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Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A high-ranking general’s gripping insider account of the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and how it all went wrong. Over a thirty-five-year career, Daniel Bolger rose through the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both theaters of the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. He participated in meetings with top-level military and civilian players, where strategy was made and managed. At the same time, he regularly ...
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Master storyteller Ben Macintyre’s most ambitious work to date brings to life the twentieth century’s greatest spy story. Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow ...
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War
Robert M Gates
From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House in 2006, he thought he’d left Washington politics behind: after working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happy in his role as president of Texas A&M ...
Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia
In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show. Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell’s Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of twenty-first-century Russia. It is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of ...
The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington
A fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of postwar Washington—a rich and colorful portrait of the close-knit group of journalists, spies, and government officials who waged the Cold War over cocktails and dinner. In the years after World War II, Georgetown’s leafy streets were home to an unlikely group of Cold Warriors: a coterie of affluent, well-educated, and connected civilians who helped steer American strategy from the Marshall Plan ...
Penguin Press HC, The
Walter Isaacson, Time : Dazzling and instructive... [a] magisterial new book.” Henry Kissinger offers in World Order a deep meditation on the roots of international harmony and global disorder. Drawing on his experience as one of the foremost statesmen of the modern eraadvising presidents, traveling the world, observing and shaping the central foreign policy events of recent decadesKissinger now reveals his analysis of the ...
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Winner of the 2014 National Book Award in nonfiction. An Economist Best Book of 2014. A vibrant, colorful, and revelatory inner history of China during a moment of profound transformation From abroad, we often see China as a caricature: a nation of pragmatic plutocrats and ruthlessly dedicated students destined to rule the global economy—or an addled Goliath, riddled with corruption and on the edge of stagnation. What we don’t see is how ...
Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings. A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a ...
Cracking the AP U.S. History Exam, 2015 Edition: Created for the New 2015 Exam (College Test Preparation)
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HELP SCORE A PERFECT 5 on the NEW 2015 EXAM! Equip yourself to ace the new AP U.S. History Exam with The Princeton Review's comprehensive study guide — including thorough content reviews, targeted strategies for every question type, and 2 full-length practice tests with complete answer explanations. The AP U.S. History course and exam have changed! Created to align with the new exam content, and written by the ...
Dreamers and Deceivers: True Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America
The new nonfiction from #1 bestselling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck. THEIR NAMES ARE FAMILIAR. THEIR STORIES ARE NOT. Everyone has heard of a "Ponzi scheme," but do you know what Charles Ponzi actually did to make his name synonymous with fraud? Credit for inventing radio usually goes to Marconi or David Sarnoff and RCA--but if you've never heard of Edwin Armstrong or Lee de Forest, you know only half the story. ...
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power
Deemed "the best history of oil ever written" by Business Week and with more than 300,000 copies in print, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.
Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia
W. W. Norton & Company
Travels with NPR host David Greene along the Trans-Siberian Railroad capture an overlooked, idiosyncratic Russia in the age of Putin. Far away from the trendy cafés, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the real Russia exists. Midnight in Siberia chronicles David Greene’s journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In ...
The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931
A searing and highly original analysis of the First World War and its anguished aftermath In the depths of the Great War, with millions dead and no imaginable end to the conflict, societies around the world began to buckle. The heart of the financial system shifted from London to New York. The infinite demands for men and matériel reached into countries far from the front. The strain of the war ravaged all economic and political ...
Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader (Uncle John's Bathroom Reader)
Bathroom Readers' Institute
2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, Honorable Mention in Humor Category 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award Gold Winner in Humor "Fully Loaded" is putting it mildly. This behemoth of a book is overflowing with the incredible stories, surprising facts, weird news, little-known origins, forgotten history, fun wordplay, and everything else that millions of loyal fans have come to expect from world's best-selling bathroom reading ...
Flight: The Complete History
R. G. Grant
From the early pioneers to the latest spaceflight technology, this groundbreaking book charts the inspirational story behind humankind's conquest of the skies.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel
New York Times Notable Book of the Year * Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at ...
Little Failure: A Memoir
Random House Trade Paperbacks
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME • NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NEWSDAY • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • NPR • The Atlantic • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Economist • The Guardian • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews • BookPage • The Telegraph • The ...
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes . Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals ...
The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder
In the bestselling tradition of The World Is Flat and The Next 100 Years , THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER will be a much discussed, contrarian, and eye-opening assessment of American power. Near the end of the Second World War, the United States made a bold strategic gambit that rewired the international system. Empires were abolished and replaced by a global arrangement enforced by the U.S. Navy. With all the world's oceans safe for the first ...
History Year by Year
History Year by Year presents the world through a detailed timeline, letting children follow the influences, patterns, and connections between historical events. Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution and featuring more than 1,500 images, this illustrated book brings the story of the past to life. Beginning with prehistory and running up to the Arab Spring, budding historians will learn about the history of humans across the ...
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