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Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring
by Alexander Rose

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English

Pages

402

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • <i>Turn: Washington’s Spies, </i>now an original series on AMC</b><br /></b><br /> Based on remarkable new research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose brings to life the true story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and deep into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and code breaking, and unmasks the courageous, flawed men who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors—including the spymaster at the heart of it all.<br /><br /> In the summer of 1778, with the war poised to turn in his favor, General George Washington desperately needed to know where the British would strike next. To that end, he unleashed his secret weapon: an unlikely ring of spies in New York charged with discovering the enemy’s battle plans and military strategy. <br /><br /> Washington’s small band included a young Quaker torn between political principle and family loyalty, a swashbuckling sailor addicted to the perils of espionage, a hard-drinking barkeep, a Yale-educated cavalryman and friend of the doomed Nathan Hale, and a peaceful, sickly farmer who begged Washington to let him retire but who always came through in the end. Personally guiding these imperfect everyday heroes was Washington himself. In an era when officers were gentlemen, and gentlemen didn’ t spy, he possessed an extraordinary talent for deception—and proved an adept spymaster.<br /><br /> The men he mentored were dubbed the Culper Ring. The British secret service tried to hunt them down, but they escaped by the closest of shaves thanks to their ciphers, dead drops, and invisible ink. Rose’s thrilling narrative tells the unknown story of the Revolution–the murderous intelligence war, gunrunning and kidnapping, defectors and executioners—that has never appeared in the history books. But Washington’s Spies is also a spirited, touching account of friendship and trust, fear and betrayal, amid the dark and silent world of the spy.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>
The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I; Barbara W. Tuchm...
by Barbara W. Tuchman

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English

Pages

608

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>
The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales Book 1)
by Bernard Cornwell

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p><b>The first installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling series chronicling the epic saga of the making of England, “like Game of Thrones, but real” (<b>The Observer</b>, London)—the basis for <b>The Last Kingdom</b>, the hit television series coming to Netflix in Fall 2016.</b></p><p>This is the exciting—yet little known—story of the making of England in the 9th and 10th centuries, the years in which King Alfred the Great, his son and grandson defeated the Danish Vikings who had invaded and occupied three of England’s four kingdoms.</p><p>The story is seen through the eyes of Uhtred, a dispossessed nobleman, who is captured as a child by the Danes and then raised by them so that, by the time the Northmen begin their assault on Wessex (Alfred’s kingdom and the last territory in English hands) Uhtred almost thinks of himself as a Dane. He certainly has no love for Alfred, whom he considers a pious weakling and no match for Viking savagery, yet when Alfred unexpectedly defeats the Danes and the Danes themselves turn on Uhtred, he is finally forced to choose sides. By now he is a young man, in love, trained to fight and ready to take his place in the dreaded shield wall. Above all, though, he wishes to recover his father’s land, the enchanting fort of Bebbanburg by the wild northern sea.</p><p>This thrilling adventure—based on existing records of Bernard Cornwell’s ancestors—depicts a time when law and order were ripped violently apart by a pagan assault on Christian England, an assault that came very close to destroying England.</p>
The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy L...
by Thomas Asbridge

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English

Pages

804

Publication Date

March 13, 2010

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<p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal><em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">The Crusades </span></em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'; FONT-SIZE: 10pt">is an authoritative, <span style="COLOR: black">accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge—a renowned historian who writes with “maximum vividness” (Joan Acocella, <em>The New Yorker</em>)—covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this  big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history. From Richard the Lionheart to the mighty Saladin, from the emperors of Byzantium to the Knights Templar, Asbridge’s book is a magnificent epic of Holy War between the Christian and Islamic worlds, full of adventure, intrigue, and sweeping grandeur<em>.</em></span><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></p>
Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One Ameri...
by Alex Kershaw

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English

Pages

315

Publication Date

August 04, 2015

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<b>The best-selling author of <i>The Liberator</i> brings to life the incredible true story of an American doctor in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts during World War II.<br /><br /></b>The leafy Avenue Foch, one of the most exclusive residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, was Paris's hotbed of daring spies, murderous secret police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So when American physician Sumner Jackson, who lived with his wife and young son Phillip at Number 11, found himself drawn into the Liberation network of the French resistance, he knew the stakes were impossibly high. Just down the road at Number 31 was the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to concentration camps. And Number 84 housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run by the most effective spy hunter in Nazi Germany. <br /><br />From his office at the American Hospital, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots safely out of France, a job complicated by the hospital director's close ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish friends, Jackson invited Liberation to officially operate out of his home at Number 11—but the noose soon began to tighten. When his secret life was discovered by his Nazi neighbors, he and his family were forced to undertake a journey into the dark heart of the war-torn continent from which there was little chance of return.<br /><br />Drawing upon a wealth of primary source material and extensive interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the City of Light during its darkest days. The untold story of the Jackson family anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the vivid immediacy of the best spy thrillers. Awash with the tense atmosphere of World War II's Europe, <i>Avenue of Spies</i> introduces us to the brave doctor who risked everything to defy Hitler.
Lockheed Blackbird: Beyond the Secret Missions (Revised Edition)
by Paul F Crickmore

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English

Pages

472

Publication Date

November 17, 2016

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In 1986 Paul Crickmore's first groundbreaking book about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was published. At that time, the Cold War was at its height and the SR-71 was an integral element in securing crucial intelligence from all parts of the globe. The highly sensitive nature of its missions couldn't be compromised, and it wasn't until the end of the Cold War that the operational exploits of this incredible aeronautical masterpiece could be openly written about.<br />As time passed has more and more information has come to light, with a vast number of official documents declassified and key military figures able to talk openly about the Blackbird programme. Paul Crickmore has used these updated facts to revise his previous history of one of the world's most iconic aircraft of all time, creating what will surely be considered the definitive, timeless volume about the SR-71 Blackbird.
The Best of American Heritage: Roosevelt
by Edwin S. Grosvenor

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English

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193

Publication Date

July 09, 2018

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt led the United States through two of the most critical periods in our history - the Great Depression and World War II. And in those twelve years, he did more than any president except Abraham Lincoln to change America.<br /><br />Here, some of the country's greatest historians - James MacGregor Burns, Thomas Fleming, John Kenneth Galbraith, Richard Ketchum, John Lukacs, Allan Nevins, Joe Persico, William vanden Heuvel, and Geoffrey Ward - bring FDR vividly to life, assessing his place in history and exploring his marriage to Eleanor, his struggle with polio, his love of Hyde Park, his relationships with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, and his complicated final days.
The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the C...
by Paul Andrew Hutton

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English

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499

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May 03, 2016

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<b>In the tradition of <i>Empire of the Summer Moon, </i>a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland.</b><br /> <br />They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides--the Apaches and the white invaders—blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but desperately needed by both. He was the only man Geronimo ever feared. He played a pivotal role in this long war for the desert Southwest from its beginning in 1861 until its end in 1890 with his pursuit of the renegade scout, Apache Kid.<br /> <br />In this sprawling, monumental work, Paul Hutton unfolds over two decades of the last war for the West through the eyes of the men and women who lived it. This is Mickey Free's story, but also the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O. O. Howard, George Crook, and Nelson Miles; the scouts and frontiersmen Al Sieber, Tom Horn, Tom Jeffords, and Texas John Slaughter; the great White Mountain scout Alchesay and the Apache female warrior Lozen; the fierce Apache warrior Geronimo; and the Apache Kid. These lives shaped the violent history of the deserts and mountains of the Southwestern borderlands--a bleak and unforgiving world where a people would make a final, bloody stand against an American war machine bent on their destruction.
Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Fr...
by Gunter Koschorrek

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English

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324

Publication Date

April 13, 2011

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<SPAN STYLE= "" >Günter Koschorrek wrote his illicit diary on any scraps of paper he could lay his hands on, storing them with his mother on infrequent trips home on leave. The diary went missing, and it was not until he was reunited with his daughter in America some forty years later that it came to light and became Blood Red Snow.<BR><BR>The author’s excitement at the first encounter with the enemy in the Russian Steppe is obvious. Later, the horror and confusion of fighting in the streets of Stalingrad are brought to life by his descriptions of the others in his unit – their differing manners and techniques for dealing with the squalor and death. He is also posted to Romania and Italy, assignments he remembers fondly compared to his time on the Eastern Front.<BR><BR>This book stands as a memorial to the huge numbers on both sides who did not survive and is, some six decades later, the fulfilment of a responsibility the author feels to honour the memory of those who perished.</SPAN>
God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
by Rodney Stark

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English

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292

Publication Date

September 16, 2009

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In <em>God’s Battalions</em>, distinguished scholar Rodney Stark puts forth a controversial argument that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. Stark, the author of <em>The Rise of Christianity,</em> reviews the history of the seven major crusades from 1095-1291 in this fascinating work of religious revisionist history.

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