By Peter Maass
The catastrophic oil spill within the Gulf of Mexico has introduced new recognition to the massive bills of our oil dependence. during this lovely and revealing e-book, Peter Maass examines the social, political, and environmental impression of petroleum at the international locations that produce it.
Every unsatisfied oil-producing kingdom is gloomy in its personal method, yet all are touched by means of the “resource curse”—the strength of oil to exacerbate latest difficulties and create new ones. Peter Maass offers a vibrant portrait of the global oil has created. From Saudi Arabia to Equatorial Guinea, from Venezuela to Iraq, the tales of rebels, royalty, middlemen, environmentalists, indigenous activists, and CEOs—all deftly and sensitively presented—come jointly during this startling and crucial account of the implications of our dependancy to oil.
By Susan A. Brewer
At the night of September eleven, 2002, with the Statue of Liberty shimmering within the historical past, tv cameras captured President George W. Bush as he recommended the cost for struggle opposed to Iraq. This rigorously staged functionality, writes Susan Brewer, was once the fruits of an extended culture of subtle wartime propaganda in the USA.
In Why the US Fights, Brewer bargains a desirable historical past of ways successive presidents have performed what Donald Rumsfeld calls "perception management," from McKinley's conflict within the Philippines to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her fascinating account levels from analyses of wartime messages to descriptions of the particular operations, from the dissemination of patriotic advertisements and posters to the administration of newspaper, radio, and television media. while Woodrow Wilson carried the country into global warfare I, he created the Committee on Public details, led by way of George Creel, who known as his activity "the world's maximum experience in advertising." In international conflict II, Roosevelt's place of work of conflict info avowed a "strategy of truth," although govt propaganda nonetheless depicted jap squaddies as buck-toothed savages. After studying the eventually failed fight to forged the Vietnam warfare in a positive gentle, Brewer exhibits how the Bush White condominium drew specific classes from that background because it engaged in an unheard of attempt to promote a preemptive struggle in Iraq. but the thrust of its message was once no longer a lot various from McKinley's pronouncements approximately America's civilizing project.
Impressively researched and argued, packed with mind-blowing information, Why the US Fights indicates how presidents have continuously drummed up aid for international wars by means of attractive to what american citizens are looking to think approximately themselves.
By James Clemens
In a marvelous feat of bold and magic, Elena and her military of outlaws and rebels have defeated evil's minions and published the mystic secrets and techniques of the Blood Diary. however the malevolent darkish Lord has unleashed the Weirgates-black wells of ferocious strength which are his maximum resource of energy. Now Elena's bravest allies are despatched to discover and smash the Gates, as windships hold the struggle north to the frigid woodlands, south to the burning barren region sands, and east to the blasted areas of dread Gul'gotha.
alongside the way in which, they'll face their very own own demons besides. the dual brothers Mogweed and Fardale race opposed to time to wreck the curse that has stolen their shapechanging birthright, and Elena's brother Joach needs to stay away from the desolate tract sandsharks if he's to grasp his personal elemental energy. the path will lead them even to the brilliant el'vin place of birth of Stormhaven. not one of the rebels will get back unscathed, a few by no means returning in any respect . . .
And Elena herself needs to trip to Gulgotha. bold the enemy's personal lair, she needs to emerge positive if she is to bare the key of the darkish Lord's scary identity-and the surprising nature of his massive powers.
By Terry H. Anderson
From journalistic debts like Fiasco and Imperial existence within the Emerald City to insider memoirs like Jawbreaker and Three Cups of Tea, the books approximately America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may possibly fill a library. yet each one explores a slim slice of an entire: wars introduced via a unmarried president as a part of a unmarried overseas coverage. Now famous historian Terry Anderson examines them jointly, in one entire overview.
Shortly after the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001, President George W. Bush informed consultant Karl Rove, "I am the following for a cause, and this is often how we will be judged." Anderson presents this judgment during this sweeping, authoritative account of Bush's struggle on Terror and his dual interventions. He starts with historic surveys of Iraq and Afghanistan-known respectively as "the inconceivable nation" and "the graveyard of empires," and he examines US rules towards these and different countries within the heart East from the Seventies to 2000. Then Anderson specializes in the Bush management, sporting us via such occasions because the terrorist's assaults of September 11, the invasion of Afghanistan and the siege of Tora Bora, the "Axis of Evil" speech, the invasion of Iraq and catch of Baghdad, and the eruption of insurgency in Iraq. He levels from RPGs slamming into Abrams tanks to cupboard conferences, vividly portraying either squaddies within the box and such policymakers as Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. Anderson describes the counter-insurgency approach embodied by means of the "surge" in Iraq, and the simultaneous revival of the Taliban. He concludes with an evaluation of the prosecution of the wars within the first years of Barack Obama's presidency.
Carefully researched and promptly narrated, Bush's Wars presents the single-volume balanced heritage that we've got waited for. This new paperback version takes the tale in the course of the first Obama time period, protecting our go out from Iraq and the continued drawdown in Afghanistan.
By Alistair MacLean
By Ian Castle
This all-new quantity chronicles the occasions that climaxed at the box of Austerlitz in a single of the main recognized battles of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). not just was once it the 1st crusade that Napoleon waged as Emperor of France, but in addition the 1st nice attempt for his Grande Armée. The Emperor himself looked it as his maximum victory and it surely gained him a mastery of Europe that will stay unbroken for nearly a decade. such a lot debts of the crusade have formerly been dependent nearly solely on French assets, yet following wide examine within the Austrian data Ian citadel is now in a position to offer a much more balanced account of Austerlitz.
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By Giles Foden
The D-day landings - the destiny of 2.5 million males, 3000 touchdown craft and the complete way forward for Europe depends upon definitely the right climatic conditions at the English Channel on a unmarried day. A staff of Allied scientists is charged with agreeing on a correct forecast 5 days upfront. yet is it even attainable to foretell the elements to date forward? and what's the connection among predictability and turbulence, one of many final nice mysteries of recent physics?
Wallace Ryman has devised a approach that comprehends all of this - yet he's a reclusive pacifist who stubbornly refuses to reveal his secrets and techniques. Henry Meadows, a tender maths prodigy from the Met place of work, is distributed to Scotland to find Ryman's procedure and use it on the Normandy landings. yet turbulence proves extra elusive than someone may have imagined and occasions, just like the climate, start to spiral out of control.
By Robert Greene
Brilliant distillations of the concepts of war—and the sophisticated social video game of daily life—by the bestselling writer of The forty eight legislation of Power and Mastery
Robert Greene’s groundbreaking courses, The forty eight legislation of Power, The paintings of Seduction, and his most up-to-date ebook, Mastery, espouse profound, undying classes from the occasions of background to assist readers vanquish an enemy, ensnare an unsuspecting sufferer, or turn into the best on your box. In The 33 recommendations of War, Greene has crafted a big addition to this ruthless and distinctive series.
Spanning global civilizations, synthesizing dozens of political, philosophical, and spiritual texts and millions of years of violent clash, The 33 thoughts of War is a entire consultant to the sophisticated social online game of daily life proficient through the main creative and potent army rules in struggle. established in Greene’s trademark variety, The 33 suggestions of War is the I-Ching of clash, the modern spouse to sunlight Tzu’s The paintings of War.
Abundantly illustrated with examples from historical past, together with the folly and genius of all people from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, Shaka the Zulu to Lord Nelson, Hannibal to Ulysses S. supply, in addition to motion picture moguls, Samurai swordsmen, and diplomats, all the thirty-three chapters outlines a technique to help you win life’s wars. examine the offensive concepts that require you to take care of the initiative and negotiate from a place of energy, or the protecting recommendations designed that will help you reply to risky occasions and keep away from unwinnable wars. the nice warriors of battlefields and drawing rooms alike reveal prudence, agility, stability, and calm, and a prepared knowing that the rational, inventive, and intuitive constantly defeat the panicked, the uncreative, and the silly. An crucial booklet, The 33 ideas of War presents all of the mental ammunition you want to triumph over styles of failure and ceaselessly achieve the higher hand.
By Ian Knight
In 1899 nice Britain was once on the peak of its Imperial energy. The Queen Empress were at the throne for greater than 50 glittering years, and her area touched upon each continent. but, even at this top of Imperial pomp and majesty, the British military, father or mother of the Empire in numerous wars around the globe, used to be destined to be humiliated through poorly-organised citizen defense force which includes males whom the British pros despised as back-wood farmers. in a single week in December 1899 the farmers of the South African Boer Republics of the Orange unfastened nation and the Transvaal inflicted 3 critical reverses on British troops.
By David Michaels
The U.S. Army’s certain Forces are identified for his or her hugely really expert education and braveness in the back of enemy traces. yet there’s a gaggle that’s much more stealthy and lethal. It’s made out of the main feared operators at the face of the earth—the squaddies of Ghost Recon.