As greg mitchell’s riveting narrative unfolds, we meet extraordinary characters: the legendary cyclist who became East Germany’s top target for arrest; the Stasi informer who betrays the “CBS tunnel”; the American student who aided the escapes; an engineer who would later help build the tunnel under the English channel; and the young East Berliner who fled with her baby, then married one of the tunnelers.
The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill #ad - Nbc and cbs funded two separate tunnels in return for the right to film the escapes, planning spectacular prime-time specials. Then two U. S. The tunnels is breaking history, a propulsive read whose themes still reverberate. In the summer of 1962, a group of young west germans risked prison, and even death to liberate friends, Stasi torture, the year after the rise of the Berlin Wall, lovers, and strangers in East Berlin by digging tunnels under the Wall.
Television networks heard about the secret projects and raced to be first to document them from the inside. The tunnels captures the chilling reach of the Stasi secret police as U.
As Good As Dead: The Daring Escape of American POWs From a Japanese Death CampDutton Caliber #ad - A truly uplifting tale of deliverance from certain death… a deeply personal read, in which the reader is drawn into the highs and lows of the action, the tragedy and the salvation, because Moore has so successfully drawn out the characters…. By the next morning, only eleven men were left alive—but their desperate journey to freedom had just begun.
As good as dead is one of the greatest escape stories of World War II, and one that few Americans know. Their endurance, determination, and courage in the face of death make this a gripping and inspiring saga of survival. On december 14, with machine guns trained on them, they were herded underground into shallow air raid shelters—death pits dug with their own hands.
As Good As Dead: The Daring Escape of American POWs From a Japanese Death Camp #ad - Japanese soldiers doused the shelters with gasoline and set them on fire. They scrounged for food and water, and wandered through treacherous jungle terrain, swam shark-infested bays, hoping to find friendly Filipino guerrillas. The eleven survivors of the Palawan Massacre—some badly wounded and burned—spent weeks evading Japanese patrols.
But for the last 150 american prisoners of war still held on the island of Palawan, there would be no salvation. Compelling reading and hard to put down. Naval historythe heroic story of eleven american pOWs who defied certain death in World War II—As Good as Dead is an unforgettable account of the Palawan Massacre survivors and their daring escape.
Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White HouseHarper #ad - In camelot’s court, the cuban missile crisis, civil rights, Dallek analyzes the brain trust whose contributions to the successes and failures of Kennedy’s administration—including the Bay of Pigs, and Vietnam—were indelible. Kennedy purposefully put together a dynamic team of advisors noted for their brilliance and acumen, including Attorney General Robert Kennedy, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, and trusted aides Ted Sorensen and Arthur Schlesinger.
Yet the very traits these men shared also created sharp divisions. Kennedy’s assassination, whom the new york times calls “kennedy’s leading biographer, ” delivers a riveting new portrait of this president and his inner circle of advisors—their rivalries, personality clashes, presidential historian Robert Dallek, and political battles.
Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House #ad - Far from being unified, this was an uneasy band of rivals whose ambitions and clashing beliefs ignited fiery internal debates. Robert dallek illuminates a president deeply determined to surround himself with the best and the brightest, who often found himself disappointed with their recommendations. Fifty years after John F.
The result, camelot's court: inside the kennedy White House, is a striking portrait of a leader whose wise resistance to pressure and adherence to principle offers a cautionary tale for our own time.
Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for WomenAnchor #ad - In the final months of the war, Ravensbrück became an extermination camp. Their destination was ravensbrück, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Holocaust. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards. A masterly and moving account of the most horrific hidden atrocity of world war ii: ravensbrück, opera singers, doctors, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 867 women—housewives, prostitutes—was marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, politicians, driven on past a shining lake, then herded in through giant gates.
With rare clarity, it reminds us of the capacity of humankind both for bestial cruelty and for courage against all odds. By the end of the war 130, and gemma la guardia gluck, general de gaulle’s niece, 000 women from more than twenty different European countries had been imprisoned there; among the prominent names were Geneviève de Gaulle, sister of the wartime mayor of New York.
Only a small number of these women were jewish; ravensbrück was largely a place for the Nazis to eliminate other inferior beings—social outcasts, the sick, foreign resisters, political enemies, Gypsies, the disabled, and the “mad. Over six years the prisoners endured beatings, starvation, slave labor, torture, and random execution.
Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women #ad - Chilling, and deeply unsettling, inspiring, Ravensbrück is a groundbreaking work of historical investigation. Estimates of the final death toll by April 1945 have ranged from 30, 000 to 90, 000 For decades the story of Ravensbrück was hidden behind the Iron Curtain, and today it is still little known.
Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on AnesthesiaW. W. Norton & Company #ad - But it remains one of the most extraordinary, unexplored corners of the medical world. In counting Backwards, Dr. With compassion and candor, the politics of pain relief, he weaves his experiences into an intimate exploration of the nature of consciousness, and the wonder of modern medicine. Filled with intensity and humanity, with moments of near-disaster, life-saving success, and simple grace, Counting Backwards is for anyone curious about what happens after we lose consciousness.
A moving exploration of the most common but most mysterious procedure in medicine. For many of the 40 million Americans who undergo anesthesia each year, it is the source of great fear and fascination. Henry jay przybylo—a pediatric anesthesiologist with more than thirty years of experience—delivers an unforgettable account of the procedure’s daily dramas and fundamental mysteries.
Counting Backwards: A Doctor's Notes on Anesthesia #ad - From the famous first demonstration of anesthesia in the Ether Dome at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1846 to today’s routine procedure that controls anxiety, and more, pain relief, memory formation, anesthesia has come a long way. Przybylo has administered anesthesia more than 30, and immobilizing the body, 000 times in his career—erasing consciousness, screaming toddlers, denying memory, and then reversing all of these effects—on newborn babies, sullen teenagers, even a gorilla.
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land GrabPenguin Books #ad - At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story. One man we recognize: andrew jackson—war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South—whose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears.
The other is a half-forgotten figure: john ross—a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat—who used the United States’ own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson. Representing one of the five civilized tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers—cultivating farms, publishing a newspaper in their own language, and sending children to school—Ross championed the tribes’ cause all the way to the Supreme Court.
Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab #ad - Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men—President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross—who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. In a fight that seems at once distant and familiar, committed civil disobedience, Ross and his allies made their case in the media, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women.
Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and set the pattern for modern-day politics. At stake in this struggle was the land of the Five Civilized Tribes. He gained allies like senator Henry Clay, Chief Justice John Marshall, and even Davy Crockett.
Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of MidwayWilliam Morrow #ad - Desperately searched for its first major victory of the Second World War. Unbowed, dusty returned to the air that same afternoon and, remarkably, would fatally strike another enemy carrier, Hiryu. Arriving safely back at enterprise, Dusty was met with heartbreaking news: his best friend was missing and presumed dead along with two dozen of their fellow naval aviators.
As his plane leveled out just above the roiling Pacific Ocean, Dusty’s perfectly placed bombs struck the carrier’s deck, and Kaga erupted into an inferno from which it would never recover. Now his extraordinary and long-awaited memoir, tells the navy cross recipient’s full story for the first time, Never Call Me a Hero, offering an unprecedentedly intimate look at the "the decisive contest for control of the Pacific in World War II" New York Times—and one man’s essential role in helping secure its outcome.
Dusty worked on this book for years with naval historians Timothy and Laura Orr, aiming to publish Never Call Me a Hero for Midway’s seventy-fifth anniversary in June 2017. Plummeting through the air at 240 knots amid blistering anti-aircraft fire, the twenty-six-year-old pilot from USS Enterprise’s elite Scouting Squadron Six fixed on an invaluable target—the aircraft carrier Kaga, one of Japan’s most important capital ships.
Never Call Me a Hero: A Legendary American Dive-Bomber Pilot Remembers the Battle of Midway #ad - He released three bombs at the last possible instant, then desperately pulled out of his gut-wrenching 9-g dive. By battle’s end, living quietly with his children and his wife, the humble young sailor from Kansas had earned his place in history—and yet he stayed silent for decades, Jean, whom he married less than a month after Midway.
. The true story behind the blockbuster motion picture midway Hailed as "The single most effective pilot at Midway" World War II magazine, Dusty Kleiss struck and sank three Japanese ships at the Battle of Midway, including two aircraft carriers.
The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel based on an untold true storyOne More Chapter #ad - And nothing less’ aliza ziegler, haaretz newspaper‘this is a book we are not allowed not to read’ Leah Roditi, Yedioth Ahronoth Publishing House‘Great courage is needed to write as Adler does – without softening, without beautifying, without leaving any room to imagination’ Yehudith Rotem, Editor-in-Chief at Proza Books, At Magazine .
I stroked his cheek, whispered, it’s really you…Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war. But one day in 1944, everything changes. I gave the book to my mom and she called me after she finished crying and telling me how much she loved it’ Amazon reviewer‘It is a book we all must read, enthralling, earth-shattering, read in order to know … It is harsh, rattling – but we must.
My brother’s tears left a delicate, clean line on his face. The nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour before the train will take them to Auschwitz. Six decades later, from the safety of their living rooms at home in Israel, the brothers finally break their silence to a friend who will never let their stories be forgotten.
The Brothers of Auschwitz: A heartbreaking and unforgettable historical novel based on an untold true story #ad - Malka adler’s extraordinary biographical novel of a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each other is based on interviews with the brothers she grew up with by the Sea of Galilee. When they decided to tell their story, she was the only one they would talk to. Told in a poetic style reminiscent of margaret atwood, the Librarian of Auschwitz, solace and above all, hope, in books like The Choice, this is a visceral yet essential read for those who have found strength, and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Lalechka: A WW2 Jewish Girl's Holocaust Survival True Story World War II Survivor Memoir Book 1#ad - And an inspirational story of survivalit is 1941, the height of World War II, and in a Polish ghetto, a baby girl named Rachel is born. She gives her beloved lalechka to them and returns to the ghetto to be with her husband and parents – unaware of the fate that awaits her. Irena and sophia take on the burden of caring for Lalechka during the war, pretending that she is part of their family despite the danger of being discovered and executed.
Lalechka is based on the unique journal written by the young mother during the annihilation of the ghetto, as well as on interviews with key figures in the story, rare documents and authentic letters. Her mother discovers a hideaway in the attic where other Jews are hiding. Two courageous women. The father, serving as jewish policeman in the ghetto, understands that staying in the attic will mean a certain death for his wife and child.
Lalechka: A WW2 Jewish Girl's Holocaust Survival True Story World War II Survivor Memoir Book 1 #ad - In a desperate but hope-filled move, Lalechka’s parents decide to save their daughter no matter what the price. Jacob smuggle them outside the boundaries of the ghetto where Zippa meets Polish friends, Irena and Sophia. They nickname her Lalechka. Just before lalechka’s first birthday, the Nazis begin to murder everyone in the ghetto.
Her parents, jacob and Zippa, are willing to do anything to keep her alive.
The Days of the French RevolutionWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - This trade paperback edition has twenty-eight pages of black-and-white illustrations, and will be published in time for Bastille Day. As compelling as any fiction thriller, this real-life drama moves from the storming of the Bastille to the doomed court of Louis XVI, the salon of Madame Roland, and even the boudoir of Marie Antoinette.
. Hibbert recounts the events that swirled around Napoleon, Marat, Danton, Mirabeau, and Robespierre with eyewitness accounts and his "usual grace and flair for divulging interesting detail" Booklist. Now available for the first time in years, The Days of the French Revolution brings to life the events that changed the future of Western civilization.
The Days of the French Revolution #ad - Works from les misirables by Victor Hugo to Citizens by Simon Schama have been inspired by the French Revolution.
Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945Vintage #ad - He simultaneously traces the major developments—hitler’s refusal to retreat from the soviet union until it was too late; Stalin’s ruthlessness in using his greater population to wear down the German army; Churchill’s leadership in the dark days of 1940 and 1941; Roosevelt’s steady hand before and after the United States entered the war—and puts them in real human context.
Hastings also illuminates some of the darker and less explored regions under the war’s penumbra, during which the Finns fiercely and surprisingly resisted Stalin’s invading Red Army; and the Bengal famine in 1943 and 1944, when at least one million people died in what turned out to be, in Nehru’s words, including the conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland, “the final epitaph of British rule” in India.
Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945 #ad - Now, he gives us a magnificent, for the first time, single-volume history of the entire war. Through his strikingly detailed stories of everyday people—of soldiers, sailors and airmen; British housewives and Indian peasants; SS killers and the citizens of Leningrad, some of whom resorted to cannibalism during the two-year siege; Japanese suicide pilots and American carrier crews—Hastings provides a singularly intimate portrait of the world at war.
From one of our finest military historians, a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. World war ii involved tens of millions of soldiers and cost sixty million lives—an average of twenty-seven thousand a day. For thirty-five years, Max Hastings has researched and written about different aspects of the war.
Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the twentieth century.