Blood and Steel 2: The Wehrmacht Archive – Retreat to the Reich, September to December 1944
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Steel Cavalry: The 8th (New Brunswick) Hussars and the Italian Campaign by Lee Windsor
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Overview: Twentieth century warfare is epitomized by the image of Allied tanks growling across the countryside, engaging their Nazi counterparts. One of the most storied of such regiments is the 8th (New Brunswick) Hussars. Founded in 1848 as the first volunteer cavalry regiment in British North America, the Hussars began World War II as a Motorcycle Regiment before converting to tanks in 1941. First posted to Italy in late 1943, the regiment was introduced to war near Ortona. They formed part of the great drive to Rome. Their reputation was forged at the Gothic Line and Coriano Ridge during two weeks that marked their fiercest and bloodiest trial of the war. Lee Windsor is Deputy Director of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society. Canadian Military History, World War II.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Red Steel: Soviet Tanks and Combat Vehicles of the Cold War by Russell Phillips
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Overview: The Cold War never heated up, but if it had, the Soviet Union was ready. This reference work details 73 major Soviet war machines, from the 2P26 "Baby Carriage" – a deceptively light, Jeep-like vehicle mounting four anti-tank missiles – to the T-80U main battle tank with its advanced armour and electronic countermeasures.
Sixty-one photographs and drawings illustrate the work, and access to a web gallery with even more illustrations is included in the purchase.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Ship of Smoke and Steel (The Wells of Sorcery #1) by Django Wexler
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Overview: Ship of Smoke and Steel is the launch of Django Wexler’s cinematic, action-packed epic fantasy Wells of Sorcery trilogy.
In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, 18-year-old ward boss Isoka enforces the will of her criminal masters with the power of Melos, the Well of Combat. The money she collects goes to keep her little sister living in comfort, far from the bloody streets they grew up on. When Isoka’s magic is discovered by the government, she’s arrested and brought to the Emperor’s spymaster, who sends her on an impossible mission: Steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship – a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.
On board Soliton, nothing is as simple as it seems. Isoka tries to get close to the ship’s mysterious captain, but to do it, she must become part of the brutal crew and join their endless battles against twisted creatures. She doesn’t expect to have to contend with feelings for a charismatic fighter who shares her combat magic, or for a fearless princess who wields an even darker power.
Genre: Audiobooks > Fiction Fantasy > Young Adult
Bending Metal: Modernity and the American Superhero
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Bending Metal: Modernity and the American Superhero through Aldo J. Regalado
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Assessment: "Sooner than a dashing bullet. Extra tough than a locomotive. In a position to jump tall structures in one certain . . . It is Superman!" Bending Metal examines the ancient origins and cultural importance of Superman and his fellow American crusaders. Cultural historian Aldo J. Regalado asserts that the superhero turns out an instantaneous reaction to modernity, steadily combating the interrelated processes of industrialization, urbanization, immigration, and capitalism that reworked the USA from the early 19th century to the current. Reeling from those thrilling however fast and destabilizing forces, American citizens grew to become to heroic fiction as a way of explaining nationwide and private identities to themselves and to the arena. In so doing, they created characters and tales that infrequently affirmed, however different occasions subverted typical notions of race, elegance, gender, and nationalism.
The cultural dialog articulated during the country’s early heroic fiction sooner or later resulted in a brand new heroic type–the brightly clad, super-powered, pro-social motion heroes that first gave the impression in American comedian books beginning within the past due 1930s. Even supposing indelibly formed through the Nice Melancholy and International Battle II sensibilities of the second-generation immigrants maximum liable for their introduction, comedian e-book superheroes stay a mainstay of American pop culture.
Style: Non-Fiction > Tutorial