Ghost Riders of Baghdad

Ghost Riders of Baghdad Author Daniel A. Sjursen
ISBN-10 9781611688276
Release 2015-09-22
Pages 280
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From October 2006 to December 2007, Daniel A. Sjursen-then a U.S. Army lieutenant-led a light scout platoon across Baghdad. The experiences of Ghost Rider platoon provide a soldier's-eye view of the incredible complexities of warfare, peacekeeping, and counterinsurgency in one of the world's most ancient cities. Sjursen reflects broadly and critically on the prevailing narrative of the surge as savior of America's longest war, on the overall military strategy in Iraq, and on U.S. relations with ordinary Iraqis. At a time when just a handful of U.S. senators and representatives have a family member in combat, Sjursen also writes movingly on questions of America's patterns of national service. Who now serves and why? What connection does America's professional army have to the broader society and culture? What is the price we pay for abandoning the model of the citizen soldier? With the bloody emergence of ISIS in 2014, Iraq and its beleaguered, battle-scarred people are again much in the news. Unlike other books on the U.S. war in Iraq, Ghost Riders of Baghdad is part battlefield chronicle, part critique of American military strategy and policy, and part appreciation of Iraq and its people. At once a military memoir, history, and cultural commentary, Ghost Riders of Bahdad delivers a compelling story and a deep appreciation of both those who serve and the civilians they strive to protect. Sjursen provides a riveting addition to our understanding of modern warfare and its human costs.

Chasing Ghosts

Chasing Ghosts Author Paul Rieckhoff
ISBN-10 9781101211014
Release 2006-05-02
Pages 336
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As a First Lieutenant and Infantry Platoon Leader for the U.S. Army National Guard, Paul Rieckhoff was charged with leading thirty-eight men in Iraq. He spent almost a year in one of the bloodiest and most volatile areas of Baghdad. And when he finally came home, he vowed to tell Americans the harrowing truth. He does just that, uncensored and unrehearsed, "and with wit and passion" (Arianna Huffington), in Chasing Ghosts-the first criticism of the Iraq war written by a soldier who fought in it.

Cave of Wonders Infinity Ring Book 5

Cave of Wonders  Infinity Ring  Book 5 Author Matthew J. Kirby
ISBN-10 0545901200
Release 2015-12-29
Pages 192
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The adrenaline-charged Infinity Ring series is now in paperback! What marvels and dangers await Dak, Sera, and Riq when they visit the Golden Age of Baghdad? Europe is in the grip of the Dark Ages, but there is a light in the dark: Baghdad. The great city has become a center of learning, populated by scholars, merchants, and explorers from all across the known world. But danger lurks in the desert . . . and Dak, Sera, and Riq must act fast to save the world's greatest library from utter destruction.series is now in paperback!


Stryker Author Konrad Ludwig
ISBN-10 0985339802
Release 2013-01-01
Pages 446
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In the spring of 2008, Coalition troops responded in-force to what quickly became one of the largest, bloodiest and most influential battles of the Iraq War. For nearly three months, American and Iraqi troops fought for control over the most dangerous urban district of Baghdad, against the ruthless insurgent militia of the Jaish al-Mahdi - a struggle that would change the face of the entire war. Sgt Ludwig's gripping narrative offers and unfiltered view of the Final Battle of Sadr City, as seen through his eyes from behind the wrath of a machine gun. Still a young idealistic boy, he enlists with a high-impact urban assault Stryker unit known as "Bull Company" and comes face-to-face with his own oblivion. Up against the full might of the Jaish al-Mahdi, they embark on a one-way mission deep behind enemy lines, to capture a well-guarded militia stronghold and defend their ground "for as long as it takes." This is the story of what really happened in the late years of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The story our media neglected to tell.

Black Flag Journals

Black Flag Journals Author Dennis John Woods
ISBN-10 1633933008
Release 2016-09-15
Pages 360
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The story of America's longest war is complicated and difficult to convey, unless you were there. Dennis Woods was there. By following his stories in Iraq and Afghanistan, we can sense the enormity of his combat experiences. Originally written for his daughter, Black Flag Journals is taken from the author's nine battle book journals. It covers his time from the fall of the Twin Towers through his last combat tour. Black Flag Journals contains not just stories from the first war of the new century, but a day-by-day record of events that other veterans may use to relate their own experiences. All who enjoy real life stories, and followers of history will connect with this first person account of America's longest war.

Stealth Fighter Pilot

Stealth Fighter Pilot Author D. M. Giangreco
ISBN-10 0879387165
Release 1993
Pages 128
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An in-depth look at the lives of Stealth Fighter pilots describes how they are selected and trained and how they prepared for the air campaign during the Persian Gulf War

Season of the Sandstorms

Season of the Sandstorms Author Mary Pope Osborne
ISBN-10 9780375894565
Release 2009-03-20
Pages 144
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The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system! Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live. From camel rides and oases to ancient writings and dangerous sandstorms, here’s another Magic Tree House filled with all the mystery, history, magic, and old-fashioned adventure that kids love to read about. Formerly numbered as Magic Tree House #34, the title of this book is now Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #6: Season of the Sandstorms. Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid? Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures Have more fun with Jack and Annie at!

High Risk Soldier

High Risk Soldier Author Terron Wharton
ISBN-10 1530402581
Release 2016-03-07
Pages 240
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From the streets of Baghdad to the rolling hills of Afghanistan High Risk Soldier is the true story of a soldier who overcame PTSD to continue serving his country. Breaking the silence and fighting the stigma surrounding one of the most sensitive subjects in our military and society, High Risk Soldier is more than just a war story. It explores what PTSD looks like from the inside: how it develops, the emotional impact, and, ultimately how to overcome it. A tour de force, brutally honest and visceral from start to finish, this book exists to provide a simple message of hope: PTSD is NOT the end of your story. You can beat it.

Year of the Horse A Novel

Year of the Horse  A Novel Author Justin Allen
ISBN-10 9781468307733
Release 2009-10-15
Pages 352
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A thrill-ride adventure novel capturing the adventure, mystery, legend, and lore of America Year of the Horse is literary fantasy at its very best?a novel that delves into our myths, legends, hopes, and fears; a coming-of-age fable set in our fondly remembered (if often fictional) past?an adventure more than capable of setting your hair on end. Year of the Horse tells the story of Yen Tzu-lu, a child of Chinese immigrants unwillingly pressed into service by a gang of roughnecks bent on stealing a gold mine from a shadowy villain deep in the western wilderness. With Tzu-lu as our guide, we experience a landscape of legend, stand toe-to-toe with those larger-than- life heroes and villains of our shared American mythos, and learn the inescapable facts that have both enriched and plagued our nation from its inception. Resonating with echoes of Mark Twain, Larry McMurtry, and J. K. Rowling, this is a book of fabulous adventure and deep resonance. Allen gives readers a picture of how America sees itself, and in so doing he offers up both a heroic vision of the past and hope for the future.

The Prisoner in His Palace

The Prisoner in His Palace Author Will Bardenwerper
ISBN-10 9781501117855
Release 2017-06-06
Pages 272
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A book that, in the haunting tradition of In Cold Blood and The Executioner’s Song, lifts away the top layer of evil and finds complexity beneath, this is the bizarre tale of twelve young American soldiers who are deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2006. Rather than fight the enemy in combat, the men are unexpectedly assigned to guard the country’s notorious leader—Saddam Hussein—in the months leading to his execution. Living alongside, and caring for, their “high value detainee” in a former palace dubbed The Rock and regularly transporting him to his raucous trial, many of the men begin questioning some of their most basic assumptions. Thoroughly researched and provocative, The Prisoner in His Palace contrasts two very different Saddams: the defiant, younger man who uses torture and murder as tools, and the older man who proves affectionate, charming, and unexpectedly courageous in the face of looming death. In this artfully constructed narrative, Saddam, the “man without a conscience,” manages to get everyone around him to examine theirs. Many of those who bid goodbye to Saddam will be forever changed by the experience, and we wonder if we ourselves will.


Mirrors Author Eduardo Galeano
ISBN-10 9781846274398
Release 2011-08-04
Pages 400
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In Mirrors, Galeano smashes aside the narrative of conventional history and arranges the shards into a new pattern, to reveal the past in radically altered form. From the Garden of Eden to twenty-first-century cityscapes, we glimpse fragments in the lives of those who have been overlooked by traditional histories: the artists, the servants, the gods and the visionaries, the black slaves who built the White House, and the women who were bartered for dynastic ends

Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider Author Neil Peart
ISBN-10 9781554907069
Release 2002-06-01
Pages 400
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In less than a year, Neil Peart lost both his 19-year-old daughter, Selena, and his wife, Jackie. Faced with overwhelming sadness and isolated from the world in his home on the lake, Peart was left without direction. That lack of direction lead him on a 5

Ghost Knigi

Ghost Knigi Author Benjamin Sommerhalder
ISBN-10 3905999056
Release 2012-08-31
Pages 20
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This adorable, limited-edition children's book written and illustrated by the editor and publisher of the super-cool artist book/zine publisher, Nieves, follows a young ghost named Knigi on his quest to learn to read. Readers of this ideal gift book will not be able to decide which is more endearing: the story--of the ghost's frustrations when his first book will not reveal its secrets, and later his wonder when "A miraculous explosion of colors and shapes leapt out from the pages!"; or Sommerhalder's spot-on illustrations, which are clear, humorous and true in the manner of a modern-day Leo Lionni or Bruno Munari.

Ulysses Annotated

Ulysses  Annotated Author James Joyce
ISBN-10 9783736813762
Release 2014-05-22
Pages 1064
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Ulysses (1922) is a novel by the Irish author James Joyce. It was first serialised in parts in the American journal The Little Review from March 1918 to December 1920, and then published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach on 2 February 1922, in Paris. Joyce's technical innovations in the art of the novel... he used a complex network of symbolic parallels drawn from the mythology, history, and literature, and created a unique language of invented words, puns, and allusions. One of the most important works of Modernist literature, it has been called "a demonstration and summation of the entire movement". "Before Joyce, no writer of fiction had so foregrounded the process of thinking." Written over a seven-year period from 1914 to 1921. No book has ever been more eagerly and curiously awaited by the strange little inner circle of book-lovers and littérateurs than James Joyce's "Ulysses".

Pyrrhic Victory

Pyrrhic Victory Author Robert A. DOUGHTY
ISBN-10 9780674034310
Release 2009-06-30
Pages 592
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As the driving force behind the Allied effort in World War I, France willingly shouldered the heaviest burden. In this masterful book, Robert Doughty explains how and why France assumed this role and offers new insights into French strategy and operational methods.

The West Point History of the Civil War

The West Point History of the Civil War Author Clifford Rogers
ISBN-10 9781476782621
Release 2014-10-21
Pages 448
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An authorized military account of the Civil War combines the expertise of preeminent historians with images and maps from West Point archives to explain the tactics, decisions, and consequences of the military campaigns.

Sailing the Wine Dark Sea

Sailing the Wine Dark Sea Author Thomas Cahill
ISBN-10 9780307755124
Release 2010-04-21
Pages 352
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In Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, his fourth volume to explore “the hinges of history,” Thomas Cahill escorts the reader on another entertaining—and historically unassailable—journey through the landmarks of art and bloodshed that defined Greek culture nearly three millennia ago. In the city-states of Athens and Sparta and throughout the Greek islands, honors could be won in making love and war, and lives were rife with contradictions. By developing the alphabet, the Greeks empowered the reader, demystified experience, and opened the way for civil discussion and experimentation—yet they kept slaves. The glorious verses of the Iliad recount a conflict in which rage and outrage spur men to action and suggest that their “bellicose society of gleaming metals and rattling weapons” is not so very distant from more recent campaigns of “shock and awe.” And, centuries before Zorba, Greece was a land where music, dance, and freely flowing wine were essential to the high life. Granting equal time to the sacred and the profane, Cahill rivets our attention to the legacies of an ancient and enduring worldview. BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Thomas Cahill's Heretics and Heroes.