Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins

By Randolph Lalonde

It's the far away destiny and one guy, Jonas Valent, is letting his lifestyles slip by means of. he's hired through Freeground station as a port site visitors controller, a task he took after finishing a journey within the army. His in simple terms genuine pleasure in lifestyles is his participation in true-to-life army simulations with a cadre of neighbors who come jointly usually to defeat demanding situations made to check the brightest army cadets and officials alike. those limited situations stand as an addictive preoccupation that's so engaging that they forget about the aptitude repercussions of breaking in to participate.

When an individual betrays their identities to the Freeground Fleet Admiralty, Jonas and his neighbors are confronted with a miles better problem: to enterprise out into the extra populated areas of the galaxy to procure know-how and data. they're tasked with laying the foundation for the Freeground kingdom of their efforts to reconnect with the remainder of humanity, and to safe the armaments they may have to guard themselves from encroaching enemies.

Spinward Fringe Broadcast zero: Origins is a gathered trilogy that chronicles the early adventures of an formidable team. Their chief, Jonas Valent, has the least to lose and every little thing to realize as he tells the story of his first travel as Captain of a boat tasked with making allies and researching new applied sciences for the great of his humans. this easy challenge turns into extra complex because the group ventures additional into the settled fringes of the galaxy.

This trilogy spawned the easiest promoting Spinward Fringe book sequence. this can be the place all of it started, while one guy was once challenged to aspire for greater than an idle life.

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Hellfire

By James Holland

Jack Tanner's warfare takes him to the treacherous sands of the North African desert.

August, 1942. North Africa. The wilderness warfare hangs within the stability. even if their retreat has ultimately been halted, morale within the British military is at all-time low. whilst the commander of the 8th military, common Gott, is killed, it appears foul play is at paintings. An impenetrable Axis secret agent circuit will be compromising any desire the Allies have of stemming the Nazi tide.

Jack Tanner, improving from wounds in a Cairo sanatorium, is astonished to obtain a battlefield fee in an effort to propel him right into a very assorted international whilst he returns to motion. healthy once again, he unearths himself dealing with the whole onslaught of Rommel's most modern offensive.

In its aftermath, Tanner and his trusty sidekick Sykes are recruited to paintings at the back of the Axis strains in a determined try and take the struggle to the Nazis. yet the murky international of subterfuge, deceit and homicide they locate themselves one million miles clear of the certainties of the battlefield and in some way they need to observe who they could belief within the cat-and-mouse international of counter-espionage.

Hellfire sees Tanner scuffling with his method via his most threatening event but -- person who takes him from the darkish backstreets of Cairo to the open Mediterranean and eventually to 1 of the decisive clashes of the total conflict -- the conflict of Alamein.

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The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West

By Niall Ferguson

Superb in its scope and erudition, this is often the magnum opus that Niall Ferguson's a number of acclaimed works were prime as much as. In it, he grapples with probably the main tough questions of recent background: Why used to be the 20 th century history's bloodiest by means of some distance? Why did remarkable fabric development pass hand in hand with overall battle and genocide? His quest for brand spanking new solutions takes him from the partitions of Nanjing to the bloody shorelines of Normandy, from the economics of ethnic detoxing to the politics of imperial decline and fall. the end result, as brilliantly written because it is key, is a brilliant historian's masterwork.

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The Twenty-First Century Confronts Its Gods: Globalization, Technology, and War

This ebook penetrates the assumptions of Western technological society and exposes the powers that govern it. The members argue that it's a mistake to imagine that faith and trust were relegated to the personal sphere and are not any longer vital within the public and political domain names. They assert that the twenty-first century has a collection of latest gods the powers of globalization, expertise, the industry, and armed forces may well that reign along these of conventional religions. those are the forces to which the fashionable period has granted ultimacy. This e-book seems at how significant religions equivalent to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism play a big function in politics and society on either the worldwide and native degrees. the hot gods of know-how, globalization, and warfare are proven to exacerbate the prevailing cultural divisions and non secular strife that mark our time. by means of figuring out the significance of that that is held sacred, even if conventional trust or smooth perform no longer stated as trust, the participants support us to understand our current scenario and challenges."

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The Angry Hills

By Leon Uris

A author strikes to Greece simply because the Nazis invade, and he quickly turns into a pawn in a deadly video game of espionage

After the dying of his spouse, Mike Morrison arrives in Greece just to obtain an inheritance and are available to grips together with his grief. yet it’s a foul time to nurse his sorrow—it’s the start of global warfare II, and the German military storms the rustic sooner than Morrison can depart. He’s quickly stuck in a classy cat-and-mouse video game with Gestapo officials, British spies, and the Greek resistance flow. on the mercy of strangers, Morrison has to profit who to trust—and who to love.

Leon Uris’s fast paced moment novel attracts from the diaries of an uncle who served in Greece in the course of global warfare II. It used to be made right into a movie in 1959 starring Robert Mitchum.

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We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam

By Harold G. Moore, Joseph L. Galloway

Every year, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps selects one publication that he believes is either proper and undying for examining by means of all Marines. The Commandant's selection for 1993 was once We have been infantrymen as soon as . . . and Young.
In November 1965, a few 450 males of the first Battalion, seventh Cavalry, lower than the command of Lt. Col. Hal Moore, have been dropped via helicopter right into a small clearing within the Ia Drang Valley. They have been instantly surrounded through 2,000 North Vietnamese infantrymen. 3 days later, in simple terms and a part miles away, a sister battalion used to be chopped to items. jointly, those activities on the touchdown zones X-Ray and Albany constituted some of the most savage and demanding battles of the Vietnam warfare.
How those males persevered--sacrificed themselves for his or her comrades and not gave up--makes a bright portrait of conflict at its most provoking and devastating. normal Moore and Joseph Galloway, the one journalist at the floor in the course of the battling, have interviewed hundreds and hundreds of guys who fought there, together with the North Vietnamese commanders. This devastating account rises above the categorical ordeal it chronicles to give an image of guys dealing with the last word problem, facing it in methods they'd have came across unbelievable just a couple of hours past. It finds to us, as hardly ever sooner than, man's such a lot heroic and horrendous endeavor.

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The Lion of Midnight

By J. D. Davies

Iciness, 1666. A moment warfare has damaged out among the English and the Dutch . . . Captain Matthew Quinton’s 5th venture for King and state is to the Swedish courtroom at Gothenburg. Sweden is on the top of its army strength, and Quinton is charged with securing an important help in England’s new conflict opposed to her outdated enemy, the Dutch republic. Accompanying him is the mysterious Lord Conisborough, who – unknown to his captain – is sworn to a different, mystery undertaking related to the infamous regicide John Bale, by myself between friends of the area to signal the loss of life warrant of Charles I. Gothenburg proves to be a hotbed of dangerously conflicting loyalties, and Quinton and group locate themselves desiring support from the main unforeseen quarters.

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Agents of Atrocity: Leaders, Followers, and the Violation of Human Rights in Civil War

By Neil J. Mitchell

Who's accountable for the fear, atrocities, and violations of human rights that take place in civil wars? Blame should be without delay attributed to the particular perpetrators of the massacres, rapes, and pillaging--but it may well even be put on the leaders who frequently cover in the back of their ambivalent orders. putting accountability essentially within the palms of political management, Mitchell explores the interplay of leaders, their administration practices and repressive rules, utilizing the Arab-Israeli clash and the English and Russian civil wars to make clear whilst leaders are kind of more likely to flip to atrocities to accomplish their targets. With civil wars carrying on with to rage all over the world, Agents of Atrocity presents a well timed heritage of atrocities and the leaders and henchmen who carried them out, whereas supplying a brand new context for figuring out why they ensue and the way they are often avoided within the future.

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Wit'ch Gate (The Banned and the Banished, Book 4)

By James Clemens

In a surprising feat of bold and magic, Elena and her military of outlaws and rebels have defeated evil's minions and published the mystic secrets and techniques of the Blood Diary. however the malevolent darkish Lord has unleashed the Weirgates-black wells of ferocious strength which are his maximum resource of strength. Now Elena's bravest allies are despatched to discover and ruin the Gates, as windships hold the struggle north to the frigid woodlands, south to the burning wasteland sands, and east to the blasted areas of dread Gul'gotha.

alongside the best way, they are going to face their very own own demons besides. the dual brothers Mogweed and Fardale race opposed to time to damage the curse that has stolen their shapechanging birthright, and Elena's brother Joach needs to ward off the barren region sandsharks if he's to grasp his personal elemental energy. the path will lead them even to the tremendous el'vin place of origin of Stormhaven. not one of the rebels will get back unscathed, a few by no means returning in any respect . . .

And Elena herself needs to trip to Gulgotha. bold the enemy's personal lair, she needs to emerge effective if she is to bare the key of the darkish Lord's scary identity-and the surprising nature of his huge powers.

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The First World War

By John Keegan

The 1st global struggle created the trendy global. A clash of unheard of ferocity, it unexpectedly ended the relative peace and prosperity of the Victorian period, unleashing such demons of the 20 th century as mechanized war and mass demise. It additionally helped to bring in the information that experience formed our times--modernism within the arts, new methods to psychology and medication, radical innovations approximately economics and society--and in so doing shattered the religion in rationalism and liberalism that had prevailed in Europe because the Enlightenment. With The First international War, John Keegan, one in every of our most outstanding army historians, fulfills a lifelong ambition to write down the definitive account of the good warfare for our generation.

Probing the secret of ways a civilization on the top of its fulfillment may have propelled itself into the sort of ruinous clash, Keegan takes us behind the curtain of the negotiations between Europe's topped heads (all of them concerning each other by means of blood) and ministers, and their doomed efforts to defuse the trouble. He finds how, by means of an astounding failure of international relations and conversation, a bilateral dispute grew to engulf a complete continent.

But the guts of Keegan's remarkable narrative is, in fact, his research of the army clash. With unrivaled authority and perception, he recreates the nightmarish engagements whose names became legend--Verdun, the Somme and Gallipoli between them--and sheds new gentle at the options and strategies hired, quite the contributions of geography and know-how. No much less imperative to Keegan's account is the human point. He acquaints us with the techniques of the interesting personalities who oversaw the tragically pointless catastrophe--from heads of country like Russia's hapless tsar, Nicholas II, to popular warmakers resembling Haig, Hindenburg and Joffre. yet Keegan reserves his so much affecting own sympathy for these whose person efforts historical past has no longer recorded--"the nameless thousands, indistinguishably drab, undifferentially disadvantaged of any scrap of the glories that via culture made the lifetime of the man-at-arms tolerable."

By the top of the battle, 3 nice empires--the Austro-Hungarian, the Russian and the Ottoman--had collapsed. yet as Keegan indicates, the devastation ex-tended over everything of Europe, and nonetheless profoundly informs the politics and tradition of the continent this day. His remarkable, panoramic account of this great and poor clash is destined to take its position one of the classics of global history.

With 24 pages of pictures, 2 endpaper maps, and 15 maps in textual content

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