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Pegasus Bridge
Pegasus Bridge
Paperback      ISBN: 0671671561

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, a small detachment of British airborne troops stormed the German defense forces and paved the way for the Allied invasion of Europe. Pegasus Bridge was the first engagement of D-Day, the turning point of World War II.

This gripping account of it by acclaimed author Stephen Ambrose brings to life a daring mission so crucial that, had it been unsuccessful, the entire Normandy invasion might have failed. Ambrose traces each step of the preparations over many months to the minute-by-minute excitement of the hand-to-hand confrontations on the bridge. This is a story of heroism and cowardice, kindness and brutality--the stuff of all great adventures.
On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a Series of Letters
On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a Series of Letters
Paperback      ISBN: 019815786x

Schiller's 1795 essay on the educative function of art is one of the most important contributions to the history of ideas in modern times. This English-German parallel text edition includes a long analytical introduction and extensive notes.

The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 11: June 1 - August 15, 1864
The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, Volume 11
June 1 - August 15, 1864
Hardcover      ISBN: 0809311178

On June 2, 1864, Ulysses S. Grant post-poned until the following morning an assault on Confederate lines near Cold Harbor planned for that afternoon be-cause of delays in positioning troops. In the meantime, Confederate forces strengthened their lines, and the assault became a slaughter that haunted Grant for the rest of his life.

Thus began a summer of frustration for the general-in-chief of the U.S. Army. By failing to press their advantage, Major General William F. "Baldy" Smith and Major General Ambrose E. Burnside in a six-week period fumbled two genuine opportunities to defeat Lee's army. An-noyed by the constant calls of Major Generals William S. Rosecrans and Sam-uel R. Curtis for reinforcements in Missouri and Kansas, he wrote that "I am satisfied you would hear the same call if they were stationed in Maine." Confederate forces commanded by Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early again threatened Washington, forcing Grant to send two army corps to defend the capital and to push the invaders back into the Shenandoah Valley. The pressure took its toll on his health: migraine headaches followed such setbacks as the battle of the Crater.

Vol 11. Great condition.

Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy
Crossfire
The Plot That Killed Kennedy
Paperback      ISBN: 0881846481

The big daddy of the conspiracy books on the JFK assassination, and one that can't be taken lightly. A sheer tour de force that may be the final word until 2039--when government files on the case can be unlocked.--Kirkus Reviews

Intellectuals
Intellectuals
Paperback      ISBN: 0060916575

A fascinating portrait of the minds that have shaped the modern world. In an intriguing series of case studies, Rousseau, Shelley, Marx, Ibsen, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Bertrand Russell, Brecht, Sarte, Edmund Wilson, Victor Gollancz, Lillan Hellman, Cyril Connolly, Norman Mailer, James Baldwin, Kenneth Tyan, Noam Chomsky, and others are revealed as intellectuals both brilliant and contradictory, magnetic and dangerous.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace: The Chinese and Their Revolution 1895-1980
The Gate of Heavenly Peace
The Chinese and Their Revolution 1895-1980
Paperback      ISBN: 0140062793
"A milestone in Western studies of China." (John K. Fairbank)

In this masterful, highly original approach to modern Chinese history, Jonathan D. Spence shows us the Chinese revolution through the eyes of its most articulate participants--the writers, historians, philosophers, and insurrectionists who shaped and were shaped by the turbulent events of the twentieth century. By skillfully combining literary materials with more conventional sources of political and social history, Spence provides an unparalleled look at China and her people and offers valuable insight into the continuing conflict between the implacable power of the state and the strivings of China's artists, writers, and thinkers.
Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century
Lipstick Traces
A Secret History of the 20th Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0674535812

This is a secret history of modern times, told by way of what conventional history tries to exclude. Lipstick Traces tells a story as disruptive and compelling as the century itself. Hip, metaphorical and allusive...--Gail Caldwell, Boston Sunday Globe. Full-color illustrations and halftones.

African Diary: The Day-By-Day Account of an Incredible Adventure
African Diary
The Day-By-Day Account of an Incredible Adventure
Hardcover      ISBN: 0937552313
Everyday Life in Traditional Japan
Everyday Life in Traditional Japan
Paperback      ISBN: 0804813841

A documented survey of the customs and social conditions of the four traditional classes of Japanese society from 1600 to 1850

The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I
The Banquet Years
The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I
Paperback      ISBN: 0394704150

The definitive chronicle of the origins of French avant-garde literature and art, Roger Shattuck's classic portrays the cultural bohemia of turn-of-the-century Paris who carried the arts into a period of renewal and accomplishment and laid the groundwork for Dadaism and Surrealism. Shattuck focuses on the careers of Alfred Jarry, Henri Rousseau, Erik Satie, and Guillaume Apollinaire, using the quartet as window into the era as he exploring a culture whose influence is at the very foundation of modern art.