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    Dancing through Darkness

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    Dancing Through Darkness

    The unforgettable story of Saartje and Chaim, two inmates at the Sobibor Death Camp and members of the greatest escape from any Nazi camp. Based on the diary and memories of Saartje, readers are taken from her early life in Holland to the horrors of Sobibor and, finally, to life in America. Dancing Through Darkness will be available at the end of May, 2016. You may pre-order NOW!
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    This is the complete book about the airplane that became the standard of the industry... the Beechcraft Bonanza! How it all started in 1944... the original design team and their early efforts to find the ideal airplane for the postwar market... how and why the V-tail was chosen... aerodynamics of the V-tail and early testing... Bonanza power plants, both production and experimental such as the over-under arrangement of two 4 cylinder Franklins... Walter Beech and the Bonanza... a rare photo of the first flight (with a Lycoming engine and a laminar flow wing)... the Bonanza wind tunnel testing... Bell Aircraft and the V-tail... the Beechcraft Grizzly... flight test of the radio controlled drone Bonanza... the V-tail AT-10... the Beechcraft Twin Quad, the largest V-tail aircraft ever built... Staggerwing influence... structural testing... the 35R... the Bevo Howard and the A35 he flew aerobatics in at Cleveland in 1948... the Air Force and Navy Mentor Trainers developed from the Bonanza design... the Bonanza long distance flights... the birth of the Debonair... why the "straight" tail... the Bonanza 36... little known military Bonanzas... Bonanza modifications... the American Bonanza Society and the first meeting in Wichita... complete specifications of all the Bonanza models (including the 33s and 36s)... the significant changes from model to model and even the changes that occurred during the production run of each model... experimental Bonanzas such as the O35 that never saw production, and much, much, more... literally everything from the beginning of the idea all the way up to 1972 production.
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    The venerable Twin Beech has always been the airplane someone was going to write a book about. Its long production run of 32 years easily justified the effort but of even greater significance has been its varied and useful life. The only other twin engine, piston powered airplane to enjoy a compararable existence is, of course the famed Douglas DC-3, already the subject of several good books. For this book though the author's purpose was to tell the ongoing history of a unique airplane: one that not only 'built' a company, but served equally well in peace, war, and peace again. To this end, the many different environments... other aircraft manufacturers, and other airplanes of that time... are included to provide the context in which the development of the Twin Beech... its early production and sales... wartime production and use and postwar success... can be more easily understood and appreciated.
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    They Called Me Mr. Bonanza is in some respects a continuation of Those Incomparable Bonanzas. There is a section of the book devoted to all the Bonanza models from 1972 through 1990, but another focus of the book is about life at Beech Aircraft Corporation from experience as a Bonanza customer service representative all the way to Program Manager for both the Bonanza and Baron. In this book you will also learn how the Model 36 Bonanza came about... what caused the Aerobatic Bonanza to be developed... more on the V-Tail... how the vertical instrument program came to be... the name change from Debonair to Bonanza... what happened to the Beechcraft 38P Lightning... why the G33 Bonanza... and much more. There is also a section on Bonanza and Travel Air design concepts studied from 1946 through 1968 by Engineering's preliminary design group.
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    This book tells the complete, never before told story of Beech Aircraft's recognition of the need for a true light twin engine airplane in the mid 1950s - a need to fill the large market gap between the ever popular single engine Bonanza and the much larger (and more expensive) Model 50 Twin Bonanza.
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    The Lady Gangster

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    This remarkable story began in 1967 with a broken car radio and a father-and-son’s cross-country trek. The two had been making uncomfortable small talk until the son asked, “Dad, will you tell me what you did in the war?” The father’s answer is the amazing first-hand account of the USS Fuller, The Lady Gangster, an attack transport ship and its courageous crew of “Chicago Boys” who transformed from wide-eyed new recruits to weathered “Old Salts” braving enemy attacks while delivering troops and supplies during many of the toughest battles waged in the South Pacific during World War II. It is also the poignant tale of how a simple question forged a lasting bond between a father and his son.
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    Long before the 9/11 Muslim extremist attacks on America, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) earned a frightening nationwide reputation as “homeland” terrorists. They kidnapped publishing heiress Patty Hearst, robbed numerous banks, and bombed police cars. In Los Angeles, several members met a fiery end after a horrific gun battle with police. The surviving members fled and began new lives with new identities. SoLiAh is the tale of a terrorist--one SLA survivor, Kathleen Soliah, who hid in plain sight for over twenty years as Sara Jane Olson, a popular gourmet cook and devoted soccer mom with a loving husband and three talented daughters, until discovered in America’s Heartland and brought to justice.
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    Let Pathways lead you back to a time before George Washington’s birth and the Thirteen Colonies struggled for their independence in the Revolutionary War. You will discover the rich early history of the Lake Superior region as Pathways relates the tales of fur traders and their hearty voyageurs, of life in the logging camps, and of Brule, Wisconsin’s earliest settlers and their struggles to survive.
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    In the 1800s, great changes came to the Lake Superior region. Water roads had transported fur traders for centuries and Native Americans for millennia. Ceded through treaties, the pristine lands of the Ojibwe surrendered to the logger’s saw and the miner’s pick. Railroads brought eager immigrants who followed their dreams in search of a better life. Echoes From the Past is the story of a region’s transformation from rugged wilderness to one of settlers and settlements.
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    The Beasts of Buchenwald is the story of extreme lifestyles between those favored by Nazi Germany's Third Reich and the men, women, and children whom Hitler classified as undesirables. It is the story of two members of the Nazi party -- the husband and wife rulers of Buchenwald concentration camp -- who ordered the slaughter of untold numbers of helpless inmates while living a royal lifestyle within the barbed confines of hell before they, too, had to pay for their crimes.
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    “I was only seventeen years old when the knock on our door came late one night. The French police barged in, arresting me and my father as members of the French Resistance. After months of incarceration in French prisons, two thousand inmates were jammed into twenty rail cars. Our destination was Buchenwald, the most horrific camp in Nazi Germany, where we were viewed by our SS keepers as expendable sub-humans and forced to work as slave laborers. I was beaten and starved. I witnessed brutal tortures and senseless murders. But I survived.” The unforgettable memoirs of Louis Gros is the second volume of The Buchenwald Trilogy.
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    How could a sophisticated, civilized nation like Germany sink into an abyss of degradation that had no bottom? How could the SS rulers of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp torture, starve, and murder defenseless prisoners? And how could Nazi doctors use the camp as their personal, ghoulish laboratory?