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Ultimate Spy
Ultimate Spy
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789489724
Illustrated with more than seven hundred specially commissioned full-color photographs, illustrations, and archive material, an authoritative, up-to-date guide to the exciting world of espionage covers everything from the daily life of a special agent to the complex world of international agencies. 40,000 first printing.
The Art of War
The Art of War
by Sun-Tzu
Paperback      ISBN: 0143037528
The perfect books for the true book lover, PenguinÂ's Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of historyÂ's most prodigious thinkers. Each volume is beautifully packaged with a unique type-driven design that highlights the bookmakerÂ's art. Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world.
Armies of Ivan the Terrible: Russian Armies 1505-1700
Armies of Ivan the Terrible
Russian Armies 1505-1700
Paperback      ISBN: 1841769258
It is generally assumed that the military reforms which propelled Russia into the modern world were due solely to the genius of Peter the Great. In fact, his reforms were built upon changes that had taken place during the previous 200 years, since the creation in 1550 of Russia's first full-time military force (the streltsi) by Ivan IV the Terrible. This account traces Russia's armies from that beginning, through the creation of paid regular regiments from1630, up to the reign of Peter the Great. It is illustrated with rare early drawings, photos of surviving artifacts, and dazzling colour reconstructions of exotic military costumes.
Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror
Torture and Truth
America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror
Paperback      ISBN: 1590171527
Includes the torture photographs in color and the full texts of the secret administration memos on torture and the investigative reports on the abuses at Abu Ghraib. In the spring of 2004, graphic photographs of Iraqi prisoners being tortured by American soldiers in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison flashed around the world, provoking outraged debate. Did they depict the rogue behavior of "a few bad apples"? Or did they in fact reveal that the US government had decided to use brutal tactics in the "war on terror"? The images are shocking, but they do not tell the whole story. The abuses at Abu Ghraib were not isolated incidents but the result of a chain of deliberate decisions and failures of command. To understand how "Hooded Man" and "Leashed Man" could have happened, Mark Danner turns to the documents that are collected for the first time in this book. These documents include secret government memos, some never before published, that portray a fierce argument within the Bush administration over whether al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners were protected by the Geneva Conventions and how far the US could go in interrogating them. There are also official reports on abuses at Abu Ghraib by the International Committee of the Red Cross, by US Army investigators, and by an independent panel chaired by former defense secretary James R. Schlesinger. In sifting this evidence, Danner traces the path by which harsh methods of interrogation approved for suspected terrorists in Afghanistan and Guant‡namo "migrated" to Iraq as resistance to the US occupation grew and US casualties mounted. Yet as Mark Danner writes, the real scandal here is political: it "is not about revelation or disclosure but about the failure, once wrongdoing is disclosed, of politicians, officials, the press, and, ultimately, citizens to act." For once we know the story the photos and documents tell, we are left with the questions they pose for our democratic society: Does fighting a "new kind of war" on terror justify torture? Who will we hold responsible for deciding to pursue such a policy, and what will be the moral and political costs to the country?
The Book of Stratagems: Tactics for Triumph and Survival
The Book of Stratagems
Tactics for Triumph and Survival
Paperback      ISBN: 0140169547
Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle
Guadalcanal
The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle
Paperback      ISBN: 0140165614
A history of the battle at Guadalcanal draws on first-time translations of official Japanese defense accounts and declassified U.S. radio intelligence to recreate this critical campaign. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. NYT.
El arte de la guerra / The Art of War
El arte de la guerra / The Art of War
by Sun-Tzu
Spanish    Paperback      ISBN: 1611800226
An ancient Chinese treatise on the strategies of war stresses the importance of speed, sound tactics, subterfuge, discipline, appropriate form of attack, and accurate intelligence.
Weapons & Equipment of the Napoleonic Wars
Weapons & Equipment of the Napoleonic Wars
Hardcover      ISBN: 1854093932
A War of a Different Kind: Military Force and America's Search for Homeland Security
A War of a Different Kind
Military Force and America's Search for Homeland Security
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591142202
A former senior Pentagon official examines the political, legal, and practical implications of the use of the military in support of homeland security and in the ongoing war against terrorism. Sample topics include the statute governing the use of military personnel in law enforcement, the constitutional power of the president, and the reorganization of the government to meet the terrorist threat. Written in an accessible style, this meticulously documented volume is suitable for general readers as well as civilian and military leaders. Annotation
Underground Structures of the Cold War: The World Below
Underground Structures of the Cold War
The World Below
Hardcover      ISBN: 1591149088
Books on the history of fortifications are plentiful, but the hidden forts of the nuclear age have not been cataloged and studied in the same way until now. In Underground Structures of the Cold War, the author describes when and where these bunkers were built, and records what has become of them. This detailed account covers every sort of facility--public shelters, missile sites, command and communication centers, storage depots, and hospitals--taking full advantage of the surprising amount of information that has recently appeared in the media about such places.