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Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edg...
by Joan Druett

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

June 08, 2007

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Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death.<br /> <br /> In 1864 Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner <em>Grafton</em> wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave鈥攔ather than succumb to this dismal fate鈥攊nspires his men to take action. With barely more than their bare hands, they build a cabin and, remarkably, a forge, where they manufacture their tools. Under Musgrave's leadership, they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days.<br /> <br /> Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island鈥攖wenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms away鈥攖he <em>Invercauld</em> wrecks during a horrible storm. Nineteen men stagger ashore. Unlike Captain Musgrave, the captain of the <em>Invercauld</em> falls apart given the same dismal circumstances. His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. Only three survive. Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years, they also plan their own astonishing escape, setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history.<br /> <br /> Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings this extraordinary untold story to life, a story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.
Honeymoon for One: Gay Romance
by Keira Andrews

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 27, 2018

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<b>The wedding is off, but the love story is just beginning.</b><br /><br />Betrayed the night before his wedding by the supposed boy of his dreams, Ethan Robinson escapes the devastating fallout by going on his honeymoon alone to the other side of the world. Hard of hearing and still struggling with the repercussions of being late-deafened, traveling by himself leaves him feeling painfully isolated with his raw, broken heart. <br /><br />Clay Kelly never expected to be starting life over in his forties. He got hitched young, but now his wife has divorced him and remarried, his kids are grown, and he鈥檚 left his rural Outback town. In a new career driving a tour bus on Australia鈥檚 East Coast, Clay reckons he's happy enough. He enjoys his cricket, a few beers, and a quiet life. If he's a bit lonely, it's not the end of the world. <br /><br />Clay befriends Ethan, hoping he can cheer up the sad-eyed young man, and a crush on an unattainable straight guy is exactly the safe distraction Ethan needs. Yet as the days pass and their connection grows, long-repressed desires surface in Clay, and they are shocked to discover romance sparking. Clay is the sexy, rugged <i>man</i> of Ethan鈥檚 dreams, and as the clock counts down on their time together, neither wants this honeymoon to end.<br /><br /><i>Honeymoon for One</i> is a gay romance by Keira Andrews featuring an age gap, sexual awakening, a slow burn of newfound friends to lovers, first-time m/m sex, and of course a happy ending.
Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and It...
by , Elizabeth M. Norman

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English

Pages

479

Publication Date

June 09, 2009

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<p><i>Tears in the Darkness</i> is an altogether new look at World War II that exposes the myths of war and shows the extent of suffering and loss on both sides. </p><p>For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history.</p><p>The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book. From then until the Japanese surrendered in August 1945, the prisoners of war suffered an ordeal of unparalleled cruelty and savagery: forty-one months of captivity, starvation rations, dehydration, hard labor, deadly disease, and torture鈥攆ar from the machinations of General Douglas MacArthur.</p><p>The Normans bring to the story remarkable feats of reportage and literary empathy. Their protagonist, Ben Steele, is a figure out of Hemingway: a young cowboy turned sketch artist from Montana who joined the army to see the world. Juxtaposed against Steele's story and the sobering tale of the Death March and its aftermath is the story of a number of Japanese soldiers.</p>
On Valor's Side: A Marine's Own Story of Parris Island and Guadal...
by T. Grady Gallant

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

July 19, 2019

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<h2>On August 7, 1942, the First Marine Division launched the first successful American land assault in World War Two.</h2><br /><br /><b>The invasion of Guadalcanal was a long, cruel holding operation fought with too little equipment and support, not enough food and ammunition, and too few men.</b><br /><br />The marines on the island were subjected to bombing raids and strafing by Japanese aircraft, bombardment by battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, and land artillery, as well as being continually attacked by Japanese tanks and infantry.<br /><br />For five long months they were attacked day and night before being eventually relieved by Army units.<br /><br />Who were these men who faced overwhelming odds?<br /><br />And how did they survive?<br /><br />T. Grady Gallant, who fought at Guadalcanal himself, answers these questions in his brilliant book <em>On Valor鈥檚 Side</em><br /><br />Gallant鈥檚 account begins with an account of the grueling training that he and his fellow marines received in places such as Parris Island, before they undertook last minute preparations in New Zealand and made the journey towards Guadalcanal.<br /><br />It is a fascinating work that gives an eyewitness view of one of the most ferocious encounters that the United States Marines had to face through the course of the Second World War.<br /><br />鈥渞ecreates the real-life training, fighting and comradeship of men at arms, from North Carolina to Guadalcanal.鈥?鈥?<em>Kirkus Review</em><br /><br />鈥淎 great book鈥?鈥?Leon Uris<br /><br />T. Grady Gallant was a journalist, editor, columnist, author and editor. He served as a Sergeant of Special Weapons in the U.S. 1st marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 1941-1945, in the assault at Guadalcanal, and served a second tour with the 4th marine Division, Fleet Marine Force and was in the assault and Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. His book <em>On Valor鈥檚 Side</em> was first published in 1963 and he passed away in 2009.<br />
Island Victory: The Battle of Kwajalein Atoll
by S. L. A. Marshall

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English

Pages

184

Publication Date

August 11, 2019

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<h2>On 31st January, 1944, the United States launched a twin assault on the Kwajalein Atoll.<br /><br />This was the first time the Americans had penetrated the 鈥渙uter ring鈥?of the Japanese Pacific sphere.</h2><br /><br />From now until the end of the war the combined forces of the Navy, Marine Corps and Army would island hop their way to the Japanese mainland.<br /><br />Yet, the Battle of Kwajalein Atoll, particularly on the island of Roi-Namur where there were only 51 survivors of the original 3,500 garrison left, gave the Americans an insight into the fierce resistance that the Japanese would put up over the remaining months of the war.<br /><br />Drawn directly from the testimonies of several hundred infantrymen, <em>Island Victory</em> provides insight into what it was like to feel the heat of battle on the beaches of those Pacific islands.<br /><br />"Written accounts of war simply do not get any closer to the actions and feelings of those [who] were there. Island Victory is a highly recommended, 'must read' book." 鈥?<em>The Midwest Book Review</em><br /><br />"The real value of <em>Island Victory</em> lies in the unadorned words of these soldiers, recorded so openly and methodically by Marshall after the battle. . . . The Kwajalein victors interviewed so painstakingly by Sam Marshall provide a priceless candor and authenticity, the emotional testimonies of young men still flushed with adrenalin, guilt, and relief." 鈥?Joseph H. Alexander, <em>Journal of Military History</em><br /><br />S. L. A. Marshall was a chief U.S. Army combat historian during World War II and the Korean War. He had served on the border with Mexico during the Pancho Villa Expedition before serving in France during World War I. He wrote over thirty books about warfare. <em>Island Victory</em> was first published in 1944. Marshall passed away in 1977.<br />
Murder on Easey Street: Melbourne's Most Notorious Cold Case
by Helen Thomas

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English

Pages

230

Publication Date

August 15, 2019

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<b>1977, Collingwood. Two young women are brutally murdered. The killer has never been found. What happened in the house on Easey Street?</b><br /><br />On a warm night in January, Suzanne Armstrong and Susan Bartlett were savagely murdered in their house on Easey Street, Collingwood 鈥?stabbed multiple times while Suzanne鈥檚 sixteen-month-old baby slept in his cot. Although police established a list of more than 100 鈥榩ersons of interest鈥? the case became one of the most infamous unsolved crimes in Melbourne.<br /><br />Journalist Helen Thomas was a cub reporter at <em>The Age</em> when the murders were committed and saw how deeply they affected the city. Now, forty-two years on, she has re-examined the cold case 鈥?chasing down new leads and talking to members of the Armstrong and Bartlett families, the women鈥檚 neighbours on Easey Street, detectives and journalists. What emerges is a portrait of a crime rife with ambiguities and contradictions, which took place at a fascinating time in the city鈥檚 history.<br /><br />Why has the Easey Street murderer never been found, despite the million-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest? Did the women know their killer, or were their deaths due to a random, frenzied attack? Could the murderer have killed again? This gripping account addresses these questions and more as it sheds new light on one of Australia鈥檚 most disturbing and compelling criminal mysteries.<br /><br /><b>Helen Thomas</b> has been a journalist for more than forty years. In 2005, Thomas spent months researching the Easey Street murders for Radio National鈥檚 <em>Background Briefing</em>, shedding new light on the investigation. She is the manager of <em>ABC News Radio</em> and author of five books, including <em>Moods: The Peter Moody Saga</em>.
Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
by Christina Thompson

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p>A blend of Jared Diamond鈥檚 <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> and Simon Winchester鈥檚 <em>Pacific</em>, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know. <br /><br />For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Until the arrival of European explorers they were the only people to have ever lived there. Both the most closely related and the most widely dispersed people in the world before the era of mass migration, Polynesians can trace their roots to a group of epic voyagers who ventured out into the unknown in one of the greatest adventures in human history. </p><p>How did the earliest Polynesians find and colonize these far-flung islands? How did a people without writing or metal tools conquer the largest ocean in the world? This conundrum, which came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged in the eighteenth century as one of the great geographical mysteries of mankind.</p><p>For Christina Thompson, this mystery is personal: her Maori husband and their sons descend directly from these ancient navigators. In <em>Sea People</em>, Thompson explores the fascinating story of these ancestors, as well as those of the many sailors, linguists, archaeologists, folklorists, biologists, and geographers who have puzzled over this history for three hundred years. A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People combines the thrill of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.</p><p><em>Sea People</em> includes an 8-page photo insert, illustrations throughout, and 2 endpaper maps.</p>
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an Amer...
by Timothy Egan

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English

Pages

389

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<b>"An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals,and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . [Egan] is a聽master storyteller."聽<i>鈥擝oston Globe</i><br /><br /> 鈥淓gan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist鈥檚 eye for the telltale detail . . . This is masterly work.鈥?鈥?<i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was 鈥渂ack from the dead鈥?and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher鈥檚 rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana鈥攁 quixotic adventure that ended in the 聽great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.<br /> 聽<br /><b>鈥淭his is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived鈥攑owerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.鈥?鈥?Daniel James Brown, author of <i>The Boys in the Boat</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭homas Meagher鈥檚 is an irresistible story, irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan . . . A gripping, novelistic page-turner.鈥?鈥?<i>Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> 聽
Destroyer Squadron 23: Combat Exploits of Arleigh Burke's Gallant...
by Ken Jones

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English

Pages

387

Publication Date

February 25, 2019

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<b><em>鈥淭he brilliant and heroic record achieved by Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Three is a distinctive tribute to the valiant fighting spirit of the individual units in this indomitable combat group and of each skilled and courageous ship鈥檚 company.鈥?lt;/em> 鈥?Presidential Unit Citation</b><br /><br />Captain Arleigh Burke assumed control over Destroyer Squadron 23 on 23 October 1943.<br /><br />Just over a month later they engaged five enemy destroyers and sunk three of them and received no damage themselves in what has been described by tacticians as 鈥渘ear perfect surface actions鈥?<br /><br />Over the course of the next four months Destroyer Squadron 23, which was nicknamed 鈥淭he Little Beavers, would continue in the same vein and engage with enemy ships a further twenty-two times, destroying one Japanese cruiser, nine destroyers, one submarine, several smaller ships, and approximately 30 aircraft.<br /><br /><em>鈥淭he Captains of Squadron 23 went out looking for trouble; they found it; they sank it; and then they looked for more. When a ship became lost, as some did, she simply headed for the enemy and continued to fight by herself. It is impossible for me to express the proud, paternal feeling I felt for you all during the heat of battle. There are many officers in the United States Navy who probably would have done as well had the opportunity been granted them. There are NO officers in the United States Navy who could have done better.鈥?lt;/em> 鈥?Captain Arleigh Burke<br /><br />Ken Jones鈥?account of this brilliant squadron takes the reader to the heart of the action as he uncovers Arleigh鈥檚 tactics and the strategies that were deployed to defeat Japanese ships. He also uncovers what life was like for the men in the squadron as they powered across Pacific Ocean. <br /><br />鈥淲hile the period covered by this book is relatively short, it was a crucial period in the Pacific War, and the vital part played by Destroyer Squadron 23 under the inspiring leadership of Arleigh Burke was, in a sense, only a beginning, but the vital beginning, of a steady drive forward which gained momentum and power until United States naval forces steamed victoriously into Tokyo Bay.鈥?鈥?Fleet Admiral William Halsey<br /><br />Ken Jones wrote a number of works on World War Two, including the biography <em>Admiral Arleigh</em>. His book <em>Destroyer Squadron 23</em> was first published in 1959.<br />
Man-Eater: The Terrifying True Story of Cannibal Killer Katherine...
by Ryan Green

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

January 21, 2019

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On 29th February 2000, John Price took out a restraining order against his girlfriend, Katherine Knight. Later that day, he told his co-workers that she had stabbed him and if he were ever to go missing, it was because Knight had killed him. <br /><br />The next day, Price didn鈥檛 show up for work.<br /><br />A co-worker was sent to check on him. They found a bloody handprint by the front door and they immediately contacted the police. The local police force was not prepared for the chilling scene they were about to encounter.<br /><br />Price鈥檚 body was found in a chair, legs crossed, with a bottle of lemonade under his arm. He鈥檇 been decapitated and skinned. The 鈥渟kin-suit鈥?was hanging from a meat hook in the living room and his head was found in the kitchen, in a pot of vegetables that was still warm. There were two plates on the dining table, each had the name of one of Price's children on it. <br /><br />She was attempting to serve his body parts to his children.<br /><br /><i>Man-Eater</i> is a dramatic and gripping account of the first women in Australia to be given a life sentence without parole and a special addendum 鈥榥ever to be released鈥? Ryan Green鈥檚 riveting narrative draws the reader into the real-live horror experienced by the victim and has all the elements of a classic thriller.<br /><br /><h6>CAUTION: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to read any further</h6>

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