History and Biography

A Century of Unitarianism in the National Capital, 1821-1921: The Shadow of Slavery - by Jennie W. Scudder Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace   Jennie Scudder’s work traces the sometimes controversial history of Unitarianism in the District of Columbia, centering on All Souls Unitarian Church. Scudder publshed the volume initially in 1909, but it wasn’t copyrighted until 1921, when the Church celebrated its hundredth birthday. The account…Read more A Century of Unitarianism in the National Capital, 1821-1921: The Shadow of Slavery
A History of Shorthand, Written in Shorthand - by Isaac Pitman Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Isaac Pitman (1813-1897) lived a fascinating and varied life. He was born in England, and earned his teaching credential from the British and Foreign School Society. He began teaching in Lincolnshire. After marrying in 1835, he started his own school in Gloucestershire, where he taught…Read more A History of Shorthand, Written in Shorthand
Abbeys, Castles and Ancient Halls of England and Wales - by John Timbs and Alexander Gunn Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Here are remarkable stories of abbeys, castles, manors and other notable buildings across England and Wales. The John Timbs account is broken up by region, including Yorkshire, the Isle of Man, and North and South Wales. Timbs manages to cover a lot…Read more Abbeys, Castles and Ancient Halls of England and Wales
Adventures of Hunters and Travellers and Narratives of Border Warfare - by An Old Hunter Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Adventures of Hunters and Travellers is not a personal account by “An Old Hunter” but rather a collection of brief accounts of various Westerners exploring other parts of the world. For example, there are short accounts about the experiences of James Bruce ‘discovering’ the…Read more Adventures of Hunters and Travellers and Narratives of Border Warfare
Alchemy: Ancient and Modern: Meaning, Theory and Lies of Alchemists Across the Ages - by H. Stanley Redgrove Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace According to the author, alchemy was the belief that “all the metals (and, indeed, all forms of matter) are one in origin, and are produced by an evolutionary process. The Soul of them all is one and the same; it is only the Soul…Read more Alchemy: Ancient and Modern: Meaning, Theory and Lies of Alchemists Across the Ages
An Oration Delivered Before the Municipal Authorities of the City of Boston - by Thomas Starr King Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Thomas Starr King delivered this famous address while at the pinnacle of his career as minister of the Hollis Street Church in Boston. It was no small accomplishment in a city which, at the time, nurtured a host of famous orators. But King’s most singular…Read more An Oration Delivered Before the Municipal Authorities of the City of Boston
Benjamin Franklin and Canada - by Hon. William Renwick Riddell Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace While Benjamin Franklin is of paramount importance to American history, he deserves a place in Canadian history as well. As deputy postmaster general for the British colonies, he established the Canadian post office in Halifax to better link the North American settlements with Britain,…Read more Benjamin Franklin and Canada
Benjamin Franklin as a Man of Letters - by John Bach McMaster Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Benjamin Franklin (1705-1790) is often given the title, “The First American” for his tireless advocacy for the colonies to form a union. He was, aside from being an inventor, politician, printer, inventor, diplomat, and scientist, a prolific author. While his published works are well…Read more Benjamin Franklin as a Man of Letters
Boston Unitarianism 1820-1850: A Study of the Life and Work of Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham - by Octavius Brooks Frothingham Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace A word of explanation seems to be necessary. Many years ago I proposed writing something in memory of Dr. Frothingham, but abandoned the project on account of the meagerness of the biographical material. Within the twelvemonth, a warm friend and admirer of his asked…Read more Boston Unitarianism 1820-1850: A Study of the Life and Work of Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham
Bugle Echoes: A Collection of the Poetry of the Civil War - Edited by Francis F. Browne Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Bugle Echoes offers a vast collection of poetry illustrating the lived experiences of the Civil War. The collection was edited by Francis Fisher Browne (1843-1913) who fought in the Civil War as a soldier in the Forty-Sixth Massachusetts Volunteers. His father, William Goldsmith Browne,…Read more Bugle Echoes: A Collection of the Poetry of the Civil War
California Chinese Chatter - by Albert Dressler Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace by Albert DresslerCalifornia Chinese Chatter contains telegrams sent in 1874 between Chinese citizens living in Downieville, California, and a court transcript of the murder trial of Ah Jake. It offers a unique view of the difficulties that Chinese immigrants had in the United States, particularly…Read more California Chinese Chatter
Captain John Smith and His Critics - by Charles Poindexter Purchase through Amazon |  Purchase through CreateSpace Though he lived over 500 years ago, Captain John Smith’s life is still much discussed. He was born in 1580 in England, and at sixteen, after his father’s death, Smith set off for a life at sea. He fought under various flags and found himself…Read more Captain John Smith and His Critics
Chinese Immigration: Turn of the Century Views - by Mary Roberts Coolidge Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace This volume is one of a number of Westphalia titles significant in the story of the not always happy and often controversial Chinese contact with Western society. In the American case, despite appreciation by scholars for Chinese civilization, cries against Chinese immigration began in response…Read more Chinese Immigration: Turn of the Century Views
Cyrus Hall McCormick: His Life and Work - by Herbert N. Casson Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace What would become the International Harvester Company, originally was known as the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company. The McCormicks were one of many who had developed farm machinery, but their company grew due to Cyrus McCormick’s attention to building marketing, sales and improved manufacturing. However,…Read more Cyrus Hall McCormick: His Life and Work
Debating the Ku Klux Klan - by Julia E. Johnsen Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The Ku Klux Klan has had several manifestations in the United States. The first emergence was in the 1860s during the Reconstruction Era. Julia Johnsen’s work intersects with the second major resurgence of the Klan during the 1920s. The work takes a unique approach, as…Read more Debating the Ku Klux Klan
Discourse on the Life and Character of William Wirt - by John P. Kennedy Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Wirt made headlines most recently in 2005, but for an unfortunate reason. Someone had broken into the Wirt Tomb, located in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington DC, and his skull was taken and later found in a tin box with gold letters announcing that…Read more Discourse on the Life and Character of William Wirt
Dr. John Bull - by Leigh Henry, with a new introduction by Matthew Brewer Dr. John Bull is a fascinating look at the life and times of one of the most influential English composers in musical history. Leigh Henry vividly realizes both the events that shaped John Bull as well as the world he inhabited. Through a richly detailed account…Read more Dr. John Bull
Engineering America: The Rise of the American Professional Class, 1838-1920 - by Edward Rhodes Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace In a single lifespan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, America passed through an extraordinary economic and social transformation. Industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and westward expansion into the vast interior of the continent yielded the structural framework of the modern America we still recognize more than a century later.…Read more Engineering America: The Rise of the American Professional Class, 1838-1920
Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards - by William Andrew Chatto Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace William Andrew Chatto (1799-1864) initially was employed in the wholesale tea business. However, his real passion was antiquarian scholarship, so in 1834, he gave up the family firm and devoted himself to writing full-time. His first work was entitled, Recollections of Fly-Fishing in Northumberland, under the…Read more Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards
Florence Nightingale: The Wounded Soldier’s Friend - by Eliza F. Pollard Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. The Nightingale Museum in London includes such curiosities as the lantern she carried on her rounds to the wounded during the Crimean War, more than a thousand of her letters, and her pet owl,…Read more Florence Nightingale: The Wounded Soldier’s Friend
From the Farm to the Presidential Chair: The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield - by James D. McCabe Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was the 20th President of the United States. His term was cut short when he was assassinated in 1881, the same year he took office. Many biographies highlight the difficult circumstances Garfield overcame to become the President. He was born…Read more From the Farm to the Presidential Chair: The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield
Frontier Law: A Story of Vigilante Days - by William J. Connell Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Gold and blood, Indians and pioneers, criminals and vigilantes! These are terms that have captivated the imagination of America for generations. Nevertheless, authentic, first-hand accounts of the vigilantes have been few indeed. The reason is plain: no one who helped to dispense the rough…Read more Frontier Law: A Story of Vigilante Days
Gold Days: California During the Eventful Days of ’49 - by Owen Cochran Coy Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace The California Gold Rush really was a bonanza. Between 1849 and 1855 more than $400 million dollars was gathered by the miners; once adjusted, it is a sum today reaching into the trillions. It was a social phenomenon marked by the carnivalesque. In Mark…Read more Gold Days: California During the Eventful Days of ’49
Grandmother Brown’s One Hundred Years, 1827-1927: Settling the Midwest - by Harriet Connor Brown Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Harriet Connor Brown (1877-1859) was born in Burlington, Iowa, and attended Cornell University. She was the first female staff member of Cornell’s newspaper, Erg. After graduation, she worked for other newspapers, including the New York Journal, Buffalo Enquirer and the New York Tribune. She…Read more Grandmother Brown’s One Hundred Years, 1827-1927: Settling the Midwest
History of Lady Jane Grey: The Nine Day Queen - by Arthur MacArthur Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The history of Lady Jane Grey illustrates the complex and bloody history of the English monarchy. Through a very long, strange chain of wills, deaths and requests, Jane was named heiress to the English throne of July 1553. She was known as a kind and…Read more History of Lady Jane Grey: The Nine Day Queen
History of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 - by Mary Floyd Williams Ph.D. Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Mary Floyd Williams gives a detailed account of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance formed in 1851 (it was later reincarnated in 1856. Although the Committee, formed by a group of vigilantes, lasted only about three months, they were responsible for the hanging…Read more History of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851
International or Local Ownership?: Security Sector Development in Post-Independent Kosovo - by Dr. Florian Qehaja Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace International or Local Ownership? contributes to the debate on the concept of local ownership in post-conflict settings, and discussions on international relations, peacebuilding, security and development studies. It utilizes extensive data collection, including public opinion surveys conducted throughout the country, in order to introduce…Read more International or Local Ownership?: Security Sector Development in Post-Independent Kosovo
James A. Garfield: The Backwoods Boy Who Became President - by Frank Mundell Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was the 20th President of the United States. His term was cut short when he was assassinated in 1881, the same year he took office. Many biographies highlight the difficult circumstances Garfield overcame to become the President. He was born in…Read more James A. Garfield: The Backwoods Boy Who Became President
John Brown: A Biography, 1800-1859 - by Oswald Garrison Villard Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Slavery was simply an awful institution that even today in its legacy continues to plague the United States. During its height, abolitionists “waved the bloody flag” and vigorously protested to end it, though it took plunging the nation into the Civil War to result…Read more John Brown: A Biography, 1800-1859
Memoirs of a Poor Relation: Being the Story of a Post-War Southern Girl and Her Battle With Destiny - by Marietta Minnigerode Andrews Purchase on Amazon |  Purchase on CreateSpace Born in Richmond, Virginia, Marietta Minnigerode Andrews (1869-1931) was the oldest of ten children in a family prominent in the Confederacy but reduced to poverty by the Civil War. She became an art teacher, stained glass artist, and author. A member of the Arts Club…Read more Memoirs of a Poor Relation: Being the Story of a Post-War Southern Girl and Her Battle With Destiny
Mexico y sus luchas internas: resena sintetica de los movimientos revolucionarios de 1910 a 1920 - by Luis F. Seoane Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace La decada de 1910 a 1920 es un periodo de increible agitacion politica conocido como la Revolucion Mexicana. En 1911, Porfirio Diaz, quien habia sido Presidente de Mexico por 35 anos, fue quitado finalmente del poder. Diaz habia ganado las elecciones presidenciales de 1910,…Read more Mexico y sus luchas internas: resena sintetica de los movimientos revolucionarios de 1910 a 1920
My Garden of Memory: An Autobiography of an Advocate for Early Child Education - by Kate Douglas Wiggin Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923) was a pioneer, leading the way to massive reform of children’s education in the United States, along with her sister, Nora Archibald Smith. During the late 1800s, most people had minimal education, as children went to work at very young…Read more My Garden of Memory: An Autobiography of an Advocate for Early Child Education
Naturism in the United States - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace This controversial book has been a stalwart part of the reading lists of those attracted to naturism, which involved much more than simply taking off clothes and lying on a beach. The complex relationship that involves nudity with disciplines as disparate as yoga and environmentalism makes the subject…Read more Naturism in the United States
Negro Poetry and Drama: Revisiting the Voices of Early African American Figures - by Sterling A. Brown, Preface by Whitney Sheperd Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Commissioned by the great Alain Locke and edited by Sterling A. Brown, Negro Poetry and Drama was an essential tool in the African American adult education movement during the early twentieth century. The fight for civil rights was accompanied by a…Read more Negro Poetry and Drama: Revisiting the Voices of Early African American Figures
Ocean Life in the Old Sailing Ship Days - by John D. Whidden Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace John D. Whidden served in various roles on ships since the age of twelve. Although he portrayed himself as a roguish boy, he quickly proved himself as a ship’s gofer, and earned a mate’s position by his early twenties. His travels saw him around the…Read more Ocean Life in the Old Sailing Ship Days
Old Chinatown: Turn of the Century Photographs of San Francisco’s Chinatown - by Arnold Genthe and Will Irwin Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace This volume is one of a number of Westphalia titles significant in the story of the not always happy and often controversial Chinese contact with Western society. In the American case, despite appreciation by scholars for Chinese civilization, cries against Chinese immigration…Read more Old Chinatown: Turn of the Century Photographs of San Francisco’s Chinatown
Old Time Schools and School Books - by Clifton Johnson Purchase on Amazon |  Purchase on CreateSpace Primers and other early American schoolbooks were often lost due to years of use, neglect and eventually becoming outdated. Thankfully, Clifton Johnson, in Old Time Schools and School-Books, is able to draw from his vast collection of school books in order to offer readers a taste…Read more Old Time Schools and School Books
Old Towpaths: The Story of the American Canal Era - by Alvin F. Harlow Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Alvin Fay Harlow wrote on many historical subjects, including mailing services, waybills, the telegraph, stamp collecting and education. Born in Sedalia, Missouri, he attended Franklin College in Indiana and then worked in the coal and timber business, and as a commercial artist, before being able…Read more Old Towpaths: The Story of the American Canal Era
On Foreign Service - by T. T. Jeans Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace This story is based on Experiences, of my own, in various parts of the world, and describes a Revolution in a South American Republic, and the part played by two armoured cruisers whilst protecting British interests. It describes life aboard a modern man-of-war, and attempts to…Read more On Foreign Service
One Little Orchid: Mata Hari: A Marginal Voice - by Sanusri Bhattacharya Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace “Her father was a subject of the Netherlands, and her mother was a Japanese. He died when she was an infant, and in order to protect her from the dangers which beset a young girl of mixed blood in the East, her mother fled from…Read more One Little Orchid: Mata Hari: A Marginal Voice
Original Cables from the Pearl Harbor Attack: David Hurlburt’s War Comes to the U.S. – Dec. 7, 1941 - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The Pearl Harbor attack, which launched United States participation in World War II, has been the subject of endless speculation as to how much President Franklin Roosevelt knew in advance about Japanese intentions, about the state of readiness of American forces in Hawaii, and about the handling of…Read more Original Cables from the Pearl Harbor Attack: David Hurlburt’s War Comes to the U.S. – Dec. 7, 1941
Pacific Hurtgen: The American Army in Northern Luzon, 1945 - by Robert M. Young Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Too often in war many of its campaigns are forgotten. One such forgotten campaign occurred in the Philippines during the last year of World War II. American Army units fought a bitter battle against dug-in, fanatical Japanese soldiers on the Philippine island of Luzon.…Read more Pacific Hurtgen: The American Army in Northern Luzon, 1945
Pioneer Days in the Wyoming Valley - by Mary Hinchcliffe Joyce Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace This is a primary source for the history of Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley by someone deeply rooted in its society. Mary Hinchcliffe Joyce (1882-1938) was born in Sabastopol, Jenkins Township in Pennsylvania, and graduated from St. John’s High School. She did not attend college, but…Read more Pioneer Days in the Wyoming Valley
Poverty in America: Urban and Rural Inequality and Deprivation in the 21st Century - Max J. Skidmore Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Poverty in America too often goes unnoticed, and disregarded. This perhaps results from America’s general level of prosperity along with a fairly widespread notion that conditions inevitably are better in the USA than elsewhere. Political rhetoric frequently enforces such an erroneous notion: “the poor live…Read more Poverty in America: Urban and Rural Inequality and Deprivation in the 21st Century
Rear-Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont: A Biography - by H. A. Du Pont Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont (1803-1865) served in the United States Navy, specifically during the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. His uncle, Eleuthere Irenee du Pont, was the founder of what is commonly known as the DuPont chemical concern, but is…Read more Rear-Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont: A Biography
Recollections of the Early Days of American Accountancy, 1883-1893 - by James T. Anyon Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Accountants are often hidden from view and little considered as part of history, though their impact on our lives is tremendous. Business history sadly tends to neglect the field, so small gems such as Recollections of the Early Days of American Accountancy, 1883-1893 are…Read more Recollections of the Early Days of American Accountancy, 1883-1893
Secret Chambers and Hiding Places: The Historic, Romantic & Legendary Stories & Traditions About Hiding Holes, Secret Chambers, Etc. - by Allan Fea Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Allan Fea (1860-1956) went to Grove Hall School, Highgate, became a researcher in the India Office Library and then Private Secretary to Field Marshal Lord Strathnairn before a career in the Bank of England, 1880-1900. His history of hiding places features many illustrations. The work focuses…Read more Secret Chambers and Hiding Places: The Historic, Romantic & Legendary Stories & Traditions About Hiding Holes, Secret Chambers, Etc.
Secret Chambers and Hiding Places: The Historic, Romantic & Legendary Stories & Traditions About Hiding Holes, Secret Chambers, Etc. - by Allan Fea Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Allan Fea (1860-1956) went to Grove Hall School, Highgate, became a researcher in the India Office Library and then Private Secretary to Field Marshal Lord Strathnairn before a career in the Bank of England, 1880-1900. His history of hiding places features many illustrations. The work…Read more Secret Chambers and Hiding Places: The Historic, Romantic & Legendary Stories & Traditions About Hiding Holes, Secret Chambers, Etc.
Seventy Five Years in California: A History of Events and Life in California During the 1800s - by William Heath Davis Purchase through Amazon|  Purchase on CreateSpace Seventy-Five Years in California spans the 19th century, offering William Heath Davis’ view of California’s Pastoral Period. He gives readers a unique look at the disintegration of missions, the rise of the rancheros, the American Invasion, the Gold Rush and the adoption of the territory…Read more Seventy Five Years in California: A History of Events and Life in California During the 1800s
Spying on America: Leon G. Turrou’s The Nazi Spy Conspiracy in America - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Paul Rich Leon Turrou was the FBI agent closest to the Nazi spy ring in America in the late 1930s.  His leaks to the American press and the book he was allegedly writing led to him being fired from the Bureau by J. Edgar…Read more Spying on America: Leon G. Turrou’s The Nazi Spy Conspiracy in America
Story of the Huguenots: A Sixteenth Century Narrative Wherein the French, Spaniards and Indians Were the Actors - by F. A. Mann Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The Huguenots are French Protestants, a product of turmoil during the early sixteenth century. The Huguenot community oscillated between celebration and persecution in France. On August 24, 1572, while celebrating Saint Bartholomew’s Day, thousands of Huguenots were massacred. After decades of fighting occurred, an…Read more Story of the Huguenots: A Sixteenth Century Narrative Wherein the French, Spaniards and Indians Were the Actors
Thames-Side in the Past: Sketches of its Literature & Society - by F. C. Hodgson Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Described as liquid history, the River Thames flows through southern England, salient to such wonderful urban scapes as London, Oxford and Windsor. F.C. Hodgson wrote a great deal about the history of Thames, frequently using it as a lens to discuss various aspects of…Read more Thames-Side in the Past: Sketches of its Literature & Society
The Autobiography of Theophilus Waldemeier - by Theophilus Waldemeier Theophilus Waldmeier (1832-1915) was a Swiss Quaker who first attracted international attention when he was imprisoned by King Theodore of Ethiopia and rescued by British forces at the battle of Magdala in 1859. He went to Beirut and founded the Brumana School, his lasting achievement, and which became one of the most…Read more The Autobiography of Theophilus Waldemeier
The Discovery of the Five Great Lakes - by Sara Stafford Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The Great Lakes consist of Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, and are the world’s greatest concentration, more than 20 percent, of fresh water. In geologic terms they are only about ten thousand years old, formed during the last ice age. Appreciating their history has…Read more The Discovery of the Five Great Lakes
The First Forty-Niner and the Story of the Golden Tea-Caddy - by James A. B. Scherer Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Samuel Brannan lived across the span of the nineteenth century in the United States. He is believed to have been the first millionaire created by the Gold Rush. Among other things, Brannan is also noted for founding the California Star newspaper, relocating with other…Read more The First Forty-Niner and the Story of the Golden Tea-Caddy
The History of Men’s Raiment - by The Edson Lewis Company Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Strouse & Brothers, originating out of Baltimore, published this unique tract on the history of men’s fashion in the European world. The work begins with a very brief history of fashion, and then links the Strouse & Brothers firm to that history of…Read more The History of Men’s Raiment
The History of Photography - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval The life of George Eastman is very much a part of the history of contemporary photography. Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, Eastman was an enthusiastic photographer himself who became instrumental in bringing photography to the mainstream. He invented the first commercial…Read more The History of Photography
The History of Playing Cards: Anecdotes for Their Use in Conjuring, Fortune Telling & Card Sharping - by Rev. Ed. S. Taylor Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The History of Playing Cards offers a comprehensive look at the history and usage of cards, tracing their movements through India, China, the Middle East, and through Europe, with a heavy emphasis on cards in France and England. Taylor included a great deal of…Read more The History of Playing Cards: Anecdotes for Their Use in Conjuring, Fortune Telling & Card Sharping
The History of the Jews: From 586 BCE to 1900 CE - by Gotthard Deutsch PhD Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Gotthard Deutsch was born in Austria as Eliezer Deutsch; Gotthard being a translation of his given first name into German. Deutsch studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau as well as the University of Vienna, splitting his time between secular and Jewish institutions,…Read more The History of the Jews: From 586 BCE to 1900 CE
The Idea of Neoliberalism: The Emperor Has Threadbare Contemporary Clothes - byJohn Dixon Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Neoliberalism, as a set of ideas, represents the 1970s rebirth—rebranding—of classical liberalism, which originated in the mid-eighteenth century Scottish Enlightenment. This book is about those ideas. It assembles an archetypal ideational construct of neoliberalism, so permitting the demarcation of its worldview, grounded in a set of…Read more The Idea of Neoliberalism: The Emperor Has Threadbare Contemporary Clothes
The Log of a Forty-Niner - by Carolyn Hale Russ Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Carolyn Hale Russ uses the diary and personal accounts of her father, Richard L. Hale, to discuss California exploration by settlers from 1849 to 1854. Russ highlights the land and ship excursions her father undertook in order to find adventure and gold. The Log of…Read more The Log of a Forty-Niner
The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers - Edited by Robert Henry Newell Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers highlights the sense of humor that was part of the literature of the Civil War in the United States. The Papers originally appeared as a series of installments to Sunday newspapers. Upon completion of the installments, they were…Read more The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers
The Prisoners of 1776: A Relic of the Revolution - by Rev. R. Livesey Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Most of this work is not by Rev. R. Livesey, but rather by Charles Herbert, who was made prisoner by the English during the Revolutionary War. The journal begins around November 15, 1776, shortly after Herbert was captured while on the brigantine, Dolton. While…Read more The Prisoners of 1776: A Relic of the Revolution
The Speculative Art of Alchemy: A Text Book on the Art of Self-Regeneration - by A. S. Raleigh Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Of The Speculative Art of Alchemy, Raleigh wrote, “This Course of Lessons constitutes the Official Text Book of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Atlantis for the study of the Speculative Art of Alchemy, they contain as much of the Sacred Art as will ever be…Read more The Speculative Art of Alchemy: A Text Book on the Art of Self-Regeneration
The Story of Garfield: Farm-Boy, Soldier, and President - by William G. Rutherford Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace James A. Garfield (1831-1881) was the 20th President of the United States. His term was cut short when he was assassinated in 1881, the same year he took office. Many biographies highlight the difficult circumstances Garfield overcame to become the President. He was born…Read more The Story of Garfield: Farm-Boy, Soldier, and President
The Story of Secret Service - by Richard Wilmer Rowan, Introduction by Rahima Schwenkbeck Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Few works attempt to be as ambitious as Richard Wilmer Rowan’s The Story of Secret Service. Rowan packs in thirty-three centuries of world history in this volume, tracing a long history of espionage and its impact. The history of espionage…Read more The Story of Secret Service
The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate - by Bruce Stevens Proctor and Alan Robert Proctor Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Bruce Proctor’s journey was a harrowing one – from top secrete Pentagon war-policy insider to American deserter. Interpreting reconnaissance photos taken over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, he concluded that the conflict was immoral, misguided and deceptive. He suddenly quit…Read more The Sweden File: Memoir of an American Expatriate
The Violin and Old Violin Makers: A Historical & Biographical Account of the Violin - by A. Mason Clarke Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace There is no question about the fascinating tales that come with celebrated violins, as in this volume, and the enormous prices. In 2011, a 1721 Stradivari was sold for nearly ten million pounds. Yet the storied value of old violins has been challenged by the…Read more The Violin and Old Violin Makers: A Historical & Biographical Account of the Violin
Ukraine vs. Russia: Revolution, Democracy and War: Selected Articles and Blogs, 2010-2016 - by Alexander J. Motyl Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Ukraine vs. Russia offers indispensable background knowledge and analysis on one of the most important issues of the day—Vladimir Putin’s war against democratic Ukraine. Alexander J. Motyl’s articles and blogs offer in-depth analysis as well as a running commentary on current events and historical…Read more Ukraine vs. Russia: Revolution, Democracy and War: Selected Articles and Blogs, 2010-2016
Vigilante Days and Ways: The Pioneers of the Rockies - by Nathaniel Pitt Langford Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Vigilante Days and Ways examines the difficulty of living in the region that would become Montana and Idaho during the mid-1800s. The work highlights the bloody history of the area by focusing on robbers and other criminals who would lie in wait along the…Read more Vigilante Days and Ways: The Pioneers of the Rockies
Zigzagging: An American Female Nurse’s Experiences During WWI - by Isabel Anderson Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Isabel Anderson was born Isabel Weld Perkins (1876-1948). Though a wealthy socialite, she wrote numerous books including On the Move, The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines, Circling Africa and The Spell of Japan. Her favored genres included children’s literature, accounts of travel…Read more Zigzagging: An American Female Nurse’s Experiences During WWI
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