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Kenneth W. Simmons was a bombardier onboard one of the B-24 liberators of 389th Bombardment Group stationed in Europe during the Second World War. As the war ground to a close he had the sheer bad luck to be shot down in October 1944 near Bad Kreuznach and was captured and made prisoner of war. In this book he gives a vivid description of the life of POWs in the American section of Stalag Luft III (in what is now Poland) during the final months of the war, ending with the winter forced-march away from the camp, escaping the advancing Russian troops, and eventually being liberated.
Fighting Warsaw is a human story. Stefan Korbonski, the leader of the Polish Underground State, portrays the years of the German occupation during the Second World War and the beginning of anti-Soviet underground activities thereafter. His story presents the entire organization, strategy, and tactics of the Polish underground, which included armed resistance, civil disobedience, sabotage, and boycotts. "...The Polish Underground was perhaps the best organized and most active of all wartime undergrounds; and Stefan Korbonski is well qualified to tell its story....He was, almost immediately after the fighting had stopped, arrested by the Russians...he managed to regain his freedom, and it is to this happy release that we owe this book, an absorbing account of Poland's fight for freedom These are the highly personal memoirs of an active conspirator and, in their vivid detail and exciting anecdotes, they are probably more successful in conveying a sense of what the resistance was actually like than a more comprehensive treatment would be...Few people who read the author's chapters on this one aspect of the resistance will fail to be moved by them or to come away from them with an increased understanding of the prerequisites of successful opposition to an occupying power that is both efficient and ruthless."--GORDON CRAIG, New York Herald Tribune"...Fighting Warsaw...is one of the most absorbing, inspiring and ultimately disheartening documents to come out of the last war....The book, which is detailed and written with humor, modesty, and a surprising lack of rancor, makes it quite plain that there is an indomitable quality in the Poles that will prevent them from ever giving up their great dream...."--The New Yorker
In October 1942, Vladimir Peniakoff (nicknamed Popski) formed his own elite fighting force in the North African desert. Over the next year 'Popski's Private Army' carried out a series of daring raids behind the German lines that were truly spectacular--freeing prisoners, destroying installations, spreading alarm. This, one of the classic memoirs of the Second World War, is their story.'A story of adventure...which has no rival in the literature of any war.'--DAILY EXPRESS'This is certainly among the best of war books...splendid writing.'--THE OBSERVER'One of the small handful of really first-class war books. A superb story of adventure told masterfully, brilliantly.'--EVENING STANDARD'His courage, resourcefulness and qualities of leadership deservedly gained him a high reputation. He has now shown that he also possesses unusual literary talent.'--THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
This volume is the 1960 follow-up to the 1959 publication "Famous Bombers of the Second World War: Volume One," William Green here covers a further extensive number of aircraft focussing on the fighters used by the Axis and Allies during the Second World War. As before the types in approximate order of introduction to operational service and providing a brief developmental and operational history of each type. Includes ME Komet, Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, Mustang, FW190, the Russian YAK series, Hellcat, Mitsubishi Zero, BF109 and the Lockheed Lightning.An Invaluable companion to Volume One, as beautifully and comprehensively illustrated as before.
Originally published in 1959 to much acclaim, William Green's Famous Bombers Of The Second World War, provides the most accurate and comprehensive view of the bomber aircraft that were used by both the Axis and the Allies. In this first volume, the author covers 18 different aircraft and their variants in their approximate order of introduction to operational service and provides a brief developmental and operational history of each type. Included are: Heinkel HE111, Savoia-Marchetti Sparviero, Boeing Fortress, Junker JU87, Dornier DO17, Vickers Wellington, Junkers JU88, Consolidated Liberator, North American Mitchell, Martin Marauder, De Havilland Mosquito and the Avro Lancaster.Widely regarded as a pioneering ground from author William Green, it is particularly noted for the many excellent illustrations by G.W. Heumann and comprehensive side profiles of major sub-types, this volume also includes a highly detailed 3-view artwork.
General Cao Van Vien describes the final collapse of the South Vietnamese forces in 1975 following the military U.S. withdrawl."General Cao Van Vien was the last chairman of the South Vietnamese Joint General Staff. For almost ten years he worked closely with other senior Vietnamese officers and civilian leaders and dealt with U.S. military and civilian representatives in Saigon. General Vien is therefore particularly well qualified to give an account of the final years from a South Vietnamese standpoint. "This is one of a series of monographs written by officers who held responsible positions in the Cambodian, Laotian, and South Vietnamese armed forces."Includes over 20 maps, tables and illustrations.
Thirty Years Among the Dead, first published in 1924, details Swedish-American GP and psychiatrist Carl Wickland's experiences as a psychical researcher.After moving to California in 1918, Wickland began to turn away from conventional medical psychology and moved toward the belief that psychiatric illnesses were the result of influence by spirits of the dead. He came to believe that a large number of his patients had become possessed by what he called "obsessing spirits", and that low-voltage electric shocks could dislodge them. His wife Anna acted as a medium to guide them to "progress in the spirit world".Spiritualists considered him an authority on "destructive spirits", prompting Wickland to write this book.
What is Existentialism? It is perhaps the most misunderstood of modern philosophic positions--misunderstood by reason of its broad popularity and general unfamiliarity with its origins, representatives, and principles.Existential thinking does not originate with Jean Paul Sartre. It has prior religious, literary, and philosophic origins. In its narrowest formulation it is a metaphysical doctrine, arguing as it does that any definition of man's essence must follow, not precede, an estimation of his existence. In Heidegger, it affords a view of Being in its totality; in Kierkegaard an approach to that inwardness indispensable to authentic religious experience; for Dostoevsky, Kafka, and Rilke the existential situation bears the stamp of modern man's alienation, uprootedness, and absurdity; to Sartre it has vast ethical and political implications.Walter Kaufmann, author of Nietzsche, is eminently qualified to present and interpret the insights of existentialism as they occur and are deepened by the major thinkers who express them.In every case complete selections or entire works have been employed: The Wall, Existentialism, and the complete chapter on "Self-Deception" from L'être et le Néant by Sartre; two lectures from Jaspers' book Reason and Existenz; original translations of On My Philosophy by Jaspers and The Way Back into the Ground of Metaphysics by Heidegger. There is, as well, material from Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Camus.
A detailed study of the various sources and biological and emotional uses of color in all phases of human existence by a leading researcher in the field.
Russell Janney's debut novel tells the story of Bill Dunnigan, the greatest press agent in America, who brings the body of Olga Treskovna, the purest female and best actress of America, to Coaltown, the worst mining town in the country, for burial.The first part of the book is a flashback to the love story of the press agent and the actress, which was ideal, rather uncomplicated, and completely unconsummated. However, with Olga's death, there begins an exhibition of power by the press agent--and this becomes the real substance of the book.A novel of joyousness in life that will sweep the reader into a delightful liberating experience...
Using documents from German sources...Final Judgment: The Story of Nuremberg is a revealing X-ray of the whole political, economic, and moral system that the Nazis built up. It uses the Nuremberg trials as its starting point. But it peels away, one after another, the layers of meaning behind Nuremberg.Anyone who followed the reports of the trials in the American press must have been dismayed by their fragmentary and superficial character. All we got were bits and pieces of the Nazi story. Millions of words were, of course, cabled from Nuremberg by correspondents to the twelve corners of the world--especially in the first few days. But mainly they were color stuff, portraying the trial as a spectacle. There were pictures of the defendants and detailed accounts of their behavior in jail. There were excerpts from United States Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson's opening indictment, and some scattered debate on the international law at the basis of the trial. And at the end there was a sensational flare-up of think-pieces about how Goering managed to cheat the gallows by concealing his lethal poison. It is some kind of commentary on our press and our ways of thought that the most important trial of our era should have ended on the cheap note of a mystery thriller entitled The Case of the Hidden Poison. Nuremberg is still the Trial Nobody Knows.In contrast with this surface stuff, Victor Bernstein has written an attack-in-depth on what the Nazis did, and the techniques they used, and what Nazism did to them. The book is a scalpel-dissection of the whole Nazi disease of which the Nuremberg criminals were only the more ulcerous outcroppings.-Print ed.
First published in 1959, this is a line-by-line commentary and refutation of one of the most destructive, fallacious, and convoluted books of the century: John Maynard Keynes's General Theory, published in 1936.In economic science, Keynes changed everything. He supposedly demonstrated that prices don't work, that private investment is unstable, that sound money is intolerable, and that government was needed to shore up the system and save it. It was simply astonishing how economists the world over put up with this, but it happened. He converted a whole generation in the late period of the Great Depression. By the 1950s, almost everyone was Keynesian.However, Hazlitt, the nation's economics teacher, would have none of it. And he did the hard work of actually going through the book to evaluate its logic according to Austrian-style logical reasoning."Hazlitt's fine critique of Keynes is a worthy complement to Mises' Human Action. Henry Hazlitt, a renowned economic journalist, is a better economist than a whole host of sterile academicians, and, in contrast to many of them, he is distinguished by courage: the courage to remain an "Austrian" in the teeth of the Keynesian holocaust, alongside Mises and F. A. Hayek. On its merits, this book should conquer the economics profession as rapidly as did Keynes. But whether the currently fashionable economists read and digest The Failure of the "New Economics" or not is, in the long run, immaterial: it will be read and it will destroy the Keynesian System."--Murray Rothbard
The story of a WWI marine's journey to finding everlasting peace, which he finally finds in Jesus.
In this penetrating study of the Inquisition, Elphège Vacandard delves into the Catholic Church's dark past."The history of the Inquisition is still to be written. It is not our purpose to attempt it; our ambition is more modest. But we wish to picture this institution in its historical setting, to show how it originated, and especially to indicate its relation to the Church's notion of the coercive power prevalent in the Middle Ages. For as [Henry Charles] Lea [author of three large volumes entitled "A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages" published in 1888] himself says: "The Inquisition was not an organization arbitrarily devised and imposed upon the judicial system of Christendom by the ambition or fanaticism of the Church. It was rather a natural--one may almost say an inevitable--evolution of the forces at work in the thirteenth century, and no one can rightly appreciate the process of its development and the results of its activity, without a somewhat minute consideration of the factors controlling the minds and souls of men during the ages which laid the foundation of modern civilization."We undertake this study in a spirit of absolute honesty and sincerity. The subject is undoubtedly a most delicate one. But no consideration whatever should prevent our studying it from every possible viewpoint."
MAURICE DE SAXE was the brilliant adornment of a brilliant age, one of the most renowned and admired men in the Europe of his day. It is not surprising that the writing of the biography of this vivid, talented and entertaining figure should have provided the author with a genial and absorbing task.He came of extraordinary stock; the circumstances of his birth were remarkable; he was the lover of many celebrated women; he won the lifelong friendship of men of the stature of Voltaire; he aspired to a crown, and nearly became the Czar of Russia; his activities spanned a whole continent, from Paris to Dresden, from Dresden to Warsaw, from Warsaw to Moscow. Yet he was more, much more, than an energetic and flamboyant adventurer: he was acknowledged to be the outstanding general of his era, a military genius who linked the epoch of Marlborough with the epoch of Frederick the Great. He led great armies and won great victories.It is part of the purpose of this book to restore him to the pre-eminent place in social and military history to which his achievements entitle him. The study of his campaigns has proved no dutiful or dreary labour, for he was among the wittiest and most elegant military practitioners who have ever lived. There was a touch of diablerie about the manner in which he gained his spectacular triumphs that set him apart from the other great captains of his era.
DR. SCHWEITZER OF LAMBARÉNÉ is in the nature of a personal appreciation of one of the towering figures of the twentieth century. Written on the basis of firsthand knowledge and observation, it is an informal, intimate account of Albert Schweitzer at work and in repose. Norman Cousins attempts to convey some idea of the burden Schweitzer has taken upon himself--and why he chose to take it. He also tells of Schweitzer's deep concern for the natural rights and the safety of the human community on earth.This book also portrays the people around Dr. Schweitzer--the young doctors and nurses at his Hospital--why they came to Lamberéné, the difficulties they face daily in their work, how they respond to the person of Schweitzer.Abounding in remembered detail, in anecdote and description, DR. SCHWEITZER OF LAMBARÉNÉ meets squarely and with intelligent understanding the stubborn legends and partial truths about the man, his work and his thought.Norman Cousins flew to Lambaréné to observe and visit; he remained to probe some of the deepest problems of modern civilization with a man whom many consider the conscience of the age.
The career of John Sargent, perhaps the greatest painter of his time, and surely one of the greatest portrayers and interpreters of it in his famous portraits of its most eminent and most representative figures, is here chronicled in successive stages.The figure of the hero stands out in high relief from the narrative which his personality pervades. A wealth of anecdote and of letters enriches the record of work, travel, and triumph, from student days under Carolus-Duran to the time when the presidency of the Royal Academy could have been his; and in all this opulent detail the character of the man overshadows even the distinction of the artist as the true theme of the book.
In this volume I have attempted to give especial and marked attention to the fate of Greek science in late antiquity. Elementary texts in the past have long ignored this aspect of Greek science. The importance of the course of Greek science in late antiquity is evident, for it was during this period that much of the Greek scientific corpus was put into the form in which it passed to the medieval Latin West. We are justified, then, in considering this volume as an introduction to medieval and early modern science--that science being considered as a transformation of Greek science.
President John F. Kennedy's final book, A Nation of Immigrants, is a most worthy and relevant contribution to the contemporary debate on immigration reform.Throughout his presidency, John F. Kennedy was passionate about the issue of immigration reform. He believed that America is a nation of people who value both tradition and the exploration of new frontiers, people who deserve the freedom to build better lives for themselves in their adopted homeland. This modern edition of his posthumously published, timeless work--offers the late president's inspiring suggestions for immigration policy and presents a chronology of the main events in the history of immigration in America.As continued debates on immigration engulf the nation, this paean to the importance of immigrants to our nation's prominence and success is as timely as ever.-Print Ed."In this book, President Kennedy tells us what immigrants have done for America, and what America has done for its immigrants. It is one of the dramatic success stories of world history....It can stand as a testament to a cause President Kennedy cherished, and which we should carry on."--ROBERT F. KENNEDY
"Until recently, many historians, as well as people in general, have commonly accepted the idea that every man, woman, and child in the South stood loyally behind Jefferson Davis and the Stars and Bars in support of the Confederacy. Despite the fact that out of a population of about eight million whites, six hundred thousand offered their services to the Confederacy in 1861, and also the fact that the staunch, unswerving loyalty of Southerners during the war will continue to rouse admiration, there was, in 1861, a small number, which by 1865 had increased to a potent minority, that did nothing to aid the Confederacy and much to injure it. While many showed their disaffection only by refusing to fight, many others organized not only for self-protection but also for the destruction of the Confederacy. Before the end of the war, there was much disaffection in every state, and many of the disloyal had formed into bands--in some states into well organized, active societies, with signs, oaths, grips, and passwords. In the present study, an attempt has been made to discover the causes for this movement, the classes that participated in it, and the purpose and work of the organizations."Disloyalty in the Confederacy definitely puts to rout the belief, once common, that 'every man, woman and child stood behind Jefferson Davis and the Stars and Bars in support of the Confederacy.' --New York Times Book Review"This is the sort of book necessary to balance accounts of the Southern Confederacy. Heretofore, the impression has been too often left that the South fought as a unit with a common purpose."--Journal of Southern History
An excellent and diligently researched biography of Julia Boggs Dent Grant (1826-1902), the wife of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and First Lady of the United States from 1869 to 1877. An active participant in presidential matters, The First Lady was widely regarded to possess tremendous strength of character, sharing in the mixed fortunes of her husband, promoting his welfare, loved and cared for her family, and fulfilled her patriotic duty as First Lady. She reveled in her role as hostess to the nation, and by all accounts brought warmth and a home-like atmosphere to the White House.Includes over 15 B&W illustrations.
This brilliant and engaging biography of Varina Davis tells of the early days of her marriage to Jefferson Davis, the controversial figure who would become president of the Confederacy. The story gives a detailed account of their life in Washington and Richmond, the years of war, and follows their journey during the weeks and months of escape and then--following Jefferson Davis' release from prison--exile."EVERY move the made was noticed and commented on. She was accused of being friendly to the North, of harboring spies in her home, of feasting when others starred, of pretentious ways, of nepotism, of not reading the books which she quoted so freely, of extravagant entertaining in hours of crisis, and of meddling in politics and military affairs. Some of the stories were true; many were not, but it is self-evident that she instinctively generated heat lightning around her."--First Lady of the South.Includes numerous illustrations.
When the Civil War began, author Robert Garlick Hill Kean enlisted as a private. In 1862, his wife's uncle, George Wythe Randolph, took Kean on as his aide, and Kean followed him into the War Department at Richmond, where he became the head of the Confederate Bureau of War under John Archibald Campbell, the former U.S. Supreme Court justice. Kean's wartime diary, first published in 1957 and selected as Book-of-the-Month by the Civil War Book Club in May that same year, gives a vivid portrayal of every significant character, of both the military and civilian sectors, who comprised the highest levels of the Confederate government, and to this day is considered an indispensable resource for those seeking first-hand, in-depth discussion and analysis of the Richmond government.
A well-researched and exciting tale of the flight of the Confederate Cabinet after the Southern defeat at the end of American Civil War, this book broke new ground, uncovered many new facts and was firmly established Alfred Jackson Hanna as a historical scholar.Hanna begins with General Lee's fatal telegram and the hasty exodus of Jefferson Davis and high officials to Danville, then Greensboro and Charlotte. From there the Confederate Cabinet dispersed, and the author follows each man's adventurous course in detail. Most of the fugitives headed for the pine barrens and scrub lands of Florida but were soon apprehended. Only John C. Breckinridge and Judah P. Benjamin successfully escaped, outwitting Federal officials and pirates along their way to Cuba. A classic work that makes for fabulous, spirited reading, Flight Into Oblivion, first published in 1938, soars once again.
Espionage, subversion, infiltration, and sabotage are shown by an analysis of Soviet case material to be Soviet instruments of war. The author considers Soviet intelligence work in Germany in WWII to be a classic in espionage. He sees psychological warfare in all its aspects as a new usage of war. His fundamental position is that we must assess the Russian clandestine war potential, must be able to deal with it, and must ourselves be able to wage a war without battlefield.
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