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Heroism, Endurance & Survival

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Biography & Autobiography:Heroism, Endurance & Survival

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Auschwitz - The Nazi Solution: An Illustrated History and Guide, Andrew Rawson
1 Auschwitz - The Nazi Solution: An Illustrated History and Guide
Andrew Rawson UK Pen and Sword 2015 1473827981 / 9781473827981 Soft cover New Book 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2 cm 
The camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau were an important part of the Nazis' final solution to the Jewish question. Over one million people were murdered in its gas chambers and tens of thousands of prisoners were worked to death in the nearby sub-camps. Others were held in the quarantine area before they were deported to work in the Third Reich. This is the story of the development of Auschwitz from a Polish prison camp into a concentration camp, and a thorough account of the building of Birkenau and the gas chambers, which grew into industrial killing machines. Rawson relates what life was like for prisoners, revealing where the unsuspecting new arrivals came from and how they were greeted at the camp with the humiliating selection process; how many were tricked into entering the gas chambers, while others were stripped of their identity and put to work; how prisoners struggled to survive on a poor diet and no health care; how they faced a grinding daily routine with frequent punishments; and how the camps were organized from the commandants, their assistants and the guards, to the kapos and stuben who supervised work parties and the barracks. He details how a few brave souls tried to resist, how even fewer made a break for freedom and the heartbreaking story of liberation and life afterwards. There are instructions on how to get to nearby Krakow - an ideal base - and Auschwitz-Birkenau. Information on how best to spend your time there is also included, making this an invaluable book that is both a vivid account of life in the concentration camps and an essential guide for visitors who want to explore the past of this notorious site. 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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The Gifts of Frank Cobbold, Arthur W. Upfield
2 The Gifts of Frank Cobbold
Arthur W. Upfield Australia ETT Imprint 2015 1925416224 / 9781925416220 Soft cover New Book 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.6 cm 
This biography of Frank Cobbold opens when Frank goes to sea on a Clipper aged 14. It follows him through inexperience as a Fijian trader who escaped the cannibals' cook pot and survived one of the worst hurricanes in living memory. In Australia he learned the skills of a surveyor and quickly became a sought-after and trusted station manager. Despite problems that would have defeated a less resolute man he took droughts, cheats and unyielding land tenure regulations in his stride to become one of Australia's great pioneering pastoralists. Admired by fellow bushmen, trusted by his partners and wooed by bankers, his gritty determination earned him a small fortune which he gave away. It's a remarkable story. About the Author: Arthur William Upfield (1 September 1890 13 February 1964) was an Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte ('Bony') of the Queensland Police Force, a half-caste Aborigine. Born in England, Upfield moved to Australia in 1910 and fought with the Australian military during the First World War. Following his war service, he travelled extensively throughout Australia, obtaining a knowledge of Australian Aboriginal culture that would later be used extensively in his written works. In addition to his detective fiction, Upfield was also a member of the Australian Geological Society and was involved in numerous scientific expeditions. Upfield's works remained popular after his death, and in the 1970s were the basis for an Australian television series entitled "Boney". 
Price: 29.95 AUD
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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China [used book], Jung Chang
3 Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China [used book]
Jung Chang UK Flamingo 1993 0006374921 / 9780006374923 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
Through the lives of three different women - grandmother, mother and daughter - this book tells the story of 20th-century China. At times scarcely credible in the details it reveals of the suffering of millions of ordinary Chinese people, it is an unforgettable record of tyranny, hope and ultimate survival under conditions of extreme harshness. In 1924, at the age of 15, the author's grandmother became the concubine of a powerful warlord, whom she was seldom to see during the ten years of their "marriage". Her daughter, born in 1931, experienced the horrors of Japanese occupation in Manchuria as a schoolgirl, and after their surrender joined the Communist-led underground fighting Chiang Kai-Shek's Kuomintang. She rose to be a senior Communist official, but was imprisoned three times. Her husband, also a high official and one of the very first to join the Communists, was relentlessly persecuted, imprisoned and finally sent to a labour camp where, physically broken and disillusioned, he lost his sanity. The author herself grew up during the Cultural Revolution, at the time of the personality cult of Mao and the worst excesses of the Gang of Four. She joined the Red Guard but after Mao's death she was to become one of the first Chinese students to study abroad. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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True Colours: Lauren Huxley and her family - From tragedy to triumph [used book], Lisa Davies
4 True Colours: Lauren Huxley and her family - From tragedy to triumph [used book]
Lisa Davies Australia Harper Collins 2009 0732289033 / 9780732289034 Soft cover Good Book Trade Paperback 
It was a shocking crime that made headlines around Australia. An innocent young woman, violently attacked in her family home by a total stranger and left to die. Beaten repeatedly and soaked with petrol as her home burned, Lauren Huxley's life was hanging by a thread. Lauren's battle to survive caused an outpouring of public love and support. For her father, Patrick, mother Christine and sister Simone it was like being plunged into hell. Doctors gave Lauren only a five percent chance of survival. Her injuries were among the worst they had ever seen, so horrific that she was barely recognisable. But those insurmountable odds counted for little against the Huxley family's determination, courage and love. Together, they started to rebuild their shattered lives...and Lauren started coming back. This is their extraordinary story. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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Goodbye to Italia @ Goodbye to Italy, Marisa Parker
5 Goodbye to Italia @ Goodbye to Italy
Marisa Parker Australia InHouse Publishing 2016 1925497526 / 9781925497526 Soft cover New Book 22.8 x 15.2 cm 
Goodbye to Italia by Marisa Parker. A pretty little Italian girl skips outside to peer up at the unexpected drone of aeroplanes, unaware of the danger as her neighbour, an eccentric opera singer, fervently prays for her teenage son. It is the start of WWII. An age difference of thirteen years separates the little girl Mariolina Martore and the army officer Eugenio Piergiovanni, but their lives are destined to intertwine. Mariolina is a timid but stalwart child who lives with her mother and grandmother. During the war years, they endure bombings, cold, hunger, and disease in Torino, Northern Italy. In contrast, Eugenio, a teenage soldier, is captured and spends six years in African prison-of-war (POW) camps - one of which boasted 63,000 prisoners at one time. Eugenio's transition into adulthood during captivity, as told through his diaries, makes for bittersweet humour as he strives to find laughter in sad situations. Goodbye to Italia is a non-fiction romantic story of Italian drama, courage, and humour. So as to stay true to the retelling by her mama and papa, and to capture the essence of living through those times, the chapters in the first half of the book interchange between the two diverse characters, Mariolina and Eugenio, as they come of age. About the Author: Marisa Parker is the middle daughter of Mariolina Martore and Eugenio Piergiovanni. Growing up, she always knew that her parents shared an amazing bond. Now, as an adult, her passionate drive to tell their incredible, war-time love story has led to the completion of this emotional project. 
Price: 24.95 AUD
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Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor, Martin Greenfield and Wynton Hall
6 Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor
Martin Greenfield and Wynton Hall USA Regnery Publishing Inc 2014 1621572668 / 9781621572664 Hardcover New Book 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.3 cm 
He's been called "America's greatest living tailor" and "the most interesting man in the world." Now, for the first time, Holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield tells his incredible life story. Taken from his Czechoslovakian home at age fifteen and transported to the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz with his family, Greenfield came face to face with "Angel of Death" Dr. Joseph Mengele and was divided forever from his parents, sisters, and baby brother. In haunting, powerful prose, Greenfield remembers his desperation and fear as a teenager alone in the death camp--and how an SS soldier's shirt dramatically altered the course of his life. He learned how to sew; and when he began wearing the shirt under his prisoner uniform, he learned that clothes possess great power and could even help save his life. Measure of a Man is the story of a man who suffered unimaginable horror and emerged with a dream of success. From sweeping floors at a New York clothing factory to founding America's premier custom suit company, Greenfield built a fashion empire. Now 86 years old and working with his sons, Greenfield has dressed the famous and powerful of D.C. and Hollywood, including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama, celebrities Paul Newman, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Jimmy Fallon, and the stars of Martin Scorsese's films. Written with soul-baring honesty and, at times, a wry sense of humor, Measure of a Man is a memoir unlike any other--one that will inspire hope and renew faith in the resilience of man. 
Price: 34.95 AUD
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Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot, Martin W. Sandler
7 Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories That History Forgot
Martin W. Sandler USA Sterling 2015 145491338X / 9781454913382 Soft cover New Book 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm 
"Stories that history forgot... but readers will remember." "The only thing new in the world," said Harry S. Truman, "is the history you don't know." In this fascinating collection of historical vignettes, Martin W. Sandler (author of "Resolute" and "Atlantic Ocean") restores to memory important events, people, and developments that have been lost to time. Though barely known today, these are major historical stories, from Ziryab, an eighth-century black slave whose influence on music, cuisine, fashion, and manners still reverberates, to Cahokia, a twelfth-century city north of the Rio Grande, which at its zenith contained a population estimated to have been as high as 40,000 (more than any contemporaneous European city), to the most devastating fire in US history--not the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871, but the Peshtigo Forest Fire in Wisconsin, which occurred on the same day. These tales are far from trivia; they illuminate little-known American and foreign achievements, ingenuity, heroics, blunders, and tragedies that changed the course of history and still resonate today. Includes 76 black-and-white illustrations. 
Price: 19.95 AUD
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More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees, Rosemary Sayer
8 More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees
Rosemary Sayer Australia Margaret River Press 2015 0994316704 / 9780994316707 Soft cover New Book 
More to the Story looks beyond negative media reports, political speeches and fear-mongering statistics to tell human stories of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Rosemary Sayer writes with empathy and humility of her interviews with refugees from Burma, Afghanistan and South Sudan. Together, they tell stories of persecution, violence and starvation; families separated for a time, or forever; the desperation of thousands in refugee camps, awaiting relocation under humanitarian programs; the perilous journeys by boat of those for whom waiting would have meant death; life in mandatory detention; and the challenges of starting over in Australia. None of these people chose to be refugees; all of them chose survival. A powerful, moving and inspiring account of human resilience that every Australian should read. About the Author: Rosemary Sayer is a writer and communications consultant who has worked extensively throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Her third book, More to the Story, will be published in September 2015. It focuses on the personal journeys and lives of a number of different refugees who have made Western Australia their home. Her first two books were biographies. The Man who Turned the Lights On is about Sir Gordon Wu, the chairman of Hopewell Holdings and The CEO, the Chairman and the Board is about Trevor Eastwood, the former Chairman and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited. Rosemary teaches professional writing at Curtin University and is currently the Chairwoman of writing WA. She also sits on the board of the Edmund Rice Centre, a not-for-profit organisation that supports humanitarian refugee entrants and Aboriginal families through the provision of educational programs and community development activities. 
Price: 27.95 AUD
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Taken on Trust: My Captivity in Lebanon [used book], Terry Waite
9 Taken on Trust: My Captivity in Lebanon [used book]
Terry Waite UK Hodder and Stoughton 1993 0340581964 / 9780340581964 Hardcover Good Good Book Royal 
This autobiography describes the hours before and after Terry Waite was taken hostage in January 1987 in Beirut. Waite analyzes his thoughts and feelings immediately prior to captivity - what was the nature of his role as envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury? What was his relationship with the Americans and Colonel Oliver North? The book looks at Waite from his upbringing in Styal, Cheshire, until after his release in November 1991, when he had become one of the best-known figures of his time. It is an account of his years in solitary confinement and of the inner strengths which enabled him to survive. The book will be published to coincide with a two-hour BBC documentary to be shown in October 1993. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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