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In the fateful closing days of 1862, three weeks before Emancipation, the administration of Abraham Lincoln commissioned a code setting forth the laws of war for the armies of the United States. The code announced standards of civilized conduct in wartime concerning issues such as torture, prisoners of war, civilians, spies, and slaves. The code Lincoln approved ultimately shaped the course of the Civil War. And when the war was over, the same code reshaped warfare the world over. By the twentieth century, the 157 articles of Lincoln's code had become the basis of a new international law of war. European powers adopted the American code. International agreements like the Geneva Conventions incorporated and expanded it. In this pathbreaking and deeply original book, John Fabian Witt tells the hidden story of the laws of war in the first century of the United States-and of the extraordinary code that emerged from it to change the course of world history. Lincoln's Code is the haunting and inspiring story of an idea in American history: the idea that conduct in war can be regulated by law. For many, the very idea of a law for war has seemed like an oxymoron. But with sweep and vitality, Witt unfolds the story of the cast of characters who invented the modern laws of war. Washington, Jefferson, and Franklin championed Enlightenment rules for civilized warfare. James Madison went to war in 1812 to vindicate them. Indian conflicts challenged and distorted them. The Mexican War quietly revolutionized them. In the Civil War, Lincoln and a small band of now forgotten figures helped remake those same laws to support Emancipation and advance the Union war effort. Three decades later, a new generation of Americans went into a war of American empire in the Philippines equipped with the very rules Lincoln had laid down. In beautifully crafted prose, Witt brings to life the soldiers and the presidents, the war makers and the pacifists, the Indians and the slaves, the cynics, the utopians, and the pragmatists who struggled with enemies and with one another to shape the United States' vision of the laws of war. A narrative of expansive range and significance, Lincoln's Code depicts the drama of armed conflict and the anguish of human beings grappling with such vexing questions as whether prisoners could be executed; whether there were rules in Indian wars; whether military commissions could try unlawful combatants; whether torture might ever be justified; and whether slaves could be freed in wartime. The code Lincoln issued prohibited cruelty and the infliction of pain for its own sake but left room for vast destruction in the name of a just cause. It condoned the devastation inflicted in Sherman's march to the sea. Yet it also provided a moral foundation for Emancipation and insisted that doing the right thing in situations of grave crisis was indispensable to the legitimacy of modern armies. Witt's engrossing exploration of the dilemmas at the heart of the laws of war is a prehistory of our own era. Today the world once again confronts raging legal and moral controversy over the conduct of war. Lincoln's Code reveals that the controversies of the twenty-first century have roots going back to the beginnings of American history. In a time of heated controversy about the nation's conduct in wartime, Lincoln's Code is a compelling story of ideals under pressure and a landmark contribution to our understanding of the American experience.
A revealing look at Lincoln's actions in 1862--and a nation in the midst of warLincoln's Darkest Year offers a gripping narrative of 1862, a pivotal year in our country's Civil War. Marvel continues the story he began in Mr. Lincoln Goes to War, which focused on Lincoln's first year in office, again relying on recently unearthed primary sources and little-known accounts to paint a picture of this critical year in newfound detail. Lincoln's Darkest Year highlights not just the actions but also the deeper motivations of the major figures, including General Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, George McClellan, Stonewall Jackson, and, most notably, Lincoln himself. As the action darts from the White House to the battlefields and back, Marvel sheds new light on the hardships endured by everyday citizens and the substantial and sustained public opposition to the war.The second in a planned four-part series on the Civil War, and the first major reexamination in over fifty years, Lincoln's Darkest Year stands apart from traditional assumptions and narratives about the early years of the Civil War. Marvel combines fluid prose and scholarship with the skills of an investigative historical detective to unearth the true story of our nation's greatest crisis.
"A novel of classical proportions and virtues...humane and moving."-The Washington Post Book World"A love story on more than one level, and Ms. Willis does justice to them all. It was only toward the end of the book that I realized how much tension had been generated, how engrossed I was in the characters, how much I cared about their fates."-The New York Times Book ReviewFor Jeff Johnston, a young historical reseacher for a Civil War novelist, reality is redefined on a bitter cold night near the close of a lingering winter. He meets Annie, an intense and lovely young woman suffering from vivid, intense nightmares. Haunted by the dreamer and her unrelenting dreams, Jeff leads Annie on an emotional odyssey through the heartland of the Civil War in search of a cure. On long-silenced battlefields their relationship blossoms-two obsessed lovers linked by unbreakable chains of history, torn by a duty that could destroy them both. Suspenseful, moving, and highly compelling, Lincoln's Dreams is a novel of rare imaginative power.From the Paperback edition.
In this astonishing and illuminating book, Joshua Wolf Shenk reveals the deep melancholy that pervaded Abraham Lincoln's life and its influence on his mature character. Mired in personal suffering as a young man, Lincoln forged a hard path toward mental health. His coping strategies and depressive insight ultimately helped the sixteenth president find the strength that he, and America, needed to overcome the nation's greatest turmoil. Drawing on seven years of research, Shenk offers a nuanced, revelatory perspective on Lincoln and his legacy.
The union is doomed, its death foretold in the fever dreams of Mary Todd Lincoln . . . As a great nation's destiny is being written in blood on the battlefields of Pea Ridge and Shiloh, a grim tomorrow is foreseen by a deeply troubled first lady and interpreted by her best friend, Mercy, herself an accomplished seer. But hope appears out of the mist with the arrival of Thomas, a mysterious stranger with an astonishing mastery over time and space. Against the backdrop of the Civil War's greatest events, these three must join together to salvage a future with the aid of unlikely collaborators: the uncannily gifted Confederate captain Cole Younger, his notorious career as a bank robber as yet undetermined, and President Lincoln himself, called upon to willingly make the ultimate sacrifice. And the key to their desperate endeavor lies in a mysterious image from Mrs. Lincoln's tortured visions-a magical sword which, when wielded, will bring redemption . . . or destruction.
This is a readable and yet scholarly work which serves as both history and biography. "Incredible as it may seem to us, when Lincoln became president, there was still a question as to whether the president, even acting as commander in chief, had the power to determine military policy. It fell to Lincoln to create the role of commander in chief. This book tells how he did that and how, in so doing, he created the modern presidency."
Now available, a boxed eBook set of Linda Fairstein's first three Alex Cooper mysteries: Final Jeopardy, Likely to Die, and Cold Hit.Linda Fairstein's first novel, Final Jeopardy, introduces the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper, whose job description matched Fairstein's own as Manhattan's top sex crimes prosecutor. The author's "two decades as a prosecutor of sex crimes imbues Final Jeopardy with riveting authenticity" (Vanity Fair), and it was made into a television movie starring Dana Delaney. In Likely to Die, New York City's oldest medical center is the scene of a ghastly attack: top neurosurgeon Gemma Dogen is found in her office, where she has been sexually assaulted and designated by the cops as a "likely to die." By the time assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper has plunged into the case, it's a high-profile murder investigation. As Alex's passion to find the killer intensifies, she discovers that she is the next target for lethal violence. For readers who "like the science of Patricia Cornwell and the legal strategy of John Grisham, this one's for you" (The New Orleans Times-Picayune).In Cold Hit, the silk-clad body of a woman is pulled from the waters at Manhattan's northern tip. Alex races against the clock with the hope for a "cold hit" --a DNA match that would reveal the identity of the murderer by linking the crime to someone already in the police database. But as the case pulls her into the exclusive world of Eastside auction houses, Alex discovers she may be marked as an expendable commodity in a chilling and deadly scheme. "A skillfully executed plot, by a crime novelist whose powerful characters are drawn from her real life expertise. Absorbing, intricately woven--bring on the next" (Patricia Cornwell).
The 1968 publication of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs popularized astrology worldwide. Magazines and newspapers began running regular astrology columns and Goodman contributed insert articles into the mass circulation women's magazines. An ever increasing percentage of people knew their sign (as well as yours) and studied astrological tendencies. Linda Goodman's Love Signs addresses and answered the question asked by everyone familiar with astrology--how do I relate to someone of another sign? Each sign is "related" to the twelve signs of the zodiac in a different and unique way. Each section addresses the differences for a male and a female with the same sign matches. This edition of Linda Goodman's Love Signs has been fully updated with current references and Goodman's magical first-person prose has been preserved so that the reading experience is as enjoyable as when this work was first published. This ebook edition of Linda Goodman's Love Signs is the first time that this classic work has been available in electronic format. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Linda Goodman is a native of West Virginia. She popularized astrology with the publication of her book Linda Goodman's Sun Signs in 1968, which is the only astrology book to ever appear on The New York Times bestseller list. Since then, it has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide and is the single most widely read introduction to astrology available. Ten years after the success of Linda Goodman's Sun Signs, Goodman published Linda Goodman's Love Signs, which answered the question posed by almost every reader of astrology--how does my sign relate and interface with the twelve other signs of the zodiac? Linda Goodman's Love Signs was as big an international success as was Linda Goodman's Sun Signs.
Enjoy 3 heartwarming classics by New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller: Ragged Rainbows, There and Now, and Here and Then.
What happens when your best friend turns into your first crush?Lindsay Potter and Nick Lopez have been best friends since birth. Nick's been away all summer, and Lindsay can't wait to see him again. But on the first day of school, she barely recognizes him. Not only did he grow about a foot taller, but over the summer Nick morphed into the cutest boy in school...and quite possibly the world. Nick instantly becomes the most popular boy in seventh grade, and practically every girl is crushing on him. Including Lindsay. What's a BFF to do?
For more than half a century, a secret organization of Army officers known as The Line has been covertly manipulating U.S. policy. Now, in a political climate rife with dissent and unrest, The Line has ordered a pivotal top-secret operation that will let the world know who is really in charge--take out the president on Pearl Harbor Day. But The Line didn't count on a run in with Boomer Watson, a member of the elite Special Ops Delta Force.
The man she loved is gone forever. The child she lives for could be next.Each day is a struggle for Amanda Gleason's newborn son as he battles a rare immune deficiency. Justin's best chance for a cure lies with his father, who was brutally murdered before Amanda even realized she carried his child.Or was he?One emailed photo changes everything, planting a seed of doubt that Amanda latches on to for dear life: a recent photo of a man who looks exactly like Paul. Could Justin's father be alive? The mother in her is desperate to find out. But tracking down a ghost when every second counts is not for amateurs.Forensic Instincts is the one team up for the challenge.A behaviorist. A former navy SEAL. A techno-wizard. An intuitive. A retired FBI agent. A human-scent-evidence dog. Together they achieve the impossible, pushing ethical and legal boundaries whenever the ends justify the means.The manhunt is on for the elusive father. Yet the further FI digs into his past, the more questions are raised about whether the man Amanda fell in love with ever really existed at all.Dark secrets. Carefully crafted lies. From the congressional halls of Washington, D.C., to exclusive Hamptons manors, there are ruthless people who would stop at nothing to make Forensic Instincts forget about the man Amanda desperately needs to find.Little do they realize that once Forensic Instincts takes the case, nothing will stop them from uncovering the shocking truth that transcends The Line Between Here and Gone.
Charles Gadd served in Vietnam in late 1967 and 1968 and had experiences very similar to what most enlisted men endured. He describes the mud, blood, leeches, loss of friends, and low morale due to constant harassment by guerrillas. The author, a squad leader with the 101st Airborne, was wounded twice and saw nearly constant action in the Central Highlands. This memoir is a vivid and accurate description of the Vietnam War.
Travis, less obsessed with baseball than his fellow team members, tries to balance his playing with his hobby of horror videos and starts receiving anonymous threats warning him to spend more time on baseball.
Bloodthirsty monsters are emerging from the Antarctic ice, the same creatures that once stalked the battlegrounds of World War I. Back then, a group of soldiers valiantly fought off the beasts-and were never seen again. A century later, an elite military squad stands between civilization and the mysterious return of the enemy.Captain Charlie Weller thinks she's seen everything-until a man crawls out onto the ice, barely alive and muttering about a place called Illyria. Lysander Davies claims to be the descendant of one of the missing soldiers. He insists the monsters are actually gentle creatures, under the control of beings far, far more dangerous... Drawn to the stranger, Charlie believes his stories and agrees to help him. But they both know nothing can come of their feelings for one another, for the only way to save earth is for Lysander to return to Illyria and close the rift behind him, forever...96,000 words
This timely volume on the political history of the Middle East examines the division of Arab lands by France and Britain in the wake of the First World War, and explores the effects of conflicts and competition between the imperial powers on the development of the modern political landscape of the region. The work is divided into four chronological sections covering the period of division from 1915 to 1919, the courting and suppression of local powers in the inter-war years, proxy battles and direct conflict during World War II, and post war deals and roots of the ongoing Israel-Palestine problem. The author draws on newly released archival documents and includes a selection of black and white plates. Barr is a journalist and the author of Setting the Desert on Fire, a history of Lawrence of Arabia. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
The Kane Legacy: faith, love, courage, and strength. In nineteenth-century Texas, they're going to need it. In 1835, Alan Kane and his family come to the Circle C Ranch in Texas, little dreaming what the future holds in both blessing and danger. Beautiful Julia Miller, daughter of a Louisiana plantation owner, has captured Alan's heart, but he hardly dares to hope for her hand. Then Colonel William Travis calls for the men of Texas to rally against Mexico's General Santa Anna. Full of honor and courage, brothers Alan and Adam join up with Jim Bowie to do their part. The plan centers on holding a Franciscan mission known as the Alamo and soon includes Davy Crockett and his Tennessee Mounted Volunteers. As battle looms, what is God's purpose for the Kane men? Can they share their eternal hope with men ready to die for Texas? Will brotherly bonds overcome a jealous secret in the face of death? And just what will endure of the Kane legacy? From the Trade Paperback edition.
In the journal she receives for her twelfth birthday in 1835, Lucinda Lawrence describes the hardships her family and other residents of the "Texas colonies" endure when they decide to face the Mexicans in a fight for their freedom.
Rachel thinks that she and her mother are safe working for Ms. Moore at her estate close to the Line, an invisible border of the Unified States, but when Rachel has an opportunity to Cross into the forbidden zone, she is both frightened and intrigued.
Novel set in the 1980's about a young British gay man coming of age in a world of wealth and politics. Booker prize winner.
The mission for the Op-Center team: capture an Islamic cleric who is stirring up a rebellion against the Indian government. But things go wrong...
At the request of her many fans-Terri Blackstock revisits the heroic cast of characters in this fifth book in her best-selling Newpointe 911 series In Line of Duty, a bomb explodes at the Icon International building in New Orleans while lawyer Jill Cla
Lt. Col. Brena Dugan puts her own life on the line investigating the death of an airman at the behest of the airman's family, who are convinced there was foul play.
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