A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

By Amy S. Greenberg

Often forgotten and ignored, the U.S.-Mexican struggle featured fake begins, atrocities, and bold back-channel negotiations because it divided the state, lead the way for the Civil warfare a new release later, and introduced the profession of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg’s expert storytelling and rigorous scholarship carry this American struggle for empire to lifestyles with memorable characters, plotlines, and legacies.

This definitive heritage of the 1846 clash paints an intimate portrait of the main avid gamers and their global. it's a tale of Indian fights, take place future, mystery army maneuvers, gunshot wounds, and political spin. alongside how it captures a tender Lincoln mismatching his outfits, the lasting impact of the Founding Fathers, the delivery of the Daughters of the yank Revolution, and America’s first nationwide antiwar flow. A key bankruptcy within the production of the us, it's the tale of a burgeoning state and an unforgettable clash that has formed American history.

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Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War

By Thomas G. Andrews

On a spring morning in 1914, within the stark foothills of southern Colorado, contributors of the United Mine employees of the US clashed with guards hired through the Rockefeller kinfolk, and a kingdom armed forces beholden to Colorado’s business barons. while the dirt settled, nineteen males, girls, and youngsters one of the miners’ households lay useless. The strikers had killed no less than thirty males, destroyed six mines, and laid waste to 2 corporation cities.

Killing for Coal bargains a daring and unique point of view at the 1914 Ludlow bloodbath and the “Great Coalfield War.” In a sweeping tale of transformation that starts within the coal beds and culminates with the deadliest strike in American heritage, Thomas Andrews illuminates the explanations and results of the militancy that erupted in colliers’ moves over the process approximately part a century. He unearths a fancy global formed by way of the hooked up forces of land, exertions, company industrialization, and staff’ resistance.

Brilliantly conceived and written, this ebook takes the natural international as its start line. The ensuing elucidation of the coalfield wars is going a ways past conventional exertions background. contemplating problems with social and environmental justice within the context of an financial system depending on fossil gas, Andrews makes a robust case for rethinking the relationships that unite and divide employees, shoppers, capitalists, and the traditional world.

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The Emperor of Lies: A Novel

By Steve Sem-Sandberg

"Fiction of real ethical strength, brilliantly sustained and achieved...I locate it tricky to consider any booklet that has had such an instantaneous and robust influence on me...Brave and brilliant."―Hilary Mantel, writer of Wolf Hall

In February 1940, the Nazis verified what could develop into the second-largest Jewish ghetto within the Polish urban of Lódz. Its selected chief: Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish businessman and orphanage director. From one in all Scandinavia's such a lot significantly acclaimed and bestselling authors, The Emperor of Lies chronicles the story of Rumkowski's monarchical rule over 1 / 4 million Jews. pushed via a vast ambition, he sought to remodel the ghetto right into a efficient commercial advanced and strove to make it ―and himself ― essential to the Nazi regime. Drawing at the chronicles of existence within the Lódz Ghetto, Steve Sem-Sandberg captures the whole landscape of human resilience and asks the main tough questions: used to be Rumkowski a ruthless opportunist, an adjunct to the Nazi regime pushed by means of a lust for strength? Or was once he a practical strategist who controlled to avoid wasting Jewish lives via his collaboration policies?

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Night Over Water

By Ken Follett

September 1939. England is at warfare with Nazi Germany. In Southampton, the world’s most magnificent airliner—the mythical Pan Am clipper—takes off for its ultimate flight to impartial the USA. Aboard are the cream of society and the dregs of humanity, all fleeing the conflict for purposes in their own…shadowed by means of a hazard they don't know exists…and heading directly right into a typhoon of violence, intrigue, and betrayal….

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What It Is Like To Go To War

By Karl Marlantes

#3 on Amazon.com’s 10 top Books of 2011
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A Shelf Awareness Reviewer’s best choose of 2011

One of an important and highly-praised books of 2011, Karl Marlantes’s What it truly is prefer to visit War is determined to turn into simply as a lot of a vintage as his epic novel Matterhorn.

In What it truly is wish to visit War, Marlantes takes a deeply own and candid examine the adventure and ordeal of strive against, severely analyzing how we'd greater organize our younger squaddies for battle. warfare is as outdated as humankind, yet long ago, warriors have been ready for conflict through ritual, faith, and literature—which additionally helped deliver them domestic. In a compelling narrative, Marlantes weaves riveting debts of his strive against reviews with considerate research, self-examination, and his readings—from Homer to the Mahabharata to Jung. He makes it transparent simply how poorly ready our nineteen-year-old warriors—mainly males yet more and more women—are for the mental and non secular elements in their journey.

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War and Peace (Vintage Classics)

By Leo Tolstoy

The foundation for the A&E miniseries starring Paul Dano and Lily James.

From the award-winning translators of Anna Karenina and The Brothers Karamazov comes this extraordinary new translation of Tolstoy's masterwork.


War and Peace broadly makes a speciality of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows 3 of the main recognized characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count number who's battling for his inheritance and longing for religious success; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his kin at the back of to struggle within the battle opposed to Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the attractive younger daughter of a nobleman who intrigues either men.


A s Napoleon’s military invades, Tolstoy brilliantly follows characters from assorted backgrounds—peasants and the Aristocracy, civilians and soldiers—as they try with the difficulties special to their period, their heritage, and their tradition. and because the novel progresses, those characters go beyond their specificity, turning into the most moving—and human—figures in global literature.

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Trafalgar 1805: Nelson's Crowning Victory (Campaign)

By Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson's decisive victory over the mixed fleets of France and Spain on 21 October 1805 of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815) continues to be one of many maximum naval triumphs in background. Off Cape Trafalgar, 27 British and 33 Franco-Spanish ships pounded one another in an epic four-hour fight on whose end result rested not anything under Britain's defense opposed to Napoleonic invasion. Nelson's awesome strategies, inspiring management and some of the best education and morale of his crews left his competitors shattered in a savage come upon that not just marked the final nice conflict fought within the age of sail, yet ushered in a century of British naval mastery.

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The Gun

By C. J. Chivers

In a travel de strength, prize-winning New York Times reporter C.J. Chivers strains the discovery of the attack rifle, following the miniaturization of rapid-fire fingers from the yankee Civil struggle, via WWI, Vietnam, to provide day Afghanistan while Kalashnikovs and their knock-offs quantity as many as a hundred million, one for each seventy folks on earth.

At a mystery arms-design contest in Stalin’s Soviet Union, military technicians submitted a stubby rifle with a curved journal. Dubbed the AK-47, it used to be chosen because the jap Bloc’s common arm. Scoffed at within the Pentagon as crude and unimpressive, it used to be in truth a breakthrough—a compact automated which may be mastered through virtually an individual, final a long time within the box, and may infrequently jam. synthetic through millions in deliberate economies, it grew to become first an software of repression after which the main deadly weapon of the chilly struggle. quickly it used to be within the palms of terrorists.

In a searing exam of contemporary clash and legitimate folly, C. J. Chivers mixes meticulous old study, investigative reporting, and battlefield reportage to light up the origins of the world’s such a lot ample firearm and the implications of its unfold. the outcome, a travel de strength of background and storytelling, sweeps throughout the miniaturization and distribution of computerized firepower, and places an iconic item in fuller context than ever before.

The Gun dismantles myths because it strikes from the naïve optimism of the economic Revolution in the course of the treacherous milieu of the Soviet Union to the interior files of the Taliban. Chivers tells of the 19th-century inventor in Indianapolis who designs a Civil battle killing computer, insisting that more-efficient slaughter will retailer lives. A German connecté who observes British desktop weapons killing Islamic warriors alongside the Nile advises his govt to accumulate the guns that will later flatten British ranks in global conflict I. In communist Hungary, a locksmith acquires an AK-47 to aid wrest his nation from the Kremlin’s yoke, starting a trip to the gallows. The Pentagon suppresses the result of firing checks on severed human heads that may have avoided defective rifles from being rushed to G.I.s in Vietnam. In Africa, a millennial madman hands kidnapped kids and turns them on their pals, atmosphere his state ablaze. Neither pro-gun nor anti-gun, The Gun builds to a terrifying series, during which a tender guy who confronts a trio of assassins is shattered via 23 bullets at shut variety. the guy survives to invite questions that Chivers examines with rigor and flair.

Throughout, The Gun animates unforgettable characters—inventors, salesmen, heroes, megalomaniacs, racists, dictators, gunrunners, terrorists, baby squaddies, govt careerists, and fools. Drawing from years of study, interviews, and from declassified documents published for the 1st time, he provides a richly human account of an evolution within the very event of battle.

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The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944

By Ian W. Toll

New York TimesBestseller “A attractive mixture of background and prose and proves back Mr. Toll’s mastery of the naval-war narrative.” ―Wall highway Journal

This masterful background encompasses the guts of the Pacific War―the interval among mid-1942 and mid-1944―when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide," concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat within the Marianas. It was once the biggest, bloodiest, most expensive, so much technically leading edge and logistically complex amphibious battle in heritage, and it fostered sour interservice rivalries, leaving wounds that even victory couldn't heal.

Often missed, those are the years and fights that determined the Pacific warfare. Ian W. Toll's conflict scenes―in the air, at sea, and within the jungles―are easily riveting. He additionally takes the reader into the wartime councils in Washington and Tokyo the place politics and process usually collided, and into the fight to mobilize wartime construction, which used to be the key of Allied victory. Brilliantly researched, the narrative is propelled and coloured by means of firsthand accounts―letters, diaries, debriefings, and memoirs―that are the uncooked fabric of the telling information, wise judgment, and penetrating perception of this magisterial history.

This volume―continuing the "marvelously readable dramatic narrative" (San Francisco Chronicle) of Pacific Crucible―marks the second one installment of the Pacific conflict Trilogy, in an effort to stand because the first background of the total Pacific battle to be released in a minimum of twenty-five years.

32 pages of illustrations

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Greek and Roman Artillery 399 BC-AD 363 (New Vanguard)

By Duncan B Campbell

The catapult (katapeltikon) used to be invented less than the patronage of Dionysius I, tyrant of Syracuse, within the 4th century bc. before everything basically the arrow-firing version was once used, and it was once no longer until eventually the reign of Alexander the good that stone-projecting catapults have been brought. The Romans followed those guns in the course of the Punic Wars and extra built them, prior to introducing the recent arrow-firing ballista and stone-throwing onager. This identify strains the usually debatable layout, improvement and building of those guns through the heritage of the classical global.

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