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Download The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown by James Risen, Milton Bearden PDF

By James Risen, Milton Bearden

A landmark collaboration among a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize--winning journalist, The major Enemy is the dramatic within tale of the CIA-KGB undercover agent wars, instructed throughout the activities of the boys who fought them.

Based on thousands of interviews with operatives from each side, the most Enemy places us contained in the heads of CIA officials as they circumvent surveillance and stroll into violent ambushes in Moscow. this is often the tale of the iteration of spies who got here of age within the shadow of the Cuban missile concern and rose throughout the ranks to run the CIA and KGB within the final days of the chilly warfare. The clandestine operations they masterminded took them from the sewers of Moscow to the again streets of Baghdad, from Cairo and Havana to Prague and Berlin, however the motion facilities on Washington, beginning within the notorious "Year of the Spy"--when, one after the other, the CIA's brokers in Moscow started to be killed, up via to the final man.

Behind the scenes with the CIA's covert operations in Afghanistan, Milt Bearden led the USA to victory within the mystery conflict opposed to the Soviets, and for the 1st time he finds right here what he did and whom the US subsidized, and why. Bearden was once referred to as again to Washington after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan and used to be made leader of the Soviet/East Euro-pean Division--just in time to witness the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the revolutions that swept throughout japanese Europe, and the implosion of the Soviet Union.

Laced with startling revelations--about fail-safe top-secret again channels among the CIA and KGB, double and triple brokers, covert operations in Berlin and Prague, and the fateful autumn of 1989--The major Enemy is background at its action-packed best.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Download Hollywood Genres and Post-war America: Masculinity, Family by Mike Chopra-Gant PDF

By Mike Chopra-Gant

American tradition after the top of worldwide warfare II has been characterised by way of an abiding pessimism so much in actual fact manifested within the movie noirs of the interval. Mike Chopra-Gant demanding situations this "noir and Zeitgeist" examining and proposes that the view of yank cinema and society it develops depends on a retrospective re-imagining of the period, in accordance with the misguided promoting of chosen video clips. His lively revisionist account of the movies and tradition of the interval additionally demanding situations conventional techniques to style, to masculinity and the relatives, by way of concentrating on key issues within the hottest motion pictures when it comes to field place of work sales, together with Best Years of Our Lives, Night and Day, Scarlet Street and Gilda.

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Download The Long War: A New History of U.S. National Security Policy by Andrew J. Bacevich PDF

By Andrew J. Bacevich

Essays by way of a various and distinctive staff of historians, political scientists, and sociologists study the alarms, emergencies, controversies, and confusions that experience characterised America's chilly warfare, the post-Cold struggle period of the Nineties, and today's "Global conflict on Terror." This "Long War" has left its imprint on almost each element of yank lifestyles; by way of contemplating it as an entire, The lengthy War is the 1st quantity to take a very complete examine America's reaction to the national-security difficulty touched off via the occasions of global battle II.

Contributors contemplate themes starting from grand process and strategic bombing to ideology and economics and verify the altering American approach of conflict and Hollywood's strangely constant depiction of usa citizens at battle. They assessment the evolution of the national-security gear and the function of dissenters who considered the myriad actions of that gear with dismay. They take a clean examine the lengthy War's civic implications and its impression on civil-military relations.

More than an army historical past, The lengthy War examines the information, rules, and associations that experience constructed because the usa claimed the function of world superpower. This protracted challenge has turn into a doubtless everlasting, if now not defining element of latest American existence. In breaking down the outdated and synthetic obstacles that experience regularly divided the postwar interval into neat ancient devices, this quantity presents a greater figuring out of the evolution of the USA and U.S. coverage when you consider that global conflict II and gives a clean point of view on our present nationwide protection crisis.

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Download The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller PDF

By Henry Miller

"Henry Miller is the closest factor to Céline the US has produced.... He goals no longer on the ears, brains, or consciences, yet on the viscera and sunlight plexus."—The New Leader.
In 1939, after ten years as an expatriate, Henry Miller lower back to the us with a willing wish to see what his homeland was once rather like—to get to the roots of the yankee nature and adventure. He set out on a trip that used to be to final 3 years, vacationing many sections of the rustic and making acquaintances of all descriptions. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare is the results of that odyssey.

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Download America: A Narrative History (9th Edition) by George Brown Tindall, David E. Shi PDF

By George Brown Tindall, David E. Shi

A ebook scholars love, now extra streamlined and accessible.
America has bought greater than 1.8 million copies during the last 8 versions simply because it’s a e-book that scholars get pleasure from analyzing. potent storytelling, colourful anecdotes, and biographical sketches make the narrative soaking up and the fabric extra memorable. The 9th variation contains refreshed and up to date insurance of African American background and has been streamlined from 37 to 34 chapters.

Note: this is often the one-volume version of the unabridged booklet, it's also allotted as a two-volume version, a short variation, and a two-volume short variation.

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Download Painter in a Savage Land: The Strange Saga of the First by Miles Harvey PDF

By Miles Harvey

During this vibrantly informed, meticulously researched e-book, Miles Harvey finds some of the most interesting and neglected lives in American background. Like The Island of misplaced Maps, his bestselling e-book a few mythical map thief, Painter in a Savage Land is a compelling seek into the mysteries of the previous. this is often the exciting tale of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, the 1st ecu artist to trip to what's now the continental usa with the specific function of recording its wonders in pencil and paint. Le Moyne’s photographs, which live on this day in a sequence of brilliant engravings, offer a unprecedented glimpse of local American existence on the pivotal time of first touch with the Europeans–most of whom arrived with the preconceived proposal that the recent global was once a virtually legendary position within which something was once possible.

In 1564 Le Moyne and 3 hundred different French Protestants landed off the coast of Florida, hoping to set up the 1st everlasting eu cost within the sprawling territory that might develop into the U.S.. Their quest led to grotesque violence, yet Le Moyne was once one of many few colonists to flee, returning around the Atlantic to create dozens of illustrations of the neighborhood local Americans–works of lasting value to students. this present day, he's additionally well-known as an influential early painter of plants and plants.
A Zelig-like personality, Le Moyne labored for probably the most popular figures of his time, together with Sir Walter Raleigh. Harvey’s study, in addition, indicates a desirable hyperlink to the infamous Mary Queen of Scots. mostly forgotten until eventually the 20 th century, Le Moyne’s items became more and more wanted within the paintings world–at a 2005 public sale, a formerly unknown ebook of his botanical drawings offered for 1000000 dollars.
In re-creating the existence and legacy of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, Miles Harvey weaves a story of either highbrow intrigue and swashbuckling drama. Replete with shipwrecks, mutinies, spiritual wars, pirate raids, and Indian assaults, Painter in a Savage Land is actually a journey de strength of narrative nonfiction.

Praise for Painter in a Savage Land

"Inspired, attractive, and thoroughly unique. Miles Harvey is an archeologist of forgotten tales, a grasp of discovering brilliant characters folded into the crevices of withered files. In Painter in a Savage Land, he has breathed existence right into a exciting and not going story that, in spite of everything, connects us all." --Robert Kurson, writer of Shadow Divers and Crashing Through
"Like a few adorable sleuth of the esoteric--a kind of scholarly Columbo--Miles Harvey has a fashion of stumbling onto exciting old stories fullyyt neglected through others. With equivalent components rigor and beauty, he has transported us to a shocking dawn-world whilst a bewildered Europe was once making its first contacts with a extraordinary and susceptible continent." --Hampton aspects, writer of Blood and Thunder and Ghost Soldiers
"A impressive brew of paintings, exploration and exploitation. Miles Harvey's tale bristles with surprises on each page." --Laurence Bergreen, writer of Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu and Over the sting of the realm: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
"Miles Harvey has outdone himself with this soaking up account of the lifestyles and paintings of a mysterious French artist who used to be the 1st eu to checklist visible impressions of North the United States. Harvey's research into the curious existence, swashbuckling adventures and enduring legacy of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues is beautiful on a couple of compelling degrees, adeptly performed with variety, attractiveness and a definite experience of story." --Nicholas A. Basbanes, writer of A light insanity, one of the lightly Mad and A elegance of Letters
"Insatiable interest and fierce pursuit of truth mix to create a sleek exploration of worlds outdated and new." --Kirkus Reviews
"A attention-grabbing exploration of the imprecise existence and violent occasions of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. … Harvey's quantity hits the candy spot for either experience buffs and heritage fans." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"One surprising discovery after one other …  Harvey's groundbreaking, fun-to-read biography blows airborne dirt and dust off major swathes of background and makes for a rousing read." --Booklist (starred review)
"[A] rip-roaring account of Le Moyne's adventures. ... It's a testomony to Harvey's learn and magnificence that he can powerfully evoke a guy approximately whom so few documentary strains remain." --Entertainment Weekly

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Download Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II by John W. Dower PDF

By John W. Dower

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the 1999 nationwide booklet Award for Nonfiction, finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim ebook Prize, Embracing Defeat is John W. Dower's impressive exam of Japan within the speedy, shattering aftermath of worldwide conflict II.
Drawing on an enormous diversity of eastern resources and illustrated with dozens of striking documentary images, Embracing Defeat is the fullest and most vital historical past of the greater than six years of yank profession, which affected each point of eastern society, usually in methods neither aspect may possibly count on. Dower, whom Stephen E. Ambrose has referred to as "America's best historian of the second one international warfare within the Pacific," supplies us the wealthy and turbulent interaction among West and East, the victor and the vanquished, in a fashion by no means prior to tried, from top-level manipulations in regards to the destiny of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes and fears of guys and ladies in each stroll of lifestyles. Already considered as the benchmark in its box, Embracing Defeat is a piece of substantial scholarship and historical past of the first actual order. John W. Dower is the Elting E. Morison Professor of historical past on the Massachusetts Institute of expertise. he's a winner of the nationwide publication Critics Circle Award for War with out Mercy. seventy five illustrations and map

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Download Fodor's Hawaii 2013 (Full-color Travel Guide) by Fodor's PDF

By Fodor's

Expanded Coverage: This new version gains extended seashore assurance, with “Best For” ratings that aid tourists decide upon the appropriate seashore. fresh lodge, eating place, store and bar reports supply clean information for staying and taking part in on Oahu, Maui, massive Island, Kauai, Molokai, and Lanai.

Illustrated Features:
study all approximately vacationing iconic Napali Coast by means of land, sea, or air. Our Hawaii Volcanoes nationwide Park function provides counsel for volcano exploration. Illustrated beneficial properties spotlight Maui’s most sensible sights and provide in-depth insurance of Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, and Oahu’s well known surf tradition. tourists will know about the heritage of tragedy and triumph at the attractive Kalaupapa Peninsula. different illustrated good points educate tourists approximately geology and the start of the islands, snorkeling information, and Hawaii’s certain tradition, from lei to luau to hula.

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: An island finder chart and consultant is helping you decide the suitable islands for you. best studies and nice Itineraries support tourists utilize their island time. This consultant additionally has beneficial tips for households, humans making plans Hawaiian weddings and honeymoons, and cruise tourists. Illustrated plant and marine lifestyles identity keys are worthy instruments for hikers and snorkelers.

Discerning thoughts:  
Fodor’s  Hawaii deals savvy suggestion and proposals from neighborhood writers to aid tourists utilize their stopover at. Fodor’s selection designates our greatest choices, from inns to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” charges from fellow tourists offer important insights.  

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Download What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order by Ronald Wright PDF

By Ronald Wright

Following his foreign bestseller, A brief heritage of Progress, Ronald Wright provokes once more, as he explores the oldest American delusion: the never-ending frontier.

within the six years considering that 9-11, because the Bush regime has squandered household harmony and foreign goodwill, a number of the archetypes and beliefs with which we've generally framed the yankee firm now appear endangered, even hole. This increases the query, has the US ever been what it thinks it truly is?

What Is America? is going to the guts of that inquiry. Ranging with astounding services via anthropology, heritage, and literature, Wright reconfigures our self-perception, arguing that the "essence" of the US will be traced to the rules of our history--literally to the collision of worlds that started in 1492, as one civilization subsumed another--and exploring how those currents proceed to form our global.

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