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Franco’s International Brigades: Adventurers, Fascists, and Christian Crusaders in the Spanish Civil War by Christopher Othen
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Overview: The Spanish Civil War set brother against brother when centuries of grievances erupted into a bloody settling of accounts in 1936. The conflict quickly turned international. The left-wing volunteers who came from around the world to fight for the Spanish government are well known. But Spain also attracted thousands of right-wingers from Europe and beyond, including crusading Catholics, fascist fanatics, and Muslims with a grudge. They played a vital role helping General Francisco Franco and his rebels overthrow Spanish democracy.

These foreign adventurers were on the winning side, but their role has remained strangely hidden until now. Men from Portugal and Morocco signed on for money and adventure. General Eoin O’Duffy organised 700 Irishmen in a modern Crusade; 500 Frenchmen fought in the ‘Jeanne D’Arc’ unit; and thirty British volunteers, including aristocrats and working-class fascists, also took up arms. Romanian Iron Guard extremists died at Majadahonda and an Indian volunteer fought in the fascist militia. There were Russians, Americans, Finns, Belgians, Greeks, Cubans, and many more. Goose-stepping alongside the volunteers were fascist conscripts from Germany and Italy, in training for the next world war.

It was a vicious conflict. Englishman Peter Kemp fought against British communists in a drive the Mediterranean. After the war he asked a surviving opponent what would have happened if he had been captured – ‘We’d have shot you,’ came the reply, ‘sorry.’ – Kemp assured him he would have done the same if the positions had been reversed.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Military > World War II

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Download The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan (.ePUB)

The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World’s Longest Treasure Hunt by Randall Sullivan
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Overview: In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure. Early excavators uncovered a clay-lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible.

Since then the mystery of Oak Island’s “Money Pit” has enthralled generations of treasure hunters, including a Boston insurance salesman whose obsession ruined him; young Franklin Delano Roosevelt; and film star Errol Flynn. Perplexing discoveries have ignited explorers’ imaginations: a flat stone inscribed in code; a flood tunnel draining from a man-made beach; a torn scrap of parchment; stone markers forming a huge cross. Swaths of the island were bulldozed looking for answers; excavation attempts have claimed two lives. Theories abound as to what’s hidden on Oak Island—pirates’ treasure, Marie Antoinette’s lost jewels, the Holy Grail, proof that Sir Francis Bacon was the true author of Shakespeare’s plays—yet to this day, the Money Pit remains an enigma.

The Curse of Oak Island is a fascinating account of the strange, rich history of the island and the intrepid treasure hunters who have driven themselves to financial ruin, psychotic breakdowns, and even death in pursuit of answers. And as Michigan brothers Marty and Rick Lagina become the latest to attempt to solve the mystery, as documented on the History Channel’s television show The Curse of Oak Island, Sullivan takes readers along to follow their quest firsthand.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Canada > Provinces > Nova Scotia

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Download Manchester Pals by Michael Stedman (.ePUB)

Manchester Pals by Michael Stedman
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Overview: Unlike its near neighbour, working-class Salford, Manchester proved able to raise eight Pals battalions. Initially, these battalions were composed of middle-class men who experience before the war years was within the commercial, financial and manufacturing interests which formed the foundations of Edwardian Manchester’s life and prosperity. Manchester was undeniably proud of its pals battalions; that the area was capable of raising. Seven months after their arrival in France the battle of the Somme was launched, on the fateful 1st July, 1916. On the right of the British Army’s extraordinary efforts that day, the Manchester Pals were part of one of the few successful actions, taking the villages of Montauban and Mametz and making a deep incursion into the German defences north of the River Somme.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Terrorism and War of the 2000s by Patricia D. Netzley (.PDF)

Terrorism and War of the 2000s by Patricia D. Netzley
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Overview: Chronicles the various conflicts that occurred around the world during the 2000s, including 9/11, Darfur, and the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Less than two years into the twenty-first century, more than three thousand people died in a single, coordinated terrorist attack that stunned the world. This attack heralded a decade during which terrorism, wars, and civil strife brought pain, suffering, and death to countless people in nations both wealthy and poor. The global reach of terrorism during the first decade of the 2000s produced a climate of fear even in places where such attacks were rare.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Not Your Father’s Founders by Arthur G. Sharp (.ePUB)

Not Your Father’s Founders: An “Amended” Look at America’s First Patriots by Arthur G. Sharp
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Overview: The founding fathers—reframed!

Tired of reading about stiff, snooze-worthy revolutionary rebels? How about lackluster wars and mind-numbing laws? Not Your Father’s Founders breathes life back into history with dynamic profiles of the politicos, wartime heroes, and lesser-known but equally important players who built this nation.

Featuring hundreds of strange details and quirky stories, you’ll love learning all about the thinkers, doers, and maintainers who spearheaded the rebellion. This re-read of American history will also keep you on your toes with entertaining facts, quotations, and revelations. For example, Samuel Adams’ father was a merchant and brewer. Young Samuel worked for a while at the family brewery, but he did not have the head for it—or business in general.

The birth of our nation was anything but dull—and Not Your Father’s Founders pays proper tribute to our country’s creators with entertaining tales you’ll never forget.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History › Leaders & Notable People

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Download A Distant Heritage by Larry D. Eldridge (.PDF)

A Distant Heritage: The Growth of Free Speech in Early America by Larry D. Eldridge
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Overview: Historians often rely on a handful of unusual cases to illustrate the absence of free speech in the colonies—such as that of Richard Barnes, who had his arms broken and a hole bored through his tongue for seditious words against the governor of Virginia. In this definitive and accessible work, Larry Eldridge convincingly debunks this view by revealing surprising evidence of free speech in early America. Using the court records of every American colony that existed before 1700 and an analysis of over 1,200 seditious speech cases sifted from those records, A Distant Heritage shows how colonists experienced a dramatic expansion during the seventeenth century of their freedom to criticize government and its officials. Exploring important changes in the roles of juries and appeals, the nature of prosecution and punishment, and the pattern of growing leniency, Eldridge also shows us why this expansion occurred when it did. He concludes that the ironic combination of tumult and destabilization on the one hand, and steady growth and development on the other, made colonists more willing to criticize authority openly and officials less able to prevent it. That, in turn, established a foundation for the more celebrated flowering of colonial dissent against English authority in the eighteenth century. Steeped in primary sources and richly narrated, this is an invaluable addition to the library of anyone interested in legal history, colonial America, or the birth of free speech in the United States.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Atlanta Riot by Gregory Mixon (.PDF)

The Atlanta Riot: Race, Class, and Violence in a New South City by Gregory Mixon
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Overview: Gregory Mixon traces the roots of the Atlanta Riot of 1906, exploring the intricate political, social, and urban conditions that led to one of the defining events of race relations in southern and African-American history. On September 22, 1906, several thousand white Atlantans rioted, ostensibly because they believed that black men had committed “repeated assaults on the white women of Fulton County,” according to newspapers at the time. Four days after the massacre began, 32 people had died and 70 were wounded. Mixon acknowledges the traditional interpretation of factors that precipitated the riot–postbellum race relations and the codification of Jim Crow, an inflammatory press, and the race-baiting tactics of the gubernatorial candidates Hoke Smith and Clark Howell. But he argues that a complex coalition of Atlanta’s white commercial and civic leaders also contributed to political divisions within Georgia’s Democratic Party and to the riot as well. As Atlanta’s elite crafted new forms of segregation and modes of disempowering blacks (and also working-class whites), Mixon says, their machinations led directly to the tragedy. At the turn of the 20th century, urbanization and industrialization were changing Atlanta’s racial boundaries, and black Atlantans aspired to be city builders both in their neighborhoods and in greater Atlanta. They competed with whites for jobs and public space. The growing autonomy and political influence of blacks threatened white supremacy, Mixon says, and the violence of 1906 was an attempt by Atlanta’s elites to reaffirm their dominance. Mixon also documents the activism of the city’s black elite, especially professors and administrators at Atlanta University, including W.E.B. Du Bois and John Hope, and ministers, most notably Rev. Henry Hugh Proctor. While they defended all blacks against notions of racial inferiority and worked to improve the lives of the poor and uneducated of both races, they nonetheless criticized members of the black working class for “irregular” work habits and “destructive” use of their leisure hours. Looking at both white and black issues in the growth of Atlanta, this book establishes a context for racial violence in the city, the state, and the region. It also raises broader questions of conflicting agendas among whites and blacks that defined labor, politics, and urban space in the New South.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Filthy Thirteen by Richard Killblane (.ePUB)

The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest – The True Story of the 101st Airborne’s Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers by Richard Killblane
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Overview: Since World War II, the American public has become fully aware of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe. But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary status at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades.

Primarily products of the Dustbowl and the Depression, the Filthy13 grew notorious, even within the ranks of the elite 101st. Never ones to salute an officer, or take a bath, this squad became singular within the Screaming Eagles for its hard drinking, and savage fighting skill–and that was only in training. Just prior to the invasion of Normandy, a “Stars and Stripes” photographer caught U.S. paratroopers with heads shaved into Mohawks, applying war paint to their faces. Unknown to the American public at the time, these men were the Filthy 13. After parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark hours before D-Day, the Germans got a taste of the reckless courage of this unit – except now the men were fighting with Tommy guns and explosives, not just bare knuckles. In its spearhead role, the 13 suffered heavy casualties, some men wounded and others blown to bits. By the end of the war 30 men had passed through the squad.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The War For All The Oceans by Roy Adkins+ (.ePUB)

The War For All The Oceans: From Nelson at the Nile to Napoleon at Waterloo by Roy Adkins,Lesley Adkins
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Overview: As France emerged from revolution, a young general named Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt, hoping next to march overland to India. It would not happen. Britain swung her forces into action to battle for control of the world’s sea-lanes and thus all international trade. The Battle of the Nile and then at Acre were the first sallies in what would be fifteen years of bitter fighting. It was a war won at sea, and by the time of Waterloo Britain had gained control and possessed the foundations of her vast empire.

Brought vividly to life through the words and stories of the ordinary people caught up in the conflict, this is a sweeping history of the years of naval warfare that set the balance of power in Europe for the following century. Taking in gallant duels, bloody battles between huge fleets, amphibious assaults, daring coastal raids, and the subtleties of espionage and naval intelligence, this global conflict truly was THE WAR FOR ALL THE OCEANS.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945 by David Lloyd-Owen (.ePUB)

The Long Range Desert Group 1940-1945: Providence Their Guide by David Lloyd-Owen
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Overview: This splendid record takes the reader behind enemy lines not only in North Africa but in Italy, the Aegean and the Balkans.The Author, who commanded the LRDG, paints a vivid picture of the unit’s colourful characters: for example, Ralph Bagnold who put to good use the knowledge he gained from his pre-war desert travels.The LRDG was truly international with New Zealanders and Rhodesians playing key roles.This classic book won acclaim from the critics on its first publication by virtue of the author’s unique knowledge, experience and narrative skills.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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