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Warwick the Kingmaker

Warwick the Kingmaker by Charles William Chadwick Oman

Warwick the Kingmaker by Charles William Chadwick Oman

Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (1428-1471), wealthy and powerful peer of England, was one of the leaders of the Wars of the Roses (1455-1487). He joined Richard, Duke of York in opposing the ineffectual and often incapacitated Lancastrian king, Henry VI. Falling out with York’s son, King Edward IV, he switched sides and joined forces with Henry’s exiled queen, Margaret of Anjou, but was killed at the Battle of Barnet. In this short biography, the British military historian, Charles Oman (1860-1946) brings to life a consummate medieval warrior, who was also a politician ahead of his time.

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A Rogue’s Life

A Rogue's Life by Wilkie Collins

A Rogue's Life by Wilkie Collins

“The story offers the faithful reflection of a very happy time in my past life. It was written at Paris, when I had Charles Dickens for a near neighbor and a daily companion, and when my leisure hours were joyously passed with many other friends, all associated with literature and art, of whom the admirable comedian, Regnier, is now the only survivor. The revising of these pages has been to me a melancholy task. I can only hope that they may cheer the sad moments of others. The Rogue may surely claim two merits, at least, in the eyes of the new generation—he is never serious for two moments together; and he “doesn’t take long to read.” W. C.”

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Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur by Albert Keim

Louis Pasteur by Albert Keim

Louis Pasteur famously said, “In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.” Pasteur brought to the study of chemistry, microbiology, and applied immunology, a mind open, innovative, and insightful. Born of peasant stock in the French Jura, he worked with dogged determination all his life and often in the face of strenuous opposition. Through an unbroken succession of rigorously designed and meticulously performed experiments, Pasteur developed veterinary vaccines and halted grievous losses in the French wine, silk, and dairy industries. He provided the crucial experimental support for the germ theory of disease which enabled Joseph Lister and others to prevent infections in surgical patients and in new mothers. During the development of the vaccine against rabies, Pasteur and his colleagues often risked their own lives, but they delivered humankind from the terror of this agonizing and almost always fatal illness.

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Unknown London

Unknown London by Walter George Bell

Unknown London by Walter George Bell

For anyone interested in history or who think they know London, Eighteen London secrets will be explored in detail.

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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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