History's Greatest Wars: The Epic Conflicts that Shaped the Modern World

By Joseph Cummins

Centuries of struggle that modified the realm are captured in History’s maximum Wars. This ebook acts as an ideal primer for beginners whereas delivering professional background readers new views on many recognized and a few not-so-well-known conflicts. each one bankruptcy encompasses a quick-reference precis, a timeline, an outline of the warfare, essays on its central leaders, a chain of brief, usually offbeat beneficial properties on features of the clash, and an in depth account of a pivotal conflict.



Author Joseph Cummins highlights pivotal victories that modified international locations, from the Norman invasion of britain in 1066 to the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1521 and the 1st fervid days of the French Revolution of 1789 to the bloody stalemate that ended the Iran-Iraq conflict in 1988. each one bankruptcy delineates defining moments within the improvement of political philosophies, from Athens’ protection of democracy opposed to Persian despotism to the championing of equivalent rights for all within the American Revolution. It recounts the heroism of armies and members, from the Spartans’ struggle to the loss of life opposed to the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BC to the Korean admiral who encouraged his nation to repel an immense eastern invasion within the 1590s. It strains the transformation of conflict strategies, from the prearranged set-piece encounters of the Napoleonic Wars to the big naval landings and aerial bombardments of worldwide warfare II, explains the medical ideas that yielded the laptop gun, the tank, and the atom bomb, and vividly renders the major victories that grew to become the tide of battle, from Waterloo to Gettysburg and D-Day. whilst, it reiterates the constants of clash: the slaughters and massacres, together with the Holocaust and the little-known Taiping uprising, which killed as much as 40 million chinese language; the private sacrifices made by way of these fighting tyranny, between them the rebels of progressive France, Greece, and Mexico; and the extreme effect of charismatic leaders, starting from Napoleon and Pancho Villa to Mao Zedong and Hitler.

Sweeping in its scope, but intimate in its insights into the motivations of politicians, strategists, commanders, and squaddies, this can be a assortment that might increase your realizing of the fashionable global and your personal position in it.
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Can Science End War? (New Human Frontiers)

Free-roaming killer drones stalk the battlespace searching for natural goals. Human warring parties are programmed to believe no ache. Highpower microwave beams detonate munitions, jam communications, and cook dinner inner organs.

Is this imaginative and prescient of destiny battle attainable, or maybe inevitable? during this well timed new ebook, Everett Carl Dolman examines the connection among technology and warfare. traditionally, technology has performed an incredible position in finishing wars – consider the half performed by means of tanks in breaching trench conflict within the First global warfare, or atom bombs in hastening the japanese give up within the moment global warfare – yet so far this has merely elevated the risk and destructiveness of destiny conflicts. may perhaps technology ever create the con-ditions of an everlasting peace, both via making wars very unlikely to win, or so bad that nobody might ever struggle? finally, Dolman argues that technology can't, by itself, finish conflict with no additionally finishing what it ability to be human.

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The Bombers and the Bombed: Allied Air War Over Europe, 1940-1945

By Richard Overy

“An crucial a part of the literature of worldwide conflict II.” —Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

From acclaimed global warfare II historian Richard Overy comes this startling new heritage of the arguable Allied bombing struggle opposed to Germany and German-occupied Europe. within the fullest account but of the crusade and its results, Overy assesses not only the bombing techniques and development of operations, but additionally how the bombed groups coped with the devastation. This publication offers a different background of the bombing offensive from less than in addition to from above, and engages with ethical questions that also resonate this day.
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In the Cockpit 2: Inside History-Making Aircraft of World War II

“Having spent so much of my lifestyles within the cockpit, i'm good conversant in the sheer beauty of those machines. global struggle II ushered in a brand new period in aviation and armed forces expertise, and this booklet offers an specific investigate probably the most well-known planes within the historical past of flight.”
— Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger

The follow-up to 2008’s In the Cockpit, this gorgeously designed publication focuses particularly at the interiors of worldwide conflict II airplane. In the Cockpit II gains infrequent aircrafts from the Smithsonian’s assortment and a visible point of view of cockpits that museum goers by no means get to work out, plus a foreword through individual pilot Robert A. Hoover. an ideal reward for Father’s Day and vacation trips!

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Desert

By J.M.G. Le Clezio, J.M.G Le Clezio

Young Nour is a North African desolate tract tribesman. it truly is 1909, and because the First international warfare looms Nour's tribe - the Blue males - are pressured from their lands by way of French colonial invaders. Spurred on through thirst, starvation, discomfort, they search assistance from a good religious chief. The holy guy sends them even farther from domestic, on an epic trip northward, within the desire of discovering a land during which they could back be unfastened.

many years later, an orphaned descendant of the Blue males - a lady known as Lalla - resides in a shantytown at the coast of Morocco. Lalla has inherited either the satisfaction and the resilience of her tribe - and she or he will want them, as she makes a bid to flee her compelled marriage to a filthy rich older guy. She flees to Marseilles, the place she reviews either the hardships of immigrant existence - as a resort maid - and the fabric prosperity of these who be successful - while she turns into a winning version. And but Lalla doesn't betray the legacy of her ancestors.

In those narratives set in counterpoint, Nobel Prize-winning novelist J. M. G. Le Clzio tells - powerfully and movingly - the tale of the 'last loose males' and of Europe's colonial legacy - a narrative of conflict and exile and of the persistence of the human spirit.

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Planning A Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam

"Takes an traditionally very important choice, locations it in its fast move of coverage improvement, perceptions and occasions and provides what used to be lacking from the Pentagon Papers."—Richard E. Neustadt, Harvard University


"A completely researched and hugely perceptive learn of the choices that grew to become the tribal fight in Vietnam into an American conflict. Berman's e-book absolutely files the function of household coverage in our tragic involvement. As one that watched the method at firsthand. I commend Professor Berman's ebook for its equity and insight."— George W. Ball
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Flotsam: A Novel

From the liked writer of All Quiet at the Western entrance, Flotsam is a terrifying portrait of Europe because the Nazi shadow falls over the continent.
 
Political dissidents, Jews, clinical scholars, petty criminals: one of the millions of displaced folks touring the unpaved roads of Europe, there are Steiner and Kern. either have annoyed officers for outstaying their two-week sojourn in Czechoslovakia. and they needs to depart. now not that both has anyplace to move. now not in 1939. but if a guy is led through a safeguard to the border of 1 nation, he needs to try out one other. till he's escorted from that one too.
 
dwelling hand-to-mouth, promoting shoelaces and defense pins for a couple of pennies, Steiner and Kern locate that, remarkably, there are nonetheless pleasures on hand. Paris, for one; love, for one more. For amid the heartless cruelty and cold-blooded legislation of the Nazi country, there's nonetheless humanity and kindness. and there's incomparable pleasure in falling in love, surviving, and telling your tale so it truly is by no means forgotten.
 
“The global has an outstanding author in Erich Maria Remarque. he's a craftsman of absolutely first rank, a guy who can bend language to his will. no matter if he writes of fellows or of inanimate nature, his contact is delicate, company, and sure.”—The manhattan occasions booklet Review
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Weinsteins' War: Letters of Love, Struggle and Survival

By Ruth Mendick, Jeremy Weinstein

Weinstein’s War is the infrequent account of a Jewish soldier serving within the British 8th military through the moment international warfare. A love tale of a guy separated from his younger spouse and child daughter, maintaining their ardour alive via letters. this can be the tale of 1 younger Jewish relatives, Dave and Sylvia and daughter, Ruth as informed in the course of the seven hundred letters they exchanged—between Dave at conflict and Sylvia in England. The letters, constantly vibrant, occasionally humorous, usually passionate and relocating, commence in 1942, while Dave first is going overseas on energetic provider, and proceed until eventually he's discharged domestic in 1945. Their letters offer a different photograph of existence on Fronts, at conflict within the eighth military battling in North Africa and Europe, finishing within the military of career in Germany, and at domestic surviving the Blitz, rationing, kin rivalries and the struggles entailed in citing a tender daughter. it's a very sincere and intimate portrayal of the lines of maintaining a really new marriage and a loving dating after they have been up to now aside and the hopes they either had for a brand new, post-war Britain.

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The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America's Wars

By John Tirman

Americans are drastically taken with the variety of our troops killed in battle--33,000 within the Korean conflict; 58,000 in Vietnam; 4,500 in Iraq--and rightly so. yet why are we so detached, usually oblivious, to the a ways better variety of casualties suffered via these we struggle and people we struggle for?

This is the compelling, mostly unasked query John Tirman solutions in The Deaths of Others. among six and 7 million humans died in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq by myself, nearly all of them civilians. And but americans commit little cognizance to those deaths. different international locations, even though, do beware, and Tirman argues that if we wish to comprehend why there's a lot anti-Americanism around the globe, the 1st position to seem is how we behavior struggle. We understandably try to guard our personal troops, yet our ideas of engagement with the enemy are one other subject. From atomic guns and carpet bombing in international battle II to napalm and daisy cutters in Vietnam and past, our guns have killed huge numbers of civilians and enemy infantrymen. american citizens, in spite of the fact that, are commonly blind to those tools, believing that American wars are primarily simply, important, and "good."

Trenchant and passionate, The Deaths of Others forces readers to think about the tragic effects of yankee army motion not only for american citizens, yet specially for these we struggle against.
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Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World

By Adrienne Mayor

Guns of organic and chemical struggle were in use for millions of years, and Greek fireplace, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's exploration of the origins of debatable weaponry, attracts outstanding connections among the legendary worlds of Hercules and the Trojan warfare, the money owed of Herodotus and Thucydides, and sleek tools of struggle and terrorism.

Drawing on resources historical and sleek, Mayor describes historic recipes for arrow poisons, booby traps rigged with plague, petroleum-based combustibles, choking gases, and the deployment of risky animals and venomous snakes and bugs. She additionally explores the ambiguous ethical implications inherent during this type of war: Are those nefarious sorts of weaponry inventive or cowardly? Admirable or reprehensible?

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