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by Michael Boyajian
The British historian Edward Gibbon set the stage for the poor reputation of the Byzantine Empire that only today is being proved wrong. Byzantium was a great empire that missed the European arrival in the New World by a few decades. They did not endure a thousand years under siege but were a major player on the world stage and much of their power came from an ancient people known as the Armenians who supplied them with emperors, generals, soldiers and artisans.
by Jack H. MorrisThe book traces the history of the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina from its origin in 1827, a generation before the California Gold Rush, to its reopening in 2017 as a state-of-the-art, environmentally-conscious mine. The Haile is the oldest operating mine in the country and contains the largest gold reserve in the Eastern US. For most of the past 190 years it has been the largest gold producer in the South. This is a business-focused history covering changes in labor (from slavery to high ... more
by Jonathan WaterlowIn the shadow of the Gulag, Soviet citizens were still cracking jokes. They had to. Drawing on diaries, interviews, memoirs and hundreds of previously secret documents, It’s Only a Joke, Comrade! uncovers how they joked, coped, and struggled to adapt in Stalin’s brave new world. It asks what it really means to live under a dictatorship: How do people make sense of their lives? How do they talk about it? And whom can they trust to do so? Moving beyond ideas of ‘resistance’, ‘doublethink’, ‘... more
by EPHRAIM NWABUOKEIThe History of Onicha-Olona Kingdom: This is the first volume of the history of a kingdom of warriors, farmers, hunters, intellectuals, politicians, and craftsmen and women who share high religious and cultural values. This is also about their wars, settlements, formation, the rise of the kingdom and subsequent leadership tussles.
by Mark FaganThe book focuses on the geographical features of Coastal Alabama: Gulf of Mexico, four bays, The Mobile-Tensaw Delta, rivers, lagoons, and bayous. The basic theme is how they shaped its economic history. The social and transportation development for Mobile and Baldwin Counties is presented. Vintage photos from many agencies and several universities illustrate the historical development of Coastal Alabama. Details of the current economic activity in Coastal Alabama are also provided along with a ... more
by David WilliamsMira Slovak was born in Czechoslovakia and endured both the Nazi occupation and the brutal Russian liberation. He joined the Czech Air force, rising to Captain by the age of 21. When he could no longer tolerate life under the Communists, he hijacked an airliner and flew across the Iron Curtain to freedom. He went to work for the CIA and was eventually sent to the US and given a job as Bill Boeing, Jr’s personal pilot. When Boeing began racing powerboats in the late 1950s, Mira was his driver. Du... more
by Robert Joe StoutKill the Teachers takes readers through this agonizing period of contemporary Mexican history. It begins with the decision by the 70,000 member Section 22 of the national teachers’ union to stage a sit-in in the city of Oaxaca’s Zócalo and chronicles the brutal state police attack on the strikers, which included the beatings of women and children. The teachers fought back and not only retook the Zócalo but aroused the sympathies of hundreds of thousands of Oaxacans. In late October gunmen stormi... more
by Diane Covington-Carter
The Normandy Coast of France, 1944
A young American Navy Lieutenant reaches out his hand to a hungry orphan boy and invites him to share a meal.
That simple act of kindness will reverberate down generations, across cultures, languages and oceans…
In this remarkable tale about the power of love, a young woman finds herself caught up in her father’s stories of his time in France during World War II and the orphan boy, Gilbert, who he tried ... more
by Mina Norouzi HuntDexter and Albert are two complex characters. Angels keep following them in time, history and space. Albert is Goering’s brother, but also Hitler at the same time. He is the ordinary man. The narrator tries to break the boundary of time, personality and country by dipping right into what makes us move. How much of what happened in the 2nd world war is still relevant today. Monica, Cyrus, and Emma are traveling to a concentration camp. They have all mixed heritage. The Children of the concent... more
by David DuBoisThe Last Stand of the Asiatic Fleet chronicles the opening days of World War II in the Pacific and the demise of the US Navy's Asiatic Fleet, relying extensively on primary sources such as combat narratives, after action reports, ship's logs and testimony from congressional hearings. Most people are aware of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941 but few people know that the Japanese also attacked Wake Island, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore and Guam on the same day. While the ... more
by ABHIJIT SIRDESAIThis book is about the landlords or the revenue officers of the administrative system recognized as the Watan System which was rampant for more than five centuries before India’s independence. With a focus on the Deshmukhi Watan or the Desgut, held by Deshmukhs or Desais, this volume presents the hierarchy of the chain of officers like the Patils, Deshpandes, Kulkarnis, etc., and attempts to reflect on the status accorded to them by the society and the treatment they received from the British in... more
by Jonathan StotlerA farm boy in colonial South Africa discovers proof of the existence of one of the lost tribes of Israel and becomes instrumental in finding a priceless lost relic, while redeeming racial groups in the process.
by Vector HastingsHerein are ten proposed Amendments to the Us Constitution that spell out ways to protect the Liberties and Freedom of the People of the United States from the dangers of corruption of High Office Holders. Even if we enact nothing of these, the mere act of debating these changes in the public square may yet help to light a path forward in these somber times. 1st: Amendment 28: No One is Above the Law 2nd: Amend. 29: Popular Vote Defined 3rd: Amend. 30: Popular Vote for President ... more
by Anne GafiukIn 1948, Hugh Burns Hay, a decorated Second World War navigator, returned to university to finish his medical degree. As part of his studies, he requested the files of sixteen RCAF pilots in an effort to identify accident proneness. Included are the details of the accidents, the Court of Inquiry's findings, plus updated information from both military sources and families of the pilots and crew members. Generously illustrated, Quietus: Last Flight, offers a unique insight into WWII as... more
by Anne GafiukMrs. Alice Spackman of Okotoks, Alberta, kept a scrapbook during the Second World War. Within its pages are the stories of the men and women who worked and lived in the Okotoks and De Winton areas. When war broke out, they answered the call to serve in the RCAF, the RCN, and the Canadian Army. Others were employees at the RAF No. 31 EFTS. Personal and intimate insights, along with new research, photographs, and updated information about the people Mrs. Spackman notated in her scrapbook enhan... more
Wings Over High River, Conversations with A. Gordon Jones, The Biography of a BCATP Pilot Instructorby Anne GafiukA. Gordon Jones, former BCATP Pilot Instructor, holds the record of flying a Tiger Moth for seventy years. From his proud Welsh roots in Bangor, Saskatchewan through his pilot training across Canada under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, follow him to his return to farming in High River, Alberta, then back up into the skies after his retirement.