Free history Kindle books for 01 May 15

Sweet Memories (Candy Recipes of the 1800s) (The Flavor Fairy Collection Book 7)

by Fae Merrie

The late 1800s are considered the heyday of “penny candy,” and the general store of yesteryear stocked a colorful assortment; yet many confections continued to be made at home, and no cookbook of that era would’ve been deemed complete without at least a few recipes for taffy, fudge, and the like. Herein are some of those wonderful old-time candiesâ??sixty-one vintage Victorian recipesâ??culled straight from the pages of the past for your present enjoyment.

Rosy (Brides of Serendipity Book 3)

by Sarah Richmond

Rosamund Sherry decides Matthew Kincaid is no gentleman. Ragtown’s new Yankee Sheriff is blunt and uncouth, and formed an impression before she even had a chance to introduce herself. He believes she is too fragile a Southern flower to bloom in the rugged Nevada town, an impression she intends to prove wrong.

All I Want (Visual Poetry Book 1)

by Nara Walker

Images and words combine and collide to express a depth of emotions ranging from despair to ecstasy. Trying to answer the eternal question…what is love?

Confluence: Genoir of an American Family

by Cameron Davis

It’s started as little more than a legend.

A grandfather tells his grandson that he once saw a copy of a letter on the back door of the post office door in Salem, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln had written the letter to the boy’s great, great, great grandfather.

That small mention set into motion a search for the letter. And what the boy finds is stunning: Lincoln and Levi Davis had been scouts in the Black Hawk War. They worked in the state legislature together. Sometimes ,they had been co-counsel on the same side of a law suit. Sometimes they were opposing counsel arguing against each other in court. But for more than a quarter century, they were friends.

Day by day, what started as a myth turned into a quest about the real-life story about the friendship, told backward leading into the Revolutionary War, then forward to the Civil War, travels to the emerging American West, encounters with old-time Chicago gangsters, and beyond, all based on the research of a grandson from one small mention of a letter by his grandfather.

Better than historical fiction, this genealogical memoir is the first of a new genre: the Genoirâ?¢, based on real events, real people, and real places.

DEAD PEOPLE POSING: The Mystery Behind Dead Photographs

Crazy photography tradition

A must see for anyone curious about this kind of strange Victorian style photography

This book will unveil 50+ lost photographs with deceased people – many of those

photographs were the only ones ever taken – imagine yourself only having

one picture of yourself, which is of your corpse…. wow…

Don’t pass on this book – you’ll see things you’ve never seen before!

Thai Cooking: By Thai (40 years experience of cooking)

by Nao Nim

Original Thai Food

My name’s Nao Nim. I am thai. I started cooking at 12 years old and I have been cooking for almost 40 years now. My mom taught me to do things for myself at a young age. They also taught me a lot of things about cooking. I love cooking so much.

I have written this Thai cookbook to share my knowledge and what I have learned from my experience with anybody who wants to know and wants to cook Thai food.

The Capítulos of Gabriel Soares de Sousa: Court Politics, Jesuits, and the Exploration of Brazil

by Matthew Racine

Gabriel Soares de Sousa is rightly famous for his Descriptive Treatise of Brazil, written in 1587, but few scholars have examined his lesser known work, the Capítulos de Gabriel Soares de Sousa Contra os Padres da Companhia de Jesus que Residem no Brasil.

This study examines the contents of the Capítulos, and concludes that the traditional view of Soares as an angry and greedy man levying unfounded charges against the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is incorrect.

Rather, the Capítulos were written, not on Soares’s own initiative, but to please persons in the highest ranks of royal government. Soares wrote the Capítulos to play to the prejudices and agendas of the court of Phillip II so that Soares could earn the right to search the Brazilian hinterland for gold, silver, and precious stones.


Matthew Racine is an independent scholar who received his Ph.D. in Portuguese History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also the author of A Most Opulent Iliad: Expansion, Confrontation and Cooperation on the Southern Moroccan Frontier (1505-1542), available in paperback.

Corporate Scandals: Crime in the Age of Big Business

by Can Akdeniz

In our current age of big business, it seems that everyone is looking for ways to make more money, acquire more power, and be more successful. However, from start-up companies to corporate empires that stretch back centuries, the temptations of greed and power often lead to corruption, fraud, unfair business practices, loophole-hunting, and even murder. The often shocking nature of business culture and society’s fascination with it puts corporate scandals in the spotlight every year around the world. We’ve gathered the stories from some of the most unbelievably bold, brilliant, and ultimately doomed corporate scandals in history, giving you a fast-paced ride through the dark side of big business.

The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Siege of Petersburg

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes accounts of the campaign written by various generals and soldiers on both sides

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

“I have seen your despatch expressing your unwillingness to break your hold where you are. Neither am I willing. Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible.” – President Abraham Lincoln to Ulysses S. Grant, August 1864

After the last major pitched battle of the Overland Campaign was fought at Cold Harbor in early June, Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac had suffered more casualties during the campaign than Robert E. Lee had in his entire Army of Northern Virginia at the start of May. Understandably, the American public was shocked by the carnage, and to this day Grant has been accused of being a butcher, but attrition had become a vital war aim for the North, and Grant remained undeterred.

Refusing to attack Lee in frontal assaults, and aware that Lee dared not venture out to counterattack, Grant nearly captured Richmond in mid-June by stealing a march on Lee’s army and crossing the James River. The fog of war, poor luck, and a skillful impromptu defense by P.G.T. Beauregard stopped Grant from taking Petersburg, which was a critical railroad hub and supply line for Richmond, before Lee’s army could confront, thereby saving the Confederacy for the time being.

The two armies began to dig in around Petersburg, and unbeknownst to them they would be there for the next 9 months, constructing elaborate trenches and engaging in the kind of warfare that would be the forerunner of World War I. Both sides engaged in innovative and unique attempts at mining underneath the enemy’s siege lines, as well as countermining, which led to the famous Battle of the Crater that turned an ingenious engineering feat into a Union debacle. Lee’s attempts to break the siege by threatening Washington and trying to fight Grant’s army proved just as futile.

Though the North couldn’t have known it at the time, the siege of Petersburg was the beginning of the end. Grant would pin Lee’s army down around that vital railroad hub for nearly 10 months, slowly extending the siege lines and overstretching the Confederates before finally breaking their line in early April. That would send Lee on the retreat that would bring the armies to Appomattox a week later.

The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Siege of Petersburg comprehensively covers the campaign and the events that led up to the crucial battles, the fighting itself, and the aftermath of the campaign. Accounts of the fighting by important participants are also included, along with maps and pictures of important people, places, and events. You will learn about the Siege of Petersburg like you never have before, in no time at all.

No. 1

by Tony Stowers

Set in Regency England, “No. 1” draws on the real and the imagined from every region of the North East present at the birth of the railways, starting on 18th September 1810 in Stockton and finishing there on 28th September 1825, the day after the first ever railway trip between towns, an event that changed history. Though history didn’t record it inadvertently carrying a boy fleeing from a miscarriage of justice and an ex-Waterloo veteran intent on silencing him, thankfully history can now be straightened out in this ambitious and unique re-creation by Darlington-born writer Tony Stowers blending fact and fiction through the words and actions of real-life celebrated figures, recorded historical events and ordinary people whose lives were impacted by this revolutionary technology. It includes an hour-by-hour breakdown of the opening day itself on 27th September 1825.

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