Free history Kindle books for 06 Dec 13

Tenochtitlan: The History of the Aztec’s Most Famous City

by Jesse Harasta

*Includes pictures.

*Explains the history of Tenochtitlan from its founding to its destruction by Cortes and the Spanish.

*Includes descriptions of Tenochtitlan by Spanish conquistadors, including Cortes’ 1520 letter to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

*Describes the layout of Tenochtitlan and its important structures.

*Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading.

*Includes a Table of Contents.

“When we saw so many cities and villages built in the water and other great towns on dry land… we were amazed and said that it was like the enchantments they tell of in the legend of Amadis, on account of the great towers and buildings rising from the water and all built of masonry. And some of our soldiers even asked whether the things that we saw were not a dream… I do not know how to describe it, seeing things as we did that had never been heard of or seen before, not even dreamed about.” – Bernal Díaz del Castillo

Mexico City is now easily the largest city in the Western Hemisphere, trailing only Tokyo internationally, but unlike the other great cities of the Americas, Mexico City is not a new place. Mexico City instead has much in common with cities like London, Delhi or Cairo in the East in that it is an ancient city dating back centuries before the arrival of Colombus in Hispañola. For, while much (including the name) has changed, Mexico City is the mighty Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire and the great American metropolis of the Spanish Empire. There has been no break in occupation, and despite much devastation in the Conquest, the city was never fully destroyed.

Indeed, from the moment Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés first found and confronted them, the Aztecs have fascinated the world, and they continue to hold a unique place both culturally and in pop culture. Nearly 500 years after the Spanish conquered their mighty empire, the Aztecs are often remembered today for their major capital, Tenochtitlan, as well as being fierce conquerors of the Valley of Mexico who often engaged in human sacrifice rituals. But thanks to the Spanish conquest, even though the Aztecs continue to interest people across the world centuries after their demise, it has fallen on archaeologists and historians to try to determine the actual history, culture, and lives of the Aztecs from the beginning to the end, relying on excavations, primary accounts, and more.

Much of what is known today does come from the Conquistadores, and what those men encountered was entirely unexpected: one of the world’s greatest cities, teeming with over 200,000 people, built on an island on a lake and connected to the shore by a number of long, broad stone causeways. On the water itself were remarkable floating gardens, on surrounding shorelines were sprawling suburbs, and behind them was a dramatic wall of mountain peaks.

Tenochtitlan: The History of the Aztec’s Most Famous City comprehensively covers the history of the city, examining what life was like in the great city, who ruled the city, and what the day-to-day existence of all sorts of Tenocha (people of the city) was like. Along with pictures and a bibliography, you will learn about Tenochtitlan like you never have before, in no time at all.

The Battalion: The Dramatic Story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion in WWII (Stackpole Military History Series)

by Robert W. Black

“Black is the dean of Ranger history.”
–Douglas Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author

  • Follows a legendary unit of American fighting men from D-Day through the end of World War II
  • The Rangers’ actions were depicted in the movie Saving Private Ryan

    History of St. Augustine Florida: Whimsically Illustrated History of North America’s Oldest City

    by Jesse W. Love

    The beautiful town of St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest continuously occupied city in North America. Founded in 1565, by Pedro Menendez, of Spain, it predates the Pilgrims at Plymouth rock by 42 years and the English settlement at Jamestown by 55 years. It’s old town section with many classic stone and log pole buildings in excellent condition, and its magnificent Spanish fort the Castillo San Marcos, dating from 1672, herald St. Augustine as one of the most amazingly preserved historical towns in the Americas.

    The History of St. Augustine is a highly enjoyable book to read. As one person complimented, “If history were this fun in school it would be everyone’s favorite subject.” Taking a unique approach, The History of St. Augustine leaves out all of the accounts of politics, which take up 80% of a usual history book. What remains are all of the exciting and interesting parts of history- the wars, treachery, battles, plagues, hurricanes, pestilences, uprisings, fires and pirates! Plus, insights into the fascinating characters of St. Augustine including Spaniards, French, English, Native Americans and others.

    Making this wonderful history book even more enjoyable it is filled with whimsical cartoons loosely related to the historical narrative. Funny to both kids and adults, each cartoon also conveys a message about the unique history of marvelous St. Augustine, Florida.

    Here are some of the compliments given to The History of St. Augustine, from its first printing in 1991:

    “Never has history been so delightful. It was a great pleasure to obtain so many facts about St. Augustine without making it an all consuming involvement of my time.”
    Jill Stawicki, Feature Film Art Department Coordinator

    “Great book! It presents history in such an interesting way that my young daughter enjoyed it as much as I did.”
    Gary Greene, Conch House Marina Manager

    “I have never read a more succinct and funny account of history. Let’s have a lot more.”
    Jack Blackman, Art Director for many Hollywood movies. London, England

    “Wow! Leaving out the politics, while serving a history full of battles, pestilences, hurricanes, and cultural clashes, topped with a liberal spice of humor. It makes a great recipe and a great book.”
    Susan Middleton, Atlanta, GA

    “Fun and educational. A lovely book on the little town of St. Augustine.”
    Steve Stangle St. Johns County Librarian

    “Very enjoyable, with enough humorous history to keep all ages interested and entertained from beginning till end.”
    George Harrison, Bridge of Lions Supervisor

    “Total enjoyment. I laughed. I learned. I loved it. Hurry and write a book like this for New York City. I’ll be the first one in line to buy it.”
    Mike Cirillo, NYC, New York

    Fatal Days of August (A Documentary Novel)

    by Ray Aitchison

    Young men assumed that the Grim Reaper would harvest their seniors long before their own turn came. Captain Paul Schluter knew better. During his long seafaring career there had been occasions when the Reaper had swung his scythe indiscriminately, cutting down the young with the old. Yet Schluter had volunteered to navigate in a suicidal air race to Hawaii – and he had never flown before. He declared: ‘I’ll go for the glory!’

    Other glory-seekers included Hollywood movie stars, newspaper reporters, elderly ladies, boy scouts, and a young schoolteacher.

    The pilots were among the world’s most illustrious aviators and the names of their financial backers read like a Who’s Who of big business – but all the aircraft in the race were experimental. And one was still being constructed at the starting line, only hours before the race.

    President Calvin Coolidge was warned that it was not a sporting contest. It was a catastrophe about to happen. Lloyds of London classified it – “an uninsurable risk”. But no one could stop it. The US Pacific Fleet made ready for a massive search and rescue operationâ?¦

    This amazing story is a factual account of aviation in the Roaring Twenties when Lindberg Fever gripped America. Other books have been written about it, but this is the definitive one. It is a brilliantly researched and forensic study of how the aircraft were constructed, the motivation of the financiers and the politicians – and of the aviators’ bravery and folly.

    Ray Aitchison is a veteran writer and historian. He laughs, ‘I guess I can claim to be historic too. I grew up with aviation.’

    The Sky Behind Me: A Memoir of Flying & Life

    by Byron Edgington

    In The Sky Behind Me, a Memoir of Flying and Life the author overcomes a childhood setback to find a career in aviation, a position that allows him to soar. The author’s childhood aim is to be a Catholic priest. Abused by a member of the clergy, he is dismissed from the seminary. Drafted out of college in 1969, he enters Army helicopter flight school and serves in Vietnam. After the war he finds work in commercial aviation where his compassion, humor and skill converge for a marvelous career. With a helicopter, he herds bears in Alaska, flies VIPs in Ohio, counts power poles, hovers across O’Hare airport at rush hour, reports news and traffic in several midwestern cities, rescues more than 3,000 medical patients in Iowa and winds up his career flying tourists around the island of Kauai. The Sky Behind Me is rich with human stories, tales of loss, fear, insight and surprise, tragedy and triumph from the unique perspective of more than 12,000 hours in a helicopter cockpit.


    Byron Edgington capped a forty-year aviation career in 2005 to return to college and to write. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University in June 2012 at age 63. His flying experience includes 12,500 hours of logged time in twenty different military and commercial aircraft, corporate, ENG, charter and tour flying. In twenty years of Air Medical aviation he flew 3,200 patient missions. A Vietnam veteran with 1,100 combat hours, Edgington’s military decorations include the Vietnam campaign medal, VN Service, Air Medal with twenty-four oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    Publication credits include the non-fiction essay titled â??Lift Off,’ winner of The Bailey Prize offered by the Swedenborg Foundation Press. â??Lift Off’ appears in the 2012 issue of The Chrysalis Reader. Other credits include an essay titled After the Rain in Gemini Magazine, and What they don’t tell you about returning to college at 62 in The Evening Street Review. An essay titled Body Language received a special mention from Anderbo, and the fiction piece A War Story recently received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train. The current issue of Penduline Press contains a fiction piece titled Baggage.

    Edgington’s work in progress includes a novel, Waiting for Willie Pete: A Helicopter Novel of Vietnam. He recently finished A Meeting in Waterloo for the 3 Day Novel Contest.

    Witches, Broomsticks and Flying Ointments: A Short History of Flying Ointments and their Ingredients

    by Abigail Lance

    The witch flying on a broomstick has become the archetype for magic and witchcraft in the Western world. Integral to this archetype is the often overlooked flying ointment. In this essay Abigail Lance looks at the history of flying ointments, looking at historical accounts of those who confessed to using flying ointments as well as those who witnessed people using them. The essay also includes a list of the common ingredients mentioned in flying ointment recipes and discusses their physiological effects as well as their symbolic significance.

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