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By: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)
|The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V Political Essays|
|My Garden Acquaintance|
By: George Alfred Henty (1832-1902)
With Frederick The Great: A Story of the Seven Years' War
Among the great wars of history there are few, if any, instances of so long and successfully sustained a struggle, against enormous odds, as that of the Seven Years' War, maintained by Prussia--then a small and comparatively insignificant kingdom--against Russia, Austria, and France simultaneously, who were aided also by the forces of most of the minor principalities of Germany. The population of Prussia was not more than five millions, while that of the Allies considerably exceeded a hundred millions...
With Clive in India
With Clive in India gives a vivid picture of the wonderful events of the ten years, which at their commencement saw Madras in the hands of the French--Calcutta at the mercy of the Nabob of Bengal--and English influence apparently at the point of extinction in India--and which ended in the final triumph of the English, both in Bengal and Madras. There were yet great battles to be fought, great efforts to be made, before the vast Empire of India fell altogether into British hands; but these were but the sequel of the events described.
Typically, Henty's heroes are boys of pluck in troubled times, and this is no different. Detailed research is embellished with a vivid imagination, especially in this novel set in the Punic wars, about which knowledge is limited: "...certainly we had but a hazy idea as to the merits of the struggle and knew but little of its events, for the Latin and Greek authors, which serve as the ordinary textbooks in schools, do not treat of the Punic wars. That it was a struggle for empire at first, and latterly...
With Lee in Virginia
Vincent Wingfield is the son of a wealthy Virginian planter. When the country goes to war, he enlists in the cavalry, and sees action under the various generals commanding the army in and near Virginia. He has several private adventures as well, including a personal enemy, prison escape, rescue of a young lady, spying expedition, and recovery of a stolen slave. He rises in rank in the Confederate army, and after the war is over, he marries and returns home to manage his mother's plantation. Henty in this book gives an overview of the causes of the Civil War, and follows the battles and movements of the army in Virginia and the surrounding area...
Under Drake's Flag: A Tale Of The Spanish Main
An exciting tale set on the high seas, in a period ruled by exploration, with the ever-present dangers of nature and the weather, together with pirates of the famed Spanish Main.
|No Surrender! A Tale of the Rising in La Vendee|
In the Reign of Terror: The Adventures of a Westminster Boy
Like all Henty books, this one centers around a young English lad whose courtesy and courage win the day. Harry Sandwith travels to France to serve a French Marquis, despite the rumblings of a revolution. Follow along to benefit from a wholesome story full of historical facts in good, old Henty fashion. (Introduction by Jenn Raimundo)
|At Aboukir and Acre A Story of Napoleon's Invasion of Egypt|
|With Lee in Virginia A Story of the American Civil War|
|Condemned as a Nihilist A Story of Escape from Siberia|
|Through Three Campaigns A Story of Chitral, Tirah and Ashanti|
|A Jacobite Exile Being the Adventures of a Young Englishman in the Service of Charles the Twelfth of Sweden|
|With Wolfe in Canada The Winning of a Continent|
|By England's Aid or the Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604)|
|Held Fast For England A Tale of the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-83)|
|Orange and Green A Tale of the Boyne and Limerick|
|Rujub, the Juggler|
|A Girl of the Commune|
|A Chapter of Adventures|
|By England's Aid Or, the Freeing of the Netherlands, 1585-1604|
By: Fritz Kreisler
Four Weeks in the Trenches
A brief record of the fighting on the Eastern front in the great war by a participant in that great and terrible conflict
By: Arthur Ransome (1884-1967)
|The Crisis in Russia|
Russia in 1919
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: On August 27, 1914, in London, I made this note in a memorandum book: "Met Arthur Ransome at_____'s; discussed a book on the Russian's relation to the war in the light of psychological background--folklore." The book was not written but the idea that instinctively came to him pervades his every utterance on things Russian. The versatile man who commands more than respect as the biographer of Poe and Wilde; as the (translator of and commentator on Remy de Gourmont; as a folklorist, has shown himself to be consecrated to the truth...
By: Jeffery Farnol (1878-1952)
|Great Britain at War|
|The Honourable Mr. Tawnish|
By: James Stephens (1882-1950)
The Insurrection in Dublin
The Easter Rising was a rebellion staged in Ireland in Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was an attempt by militant Irish republicans to win independence from Britain by force of arms. This account was written by Irish novelist James Stephens, who lived and worked in Dublin at the time.
By: Lysander Spooner
Essay on the Trial by Jury
FOR more than six hundred years that is, since Magna Carta, in 1215 there has been no clearer principle of English or American constitutional law, than that, in criminal cases, it is not only the right and duty of juries to judge what are the facts, what is the law, and what was the moral intent of the accused; but that it is also their right, and their primary and paramount duty, to judge of the justice of the law, and to hold all laws invalid, that are, in their opinion, unjust or oppressive, and all persons guiltless in violating, or resisting the execution of, such laws...
By: M. M. Pattison Muir (d1931)
The Story of Alchemy and the Beginnings of Chemistry
A light journey through the history of chemistry, from its start in the obscure mysteries of alchemy to what was, for the author, the cutting edge of the development of modern atomic theory … and whose developing blind ends we can now see with the advantage of hind sight.
By: Abner Doubleday (1819-1893)
Chancellorsville and Gettysburg
Abner Doubleday began the Civil War as a Union officer and aimed the first cannon shot in response to the bombardment opened on Ft. Sumter in 1861. Two years later, after a series of battles (including Antietam, where he was wounded), Doubleday took over a division in the Army of the Potomac's 1st Corps.These are his memoirs of service in two of the War's great campaigns. At Chancellorsville, a very promising start made by General Hooker against Lee's Confederate forces fell to a defeat when, in...
By: James Baikie
Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt
Written primarily for children, James Baikie’s ‘peep’ at ancient Egypt is a really well done, historical account of the ways of that fascinating land so many years ago. It has stood well the test of time, being both well researched and well written. It’s a fun book for everyone, and families especially will enjoy listening together.
|The Sea-Kings of Crete|
Xenophon the Athenian was born 431 B.C. He was a pupil of Socrates. He marched with the Spartans, and was exiled from Athens. Sparta gave him land and property in Scillus, where he lived for many years before having to move once more, to settle in Corinth. He died in 354 B.C. “Anabasis” is a Greek work which meane “journey from the coast to the center of a country.” This is Xenophon’s account of his march to Persia with a troop of Greek mercenaries to aid Cyrus, who enlisted Greek help to try and take the throne from his brother Artaxerxes, and the ensuing return of the Greeks, in which Xenophon played a leading role...
By: Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946)
|The Arctic Prairies : a Canoe-Journey of 2,000 Miles in Search of the Caribou; Being the Account of a Voyage to the Region North of Aylemer Lake|
By: Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)
In Ghostly Japan
This collection of 14 stories collected by Lafcadio Hearn, contains Japanese ghost stories, but also several non-fiction pieces. Hearn tries to give a glimpse into the customs of the Japanese, by giving examples of Buddhist Proverbs and explaining the use of incense and the nation wide fascination with poetry. Furthermore, he has again translated several hair-rising ghost stories, like "A Passional Karma" about the truly undying love of a young couple.
Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation
Greece-born Lafcadio Hearn (1850 - 1904) spent decades of his life in Japan, even marrying a Japanese woman, thus becoming a Japanese citizen by the name of Koizumi Yakumo (小泉 八雲). He wrote many books on Japan, especially about its folklore. In this posthumously published book, he takes a closer look at Japan's religious history: How it developed from ancient beliefs into Shintoism, resisted suppression attempts by both Buddhism and Christianity and how – despite efforts to westernise Japan during the era known as Meiji Restoration – it remained the basis for Japanese society...
By: Harold W. Fairbanks (1860-1952)
The Western United States: A Geographical Reader
“In preparation of this book the author has had in mind the needs of the upper grammar grades. The subject matter has not been selected with the object of covering the field of Western geography in a systematic manner, but instead the attempt has been made to picture as graphically as may be some of its more striking and interesting physical features, and the influence which these features have exerted upon its discovery and settlement.” (from the Preface of The Western United States)
By: Carlton McCarthy (1847-1936)
Detailed Minutiae of Soldier Life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865
The author, who fought as a private in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War, describes the Confederate soldier’s daily struggles with hunger, illness, fear, and the perils of combat; as well as his pride of service, love of comrades, and courage in the face of overwhelming odds
By: John L. Cotter (1911-1999)
New Discoveries at Jamestown
Chances are, you are reading this because you are aware that Jamestown, Virginia, celebrated its 400th birthday in 2007. It was the first “successful” English settlement in America. Although the colonists eventually moved upriver to be quit of the hard luck and difficult conditions on the small island, they left behind a trove of possessions – used, worn out, or forgotten. Did you ever stop to consider just how many different items you have, need, or use, to live, work, and amuse yourself? Chances are that you would seriously underestimate! But once you put such a list together, another person could tell quite a story about the life you lead...
By: William Henry Giles Kingston
Stories of Animal Sagacity
300+ short stories of how smart and savvy various individual animals have been seen to be, and in most cases a little moral is drawn from the story.
|Great African Travellers From Mungo Park to Livingstone and Stanley|
|How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves Updated to 1900|
|The Western World Picturesque Sketches of Nature and Natural History in North and South America|
|Captain Cook His Life, Voyages, and Discoveries|
|In the Wilds of Florida A Tale of Warfare and Hunting|
|Afar in the Forest|
|Adventures in the Far West|
|Our Soldiers Gallant Deeds of the British Army during Victoria's Reign|
|Our Sailors Gallant Deeds of the British Navy during Victoria's Reign|
|On the Banks of the Amazon|
|From Powder Monkey to Admiral A Story of Naval Adventure|
|The South Sea Whaler|
|The Last Look A Tale of the Spanish Inquisition|
|The Frontier Fort Stirring Times in the North West Territory of British America|
|The Settlers A Tale of Virginia|
|The Woodcutter of Gutech|
|Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors|