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release date: Jul 18, 2017
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The Miracle of Dunkirk: The True Story of Operation Dynamo
The true story of the World War II evacuation portrayed in the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Day of Infamy.

In May 1940, the remnants of the French and British armies, broken by Hitler’s blitzkrieg, retreated to Dunkirk. Hemmed in by overwhelming Nazi strength, the 338,000 men gathered on the beach were all that stood between Hitler and Western Europe. Crush them, and the path to Paris and London was clear.

Unable to retreat any farther, the Allied soldiers set up defense positions and prayed for deliverance. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an evacuation on May 26, expecting to save no more than a handful of his men. But Britain would not let its soldiers down. Hundreds of fishing boats, pleasure yachts, and commercial vessels streamed into the Channel to back up the Royal Navy, and in a week nearly the entire army was ferried safely back to England.

Based on interviews with hundreds of survivors and told by “a master narrator,” The Miracle of Dunkirk is a striking history of a week when the outcome of World War II hung in the balance (Arthur Schlesinger Jr.).

 
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release date: Apr 02, 1997
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Last Dinner On the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner
A cookbook designed to recreate the atmosphere of dining on the famous, doomed luxury liner serves up such recipes as Lobster Thermidor, Quail's Eggs in Aspic with Caviar, and Poached Salmon with Dilled Mousseline Sauce and Cucumber.
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release date: Mar 17, 1998
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Incredible Victory: The Battle of Midway (Classics of War)
A remarkable account of what has been called 'the most decisive naval battle since Trafalgar.'―Los Angeles Times
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release date: Apr 15, 1992
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A Night to Remember
A minute-by-minute account as told by survivors of the sinking of the unsinkable Titanic. This remains the best telling of the fascinating story that has riveted the public for a century.
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release date: May 01, 2013
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Day of Infamy
Day of Infamy is Walter Lord's gripping, vivid re-creation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941. In brilliant detail Walter Lord traces the human drama of the great attack: the spies behind it; the Japanese pilots; the crews on the stricken warships; the men at the airfields and the bases; the Japanese pilot who captured an island single-handedly when he could not get back to his carrier; the generals, the sailors, the housewives, and the children who responded to the attack with anger, numbness, and magnificent courage. In compiling his masterpiece, Lord traveled over fourteen thousand miles and spoke or corresponded with over five hundred individuals on both sides who were there, creating the best account we have of one of the epic events in American history.
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release date: Feb 06, 2001
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The Fremantle Diary: A Journal of the Confederacy (Classics of War)
This is a fascinating primary document of the Civil War, the diary of English Col. James Fremantle, who kept an engaging account of his tour of the Confederacy in 1863.
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release date: May 06, 2017
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Lonely Vigil: Coastwatchers of the Solomons (Bluejacket Books)
Called a stirring tale of forgotten heroes splendidly told by a master narrator, this saga of the valiant coastwatchers of the Pacific War exemplifies that rare combination of careful research and exciting narrative style that became a hallmark of Walter Lord's best-selling books. Though their importance has long been acknowledged, the coastwatchers had received relatively little attention until the publication of this book in 1977. The remarkable band of individualists, operating deep behind Japanese lines in the dark days of 1942-43, lived by their wits alone yet gave the Allies their best intelligence and rescued many a man from downed planes and sinking ships--including John F. Kennedy and his PT-109 crew.

To piece their story together, Lord traveled 40,000 miles to interview participants, check archives, and examine private letters and diaries. He even made a three-day hike through the Guadalcanal jungle to inspect the coastwatcher hideout on Gold Ridge so he could successfully put readers in their shoes. The book's varied cast of intriguing characters has attracted readers ever since.

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release date: Aug 01, 1986
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THE NIGHT LIVES ON: New Thoughts, Theories, and Revelations About the  "Titanic"
Combining meticulous research and dramatic narrative history, the author sheds new light on the sinking of the "Titanic," with new evidence and theories on, and revelations about, the disaster
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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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A Time to Stand: The Epic of the Alamo Seen as a Great National Experience
On the morning of March 6, 1836, in an old abandoned mission called the Alamo, a small Texas garrison fought to the death rather than yield to an overwhelming army of Mexicans. Through the years the garrison’s heroic stand has become so clothed in folklore and romance that the truth has nearly been lost. In A Time to Stand Walter Lord rediscovers and recreates the whole fascinating story. From contemporary documents, diaries, and letters, he has mined a wealth of fresh information that throws intriguing sidelights on the epic of the Alamo. What were the defenders like? Why did they take their stand? Did any escape? Did Davy Crockett surrender?



The cast of characters includes not only famous figures like Jim Bowie but unknown, unsung men: John Purdy Reynolds, the wandering Pennsylvania surgeon; George Kimball, the industrious New York hatter, Micajah Autry of Tennessee, who was a far better poet than a businessman. And then there are the Mexicans: the fabulous Santa Anna; the smooth Colonel Almonte; the forlorn private Juan Basquez, who only wanted to stay home and make shoes.

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release date: Sep 07, 2020
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Spencer's Mountain/A Prologue to Love/A Time to Stand/Give It Back to the Lemongrowers!/Kirkland Revels (Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Volume 1: 1962)
Contains abridged versions of 4 popular books of the time. Readers Digest condensed books.
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