Free history Kindle books for 26 Jul 18

El Escorial: The History and Legacy of Spain’s Most Famous Royal Site

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes contemporary accounts
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

Nestled amongst the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, El Monte Abantos, or Mount Abantos, towers over its surroundings at a height of 5,751 feet. Indeed, there is nothing aesthetically spectacular about this forested mound, but there is an aura of mystery that hangs over Abantos, much like the curtain of mist that lingers over the mountaintop in the early morning. Madrid, just a little over 37 miles away, is as beautiful and vibrant as they come, yet city folk and tourists alike often find themselves drawn to this landform, in particular the quiet swathe of land on the southern slope of the Abantos. This picturesque place, rich with scenic, panoramic views, is a refreshing escape from the fast-paced city life, but it is also home to an irreplaceable national treasure once lauded as the eighth wonder of the world: El Escorial.

Strangers to El Escorial will most likely be left unmoved by the multipurpose complex at first glance. It has complementary, but dull colors, not to mention uniform, yet uninspired proportions of its towers. The facade, while clearly a stalwart structure, lacks warmth and creativity. Visitors who walk through any of its three doors, however, will most certainly be rendered speechless by its hidden majesty. This monumental time capsule of Baroque and Renaissance splendor, stamped with the imprints of its Catholic monarchs, is one that can be appreciated by art lovers regardless of background.

The majority of those fortunate enough to feast their eyes upon the majestic complex that is the El Escorial share the same sentiment: its beauty is indescribable. This is a place that oozes opulence, a kind of opulence flavored by class and historical charm, rather than the garish flamboyance and tawdry ostentation often displayed by the nouveau riche. To say that the place is fit for a king would simply be downplaying its splendor. Of course, this was exactly what it was.

The most compelling part of this compound lies not in its secret beauty, but in its engrossing history and the countless, often cryptic legends associated with this captivating compound. El Escorial: The History and Legacy of Spain’s Most Famous Royal Site journeys through the eventful timeline of the residence and looks at some of the fascinating characters who lived there. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about El Escorial like never before.

Vintage Advertising Picture Book

by Jeffrey Jeschke

This is a 100-page vintage picture book depicting advertising from across the 1900’s, along with a few from the 1800’s.

World War 2: New Technologies: Technologies That Affected WWII Warfare (World War 2, World War II, WW2, WWII, Technology, Weapons, Radar Book 1)

by Ryan Jenkins

Take a Look at the Technological Advancements of WWII

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Look around our world today, and take special note of the technology and medicine that is a part of it. From the marvelous advances in health care prescriptions to flying vehicles like helicopters to weapons like missile launchers and guns, many of the things we use every day can be traced back to the advances made during World War II. This eBook is the perfect historical account of these technologies, giving you a detailed background of some of these important components of the modern world.

Discover the great advancements in warfare made during the Second World War by reading about weapons such as the Norden Bomb-sight and the Sturmgewehr 44 gun. Marvel at the surprisingly futuristic advent of radar that was discovered during this period, as well as the development of what we know as the helicopter.

Be amazed at the impact that World War II had on modern medicine, with research that yielded the highly beneficial Penicillin. You will also gain knowledge of the evolution of rations for our armed forces, from hardtack to rations packs.

From the avid historian to the WWII hobbyist, this book is an informative rundown on the far-reaching impact of discoveries and inventions from the period that still have an impact on us today. Order your copy now to learn more!

Comments From Other Readers

“History has always fascinated me, especially where the Second World War is concerned. It is always amazing to be reminded of how much this time period paved the way for many of the things we see every day. I was especially fascinated at the medical aspect of it; Penicillin was such a powerful discovery. A fine job by the author in hitting the highlights!” – Randy S. (Miami, USA)

“The impact of WWII was obviously a worldwide one, but it was more than just the negative impacts of warfare. The discoveries and innovations that came forth because of the war were undoubtedly positive. Where would we be today without radar or helicopters? The medical accomplishments are also a highly beneficial advent that was derived from this time. Penicillin saved many lives, and discovering more sanitary practices in the operating room and in field hospitals forever changed how treatment worked. Thanks to the author, I can certainly appreciate how this war affected us in a new light.” – Thom O. (Wales, UK)

“What a great, detailed book! This covers a lot of information without reading like a textbook. From helicopters to guns, to medicine, right down to things as simple as soldiers’ rations, it’s a wonder how much developed during the War, and at such a fast pace! I found this book to be very informative and enriching, and hope to read more about it in the future.” – Sue R. (Branson, USA)

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Asian History: Asian History: India, China

by Edward Pannell

Asia is the largest and most diverse continent in the world. With so many cultures, languages and religions, it’s difficult not to fall in love with everything Asia has to offer. Furthermore, the history of Asia is packed with interesting events, people and locations that helped shape the continent into what it is today. So, let’s dive right in and learn more about two of its biggest power nations.

India: History of India: From Prehistoric Settlements to the Modern Republic of India
2nd edition – new and updated content

India is the home of ancient religions and practices. It is a nation whose fascinating history teaches us about tolerance, diversity, and unity. This far-reaching subcontinent has been the place where great empires have developed, the place of monumental battles, the place of foreign invaders, and the place of birth of various cultures and religions.

This book represents a compelling illustration of one of the world’s oldest civilizations: the road it followed to reach the place where it is today, and the primary elements that shaped its culture. It is a narrative that takes you from the ancient beginnings of the nation to modern-day India.


China: History of China – History of an Empire: A Historical Overview of China, & East Asia. Including: Ancient China, Communism, & Capitalism (Chinese … Medicine, Mao Zedung, Confucius Book 2)
3rd edition – edited and expanded with exclusive new material

Dip into Chinese history today and learn about the rulers, foes, politics, and wars that shaped modern thinking and built the foundation of one of the most powerful nations in the world.

Discover how China emerged from centuries of isolation and transcended famine and civil war to become the power nation it is today. Learn how and why this once reclusive nation opened up its borders, leaped forward, and grew into a bustling metropolis.

Ancient Greek Consciousness (Introductions to Anthroposophy Book 3)

by Rudolf Steiner

This booklet offers excerpts from three lectures by Rudolf Steiner on ancient Greek consciousness. The lectures are disparate: they date from 1911, 1921 and 1922, and they are all different in style. But they are unified by providing extraordinary insight into that consciousness which is so very different from ours. To say even that Steiner rewrote history would be an understatement: it would be more accurate to say that he added a whole new dimension to historiography as such. The evolution of consciousness as Steiner describes it transcends any mere history of ideas, arguing that not only the content, but the very structure of consciousness, the subject-object relationship itself, has evolved radically over time. Steiner’s full account is dispersed across numerous volumes, but, fortunately, Owen Barfield has provided us with a magisterial summary, interpretation, and original application of Steiner’s ideas in his book Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry. I’ve also included Chapter VI from this work because, for all its brevity, it sheds important light on Steiner’s lectures, providing the key concept of “original participation.”

The Genius of Barney Ford: Escaped Slave, Entrepreneur, Activist and Legislator of Breckenridge, Colorado

by Julie McDonald

I’m always impressed with marathon runners. Anyone who enters, runs and completes this grueling race, regardless of their time, has my admiration. In the marathon of life, Barney Ford entered, raced, completed and won! What makes Barney Ford so admirable is that in his lane, he had a hurdle to jump every 100 yards. Hurdles of discrimination, prejudice, and lack of formal education. In this short story, about a 20 minute read, you will learn about this amazing man and all that he accomplished in his life time. He persevered against all odds to become a hero every American should read about.

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