Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 03 May 12

Arresting Grace

Arresting Grace

by Michael Joel Green

Michael Green expected many things from his 38th year: to redeem a failed acting/music/writing career, to build upon friendships and church relationships, and most of all, to finally meet someone. He’d been looking and waiting a long time.

What he didn’t expect was to get arrested for a DUI, driving home from a church dinner. That changed everything.

It was a shame, too. Two weeks earlier, he had met someone.

“Arresting Grace” is the story of Michael Green’s DUI arrest, as well as his long distance relationship with Jessie, a charming woman from the Bay Area. Thoughtfully written and raw, with unflinching honesty, Arresting Grace recalls such works as Donald Miller’s “Blue Like Jazz” and Anne LaMott’s “Grace (Eventually)”. A man searches for answers most earnestly when he’s brought low. This is the story of a man, fallen lower than imaginable, searching for God in the midstâ?¦and finding grace in the most unexpected places.

Extraordinary Patriots of the United States of America: Colonial Times to Pre-Civil War

Extraordinary Patriots of the United States of America: Colonial Times to Pre-Civil War

by Nancy Robinson Masters

Did you know…

Sybil Ludington’s daring midnight ride in 1777 saved the American colonists, though no epic poem was ever written about her?

George Washington defied his own mother, who deemed him a traitor?

Caesar Rodney determined to cast the deciding vote for independence despite the cancer ravaging his body?

Daring! Defiant! Determined!

Discover the extraordinary contributions of many well-known, little-known, and unknown American patriots who established a new nation unlike any other! Each of these brief biographies will inspire today’s citizens to become the extraordinary patriots of the future.

All That You Love Will Be Taken Away

All That You Love Will Be Taken Away

by Linda Hewitt

Before Linda Hewitt was a consultant to officers in some of the world’s largest corporations, before she was a historian examining culture and economics, before she was a successful entrepreneur, before any of that, in a time when life was simpler, in a place now only a memory, she was a little girl whose favorite thing to do in all the world was to sit on the front porch of her grandparents’ house in an Alabama company town and go through the family album with her grandmother Maggie as they ate warm gingerbread men and drank cold lemonade on drowsy summer afternoons.

Linda listened, wide-eyed, as Maggie spoke of people and places that were part of her past, of beautiful girls who made good marriages (and those who didn’t), of promising young men who died before their time, of tragedies and triumphs, especially those of her father, Nicodemus Napoleon Mosteller, a larger than life, sporadically ambitious man possessed of more optimism than common sense, and – most intriguingly – of the man in the family who “had to go west.”

And, always, the most interesting part of it all was Maggie herself, whose beauty may have faded but whose personal glamor never could. As long as Maggie would talk, Linda would listen and, in the listening, begin to wonder at the things left unsaid and wonder too at what it must have been like to have been there when central Alabama was being transformed from corn fields to coal mines and sleepy plantations were becoming company towns – especially when your grandfather had once owned one of those plantations.

The wondering was the genesis of this book, which follows a trail of clues across two centuries, seven states, various libraries and historical societies, and distant family connections with their own stories of shared ancestors. Here’s a rare opportunity for readers to accompany Linda Hewitt as she pierces the veil between present and past, offering for our delectation a series of windows into the way things were. It’s a story you won’t soon forget.

139,000 words. Ninety-six photographs. Nine original pen-and-ink drawings. Two Maps.

Lt Col John Withers, Civil War Confederate Officer, In His Own Words: American Civil War Journal of Asst Adjt General for Jefferson Davis, records of civil war life, battles, history

Lt Col John Withers, Civil War Confederate Officer, In His Own Words: American Civil War Journal of Asst Adjt General for Jefferson Davis, records of civil war life, battles, history

by Jennette Green

An eyewitness account of the American Civil War, never before published in its entirety.

Told from the first person perspective of Lt. Col. John Withers, an Assistant Adjutant General in the James Buchanan administration, and later in the Jefferson Davis administration for the Confederacy, this civil war diary encompasses over two years in Withers’ life, from October 1860 – December 1862.

Because of the nature of his job, Lt. Col. Withers was closely acquainted with many of the notable figures of Civil War history. His friend, Ed. A Palfrey, later wrote, “his relations with the President and Secretary of War were of an intimate character, as was necessarily the case from the position he held.”

Lt. Col. Withers’ family was from the south. When Withers received a letter from his aunt, Susanna Withers Clay (wife of Clement Comer Clay, 8th Governor of Alabama), urging him to resign his commission in the U.S. Army and come south to join the Confederate cause, Withers did so. He joined the Confederate Army in March, 1861.

While stationed in the Confederate capitol of Richmond, Virginia, Lt. Col. Withers recorded civil war events as they happened, including the Seven Days Battles, and other battles that took place during the early part of the “War Between the States.” He also wrote of the more personal aspects of his life, such as the agony of his wife’s illness and his young son’s death.

Withers wrote of the profound and the mundane, and even, on occasion, the slightly bizarre human behavior that he witnessed. His diary provides a unique, first person account of life during the American Civil War. His is a rich story, and worthy to be told.

(Handwritten diary images are available in the print edition only. (280 pages total in print, 135 pages in Kindle.))

Fluffy: A Journey Through Depression

Fluffy: A Journey Through Depression

by Michael John-Ryler

In 2011, I suffered an episode of acute reactive depression.

In an attempt to understand what was happening to me, I wrote down my thoughts, actions, dreams and fears.

This is my journey through the valley of depression, you re not alone.

—What People Say—

“Take a ride on this rollercoaster and leave the tunnel smiling.”

“This book gives you an awareness of how serious this illness really is.”

“This book spells it out with humour and hope and is a must read for anyone experiencing a break down or depression.”

“The unflinching nature of the writing is extremely admirable and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting.”

“Anybody suffering from this illness – or who knows a sufferer – will find it a rewarding read.”


“Coming up to the open railway crossing at dusk, I notice a train in the distance, it was pretty far away, 750 metres perhaps, far enough for me to traverse the short distance from one side of the track to the other.

As I crossed, the driver sounded his horn; it’s probably some health and safety thing to warn iPod wearing pedestrians. I looked over and saw something glorious, a shining light heading straight towards me. It was so beautiful, almost angelic, like a ray of sunshine penetrating straight into my soul. My feet stopped and I anchored myself to the ground, transfixed.

Was it my guardian angel, my salvation? I needed to do nothing; absolutely nothing and all my pains would be taken away, my troubles, the gut wrenching pain in my heart, my fear of life, paying the mortgage, putting the kids through university, running the rat race. All would be gone, in an instant.”

Hell of a Salesman

Hell of a Salesman

by Timothy Brooks

Join Timothy Brooks – an overachiever with very little to show for it – on a breathless journey into the dark world of the modern sales job. From the ritual humiliation of the interview process to landing his dream job at the dreaded Haywood Fryston, a world of endless phone calls and novelty sales tricks, where the routine insertion of swear words into every sentence by everybody is the only form of stress-relief going. Meet his bosses: Vincent Candle (“take your foot off the pedal and the f***ing souffle deflates”) and Aiden Starling (“salesmen are born in the balls, not the womb”), two of the pettiest patriarchs in modern literature. Follow Tim as he learns to write adverts for jobs that don’t exist, lie and cheat his way to meeting arbitrary sales targets, and deal with new and exciting forms of abuse from on high; twelve hours a day, five days a week. Whether you hate salesmen, or want to be one, this book is a must-read. Find out how the world of sales really works, and why “hell is other salesmen.”

On Becoming a Dinosaur

On Becoming a Dinosaur

by Java Davis

Short memoir describing working as a typesetter before that occupation was completely phased out.

Ernest Miller Hemingway: A Workbook

Ernest Miller Hemingway: A Workbook

by JC Simmons

Scholars, Historians, students, and readers will learn much from Ernest Miller Hemingway: A Workbook. Carlos Baker, Hemingway’s biographer said of the manuscript, “It is a wonderful and informative collection of Hemingway scholarship,” and gave the work its title. Hemingway’s majordomo in Cuba, Rene Villarreal, read the work in manuscript form and offered many insights and corrections to actual events. Dr. Edgar Grissom, who recently published the definitive bibliography, Ernest Hemingway, A Descriptive Bibliography, was instrumental in crafting much of the original work, especially where it dealt with the medical aspects of Hemingway’s life. Finally, John Evans, owner of Lemuria Books, in Jackson, Mississippi, was the originator of the idea for the work and supplied many of the research books and guidance during the project.

Hemingway’s life, from birth to death and beyond is covered in a unique and divisive format that all who studies the book will come away with much knowledge about the man, his life, and his work.

The World's Greatest Generals: The Life and Career of Napoleon Bonaparte (Illustrated)

The World’s Greatest Generals: The Life and Career of Napoleon Bonaparte (Illustrated)

by Charles River Editors

*Includes over 25 pictures of Napoleon, and important people, places, and events in his life.
*Includes maps of famous battles like Austerlitz and Waterloo.
*Answers common myths about Napoleon, including whether he was short, whether his men shot off the Sphinx’s nose, whether he played chess, and whether he was poisoned.
*Includes a Table of Contents
*Includes a Bibliography

“Courage cannot be counterfeited. It is the one virtue that escapes hypocrisy.” – Napoleon

When historians are asked to list the most influential people of the last 200 years, a handful of names might vary, but there is no question that the list will include Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), the most successful French leader since Charlemagne and widely acknowledged one of the greatest generals ever. Indeed, Napoleon was likely the most influential man of the 19th century, leaving an indelible mark on everything from the strategy and tactics of warfare to the Napoleonic Code that drafted laws across the continent. To defeat Napoleon, the Europeans had to form large coalitions multiple times, which helped bring about the entangling alliances that sparked World War I after Europe was rebuilt following Waterloo and the Congress of Vienna. Napoleon’s influence on the United States was also palpable. To finance his endeavors, he struck a deal with President Thomas Jefferson that became the Louisiana Purchase, and it was Napoleonic warfare that was used throughout the Civil War, leading to massive casualties because the weaponry of the 1860s was now more advanced than the tactics of 1815.

When Napoleon died at St. Helena, he still engendered fear and distaste among the Europeans, but the man and his legacy continued to be held in awe across the world. In Napoleon’s time, emperors and leaders still hoped to become the next Julius Caesar. After the Napoleonic Era, emperors and generals hoped to become the next Napoleon. For the next century, military leaders and even civilians struck Napoleonic poses when having their pictures taken, and phrases like “Napoleonic complex” and “meeting one’s Waterloo” are now common phrases in the English lexicon. It would be truly impossible to envision or understand geopolitics in the West over the last two centuries without Napoleon.

With the passage of time, Napoleon’s legacy has had time to crystallize, but the legends, myths, and controversies about the man and his empire continue to swirl. Was he really short? Did his men shoot the nose off the Sphinx? Was he a good chess player? Was he poisoned by the British? In the rush to analyze his stunningly successful military record or question whether he was very short or a great chess player, people often overlook his political reign and personality. The World’s Greatest Generals: The Life and Career of Napoleon Bonaparte addresses the controversies, myths, legends and battles, but it also humanizes a man who famously dominated most of the European continent while loving an indomitable woman whose political calculations matched if not surpassed his. Along with pictures of Napoleon and other important people, places and events in his life, you will learn about the French emperor like you never have before, in no time at all.

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