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If All These Young Men

If All These Young Men by Florence Roma Muir Wilson

If All These Young Men by Florence Roma Muir Wilson

Another remarkable World War I novel by Romer Wilson, “If All These Young Men” is a character study of a group of young 20-something friends in England dealing with the looming, grey presence of the War in their lives. The story begins on Good Friday 1918, and centers on Josephine Miller, a restless, strong-minded young woman who cannot tolerate trivialities or frivolities so long as the War goes on, and who agonizes over how to go on living in its shadow. The characters of Josephine and her friends are patterned on those of Wilson and her own coterie at the time, both male and female, revealing the profound angst of young intellectuals of the time who lived under the dread not only of invasion and national destruction, but also of the alien world that would be left for them when the monstrous conflict was over.

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Castles in the Air

Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Castles in the Air, a short novel or perhaps more like a collection of short stories with memories of a French rogue in the early 19th century Paris, and about it I quote from the foreword: In very truth my good friend Ratichon is an unblushing liar, thief, a forger–anything you will; his vanity is past belief, his scruples are non-existent. How he escaped a convict settlement it is difficult to imagine, and hard to realize that he died–presumably some years after the event recorded in the last chapter of his autobiography–a respected member of the community, honored by that same society which should have raised a punitive hand against him.

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Norway and the Union With Sweden

Norway and the Union With Sweden by Fridtjof Nansen

Norway and the Union With Sweden by Fridtjof Nansen

A History of the politics surrounding The Union of Norway with Sweden, from 1814-1905, from the Norwegian perspective

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The Prairie Traveler

The Prairie Traveler by Randolph Barnes Marcy

The Prairie Traveler by Randolph Barnes Marcy

Commissioned by the US War Department and written by a decorated US Army captain, The Prairie Traveler is a complete how-to travel guide for the westward-bound pioneer. Covering topics from first aid for rattlesnake bites to how to travel 70 miles across the desert without water for one’s livestock, the guide includes 28 travel itineraries with mileage and firewood availability

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Poems on Slavery

Poems on Slavery by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poems on Slavery by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is a short volume of abolitionist poetry by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, first published in 1842. As Wikipedia notes, Longfellow himself was not entirely satisfied with his work: “However, as Longfellow himself wrote, the poems were ‘so mild that even a Slaveholder might read them without losing his appetite for breakfast’. A critic for The Dial agreed, calling it ‘the thinnest of all Mr. Longfellow’s thin books; spirited and polished like its forerunners; but the topic would warrant a deeper tone’. The New England Anti-Slavery Association, however, was satisfied enough with the collection to reprint it for further distribution.” Despite these shortcomings, however, this volume is of historical importance and will interest many listeners.

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Musings of a Chinese Mystic

Musings of a Chinese Mystic by Chaung Tzu

Musings of a Chinese Mystic by Chaung Tzu

If Lao Tzu then had revolted against the growing artificiality of life in his day, a return to nature must have seemed doubly imperative to his disciple Chuang Tzu, who flourished more than a couple of centuries later, when the bugbear of civilization had steadily advanced. With chagrin he saw that Lao Tzu’s teaching had never obtained any firm hold on the masses, still less on the rulers of China, whereas the star of Confucius was unmistakably in the ascendant. Within his own recollection the propagation of Confucian ethics had received a powerful impetus from Mencius, the second of China’s orthodox sages. Now Chuang Tzu was imbued to the core with the principles of pure Taoism, as handed down by Lao Tzu. He might more fitly be dubbed “the Tao-saturated man” than Spinoza “the God-intoxicated.” Tao in its various phases pervaded his inmost being and was reflected in all his thought. He was therefore eminently qualified to revive his Master’s ringing protest against the materialistic tendencies of the time.

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Worlds Within Worlds

Worlds Within Worlds by Isaac Asimov

Worlds Within Worlds by Isaac Asimov

This is a short booklet on science fact commissioned by the U. S. Energy Research and Development Administration (Office of Public Affairs). It tells the story of the origins of nuclear physics in terms understandable to an audience with minimal technical background. What were the steps through history – the discoveries that built upon one another – from alchemy to chemistry, physics, astronomy, mathematics, and quantum mechanics, that led to our understanding and harnessing nuclear energy?

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The Night the Mountain Fell

The Night the Mountain Fell by Edmund Christopherson

The Night the Mountain Fell by Edmund Christopherson

A severe earthquake, centered in the vacation area of West Yellowstone, Montana, shook the ground and its inhabitants and visitors on August 17, 1959, at 11.37 pm. A mountainside fell, a lake formed, roads and houses disappeared, people were trapped, people died. The author of this narrative went to the area the day after the quake, took first-hand stories of the catastrophe, researched in the following months, and wrote this account within a year of the shaking. The printed source has many informative photographs.

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Thirty-Seven Days of Peril

Thirty-Seven Days of Peril by Truman Everts

Thirty-Seven Days of Peril by Truman Everts

Survival story of Everts trek through Yellowstone. Full of such vivid detail from the land to the animals.

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The Magna Carta

The Magna Carta

The Magna Carta

Magna Carta is the most significant early influence on the long historical process that has led to the rule of constitutional law today. Magna Carta was originally created because of disagreements between the Pope, King John and his English barons over the rights of the King. Magna Carta required the king to renounce certain rights and respect certain legal procedures and to accept that the will of the king could be bound by law.

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