Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 26 Dec 15

Marilyn: Loved By You

by Amie Ryan

A biography of American screen legend Marilyn Monroe which chronicles her childhood, film career, romances, and tragic death, set against the backdrop of a society whose laws and cultural standards were in the process of great change.



The Soul of Lee

by Randolph Harrison McKim

The Soul of Lee is a short biography of Robert E. Lee written by one of the soldiers who fought under his command in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War.



Plutarch’s Lives: Life of Agesilaus

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Parallel Lives: The Comparison of Pompey and Agesilaus

by Plutarch

Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia. Thanks to his writings and lectures Plutarch became a celebrity in the Roman Empire. At his country estate, guests from all over the empire congregated for serious conversation, presided over by Plutarch in his marble chair. Many of these dialogues were recorded and published, and the 78 essays and other works which have survived are now known collectively as the Moralia.

Plutarch’s best-known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving Lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek Life and one Roman Life, as well as four unpaired single Lives. Some of the Lives, such as those of Heracles, Philip II of Macedon and Scipio Africanus, no longer exist; many of the remaining Lives are truncated, contain obvious lacunae or have been tampered with by later writers. Extant Lives include those on Aristides, Pericles, Pompey, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Cato the Younger, Mark Antony, and Marcus Junius Brutus.

Plutarch also wrote a series of biographies, including the biographies of Demetrius, Pyrrhus, Agis and Cleomenes, Aratus and Artaxerxes, Philopoemen, Camillus, Marcellus, Flamininus, Aemilius Paulus, Galba and Otho. 



Elizabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary

by George P. Upton

George P. Upton was an American journalist who translated and wrote several works about European history, including this one about the famous 19th century Habsburg princess Elisabeth.



Through the Lookie Hole

by Brian Christofferson

Flying a twin-engined freighter, loaded with airmail, two-thirds of the way across Montana (at night) made for many exciting stories. Helping the woman of his dreams, his wife, raise three children in a rural setting was a gift to this lucky pilot as part of his day job. Throw in accounts of life or death struggles in the high country, camping trips in the wilderness or even weekends in Glacier National Park and this book pulsates with the delights of living in northwest Montana.



Democracy, An American Novel

by Henry Adams

Henry Adams was a famous 19th century historian, and his posthumously published memoirs, The Education of Henry Adams, won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1919.



General Edward Porter Alexander at Gettysburg: Letter to the Southern Historical Society

by Edward Porter Alexander

In the narrative of the Civil War, Edward Porter Alexander has loomed larger in death than in life. Just 25 years old when the war broke out, Porter Alexander had already served as an engineer and officer in the U.S. Army, but the native Georgian resigned his commission in May 1861 and joined the Confederacy after his home state seceded. 

Porter Alexander would continue to serve under Longstreet’s corps for most of the rest of the war, and he famously suggested to Lee at Appomattox that the Confederate army should disband and melt away instead of surrender. Porter Alexander would later regret the suggestion, and Lee scolded him for it anyway. 

Though he had served with distinction during the Civil War, it was Porter Alexander’s memoirs that have kept his name alive today. While many prominent officers on both sides wrote memoirs, Porter Alexander’s were among the most insightful and often considered by historians as the most evenhanded. With a sense of humor and a good narrative, Porter Alexander skillfully narrated the war, his service, and what he considered the successes and faults of others, including Lee, when he thought they had made good decisions or mistakes. As a result, historians continue to rely heavily on his memoirs as a source for Civil War history. 



Checkmate

by Anonymous .

This report is a brief summary of how a group of criminals set up their empire in a small town, and the extent that the law enforcement agencies had to go through, to help bring these guys to justice.

The narrative of this story is told from the first person-point of view, so that you will see this story from the eyes of some of the people who experienced these events.

Over 7,000 pages of court room documents, reports and interviews from the various law enforcement officers, the victims, and even a few of the criminals themselves, — were used to compile this brief summary

Since this story is based on true events, the names of the victims, the undercover personnel, and the criminals have been changed to help protect the identities of everyone involved. Also, due to the serious nature of these incidents, and to help protect everyone involved, I have also decided to keep my name anonymous.



ISABELLA : (1865 – 1955) : the plucky, enterprising, prayerful wife of author and architect George Granger Fleming

by Ian Reid Fleming

The life of a nurse, mother and grandmother, adventurer into Africa, pathfinder and inspiration to all. Written by her grandson, Ian Reid Fleming, with the help of great-grandson Ross Ian Fleming.

The lives of George Granger Fleming, author of The Dynamic of All-Prayer, and his wife Isabella (nee Adams) in Scotland, Johannesburg, the Transvaal Republic, and Mozambique are reflected here.



Letters To My Little Brother: Misadventures In Growing Older

by Matt McKinney

Dear Squirrel, my little brother,

Growing up sucks. So in February of 2012 â?? amidst a tumult of mania and spiraling depression â?? I decided to begin writing these letters to you, the lessons I learned as I transitioned from young adulthood to manhood (or something akin to manhood cause Heaven knows I’m still about as emotionally mature as a baby T-Rex). In them I give you all my hilarious stories and honest advice. The plane flight sitting beside our dead grandfather’s corpse. My first online dating profiles and the fellow ugly, broke misfits I met along the way. My manic fear of STDs, sexting, and severe oral pain. In these letters, I’ve laid my life shamelessly bare for you to see.

I apologize in advance if they don’t actually contain any useful tools to maturing. I kind of discovered that they were less about advice for your future and more about the painful awkwardness of my naïve misadventures and the eccentricities of my own imagination. They took on a life of their own, not only as retrospective entertainment for you as my sibling, but also as my own introspective meditation. I’m vain and egocentric. So sue me.

I love you always,

Matt, your big brother



Bernie: A Lifelong Crusade Against Wall Street & Wealth

by Darcy Richardson

The first major candidate for the presidency to seriously challenge the wealth and power of the financial oligarchy since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal and JFK’s short-lived presidency, Senator Bernie Sanders has spent nearly 45 years in politics fighting on behalf of poor and working-class citizens.

A sharp and insightful critic of the myriad failures of laissez-faire capitalism, a mythical economic philosophy fostered during the Reagan Era resulting in policies that have continued to coddle the rich while leaving millions of Americans perilously outside of the rapidly shrinking middle-class, the intrepid and forward-looking Vermont lawmaker is the only presidential candidate speaking hard truths about the economic realities facing most Americans eight years after the devastating 2008 financial meltdown of Wall Street’s making.

From his initial campaign for the U.S. Senate on the tiny Liberty Union ticket in the winter of 1972 to his current bid for the White House, this meticulously-detailed and thoroughly researched biography clearly illustrates how Battling Bernie – the voice of the country’s better self – has spent a lifetime consistently fighting for America’s poor and downtrodden, as well as the vanishing middle class.



Four Years in the Saddle (Abridged, Annotated)

by William L. Curry

This is one of the best regimental histories from the American Civil War. And no wonder…it was compiled by a historian who was a member of the regiment.

The First Ohio Volunteer Cavalry was one of the most storied regiments of the war. They fought at many of the most important battles of the war, including Corinth, Perrysville, Stone’s River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, the Atlanta campaign, and Kilpatrick’s raid. As they relate below, the regiment’s members were under fire well over one hundred times during four years of service.

Every memoir of the American Civil War provides us with another view of the catastrophe that changed the country forever.

For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones.

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Mystery: Payback Mystery (A Suspense Thriller Mystery Erotic Romance novella): (Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Suspense Thriller Mystery)

by Maya Moss

Sonia had plans, but her husband Dimitri preferred retreating to Russia, as there was nothing left for him in Dallas. His grandfather’s will had been written in clear terms and he was not entitled to any inheritance from the multi-million dollar estate. Dimitri’s brother Jonathan could now desecrate him by luring Sonia to his bed every now and then. It was all for the money, but it took Dimitri a while to realize all that was schemed in malice. His wife, his money, his life to an extent, and the family estate were all in danger of slipping away. His plans to travel – spiced with the sweet nectar of revenge after gaining access to their father’s authentic will – were halted. Will Sheba, Jonathan’s wife, succumb to a one-night stand with the irresistible Dimitri Petrov? It was all about sex and wealth, but someone had to maintain their dynasty. Will the con of a vicious lawyer kill a mighty dynasty built of blood and love?



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