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A Night with Saddam By Mark E. Green MD
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A Special Operations Flight Surgeon's interview with Saddam Hussein on the night of his capture, and the missions which led to their meeting.
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
Untold Stories: The Holocaust Boxcar - A German History, Economy Color 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
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
Hybrid War or Gibridnaya Voina? Getting Russia’s non-linear military challenge right 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
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
Doing Business in Ukiah By Jody Martinez
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A brief overview of the economic history of Ukiah California
Avery County Place Names By Michael C. Hardy
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"From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Wildcat Lake"? Avery County has some great place names. Some places are named for families, like the Banners, or Linvilles, while others are... More > named for events, like Battleground, or local flora and fauna, like Cranberry. Throw in a county seat named for a North Carolina lieutenant governor, a community named for a Kansas senator, and an area named for a Aztec emperor, and you have quite a interesting place. Michael C. Hardy has been writing about Avery County for almost twenty years. He is chair of the Avery Museum and the author of twenty other books on the Civil War, and on local history.< Less
The Story of Edgewater House, 1910-2016 By Nancy Glidden Coffey
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The story of one of Beverly's most beautiful coastal estates, and the people who lived there over more than one hundred years.
It Happened in Ava, Illinois: A Collection of Twelve Historical Stories By Steve Grace
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Ava, Illinois, is a small Midwestern town with a rich historical past and a cast of colorful residents. Until now, most of the town’s history has been based on folklore told from one generation... More > to the next. Steve Grace, a former alderman, mayor, and lifelong resident of Ava, relies on extensive research to share twelve stories about several of the town’s most memorable and impactful events. While revealing the histories behind the naming of Ava, the notorious Callahan gang, the Wallace brothers’ shooting, bank robberies, the battered barber, the post office fire, and an old factory building, Grace provides a glimpse into eras and experiences that, at times, make this small town’s history seem stranger than fiction. Included are fascinating images, court documents and the people who once lived in Ava. It Happened in Ava, Illinois shares a collection of twelve stories that detail the compelling history and major events of a Midwestern town on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest.< Less
Vail Investor Booklet 1959-62 By Philip Wootton
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Information from the original investor packets from the development of Vail from 1959 - 62.
The Eubanks Family: A Porcion of Edinburg By Janette Garcia
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Almost forty years ago, Kenneth and Irene Eubanks came to Edinburg to settle in what would be their final resting place after decades of traveling the world. After a successful professional career... More > as an agricultural economist, a professor and a high-level official for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Kenneth Eubanks found the perfect location to literally "plant roots" with his family in a place referred to as the Magic Valley of Texas. The research conducted for this book represents historical, archaeological, geological and biological data that will forever be preserved within this volume collection of human-land interactions at The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Border Studies Archive's Spanish Land Grant Collection.< Less
The Smallpox War in Nuxalk Territory By Tom Swanky
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This book documents the role played by intentional smallpox spreading during 1862 as the Colony of British Columbia, now part of Canada, took control of Nuxalk territory. In 2014, B.C.’s... More > Premier acknowledged for the official record that settlers had spread smallpox intentionally among the neighboring Tsilhqot’in. This book shows that most of those same settlers also targeted the Nuxalk. In this artificial catastrophe, several thousand Nuxalk, perhaps 70 percent of their entire number, died within nine months. Based on the evidence of eyewitnesses and survivors, Nuxalk and Tsilhqot’in Elders have always taught that this was not a natural disaster or the work of only a few rogue settlers but an instance of genocide. "The Smallpox War in Nuxalk Territory" details the evidence available from the written record that tends to support the Elders' teaching.< Less
Celebrating The Rag: Austin's Iconic Underground Newspaper By Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, Richard Croxdale
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Celebrating The Rag tells the remarkable story of the legendary underground newspaper that sparked a political and cultural revolution and helped make Austin weird. The book features more than 100... More > articles from The Rag’s 11-year history plus contemporary essays and eye-popping vintage art and photography. This collection captures the radical politics and subversive humor that marked the pages of this upstart newspaper between 1966 and 1977.< Less
Onto These Shores: The Story of the Brener, Long, Barshay, and Banov Families By Max D. Brener
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This is the story of the families of Dr. Brener’s four grandparents. It takes them from their roots in Europe to their lives and accomplishments in the United States, beginning in the late... More > 1800s to the present time. The book is full of memorable characters and contains over sixty family photographs and documents.< 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
Spirit of the Grange - The Wisdom of Demeter - 150th Celebration By Ann Waters
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Annie Brigit Waters is a member of the Little Lake Grange #670 in Willits, Ca… and has held a number of offices in her Community, Pomona and State Granges. Her interest and enthusiasm for... More > Classical Mythology and ancient cultures began during childhood bedtime stories, rediscovered in high school literature and has never abated. Upon discovering the Eleusinian Mysteries hidden within Grange ritual Annie was elated and began to study any resource or book that could reveal more of the history and mystery of the Patrons of Husbandry. Evidence of universal core values and precepts are present in Grange ritual work and were communicated through the words of the origin documents and degrees as a life-study for the 19th Century farmer and Granger. Layered meaning carefully composed by our talented and thoughtful founders are useful to seasonal farm work and are valuable and emblematic of deep inner work still relevant today.< 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
Where the Boys (and Girls) Were!: The Fun and Sun History of Fort Lauderdale Beach By Dan Santoro
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Once upon a time there was a sleepy oceanside town in South Florida that came to life for only two weeks every springtime. Then a midwestern English professor wrote a cheeky novel based on... More > his observations of college guys and girls on Spring Break 1959 as they chased each other across the surf and sand in search of that perfect someone. When the novel Where the Boys Are was released in early 1960 and the movie version debuted at the end of that year, it put Fort Lauderdale on the lips and to-do lists of millions of North American college students and other fun-seekers for much of the next three decades. The city dubbed “The Venice of America” welcomed everyone and the party still hasn’t stopped!< 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
Death Embraced: New Orleans Tombs and Burial Customs, Behind the Scenes Accounts of Decay, Love and Tradition By Mary LaCoste
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Death Embraced is like no other book you have ever read. Fascinating and entertaining, it leads readers to ponder issues that should not be avoided. Some may want to use it as a guide to visiting New... More > Orleans graveyards . . . or as a guide to life. “An amazing book by an even more amazing writer, historian and educator with vast knowledge of the Crescent City’s history and an intimate understanding of many of the Big Easy’s lesser-known cultural traditions and customs. A must-read for anyone who is serious about learning the true history of New Orleans. I dare you to try to put it down after reading its first few pages.” -Edmund W. Lewis, Editor,The Louisiana Weekly “A gem of a book, full of little things you didn’t know you wanted to know. With subtitle wit and serious depth of knowledge, Mary LaCoste shares the down and dirty of one of New Orleans most mysterious institutions.” -Liz Scott, New Orleans Magazine< 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
Tragedy to Triumph By William B. Rockey, P.E., Pamela S. Coleman, P.E.
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A fascinating engineering and architectural monograph about the roof collapse of a unique National Historic Landmark railroad roundhouse building, the centerpiece of the B&O Railroad Museum in... More > Baltimore. The profusely illustrated study includes forensic techniques used to determine the cause of the collapse, the decision making process leading up to the building's rehabilitation and the many surprises and discoveries made along the way.< Less
The Underground Railroad Ran Through My House! By Ruth Deters
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Ruth Deters discovered her ante-bellum home was an Underground Railroad Station after her son hid from a babysitter in a secret room. Curiosity about the home's builder thrust her into a lifetime of... More > research that ultimately led to the discovery of additional Underground Railroad Stations in the region. Numerous pictures, quotes from letters, journals and old newspapers lend credibility to the stories about the Underground Railroad Stations. Deters wrote this book so that their incredible acts of bravery and self-sacrifice would not be forgotten.< Less
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.