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The life of Joseph Stilwell, the military attaché to China, and commander of US forces, is used here to explore the history of China from the 1911 revolution to the chaos of World War II. It portrays the American relations with China.
Franklin LeBaron Sharps is a young paratrooper sent to Vietnam in 1965 with the celebrated 101st Airborne Division-- the Screaming Eagles. The great-grandson of Sergeant Major Augustus Sharps and the son of Brigadier General Samuel Sharps, a former Tuskegee Airman, Franklin fights a war on two fronts; in Vietnam, he is determined to repay the Viet Cong for their killing of his brother, and at home, he fights against his father's attempts to reconcile with the family he deserted. Drawing on his own experience as a paratrooper in Vietnam, Tom Willard takes a brutally graphic look at the war in its early years: a time when the United States was sorely divided and its military heroes suffered bravely both abroad and at home.
A humorous tale of the Pascoe family's tribulations and Pedlar Padcoe's journey in to the midst of the action of World War Two.
When Marek Halter was five years old, he and his family fled from the Warsaw Ghetto with the help of two Polish Catholics. Fifty-three years later, now a distinguished French writer and social commentator, Halter returned to Warsaw, and from there went on a quest across Europe, seeking out and interviewing gentiles who had risked their own lives to save the lives of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe." "From his research with Holocaust survivors, Halter developed a list of "the Just" - those who, according to Jewish tradition, must exist in each generation in order to save the world from destruction. Halter's encounters with these heroes and with those they saved are described in a series of little stories, interspersed with his own memories and observations. These "just" men and women range from obscure peasants to such notables as former West German chancellor Willy Brandt, the post-Communist leader of Lithuania, and the present Pope. The material of this book also forms the subject of a film directed by Halter, Tzedek: The Righteous.
Court Bannister is removed from the field of action, only to reenter it in a doomed bomber.... Toby Parker questions his own gut instincts, until he faces the ultimate test from which there is no turning back.... And Special Forces Colonel Wolf Lochert parachutes into Hanoi for POW evidence that could effect the war -- if only he can make it out in one piece...
A study of a "hell on earth" the Ypres salient during World War One by the author of Forest Gump
The memoir widely viewed as the best account ever written of fighting in WW1<P> A memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism, Storm of Steel illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. Young, tough, patriotic, but also disturbingly self-aware, Jünger exulted in the Great War, which he saw not just as a great national conflict but--more importantly--as a unique personal struggle. Leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart, Jünger kept testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure. Published shortly after the war's end, Storm of Steel was a worldwide bestseller and can now be rediscovered through Michael Hofmann's brilliant new translation.
In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II, as Lieutenant Reddy and the crew of USS Walker, cast into that alternate earth, continue to fight the war that rages across the globe. In the Pacific, as USS Walker is repaired and updated after a previous battle and Reddy is healing from his wounds, planning begins for a bold raid on the very heart of the Grik Empire. But time is running out for the Alliance army in Indiaa, and the Allied forces in the west must gather in an unprecedented land, air, and sea campaign to destroy the mighty Grik battle fleet and break through to their relief. All other plans go on hold when the attempt proves more difficult--and more heartbreakingly costly--than anyone imagined. Meanwhile, the struggle continues on other fronts near and far: in the jungles of Borno in distant Southern Africa and in the Americas, where the Allies are finally learning the terrible truth about the twisted Dominion. The Alliance is on the offensive everywhere, but their enemies have a few surprises, including new weaponry and new tactics ... and a stunning geographic advantage that Reddy never suspected. Until now.
Eric Berger: A loyal German naval officer, he was torpedoed and rescued by a Portuguese freighter. Now, in Germany's darkest days, he's sailing a 19th-century ship from Brazil into the fires of war-for a chance to see his children again. Paul Gericke: The small German U-boat ace was a warrior's warrior. Ordered on a suicidal mission against the Royal Navy, he is taken prisoner-but his enemies may not be able to hold him. Harry Jago: A Yale dropout, he fought on PT boats in the Pacific and survived at Omaha Beach. Now he's twenty-five going on fifty, and headed for a mission that will change his life. Janet Munro: A beautiful, tough-talking American doctor, she has seen the worst of London's bombing terror. But when a Navy man gets her involved in a prisoner-of-war detail, she's facing a new side of war.
Abused by American soldiers during an incarceration in Europe, Henri Cazaux has waited years to exact revenge on the U.S. He uses commercial aircraft to deploy bombs on major U.S. airports--killing thousands, halting air traffic, and creating national panic. Rear Admiral Ian Hardcastle and It. Col. Al Vincenti are ordered to reestablish security in the skies.
ONE HIJACKED SHUTTLE OUT OF CONTROL IN OUTER SPACE. The crippled space shuttle INTREPID is carrying top secret Star Wars technology-and it appears that a Russian agent is in command. If the Soviets get to that pay load before the Americans, the consequences are unthinkable. What began as a routine voyage turns into a harrowing nightmare in outer space as the top echelons of intelligence, military and aerospace combine forces in a desperate bid to stop the Russians. The President's prepared to use everything from stealth bombers and SR-71 Blackbirds to untested space fighters as this precedent-shattering confrontation hurtles to its tension-crackling climax.
A detailed study of the 15th Alabama's attack on Little Round Top during the Civil War.War.
June 6, 1944: The greatest amphibious invasion the world had ever seen was launched, involving thousands of ships, incredible planning and preparation, and a million courageous soldiers, sailors, and airmen willing to sacrifice their lives for victory. Author and journalist Bruce Bliven was there that day, on the beaches of France, and he recounts it all, from the risky plans developed by the American and British military leaders through the daring landing itself. Most important, he shares stories of individual bravery shown by soldiers who waded or parachuted ashore in what became the turning point of the war.
Relates the events, as recalled by the Sauk Indian chief, Black Hawk, that led to the last great Indian uprising east of the Mississippi River in 1832.
Examines the causes and events of the Persian Gulf War that followed Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Describes that dramatic helicopter airlift, the largest in history, which during two days in 1975 carried thousands of Americans and selected South Vietnamese out of Saigon as the North Vietnamese marched to capture the city, thus ending the long Vietnam War.
Discusses the mysterious sinking of the battleship Maine and the subsequent involvement of the United States in the Spanish-American War.
The behind-the-scenes story of how and why the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built in Washington, D.C.
Advances in information technology have led us to rely on easy communication and readily available information--both in our personal lives and in the life of our nation. For the most part, we have rightly welcomed these changes. But information that is readily available is available to friend and foe alike; a system that relies on communication can become useless if its ability to communicate is interfered with or destroyed. Because this reliance is so general, attacks on the information infrastructure can have widespread effects, both for the military and for society. And such attacks can come from a variety of sources, some difficult or impossible to identify. This, the third volume in the Strategic Appraisal series, draws on the expertise of researchers from across RAND to explore the opportunities and vulnerabilities inherent in the increasing reliance on information technology, looking both at its usefulness to the warrior and the need to protect its usefulness for everyone. The Strategic Appraisal series is intended to review, for a broad audience, issues bearing on national security and defense planning.
Future U.S. national security strategy is likely to be profoundly affected by the ongoing, rapid evolution of cyberspace--the global information infrastructure--and in particular by the growing dependence of the U.S. military and other national institutions and infrastructures on potentially vulnerable elements of the U.S. national information infrastructure. To examine these effects, the authors conducted a series of exercises employing a methodology known as the Day After ... in which participants are presented with an information warfare crisis scenario and asked to advise the president on possible responses. Participants included senior national security community members and representatives from security-related telecommunications and information-systems industries. The report synthesizes the exercise results and presents the instructions from the exercise materials in their entirety.
This book was previously sold under the title "The Strategic Student: Veteran's Edition" and features updated content "A practical guide of immense value to both students and their supporters" -George Ballinger, Director of Family and Veteran's Affairs, University of Colorado, Boulder "Perceptive and useful from a practical viewpoint. I have no doubt incoming freshmen will benefit from its insights. " Captain Anthony Chatham, U. S. Navy "Provides current, relevant and very practical strategies and techniques to prepare oneself for one of life's defining events. We recommend this book to all our incoming freshmen, and our academic advisors build upon its concepts. " -Colonel Stephen Dinauer, U. S. Marine Corps, Director President's Leadership Class The college graduation rate for military veterans is unsatisfactory. While the life transition for veterans goes far beyond academics, by lessening the stress of the academic transition, the likelihood of collegiate success is significantly increased. The goal of The Strategic Student Veteran is to help raise graduation rates amongst our nation's veterans. Are you an educator? Please contact Uvize for educator pricing options. The reason so many college students underperform is because they're not taught how to transition from the structured military environment to the unstructured college academic environment. The Strategic Student teaches college-bound military veterans how to make this transition and become self-reliant, successful students.
Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of American National Security Policy During the Cold War (Revised and Expanded Edition)by John Lewis Gaddis
When Strategies of Containment was first published, the Soviet Union was still a superpower, Ronald Reagan was president of the United States, and the Berlin Wall was still standing. This updated edition of Gaddis' classic carries the history of containment through the end of the Cold War. Beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt's postwar plans, Gaddis provides a thorough critical analysis of George F. Kennan's original strategy of containment, NSC-68, The Eisenhower-Dulles "New Look," the Kennedy-Johnson "flexible response" strategy, the Nixon-Kissinger strategy of detente, and now a comprehensive assessment of how Reagan-- and Gorbachev-- completed the process of containment, thereby bringing the Cold War to an end. He concludes, provocatively, that Reagan more effectively than any other Cold War president drew upon the strengths of both approaches while avoiding their weaknesses. A must-read for anyone interested in Cold War history, grand strategy, and the origins of the post-Cold War world.
Immigrants from Japan began coming to the west coast of the United States toward the end of the 19th century. Along the eastern shore of Lake Washington a community of farmers became highly successful, raising strawberries and an assortment of other fruits and vegetables. Although they were largely accepted by their Caucasian neighbors, underlying prejudice rushed to the surface after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Based on local histories, newspaper accounts, and extensive interviews, this is a history of the community around Bellevue, Washington, and what became of its Japanese American members during and after the internment.
Naples, Italy, during four fateful days in the fall of 1943. The only people left in the shattered, bombed-out city are the lost, abandoned children whose only goal is to survive another day. None could imagine that they would become fearless fighters and the unlikeliest heroes of World War II. They are the warriors immortalized in Street Boys, Lorenzo Carcaterra's exhilarating new novel, a book that exceeds even his bestselling Sleepers as a riveting reading experience. It's late September. The war in Europe is almost won. Italy is leaderless, Mussolini already arrested by anti-Fascists. The German army has evacuated the city of Naples. Adults, even entire families, have been marched off to work camps or simply sent off to their deaths. Now, the German army is moving toward Naples to finish the job. Their chilling instructions are: If the city can't belong to Hitler, it will belong to no one. No one but children. Children who have been orphaned or hidden by parents in a last, defiant gesture against the Nazis. Children, some as young as ten years old, armed with just a handful of guns, unexploded bombs, and their own ingenuity. Children who are determined to take on the advancing enemy and save the city--or die trying. There is Vincenzo Soldari, a sixteen-year-old history buff who is determined to make history by leading others with courage and self-confidence; Carlo Maldini, a middle-aged drunkard desperate to redeem himself by adding his experience to the raw exuberance of the young fighters; Nunzia Maldini, his nineteen-year-old daughter, who helps her father regain his self-respect-- and loses her heart to an American G. I. ; Corporal Steve Connors, a soldier sent out on reconnaissance, then cut off from his comrades--with no choice but to aid the street boys; Colonel Rudolph Van Klaus, the proud Nazi commander shamed by his own sadistic mission; and, of course, the dozens of young boys who use their few skills and great heart to try to save their city, their country, and themselves. In its compassionate portrait of the rootless young, and its pitiless portrayal of the violence that is at once their world and their way out, Street Boys continues and deepens Lorenzo Carcaterra's trademark themes. In its awesome scope and pure page-turning excitement, it stands as a stirring tribute to the underdog in us all--and as a singular addition to the novels about World War II. From the Hardcover edition.
Intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB), the Army's traditional methodology for finding and analyzing relevant information for its operations, is not effective for tackling the operational and intelligence challenges of urban operations. The authors suggest new ways to categorize the complex terrain, infrastructure, and populations of urban environments and incorporate this information into Army planning and decisionmaking processes.
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