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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

From to U S Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than of Kyle s kills the previous American record was but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al Shaitan the devil and placed a bounty on his head Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs Marines and U S Army soldiers whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions Gripping and unforgettable Kyle s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time br br A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father Kyle was a champion saddle bronc rider prior to joining the Navy After he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror and soon found his calling as a world class sniper who performed best under fire He recorded a personal record yard kill shot outside Baghdad in Fallujah Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street in Ramadi he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends br br American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors who raised hell on and off the battlefield And in moving first person accounts throughout Kyles wife Taya speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children as well as on Chris br br Adrenaline charged and deeply personal American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell

Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

One of my favorite ideas is never to keep an unnecessary soldier Thomas Jefferson wrote in Neither Jefferson nor the other Found ers could ever have envisioned the modern national security state with its tens of thousands of privateers its bloated Department of Homeland Security its rust ing nuclear weapons ill maintained and difficult to dismantle and its strange fascination with an unproven counterinsurgency doctrine br br Written with bracing wit and intelligence Rachel Maddow s i Drift i argues that we ve drifted away from America s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war with all the financial and human costs that entails To understand how we ve arrived at such a dangerous place Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today s war in Afghanistan along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority the gradual outsourcing of our war making capabilities to private companies the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us and even the changing fortunes of G I Joe She offers up a fresh unsparing appraisal of Reagan s radical presidency Ultimately she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse br br Sensible yet provocative dead serious yet seri ously funny i Drift i will reinvigorate a loud and jangly political debate about how when and where to apply America s strength and power and who gets to make those decisions br br br i From the Hardcover edition i

Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

This is the Story of The American Military Adventure in Iraq The Heart of the story Fiasco has to tell which has never been told before is that of a Military occupation whose leaders failed to see a blooming insurgency for what it was and as a result lead their soldiers in such a way that the insurgency became inevitable

The Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods

div p Compiled during the Warring States period of B C E i The Art of War i has had an enormous impact on the development of Chinese military strategy over the past two thousand years and occupies an important place in East Asian intellectual history It is the first known attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations and while numerous editions of the work exist Victor Mair s translation is the first to remain true to the original structure and essential style of the text p p Mair s fidelity to the original along with his insightful commentary and reliance on archaeologically recovered manuscripts breaks new ground in solving i The Art of War i s difficult textual and contextual problems He confronts complex questions concerning the authorship of the work asserting that Sun Wu a supposed strategist of the Spring and Autumn period B C E to whom the text is traditionally attributed never existed Instead Mair claims that i The Art of War i coalesced over a period of around seventy five years from the middle of the fourth century to the first quarter of the third century B C E p p Mair also reveals the way i The Art of War i reflects historical developments in technological and military strategy in civilizations throughout Eurasia especially in regards to iron metallurgy He demonstrates the close link between the philosophy in i The Art of War i and Taoism and discusses the reception of the text from the classical period to today Finally Mair highlights previously unaddressed stylistic and statistical aspects and includes philological annotations that present new ways of approaching the intellectual and social background of the work A phenomenal achievement Mair s comprehensive translation is an indispensable resource for today s students strategists and scholars p div

Run to You (Military Men #2)

There s nothing like fleeing Miami to ruin a girl s day Stella Leon s bartending gig was going fine until gorgeous ex Marine Beau Junger decked her mob connected boss spirited her out of the city and claimed that Stella s half sister the one with the perfect life sent him Now Stella has no choice but to go along for the ride and seduce Beau s military issue socks off br br The Marine Corps was Beau s escape from his old man s legacy of naval heroism and serial philandering but no amount of training could prepare him for the day he looked in the mirror and saw his father staring back The answer swear off meaningless sex Oh and find a way to make Stella Leon quit being so damn hot

The Prince (Military Theory Book, #2)

i Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception i br br One of the most influential books on statecraft ever written Niccol Machiavelli s treatise b The Prince b invented modern political philosophy and gave the world the term i Machiavellian i It was read by Spain s King Charles V and King Henry VIII of England and has been influential on world leaders for five centuries The short but powerful guide outlines a pragmatic path for a prince to be successful a formula for political victory that is direct and unemotional The methodology has been called cold and cynical and yet b The Prince b captures a great deal of truth about human psychology br br Filled with classic lines The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared that are eminently quotable b The Prince b is a towering work of theoretical strategy a must read for military science and political philosophy students as well as anyone interested in understanding power what true power is and how to acquire it br br Includes image gallery

Blue By You (Military Men #1)

Rachel Gibson the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy On You and Rescue Me once again shows that there s nothing quite like a man in uniform br br They say you never forget your first time but there s nothing Blue Butler and Kasper Pennington would rather forget than their brief but fiery teenage love affair Yeah it was hot while it lasted but then he went off to join the Marines leaving Blue in New Orleans She s tried to block him from her mind for good but nothing can really erase the feeling she had when she was with him br br And now he s got the nerve to return leaner meaner and strong enough to pull her into his arms and kiss her senseless Blue s a successful businesswoman now with no time to figure out what went wrong all those years ago But Kasper knows she s the one woman for him and now he s got to prove it to her all over again

The KJV Military Bible –King James Version

The Bible might be called a library of freedom not just temporal freedom but enduring freedom in the truest sense of that expression Horace Greeley founding editor of the New York Tribune said it is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible reading people br br For these perilous times for the men and women who serve the cause of freedom around the world Holman Bible Publishers is pleased to provide the KJV Military Bible in the large print compact format that is handsome easy to carry and designed to meet the specific needs of those who serve in the most difficult of situations Special features include the full text of the beloved King James Version lyrics to patriotic songs and battle themed hymns transcribed prayers from past and present American military and political leaders and more br br Special features include the full text of the beloved King James Version lyrics to patriotic songs and battle themed hymns transcribed prayers from past and present American military and political leaders and more

Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base

Area is the most famous military installation in the world amp it doesn t exist Located miles outside of Las Vegas in Nevada s desert it s never been acknowledged by the government but it s captivated imaginations for decades Myths amp hypotheses about it have long abounded thanks to the enveloping secrecy Some claim it is home to aliens underground tunnel systems amp nuclear facilities Others believe that the lunar landings were filmed there The prevalence of these rumors stems from the fact that no credible insiders have divulged the truth about their time inside the base until now Annie Jacobsen had exclusive access to men who served the base for decades amp are now aged amp unprecedented access to additional military amp intelligence personnel scientists pilots amp engineers linked to the secret base of whom lived amp worked there for extended periods In i Area i she shows what s really gone on in the Nevada desert from testing nuclear weapons to building super secret supersonic jets to pursuing the War on Terror This is the first book based on interviews with eye witnesses to Area history which makes it a seminal work on the subject Filled with formerly classified information that s never been accurately decoded for the public i Area i weaves the mysterious activities of the base into a gripping narrative showing that facts are often more fantastic than fiction especially when the distinction is almost impossible to make

The American Civil War: A Military History

The American Civil War was one of the longest and bloodiest of modern wars It is also one of the most mysterious It has captured the imagination of writers artists and film makers for decades but the reality of it confuses and divides historians even today In this magisterial history of the first modern war the distinguished military historian John Keegan unpicks the geography leadership and strategic logic of the war and takes us to the heart of the conflict His captivating work promises to be the definitive history of the American Civil War

@War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

b A surprising page turning account of how the wars of the future are already being fought today b The United States military currently views cyberspace as the fifth domain of warfare alongside land air sea and space and the Department of Defense the National Security Agency and the CIA all field teams of hackers who can and do launch computer virus strikes against enemy targets In fact as i WAR i shows U S hackers were crucial to our victory in Iraq Shane Harris delves into the frontlines of America s new cyber war As recent revelations have shown government agencies are joining with tech giants like Google and Facebook to collect vast amounts of information The military has also formed a new alliance with tech and finance companies to patrol cyberspace and Harris offers a deeper glimpse into this partnership than we have ever seen before Finally Harris explains what the new cybersecurity regime means for all of us who spend our daily lives bound to the Internet and are vulnerable to its dangers

Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II

Is the United States a force for democracy In this classic and unique volume that answers this question William Blum serves up a forensic overview of U S foreign policy spanning sixty years For those who want the details on our most famous actions Chile Cuba Vietnam to name a few and for those who want to learn about our lesser known efforts France China Bolivia Brazil for example this book provides a window on what our foreign policy goals really are This edition is updated through

The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 to 2000

b THE WIDELY ACCLAIMED BESTSELLER THAT BOLDLY AND LUCIDLY PUTS OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL DILEMMAS INTO THE PERSPECTIVE OF WORLD HISTORY b br br A work of almost Toynbeean sweep When a scholar as careful and learned as Mr Kennedy is prompted by contemporary issues to reexamine the great processes of the past the result can only be an enhancement of our historical understanding When the study is written as simply and attractively as this work is its publication may have a great and beneficient impact It is to be hoped that Mr Kennedy s will have one at a potentially decisive moment in America s history br b Michael Howard i The New York Times Book Review i b br br Important learned and lucid Paul Kennedy s great achievement is that he makes us see our current international problems against a background of empires that have gone under because they were unaible to sustain the material cost of greatness and he does so in a universal historical perspective of which Ranke would surely have approved br b James Joll i The New York Review of Books i b br br His strategic economic approach provides him with the context for a shapely narrative Professor Kennedy not only exploits his framework eloquently he also makes use of it to dig deeper and explore the historical contexts in which some power centers prospered But the most commanding purpose of his project is the lesson he draws from centuries of statecraft to apply to the present scene The book s final section is for everyone concerned with the contemporary political scene br b Christopher Lehmann Haupt i The New York Times i b br br Kennedy gives epic meaning to the nation s relative economic and industrial decline br b i Newsweek i b

Trinity: Military War Dog (A Breed Apart, # 1)

A year ago in Afghanistan Green Beret Heath Daniel s career was destroyed Along with his faith Now he and his military war dog Trinity train other dogs and their handlers Though his passion is to be back in action the medical discharge has forced Heath and Trinity to the sidelines Military intelligence officer Darci Kintz is captured while secretly tracking the Taliban Only one dog can handle the extreme conditions to save her Trinity Only one man can handle Trinity Time is running out on the greatest and most dangerous mission of their lives

SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror

An anthology of military horror br When the going gets tough the tough fight to the death in SNAFU br SNAFU military slang for Situation Normal All F cked Up br FIGHT OR DIE br Some contributors br James A Moore A Jonathan Crowley novella br Greig Beck A new novella br Weston Ochse A new novella by the author of Seal Team br Jonathan Maberry A Joe Ledger novella br br Along with eleven emerging and established writers

Confessions of a Military Wife

I remember when I hit rock bottom There I was with no make up on hadn t showered eating raw cookie dough out of the tube hitting on the toothless bagger at the commissary and ordering jewelry off the TV And that was just my first day br br Confessions of a Military Wife is an honest witty and often hilarious look at the life of the new generation military wife Mollie Gross learned the hard way to laugh instead of cry at what she could not control as a military spouse and as she quickly discovered nearly everything was out of her control br br A standup comedienne public speaker and wife of a Marine Corps officer Mollie explores everything about the issued spouse from deployment and the stress of having a husband in a combat zone to the realization that marriage changes when your husband returns home from war Nothing is taboo or out of bounds in Confessions including the parties military wives throw for themselves before hubby returns You ll have to read the book to find out about those br br More than one million American servicemen have deployed to war over the last few years which means the lives and lifestyles of military wives are now front and center in the public s curiosity How do they live What is their day to day life like How do they interact How do they deal with weeks and months of separation The answers will surprise and in some cases shock you Confessions teaches all women whether civilian or military that they can learn to find the funny side of anything by embracing the situation and changing their perspective And now they can do so with humor and levity and a little wisdom br br Evocative and provocative Confessions of a Military Wife is a can t put down book that will leave you laughing and crying at the same time

Stepbrother Hero: A Forbidden Military Romance

b You better be careful or I ll have to rip that dress right off of you he growled b br br I m pregnant and the father of my child is the one man that I can t have br br He s intelligent muscular and oh so sexy br br He s also my stepbrother br br Ian got off on tormenting me for years using my silly crush to humiliate me over and over br br However things have changed since he joined the Army I ve grown up filled out and come into my own br br Even though he was leaving in a month I soon realized that I would do anything take any risk to keep him in my life br br Especially if I could give him the one thing he had always wanted br br A baby

Infatuation (A Little Harmless Military Romance, #1)

To prove her love and save her man she has to go above and beyond the call of duty br br Infatuation A Little Military Harmless Romance br br Francis McKade is a man in lust He s had a crush on his best friend s little sister for years but he has never acted on it Besides that fact that she s Malachi s sister he s a Seal and he learned his lesson with his ex fianc Women do not like being left alone for long months at a time Still at a wedding in Hawaii anything can happen and does Unfortunately after the best night of his life he and Mal are called away to one of their most dangerous missions br br Shannon is blown over by Kade She s always had a crush on him and after their night together it starts to feel a little like love But after the mission Kade never calls or writes and she starts to wonder if it was all a dream Until one night her brother Mal drags him into her bar and grill and Shannon gets the shock of her life br br Kade isn t the man Shannon knew in Hawaii or even the last few years Losing a friend and being injured changes a man especially one who had never felt so vulnerable He still can t shake the terror that keeps him up at night Worse he is realizing that the career he loves just might be over br br Shannon is still mad but she can t help but hurt for the man she loves He is darker a bit more dangerous but beneath that he is the Kade she s known for so many years When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom Shannon refuses to back down One way or another this military man is going to learn there is no walking away from love not while she still has breath in her body br br Warning This book contains two infatuated lovers some drunken dancing a hard headed military man a determined woman some old friends and a little taste of New Orleans As always ice water is suggested while reading It might be the first military Harmless book but the only thing that has changed is how hot our hero looks in his uniform not to mention out of it

Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military

Among U S allies in the war against terrorism Pakistan cannot be easily characterized as either friend or foe Nuclear armed Pakistan is an important center of radical Islamic ideas and groups Since the selective cooperation of president General Pervez Musharraf in sharing intelligence with the United States and apprehending al Qaeda members has led to the assumption that Pakistan might be ready to give up its longstanding ties with radical Islam But Pakistan s status as an Islamic ideological state is closely linked with the Pakistani elites worldview and the praetorian ambitions of its military This book analyzes the origins of the relationships between Islamist groups and Pakistan s military and explores the nation s quest for identity and security Tracing how the military has sought U S support by making itself useful for concerns of the moment while continuing to strengthen the mosque military alliance within Pakistan Haqqani offers an alternative view of political developments since the country s independence in

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today

i From the bestselling author of i Fiasco i and i The Gamble i an epic history of the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq i br br History has been kind to the American generals of World War II Marshall Eisenhower Patton and Bradley and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed In i The Generals i Thomas E Ricks sets out to explain why that is In part it is the story of a widening gulf between performance and accountability During the Second World War scores of American generals were relieved of command simply for not being good enough Today as one American colonel said bitterly during the Iraq War As matters stand now a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war In i The Generals i we meet great leaders and suspect ones generals who rose to the occasion and those who failed themselves and their soldiers Marshall and Eisenhower cast long shadows over this story as does the less familiar Marine General O P Smith whose fighting retreat from the Chinese onslaught into Korea in the winter of snatched a kind of victory from the jaws of annihilation br br But Korea also showed the first signs of an army leadership culture that neither punished mediocrity nor particularly rewarded daring In the Vietnam War the problem grew worse until finally American military leadership bottomed out The My Lai massacre Ricks shows us is the emblematic event of this dark chapter of our history In the wake of Vietnam a battle for the soul of the U S Army was waged with impressive success It became a transformed institution reinvigorated from the bottom up But if the body was highly toned its head still suffered from familiar problems resulting in tactically savvy but strategically obtuse leadership that would win battles but end wars badly from the first Iraq War of through to the present br br Ricks has made a close study of America s military leaders for three decades and in his hands this story resounds with larger meaning about the transmission of values about strategic thinking and about the difference between an organization that learns and one that fails

What I Love About You (Truly, Idaho, #3; Military Men, #3)

em New York Times em bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly Idaho and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger br br GIMMEE A B R E A K br br Ex high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom poms with the best of them But she s paid for all that popularity her husband s run off with what s left of their money and a twenty year old bimbo named Tiffany Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she well really shouldn t br br GIMMEE A S H O T br br Then she comes toe to manly chest with Blake Junger Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly Idaho Blake wants nothing to do with anyone Instead he s determined to struggle with his demons and win all on his own But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart br br GIMMEE YOUR H E A R T

Imperial Grunts: On the Ground with the American Military, from Mongolia to the Philippines to Iraq and Beyond

A fascinating unprecedented first hand look at the soldiers on the front lines on the Global War on Terror Plunging deep into midst of some of the hottest conflicts on the globe Robert D Kaplan takes us through mud and jungle desert and dirt to the men and women on the ground who are leading the charge against threats to American security These soldiers fighting in thick Colombian jungles or on dusty Afghani plains are the forefront of the new American foreign policy a policy being implemented one soldier at a time As Kaplan brings us inside their thoughts feelings and operations these modern grunts provide insight and understanding into the War on Terror bringing the war which sometimes seems so distant vividly to life

Aquarium: The Career and Defection of a Soviet Military Spy

Viktor Suvorov takes us inside the Aquarium Moscow headquarters of the GRU the super secret Russian military intelligence organization and rival of the KGB It is here that agents are brought to be trained disciplined and when necessary broken br br In shocking fashion Suvorov recounts the first day of training when he is forced to watch a film that shows a disaffected GRU agent being burned alive This is how the GRU reveals to its trainees that there is only one way out of the organization death Other GRU methods are as physically torturous as the viewing of that film is terrifying electric shocks used to punish a failure of memory being pushed off a speeding train hand to hand combat with death row prisoners recruited for their viciousness All are employed in the training of a top agent br br It is the agent s job once he is in the field to gather information in any way he can No source of information is too small or too banal Agents of the GRU are said to have attended every exhibition on the planet in the last fifty years from exhibits of military electronics and tanks to cats and flowers with one of their most successful missions carried out at an exhibition of Chinese goldfish Above all else loyalty to the GRU is stressed Agents are to trust no one and to be prepared to take even the life of a best friend for an act against the GRU Gradually Suvorov became disillusioned with the GRU and it was when he was forced to betray one of his best friends that he made up his mind to defect

The Military Institutions of the Romans

Also known as De Re Militari On Military Matters this is the only handbook of Roman warfare to survive to modern times Written when the power of the Roman empire was already waning it was intended to educate a new emperor on the capabilities of the Roman legions The author touches on all military matters including the selection and training of recruits the importance of logistics and supply how to develop leadership qualities the maintenance of army discipline the use of arms and armor and various battlefield tactics It also contains many military and political maxims still used to this day including He who aspires to peace should prepare for war and Few men are born brave many become so through training and force of discipline Copied and recopied countless times it was required military reading until the advent of gunpowder and has been carried into battle by kings and generals

Himalayan Blunder: The Angry Truth About India's Most Crushing Military Disaster

Himalayan Blunder The Angry Truth About Indias Most Crushing Military Disaster is an account of the Sino Indian war through the narrative of Brigadier J P Dalvi who fought in the war Himalayan Blunder The Angry Truth About Indias Most Crushing Military Disaster is Brigadier J P Dalvis retelling of the Sino Indian war that took place in a war that India lost Dalvi fought the war as the Commander of the th Infantry Brigade in NEFA North East Frontier Agency His account of the war is graphic and telling He was captured by the Chinese forces and held for seven months As a participant of the war he was privy to all that went on at the battlefield as well as behind the scenes Based on his firsthand experiences he recounts the events that occurred between September and October As early as China silently and steadily began to work its way onto Indian soil Even in the face of indisputable evidence India insisted on maintaining cordial relations with the Chinese China seemed only too happy to play along Dalvi narrates the manner in which Indias own political leadership traitorously worked against its cause In no uncertain terms he holds three men responsible for Indias defeat Jawaharlal Nehru Krishna Menon and General Brij Mohan Kaul Issuing orders from Delhi they seemed to be clueless about the situation on the battlefield Undoubtedly when they were rushed into battle the Indian soldiers underfed ill equipped and unprepared as they were never stood a chance against the powerful Chinese army Regardless of that the soldiers fought bravely and laid down their lives for their homeland Dalvi claims that the apathy and the sheer ineptitude of those at the helm of Indias political affairs sacrificed hundreds of valuable lives Brigadier Dalvis detailed narrative of the massacre of the Indian soldiers a horror that he witnessed firsthand is heart rending The book was published in Among all the books based on the subject of the Sino Indian war this book is considered to be one the most striking and authentic versions Due to its sensitive subject matter and its portrayal of Indias leaders in a harshly negative light the book was banned by the Indian Government upon its release

On The Psychology Of Military Incompetence

This unique and penetrating book surveys years of military inefficiency from the Crimean War through the Boer conflict to the disasterous campaigns of the First World War and the calamities of the Second It examines the social psychology of military organizations provides case studies of individual commanders and identifies an alarming pattern in the causes of military disaster br br Absorbing and original this is the definitive history of military failures