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  • Download Flying Tigers: Claire Chennault and His American Volunteers, by Daniel Ford PDF

    By Daniel Ford


    in the course of global struggle II, within the skies over Rangoon, Burma, a handful of yank pilots met and bloodied the "Imperial Wild Eagles" of Japan and in flip received immortality because the Flying Tigers. certainly one of America's most renowned wrestle forces, the Tigers have been recruited to safeguard beleaguered China for $600 a month and a bounty of $500 for every jap airplane they shot down—fantastic funds in an period while a big apple lodge room price 3 funds an evening.

    To carry his prize-winning heritage of the yank Volunteer crew brand new, Daniel Ford has thoroughly rewritten his 1991 textual content, drawing at the latest united states, British, and eastern scholarship. New fabric from AVG veterans—including Erik Shilling and Tex Hill—help fill out the tale, in addition to newfound reminiscences from jap and New Zealand airmen. Ford additionally takes up the rumors that Royal Air strength pilots "sold" wrestle victories to the Flying Tigers to be able to percentage within the bounties paid via the chinese language govt.

    "Admirable," wrote Chennault biographer Martha Byrd of Ford's unique textual content. "A readable ebook according to sound resources. anticipate a few surprises." much more may that be stated of this new and extra entire variation.
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  • Download On Empire: America, War, and Global Supremacy by Eric J. Hobsbawm PDF

    By Eric J. Hobsbawm

    In those 4 incisive and keenly perceptive essays, one in all out such a lot celebrated and revered historians of contemporary Europe appears to be like on the global scenario and a few of the main political difficulties confronting us before everything of the 3rd millennium.

    With his ordinary measured and marvelous ancient standpoint, Eric Hobsbawm strains the increase of yank hegemony within the twenty-first century. He examines the kingdom of gradually expanding global ailment within the context of swiftly turning out to be inequalities created through rampant free-market globalization. He makes transparent that there's not a plural strength method of states whose family members are ruled by way of universal laws--including these for the behavior of battle. He scrutinizes America's regulations, rather its use of the specter of terrorism as an excuse for unilateral deployment of its worldwide energy. ultimately, he discusses the ways that the present American hegemony differs from the defunct British Empire in its inception, its ideology, and its results on international locations and individuals.

    Hobsbawm is especially astute in assessing the United States' statement of worldwide hegemony, its denunciation of previously permitted overseas conventions, and its launching of wars of aggression whilst it sees healthy. apart from the naivete and failure that experience surrounded each one of these imperial campaigns, Hobsbawm issues out that international values and institutions--including these linked to a democratic government--can not often be imposed on nations corresponding to Iraq by means of outdoor forces until the stipulations exist that cause them to applicable and with ease adaptable.

    Timely and obtainable, On Empire is a commanding paintings of historical past that are supposed to be learn via a person who wishes a few realizing of the turbulent instances within which we are living.
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  • Download The Red Book by Copaken Kogan, Deborah PDF

    By Copaken Kogan, Deborah

    'Destined to be a vintage . . . a sharply humorous, clear-eyed exam, within the vein of Mary McCarthy's the gang, of the ability and burden of privilege, the truth of being a contemporary lady and the lasting bonds of woman friendship.'

    Vanity Fair

    Can a weekend swap your life?

    Clover, Addison, Mia and Jane have been collage roommates till their commencement in 1989. Now, two decades later, their lives are in unfastened fall. Clover, as soon as a securities dealer with Lehman Brothers, dwelling the long island dream, is out of a role, newly married and fretting approximately her probabilities of having a toddler. Addison's marriage to a novelist with writers' block is as stale as her inventive 'career'. Mia's appearing pursuits by no means obtained off the floor, and he or she now remains domestic along with her 4 young ones, renovating and buying quicker than her Hollywood director husband pays the accounts. Jane, as soon as the Paris bureau leader for a newspaper, now the sufferer of funds cuts, has been blindsided by way of differing types of loss.

    The 4 acquaintances have saved up with each other through the purple ebook, a category record released each 5 years, during which alumni write short updates approximately their lives. yet there's the tale we inform the realm, after which there's the true tale, because the classmates arriving at their 20th reunion with their households, their histories, their dashed goals and mystery longings, will become aware of over the process an epoch-ending, score-settling, unforgettable weekend.
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  • Download Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America (2nd by Kristian Williams PDF

    By Kristian Williams

    Let’s start with the fundamentals: violence is an inherent a part of policing. The police characterize the main direct capacity in which the kingdom imposes its will at the citizenry. they're armed, expert, and certified to take advantage of strength. just like the probability of arrest, the specter of violence is implicit in each police stumble upon. Violence, in addition to the legislations, is what they represent.

    Using media experiences on my own, the Cato Institute’s final annual research indexed approximately seven thousand sufferers of police “misconduct” within the usa. yet such tales of police brutality in basic terms scratch the outside of a countrywide epidemic. each year, tens of millions are framed, blackmailed, overwhelmed, sexually assaulted, or killed via law enforcement officials. enormous quantities of thousands of bucks are spent on civil judgments and settlements every year. person lives, households, and groups are destroyed.

    In this broadly revised and up-to-date variation of his seminal examine of policing within the usa, Kristian Williams exhibits that police brutality isn’t an anomaly, yet is equipped into the very that means of legislations enforcement within the usa. From antebellum slave patrols to today’s unarmed adolescence being gunned down within the streets, “peace keepers” have regularly used strength to form habit, repress dissent, and shield the robust. Our Enemies in Blue is a well-researched page-turner that either makes old experience of this legalized social pathology and maps out attainable alternatives.

    “This taut antiauthoritarian manifesto presents a well-researched assessment of the oppressive nature of yank policing... [Its] unapologetic indictment of the police presents a clean antidote to the liberal pleadings that police might be more suitable with a section extra training.” —Alex S. Vitale, The Nation
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  • Download Top 10: New York City: Your Guide to the 10 Best of by Eleanor Berman PDF

    By Eleanor Berman

    Drawing at the similar criteria of accuracy because the acclaimed DK Eyewitness shuttle publications, DK best 10 long island urban makes use of interesting images and perfect cartography to supply a competent and worthwhile trip spouse. Dozens of most sensible 10 lists offer important details on each one vacation spot, in addition to insider tips, from warding off the crowds to checking out the freebies. The DK best 10 publications take the determine of making plans any journey.
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  • Download Tom Paine's Iron Bridge: Building a United States by Edward G. Gray PDF

    By Edward G. Gray

    “Fascinating and critical: grey provides us Paine as we've by no means noticeable him before…as dedicated to development a brand new order as he used to be to ripping down the old.” (Kathleen DuVal - Wall road Journal)

    “Ed grey deftly unearths Paine as a polymath who designed leading edge bridges in addition to radical politics. Vividly written and wealthy with perception, Tom Paine’s Iron Bridge illuminates the nexus of politics, technology, and aesthetics within the Age of Revolutions.” (Alan Taylor, writer of the Pulitzer Prize–winning the interior Enemy)

    “If you suggestion not anything extra may be stated of Thomas Paine, you have been fallacious. Ed Gray’s new publication is a game-changer. An iron bridge, a unified economic system, a legislative center of the union: Ed grey demonstrates as by no means prior to Paine’s higher vision.” (Ray Raphael, writer of A People’s historical past of the yank Revolution)

    “In his enticing new ebook, Edward grey introduces us to Thomas Paine, the visionary nation-builder. Paine’s layout for an iron bridge to go beyond the hot nation’s divisions was once in its method as innovative as his demand an self sufficient American republic in universal Sense.” (Harvey J. Kaye, writer of Thomas Paine and the Promise of America)

    “Americans are looking to see the nation’s early life as a time of countless chance, and so did Thomas Paine. yet Edward Gray’s engrossing account of Paine’s lifelong fixation on bridge-building reminds us host of human vices, from spiritual bigotry to political and sectional bias, have been continually there, ready as patiently because the wolf on the door.” (Woody Holton, writer of Abigail Adams)

    “Another gem from considered one of America's such a lot ingenious historians.” (Gordon S. wooden, writer of The Radicalism of the yankee Revolution)

    The little-known tale of the architectural venture that lay on the middle of Tom Paine’s political blueprint for the United States.

    In a letter to his spouse Abigail, John Adams judged the writer of good judgment as having “a larger hand at flattening than building.” Adams’s dismissive comment has contributed to shaping the present view of Tom Paine ever due to the fact that. yet, as Edward G. grey exhibits during this clean, illuminating paintings, Paine was once a builder. He had a transparent imaginative and prescient of luck for his followed nation. It was once embodied in an architectural undertaking that he spent a decade making plans: an iron bridge to span the Schuylkill River at Philadelphia.

    When Paine arrived in Philadelphia from England in 1774, town used to be thriving as America’s greatest port. however the seasonal hazards of the rivers dividing the area have been changing into a drawback to the city’s endured development. Philadelphia wanted a pragmatic connection among the wealthy grain of Pennsylvania’s backcountry farms and its port at the Delaware. The iron bridge used to be Paine’s solution.

    The bridge was once a part of Paine’s resolution to the valuable political problem of the recent kingdom: the way to maintain a republic as huge and as geographically fragmented because the usa. The iron development used to be Paine’s fantastic reaction to the age-old problem of bridge know-how: tips to construct a constitution robust adequate to resist the consistent battering of water, ice, and wind.

    The convergence of political and technological layout in Paine’s plan used to be Enlightenment genius. And Paine drew different giants of the interval as buyers: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and for a time his nice ideological opponent, Edmund Burke. Paine’s dream eventually used to be a casualty of the vicious political crosscurrents of revolution and the yankee penchant for bridges of inexpensive, considerable wooden. yet his leading edge iron layout turned the version for bridge building in Britain because it led the area into the commercial revolution.
    8 pages of illustrations
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  • Download The Right Way to Lose a War: America in an Age of Unwinnable by Dominic Tierney PDF

    By Dominic Tierney

    Why has the USA stopped successful wars?

    For approximately a century, up till the top of worldwide warfare II in 1945, the United States loved a Golden Age of decisive army triumphs. after which abruptly, we stopped successful wars. The many years for the reason that were a dismal Age of disasters and stalemates-in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan-exposing our lack of ability to alter path after battlefield setbacks.

    In this provocative e-book, award-winning student Dominic Tierney finds how the U.S. has struggled to conform to the hot period of intractable guerrilla conflicts. therefore, so much significant American wars have become army fiascos. And whilst battlefield catastrophe moves, Washington is not able to disengage from the quagmire, with grave effects for millions of U.S. troops and our allies.

    But there's a greater method. Drawing on interviews with dozens of most sensible generals and policymakers, Tierney indicates how we will be able to use 3 key steps-surge, speak, and leave-to stem the tide of losses and withdraw from unsuccessful campaigns with no compromising our middle values and interests.

    Weaving jointly compelling tales of army disaster and heroism, this is often an unparalleled, well timed, and crucial guidebook for our new period of unwinnable conflicts. how one can Lose a battle illuminates not just how Washington can deal with the hardest trouble of all-battlefield failure-but additionally how the US can once more go back to the trail of victory.
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  • Download Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign by Leslie H. Gelb PDF

    By Leslie H. Gelb

    “Fluent, well-timed, provocative. . . . choked with gritty, smart, particular suggestion on overseas coverage ends and skill. . . . Gelb’s plea for better strategic considering is really correct and necessary.” — the hot York occasions ebook Review

    “Few american citizens recognize the internal international of yankee international policy—its feuds, follies, and fashions—as good as Leslie H. Gelb. . . . energy ideas builds on that life of event with strength and is a witty and acerbic primer.” — the recent York Times

    Power ideas is the provocative account of ways to contemplate and use America’s energy on the planet, from Pulitzer Prize winner Leslie H. Gelb, one of many nation’s prime overseas coverage minds and practitioners.
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  • Download Silicon Valley (Images of America) by Sam Shueh PDF

    By Sam Shueh

    Nestled on the south finish of San Francisco Bay, there lies a fertile valley. Cradled by means of the traditional Diablo and Santa Cruz Mountain levels, the area spans a lot of the Santa Clara Valley, curling north from Menlo Park into Palo Alto. At its jap gateway lies Milpitas and within the south is the Evergreen quarter, within the shadow of Mount Hamilton. the center of the valley is San Jose. for a few years, each one spring, fruit timber produced flower blossoms so far as the attention may perhaps see. After international conflict II, veterans again domestic, attended neighborhood engineering colleges, and fast turned engaged in electronics and aeronautics improvement. the invention of semiconductors and laptop and net applied sciences extensively altered the world, sped its momentum, and earned it its title—the Silicon Valley—now arguably the world's preeminent middle for technological advances. just like the seismic waves that created the sector, the valley's monetary peaks and plunges have formed the lives of its citizens, yet they proceed to appear to the long run, constructing new applied sciences to boost mankind.
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  • Download Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it by John M. Barry PDF

    By John M. Barry

    An American epic of technological know-how, politics, race, honor, excessive society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and approximately forgotten tale of the best ordinary catastrophe this state has ever recognized -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the houses of approximately 1000000 humans, helped select Huey lengthy governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove millions of blacks north, and reworked American society and politics endlessly.
    A New York Times extraordinary e-book of the 12 months, winner of the Southern publication Critics Circle Award and the Lillian Smith Award.
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