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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

April 29, 2014

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<b>The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.</b><br /> <br />In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the <i>Endurance </i>and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day's sail short of its destination, the <i>Endurance </i>became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.<br /> <br />In <i>Endurance</i>, the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.<br />
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson

Language

English

Pages

450

Publication Date

March 10, 2015

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<b>#1 New York Times Bestseller<br /><br />From the聽bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the <i>Lusitania</i></b><br /><br />On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the <i>Lusitania</i> was one of the era鈥檚 great transatlantic 鈥淕reyhounds鈥濃€攖he fastest liner then in service鈥攁nd her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.聽<br /><br />Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of <i>Unterseeboot</i>-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger鈥檚 U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the <i>Lusitania</i> made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small鈥攈ubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more鈥攁ll converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.<br /><br /> It is a story that many of us think we know but don鈥檛, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, <i>Dead Wake</i> brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.聽<br /><br /> Gripping and important, <i>Dead Wake</i> captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
Undaunted Valor: An Assault Helicopter Unit in Vietnam
by Colonel Matt Jackson

Language

English

Pages

372

Publication Date

October 27, 2019

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<p><strong>鈥merican troops are in contact鈥?lt;/strong></p><p><strong>The UH-1H helicopter swoops in to bail them out鈥?lt;/strong></p><p><strong>鈥racer fire everywhere, the windshield shatters, the door gunners returning fire鈥?lt;/strong></p><p>Will Colonel Cory鈥檚 helicopter be able to rescue the pinned down soldiers?</p><p>Undaunted Valor is the first hand account of helicopter pilot, Colonel Dan Cory as he flies combat missions in the jungles of Vietnams. From dodging enemy ground fire and RPGs, to constant mortar and rocket attacks on his base, Colonel Cory stared down the enemy to bring his fellow soldiers鈥?home.</p><p>Join Colonel Cory as he recounts some of the most intense helicopter and ground combat of the Vietnam war from the eyes of a man who spent two combat tours there. From being shot down by enemy fire, to leading his air crew to repel an enemy assault, Colonel Cory鈥檚 firsthand accounts of the Vietnam War are awe inspiring. Awarded the Silver Star, and two Bronze Stars for Valor, Cory鈥檚 hair-raising accounts of what it was like to fly over the Jungles of Vietnam will make you feel as if you are right there with him.</p><p><strong>Grab your copy of this gripping, true-life story of an American war hero today!!</strong></p><p><br /></p><p><strong>Praise for Undaunted Valor 鈥?lt;/strong> 鈥淚f you ever wanted to know what it鈥檚 like to fly a helicopter in combat or what goes through the minds of those who do, you have to read this book. Incredible story of an American Hero!鈥?鈥?<em>Author James Rosone of the Red Storm Series</em></p>
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greates...
by Dava Sobel

Language

English

Pages

191

Publication Date

July 05, 2010

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<b>The dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of one man's forty-year obsession to find a solution to the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day--"the longitude problem."</b><br /><br />Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land. <br /><i><br /></i><i>Longitude</i> is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world.
A Dream of Wings: Americans and the Airplane, 1875-1905: American...
by Tom D. Crouch

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English

Pages

351

Publication Date

February 17, 2002

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<p><strong>The story of the talented American engineers and adventurers who labored to conquer gravity in a flying machine.</strong></p><br /><p>When Orville and Wilbur Wright soared over Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina's outer banks and solved the problem of aerial navigation, they wrote the last chapter in a long story. For decades prior, a small community of engineers, scientists, and dreamers鈥攎en named Chanute and Langley and Herring鈥攈ad tried to make the ascent in every conceivable craft, from kites and gliders to an assortment of powered flying models.</p><br /><p>These imaginative people and their wonderful contraptions are brought to life in Tom Crouch's classic <em>A Dream of Wings</em>. In the quest for flight, aeronautical societies were formed and broke apart, successes were celebrated, hopes rose and fell, and lessons were learned and built upon. The dreamers who blazed the path to a flying machine are bravely realized in these delightful pages.</p>
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
by Zora Neale Hurston

Language

English

Pages

210

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> Bestseller聽鈥⒙犅?lt;em>TIME M</em>agazine<em>鈥檚</em> Best Nonfiction Book of 2018聽鈥⒙燦ew York Public Library鈥檚 Best Book of 2018聽鈥⒙燦PR鈥檚 Book Concierge Best Book of 2018聽鈥⒙?lt;em>Economist </em>Book of the Year聽鈥⒙燬ELF.com鈥檚 Best Books of 2018聽鈥⒙燗udible鈥檚 Best of the Year聽鈥⒙燘ookRiot鈥檚 Best Audio Books of 2018聽鈥⒙燭he Atlantic鈥檚 Books Briefing: History, Reconsidered聽鈥⒙燗tlanta Journal Constitution, Best Southern Books 2018聽聽鈥⒙燭he Christian Science Monitor鈥檚 Best Books 2018</strong><strong>聽鈥⒙?lt;/strong></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>鈥淎聽profound impact on Hurston鈥檚 literary legacy.鈥濃€?lt;em>New York Times</em></strong></p><p><strong>鈥淥ne of the greatest writers of our time.鈥濃€擳oni Morrison</strong></p><p><strong>鈥淶ora Neale Hurston鈥檚 genius has once again produced a <em>Maestrapiece</em>.鈥濃€擜lice Walker</strong></p><p><strong>A major literary event: a聽newly published work from the author of the American classic <em>Their Eyes Were Watching God, </em>with a聽foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker,聽brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade鈥攁bducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States.</strong></p><p>In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile,聽to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation鈥檚 history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo鈥檚 firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.</p><p>In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo鈥檚 past鈥攎emories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the <em>Clotilda</em>, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War.</p><p>Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo鈥檚 unique vernacular, and written from Hurston鈥檚 perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, <em>Barracoon</em>聽masterfully illustrates聽the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p>
Ships, Clocks, and Stars: The Quest for Longitude
by , Rebekah Higgitt

Language

English

Pages

256

Publication Date

November 04, 2014

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<p>A tale of eighteenth-century invention and competition, commerce and conflict, this is a lively, illustrated, and accurate chronicle of the search to solve 鈥渢he longitude problem,鈥?the question of how to determine a ship鈥檚 position at sea鈥攁nd one that changed the history of mankind.</p><p><em>Ships, Clocks, and Stars</em> brings into focus one of our greatest scientific stories: the search to accurately measure a ship鈥檚 position at sea. The incredible, illustrated volume reveals why longitude mattered to seafaring nations, illuminates the various solutions that were proposed and tested, and explores the invention that revolutionized human history and the man behind it, John Harrison. Here, too, are the voyages of Captain Cook that put these revolutionary navigational methods to the test.</p><p>Filled with astronomers, inventors, politicians, seamen, and satirists, <em>Ships, Clocks, and Stars </em>explores the scientific, political, and commercial battles of the age, as well as the sailors, ships, and voyages that made it legend鈥攆rom Matthew Flinders and George Vancouver to the voyages of the <em>Bounty </em>and the <em>Beagle</em>.</p><p>Featuring more than 150 photographs specially commissioned from Britain鈥檚 National Maritime Museum, this evocative, detailed, and thoroughly fascinating history brings this age of exploration and enlightenment vividly to life.</p><p></p>
The Wright Brothers
by David McCullough

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

May 05, 2015

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The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestseller from David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize鈥攖he dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly鈥擶ilbur and Orville Wright.<br /><br />On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two brothers鈥攂icycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio鈥攃hanged history. But it would take the world some time to believe that the age of flight had begun, with the first powered machine carrying a pilot.<br /> <br />Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. That they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.<br /> <br />In this 鈥渆njoyable, fast-paced tale鈥?(<i>The Economist</i>), master historian David McCullough 鈥渟hows as never before how two Ohio boys from a remarkable family taught the world to fly鈥?(<i>The Washington Post) </i>and 鈥渃aptures the marvel of what the Wrights accomplished鈥?(<i>The Wall Street Journal</i>). He draws on the extensive Wright family papers to profile not only the brothers but their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them. Essential reading, this is 鈥渁 story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency鈥bout what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished鈥?lt;i>The Wright Brothers</i> soars鈥?(<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).
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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<b><i>鈥淩iveting.鈥?lt;/i>聽鈥?lt;i>The New聽York Times Book Review</i></b>聽<b>Hundreds of miles from聽civilization, two ships wreck on opposite ends of the same deserted island in聽this true story聽of human nature at its best鈥攁nd at its worst.</b><br /><br /> It is 1864, and Captain Thomas Musgrave鈥檚 schooner, the聽<i>Grafton</i>, has just wrecked on Auckland聽Island, a forbidding piece of land 285 miles聽south of New Zealand. Battered by聽year-round freezing rain and constant winds, it is one of the most inhospitable聽places on earth. To be聽shipwrecked there means almost certain death.<br /><br /> Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the聽island, another ship runs aground during a storm. Separated聽by only twenty聽miles and the island鈥檚 treacherous, impassable cliffs, the crews of the聽<i>Grafton</i>聽and the聽<i>Invercauld</i>聽face the same fate. And yet where the聽<i>Invercauld</i>鈥檚聽crew turns inward on聽itself, fighting, starving, and even turning to cannibalism, Musgrave鈥檚 crew bands聽together to build a cabin and a forge鈥攁nd eventually, to find a way to escape.聽<br /><br /> Using the survivors鈥?journals and historical records,聽award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings to life this聽extraordinary聽untold story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.
Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story
by Carol Shaben

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

May 21, 2013

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Only four men survived the plane crash. The pilot. A politician. A cop... and the criminal he was shackled to.<br /><br />On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. Despite the poor weather, Erik Vogel, the 24-year-old pilot, was under intense pressure to fly. Larry Shaben, the author's father and Canada's first Muslim Cabinet Minister, was commuting home after a busy week at the Alberta Legislature. Constable Scott Deschamps was escorting Paul Archambault, a drifter wanted on an outstanding warrant. Against regulations, Archambault's handcuffs were removed-a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival. <br /><br />As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront the precious and limited nature of his existence.

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