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At Hell's Gate: A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace
At Hell's Gate
A Soldier's Journey from War to Peace
Hardcover      ISBN: 159030134x
Haunted by his wartime experiences in Vietnam, this soldier stopped running from his past and learned to face his pain during a meditation retreat led by Zen master Thich Nhat Hahn--now he leads peace pilgrimages through war-torn and war-scarred places around the world.
Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War
Goodbye, Darkness
A Memoir of the Pacific War
Paperback      ISBN: 0316501115
In a deeply personal account of his experiences as a Marine Corps sergeant in several major Pacific land battles, the critically acclaimed author of A World Lit Only by Fire interweaves memories and dreams as he recalls the horrors of Guadalcanal and Okinawa. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Admiral Arleigh (31 Knot) Burke: The Story of a Fighting Sailor
Admiral Arleigh (31 Knot) Burke
The Story of a Fighting Sailor
Paperback      ISBN: 1557500185
Written by two World War II veterans who later became well-known war correspondents, this biography records the inspiring life of one of America's great naval heroes. Popularly referred to as "31-Knot" Burke, Admiral Arleigh Burke fought savage battles at sea and won every decoration a grateful nation could bestow, yet his service to his country was not in combat alone. This book is at once a stirring testament to Burke's World War II record as a combat leader and to his talents as a diplomat at the armistice table in Korea and as a politician in Washington. It details his legendary victories with DESRON 23 in the Pacific and his development of high-speed night tactics for destroyers that resulted in what many call the perfect naval engagement at the Battle of Cape St. George. Burke's most enduring contributions occurred during his unprecedented three terms as chief of naval operations when he directed the Navy's technical development during its revolutionary change from steam and gunpowder to nuclear concepts in ships, weaponry, strategy, and tactics. Published soon after Burke's retirement from the Navy in 1961, the book has remained a standard reference for four decades.
Memoirs of the Second World War: An Abridgement of the Six Volumes of the Second World War With an Epilogue by the Author on the Postwar Years Writt
Memoirs of the Second World War
An Abridgement of the Six Volumes of the Second World War With an Epilogue by the Author on the Postwar Years Writt
Hardcover      ISBN: 0395522625
Surveys the war and its politics
One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander
One Hundred Days
The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander
Paperback      ISBN: 1557506523
Written by the man who masterminded the British victory in the Falklands, this engrossing memoir chronicles events in the spring of 1982 following Argentina's takeover of the South Atlantic islands. Adm. Sandy Woodward, a brilliant military tactician, presents a complete picture of the British side of the battle. From the defeat of the Argentine air forces to the sinking of the Belgrano and the daring amphibious landing at Carlos Water, his inside story offers a revealing account of the Royal Navy's successes and failures. At times reflective and personal, Woodward imparts his perceptions, fears, and reactions to seemingly disastrous events. He also reveals the steely logic he was famous for as he explains naval strategy and planning. His eyewitness accounts of the sinking of HMS Sheffield and the Battle of Bomb Alley are memorable. Many Britons considered Woodward the cleverest man in the navy. French newspapers called him "Nelson." Margaret Thatcher said he was precisely the right man to fight the world's first computer war. Without question, the admiral's memoir makes a significant addition to the official record. At the same time it provides readers with a vivid portrayal of the world of modern naval warfare, where equipment is of astonishing sophistication but the margins for human courage and error are as wide as in the days of Nelson.
A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence
A Prince of Our Disorder
The Life of T. E. Lawrence
Paperback      ISBN: 0674704940
John Mack explores the relationship between Lawrence's inner life and his historically significant actions. Interviews, correspondence, access to War Office dispatches and unpublished letters provide the basis for Macks's investigation of the psychological dimensions of Lawrence's personality.
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945
The Pianist
The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945
Paperback      ISBN: 0312311354
A long-suppressed and moving true testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of music recounts the World War II experiences of a professional Warsaw pianist who, though losing his family, survives the Holocaust in hiding. Reissue. (A new film, directed by Roman Polanski, winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or, starring Adrien Brody) (History)
Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator
Flights of Passage
Reflections of a World War II Aviator
Hardcover      ISBN: 087021215x
A firsthand account of the experiences of war describes the author's life as a combat pilot in the Pacific during World War II, from his joining the Marines at the age of eighteen in 1943, to the end of the war, two years and several hundred missions later
The Great Admirals: Command at Sea, 1587-1945
The Great Admirals
Command at Sea, 1587-1945
Hardcover      ISBN: 087021229x
Sweetman has engaged 19 scholars to review & revise personal & strategic details of as many admirals. Less famous names include Juel, Tromp, de Ruyter. Willmott casts serious doubt on Yamamoto's greatness. The editor intersperses six surveys of technology changes. Fine history, good writing, useful bibliographic references. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front
Bill Mauldin
A Life Up Front
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0393334880
“A deeply felt, vivacious and wonderfully illustrated biography.