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  • Two Queens in One Isle by Alison Plowden

    By Alison Plowden

    The dating among Queen Elizabeth I of britain and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, is likely one of the most complicated, tempestuous and interesting in background. United in blood yet divided by way of faith, the 2 girls have been in many ways uniquely shut; in others, poles aside. Championed via English Catholics because the rightful Queen of britain, Mary was once however given safeguard via her cousin after she was once deposed amid outrage at her immoral behaviour. Rumours of papist plots related to Mary have been rife and Elizabeth used to be placed below severe strain to be rid of this harmful chance to her sovereignty and to the Protestant church in England. After a lot reluctance and procrastination Elizabeth eventually signed Mary's demise warrant. Alison Plowden indicates how political worry introduced out the worst and but the simplest in those girls, and the way background was once overshadowed for hundreds of years afterwards.

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  • Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973 by Robert Dallek

    By Robert Dallek

    Flawed Giant--the enormous concluding quantity to Robert Dallek's biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson--provides the main via, engrossing account ever released of Johnson's years within the nationwide highlight. Drawing on hours of newly published White residence tapes and dozens of interviews with humans with reference to the President, Dallek finds LBJ as a visionary chief who labored his will on Congress like no leader government ahead of or because, and in addition monitors the intensity of his inner most affliction as he grew to become more and more ensnared in Vietnam. Writing in a transparent, considerate, and evenhanded variety, Dallek unearths either the greatness and the tangled complexities of 1 of the main extravagant characters ever to ascend to the White apartment.

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  • Cave in the Snow : Tenzin Palmo's Quest for Enlightenment by Vicki Mackenzie

    By Vicki Mackenzie

    Dianne Perry led an ordinary youth in London's East finish till, in her youth, she turned confident there needs to be a religious size to lifetime of a sort unavailable to her. After examining a ebook on Buddhism she learned that this used to be what she were looking and left England for India on the age of twenty.After massive looking out she entered a monastery. the single girl between 1000s of fellows, she grew made up our minds to collapse the prejudices that had excluded girls from the trail to enlightenment for hundreds of thousands of years. She left after six years, set on achieving enlightenment within the physique of a girl; a wholly radical target. She determined to seclude herself in a distant cave, 12,00 toes up within the Himalayas. For twelve years she confronted incredible chilly, wild animals, floods and rockfalls, grew her personal nutrition and slept in a standard wood meditation field, 3 toes square---she by no means lay down.In 1988 she emerged from the cave made up our minds to construct a convent in northern India, and to restore the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten girl religious elite. From dwelling as a mendicant of $80 a yr, she grew to become a globe-trotting fundraiser. Tenzin Palmo has agreed to inform her tale basically to Vicki Mackenzie.

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  • Twelve Years and Thirteen Days: Remembering Paul and Sheila by Terry Gydesen

    By Terry Gydesen

    Senator Paul Wellstone is remembered for his infectious enthusiasm and his ardent devotion to assisting everybody achieve a voice in American politics. In a amazing choice of greater than seventy images, Terry Gydesen captures the power and keenness that Wellstone dropped at his paintings as he met humans in the street, spoke at union halls and schools, and rallied volunteers at crusade headquarters. She followed Wellstone and his spouse Sheila at the now-famous refurbished eco-friendly college bus as they traveled all through Minnesota supplying his populist message and successfully construction grassroots aid in the course of his campaigns for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and 1996. She photographed the sincere grief and outpouring of love as millions of Minnesotans brazenly mourned the premature deaths of Paul, Sheila, their daughter Marcia, and 3 employees staff in a aircraft crash simply 13 days ahead of the 2002 election. ultimately, Gydesen documented Walter Mondale’s short yet amazing crusade, in addition to the discontentment in his defeat. Essays by means of Walter F. Mondale and Jeff Blodgett, Wellstone’s former pupil and longtime crusade supervisor, supplement the pictures with own recollections of the Wellstones as political colleagues and associates. Twelve Years and 13 Days commemorates the Wellstones’ dedication to social and monetary justice and should be an idea to these during the kingdom who percentage their values. To extra honor their reminiscence, a component to writer royalties from the sale of this booklet will profit Wellstone Action!, a nonprofit association devoted to carrying on with Paul and Sheila’s struggle for innovative swap.

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  • Architects of Empire: The Duke of Wellington and His by John Severn

    By John Severn

    The collective biography of a notable guy and his familyA soldier and statesman for the a while, the Duke of Wellington is a towering determine in global historical past. John Severn now deals a clean examine the guy born Arthur Wellesley to teach that his occupation used to be greatly a family members affair, a lifelong sequence of interactions together with his brothers and their universal Anglo-Irish history. The untold tale of a good relatives drama, Architects of Empire paints a brand new photograph of the period during the collective biography of Wellesley and his siblings.Severn takes readers from the British Raj in India to the battlefields of the Napoleonic Wars to the halls of Parliament as he strains the increase of the 5 brothers from obscurity to prominence. Severn covers either the imperial Indian interval sooner than 1800 and the family political interval after 1820, describing the wide variety of studies Arthur and his brothers lived through.Architects of Empire brings jointly in one quantity a grand tale that prior to now used to be discernible purely via political or army research. Weaving the non-public historical past of the brothers right into a appealing narrative, it tells of sibling contention between males who have been by way of turns beneficiant and supportive, then insensitive and cruel.Whereas different historians have minimized the significance of kin ties, Severn presents an surprisingly nuanced knowing of the Duke of Wellington. Architects of Empire casts his occupation in a brand new light—one that would shock those that think they already be aware of the fellow.

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal: 1932-1940 by William E. Leuchtenburg

    By William E. Leuchtenburg

    When the soundness of yankee lifestyles was once threatened through the nice melancholy, the decisive and visionary coverage contained in FDR's New Deal provided the USA a manner ahead. during this groundbreaking paintings, William E. Leuchtenburg strains the evolution of what used to be either the main debatable and potent socioeconomic initiative ever undertaken within the United States—and explains how the social cloth of yankee lifestyles used to be eternally altered. It deals illuminating classes at the demanding situations of monetary transformation—for our time and for all time.

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  • Ernie O'Malley: IRA Intellectual by Richard English

    By Richard English

    Ernie O'Malley (1897-1957) was once probably the most proficient and colourful of contemporary Irish republicans. a pacesetter within the 1916-1923 Revolution he was once a latest of Michael Collins and Eamon de Valera. This thematic biography attracts seriously on formerly unseen archival fabric, and should be crucial interpreting for someone trying to comprehend the complexities of contemporary Irish politics and the historical past of the IRA.

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  • Abigail and John: Portrait of a Marriage by Edith Gelles

    By Edith Gelles

    The tale of Abigail and John Adams is as a lot a romance because it is a full of life bankruptcy within the early background of this kingdom. the wedding of the second one president and primary woman is among the so much awesome examples of ardour and persistence that this state has ever witnessed. And it's a drama peopled with a pantheon of eighteenth-century stars: George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, his daughter Patsy, Ben Franklin, and Mercy Otis Warren. Abigail and John have been a uniquely appropriate duo, and of their outstanding union we will see the power of a humans decided to accomplish complete independence within the face of daunting odds. but whereas a lot has been written approximately each one as anyone, Abigail and John offers, for the 1st time, the pleasing tale in their commitment and sacrifice that helped bring in the founding of our state, a time that fascinates us nonetheless. Married in 1764 by means of Abigail's reverend father, the younger couple labored aspect via aspect for a decade, elevating a relations whereas John's prestige as the most wealthy, revered legal professionals in Massachusetts grew. As his tasks in the new republic improved, the Adamses persisted a protracted interval of sporadic separations. yet their loyalty and love stored their bond enterprise around the distance, as is clear of their delicate letters. it truly is during this correspondence that Abigail comes into her personal as a lady of politics, supplying phrases of recommendation and encouragement to a husband whose absences have been the most important to the independence they either adored. And it is also in those exchanges that they labored during the familial tragedies that proven them: the demise in their son Charles from alcoholism and the impoverishment and early loss of life in their daughter Nabby. via its fifty-four years, the union of John and Abigail Adams was once in response to mutual recognize and ambition, mind and equality, that went some distance past the traditional bond. Abigail and John is an inspirational portrait of a pair who continued the turmoil and trials of a revolution, and in so doing lead the way for the delivery of a country.

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  • Soldier, Sage, Saint by Robert Neville

    By Robert Neville

    It is a philosophic examine of a few features of religious improvement, widely outlined. Professor Neville has been prompted considerably through comparability among a number of of the world's nice non secular traditions, and he has attempted to be devoted to reviews in these traditions. Readers whose curiosity in religious improvement pop out of non-Western traditions will locate this booklet congenial. yet this can be a philosophical learn, and the ebook places ahead a philosophical idea of non secular improvement, taking note of own, social, and metaphysical issues, and examining 3 relevant photographs of non secular heroism.The principal contribution tried here's a approach of figuring out the hunt for non secular liberation or perfection during the types of the religious soldier, the sage, and the saint. from time to time the argument goals, not only to appreciate, yet to advertise religious liberation, and to take action via philosophic figuring out.

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  • Roberts Ridge: A Story of Courage and Sacrifice on Takur by Malcolm MacPherson

    By Malcolm MacPherson

    This can be a gripping you-are-there account in response to gorgeous eyewitness testimony and painstaking examine via journalist Malcolm MacPherson.

    For the U.S. Navy's elite crew of SEALs, the challenge appeared trouble-free sufficient: to take keep an eye on of a towering, 10,240-foot mountain height referred to as Takur Ghar, a key submit of their plan to destroy Taliban al Qaeda in jap Afghanistan. however the enemy used to be ready, and whilst the distinct Forces chopper used to be shredded via enemy fireplace, a red-haired SEAL named Neil Roberts used to be thrown from the plane. Roberts's fellow SEALs have been made up our minds to deliver him out - it doesn't matter what the associated fee. This harrowing precise account captures in dramatic aspect their seventeen-hour conflict, fought opposed to near-impossible odds, to avoid wasting considered one of their very own.

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