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release date: Oct 23, 2017
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The Little Books on Buddhism (8 Book Series)
From Book 1: The Little Book of Buddhist Meditation is designed to help you establish a regular meditation practice. It is based on the Buddha's original teachings. You will be guided step-by-step through establishing a posture, and basic meditation techniques like breath counting, sweeping, the practice of loving-kindness, walking meditation, and the use of "gathas", or short poems. There is also an explanation of chanting and how this can be used to establish the beginning of a sitting, to bring the mind into the present moment, and to reinforce the Buddha's teachings. There is also a description of what to do when problems occur, and how to establish a regular routine. This guide is intended to help you develop a sense of well-being, calm, serenity, and confidence, for a foundation that will serve you for many years to come.
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release date: Oct 05, 2017
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U.S. History
U.S. History is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of most introductory courses. The text provides a balanced approach to U.S. history, considering the people, events, and ideas that have shaped the United States from both the top down (politics, economics, diplomacy) and bottom up (eyewitness accounts, lived experience). U.S. History covers key forces that form the American experience, with particular attention to issues of race, class, and gender.
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release date: Feb 15, 2017
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Lost Skills of the 19th Century: A practical guide to a variety of useful arts no longer widely known or practiced
Yearn to live in the past, but don’t know how to get there?

Lost Skills of the 19th Century is a wide-ranging collection of (mostly) useful arts no longer widely known or practiced, discovered in the pages of long-forgotten classics of Americana like The Practical Distiller, American Artillerist’s Companion, The Farmer’s Cabinet, The Orphan’s Friend and Housekeeper’s Assistant, The Ball-room Bijou, A Manual for Attendants in Hospitals for the Insane, The Prairie Traveler, Wilson’s Book of Recitations, Practical Hints for Furniture Men, How to Make a Shoe, Skilful Suzy, The White House Cookbook, and dozens of others.

Using detailed original instructions, commentary by the author, and hyperlinks to the full texts, which are instantly accessible in facsimile versions in the online archives, at no cost and without login, you can learn how to:

• Drive a horse-drawn carriage
• Roast a massive bison hump
• Track your enemies across the plains
• Build a sod house
• Refresh yourself with an air bath
• Stop a cattle stampede
• Dance the latest steps from the 1850s
• Amuse friends with tableaux vivants
• Dynamite stumps
• Keep a cow in your backyard
• Vaccinate yourself
And much, much more.

Lost Skills of the 19th Century has valuable tips and information for homesteaders, craftspeople, history enthusiasts, carpenters, historical reenactors, and survivalists – but most of all it’s a book to help you travel back in time to a younger and very different America.

Eric Smith has been a carpenter and contractor for over 30 years, and specializes in 19th and early 20th century home renovations. He’s also a former home improvement editor at The Family Handyman Magazine, and the editor or author of numerous how-to books and magazine articles.
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by: Sun Tzu
release date: Dec 11, 2015
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The Art of War (Chiron Academic Press - The Original Authoritative Edition)
THE ART OF WAR (Chinese: 孫子兵法; pinyin: Sūnzĭ bīngfǎ) is an ancient Chinese military treatise attributed to Sun Tzu, a high-ranking military general, strategist and tactician, and kindred to the Realpolitik of his time, termed in China as Legalism. The text is composed of 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one aspect of warfare. It is commonly thought of as a definitive work on military strategy and tactics. It has been the most famous and influential of China's Seven Military Classics, and "for the last two thousand years it remained the most important military treatise in Asia, where even the common people knew it by name." It has had an influence on Eastern and Western military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.

Beyond its military and intelligence applications from earliest days to the present time, THE ART OF WAR has been applied to many fields well outside of the military. Much of the text is about how to fight wars without actually having to do battle: it gives tips on how to outsmart one's opponent so that physical battle is not necessary. As such, it has found application as a training guide for many competitive endeavors that do not involve actual combat. There are business books applying its lessons to office politics and corporate strategy. Many companies make the book required reading for their key executives. The book is also popular among Western business management, who have turned to it for inspiration and advice on how to succeed in competitive business situations. It has also been applied to the field of education. The Art of War has been the subject of law books and legal articles on the trial process, including negotiation tactics and trial strategy.
by: Sun Tzu
release date: Jul 25, 2017
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The Art of War (AmazonClassics Edition)

Long considered the most essential treatise on military strategy and tactics, The Art of War comprises thirteen chapters, each dedicated to a different aspect of warfare. Reaching far beyond the battlefield, it is a manifesto for success in every kind of conflict or competition, having had a notable influence on various subjects such as law, sports, and interpersonal relationships.

In this definitive 1910 Lionel Giles translation, the celebrated sinologist’s interpretive notes and valuable commentary make clear the nuances of Sun Tzu’s language. Most critical, Giles provides the context and culture from which the general’s theories emerged.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Art of War, this edition of The Art of War (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

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release date: Oct 10, 2017
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History of Cuba: Cuba Libre! Cuban History from Christopher Columbus to Fidel Castro

Learn Everything You Need to Know About the History of Cuba!

Have you always been interested in Cuba, its people, its history and fascinated with Cuban beliefs? Then this book is essential!

Cuba has a certain charm that may not be experienced anywhere else in the world. The culture of Cuba is vibrant and varied, and its music – rumba, timba, and salsa, among other music styles – has become globally renowned. As a former Spanish colony, it shares numerous cultural traits with neighboring Caribbean, South American, and Central American countries.

“History of Cuba: Cuba Libre! - Cuban History from Christopher Columbus to Fidel Castro” by Carlos Fernando Alvarez offers a multifaceted true story of history, politics, crime, freedom, revolution & international conflict.

As Cuba is a homeland with a long and rich history, the study of Cuban history is also the study of the development of the New World by Europe. Cuba played a significant role in the growth of the New World, and through its history has been a part of most important world events that have taken place around it. “History of Cuba: Cuba Libre!” is intended to acquaint readers with a general overview of Cuban history, its freedom and the situation that made that development possible.

You Will Learn About the Following:

  • The Culture, History and Politics of the People of Cuba
  • Pre-Spanish and Spanish Occupation
  • The Wars for Independence
  • U.S. Occupation and the Platt Amendment
  • Cuba’s Reform Movements
  • The Cuban Republic and Revolution
  • The Castro Era
  • Cuba in the Cold War Era
  • Cuba-U.S. Relations and the Trade Embargo
  • The History of Havana and lots more

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release date: Apr 11, 2017
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Benedict Arnold: A Life From Beginning to End

Benedict Arnold

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Benedict Arnold: a name that has become synonymous with betrayal. However, this wasn’t always the case. At one time he was General (and future first President) George Washington’s trusted advisor in the struggle against the British. What caused this turncoat to turn his revolutionary ambitions inside out to match the crimson of the British? What brought on one of the most famous treacheries in history?

Inside you will read about...

✓ A Revolutionary in His Own Right
✓ On The Eve of Revolution
✓ The War Rages
✓ Independence Day
✓ Marriage of Destiny
✓ America’s Wayward Son
And much more!

It has long been perceived as a historical enigma, but in this book we are going to tackle it. Read further to learn what turned a man who could have potentially been one of the greatest military heroes of American history - and perhaps even a future President himself - switch course and betray his country in such a devastating way. Read on to learn the true story about Benedict Arnold.
release date: Apr 11, 2017
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King George VI: A Life From Beginning to End (Royalty Biography Book 5)

King George VI

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In Britain the phrase ‘an heir and a spare’ refers to the imperative for members of the royal family to provide both an heir to take on their title and a spare. In this equation King George VI was ‘the spare’, the second son of King George V and Mary, and never expected to sit on the throne. King George VI, or Albert as he was known prior to his kingship, had a career in the Royal Navy and served during the First World War before King Edward VIII’s decision to abdicate his throne. Determined to restore the British Royal Family in the eyes of the people, King George VI played a pivotal role in the victory of the allied nations in the Second World War.

Inside you will read about...

✓ Early Years
✓ Prince Albert in the Navy
✓ The Great War
✓ The Reign and Abdication of King Edward VIII
✓ Becoming King George VI
✓ The Second World War
✓ Post-War Years
And much more!

King George VI ruled long enough to oversee the tumultuous post-war years in Britain, the collapse of the British Empire and the emergence of the Commonwealth. Succeeded by his daughter Elizabeth at just 55 years old, King George VI had a deep sense of honour and duty and was completely dedicated to his turbulent role as King.
release date: Mar 20, 2016
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The Middle Ages: A History From Beginning to End

Middle Ages

What do you think of when you consider the Middle Ages?
Knights in armor and damsels in distress?
Vikings plundering monasteries?
Religious dissenters burning at the stake?
The dead bodies piling up as war, famine, and plague devastated Europe?

Think again.

While all these are part of the tapestry of the medieval era, the threads of politics, personality and war, culture, religion, education and the arts are vastly more intricate and fascinating. Think Charlemagne, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Peter Abelard, Geoffrey Chaucer and a riveting cast of thousands. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Western Europe had to reinvent itself and redefine its philosophical parentage.

Inside you will read about...

✓ The Early Middle Ages
✓ Advancing to Empire with Charlemagne
✓ The High Middle Ages
✓ The Flowering of the Church
✓ Times of Change
✓ The Late Middle Ages
✓ The End and the Beginning

As the Christian Church filled the void left by the loss of Roman authority, nations would emerge out of blurred geographical boundaries and dynastic kings would evolve from warlords. Rome gets the glory, and the Renaissance gets the glamor, but they are bookends for the dynamic centuries that are known as the Middle Ages.
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release date: Sep 24, 2017
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My Life On The Plains
My Life on the Plains is an autobiographical first-hand account of the Indian Wars of 1867-1869, detailing the winter campaign of 1868 in which Custer led the 7th US cavalry against the Cheyenne indians.
The book is a historical document of the perspectives and attitudes of it's age and author as well as an account of army life during the expeditions of the Indian Wars. Expect a fair amount of masculine bravado, historical fact-bending and quite a few stomach-turning descriptions of violence from both the indians and the cavalry.

George Armstrong Custer (1839 – 1876), one of the most mythologized figures in American history, was an United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. He eventually met his fate in the battle of Little Big Horn in one of the most notable defeats of American armed forces.
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