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Two Souls Indivisible

By James S. Hirsch

An unforgettable precise tale, Souls Indivisible stirringly recounts the forging of a mythical, heroic bond among squaddies. Fred Cherry and Porter Halyburton first met of their shared cellphone in a brutal POW camp in Vietnam. Cherry, an air strength pilot, used to be badly injured after his aircraft crashed; he grew to become the 1st black officer to be captured by means of the North Vietnamese. Halyburton, a tender army flier, used to be a naive white southerner thrown in as Cherry’s cellmate. Their captors was hoping shut quarters could inflame American-bred racial tensions and holiday either males. as an alternative, American integrity and honor flourished, and as Cherry used to be nursed again to well-being, a friendship grew robust. the serious connection, powerfully suggested via James S. Hirsch, may maintain either males in the course of the struggle and all through their lives. Inspiring, heartbreaking, striking, and not extra well timed, Souls Indivisible exhibits how sturdy humans can in attaining greatness within the such a lot hellish of circumstances.

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Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation

By Steve Vogel

In a rousing account of 1 of the severe turning issues in American heritage, Through the Perilous Fight tells the gripping tale of the burning of Washington and the unbelievable final stand at Baltimore that helped shop the country and encouraged its nationwide Anthem.
 
in the summertime of 1814, the U.S. of the US teetered near to catastrophe. The conflict it had declared opposed to nice Britain years past seemed headed towards inglorious American defeat. The younger nation’s so much implacable nemesis, the ruthless British Admiral George Cockburn, introduced an invasion of Washington in a bold try and decapitate the govt and weigh down the yank spirit. The British succeeded spectacularly, burning down lots of the city’s landmarks—including the White apartment and the Capitol—and riding President James Madison from the realm. As looters ransacked federal constructions and panic gripped the voters of Washington, beleaguered American forces have been compelled to regroup for a last-ditch safeguard of Baltimore. the end result of that “perilous struggle” may aid switch the result of the war—and with it, the destiny of the fledgling American republic.
 
In a fast moving, character-driven narrative, Steve Vogel tells the tale of this monstrous fight from the viewpoint of each side. Like an epic novel, Through the Perilous Fight abounds with heroes, villains, and magnificent feats of derring-do. The vindictive Cockburn emerges from those pages as a pioneer within the artwork of overall struggle, ordering his males to “knock down, burn, and smash” every little thing of their direction. whereas President Madison dithers on the way to shield the capital, Secretary of country James Monroe in my view organizes the yankee defenses, with disastrous effects. in the meantime, a in demand Washington legal professional named Francis Scott Key embarks on a project of mercy to barter the discharge of an American prisoner. His trip will position him with the British fleet throughout the climactic conflict for Baltimore, and culminate within the construction of 1 of the main enduring compositions within the annals of patriotic tune: “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
 
Like Pearl Harbor or 9-11, the burning of Washington was once a devastating nationwide tragedy that finally united the USA and renewed its feel of objective. Through the Perilous Fight combines bravura storytelling with brilliantly rendered personality sketches to recreate the exciting six-week interval whilst american citizens rallied from the ashes to beat their oldest adversary—and win themselves a brand new beginning of freedom.

Praise for Through the Perilous Fight

“Very wonderful storytelling, impeccably researched . . . brings to existence the fraught occasions of 1814 with compelling and convincing vigor.”—Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of An military at Dawn
 
“Probably the easiest piece of army historical past that i've got learn or reviewed long ago 5 years. . . . This well-researched and fantastically written background has all of the trappings of an outstanding novel. . . . not anyone who hears the nationwide anthem at a ballgame will ever give some thought to it a similar method after examining this book.”—Gary Anderson, The Washington Times
 
“[Steve] Vogel does an exceptional task. . . . [A] fast paced narrative with full of life vignettes.”—Joyce Appleby, The Washington Post
 
“Before September 11 was once 1814, the yr the enemy burned the nation’s capital. . . . A fantastic account of the uncertainty, the peril, and the valor of these days.”—Richard Brookhiser, writer of James Madison
 
“A rapid, shiny account of the injuries, intricacies and insanities of war.”Kirkus Reviews

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Georgette Heyer's Regency World

By Jennifer Kloester

The definitive consultant for all enthusiasts of Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and the glittering Regency period

"Detailed, informative, impressively researched. A Heyer lover writing for Heyer fans."
-Times Literary Supplement

Immerse your self within the resplendent glow of Regency England and the area of Georgette Heyer...

From the interesting slang, the stylish models, the correct methods the bon ton ate, drank, danced, and flirted, to the stunning genuine lifestyles scandals of the day, Georgette Heyer's Regency global takes you behind the curtain of Heyer's pleasing novels.

As a lot enjoyable to learn as Heyer's personal novels, superbly illustrated, and meticulously researched, Jennifer Kloester's crucial advisor brings the realm of the Regency to existence for Heyer enthusiasts and Jane Austen enthusiasts alike.

"An worthy consultant to the realm of the bon ton. No lover of Georgette Heyer's novels will be with no it."
-- Katie Fforde

"Splendidly entertaining"
-Publishers Weekly

"Meticulously researched but wonderfully pleasing, Kloester's finished advisor to the realm of upper-class regency England is a must-have."
-Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2

By Jennifer Jordan

“A attention-grabbing story. . . . Readers who're into high-altitude experience tales won’t be disappointed.”―Associated Press

In 1939 the Savage Mountain claimed its first sufferer. Born into large wealth but uneasy with a lifetime of relaxation, Dudley Wolfe, of Boston and Rockport, Maine, got down to turn into the 1st guy to climb K2, the world’s second-highest mountain and, within the opinion of mountaineers, a good extra bold problem than Mt. Everest. even though just about heart age and green at excessive altitude, Wolfe, with the workforce chief, made it greater than the other individuals of the excursion, yet he couldn’t come again down. struggling with altitude disease and critical dehydration, he was once deserted at approximately 25,000 ft; it might be one other sixty-three years earlier than the writer came upon his continues to be. sixteen pages of pictures; 2 maps

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Confronting Contagion: Our Evolving Understanding of Disease

By Melvin Santer

All through background, humankind's operating theories concerning the reason behind infectious affliction have shifted tremendously, as cultures built their philosophic, non secular, and medical ideals. Plagues that have been initially attributed to the wrath of the gods have been later defined as having not anything to do with the gods, although the reason persevered to be a secret. As centuries handed, scientific and spiritual theorists proposed purposes comparable to negative air caliber or the configuration of the planets as motives for the unfold of disorder. In each example, with a purpose to comprehend the foundation of a illness concept in the course of a selected interval of historical past, one needs to remember the fact that culture's metaphysical ideals.

In Confronting Contagion, Melvin Santer strains a heritage of illness concept the entire method from Classical antiquity to our sleek realizing of viruses. Chapters specialise in humans and areas just like the Pre-Socratic Philosophers, Galen and the emergence of Christianity in Rome, the Black loss of life in fourteenth-century Europe, cholera and puerperal sepsis within the 19th century, and different sessions within which our figuring out of the reason for affliction used to be transformed.

The explanation for contagious illness was once tested to be a normal organic phenomenon; there are contagious ailments of crops, animals, and micro organism, with motives similar to factors of human ailments. those concerns are uniquely integrated during this booklet.

In every one case, Santer identifies the most important thinkers who helped shape the operating sickness theories of the time. The booklet beneficial properties many excerpts from fundamental assets, from the Hippocratic Corpus to the writings of twentieth-century virologists, developing an genuine synthesis of the Western world's highbrow and non secular perspective towards illness all through history.

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Logistics in the Falklands War

By Kenneth L. Privratsky

Whereas many books were written at the Falklands conflict, this can be the 1st to target the important element of logistics. The demanding situations have been large; the shortcoming of coaching time; the urgency; the large distances concerned; the necessity to requisition ships from exchange to call yet four.

After a quick dialogue of occasions resulting in Argentina’s invasion the booklet describes intimately the frenzy to reorganize and install forces, dispatch a wide job strength, the leading edge strategies had to maintain the duty strength, the important staging base at Ascension Island, the in-theater resupply, the setbacks and eventually the restoring of order after victory.

Had the logistics plan failed, victory could were very unlikely and humiliation inevitable, with out meals for the troops, no ammunition for the weapons, no clinical aid for casualties etc.

The classes learnt have by no means been extra vital with expanding numbers of out-of-area operations required in distant difficulty spots at brief realize. The Falklands adventure is essential for the schooling of recent generations of army planners and interesting for army buffs and this publication fills an incredible gap.

REVIEWS

“With insufficient education, little intelligence, no contingency plan, a politically pushed rush and at 8,000 miles, it isn't spectacular that logistics in the course of Op company have been complicated and difficult. It has taken a US military basic to give an explanation for why. we must always all be grateful.” Michael Clapp, Commander Amphibious activity Force

a very actual file in regards to the process ‘The Conflict’, just like the British name it. The booklet offers a very good perception within the determination procedure, on the Argentinian in addition to on the British facet, which result in the armed conflict of those islands. What me such a lot is how the British got here to it to choose, nearly in a single day, to start a conflict and in addition, inside of forty eight hours (promised via the British army) really sailed out... a wide, fascinating and sophisticated photo of the occasions that took place
Aviation publication Reviews

"highlights the significance of the combination of strive against operations and logistics ..... argues convincingly that logistics was once the guts of gravity of the campaign... thorough learn, together with interviews results in a entire description of the wrestle operations and circulate of provides and gear from the amphibious touchdown region at the west shore of East Falkland on D-Day 21 might 1982, to the give up on 14 June 1982... Privatsky's insights may be utilized to humanitarian affairs operations, in particular if a ordinary catastrophe has destroyed piers or off loading apparatus, or happened in a distant situation with out pre situated shops. army operational planners and army background lovers should still upload this booklet to their expert library
Naval conflict university evaluate Spring 2016

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The Rise of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)

By Polybius, F. W. Walbank

The Greek statesman Polybius (c.200–118 BC) wrote his account of the relentless development of the Roman Empire in an effort to support his fellow countrymen know the way their international got here to be ruled by way of Rome. establishing with the Punic struggle in 264 BC, he vividly files the severe levels of Roman enlargement: its campaigns during the Mediterranean, the transitority setbacks inflicted via Hannibal and the ultimate destruction of Carthage. An lively player of the politics of his time in addition to a chum of many trendy Roman electorate, Polybius drew on many eyewitness bills in penning this cornerstone paintings of history.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts greater via introductions and notes via wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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Why America Fights: Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq

By Susan A. Brewer

At the night of September eleven, 2002, with the Statue of Liberty shimmering within the historical past, tv cameras captured President George W. Bush as he endorsed the cost for battle opposed to Iraq. This rigorously staged functionality, writes Susan Brewer, was once the end result of an extended culture of refined wartime propaganda in the United States.
In Why the USA Fights, Brewer deals a desirable background of ways successive presidents have performed what Donald Rumsfeld calls "perception management," from McKinley's battle within the Philippines to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her interesting account levels from analyses of wartime messages to descriptions of the particular operations, from the dissemination of patriotic advertisements and posters to the administration of newspaper, radio, and television media. whilst Woodrow Wilson carried the country into international struggle I, he created the Committee on Public details, led by way of George Creel, who known as his activity "the world's maximum experience in advertising." In global warfare II, Roosevelt's place of work of struggle info avowed a "strategy of truth," notwithstanding govt propaganda nonetheless depicted eastern infantrymen as buck-toothed savages. After interpreting the eventually failed fight to forged the Vietnam struggle in a positive gentle, Brewer exhibits how the Bush White apartment drew particular classes from that heritage because it engaged in an unparalleled attempt to promote a preemptive struggle in Iraq. but the thrust of its message used to be now not a lot assorted from McKinley's pronouncements approximately America's civilizing challenge.
Impressively researched and argued, full of astonishing information, Why the USA Fights exhibits how presidents have continuously drummed up help for overseas wars by way of attractive to what americans are looking to think approximately themselves.

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Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History (Routledge Handbooks)

Beginning within the mid-nineteenth century while Korea turned entangled on the planet of recent imperialism and the previous social, monetary and political order started to switch; this instruction manual brings jointly innovative scholarship on significant topics in Korean historical past. Contributions via specialists within the box conceal the overdue Choson and Colonial classes, Korea’s partition and the diverging paths of North and South Korea.

Topics lined include:

  • The department of Korea
  • Religion
  • Competing imperialisms
  • Economic change
  • War and rebellions
  • Nationalism
  • Gender
  • North Korea lower than Kim Jong Il
  • Global Korea

The guide offers a stimulating advent to an important topics in the topic zone, and is a useful reference paintings for any pupil and researcher of Korean History.

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The British Way in Counter-Insurgency, 1945-1967

By David French

The declare through the Ministry of Defence in 2001 that 'the event of various small wars has supplied the British military with a different perception into this challenging kind of clash' unravelled spectacularly in Iraq and Afghanistan. One vital reason behind that, David French indicates, used to be simply because modern British counter-insurgency doctrine used to be established upon a major misreading of the previous.

Until now, many observers believed that in the wars of decolonisation within the twenty years after 1945, the British had found how western liberal notions of correct and flawed might be made suitable with the imperatives of waging conflict among the folks, that strength might be used successfully yet with care, and extra simply and filthy rich society may possibly emerge from those struggles. by utilizing in simple terms the minimal worthwhile strength, and doing so with the maximum discrimination, the British have been in a position to win by way of securing the 'hearts and minds' of the folks. yet this was once a significant distortion of exact British perform at the floor. David French's major rivalry is that the British concealed their use of bare strength at the back of a gently built veneer of legality. in truth, they ordinary wholesale coercion, together with cordon and seek operations, mass detention with no trial, forcible inhabitants resettlement, and the production of free-fire zones to intimidate and lock-down the civilian inhabitants. The British waged their counter-insurgency campaigns through being nasty, now not great, to the folk.

The British manner in Counter-Insurgency is a seminal reassessment of the old starting place of British counter doctrine and practice.

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