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To Destroy a City: Strategic Bombing and its Human Consequences in World War II

by Hermann Knell

Herman Knell was nineteen and living in Würtzburg in March of 1945 when hundreds of Allied planes arrived overhead, unleashing a torrent of bombs on the city. Würtzburg's tightly packed medieval housing exploded in a firestorm, killing six thousand people in one night and destroying 92 percent of the city's structures. Despite the fact that Würtzburg had no strategic value, the city emerged from World War II second only to Dresden in material destruction inflicted from the air. The experience led Knell to years of research on the history, development, and effects of the strategy of area bombing.To Destroy a City is the result of the author's long and unrelenting investigation. His analysis of this form of warfare, which reached its zenith during World War II, covers the history and the development of wide-area bombing since 1914, examines its wartime effectiveness and the consequences. But the extra dimension that Knell's book offers is his firsthand experience of the tension, fear, tentative defiance, and, finally, utter catastrophe of being on the receiving end of overwhelming air power. For Americans, who fortunately did not experience bombing during the war, this is essential reading.

To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

by Adam Hochschild

World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain's leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britain's most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other. Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the "war to end all wars." Can we ever avoid repeating history?

To Kill the Leopard

by Theodore Taylor

An account of the hunt for the elusive leopard U-boat as told from both the Allied and German sides.

To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement

by Robert H. Churchill

After the bombings of Oklahoma City in 1995, most Americans were shocked to discover that tens of thousands of their fellow citizens had banded together in homegrown militias. Within the next few years, numerous studies and media reports appeared revealing the unseen world of the American militia movement, a loose alliance of groups with widely divergent views. Not surprisingly, it was the movement's most extreme voices that attracted the lion's share of attention. In reality the militia movement was neither as irrational nor as new as it was portrayed in the press, Robert Churchill writes. What bound the movement together was the shared belief that citizens have a right, even a duty, to take up arms against wanton exercise of unconstitutional power by the federal government. Many were motivated to join the movement by what they saw as a rise in state violence, illustrated by the government assaults at Ruby Ridge, Idaho in 1992, and Waco, Texas in 1993. It was this perception and the determination to deter future state violence, Churchill argues, that played the greatest role in the growth of the American militia movement. Churchill uses three case studies to illustrate the origin of some of the core values of the modern militia movement: Fries' Rebellion in Pennsylvania at the end of the eighteenth century, the Sons of Liberty Conspiracy in Civil War-era Indiana and Illinois, and the Black Legion in Michigan and Ohio during the Depression. Building on extensive interviews with militia members, the author places the contemporary militia movement in the context of these earlier insurrectionary movements that, animated by a libertarian interpretation of the American Revolution, used force to resist the authority of the federal government. A historian of early America, Robert H. Churchill has published numerous articles on American political violence and the right to keep and bear arms. He is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of Hartford. "This book is about how we think about the past, how cultural memories are formed and evolve, and how these memories then come to impact current understandings of issues. Churchill provides an enlightening analysis of the ideology, structure, and purpose of the militia movement. Where much scholarship has categorized it as a cohesive, single movement, Churchill begins the process of unraveling its complexity." ---Steve Chermak, Michigan State University. "To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face addresses an area---the relationship of American political violence to American ideology---that is of growing importance and that is commanding an ever increasing audience, and it does so in a way like nothing else in the field." ---David Williams, Indiana University Bloomington

To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement

by Robert H. Churchill

After the bombings of Oklahoma City in 1995, most Americans were shocked to discover that tens of thousands of their fellow citizens had banded together in homegrown militias. Within the next few years, numerous studies and media reports appeared revealing the unseen world of the American militia movement, a loose alliance of groups with widely divergent views. Not surprisingly, it was the movement's most extreme voices that attracted the lion's share of attention. In reality the militia movement was neither as irrational nor as new as it was portrayed in the press, Robert Churchill writes. What bound the movement together was the shared belief that citizens have a right, even a duty, to take up arms against wanton exercise of unconstitutional power by the federal government. Many were motivated to join the movement by what they saw as a rise in state violence, illustrated by the government assaults at Ruby Ridge, Idaho in 1992, and Waco, Texas in 1993. It was this perception and the determination to deter future state violence, Churchill argues, that played the greatest role in the growth of the American militia movement. Churchill uses three case studies to illustrate the origin of some of the core values of the modern militia movement: Fries' Rebellion in Pennsylvania at the end of the eighteenth century, the Sons of Liberty Conspiracy in Civil War-era Indiana and Illinois, and the Black Legion in Michigan and Ohio during the Depression. Building on extensive interviews with militia members, the author places the contemporary militia movement in the context of these earlier insurrectionary movements that, animated by a libertarian interpretation of the American Revolution, used force to resist the authority of the federal government. A historian of early America, Robert H. Churchill has published numerous articles on American political violence and the right to keep and bear arms. He is currently Associate Professor of History at the University of Hartford. "This book is about how we think about the past, how cultural memories are formed and evolve, and how these memories then come to impact current understandings of issues. Churchill provides an enlightening analysis of the ideology, structure, and purpose of the militia movement. Where much scholarship has categorized it as a cohesive, single movement, Churchill begins the process of unraveling its complexity. " ---Steve Chermak, Michigan State University"To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Faceaddresses an area---the relationship of American political violence to American ideology---that is of growing importance and that is commanding an ever increasing audience, and it does so in a way like nothing else in the field. " ---David Williams, Indiana University Bloomington

To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

by Jeff Shaara

Spring 1916, and three great armies--French, British and, on the other side of the wire, German--are locked in a stalemate of mud and blood on Europe's Western Front. On the ground, young British soldiers lose their innocence in the hell that is No Man's Land, while in the skies above the trenches a new breed of warrior, armed with a devastating new weapon, comes of age. As the conflict stretches into its third year, a neutral but woefully unprepared and ill-equipped America is slowly goaded into war...

To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom

by Newt Gingrich William R. Forstchen Albert S. Hanser

After two bestselling series examining the Civil War and WWII, Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail on the Revolutionary War. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army. The action focuses on one of the most iconic events in American history: Washington cross - ing the Delaware. Unlike the bold, courageous General in Emanuel Leutze's painting, Washington is full of doubt on the night of December 25, 1776. After five months of defeat, morale is dangerously low. Each morning muster shows that hundreds have deserted in the night. While Washington prepares his weary troops for the attack on Trenton, Thomas Paine is in Philadelphia, overseeing the printing of his newest pamphlet, The Crisis. And Jonathan Van Dorn is about to bring the war to his own doorstep. In the heat of battle, he must decide between staying loyal to the cause and sparing his brother who has joined up with the British. Through the thoughts and private fears of these three men, Gingrich and Forstchen illuminate the darkest days of the Revolution. With detailed research and an incredible depth of military insight, this novel provides a rare and personal perspective of the men who fought for, and founded the United States of America.

Tokugawa Ieyasu

by Stephen Turnbull Giuseppe Rava

Towards the end of the 16th century three outstanding commanders brought Japan's century of civil wars to an end, and even though reunification was first achieved under Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it was his successor Tokugawa Ieyasu who was to ensure a lasting peace. In terms of his strategic and political achievements Ieyasu ranks as Japan's greatest samurai commander. His battlefield prowess, however, needs careful consideration before accolades are offered, because Ieyasu was undoubtedly a lucky general. Mikata ga Hara, for example, was a defeat that the onset of winter saved from being a rout. Ieyasu's crowning victory at Sekigahara depended very much on the defection to his side of Kobayakawa Hideaki, and the absence from the scene of Ieyasu's son Hidetada serves to illustrate how just once there was a failure in Ieyasu's otherwise classic strategic vision. Yet Ieyasu possessed the particular wisdom of knowing who should be an ally and who was an enemy, and he was gifted in the broad brush strokes of a campaign. He also knew how to learn from his mistakes.Ieyasu was also patient, a virtue sadly lacking in many of his contemporaries, and unlike Hideyoshi never outreached himself. To establish his family as the ruling clan in Japan for the next two and a half centuries was abundant proof of his true greatness.

The Toll

by Michael Mewshaw

The Toll is set in Morocco, a country of spectacular physical beauty and frequently ugly and brutal living conditions. In an atmosphere of uneasiness after an attempted coup, Ted Kuyler, an ex-Marine and veteran of several ambiguous wars, is hired by a group of young Americans who need help. A friend has just gotten a long jail sentence for possession of an illegal weapon, and they want him freed. Because Ted is lonely, financially desperate, and prematurely apprehensive about his age, he accepts the job and one girl's offer of love. But soon the group are as much in conflict with one another as with the Moroccan authorities, and they become involved in bribery, deceit, betrayal, and murder, with each step taking them farther along a narrow path from which there is no turning back. As the book carries the reader, as well as the characters, toward its climax, they experience together a shattering insight into the self-delusion and disaster that often undermine any attempt to impose individual concepts of justice and freedom upon others.

Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

by George Galdorisi Dick Couch

The Navy SEALs have been fighting terrorists around the world for more than a decade. And for all that time, the Bandito Platoon from SEAL Team Seven have been on continuous combat rotation. Now they have drawn a shipboard assignment off Central America-an easy day. But for a Navy SEAL, the only easy day was yesterday. Act of Valor goes deep into the secret world of today's most elite and highly trained group of warriors. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the United States, a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitments to country, Team, and their families back home. But each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from the Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track a terrorist ring to the U. S. -Mexico border-where they engage in an epic firefight with potentially unimaginable consequences for America. . . In a powerful story of global anti-terrorism-inspired by real-life missions, Act of Valor combines stunning combat scenes, up-to-the minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate in action adventure.

Tom Clancy's EndWar #1

by David Michaels

In a devastating nuclear exchange, Saudi Arabia and Iran have destroyed each other. With a huge influx of petrodollars, Russia begins rebuilding her military might. An eccentric warrior named Doletskaya holds the key to Russia's next major invasion plan and the answers to the questions: What is Operation 2659? and Who is Snegurochka?

Tom Clancy's EndWar #2: The Hunted

by David Michaels

She's known as the Snow Maiden--an operative of a secret group dedicated to world domination. To get their hands on her, U.S. Special Forces Captain Alexander Brent and his team will have to outmaneuver a terrorist faction bent on wiping her off the face of the earth.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon

by David Michaels

More stealthy and deadly than the Army's Special Forces, the Ghost Recon team infiltrates China's eastern coast to seek and destroy the Spring Tiger Group, a small band of renegade Chinese leaders.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #2: Operation Barracuda

by David Michaels

Second splinter cell novel

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #3: Checkmate

by David Michaels

Few know he exists. But when millions of Americans lives are at state, Third Echelon special operative Sam Fisher is the man to depend on. He handles covert missions either too sensitive or too risky for even the CIA or FBI. And he operates alone. Fisher is called off of a training exercise to intercept a cargo freighter loaded down with radioactive material and heading straight for the U.S. coast. He has minutes to disable the ship--or die trying. While he races to beat the clock, another attack has hit its target. As the residents of a small town in New Mexico start dying of radiation poisoning, Fisher weaves through a tangled web of clues to find the mastermind behind the strikes: one of the greatest enemies of the free world...

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #4: Fallout

by David Michaels

Sam's brother is found dying of radiation poisoning, and Sam must find out why.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell #5: Conviction

by David Michaels

Several disastrous missions have depleted the ranks of the Splinter Cells. Third Echelon is training new recruits when a stunning piece of evidence is uncovered. Evidence that points to the mole who sold out his government... Sam Fisher, Splinter Cell operative.

Tom Cringle's Log (Heart of Oak Sea Classics Series)

by Michael Scott

In the West Indies, where war, piracy, smuggling, and slave running are the order of the day, the hero of this tale advances from midshipman to lieutenant to a command of his own: the audacious little Wasp.

Tomahawk (A Dan Lenson Novel #5)

by David Poyer

David Poyer's cycle of nautical adventures featuring Navy officer Dan Lenson have been acclaimed as some of the finest sea novels of our time. With Tomahawk, Poyer offers his most thoughtful, suspenseful, and morally complex book to date. In the wake of a collapsed marriage and three stressful tours at sea, Lieutenant-Commander Lenson is ordered to shore duty in Washington, D.C. There he finds he's been handpicked for a high-priority, top-secret assignment: design, test, and deploy Tomahawk missiles armed with nuclear warheads. But as Dan moves into the thick of top-level Pentagon politics, he realizes that the trouble-prone new missile has powerful enemies, determined to destroy it and him. Troubling leaks from the program seem to suggest a spy is at work, and Dan comes under suspicion. Meanwhile, he finds himself unexpectedly-- perhaps unwisely-- falling in love with Kerry Donovan. Kerry is a peace activist, soon to go on trial for her protests, and Dan's involvement with her challenges the core of his beliefs and duties-- and finally his character. With riveting action scenes on land and at sea, powerfully felt dilemmas of conscience, and an explosive climax, Tomahawk is an unforgettable journey through the corridors and currents of official Washington and the U.S. Navy.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Cornerstones of Freedom, 2nd Series)

by Roger Wachtel

A description of the history and characteristics of the national monument known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary, Arlington, Virginia, which was established after World War I to honor an unidentified soldier from each war. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Tomcat (Sixth Fleet, # 3)

by David E. Meadows

American soldiers have been taken hostage behind the enemy lines of Algeria. And if the U.S. continues to make rescue attempts, the hostages die. But the Sixth Fleet never makes attempts: They win.

Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front, 1914-1918

by Richard Holmes

"Tommy" tells the story of the First World War through the experiences of those who fought it. Using previously unseen letters, diaries, memoirs, and poetry from the years 1914-1918, Richard Holmes paints a moving picture of the generation that fought and died in the mud of Flanders. He follows men whose mental health was forever destroyed by shell shock, women who lost husbands and brothers in the same afternoon, and those who wrote at lunchtime and died before tea. Groundbreaking and critically-acclaimed, this book tells the real story of trench warfare, the strength and fallibility of the human spirit, the individuals behind an epic event, and their legacy.

Tomorrow's Promise

by Sandra Brown

New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown offers a poignant tale of courage, commitment and the strength of love in the face of life's greatest uncertainties. It happened the way attraction happens best: suddenly, passionately, unforgettably. High above the ground on a crowded flight to Washington, D. C. , radio personality Keely Preston felt the irresistible pull of Congressman Dax Devereaux, and nothing would ever be the same. They were speaking at the same congressional hearing about Vietnam soldiers listed as MIA. Keely's husband was among the missing soldiers. He had been her childhood sweetheart, her future, and then, the unanswered question Keely dedicated her life to solving. Until there was Dax. And a new future. But could Keely allow herself to love again, and still honor her past?

Too Few for Drums

by R. F. Delderfield

This tale of the Peninsular campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars offers unforgettable adventure. In the lead is young ensign Keith Graham, trying desperately to elude capture and certain death. At his side is Gwyneth, beautiful, smart, experienced --- a woman of the world.

TOPGUN on Wall Street: Why the United States Military Should Run Corporate America: A Fighter Pilot's Unique Story--from an F-14 Tomcat to the Heart of American Business

by Patrick Robinson Jeffery Lay

TOPGUN on Wall Streetchronicles one man's extraordinary journey from the cornfields of Ohio, to the cockpit of an F-14, to the boardrooms on Wall Street. Lieutenant Commander Jeffery Lay and #1New York Timesbestselling author Patrick Robinson bring a provocative, ground-breaking voice to the business landscape with a revolutionary answer for stabilizing corporate America: business-the military way. As a TOPGUN fighter pilot, Lieutenant Commander Lay perfected a tried-and-true military technique: PLAN -BRIEF - EXECUTE -DEBRIEF However, when he retired from active duty in 2006 and went to work for a subsidiary of the ill-fated Lehman Brothers, he noticed that everything about the business world was different: less efficient, awash with excuses for failure, allowance of men with tricky morals to rise to the top, self-gain overshadowing teamwork, and a devastating lack of accountability. With such deeply rooted flaws, is corporate America doomed for perpetual failure? Answer: Not if we put admirals in charge and adopt the military's tight chain of command. This game-changing thesis is interwoven with Lieutenant Commander Lay's dramatic story, including his high-intensity strike fighter aircraft landings, never-before-written details of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), and his heart-breaking, humbling, and inspirational battle with cancer at the peak of his military career. TOPGUN on Wall Streetis written by a leader determined to show the business world that excellence is a choice and perfection is attainable.

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