South American History
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I don't know if the way you like your history is kosher, but it is the way I like mine. I'll take journals or letters of those involved over an academic survey any day!
I have a more specific request. Does anyone know of any accounts, in English, of events surrounding the British campaign in and around Buenos Aires circa 1806?
(I've seen some interesting-looking stuff on the web, but the result of "translate this page" is more hilarious than useful.)
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11kristenkim03 Første besked:
Personally, I have a subscription to audible.com for something like $20/mo, for which I get 2 'credits'/mo, which generally amounts to 2 books/month. Download them, and throw 'em in iTunes.
There are other places too e.g. simplyaudio.com... also, local libraries often have either audiobooks you can download or available via cd, which can then also be thrown into iTunes or whatever.
I can however suggest some for North America if you like: early explorers, fur traders, western emigrants, Civil War participants.
And what's best is that it is also available FREE and on-line.
In fact, let me give you three of my favorite free sources of commentaries/diaries/autobiographies.
The first one is at American Journeys:
The second is XMissions.com. The focus there is mountain men and fur traders.
And lastly there is Archive.org. I especially like them because of the depth of material they offer-- auto/biographies and everything else. For books and articles I find them better than Gutenberg because you can generally download their books in pdf form --which I find infinitely more readable than yucky text. Plus artwork isn't deleted.
If I can ramble on a little more... they also have something called 'flipbook' which I use to preview books to see if I even want to download them.
I'd be happy to tell you about the few books and articles I've read and would recommend, but I feel like I've over-rambled and I don't want to wear out my welcome... :