Five Recently-Arrived Titles from the Military History Section:
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Thanks to everyone who sent a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to win free Lincoln tickets! The lucky winners are:
Congratulations! You will be contacted by someone from Brandmkrs today or tomorrow about this prize draw. And thanks once again to Warner Netherlands and IMAX Pathé for providing the free tickets.
The answer to question 1 was President Obama, and question 2 yielded the following favorite history books (proving that the term ‘history’ is wide open to interpretation ). I also included one of your answers in full, because the story that came with the book title was too irresistible not to share.
“Geillustreerde Vaderlandsche Geschiedenis. voor jong en oud Nederland. door P. Louwerse. Versierd met Honderd Vijfen Vijftig Platen door Johan Braakensiek en anderen. Derde geheel bijgewerkte druk, Amsterdam, 1905.
Note the weird, old-fashioned spelling: this surely is a book that cannot be found om GoodReads! My mum (born 1945) was given it by het uncle when she was a child and felt slightly miffed to receive such an old, boring book. I discovered it in my parents’ bookcase when I could not even read yet and was utterly fascinated by the look of it, the pictures, the world full of stories and weird happenings, all apparently once reality, that it seemed to hint at. At the time, I was too young even to understand the concept “vaderlandse geschiedenis” so referred to it as “Vader Hans Geschiedde”, which I took to mean something along the lines of: Father Hans Did This. My dad’s first name is Hans and as a Daddy’s girl, it seemed completely credible to me that my that he had been present at, and instrumental in, all the feats this book hinted at …Vader Hans Geschiedde sparked off a lifelong love of history and history books. In the end I was presented with is as a graduation gift and I cherish it still. Besides my two cats (surely too inane to save themselves) it’s the only thing I would save in a house fire.”
In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience — end slavery or end the war.
In cooperation with Warner Netherlands and IMAX Pathé, we will be giving away 3 pairs of tickets to Lincoln, with Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role.
What do you need to do? Answer the 2 questions below:
1. Which US President credited Team of Rivals as a major source of inspiration for his administration?
2. What is your favorite history book?
Mail both your answers to email@example.com by Wednesday, February 6th, and be sure to put ‘Lincoln’ in the subject header. On February 7th the winners will be announced on this blog.
Please note that the answer to question 2 can’t be right or wrong. We’re simply curious, love to hear about your favorites, and will pass the titles you mention on to our History buyers!
ABC’s booksellers don’t just sell books: as well as being voracious readers, almost all ABC staff members are personally responsible for buying the books for one or more sections in the stores. That means you’ll always find someone who can put exactly the right book in your hands when you need it. We asked our buyers for their tips for the best gifts for the upcoming holiday season, and they came up with some great ones: new books, classic books, magazines, games, merchandise, and stationery.
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