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The City That Was

The City That Was by Stephen Smith

The City That Was by Stephen Smith

This 1911 history of the public health revolution that transformed New York City in the nineteenth century is also about every city and town of the world and the sanitary challenges that each encountered. Stephen Smith was an American surgeon and a pioneer in public health. “The story of a great life-saving social revolution, the mightiest in the nineteenth century and one of the most momentous in the history of civilization, is told here for the first time. It is told from the standpoint of the transformation of the City of New York, by a chief actor in the event.” Chapter four, New York The Unclean, is the heart of this work.

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Secret Chambers and Hiding Places

Secret Chambers and Hiding Places by Allan Fea

Secret Chambers and Hiding Places by Allan Fea

“Secret Chambers and Hiding Places” is a collection of concealments and their uses, almost all within England, although a very few passages and chambers in continental Europe are mentioned, Jacobite hidey holes in Scotland, while the final chapter of the book covers Bonnie Prince Charlie’s wanderings around Scotland, among caves and other hiding places. Most chapters are devoted to historical events; such as the the seventeenth century persecution of Roman Catholics (with many large houses having specially constructed “priests’ holes”), or various unpopular monarchs and their hiding places. The text is scattered with legends and true stories, with occasional skeletons found, still hiding, long centuries after the searchers have left. The author describes hidden doors, passages, rooms and pits with enormous enthusiasm … and with considerable regret when he has to describe secret places lost to demolition or modernization. You’ll wish you could wander the country, poking into the darkest recesses of every old house you find!

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A Traveller in War-Time

A Traveller in War-Time by Winston Churchill

A Traveller in War-Time by Winston Churchill

This is a collection of a series of journalistic articles written during his travels throughout WWI era Europe that Churchill — the American author, not the famed British statesman. The writing is sharp, straightforward, and rarely sentimental, with loads of local color and occasional humor

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The Stones of Venice, Volume 1

The Stones of Venice, Volume 1 by John Ruskin

The Stones of Venice, Volume 1 by John Ruskin

The Stones of Venice is a three-volume treatise on Venetian art and architecture by English art historian John Ruskin. Intending to prove how the architecture in Venice exemplified the principles he discussed in his earlier work, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, Ruskin examined the city in detail, describing for example over eighty churches. He discusses architecture of Venice’s Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods, and provides a general history of the city as well. The book aroused considerable interest in Victorian Britain and beyond.

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Thoughts on Art and Life

Thoughts on Art and Life by Leonardo da Vinci

Thoughts on Art and Life by Leonardo da Vinci

This is a compilation of the thoughts on art, science and life of Leonardo da Vinci, translated by Maurice Baring and edited by Lewis Einstein.

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King Richard III

King Richard III by William Shakespeare

King Richard III by William Shakespeare

Richard III is an early history play, it is the culmination of Shakespeare’s earlier three plays about Henry VI, and chronicles the bloody career of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. As the play opens, the Wars of the Roses are over, King Edward IV (Richard’s brother) is on the throne, and all is ostensibly well. The problem? Richard wants to be king – and he’ll stop at nothing to realize his ambition.

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Tales and Novels – Volume 09

Tales and Novels - Volume 09 by Maria Edgeworth

Tales and Novels – Volume 09 by Maria Edgeworth

Harrington follows the protagonist of the same name who tries to explore his memories in order to understand his views on Jews. It begins with Harrington’s early images of Jews, which are formed by a collection stories told by his maid, of Simon the Jew. His parents further strengthen this image by rewarding Harrington’s antisemitism. Only after going to public school and coming face to face with the bully Mowbray are Harrington’s views on Jews changed. Mowbray’s tormenting of a Jewish peddler Jacob causes this sudden shift in thinking. Then with the introduction of Berenice Montenero, an American Jew who moved to England with her wealthy father, all does not run smoothly.

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Plunkitt of Tammany Hall

Plunkitt of Tammany Hall by George Washington Plunkitt

Plunkitt of Tammany Hall by George Washington Plunkitt

“I seen my opportunities and I took ‘em.”, George Washington Plunkitt of Tamminy Hall. There’s honest graft and dishonest graft according to Plunkitt. Listen to this candid discourse from a 19th century politician, and decide for yourself if things have changed.

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Four Weeks in the Trenches

Four Weeks in the Trenches by Fritz Kreisler

Four Weeks in the Trenches by Fritz Kreisler

A brief record of the fighting on the Eastern front in the great war by a participant in that great and terrible conflict.

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