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Enigmatic Paradise Lost

by L. A. Braun

Enjoy this stunning exploration of Leonardo Da Vinci's secret number '26' and REBUS (pictures used for words) in relation to John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.' This book guides the reader through the Supernatural War--and the creation and Fall of Man stories about Adam and Eve--in the highly-revered poem of John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost.’ Along the way we deliberate on the relevance of Leonardo Da Vinci’s secrets—primarily the number ’26’ and rebus—in regard to the related artwork. We want to leave no rock unturned in respect to our search for the meaning of Da Vinci’s secrets. This book is an enthralling spellbinder tracing the hidden number ‘26’ and rebus all over the finest artwork and illustrations for 'Paradise Lost.' Without a doubt, Da Vinci's secrets are the most p...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Art, History, Nonfiction
Size: 361 pages
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Distant Companions: Servants and Employers in Zambia, 1900–1985 (The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues)

by Karen Tranberg Hansen

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Genre: History, Africa, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 342 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
7 reviews

Strategy Six Pack 12 (Illustrated): A Short History of Rome, Nero, The Rise of the Dutch Kingdom 1795-1813, The Rights of Man, Nat Turner and Travels into Bokhara

by Various Artists

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Arts & Literature, Professionals & Academics, History, Americas, Military
Size: 482 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Punishing the Criminal Corpse, 1700-1840: Aggravated Forms of the Death Penalty in England (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Peter King

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licence. This book analyses the different types of post-execution punishments and other aggravated execution practices, the reasons why they were advocated, and the decision, enshrined in the Murder Act of 1752, to make two post-execution punishments, dissection and gibbeting, an integral part of sentences for murder. It traces the origins of the Act, and then explores the ways in which Act was actually put into practice. After identifying the dominance of penal dissection throughout the period, it looks at the abandonment of burning at the stake in the 1790s, the rapid decline of hanging in chains just after 1800, and the final abandonment of both dissection and gibbeting in 1832 and 1834. It concludes that the Act, by creating differentiation in...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 212 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Indo-Persian State Secretary (South Asia Across the Disciplines)

by Rajeev Kinra

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Writing Self, Writing Empire examines the life, career, and writings of the Mughal state secretary, or munshi, Chandar Bhan “Brahman” (d. c.1670), one of the great Indo-Persian poets and prose stylists of early modern South Asia.  Chandar Bhan’s life spanned the reigns of four different emperors, Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627), Shah Jahan (1628-1658), and Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir (1658-1707), the last of the “Great Mughals” whose courts dominated the culture and politics of the subcontinent at the height of the empire’s power, territorial reach, and global influence.  As a high-caste H...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, Fiction, History, Asia, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism & Theory
Size: 394 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Virtuous Waters: Mineral Springs, Bathing, and Infrastructure in Mexico

by Casey Walsh

At free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Virtuous Waters is a pathbreaking and innovative study of bathing, drinking and other everyday engagements with a wide range of waters across five centuries in Mexico. Casey Walsh uses political ecology to bring together an analysis of shifting scientific, religious and political understandings of waters and a material history of social formations, environments, and infrastructures. The book shows that while modern concepts and infrastructures have come to dominate both the hydrosphere and the scholarly literature on water, longstanding popular understandings and engagements with these heterogeneous liquids have been r...

Genre: History, Nonfiction, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 226 pages
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Enemy Coast Ahead: The Illustrated Memoir of Dambuster Guy Gibson

by Guy Gibson

A definitive new edition of a classic memoir, published in association with the RAF Museum, complete with more than 100 photographs and notes from leading historians.Guy Gibson was the leader of the famous Dambusters raid and Enemy Coast Ahead is a vivid, honest account, widely regarded as one of the best books on World War II. It is also an insider's account that sets down in clear, honest detail the challenges that the RAF faced in the war against Germany’s Luftwaffe.Tragically, Gibson died in September 1944, when his Mosquito crashed near Steenbergen in the Netherlands. He was aged just 26. This new book has been published to mark the 75th anniversary of his death and includes an introduction by James Holland, a historian and broadcaster; notes by Dr Robert Owen, the Official Historia...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Professionals & Academics, History, UK, World, Professional & Technical, Transportation
Size: 536 pages
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Rating: 4.20 / 5
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The Chesapeake: Oyster Buyboats, Ships & Steamed Crabs - short stories, fish tales & The Country Philosopher: A Collection of Short Stories from the pages of The Chesapeake

by Ken Rossignol

Welcome aboard the third volume of THE CHESAPEAKE – This book, THE CHESAPEAKE: Oyster Buyboats, Ships & Steamed Crabs, spans the decades of the lives of our writers and the times of the Chesapeake Tidewater region from 1900 to the present time.
A first person account of Chesapeake Bay bounty being harvested and provided to the national market is related by Capt. Joe Lore of Solomon’s Island, along with an interview with his father, Capt. J. C. Lore Sr. from fifty years earlier.
Pepper Langley relished his days of establishing his own business after his high school commencement speaker told him he had a gold mine in his back yard.
The story telling of Vi Englund is superb as she wrote vivid descriptions of going to sea. Get lost in the middle of roaring Atlantic sto...

Genre: Fiction, Action & Adventure, Sea Adventures, History, World, Nonfiction, Teen & Young Adult
Size: 273 pages
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Rating: 1.00 / 5
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The Great Book of Titanic: Interesting Stories, Random Facts and Amazing Trivia About Titanic

by Bill O'Neill

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Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Reference & Collections, History, Americas, Reference, Humour, Nonfiction, Puzzles & Games, Education & Reference, Test Preparation & Guides
Size: 2.38 mb
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The Watergate Conspiracy Conviction and Appeal of Assistant Attorney General Robert Mardian

by Arnold Rochvarg

Robert Mardian was the Assistant Attorney General for Internal Security during President Nixon's first term. In this role, he was involved in many controversial matters including the Pentagon Papers case. Mardian was convicted along with former Attorney General John Mitchell, and Nixon White House aides John Ehrlichman and H.R. "Bob" Haldeman of conspiracy to obstruct justice at the Watergate conspiracy trial held before Judge John Sirica. Arnold Rochvarg, the author of this book, was a member of the legal defense team for the appeal of Mardian's conviction. This book is extremely helpful to learn about the Watergate scandal. Watergate led to prison terms for many of Nixon's closest associates and to Nixon's resignation as President. The book explains (1) the planning of the break-in of t...

Genre: History, Americas, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law
Size: 221 pages
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History of the Asian Masters: Chronicling 35,000 Years of Asian Fighting Arts

by Losik Ph.D, Len

Secrets of the Asian Masters chronicles the never before told story of the stone age origin and evolution of the fighting arts throughout Asia dating back 35,000 years. It also includes battlefield applications, ancient masters, the evolution of ancient manuscripts, ancient writings, origins of today's oral traditions, the importance of ancient Masters such as Lao Tzu, Confucius, and Lao Tzu's theory of relativity he preached and improved and expanded on by Albert Einstein. It includes the writings of Tao, I Ching, Tao Te Ching, Buddha, and K'ungfu tze,(Confucius) and describes their influence and necessity on all fighting/martial arts. Secrets of the Asian Masters chronicles the world events down through history and the their destruction and recreation that became today's fighting arts/ma...

Genre: History, Asia, Sport
Size: 205 pages
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Executing Magic in the Modern Era: Criminal Bodies and the Gallows in Popular Medicine (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its Afterlife)

by Owen Davies

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 licenseThis book explores the magical and medical history of executions from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century by looking at the afterlife potency of criminal corpses, the healing activities of the executioner, and the magic of the gallows site. The use of corpses in medicine and magic has been recorded back into antiquity. The lacerated bodies of Roman gladiators were used as a source of curative blood, for instance. In early modern Europe, a great trade opened up in ancient Egyptian mummies and the fat of executed criminals, plundered as medicinal cure-alls. However, this is the first book to consider the demand for the blood of the executed, the desire for human fat, the resort to the hanged man’s hand, and the trade in hanging ro...

Genre: History, Europe, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 118 pages
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Imperial Matter: Ancient Persia and the Archaeology of Empires

by Lori Khatchadourian

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. What is the role of the material world in shaping the tensions and paradoxes of imperial sovereignty? Scholars have long shed light on the complex processes of conquest, extraction, and colonialism under imperial rule. But imperialism has usually been cast as an exclusively human drama, one in which the world of matter does not play an active role. Lori Khatchadourian argues instead that things—from everyday objects to monumental buildings—profoundly shape social and political life under empire. Out of the archaeology of ancient Persia and the South Caucasus, Imperial Matter advances powerful new analytical ...

Genre: History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 332 pages
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Color Me Green: Ways the Irish Influenced America

by Helen Walsh Folsom and Helen Folsom

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Genre: History, Americas, Europe, Nonfiction
Size: 166 pages
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Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development: The Netherlands 1850–2050

by Harry Lintsen

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Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, History, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Science & Maths, Earth Sciences, Environment, Physics
Size: 572 pages
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Psychiatry and Decolonisation in Uganda (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)

by Yolana Pringle

This open access book investigates psychiatry in Uganda during the years of decolonisation. It examines the challenges facing a new generation of psychiatrists as they took over responsibility for psychiatry at the end of empire, and explores the ways psychiatric practices were tied to shifting political and development priorities, periods of instability, and a broader context of transnational and international exchange. At its heart is a question that has concerned psychiatrists globally since the mid-twentieth century: how to bridge the social and cultural gap between psychiatry and its patients? Bringing together archival research with oral histories, Yolana Pringle traces how this question came to dominate both national and international discussions on mental health care reform, includ...

Genre: History, Africa, Historical Study, World, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Science & Maths
Size: 259 pages
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The Persianate World: The Frontiers of a Eurasian Lingua Franca

by Nile Green

A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org. Persian is one of the great lingua francas of world history. Yet despite its recognition as a shared language across the Islamic world and beyond, its scope, impact, and mechanisms remain underexplored. A world historical inquiry into pre-modern cosmopolitanism, The Persianate World traces the reach and limits of Persian as a Eurasian language in a comprehensive survey of its geographical, literary, and social frontiers. From Siberia to Southeast Asia, and between London and Beijing, this book shows how Persian gained, maintained, and finally surrendered its status to imperial and vernacular competitors. Fourteen essays trace Persian’s interactions with Bengali, Chinese, Turkic, Punjabi, and other ...

Genre: History, Middle East, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Foreign Languages
Size: 368 pages
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Augustine and the Art of Ruling in the Carolingian Imperial Period (Open Access): Political Discourse in Alcuin of York and Hincmar of Rheims

by Sophia Moesch

This volume is an investigation of how Augustine was received in the Carolingian period, and the elements of his thought which had an impact on Carolingian ideas of ‘state’, rulership and ethics. It focuses on Alcuin of York and Hincmar of Rheims, authors and political advisers to Charlemagne and to Charles the Bald, respectively. It examines how they used Augustinian political thought and ethics, as manifested in the De civitate Dei, to give more weight to their advice. A comparative approach sheds light on the differences between Charlemagne’s reign and that of his grandson. It scrutinizes Alcuin’s and Hincmar’s discussions of empire, rulership and the moral conduct of political agents during which both drew on the De civitate Dei, although each came away with a different under...

Genre: History, Europe, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Practical Politics, Religion & Spirituality, Religious Studies
Size: 260 pages
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Between Psychology and Philosophy: East-West Themes and Beyond (Palgrave Studies in Comparative East-West Philosophy)

by Michael Slote

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Genre: History, Asia, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Self-Help & Counselling, Psychology, Health & Fitness, Mental Health
Size: 215 pages
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Dissonant Heritages and Memories in Contemporary Europe (Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict)

by Tuuli Lähdesmäki

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Genre: History, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 294 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Parthian Empire

by George Rawlinson

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Genre: History, Ancient, Middle East
Size: 312 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

More Haunted Inns (Mike Covell Investigates Book 5)

by Mike Covell

Mike Covell investigates more haunted inns and hostelries in Hull, looking at some of the older locations such as Ye Olde Black Boy and Ye Olde White Hart, exploring their history, and documenting the stories attached to them.Step back in time through these places' history, put together with hundreds of sources from newspaper clippings, to archival documents, maps, and lots of photographs.Mike also explores the myths attached to them, and shows that many had a much darker history than previously thought. Packed with photographs, newspaper clippings and more....

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Reference & Collections, History, Europe, Religion & Spirituality, Occult
Size: 212 pages
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Rating: 4.20 / 5
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My Camp: Life in the French Foreign Legion

by J. R. Lawrence

Follow the story of a young man, who, through a chance encounter in prison, leaves his life of crime and joins the ranks of one of the world's toughest fighting forces.J. R. Lawrence served in the 3rd company of the parachute regiment (2REP) from 2007 - 2011. The author served in the Foreign Legion during the War on Terror period and the book includes a chapter on the war in Afghanistan....

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Professionals & Academics, Specific Groups, History, Military, Nonfiction
Size: 375 pages
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Rating: 4.20 / 5
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The Savage Sky

by Elizabeth Darrell

1941. Arcadia, Florida. The US has not yet joined the war, but has agreed to train the British pilots the RAF desperately needs.Rob Stallard, stunned from the loss of both his parents and his grandmother in the London Blitz, is reluctantly learning to fly in the stifling Florida heat. Far from home and his sister, the former farm boy is out of his depth - and furious at the American cadets treating the training so casually while his countrymen are fighting for their lives.He forms an instant and intense dislike of the famous socialite and womaniser, James Theodore Benson III, the son of a captain of industry aiming for a seat in the senate.Meanwhile Jim Benson, under great pressure from his father and the press, finds that flying does not come as naturally to him as it does to a certain ta...

Genre: Fiction, History, Military, Nonfiction, Romance
Size: 326 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Letters from Gill

by Terrie Biggs

View the Civil War from unique perspective as seen through the experiences of a Union soldier camped in Confederate territory. Gilbert Bennett, the great grandfather of the author, enlisted in Company K of the Iowa 27th Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. These letters penned to his new bride show acts of compassion, kindness, honor, and reveal one soldier's fascinating experience while serving in the Civil War from a perspective never shown in the media.

He described the struggles and hardships of camp life, skirmishes, battles, and rampant diseases that caused hospitalization and death among the soldiers. One of the moments that defined Gil's character was when he encountered the first black regiment which is described in his writings.

Loneliness and t...

Genre: History, Americas, Nonfiction
Size: 191 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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BEHIND CIVILISATION

by GAVIN HUANG

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Genre: History, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Teen & Young Adult
Size: 349 pages
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Impunity Under Attack: The Evolution and Imperatives of the Liberian Truth Commission

by Aaron B. Weah

Since the 1970’s Liberia has been a country locked in a state of mass violence and turmoil, brought about by numerous factors and forces. This has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, many of them civilians, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more.In this fascinating book on the history of that period in Liberia’s tumultuous yet thinly recorded past, you will find first-hand interviews with eye witnesses, terrifying tales of the atrocities committed and accounts of the pain of an entire nation.Covering the key parts of various moments of national trauma, including two civil wars and of the peace-making efforts to end them, Impunity Under Attack gives the reader the definitive and detailed story of the events which have taken Liberia to its current position w...

Genre: History, Africa, Nonfiction, Education & Reference
Size: 321 pages
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Rating: 3.60 / 5
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Long Time Walk On Water (Vol.1)

by Joan Barbara Simon

A black woman and single mum, starting over. A white man who wants something more. Will they take a chance on each other? Everyting gonna be alright?London, 1960. Rose is looking for a new start. Thousands of miles away from her Caribbean home, she scrapes together money to send for her children while adjusting to a strange, new world.Jack’s life is full of disillusionment. He cares little for his council flat, his town, or even his wife. The only thing that gives his life sparkle? His Jamaican friends down at the docks.When Jack meets Rose at a bus stop, a new and unexpected future unfolds…If you like rich settings and realistic characters: Long Time Walk on Water. This captivating multicultural historical novel with its splash of something quite unique, its touch of romance, reggae s...

Genre: Fiction, Literary Fiction, History, World, Nonfiction, Teen & Young Adult
Size: 300 pages
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Old Nice's Changing Heart: mysteries of a triangular labyrinth

by Lawrence Bohme

Author and traveller Lawrence Bohme lives in Old Nice - or Vieux-Nice in French, and "Babazouk" in the local slang. Having visited Nice and this fascinating corner of it over four decades, he has written and illustrated another of his "guides for the curious traveller" to explain the mysteries, contradictions and above all "infernally complex" history of this unique and captivating "three-sided labyrinth"....

Genre: History, Europe, Travel, Continental Europe
Size: 122 pages
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Rating: 5.00 / 5
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The Great Book of Pennsylvania: The Crazy History of Pennsylvania with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States 8)

by Bill O'Neill

How much do you know about the state of Pennsylvania? There’s so much to learn about the Keystone State that even its residents don’t know. In this trivia book, you’ll learn more about Pennsylvania’s history, pop culture, inventions, sports, and more!  In The Great Book of Pennsylvania, you’ll find the answers to the following questions:How did Pennsylvania get its name?  Why is it known as the “Keystone State”?Do you know how Hersheypark got started?Do you know which best-selling musician had her first concert at a fair in Pennsylvania?Which famous board game was invented by a Pennsylvanian using stolen ideas from other board games?Which famous fast food item started out in PA?Who was the Stroudsburg Rain Man?What places in Pennsylvania are said to be haunted?Where are you...

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Reference & Collections, History, Reference, Humour, Nonfiction, Puzzles & Games, Education & Reference, Test Preparation & Guides
Size: 143 pages
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