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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
by Christina Thompson

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p>A blend of Jared Diamond’s <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> and Simon Winchester’s <em>Pacific</em>, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know. <br /><br />For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Until the arrival of European explorers they were the only people to have ever lived there. Both the most closely related and the most widely dispersed people in the world before the era of mass migration, Polynesians can trace their roots to a group of epic voyagers who ventured out into the unknown in one of the greatest adventures in human history. </p><p>How did the earliest Polynesians find and colonize these far-flung islands? How did a people without writing or metal tools conquer the largest ocean in the world? This conundrum, which came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged in the eighteenth century as one of the great geographical mysteries of mankind.</p><p>For Christina Thompson, this mystery is personal: her Maori husband and their sons descend directly from these ancient navigators. In <em>Sea People</em>, Thompson explores the fascinating story of these ancestors, as well as those of the many sailors, linguists, archaeologists, folklorists, biologists, and geographers who have puzzled over this history for three hundred years. A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People combines the thrill of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.</p><p><em>Sea People</em> includes an 8-page photo insert, illustrations throughout, and 2 endpaper maps.</p>
Destroyer Squadron 23: Combat Exploits of Arleigh Burke's Gallant...
by Ken Jones

Language

English

Pages

387

Publication Date

February 25, 2019

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<b><em>“The brilliant and heroic record achieved by Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Three is a distinctive tribute to the valiant fighting spirit of the individual units in this indomitable combat group and of each skilled and courageous ship’s company.”</em> — Presidential Unit Citation</b><br /><br />Captain Arleigh Burke assumed control over Destroyer Squadron 23 on 23 October 1943.<br /><br />Just over a month later they engaged five enemy destroyers and sunk three of them and received no damage themselves in what has been described by tacticians as “near perfect surface actions”.<br /><br />Over the course of the next four months Destroyer Squadron 23, which was nicknamed “The Little Beavers, would continue in the same vein and engage with enemy ships a further twenty-two times, destroying one Japanese cruiser, nine destroyers, one submarine, several smaller ships, and approximately 30 aircraft.<br /><br /><em>“The Captains of Squadron 23 went out looking for trouble; they found it; they sank it; and then they looked for more. When a ship became lost, as some did, she simply headed for the enemy and continued to fight by herself. It is impossible for me to express the proud, paternal feeling I felt for you all during the heat of battle. There are many officers in the United States Navy who probably would have done as well had the opportunity been granted them. There are NO officers in the United States Navy who could have done better.”</em> — Captain Arleigh Burke<br /><br />Ken Jones’ account of this brilliant squadron takes the reader to the heart of the action as he uncovers Arleigh’s tactics and the strategies that were deployed to defeat Japanese ships. He also uncovers what life was like for the men in the squadron as they powered across Pacific Ocean. <br /><br />“While the period covered by this book is relatively short, it was a crucial period in the Pacific War, and the vital part played by Destroyer Squadron 23 under the inspiring leadership of Arleigh Burke was, in a sense, only a beginning, but the vital beginning, of a steady drive forward which gained momentum and power until United States naval forces steamed victoriously into Tokyo Bay.” — Fleet Admiral William Halsey<br /><br />Ken Jones wrote a number of works on World War Two, including the biography <em>Admiral Arleigh</em>. His book <em>Destroyer Squadron 23</em> was first published in 1959.<br />
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
by Joan Druett

Language

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.
Man-Eater: The Terrifying True Story of Cannibal Killer Katherine...
by Ryan Green

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

January 21, 2019

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On 29th February 2000, John Price took out a restraining order against his girlfriend, Katherine Knight. Later that day, he told his co-workers that she had stabbed him and if he were ever to go missing, it was because Knight had killed him. <br /><br />The next day, Price didn’t show up for work.<br /><br />A co-worker was sent to check on him. They found a bloody handprint by the front door and they immediately contacted the police. The local police force was not prepared for the chilling scene they were about to encounter.<br /><br />Price’s body was found in a chair, legs crossed, with a bottle of lemonade under his arm. He’d been decapitated and skinned. The “skin-suit” was hanging from a meat hook in the living room and his head was found in the kitchen, in a pot of vegetables that was still warm. There were two plates on the dining table, each had the name of one of Price's children on it. <br /><br />She was attempting to serve his body parts to his children.<br /><br /><i>Man-Eater</i> is a dramatic and gripping account of the first women in Australia to be given a life sentence without parole and a special addendum ‘never to be released’. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the reader into the real-live horror experienced by the victim and has all the elements of a classic thriller.<br /><br /><h6>CAUTION: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to read any further</h6>
Victory in Papua
by Samuel Milner

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

December 17, 2018

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<em><h2></b>Costly in casualties and suffering, [this campaign] taught lessons that the Army had to learn if it was to cope with the Japanese under conditions of tropical warfare.</h2></em></b><br /><br />By mid-1942 the Japanese forces were threatening to take the colonial capital of Port Moresby and therefore gain a base to launch their proposed invasion of Australia.<br /><br />The allied forces needed to blunt the Japanese thrust toward Australia and thus protect the transpacific line of communications, as well as to secure a favorable position to take the offensive to the Japanese.<br /><br />Yet this was easier planned than executed; the Australians had been battered through two years of combat with their enemies and although the Americans were bringing large numbers of reinforcements, they were living under intolerable conditions, plagued by disease, short of equipment, ill-prepared for jungle fighting, and pitted against a skilled and resolute foe.<br /><br />According to Australian military historian, John Laffin, the campaign "was arguably the most arduous fought by any Allied troops during World War II".<br /><br />Milner uncovers every aspect of the campaign in 1942 from its early planning stages through to the many conflicts with Japanese troops that culminated in the brutal Battle of Buna-Gona in early 1943. However, rather than simply giving an overview of these turbulent months Milner focuses particularly on the actions of the 32nd Infantry Division who were at the frontline of the offensive to give the reader a direct view of what life was like during the campaign.<br /><br />To develop a picture of this dramatic campaign Milner drew from not only the official records but also spoke to men who were there and saw it, including Robert L. Eichelberger, as well as drawing from many Australian sources and historians.<br /><br />“Samuel Milner’s <em>Victory in Papua</em>, the official U.S. Army history, provides a thorough narrative of the Papua New Guinea campaign and is an excellent starting point.” Major Matthew H. Fath, <em> Intrepidity, Iron Will, and Intellect: General Robert L. Eichelberger and Military Genius</em><br /><br />“a solid and valued work.” James Jay Carafano<br /><br />“a thorough account of the actions of the 32nd Division in the Papuan campaign of 1942.” Henry L. Roberts, <em>Foreign Affairs</em><br /><br />“In telling the story of a comparatively limited number of troops, the author has been able to present the combat experience of small units in sharper focus than has been possible in most of the other full-scale campaign volumes.” Maj. Gen. A. C. Smith, Chief of Military History<br /><br />Samuel Milner was a historian who held a graduate degree in history from the University of Alberta and had done further graduate work in political science at the University of Minnesota. He had served during the war as a historian with the Army Air Transport Command in Australia and New Guinea, and worked for the Army office of the chief of military history after the war. After this he worked as government historian for many years before passing away in 2000. His book <em> Victory in Papua</em> was first published in 1957.<br />
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>
The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Soc...
by Jared Diamond

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English

Pages

544

Publication Date

December 31, 2012

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<b>The bestselling author of <i>Collapse</i> and <i>Guns, Germs and Steel</i> surveys the history of human societies to answer the question: What can we learn from traditional societies that can make the world a better place for all of us?<br /><br />“As he did in his Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Guns, Germs, and Steel</i>, Jared Diamond continues to make us think with his mesmerizing and absorbing new book." Bookpage<br /><br /><br /></b>Most of us take for granted the features of our modern society, from air travel and telecommunications to literacy and obesity. Yet for nearly all of its six million years of existence, human society had none of these things. While the gulf that divides us from our primitive ancestors may seem unbridgeably wide, we can glimpse much of our former lifestyle in those largely traditional societies still or recently in existence. Societies like those of the New Guinea Highlanders remind us that it was only yesterday—in evolutionary time—when everything changed and that we moderns still possess bodies and social practices often better adapted to traditional than to modern conditions.<i>The World Until Yesterday</i> provides a mesmerizing firsthand picture of the human past as it had been for millions of years—a past that has mostly vanished—and considers what the differences between that past and our present mean for our lives today.<br /><br />This is Jared Diamond’s most personal book to date, as he draws extensively from his decades of field work in the Pacific islands, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians, Kalahari San people, and others. Diamond doesn’t romanticize traditional societies—after all, we are shocked by some of their practices—but he finds that their solutions to universal human problems such as child rearing, elder care, dispute resolution, risk, and physical fitness have much to teach us. Provocative, enlightening, and entertaining, <i>The World Until Yesterday</i> is an essential and fascinating read.
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.
South From Corregidor
by John Morrill

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English

Pages

175

Publication Date

September 17, 2018

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<h2>“This is not only one of the best of the war books, it is a record of cooperative courage achieved by a group of men in a manner wholly American.” <em>The New York Times</em></h2><br /><br />At the outbreak of the Second World War U.S.S. Quail was in the Philippines sweeping mines to provide access for American shipping to South Harbor, Corregidor. <br /><br />Damaged by enemy bombs and guns during the Japanese invasion of the island John Morrill and his fellow men decided to make the decision to scuttle their ship rather than allow it to be captured.<br /><br />This led them to begin one of the most daring escapes of the Second World War.<br /><br />Lieutenant Commander John Morrill and sixteen fellow sailors took a thirty-six-foot diesel boat nearly two thousand miles through Japanese controlled waters.<br /><br />They moved mostly at night, with a homemade sextant, some salvaged charts, with little fresh water and food, but even despite these difficulties they eventually made their way to Darwin, Australia.<br /><br />“nonfiction account of his breathtaking escape in 1942 from the Japanese at Corregidor, the beleaguered U.S. fortress commanding Manila Bay in the Philippines.” <em>The Washington Post</em><br /><br />“The enthralling story of how a handful of Navy men escaped from falling Corregidor southward to Australia in a leaky 36-foot landing boat.” <em>Foreign Affairs</em><br /><br />“A matter of fact, modest and inherently dramatic account of an isolated incident in the pacific war” <em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />John Morrill was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy. In June 1939 he became commanding officer of the minesweeper U.S.S. Quail. Pete Martin was a journalist and author. Their book <em>South from Corregidor</em> was first published in 1943. Pete Martin passed away in 1980 and John Morrill passed away in 1997.<br />
Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring E...
by Nathaniel Philbrick

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English

Pages

481

Publication Date

October 26, 2004

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<b>"A treasure of a book."—David McCullough<br /><br />The harrowing story of a pathbreaking naval expedition that set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean, dwarfing Lewis and Clark with its discoveries, from the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Valiant Ambition</i> and <i>In the Hurricane's Eye</i>.<br /></b><br /><b>A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book</b><br /><br />America's first frontier was not the West; it was the sea, and no one writes more eloquently about that watery wilderness than Nathaniel Philbrick. In his bestselling <i>In the Heart of the Sea</i> Philbrick probed the nightmarish dangers of the vast Pacific. Now, in an epic sea adventure, he writes about one of the most ambitious voyages of discovery the Western world has ever seen—the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842. On a scale that dwarfed the journey of Lewis and Clark, six magnificent sailing vessels and a crew of hundreds set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean and ended up naming the newly discovered continent of Antarctica, collecting what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution. Combining spellbinding human drama and meticulous research, Philbrick reconstructs the dark saga of the voyage to show why, instead of being celebrated and revered as that of Lewis and Clark, it has—until now—been relegated to a footnote in the national memory.<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt Naval History Prize</b>

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