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The Jersey Devil by James F. McCloy & Ray Miller
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Overview: In the course of its extraordinary history, the Jersey Devil has been exorcised, shot, electrocuted, declared officially dead, and scoffed as foolishness–none of which has had any effect on it or the people who persist in seeing it!This mysterious creature is said to prowl the lonely sand trails and mist-shrouded marshes of the Pine Barrens, and emerge perioducally to rampage through the towns and cities of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, leaving many communities in near-hysteria.The authors show that while a few appearances have been out-right fraud and others have likely been the result of mass hysteria, this creature has been seen by enough sane, sober, and responsible citizens to keep the possiblity of its existence alive and tantalizing.
Genre: Non-Fiction | History | Folklore

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Download Cinema and the Wealth of Nations by Lee Grieveson (.PDF)

Cinema and the Wealth of Nations: Media, Capital, and the Liberal World System by Lee Grieveson
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Overview: Cinema and the Wealth of Nations explores how media, principally in the form of cinema, was used during the interwar years by elite institutions to establish and sustain forms of liberal political economy beneficial to their interests. It examines the media produced by institutions such as states, corporations, and investment banks, as well as the emergence of a corporate media industry and system supported by state policy and integral to the establishment of a new consumer system. Lee Grieveson shows how media was used to encode liberal political and economic power during the period that saw the United States eclipse Britain as the globally hegemonic nation and the related inauguration of new forms of liberal economic globalization. But this is not a distant history. Cinema and the Wealth of Nations examines a foundational conjuncture in the establishment of media forms and a media system instrumental in, and structural to, the emergence and expansion of a world system that has been and continues to be brutally violent, unequal, and destructive.
Genre: Non-Fiction, History

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The History of the Port of London: A Vast Emporium of All Nations by Peter Stone
Requirements: EPUB Reader, 5 MB
Overview: The River Thames has been integral to the prosperity of London since Roman times. Explorers sailed away on voyages of discovery to distant lands. Colonies were established and a great empire grew. Funding their ships and cargoes helped make the City of London into the world’s leading financial center. In the 19th century a vast network of docks was created for ever-larger ships, behind high, prison-like walls that kept them secret from all those who did not toil within. Sail made way for steam as goods were dispatched to every corner of the world. In the 19th century London was the world’s greatest port city. In the Second World War the Port of London became Hitler’s prime target. It paid a heavy price but soon recovered. Yet by the end of the 20th century the docks had been transformed into Docklands, a new financial center.

The History of the Port of London: A Vast Emporium of Nations is the fascinating story of the rise and fall and revival of the commercial river. The only book to tell the whole story and bring it right up to date, it charts the foundation, growth and evolution of the port and explains why for centuries it has been so important to Britain’s prosperity. This book will appeal to those interested in London’s history, maritime and industrial heritage, the Docklands and East End of London, and the River Thames.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Wall, Watchtower, & Pencil Stub by John R. Carpenter(.ePUB)

Wall, Watchtower, and Pencil Stub: Writing During World War II by John R. Carpenter
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Overview: How World War II became central in our culture.

Even as World War II raged on, contemporary writers were riveted by its every twist and turn. One of the war’s most fascinating features was that it was subject to constant change, surprises, and fate reversal. It ensured that wartime writers, who did not yet know of its outcome, adopted points of view that were entirely spontaneous, rather than based on historical hindsight.

This remarkable book presents the war in its entirety, with all its force, suspense, and drama. With exceptional clarity it shows how the extreme events of war challenged writers, inspired their art, and in turn produced a modern legacy of literature.

Wall, Watchtower, and Pencil Stub makes a convincing case for the permanent centrality of World War II in our present-day culture, literature, and history. The war was not separate from the cultural trends that preceded it before 1939, or the postwar world after 1945. In this extraordinary book, many of the major writers of the time—Samuel Beckett, Richard Hillary, Norman Mailer, Pearl Buck, James Jones, Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre, and others—are put in an entirely new context.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download F-86 Sabre vs MiG-15 by Douglas C. Dildy et al. (.PDF)

F-86 Sabre vs MiG-15: Korea 1950-53 by Douglas C. Dildy and Warren E. Thompson
Requirements: Any PDF Reader, 4.2 MB
Overview: As the routed North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) withdrew into the mountainous reaches of their country and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) funneled in its massive infantry formations in preparation for a momentous counter-offensive, both lacked adequate air power to challenge US and UN. Reluctantly, Josef Stalin agreed to provide the requisite air cover, introducing the superior swept-wing MiG-15 to counter the American’s straight-wing F-80 jets. This in turn prompted the USAF to deploy its very best – the F-86A Sabre – to counter this threat. Thus began a two-and-a-half-year struggle in the skies known as “MiG Alley.” In this period, the unrelenting campaign for aerial superiority witnessed the introduction of successive models of these two revolutionary jets into combat. This meticulously researched study not only provides technical descriptions of the two types and their improved variants, complete with a “fighter pilot’s assessment” of these aircraft, but also chronicles the entire scope of their aerial duel in “MiG Alley” by employing the recollections of the surviving combatants – including Russian, Chinese, and North Korean pilots – who participated.
Genre: Non-fiction, History

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Download Dragon and Kangaroo by Robert Macklin (.ePUB)

Dragon and Kangaroo: Australia and China’s Shared History from the Goldfields to the Present Day by Robert Macklin
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Overview: The fascinating story of the Chinese presence in and influence on this country – our intertwined history from colonial times to today.

Chinese ‘presence’ in Australia extends from well before the time of Captain Cook – trading with northern Australia long before Europeans came here – right through to the present day, with Chinese activities ranging from being the main customer for our iron ore, to their very extensive intelligence operations here.

Robert Macklin, bestselling and critically acclaimed author of HAMILTON HUME and DARK PARADISE, has traced a new history of the two nations. Macklin’s engrossing narrative reaches from pre-colonial times, to John Macarthur’s ‘coolie’ shepherds, the only Chinese bushranger, Sam Pu, and the multiple atrocities committed against the Chinese in the gold rush; through to the 20th century, where the two Australians – ‘Morrison of Peking’ and William Donald – played a significant role in the downfall of the last Chinese emperor and the creation of the first republic, before World War II and decades of Cold War brinkmanship; to our current economic bonds and Australia’s role in the dangerous geopolitics of the South China Sea.

DRAGON AND KANGAROO is an absorbing account of a vastly underestimated part of Australia’s story: this is our shared history, from an immensely important – and entirely new – angle.

‘A well-informed, instructive, highly readable and often entertaining narrative of Australia-China relations from before the beginnings of Australia to the present day.’ Stephen FitzGerald, former Australian Ambassador to China

‘Macklin shows how China has been an integral part of our story from the beginning.’ Professor Richard Rigby, Executive Director, China Institute, Australian National University
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Crusading in the Fifteenth Century by Norman Housley (.PDF)

Crusading in the Fifteenth Century: Message and Impact by Norman Housley (Editor)
Requirements: PDF Reader, 20.7 MB
Overview: This collection of essays by European and American scholars addresses the changing nature and appeal of crusading during the period which extended from the battle of Nicopolis in 1396 to the battle of Mohács in 1526. Contributors focus on two key aspects of the subject. One is developments in the crusading message and the language in which it was framed. These were brought about partly by the appearance of new enemies, above all the Ottoman Turks, and partly by shifting religious values and innovative currents of thought within Catholic Europe. The other aspect is the wide range of responses which the papacy’s repeated calls to holy war encountered in a Christian community which was increasingly heterogeneous in character. This collection represents a substantial contribution to the study of the Later Crusades and of Renaissance Europe.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Fighting for Christendom by Christopher Tyerman (.PDF)

Fighting for Christendom: Holy War and the Crusades by Christopher Tyerman
Requirements: PDF Reader, 5.5 MB
Overview: The image of the Crusaders–chain-mailed knights on horseback, bearing crosses on banners, fighting for their faith under an alien sun–occupies a familiar niche in modern western culture. Yet despite their powerful hold on our imaginations, the Crusades remain obscured and distorted by time.

In Fighting for Christendom, Christopher Tyerman picks his way through many myths and misconceptions to present a vivid portrait of the Crusades, both the historical events themselves and their posthumous role in Western and Middle Eastern thought. Were the Crusaders motivated by spiritual rewards, or by greed for power and wealth? Was the papacy imposing order and uniformity on Christendom, or defending itself from the infidel enemy? Were the Crusades an experiment in European colonialism, or a manifestation of religious persecution or ethnic cleansing? To answer these questions, Tyerman examines the many military operations between 1095 and 1500 that fall under the heading of Wars of the Cross. Beginning with Pope Urban II’s dramatic appeal in 1095, Tyerman ranges from the First Crusade–a campaign unrivalled in impact–to the massive expedition lead by Frederick Barbarossa (which ended suddenly when he drowned crossing a river), to the crusade that pitted King Richard I of England against Saladin. Tyerman also discusses lesser expeditions, including the Peasants’, Children’s, and Shepherds’ Crusades. Throughout the book, he clarifies issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and the relationship between past and present.

The Crusades are among the most dramatic mass movements in world history. Fighting for Christendom illuminates these remarkable events with uncommon flair and originality.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download The Crusades by Christopher MacEvitt (.PDF)

The Crusades and the Christian World of the East: Rough Tolerance by Christopher MacEvitt
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Overview: In the wake of Jerusalem’s fall in 1099, the crusading armies of western Christians known as the Franks found themselves governing not only Muslims and Jews but also local Christians, whose culture and traditions were a world apart from their own. The crusader-occupied swaths of Syria and Palestine were home to many separate Christian communities: Greek and Syrian Orthodox, Armenians, and other sects with sharp doctrinal differences. How did these disparate groups live together under Frankish rule?

In The Crusades and the Christian World of the East, Christopher MacEvitt marshals an impressive array of literary, legal, artistic, and archeological evidence to demonstrate how crusader ideology and religious difference gave rise to a mode of coexistence he calls “rough tolerance.” The twelfth-century Frankish rulers of the Levant and their Christian subjects were separated by language, religious practices, and beliefs. Yet western Christians showed little interest in such differences. Franks intermarried with local Christians and shared shrines and churches, but they did not hesitate to use military force against Christian communities. Rough tolerance was unlike other medieval modes of dealing with religious difference, and MacEvitt illuminates the factors that led to this striking divergence.

“It is commonplace to discuss the diversity of the Middle East in terms of Muslims, Jews, and Christians,” MacEvitt writes, “yet even this simplifies its religious complexity.” While most crusade history has focused on Christian-Muslim encounters, MacEvitt offers an often surprising account by examining the intersection of the Middle Eastern and Frankish Christian worlds during the century of the First Crusade.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Download Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors by Brian A. Catlos (.PDF)

Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad by Brian A. Catlos
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 4 MB
Overview: “This compelling account of the Crusades era debunks the clash-of-civilizations paradigm in which the period is typically cast… Catlos does not overlook the violence of the period but argues that it was stoked more often by money and power than by religion and ideology.”
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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