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  • From Boot Camp to al-Baghdadi: How One Junior Intel Marine Helped in the War Against al-Qaida in Iraq

    by Coby Criste
    This is a story of my greatest professional accomplishment. It is a telling of how one Marine can indeed make a difference. I am nobody important—I was just a lowly E-4 with the Marines in Iraq—but because of my attention to detail, personal background, affinity for names, research skills, and perhaps even some Divine Intervention, I was able to solve one of the most complex riddles plaguing our intelligence personnel in Iraq: I was able to identify the mysterious Abu Umar al-Baghdadi, leader of... more

    by Alexander Kaufman

    It is 1944 during the last 15 months of WWll in Budapest. 12,000 Jews were herded daily onto the train platforms for shipment to Auschwitz. Yet on another platform, a train with 1,684 Jewish passengers was poised to depart to Switzerland. Orchestrated and led by a young lawyer, Rudolph Kastner, this train becomes the tip of the iceberg of the biggest WWll rescue operation, culminating in the savings of over 400,000 lives.

    THE PRECIPICE OPTION reveals these incredible, unbelievable, inco... more

  • The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse

    by Piu Marie Eatwell
    A non fiction historical thriller examining a sensational Edwardian trial when the 5th Duke of Portland, a notorious eccentric who died in the 1870s, was alleged to have led a double life as a Baker Street businessman.
  • Last Plane Out of Saigon

    by Richard Pena
    In 1973, sixty-one days after the Paris Peace Accords was signed specifying that American troops must withdraw from Vietnam—one day beyond the terms of the agreement—Richard Pena, was among the final handful of Americans to leave the country. LAST PLANE OUT OF SAIGON is a faithful reproduction of the journal he kept as a draftee working in the operating room of Vietnam's largest military hospital during the final year of the war. Supporting historical and political context is provided by awar... more
  • The Accidental Anarchist: From the Diaries of Jacob Marateck

    by Bryna Kranzler
    THE ACCIDENTAL ANARCHIST is the true story of Jacob Mararteck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s in Russia -- and lived to tell about it. He also happened to have been the author's grandfather, and the book is based on the diaries that Marateck began keeping in 1905, during the Russo-Japanese War. That was when he decided to overthrow the Czar...
  • Alex Haley’s Roots: An Author’s Odyssey

    by Adam Henig
    In 1977, when the New York Times declared that the television mini-series Roots was the “most significant civil rights event since the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965,” its author, Alex Haley, became America’s newest “folk hero. ” His book was on the Times' Best Seller's list for months, and won the Pulitzer Prize. His story had captivated a nation and then the world. From Idaho to Israel, it seemed everyone was caught-up in “Rootsmania.” Alex Haley was on his way to becoming the most succes... more
  • Combat Camera: From Auntie Beeb to the Afghan Frontline (New)

    by Christian Hill

    May 2011, Afghanistan: Camp Bastion is under attack, the UK's top Defense Editor is about to catch the wrong helicopter, and a famous TV war reporter is missing half his kit and wants his sneakers back. Amid the chaos, Christian Hill is preparing to lead his Combat Camera Team on the first big operation of the Helmand summer, inching through the IED-riddled fields of the notorious Green Zone. A captain in the Media Operations Group, his job is to promote the war to the media - and make it... more

  • Shell Shock

    by Wendy Holden
    ON the 100th anniversary year of the First World War, there has never been a better time for a comprehensive historical and psychological exploration of the terrible physical effects of sending men into battle. ‘Shell shock’ was first believed to be caused quite literally by the shock of exploding shells but those who fled from conflict were shot for their ‘cowardice.’ Known as ‘malingerers’, ‘waverers’ or ‘lacking in moral fibre,’ the unfortunates who suffered genuine physical and psycholog... more
  • Patriots from the Barrio

    by Dave Gutierrez

    Embroiled in savage combat, soldiers whose service has gone unrecognized until now
    As a child, Dave Gutierrez hung on every word his father recalled about his cousin Ramon, “El Sancudo” (the mosquito), and his service in World War II, where he earned a Silver Star, three Purple Hearts, and escaped from the Germans twice. Later, Dave decided to find out more about his father’s cousin, and in the course of his research he discovered that Ramon Gutierrez was a member of Co... more

  • Religion and Revolution in Mexico's North: Even Unto Death . . . Tengamos Fe

    by Philip Stover
    Religion and revolution reverberated through northern Mexico like the thunder and lightning of its wild and fierce storms. This book reveals the role religion played in the struggle for the soul of Mexico. During the revolution, many lived and died; lost in a thousand fields and unnamed pueblos, meaningless except to the few who loved them, and would never see them again. Lost among the myths were the millions driven by incomprehensible forces. They were knights, bishops, castles, and yes, pawns... more
  • Marcia Gates: Angel of Bataan

    by Melissa Bowersock
    Marcia L. Gates was an Army nurse and prisoner of war during WWII. As an "Angel of Bataan," she spent three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines. This is her award-winning story, told through her letters and the newspaper clippings, photos and letters collected by her mother. Watch the book trailer here:
  • Patton's Oracle: Gen. Oscar Koch, as I Knew Him

    by Robert Hays
    Oscar Koch’s sterling performance as General George S. Patton Jr.’s intelligence chief, G-2, was a critical element in Patton’s success in World War II and earned Koch the reputation as arguably the best intelligence officer in U.S. Army history. Koch went on to help overhaul the CIA and, in retirement, earned a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship to support research and writing on intelligence in combat. His unlikely friendship with Robert Hays, a young journalist who also happened to be a veteran of... more
  • Rene's War; Memoirs of French Resistance in WWII

    by John Brewer
    The coin goes up….. it comes down and the destiny of two brothers is decided. One faces prison in Spain before being released to join the French Army under General Giraud, and finally ends up para-trooping into France as a decoy for the D-Day invasion. The other becomes a leader of his group of the French Resistance and a member of the British Mission, driving verboten cars, being shot at, saving American airmen, and more. This well written true story has it all; action, drama, romance, spies, l... more
  • On Two Fronts

    by adam fenner

    When two unlikely friends are separated by war, they must learn to cope with the effect it will have on their lives, their futures, and their relationship.

    Lance, a gay Las Vegas entertainer, who has never felt the effects of war, must come to grips with the reality of Adam’s deployment as he struggles with his own conflicting and complex emotions, and the lingering question of whether or not their friendship will survive… or if Adam will.

    Adam, a veteran of the war i... more

  • Behind the Lines

    by Jeffrey B. Miller

    The nonfiction Behind the Lines covers the time from August 1914 through December 1914 and takes place in England, Holland, and Belgium. Using lively personal details, the book follows a Belgian woman, a priest, and a businessman in German-occupied Belgium as well as a group of Americans in the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB). As the war raged around it, the CRB initiated, organized, and supervised the largest food and relief drive the world had ever known. Working in concert with its ... more

  • American Boys: The True Story of the Lost 74 of the Vietnam War

    by Louise Esola
    It was 1969. War and protest rattled the nation while the troops marched on. The warships set sail. For coming-of-age American boys, death seemed one hill away. By then, nearly 300 of them were coming home in boxes each week. They were young men caught in a war machine, one of chance, circumstance, and misfortune. In a tragedy of just the same, lost in the turmoil of what would become America’s most unpopular war, lies a story buried 1,100 fathoms deep in the blue waters off Vietnam. In th... more