The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather

The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather
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Overview: "Superbly written and breathtakingly researched, The Volunteer smuggles us into Auschwitz and shows us-as if watching a movie-the story of a Polish agent who infiltrated the infamous camp, organized a rebellion, and then snuck back out. We are squarely confronted with the other human truth: ordinary people will happily risk their lives to help others. Fairweather has dug up a story of incalculable value and delivered it to us in the most compelling prose I have read in a long time." -Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and Tribe

The incredible true story of a Polish resistance fighter’s infiltration of Auschwitz to sabotage the camp from within, and his death-defying attempt to warn the Allies about the Nazis’ plans for a "Final Solution" before it was too late.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Vietnam War (Updated 3rd Edition) by Mitchell K. Hall

The Vietnam War (Updated 3rd Edition) by Mitchell K. Hall
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Overview: The Vietnam War examines this conflict from its origins up until North Vietnam’s victory in 1975. Historian Mitchell K. Hall’s lucid account is an ideal introduction to the key debates surrounding a war that remains controversial and disputed in American scholarship and collective memory.
The new edition has been fully updated and expanded to include additional material on the preceding French Indochina War, the American antiwar movement, North Vietnamese perspectives and motivations, and the postwar scholarly debate. The text is supported by a documents section and a wide range of study tools, including a timeline of events, glossaries of key figures and terms, and a rich ‘further reading’ section accompanied by a new bibliographical essay. Concise yet comprehensive, The Vietnam War remains the most accessible and stimulating introduction to this crucial 20th-century conflict.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Specter Of ‘the People’

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The Shock of War by Sean Kennedy

The Shock of War: Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945 by Sean Kennedy
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Overview: In "The Shock of War: Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945," Sean Kennedy shifts the reader’s focus from the battlefields of the Second World War to the civilian experience. This short yet comprehensive history complements existing studies of the war that document diplomatic and military operations. While many of these studies acknowledge the significance of the conflict for civilians, "The Shock of War" places civilians at the centre of events, drawing attention to the many different regions of the world affected by the conflict, and comparing various facets of the civilian experience. Kennedy’s fresh approach emphasizes the diverse and complex impact of the war, which was profoundly destructive, yet, in some societies, provided opportunities and the potential for positive change.
Genre: Non Fiction > History

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The Roman Empire by Christopher Kelly +

The Roman Empire: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Kelly
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Overview: The Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement. It had a population of sixty million people spread across lands encircling the Mediterranean and stretching from northern England to the sun-baked banks of the Euphrates, and from the Rhine to the North African coast. It was, above all else, an empire of force-employing a mixture of violence, suppression, order, and tactical use of power to develop an astonishingly uniform culture.
Here, historian Christopher Kelly covers the history of the Empire from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius, describing the empire’s formation, and its political, religious, cultural, and social structures. It looks at the daily lives of the Empire’s people: both those in Rome as well as those living in its furthest colonies. Romans used astonishing logistical feats, political savvy, and military oppression to rule their vast empire. This Very Short Introduction examines how they "romanised" the cultures they conquered, imposing their own culture in order to subsume them completely. The book also looks at how the Roman Empire has been considered and depicted in more recent times, from the writings of Edward Gibbon to the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator. It will prove a valuable introduction for readers interested in classical history.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Real Horse Soldiers by Timothy B. Smith

The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi by Timothy B. Smith
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Overview: Benjamin Grierson’s Union cavalry thrust through Mississippi is one of the most well-known operations of the Civil War. The last serious study was published more than six decades ago. Since then other accounts have appeared, but none are deeply researched full-length studies of the raid and its more than substantial (and yet often overlooked) results. The publication of Timothy B. Smith’s The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid through Mississippi rectifies this oversight.

There were other simultaneous operations to distract Confederate attention from the real threat posed by U. S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee. Grierson’s operation, however, mainly conducted with two Illinois cavalry regiments, has become the most famous, and for good reason: For 16 days (April 17 to May 2) Grierson led Confederate pursuers on a high-stakes chase through the entire state of Mississippi, entering the northern border with Tennessee and exiting its southern border with Louisiana. The daily rides were long, the rest stops short, and the tension high. Ironically, the man who led the raid was a former music teacher who some say disliked horses. Throughout, he displayed outstanding leadership and cunning, destroyed railroad tracks, burned trestles and bridges, freed slaves, and created as much damage and chaos as possible.

Grierson’s Raid broke a vital Confederate rail line at Newton Station that supplied Vicksburg and, perhaps most importantly, consumed the attention of the Confederate high command. While Confederate Lt. Gen. John Pemberton at Vicksburg and other Southern leaders looked in the wrong directions, Grant moved his entire Army of the Tennessee across the Mississippi River below Vicksburg, spelling the doom of that city, the Confederate chances of holding the river, and perhaps the Confederacy itself.

Novelists have attempted to capture the large-than-life cavalry raid in the popular imagination, and Hollywood reproduced the daring cavalry action in The Horse Soldiers, a 1959 major motion picture starring John Wayne and William Holden. Although the film replicates the raid’s drama and high-stakes gamble, cinematic license chipped away at its accuracy.

Based upon years of research and presented in gripping, fast-paced prose, Timothy B. Smith’s The Real Horse Soldiers captures the high drama and tension of the 1863 horse soldiers in a modern, comprehensive, academic study. Readers will find it fills a wide void in Civil War literature.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Making Of The Atomic Bomb: 25th …

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The Jews Under Roman Rule by E. Mary Smallwood

The Jews Under Roman Rule: From Pompey to Diocletian by E. Mary Smallwood
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Overview: Smallwood traces Judaism’s constantly shifting political, religious, and geographical boundaries under Roman rule from Pompey to Diocletian. Smallwood illustrates how the shift from Roman pagan rule to Christian Roman rule affected Judaism’s position, pushing it from being a long-standing nationalistic tradition that was tolerated to one that was viewed as something that needed to be repressed and confined.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Good Fight Continues by Peter N. Carroll+

The Good Fight Continues: World War II Letters From the Abraham Lincoln Brigade by Peter N. Carroll, Michael Nash, Melvin Small
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Overview: Written with passion and intelligence, the letters of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in World War II express the raw idealism of anti-fascist soldiers who experienced the war in boot camps, cockpits, and foxholes, but never lost sight of the great global issues at stake.

When the United States entered World War II on December 7, 1941, only one group of American soldiers had already confronted the fascist enemy on the battlefield: the U.S. veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, a volunteer army of about 2,800 men and women who had enlisted to defend the Spanish Republic from military rebels during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). They fought on the losing side.

After Pearl Harbor, Lincoln Brigade veterans enthusiastically joined the U.S. Army, welcoming this second chance to fight against fascism. However, the Lincoln recruits soon encountered suspicious military leaders who questioned their patriotism and denied them promotions and overseas assignments, foreshadowing the political persecution of the postwar Red Scare. African American veterans who fought in fully integrated units in Spain, faced second-class treatment in America’s Jim Crow army. Nevertheless, the Lincolns served with distinction in every theater of the war and won a disproportionate number of medals for courage, dedication, and sacrifice.

The 154 letters in this volume, selected from thousands held in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library, provide a new and unique perspective on aspects of World War II.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Discovery of the Bismarck by Robert D. Ballard+

The Discovery of the Bismarck by Robert D. Ballard, Rick Archbold
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Overview: Three miles beneath the Atlantic a feared Nazi warship stands proudly defiant….
Here, from the man who brought the world the Titanic, is the unforgettable story of Hitler’s most famous battleship how she sailed, was sunk under fire, and then thrillingly rediscovered nearly fifty years later. In words and pictures, Robert Ballard gives a gripping account of his exploration of the wreck of the Bismarck and sheds new light on many of the questions that surround the sinking or was it scuttling? of this mighty war machine.
Inside are over 400 illustrations, two full page fold outs, full color maps, charts and diagrams.
Genre: Non Fiction > History

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The Complete Works of Thucydides by Delphi Classics

The Complete Works of Thucydides by Delphi Classics
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Overview: The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of the great historian Thucydides, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Complete Works of Thomas B. Macaulay by Delphi Classics

The Complete Works of Thomas Babington Macaulay by Delphi Classics
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Overview: The British historian and Whig politician, Baron Macaulay was a celebrated essayist and reviewer, whose poetry and works on British history have been hailed as literary masterpieces. Wedded to the Idea of Progress, especially in terms of liberal freedoms, Macaulay opposed radicalism, while idealising historic British culture and traditions. This comprehensive eBook presents Macaulay’s complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Complete Works of Sallust by Delphi Classics

The Complete Works of Sallust by Delphi Classics
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Overview: A political partisan of Julius Caesar, Sallust is the earliest Roman historian whose works have survived antiquity. The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete extant works of Sallust, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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The Complete Works of Diodorus Siculus by Delphi Classics

The Complete Works of Diodorus Siculus by Delphi Classics
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Overview: The Greek historian Diodorus Siculus composed the monumental universal history ‘Bibliotheca historica’, which comprises the mythic history of the non-Hellenic and Hellenic tribes. Diodorus’ great work spans the destruction of Troy, the glories of Alexander the Great, the history and culture of Ancient Egypt and the near East and the triumphs of the Roman Republic. The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete extant works of Diodorus Siculus, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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