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The Belhurst Story By David Sakmyster
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A richly detailed account of the historic Belhurst Castle in upstate New York, and a fascinating study decoding the legends of ghostly sightings and buried treasure.
Broadsword Academy By Christopher Scott Thompson
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The complete martial arts system of the Cateran Society, including a newly-designed Core Curriculum for the Regimental Highland Broadsword, Old Style Highland Broadsword, Sword and Targe, MacGregor... More > Method and Cleasa. Includes Legends and Lore of the Highland Broadsword (with a short new section on clan feuds of the Lowlands and Borders), Lives of the Highland Swordsmen (with a short new section on swordsmen of the Lowlands and Borders), A History of Scottish Swordplay, The Cateran System, the new Core Curriculum Levels I-V, Testing and Certification, Other Arts We Teach and a new appendix featuring the broadsword collection of Phread Cichowski.< Less
The Book of Iowa Films By Marty Knepper, John Lawrence
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This is the first comprehensive history of films made in or about Iowa. It reflects some twenty years of collecting, lecturing, and talking with some of Iowa's current generation of independent... More > filmmakers. It covers the span from 1918 to 2013 and gives important background information on dozens of high profile films such as the STATE FAIR films of 1933 and 1945, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, FIELD OF DREAMS, and many others. It is designed as a companion for the State Historical Society's blockbuster "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibition in Des Moines that is scheduled to run at least through 2016. The book has an interpretive essay covering the entire history as well as paragraph length descriptions of each film. A user-friendly feature is the Index of Films, which makes it easy to locate discussions of individual films. Marty Knepper is a featured commentator on video screens in the "Hollywood in the Heartland" exhibition.< Less
Dickey In Clay By Edited by Charles House, Nora House
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From 1897 to 1899 Rev. John J. Dickey recorded the outrageous violence of the nationally-famous Clay County, Ky. feuds as an eyewitness. When he wasn't witnessing gunplay, he was interviewing elderly... More > residents who remembered the earliest days of the county.< Less
Czechs in Minnesota By Milan Woodrow Jerabek
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Czechs in Minnesota by Milan Woodrow Jerabek Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts Department of History University of Minnesota July 21, 1939
Portrait of the Past IV By Herman Tester
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Fourth in the Portrait of the Past series of photograph books featuring the people displaced by the TVA flooding in 1948 of the Watauga, Elk and Roan Valleys in Johnson and Carter Counties in... More > Tennessee.< Less
The War of 1812 in Russell County, Virginia By Brett Compton
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A manuscript written by the late famed local historian Elihu Jasper Sutherland concerning the War of 1812 in Russell County, Virginia. This manuscript was found in the personal archive of Judge... More > Sutherland at the John Cook Wyllie Library on the campus of UVa-Wise. It is the only known comprehensive work on the War of 1812 in Russell County, Virginia.< Less
Ravenna, Kentucky - Volume One By Jerry G. Rose
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History of Ravenna, Kentucky and Louisville & Nashville Railroad
Ravenna, Kentucky - Volume Two By Jerry G. Rose
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History of Ravenna, Kentucky and Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Common Sense: A Book for Conservatives & Liberals & Moderates to Unite for an Even Better America By an Oregonian physician
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There's an international rating of countries by how corrupt they are, called the Corruptions Perceptions Index—from least corrupt at #1 to most corrupt at #175. The USA is #19 from least... More > corrupt—tied with Uruguay. Not bad maybe, but we can do better. The reason we're not higher is how much special interests control our government. This book suggests some reforms to discuss and consider to end corruption, such as proportional representation, public campaign financing, term limits, ranked-choice and “none of the above” voting, and combining these with a long-term federal balanced budget and just and fair and simple taxation. Many of these require Constitutional Amendments. But Congress proposes Amendments, and the incumbents in Congress are unlikely to propose these reforms, because they would change how the people in Congress become incumbents in the first place. However, our Founding Framers gave us a solution for just this problem: the states calling an Article V Convention to Propose Amendments.< Less
A MESSAGE FOR MY CHILDREN “Remember your name when we are sold” “The Struggle of Mariana McCalister By Sheila McCalister
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A MESSAGE FOR MY CHILDREN “Remember your name when we are sold” “The Struggle of Mariana McCalister” A Slave mother whisper to her children, I may not be with you always. If... More > we are sold from one another, I want you to remember your name. Remember to teach your children the same lessons I have taught you. We are the McCalister’s, one family, many dreams, and one legacy.< Less
The Darkest Days of the Civil War, 1864 and 1865: English Translation of Frederick W. Fout's 1902 Die Schwersten Tage des Bürgerkriegs, 1864 - 1865 By Frederick W. Fout, Philip Graupner
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An English translation of a Civil War history written by the German immigrant, Frederick W. Fout, based in large part on his personal experiences as an artillery officer in the Union Army throughout... More > the war. He was a Medal of Honor recipient. This volume of his history is focused on the Battles of Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee at the end of 1864. It was published in German by his son in 1902. This is the only available translation.< Less
The Valley Baseball League: A History of Baseball In the Shenandoah Valley By Chaz Weaver
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Answers to the questions: Who hit the most homeruns in a VBL season? What is the highest batting average in VBL history? Has anyone ever thrown a perfect game? What is the record for strikeouts in a... More > game? When did the VBL begin? Which team won the most VBL championships? Which team has won the most VBL games? What is the best (or worst) record in VBL history? Which coach won the most VBL championships? Histories of All Current and Past Teams All-Time League Records Standings for Every Season Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame< Less
Saber and Scroll Journal, Volume III, Issue I By Saber and Scroll Historical Society American Public University System
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Volume III, Issue I of Saber & Scroll Journal contains works analyzing an eclectic mix of historical genres and time periods from authors Brandon L. James Bowden, Joseph Cook, Matthew C. Hudson,... More > Catherine M. Porter, Christopher N. Schloemer, Guy Williams, Elizabeth D. Young, and Kathleen Guler.< Less
Dive the Thousand Islands By Dennis McCarthy, Skip Couch, Kathi McCarthy
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"Dive the Thousand Islands" is both a new book and an update of two previous books in one. This new book combines the out-of-print Skip's Divers Guides (Cape Vincent to Clayton and the... More > Narrows to Alex Bay) books with lots of new information on wrecks and dive sites into one new book that covers all the Thousand Islands. “Dive the Thousand Islands" has information for divers on location, depths, access, visibility, bottom type and description as wellas information on the site history. Photos as well as side scan images are included for most sites. Wrecks and sites on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border.< Less
Old Scarborough Photo Archive By Joshua Fawcett
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My name is Joshua Fawcett, I am 15 years old and I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome at the age of 4. I have always had a keen interest in the local history of my hometown of Scarborough. I hope... More > you enjoy looking at the photos and information in my book as much as I have enjoyed producing it.< Less
The Sword of Japan By Joseph Bott
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Joe Bott started collecting Japanese swords in the early 1950’s and was a founding member of the Japanese Sword Society of Southern California (Nanka Token Kai). This book contains his thoughts... More > on how to start collecting Japanese swords along with the information needed to understand the basic concepts and terminology used in more advanced reference materials. This kind of information is often not available to readers who do not have access to instructors, collector associations or more experienced sword collectors. This book will attempt to bridge at least part of that gap. The book contains materials on: • Important topics required to be successful in collecting Japanese swords. • Graphics detailing basic terminology and the most seen features in swords. • Charts for translating signatures, provinces, dates, periods and titles. • Basic knowledge that is required to use more advanced references. • A sword collectors thoughts on what is important for sword collecting.< Less
Herrin Massacre By Scott Doody
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Twenty three men killed in Williamson County and the streets of Herrin, Illinois over a two day killing spree on June 21st and 22nd, 1922. The largest mass murder of non-union labor in the history of... More > America. The event would become known around the world as The Herrin Massacre. Read about the toughest (deadliest) little city in America and the modern day hunt for the massacre victim's lost graves in the potter's field of the Herrin city cemetery. Written by Scott Doody, this four year adventure uncovers the ugly secret of what happens when a town buries their past so deep, it changes their future.< Less
The Early History of the Communities of Bowman, South Carolina By Linda Carter Smith
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The authors Linda Carter Smith, Peggy Easterling Miller, Steven Craig Smith and John Woodrow Weathers have researched and compiled facts, stories and photos about the colorful history of the Bowman... More > area. Using archival documents and photographs, the authors have assembled a history of the area that gives the reader a glimpse into the early days of Bowman and the nearby communities.< Less
The Bluffton Expedition: The Burning of Bluffton, South Carolina, During the Civil War By Jeff Fulgham
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JUNE 4, 1863... As the sun began to set below the horizon across the May River estuary, smoke clouds still billowed from the burning homes and buildings of the town; when it rose on the morning of... More > June 5, it was evident that Bluffton's antebellum way of life had vanished forever. Perhaps in an omen of what was to come for the South, the burning of Bluffton, South Carolina, in 1863 was a prelude to the farewell of the Southern plantation era and of the institution of slavery. In the years leading up to the Civil War, Bluffton had gained national prominence as a hotbed of secessionist activity. The Bluffton Movement was sparked during a fiery political gathering held under a sprawling and magnificent live oak now referred to as the Secession Oak. The movement generated a dangerous whirlwind of political rhetoric that only war and devastation would silence. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jeff Fulgham has served in operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.< Less
Red Markers, Close Air Support for the Vietnamese Airborne, 1962-1975 By Gary Willis
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From 1962 until early 1973, a handful of USAF officers and airmen directed close air support for the Vietnamese Airborne and its American advisors in MACV Advisory Team 162. This Red Marker... More > detachment began as a single Air Liaison Officer. It grew into a combat unit of 36 personnel with a dozen aircraft before shrinking to a single officer as the United States withdrew from combat. Over the decade of its existence, less than 175 men served in the unit. Five of them died in combat. This book contains the history of these forward air controllers from the beginning to the end, based on contributions from 76 men who were there.< Less
Red Markers, Close Air Support for the Vietnamese Airborne, 1962-1975 By Gary Willis
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FROM 1962 UNTIL EARLY1973, a handful of USAF officers and airmen directed close air support for the Vietnamese Airborne and its American advisors in MACV Advisory Team 162. This Red Marker detachment... More > began as a single Air Liaison Officer. It grew into a combat unit of 36 personnel with a dozen aircraft before shrinking to a single officer as the United States withdrew from combat. Over the decade of its existence, less than 175 men served in the unit. Five of them died in combat. This book contains the history of these forward air controllers from the beginning to the end, based on contributions from 76 men who were there.< Less
The Knightly Art of the Longsword By Hugh Knight
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Johannes Liechtenauer, the father of German martial arts, created a system of combat that was second to none. Later authors wrote books detailing his art, some for earnest combat and others for a... More > sportive version, that have survived to the present day. This book attempts to draw together the writings of various masters of Liechtenauer’s school into a single, comprehensive source detailing the art of fighting in earnest. Not limited to a single author, nor to just the basics of the art, this book attempts to show the full range of Liechtenauer’s art without mixing in any of the more sportive sources from later authors. In addition to the techniques themselves, The Knightly Art of the Longsword includes information on strategic concepts, fundamentals, equipment, finding a school, training, and even how to teach the art. NB: This is the perfect-bound edition.< Less
My Wars By Richard Bushong
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Experiences from WWII through and including Viet Nam as pilot, test pilot and other military experiences. Aircraft include B-17, RC-121, F-4 and many others. Interesting stories of experiences in the... More > Army Air Force and the US Air Force.< Less
My Story By Anthony Candell
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Memoirs of a WWII Prisoner of war during the Battle of the Bulge