Tales from the Special Forces Club

  • Filename: tales-from-the-special-forces-club.
  • ISBN: 9780007452552
  • Release Date: 2013-02-14
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Sean Rayment
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK

Stories of real-life bravery and courage-under-fire contribute to a unique and poignant record of a club created for heroes.

Tales From the Blast Factory

  • Filename: tales-from-the-blast-factory.
  • ISBN: 9781683504955
  • Release Date: 2017-08-01
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Andrew Marr
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

Andrew Marr, a former Green Beret with multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, fought in the war as the victim of dozens of traumatic brain injuries that really began off the battlefield. It about destroyed him and his family, and almost cost him his life. Marr’s triumph in seeking answers and treatment outside a military medical establishment that repeatedly failed him began and ended with the kind of initiative, journey, defiance of convention, and solutions found in Tales From the Blast Factory. With thousands of veterans and other TBI sufferers wallowing in the wake of inadequate treatment, the TBI nation is primed to learn the science behind this very specific kind of healing and why conventional protocols fail.

The Cape Horners Club

  • Filename: the-cape-horners-club.
  • ISBN: 9781472912534
  • Release Date: 2017-04-20
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Adrian Flanagan
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Cape Horn's fearsome reputation and the price it has extacted from those who venture there derives from a lethal contrivance of geography that unleashes the most powerful natural dynamic forces on the earth's surface. Reaching deep into the Southern Ocean, the Cape intrudes into the flow of the water and weather patterns at the bottom of the world and funnels them into a maritime superhighway a mere 500 miles wide, building massive seas and accelerating wind speeds to hurricane strength. Currents rip at rates that defeat powerful engines. These legendarily treacherous conditions were enough to secure Cape Horn's reputation as the ultimate in ocean violence; the supreme test of sailors and ships. It is the oceanic equivalent of the climbers' Everest, and the challenge to some became irresistible. The roll call of sailors who have managed to round the Horn east-about (and more rarely, head to wind and west-about) glitters with the names of sailing legends: Vito Dumas, Marcel Bardiaux, Francis Chichester, Robin Knox-Johnston, Bernard Moitessier and Chay Blyth. This book recounts the history of the Cape through the stories of the people who've taken it on and made it round – the Cape Horners' Club. From the first recorded single-hander in 1934 (Al Hansen, who was lost shortly afterwards and his body never found), we follow these very different protagonists as they pursue the ultimate goal while battling almost overwhelming odds. Woven through their stories is a history of the Cape, from its discovery to its use as a trading corridor until the opening of the Panama Canal, to its more recent role as a pure challenge for the best yachtsmen and yachtswomen in the world. Changes in weather prediction and navigation have had a huge impact, but the pressure for ever-faster times has never been greater.

Special Forces Berlin

  • Filename: special-forces-berlin.
  • ISBN: 9781612004457
  • Release Date: 2017-02-19
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: James Stejskal
  • Publisher:

REVIEWS "... a story that had to be told, and who better to tell it than Chief Warrant Officer James Stejskal who has established his credentials as a historian and researcher in various articles as well as his seminal work on the Swakop River Campaign and World War I in South West Africa The Horns of the Beast. In addition, his service in the US Army Special Forces in Berlin during the 1970s and 80s gives him the insight to comment cogently on that portion of US Army Special Forces history that impacted on the doctrine of both urban unconventional warfare and counter terror operations. ... a historical record without which the story of United States Army Special Forces would not be complete. Congratulations to Chief Stejskal on an excellent work of military history. " — CSM Jeffrey Raker, US Army Special Forces (Retired) , The Drop, the journal of the Special Forces Association, Summer 2016.


  • Filename: dadland.
  • ISBN: 9781473524606
  • Release Date: 2016-07-28
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Keggie Carew
  • Publisher: Random House

The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller WINNER OF THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD Keggie Carew grew up under the spell of an unorthodox, enigmatic father. An undercover guerrilla agent during the Second World War, in peacetime he lived on his wits and dazzling charm. But these were not always enough to sustain a family. As his memory began to fail, Keggie embarked on a quest to unravel his story once and for all. Dadland is that journey. It takes us into shadowy corners of history, a madcap English childhood, the poignant breakdown of a family, the corridors of dementia and beyond. ‘OH THIS BOOK. Beautiful and fierce and brave. Memory and war and family and loss and, well, wow’ Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

War Dogs Tales of Canine Heroism History and Love

  • Filename: war-dogs-tales-of-canine-heroism-history-and-love.
  • ISBN: 9781250112293
  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Rebecca Frankel
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

In War Dogs, Rebecca Frankel offers a riveting mix of on-the-ground reporting her own hands-on experiences in the military working dog world, and a look at the science of dogs’ special abilities—from their amazing noses and powerful jaws to their enormous sensitivity to the emotions of their human companions. Her narrative gives us insight into the world of dogs in combat and the touching aspect of the relationship between soldiers and their dogs. Frankel explores the long, rich history of dogs in the US military, from the spirit-lifting mascots of the Civil War to the dogs still leading patrols hunting for IEDs today. Frankel not only interviewed handlers who deployed with dogs in wars from Vietnam to Iraq, but top military commanders, K-9 program managers, combat-trained therapists who brought dogs into war zones as part of a preemptive measure to stave off PTSD, and veterinary technicians stationed in Bagram. She makes a passionate case for maintaining a robust war-dog force. In this special edition adapted specifically for a younger audience, Rebecca Frankel gives further insight into her work as a journalist and how it led her to explore the world of dogs and their handlers. With a compelling cast of humans and animals, this moving book is a must read for all dog lovers.

The Presidents Club

  • Filename: the-presidents-club.
  • ISBN: 9781439148716
  • Release Date: 2012-04-17
  • Number of pages: 656
  • Author: Nancy Gibbs
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The Presidents Club, established at Dwight Eisenhower’s inauguration by Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover, is a complicated place: its members are bound forever by the experience of the Oval Office and yet are eternal rivals for history’s favor. Among their secrets: How Jack Kennedy tried to blame Ike for the Bay of Pigs. How Ike quietly helped Reagan win his first race in 1966. How Richard Nixon conspired with Lyndon Johnson to get elected and then betrayed him. How Jerry Ford and Jimmy Carter turned a deep enmity into an alliance. The unspoken pact between a father and son named Bush. And the roots of the rivalry between Clinton and Barack Obama. Time magazine editors and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy offer a new and revealing lens on the American presidency, exploring the club as a hidden instrument of power that has changed the course of history.

Bomb Hunters In Afghanistan with Britain s Elite Bomb Disposal Unit

  • Filename: bomb-hunters-in-afghanistan-with-britain-s-elite-bomb-disposal-unit.
  • ISBN: 9780007413256
  • Release Date: 2011-02-03
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Sean Rayment
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK

'Afghanistan is just like Iraq – hot, dusty and full of people who want to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer Search Advisor Bomb Hunters tells the story of the British army's elite bomb disposal experts, men who face death every day in the most dangerous region of the most lethal country on earth – Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Seven Gothic Tales

  • Filename: seven-gothic-tales.
  • ISBN: 9780307791801
  • Release Date: 2011-04-13
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Isak Dinesen
  • Publisher: Vintage

Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.

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