- Table View
- List View
Hunting and sport shooting is steeped in tradition with the concept of passing it on being one of the most important things a rifleman can learn besides gun safety. Written with a grace that often characterized nineteenth century books, The Crack Shot is not only a quaint snapshot of another time, but also an important text for any hunter who believes in passing down what has been learned. The Crack Shot cheerfully discusses a number of important topics on the rifle: * General principles of firing and the motion of projectiles * Various forms of rifles * Breech-loaders * Foreign rifles * How to hunt several types of game * And much more! With over 50 vintage black and white illustrations, this book will delight gun enthusiasts from all walks of life. Still timely despite being over 100 years in age The Crack Shot shows how timeless books on rifles truly are.
CRACKER IS ONE OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY'S MOST VALUABLE WEAPONS: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. She's a Big Deal, and she likes it that way. Sometimes Cracker remembers when she was younger, and her previous owner would feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. That was nice, too. Rick Hanski is headed to Vietnam. There, he's going to whip the world and prove to his family and his sergeant -- and everyone else who didn't think he was cut out for war -- wrong. But sometimes Rick can't help but wonder that maybe everyone else is right. Maybe he should have just stayed at home and worked in his dad's hardware store. When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive. Told in part through the uncanny point of view of a German shepherd, Cracker! is an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a dog and her handler. It's an utterly unique powerhouse of a book by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Kira-Kira.
Commercial deep-sea diver Ben Gannon has been assigned to retrieve the bodies from a helicopter crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Instead he discovers the bullet-ridden bodies of the "crash" victims, among them a senator who championed American oil independence. The helicopter was returning from a highly-advanced oil rig, where Gannon suddenly finds himself assigned to work. But when the rig is seized by Middle Eastern terrorists, he decides to take matters into his own hands ...
Flirting with danger... Having sworn off love when his wife left him for his best friend, ex-army doc Luke Ralston revels in his lone wolf existence. Until the arrival of beautiful doctor Sarah Ledet tempts him to reconsider his stance on romance. Sexy Luke is the last kind of distraction Sarah needs as she starts over, determined to prove herself once and for all. But when an avalanche traps them together, and body heat is the only way to survive, suddenly all bets are off!
Casey Faraday was a soldier before he was a spy, but family always came first, no matter what.When a member of the Faraday clan is snatched off the streets and dragged halfway across the world, it's Casey who follows the kidnappers' trail to South America. Thrust into the heart of the cartel he barely escaped during an undercover assignment four years earlier, he's unprepared for the shock awaiting him on Colombian soil.Ilda Almeida--the only woman to ever tempt Casey into madness, the beautiful wife he'd mourned for years--is very much alive. And keeping a secret that will forever change life as he knows it.Casey can't control his hands--or his heart--around Ilda, but neither can he abandon his rescue mission. When cartel violence turns the jungle into a bloodbath, he can only protect one family: his.Book three of the Blood Money series
On the sparkling morning of June 25, 1876, 611 men of the United States 7th Cavalry rode toward the banks of Little Bighorn in the Montana Territory, where three thousand Indians stood waiting for battle. The lives of two great warriors would soon be forever linked throughout history: Crazy Horse, leader of the Oglala Sioux, and General George Armstrong Custer. Both were men of aggression and supreme courage. Both became leaders in their societies at very early ages. Both were stripped of power, in disgrace, and worked to earn back the respect of their people. And to both of them, the unspoiled grandeur of the Great Plains of North America was an irresistible challenge. Their parallel lives would pave the way, in a manner unknown to either, for an inevitable clash between two nations fighting for possession of the open prairie.
Thomas Berger's debut novel of a young man tumultuously coming of age in postwar GermanyCarlo Reinhart, a young American army medic stationed in Germany, confronts a disturbing new world following the end of World War II. Living in Berlin, a city fractured into barricaded sectors by the occupying powers, Reinhart begins to drive himself mad with memories of the evils he has witnessed and questions about how the atrocities took place. When he meets an idealistic Jew named Nathan Schild, Reinhart's turmoil grows more acute. Schild works for both the Americans and the Russians, and he becomes a flashpoint for Reinhart's anguish over the world's vast contradictions. When Schild's escapades lead to a powerful turning point, Reinhart is forced to come to terms with life's ambiguities as well as with his own evolving identity. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Thomas Berger including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
This book explores how creative ways of resolving social conflicts emerge, evolve, and subsequently come to be accepted or rejected in inter-group relations. Creativity and Conflict Resolution explores a subject with which political communities involved in social conflict have always grappled: creative ways of imagining and actualizing visions of conflict resolution. This is an ambitious question, which concerns human communities at many different levels, from families, regional-independence movements, and national governments, to inter-state alliances. The author argues that unconventional viability lies at the heart of creativity for transcending seemingly intractable inter-communal conflicts. More specifically, conflict resolution creativity is a social and epistemological process, whereby actors involved in a given social conflict learn to formulate an unconventional resolution option or procedure. Demystifying the origin of unthinkable breakthroughs for conflict resolution and illuminating theories of creativity based on 17 international case studies, this book will be of much interest to students of conflict resolution, peace and conflict studies, human security and IR. Tatsushi Arai is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Transformation at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, USA. He has a PhD in Conflict Resolution from George Mason University, Washington DC, and extensive practical experience in the field.
George Psychoundakis was a twenty-one-year-old shepherd from the village of Asi Gonia when the battle of Crete began: "It was in May 1941 that, all of a sudden, high in the sky, we heard the drone of many aeroplanes growing steadily closer." The German parachutists soon outnumbered the British troops who were forced first to retreat, then to evacuate, before Crete fell to the Germans. So began the Cretan Resistance and the young shepherd's career as a wartime runner. In this unique account of the Resistance, Psychoundakis records the daily life of his fellow Cretans, his treacherous journeys on foot from the eastern White Mountains to the western slopes of Mount Ida to transmit messages and transport goods, and his enduring friendships with British officers (like his eventual translator Patrick Leigh Fermor) whose missions he helped to carry out with unflagging courage, energy, and good humor.Includes thirty-two black-and-white photographs and a map.
The bestselling author of Stalingrad and D-Day vividly reconstructs the epic WWII struggle for Crete - reissued with a new introduction. Nazi Germany expected its airborne attack on Crete in 1941 to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. Little did they know that the British, using Ultra intercepts, had already laid a careful trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war when a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle around. Prize-winning historian and bestselling author Antony Beevor lends his gift for storytelling to this important conflict, showing not only how the situation turned bad for Allied forces, but also how ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance. Originally published in 1991, Crete 1941 is a breathtaking account of a momentous battle of World War II.
Osprey's study of Operation Mercury, the German airborne assault on the island of Crete in May 1941 during World War II (1939-1945), which was the first strategic use of airborne forces in history. The assault began on 20 May, with landings near the island's key airports, and reinforcements the next day allowed the German forces to capture one end of the runway at Maleme. By 24 May, the Germans were being reinforced by air on a huge scale and on 1 June Crete surrendered. This book describes how desperately close the battle had been and explains how German losses so shocked the Führer that he never again authorised a major airborne operation.
The Crimean Diary And Letters Of Lieut.-General Windham: With Observations Upon His Services During The Indian Mutiny [Illustrated Edition]by Lieut.-General Sir Charles Ash Windham Sir William Howard Russell Major Hugh Pearse
[Illustrated with over two hundred and sixty maps, photos and portraits, of the battles, individuals and places involved in the Crimean War]Lieut.-General Sir Charles Ash Windham had served his country in the Grenadier Guards for some 23 years before retiring on half pay in 1849. The outbreak of the Crimean War led him back to active duty, being appointed assistant quartermaster-general of the 4th division; he arrived in the Peninsula with his division on the 14th September 1854. Just six days later he and his men were on the field at the Battle of Alma, although only slightly engaged, and he was also present at the battle of Balaclava. He was greatly distinguished at the battle of Inkerman, and owing to the death or disablement of superiors, was in charge of the whole of the 4th division for a time.He devoted every moment of the winter of 1854 to the care of his staving, ragged men who were suffering from the dearth of supplies during the terrible privations on the Russian steppe. Windham became a national hero for his actions in leading the gallant, but abortive, assault on the feared "Redan" fortification at Sebastopol on the 8th September 1855. Promoted immediately for his distinguished conduct to Major-General, he ended the war as the chief of staff of the army under Sir William Codrington.He served prominently during the Indian Mutiny, and despite a fierce resistance to overwhelming numbers of rebels at Cawnpore he was driven back through the town. He was unfairly castigated by the press and never received a further active command; the erroneous blackening of his name is laid to rest by the correspondence which was printed in this volume for the first time, in short he was hiding the errors of a subordinate.
More than 9 million Germans died as a result of deliberate Allied starvation and expulsion policies after World War II-one quarter of the country was annexed, and about 15 million people expelled in the largest act of ethnic cleansing the world has ever known. Over 2 million of these alone, including countless children, died on the road or in concentration camps in Poland and elsewhere. That these deaths occurred at all is still being denied by Western governments.At the same time, Herbert Hoover and Canadian Prime Minister MacKenzie King created the largest charity in history, a food-aid program that saved an estimated 800 million lives during three years of global struggle against post-World War II famine-a program they had to struggle for years to make accessible to the German people, who had been excluded from it as a matter of official Allied policy.Never before had such revenge been known. Never before had such compassion been shown. The first English-speaking writer to gain access to the newly opened KGB archives in Moscow and to recently declassified information from the renowned Hoover Institution in California, James Bacque tells the extraordinary story of what happened to these people and why.Revised and updated for this new edition, bestseller Crimes and Mercies was first published by Little, Brown in the U.K. in 1997.
In CRIMSON IS THE EASTERN SHORE, the reader is taken through one of the most action-packed periods of history -- the War of 1812 in the setting of America's most beautiful and romantic stretch of land and water, the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In this stirring story, Don Tracy creates his most memorable character, Anthony Worth, called by many The King, the most powerful politician, planter and plotter within "three days' hard riding or close-hauled sailing". Worth has his magnificent plantation, Fairoverlea, the seat of his Kingdom, but he also has a grim secret on which his fortune is based, and which, if disclosed, would bring him shame and ruin. To keep disaster from touching his daughter, Gracellen, Anthony Worth resorts to every dark device of intrigue and violence. Imperious Gracellen, pampered daughter of The King, is the most precious thing in life to him and he works and schemes to protect her from the doom that threatens both of them. This threat is personified by Task Tillman of Larkspur Hill, the near- penniless neighbor who has loved and been loved by Gracellen since both were children.
Fidel Castro sees the end of his regime and life are in the near future. Trying to maintain power, he initiates two shocking military actions against the U.S. and Soviet Union.
The cries come on the wind, on the blowing dust. They're high, exultant, mingled with the grind of tires, the noisy honking of trucks. Then the killing begins. Years of drought and famine have brought Ashaara to the brink of murderous chaos. When the corrupt government falls, a charismatic young Islamic warlord known as Al-Maahdi begins an armed insurgency. As thousands of refugees stream toward makeshift camps, the United States intervenes to feed them, and to try to stabilize a strategically important region. Navy Commander Dan Lenson and his Tactical Analysis Group find themselves at the heart of the humanitarian mission. His team helps coordinate food and water supplies, manage massive port and inland logistics, and direct strikes against insurgents and pirates from the air, the sea, and on the ground. Dan is torn between the desperate plight of men, women, and children struggling to survive, and the brutal reality of fighting an invisible enemy whose ruthless tactics checkmate American might. Special Agent Aisha Ar-Rahim of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service meets with Al-Maahdi and his inner circle, hoping to negotiate a cease-fire. Meanwhile, United Nations--funded hydrologist Dr. Grainne O'Shea seeks a different path to peace, searching for a cache of underground water that can transform a ravaged land. But a devastating insurgent offensive and a massive hotel bombing that wipes out the last hope for democratic government make compromise impossible. With thousands of lives at stake and the humanitarian mission about to collapse, Dan-- along with SEAL master sniper Teddy Oberg-- has to scour a forbidding desert, find Al-Maahdi, and kill him... fast. Along with exciting action, espionage, and vividly described locales, The Crisis asks bigger questions too. What is our obligation to relieve the suffering of others? Should we risk American lives to rescue foreigners? And what should our grand strategy be in a part of the world that will be increasingly racked by drought, famine, and unrest in the decade ahead?
JUSTICE PROTOCOL Terror hijacks an international conference on weapons of mass destruction in Stockholm when East Germans kidnap high-ranking government officials, including the U.S. vice president. And the ransom demand-a portion of each country's GNP-is enough to cripple the world's economies. Failure to comply ensures the hostages will be tortured and killed on a live video feed. Mack Bolan has to seize a narrow window of opportunity before the crisis spins out of control. But the tactically sophisticated terrorists stay one step ahead of him, moving the hostages to safe houses around the globe. In a cross-country blitz, he's obliged to confront friendly multinational forces converging in a desperate retaliation. Bolan negotiates the only terms the terrorists understand: certain death.
From the depths of defeat. . . On December 8, 1941, one day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese Air Force struck the Philippines in the first blow of a devastating invasion. With an undersupplied patchwork army at his command, General Douglas MacArthur led a valiant defense of the Philippines. When defeat came, MacArthur swore he would return, while thousands of POWs fell into Japanese hands -- and faced a living hell that many would not survive. To the dawn of victory. . . In this gripping oral history, Gerald Astor brings to life the struggle to recapture the Philippines: the men who did the fighting, the battles that set the stage for an Allied invasion, and the acts of astounding courage and desperation that marked the campaign on both sides. From Corregidor to the Battle for Manila, from horrifying jungle warfare to cataclysmic clashes at sea, on beachheads and in the air,Crisis in the Pacificdraws on the words of the men who were there -- capturing this crucial heroic struggle for victory against Japan.
Ben Raines and his patriot army have defeated all comers, from mutant night people to the blackshirted forces of Jesus Mendoza Hoffman and the enemy axis in the Great War. But now the socialist dictators of the USA, smarting from their defeat at the hands of the Southern United States of America, have unleashed their fury against Raines. As wave after wave of missiles is launched at the free state, the SUSA command retaliates in kind-giving better than it gets. With the North American continent suddenly turned into a landscape of horror and destruction, Raines's rebel warriors charge into the USA to topple its tyrants and return to a subjected people their long-lost holy grail; the Constitution of the United States of America...
The geopolitical situation in the Mediterranean before the First World War has been generally ignored by historians. However, in the years before the War, the fact that the Mediterranean was shifting from British control to a wide open, anarchic state occupied the minds of many leaders in Austria-Hungary, Italy, France and Great Britain. This change was driven by three largely understudied events: the weakening of the British Mediterranean Fleet to provide more ships for the North Sea, Austria-Hungary's decision to build a navy capable of operating in the Mediterranean, and Italy's decision to seek naval security in the Triple Alliance after the Italo-Turkish War. These three factors radically altered the Mediterranean situation in the years leading up to the First World War, forcing Britain and France to seek accommodation with each other and France to begin rapidly building ships to defend both British and French interests. However, all of this activity has been largely obscured by the July Crisis of 1914 and the ensuing World War. Traditional history has looked backward from these events, and, in so doing, ignored the turbulent seas building in the Mediterranean. Conversely, this dissertation seeks to understand these events as they unfolded, to understand how policymakers understood the changing Mediterranean world. Ultimately, this dissertation seeks to redress the imbalance between historians, who have viewed the history of the Mediterranean in the early 20th century as a largely stable one, and policymakers in the Great Powers, who viewed the Mediterranean as a highly unstable region, and struggled to come to terms with that instability.
When American military personnel are found beheaded in the swamps of Puerto Rico, Mack Bolan boards a plane and lands in a political revolution. As the streets of San Juan turn bloody, he suspects someone outside the country is running the show and the gangs behind the military slaughter are simple pawns in a much more complex game. After Bolan almost loses his own head in a midnight ax attack, an ambush sends some of his team to hospital. He decides it's time to take the war to the enemy--even if it means bringing down his own version of the apocalypse. Because when it comes to settling scores, the Executioner is the one wielding the ax.
To effectively manage an international crisis, the United States must balance its threats with restraint. It must posture forces in ways that deter aggression without implying that an attack is imminent, while limiting its own vulnerability to surprise attack. A RAND study sought to identify which long-range strike assetsâ#128;#148;strike fighters, bombers, ballistic missiles, cruise missilesâ#128;#148;offer capabilities most conducive to stabilizing such crises.
Critical German Submarine Operations Versus Allied Convoys During March 1943: An Operational Analysisby LCDR Bruce E. Grooms
German submarine operations against allied convoys, during March 1943 is critically analyzed from an operational perspective. The theater commander's operational scheme is dissected for the purpose of identifying lessons which can be applied to the planning and execution of today's theater operations. A brief historical account of the early phases of the war and the events and decisions which preceded the critical convoy battles will be followed by an analysis of the operational scheme employed by Admiral Dönitz. German victory during the spring offensive clearly demonstrated numerous operational successes, a reasonably well conceived operational plan, and proof positive of the potential for a larger scale victory. Yet history recorded Germany's ultimate defeat in the Battle of the Atlantic. This analysis identified three significant flaws which led to the German demise; first, strategic guidance and operational means were inadequately reconciled which prevented the proper execution of the operational plan; second, operational intelligence and reconnaissance were inadequately exploited; third, Germany failed to coordinate and execute joint operations between service arms, specifically the lack of air assets in support of vital U-boat operations. Clearly one must conclude a reasonable operational plan has marginal chance for success when strategic guidance and joint coordination are incompatible with theater objective accomplishment.
A searing new novel from bestselling author Whitley Strieber, exploring the unthinkable but very real possibility - could terrorists get nuclear weapons?
This book aims to engage with contemporary security discourses from a critical perspective. It argues that rather than being a radical, analytical outlook, much critical security theory fails to fulfil its promise to pose a challenge to contemporary power relations. In general, 'critical security' theories and dialogues are understood to be progressive theoretical frameworks that offer a trenchant evaluation and analysis of contemporary international and national security policy. Tara McCormack investigates the limitations of contemporary critical and emancipatory theorising and its relationship with contemporary power structures. Beginning with a theoretical critique and moving into a case study of the critical approaches to the break up of the former Yugoslavia, this book assesses the policies adopted by the international community at the time to show that much contemporary critical security theory and discourse in fact mirrors shifts in post-Cold War international and national security policy. Far from challenging international power inequalities and offering an emancipatory framework, contemporary critical security theory inadvertently ends up serving as a theoretical justification for an unequal international order. This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, international relations and security studies. Tara McCormack is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester and has a PhD in International Relations from the University of Westminster.
Select your format based upon: 1) how you want to read your book, and 2) compatibility with your reading tool. To learn more about using Bookshare with your device, visit the Help Center.
Here is an overview of the specialized formats that Bookshare offers its members with links that go to the Help Center for more information.
- Bookshare Web Reader - a customized reading tool for Bookshare members offering all the features of DAISY with a single click of the "Read Now" link.
- DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) - a digital book file format. DAISY books from Bookshare are DAISY 3.0 text files that work with just about every type of access technology that reads text. Books that contain images will have the download option of ‘DAISY Text with Images’.
- BRF (Braille Refreshable Format) - digital Braille for use with refreshable Braille devices and Braille embossers.
- MP3 (Mpeg audio layer 3) - Provides audio only with no text. These books are created with a text-to-speech engine and spoken by Kendra, a high quality synthetic voice from Ivona. Any device that supports MP3 playback is compatible.
- DAISY Audio - Similar to the Daisy 3.0 option above; however, this option uses MP3 files created with our text-to-speech engine that utilizes Ivonas Kendra voice. This format will work with Daisy Audio compatible players such as Victor Reader Stream and Read2Go.