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  • Two Years on the Watch: What I Learned in the Secret Cold War Bunker

    by Bruce Rigney
    The declassification of top-secret documents by the National Security Agency has made it possible for the author to tell what he learned and observed in his years as a U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer in West Germany, looking out from the top-secret Intelligence Watch Officer booth within the deeply undergrounded, nuclear-proof Bunker that housed the NATO Sector Operations Center. Along with many fascinating stories and facts that were unknown for decades to anyone without a top-secret cle... more
  • From Hill Town to Strieby

    by Margo Lee Williams

    When former slave, Islay Walden returned to Southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina in 1879, after graduating from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, as an ordained minister and missionary of the American Missionary Association, he moved in with his sister and her family in a secluded area in the Uwharrie Mountains, not far from the Lassiter Mill community along the Uwharrie River. Walden was sent to start a church and school for the African American community. When the church and s... more

  • From Hill Town to Strieby: Education and the American Missionary Association in the Uwharrie Back Country of Randolph County, No

    by Margo Lee Williams
    When former slave, Islay Walden returned to Southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina in 1879, after graduating from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, as an ordained minister and missionary of the American Missionary Association, he moved in with his sister and her family in a secluded area in the Uwharrie Mountains, not far from the Lassiter Mill community along the Uwharrie River. Walden was sent to start a church and school for the African American community. When the church and scho... more
  • Sons of Fate: LEGACY

    by Jean-Paul Deshong
    Following the events of ORIGINS, Kamau, now a young adult, follows the lessons taught to him by his master Daiki Jinjaku. Keeping to his vow to reunite the house of Jinjaku, Kamau sets out to find Daiki’s son Omo on the islands of Japan. Kamau quickly finds out that not only is the situation far more complex than he first thought, but the consequences his actual presence in the society itself. Engulfed by events surrounding him, and the weight of his own actions, he must decide not only how to... more
  • Dead Serious and Lighthearted: The Memorable Words of Modern America -- Vol. 1 (1957-1976)

    by Mack W. Borgen
    This book introduces history in an entirely new way -- without the tired stories, heavy words; and litany of “isms” and “ologies.” The Memorable Words, both the dead serious and the lighthearted, are carefully presented – the fascinating and frivolous, the tragic and momentous, the eloquent and bumbling; the touching and endearing – from Ike to Obama, from Lucy to Lady Gaga. Dead Serious and Lighthearted is written without agenda, but it carefully identifies who said what and when and wh... more
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  • Alpha Boys' School: Cradle of Jamaican Music

    by Heather Augustyn
    Behind 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
  • the art of yannai

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  • Las Vegas The Grand

    by Mike Carpenter
    Las 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
  • Narcissus Called My Name: Heroes and the cost of specialness

    by John Whelan
    Through 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
  • Captain Ronald Campbell of Bombala Station, Cambalong

    by Ivor George Williams
    Captain 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
  • The Face of A Monster

    by Patricia Earnest Suter
    Frankenstein 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.
  • Love and Sacrifice: A World War Brings Double Tragedy to an American Family

    by Dennis Whitehead

    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

  • Unsolved: Cold-Case Homicides of Law Enforcement Officers

    by James Bultema
    Law 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
  • The Other Side of the Mic

    by Cecil Miller
    The 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
  • The Last Attack: Sixth SS Panzer Army and the defense of Hungary and Austria in 1945

    by William Alan Webb
    Why 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

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