Non-fiction , and Biographies-Memoirs & True Crime:Serial Killers ,you need to check out Part 3

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The world is home to over seven billion people. In it, there have been great human beings: genius scientists that found cures or solutions to humanity's biggest problems; brilliant engineers that have created technology that has advanced us, giving us the ability to carry an almost infinite amount of information in a handheld device and taking us to space; and noble leaders who have fought the powers of tyrants and succeeded, liberating their people and winning back their rights.

But, as in any great community in existence, in the same way that our planet can harbor greatness, it can also create evil.

Such is the case of John Wayne Gacy, a man shrouded in darkness. After a troubled childhood and low self-esteem due to his small height and obesity, he attempted to live a normal life but couldn't control his sadistic urges.

Despite his attempts at marriage and family, living as a well-known member of his community and being involved in politics, his urges to dominate, torture and murder young men led him to become a monster of the worst kind: mixing sexual fantasies with terrible actions. It shocked the entire country when his true identity was revealed.

In the following book, we will tell the story of the Killer Clown, the identity that John Wayne Gacy adopted to win over the people who knew him, especially his victims. An identity that ended up taking the man over, and who in his mind drove him to kill, along with the other personalities he possessed.

Prepare yourself; the gruesome actions of John Wayne Gacy are not for the lighthearted.

Kindle TBR

got a copy of it when amazon had it for free

True Crime:Serial Killers 

Note: I heat to say this but I know someone who actual looks like him, so much so that they could be actual twin brothers and not any twin brothers but identical twins.

 

No-one in the annals of crime is capable of arousing such passionate debate as the perpetrator of the Whitechapel Murders in 1888. Was he a demented Royal, a Masonic assassin, a sexually frustrated artist, a member of the Czarist secret police, a crazed reformist or even an escaped gorilla?

More than a century has passed since this unknown killer murdered East End prostitutes under the very noses of the police and yet we seem no closer to uncovering the Ripper's identity. Countless volumes have been written by warring researchers, seemingly unable to agree even on the number of his victims. Is it possible that we will ever know the truth, is the Ripper destined to remain an enigma, his place in history secured as both an English-heritage crime icon and a universal bogeyman?

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got a copy of it when amazon had it for free

True Crime: Serial Killers

 

Meet incredible dogs that went beyond what is expected of a man's best friend. They have shown extraordinary courage and unconditional love for their human companions. Read about their astonishing journeys.

Dogs and humans have lived together for over 20,000 years. This is a book of true stories about actual dogs, the humans they knew, what they did - and what happened to them, including:

?The men and dogs who saved the children of an Alaskan town from a killer disease

?The men and dogs who ventured to find the North and South Poles - and the crazy lady who instigated the expedition to travel around the world from top to bottom and back, going across both Poles.

?How French poodles Winkie, Chinka, and Mickey helped save 150 men from the Nazis

?The exploits of two incredible American dogs in World Wars I & II

?One of the first Seeing Eye dogs in the United States

?And Barry, the dog who saved travelers in the Alps... and began the St. Bernard breed

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got a copy when Amazon had it for free

Non-fiction

 

In the Russian Ranks, a Soldier's Account of the Fighting in Poland are the experiences of an Englishman fighting with Russia during World War I. The original illustrations and a table of contents are included

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World War 1:Russia & Former Soviet Republics 

 

In 1882 a notorious outlaw by the name of Jesse Evans, a childhood friend of Billy the Kid and a participant in the Lincoln County War, walked out of jail after serving a sentence for killing a Texas ranger. Jesse walked out of prison a free man and disappeared, never to be heard from again. Never, that is, until 1949 when Jesse came out of hiding after almost 60 years to claim an inheritance left to him by his brother.

In the course of proving his identity to a court Jesse told some amazing stories of his time when he was an outlaw but his biggest revelation of all was that his good friend Billy the Kid was still alive. Jesse led a young lawyer named William Morrison to an old man named not William H. Bonney but William H. Roberts who after some consideration finally agreed to come forward and reveal himself as Billy the Kid. He agreed to this on one condition. This condition was that the lawyer help him obtain the pardon he was promised by the Governor but never received so he could die a free man.

You see, Billy the Kid was still wanted for murder and was condemned to hang. To come forward and reveal himself was to risk being arrested and put to death. This was a risk that William H. Roberts was willing to take. He sat down with Mr. Morrison and told his story.

This book contains that story. It is the one true autobiography of Billy the Kid. A story that aside from some definite highlights and adventures that one would expect from the Kid, was remarkable normal and focused on his skill breaking horses as much or as more as his skill as a gunslinger. Billy the Kid was, in fact, just a gifted young cowhand who found himself juxtaposed against corrupt officials and lawmen at what became a key moment in American History.

Before one dismisses Mr. Roberts it should be considered that 5 living acquaintances of Billy the Kid, aside from Mr. Evans who revealed him, were willing to sign legal affidavits that Mr. Roberts was the man they knew as Billy the Kid. Further, new photographic evidences shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that they were the same man. Mr. Roberts' story became the inspiration for the opening scene in hit movie "Young Guns II" starring Emilio Estevez as Billy the Kid. Also Consider that Pat Garrett was denied his reward for killing the kid for many months, and that only a special act of the legislature allowed him to finally receive it. Consider further that a contemporary newspaper reported, after seeing the body of the kid, that the Kid had tanned his skin and grown a beard to disguise himself as a Mexican which fits perfectly the local history that Pat Garrett killed the wrong man. All of this and more is contained in this book. Thanks to Mr. Morrison each of us can now pull up a chair, sit down across from Billy the Kid, and listen as he shares his story.

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Biographies & Memoirs

Note: out off all the outlaws there has been for some reason Billy the Kid is the one that I like to read about, don't know why

 

During the First World War there were nearly seventy million combatants who served in the armies of numerous countries and empires, but there was another army involved, one that is often overlooked in the history of war:

The army of animals that supported the armies of men.

From regimental mascots to beasts of burden, animals played a vital part in the war machine of all involved, and often beyond anything we might imagine.

There was man’s best friend — brave, loyal dogs who served as patrolmen, messengers, sentries, even combatants and detectives.

Communication has increased importance in modern warfare, yet at times a homing pigeon’s instinct of orientation was the sole hope available to soldiers in the field.

And despite the lowering esteem in which conventional cavalry was held, horses were still able to go where the most modern of vehicles could not.

Focusing on the Allied Powers, Baynes tells of “the work done by animals in helping to win the war,” recording the services and sacrifices borne by these noble animals and more, including the advent of chemical warfare and what it meant.

Ernest Harold Baynes (1868-1925) was an American writer and naturalist. After a period as a reporter for The New York Times, he regularly contributed articles to numerous papers and magazines. A natural with wild animals, he became known for hand-rearing, protecting and championing their cause. Animal Heroes of the Great War was his last book.

Kindle TBR

first off I want to say that I did get a copy from Netgalley but there was some problems

with that copy so I ended up deleting it and just buying me a copy of it

 

REVISED, EXPANDED AND UPDATED in 2015 (Fourth Edition). Letters from Alcatraz now includes a new chapter of author interviews with James "Whitey" Bulger, discussing his years on the Rock. Alcatraz Island was home to some of the nation's most notorious criminals including James "Whitey" Bulger, Al Capone, Mickey Cohen, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Robert Stroud- the Birdman of Alcatraz, Alvin Karpis, Henry Young, Frank Morris, John & Clarence Anglin, and Roy Gardner.

In Michael Esslinger's latest book, Letters From Alcatraz, the prisoners' stories come to life in their own words. With over twenty years of research, Esslinger, author of Alcatraz: Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years, has salvaged and compiled an extraordinary collection of inmates' letters, many never before published. Letters from Alcatraz features an impressive collection of original correspondence from inmates both on-and-off the Rock. Their letters capture the true essence of life in prison, with fresh and historical insights to their sufferings and occasional triumphs.It is a finer example of history from one of America's most historical treasures.

This rare collection features many never before published personal letters and author interview material from James "Whitey" Bulger, Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Robert "Birdman of Alcatraz" Stroud, Alvin Karpis, Henri Young, John & Clarence Anglin, Roy Gardner and numerous others. Also included are narratives on the Battle of Alcatraz and other harrowing escape attempts.

The letters are all presented in their original form... revealing in their authenticity, representing their lives suspended in slow motion while serving time on the Rock and other prisons. They are confessionals of earnestness and probe their introspective thoughts. Sometimes deep, and sometimes they are almost too overwhelmingly honest in their descriptive accounts. Many represent their torn and textured histories in crime and the intricately layered stories of life at Alcatraz.

Letters from Alcatraz is an epic exploration of a secret cloak and dagger culture once hidden behind a mythical curtain. This book is much more than a mere exercise in myth busting. Paired with its contextual and intrinsic complexities, Letters from Alcatraz grants readers privileged access to the formidable confinement conditions endured by these inmates along with their compelling portraits, and a thorough overview of the rich history of Alcatraz Island. The depth of feeling in its story, its setting, its cast; these are their lives in prose and the stories of the forgotten...

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got a copy of it when Amazon had it for free

Biographies & Memoirs

 

edition has been completely revised, reedited and updated with new inmate / officer interviews and historical accounts! NOTE: This book contains graphic depictions of crime and prison violence.

ALCATRAZ - the name alone said it all... It was meant to send a shudder down the spines of the nation's most incorrigible criminals. It stripped Al Capone of his power. It tamed "Machine Gun" Kelly into a model of decorum. It took the birds away from the Birdman of Alcatraz.

When prisoners boarded the boat for Alcatraz, they knew that they had reached the end of the line. Not only was this the toughest of all Federal penitentiaries, but it was also said to be virtually escape-proof. The island was a natural fortress, separated from the mainland by a narrow strait of freezing water and deadly currents. This prison was the U.S. government's drastic answer to the lawlessness unleashed under Prohibition, which continued throughout the "Roaring Twenties" and into the teeth of the Great Depression. Alcatraz, with its damp cold and austere isolation, its rigid discipline and strict rule of silence, was as tough as the criminals that were sent there, and by the time the prison closed down in 1963, "the Rock" had indisputably done its job.

Alcatraz - A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years has sustained as a staple reference for staff members and tour guides at Alcatraz, and remains one of the most comprehensive references chronicling the history of the island. This mammoth reference navigates the Island's history through rarely seen documents, interviews and hundreds of pages of historic photographs. Author interviews range from men such as legendary FBI fugitive James "Whitey' Bulger; Dale Stamphill, a principle in the 1938 escape with Doc Barker and Henry Young; to Atom Spy Morton Sobell, the codefendant of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

Historian Michael Esslinger thoroughly details the prominent events, inmates, and life inside the most infamous prison in American History. His research included hundreds of hours examining actual Alcatraz inmate files (including rare original documents from Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and over a hundred others) exploring the prison grounds from the rooftop to the waterfront to help retrace events, escape routes, in addition to conducting various interviews with former inmates & guards. Esslinger interviewed a variety of principle figures, comprised of both inmates and officers who were either involved, on-duty or on Alcatraz during nearly escape attempt. Interviews included inmates and officers that covered each era of operations at Alcatraz from the early military period in the 1920's, through the federal years: 1934 to 1963.

His study has resulted in detailed accounts of both the 1946 & 1962 Escape attempts. A detailed account of the 1962 escape of Frank Morris and the Anglin Brothers provides rare insight extracted through photos, and over 1,700 pages of FBI and Bureau of Prisons investigative notes.

Detailed narratives of Alcatraz's most notable inmates who include Robert Stroud (Birdman of Alcatraz), Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Frank Morris, the Anglin Brothers, Doc Barker, Joe Cretzer, Bernard Coy, Miran Thompson, Sam Shockley, and many-many others. Alcatraz Federal Prison - A Definitive History of the Penitentiary Years, is a comprehensive reference on the history of Alcatraz and contains one of the most comprehensive archives of inmate and prison life photographs (nearly 1,000) from 1934-1963.

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I actual started reading this last year but then I got sick and had to DNF it ( Did Not Finish) but I'm hopping to finish it this year,

got a copy of it when Amazon had it for free

Biographies & Memoirs

 

A 26-year old American woman lies motionless on the ocean floor after scuba diving on her honeymoon on the Great Barrier Reef. Next to her is the ghost of a massive shipwreck, the SS Yongala that sank in a hurricane in 1911 with 121 souls on board. Tina Watson is seemingly looking up at the fish and still wearing her full dive gear. But a master scuba diver nearby who spots her knows instantly something is wrong. There are no bubbles coming from her regulator. A few strong kicks from his fins and he is on the ocean floor seeking a response from the unconscious new bride. Forty minutes after heroic resuscitation attempts on board a dive boat, Tina Watson is pronounced dead. What happened during the 10 minutes she spent under water on her first ocean dive that morning with her husband Gabe?
Tina Watson's drowning was first treated as a dive accident. But police found inconsistencies in Gabe's multiple accounts. An emergency doctor, completing his advanced dive certificate, witnessed something strange as he descended to the wreck and saw a terrified expression on Tina's face.
Was Gabe Watson, a trained rescue diver, a blundering coward who simply panicked when he saw his wife floundering minutes into the dive? Or were there more sinister reasons? The post mortem was inconclusive other than finding that she had drowned. Four years after Tina's death, Gabe Watson was charged with murder. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Despite serving a jail term in Australia, he was charged with two counts of capital murder back in the United States. He was acquitted in Birmingham, Alabama on February 23, 2012. This story has divided nations and families - even the authors of this book. Fatal Honeymoon Dive documents the dramatic twists and sudden turns of the legal and family saga. Written like a detective thriller it invites readers to grapple with what happened under the tropical North Queensland sun on October 22, 2003.

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got a copy of it when Amazon had it for free

True Crime

Note: I actual watched something about this case a few years ago on TV, can't remember what show it was

 

In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the twentieth century, and reveals the risks that we face in the twenty-first. Based on new sources from eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think, and thus all the more terrifying.

The Holocaust began in a dark but accessible place, in Hitler's mind, with the thought that the elimination of Jews would restore balance to the planet and allow Germans to win the resources they desperately needed. Such a worldview could be realized only if Germany destroyed other states, so Hitler's aim was a colonial war in Europe itself. In the zones of statelessness, almost all Jews died. A few people, the righteous few, aided them, without support from institutions. Much of the new research in this book is devoted to understanding these extraordinary individuals. The almost insurmountable difficulties they faced only confirm the dangers of state destruction and ecological panic. These men and women should be emulated, but in similar circumstances few of us would do so.

By overlooking the lessons of the Holocaust, Snyder concludes, we have misunderstood modernity and endangered the future. The early twenty-first century is coming to resemble the early twentieth, as growing preoccupations with food and water accompany ideological challenges to global order. Our world is closer to Hitler's than we like to admit, and saving it requires us to see the Holocaust as it was -- and ourselves as we are. Groundbreaking, authoritative, and utterly absorbing, Black Earth reveals a Holocaust that is not only history but warning.

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getting a actual copy from Blogging For Books

Paperback

 

The author describes undersea searches for such fabled ships as the Cumberland, a Union frigate sunk during the Civil War; the U-21, the first German sub to sink a warship during WWI & escape; others. B&W photos

My rating: 5 stars

I own a paperback copy

One of my all time favorite authors

Book review:Goodreads

link:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/556723371?book_show_action=false

 

From the author of the #1 bestselling The Sea Hunters comes more unforgettable true adventures with famous shipwrecks.

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own a copy of it in paperback