Download The Idea That Is America by Anne-Marie Slaughter (.ePUB)

The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith With Our Values In A Dangerous World by Anne-Marie Slaughter
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Overview: The Washington Post Book World named THE IDEA THAT IS AMERICA one of the best books of 2007When Army Captain Ian Fishback decided to blow the whistle on prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan, he posed the central question facing America in the new century: "Will we confront danger in order to preserve our ideals, or will courage and commitment to individual rights wither at the prospect of sacrifice?… I would rather die fighting than give up even the smallest part of the idea that is ‘America.’"But what is this idea? George W. Bush waged war in Iraq in the name of American values–liberty and democracy. His critics in the United States and around the world also use the language of values, and attack him for deceiving a nation to wage an unjust war. What are the values that America truly stands for? In The Idea That Is America, a preeminent foreign policy scholar eloquently reminds us of the essential principles on which our nation was established: liberty, democracy, equality, tolerance, faith, justice, and humility. Our ongoing struggle to live up to America’s great promise matters not only to us, but also to the billions of men and women everywhere who look to the United States to lead, protect, and inspire the world. In The Idea That Is America, Anne-Marie Slaughter shows us the way forward.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Download Prodigals: A Vietnam Story by Richard Taylor (.ePUB)

Prodigals: A Vietnam Story by Richard Taylor
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Overview: During his first tour in Vietnam – 1967-68 – Dick Taylor was a well trained and highly motivated amateur assigned to advise a hard-bitten ARVN infantry battalion working in the mud and streams of IV Corps. He became savvy in a hurry and found that he was both brave and resourceful. He barely survived Tet 1968, then served on an advisory team staff.

For the next two years, Taylor earned a Ranger tab, served on a division staff, and schooled on. He met his wife, and married her days before he returned to Vietnam.

Taylor’s second tour – 1970-71 – was altogether different. He immediately assumed command of Bravo Company, 1/7 Cav, and excelled as a commander and a leader. He was aggressive in the field, confident in his command, and assertive with his superiors. He fought a good war, a successful war, and when he was forced to take a staff job it was as his battalion’s intelligence officer. But the war was winding down, its purpose lost. Taylor’s spirit’s flagged, but not his fidelity.

This well-written combat memoir is heartfelt, earnest, honest and just a little melancholy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Little Book of Waterford by Tom Hunt (.ePUB)

The Little Book of Waterford by Tom Hunt
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4 MB
Overview: The Little Book of Waterford is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about County Waterford. Here you will find out about Waterford’s industrial past, its proud sporting heritage, its arts and culture and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through quaint villages and bustling towns, this book takes the reader on a journey through County Waterford and its vibrant past. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of this varied county.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Stroud Valleys in the Great War by Camilla Boon (.ePUB)

The Stroud Valleys in the Great War by Camilla Boon
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Overview: The First World War claimed over 995,000 British lives, and its legacy continues to be remembered today. Stroud’s Five Valleys in the Great War offers an intimate portrayal of the region and its people living in the shadow of the ‘war to end all wars’. This highly accessible volume explores themes of local reaction to the outbreak of war; the experience of individuals who enlisted; the changing face of industry and related unrest; the work of the hospitals in the area; the effect of the conflict on children; the women who defied convention to play a vital role on the home front and how people coped with the transition to life in peacetime once more. The Great War story of the Stroud Valleys – including Stroud, Brimscombe, Chalford, Bussage, Woodchester, Stonehouse, Minchinhampton and Rodborough – is recalled by those who were there and is vividly illustrated with photographs, postcards, documents and other First World War ephemera.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Hill of Devi by E. M. Forster (.ePUB)

The Hill of Devi by E. M. Forster
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Overview: An essential companion to A Passage to India, a collection of the author’s own letters that read like "a close personal friend has shared his impressions" (Kirkus Reviews).
In 1912, a young E. M. Forster traveled to India to serve as a secretary to the Maharajah of Dewas, a small Indian state. He was elevated to the rank of a minor noble, and eventually given the state’s highest honor, the Tukoji Rao III gold medal.
This brief episode in Forster’s life became the basis for his masterwork, A Passage to India. In the letters included in The Hill of Devi, he shares his personal journey of discovering his beloved India for the first time. Forster paints a vivid, intimate picture of Dewas State—a strange, bewildering, and enchanting slice of pre-independence India.
In this collection, Forster shares insight into the lives of Indian royalty and accounts of the stark contrast between their excesses and the poverty he encounters. From letters that set the scene for Forster’s lifelong friendship with the Maharaja, to an essay on the Maharaja himself and Forster’s experiences as the Maharaja’s personal secretary, The Hill of Devi is a fascinating chronicle of the author’s experience in the land he called "the oddest corner of the world outside Alice in Wonderland."
Genre: Non-Fiction – Faith, Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality –

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Download The Little Book of Tarot by Xanna Eve Chown (.ePUB)

The Little Book of Tarot: An Introduction to Fortune-Telling and Divination by Xanna Eve Chown
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Overview: Have you ever wondered what fate has in store for you?
For hundreds of years, Tarot cards have been used as a tool for divination, and a way to shed light on life’s questions and challenges. With an introduction to the 78 cards and their symbols, advice on choosing your deck and tips on how to prepare and read your cards, The Little Book of Tarot has everything you’ll need to gain your first glimpse into the misty realms of the future… What message will the cards hold for you?
Genre: Non-Fiction – Faith, Philosophy, Religion, Spirituality –

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Download Welsh Folk Tales by Peter Stevenson (.ePUB)

Welsh Folk Tales by Peter Stevenson
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 6 MB
Overview: This book, a selection of folk tales, true tales, tall tales, myths, gossip, legends and memories, celebrates and honors unique Welsh stories. Some are well known, others from forgotten manuscripts or out-of-print volumes, and some are contemporary oral tales. They reflect the diverse tradition of storytelling, and the many meanings of ‘chwedlau’. If someone says, “Chwedl Cymraeg?” they are asking, “Do you speak Welsh?” and “Do you tell a tale in Welsh?” Here is the root of storytelling, or “chwedleua”, in Wales. It is part of conversation. This book, one to linger over and to treasure, keeps these ancient tales alive by retelling them for a new audience.
Genre: Fiction > General Fiction/Classics

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Download Fife Folk Tales by Sheila Kinninmonth (.ePUB)

Fife Folk Tales by Sheila Kinninmonth
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 4 MB
Overview: Storyteller Sheila Kinninmonth brings together stories from the coastal fishing villages, rushing rivers, magical green farmland and rolling hills of Fife. In this treasure trove of tales you will meet Scottish Kings and Queens, saints and sinners, witches and wizards, ghosts and giants, broonies, fools and tricksters – all as fantastical and powerful as the landscape they inhabit. Retold in an engaging style, and richly illustrated with unique line drawings, these humorous, clever and enchanting folk tales are sure to be enjoyed and shared time and again.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download Great War Britain Manchester by Andrew Simpson (.ePUB)

Great War Britain Manchester: Remembering 1914-18 by Andrew Simpson
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 19 MB
Overview: The First World War claimed over 995,000 British lives, and its legacy continues to be remembered today. Great War Britain: Manchester offers an intimate portrayal of the city and its people living in the shadow of the Great War. A beautifully illustrated and highly accessible volume, it explores the city’s regiments, the background and fate of the men on the frontline, the changing face of industry, the vital role of women, conscientious objectors, hospitals for the wounded and rehabilitation, peace celebrations, the fallen heroes and war memorials. The Great War story of Manchester is told through the voices of those who were there and is vividly illustrated with evocative images.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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