Non-fiction , and Biographies-Memoirs you need to check out

so some of you loved my post called books you might want to check out, a mixture of Horror, SCI FI, they all have something to do with scary animals or monsters , so I thought I would do one with all the Non-fiction and Biographies-Memoirs that I've read and haven't read as of yet: plus I'll tell you if I own a copy or if I still need to get a copy of said book, and where I got it from, wither its out to buy or not:

 

The Perfect Horse: The Daring American Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis

by Elizabeth Letts

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion comes the riveting true story of the valiant rescue of priceless pedigree horses in the last days of World War II. As the Russians closed in on Hitler from the east and the Allies attacked from the west, American soldiers discovered a secret Nazi effort to engineer a master race of the finest purebred horses. With the support of U.S. general George S. Patton, a passionate equestrian, the Americans planned an audacious mission to kidnap these beautiful animals and smuggle them into safe territory—assisted by a daring Austrian colonel who was both a former Olympian and a trainer of the famous Lipizzaner stallions

 

my rating: 5 stars

Received an ARC copy from: NetGalley

Photos : yes , black and white ones

Own A Copy: not yet

Out to buy: 8/3/16

my book review : Spooky's House Of Books

link:https://spookyshouseofbooks.blogspot.com/2016/08/2nd-arc-august-update.html

note: Like most people I grew up watching Walt Disney movies then you might know the one called Miracle of the White Stallions ( 1963) , and if you do you need to check this book out because its about what really happened and the ones that went and got the horse back,

 

When Tigers Ruled the Sky: The Flying Tigers: American Outlaw Pilots over China in World War II by Bill Yenne

From the acclaimed author of Hit the Target and Big Week, an in-depth account of the legendary World War II combat group, the Flying Tigers.

In 1940, Pearl Harbor had not yet happened, and America was not yet at war with Japan. But China had been trying to stave off Japanese aggression for three years—and was desperate for aircraft and trained combat pilots.

General Chiang Kai-shek sent military aviation advisor Claire Chennault to Washington, where President Roosevelt was sympathetic, but knew he could not intervene overtly. Instead, he quietly helped Chennault put together a group of American volunteer pilots.

This was how the 1st American Volunteer Group—more commonly known as the Flying Tigers—was born.

With the trademark smiling shark jaws on their P-40 fighters, these Army, Navy and Marine pilots became a sensation as they fought for the Chinese. Those who initially doubted them were eventually in awe as they persevered over Rangoon despite being outnumbered 14-1 by Japanese aircraft; as they were described by Madame Chiang Kai-shek as her “little angels” and by a Chinese foreign minister as “the soundest investment China ever made”; and as they ultimately destroyed hundreds of Japanese planes while losing only a dozen of their own in combat. Two of their veterans would later earn the Medal of Honor—and as a group, the Flying Tigers managed to rack up a better record than any other air wing in the Pacific theater. When Tigers Ruled the Sky is a thrilling and triumphant account of their courage and their legacy.

my rating: 5 stars

Received an ARC copy from: NetGalley

Own a copy: not yet

Out to Buy:July 5th 2016

my book review : Spooky's House Of Books

link:https://spookyshouseofbooks.blogspot.com/2016/06/need-to-read.html

 

The Michigan Murders

by Edward Keyes

 

Edgar Award Finalist: The terrifying true story of savage murders, a terrorized midwestern town, and the serial killer who could have lived next door

In 1967, during the time of peace, free love, and hitchhiking, nineteen-year-old Mary Terese Fleszar was last seen alive walking home to her apartment in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One month later, her naked body -- stabbed over thirty times and missing both feet and a forearm -- was discovered, partially buried, on an abandoned farm. A year later, the body of twenty-year-old Joan Schell was found, similarly violated. Southeastern Michigan was terrorized by something it had never experienced before: a serial killer. Over the next two years, five more bodies were uncovered around Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan. All the victims were tortured and mutilated. All were female students.

After multiple failed investigations, a chance sighting finally led to a suspect. On the surface, John Norman Collins was an all-American boy -- a fraternity member studying elementary education at Eastern Michigan University. But Collins wasn't all that he seemed. His female friends described him as aggressive and short tempered. And in August 1970, Collins, the "Ypsilanti Ripper," was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole.

Written by the coauthor of The French Connection, The Michigan Murders delivers a harrowing depiction of the savage murders that tormented a small midwestern town

 

my rating: 5 stars

Received an ARC copy from: NetGalley

Own a copy: Not yet

Out to Buy:April 19, 2016

True Crime

Book review:Goodreads

link:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1614360597?book_show_action=false

 


Ship of Fate: The Story of the MV Wilhelm Gustloff (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

by Roger Moorhouse

Hitler's Titanic - the deadliest and most secret catastrophe in the history of maritime warfare.
When the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk by a Soviet submarine, with the loss of nearly 10,000 lives in January 1945, it wrote itself an unenviable record in the history books as the deadliest maritime disaster of all time.
Yet, aside from its grim fate in the icy waters of the Baltic, the story of the Gustloff is a fascinating one, which sheds light on a number of little-known aspects of the wider history of the Third Reich.
Launched in Hamburg in 1937, the luxury liner Wilhelm Gustloff was originally to be christened the “Adolf Hitler”, but instead was named after the Swiss Nazi leader, who had been assassinated by a Jewish gunman the previous year.
The ship was the pride of the Nazi Labour Movement, and would be run as a cruise liner by the subsidiary KdF, an organisation responsible for German workers’ leisure time, cruising the Baltic and Scandinavian coast, seducing its passengers with the apparent benefits of belonging to the Nazi ‘national community’.
The Gustloff also served a vital propaganda function for Hitler’s Reich.
It was moored in London in 1938 to allow Austrian citizens in the city to participate in the plebiscite over Hitler’s annexation of the country and the following year, it brought the elite German ‘Condor Legion’ home from service alongside Franco’s forces in the Spanish Civil War.
When war came in 1939, the Gustloff was used as a hospital ship and ferried wounded soldiers and sailors home from the 1940 campaign in Narvik.
Later, moored in the harbour at Gdynia, it served as a floating barracks for U-Boat crews undergoing training.
In 1945, the Wilhelm Gustloff would meet its nemesis.
That spring, it would be requisitioned for “Operation Hannibal”, the attempt to evacuate civilians, soldiers and officials westwards from the German eastern provinces threatened by the Soviet advance.
While many ships made numerous crossings, the Gustloff would not survive her first voyage.
Packed to the gunnels with desperate evacuees, she was torpedoed off the Pomeranian coast on January 30 – ironically the twelfth anniversary of Hitler coming to power – with the loss of almost 10,000 lives.
The story of the Wilhelm Gustloff’s sinking in the freezing waters of the Baltic is dramatic and it has rarely been satisfactorily told in the English language.
This gripping Kindle Single will explore the history of the German ship that suffered the deadliest maritime disaster of all time.

 

my rating: 5 stars

Received an ARC copy from: NetGalley

Own a Copy: not yet

Out to Buy:April 12, 2016

My Book Review : Goodreads

link:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1613754616?book_show_action=false

 

Unaccounted by Michael McDonald-Low 

During the Vietnam War, the Que Son Valley region was a very bad place with a very bad reputation. More U.S. Army infantrymen and Marines died there than at any other location in Vietnam. More Medals of Honor were awarded in this region than in any other single combat zone, ever.

On 5 May 1968, the downing of two U.S. helicopters in the Que Son Valley marked the beginning of the North Vietnamese Army’s second Tet offensive, with the goal of destroying all U.S. forces. At 1728 hours, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry conducted a combat air assault to join Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry at the helicopters' fatally downed location.

Their experiences during the next six days set the stage for a three-month long battle that lasted only hours for some. In the end, there would be more than 2,300 dead and wounded, and one American Soldier missing in action. It will take over 44 years to find his location; UNACCOUNTED is his story.

Author Bio
Michael McDonald-Low graduated from Officers Candidate School in 1966, at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at 19 years of age. He served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968 as a 1st Lieutenant infantry platoon leader and later as company commander after being promoted to Captain. He has one soldier from his platoon still there, Specialist 4 Clifford Van Artsdalen - MIA #1165. In 2012, he led an American Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team to search for his location.

Among McDonald-Low's military awards and decorations are the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star with “V” Device for Heroism, Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster (2), Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Award, Meritorious Service Medal (2x), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Army Valorous Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Tet Counter-Offensive Medal.

In September 2014, McDonald-Low joined the newly reorganized Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) as the its first-ever Southeast Asia Veteran Liaison. McDonald-Low participates in MIA case analysis and review of existing DPAA background information and investigative reporting related to unresolved ground loss cases in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

 

My rating: 5 stars

Received an ARC copy from: NetGalley

Own a Copy: not yet

Out to buy:December 6, 2015

Book review: Goodreads

link:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1499777352?book_show_action=false

note: if you love to read about the Vietnam war, then you need to read this one

 

The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

by Michael Tougias

My rating: five stars

Own a copy : yes

Photos: yes , black and white photos

Bought from: my local Walmart

My Review : Goodreads

link:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1585387791?book_show_action=false

Note:Disney has a movie out based on this book,haven't seen it yet

 

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania  by Erik Larson 

From the bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.

Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

 

My rating: 5 stars

Received actual copy from: Blogging for Books

Out to buy:March 22, 2016

pages:480 pages ( paperback)

Own: yes

Book review : Goodreads:

link:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1610231195?book_show_action=false

 

81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness by Brian Murphy

Shortly before Christmas in 1943, five Army aviators left Alaska’s Ladd Field on a test flight. Only one ever returned: Leon Crane, a city kid from Philadelphia with little more than a parachute on his back when he bailed from his B-24 Liberator before it crashed into the Arctic. Alone in subzero temperatures, Crane managed to stay alive in the dead of the Yukon winter for nearly twelve weeks and, amazingly, walked out of the ordeal intact.

81 Days Below Zero recounts, for the first time, the full story of Crane’s remarkable saga. In a drama of staggering resolve with moments of phenomenal luck, Crane learned to survive in the Yukon’s unforgiving landscape. His is a tale of the human capacity to endure extreme conditions and intense loneliness—and emerge stronger than before

 

My rating:5 stars

own a copy:Yes

Brought it from: My local Sam's Club

Photos: yes black and white ones

Book review:Goodreads

link:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1575644706?book_show_action=false

 

The Battle of the Somme: An Introduction to World War One's Bloodiest Battle by by Rupert Colley

1 July 1916... exactly 100 years ago today. To mark this occasion, today we'll be donating 10% of all proceeds from The Battle of the Somme: World War One's Bloodiest Battle to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The Battle of the Somme lives in our collective imagination as the epitome of pointless slaughter on the battlefield. A century on, the Somme has come to symbolise the futile horror of trench warfare.

The first day of the Somme, 1 July 1916, was the blackest day in British military history - 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead. This concise account of the Battle of the Somme includes a summary of the First World War leading up to July 1916, plans and preparations for the Somme Offensive, the role of Douglas Haig, the First Day of the Somme and the continuing battle, followed by a summary of the war to 11 November 1918.

There are tales of men who won the Victoria Cross at the Somme and those shot for desertion; and accounts of famous people who fought at the Somme, including future British prime minister Harold Macmillan; Siegfried Sassoon; mountaineer, George Mallory; Adolf Hitler; one of Britain's first black professional footballers, Walter Tull; and authors J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Graves; among others.

The failure to breach the German lines on the first day led to a battle of attrition that was to last four and a half long months. After 141 days of carnage, more than a million men had been killed or wounded on all sides, making the Battle of the Somme one of the bloodiest battles of World War One and indeed in human history.

Author, Rupert Colley, founder of the bestselling History In An Hour series, provides a short but compelling overview of this epic and devastating World War One battle.

TODAY, being the 100th anniversary, The Battle of the Somme: World War One's Bloodiest Battle provides a perfect introduction to this momentous occasion in Great Britain's history.

Approximately 100 pages and illustrated with 30 photographs

 

My Rate: haven't rated it yet

Own copy: yes

Kindle TBR

bought: I actual got a copy of it for free when Amazon had it for free for a short time

Out to buy:May 12, 2016

Note: World War 1

 

Titanic 1912: The original news reporting of the sinking of the Titanic by Ken Rossignol

The original facts and details of the Titanic disaster from the newspapers of the world bring forward the story in a vivid and striking way!
Join the news stories in action as the first reports told of the RMS Titanic being towed to Halifax and all the passengers saved in erroneous first reports.
Learn how the survivors were saved and about the heroes of the night who sacrificed their own lives so that others may live.
The story of the heroes and the wonderful new wireless device that was so critical in saving lives as well as startling new details of a fire on board the Titanic which had been burning since the ship left port in Southampton. These details and others were on the front pages of great newspapers beginning hours after the ship sank. The U.S. Senate convened a hearing three days following the plunge to the ocean floor by the greatest ship ever built to that day.
Why did Capt. Smith ignore warnings of ice fields ahead?
Why were there only enough lifeboats for one-third of the passengers?
Was the ship speeding?
See the best photos and graphics that survive from the original coverage in this great book AND in the paperback version now available on Amazon.
This book on Kindle by a 21st century reporter looking back at the most significant disaster to that day in the 20th century will help you separate the facts from the fiction

 

My rating: haven't read it yet

pages:

Kindle TBR

Own a copy: yes

Bought: I actual got a copy of it for free when Amazon had it for free for a short time 

day it came out to buy:March 27, 2012