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The World’s Most Notorious Secret Societies: The Histories and ...
by Charles River Editors

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English

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221

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December 10, 2017

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*Includes pictures<br />*Includes contemporary accounts explaining the inner workings of the groups<br />*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading<br /><br />For decades, parodies featuring ominous, mysterious cults have been a favorite gag in pop culture. These fraternal brothers are often depicted in some type of underground lair, dressed in extravagant ceremonial robes with their faces hidden in their hoods, seated around a long table brimming with Gothic chalices, skulls, and glittering dark treasure. Flicks on the more morbid side might even show choppy, flashing imagery of blood, torture, and sacrifices.<br /><br />Like all art, creativity is sparked by a source of inspiration, and one of the most widely recognized muses of these kinds of scenes is none other than the Freemasons. This ancient society, descended from the ancient culture of stonemasonry, is said to possess the deepest, darkest, and most inexplicable truths of the universe. They are said to possess mystical powers like no other – maybe even magic. But does this stigma against the brotherhood have any merit, or are they simply just severely misunderstood?<br /><br />As many are aware, Freemasons have been around for many centuries. The Renaissance, which came into full bloom between the 14th and 16th centuries, saw a burst in creativity and advancement in an array of art forms throughout Europe. Stonemason guilds rode the changing tides; no longer did incoming apprentices have to be restricted by trade. A great portion of these new apprentices were artists and free thinkers, but still vowed to adhere to traditional stone-cutter culture. This new breed of masons separated from the orthodox “operative” masonry, and began to foster what became known as “speculative” masonry. <br /><br />Of the countless secret societies that have risen and fallen since the dawn of time, none could come close to touching the notoriety of the Illuminati. Particularly in recent years, the legendary order has starred in thousands upon thousands of books, articles, documentaries, movies, music, internet memes, and other mediums of entertainment. They are one of the chief targets for conspiracy connoisseurs, and the supposed masters of symbolic subliminal messages hidden in the media. <br /><br />Regardless of the veracity behind any of the conspiracy theories, there can be no denying the profound impact of the group over the past few centuries. Even those who find nothing untoward in the history of the Illuminati understand the importance of the society’s mystique, from its origins in Bavaria to its founder, Adam Weishaupt, along with those who carried the society to its peak. Without question, there have been an endless number of conspiracy theories surrounding the Illuminati that have long had the world buzzing, a trend that continues on to this very day.<br /><br />Early Europe saw a sudden burst of Gnostic and mystical religions and organizations, each with their own take on the true path to enlightenment. Conflicts that arose within the Catholic Church and other Christian communities only encouraged the growing wave of dissenters. In the 17th century, intrigued Parisians learned about one of these unconventional groups – perhaps the most prestigious of all these secret schools. This was the Fraternity of the Rose Cross, a brotherhood of Rosicrucians founded by Christian Rosenkreutz.<br /><br />Like the Illuminati, the Rosicrucians are a legendary order that has been featured in thousands upon thousands of books, articles, documentaries, movies, music, internet memes, and other mediums of entertainment. They are one of the chief targets for conspiracy connoisseurs, and the supposed masters of symbolic subliminal messages hidden in the media. Regardless of the veracity behind any of the conspiracy theories, there can be no denying the profound impact of the group over the past few centuries. Even those who find nothing untoward in the history of the Rosicrucians understand the society’s mystique.
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam
by Douglas Murray

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English

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352

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May 04, 2017

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<b>The <i>Sunday Times </i>number one bestseller</b><br /><i><i><br /></i>The Strange Death of Europe </i>is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. This book is not only an analysis of demographic and political realities, but also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them. <br /> <br />Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel's U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, Lampedusa and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away. In each chapter he also takes a step back to look at the bigger issues which lie behind a continent's death-wish, answering the question of why anyone, let alone an entire civilisation, would do this to themselves? He ends with two visions of Europe – one hopeful, one pessimistic – which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next.
The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic...
by Neal Bascomb

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English

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322

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May 03, 2016

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<DIV><B>“Riveting and poignant . . . <I>The Winter Fortress</I> metamorphoses from engrossing history into a smashing thriller . . . Mr. Bascomb’s research and, especially, his storytelling skills are first-rate.”—<I>The Wall Street Journal</I><BR /><BR /> “Weaving together his typically intense research and a riveting narrative, Neal Bascomb’s <I>The Winter Fortress</I> is a spellbinding piece of historical writing.” — Martin Dugard, author of <I>Into Africa</I> and co-author of the Killing series<BR />  </B><BR /> In 1942, the Nazis were racing to complete the first atomic bomb. All they needed was a single, incredibly rare ingredient: heavy water, which was produced solely at Norway’s Vemork plant. Under threat of death, Vemork’s engineers pushed production into overdrive. If the Allies could not destroy the plant, they feared the Nazis would soon be in possession of the most dangerous weapon the world had ever seen. But how would the Allied forces reach the castle fortress, set on a precipitous gorge in one of the coldest, most inhospitable places on earth?<BR /><BR /> Based on a trove of top-secret documents and never-before-seen diaries and letters of the saboteurs, <I>The Winter Fortress</I> is an arresting chronicle of a brilliant scientist, a band of spies on skis, perilous survival in the wild, Gestapo manhunts, and a last-minute operation that would alter the course of the war.<BR />  <BR /><B>“A taut and peerlessly told adventure story full of thrills, derring-do and heart-stopping tension.” — <I>Seattle Times</I><BR />  <BR /> “Told with both historical and scientific accuracy . . . this book has rocketed into my pantheon of the top suspense-filled stories about [World War II], along with <I>The 900 Days</I> and <I>The Colditz Story</I>.” — Ethan Siegel, <I>Forbes</I></B><DIV><DIV><DIV> </DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
by Diane Ackerman

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English

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369

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September 17, 2008

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<p>The <em>New York Times</em> bestseller soon to be a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain.</p><br /><p>A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.</p><br />After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story—sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Winner of the 2008 Orion Award.
The Miracle of Dunkirk: The True Story of Operation Dynamo
by Walter Lord

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English

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232

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March 06, 2012

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<DIV><B>The true story of the World War II evacuation portrayed in the Christopher Nolan film <I>Dunkirk</I>, by the #1 <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling author of <I>Day of Infamy</I>.</B><BR /><BR /> In May 1940, the remnants of the French and British armies, broken by Hitler’s blitzkrieg, retreated to Dunkirk. Hemmed in by overwhelming Nazi strength, the 338,000 men gathered on the beach were all that stood between Hitler and Western Europe. Crush them, and the path to Paris and London was clear.<BR /><BR /> Unable to retreat any farther, the Allied soldiers set up defense positions and prayed for deliverance. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an evacuation on May 26, expecting to save no more than a handful of his men. But Britain would not let its soldiers down. Hundreds of fishing boats, pleasure yachts, and commercial vessels streamed into the Channel to back up the Royal Navy, and in a week nearly the entire army was ferried safely back to England.<BR /><BR /> Based on interviews with hundreds of survivors and told by “a master narrator,” <I>The Miracle of Dunkirk</I> is a striking history of a week when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.).<BR /><BR />  </DIV>
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
by William L. Shirer

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English

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1280

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October 23, 2011

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<p>When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to cover up their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L. Shirer’s definitive book on the Third Reich uses these unique sources. Combined with his personal experience with the Nazis, living through the war as an international correspondent, <i>The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich</i> not only earned Shirer a National Book Award but is recognized as one of the most important and authoritative books about the Third Reich and Nazi Germany ever written. The diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as well as evidence and other testimony gained at the Nuremberg Trials could not have found more artful hands.</p><p>Shirer gives a clear, detailed and well-documented account of how it was that Adolf Hitler almost succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has become one of the most authoritative books on one of mankind’s darkest hours. Shirer focuses on 1933 to 1945 in clear detail. Here is a worldwide bestseller that also tells the true story of the Holocaust, often in the words of the men who helped plan and conduct it. It is a classic by any measure.</p><p>The book has been translated into twelve languages and was adapted as a television miniseries, broadcast by ABC in 1968. This first ever e-book edition is published on the 50th anniversary of this iconic work.</p>
A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain
by Marc Morris

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English

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481

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March 15, 2015

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<p>The first major biography of a truly formidable king, whose reign was one of the most dramatic and important of the entire Middle Ages, leading to war and conquest on an unprecedented scale.</p><br />Edward I is familiar to millions as "Longshanks," conqueror of Scotland and nemesis of Sir William Wallace (in "Braveheart"). Yet this story forms only the final chapter of the king's action-packed life. Earlier, Edward had defeated and killed the famous Simon de Montfort in battle; travelled to the Holy Land; conquered Wales, extinguishing forever its native rulers and constructing a magnificent chain of castles. He raised the greatest armies of the Middle Ages and summoned the largest parliaments; notoriously, he expelled all the Jews from his kingdom.The longest-lived of England's medieval kings, he fathered fifteen children with his first wife, Eleanor of Castile, and, after her death, he erected the Eleanor Crosses—the grandest funeral monuments ever fashioned for an English monarch.<br /><br /><br /><br />In this book, Marc Morris examines afresh the forces that drove Edward throughout his relentless career: his character, his Christian faith, and his sense of England's destiny—a sense shaped in particular by the tales of the legendary King Arthur. He also explores the competing reasons that led Edward's opponents (including Robert Bruce) to resist him.<br /><br /><br /><br />The result is a sweeping story, immaculately researched yet compellingly told, and a vivid picture of medieval Britain at the moment when its future was decided.
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in...
by , Larry Alexander

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English

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400

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December 19, 2012

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<b>THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER<br /><br /></b>December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger...<br /><br />What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.”<br /><br />The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.<br /><br /><b>INCLUDES PHOTOS</b>
Case Red: The Collapse of France
by Robert Forczyk

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English

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464

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November 30, 2017

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Even after the legendary evacuation from Dunkirk in June 1940 there were still large British formations fighting the Germans alongside their French allies. After mounting a vigorous counterattack at Abbeville and then conducting a tough defence along the Somme, the British were forced to conduct a second evacuation from the ports of Le Havre, Cherbourg, Brest and St Nazaire. While France was in its death throes, politicians and soldiers debated what to do – flee to England or North Africa, or to seek an armistice.<br /><i><i><br /></i>Case Red</i> captures the drama of the final three weeks of military operations in France in June 1940, and explains the great impact it had on the course of relations between Britain and France during the remainder of the war. It also addresses the military, political and human drama of France's collapse in June 1940, and how the windfall of captured military equipment, fuel and industrial resources enhanced the Third Reich's ability to attack its next foe – the Soviet Union.
The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice (Venetia...
by Laura Morelli

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English

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408

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November 01, 2017

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<h2>Would you rather sacrifice your livelihood, your lover, or your life? When the Black Death comes knocking on your door, you'd better decide quickly. </h2><br /><p><br /><i>Venice, 1510.</i> Maria Bartolini wants nothing more than to carry on her father’s legacy as a master gilder. Instead, her father has sent her away from the only home she’s ever known to train as an apprentice to Master Trevisan, a renowned painter. <br />Maria arranges to leave the painter’s workshop to return to her family workshop and to a secret lover waiting for her. But the encroaching Black Death foils her plans…<br /></p><p><br />When the painter’s servants uncover the real reason why Maria has been sent away to train with Master Trevisan, they threaten to reveal a secret that could tear down her family and the future of their trade. She is forced to buy the servants’ silence, but as their greed steadily grows, Maria resorts to more desperate measures. She questions whether her heart’s desire is worth risking her family, her trade, and her future, but Maria’s sacrifices may amount to nothing if the plague steals away everything she’s ever loved…<br /></p><p><br />From the author of the award-winning <i>The Gondola Maker</i> comes a rich tale of Renaissance Venice, a heroine with a lust for life, and love against all odds. <br /></p><p><br /></p><h2><i>Buy <i>The Painter’s Apprentice</i> today to transport yourself to the vibrant and dangerous world of 16th-century Venice…</i></h2><i><br /></i><br />

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