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The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princet...
by Rick Atkinson

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English

Pages

782

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<p><b>From the bestselling author of the Liberation Trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American Revolution</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>Rick Atkinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>An Army at Dawn</i> and two other superb books about World War II, has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories. Now he turns his attention to a new war, and in the initial volume of the Revolution Trilogy he recounts the first twenty-one months of America鈥檚 violent war for independence. </p><p>From the battles at Lexington and Concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world鈥檚 most formidable fighting force. It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: Henry Knox, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.</p><p>Full of riveting details and untold stories, <i>The British Are Coming</i> is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. Rick Atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country鈥檚 creation drama.</p>
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
by William L. Shirer

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English

Pages

1712

Publication Date

October 23, 2011

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<b>National Book Award Winner: The definitive account of Nazi Germany and 鈥渙ne of the most important works of history of our time鈥?(<i>The New York Times</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to destroy their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L.聽Shirer鈥檚 sweeping account of the Third Reich uses these unique sources, combined with his experience living in Germany as an international correspondent throughout the war.<br /> 聽<br /><i>The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich</i> earned Shirer a National Book Award and continues to be recognized as one of the most important and authoritative books about the Third Reich and Nazi Germany ever written. The diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, as well as evidence and other testimony gained at the Nuremberg Trials, could not have found more artful hands.<br /> 聽<br /> Shirer gives a clear, detailed, and well-documented account of how it was that Adolf Hitler almost succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print, <i>The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich</i> is a chilling and illuminating portrait of mankind鈥檚 darkest hours.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 monumental work.鈥?鈥擳heodore H.聽White
Miracle at Midway
by , Katherine V. Dillon

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

May 06, 2014

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<b><i>New York Times</i> bestseller: The true story of the WWII naval battle portrayed in the Roland Emmerich film is 鈥渟omething special among war histories鈥?(<i>Chicago Sun-Times</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> Six months after Pearl Harbor, the seemingly invincible Imperial Japanese Navy prepared a decisive blow against the United States. After sweeping through Asia and the South Pacific, Japan鈥檚 military targeted the tiny atoll of Midway, an ideal launching pad for the invasion of Hawaii and beyond.<br /> 聽<br /> But the US Navy would be waiting for them. Thanks to cutting-edge code-breaking technology, tactical daring, and a significant stroke of luck, the Americans under Adm. Chester W.聽Nimitz dealt Japan鈥檚 navy its first major defeat in the war. Three years of hard fighting remained, but it was at Midway that the tide turned.<br /> 聽<br /> This 鈥渟tirring, even suspenseful narrative鈥?is the first book to tell the story of the epic battle from both the American and Japanese sides (<i>Newsday</i>). <i>Miracle at Midway</i> reveals how America won its first and greatest victory of the Pacific war鈥攁nd how easily it could have been a loss.
Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
by , Bing West

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English

Pages

341

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.</b><br /><br /><i>Call Sign Chaos </i>is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. <br /><br />Mattis divides his book into three parts: direct leadership, executive leadership, and strategic leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war's grim realities with political leaders' human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic.<br /><i></i><br /><i>Call Sign Chaos</i> is a memoir of lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy--one relevant to us all.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold...
by Ben Macintyre

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English

Pages

418

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>The celebrated author of聽<i>Double Cross</i>聽and聽<i>Rogue Heroes</i>聽returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling聽<i>Americans</i>-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.</b><br /><br />鈥淭he best true spy story I have ever read.鈥濃€擩OHN LE CARR脡<br /></b><br /> If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.聽<br /><br /> Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carr茅, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.
Rescued from the Ashes: The Diary of Leokadia Schmidt, Survivor o...
by Leokadia Schmidt

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English

Pages

422

Publication Date

January 24, 2019

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The diary of a young Jewish housewife who, together with her husband and five-month-old baby, fled the Warsaw ghetto at the last possible moment and survived the Holocaust hidden on the 鈥淎ryan鈥?side of town in the loft of a run-down tinsmith鈥檚 shed.
A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in...
by , Larry Alexander

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

December 19, 2012

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<b><b>THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: 鈥淏eautifully told.鈥?lt;i>鈥擟NN聽<b>鈥⒙?lt;/b></i>鈥淎 remarkable story...worth retelling and celebrating.鈥濃€?lt;i>USA Today聽<b>鈥⒙?lt;/b></i>鈥淥h, it鈥檚 a good one!鈥?lt;i>鈥擣ox News</i><br />聽<br />A 鈥渂eautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies鈥?emerges from the horrors of World War II in this <i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller by the author of <i>Spearhead</i>.聽<br /><i><br /></i></b></b><i>December, 1943</i>: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber鈥檚 tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler鈥攁nd he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger...<br /><br />What happened next would defy imagination and later be called 鈥渢he most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.鈥?lt;br /><br />The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as 鈥渢op secret.鈥?It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by , Leif Babin

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English

Pages

317

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.</b></p><p>Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin鈥檚 SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed 鈥渁ll but lost.鈥?In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three鈥檚 Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership鈥攁t every level鈥攊s the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. </p><p>Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.</p><p>Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.</p><p>A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.</p>
Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Mo...
by Andy Greenberg

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English

Pages

331

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>"<i>Sandworm </i>is much more than a true-life techno-thriller. It's a tour through a realm that is both invisible and critical to the daily lives of every person alive in the 21st century."<br />鈥?lt;i>Los Angeles Times</i><br /></b><br /><b>From </b><i>Wired </i><b>senior writer Andy Greenberg comes the true story of the most devastating cyberattack in history and the desperate hunt to identify and track the elite Russian agents behind it</b><br /><br />In 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more brazen. They culminated in the summer of 2017, when the malware known as NotPetya was unleashed, penetrating, disrupting, and paralyzing some of the world's largest businesses鈥攆rom drug manufacturers to software developers to shipping companies. At the attack's epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. The railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. NotPetya spread around the world, inflicting an unprecedented ten billion dollars in damage鈥攖he largest, most destructive cyberattack the world had ever seen.<br /><br />The hackers behind these attacks are quickly gaining a reputation as the most dangerous team of cyberwarriors in history: a group known as Sandworm. Working in the service of Russia's military intelligence agency, they represent a persistent, highly skilled force, one whose talents are matched by their willingness to launch broad, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike.<br /><br />A chilling, globe-spanning detective story, <i>Sandworm</i> considers the danger this force poses to our national security and stability. As the Kremlin's role in foreign government manipulation comes into greater focus, <i>Sandworm</i> exposes the realities not just of Russia's global digital offensive, but of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. It reveals how the lines between digital and physical conflict, between wartime and peacetime, have begun to blur鈥攚ith world-shaking implications.
Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Reme...
by , Laura Orr

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English

Pages

451

Publication Date

May 23, 2017

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<p><strong>The true story behind the blockbuster聽motion聽picture聽<em>Midway</em> </strong></p><p><strong>Hailed as "T</strong><strong>he single most effective pilot at Midway" (<em>World War II</em> magazine), </strong><strong>Dusty Kleiss struck and sank three Japanese ships at the Battle of Midway,聽including two aircraft carriers. This is his extraordinary memoir.聽</strong></p><p><strong>NATIONAL BESTSELLER 鈥?</strong><strong>"AN INSTANT CLASSIC" </strong>(<strong><em>Dallas Morning News</em>) </strong></p><p>On the morning of June 4, 1942, high above the tiny Pacific atoll of Midway, Lt. (j.g.) "Dusty" Kleiss burst out of the clouds and piloted his SBD Dauntless into a near-vertical dive aimed at the heart of Japan鈥檚 Imperial Navy, which six months earlier had ruthlessly struck Pearl Harbor. The greatest naval battle in history raged around him, its outcome hanging in the balance as the U.S. desperately searched for its first major victory of the Second World War. Then, in a matter of seconds, Dusty Kleiss鈥檚 daring 20,000-foot dive helped forever alter the war鈥檚 trajectory. </p><p>Plummeting through the air at 240 knots amid blistering anti-aircraft fire, the twenty-six-year-old pilot from USS <em>Enterprise</em>鈥檚 elite Scouting Squadron Six fixed on an invaluable target鈥攖he aircraft carrier <em>Kaga, </em>one of Japan鈥檚 most important capital ships. He released three bombs at the last possible instant, then desperately pulled out of his gut-wrenching 9-g dive. As his plane leveled out just above the roiling Pacific Ocean, Dusty鈥檚 perfectly placed bombs struck the carrier鈥檚 deck, and <em>Kaga </em>erupted into an inferno from which it would never recover. </p><p>Arriving safely back at <em>Enterprise, </em>Dusty was met with heartbreaking news: his best friend was missing and presumed dead along with two dozen of their fellow naval aviators. Unbowed, Dusty returned to the air that same afternoon and, remarkably, would fatally strike another enemy carrier, <em>Hiryu</em>. Two days later, his deadeye aim contributed to the destruction of a third Japanese warship, the cruiser <em>Mikuma, </em>thereby making Dusty the only pilot from either side to land hits on three different ships, all of which sank鈥攍osses that crippled the once-fearsome Japanese fleet. </p><p>By battle鈥檚 end, the humble young sailor from Kansas had earned his place in history鈥攁nd yet he stayed silent for decades, living quietly with his children and his wife, Jean, whom he married less than a month after Midway. Now his extraordinary and long-awaited memoir, <em>Never Call Me a Hero, </em>tells the Navy Cross recipient鈥檚 full story for the first time, offering an unprecedentedly intimate look at the "the decisive contest for control of the Pacific in World War II" (<em>New York Times</em>)鈥攁nd one man鈥檚 essential role in helping secure its outcome. </p><p>Dusty worked on this book for years with naval historians Timothy and Laura Orr, aiming to publish <em>Never Call Me a Hero </em>for Midway鈥檚 seventy-fifth anniversary in June 2017. Sadly, as the book neared completion in 2016, Dusty Kleiss passed away at age 100, one of the last surviving dive-bomber pilots to have fought at Midway. And yet the publication of <em>Never Call Me a Hero </em>is a cause for celebration: these pages are Dusty鈥檚 remarkable legacy, providing a riveting eyewitness account of the Battle of Midway, and an inspiring testimony to the brave men who fought, died, and shaped history during those four extraordinary days in June, seventy-five years ago. </p>

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