Category: History

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The Illegal: The Hunt for a Russian Spy in Post-War London

Description Gordon Lonsdale arrived in London in 1955. A successful Canadian businessman and lover of the high life, he charmed everyone he met in his adopted country. But Gordon Lonsdale was an elaborate lie. In reality he was Konon Molody, a celebrated Russian spy working for the KGB. Lonsdale was an illegal, an elite brand of undercover agent whose identity was carefully designed to help him avoid detection. Moving with ease through the British establishment, he ran a network of agents, some providing sensitive military secrets. Lonsdale was running a slick operation, but living a double life would exact a considerable toll… When a source...

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The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon’s Temple to the Freemasons

Description Arguably one of the most provocative, puzzling, and misunderstood organizations of medieval times, the legendary Knights Templar have always been shrouded in a veil of mystery, while inspiring popular culture from Indiana Jones to Dan Brown. In The Templars, author Michael Haag offers a definitive history of these loyal Christian soldiers of the Crusades—sworn to defend the Holy Land and Jerusalem, but ultimately damned and destroyed by the Pope and his church. A bestseller in the United Kingdom—the first history of the enigmatic warriors to include findings from the Chinon Parchment, the long-lost Vatican document absolving the Knights of heresy—The Templars by Michael Haag is fascinating reading....

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A History of London’s Prisons

Description London has had more prisons than any other British city. The City’s ‘gates’ once contained prisons but probably the most notorious of all was Newgate, which stood for over 700 years. The eleventh century Tower of London was used as a prison for a variety of high profile prisoners from Sir Thomas More to the Krays. Discover the background of a variety of historic places of incarceration such as The Clink, the King’s Bench Prison; and debtors prisons such as the Fleet Prison and the Marshalsea. ‘Lost’ prisons such as the Gatehouse in Westminster, Millbank Penitentiary, Surrey County Gaol in Horsemonger Row, The House...

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A History of Feelings

Description What does it mean to feel something? What stimulates our desires, aspirations, and dreams? Did our ancestors feel in the same way as we do? In a wave of new research over the past decade, historians have tried to answer these questions, seeking  to make sense of our feelings, passions, moods, emotions, and sentiments. For the first time, however, Rob Boddice brings together the latest findings to trace the complex history of feelings from antiquity to the present. A History of Feelings is a compelling account of the unsaid—the gestural, affective, and experiential. Arguing that how we feel is the dynamic product of the existence...

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Trolls: An Unnatural History

Description Trolls are everywhere. They lurk on the internet; they fill the pages of popular fantasy literature; they are hunted in Norwegian film. They are the homeless in California; they are comforting or threatening characters in children’s books; they are amusing dolls. Although trolls are ubiquitous today, for centuries they were confined to the landscape of Scandinavia. They were beings in nature, and their environment was a pre-industrial world in which people lived by farming and fishing on a small scale. This book is a history of trolls from their first appearances in folk tales – some people reported actual encounters with trolls, and others...

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The Book of Ninja: The Bansenshukai – Japan’s Premier Ninja Manual

Description The first complete translation of the ultimate Ninja manual, The Book of Ninja provides a fully comprehensive guide to the ancient arts of the ninja, including espionage, warfare, trap building, infiltrating castles, assassination, hiding magic, lock by-passing, bridge building, thieves’ tools and much more. The first complete translation of the ultimate Ninja manual, The Book of Ninja provides a fully comprehensive guide to the ancient arts of the ninja, including espionage, warfare, trap building, infiltrating castles, assassination, hiding magic, lock by-passing, bridge building, thieves’ tools and much more Download Links Server 1  | Server 2 (Size 10.7 MB)

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The Fight of the Century: Ali vs. Frazier March 8, 1971

Description “”The Fight of the Century brings back memories of a different and troubled time both in sports and in our country. It is vividly reported and a perfect example of the old saying that the genius is in the details.”” –John Feinstein “”The Fight of the Century just floats like a butterfly and sings like a canary. Arkush recaptures the period of the late ’60s when America was in a quandary about Vietnam, Ali’s refusal to be drafted, about Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s claim on the heavyweight title, and the amazing build-up to this great fight. I saw the fight and remember the intensity in...

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Engines of Rebellion : Confederate Ironclads and Steam Engineering in the American Civil War

Description A challenge to the prevailing idea that Confederate ironclads were inherently defective. The development of steam propulsion machinery in warships during the nineteenth century, in conjunction with iron armor and shell guns, resulted in a technological revolution in the world’s navies. Warships utilizing all of these technologies were built in France and Great Britain in the 1850s, but it was during the American Civil War that large numbers of ironclads powered solely by steam proved themselves to be quite capable warships. Historians have given little attention to the engineering of Confederate ironclads, although the Confederacy was often quite creative in building and obtaining marine...

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Twelve Against the Gods: The Story of Adventure

Description Twelve Against the Gods was an instant bestseller when it first published in 1929. In his trademark journalist style, author William Bolitho details the lives of twelve great adventurers―Alexander the Great, Casanova, Christopher Columbus, Mahomet, Lola Montez, Cagliostro (and Seraphina), Charles XII of Sweden, Napoleon I, Lucius Sergius Catiline, Napoleon III, Isadora Duncan, and Woodrow Wilson. Bolitho shines light on both the struggles and successes that made these figures so iconic, and demonstrates how they all battled convention and conformity to achieve enduring fame and notoriety. “We are born adventurers,” Bolitho writes, “and the love of adventures never leaves us till we are very old;...