Storming the Heavens: Soldiers, Emperors, and Civilians in the Roman Empire (History and Warfare)

By Antonio Santosuosso

The good fortune of the Roman empire used to be mostly as a result of the prowess of the legions yet, likewise, a upset army was once additionally liable for a few of the maximum threats to the empire's cohesion. This research presents a readable and easy evaluation of the Roman military and, specifically, the connection among squaddies, their imperial commanders and the voters they have been presupposed to shield, from the third century BC to the fifth century advert. those centuries have been marked by means of growth and civil unrest as elements of the empire have been handled much less favourably than others and squaddies weren't repaid. Santosuosso additionally appears at Augustus' winning makes an attempt to reorganise the military, the mutual dependence of the emperor and his armies that undefined, the way of life and kit of infantrymen, landmark battles and specific rivals. ultimately, the research examines the defeat of the Roman military by the hands of a succession of invaders.

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Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil

By Peter Maass

The catastrophic oil spill within the Gulf of Mexico has introduced new cognizance to the large expenses of our oil dependence. during this gorgeous and revealing ebook, Peter Maass examines the social, political, and environmental impression of petroleum at the international locations that produce it.

Every unsatisfied oil-producing country is gloomy in its personal method, yet all are touched by means of the “resource curse”—the energy of oil to exacerbate present difficulties and create new ones. Peter Maass offers a vibrant portrait of the bothered global oil has created. From Saudi Arabia to Equatorial Guinea, from Venezuela to Iraq, the tales of rebels, royalty, middlemen, environmentalists, indigenous activists, and CEOs—all deftly and sensitively presented—come jointly during this startling and crucial account of the results of our habit to oil.

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Collateral Damage: America's War Against Iraqi Civilians

By Chris Hedges

Collateral Damage brings jointly testimony from the biggest variety of at the checklist, named, strive against veterans who demonstrate the anxious, day-by-day fact of conflict and profession in Iraq.

Through their eyes, we find out how the mechanics of battle result in the abuse and widespread killing of innocents. They describe convoys of cars roaring down roads, smashing into vehicles, and hitting Iraqi civilians. They aspect raids that depart households shot useless within the mayhem. and so they describe a battlefield within which troops, untrained to differentiate among opponents and civilians, are licensed to shoot at any time when they believe threatened.

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The Coldest Night

By Robert Olmstead

Henry Childs is simply seventeen whilst he falls right into a love affair so severe it approximately destroys him. to flee the wrath of the younger girl’s father, Henry joins the Marines, arriving in Korea at the eve of the brutal conflict of the Chosin Reservoir—the defining second of the Korean battle. There he confronts an enemy strength a ways past the scope of his imagining, however the demanding situations he meets upon his go back domestic, scarred and haunted, are larger by means of far. 
From the steamy streets of recent Orleans to the bone-chilling Korean panorama, award-winning writer Robert Olmstead takes us into some of the most bodily not easy battles in background and, with simply as a lot depth, into an electrifying, all-consuming love affair. 

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An Encyclopedia of Battles: Accounts of Over 1,560 Battles from 1479 B.C. to the Present (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)

By David Eggenberger

"A badly wanted addition to public and army libraries and to the cabinets of each army author … a definitive job." — military Times
Megiddo, Thermopylae, Waterloo, Stalingrad, Vietnam … not anything has ruled man's recognition, challenged his power, produced extra heroes — and destruction — than struggle. This huge one-volume paintings strains the lengthy heritage of that uniquely human job in shiny, exact bills of over 1,500 the most important army conflicts, Spanning greater than 3,400 years, it features a landscape of struggle so whole that no unmarried quantity love it exists.
All the basic information of each significant conflict in recorded historical past on land and at sea — from the 1st conflict of Megiddo in 1479 B. C. to Grenada in 1984 — are lined. for additional comfort, this paintings lists the engagements in alphabetical order, from "Aachen," the 1st access, to "Zutphen," the last.
You'll locate painstakingly researched, objectively written descriptions of the Persia-Greek conflicts of the 5th century B. C., Roman Empire wars, Napoleonic Wars, the yank Civil conflict, international Wars I and II, and plenty of extra. additionally integrated are penetrating analyses of the jobs performed through commanders of genius — Alexander, Julius Caesar, Hannibal, Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Khalid ibn al-Walid, and different momentous figures. Updating this already entire source, a brand new Appendix offers with newer conflicts: the Vietnam battle, the Yom Kippur warfare, the Soviet profession of Afghanistan, the Iran-Iraq warfare, the Falkland Islands conflict, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and the U. S. invasion of Grenada.
Each access comprises states, strategic occasions, army leaders, troop numbers, strategies, casualties and military/political results of the battles. moreover, you can find move references on the finish of every access, ninety nine conflict maps and a entire index containing titles and alliances and treaties, recognized quotations, slogans, seize words … even conflict cries.
An Encyclopedia of Battles is a whole library of army background in a single handy space-saving quantity. scholars, historians, writers, army buffs … a person attracted to the topic will locate this reasonably cheap paperbound version an integral reference and a desirable research of the world's army past.

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Strategy: A History

By Lawrence Freedman

Selected as a Financial Times most sensible e-book of 2013

In Strategy: A History, Sir Lawrence Freedman, one of many world's major professionals on warfare and overseas politics, captures the monstrous background of strategic considering, in a regularly enticing and insightful account of ways procedure got here to pervade each element of our lives.

The variety of Freedman's narrative is awesome, relocating from the strangely complicated technique practiced in primate teams, to the opposing innovations of Achilles and Odysseus within the Iliad, the strategic recommendation of solar Tzu and Machiavelli, the nice army ideas of Baron Henri de Jomini and Carl von Clausewitz, the grounding of innovative technique at school struggles via Marx, the insights into company process present in Peter Drucker and Alfred Sloan, and the contributions of the best social scientists engaged on process at the present time. The center factor on the middle of method, the writer notes, is whether or not it's attainable to control and form our surroundings instead of easily develop into the sufferer of forces past one's regulate. again and again, Freedman demonstrates that the inherent unpredictability of this environment-subject to likelihood occasions, the efforts of rivals, the missteps of friends-provides method with its problem and its drama. Armies or organisations or countries hardly ever flow from one predictable situation to a different, yet in its place believe their approach via a chain of states, each no longer rather what used to be expected, requiring a reappraisal of the unique technique, together with its final goal. hence the image of procedure that emerges during this e-book is one who is fluid and versatile, ruled through the place to begin, no longer the tip aspect.

A really good assessment of the main fashionable strategic theories in heritage, from David's use of deception opposed to Goliath, to the fashionable use of online game conception in economics, this masterful quantity sums up a life of mirrored image on strategy.

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American Bomber Crewman 1941-45 (Warrior)

By Gregory Fremont-Barnes

Gregory Fremont-Barnes examines the lives of the yankee Bomber Crewmen of the 8th Air strength, "The powerful Eighth", who crewed, maintained and repaired the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and the B-24 Liberators that flew from the airfields of Norfolk and Suffolk and different counties of britain in the course of global battle II (1939-1945). He highlights the actual and mental pressure put on those courageous males. lengthy bombing missions referred to as for brute energy to regulate the plane and impressive persistence to fly for hours at 20,000 toes at temperatures less than freezing in unheated, unpressurized cabins. Then there have been Luftwaffe warring parties and anti-aircraft hearth to take care of and it required awesome ability and a few success to come from a undertaking unscathed. This publication is a becoming tribute to those usually uncelebrated heroes who took the conflict deep into the 3rd Reich, in addition to a desirable ancient account of the reviews they went via.

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Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

By Jeremy Scahill

A New York Times bestseller
A Washington Post bestseller
Named the head investigative journalism e-book of 2013 by means of Nieman experiences
Selected as one among Publishers Weekly’s best 10 Books of 2013

“[A] brave and exhaustive exam of ways a couple of clandestine campaigns—full of crimes, cover-ups, and assassinations—became the USA’ major process for scuffling with terrorism.” —Teju Cole, The New Yorker, most sensible Books of 2013

In Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, writer of the New York Times best-seller Blackwater, takes us within America’s new covert wars. The foot squaddies in those battles function globally and contained in the usa with orders from the White apartment to do no matter what is critical to seek down, trap or kill members precise via the president as enemies.

Drawn from the ranks of the military SEALs, Delta strength, former Blackwater and different inner most defense contractors, the CIA’s exact actions department and the Joint distinctive Operations Command ( JSOC), those elite squaddies function around the world, with hundreds of thousands of mystery commandos operating in additional than 100 nations. Funded via “black budgets,” designated Operations Forces behavior missions in denied components, have interaction in exact killings, seize and seize contributors and direct drone, AC-130 and cruise missile moves. whereas the Bush management deployed those ghost militias, President Barack Obama has extended their operations and given them new scope and legitimacy.

Dirty Wars follows the implications of the assertion that “the international is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers crucial overseas coverage tale of our time. From Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and past, Scahill studies from the frontlines during this high-stakes research and explores the depths of America’s international killing desktop. He is going underneath the outside of those covert wars, performed within the shadows, open air the variety of the clicking, with no powerful congressional oversight or public debate. And, in accordance with unheard of entry, Scahill tells the chilling tale of an American citizen marked for assassination through his personal government.

As US leaders draw the rustic deeper into conflicts around the globe, surroundings the area level for huge destabilization and blowback, american citizens are usually not simply at larger risk—we are altering as a country. Scahill unmasks the shadow warriors who prosecute those mystery wars and places a human face at the casualties of unaccountable violence that's now authentic coverage: sufferers of evening raids, mystery prisons, cruise missile assaults and drone moves, and entire periods of individuals branded as “suspected militants.” via his courageous reporting, Scahill exposes the genuine nature of the soiled wars the us executive struggles to maintain hidden.

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Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism

By M. B. Wilmot

“Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism” is a gloomy humor novel that's introspective and capricious, regardless of facing the intense problems with formative years abuse, neo-colonialism, murder, genocide, and ethnic persecution. It tells the tale of an indigenous woman soldier within the US military who deploys to Iraq on the peak of the stress of the Fallujah bloodbath and the Abu Ghraib scandal, and faces unforeseen catastrophes and corruption. whereas her command management calmly spends security cash in Baghdad's eco-friendly quarter and turns neighborhood Iraqis into own servants, she is distributed in addition to 3 different squaddies to at least one of the main harmful towns in Iraq, Ar Ramadi. In Ar Ramadi, she faces direct wrestle whereas acting checkpoint operations, body of workers searches and apartment raids with Marine infantry devices as well as wasting acquaintances, incomes the belief of locals, and responding to army suicides and homicides within the sector. This happens all whereas her command severs their offers, escalates persecution of minorities within the corporation, and launders millions of bucks in protection cash meant for gear and radios for these in austere areas like Ar Ramadi. This unit, mockingly, is a military psychological health and wellbeing corporation. A Jewish officer and the indigenous soldier struggle the command and are threatened with imprisonment. even though they confronted brazen retaliation, they refused to be terrorized into submission. The soldier confides in her predominantly male Marine opposite numbers of the abuse happening, who then inspire her to take issues into her personal arms. The soldier is pressured to confront the powers that be and reveals herself dealing with a similar trials as her ancestors. She fights to avoid a similar heritage from repeating itself in Iraq. all through “Quixote in Ramadi,” flashbacks to baby abuse, racial inequality, and kin historical past are tied in to bare myriad social and racial injustices that also exist within the usa.

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Marine Sniper: 93 Confirmed Kills

By Charles Henderson

The explosive precise tale of Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a mythical Marine sniper within the Vietnam War.

There were many Marines. there were many marksmen. yet there has purely been one Sergeant Carlos Hathcock.

He stalked the Viet Cong in the back of enemy lines—on their very own flooring. and every time, he emerged from the jungle having performed his responsibility. His list is likely one of the best in army heritage, with ninety-three proven kills.

This is the tale of an easy guy who continued great hazards and hardships for his nation and his Corps. those are the missions that experience made Carlos Hathcock a legend within the brotherhood of Marines. they're intriguing, robust, chilling—and all true.

INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS

From the exchange Paperback edition.

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