The Coldest Night

By Robert Olmstead

Henry Childs is simply seventeen whilst he falls right into a love affair so severe it approximately destroys him. to flee the wrath of the younger girl’s father, Henry joins the Marines, arriving in Korea at the eve of the brutal conflict of the Chosin Reservoir—the defining second of the Korean struggle. There he confronts an enemy strength a ways past the scope of his imagining, however the demanding situations he meets upon his go back domestic, scarred and haunted, are better by way of far. 
From the steamy streets of recent Orleans to the bone-chilling Korean panorama, award-winning writer Robert Olmstead takes us into probably the most bodily demanding battles in heritage and, with simply as a lot depth, into an electrifying, all-consuming love affair. 

Show description

Read more

Flotsam: A Novel

From the liked writer of All Quiet at the Western entrance, Flotsam is a terrifying portrait of Europe because the Nazi shadow falls over the continent.
 
Political dissidents, Jews, scientific scholars, petty criminals: one of the hundreds of thousands of displaced individuals touring the unpaved roads of Europe, there are Steiner and Kern. either have annoyed officers for outstaying their two-week sojourn in Czechoslovakia. they usually needs to depart. now not that both has anyplace to move. no longer in 1939. but if a guy is led by way of a protect to the border of 1 state, he needs to attempt one other. until eventually he's escorted from that one too.
 
dwelling hand-to-mouth, promoting shoelaces and protection pins for a couple of pennies, Steiner and Kern locate that, remarkably, there are nonetheless pleasures on hand. Paris, for one; love, for an additional. For amid the heartless cruelty and cold-blooded legislation of the Nazi nation, there's nonetheless humanity and kindness. and there's incomparable pleasure in falling in love, surviving, and telling your tale so it's by no means forgotten.
 
“The global has an exceptional author in Erich Maria Remarque. he's a craftsman of certainly first rank, a guy who can bend language to his will. no matter if he writes of fellows or of inanimate nature, his contact is delicate, company, and sure.”—The long island instances booklet Review

Show description

Read more

The Splendor of Portugal (Portuguese Literature Series)

"The attractiveness of Portugal"'s 4 narrators are contributors of a as soon as well-to-do family members whose plantation used to be misplaced within the Angolan struggle of Independence; the matriarch of this unhappiest of clans and her 3 grownup little ones converse in a nightmarish, remorseless gush to offer us the main points in their ugly family members existence. Like a personality out of Faulkner's decayed south, the mum clings to the wish that her kids will come again, shop her from destitution, and fix the family's imagined former glory. the youngsters, for his or her half, have not visible one another in years, and of their isolation are laid low with feverish thoughts of Angola. The vitriol and self-hatred of the characters recognize no bounds, for they're right now sufferers and culprits, to blame of atrocities devoted within the identify of colonialism in addition to the tough humiliations and betrayals in their personal relations. Antunes back proves that he's the key stylist of his iteration, a fearless investigator into the worst excesses of the human animal.

Show description

Read more

North Korea: Another Country

By Bruce Cumings

Depicted as an insular and forbidding police nation with an “insane” dictator at its helm, North Korea—charter member of Bush’s “Axis of Evil”—is a rustic the U.S. likes to hate. Now the CIA says it possesses nuclear, chemical, and organic guns, in addition to long-range missiles able to supplying them to America’s West Coast.

But, as Bruce Cumings demonstrates during this provocative, vigorous learn, the tale of the U.S.-Korea clash is extra complicated than our leaders or our information media might have us think. Drawing on his large wisdom of Korea, and on declassified govt studies, Cumings lines that tale, from the brutal Korean warfare to the current predicament. Harboring no illusions concerning the totalitarian Kim Jong Il regime, Cumings still insists on a extra nuanced method. the result's either a counter-narrative to the professional U.S. and North Korean models and a desirable portrayal of North Korea, a rustic that suffers via overseas invasions, typical mess ups, and its personal inner contradictions, but in some way keeps to survive.

Show description

Read more

Fallen Timbers 1794: The US Army's first victory (Campaign)

By John F. Winkler

After the bold Ohio Indians destroyed the USA military at Wabash in 1791, the Washington management created a brand new US military to defeat them. The well-known progressive conflict commander Major-General “Mad” Anthony Wayne equipped and proficient the hot military, after which led it into the Ohio wasteland in 1794. To defeat the Indians, he needed to conquer not only the logistical and intelligence difficulties that had doomed his predecessor's 1791 crusade, but additionally a conspiracy of officials and contractors led by way of his valuable subordinate, and threatened competition through British and Spanish forces. On August 20, 1794, Wayne defeated the Indians at Fallen Timbers. His decisive victory resulted in the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville, which ended twenty years of clash among the american citizens and the Ohio Indians, and opened to American cost the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Show description

Read more

The 14-Hour War: Valor on Koh Tang and the Recapture of the SS Mayaguez

The ebook recounts the 1975 American operation to recapture the U.S. box send SS Mayaquez and her team, an incident that's unusual to such a lot americans. earlier literary paintings documenting the development have serious about the activities of the group of the Mayaquez, the air strength helicopter pilots and, President Ford and the nationwide protection Council..The concentration of the 14 Hour warfare is the airmen, sailors and Marines, essentially the Marines, who went in to rescue a workforce that wasn't there, A strength produced from nearly 2 hundred Marines such a lot of whom have been clean out of boot camp used to be tasked with the rescue, They have been briefed to anticipate minimum resistance from a few 20 to 30 flippantly armed fishermen defense force, What they discovered used to be among four hundred and six hundred Khmer Rouge wrestle veterans with heavy guns in entrenched and fortified positions, laid low with incomplete and misguided intelligence and hindered by means of a micro-managed command and keep an eye on constitution that prolonged the entire option to the Oval place of work, the Marines held out for 14 hours opposed to a greatly more suitable and more matured enemy in a struggle they dare now not lose, Getting at the island was once amazing, Getting off the island was once a miracle, because of that 14 hour conflict, 4 Air Crosses and a army go have been provided, forty-one U.S, servicemen misplaced their lives and 3 Marines have been left in the back of and, the USA regained a small little bit of luster to a name tarnished by means of its withdrawal from Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as a entire narrative of the making plans and the conflict itself, the publication will include over 30 first individual money owed by means of Koh Tang veterans and unpublished photos taken via veterans whereas engaged with the enemy, The appendices will comprise verbatim mins of NSC discussions and judgements concerning the process and strategies to be performed by means of neighborhood commanders, U.S. Marine Corps submit motion and Investigative experiences and the most recent info as of December 2009) on what occurred to the 3 Marines that have been left at the back of.

Show description

Read more

The First World War

By John Keegan

The 1st global warfare created the fashionable international. A clash of remarkable ferocity, it by surprise ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian period, unleashing such demons of the 20 th century as mechanized struggle and mass dying. It additionally helped to herald the guidelines that experience formed our times--modernism within the arts, new techniques to psychology and medication, radical suggestions approximately economics and society--and in so doing shattered the religion in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe because the Enlightenment. With The First global War, John Keegan, one in every of our most outstanding army historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to write down the definitive account of the nice battle for our generation.

Probing the secret of the way a civilization on the peak of its fulfillment may have propelled itself into any such ruinous clash, Keegan takes us backstage of the negotiations between Europe's topped heads (all of them regarding each other by means of blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the trouble. He finds how, via an fabulous failure of international relations and communique, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf a complete continent.

But the center of Keegan's significant narrative is, after all, his research of the army clash. With unrivaled authority and perception, he recreates the nightmarish engagements whose names became legend--Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli between them--and sheds new gentle at the thoughts and strategies hired, really the contributions of geography and know-how. No much less imperative to Keegan's account is the human point. He acquaints us with the suggestions of the exciting personalities who oversaw the tragically pointless catastrophe--from heads of kingdom like Russia's hapless tsar, Nicholas II, to well known warmakers equivalent to Haig, Hindenburg and Joffre. yet Keegan reserves his so much affecting own sympathy for these whose person efforts heritage has now not recorded--"the nameless thousands, indistinguishably drab, undifferentially disadvantaged of any scrap of the glories that by means of culture made the lifetime of the man-at-arms tolerable."

By the top of the conflict, 3 nice empires--the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Ottoman--had collapsed. yet as Keegan indicates, the devastation ex-tended over the whole thing of Europe, and nonetheless profoundly informs the politics and tradition of the continent this day. His extraordinary, panoramic account of this significant and bad clash is destined to take its position one of the classics of worldwide history.

With 24 pages of images, 2 endpaper maps, and 15 maps in textual content

Show description

Read more

Secrets of Cold War Technology: Project Haarp and Beyond

In Secrets of chilly struggle Technology, Gerry Vassilatos unearths that "Death Ray" know-how has been secretly researched and built because the flip of the century. incorporated are chapters on H. C. Vion, the developer of auroral strength receivers; Dr. Selim Lemstrom's pre-Tesla experiments; the early beam guns of Grindell-Mathews; John Hettenger and his early beam strength platforms; Ulivi Turpain and others.

Learn approximately undertaking Argus, undertaking Teak and venture Orange; EMP experiments again within the '60s; why the Air strength directed the development of a massive ionospheric "backscatter" telemetry procedure around the Pacific simply after global conflict II; why Raytheon has accumulated each patent suitable to HAARP over the last few years; and masses extra pertinent info on hidden chilly struggle technology.

Show description

Read more

Balkan Babel: The Disintegration of Yugoslavia from the Death of Tito to the Fall of Milošević

By Sabrina P. Ramet

The fourth version of this severely acclaimed paintings features a new bankruptcy, a brand new epilogue, and revisions in the course of the e-book. Sabrina Ramet, a veteran observer of the Yugoslav scene, lines the regular deterioration of Yugoslavia’s political and social cloth within the years given that 1980, arguing that, whereas the federal method and multiethnic cloth laid down fault strains, the ultimate concern was once sown within the failure to solve the legitimacy query, caused by means of fiscal deterioration, and driven ahead towards warfare by means of Serbian politicians bent on power—either inside of a centralized Yugoslavia or inside an “ethnically cleansed” higher Serbia. together with her specified wisdom of the world and huge fieldwork, Ramet paints a strikingly unique photograph of Yugoslavia’s dying and the emergence of the Yugoslav successor states.</Div>

Show description

Read more