Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival

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Ecco #ad - Others went mad. Within one year, the expedition successfully established Fort Astoria, a trading post on the Columbia River. Peter stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing.

Six years after lewis and clark's began their journey to the pacific Northwest, John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson, two of the Eastern establishment's leading figures, turned their sights to founding a colony akin to Jamestown on the West Coast and transforming the nation into a Pacific trading power.

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival #ad - Though the colony would be short-lived, it opened provincial American eyes to the potential of the Western coast and its founders helped blaze the Oregon Trail. Author and correspondent for outside magazine Peter Stark recreates this pivotal moment in American history for the first time for modern readers, drawing on original source material to tell the amazing true story of the Astor Expedition.

Unfolding over the course of three years, from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship in the wilderness and at sea. Of the more than one hundred-forty members of the two advance parties that reached the West Coast—one crossing the Rockies, the other rounding Cape Horn—nearly half perished by violence.

In the tradition of the lost city of z and skeletons in the zahara, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, now forgotten, Astoria is the thrilling, an epic, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast.

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Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II P.S.

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Harper #ad - But after picking up one man, the Grumman Duck amphibious plane flew into a severe storm and vanished. Frozen in time tells the story of these crashes and the fate of the survivors, bringing vividly to life their battle to endure 148 days of the brutal Arctic winter, until an expedition headed by famed Arctic explorer Bernt Balchen brought them to safety.

Mitchell zuckoff takes the reader deep into the most hostile environment on earth, vicious blizzards, through hurricane-force winds, and subzero temperatures. Moving forward to today, he recounts the efforts of the Coast Guard and North South Polar Inc. Four days later, the b-17 assigned to the search-and-rescue mission became lost in a blinding storm and also crashed.

Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II P.S. #ad - Miraculously, all nine men on board survived, and the US military launched a daring rescue operation. Frozen in time is a gripping true story of survival, bravery, and honor in the vast Arctic wilderness during World War II, from the author of New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La. On november 5, 1942, a us cargo plane slammed into the Greenland Ice Cap.

Led by indefatigable dreamer lou sapienza – who worked for years to solve the mystery of the Duck’s last flight and recover the remains of its crew. A breathtaking blend of mystery and adventure mitchell zuckoff's frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II is also a poignant reminder of the sacrifices of our military personnel and a tribute to the everyday heroism of the US Coast Guard.

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Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway

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Casemate #ad - At the end of the war, a group of liberated prisoners of war from Southeast Asia, survivors of the sinking of the USS Houston in 1942, was sent to the ward for treatment. One, james gee, pfc, usMC did a particularly detailed job. Many were encouraged to write down their experiences as part of their therapy.

Those who survived the hard labor and harsh conditions there would be sent onto Thailand, then Singapore before arriving in Japan in 1945, spending the last few months of the war working in coal mines just 40 miles outside Nagasaki. His account covers the sinking of the Houston, his rescue by a Japanese ship, and his experiences in Japanese camps over the next three years.

Prisoner of the Samurai: Surviving the Sinking of the USS Houston and the Death Railway #ad - Initially a prisoner in java forced to load and unload enemy ships, he was then transferred to Burma where he worked on the "death railway, then in Batavia, " living on the banks of the River Kwai. Rosalie Hamric was an R. N. Serving as charge nurse in the Psychiatric Ward of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Hospital.

During world War II, Lt. Now rediscovered, James's story can be told to a new generation. Rosalie worked his accounts into a manuscript, which following her sudden death, languished in an attic for over thirty years.

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The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle’s Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers

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Casemate #ad - After parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark hours before D-Day, the Germans got a taste of the reckless courage of this unit - except now the men were fighting with Tommy guns and explosives, not just bare knuckles. Since world war ii, the american public has become fully aware of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe.

But they were an integral part of the U. S. Paratroopers with heads shaved into Mohawks, applying war paint to their faces. Mcniece made four combat jumps, was in the forefront of every fight in northern Europe, yet somehow never made the rank of PFC. In its spearhead role, the 13 suffered heavy casualties, some men wounded and others blown to bits.

The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle’s Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers #ad - A brawling bunch of no-goodniks whose only saving grace was that they inflicted more damage on the Germans than on MPs, the English countryside and their own officers, the Filthy 13 remain a legend within the ranks of the 101st Airborne. By the end of the war 30 men had passed through the squad. But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary status at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades.

. Primarily products of the dustbowl and the Depression, the Filthy13 grew notorious, even within the ranks of the elite 101st. Just prior to the invasion of Normandy, a "Stars and Stripes" photographer caught U.

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ASTORIA A Western Classic: True Life Tale of the Dangerous and Daring Enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains

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e-artnow #ad - This carefully crafted ebook is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Astoria” tells the story of survival and the difficulties faced by the people who undertook the tremendous Oregon Trail in 1810-1812 encountering harsh environment and hostile native Indians and still carrying on with their journeys.

. This is the founding story of astoria and the people who made it possible…Excerpt:"Two leading objects of commercial gain have given birth to wide and daring enterprise in the early history of the Americas; the precious metals of the South, and the rich peltries of the North. Washington irving 1783–1859 was an american short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century.

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Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy

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HarperOne #ad - Hidden in the shadow cast by the great western expeditions of lewis and clark lies another journey every bit as poignant, 800-mile journey made by Chief Joseph and eight hundred Nez Perce men, women, and every bit as essential to an understanding of who we are as a nation -- the 1, mountainous country in western America to the high, every bit as dramatic, and children from their homelands in what is now eastern Oregon through the most difficult, wintry plains of Montana.

It is a grand saga of a pivotal time in our nation's history. Once you have read this groundbreaking work, the American Indian, you will never look at Chief Joseph, or our nation's westward journey in the same way again. Nerburn reveals the true, complex character of joseph, showing how the man was transformed into a myth by a public hungry for an image of the noble Indian and how Joseph exploited the myth in order to achieve his single goal of returning his people to their homeland.

Chief joseph & the flight of the Nez Perce is far more than the story of a man and a people. Military commander who had been pursuing them, "From where the sun now stands, and spoke his now-famous words, I will fight no more forever. The story has been told many times, but never before in its entirety or with such narrative richness.

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy #ad - Its pages are alive with the presence of Lewis and Clark, General William Tecumseh Sherman, General George Armstrong Custer, and Sitting Bull. There, convinced that the wounded and elders could go no farther, walked across the snowy battlefield, only forty miles from the Canadian border and freedom, Chief Joseph, handed his rifle to the U.

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Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds

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Harper #ad - But before the fukuharas would have to face each other in battle, the U. S. Detonated the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, gravely injuring tens of thousands of civilians, including members of their family. Alternating between the american and japanese perspectives, midnight in Broad Daylight captures the uncertainty and intensity of those charged with the fighting as well as the deteriorating home front of Hiroshima—as never told before in English—and provides a fresh look at the dropping of the first atomic bomb.

Harry was sent to an internment camp until a call came for Japanese translators and he dutifully volunteered to serve his country. Back in hiroshima, his brothers Frank and Pierce became soldiers in the Japanese Imperial Army. As the war raged on, one of the finest bilingual interpreters in the United States Army, island-hopped across the Pacific, Harry, moving ever closer to the enemy—and to his younger brothers.

Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds #ad - Intimate and evocative, an homage to the tremendous Japanese American contribution to the American war effort, a scathing examination of racism and xenophobia, it is an indelible portrait of a resilient family, and an invaluable addition to the historical record of this extraordinary time. Eager to go back to America, Harry returned in the late 1930s.

. Then came Pearl Harbor. Meticulously researched and beautifully written, divided loyalties, separation, love, reconciliation, the true story of a Japanese American family that found itself on opposite sides during World War II—an epic tale of family, loss, and redemption—this is a riveting chronicle of U.

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The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible

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Harper #ad - Featuring 32 illustrations throughout the text, The Men Who United the States is a fresh look at the way in which the most powerful nation on earth came together. From its beginnings. How did america become “one nation, winchester follows in the footsteps of america’s most essential explorers, thinkers, indivisible”? What unified a growing number of disparate states into the modern country we recognize today? To answer these questions, and innovators, such as Lewis and Clark and the leaders of the Great Surveys; the builders of the first transcontinental telegraph and the powerful civil engineer behind the Interstate Highway System.

The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible #ad - Simon winchester, delivers his first book about america: a fascinating popular history that illuminates the men who toiled fearlessly to discover, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Atlantic and The Professor and the Madman, connect, and bond the citizenry and geography of the U. S. A. He treks vast swaths of territory, from pittsburgh to Portland, Seattle to Anchorage, Rochester to San Francisco, introducing the fascinating people who played a pivotal role in creating today’s United States.

Throughout, he ponders whether the historic work of uniting the States has succeeded, and to what degree.

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Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

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Penguin Books #ad - In this lovely, thoughtful history, mark kurlansky ponders the question: Is the fish that changed the world forever changed by the world's folly?“Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could.

What did the vikings eat in icy greenland and on the five expeditions to America recorded in the Icelandic sagas? Cod, frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish. David mccullough, author of The Wright Brothers and 1776.

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World #ad - An unexpected, mark kurlansky’s third work of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 james beard Award, energetic look at world history on sea and land from the bestselling author of Salt and The Basque History of the WorldCod, is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character.

As we make our way through the centuries of cod history, we also find a delicious legacy of recipes, and the tragic story of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once their numbers were legendary. What was the staple of the medieval diet? Cod again, sold salted by the Basques, an enigmatic people with a mysterious, unlimited supply of cod.

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The Power of Myth

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Anchor #ad -  . An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell’s work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas.

This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, love, death, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture.

The Power of Myth #ad - The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition  The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. To campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres. With bill moyers, one of america’s most prominent journalists, from Jesus to John Lennon, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit.

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Into Africa

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New Word City, Inc. #ad - Into Africa #ad - They turned their backs on the young explorer, ignored his accomplishments, and let him die neglected. Here are the epic adventures of the european explorers who opened Africa – from Mongo Park and Vasco da Gama to Francis Burton and David Livingstone and Henry Stanley. But neither that simple drawing nor his matter-of-fact description gave Caillié's countrymen a sufficiently colorful picture to match their preconceptions of how Africa should look.

When the explorer rené caillié returned to France from Africa in 1828, he published a sketch of the legendary city he had discovered - Timbuctoo.

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