Free history Kindle books for 07 Aug 16

World War 1: Soldier Stories: The Untold Soldier Stories on the Battlefields of WWI (World War I, WWI, World War One, Great War, First World War, Soldier Stories)

by Ryan Jenkins

Heroes of the “War to end all Wars”


World War I, also known in its time as the “Great War” or the “War to End all Wars”, was an unprecedented holocaust in terms of its sheer scale. Fought by men who hailed from all corners of the globe, it saw millions of soldiers do battle in brutal assaults of attrition, which dragged on for months with little to no respite.
Tens of millions of artillery shells and untold hundreds of millions of rifle and machine gun bullets were fired in a conflict that demonstrated man’s capacity to kill each other on an unprecedented scale.

The enduring image of World War I is of men stuck in muddy trenches and of vast armies deadlocked in a fight neither could win. There were heroes though. Men who fought against odds so great, that few would survive. These are the stories of just a few.
Read about the “Devil Dog” who brought home not one, but two Medals of Honor and was even nominated for a third for his service.
Find out more about the German general who came home a hero, and dared to challenge Hitler. He was one of the few that survived doing so.
Learn about the “Jungle Fox” and his daring charges.
War is hell. Many men don’t survive that those that do are left with a lasting impression of the horrors witnessed. These stories honor those that fought for their countries and the other men who stood beside him. Pick up a copy of your own today.

Comments From Other Readers

“I’ll be honest, I didn’t pay much attention in my history class when it came to wars. They were over so why should I care? History is bound to repeat itself. In terms of war, that’s generally with tragic results. While the war itself was brutal, these brave men highlighted in the book took on immeasurable odds to save the lives of those around them. Starting with a short history of the war, it runs into these amazing stories. I wish I had paid attention when I was younger, but I’m certainly paying attention now.” – Hank (Montana, US)
“The heroics of men under the strain of war are something of a marvel. Any man that would willingly sacrifice himself for the life of another is to be commended. To do so repeatedly is heroic. Those that fight in any war for the freedom of others should all be considered heroic. There are some that stand out amongst the rest though. These are some of such stories from men who fought with valour in World War I. The author excels in his description of the history surrounding the war as well as his efforts in extoling the actions of these men. Truly a wonderful book.” – Jacques (Montreal, Canada)

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The Making of Chicago: The History of the Windy City in the 19th Century

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures

*Includes accounts of Chicago’s history and the great fire

*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading

*Includes a table of contents

The area that became Chicago caught the eye of European settlers as far back as the 17th century, when the French explorers Marquette and Jolliet found that waterways in the area connected the Mississippi River to the Great Lakes. The area became an outpost for the fur trade long before it was settled, and Fort Dearborn was built there in 1803.

Throughout the 19th century, American settlers pushing across the Western frontier came into contact with diverse American tribes, producing a series of conflicts ranging from the Great Plains to the Southwest, from the Trail of Tears to the Pacific Northwest. Indian leaders like Geronimo became feared and dreaded men in America, and Sitting Bull’s victory over George Custer’s 7th Cavalry at Little Bighorn was one of the nation’s most traumatic military endeavors.

The British attempt to maintain a barrier between America and Canada by propping up Native American tribes led to a controversial battle in the Illinois Territory at Fort Dearborn, a fort built along the Chicago River, shortly after the War of 1812 broke out. When the war came, the close proximity of British forces compelled American military officers in the area to attempt to evacuate the garrison at Fort Dearborn, but misunderstandings and a lack of time resulted in Potawatomi warriors ambushing the soldiers and several civilians before they could retreat back to Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Though it started as a 300 person settlement in 1832, Chicago’s location near the Great Lakes and its access to the Mississippi River turned it into a major trading city overnight. The city became even more important when railroads were constructed to connect the country, making it the first major city in the “West” during the mid-19th century. By 1871, the original 300 person settlement was now home to about 300,000 people, and Chicago had become the first major city built by Americans rather than European colonial powers

Thus, it had taken less than 40 years for the new settlement of 300 to become a city of nearly 300,000, but it only took two days in 1871 for much of it to be destroyed. On the night of October 8, 1871, a blaze in the southwestern section of Chicago began to burn out of control. Walking around Chicago today, it’s easy to forget about its past as a rural frontier. That’s due in no small part to the way Chicago responded to the Great Fire of 1871. Immediately after the fire, Chicago encouraged inhabitants and architects to build over the ruins, spurring creative architecture with elaborate designs. Architects descended upon the city for the opportunity to rebuild the area, and over the next few decades they had rebuilt Chicago with the country’s most modern architecture and monuments.

Chicago recovered well enough within 20 years to win the right to host the World’s Fair in 1893, which was commemorating the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of the New World. Covering nearly two square miles, the Fair’s grounds created a city within a city, and Daniel Burnham was in the middle of it all. With several other noteworthy architects, including Louis Sullivan, Burnham designed the layout of the grounds and the construction of the buildings on the ground. During the late 19th century, “neoclassicism” was in vogue, and American architects designed buildings incorporating ancient Greek and Roman architecture. With its white colored buildings, the Fair stood out from the rest of Chicago, earning it the label “White City.” Throughout 1893, it attracted millions of visitors, allowing Chicago to introduce itself to foreign visitors and reintroduce itself as a major American city.

D-Day: World War 2: Famous Battles: D-Day and the Invasion of Normandy 1944 (World War 2, World War II, WW2, D-Day, Pearl Harbor, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach)

by Ryan Jenkins

Learn All You Need to Know about Operation Overlord

D-Day has been the subject of many books and movies, and its impact still shakes the lives of many today. On its face, it seemed like a very risky operation, and in some ways, it was. This book takes you through the meticulous planning stages and the execution of one of the greatest military operations in history, so buy it for yourself today.

Here’s a Preview of What You Will Learn

* The war before D-Day
* Planning the operation
* The airborne invasion
* Fighting on the beaches
* The aftermath


Comments From Other Readers

“For a simple yet comprehensive look at the planning events leading up to and following Operation Overlord, one need look no further than this book. A military operation of this size and importance had to have been planned with the highest level of care and detail, and the author manages to capture that well. An informative look for those interested.” – Tom H. (Salt Lake City, USA)

“Truly one of the most terrible days in the history of war. I cannot imagine the many lives that were extinguished in a moment. Truly, these men were heroes, as they sacrificed themselves for a cause they knew was right. God bless them, and God bless the author for informing many of what these men did.” – George W. (London, UK)

“I walked down to Omaha Beach on D-Day this year, just to take it in and gain a greater sense of appreciation for the magnitude of what happened that day. Saving Private Ryan’s depiction was horrifying enough, but I imagine it was much, much worse in reality. It truly turned the tide of the war for good, though at such a high cost. This book is a must-read for those who want to know about the high cost of war.” – Lanz M. (Normandy, France)

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My Kingdom For a Norse

by Seamus Kane

A lighthearted look at the life of ordinary Vikings through their every day conversations. From sagas, Christianity and nicknames this book gives a humorous perspective on these fierce warriors.


by Sebastian H. Alive

Set in the town of Littlemont in Tennessee, the story centers on a young ranch hand tormented by the murder of his mother and scarred by a history of abuse stemming from his childhood.

His life is forever changed when a man with a dark reputation, persecuted from his own town, rides into Littlemont looking for work and searching for information from his own unresolved past. It is not long before the fragile pieces of his life fall irrevocably apart and he finds himself embroiled in a world of violence he so abhors.

It is a raw, powerful story of one man living his life whilst dealing with his past and being caught by circumstance, in a web of bloody events beyond his control.

I’m enlightened and it`s not as bad as I thought

by Nora von der Decken

This beautiful little book (for your pocket) is telling stories like the quest of searching for and finding that missing pair of socks, about the holy tuesday night of lovers as well as about iPods, Puberty, real sex as well as about his holiness the Pope and Karl, who has got another mother who died some time ago and is now listening to him from the sky above.

This book is a sketchbook, a picture book, a diary or just a book to read.
In the end you will know what enlightenment is all about, you will feel enlightened yourself and in the same moment forget it all.

“And maybe, if one is not prepared for it, the reader may find a little happiness within this book – beeing prepared for it or not.”

Son of a Meddah

by NuFaShe

His parents had named him Sahl, meaning “easy,” hoping that he would have a simple and happy life. Maybe if they had named him “difficult” it would actually have turned out that way. Born at the turn of the 20th century in the Ottoman Empire, Sahl had already experienced an earthquake, an assassination attempt on the sultan, the death of a family member, and his Empire’s crushing defeat in the Balkans, which included a serious injury to his father, all before he was even a teenager. Hence, by the time World War I started, there wasn’t really much Sahl hadn’t been through. Until, of course, he finds who the Empire believes to be the root cause of all its problems and has sentenced to annihilation hiding in the back of his caravan.

SON OF A MEDDAH is a young adult historical novel set in both a temporal and physical crossroads. It follows Sahl’s journey from his happiness through his depression, to how his initial attempts to recover take him down a darker road before the same people he thought were his enemies help him emerge from the hole.

The pre-Egyptian gods from the Sahara (The Forgotten Civilisations of Africa Book 8)

by Taklit Mebarek Slaouti

Set, Neith, Amun (or Ammon), Ptah, Thoth… all these gods (and many others) are known to belong to the Ancient Egyptians’ beliefs, but how many of us know that these gods were first worshipped by their western neighbours : the North Africans?

Indeed, many deities were “born” and worshipped in North Africa by their inhabitants (called then “Libyans” by ancient Greek texts, called “Berbers” today) before being adopted much later by the Egyptians.

Based on the researches lead by prominent Egyptologists, this book describes what gods originate from North Africa and who these first inhabitants of North Africa were and their connections with Egyptians.

It is a great read if you want to learn something new about the origins of the beliefs of Ancient Egyptians.


by Astrid Ness Aakre


The Infinite Character of King Arthur: His History and Legend, His Camelot and Avalon

by Jill Roberts

Despite all the efforts that exhausted the search for Arthur through the centuries, he has managed to escape history. Since not only is there lack of evidence to support who he really was, can there be proof of his actual existence? There is some reference to Arthur through archaeology, myths and recorded history, however, there are many inconsistencies throughout them all. Disentangling the truth and reality from the folklore and the myths, and carefully piecing them together, some truths will become evident.

Cold War History – The Complete History – From World War 2 to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War to Reagan and Gorbachev – 1945-1991 (Required History)

by George Levrier-Jones

Cold War History – The Complete History – From World War 2 to the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War to Reagan and Gorbachev – 1945-1991 (Required History)

Do you know why the world nearly destroyed itself in a catastrophic nuclear war?

Two words – â??Cold War’.

The Cold War was international affairs for the second half of the 20th century. Nuclear weapons testing, civil wars in all corners of the globe and the race for economic dominance were all key spheres of the Cold War, although they were just a few elements of an intriguing global puzzle. More so than the great battles between Carthage and Rome in Ancient times or the Napoleonic Wars, the Cold War defined our world. But, there was one key difference between the Cold War and earlier major wars. Due to advances in technology and communications, the Cold War touched most countries on earth.

This introduction to the Cold War tells the story of the great clash between the communist Soviet Union and the capitalist USA. It covers the period from 1945 to 1991 in one combined edition, neatly breaking the Cold War up into three parts.

The book starts by describing how two super-powers emerged out of the rubble of World War Two and includes the following:

– How the Soviet Union and the USA quickly went from war-time allies to enemies

– Events in East Asia – the Chinese Civil War and the Korean War

– The most dangerous event of the early Cold War years, the Cuban Missile Crisis

– The Vietnam War and its impact on the Cold War

– The shocking power of nuclear weapons – and attempts to control them

– Uprisings on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain

РThe super-powers as friends? D̩tente, Richard Nixon, and Leonid Brezhnev

– The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

– The rise of Ronald Reagan and his aggression in the early 1980s

– How Mikhail Gorbachev became Soviet leader

– Glasnost, Perestroika, and how the Cold War ended

The approximately 250-page book is the perfect complement to the Cold War History audio series that is available as part of the â??History in 28-minutes’ podcasts.

So come and join the past – get the book now!

Required History

The aim of the ‘Required History’ book series is to create approachable, succinct written introductions to some of the most interesting topics in history. They are designed for those:

– That want to quickly learn about some of the world’s major historical events

– Studying history. The books act as a perfect complement and overview to those undertaking high school and introductory college courses in history

– Who enjoyed the audio podcasts and want to reinforce and further their knowledge

– Learning English. The language and level of detail in the books are perfect for those in advanced English classes

All of the Required History books are designed to build on the audio podcasts available on the publisher’s website. They provide an extra layer of detail to the major historical events that the audio podcasts cover.

The Puritans (History 101)

by Megan Groeneveld

The Puritans were a religious group that emigrated to the United States from England, seeking religious sanctuary. Their religion was inextricably entwined with their governing laws, and this not only helped to shape their colony and their lives, but led to later tragedies that serve as a chilling example of why church and state should be kept separate. The Puritan model for humanity’s ideal relationship with their divinity was the perfect submission and deference of women to male authority. Due to this belief and to the entanglement of church and state, their societal norms, as well as their civil laws, reflected the subordination of women to men. The perfect housewife, also known as a “goodwife,” submitted to her husband’s authority, as families fell under male headship. Unlike most of the other colonial invaders, three-quarters of the Puritans emigrated as couples or family units, which strengthened their isolationist views and reinforced their belief that family was the key to social order.

A Short Introduction to the Dark Ages (Illustrated)

by Charles Horne

A short introduction to the historical period known as the Dark Ages, from the Fall of Rome to the First Crusade.

Formatted for Kindle devices and the Kindle for iOS apps.


by Sebastian H. Alive

It’s a warning for what’s to come, nothing more and the only end is what has already been written. The circumstances for the ancient prophecy were already pre-ordained and determined at its birth, its destiny sealed and immutable. It will occur and you can’t stop it like you can’t stop the rain from falling and the seasons from changing.

It doesn’t differentiate by creed or colour, gender or race and it doesn’t care for you age, social standing, wealth or life’s ambitions. You can’t beg to it or coerce it because it carries no emotions and you cannot fight or run away from it because it is everywhere and anywhere, an omnipresent presence that will not remain quiet.

The signs have been there all along and the evidence is everywhere if you know where to look.

Slowly the veil is being lifted the nearer it comes.

…..And the time is now.

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