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Danger Close
by Colonel Stuart Tootal

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English

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355

Publication Date

February 19, 2014

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'Contact! Contact!' It was any commander's worst nightmare: a man down and stuck in the middle of a firefight. <br /><br />Colonel Stuart Tootal was in charge of 3 PARA in Afghanistan. 3 PARA was the first unit into Helmand in 2006. Sent on a peace mission, he became engaged in a level of combat that has not been experienced by the British Army since the end of the Korean War. <br /><br />The risks were high. He had to make tough calls everyday.<br /><br />Isolated and undermanned, 3 PARA were up against it. <br /><br />Numerous gallantry decorations were awarded, but they were not without cost. <br /><br />On returning from Afghanistan, Tootal fought to get proper treatment for his wounded and feeling frustrated with the Government`s treatment of its soldiers, he resigned from the Army.<br /> <br />This is their story, from the man who led them. This is a dramatic, and often moving, insight into the leadership of soldiers at the sharp end of war.<br /><br />From strategic planning to heavy combat on the ground, Danger Close is gritty portrayal of an unforgiving conflict. It captures the essence of combat, the risks involved and the aftermath.<br /><br />Praise for Danger Close:<br /><br />'At last, a commander telling us the cold, harsh truth about this war. An excellent and compelling read' (Andy McNab)<br /><br />'A gripping first-hand account of the realities of frontline command at the start of the bitterest war that Britain has fought for generations' (Patrick Bishop, author of 3 PARA)<br /><br />'The first senior commander to provide an account of the fighting, Tootal's book is refreshingly free of the gung-ho machismo and sentimentality that afflicts other lesser entries of the genre' (The Sunday Tribune)<br /><br />'Tootal offers the perspective of a man in charge ... he tells the story well ... passionate admiration for his men is matched by disdain for others' (Sunday Times)<br /><br />Colonel Stuart Tootal has served in Germany, Northern Ireland, the Gulf War and during the invasion of Iraq. He also served in the MOD, for which he was awarded the OBE. In 2006, he commanded 3 PARA in Afghanistan and was awarded a DSO for outstanding leadership and gallantry. He subsequently set up the 3 PARA Afghan Trust charity, on leaving the army. He now works in the City and is a defence commentator for a major national TV network, numerous papers and radio programmes. He regularly lectures on leadership in challenging environments and his experiences in Afghanistan to forums. Danger Close is his first book.
Lafayette
by Olivier Bernier

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English

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356

Publication Date

October 23, 2017

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Historian Olivier Bernier draws an indelible portrait of the man who represented, more than anyone else, the idea of French nobility to all Americans of the early Republic and who represented to the French the idea of freedom and its American expression. Lafayette was, indeed, the hero of two worlds.<br /><br />Bernier's Lafayette - much of it based on previously inaccessible documents - is a man who lived the liberal ideal as few others have. In the war for American independence, this twenty-year-old was a stubborn, tenacious, and ultimately victorious commander, the favorite of George Washington with whom he developed a unique father-son relationship.<br /><br />Returning to Paris with yearnings for a liberalized government, he was soon caught up in the 1789 revolution, first as its champion, then as the guardian of the king, finally as the only man capable of maintaining order in 1790 and 1791.<br /><br />Once the king fled the capital, however, Lafayette's position became untenable, and he was forced to escape to Belgium. But there, the right-wing emigres considered him a traitor, and he was arrested and sent to Austria, where he languished in prison for years.<br /><br />Finally, the diplomatic efforts of George Washington and other Americans led to his release and return to France.<br /><br />Now, Napoleon feared him as a potential rival, a fear heightened when Lafayette went into self-imposed exile to protest Napoleon's abuse of power. During the revolution that followed Napoleon's downfall, Lafayette maintained his liberal principles as few others bothered to, and his position was vindicated by the uprising that installed the July monarchy and France's first middle-class constitution.<br /><br />Enriching this chronicle of a man and his age are the stories of young "Gilbert's" many loves, as well as the steadfast relationship with his adoring wife. And never far from the marquis's heart was his love for his adopted home. He maintained it through a forty-year correspondence with the Founding Fathers and an unrelenting, if often quixotic, defense of liberal ideals. For its part, the young American republic knew no grander celebrations than those thrown in honor of his return in 1824.
One Damned Island After Another: The Saga of the Seventh
by , Joe Whitley

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English

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353

Publication Date

September 23, 2018

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<b>On 19th October 1940, the Hawaiian Air Force, later known as the Seventh Air Force, was established to provide air defense of the Hawaiian Island and to engage with threats in the Pacific.</b><br /><br />Just over a year later the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor devastated this force. Out of a total of 231 aircraft of the Hawaiian Air Force, 64 were destroyed and not more than 79 were left usable. <br /><br />Out of the inferno emerged the newly reformed Seventh Air Force.<br /><br />It faced, in the central Pacific, the largest water theater in the world — sixteen million square miles, five times the size of the United States. <br /><br />The Americans patched up their planes as best they could and began to fly the "Atoll Circuit," the low-lying, white sand atolls and the first stepping stones on the long road to Tokyo. <br /><br />In this huge area and against a fearsome opponent, the men of the Seventh were forced to fly the longest missions in any theater of war, entirely over water and, at first, without fighter escort. <br /><br />They fought at Midway, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok, Truk, Saipan, Palau, the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and finally Tokyo.<br /><br />Clive Howard and Joe Whitley’s history of this remarkable air force covers from the events at Pearl Harbor through to V-J Day, covering every single island that the force landed on in between.<br /><br />They listened to demand of Corporal Earl Nelson’s article “Heroes Don’t Win Wars”, that criticised the press and radio that only recorded the fantastic achievements of men who wore medals; “Why don’t they talk about the guy who is just a soldier?” <br /><br />So with humor and insight Howard and Whitley have provided us with a history of the Seventh Air Force that doesn’t focus on only the glorious achievements of some men, nor does it simply record the accounts of the “brass hats”, but instead gets to the heart of what the men of this extraordinary force did and thought.<br /><br />Clive Howard and Joe Whitley were both sergeants and served as correspondents for the Seventh Air Force. They were there; they saw it happen. Their book <em> One Damned Island After Another</em> was first published in 1946.<br />
The Story of Wake Island
by James P. S. Devereux

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English

Pages

207

Publication Date

September 30, 2018

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<b><h2>“The courageous conduct of the officers and men who defended Wake Island will not be forgotten so long as gallantry and heroism are respected and honored.” <em>Citation of the President</em></b><br /><br />“Excellent” <em>The New York Times</em></h2><br /><br />On 8th December 1941, just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor, thirty-six Japanese bombers attacked Wake Island and destroyed eight of its twelve aircraft.<br /><br />Two more raid shortly followed, further reducing the defensive possibilities for the men who were left to defend this small area of American soil in the center of the Pacific Ocean.<br /><br />Major James P. S. Devereux was the Commanding Officer of the 1st Marine Defense Battalion who faced Japanese onslaught. <br /><br />The first Japanese landing attempt on the morning of 11th December was repelled by a ferocious defense put forward by Devereux and his men.<br /><br />Yet although the Japanese had withdrawn without landing, they continued to bombard the island by air and sea, and there was little hope of resupply for the Americans.<br /><br />For fifteen days the American troops suffered endless bombardments until the second major Japanese offensive was launched on 23rd December.<br /><br />Against overwhelming forces the Marines and other troops that were stationed on the island fought valiantly, but after forty-nine men had lost their lives in the fight, the remaining American men and civilians were captured by the Japanese.<br /><br />James P. S. Deveraux’s remarkable book <em>The Story of Wake Island</em> takes the reader to the heart of the action from the point of view of the commanding officer. It is a brilliant account of this tragic event that demonstrated the fighting spirit of the American soldier even in the face of unbeatable odds.<br /><br />“His special vantage point enriches his commentary not only on the ill-fated military operation but also on the state (and spirit) of the prewar preparations to defend the island.” John J. Sbrega, <em>The War Against Japan, 1941-1945</em><br /><br />James P. S. Devereaux was a United States Marine Corps general, Navy Cross recipient, and Republican congressman. After the ferocious fifteen-day battle of Wake Island Devereux was interned for nearly four years in Japanese prison camps. His book <em>The Story of Wake Island</em> was first published in 1947 and he passed away in 1988.<br />
Brand Justice: A Classic Western
by Sam Scott

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English

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242

Publication Date

November 28, 2018

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<p><b>A brother shot in cold blood | A settlement on the brink of a range war | A woman in hiding<br />... and everybody’s armed</b></p><p><b>Territory of Arizona, 1882: </B>Luther Ames returns to the settlement of Trinity Meadows to discover his brother’s fresh grave. It lies beside the charred remains of his cabin. Billy was shot point-blank and burned with a branding iron.</p><p>He’s the third such victim in as many weeks.</p><p>Rumors swirl that Billy was part of a band of cattle rustlers, but Luther knows that’s a lie.</p><p>Scores of cattle are going missing and the town is on the brink of a shooting war between the homesteaders and the wealthy ranchers.</p><p>With the killers out for blood, Luther comes across a lone woman hiding in an abandoned shack right in the path of the rustlers. She’s hauntingly beautiful, she’s in danger, and she’s one of the rancher’s daughters.</p><p>Suddenly the lines that have been drawn are no longer clear.</p><p><b>Allies might be enemies, friendships are not what they seem, and everybody’s armed…</b></p>
I, Who Did Not Die
by , Meredith May

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English

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288

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March 28, 2017

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<B>Khorramshahr, Iran, May 1982—It was the bloodiest battle of one of the most brutal wars of the twentieth century, and Najah, a twenty-nine-year-old wounded Iraqi conscript, was face to face with a thirteen-year-old Iranian child soldier who was ordered to kill him. Instead, the boy committed an astonishing act of mercy. It was an act that decades later would save his own life.</B><BR><BR>This is a remarkable story. It is gut-wrenching, essential, and astonishing. It’s a war story. A love story. A page-turner of vast moral dimensions. An eloquent and haunting act of witness to horrors beyond grimmest fiction, and a thing of towering beauty. More importantly, it is a story that must be told, and a richly textured view into an overlooked conflict and misunderstood region. This is the great untold story of the children and young men whose lives were sacrificed at the whim of vicious dictators and pointless, barbaric wars.<BR> <BR> Little has been written of the Iran-Iraq war, which was among the most brutal conflicts of the twentieth century, one fought with chemical weapons, ballistic missiles, and cadres of child soldiers.<BR> <BR> The numbers involved are staggering:<BR> —All told, it claimed 700,000 lives—200,000 Iraqis, and 500,000 Iranians.<BR> —Young men of military service age—eighteen and above in Iraq, fifteen and above in Iran—died in the greatest numbers.<BR> —80,000 Iranian child soldiers were killed, mostly between the ages of sixteen and seventeen.<BR> —The two countries spent a combined 1.1 trillion dollars fighting the war.<BR> <BR> Rarely does this kind of reportage succeed so power- fully as literature. More rarely still does such searingly brilliant literature—fit to stand beside Remarque, Hemingway, and O’Brien—emerge from behind “enemy” lines.<BR> <BR> But Zahed, a child, and Najah, a young restaurateur, are rare men—not just survivors, but masterful, wondrously gifted storytellers. Written with award-winning journalist Meredith May, this is literature of a very high order, set down with passion, urgency, and consummate skill. This story is an affirmation that, in the end, it is our humanity that transcends politics and borders and saves us all.
The Audacity of Inez Burns: Dreams, Desire, Treachery & Ruin in t...
by Stephen G. Bloom

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English

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448

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February 06, 2018

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<B>THE </B><B>VIVID, SCANDAL-FILLED STORY OF A SHREWD, RAGS-TO-RICHES MILLIONAIRESS AND THE RUTHLESS POLITICIAN WHO PURSUED HER, TOLD AGAINST THE EFFERVESCENT BACKDROP OF AMERICA’S GOLDEN CITY—SAN FRANCISCO.</B><BR><BR>San Francisco, until the mid-1940s, was a city that lived by its own rules, fast and loose. Formed by the gold rush and destroyed by the 1906 earthquake, it served as a pleasure palace for the legions of men who sought their fortunes in the California foothills. For the women who followed, their only choice was to support, serve, or submit.<BR> <BR> Inez Burns was different. She put everyone to shame with her dazzling, calculated, stone-cold ambition.<BR> <BR> Born in the slums of San Francisco to a cigar-rolling alcoholic, Inez transformed herself into one of California’s richest women, becoming a notorious powerbroker, grand dame, and iconoclast. A stunning beauty with perfumed charm, she rose from manicurist to murderess to millionaire, seducing one man after another, bearing children out of wedlock, and bribing politicians and cops along the way to secure her place in the San Francisco firmament.<BR> <BR> Inez ruled with incandescent flair. She owned five hundred hats and a closet full of furs, had two small toes surgically removed to fit into stylish high heels, and had two ribs excised to accentuate her hourglass figure. Her presence was defined by couture dresses from Paris, red-carpet strutting at the San Francisco Opera, and a black Pierce-Arrow that delivered her everywhere. She threw outrageous parties on her sprawling, eight-hundred-acre horse ranch, a compound with servants, cooks, horse groomers, and trainers, where politicians, judges, attorneys, Hollywood moguls, and entertainers gamboled over silver fizzes.<BR> <BR> Inez was adored by the desperate women who sought her out—and loathed by the power-hungry men who plotted to destroy her.<BR> <BR> During a time when women risked their lives with predatory practitioners lurking in back alleys, Inez and her team of women, clad in crisp, white nurse’s uniforms, worked night and day in her elegantly appointed clinic, performing fifty thousand of the safest, most hygienic abortions available during a time when even the richest wives, Hollywood stars, and mistresses had few options when they found themselves with an unwanted pregnancy.<BR> <BR> Inez’s illegal business bestowed upon her power and influence—until a determined politician by the name of Edmund G. (Pat) Brown—the father of current California Governor Jerry Brown—used Inez to catapult his nascent career to national prominence.<BR> <BR> In <i>The Audacity of Inez Burns</i>, Stephen G. Bloom, the author of the bestselling <i>Postville, </i>reveals a jagged slice of lost American history. From Inez’s riveting tale of glamour and tragedy, he has created a brilliant, compulsively readable portrait of an unforgettable woman during a moment when America’s pendulum swung from compassion to criminality by punishing those who permitted women to control their own destinies.
Harper's Justice in Canyon (A Classic Western Novel)
by William Black

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English

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328

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November 26, 2018

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Former U.S. Marshal Austin Harper is a wanted man.<br /><br />He is wanted in Robbers Roost for intercepting their raids at a stagecoach way station in New Mexico. He is wanted for saving a distressed Rachel Dennis.<br /><br />Now, Harper is facing not just one petty gang of robbers but an entire canyon of criminals operating in a highly organized fashion.<br /><br />Not that Harper is afraid. But his badly injured leg during his line of duty is a huge encumbrance. <br /><br />And time is running short. This nefarious bunch is terrorizing a lot of the southwest from a barren and well-fortified canyon in nearby No Man's Land.<br /><br />Together with his fiercely loyal American Indian friend Eagle, Harper leaps into action to put the marauders out of business permanently. Infiltrating Robbers Roost to take out the leader Wicked Bear is one solution to prevent more innocent lives from being lost.<br /><br />Harper’s daring move is backed by the U.S. Army, but threatened by sworn adversaries of the American government including renegade Indians, enemy Mexican nationals and Confederate soldiers not willing to give up on the Lost Cause. <br /><br />There will be bloodshed.<br /><br />How will the sun set at the canyon terrain of No Man’s Land? Will the sun rise again for Robbers Roost, or for Harper?
Hellcats of the Sea (Annotated): Operation Barney and the Mission...
by , Hans C. Adamson

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English

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271

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August 29, 2018

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Author Charles Lockwood (Sink ‘Em All) brings his unique flair for submarine warfare story-telling to his account of Operation Barney, the secret mission during World War 2 to extend the conflict in the Pacific beyond the Sea of Japan and closer to the enemy’s coastline. <br /><br />On June 9, 1945, torpedoes from nine American submarines – ‘The Hellcats’ – were launched at dozens of Japanese freighters, paralyzing maritime operations between Japan and Korea. Each U.S. sub was equipped with newly designed mine-detectors and Mark-18s -- electronic torpedoes that left no traceable wakes or fume exhausts. Operation Barney continued for 15 days and proved a crucial breakthrough in the war, with U.S. submarines sinking 28 Japanese ships totaling some 70,000 tons. <br /><br /><i>Hellcats of the Sea</i> is a riveting account of the planning and events of those 15 days.<br /><br />*Annotated edition with original footnotes.<br />*Includes photographs from Operation Barney.
The Lawman
by G. Michael Hopf

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English

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235

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November 26, 2018

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Following his release from prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Isaac Grant leaves the only place he’s ever known and heads west to a silver mining town in Nevada in hopes he can put his troubled life behind him.<br /><br />On the journey, he is presented with an opportunity to begin anew but there’s a catch, this new lease on life requires him to assume a new identity…that of a dead sheriff.<br /><br />Soon afterwards, he’ll discover his burdens aren’t so easily discarded or forgotten.

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