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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.
Island of the Lost: An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edg...
by Joan Druett

Language

English

Pages

299

Publication Date

June 08, 2007

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Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death.<br /> <br /> In 1864 Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner <em>Grafton</em> wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave鈥攔ather than succumb to this dismal fate鈥攊nspires his men to take action. With barely more than their bare hands, they build a cabin and, remarkably, a forge, where they manufacture their tools. Under Musgrave's leadership, they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days.<br /> <br /> Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island鈥攖wenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms away鈥攖he <em>Invercauld</em> wrecks during a horrible storm. Nineteen men stagger ashore. Unlike Captain Musgrave, the captain of the <em>Invercauld</em> falls apart given the same dismal circumstances. His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. Only three survive. Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years, they also plan their own astonishing escape, setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history.<br /> <br /> Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings this extraordinary untold story to life, a story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.
On Valor's Side: A Marine's Own Story of Parris Island and Guadal...
by T. Grady Gallant

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

July 19, 2019

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<h2>On August 7, 1942, the First Marine Division launched the first successful American land assault in World War Two.</h2><br /><br /><b>The invasion of Guadalcanal was a long, cruel holding operation fought with too little equipment and support, not enough food and ammunition, and too few men.</b><br /><br />The marines on the island were subjected to bombing raids and strafing by Japanese aircraft, bombardment by battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, and land artillery, as well as being continually attacked by Japanese tanks and infantry.<br /><br />For five long months they were attacked day and night before being eventually relieved by Army units.<br /><br />Who were these men who faced overwhelming odds?<br /><br />And how did they survive?<br /><br />T. Grady Gallant, who fought at Guadalcanal himself, answers these questions in his brilliant book <em>On Valor鈥檚 Side</em><br /><br />Gallant鈥檚 account begins with an account of the grueling training that he and his fellow marines received in places such as Parris Island, before they undertook last minute preparations in New Zealand and made the journey towards Guadalcanal.<br /><br />It is a fascinating work that gives an eyewitness view of one of the most ferocious encounters that the United States Marines had to face through the course of the Second World War.<br /><br />鈥渞ecreates the real-life training, fighting and comradeship of men at arms, from North Carolina to Guadalcanal.鈥?鈥?<em>Kirkus Review</em><br /><br />鈥淎 great book鈥?鈥?Leon Uris<br /><br />T. Grady Gallant was a journalist, editor, columnist, author and editor. He served as a Sergeant of Special Weapons in the U.S. 1st marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 1941-1945, in the assault at Guadalcanal, and served a second tour with the 4th marine Division, Fleet Marine Force and was in the assault and Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. His book <em>On Valor鈥檚 Side</em> was first published in 1963 and he passed away in 2009.<br />
Island Victory: The Battle of Kwajalein Atoll
by S. L. A. Marshall

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English

Pages

184

Publication Date

August 11, 2019

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<h2>On 31st January, 1944, the United States launched a twin assault on the Kwajalein Atoll.<br /><br />This was the first time the Americans had penetrated the 鈥渙uter ring鈥?of the Japanese Pacific sphere.</h2><br /><br />From now until the end of the war the combined forces of the Navy, Marine Corps and Army would island hop their way to the Japanese mainland.<br /><br />Yet, the Battle of Kwajalein Atoll, particularly on the island of Roi-Namur where there were only 51 survivors of the original 3,500 garrison left, gave the Americans an insight into the fierce resistance that the Japanese would put up over the remaining months of the war.<br /><br />Drawn directly from the testimonies of several hundred infantrymen, <em>Island Victory</em> provides insight into what it was like to feel the heat of battle on the beaches of those Pacific islands.<br /><br />"Written accounts of war simply do not get any closer to the actions and feelings of those [who] were there. Island Victory is a highly recommended, 'must read' book." 鈥?<em>The Midwest Book Review</em><br /><br />"The real value of <em>Island Victory</em> lies in the unadorned words of these soldiers, recorded so openly and methodically by Marshall after the battle. . . . The Kwajalein victors interviewed so painstakingly by Sam Marshall provide a priceless candor and authenticity, the emotional testimonies of young men still flushed with adrenalin, guilt, and relief." 鈥?Joseph H. Alexander, <em>Journal of Military History</em><br /><br />S. L. A. Marshall was a chief U.S. Army combat historian during World War II and the Korean War. He had served on the border with Mexico during the Pancho Villa Expedition before serving in France during World War I. He wrote over thirty books about warfare. <em>Island Victory</em> was first published in 1944. Marshall passed away in 1977.<br />
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an Amer...
by Timothy Egan

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English

Pages

389

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<b>"An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals,and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . [Egan] is a聽master storyteller."聽<i>鈥擝oston Globe</i><br /><br /> 鈥淓gan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist鈥檚 eye for the telltale detail . . . This is masterly work.鈥?鈥?<i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> 聽<br /> In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was 鈥渂ack from the dead鈥?and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher鈥檚 rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana鈥攁 quixotic adventure that ended in the 聽great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.<br /> 聽<br /><b>鈥淭his is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived鈥攑owerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.鈥?鈥?Daniel James Brown, author of <i>The Boys in the Boat</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭homas Meagher鈥檚 is an irresistible story, irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan . . . A gripping, novelistic page-turner.鈥?鈥?<i>Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> 聽
Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
by Christina Thompson

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

March 12, 2019

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<p>A blend of Jared Diamond鈥檚 <em>Guns, Germs, and Steel</em> and Simon Winchester鈥檚 <em>Pacific</em>, a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know. <br /><br />For more than a millennium, Polynesians have occupied the remotest islands in the Pacific Ocean, a vast triangle stretching from Hawaii to New Zealand to Easter Island. Until the arrival of European explorers they were the only people to have ever lived there. Both the most closely related and the most widely dispersed people in the world before the era of mass migration, Polynesians can trace their roots to a group of epic voyagers who ventured out into the unknown in one of the greatest adventures in human history. </p><p>How did the earliest Polynesians find and colonize these far-flung islands? How did a people without writing or metal tools conquer the largest ocean in the world? This conundrum, which came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged in the eighteenth century as one of the great geographical mysteries of mankind.</p><p>For Christina Thompson, this mystery is personal: her Maori husband and their sons descend directly from these ancient navigators. In <em>Sea People</em>, Thompson explores the fascinating story of these ancestors, as well as those of the many sailors, linguists, archaeologists, folklorists, biologists, and geographers who have puzzled over this history for three hundred years. A masterful mix of history, geography, anthropology, and the science of navigation, Sea People combines the thrill of exploration with the drama of discovery in a vivid tour of one of the most captivating regions in the world.</p><p><em>Sea People</em> includes an 8-page photo insert, illustrations throughout, and 2 endpaper maps.</p>
The Great Barrier Reef and Uluru: The History and Legacy of Austr...
by Charles River Editors

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English

Pages

120

Publication Date

November 24, 2019

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*Includes pictures<br />*Includes a bibliography for further reading<br />*Includes a table of contents<br /><br />鈥淐oral is a very beautiful and unusual animal. Each coral head consists of thousand of individual polyps. These polyps are continually budding and branching into genetically identical neighbors.鈥?鈥?Antony Garrett List<br /><br />People have always loved to build things, whether it鈥檚 a feat of engineering in an underground subway or the construction of the world鈥檚 tallest skyscraper. Thus, it鈥檚 somewhat ironic that the largest structure ever built was not made by humans but by incredibly tiny organisms known as coral polyps. Over the course of tens of thousands of years, these small organisms have put together a collection of nearly 3,000 reefs that form a collective stretching across 130,000 square miles. It is often mistakenly claimed that the Great Wall of China can be seen in space, but it鈥檚 absolutely true that the enormous Great Barrier Reef is visible.<br /><br /> The sheer size of the Great Barrier Reef is mind-boggling, but its importance extends far past its physical extent. Put simply, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet, offering kaleidoscopic colors thanks to the coral and the species that call it home. This is understandable because a staggering number of species inhabit the Great Barrier Reef, ranging from starfish and turtles to alligators and birds. Scientists have counted about 1,500 different fish species using the reef, and it鈥檚 estimated that even 1.5 million birds use the site. In designating it a World Heritage Site, UNESCO wrote of the Great Barrier Reef, 鈥淭he Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world鈥檚 largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat of species such as the dugong (鈥榮ea cow鈥? and the large green turtle, which are threatened with extinction.鈥?lt;br /><br />Unfortunately, an ecosystem as complex as the Great Barrier Reef is also vulnerable to a host of threats, whether it鈥檚 fishing, oil spills, or climate change. J.E.N. Veron, former chief scientist of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, described watching how coral was affected during what鈥檚 known as a mass bleaching event: 鈥淎nd then I saw a whammy, a mass bleaching event 鈥?where everything turns white and dies. Sometimes it's only the fast-growing branching corals, but some of the others are horrible to see; corals that are four, five, six hundred years old鈥攖hey die, too鈥?It's real, day in, day out, and I work on this, day in, day out. It's like seeing a house on fire in slow motion鈥here's a fire to end all fires, and you're watching it in slow motion, and you have been for years.鈥?In fact, scientists fear that the Great Barrier Reef has lost most of its coral cover in the last 30 years, which poses a danger to the species that inhabit it, some of which are already endangered. <br /><br />The magnificent monolith the locals call 鈥淯luru,鈥?situated in the heart of Australia, hovers over a patchy bed of desert poplars and spinifex grasslands. The pleasant, but otherwise unexceptional surroundings of the spellbinding sandstone landform only further accentuates its majesty, one that can be appreciated from a variety of angles. To lime-colored budgerigars, mighty brown falcons, passengers in planes and helicopters, and other creatures blessed with the gift of flight, the free-form rock is reminiscent of the fossil of a spiky fish, a misshapen arrowhead, or perhaps a peculiar, ocher-tinged seashell peeking out of the sand. To those gazing upon the natural gem on solid ground, the flat-topped, burnt sienna beauty, marked with character-forming dimples, ripples, and ridges, looks more like a sleeping, thousand-year-old turtle, particularly through squinted eyes.
Man-Eater: The Terrifying True Story of Cannibal Killer Katherine...
by Ryan Green

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

January 21, 2019

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On 29th February 2000, John Price took out a restraining order against his girlfriend, Katherine Knight. Later that day, he told his co-workers that she had stabbed him and if he were ever to go missing, it was because Knight had killed him. <br /><br />The next day, Price didn鈥檛 show up for work.<br /><br />A co-worker was sent to check on him. They found a bloody handprint by the front door and they immediately contacted the police. The local police force was not prepared for the chilling scene they were about to encounter.<br /><br />Price鈥檚 body was found in a chair, legs crossed, with a bottle of lemonade under his arm. He鈥檇 been decapitated and skinned. The 鈥渟kin-suit鈥?was hanging from a meat hook in the living room and his head was found in the kitchen, in a pot of vegetables that was still warm. There were two plates on the dining table, each had the name of one of Price's children on it. <br /><br />She was attempting to serve his body parts to his children.<br /><br /><i>Man-Eater</i> is a dramatic and gripping account of the first women in Australia to be given a life sentence without parole and a special addendum 鈥榥ever to be released鈥? Ryan Green鈥檚 riveting narrative draws the reader into the real-live horror experienced by the victim and has all the elements of a classic thriller.<br /><br /><h6>CAUTION: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to read any further</h6>
A Companion to Japanese History (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Wo...
by Wiley-Blackwell

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English

Pages

632

Publication Date

June 09, 2008

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<i>A Companion to Japanese History</i> provides an authoritative overview of current debates and approaches within the study of Japan鈥檚 history.<br /> <ul> <li>Composed of 30 chapters written by an international group of scholars<br /> </li> <li>Combines traditional perspectives with the most recent scholarly concerns<br /> </li> <li>Supplements a chronological survey with targeted thematic analyses<br /> </li> <li>Presents stimulating interventions into individual controversies</li> </ul>
The Malays (The Peoples of South-East Asia and the Pacific)
by Anthony Milner

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English

Pages

312

Publication Date

March 25, 2011

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Just who are 鈥榯he Malays鈥? This provocative study poses the question and considers how and why the answers have changed over time, and from one region to another. Anthony Milner develops a sustained argument about ethnicity and identity in an historical, 鈥楳alay鈥?context. <i>The Malays</i> is a comprehensive examination of the origins and development of Malay identity, ethnicity, and consciousness over the past five centuries. <br /> <ul> <li><br /> </li> <li>Covers the political, economic, and cultural development of the Malays<br /> </li> <li>Explores the Malay presence in Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and South Africa, as well as the modern Malay show-state of Malaysia<br /> </li> <li>Offers diplomatic speculation about ways Malay ethnicity will develop and be challenged in the future</li> </ul>

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