Books For Soldiers

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The Classics

Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here.

Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.

The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.

Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.

Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.

Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.

Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.

Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.

Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.

The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.

Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.

Online Library of Literature: Find full and unabridged texts of classic literature, including the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and more.

Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.

Fiction.us: Fiction.us has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.

Textbooks

If you don’t absolutely need to pay for your textbooks, save yourself a few hundred dollars by reviewing these sites.

Textbook Revolution: Find biology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks here.

Wikibooks: From cookbooks to the computing department, find instructional and educational materials here.

KnowThis Free Online Textbooks: Get directed to stats textbooks and more.

Online Medical Textbooks: Find books about plastic surgery, anatomy and more here.

Online Science and Math Textbooks: Access biochemistry, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals and other textbooks here.

MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources: Find free videos, textbooks and more on the subjects of mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry and more.

Flat World Knowledge: This innovative site has created an open college textbooks platform that will launch in January 2009.

Free Business Textbooks: Find free books to go along with accounting, economics and other business classes.

Light and Matter: Here you can access open source physics textbooks.

eMedicine: This project from WebMD is continuously updated and has articles and references on surgery, pediatrics and more.

Math and Science

Turn to this list to find books about math, science, engineering and technology.

FullBooks.com: This site has “thousands of full-text free books,” including a large amount of scientific essays and books.

Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics: NYU links to several free resources for math students.

Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks likeElementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.

Science and Engineering Books for free download: These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow.

FreeScience.info: Find over 1800 math, engineering and science books here.

Free Tech Books: Computer programmers and computer science enthusiasts can find helpful books here.

Children’s Books

Even children’s books are now available online. Find illustrated books, chapter books and more.

byGosh: Find free illustrated children’s books and stories here.

Munseys: Munseys has nearly 2,000 children’s titles, plus books about religion, biographies and more.

International Children’s Digital Library: Find award-winning books and search by categories like age group, make believe books, true books or picture books.

Lookybook: Access children’s picture books here.

Philosophy and Religion

For books about philosophy and religion, check out these websites.

Bored.com: Bored.com has music ebooks, cooking ebooks, and over 150 philosophy titles and over 1,000 religion titles.

Ideology.us: Here you’ll find works by Rene Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, David Hume and others.

Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Philosophy: Recent uploads to this site include Practical Lessons in Yoga and Philosophy of Dreams.

The Sociology of Religion: Read this book by Max Weber, here.

Religion eBooks: Read books about the Bible, Christian books, and more.

Plays

From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites.

ReadBookOnline.net: Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

Plays: Read PygmalionUncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories.

Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”

ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.

Modern Fiction, Fantasy and Romance

These websites boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more.

Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.

The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.

Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.

Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.

Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.

The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.

Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.

John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.

SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.

Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.

Foreign Language

For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian, look here.

Project Laurens Jz Coster: Find Dutch literature here.

ATHENA Textes Francais: Search by author’s name, French books, or books written by other authors but translated into French.

Liber Liber: Download Italian books here. Browse by author, title, or subject.

Biblioteca romaneasca: Find Romanian books on this site.

Bibliolteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes: Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish site.

KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.

Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M’s Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes’ work online.

Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum: Access many Latin texts here.

Project Runeberg: Find Scandinavian literature online here.

Italian Women Writers: This site provides information about Italian women authors and features full-text titles too.

Biblioteca Valenciana: Register to use this database of Catalan and Valencian books.

Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.

Afghanistan Digital Library: Powered by NYU, the Afghanistan Digital Library has works published between 1870 and 1930.

CELT: CELT stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” features important historical literature and documents.

Projekt Gutenberg-DE: This easy-to-use database of German language texts lets you search by genres and author.

History and Culture

Refresh your memory of world history, the classics and U.S. history here.

LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.

The Perseus Project: Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.

Access Genealogy: Find literature about Native American history, the Scotch-Irish immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more.

Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.

Most Popular History Books: Free titles include Seven Days and Seven Nights by Alexander Szegedy and Autobiography of a Female Slave by Martha G. Browne.

Rare Books

Look for rare books online here.

Questia: Questia has 5,000 books available for free, including rare books and classics.

JR’s Rare Books and Commentary: Check this site for PDF versions of some rare books.

Arts and Entertainment

This list features books about celebrities, movies, fashion and more.

Books-On-Line: This large collection includes movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and more.

Chest of Books: This site has a wide range of free books, including gardening and cooking books, home improvement books, craft and hobby books, art books and more.

Free e-Books: Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.

2020ok: Categories here include art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and a lot more.

Free Art Books: Find artist books and art books in PDF format here.

Free Web design books: OnlineComputerBooks.com directs you to free web design books.

Free Music Books: Find sheet music, lyrics and books about music here.

Free Fashion Books: Costume and fashion books are linked to the Google Books page.

Mystery

Here you can find mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors.

MysteryNet: Read free short mystery stories on this site.

TopMystery.com: Read books by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton and other mystery writers here.

Mystery Books: Read books by Sue Grafton and others.

Poetry

These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.

Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”

Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.

Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.

Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, fromThe Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman.

QuotesandPoem.com: Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more.

CompleteClassics.com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here.

PinkPoem.com: On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.

Miscellaneous

For even more free book sites, check out this list.

Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.

World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and a lot more.

DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.

A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.

Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.

ManyBooks.net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.

Authorama: Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You’ll find history books, novels and more.

Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.

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hopeinsidelove:

Watch Sergeant Andrew Chambers testimony to the struggles veterans face when they come home from overseas.
Watch it here.

hopeinsidelove:

Watch Sergeant Andrew Chambers testimony to the struggles veterans face when they come home from overseas.

Watch it here.

18mr:

Today, we honor those who have served our country. But it’s especially timely to recognize the service and sacrifice of Filipino American World War II veterans, who have not received their due from the U.S. government after their service in the war.Our veterans deserve full benefits and the chance to bring their family members close to them during their twilight years. That’s how we support our troops.

18mr:

Today, we honor those who have served our country. But it’s especially timely to recognize the service and sacrifice of Filipino American World War II veterans, who have not received their due from the U.S. government after their service in the war.

Our veterans deserve full benefits and the chance to bring their family members close to them during their twilight years. That’s how we support our troops.

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Today we honor our Veterans who have sacrificed so much to protect our country. To our oldest generation, who stormed the beaches at Normandy and lifted the flag at Iwo Jima, we salute you for saving the world. From the gates of hell in World War II, to the Barrycades in Washington DC, you…

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veteransunited:

Veterans Day is officially once a year—but we strive to honor those who have served every day.
 Thank you, Veterans, for your service and sacrifice!

veteransunited:

Veterans Day is officially once a year—but we strive to honor those who have served every day.

Thank you, Veterans, for your service and sacrifice!

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rainydaysandblankets:

happy veterans day to service members everywhere. it takes a special kind of person to answer to that calling and i cannot thank each of you enough for everything you’ve given up to keep us safe back home.

rainydaysandblankets:

happy veterans day to service members everywhere. it takes a special kind of person to answer to that calling and i cannot thank each of you enough for everything you’ve given up to keep us safe back home.

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Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, watches the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War, 11/13/1982

Remembering the sacrifices made by veterans of all generations on Veterans Day.

todaysdocument:

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, watches the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War, 11/13/1982

Remembering the sacrifices made by veterans of all generations on Veterans Day.

(Source: research.archives.gov)

To all Veterans, whether at home or abroad, all Americans say THANK-YOU!

To all Veterans, whether at home or abroad, all Americans say THANK-YOU!

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neurosciencestuff:

Soldiers with blast injuries suffer pituitary hormone problems
Researchers studying British soldiers who fought in Afghanistan have highlighted hormonal problems that commonly result from blast injuries.  
Soldiers with injuries affecting the pituitary gland may suffer psychological and metabolic symptoms which impede their recovery.
The researchers, from Imperial College London and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, say identifying these sufferers will enable them to receive appropriate hormone replacement therapy.
The research was funded by the Medical Research Council is published in the journal Annals of Neurology.
The study looked at 19 British soldiers with moderate to severe brain injury caused by blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) while on duty in Afghanistan, and a group of 39 individuals with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries caused by road traffic accidents, falls and assaults.
It found that a much higher proportion of soldiers with blast injuries had pituitary hormone problems (32 per cent) than in the non-blast control group (2.6 per cent).
One in five of the soldiers ended up receiving hormone treatment with growth hormone, testosterone and/or hydrocortisone – a replacement for the stress hormone cortisol.
The study also showed that the soldiers who had pituitary dysfunction following blast injury had more severe damage to white matter connections within the brain, and more severe cognitive problems, such as being slow in processing information, than those who did not have hormone problems.
The recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen rapid advances in personal protective equipment and in the medical management of severe trauma. These gains have meant that increasing numbers of soldiers are surviving previously fatal and complex injuries.
Injuries caused by IEDs are so numerous that they have been called the ‘signature injury’ of these conflicts. Between December 2009 and March 2012, 183 UK soldiers survived a moderate to severe blast traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan. The number of such injuries among US troops is much higher. The complex physical forces involved in a blast have led to much speculation about how the blast wave itself causes brain injury.
Dr Tony Goldstone, from the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College London, who led the study, said: “This study was set up to see if there were facets unique to the kind of trauma caused to the brain by IEDs. We found that there was a high prevalence of hormonal problems in soldiers with these kinds of injuries.
“This study involved a relatively small number of soldiers, and so assessment of additional patients will be needed to confirm such a prevalence rate. However the results do emphasise the importance of actively screening for pituitary problems in all soldiers and others who have had moderate to severe brain injury from exposure to blast. This will enable identification of those who may benefit from hormonal treatments to aid their rehabilitation, recovery and quality of life.”
The patients were treated in the multi-disciplinary traumatic brain injury clinic at the Imperial Centre for Endocrinology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and scanned at the Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory at Imperial College London by Professor David Sharp and Major David Baxter.
Air Marshal Paul Evans, Surgeon General said: “I fully support the research that has been undertaken by Imperial College London and the Ministry of Defence. As Surgeon General, I am committed to ensuring Service personnel benefit from the latest advances in medical research and we continue to conduct research into traumatic brain injury with colleagues at Imperial College London as well as our US and other NATO partners. A Defence Medical Services working group identifies priority areas for TBI research and MOD policy continues to be reviewed in light of emerging best practice. Working in partnership will ensure our personnel benefit as well as enable best practice to be shared between the MOD and NHS.”
Professor David Lomas, Chair of the MRC’s Population and Systems Medicine Board, which funded the research, said: “Trauma is a serious health problem that has a major impact on people in both a civilian and military setting. By linking academic and military research programmes through studies such as this we will build a greater understanding of acute trauma that will inform future approaches to trauma management, to ensure that people suffering major injury receive the most advanced specialist care.”

neurosciencestuff:

Soldiers with blast injuries suffer pituitary hormone problems

Researchers studying British soldiers who fought in Afghanistan have highlighted hormonal problems that commonly result from blast injuries.

Soldiers with injuries affecting the pituitary gland may suffer psychological and metabolic symptoms which impede their recovery.

The researchers, from Imperial College London and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, say identifying these sufferers will enable them to receive appropriate hormone replacement therapy.

The research was funded by the Medical Research Council is published in the journal Annals of Neurology.

The study looked at 19 British soldiers with moderate to severe brain injury caused by blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) while on duty in Afghanistan, and a group of 39 individuals with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries caused by road traffic accidents, falls and assaults.

It found that a much higher proportion of soldiers with blast injuries had pituitary hormone problems (32 per cent) than in the non-blast control group (2.6 per cent).

One in five of the soldiers ended up receiving hormone treatment with growth hormone, testosterone and/or hydrocortisone – a replacement for the stress hormone cortisol.

The study also showed that the soldiers who had pituitary dysfunction following blast injury had more severe damage to white matter connections within the brain, and more severe cognitive problems, such as being slow in processing information, than those who did not have hormone problems.

The recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen rapid advances in personal protective equipment and in the medical management of severe trauma. These gains have meant that increasing numbers of soldiers are surviving previously fatal and complex injuries.

Injuries caused by IEDs are so numerous that they have been called the ‘signature injury’ of these conflicts. Between December 2009 and March 2012, 183 UK soldiers survived a moderate to severe blast traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan. The number of such injuries among US troops is much higher. The complex physical forces involved in a blast have led to much speculation about how the blast wave itself causes brain injury.

Dr Tony Goldstone, from the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre at Imperial College London, who led the study, said: “This study was set up to see if there were facets unique to the kind of trauma caused to the brain by IEDs. We found that there was a high prevalence of hormonal problems in soldiers with these kinds of injuries.

“This study involved a relatively small number of soldiers, and so assessment of additional patients will be needed to confirm such a prevalence rate. However the results do emphasise the importance of actively screening for pituitary problems in all soldiers and others who have had moderate to severe brain injury from exposure to blast. This will enable identification of those who may benefit from hormonal treatments to aid their rehabilitation, recovery and quality of life.”

The patients were treated in the multi-disciplinary traumatic brain injury clinic at the Imperial Centre for Endocrinology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and scanned at the Computational, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory at Imperial College London by Professor David Sharp and Major David Baxter.

Air Marshal Paul Evans, Surgeon General said: “I fully support the research that has been undertaken by Imperial College London and the Ministry of Defence. As Surgeon General, I am committed to ensuring Service personnel benefit from the latest advances in medical research and we continue to conduct research into traumatic brain injury with colleagues at Imperial College London as well as our US and other NATO partners. A Defence Medical Services working group identifies priority areas for TBI research and MOD policy continues to be reviewed in light of emerging best practice. Working in partnership will ensure our personnel benefit as well as enable best practice to be shared between the MOD and NHS.”

Professor David Lomas, Chair of the MRC’s Population and Systems Medicine Board, which funded the research, said: “Trauma is a serious health problem that has a major impact on people in both a civilian and military setting. By linking academic and military research programmes through studies such as this we will build a greater understanding of acute trauma that will inform future approaches to trauma management, to ensure that people suffering major injury receive the most advanced specialist care.”