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Das Kapital

by Karl Marx

It would be almost impossible to exaggerate the influence Karl Marx has had upon the world in the last 150 years. Marx was an influential historian, journalist and economist who is widely considered one of the first social scientists, but he is best remembered for advocating socialism, particularly the brand that would take his name. As the father of Marxism, Marx predicted that capitalistic societies, ruled by a “dictatorship of the bourgeoise”, would eventually give way via class struggles to a “dictatorship of the proletariat”, and eventually to a more stateless form of communism. 

Marx certainly wasn’t the first to espouse these kinds of political views, but nobody before or since had as much influence in actually bringing about the implementation of their ideas. Working with Friedrich Engels and others, Marx went about authoring a series of works, most notably The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Das Kapital (1867-1894), championing his ideas. While Marx laid out the ideological groundwork, many put it into action, leading to the formation of socialist powers in the Soviet Union and China during the first half of the 20th century. Marx’s writings and philosophy had an impact on the social sciences and economic theories, but one of his biographers could comfortably and accurately assert that the political history of the 20th century was “Marx’s legacy”. Whether fairly or not, in the West Marx has bcome inextricably linked with some of the totalitarian excesses of the regimes that claimed to espouse his ideology, and for that reason Marx is often associated with some of the negative connotations that come with the Soviets. Nevertheless, few would deny the very decisive impact Marxism had on the global landscape, and the ramifications continue to have a political influence today.

The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates

by Xenophon

Xenophon of Athens was a Greek poet, historian, soldier and philosopher, living at a time of momentous events in Ancient Greek history. He wrote about the philosophy of Socrates, the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, and the Persian expedition that formed the basis of his most famous work, Anabasis. In addition to his own works, he influenced the account of the Peloponnesian War written by the famous Greek historian Thucydides.

Although he was recognized as a great writer and poet in his lifetime, Xenophon’s involvement with Spartan politics and fighting led to his exile from Athens, and his association with Socrates probably did not help. His short treatise on Sparta’s government is considered one of the first examples of political philosophy.

The 1st Gulf War

On January 17, after negotiation, threats, and economic sanctions had failed to make Iraqi President Saddam Hussein undo his 1990 invasion of Kuwait, the United States and its allies launched a major air assault on Iraq. The sustained bombing heavily damaged Iraq’s infrastructure as well as taking many lives. A ground campaign begun on February 24 added to the Iraqi death toll, which was estimated by some U.S. government officials to be between 100,000 and 200,000 soldiers. (Estimates of civilian casualties were almost impossible to come by.) Fighting ended on February 28, with Iraq driven out of Kuwait. Immediately afterward, President Saddam Hussein had to deal with internal rebellions by Shiite Muslims in the south and Kurds in the north. The massive destruction, shortages of food, clean water, and other civilian needs, ongoing political turmoil, war reparations obligations, and continued poor relations with many of the countries it had fought left Iraq in a state of social and economic devastation throughout 1991.

The Dutch and Quaker Colonies in America

by John Fiske

John Fiske was a 19th century American historian who wrote several acclaimed books about the Revolutionary War and the colonial era, including this one.

Waiting on God

by Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray was a South African pastor and a well read author of Christian literature by all denominations.  Murray wrote over 200 books, including Christian classics such as Abide in Christ and Absolute Surrender.

History of Texas from 1685 to 1892: Volume I

by John Henry Brown

John Henry Brown was a 19th century American historian who wrote at length about the Southwest. His most famous work is a multi-volume history of Texas, History of Texas: From 1685 to 1892. Comprised of two volumes, History of Texas  contains 104 chapters.

The Works of Alexander Hamilton: Volume 11

by Alexander Hamilton

Unfortunately, one of the best known aspects of Alexander Hamilton’s (1755-1804) life is the manner in which he died, being shot and killed in a famous duel with Aaron Burr in 1804. But Hamilton became one of the most instrumental Founding Fathers of the United States in that time, not only in helping draft and gain support for the U.S. Constitution but in also leading the Federalist party and building the institutions of the young federal government as Washington’s Secretary of Treasury.

Hamilton is also well remembered for his authorship, along with John Jay and James Madison, of the Federalist Papers. The Federalist Papers sought to rally support for the Constitution’s approval when those three anonymously wrote them, but for readers and scholars today they also help us get into the mindset of the Founding Fathers, including the “Father of the Constitution” himself. They also help demonstrate how men of vastly different political ideologies came to accept the same Constitution.

Hamilton was a prominent politician and a prolific writer who had his hand in everything from the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and President Washington’s speeches, as well as an influential voice in policy and the formation of initial political parties. His works were compiled into a giant 12 volume series by Henry Cabot, which included everything from his speeches to his private correspondence.  This edition of Hamilton’s Works: Volume 11 covers the first 45 Federalist Papers, written by Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. The Federalist Papers sought to rally support for the Constitution’s approval when those three anonymously wrote them, but for readers and scholars today they also help us get into the mindset of the Founding Fathers, including the “Father of the Constitution” himself. They also help demonstrate how men of vastly different political ideologies came to accept the same Constitution.


by Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray was a South African pastor and a well read author of Christian literature by all denominations.  Murray wrote over 200 books, including Christian classics such as Abide in Christ and Absolute Surrender.

The Ten Commandments

by Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson was an English Puritan who became a well renowned preacher and author during his time, and his writings are still widely read today. As vicar of St. Stephen’s Walbrook, Watson became famous and popular as a preacher until the Restoration, which found him removed from his position. Among his writings are All Things for Good (originally published as A Divine Cordial), The Ten Commandments, and more. 

The Water of Life

by John Bunyan

John Bunyan (1628-1688) was an English Christian writer and preacher, famous for writing Pilgrim’s Progress. Though he was a Reformed Baptist, in the Church of England he is remembered with a Lesser Festival on August 30, and on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on August 29.

Bunyan wrote The Pilgrim’s Progress in two parts, the first of which was published in London in 1678 and the second in 1684. He began the work in his first period of imprisonment, and probably finished it during the second. The earliest edition in which the two parts combined in one volume came in 1728. A third part falsely attributed to Bunyan appeared in 1693, and was reprinted as late as 1852. Its full title is The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come.

The Pilgrim’s Progress is arguably one of the most widely known allegories ever written, and has been extensively translated. Protestant missionaries commonly translated it as the first thing after the Bible. At one time, The Pilgrim’s Progress was considered the most widely read and translated book in the English language apart from the Bible.

The Clouds

by Aristophanes

Aristophanes was one of the Ancient Greeks’ most famous playwrights, and some of his works survived to the modern day, including this one.

Jesus: The Man and His Works

by Wallace D. Wattles

Wallace D. Wattles was an American New Thought and self-help writer.  Wattles’ best known work is The Science of Getting Rich in which he gives great advice on how to achieve and maintain wealth, but he also wrote books about Christianity from a socialist perspective, including this one.

The Republic

by Plato

To say Socrates was an influence on Plato would be a vast understatement; historians today still struggle to distinguish Socrates’ philosophical beliefs from Plato’s, because much of Plato’s writings consisted of “Socratic dialogues,” in which the main character, Socrates, discusses the topic of the writing with his followers.  Yet for all of the influence of Socrates’ life on Plato, it was Socrates’ death around 399 B.C. that truly shaped him.  Plato was so embittered by Socrates’ trial in Athens that he completely soured on Athenian democracy, and he began to travel around the Mediterranean, studying topics like mathematics, honing his approach to philosophical thinking, and continuing to refine his philosophical beliefs.
About a decade later, Plato returned to Athens and founded his famous Platonic Academy around 387 B.C., which he oversaw for 40 years until his death.  One of Plato’s philosophical beliefs was that writing down teachings was less valuable than passing them down orally, and several of Plato’s writings are responses to previous writings of his, so Plato’s personally held beliefs are hard to discern.  However, Plato educated several subsequent philosophers, chief among them Aristotle, and his writings eventually formed the backbone of Western philosophy.

In The Republic, Plato uses Socrates once again to discuss the concepts of justice and how it applies to administering the city-state (polis), from the way labor is assigned to the way officials rule. In the process, the Socratic dialogue discusses the ideal form of government, as well as metaphysical concepts like the soul, while reaching a very famous conclusion about “philosopher kings”.

The History of Nevada: Volume 1 of 2

by Sam Davis

The History of Nevada is an expansive history of Nevada, covering its Indian origins, early emigrants, geography and more, in nearly 900 pages.

History of Texas from 1685 to 1892: All Volumes

by John Henry Brown

John Henry Brown was a 19th century American historian who wrote at length about the Southwest. His most famous work is a multi-volume history of Texas, History of Texas: From 1685 to 1892. Comprised of two volumes, History of Texas  contains 104 chapters.

THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG: A concise summary of the most significant battle of the American Civil War (Civil War Battle Summaries Book 1)

by Timothy vonLan

In July of 1863, the war among the states, The American Civil War, had been on-going for more than two years. The Battle of Gettysburg is considered by historians to be the most significant event of the war; the major turning point toward the ultimate Union victory and defeat of the Confederate Army. The three-day engagement was the costliest battle in the Civil War in terms of personnel loss on both sides. This book is the first of a series of concise Civil War Battle summaries by author Timothy vonLan, whose career encompasses 30 years of writing military documents.

THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION -: – The Pursuit and Capture of John Wilkes Booth and Trial of Davy Herold (150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination Book 2)

by Sean E. Jacobs

About the book

When beginning to write the six novels covering the Abraham Lincoln Assassination Trial of the Century in 1865, I learned more about “history” than I could ever have imagined. In one of my novels written in 2014, Sisters of Mercy – The Runaway Scrape, a story about how brave Sam Houston was on the battlefield and how Texas won their independence is written in textbooks by the victors, the Texians. You might ask yourself, what history did my story come fromâ?¦from the writings of Dilue Rose Harris and the Runaway Scrape, of course. The Texians won, so history was written by the victors. Can you read or speak Spanish? If so, pick up the history books written by historians from Mexico City. It tells a complete different story, but, of course, there is no truth to what they say, right?

In the Lincoln Assassination, the history we have been taught is that which was written by the Northern newspapersâ?¦ones such as Harper’s Weekly, The New York Tribune or the Washington Evening Star. Their narratives of events and how the North either won or lost different battles have a complete different version from those written by Southern newspapers. Look in textbooks and you will find most of what the Northern journalists wrote got transitioned into these books of education.

During World War II, Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “History is written by the victors!”

I have been told that the North’s only real claim to victory is that, because the North won, might tell fewer lies about their adversaries, the South. The North has put its stake in the ground and claims to control the past as well as the future. Take a look at President Jimmy Carter and President Gerald Fordâ?¦they gave amnesty to General Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis, but it was over 125 years after the War Between the States. Can you believe that?

Now, take Book 2, The Pursuit and Capture of John Wilkes Booth and the Trial of David Herold. The Northern newspapers and the Northern generals and colonels decided the fate of eight individuals. You tell me this was a fair trial! You tell me David Herold with the mind of an eleven year old should have died on the gallows!

This novel, as well as the next three in the series, will take the reader through the capture and killing of John Wilkes Booth. You will have front row seats to all of the witnesses and testimony, including circumstantial evidence and material evidence in the trial. You will be able to determine if the Northern officers of the military tribune made the right choice when it came time to vote on the death penalty for the four conspirators being tried.

In the writing of this novel, every effort has been presented by actual trial transcripts, just the way it happened in 1865. As the author, no decision are made on the truth or falsity of any statements, they are only presented word for word from the transcripts. You decide!

I leave you from my era in history, the Vietnam War. Although this can be considered an example of history written by the losers and not the victors, its accounts in history books can be debatable whether the United States lost the war, but surely we did not win it? But, still the majority of historical documentation for the War comes from us right here in America.

Following up on Book 2 will be the third in this series which will cover another conspirator, Lewis Thornton Payne, or some may call him Paine, Woods, or even Mosby? Its scheduled release is August 15, 2015.

George Orwell said once while writing 1984â?¦”We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right.”


Others: Lewis Payne, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, Jefferson Davis, Samuel Arnold, Samuel Mudd,

Michael O’Laughlin, Edwin Stanton, Gideon Welles, Robert Lincoln, War Between the States, Sidney Strus

Exposition – The Knights of the Golden Circle: The Most Secretive Organization in All of U. S. History (The 150th Anniversary Series of the Lincoln Assassination Book 7)

by Sean E. Jacobs

You can’t understand the Lincoln Assassination without understanding the Knights of the Golden Circle, the most powerful and secret societies in all America at the time of the Lincoln Assassination. It is somewhat unusual to understand how very little has been written about this organization, especially when I have just finished six novels in the series bases on hundreds of newspapers, periodicals, and magazines. There existence is well established before the Civil War.

The organization grew out of Southern Rights Clubs in the South who were most interested in opening up more territory to slavery. These secret clubs financed slave ships that continued to illegally abduct Africans after the slave trade was officially abolished in 1808.

In 1855, George Bickley, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, organized the Southern Rights movement into the highly secretive Knights of the Golden Circle, also known in abbreviated form as the KGC, a volunteer militia initially formed for a new invasion of Mexico.

This book is edited and reviewed for parts to include in the sixth book in the series, Conspiracy Theories in the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It was actually written by a member of the Order who never revealed his name. This book will give great insight into who the KGC were and what their purpose was for existence.

John Surratt, son of Mary Surratt who was hung in Book 5: The Trial of Mary Elizabeth Surratt, published his diary in later years and what is most astonishing is his frequent mention of the Knights of the Golden Circle on numerous pages, yet again, many history books across America do not discuss the Order.

The Knights of the Golden Circle merged with the expansionist Order of the Lone Star in 1858 and planned an invasion of Mexico which was eventually aborted by a senator of Texas, his name Sam Houston. After calling off the invasion, the KGC aimed at fomenting secession. State regimental leaders, in concert with folks like John Pettus, Henry Wise and Texas Ranger Ben McColloch, helped the Knights of the Golden Circle evolve into the paramilitary spearhead of the secessionist movement. These military units came to be known as the Minute Men in South Carolina and the Texas Knights in Texas, over 8,000 strong.

Ben McColloch organized the volunteers in Texas and orchestrated the attack on the Alamo and helped seize the federal fort and continue to help in Texas in its effort to secede from the Union.

There were many discussed attempts on Abraham Lincoln’s life, beginning with one organized by the Knights of the Golden Circle in February 1861. The person involved was a hairdresser from Baltimore by the name of Cipriano Ferrandini.

In the previous novel in this series, Book 6: The Conspiracy Theories in the Lincoln Assassination, a young initiate in the Order, John Wilkes Booth, much is discussed of the Knights of the Golden Circle and their influence on the events that fateful night in Washington City on April 14, 1865.

Conspiracy theories are called “Conspiracy” for a reason…no proof. Just because John Wilkes Booth was a member of this organization does not mean the KGC was behind the assassination attempt. However, after reading the hidden secrets within the organization, what their purpose was, how powerful and secretive the organization was and couple that with the secret code and other documents tying him to the Order, it is hard not to see some sort of involvement in the kidnapping attempts and later assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States.

Newspaper across the nation advertise the need of troops to muster in Brownsville, Texas in 1860 to eventually attack Mexico. These plans were called off due to the tension between the North and South and talk of secession were in everyone’s conversation each day.

This is the last book, Book 7, in the 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Assassination Series by Sean E. Jacobs.

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