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Lorenzo the Magnificent Volume I

by Alfred von Reumont

The second half of the fifteenth century exhibits, in the development of the Renaissance in Italy, the singular spectacle of a transformation of the modern world under the influence of ancient classical culture in conjunction with the opening out of a new intellectual horizon. In a state the importance of which cannot be measured by its circumference or material strength, we see a struggle between form and spirit among a community that had stood there alone from the Middle Ages. This struggle was the exciting cause of a new growth, of the production of fresh branches and new foliage on a tree that had become incurably rotten and hollow. The Christian world has only once taken up a position like this in the fruitful interpenetration and transmutation of real and ideal elements. It shows us a man, the product and consummation of these circumstances and conditions, at once the child and the pioneer of his age, an age which was filled with the most joyous and elevated existence both in material and spiritual things. A man like him could only be born and grow up under such circumstances, in the ferment and strife of events and of the moral forces of the time. Family and civic influence as well as the temper of the people and of the century contributed to this result.
A justly popular life of Lorenzo [by Roscoe] was written when the knowledge of Italian history was limited and its sources confused and difficult of access. If a similar attempt is now made eighty years later, it is under altered circumstances and with expectations greatly enhanced. The supply of original materials, then very small, however skilfully arranged, has increased in our day to a degree almost beyond management. At that period the insight of the historian, not informed as to the internal politics of Florence, reached no great depth below the dazzling surface of Lorenzo’s magnificence. At the present day deep places are exposed to view which had been kept only too dark. A flood of light envelops the personality of the man who was distinguished by so many things that charm and attract. If the sum-total of his history conveys a graver impression and comes upon us with a feeling of pain, our interest in it is scarcely less keen because of the obstacles through which this brilliant spirit made its own way, or of the entanglements and dangers against which he had to struggle. Should I succeed in describing truthfully him and the surroundings from which he was never separated and without which it is difficult to imagine him, I shall have completed a thank-offering due for a past full of varied enjoyment and for many friendly aids, received during the preparation and composition of this book from the countrymen of Lorenzo de’ Medici.



Long Voyage Home

by Tim Madge

“The book captures the voice of a breed of men who are now all but extinct, as technological change rips through a way of life, and sailorless ships become a reality.” – Oxford Times

Tim Madge delves deep into the early part of this century to discover why the sea has always been such a lure, and why such romance has grown up around it when conditions on board were truly appalling for the men, and little better for the officers.

First-hand accounts vividly describe the hardships of the life of a seafarer, both in peacetime and at war, contrasting the experiences and treatment of men from 1900 to the present. Madge charts the dramatic decline in the fortunes of the British fleet, both merchant and naval, and examines the psychological and economic implications for Britain, accustomed as she once was to ‘ruling the waves’.

Long Voyage Home captures the voices of a breed of men who are now all but extinct, as technological change rips though a way of life, and sailorless ships become a reality.

Praise for Long Voyage Home

“This fascinating book uses the voices of the men working ships to chart (a) tragic decline. This collection of compelling first-hand stories show just what it was like to work on Navy and civilian ships, outlining both the excitement, the boredom, and the constant draw of the sea.” – Hull Daily Mail

“This is a sad, disturbing, nostalgic challenging book. It is not for sailors – to them the tale is too depressingly familiar – but for the great British public, who have forgotten, if they ever knew, that we were once the greatest maritime nation the world is ever likely to know. Long Voyage Home should be required reading.” – Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Lewin, Mail on Sunday

Tim Madge is a social historian, lecturer and journalist. He is the author of a number of books, including Maiden (with Tracy Edwards) and White Mischief, subsequently turned into a BBC Radio Four documentary series which he wrote and presented. Dr Madge is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.



The Yankee Problem: An American Dilemma (The Wilson Files Book 1)

by Clyde N. Wilson

Granny Clampett, on the TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, described the War Between the States as “when the Yankees invaded America” and, indeed, it was!

Their invasion of America, however, goes back much farther than the conflict of 1861-1865. It began as soon as they dropped their anchor in Plymouth Bay. Since that time, they have meddled, cheated, and lied their way into every nook and cranny of American life.

The Southern people warned others about the radical utopians of New England, and even went to war to get away from them, but to no avail. Now all Americans, not just Southerners, are subject to the whims of “those people” and their never ending mission to recreate, not only America, but the entire world in their bizarre, sanctimonious image.

Dr. Clyde Wilson, in this first installment of The Wilson Files, takes the Yankee problem head-on. After decades of historical research and personal observation, he exposes and explains these pesky purveyors of mischief and mayhem!

If you want to understand America, American History, and the upside-down dystopian nightmare in which we all live, you have to understand the problem.

We do not have an economic problem, a race problem, a class problem, a gender problem, a toilet access problem, a drug problem, a gun problem, or any other ideological or social problem at the root of America’s dysfunctional anti-culture – we have a Yankee problem!

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Storm Portal (Quantum Touch Book 1)

by Michael R. Stern

History teacher Fritz Russell walks through his classroom door, only to find General Robert E. Lee resting in the woods on the day after the surrender at Appomattox.

A lover of history, Fritz finds his sudden time trip to the past both a gift and a chance for great adventure. But when the classroom door opens to the Oval Office, he realizes that his time portal might also be put to serious purpose.

Hired by the president to help on behalf of national security. Fritz does not believe he will be endangered by using his door to travel across time and space. But will Fritz’s own government consider him expendable, if he cannot solve the mystery of the portal?

Praise for STORM PORTAL:
“I highly recommend this book and author for all who like mystery, suspense, fantasy and adventure.” – Barbara L. Little, Amazon review
“Stern spins a dramatic and realistic journey into time travel. “ – Michael Robert Slezak, Amazon review



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