Download E-books The Twenty-First Century Confronts Its Gods: Globalization, Technology, and War PDF

This e-book penetrates the assumptions of Western technological society and exposes the powers that govern it. The participants argue that it's a mistake to imagine that faith and trust were relegated to the personal sphere and are not any longer very important within the public and political domain names. They assert that the twenty-first century has a suite of latest gods the powers of globalization, expertise, the marketplace, and armed forces may well that reign along these of conventional religions. those are the forces to which the fashionable period has granted ultimacy. This publication seems to be at how significant religions resembling Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism play a big function in politics and society on either the worldwide and native degrees. the recent gods of expertise, globalization, and warfare are proven to exacerbate the prevailing cultural divisions and non secular strife that mark our time. by means of knowing the significance of that that's held sacred, even if conventional trust or sleek perform no longer stated as trust, the individuals aid us to understand our current scenario and challenges."

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Download E-books Cannae [Illustrated Edition] PDF

Over a hundred maps and diagrams are included.

Field-Marshal Alfred Graf von Schlieffen had a protracted and individual occupation within the Prussian army provider, even supposing he before everything eschewed an army lifestyles regardless of being the son of a Prussian officer. besides the fact that in finishing his 365 days obligatory army carrier in 1853 he used to be picked as a good candidate for officer choice, and so started a fifty-three yr occupation within the German army. As one of many optimal of a brand new iteration of officials round the time of Prussian expansionism and the delivery of a federal Germany, he was once to adventure a lot struggle first-hand. After graduating with honours from the famed Prussian Kriegsakadamie, the cradle of such army males of the traditional of Clausewitz, Von Moltke, von Steinmetz, he was once appointed to the making plans unit of the German normal employees. He used to be to determine the plans that he labored upon come to bloody yet profitable conclusions through the wars with Austria in 1866 and so much famously the annihilation of French army strength through the Franco-Prussian battle of 1870. Schlieffen’s lasting influence at the international used to be his well-known “Schlieffen Plan” which he designed to let the German military to knock France out of a entrance battle by way of a tremendous flanking manoeuvre in the course of the Low Countries.

Schlieffen used to be interested by the paintings of battle and assiduously studied the campaigns of heritage from Alexander the nice to Napoleon, to divine a conception and perform of manoeuvring that might strength the root of putting up with army luck. As an esteemed instructor on the Kriegsakadamie, he set approximately to mildew his scholars into disciples of his concept of warfare, in doing so he wrote broadly aspiring to dedicate all of his adventure to paper. He most famed paintings was once “Cannae”, meant to provide an explanation for and illustrate the riding thought of the conflict of encirclement that had completed a lot good fortune all through historical past. utilizing examples from the wars of Hannibal, Frederick the nice, Napoleon and the hot German led wars with Austria and France, he units out how the encirclement and destruction of an enemy’s military might be achieved.

The ebook was once noticeable as a watershed in army concept and used to be generally learn internationally; to make sure that the tips have been disseminated to their scholars the yankee military translated it into English. The impact of Schlieffen’s considering used to be nonetheless felt through the senior officials that fought within the moment global struggle who have been imbued with the rules of Cannae which might be so good outlined as a part of the German Blitzkrieg. No much less an army chief yet First Quartermaster basic Erich Ludendorff, the important German strategists of the 1st international battle, declared that Schlieffen was once “one of the best squaddies ever.” no suggest testomony to the fellow and his significant booklet.

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Download E-books The 14-Hour War: Valor on Koh Tang and the Recapture of the SS Mayaguez PDF

The booklet recounts the 1975 American operation to recapture the U.S. box send SS Mayaquez and her group, an incident that's unexpected to so much american citizens. earlier literary paintings documenting the development have all for the activities of the workforce of the Mayaquez, the air strength helicopter pilots and, President Ford and the nationwide protection Council..The concentration of the 14 Hour struggle is the airmen, sailors and Marines, basically the Marines, who went in to rescue a workforce that wasn't there, A strength created from nearly two hundred Marines such a lot of whom have been clean out of boot camp used to be tasked with the rescue, They have been briefed to anticipate minimum resistance from a few 20 to 30 calmly armed fishermen military, What they discovered used to be among four hundred and six hundred Khmer Rouge wrestle veterans with heavy guns in entrenched and fortified positions, laid low with incomplete and misguided intelligence and hindered by way of a micro-managed command and keep an eye on constitution that prolonged the entire method to the Oval place of work, the Marines held out for 14 hours opposed to a greatly more advantageous and more matured enemy in a struggle they dare now not lose, Getting at the island used to be outstanding, Getting off the island used to be a miracle, because of that 14 hour conflict, 4 Air Crosses and a army move have been provided, forty-one U.S, servicemen misplaced their lives and 3 Marines have been left in the back of and, the United States regained a small little bit of luster to a name tarnished by means of its withdrawal from Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as a entire narrative of the making plans and the conflict itself, the booklet will comprise over 30 first individual debts through Koh Tang veterans and unpublished photos taken by means of veterans whereas engaged with the enemy, The appendices will comprise verbatim mins of NSC discussions and judgements concerning the approach and strategies to be performed by means of neighborhood commanders, U.S. Marine Corps put up motion and Investigative stories and the newest info as of December 2009) on what occurred to the 3 Marines that have been left in the back of.

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Download E-books Hitler's Secret Headquarters: The Fuhrer's Wartime Bases from the Invasion of France to the Berlin Bunker PDF

This is the 1st and such a lot finished list of all Hitler's bunkers and command centres v together with these outfitted and used, these below building, and people who by no means received earlier making plans v all through international battle II. among 1939 and 1945 virtually twenty Fnhrerhaupt-Quartier have been accomplished. on the finish of the struggle quite a few initiatives have been being outfitted and numerous different compatible websites have been being investigated. whereas staring at the crushing early campaigns in Poland and Yugoslavia from unique µFnhrer-trains', Hitler made the choice that for the invasion of France, his foray into the Soviet Union and the defence of the Atlantic beach opposed to Allied counter-attacks, he wanted good, impenetrable headquarters. subsequently 20,000 employees have been hired within the development of a string of concrete bunkers that stretched from the center of France deep into the Ukraine. through the process the warfare the bunkers allowed Hitler to stay away from effectively Allied detection and afforded him a unprecedented point of private safeguard. Franz W. Seidler and Dieter Zeigert have pieced jointly the heritage of Hitler's mystery headquarters due to the diaries of Siegfried Schmelcher, head of the development undertaking, and Leo Muller, web site manager, either one of whom had remarkable wisdom of a method that concerned the movemmennt of over 1 / 4 of one million cubic metres of concrete. Their documents comprise 158 illustrations, records and diagrams, in addition to specific structural and fabric references, cutaway plans, defense directions and codenames. This designated ebook is set a rare and formerly undocumented point of worldwide conflict II.

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Download E-books Marianne in Chains: Daily Life in the Heart of France During the German Occupation PDF

By Robert Gildea

In France, the German profession is named easily the "dark years." there have been purely the "good French" who resisted and the "bad French" who collaborated. Marianne in Chains, a extensive and provocative background drawing on formerly unseen records, firsthand interviews, diaries, and eyewitness money owed, uncovers the advanced fact of the time. Robert Gildea's groundbreaking learn unearths the standard existence within the middle of occupied France; the urgent imperatives of labor, nutrition, transportation, and relations duties that resulted in unavoidable compromise and negotiation with the military of occupation.

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Download E-books Final Patrol: True Stories of World War II Submarines PDF

The riveting tale at the back of the submarines that wreaked havoc in the course of international struggle II-from the award-winning writer of during Duty

During global warfare II, the U.S. Navy's submarine carrier suffered the top casualty percent of all of the American militia, wasting one in 5 submariners. yet regardless of the chances, those underwater warriors accounted for nearly 60 percentage of eastern delivery losses, and have been a significant factor in profitable the conflict. sixteen U.S. submarines-and one German U-Boat-that observed motion in the course of WWII are actually open to the general public. so much were restored and authentically outfitted. ultimate Patrol takes a desirable examine those subs and the non-public tales of the courageous sailors who lived, fought, and sometimes died in them. Now, viewers can climb into those cramped metal cylinders, peer via their torpedo tubes, and picture diving with a snorkel the sea-perhaps for the final time-to stalk a fanatical enemy who threatened our nation's freedom.

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Download E-books The Evening Chorus: A Novel PDF

The night Chorus serenades humans brutally marked by means of warfare, but enduring to reside — and take pleasure in — the tiny pleasures of one other day. along with her trademark prose — exquisitely limpid — Humphreys convinces us of the birdlike power of the powerless.” — Emma Donoghue

Downed in the course of his first challenge, James Hunter is taken captive as a German POW. To bide the time, he reports a nest of redstarts on the fringe of camp. a few prisoners plot get away; a few are shot. after which, in the future, James is named to the Kommandant’s office.

in the meantime, again domestic, James’s new spouse, Rose, is on her personal, loose in a manner she hasn't ever identified. Then, James’s sister, Enid, loses every little thing throughout the Blitz and needs to search safeguard with Rose. In a cottage close to Ashdown wooded area, the 2 girls jealously protect secrets and techniques, yet shape a stunning friendship. each one of those characters will locate unforeseen freedom amid war’s privations and observe confinements that include peace. The night refrain is a gorgeous, amazing exam of affection, loss, get away, and the ways that the intrusions of the flora and fauna can retailer us.

The night Chorus sparkles.” —Jo Baker

A poised, lyrical novel in regards to the griefs of battle, written with poetic depth of observation.” —Helen Dunmore

“This riveting novel is a track. Listen.” —Richard Bausch


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Download E-books Warriors: Extraordinary Tales from the Battlefield PDF

By Max Hastings

With this assortment, Hastings is again on domestic territory, the place he can carry his distinct combination of abilities as struggle reporter, and social in addition to army historian to bear…This is among the most sensible and such a lot diverting of his shorter pieces’ night Standard

‘All (of the tales) are corking…opinions are said firmly and with mammoth daring swings of the pendulum. His virtues are readability and decisiveness – drastically to be sought after by way of making transparent, for the lay reader, approximately what's going within the fiendishly complicated and bloody engagements he describes.’ Spectator

‘A splendidly eclectic selection…Hastings has written a marvellous ebook. Wry perceptive and fascinating, it lays naked the curious mixture of personality characteristics – solid and undesirable – winning warrior requires.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘His brisk prose has the characteristics of his warriors: transparent, decisive, forceful…“Warriors” will enthral everyone.’ day-by-day Telegraph

‘Brilliant…Hastings combines his consummate ability as a author with passages of descriptive brilliance to supply a e-book for the normal citizen…He captures the dedication of the battling servicemen and women…in language that's strong but eminently understandable. this can be a e-book to entertain.’ Sunday Times

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Download E-books The Disappeared PDF

By Kim Echlin

A fiercely appealing love tale for the a while, The Disappeared strains one woman’s three-decades-long trip from the peaceable streets of Montreal to the war-torn villages of Cambodia, as a quick affair becomes a grand ardour of loss and remembrance, set opposed to probably the most brutal genocides of our time. whilst sixteen-year-old Anne Greves first meets Serey, a Cambodian pupil pressured to go away his state in the course of the upward thrust of the Khmer Rouge, she by no means considers the results in their complex romance. Swept up within the infatuation of younger love, Anne ignores her father’s needs and embraces her courting with Serey in Montreal’s smoky jazz golf equipment and in his cramped yellow bed room. but if the borders of Cambodia are reopened, Serey needs to danger his lifestyles to come domestic looking for his family members. A decade later, Anne will shuttle midway worldwide to discover him, and to save lots of their love from an identical tragic forces that first introduced them jointly. In aching, gentle prose, Kim Echlin demanding situations our notions of the way to either declare the prior of movement on after unbearable loss. half elegy, half love letter, half name to fingers, The Disappeared is a hovering tribute to people who have disappeared within the violent conflicts all through history.

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Download E-books Pharsalus 48 BC: Caesar and Pompey - Clash of the Titans (Campaign, Volume 174) PDF

By Si Sheppard

Expanding pressure among Julius Caesar and Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the good) after the dying of Marcus Licinius Crassus quickly degenerated into army clash. together with his hand significantly bolstered via his election as Dictator by way of the Senate in Rome, Caesar knew that strength could purely be a truth as soon as he had militarily defeated Pompey. via August 49BC, Caesar had successfully destroyed Pompey's armies in Spain, yet, by the point he had crossed the Adriatic pursuing him eastward, his forces have been seriously outnumbered. despite the reinforcements introduced by means of Mark Antony, his try to weigh down Pompey via laying siege to Dyrrachium used to be unsuccessful and he ultimately needed to withdrew into Thessaly, with Pompey in pursuit.

The level was once set for the ultimate conflict of the 2 titans of the Roman global and the percentages have been seriously in Pompey's favour, with 45,000 males opposed to Caesar's 22,000. although, the veteran legions dependable to Caesar have been the simplest within the Roman military and the problem he confronted in actual fact motivated Caesar's tactical genius for conflict. Guessing that Pompey could try and crush his correct wing along with his cavalry, he hid elite cohorts of legionnaries at the back of his personal seriously outnumbered horsemen with orders to struggle at shut quarters like pikemen. Caesar's predictions have been right and, faraway from overwhelming his uncovered correct flank, Pompey's left flank was once routed, permitting Caesar to envelop and scatter the remainder of his army.

Simon Sheppard expertly charts the occasions major as much as the Pharsalus crusade, the process the conflict itself and the seismic implications of this decisive conflict among the 2 maximum generals in their age.

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