Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book of the Month - Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant's Journey with Asperger's

Clay Marzo has an almost preternatural gift with a surfboard. From his first moments underwater (he learned to swim at two months old) to his first ventures atop his father’s surfboard as a toddler, it was obvious that Marzo’s single-minded focus on all things surfing was unique. But not until late in his teens, when this surfing phenom was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, did the deeper reasons for his obsession—and his astonishing gift for surfing—become clear.

Just Add Water is the remarkable story of Marzo’s rise to the top of the pro surfing world—and the personal trials he overcame in making it there. Marzo endured a difficult childhood. He was a colicky baby who his mother found could be soothed only with water. Later, as he entered school, his undiagnosed Asperger’s made it tough for him to relate to his peers and fit in, but his relationship with the wave was elemental. Marzo could always turn to surfing, the only place where he truly felt at peace.
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Book of the Month - Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima

This is not a book about how great generals won their battles, nor is it a study in grand strategy. Men of War is instead a riveting, visceral, and astonishingly original look at ordinary soldiers under fire. Drawing on an immense range of firsthand sources from the battlefield, Alexander Rose begins by re-creating the lost and alien world of eighteenth-century warfare at Bunker Hill, the bloodiest clash of the War of Independence—and reveals why the American militiamen were so lethally effective against the oncoming waves of British troops. As Rose demonstrates, the most important factor in any battle is the human one: At Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima, the American soldier, as much as any general, proved decisive. To an unprecedented degree, Men of War brings home the reality of combat and, just as important, its aftermath in the form of the psychological and medical effects on veterans. -Excerpt courtesy of

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Independence Day

Independence Day changed the world. Learn more about it with the best books, eBooks. articles, media and Internet resources. Go to the Guide!
Get the stats on Independence day from the July 4th  infographic on the home page.
Watch the Peabody award winning video PBS series: Liberty! The American Revolution, from the Media page.

Check out and read the print book by David G McCullough, 1776  or read online or download  the eBook The War for Independence and the Transformation of American Society from the Books eBooks page.

Read full text articles from EBSCO on Independence Day or get a great overview from Britannica from the Articles page.

See the interactive timeline Events Leading Up To The Declaration Of Independence, read an eyewitness account to the writing of the Declaration of Independence, or  go to to view an image of the actual Declaration and read about the history and significance of it on the Internet page.