Free history Kindle books for 20 Dec 13

YOM HASHOAH

by Jay Frankston

Publishers note:Yom Hashoah is a little book powerful enough to change lives. Through this book the Holocaust became my teacher too. We must listen with our hearts and we must always remember.

I was sitting at the counter at the Mendocino Cafe some time ago and this person sat down next to me. After a moment he turned to me and said:

“Do you mind if I ask you a question?”
“Sure. Go ahead.”
“I was wondering if you have a teacher”.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well, I’ve read a few of the things you’ve written and they have a very spiritual slant so I was wondering whether you were inspired by some teacher?”
“You mean a sort of Guru or master?”
I kind of chuckled and said “No!”

Then I stopped abruptly and suddenly heard myself say “Oh! Yes! Yes! I did have a teacher . . . THE HOLOCAUST WAS MY TEACHER.”

And with this statement it became clear to me that much
of my life has been moved by the Holocaust.



The Rise and Fall of the West

by Matt Buttsworth

The Rise and Fall of the West is a thought provoking in depth article which considers what factors and events in world history led to the rise of the West and what factors are now leading to its decline. Specifically it deals with the rise of the West in terms of the catastrophic effect of the conquests of Genghis Khan on the other civilizations of Eurasia, and of military supremacy, the knowledge revolution and the industrial revolution as laying the basis of the Western domination of the world and the transformation of nations around the world in its image. While the causes of the decline of the West are seen in terms of the unaffordable cost of maintaining military supremacy and of fighting two world wars, the loss of economic competitiveness and the crisis in education, the loss of faith in the Progress Ethos and the economic rise of the nations of East Asia and India in ending the era of Western domination of the world.
This leads to a more general consideration of what factors propel civilisations to global scientific, technological and economic leadership and what factors can destroy that supremacy which everyone interested in world history and the rise and fall of great powers should read.

The Rise and Fall of the West is part of Polarshift.



Tracking the Tigers: Flying Tiger, OSS and Free Thai Operations in World War II Thailand

by Bob Bergin

In early 1990, two hill tribe hunters stumbled across airplane wreckage in a remote area of north Thailand. The author’s attempt to identify the aircraft and its mission, set him off on a hunt that went on for almost ten years. A lot of history was uncovered in the process – and some old mysteries were solved.

It turned out that the airplane had belonged to the famed American Volunteer Group (AVG) Flying Tigers. The author worked closely with surviving Flying Tiger pilots to identify the aircraft and its mission. Attempting to account for the pilot – a prisoner of the Japanese who was exfiltrated from Thailand under mysterious circumstances – led the author to the Free Thai Movement, Thailand’s anti-Japanese underground. Working with Free Thai officers took the author to the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, America’s first strategic intelligemce service, and forerunner to the CIA.

The hunt turned into an adventure in the discovery of history. Interviews with AVG pilots, with Free Thai and OSS officers, gave the author a first hand look at some very colorful aspects of Wortld War II history that were little known in Thailand, and even less so to the world outside.

This book pulls together the pieces of a story that tells the history of AVG Flying Tiger, Free Thai and OSS operations in World War II Thailand – and of the hunt that brought that history into view.



Fighting Times: Military Matters Past and Present, Second Issue

by Saul David

Fighting Times is the new military history magazine for soldiers and general readers of history alike.

The second issue celebrates the centenary of the First World War with pieces from Saul David, Richard Freeman, David Boyle and Stephen Cooper.

Fighting Times also features contributions from bestselling historians and well-known authors on a wide range of subjects, including Colonial Warfare in the Imperial Age and a piece on the Irish Guards in the Great War by Rudyard Kipling, among other articles.

It also includes works of fiction by Joseph Conrad (The Tale) and Richard Foreman (Sword of Rome: Standard Bearer).

Fighting Times aims to capture both grand strategy and life on the frontline of conflicts past and present in an entertaining and informative manner.

Fighting Times is keen to hear from its readers, whether they be soldiers or military enthusiasts. Please follow us on twitter @Fighting_Times.

This edition includes:

Revisiting the Great War by Stephen Cooper

24 December 1914: The Christmas Truce by Saul David

Churchill and the First World War by Richard Freeman

The Sinking of Gulcemal by David Boyle

The Irish Guards in the Great War by Rudyard Kipling

The Castles of the William the Conqueror by Marc Morris

Colonial Warfare in the Pre-Industrial Age by Douglas Porch

Review of Hannibal: Fields of Blood by Ben Kane

Stories of the Victoria Cross Told by Those who have Won It

Review of Assassin’s Reign by Michael Arnold

The Tale by Joseph Conrad

Sword of Rome: Standard Bearer by Richard Foreman

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