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Two Years Before the Mast
by Richard Henry Dana - D. Appleton and Co. , 1899
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.
Border and Bastille
by George A. Lawrence - W.I. Pooley & Co. , 1863
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.
Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
by Irwin L. Gordon - 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.
by M.A. Kanner, E.R. Kugler - shatteredcrystals.net , 2009
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.
A Voyage to the South Sea
by William Bligh - G. Nicol , 1792
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.
Ten Days That Shook the World
by John Reed - eBooks@Adelaide , 2012
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.
Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte
by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne - Charles Scribner's Sons , 1891
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.
Hypatia: Her Life and Times
by Faith L. Justice - Smashwords , 2012
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.
by C. Suetonius Tranquillus - 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.
by Josef Ben-Eliezer - 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.
Captain Cook: His Life, Voyages and Discoveries
by W.H.G. Kingston - Project Gutenberg , 2008
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.
Teach Us to Live: stories from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
by Diana Wickes Roose - Booktrope , 2010
Survivors of Hiroshima give eye-witness accounts in narrative, poetry and picture and plead for peace. And in learning about their experiences, we can learn about ourselves and help shape our world with new hope for peace and understanding.
Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
by Plutarch - eBooks@Adelaide , 2009
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.
Memoirs of the Life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of Henry VIII
by Elizabeth Benger, Lucy Aikin - Longman , 1827
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.
Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
by Booker T. Washington - Pennsylvania State University , 2000
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.
The Writings of Abraham Lincoln
by Abraham Lincoln - Pennsylvania State University , 2002
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.
David Crockett: His Life and Adventures
by John S. C. Abbott - Project Gutenberg , 2009
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'.
The Life of Christopher Columbus
by Edward Everett Hale - Classic Reader , 2008
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.
An American Engineer in Stalin's Russia: The Memoirs of Zara Witkin
by Zara Witkin - University of California Press , 1991
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.
Villehardouin and de Joinville: Memoirs of the Crusades
by Geoffroi de Villehardouin - Dutton , 1955
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.
The Young Hitler I Knew
by August E. V. Anderson - Houghton Mifflin Company , 1955
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.