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Operation Drumbeat: Germany's U-boat Attacks Along the American Coast in World War II

by Michael Gannon

An account of Germany's little known U-boat campaign against merchant shipping along the North American Atlantic coast during the first six months of 1942. It also documents the failure of the US Navy to meet the German attack.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: World War II

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-torn Skies of World War II

by Adam Makos and Larry Alexander

Five days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a twenty-one-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly, a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber's tail--a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber in the squeeze of a trigger. What happened next would defy imagination and later be called 'the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II. ' This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day: the American--Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17--and the German--Second Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II. A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz's harrowing missions. Charlie would face takeoffs in English fog over the flaming wreckage of his buddies' planes, flak bursts so close they would light his cockpit, and packs of enemy fighters that would circle his plane like sharks. Franz would face sandstorms in the desert, a crash alone at sea, and the spectacle of 1,000 bombers each with eleven guns, waiting for his attack. Ultimately, Charlie and Franz would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American 8th Air Force would later classify as 'top secret. ' It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search for one another, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: World War II

Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

by Mitchell Zuckoff

On May 13, 1945, twenty-four American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over "Shangri-La," a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton's bestselling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through. Margaret Hastings, barefoot and burned, had no choice but to wear her dead best friend's shoes. John McCollom, grieving the death of his twin brother also aboard the plane, masked his grief with stoicism. Kenneth Decker, too, was severely burned and suffered a gaping head wound. Emotionally devastated, badly injured, and vulnerable to the hidden dangers of the jungle, the trio faced certain death unless they left the crash site. Caught between man-eating headhunters and enemy Japanese, the wounded passengers endured a harrowing hike down the mountainside-a journey into the unknown that would lead them straight into a primitive tribe of superstitious natives who had never before seen a white man-or woman. Drawn from interviews, declassified U.S. Army documents, personal photos and mementos, a survivor's diary, a rescuer's journal, and original film footage, Lost in Shangri-La recounts this incredible true-life adventure for the first time. Mitchell Zuckoff reveals how the determined trio-dehydrated, sick, and in pain-traversed the dense jungle to find help; how a brave band of paratroopers risked their own lives to save the survivors; and how a cowboy colonel attempted a previously untested rescue mission to get them out. By trekking into the New Guinea jungle, visiting remote villages, and rediscovering the crash site, Zuckoff also captures the contemporary natives' remembrances of the long-ago day when strange creatures fell from the sky. A riveting work of narrative nonfiction that vividly brings to life an odyssey at times terrifying, enlightening, and comic, Lost in Shangri-La is a thrill ride from beginning to end.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: World War II

The War Come Home: Disabled Veterans in Britain and Germany, 1914-1939

by Deborah Cohen

"This impressive book offers a powerful set of insights into the lasting effects of the First World War and the different ways in which belligerent states came to terms with the war's consequences."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: World War I

Dirty Work

by Larry Brown

Dirty Work is the story of two men, strangers—one white, the other black. Both men were born and raised in Mississippi. Both fought in Vietnam. Both were gravely wounded. Walter James stepped into cross fire and lost most of his face. Braiden Chaney was hit by machine gun bullets and lost all four limbs. Now both men lie in adjacent beds in a veterans' hospital. Over the course of a day and a night, Walter James and Braiden Chaney talk. Their talk, from one bed to another, is of memories: how Walter's mother once made him take on the school bully; how Walter's father once beat a mule to death; how Braiden killed his first Viet Cong. They talk, too, of the movies that haunt them both: The Young Lions, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, johnny got his gun. And of their fates: Whose loss is greater? What is the value of their time, their money, of life itself? Who can they love? Walter tells of the woman he has found. Braiden introduces Diva, the nurse, the black angel. Jesus visits. Much ground is covered; a bridge is built over an abyss; the distance between the beds is crossed.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

by Tamara L. Britton

Provides background information on the Vietnam War and on the memorial that was built to honor those who died during this conflict.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O'Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere--from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing--it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

Buddha's Child: My Fight to Save Vietnam

by Nguyen Cao Ky and Marvin J. Wolf

The former prime minister of South Vietnam recalls the pivotal events, major personalities, and previously unknown aspects of Vietnam's two-decade debacle.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

The Lotus Eaters

by Tatjana Soli

A unique and sweeping debut novel of an American female combat photographer in the Vietnam War, as she captures the wrenching chaos and finds herself torn between the love of two men. On a stifling day in 1975, the North Vietnamese army is poised to roll into Saigon. As the fall of the city begins, two lovers make their way through the streets to escape to a new life. Helen Adams, an American photojournalist, must take leave of a war she is addicted to and a devastated country she has come to love. Linh, the Vietnamese man who loves her, must grapple with his own conflicted loyalties of heart and homeland. As they race to leave, they play out a drama of devotionand betrayal that spins them back through twelve war-torn years, beginning in the splendor of Angkor Wat, with their mentor, larger-than-life war correspondent Sam Darrow, once Helen's infuriating love and fiercest competitor, and Linh's secret keeper, boss and truest friend. Tatjana Soli paints a searing portrait of an American woman's struggle and triumph in Vietnam, a stirring canvas contrasting the wrenching horror of war and the treacherous narcotic of obsession with the redemptive power of love. Readers will be transfixed by this stunning novel of passion, duty and ambition among the ruins of war.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

Voices From The Wall

by Jan C. Scruggs

A collection of short stories and poems about visits to the Vietnam memorial, and the memories it evokes.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character

by Jonathan Shay

In this strikingly original and groundbreaking book, Dr. Shay examines the psychological devastation of war by comparing the soldiers of Homer's Iliad with Vietnam veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Although the Iliad was written twenty-seven centuries ago it has much to teach about combat trauma, as do the more recent, compelling voices and experiences of Vietnam vets.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

Heart of a Patriot

by Max Cleland and Ben Raines

By the time he had reached middle age, Max Cleland thought he had nothing to live for. Vietnam had left him a triple amputee. He had lost his seat in the U.S. Senate, and in the grip of depression he had lost his fiancée, too. But instead of giving up, Cleland discovered that he has what it takes to survive: the heart of a patriot. Doctors did not give Cleland much hope when he returned from Vietnam, but he overcame his despair through his bonds with other wounded soldiers. Against all odds, he realized his dream of becoming a Senator. But after being smeared as unpatriotic in a reelection campaign, a long-dormant case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder sent him back to Walter Reed Hospital. Surrounded by the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, Cleland again found the faith and endurance to regain control of his life. In a gut-wrenching memoir that is free of bitterness but frank about the costs of being a soldier, Max Cleland describes with love the ties America's soldiers forge with one another, along with the disillusionment many of them experience when they come home. Heart of a Patriot is a story about the joy of serving the country you love, no matter the cost--and how to recover from the deepest wounds of war.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

Our Vietnam: The War 1954-1975

by A. J. Langguth

This book brings out the American story regarding the Vietnam War, covering the important events from 1954 to 1975. Written from a journalistic point of view; it includes the happenings witnessed by the author, A. J. Langguth, during his tenure as the New York Times correspondent to Southeast Asia. Based on his close-range observations of the political figures of that time, including Khanh, Ky and Thieu; Max Taylor and Ellsworth Bunker; Westmoreland and Abrams; and Secretary McNamara, Langguth offers a clear picture of war-time politics. Through the interviews of the men and women of North Vietnam and the Vietcong, Langguth exposes their dedication to the independence and unity of their country, even though the future has not turned out as many in their crusade envisioned it.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

A Wall of Names: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

by Judy Donnelly

Surveys the history of the Vietnam War, chronicles the construction of the Vietnam Memorial, and discusses what the Memorial means to many Americans.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

by Karl Marlantes

Intense, powerful, and compelling, Matterhorn is an epic Vietnam war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead and James Jones' The Thin Red Line. It is the timeless story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as teenagers and forced to fight their way into manhood. Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers. But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever. Written by a highly decorated Marine veteran over the course of thirty years, Matterhorn is a spellbinding and unforgettable novel that brings to life an entire world--both its horrors and its thrills--and seems destined to become a classic of combat literature. The end of the book includes two glossaries of terms used.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines with an Army Nurse in Vietnam

by Winnie Smith

A former member of the Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam recalls her tour of duty and her difficult adjustment to civilian life.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Vietnam

Remembering Trauma

by Richard J. Mcnally

A study of post traumatic stress syndrome.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind

The PTSD Breakthrough: The Revolutionary, Science-based Compass Reset Program

by Frank Lawlis

The Proven, Scientific Approach to Conquering PTSD and Defeating the Disorder. We are facing a hidden and growing epidemic. More than a million veterans and everyday citizens have been affected with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of a traumatic event or personal experience. And until now, there has been little understanding of how the disorder truly takes hold and how to reverse its destruction. Finally, a breakthrough approach has been discovered. Previously PTSD was treated as a psychiatric disorder only, but new scientific research shows that biological factors play just as an important of a role, specifically brain and soft-tissue damage underlying the root causes of the disorder. The PTSD Breakthrough is the first book to describe the true causes of PTSD and provide an effective program for overcoming the disorder. There is hope. Through the research conducted by Dr. Lawlis and his colleagues, for the first time those who suffer from PTSD, as well as their families and loved ones, will discover that this disorder can be treated and healed, and that our veterans and all who suffer from PTSD can regain true peace in their lives. Dr. Frank Lawlis is a renowned psychologist, researcher, and counselor with more than thirty-five years' experience and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lawlis is the cofounder of the Lawlis Peavey Psychoneuroplasticity (PNP) Center and is the chief content advisor for the Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors. He is the author of more than one hundred articles and several books, including The ADD Answer and The IQ Answer. He is a contributing blogger for Psychology Today.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind

Invisible Wounds of War: Summary and Recommendations for Addressing Psychological and Cognitive Injuries

by Terri Tanielian and Lisa H. Jaycox and Grant N. Marshall and M. Audrey Burnam and Terry L. Schell

Summarizes key findings and recommendations from Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery (Tanielian and Jaycox [Eds.], MG-720-CCF, 2008), a comprehensive study of the post-deployment health-related needs associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, and traumatic brain injury among veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind

The Way of the Wound: A Spirituality of Trauma and Transformation

by Robert Grant

The implications of traumatic events assault things once considered sacred and beyond reproach. Trauma brutally demonstrates that rational and logical consciousness cannot manage certain painful dimensions of life.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind

Memory, War and Trauma

by Nigel C. Hunt

Many millions of people are affected by the trauma of war. Psychologists have a good understanding of how experiences of war impact on memory but the significance of external environmental influences is often disregarded. Memory, War and Trauma focuses on our understanding of the psychosocial impact of war in its broadest sense. Nigel C. Hunt argues that, in order to understand war trauma, it is critical to develop an understanding not only of the individual perspective but also of how societal and cultural factors impact on the outcome of an individual's experience. This is a compelling book which helps demonstrate why some people suffer from post-traumatic stress when other people don't, and how narrative understanding is important to the healing process. Its multi-disciplinary perspective will enable a deeper understanding of both individual traumatic stress and the structures of memory.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind

Veterans with a Vision: Canada's War Blinded in Peace and War

by Serge Marc Durflinger

Durflinger (history, the University of Ottawa, Canada) chronicles advocacy by Canadian servicemen blinded in war, highlighting their efforts to help Canadian veterans and all blind citizens. The book begins with the establishment of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in 1918 by 200 Canadian servicemen blinded in WWI, then continues with the formation of the Sir Arthur Pearson Association of War Blinded, which advocated for government benefits, job retraining, and other social programs. Key figures are profiled, and issues such as physical and psychological rehabilitation are discussed. The book is based on archival material from both organizations.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind

A Clinical Handbook Practical Therapist Manual

by Donald Meichenbaum

This comprehensive training manual for mental health professionals presents almost all that is known about the assessment and treatment of PTSD. In over 600 pages, Dr. Meichenbaum not only challenges the reader's understanding of PTSD, but presents numerous case studies to enable the reader to understand the subject even further. Over 1500 references.

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind

Long-Term Care: How to Plan and Pay for It (6th edition)

by Joseph L. Matthews

Matthews, an attorney, provides a guide to understanding and preparing for long-term care for both those who need it and those setting up or paying for that care. The book covers financial planning, whether to buy long-term care insurance, how to protect assets, care alternatives, and medical decisions. It also explains the role of geriatric care managers, the special needs of those with Alzheimer's or related conditions, protecting against elder fraud, how government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid assist financially, and types such as home care and residences. This edition contains a new chapter on hospice care and updated data on benefits laws and taxes, and resources and websites. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind

Trauma & Recovery

by Judith Lewis Herman

Trauma & Recovery represents...two decades of research and clinical work with victims of sexual and domestic violence...combat veterans...victims of political terror."

Date Added: 05/25/2017


Category: Veterans Health, Body & Mind


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