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Gabriela, Cravo e Canela
Jorge Amado
Progress: 157/358 pages
Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)
T.E. Lawrence
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The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
G. Edward Griffin
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Peter the Great
Robert K. Massie
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Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Bradley K. Martin
A Time for Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge
Charles B. MacDonald
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The German Army 1933-1945
Matthew Cooper
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Corporal Hitler and the Great War 1914-1918: The List Regiment
John F Williams
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Great War Fighter Aces 1914-1916 (Images of War) - Norman Franks

"GREAT WAR FIGHTER ACES 1914-1916" is one of those books that truly lives up to its billing. It provides the reader with a thorough and comprehensive history of the creation and development of the fighter plane as a weapon of war and the birth and celebration by the warring nations (Great Britain excepted) of the fighter ace during the first 2 years of the First World War. What's more: THERE'S A RICH CORNUCOPIA OF PHOTOS (sprinkled throughout the book) featuring various aircraft of the period and the pilots who helped usher in a new type of warfare. Some of these pilots who survived beyond 1916 - Guynemer, Ball, Dallas, Nungesser, Voss, Deullin, and von Richthofen (aka 'The Red Baron') - would later become household names due to their prowess as great aces and leaders.


(Ohhhh, I can't wait to receive the second volume, which will cover the fighter aces of the 1917 & 1918 period.    That is, once it becomes available in the market.)