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At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy
by Robert J. Bulkley

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English

Pages

641

Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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<h2><b>“PT’s met the enemy at closer quarters (and with greater frequency) than any other type of surface craft. The crews of no other vessels experienced so high a degree of personal engagement with the enemy.” — <em>Robert Bulkley </em></b></h2><br /><br /><b>Robert Bulkley’s definitive history of patrol torpedo boats in World War Two is exceptionally detailed, meticulously researched, and is a must-read for any naval enthusiast. </b><br /><br />Bulkley joined the PT division of the Navy in 1941, and immediately fell in love with the small and deadly weaponized boat. After V-J Day, 1945, the Navy continued Bulkley’s commission and asked him to write the official history of PT boats in WWII — <em>At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy</em> is the groundbreaking result. <br /><br />In <em>At Close Quarters</em>, Bulkley uses the fastidious records kept by the US Navy to compile a book which serves as not just a record of the role of the PT boat's role in WWII but also as a lesson to future military and naval scholars. <br /><br />Best-known as the boat that future president John F. Kennedy commanded in the Pacific Theater in WWII, popular interest in PT boats has grown substantially since they first emerged as brilliant boats in naval engagements throughout the war.<br /><br />Bulkley provides a detailed account of the origins and history of PT boats, from the part they played in WWI to the improvements and developments made to their design prior to WWII. <br /><br />He analyses the role of PT boats in some of the major sea battles in the Pacific, opening with Pearl Harbor, through to their involvement in the Mediterranean, the D-Day operations in the English Channel as well as the Solomons campaign and the conquest of New Guinea. <br /><br />“The thorough and competent account herein of over-all PT boat operations in World War II, compiled by Captain Robert Bulkley, a distinguished PT boat commander, should therefore prove of wide interest. The widest use of the sea, integrated fully into our national strength, is as important to America in the age of nuclear power and space travel as in those stirring days of the birth of the Republic.” — <em>President John F Kennedy</em><br /><br />“An invaluable history of WWII PT-Boat operations worldwide.” — <em>Pacific Wrecks</em><br /><br />“This thorough and objective account of the operations of PT boats in the U.S. Navy in World War II was prepared in the year after V-J Day by an officer who served in them through most of the war in the far reaches of the Pacific. He knew and loved these small, fast craft with hornet sting. They played their part with zest in the far reaching, powerful Navy team. He gave to the research into the records, into the memories of other participants, and to the writing itself the same zest. As a result he produced a shipshape manuscript.” — <em>Rear Admiral Ernest McNeill Eller</em><br /><br /><b>Robert J. Bulkley</b>, a retired USNR captain now deceased, commanded PT boats in the southwest Pacific, mostly in New Guinea and the Philippines, from June 1942 to the war's end. This work was first published in 1962, three years before Captain Bulkley passed away<br /><br /><br />
Norse Mythology
by University Press

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English

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Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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<b>Norse Mythology</b><br /><br />When we think of Norse mythology, we might think of armored breastplates and plaited beards in horned helmets, and we are naturally drawn to stories of fierce warriors and Viking raids. But Norse mythology is more than that. It’s about the gods and goddesses who controlled the lives of men and woman, their crops, their battles and their fates. It’s about the Nine Worlds of the Gods and Giants who began the world the Norsemen knew, and the poets and coders (writers) who documented that world for us.<br /><br />While Norse mythology includes the tales and adventures of those who later became known as the Vikings, it begins with the religious and traditional ancestral stories that were handed down among generations, all of which revolved around the complex deities of the peoples of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.<br /><br />The Norsemen were essentially heathens by today’s standards, a name coined because they lived in the “heaths”, people who later converted to Christianity during the Middle Ages, but who fought against it and the onslaught of the English realm for hundreds of years. And like any religious broad narrative, their deities allowed them to make sense of the world they lived in; it gave meaning to their lives and strength in battle, among other things.<br /><br />Yet the history of the Norsemen, and the gods and goddesses they believed in and built their world around, never loses its capacity to captivate us. This newest publication by University Press represents a delightful look at an inventive, highly religious, superstitious, and formidable culture.<br /><br /><b>Norse Mythology</b>
PERSIAN FACTS SHAHNASHEA EMPIRE: ANCIENT IRAN
by ARCHAEMENID DYNASTY ZARAT...

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English

Pages

295

Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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A FACT FILE OF ONLINE SOURCES FOR STUDENTS REFENCE TO PERSIA
Commandant of Auschwitz (Illustrated) (Barvas Military)
by Rudolf Höss

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

May 21, 2017

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A collection of poignant memories and confessions concerning one of history's most brutal series of events, told by the longest serving commandant of Auschwitz, Lt. Col. Rudolf Höss. This amazingly insightful autobiography includes biographies of other Auschwitz commandants, and will prove valuable to any researcher of WWII and learner of general history.
Six Months on a Slaver: A True Narrative (1879)
by Edward Manning

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English

Pages

85

Publication Date

May 21, 2017

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"Six Months on a Slaver" is a true narrative providing a realistic descriptions of the horrors of the slave trade experience of an American seaman who ships from New London, Conn., in 1860, on a three years' cruise, in an ostensible whaler, which proves to be a slaver on its way to the African coast. <br /><br /> It is a plain, unvarnished narrative of the manner of obtaining and of conveying a cargo of Africans from the African coast to Yucatan. Several instances of inhuman treatment inflicted on the poor slaves, and the general unpleasantness of the subject, work upon the sympathies too much to make it altogether pleasant reading; but the author tells his story simply, without aiming at producing any sensation, and it appears a faithful record of the way the debasing traffic was carried on.<br /><br />Edward Manning was a sailor from New London, Connecticut, who in 1860 signed on with the "whaling" ship "Thomas Watson" only to later find it was a "slaver" ship on a voyage to transport slaves from Africa to Yucatan. Manning wrote of his experiences aboard the slaver in his 1879 book "Six Months on a Slaver: A True Narrative."<br /><br />Contents<br />PART I. THE VOYAGE OUT.<br />I. OUR DEPARTURE.<br />II: WHALER OR SLAVER?<br />III. THE ENGLISH MANOFWAR.<br />IV. THE PALM-OIL MERCHANT.<br />V. THE SCHOONER AND THE SIGNAL.<br />Vl. RECEIVING THE CARGO.<br />PART II. THE RETURN VOYAGE<br />I. THE FIRST NIGHT.<br />II. THE KROOMEN.<br />III. SANITARY AND OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.<br />IV. THE DEATH OF STEVE.<br />V. DRUNKENNESS OF THE CAPTAIN, AND OTHER INGIDENTS.<br />VI. PUNISHMENT FOR STEALING WATER.<br />VII. DISRATING THE MATE AND ERASING THE SHIP'S NAME.<br />VIII. THE LAST WEEK OF THE VOYAGE.<br />IX. DISCHARGING THE CARGO.<br /><br /><br />
Vermisst (Leseprobe XXL): 23. Dezember 1944. Der Kampf um Ungarn....
by Kai Althoetmar

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German

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Publication Date

May 21, 2017

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Leseprobe XXL zu "Vermisst. 23. Dezember 1944. Der Kampf um Ungarn. Eine Spurensuche" von Kai Althoetmar. <br /><br />Inhalt: Dezember 1944. Die Rote Armee hat halb Ungarn überrannt, Budapest steht vor der Einkesselung. Adolf Hitler befiehlt die 6. Panzer-Division der Wehrmacht von Polen nach Ungarn. Ohne das Öl und Bauxit seines letzten Verbündeten kann das Deutsche Reich den Krieg nicht fortsetzen.<br /><br />Unter den Panzergrenadieren ist der 18jährige Landwirtsohn Bernhard Althoetmar aus dem westfälischen Warendorf. Auszüge aus dessen Feldpostbriefen geben authentisch Zeugnis vom Leben und Sterben an der Ostfront, erst am Narewbrückenkopf in Polen im Herbst 1944, dann im Dezember 1944 in Ungarn am Donauknie. Kurz vor Weihnachten 1944 kommt es im Dorf Kistompa im Süden der heutigen Slowakei zu verlustreichen Kämpfen gegen die vorrückende Rote Armee. Nach den Gefechten ist Bernhard vermisst. 72 Jahre später macht sich sein Neffe, Autor Kai Althoetmar, auf, sein Schicksal aufzuklären.<br /><br />Parallel dazu erzählt der Autor das Kriegsschicksal des jüdischen Viehhändlers Hugo Spiegel, der vor dem Krieg auf dem Hof der Althoetmars häufig zu Besuch war. Hugo Spiegel ist der Vater von Paul Spiegel, dem späteren Vorsitzenden des Zentralrats der Juden in Deutschland. Die vierköpfige Familie durchlebt die "Kristallnacht" in Warendorf, die abenteuerliche Flucht nach Brüssel, Asyl, Krieg und Besatzung, Deportation und am Ende die Rückkehr von drei Familienmitgliedern in die alte Heimat - während Pauls Schwester vermisst bleibt...<br /><br />Für die Recherchen zu diesem Buch ist der Autor nach Ungarn und in die Slowakei gereist und hat die Kriegsschauplätze von damals besucht.<br /><br />Die Bücher der Reihe „Kriegsgeschichten“ erzählen von wichtigen oder symbolhaften Ereignissen des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Europa. Sie verbinden Vergangenheit und Gegenwart: lebendige historische Erzählung, authentische Schicksale berühmter wie namenloser Akteure des Kriegsgeschehens, dazu die Vor-Ort-Reportage der Gegenwart. Zu Wort kommen beteiligte Akteure und Zeitzeugen, ergänzt um historische Dokumente und literarische Zeugnisse - informativ, packend erzählt, sprachlich niveauvoll.
A Firm Resolve: A history of SAA accidents and incident 1934 to 1...
by Mark Young

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English

Pages

441

Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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A Firm Resolve is the result of more than 15 years of investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 22 major aircraft accidents that befell South African Airways in the period between its founding and the loss of the B747-244 "Helderberg" in 1987.<br />The book recounts the final moments of each aircraft with moment-by-moment summaries of the crashes together with the steps followed by investigators' to determine the cause of each accident.<br />The easy reading narrative style uses facts drawn from the actual accident investigator's notes, official reports and interviews with personnel who were involved with the actual investigations and makes a normally distant and confusing discipline easily approachable for the lay person.<br />After reading this work by award-winning investigative journalist Mark D Young, the reader will appreciate that aviation safety is a developing and dynamic science which stands on the shoulders of all the work undertaken by previous investigations such as those detailed here.<br />Of particular interest considering recent deep-ocean airliner losses, is the extensive detailing of the search and rescue operation in regard to flight SA295 which is still, to date of publication, the deepest underwater airliner debris recovery operation of all time.<br />Interestingly enough, a recommendation by the investigators in regard to the location systems on data recorders has lain forgotten. Had it been actioned, mysteries such as the loss of MH370 may have been easier to resolve..<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Essai sur la régénération physique, morale et politique des Ju...
by Henri Grégoire

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French

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Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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TABLE.<br /><br /><br />Chapitre Premier. Considérations générales sur l’état du peuple juif, depuis sa dispersion jusqu’à nos jours.<br />1<br />Chap. II. Réflexions sur la dispersion des Juifs.<br />14<br />Chap. III. Réfutation de plusieurs calomnies dont on a chargé les Juifs dans le moyen âge.<br />17<br />Chap. IV. Causes de la haine des Nations contre les Juifs, & réciproquement.<br />24<br />Chap. V. Uniformité confiante d’opinions & d’usages chez les Juifs. Modifications de leur caractere.<br />27<br />Chap. VI. Réflexions sur le caractere moral des Juifs. La plupart de leurs vices proviennent des vexations qu’ils ont souffertes.<br />32<br />Chap. VII. Réflexions sur la constitution physique des peuples juifs.<br />44<br />Chap. VIII. Population prodigieuse du peuple juif ; quelles en sont les causes.<br />54<br />Chap. IX. Danger de tolérer les Juifs tels qu’ils sont, à cause de leur population.<br />59<br />Chap. X. Dangers de tolérer les Juifs tels qu’ils sont, à cause de leur aversion pour les autres peuples, & de leur morale relâchée.<br />65<br />Chap. XI. Danger de tolérer les Juifs tels qu’ils sont, à cause de leur commerce & de leur usure.<br />71<br />Chap. XII. Comment les Juifs sont devenus commerçans & usuriers.<br />81<br />Chap. XIII. Moyens employés jusqu’à présent pour réprimer les usures des Juifs. Insuffisance de ces moyens.<br />87<br />Chap. XIV. Nouveaux moyens proposés pour réprimer les usures des Juifs.<br />92<br />Chap. XV. Possibilité de réformer les Juifs. Cette réforme peut se concilier avec leurs loix religieuses, leurs moyens, leurs préjugés.<br />99<br />Chap. XVI. Continuation du même sujet.<br />107<br />Chap. XVII. Il est possible de former les Juifs aux arts & métiers, à l’agriculture.<br />112<br />Chap. XVIII. Il est possible de former les Juifs à l’état militaire. Résumé de ce chapitre & des deux précédens.<br />120<br />Chap. XIX. La révolution proposée est conforme au vœu du christianisme ; loin d’y être opposée, elle se concilie avec les loix politiques, civiles & fiscales des nations, & avec leurs intérêts.<br />125<br />Chap. XX. Quels effets ont produit les loix récentes publiées en faveur des Juifs chez les nations voisines, & ce qu’on peut en inférer. Quelle sera l’influence de la réforme des Juifs sur le commerce national ? Et cette réforme n’altérera-t-elle pas ce qu’il y a de louable dans leur constitution morale.<br />135<br />Chap. XXI. Considérations sur le commerce des Juifs ; quelles bornes on doit y apporter.<br />142<br />Chap. XXII. Il est abusif d’assigner aux Juifs des quartiers à part. Il faut les disperser parmi les Chrétiens.<br />146<br />Chap. XXIII. Faut-il laisser aux Juifs le droit d’autonomie, ou restreindre ce droit ?<br />151<br />Chap. XXIV. Admission des Juifs aux charges civiles, à la Noblesse, entrée aux Académies, éducation, acquisitions d’immeubles, &c.<br />161<br />Chap. XXV. Considérations sur la nature & les causes des préjugés des Juifs. Remèdes à y apporter.<br />171<br />Chap. XXVI. Faut-il forcer les Juifs à l’adoption des moyens de réforme. Nécessité de préparer à cette révolution les Juifs & les Chrétiens. Temps nécessaire pour l’opérer.<br />184<br />Chap. XXVII. Résumé. Conclusion.<br />191<br /><br /><br />Observations sur l’Établissement et la Population des Juifs, à Metz.<br />250<br />Privilege général.<br />255
Historia de Buciegas: Un pueblo español (Spanish Edition)
by Antonio Checa Sainz

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Spanish

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Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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La historia de España no se entiende sin la de sus pueblos. Fueron la base de un país de base agraria hasta bien entrado el siglo XX. A su vez, no se puede explicar el devenir de éstos sin tener en cuenta los marcos geográficos en los que se desarrollaron. El presente libro recupera y explica la historia de Buciegas, uno de esos pueblos presuntamente olvidados sin los cuales la historia de nuestro país estará siempre incompleta.
The Earth and Its Inhabitants - Volume 1: Europe: Greece, Turkey ...
by Élisée Reclus

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English

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Publication Date

May 22, 2017

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This vintage book from 1883 has been digitally converted to downloadable format with original illustrations. A great classic for the home or classroom, an interesting old-fashioned reference book, and an outstanding find.

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