The Mexican War by David Stephen Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler

By David Stephen Heidler, Jeanne T. Heidler

Victory over Mexico additional great western territories to the US, however it additionally quickened the household slavery debate and crippled Mexico for many years, making the Mexican battle one in all our so much ambiguous conflicts. fundamental files, biographical sketches and narrative chapters rounded out through twenty photos and maps and a powerful bibliography and index make this paintings through of America's premiere Antebellum historians a must-have to appreciate one among our such a lot contentious episodes.The usa went to warfare with Mexico within the spring of 1846 and by way of the autumn of 1847 American infantrymen have been jogging within the streets of Mexico urban. the next February, Mexico was once compelled to signal the Treaty fo Guadalupe Hidalgo that ceded what turned the U.S. Southwest and Pacific Coast. instead of an remoted episode, the warfare was once the fruits of a sequence of occasions that begun earlier than Mexican independence and integrated treaty preparations with Spain, the insurrection of Mexico's northern province of Texas, and the starting to be discord over American reactions to Texan independence. The legacy of the warfare was once dire for either international locations. The effective usa started out a sour argument over the destiny of slavery within the territories bought from Mexico that at last culminated in southern secession and Civil conflict. Defeated Mexico coped for many years with a ruined economic system and a damaged political method whereas nursing a grudge opposed to the Colossus of the North.This booklet examines those occasions from either the yank and Mexican views. subject matters lined comprise succinct histories of the yank and Mexican Republics from their colonial founding to their independence from eu nations; the issues over Texas, together with Anglo immigration, the Texas Revolution, and the controversies surrounding U.S. annexation of Texas; the crises instigated by means of American annexation of Texas as a result of the crossed reasons of yank expansionist goals and household matters over slavery; the northern campaigns of the warfare in California and New Mexico; Winfield Scott's amphibious touchdown and siege at Vera Cruz and his epic march to Mexico urban and the cave in of the Mexican executive; and eventually the crafting of the peace treaty and the sour legacies of the conflict for either the U.S. and Mexico. Biographical sketches of Valentin Gomez Farias, Jose Joaquin de Herrere, Sam Houston, Stephen Watts Kearny, President James Polk and different impressive figures of the development supply firsthand glimpses into the motivations of the most important gamers. 9 maps, 11 pictures, an in depth chronology, and a dozen very important annotated fundamental records upload substantial intensity to the booklet. an in depth annotated biography and powerful index whole this beneficial re-creation on one in all younger America's so much attempting and contentious sessions.

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Sky Hunters: Anarchy's Reign by Jack Shane

By Jack Shane

Bobby Autry has constantly been a maverick. the best pilots in America's elite helicopter unit, not anyone anticipated Autry to be successful whilst he used to be ordered to create a unit that may fly higher than the Nightstalkers, shoot greater than the SEALs, and imagine smarter than the CIA, yet he brought. He by no means cared approximately stepping on ft, in basic terms on getting effects.

But now Autry faces his largest try. long ago, his energy as a soldier used to be in with the ability to function independently, autonomously, with out oversight. yet now, he may need to take it one step further––he may well even have to damage the legislation to get the activity performed.

Autry has found a brand new chance to the USA, and it is coming from the interior. After intercepting a cache of guns, he discovers that their vacation spot is to be inside of considered one of America's largest towns. a gaggle of anarchists, hoping to fan of the flames of a politically–divided kingdom, intends to rework the realm fiscal Summit right into a battle quarter. With the time ticking down and executive beuracracy slowing down the mandatory reaction, Autry is familiar with that the one approach to shield his kingdom is to wreck the legislation, arm his renegades, and pre–empt an rebel on his personal soil. If he's not killed, he is probably be court docket martialed, yet worrying concerning the ideas was once by no means Autry's style...

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Midnight in the Century by Victor Serge

By Victor Serge

In 1933, Victor Serge used to be arrested by means of Stalin’s police, interrogated, and held in solitary confinement for greater than 80 days. published, he spent years in exile in distant Orenburg. those studies have been the muse for Midnight within the Century, Serge’s looking novel approximately revolutionaries dwelling within the shadow of Stalin’s betrayal of the revolution. 

one of the exiles accrued within the city of Chenor, or Black-Waters, are the granite-faced previous Bolshevik Ryzhik, stoic but light Varvara, and Rodion, a tender, self-educated employee who's attempting to make feel of the area and heritage. they fight within the not likely corporation of Russian Orthodox previous Believers who're additionally pain for his or her religion. opposed to unimaginable odds, the younger Rodion will get away captivity and discover a new existence within the wild. Surviving the darkish iciness evening of the soul, he rediscovers the only, and such a lot radical, type of resistance: hope. 

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Blood and Salt by Barbara Sapergia

By Barbara Sapergia

The principal personality, Taras Kalyna, has run clear of the Austrian military close to international warfare I, to persist with his love, Halya, to Canada. He can’t know the way tough it is going to be to discover her back or that his seek can be interrupted by way of years in what a few have known as “Canada’s Gulag.” simply because Ukrainians come from Austrian-ruled territories, they are going to be classed as “enemy aliens” and constrained at the back of barbed twine in internment camps. now not each Ukrainian; the emphasis was once at the unemployed, the political (such as union activists), and those who have been in somebody’s way.

The novel consists of type relatives. Halya’s formidable father will get her a role as better half to a wealthy girl, Louisa Shawcross. Louisa is the mum of Ronnie Shawcross, Taras’s boss on the small-town brick plant, and he falls in love with Halya. Taras turns into somebody in his means. Ronnie denounces him to the police.

By the tip of the tale, Taras and Halya do come jointly back. Taras has come to..

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The Great Big Book of Horrible Things: The Definitive by Matthew White

By Matthew White

A compulsively readable and completely unique account of worldwide historyfrom an atrocitologists aspect of view.Evangelists of human growth meet their contrary in Matthew Whites epic exam of historys 100 such a lot violent occasions, or, in Whites piquant phraseology, the numbers that folks are looking to argue approximately. achieving again to 480 BCEs moment Persian conflict, White strikes chronologically via historical past to this centurys conflict within the Congo and devotes chapters to every occasion, the place he surrounds difficult evidence (time and position) and succinct takeaways (who often will get the blame?) with energetic army, social, and political histories. With the attention of a pro statistician, White assigns every one access a score in line with physique count number, and in doing so he offers voice to the anguish of standard people who, inexorably, has outlined each ancient epoch. by way of turns droll, insightful, matter-of-fact, and eventually sympathetic to those that died, the good monstrous booklet of terrible issues offers readers an opportunity to arrive their very own conclusions whereas providing a stark reminder of the darkness of the human heart.

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Corunna 1809: Sir John Moore’s Fighting Retreat (Campaign, by Philip J. Haythornthwaite

By Philip J. Haythornthwaite

The retreat to Corunna is among the epic campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815). past due in 1808 Sir John Moore chanced on himself nearly by myself together with his small British military deep inside of Spain. The armies of his Spanish allies have been crushed and he confronted a positive French strength below the Emperor Napoleon. He had little alternative yet to reserve a retreat to the port of Corunna. This grew to become the main exhausting of trials with armies traversing mountainous terrain over appalling roads within the depths of wintry weather. one way or the other Moore held his outnumbered, exhausted males jointly as they struggled to arrive safeguard. eventually at Corunna Moore's military grew to become to stand its tormentors.

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Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation

Operation protecting area, Israel’s seven-week bombing crusade and flooring invasion of Gaza in the summertime of 2014, ended in part one million displaced Gazans, tens of hundreds of thousands of destroyed houses, and greater than 2,000 deaths—and, but, it used to be in basic terms the most recent in a protracted sequence of attacks persevered via Palestinians remoted in Gaza. yet, following the clash, polls printed a startling truth: for the 1st time, a majority of usa citizens less than thirty chanced on Israel’s activities unjustified. Jon Stewart aired a blistering assault on Israeli violence, and a video of a UN spokesperson weeping as he used to be interviewed in Gaza went viral, showing on Vanity Fair and Buzzfeed, between different sites.

This e-book lines this swelling American acceptance of Palestinian affliction, fight, and wish, in writing that's own, lyrical, anguished, and encouraging. a few of the top writers of our time, corresponding to Junot Díaz and Teju Cole, poets and essayists, novelists and students, Palestinian American activists like Huwaida Arraf, Noura Erakat, and Remi Kanazi, supply voice to emotions of empathy and solidarity—as good as anger at US aid for Israeli policy—in intimate letters, attractive essays, and livid poems. it is a landmark paintings of debatable, dedicated literary writing.

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The White Witch of the South Seas (Gregory Sallust, Book 11) by Dennis Wheatley

By Dennis Wheatley

A spellbinding tale of experience and intrigue instructed within the actual Wheatley culture, that includes Gregory Sallust who, whilst traveling Rio de Janeiro, turns into drawn into perilous motion. condition results in him changing into the good friend of a tender South Seas Rajah, Ratu James Omboluku, there to safe finance to get better treasure from a sunken send mendacity off the island he ideas; and he intends to exploit this treasure for the betterment of his people.

But others, led via the unscrupulous Pierre Lacost, also are making plans to recuperate the treasure, and it's not lengthy ahead of Gregory, having an affair with the passionate Manon de Bois-Tracy, unearths himself surrounded by means of homicide, magic, blackmail, kidnapping and a few of the main ruthless thugs he has ever encountered.

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