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The Great Diamond Hoax

by Asbury Harpending

On my return to California, after an absence of many years, my attention was called, for the first time, to the fact that my name had been associated unpleasantly with the great diamond fraud that startled the...


Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt.

by Jacob Abbott

THE story of Cleopatra is a story of crime. It is a narrative of the course and the consequences of unlawful love. In her strange and romantic history we see this passion portrayed with the most complete and...


Genghis Khan: his life and battles

by Jacob Abbott

The word khan is not a name, but a title. It means chieftain or king. It is a word used in various forms by the different tribes and nations that from time immemorial have inhabited Central Asia, and has been...


Gallipoli 1915: Stunning first person account of the Gallipoli campaign

by Joseph Murray

Beginning in 1915, the Gallipoli Campaign was intended to knock the Turkish Empire out of the First World War and open a supply route to Russia, strengthening the Allies immeasurably in the process. But thanks...


The Laundry Room

by Lynda Lippman-Lockhart

The Laundry Room dramatizes a fascinating moment in the history of the founding of Israel as a self-ruling nation. Based on actual events, Lynda Lippmann-Lockhart follows the lives of several young Israelis...


M-Mother: Dambuster Flight Lieutenant John 'Hoppy' Hopgood

by Jenny Elmes & Shere Fraser Lowe

John Hopgood was one of the pilots of the 19 Lancaster bombers that took part in the Dambusters raid of May 1943. Wounded by flak and with his aircraft falling apart, 'Hoppy' managed to gain height for two of...


Mrs. Lee's Rose Garden: The True Story of the Founding of Arlington National Cemetery

by Carlo Devito

Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden is an intimate retelling of Arlington National Cemetery’s tragic beginnings, and sheds new light on this profound chapter in American history.

Mrs. Lee’s Rose Garden is the intensely...


The Life of Joan of Arc

by Andrew Lang

JOAN OF ARC was perhaps the most wonderful person who ever lived in the world. The story of her life is so strange that we could scarcely believe it to be true, if all that happened to her had not been told...


Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan: An Armenian Boy's Memoir of Survival

by Aram Haigaz

Armenian Aram Haigaz was only 15 when he lost his father, brothers, many relatives and neighbors, all killed or dead of starvation when enemy soldiers surrounded their village. He and his mother were put into...


Water to the Angels

by Les Standiford

In 1907, Irish immigrant William Mulholland designed and began to build one of the greatest civil engineering feats in history: the aqueduct that carried water 233 miles from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Los...


Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth

by Marc Peyser & Timothy Dwyer

A lively and provocative double biography of first cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth, two extraordinary women whose tangled lives provide a sweeping look at the twentieth century.

When...


Colin Campbell: Lord Clyde

by Archibald Forbes

The British Military Service is fertile in curious contrasts. Among the officers who sailed from England for the East in the spring of 1854 were three veterans who had soldiered under the Great Duke in Portugal...


Women of Sicily: Saints, Queens and Rebels

by Jacqueline Alio

Rarely have women found their place in the chronicles of Sicily's thirty-century history. Here one of Sicily's most popular historians introduces seventeen women of varied backgrounds who defied convention to...


Pioneer in Tibet

by Douglas Wissing

Dr. Albert Shelton was a medical missionary and explorer who spent nearly twenty years in the Tibetan borderlands at the start of the last century. During the Great Game era, the Sheltons' sprawling station...


Chasing Thugs, Nazis, and Reds

by Kemp Dixon

Texas Ranger Norman Dixon made the front pages of newspapers, but his rigid sense of integrity prevented him from discussing his cases with his wife or his sons, or anyone else, even decades later.

As a Ranger,...


An Irish Druid Down Under: A Biography of James J Brenan

by John Brenan

James Joseph Brenan was a young boy of fourteen when he arrived in Australia, having left his father and his home in Dublin Ireland to travel to his new home with his mother and four siblings. An Irish Druid...


The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson's Heir

by Michael Bundock

This compelling book chronicles a young boy's journey from the horrors of Jamaican slavery to the heart of London's literary world, and reveals the unlikely friendship that changed his life. Francis Barber,...


Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers: A Group Portrait

by Edward Mendelson

A deeply considered and provocative new look at major American writers—including Saul Bellow, Norman Mailer, and W.H. Auden—Edward Mendelson’s Moral Agents is also a work of critical biography in the great...


The China Collectors

by Karl E. Meyer & Shareen Blair Brysac

Thanks to Salem sea captains, Gilded Age millionaires, curators on horseback and missionaries gone native, North American museums now possess the greatest collections of Chinese art outside of East Asia itself....


Banvard's Folly

by Paul Collins

The historical record crowns success. Those enshrined in its annals are men and women whose ideas, accomplishments, or personalities have dominated, endured, and most important of all, found champions. John...