Behind Japanese Lines: An American Guerrilla in the Philippines by Ray C. Hunt, Bernard Norling Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.0 MB Overview: Behind Japanese Lines has a great deal to say about the relations with the Filipinos and about the problems of dealing with and fighting the Hukbalahaps, the communist guerrillas or, indeed, in opposing the Japanese. This book adds considerable insights into the significance of guerrilla warfare as it relates to modern warfare in general. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
1968 in America: Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture, and the Shaping of a Generation, 30th Anniversary Edition by Charles Kaiser Requirements: .ePUB reader, 9.0 MB Overview: 1968 was the year that defined the decade―Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, unprecedented antiwar riots disrupted the Democratic National Convention, and the Tet Offensive in Vietnam changed the course of the war. With this political unrest came a breakthrough of American counterculture into the mainstream led by students and protesters alongside the voices of Aretha Franklin, Simon and Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan.
Charles Kaiser’s 1968 in America is widely recognized as one of the best historic accounts of the 1960s. Largely based on unpublished interviews and documents (including in-depth conversations with anti-war presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy and Dylan), this is compulsively readable popular history. Now, fifty years later, and with a new introduction by Hendrik Hertzberg, it is even more clear that this was a uniquely terrible, wonderful, and pivotal year in the story of America. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
The First Presidential Contest: 1796 and the Founding of American Democracy (American Presidential Elections) by Jeffrey L. Pasley Requirements: .ePUB reader, 5.0 MB Overview: This is the first study in half a century to focus on the election of 1796. At first glance, the first presidential contest looks unfamiliar—parties were frowned upon, there was no national vote, and the candidates did not even participate (the political mores of the day forbade it). Yet for all that, Jeffrey L. Pasley contends, the election of 1796 was "absolutely seminal," setting the stage for all of American politics to follow. Challenging much of the conventional understanding of this election, Pasley argues that Federalist and Democratic-Republican were deeply meaningful categories for politicians and citizens of the 1790s, even if the names could be inconsistent and the institutional presence lacking. He treats the 1796 election as a rough draft of the democratic presidential campaigns that came later rather than as the personal squabble depicted by other historians. It set the geographic pattern of New England competing with the South at the two extremes of American politics, and it established the basic ideological dynamic of a liberal, rights-spreading American left arrayed against a conservative, society-protecting right, each with its own competing model of leadership. Rather than the inner thoughts and personal lives of the Founders, covered in so many other volumes, Pasley focuses on images of Adams and Jefferson created by supporters-and detractors-through the press, capturing the way that ordinary citizens in 1796 would have actually experienced candidates they never heard speak. Newspaper editors, minor officials, now forgotten congressman, and individual elector candidates all take a leading role in the story to show how politics of the day actually worked. Pasley’s cogent study rescues the election of 1796 from the shadow of 1800 and invites us to rethink how we view that campaign and the origins of American politics. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Quoting Death in Early Modern England: The Poetics of Epitaphs Beyond the Tomb (Early Modern Literature in History) by Scott L. Newstok Requirements: .PDF reader, 2.3 MB Overview: An innovative study of the Renaissance practice of making epitaphic gestures within other English genres. A poetics of quotation uncovers the ways in which writers including Shakespeare, Marlowe, Holinshed, Sidney, Jonson, Donne, and Elizabeth I have recited these texts within new contexts. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Hitler’s Gateway to the Atlantic: German Naval Bases in France 1940-1945 by Lars Hellwinkel Requirements: ePUB Reader 18.25 MB Overview: Employing new research from both German and French sources, the author examines the role that the French Atlantic ports played for the Kriegsmarine during the Second World War. When the Wehrmacht overran France in May and June of 1940, the German navy’s dream of access to the Atlantic was realised, and Brest, Lorient, St Nazaire, La Pallice and Bordeaux were converted into naval bases for surface, U-boat and auxiliary cruiser operations, though it is only the heavily fortified U-boat bunkers that have received any attention to date. The book describes the extent to which the French, both locally and at the level of the Vichy Government, cooperated with the German authorities in occupied France to convert the existing ports, and explains how the 45,000 workers of the Todt Organisation built the monumental bunkers and other facilities. This fascinating narrative of the German occupation is balanced by the story of the vicious British maritime-air campaign that was commenced immediately following the fall of France, and which was far more effective than has been previously suggested. The German attempt to turn Brittany into a vast bastion area after the Normandy landings is a further aspect which is covered in detail for the first time. A highly readable account with many previously unpublished images. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott’s Marvel by Anne Strathie Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 5.8MB Overview: The story of Birdie Bowers—one of the four men who reached the South Pole with Captain Scott—and his indefatigable spirit
Described by Captain Scott as “a marvel” and “indomitable to the last,” Henry “Birdie” Bowers (1883–1912) realized his life’s ambition when he was selected for Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition to the Antarctic, yet he was only asked to join the team that would actually reach the South Pole at the last moment. He died on the return journey, caught in a blizzard with Scott and Edward Wilson. Born to a seafaring father and adventurous mother on the Firth of Clyde, Bowers’ boyhood obsession with travel and adventure took him round the world several times and his life appears, in hindsight, to have been a ceaseless preparation for his ultimate Antarctic challenge. Only 5’4″, he was nevertheless a bundle of energy: knowledgeable, determined, and the ultimate team player. This new biography, drawing on Bowers’ letters and journals and previously neglected material, sheds new light on his achievements and tells the full story of the hardy naval officer who could always lift his companions’ spirits. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
A Source Book in Theatrical History by A. M. Nagler Requirements: .ePUB reader, 15.5MB Overview: A rich resource for students of theater and theater historians, this volume features an annotated collection of more than 300 unusually interesting and detailed articles. Passages by contemporary observers from ancient Greece to modern times include notes on acting, directing, make-up, costuming, stage props, machinery, scene design, and much more. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond by Michael Otterman Requirements: .PDF reader, 2.6 MB Overview: Exposes the secret history of US torture at home and abroad. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Lobbying Hitler: Industrial Associations between Democracy and Dictatorship by Matt Bera Requirements: .PDF reader, 1.5 MB Overview: From 1933 onward, Nazi Germany undertook massive and unprecedented industrial integration, submitting an entire economic sector to direct state oversight. This innovative study explores how German professionals navigated this complex landscape through the divergent careers of business managers in two of the era’s most important trade organizations. While Jakob Reichert of the iron and steel industry unexpectedly resisted state control and was eventually driven to suicide, Karl Lange of the machine builders’ association achieved security for himself and his industry by submitting to the Nazi regime. Both men’s stories illuminate the options available to industrialists under the Third Reich, as well as the real priorities set by the industries they served. Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson Requirements: .ePUB reader, 9.9MB Overview: THE FIRST DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE INFAMOUS 1971 ATTICA PRISON UPRISING, THE STATE’S VIOLENT RESPONSE, AND THE VICTIMS’ DECADES-LONG QUEST FOR JUSTICE
On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated with officials for improved conditions during the four long days and nights that followed.
On September 13, the state abruptly sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers to retake the prison by force. Their gunfire killed thirty-nine men—hostages as well as prisoners—and severely wounded more than one hundred others. In the ensuing hours, weeks, and months, troopers and officers brutally retaliated against the prisoners. And, ultimately, New York State authorities prosecuted only the prisoners, never once bringing charges against the officials involved in the retaking and its aftermath and neglecting to provide support to the survivors and the families of the men who had been killed. Genre: Non-Fiction > History