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In this intense, compelling, and unsettling account of Americans at war, Chris Chivers explores the recent history of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq not from the vantage of senior officers and civilian policymakers, but from the perspectives of those in the lower and middle ranks who’ve done the bulk of the fighting. Although The Fighters focuses on six individuals from different military branches who served in different places and at different times, the accounts capture what many other troops have gone through. As a former Marine and experienced journalist with the New York Times, Chivers himself is particularly well-qualified to tell this story. He writes about military affairs with the authority and informed eye for detail of a veteran and with the clarity and punch of a talented wordsmith.

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ISBN: 9781451676648
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 14th, 2018

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What makes a great leader? In Supreme Command, Cohen examines this question by studying four of the most influential and effective civilian leaders of all time: Abraham Lincoln of the US, Georges Clemenceau of France, Winston Churchill of Great Britain, and David Ben-Gurion of Israel. Cohen’s case studies offer a glimpse into the best cases of when “civil” came first in civil-military relations. Not only does Supreme Command give us new insights into well-known Western leaders like Lincoln and Churchill, but Cohen sketches telling portraits of leaders that deserve more attention, like Clemenceau and Ben-Gurion. A unique combination of biography and civil-military relations.

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ISBN: 9781400034048
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Published: Anchor - September 9th, 2003

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This is a fascinating exploration of Hemingway's unique role in global espionage. Hemingway, known as much for his lifestyle as his literature, fought on the front lines of the Spanish Civil War and World War II, visited Communists in China, and fended off U-Boats in the Caribbean. A rabid anti-fascist, Hemingway was recruited by both the KGB and the CIA, and this struggle led to the writer’s block and disillusionment that ultimately caused his demise. Drawing on newly declassified information, Reynolds paints Hemingway as a “gifted, but overconfident amateur” in the world of espionage who nevertheless found his way to the front lines of history.

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ISBN: 9780062440136
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Published: William Morrow - March 14th, 2017