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Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group

Title: Partisans & Redcoats: The Southern Conflict That Turned the Tide of the American Revolution.

Author: Walter Edgar

From one of
the South′s foremost historians, this is the dramatic story of the
conflict in South Carolina that was one of the most pivotal
contributions to the American Revolution.

In 1779, Britain
strategised a war to finally subdue the rebellious American colonies
with a minimum of additional time, effort, and blood. Setting sail from
New York harbour with 8,500 ground troops, a powerful British fleet
swung south towards South Carolina. One year later, Charleston fell. And
as King George′s forces pushed inland and upward, it appeared the
six-year-old colonial rebellion was doomed to defeat. In a stunning work
on forgotten history, acclaimed historian Walter Edgar takes the
American Revolution far beyond Lexington and Concord to re-create the
pivotal months in a nation′s savage struggle for freedom. It is a story
of military brilliance and devastating human blunders - and the courage
of an impossibly outnumbered force of demoralised patriots who suffered
terribly at the hands of a merciless enemy, yet slowly gained confidence
through a series of small triumphs that convinced them their war could
be won. Alive with incident and colour.

About the Author

Walter Edgar has authored or edited nine books on the American South, including South Carolina: A History. He is the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina.


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ISBN: 9780380806430
Availability: Special Order
Published: William Morrow & Company - January 7th, 2003

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The Ghosts of Belfast

Author: Stuart Neville

Fegan has been a “hard man,” an IRA killer in northern Ireland. Now
that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by twelve ghosts:
a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and
seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he’s
going to have to kill the men who gave him orders.

As he’s working his way down the list he encounters a woman who may
offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an
outsider too. Now he has given Fate—and his quarry—a hostage. Is this
Fegan’s ultimate mistake?

Stuart Neville is a partner in a multimedia design business based in Armagh, northern Ireland. This novel, also known as The Twelve in the UK and Ireland, is the first in a series.


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ISBN: 9781569478578
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Published: Soho Crime - October 1st, 2010

G.K. Chesterton Society

Appreciation & Criticism of Charles Dickens

By G. K. Chesterton

Collected Wk Gk Chesterton V15: Cover Image
By G. K. Chesterton, Alzina S. Dale (Designed by)
ISBN: 9780898702583
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Published: Ignatius Press - October 1st, 1989

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group

Title: The Chocolate Wars: The 150 Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers.

Author: Deborah Cadbury

“The inside story of the 150-year rivalry among Cadbury, Hershey,
Nestlé, and Mars is a fascinating and luscious tale. Deborah Cadbury,
great-great-great- granddaughter of 19th-century chocolate maker John
Cadbury, tells it eloquently in Chocolate Wars, drawing the reader into
her epic of family and industry with clear love for her subject.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“This is a delicious book, seductive as a tray of bonbons, a Fancy Box in every way.”—Washington Post

“[Chocolate Wars] pits idealism against capitalism,
religious piety against the forces of greed and cutthroat competition.
Though, like great fiction, it defies belief, it’s the true story of our
favorite guilty pleasure. Cadbury’s book, like her namesake’s famous
sampler, is full of surprises and delights.” —Christian Science Monitor

“The reader of Chocolate Wars feels they are getting an insider’s view.”—Financial Times


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ISBN: 9781610390514
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Published: PublicAffairs - October 25th, 2011

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The Mermaids Singing

Author: Val Mc Dermid

This was the summer he discovered what he
wanted--at a gruesome museum of criminology far off the beaten track of
more timid tourists. Visions of torture inspired his fantasies like a
muse. It would prove so terribly fulfilling.

The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield.
Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a
seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike
anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not
beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend
the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim.

A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted. But as Hill confronts
his own hidden demons, he must also come face-to-face with an evil so
profound he may not have the courage--or the power--to stop it...


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ISBN: 9780312983604
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Minotaur Books - June 17th, 2002

Clio's Chroniclers: The History Discussion Group

Title: The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal & the Darkest Hour of the Roman Empire.

Author: Robert L. O'Donnell

For millennia,
Carthage’s triumph over Rome at Cannae in 216 B.C. has inspired
reverence and awe. No general since has matched Hannibal’s most
unexpected, innovative, and brutal military victory. Now Robert L.
O’Connell, one of the most admired names in military history, tells the
whole story of Cannae for the first time, giving us a stirring account
of this apocalyptic battle, its causes and consequences.

O’Connell brilliantly conveys how Rome amassed a giant army to punish
Carthage’s masterful commander, how Hannibal outwitted enemies that
outnumbered him, and how this disastrous pivot point in Rome’s history
ultimately led to the republic’s resurgence and the creation of its
empire. Piecing together decayed shreds of ancient reportage, the author
paints powerful portraits of the leading players, from
Hannibal—resolutely sane and uncannily strategic—to Scipio Africanus,
the self-promoting Roman military tribune. Finally, O’Connell reveals
how Cannae’s legend has inspired and haunted military leaders ever
since, and the lessons it teaches for our own wars.

About the Author

Robert L. O’Connell has worked as a senior analyst at the
National Ground Intelligence Center, as a contributing editor to MHQ:
The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and most recently as a
visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of
Of Arms and Men: A History of War, Weapons, and Aggression; Sacred
Vessels: The Cult of the Battleship and the Rise of the U.S. Navy; Ride
of the Second Horseman: The Birth and Death of War; Soul of the Sword:
An Illustrated History of Weaponry and Warfare from Prehistory to the
Present; and the novel Fast Eddie.


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ISBN: 9780812978674
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Published: Random House Trade - September 13th, 2011

History Discussion Group (Clio's Chroniclers)

Title: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Violent Faith

Auhtor: Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief within our own borders, taking readers inside isolated American communities where some 40,000 Mormon Fundamentalists still practice polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God.

At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

About the Author

Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, and Into Thin Air and is editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.

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ISBN: 9781400032808
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Published: Anchor Books - June 8th, 2004

Mystery Discussion Group

Title: The G-String Murders

Author: Gypsy Rose Lee (Craig Rice)

G. K. Chesterton Society Meeting

Title: The Poet & the Lunatics

Author: G. K. Chesterton

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ISBN: 9780486478432
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Published: Dover Publications - January 28th, 2011


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