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Devil at My Heels
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Devil at My Heels

By Louis Zamperini

A modern classic by an American legend, Devil at My Heels is the riveting and deeply personal memoir by U.S. Olympian, World War II bombardier, and POW survivor Louis Zamperini. His inspiring story of courage, resilience, and faith has captivated readers and audiences of Unbroken, now a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie. In Devil at My Heels, his official autobiography (co-written with longtime collaborator David Rensin), Zamperini shares his own first-hand account of an extraordinary journey—hailed as "one of the most incredible American lives of the past century" (People). A youthful troublemaker, a world-class NCAA miler, a 1936 Olympian, a WWII bombardier: Louis Zamperini had a fuller life than most. But on May 27, 1943, it all changed in an instant when his B-24 crashed into the Pacific Ocean, leaving Louis and two other survivors drifting on a raft for forty-seven days and two thousand miles, waiting in vain to be rescued. And the worst was yet to come when they finally reached land, only to be captured by the Japanese. Louis spent the next two years as a prisoner of war—tortured and humiliated, routinely beaten, starved and forced into slave labor—while the Army Air Corps declared him dead and sent official condolences to his family. On his return home, memories of the war haunted him nearly destroyed his marriage until a spiritual rebirth transformed him and led him to dedicate the rest of his long and happy life to helping at-risk youth.

$17.00

Intelligence In War
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Intelligence In War

In fiction, the spy is a glamorous figure whose secrets make or break peace, but, historically, has intelligence really been a vital step to military victories? In this breakthrough study, the preeminent war historian John Keegan goes to the heart of a series of important conflicts to develop a powerful argument about military intelligence. In his characteristically wry and perceptive prose, Keegan offers us nothing short of a new history of war through the prism of intelligence. He brings to life the split-second decisions that went into waging war before the benefit of aerial surveillance and electronic communications. The English admiral Horatio Nelson was hot on the heels of Napoleon's fleet in the Mediterranean and never knew it, while Stonewall Jackson was able to compensate for the Confederacy's disadvantage in firearms and manpower with detailed maps of the Appalachians. In the past century, espionage and decryption have changed the face of battle: the Japanese surprise attack at the Battle of the Midway was thwarted by an early warning. Timely information, however, is only the beginning of the surprising and disturbing aspects of decisions that are made in war, where brute force is often more critical.

$16.00

1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire
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1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

By Rebecca Rideal

"1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters. While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London--a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city. With flare and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history"--

$20.00

Tales From A Tin Can
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Tales From A Tin Can

By Michael Olson

"What was life like on a destroyer during World War II? Find out by reading Michael Keith Olson's superb telling of tales of the war in the Pacific as seen from the deck of a very luck 'tin can"… The son of a former Dale crewman, Olson interviewed 44 veterans and delved deeply into official documents to give this book the air of authenticity that puts the reader in the heart of the action. "Tales from a Tin Can is the first oral history of one combat ship's adventures, sometimes comic, sometimes mundane, sometimes heart wrenching, over the entire course of America's involvement in the Pacific. An impressive accomplishment and highly recommended." WWII History "This fascinating book captures not only the furious clashes with the Japanese but also the humdrum days in-between and the heart-stopping encounters with typhoons that could be as lethal as any engagement with the enemy. Anyone interested in stories from World War II will find this well-illustrated account of the naval campaign in the Pacific fascinating." Register –Pajaronian Looking up from his newspaper from where he sat on the deck of the destroyer USS Dale, Harold Reichert could see the pilot plain as day--the leather helmet with chin strap, the goggles, and then the red rising sun painted on the plane's fuselage. "I saw the torpedo drop and watched as it ran up on the old Utah." It was daybreak at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the beginning of the war, and the Dale was there; she would serve until the end, when the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered. In the words of those who manned her, the Dales war comes vividly to life in this first oral history of a combat ship from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay. From carrier raids on Midway, Guadalcanal, and the Solomons to the bombarding of Saipan and Guam in the capture of the Marianas, from the Aleutians in the far north to strikes on Tokyo and Kobe, Tales from a Tin Can recreates the action aboard the Dale, and conveys as never before the true grit of wartime on a destroyer.

$25.00

The French Revolution: From Enlightenment To Tyranny
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The French Revolution: From Enlightenment To Tyranny

By Ian Davidson

The French Revolution casts a long shadow, one that reaches into our own time and influences our debates on freedom, equality and authority. Yet it remains an elusive, perplexing historical event. Its significance morphs according to the sympathies of the viewer, who may see it as a series of gory tableaux, a regrettable slide into uncontrolled anarchy --- or a radical reshaping of the political landscape. Ian Davidson provides a fresh look at this vital moment in European history. He reveals how it was an immensely complicated and multifaceted revolution, and how subsequently it became weighted with political, social and moral values.

$20.00

Gulf War
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Gulf War

By Anthony Evans

2006. Paperback. New.

$15.00

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Crisis in the Middle East
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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Crisis in the Middle East

By Journalists of Reuters

2002. Hardcover. New. In the past two years, the hope of peace between the peoples of Israel and Palestine has collapsed, replaced by an increasingly savage cycle of revenge. Why? Can we understand both the politics and the anguish, the human face of this catastrophe? In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Crisis in the Middle East, the correspondents and photojournalists of Reuters illuminate this conflict with unmatched insight, objectivity, and balance. Reporters who have been present at the key moments of history answer questions that cry out for answers: How did it come to this? What is the role of history, economics, and land? What is the role of religion, and the unique meaning of the city of Jerusalem? What are the Palestinian and Israeli views? From Arafat and Sharon to Carter, Clinton, and Bush, how have individual leaders shaped the struggle? What impact will today's events have on tomorrow's Middle East, and on the rest of the world? Above all, who are these people? What are they enduring, and what may their future hold? The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict tells the story of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship through stunning new photographs and a compelling narrative that places the events of recent months -- and decades -- in their full context.

$35.00

City Under Siege: Richmond in the Civil War
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City Under Siege: Richmond in the Civil War

By Mike Wright

2002. Paperback. New.

$10.00

Fighting Patton
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Fighting Patton

By Harry Yeide

2014. Paperback. New.

$18.00

Hell and Good company
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Hell and Good company

By Richard Rhodes

2015. Hardcover. New. From the Pulitzer Prize–winning and bestselling author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb—the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it. The Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and John Dos Passos. The idealism of the cause—defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war—and the brutality of the conflict drew from them some of their best work: Guernica, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Homage to Catalonia, The Spanish Earth. The war spurred breakthroughs in military and medical technology as well. New aircraft, new weapons, new tactics and strategy all emerged in the intense Spanish conflict. Indiscriminate destruction raining from the sky became a dreaded reality for the first time. Progress also arose from the horror: the doctors and nurses who volunteered to serve with the Spanish defenders devised major advances in battlefield surgery and front-line blood transfusion. In those ways, and in many others, the Spanish Civil War served as a test bed for World War II, and for the entire twentieth century. From the life of John James Audubon to the invention of the atomic bomb, readers have long relied on Richard Rhodes to explain, distill, and dramatize crucial moments in history. Now, he takes us into battlefields and bomb shelters, into the studios of artists, into the crowded wards of war hospitals, and into the hearts and minds of a rich cast of characters to show how the ideological, aesthetic, and technological developments that emerged in Spain changed the world forever.

$13.00

British Regiments at Gallipoli
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British Regiments at Gallipoli

By Ray Westlake

1996. Hardcover wih Dust Jacket. New. At Gallipoli in 1915 the British Admiralty gambled on outflanking Germany's Turkish allies and lost. Thousands of soldiers paid with their lives, as depicted in the famous Australian film. For the remainder of 1915 the Commonwealth troops held on to the rocky slopes of the Gallipoli peninsula, under constant fire from the Turks and their German advisors. The Turkish government has recently granted easier access to the Gallipoli battlefield, sparking renewed interest in the campaign.In addition to Australian troops, many British units also served, making some of the most costly early amphibious landings. World War I authority Ray Westlake provides full details of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Lancashire Fusiliers, and all other British units at Gallipoli. Battles and engagements, along with movements in and out of the line, are dealt with at battalion level, rather than on a larger and less detailed divisional scale. More than 2,000 volumes of war diaries, regimental histories and personal reminiscences were consulted to produce this definitive work.

$20.00

Under Siege: Three Children At The Civil War Battle For Vicksburg
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Under Siege: Three Children At The Civil War Battle For Vicksburg

By Andrea Warren

Paperback. New. Meet Lucy McRae and two other young people, Willie Lord and Frederick Grant, all survivors of the Civil War's Battle for Vicksburg. In 1863, Union troops intend to silence the cannons guarding the Mississippi River at Vicksburg – even if they have to take the city by siege. To hasten surrender, they are shelling Vicksburg night and day. Terrified townspeople, including Lucy and Willie, take shelter in caves – enduring heat, snakes, and near suffocation. On the Union side, twelve-year-old Frederick Grant has come to visit his father, General Ulysses S. Grant, only to find himself in the midst of battle, experiencing firsthand the horrors of war. Period photographs, engravings, and maps extend this dramatic story as award-winning author Andrea Warren re-creates one of the most important Civil War battles through the eyes of ordinary townspeople, officers and enlisted men from both sides, and, above all, three brave children who were there.

$18.00