Armoured Warfare in the Korean War: Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

By Anthony Tucker-Jones

After the second one international battle, army analysts concept that the one position major armored forces have been ever more likely to confront one another back was once in relevant Europe the place the Nato alliance might fend off the Soviet crimson military. Then through the Korean warfare of 1950-53 either side deployed huge numbers of armored scuffling with automobiles, and this missed point of the clash is the topic of Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic historical past.

Korea, with its rugged mountains, slender passes, steep valleys and waterlogged fields used to be no longer perfect tank nation so the armor often supported the infantry and infrequently engaged in battles of maneuver. but the big variety of armor helping UN and North Korean forces performed an important if unorthodox position within the quickly relocating campaigns.

For this attention-grabbing booklet over a hundred and eighty modern pictures were chosen to teach Soviet-built T-34/85s and Su-76s, American M4 Shermans, M26 Pershings and M46 Pattons, and British Cromwells and Centurions in motion in a single of the defining conflicts of the chilly conflict.

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Hide and Seek: A Novel

By Jeff Struecker, Alton Gansky

Amelia Lennon not wears a uniform or includes a weapon. a military proficient international Affairs Officer, she’s negotiating a dispute with the Kyrgyzstan executive that threatens to depart the U.S. with no an airbase in that zone. She traded her gun for the facility of phrases, yet now she wishes both.

While following her govt touch - Jildiz Oskonbaeva, the attorney daughter of Kyrgyzstan’s president - Amelia witnesses an try and abduct her. She manages to avoid the abduction, yet now the 2 girls are at the run in a urban that’s erupting into chaos.

Master Sergeant J.J. Bartley is the targeted Operations group chief tasked to rescue Amelia and Jildiz. With new contributors in his unit - one with a mystery which may endanger everyone’s existence - J.J. needs to soldier his unit via crazed mobs cause on overthrowing the govt.. again domestic, his pregnant spouse is misinformed that her husband and the staff were killed. yet earlier than this is often over, Bartley will discover that’s the least of his problems.

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A Short History of Nuclear Folly

By Rudolph Herzog

In the spirit of Dr. Strangelove and The Atomic Café, a blackly sardonic people’s heritage of atomic mistakes and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes during which the nice powers gambled with catastrophe

Rudolph Herzog, the acclaimed writer of Dead Funny, offers a devastating account of history’s such a lot irresponsible makes use of of nuclear expertise. From the rarely-discussed nightmare of “Broken Arrows” (40 nuclear guns misplaced in the course of the chilly conflict) to “Operation Plowshare” (a thought to take advantage of nuclear bombs for giant engineering initiatives, akin to a the development of a moment Panama Canal utilizing three hundred H-Bombs), Herzog focuses in on long-forgotten nuclear initiatives that just about resulted in disaster.

In an unheard of people’s background, Herzog digs deep into records, interviews nuclear scientists, and collects dozens of infrequent pictures. He explores the “accidental” drop of a Nagasaki-type bomb on a educate conductor’s domestic, the implanting of plutonium into sufferers’ hearts, and the discovery of untamed tactical nukes, together with guns designed to kill enemy astronauts.

Told in a riveting narrative voice, Herzog—the son of filmmaker Werner Herzog—also attracts on adolescence thoughts of the ultimate period of the chilly struggle in Germany, the rustic as soon as noticeable because the nuclear battleground for NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations, and discusses proof that Nazi scientists knew the best way to make atomic weaponry . . . and selected now not to.

From the Hardcover edition.

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The Bomb: A Life

By Gerard J. DeGroot

Bombs are as outdated as hatred itself. however it was once the 20th century--one hundred years of excellent medical growth and poor war--that introduced forth the massive One, the Bomb, humanity's strongest and harmful invention. In The Bomb: A Life, Gerard DeGroot tells the tale of this as soon as unbelievable weapon that--at least because 8:16 a.m. on August 6, 1945--has haunted our desires and threatened our existence.

The Bomb has killed millions outright, condemned many extra to lingering deaths, and made huge tracts of land not worthy for all times. for many years it ruled the psyches of thousands, turning into a touchstone of pop culture, celebrated or decried in mass political routine, movies, songs, and books. DeGroot lines the lifetime of the Bomb from its beginning in turn-of-the-century physics labs of Europe to a youth within the New Mexico desolate tract of the Nineteen Forties, from formative years and early maturity in Nagasaki and Bikini, Australia and Kazakhstan to adulthood in try websites and missile silos world wide. His booklet portrays the Bomb's brief yet major life in all its scope, offering us with a portrait of the days and the people--from Oppenheimer to Sakharov, Stalin to Reagan--whose legacy nonetheless shapes our world.

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On Art and War and Terror

By Alex Danchev

This selection of Alex Danchev's essays exhibits us how artistic endeavors might help us to discover the main tough moral and political problems with our time: battle, terror, extermination, torture and abuse.

It takes heavily the assumption of the artist as ethical witness to this realm, contemplating warfare images, for instance, as a kind of humanitarian intervention. conflict poetry, battle movies and conflict diaries also are thought of in a wide view of paintings, and of battle. Kafka is drawn upon to handle torture and abuse within the warfare on terror; Homer is utilised to examine present speak of 'barbarisation'. The work of Gerhard Richter are used to enquire the terrorists of the Baader-Meinhof team, whereas the pictures of Don McCullin and the writings of Vassily Grossman and Primo Levi enable the writer to suggest an ethics of small acts of altruism.

This ebook examines the character of battle during the last century, from the nice conflict to a selected concentrate on the present 'Global battle on Terror'. It investigates what it potential to be human in battle, the price it exacts and the methods of coping. a number of of the essays accordingly have a biographical focus.

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Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War

By Mark Bowden

Already a vintage of battle reporting and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback, Black Hawk Down is Mark Bowden’s wonderful account of the longest sustained firefight concerning American troops because the Vietnam struggle. On October three, 1993, a few hundred elite U.S. squaddies have been dropped by means of helicopter into the teeming marketplace within the center of Mogadishu, Somalia. Their challenge was once to abduct best lieutenants of a Somali warlord and go back to base. It was once imagined to take an hour. as an alternative, they discovered themselves pinned down via a protracted and poor evening battling opposed to millions of seriously armed Somalis. the subsequent morning, eighteen americans have been useless and greater than seventy have been badly wounded.
Drawing on interviews from either side, military documents, audiotapes, and movies (some of the cloth continues to be classified), Bowden’s minute-by-minute narrative is likely one of the most fun bills of recent strive against ever written—a riveting tale that captures the heroism, braveness, and brutality of battle.

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The Tender Soldier: A True Story of War and Sacrifice

By Vanessa M. Gezari

In this gripping tale of 3 tough-minded American civilians engaging in the main audacious army social technological know-how test considering that Vietnam, journalist Vanessa Gezari indicates how their humanity is demonstrated and their lives are replaced without end whilst a lone Afghan assaults one among them in an open market.

What occurs whilst the Pentagon sends 3 american citizens to assist perform the main audacious test in view that Vietnam?

On the day Barack Obama was once elected president in November 2008, a small team of yankee civilians took their optimism and event to Afghanistan, then thought of America’s “good war.” They have been a part of the Pentagon’s debatable try and deliver social technology to the battlefield, a software, referred to as the Human Terrain procedure, that's pushed by way of the concept that you just can’t win a warfare for those who don’t comprehend the enemy and his tradition. the sphere crew in Afghanistan that day integrated an intrepid Texas blonde, a former bodyguard for Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and an ex-military intelligence sergeant who had come to Afghanistan to make peace together with his afflicted earlier. yet no longer all is going as planned.

In this story of ethical suspense, journalist Vanessa Gezari follows those 3 idealists from the wish that introduced them to Afghanistan during the occasions of the fateful day whilst one is gravely wounded, an Afghan is useless, and a proponent of cross-cultural engagement is charged along with his homicide. via all of it, those courageous american citizens ended up displaying the area simply how decided they have been to get issues correct, how challenging it was once to truly comprehend a spot like Afghanistan the place storytelling has been a big software of survival, and why all destiny wars will contain this unusual mixture of scuffling with and listening.

Gezari is the single journalist to have won entry to the lives of individuals contained in the afflicted Human Terrain method, together with the bright, formidable figures who conceived it. The smooth Soldier is the 1st account of this ancient, little-known project. within the most sensible culture of The solid Soldiers and The issues They Carried, it is a actual tale of conflict and sacrifice that may upend your rules approximately what quite went fallacious within the warfare.

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Warfare in Woods and Forests

By Anthony Clayton

Combating in woods and forests is a really unique kind of warfare. refrained from by means of army commanders except such terrain is to their virtue, for infantrymen woodland battles are a chaotic mixture of dread, choice, and, all too usually, loss of life. Adversaries stay in consistent worry of hid ambush, casualties frequently needs to be deserted, and prisoners who can't be guarded are killed. Heightened worry may end up in excesses. Too frequently, armies were badly ready and informed for such war and feature suffered significantly for it. In war in Woods and Forests, famous army historian Anthony Clayton describes significant occasions in woods and woodland conflict from the 1st century CE to the twenty first. those occasions contain Roman infantrymen in Germany 2,000 years in the past; North american citizens in 18th- and 19th-century conflicts; invaders of Russia in 1812 and 1941; British, French, and american citizens in France in 1916 and 1918; americans within the Hürtgen wooded area in 1944; and modern day Russian squaddies in Chechnya.

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Time's Eye (Time Odyssey)

By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter

Sir Arthur C. Clarke is a residing legend, a author whose identify has been synonymous with technological know-how fiction for greater than fifty years. An indomitable believer in human and clinical strength, Clarke is a real visionary. If Clarke has an inheritor between today’s technological know-how fiction writers, it really is award-winning writer Stephen Baxter. In every one of his acclaimed novels, Baxter has validated extraordinary presents of mind's eye and mind, besides an extraordinary skill to carry the main cerebral technological know-how dramatically to lifestyles. Now those champions of humanism and clinical hypothesis have mixed their skills in a unique absolute to be essentially the most talked-about of the yr, a 2001 for the recent millennium.

TIME’S EYE

For eons, Earth has been lower than statement by means of the Firstborn, beings nearly as previous because the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind— until eventually they act. right away, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a major jigsaw puzzle. abruptly the planet and each dwelling factor on it not exist in one timeline. as an alternative, the area turns into a patchwork of eras, from prehistory to 2037, each one with its personal indigenous inhabitants.

Scattered around the planet are floating silver orbs impervious to all guns and most unlikely to speak with. Are those technologically complex units chargeable for developing and maintaining the rifts in time? Are they cameras wherein inscrutable alien eyes are staring at? Or are they anything stranger and extra terrifying still?

The resolution could lie within the old urban of Babylon, the place teams of refugees from 2037—three cosmonauts returning to Earth from the foreign area Station, and 3 United international locations peacekeepers on a venture in Afghanistan—have detected radio indications: the one such signs on this planet, except their very own. The peacekeepers locate allies in nineteenth-century British troops and within the armies of Alexander the nice. The astronauts, crash-landed within the steppes of Asia, subscribe to forces with the Mongol horde led by means of Genghis Khan. the 2 facets set out for Babylon, every one decided to win the race for wisdom . . . and the facility that lies within.

Yet the true strength is past human regulate, maybe even human figuring out. As nice armies face off prior to the gates of Babylon, it watches, ready. . . .

From the Hardcover edition.

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Young Lions

By Andrew Mackay

This can be the tale of 2 teenage British boys in a Britain occupied by way of the Germans, that's what may need occurred if the Nazis had effectively conducted their plans to invade Britain less than Operation Sea Lion within the Forties. Alan Mitchell and Sam Roberts learn at St. John's Academy within the fictional Cambridgeshire marketplace city of Hereward. Their domestic shield unit is defeated and the Schutzstaffel (S.S.) massacres the prisoners however the boys get away and go back to German occupied Hereward. They take care of demanding situations comparable to an older sister with an S.S. boyfriend, the British resistance, fascist collaborators and the German occupiers. They choose to struggle opposed to the hot Order which ends up in homicide and mayhem, chaos and carnage, culminating with the boys' assassination try out opposed to the puppet king Edward VIII.

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