Wargames: From Gladiators to Gigabytes

By Martin van Creveld

The place did wargames come from? Who participated in them, and why? How is their improvement with regards to alterations in real-life conflict? Which features of warfare did they trap, which of them did they miss, how, and why? What do they let us know in regards to the behavior of struggle within the occasions and areas the place they have been performed? How beneficial are they in education and practise for struggle? Why are a few much more well known than others, and the way do women and men vary of their curiosity? beginning with the strive against of David as opposed to Goliath, passing throughout the gladiatorial video games, tournaments, trials via conflict, duels, and board video games akin to chess, the entire option to the most recent simulations and computing device video games, this precise ebook strains the topic in all its most suitable richness. because it does so, it offers new and infrequently striking insights into human nature.

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The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service

By Gordon Corera

"A wide-ranging, thought-provoking, and hugely readable heritage of Britain's postwar mystery Intelligence provider, popularly referred to as MI6."―Andrew Roberts, The Wall highway Journal

MI6 has been cloaked in secrecy and shrouded in fantasy because it was once created 100 years ago.

Our figuring out of what it ability to be a undercover agent has been principally outlined by means of the fictitious worlds of Ian Fleming and John le Carré. Gordon Corera presents a distinct and unparalleled perception into this mystery global and the truth that lies at the back of the fiction. He tells the tale of ways the key provider has replaced because the finish of the second one international conflict and, by way of concentrating on the relationships that lie on the center of espionage, illustrates the risk, the drama, and the ethical ambiguities that include operating for British intelligence. 

sixteen pages of B&W photos

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Voices from Iraq: A People's History, 2003-2009

By Mark Kukis

Featuring the testimony of just about seventy Iraqis from all walks of existence, Voices from Iraq builds a riveting chronological heritage unrivaled for its perception and revelations. here's a heritage of the struggle in Iraq as instructed fullyyt via Iraqis residing in the course of the U.S. invasion and occupation.

Beginning in 2003, this intimate narrative contains the experiential debts of civilians, politicians, former dissidents, insurgents, and militiamen. Iraqis providing firsthand tales variety from onetime best Minister Ayad Allawi to resistance warring parties conversing at the of anonymity. Divided into 5 elements, those interviews recount the 2003 invasion; Iraq's sluggish slide into chaos from 2004 to 2005; the beginning of a brand new order in 2006; the increase of open sectarian violence over the subsequent years; and the hassle when you consider that 2008 to reconstruct a society from relative calm. each one part comprises interviews grouped into subject matters, with short epilogues for the members. no longer given that Studs Terkel's The sturdy War has a ebook captured so acutely the human outcomes of a clash we're nonetheless suffering to appreciate. Voices from Iraq makes totally brilliant the which means and legacy of America's crusade in Iraq.

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Le Storie

By Thucydides

Lo storico e generale ateniese Tucidide è uno dei più importanti autori dell'antichità greca. Il suo capolavoro, l. a. Guerra del Peloponneso, è un accurato resoconto della guerra tra Atene e Sparta (431 – 404 a.C.), con una premessa sintetica, intitolata Archeologia e dedicata alla storia arcaica e classica. L'opera, che rappresenta uno dei primi e più alti esempi di analisi degli eventi storici secondo il metro della natura umana, esce oggi in versione digitale con apparato critico ipertestuale a supporto.

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Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death

By Jim Frederick

This is often the tale of a small crew of infantrymen from the a hundred and first Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit referred to as “the Black center Brigade.” Deployed in overdue 2005 to Iraq’s so-called Triangle of demise, a veritable meat grinder simply south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts stumbled on themselves in arguably the country’s most deadly place at its most deadly time.

Hit by way of near-daily mortars, gunfire, and roadside bomb assaults, struggling with a very heavy dying toll, and enduring a protracted breakdown in management, individuals of 1 Black middle platoon—1st Platoon, Bravo corporation, 1st Battalion—descended, over their year-long journey of accountability, right into a tailspin of bad self-discipline, substance abuse, and brutality.

Four 1st Platoon squaddies might perpetrate probably the most heinous struggle crimes U.S. forces have dedicated through the Iraq War—the rape of a fourteen-year-old Iraqi lady and the cold-blooded execution of her and her kinfolk. 3 different 1st Platoon squaddies will be overrun at a distant outpost—one killed instantly and taken from the scene, their mutilated corpses came upon days later booby-trapped with explosives.

Black Hearts is an unflinching account of the epic, tragic deployment of 1st Platoon. Drawing on hundreds and hundreds of hours of in-depth interviews with Black middle infantrymen and first-hand reporting from the Triangle of dying, Black Hearts is a undying tale approximately males in wrestle and the fragility of personality within the savage crucible of war. however it can also be a well timed caution of recent hazards rising within the means American infantrymen are led at the battlefields of the twenty-first century.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Napalm: An American Biography

By Robert M. Neer

Napalm was once invented on Valentine’s Day 1942 at a mystery Harvard struggle study laboratory. It created an inferno that killed over 87,500 humans in Tokyo―more than died within the atomic explosions at Hiroshima or Nagasaki―and went directly to incinerate sixty four jap towns. The Bomb received the clicking, yet napalm did the paintings. Neer deals the 1st heritage.

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De Gaulle: The Man Who Defied Six US Presidents

By Douglas Boyd

Containing formerly unpublished fabric from the Paris and Washington records, an all new, arguable account of France's function post-World conflict II 

Throughout D-Day, French soliders have been mysteriously absent throughout the invasion on their lonesome soil. even supposing basic Charles De Gaulle commanded 400,000 unfastened French squaddies, President Roosevelt insisted they no longer learn the date of the invasion simply because he meant to occupy France. In doing so, Roosevelt will be capable of open France to important American companies and keep in office those who had run the rustic for Hitler. this is able to have sparked a civil struggle, yet De Gaulle outwitted Washington to go the 1st executive of liberated France. It wasn't lengthy after that, disgusted with the pro politicians, he resigned in 1946. Then, in 1958, to save lots of France from civil struggle a moment time, he was once elected President of the Republic. De Gaulle endured to be a thorn in American presidents' aspects, following with Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. Drawing on hitherto unpublished and revealing fabric from the data in Paris and Washington, this thought-provoking account of defiance and rejection of overseas domination is a must-read for all background buffs.

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The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War

By Richard Rubin

“Richard Rubin has performed anything that might by no means be attainable for someone to do back. His interviews with the final American international struggle I veterans—who have all because died—bring to vibrant existence a cataclysm that modified our global without end yet that is still apparently forgotten here.”—Adam Hochschild, writer of To finish All Wars: a narrative of Loyalty and uprising, 1914–1918

In 2003, eighty five years after the top of worldwide battle I, Richard Rubin got down to see if he may perhaps nonetheless locate and seek advice from anyone who had really served within the American Expeditionary Forces in the course of that immense clash. eventually, he discovered dozens, elderly one zero one to 113, from Cape Cod to Carson urban, who shared with him on the final attainable second their tales of America’s nice warfare. Nineteenth-century women and men dwelling within the twenty-first century, they have been self-reliant, humble, and stoic, by no means complaining, yet nonetheless marveling on the immensity of the conflict they helped win, and the complexity of the realm they helped create. although the United States has principally forgotten their struggle, you'll always remember them, or their tales. A decade within the making, The final of the Doughboys is the main sweeping examine America’s First international battle in a new release, a wonderful reminder of the vastly vital position the USA performed within the warfare to finish all wars, in addition to a relocating meditation on personality, grace, getting older, and memory.

“An extraordinary and engaging e-book. by way of monitoring down the final surviving veterans of the 1st international conflict and interviewing them with sympathy and talent, Richard Rubin has produced a chief paintings of reporting.”—Ian Frazier, writer of Travels in Siberia

“I can't take into account a e-book approximately that massive and negative struggle that i've got loved studying extra in lots of years."—Michael Korda, The day-by-day Beast

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Siege Warfare: The Fortress in the Early Modern World 1494-1660, Volume 1

By Christopher Duffy

This vintage textual content is the 1st built-in survey of the phenomenon of siege war in the course of its such a lot inventive interval. Duffy demonstrates the consequences of the castle for questions of army association, technique, geography, legislations, architectural values, city existence and symbolism and mind's eye. The booklet is definitely illustrated, and should be a worthwhile better half for fanatics of army and architectural heritage, in addition to the final medievalist.

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