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The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters
by Logan Marshall

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English

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August 17, 2017

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"The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters" gives readers a first-hand account of the greatest sea disaster of all time straight from the survivors of the ill-fated sunken ship. Unlike many of the books about the Titanic that was written recently, Logan Marshall was fortunate that he was able to interview the survivors of the Titanic and access to all the important documents about the ship, including the diagrams, maps and actual photographs related to the disaster. With this, he was able to write the best book that has a complete and accurate account of the Titanic and its tragic fate.<br /><br />The Titanic as most people know was the biggest ocean liner during her time and was hailed as “unsinkable” by the company which made it. Officially known as the RMS Titanic, this mammoth ship can carry more than 2,000 passengers and owned by British shipping company White Star Line. The ship has a double-bottomed hull and watertight compartments which make her “unsinkable” according to her owners. But as we all know, this claim was proven to be wrong when she sank in the North Atlantic during her maiden voyage.<br /><br />Logan Marshall did well to make use of all the resources that were at his disposal. Not only was he able to make detailed descriptions of the disaster, he was also able to narrate them well from a human point of view without compromising any truth about the biggest sea tragedy of all time. This book is a must read for anybody who's deeply interested in the Titanic and its unfortunate end.<br /><br />The movie “Titanic” is now considered as a timeless classic and so is this book. If you're a fan of the movie which features Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet, you'll also like reading this book. Logan Marshall's book "The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters" gives readers a first-hand account of the greatest sea disaster of all time straight from the survivors of the ill-fated sunken ship. Unlike many of the books about the Titanic that was written recently, Logan Marshall was fortunate that he was able to interview the survivors of the Titanic and access to all the important documents about the ship, including the diagrams, maps and actual photographs related to the disaster. With this, he was able to write the best book that has a complete and accurate account of the Titanic and its tragic fate.
Talofa, Samoa: A Summer Sail to an Enchanted Isle (Illustrated)
by Charles S. Greene

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English

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Publication Date

August 18, 2017

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Talofa, Samoa: A Summer Sail to an Enchanted Isle, written by Charles S. Greene. Published in San Francisco in 1896. With full color plates of Samoa and it’s people.<br /><br />Short interesting and informative book written while visiting Samoa in the late 19th century. <br /><br />Table of Contents<br />Chapter 1. Introductory<br />Chapter 2. The Samoan Islands<br />Chapter 3. The People of Samoa<br />Chapter 4. Historical<br />Chapter 5. The Famous Hurricane<br />Chapter 6. Robert Louis Stevenson<br />Chapter 7. Practical Hints<br /><br />List of Illustrations<br />Fa'apiu<br />Map of Samoan Islands<br />Ituo Tane, Safuni River, Savaii<br />Pago Pago Harbor, Tutuila<br />Mauai'a'a<br />Pala<br />Olosega, native Village<br />Fa'asito’o, native Village<br />Net Fishing, Matautu Corner<br />Leumanutafu's House, Apia<br />Stevenson's Birthday Fete<br />Motootua Road, leading to Stevenson's Place<br />Tivoli Hotel<br />Safuni Lake, Savaii<br />A Samoan Tapo<br /><br />The Publisher has copy-edited this book to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of the text to make it readable. This did not involve changing the substance of the text. Some books, due to age and other factors may contain imperfections. Since there are many books such as this one that are important and beneficial to literary interests, we have made it digitally available and have brought it back into print for the preservation of printed works of the past. Making this copy is very readable.
The Saga of Pappy Gunn
by George C. Kenney

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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.
Moriori: A People Rediscovered
by Michael King

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English

Pages

227

Publication Date

September 01, 2017

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<p>'A book to be treasured for the access it gives us to a little-known corner of the New Zealand experience.'<br /> Tipene O'Regan, <i>Evening Post</i></p><p> <b>This award-winning, trail-blazing book by Michael King restored the Moriori of the Chatham Islands to their rightful place in New Zealand, Pacific and world history. This revised edition contains material that has come to light since first publication.</b></p><p> 'King has set the record straight in a richly readable and often moving account of a long ignored sideshow to the history of our country.'<br /> Gordon McLauchlan, <i>National Business Review</i></p><p> 'It is authoritative but it is also popular history in the best sense, and that is precisely what is needed to clear away the brambles of racial prejudice and historical error which have all but overwhelmed the subject in the past.'<br /> Atholl Anderson, <i>Otago Daily Times</i></p><p> 'This book decisively strips away all the muddle . . . a clear, thoroughly readable and honest history of the Moriori.'<br /> Judith Binney, <i>Sunday Star</i></p><p> 'A timely book which must be read so that we will all know more about ourselves and about us as a nation.'<br /> Hirini Moko Mead, <i>Dominion</i></p>
The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)
by Craig L. Symonds

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

October 05, 2011

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There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.<br /><br />In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice. Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack, and describes the key events leading to the climactic battle, including both Coral Sea--the first battle in history against opposing carrier forces--and Jimmy Doolittle's daring raid of Tokyo. He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, including the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto. Indeed, Symonds sheds much light on the aspects of Japanese culture--such as their single-minded devotion to combat, which led to poorly armored planes and inadequate fire-safety measures on their ships--that contributed to their defeat. The author's account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack--attacks which failed in the early going--that ultimately created a five-minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an eye-blink.<br /><br />Symonds is the first historian to argue that the victory at Midway was not simply a matter of luck, pointing out that Nimitz had equal forces, superior intelligence, and the element of surprise. Nimitz had a strong hand, Symonds concludes, and he rightly expected to win.
Polynesians: Early Settlers of...Brazil??
by Ralfo Furtado

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English

Pages

58

Publication Date

August 15, 2017

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After honeymooning in New Zealand, the author, a Brazilian journalist, spent five years researching why the Maori thought his wife, born in Brazil, was one of their own, because she ressembles Polynesians as well as Brazilian native peoples. He came up with astonishing conclusions and wrote them down on this report.
Le naufrage de l’Annie Jane (French Edition)
by Marc Ami

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French

Pages

95

Publication Date

August 16, 2017

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Dans son magnifique discours prononcé le 20 juin 1890, au grand pique-nique des protestants français du Canada, à l’île Ste-Hélène, monsieur le pasteur Joseph Provost, de Springfield (Mass.), raconte ainsi le triste événement qui fait le sujet des pages que l’on va lire :<br /><br />La période qui s’étend de 1850 à 1800 est marquée de beaux succès pour la Société franco-canadienne. La sphère d’activité s’agrandit. Monsieur le pasteur Jean Vernier passe en Europe dans le but d’amener de nouveaux ouvriers. Ici se place l’un des événements les plus tristes que nous ayons à enregistrer. Monsieur Vernier, après avoir persuadé messieurs Kempf, van Buren, Mare Ami et J. Cornu de venir au Canada, s’embarque avec ces dignes missionnaires sur un voilier du nom de l’Annie Jane. C’était au mois d’août (1853).<br /><br />Les premiers jours de la traversée furent favorables et l’on voguait plein d’espoir. Mais bientôt la mer devint mauvaise, et dans la nuit du 28 au 29 septembre, le vaisseau, dépouillé de ses agrès, livré à la fureur des flots, alla se briser sur les rochers. On raconte que monsieur Vernier vit arriver sa dernière heure avec un calme parfait. Il exhortait ses frères désespérés, leur montrant le ciel comme lieu de rendez-vous. C’était la vie sacrée et intime d’un cœur qui aime, s’élevant au-dessus de l’élément déchaîné pour saisir la main du Sauveur. Monsieur Kempf, sa femme et leurs deux enfants restèrent paisibles en face de leur fin tragique. Le lendemain ou retrouva leurs cadavres sur le rivage de l’île Vatersay, terre voisine du naufrage. Le corps de monsieur Vernier et ceux de ses infortunés compagnons furent inhumés au milieu d’une solennelle tristesse. En perdant monsieur Vernier, la mission se voyait privée d’un serviteur sincère, ardent, généreux et franchement dévoué.<br /><br /><br />Le 2 mai 1856, monsieur Mare Ami, alors instituteur à Belle-Rivière, province de Québec, et un des témoins oculaires de ce terrible désastre, acheva de consigner les détails du naufrage de l’Annie Jane. Pendant trente-cinq ans, le manuscrit demeura oublié parmi les papiers de monsieur Ami. Aujourd’hui, cédant aux sollicitations de ses amis, il le livre à la publicité, comptant sur l’indulgence de ses lecteurs.<br /><br />Nous sommes persuadés que cette petite brochure sera un des documents les plus intéressants de l’histoire du protestantisme français en Amérique.<br /><br />Monsieur Marc Ami est aujourd’hui à la tête d’une mission évangélique française, à Haverhill, Mass.<br /><br />..
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
by Joan Druett

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

June 08, 2007

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Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death.<br /> <br /> In 1864 Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner <em>Grafton</em> wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave—rather than succumb to this dismal fate—inspires his men to take action. With barely more than their bare hands, they build a cabin and, remarkably, a forge, where they manufacture their tools. Under Musgrave's leadership, they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days.<br /> <br /> Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island—twenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms away—the <em>Invercauld</em> wrecks during a horrible storm. Nineteen men stagger ashore. Unlike Captain Musgrave, the captain of the <em>Invercauld</em> falls apart given the same dismal circumstances. His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. Only three survive. Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years, they also plan their own astonishing escape, setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history.<br /> <br /> Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings this extraordinary untold story to life, a story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.
The Voyage of George Vancouver, 1791–1795: Volume 3
by Routledge

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English

Pages

460

Publication Date

July 05, 2017

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Four of the greatest maritime exploring expeditions were crammed into two decades late in the 18th century - Cook's third voyage, the French expedition commanded by La P?use, the Malaspina expedition sent out by Spain, and George Vancouver's Voyage of Discovery. All four visited the northwest coast of North America, but weather and circumstances prevented Cook from making more than what Beaglehole calls ' a magnificent, an epoch-making reconnaissance'; La P?use only touched the coast in a significant way at Yakutat Bay and Lituya Bay, and Malasina's memorable visits were to Yakutat Bay and Nootka Sound. Vancouver, by contrast, surveyed the enormous extent of coast from Lower California to Cook Inlet, and his meticulous survey literally set out on the map of the world the intricacies of Puget Sound and the western coast of mainland Canada. It was an achievement that places him with his mentor, Cook, in the first rank of marine surveyors. As a midshipman Vancouver had been with Cook when he discovered the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands in 1778. They attracted his interest, and the attention he devoted to the islands, their inhabitants and their political future when he twice later wintered there will surprise many. This is the first annotated edition of Vancouver's journal as he revised it for publication in 1798. The original manuscript has disappeared, but fortunately no fewer than 25 partial or complete logs or journals by other members of the expedition have survived. These supplement Vancouver's narrative at many points. It has been possible to identify virtually all the host of islands, channels and inlets that Vancouver encountered, and the provenance of most of the approximately 400 place names he bestowed, nine out of ten of which are still in use, is indicated. This volume in the set includes the remainder of Book 3, all Book 4, part of Book 5, of a new and annotated edition of A Voyage of Discovery ... (London, 1798). The main pagination of this, the
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>

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