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The Remnant – Free from Amazon Kindle Store

The Remnant – Stories of the Jewish Resistance in WWII by Othniel J. Selden is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received a perfect 5 out of 5 stars based on 9 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/vVruTK into your computer’s web browser.

Category: History

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

“I can’t kill Nazis if I’m dead. . .” Solomon Shalensky

After researching the transcripts of the Nuremburg Trials and interviewing ‘The Remnant’ or Jewish survivors of the holocaust, many still living in Israel; Othniel Seiden was compelled to write their startling and remarkable stories of World War II. In this stunning and compelling historical novel about the Jews who were able to remain free and fight, Seiden documents their survival, their suffering, their missions and their guerrilla warfare tactics against the Nazi occupation forces.

Also, well documented, the tragedy of Kiev and now infamous ravine of Babi Yar where it is thought that nearly a million people, Jews and non-Jews alike were massacred. These brave few escaped the certain death of their co-religionists by acts of bravery and sheer determination to live. The myth that the Jewish people ‘went to their deaths like sheep to slaughter. . .’ is put to rest forever in the stories of “The Remnant.”

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Rena’s Promise – Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Rena’s Promise: Two Sisters in Auschwitz by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam is free today in the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 14 customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/rCXiKG into your computer’s web browser.

Category: Autobiography / History

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

“I do not hate. To hate is to let Hitler win.” Rena Kornreich Gelissen

“The most important book of the modern age!” Neal Lavon, Voice of America

“The most historically accurate book ever written of the first transport of women into Auschwitz–the only book ever written by a survivor of that transport, who survived 3 years and 41 days in the camps.” Irena Strezlecka, Director of the Museum of Women at Auschwitz

On March 26, 1942, the first transport of women arrived in Auschwitz. Among the 999 young Jewish women was Rena Kornreich, the 716th woman numbered in camp. A few days later, her sister Danka arrives and so begins a trial of love and courage that will last 3 years and 41 days, from the beginning Auschwitz death camp to the end of the war.

Rena’s Promise stands out from other memoirs in mere length of time she spent in the camps. No other survivor from the first transport has ever written about her experience and what it meant to survive for so long as a peasant and a hard laborer who spent 10-12 hours a day making bricks, pushing lorries, sifting sand, performing cartwheels…. From her escape from Dr. Mengele’s experiment detail to her surreal meetings with SS woman Irma Grese, Rena tells a dynamic tale of courage and compassion that reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit, and the power of people to help one another in unimaginable circumstances, be they Gentile or Jew, German or Pole, kapo or prisoner.

Used in secondary school Holocaust programs.

Recommended for Holocaust collections by the Library Journal.

Visit http://www.renaspromise.com to see photos and art.

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Over Fields of Fire – Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Over Fields of Fire: Flying the Sturmovik in Action on the Eastern Front 1942-45 (Soviet Memories of War) by Anna Timofeeva-Egorova is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/rUUMmE into your computer’s web browser.

Category: History / Autobiography

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During the 1930s the Soviet Union launched a major effort to create a modern Air Force. That process required training tens of thousands of pilots. Among those pilots were larger numbers of young women, training shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts. A common training program of the day involved studying in ‘flying clubs’ during leisure hours, first using gliders and then training planes. Following this, the best graduates could enter military schools to become professional combat pilots or flight navigators. The author of this book passed through all of those stages and had become an experienced training pilot when the USSR entered the war.

Volunteering for frontline duty, the author flew 130 combat missions piloting the U2 biplane in a liaison squadron. In the initial period of the war, the German Luftwaffe dominated the sky. Daily combat sorties demanded bravery and skill from the pilots of the liaison squadron operating obsolete, unarmed planes. Over the course of a year the author was shot down by German fighters three times but kept flying nevertheless.

In late 1942 Anna Egorova became the first female pilot to fly the famous Sturmovik (ground attack) plane that played a major role in the ground battles of the Eastern Front. Earning the respect of her fellow male pilots, the author became not just a mature combat pilot, but a commanding officer. Over the course of two years the author advanced from ordinary pilot to the executive officer of the Squadron, and then was appointed Regimental navigator, in the process flying approximately 270 combat missions over the southern sector of the Eastern Front initially (Taman, the Crimea) before switching to the 1st Belorussian Front, and seeing action over White Russia and Poland.

This is a quite unique story of courage, determination and bravery in the face of tremendous personal adversity. The many obstacles Anna had to cross before she could fly first the Po-2, then the Sturmovik, are recounted in detail, including her tough work helping to build the Moscow Metro before the outbreak of war. Above all, Over Fields of Fire is a very human story – sometimes sad, sometimes angry, filled with hope, at other times with near-despair, abundant in comradeship and professionalism – and never less than a large dose of determination! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Anna Alexandrovna Timofeeva-Egorova was born on 23 September 1916. After attending school she had hoped to learn to fly but this wish was delayed due to one of her brother’s becoming a victim of the Communist security system, which deemed him an ‘enemy of the people’. After a number of setbacks Anna learned to fly, and during the first part of the Great Patriotic War flew Po-2 biplanes for the 130th Aviation Signals Squadron, being shot down three times. She then switched to flying the fearsome Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft with the 805th Ground Attack Regiment (805 ShAP), 197th Ground Attack Division. Anna flew approximately 270 combat missions before being shot down in the summer of 1944, being severely injured and taken prisoner by the Germans. Thanks to her determination, and the skill, dedication, care and kindness of numerous individuals, she made a remarkable recovery and was liberated when the Soviets overran her POW camp near Küstrin in 1945. However, her troubles were not over, as the Soviet authorities initially believed her to be a traitor and collaborator and subjected her to 11 days of continuous interrogations. She was released, although her injuries were such that was medically discharged from the Air Force in 1945. She continued to fight to clear her name after the war – she was eventually reinstated into the Communist Party and in 1965 finally received the award of ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’. She died in October 2009.

Anna Alexandrovna Timofeeva-Egorova was born on 23 September 1916. After attending school she had hoped to learn to fly but this wish was delayed due to one of her brother’s becoming a victim of the Communist security system, which deemed him an ‘enemy of the people’. After a number of setbacks Anna learned to fly, and during the first part of the Great Patriotic War flew Po-2 biplanes for the 130th Aviation Signals Squadron, being shot down three times. She then switched to flying the fearsome Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft with the 805th Ground Attack Regiment (805 ShAP), 197th Ground Attack Division. Anna flew approximately 270 combat missions before being shot down in the summer of 1944, being severely injured and taken prisoner by the Germans. Thanks to her determination, and the skill, dedication, care and kindness of numerous individuals, she made a remarkable recovery and was liberated when the Soviets overran her POW camp near Kustrin in 1945. However, her troubles were not over, as the Soviet authorities initially believed her to be a traitor and collaborator and subjected her to 11 days of continuous interrogations. She was released, although her injuries were such that was medically discharged from the Air Force in 1945. She continued to fight to clear her name after the war – she was eventually reinstated into the Communist Party and in 1965 finally received the award of ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’. She died in October 2009.

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10 Books About 9/11 Free from Amazon Kindle Store

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches (it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago to me), Amazon has released 10 books for free related to that tragedy.  Rather than a separate post on each, I am putting them all together in this one post:

Al-Qaeda’s Leadership: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/ntw2fn into your computer’s web browser.

Political Fallout: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/qdferw

Constructing the World Trade Center: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/quTO0p

September 11’s Legacy: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/oEHymw

September 11 in New York: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/oMq98v

The Bush Administration: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/nimTzk

Al-Qaeda from 1988 to September 11: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/n4sg7O

Debunking Conspiracy Theories: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/pTnN7O

Al-Qaeda from 2001 to Today: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/qVpKVW

Plotting the Attacks: Al-Qaeda from 1993 to 2001: 9/11 Early Signs and Aftermathclick here or type in http://amzn.to/o4mnuv

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The Saga Hoard Free from Amazon Kindle Store

The Saga Hoard Volume 1, edited by Mark Ludwig Stinson, is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/qFWuvV into your computer’s web browser.

Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

The Icelandic Sagas are histories written in prose, describing life and events that took place during the Icelandic Commonweath period, around the 10th and 11th centuries. They are stories of families, adventures, feuding, deal-making, political maneuvers, wars, treasure amassed, great journeys, geneology, tribute given, kings, freemen, history, and myth. They are stories of the Norse and Celtic settlers and their descendants in Iceland during what is sometimes called the Saga Age.

It is believed that the Sagas were written down in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and that at least some of them originated in the oral storytelling tradition. Their authors remain unknown, but the Sagas are recognized and respected as some of the best of world literature.

What is amazing about the Icelandic Sagas, is the weath of information included in them and the storytelling with which it is presented. Though written hundreds of years ago, they are still enormously compelling to the modern reader. Their style is crisp and quick, and there is action, emotion, and humor to keep one entertained.

The stories describe actions and conversations among the characters, but at no point are we told directly what a character is thinking. But while reading of their deeds and words, we develop a sense of their psychology and their thoughts.

The Icelandic Sagas are more than just great literature about an entertaining subject matter. For Asatruars and Heathens, there is indispensible knowledge to be gained here. These tales give us a window into the world of our heathen ancestors. What did they value? How did they resolve conflicts and disputes? How did they uphold their responsibilities to their famlies and their friends? How did they approach life itself and their places within the community? How did they view and honor their Gods and Ancestors? What sort of men and women were they? While these great stories were compiled and written down by Christians after the conversion, they preserve in their tales of our pagan ancestors much that we should know.

Some Sagas have been lost to history. We read of their existence or see reference to these lost Sagas in other works, and it is impossible to not feel the tragic loss. But a large body of work has been preserved, and it forms an amazing resource and foundation for our reconstruction of the heathenry of our Ancestors, in our modern times.

Contained in this volume are nearly 800 pages of Icelandic Sagas. Read, learn, and enjoy these tales of our Ancestors.

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Intelligence Was My Line Free from Amazon Kindle Store

Intelligence Was My Line: Inside Eisenhower’s Other Command by Ralph W. Haunstein and Donald E. Markle is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on three customer reviews.  You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/iSSv91 into your computer’s web browser.  Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:

When Ralph Hauenstein became a reserve officer, he thought the skills he’d gained as newspaperman might be useful. Indeed, he spent World War 2 gathering information from sources as diverse as soldiers who were encouraged to report on one another and code books pulled from downed German planes. The story of Major Hauenstein’s war is also the story of the European Theatre of US Operations, the American command of General Dwight D Eisenhower, who spun between ETOUSA and his international position at Allied headquarters, SHAEF, with dizzying speed. SHAEF dominates histories of the time; ETOUSA is comparatively little studied and understood, but as Hauenstein explains, we couldn’t have won the war without it. Donald Markle shapes Ralph Hauenstein’s remembrances into an informative, entertaining book that will spark debate among history buffs.

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29 Free Books from Amazon Kindle Store

Here’s a continuation of today’s posts, regarding the 100+ free books Amazon has made available in the Kindle storefront.  As usual, I do not know how long these will remain for free, so if you are interested in any or all of them, please grab them now!

Action and Adventure

Treasure Lost by R.G. Cordiner – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mowX22 into your computer’s web browser.

The Penal Colony by Richard Herley – click here or type in http://amzn.to/ippEOD

Perfect Crime by Jack Erickson – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lQTuhA

Advice and How-To

What a Young Husband Ought to Know by Sylvanus Stall – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mLUKEo

Children and Young Adults

The Roman and the Runaway by A.J. Braithwaite – click here or type in http://amzn.to/l6i5bH

Stick Dog Wants a Hamburger by Tom Watson – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lwoiF8

Summons From a Stranger by Debra Diaz – click here or type in http://amzn.to/iieEnm

Fantasy

Spirit Thorn by Zacharias O’Bryan – click here or type in http://amzn.to/iMxQpq

The Demon Queen and the Locksmith by Spencer Baum – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mCgo3P

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I by Tracy Falbe – click here or type in http://amzn.to/m9ArpI

The Gateway by Glenn G. Thater – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lFOujB

Delver Magic Book I: Sanctum’s Breach by Jeff Inlo – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lbIuZs

The Thirteenth Unicorn by W.D. Newman – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mch0wc

Black Moon by C.L. Bevill – click here or type in http://amzn.to/lQBLLp

Damian’s Oracle by Lizzy Ford – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mFcHXB

General Fiction (aka, Who Knows?)

Leave Me Alone: Memoirs of an Ex-Mormon by B.E. Hewson – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kZkKMC

 

Historical Fiction

Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson – click here or type in http://amzn.to/m82w9w

Caribbee by Thomas Hoover – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kdhzRP

History

Zen Culture by Thomas Hoover – click here or type in http://amzn.to/jDOc8y

Horror

Scary Mary by S.A. Hunter – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mo2h4Z

Stray by Mark Matthews – click here or type in http://amzn.to/jT5QMl

Mortal Ghost by L. Lee Lowe – click here or type in http://amzn.to/luEy79

Mystery

 A Plunder by Pilgrims by Jack Nolte – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kWk3bn

The Defector by Mark Chisnell – click here or type in http://amzn.to/iKJ3Cf

The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kE7CXQ

Wrongful Death: The AIDS Trial by Stephen Davis – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kRvvkB

Religion

The Heart of Abundance: A Simple Guide to Appreciating and Enjoying Life by Candy Paull – click here or type in http://amzn.to/mKSVaW

The Life of David, as Reflected in His Psalms by D.D. Alexander Maclaren – click here or type in http://amzn.to/kKpP9f

Romance

Mayne Attraction: In the Spotlight by Ann Mauren – click here or type in http://amzn.to/k00Dfc

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