The Bridge At Andau by James A. Michener

By James A. Michener

The Bridge at Andau is James A. Michener at his so much gripping. His vintage nonfiction account of a doomed rebellion is as searing and unforgettable as any of his bestselling novels. for 5 short, excellent days within the autumn of 1956, the Hungarian revolution gave its humans a glimpse at a special type of future--until, at 4 o'clock within the morning on a Sunday in November, the electorate of Budapest aroused from sleep to the shattering sound of Russian tanks ravaging their streets. The revolution used to be over. yet freedom beckoned within the type of a small footbridge at Andau, at the Austrian border. via an coincidence of historical past it grew to become, for a couple of harrowing weeks, essentially the most vital crossings on the planet, because the soul of a kingdom fled throughout its unsteady planks.

James A. Michener used to be one of many world's most well-liked writers, the writer of greater than 40 books of fiction and nonfiction, together with the Pulitzer Prize--winning stories of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The resource, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir the realm Is My domestic. Michener served at the advisory council to NASA and the overseas Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of the United States. between dozens of awards and honors, he got America's maximum civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President's Committee at the Arts and arts in 1983 for his dedication to artwork in the US. Michener died in 1997 on the age of 90.

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Inside Delta Force: The Story of America's Elite by Eric Haney

By Eric Haney

Now the foundation for the CBS tv drama, "The Unit."

Delta strength. they're the U.S. Army's such a lot elite top-secret strike strength. They dominate the trendy battlefield, yet you won't pay attention approximately their heroics on CNN. No headlines can display their top-secret missions, and no booklet has ever taken readers inside--until now. the following, a founding member of Delta strength takes us in the back of the veil of secrecy and into the action-to demonstrate the never-before-told tale of 1st designated Forces Operational Detachment-D (Delta Force).

inside of Delta Forece
the tale of America's Elite Counterterrorist Unit

he's a grasp of espionage, informed to tackle hijackers, terrorists, hostage takers, and enemy armies. He can install by means of parachute or arrive via advertisement plane. continue to exist on my own in antagonistic towns. converse international languages fluently. Strike at enemy ambitions with attractive swiftness and notable teamwork. he's the last word smooth warrior: the Delta strength Operator.

during this dramatic behind-the-scenes chronicle, Eric Haney, one of many founding individuals of Delta strength, takes us within this mythical counterterrorist unit. right here, for the 1st time, are info of the grueling choice process--designed to damage the most powerful of men--that singles out the easiest of the simplest: the Delta strength Operator.

With heart-stopping immediacy, Haney tells what it's particularly prefer to input a hostage-held aircraft. And from his days in Beirut, Haney tells an unforgettable story of bodyguards and bombs, of a day by day lifetime of insanity and wonder, and of ways he and a teammate are referred to as directly to kill gunmen concentrating on U.S. Marines on the Beirut airport. As a part of the group despatched to rescue American hostages in Tehran, Haney deals a first-person description of that failed challenge that could be a chilling, compelling account of a daring maneuver undone via chance--and a number of deadly mistakes.

From combating guerrilla battle in Honduras to rescuing missionaries in Sudan and major the best way onto the island of Grenada, Eric Haney captures the bold and self-discipline that distinguish the boys of Delta strength. inside of Delta strength brings honor to those singular males whereas it places us in the midst of motion that's surprising, scary, and nonstop round the world.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Landing Ship, Tank (LST) 1942-2002 (New Vanguard, Volume by Gordon L. Rottman

By Gordon L. Rottman

The touchdown send Tank (LST) is without doubt one of the most renowned of the numerous international struggle II amphibious war ships. able to discharging its shipment without delay directly to shore and extracting itself, the LST supplied the spine of all Allied landings among 1943 and 1945, particularly through the D-Day invasion. via its historical past, the LST observed provider from overdue 1942 until eventually past due 2002, while the united states military decommissioned the USS Frederick (LST-1184), the final send of its variety. This publication unearths the advance and use of the LST, together with its excellence past its preliminary layout expectations.

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Japanese Castles 1540-1640 (Fortress, Volume 5) by Stephen Turnbull

By Stephen Turnbull

The panorama of sixteenth- and 17th-century Japan was once ruled through the smooth and enforcing castles built through the strong ‘daimyo' of the interval. during this the main turbulent period in eastern historical past, those militarily subtle constructions supplied strongholds for the consolidation and regulate of territory, and unavoidably they grew to become the focal point for lots of of the good sieges of eastern heritage: Nagashino (1575), Kitanosho (1583), Odawara (1590), Fushimi (1600), Osaka (1615) and Hara (1638), the final of the battles that introduced an finish to a interval of extreme civil battle. This name lines their improvement from the earliest trees stockades to the tremendous constructions that ruled the good centres of Osaka and Edo.

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Terror From the Sky: The Battle Against the Flying Bombs by Graham A. Thomas

By Graham A. Thomas

In the summertime of 1944 the Germans introduced greater than 10,000 flying bombs at Britain such a lot of them in the direction of London. millions of individuals have been killed many extra injured. RAF fighter pilots flew round-the-clock patrols desperately attempting to shoot the robotic rockets down and forestall them from attaining their pursuits. The introductory bankruptcy of Buzz Bomb brings the reader correct into the cockpits of the Tempests, Mosquitoes, Spitfires and Mustangs whereas environment the degree for the conflict. From the launching pads in Northern France to panic in Whitehall because the risk grows, this ebook takes the reader in the course of the daily conflict, not only with the pilots but additionally the Anti-Aircraft gunners who have been blasting away on the flying bombs. reminiscences from those that survived the excitement bomb assaults convey the conflict into lifestyles as humans inform approximately their fears and studies. used to be it a hit? was once it definitely worth the fee? Did it in attaining it's goals? have been the entire efforts of the fighter pilots and gun crews attempting to cease the scary flying bombs, worthy it? Did they make a distinction? Did they retailer lives? those questions might be replied in Terror from the Sky.

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Iron Bravo: Hearts, Minds, and Sergeants in the U.S. Army by Carsten Stroud

By Carsten Stroud

Concentrating on a amazing soldier named Crane, a primary sergeant within the famed giant purple One Infantry department, here's the unsanitized tale of the way squaddies fairly dwell, imagine, struggle, and infrequently die. via "lifer" Crane, we know about the truth of the wartime army: the consistent wariness, bred in Vietnam; the grueling education at the Mojave desolate tract; the decision to the Gulf and the tedious expecting orders and the exhilarating moments of conflict. Gritty, bright, and unrelentingly sincere, this grunt's eye view of the army and of recent battle is by means of turns relocating, humorous, irreverent, and elegaic.

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Deployed: How Reservists Bear the Burden of Iraq by Michael Craig Musheno, Susan M. Ross

By Michael Craig Musheno, Susan M. Ross

"Deployed is a crucial and deeply relocating booklet. the following, during this tale, the heroic culture of the yank citizen-soldier lives on."---Andrew J. Bacevich, Professor, Boston college, and writer of the recent American Militarism: How americans Are Seduced through War"Whatever your emotions approximately Iraq, Deployed is a vital and compelling paintings that illuminates the true human price of the warfare, and provides voice to these forced to struggle it."---Ken Wells, Senior Editor, Cond? Nast Portfolio"Currently, there are few to no books facing the sociology of Iraq, or even fewer have empirical facts at the studies of yank infantrymen. extra vital, this paintings presents a powerful and wanted voice for soldiers---their phrases are compelling, wealthy, and moving."---Morten Ender, Professor of Sociology, usa army Academy at West Point"This is a different e-book that weaves historic, ethnographic, and organizational techniques for a examine of Iraq-War army reservists. . . . the authors' findings problem the pervading knowledge on reservists' motivations for provider; the chemistry among family members, reserve responsibility, and family with ordinary army; and the impact that carrier in Iraq had on them."---Jerry Lembcke, affiliate Professor of Sociology, Holy go CollegeWhat is it wish to be one of many citizen-soldiers summoned to responsibility in Iraq and Afghanistan? The occasions of 11th of September have been a choice to hands for plenty of reservists, as surprise, anger, and worry propelled huge numbers to volunteer for the chance to serve their nation within the center East. Even the main patriotic, even though, had no longer anticipated that the wars could final see you later or that the military Reserve would offer loads of the manpower.Using the warriors' personal voices, Deployed attracts upon the existence tales of individuals of a military Reserve MP corporation, who have been referred to as to amazing carrier after September eleven. The ebook explores how and why they joined the military Reserve, how they handled the seismic alterations of their lives in the course of and after deployment, the evolution in their relationships inside and out their army unit, and their views at the U.S. Army.Musheno and Ross discover 5 pathways that led those voters to affix the reserves, exhibiting how easy wishes and cultural idioms mixed to stimulate enlistments. no matter what course resulted in enlistment, the authors locate that citizen-soldiers fall into 3 designated different types: adaptive reservists who modify speedy to the massive alterations of their lives out of the country and at domestic, suffering reservists whose issues are extra a made from homegrown conditions than stories particular to serving in a struggle region, and reservists who're dismissive of army existence whereas they dwell it and oppose the warfare while they try it. maybe most vital, Deployed demanding situations the existing stereotype of returning infantrymen as war-damaged citizens.Jacket picture: AP Photo/Hutchinson information, Travis Morisse.

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Browning .50-caliber Machine Guns (Weapon, Volume 4) by Gordon L. Rottman

By Gordon L. Rottman

The Browning "50-cal" has turn into the longest serving weapon within the US stock. The "fifty" has been hired in each that you can think of function for a computing device gun. it really is thought of such an efficient and trustworthy weapon that few nations ever tried to enhance an an identical weapon. Even the japanese created a duplicate of it in the course of international battle II whilst the USA used to be generating actually millions each month to take advantage of in each theater. it is a historical past of the advance of this recognized weapon, its most important operational use and the variations which were produced to maintain it on the leading edge of the action.

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