By Sam Lightner Jr.
“Sam Lightner, Jr., combines stories of event, one historical and the opposite modern day in his page-turner . . . With its wealthy experience of position and heritage, All Elevations Unknown deals a shockingly clean twist to an adventure-climbing tale.” –Climbing Magazine
In the spring of 1999, armed with little greater than an outline from a ebook and a map categorized “all elevations unknown,” Sam Lightner and his German rock-climbing blood brother, Volker, came upon themselves deep within the jungles of Borneo on a undertaking to climb a mountain that was once in simple terms rumored to exist. What little they knew in regards to the mountain they'd discovered from the memoirs of significant Tom Harrisson, a British international conflict II soldier who in 1945 have been assigned the near-impossible challenge of parachuting blindly into the thick Borneo rainforest–where the natives had a grisly behavior of removing heads–to try and reclaim the island for the Allies.
A appealing, completely unique blend of go back and forth experience memoir and old new version, All Elevations Unknown charts Lightner’s exhilarating and every now and then harrowing quest to ascend the mountain Batu Lawi within the face of leeches, vipers, and sweat bees, and to maintain his group jointly in a single of the earth’s such a lot treacherous uncharted wallet. alongside the way in which, he reconstructs a desirable old narrative that chronicles Tom Harrisson’s adventures there throughout the warfare and illuminates an fabulous piece of forgotten global battle II historical past. Rife with suspense and brilliant element, the 2 intertwining stories open up the island of Borneo, its humans, and its heritage in a robust, unforgettable approach, taking event writing to new heights.
By Andrea Stuart
Within the overdue 1630s, lured by way of the promise of the hot global, Andrea Stuart’s earliest recognized maternal ancestor, George Ashby, set sail from England to settle in Barbados. He fell into the lifetime of a sugar plantation proprietor by means of mere likelihood, yet by the point he harvested his first crop, a revolution used to be totally lower than method: the farming of sugar cane, and the speedily expanding calls for for sugar around the globe, wouldn't in basic terms elevate George Ashby from abject poverty and form the lives of his descendants, however it could additionally bind jointly formidable white marketers and enslaved black staff in a strangling embody. Stuart makes use of her family story—from the 17th century throughout the present—as the pivot for this epic story of migration, payment, survival, slavery and the making of the Americas.
because it grew, the sugar alternate enriched Europe as by no means prior to, financing the economic Revolution and fuelling the Enlightenment. And, in addition, it turned the root of many economies in South the US, performed a tremendous half within the evolution of the U.S. as an international energy and reworked the Caribbean into an archipelago of riches. yet this candy and highly ecocnomic trade—“white gold,” because it used to be known—had profoundly much less palatable outcomes in its precipitation of the enslavement of Africans to paintings the fields at the islands and, finally, during the American continents. Interspersing the tectonic shifts of colonial historical past along with her family’s event, Stuart explores the interconnected topics of payment, sugar and slavery with notable subtlety and sensitivity. In reading how those forces formed her personal family—its family tree, intimate relationships, situations of start, various colours of skin—she illuminates how her relations, between hundreds of thousands of others love it, in flip reworked the society during which they lived, and the way that interchange keeps to at the present time. transferring among own and worldwide background, Stuart provides us a deepened realizing of the connections among continents, among black and white, among women and men, among the unfastened and the enslaved. it's a tale dropped at lifestyles with riveting and unprecedented immediacy, a narrative of basic value to the making of our international.
By Peter J. Keating
Publish 12 months note: First released September twelfth 1991 by way of Grange
[i[The Haunted Study[/i], a unprecedented instance of a piece of literary background that's really interdisciplinary, explores how the prime novelists of the past due Victorian and Edwardian classes got here to strengthen such a lot of of the attitudes which are now in most cases permitted as usually smooth.
The writing of fiction isn't really taken care of as if it exists in a few form of isolation, yet is proven to be in detail relating to different kinds of social job. Conrad, James, Meredith, and their speedy modernist successors Joyce, Lawrence, and Woolf, could now appear to be set aside in quite a few the most important methods from, say, Ouida and Marie Corelli, or perhaps Gissing, Wells, and Bennett, yet them all labored in the related quickly altering society and have been inevitably inspired via its dominant financial, political, and cultural issues. those affects weren't peripheral, yet critical and formative. They profoundly affected the production of a commercially fragmented tradition in addition to the character of fiction inside that tradition.
The Haunted Study covers a very huge variety of authors, from the severely despised to the significantly renowned, and examines the effect on their paintings of such elements because the professionalisation of literature, the incomes energy of authors, the emergence of recent types of readers, and, disturbingly current during the entire interval, primary democratic change.
By Jim Marrs
Throw out every thing you're thinking that you recognize approximately background. shut the authorized textbooks, flip off the company mass media, and no matter what you do, don't think something you listen from the government—The upward thrust of the Fourth Reich unearths the reality approximately American strength. during this explosive new e-book, the mythical Jim Marrs, writer of the underground bestseller Rule by way of Secrecy, unearths the frighteningly actual chance that at the present time the U.S. is changing into the Fourth Reich, the continuation of an ideology inspiration to were vanquished greater than a part century ago.
This inspiration could seem absurd to those that can't see prior the rose-colored spin, hype, and disinformation poured out day-by-day by way of the media conglomerates—most of that are owned via the exact same households and companies who supported the Nazis earlier than global warfare II. yet as Marrs accurately explains, nationwide Socialism by no means died, yet particularly its hideous philosophy is alive and lively in glossy the United States. regrettably, most folks can't comprehend the shadowy hyperlinks among fascism and company energy, the army, and our elected leaders.
While the us helped defeat the Germans in global warfare II, we did not defeat the Nazis. on the finish of the struggle, rating Nazis, in addition to their younger and fanatical protégés, used the loot of Europe to create company entrance businesses in lots of nations, together with the USA of the USA. using their stolen wealth, males with Nazi backgrounds and mentalities wormed their approach into company the United States, slowly purchasing up and consolidating businesses into mammoth multinational conglomerates. Many hundreds of thousands of alternative Nazis got here to the U.S. lower than labeled courses equivalent to undertaking Paperclip. They introduced with them stunning weapon expertise that helped win the distance race yet additionally they introduced their insidious Nazi philosophy inside our borders. This ideology in keeping with the authoritarian premise that the tip justifies the means—including unprovoked wars of aggression and curtailment of person liberties—has won an iron carry within the "land of the loose and the house of the brave."
For the 1st time Jim Marrs has collected compelling proof that an attempt has been underway for the previous sixty years to carry a kind of nationwide Socialism to trendy the USA, developing in essence a contemporary empire—or "Fourth Reich"!
By Susan Mccarter
By Philip Katcher
By Robert Marshall
In 1942 Claude Dansey, deputy head of MI6, infiltrated Henri Déricourt, double agent extraordinaire, into the rival British wartime mystery provider, SOE. the resultant path of destruction and betrayal resulted in the lack of over 400 British and French brokers. Recruited because the guy SOE so desperately wanted, Déricourt penetrated the center of PROSPER, SOE's greatest community in France. even as he renewed touch with Karl Boemelburg, head of German counter-espionage in Paris. each flow, code and dispatch from the British brokers was once made recognized to Boemelburg; Déricourt gave him every little thing. His treachery ultimately resulted in the disastrous fall of the PROSPER community, and to the arrest of approximately 1000 women and men, hundreds of thousands of whom died in focus camps. was once it patriotism that drove Dansey, or used to be the Déricourt plan purely a part of the key struggle among MI6 and SOE, a conflict within which Dansey held all of the guns? all of the King's males is the dramatic account on probably the most ruthless mystery operations of the second one global battle.
By Philip Parker
The Northmen's Fury tells the Viking tale, from the 1st pinprick raids of the eightth century to the nice armies that left their Scandinavian homelands to overcome better components of France, Britain and eire. It recounts the epic voyages that took them around the Atlantic to the icy fjords of Greenland and to North the US over 4 centuries ahead of Columbus and east to the good rivers of Russia and the riches of the Byzantine empire.
One summer's day in 793, demise arrived from the ocean. The raiders who sacked the island monastery of Lindisfarne have been the 1st Vikings, sea-borne attackers who introduced centuries of terror to northern Europe. ahead of lengthy the sight in their dragon-prowed longships and the very identify of Viking gave upward thrust to worry and dread, a lot in order that priests have been reputed to wish each one evening for supply from 'the Northmen's Fury'. but for all their acceptance as bloodthirsty warriors, the Vikings possessed a cosmopolitan tradition that produced paintings of serious good looks, literature of abiding energy and kingdoms of bizarre persistence.
The Northmen's Fury describes how and why a zone on the fringe of Europe got here to dominate and to terrorise a lot of the remainder of the continent for almost 3 centuries and the way, after all, the arriving of Christianity and the starting to be strength of kings tempered the Viking ferocity and stemmed the tide of raids. It relates the amazing fulfillment of the Vikings in forging far-flung empires whose sinews have been the ocean and whose arteries weren't roads yet maritime buying and selling routes.
The blood of the Vikings runs in thousands of veins in Europe and the Americas and the story in their conquests, explorations and achievements keeps to encourage humans worldwide.
By John Dos Passos
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1970
Despite affliction within the ultimate years of his existence, Dos Passos presses on for event. He and his spouse trip to Easter Island, the place they discover the historical past at the back of the recognized statues--called maois.
"When i used to be a small boy," Dos Passos says, "some variety individual took me to the British Museum. There I observed a statue, a big, tough, dark-gray statue with [a] lengthy, unhappy, dark-gray face. The statue stared again out of deep, sunken eyes. What was once it attempting to say? To today i will be able to take note the sensation it gave me of savage, brooding melancholy."