Rogue Heroes

  • Filename: rogue-heroes.
  • ISBN: 1101904186
  • Release Date: 2017-08-29
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: Broadway Books



The incredible untold story of WWII's greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue Britain's Special Air Service--or SAS--was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II's African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel's desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS's remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.

Rogue Heroes

  • Filename: rogue-heroes.
  • ISBN: 0771060327
  • Release Date: 2017-05-30
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Ben MacIntyre
  • Publisher: Signal Books



The latest from the bestselling author of Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends -- the untold story of one of WWII's most important secret military units. Ben Macintyre's latest book of derring-do and wartime intrigue reveals the incredible story of the last truly unsung secret organization of World War II -- Britain's Special Air Service, or the SAS. Facing long odds and a tough slog against Rommel and the German tanks in the Middle East theatre, Britain turned to the brainchild of one its most unlikely heroes -- David Stirling, a young man whose aimlessness and almost practiced ennui belied a remarkable mind for strategy. With the help of his equally unusual colleague, the rough-and-tumble Jock Lewes, Stirling sought to assemble a crack team of highly trained men who would parachute in behind enemy lines to throw monkey wrenches into the German war machine. Though he faced stiff resistance from those who believed such activities violated the classic rules of war, Stirling persevered and in the process created a legacy. Staffed by brilliant, idiosyncratic men whose talents defied both tradition and expectations, the SAS would not only change the course of the war, but the very nature of combat itself. Written with complete access to the never-before-seen SAS archives (who chose Macintyre as their official historian), Rogue Heroes offers a powerfully intimate look at life on the battlefield as lived by a group of remarkable soldiers whose contributions have, until now, gone unrecognized beyond the classified world. Filled with wrenching set pieces and weaving its way through multiple theatres of our grandest and most terrible war, this book is both an excellent addition to the Macintyre library and a critical piece in our understanding of the war's unfolding.

Rogue Heroes

  • Filename: rogue-heroes.
  • ISBN: 9781101904176
  • Release Date: 2016-10-04
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: Crown



The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.

SAS

  • Filename: sas.
  • ISBN: 0241186862
  • Release Date: 2017-05-29
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Ben MacIntyre
  • Publisher: Viking



From the secret SAS archives, and acclaimed author Ben Macintyre: the first ever authorized history of the SAS 'Impeccably researched, superbly told - by far the best book on the SAS in World War II' - Antony Beevor In the summer of 1941, at the height of the war in the Western Desert, a bored and eccentric young officer, David Stirling, came up with a plan that was radical and entirely against the rules: a small undercover unit that would inflict mayhem behind enemy lines. Despite intense opposition, Winston Churchill personally gave Stirling permission to recruit the toughest, brightest and most ruthless soldiers he could find. So began the most celebrated and mysterious military organisation in the world: the SAS. Now, 75 years later, the SAS has finally decided to tell its astonishing story. It has opened its secret archives for the first time, granting historian Ben Macintyre full access to a treasure trove of unseen reports, memos, diaries, letters, maps and photographs, as well as free rein to interview surviving Originals and those who knew them. The result is an exhilarating tale of fearlessness and heroism, recklessness and tragedy; of extraordinary men who were willing to take monumental risks. It is a story about the meaning of courage.

Heroes Rogues and Lovers

  • Filename: heroes-rogues-and-lovers.
  • ISBN: UOM:39015050257446
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 284
  • Author: James M. Dabbs
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies



Studies the effects of testosterone, a hormone that is associated with acts of violence and with virility and heroism, on human behavior, language ability, and cognition.

Star Wars Rebels Rogue Heroes Poster A Page

  • Filename: star-wars-rebels-rogue-heroes-poster-a-page.
  • ISBN: 1618933639
  • Release Date: 2014-09-30
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Disney
  • Publisher: Disney/Time Incorporated



Meet the galaxy's newest heroes! The new characters of the Star Wars universe come to life in Star Wars Rebels: Rogue Heroes Poster-A-Page book. With every page a poster, plus 9 supersize fold-out posters, young fans will be able to pull apart this book and decorate with posters of the Star Wars Rebels experience! A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... The first Star Wars film, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, introduced us to a brave Rebel Alliance standing up to the tyranny of the Galactic Empire. Many years later, in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, we saw the birth of the Empire and the rise of Darth Vader. But between Episode III and Episode IV lies a 20-year stretch of Star Wars history never before explored. Now, Star Wars Rebels gives us a first-ever glimpse into this exciting period and the genesis of the Rebel movement. As the evil Empire tightens its grip on the star systems, the Jedi are nearly extinct. The few who remain are forced into lives of seclusion. Citizens in various parts of the galaxy band together to rise up in protest, and help those oppressed by Vader and the Emperor. Star Wars Rebels takes us into the thrilling adventures of one of these groups. Adding to its collectability and super-sized value is the book's nine full-size, removable posters. The Poster-A-Page series delivers children's most popular characters, stories, and memorable moments to them in a unique visual format and offers kids ages 4-12 the opportunity to bring their favorite friends and stories into their homes, onto their walls, and become part of their world.

Renegade Hero or Faux Rogue

  • Filename: renegade-hero-or-faux-rogue.
  • ISBN: 9780786471447
  • Release Date: 2014-04-18
  • Number of pages: 190
  • Author: Ashley M. Donnelly
  • Publisher: McFarland



This book explores the presence of the anti-hero in mainstream dramatic serial television. It offers critical examinations of Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood, Breaking Bad, and Boardwalk Empire. What purpose might such unusual protagonists serve in today's culture and what do their tales tell about U.S. political and economic issues from 2008 to 2012? The author discovers how the characters that seem initially so different prove to be strong examplars of established forms of power, such as white patriarchy and late capitalist interests. The study finds that even when the characters are groundbreaking fictional figures, they are all eventually written into submission by the narratives of their series, echoing the same tales of fictitious heroism recycled in American television narratives for decades. New trends in television narratives are discussed--with the expectation that perhaps future dramas will free audiences from oppressive narratives rather than continue to normalize them.

SAS

  • Filename: sas.
  • ISBN: 0241981581
  • Release Date: 2017-06-01
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher:



Agent Zigzag

  • Filename: agent-zigzag.
  • ISBN: 9781408811498
  • Release Date: 2010-08-02
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: A&C Black



A gripping tale of loyalty, love, treachery, espionage, and the thin and shifting line between fidelity and betrayal.

Kid Normal

  • Filename: kid-normal.
  • ISBN: 9781408884522
  • Release Date: 2017-07-13
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Greg James
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



The first book in a laugh-out-loud funny adventure series for 8+ readers from popular radio personalities Greg James and Chris Smith. When Murph Cooper rocks up to his new school several weeks into the beginning of term, he can't help but feel a bit out of his depth. And it's not because he's worried about where to sit, and making friends, and fitting in, or not knowing where the loos are. It's because his mum has enrolled him at a school for superheroes by mistake. And unlike his fellow students, who can all control the weather or fly or conjure tiny horses from thin air, Murph has no special abilities whatsoever. But just because you don't have superpowers, it doesn't mean you can't save the day. Let's hope Murph realises that, and quick – because not far away is a great big bad guy who is half man and half wasp, and his mind is abuzz with evil plans … It's time for Kid Normal to become a hero! Perfect for fans of David Solomons, David Baddiel and Danny Wallace. Featuring brilliant illustrations by Erica Salcedo throughout.

An Iron Wind

  • Filename: an-iron-wind.
  • ISBN: 9780465096558
  • Release Date: 2016-10-25
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: Peter Fritzsche
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



World War II reached into the homes and lives of ordinary people in an unprecedented way. Civilian men, women, and children made up the vast majority of those killed by the war, and the conflict displaced millions more. On Europe's home fronts, the war brought the German blitzkrieg, followed by long occupations and the racial genocide of the Holocaust. In An Iron Wind, historian Peter Fritzsche draws on diaries, letters, and other first-person accounts to show how civilians in occupied Europe struggled to understand this terrifying chaos. As the Third Reich targeted Europe's Jews for deportation and death, confusion and mistrust reigned. What were Hitler's aims? Did Germany's rapid early victories mark the start of an enduring new era? Was collaboration or resistance the wisest response to occupation? How far should solidarity and empathy extend? And where was God? People tried desperately to make sense of the horrors around them, but the stories they told themselves often justified a selfish indifference to their neighbors' fates. Piecing together the broken words of World War II's witnesses and victims, Fritzsche offers a haunting picture of the most violent conflict in modern history.

Rogue Justice

  • Filename: rogue-justice.
  • ISBN: 9780804138222
  • Release Date: 2016-05-24
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Karen J. Greenberg
  • Publisher: Crown



The definitive account of how America’s War on Terror sparked a decade-long assault on the rule of law, weakening our courts and our Constitution in the name of national security. The day after September 11, President Bush tasked the attorney general with preventing another terrorist attack on the United States. From that day forward, the Bush administration turned to the Department of Justice to give its imprimatur to activities that had previously been unthinkable—from the NSA’s spying on US citizens to indefinite detention to torture. Many of these activities were secretly authorized, others done in the light of day. When President Obama took office, many observers expected a reversal of these encroachments upon civil liberties and justice, but the new administration found the rogue policies to be deeply entrenched and, at times, worth preserving. Obama ramped up targeted killings, held fast to aggressive surveillance policies, and fell short on bringing reform to detention and interrogation. How did America veer so far from its founding principles of justice? Rogue Justice connects the dots for the first time—from the Patriot Act to today’s military commissions, from terrorism prosecutions to intelligence priorities, from the ACLU’s activism to Edward Snowden’s revelations. And it poses a stark question: Will the American justice system ever recover from the compromises it made for the war on terror? Riveting and deeply reported, Rogue Justice could only have been written by Karen Greenberg, one of this country’s top experts on Guantánamo, torture, and terrorism, with a deep knowledge of both the Bush and Obama administrations. Now she brings to life the full story of law and policy after 9/11, introducing us to the key players and events, showing that time and again, when liberty and security have clashed, justice has been the victim. — Kirkus, Best Books of 2016

Operation Mincemeat

  • Filename: operation-mincemeat.
  • ISBN: 9780307453280
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 412
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: Broadway Books



Chronicles World War II's pivotal deception by two British naval officers who successfully fed false intelligence to the Nazis about where Allied forces were planning an attack in southern Europe. By the author of Agent Zigzag. Reprint. A best-selling book.

Double Cross

  • Filename: double-cross.
  • ISBN: 9781408821404
  • Release Date: 2012-03-27
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Ben Macintyre
  • Publisher: A&C Black



D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit, aimed at convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong invasion force. The deception involved every branch of Allied wartime intelligence - the Bletchley Park code-breakers, MI5, MI6, SOE, Scientific Intelligence, the FBI and the French Resistance. But at its heart was the 'Double Cross System', a team of double agents controlled by the secret Twenty Committee, so named because twenty in Roman numerals forms a double cross. The key D-Day spies were just five in number, and one of the oddest military units ever assembled: a bisexual Peruvian playgirl, a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a Serbian seducer, a wildly imaginative Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming, and a hysterical Frenchwoman whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire deception. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is here revealed for the first time. Under the direction of an eccentric but brilliant intelligence officer in tartan trousers, working from a smoky lair in St James's, these spies would weave a web of deception so intricate that it ensnared Hitler's army and helped to carry thousands of troops across the Channel in safety. These double agents were, variously, brave, treacherous, fickle, greedy and inspired. They were not conventional warriors, but their masterpiece of deceit saved countless lives. Their codenames were Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo. This is their story.

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