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A Gunner in Lee's Army: the Civil War letters of Thomas Henry Carter - Thomas Henry Carter; Graham T. Dozier (Editor); Peter S. Carmichael (Foreword by)
Call Number: Audio CD 973.782092 Carter 2014
ISBN: 9781469618746
Publication Date: 2014-09-25
Combining insightful observations on military operations, particularly of the Battles of Antietam and Spotsylvania Court House and the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign, with revealing notes on the home front and the debate over the impressment and arming of slaves, Carter's letters are particularly interesting because his writing is not overly burdened by the rhetoric of the southern ruling class. Here, Graham Dozier offers the definitive edition of Carter's letters, meticulously transcribed and carefully annotated. This impressive collection brings to light Carter's unvarnished opinions of the people and events that shaped his wartime experience, shedding new light on Lee's army and Confederate life in Virginia.

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American Spartan: the promise, the mission, and the betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant - Ann Scott Tyson
Call Number: Audio CD 958.104 Tyson 2014
ISBN: 9780062114983
Publication Date: 2014-03-25
Army Special Forces Major Jim Gant changed the face of America's war effort in Afghanistan. A decorated Green Beret who spent years in Afghanistan and Iraq training indigenous fighters, Gant argued for embedding autonomous units with tribes across Afghanistan to earn the Afghans' trust and transform them into a reliable ally to defeat the Taliban and counter al-Qaeda networks. The military's top brass, including General David Petraeus, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, approved, and Gant was tasked with implementing his controversial strategy. Veteran war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson first spoke with Gant when he was awarded the Silver Star in 2007. Spending time with him, she began to share his vision. Risking her life, she accompanied him to Afghanistan to cover the story. And then they fell in love. American Spartan is their remarkable story--one of the most riveting, emotional narratives of wartime ever published.

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American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution - Walter R. Borneman
Call Number: Audio CD 973.331 Borneman 2014
ISBN: 9780316221023
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
When we reflect on our nation's history, the American Revolution can feel almost like a foregone conclusion. In reality, the first weeks of the war were much more tenuous, and a fractured and ragtag group of colonial militias had to coalesce to have even the slimmest chance of toppling the mighty British Army. American Spring follows a fledgling nation from Paul Revere's little-known ride of December 1774 and the first shots fired on Lexington Green through the catastrophic Battle of Bunker Hill, culminating with a Virginian named George Washington taking command of colonial forces on July 3, 1775. Focusing on the colorful heroes John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry, and the ordinary Americans caught up in the revolution, Walter R. Borneman uses newly available sources and research to tell the story of how a decade of discontent erupted into an armed rebellion that forged our nation"--Publisher description.

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Battle - John Toland
Call Number: Audio CD 940.5421 Toland 2014
ISBN: 9781482971019
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
Battle: The Story of the Bulge, recounts the saga of beleaguered American troops as they resisted Hitler's deadly counteroffensive in World War II's Battle of the Bulge--and turned it into an Allied victory. It is a gripping work, painstakingly researched and imbued with such vivid detail that listeners will feel as though they themselves witnessed these events.

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Bloody Spring: forty days that sealed the Confederacy's fate - Joseph Wheelan
Call Number: Audio CD 973.736 Wheelan 2014
ISBN: 1482973669
Publication Date: 2014-04-29
In the spring of 1864, Robert E. Lee faced a new adversary: Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant. Named commander of all Union armies in March, Grant quickly went on the offensive against Lee in Virginia. On May 4 Grant's army struck hard across the Rapidan River into north central Virginia, with Lee's army contesting every mile. They fought for forty days until, finally, the Union army crossed the James River and began the siege of Petersburg. The campaign cost ninety thousand men—the largest loss the war had seen. While Grant lost nearly twice as many men as Lee did, he could replace them. Lee could not and would never again mount another major offensive. Lee's surrender at Appomattox less than a year later was the denouement of the drama begun in those crucial forty days.

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Churchill's Bomb: how the United States overtook Britain in the first nuclear arms race - Graham Farmelo
Call Number: Audio CD 355.8 Farmelo 2013
ISBN: 1482929236
Publication Date: 2013-10-08
Perhaps no scientific breakthrough has shaped the course of human history as much as harnessing the atom. Yet the twentieth century might have turned out differently had this powerful technology stayed under the control of Great Britain, whose scientists spearheaded the Allies' nuclear arms program at the outset of World War II. As award-winning science historian Graham Farmelo reveals here, Britain's supposedly visionary leader remained unconvinced of the potentially earth-shattering implications of his physicists' research. Churchill ultimately shared Britain's nuclear secrets with--and ceded its initiative to--America, whose successful development and deployment of an atomic bomb placed the United States in a position of supreme power at the dawn of the nuclear age. A groundbreaking investigation of the twentieth century's most important scientific discovery, Churchill's Bomb reveals the secret history of the weapon that transformed modern geopolitics.

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Clouds of Glory - Michael Korda
Call Number: Audio CD 973.73092 Korda 2014
ISBN: 9780062116291
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
"Portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia. Well-rounded and realistic, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as well the many troubling controversies still surrounding it) and ultimately, his failed strategy for winning the war. As Korda shows, Lee's dignity, courage, leadership, and modesty made him a hero on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line and a revered American icon who is recognized today as the nation's preeminent military leader"-- publisher.

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Defiant: the POWs who endured Vietnam's most infamous prison, the women who fought for them, and the one who never returned - Alvin Townley
Call Number: Audio CD 959.70437 Townley 2014
ISBN: 9781482958676
Publication Date: 2014-02-04
During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners of war faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of communist interrogators. Determined to maintain their code of conduct, the inmates of the Hanoi Hilton and other camps developed a powerful underground resistance. To quash it, the North Vietnamese singled out its eleven leaders, Vietnam's own "dirty dozen," and banished them to an isolated jail that would become known as Alcatraz. None would leave its solitary cells and interrogation rooms unscathed; one would never leave. As these men suffered in Hanoi, their wives launched an extraordinary campaign that would ultimately spark the POW/MIA movement. When the survivors finally returned, one received the Medal of Honor, another became a US senator, and a third still serves in congress. A story of survival and triumph, Defiant will inspire anyone wondering how courage, faith, and brotherhood can endure even in the darkest of situations.

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Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945 - Rana Mitter; Simon Vance (Read by)
Call Number: Audio CD 951.042 Mitter 2014
ISBN: 9781482924787
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. China was the fourth great ally--partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain--yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West. In this emotionally gripping book, made possible through access to newly unsealed Chinese archives, Rana Mitter unfurls the story of China's World War II as never before and rewrites the larger history of the war in the process. He focuses his narrative on three towering leaders--Chiang Kai-shek, Mao Zedong, and the lesser-known collaborator Wang Jingwei--and extends the time line of the war back to 1937, when Japanese and Chinese troops began to clash, two years before Hitler invaded Poland

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Last Stand at Khe Sanh: the US Marines' finest hour in Vietnam - Gregg Jones
Call Number: Audio CD 959.704 Jones 2014
ISBN: 9781482986532
Publication Date: 2014-04-01
For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that America faced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirty thousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain stronghold called Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharp ground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes. After several weeks of heroic defense, the besieged Americans struck back in a series of bold assaults, and the North Vietnamese withdrew with heavy losses. Last Stand at Khe Sanh is the vivid, fast-paced account of the dramatic confrontation as experienced by the men who were there: Marine riflemen and grenadiers, artillery and air observers, platoon leaders and company commanders, Navy corpsmen and helicopter pilots, and a plucky band of US Army Special Forces. Based on extensive archival research and more than one hundred interviews with participants, Last Stand at Khe Sanh captures the courage and camaraderie of the defenders and delivers the fullest account yet of this epic battle.

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The Boys Of '67: Charlie Company's war in Vietnam - Andrew Wiest
Call Number: Audio CD 959.7043373 Wiest 2013
ISBN: 9781482946505
Publication Date: 2013-12-01
When the 160 men of Charlie Company were drafted by the US Army in 1966, they were part of the wave of conscription that would swell the American military to eighty thousand combat troops in Vietnam by the height of the war in 1968. In the spring of 1966 the war was still popular, and the draftees of Charlie Company saw their service as a rite of passage. By December 1967, when the company returned home, only 30 men remained and they were among the first veterans of the war to be spit on and harassed by war protesters as they arrived back home.

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The Tuscarora War: Indians, settlers, and the fight for the Carolina colonies - David La Vere
Call Number: Audio CD 973.25 La Vere 2013
ISBN: 9781482930023
Publication Date: 2013-10-21
At dawn on September 22, 1711, more than 500 Tuscarora, Core, Neuse, Pamlico, Weetock, Machapunga, and Bear River Indian warriors swept down on the unsuspecting European settlers living along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers of North Carolina. Over the following days, they destroyed hundreds of farms, killed at least 140 men, women, and children, and took about 40 captives. So began the Tuscarora War, North Carolina's bloodiest colonial war and surely one of its most brutal. In his gripping account, David La Vere examines the war through the lens of key players in the conflict, reveals the events that led to it, and traces its far-reaching consequences. La Vere details the innovative fortifications produced by the Tuscaroras, chronicles the colony's new practice of enslaving all captives and selling them out of country, and shows how both sides drew support from forces far outside the colony's borders. In these ways and others, La Vere concludes, this merciless war pointed a new direction in the development of the future state of North Carolina.

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The Worlds the Shawnees Made: Migration and Violence in Early America - Stephen Warren; Tom Weiner (Read by)
Call Number: Audio CD 974.004 Warren 2014
ISBN: 9781482932225
Publication Date: 2014-01-15
In 1779 Shawnees from Chillicothe, a community in the Ohio country, told the British, "We have always been the frontier." Their statement challenges an oft-held belief that American Indians derive their unique identities from longstanding ties to native lands. By tracking Shawnee people and migrations from 1400 to 1754, Stephen Warren illustrates how Shawnees made a life for themselves at the crossroads of empires and competing tribes, embracing mobility and often moving willingly toward violent borderlands. By the middle of the eighteenth century, the Shawnees ranged over the eastern half of North America and used their knowledge to foster notions of pan-Indian identity that shaped relations between Native Americans and settlers in the revolutionary era and beyond.

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Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military - Tanya Biank; Pam Ward (Read by)
Call Number: Audio CD 355.009252 Biank 2013
ISBN: 148290943X
Publication Date: 2013-02-10
Since 9/11, more than 240,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan--more than 140 have died there, and they currently make up 14 percent of the total active-duty forces. Despite advances, today's servicewomen are constantly pressed to prove themselves, to overcome challenges men never face, and to put the military mission ahead of all other aspects of their lives, particularly marriage and motherhood. In this groundbreaking insider's look at the women defending our nation, Tanya Biank brings to light the real issues--femininity, belonging to an old boys' club, veiled discrimination, dating, marriage problems, separation from children, questions about life goals, career trajectories, and self-worth--that servicewomen are facing by focusing on four individual stories.

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War on the Waters: the Union & Confederate navies, 1861-1865. - James M. Mcpherson
Call Number: Audio CD 973.75 McPherson 2012
ISBN: 9781470827373
Publication Date: 2012-09-17
Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In War on the Waters, James M. McPherson has crafted an enlightening, at times harrowing, and ultimately thrilling account of the war's naval campaigns and their military leaders. McPherson recounts how the Union navy's blockade of the Confederate coast, leaky as a sieve in the war's early months, became increasingly effective as it choked off vital imports and exports. Meanwhile, the Confederate navy, dwarfed by its giant adversary, demonstrated daring and military innovation.


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Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less - Joseph McCormack
Call Number: 650.13019 McCormack
ISBN: 9781118704967
Publication Date: 2014-02-10
Author Joe McCormack tackles the challenges of inattention, interruptions, and impatience that every professional faces. His proven B.R.I.E.F. approach, which stands for Background, Relevance, Information, Ending, and Follow up, helps simplify and clarify complex communication. BRIEF will help you summarize lengthy information, tell a short story, harness the power of infographics and videos, and turn monologue presentations into controlled conversations. Details the B.R.I.E.F. approach to distilling your message into a brief presentation Written by the founder and CEO of Sheffield Marketing Partners, which specializes in message and narrative development, who is also a recognized expert in Narrative Mapping, a technique that helps clients achieve a clearer and more concise message Long story short: BRIEF will help you gain the muscle you need to eliminate wasteful words and stand out from the rest. Be better. Be brief.-- Provided by publisher.

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Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee - Michael Korda
Call Number: 973.73092 Korda 2014
ISBN: 9780062116291
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
"Portrait of Lee as a brilliant general, a devoted family man, and principled gentleman who disliked slavery and disagreed with secession, yet who refused command of the Union Army in 1861 because he could not "draw his sword" against his beloved Virginia. Well-rounded and realistic, Clouds of Glory analyzes Lee's command during the Civil War and explores his responsibility for the fatal stalemate at Antietam, his defeat at Gettysburg (as well the many troubling controversies still surrounding it) and ultimately, his failed strategy for winning the war. As Korda shows, Lee's dignity, courage, leadership, and modesty made him a hero on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line and a revered American icon who is recognized today as the nation's preeminent military leader"-- publisher.

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Curious: the Desire to Know and why your Future Depends on it - Ian Leslie
Call Number: 153.8 Leslie 2014
ISBN: 9780465079964
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
"Today it seems we have the world at our fingertips. Thanks to smartphones and tools such as Google and Wikipedia, we're able to feed any aspect of our curiosity instantly. But does this mean we are actually becoming more curious? Absolutely not. In Curious, Ian Leslie argues that true curiosity-the sustained quest for understanding that begets insight and innovation-is becoming increasingly difficult to harness in our wired world. We confuse ease of access to information with curiosity, and risk losing our ability to ask questions that extend our knowledge gap rather than merely filling it. Worst of all, this decline in curiosity has led to a decline in empathy and our ability to care about those around us. Combining the latest science with an urgent call to cultivate curious minds, Curious draws on psychology, social history, and popular culture to show that being deeply curious is our only hope when it comes to solving current crises-as well as an essential part of being human. "-- Provided by publisher.

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Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as commander in chief - James M. McPherson
Call Number: 973.713092 McPherson 2014
ISBN: 9781594204975
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, a powerful new reckoning with Jefferson Davis as military commander of the Confederacy shows how Davis shaped and articulated the principal policy of the Confederacy with clarity and force and, like no other chief executive in American history, exercised a tenacious hands-on influence in the shaping of military strategy.

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George Marshall: A Biography - Stanley Hirshson; Debi Unger; Irwin Unger
Call Number: 973.918092 Unger 2014
ISBN: 9780060577193
Publication Date: 2014-10-21
Presents a complete picture of the life of George C. Marshall, from his childhood and military training through his role as chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II and his leadership efforts as Secretary of State in rebuilding post-war Europe.

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Isabella: The Warrior Queen - Kirstin Downey
Call Number: 946.03092 Downey 2014
ISBN: 9780385534116
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
Drawing on new scholarship, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Woman Behind the New Deal presents a biography of Isabella of Castile, the controversial Queen of Spain who sponsored Christopher Columbus' journey to the New World, established the Spanish Inquisition and became one of the most influential female rulers in history.

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Knife Fights - John A. Nagl
Call Number: 355.02180973 Nagle 2014
ISBN: 9781594204982
Publication Date: 2014-10-16
An influential Army officer traces the Gulf War experiences that shaped his perspectives on the changing nature of conventional combat and his then-discounted views about terrorism, citing his role in coauthoring the military's new counterinsurgency field manual.

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Military Chaplains in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Beyond - Eric Patterson (Editor); Dayne E. Nix (Contribution by); Douglas L. Carver (Contribution by); Jon Cutler (Contribution by); Ron E. Hassner (Contribution by); LaShanda D. Hess-Hernandez (Contribution by); Mike Hoyt (Contribution by); Eric Keller (Contribut
Call Number: 355.3470973 Patterson 2014
ISBN: 9781442235397
Publication Date: 2014-08-07
The role of military chaplains has changed over the past decade as Western militaries have deployed to highly religious environments such as East Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq. By looking at the rapidly changing role of the military chaplain, this volume raises issues critical to U.S. foreign and national security policy and diplomacy.

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Rise of ISIS: A Threat we can't Ignore. - Jay Sekulow; Jordan Sekulow (As told to); Robert W. Ash (As told to); David French (As told to)
Call Number: 956.054 Sekulow 2014
ISBN: 9781501105135
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
Adapted in part from a series of papers presented by Jay Sekulow in July 2014 at Oxford University's History, Politics, and Society program on Religion and Politics in the Middle East. The world's wealthiest and most powerful jihadists, ISIS originated within Al Qaeda with the goal of creating an Islamic state across Iraq and Syria and unrelenting jihad on Christians. This book gives a better understanding of the modern face of terror, and provides an overview of the laws of war and war crimes. These laws differentiate between the guilty and innocent, and explain why the US military and the Israeli Defense Forces are often limited in their defensive measures.

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Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War - Peter R. Mansoor; David H. Petraeus (Foreword by)
Call Number: 956.7044340973 Mansoor 2013
ISBN: 9780300209372
Publication Date: 2014-11-25
Using newly declassified documents, interviews, and published sources, a member of General David Petraeus' personal staff provides an insider account of the troop surge in Iraq and how key political leaders orchestrated it. Finalist for the 2013 Guggenheim Prize in Military History; runner-up for the 2013 SOuthern California Book Festival; honorable mention for the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival in the General Non-Fiction Category.

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The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control - Walter Mischel
Call Number: 155.25 Mischel 2014
ISBN: 9780316230872
Publication Date: 2014-09-23
In The Marshmallow Test, Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to challenges in everyday life--from weight control to quitting smoking, overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions, and planning for retirement. With profound implications for the choices we make in parenting, education, public policy and self-care, The Marshmallow Test will change the way you think about who we are and what we can be. "-- Provided by publisher.

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The Village Effect: How Face-to-face Contact can Make us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter - Susan Pinker
Call Number: 302 Pinker 2014
ISBN: 9781400069576
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
"Resonating with our most profound life experiences, this book explains why we trust other people and form lifelong bonds, and why we ignore these connections at our peril. Pinker answers crucial questions about human relationships in a digital age, such as: How important is face-to-face interaction as children develop new skills, when adults fall in love, when they negotiate business transactions, and as they age? How did humans evolve such finely-tuned barometers of trust and betrayal--and do these mechanisms work if you're not face-to-face with your partner? Why are women so often the catalysts of social change? To understand these questions, Pinker turns to compelling human stories combined with cutting-edge science"-- Provided by publisher.

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The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's rise to power in ancient Egypt - Kara Cooney
Call Number: 932.014092 Cooney 2014
ISBN: 9780307956767
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
Hatshepsut--the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty--was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king. At just over twenty, Hatshepsut ascended to the rank of pharaoh in an elaborate coronation ceremony that set the tone for her spectacular reign as co-regent with Thutmose III, the infant king whose mother she out-maneuvered for a seat on the throne. A master strategist, Hatshepsut successfully negotiated a path from the royal nursery to the very pinnacle of authority, and her reign saw one of Ancient Egypt's most prolific building periods. Scholars have long speculated as to why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her unprecedented rule. Constructing a rich narrative history using the artifacts that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power--and why she fell from public favor just as quickly. Cooney traces the unconventional life of an almost-forgotten pharaoh and explores our complicated reactions to women in power.--From publisher description.

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Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars - Daniel P. Bolger
Call Number: 956.70443 Bolger 2014
ISBN: 9780544370487
Publication Date: 2014-11-11
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 carried a rifle alongside rank-and-file soldiers in combat actions, unusual for a general. Now, as a witness to all levels of military command, Bolger offers a unique assessment of these wars, from 9/11 to the final withdrawal from the region. Writing with hard-won experience and unflinching honesty, Bolger makes the firm case that in Iraq and in Afghanistan, we lost -- but we didn't have to. Intelligence was garbled. Key decision makers were blinded by spreadsheets or theories. And, at the root of our failure, we never really understood our enemy. Why We Lost is a timely, forceful, and compulsively readable account of these wars from a fresh and authoritative perspective.


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