Download E-books Warriors and Politicians: US Civil-Military Relations Under Stress (Cass Military Studies) PDF

By Charles A. Stevenson

With historic case stories starting from the innovative conflict to the conflict in Iraq, this new publication exhibits how and why the U.S. army is stuck among civilian masters – the President and Congress – in responding to the demanding situations of warfighting, rearmament, and transformation.

Charles Stevenson skilfully indicates how, even though the U.S. hasn't ever confronted the risk of an army coup, the kinfolk among civilian leaders and the army haven't continuously been effortless. Presidents have contended with army leaders who have been reluctant to hold out their orders. Generals and Admirals have appealed to Congress for sympathy and help. Congressional leaders have attempted to impose their very own visions and techniques at the US militia. This triangular fight has recurred again and again, in wartime and in efforts to reshape the army for destiny wars.

Illustrating this twin process of civilian army keep an eye on in a chain of case reports, this new quantity begins from the way in which the Continental Congress ran the innovative battle via committee and concludes with the George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld efforts to rework the united states army right into a glossy terrorist-fighting strength. This precise assurance indicates how warriors and politicians interacted at key issues in US history.

This ebook might be of serious curiosity to all scholars of the united states army, govt of the USA and of strategic and armed forces experiences quite often.

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Download E-books The Columbia History of the Vietnam War PDF

By David L. Anderson

Rooted in fresh scholarship, The Columbia heritage of the Vietnam War deals profound new views at the political, ancient, army, and social concerns that outlined the struggle and its influence at the usa and Vietnam. Laying the chronological and important foundations for the quantity, David L. Anderson opens with an essay at the Vietnam War's significant moments and enduring relevance. Mark Philip Bradley follows with a reexamination of Vietnamese progressive nationalism and the Vietminh-led warfare opposed to French colonialism. Richard H. Immerman revisits Eisenhower's and Kennedy's efforts at kingdom construction in South Vietnam, and Gary R. Hess stories America's army dedication lower than Kennedy and Johnson. Lloyd C. Gardner investigates the motivations at the back of Johnson's escalation of strength, and Robert J. McMahon makes a speciality of the pivotal interval sooner than and after the Tet Offensive. Jeffrey P. Kimball then is sensible of Nixon's paradoxical choice to finish U.S. intervention whereas pursuing a damaging air war.

John Prados and Eric Bergerud dedicate essays to America's army method, whereas Helen E. Anderson and Robert ok. Brigham discover the war's impression on Vietnamese ladies and concrete tradition. Melvin Small recounts the household tensions created via America's involvement in Vietnam, and Kenton Clymer strains the unfold of the conflict to Laos and Cambodia. Concluding essays through Robert D. Schulzinger and George C. Herring account for the legacy of the struggle inside of Vietnamese and American contexts and diagnose the indications of the "Vietnam syndrome" obtrusive in later debates approximately U.S. overseas coverage. America's adventure in Vietnam keeps to determine prominently in discussions approximately procedure and safety, let alone inside discourse at the identification of the U.S. as a kingdom. Anderson's specialist assortment is accordingly necessary to knowing America's entanglement within the Vietnam battle and the conflict's impact at the nation's destiny pursuits abroad.

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Download E-books Woke Up Lonely: A Novel PDF

By Fiona Maazel

"Intricately imagined and well timed . . . Maazel is an exciting author with a dry, droll feel of humor." ―The long island occasions ebook Review, Editor's Choice

* Shortlisted for the Believer Book Award *
Fiona Maazel's Woke Up Lonely follows a cult chief, his ex-wife, and the 4 humans he is taking hostage. it really is approximately loneliness in the United States, North Korea, espionage, a urban beneath Cincinnati, cloud seeding, and eavesdropping. it is also an immense, sweeping love story.

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Download E-books The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President PDF

By Aaron David Miller

The Presidency has continually been an implausible―some may even say an impossible―job. a part of the matter is that the demanding situations of the presidency and the expectancies americans have for his or her presidents have skyrocketed, whereas the president's potential and tool to carry on what ails the international locations has decreased. certainly, as electorate we proceed to aspire and desire for greatness in our merely nationally elected workplace. the matter in fact is that the call for for nice presidents has regularly passed the provision. for this reason, american citizens are adrift in one of those Presidential Bermuda Triangle suspended among the nice presidents we'd like and those we will not have.

The finish of Greatness explores the concept that of greatness within the presidency and the ways that it has develop into either crucial and unsafe to the United States and the nation's politics. Miller argues that greatness in presidents is a far hyped up advantage. certainly, greatness is just too infrequent to be suitable in our present politics, and pushed because it is by means of nation-encumbering concern, too harmful to be desirable.

Our preoccupation with greatness within the presidency continuously inflates our expectancies, skews the controversy over presidential functionality, and drives presidents to misjudge their very own instances and potential. And our concentrate on the person misses the restrictions of either the workplace and the days, distorting how Presidents truly lead. In in need of and awaiting our leaders to be nice, we now have easily made it very unlikely for them to be strong. The finish of Greatness takes a trip via presidential historical past, assisting us know how greatness within the presidency was once completed, why it truly is long gone, and the way we will be able to greater come to understand the presidents we now have, instead of being ate up with those we want.

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Download E-books Driving Home: An American Journey PDF

For greater than thirty years, Jonathan Raban has written with infectious fascination approximately humans and areas in transition or at the margins, approximately trips undertaken and locations by no means fairly reached, and, as an expat, approximately what it capability to consider rooted in the US. Spanning twenty years, Driving domestic charts a path throughout the Pacific Northwest, American background, and present occasions as witnessed by means of "a super-sensitive, all-seeing eye. Proving that an interloper is the keenest observer of the scene that natives take without any consideration, this selection of Jonathan Raban’s essays affirms his position because the so much literate, perceptive, and funny commentator at the areas, characters, and obsessions that represent the yank scene. Raban spots issues we would another way leave out; he calls up the apt metaphors that rework issues into phenomena. "He is one in all our such a lot talented observers." (Newsday).

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Download E-books Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama PDF

By Bill O'Reilly

Television host, razor sharp political pundit, and number 1 bestselling writer invoice O’Reilly focuses in on the place all of us stand within the Age of Obama in Pinheads and Patriots. during this courageous, hard-hitting, provocative quantity, the writer of Culture Warrior and A daring, clean Piece of Humanity publications americans throughout the huge adjustments sweeping their nation and explains precisely what those profound alterations suggest for each one in every of us.

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Download E-books A History of the American People PDF

By Paul Johnson

"The construction of the U.S. of the United States is the best of all human adventures," starts off Paul Johnson's notable new American historical past. "No different nationwide tale holds such great classes, for the yank humans themselves and for the remainder of mankind." Johnson's background is a reinterpretation of yankee background from the 1st settlements to the Clinton management. It covers each element of U.S. history--politics; company and economics; paintings, literature and technology; society and customs; complicated traditions and non secular ideals. the tale is informed by way of the boys and girls who formed and led the country and the standard those who jointly created its particular personality. anywhere attainable, letters, diaries, and recorded conversations are used to make sure a feeling of reality. "The e-book has new and sometimes trenchant issues to claim approximately each element and interval of America's past," says Johnson, "and i don't search, as a few historians do, to hide my opinions."
Johnson's historical past offers John Winthrop, Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, Cotton Mather, Franklin, Tom Paine, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison from a clean standpoint. It emphasizes the function of faith in American historical past and the way early the USA used to be associated with England's heritage and tradition and contains incisive photos of Andrew Jackson, leader Justice Marshall, Clay, Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis. Johnson exhibits how Grover Cleveland and Teddy Roosevelt ushered within the age of massive enterprise and and the way Woodrow Wilson revolutionized the government's function. He bargains new perspectives of Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover and of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and his position as commander in leader in the course of global struggle II. An exam of the unexpected greatness of Harry Truman and reassessments of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, and Bush persist with. "Compulsively readable," acknowledged international Affairs of Johnson's certain narrative abilities and sharp profiles of individuals.
This is an in-depth portrait of an outstanding humans, from their fragile origins via their struggles for independence and nationhood, their heroic efforts and sacrifices to accommodate the `organic sin' of slavery and the renovation of the Union to its explosive monetary development and emergence as a global energy and its sole superpower. Johnson discusses such modern themes because the politics of racism, schooling, Vietnam, the facility of the click, political correctness, the expansion of litigation, and the emerging impression of ladies. He sees americans as a problem-solving humans and the tale of the US as "essentially one in every of problems being conquer by means of intelligence and talent, via religion and power of function, by means of braveness and persistence...Looking again on its earlier, and ahead to its destiny, the auguries are that it'll now not disappoint humanity."
This not easy narrative and interpretation of yankee heritage by means of the writer of many exotic old works is typically debatable and continually provocative. Johnson's perspectives of people, occasions, topics, and matters are unique, severe, and admiring, for he's, principally, a robust believer within the background and the future of the yank humans.

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Download E-books The United States and Cambodia, 1872-1969: From Curiosity to Confrontation PDF

By Kenton Clymer

Spanning from the 1st US contacts with Cambodia within the nineteenth century up until eventually the overdue Nineteen Sixties and the outbreak of warfare with Vietnam, this e-book is the 1st to systematically discover American family members with Cambodia. A dialogue of adventurers, travelers and missionaries first and foremost units the scene for the research of reputable family members which begun in 1950.

The booklet strains how family members with Cambodia's king, Norodom Sihanouk, have been frequently stricken as Sihanouk strove to maintain his nation out of the chilly conflict even if careworn by way of the USA to hitch the conflict opposed to communism.

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Download E-books 1812: The War That Forged a Nation PDF

By Walter R. Borneman

Although usually ignored among the yank Revolution and the Civil warfare, the struggle of 1812 established a emerging iteration of yank leaders; unified the us with a renewed experience of nationwide objective; and set the degree for westward enlargement from Mackinac Island to the Gulf of Mexico. USS structure, "Old Ironsides," proved the mettle of the fledgling American military; Oliver danger Perry hoisted a flag boasting, "Don't hand over the Ship"; and Andrew Jackson's ragged strength stood at the back of it truly is cotton bales at New Orleans and bested the satisfaction of British regulars. listed below are the tales of commanding generals reminiscent of America's double-dealing James Wilkinson, nice Britain's gallant Sir Isaac Brock, Canada's heroine farm spouse Laura Secord, and kingdom surgeon William Beanes, whose seize set the level for Francis Scott Key to jot down "The Star-Spangled Banner." in the course of the battle of 1812, the us eliminate its cloak of colonial early life and - with either humiliating and excellent moments - chanced on the hearth that was once to forge a nation.

This P.S. variation good points an additional sixteen pages of insights into the booklet, together with writer interviews, urged examining, and more.

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