Free history Kindle books for 03 Dec 13

Children To A Degree – Growing Up Under the Third Reich

by Horst Christian

Based on a true story about a young boy growing up under the Third Reich.

Karl Veth, the oldest of three children, was born in Berlin, Germany in 1930. By the time he was old enough to start school and begin his education, Hitler had already established a firm death-grip on the country. Children were fed a steady diet of Nazi propaganda and were often encouraged to turn on their family and friends but contrary to popular belief, not all of them bought into it.

Karl is an intelligent young boy who strives to excel in his studies, but he questions everything. Dangerous questions during a time when people are closely monitored. Karl’s father and grandfather are not blind followers and they have their own opinions about Hitler and his regime. The lessons they teach Karl often contradict what he is taught in school, yet they also inspire him to think on his own and form his own opinions.

German law mandates that all children must become members of the Hitler Youth and at the age of 10, Karl enters the Jungvolk, the junior branch of the Hitler Youth. He must wade through the propaganda and everything he is taught to decide for himself what is right and what it wrong. Little does he know at the time, but many of his grandfather’s predictions about the future of the Third Reich will eventually come to pass. The lessons he learns now and the opinions he forms will determine his fate in dangerous times ahead.

Author’s Note:

Karl Veth’s story originally began in the first book of the series, Loyal To A Degree. After receiving a tremendous amount of positive feedback from readers, as well as a number of questions about Karl and his life before the fall of Berlin, I was inspired to write Children To A Degree. Although it has been released as the third book in the series, it serves as a prequel to the first two books. My sincerest thanks go out to the readers who asked the questions and inspired this book.

Don’t miss Karl’s incredible story in the days before and after the fall of Berlin in Loyal To A Degree and Trust to a Degree.

California Magic

by Jay Frankston

Let me start with an apology.
I’ve told so many stories about Mendocino over the years that I do not know which is true and which is fantasy. I’ve probably mixed up dates and places and names. I apologize. But I’m not trying to write a history of Mendocino, just to capture a moment in time.
This book could be substantially longer but it is from my personal perspective. It will thus suffer my embellishment as well as my shortcomings, my errors, and my inaccuracies. I may go off on a tangent to other places or earlier times when I feel that it had some sprinkling of “Mendocino Magic”.
And there are those who will be offended because I mentioned their name and others who will be offended because I didn’t. I apologize.
Finally, I have included a segment here and there from prior publications and others yet to come. I hope you enjoy my effort.
Read on!

Custer’s Last Stand: The Unfinished Manuscript (Chicago Shorts)

by Norman Maclean

In his eighty-seven years, Norman Maclean played many parts: fisherman, logger, firefighter, scholar, teacher. But it was a role he took up late in life, that of writer, that won him enduring fame and critical acclaimâ??as well as the devotion of readers worldwide. When he died in 1990, Maclean left behind an earlier unfinished project, on a topic that had held his attention for decades: General Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The portions of that writing that remain reveal a deep interest not only in the battle itself but also its afterlifeâ??how historical events influence popular culture and how retellings revise the past. Summarizing the events from the various perspectives of the Americans, the Sioux, and the Cheyenne, Maclean explains why the battle lives on in our imagination. Custer’s “last stand” provides all the elementsâ??the characters, the plot, and the backdropâ??of the perfect dramatic tragedy. And the way we retell history, argues Maclean, is intimately tied to how we choose to memorialize defeat.

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