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Armies are invariably accused of preparing to fight the last war. Nagl examines how armies learn during the course of conflicts for which they are initially unprepared in organization, training, and mindset. He compares the development of counterinsurgency doctrine and practice in the Malayan Emergency from 1948-1960 with that developed in the Vietnam Conflict from 1950-1975, through use of archival sources and interviews with participants in both conflicts. In examining these two events, he argues that organizational culture is the key variable in determining the success or failure of...
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Few mixtures are as toxic as absolute power and insanity. When nothing stands between a leader's delusion whims and seeing them carried them out, all sorts of bizarre outcomes are possible.
Whether it is Ottoman Sultan Ibrahim I practicing archery on palace servants and sending out his advisers to find the fattest woman in the...
Science Slept Sixteen Centuries is a book for the reader who wants to learn what physics is all about - and for the person who has taken a few physics courses in high school, but wants to learn more about its diverse theories and historical development.
Even if you have taken college-level physics courses, you might not necessarily know the fascinating history of physics development, and the backgrounds of physicists who contributed to that development, such as Kepler, Newton, the Bernoulli family, Planck, Bohr, Einstein, von Neumann and Oppenheimer, to name only a few.
And of course, if you...
Thomas Keith of the 78th Highlanders has been thrown in battle against the Turks.
He is far away from Scotland in the harsh desert.
Defeated and lying wounded and imprisoned in a village headman’s house, he is just one of a handful of survivors. And he awaits his fate with dread.
Little does he know that Ahmed Ahga, a feared and powerful Ottoman general wants Thomas for his private guard.
With little choice in the matter, Thomas agrees, without realising that it is the start of an extraordinary series of adventures that will lead him to new friends, a new way of life and...
They never knew how he did it. Few composers write more than one or two symphonies in their lifetimes. Beethoven spent a year on his shorter symphonies but more than six years on his 9th Symphony. But Georg Philipp Telemann composed at least 200 overtures in a two-year period. Over his lifetime Telemann's oeuvre consists of more than 3,000 pieces, although “only” 800 survive to this day.
He was not the only person whose productivity defied all reason. Greek scientist Archimedes discovered mathematical phenomena that weren't confirmed for 17 centuries. Isaac Newton invented classical physics...
Zacchaeus Wolfe is done with killing
Wolfe is now a peaceful dirt farmer and he’s determined to leave all the death and destruction in his past.
But the Kerfoots, a powerful landowning family, refuse to leave Wolfe in peace. His little farm does not fit into their plans.
Old Man Barrett Kerfoot - and his five sons - control the range and the law. But they're about to find out that they do not, nor cannot, control Zacchaeus Wolfe.
Wolfe will only be pushed so far, before he begins to push back.
The peaceful dirt farmer is about to go to war again and this time there’s no telling what he’ll do.
When physical disability from combat wounds brought about Jim Stockdale's early retirement from military life, he had the distinction of being the only three-star officer in the history of the navy to wear both aviator wings and the Congressional Medal of Honor. His writings have been many and varied, but all converge on the central theme of how man can rise with dignity to prevail in the face of adversity.
Barbarism and violence are rife on the western frontier
When Cassidy rode into the little trail town of Chico in North Arizona Territory, all he wanted was a bath, a decent meal and a glass of whiskey.
What he got was a gunfight, a robbery and a price on his head for a murder he did not commit.
Cassidy soon discovers that the same men who stole his money, were the ones framing him for the killing.
Bent on revenge and determined to recover his life savings he tracks them deep into the desert.
But with men hounding him down and baying for his blood, and Apaches attacking him along the trail, it...
*Includes accounts of the wall written by historians
*Explains the construction of the wall and the daily life of soldiers posted there
*Includes a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents
“[The Romans] thinking that it might be some help to the allies [Britons], whom they were forced to abandon, constructed a strong stone wall from sea to sea, in a straight line between the towns that had been there built for fear of the enemy, where Severus also had formerly built a rampart.” – Bede’s description of Hadrian’s Wall in the Middle Ages
The Romans were...
Fresh out of Infantry OCS, 2nd Lieutenant Dennis Riley gets a reality check when he joins his platoon in the Hobo Woods, south of Cui Chi, home of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. It was a blistering hot August in 1967 when he met the men of the Third Platoon, Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry. By nightfall they are in contact with elements of the 272nd NVA and the blood letting seldom takes a break for the next twelve months. Dennis and his men are frequently ambushed, mortared and booby trapped, but by New Year’s 1967/68 they are ready for the fight of their life at Fire...