The German government decided in the fall of 1914 to corner the U.S. arms and ammunition market to the detriment of England and France. In New York German Military Attaché Franz von Papen and Naval Attaché Karl Boy-Ed could not think of
anyone more effective and with better connections than Felix A. Sommerfeld to sell off the weapons and ammunition to Mexico. A few months later, Sommerfeld received orders to create a border incident. Tensions along the U.S. - Mexican border suddenly increased in a wave of border raids under
the Plan de San Diego. When Pancho Villa attacked the town of Columbus, NM, on March 9, 1916, virtually the entire regular U.S. Army descended upon Mexico or patrolled the border. War seemed inevitable. Federal agents could not prove it, but
suspected German involvement. Felix A. Sommerfeld and fellow agents had forced the hand of the U.S. government through some of the most intricate clandestine operations in the history of World War I.
Genre: History Length: 378 Pages (3,425 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
The European Middle Ages are often regarded as a cultural gap between the grandeur of the Ancient World and the revolutionary changes of Modern history. Yet the Medieval Times are the core of our modern personality as inhabitants of the Old Continent. The devil, death and alchemy have always been interconnected as alternatives of our historical imagination in a composition of European thought that touches all layers of society. Art is the gateway towards imagination, as it can narrate it by decrypting the influence historical events had over the populace. The pages of this book will take the reader on a journey from the historical insight of the devil, death and alchemy, towards the complicated and ever evolving imagination as reflected by Late Medieval painting and alchemical illuminations.
The book contains more than 70 HQ images, including: medieval paintings and alchemical illuminations, maps and graphics.
Roman Alexander (born Mircea-Alexandru Roman) is a Romanian medievalist and art historian, author of several articles and publications on medieval painting and history. He has collaborated with the National Art Gallery of Siena, Santa Maria della Scala, the Museums of Imperial Fora and various cultural and academic institutions from Romania.
Genre: History Length: 312 Pages (58,632 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 29th, 2020
The first comprehensive history of Irish radio from Marconi's early experiments in the early 1900's to Ireland becoming the first nation in the world to be declared by radio in 1916 and through the colourful and varied history of Irish pirate radio that ultimately created the Irish radio industry that exists today. The story is transnational with border blasters and both State and illegal stations broadcasting into other jurisdictions and when in many instances cash was at the heart of woes and successes.
Genre: History Length: 601 Pages (38,157 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 28th, 2020
For the first time -- nine "Jacob Blade: Vigilante" western adventures together! Relive the excitement with this great series from Charles Ray!
Jacob Blade -- a man with a vengeance. A man with a gun, a steady aim -- the steel will to fire his weapon and end a life. A man who hunts down those who have crossed him and kills them with a cool, steely glare. A man with no desire except for revenge and justice. This is the man you will be reading about. This is the book you are currently holding.
Vengeance. He swore it. His gun will make sure of it. His resolve. His will. Blade -- a man with killing on his mind. This is the latest rip-roaring Western adventure from Charles Ray, the bestselling Western author. This is the first book in a new series that will blow criminals away, avenge those who have been crossed and bring justice to the Old West.
Grab this great collection today!
Genre: History Length: 571 Pages (2,064 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 28th, 2020
Egypt is divided and conspiracy runs deep--the boy King Tut inherits a nation of chaos, and his wife, Queen Ankhesenamun, is desperate to earn his trust.
Pharaoh Tutankhamun must decide Egypt's path amid political turmoil and corruption while Queen Ankhesenamun struggles to convince Pharaoh that their lives are at stake.
With truth shrouded in mystery, doubt attacks the royalty as a power mercilessly pursues the crown. Egypt's fate is determined by Pharaoh's and Queen Ankhesenamun's success or failure in the coming storm.
Scarab in the Storm is the third volume of Lauren Lee Merewether's debut series, The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles, a resurrection of an erased time that follows the five kings of Egypt who were lost to history for over three millennia. The story continues in the final book: Silence in the Stone.
Genre: History Length: 368 Pages (6,173 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 28th, 2020
This work presents many aspects of the supernatural: seers, healers, spells, Banshee, forths, the evil eye and contains a treasure trove of Irish folk beliefs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The material contained in the work has been collected for twenty years.
Genre: History Length: 429 Pages (996 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 28th, 2020
This tale by Lady Gregory is part of the first and third cycle of the mythical history of Ireland: the mythological and the Fenian. About it, Yeats wrote: "I think this book is the best that came out of Ireland in my time".
Genre: History Length: 504 Pages (1,255 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 28th, 2020
Stretching from Ancient Rome to the World Wide Web and from the Danelaw to the Cold War, 366 Days is an engaging and entertaining chronicle of the highs and lows of world history. Whether it heralded a world-changing new discovery, the assassination of a leading politician, or a cow flying in a plane, this collection of true stories and trivia from world history proves that there is always something to be remembered 'on this day'. Each historical account has been painstakingly researched to clearly explain its causes, course and consequences.
Scott Allsop is an award-winning history teacher and host of an iTunes Top-100 history podcast. He has drawn on over a decade's worth of teaching experience in the UK, Egypt and Romania to compile this fascinating and accessible daily guide to some of the most compelling historical events that have shaped today's world.
Genre: History Length: 420 Pages (633 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 27th, 2020
Shiloh's torn and bloodied fields are at peace and thousands of casualties evacuated, buried, or lying undiscovered in the thick undergrowth where they fell. Hundreds of horse carcasses still dot the landscape, and pyres still smolder with their remains.
The Confederate army sits thirty-five miles away behind well constructed and defended earthworks surrounding Corinth, Mississippi. The Confederate failure to defeat the Union army at Pittsburg Landing means that Tennessee will remain in Union hands. Corinth, Mississippi is next on the Union agenda.
Will the fields and farms around Corinth, MS become the next killing fields, bringing certain death to tens of thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers?
The Shiloh series novels are civil war historical fiction written in the tradition of Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels and Erich Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, you'll smell the powder and suffer the anguish of loss and understand why soldiers above all else prefer peace to war.
Grab the 2nd and 3rd books in the series and continue the journey through the American Civil War in the western theater and experience the war from the ranks as a soldier.
Genre: History Length: 700 Pages (3,337 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 26th, 2020
John Meeks had a simple dream, build up his farm, raise a family, grow old surrounded by grandchildren. Fort Sumter changed that dream. By May, 1861 he and others who opposed secession are rounded up, branded a traitors, and given a choice: volunteer to fight for the Confederacy or prison, he has little choice if he wants to protect his family and land.
Philip and Paul Pearson have joined their new regiment encamped around Nashville, TN as winter sets in. Paul is volunteered for a new unit of pioneers and Philip settles into a routine of ministry amidst pro and anti-slavery conflicts of the officer class. A quiet time in winter camp is Philip's hope.
Will Hunter catches up with the 1st Alabama Cavalry outside of Murfreesboro, TN only to find that he is most unwelcome. No command, no gladsome tidings, no place for him--Hunter is left to once again accept that he may never achieve anything above being a lowly Lieutenant of Cavalry.
Far from a relaxing New Years celebration falling upon the Tennessee countryside, Rosecrans's Union army is preparing to march out of Nashville intent upon ousting Confederate General Bragg's Army of Tennessee from his base of supply, Murfreesboro, TN. Cold, wet, fog, rain, and plummeting temperatures mix with carbine and musket fire, canister and solid shot to tinge the waters of Stone's River red before the next five days are finished.
Genre: History Length: 420 Pages (1,370 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 26th, 2020
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU FEEL when you wake up in a hospital and find out you killed your own mother?
JUST WHAT DO YOU DO in that moment when your plane's been hit, and you are about to crash far from home?
-- "I spent a lot of time in hospitals. I had a lot of trouble reconciling how my mother died after reading the telegram she opened, saying I was shot down and missing in action; I didn't explain to her that 'missing in action' is not necessarily 'killed in action', you know? I didn't even think about that. How do you think you feel when you find out you killed your own mother?" -- B-24 bombardier, shot down, taken prisoner
Dying for freedom isn't the worst that could happen. Being forgotten is.
-- "I was in the hospital with a flak wound. The next mission, the entire crew was killed. The thing that haunts me is that I can't put a face to the guy who was a replacement. He was an 18-year old Jewish kid named Henry Vogelstein from Brooklyn. It was his first and last mission. He made his only mission with a crew of strangers." -- B-24 navigator
Maybe our veterans did not volunteer to tell us their stories; perhaps we were too busy with our own lives to ask. But they opened up to a younger generation, when a history teacher taught his students to engage.
-- "The German fighters picked us. I told the guys, 'Keep your eyes open, we are about to be hit!' I saw about six or eight feet go off my left wing. I rang the 'bail-out' signal, and I reached out and grabbed the co-pilot out of his seat. I felt the airplane climbing, and I thought to myself, 'If this thing stalls out, and starts falling down backwards, no one is going to get out... '" -- B-17 pilot
As we forge ahead as a nation, do we owe it to ourselves to become reacquainted with a generation that is fast leaving us, who asked for nothing but gave everything, to attune ourselves as Americans to a broader appreciation of what we stand for?
This is the second book in the masterful WWII oral history series, ...
Genre: History Length: 314 Pages (1,473 KB) Lending: Enabled Added: Mar 25th, 2020
Discover some of Florida's most fascinating personalities in this entertaining kaleidoscope of interviews. Made in Florida showcases a colorful lineup of notable people who got their start in the state and who have helped make it the unique, diverse place it is today.
Hear from Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry about their weirdest writing inspirations. Discover why Shaquille O'Neal never complains. Find out what happens when Burt Reynolds goes to Costco. Listen to Theresa Manuel's experiences as one of the first black women to compete in the Olympics. Learn about the lives of Seminole Tribe elder Louise Gopher, pop art painter Romero Britto, NASA senior executive JoAnn Morgan, circus daredevil Bello Nock, football coach Steve Spurrier, state CFO Alex Sink, and Muhammad Ali's "fight doctor" Ferdie Pacheco. In addition to the widely celebrated, Art Levy introduces many unsung individuals. Meet innovative industrialists like "Chainsaw Al" and dedicated naturalists like "The Shark Lady." Mingle with a legendary rancher, a civil rights historian, and a commercial fisherman. Marvel at an anticrime crusader, a space skydiver, and a snake-venom enthusiast.
These and other stars -- many of whom rarely give such extensive interviews -- talk family and work, joys and worries, failures and triumphs, dislikes and desires. Levy has thoughtfully selected their words from ten years of conversations. Each person tells a different story of Florida from a perspective all their own. Read on and get ready to laugh and lament, to be surprised and inspired.
Genre: History Length: 320 Pages (11,954 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 24th, 2020
Wall Street Journal's Five Best Books About Cults
For five days in December 1908 the body of Cyrus Teed lay in a bathtub at a beach house just south of Fort Myers, Florida. His followers, the Koreshans, waited for signs that he was coming back to life. They watched hieroglyphics emerge on his skin and observed what looked like the formation of a third arm. They saw his belly fall and rise with breath, even though his swollen tongue sealed his mouth. As his corpse turned black, they declared that their leader was transforming into the Egyptian god Horus.
Teed was a charismatic and controversial guru who at the age of 30 had been "illuminated" by an angel in his electro-alchemical laboratory. At the turn of the twentieth century, surrounded by the marvels of the Second Industrial Revolution, he proclaimed himself a prophet and led 200 people out of Chicago and into a new age. Or so he promised.
The Koreshans settled in a mosquito-infested scrubland and set to building a communal utopia inside what they believed was a hollow earth--with humans living on the inside crust and the entire universe contained within. According to Teed's socialist and millennialist teachings, if his people practiced celibacy and focused their love on him, he would return after death and they would all become immortal.
Was Teed a visionary or villain, savior or two-bit charlatan? Why did his promises and his theory of "cellular cosmogony" persuade so many? In The Allure of Immortality, Lyn Millner weaves the many bizarre strands of Teed's life and those of his followers into a riveting story of angels, conmen, angry husbands, yellow journalism, and ultimately, hope.
Genre: History Length: 361 Pages (4,924 KB) Lending: Not Enabled Added: Mar 24th, 2020