History

June 30, 2019

The Caterer

"The Caterer: How a Cat Survived Richard III" by Rachael Dickzen

| Website | Facebook | Twitter | In 1483 England, the Wars of the Roses continue to rage. After a failed rebellion against King Richard III, rebel Henry Wyatt is thrown into prison, interrogated, tortured, and starved. All looks bleak, until Wyatt befriends a curious cat. Can his new feline friend help him survive the Tower of London? Based on historical records dating back to 1538, The Caterer tells the gripping story of a life-saving friendship in the darkest of circumstances. Stay tuned for more stories from the Cats of History series!

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May 5, 2019

The Long Walk together

"The Long Walk together - man an dogs through History" by Tom Ambrose

| Website | Facebook | Men and dogs have shared adventures since earliest times.There have been royal dogs such as Queen Marie Antoinette’s little spaniel, Thisbe or Lord Byron’s giant Newfoundland, Boatswain. Pet dachshunds such as Picasso’s Lump or William Randolf Hearst’s, Helen. Dogs have crossed the USA on foot in exploring the Louisiana purchase or in an early car with one dog, Laika, even going into space. Dogs like Rin Tin Tin, Toto and Lassie have starred in films. In Europe, giant St Bernard’s have rescued travellers in the mountains. Owning a dog became an essential PR tool in the USA and nearly every president has had one. Dogs have followed man to war including Prince Rupert’s Boye or the famous American Sergeant Stubby or the black poodle, Moustache in the Napoleonic wars. Above all it is the fidelity of dogs to man that most impresses, such as the loyal Shep in Montana during the Great Depression and Hachiko who, like Greyfriars Bobby, remained loyal even after his Japanese master had died. All are here in this tribute to the unique bond of friendship between man and dog.

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April 19, 2019

South West Pacific MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS

"South West Pacific MOTOR TORPEDO BOATS: Follow my time in the PT Service During World War 2" by James A. Beck

I volunteered for the PT Service but I had no idea that it would lead to me working later for Admiral "Bull" Halsey and General MacArthur through out the South Pacific. I would start out as a lowly Ensign on a PT Boat and end up years later as an Admiral in charge of all of the PT Boats in the Philippines area.We go from running around chasing the enemy ships and eating C-rats and peanut butter sandwiches to having my own command ship and eating "Baked Alaskan" with the Admiral. Follow us as we push the Japs back to Japan.

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April 11, 2019

Occupied Okinawa

"Occupied Okinawa: The United States of America and Japan's Desecration of Okinawa's Democracy and Environment" by Robert Kajiwara

The real-life story of how a young Okinawan Hawaiian singer-songwriter started a petition to help save the coral reef at Henoko, Okinawa. The petition met with immediate popularity, and was endorsed by Dr. Brian May of the rock band Queen, composer Van Dyke Park, Japanese model Rola, and many other celebrities. Kajiwara provides a fascinating introduction to Okinawa, it's tragic history, as well as the issues it presently faces. This is not just an issue for Okinawa, but also one for Japan, the U.S., and the world at large. Proceeds go to help Okinawa.

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