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The little-known drama of the last-minute decision to launch the invasion of Normandy--excerpted from the internationally bestselling D-Day: The Battle for Normandy In D-Day: The Decision to Launch, excerpted from Antony Beevor's bestselling book D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, readers get the little-known story of how the difficult decision was made to launch the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944. The stakes could not have been higher: if Operation Overlord were to fail, it would be a crushing blow to the Allies, a huge loss of both men and equipment. The decision of when to launch rested with supreme commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it hinged on one factor: the weather. If there was too much cloud cover, the Allied bombers wouldn't be able to provide air support, and if the seas were too rough, the landing craft would be swamped. It fell to one man to predict the weather: Dr. James Stagg, the head of the meteorological team at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. This riveting selection from D-Day, praised by Time as "a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women," tells the fascinating inside story of one of the most important decisions of World War II.
German defenses along the Normandy beaches were part of the larger Atlantic Wall fortifications designed to defend Fortress Europe. When Field Marshal Erwin Rommel took command of the invasion front in late 1943, he began a program to enhance fortifications along the Normandy coast as he believed that any Allied assault had to be stopped on the invasion beaches themselves. His most important contribution to the defenses was an extensive program of improvised beach obstructions to complicate any landing attempt. This book analyses these fortifications and describes how the Allied forces overcame them on the morning of June 6, 1944.
First the Liberals took all the guns. Then they took away the people's freedom. Now, Ben Raines and his patriot army are driving a weakened United States government into full-fledged retreat. Emerging as an unstoppable force, the Southern States are winning over one strategic ally after another, from the states in the American Northwest to the Canadian provinces-all wanting to be a part of a society based on law, justice, and old-fashioned values enforced by the barrel of a gun. But to be recognized by the world community, the Southern States of America must pay a price. The U.N. wants Ben Raines's warriors to play cops in a world overrun by criminals, gangs, and cannibalistic punks. Now, Raines and his army must engage in an all-out war of liberation across a crime-ravaged Europe, one bloody mile at a time...
The UN wants Ben Raines' warriors to play cops in a world overrun by criminals, gangs, and cannibalistic punks. Now, they must engage in an all-out war across a crime-ravaged Europe.
In June 1944 the attention of the nation was riveted on events unfolding in France. But in the Pacific, the Battle of Saipan was of extreme strategic importance. This is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic engagements of World War II. The conquest of Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian was a turning point in the war in the Pacific as it made the American victory against Japan inevitable. Until this battle, the Japanese continued to believe that success in the war remained possible. While Japan had suffered serious setbacks as early as the Battle of Midway in 1942, Saipan was part of her inner defense line, so victory was essential. The American victory at Saipan forced Japan to begin considering the reality of defeat. For the Americans, the capture of Saipan meant secure air bases for the new B-29s that were now within striking distance of all Japanese cities, including Tokyo.
Stephen E. Ambrose draws from more than 1,400 interviews with American, British, Canadian, French, and German veterans to create the preeminent chronicle of the most important day in the twentieth century. Ambrose reveals how the original plans for the invasion were abandoned, and how ordinary soldiers and officers acted on their own initiative.D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities, and triumphs of life are laid bare. Ambrose portrays the faces of courage and heroism, fear and determination -- what Eisenhower called "the fury of an aroused democracy" -- that shaped the victory of the citizen soldiers whom Hitler had disparaged.
Beginning with a look at D-Day itself, this book begins by analyzing the deadly fighting on the beaches as the Allies launched the first successful cross-Channel invasion in 900 years and concludes with the final victory amidst the ruins of Berlin. Now, almost 70 years afterwards, this book reveals the realities of the final year of the war through the words and recollections of the last surviving veterans. Using their own words and accounts it describes the terror of soldiers facing down a German tank, assaulting a machine-gun post or surviving an artillery barrage on the long, arduous road to Victory-in-Europe. Drawing upon expert analysis and no-holds-barred recreations, it also shows the devastating effects of the weaponry used on a daily basis in an astonishing sequence of full-colour images while historic imagery bring to life the last great battles between the Allies and Nazi Germany from the torturous struggle for control of Falaise to the desperate fighting in the Bulge and the final push to the heart of the Reich. Like no other book before, World War II Frontline Heroes, reveals how ordinary men and women fought and survived throughout the extraordinary final months of World War II.
An eye-popping, innovative approach to one of the most-popular topics in all of history: the European Theater of World War II. The myth-busting designers of this unique book will provide readers with a full account of the campaign to liberate Europe sprinkled throughout with more than 200 unequalled visual assets. Based-on the 6-part mini-series coming from BBC Channel 4 in the UK and History TV in Canada. Includes extensive interviews with WWII veterans such as Col. Edward D. Shames who fought with the legendary 'Band of Brothers' of "E" Company, 2/506, 101st Airborne.
Although most people associate the term D-Day with the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, it is military code for the beginning of any offensive operation. In the Pacific theater during World War II there were more than one hundred D-Days. The largest -- and last -- was the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, which brought together the biggest invasion fleet ever assembled, far larger than that engaged in the Normandy invasion. D-Days in the Pacific tells the epic story of the campaign waged by American forces to win back the Pacific islands from Japan. Based on eyewitness accounts by the combatants, it covers the entire Pacific struggle from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Pacific war was largely a seaborne offensive fought over immense distances. Many of the amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands were among the most savagely fought battles in American history: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, New Guinea, Peleliu, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa. Generously illustrated with photographs and maps, D-Days in the Pacific is the finest one-volume account of this titanic struggle.
Lawrence is now an accepted major writer--with W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot, I should say, he is one of the three most important writers in English in the twentieth century--and it is fitting that his work should be accorded the same critical treatment that is given to other major writers. Moreover, Lawrence's own famous dictum--"Never trust the artist. Trust the tale. The proper function of a critic is to save the tale from the artist who created, it."--should also be applied to his own work. Lawrence is read, and will continue to be, for his novels, tales, and poems; and these must be preserved, not only from injudicious admirers and detractors, but, where necessary, from the misrepresentations that derive from Lawrence's own didactic rather than artistic self.
For crafty green types who want to master the fundamentals of a scratch pantry and have graduated from simple weekend jam and baking activities, this book offers a wide variety of recipes and blueprints for artisanal food projects. Forty projects with accompanying recipes appeal to a range of skill levels and palates. D.I.Y. Delicious goes beyond pickling and preserving into fermenting, culturing cheese, and brewing sodas and tonics. A total of 75 recipes and more than 50 step-by-step, color photographs lead the way to outfitting a scratch pantry that uses fewer ingredients to make delicious staples at a much lower cost.
Featuring P I Kinsey Millhone: "D is for Deadbeat" - Kinsey searches for an old client who turns up dead;
Democracy--America has it and it seems like many other countries want it. But what exactly is a democracy and how easy is it to maintain? Despite the banter in today's media, many Americans are still in the dark when it comes to knowing and acting upon their rights and responsibilities as citizens of a democratic society in refreshingly candid and straight-to-the-point language author Elissa Grodn takes readers of all ages on an A-Z trip through our government's structure, from its earliest beginnings to definitions of basic components and concepts (including immigration and taxation). Engaging, disarming, and frequently thought-provoking artwork from illustrator Victor Juhasz emphasizes the magnitude of the subject. From founding fathers, first ladies, and the First Amendment to the presidential oath of office, D is for Democracy details the political processes, parties, and people of democracy. American style.
A is for Acrobats. B is for Balls. C is for Calligraphy. D is for Dragon Dance. From firecrackers to noodles, from red envelopes to the zodiac, young readers are introduced to the exciting traditions of the Chinese New Year.
A lead role means lots of drama in this sparkling story of one tween's efforts to shine in the spotlight. Sunny Kim is done with one-line roles at Carnegie Arts Academy--she's ready for the lead. But even after a summer of studying with an acting coach, Sunny doesn't snag the role of Mary Poppins in her school's upcoming production. Unfortunately, her entire family mistakenly thinks otherwise, including her former-actress mother. Desperate for a solution, Sunny convinces her theater adviser to let her produce a one-woman show. But when the rest of her friends find out--the friends that never seem to make the playbill either--they all want to join in. Before long, Sunny is knee-deep in curtains, catfights, and chorus lines as her one-woman work turns into a staging of the hit musical Wicked. And when a terrible misunderstanding pits the entire cast against Sunny, can the show--and Sunny's future acting career--be saved in time for opening night?errible misunderstanding finds the entire cast raising a mutiny against Sunny, can the show--and Sunny's future acting career--be saved in time for opening night?
Readers get an A-Z introduction to the customs and cultures of the first people inhabiting the Americas. Topics include Bison, tipis, Kachinas, and dugout canoes.
A plainspoken follower of Jesus, Dwight L. Moody embodies passionate,unflinching obedience to God. It's 1860, the eve of America's Gilded Age. A manin a gray, woolen suit stands in a dilapidated building in Chicago's "LittleHell," a slum forgotten by the world. He is surrounded by grimy children,attentive and watchful in this makeshift school Moody established just forthem.They are waiting for Abraham Lincoln to speak. Why America'sgreatest president and one of America's most celebrated spiritual giants areamong the poorest of the poor is just the beginning of D.L. Moody, a biography with a novel-like narrative style thatunveils the eternal power one life can have.This book reintroduces the unlikely accomplishments of a mandesperate to obey God's call and shows how one committed heart can impact thekingdom of God and the spiritual heritage of a nation.We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences,their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, ourplaygrounds. Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas NelsonPublishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church throughprose as accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some arefamiliar faces. Others are unexpected guests. Whether the person is D.L. Moody,Sergeant York, Saint Nicholas, John Bunyan, or William F. Buckley, we are nowliving in the world that they created and understand both it and ourselvesbetter in the light of their lives. Their relationships, struggles, prayers, anddesires uniquely illuminate our shared experience.
Life and works of D.V. Gundappa. English translation by S.G. Mysore Math of G. Venkatasubbaiah's monograph in Kannada.
Arthur's little sister, D.W., has her doubts about the gymnastics class she's taking. She's pretty sure she's better than most of the kids in the class. But when it's time to learn how to do a forward roll, she learns how hard it can be and how much practice it takes to really become good at it. Worse yet, Emily is better at flips than is D.W., and Emily knows it.
When Mom sends D.W. to her room, ten minutes seem like forever. At first D.W. sulks, but as the time crawls by, she starts to worry. What if she starves? What if her family doesn't love her anymore? What if she's stuck in her room for the rest of her life? Every minute, D.W. imagines a wild new scenario as she waits out her punishment. Then an unexpected visitor comes to her rescue. . . . In this seventh D.W book, Marc Brown turns a universal childhood experience into a hilarious adventure with his unique blend of humor, warmth, and insight.
Arthur doesn't think D.W. can behave perfectly for a day. He dares her to try it, and she does. During her perfect day, she learns cool things about how good manners can help. She even thinks it's almost like magic. She gives great suggestions on how to have good manners, and there's a manners quiz at the back of the book for you to try.
This guide to the best-selling novel gives you fresh insight into the Da Vinci Code phenomenon. Following the path of the novel's characters, Fodor's Guide to The Da Vinci Code delves into the locations, people, historic events, and symbols involved in the story.Inside you'll find answers to questions such as: Do cryptexes really exist? Is there a secret chamber below Rosslyn Chapel? And what did conservators discover when they restored Leonardo's The Last Supper? Interviews, maps, and smart lively essays from experts in their fields reveal the eye-opening true tales behind the mystery. Plus* Compelling interviews and essays from experts in their fields* Detailed maps and floor plans* BONUS! An exclusive travel sections of Da Vinci Code-related places to eat, stay and see in Paris, London, Rome, and Roslin, Scotland
Angie Amalfi is close to one of the biggest breaks of her rocky culinary career-a chance to co-write a cookbook with a famous chef. But as she scrambles to prepare for the impending interview, her realtor sister Cat is suddenly accused of a murder in a rich client's home. A priceless relic-an iron chain that was used to bind St. Peter while in a Roman prison-is missing from her wealthy client Marcello Piccoletti's home, and a murder was committed on the heels of the disappearance. The only person who can clear Cat's name is the client himself, and he's in Rome, tending to his restaurant, Da Vinci's. Heedless to Angie's stern warning, the always unpredictable Cat insists on traveling to Rome to confront Picoletti, and Angie must drop everything to accompany her sister. The Roman restaurateur has the chain with him in Rome, and exonerates Cat of the murder as well. Unfortunately, the police in the states still suspect Cat and now Picoletti, the only witness, has disappeared. Angie takes a job as a cook at Da Vinci's, hoping to get to the bottom of this complex mess. And when bodies start piling up like balls of fresh mozzarella at an Amalfi family picnic, it looks like Angie and Cat's trip to their homeland may spell arrivederci Amalfis.
Author Michael Gelb ignited the current fascination with all things Da Vinci with his runaway bestseller, How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. Just as that book showed readers how to use the seven Da Vincian principles to develop their creative potential, his new book, Da Vinci Decoded, will help you use the same principles to cultivate your spiritual potential. Wonder. Appreciation. Awareness. Wholeness...In the Western world of the fifteenth century, these personal qualities were all boldly embodied in one extraordinary man. From art to botany, anatomy to mechanics, Da Vinci was a profoundly original thinker fully in tune with the world of man and nature, and with the divine spirit that bridges the two. In this bold new guide to awakening the soul, Michael Gelb draws on Leonardo's writings, inventions, and works of art to show how you, too, can practice the seven essential principles by which Leonardo lived and worked:Filled with practical exercises that will help you put each of the seven principles into use, a series of reflective questions designed for self-assessment, and inspirational sayings drawn from the world's great wisdom traditions, Da Vinci Decoded offers a wide range of tools to use in your spiritual quest. Now you can let Leonardo and this book be your personal guides to creating your own personal spiritual renaissance today.From the Hardcover edition.
Towering across time as the creator of the Mona Lisa, forever famous as a sculptor and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest minds of both the Italian Renaissance and Western civilization. His keen scientific imagination and, most of all, his aesthetic and creative genius have forever changed the course of our culture. Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and recent in-depth biographies have stimulated renewed interest in da Vinci and his complex and inquiring intelligence. He is a challenging figure easily defined only by his great works, but this revealing selection of sketches, diagrams, and writings from his notebooks is a beautiful and varied record of da Vinci's theories and observations. They embrace not only art but also architecture, town planning, engineering, naval warfare, music, medicine, mathematics, science, and philosophy. The notebooks-a treasure trove of unparalleled ingenuity, curiosity, and creative energy-have inspired readers for centuries. The Da Vinci Notebooks is the perfect introduction to the mysteries of a master artist.