Free history Kindle books for 06 Apr 18

Martin Van Buren: A Captivating Guide to the Man Who Served as the Eighth President of the United States

by Captivating History

Explore the Captivating Life of Martin Van Buren

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History chiefly remembers Martin Van Buren as the eighth president of the United States (1837- 1841). He was also, however, notable for achieving many firsts in American politics. He was the first American president to be born a citizen of the country, and not a British subject. He was the first Dutchman and the first man without Anglo-Saxon ancestry to serve as president. He was the first and only American president to have been raised in a language other than English. He was also the first New Yorker to ascend to the Oval Office in the White House, at a time when Manhattan was becoming the urban heart of a future America (as it is today). Historians have also recognized him as the first “professional politician” to occupy the presidential seat. His expressed capacity for political intrigue, strategic pragmatism and politically expedient “non-committalism” has earned him his fair share of critics and detractors.

The darkness of his times (the first depression, the question of slavery, the forceful relocation of Native American tribes from their ancestral lands) easily come to mind, but America was also hurtling towards the future we live in during Van Buren’s reign. The seeds of the modernity we recognize so well – railway networks, democracy, the printing press – were sowed in his era. Six small townships and cities – in Maine, Kentucky, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Arkansas – still bear his surname. To understand the history of American politics, one must understand Van Buren’s often overlooked legacy. This book will give you an in-depth understanding of this man, born a tavern owner’s son, who became one of the founders of the Democratic Party.

Some of the topics covered in this book include:

  • Early Life
  • The Skilled Lawyer
  • The Albany Regency
  • Washington
  • Secretary of State; Vice President In-Waiting
  • The Panic of 1837
  • American Gothic
  • Triumphs and Defeat
  • Comebacks
  • Retirement
  • And much more!

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Alchemy: Past and Present

by The Wondering Student

The veil is removed on the mysterious subject of Alchemy. It’s origins are traced from Egypt all the way to Europe, as are its contributions to pivotal moments in our history–including the Scientific Revolution. Its vast uses by diverse peoples are highlighted, including: Poetry, Chemistry, Astronomy, History, Artwork, and finally Stonemasonry.

This report will show you where Alchemy came from and where it is today…



Wealth of Nations (Active TOC, Free AUDIO BOOK) (A to Z Classics)

by Adam Smith

With A to Z Classics, discover or rediscover all the classics of literature.

Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) and â??in the end of book include a bonus link to the free audiobook.

Adam Smith’s masterpiece, first published in 1776, is the foundation of modern economic thought and remains the single most important account of the rise of, and the principles behind, modern capitalism. Written in clear and incisive prose, The Wealth of Nations articulates the concepts indispensable to an understanding of contemporary society.



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by Lynn Lynn

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Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance (Confucian Cultures)

by Ming-huei Lee

“In Confucianism: Its Roots and Global Significance, English-language readers get a rare opportunity to read in a single volume the work of one of Taiwan’s most distinguished scholars. Although Ming-huei Lee has published in English before, the corpus of his non-Chinese writings is in German. Readers of this volume will soon discover the hard-mindedness and precision of thinking so associated with German philosophy as they enter into his discussions of Confucianism. As readers progress through this book, they will be constantly reminded that all philosophy should be truly comparative. . . .

“The work is divided into three sections: Classical Confucianism and Its Modern Reinterpretations, Neo-Confucianism in China and Korea, and Ethics and Politics. These sections evince just some of the range of Ming-huei Lee’s thinking as well as his inclusive reach of Confucian philosophy to the whole of East Asia, especially to Korea. In the Ethics and Politics section, readers will get a taste for the return to his own tradition through the lens of Kantian philosophy with his analysis of Confucius and the virtue ethics debate in Confucian philosophical circles. Lee’s thinking through Mou Zongsan’s interpretation of Confucianism, Zhu Xi and the Huxiang scholars’ debate on ren, and the unfolding of the debates over the ‘four buddings’ and ‘seven feelings’ in Korea by Yi Toegye and Gi Gobong sets up the subsequent chapters of the book: a reconstruction of Wang Yangming’s philosophy and theories of democracy, and a critique of Jiang Qing’s ‘political Confucianism.’ His work in this book adds a sizable appendage to Confucian scholarship. Moreover, the interrelated ideas and arguments presented in this book are a special contribution to the Confucian project in English-speaking countries across the world.” â??from the Editor’s Foreword



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