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AMERICA'S MOST AWESOME NUCLEAR WEAPON-IT RETURNED FROM ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE AS FLAWLESS AS IT HAD LEFT-WITH EVERY MAN ABOARD DEAD.... A HANDPICKED CREW One hundred sixty-one men-proud officers and crew-on the test voyage of a submarine unlike any other in the world. They knew their ship. They knew their duty. But they never suspected their fate. A MYSTERIOUS DISASTER What had happened aboard the U.S.S. Trident? Why had it been found with every man lying dead at his station? Was it a freak accident? Criminal negligence? Or was it sabotage? TWO RELENTLESS INVESTIGATORS One was a female reporter who hated the Navy. The other was a Naval Intelligence officer who mistrusted the press. Separately, they were getting nowhere. Together, they were uncovering just enough to get themselves killed. And should they perish, who would be left to uncover the stunning truth behind ....
James McPherson, a bestselling historian of the Civil War, illuminates how Lincoln worked with - and often against - his senior commanders to defeat the Confederacy and create the role of commander in chief as we know it. Though Abraham Lincoln arrived at the White House with no previous military experience (apart from a couple of months spent soldiering in 1832), he quickly established himself as the greatest commander in chief in American history. James McPherson illuminates this often misunderstood and profoundly influential aspect of Lincoln's legacy. In essence, Lincoln invented the idea of commander in chief, as neither the Constitution nor existing legislation specified how the president ought to declare war or dictate strategy. In fact, by assuming the powers we associate with the role of commander in chief, Lincoln often overstepped the narrow band of rights granted the president. Good thing too, because his strategic insight and will to fight changed the course of the war and saved the Union. For most of the conflict, he constantly had to goad his reluctant generals toward battle, and he oversaw strategy and planning for major engagements with the enemy. Lincoln was a self-taught military strategist (as he was a self-taught lawyer), which makes his adroit conduct of the war seem almost miraculous. To be sure, the Union's campaigns often went awry, sometimes horribly so, but McPherson makes clear how the missteps arose from the all-too-common moments when Lincoln could neither threaten nor cajole his commanders to follow his orders. Because Lincoln's war took place within our borders, the relationship between the front lines and the home front was especially close - and volatile. Here again, Lincoln faced enormous challenges in exemplary fashion. He was a masterly molder of public opinion, for instance, defining the war aims initially as preserving the Union and only later as ending slavery - when he sensed the public was at last ready to bear such a lofty burden. As we approach the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth in 2009, this book will be that rarest gift-a genuinely novel, even timely, view of the most-written-about figure in our history. Tried by War offers a revelatory portrait of leadership during the greatest crisis our nation has ever endured. How Lincoln overcame feckless generals, fickle public opinion, and his own paralyzing fears is a story at once suspenseful and inspiring.
A stunning narrative account of the mysterious Jordanian who penetrated both the inner circle of al-Qaeda and the highest reaches of the CIA, with a devastating impact on the war on terror. In December 2009, a group of the CIA's top terrorist hunters gathered at a secret base in Khost, Afghanistan, to greet a rising superspy: Humam Khalil al-Balawi, a Jordanian double-agent who infiltrated the upper ranks of al-Qaeda. For months, he had sent shocking revelations from inside the terrorist network and now promised to help the CIA assassinate Osama bin Laden's top deputy. Instead, as he stepped from his car, he detonated a thirty-pound bomb strapped to his chest, instantly killing seven CIA operatives, the agency's worst loss of life in decades. In The Triple Agent, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick takes us deep inside the CIA's secret war against al-Qaeda, a war that pits robotic planes and laser-guided missiles against a cunning enemy intent on unleashing carnage in American cities. Flitting precariously between the two sides was Balawi, a young man with extraordinary gifts who managed to win the confidence of hardened terrorists as well as veteran spymasters. With his breathtaking accounts from inside al-Qaeda's lair, Balawi appeared poised to become America's greatest double-agent in half a century--but he was not at all what he seemed. Combining the powerful momentum of Black Hawk Down with the institutional insight of Jane Mayer's The Dark Side, Warrick takes the readers on a harrowing journey from the slums of Amman to the inner chambers of the White House in an untold true story of miscalculation, deception, and revenge.(From the Hardcover edition.)
THE TRUE STORY OF WILLIAM EATON AND THE UNITED STATES' FIRST ATTEMPT AT REGIME CHANGE. April 27, 1805. The impasse in the four-year war between the Barbary pirate state of Tripoli and the United States is about to be broken. William Eaton has led his ragtag army of Greeks, Arabs, and U.S. Marines across five hundred grueling miles of sun-scorched desert from Alexandria, Egypt, to Tripoli's heavily defended port fortress of Derna. Outnumbered ten to one, the exhausted, thirsty men carry out Eaton's daring charge on the pirate fortress-and enter the history books and anthem of the U.S. Marines.David Smethurst vividly chronicles America's Barbary War and the pivotal role of William Eaton-firebrand, soldier, and statesman. From the former army captain's appointment as consul to the Barbary Coast in 1799 to the enemy's capture of the USS Pennsylvania and her three hundred sailors to Eaton's valiant attack and its stunning aftermath, Tripoli is a fascinating tale of polished diplomacy, raw heroism, and a man as fearless and independent as the young nation he represented.
The Second World War Volume 6 Triumph and Tradegy by Winston Churchill
There is a new order to the world. The first female president of the United States sits in the White House. Monster corporations wield the real global power. And all the old rules have changed. THE TROJAN SEA From Richard Herman, whom Clive Cussler calls "one of the best adventure writers around" and the Denver Post places "on a par with Tom Clancy," comes a spellbinding new novel of intrigue, politics, deception, murder, and the bloody manipulation of world events for the sake of pure profit. Beautiful and brilliant, Lee Justine (L.J.) Ellis is, at thirty-eight, the youngest CEO ever of a major oil corporation. Ruthless, charismatic, greedy, and philanthropic, she is a strange dichotomy of positive and negative, a driven crusader on a god-given mission. And now she owns something worth killing for: secret knowledge of vast, untapped reserves of oil right in America's backyard . . . beneath the territorial waters of a sworn enemy ... Cuba. It is a prize she must capture at any cost. Lieutenant Colonel Mike Stuart is the most average of men. A military functionary toiling in bureaucratic tedium, he could never hope to live up to the legendary reputation of his father- one of the great air force fighter pilots-so he is resigned to serving his country in his own quiet way. But in his daily war of figures and on-screen data, Stuart notices an unusual pattern of oil tanker movement and he dutifully reports it to his superiors. Suddenly Mike Stuart's ordinary life starts spinning dangerously out of control. narrow escapes-all explainable and unremarkable, except for the number of them-puts him on the alert. But when his ex-wife and her lover are killed in Stuart's car, he realizes that his growing paranoia is frighteningly justified. There are powerful forces closing in on one inconspicuous man, trapping him in the wide-flung net of a devastating conspiracy that could brutally change the political face of a hemisphere, bring a government down in flames and chaos ... and take the life of America's president. Now Mike Stuart is being called upon to defend his nation in ways he never imagined. And his sole chance for success-and survival- is to become something he has never been: a warrior.
The story of the 10-year war between the Greeks & the Trojans is retold for the modern reader.
The Trojan War is the most famous conflict in history, the subject of Homer's Iliad, one of the cornerstones of Western literature. Although many readers know that this literary masterwork is based on actual events, there is disagreement about how much of Homer's tale is true. Drawing on recent archeological research, historian and classicist Barry Strauss explains what really happened in Troy more than 3,000 years ago. For many years it was thought that Troy was an insignificant place that never had a chance against the Greek warriors who laid siege and overwhelmed the city. In the old view, the conflict was decided by duels between champions on the plain of Troy. Today we know that Troy was indeed a large and prosperous city, just as Homer said. The Trojans themselves were not Greeks but vassals of the powerful Hittite Empire to the east in modern-day Turkey, and they probably spoke a Hittite-related language called Luwian. The Trojan War was most likely the culmination of a long feud over power, wealth, and honor in western Turkey and the offshore islands. The war itself was mainly a low-intensity conflict, a series of raids on neighboring towns and lands. It seems unlikely that there was ever a siege of Troy; rather some sort of trick -- perhaps involving a wooden horse -- allowed the Greeks to take the city. Strauss shows us where Homer nods, and sometimes exaggerates and distorts, as well. He puts the Trojan War into the context of its time, explaining the strategies and tactics that both sides used, and compares the war to contemporary battles elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean. With his vivid reconstructions of the conflict and his insights into the famous characters and events of Homer's great epic, Strauss masterfully tells the story of the fall of Troy as history without losing the poetry and grandeur that continue to draw readers to this ancient tale.
The pilots of Number One Squadron are the NATO elite, trained to fly the new and formidable Tornado strike plane. When a combat exercise over the Norwegian Sea turns terrifyingly into the real thing, the rivals in Number One squadron find their lives in each others' hands.
Mack Bolan's directive is to end the violent reign of a powerful drug lord with eyes and ears inside the highest levels of the Colombian government. His target has been tipped off and has escaped every attempted raid to date, maintaining a brutal regime that remains impenetrable and deadly. Going undercover in drug territory, Bolan enlists the aid of a hard-hitting Texas Ranger to help bring down the cutthroat kingpin. Working the war zone between rightwing political terrorists and the brutal drug lords of the notorious FARC, Bolan will do whatever it takes to bait his enemies. In a violent world where drugs, kidnapping and murder are just a way of doing business, the Executioner puts a high price on retribution.
There's trouble in paradise. The Chinese army has invaded the Hawaiian Islands and infiltrated the Navy's master communications center. Forced to surrender when their plan of attack goes horribly awry, they take hostages and attempt a daring escape--with a team of elite Navy SEALs in determined pursuit. Lieutenant Commander Blake Murdock and the SEALs were in the middle of a routine training exercise when the first Chinese missiles hit Pearl Harbor. Rear Admiral Matthew Magruder and the men of Carrier Battle Group Fourteen were enjoying a well-deserved vacation when they heard about the invasion. Now, the SEALs and the Carrier Squad must join forces to save their country and themselves from complete annihilation... SPECIAL DOUBLE-ACTION EDITION The first joint mission between the Naval forces SEAL TEAM SEVEN and the battle group from Keith Douglass's acclaimed CARRIER series.
A riveting history of the daring politicians who challenged the disastrous policies of the British government on the eve of World War II. On May 7, 1940, the House of Commons began perhaps the most crucial debate in British parliamentary history. On its outcome hung the future of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's government and also of Britain indeed, perhaps, the world. Troublesome Young Men is Lynne Olson's fascinating account of how a small group of rebellious Tory MPs defied the Chamberlain government's defeatist policies that aimed to appease Europe's tyrants and eventually forced the prime minister's resignation. Some historians dismiss the "phony war" that preceded this turning point --from September 1939, when Britain and France declared war on Germany, to May 1940, when Winston Churchill became prime minister--as a time of waiting and inaction, but Olson makes no such mistake, and describes in dramatic detail the public unrest that spread through Britain then, as people realized how poorly prepared the nation was to confront Hitler, how their basic civil liberties were being jeopardized, and also that there were intrepid politicians willing to risk political suicide to spearhead the opposition to Chamberlain --Harold Macmillan, Robert Boothby, Leo Amery, Ronald Cartland, and Lord Robert Cranborne among them. The political and personal dramas that played out in Parliament and in the nation as Britain faced the threat of fascism virtually on its own are extraordinary --and, in Olson's hands, downright inspiring.
For CIA officer Darcy St. James, the terrorist attack on America is personal: Friends died at the Pentagon. She's after a man who knew September 11 would happen and who chose to profit from the knowledge. Navy SEAL Sam "Cougar" Houston is busy: The intelligence Darcy is generating has his team deploying around the world. Under the pressure of war, they discover the sweetness of love, and their romance flourishes. But it may be a short relationship -- for the terrorists have chosen their next targets, and Darcy's name is high on the list ...
This dramatic addition to the successful True Stories series re-tells the true stories of D-Day and the landings that changed the Second World War. Not only does this volume feature the true stories of heroic struggles for victory, but it also provides the reader with some historical background, placing the D-Day landings, in relation to the rest of the war and exploring the factors that helped the allies to grasp victory. Proofreader Notes: Chapter page numbers listed in front of book do not match actual page numbers in the content. This is in the original print edition.
In 1940, the German air force launched the biggest bombing raid the world had ever seen -- first on London and later on towns and cities all over Britain.
In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel. " They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the nearby villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children. Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy's haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children. The True Story of Hansel and Gretal tells a resonant, riveting story.
Grace and Bruce are both active military, used to the long away missions. But can their budding relationship survive the distance and dangers that both of their jobs require? Can Bruce get to Grace when one of those dangers becomes an all too real reality?
At the Battle of Chancellorsville, four soldiers risk their lives to come to the aid of their friend Rance Dayton while he is under fire. An official commendation from General Stonewall Jackson follows, and the four are proclaimed heroes. But in a matter of days, their lives change drastically when the four mistake General Jackson and other approaching riders for Union soldiers and open fire. Jackson is killed and the four former heroes, now hounded and shamed, head west and turn to lives of crime. And it is Rance Dayton, now a U.S. marshal, who must bring the outlaws to justice.(From the Trade Paperback edition.)
Private Thomas Leadbeater Turvey is nobody's idea of a capable recruit. Shifted from regimental pillar to post, Turvey tries and fails at every odd job in the army with a remarkable genius for mishap. A casualty before he has a chance to see action, Turvey watches the maimed and dying return from the front; thus Earle Birney's comic masterpiece becomes an unforgettable indictment of war. Turvey won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1949.
TENSIONS ARE RISING IN THE MIDDLE EAST. Iran's president vows to annihilate the United States and Israel. Israel's prime minister says someone must hit Iran's nuclear sites "before it's too late." The American president warns against a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities and says negotiations are the key to finding peace. And amid it all, rumors are swirling throughout the region of a mysterious religious cleric claiming to be the Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi or the Twelfth Imam. Word of his miracles, healings, signs, and wonders is spreading like wildfire. CIA operative David Shirazi was born for this moment. He is recruited and sent into Tehran with one objective: use all means necessary to disrupt Iran's nuclear weapons program, without leaving American fingerprints and without triggering an apocalyptic new war. But time is running out.
A native of Hungary, Sebestyen lives in England where he has worked for numerous British newspapers, including the London Evening Standard; his family fled from Hungary when he was a small child. On the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, he presents a new account of the event, based on newly released official Hungarian and Soviet documents, his family's diaries, and eyewitness testimony. The text demonstrates that Hungary was "... just one battleground in the great East-West struggle in the second half of the twentieth century... a pawn, trapped between bigger powers" of Moscow and Washington, D.C.
Conference held August 9-14, 1998 in Washington, D.C. Organized jointly by the Office of Naval Research, The NRC and the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division. Promotes the technical exchange of naval research developments of common interest to all the countries of the world.
Gandt delivers an engrossing, utterly page-turning chronicle of a tightly knit crew of young naval aviators in the epic final--and most brutal--major battle of World War II: Okinawa.
From book jacket: The purpose of these writings is to give the reader a "feel" for what it was like to be a teenager in a very slow moving world; then suddenly be jerked into a life style that you weren't at all prepared for. To see the different ways that people, cut from the same fabric, react in times of stress and change, can be devastating, or heart warming. It is at such times that we realize that we, in a way, are all strangers, and most don't know ourselves very well.
A history of the Yom Kippur conflict and the airlift that saved Israel
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