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The Mirror of the Sea

by Joseph Conrad

First published in 1906, "The Mirror of the Sea" was the first of Joseph Conrad's two autobiographical memoirs.

When Joseph Conrad was discharged from the clipper Torrens in London during the summer of 1893,...


My Experiences in the World War

by John J. Pershing

This memoir with diary excerpts is a concise record of General Pershing’s experiences in his role in WWI, providing insight into the war told from the American perspective. It tells of his early life as a...


Patton and His Third Army

by Brenton Greene Wallace

In this account of Patton and his Third Army, Wallace places Patton within the context of the army's operation and day-to-day movements as it roared through France, Luxembourg, and Germany. Wallace, Patton's...


Down and out in Paris and London

by George Orwell

To be poor and destitute in 1920s Paris and London was to experience life at its lowest ebb. George Orwell, penniless and with nowhere to go, found himself experiencing just this as he wandered the streets of...


Agent High Pockets

by Claire Phillips

Agent High Pockets is the autobiography of Claire 'High Pockets' Phillips, an American entertainer living in Manila in 1941 who becomes an angel of the underground when her husband is killed by the invading...


The True Story of Andersonville Prison

by James Madison Page

During the Civil War, James Madison Page was a prisoner in different places in the South. Seven months of that time was spent at Andersonville. While there he became well acquainted with Major Wirz, or Captain...


A Voice from the Main Deck

by Samuel Leech

Samuel Leech (1798–1848) was a young sailor in the Royal Navy and the United States Navy during the War of 1812. He became notable as one of very few who wrote an account of his experiences, titled, in the...


One Man Air Force

by Captain Don S. Gentile

Dominic Salvatore "Don" Gentile (1920 – 1951) was a World War II USAAF pilot who surpassed Eddie Rickenbacker's World War I record of 26 downed aircraft. He later served in the post-war U.S. Air Force.

In 1944,...


Scouting on Two Continents

by F.R. Burnham

Frederick Russell Burnham: Explorer, discoverer, cowboy, and Scout.

Native American, he served as chief of scouts in the Boer War, an intimate friend of Lord Baden-Powell.

As an honorary Scout of the Boy Scouts...


Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180 AD) was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180, and is considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. What today we call the "Meditations" take the form of a personal notebook,...


Moonlight over England the Story of One Nightfighter Pilot

by Eric P. Donald

I came across an old photo recently and pondered the people in it. The person in the centre was my late brother, Norman G. Donald of the RAF. The other figures in the photo I do not know, though I suspect they...


"Uncle Curro". J.R.R. Tolkien's Spanish Connection

by José Manuel Ferrández Bru

This book is a biography, but also more than that. It reconstructs the little known personal journey of Francis Morgan Osborne (1857-1935), a Catholic priest born in Port St Mary’s (Spain), guardian and “second...


Double Spy

by Peter van Wermeskerken

Double Spy is my autobiography as a double agent in East Germany and the Netherlands, from March 1967 to September 1970. While I visited a young woman in Chemnitz, two men approached her, wanting to see me....


The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

Among the most powerful accounts of the Nazi occupation, "The Diary of Anne Frank" chronicles the life of Anne Frank, a thirteen-year old girl fleeing her home in Amsterdam to go into hiding. Anne reveals the...


Carlo Acutis, the Servant of God

by Francesco Occhetta & Carly Andrews

In the face of death, the hope of every man is put to the test. When one is dealing with the illness and death of a young boy, one seems to oscillate on the edge of incomprehensibility. Yet there are testimonies...


Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin & "Franklin, Benjamin"

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the record of Benjamin Franklin's life written by Franklin himself and is one of the most influential examples of an autobiography ever written. Franklin's account of...


Walden

by Henry David Thoreau

First published in 1854, Walden recounts American philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst...


Mother Teresa (Revised Edition)

by Kathryn Spink

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was the founder of the Missionaries ofCharity and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, but her story is so much moreremarkable. From her childhood in the Balkans to her work in India, from...


Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading

by Nina Sankovitch

“NinaSankovitch has crafted a dazzling memoir that remindsus of the most primal function of literature-to heal, to nurture and to connectus to our truest selves." —Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between...


My Year with Eleanor: A Memoir

by Noelle Hancock

“I honestly loved this book.”

—Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of I Hate Your Guts

“Eleanor taught Noelle that, first and foremost, Courage Takes Practice. Her yearlong quest to face her...