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The UFO Files (Mike Covell Investigates Book 11)

by Mike Covell

The Mike Covell Investigates series returns with The UFO Files: the first book to examine Hull-based UFO reports and sightings. The book features reports from as early as 1801 through the 1900’s and up to 2018.

Case studies include the infamous Hull Airship Scares of 1909 and 1913, the landing of a UFO in Hull in 1967, a series of mass sightings in the 1970’s, an investigation into the Hull UFO Files, and chapters on stories such as the Hull Hum of 2010 and the Hull UFO sighting of 1801.

The book also explores Hull UFO sightings reported to Humberside Police and the Ministry of Defence, and looks at the reports from police officers and civilians, as well as a look at a Hull politician who was a high ranking UFO investigator, a Hull politician who ended up in involved in an international UFO court case, and new information on space debris discovered in West Hull.

The book also features an exclusive chapter on Hull’s connections to the Rendlesham Forest Incident. Packed with historical data, eyewitness reports, press cuttings, and official files.

England in the 17th Century: The History of England from King James I to the Glorious Revolution

by Charles River Editors

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

17th century Europe, particularly its latter years, is often hailed as the beginning of the Enlightenment as nations across the continent experienced a surge in innovation and scientific progress, a period also commonly referred to as the Age of Reason. There was English natural philosopher, Francis Bacon, whose book Novum Organum challenged Aristotelian philosophy and stressed the significance of inductive reasoning. Bacon’s ideas, which emphasized observation and the implementation of various premises to form conclusions, was later referenced by famed French mathematician René Descartes.

However, time and time again, grossly incompetent and seemingly diabolic rulers had come to power through the rigged regal system. For starters, there was John, King of England, the real-life inspiration of the evil and infantile lion in the beloved Disney animation Robin Hood, a retelling of the tale with anthropomorphic animals. King John was said to have been power-hungry but politically feckless, and a sadistic soul who delighted in cruel and inhumane torture. The king did away with nearly everyone that had slighted him, including his own nephew, his political rival. This was a man whose reputation was so horrid, chroniclers and academics have summed him up as an “absolute rotter.”

King James I would continue to reign, and England has more often been faced with the claims of competing kings and queens than with a period of no monarch at all. The major exception to that rule came in the 11 years between 1649 and 1660, when England was a republic. Following the disastrous reign of Charles I and the civil wars that led to his execution, Parliament and the army ruled England. England’s republican experiment started out as a work of collaboration and compromise; lords, army officers and members of Parliament (MPs) worked together to find a political settlement that did not include the despised royal House of Stuart. Nonetheless, religious and political division made collective rule unworkable, and ultimately, one man emerged from the chaos to rule the country. He had risen from a humble background to become the leading general of the Civil Wars, and as a man of staunch beliefs and ruthless pragmatism, he controlled England from 1653-1658 under the title of Lord Protector. In essence, he was a king in all but name.

Cromwell’s death would lead to a restoration of the royal line, but an uprising of a completely different nature would soon unfold on English soil – the Glorious Revolution, an intriguing story of a power war exacerbated by ruthless ambition, under-the-table plotting, and the treachery of familial betrayal. In 1678, a sinister scheme to assassinate King Charles II was unearthed, sending the public into a frenzy of mass panic. Fingers were pointed at the Catholics, who had been accused of concocting the elaborate conspiracy, and this very event would intensify the white-hot flames of the Anti-Catholic hysteria that was already running unchecked within the nation. 7 years later, the openly Catholic King James II rose to the throne, and needless to say, the largely Protestant public was anything but pleased. As the people slowly turned against him, the king’s daughter, Mary, and her husband, William of Orange, watched across the English Channel from a distance. The people were begging for change in a broken system, and something drastic had to and would be done.

England in the 17th Century: The History of England from King James I to the Glorious Revolution examines some of the most tumultuous periods in England’s history. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about 17th century England like never before.

Interlude in Kosovo

by Robert Hedley

Dr. Claire Peters flees her unfaithful husband, James, to work for The World Health Organisation in post-war Kosovo. Her husband follows, hoping for reconciliation.
Both take lovers, she a French Captain in KFOR (Kosovo Force), part of UNMIK (United Nations Mission in Kosovo) he a beautiful Kosovar, wife of a senior member of the KLA (Kosova Liberation Army), catapulting both into a mix of Kosovo politics and criminality.
Intimidation and murder in the mountains and then threats on the life of Claire climax in the capital, Pristina.

This book is a novel. It is a love story and a mystery. All the characters are fictitious but the description of war-torn Kosovo as seen through their eyes and the background to the events described are true.
Robert Hedley was recruited by the World Health Organisation as a consultant on medical education and health service development in 2000. For ten years before the war, Albanian Kosovars were treated as second-class citizens, encouraged to emigrate, denied access to the University for Law, Medicine and other careers. In Medicine a â??Parallel System’ was established where Albanian Kosovar students were taught Medicine in private houses with no access to the University Medical School.
WHO fast-tracked a new medical education system, upgrading the training of Kosovar doctors, including medical education techniques to train future doctors, using experienced doctors from across Europe and other parts of the world. A new system of Primary Care was developed with a new curriculum for Family Doctors as well as a new curriculum for some Secondary Care Specialists at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Eventually, several years later, The Royal College of General Practitioners in London recognised the postgraduate training and examination for Family Doctors in Kosovo as equivalent to the diploma of MRCGP INTERNATIONAL.

Last Letters from the Front

by William Holmes

In 1921 an organisation calling itself “L’Union des Pères et des Mères dont les fils sont morts pour la Patrie” (The Union of Fathers and Mothers whose Sons died for the Homeland) published a series of letters that had been written to loved ones back home by French servicemen, a short time before they were killed during the war. The book has since moved into the Public Domain but has never been translated into English until now. Many of the place and battle names, together with various military terms would be obscure to non-francophones so the reader will find useful explanatory notes and photographs at the end of many of the letters.
As one reads through these poignant communications penned in the most horrible of circumstances, it is important to remember that the writers were all too aware of the fact that their remaining lifespan could be measured in hours and indeed for every one of them, the memory of home, friends and family was in a short time to occupy their last thoughts on earth. It is very obvious that many soldiers wrote letters to loved ones that were only to be delivered in the event of their deaths.It is hoped that this little book will provoke much reflection on the part of the reader as regards the rights and wrongs of war, together with an appreciation of these brave men who endured mental and physical suffering and death for the love of their country and so that its people might be free from foreign domination.

Contested Terrain

by D. A. Gray

CONTESTED TERRAIN captures the myriad identities inside a veteran shaped by birth, geography and, later, a set of experiences that belie any hand-me-down wisdom. “Cave Country” sees the green, fertile surface give way as the illusion collapses beneath the speaker’s feet; in “Desert Skies,” a barrage of war images hit faster than the speaker can process them; and “Returning to the Hill Country” shows the altered landscape, both physical and mental, that awaits his return. The final section, “A Handful of Dust” shifts from the individual to the culture of fear that has become a new, uncomfortable normal. Gray’s speakers still believe that beauty existsâ??often in an uneasy coexistence with tension, hypervigilance, and an ever-changing consciousness.

Practice Guide for CLEP US History I (Practice Guides for CLEP Exams Book 1)

by Avatar Virtual Learning

Testing out of college courses using programs like the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) can provide students with college credit for subjects that they have not studied on a college campus but have mastered by other means (independent study, on-the-job training, and previous coursework) and it will save time and money. But how will a student know if this approach is right for them?

This guide is intended to answer that question for students who are interested in taking CLEP’s United States History I exam. It provides general information on the CLEP program along with suggestions on how to preparing for the exam. There is a subject breakdown of the US History I exam, the topics that will be covered and a list of online resources which can be used to study or review these topics. There are two practice tests; each one is structured like the official exam with 120 multiple choice questions. Each practice test comes with an answer key and an explanation section on the reason why the answer is the right one.

January (1776 Season 1 Episode 1)

by Sid Moody

A failed corset-maker, fired from his second career as a tax collector, Thomas Paine could never seem to do anything rightâ??until he published Common Sense a pamphlet that would become the first â??call to action’ in the American Revolution. Former bookseller Henry Knox, stout and strong at the age of 26, drags 59 cannons over ice and snow from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights resulting in the British sailing away from six years’ occupation of Boston.

This is the first episode of 1776: The World Turned Upside Down, a 12-episode serial from Serial Box in partnership with The Associated Press.

They were farmers and accountants, high-school dropouts and part-time soldiers, successful merchants and failed corset makers. Yet together they stood together and fought the greatest empire the world had ever known, all for a brand-new idea: America.

A month by month immersive historical account of the Revolution in its first year, this series of twelve installments is unique in its focus on the lives of ordinary colonists and the more personal stories of now famous figures. Through informal and playful storytelling about the events in each month, the series explores the roots of America’s successes and many struggles. We see the beginnings of regional disputes and differences, institutional inequality and oppression, the tension between cultural heritage versus assimilation, and the struggle between states’ rights and federal government, all through the eyes of colonists and militiamen.

The audio series is narrated by Robin Miles with a variety of guest voices including Hamilton star Chris Jackson as George Washington. Installments are being released in synchronized ebook and audio monthly installments from Serial Box throughout 2018.

Love Wins: a Tiny Bit of History (same sex marriage in the USA)

by Merber Books

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For many years same-sex marriage had been in the news in the U.S.A., earlier as a fight for freedom to marry, now for being legal and it seems, it is going to stay in headlines for coming years as well. This short book covers all about the long struggle from Harry Hay (1948) to Stonewall Riots (1969) and from Massachusetts’s landmark decision of marriage equality in 2004 to freedom to marry in all the 50 states in 2015. How this became possible? What led to this Supreme Court ruling? You can find answers to all these questions in this book.

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