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Into The War

Author : Italo Calvino
ISBN : 9780544230958
Genre : Fiction
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“This book deals both with a transition from adolescence into youth and with a move from peace to war: as for very many other people, for the protagonist of this book ‘entry into life’ and ‘entry into war’ coincide.” — from the Author’s Note These three stories, set during the summer of 1940, draw on Italo Calvino’s memories of his own adolescence during the Second World War, too young to be forced to fight in Mussolini’s army but old enough to be conscripted into the Italian youth brigades. The callow narrator of these tales observes the mounting unease of a city girding itself for war, the looting of an occupied French town, and nighttime revels during a blackout. Appearing here in its first English translation, Into the War is one of Calvino’s only works of autobiographical fiction. It offers both a glimpse of this writer’s extraordinary life and a distilled dram of his wry, ingenious literary voice. “All three stories attest to the potentially magical, transformative space of adolescence . . . The seeds of the later Calvino — the fabulist who worked profound moral and ethical points into his narratives — are all here.” — Joseph Luzzi, Times Literary Supplement

Threshold Of War Franklin D Roosevelt And American Entry Into World War Ii

Author : Waldo Heinrichs Professor of History Temple University
ISBN : 9780198021360
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For Franklin D. Roosevelt, the spring of 1941 was a time of uncertainty and fear. Hitler's armies were poised to strike, but no one was sure where the next attack would come. The United States had begun its military build-up, but as yet the Army and Navy were ill-prepared for war with Germany and Japan. And though the American public was not ready to support an unprovoked declaration of war, Churchill and members of Roosevelt's administration were urging him to intervene before it was too late. ___In Threshold of War, the first comprehensive treatment of the American entry into World War II to appear in over thirty-five years, eminent historian Waldo Heinrichs places American policy in a global context, covering both the European and Asian diplomatic and military scene, with Roosevelt ("the only figure with all the threads in his hands") at the center. In a tale of ever-broadening conflict, this vivid narrative weaves back and forth from the battlefields in the Soviet Union, to the intense policy debates within Roosevelt's administration, to the sinking of the battleship Bismarck, to the precarious and delicate negotiations with Japan. Of particular interest is Heinrichs' portrait of Roosevelt. Roosevelt has often been portrayed as vacillating, impulsive, and disorganized in his decision-making during this period. But here he emerges as a leader who acted with extreme caution and deliberation, who always kept his options open, and who, once Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union stalled in July, 1941, acted rapidly and with great determination, sending supplies to Stalin, placing an oil embargo on Japan, and ordering armed escorts of vital supplies to Europe. ___A masterful account of a key moment in American history, Threshold of War is both a distinguished work of scholarship and a moving narrative that captures the tension as Roosevelt, Churchill, Stimson, Hull, and numerous others struggled to shape American policy in the climactic nine months before Pearl Harbor.

Two Heroes Into World War Ii

Author : Dr. Marvin C. McMaster
ISBN : 9781468953237
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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These two biographies describe the struggle of growing up poor in America, surviving the killer Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918-19, the dust storms, the Great Depression, only to serve in World War II. Capt. Ralph Henderson took the mechanized 17th cavalry into England before the Normandy Invasion to provide security for the channel ports. General Patton sent them onto Utah Beach and assigned them to lead the breakout into France and to liberate Brittany and Brest Harbor. They then went into Holland to provide security for Patton?s 9th army and lead the breakthrough the Siegfried Line and into Germany. He received the Silver and Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and the French Croix Daguerre with a silver star for valor. Mac McMaster work before the War as a cook with the CCC and the National Guard. He joined the Navy and was sent to Radar School. He served on the command ship of the 7th Amphibians in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and Lingayen Gulfs and as a Shore Patrol officer in the occupation of Japan. He lost everything but the clothing on his back three times, survived a kamikaze attack, and was awarded a pair of Bronze stars for his valor.

The End Of The Pacific War

Author : Tsuyoshi Hasegawa
ISBN : 0804754276
Genre : History
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State-of-the-art reinterpretations of the reasons for Japan's decision to surrender, by distinguished historians of differing national perspectives and differing views.

Nothing Less Than War

Author : Justus D. Doenecke
ISBN : 9780813130033
Genre : History
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When war broke out in Europe in 1914, political leaders in the United States were swayed by popular opinion to remain neutral; yet less than three years later, the nation declared war on Germany. In Nothing Less Than War: A New History of America's Entry into World War I, Justus D. Doenecke examines the clash of opinions over the war during this transformative period and offers a fresh perspective on America's decision to enter World War I. Doenecke reappraises the public and private diplomacy of President Woodrow Wilson and his closest advisors and explores in great depth the response of Congress to the war. He also investigates the debates that raged in the popular media and among citizen groups that sprang up across the country as the U.S. economy was threatened by European blockades and as Americans died on ships sunk by German U-boats. The decision to engage in battle ultimately belonged to Wilson, but as Doenecke demonstrates, Wilson's choice was not made in isolation. Nothing Less Than War provides a comprehensive examination of America's internal political climate and its changing international role during the seminal period of 1914--1917.

Sailors Journey Into War

Author : Robert A. Maher
ISBN : 0873385837
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Offers a personal account of the decisive World War II naval battle between the American destroyer USS Borie and a German U-boat in October 1943

Report Of The War Office Committee Of Enquiry Into Shell Shock Cmd 1734

Author : Anthony Richards
ISBN : 1901623661
Genre : Combat
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Struggling Into War

Author : Walter Adkins
ISBN : 9781425907686
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Kate Nicholson, the last living member of her family, finds herself sole owner of a large cotton plantation, complete with slaves. She was brought up on a homestead on the frontier, miles from civilization, and finds the idea of slave ownership reprehensible. Her sense of responsibility compels her to face head on the irony of her position. Struggling with her new role as slave-owner, she alienates most of the local townspeople because of her advocacy for decent treatment of her slaves. As she learns to run her newly inherited cotton plantation, she discovers just how much her presence interferes with someone's plans, and to what lengths they will go to get her out of the way.

The Costs Of War

Author : John V. Denson
ISBN : 9780765804877
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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The greatest accomplishment of Western civilization is arguably the achievement of individual liberty through limits on the power of the state. In the war-torn twentieth century, we rarely hear that one of the main costs of armed conflict is long-term loss of liberty to winners and losers alike. Beyond the obvious and direct costs of dead and wounded soldiers, there is the lifetime struggle of veterans to live with their nightmares and their injuries; the hidden economic costs of inflation, debts, and taxes; and more generally the damages caused to our culture, our morality, and to civilization at large. The new edition is now available in paperback, with a number of new essays. It represents a large-scale collective effort to pierce the veils of myth and propaganda to reveal the true costs of war, above all, the cost to liberty. Central to this volume are the views of Ludwig von Mises on war and foreign policy. Mises argued that war, along with colonialism and imperialism, is the greatest enemy of freedom and prosperity, and that peace throughout the world cannot be achieved until the central governments of the major nations become limited in scope and power. In the spirit of these theorems by Mises, the contributors to this volume consider the costs of war generally and assess specific corrosive effects of major American wars since the Revolution. The first section includes chapters on the theoretical and institutional dimensions of the relationship between war and society, including conscription, infringements on freedom, the military as an engine of social change, war and literature, and the right of citizens to bear arms. The second group includes reconsiderations of Lincoln and Churchill, an analysis of the anti-interventionist idea in American politics, a discussion of the meaning of the "just war," an assessment of how World War I changed the course of Western civilization, and finally two eyewitness accounts of the true horrors of actual combat by veterans of World War II. The Costs of War is unique in its combination of historical scope and timeliness for current debates about foreign policy and military intervention. It will be of interest to historians, political scientists, economists, and sociologists.

Waltzing Into The Cold War

Author : James Jay Carafano
ISBN : 1585442135
Genre : History
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As U.S. troops marched into vanquished Austria at the end of World War II, they faced the dual tasks of destroying the remnants of Nazi power and establishing a new democratic nation. The military was adept at the first task; it was woefully unprepared for the second. These halting efforts, complicated by the difficulties of managing the occupation along with Britain, France, and the Soviet Union, exacerbated an already monumental undertaking and fueled the looming Cold War confrontation between East and West. In this first English-language study of secret postwar U.S. military operations during the occupation of Austria and of the American effort to create a garrison state for NATO’s defense, James Jay Carafano traces U.S. policy and behavior from the end of the war until 1955 and the signing of the treaty that finally led to the withdrawal of the occupation forces. From the very beginning of American presence, he demonstrates, the U.S. Army could not wean itself from the operational habits it had forged in war, practices that skewed U.S. postwar foreign policy while earning Austrian resentment and Soviet mistrust. The fog of peace, he concludes, befuddled U.S. planners. In fascinating narrative and crystal-clear detail, Carafano lays out the course of U.S. presence in Austria, the problems America encountered, and the problems it caused. In the course, he not only sheds new light on this little-studied aspect of the Cold War, he also underscores the mundane truth that peace is fundamentally different from war and that armies used during peacetime have to be retrained from their war focus if they are to manage their tasks successfully. Those interested in contemporary military peace-keeping efforts as well as those trying to understand the lessons of the Cold War will find this in-depth study an invaluable aid.

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