Ranking The Books Of Roald Dahl

Celebrated British writer Roald Dahl changed the face of children’s literature during his lifetime; his wide array of books has sold more than 250 million copies worldwide. In 2008, British daily The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of “the 50 greatest British writers since 1945.”

But beyond the accolades afforded by his native country, Dahl’s fame was far-reaching. Most of his books for children are now considered modern classics and are being read, studied, and taught all over the world. Here are our favorite ones.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Easily the most popular and enduring of Dahl’s works, this is a modern fairy tale revolving around chocolate and the rewards and punishment of indulgence. It gave rise to cultural bywords like the Golden Ticket and, of course, Willy Wonka.

James and the Giant Peach (1961)

Dahl’s first book is immediately a page-turner and fan favorite, following the adventure of an orphan who enters a giant peach and befriends magically-altered garden bugs. It’s hard to suspend our disbelief at the beginning, but you’d have a great and fun read once you do.

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Matilda (1988)

Notably the most believable and inventive of Dahl’s works, this is about a girl who has telekinesis. Wait until you meet the unforgettable character Bruce Bogtrotter.

The BFG (1982)

Also made into an animated film recently, this book gets readers face-to-face with a giant who blows good dreams into children’s windows. Our main character Sophie gets into a ton of (mis)adventures, travels by riding on her “big friendly giant’s” ear and even meets the queen of England.

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Five Of The Most Valuable Pieces Of Wwii Memorabilia

World War II is as interesting to study as it is moving. Many pieces of memorabilia have been left by millions who participated in the most gruesome war the world had ever experienced.

Below are some of the most important pieces of WWII memorabilia:

1. Enigma Cipher Machine

Valued at $208,137, the German Enigma Cipher Machine that time was the most complex encoding device ever created.

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2. Hitler’s Desk

The brass desk which Adolf Hitler used to sign the Munich pact was sold for $423,000 by Alexander Autographs in December 2011.

3. Alan Turing’s Notebook

Alan Turing and his team cracked the code used by the German’s Enigma machines. Their efforts shortened the war by two years. This 56-page note has been auctioned off for $1 million.

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4. Victoria Cross medal

An Australian WWII Victoria Cross medal, which was awarded to only 22 Australians, was sold for $1.1 million at Noble Numismatics on July 28th 2011.

5. Hitler’s Mercedez-Benz

Produced between 1930 and 1943, this bullet-proof luxury Mercedez-Benz 770k was sold for around $8 million to a Russian Billionaire in November 2009. Hitler could not drive it himself and was chauffeured around the car.

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G.O.A.T Talk: Top Soccer Players

Soccer has been one of the most popular sports in the world since its inception. The game has been blessed with some phenomenal talents that make the sport loved by millions of fans. For what it’s worth, here are my top picks for the greatest soccer players of all-time.

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3. Diego Maradona: Maradona is probably the best dribbler soccer has ever seen. Maradona led an average Argentinian team to a 1986 world cup glory and scored two of the best goals in the history of soccer.

2. Lionel Messi: Most football fans (the young ones at least) now consider Lionel Messi as the greatest footballer to have ever played the sport, and more fans will join the claim by the time Messi hangs up his jersey. At the age of 29, he has several more years left in his tank. Messi is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer.

1. Pele: Many of the young fans might not have seen him play, but Pele still sits as the greatest soccer player of all-time. Three-time World Cup winner with Brazil in 1958, 1962, and 1970, Pele is recognized as the greatest footballer of the century. He was awarded by FIFA as the best footballer of the 20th century.

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Three ways to give back to veterans

Most Americans will never serve in the military or fight for the country, and that’s because we’re safe enough in the service of those who choose to protect us. Though most of us aren’t going to don the military uniform, there are countless ways we can help veterans, who often return from war to face yet another battle.

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Here are three ways to give back to veterans:

.1 Give a veteran a ride

Veterans give their lives for the sake of the country, and some of them return home disabled. Give veterans a free ride whenever the situation arises. Disabled American Veterans provides such transportation; you can volunteer to drive a van.

2. Sponsor a companion dog for veterans with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the number one enemy of veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. And veterans of past wars are still dealing with the ghosts of their previous experience. You can sponsor a companion dog that can help veterans cope with their experiences.

3. Share their stories

These people experience heroic stories every day on the battlefield, but a lot of these experiences have been left untold. The Library of Congress is collecting the tales of veterans of every war. If you are related to a veteran, share their stories to the Library of Congress, they’d want to hear it.

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Hacksaw Ridge: Six Interesting Facts About the Movie

Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best movies about WWII. The film was directed by Mel Gibson and written by Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan. The movie is based on a true story about the Combat Medic Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian who refused to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind. He became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Here are interesting facts about the movie:

1.When asked how many lives he saved, Desmond Doss said approximately 50. But witnesses said it was closer to 100. They agreed it was around 75.

2.Desmond Doss Jr. was moved to tears after attending the screening. He said Andrew Garfield played an accurate portrayal of his father.

3.He rescued over 300 men over the course of his tour, which lasted three weeks.

4.The film received a standing ovation lasting 9 minutes and 48 seconds (timed by Gibson himself) at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016.

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5.The battle scenes took 19 days to shoot, and the entire movie, 59 days.

6.It was the first film that was directed by Gibson in a decade, since Apocalypto (2006).

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What you didn’t know about ‘Saving Private Ryan’

Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” has been hailed as one of the greatest war movies ever made and one of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of all-time. It even earned Spielberg a well-deserved Oscar for Best Director. But the movie itself had a lot of fun secrets. Here are some of the things we’re sure you didn’t know about “Saving Private Ryan.”

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The script

Through sheer providence, the script, written by Robert Rodat, was sent to both Spielberg and Tom Hanks on the very same day. They phoned each other and realized how much they wanted to make the film. It was all decided in a single day. It was also Spielberg and Hanks’ first outing together.

Spielberg’s tribute to Spielberg

Spielberg directed the film because he was inspired by his dad, Arnold Spielberg. It turns out that the older Spielberg fought for the U.S. military in the Signal Corps and saw action in Burma in World War II. Arnold was also instrumental in helping his son make movies at a young age.

Robin Williams’ role

Robin Williams, who had worked with Spielberg in “Hook” had also starred alongside Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting” when “Saving Private Ryan” was to start production. It was Williams who introduced Damon to Spielberg. Eventually, Damon was cast in the titular role.

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Dwight Eisenhower: WWII Hero

Dwight Eisenhower’s career as a person of influence culminated in his election as President of the United States of America. However, he reached this success because of what he achieved as a military man. Here are some interesting facts about him.

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1. He came from a religious family, his mother being born a Lutheran, marrying as a River Brethren, and joining the International Bible Students Association later on.

2. Eisenhower graduated from West Point in 1915. During World War I, he requested to serve in Europe. However, he was denied and instead he was made to handle a unit that was responsible for training tank crews.

3. After WWI, he found himself under the service of very notable generals. By 1941, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General himself.

4. When U.S.A. entered World War II, Eisenhower headed the operations that resulted in successful invasions of North Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany.

5. By 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO.

6. In 1952, Eisenhower entered the presidential elections as a Republican. His two main objectives were to contain the expansion of the Soviet Union, and to reduce the nation’s federal deficits.

7. Eisenhower was an influential world leader too. In the Suez Crisis of 1956, he condemned the Israeli, British and French invasion of Egypt, and he had a hand in their eventual withdrawal.

8. He was voted as Gallup’s Most Admired Men a total of 12 times, and to this day, he is still widely considered as one of the greatest presidents to ever lead America.

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