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Stubborn Twig was selected by the Oregon Library Association as one of three books for "Oregon Reads", in early 2009. These books were chosen for the 150th state anniversary. The middle school book ("Bat 6", in the Bookshare collection), and this one (high school to adult) focus on the history of the Japanese Americans in Oregon. Stubborn Twig follows a well-known family through its life in Hood River valley and beyond. The WWII period includes the forced internment of all Japanese people on the west coast to inland relocation camps for the duration of the war. Stubborn Twig includes photos (captions are included with text), discussion group questions, and an index.
"Welcomed as the first book about American submarines in World War II to be written by a man who actually fought in them, this account of the war beneath the sea firmly established Edward L. Beach's reputation as a writer in the early 1950s. Given the survival rate of those in the silent service, it is a story many submariners did not live to tell. In fact, most of the crew of Beach's boat, the USS Trigger, were lost soon after he left for another assignment. A veteran of twelve war patrols, Beach authentically recaptures the moments of elation, desperation, and numbing fear that were part of the daily lives of these warriors as they hunted down the enemy in the Pacific." "Beach helped sink the Trigger's first ships and survived more than his share of exploding depth charges from avenging warships. This book weaves the Trigger's story with the equally thrilling tales of other battle-hardened submarines and the brave men who fought in them against the Japanese. Readers share in the destruction of five destroyers in four days and join in the deadliest game of all - stalking other submarines. They also come to understand the terror and uncertainty of being at the other end of the pursuit, and silently sweating out depth-charge poundings in a leaking boat. For an authentic account of what went on under the waves, this book remains one of the very best."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
The importance of submarines in the wars of the twentieth century.
This book explains the world of undersea warfare, from how people live within a steel tube for months at a time, to the many arrows a submarine puts in the quiver of national military power.
The author beautifully depicts the 1931 submarine expedition of Sir Hubert Wilkins to explore the Arctic Ocean. The book also shows the rapid advance of science and technology in submarines.
From the book: The dread signal cuts through the ether like a knife. No code clerk need spell out its meaning it is the signal of disaster. Somewhere a sub is down, men are trapped far below the ocean's surface, time is running out... This is an absorbing drama of submarine escape. Crammed with stories of horror and despair, of incredible fortitude and courage, it reflects the supreme dedication of the men who brave the hazards of the silent service.
September 11, 2001: A day that changed the world. No longer do Americans have the luxury of assuming that because we are halfway across the globe from nations that incite terrorism, we are immune to danger. We have now experienced what Israel has been living with for decades. "Sudden Terror" exposes the hidden agenda of militant Islam. You will learn why both the United States and Israel are targets of this radical scheme, what nations that give rise to terrorism are teaching their children, and what is being printed in their newspapers and broadcast over their airwaves. The author, a former member of the Israel Defense Forces, provides eye-opening answers to these and other critical questions.
Mackin's memoirs are a haunting portrayal of war in the tradition of All Quiet on the Western Front.
Drafted in the spring of 1968 from a job as a sportswriter for a small, New England daily, six months later Norm Russell found himself serving in the infantry in Vietnam in an outfit nicknamed Suicide Charlie and fighting for his life against some of the North Vietnamese Army's top units. In a remarkable journey that takes the reader from a time of innocence and protest back in the States to the battle of Mole City where, in the author's words, he makes his acquaintance with the Devil, and then beyond into the despair and depravity of combat, the reader experiences the Vietnam War in gripping and graphic detail, as well as the humor and camaraderie that helped make it all bearable. For Russell, an unlikely soldier caught up in a war in which he did not believe, an outsider who grew up in a single parent home because his father committed suicide not long after returning from infantry duty in Europe during World War II, surviving the war meant learning to accept his own mortality, preparing to die, and then going on... Suicide Charlie is the true story of the evolution of a naive 19-year-old into a combat-scarred, Universal Soldier whose search for meaning speaks to questions asked by nearly all concerned citizens of the planet in the late 20th century.
TARGET ACQUIRED Mack Bolan arrives in war-torn Afghanistan in answer to the murders of UN relief workers-and walks into the crossfire of an international crisis that includes Mossad, Hamas and American Special Forces. All are hunting a coalition of rogue Israeli agents calling themselves Abraham's Dagger. This killing squad is on a rampage of wanton slaughter. Every day Bolan walks the fine line between being a soldier on a mission and a vigilante. He fights by a strict code: civilian losses are unacceptable and he strikes only when dead certain of the prey's guilt. Abraham's Dagger has violated the rules of war, confusing justice with revenge. The Executioner plans to show them the fine print...in blood.
Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East--as Deputy Director of the CIA Jack Ryan lays the groundwork for a peace plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: they have their hands on a nuclear weapon and have placed it on American soil in the midst of an escalation in tension with the Soviet Union. The terrorists hope to rekindle cold war animosity and prevent reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. With one terrible act, distrust mounts, forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis. With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, Ryan must frantically seek a solution--before the chiefs of state lose control of themselves and the world.
The successful creation of the Constitution is a suspense story. The Summer of 1787 takes us into the sweltering room in which delegates struggled for four months to produce the flawed but enduring document that would define the nation -- then and now. George Washington presided, James Madison kept the notes, Benjamin Franklin offered wisdom and humor at crucial times. The Summer of 1787traces the struggles within the Philadelphia Convention as the delegates hammered out the charter for the world's first constitutional democracy. Relying on the words of the delegates themselves to explore the Convention's sharp conflicts and hard bargaining, David O. Stewart lays out the passions and contradictions of the often painful process of writing the Constitution. It was a desperate balancing act. Revolutionary principles required that the people have power, but could the people be trusted? Would a stronger central government leave room for the states? Would the small states accept a Congress in which seats were alloted according to population rather than to each sovereign state? And what of slavery? The supercharged debates over America's original sin led to the most creative and most disappointing political deals of the Convention. The room was crowded with colorful and passionate characters, some known -- Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, Edmund Randolph -- and others largely forgotten. At different points during that sultry summer, more than half of the delegates threatened to walk out, and some actually did, but Washington's quiet leadership and the delegates' inspired compromises held the Convention together. In a country continually arguing over the document's original intent, it is fascinating to watch these powerful characters struggle toward consensus -- often reluctantly -- to write a flawed but living and breathing document that could evolve with the nation.
From Walter Dean Myers comes a powerful and timely novel about the heroics and horror of war---a gripping companion to FALLEN ANGELS. Robin "Birdy" Perry, a new army recruit from Harlem, isn't quite sure why he joined the army, but he's sure where he's headed: Iraq. Birdy and the others in the Civilian Affairs Battalion are supposed to help secure and stabilize the country and successfully interact with the Iraqi people. Officially, the code name for their maneuvers is Operation Iraqi Freedom. But the young men and women in the CA unit have a simpler name for it: WAR
What life on a supercarrier is like...
Siberia, 2021. As global tensions escalate, China attacks New York City, wiping out its entire population. Marine ex-con Nick Morrow and his team of convicts, dubbed 47 Echo, are sent on a deadly mission-to infiltrate Shanghai and shut down its computer network. Given virtually no weaponry, the crew must rely on themselves as they trek across the dangerous countryside, crawling with enemies.As they head toward almost certain death, Nick struggles to not lose his ever-thinning thread of control. Though the convict soldiers outnumber their own military counterparts, they're looked down upon as human shields. But to Nick, they're friends. The team needs him-hell, the world needs him. The stakes are higher than ever before. This will be the ultimate battle, and the consequences will test everything Nick is and will become.
A suicidal terrorist cell threatens to detonate explosives in a Singapore skyscraper taking thousands of innocent American lives. No demands. Just sheer massive destruction-televised as it happens across the globe. As quickly as the terror unfolds, it's stopped dead-by the Superhawks, a crack team of patriotic warriors who live and breathe American vengeance. Their next step is getting the man behind the aborted attack-one of the most elusive terrorists in the world. Abdul Kazeel, supermook to Al Qaeda, has escaped their wrath before. Sequestered in a Filipino compound his new mission is to create a fanatical terrorist army. His planned attack on American soil is unthinkable, hyper-violent, and underway: blowing up more than a dozen airliners with stolen missile launchers. As the potential for disaster grows stronger by the second, the Superhawks are moving in to bring their own brand of chaos to the monster who invented the word.
The scheme was insanely brilliant: teams of Al Qaeda operatives sneaking their way onto American soil under every conceivable disguise, and by any deadly means possible. The collaboration is unfathomable: emissaries in the upper-echelon of our own Government are aiding them. The potential for terror is overwhelming: a cache of deadly weapons smuggled into the country at their disposal-and positioned for firing on the Fourth of July. Burned by their own government, the Superhawks have escaped imprisonment and are vowing to take on the mission themselves-locate the weapons, hunt down Al Qaeda's men, and let loose the righteous vengeance they've earned. Using deep intelligence from super-spy Bobby Murphy, the hit squad has joined forces with the New Underground-a citizens band of all-Americans ready to stand up and fight. Time is running out. The mega-attack is at hand. But so are the Superhawks.
Call it Murphy's Law....Bobby Murphy, the diminutive Texan who has worked in some of the most clandestine U.S. strike forces ever designed and has poured his cunning, knowledge and fury into a force of his own: 36 personally motivated, elite rogue warriors aboard a rusty container ship filled with the most cutting edge high-tech weapons in the world. Now Murphy's team is heading to West Africa to liberate a special Delta Force squad being held hostage by Al Qaeda...Murphy's team knows that if things go wrong, no one is coming to their rescue. But when they pull off an astounding operation, it's just the beginning of the fight. Because one of their own has come face to face with a crown prince of Al Qaeda--and with one stunning blow has opened up the door to an all-out, Superhawks invasion of the capitol of the terrorist world...... THE SUPERHAWKS HAVE ARRIVED.
From the first flight of the U-2 to the flashing speed of the famous SR-71 Blackbird, Supersonic Thunder is a portrait of the jet as it comes of age. Aviation genius is personified in famous engineers such as Kelly Johnson and Ben Rich and in test pilots like Tony LeVier and Tex Johnson in this fast-moving story of military and commercial jet aviation. Under the guidance of top test pilot and engineer Vance Shannon, the reader is present at every major event in jet aviation in the 1960s and 1970s. The Shannon family continues its business successes and domestic failures as they battle the ever-changing jet industry. Vance looks to his two sons, Tom and Harry, to keep the family business on the cutting edge, as they balance their professional and personal lives. Supersonic Thunder takes readers from Gary Powers's U-2 shoot down to the first flight of the Russian Supersonic Transport, and goes behind the scenes, revealing the motivations of top Russian, English, and American designers as they push the limits of engines and airframes and confront the difficulties of the pursuit of Mach 2.0 speeds. From the luxury of the 747 to the abject despair of a cell in the Hanoi Hilton, Supersonic Thunder tells the real story of this amazing chapter of jet aviation in terms of the men and women who lived and died to make it a part of our everyday life.
Discussion of how statesmen and the military should interact.
Morgan "Curly" Graham, Machinist's Mate, 2nd Class and his Chesapeake Retriever, Surfman, learn the ropes at his new assignment at the Coastguard Cape Hatteras Lifeboat Station. But Morgan has a secret hope: he wants to find out what really happened at the station more than twenty decades earlier, and clear his missing father's name. His father is officially listed as a deserter, but Curly's mother has always been certain that his father would never leave do that--and that something awful happened to Curly's father on the night he disappeared.
Surge is an insider's view of the most decisive phase of the Iraq War. After exploring the dynamics of the war during its first three years, the book takes the reader on a journey to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the controversial new U. S. Army and Marine Corps counterinsurgency doctrine was developed; to Washington, D. C. , and the halls of the Pentagon, where the Joint Chiefs of Staff struggled to understand the conflict; to the streets of Baghdad, where soldiers worked to implement the surge and reenergize the flagging war effort before the Iraqi state splintered; and to the halls of Congress, where Ambassador Ryan Crocker and General David Petraeus testified in some of the most contentious hearings in recent memory. Using newly declassified documents, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, author notes, and published sources, Surge explains how President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Ambassador Crocker, General Petraeus, and other U. S. and Iraqi political and military leaders shaped the surge from the center of the maelstrom in Baghdad and Washington.
CODE NAME: SURVIVAL A fast growing and ultra-violent racist gang is getting ready to take out New York City. But while Barrone's elite army races towards the Northeast, an outlaw biker gang-powered by a booming crystal meth business-swarms the streets of the parched American Southwest. Suddenly, Barrone's team has no choice but to jump: locked and loaded into a high speed guerrilla war of kill-or-be-killed that stretches from New Mexico all the way to the blood-soaked beaches of California...
Nothing has shaped my life as much as surviving the Pol Pot regime. I am a survivor of the Cambodian holocaust. That's who I am," says Haing Ngor. And in his memoir, Survival in the Killing Fields, he tells the gripping and frequently terrifying story of his term in the hell created by the communist Khmer Rouge. Like Dith Pran, the Cambodian doctor and interpreter whom Ngor played in an Oscar-winning performance in The Killing Fields, Ngor lived through the atrocities that the 1984 film portrayed. Like Pran, too, Ngor was a doctor by profession, and he experienced firsthand his country's wretched descent, under the Khmer Rouge, into senseless brutality, slavery, squalor, starvation, and disease-all of which are recounted in sometimes unimaginable horror in Ngor's poignant memoir. Since the original publication of this searing personal chronicle, Haing Ngor's life has ended with his murder, which has never been satisfactorily solved. In an epilogue written especially for this new edition, Ngor's coauthor, Roger Warner, offers a glimpse into this complex, enigmatic man's last years-years that he lived "like his country: scarred, and incapable of fully healing. "
Book 3 of this exciting Vietnam adventure series involves the military Black Market, where everything is for sale: contraband military supplies, drugs, booze, and even women. Now the time has come for the payoffs to stop and this chapter of the Black Market to be closed down for good.