The Long Road For Home

Author: Henry C. Lind
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838634646
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The Long Road for Home is primarily based on a collection of over fifty letters written by the editor's great uncle, William W. Lind, while he served as a private in the Twenty-seventh Massachusetts Regiment of Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. It is also based on a somewhat smaller collection of letters written by three other enlisted men of the same regiment, including two brothers and a friend of William's, and by various friends and relatives of the soldiers. The four soldiers were all young farmboys, and William and his friend were Scottish immigrants. In early 1862, the Twenty-seventh Regiment was involved in the Burnside Expedition, which resulted in the capture of Roanoke Island and New Berne, North Carolina. Between late 1862 and 1864, the regiment took part in picket duty and various skirmishes, expeditions, scouting missions, battles at Drewry's Bluff and Cold Harbor, and the Siege of Petersburg. William and one of the brother soldiers were wounded, the other brother was mortally wounded and died as a prisoner of war, and William's friend deserted. The Twenty-seventh Regiment lost, in total during service, 12 officers and 389 enlisted men to injury and disease. The main focus of this book is to give some insight into the personal thoughts, worries, moods, sufferings, and problems of common soldiers of limited education, who at a young age volunteered to serve their country in order to put the letters in proper perspective, the soldiers' correspondence is interspersed with some of the Twenty-seventh Regiment's history and chronology, as well as with some of the war's general history. Comments have also been added at the end of a number of letters to explain more fully, clarify, or in some cases correct, references made by the soldiers. But the letters are generally left to speak for themselves. Some of them describe the horrors of battle, many contain the usual gripes about army life, others relate unsavory incidents not found in the official reports, and a couple tell of how rival pickets called an informal truce and fraternized. Generally speaking, however, the letters to some extent reflect a kind of honest patriotism and loyalty. The Long Road for Home contains maps of the battlefields involved, a few illustrations - including a photograph of Private Lind in uniform - and a glossary of phonetic spelling compiled from the letters.

The Dynamite Room

Author: Jason Hewitt
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316327638
Size: 35.97 MB
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"Accomplished, resonant, and surprising." (Guardian)--a debut reminiscent of the beloved SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER. In July 1940, eleven-year-old Lydia escapes life as a child evacuee in Wales. She arrives home to her English village, gas mask in tow, only to find it abandoned. Her family's house is shuttered and empty. Lydia settles in though, determined to wait out the war. Later that night he arrives: a wounded soldier, gun-wielding, heralding a full-blown German invasion. He says he won't hurt Lydia, but she cannot leave the house. The unlikely pair coexists in their claustrophobic confines, becoming dependent on each other for survival. Lydia soon realizes that the soldier knows more than he should about her family--and that he's plotting something for them both. Eerie, gripping, and incredibly moving, The Dynamite Room brings an original and contemporary resonance to the great tradition of war classics.

Long Island And The Civil War

Author: Harrison Hunt
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625852932
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Although no battles were fought on Long Island, the Civil War deeply affected all of its residents. More than three thousand men--white and black--from current-day Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties answered the call to preserve the Union. While Confederate ships lurked within eight miles of Montauk Point, camps in Mineola and Willets Point trained regiments. Local women raised thousands of dollars for Union hospitals, and Long Island companies manufactured uniforms, drums and medicines for the army. At the same time, a little-remembered draft riot occurred in Jamaica in 1863. Local authors Harrison Hunt and Bill Bleyer explore this fascinating story, from the 1860 presidential campaign that polarized the region to the wartime experiences of Long Islanders on the battlefield and at home.

The Rings Of Saturn

Author: W. G. Sebald
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 081122130X
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"The book is like a dream you want to last forever" (Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review), now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund The Rings of Saturn—with its curious archive of photographs—records a walking tour of the eastern coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne’s skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded hills, Joseph Conrad, Rembrandt’s "Anatomy Lesson," the natural history of the herring, the massive bombings of WWII, the dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, and the silk industry in Norwich. W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants (New Directions, 1996) was hailed by Susan Sontag as an "astonishing masterpiece perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read." It was "one of the great books of the last few years," noted Michael Ondaatje, who now acclaims The Rings of Saturn "an even more inventive work than its predecessor, The Emigrants."

A Time Of Gifts

Author: Patrick Leigh Fermor
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590175174
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At the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor set off from the heart of London on an epic journey—to walk to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the rich account of his adventures as far as Hungary, after which Between the Woods and the Water continues the story to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. Acclaimed for its sweep and intelligence, Leigh Fermor’s book explores a remarkable moment in time. Hitler has just come to power but war is still ahead, as he walks through a Europe soon to be forever changed—through the Lowlands to Mitteleuropa, to Teutonic and Slav heartlands, through the baroque remains of the Holy Roman Empire; up the Rhine, and down to the Danube. At once a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a journey, and a dazzling exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is also a portrait of a continent already showing ominous signs of the holocaust to come.

The Color Of Water

Author: James McBride
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408832496
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As a boy in Brooklyn's Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she'd simply say 'I'm light-skinned.' Later he wondered if he was different too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. 'You're a human being,' she snapped. 'Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!' And when James asked what colour God was, she said 'God is the colour of water.' As an adult, McBride finally persuaded his mother to tell her story - the story of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put twelve children through college.

The Amber Road

Author: Harry Sidebottom
Publisher: Overlook Books
ISBN: 9781468309478
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In AD 264, the Roman Empire has been torn in two. The western provinces--Gaul, Spain and Britain--have been seized by Postumus, the pretender to the throne. To the east, on the plains of northern Italy, the armies of the emperor Gallienus muster and he is keen to take his rightful place of power. A war between two emperors is coming and everyone must choose a side.On a mission shrouded in secrecy and suspicion, Ballista is sent by Gallienus back to his original home of Hyperborea, the place of the people of his birth to raise an army against Postumus. This means that Ballista must journey along The Amber Road to the far north. Along the way Ballista meets a fearsome, masked warlord who attacks, bringing fire and sword against Ballista and his men. And in his home of Hyperborea not all welcome Ballista's return. In the battle between Postumus and Gallienus only one can survive and be emperor.Renowned for their skilled blending of action and historical accuracy, Sidebottom's Warrior of Rome novels take the reader from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor's inner circle. Rich in detail and punctuated by harrowing action, there's no better way to transport yourself back to the days of the Roman Empire.

Regeneration

Author: Pat Barker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101042014
Size: 69.85 MB
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"The trilogy is trying to tell something about the parts of war that don't get into the official accounts" –Pat Barker The first book of the Regeneration Trilogy and a Booker Prize nominee In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified "mentally unsound" and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon's "sanity" and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man's mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim. One of the most amazing feats of fiction of our time, Regneration has been hailed by critics across the globe. As August 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, this book is as timely and relevant as ever.

Home Fires

Author: Julie Summers
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101991968
Size: 31.39 MB
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The basis for the PBS Masterpiece series starring Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey) and Francesca Annis (Cranford) Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their country’s war effort. As members of the Women’s Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britain’s villages, they ran canteens and knitted garments for troops, collected tons of rosehips and other herbs to replace medicines that couldn’t be imported, and advised the government on issues ranging from evacuee housing to children’s health to postwar reconstruction. But they are best known for making jam: from produce they grew on every available scrap of land, they produced twelve million pounds of jam and preserves to feed a hungry nation. Home Fires, Julie Summers’s fascinating social history of the Women’s Institute during the war (when its members included the future Queen Elizabeth II along with her mother and grandmother), provides the remarkable and inspiring true story behind the upcoming PBS Masterpiece series that will be sure to delight fans of Call the Midwife and Foyle’s War. Through archival material and interviews with current and former Women’s Institute members, Home Fires gives us an intimate look at life on the home front during World War II. From the Trade Paperback edition.