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Book cover: Vitus Bering: the Discoverer of Bering StraitVitus Bering: the Discoverer of Bering Strait
by - S. C. Griggs & Co. ,
Vitus Bering (1681-1741) was a Danish-born Russian navigator. Published in English translation for the American market in 1889, this sympathetic biography by the historian and geographer Peter Lauridsen, had originally appeared in Danish in 1885.
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Book cover: Two Years Before the MastTwo Years Before the Mast
by - D. Appleton and Co. ,
Tracing an awe-inspiring oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, this book is both a riveting story of adventure and the most eloquent, insightful account we have of life at sea in the early nineteenth century.
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Book cover: Border and BastilleBorder and Bastille
by - W.I. Pooley & Co. ,
This is the story of the author's adventurous trip from England to the Southern states during the War Between the States to serve in the Army of Northern Virginia. He was taken prisoner and only released on promising to return to England.
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Book cover: Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to DateWho Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
by - ManyBooks
Who Was Who by Irwin L. Gordon contains over 500 biographies of those who did or endeavored to become famous. This is a wry and quirky humorous dictionary of personages in history whether of biblical, religious, and/or secular bent.
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Book cover: Shattered CrystalsShattered Crystals
by - shatteredcrystals.net ,
In Shattered Crystals, Mia Amalia Kanner recounts the true story of her struggle to save her family from annihilation in Nazi Germany and war-torn France. It is about a courageous Jewish woman, yet this is much more than a Holocaust history.
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Book cover: A Voyage to the South SeaA Voyage to the South Sea
by - G. Nicol ,
William Bligh's second book about the Bounty mutiny, with a more detailed account of the breadfruit expedition that preceded the mutiny. He enlarged on his original work, providing the complete start to finish narrative in a single volume.
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Book cover: Ten Days That Shook the WorldTen Days That Shook the World
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
In Ten Days That Shook the World John Reed tells the story of Red October and the Russian revolution from a unique, firsthand perspective. Reed recounts conversations and arguments, details political machinations, and speculates on personal motives.
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Book cover: Memoirs of Napoleon BonaparteMemoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte
by - Charles Scribner's Sons ,
This incredible set begins with Napoleon's birth in Corsica in 1769 and ends with his entombment in the Invalides in Paris in 1840. These four volumes include chronologies, text, letters, and many many insights, both personal and professional.
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Book cover: Hypatia: Her Life and TimesHypatia: Her Life and Times
by - Smashwords ,
Hypatia has been the subject of much mythmaking through the centuries. She's the subject of poetry, plays, novels and movies. These articles pull back the curtain and let the reader see the real Hypatia. She needs no embellishments to her story.
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Book cover: NeroNero
by - ManyBooks ,
The work, written in AD 121, was the most popular work of Suetonius, Hadrian's personal secretary, and is the largest among his surviving writings. It is considered very significant in antiquity and remains a primary source on Roman history.
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Book cover: My SearchMy Search
by - The Plough Publishing House ,
In a world that is increasingly torn by hatred and war, is there an answer to the need of humanity? This is a fascinating account of survival against all odds, and the story of one man's search for the answers to the questions that face us all.
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Book cover: Captain Cook: His Life, Voyages and DiscoveriesCaptain Cook: His Life, Voyages and Discoveries
by - Project Gutenberg ,
This is a biography of the English explorer who was the first European to reach Hawaii, the east coast of Australia, and New Zealand. Cook (1728-1779) made three voyages to the Pacific, recording his experiences with the peoples he encountered.
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Book cover: Lives of the Noble Grecians and RomansLives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
by - eBooks@Adelaide ,
A brilliant social history of the ancient world by one of the greatest biographers of all time. In his most famous and influential work, Plutarch reveals the character and personality of his subjects and how they led ultimately to tragedy or victory.
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Book cover: Memoirs of the Life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry VIIIMemoirs of the Life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry VIII
by - Longman ,
Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 - 1536 as the second wife of King Henry VIII and Marquess of Pembroke in her own right. Her subsequent execution made her a key figure in the religious upheaval that was the start of the English Reformation.
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Book cover: Up From Slavery: An AutobiographyUp From Slavery: An Autobiography
by - Doubleday, Page & Co. ,
Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington is freed when he is nine years old. To help support his family, he then works as a salt packer, coal miner, and house servant. All the while, he longs to become educated and to educate others.
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Book cover: The Collected Works of Abraham LincolnThe Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
by - The Abraham Lincoln Association ,
Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States, serving from 1861 until his assassination. This immense collection includes Lincoln's speeches, letters, and telegrams. It provides a vivid picture of history as lived day-to-day.
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Book cover: David Crockett: His Life and AdventuresDavid Crockett: His Life and Adventures
by - Project Gutenberg ,
Colonel David Stern Crockett (August 17, 1786 - March 6, 1836) was a celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician; usually referred to as Davy Crockett and by the popular title 'King of the Wild Frontier'.
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Book cover: The Life of Christopher ColumbusThe Life of Christopher Columbus
by - Classic Reader ,
This book contains a life of Columbus, written with the hope of interesting all classes of readers. I have followed on the lines of his own personal narrative wherever we have it. And where this is lost I have used the contemporary authorities.
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Book cover: An American Engineer in Stalin's Russia: The Memoirs of Zara WitkinAn American Engineer in Stalin's Russia: The Memoirs of Zara Witkin
by - University of California Press ,
In 1932 Witkin set off for the Soviet Union to help build a society more just and rational than the bankrupt capitalist system at home. He felt beaten in the end by the lethargy and corruption choking the greatest social experiment in history.
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Book cover: Villehardouin and de Joinville: Memoirs of the CrusadesVillehardouin and de Joinville: Memoirs of the Crusades
by - Dutton ,
Written by eye-witnesses who had taken an important part in what they describe. Stirring episodes in one of the most stirring chapters in human history. How Christendom put forth its power to capture and again recapture the holy land.
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Book cover: The Young Hitler I KnewThe Young Hitler I Knew
by - Houghton Mifflin Company ,
An extraordinary memoir by a man who actually met Hitler in 1904. Their passion for music created a friendship, and a roommate situation. This book deals with the darkest, perhaps the most formative, and the most interesting period of Hitler's life.
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