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By Major General Louis W. Prentiss, Jr.

From the day he was born until the day he dies, author Louis W. Prentiss Jr., a retired major general, will have been a member of the Army; it’s an integral part of his life. In Memories of a Life in the Army, he shares a collection of vignettes collected from his career in the military service.

Humorous, poignant, and interesting, the stories and anecdotes narrate the path of Prentiss’ life’s journey through the military—from California to Omaha, Reno, Virginia, Germany, Korea, Peru, Vietnam, and Maryland. He details his memories of his family, the venues in which he lived, his schooling at West Point as an Army Cadet, and some of the places he served during his thirty-one year career.

With photos included, Memories of a Life in the Army provides insight into a young man who grew up in a unique environment at that time in history.


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By Major General Louis W. Prentiss, Jr.

From the day he was born until the day he dies, author Louis W. Prentiss Jr., a retired major general, will have been a member of the Army; it’s an integral part of his life. In Memories of a Life in the Army, he shares a collection of vignettes collected from his career in the military service.

Humorous, poignant, and interesting, the stories and anecdotes narrate the path of Prentiss’ life’s journey through the military—from California to Omaha, Reno, Virginia, Germany, Korea, Peru, Vietnam, and Maryland. He details his memories of his family, the venues in which he lived, his schooling at West Point as an Army Cadet, and some of the places he served during his thirty-one year career.

With photos included, Memories of a Life in the Army provides insight into a young man who grew up in a unique environment at that time in history.


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By Carl Rollyson
Biography as a literary genre is largely the product of the eighteenth century and of one seminal work, James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). Boswell's innovations revolutionized the genre and made it the target of suppression and censorship. He sought not only to memorialize a great man but also to reveal his flaws. Boswell reported long stretches of Johnson's conversation, noted his mannerisms, and in general gave an intimate picture such as no biography had ever before dared to attempt.

After Boswell, there was a retreat from his bolder innovations, which amounted to self-censorship on the biographer's part. When Thomas Carlyle's biographer, James Anthony Froude, braved this trend against truth and allowed his subject's dark side to show, he was vilified in the press.

The tensions between discretion and candor have endured in British biography since Froude, a point Carl Rollyson makes in the reviews of contemporary British biographers he includes in British Biography, which also contains Johnson's full-length biography of Richard Savage, excerpts from Boswell's Life of Johnson as well selections from and commentaries on Southey's biography of Nelson, Mrs. Gaskell's biography of Charlotte Brontë, and the revolutionary work of Froude and Strachey.

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By Philip Staal

It was 1942 in Amsterdam when Isaac and Anna Staal began noticing their Jewish neighbors disappearing. Some were taken away by Dutch police. Some vanished in the middle of the night. As the Nazis embarked on a manhunt for Dutch Jews, Isaac and Anna made the agonizing decision to entrust their children to strangers and seek another hiding place for themselves. On May 21, 1943, the time had come. Dazed with sleep, Philip and his brother were given a last hug by their parents and put in the arms of an aunt who went out the door softly, got on her bicycle with the two tiny tots, and disappeared in the silent night.

Sixty years later, Philip was commissioned to work for the restoration of rights in the Netherlands. When looking through archives and records, he discovered the well-kept secret of the war orphans’ guardians’ organization.

In his compelling story that weaves between past and present, Staal not only shares a heartbreaking narrative of his childhood as a toddler separated from his parents during World War II and forced to live in orphanages after years of hiding but also how he eventually made it his personal mission to reimburse assets and restore rights lost by Dutch victims of persecution, and search for the legacies of war orphans’ parents, including his own.

Settling the Account shares poignant personal narrative, historical facts, and one man’s determined pursuit to bring justice to Dutch-Jewish war orphans, and their murdered parents and resolve the mystery of his past.


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By Philip Staal

It was 1942 in Amsterdam when Isaac and Anna Staal began noticing their Jewish neighbors disappearing. Some were taken away by Dutch police. Some vanished in the middle of the night. As the Nazis embarked on a manhunt for Dutch Jews, Isaac and Anna made the agonizing decision to entrust their children to strangers and seek another hiding place for themselves. On May 21, 1943, the time had come. Dazed with sleep, Philip and his brother were given a last hug by their parents and put in the arms of an aunt who went out the door softly, got on her bicycle with the two tiny tots, and disappeared in the silent night.

Sixty years later, Philip was commissioned to work for the restoration of rights in the Netherlands. When looking through archives and records, he discovered the well-kept secret of the war orphans’ guardians’ organization.

In his compelling story that weaves between past and present, Staal not only shares a heartbreaking narrative of his childhood as a toddler separated from his parents during World War II and forced to live in orphanages after years of hiding but also how he eventually made it his personal mission to reimburse assets and restore rights lost by Dutch victims of persecution, and search for the legacies of war orphans’ parents, including his own.

Settling the Account shares poignant personal narrative, historical facts, and one man’s determined pursuit to bring justice to Dutch-Jewish war orphans, and their murdered parents and resolve the mystery of his past.


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By Fred Glueckstein

Winston Churchill didn’t just have a knack for statesmanship: He also had quite an eye for horses.

The British politician was seventy-five when he bought his first racehorse, Colonist II, who proved to be one of the most popular and remarkable horses of his era – winning thirteen of twenty-four races and placing in five others.

After Churchill’s defeat as prime minister, these were much needed victories, and they helped the elder statesman deal with his political failures. Just as importantly, the success led him to buy more horses and sparked a greater interest in the sport among the general public.

The rekindling of interest mirrored Churchill’s own love affair with horses: One of his earliest known writings is a letter he sent to his mother in May 1882 in which he mentioned his horse, RobRoy, named after the Scottish hero.

Whether or not it was one mile or more than two, the French-bred, grey colt proved that he could be just as steadfast and courageous as Churchill himself. Together, Churchill and Colonist II captured the heart of a nation.


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By Fred Glueckstein

Winston Churchill didn’t just have a knack for statesmanship: He also had quite an eye for horses.

The British politician was seventy-five when he bought his first racehorse, Colonist II, who proved to be one of the most popular and remarkable horses of his era – winning thirteen of twenty-four races and placing in five others.

After Churchill’s defeat as prime minister, these were much needed victories, and they helped the elder statesman deal with his political failures. Just as importantly, the success led him to buy more horses and sparked a greater interest in the sport among the general public.

The rekindling of interest mirrored Churchill’s own love affair with horses: One of his earliest known writings is a letter he sent to his mother in May 1882 in which he mentioned his horse, RobRoy, named after the Scottish hero.

Whether or not it was one mile or more than two, the French-bred, grey colt proved that he could be just as steadfast and courageous as Churchill himself. Together, Churchill and Colonist II captured the heart of a nation.


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By Fred Glueckstein

Winston Churchill didn’t just have a knack for statesmanship: He also had quite an eye for horses.

The British politician was seventy-five when he bought his first racehorse, Colonist II, who proved to be one of the most popular and remarkable horses of his era – winning thirteen of twenty-four races and placing in five others.

After Churchill’s defeat as prime minister, these were much needed victories, and they helped the elder statesman deal with his political failures. Just as importantly, the success led him to buy more horses and sparked a greater interest in the sport among the general public.

The rekindling of interest mirrored Churchill’s own love affair with horses: One of his earliest known writings is a letter he sent to his mother in May 1882 in which he mentioned his horse, RobRoy, named after the Scottish hero.

Whether or not it was one mile or more than two, the French-bred, grey colt proved that he could be just as steadfast and courageous as Churchill himself. Together, Churchill and Colonist II captured the heart of a nation.


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By Frances Armstrong Wood

Enjoy reading about Harry Lee, a Chinese born immigrant to America that courageously fought in World War II. After his service in the United States Air Force he worked in his own businesses to obtain property and overcame all obstacles to fulfill the proverbial American Dream.


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By Gary P. Perkins
In the 1950s, young business students were taught to hire on with a large corporation, climb from entry level up the ladder one step at a time until one reached their career goal. Though author Gary P. Perkins lacked an advanced degree from a prestigious institution of higher education, he had a great advantage. He hailed from a long line of hard-rock miners who had pounded through granite in Britain and later, soft limestone when they harvested the precious minerals of America in the nineteenth century. He knew, firsthand, the value and rewards of hard work.

In Above the Grass¸ he narrates the story of his personal journey and his business accomplishments, including background about his family history and his English/Cornish roots—from childhood and youth, to service in the US Navy, to business college, his career path, marriage, birth of children, personal challenges, and retirement.

Perkins’s story covers his journey from an entry-level position in 1961 to corporate president in 1980, despite a burden of alcoholism that progressed at about the same rate. When he realized he couldn’t win the battle with the bottle, he entered and completed a treatment program and has been in recovery since. Throughout the story, Above the Grass communicates the mainstays of Perkins’ life, values inherited from his ancestors and nurtured by his family and small town.

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By Frances Armstrong Wood

Enjoy reading about Harry Lee, a Chinese born immigrant to America that courageously fought in World War II. After his service in the United States Air Force he worked in his own businesses to obtain property and overcame all obstacles to fulfill the proverbial American Dream.


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By Gary P. Perkins
In the 1950s, young business students were taught to hire on with a large corporation, climb from entry level up the ladder one step at a time until one reached their career goal. Though author Gary P. Perkins lacked an advanced degree from a prestigious institution of higher education, he had a great advantage. He hailed from a long line of hard-rock miners who had pounded through granite in Britain and later, soft limestone when they harvested the precious minerals of America in the nineteenth century. He knew, firsthand, the value and rewards of hard work.

In Above the Grass¸ he narrates the story of his personal journey and his business accomplishments, including background about his family history and his English/Cornish roots—from childhood and youth, to service in the US Navy, to business college, his career path, marriage, birth of children, personal challenges, and retirement.

Perkins’s story covers his journey from an entry-level position in 1961 to corporate president in 1980, despite a burden of alcoholism that progressed at about the same rate. When he realized he couldn’t win the battle with the bottle, he entered and completed a treatment program and has been in recovery since. Throughout the story, Above the Grass communicates the mainstays of Perkins’ life, values inherited from his ancestors and nurtured by his family and small town.

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By David Kimel
A Foggy Sunrise creates a colourful, real image of life in Romania during the interwar period that preceded World War II, continued with the war period, and the beginning of socialism. This is a living fresco that restores photographic images frozen in time and space. It’s a documentary with historic value where every person is alive and anchored in time to describe precisely the events in the context of everyday life with authenticity and the candour of the storyteller as a child.

Author David Kimel weaves a transparent picture of a childhood that reveals his innocent daily adventures It follows the somber, less exciting struggle of his parents and neighbours living in the outskirts of Bucharest during the troubled times before and after the end of the Second World War —a time that brought a communist regime into power in Romania. He offers a myriad of facts and circumstances he witnessed that enriches the narration with colourful, sometimes sad, sometimes funny little descriptions that create a vivid fresco of these years.

In the background, never mentioned in the story, were the larger-than-life figures of his Jewish parents who were forced to assume dangerous risks in order to survive and provide food for their children. Kimel’s memoir provides new insight into the history of a country at a crucial time in a divisive Europe where people had to run for their lives in search of liberty to another country.

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By David Kimel
A Foggy Sunrise creates a colourful, real image of life in Romania during the interwar period that preceded World War II, continued with the war period, and the beginning of socialism. This is a living fresco that restores photographic images frozen in time and space. It’s a documentary with historic value where every person is alive and anchored in time to describe precisely the events in the context of everyday life with authenticity and the candour of the storyteller as a child.

Author David Kimel weaves a transparent picture of a childhood that reveals his innocent daily adventures It follows the somber, less exciting struggle of his parents and neighbours living in the outskirts of Bucharest during the troubled times before and after the end of the Second World War —a time that brought a communist regime into power in Romania. He offers a myriad of facts and circumstances he witnessed that enriches the narration with colourful, sometimes sad, sometimes funny little descriptions that create a vivid fresco of these years.

In the background, never mentioned in the story, were the larger-than-life figures of his Jewish parents who were forced to assume dangerous risks in order to survive and provide food for their children. Kimel’s memoir provides new insight into the history of a country at a crucial time in a divisive Europe where people had to run for their lives in search of liberty to another country.

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By John F. Sullivan

On May 17, 1899, Patrick Sullivan married Mary Jane Carroll in Yonkers, New York, despite the objections of Patrick’s family, who believed he was marrying below his class. But their dreams of living a long life together came to an end when Patrick died unexpectedly on August 13, 1911, leaving Mary destitute with four children and a fifth who was born three weeks after Patrick’s death.

Shunned by Patrick’s family, Mary and her children fought off starvation in a tenement in Yonkers for several months. Then one evening, she was visited by her two brothers, John and Barney, who insisted her entire family move into and share their meager home at Six Moquette Row. There, the children were raised by their grandmother, mother, and their two loving uncles.

A story for the ages, Six Moquette Row, by author John F. Sullivan, narrates the true story of how one family’s love and a shared devotion to one another turned what would have inevitably been a horrific tragedy into an incredible success—a story that now totals more than eighty descendants.


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