Full Price Books 01/07/2013 History

Matt Beck is a man hired to eliminate problems. So when the deadliest gunman in the West wanders into an Arizona town, the residents instantly fear one of them has been marked for death. Once Beck arrives, he tangles with the law, a young gunslinger itching to make a reputation on his death, a treacherous preacher, and a gunfighter hired to kill Beck. Through it all, he must protect a secret he’s carrying that would surely mark his own death if found out.History

 

 

At the peak of Rome’s might a dragon is born among eagles, an heir to a line both blessed and cursed by the Gods for ages. Lucius Metellus Anguis is a young warrior who is inspired by the deeds of his glorious ancestors and burdened by the knowledge that he must raise his family name from the ashes of the past. Having achieved a measure of success in the Emperor’s legions in North Africa, Lucius is recalled to Rome where he finds himself surrounded by enemies, cast into the deadly arena of Roman politics. Amid growing fears of treachery, Lucius meets a young Athenian woman who fills his darkening world with new-found hope. Their love grows, as does their belief that the Gods have planned their meeting, but when an ancient oracle of Apollo utters a terrifying prophecy regarding his future, Lucius’ world is once more thrown into chaos. Ultimately, he must choose sides in a war that threatens to destroy his family, his faith and all that he was worked for.History

 

 

The Kaiserliche und K├Ânigliche Kriegsmarine — The Austro-Hungarian Navy — was in at the beginning of World War I when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie lay in state aboard its flagship, and at the end when it dissolved along with the empire that commanded it. During the war, this small but powerful “fleet in being” forced the Allies to maintain a blockade of the Otranto Straits. German and Austro-Hungarian U-boats ran riot in the Mediterranean even though the capital ships almost never left port. Illustrated with thirty photographs and drawings, this book provides a comprehensive and detailed listing of the ships that made up the KuK Kriegsmarine, its operations, and the unique problems this unusual fleet faced, from contentious duelling parliaments to ships built by landlocked Hungary.History

Full Price Books 01/03/2013 History

For many people (and in many countries) Lili Marlene was a universal symbol of peace, although it has to be said that a lot of folk objected to such wishful thinking or contemplated it with ironic distance. John Steinbeck, for example, dismissed it as being perhaps “the only contribution to the world by the Nazis.” Whatever, the song became a social phenomenon that not even the German propaganda machine was able to control. Unlike traditional wartime compositions, Lili Marlene is about the harshness of the conflict and about saying farewell to one’s nearest and dearest with no promise of future peace and happiness: its lyrics are redolent of love and death, but not of the ardour of battle or the frisson of victory. A Nazi composer set a poem born of the trenches of the First World War to music, and a German woman enamoured of a Jew provided the voice that would make those verses famous. Broadcast just before 10 o’clock each night by a military radio station, Lili Marlene united and gave hope to the distraught and persecuted of all Europe: its melancholy tune was even heard at the threshold of the gas chambers. The world was cruelly divided into two irreconcilable camps, but Lili Marlene travelled across all the frontiers and hostilities, moving within an ambiguity that flouted norms and disciplines: it was a product of the Third Reich sung by English and American soldiers, too. And if, when the war was over, British veterans listened to Marlene Dietrich with tears in their eyes, she was booed in Poland for singing it in German. How Lili Marlene, the most famous German song of all time, was able to retain its innocence and to cradle an era of horror in its ethereal beauty is still a mystery. A mystery this book tries to shed light on.History

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