Category Archives: Biographies

Philip Augustus

Philip Augustus by William Holden Hutton

Philip Augustus by William Holden Hutton

Philip Augustus (Philip II of France), grandfather of Saint Louis, was one of France’s greatest kings. While England’s Henry II was locked in combat with his rebellious offspring, Philip and his loyal son, Louis, steadily consolidated the scattered territories of their little kingdom. In this short, but vivid history we meet King Philip, now riding, at the behest of the imperious Pope Innocent III, with his spurned wife, Ingeborgis, behind him on the saddle, now impetuously flying at his enemies at the Battle of Bouvines. In his later years he quietly fended off conflict and crusade and passed, as the author writes, “from district to district hearing complaints, redressing wrongs…a great king ceaselessly active, of unwearied vigilance and ever-changing scheme…stern,secret, subtle, obstinate, and invincibly patient in the pursuit of what his eye desired and his hand found to do.”

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Watergate Report – Volume 1

Watergate Report - Volume 1 by Senate Select Committee

Watergate Report – Volume 1 by Senate Select Committee

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities based on its investigation of the Watergate break-in and coverup, illegal and improper campaign practices and financing, and other wrongdoing during the Presidential campaign of 1972. The committee’s mandate from the Senate, which was passed by a unanimous vote, was to make a “complete” investigation and study “of the extent … to which illegal, improper, or unethical activities” occurred in the 1972 Presidential campaign and election and to determine whether new legislation was needed “to safeguard the electoral process by which the President of the United States is chosen.”

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The Well

The Well by Mike Bozart

The Well by Mike Bozart

Way back in the late 16th century on Roanoke Island (NC), over 100 English settlers disappeared. But two men had a chance.

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Powerballed

Powerballed by Mike Bozart

Powerballed by Mike Bozart

The true-to-life tale of the author’s near miss with a popular lottery’s $82M grand prize. Listen to your wife, guys.

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A Cynic Looks at Life

A Cynic Looks at Life by Ambrose Bierce

A Cynic Looks at Life by Ambrose Bierce

Civilization, Immortality, the Death Penalty, these are just a few of the essays enclosed in this collection, A Cynic Looks At Life. Written by Ambrose Bierce, these essays continue to be thought provoking, offering a valid outlook on life.

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Clouds

Clouds by Aristophanes

Clouds by Aristophanes

Strepsiades is an Athenian burdened with debt from a bad marriage and a spendthrift son. He resolves to go to the Thinking Shop, where he can purchase lessons from the famous Socrates in ways to manipulate language in order to outwit his creditors in court. Socrates, represented as a cunning, manipulative, irreverent sophist, has little success with the dull-witted Strepsiades, but is able to teach the old man’s son Phidippides a few tricks. In the end, the play is a cynical, clever commentary on Old Ways vs. New Ways, to the disparagement of the former.

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Prison Life in Andersonville

Prison Life in Andersonville by John L. Maile

Prison Life in Andersonville by John L. Maile

A firsthand account of the deplorable conditions within the most infamous prisoner-of-war camp of the Confederacy. Though functioning only during the last year of the Civil War, nearly 13,000 of 45,000 incarcerated Union soldiers died under inhumane conditions.

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Notes on Life and Letters

Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad

Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad

Collection of essays by Joseph Conrad on the makings of life

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Campaign For Petersburg

Campaign For Petersburg by Richard Wayne Lykes

Campaign For Petersburg by Richard Wayne Lykes

In the American Civil War the Union victory in the ten-month campaign for the city of Petersburg, Virginia (June 1864-March 1865), led directly to the surrender of the Confederacy within two weeks. This 1970 National Park Service booklet tells the story of the campaign. It focuses on the meaning of the campaign and the experience of the soldiers of both sides, with a minimum of references to military units.

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The Fireside Chats

The Fireside Chats by Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Fireside Chats by Franklin Delano Roosevelt

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt thirty radio addresses made throughout his terms as President of the United States between 1933 and 1944. The speeches are snapshots of American life during the turbulent decade that included the Great Depression and World War II.

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