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      July 17, 2019

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      1336 N Delaware Street
      Indianapolis, Indiana

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      Alpha Association of Indiana Phi Beta Kappa July Book Club

      Welcome to Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Association of Indiana's July book club! For this meeting, we will be discussing Vicki Croke's The Elephant Company. Free parking is available on Delaware St. and in the parking lot behind the building, which has lighted parking and security. To access the parking behind the building, take 16th Street to Pennsylvania Street and turn south. Then take Pennsylvania Street to 14th Street and turn left (east) on 14th Street. Lastly, turn right into the parking lot behind the building. Please see the map below for directions to the parking. If you have a Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library card, you can get a paper copy here, or download an audio electronic copy here. If you don't have an Indy Public Library card, you can apply for one online or in person. About the book: The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill.In 1920, Billy Williams came to colonial Burma as a “forest man” for a British teak company. Mesmerized by the intelligence and character of the great animals who hauled logs through the jungle, he became a gifted “elephant wallah.” In Elephant Company, Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams’s growing love for elephants as the animals provide him lessons in courage, trust, and gratitude. Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring. When Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite British Force 136 and operated behind enemy lines. His war elephants carried supplies, helped build bridges, and transported the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain. As the occupying authorities put a price on his head, Williams and his elephants faced their most perilous test. Elephant Company, cornered by the enemy, attempted a desperate escape: a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow. Part biography, part war epic, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.

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