Category: History

Great Gambling Scams: True Stories of the World's Most Amazing Hustlers

By Nigel Goldman

For plenty of, playing is a curler coaster of wins and losses, yet for a few, it's the winning technique to a lifetime of untold wealth and comfort. Contained during this completely gripping booklet are the secrets and techniques of a handful of people that have time and again controlled to overcome casinos and bookies at their very own video game, engaging in probably the most inventive playing scams of all time. integrated are the 3 jap Europeans who sat down with virtually not anything and walked clear of the Ritz Casino's roulette wheel with a couple of million kilos of their wallet. additionally, the infamous MIT scholar rip-off within which scholars took Las Vegas for untold thousands utilizing a excellent card-counting regimen. With deception, drama, and sizeable fortunes excited about those remarkable and tricky plots, each actual tale amassed the following recreates the heart-racing buzz of the massive win.

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New York at War: Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham

By Steven H. Jaffe

In New York at War, historian Steven H. Jaffe deals another background of latest York City—arguably the main robust and but additionally the main weak urban on the earth, and a spot whose panorama, tradition, and population were formed through violence close to and far.
The threats of struggle to manhattan haven't consistently been direct, yet even far away wars have had an enormous impact at the urban. starting with an Indian assault on certainly one of Henry Hudson’s crewmen (who in 1609 turned the 1st recorded fatality of an act of struggle within the region’s history), Jaffe describes, in flip, all of the city’s encounters with warfare during the last 4 centuries. He recounts the threats Dutch settlers confronted from Indians (and one another) after the West India corporation validated New Amsterdam in 1624; the British encroachment and eventual invasion that reworked the Dutch city into an English colony in 1664; the colonial wars (such as Queen Anne’s struggle and the French and Indian Wars) that affected the town over the following hundred years; and the divisions and depredations big apple persevered in the course of the innovative struggle. the town quickly skilled new threats (and turned an important naval stronghold) throughout the Quasi-War with France and the warfare of 1812, that's now seen as a moment battle of independence.

The nation’s newfound freedom did not anything to defend ny from the worldwide conflicts that the innovative conflict; in truth, New Yorkers’ feel of vulnerability persisted—and in lots of methods worsened—in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Jaffe exhibits how long island turned highly robust because the Union’s “money urban” in the course of the Civil battle, yet however retained powerful financial and emotional ties to the South, and was once so wracked through draft riots in 1863 that folks suspected a accomplice plot used to be in the back of the violence. Many African-American New Yorkers have been killed through the riots, highlighting the unfairness that has often characterised long island while the city’s population consider threatened.

Fear and prejudice were bedfellows all through New York’s heritage, says Jaffe—and the 1863 draft riots are not often the single instance of this sorry truth. through the build-up to international struggle I and the battle itself, German-Americans have been the topic of excessive suspicion, which appeared to be proven via the invention of a number of bombs planted by means of German saboteurs; one winning assault destroyed an ammunition depot in Jersey urban and shattered hundreds of thousands of home windows in long island. (Had New Yorkers realized of the Kaiser’s unrealized plans to invade the town after a huge amphibious touchdown on Cape Cod, the results for German New Yorkers could most probably were fare extra dire.) New Yorkers of German, jap, Italian, and Jewish background encountered their fair proportion of hostility in the course of global conflict II, and within the atomic period that town continued assaults by means of terrorist teams comparable to the Weathermen, disaffected Bay of Pigs veterans, Puerto Rican nationalists, and Islamic fundamentalists. every one new attack has obvious New Yorkers heap discrimination upon associates they understand as being just like the attackers. The problem in the course of the city’s historical past, says Jaffe, has been to tell apart spies, saboteurs, and terrorists from their probably exact yet blameless neighbors—a tough job, to make sure, yet one whose complexity doesn't exempt New Yorkers or different americans from the necessity to try.

Stretching from the colonial period to September 11 and past, New York at War is that the majority infrequent of books: a piece of historical past that's straight away neighborhood and overseas, well timed and undying. Bringing a different lens to undergo at the world’s such a lot celebrated and contested urban, Jaffe unearths the unbelievable methods town has changed—and the way it has stubbornly endured—under threats either exterior and internal.

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The Plymouth Book of Days (Book of Days)

By John Van der Kiste

Taking you thru the yr day-to-day, The Plymouth booklet of Days includes a quirky, eccentric, a laugh or vital occasion or truth from assorted classes of heritage. discover whilst Plymouthians elected the 1st girl to take her seat at Westminster, while Sir Francis Chichester sailed again into the town on the finish of his international voyage in Gipsy Moth IV, whilst Laurel and Hardy made their final ever visual appeal on degree, and what grew to become of Casper the well-known commuting cat who usually travelled at the similar bus day by day. excellent for dipping into, this addictive little booklet will maintain you entertained and expert. that includes thousands of snippets of data, it is going to pride citizens and viewers alike.

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Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World (Hinges of History)

By Thomas Cahill

In quantity VI of his acclaimed Hinges of History sequence, Thomas Cahill publications us via a time so packed with innovation that the Western international wouldn't back event its like till the 20th century: the recent humanism of the Renaissance and the novel non secular changes of the Reformation.
       This was once an age during which complete continents and peoples have been came upon. It used to be an period of elegant creative and clinical experience, but additionally of newly strong princes and armies—and of remarkable braveness, as millions refused to bow their heads to the spiritual pieties of the earlier. In those exquisitely written and lavishly illustrated pages, Cahill illuminates, as not anyone else can, the good gift-givers who formed our history—those who left us an international extra diversified and complicated, extra notable and pleasant, extra appealing and robust than the only they'd came across.

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Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History (The Changed History Series)

By Brianna DuMont

Fakes, frauds, and phonies. appears like a ebook choked with criminals and delinquents, doesn’t it? good, it’s no longer. many of the largest names in historical past are available among those pages—and the sunshine isn’t flattering. (We’re you, George “I must never inform a lie” Washington.) Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who replaced History is the 1st booklet in a brand new nonfiction heart grade sequence that might discover the underbelly of background, making you query every thing you concept you knew approximately history’s most interesting. persist with the pretend lives of those twelve history-changers to discover the fabrications of the well-known, and the should-be-famous!

Famous “Phonies”:
Confucius • George Washington • Pythagoras • Hiawatha • Gilgamesh • significant William Martin • William Shakespeare • Pope Joan • Homer • Prester John • Huangdi • The Turk

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The London Compendium: A Street-By-Street Exploration of the Hidden Metropolis

By Ed Glinert

The streets of London resonate with mystery tales, from East finish lore to chilly conflict espionage, from stories of riots, rakes, brothers, anarchy and grisly murders, to Rolling Stones gigs, gangland consuming dens, Orwell's Fitzrovia and Lenin's haunts. Ed Glinert has walked town from Limehouse to Lambeth, Whitehall to Whitechapel, unravelling its mysteries alongside the way in which. this can be London as you've by no means obvious it sooner than.

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Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

The Glock pistol is America’s Gun. it's been rhapsodized through hip-hop artists and coveted through police officers and crooks alike. Created in 1982 through Gaston Glock, the pistol arrived in the US at a fortuitous time. Law enforcement organisations had concluded that their brokers and officials, armed with normal six-round revolvers, have been getting "outgunned" by means of drug buyers with semi-automatic pistols; they wanted a brand new gun. With its light-weight plastic body and large-capacity spring-action journal, the Glock was once the gun of the long run. you may drop it underwater, toss it from a helicopter, or depart it out within the snow, and it is going to nonetheless hearth. It used to be trustworthy, actual, light-weight, and less expensive to provide than Smith and Wesson’s revolver.
Filled with company intrigue, political maneuvering, Hollywood glitz, bloody shoot-outs—and an try out on Gaston Glock’s lifestyles via a former lieutenant—Glock is not just the interior account of ways Glock the corporate went approximately advertising its pistol to police firms and later the general public, but additionally a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun tradition in America.

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Libraries in the Ancient World

By Lionel Casson

The 1st libraries seemed within the close to East within the 3rd millennium BC and persisted to flourish all through antiquity. This beautiful research attracts on quite a few assets to debate library structures, holdings, structures, clients and buyers and explores the connection among libraries and schooling, literacy and rest. matters comprise the Library of Alexandria, private and non-private libraries within the urban of Rome, historic publishing and early monastic libraries.

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The Beach Beneath the Street: The Everyday Life and Glorious Times of the Situationist International

Over fifty years after the Situationist overseas seemed, its legacy keeps to motivate activists, artists and theorists all over the world. one of these legend has accumulated to this move that the tale of the SI now calls for to learn in a latest voice able to placing it into the context of twenty-first-century struggles.

McKenzie Wark delves into the Situationists’ unacknowledged variety, revealing a global as wealthy in perform because it is in thought. Tracing the group’s improvement from the bohemian Paris of the ’50s to the explosive days of may perhaps ’68, Wark’s tackle the Situationists is biographically and traditionally wealthy, proposing the crowd as an ensemble production, instead of the brainchild and dominion of its most famed member, man Debord. Roaming via Europe and the lives of these who made up the movement – including consistent, Asger Jorn, Michèle Bernstein, Alex Trocchi and Jacqueline De Jong – Wark uncovers a world stream riven with conflicting passions.

Accessible to those that have purely simply found the Situationists and packed with new insights, The seashore underneath the Street rereads the group’s heritage within the mild of our modern event of communications, structure, and daily life. The Situationists attempted to flee the area of twentieth-century spectacle and failed within the try. Wark argues that they could nonetheless support us to flee the twenty-first century, whereas we nonetheless can.

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