Meet the spirits who haunt this historic New Mexico city . . . photos included! Old Town Plaza has been the center of Albuquerque community life since the city was founded in 1706 by Gov. Francisco Cuervo y Valdez. Historically known as the crossroads of the Southwest, and reflecting an amalgamation of Spanish, Mexican, and Native American cultures, Old Town Plaza has been home to many of New Mexico’s proud ancestors—and still is. Ghosts of Old Town Albuquerque presents the evidence of their specters wandering the shadows, gathered by author Cody Polston, president of the Southwest Ghost Hunter’s Association. Having tracked spirits for three decades, including in such landmarks as the Bottger Mansion and Casa de Ruiz, Polston explores the history and mysteries behind many of Old Town Plaza’s eerie wraiths.
This fascinating account of how two young Americans turned traitor during the Cold War is an “absolutely smashing real-life spy story” (The New York Times Book Review). At the height of the Cold War, some of the nation’s most precious secrets passed through a CIA contractor in Southern California. Only a handful of employees were cleared to handle the intelligence that came through the Black Vault. One of them was Christopher John Boyce, a hard-partying genius with a sky-high IQ, a passion for falconry, and little love for his country. Security at the Vault was so lax, Boyce couldn’t help but be tempted. And when he gave in, the fate of the free world would hang in the balance. With the help of his best friend, Andrew Daulton Lee, a drug dealer with connections south of the border, Boyce began stealing classified documents and selling them to the Soviet embassy in Mexico City. It was an audacious act of treason, committed by two spoiled young men who were nearly always drunk, stoned, or both—and were about to find themselves caught in the middle of a fight between the CIA and the KGB. This Edgar Award–winning book was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film starring Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn—a true story as thrilling as any dreamed up by Ian Fleming or John le Carré. Before Edward Snowden, there were Boyce and Lee, two of the most unlikely spies in the history of the Cold War.
A “superlative [and] exhaustively researched” biography of “one of the most complex and controversial figures in twentieth-century world history” (Library Journal).
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was virtually unknown until 1919, when he took the lead in thwarting the victorious Allies’ plan to partition the Turkish core of the Ottoman Empire. He divided the Allies, defeated the last Sultan, and secured the territory of the Turkish national state, becoming the first president of the new republic in 1923, fast creating his own legend. This revealing portrait of Atatürk throws light on matters of great importance today—resurgent nationalism, religious fundamentalism, and the reality of democracy.
“One of the world’s most respected specialists on Turkey.” —The New York Times
“Mango gives this man, one of the least-known nation-builders of the last century, full treatment, from his earliest days to his ascension to power and his death, from cirrhosis at the age of 57. Few leaders have so modernized an ancient society, instituting radical changes in dress, religion, government, education—even the alphabet . . . Mango’s admiration for Ataturk doesn’t keep him from displaying the dictator’s arrogance, ruthlessness and authoritarianism; his Turkish expertise enables him to flesh out Ataturk’s complex life via sources he translated himself . . . a rounded, finely detailed portrait.” —Publishers Weekly
“Thanks to Andrew Mango’s new biography, the best in the English language, a man both demonized and idolized appears to us in three dimensions.” —The Washington Post
“A superb biography.” —Dallas Morning News
“The best concise account I have ever seen of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. The narrative is gripping.” —Geoffrey Lewis, author of Modern Turkey
Learn Bulgarian: Bulgarian Survival Phrases, Volume 1Start speaking Bulgarian in minutes, and grasp the language, culture, and customs in just minutes more with Survival Phrases Bulgarian, a completely new way to learn basic Bulgarian fast!Are you about to travel to Bulgaria? Do you need to know basic Bulgarian and proper etiquette for business reasons? Do you have a Bulgarian speaking partner, family or friends? Are you a fan of Bulgarian films, culture, or history, and want to start learning the Bulgarian language? Whatever your reasons are, we've designed Bulgarian Survival Phrases, Volume 1 with you in mind, so that you will get immensely satisfying results fast. These 25 short and effective audio lessons will allow you to:â€¢ Speak Bulgarian before the end of your first lesson â€¢ Use your newly learned Bulgarian in everyday situations â€¢ Understand the culture, customs, and people of Bulgaria â€¢ Order the food you want in restaurants â€¢ Master manners, etiquette, customs so you don't embarrass yourself â€¢ Shoppingâ€¢ And much more!Learn to ask for help and avoid danger and tourist traps- learn travel tips and the "do's" and "don'ts" from an experienced host.This is not a vocabulary builder with just words and translations. Unlike other audiobooks, we actually teach Bulgarian and Bulgarian culture. Each lesson is taught by a professional, bilingual teacher!Download the PDF and read along:https://bit.ly/2Dki31k
The ancient books of Genesis and Enoch tell us that sprit beings known as the Watchers descended to the Earth, had sex with women, and begat a hybrid race of offspring known as the Nephilim.Such tales are as old as humanity itself. These histories and accounts of visitations and subsequent mixed-blood, alien-human races comprise the bulk of the world's myths, legends, religions, and superstitions.The Rise and Fall of the Nephilim examines:Elohim and the Bene Ha Elohim—God and the Sons of GodThe Watchers: UFOs, extraterrestrials, angels, infiltrators, and impregnatorsBiblical and apocryphal sources from Enoch to MosesThe role of the Fae, Elves, Elementals, and ancient godsWhat if the old spiritualities and religions weren’t just legends?What if there was something living and breathing beneath the surface, a tangible interlinking of religious thought and spirituality, science and myth, inter-dimensionality and cold, hard fact?The Nephilim walked among us... and still do today.
Drawing on more than a half-century of research and teaching, Dennis Showalter presents a fresh perspective on the German Army during World War I. Showalter surveys an army at the heart of a national identity, driven by—yet also defeated by—warfare in the modern age, that struggled to capitalize on its victories, and ultimately forgot the lessons of its defeat.
Exploring the internal dynamics of the German Army, detailing how the soldiers coped with the many new forms of warfare, Showalter shows how the army's institutions responded and how Germany itself was changed by war. He goes on to detail the major campaigns on the Western and Eastern Fronts and the forgotten war fought in the Middle East and Africa, revealing operational strategy, the complexities of campaigns of movement versus static trench warfare, and the changes in warfare.
24symbols is a digital reading subscription service. In exchange for a small monthly fee you can download and enjoy reading from our complete catalogue of ebooks on any device (mobile, tablet, e-reader with web navigator or PC). Our catalogue includes more than 500,000 books in several languages. This subscription can be terminated at any time in the section "Subscription".