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  • To Iraq & Back: On War and Writing

    by Jessica Scott
    My name is Jessica Scott. I am a soldier. I am a wife. I am a mother. There are many stories from the Iraq war. This one is mine. In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. It was a year of many firsts. This is the first person journey through a combat tour in Iraq, through being a woman in the army and learning to be an officer in the unforgiving environment of a brigade combat team. This is the journey of a ... more
  • Two Gun Hart: Lawman, Cowboy, and Long-Lost Brother of Al Capone

    by Jeff McArthur
    Vincenzo Capone ran away from home when he was a teenager to join the circus. He went to war in WWI and was decorated for his sharp shooting skills. Afterward, he settled in the small town of Homer, Nebraska, where he worked as a Prohibition officer. He wore a cowboy outfit, rode a horse, and carried two six-shooters at his side, thus gaining him the nickanme "Two Gun". He had changed his name to avoid racism against Italian-Americans, but soon had another reason to remain hidden. His young... more
  • Roanoke County Fire and Rescue: Reflections of 150 Year History

    by Christina Motley
    This limited edition, coffee-table book promises to be a rare, collectible treasure for anyone involved with or knows someone who serves in fire and rescue. It is chock full of true stories of heroic rescues, heartwarming profiles of fearless men and women and volunteers who make a difference and have dedicated their lives to protecting others. The book, published by Warwick House Publishing, is full color, 200 pages and hardbound.
  • The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night

    by Gary Zuercher
    The Glow of Paris is an eclectic collection of extraordinary gelatin-silver photographic prints of the bridges of Paris – nighttime images that are breathtaking. Accompanied by a fascinating historical portrayal, the book presents a unique and aesthetic vision of Paris because no one else has ever photographed and written about the bridges that cross the Seine in this way. “For the most part Parisians take these architectural wonders for granted, relying on their functionality to get them whe... more
  • ICEBOUND EMPIRE: Industry and Politics on the Last Frontier 1898 - 1938

    by John Clark
    Award winning Alaska historian, Elizabeth A. Tower's book is being relaunched in third edition with significantly more content, photographs, map illustrations, chronology and a first hand account of early Alaska Railroad development in the early 20th century that is significant and never before been published beyond the Alaska Historical Society Journals. It is the story of three men who were prime movers and shakers in the most ambitious of the early 20th century Alaska development - the J.P. ... more
  • Baltimore's Deaf Heritage

    by kathleen brockway
    The booming job market and beautifully designed city of Baltimore attracted many families and individuals to the area in the 19th century. Several of these transplants would become prominent figures in the Deaf community. George W. Veditz, an early American Sign Language filmmaker and former president of the National Association of the Deaf; Rev. Daniel E. Moylan, founder of the oldest operational Methodist church for the deaf; and George Michael “Dummy” Leitner, a professional baseball player, ... more
  • Searching for Your Ancestors in Historic Newspapers

    by Claudia C. Breland
    Every genealogist needs this book, if they're serious about researching their family history. Family stories of all kinds, not just obituaries, can be found in newspapers. While major metropolitan newspapers are being digitized and placed online, many more are available for viewing on microfilm. Learn about the free newspaper databases, and discover which newspapers are covered in subscription databases. Also included is the first-ever state-by-state listing of libraries and genealogical societi... more
  • Critical Focus: The Black and White Photographs of Harvey Wilson Richards

    by Paul Richards
    Critical Focus presents Harvey Richards' 1960s black and white photographs of California farm workers, the peace and civil rights movements, the environmental movements on the west coast. It also includes photos from his trip the the Soviet Union in 1961 with his wife Alice Richards and his son, Paul.
  • The Recent History of Terrorism in Canada

    by Mark C. Eddy
    Over the last half-century, numerous acts of terrorism have been committed on Canadian soil. Assassinations, kidnappings, sabotage, and other deeds have taken place in the name of one cause or another. They have spanned from one end of the country to the other, whether they were bombings in the big cities or terrorist training camps in the countryside. Many of them have been overlooked or forgotten, though they changed countless lives. From nationalism to eco-terrorism to anarchism, this boo... more
  • From Boot Camp to al-Baghdadi: How One Junior Intel Marine Helped in the War Against al-Qaida in Iraq

    by Coby Criste
    This is a story of my greatest professional accomplishment. It is a telling of how one Marine can indeed make a difference. I am nobody important—I was just a lowly E-4 with the Marines in Iraq—but because of my attention to detail, personal background, affinity for names, research skills, and perhaps even some Divine Intervention, I was able to solve one of the most complex riddles plaguing our intelligence personnel in Iraq: I was able to identify the mysterious Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, leader of... more
  • THE PRECIPICE OPTION

    by Alexander Kaufman

    It is 1944 during the last 15 months of WWll in Budapest. 12,000 Jews were herded daily onto the train platforms for shipment to Auschwitz. Yet on another platform, a train with 1,684 Jewish passengers was poised to depart to Switzerland. Orchestrated and led by a young lawyer, Rudolph Kastner, this train becomes the tip of the iceberg of the biggest WWll rescue operation, culminating in the savings of over 400,000 lives.

    THE PRECIPICE OPTION reveals these incredible, unbelievable, inco... more

  • The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse

    by Piu Marie Eatwell
    A non fiction historical thriller examining a sensational Edwardian trial when the 5th Duke of Portland, a notorious eccentric who died in the 1870s, was alleged to have led a double life as a Baker Street businessman.
  • Last Plane Out of Saigon

    by Richard Pena
    In 1973, sixty-one days after the Paris Peace Accords was signed specifying that American troops must withdraw from Vietnam—one day beyond the terms of the agreement—Richard Pena, was among the final handful of Americans to leave the country. LAST PLANE OUT OF SAIGON is a faithful reproduction of the journal he kept as a draftee working in the operating room of Vietnam's largest military hospital during the final year of the war. Supporting historical and political context is provided by awar... more
  • The Accidental Anarchist: From the Diaries of Jacob Marateck

    by Bryna Kranzler
    THE ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST is the true story of Jacob Mararteck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia -- and lived to tell about it. He also happened to have been the author's grandfather, and the book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar...
  • Alex Haley’s Roots: An Author’s Odyssey

    by Adam Henig
    In 1977, when the New York Times declared that the television mini-series Roots was the “most significant civil rights event since the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965,” its author, Alex Haley, became America’s newest “folk hero. ” His book was on the Times' Best Seller's list for months, and won the Pulitzer Prize. His story had captivated a nation and then the world. From Idaho to Israel, it seemed everyone was caught-up in “Rootsmania.” Alex Haley was on his way to becoming the most succes... more
  • Combat Camera: From Auntie Beeb to the Afghan Frontline (New)

    by Christian Hill

    May 2011, Afghanistan: Camp Bastion is under attack, the UK's top Defense Editor is about to catch the wrong helicopter, and a famous TV war reporter is missing half his kit and wants his sneakers back. Amid the chaos, Christian Hill is preparing to lead his Combat Camera Team on the first big operation of the Helmand summer, inching through the IED-riddled fields of the notorious Green Zone. A captain in the Media Operations Group, his job is to promote the war to the media - and make it... more

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