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Ajax The Dutch The War

Author : Simon Kuper
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When most people think about the Netherlands, images of tulips and peaceful pot smoking residents spring to mind. Bring up soccer, and most will think of Johan Cruyuff, the Dutch player thought to rival Pele in preternatural skill, and Ajax, one of the most influential soccer clubs in the world whose academy system for young athletes has been replicated around the globe (and most notably by Barcelona and the 2010 world champions, Spain). But as international bestselling author Simon Kuper writes in Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Soccer in Europe During the Second World War, the story of soccer in Holland cannot be understood without investigating what really occurred in this country during WWII. For decades, the Dutch have enjoyed the reputation of having a "good war." The myth is even resonant in Israel where Ajax is celebrated. The fact is, the Jews suffered shocking persecution at the hands of Dutch collaborators. Holland had the second largest Nazi movement in Europe...

World Press Review

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The Many Lives Of Ajax

Author : Timothy V. Dugan
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 Ajax, the archetypal Greek warrior, has over the years been trivialized as a peripheral character in the classics through Hollywood representations, and by the use of his name on household cleaning products. Examining a broad range of sources—from film, art and literature to advertising and sports—this study of the “Bulwark of the Achaeans” and his mythological image redefines his presence in Western culture, revealing him as the predominant voice in The Iliad and in myriad works across the classical canon.

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Convoy Peewit

Author : Andy Saunders
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During the early hours of 8 August 1940 over twenty merchant ships set sail in Convoy CW9 "Peewit" and edged past Dover, hugging the shore in complete darkness. Whilst unseen to human eyes, the Germans had picked up the large convoy on its Freya radar at Cap Gris Nez and flashed warning messages to the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe. At Boulogne E-Boats were readied and left port in the early hours to take up station off Beachy Head to watch and wait for the inevitable convoy. With horrendous suddenness, the E-Boat Flotilla was amongst the convoy as it passed Newhaven. Like a pack of wolves into a flock of sheep, the German boats scattered the convoy and mayhem ensued until the E-Boats called off the attack in the gathering light. The rest would be left to the Luftwaffe.What ensued was recorded in history as the first day of the Battle of Britain. It was the commencement of all-out attacks on channel convoys and resulted in the heaviest losses witnessed in the war so far. After sustaining massive damage, RAF fighters scrambled from Tangmere to defend the convoy and clashed with attacking Me 109s and Ju 87s in a vicious battle over the channel.Andy Saunders gives a blow by blow account from the perspective of the RAF, Luftwaffe, Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and Kriegsmarine on this milestone day. Using personal accounts of the action, official diaries, logbooks and contemporary records, 'Convoy Peewit 1940' gives a chronological breakdown of events on land, sea and air, successfully setting them into context against the wider picture that was the Battle of Britain. Published to coincide with the screening of a BBC program, based on the author's research and writings.

Murder In Amsterdam

Author : Ian Buruma
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A revelatory look at what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West Ian Buruma's Murder in Amsterdam is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, a book with the intimacy and narrative control of a crime novel and the analytical brilliance for which Buruma is renowned. On a cold November day in Amsterdam in 2004, the celebrated and controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot and killed by an Islamic extremist for making a movie that "insulted the prophet Mohammed." The murder sent shock waves across Europe and around the world. Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native land to investigate the event and its larger meaning as part of the great dilemma of our time.

Writings Of John Quincy Adams Volume 5

Author : Adams, John Quincy
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The Spectator

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Ajax Iliad

Author : Evren Sener
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Living in Holland has inspired me in many ways, especially the Dutch peoples' love for sports and football. Ajax is one of the most successful football clubs in Holland. However, Ajax is an unusual name of choice for a football club when we think that its roots based on the great epic, Iliad of Homer. It is a curious thing why Ajax's name was chosen instead of Odysseus, who helped the Greeks to win the battle by the help of his genius plan, the Trojan horse. Cunning Odysseus always got what he wanted either with his slyness or by the help of gods while Ajax got nothing. Brave Ajax didn't have anything to depend on other than his own power and skills. However, time always reveals the truth and gives the one what he deserves. Today no one remembers Odysseus, but the name of Ajax is retained and will be remembered through one of the biggest football clubs of the world and chanted by thousands in the arena. Inspired by the name and grown up in the land of Troy, I decided to pay my tribute to Homer and write a short modern version of Iliad telling the story of a young Dutch football player named Ajax. For that, I had to go through the old books and ancient scripts. In my book I did not only use Homer's Iliad as reference but also several old books: Aethiopis attributed to Arctinus of Miletus (7-8th century B.C.), Ajax by Sophocles (5th century B.C.), Achilleid by the Roman poet Publius Papinius Statius (1st century AD), The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus (4th Century A.D.). Iliad ends with the death of Hector, but it is believed to be a lost epic, Aethiopis, attributed to Arctinus of Miletus composed around seventh or eighth century B.C. It is one of the Epic Cycle, called the "Trojan" cycle, which told the entire history of the Trojan War in epic verse. It comes chronologically after the Homeric Iliad and is followed by the Little Iliad. Only five lines survived of the Aethiopis' original text and what is known entirely dependent on a summary of the Cyclic epics contained in the Chrestomathy attributed to an unknown writer Proclus. As a summary of Aethiopis, The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus (4th Century A.D.) includes some of the major tales: how the Amazonian Queen, Penthesileia, died for Troy; the death of Memnon; how Apollo slew Achilles; and the death of Paris.The Achilleid is an unfinished epic poem by Publius Papinius Statius that was intended to present the life of Achilles from his youth to his death at Troy. Ajax or Aias is a Greek tragedy written by Sophocles in 5th century B.C. The play depicts the fate of the warrior Ajax after the great warrior Achilles has been killed in battle. Considering himself the greatest Greek warrior, Ajax feels he should be given Achilles' armor, but the two kings, Agamemnon and Menelaus, award it instead to Odysseus. Ajax becomes furious about this and decides to kill them. However, Athena steps in and deludes Ajax into instead killing the cattle and the herdsman. Suddenly Ajax comes to his senses and realizes what he has done. Overwhelmed by shame, he decides to commit suicide. Teucer, Ajax's brother, arrives but it is too late. Due to Ajax's insult, the two kings, Agamemnon and Menelaus, want to leave the body unburied for scavengers to ravage, while Teucer intends to bury it. Odysseus arrives and persuades Agamemnon and Menelaus to allow Ajax a proper funeral. Odysseus points out that even one's enemies deserve respect in death. The play ends with Teucer making arrangements for the burial.Once I collected and brought all the major events and the stories together, I made a summary and blended it into a modern story, telling about a football tournament between the young Greeks and the Trojans after their mascot Helen the cow is abducted.

World Soccer Yearbook 2003 2004

Author : David Goldblatt
ISBN : 0789496542
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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An overview of soccer around the world traces the history of the world's most popular sport, providing information on the various national teams, leagues, and soccer clubs in every region of the world, and a review of the 2002-2003 season.

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