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Rough Riders

Author : Mark Lee Gardner
ISBN : 9780062312105
Genre : History
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The first definitive account of this legendary fighting force and its extraordinary leader, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Lee Gardner’s Rough Riders is narrative nonfiction at its most invigorating and compulsively readable. Its dramatic unfolding of a familiar, yet not-fully-known story will remind readers of James Swanson’s Manhunt. Two months after the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in February 1898, Congress authorized President McKinley to recruit a volunteer army to drive the Spaniards from Cuba. From this army emerged the legendary “Rough Riders,” a mounted regiment drawn from America’s western territories and led by the indomitable Theodore Roosevelt. Its ranks included not only cowboys and other westerners, but several Ivy Leaguers and clubmen, many of them friends of “TR.” Roosevelt and his men quickly came to symbolize American ruggedness, daring, and individualism. He led them to victory in the famed Battle at San Juan Hill, which made TR a national hero and cemented the Rough Riders’ place in history. Now, Mark Lee Gardner synthesizes previously unknown primary accounts as well as period newspaper articles, letters, and diaries from public and private archives in Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Boston, and Washington, DC, to produce this authoritative chronicle. He breathes fresh life into the Rough Riders and pays tribute to their daring feats and indomitable leader. Gardner also explores lesser-known aspects of the story, including their relationship with the African-American “Buffalo Soldiers, with whom they fought side by side at San Juan Hill. Rich with action, violence, camaraderie, and courage, Rough Riders sheds new light on the Theodore Roosevelt saga—and on one of the most thrilling chapters in American history.

Charging Up San Juan Hill

Author : John R. Van Atta
ISBN : 9781421425887
Genre : History
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Below a Cuban sun so hot it stung their eyes, American troops hunkered low at the base of Kettle Hill. Spanish bullets zipped overhead, while enemy artillery shells landed all around them. Driving Spanish forces from the high ground would mean gaining control of Santiago, Cuba, and, soon enough, American victory in the Spanish-American War. No one doubted that enemy fire would claim a heavy toll, but these unusual citizen-soldiers and their unlikely commander—39-year-old Colonel Theodore Roosevelt—had volunteered for exactly this kind of mission. In Charging Up San Juan Hill, John R. Van Atta recounts that fateful day in 1898. Describing the battle’s background and its ramifications for Roosevelt, both personal and political, Van Atta explains how Roosevelt’s wartime experience prompted him to champion American involvement in world affairs. Tracking Roosevelt’s rise to the presidency, this book argues that the global expansion of American influence—indeed, the building of an empire outward from a strengthened core of shared values at home—connected to the broader question of cultural sustainability as much as it did to the increasing of trade, political power, and military might. At the turn of the twentieth century, Theodore Roosevelt personified American confidence. A New York City native and recovered asthmatic who spent his twenties in the wilds of the Dakota Territory, Roosevelt leapt into the war with Spain with gusto. He organized a band of cavalry volunteers he called the Rough Riders and, on July 1, 1898, took part in their charge up a Cuban hill the newspapers called San Juan, launching him to national prominence. Without San Juan, Van Atta argues, Roosevelt—whom the papers credited for the victory and lauded as a paragon of manhood—would never have reached a position to become president.

Destined For War

Author : Graham Allison
ISBN : 9780544935334
Genre : Political Science
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SHORT-LISTED FOR THE 2018 LIONEL GELBER PRIZE A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: FINANCIAL TIMES * THE TIMES (LONDON) * AMAZON “Allison is one of the keenest observers of international affairs around.”— JOE BIDEN, former vice president of the United States China and the United States are heading toward a war neither wants. The reason is Thucydides’s Trap: when a rising power threatens to displace a ruling one, violence is the likeliest result. Over the past five hundred years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times; war broke out in twelve. Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America, and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries “great again,” the seventeenth case looks grim. A trade conflict, cyberattack, Korean crisis, or accident at sea could easily spark a major war. In Destined for War, eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison masterfully blends history and current events to explain the timeless machinery of Thucydides’s Trap—and to explore the painful steps that might prevent disaster today. “[A] must-read book in both Washington and Beijing.”— NIALL FERGUSON, BOSTON GLOBE “[Allison is] a first-class academic with the instincts of a first-rate politician.”— BLOOMBERG NEWS “[Full of] wide-ranging, erudite case studies that span human history . . . [A] fine book.”— NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

American Military History

Author : Brad D. Lookingbill
ISBN : 9781119336006
Genre : History
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A collection of primary documents that explore the many facets of the American military from the colonial period to the present The second edition of American Military History offers an exceptional collection of primary documents relating to history of the military of the United States from 1607 through the present. The writings offer insight into the armed forces in relation to the social, cultural, economic, political, and territorial development of the United States. Several documents comment on strategic initiatives, combat operations, force structure, public policy, and home fronts. The writings also present firsthand testimony of extraordinary men and women in uniform and most of the documents explore the connections between combatants and the societies that produced them. From the beginnings of the war against the natives through the tragedy of the Civil War and up to the current Global War on Terror, American Military History offers a chronological account of the evolution of the United States military. This vital text: Includes writings that explore the diversity of the armed forces Explores leadership in America’s military affairs Traces America’s ways of war beginning in 1607 through the present Examines the patterns of design and purpose of the American military over time Reveals the vitality of civil-military relations in the United States Written for academics and students of military history, American Military History is an important text that draws on primary sources to explore the many facets of America’s military history.

Our Woman In Havana

Author : Vicki Huddleston
ISBN : 9781468315806
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Our Woman in Havana chronicles the past several decades of US-Cuba relations from the bird’s-eye view of State Department veteran and longtime Cuba hand Vicki Huddleston, our top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.After the US embassy in Havana was closed in 1961, relations between the two countries broke off. A thaw came in 1977, with the opening of a de facto embassy in Havana, the US Interests Section, where Huddleston would later serve. In her compelling memoir of a diplomat at work, she tells gripping stories of face-to-face encounters with Fidel Castro and the initiatives she undertook, like the transistor radios she furnished to ordinary Cubans. With inside accounts of many dramatic episodes, like the tumultuous Elián González custody battle, Huddleston also evokes the charm of the island country, and her warm affection for the Cuban people.Uniquely qualified to explain the inner workings of US-Cuba relations, Huddleston examines the Obama administration's diplomatic opening of 2014, the mysterious “sonic†? brain and hearing injuries suffered by US and Canadian diplomats who were serving in Havana, and the rescinding of the diplomatic opening under the Trump administration.Huddleston recounts missed opportunities for détente, and the myths, misconceptions, and lies that have long pervaded US-Cuba relations. With Raúl Castro scheduled to step down in 2018, she also peers into the future, when for the first time in more than six decades no one named Castro will be Cuba's leader.Our Woman in Havana is essential reading for everyone interested in Cuba, including the thousands of Americans visiting the island every year, observers who study the stormy relationship with our near neighbor, and policymakers navigating the nuances and challenges of the US-Cuba relationship.

Captain Maximiliano Luna

Author : Richard Melzer
ISBN : 1943681627
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Melzer's biography of Captain Maximiliano Luna is far more than a simple tale of military glory, for this young soldier is placed within the context of the unique place that is New Mexico.... this modern aristocrat of Southwestern letters should be the author of this marvelous biography of New Mexico's lost political and military aristocrat.

Destinati Alla Guerra

Author : Graham Allison
ISBN : 9788893254908
Genre : Political Science
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Qual è la soglia oltre la quale un conflitto diventa inevitabile? Nello scenario politico-economico contemporaneo, Cina e Stati Uniti sembrano proiettati verso una guerra che nessuno dei due vuole. Il motivo è la trappola di Tucidide: quando una potenza emergente minaccia di spodestare quella dominante, il risultato più plausibile è la guerra. Questa è la dinamica che scandisce da sempre la storia. A proposito della guerra del Peloponneso, che devastò l’antica Grecia, lo storico Tucidide spiegò che furono l’ascesa di Atene e la paura che la sua scalata instillò in Sparta a rendere la guerra inevitabile. Da cinquecento anni a questa parte tali condizioni si sono ripresentate sedici volte. E in dodici casi hanno portato a una conclusione violenta. Nel diciassettesimo caso, l’irresistibile avanzata della Cina rischia di entrare in collisione con un’America inamovibile. Sia Xi Jinping che Donald Trump promettono di “far tornare grandi” i loro paesi. Ma a meno che la Cina non sia disposta a moderare le proprie ambizioni, o Washington non accetti di condividere il primato nel Pacifico, una guerra commerciale, un cyber-attacco o un incidente in mare potrebbero essere la scintilla che farà esplodere un altro grande conflitto. In Destinati alla guerra, il professore emerito di Harvard Graham Allison indaga le diverse sfaccettature della contesa tra Stati Uniti e Cina attraverso la lente della trappola di Tucidide. Allison mostra come in passato una prudente e ingegnosa arte di governo sia riuscita a evitare la guerra, e quali dolorosi passi siano oggi necessari per evitare il disastro. Attraverso una magistrale miscela di eventi storici e fatti odierni, il saggio di Allison non mira a predire il futuro, bensì a scongiurarlo. «In Destinati alla guerra, Allison dipana una delle sfide più emblematiche della nostra epoca: gestire la relazione critica tra Cina e Stati Uniti». Joe Biden, ex vicepresidente degli Stati Uniti «Destinati alla guerra individua una sfida fondamentale per l’ordine mondiale: quale impatto ha una potenza emergente su una dominante. Ho letto questo libro con grande interesse». Henry Kissinger, ex segretario di Stato degli Stati Uniti «Senza dubbio i politici cinesi leggeranno gli avvertimenti di Allison sulla trappola di Tucidide. Vorrei solo essere altrettanto sicuro dei politici americani. In ogni caso ogni cittadino ben informato dovrebbe acquistare una copia di questo libro». Niall Ferguson

The World Book

Author : Michael Vincent O'Shea
ISBN : NYPL:33433003241803
Genre : Encyclopedias and dictionaries
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Die Stellung

Author : Meg Wolitzer
ISBN : 9783832188740
Genre : Fiction
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Mitte der Siebzigerjahre erschüttert ein Buch die amerikanische Öffentlichkeit: Der Sex-Ratgeber ›Pleasuring. Die Reise eines Paares zur Erfüllung‹ ist in aller Munde. Ungünstig nur, dass die Autoren, das Ehepaar Mellow, vier minderjährige Kinder haben. Die müssen sich nun damit auseinandersetzen, dass Vater und Mutter in aller Öffentlichkeit ihr tabuloses Liebesleben beschreiben. Und das Schlimmste: Das Buch zeigt sie in sehr detailreichen Zeichnungen – in jeder nur denkbaren Stellung. Während die Ehe der Eltern den Bach runtergeht, versuchen die Kinder, irgendwie mit diesem Gipfel der Peinlichkeit klar¬zukommen. Denn ›Pleasuring‹ wird zu einem Buch, das jeder, wirklich jeder kennt und das die Mellow-Geschwister ihr Leben lang begleiten wird ... ›Die Stellung‹ ist ein tragikomisches Familienporträt, das davon erzählt, wie vier Geschwister, denen wenig Illusionen über Liebe und Sex geblieben sind, sich in der Welt behaupten. Gleichzeitig führt uns Meg Wolitzer gnadenlos vor Augen, dass wir einer Sache nicht entfliehen können: Wir sind die Kinder unserer Eltern.

Die Romanows

Author : Simon Sebag Montefiore
ISBN : 9783104901527
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Simon Sebag Montefiore, Bestseller-Autor und Russland-Experte, schildert in seiner ebenso spannenden wie unterhaltsamen Biographie ›Die Romanows: Glanz und Untergang der Zarendynastie 1613 - 1918‹ die sagenumwobene Dynastie, die Russland bis heute prägt. Wie kein anderes Adelsgeschlecht sind die Romanows der Inbegriff von schillerndem Prunk, Macht, Dekadenz und Grausamkeit. Über 300 Jahre dominierten sie das russische Reich, mehr als 20 Zaren und Zarinnen gingen aus dem Geschlecht hervor, allesamt getrieben von unbändigem Machthunger und rücksichtslosem Willen zu herrschen – einige dem Wahnsinn näher als dem Genie. Simon Sebag Montefiore erzählt die Saga dieser unglaublichen Familie, in der Rivalität, Giftmorde und sexuelle Exzesse regelrecht auf der Tagesordnung standen. Basierend auf neuester Forschung und unbekanntem Archivmaterial zeichnet er die Schicksale und politischen Verwicklungen nach. Weder zuvor noch danach gab es ein so gewaltiges Reich, in dem sich Glanz und Grausamkeit auf so unheilvolle Weise verbündeten. Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen, prächtige Ausstattung. »Exzellent! Im Vergleich dazu ist Game of Thrones das reinste Kaffeekränzchen.« Antony Beevor »Als läse man zwanzig packende Romane in einem Band zusammengefasst.« The Bookseller »Die glorreiche Geschichte der Romanow-Dynastie, voll von Blut, Sex und Tränen.« Daily Telegraph »Ein beindruckendes Buch, das gründliche Recherche mit exzellenter Prosa vereint.« The Times »Montefiores Reise durch die 300 Jahre der Romanows gleicht einer Studie über Brutalität, Sex und Macht, absolut fesselnd [...], die Recherche ist akribisch und der Stil packend.« The Observer

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