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The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Unto...
by , Lori Longfritz

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms.</b><br />In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of Navy SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. <br />Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness alone, with the enemy closing in on three sides.<br /><br />John Chapman's subsequent display of incredible valor -- first saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, knowing he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad -- posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes.<br /><br /><i>Alone at Dawn</i> is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision -- even in the face of life-threatening danger.<br /><br />Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, <i>Alone at Dawn</i> is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.<br /><br />
Supreme Commander: MacArthur's Triumph in Japan
by Seymour Morris Jr.

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English

Pages

395

Publication Date

April 22, 2014

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<p>Seymour Morris Jr. combines political history, military biography, and business management to tell the story of General Douglas MacArthur's tremendous success in rebuilding Japan after World War II in <em>Supreme Commander</em>, a lively, in-depth work of biographical history complementary to <em>The Generals, The Storm of War</em>, and <em>Truman.</em></p><p>He is the most decorated general in American history鈥攁nd the only five five-star general to receive the Medal of Honor. Yet Douglas MacArthur's greatest victory was not in war but in peace.</p><p>As the uniquely titled Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, he was charged with transforming a defeated, militarist empire into a beacon of peace and democracy鈥斺€渢he greatest gamble ever attempted,鈥?he called it. A career military man, MacArthur had no experience in politics, diplomacy, or economics. A vain, reclusive, and self-centered man, his many enemies in Washington thought he was a flaming peacock, and few, including President Harry Truman's closest advisors, gave him a chance of succeeding. Yet MacArthur did so brilliantly, defying timetables and expectations.</p><p><em>Supreme Commander</em> tells for the first time, the story of how MacArthur's leadership achieved a nation-building success that had never been attempted before鈥攁nd never replicated since. Seymour Morris Jr. reveals this flawed man at his best who treated a defeated enemy with respect; who made informed and thoughtful decisions yet could be brash and stubborn when necessary, and who lead the Occupation with intelligence, class, and compassion.</p><p>Morris analyzes MacArthur's key tactical choices, explaining how each contributed to his accomplishment, and paints a detailed picture of a true patriot鈥攁 man of conviction who proved to be an outstanding and effective leader in the most extraordinary circumstances.</p>
Mission Beyond Darkness
by J Bryan

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English

Pages

157

Publication Date

August 07, 2019

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<b>When the pilots flew from the carriers of the Task Force 58 they knew they had little hope of returning to their ships.<br /><br />Given that there was only seventy-five minutes of daylight left, they had little fuel, and they were flying into the middle of the world鈥檚 biggest ocean to attack the damaged but still dangerous Japanese fleet, it is little wonder that many of them were pessimistic about their chances.</b><br /><br />Yet this is exactly what sixty-four men did in the twilight hours of June 19th, 1944.<br /><br />Not one of the pilots or their crew hesitated as they got into their planes. <br /><br />鈥淭hey did what their commanders and their country told them to do. They carried out a 鈥榤ission beyond darkness.鈥欌€?Robert M. Citino, <em>Navy Times</em><br /><br /><em>Mission Beyond Darkness</em> by Lt. Commander J. Bryan III records in fascinating detail one of the most remarkable missions that place during the war in the Pacific.<br /><br />Rather relying on second-hand accounts Byran explains this his work is completely authentic as it 鈥渋s derived wholly from narratives by the survivors, from statements by officers and men of the <em>Lexington</em>鈥檚 company鈥?<br /><br />鈥淎 story of tight going and tricky work that provided aerial miracles in a landing stampede of planes and pilots; the responsibilities of those aboard the carriers; the rescue work of destroyers and escort ships; foul ups and rogue ships; obstacles of dwindling fuel, misunderstood signals 鈥?Top among aviation books.鈥?<em>Kirkus Reviews</em><br /><br />鈥淭he thrilling story of the closing phase of the First Battle of the Philippines, in which Air Group 16 from the <em>Lexington</em> successfully attacked a number of fleeing Japanese battleships and carriers.鈥?<em>Foreign Affairs</em><br /><br />Lieutenant Commander J. Bryan III, USNR, served as a lieutenant commander assigned to naval air combat intelligence in the Pacific during World War Two. In civilian life he was a journalist and writer who was born into the influential Bryan family of newspaper publishers and industrialists. He passed away in 1993. <em>Mission Beyond Darkness</em> was first published in 1945.<br />
Tap Code: The Epic Survival Tale of a Vietnam POW and the Secret ...
by , Sara W. Berry

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<p><strong><em>Tap Code </em>shares never-before-told details of underground operations during the Vietnam War while weaving in an inspiring story of true love, honor, and courage as husband and wife endured the hardest circumstances they had ever faced.聽<strong>聽</strong></strong></p><p>When Air Force pilot Captain Carlyle "Smitty" Harris was shot down over Vietnam on April 4, 1965, he had no idea what horrors awaited him in the infamous Hoa Lo prison--nicknamed the聽"Hanoi Hilton." Harris was the sixth American POW captured in the air war over North Vietnam, and for the next eight years, Smitty and hundreds of other American POWs--including John McCain and George "Bud" Day--suffered torture, solitary confinement, and abuse.聽</p><p>Their dignity was taken, their wills were challenged, and their bodies were bruised and battered. But in the midst of the struggle, Smitty remembered once learning the Tap Code--an old, long-unused World War II method of communication through tapping on a common water pipe. He covertly taught the code to many POWs, and in turn they taught others.聽</p><p>Simple and effective, the Tap Code quickly spread throughout the prison and became one of the most covert ways for POWs to communicate without their captors' knowledge. It became a lifeline during their internment--a morale booster, a vehicle of unity, and a way to communicate the chain of command--and was instrumental in helping them prevail over a brutal enemy.聽</p><p>Back home, meanwhile, Harris's wife, Louise, raised their three children alone, unsure of her husband's fate. One of the first POW wives of the Vietnam War, she became a role model for many wives, advocating for herself and her children in her husband's absence.<em>聽</em></p><p>Told through both Smitty's and Louise's voices, <em>Tap Code </em>shares a riveting true story of ingenuity under pressure, strength and dignity in the face of the enemy, the love of family, and the hope, faith, and resolve necessary to endure even the darkest circumstances.</p>
Rescue at Los Banos: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World Wa...
by Bruce Henderson

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English

Pages

389

Publication Date

March 31, 2015

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<p>From the bestselling author of <em>Hero Found</em> comes the incredible true story of one of the greatest military rescues of all time, the 1945 World War II prison camp raid at Los Ba帽os in the Philippines鈥攁 tale of daring, courage, and heroism that joins the ranks of <em>Ghost Soldiers, Unbroken</em>, and <em>The Boys of Pointe du Hoc</em>.</p><p>In February 1945, as the U.S. victory in the Pacific drew nearer, the Japanese army grew desperate, and its soldiers guarding U.S. and Allied POWs more sadistic. Starved, shot and beaten, many of the 2,146 prisoners of the Los Ba帽os prison camp in the Philippines鈥攎ost of them American men, women and children鈥攚ould not survive much longer unless rescued soon.</p><p>Deeply concerned about the half-starved and ill-treated prisoners, General Douglas MacArthur assigned to the 11th Airborne Division a dangerous rescue mission deep behind enemy lines that became a deadly race against the clock. The Los Ba帽os raid would become one of the greatest triumphs of that war or any war; hailed years later by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin Powell: 鈥淚 doubt that any airborne unit in the world will ever be able to rival the Los Ba帽os prison raid. It is the textbook operation for all ages and all armies.鈥?lt;/p><p>Combining personal interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and archival research, <em>Rescue at Los Ba帽os</em> tells the story of a remarkable group of prisoners鈥攚hose courage and fortitude helped them overcome hardship, deprivation, and cruelty鈥攁nd of the young American soldiers and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to save them.</p>
The Fall of Japan: The Final Weeks of World War II in the Pacific
by William Craig

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

September 29, 2015

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<b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> Bestseller: A 鈥渧irtually faultless鈥?account of the last weeks of WWII in the Pacific from both Japanese and American perspectives (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>).</b><br /><br /> By midsummer 1945, Japan had long since lost the war in the Pacific. The people were not told the truth, and neither was the emperor. Japanese generals, admirals, and statesmen knew, but only a handful of leaders were willing to accept defeat. Most were bent on fighting the Allies until the last Japanese soldier died and the last city burned to the ground.<br /> 聽<br /> Exhaustively researched and vividly told, <i>The Fall of Japan</i> masterfully chronicles the dramatic events that brought an end to the Pacific War and forced a once-mighty military nation to surrender unconditionally.<br /> 聽<br /> From the ferocious fighting on Okinawa to the all-but-impossible mission to drop the 2nd atom bomb, and from Franklin D. Roosevelt鈥檚 White House to the Tokyo bunker where tearful Japanese leaders first told the emperor the truth, William Craig captures the pivotal events of the war with spellbinding authority. <i>The Fall of Japan </i>brings to life both celebrated and lesser-known historical figures, including Admiral Takijiro Onishi, the brash commander who drew up the Yamamoto plan for the attack on Pearl Harbor and inspired the death cult of kamikaze pilots., This astonishing account ranks alongside Cornelius Ryan鈥檚 <i>The Longest Day </i>and John Toland鈥檚 <i>The Rising Sun </i>as a masterpiece of World War II history.
Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa
by Oscar E. Gilbert

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English

Pages

264

Publication Date

August 04, 2015

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<b>An extraordinary slice of untold WWII history: how unproven Marines driving untested Sherman tanks turned the tide against Japan in the Battle of Tarawa.</b><br /><br /> In May 1943, a self-described 鈥渞eally young, green, ignorant lieutenant鈥?assumed command of a new US Marine Corps company. His even younger Marines were learning to operate an untested weapon, the M4A2 鈥淪herman鈥?medium tank. Just six months later, the company would be thrown into one of the ghastliest battles of World War II.<br /> 聽<br /> On November 20, 1943, the 2nd Marine Division launched the first amphibious assault of the Pacific War, directly into the powerful Japanese defenses on the atoll of Tarawa. In that blood-soaked invasion, a single company of Sherman tanks鈥攐f which only two survived鈥攑layed a pivotal role in achieving a legendary victory.<br /> 聽<br /> In this fascinating study, Oscar E. Gilbert and Romain V. Cansiere use official documents, memoirs, and interviews with veterans, as well as personal and aerial photographs, to follow Charlie Company from its formation. Tracing the movement, action, and fall of individual tanks, <i>Tanks in Hell </i>offers 鈥渁 personal, beach-level view of the Marine island campaign鈥?(Marine Corps History).<br /> 聽
Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway: The Ja...
by , Anthony Tully

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English

Pages

640

Publication Date

November 30, 2005

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Many consider the Battle of Midway to have turned the tide of the Pacific War. It is without question one of the most famous battles in history. Now, for the first time since Gordon W. Prange鈥檚 bestselling <i>Miracle at Midway</i>, Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully offer a new interpretation of this great naval engagement. Unlike previous accounts, <i>Shattered Sword</i> makes extensive use of Japanese primary sources. It also corrects the many errors of Mitsuo Fuchida鈥檚 <i>Midway: The Battle That Doomed Japan</i>, an uncritical reliance upon which has tainted every previous Western account. It thus forces a major, potentially controversial reevaluation of the great battle. The authors examine the battle in detail and effortlessly place it within the context of the Imperial Navy鈥檚 doctrine and technology. With a foreword by leading WWII naval historian John Lundstrom, <i>Shattered Sword</i> will become an indispensable part of any military buff鈥檚 library. Winner of the 2005 John Lyman Book Award for the "Best Book in U.S. Naval History" and cited by <i>Proceedings</i> as one of its "Notable Naval Books" for 2005.
The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)
by Craig L. Symonds

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

October 05, 2011

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There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever.<br /><br />In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice. Symonds begins with the arrival of Admiral Chester A. Nimitz at Pearl Harbor after the devastating Japanese attack, and describes the key events leading to the climactic battle, including both Coral Sea--the first battle in history against opposing carrier forces--and Jimmy Doolittle's daring raid of Tokyo. He focuses throughout on the people involved, offering telling portraits of Admirals Nimitz, Halsey, Spruance and numerous other Americans, as well as the leading Japanese figures, including the poker-loving Admiral Yamamoto. Indeed, Symonds sheds much light on the aspects of Japanese culture--such as their single-minded devotion to combat, which led to poorly armored planes and inadequate fire-safety measures on their ships--that contributed to their defeat. The author's account of the battle itself is masterful, weaving together the many disparate threads of attack--attacks which failed in the early going--that ultimately created a five-minute window in which three of the four Japanese carriers were mortally wounded, changing the course of the Pacific war in an eye-blink.<br /><br />Symonds is the first historian to argue that the victory at Midway was not simply a matter of luck, pointing out that Nimitz had equal forces, superior intelligence, and the element of surprise. Nimitz had a strong hand, Symonds concludes, and he rightly expected to win.

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