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The Secret Agent: In Search of America’s Greatest World War II Spy (Kindle Single)

by Stephan Talty

Eric Erickson was the most important American spy of World War II. He also had a secret to keep.

In 1942, the Brooklyn-born Erickson was a millionaire oil mogul who volunteered for a dangerous mission inside the Third Reich: locating the top-secret synthetic oil plants that kept the German war machine running. To fool the Nazis, Erickson played the role of a collaborator. He hung a portrait of Hitler in his apartment and “disowned” his Jewish best friend, then flew to Berlin, where he charmed Himmler and signed lucrative oil deals with the architects of the Final Solution. All the while, he was visiting the oil refineries and passing their coordinates to Allied Bomber Command, who destroyed the plants in a series of B-17 raids, helping to end the war early.

After the war, Erickson’s was revealed as a secret agent and received the Medal of Freedom for his bravery. William Holden even played him in a hit Hollywood movie. For a brief moment in the early ’60s, Erickson was the most famous spy in the world. His secret? He hadn’t played a Nazi collaborator. He’d actually been one – a war profiteer who’d made millions of trading with Hitler before having a change of heart. Black-listed by the Allies and disowned by his family, Erickson had volunteered for the spy mission in order to redeem himself, and ended up saving thousands of Allied lives.

Based on newly-discovered archives in Sweden, The Secret Agent is a riveting piece of narrative nonfiction that tells the true story of Erickson’s remarkable life for the first time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephan Talty is the author of five acclaimed non-fiction books, including Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Spy Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day. He’s written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal and many other publications.

30 Pounds in 40 Days: One Man’s Weight Loss Journey with the HCG Diet, and a Guide to Losing Weight Fast, While Creating Lasting Changes in Life, Health, Motivation, and Habits

by Eric Stoddard

One Man’s Journey to 30 Pounds of Weight Loss in under 40 Days on the HCG Diet

***30 Pounds in 40 Days is an Amazon Bestseller in Eating Disorders, and a Kindle Bestseller in Happiness, Healthy Living, Eating Disorders, and Diabetes!***

Are you thinking of losing weight with the HCG diet, but have worries about the risks, or about gaining the weight back?

Are you looking for fast weight loss results, but have trepidation about whether or not it’s possible?

Do you find that no matter what plan you try, nothing works because your behaviors get in the way?

Are you an emotional or binge eater looking to make changes to your habits?

Are you interested in “detoxing,” or possibly trying a low-carb or gluten free diet?

Are you sick and tired of your clothes not fitting right?

I’ve been in your shoes and I wrote this book for you! In over 300 pages of content, I’ve included every detail of my 30 pounds of weight loss and my weight loss maintenance since then, from how I found out about HCG, to why I decided to follow the protocol, to how I managed to maintain my new weight. I discuss finding the right doctor and nutritionist, what HCG is, the risks of HCG, the habits I needed to change in order to maintain my weight loss, and the techniques I employed to overcome emotional eating, binge eating, and stress. Whether you’re a man or woman considering HCG, or have tried HCG before without results, 30 Pounds in 40 Days can help you. Before you try HCG, or any diet plan again, get the real story from someone who has been successful with it, including details about the risks and benefits of HCG, and how I made it work.

Many diet and weight loss books describe “perfect” plans, or the newest fads in weight loss, but they lack content that describes how to actually follow those plans! We don’t need another perfect plan or nutrition idea, we need to understand how to follow a plan!

Here’s my point.

Have you ever prepared a smoothie in the morning, only to eat junk food for lunch?

Have you ever laid out your workout gear only to not even go to the gym?

Have you ever tried a diet that seemed like a good idea, but just wasn’t sustainable in your busy life?

I’ve found that my weight loss hurdles weren’t about finding the right diet, but instead, about changing my behavior in order to overcome my destructive patterns. This book started as my personal weight loss journal, and ended up becoming a robust HCG guide, and a habit-changing companion to any diet place, whether HCG is involved or not.

In this book, I have provided you with a full account of my weight loss journey on HCG, from the good, to the bad, to the funny, to the ugly. I’ll let you know about every technique that worked for me, and every bad idea I had that temporarily stunted my progress. I look forward to being by your side through your successful weight loss transformation. I know that my experience can help you with yours!

Other advice in 30 Pounds and 40 Days

  • Overcoming self-destructive patterns that have ruined your results in attempts you have made with previous weight loss books
  • Dealing with bad influences around you, like unsupportive friends
  • Controlling hunger, cravings, and binge eating
  • Ensuring you’re ready to create lasting change
  • Teaching yourself to cook, and finding time to make healthy foods, even in your busy life
  • Telling friends about your diet plan, and ensuring you have the motivation to succeed
  • Choosing between doctors and nutritionists to get you started and to hold you accountable
  • Going on vacation and bringing your HCG
  • Using your tablet or smartphone to track your weight loss, and HCG diet
  • Creating visual aids to track your progress and maintain your motivation
  • Download your free sample today!

That Bear Ate My Pants! Adventures of a real Idiot Abroad

by Tony James Slater

“…pee-your-pants funny…”
“…I laughed so hard I was screaming…”
“…Warning, do not read this book in a public place!”

There comes a time in every man’s life when he says to himself, “Holy Sh*t! I’m about to be eaten by a bear!”  Tony James Slater went to Ecuador, determined to become a man. It never occurred to him that ‘or die trying’ might be an option… The trouble with volunteering in a South American animal refuge is that everything wants a piece of you. And the trouble with being Tony, is that most of them got one. Just how do you ‘look after’ something that’s trying its damnedest to kill you and eat you? And how do you find love when you a) don’t speak the language, and b) are constantly covered in excrement and entrails? If only he’d had some relevant experience. Other than owning a pet rabbit when he was nine. And if only he’d bought some travel insurance… That Bear Ate My Pants is the hilarious tale of one man’s quest to better himself. Whether losing a machete fight with a tree, picking dead tarantulas out of a tank of live ones or sewing the head back on to a partially decapitated crocodile, Tony’s misadventures are ridiculous, unbelievable and always entertaining. Long before Sky One got involved, there were already plenty of Idiots Abroad. This is the story of one of them… This book is now the first in a series, following Tony’s adventures through the UK and Thailand in ‘Don’t Need The Whole Dog!’, and around Australia in ‘Kamikaze Kangaroos!’ They can be read separately or together just as easily.

Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants: An Unofficial Guide

by Andy Frankham-Allen

Think you know Doctor Who? Think again.

Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants is an in-depth account of each Doctor Who companion. This book examines each assistant’s significance in the TV series as well as other Doctor Who media.

Written by a true fan, Andy Frankham-Allen, the book also features a foreword by Gary Russell and afterword by David J Howe.

It will appeal to fans of â??Doctor Who: Whology’, â??Ahistory: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe’ and â??The Discontinuity Guide’.


“Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants seeks to pull together everything that’s been revealed about every single companion in their on-screen adventures, through their actions, interactions and dialogue… It’s clearly been more than just sitting in front of episodes of Doctor Who with a notebook and pen; he expands and extrapolates beyond a say-what-you-see approach.” (Doctor Who Magazine)

“…A brilliant book, beautifully produced and printed, and a most welcome addition to the vast library of Doctor Who literature. First class.” (Books Monthly)

“Companions is a very thorough volume… We found it fascinating to see all the touches that have been added to our favourite characters over the years and it really motivates us to catch up on some of the non-television adventures we have missed!” (Cult Box)

“There have been books about companions before – but few of them go into this amount of detail, display this amount of in-depth knowledge and above all, this amount of love. As a celebration of everything that makes the Doctor’s (and therefore our) best friends unique and special, this book is essential.” (Gary Russell, Doctor Who magazine, Big Finish Productions & Doctor Who)

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

by Olive Gilbert

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery and would later become one of America’s most famous abolitionists and women’s rights activists. Sojourner, with the help of her friend Olive Gilbert, wrote a book about her life experiences. This edition includes a table of contents.

Shaman’s Blues: The Art & Influences Behind Jim Morrison & The Doors

by Denise Sullivan

Jim Morrison and the Doors wield an unquestionable influence on popular music and the mainstream, but behind the rock’n’roll myths and the monstrous creation the band called Jimbo, there were four young men in search of something mightier.

Led by Jim Morrison’s intellectual capacity and thirst for discovery, the band explored its dark themes from a distinctly prophetic and Western perspective: spirituality, drugs, political, environmental and social concerns all played a role – it was the ’60s after all. But while Beat poetry, William Blake and Arthur Rimbaud swirled in Morrison’s mind, and the band laid down tracks that followed jazz, classical and Far East patterns, they more often than not landed at the center of the blues. Lured by its nighttime rhythm, its cinematic storytelling abilities and inescapable American history, the band resisted, but Jim’s connections to its rhyme schemes and emotional depths won out in the end: The blues is at once The Doors’ known and secret influence – among others explored here – and Morrison was haunted by them.

Chased by the stealthy demon alcohol until the end, and horrified by a past and future all too real to him, this telling of the Doors often-told story makes new connections with the subconscious tidal wave that carried Morrison from Gulf Coast Florida to California gold.

The Frank and Jesse James Saga: The Beginning of the End for the James Gang

by R. G. “Jerry” Tidwell

Just who were Frank and Jesse James?

Their daring adventures have captured America’s imagination for over a century. To some they were blood-thirsty outlaws leaving a trail of destruction; to others they were folk heroes. As years go by, the bottomless, black bog of time makes it increasingly difficult to separate fact from legend.

While all the pieces of the puzzle may never be found, author Jerry Tidwell has scoured archives, internet sources and family stories to present a compelling picture of two of America’s most wanted men. Using his folksy humor and down-to-earth narrative, Mr. Tidwell has taken the time to extensively research the brothers’ ties to the Shoals area of North Alabama and surrounding countryside. Included in this research is a wealth of genealogical information that will prove invaluable to history lovers.

Anecdotes, genealogies and entertaining family stories captivate the reader and chronicle the James clan’s history. In fact, many people who have claimed a connection to these infamous outlaws will find this book to be a treasure in attempting to connect their roots to that of the prolific James family.

Of course, in addition to the wealth of historical information, there’s plenty of good storytelling for those who are purely drawn to the excitement and mystery associated with two of America’s most notable felons.

Separating fact from legend is a difficult task, but as Mr. Tidwell shares in this fascinating read:

One thing is certainly true though. With Jesse’s death and Frank’s surrender in 1882 and death in 1915, without any doubt the end of the James Gang was at hand. They had departed this life to meet their maker for final judgment and their reward or punishment.

Jerry Tidwell is a freelance researcher and writer who lives in Scottsboro, Alabama. His book, Our Family’s Journey through Time, was published by Bluewater Publications in 2009.

Inside the Hearts of Bible Women

by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Modern Bible Women was written to help God’s women understand some of the more serious problems and challenges facing us in our modern age, and also faced thousands of years ago. Conversation and narrative have been added to help the reader imagine what it might have been like to walk in the shoes of these Bible women. This book is organized to be used in private, an established church class, or an outreach to women in the community.

Three sets of discussion questions represent (a) the woman before the problem arose, (b) being hurled into the throes of the problem, (c) her efforts to pull out of the problem. There are no right or wrong answers.

Unbeknown to your group, a seemingly stable woman may be going through any of these problems right now, and need suggestions from her sisters. Most such problems are not normally discussed openly, but we should not pretend they do not exist (James 1:24). Furthermore, we should not wait until, God forbid, you or a friend is thrust into one or more of these problems before figuring out how to handle it.

How would you handle having to move over and over as Sarah did? Do you think you’d have the courage to publicly stand against homosexuality, or do you always find it easier to just go along for the sake of peace as Lot’s wife did? What if two of your grown children had a falling out and refused to speak to each other for years as happened to Rebecca? Would you fall apart completely if all your children were killed in one day, your husband lost his income, or he became grotesquely ill ~ all of which faced Job’s wife?

Could you face loss of a husband in death, and then change religions and countries as did Ruth? Is it possible to keep your sanity while living with an abusive husband as did Abigail? Have friends tried to convince you that it is possible to harmlessly reach the spirit world as Endora experienced? Can a woman truly return to a normal life after having been raped as Tamar had been through incest?

Is forgiveness possible when a spouse commits adultery over and over throughout marriage as Gomer did to Hosea? What about hiding one’s religion, then finding the courage to step out and be counted as Queen Esther experienced? Are you haunted with adult ADD and can’t seem to get anything done, despite working all day as was Martha’s fate? Do you think you can remain loyal to Jesus and his Body through thick and thin as loyal Priscilla did?

Let us prepare ourselves now while we are thinking clearly. Let us march confidently into that unknown future, our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of truth (Ephesians 6:15). Thus, we can courageously and assertively face anything!

Writing a Family History On-Line

by C. Murray

Are you a Family History enthusiast?

Do you want to use the Internet and Social Media to share your discoveries about your ancestors with family, friends and other genealogists?

Do you have memories you’d like to share with future generations?

In “Writing a Family History On-Line” the author describes her approach to making her Family History available on-line to family, friends and other genealogists. She uses her own Website, Blogs and Social Media to demonstrate how you too can write and share your Family History on-line at little or no cost.

After reading this book you should be able to write your Family History on-line instead of just printing out family trees, charts, lists and reports. You will have looked at some examples; got some ideas; and be equipped with enough knowledge to have a go at trying out some alternative ways of writing a Family History using the Internet and Social Media.

The Contents Page in the free sample of “Writing a Family History On-Line” indicates the scope of the book.

How to Survive in Prison

by Andrew V. Kudin

Would you be able to survive in a prison where corrupt authorities are doing everything possible to convict you of a crime you did not commit? How to Survive in Prison is the horrifying memoir of an innocent man who finds himself behind bars in Ukraine. Andrew V. Kudin, a well-known Ukrainian author, academic, and politician, landed behind bars in the summer of 1997 on false charges that had him facing the death penalty. Always true to his personality, education, and profession, he decided to chronicle his ordeal in real-time as he fought for his life and freedom. How to Survive in Prison is a shocking recollection of his time behind bars, but also served to expose egregious human rights violations by Ukrainian prison authorities during the late 1990’s. Sadly, the situation has not improved in Ukrainian prisons, and there are even reports of How to Survive in Prison being used by Ukrainian authorities as a “gift” to individuals that are uncooperative with the powers that be as a subtle threat to foreshadow the possible lifestyle a person will endure if he or she does not become cooperative. Almost fifteen years after its first publication, How to Survive in Prison still rings true in 2012 as former high-ranking government officials are finding themselves behind bars on charges the West considers motivated by politics.

Just the facts:

From 2000 to 2010, Andrew V. Kudin’s book “How to Survive in Prison” has been published in more than 7 editions.

The general circulation of “How to Survive in Prison” copies sold during this period amounted to more than 200,000 books.

For 10 years, the book and an audio book have been downloaded from more than 1.5 million times.

After 2005, the writer’s name became associated with only one book: “How to Survive in Prison”

Andrew V. Kudin decided never to republish the book in Russian or Ukrainian and never again write about prison. Andrew V. Kudin has consistently refused to participate in television and radio broadcasts, where he has been invited as a human rights activist.

“In the world, there are many topics that interest me a hundred times more than filthy prison walls,” he once said during an interview on “Radio Liberty.”

Notwithstanding his desire never to speak publicly about his prison experiences, Andrew V. Kudin’s book “How to Survive in Prison” continues to be one of the most popular and widely read books on the Internet.

Romeo And Juliet In Columbus, Ohio

by L El

This true story is about a six-year romance of a fated struggle with different religions and World War II. See the lovers; read their story; feel their emotions. It is told in 9000 words and 30 images and takes place from 1937 to 1943.

An Eclectic Journal… Thailand

by Morgan McFinn

This meandering journal consists of random musings and observations that the author conjured up while living in a wooden bungalow along the Gulf of Siam in Thailand. It is primarily meant to be amusing but, also deals with the death of a friend and the author’s platonic relationship with a young woman in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) for whom he is trying to provide a better life. As always with McFinn, there are plenty of interesting characters and witty repartee.

The Story of My Life – Part I

by Hegert Toomsoo

No matter if you meet someone for the first time in person or you just see someone interesting on the street, you sometimes wonder “Who are they?”. You are doing it right now, too. Aren’t you? So, who am I?!â?¨â?¨

I am a young entrepreneur, wheelchair athlete, IT-student, motivational speaker, dreamer and whatever else you can imagine.

There is one fact about this book – when you finish it, the point of view of your life has changed.

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