Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 29 Dec 15

Rocky Versace American Soldier

by Carl Bianchi

Humbert “Rocky” Versace was the first prisoner of war to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during captivity.

Showing incredible will and resolve, Versace remained defiant in the face of Viet Cong interrogations for over two years before his captors decided to execute the man whose spirit they could not break.



Joeltergeist: A True story of A Man with Holes in His Brain!

by Joel Ramey

Joeltergeist is my True story of me, born with a rare genetic birth defect called Cavernous Malformations, in the right, temporal lobe of my brain, UNKNOWN TO ME for 46.5 yrs.! i retrospectively piece my past decades together to verify to myself just how much of an impact those Holes in my brain affected every single aspect of my life, from 14 yrs. old to 30. On the streets of Ottawa at 15, 1979 to fleeing Canada at age 22. All my wild, crazy adventures.. The Joeltergeist effect.



Encyclopedia Kaczynski: Volume 2

by Guinevere Maltese

Encyclopedia Kaczynski is a collection of information about Theodore John Kaczynski, The Unabomber, from books, the internet, newspapers, magazines, and people. Readers can explore thousands of pages of text and images for information about Ted Kaczynski, and how he lived his life. In Volume 2, the editor continues to look deep in to Kaczynski’s writings that were made public by the U.S. Government on May 18, 2011 as part of a pre-auction marketing campaign. In addition, the editor presents a complete literature review of newspaper articles discussing Ted Kaczynski and his activities as the Unabomber.



Random People I Met Along The Way: Volume 1

by Richard Baker

This book is the first volume in an ongoing memoir. It originates from a series of recollections and ruminations, and is based on experiences that I had meeting random people along the way. These are their thoughts and experiences, their musings and ramblings as I have remembered them. The names have been changed, out of respect for their privacy, but essentially this is how these people communicated. It is written mostly from their perspective.



Three weeks in Lyon

by XXIII Count de LaFressange

I was kidnapped by French secret police on september 27 2015, this is my story.



National Service – A Slot in Life: It was never like this in Sungei Besi!

by Anthony Dawson

I don’t intend this to be an autobiography but the story of one British National Serviceman who served in Korea, Japan and Malaya during the mid-fifties.

I recall the initial intake and training period in the UK, transportation by troopships, trains, trucks, boats and planes; transit camps and permanent camps while I was attached to many companies and regiments.

At the time of my Call-Up it seemed like a period to be avoided but after the first few months I began to realise that this experience would never be repeated. I started to appreciate the situation I found myself in and more importantly began to value the people around me and the trust we developed.

I valued the knowledge I was gaining and learned to judge character by their deeds and helpfulness. Of course I also learnt quickly who and what to avoid and grasped the full meaning of the law â??Beg, steal or borrow!’ Early on in service life you take the necessary steps to safeguard your kit!

There were of course many dull and sad times but I hope I’ve also been able to inject a sense of some of the brighter times too for which I was grateful.

I certainly don’t feel the need to dwell on the shootings and deaths that occurred from time to time, accidental or otherwise, to both military and civilian personnel. There were many scary incidents but I was proud to be with comrades and serve with fine young men from all walks of life.

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BRITISH NATIONAL SERVICE was declared absolutely necessary and implemented by the current British government following the end of World War II. Depleted numbers of servicemen from Army, Navy and Air Force found the Government compelled to swell the â??Ranks’. Not only for the Home Front but to maintain a shared commitment in Europe and the Commonwealth countries.

Males over the age of 18 received the â??Call’ to serve their country in the Armed Services for 2 years full time with small incentives to sign up for longer. Exemptions were made for specialist occupations only.

The National Serviceman as he became known, was vital to the Regular Army’s strength. He served and fought with distinction on many battle-fronts around the world alongside comrades from many other countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Ghurkhas from Nepal.

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IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE today for people under the age of 50 to imagine what life was like in Great Britain some 50 years ago. World War II had only ended in 1946 and rebuilding and redevelopment was still badly needed in many towns and cities. Many office and work places were so ancient or outdated that today’s factory and health inspectors would be aghast!

At the time men were in occupations such as coal mining, fishing, potteries, weaving and shoemaking, all of which have now partially or sometimes totally disappeared. These industries kept the country busy and, more importantly, provided materials and products for export.

Young men who came from these areas of production and normally followed their fathers into the same occupations suddenly found that jobs were fast disappearing and they might have to go farther afield to find employment. This began the break-up of many close family units and travelling distances to offices or factories became commonplace.

National Service may have been a saviour to some men but it was a total intrusion to many others because “Most had to go”! Once a man was called up for National Service the majority had no idea what risks or actions he might encounter ahead during his service life.

Great Britain owes much to the services of these men simply called NATIONAL SERVICEMEN – many of whom were decorated for Valor and Bravery.

Moreover, we owe the greatest debt to many men and their families when the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE was made.



The Adventures of Big Girl and I

by Ian C. Payne

A humorous look at childhood memories.



Suicide Crisis: The Story

by Joy Hibbins

The story of how a mental health patient set up the first Suicide Crisis Centre of its kind in the UK, despite widespread scepticism and resistance from people in positions of power and influence.

The author experienced a traumatic event in 2012 which triggered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a descent into crisis and more than one suicide attempt.

The book contains a very honest account of her experience of crisis and her sometimes disturbing experiences within mental health services. Unable to find the right kind of help, she set about creating something which would have helped her, and which is now helping other people who are at risk of suicide.

The work of Suicide Crisis has been described as “pioneering” and “inspirational”.

Information about the charity can be found at: www.suicidecrisis.co.uk

Money raised from the sale of this book will go directly to Suicide Crisis.



The Tiger Regiment in the Civil War (Abridged, Annotated)

by Edward H. Rogers

The aptly-named Tiger Regiment was the 43rd Massachusetts Infantry. This is one of the better examples of regimental histories from the Civil War, containing many personal stories and anecdotes.

This is not the memoir of a famous general but life as lived by the common soldier. Edward Rogers, who did an admirable job writing the history, was a ship’s carpenter before and after the war. He writes of the horror of combat, the boredom of camp, the humor of comrades, and the experience of meeting former slaves.

“As I was strolling around yesterday (in my second visit to Newbern), I found a colored man, a little rising fifty years of age, engaged upon a wharf in siding an oak-knee. I entered into conversation with him, and found that he had been a slave until the battle of Newbern. (He was nearly white.) He was doing his work excellently; and in a quiet and prepossessing manner, in answer to a question of mine, said that he was thoroughly acquainted with his trade, and had worked at it all his days in Newbern, Beaufort, and other North-Carolina ports, paying his owner about three hundred dollars a y ear, retaining only enough for the barest necessaries of life for himself and family. I asked about his children, to which he replied, that, when the secesh went off, they took three of them away It was quite an experience to me to see a man evidently as intelligent, respectable, and skilled as any of our Northern mechanics, handling the familiar tools of my own calling, and yet so recently delivered from so abject a condition. I felt more than ever, that, if the South rules, it will ruin.”

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.

Be sure to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover above or download a sample.



History Of Mafia: This is the story of the underworld

by Toni Francis

HISTORY OF MAFIA

Roots

Camorra

Mafia

N’DRANGHETA

History Of American Mafia

Criminal gangs and Mafia In States

La Cosa Nostra

Ups and downs

Organized crime

Palermo

New York

Press Headlines



Tales of Chiang Mai

by Wayne Aubry

The Other Thailand

“The Other Thailand” is a step away from the average expat’s view of Thailand. It is two or three steps away from the average tourist’s experience. We expats can never be Thai, but it is a very unique and pleasurable experience to sink a few levels into their culture.

Living in Thailand for fifteen years, fourteen years of marriage to a Thai and learning to speak passable Thai has allowed me occasional glimpses of “The Other Thailand.”

Sleeping With the Aprilia

After my retirement and living in Chiang Mai for about three months, it became apparent that I needed to upgrade my transportation mode. I loved my Nike’s but they had serious limitations.

My tennis friends at Gymkhana Club had occasional parties at their homes on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. I needed wheels so I could attend.

In year 2000, motorbikes were the norm in Chiang Mai. The local motorbike dealer solved my problem with the delivery of my neon blue Victor-M. In a motorbike society man relies on his trusty bike as Roy relied on Trigger. This is a story of me bonding with my bike on the trip to Mae Sai.

Jing Hong

I visited Jing Hong as I returned from a visa run to Kunming, China. Kunming and Jing Hong are both in China’s Yunnan province that borders Burma and Lao.

I wanted to visit the Dai people that I had read about. They were a part of the people who populated Thailand. They never made the move south to Thailand. They remained in Yunnan as one of the many ethnic groups that populate the area. I wanted to see if they spoke Thai.

Jing Hong is a wonderful little town, on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. In 2003, Jing Hong had few Western tourists. As I strolled the town, I saw no Westerners. I stopped in a small café for lunch, and the owners, the kitchen staff and all the waitresses came to my table to check out the Westerner. I felt like a celebrity.

Driving in Chiang Mai

After taking delivery of my new, neon blue Motorbike, I faced one of the scariest problems of my retirement to Chiang Mai, driving in the chaos of Chiang Mai traffic. It looked like a constant sea of motorbikes swirling around with no apparent pattern that I could detect.

Driving on the left side of the street was a scare. I had driven forty-five years on the right side of the road. Just crossing the street was dangerous, “Remember look right, look right.”



Bay City Babylon: The Unbelievable, But True Story Of The Bay City Rollers

by Wayne Coy

(NEW REVISED EDITION) Bay City Babylon tells the story of the unlikely pop phenomenon that was the Bay City Rollersâ??from their humble Scottish beginnings to worldwide fame and adulation, and what’s happened to them since. It’s a classic tale of rock stardom with all the trappings, excesses, anguish, and exhilaration that go with it. Featuring interviews with band members and those that were along for the “Rollermania” ride in the ’70s. Plus, many never before published photographs and new “10th Anniversary” chapters that update the BCR story with details of their groundbreaking lawsuit for millions of dollars in unpaid record company royalties and their 2015 reunion.



Women Who Rock with Success

by Diane Winbush

“Women Who Rock with Success” is a professional magazine targeted for professional and entrepreneurial women. In this January/February edition; we are featuring Actress, Super Model, & Humanitarian Veronica Grey. Veronica is an advocate for many things regarding earth and plastic. She also debuted in the movie “Blue Chips” with “Nick Nolte.” Women Who Rock with Success” is an affiliate of The National Extraordinary Professional Women” organization.



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