Category: History/Biography
Deep Summer – Plantation Trilogy Book 1 – Memorable novel of the late eighteenth-century pioneers – $1.99 – Open Road Media daily deal 0 comments

For his service in the king’s army during the French and Indian War, Judith Sheramy’s father, a Puritan New Englander, is granted a parcel of land in far-off Louisiana. As the family ventures down the Mississippi to make a new home in the wilderness, Judith meets Philip Larne, an adventurer who travels in the finest clothes Judith has ever seen. He is a rogue, a killer, and a thief—and the first thing he steals is Judith’s heart.
Three thousand acres of untamed jungle, overrun with jaguars, Indians, and pirates, wait for Philip in Louisiana. He and Judith will struggle with their stormy marriage and the challenges of the American Revolution as they strive to build an empire for future generations.
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The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House – Only $1.99 0 comments

Few writers are as qualified and equipped to tackle this vast subject as the award-winning veteran Washington Post correspondent John F. Harris, who covered Clinton for six of his eight years in office–as long as any reporter for a major newspaper. In The Survivor, Harris frames the historical debate about President William Jefferson Clinton, by revealing the inner workings of the Clinton White House and providing the first objective analysis of Clinton’s leadership and its consequences.
The Survivor is the best kind of history, a book filled with major revelations–the tense dynamic of the Clinton inner circle and Clinton’s professional symbiosis with Al Gore to the imprint of Clinton’s immense personality on domestic and foreign affairs–as well as the minor details that leaven all great political narratives. This long-awaited synthesis of the dominant themes, events, and personalities of the Clinton years will stand as the authoritative and lasting work on the Clinton Presidency. You can read this book on your Kindle when you buy it today for only $1.99.
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Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters: From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima – $1.99 0 comments

From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.
Mahaffey, a long-time advocate of continued nuclear research and nuclear energy, looks at each incident in turn and analyzes what happened and why, often discovering where scientists went wrong when analyzing past meltdowns.
Every incident has lead to new facets in understanding about the mighty atom—and Mahaffey puts forth what the future should be for this final frontier of science that still holds so much promise.
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Making the Call: Living with Your Decisions – The compelling story of NFL referee Lance Easley – $1.99 0 comments

What if your life hinged on a decision you had to make in a split second? That’s the compelling story of NFL referee Lance Easley. As a “replacement referee” during 2012’s referee lockout, Easley thought he’d earned his dream job—until he made a disputed call during a Monday night game viewed by more than 16 million people. Suddenly, Easley found himself the target of scorn, hatred, even death threats.
Thankfully, his solid Christian faith helped see him through the controversy. In Making the Call: Living with Your Decisions, Easley—along with bestselling cowriter Brock Thoene—explains that life is about much more than making a single call. It’s about deciding beforehand just how you’ll live with the calls you make.
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Pilgrimage: My Journey to a Deeper Faith in the Land Where Jesus Walked – Only $1.99 0 comments

We all encounter times when our spirit feels dry, when doubt looms.
The opportunity to tour Israel came at a good time. For months, my life has been a mindless plodding through necessary routine, as monotonous as an all-night shift on an assembly line. Life gets that way sometimes, when nothing specific is wrong but the world around us seems drained of color. Even my weekly worship experiences and daily quiet times with God have felt as dry and stale as last year’s crackers. I’m ashamed to confess the malaise I’ve felt. I have been given so much. Shouldn’t a Christian’s life be an abundant one, as exciting as Christmas morning, as joyful as Easter Sunday?
With gripping honesty, Lynn Austin pens her struggles with spiritual dryness in a season of loss and unwanted change. Tracing her travels throughout Israel, Austin seamlessly weaves events and insights from the Word . . . and in doing so finds a renewed passion for prayer and encouragement for her spirit, now full of life and hope. Buy this book today for only $1.99.
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The Emigrants – The protagonist traces the lives of four elderly German/Jewish exiles – $1.99 0 comments

The Emigrants is composed of four long narratives which at first appear to be the straightforward accounts of the lives of several Jewish exiles in England, Austria, and America. The narrator literally follows their footsteps, studding each story with photographs and creating the impression that the reader is poring over a family album. But gradually, Sebald’s prose, which combines documentary description with almost hallucinatory fiction, exerts a new magic, and the four stories merge into one. Illustrated throughout with enigmatic photographs.
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Housekeeping: Canceled orders; No Surprise Headlines and Cheap Reads 4 comments

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Canceled Order Puzzle
Recently I received three e-mails that stated this:

Hello from Amazon.com.
We’re writing because an unexpected delay prevents us from delivering your pre-ordered Kindle version for the order listed below:
D01-9xxxxxx-3xxxxxx
We are unable to provide an estimated release date at this time and have canceled your order. We will continue pursuing this Kindle book and hope to be able to offer it to customers in the future.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Sincerely, Customer Service Department Amazon.com

I was able to find two of the orders through YOUR DIGITAL ORDERS under YOUR ACCOUNT. They were pre-ordered free books that were scheduled to deliver in November 2012 and November 2013. I could not find the third order number on Amazon. Including the title in the cancellation notice would have been a helpful gesture.
 
File these Headlines under No Surprises Here
Print Output Dipped in 2013
HarperCollins Tries Direct Sales to sell print books, e-books and physical audiobooks directly to consumers.
Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval, but Apple continues its appeal
Amazon’s gutsy phone fails to ignite per CNET.com review.
 
Cheap Reads – Space Non-Fiction
Buy these space books for only $1.99, $1.99 and $2.51 today.
Moon Shot ($1.99) The epic story of the golden years of American space exploration, told by the men who rode the rockets. Collaborating with NBC’s veteran space reporter Jay Barbree, Shepard and Slayton narrate in gripping detail the story of America’s space exploration from the time of Shepard’s first flight until he and eleven others had walked on the moon.
Challenger: An American Tragedy ($1.99) With over fifty years of experience with NASA’s missions, Harris presents the story of the Challenger tragedy as only an insider can. With by-the-second accounts of the spacecraft’s launch and a comprehensive overview of the ensuing investigation, Harris gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the devastating accident that grounded the shuttle fleet for over two years. Note: Shorter read.
Thirteen: The Apollo Flight That Failed ($2.51) Thirteen is the shocking, miraculous, and entirely true story of how the astronauts and ground crew guided Apollo 13 to a safe landing on earth. Expanding on dispatches written for the New Yorker, Henry S. F. Cooper Jr. brings readers unparalleled detail on the moment-by-moment developments of one of NASA’s most dramatic missions. Note: Shorter read.

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A Nurse in Time – Memoir of nursing in England – $2.99 0 comments

‘It must be stressed from the start that I was not a born nurse. Not every girl is. Not every nurse is either, however wholeheartedly she may throw herself into the project once she gets going. Born nurses can be easily recognised. They have a little something the others haven’t got which never seems to desert them however desperate the circumstances may become’
Desperate circumstances were something Evelyn Prentis had to get very used to when she began her life as a nurse. It was in 1934 that Evelyn left home for the first time to enrol as a trainee at a busy Nottingham hospital in the hope of £25 a year.
A Nurse in Time is her affectionate and funny account of those days of dedication and hardship, when never-ending nightshifts, strict Sisters and permanent hunger ruled life, and joy was to be found in a late-night pass and a packet of Woodbines. This memoir is selling for $2.99 today.
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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt – The epic story of this great civilization – $1.99 0 comments

In this landmark work, one of the world’s most renowned Egyptologists tells the epic story of this great civilization, from its birth as the first nation-state to its final absorption into the Roman Empire—three thousand years of wild drama, bold spectacle, and unforgettable characters.
Award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson captures not only the lavish pomp and artistic grandeur of this land of pyramids and pharaohs but for the first time reveals the constant propaganda and repression that were its foundations. Drawing upon forty years of archaeological research, Wilkinson takes us inside an exotic tribal society with a pre-monetary economy and decadent, divine kings who ruled with all-too-recognizable human emotions.
Riveting and revelatory, filled with new information and unique interpretations, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt will become the standard source about this great civilization, one that lasted—so far—longer than any other. Buy this history today for only $1.99.
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American Dreams – Historical novel with romance by Janet Dailey – Only 99 cents – Today’s Open Road Media daily deal 0 comments

Temple Gordon is beautiful and proud, a Southern belle raised on her father’s luxurious plantation. She is also a Cherokee. “The Blade” Stuart, an impulsive nearby landowner, is Cherokee as well. He and Temple share a passion for each other and a concern for their people. But, while Temple wishes to protect the Cherokee way of life, The Blade seeks to save his people from death.
It’s the early 1830s, and a battle rages between the Federal Government and President Jackson over the fate of Cherokee land. Temple, in the face of growing danger, wishes to stay. The Blade knows they must go. Before them is a long, tumultuous trail west. They have only their families and each other to cling to, but can their love alone see them through the pain?
Previously published as The Proud and the Free, this historical novel with romance is selling for only 99 cents today as the Open Road Media daily deal.
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