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The Battle of 1st Manassas

An E-History Time Machine

Written by Aaron Killian

An interactive E-History chronicling the first great battle of the Civil War.  This first-of-its-kind offering has a dual functionality, providing the reader with both a dynamic historical narrative and a battlefield location guide.  The pages of this tablet time machine burst with impeccably researched text, movies, audio clips, 3D images, digital slideshows, 360 degree panoramic photographs, original music, Keynote presentations and much more.  From beginner to buff (and everywhere in-between) this groundbreaking book brings the Civil War to life for readers of all ages and interest levels. 

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A Cold War Turning Point

NIXON AND CHINA, 1969 - 1972

Written by Chris Tudda / Narrated by Aaron Killian

In February 1972, President Nixon arrived in Beijing for what Chairman Mao Zedong called the "week that changed the world". Using recently declassified sources from American, Chinese, European, and Soviet archives, A Cold War Turning Point reveals new details about the relationship forged by the Nixon administration and the Chinese government that dramatically altered the trajectory of the Cold War. 

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Ground Pounder

A Marine's Journey Through South Vietnam, 1968-1969

Written by Gregory V. Short  / Narrated by Aaron Killian

In early February of 1968, at the beginning of the Tet Offensive, Private First Class Gregory V. Short arrived in Vietnam as an 18-year-old US Marine. Amid all of the confusion and destruction, he began his tour of duty as an 81mm mortarman with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, which was stationed at Con Thien near the DMZ. While living in horrendous conditions reminiscent of the trenches in World War I, his unit was cut off and constantly being bombarded by the North Vietnamese heavy artillery, rockets, and mortars. Direct, honest, and brutal in his observations, Short holds nothing back in describing the hardships of modern warfare and our leaders' illusions of success.

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The Ordinary Spaceman

From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut

Written by Clayton C. Anderson / Narrated by Aaron Killian

What's it like to travel at more than 850 MPH, riding in a supersonic T-38 twin turbojet engine airplane? What happens when the space station toilet breaks? How do astronauts "take out the trash" on a spacewalk, tightly encapsulated in a space suit with just a few layers of fabric and Kevlar between them and the unforgiving vacuum of outer space?

The Ordinary Spaceman puts you in the flight suit of US astronaut Clayton C. Anderson and takes you on the journey of this small-town boy from Nebraska who spent 167 days living and working on the International Space Station, including more than 40 hours of space walks. Having applied to NASA 15 times over 15 years to become an astronaut before his ultimate selection, Anderson offers a unique perspective on his life as a veteran space flier, one characterized by humility and perseverance.

From the application process to launch aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, from serving as a family escort for the ill-fated Columbia crew in 2003 to his own daily struggles - family separation, competitive battles to win coveted flight assignments, the stress of a highly visible job, and the ever-present risk of having to make the ultimate sacrifice - Anderson shares the full range of his experiences.

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