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The Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative E...
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April 26, 2017

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<p>In his autobiography Mark Twain tells his story in his own way, freely expressing his joys and sorrows, his affections and hatreds, his rages and reverence—ending, as always, tongue-in-cheek:  "Now, then, that is the tale. Some of it is true."<br /><br />    More than the story of a literary career, this memoir is anchored in the writer’s relation to his family—what they meant to him as a husband, father, and artist. It also brims with many of Twain’s best comic anecdotes about his rambunctious boyhood in Hannibal, his misadventures in the Nevada territory, his notorious Whittier birthday speech, his travels abroad, and more.<br /><br />    Twain published twenty-five chapters from his autobiography in the 'North American Review' in 1906 and 1907. "I intend that this autobiography... shall be read and admired a good many centuries because of its form and method—form and method whereby the past and the present are constantly brought face to face, resulting in contrasts which newly fire up the interest all along, like contact of flint with steel."</p><p><strong>ABOUT THE AUTHOR:</strong></p><p><strong>Mark Twain</strong> (Originally Samuel Langhorne Clemens), was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' (1885), and 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876).</p><p>Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County', which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received.</p><p>He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.</p><p>However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.</p><p>Twain died on April 21, 1910, having survived his children Langdon, Susan and Jean as well as his wife, Olivia. In his lifetime, he became a distinguished member of the literati, and was honored by Yale, the University of Missouri, and Oxford with literary degrees.</p>
The Sinai and Palestine Campaign of World War I: The History and ...
by Charles River Editors

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English

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71

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April 25, 2017

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*Includes pictures<br />*Includes accounts of the fighting <br />*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading<br />*Includes a table of contents<br /><br />Most books and documentaries about the First World War focus on the carnage of the Western Front, where Germany faced off against France, the British Empire, and their allies in a grueling slugfest that wasted millions of lives. The shattered landscape of the trenches has become symbolic of the war as a whole, and it is this experience that everyone associates with World War I, but that front was not the only experience. There was the more mobile Eastern Front, as well as mountain warfare in the Alps and scattered fighting in Africa and the Far East. <br /><br />There was also the Middle Eastern Front, in both the Levant and Mesopotamia, which captured the imagination of the European public. There, the British and their allies fought the Ottoman Turkish Empire under harsh desert conditions hundreds of miles from home, struggling for possession of places most people only knew from the Bible and the Koran.<br /><br />The campaign to protect British Egypt from Turkish invasion was especially important to the Allied war effort. The Turks sought to cut the Suez Canal, a vital supply route connecting the Mediterranean with British colonies in East Africa and India and Britain’s allies in Australia and New Zealand. Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany quipped that the canal was the “jugular vein of the British Empire.”<br /><br />Egypt at the outbreak of war was still nominally part of the Ottoman Empire, though British troops had been there since 1882, and the British ruled in all but name, with an Egyptian khedive as the supposed head of state. When the Ottoman Empire entered the war in late October of 1914, the British were quick to make Egypt a protectorate. With the Ottomans declaring jihad, or “holy war,” against the Allies and calling for all Muslims to rise up, the British quickly removed Khedive Abbas Il Helmi, who was pro-German, and replaced him with the more tractable Hussein Kamel.<br /><br />It wasn’t long into the campaign before the men had to march in that heat, pushing the Turks out of the Sinai and continuing into Palestine. The Turks suffered greatly in their marches as they prepared to attack Egypt, and the British would soon learn to appreciate what their enemies had been through. Massey noted, “There was a time when six miles a day in marching order was considered the utmost limit for infantry in the eastern desert. One day, when travelling light, during the battle of Romani, I tramped twelve miles and could get nobody to believe me. At the end of it I chanced upon the East Lancashire troops at Canterbury Siding, and could not move for two hours. Yet I have been a walker and runner from my youth up. I was fresher after a London to Brighton walk [about 50 miles], untrained, than at the finish of that desert twelve miles. And I was not carrying a sixth of the weight of the foot-sloggers. The fatigue of marching with the sun overhead was no light trial.” For the men of the Allied and Ottoman armies, the land was as fearsome of an enemy as the men opposing them.<br /><br />The Sinai and Palestine Campaign of World War I: The History and Legacy of the British Empire’s Victory Over the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East examines the history of this crucial but often overlooked campaign. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the campaign like never before.
An Unexpected War (Tales of an Inconvenient War Book 2)
by Emery Buxton

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English

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368

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April 25, 2017

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In 1949, First Lieutenant Everett Klehn arrives in San Francisco on his way to Tokyo to take up a position as Intelligence analyst at SCAP (Supreme Commander Allied Powers) Headquarters. But his orders are altered so that he leads a raucous group of Airborne trainees to their new post on Okinawa and ends up on temporary duty as a platoon leader for eight weeks, where he forms a bond with Sergeant Witherspoon, known as ‘Spoon’.<br />SCAP ultimately calls for him to head to Tokyo where he is put in an Intelligence unit headed by Captain Barrows, an overbearing and arrogant leader, who takes the work of his analysts and passes it off as his own. Through translating duties and Intelligence work Everett watches the drama of two antagonistic Koreas head inexorably toward war.
Family Genealogy Queries: HACK & Others
by R. Stephen Smith

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April 26, 2017

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The family information in this book comes from a genealogy magazine published during the 1990s, now out of print. Contents of this very brief volume include all queries from the magazine mentioning individuals or families surnamed <b>HACK </b>(with 9 queries total), <b>HAAS</b> (2 queries), <b>HADDEN</b> (<b>HADDON</b>) (2 queries), or <b>HADLEY </b>(2 queries), as well as <b>HAASER</b>, <b>HACKER</b>, <b>HACKLE</b>, <b>HACKLER</b>, <b>HADAWAY</b>, <b>HADEN</b>, and <b>HAFNER</b> (with 1 query apiece).<br /><br />The focus is on families in the southern United States.<br /><br />Genealogy queries such as these have long been a means for family researchers to share information. Although these queries were written by persons seeking information, the wealth of detail in them could prove valuable to you if you're working on the same names or lines.<br /><br />Typically, queries include information on births, deaths, marriages, children of a given couple, family migrations, etc. Some trace several generations of one family. Some even include colorful family stories passed down through the years!<br /><br />Note: If you aren't sure if the information in this book will be useful to your particular family research, why not borrow and read it for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription?<br /><br />Other surnames occurring incidentally in the queries reproduced in this volume include ALEXANDER, ALLEN, AYERS, BALL, BARNES, BARNETT, BERRYMAN, BOOTH, BREWSTER, BRIDGES, BROOKS, BRUEN, BUNES, BURNHAM, CHANDLER, CHESTNUT, CONLEY, COOK, COWAN, CROWDER, DAVIS, DEVANEY, EDENS, EPPLER, FITE, FLANAGAN, FLOYD, FORD, GISCH, GRAHAM, GRAY, GREY, GUNNELS, HARDEMAN, HARDMAN, HART, HEARD, HEARDMAN, HEAVNER, HEFLIN, HESTER, HILDEBRAND, HOLLIS, HOYLE, HUFF, HUMPHRIES, HURTSMAN, JAMES, KING, LANDRUM, LEAHAN, LECOURT, MALCOM, MANGOLD, MARLEY, MARSHALL, McDANIEL, McMAHON, McMAINS, MEDLOCK, MEREDITH, MINS, MITCHELL, MOORE, MORLEY, NEVLE, NIFFEN, NORRIS, OSBORNE, PARRISH, PASS, PENDLETON, PENNYPACKER, POOLE, PRINGLE, ROWE, SAGE, SCHIMITTER, SEARS, SHELLY, SIMMONS, SIMONS, SKEEN, SMITH, STEELE, THOMAS, THORNTON, TODD, TRAVIS, UMBACH, UMPHRIES, VOEGTLIN, WALKER, WHITE, WIGGINS, WOOD, and WOODRUFF.
THE LOST ARTIST: LOVE PASSION WAR
by ERIC HOUSTON

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English

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383

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April 24, 2017

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THE LOST ARTIST<br />1934: a 13-year-old Jewish boy escapes Nazi Germany to become the highest decorated WWII Palestinian soldier in the British Army.<br />2010: a top Israeli computer scientist searches for the favorite artist of her youth. <br />From the rise of the Nazi Party through the formation of the State of Israel, across a sea of time to present day, their worlds collide in<br />LOVE PASSION WAR.<br />PART 1<br />(BASED ON A TRUE STORY)
Alhambra: The History and Legacy of the Moors’ Most Famous Pala...
by Charles River Editors

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English

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74

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April 24, 2017

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*Includes pictures<br />*Includes various contemporary accounts of Alhambra<br />*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading<br />*Includes a table of contents<br /><br />“Give him alms, lady, for there is nothing in life as wretched as being blind in Granada.” – Francisco Alarcon de Icaza, Mexican poet<br /><br />Tucked away on the crest of the Al-Sabika Hill in Granada of Andalusia, Spain, just left of the babbling stream of the Darro River, sits a majestic structure overlooking the charming city and mystical meadows of La Vega. This palatial fortress and the fabled Alhambra are one and the same. To those that have seen it in its full glory, this was heaven on earth itself. Many were quick to fall under the spell of its breathtaking beauty, with its admirers lovingly dubbing it “a pearl set in emeralds.” <br /><br />At one point in time, this place had been decked out with a network of captivating castles, heavenly homes and gorgeous gardens, and a handsome military fortress envied by the city's neighboring kingdoms. This was none other than Alhambra, once so enchanting that a countless number of those who visited the place in its heyday praised it as a true paradise on earth. Today, this historic complex has become the setting and inspiration for a host of books, music, movies, and other works of art and literature, such as Washington Irving's Tales of Alhambra, and Marcel L'Herbier's cinematic masterpiece, El Dorado. A main asteroid belt has even been named after the legendary place.<br /><br />The exquisite work of art continues to be beloved, so much so that a campaign in 2007 attracted an estimated 5,000 hopefuls to the site. There, the thousands laced their fingers together and formed a ring around the spectacular fortress stretching 1.5 miles long, in hopes of cementing the landmark's place among the “New 7 Wonders of the World.” Astounding aesthetics aside, the rich tapestry of history that unfolded within the walls of the centuries-old palatial paradise is truly what makes Alhambra one of the classic, timeless gems in all of Europe. <br /><br />Alhambra: The History and Legacy of the Moors’ Most Famous Palace in Spain offers a virtual tour of the palace and fortress, and it chronicles Alhambra’s history and legacy, including the events that inspired, advanced, and stalled the complex's development throughout the years. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Alhambra like never before.
Notorious Nazi Women (The Eclectic Collection Book 1)
by Stewart Andel

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English

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April 26, 2017

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Some things in life go unnoticed. The fact that there were ruthless, vicious and vindictive female Nazi guards is one of them. This new title from author Stewart Andel hopes to address that issue and open up the stories behind the evil Nazi plague that were the "Notorious Nazi Women". Hear the stories of "The Bitch of Buchenwald", or the "Beautiful Beast" inside this first volume of The Eclectic Collection.
Family Genealogy Queries: HAGAN & Others
by R. Stephen Smith

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English

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April 27, 2017

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The family information in this book comes from a genealogy magazine published during the 1990s, now out of print. Contents of this very brief volume include all queries from the magazine mentioning individuals or families surnamed <b>HAGAN </b>(<b>HAGEN</b>, <b>HAGIN</b>, <b>HAGON</b>) (with 6 queries total), <b>HAGEWOOD </b>(<b>HAGUEWOOD</b>, <b>HAGWOOD</b>, <b>HAIGWOOD</b>) (4 queries), <b>HAIGLER </b>(<b>HAGLER</b>, <b>HAGGLER</b>) (4 queries), <b>HAGOOD </b>(4 queries), <b>HAGANS </b>(<b>HAGINS</b>) (3 queries), <b>HAGGARD </b>(3 queries), <b>HAGAR </b>(2 queries), <b>HAGUE </b>(2 queries), <b>HAGGERTY </b>(1 query), or <b>HAGERMAN </b>(1 query).<br /><br />The focus is on families in the southern United States.<br /><br />Genealogy queries such as these have long been a means for family researchers to share information. Although these queries were written by persons seeking information, the wealth of detail in them could prove valuable to you if you're working on the same names or lines.<br /><br />Typically, queries include information on births, deaths, marriages, children of a given couple, family migrations, etc. Some trace several generations of one family. Some even include colorful family stories passed down through the years!<br /><br />Note: If you aren't sure if the information in this book will be useful to your particular family research, why not borrow and read it for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription?<br /><br />Other surnames occurring incidentally in the queries reproduced in this volume include ACKER, ADRIAN, AKIN, ANDERSON, ANDREWS, ARBOGAST, ARNOLD, BAKER, BASS, BAXLEY, BELL, BENTON, BIRCHFIELD, BLANCHARD, BLASSINGAME, BLOODWORTH, BRASWELL, BRICKELL, BROOKS, BROWN, BRUNK, BRUTON, BURCHFIELD, BURNEY, BURNS, BUTLER, BUZZARD, CAMP, CANTERBURY, CARR, CARROLL, CARVER, CASON, CHANCE, CHITWOOD, CLARK, CLEMENT, CLINE, COBB, COCHRANE, COLE, COLEMAN, CONE, CREECH, DANIELS, DAVIS, DEAN, DEPP, DERRICK, DEVERS, DOBKINS, DONAGHE, DUNAWAY, EARNEST, EDMISTON, EDWARDS, ELLIS, ERVIN, ERWIN, FOXWORTH, FRAKER, FREEMAN, FUQUA, FUSTON, GENTRY, GILKERSON, GILKEYSON, GISH, GOODWIN, GRANT, GREENE, HAGAN, HAGANS, HAGAR, HAGEN, HAGERMAN, HAGERTY, HAGEWOOD, HAGGARD, HAGGLER, HAGIN, HAGINS, HAGLER, HAGON, HAGOOD, HAGUE, HAGUEWOOD, HAGWOOD, HAIGLER, HAIGWOOD, HAMPTON, HANBY, HANER, HANEY, HANOR, HARDING, HARRISON, HAYES, HAYNER, HAYNES, HAYWOOD, HEAD, HEAGLER, HEATON, HEGWOOD, HEWITT, HILL, HOGAN, HOLTON, HORTON, HUDSON, HUGHES, JETER, JOHNSON, JONES, KAYLOR, KELLY, KINCADE, KING, KINSEY, LEWIS, LIGHTFOOT, LOCKE, LOGANS, LOVE, MALLORY, MALONE, MATHEWS, MATHIS, MATTHEWS, MAULDIN, MAXWELL, McDANIEL, McFARLAND, McNELIS, McNUTT, MEADOWS, MEDDERS, MERIWETHER, MILLER, MONTAGUE, MOORE, MORRISON, MOSELY, MULANAX, PACE, PAIN, PAINTER, PALMER, PARKER, PARKERSON, PASSMORE, PATE, PEARCE, PEEVY, PEMBERTON, PERRY, PHILLIPS, POLK, POTTER, POWELL, PRICE, PRINCE, RANDOLPH, ROBERTSON, ROBINSON, RODGERS, ROGERS, RUCKER, RUDE, RYAN, SANDERSON, SEAMAN, SEMPLE, SEWELL, SHEFFIELD, SHORT, SIMMONS, SMITH, STAMEY, STEPHENS, STEWART, STONECYPHER, STOUFFER, TANKERSLEY, TATUM, TAYLOR, THOMAS, THOMPSON, TRAMMELL, VARDAMAN, VARDEMAN, VINING, WAGNER, WALLACE, WARD, WARE, WEAVER, WELLS, WESSON, WHEELER, WHITE, WINN, WINSETT, WITHERSPOON, WITT, WOOTAN, and WRIGHT.
Donald Trump: 100 Days As President
by William E. Douglas

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English

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April 26, 2017

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Businessman to Reality Star, to the President of the United States, Donald Trump's words, "imagine what we an accomplish in the first 100 days of a Trump administration", can now be measured. Many promises were made by the 45th president pre-inauguration about what he would accomplish during his presidency. Through this short but informative writing of William E. Douglas, gain insight on how Trump became president and made history, and his first 100 days is office.
Against Democracy
by Jason Brennan

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English

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304

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<p>Most people believe democracy is a uniquely just form of government. They believe people have the right to an equal share of political power. And they believe that political participation is good for us—it empowers us, helps us get what we want, and tends to make us smarter, more virtuous, and more caring for one another. These are some of our most cherished ideas about democracy. But, Jason Brennan says, they are all wrong.</p><p>In this trenchant book, Brennan argues that democracy should be judged by its results—and the results are not good enough. Just as defendants have a right to a fair trial, citizens have a right to competent government. But democracy is the rule of the ignorant and the irrational, and it all too often falls short. Furthermore, no one has a fundamental right to any share of political power, and exercising political power does most of us little good. On the contrary, a wide range of social science research shows that political participation and democratic deliberation actually tend to make people worse—more irrational, biased, and mean. Given this grim picture, Brennan argues that a new system of government—epistocracy, the rule of the knowledgeable—may be better than democracy, and that it's time to experiment and find out.</p><p>A challenging critique of democracy and the first sustained defense of the rule of the knowledgeable, <i>Against Democracy</i> is essential reading for scholars and students of politics across the disciplines.</p><p> Featuring a new preface that situates the book within the current political climate and discusses other alternatives beyond epistocracy, <i>Against Democracy</i> is a challenging critique of democracy and the first sustained defense of the rule of the knowledgeable.</p>

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