♥ Book Title : Flashman and the Mountain of Light
☯ Full Synopsis : "This ninth volume of The Flashman Papers finds that history’s most unheroic hero, Sir Harry Flashman, is back in India, where his saga began. This time, our hero is sent by Her Majesty's Secret Service to spy on the corrupt court of Lahore, on India's Northwest Frontier. Flashy deals with a ravishing maharini and her equally sex-hungry maid, joins forces with an American adventurer with royal ambitions, and attempts to win the brightest jewel in England’s imperial crown at the cost of something he will never miss—namely, his honor. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Flashman Papers 3-Book Collection 2: Flashman and the Mountain of Light, Flash For Freedom!, Flashman and the Redskins
☯ Full Synopsis : "Books 4-6 in George MacDonald Fraser’s uproarious bestselling Flashman series, now available in one ebook for the first time."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flashman on the March
☯ Full Synopsis : "It’s 1868 and Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., arch-cad, amorist, cold-headed soldier, and reluctant hero, is back! Fleeing a chain of vengeful pursuers that includes Mexican bandits, the French Foreign Legion, and the relatives of an infatuated Austrian beauty, Flashy is desperate for somewhere to take cover. So desperate, in fact, that he embarks on a perilous secret intelligence-gathering mission to help free a group of Britons being held captive by a tyrannical Abyssinian king. Along the way, of course, are nightmare castles, brigands, massacres, rebellions, orgies, and the loveliest and most lethal women in Africa, all of which will test the limits of the great bounder’s talents for knavery, amorous intrigue, and survival. Flashman on the March—the twelfth book in George MacDonald Fraser’s ever-beloved, always scandalous Flashman Papers series--is Flashman and Fraser at their best. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Men At War
☯ Full Synopsis : "Since Achilles first stormed into our imagination, literature has introduced its readers to truly unforgettable martial characters. In Men at War, Christopher Coker discusses some of the most famous of these fictional creations and their impact on our understanding of war and masculinity. Grouped into five archetypes-warriors, heroes, villains, survivors and victims-these characters range across 3000 years of history, through epic poems, the modern novel and one of the twentieth century's most famous film scripts. Great authors like Homer and Tolstoy show us aspects of reality invisible except through a literary lens, while fictional characters such as Achilles and Falstaff, Robert Jordan and Jack Aubrey, are not just larger than life; they are life's largeness-and this is why we seek them out. Although the Greeks knew that the lovers, wives and mothers of soldiers are the chief victims of battle, for the combatants, war is a masculine pursuit. Each of Coker's chapters explores what fiction tells us about war's appeal to young men and the way it makes- and breaks-them. The existential appeal of war too is perhaps best conveyed in fictional accounts, and these too are scrutinized by the author."Article| Christopher Coker| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : 100 Must-read Historical Novels
☯ Full Synopsis : "Historical fiction is a hugely popular genre of fiction providing fictional accounts or dramatizations of historical figures or events. This latest guide in the highly successful Bloomsbury Must-Reads series depicts 100 of the finest novels published in this sector, with a further 500 recommendations. A wide range of classic works and key authors are covered: Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Attwood, Sarah Waters, Victor Hugo and Robert Louis Stevenson to name a few. If you want to expand your reading in this area, or gain a deeper understanding of the genre - this is the best place to start! Inside you'll find: - An extended Introduction to historical fiction - 100 titles highlighted A-Z by novel with 500 Read-on recommendations - Read-on-a-theme categories - Award winners and book club recommendations"Article| Nick Rennison| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The British Empire: A Very Short Introduction
☯ Full Synopsis : "From the eighteenth century until the 1950s the British Empire was the biggest political entity in the world. The territories forming this empire ranged from tiny islands to vast segments of the world's major continental land masses. The British Empire left its mark on the world in a multitude of ways, many of them permanent. In this Very Short Introduction, Ashley Jackson introduces and defines the British Empire, reviewing its historiography by answering a series of key questions: What was the British Empire, and what were its main constituent parts? What were the phases of imperial expansion and contraction and the general causes of expansion and contraction? How was the Empire ruled? What were its economic effects? What were the cultural implications of empire, in Britain and its colonies? What was life like for people living under imperial rule? What are the legacies of the British Empire and how should we view its place in world history? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable."Article| Ashley Jackson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Man Who Would Be King
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Riveting Account of the American Who Inspired Kipling's Classic Tale and the John Huston Movie In the year 1838, a young adventurer, surrounded by his native troops and mounted on an elephant, raised the American flag on the summit of the Hindu Kush in the mountainous wilds of Afghanistan. He declared himself Prince of Ghor, Lord of the Hazarahs, spiritual and military heir to Alexander the Great. The true story of Josiah Harlan, a Pennsylvania Quaker and the first American ever to enter Afghanistan, has never been told before, yet the life and writings of this extraordinary man echo down the centuries, as America finds itself embroiled once more in the land he first explored and described 180 years ago. Soldier, spy, doctor, naturalist, traveler, and writer, Josiah Harlan wanted to be a king, with all the imperialist hubris of his times. In an extraordinary twenty-year journey around Central Asia, he was variously employed as surgeon to the Maharaja of Punjab, revolutionary agent for the exiled Afghan king, and then commander in chief of the Afghan armies. In 1838, he set off in the footsteps of Alexander the Great across the Hindu Kush and forged his own kingdom, only to be ejected from Afghanistan a few months later by the invading British. Using a trove of newly discovered documents and Harlan's own unpublished journals, Ben Macintyre's The Man Who Would Be King tells the astonishing true story of the man who would be the first and last American king."Article| Ben Macintyre| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The British Empire and the Second World War
☯ Full Synopsis : "In 1939 Hitler went to war not just with Great Britain; he also went to war with the whole of the British Empire, the greatest empire that there had ever been. In the years since 1945 that empire has disappeared, and the crucial fact that the British Empire fought together as a whole during the war has been forgotten. All the parts of the empire joined the struggle and were involved in it from the beginning, undergoing huge changes and sometimes suffering great losses as a result. The war in the desert, the defence of Malta and the Malayan campaign, and the contribution of the empire as a whole in terms of supplies, communications and troops, all reflect the strategic importance of Britain's imperial status. Men and women not only from Australia, New Zealand and India but from many parts of Africa and the Middle East all played their part. Winston Churchill saw the war throughout in imperial terms. The British Empire and the Second World War emphasises a central fact about the Second World War that is often forgotten."Article| Ashley Jackson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Speedicut Papers: Book 1 (1821–1848)
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Speedicut Papers recounts in very frank detail the life, loves, and adventures of Jasper Speedicutcharmer, sexual libertine, reluctant hero, and friend of the self-styled brigadier general Sir Harry Flashman, VC. Comprising a nine-volume series of linked adventures and anecdotes in memoir format, The Speedicut Papers lifts the lid from a veritable cesspit of Victorian and Edwardian upper-class debauchery that makes Downton Abbey look like a vicarage tea party. It is also a unique account of Speedicuts involvement in some of the greatestand also some long-forgottenevents in the British Empire and beyond during the period of 18211915. In Flashmans Secret, the first volume of the saga, Speedicut throws a searchlight onto some very murky corners of the nineteenth century, including the early careers of the notorious courtesan, Lola Montez, and the demon barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd. New insights are also provided into the formation of the IRA, the first Anglo-Afghan War, and the dubious acquisition by the British crown of the Koh-i-Noor diamond. If this were not enough, Flashmans Secret also reveals Nelsons actual last words and the existence of a sinister and murderous secret society at the heart of the British establishment."Article| Christopher Joll| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Carton Chronicles
☯ Full Synopsis : "MOROSE, CYNICAL AND GIVEN TO DRINK, SYDNEY CARTON IS ONE OF CHARLES DICKENS' MOST FAMOUS CHARACTERS; A DISPASSIONATE MAN, YET CAPABLE, IN THE FINAL MOMENTS OF 'A TALE OF TWO CITIES', OF SACRIFICING HIMSELF BENEATH THE GUILLOTINE FOR LUCY, THE WOMAN HE BOTH LOVED AND LOST. IT NOW APPEARS, HOWEVER, THAT DICKENS WAS BEING SOMEWHAT ECONOMICAL WITH THE ACTUALITE. NEWLY RECOVERED DOCUMENTS, WRITTEN IN CARTON'S OWN HAND, TELL A FAR DIFFERENT TALE. SYDNEY CARTON SURVIVED HIS EXECUTION, ONLY TO FIND HIMSELF AT THE MERCY OF THE MONSTROUS ROBESPIERRE, AUTHOR OF THE PARIS TERROR. HIS LOVE LUCY LANGUISHES IN A FRENCH PRISON, HER HUSBAND DEAD, AND CARTON CAN ENSURE HER SURVIVAL ONLY BY BECOMING ROBESPIERRE'S PERSONAL SPY. RELUCTANT, TERRIFIED AND OFTEN DRUNK, CARTON BLUNDERS HIS WAY THROUGH THE MAJOR EVENTS OF THE REVOLUTION, GRUDGINGLY PARTAKING IN SOME OF THE BLACKEST DEEDS OF THE TERROR AND, BY A MIXTURE OF COWARDICE, BRAVADO AND LUCK, LENDING A HAND IN THE FALL OF MOST OF ITS LEADING FIGURES. KIDNAPPED BY THE BRITISH, HE FINDS HIMSELF A DOUBLE AGENT, TRUSTED BY NEITHER SIDE. CARTON CHRONICLES THE SLOW DECAY OF REVOLUTIONARY IDEALS AND, IN PASSING, CASTS LIGHT ON THE TRUE PARENTAGE OF THAT SADISTIC VILLAIN OF 'TOM BROWNE'S SCHOOLDAYS', THE BEASTLY FLASHMAN."Article| Keith Laidler| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Plain thoughts and rules for the interpretation of prophecy. Subjoined ... is an address, etc
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♥ Book Title : Afranius, and The Idumean
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♥ Book Title : Report of the Chief of Ordnance ...
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