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Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? By Mark Galeotti
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The West is at war. Not a war of the old sort, fought with the thunder of guns, but a new sort, fought with the rustle of money, the shrill mantras of propagandists, and the stealthy whispers of... More > spies. Often described as ‘hybrid war,’ a blend of the military and the political, it reflects both the way that war is changing in the modern world as well as Russia's attempt to divide, demoralize and distract the West as it asserts its claim to be a great power, with a sphere of influence and Ukraine and beyond. This study explores the two parallel forms of 'non-linear warfare' and provides recommendations as to how the West can best respond.< Less
World War II Experiences of Gene Ragan Howard By Ruth Larson
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Our History In Stone: The New England Cemetery Dictionary By Christina Eriquez
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For more than 350 years New England has been known as one of the foundations of American arts and culture. Some of our countries greatest artists have left their mark in small towns from Maine to... More > Connecticut, and some of the most important artwork is forever on display in the most inconspicuous of places, carved into our history for future generations to see. A simple flower, a morbid skeleton or an ornate sailboat, mysterious symbols from the past, but what do they mean? Unlock the meanings behind these symbols and discover the world of the artists who carved them. This comprehensive visual guide is packed with 300 pictures from cemeteries located all over New England. Superstitious? Learn about the historic superstitions of old New Englanders. Is that cricket chirping just a soothing sound, or an eerie foreshadowing of death? This is Our History In Stone, The New England Cemetery Dictionary.< Less
On August 6, I Was 14 Years Old By Tadashi Hasegawa
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This is the true account of Fr. Tadashi Hasegawa, who was 14 yrs. old on August 6, 1945, the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Only 2 km. from the epicenter of the blast, Tadashi... More > was terribly burned. For the next 4 months he and his family struggled to survive. His story is a remarkable tribute to love, sacrifice, and courage in the face of immeasurable horror, pain, and despair. A chance encounter with Fr. Pedro Arrupe (later to become Father General of the world-wide Jesuit order) resulted in a chain of events that led to Tadashi's miraculous healing, and would set him a path towards priesthood and his lifelong mission speaking out against nuclear war and for world peace.< 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
Banished & Embraced By Elaine Zorbas
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Chinese from southeast China flocked to towns and encampments in the Sierra Nevada foothills during the Gold Rush to search for gold. In the communities they established in Fiddletown and Amador... More > County, Chinese immigrants found support and strength despite prevailing anti-Chinese prejudice. This book gives an insight into their experience as they faced pressures from the greater society, while maintaining their customs and connections with each other and with China. The story of the Fiddletown Chinese community is told through the lives of the people who lived in its still existing Chinese herb store (the Chew Kee Store), especially Jimmie Chow, the last Chinese person in Fiddletown.< Less
The Jewish Mafia By Carlos Porter, Hervé Ryssen
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FRONT COVER Top: Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, gangster, responsible, as head of “Murder Inc.”, for up to 700 contract killings. Highest-ranking mobster ever to die in the... More > electric chair. Crude; lacks refinement. Bottom: Russian-Jewish “gangster capitalists” Vladimir Gusinsky (left) and Boris Berezovsky (right) drink to the “free market” (an economic fad) after scooping up trillions of dollars worth of natural resources for pennies on the dollar in crooked “privatization” schemes with copious assistance from Chechen gunmen and assassins, destroying the economy of the country, reducing over a hundred million people to abject poverty, with a crash in the birth rate, mass homelessness, hundreds of thousands of suicides, murders, “disappearances” and premature deaths through malnutrition and alcohol poisoning. Much better.< Less
War on the Middleline: The Founding of a Community In the Kayaderosseras Patent In the Midst of the American Revolution By James E. Richmond
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In 1768 the sixty-year struggle to open the lands of the Kayaderosseras Patent north of Albany for settlement was finally resolved. The long conflict with France was over, and disputes over ownership... More > rights with the local Mohawk Indians had been settled. This is the story of the families that left their homesteads in Connecticut and moved to Middleline Road in Ball’s Town, in the Patent. There they began their new life on the frontier, soon to be interrupted by the American Revolution. As Yankees, most of these pioneers supported the rebel cause. In 1780 the war came to them, as a contingent of 200 British soldiers, Loyalists, and Mohawk Indians descended on Ball’s Town, pillaging and burning their newly-built cabins. In the wake of the raid twenty-five men were carried off to Canada, where many remained imprisoned until the end of the War two years later. “War on the Middleline” is the story of these families, their heritage, and the hardships they endured during the founding of our nation.< Less
Memoirs of a French Village – Chronicles of Prairie du Rocher, Kaskaskia and the French Triangle By Dr. Theodore P. and Susanne Fadler
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Memoirs tell the story of early French exploration into the New World which included villages and ports from New Orleans north to Canada. The characters and their families are dealt with in detail,... More > the genealogists and historian will not be disappointed in this tale with early French coureur-des-bois and voyageurs many with Indian wives as well as major characters in mid-American history. Treason, treachery, counterfeiting, kidnapping, murder and intrigue fill the book. Relationships, courting and early marriages with related families who were the first settlers in the Kaskaskia and Prairie du Rocher area and the early Louisiana and Illinois territory are woven throughout the narrative. Expect surprise visits by George Washington, LaSalle, Mccarty, Big Harpe, Little Harpe who are infamous as the first serial killers of North America, John Duff the Counterfeiter, John Law, John Dodge, George Rogers Clark, Sam Mason the River Pirate, and the Cave-in-the-Rock Gang, all play unexpected roles in this book.< Less
The Ambush of the Isaac P. Smith, Family Ties and the Battle on the Stono, January 30, 1863 By Gary L. Dyson
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This is the story of the ambush of the USS Isaac P. Smith at the Battle on the Stono River, January 30, 1863. US Navy officers Frederic Calvin Hills and John Wyer Dicks were on the Smith and were the... More > ancestors of the author's wife, although they did not become related until after the Civil War. This book tells the story of the Smith up to the battle and gives the battle story based on eyewitness accounts, battle reports, and official records. The story of the crew's imprisonment as well as the post battle and postwar lives of Frederic and John are also included as well as some short biographies of battle veterans and civilians, Union and Confederate.< Less
Faoi Ghlas By Dominic Adams
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Dominic Adams was six years old in 197I when he first experienced life in Long Kesh. He was brought there on a visit to his oldest brother Gerry who was interned at the time. Long Kesh has played a... More > huge part in his and his family's life over the last forty years - four of his brothers were imprisoned there and three of his brothers-in-law also spent time in Long Kesh. In the introduction to his book Faoi Ghlas, Dominic Adams describes being motivated to write this jail memoir by 'the many questions asked of me by my two children' and by a belief that 'every ex-prisoner should record their memoirs, either written or orally.' In this light hearted and easily read account of seven years in prison in both the Crum and the H-Blocks of Long Kesh between 1984 and 199I. Writer, Danny Morrison said, "With its grim humour and light banter, Faoi Ghlas is an important account of comradeship in jail and joins the established canon of republican prison literature."< Less
African Politics - Featuring Zimbabwe and South Africa As Major Case Studies By Vusumuzi Sibanda
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This book explores the African landscape in political matters and seeks to understand or help you understand the regression in Africa since independence and explores who is the worst enemy of the... More > African Continent. You had better read this book with living case studies from across Africa especially Zimbabwe and South Africa< Less
Renate: The Jewish Child Who Escaped Nazi Germany By Lise Marlowe
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Eight year old Renate tried to escape Nazi Germany when she boarded the S.S. St. Louis with her mother on May 13, 1939. The St. Louis had 938 Jewish passengers including 200 children, many of them... More > under the age of 10. Every passenger on the ship had a legal landing certificate to Cuba but were turned away when they arrived. The captain of the ship pleaded with the United States to take in the Jewish passengers but were told to return to Nazi Germany. The voyage of the St. Louis is one of the most tragic events in human history. Renate: A Jewish child who escaped Nazi Germany is the story of one of the few survivors of the St. Louis.< Less
Faith, Families & Friends: 150 Years of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and Montegut Louisiana By Laura A. Browning
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The focus of the book is the history of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Parish and Sacred Heart Church in Montegut, Louisiana. The book follows the church-parish boundaries, including the... More > term of each priest, and with the creation of each new parish out of Sacred Heart, St. Ann (1908), St. Joseph (1948), and St. Charles Borromeo (1971), the focus continues with the Priests of Sacred Heart. However, the book could not reflect Sacred Heart without writing about Montegut, Bourg, Little Caillou, and Pointe aux Chenes. The church has given us important roots, binding us as a church and community family, sticking us to this small place, Montegut. Sacred Heart Parish predates Sacred Heart Church by over thirty years. Pere Menard blessed the first dedicated chapel built on Dugas property at St. John the Baptist in le Terrebonne in November 1859. Sacred Heart of Jesus Church marks its founding as the creation of the parish by the Diocese of New Orleans in November 9, 1864.< Less
Sylvester Michael Cooney: Oregon Wheat Rancher 1889-1973 and His Descendants By Peter A. & Marilyn C. Cook
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Irish immigrant John Charles Cooney helped build the Santa Fe railroad across the southwest as a stone mason, then joined a wagon train to Oregon where he homesteaded a wheat ranch near Condon. He... More > had seven children. This genealogy book covers the life of his fifth child, Sylvester Michael Cooney, Sylvester’s wife Grace Darling Perkins of partial Indian descent, and the families of their six children, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great-grandchildren, and thirty great-great-grandchildren. ISBN 978-0-692-79410-4, 272 pages, 341 illustrations.< Less
West Chester: How the Streets Got their Names… Book Two: The Northeast Quadrant, from Turks Head to the Hospital By Keith S. Smith
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This book tells of the origin of the streets and some alley names from the NE corner of High and Market Streets, to the northeast corner of West Chester...and more Also included is a sneak peek into... More > some future publications.< Less
Frederick Douglass' Dream By Lise Marlowe
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Camp William Penn in La Mott, Pennsylvania was the first official federal training camp for African American soldiers in the Civil War. Over 11,000 men, 40% of them former slaves, walked through the... More > gates of Camp William Penn. Frederick Douglass was the main recruiter of the camp. The camp was on the land of the infamous abolitionist and women's rights suffragist, Lucretia Mott.< Less
Hidden Heroes: World War II in Norway By Mike Palecek
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You never knew if the person next door was a hero; a Norwegian resistance fighter. The hero next door could be a teenager going with his dad to steal grain from a Nazi train, in order to feed... More > refugees. It could be a girl who hid underground messages in her instrument case, while going by bike to a violin lesson. It could be the fisherman down the street, rowing a boat full of grenades, with a German U-boat captain sitting on the seat which was hiding them. Many Norwegians risked their lives to thwart the Nazis who were occupying their country. These are their true stories. These twenty eyewitness accounts were originally collected from Sons of Norway members by District 5 Cultural Director, Jean Bittner. We hope these accounts help you remember the acts of bravery that everyday heroes made in Norway in World War II.< Less
Untold Stories: The Holocaust Boxcar - A German History, B&W with Color Cover By Joachim Reppmann, Friedhelm Caspari
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“You must know everything that happened then. And why it happened.” This is the appeal made by the Auschwitz survivor Esther Bejarano to the present and future generations. In doing this,... More > she issues a mandate not only to Germans, but to all the nations, to go beyond remembering and memorializing the millions of victims of National Socialist tyranny by understanding its historical context. On May 8, 1985, Richard von Weizsäcker said as a former president of the Federal Republic, “It is not a matter of overcoming the past. That simply cannot be done. It is not possible to make it ‘undone.’ But anyone who closes his eyes to the past becomes blind to the present. Anyone who does not remember that inhumanity exists, becomes susceptible to new dangers of infection.”< Less
The Wolf and Eagle: A History of Rome for American Readers By Antoine Boisvert
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This is a draft version of a History of Rome intended expressly for American readers who have no prior familiarity with the subject. It can be used as textbook, but also for the general interest... More > reader.< Less
Views and Vistas of Onativia LaFayette, New York By J. Roy Dodge
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From its opening in 1854 until the triumph of the automobile sixty years later the railroad was LaFayette’s life-line. Nearly everything coming into or going out of the hamlet came by rail. ... More > Heavily laden wagons traversed the steep mile-long hill. Furniture or a new piano for the family parlor, vats of kerosene and non perishable goods for LaFayette’s general stores and embalmed bodies ready for burial waited in the freight house. By the 1880’s farm produce was being shipped in larger and larger quantities, requiring an extra siding for added freight cars. By the 1920’s, in addition to its general store and coal shed, Onativia could boast of three feed stores. Seventeen years before the railroad discontinued passenger service, Onativia station closed. Now everything else is gone. This book contains 80 photos that were taken in 1909 and 1910 at the height of the post card era. Collected forty and fifty years ago by the compiler, these views preserve all that we have of Onativia.< Less
Bringing Beauty into the World: The Life of Harry Somers By Lise Marlowe
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Harry Somers brought beauty into the world by painting peaceful, colorful scenes of a brighter tomorrow. As a young boy, Harry was forced to leave his family and everything he loved behind in Nazi... More > Germany. Even though Harry lost everything in the Holocaust, he didn't live his life with hate. According to Harry, "the more you hate, the more you die." Read about the life of American artist Harry Somers in Bringing Beauty into the World and be inspired by his paintings and words of peace. Film director Erik Angra interviewed Harry during his final days of life and shared his story with Elkins Park School teacher Lise Marlowe. Mrs. Marlowe's 6th grade students were moved by Harry's story and wrote poetry to capture the beauty and struggles in his life.< Less
Local History in a Frosty Mug: The Complete Story of the Trenton A&W By Steven J. Frey
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The Trenton A&W was the first A&W in Michigan and was a fixture in the community for seventy six years. Learn its complete history, first hand from previous owners, employees and family... More > members. Includes never before seen photographs.< Less
Happenings in the Life: The Good and the Bad By Riley & Nora Marcum
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The combined books of "Happenings In The Life of Riley Colson Marcum" and "The Good And The Bad - A true life story of the life of Nora F. (Bates) Marcum" are beautifully... More > handwritten stories and historical accounts of their lives.< Less
History of Law Enforcement Wayne County Ohio By Roger McGinnis
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In 200 years Wayne County has seen about every imaginable crime and criminal, from chicken thief's to murders. This book reads like an old time police blotter, highlighting some of the unique and... More > pertinent cases of the time. You will get an insight to the law officers that have served this county. Common citizens, farmers, and merchants, rising to the cause of honorable service to their fellow citizens. Then take a moment to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our county. Find out about the jails in Wayne County, size, location, number of cells and more. Hard to believe we are on our 5th one. Packed full of neat and interesting history facts, good, bad, happy and sad stories rolled up into the career we call law enforcement. First Edition covers Wayne County Sheriffs 1812-2012, Major and Minor calls and crimes, All Jails and Fallen Officers in the county from all Agencies.< Less