Free biographies and memoirs Kindle books for 15 Jan 19

We Escaped: A Family’s Flight from Holland During WWII

by Alexander H. ter Weele

The song and dance of The Sound of Music… seasoned with the terror of war. We Escaped plunges the reader into the extraordinary World War II escapades of an ordinary couple and their children as they first escape from Nazi-occupied Holland; and then deal with the war years by leavening danger and stress with the joy and love of everyday family life. It is the song and dance of The Sound of Music seasoned with the terror of guns and blood. The story begins in the Netherlands, a peaceful nation protected by a treaty of neutrality and kinship with Hitler’s Germany. The calm is shattered by the cacophony and confusion of battle as, under the guns of panzers, German troops overrun Holland’s lines. The ter Weele family’s subsequent exodus from their home is told from the points of view of the father, Lieutenant Carl ter Weele, a Dutch reservist called up to defend the Grebbeberg; his wife Margery, an American citizen raised in Boston, who delivers her third child in a hospital not far from the Grebbeberg as war threatens; their oldest son, six-year-old Jan, whose dark eyes and hair lead Nazis to suspect he is Jewish; and their second son, Alex, a blond and fair-skinned imp, who at the age of two charms a German border guard into allowing the family to cross into Switzerland. Within weeks of Germany’s conquest of Holland, the family has to flee the dragnet of the Gestapo, which is arresting all Dutch military officers. As far as Carl can see, the only way out is through Germany, and from there it’s a tortuous and terrifying journey through Switzerland, Vichy France, Spain, and Portugal, with the Gestapo a threat at every turn.



Families Destroyed: Testimonies from Real Life families who have experienced the trauma of CPS separation and alienation

by David Shore

Testimonies from parents forcibly separated by Child Protective Services



I Told the Witch Doctor: Notes from My Week in Sierra Leone

by Matt Freihofer

In 2013, Matt Freihofer traveled with a mission team to the heart of West Africa: Sierra Leone.
On this trip, he kept a detailed journal in which he highlighted his experiences, from being comically hunted by massive spiders to hearing first-hand accounts of the violent civil war. Five years later, he dusted off his old journal from that adventure and adapted it into this delightfully short novella exploring faith, tragedy, and humor in every day life. But yeah, it’s a short one. No refunds.



Hal Moore: A Life in Pictures

by Mike Guardia

The definitive photographic biography of Harold G. Moore – illustrated with more than 300 Color and B&W photographs.

From his baptism by fire in the Korean War to his iconic leadership at the Battle of Ia Drang, Hal Moore remains one of the greatest battlefield commanders of the 20th Century. Famously portrayed by Mel Gibson in the film We Were Soldiers, Hal Moore’s innovative leadership – and the bravery of his troopers – have become the stuff of legend.

Step into the world of Hal Moore with this pictorial keepsake, illustrated throughout with more than 300 photographs, many of them never-before-published. This informative, photographic narrative will take the reader through Moore’s childhood in rural Kentucky, his tenure at West Point during World War II, his service in Occupied Japan, his life-and-death struggles during the Korean War, his decisive leadership in the jungles of Southeast Asia, and the loving family he built with his wife, Julie.



Discovering My Suomi Roots

by Paul Korhonen

Just when you think there are no more surprises in life something comes along to completely turn it upside down! That’s exactly what happened to the author in this instance.

He tells the story of how his answer to a simple question took him on an emotional journey of self-discovery and led him to ask countless questions over the months ahead. He reflects back on his life, which has more than its fair share of twists and turns, as he endeavours to trace his origins.

Born in the north-east of England, the story centres on growing up in his home town of Blyth. We follow him through into adulthood and eventually retirement. Just when you would expect things to slow down, the pace picks up as he closes in on his Suomi roots which takes him on an unexpected journey to Finland to finally come face-to-face with his origins.



My Little Kingdom: My Voyage to Finding Myself

by Majid Wachtarczyk

I fled out of my country at the age of twenty-one, after having been raped repeatedly as a child, kidnapped twice, stoned, and forced into a 7-year battle to cure my homosexuality; soon before I fled I was suicidal. A European came into my life and rescued me, proof of the healing power of love. Subsequently, my family rejected me because of my homosexuality.

I wrote a book that tells exactly what happened–not to attract your sympathy. Oh, no! The book’s only noble purpose is to wake others up and give a new perspective on life. Misery might have killed the child in me, but it has strengthened the man within. We all have our own backpacks to carry. Why not put the past behind us, when we can live the now? You live the now, don’t you?



LA HISTORIA DEL NÃ?MERO 48915 (Here There Is No Why, Spanish Edition): Memorias de supervivencia de una adolescente en el Holocausto

by Rachel Roth

Escrita para cumplir una promesa concebida en el momento
más oscuro de la historia humana, esta historia sencilla y
elocuente se extiende por la geografía de la solución final nazi.

Rachel (Roma en polaco), la hija adolescente de un periodista,
nos transmite sus experiencias de colegiala junto a sus
compañeros de clase en el marco del gueto de Varsovia
ocupado por los alemanes. Ella es testigo y partícipe del
levantamiento del gueto de Varsovia. Forzada a salir de su
escondite por el fuego y el humo de los nazis, se enfrenta con
valentía a la realidad de las cámaras de gas y de los campos
de concentración de Polonia y Alemania.

Originalmente escrita en polaco, se trata de una historia
inolvidable y reveladora de supervivencia.



Hacksaw Ridge : The True Story of Desmond Doss

by Ronald Kruk

According to Doss’s account in a documentary film titled “The Contentious Objector”, as he rescued soldiers one-by-one, he breathed into the air with each go-around, “Lord, please help me get one more.”

The modest man of faith claims to have saved 50 wounded soldiers from certain death. His comrades claim that he saved 100. President Harry S. Truman presented him with the Congressional Medal of Honor upon his return to the United States, for his heroics on Okinawa, and the citation credits him with saving 75 lives, splitting the difference.

“From a human standpoint, I shouldn’t be here to tell the story,” said Doss in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “No telling how many times the Lord has spared my life.”

During World War II, 16,112,556 American soldiers served their country and the cause of the Allies, and only 43 received the Medal of Honor. Doss, who held a powerful allegiance to Christ, and was a devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, became the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. military’s highest honor. Today, he is one of two conscientious objectors to have received it.



Sri Chaitanya Mangala (Sutra Khanda) – The celestial pastimes preceding the advent of Lord Gauranga: Composed by Locana das Thakura

by Diptiman Gaurahari das

Sri Chaitanya Mangala is an expression of Sri Locana das Thakura’s transcendental ecstasy. It is a spontaneous outflow of the intense feelings of love and devotion he possesses for Lord Gauranga, the supreme personality of Godhead. It has been composed with such ecstasy and poetic rhythm ,that simply reading it is sufficient to evoke within one the emotions of divine love and attachment for Sri Krishna Caitanya.Sri Chaitanya Mangala is the spontaneous outflow of Locana das Thakura’s devoted heart.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, is none other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who had appeared in this world out of His causeless mercy to establish the yuga dharma of congregational chanting of the names ,glories and pastimes of the supreme Lord (Himself).Lord Chaitanya had descended to flood this world and its people with an intense ecstasy of love of God, that shall be instrumental in mitigating all sufferings and elevating one to the state of ultimate perfection. This was one of the primary reasons why Lord Gauranga had appeared in this world (500 years ago, 1486 AD).
Diptiman Gaurahari das & Diptimayi Vishnupriya devi dasi have enriched this book with original Bengali texts, English Translations and Elaborate purports to each of Locana das’ verses. May the moon of Lord Chaitanya’s glories and pastimes spread its soothing shades across this world.



Es geht auch anders …: Ein Lesebuch mit Texten von Gad Beck, Georgette Dee, Cora Frost, Lotti Huber, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf und Napoleon Seyfarth (German Edition)

Für gewöhnlich sind Autobiografien eine Domäne der “groÃ?en Welt” – der Welt der Magnaten, der Profiteure und Schwadroneure, der Politiker, der begnadeten Selbstdarsteller, der gewesenen Showsternchen.
In der Autobiografien-Reihe “Es geht auch anders” berichten andere über ihr Leben und ihre Zeit: die, die am Rande der Gesellschaft stehen. Sie tun dies nicht im Gestus des Geschlagenen, sondern des Unbeirrten, der den aufrechten Gang pflegt.
Sie haben sich nie in eine Form pressen lassen, und so finden sich in “Es geht auch anders” neben klassischen Memoiren auch hingeplauderte Geschichten und Gesprächssammlungen. Was alle verbindet, sind Humor, Gelassenheit und Authentizität.
Das Buch versammelt Leseproben von Gad Beck, Georgette Dee, Cora Frost, Lotti Huber, Charlotte von Mahlsdorf und Napoleon Seyfarth.



The Destroying Angel: A Blistering Story of Surviving and Overcoming Abuse

by Shirley Turner

A blistering story of surviving, and overcoming, the worst kinds of abuse: physical, emotional, and sexual.

Shirley Turner tells her own story, from a squalid childhood in Maine,to a forced marriage and motherhood, constantly moving from place to place with her controlling husband. Ironically, it is becoming a mother that brings her greatest happiness, and also her greatest tragedy.



The Serial Killers, The Female Serial Killers

by Rodney Cannon

The second volume of my series on serial killers will introduce you to the women who committed serial killings. These evil women are every bit as cruel and ruthless as their male counterparts. There is a myth that men are the only ones who engage in this type of behavior, sadly that is only a myth as you will learn after reading about only a few of the women who have committed serial killings.

I am going to introduce you to a few well-known killers such as Elizabeth Bathory, A.K.A, the Countess of blood. Aileen Wuornos a woman who inspired the film Monster. Leslie Van Houten, a woman who committed murder for Charles Manson. Jane Toppan, a nurse, who killed dozens of her patients. Amelia Dyer, the baby farm murderer, killed hundreds of newborns. Yes I said hundreds.



Tainted Ladies: Female Outlaws, Renegade Women and Soiled Doves of the Wild West

by Vickie Britton

This lively little guide rounds up a host of colorful women from wild west history from female stagecoach robber Pearl Hart to the beautiful but tragic Baby Doe Tabor. Meet Calamity Jane, who could out-drink and out-shoot any man, and Poker Alice, a widow who earned a living playing cards. Read about the madams and soiled doves who worked in the brothels and parlor houses, and the many renegade women who made up America’s past.



Yitzhak Rabin â?? The Growth of a Leader

by Shaul Webber

“Even before Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, I always saw him as an enigmatic hero,” writes the author Dr. Shaul Weber. This enigma only intensified after his assassination. Rabin’s appearances in the media and the testimony given by those close to him reflected a complexity that could not be ignored. Always surrounded by others, he stood out as an emotionally distant loner. A politician who projected unease with the political norms, and basically a man of integrity and morality, he was nevertheless willing to stray from his ideals in the interests of national security. Despite his undiplomatic image, he became a senior diplomat and national leader.

Rabin, emotionally withdrawn, shy and blunt throughout his formative years, demanded uncompromising perfection from himself and others. Blessed with impressive analytic capabilities, he demonstrated the qualities of leadership, even when not quite ready to assume the onerous mantle of military leadership when that role was forced on him by circumstances beyond his control.

As an educator and historian, Dr. Webber assumes that every human being is a product of his childhood and upbringing, which offers only partial solutions to the riddle of Rabin’s boyhood, his adolescence, and his painful ordeal as commander of the Harel Brigade during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. Throughout his life, and especially after his death, Rabin was said to be the “salt of the earth.” It appears, however, that in order to earn this noble title, one has to eat a lot of bitter herbs, too. This book is about those bitter herbs.

Shaul Webber was born in Tel Aviv. After his army service, he joined Kibbutz Ha’on nearby the Sea of Galilee, and later moved to Kibbutz Merom Golan, where he worked as an educator and teacher. The author received his B.A. in philosophy and education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an M.A. in education from Haifa University, and his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University Today he teaches education and history at the Open University. This is Dr. Webber’s third book.



The Overbeck Sisters: Indiana’s Phenomenal Artisans

by Julie McDonald

This intriguing short story, about a 5-10 minute read, is much different than my usual stories about women of the wild west. The Overbeck family lived a comfortable life in the town of Cambridge City, Indiana. There are no murders, no cattle rustling, no Harvey Girls, no scandals. Yet the Overbeck sisters were every bit as daring as any women in the west. In the era in which they lived, they were pushing the envelope in every direction.



Book of Five Rings by Musashi Miyamoto full version (Japanese Edition)

by shogo kisaragi

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