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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
by Walter Isaacson

Language

English

Pages

608

Publication Date

July 31, 2003

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In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of <i>Einstein </i>and <i>Steve Jobs</i>, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.<br /><br />Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin鈥檚 life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Walter Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the runaway apprentice who became, over the course of his eighty-four-year life, America鈥檚 best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind <i>Poor Richard鈥檚 Almanac</i> and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation鈥檚 alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.<br /><br />In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin鈥檚 amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.
Riding the Bus with My Sister: A True Life Journey
by Rachel Simon

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English

Pages

308

Publication Date

March 05, 2013

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<b>A 鈥渉eartwarming, life-affirming鈥?memoir of a relationship with an intellectually disabled sibling: 鈥淩ead this book. It might just change your life鈥?(<i>Boston Herald</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> Beth is a spirited woman with an intellectual disability who lives intensely and often joyfully, and spends most of her days riding the buses in Pennsylvania. The drivers, a lively group, are her mentors; her fellow passengers, her community鈥攖hough some display less patience or kindness than others.<br /> 聽<br /> Her sister, Rachel, a teacher and writer, camouflages her emotional isolation by leading a hyperbusy life. But one day, Beth asks Rachel to accompany her on public transportation for an entire year鈥攁nd Rachel accepts. This wise, funny, deeply affecting book is the chronicle of that remarkable time, as Rachel learns how to live in the moment, how to pay attention to what really matters, how to change, how to love鈥攁nd how to slow down and enjoy the ride.<br /> 聽<br /> Weaving in anecdotes and memories of terrifying maternal abandonment, fierce sisterly loyalty, and astonishing forgiveness, Rachel Simon brings to light a world that is almost invisible to many people, finds unlikely heroes in everyday life, and, without sentimentality, wrestles with her own limitations and portrays Beth as the endearing, feisty, independent person she is.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淲ith tenderness and fury, heartbreak and acceptance聽.聽.聽. Simon comes to the inescapable conclusion that we are all riders on the bus, and on the bus we are all the same.鈥?鈥擩acquelyn Mitchard, author of <i>The Deep End of the Ocean</i>
The Big Book of Serial Killers: 150 Serial Killer Files of the Wo...
by , Rebecca Lo

Language

English

Pages

417

Publication Date

June 10, 2017

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There is little more terrifying than those who hunt, stalk and snatch their prey under the cloak of darkness. These hunters search not for animals, but for the touch, taste, and empowerment of human flesh. They are cannibals, vampires and monsters, and they walk among us. <br /><br />These serial killers are not mythical beasts with horns and shaggy hair. They are people living among society, going about their day to day activities until nightfall. They are the Dennis Rader鈥檚, the fathers, husbands, church going members of the community. <br /><br />This A-Z encyclopedia of 150 serial killers is the ideal reference book. Included are the most famous true crime serial killers, like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, and Richard Ramirez, and not to mention the women who kill, such as Aileen Wuornos and Martha Rendell. There are also lesser known serial killers, covering many countries around the world, so the range is broad.<br /><br />Each of the serial killer files includes information on when and how they killed the victims, the background of each killer, or the suspects in some cases such as the Zodiac killer, their trials and punishments. For some there are chilling quotes by the killers themselves. The Big Book of Serial Killers is an easy to follow collection of information on the world鈥檚 most heinous murderers.<br />
True Crime Files Volume 2
by Stephen McGrann

Language

English

Pages

215

Publication Date

April 11, 2019

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In Volume 2 of Stephen McGrann's True Crime Files, explore the following cases:<br /><br />The McFraud: Jerome is trusted by his employers to run a promotional scheme for McDonald's. But he discovers an easy way to make millions for himself. An almost unbelievable tale of greed and betrayal which is soon to be made into a major motion picture.<br /><br />A Mother's Love: little Gypsy Rose was a desperately sick child. Her mother Dee Dee had to care for her around the clock, and relied upon charity to provide for her daughter. When Dee Dee is found brutally murdered and Gypsy goes missing at the same time, Detectives discover a shocking secret which seems too bizarre to be true.<br /><br />The Lost Boys: when teenage males start disappearing from a rough Texan neighbourhood, local police believe the boys have simply left in the hope of finding a better life for themselves. In actual fact, the disappearances are a result of America's first documented serial killer.<br /><br />A Father's Dream: Bill Butterfield had seemed destined to make it as a professional footballer, but fate had different ideas. When his son Lance shows the same promise which he had years earlier, Bill is determined that his son will succeed where he failed...with fatal consequences.<br /><br />Handsome Devil: when women start disappearing all over the Pacific north-west, authorities find themselves hunting a man who will ultimately go on to become the most notorious serial killer in American history.<br /><br />A Coincidence Too Far: when police are called to 3635 Pitch Pine Crescent to deal with a sudden death for the third time in as many years, they realise that something just does not add up. Who murdered the Harrison's one by one in their own home?
From Tragedy To Triumph: My Search - My Purpose
by Lakeisha Marion

Language

English

Pages

123

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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Lakeisha Marion always knew she was here for a higher purpose, even though the beginning of her life didn鈥檛 seem that way. Born to a teenage mother, Lakeisha was raised with love, in a home where she lived with her grandmother. But when she was thirteen-years-old, a car accident that killed two of her aunts and her sister, left Lakeisha with more questions than answers about life. She was the only one to survive the tragedy and for the rest of her life, she would ask God why. <br /><br />As she tried to navigate through life filled with that question and an emptiness from losing those closest to her, Lakeisha found herself searching for her purpose, wanting to know the answer to why God would have her survive. Her path was not a straight one and there were many times when Lakeisha felt like she鈥檇 lost her way as she strayed from her Christian upbringing.<br /><br />When Lakeisha was introduced to a network marketing company, she found a whole new world. This was a perfect place for her. She loved speaking to people, loved working with people, loved motivating people and within a year of joining this company, Lakeisha was a top earner. Still, there were a few stumbling blocks in front of her, but when she began to build her relationship with God once again, her world opened up. She excelled and became a million-dollar earner.<br /><br />From Tragedy to Triumph is the story of Lakeisha Marion鈥檚 journey and how she faced her daily challenges, searched for her purpose and found her way through God鈥檚 guidance, grace and mercy. She shares her story to empower, educate and equip women, hoping to show everyone that we have a power within us and when we ignite that, we can achieve our greatest dreams because, with God, all things are possible. <br />
Manson Exposed: A Reporter's 50-Year Journey into Madness and Mur...
by Ivor Davis

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English

Pages

492

Publication Date

July 18, 2019

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<p>American based Foreign correspondent Ivor Davis, delivers a gripping, 鈥淚 was there鈥?eye witness, inside story about the most notorious murder spree of the 20th century. </p><p>In <i>Manson Exposed: A Reporter鈥檚 Fifty-Year Journey into Madness and Murder,</i> Davis is the brutally honest guide to this true crime horror story.</p><p>In this mix of personal memoir, criticism, and investigative journalism, Davis delivers a truly original take on the byzantine case that terrified and mesmerized the nation, including his new conclusion that THE BEATLES DIDN鈥橳 MAKE THEM DO IT.</p><p>Davis was on the front lines of the story and offers vivid, personal accounts, interviews and hitherto unknown details from the very beginning right up to the death of the blue collar psycho named Charles Manson.</p><p> He charts the tragic inside stories not only of the those murdered but of the long list of Collateral Damage victims: the rock star, the Oscar winning director and the entertainment legends, whose lives were also destroyed by Charles Manson and his crackpot acolytes.</p>
The Churchill Companion: A Concise Guide to the Life & Times of W...
by The Churchill Centre

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English

Pages

202

Publication Date

June 30, 2015

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<b>A fact-packed reference for anyone interested in the great twentieth-century statesman鈥攚ith contributions from more than two dozen Churchill experts.</b><br /> 聽<br /> This revised and expanded edition of <i>The Churchill Companion</i> offers twenty-eight categories of ready-reference information on the life and times of Sir Winston S.聽Churchill for students, scholars, and researchers, together with links for further reference. It includes:<br /> 聽 <ul><li>A hundred-year timeline of Churchill鈥檚 life</li><li>Lists of his books and books about him</li><li>Information on elections</li><li>The family tree</li><li>Churchill鈥檚 military positions, offices, and honors</li><li>A glossary of Parliamentary and political terms</li></ul> 聽<br /> Lists of British governments, prime ministers and sovereigns, and other British political facts are also highlighted in this handy, fact-filled reference.
War in the South Pacific: Out in the Boondocks, U.S. Marines Tell...
by James David Horan

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

October 18, 2017

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<em><b>鈥淚 was in one of the last landing barges to hit the beach of Gavutu Island. We were halfway in when the Japanese machine guns got their range. Bullets slapped the water and whined as they ricocheted off the barge. Some of us ducked; some of us fell to the floor; and all of us prayed.鈥?lt;/b></em><br /><br />Here, in heart-stopping human detail, are twenty-one personal accounts told by the men themselves. <br /><br />They are the stories of men who lived in hell and lived to tell of it. <br /><br />There is the story of Sgt. Albert Schmid who was awarded the Navy Cross for his single-handed destruction of a flanking attack while on Guadalcanal. <br /><br />The account of Private Nicolli who was literally blown into the air like a matchstick and then, with a piece of shrapnel in his chest, managed to help a wounded comrade to the rear. <br /><br />鈥淭he luckiest man in the Solomons,鈥?Sgt. Koziar, tells of how he had his tonsils removed with the assistance of a Japanese sniper鈥檚 bullet.<br /><br />These are just three of the twenty-one fascinating stories that were told to Gerold Frank and James Horan just months after these marines had returned from active duty to recover from the conflict in the Pacific.<br /><br />The valor of these marines is astounding, as twenty-one-year-old Corporal Conroy states in the book, 鈥淚 don鈥檛 suppose I shall ever be able to sum up all the bravery, the guts, the genuine, honest courage displayed by the boys out in Guadalcanal. They were afraid, and yet they took it. They had what it takes . . .鈥?lt;br /><br />The battles of Gavutu-Tanambogo, Tulagi, Tenaru, Matanikau and Guadalcanal are all covered through these accounts which take the reader right to the epicenter of the Pacific conflict.<br /><br />鈥渢elling of living conditions on the beaches and in the jungles where they fought, offering an insider鈥檚 view of foxholes, food, snipers, mosquitos, boondocks, shrapnel, their injuries, and their pain.鈥?<em>Great Stories of World War II</em><br /><br />Gerold Frank and James Horan were professional authors who wrote down the stories of these marines shortly after they had returned from active duty. <em>The War in the South Pacific</em> was first published in 1943 as <em>Out in the Boondocks</em>. Frank went on to become a prominent ghostwriter and passed away in 1998. Horan, author of more than forty books, died in 1981.
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

March 01, 2018

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Among the most powerful accounts of the Nazi occupation, "The Diary of Anne Frank" chronicles the life of Anne Frank, a thirteen-year old girl fleeing her home in Amsterdam to go into hiding. Anne reveals the relationships between eight people living under miserable conditions: facing hunger, threat of discovery and the worst horrors the modern world had seen. In these pages, she grows up to be a young woman and a wise observer of human nature. She shares an unparalleled bond with her diary, which holds a detailed account of Anne's close relationship with her father, the lack of daughterly love for her mother, admiration for her sister's intelligence and closeness with her friend Peter. Anne Frank's account offers a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman who turns thoughtful and learns of the many terrors of the world.
Gone: Catastrophe in Paradise
by OJ Modjeska

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English

Pages

88

Publication Date

March 16, 2017

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<p><b>A mass of European and American tourists descend on an idyllic tropical island for the holiday of a lifetime. Within hours, hundreds are dead.</b></p><p> What happened? This is the true story of one of history's most tragic and shocking disasters, in which aviation, terrorism, a sudden change in weather and plain old bad luck made for a ruinous mix.</p><p>Discover the mind-boggling facts of this catastrophe in this compelling, action-packed and haunting tale of the human condition that will have you turning the pages to the very end.</p><p>Praise from readers:<br /></p><p><i><b>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?- "Brings to light an accident that many in the aviation field are aware of, but most average people have no knowledge of. Excellent read."</b></i></p><p><i><b>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?- "A vivid reportage about an eerie tragedy related to the greatest disaster in airline history."</b></i></p><p><i><b>鈽呪槄鈽呪槄鈽?- "I commend Modjeska for writing about this accident, for reflecting on its meaning, and for helping us as readers to consider all the coincidences that had to align for this accident to occur. An amazing, highly recommended read."</b></i><br /></p>

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