Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Maxims and Reflections is a collection of several hundred brilliant, unforgettable paragraphs and aphorisms by the legendary German Renaissance writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, divided into the categories Life and Character, Literature and Art, Science and Nature. Like the Manual of Epictetus and Seneca’s Letters, Goethe’s Maxims and Reflections is a timeless guide to navigating the mysteries of existence.

Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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J. R. R. Tolkien by Michael Coren

Who is the most popular writer in the English language? J. R. R. Tolkien keeps getting the nod in survey after survey with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings selling in huge numbers to generation after generation of enchanted readers.In this engaging biography, Michael Coren paints a colourful, loving portrait of the man behind the writing. Born in South Africa, Tolkien moved back to England at an early age because of his declining health. After the death of his father, Tolkien’s mother, Mabel, worked hard to make ends meet and her discovery of the church of the Birmingham Oratory changed their lives.With the help of Father Francis Xavier Morgan, Tolkien was moved to a good Grammar School due to his excellent academic capabilities. Father Francis was to become the father-figure Tolkien didn’t have which would prove even more important when his mother died in his teens. Tolkien married his childhood sweetheart, Edith, and she became his best friend and supported him through his endeavours and later, his fame.Tolkien’s first poem was written at the start of the world war in 1914. Illness brought his military career to an end making it possible for him to focus on his academic career and family. By sheer chance, The Hobbit , a children’s story, came to the attention of publishers … A sequel was requested … and The Lord of the Rings was born.This biography of the world renowned author of high-fantasy stretches the twelve years it took for Tolkien to complete his masterpiece and reflects on the intricacies of his life. Praise for Michael Coren ‘An elegantly written biography’ The Times ‘An excellent new study…(with) merits of sober accuracy, sympathy and stylishness’ –Peter Lewis, Daily Mail ‘An extremely lively study’ – The Herald ‘An agreeably friendly biography…Coren follows the life diligently…and presents a fair picture of this good man’ – Allan Massie, Daily Telegraph ‘A revealing and deeply sympathetic study which should open the eyes of those who know him only as the begetter of Sherlock Holmes…Coren is an astute critic of Conan Doyle’s literary work.’ – Francis Wheen, Catholic Herald ‘Readers whose only knowledge of Conan Doyle is that he invented Sherlock Holmes should take a deep breath before opening this cogent and well-ordered account of an eventful life’ – Miles Donald, Literary Review Michael Coren is also the author of biographies of G. K. Chesterton, H. G. Wells, G. S. Lewis, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is a radio and television broadcaster and syndicated columnist based in Toronto.

Author: Michael Coren

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There’s a LION Under My Bed: A Life of Adventure and Intrigue (Quinn Matthewson Biography Books Book 1) by Quinn Matthewson

REVIEW: Fascinating and incredible biography from a cross between James Bond, Louis Leakey, Columbo and Indiana Jones.

Behind the scenes – exploration, the remote world, crime, secret agents, tribes, rebel wars and more!
At age 21, Quinn Matthewson was the youngest member in history of the Adventurer’s Club of Chicago and a distinguished military graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Follow Quinn on his adventures across the globe, and behind closed doors. Amazing stories, unbelievable situations, incredible peril – yet he lived to tell the tale

For a sneak peak at this great biography, click the cover of “There’s a LION Under My Bed – Book 1

Author: Quinn Matthewson

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An American Adviser in Vietnam: My Story by Lt. Col. (Ret) Joe A. Putnam

In 1967, Joe Putnam, fresh out of officer training school, is shipped overseas to Vietnam as part of President Johnson’s American Adviser program. Putnam would be one of the American soldiers advising the South Vietnamese Army on how to conduct a war against the North Vietnamese Army and their allies in the south, the Viet Cong. This plan would supposedly keep the Communists at bay without actually getting the U.S. into full-fledged war in Southeast Asia.In his military memoir, now retired Lt. Col. Joe A. Putnam perfectly captures the action, the people, the battles, and of course the mixed feelings of a young man far away from home in a foreign land.Most of all, even now, Putnam wonders why he survived numerous harrowing episodes when others did not.

Author: Lt. Col. (Ret) Joe A. Putnam

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Red Zone: Five Bloody Years in Baghdad (Blood and Treasure Book 2) by Oliver Poole

This eyewitness account reveals the truth about Baghdad’s Red Zone during the American occupation, and describes the reality of daily life as the city descended into bloody civil war. How do you cheer on your national football team when you’re terrified to step outside your front door? What’s it like to go to the shops when your biggest fear is being blown up by a suicide bomber? Or risk being shot at a roadblock when you drive your pregnant wife to hospital?

As the Daily Telegraph’s Baghdad bureau chief, Oliver Poole first arrived in Iraq in 2003, crossing the Kuwait border in the bank of a US armoured vehicle. Once in Baghdad his home would become a hotel room in the middle of the city’s Red Zone, one of the most dangerous places on earth. He tells how the war changed this young Englishman’s life – and also the life of his interpreter Ahmed, whose relations were among those slaughtered and who ultimately had to flee Iraq – with Oliver’s help – in a vehicle filled with his possessions and family.

Oliver travelled with British and US troops, witnessed first-hand the bloody impact of car bombs and had his own offices destroyed by a suicide bomber. Finally in November 2006, with his newspaper closing down his office, he joined the masses escaping Iraq through Baghdad airport.

This is the story of that war, and that city, during that time.

Author: Oliver Poole

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World War II: 1945 (One Hour WW II History Books Book 7) by History by the Hour

In this one-hour history book, discover the decisive events that happened in 1945 that put an end to World War II, the most lethal war of all times.This book explores the main events of 1945 that finally put an end to the war and what followed.World War II was without a doubt the single bloodiest conflict that the world had ever known. And it was consistently bloody from beginning to end. Whether you look at the last days of the Third Reich, when faltering defenders—many of them civilians—were systemically butchered by Soviet troops, or the bitter and pointless Japanese struggle against overwhelming odds as the vengeful Americans advanced on their home islands, the loss of life was horrific. And that was all before the first and only nuclear weapons ever to be used in war were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945.The war, which had raged since 1939, thus came to a dramatic conclusion with the image of mushroom clouds billowing over Japan. But once the fighting stopped, many found it hard to accept the peace that followed. As the Russians and the Americans sought to stake out their postwar spheres of influence. The war’s devastated battlegrounds would eventually be rebuilt, but the entire world order would be forever altered in its wake as new world powers arose from the ashes of Europe and East Asia. In this short read one hour book, you will know everything you need to know about what happened in 1945 during World War II and beyond.Download FREE with Kindle Unlimited!Scroll back up and click the Buy Now button located on the right side of this page.

Author: History by the Hour

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Excuses, However Valid, Do Not Accomplish the Mission: Learning Life Lessons To Prepare For My Finest Hour by Col Robert Manns

Winston Churchill said, “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if the moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”If we fail to learn from our life’s lessons we may not be prepared for our finest hour. This story tells how I did it. How does it compare to yours?”[Manns’] straightforward style, characterized by precise word usage, is outstanding.” _ Colonel Al Guidotti”…[Manns’ performance as]… a superb example of the professionalism of the Air Force.” General Alexander Haig

Author: Col Robert Manns

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Still Standing: A soldier’s journey through PTSD by S. Foster

This is essentially the story of my life. The invisible wounds that haunt us. I hope that this book is an inspiration to those who read it. In writing this book I have been told is extremely therapeutic although to be honest I am just now starting the task at hand. I live my life daily in mental and physical pain, but I consider myself fortunate to have traveled the journey. There are others that are far worse off than me and others better off than me that is just the way it is. All of them however are the bravest and most selfless people you will ever meet. This book isn’t proof read it is from the heart, It is raw, a former soldier telling his story in the hopes to inspire others. I have left my name and everyone except my wife’s name out to honor their privacy. There will be grammar mistakes, probably sentences you’ll have to read over again but I intended it to be that way to show that it comes from the heart.

Author: S. Foster

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There’s a LION Under My Bed: A Life of Adventure and Intrigue (Quinn Matthewson Biography Books Book 1) by Quinn Matthewson

REVIEW: Fascinating and incredible biography from a cross between James Bond, Louis Leakey, Columbo and Indiana Jones.

Behind the scenes – exploration, the remote world, crime, secret agents, tribes, rebel wars and more!
At age 21, Quinn Matthewson was the youngest member in history of the Adventurer’s Club of Chicago and a distinguished military graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Follow Quinn on his adventures across the globe, and behind closed doors. Amazing stories, unbelievable situations, incredible peril – yet he lived to tell the tale

For a sneak peak at this great biography, click the cover of “There’s a LION Under My Bed – Book 1

Author: Quinn Matthewson

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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