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Buddhism: Beginner’s Guide: A Practical Guide to Embrace Buddhism Into Your Life (Buddhism, Anxiety, Mindfulness, Happiness)

by Alexander Yamashita

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Buddhism is still a mystery to most of us. Most of us know only this religion found in Asia that professes a form of Buddhist doctrine based on the life and teachings of the venerate Buddha. Yet, when we step through this faith we will learn that it is based on the permeation of suffering and pain. We learn that desire causes suffering and the only path to enlightenment is through wisdom and meditation. The Buddhist faith is a never ending quest to attain enlightenment and this book is the first step in attaining it.

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WORLDWIDE EVIL AND MISERY 2: The Coming Transition and the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion (The 13 Illuminati Bloodlines)

by Authors Collective

ALSO AVAILABLE AS BOOK: “UNVEILED – THE PROTOCOLS OF ZION”

Our privacy is becoming less and less important to us: reality TV, webcams, Augmented Reality, even the government is less and less inclined to stay out of our private lives. We don’t have anything to hide, do we? Who cares; just don’t give us a headache!

Back to the TV with a can of beer. Our remote control makes us feel like gods. Stop moaning. Get up early in the morning, stuck in traffic, work, stuck in traffic again; TV, beer and back to sleep, day in, day out. And do not forget the supermarket on Saturday.

Like dodos, we entrust all our private information to the system and totally depend on it for our monetary and other needs. We simply can’t be bothered to use our brains and maintain our skills.

Nevertheless, many people do admit that our society isn’t doing too well. People feel ill at ease, restless and unsafe. Many ask themselves: “Where is this world going? Where does this road lead us to? What else awaits us? How did we get into this chaos?”

Of course there are a lot of self-centered and heartless people, but they are not the main offenders. The origins of our problems are deeper and clearly lie somewhere else.

We are raised, by tradition, to trust our governments, and are convinced that they care about us. This, however, is a big mistake. Below the surface of official politics lies a complicated social and intellectual process that is taking place. The visible world leaders are mere puppets directed by an invisible power from behind the scenes.

We are dealing with the rise of a new geo-political supranational power on the world scene. This geo-political power consists of the richest families on this planet. Together with the most powerful multinationals they rule and control all countries and all coalitions. The true aim of this elite group is complete control of Planet Earth.

The tentacles of our elite are woven with all facets of human existence. Their influence reaches all the leading institutions and organizations in the fields of politics, education, religion, finances and mass media. The true aim of this elite group is complete control of Planet Earth.

A complete integration of man and technology is in the works. The moment when these developments become irreversible is called the ‘Transition’. It will mean the end of the individual right to self-determination. We are no longer deemed fit to make our own choices and take responsibility. We have come close to the point where we have started to believe this ourselves and accept this â??Transition’.

The time has come that we need to forget about the couch, the beer and the TV? If we do nothing, we will end up in a modern version of the dark ages. We need to start using our brains quickly, or it will be too late.

The political and socio-economic chaos that exists at the moment was described 200 years ago in the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. How is this possible?

The Protocols describe the plan to substitute the existing governments with a New World Order, one that will rule the entire world by reign of terror. International monopolists’, operating under the guise of global politics, have been trying for decades to destroy the existing â??World Order’ in order to create a dictatorial â??New World Order’; a global design for a One-World-Government, One-World-Dictator and its constituents.



Silent Heroes of the Cold War: The Mysterious Military Plane Crash on A Nevada Mountain Peak-and the Families Who Endured an Abyss of Silence for Generation

by Kyril Plaskon

From Las Vegas, Mount Charleston looks like little more than a giant gravel mound in the distance, towering 11,916 feet above the neon lights of the entertainment capital of the world. Only a fraction of the nearly 40 million people who visit this 24-hour city ever bother to look west and skyward toward the mountain.The truth is that this very mountain is a silent memorial to fourteen men who died there in a plane crash on November 17, 1955; men who were part of the secret development of the U-2 spy plane, integral to America’s success in the Cold War. The United States government was so determined to keep their mission a secret that it lied to the families of the victims, sealed the crash records and even rigged the site with explosives in an effort to obliterate any remnants of their existence.If it weren’t for the curiosity of one visitor, the national secret that haunted the mountainside might never have been revealed.



SOUL LOVES: The Love Lives of Nana Harriet Ross Tubman and Mother Sojourner Truth

by Linda Cousins-Newton

While most who read about the lives of the great freedomists, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Ross Tubman focus on their historical feats, this work delves into their romantic lives and how it shaped their life visions and missions. From their sometimes heartbreaking early relationships to the enduring bond they formed with the “Divine Beloved” and in Tubman’s case, a much younger, supportive second life partner, these love warriors’ roles as women in love and liberty is as intriguing as their roles as globally-revered 19th-century sheroes, motivators, and liberators.



The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Battle of Nashville

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes accounts of the fighting by generals and soldiers on both sides

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

“Never had there been such an overwhelming victory during the Civil War – indeed, never in American military history.” – Wiley Ford’s comment on the Franklin-Nashville Campaign

As Sherman began his infamous march to the sea, Lincoln instructed Grant to redirect General George H. Thomas’ efforts back to Tennessee to protect Union supply lines and stop the offensive mounted by Confederate general John Bell Hood. Hood had broken away from Atlanta and was trying to compel Sherman to follow him, thus diverting him from his intended path of destruction. With Sherman marching east toward the sea, he directed Thomas to try to block Hood around Nashville.

On November 30, the Union army began digging in around Franklin, and that afternoon Hood ordered a frontal assault on the dug in Union army which deeply upset his own officers. Hood stressed the necessity of defeating Schofield’s forces before Thomas could arrive, though some historians believe his decision to mount a frontal attack was a rash decision made out of fury at the fact Schofield had escaped his grasp. Either way, after repeated frontal assaults failed to create a gap in the Union lines, Schofield withdrew his men across the river on the night of November 30, successfully escaping Hood’s army. Meanwhile, Hood had inflicted nearly 8,000 casualties upon his army (men the Confederacy could scarcely afford to lose), while the Union lost about a quarter of that.

Despite practically wrecking his army, which was now only about 25,000 strong, Hood marched his battered army to a position outside Nashville, Tennessee, where he took up defensive positions while awaiting reinforcements from Texas. On December 1, General Thomas sent word to Grant that he had “retired to the fortifications around Nashville until I can get my cavalry equipped”, a reference to the fact that Forrest’s cavalry had more than double the manpower of the Union cavalry. But Thomas also added that “if Hood attacks our position, [we] would be seriously damaged, but if he makes no attack until our cavalry can be equipped, [I] or General Schofield will move against him at once.” The following day Grant wired back, “If Hood is permitted to remain quietly about Nashville, you will lose all the road back to Chattanooga, and possibly have to abandon the line of the Tennessee. Should he attack you it is all well; but if he does not, you should attack him before he fortifies. Arm and put in the trenches your quartermaster’s employees, citizens, etc.”

Even as Grant sniped at him, Thomas held back for nearly two weeks, partly because of a bad ice storm, and his delay nearly resulted in having Grant remove him from command. When reinforcements didn’t arrive by December 15, Thomas finally devised a complex two-pronged attack that feinted at Hood’s right flank while bringing overwhelming force on the left flank. During the two day battle, Thomas effectively destroyed Hood’s command, inflicting over 6,000 more Confederate casualties while losing less than half that. Upon reaching his headquarters at Tupelo, Mississippi, General Hood requested to be relieved of command rather than be removed in disgrace.

The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Battle of Nashville analyzes the events leading up to the important Union victory and the end of the Franklin-Nashville Campaign. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Battle of Nashville like never before.



The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Battle of Franklin

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes accounts of the fighting by soldiers and generals

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

“‘Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg’ has come to be a synonym for unflinching courage in the raw. The slaughter-pen at Franklin even more deserves the gory honor.” – Stanley F. Horn, The Army of Tennessee

As Sherman began his infamous march to the sea, Lincoln instructed Grant to redirect General George H. Thomas’ efforts back to Tennessee to protect Union supply lines and stop the offensive mounted by Confederate general John Bell Hood. Hood had broken away from Atlanta and was trying to compel Sherman to follow him, thus diverting him from his intended path of destruction. With Sherman marching east toward the sea, he directed Thomas to try to block Hood around Nashville.

In late November, the Army of the Ohio, being led by Thomas’ principal subordinate John Schofield, all but blindly stumbled into Hood’s forces, and it was only through luck that some of them had not been bottled up before they could regroup together. Receiving word of Union troop movement in the Nashville area, General Hood sent for his generals while attempting to hold off Schofield’s advance. Hood knew that if Schofield reached Thomas’ position, their combined armies would number more than twice his. Though the Confederates successfully blocked Schofield’s route to Nashville, the Union general managed to execute an all-night maneuver that brought him to Franklin, about 18 miles south of Nashville.

On November 30, the Union army began digging in around Franklin, and that afternoon Hood ordered a frontal assault on the dug in Union army which deeply upset his own officers. Hood stressed the necessity of defeating Schofield’s forces before Thomas could arrive, though some historians believe his decision to mount a frontal attack was a rash decision made out of fury at the fact Schofield had escaped his grasp. Patrick Cleburne, known as the “Stonewall of the West,” was perhaps the most vocally outspoken opponent of the plan, and he suggested a plan to flank the Union position. Hood refused to consider it, and as Cleburne mounted his horse and acknowledged his duty, Cleburne rallied his men and promised Hood, “We will take the works or fall in the attempt!” In a more private remark to one of his brigadier generals, Daniel Govan, Cleburne said, “Well, Govan, if we are to die, let us die like men.”

After repeated frontal assaults failed to create a gap in the Union lines, Schofield withdrew his men across the river on the night of November 30, successfully escaping Hood’s army. Meanwhile, Hood had inflicted nearly 8,000 casualties upon his army (men the Confederacy could scarcely afford to lose), while the Union lost about a quarter of that.

Despite practically wrecking his army, which was now only about 25,000 strong, Hood marched his battered army to a position outside Nashville, Tennessee, where he took up defensive positions while awaiting reinforcements from Texas. About two weeks later, at the Battle of Nashville, Thomas effectively destroyed Hood’s command, inflicting over 6,000 more Confederate casualties while losing less than half that. Civil War historian Wiley Ford noted of the campaign, “Never had there been such an overwhelming victory during the Civil War – indeed, never in American military history.” Upon reaching his headquarters at Tupelo, Mississippi, General Hood requested to be relieved of command rather than be removed in disgrace.

The Greatest Civil War Battles: The Battle of Franklin analyzes the events leading up to the important Union victory and the climactic fighting itself. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Battle of Franklin like never before.



The American (An Ennin Mystery #41)

by Ben Stevens

Accused of being spies in feudal-era Japan, the shipwrecked crew of an American whaling vessel face being decapitated…

And yet, one of the crew members was once Japanese…

Ennin investigates…

This is the 41st Ennin Mystery.

From the bestselling author of BIG SOUND TEMPLE

Amazon reviews for ENNIN (various titles)

‘This Japanese detective is a fine addition to the burgeoning field of Asian historical detectives which began with Judge Dee (China) and runs through I.P. Parker’s Akitada…’ Mcb.

‘I can’t stop reading this series! If you love historical mysteries, you will love the period and cultural detail…’ Pauline

‘Delightful short story… Enjoy!…’ PeaTee (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

‘(The) Ennin series is intriguing… Recommend these stories to all…’ Chris

‘Stevens has created an interesting character and placed him in a colorful place and time in history. Stevens is cranking out stories with a certain rapidity now. That’s great news to those of us who enjoy his stories….’ AN

‘Atmospheric, intriguing and entertaining… feels as if it is both contemporary and traditional. A rare achievement…’ Kenny51

‘An excellent Japanese detective series… I enjoy each and every story…’ R. Russell

‘Stevens keeps on delivering… This is a great series. Anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes will enjoy the similarities in Stevens’ characters and Doyle’s. Fresh plots, exotic locale, who-done-its, and a unique set of protagonists. I’ve read all the Ennin series and look forward to each new adventure. Highly recommended…’ Abby Normal

‘Entertaining read with Holmesian overtones, but very different setting…’ Gerry H

‘Once you start this, I’m betting you won’t be able to set it down until you finish it…’ Judy

‘The author weaves intrigue, subterfuge and cunning into a very enjoyable story…’ J. Cepeda

‘Historical setting and cultural background are excellently researched…’ D. Werdin

‘Wonderful… Like a Japanese room arrangement with clean lines keeping clutter to a minimum…’ AcerAcer

‘Ben Stevens is masterful. I can’t wait to read his next set of stories…’ Kindle Customer

‘If you like the Akitada books, you will enjoy this….’ Mamakile

‘Something out of the ordinary… Well worth the read…’ Amazon Customer

‘The Sensei is a brilliant detective. Ben Stevens, as always rocks. He’s one heck of a storyteller…’ Lisa

‘Atmosphere, poetry and menace…’ ThisandThat

‘A feudal Japanese Sherlock Holmes… This ever-evolving excellent series… Vivid imagery and graphic detail which are a trademark of this writer…’ Deborah Chaytor

‘Try it… and like it… I don’t look for mysteries from the middle ages, even ones set in Japan, but for some reason I love this series… Well-written…’ Amazon Customer

‘The story develops wonderfully…’ Dave. N

‘Loved it!… Simply amazed… I thoroughly enjoyed this read…’ Edwina Callan

‘Cleverly written and filled with facts regarding old Japan…. Very similar to Holmes and Watson…’ Eileen Sedgwick

‘Good job. Very enjoyable…’ Sid

‘Great…’ Doug Grey

‘If you like the Akitada books, you will enjoy this…’ Mamakile

‘I loved this…’ MaidenStull

‘A prime example of deductive reasoning, set within feudal Japan…’ Jennifer

‘Ennin and his faithful servant are the Holmes and Watson of the East. The mysteries are well plotted. Sesshu is the Moriarty of the piece. If you are a Sherlock fan you should like Ennin…’ Amazon Customer, NJ United States

‘Five stars… Entertained throughout…’ Austerity

‘The mysteries are intriguing and unusual… Couldn’t put the stories down… Well worth the price…’ Jay Gold

‘Mystery from historic Japan… like Holmes and Watson, but in an Asian setting…’ Nysaa

‘Good book… the story takes you back in time…’ Santex

‘Very powerful…’ Bill



The Apollo 1 Disaster: The Controversial History and Legacy of the Fire that Caused One of NASA’s Greatest Tragedies

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Explains the design of the Apollo program and investigations into what went wrong

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

“There’s always a possibility that you can have a catastrophic failure, of course; this can happen on any flight; it can happen on the last one as well as the first one. So, you just plan as best you can to take care of all these eventualities, and you get a well-trained crew and you go fly.” – Gus Grissom, December 1966

The Apollo space program is the most famous and celebrated in American history, but the first successful landing of men on the Moon during Apollo 11 had complicated roots dating back over a decade, and it also involved one of NASA’s most infamous tragedies. Landing on the Moon presented an ideal goal all on its own, but the government’s urgency in designing the Apollo program was actually brought about by the Soviet Union, which spent much of the 1950s leaving the United States in its dust (and rocket fuel). In 1957, at a time when people were concerned about communism and nuclear war, many Americans were dismayed by news that the Soviet Union was successfully launching satellites into orbit.

Among those concerned was President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose space program was clearly lagging a few years behind the Soviets’ space program. From 1959-1963, the United States worked toward putting satellites and humans into orbit via the Mercury program, but Eisenhower’s administration was already designing plans for the Apollo program by 1960, a year before the first Russian orbited the Earth and two years before John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed Congress and asked the nation to “commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” Given America’s inability to even put a man in orbit yet, this seemed like an overly ambitious goal, and it isn’t even clear that Kennedy himself believed it possible; after all, he was reluctant to meet NASA Administrator James E. Webb’s initial funding requests.

As Apollo 11’s name suggests, there were actually a number of Apollo missions that came before, many of which included testing the rockets and different orbital and lunar modules in orbit. In fact, it wasn’t until Apollo 8 that a manned vehicle was sent towards the Moon and back, and before that mission, the most famous Apollo mission was Apollo 1, albeit for all the wrong reasons.

There were no delusions regarding the dangers of manned space travel, but they were brought home on January 27, 1967, when all three astronauts were killed by a fire that ignited in the cabin during a launch rehearsal. To this day, there is still debate over what ignited the fire, but the disaster made clear that the modules being used by NASA had a series of fatal flaws. After the Apollo 1 tragedy, NASA changed its plans by first running a series of unmanned missions to test the Saturn rockets and the different modules throughout 1967 and early 1968. and it would not be until Apollo 7 launched about 20 months after the disaster that NASA dared to conduct another manned mission.

The Apollo 1 Disaster: The History and Legacy of the Controversial Fire analyzes the conception of the Apollo program and the events that brought about the fateful disaster. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Apollo 1 like never before, in no time at all.



The Hammer of the Scots: The History and Legacy of Edward Longshanks’ Conquest of Scotland

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes accounts of battles fought between Edward Longshanks, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

“By God, Sir Earl, either go or hang.” – Edward Longshanks

From their very beginnings, England and Scotland fought each other. Emerging as unified nations from the early medieval period, their shared border and inter-related aristocracy created endless causes of conflict, from local raiders known as border reivers to full blown wars between their monarchies. Every century from the 11th to the 16th was colored by such violence, and there were periods when not a decade went by without some act of violence marring the peace.

Out of all of this, the most bitterly remembered conflict is Edward I’s invasion during the late 13th century. Eventually beaten back after Edward’s death at the famous Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, this was the period of some of Scotland’s greatest national heroes, including William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. It still resonates in the Scottish national memory, all the more so following its memorable but wildly inaccurate depiction in the 1995 film Braveheart, which had Scottish audiences cheering in cinemas.

Though the fondly remembered heroes of this war are Scottish, the man who defined it was an English monarch, a man whose ruthless efficiency and brutality would earn him the title Hammer of the Scots. This was, for better or for worse, Edward I’s war.

The Hammer of the Scots: The History and Legacy of Edward Longshanks’ Conquest of Scotland analyzes the history behind the fighting between Edward and Scottish leaders like William Wallace. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Edward Longshanks and the conquest of Scotland like never before, in no time at all.



A Brief History of the Russian Mafia

by Michael J Bertolini

Get a small understanding of the Russian Mafia; though not comprehensive, it should be reason enough to peak your interest.



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