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Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Suggested by Brad Nelson • In the spring of 1939, a top-secret organization was founded in London to plot the destruction of Hitler’s war machine through spectacular acts of sabotage. The guerrilla campaign that followed was every bit as extraordinary as the six men who directed it.
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Interrogations: The Nazi Elite in Allied Hands, 1945

Suggested by Kung Fu Zu • Acclaimed historian Richard Overy opens a new window into the Third Reich, providing an intimate glimpse of the savage dictatorship in its death throes. More than thirty transcripts of the interrogations are reproduced here for the first time.
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Masters of the Galaxy

Suggested by Brad Nelson • Jake Masters is the spiritual descendant of Philip Marlowe. He knows he’ll be lied to by his clients and betrayed by his friends. But he’ll stick to the case because he needs to pay the rent and he shares an old-fashioned sense of justice.
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Sea of Glory

Suggested by Brad Nelson • The U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842 set out to map the entire Pacific Ocean. It arguably discovered the continent of Antarctica and collected material for what would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution.
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In the Heart of the Sea

Suggested by Brad Nelson • In 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale, leaving the desperate crew to drift for more than ninety days in three tiny boats. This is the story of the true events that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.
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Trial by Ice

Suggested by Brad Nelson • In the dark years following the Civil War, America’s foremost Arctic explorer, Charles Francis Hall, became a figure of national pride when he embarked on a harrowing, landmark expedition to be the first to reach the North Pole. Neither the ship nor its captain would ever return.
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The Endurance

theenduranceSuggested by Brad Nelson • In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice, and only a day’s sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of 27 men.
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The Devil’s Gentleman

devilsgentlemanSuggested by Brad Nelson • Schechter expertly weaves a rich historical tapestry–exploring everything from the birth of ‘yellow’ journalism to the history of poison as a murder weapon–without sacrificing a novelistic sense of character, pacing and suspense.
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In the Valley of the Kings

inthevalleyofthekingsSuggested by Brad NelsonHoward Carter and the Mystery of King Tutankhamun’s Tomb • The world celebrated the find that gave Carter such renown. But by the time of his death, the discovery had nearly destroyed him. This is an evocative account of this remarkable man and his times.
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The Borough Treasurer

thebureautreasurerSuggested by Brad Nelson • After serving time for fraud thirty years earlier, Mallelieu is now mayor of Haymarket; Cotherstone is the borough treasurer. Both have served the town well. Then a blackmailer arrives in town to capitalize on his knowledge of their background.
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Mr Pottermack’s Oversight

pottermacksoversightSuggested by Timothy Lane • Mr Pottermack is a law abiding, settled, homebody who has nothing to hide until the appearance of the shadowy Lewison, a gambler and blackmailer with an incredible story.
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Shared Values

sharedvaluesSuggested by Patricia Dickson • African Americans and Republicans speak in favor of the wholesome conservative values of self-reliance, marriage, school choice, and economic growth to create jobs and prosperity. They speak against crime and drugs.
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