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Biography: historical, political & military

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The Legacy of Douglas Grant A Notable Aborigine in War and Peace

The Legacy of Douglas Grant A Notable Aborigine in War and Peace

Author: John Ramsland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The versatile and gifted Douglas Grant was stereotyped in the media as the Black Digger with a Scottish accent. He was much more than that. Well educated by white parents who rescued him from an 1886 massacre in the frontier wars, Douglas became an engineering draftsman, wool classer, charismatic public speaker and storyteller. In the 1st AIF he fought bravely on the Western Front, was wounded and taken prisoner in the Battle of Bullecourt. Noting he was well-educated, the German authorities made him the inmate-in-charge of the large Half Crescent Prison Camp for Muslim and Hindu soldiers. He saved many lives by negotiating for ritual foods and medical supplies. Returning home, he went through hard times and adventures, but always maintained his great sense of humour about life.

A Schoolmaster's War Harry Ree - A British Agent in the French Resistance

A Schoolmaster's War Harry Ree - A British Agent in the French Resistance

Author: Jonathan Ree Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2020

The wartime adventures of the legendary SOE agent Harry Ree, told in his own words A school teacher at the start of the war, Harry Ree renounced his former pacifism with the fall of France in 1940. He was deployed into a secret branch of the British army and parachuted into central France in April 1943. Harry showed a particular talent for winning the confidence of local resisters, and guided them in a series of dramatic sabotage operations, before getting into a hand-to-hand fight with an armed German officer, from which he was lucky to escape. This might seem like a romantic story of heroism and derring-do, but Harry Ree's own war writings, superbly edited and contextualized by his son, the philosopher Jonathan Ree, are far more nuanced, shot through with doubts, regrets, and grief.

Andrew Fernando Holmes Protestantism, Medicine, and Science in Nineteenth-Century Montreal

Andrew Fernando Holmes Protestantism, Medicine, and Science in Nineteenth-Century Montreal

Author: Richard Vaudry Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2020

Physician, surgeon, natural historian, educator, Protestant evangelical. Andrew Fernando Holmes's name is synonymous with the McGill medical faculty and with the discovery of a congenital heart malformation known as the Holmes heart. He also played a critical role in the creation of a scientific culture in early-nineteenth-century Montreal. Born in captivity at Cadiz, Spain, Holmes immigrated to Lower Canada in the first decade of the nineteenth century. He arrived in a province that was experiencing profound social, economic, and cultural change as the result of a long process of integration into the British Atlantic world. A transatlantic perspective, therefore, undergirds this biography, from an exploration of how Holmes's family members were participants in an Atlantic world of trade and consumption, to explaining how his educational experiences at Edinburgh and Paris informed his approach to the practice of medicine, medical education, and medical politics. This fascinating biography also examines Holmes's deepest religious convictions, positioning them at the centre of his work and life.

The Accidental President

The Accidental President

Author: A. J. Baime Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who find themselves facing extraordinary circumstances and, through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. Chosen as President Roosevelt's fourth term Vice President for his admired work ethic, good judgement and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman was the prototypical ordinary man from small-town America. That is, until he was thrust in over his head following the sudden death of Roosevelt. With the world still caught up in the inferno of the Second World War, Truman found himself playing the roles of both judge and jury during the founding of the UN, the Potsdam Conference, the Manhattan Project, the German surrender, the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the decision to drop the Bomb and bring the war to the end. Tightly focused, meticulously researched and drawing on documentation not available to previous biographers, The Accidental President escorts readers into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history-making four months - when the stakes were high and the challenges even higher . . .

The Last King Of Poland

The Last King Of Poland

Author: Adam Zamoyski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

A superb study of one of the most important, romantic and dynamic figures of European history. 'A fine book ... the web of political intrigue unfolds like an appetising detective novel' Scotsman The last king of Poland owed his throne largely to his youthful romance with the future Catherine the Great of Russia. But Stanislaw Augustus was nobody's pawn. He was an ambitious, highly intelligent and complex character, a dashing figure in the finest eighteenth-century tradition. A great believer in art and education, he spent fortunes on cultural projects, and finding that he was blocked politically by Catherine, he put his energies into a programme of social and artistic regeneration. He transformed the mood of his country and brought it to a new phase of reform and independence. Poland's neighbours, however, viewed this beacon of liberty in their midst with alarm, and as they invaded and partitioned it, Stanislaw saw the destruction of his life's work, and ultimately was forced to abdicate, a broken man, deceived and disillusioned.

Women, Antifascism and Mussolini's Italy The Life of Marion Cave Rosselli

Women, Antifascism and Mussolini's Italy The Life of Marion Cave Rosselli

Author: Isabelle (Universite Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France) Richet Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

Marion Cave Rosselli is remembered as the 'perfect companion' of the Italian Antifascist leader Carlo Rosselli, assassinated in Paris in June 1937. But little is known about the young English student fired with revolutionary enthusiasm who moved to Florence in 1919, witnessed the violent march of fascism to power and thereafter became a resolute adversary of the Mussolini dictatorship. Based on a wealth of little-used private and public archives, this biography retraces her journey from a modest home on the outskirts of London to the first underground Antifascist opposition in Italy, from the prison island of Lipari to exile in Paris and the United States. It reveals the social, cultural and existential factors which underpinned her unflinching political engagement alongside her husband. It also highlights the many challenges faced by Antifascist women within a highly patriarchal movement by bringing to life the figure of a woman who challenged the traditional division of labour within the family and struggled to carve a political role for herself. Reconstructing Marion Cave Rosselli's experience in relation to the multiple political, social and cultural worlds she moved in, this book broadens our understanding of the Antifascist movement and offers a richly detailed portrait of a time full of hopes, anxieties and disappointments.

'Cherry' Ingram The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms

'Cherry' Ingram The Englishman Who Saved Japan's Blossoms

Author: Naoko Abe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

'Sympathetic and engrossing... a portrait of great charm and sophistication' Guardian The irresistible story of Japanese cherry blossoms, threatened by political ideology and saved by an unknown Englishman Collingwood Ingram, known as 'Cherry' for his defining obsession, was born in 1880 and lived until he was a hundred, witnessing a fraught century of conflict and change. After visiting Japan in 1902 and 1907 and discovering two magnificent cherry trees in the garden of his family home in Kent in 1919, Ingram fell in love with cherry blossoms, or sakura, and dedicated much of his life to their cultivation and preservation. On a 1926 trip to Japan to search for new specimens, Ingram was shocked to see the loss of local cherry diversity, driven by modernisation, neglect and a dangerous and creeping ideology. A cloned cherry, the Somei-yoshino, was taking over the landscape and becoming the symbol of Japan's expansionist ambitions. The most striking absence from the Japanese cherry scene, for Ingram, was that of Taihaku, a brilliant 'great white' cherry tree. A proud example of this tree grew in his English garden and he swore to return it to its native home. Multiple attempts to send Taihaku scions back to Japan ended in failure, but Ingram persisted. Over decades, Ingram became one of the world's leading cherry experts and shared the joy of sakura both nationally and internationally. Every spring we enjoy his legacy. 'Cherry' Ingram is a portrait of this little-known Englishman, a story of Britain and Japan in the twentieth century and an exploration of the delicate blossoms whose beauty is admired around the world.

On the Trail of Robert Service

On the Trail of Robert Service

Author: G. Wallace Lockhart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2020

To many, the Scottish bank clerk who became the Bard of the Yukon is a figure solely associated with the Klondike. Lockhart reveals Service's vagabond years in North America, and his later travels in Tahiti and Russia as well as his response to success.

Ancient Britain and the Invasions of Julius Caesar

Ancient Britain and the Invasions of Julius Caesar

Author: Thomas Rice Holmes Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/03/2020

Thomas Rice Holmes' aim in these pages has been to tell the story of man's life from the earliest times. What has been called aprehistory' cannot be written without knowledge of archaeology; but from the historical standpoint archaeological details must be handled, not for their own sake, but only in so far as they illustrate the development of culture.

Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Volume IV

Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Volume IV

Author: Sir Walter, MD Scott Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/03/2020

Sir Walter Scott first published his biography on Napoleon in 1827. The work represents an important contribution to the study of France during the Napoleonic Era. The book provides an honest and thorough account of the man and the society in which he lived.

Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Volume 5

Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Volume 5

Author: Sir Walter, MD Scott Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/03/2020

Sir Walter Scott first published his biography on Napoleon in 1827. The work represents an important contribution to the study of France during the Napoleonic Era. The book provides an honest and thorough account of the man and the society in which he lived.

Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain Black and Conservative in America

Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain Black and Conservative in America

Author: Kathy Barnette Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/03/2020

Kathy Barnette, a conservative political commentator, explains why black Americans should stop believing liberal lies and start supporting President Trump. There was a time when Kathy Barnette, like most black Americans, bought into the fallacy that if you're black, you must vote for democrats. However, after carefully studying the history of the United States and diving deep into the story of her own family, she realized that this is not the case. In fact, she realized that it is liberal policies that usually leave black Americans broke, defeated, and dependent on the government for everything. In Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain, Barnette takes the words of President Trump himself -- who once famously sought the support of the black community by asking, what the hell do you have to lose? -- and writes about the state of black people in America today. She discusses everything from language and class to economics and hip-hop music, interweaving her commentary with stories about her own family's long pursuit of the American dream. Barnette argues that President Trump has done more for black Americans than any president in history, and that he should be given four more years to keep adding to his record of achievement.