Free history Kindle books for 21 Aug 18

Boston Tea-Party: 100th Anniversary

by Massachusetts Historical Society

On December 16th, 1873, the Massachusetts Historical Society met on the 100th anniversary of the Destruction of the Tea in Boston Harbor (Boston Tea-Party).

We are here, Gentlemen, at the invitation of our valued
associate, Mr. Waterston, to spend a social evening in recalling
the events which have rendered this anniversary so conspicuous
in our Colonial history. Some of us have been at Faneuil
Hall this afternoon, to take a commemorative cup of tea with
the ladies of Boston, and to give brief expression to the feelings
which the place and the day could not fail to excite in
the hearts of all who were assembled there.

This texts includes first-hand papers signed by Thomas Cushing, Samuel Adams, James Warren, Joseph Hawley, Thomas Gardiner, Wm Heath, CW Bryant, James Otis, Oxenbridge Thacher, Thomas Gray, Edward Sheafe, John Adams, and more. A fascinating read for Revolutionary Historians!

Surviving Yellowstone: The Last Great American Indian War Part I

by William Cecrle

In June 1877 the final great American Indian War began when Chief Joseph and four other chiefs refused to comply with a treaty they had not signed. They lead their groups of Nez Perce away from their ancestral lands and the reservation in an attempt to retain their freedom. Their flight lead them through the heart of Yellowstone, the world’s first and newly created National Park. In the Park the Indians encountered several groups of whites. The consequences were fatal for some and life-changing for all. This is a first-hand account of four groups and their encounters told by survivors. This book is the first of 3 parts telling these amazing true tales. Part 1 starts with a background on the Nez Perce, the U.S. Government, and the tourists and it follows them to a prelude to their deadly encounter. A must read for survival enthusiasts and western history buffs alike! Put it in your cart!

The Lyre and the Sword: A novel about King David: Musician, poet, warrior, seducer and murderer

by David Mandel

In “The Lyre and the Sword” Mandel tells the life of King David, the most famous king in history or literature, an exceptional man, a superb poet, a talented musician and a great military leader. He was also an unscrupulous and ambitious politician who used his intelligence and courage to climb from his humble beginnings as a shepherd to the summit of an empire. His failure as a father, his reluctance to discipline his children, and his indulgence were the cause of tragic events in his dysfunctional family.
The author presents David as a living character, not the idealized king, but a man whose virtues were matched by his shortcomings, in a book full of adventures, humor and irony.

From the Prologue of “The Lyre and the Sword”:
My father, King David, was lying in bed, exhausted and breathing hard. When he saw me he smiled weakly, tried to get up, but could not. I was shocked to see him so feeble and emaciated, a shadow of the man he had been. With the little strength he had left, he grabbed my hand and spoke to me in a voice that I could barely hear.
At times his voice faltered, but yet he still spoke clearly.
“Regarding Joab, my nephew and childhood friend, the commander of my army, more brother to me than my own brothers, a man who saved my life in battle more than once, a man who devoted his entire life to my serviceâ?¦”
“Yes, father, I know, I know” I interrupted.
“I want you to kill him.”

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