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A Man Called Lucy, Accoce, Pierre And Quet, Pierre
1 Accoce, Pierre And Quet, Pierre A Man Called Lucy
New York Coward Mccann 1967 First American Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Book and dust in excellent condition, looks never read. Roessler became a Russian Spy. Roessler's information came straight from the German High command. He would get radio contact from the Official Broadcasting Center of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht. The information was given to a transmitter who only knew Roessler by his call number "RAHS." Any information regarding the German army was preceded by "Werther" "Olga" for the Air Force. His information contained troop movements, invasion timetables, production statistics, casualty counts, and loss of equipment for each battle. Often, his information was transmitted to the Russians before the German units received orders. The amount of information Rudolf Roessler sent over the course of five years to Russia could fill about 40 average length books. That is about 5,500 messages or 5 messages a day for 3 years, or approximately 129 messages a month. Russia used the information to wage psychological warfare. This was an unqualified success, and many German soldiers suffered mental breakdowns as a result. ; WWII spy Rudolf Roessler; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 250 pages 
Price: 11.97 USD
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Blocton  The History of an Alabama Coal Mining Town, Adams, Charles Edward
2 Adams, Charles Edward Blocton The History of an Alabama Coal Mining Town
Cahaba Trace Commission 2001 0971191301 / 9780971191303 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Red cover with gold lettering. Dust Jacket now in Mylar Protective Cover.The saga begins with two entrepreneurs, Truman Aldrich and Cornelius Cadle, who created the Cahaba Coal Mining Company and pushed a railroad eight miles into the wilderness of Bibb County, Alabama to tap thick veins of coal deep underground. There, they built the town called Blocton. Beside the company town rose West Blocton. The social fabric of the two communities was extraordinary containing a tapestry of nationalities from Italians to Russian Jews, Slavs, and Welsh. Beautiful collectors grade copy of this book. ; Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 339 pages 
Price: 48.95 USD
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3 Albanov, Valerian & Linda Dubosson; Roberts, David & Jon Krakauer & Alison Anderson In the Land of White Death An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic
New York Modern Library 2000 0679641009 / 9780679641001 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
Inscribed "I hope you enjoy this true adventure, Christmas 2000" and signed. The signature could be of author or just someone gifting the book. Jon Krakauer is the writer of the preface and author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air. Dust has been price clipped otherwise in new condition. In 1912, six months after Robert Falcon Scott and four of his men came to grief in Antarctica, a thirty-two-year-old Russian navigator named Valerian Albanov embarked on an expedition that would prove even more disastrous. In search of new Arctic hunting grounds, Albanov's ship, the Saint Anna, was frozen fast in the pack ice of the treacherous Kara Sea-a misfortune grievously compounded by an incompetent commander, the absence of crucial nautical charts, insufficient fuel, and inadequate provisions that left the crew weak and debilitated by scurvy. For nearly a year and a half, the twenty-five men and one woman aboard the Saint Anna endured terrible hardships and danger as the icebound ship drifted helplessly north. Convinced that the Saint Anna would never free herself from the ice, Albanov and thirteen crewmen left the ship in January 1914, hauling makeshift sledges and kayaks behind them across the frozen sea, hoping to reach the distant coast of Franz Josef Land. With only a shockingly inaccurate map to guide him, Albanov led his men on a 235-mile journey of continuous peril, enduring blizzards, disintegrating ice floes, attacks by polar bears and walrus, starvation, sickness, snowblindness, and mutiny. That any of the team survived is a wonder. That Albanov kept a diary of his ninety-day ordeal-a story that Jon Krakauer calls an "astounding, utterly compelling book," and David Roberts calls "as lean and taut as a good thriller"-is nearly miraculous. First published in Russia in 1917, Albanov's narrative is here translated into English for the first time. Haunting, suspenseful, and told with gripping detail, In the Land of White Death can now rightfully take its place among the classic writings of Nansen, Scott, Cherry-Garrard, and Shackleton. Dust jacket now in Brodart mylar protective (clear) cover.; Signed by Author 
Price: 19.97 USD
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The Battle of Armageddon, Appelman, Hyman
4 Appelman, Hyman The Battle of Armageddon
Grand Rapids, MI Zondervan Publishing House 1944 First Edition; First Impression Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket 
Red lettering and drawing on cover of Christ returning on white horse. Clean contents. Paperback may indicate a booklet, phamplet, tract or book.Hyman Jedidiah Appelman was born on the banks of the Dnieper River in White Russia of Orthodox Jewish parents. Hyman arrived in America with his mother and three younger brothers in December 1914. Hyman knew Hebrew, and had a fair command of German, Russian, Yiddish and Polish. He enrolled in the public school in Chicago. Despite the handicap of learning a new language he went through the first eight grades in two years.Eventually he enrolled at Northwestern University and DePaul University attending both schools from 1918-1921. He graduated and received his license to practice law in 1921 and was a successful trial lawyer in Chicago. In December 1924 he visited Kansas City. He checked into the YMCA and in his room found and read a Gideon Bible. That was the beginning of his conversion and call to ministry.; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 62 pages 
Price: 9.97 USD
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To D-Day and Back  Adventures with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and Life as a World War II POW: A memoir, Bearden, Bob
5 Bearden, Bob To D-Day and Back Adventures with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and Life as a World War II POW: A memoir
Zenith Press/Author 2007 0760332584 / 9780760332580 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Signed by two World War II heros, Bob Bearden on title page and by another 507th infantryman Jim "Pee Wee" Martin. Bob Bearden's To D-Day and Back was not just another paratrooper-themed memoir trying to ride on the success of others. Several distinctions set this work apart from others. Bearden told his story from a very personal angle. Coupled with the use of everyday prose, the book is another one of those works that felt much like storytelling by a member of the family. It is not just another war memoir, but rather, the book told how the war interacted with Bearden's life. n the predawn hours of D-Day, June 6, 1944, Bob Bearden and his comrades in the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment jumped into the inky skies over Normandy. Their mission: defend the west bank of the Merderet River against German counterattack. After long months of training they were finally taking the war to the Germans. Bearden’s time in combat proved shortlived, however, when he was captured on D-plus-2, June 8. This was only the beginning of a new war for his survival through multiple German POW camps, his so-called “liberation” by Russian tanker crews more bent on exacting vengeance upon the Germans than safeguarding Allied prisoners, and the perilous journey that followed, mostly on foot, along the sandy, snow-covered roads of Germany and Poland on the way to Moscow and eventually, back home to Dallas, Texas.(from inside flap) ; Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 304 pages; Signed by Collection of Signatures 
Price: 49.97 USD
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War Monthly, Issue 36, Cacutt, Len (Ed); Fowler, William; Laffin, John; Norman
6 Cacutt, Len (Ed); Fowler, William; Laffin, John; Norman War Monthly, Issue 36
London War Monthly Publications or Marshall Cavendish, or Acquarish Publications 1976 First Edition; Various Magazine Very Good 
Magazine- in good to very good condition. Many interesting articles and photos. Includes among others Battle of France 1940, Mossad, Russian Tanks 1014-45, Memphis 1862, Me323 Gigant. Scarce if not rare. Magazine in archival sleeve to protect condition.; Photos, Maps, illustrtions 
Price: 8.97 USD
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Era of the Passenger Liner, Cairis, Nicholas T.
7 Cairis, Nicholas T. Era of the Passenger Liner
Argonaut Books 1992 0929624033 / 9780929624037 First Edition; Various Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Blue cover. Dust has been neatly glued to book for protection. Small inscription in front remaining content clean. Full bibliography. Contains a history of passanger shipping with photos and histories of ships from many famous lines like: Austro-Americana Lines, Cunard line, Frency Line, Greek Line, Red Star line, Russian State Lines, Sweedish-American Line, Zim Israel lines and many more. Fully indexed. ; Photographs; 11.10 X 9.70 X 1 inches; 288 pages 
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To the Actor  On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov, Chekhov, Michael
8 Chekhov, Michael To the Actor On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov
Joanna Cotler Books 1953 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Dust has chips around edges otherwise book clean. Mikhail Aleksandrovich "Michael" Chekhov (Russian: ?????? ????????????? ?????, 29 August 1891 – 30 September 1955) was a Russian-American actor, director, author, and theatre practitioner. His acting technique has been used by actors such as Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, and Yul Brynner. Konstantin Stanislavski referred to him as his most brilliant student. He was a nephew of the playwright Anton Chekhov. (Wiki) ; 1953-12-30; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Price: 13.97 USD
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The brothers Karamazov  A novel in four parts & epilog, Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
9 Dostoyevsky, Fyodor The brothers Karamazov A novel in four parts & epilog
Heritage Press 1961 1st Edition Thus; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg 
Heritage Press, 1961. Very Good hardcover in Very Good slipcase. Tan cloth spine with green printing and green paper-covered boards with black and white portrait on both covers. also translated as The Karamazov Brothers, is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger from January 1879 to November 1880. Dostoevsky died less than four months after its publication.The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th-century Russia, that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, judgment, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia, with a plot which revolves around the subject of patricide. Dostoevsky composed much of the novel in Staraya Russa, which inspired the main setting. Since its publication, it has been acclaimed as one of the supreme achievements in world literature. (Wikipedia); 4to 11" - 13" tall; 604 pages 
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10 Frolov, Wanda L.; Stahlhut, Henry J. KATISH, OUR RUSSIAN COOK, A Gourmet Book
Farrar, Straus & Co. 1947 Hardcover Very Good in Poor dust jacket 
Red cover with black inset on spine and red lettering. Dust in very poor condition. Book is clean and tight and in very good condition. Scarce. 
Price: 11.67 USD
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Memoirs, Gorbachev, Mikhail
11 Gorbachev, Mikhail Memoirs
New York Doubleday 1996 0385480199 / 9780385480192 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Book is in like new condition. Black hardboards with red cloth spine; silver lettering on spine; corners sharp and square. Textblock clean, tight, square, unmarked. Dust is like new with original price on flap. Dust in archival cover. TATYANA TOLSTAYA the Russian novelist had this to say about Gorbachev " By gently pushing open the gates of reform, he unleashed a democratic flood that deluged the Soviet universe and washed away the cold war..... No single approach — and there have been many — can explain Gorbachev. Perhaps the holy fools with their metaphysical scenario were right when they whispered that he was marked and that seven years were given to him to transform Russia in the name of her as yet invisible but inevitable salvation and renaissance." Gorbachev met his wife, Raisa Titarenko, daughter of a Ukrainian railway engineer, at Moscow State University. They married in September 1953 and moved to Stavropol upon graduation. She gave birth to their only child, daughter Irina Mikhailovna Virganskaya, in 1957. Raisa Gorbacheva died of leukemia in 1999. Gorbachev has two granddaughters (Ksenia and Anastasia) and one great granddaughter (Aleksandra). Foward by Martin McCauley. Dust jacket now in Brodart mylar protective (clear) cover. Rare first edition in this state and condition. ; Photographs; 2.5 x 10 x 6.5 Inches; 769 pages 
Price: 99.97 USD
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W.D. Howells, Traveler From Altruria 1889-1894, Kirk, Clara Marburg
12 Kirk, Clara Marburg W.D. Howells, Traveler From Altruria 1889-1894
Rutgers University Press 1962 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
Dust has chips, but now in mylar protective cover. The author assembled some of the writing of Howell. William Dean Howells (March 1, 1837 – May 11, 1920) was an American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright, nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters". He was particularly known for his tenure as editor of The Atlantic Monthly, as well as for his own prolific writings, including the Christmas story "Christmas Every Day" and the novels The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Traveler from Altruria. Howells was a Christian socialist whose ideals were greatly influenced by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.[21] He joined a Christian socialist group in Boston between 1889 and 1891[22] and attended several churches, including the First Spiritual Temple and the Church of the Carpenter, the latter being affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the Society of Christian Socialists.[23] These influences led him to write on issues of social justice from a moral and egalitarian point of view, being critic of the social effects of industrial capitalism.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 148 pages 
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Rukkivihud rehe all, Liiv, Juhan
13 Liiv, Juhan Rukkivihud rehe all
Tallinn, Estonia EEsti Riiklik Kirhastus 1964 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Written in Estonian. Poetry. Beautiful woodcuts. Juhan Liiv (30 April [O.S. 18 April] 1864 in Allatzkiwwi – 1 December [O.S. 18 November] 1913) in Werbach-Kosse) is one of Estonia's most famous poets.Liiv was born into an extremely poor family in the village of Allatzkiwwi, Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire. Despite their poverty, Liiv's parents sent him to Dorpat (present-day Tartu) to study at the Hugo Treffner Gymnasium. Illness forced Liiv to leave school and return home, where he wrote poetry and occasional columns for the Olevik newspaper. His poetry starkly contrasted that of his contemporaries, and was therefore largely ignored.; Wood block prints; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 66 pages 
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14 Lyall:, Edna The Autobiography of a Slander.
New York, NY London: Longmans, Green and co, 1892. 1892 First Edition; First Impression Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket Illustrated by L. Speed 
Beautiful book. Dark blue cover with gold, silver and grey image depicting Slander’s avenger riding through the night perched upon a giant bat before a crescent moon, quill & book in hand. Page edges gilt. “Lyall” was a Unitarian of the liberal persuasion who argued for women’s suffrage, English injustices in Ireland, and the immorality of the Boer War. In this title she shows how a freedom loving Russian Democrat is destroyed by the false label of ‘nihilist’. Other books she published were Donovan, We Two, In the Golden Days, Knight Errant, etc. Sadleir 1454a. Wolff 4206.; Drawings 
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Saint Helena Little Island, M. A. Aldanov/A. E. Chamot, Translator
15 M. A. Aldanov/A. E. Chamot, Translator Saint Helena Little Island
Knopf 1924 1st Edition Thus; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Translated from the Russian. Torn bookplate in front otherwise clean and tight. Blue spine and cream boards. Looks to be a first edition. 
Price: 27.97 USD
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The Orthodox Prayer Book, Makary, Bishop (Censor)
16 Makary, Bishop (Censor) The Orthodox Prayer Book
Jordanville, NY The Russian Orthodox Holy-Trinity Monastery 1943 1st Edition stated; First Impression Hardcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Rare black leather like with gilt Orthodox three bar cross on front. Printed in English language. Black text print seems to reflect the 1943 Wartime printing which corresponds to the publishing date. Holy Trinity Monastery is a male monastic community under the auspices of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. We are dedicated to a life of prayer and obedience according to the pre-revoluntionary monastic tradition. We draw our origins from the Pochaev Lavra of St. Job of Pochaev in Western Ukraine when monks fled from Pochaev in the face of the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. As descendants of the Lavra of Pochaev, we continue the mission established by St. Job in the turn of the 17th century to publish books for the edification and protection of the faithful. Excellent condition. Tight binding. Former owners name in front otherwise no marking or underlining. ; Illustrations; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 119 pages 
Price: 59.97 USD
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Searching for a dignified compromise  The Estonian-Russian border, 1,000 years, Mattisen, Edgar
17 Mattisen, Edgar Searching for a dignified compromise The Estonian-Russian border, 1,000 years
Pub. House ILO 1996 9985571142 / 9789985571149 First Edition; First Printing Paperback Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Some rubs to cover and minor pencil underlining. Overall very good condition. Rare.; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; 173 pages 
Price: 27.97 USD
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Hungary's Fight for Freedom, No Author Listed
18 No Author Listed Hungary's Fight for Freedom
New York, NY Time Inc. 1956 First Edition; First Impression Magazine Very Good with no dust jacket 
Life Magazine Cover has rubs now protected by archival sleeve. This is the story in photos of the Hungarian Revolt against Russia after 12 years of oppression by Russia. Hungary was a token given to Russia after World War II and the rest of the world sat by as Communist took over. In 1956 the people of Hungary revolted with limited weapons against Russian Tanks. The photos are very revealing and capture the determination of people in revolt against Communists rule. The account also captures the quest for freedom within each human being. No Author. ; Photographs; Missing as of 12/07 
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The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky, Serge, Victor & Natalia Sedova Trotsky
19 Serge, Victor & Natalia Sedova Trotsky The Life and Death of Leon Trotsky
Basic Books 1975 0465039421 / 9780465039425 First American Edition; First Impression Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
Book and dust in very good condition. Dust in Mylar cover. Translated by Arnold J. Pomerans. Leon Trotsky[a] born Lev Davidovich Bronstein;[b] 1879 – 21 August 1940) was a Russian revolutionary, Marxist theorist, and Soviet politician whose particular strain of Marxist thought is known as Trotskyism, (Wikipedia); 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 296 pages 
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Early stories, Sholokhov, Mikhail Aleksandrovich
20 Sholokhov, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Early stories
Moscow Progress Publishers 1966 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
A beautiful book of Russian poetry. The book has a white cloth cover, with black title print. The binding remains tight and the pages contain no marking. Very Good condition. ; 190 pages 
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