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The Hero: A Study in Tradition, Myth and Drama

by Lord Raglan

Heroic figures, all with the human desire for idealization in common, are the focus of this study — from Oedipus and King Arthur to heroes of the Trojan War and Robin Hood.


History's Greatest Speeches

by James Daley

This anthology presents approximately 20 of the world's most influential public orations, including stirring addresses by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Patrick Henry, and many other famous leaders.


Legends and Romances of Brittany

by Lewis SPENCE

Rich compilation of age-old stories of fairies, sprites and demons; tales of the black arts, Arthurian romances, Breton lays of Marie de France, much more. 36 illustrations by W. Otway Cannell.


Sailing Boats from Around the World: The Classic 1906 Treatise

by Henry Coleman Folkard

Comprehensive, profusely illustrated book documents early-20th-century sailing: boat types around the world, racing boats, odd and experimental vessels, more. Over 380 illustrations and photographs. Indexes....


Hero-Tales of Ireland

by Jeremiah Curtin

This extraordinary volume features 24 authentic tales of Fin MacCool. Each exciting story centers around superhuman heroes battling dragons and giants, outwitting sorcerers, and even overcoming death itself....


The Conquest of Bread

by Peter Kropotkin

Written by a Russian prince who renounced his title, this work promotes an anarchist market economy — a system of autonomous cooperative collectives. A century after its initial publication, it remains fresh...


Hear Me Talkin' to Ya

by Nat Shapiro & Nat Hentoff

In this marvelous oral history, the words of such legends as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Billy Holiday trace the birth, growth, and changes in jazz over the years.


Refugees from Slavery: Autobiographies of Fugitive Slaves in Canada

by Benjamin Drew

A soul-stirring account of the abuses suffered by refugees from Southern slave states as well as fresh insights into the workings of the plantation system.


Whale Ships and Whaling: A Pictorial History

by George Francis Dow

Over 200 vintage engravings, drawings, and photographs of barks, brigs, cutters, and other vessels. Also harpoons, lances, whaling guns, many other artifacts. Comprehensive text by foremost authority. 207 black-and-white...


Algonquin Legends

by Charles G. Leland

Classic study of the myths and folklore of the Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes. Glooskap, the divinity; Lox, the mischief-maker; Master Rabbit, more. 12 black-and-white illustrations.


Slave Insurrections in the United States, 1800-1865

by Joseph Cephas Carroll

Fully documented work describes early insurrectionary movements, rebellions at sea, and the Negro's role in the American Revolution. Discussed in detail are Denmark Vesey's 1822 insurrection, Nat Turner's 1831...


Autobiography of Mother Jones

by Mary Harris Jones, Mary Field Parton & Clarence Darrow

This important addition to labor and feminist literature speaks tirelessly and effectively on behalf of workers' rights and unions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Weaving a Navajo Blanket

by Gladys A. Reichard

This guide was written by a noted ethnologist who learned the principles of weaving directly from Navajo artisans. She shares their materials and methods, commenting on history, patterns, symbolism, more. 97...


History of the Buccaneers of America

by James Burney

One of the most comprehensive, accurate accounts of buccaneering by an experienced sailor describes the activities of sea-rovers as renowned for their navigational skills as they were for ravaging ships and...


How to Build Egyptian Boat Models: Patterns and Instructions for Three Royal Vessels

by Jack Sintich

A unique model-building experience, this beginner-level guide details everything needed to create brilliant reproductions of the royal sailing boats of Khufu (ruled ca. 2551–2528 B.C.), Queen Hatshepsut (ruled...


Living My Life, Vol. 2

by Emma Goldman

Volume 2 of the candid, no-holds-barred account by foremost American anarchist Goldman continues with the fascinating story of her life, the anarchist movement, her famous contemporaries, and their influential...


Picture History of American Passenger Ships

by William H., Jr. Miller

More than 100 ships documented, including Leviathan, America, Independence, President Polk, and United States. Detailed captions list tonnage, speed, size, and passenger load. Bibliography. Index. Approximately...


Steamboats on the Western Rivers: An Economic and Technological History

by Louis C. Hunter

Richly detailed definitive account covers every aspect of steamboat's development — from construction, equipment, and operation to races, collisions, rise of competition, and ultimate decline of steamboat...


Picture History of the French Line

by William H., Jr. Miller

Superb pictorial history of the company's fleet of formidable passenger ships: Ile de France, Normandie, Liberté, Colombie, Antilles, Flandre, France, and many more. Over 170 black-and-white photographs.


The Seaman's Friend: A Treatise on Practical Seamanship

by Richard Henry Dana

An authentic look at the standard operating procedures aboard a 19th-century ship by the author of Two Years Before the Mast, from tying knots to quelling a mutiny. Glossary.