Rescue at Los Banos: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of by Bruce Henderson

By Bruce Henderson

Rescue at Los Banos tells the captivating survival tale of greater than thousand prisoners of conflict held within the Philippines by means of the japanese in the course of international conflict II—and the elite eleventh Airborne Division's outstanding, heart-pounding challenge to rescue them from deep inside of enemy territory

As the U.S. victory within the Pacific drew close to, determined jap squaddies guarding the civilian prisoners—most of them Americans—at the Los Baños Internment Camp turned more and more sadistic and commenced systematically ravenous, beating, and killing their captives. Fearing the lack of numerous extra lives if the POWs weren't rescued quickly, basic Douglas MacArthur in my opinion gave the eleventh Airborne department the harmful project of releasing those males, girls, and kids in a dangerous race opposed to the clock.

In Rescue at Los Baños, no 1 long island occasions bestselling writer Bruce Henderson deftly weaves jointly dramatic debts of lifestyles on the eastern criminal camp with specific research of the complicated army operation being deliberate and conducted. He tells the tales of standard women and men thrust into the horrors of battle and the valiant squaddies decided to save lots of them. The project from MacArthur required the coordination of a three-pronged attack—deploying troops by means of air, land, and sea—and it needed to be conducted in darkness, with a jap infantry department 10000 robust lurking simply down the line. the percentages opposed to good fortune have been steep and the hazards have been huge, immense, however the younger American paratroopers and Filipino guerrillas answered with unprecedented braveness of their heroic efforts to avoid wasting the prisoners. common Colin Powell has referred to as the raid "a textbook operation for every age and all armies," and this day it's remembered as some of the most mythical in U.S. army history.

Combining own interviews, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and large archival learn, Rescue at Los Baños records the brilliant tale of a gaggle of prisoners of war—whose fortitude helped them conquer complication, deprivation, and cruelty—and of the younger U.S. squaddies and Filipino guerrillas who risked their lives to attempt to save lots of them.

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American Christianity: The Continuing Revolution by Stephen Cox

By Stephen Cox

Christianity takes an striking number of types in the United States, from church buildings that cherish conventional modes of worship to evangelical church buildings and fellowships, Pentecostal church buildings, social-action church buildings, megachurches, and apocalyptic churches—congregations ministering to believers of numerous ethnicities, social sessions, and sexual orientations. neither is this range a up to date phenomenon, regardless of many Americans’ nostalgia for an undeviating “faith of our fathers” within the days of yore. quite, as Stephen Cox argues during this thought-provoking ebook, American Christianity is a revolution that's continually occurring, and continually must ensue. The old-time faith consistently needs to be made new, and that's what americans were doing all through their history.

American Christianity is an interesting e-book, extensive ranging and good knowledgeable, involved with the dwelling fact of America’s assorted traditions and with the outstanding ways that they've got built. Radical and unpredictable swap, Cox argues, is likely one of the few in charge positive factors of Christianity in the US. He explores how either the Catholic Church and the mainline Protestant church buildings have developed in ways in which may lead them to look alien to their adherents in prior centuries. He strains the increase of uniquely American activities, from the Mormons to the Seventh-day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses, and brings to lifestyles the brilliant personalities—Aimee Semple McPherson, Billy Sunday, and lots of others—who have taken the gospel to the loads. He sheds new mild on such concerns as American Christians’ severe yet continuously altering political involvements, their arguable revisions within the kind and substance of worship, and their power expectation that God is ready to interfere conclusively in human lifestyles. announcing that “a church that doesn’t promise new beginnings can by no means prosper in America,“ Cox demonstrates that American Christianity needs to be noticeable now not as a sociological phenomenon yet because the ever-changing tale of person humans looking their very own connections with God, continually reinventing their faith, making it extra risky, extra colourful, and extra attention-grabbing.

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The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the by George C. Daughan

By George C. Daughan

Almost immediately after the outbreak of the battle of 1812, Captain David Porter set out on the helm of the USS Essex, reason on rounding Cape Horn and looking British whaling and service provider ships within the Pacific Ocean. Porter’s odyssey took him to unique isles and taken glory to the fledgling American army, and in The Shining Sea, celebrated historian George C. Daughan tells the complete tale of this historical voyage for the 1st time. Porter’s cruise is now considered as the best maritime experience of the interval, yet his monomaniacal quest to trap a British man-of-war finally price him his send and the lives of over two-thirds of his crew—a disgraceful finish to a bold journey.

A exciting narrative of chance and wreck at the excessive seas, The Shining Sea brings to existence one of many war’s maximum tragedies, taking pictures Porter’s vast hubris and his cataclysmic failure.

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The US Congress for Kids: Over 200 Years of Lawmaking, by Ronald A. Reis

By Ronald A. Reis

An interactive guidebook to the heritage and internal workings of the legislative department of the U.S. Government Providing a old point of view on all that's happening at the present time, US Congress for Kids examines the most important milestones in congressional heritage, together with the abolition of slavery, extending the vote to African american citizens and to ladies, and investigating misconduct in either executive and personal associations. young ones may be engaged by way of the focal point on dramatic tales, personalities, and turning issues whereas additionally benefitting from the transparent discussions of Congressional function, constitution, background, and ongoing concerns. academic, hands-on actions that remove darkness from the workings of the U.S. Congress comprise creating a residence ceremonial mace, developing congressional cash, creating a capitol dome, and designing a Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Liberty's Blueprint: How Madison and Hamilton Wrote the by Michael Meyerson

By Michael Meyerson

Apart from the structure itself, there's no extra vital rfile in American politics and legislations than the Federalist Papers—the sequence of pamphlets written by way of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison to provide an explanation for the which means of the proposed structure to the yankee humans and convince them of its value. those papers offer a window into the framers’ recommendations at the so much divisive problems with American government—the powers of the President, the dividing line among Congress’s authority and that of the states, the position of the very best courtroom, and the significance of the invoice of Rights. Liberty’s Blueprint bargains an important advent to how the Federalist Papers have been written, the philosophical pondering that formed the structure, how the framers intended a few of the clauses to be understood, and why they're nonetheless very important at the present time.

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George Washington's Military Genius by Dave Richard Palmer

By Dave Richard Palmer

George Washington’s army method has been referred to as bumbling at worst and exceptional at most sensible. So that's it? was once George Washington a strategic genius or simply fortunate? So asks Dave R. Palmer in his new ebook, George Washington’s army Genius. An up to date variation of Palmer's prior paintings, The approach of the Fox, George Washington’s army Genius breaks down the yankee Revolution into 4 levels and analyzes Washington's method in the course of every one word. "The British didn't have to lose; the patriots didn't have to triumph," writes Palmer as he proves unquestionably that Washington's continuously-changing army strategies have been planned, strategic responses to some of the stages of the struggle, no longer simply because he lacked a course of action. Confronting the critics who say Washington's battlefield luck and supreme victories have been a functionality of good fortune, George Washington's army Genius proves why the daddy of our kingdom additionally merits the name of America's preeminent strategist.

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Looking Forward by Franklin D. Roosevelt

By Franklin D. Roosevelt

Publish 12 months note: First released in 1933
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Published initially of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first time period as president, having a look ahead is a compilation of a few of his best-known articles and speeches, and contains such chapters as "Need for financial Planning," "Reorganization of Government," and "Banking and Speculation," in addition to his first inaugural speech.

In Looking Forward, Roosevelt examines the monetary and political buildings of his time, and reviews at the influence of those on monetary improvement and diplomacy. Insightful and astute, Roosevelt's remark keeps to ring real greater than sixty years after his death.

HarperTorch brings nice works of non-fiction and the dramatic arts to lifestyles in electronic layout, upholding the top criteria in e-book creation and celebrating examining in all its types. search for extra titles within the HarperTorch assortment to construct your electronic library.

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The Benghazi Report: Review of the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. by U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Roger Stone

By U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Roger Stone

On September eleven, 2012, a squad of armed militants in Libya attacked the yankee diplomatic project at Benghazi, killing U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and 3 different American diplomats. even supposing the vicious assault was once first and foremost said as a protest opposed to an anti-Islamic video, later proof steered that it could were a coordinated terrorist attack—perhaps even tied to al-Qaeda. This begged the query: Did the White residence push aside a terrorist assault with the intention to store face? seeing that then, the incident has built right into a full-blown partisan debate over even if the govt used to be interested by a cover-up or no longer, and worse, even if the assault might have been prevented.

The Benghazi file is the Senate committee's findings—the fruits of over a year's worthy of investigations and interviews, provided in complete. Readers of The Benghazi file will locate a few of the revelations stunning. Did the White apartment control the evidence? Why used to be the disclosure of data so unnecessarily sluggish? what's the connection among the mysterious deaths of fifteen Libyans who were aiding the FBI's research and a path of incompetence left by means of overseas governments unwilling cooperate? have been the assaults have been preventable?
Featuring an advent through bestselling writer Roger Stone, this document represents a landmark within the ongoing fight for extra transparency from the U.S. govt.

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Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American by E. J. Dionne Jr.

By E. J. Dionne Jr.

Our Divided Political center will be the must-read ebook of the 2012 election crusade. providing an incisive research of the way hyper-individualism is poisoning the nation’s political surroundings, E. J. Dionne Jr. argues that americans can’t agree on who we're simply because we can’t agree on who we’ve been, or what it's, philosophically and spiritually, that makes us american citizens. Dionne takes at the Tea Party’s distortions of yank heritage and exhibits that the real American culture issues to not radical individualism, yet to a stability among our love of individualism and our devotion to community.

Dionne bargains either a desirable journey of yankee history—from the Founding Fathers to Clay and Lincoln and directly to the Populists, the Progressives and the hot Dealers—and additionally an research of our present politics that shatters traditional knowledge. the genuine American concept, faraway from endorsing govt state of no activity or indifference, has continually considered the government as an energetic and optimistic companion with the remainder of society in selling prosperity, chance, and American greatness.

The skill of the yankee procedure to self-correct is its maximum asset and Dionne demanding situations progressives to embody the yankee tale. Our fractious yet effective prior deals us the assets either to rediscover the assumption of growth and to place an finish to our fears of decline. Our Divided Political middle will be required analyzing for all who search a course out of our present impasse.

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Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov and the Dream of a by Owen Matthews

By Owen Matthews

Two centuries in the past, presently after the U.S. used to be shaped, a Russian day trip set its points of interest at the Pacific Northwest. it might probably have replaced history.

At the sunrise of the 19th century empires met at the a long way aspect of North the US. Spain used to be the drained and hidebound colonial grasp of a lot of the Americas. Russia used to be the upstart, hungry for America's Pacific Northwest coast, a prize left unclaimed after the golden age of exploration.

The dream of a Russian the US turned the aim of the Russian the US corporation, championed and led by means of Nikolai Rezanov, aristocratic adventurer and diplomat and courtier to Tsar Alexander I. At a time while John Jacob Astor was once gathering his personal fortune within the fur alternate, Rezanov estimated reworking fur-hunting stations at the Alaskan coast into the hub of a Pacific empire stretching from Siberia to California. The distances have been vast-thousands of miles overland around the unending Russian steppes, hundreds of thousands extra by way of sea to Alaska and all the way down to San Francisco bay. His males have been unreliable-disorderly, dissolute, disease-ridden-and the risks ever-present. but Rezanov endured, and in 1806-just as Lewis and Clark have been getting to know the Columbia River to the north-he got here with regards to knowing his dream. Had he performed so, the background of the us could have been very different.

Owen Matthews brilliantly chronicles a hitherto untold tale of experience and colonial ambition, dropped at lifestyles through brilliant first-hand money owed and his personal travels throughout Russia, recalling a time while goals of glory driven males to the bounds of human persistence.

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