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A concise history of the origins of the 'war to end all wars'
First-hand accounts by those who planned and took part in the Normandy landings, and eyewitness reports from BBC correspondents travelling with the troops on 6 June 1944. In 1940, after the evacuation of the British army from Dunkirk, Winston Churchill vowed that Allied Forces would return to "cleanse Europe of the Nazi Pestilence".
In April 1982, Argentina surprised the world by invading the Falkland Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.Drawing upon the vast resources of the Imperial War Museum's Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of the Falklands presents the first complete oral history of the Falklands War.
At sea, losses included HMS Sheffield and Coventry, and the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano.Drawing upon the vast resources of the Imperial War Museum's Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of the Falklands presents the first complete oral history of the Falklands War.
In April 1982, Argentina surprised the world by invading the Falkland Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The tiny islands had long been the subject of a fierce territorial dispute between Argentina and the UK, and the occupation escalated into a terrifying full-blown conflict between the two countries. This book describes the response to the invasion.
Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, forty-five-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy. Now, in this riveting history, W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides an eye-opening, pulse-pounding narrative of the underwater struggles and espionage operations between the US and the USSR that brought us to the brink of nuclear war more than once. Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action during the entire Cold War period from 1946 through 1992. Reed served aboard submarines involved in espionage operations, and his father was a top military intelligence specialist intimately involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reed is one of the first authors to obtain so many in-depth interviews with dozens of navy divers, espionage operatives, submariners, and government officials on both sides (including several Soviet submarine captains) about the most daring and decorated missions of the conflict, including top-secret Ivy Bells, Boresight, Bulls Eye, and Holystone operations.Transcending traditional submarine, espionage, and Cold War accounts, Red November is an up-close examination of one of the most dangerous times in world history and an intimate look at the men and women who participated in our country's longest and most expensive underwater war.
One of the great secrets of the Cold War, hidden for decades, is revealed at last. Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.We now know that the Soviets had lost track of the sub; it had become a rogue. The Nixon administration launched a clandestine, half-billion-dollar project to recover the sunken K-129. The successful recovery effort helped forge new relations between the US and the Soviets, even as it revealed a treacherous plan to provoke war between the US and Chinaa plan that, had it succeeded, would have had devastating consequences.
Between 1961 and 1967 the United States Air Force buried onethousand Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles in pastures across theGreat Plains. The Missile Next Door tells the story of how ruralAmericans of all political stripes were drafted to fight the Cold War by livingwith nuclear missiles in their backyards-and what that story tells us aboutenduring political divides and the persistence of defense spending.By scattering the missiles in out-of-the-way places, theDefense Department kept the chilling calculus of Cold War nuclear strategy outof view. This subterfuge was necessary, Gretchen Heefner argues, in order forAmericans to accept a costly nuclear buildup and the resulting threat ofArmageddon. As for the ranchers, farmers, and other civilians in the Plainsstates who were first seduced by the economics of war and then forced to livein the Soviet crosshairs, their sense of citizenship was forever changed. Somewere stirred to dissent. Others consented but found their proud Plainsindividualism giving way to a growing dependence on the military-industrialcomplex. Even today, some communities express reluctance to let the Minutemengo, though the Air Force no longer wants them buried in the heartland.Complicating a red state / blue state reading ofAmerican politics, Heefner's account helps to explain the deep distrust ofgovernment found in many western regions and also an addiction to defensespending which, for many local economies, seems inescapable.
No espionage missions have been kept more secret than those involving American submarines. Now, Blind Man's Bluff shows for the first time how the Navy sent submarines wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables. It unveils how the Navy's own negligence might have been responsible for the loss of the USS Scorpion, a submarine that disappeared, all hands lost, thirty years ago. It tells the complete story of the audacious attempt to steal a Soviet submarine with the help of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, and how it was doomed from the start. And it reveals how the Navy used the comforting notion of deep sea rescue vehicles to hide operations that were more James Bond than Jacques Cousteau.Blind Man's Bluff contains an unforgettable array of characters, including the cowboy sub commander who brazenly outraced torpedoes and couldn't resist sneaking up to within feet of unaware enemy subs. It takes us inside clandestine Washington meetings where top submarine captains briefed presidents and where the espionage war was planned one sub and one dangerous encounter at a time. Stretching from the years immediately after World War II to the present-day operations of the Clinton Administration, it is an epic story of daring and deception. A magnificent achievement in investigative reporting, it feels like a spy thriller, but with one important difference'everything in it is true. Read by Tony Roberts.
Perhaps no scientific development has shaped the courseof modern history as much as the harnessing of nuclear energy. Yet thetwentieth century might have turned out differently had greater influence overthis technology been exercised by Great Britain, whose scientists were at theforefront of research into nuclear weapons at the beginning of World War II.As award-winning biographer and science writer GrahamFarmelo describes in Churchill's Bomb, the British set out toinvestigate the possibility of building nuclear weapons before their Americancolleagues. But when scientists in Britain first discovered a way to build anatomic bomb, Prime Minister Winston Churchill did not make the most of hiscountry's lead and was slow to realize the bomb's strategic implications. Thiswas odd-he prided himself on recognizing the military potential of new scienceand, in the 1920s and 1930s, had repeatedly pointed out that nuclear weaponswould likely be developed soon. In developing the bomb, however, hemarginalized some of his country's most brilliant scientists, choosing to relymainly on the counsel of his friend Frederick Lindemann, an Oxford physicistwith often wayward judgment. Churchill also failed to capitalize on FranklinRoosevelt's generous offer to work jointly on the bomb and ultimately cededBritain's initiative to the Americans, whose successful development anddeployment of the bomb placed the United States in a position of supreme powerat the dawn of the nuclear age. After the war, President Truman and hisadministration refused to acknowledge a secret cooperation agreement forged byChurchill and Roosevelt and froze Britain out of nuclear development, leavingBritain to make its own way. Dismayed, Churchill worked to restore therelationship. Churchill came to be terrified by the possibility ofthermonuclear war and emerged as a pioneer of detente in the early stages ofthe Cold War.Contrasting Churchill's often inattentive leadership withFranklin Roosevelt's decisiveness, Churchill's Bomb reveals the secrethistory of the weapon that transformed modern geopolitics.
Weeks after the 2002 American invasion of Afghanistan, Medea Benjamin visited that country. There, on the ground, talking with victims of the strikes, she learned the reality behind the "e;precision bombs"e; on which US forces were becoming increasingly reliant. Now, with the use of drones escalating at a meteoric pace, Benjamin has written this book as a call to action: "e;It is meant to wake a sleeping public lulled into thinking that drones are good, that targeted killings are making us safer."e;Drone Warfare is a comprehensive look at the growing menace of robotic warfare, with an extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who "e;pilots"e; these unmanned planes, who the victims are, and what the legal and moral implications are. In a vivid, accessible style, the book also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists are doing to ground the drones and considers ways to move forward. In reality, writes Benjamin, the assassinations we are carrying out via drones will come back to haunt us when others start doing the same thing-to us.
Before the ink was dry on the Constitution of the United States, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the young republic. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce from the vicious depredations of the Barbary pirates, or would it drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? How large a navy would suffice? The founders -- particularly Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams -- debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once. In 1794, President Washington signed legislation authorizing the construction of six heavy frigates. The unique combination of power, speed and tactical versatility -- smaller than a battleship and larger than a sloop -- that all navies sent on their most daring missions. It was the first great appropriation of federal money and the first demonstration of the power of the new central government, calling for the creation of entirely new domestic industries, and the extraction of natural resources from the backwoods of Maine to the uninhabited coastal islands of Georgia. From the complicated politics of the initial decision, through the cliffhanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and a narrative flair worthy of Patrick O'Brian. In the words of Henry Adams, the 1812 encounter between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere "e;raised the United States in one half hour to the rank of a first class power in the world."e;
In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the US government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic head of the Manhattan Project, recruited scientists to live as virtual prisoners of the U.S. government at Los Alamos, a barren mesa thirty-five miles outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thousands of men, women, and children spent the war years sequestered in this top-secret military facility. They lied to friends and family about where they were going and what they were doing, and then disappeared into the desert. Through the eyes of a young Santa Fe widow who was one of Oppenheimer's first recruits, we see how, for all his flaws, he developed into an inspiring leader and motivated all those involved in the Los Alamos project to make a supreme effort and achieve the unthinkable.
Deadly germs sprayed in shopping malls, bomblets spewing anthrax sporesover battlefields, tiny vials of plague scattered in Times Square -- these are the poor man's hydrogen bombs, hideous weapons of mass destruction that can be made in a simple laboratory. Germs uncovers the truth about biological weapons and shows why bio-warfare and bio-terrorism are fast becoming our worst national nightmare. Based on hundreds of interviews with scientists and senior officials -- including President Clinton and defectors from the former Soviet Union's sinister bio weapons labs -- as well as recently declassified documents, Germs shows is bioo-warriors past and present at work at their trade. A frightening and unforgetable narrative of cutting-edge science and spycraft, Germs shows us why advances in biology and the spread of germ weapons expertise to such countries as Iran, Iraq, and North Korea could make germs the weapon of the twenty-first century.
From the earliest days of his dictatorship, Saddam Hussein had vowed to destroy Israel. So when France sold Iraq a top-of-the-line nuclear reactor in 1975, the Israelis were justifiably concerned. The reactor formed the heart of a huge nuclear plant situated twelve miles from Baghdad, 1,100 kilometers from Tel Aviv. By 1981, the reactor was on the verge of becoming "e;hot,"e; and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin knew he would have to confront its deadly potential. He turned to Israeli Air Force commander General David Ivry to secretly plan a daring surgical strike on the reactor -- a never-before-contemplated mission that would prove to be one of the most remarkable military operations of all time. Written with the full and exclusive cooperation of Israeli Air Force high command, General Ivry (ret.), and all of the eight mission pilots, Raid on the Sun tells the extraordinary story of how Israel plotted the unthinkable: defying its U.S. and European allies to eliminate Iraq's nuclear threat. Claire recreates a gripping tale of personal sacrifice and survival, of young pilots who faced a nearly unsurmountable challenge: how to fly the 1,000-plus-kilometer mission to Baghdad and back on one tank of fuel. He recounts Israeli intelligence's incredible "e;black ops"e; to sabotage constructions on the French reactor and eliminate Iraqi nuclear scientists, and he offers a pilot's eye-eye view of the action on June 7, 1981, when the planes roared off a runway on the Sinai Peninsula for the first successful destruction of a nuclear reactor in history.
Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the bestselling author of ForrestGump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes whodefined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, EddieRickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of theirheart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through theheroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids andsurvival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, TheGreatest Generation, and Flyboys.With the world in peril during World War II, each manset aside great success and comfort to return to the skies for his most daringmission yet. Doolittle, a brilliant aviation innovator, would lead the TokyoRaid to retaliate for Pearl Harbor; Lindbergh, hero of the first solo flightacross the Atlantic, would fly combat missions in the South Pacific; andRickenbacker, World War I flying ace, would bravely hold his crew togetherwhile facing near-starvation and circling sharks after his plane went down in aremote part of the Pacific. Groom's rich narrative tells the intertwinedstories-from broken homes to Medals of Honor (all three would receive one), barnstorming to the greatest raid of World War II, front-page triumph toanguished tragedy, and near-death to ultimate survival-of these three men who took to the sky,time and again, to become exemplars of the spirit of the "e;greatest generation."e;
The USS Intrepid is a warship unlike any other. The 27,000-ton, Essex-class aircraft carrier has sailed into harm's way around the globe. At Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, she sank Japanese warships and endured kamikaze and torpedo attacks. She fought at Okinawa and other Pacific battles, surviving to be the recovery ship for America's first astronauts and later returning to action in Vietnam.Intrepid brings this history to life in a stirring tribute complete with personal recollections of those who served on the ship and vivid descriptions of the deadly conflicts she endured. It is a story of the people who sailed in her, fought to keep her alive, and perished in her defense, a story which powerfully captures the human element in the history of American heroism.
Forty years ago, in May 1968, the submarine USS Scorpion sank under mysterious circumstances, with a loss of ninety-nine lives. The tragedy occurred during the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union and only weeks after the sinking of a Soviet sub near Hawaii. Now, drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews, many with exclusive sources in the naval and intelligence communities, as well as recently declassified United States and Soviet intelligence files, Kenneth Sewell and Jerome Preisler explain what really happened to Scorpion.In January 1968, a US intelligence ship, USS Pueblo, was seized by North Korea. Among other items, the North Koreans confiscated a valuable cryptographic unit that was capable of deciphering the navy's top-secret codes. Since a traitor named John Walker had begun supplying the navy's codes to the KGB, the Russians were able to read highly classified naval communications once the KGB acquired the crypto unit from the North Koreans.Then, in March, the Soviet sub K-129 mysteriously sank near Hawaii, hundreds of miles from its normal station in the Pacific. Soviet naval leaders mistakenly believed that a US submarine was to blame for the loss, instigating a plot for revenge. A trap was set: several Soviet vessels gathered in the Atlantic, their behavior suspicious. It would only be a matter of time before a US sub was sent to investigate. That sub was the Scorpion. Using the top-secret codes and the deciphering machine, the Soviets were able to intercept and decode communication between the navy and Scorpion, the final element in carrying out the planned attack. All Hands Down shows how the Soviet plan was executed and explains why the truth of the attack has been officially denied for forty years. Sewell and Preisler debunk various official explanations for the tragedy and bring to life the personal stories of some of the men who were lost when Scorpion went to the bottom. This engrossing true story is more exciting than any novel.
Winner of the 2015 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award: Horwitzs dogged reportingcombined with crisp, cinematic writing, produces a powerful narrative. He has written a book that is instructive and passionate and deserving a wide audience (PEN Award Citation).Six years in the making, War of the Whales is the gripping detective tale (Publishers Weekly) of a crusading attorney, Joel Reynolds, who stumbles on one of the US Navys best-kept secrets: a submarine detection system that floods entire ocean basins with high-intensity soundand drives whales onto beaches. As Joel Reynolds launches a legal fight to expose and challenge the Navy program, marine biologist Ken Balcomb witnesses a mysterious mass stranding of whales near his research station in the Bahamas. Investigating this calamity, Balcomb is forced to choose between his conscience and an oath of secrecy he swore to the Navy in his youth. War of the Whales reads like the best investigative journalism, with cinematic scenes of strandings and dramatic David-and-Goliath courtroom dramas as activists diligently hold the Navy accountable (The Huffington Post). When Balcomb and Reynolds team up to expose the truth behind an epidemic of mass strandings, the stage is set for an epic battle that pits admirals against activists, rogue submarines against weaponized dolphins, and national security against the need to safeguard the ocean environment. Strong and valuable (The Washington Post), brilliantly told (Bob Woodward), author Joshua Horwitz combines the best of legal drama, natural history, and military intrigue to raise serious questions about the unchecked use of secrecy by the military to advance its institutional power (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).
Erik og Tove, et nygift dansk par, strander i England ved 2. verdenskrigs udbrud. Han melder sig som pilot til Royal Air Force, og hun overlades til sig selv og en trøstesløs hverdag med uvished og knugende ensomhed.Ole Frøslev Christensen (f. 1943) er dansk forfatter og kriminalforfatter og uddannet lærer. Frøslev specialområde er spændingsromaner og politiromaner fra Besættelsestidens København.
Om Sevastopol fortællingerne – download lydbogLev Tolstoj meldte sig til hæren i 1851, og da Krim-krigen brød ud i 1854 og Krim pludselig var blevet verdens centrum, var den unge sekondløjtnant utålmodig efter at komme af sted til slagmarkerne.I spidsen for en flok soldater kom han i skudlinjen og opnåede i samværet med russiske mænd den virkelighedsfornemmelse, der er baggrunden for hans mesterskab. Sevastopol fortællingerne hører til Lev Tolstojs ungdomsværker. Den udkom allerede i 1855, hvor Tolstoj kun var 27 år gammel. Sevastopol fortællingerne består af tre fortællinger med hver sin fortællevinkel. De handler om Krimkrigen, nærmere bestemt om englændernes og franskmændenes 11 måneder lange belejring og endelige erobring af flådehavnen Sevastopol på halvøen Krim. Den handler også om det aftryk, krigen satte på Ruslands selvforståelse. Sevastopol fortællingerne, forherliger ikke den russiske krigsindsats, men alligevel blev Tolstojs fortællinger en del af den store fortælling om det heroiske og selvopofrende forsvar for byen Sevastopol og for den russisk-ortodokse kristendom, der er knyttet til Krim. Indlæst som lydbog af Peter Bøttger i 2015
Der er noget råddent er Linda Olssons første thriller. Forfatteren bag den internationale bestseller Astrid & VeronikaSam Hallberg lever et afskåret liv som mekaniker. Hans fortid og de dertilhørende traumer afholder ham fra at involvere sig. Men noget ændrer sig, da Sam en dag bliver kontaktet af en kvinde, der beder ham om hjælp til at undersøge hendes vens mystiske død.Da Sam og journalisten Lynette Church begynder at undersøge dødsfaldet nærmere, opdager de et net af korruption der trækker tråde til både det new zealandske forretningsliv, internationale politikere og krigsforbrydere. Kødkvoterne i landet viser sig at betyde mere og andet, end hvad Sam og Lynette havde forventet.Bag navnet Adam Sarafis gemmer sig den verdenskendte svenske forfatter Linda Olsson, forfatter til den internationale bestseller Astrid & Veronika, og den new zealandske manuskriptforfatter og TV-vært Thomas Sainsbury.Den new zealandske presse skrev:En formidabel moralsk fortælling med et Shakespeare-inspireret plot-Tasmanian TimeOverbevisende moderne thriller- Booklover Book ReviewSpændende page-turner om tragedier og magtbalancer i politik, medier og forretningslivet- The New Zealand HeraldDer er noget råddent er indlæst af Mikkel Bay Mortensen i 2015
Robert er hjemme på orlov eller leave efter en dramatisk episode i Helmandprovinsen, der kostede hans bedste ven Stephan, livet. 21 dage skal han have til at gå i København. 21 dage der burde byde på afslapning og glædelige gensyn med familie og venner. Men Robert slås med sorg over tabet af vennen og med skyldfølelse. Han befinder sig midt i en identitetskrise; stoffer, glemsel og snak om ære er, hvad samfundet har at tilbyde. I Afghanistan er han soldaten, dér føler han, han har en mission, men hvem er han hjemme blandt mennesker, der hverken kan eller vil forstå, hvad han har været igennem?Et andet sted i København er 21-årige Jenny, hun er smuk og har styr på psykologistudiet og på arbejdet som frivillig rådgiver for selvmordstruede på Livslinjen, men under overfladen ligger fortidens spøgelser fra barndommens Vendsyssel på lur, og i den anden ende af røret er en soldat med en historie, som formår at gribe hende.Soldaten og Jenny er en stærk og uafrystelig psykologisk roman om liv og skæbner i det lille krigsførende - og krigshærgede - land, som er vores og Peter Bredahls.1940-1949, drama, kærlighed, abort, moral
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Goliath written by Sean McFate, read by Joe Knezevich. Everything you think you know about war is wrong. War is timeless. Some things change - weapons, tactics, leadership - but our desire to go into battle does not. We are in the midst of an age of conflict: global terrorism, Russias resurgence and Chinas rise, international criminal empires, climate change and dwindling natural resources. The stakes are high, and we are dangerously unprepared. As a former paratrooper and military contractor, Sean McFate has been on the front lines of deep state conflicts. He has seen firsthand the horrors of battle and as a strategist, understands the complexity of the current military situation. The West is playing the same old war games, but the enemy has changed the rules. In this new age of war: -technology will not save us, -victory will belong to the cunning, not the strong, -plausible deniability is more potent than firepower -corporations, mercenaries, and rogue states have more power than nation states, and loyalty will sit with the highest bidder. This is The Art of War for the 21st century. Adapt and we can prevail. Fail, and size and strength wont protect us. Learn how to triumph in the coming age of conflict in ten new rules.