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The works of H.G. Wells are well known for their prophetic ideas. The War in the Air is one of these works. Written in 1907, it presented the idea of using aircraft for the purposes of warfare. The protagonist in this story is Bert Smallways who becomes accidentally entangled in a German plot to bomb New York City from the air. As the bombardments and air warfare become more intense and destruction surrounds him, Bert faces the true horror of war ... even after it has ostensibly ended.
A pioneer in travel literature, Travels with a donkey in the Cevennes is Robert Louis Stevenson's account of his 12 day journey through Cevennes, France. He suffered from ill health for much of his life, and this was his opportunity for a long desired adventure. Accompanied by a stubborn donkey, Modestine, Stevenson takes a serious note at times and at others, regales with tales of his encounters. Very entertaining indeed.
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