Free history Kindle books for 27 May 17

QUEEN AMINA

by Sunny Ache

Born in 1568 C.E. the granddaughter of King Nuhir, the 22nd ruler of Zazzau’s kingdom, had inherited her ancestor’s warlike nature. At 16, Amina was commended for her manlike strength, bravery, and passion for military knowledge and skills.

When Amina was 20 years old, her father the 23rd ruler of the kingdom passed away without naming a successor. Thus, despite Amina’s extensive political knowledge, she reluctantly stepped aside so that her 10-year-old younger brother – Karama could take the throne.
Yet fate would have it that Karama was killed in the second battle against all trade route blockages, lead by Amina towards Sudan in the east and Timbuktu in the west, meaning Amina ultimately came to power. She fought to expand the boundaries of the kingdom at all costs determined to reach the Niger river and the sea many miles to the south. Meanwhile, England – another nation ruled by a woman, Queen Elizabeth I defeated the Spanish Armada and stationed its army in Morocco.

The information of such exploits brought Amina more encouragement, especially when English explorers passed through her territory.

Unlike her younger sister Zaria, who sought the traditional life of marriage, Amina chose a lifestyle 400 years ahead of her time. She chose not to reproduce and remained unmarried throughout her life, although she openly pleasured herself with any man she desired among her captured enemies, putting them to death afterwards but, HOW FAR DID SHE GO?



Ignored Heroes of World War II: The Manhattan Project workers of Oak Ridge, Tennessee

by Richard Cook

It’s one of the great untold epic stories of American history.
The Manhattan Project was the largest industrial project ever undertaken by mankind. Americans have no concept of the speed or the audacious scale of this endeavor to make enriched fuel for a weapon.
Over 75,000 Americans worked 24/7 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee for almost three years, in the largest secret scientific/industrial complex ever built in human history. When finished, the uranium needed was the size of volleyball. Over 75,000 workers work 24//7 for almost three yearsâ?¦for a volleyball.
What drove this massive effort? Two things: Adolf Hitler and the slaughter of war. Hitler had an atomic bomb program too. If he got the bomb first, London would be gone. This was a race, with millions of lives hanging in the balance. Every second counted.
The breakneck pace of the project also happened because of American soldiers dying in distant lands. The loss of American life during World War II would equal a 9/11 attack every five days for three and a half years. The slaughter had to stop.
Ignored Heroes of World War II, is an oral history with quotes from these workers who were eye-witnesses to the most important event of the 20th century. Over 100 photographs from Oak Ridge compliment the oral histories. Never before has there been a narrative told from the perspective of the workers who came to this top secret industrial plant to help end the deadliest conflict ever seen by mankind.
Modest by nature, optimistic by the demands of war, these workers, mostly young, mostly women and mostly single, weave their tales of work, love, marriage and the stresses of war and isolation. It is unlike any narrative from our nation’s history.
The story line is a hybrid of science fiction fantasia, patriotic inspired drama and romantic intrigue.
Their determination, their humor and their pluck can inspire and humble us today. When called upon, Americans are capable of great sacrifice, resilience and devotion; which all flows from a love of country and, ultimately, from a love of family.
These ignored heroes did everything asked of them to get their boys back home safely. It is time for these heroes to tell their stories. We can ignore them no longer.



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