Book Descriptions

 

Berlin 1945: The Final Days of Hitler's Third Reich

 

The compelling story of the final 20 days of Hitler's Third Reich told in the form of Twitter feeds with daily tweets and actual statements by Hitler, Churchill, Truman, Stalin, Zhukov, Eisenhower, Goebbels, Bormann, Weidling, Krebs, Keitel, Jodl, Patton, Bradley, Heinrici, Konev, Chuikov, Eva Braun and many others.


The story begins with the announcement of, and reactions to, the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and follows the thoughts and actions of the main participants through the capture of Vienna, the Battle of Seelow Heights, the liberation of the concentration camps, the Battle of Berlin, the death of Hitler and the eventual surrender of Reich forces.

 

 

Tokyo 1945: The Final Days of World War II

 

A dramatic, day-by-day account of the final days of World War II told in the form of Twitter feeds and actual statements by the main participants.

The story begins with the capture of the strategic Japanese island of Okinawa and follows the thoughts and actions of the main participants through planning the invasion of mainland Japan, the Japanese defense, the Manhattan Project, the first atomic test, the Kamikaze defense, the Potsdam Conference, Churchill's election defeat, the decision to drop the atomic bombs, the attempted palace revolt and the eventual Japanese surrender.

 

 

 

Havana 1962: To the Brink of Nuclear War

 

What if there had been social media during the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis? This is not a story told in the usual book format. It is the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis told as if through posts on private social media feeds.

 

The book follows the thoughts and actions of the main participants in the drama based on what those participants actually reported, or could have believably reported in private social media accounts, given who they were, what they knew and where they were at the time.

 

The year is 1962. John F. Kennedy is in the White House. Nikita Khrushchev is in the Kremlin and Fidel Castro is in the Presidential Palace in Havana, Cuba. For a time, now widely referred to as “the most dangerous moment in human history”, these three men hold the future of modern civilization in their hands as the world teeters on the brink of nuclear apocalypse.

Hashtag Histories Box Set: (Vol 1)

 

Hashtag Histories books present modern history as if told by social media posts by the main participants during momentous historic events. 

This box set presents three Hashtag Histories for less than the price of two. 

#Berlin45: The compelling story of the final 20 days of Hitler's Third Reich told in the form of social media feeds with daily posts and actual statements by Hitler, Churchill, Truman, Stalin, Zhukov, Eisenhower, Eva Braun and many others. The story begins with the announcement of, and reactions to, the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and follows the thoughts and actions of the main participants through the capture of Vienna, the Battle of Seelow Heights, the liberation of the concentration camps, the Battle of Berlin, the death of Hitler and the eventual surrender of Reich forces. 

#Tokyo45: The account begins with the capture of the strategic Japanese island of Okinawa and follows the thoughts and actions of the main participants in the drama based on what those participants actually reported, or could have believably reported in private social media accounts, given who they were, what they knew and where they were at the time. The story moves day by day through the planning of the invasion of mainland Japan, the Japanese defense, the Manhattan Project, the first atomic test, the Kamikaze defense, the Potsdam Conference, Churchill's election defeat, the decision to drop the atomic bombs, the attempted palace revolt in Tokyo and the eventual Japanese surrender. 

#Havana62: The story of the Cuban Missile Crisis told as if through posts on private social media feeds. The book follows the thoughts and actions of the main participants. The year is 1962. John F. Kennedy is in the White House. Nikita Khrushchev is in the Kremlin and Fidel Castro is in the Presidential Palace in Havana, Cuba. For a time, now widely referred to as “the most dangerous moment in human history”, these three men hold the future of modern civilization in their hands as the world teeters on the brink of nuclear apocalypse. 

Apollo 8: The Longest Journey

 

What if there had been social media during the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon in 1968? 

This account will put you believably back inside those six tense and dramatic days in 1968. It is the story of the first manned mission to the Moon told in the form of today’s social media, allowing us to witness the unfolding drama of the mission as if we were following it in real time and as if the participants and observers were sharing their thoughts and actions with us directly. 

In December 1968, so much remained unknown. 

Would the first manned launch of the massive Saturn V rocket lift off and successfully deliver three astronauts into Earth orbit? Would humans be able to survive passing through the Van Allen belts of radiation between the Earth and the Moon? What would happen when the astronauts passed around the far side of the Moon out of contact with Earth? Would the single engine needed to boost the spacecraft out of lunar orbit and on a course back to Earth fire as hoped? Would the first nighttime recovery of a spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean be successful? 

If the Apollo 8 mission was to be successful, the astronauts on board would become the first humans to travel so incredibly far and so incredibly fast. They would be the first to leave the Earth’s sphere of influence and the first to see the whole planet Earth from space. They would be the first to orbit the Moon, first to set eyes on the far side of the Moon and the first humans to witness the spectacular Earthrise over the lunar landscape. 

The narrative of this account is based on actual astronaut recollections, NASA transcripts of the fascinating continual communications with the astronauts, broadcasts of the main TV networks covering the mission and the thoughts of many laypeople observers. There is an extensive list of major sources at the end of the book.

Apollo 11: When Men Walked on the Moon

 

 

What if there had been social media during the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon? 

This is not a book written in the usual book format. It is the story of Man’s first exploration of Earth’s nearest neighbor, the Moon told as if in real time in the form of imaginary social media posts by the main participants and observers. 

The account begins with the intense preparations for the mission and continues through the tense build up and countdown to the launch, entry into Earth orbit, the journey to the Moon, entry into orbit around the Moon, the descent to the lunar surface, the first Moonwalk, the experiments and astronaut activities on the surface, the journey back to Earth, re-entry, recovery and the triumphal reception back on Earth. 

The narrative is based on astronaut accounts, NASA transcripts of the minute by minute communications with the astronauts, and broadcasts of all the main TV networks covering the mission. There is an extensive list of major sources at the end of the book. 

The book gives an accurate, moment to moment account of the historic mission, revealing what the people involved, and those witnessing the momentous event were thinking, doing and saying at each stage of the heroic mission. The unique social media format of the book allows us to experience the events as if we were following them in real time. 

 

Apollo 13: The Heroic Journey of Apollo 13

 

What if there had been social media during the Apollo 13 Moon mission? 

This is not a book in the usual book format. It is the story of the incredible Apollo 13 mission in 1970 told as if in real time in the form of imaginary social media posts written by the main participants and observers. The narrative is based on astronaut accounts, NASA transcripts of the astronauts’ conversations with Mission Control and live broadcasts of the major U.S. TV networks covering the unfolding drama hour by hour. 

There is a list of major sources at the back of the book. 

Apollo 13 was a mission that gripped the entire nation and the world. It would test the courage, endurance and ingenuity, not just of three astronauts but also of the thousands of controllers, technicians and engineers back at Mission Control in Houston and across America.

The APOLLO Collection - Vol 1

 

On 25 May, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the hugely ambitious goal of sending a man to the Moon and returning him safely to Earth before the end of the decade. 

The president’s announcement came at the height of the Cold War confrontation and it set off an intensely competitive race with the Soviet Union who desperately wanted to gain for themselves the huge propaganda victory of being the first nation to land a man on the Moon. 

President Kennedy’s dramatic announcement galvanized the United States. There was just one problem: in May 1961, the United States’ manned space program remained far, far behind that of the Soviet Union. 

In the months and years following the president’s announcement, NASA threw itself into an intensively accelerated program in which they would attempt to launch 26 increasingly complex manned missions into space in a massive and hugely expensive effort to beat the Soviet Union to the Moon. 

This collection details all the NASA missions up to, and including, the first Moon landing, including moment-by-moment accounts of the particularly dramatic and historic Apollo 8 and Apollo 11 missions. These missions are retold in the form of today’s social media platforms, allowing us to witness the unfolding drama of the missions as if we were following them in real time and as if the participants and observers were sharing their thoughts and actions with us directly. 

The narratives of these accounts are based on detailed recollections of the astronauts, NASA transcripts of the fascinating continual communications with Mission Control in Houston, broadcasts of the main TV networks covering the missions and the thoughts of many expert and laypeople observers of the time. There is an extensive list of major sources at the end of the book. 

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