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A Very English Scandal: Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart...
by John Preston

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

October 11, 2016

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<b>Now a major TV drama series starring Hugh Grant and Ben Wishaw, a behind-the-scenes look at the desperate, scandalous private life of a British MP and champion manipulator, and the history-making trial that exposed his dirty secrets</b><br />  <br /> While Jeremy Thorpe served as a Member of Parliament and Leader of the Liberal Party in the 1960s and 70s, his bad behavior went under the radar for years. Police and politicians alike colluded to protect one of their own. In 1970, Thorpe was the most popular and charismatic politician in the country, poised to hold the balance of power in a coalition government.<br />  <br /> But Jeremy Thorpe was a man with a secret. His homosexual affairs and harassment of past partners, along with his propensity for lying and embezzlement, only escalated as he evaded punishment. Until a dark night on the moor with an ex-lover, a dog and a hired gun led to consequences that even his charm and power couldn’t help him escape.<br />  <br /> Dubbed the “Trial of the Century,” Thorpe’s climactic case at the Old Bailey in London was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge, the first time that a murder plot had been hatched in the House of Commons. And it was the first time that a prominent public figure had been exposed as a philandering gay man, in an era when homosexuality had only just become legal.<br />  <br /> With the pace and drama of a thriller, <i>A Very English Scandal</i> is an extraordinary story of hypocrisy, deceit and betrayal at the heart of the British Establishment.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
by William L. Shirer

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English

Pages

1280

Publication Date

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>
Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Greek Mythology, Egyptian Mytho...
by , Captivating History

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English

Pages

204

Publication Date

November 25, 2017

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<h2>Explore Captivating Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals while Learning Fascinating Facts about Five Mythologies</h2><br /><b>This book includes five captivating manuscripts:</b><br /><ul><li>Greek Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Ancient Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters</li><li>Egyptian Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Goddesses, Monsters and Mortals</li><li>Norse Mythology: Captivating Stories of the Gods, Sagas, and Heroes</li><li>Celtic Mythology: A Captivating Guide to the Gods, Sagas and Beliefs</li><li>Roman Mythology: A Captivating Guide to Roman Gods, Goddesses, and Mythological Creatures</li></ul>The broad arc of the first manuscript takes us from the dim beginnings of creation as seen in the Greek mythology. We move through the birth of Titans, their overthrow by the Olympian gods, the gods’ dealings with mortals like Paris of Troy, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Trojan War, and into historical times.<br /><br /><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>first part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Uranus: Betrayal by Cronus</li><li>Cronus: Fear of His Children</li><li>Titans vs. Olympian Gods</li><li>Olympian Rule</li><li>Zeus and His Ladies</li><li>Prometheus and Herakles</li><li>An Unhappy Tale of the Underworld</li><li>The Beauty Contest that Led to the Fall of Troy</li><li>Poseidon, Metis, Athena and Atlantis</li><li>Kraken and Other Monsters</li><li>Jason, the Argonauts, and Medea's Dragon</li><li>Menelaus, Agamemnon, and the Trojan War</li><li>Solon, the Athenian Law Giver</li><li>300 Spartans</li><li>Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle</li><li>Alexander the Great</li></ul>The second part is full of fascinating facts and stories. For instance, it covers perhaps the most popular of all the Egyptian stories - the myth of Osiris.<br /><br /><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>second part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Egypt in Context</li><li>Creation</li><li>Fall of Humanity</li><li>Osiris Myth</li><li>Chief Gods of the Egyptian Pantheon</li><li>Lesser Known Pantheon</li><li>Ancient Egyptian History</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>third part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Norse Creation Story</li><li>The Nine Realms</li><li>Gods and the “Giants” of Jötunheim</li><li>Midgard and the Humans</li><li>Elves, Dwarves, Trolls and Valkyries</li><li>Odin, Frigg, Thor, and Loki</li><li>The Death of Baldr</li><li>Conflict Between the Realms</li><li>English Days of the Week</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>fourth part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>Celtic Animism</li><li>Universal Celtic Gods</li><li>Local Irish Celt Gods</li><li>Local Gallic Celt Gods</li><li>Celtic Sagas: The Cycles</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Animal and Human Sacrifice</li><li>The Wicker Man</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Reincarnation</li><li>Celtic Beliefs: Matriarchy</li></ul><h2>Here are just some of the topics that the <u>fifth part</u> of this book will cover:</h2><br /><ul><li>The Trojan Connection</li><li>What History and an Analysis of Myth Tell Us</li><li>Founding of Rome</li><li>Purely Roman Gods</li><li>The Creatures of Roman Mythology</li><li>Borrowings from Etruria</li><li>Influence of the Greek Pantheon</li><li>Greek Creatures Adopted by the Romans</li><li>Celtic Potpourri</li><li>Roman Conquests of the Celts</li><li>Truth Behind the Roman Gods</li></ul><h2>Download the book now to learn more about these five mythologies!</h2>
A Year in Provence (Vintage Departures)
by Peter Mayle

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

May 07, 2010

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<p><b>National Bestseller </b><br /><br />In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. <b>A Year in Provence</b> transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.</p><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
My European Family: The First 54,000 Years
by Karin Bojs

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

March 23, 2017

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Karin Bojs grew up in a small, broken family. At her mother's funeral she felt this more keenly than ever. As a science journalist she was eager to learn more about herself, her family and the interconnectedness of society. After all, we're all related. And in a sense, we are all family.<br /><br /><i>My European Family</i> tells the story of Europe and its people through its genetic legacy, from the first wave of immigration to the present day, weaving in the latest archaeological findings. Karin goes deep in search of her genealogy; by having her DNA sequenced she was able to trace the path of her ancestors back through the Viking and Bronze ages to the Neolithic and beyond into prehistory, even back to a time when Neanderthals ran the European show. Travelling to dozens of countries to follow the story, she learns about early farmers in the Middle East and flute-playing cavemen in Germany and France, and a whole host of other fascinating characters.<br /><br />This book looks at genetics from a uniquely pan-European perspective, with the author meeting dozens of geneticists, historians and archaeologists in the course of her research. The genes of this seemingly ordinary modern European woman have a truly fascinating story to tell, and in many ways it is the true story of Europe. At a time when politics is pushing nations apart, this book shows that, ultimately, our genes will always bind us together.
Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich
by Norman Ohler

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English

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307

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March 07, 2017

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<DIV><B><I>New York Times Bestseller</I></B><BR /><BR /> “[A] fascinating, engrossing, often dark history of drug use in the Third Reich.” — <I>Washington Post</I><BR />  <BR /> The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. Yet as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs: cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, which were consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to German soldiers. In fact, troops were encouraged, and in some cases ordered, to take rations of a form of crystal meth—the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to account for the breakneck invasion that sealed the fall of France in 1940, as well as other German military victories. Hitler himself became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs—ultimately including Eukodal, a cousin of heroin—administered by his personal doctor.<BR /><BR /> Thoroughly researched and rivetingly readable, <I>Blitzed</I> throws light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.<BR />  <BR /> “Delightfully nuts.” — <I>The New Yorker</I><BR />  <BR /> NORMAN OHLER is an award-winning German novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He is the author of the novels <I>Die Quotenmaschine </I>(the world’s first hypertext novel), <I>Mitte,</I> and <I>Stadt des Goldes</I> (translated into English as <I>Ponte City</I>). He was cowriter of the script for Wim Wenders’s film <I>Palermo Shooting. </I>He lives in Berlin.</DIV>
The Queen's Marriage
by Lady Colin Campbell

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English

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June 28, 2018

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The inside story of The Queen’s Marriage from renowned royal author Lady Colin Campbell contains previously<br />undisclosed revelations. In this new book royal historian Lady Colin Campbell covers The Queen’s Marriage in intimate detail. Using her connections and impeccable sources she recounts details of the inside story of the monarch’s relationship with the Duke of Edinburgh and her close family.
The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
by Diane Ackerman

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

September 17, 2008

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<p>The <em>New York Times</em> bestseller now a major motion picture starring Jessica Chastain.<br /><br /><br /><br />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.
Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution...
by Christopher R. Browning

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English

Pages

384

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February 28, 2017

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<p>Christopher R. Browning’s shocking account of how a unit of average middle-aged Germans became the cold-blooded murderers of tens of thousands of Jews—now with a new afterword and additional photographs. </p><p><em>Ordinary Men</em> is the true story of Reserve Police Battalion 101 of the German Order Police, which was responsible for mass shootings as well as round-ups of Jewish people for deportation to Nazi death camps in Poland in 1942. Browning argues that most of the men of RPB 101 were not fanatical Nazis but, rather, ordinary middle-aged, working-class men who committed these atrocities out of a mixture of motives, including the group dynamics of conformity, deference to authority, role adaptation, and the altering of  moral norms to justify their actions. Very quickly three groups emerged within the battalion: a core of eager killers, a plurality who carried out their duties reliably but without initiative, and a small minority who evaded participation in the acts of killing without diminishing the murderous efficiency of the battalion whatsoever.<br /><br />While this book discusses a specific Reserve Unit during WWII, the general argument Browning makes is that most people succumb to the pressures of a group setting and commit actions they would never do of their own volition.  <br /><br /><em>Ordinary Men</em> is a powerful, chilling, and important work with themes and arguments that continue to resonate today.</p><p><strong>“A remarkable—and singularly chilling—glimpse of human behavior...This meticulously researched book...represents a major contribution to the literature of the Holocaust."—<em>Newsweek</em></strong><strong> </strong></p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><br /> </p>
Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey
by Nicola Tallis

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English

Pages

413

Publication Date

December 06, 2016

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<p>A significant retelling of the often-misunderstood tale of Lady Jane Grey's journey through her trial and execution—recalling the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which she became involuntarily tangled, and which ultimately led to a catastrophic conclusion.<br /></p><br />"Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same.” These were the heartbreaking words of a seventeen-year-old girl, Lady Jane Grey, as she stood on the scaffold awaiting death on a cold February morning in 1554. Minutes later her head was struck from her body with a single stroke of a heavy axe. Her death for high treason sent shockwaves through the Tudor world, and served as a gruesome reminder to all who aspired to a crown that the axe could fall at any time.<br /><br /><br /><br />Jane is known to history as "the Nine Days Queen," but her reign lasted, in fact, for thirteen days. The human and emotional aspects of her story have often been ignored, although she is remembered as one of the Tudor Era’s most tragic victims. While this is doubtlessly true, it is only part of the complex jigsaw of Jane’s story. She was a remarkable individual with a charismatic personality who earned the admiration and affection of many of those who knew her. All were impressed by her wit, passion, intelligence, and determined spirit. Furthermore, the recent trend of trying to highlight her achievements and her religious faith has, in fact, further obscured the real Jane, a young religious radical who saw herself as an advocate of the reformed faith—Protestantism—and ultimately became a martyr for it.<br /><br /><br /><br /><em>Crown of Blood</em> is an important and significant retelling of an often-misunderstood tale: set at the time of Jane’s downfall and following her journey through to her trial and execution, each chapter moves between the past and the “present,” using a rich abundance of primary source material (some of which has never been published) in order to paint a vivid picture of Jane’s short and turbulent life. This dramatic narrative traces the dangerous plots and web of deadly intrigue in which Jane became involuntarily tangled—and which ultimately led to a shocking and catastrophic conclusion.

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