Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam

By John A. Nagl

Invariably, armies are accused of getting ready to struggle the former warfare. In studying to consume Soup with a Knife, Lieutenant Colonel John A. Nagl—a veteran of either Operation desolate tract typhoon and the present clash in Iraq—considers the now-crucial query of ways armies adapt to altering situations throughout the process conflicts for which they're at the beginning unprepared. by utilizing archival resources and interviews with contributors in either engagements, Nagl compares the improvement of counterinsurgency doctrine and perform within the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960 with what constructed within the Vietnam warfare from 1950 to 1975.

In studying those occasions, Nagl—the topic of a up to date New York instances Magazine conceal tale through Peter Maass—argues that organizational tradition is vital to the facility to benefit from unanticipated stipulations, a variable and is the reason why the British military effectively performed counterinsurgency in Malaya yet why the yankee military did not achieve this in Vietnam, treating the battle in its place as a standard clash. Nagl concludes that the British military, as a result of its position as a colonial police strength and the organizational features created by way of its historical past and nationwide tradition, was once higher in a position to fast study and follow the teachings of counterinsurgency throughout the process the Malayan Emergency.

With a brand new preface reflecting at the author's wrestle adventure in Iraq, Learning to devour Soup with a Knife is a well timed exam of the teachings of prior counterinsurgency campaigns that would be hailed by means of either army leaders and civilians.

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Das Reich: March of the Second Ss Panzer Division Through France

Inside days of the D-Day lanings, the 'Das Reich' second SS Panzer department marched north via France to augment the front-line defenders of Hitler's citadel Europe. Veterans of the bloodiest battling of the Russion entrance, 15,000 males with their tanks and artillery, they have been hounded for each mile in their march by means of saboteurs of the Resistance and brokers of the Allied designated Forces. alongside their path they took reporisals so savage they are going to stay for ever within the chronicles of the main appalling atrocities of conflict. Max Hasting's strong account in their development is a real army vintage.

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Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies, and Aid

By Samantha Nutt

Samantha Nutt is among the so much intrepid voices within the humanitarian enviornment and Damned Nations is a publication of unusual energy. Weaving gripping own stories with uncompromising and impassioned argument, Nutt dissects battle and reduction, the place humanitarian efforts get it wrong, and what can and will be performed to result in a extra simply international. Drawing from approximately twenty years of studies on the frontline of clash, Nutt demanding situations the various assumptions and orthodoxies surrounding the help undefined. A booklet that's right away relocating, enticing, and insightful, Damned Nations has been acclaimed by way of readers and critics throughout North America.

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The Golden Keel / The Vivero Letter

By Desmond Bagley

Double motion thrillers through the vintage event author set in Italy and South America.


When the Allies invaded southern Italy in 1943, Mussolini's own treasure was once moved north to security less than seriously armed safeguard. It was once by no means visible back. Now, an excursion plans to unearth the treasure and smuggle it out of Italy. yet their reckless project is being - via enemies who're as strong and ruthless as they're deadly…


Jeremy Wheale's well-ordered lifestyles is blasted aside whilst his brother is murdered. The killer was once after a family members heirloom - an vintage gold tray - which units Wheale on a path from Devon to the tropical rainforest of Yucatan. There he joins the quest for a misplaced Mayan urban. yet within the dense conceal of the jungle a band of vicious convict mercenaries are ready to strike…

Includes a distinct bonus - Desmond Bagley's infrequent advent to those books.

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The War That Came Early: West and East

By Harry Turtledove

In 1938, males held historical past of their fingers. One was once Adolf Hitler. the opposite used to be British leading minister Neville Chamberlain, who, decided to prevent warfare at any price, got here to be often called “the nice appeaser.” yet Harry Turtledove, the unmatched grasp of trade historical past, has introduced a gripping saga that springboards from a special fateful act: What if Chamberlain had stood as much as Hitler? What could the Nazis’ subsequent flow were? and the way may the war—which Hitler had continually regretted ready 11 months to start—have opened up and adjusted our world?

Here, Turtledove takes us throughout a landscape of clash fueled by way of ideology and demagoguery. countries are pitted opposed to countries, alliances are cast among outdated enemies, usual women and men are hurled into striking life-and-death events. In Japanese-controlled Singapore, an American marine falls in love with a Russian dance corridor hostess, whereas round him are heard the 1st explosions of chinese language guerilla resistance. at the frontlines of war-ravaged rural France, a weary soldier perfects the paintings of utilizing a huge anti-tank gun as a sniper’s tool—while from Germany a killer is distributed to seek him down. And within the icy North Atlantic, a U-boat bearing an experimental machine wreaks havoc on British transport, atmosphere the degree for a Nazi flooring invasion of Denmark.
From an American girl trapped in Germany who gets secure passage from Hitler himself to a Jewish kinfolk steeped in German tradition and dealing with the hatred emerging round them, from jap infantrymen at the distant fringe of Siberia to American volunteers in Spain, West and East is the tale of an international held hostage via tyrants—Stalin, Hitler, Sanjuro—each conserving directly to energy via lies and terror even within the face of treacherous plots from within.

As armies conflict, and because the courageous, silly, and precise believers decide on aspects, new guns are extra to already lethal arsenals and new options are plotted to wreck a turning out to be stalemate. yet one query looms over the clash from West to East: what is going to it take to carry the United States into this war?

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When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II

By Molly Guptill Manning


“Heartwarming.” — New York Times

“Whether or now not you’re a publication lover, you’ll be moved.” — Entertainment Weekly

“A readable, available addition to global warfare II literature [and] a publication that might be loved by way of fans of books approximately books.” — Boston Globe

“Four stars [out of 4] . . . A cultural heritage that does a lot to provide an explanation for glossy America.” — USA Today

whilst the United States entered international conflict II in 1941, we confronted an enemy that had banned and burned a hundred million books. Outraged librarians introduced a crusade to ship loose books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the struggle division and the publishing stepped in with a rare program: 120 million small, light-weight paperbacks for troops to hold of their wallet and rucksacks in each theater of battle. those Armed companies variants have been cherished by means of the troops and are nonetheless fondly remembered at the present time. infantrymen learn them whereas ready to land at Normandy, in hellish trenches in the middle of battles within the Pacific, in box hospitals, and on lengthy bombing flights. They helped rescue The nice Gatsby from obscurity and made Betty Smith, writer of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a countrywide icon. When Books Went to War is the inspiring tale of the Armed prone variations, and a treasure for heritage buffs and e-book fanatics alike.

“A completely enticing, enlightening, and sometimes uplifting account . . . i used to be enthralled and moved.” — Tim O’Brien, writer of The issues They Carried

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Spoken From the Front: Real Voices from the Battlefields of Afghanistan

By Andy McNab

The most important army writer introduces real-life voices from the battlefields of Afghanistan.

Spoken from the Front is the tale of the Afghan crusade, advised for the 1st time within the phrases of the servicemen and ladies who've been struggling with there. With unheard of entry to squaddies of all ranks, in addition to pilots, reservists, engineers, medics, Royal army police, mechanics, chefs and different army group of workers, Andy McNab has assembled a portrait of contemporary clash like by no means before.

This is the whole event of British troops at the flooring and within the air. The horrors, cruelties, drudgery, pleasure and banter of those soldiers' lives mix to shape a chronological narrative of the entire significant occasions in Helmand throughout the British Army's time there.

From their action-packed, dramatic, relocating and sometimes funny tales in interviews, diaries, letters and emails written to relations, neighbors and household, merges a 360-degree photograph of guerrilla conflict up shut and intensely own. it really is as with regards to the genuine factor as you will get.

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Act of War: A Novel

By Dale Brown

From the corridors of strength in
Washington to the frontlines of the war
on terror, Dale Brown takes you to the
heart of the motion and introduces his
most exhilarating personality to date

In Act of War, Dale Brown is going past something he is performed sooner than, taking readers deep into the hot international of intelligence-focused war, and introducing a state-of-the-art new hero: thirty-two-year-old military significant Jason Richter, fashion designer of an entire array of futuristic infantry guns and units created to seek down a brand new breed of enemy with unequalled pace and lethality. With all of the exciting conflict scenes and professional army maneuvers that experience develop into the hallmark of this New York Times bestselling writer, this can be an severe, action-packed spectacle that mixes geopolitics, terrorism, and warfare.

Near Houston, Texas, an oil refinery belonging to at least one of the world's biggest multinational strength businesses is destroyed by means of a "backpack" nuclear gadget. this is often only one of many assaults being perpetrated opposed to the corporate world wide via a gaggle whose project is to forestall worldwide agencies and govt businesses from plundering the world's typical assets within the identify of profit.

Before this staff moves back, Jason Richter is termed in along with his top-secret high-tech army unit, code-named job strength TALON, a unique joint army and FBI unit arrange by way of the nationwide protection consultant to trace down and defeat terrorists world wide. Richter believes there's just one technique within which to snare his rivals -- locate, pursue, interact, and kill. And the single solution to do that is to play them at their very own online game: Be unconventional and speedy, hit-and-run and brutal sufficient to strike worry into the center of the main devoted terrorist. Richter should also cleared the path via a chain of unforeseen turns that at last uncovers a mole excessive up in the executive who's in pursuit of his personal own revenge.

If Richter fails, it will not be simply the lives of his staff which are misplaced, yet the US itself.

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Pharsalus 48 BC: Caesar and Pompey - Clash of the Titans (Campaign, Volume 174)

By Si Sheppard

Expanding rigidity among Julius Caesar and Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the nice) after the loss of life of Marcus Licinius Crassus quickly degenerated into army clash. together with his hand significantly reinforced via his election as Dictator via the Senate in Rome, Caesar knew that energy may simply be a truth as soon as he had militarily defeated Pompey. by way of August 49BC, Caesar had successfully destroyed Pompey's armies in Spain, yet, by the point he had crossed the Adriatic pursuing him eastward, his forces have been seriously outnumbered. in spite of the reinforcements introduced by means of Mark Antony, his try and overwhelm Pompey via laying siege to Dyrrachium was once unsuccessful and he finally needed to withdrew into Thessaly, with Pompey in pursuit.

The level was once set for the ultimate conflict of the 2 titans of the Roman global and the percentages have been seriously in Pompey's favour, with 45,000 males opposed to Caesar's 22,000. notwithstanding, the veteran legions unswerving to Caesar have been the easiest within the Roman military and the problem he confronted in actual fact motivated Caesar's tactical genius for conflict. Guessing that Pompey could try to crush his correct wing along with his cavalry, he hid elite cohorts of legionnaries at the back of his personal seriously outnumbered horsemen with orders to struggle at shut quarters like pikemen. Caesar's predictions have been right and, faraway from overwhelming his uncovered correct flank, Pompey's left flank used to be routed, permitting Caesar to envelop and scatter the remainder of his army.

Simon Sheppard expertly charts the occasions major as much as the Pharsalus crusade, the process the conflict itself and the seismic implications of this decisive conflict among the 2 maximum generals in their age.

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The Byrds of Victory

By James Robert Campbell

Novellas, “I Am a Freight Train” and “The Fields Are Ripe for Harvest,” compose “The Byrds of Victory” -- the tales of Preacher Byrd, who fights within the South Pacific in the course of international warfare II and returns to his small Texas Panhandle native land to paintings as a blacksmith-welder and to hitch black and Mexican-American leaders and begin a farm workers’ union, which leads to loads of intrigue and ends with a shoot-out; and Preacher’s son Benny, haunted through the tragedy of a drag racing coincidence whereas operating with a wheat harvest workforce in Texas, Colorado, Nebraska and Montana. “I Am a Freight Train” is the colourful Preacher Byrd’s first-person account of his lifestyles whereas “The Fields Are Ripe for Harvest” is advised within the vintage naturalistic kind via merely what the characters do, say and adventure. the unconventional thereby powerfully imparts a feeling of time and position that provides it a different authenticity.

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