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American Revolution 100: The Battles, People, and Events of the American War for Independence, Ranked by Their Significance

by Michael Lee Lanning

A controversial ranking of the Revolution's biggest battles, events, and leaders. The American Revolution 100 brings you onto the charred battlefields and inside the maneuverings of the war that produced America. In comprehensive fashion it explains, analyzes, and ranks the war's most significant events, leaders, and battles according to their importance. Celebrated veteran and military expert Michael Lee Lanning introduces the war's various causes and primary players. The 100 ranked entries that follow include bloody battles, outspoken politicians, military heroes, causes of the conflict, and monumental events. The War of Independence pitted king against colonialist, monarchy against democracy. Men risked execution for treason in order to bring about the model government that would inspire a world. The American Revolution 100 brings to life its battles, people, and events, including maps and illustrations.

The Battle 100

by Michael Lee Lanning

A single day in the heat of armed conflict can shape the future of the world. Throughout history, individual battles have inspired the birth of nations, the devastation of cultures and the triumph of revolutions. Yet while some battles rise up as the cornerstones of history, others fade in our cultural memory, forgotten as minor skirmishes. Why is this so? What makes a battle "important"?Celebrated veteran and military expert Michael Lee Lanning offers a provocative response with The Battle 100: The Stories Behind History's Most Influential Battles. Lanning ranks history's 100 greatest battles according to their influence, both immediate and long-term. Thought-provoking and controversial, Lanning's rankings take us to the heart of the battles and reveal their true greatness.

Blood Warriors: American Military Elites

by Michael Lee Lanning

Rangers, Green Berets, SEALs, Delta Force, LRRPs, Force Recon-- and the struggle of the best and the bravest to keep America free They're some of the toughest and most highly trained fighting men in the world--going where no ordinary soldier would go and doing what no ordinary soldier would dare. Outnumbered and outgunned, operating in small teams of five or six-deep in enemy territory far from help, they rely on their wits, their skills, and each other to get out alive. Blood Warriors is a penetrating, no-holds-barred account of the training, missions, and history of the military elites who mold America's most dangerous and highly skilled warriors . . . from the navy's SEALs and the Marine Corps' Force Reconnaissance to the U. S. Army's Delta Force, Rangers, and Special Forces. Here's an in-depth look at each unit's methods and standards: what's required and what it takes to survive and succeed. Whether gathering intelligence, capturing prisoners, executing raids and ambushes, or just creating havoc in enemy territory, these men know that death is their constant companion--and one small misstep could mean body bags for everyone. Maybe that's why America calls them heroes. From the Paperback edition.

Inside Force Recon: Recon Marines in Vietnam

by Michael Lee Lanning Ray William Stubbe

Operating in 4 to 8 man teams, the patrols of Force Recon ventured far into the very backyard of the enemy, the North Vietnamese Army.

Inside the LRRPs: Rangers in Vietnam

by Michael Lee Lanning

Vietnam was a different kind of war, calling for a different kind of soldier. The LRRPs--Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols--were that new breed of fighting man. They operated in six-man teams deep within enemy territory, and were the eyes and ears of the units they served. This is their story--of perseverance under extreme hardship and uncommon bravery--and how they carried out the war's most hazardous missions.

Inside the VC and the NVA: The Real Story of North Vietnam's Armed Forces

by Michael Lee Lanning

If the costs of the Vietnam War were great to Americans and staggering to the South Vietnamese, they were even worse for the North. And those costs were borne largely by the individual soldiers--the soldiers who won the war.<P> Based on interviews, soldiers' diaries, letters, and government documents, this book, first published in 1992, gives a classic, soldier's-eye account of the war our opponents fought and the men who fought it.

Mercenaries: Soldiers of Fortune, from Ancient Greece to Today's Private Military Companies

by Michael Lee Lanning

SOLDIERS OF $$. Privateers, contract killers,corporate warriors. Contract soldiers go by many names, but they all have one thing in common: They fight for money and plunder rather than liberty, God, or country. Now acclaimed author and war vet Michael Lee Lanning traces the compelling history of these fighting machines--from the "Sea Peoples" who fought for the pharaohs' greater glory to today's soldiers for hire from private military companies (PMCs) in Iraq and Afghanistan. What emerges is a fascinating account of the men who fight other people's wars--the Greeks who built an empire for Alexander the Great, the Nubians who accompanied Hannibal across the Alps, the Irish who became the first to go global in their search for work. Soldiers of fortune have always had the power to change the course of war, and Lanning examines their pivotal roles in individual battles and in the rise and fall of empires. As the employment of contract soldiers spreads in Iraq and America's War on Terrorism--the U. S. paid $30 billion to PMCs in 2003 alone--Mercenaries offers a valuable inside look at a system that appears embedded in our nation's future.

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