Battle in the Baltics 1944-45: The Fighting for Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia: A Photographic History by Ian Baxter Requirements: .PDF reader, 40.4 Mb Overview: Battle in the Baltics 1944 – 1945 is an exclusive insight into the last frantic months of the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1944 – 1945. From mid-August 1944 there was nothing but a drum-beat of defeats for the German Army as it fought to the grim death to try and hold back the overwhelming might of the Russians from reaching the borders of the Reich. It was in the Baltic`s where Army Group North played a decisive role in trying to stem the rout and preventing the fragile lines from finally being smashed to pieces. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Colonial America by David Robson Requirements: .PDF reader, 5.9 Mb Overview: Looks at the colonial period of American history, highlighting what led to the continent’s colonization, its growth, and the colonies’ ultimate break with Britain. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Vietnam War (DK Eyewitness Books) by Stuart Murray Requirements: .PDF reader, 19.4 mb Overview: Vietnam War complements the new look of the Eyewitness series by touring the major battles of the Vietnam conflict. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
The Kinks: A Thoroughly English Phenomenon by Carey Fleiner Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.9 MB Overview: Emerging from the same British music boom that birthed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Dave and Ray Davies’s band, the Kinks, became one of England’s most influential groups. Remembered best for such singles as “You Really Got Me,” “Lola,” and “Sunny Afternoon,” the Kinks produced 24 studio albums between 1964 and 1996. The Kinks’ prolific and varied catalog have made them both a mirror of and a counterfoil to nearly five decades of British and American culture.
The Kinks: A Thoroughly English Phenomenon examines the music and performance of this quintessentially English band and shows how aspects of everyday life such as work, play, buying a house, driving a car, drinking tea, getting drunk, and getting laid, affected and shaped their creative output. Through an investigation of their music, lyrics, and image, Carey Fleiner shows how the Kinks reflected both the ordinary and the absurd, sometimes confronting topics with anger and sometimes with self-deprecating humor. The Kinks follows the band’s trajectory more or less chronologically and explores themes such as growing up in post-war Britain, the packaging and exploitation of the “British Invasion” bands, satire and self-consciousness, sexuality and gender-bending, social and political pessimism, the comforts of family, and the effects of fame and fandom. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Burke Davis on the Civil War: The Long Surrender, Sherman’s March, To Appomattox, and They Called Him Stonewall by Burke Davis Requirements: PDF Reader, 78.9 MB Overview: Four captivating and richly detailed Civil War histories from a New York Times–bestselling author.
Award-winning author Burke Davis writes with "an eye for narrative detail that turns history into storytelling" in these four classic Civil War narratives (The New York Times Book Review). Genre: Non-Fiction, History
The Long Surrender: Though Jefferson Davis had planned to escape to Cuba after General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House, a $100,000 bounty was placed on his head. This "marvelous" and "wonderfully written" account chronicles the Confederate president’s flight, capture, and imprisonment—while offering a panoramic history of the last days of the Confederacy (Denver Post).
Sherman’s March: Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s infamous "March to the Sea" was a crucial turning point in the Civil War. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness accounts, this riveting history is "bound to startle and inform even students of Civil War literature" (The New York Times).
To Appomattox: Drawing on a wide array of firsthand accounts—from soldiers and commanders as well as ordinary citizens—Davis offers a "masterful" and intimately detailed account of the last nine days of the Civil War, from the Siege of Petersburg to the fateful meeting between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House (The Christian Science Monitor).
They Called Him Stonewall: Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was an innovative battlefield strategist who struck terror in the hearts of Union army commanders and inspired Confederate soldiers to victory after victory in the early days of the Civil War. Based on a wealth of first-person sources, including Jackson’s private papers and correspondences, this New York Times bestseller paints as definitive a picture of Jackson, the officer, and of his generalship, as anyone can hope to read.
The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony by Perry Anderson Requirements: .ePUB reader, 424 KB Overview: A fascinating history of the political theory of hegemony
Few terms are so widely used in the literature of international relations and political science, with so little agreement about their exact meaning, as hegemony.
In the first full historical study of its fortunes as a concept, Perry Anderson traces its emergence in Ancient Greece and its rediscovery during the upheavals of 1848–1849 in Germany. He then follows its checkered career in revolutionary Russia, fascist Italy, Cold War America, Gaullist France, Thatcher’s Britain, post-colonial India, feudal Japan, Maoist China, eventually arriving at the world of Merkel and May, Bush and Obama.
The result is a surprising and fascinating expedition into global intellectual history, ending with reflections on the contemporary political landscape. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Isandlwana: How the Zulus Humbled the British Empire by Adrian Greaves Requirements: .PDF reader, 54.6 MB Overview: The story of the mighty imperial British army’s defeat at Iswandlwana in 1879 has been much written about, but never with the detail and insight revealed by Dr Adrian Greaves’ research. In reconstructing the dramatic and fateful events, the Author draws on recently discovered letters, diaries and papers of survivors and other contemporaries such as Henry Harford, Lt Henry Carling of the Royal Artillery, August Hammar and young British nurse Janet Wells. These, coupled with his own detailed knowledge of the ground, enable the author to paint the most accurate picture yet of this cataclysmic battle that so shamed the British establishment. We learn for the first time of the complex Zulu decoy, the dishonorable attempt to blame Colonel Durnford for the defeat, evidence of another ‘fugitives’ trail’ and the identity of previously unknown escorts for Lts Coghill and Melville, both awarded VCs for trying to save the Colors. Isandlwana is a brilliant and fresh account of this most famous battle which will fascinate experts and laymen alike. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
An Ottoman Traveller: Selections from the Book of Travels of Evliya Çelebi by Evliya Celebi Requirements: .PDF reader, 4.4 MB Overview: Evliya Çelebi is the greatest travel writer of the Ottoman Empire. Born in Istanbul in 1611, he started travelling in 1640 and continued for over forty years, stopping eventually in Cairo where he died in about 1685. He collected his lively and eclectic observations into a ten-volume manuscript the Seyahatname, or Book of Travels. For the first time in English, this selection gives a taste of the breadth of Evliya’s interests: from architecture to natural history, through religion, politics, linguistics, music, science and the supernatural. While he made over a thousand complete recitations of the Koran in his lifetime, he also wrote with curiosity about Christianity, about his own impotence, about the antics at a world convention of trapeze artists and the feats of a Kurdish sorcerer who conjured a horse from a log pile. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
London in Fragments: A Mudlark’s Treasures by Ted Sandling Requirements: .ePUB reader, 35.4 MB Overview: Mudlarking, the act of searching the Thames foreshore for items of value, has a long tradition in England’s capital. In the late 18th and 19th centuries, mudlarks were small boys grubbing a living from scrap. Today’s mudlarks unearth relics of the past from the banks of the Thames which tell stories of Londoners throughout history. From Roman tiles to elegant Georgian pottery, presented here are modern-day mudlark Ted Sandling’s most evocative finds, gorgeously photographed. Together they create a mosaic of everyday London life through the centuries, touching on the journeys, pleasures, vices, industries, adornments and comforts of a world city. This unique and stunning book celebrates the beauty of small things, and makes sense of the intangible connection that found objects give us to the individuals who lost them. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
The Big Break: The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told by Stephen Dando-Collins Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2.58 MB Overview: The story opens in the stinking latrines of the Schubin camp as an American and a Canadian lead the digging of a tunnel which enabled a break involving 36 prisoners of war (POWs).
The Germans then converted the camp to Oflag 64, to exclusively hold US Army officers, with more than 1500 Americans ultimately housed there. Plucky Americans attempted a variety of escapes until January, 1945, only to be thwarted every time.
Then, with the Red Army advancing closer every day, camp commandant Colonel Fritz Schneider received orders from Berlin to march his prisoners west. Game on! Over the next few days, 250 US Army officers would succeed in escaping east to link up with the Russians – although they would prove almost as dangerous as the Nazis – only to be ordered once they arrived back in the United States not to talk about their adventures. Within months, General Patton would launch a bloody bid to rescue the remaining Schubin Americans.
In The Big Break, this previously untold story follows POWs including General Eisenhower’s personal aide, General Patton’s son-in-law, and Ernest Hemingway’s eldest son as they struggled to be free. Military historian and Paul Brickhill biographer Stephen Dando-Collins expertly chronicles this gripping story of Americans determined to be free, brave Poles risking their lives to help them, and dogmatic Nazis determined to stop them. Genre: Non-Fiction > History > World War II