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The Frank Family That Survived

Taal: engels

Auteur: Gordon Sander

Told by the grandson of the head of the family, this is the gripping odyssey of the other Frank family: from the deceptively good life of Berlin in the 1920s, through the rise of Hitler and their flight to apparently safe Holland, the nightmarish ordeal of their thousand day long 'submersion' in a small apartment in The Hague, to the joy and pain of liberation and their final journey to America, the same route Anne Frank might have taken had she not been betrayed. Based on personal testaments, records and family interviews, the book describes their life behind closed curtains in constant fear of discovery. In 1945, after many adventures and appalling vicissitudes, they finally emerged to face the uncertainties of postwar Holland and the promise of the New World. Both a history and a memoir, this extensively researched book gives the first account of the war in Holland, the occupation and the resistance (including the Jewish resistance) to be published for several years. Despite that resistance, and the help of the 'good' Dutch who succoured both Frank families and other divers, most of Dutch Jewry was destroyed. Through the story of one family, this book sheds new light on the tragedy within a tragedy that was the Dutch Holocaust.

The glass farm

Taal: engels

The Glass Farm makes for an arresting sight on the market square in the Dutch town of Schijndel. Just as fascinating is the history of how the building came into being. This book tells the story of Winy Maas, who at age 18 asked the mayor to do something with the empty space that had been left in Schijndel's market square since Operation Market Garden bombing in 1944. It took 33 years for the building to be erected. The chronicle of the Glass Farm is a history that reads like a novel.
Author Gerard Buenen, editor-in-chief of Schijndels Weekblad, has written a gripping, fact-filled biography of the building. The story is accompanied by the photography of Niels Stomps and informative illustrations by MVRDV.

The greatest Knight

Auteur: Thomas Asbridge

Taal: engels

A renowned scholar brings to life medieval England's most celebrated knight, William Marshal—providing an unprecedented and intimate view of this age and the legendary warrior class that shaped it.

Caught on the wrong side of an English civil war and condemned by his father to the gallows at age five, William Marshal defied all odds to become one of England’s most celebrated knights. Thomas Asbridge’s rousing narrative chronicles William’s rise, using his life as a prism to view the origins, experiences, and influence of the knight in British history.

In William’s day, the brutish realities of war and politics collided with romanticized myths about an Arthurian “golden age,” giving rise to a new chivalric ideal. Asbridge details the training rituals, weaponry, and battle tactics of knighthood, and explores the codes of chivalry and courtliness that shaped their daily lives. These skills were essential to survive one of the most turbulent periods in English history—an era of striking transformation, as the West emerged from the Dark Ages.

A leading retainer of five English kings, Marshal served the great figures of this age, from Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine to Richard the Lionheart and his infamous brother John, and was involved in some of the most critical phases of medieval history, from the Magna Carta to the survival of the Angevin/Plantagenet dynasty. Asbridge introduces this storied knight to modern readers and places him firmly in the context of the majesty, passion, and bloody intrigue of the Middle Ages.

The Greatest Knight features 16 pages of black-and-white and color illustrations.

The Hinge Factor

Auteur: Erik Durschmied

Taal: engels
From the wooden horse of Troy to the Gulf War, military history has been as much marked by chance and error as by gallantry and heroism. Despite impossible odds, invincible armies have gone down to bitter defeat as their weak opponents triumphed. In battle, much depends on which side commits the biggest blunder. Many conflicts have been decided by the caprice of weather, bad intelligence, heroism where it wasn't expected, or individual incompetence — in other words, the unpredictable. In military terms, the incident which can swing a battle from victory to defeat in a moment is known as the Hinge Factor.

Drawing from the official historians' view as well as personal documents such as soldiers' letters home, Erik Durschmied discusses how and why such Hinge Factors occur.

The Hinge Factor discusses battles which demonstrate the phenomenon — some of which have had a decisive influence on history, as well as some that are of lesser importance. Some of the events described have never before been made public in any extensive way, including the circumstances behind the loss of the Holy Cross, the attack by African war bees in 1914 which was described in The Times as the Germans' secret weapon, the Libyans trying to buy a bomb from China in order to drop it on Israel in 1973, or Star Wars weaponry in the Gulf War.


Auteur: Clive Hirschhorn

Taal: engels

Ever since Al Jolson astonished moviegoers in 1927 with his heart-felt rendition of `Mammy' in the Warner Bros. epoch-making success:The Jazz Singer: the Hollywood musical has worked its particular brand of magic on audiences the world over. Thanks to the durable talents of its creators and its stars,the musical has survived five decades of changes in style and taste,and remains as popular among moviegoers today as it ever was. In TheHollywoodMusical, author Clive Hirschhorn, formerly film critic and now theatre critic for the London Sunday Express, captures this perennial world of make-believe and incisively assesses every Hollywood musical ever made, from The Jazz Singer' of 1927 to The Jazz Singer' of 1980. Each of the 1344 films discussed is fully illustrated, many with stills that have never been published before,and each account includes a synopsis, cast list and comprehensive catalogue of the featured songs and musical numbers. Clive Hirschhorn,whose last book was the indispensable WarnerBros. Story, has again written a book no lover of the cinema can afford to be without

The House at Sugar Beach

Taal: engels

Auteur: Helene Cooper

Journalist Helene Cooper examines the violent past of her home country Liberia and the effects of its 1980 military coup in this deeply personal memoir and finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award. Helene Cooper is Congo, a descendant of two Liberian dynasties-traced back to the first ship of freemen that set sail from New York in 1820 to found Monrovia. Helene grew up at Sugar Beach, a twenty-two-room mansion by the sea. Her childhood was filled with servants, flashy cars, a villa in Spain, and a farmhouse up-country. It was also an African childhood, filled with knock foot games and hot pepper soup, heartmen and neegee. When Helene was eight, the Coopers took in a foster child-a common custom among the Liberian elite. Eunice, a Bassa girl, suddenly became known as Mrs. Cooper's daughter. For years the Cooper daughters-Helene, her sister Marlene, and Eunice-blissfully enjoyed the trappings of wealth and advantage. But Liberia was like an unwatched pot of water left boiling on the stove. And on April 12, 1980, a group of soldiers staged a coup d'etat, assassinating President William Tolbert and executing his cabinet. The Coopers and the entire Congo class were now the hunted, being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and raped. After a brutal daylight attack by a ragtag crew of soldiers, Helene, Marlene, and their mother fled Sugar Beach, and then Liberia, for America. They left Eunice behind. A world away, Helene tried to assimilate as an American teenager. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill she found her passion in journalism, eventually becoming a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She reported from every part of the globe-except Africa-as Liberia descended into war-torn, third-world hell. In 2003, a near-death experience in Iraq convinced Helene that Liberia-and Eunice-could wait no longer. At once a deeply personal memoir and an examination of a violent and stratified country, The House at Sugar Beach tells of tragedy, forgiveness, and transcendence with unflinching honesty and a survivor's gentle humor. And at its heart, it is a story of Helene Cooper's long voyage home.

The Hungry Ocean

Auteur: Linda Greenlaw

Taal: engels

A swordboat captain's journey

In his number-one bestseller, The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger describes Linda Greenlaw as "one of the best sea captains, period, on the East Coast" Now Greenlaw tells her own riveting story of a thirty-day swordfishing voyage aboard one of the best-outfitted boats on the East Coast, complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick.

The excitement starts immediately, even before Greenlaw and her five-man crew leave the dock—and doesn't stop until the last page. While under way, she must contend with savage weather, equipment failure, too few fish, and too many sharks—not to mention the routinely backbreaking work of operating a fishing boat in a state of mind-numbing exhaustion after working ten 21-hour days in a row.

Throughout the course of the trip, Greenlaw brings to vivid life the characters of the five men in her crew, including their arguments and the jokes they play on one another. , What comes through is how dangerous a profession commercial fishing is—; and how remarkable are the people who choose to devote their lives to it. Greenlaw also discusses what it's like to be probably the world's only woman sword-fish captain ("no big deal"), tells riotously funny stories from her career, explains in detail the nuts and bolts of longline fishing, and pauses often to reflect in luminous prose on the beauty and power of the sea.

With a true fisherman's gift for spinning a yarn and a voice that's wry, honest, and all her own, Greenlaw brings readers right on deck with her and her crew, recreating the experience of going for the big haul against awesome odds. At once a thrilling page-turner and a passionate ode to a fascinating way of life, The Hungry Ocean will captivate lovers of the sea, adventure, and literature alike.

The illuminated booksof the Middle Ages

Taal: engels

Auteur: Henry Noel Humpreys & Owen Jones

An account of the development and progress of the art of illumination