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by Heather AugustynBehind Jamaica's musical reverberation lies the unlikely story of a boarding school run by Roman Catholic nuns and a brass band that helped shape some of the world’s most beloved musical forms. Under a strict disciplinarian regime, 'wayward 'boys,' many orphaned or from deeply troubled backgrounds and hailing from some of the toughest streets in the world, went on to become the backbone of Jamaican jazz, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall, and dub. Alpha Boys School: Cradle Of Jamaican Music tak... more
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by Mike CarpenterLas Vegas really is unique in so many ways. One of them is that its history is equally short and intense and can be told through the birth and demise of the resorts that dot the Strip, the rise and fall of its industry titans. The casino industry, that is. Following this common thread, we'll get to know the vast majority of casino hotels built along Las Vegas Boulevard South, the most celebrated and most visited stretch of asphalt on Earth, starting in 1941 with the El Rancho Vegas. Great emphas... more
by John WhelanThrough the personal stories of military veterans, this book describes the effects of military conditioning on the mental health of soldiers and veterans. The stories, personal and sometimes disturbing to read, are based on the author's experiences as a veteran and as a military trauma psychologist over the past 25 years. A central theme of the book is presents a challenge to the medicalized understanding of military trauma. Instead, readers are asked to consider alternative ways of viewing vete... more
by Ivor George WilliamsCaptain Ronald Campbell served in the British military in the first half of the nineteenth century, and his life and service speak to the hardships of army life around the world and in Sydney and New South Wales in those bygone days. In Captain Ronald Campbell of Bombala Station, Cambalong, author Ivor George Williams shares his research into Captain Campbell?s life and the history of the regiments in which he served. Ivor traces Captain Campbell?s influence on the Bombala district, and he offer... more
by Patricia Earnest SuterFrankenstein was first conceived by Shelley in 1816. Her monster was an embodiment of abandonment and loneliness, feelings Shelley shared. In despair, the creature resorted to violence. Fifty years after Frankenstein's conception, Anton Probst adopted characteristics of Shelley's monstrous creation. He became Philadelphia's first mass-murderer when he slaughtered members of the Christopher Dearing family.
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Love and Sacrifice tells the stories of the Reed family as they traveled across the country and around the world through the first half of the 20th century in military service. The book culminates in the combat deaths of the father and a son on the World War II battlefields of Europe.
Their stories are told through letters among family members, personal diaries, and the vivid recollections of wife and mother, Mildred Reed. The book is illustrated with more than 300 images interwoven int... more
by James BultemaLaw enforcement officers make their living fighting crime. The death of an officer killed while on duty presents the most heartfelt crisis a department can face. Agencies make it their highest priority to solve the case and bring the murderers to justice. But it is not a perfect world and sometimes, they are not successful. Unsolved: Cold-Case Homicides of Law Enforcement Officers brings attention to this national tragedy. Building on two years of comprehensive nationwide research, Unsolved incl... more
by Cecil MillerThe Other Side of the Mic is about aviation history, the pilot, and behind the scenes of the air-traffic controller. It starts with the Wright brothers and covers the early days of the airplane manufacturers, airplanes, the beginning of airmail and air traffic control, the pilot heroes during war, test pilots, the jet age, X (experimental) airplanes, the century-series jets, and the first jet airliners, and flight into outer space. I write about my air force service, 1955?1959, working in the co... more
by William Alan WebbWhy did Hitler choose Vienna over Berlin? A brief introduction to a lesser known chapter of World War Two. Following defeat in the Ardennes Offensive, Adolf Hitler and the German leadership faced the question of how best to use what little offensive firepower remained to them, as represented by the Sixth SS Panzer Army. Hitler’s obsession with protecting the last source of natural oil available to the Reich compelled this decision, one made against the strong opposition of his military advise... more
by David MarcWhen people think of the “Arab world”, they tend to think “Jews and Arabs”. This is totally wrong (and for those people who should actually know better, it is totally racist). This is the main reason why I wrote this booklet – to create awareness that in fact, most of this “Arab world”, i.e. the member countries of the Arab League aside from those on the Arabian peninsula, has been for many centuries, and is at present, Arab-occupied and, -colonized, territory, inhabited by a kaleidoscope of min... more
by Louie T. McClain IIJoin Melanin Origins as we tell of the Tuskegee Airmen and a few of their accomplishments in flight and in moral character. Author Larry Simmons penned this story for children worldwide in hopes to awaken the conquering, persevering and ambitious nature in every child that reads this book.
by Fritz Ulli SalzmanWhere do florists come from? Once, a long time ago, nobody picked flowers. Until in Germany came along Peer Van Gint, in 1349. The world was about to change forever, and flowers would become the symbol of love and affection. A thrilling trip through time.
by Tiberiu WeiszThe book traces a small group of Israelites in Chinese literature who migrated and settled in China in biblical times. It identifies the Chinese characters that denoted Israelites in Chinese literature and based on that reconstructed their activities and presence there. Early Chinese sages had referred to encounters with Israelites in their writings while lated literature treated them as natives.
by Mike GuardiaHal Moore (portrayed by Mel Gibson in the film "We Were Soldiers") led his life by a set of principles - a code developed through years of experience, trial-and-error, and the study of leaders of every stripe. In a career spanning more than thirty years, Moore's life touched upon many historical events: the Occupation of Japan, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the refashioning of the US Army into an all-volunteer force. At each juncture, he learned critical lessons and had opportunities to affect ch... more