The Battlefield:Algeria 1988-2002: Studies in a Broken Polity Hugh Roberts
Visiting the Somme & Ypres Battlefields Made Easy: Gareth Hughes
Culloden Tales:Stories from Scotland´s Most Famous Battlefield Hugh G. Allison
A masterpiece of the historian´s art, Hugh Thomas´s The Spanish Civil War remains the best, most engrossing narrative of one of the most emblematic and misunderstood wars of the twentieth century. Revised and updated with significant new material, including new revelations about atrocities perpetrated against civilians by both sides in this epic conflict, this ´´definitive work on the subject´´ (Richard Bernstein, ´´The New York Times) has been given a fresh face forty years after its initial publication in 1961. In brilliant, moving detail, Thomas analyzes a devastating conflict in which the hopes, dreams, and dogmas of a century exploded onto the battlefield. Like no other account, The Spanish Civil War dramatically reassembles the events that led a European nation, in a continent on the brink of world war, to divide against itself, bringing into play the machinations of Franco and Hitler, the bloodshed of Guernica, and the deeply inspiring heroics of those who rallied to the side of democracy. Communists, anarchists, monarchists, fascists, socialists, democrats -- the various forces of the Spanish Civil War composed a fabric of the twentieth century itself, and Thomas masterfully weaves the diffuse and fascinating threads of the war together in a manner that has established the book as a genuine classic of modern history.
The Civil War conjures images of blood-soaked battlefields in the United States. Few are aware of the equally important diplomatic and intelligence contest that raged between the North and South in Europe. While the Confederacy sought Great Britain as a strategic ally, the Union used diplomacy and espionage to avert both the construction of a Confederate navy and the threat of war with England. At the forefront of the international fray was Thomas Haines Dudley, the American consul in Liverpool and ´´the father of modern American intelligence´´. As the Confederates determined to use British shipyards, Dudley established a network of agents throughout England to report on enemy activities and, ultimately, to negate foreign intervention in the American Civil War. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/002351/bk_blak_002351_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sean Harker is good at two things: stealing cars and fighting. One earns him money, the other earns him respect from the gang that he calls family. A police chase through the city streets is just another rite of passage for Sean...as is getting nicked. But a brutal event behind bars convinces him to take charge and turn his life around. Now he must put his street skills to the ultimate test - as a soldier in the British army. And the battlefield is London, where innocent people are being targeted by a new and terrifying enemy. Undercover, under threat - only Sean Harker can save the streets from all-out war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Henry Lloyd Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rhuk/002487/bk_rhuk_002487_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A widow scarred by love and loss.... After years spent following her husband as he fought against Napoleon´s troops, Lady Lettie Hughes returns to London a widow to take her rightful place among the ton as the daughter of an earl. Her parents and friends expect her to enter the marriage market and secure the match she should have pursued in her debut season. But Lettie is not the same innocent girl she was before Waterloo. Nightmares of the battlefield plague her, and she doesn´t see a place for herself in society anymore. A lord determined to save the woman he loves.... Daniel Greaves, the Duke of Linwood, is a man who knows rejection and loss. He´s lived the last six years alone after the woman he was betrothed to cast him aside for another man. Instead of taking control of his title and lands, Daniel fell into a life a debauchery - gaming, women, and spirits. But now the woman who stole his future and left him hollow is back in London. When Lettie and Daniel are reunited, their connection burns as bright as it once did. But neither of them are the same people they were in their youth - they must trust one another to heal the wounds of their past to find a love that lasts forever. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Marie Damman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084633/bk_acx0_084633_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When we think of great events in the history of the world, we tend to think of war, revolution, political upheaval, or natural catastrophe. But throughout history there have been moments of vital importance that have taken place not on the battlefield, or in the palaces of power, or even in the violence of nature, but between the pages of a book. In this audiobook, Melvyn Bragg presents a vivid reminder of the book as agent of social, political, and personal revolution. Here are famous books by Darwin, Newton, and Shakespeare, but we also discover the stories behind some less well-known works, such as Marie Stopes� Married Love, the original radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft�s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, and even the rules to an obscure ball game that became the most popular sport in the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patricia Hodge, Hugh Ross, Robert Powell, Bill Bingham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000002/bk_hodd_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Americans have come to expect that the nation´s presidential campaigns will be characterized by a carnival atmosphere emphasizing style over substance. But this fascinating account of the pivotal 1840 election reveals how the now-unavoidable traditions of big money, big rallies, shameless self-promotion, and carefully manufactured candidate images first took root in presidential politics. Pulitzer Prize-nominated former Wall Street Journal reporter Ronald G. Shafer tells the colorful story of the election battle between sitting president Martin Van Buren, a professional Democratic politician from New York, and Whig Party upstart William Henry Harrison, a military hero who was nicknamed ´´Old Tippecanoe´´ after a battlefield where he fought and won in 1811. Shafer shows how the pivotal campaign of ´´Tippecanoe and Tyler Too´´ marked a series of firsts that changed presidential politicking forever: the first presidential campaign as mass entertainment, directed at middle-income and lower-income voters; the first ´´image campaign,´´ in which strategists painted Harrison as an everyman living in a log cabin sipping hard cider (in fact, he was born into wealth, lived in a 22-room mansion, and drank only sweet cider); the first campaign in which a candidate, Harrison, traveled and delivered speeches directly to voters; the first one influenced by major campaign donations; the first in which women openly participated; and the first involving massive grassroots rallies, attended by tens of thousands and marked by elaborate fanfare, including bands, floats, a log cabin on wheels, and the world´s tallest man. Some of history´s most fascinating figures - including Susan B. Anthony, Charles Dickens, Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allan Poe, Thaddeus Stevens, and Walt Whitman - pass through this colorful story, which is essential listening for anyone interested in learning when image first came to trump ideas in presidential politics. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/009077/bk_blak_009077_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´If I had to go back in Hollywood history and name two people who were most desperately and passionately in love with each other, I would say Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner were it.´´ (Liz Smith) It began in Hollywood´s golden age, when Ava was emerging as a movie star. But she fell in (and out of) love too easily. Mickey Rooney married her because he wanted another conquest. Artie Shaw treated her like a dumb brunette, giving her a reading list on their honeymoon. Neither marriage lasted a year. Then, after being courted by Howard Hughes and numerous others, along came Frank Sinatra. His passion for Ava destroyed his marriage and brought him close to ruin. Their wild affair broke all the rules of the prudish era, as Frank left his wife and children and pursued Ava on an international stage. They became romantic renegades, with the press following them from location to location. ´´Oh, God, Frank Sinatra could be the sweetest, most charming man in the world when he was in the mood,´´ said Ava. They married, but then came the quarrels, separations, infidelities, and reconciliations. Eventually there was a divorce, and they thought it was over. It wasn´t. Through all of the tortured years of separation and splintered affairs with others, they maintained a secretive relationship known only to those who recognized that this was the love of a lifetime. Over the years they attempted to reconcile and romanced and nurtured each other right to the end. The love story of this couple has never been fully explored or explained - until now. Frank & Ava delves deeply into the lives of these two iconic stars and their turbulent lifelong relationship. More than anything else, this is the story of a romance lived out under battlefield conditions. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alan Grupper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002123/bk_aren_002123_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.