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The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchm...
by Barbara W. Tuchman

Language

English

Pages

658

Publication Date

July 22, 2009

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<b>Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time</b><br /><br /><b><i>The Proud Tower, </i>the Pulitzer Prize–winning <i>The Guns of August,</i> and <i>The Zimmerman Telegram</i> comprise Barbara W. Tuchman’s classic histories of the First World War era</b><br /><br />In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize–winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation. Dizzyingly comprehensive and spectacularly portrayed with her famous talent for evoking the characters of the war’s key players, Tuchman’s magnum opus<i> </i>is a classic for the ages.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Guns of August</i></b><br />  <br /> “A brilliant piece of military history which proves up to the hilt the force of Winston Churchill’s statement that the first month of World War I was ‘a drama never surpassed.’”<b>—<i>Newsweek</i></b><br />  <br /> “More dramatic than fiction . . . a magnificent narrative—beautifully organized, elegantly phrased, skillfully paced and sustained.”<b>—<i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “A fine demonstration that with sufficient art rather specialized history can be raised to the level of literature.”<b>—<i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <i> </i><br /> “[<i>The Guns of August</i>] has a vitality that transcends its narrative virtues, which are considerable, and its feel for characterizations, which is excellent.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Fascism: A Warning
by Madeleine Albright

Language

English

Pages

283

Publication Date

April 10, 2018

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<p><strong>#1 <em>New York Times</em> Bestseller </strong></p><p><strong>A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state</strong></p><p>A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” </p><p>The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In <em>Fascism: A Warning</em>, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.</p><p>Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II.  The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse.  The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions.  In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left.  Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.</p><p><em>Fascism: A Warning</em> is a book for our times that is relevant to all times.  Written  by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.</p>
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and ...
by , David Corn

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

March 13, 2018

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<div><b>The #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.</b></div><div><b><br /></b> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 12.0px Arial} </style> RUSSIAN ROULETTE is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election.<br /><br />The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no "third-rate burglary." It was far more sophisticated and sinister -- a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened? This story of high-tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle -- including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn -- and Russia.<br /><br />RUSSIAN ROULETTE chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?<br /> </div>
Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 – The Epic Story of the...
by Fergal Keane

Language

English

Pages

579

Publication Date

August 29, 2013

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<p>(This ebook contains a limited number of illustrations. Maps are best viewed on a tablet.)</p><p>The epic story of one of the most savage battles of the Second World War.</p><p>Kohima. In this remote Indian village near the border with Burma, a tiny force of British and Indian troops faced the might of the Imperial Japanese Army. Outnumbered ten to one, the defenders fought the Japanese hand to hand in a battle that was amongst the most savage in modern warfare.</p><p>A garrison of no more than 1,500 fighting men, desperately short of water and with the wounded compelled to lie in the open, faced a force of 15,000 Japanese. They held the pass and prevented a Japanese victory that would have proved disastrous for the British. Another six weeks of bitter fighting followed as British and Indian reinforcements strove to drive the enemy out of India. When the battle was over, a Japanese army that had invaded India on a mission of imperial conquest had suffered the worst defeat in its history. Thousands of men lay dead on a devastated landscape, while tens of thousands more Japanese starved in a catastrophic retreat eastwards. They called the journey back to Burma the ‘Road of Bones’, as friends and comrades committed suicide or dropped dead from hunger along the jungle paths.</p><p>Fergal Keane has reported for the BBC from conflicts on every continent over the past 25 years, and he brings to this work of history not only rigorous scholarship but a raw understanding of the pitiless nature of war. It is a story filled with vivid characters: the millionaire's son who refused a commission and was awarded a VC for his sacrifice in battle, the Roedean debutante who led a guerrilla band in the jungle, and the General who defied the orders of a hated superior in order to save the lives of his men. Based on original research in Japan, Britain and India, ‘Road of Bones’ is a story about extraordinary courage and the folly of imperial dreams.</p>
1919 Versailles: The End of the War to End All Wars
by Charles L. Mee Jr.

Language

English

Pages

302

Publication Date

May 29, 2014

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World War I and the Versailles Treaty that followed produced the most serious upheaval in a long and stormy course of modern world history. Four great empires - Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia, and Turkey - were part of the war's rubble. Far from restoring order, the diplomats who met in 1919 at Paris and Versailles plunged the world into the chaos of the twentieth century.<br /><br />Here, from award-winning historian Charles Mee, is the account of what happened when the three most powerful heads of state gathered to establish a new order.
Women and Children First: Bravery, love and fate: the untold stor...
by Gill Paul

Language

English

Pages

478

Publication Date

March 29, 2012

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<p>Praise for Gill Paul:<br /><strong> ‘A cleverly crafted novel and an enthralling story… A triumph.’ DINAH JEFFERIES </strong></p><p><strong> ‘Gripping, romantic and evocative of its time.’ LULU TAYLOR </strong></p><p><strong>It is 1912. Against all odds, the Titanic is sinking.</strong><br />As desperate hands emerge from the icy water, a few lucky row boats float in the darkness. On the boats are four survivors.</p><p>Reg, a handsome young steward working in the first-class dining room; Annie, an Irishwoman travelling to America with her children; Juliet, a titled English lady who is pregnant and unmarried, and George, a troubled American millionaire.</p><p>In the wake of the tragedy, each of these people must try to rebuild their lives.<br />But how can life ever be the same again when you’ve heard over a thousand people dying in the water around you?</p><p>Haunting, emotional and beautifully written, <em>Women and Children First</em> breathes fresh life into the most famous disaster of the 20th century. A gripping read from the bestselling author of <em>The Secret Wife.</em></p>
The Monster of Florence
by Douglas Preston

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

June 10, 2008

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<div> <style type="text/css"> p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} </style> <b>BY THE AUTHOR OF THE #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER <i>THE</i> <i>LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD</i></b></br></br><b><i><br /></i></b></br></br></div> <b> In the nonfiction tradition of John Berendt's <i>Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil</i> and Erik Larson's <i>The Devil in the White City</i>, Douglas Preston presents a gripping account of crime and punishment in the lush hills surrounding <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Florence</st1:city>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region></st1:place>.</b><div><br />In 2000, Douglas Preston fulfilled a dream to move his family to Italy. Then he discovered that the olive grove in front of their 14<sup>th</sup> century farmhouse had been the scene of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer known as the Monster of Florence. <st1:place w:st="on">Preston</st1:place>, intrigued, meets Italian investigative journalist Mario Spezi to learn more. </div><div><br /></div><div><i></i>This is the true story of their search for--and identification of--the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. And then, in a strange twist of fate, <st1:place w:st="on">Preston</st1:place> and Spezi themselves become targets of the police investigation. <st1:place w:st="on">Preston</st1:place> has his phone tapped, is interrogated, and told to leave the country. Spezi fares worse: he is thrown into <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Italy</st1:country-region></st1:place>'s grim Capanne prison, accused of being the Monster of Florence himself.</div><div><br /></div><div>Like one of Preston's thrillers, <i>The Monster of Florence</i>, tells a remarkable and harrowing story involving murder, mutilation, and suicide-and at the center of it, Preston and Spezi, caught in a bizarre prosecutorial vendetta. </div>
The World in 1776
by Marshall B. Davidson

Language

English

Pages

414

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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One-third of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence were not of English stock. Eight were first-generation immigrants. It was in recognition of the mixed European background of so many Americans that John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson proposed that the seal of the United States bear the national emblems of France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, and England, thus "pointing out the countries from which these States have been peopled."<br /><br />Many came, as Thomas Paine stated, in search of asylum. But they also came with an intent to preserve and refresh aspects of life in their homelands.<br /><br />In 1776, Europe boasted a rich civilization, alive with dynamic ideas, flourishing arts, and promising concepts in science. The foundations of industry and business were established, and social reforms were being undertaken, which Europeans took with them as they colonized and traded. They had come in contact with Eastern civilizations, above all, China. Here, from award-winning historian Marshall B. Davidson, is the story of the world of 1776.
Melville in Love: The Secret Life of Herman Melville and the Muse...
by Michael Shelden

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English

Pages

267

Publication Date

June 07, 2016

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<p>A new account of Herman Melville and the writing of <em>Moby-Dick</em>, written by a Pulitzer  Prize finalist in Biography and based on fresh archival research, which reveals that the anarchic spirit animating Melville’s canonical work was inspired by his great love affair with a shockingly unconventional married woman.</p><p>Herman Melville’s epic novel, <em>Moby-Dick</em>, was a spectacular failure when it was published in 1851, effectively ending its author’s rise to literary fame. Because he was neglected by academics for so long, and because he made little effort to preserve his legacy, we know very little about Melville, and even less about what he called his “wicked book.” Scholars still puzzle over what drove Melville to invent Captain Ahab's mad pursuit of the great white whale.</p><p>In <em>Melville in Love</em> Pulitzer Prize-finalist Michael Shelden sheds light on this literary mystery to tell a story of Melville’s passionate, obsessive, and clandestine affair with a married woman named Sarah Morewood, whose libertine impulses encouraged and sustained Melville’s own. In his research, Shelden discovered unexplored documents suggesting that, in their shared resistance to the “iron rule” of social conformity, Sarah and Melville had forged an illicit and enduring romantic and intellectual bond. Emboldened by the thrill of courting Sarah in secret, the pleasure of falling in love, and the excitement of spending time with literary luminaries—like Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes and Nathaniel Hawthorne—Melville found the courage to take the leap from light works of adventure to the hugely brilliant, utterly subversive <em>Moby-Dick.</em></p><p>Filled with the rich detail and immense drama of Melville’s secret life, <em>Melville in Love</em> tells the gripping story of how one of our greatest novelists found his muse.</p>
A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France
by Miranda Richmond Mouillot

Language

English

Pages

292

Publication Date

January 20, 2015

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<b>A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences</b><br />  <br /> In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, Miranda's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever.<br /><br /><i>A Fifty-Year Silence</i> is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him. To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory. She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive--making a home in the village and falling in love.<br /><br />With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents' outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, <i>A Fifty-Year Silence</i> is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations.

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