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Hermann Giliomee: Historikus: 'n Outobiografie (Afrikaans Edition...
by Hermann Giliomee

Language

Afrikaans

Pages

475

Publication Date

November 14, 2016

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Hermann Giliomee verweef die verhaal van sy lewensverloop met di茅 van 'n land wat hom boei en besiel, 'n land waar die geskiedskrywing sentraal staan tot die hedendaagse politiek. As internasionaal gerekende historikus ondersoek Giliomee lewenslank die ontstaan en handhawing van die skerp verdeeldheid in die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing. Sy werk is vars en vreesloos, en vind aanklank by kenners 茅n gewone Afrikaanse lesers wat oor hulself en hul verlede begin herbesin. Sy uitgesprokenheid haal hom dikwels die gramskap op die hals - uit wyd uiteenlopende oorde. Hy is al gebrandmerk as 'n slang in ons midde", 'n oorbeligte", 'n taalbul" en die boer in the woodpile". Hoewel Giliomee as kind van die Afrikaner-volksbeweging in die 1950's grootword, wyk hy af van die nasionalistiese tradisie in sy kritiese ondersoek na die opkoms, hoogty en ondergang van eksklusiewe Afrikanermag. Hy lewer veral in die 1980's en 1990's skerp kritiek op die regering se alleenheerskappy en sy onwilligheid om vanuit 'n posisie van mag te begin onderhandel. Met binnekring-kennis is sy verstaan van Afrikanermag ingelig en genuanseerd, iets wat saam met sy onderhoudende vertelwyse lei tot talle topverkopers, waaronder die magistrale The Afrikaners, wat in 2003 deur The Economist uitgesonder is as een van sy boeke van die jaar.
Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kenned...
by , Lisa McCubbin

Language

English

Pages

465

Publication Date

May 03, 2016

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The #1 <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Mrs. Kennedy and Me</i> and <i>Five Days in November</i> reflects on his seventeen years on the Secret Service for presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.<br /><br />The assassination of one president, the resignation of another, and the swearing-in of the two who followed those traumatic events. Clint Hill was there, on duty, through <i>Five Presidents.</i><br /> <br /> After an extraordinary career as a Special Agent on the White House Detail, Clint Hill retired in 1975. His career spanned the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford. A witness to some of the most pivotal moments in the twentieth century, Hill lets you walk in his shoes alongside the most powerful men in the world during tumultuous times in America鈥檚 history鈥攖he Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Nixon.<br /> <br /> It was indeed a turbulent time鈥攁nd through it all, Clint Hill had a unique insider perspective. His fascinating stories will shed new light on the character and personality of each of these five presidents, as Hill witnesses their human sides in the face of grave decisions.
Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl

Language

English

Pages

188

Publication Date

June 01, 2006

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Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory-known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ("meaning")-holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.<br /><br />At the time of Frankl's death in 1997,聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey for the Library of Congress that asked readers to name a "book that made a difference in your life" found聽<i>Man's Search for Meaning</i>聽among the ten most influential books in America.
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold...
by Ben Macintyre

Language

English

Pages

418

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>The celebrated author of聽<i>Double Cross</i>聽and聽<i>Rogue Heroes</i>聽returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling聽<i>Americans</i>-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.</b><br /><br />鈥淭he best true spy story I have ever read.鈥濃€擩OHN LE CARR脡<br /></b><br /> If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.聽<br /><br /> Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carr茅, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by , Leif Babin

Language

English

Pages

317

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.</b></p><p>Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin鈥檚 SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed 鈥渁ll but lost.鈥?In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three鈥檚 Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership鈥攁t every level鈥攊s the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. </p><p>Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.</p><p>Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.</p><p>A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.</p>
The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 194...
by James D. Hornfischer

Language

English

Pages

585

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<br /><b>An unprecedented account of the monumental Pacific War campaign that brought the U.S. Navy to the apex of its strength and supremacy and established the foundation for America to become a dominant global superpower</b><br /> 聽<br /> Here is the extraordinary story of the most consequential campaign of the Pacific War: the U.S. Fifth Fleet鈥檚 seizure of the Marianas, a relentless deployment of overwhelming force on air, land, and sea that opened the path to total victory over Japan and established a new state of the art in warfare: the first use of the forerunners of today鈥檚 SEALs; the emergence of massive cross-hemispheric expeditionary operations; the flowering of American naval aviation and carrier power; and the secret training of Marianas-based air crews who would first unleash nuclear fire.<br /> 聽<br /> From the epic seaborne invasion of Saipan, to the stunning aerial battles of the Marianas Turkey Shoot, to the grinding combat ashore鈥攁nd the largest suicide attack of the war鈥攖o the devastating bombing campaign that culminated with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Marianas were the fulcrum of the Pacific. Filled with memorable action set pieces and closely observed portraits of the naval, air, and ground-force warriors and commanders who revolutionized warfare, <i>The Fleet at Flood Tide</i> is the broadly encompassing story of the full materialization of America as a world-class military power.<br />
Blood and Thunder
by Hampton Sides

Language

English

Pages

626

Publication Date

October 09, 2007

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<p><b>A magnificent history of the American conquest of the West; "a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy" (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>)<i>.</i></b><br /><br />In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of 鈥淢anifest Destiny,鈥?this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the fiercely resistant rulers of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness.</p><p>At the center of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. Sides shows us how this illiterate mountain man understood and respected the Western tribes better than any other American, yet willingly followed orders that would ultimately devastate the Navajo nation. Rich in detail and spanning more than three decades, this is an essential addition to our understanding of how the West was really won.</p>
Race of Aces: WWII's Elite Airmen and the Epic Battle to Become t...
by John R Bruning

Language

English

Pages

519

Publication Date

January 14, 2020

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"Brings you into the cockpit of the lethal, fast-paced world of fighter pilots...Fascinating." <b>-- Sara Vladic</b><b><br /></b>"Extraordinary...A must-read." <b>-- US Navy Captain Dan Pedersen</b><b><br /></b>"A heart-pounding narrative of the courage, sacrifice, and tragedy of America's elite fighter pilots." <b>-- James M. Scott</b><br />"Vivid and gripping...Confirms Bruning's status as the premier war historian of the air." <b>-- Saul David</b><b><b><br /></b><b>The astonishing untold story of the WWII airmen who risked it all in the deadly race to become the greatest American fighter pilot.</b></b><br /> In 1942, America's deadliest fighter pilot, or "ace of aces" -- the legendary Eddie Rickenbacker -- offered a bottle of bourbon to the first U.S. fighter pilot to break his record of twenty-six enemy planes shot down. Seizing on the challenge to motivate his men, General George Kenney promoted what they would come to call the "race of aces" as a way of boosting the spirits of his war-weary command. <br /><br /> What developed was a wild three-year sprint for fame and glory, and the chance to be called America's greatest fighter pilot. The story has never been told until now. <br /><br /> Based on new research and full of revelations, John Bruning's brilliant, original book tells the story of how five American pilots contended for personal glory in the Pacific while leading Kenney's resurgent air force against the most formidable enemy America ever faced.<br /><br /> The<i> </i>pilots -- Richard Bong, Tommy McGuire, Neel Kearby, Charles MacDonald and Gerald Johnson -- riveted the nation as they contended for Rickenbacker's crown. As their scores mounted, they transformed themselves from farm boys and aspiring dentists into artists of the modern dogfight. <br /><br /> But as the race reached its climax, some of the pilots began to see how the spotlight warped their sense of duty. They emerged as leaders, beloved by their men as they chose selfless devotion over national accolades. <br /><br /> Teeming with action all across the vast Pacific theater, <i>Race of Aces</i> is a fascinating exploration of the boundary between honorable duty, personal glory, and the complex landscape of the human heart. <br />
Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow

Language

English

Pages

818

Publication Date

March 29, 2005

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<p><b>A聽<i>New York Times</i>聽Bestseller, and聽<b>the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical聽<i>Hamilton</i>!<br /></b><br />Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow presents a landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.</b><br /><br />In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America. According to historian Joseph Ellis,聽<b><i>Alexander Hamilton</i></b>聽is 鈥渁 robust full-length portrait, in my view the best ever written, of the most brilliant, charismatic and dangerous founder of them all.鈥?lt;br /><br />Few figures in American history have been more hotly debated or more grossly misunderstood than Alexander Hamilton. Chernow鈥檚 biography gives Hamilton his due and sets the record straight, deftly illustrating that the political and economic greatness of today鈥檚 America is the result of Hamilton鈥檚 countless sacrifices to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time. 鈥淭o repudiate his legacy,鈥?Chernow writes, 鈥渋s, in many ways, to repudiate the modern world.鈥?Chernow here recounts Hamilton鈥檚 turbulent life: an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean, he came out of nowhere to take America by storm, rising to become George Washington鈥檚 aide-de-camp in the Continental Army, coauthoring The Federalist Papers, founding the Bank of New York, leading the Federalist Party, and becoming the first Treasury Secretary of the United States.Historians have long told the story of America鈥檚 birth as the triumph of Jefferson鈥檚 democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power. His is a Hamilton far more human than we鈥檝e encountered before鈥攆rom his shame about his birth to his fiery aspirations, from his intimate relationships with childhood friends to his titanic feuds with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, Monroe, and Burr, and from his highly public affair with Maria Reynolds to his loving marriage to his loyal wife Eliza. And never before has there been a more vivid account of Hamilton鈥檚 famous and mysterious death in a duel with Aaron Burr in July of 1804.<br /><br />Chernow鈥檚 biography is not just a portrait of Hamilton, but the story of America鈥檚 birth seen through its most central figure. At a critical time to look back to our roots,聽<b><i>Alexander Hamilton</i></b>聽will remind readers of the purpose of our institutions and our heritage as Americans.<br /><br /><b><u>鈥淣obody has captured Hamilton better than Chernow鈥澛犫€?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i>聽</u></b><br /><br /><b>Ron Chernow's other biographies include:聽<i>Grant</i>, <i>Washington</i>, and <i>Titan.</i></b></p>
When I Die I'm Going to Heaven 'Cause I've Spent My Time in Hell:...
by Barbara Kautz

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English

Pages

208

Publication Date

May 17, 2018

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When she was 18, she joined the Army to finance her nursing education. <br /><br />With less than six months of nursing experience, she was assigned to the 24th Evacuation Hospital in South Vietnam. <br /><br />True tales of the war that are by turns horrifying and humorous, told with an eye for detail, by a woman who was in the thick of it.<br /><br />

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