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History That Changed the World: From Africa to Outer Space in 300,000 Years by J.C. Peters (Odyssea Publishing) 4.0 Stars (16 Reviews)    Price verified 15 hours ago

The world of today continues to be shaped by the past Without understanding the pivotal events, political movements and social revolutions that happened in the world before us, it is impossible to understand the world around us. Because everything is connected, nothing happens in isolation. Without the French Revolution, for instance, there would have been no Napoleon, who in turn set the stage for German unification, which then seriously disturbed the balance of power in late 19th century Europe, making the outbreak of the First World War just a matter of time. After Germany was defeated, the Versailles Peace Conference then basically created the conditions for the outbreak of World War II, which brought us the Bomb, helped bring about the Civil Rights Movement, spurred the decolonization of Africa and Asia, destabilized the Middle East and ignited the Cold War, which would push mankind to the brink of nuclear holocaust in October 1962. It is all connected. Fast-paced, engaging and original, History That Changed the World unearths the many links between the past and the present by zooming in on the key events, movements, inventions and people whose profound impact on the course of history continues to echo into our own time. Enjoy the journey.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 700 Pages (13,287 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Apr 2nd, 2020

The Battles are the Best Bits by Simon B Jones (PublishNation) 4.0 Stars (20 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

'A very good informative read' 'I highly recommend it' Ever wanted to know more about ancient history but didn't know where to start? The Battles are the Best Bits will take you on a journey from the beginnings of civilisation in Mesopotamia and the glory days of Ancient Egypt, through the brutal rise and fall of Assyria and the epic struggle between Greece and Persia, to the spectacular triumphs and calamitous disasters of the Roman Empire and finally to the shock-wave of the Arab conquests. With passion and humour, the author relates how he set out wanting to know more and found himself captivated by the greatest story ever told. 'A really fascinating read with lots of good insights, covering a huge period of history- yet also very skillfully handled.' 'For me the people and places came alive, as the author tells the story with his own warmth and humour, while sharing his knowledge and increasing mine.'

Genre: History [x]
Length: 572 Pages (1,708 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Apr 2nd, 2020

Seminar for Enigmatic Dresden Codex by L. A. Braun Price verified 21 hours ago

'Dresden Codex' had featured peculiar pictures of decapitated chickens and ravens pulling serpents out of dead people. A mysterious and colorful Pre-Columbian manuscript, it came complete with an encrypted story line of a sacrificed red beast. Warriors' feet were turned into leaves as they metamorphosed into spiritual Dragon Trees in this earliest book known from the Americas. Had there been rebus picture word puzzles in the artwork of the 'Dresden Codex' and Mesoamerican relics? Yes. This picture-based seminar book illustrates how the dreaded 'Whiteface Who Speaks with Forked Tongue' had been prophesied in rebus picture words by the Mesoamericans over three thousand years ago. Step aboard the enchanted mystery ship for a journey through the basics of the 'Dresden Codex'--a famous Maya writing which no one has ever been able to fully crack. The author provides a tight evidentiary argument for the 'Dresden Codex' being a version of the Philosophers' Stone genre of texts. Utilizing an extravaganza of vibrant illustrations from history's most eminent artists, this picture-based seminar book first highlights the fine points of the 'Dresden Codex's fundamentals and then moves on to acquaint the readers with the history and overall canons of the Philosophers' Stone. The readers embark upon a tour through widely varying perspectives on the 'Dresden Codex' -- as a fine example of Mesoamerican art. Readers will then learn the intricacies of the Art of alchemy, but what is even more important--by carefully piecing together the scattered clues, they will be brought nearer to the closely guarded message hidden deep inside the deliberately obscured texts. There is a message hidden in the picture word puzzles. Only this author exposes the true intent of the ancient alchemists, fishing out the actual concealed message from the muddy pond of hints and innuendo. The Art had been used for a very specific purpose -- and readers are guaranteed to be surprised with the deciphered end ...

Genre: History [x]
Length: 569 Pages (10,118 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Apr 2nd, 2020

Da Vinci's REAL Hidden Secrets: Seminar on 'Paradise Lost' by L. A. Braun 1.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 15 hours ago

Dire warnings of stalking adversaries. A magic forbidden fruit that can't be resisted. An adversarial serpent-like foe that is hot on your tail. Had there been rebus picture word puzzles in the artwork related to John Milton's 'Paradise Lost'? Step aboard the enchanted mystery ship for a journey through the literary epic poem of 'Paradise Lost.' Utilizing an extravaganza of vibrant illustrations from history's most eminent artists, this seminar book first highlights the fine points of the fundamental story and then acquaints the readers with the history and overall canons of the Philosophers' Stone. The readers embark upon a tour through the epic saga 'Paradise Lost'--the legendary tale of the Supernatural War with its creation and Fall of Man stories about Adam and Eve. Readers will then learn the intricacies of the Art of alchemy, but what is even more important--by carefully piecing together the scattered clues, they will be brought nearer to the closely guarded message hidden deep inside the deliberately obscured texts. There is a message hidden in the picture word puzzles. Only this author exposes the true intent of the ancient alchemists, fishing out the actual concealed message from the muddy pond of hints and innuendo. The Art had been used for a very specific purpose -- and readers are guaranteed to be surprised with the deciphered end result. Upending the apple cart on what should be found within the alchemy riddles, the author has ferreted the secret message out from the picture word puzzles. The message isn't what anyone expected. In effect, the end result creates a paradigm shift on how these ancient works should be considered. Surprisingly, there had been hidden secrets in the artwork related to 'Paradise Lost.'

Genre: History [x]
Length: 623 Pages (9,901 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Apr 1st, 2020

The Washington Adventure by Stephen Michael Moore (Click Imagination) 4.2 Stars (11 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

Review. 'William Peel is a brilliant character, an aristocratic buffoon - so wealthy he is beyond reproach, and lacking any self awareness, he makes for a superbly comic protagonist. This is a brilliant example of the historical comedy genre' - Harper Collins The Washington Adventure is a Gold Medal winner on Harper Collins' international book platform, Authonomy, ultimately reaching No.1 in their chart. At the time of reaching the coveted 'Editor's Desk' it was the highest rated comedy on the site and amongst the highest rated books of all time. It was rated 4.5 / 5 by hundreds of Authonomy readers with reviews such as... 'well written, funny and highly entertaining', 'brilliant', 'comic genius', 'hysterical fiction', 'absolutely hilarious'. Synopsis: Set in 1814 amidst the British and American war, The Washington Adventure follows the story of legendary pompous idiot, William (Lord) Peel of Tornbridge, the inept financier who arrives on the east coast of America with a ship full of gold and slaves and hopes of clinching a lucrative land deal. With British forces stretched by the never-ending war with Napoleon, President Madison has chosen his moment to strike and needs gold for weapons and slaves to complete the country's new capital, Washington. Unbeknown to William and Madison, however, Europe's war with Bonaparte has ended and four thousand battle-hardened veterans - Wellington's Invincibles - have been dispatched across the Atlantic with orders to Raise Hell. By the time William arrives in Chesapeake Bay it isn't the welcoming embrace of the President that greets him but the British poised for invasion. Based around true events, The Washington Adventure follows a chain of catastrophes that sees William's slaves being taken by the British to fight the Americans and ends with him being blamed for the destruction of the White House as the new capital is obliterated in a single night. Taken from William Peel's own journals and corroborated by the ...

Genre: History [x]
Length: 491 Pages (1,884 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Apr 1st, 2020

How To Write Photoplays (Vintage Screenwriting Series Book 1) by William C Martell (First Strike Press) 5.0 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

Screenwriting books did not begin with Syd Field, in 1913 there were four screenwriting how to books published, with at least one more in the following year. There have been screenwriting books for as long as there have been films! So let's take a look at one of the most popular books from this era, "How To Write Photoplays" by the #2 screenwriter at the time, Anita Loos. In addition to the full text of the original book and a complete screenplay by Loos, we'll look at Ms. Loos' career, the role of women in Hollywood at the time (over half of all copyrighted films in this period were written by women), and the reason why there were so many women screenwriters, producers, directors and studio executives. Hint: the 19th Amendment. We will also look at how the lessons from this 1920 book apply to screenwriting today. 60,000 words total, including the original 40,000 word book *plus* 20,000 words which are brand new for this edition! Also includes vintage photos, a real screenplay page from 1920, and some wonderful historical photos of the women's movement (including the "Silent Sentinels" chained to the White House gate!). This book is where history and screenwriting intersect, and the first in a series of *two dozen* vintage screenwriting books with added screenwriting information and historical information.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 300 Pages (1,428 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Apr 1st, 2020

Siren's Song: The Allure of War by Antonio M. Salinas 4.7 Stars (11 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

"First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them. If anyone unwarily draws in too close and hears the singing of the Sirens, his wife and children will never welcome him home again, for they sit in a green field and warble him to death with the sweetness of their song. "There is a great heap of dead men's bones lying all around, with the flesh still rotting off them. Therefore pass these Sirens by, and stop your men's ears with wax that none of them may hear." (Odyssey. Book 12, 188-191). Everyone dreams. However, some of us dream about a nightmare that is a timeless character in civilization: war. The Siren's Song of war has a hold upon much of mankind, in that some of us are drawn to it like nothing else. Some of us fantasize about this experience called war. We read books, watch movies, and play video games about combat. Some wonder if they'd be brave enough to face the enemy and stare death in its face. Others wonder what the sound of a bullet flying overhead makes or how it feels to lay eyes upon the enemy for the first time. Do you wonder what war is like? This is a story of one man who was captivated by the Siren's call to war. The Sirens of war awaited him in the Pesh River Valley of Kunar Province, Afghanistan. There in Kunar, he finally learned the truth about war. If you are curious about this nightmare, or perhaps lived through it yourself, you are welcome to share in this journey. You will walk amongst the training grounds and experience war. These are one man's reflections of combat, taken from his war journal and originally written within hours of firefights, while his ears were still ringing from the cacophony of battle that all warriors intimately know. You are invited to this Afghanistan, a place where savage beauty and death coexist in every moment and with every breath.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 370 Pages (3,998 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 31st, 2020

Seminar on Paul by L. A. Braun Price verified 3 hours ago

Paul had been a zealous murderer, set out on a journey to acquire more victims, when he had been stricken down by an astonishing light. Blinded, Paul was summarily commanded by a heavenly being to travel around the known world and teach that a revolutionary new world order was at hand. Subjecting his life and liberty to great danger, his missive would be directed at his enemies. Had there been rebus picture word puzzles in the artwork related to the Apostle Paul? Step aboard the enchanted mystery ship for a journey through the lifetime events of Paul. Utilizing an extravaganza of vibrant illustrations from history's most eminent artists, this seminar book first highlights the fine points of the fundamental story and then acquaints the readers with the history and overall canons of the Philosophers' Stone. The readers embark upon a tour through Paul's adventurous journeys. Readers will then learn the intricacies of the Art of alchemy, but what is even more important--by carefully piecing together the scattered clues, they will be brought nearer to the closely guarded message hidden deep inside the deliberately obscured texts. There is a message hidden in the picture word puzzles. Only this author exposes the true intent of the ancient alchemists, fishing out the actual concealed message from the muddy pond of hints and innuendo. The Art had been used for a very specific purpose -- and readers are guaranteed to be surprised with the deciphered end result. Upending the apple cart on what should be found within the alchemy riddles, the author has ferreted the secret message out from the picture word puzzles. The message isn't what anyone expected. In effect, the end result creates a paradigm shift on how these ancient works should be considered. Surprisingly, there had been hidden secrets in the artwork related to the Apostle Paul.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 385 Pages (7,027 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Mar 30th, 2020

Witness to Marvels: Sufism and Literary Imagination (Islamic Humanities Book 2) by Tony K. Stewart (University of California Press) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org. There is a vast body of imaginal literature in Bengali that introduces fictional Sufi saints into the complex mythological world of Hindu gods and goddesses. Dating to the sixteenth century, the stories -- pir katha -- are still widely read and performed today. The events that play out rival the fabulations of the Arabian Nights, which has led them to be dismissed as simplistic folktales, yet the work of these stories is profound: they provide fascinating insight into how Islam habituated itself into the cultural life of the Bangla-speaking world. In Witness to Marvels, Tony K. Stewart unearths the dazzling tales of Sufi saints to signal a bold new perspective on the subtle ways Islam assumed its distinctive form in Bengal.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 336 Pages (2,565 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 30th, 2020

The Sanctum by Pamela King Cable (Firefly Southern Fiction) 4.8 Stars (109 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

"Pamela King Cable has created an unforgettable heroine in Neeley McPherson, a remarkable young woman of such courage and spunk that she dares to stand against unspeakable abuse and injustice not only for herself but also for her beloved caretaker, Gideon. Fleeing a horrendous life, Neeley discovers the true meaning of family, forgiveness, and love in a wolf sanctuary, which becomes a central metaphor for the difficult journey we all must undertake to find our way home. Thoroughly enjoyable book!" ~ Cassandra King Conroy (Pat's wife) - Bestselling author of Moonrise, The Same Sweet Girls, and The Sunday Wife" This inspirational tale thrills with a tight plot, lyrical scene descriptions, and complex characters. Pamela Cable leaves readers aching for more." ~ Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author. "I would compare The Sanctum to Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. Set in the deep south during the Civil Rights Era, this book tackles such issues as racial discrimination and abuse." ~ Kimberly A. Liston-McCabe On a November day in 1951 Neeley McPherson turned five... and accidentally killed her parents. Thrown into the care of her scheming and alcoholic grandfather, she survives by her quick wit, and the watchful eye of an elderly black man, Gideon. In 1959, as equal rights heats up the South, authorities accuse Gideon of stealing a watch and using a Whites Only restroom. Neeley, now thirteen, determines to break him out of jail. When the infamous Catfish Cole, Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon of the Carolinas, discovers their courageous escape, he pursues Neeley and Gideon into the frozen Blue Ridge Mountains to a wolf sanctuary. But will Neeley's actions lead to tragedy again? Or will she finally find the love of family she lost as a child? Set during a volatile time in America, The Sanctum bestows sanctuary and invokes the power of second chances. Selah Awards Finalist Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or ...

Genre: History [x]
Length: 332 Pages (894 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 30th, 2020

Thicker than Blood by Don Brobst (Lamplighter Suspense) 4.9 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

Blood is thicker. But is blood enough? The murder of one old friend and the revelation of a secret life by another leads Dr. Bailey Pogue to risk his life by going undercover for the CIA. But when he exposes a plot by an international crime syndicate that threatens to upset the balance of power in the Middle East, the revelation comes at a price: the syndicate has kidnapped his daughter. Now he must stop the trafficking of young girls and rescue his daughter while remaining undercover. Is saving those you love worth committing treason? God Family Country Will Pogue's loyalties prove too high a price to pay?

Genre: History [x]
Length: 311 Pages (2,078 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 30th, 2020

Felix A. Sommerfeld and the Mexican Front in the Great War (The Secret War Council Book 2) by Heribert von Feilitzsch (Henselstone Verlag LLC) 5.0 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

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 [x]
Length: 378 Pages (3,425 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 29th, 2020

Devil, Death and Alchemy: European Imagination in Late Medieval Painting by Roman Alexander (Lambert Academic Publishing) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 10 hours ago

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 [x]
Length: 312 Pages (58,632 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 29th, 2020

The Ghost of Rome: The Rise of Theodosius by Virgil Cain 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 10 hours ago

It was famously stated by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes that "the Papacy is not other than the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof". "The Ghost of Rome" explores that concept in detail, utilizing a character-driven narrative to bring life to the final years of the greatest empire the world has ever known. It is the rare work of fiction that informs even as it entertains, illuminating an era that is often derided as the decline of an empire rather than the birth of a kingdom. As Rome fell into disrepair, the Kingdom of Christ emerged. It was a transition so seamless that one can only be intrigued by the machinations that allowed the improbable rise of Christianity from a lone hilltop in Judea to conquer the Roman world inside of 350 years. It is a series as ambitious in its aim as it is broad in its scope. It puts you in the shoes of those who lived it, bringing life to many of Roman History's most overlooked contributors while offering the reader a front row view of the rise of the barbarian, the fall of Rome, and the emergence of Christianity as a global superpower. Volume II of this series covers material that spans from 380 AD to 394 AD.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 667 Pages (2,482 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 29th, 2020

The Ghost of Rome: Volume I - The Gothic Wars by Virgil Cain 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

It was famously stated by the English philosopher Thomas Hobbes that "the Papacy is not other than the ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof". "The Ghost of Rome" explores that concept in detail, utilizing a character-driven narrative to bring life to the final years of the greatest empire the world has ever known. It is the rare work of fiction that informs even as it entertains, illuminating an era that is often derided as the decline of an empire rather than the birth of a kingdom. As Rome fell into disrepair, the Kingdom of Christ emerged. It was a transition so seamless that one can only be intrigued by the machinations that allowed the improbable rise of Christianity from a lone hilltop in Judea to conquer the Roman world inside of 350 years. It is a series as ambitious in its aim as it is broad in its scope. It puts you in the shoes of those who lived it, bringing life to many of Roman History's most overlooked contributors while offering the reader a front row view of the rise of the barbarian, the fall of Rome, and the emergence of Christianity as a legitimate superpower.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 752 Pages (2,574 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 29th, 2020

The Conflict of the Ages Teacher Edition I The Scientific History of Origins by Michael J. Findley (Findley Family Video Publications) Price verified 6 hours ago

Teacher Edition includes complete student text, review questions, vocabulary, and answer keys. The Conflict of the Ages is a Multi-Part exploration of History, Science and ancient Literature. This first installment covers the concepts of God, time, Creation, physics, cosmology, and specifics about each day of Creation. We make comparisons with ancient sources to see where they agree with the Scriptural account. We reference classic and modern scientific views, exposing errors, preconceptions, presuppositions and falsehoods taught as fact by the mainstream scientific community. God is the first witness and the Bible the first eyewitness account of beginnings and origins.Other ancient documents contain at least some truths and parallel accounts.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 320 Pages (7,777 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 27th, 2020

Strategy Six Pack 12 (Illustrated): A Short History of Rome, Nero, The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom 1795-1813, The Rights of Man, Nat Turner and Travels ... by Various Artists (Enhanced Media Publishing) Price verified 14 hours ago

"Hidden talent counts for nothing." - Nero. Strategy Six Pack 12 presents six historical texts spanning two millennia and three continents. Ancient Rome and the Americas get two books each: Mary Platt Parmele's A Short History of Rome is paired with Jacob Abbott's biography of Emperor Nero; Thomas Paine's 1791 American political classic The Rights of Man is followed by 1831's The Confessions of Nat Turner - written by a runaway preacher-slave and social activist. For the Europhiles there is Hendrik Willem van Loon's concise account of Holland's early 19th Century continental dominance in The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom 1795-1813 and for historians of Asia there is the account of Victorian spy Alexander Burnes' adventures in uncharted parts of Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond in Travels into Bokhara: A Voyage up the Indus to Lahore and a Journey to Cabool, Tartary & Persia. Strategy Six Pack 12 A Short History of Rome by Mary Platt Parmele. Nero by Jacob Abbott. The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom, 1795-1813 - A Short Account of the Early Development of the Modern Kingdom of the Netherlands by Hendrik Willem van Loon. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine. The Confessions of Nat Turner by Nat Turner. Travels into Bokhara: A Voyage up the Indus to Lahore and a Journey to Cabool, Tartary & Persia Volume I by Alexander Burnes. Includes image galleries for A Short History of Rome, The Rights of Man, The Confessions of Nat Turner and Travels into Bokhara.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 482 Pages (2,653 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Mar 27th, 2020

Slave Narrative Six Pack by Harriet Beecher Stowe (Enhanced Media Publishing) Price verified 6 hours ago

The slave narrative is a literary sub-genre that emerged from the written accounts of enslaved Africans in Great Britain and its colonies, including the later United States, Canada, and Caribbean nations. Some of the earliest memoirs of captivity known in England and the British Isles were written by white Europeans and later Americans captured and sometimes enslaved in North Africa, usually by Barbary pirates. These were part of a broad category of "captivity narratives" by English-speaking Europeans. For the Europeans and Americans, the division between captivity as slaves and as prisoners of war was not always clear. A broader name for these works is "captivity literature." Slave Narrative Six Pack presents six of the most famous examples of the genre: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 by Frances Anne Kemble The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African by Olaudah Equiano The Life of William H. Furness by William Still Captain Canot; or, Twenty years of an African slaver: being an account of his career and adventures on the coast, in the interior, on shipboard, and in the West Indies by Brantz Mayer Includes image gallery and link to free audio recording of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 1,585 Pages (3,082 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Mar 26th, 2020

Made in Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State by Art Levy (University Press of Florida) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

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 [x]
Length: 320 Pages (11,954 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Mar 24th, 2020

The Allure of Immortality: An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet by Lyn Millner (University Press of Florida) 4.5 Stars (30 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

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 [x]
Length: 361 Pages (4,924 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Mar 24th, 2020

The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo by Edward Creasy (Enhanced Media Publishing) 3.6 Stars (24 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

Edward Creasy's 1851 military analysis of fifteen world battles is a classic of its genre. Appearing between Clausewitz's On War (1832) and Ardant Du Picq's Battle Studies (composed c.1870), The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: From Marathon to Waterloo is essential reading for military scientists and historians.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 418 Pages (2,351 KB)
Lending: Not Enabled
Added: Mar 17th, 2020

On War (Illustrated): Vom Kriege (Military Theory Book 5) by Carl von Clausewitz (Enhanced Classics) 2.9 Stars (10 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

"War is the continuation of politics by other means." On War is the most significant attempt in Western history to understand war, both in its internal dynamics and as an instrument of policy. Since the work's first appearance in 1832, it has been read throughout the world, and has stimulated generations of soldiers, statesmen, and intellectuals. Clausewitz based his study on his observations and his own experience in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. He also included examples of those wars and others to support his assertions. His profound theoretical explorations of strategy changed the shape of modern warfare. Two centuries later, On War remains both controversial and an influence on strategic thinking. *Includes image gallery. *This is Volume 1.

Genre: History [x]
Length: 672 Pages (1,379 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Mar 15th, 2020
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