The 1929 Sino-Soviet War by Michael M. Walker

The 1929 Sino-Soviet War: The War Nobody Knew by Michael M. Walker
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Overview: For seven weeks in 1929, the Republic of China and the Soviet Union battled in Manchuria over control of the Chinese Eastern Railroad. It was the largest military clash between China and a Western power ever fought on Chinese soil, involving more that a quarter million combatants. Michael M. Walker’s The 1929 Sino-Soviet War is the first full account of what UPI’s Moscow correspondent called “the war nobody knew”-a “limited modern war” that destabilized the region’s balance of power, altered East Asian history, and sent grim reverberations through a global community giving lip service to demilitarizing in the wake of World War I.

Walker locates the roots of the conflict in miscalculations by Chiang Kai-shek and Chang Hsueh-liang about the Soviets’ political and military power-flawed assessments that prompted China’s attempt to reassert full authority over the CER. The Soviets, on the other hand, were dominated by a Stalin eager to flex some military muscle and thoroughly convinced that war would win much more than petty negotiations. This was in fact, Walker shows, a watershed moment for Stalin, his regime, and his still young and untested military, disproving the assumption that the Red Army was incapable of fighting a modern war. By contrast, the outcome revealed how unprepared the Chinese military forces were to fight either the Red Army or the Imperial Japanese Army, their other primary regional competitor. And yet, while the Chinese commanders proved weak, Walker sees in the toughness of the overmatched infantry a hint of the rising nationalism that would transform China’s troops from a mercenary army into a formidable professional force, with powerful implications for an overconfident Japanese Imperial Army in 1937.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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South America and the First World War by Bill Albert

South America and the First World War: The Impact of the War on Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile by Bill Albert
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Overview: The collapse of this economy in August 1914 and its subsequent restructuring, therefore, created extremely testing conditions for peripheral countries. These conditions and the way in which they were dealt with help to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the variants of the primary-export-based capitalist development which had taken root here. Also, as had happened in Europe, the war witnessed far-reaching political and social changes in the region, associated in the main with the emergence of a more vocal urban middle class and a more combative working class. By considering within a fully comparative perspective some of the main elements of both economic and socio-political change in four major Latin American countries during the war years, this study provides many important new insights into the nature and limitations of pre-war growth as well as the significance of the many changes brought by the war.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Learning War by Trent Hone

Learning War: The Evolution of Fighting Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1898-1945 by Trent Hone
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Overview: Learning War examines the U.S. Navy’s doctrinal development from 1898-1945 and explains why the Navy in that era was so successful as an organization at fostering innovation. A revolutionary study of one of history’s greatest success stories, this book draws profoundly important conclusions that give new insight, not only into how the Navy succeeded in becoming the best naval force in the world, but also into how modern organizations can exploit today’s rapid technological and social changes in their pursuit of success.

Trent Hone argues that the Navy created a sophisticated learning system in the early years of the twentieth century that led to repeated innovations in the development of surface warfare tactics and doctrine. The conditions that allowed these innovations to emerge are analyzed through a consideration of the Navy as a complex adaptive system. Learning War is the first major work to apply this complex learning approach to military history. This approach permits a richer understanding of the mechanisms that enable human organizations to evolve, innovate, and learn, and it offers new insights into the history of the United States Navy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History

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Fighting The People’s War

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Selling War in a Media Age by Kenneth Osgood+

Selling War in a Media Age: The Presidency and Public Opinion in the American Century by Kenneth Osgood, Andrew K. Frank
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Overview: George W. Bush’s campaign for war in Iraq in 2003 drew attention to the ways in which an American president may try to "sell" a war. Of course, Bush was not the first to use his position and propaganda in this way, as the essays in this standout volume detail.

Preeminent scholars in the field share their insight in this impressive collection. Chapters by Paul S. Boyer, Lloyd Gardner, George C. Herring, Robert J. McMahon, Chester Pach, Emily S. Rosenberg, Robert D. Schulzinger, Mark A. Stoler, and Marilyn B. Young enrich this comprehensive and enlightening work.

From the Spanish-American War to the War on Terror, each chapter in Selling War in a Media Age explains how modern presidents have influenced, coerced, directed, and led public opinion over matters of war and peace since 1898. While some essays highlight the systematic efforts by American presidents to gain public support for war and international conflict, many more reveal that there were limits to what presidential persuasion could accomplish.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Art in Post-War Germany by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg (Hans-Jurgen)

On the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Art in Post-War Germany by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
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Overview: Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an unconventional book appeared in Germany which ignited a firestorm of cultural debate. Decried by many as the work of a dangerous mind, it was defended by the more discerning as an intrepid appraisal of the illness of our times. But despite all its defenders, both the book and its creator were cast into the shadows of unofficial censorship.

Here for the first time is the full English translation of this controversial and eminently important work of cultural criticism by groundbreaking film director Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. Syberberg, whose films include the radically innovative Requiem for a Virgin King and the monumental Hitler: A Film from Germany, turns his uncompromising creative vision to the poverty and paralysis besetting contemporary European culture.

Broad in its knowledge, deep in its passion, relentlessly keen in its insight, Syberberg’s On the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Art in Post-War Germany is one of the most profound meditations on the culture, society and politics of modern Germany and the West.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Art in Post-War Germany by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg (Hans-Jurgen)

On the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Art in Post-War Germany by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 713 KB
Overview: Shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, an unconventional book appeared in Germany which ignited a firestorm of cultural debate. Decried by many as the work of a dangerous mind, it was defended by the more discerning as an intrepid appraisal of the illness of our times. But despite all its defenders, both the book and its creator were cast into the shadows of unofficial censorship.

Here for the first time is the full English translation of this controversial and eminently important work of cultural criticism by groundbreaking film director Hans-Jürgen Syberberg. Syberberg, whose films include the radically innovative Requiem for a Virgin King and the monumental Hitler: A Film from Germany, turns his uncompromising creative vision to the poverty and paralysis besetting contemporary European culture.

Broad in its knowledge, deep in its passion, relentlessly keen in its insight, Syberberg’s On the Fortunes and Misfortunes of Art in Post-War Germany is one of the most profound meditations on the culture, society and politics of modern Germany and the West.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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The 33 Strategies of War

The First World War by Hew Strachan

The First World War by Hew Strachan
Requirements: .MP3 reader, 375 MB
Overview: Nearly a century has passed since the outbreak of World War I, yet as military historian Hew Strachan (winner of the 2016 Pritzker Literature Award) argues in this brilliant and authoritative new book, the legacy of the “war to end all wars” is with us still. The First World War was a truly global conflict from the start, with many of the most decisive battles fought in or directly affecting the Balkans, Africa, and the Ottoman Empire. Even more than World War II, the First World War continues to shape the politics and international relations of our world, especially in hot spots like the Middle East and the Balkans.
Strachan has done a masterful job of reexamining the causes, the major campaigns, and the consequences of the First World War, compressing a lifetime of knowledge into a single definitive volume tailored for the general reader. Written in crisp, compelling prose and enlivened with extraordinarily vivid photographs and detailed maps, The First World War re-creates this world-altering conflict both on and off the battlefield-the clash of ideologies between the colonial powers at the center of the war, the social and economic unrest that swept Europe both before and after, the military strategies employed with stunning success and tragic failure in the various theaters of war, the terms of peace and why it didn’t last.
Drawing on material culled from many countries, Strachan offers a fresh, clear-sighted perspective on how the war not only redrew the map of the world but also set in motion the most dangerous conflicts of today. Deeply learned, powerfully written, and soon to be released with a new introduction that commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the war, The First World War remains a landmark of contemporary history.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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The First World War [Audiobook]

The First World War [Audiobook]

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Places and Names: On War Revolution and Returning [Audiobook]

Places and Names: On War Revolution and Returning [Audiobook]

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JL Bourne – Tomorrow War

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Enemy of The People: Trumps War on The Press The New McCarthyism The Threat to American Democracy

Enemy of The People: Trumps War on The Press The New McCarthyism and The Threat to American Democracy [Audiobook]

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1941: The Year Germany Lost the War by Andrew Nagorski (.M4B)

1941: The Year Germany Lost the War by Andrew Nagorski
Requirements: .M4A/.M4B reader, 605 MB
Overview: Best-selling historian Andrew Nagorski takes a fresh look at the decisive year 1941, when Hitler’s miscalculations and policy of terror propelled Churchill, FDR, and Stalin into a powerful new alliance that defeated Nazi Germany.
In early 1941, Hitler’s armies ruled most of Europe. Churchill’s Britain was an isolated holdout against the Nazi tide, but German bombers were attacking its cities, and German U-boats were attacking its ships. Stalin was observing the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and Roosevelt was vowing to keep the US out of the war. Hitler was confident his aim of total victory was within reach.
By the end of 1941, all that changed. Hitler had repeatedly gambled on escalation and lost: by invading the Soviet Union and committing a series of disastrous military blunders; by making mass murder and terror his weapons of choice; and by rushing to declare war on the US after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Britain emerged with two powerful new allies – Russia and the US. By then, Germany was doomed to defeat.
Nagorski illuminates the actions of the major characters of this pivotal year as never before. The Year Germany Lost the War is a stunning examination of unbridled megalomania versus determined leadership. It also reveals how 1941 set the Holocaust in motion and presaged the postwar division of Europe, triggering the Cold War. The year 1941 forever defined our world.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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