The Fighters

Simon & Schuster - C. J. Chivers reported from both wars from their beginnings. Chivers captures their courage, commitment, sense of purpose, frustration, and ultimately their suffering, and moral confusion as new enemies arise and invasions give way to counterinsurgency duties for which American forces were often not prepared.

Chivers’s unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America’s longest wars. More than 2. 7 million americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. A classic of war reporting. The author’s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of these men and women, even if policymakers generally have not.

The Fighters - The new york times Pulitzer Prize winner C. J. The fighters is a tour de force, a portrait of modern warfare that parts from slogans to do for American troops what Stephen Ambrose did for the G. I. S of world war ii and Michael Herr for the grunts in Vietnam. The fighters vividly conveys the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, an infantry officer, a grunt, and a Special Forces sergeant.





The Gun

Simon & Schuster - Soon it was in the hands of terrorists. In communist hungary, a locksmith acquires an AK-47 to help wrest his country from the Kremlin’s yoke, beginning a journey to the gallows. Chivers mixes meticulous historical research, investigative reporting, and battlefield reportage to illuminate the origins of the world’s most abundant firearm and the consequences of its spread.

Drawing from years of research, interviews, and from declassified records revealed for the first time, he presents a richly human account of an evolution in the very experience of war. The pentagon suppresses the results of firing tests on severed human heads that might have prevented faulty rifles from being rushed to G.

I. S in Vietnam. The gun dismantles myths as it moves from the naïve optimism of the Industrial Revolution through the treacherous milieu of the Soviet Union to the inside records of the Taliban. Chivers tells of the 19th-century inventor in Indianapolis who designs a Civil War killing machine, insisting that more-efficient slaughter will save lives.

The Gun - Chivers traces the invention of the assault rifle, vietnam, following the miniaturization of rapid-fire arms from the American Civil War, to present day Afghanistan when Kalashnikovs and their knock-offs number as many as 100 million, through WWI, one for every seventy persons on earth. At a secret arms-design contest in Stalin’s Soviet Union, army technicians submitted a stubby rifle with a curved magazine.

Dubbed the ak-47, it was selected as the Eastern Bloc’s standard arm.





The Gun

Simon & Schuster - It has transformed the way we fight wars, and its story is the chilling story of modern warfare. The ak-47, or 'kalashnikov', is the most abundant and efficient firearm on earth. It is so light it can be used by children. He traces them back to their origins in the early experiments of Gatling and Maxim, and examines the first appearance of the machine-gun - a weapon that first created the 'asymmetric' colonial massacres enjoyed by the British in Africa but which then led to the nightmarish stalemate of the First World War.

Chivers's extraordinary new book tells an alternative history of the world as seen through these terrible weapons. The machine-gun reused many innovations associated with the new agricultura Simon Schuster. The quest for ever greater firepower and mobility culminated in the AK-47 at the beginning of the Cold War, over sixty years after its invention and having broken free of all state control, a weapon so remarkable that, it has become central to civil wars all over the world.





On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle

Doubleday - While expertly detailing the follies of the american leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt's-eye view of history, unpublished letters, declassified documents, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

. The chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war. As he was speaking, 300, 000 Red Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Superb. A masterpiece of thorough research, deft pacing and arresting detail. This war story — the fight to break out of a frozen hell near the Chosin Reservoir — has been told many times before.

On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle - What followed was one of the most heroic--and harrowing--operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. But sides tells it exceedingly well, with fresh research, gritty scenes and cinematic sweep. Washington postfrom the new york times bestselling author of ghost soldiers and in the kingdom of ice, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean WarOn October 15, General Douglas MacArthur, 1950, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving.

As the miami herald wrote, "sides has a novelist's eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives.





Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan

University of Chicago Press - While expertly detailing the follies of the american leaders, declassified documents, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, unpublished letters, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Chicago. More than fifteen years and three quarters of a trillion dollars after the US invasion of Afghanistan, it’s clear that the United States followed neither rule well. The second is to know thyself. Together, they paint a picture of a war in which problems of culture and an unbridgeable rural-urban divide derailed nearly every field of endeavor.

Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan - The authors also draw troubling parallels to the Vietnam War, arguing that deep-running ideological currents in American life explain why the US government has repeatedly used armed nation-building to try to transform failing states into modern, liberal democracies. The first rule of warfare is to know one’s enemy.

America’s goals in afghanistan were lofty to begin with: dismantle al Qaeda, remove the Taliban from power, remake the country into a democracy. This sobering history—written by the very people who have been fighting the war—is impossible to ignore. Hampton sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege.

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Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975

Harper - Us blunders and atrocities were matched by those committed by their enemies. While all the world has seen the image of a screaming, it forgets countless eviscerations, beheadings, naked girl seared by napalm, and murders carried out by the communists. Here is testimony from vietcong guerrillas, southern paratroopers, Marines from North Carolina, and Hanoi students alongside that of infantrymen from South Dakota, Saigon bargirls, and Huey pilots from Arkansas.

No past volume has blended a political and military narrative of the entire conflict with heart-stopping personal experiences, in the fashion that Max Hastings’ readers know so well. Simon Schuster. He portrays the set pieces of dienbienphu, where a us marine battalion was almost wiped out, the 1968 Tet offensive, the air blitz of North Vietnam, and also much less familiar miniatures such as the bloodbath at Daido, together with extraordinary recollections of Ho Chi Minh’s warriors.

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975 - Max hastings has spent the past three years interviewing scores of participants on both sides, as well as researching a multitude of American and Vietnamese documents and memoirs, to create an epic narrative of an epic struggle. While expertly detailing the follies of the american leaders, grunt's-eye view of history, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, unpublished letters, declassified documents, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Chicago. Hampton sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege.





Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City

Regnery History - The marines' mission: to kill or capture anti-Iraqi forces. It eats everything around you. Their experience: like being in Hell. Hampton sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. Simon Schuster. Bush. Huesing, the commander who led echo Company through Ramadi, takes readers back to the streets of Ramadi in a visceral, gripping portrayal of modern urban combat.

In echo in ramadi, resolute young men to life and shows how the savagery of urban combat left indelible scars on their bodies, psyches, Huesing brings these resilient, and souls. Ranked in the "top 10 military Books of 2018" by Military Times. In war, destruction is everywhere. Bound together by brotherhood, echo's marines battled day-to-day on the frontline of a totally different kind of war, and the horror they faced, honor, without rules, built on chaos.

Sometimes it eats at you. Major scott huesing, fourth marine regiment fought daily in the dangerous, second battalion, Echo Company Commander From the winter of 2006 through the spring of 2007, dense city streets of Ramadi, two-hundred-fifty Marines from Echo Company, Iraq during the Multi-National Forces Surge ordered by President George W.

Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of US Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City - While expertly detailing the follies of the american leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, grunt's-eye view of history, unpublished letters, declassified documents, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.





Eat the Apple

Bloomsbury USA - Matt young joined the marine Corps at age eighteen after a drunken night culminating in wrapping his car around a fire hydrant. Eat the apple is a daring, twisted, and darkly hilarious story of American youth and masculinity in an age of continuous war. Simon Schuster. Young survived the training and then not one, where the testosterone, but three deployments to Iraq, not two, danger, and stakes for him and his fellow grunts were dialed up a dozen decibels.

Visceral, young's story drops us unarmed into marine corps culture and lays bare the absurdism of twenty-first-century war, and the true, the manned-up vulnerability of those on the front lines, self-lacerating, ironic, and ultimately redemptive, if often misguided, motivations that drive a young man to a life at war.

Eat the Apple - Searing in its honesty, and brilliantly written, tender in its vulnerability, Eat the Apple is a modern war classic in the making and a powerful coming-of-age story that maps the insane geography of our times. With its kaleidoscopic array of literary forms, from interior dialogues to infographics to prose passages that read like poetry, Young's narrative powerfully mirrors the multifaceted nature of his experience.

While expertly detailing the follies of the american leaders, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, unpublished letters, declassified documents, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Chicago. The teenage wasteland he fled followed him to the training bases charged with making him a Marine. The iliad of the iraq war" tim weiner--a gut-wrenching, beautiful memoir of the consequences of war on the psyche of a young man.





Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq

Osprey Publishing - In this compelling biography, a detailed narrative of grueling life on the ground combines with accounts of some of the most dramatic search and rescue operations of the period to tell the true story of life on the line in the War on Terror. Charting his rise from private to senior non-commissioned officer, this title follows Moore as he embarks on a series of dangerous deployments, engaging in brutal street combat and traversing inhospitable terrain in pursuit of Taliban fighters and Iraq's Most Wanted.

While expertly detailing the follies of the american leaders, unpublished letters, declassified documents, grunt's-eye view of history, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.

Chicago. Simon Schuster. Hampton sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. Sweeping from frozen mountaintops to dusty city streets, and everything in between, this is the gripping and deeply personal account of an elite Ranger who nearly lost his life "leading the way" in America’s secretive global wars.

Run to the Sound of the Guns: The True Story of an American Ranger at War in Afghanistan and Iraq - As part of an elite special operations unit at the fighting edge of the Global War on Terrorism, Nicholas Moore spent over a decade with the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Including never-before-published first-hand accounts of high-profile special operations missions including the tense rescue of Private First Class Jessica Lynch and the search and rescue mission for US Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, Moore recounts, in vivid detail, the realities of life on the front line.





Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning

Penguin Press - He weaves these stories into the latticework of a masterful larger reckoning with contemporary geopolitics through his vantage as a journalist in Istanbul and with the human extremes of both bravery and horror. Ackerman then draws the shape of the euphrates river on a large piece of paper, and his one-time adversary quickly joins him in the game of filling in the map with the names and dates of places where they saw fighting during the war.

From a decorated marine war veteran and national Book Award finalist, an astonishing reckoning with the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. War hath determined us. John milton, elliot ackerman sits in a refugee camp in southern turkey, Paradise LostToward the beginning of Places and Names, across the table from a man named Abu Hassar, who fought for al-Qaeda in Iraq and whose connections to the Islamic State are murky.

Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning - At first, ackerman pretends to have been a journalist during the Iraq War, but after establishing a rapport with Abu Hassar, he takes a risk by revealing to him that in fact he was a Marine special operation officer. Simon Schuster. The rest of elliot ackerman's extraordinary memoir is in a way an answer to the question of why he came to that refugee camp, and what he hoped to find there.

They had shadowed each other for some time, it turned out, a realization that brought them to a strange kind of intimacy. At once an intensely personal story about the terrible lure of combat and a brilliant meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of strife for America, the region, and the world, Places and Names bids fair to take its place among our greatest books about modern war.





The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 The Revolution Trilogy

Henry Holt and Co. - It is a gripping saga alive with astonishing characters: henry knox, the self-made man who proves to be the wiliest of diplomats; George Washington, the former bookseller with an uncanny understanding of artillery; Nathanael Greene, the blue-eyed bumpkin who becomes a brilliant battle captain; Benjamin Franklin, the commander in chief who learns the difficult art of leadership when the war seems all but lost.

Rick atkinson has given stirring new life to the first act of our country’s creation drama. From the battles at lexington and concord in spring 1775 to those at Trenton and Princeton in winter 1777, American militiamen and then the ragged Continental Army take on the world’s most formidable fighting force.

From the bestselling author of the liberation trilogy comes the extraordinary first volume of his new trilogy about the American RevolutionRick Atkinson, has long been admired for his deeply researched, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning An Army at Dawn and two other superb books about World War II, stunningly vivid narrative histories.

The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 The Revolution Trilogy - Hampton sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. Simon Schuster. The story is also told from the British perspective, making the mortal conflict between the redcoats and the rebels all the more compelling.

Full of riveting details and untold stories, The British Are Coming is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering. While expertly detailing the follies of the american leaders, unpublished letters, On Desperate Ground is an immediate, declassified documents, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.