In late 1782, many Revolutionary War officers in the Hudson Highlands were angry and frustrated that they had not been paid for months or even years. With victory in sight, they feared they might never get their back pay and promised pensions, because the Continental Congress had no authority to raise money.
As the last months of the war approached, several key army officers, supported by some members of Congress, set in motion a plot to terrify state legislators and their delegates in Philadelphia into granting Congress the direct taxation authority it needed to pay the promised wages and guarantee future pensions. Their threat: to refuse to lay down their arms after the war was won, possibly marching to Philadelphia to enforce their demands—OR to quit the battle with victory in sight, allowing the British to quell the revolution. “Ready for revolt” in March, 1783, hundreds of officers were gathered to discuss their plan when, to their shock, General Washington himself arrived to change the course of history.
From the Author: "In 2007, I discovered a small pocket diary, measuring approximately 3 by 5 inches, at an antique shop in New England. When I later transcribed the diary and discovered that the female diarist was an abused farm wife, suffering from loneliness and degradation, I set out on a year of research to piece together the identity of the woman and something about her life.
Along the way, I became interested in the writing of other 19th century female diarists and discovered the importance of their ordinary stories to American history.
This book contains Esther Small's 1886 diary and excerpts from her 1880 diary, along with my own preface and afterword recounting my research journey and the importance of the diaries of ordinary 19th century women."
It's the 1940's, and the desert sun is setting on Cairo. Layla, a beautiful young girl forced into prostitution at age 12 by her mother, dreams of freedom in Europe. However, with no money and fewer options, Layla dives into a treacherous world few ever escape. Little does she know that she will not only survive the life of a call girl, but also rise to become mistress to the most powerful man in Egypt -- King Farouk. Cairo Unzipped tracks Layla's meteoric rise during the most fascinating period in Egyptian history. Due to the turmoil in Europe, Egypt became a melting pot of Europeans from nations, being put to the fire, by the Nazis. European influences flourished, modernizing the country but causing dangerous cultural friction. The handsome, young King Farouk fit the times of Egypt perfectly, just as Gandhi fit the times of India, but the clock was ticking on this golden age in Egypt, and revolution was afoot. After being overthrown and exiled in 1952, King Farouk dropped dead in Italy at age 45 -- an event shrouded in mystery. This story unveils that mystery and takes you on a journey of historical proportions.
Author Steve Snyder’s father, Howard Snyder, was a B-17 pilot stationed in England during World War II. On February 8, 1944, his plane, the B-17 Susan Ruth, was Shot Down over the French/Belgium border after a mission to bomb Frankfurt, Germany.
The book tells the true story of events leading up to and after that harrowing day. Of the ten man crew, some died, some ended up in prison camps, and some evaded capture. What makes this book unique is the varied, detailed, and amazing story of what happened to each crew member, in particular Howard Snyder who evaded capture and was missing in action for seven months.
FROM THE AUTHOR: "What follows here, just a brief insight into Pain and Purpose in the Pacific. This book did not begin with the idea of a chronology of the battles of the Pacific War, although an overview is included. But instead it was intended to be a brief account of the battles on Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa as I retrace the travels of one Marine from the farmland of Minnesota to Japan and back. Carl J. Johnson spent 30 months in the Pacific. Four of those months were in bitter combat on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. He is my uncle. I have been blessed to travel, & to spend time at many of the places he traveled during World War II. My travels didn’t stop there.
As a Continental Airlines pilot based in Guam, now retired and having lived on Saipan, I have had the opportunity over a seven year period to visit other islands that were the scene of horrific battles of World War II. In addition to Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa, I will mention a few of them. Included are Guam where I was based during the closing years of my airline career; also Belau, which is Palau, and includes Peleliu. Included too in this book are Iwo Jima, Corregidor and the Philippines. In my travels beyond Hawaii and Pearl Harbor, which was my introduction into the Pacific, were Yap, and Truk, which is Chuuk, and Pohnpei in the Carolines. And I’ve spent time in Japan."