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Among The Headhunters

Title: Among The Headhunters

Author: Robert Lyman

Flying the notorious “Hump” route between India and China in 1943, a twin-engine plane suffered mechanical failure and crashed in a dense mountain jungle, deep within Japanese-held territory. Among the passengers and crew were celebrated CBS journalist Eric Sevareid, an Oss General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell’s personal political adviser. Against the odds, all but one of the twenty-one peop00000le aboard the doomed aircraft survived–it remains the largest civilian evacuation of an aircraft by parachute. But they fell from the frying pan into the fire.

Disentangling themselves from their parachutes, the shocked survivors discovered that they had arrived in wild country dominated by a tribe with a special reason to hate white men. The Nagas were notorious headhunters who routinely practiced slavery and human sacrifice, their specialty being the removal of enemy heads. Japanese soldiers lay close by too, with their own brand of hatred for Americans.

Among the Headhunters tells–for the first time–the incredible true story of the adventures of these men among the Naga warriors, their sustenance form the air by the USAAF, and their ultimate rescue. It is also a story of two very different worlds colliding–young Americans, exuberant apostles of their country’s vast industrial democracy, coming face-to-face with the Naga, an ancient tribe determined to preserve its local power based opn headhunting and slaving.

All The Missing Girls and Wake Up America

All The Missing Girls

Author: Megan Mirahda

Nicolette Farrell has made a successful life for herself in Philadelphia. She has a job and a finance, both of which she must leave behind in order to go home to Cooley Ridge to care for her father. She left ten years ago, not long after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared and was never found. Now, just days after Nic returns home, another girl goes missing in Cooley Ridge, reawakening Corinne’s case and breaking open old wounds not yet healed.

All of the primary people of interest in Corinne’s disappearance are still in town. Nic’s brother, Daniel, is expecting a baby with his wife. Corinne’s former boyfriend works a the local bar. And Tyler, Nic’s ex-boyfriend is dating Annaleise Carter, who was the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared.

Burt now it’s Annaleise who is missing..

Telling the story backward–Day 15 to Day 1–NIc works to unravel the truth about Annaleise’s disappearance, uncovering shocking secrets about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Title: Wake Up AMerica

Author: Eric Bolling

Grit, Merit, Providence, Individualism, Thrift–and above all pride in our country. These qualities, among others, oar the reason that hundreds of millions of people worldwide look to America for hope, inspiration, and opportunity.

But it’s precisely these virtues that are now under attack by the radical Left of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and their followers. America as we know it is eroding before our eyes and becoming what Fox News Channel personality and cohost of The Five ERic Bolling calls a “politically correct nanny state.” The rewards for individual achievement and hard work, our basic constitutional rights, religious faith, national identity, and capitalism itself are being replaced by a dangerous socialistic ideology that is the polar opposite of what our Founding Fathers intended America to be.

Wake Up America identifies the nine core virtues of our nation and demonstrates why each one is so important to our history and our future. It’s time for us to wake up and heed the clear-cut warning signs that America is heading in the wrong direction–before we’re too far gone.

A celebration of America that is informed by Eric Bolling’s inspiring personal story. Wake Up America is an urgent call to arms for America’s citizens to preserve what makes us great.

MACARTHUR AT WAR

Title: MacArthur At War

Arthur: Walter R. Borneman

MacArthur At War chronicles General Douglas MacArthur’s rapid emergence as an iconic global hero. I the first book to focus intensively on the decisive four-year period of MacArthur’s lie during World War II, Walter R. Borneman examines an America grinding against its enemies in the Pacific Theater giving special attention to the relationships between MacArthur and his family and staff, his colleagues in the war effort such as Eisenhower, Marshall, Leahy, and Halsey, and political leaders including Churchill and Roosevelt.

On December 7, 1941, General MacArthur was a military officer whose career had little to recommend it to the history books. Yet within six months, he was hailed as the hero of Bataan and Corregidor–stunning American defeats though they were–and had come to personify the war effort in the Pacific.

One pithy quote–“I shall return”–enshrined him as a legend. But the full story went deeper. Following the destruction of his air force after Pearl Harbor and the bungled supplying of Bataan, MacArthur looked frozen at best. For a time, MacArthur himself was certain he would meet his end before the war was over. There were other moments when his strategic daring seemed to defy conventional logic: his audacious surprise landings and the aggressive leaps across the Pacific. And then there were the general’s personal appearances at the front, charging in from the ocean to announce dramatic victories–sometimes as the bullets were still flying.

MacArthur at War deftly shows why, as architect of stunning triumphs as well as inexplicable defeats, Douglas MacArthur remains the most intriguing military leader of the twentieth century–an inspiring and complex hero.

Bill O’Reilly’s Legends Lies

Title: Bill O’Reilly’s Legends Lies

Author: Bill O’Reilly

The American Revolution was not inevitable nor was it a unanimous cause. It pitted neighbors against one another as loyalists and colonial rebels faced off for their lives and futures.
These were the times that tried men’s souls: mo one was on stable ground and few could be trusted. Through the remarkable lives of the first Americans, Legends and Lies: The Patriots reveals the contentious arguments that turned friends into foes and the land into a war zone.

From the riots over a child’s murder that led to the Boston Massacre, to the Continental Army’s first victory under George Washington’s leadership, to the little-known southern guerrilla campaign of “Swamp Fox” Francis Marion, to Benedict Arnold’s audacious betrayal, David Fisher explores the amazing combination of resourcefulness, perseverance, strategy, and luck that resulted in the creation of a country that would go on to become the most powerful in the world.

Despite the casualty-riddled victory of the Revolution, the ruthless fight for democracy wasn’t over. Moving from the combat zone to congress, it was a political battle as much as a physical one. With the patriots grappling to create a government, one for and by the people, the origin story of the United States of America was only starting to be written. Here, in the enthralling companion to the second season of Bill O’Reilly’s historical docudrama TV series, Legends and Lies: The Patriots reveals the riveting truth behind the stories you think you know and others that will astonish you.

Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this vital history to life, and told in the same fast-paced immersive narrative as the first Legends and Lies, The Patriots is an irresistible adventure-packed journey back into one of the most storied moments of our nation’s rich history.

The Greatest Generation Speaks

Title: The Greatest Generation Speaks

Author: Tom Brokaw

“I first began to appreciate fully all we owed the World War II generation while I was covering the fortieth and fiftieth anniversaries of D-Day for NBC News. When I wrote in The Greatest Generation about the men and women who came out of the Depression, who won great victories and made lasting sacrifices in World War II and then returned home to begin building the world we have today—the people I called the Greatest Generation—it was my way of saying thank you. I felt that this tribute was long overdue, but I was not prepared for the avalanche of letters and responses touched off by that book.

“Members of that generation were, characteristically, grateful for the attention and modest about their own experiences in the Depression and during the war years.

“Their children and grandchildren were eager to share the lessons and insights they gained from the stories they heard about the lives of a generation now passing on top swiftly. They wanted to say thank you in their own way. I had wanted to write a book about America, and now America was writing back.

“The letters, many of them written in firm Palmer penmanship on flowered stationery, have given me a much richer understanding not only of those difficult years but also of my own life. They give us new, intensely personal perspectives of a momentous time in our history. They are the voices of a generation that has given so much and wants to share even more.

“Some of the letters were written from the front during the war, or from families to their loved ones in harm’s way in distant places. There were first hand accounts of battles and poignant reflections on loneliness, exuberant expressions of love and somber accounts of loss.

“It seems that everyone in that generation has something worthwhile to contribute, and so we have included some pages in The Greatest Generation Speaks for others to share memories at once inspirational and instructive.

“If we are to heed the past to prepare for the future, we should listen to these quiet voices of a generation that speaks to us of duty and honor, sacrifice and accomplishment. I hope more of their stories will be preserved and cherished as reminders of all that we owe them and all that we can learn from them.”
Tom Brokaw

Apostle

Title:  Apostle

Author:  Tom Bissell

A profound and moving journey into the heart of Christianity that explores the mysterious and often paradoxical lives and legacies of the Twelve Apostles–a book both for those of the faith and for others who seek to understand Christianity from the outside.

Peter, Mathew, Thomas, John: Who were these men?  What was their relationship to Jesus?  Tom Bissell provides rich and surprising answers to these ancient, elusive questions.  He examines not just who these men were (and weren’t), but also how their identities have taken shape over the course of two millennia.

Ultimately, Bissell finds that the story of the apostles is the story of early Christianity: its competing versions of Jesus’s ministry,  countless schisms, and its ultimate evolution from an obscure Jewish sect to the global faith we know today in all its forms and permutations.  In his quest to understand the underpinnings of the world’s largest religion, Bissell embarks on a years-long pilgrimage to the supposed tombs of the Twelve Apostles.  He travels from Jerusalem and Rome to Turkey, Greece, Spain, France, India, and Kyrgyzstan, vividly capturing the rich diversity of Christianity’s worldwide reach.  along the way, he engages with a host of characters–priest, paupers, a Vatican archaeologist, a Palestinian taxi driver, a Russian monk–posing sharp questions that range from the religious to the philosophical to the political.

Written with warmth, empathy, and rare acumen, Apostle is a brilliant synthesis of travel writing, biblical history, and a deep, lifelong relationship with Christianity.  The result is an unusual, erudite, and at times hilarious book–a religious, intellectual, and personal ad0venture fit for believers, scholars, and wanderers alike.

The First Congress

Title:  The First Congress

Author:  Fergus M. Bordewich

When the members of the First Congress met in New York, the new nation was still fragile, riven by sectional differences, hobbled by competing currencies, crushed by debt, and stitched together only tentatively by the new Constitution. The Constitution provided a set of principles by offered few instructions about how the government should operate, leaving it to Congress and the president to create the machinery of government.  As James Madison put it, “We are in a wilderness without a single footstep to guide us.”  Had Congress failed in its work, the United States as we know it might not exist.

Along with Madison, powerful men such as Roger Sherman, Oliver Ellsworth, Elbridge Gerry, and Robert Morris often clashed, sometimes savagely, but ultimately they forged a consensus that gave strength and credibility to the new government.  Fergus M. Bordewich brings alive the passions and conflicts of these extraordinary men, who with President George Washington and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, breathed life into the Constitution.  Bordewich immerses us in the dramatic debates over the Gill of Rights, the creation of the president’s cabinet the adoption of a new capitalist financial system, and the acrimonious argument over the new capital, among many other issues.

Not all went well.  Washington was astonished when Congress chose to debate rather than instantly endorse some of his proposals.  John Adams antagonized friends and foes alike, leaving the vice presidency permanently diminished.  Madison, the acknowledged leader of the House of Representatives clashed with Hamilton over their competing visions of government.  Quakers initiated the first lobbying campaign in American history, challenging Congress over the greatest issue that it failed to resolve: slavery.

Some of the issues the First Congress faced still challenge us: literal versus liberal interpretations of the Constitution, conflict between the states’ rights and federal power, protection of individual rights, and many more.  How Congress and the president achieved as much as they did is a story that could not be more timely in our era of hyperpartisanship and governmental gridlock.

The Struggle For Sea Power

Title:  The Struggle For Sea Power

Author:  Sam Willis

The American revolution involved a naval war of immense scope and variety, including no fewer than twenty-two navies fighting on five oceans–to say nothing of rivers and lakes.  In no other war were so many large-scale fleet battles fought, one of which was the most strategically significant naval battle in all of British, French and American history. Simultaneous naval campaigns were fought in the English Channel, the North and Mid-Atlantic, the Mediterranean, off South Africa, in the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, the Pacific, the North Sea and, of course, off the eastern seaboard of America.  Not until the Second World War would any nation actively fight in so many different theaters.

In The Struggle For Sea Power, Sam Wills traces every key military event in the path to American independence from a naval perspective, and he also brings this important viewpoint to bear on economic, political, and social developments that were fundamental to the success of the Revolution.  In doing so Wills offers valuable new insights into American, British, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Russian history.

this unique account of the American Revolution gives us a new understanding of the influence of sea power on history, of the American path to independence, and of the rise and fall of the British Empire.

 

 

Front Lines

Title:   Front Lines

Author:  Michael Grant

The most terrible war in human history.  Millions are dead; millions more are still to die.  The Nazis rampage across Europe and eye far-off America.

The green, untested American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled–the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

But something has changed.  A court decision makes females subject to the draft and eligible for service.  So in this World War II, women and girls fight, too.

As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, three girls sign up to fight.  Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves.  Each has her own reasons for volunteering.  Not one expects to see actual combat.  Not one expects to be on the front lines.

Rio, Frangie, and Rainy will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the future of the human race.  they will fear and they will rage; they will suffer and they will inflict suffering; they will hate and they will love.  They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.

 

Hammer-Head Six

Title:  Hammer-Head-Six

Author:  Ronald Fry

Two years before the disastrous events in Lone Survivor, U.S. Army Captain Ronald Fry led an elite Special Forces team into the same remote and notorious region of north-eastern Afghanistan.  In Kunar Province’s Pech Valley, the Green Berets of Hammerhead Six hunted “high-value targets,” seized weapon stockpiles, and dodged Taliban ambushers.  But their greatest success came through unconventional warfare–the men’s efforts to “win hearts and minds” of Afghan villagers.

In a country known as the “Graveyard of Empires,” the Pech stands out as a particularly brutal killing ground, where more than 100 American soldiers have lost their lives.  Huddled in shadow of the Hindu Kush mountains, fiercely independent Pashtun tribesmen have for centuries resisted intrusion.  It was here in 2003, in a place where the line between civilians and armed zealots blurred, that Hammerhead Six established Camp Blessing, the first Special Forces “A” Camp set up since Vietnam.

Captain Ronald Fry, whom locals took to calling the “Red-bearded Commander,” recounts how his team–despite the constant threat of rocket attacks and Taliban fighters–chose to engage locals, respect their economic and cultural norms, and show them, if only for a few fleeting months, that Americans could serve as liberators.  The Green Berets, in keeping with their motto De Oppresso Liber (To Free the Oppressed”0, repaired schools, offered free medical care, helped settle village disputes, trained local security forces, and created an atmosphere of trust.

For the first time, an ungovernable province seemed governable.  But it was not to last.  When Hammerhead Six left the valley in 2004, their successors reverted to a conventional search-and-destroy strategy.  Tragedy would follow.

In Hammerhead Six, Fry recalls the seemingly forgotten accomplishments of his unit–and makes a passionate argument that its mission is a blueprint for how the American military can succeed through unconventional warfare in the wars of the twenty-first century.