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The Crossing

by Howard Fast

Nobody has written more passionately or more vividly about the American Revolution than Howard Fast. The legendary living author of Freedom Road and Citizen Tom Paine, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Spartacus and the triumphant survivor of Hollywood's notorious blacklist of the fifties, Howard Fast is a part of American history. This definitive new edition of Fast's novel reverberates with the dramatic events of Washington's re-crossing of the Delaware-a pivotal moment in the American Revolution. It is an amazing testament to Washington's leadership of the young volunteer army fighting in summer clothes against the bitter cold, the snow and the almost impassable Delaware River. Criss-crossing through Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, this is also the tale of Colonel John Glover, the leader of a band of New England fishermen, of Tom Paine, the first American war correspondent; and the dreaded German Hessians themselves Dispelling the myths of history, Howard Fast has written an unforgettable and true account of a key event in America's struggle for independence that all Americans should know and understand. You can share your thoughts about The Crossing in the ibooks virtual reading group at www.ibooksinc.com

The Crossing

by Howard Fast

Fast's gripping account of George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River and the Battle of Trenton, which changed the course of the American Revolution Immortalized on canvas by Emanuel Leutze, Washington's journey across the Delaware River is one of the most celebrated moments in American history. But the true story of the crossing, and of what came after, is often lost in the legend. In The Crossing, Fast writes with striking historical detail and relentless narrative drive about Washington's surprise attack, leading the Continental Army to victory against the 1,000 Hessian mercenaries in Trenton, New Jersey--a momentous occasion in American history. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author's estate.

Crossing Stones

by Helen Frost

In their own voices, four young people, Muriel, Frank, Emma, and Ollie, tell of their experiences during the first World War, as the boys enlist and are sent overseas, Emma finishes school, and Muriel fights for peace and women's suffrage.

Crossing the Line: A Bluejacket's Odyssey in World War II

by Alvin B. Kernan

In this memoir of life aboard aircraft carriers during World War II, Alvin Kernan combines vivid recollections of his experience as a young enlisted sailor with a rich historical account of the Pacific war. Kernan served in many battles and was aboard the Hornet when it was sunk by torpedoes in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. "One of the most arresting naval autobiographies yet published."--Sir John Keegan. "An honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade."--Kirkus Reviews. "[Kernan] recounts a wonderful and exciting American story about a poor farm boy from Wyoming who enlisted in the Navy. ... [He] has written eight other books. I will go back and read them all."--John Lehman, Air & Space. "Details ... make the moment vivid; that is what it was like, on the Hornet in its last hours."--Samuel Hynes, New York Times Book Review.

Crossing the Wire

by Annamaria Cardinalli

When AnnaMaria Cardinalli's explosive United States military report on the topic of sexuality in southern Afghanistan was leaked to mainstream American media, it generated a firestorm of attention and reaction. While some of the findings regarding Afghan sexual practices are simply of cultural interest, other findings raise grave humanitarian issues, such as the cyclical abuse of young boys, perpetuated over countless generations.In Crossing the Wire, Cardinalli invites readers to share her rare experiences working on the farthest front of the War on Terror as a female member of one of the Pentagon's Human Terrain System teams in the Pashtun-inhabited southern region. Cardinalli opens an intimate window into the fascinating and almost surreal difficulty of our military's job in that country, and the indispensable place of a woman's hand in the world of war.From women's rights to Afghanistan's economic development and security to the recruitment for and development of terrorism worldwide, Afghan sexuality has profound and disturbing consequences on many aspects of life. Cultural sexism is not simply the province of Central Asians; it's also present in our own politico-military culture.This book goes far beneath the headlines of our seemingly endless war in Afghanistan to inform us of the exact situation with the opposition, in more important ways than one. It is a must-read for every citizen concerned with our--or the Afghan people's--progress henceforth in that region.

Crossing Zero

by Paul Fitzgerald Elizabeth Gould

"Fitzgerald and Gould do yeoman's labor in clearing the fog and laying bare American failures in Afghanistan."-Publishers Weekly, starred review of Invisible HistoryThe war in Afghanistan has become the most complex foreign policy problem the United States has ever faced, spreading into Pakistan and involving the conflicting interests of Russia, India, China and Iran. Written as a companion to Elizabeth Gould and Paul Fitzgerald's widely acclaimed book Invisible History: Afghanistan's Untold Story, Crossing Zero focuses on the nuances of the Obama administration's evolving military and political strategy, the people implementing it, and the long-term consequences for the United States and the region.

Crossover (Cassandra Kresnov #1)

by Joel Shepherd

Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design -- more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life. Her chosen world is Callay, and its enormous, decadent capital metropolis of Tanusha, where the concerns of the war are literally and figuratively so many light years away. But the war between the League and the Federation was ideological as much as political, with much of that ideological dispute regarding the very existence of artificial sentience and the rules that govern its creation. Cassandra discovers that even in Tanusha, the powerful entities of this bloody conflict have wound their tentacles. Many in the League and the Federation have cause to want her dead, and Cassandra's history, inevitably, catches up with her. Cassandra finds herself at the mercy of a society whose values preclude her own right even to exist. But her presence in Tanusha reveals other fault lines, and when Federal agents attempt to assassinate the Callayan president, she finds herself thrust into the service of her former enemies, using her lethal skills to attempt to protect her former enemies from forces beyond their ability to control. As she struggles for her place and survival in a new world, Cassandra must forge new friendships with old enemies, while attempting to confront the most disturbing and deadly realities of her own existence.

Crossroad

by Barbara Hambly

The crew of the Nautilus, a battered Starship of mysterious origin, is beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise&#153. The group claims they are freedom fighters from the future working to save the Federation from the Consilium -- a group of corrupt power-seekers. But when the Nautilus crew members suddenly seize control of the U.S.S. Enterprise&#153, and a Starship from the future arrives to arrest the renegades, Kirk must separate his true allies from those who wish to destroy the Federation.

Crossroad

by Barbara Hambly

The crew of the Nautilus, a battered Starship of mysterious origin, is beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise&#153. The group claims they are freedom fighters from the future working to save the Federation from the Consilium -- a group of corrupt power-seekers. But when the Nautilus crew members suddenly seize control of the U.S.S. Enterprise&#153, and a Starship from the future arrives to arrest the renegades, Kirk must separate his true allies from those who wish to destroy the Federation.

A Crowd Is Not Company

by Robert Kee

Journalist and broadcaster Robert Kee was an RAF bomber pilot in the Second World War. When his plane was shot down over Nazi-occupied Holland, he was captured and spent three years and three months in a German POW camp. From the beginning he was intent on escape. After several false starts, he finally made it. First published in 1947 as a novel, but now revealed to be an autobiography, A Crowd Is Not Company recounts Kee's experiences as a prisoner of war and describes in compelling detail his desperate journey across Poland - a journey that meant running the gauntlet of Nazism.

A Crowning Mercy (Crowning Mercy #1)

by Bernard Cornwell Susannah Kells

The civil war that is tearing England asunder in the year 1643 has not yet touched Dorcas Slythe, a secretly rebellious young Puritan woman living in the countryside south of London. She aches to escape the safe, pious tyranny of her father--and the opportunity appears with the arrival of Toby Lazender, dashing scion of a powerful royalist family, who awakens her to her passionate destiny. Her adventure truly begins with the discovery of an intricately wrought gold seal--one of four that, when joined, will reveal a great secret. Suddenly grave danger lies before her--not from Cromwell's advancing armies, but from relentless enemies who covet the great treasure to which she now holds the key.

Crucible of Command

by William C. Davis

A dual biography and a fresh approach to the always compelling subject of these two iconic leaders--how they fashioned a distinctly American war, and a lasting peace, that fundamentally changed our nation

Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee--The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

by William C. Davis

A dual biography and a fresh approach to the always compelling subject of these two iconic leaders-how they fashioned a distinctly American war, and a lasting peace, that fundamentally changed our nation

Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee--The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

by William C. Davis

They met in person only four times, yet these two men--Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee--determined the outcome of America's most divisive war and cast larger-than-life shadows over their reunited nation. They came from vastly different backgrounds: Lee from a distinguished family of waning fortunes; Grant, a young man on the make in a new America. Differing circumstances colored their outlooks on life: Lee, the melancholy realist; Grant, the incurable optimist.<P><P> Then came the Civil War that made them both commanders of armies, leaders of men, and heroes to the multitudes of Americans then and since who rightfully place them in the pantheon of our greatest soldiers. Forged in battle as generals, these two otherwise very different men became almost indistinguishable in their instincts, attributes, attitudes, and skills in command.<P> Each the subject of innumerable biographies, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee have never before been paired as they are here. Exploring their personalities, their characters, their ethical and moral compasses, and their political and military worlds, William C. Davis, one of America's preeminent historians, uses substantial, newly discovered evidence on both men to find surprising similarities between them, as well as new insights and unique interpretations on how their lives prepared them for the war they fought and influenced how they fought it.<P> Crucible of Command is both a gripping narrative of the final year of the war and a fresh, revealing portrait of these two great commanders as they took each other's measure across the battlefield with the aid of millions of men.

Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766

by Fred Anderson

In this vivid and compelling narrative, the Seven Years' War--long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution--takes on a whole new significance. Relating the history of the war as it developed, Anderson shows how the complex array of forces brought into conflict helped both to create Britain's empire and to sow the seeds of its eventual dissolution. Beginning with a skirmish in the Pennsylvania backcountry involving an inexperienced George Washington, the Iroquois chief Tanaghrisson, and the ill-fated French emissary Jumonville, Anderson reveals a chain of events that would lead to world conflagration. Weaving together the military, economic, and political motives of the participants with unforgettable portraits of Washington, William Pitt, Montcalm, and many others, Anderson brings a fresh perspective to one of America's most important wars, demonstrating how the forces unleashed there would irrevocably change the politics of empire in North America.

Cruel World

by Lynn H. Nicholas

To be a child in mid-twentieth-century Europe was to be not a person but an object, available for use in the service of the totalitarian state. Very soon after Adolf Hitler came to power, policies of eugenic selection and euthanasia began to weed ill or disabled children out of the New Order by poison, gas, and starvation. Defect-free "good blood" children were subjected to an "education" based on racism, propaganda, and the glorification of the Führer, and were deliberately deprived of free time that would allow independent thought or action. Once the war began, "Nordic"-looking children were kidnapped from families in the conquered lands and subjected to "Germanization." Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of "bad blood" children--Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Ukrainians, Russians(were separated from their families and condemned to forced migration, slave labor, sadistic experiments, starvation, and mass execution. At the end of the war, uprooted children of every origin wandered the bombed-out cities and countryside, some having been taken from home at such a young age that they did not know where they had come from or even their own names. Millions surged into and out of DP camps, exploited by political and religious groups, while the Allies and the fledgling United Nations tried mightily to put families back together and to find new homes for the orphans.All the riveting narrative skill and impeccable scholarship that distinguished Lynn Nicholas's first book, The Rape of Europa (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction), are present in her study of these terrible crimes against humanity. To research this story she has delved into the governmental and military archives of many nations, and has interviewed countless individuals. She shows the relationship of the deadly Nazi policies to the brutal tactics used in the USSR in the 1930s and to their rehearsal in the Spanish Civil War, and vividly describes the abject failure of Hitler's campaign to plant Germanizing colonies in the conquered nations. She gives us the stories of survivors of ghastly war-spawned famines(in Greece and Russia in the 1940s, Holland in the "Hunger Winter" of 1945, and Berlin in the Airlift year of 1949(and of British, French, and Dutch children who were evacuated to the countryside; boys and girls sent alone from Europe to England on the Kindertransports; the teenaged soldiers of the Reich; the small veterans of the quarries, the factories, and the camps as well as those who survived in lonely hiding.In Cruel World Lynn Nicholas shows us clearly, and with passionate empathy for the innocent victims, the crimes against children that inevitably result when ideology overwhelms humanity. This powerful book, as it recounts the waking nightmare that enmeshed the lives of Europe's boys and girls, bears witness to our own responsibility to the children of the twenty-first century.From the Hardcover edition.

Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web

by Lynn H. Nicholas

To be a child in mid-twentieth-century Europe was to be not a person but an object, available for use in the service of the totalitarian state. Very soon after Adolf Hitler came to power, policies of eugenic selection and euthanasia began to weed ill or disabled children out of the New Order by poison, gas, and starvation. Defect-free "good blood" children were subjected to an "education" based on racism, propaganda, and the glorification of the Führer, and were deliberately deprived of free time that would allow independent thought or action. Once the war began, "Nordic"-looking children were kidnapped from families in the conquered lands and subjected to "Germanization." Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of "bad blood" children--Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Ukrainians, Russians(were separated from their families and condemned to forced migration, slave labor, sadistic experiments, starvation, and mass execution. At the end of the war, uprooted children of every origin wandered the bombed-out cities and countryside, some having been taken from home at such a young age that they did not know where they had come from or even their own names. Millions surged into and out of DP camps, exploited by political and religious groups, while the Allies and the fledgling United Nations tried mightily to put families back together and to find new homes for the orphans.All the riveting narrative skill and impeccable scholarship that distinguished Lynn Nicholas's first book, The Rape of Europa (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction), are present in her study of these terrible crimes against humanity. To research this story she has delved into the governmental and military archives of many nations, and has interviewed countless individuals. She shows the relationship of the deadly Nazi policies to the brutal tactics used in the USSR in the 1930s and to their rehearsal in the Spanish Civil War, and vividly describes the abject failure of Hitler's campaign to plant Germanizing colonies in the conquered nations. She gives us the stories of survivors of ghastly war-spawned famines(in Greece and Russia in the 1940s, Holland in the "Hunger Winter" of 1945, and Berlin in the Airlift year of 1949(and of British, French, and Dutch children who were evacuated to the countryside; boys and girls sent alone from Europe to England on the Kindertransports; the teenaged soldiers of the Reich; the small veterans of the quarries, the factories, and the camps as well as those who survived in lonely hiding.In Cruel World Lynn Nicholas shows us clearly, and with passionate empathy for the innocent victims, the crimes against children that inevitably result when ideology overwhelms humanity. This powerful book, as it recounts the waking nightmare that enmeshed the lives of Europe's boys and girls, bears witness to our own responsibility to the children of the twenty-first century.From the Hardcover edition.

Cruise of the Lanikai

by Kemp Tolley

In early December 1941 in the Philippines, a young Navy ensign named Kemp Tolley was given his first ship command, an old 76-foot schooner that had once served as a movie prop in John Ford's "The Hurricane." Crewed mostly by Filipinos who did not speak English and armed with a cannon that had last seen service in the Spanish-American War, the Lanikai was under top-secret presidential orders to sail south into waters where the Japanese fleet was thought to be. Ostensibly the crew was to spy on Japanese naval movements, but to Tolley it was clear that their mission was to create an incident that would provoke war.Events overtook the plan, however, when Pearl Harbor was bombed before the Lanikai could get underway. When Bataan and Corregidor fell, she was ordered to set sail for Australia and became one of the few U.S. naval vessels to escape the Philippines. In this book Tolley tells the saga of her great adventure during these grim, early days of the war and makes history come alive as he regales the reader with details of the operation and an explanation of President Roosevelt's order. Tolley's description of their escape in Japanese warship-infested waters ranks with the best of sea tales, and few will be able to forget the Lanikai's 4,000-mile, three-month odyssey.

The Cruise Of The Raider Wolf

by Roy Alexander

The Cruise of the Raider "Wolf" is not intended as another war book; it is the story of one of the strangest and greatest sea adventures of modern times.The Wolf has become a legendary figure--a name connected with strange happenings at sea; but to most people it is only a name. The actual cruise was a shadowy, mysterious affair; and for many reasons the history of the cruise has remained equally vague. Briefly, this raider slipped out of Germany in 1916, and for fifteen months roamed the seas of the world depending for fuel and food on the captures she made.Her very existence depended on these captures not becoming known. Ships encountering the Wolf therefore simply disappeared, their fate unknown. The raider roamed the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific oceans, even touched the Arctic and Antarctic seas. And she capped this unparalleled cruise by running the blockade back to Kiel.Incidentally, the Wolf was the only enemy warship to enter Australian or New Zealand waters. She mined the coasts of both these countries.After the raider's return to Germany there was a world-wide blaze of publicity. The reception of the Wolf's men in Berlin was one of the outstanding war events in the German capital. Then the Wolf disappeared from public notice as quickly as she became famous. One reason for this was that Captain Nerger, the raider's commander, was not a publicity seeker and was not in particularly high favour in Germany. It was necessary to receive him with honour after he brought his ship back from such a cruise, but after that he was quietly moved to an obscure post and was heard of no more.The author was a prisoner aboard the raider for the last nine months of the cruise.

The Cruiser (A Dan Lenson Novel #14)

by David Poyer

THE DRAMATIC, TIMELY NEW THRILLER OF A LONE SHIP FACING DOWN DISASTER IN THE MIDDLE EAST-BY AMERICA'S LIVING MASTER NOVELIST OF THE SEA. Newly promoted Captain Daniel V. Lenson's first glimpse of his new command is of a ship literally high and dry. USS Savo Island, which carries a classified, never-before-deployed missile-defense system, has been run hard aground on an exposed sandbar off Naples. Dan's orders: Relieve the disgraced skipper and deploy on a secret mission--Operation Stellar Shield--which will take ship and crew into the dangerous waters bordering the Middle East. As war nears, with threats of nuclear and chemical attack, Dan has to rally Savo Island's demoralized crew and confront a mysterious death on board, while learning to operate a complex and untested weapon. But when the conflict reaches a climax, he'll make a decision that may cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives--or may save them, but at the cost of his ship and his career. Filled with dramatic sea adventure and advanced technology, and distinguished by Poyer's deep understanding of duty and the moral choices made in combat, The Cruiser is the fourteenth novel in Dan Lenson's star-crossed and exciting naval career.

Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War

by James Carroll

Analyzes the war against Iraq within our history of war-making.

Crusade (Destroyermen, Book 2)

by Taylor Anderson

NEW WORLD. OLD ENEMIES. After being swept from the World War II Pacific into an alternate world, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker have allied with the peaceful Lemurians in their struggle against the warlike reptilian Grik. But they are sorely outnumbered, and even the power of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle. Then Reddy finds Mahan, the other destroyer that passed through the rift. Together the ships will teach the Lemurians to stand and fight. Or so they think. For there is another vessel at large: the Amagi, the massive Japanese battleship that Walker was fleeing back in the Pacific. The Amagi also came through the rift ....And the Amagi is in the hands of their enemies.

Crusade in Europe

by Dwight D. Eisenhower

Five-star General Dwight D. Eisenhower was arguably the single most important military figure of World War II. For many historians, his memoirs of this eventful period of U.S. history have become the single most important record of the war. Crusade in Europe tells the complete story of the war as Eisenhower planned and lived it. Through his eyes, the enormous scope and drama of the war--strategy, battles, moments of fateful decision--become fully illuminated in all their fateful glory. Yet this is also a warm and richly human account. Ike recalls the long months of waiting, planning, and working toward victory in Europe. His personal record of the tense first hours after he had issued the order to attack--and there was no turning back--leaves no doubt of Eisenhower's travail and reveals this great man in ways that no biographer has ever surpassed.

Crusader and Covenanter Cruiser Tanks 1939-45

by Peter Sarson David Fletcher

The Covenanter (which never saw active service) and Crusader Cruiser tanks were developed between 1939 and 1940. The Crusader first saw action in the North African desert in June 1941: its speed and sleek design made it a hard target to hit, and the tank was well-respected by the Afrikakorps for its velocity in combat. But its hurried development prior to World War II also made it prone to mechanical failure. This book examines the Covenanter and the many variants of the Crusader tank, detailing the designs, developments and disappointments of these infamous World War II tanks.

Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571

by David Nicolle Adam Hook

Crusader castles and other fortifications in Cyprus, the south-western coast of Turkey, and Greece are among the best examples of late medieval military architecture to be seen in Europe. These important fortifications, erected by the Hospitallers during the 15th century to face the growing Ottoman Turkish threat, vary considerably from those in the Middle East. Despite there being many visible remains of fortifications in Cyprus, Greece, and the Aegean, few studies exist of these areas compared to the fortifications of the Holy Land.Providing numerous architectural plans, maps, and color illustrations, this book seeks to redress this imbalance and complement the previous bestselling treatments of Crusader fortifications in the Fortress series.

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