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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.
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>
Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission
by , Tom Clavin

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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“A fast-paced, well-researched…irresistible” (<i>USA TODAY</i>) World War II aviation account of friendship, heroism, and sacrifice that reads like <i>Unbroken </i>meets <i>The Dirty Dozen</i> from the authors of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling <i>The Heart of Everything That Is</i>.<BR><BR>It’s 1942, just after the blow to Pearl Harbor and the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, and the United States is reeling. A group of raw US Army Airmen travels to the embattled American Air Base of Port Moresby at Papua, New Guinea. Their mission: to protect Australia, to disrupt the Japanese supply lines, and to fly perilous reconnaissance runs over the enemy-held strongholds. Among the men are pilot Captain Jay Zeamer and bombardier Sergeant Raymond Joseph “Joe” Sarnoski, a pair of swashbuckling screw-ups whose antics prevent them from being assigned to a regular bombing crew. Instead, they rebuild a broken-down B-17 bomber from spare parts and christen the plane <i>Old 666</i>.<BR> <BR>One day in June 1943, a request is circulated: volunteers are needed for a reconnaissance flight into the heart of the Japanese empire. Zeamer and Sarnoski see it as a shot at redemption and cobble together a crew and depart in <i>Old 666</i> under cover of darkness. Five hours later, dozens of Japanese Zeros riddle the plane with bullets. Bloody and half-conscious, Zeamer and Sarnoski keep the plane in the air, winning what will go down as the longest dogfight in history and maneuvering an emergency landing in the jungle. Only one of them will make it home alive.<BR> <BR>With unprecedented access to the <i>Old 666</i> crew’s family and letters, as well as newly released transcripts from the Imperial Air Force’s official accounts of the battle, <i>Lucky 666</i> is perhaps the last untold “great war story” (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>) from the war in the Pacific. It’s an unforgettable tale of friendship, bravery, and sacrifice—and “highly recommended for WWII and aviation history buffs alike” (<i>BookPage</i>).
The Samoan Pyramid: The true story behind an extraordinary myster...
by Maya Lynch

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English

Pages

133

Publication Date

September 03, 2017

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<b><i>"A real-life archaeological thriller!" - Robert Bauval</i></b> - <i>Author of the Egypt Code, The Orion Mystery</i><br /><br /><b>A forgotten pyramid. An ancient curse. A real-life archaeological adventure.</b><br />Since the 1800s rumours have circulated about an ancient pyramid, built on an immense scale, hidden deep in the jungles of Samoa. Evidence perhaps of a great forgotten Pacific Empire. And yet there is no mention of the pyramid in the entire pantheon of Samoan myth. Samoan society is steeped in tradition but the local legends are silent on the subject of the pyramid.<br /><br /><b><i>"A bold and gutsy adventure" -Christopher Dunn</i></b> - <i>Author of the Giza Power Plant</i><br /><br />When one woman digging into the archives discovers an outlier in the dataset of Pacific history, it is the catalyst for an adventure that takes us on a treasure hunt deep into the jungles of Samoa. <br />The Samoan Pyramid interweaves the spellbinding stories behind archaeology’s centuries-long quest to find the forgotten pyramid with the author's own journey into the jungles of Samoa as she unravels one of the greatest archaeological mysteries of the Pacific.<br /><br /><b>Buy the Samoan Pyramid and uncover the secret today.</b>
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.
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
by Tony Horwitz

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English

Pages

500

Publication Date

August 01, 2003

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<p><b>In an exhilarating tale of historic adventure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>Confederates in the Attic</i> retraces the voyages of Captain James Cook, the Yorkshire farm boy who drew the map of the modern world</b></p><p> Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the 18th century were the last great voyages of discovery. His ships sailed 150,000 miles, from the Artic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. When Cook set off for the Pacific in 1768, a third of the globe remained blank. By the time he died in Hawaii in 1779, the map of the world was substantially complete. <br />Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook's voyages and the exotic scenes the captain encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice. He also relives Cook's adventures by following in the captain's wake to places such as Tahiti, Savage Island, and the Great Barrier Reef to discover Cook's embattled legacy in the present day. Signing on as a working crewman aboard a replica of Cook's vessel, Horwitz experiences the thrill and terror of sailing a tall ship. He also explores Cook the man: an impoverished farmboy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in British history.<br />By turns harrowing and hilarious, insightful and entertaining, BLUE LATITUDES brings to life a man whose voyages helped create the 'global village' we know today.</p>
Titanic Disaster Hearings: and U.S. Senate Report
by William Alden Smith

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English

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October 18, 2017

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This is the complete transcript of the United States Senate Hearings into the sinking of the RMS Titanic held just weeks after the Titanic disaster. Including the U.S. Senate final report; Titanic Disaster Report of the Committee on Commerce. With the names of all passengers, crew and their fate.<br /><br />This is the Titanic’s story in an easy to read question and answer hearing format.<br /><br />Why weren’t there sufficient lifeboats to carry all the passengers and crew of the Titanic?<br /><br />Were lifeboats designed to hold sixty-five people loaded with less than thirty?<br /><br />Did men dress as women for a chance to board life boats when the order was women and children first?<br /><br />Was J. Bruce Ismay, president of International Mercantile Marine Co. and managing director of the White Star Line unfairly accused of boarding a life boat ahead of others?<br /><br />Were pistol shots fired to stop passengers from entering the lifeboats?<br /><br />Did the passengers in steerage have an opportunity to go on the decks after the collision, or were they held back?<br /><br />Why didn’t the passengers in the lifeboats row to the “terrible groans and cries” after the Titanic went down?<br /><br />Why, when the Californian was but 14 miles from the Titanic did she not answer the Titanic’s distress calls and steam to her aid?<br /><br />Did the Titanic break in half before she went down?<br /><br />The U.S. Senate looks for the answers to these questions and many more in this 1912 Titanic disaster hearing.<br /><br />Other trial transcripts by this historic trial editor: The Lizzie Borden Trial Transcripts, Official Stenographic Report By Frank H. Burt; The Lizzie Borden Inquest Testimony, Josiah C. Blaisdell Presiding; The Lizzie Borden Preliminary Hearing, Josiah C. Blaisdell Presiding; State vs. Hauptmann: The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping and Murder Trial Transcripts, Thomas W. Trenchard Presiding; Conspiracy Trial For The Murder Of The President By Ben Perley Poore; The Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy Trial Transcripts, Major-General David Hunter Presiding Officer; Report of the Trial of Levi Weeks by William Coleman.
The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World
by Lincoln Paine

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English

Pages

801

Publication Date

October 29, 2013

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<p>A monumental retelling of world history through the lens of maritime enterprise, revealing in breathtaking depth how people first came into contact with one another by ocean and river, lake and stream, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways, bringing together civilizations and defining what makes us most human.  <br /><br /> Lincoln Paine takes us back to the origins of long-distance migration by sea with our ancestors’ first forays from Africa and Eurasia to Australia and the Americas. He demonstrates the critical role of maritime trade to the civilizations of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Indus Valley. He reacquaints us with the great seafaring cultures of antiquity like those of the Phoenicians and Greeks, as well as those of India and Southeast and East Asia, who parlayed their navigational skills, shipbuilding techniques, and commercial acumen to establish thriving overseas colonies and trade routes in the centuries leading up to the age of European expansion. And finally, his narrative traces how commercial shipping and naval warfare brought about the enormous demographic, cultural, and political changes that have globalized the world throughout the post–Cold War era. <br /><br /> This tremendously readable intellectual adventure shows us the world in a new light, in which the sea reigns supreme. We find out how a once-enslaved East African king brought Islam to his people, what the American “sail-around territories” were, and what the Song Dynasty did with twenty-wheel, human-powered paddleboats with twenty paddle wheels and up to three hundred crew. Above all, Paine makes clear how the rise and fall of civilizations can be linked to the sea. An accomplishment of both great sweep and illuminating detail, <i>The Sea and Civilization</i> is a stunning work of history.<br /></p>
The Fatal Shore: The epic of Australia's founding
by Robert Hughes

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English

Pages

628

Publication Date

January 11, 2012

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In this bestselling account of the colonization of Australia, Robert Hughes explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today.<br /><br /> Digging deep into the dark history of England's infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the other side of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hughes has crafted a groundbreaking, definitive account of the settling of Australia.<br /><br /> Tracing the European presence in Australia from early explorations through the rise and fall of the penal colonies, and featuring 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps, <i>The Fatal Shore</i> brings to life the incredible true history of a country we thought we knew.
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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