Thursday, November 8, 2012


World War One: History in an Hour

Know your stuff: Read a concise history of World War One in just one hour.
World War One brought with it the world’s first experience of Total War, involving all of the world’s great powers, polarized between the Triple Entente, lead by Britain, France and Russia, and the Central Powers, dominated by Germany and Austria-Hungary. Around 9 million men lost their lives in a conflict that introduced the horrors of trench warfare, machine guns and toxic gas attacks.
WORLD WAR ONE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR gives you a clear overview of the road to war, the major turning points and battles, and the key leaders involved, as well as the lasting impact the Great War had on almost every country in the world. WORLD WAR ONE: HISTORY IN AN HOUR is essential reading for all history lovers.
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John Browning: Man and Gunmaker

John Browning was the most influential gun designer who ever lived. After building his first firearm at the age of thirteen, he went on to create a series of radical blueprints for pistols, rifles and machine guns that changed the way wars were fought and streets were policed.

His fingerprints are still on every gun manufactured today.

But who was the man behind the weapons?

How did he manage to revolutionise the way guns worked?

And what drove him to keep innovating right through his life.

'John Browning: Man and Gunmaker' by the best-selling military thriller writer James Barrington is a readable, concise history to the man and his legacy. 

World War ll London Blitz Diary (A Woman's Revelations Enduring War and Marriage) (1939-1940)

Imagine yourself seeing hundreds of Messerschmitt war planes overhead and hearing the explosion of bombs being dropped around you. Wondering if this is the day one will fall on your house.

Ruby Side Thompson’s personal diary was written during the terrifying World War Two London Blitz. Her diary is a true and detailed account of what she experienced during that horrific time. The diary chronicles Ruby's struggle to survive in the midst of a horrendous war, where London is bombed nightly.

Ruby speaks candidly about her unhappiness enduring an unsatisfactory marriage. She was the mother of seven sons, two of whom were enlisted in the R.A.F. One of which became an amputee as the result of hitting a land mine and the other son was captured and sent to a concentration camp as a prisoner of war. Her tale is a mix of the commonplace and the historic as seen through her eyes.

The diary was an outlet for Ruby’s thoughts and feelings that could not be spoken out loud; however, in publishing the diary it gives readers an honest and unfiltered look back at a time that may have been long since forgotten.

Join Ruby on her trying journey as she tries to keep her life and family together during this difficult time in history.

This Week in the Civil War - October 26th - November 1st, 1862

While many volumes have been written on the war from any number of perspectives and the “top 100 battles” have been dissected in excruciating detail, most of these 6,000 events lie largely unexplored and forgotten.

This work focuses on uncovering and telling those stories. It is not our intent or objective to refight the war, but to uncover and document the stories of these families in the war.

This volume is excerpted from our multi-volume work, “All the Battles of the Civil War” which gives a narrative account of the more than 5,000 events which occurred in the war.

This was another relatively slow week in the war with the Lincoln administration continuing to shuffle the top level commanders. There was quite a bit of naval action with the Confederate Ship, the Alabama capturing and burning two British ships carrying cargo bound for union ports.
Union Gen. Ormsby Mitchel died on Thursday and as I have learned more about him I have reflected on the great human toll this war had and the unrealized potential for so many men who died. Mitchel was certainly not noted for his military accomplishments, but as a mathematician and promoter of the science of astronomy he made great strides prior to the war. He authored a most interesting book entitled “The Astronomy of the Bible” which can be downloaded FREE on line.

This Week in the War
October 26th – November 1st, 1862

The D-Day Dozen: Conversations With Veterans of the Longest Day, the Huertgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge

While this is not a comprehensive account of D-Day, it gives a glimpse into the lives and experiences of more than a dozen of the men who took part in the invasion of Normandy.
From an interview with a veteran who may have been the first members of the famed 1st Infantry Division to set foot on Omaha Beach to a group interview with five members of the 299th Combat Engineer Battalion, oral historian Aaron Elson takes readers on a journey through World War II filled with the highs and lows of combat.
Elson has been recording interviews for more than two decades, ever since he first attended a reunion of his father's tank battalion.

Famous Men of the Middle Ages
Famous Men of the Middle Ages features attractive biographical sketches of thirty-five of the most prominent characters in the history of the Middle Ages, from the barbarian invasions to the invention of the printing press. Each story in this book by John Haaren is told in a clear, simple manner, and is well calculated to awaken and stimulate the youthful imagination. Notable characters featured in Famous Men of the Middle Ages include Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Frederick Barbarossa, Marco Polo, and William Tell. Somewhat surprisingly, Famous Men of the Middle Ages also includes a chapter about one woman: Joan of Arc.

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