The Girl at the Lion d'Or

By Sebastian Faulks

"Beautifully written and--extraordinarily moving."--The Sunday Times (London)

From the writer of the foreign bestseller Birdsong, comes a haunting ancient novel of ardour, loss, and braveness set in France among the 2 global wars. This classic unique version marks its first visual appeal within the United States.

On a wet evening within the Thirties, Anne Louvet looks on the run-down inn du Lion d'Or within the village of Janvilliers.  She is looking for a task and a brand new existence, one some distance faraway from the bleak injustices of her previous. As Anne embarks on a torrential love affair with a married veteran of the good conflict, The woman on the Lion d'Or models an unbreakable spell of narrative and surroundings that conjures up French masters from Flaubert to Renoir.      

"This relocating and profound novel is completely developed, and admirable in its configurations of position and period."--The Times (London)

"I may urge those that appreciated--The French Lieutenant's Woman to do this one--. they could good imagine it superior."--Sunday Telegraph (London)

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Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History by the Associated Press

To hide the Vietnam warfare, the linked Press accumulated a unprecedented crew of amazing photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, growing one of many nice photographic legacies of the 20 th century. gathered listed here are pictures that inform the tale of the conflict that left a deep and lasting influence on American lifestyles. those are images that either recorded and made historical past, taken via unbelievably brave photojournalists. In a relocating essay, author Pete Hamill, who mentioned from Vietnam in 1965, celebrates their achievement.
As we commence to appear again from the vantage aspect of part a century, this is often the e-book that might function a photographic checklist of the drama and tragedy of the Vietnam War.

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Crusade in Europe

By Dwight D. Eisenhower

Five-star basic Dwight D. Eisenhower was once arguably the only most crucial army determine of worldwide conflict II. for plenty of historians, his memoirs of this eventful interval of U.S. background became the only most vital list of the struggle. Crusade in Europe tells the entire tale of the warfare as Eisenhower deliberate and lived it. via his eyes, the large scope and drama of the war―strategy, battles, moments of fateful decision―become totally illuminated in all their fateful glory.

Yet this is often additionally a hot and richly human account. Ike recollects the lengthy months of ready, making plans, and dealing towards victory in Europe. His own checklist of the stressful first hours after he had issued the order to attack―and there has been no turning back―leaves without doubt of Eisenhower's travail and divulges this nice guy in ways in which no biographer has ever surpassed.

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Decision at Sea: Five Naval Battles that Shaped American History

By Craig L. Symonds

From thunderous broadsides traded among wood crusing ships on Lake Erie, to the provider battles of global warfare II, to the devastating high-tech motion within the Persian Gulf, here's a gripping heritage of 5 key battles that outlined the evolution of naval warfare--and the process the yankee country.

Acclaimed army historian Craig Symonds bargains spellbinding narratives of the most important engagements, displaying how each one conflict unearths the transformation of know-how and weaponry from one battle to the following; how those in flip remodeled naval wrestle; and the way each one occasion marked a milestone in American background.

- Oliver risk Perry's heroic victory at Lake Erie, one of many final nice battles of the Age of Sail, which secured the Northwestern frontier for the United States

- The brutal Civil conflict duel among the ironclads Monitor and Virginia, which sounded the demise knell for wooden-hulled warships and doomed the Confederacy's wish of besting the Union navy

- Commodore Dewey's attractive triumph at Manila Bay in 1898, the place the U.S. displayed its "new military" of steel-hulled ships firing explosive shells and wrested an empire from a fading eu strength

- The hairsbreadth American victory at halfway, the place airplane vendors introduced planes opposed to enemies two hundred miles away--and the place the tide of worldwide battle II became within the area of some livid minutes

- Operation Praying Mantis within the Persian Gulf, the place desktops, ship-fired missiles, and "smart bombs" not just replaced the character of war at sea, but additionally marked a brand new period, and a brand new accountability, for the United States.

Symonds files those encounters intimately so bright that readers can listen the wind within the rigging and think the pounding of the weapons. but he areas each conflict in a large standpoint, revealing their importance to America's improvement because it grew from a brand new Republic at the fringe of a threatening frontier to an international superpower.

Decision at Sea is a strong and illuminating examine pivotal moments within the heritage of the military and of the USA. it's also a compelling examine of the unchanging calls for of management at sea, the place commanders needs to make swift judgements within the warmth of conflict with lives--and the destiny of nations--hanging within the balance.

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Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons

By Ward Wilson

Five Myths approximately Nuclear Weapons is out there, brief and breathless. It has the tone of a TED speak: an avid speaker bursting with one monstrous inspiration and eighteen mins to carry your attention.” —New York Times

Nuclear battle will be an apocalypse. Nuclear deterrence is efficacious in a trouble. Nuclear guns surprise and awe rivals. Killing civilians explanations leaders to go into reverse. The bomb has stored the peace for sixty-five years. those are the issues we predict we all know approximately nuclear guns, however it seems they're myths, myths that still nonetheless form our nuclear policy.

In Five Myths approximately Nuclear Weapons, Ward Wilson blows the lid off the stale debate surrounding nuclear guns, stripping away emotion and exaggeration. by means of drawing on new proof and historic learn, Wilson methodically shatters every one of those myths in flip. His conclusions will shock you, enlighten you, and spur debates approximately even if nuclear guns have any energy and value within the twenty-first century.

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Flying Among Heroes: The Story of Squadron Leader T.C.S Cooke DFC AFC DFM '

By Norman Franks

T.C.S. Cooke joined the RAF as struggle all started in 1939, elderly 18, and educated to be a bomber pilot. emerging to the rank of squadron chief and adorned 3 times, Cooke bombed Berlin on October 7, 1940 in a Whitley Mk V, approximately ditching within the North Sea. all through this travel he confronted the standard hazards of wartime aircrew, his plane being hit via AA fireplace on a number of events, as soon as nearly having to reserve his aircrew to bail out yet landed accurately on the final minute. They have been additionally attacked via evening combatants, encountered icing or even shot up a teach and bomber station at tree-top point. Flying Wellingtons and Stirlings, Cooke took half within the notorious 1,000-bomber raid on Cologne and Essen, sooner than returning to operations flying specified Ops Halifax plane, shedding brokers into enemy-occupied France. After a dozen missions, he was once shot down yet he and his navigator survived and avoided seize. Helped by way of the French resistance, they bought into Spain and again domestic through Gibraltar. either males obtained the DFC for his or her bravery. whereas their tale isn't really absolutely specific, their adventures and braveness make this story corresponding to an event novel.

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Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan

The so-called first conflict of the twenty-first century truly started greater than 2,300 years in the past while Alexander the nice led his military into what's now a sprawling smash in northern Afghanistan. Frank L. Holt vividly recounts Alexander's invasion of historic Bactria, situating in a broader old point of view America's warfare in Afghanistan.

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Osaka 1615: The last battle of the samurai (Campaign, Volume 170)

By Stephen Turnbull

Osprey's exploration of the complicated history of the Siege of Osaka (1614-1615), in addition to of the conflict stories of the opposing forces, in a compelling exploration of the clash that ended in the eventual triumph of 1 dynasty over one other. In 1614, Osaka fortress was once Japan's maximum fortification, measuring nearly 2 miles in size with double circuits of partitions, a hundred ft excessive. It was once guarded by way of 100,000 samurai, unswerving to their grasp: the pinnacle of the Toyotomi extended family, Toyotomi Hideyori. The fortress used to be likely impenetrable, but the ruling shogun of the age, Tokugawa Ieyasu, was resolute to damage this one final hazard to his place as Japan's final ruler.

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Damned Good Show (R.A.F. Quartet)

By Derek Robinson

They joined an R.A.F. often called 'the most sensible flying membership within the world', but if warfare pitches the younger pilots of 409 Squadron into conflict over Germany, their education, strategies and gear are quickly discovered in need of, their twin-engined bombers out of date from the off. possibilities of finishing a 30-operation journey? One in 3. At most sensible.

Robinson's crooked salute to the dogged heroes of the R.A.F.'s early bombing crusade is a wickedly humourous portrait of guys doing their responsibility in flying dying traps, absolutely acutely aware, in these darkish days of conflict, there has been not anything else to do yet dig in and dangle on.

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