The Lost Legions of Fromelles: The Mysteries Behind one of the Most Devastating Battles of the Great War [EPUB]
06 March 2018, 02:05
2014 | EPUB | 33.19MB
Intended as a diversion from the Somme, Fromelles was was the worst-ever military disaster in Australian history, and is recognised as one of the bloodiest and most useless battles of the First World War. With the recent discovery of a mass grave and the disinterment of many diggers, it has now entered national consciousness in the same way as Gallipoli. In one night, British and Australian soldiers suffered casualties equivalent to the total toll of the Boer War, Korean War and Vietnam War combined.
Barton's research has revealed that the Australian frontline troops gave away critical Allied secrets to the Germans… which not only led directly to the Fromelles slaughter - but also contributed to the failure of the Somme offensive as a whole.
The Lost Legions of Fromelles is the most authoritative book on this staggering disaster, combining new scholarship on the battle with an account of recent events to dispel many myths in a rich and compelling history.
Nine Irish Lives: The Thinkers, Fighters, and Artists Who Helped Build America [EPUB]
06 March 2018, 00:53
2018 | EPUB | 1.01MB
Through the battles they fought, the cases they argued, the novels they wrote, and the lives they touched, these nine Irish men and women not only became American but helped make our nation what it is today.
In the spirit of David McCullough’s Brave Companions, this anthology of popular American history presents the stories of nine incredible Irish immigrants as written by nine contemporary Irish Americans. Rosie O’Donnell, for instance, the adoptive mother of five, tells the story of Margaret Haughery, known as “Mother of the Orphans”; filmmaker and activist Michael Moore writes about the original muckraking journalist, Samuel McClure; and celebrated actor Pierce Brosnan writes about silent film director Rex Ingram. Some of the figures profiled are well known, others have stories that are less often told; all are inspiring. Compelling history mixed with moving and personal reflection, this collection of portraits is at once uniquely intimate and surprisingly immediate.
More than one in ten Americans claims Irish ancestry and, with its celebrity contributors, Nine Irish Lives will have strong appeal for those readers. It is also, though, a timely portrait of shared humanity. These are stories about immigrants—and in the tales of revolutionaries and visionaries, caretakers and unsung heroes, Nine Irish Lives reminds us of the values and the people that have shaped America.
Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords: How World's Fairs and Trade Expos Changed the World [EPUB]
04 March 2018, 05:22
2017 | EPUB | 39.8MB
Every time you plug your phone into a wall socket, flick on a TV, withdraw money from an ATM, lick an ice-cream cone, switch on a computer, ride an escalator, play a DVR, watch a movie about dinosaurs, get fingerprinted, or pop a tranquilizer, you're doing something that originated at a world's fair or trade expo.
And yet it's a world invisible to most.
In fact, each new technology and every novel product that rocked America and rolled the world, from the Colt revolver and the Corvette to fax machines and flush toilets, started at trade fairs, a $100 billion industry that includes world expos, trade shows, and state fairs.
More than just promoting material things, trade fairs popularized and evangelized every social movement and cultural concept, too, including Manifest Destiny, the closing of the frontier, Nudism, Nazism, Fascism, eugenics, female suffrage, temperance, and technocracy.
In Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords, you'll uncover this hidden world, with the bizarre-but-true stories such as:
- Female designers GM gave their own car show to - then dumped them like last year's model, though their ideas had been decades ahead of their time.
- 5,000-strong sham battles between native Americans and a mock cavalry to dramatize the end of the frontier and the subjugation of non-whites
- Russians who mobbed space-themed fairs in the 1920s, hoping desperately to sign up for interplanetary travel they believed was just months away.
- A marketing-savvy eugenics movement using state agricultural fairs to sell Americans on the idea that breeding humans like livestock would rid us of "defectives."
- Salvador Dali's half-naked lobster women, their virtue barely secured by well-placed crustaceans.
Flying Cars, Zombie Dogs, and Robot Overlords just might change the way you see history - and look at the future.