by Carl Hoffman

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English

Pages

339

Publication Date

March 18, 2014

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<p>The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.</p><p>Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Rockefeller was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he'd been killed and ceremonially eaten by the local Asmat—a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, head hunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family denied the story, and Michael's death was officially ruled a drowning. Yet doubts lingered. Sensational rumors and stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. The real story has long waited to be told—until now.</p><p>Retracing Rockefeller's steps, award-winning journalist Carl Hoffman traveled to the jungles of New Guinea, immersing himself in a world of headhunters and cannibals, secret spirits and customs, and getting to know generations of Asmat. Through exhaustive archival research, he uncovered never-before-seen original documents and located witnesses willing to speak publically after fifty years.</p><p>In <em>Savage Harvest</em> he finally solves this decades-old mystery and illuminates a culture transformed by years of colonial rule, whose people continue to be shaped by ancient customs and lore. Combining history, art, colonialism, adventure, and ethnography, <em>Savage Harvest</em> is a mesmerizing whodunit, and a fascinating portrait of the clash between two civilizations that resulted in the death of one of America's richest and most powerful scions.</p>

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