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Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia (eBook)

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The mafia has been given many names since it was founded one hundred and forty years ago: the Sect, the Brotherhood, the Honoured Society, and now Cosa Nostra. Yet as times have changed, the mafia's subtle and bloody methods have remained the same. Now, for the first time, COSA NOSTRA reconstructs the complete history of the Sicilian mafia from its...

Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed (eBook)

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One of the most destructive traitors in American history, CIA officer Aldrich Ames provided information to the Soviet Union that contributed to the deaths of at least ten Soviet intelligence officers who spied for the United States. In this book, the two CIA officers directly responsible for tracking down Ames chronicle their involvement in the hunt for a mole. Considering...

Blue Moon over Cuba: Aerial Reconnaissance during the Cuban Missile Crisis (eBook)

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Most books on the Cuban Missile Crisis tell the story using the memoirs of those who advised President Kennedy as he struggled to avoid World War III. This book is the only known personal account of the lead photographic reconnaissance squadron's scouting dangerous low-level operations, flying the supersonic RF-8A Crusader, during the classified Operation Blue Moon. Captain Ecker was the...

Hitler's Last Witness: The Memoirs of Hitler's Bodyguard (eBook)

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After being seriously wounded in the 1939 Polish campaign, Rochus Misch was invited to join Hitler's SS-bodyguard. There he served until the war's end as Hitler's bodyguard, courier, orderly and finally as Chief of Communications. On the Berghof terrace he watched Eva Braun organize parties; observed Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer; and monitored telephone conversations from Berlin to the East...

Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat (eBook)

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From the author of Team Dog, Trident K9 Warriors gave readers an inside look at the Navy SEAL teams' elite K9 warriors-who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake to save lives. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and highest skilled working animals on the planet. Mike...

Bomb Hunters: In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal (eBook)

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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. Bomb Hunters are up against the Improvised Explosive Device – the IED – the deadly homemade bombs planted by the Taliban. Hard to detect and...

Cold War Command: The Dramatic Story of a Nuclear Submariner (eBook)

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The part played in the Cold War by the Royal Navy's submarines still retains a great degree of mystery and, in the traditions of the 'Silent Service,' remains largely shrouded in secrecy. Cold War Command brings us as close as is possible to the realities of commanding nuclear hunter-killer submarines, routinely tasked to hunt out and covertly follow Soviet submarines...

The Killing School: Inside the World's Deadliest Sniper Program (eBook)

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The Killing School brings readers inside the U.S. Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Scout/Sniper Course - the gruelling three-month training program that produces the world's deadliest snipers. As a SEAL sniper and combat veteran, Brandon Webb was tasked with revamping the U.S. Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) Scout/Sniper School, incorporating the latest advances in technology to create an entirely new course that...

Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill (eBook)

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For four years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Traveling extensively—to refugee camps in Lebanon, to religious schools in Pakistan, to prisons in Amman, Asqelon, and Pensacola—she discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common. Based on her...

Inside Al-Shabaab: The Secret History of Al-Qaeda’s Most Powerful Ally (eBook)

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One of the most powerful Islamic militant groups in Africa, Al-Shabaab exerts Taliban-like rule over millions in Somalia and poses a growing threat to stability in the Horn of Africa. Somalis risk retaliation or death if they oppose or fail to comply with Al-Shabaab-imposed restrictions on aspects of everyday life such as clothing, media, sports, interpersonal relations, and prayer. Inside Al-Shabaab:...

Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents (eBook)

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With terrorist groups expanding their weapons of destruction beyond bombs and bullets, chemical and biological warfare agents aren't merely limited to the battlefield anymore. In some cases, they are now being used on a new front: major metropolitan cities. And in the Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents, emergency response personnel-from HazMat and Police SWAT teams to Explosive Ordinance...

Lions of Kandahar: The Story of a Fight Against All Odds (eBook)

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Southern Afghanistan was slipping away. That was clear to then-Captain Rusty Bradley as he began his third tour of duty there in 2006. The Taliban and their allies were infiltrating everywhere, poised to reclaim Kandahar Province, their strategically vital onetime capital. To stop them, the NATO coalition launched Operation Medusa, the largest offensive in its history. Dispatched as a diversionary...

61 Meg Bn Gp: BRAVO Kompanie - Foto en Geskiedenis Joernaal 1986 (eBoek)

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Hierdie Joernaal word opgedra aan die lede van Bravo Kompanie wat insluit; die 81mm Mortier Vuurgroep, die Tenkafweer Groep (Omgeskakelde Stormpioniers) wie gedien het te 61 Gemeganiseerde Bataljon Groep gedurende 1986. Hierdie groep het vir Nasionale Diensplig aangemeld by hulle opleidingseenhede aan die begin van 1985 en was aan die einde van 1985 na 61 Meg verplaas vir die jaar...

A Million Bullets: The Real Story of the British Army in Afghanistan (eBook)

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In April 2006 a small British peace-keeping force was sent to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. Within weeks they were cut off and besieged by some of the world's toughest fighters: the infamous Taliban, who were determined to send the foreigners home again. Defence Secretary John Reid had hoped that Operation Herrick 4 could be accomplished without a shot being...

Japan's Gestapo: Murder, Mayhem and Torture in Wartime Asia (eBook)

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The book opens by explaining the origins, organisation and roles of the Kempetai apparatus, which exercised virtually unlimited power throughout the Japanese Empire. The author reveals their criminal and collaborationist networks, which extorted huge sums of money from hapless citizens and business. They ran the Allied POW gulag system which treated captives with brutality and a complete lack of mercy....

Zero Six Bravo: The Explosive True Story of How 60 Special Forces Survived Against an Iraqi Army of 100,000 (eBook)

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They were branded as cowards and accused of being the British Special Forces Squadron that ran away from the Iraqis. But nothing could be further from the truth. Ten years on, the story of these sixty men can finally be told. In March 2003 M Squadron - an SBS unit with SAS embeds - was sent 1,000 kilometres behind enemy...

The Central Intelligence Agency: An Encyclopedia of Covert Ops, Intelligence Gathering, and Spies (eBook)

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The Central Intelligence Agency is essential in the fight to keep America safe from foreign attacks. This two-volume work traces through facts and documents the history of the CIA, from the people involved to the operations conducted for national security. This two-volume reference work offers both students and general-interest readers a definitive resource that examines the impact the CIA has...

SBS: The Inside Story of the Special Boat Service (eBook)

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The men of the SBS are the maritime equivalent of their counterparts in the SAS; they are the elite of the British Special Forces and also the most secretive. Although SAS activity has been extensively documented, the SBS has remained in the state it prefers - a shadowy silhouette, with identities protected and missions kept from public view. Formed during...

The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid (eBook)

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The Prisoner in His Palace is an evocative and thought-provoking account of how the lives of twelve young American soldiers deployed to Iraq are upended when they’re asked to guard the most ‘high-value detainee’ of all, the notorious dictator Saddam Hussein.  What the self-dubbed ‘Super Twelve’ experience in the autumn of 2006 is cognitive dissonance at its most extreme. Expecting to...

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster (eBook)

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A new look at one of the pivotal events of the Cold War, packed with new revelations Drawing on newly declassified documents, Defcon–2 offers a fascinating re–examination of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Unlike many books on the topic, it not only covers the fateful "13 days in October," but provides a detailed description of the run–up to the crisis in...

DEFCON-2: Standing on the Brink of Nuclear War During the Cuban Missile Crisis (eBook)

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A new look at one of the pivotal events of the Cold War, packed with new revelations Drawing on newly declassified documents, Defcon–2 offers a fascinating re–examination of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Unlike many books on the topic, it not only covers the fateful "13 days in October," but provides a detailed description of the run–up to the crisis in...

61 Mech Bn Group: Bravo Company and Anti-Tank Platoon 1987 (eBook)

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Written by Dawid Lotter, an already successful published writer who was also the commander of Bravo Company 1987. You get an excellent depiction of a year in the life of a mechanised infantry company and its anti-tank platoon during the South African Bush war. From the beginning you see the building of soldiers from all the ranks into a battle...

Die Bestuur en Beplanning van Drag, Dragregulasies en Dragvoorskrifte in die SA Leer (Mans) (eBook)

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Die Stryd teen Terreur in SWA/Namibie (eBook)

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Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad (eBook)

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March 23, 2003: U.S. Marines from the Task Force Tarawa are caught up in one of the most unexpected battles of the Iraq War. What started off as a routine maneuver to secure two key bridges in the town of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq degenerated into a nightmarish twenty-four-hour urban clash in which eighteen young Marines lost their lives and...

No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah (eBook)

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March 23, 2003: U.S. Marines from the Task Force Tarawa are caught up in one of the most unexpected battles of the Iraq War. What started off as a routine maneuver to secure two key bridges in the town of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq degenerated into a nightmarish twenty-four-hour urban clash in which eighteen young Marines lost their lives and...

Ambush Alley: The Most Extraordinary Battle of the Iraq War (eBook)

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March 23, 2003: U.S. Marines from the Task Force Tarawa are caught up in one of the most unexpected battles of the Iraq War. What started off as a routine maneuver to secure two key bridges in the town of Nasiriyah in southern Iraq degenerated into a nightmarish twenty-four-hour urban clash in which eighteen young Marines lost their lives and...

The Forgotten Soldier: War on the Russian Front - A True Story (eBook)

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When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue and constant deprivation. Posted to the crack Grosse Deutschland division, with its sadistic instructors who...

Sniper on the Eastern Front: The Memoirs of Sepp Allerberger, Knight's Cross (eBook)

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This book is a rare first-hand account by a ruthlessly efficient German sniper of life and death during the bitter conflict that followed the Nazi invasion of Russia.Its author, Josef Sepp Allerberger, was an Austrian conscript who qualified as a Wehrmacht machine-gunner and was drafted to the Southern sector of the Front in July 1942. Wounded at Voroshilovsk, he experimented...

Silent Invaders: Combat Gliders of the Second World War (eBook)

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Combat gliders were called by some as Death Crates, Purple Heart Boxes, Flying Coffins and Tow Targets . They were not pretty and had no graceful lines. Viewed from the front, they had a pug nose and a sloping Neanderthal forehead. Their wings looked like the heavily starched ears of a jackrabbit placed at right angles on a canvas-covered frame....

Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown (eBook)

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When Navy SEAL Adam Brown woke up on March 17, 2010, he didn t know he would die that night in the Hind Kush Mountains of Afghanistan but he was ready. In a letter to his children, not meant to be seen unless the worst happened, he wrote, I m not afraid of anything that might happen to me on...

The Honoured Society: The Secret History of Italy's Most Powerful Mafia (eBook)

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In the early hours of an August morning a gunfight broke out in an Italian restaurant in Duisburg; in less than five minutes over seventy shots were fired into the bodies of six men. Both victims and assassins were members of the 'Ndrangheta crime organization; Calabria's Mafia had extended the savage tentacle of its influence outside Italy for the first...

Overlord: D-Day and the Battle for Normandy 1944 (eBook)

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The famous D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 marked the beginning of Operation Overlord, the battle for the liberation of Europe. Max Hastings’ acclaimed account overturns many traditional legends in this memorable study. Drawing together the eyewitness accounts of survivors from both sides, plus a wealth of previously untapped sources and documents, Overlord provides a brilliant, controversial perspective on the devastating battle...

Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy (eBook)

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Since 1945, MI6 has spread misinformation designed to divide and discredit targets from the Middle East to Eastern Europe and Northern Ireland. It has instigated whispering campaigns and planted false evidence on officials working behind the Iron Curtain, tried to foment revolution in Albania, blown up ships to prevent the passage of refugees to Israel, and secretly funnelled aid to...

Stalingrad to Kursk: Triumph of the Red Army (eBook)

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The epic battles fought at Stalingrad and Kursk were pivotal events in the war on the Eastern Front. After the catastrophic failure of the German offensives of 1942 and 1943, the Wehrmacht was forced onto the defensive. Never again would it regain the initiative against the seemingly inexhaustible forces of the Red Army. But how did this decisive shift in...

Obedient Unto Death (eBook)

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Drafted into the SS-Totenkopf in 1939, Werner Kindler served with a motorised unit in Poland before, in May 1941, he was selected for the elite Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler. It was with the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler that he participated in Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union from June 1941. Werner's unit converted to a Panzer Grenadier formation in 1942,...

Twilight of the Gods: A Swedish Waffen-SS Volunteer's Experiences with the 11th SS-Panzergrenadier Division Nordland, Eastern Front 1944-45 (eBook)

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Few new personal accounts by Waffen-SS soldiers appear in English; even fewer originate from the multitude of non-German European volunteers who formed such an important proportion of this service's manpower. Twilight of the Gods was originally written in Swedish, and published in Buenos Aires shortly after the end of WWII. Erik Wallin, a Swedish soldier who volunteered for service with...

Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror (eBook)

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In this powerful account of Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni's 30 year reign, Helen Epstein chronicles how Western leaders' single-minded focus on the War on Terror and their naive dealings with strongmen are at the root of much of the turmoil in eastern and central Africa. Museveni's involvement in the conflicts in Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Congo, and Somalia has earned him...

Cold War Jet Combat: Air-to-Air Jet Fighter Operations, 1950–1972 (eBook)

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Recounted here are nine of the earliest wars involving jet aircraft. From the Korean War and beyond, it comprises a wealth of gripping insight. Many of the jet-to-jet dogfights that spanned these jet-powered wars are enlivened to thrilling effect, including those engaged in during the two Indo-Pak Wars of 1965 and 1971. Operation Musketeer (1956), mounted when RAF and French...

Topgun: An American Story (eBook)

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In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Despite foreign policy efforts and attempts to combat supply lines, the United States has been for decades, and remains today, the largest single consumer market for illicit drugs on the planet. This volume argues that the war on drugs has been ineffective at best and, at worst, has been highly detrimental...

Drug Trafficking, Organized Crime, and Violence in the Americas Today (eBook)

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In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Despite foreign policy efforts and attempts to combat supply lines, the United States has been for decades, and remains today, the largest single consumer market for illicit drugs on the planet. This volume argues that the war on drugs has been ineffective at best and, at worst, has been highly detrimental...

Pendulum of War: Three Battles at El Alamein (eBook)

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An accessible account of the pivotal World War II African campaign that helped turn the tide for Allied forces describes the failed offensive of the British Eighth Army in June 1942, the controversial decisions attributed to the campaign's commanders, and the army's subsequent transformation into a battle-winning unit PDF format. Download link will be immediately available after checkout. 

Saddam's War of Words: Politics, Religion, and the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait (eBook)

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From a Western perspective, the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991 largely fulfilled the first President Bush's objective: "In, out, do it, do it right, get gone. That's the message." But in the Arab world, the causes and consequences of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and his subsequent defeat by a U.S.-led coalition were never so clear-cut. The potent blend of...

The Complete Victoria Cross (eBook)

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This fully revised paperback edition of the complete chronological record of VC holders is an essential work of reference for every student of military history. All the British and Commonwealth servicemen who have been awarded the highest honour for exceptional acts of bravery and self-sacrifice are commemorated here. The first VCs awarded for the Crimean War and in the nineteenth-century...

The Tunnels of Cu Chi (eBook)

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The campaign in the tunnels of Cu Chi was fought with cunning and savagery between Viet Cong guerrillas and special teams of US infantrymen called 'Tunnel Rats'. The location: the 200-mile labyrinth of underground tunnels and secret chambers that the Viet Cong had dug around Saigon. The Tunnel Rats were GIs of legendary skill and courage. Armed only with knives...

The World War II 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Figures of the Second World War (eBook)

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Everyone knows who were the most famous participants in World War II. But who were the most influential? While the obvious leaders are profiled in this listing, others such as the diplomats who made the deals, the scientists who designed the weapons and the journalists who reported the war are featured just as prominently. PDF format. Download link will be...

The Emperors : How Europe's Greatest Rulers Were Destroyed by World War I (eBook)

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