Download E-books War and the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien (Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction & Fantasy) PDF

Having participated within the First global struggle, and having obvious of his sons serve within the moment, Tolkien used to be interested by a number of the related issues that different writers within the post-war interval. The rhythm of conflict flows via his writings, yet his personal interpretation of the subjects, symbols, and motifs of conflict, notwithstanding, have been prompted via his non secular perspectives and his curiosity in fable, which upload one other layer of which means and a feeling of timelessness to his writing. Croft explores the several element of Tolkien's dating with warfare either in his lifestyles and in his paintings from the early Book of misplaced Tales to his final tale Smith of Wootten Major, and focusing on his maximum and so much famous works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This well timed addition to the serious literature on Tolkien sheds new gentle at the author's existence and works.

Tolkien, one of many world's such a lot liked authors, used to be an international conflict I signaling officer who survived the conflict of the Somme, and of his sons served in the course of international warfare II. Such reviews and occasions lead Tolkien to a posh perspective towards battle and armed forces management, the topics of which locate their approach into his most vital writings. His fiction, feedback, and letters show quite a number attitudes that might swap over the process his lifestyles. after all, his philosophy on human nature and evil, and the inevitability of clash, would seem to be pragmatic and rational, if regretful and pessimistic. nonetheless, Croft is ready to discover a pressure of hopefulness, as befitted his Catholicism, in regards to the final destiny of the human soul. She concludes that his own existence and values educated his analyzing and his writing and how during which he interpreted his personal stories. This worthy attention of battle within the lifetime of Tolkien is vital analyzing for all readers attracted to deepening their knowing of this nice writer.

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Download E-books A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics) PDF

By Alistair Horne

The Algerian struggle lasted from 1954 to 1962. It introduced down six French governments, ended in the cave in of the Fourth Republic, back de Gaulle to energy, and got here with reference to scary a civil struggle on French soil. greater than one million Muslim Algerians died within the clash and as many eu settlers have been pushed into exile. principally, the struggle used to be marked by way of an unholy marriage of innovative terror and repressive torture.

Nearly a part century has handed seeing that this savagely fought struggle resulted in Algeria’s independence, and yet—as Alistair Horne argues in his new preface to his now-classic paintings of history—its repercussions stay felt not just in Algeria and France, yet in the course of the international. certainly from today’s vantage aspect the Algerian conflict appears like a full-dress practice session for this sort of amorphous fight that convulsed the Balkans within the Nineteen Nineties and that now ravages the center East, from Beirut to Baghdad—struggles within which questions of faith, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism tackle a brand new and more and more deadly intensity.

A Savage struggle of Peace is the definitive heritage of the Algerian struggle, a e-book that brings that poor and complex fight to existence with intelligence, coverage, and unflagging momentum. it's crucial analyzing for our personal violent instances in addition to an enduring monument to the historian’s artwork.

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Download E-books Wynne's War PDF

By Aaron Gwyn

“The book’s pacing is cinematic . . . adrenalized.” — New York Times

“Rich in equestrian and army aspect . . . It’d take wild horses to tug you away.” — Entertainment Weekly

while Corporal Elijah Russell’s incredible horsemanship is published in the course of a firefight in northern Iraq, the younger military Ranger is assigned to an elite designated Forces unit getting ready to degree a mystery project in japanese Afghanistan. Russell’s job is to coach the golf green Berets — fiercely dependable to their enigmatic commander, Captain Wynne — to experience the horses they're going to use to execute this venture via treacherous mountain terrain. yet because the group presses farther into enemy territory, the character of the operation in basic terms turns into extra mysterious and Wynne’s charismatic energy takes on a darker forged. eventually, Russell unearths himself pressured to choose: on one part, his ally and his so much deeply held ideals; at the different, a commanding officer pushed through a messianic zeal for his venture. This taut, action-packed novel fuses the Western and the struggle tale right into a compellingly unique tale.

“This novel sounds like Cormac McCarthy meets Tim O’Brien. i couldn't cease examining it.” — Philipp Meyer, writer of The Son

[author photograph] © Mark Fortenberry

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Download E-books On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance PDF

By Howard Caygill

No observe is extra principal to the modern political mind's eye and motion than 'resistance'. In its quite a few manifestations - from the armed guerrilla to Gandhian mass pacifist protest, from Wikileaks and the Arab Spring to the worldwide eruption and violent repression of the Occupy flow - thoughts of resistance have gotten ubiquitous and pressing. during this publication, Howard Caygill conducts the 1st ever systematic research of 'resistance': as a way of defying political oppression, in its dating with army violence and its cultural illustration.

Beginning with the militaristic doctrine of Clausewitz and the evolution of a brand new version of guerrilla conflict to withstand the forces of Napoleonic France, On Resistance elucidates and opinions the contributions of seminal resistant thinkers from Marx and Nietzsche to Mao, Gandhi, Sartre and Fanon to spot continuities of resistance and uprising from the Paris Commune to the Greenham Women's Peace Camp. utilizing a threefold line of inquiry, Caygill exposes the chronic discourses during which resistance has been framed by way of strength, violence, attention and subjectivity to conform a critique of resistance. Tracing the beneficial properties of resistance, its suggestions, personality and recurring kinds all through sleek international background Caygill identifies the typological consistencies which make up resistance. eventually, through teasing out the conceptual nuances of resistance and its affinities to suggestions of repression, reform and revolution, Caygill displays upon modern manifestations of resistance to spot no matter if the twenty first century is evolving new understandings of protest and struggle.

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Download E-books Retreat, Hell! (Corps, No 10) PDF

By W.E.B. Griffin

It's the fall of 1950. The Marines have made a pivotal leap forward at Inchon, yet a curler coaster awaits them. whereas Douglas MacArthur chomps on the bit, reason on surging around the thirty eighth parallel, Brigadier basic Fleming Pickering works desperately to mediate the escalating conflict among MacArthur and President Harry Truman. And someplace available in the market, his personal daredevil pilot son, choose, is misplaced at the back of enemy lines--and will be misplaced endlessly.

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Download E-books Behind Enemy Lines: An Australian SAS Solider in Vietnam (Australian SAS Soldier in Vietnam) PDF

By Terry O'Farrell

This own account of Terry O'Farrell's profession as an SAS soldier vividly captures not just the army activities of his time in Vietnam, however the human elements of surviving the serious choice method and coaching to facing the ever present worry of wrestle. The horrors of lengthy demanding stretches on patrol within the jungle and being stuck all at once by way of the enemy are stated. additionally integrated are colourful stories of studies off the battlefied—the larrakin pranks in the course of education and the friendships that shape among soldiers.

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Download E-books Bomb Hunters: Life and Death Stories with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit in Afghanistan PDF

By Sean Rayment

The Sunday instances Bestseller 'Afghanistan is rather like Iraq -- scorching, dusty and whole of people that are looking to kill you', SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek consultant Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face dying each day within the most threatening sector on the earth -- Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Bomb Hunters are up opposed to the Improvised Explosive equipment -- the IED -- the lethal selfmade bombs planted through the Taliban. demanding to realize and simple to set off, an predicted 10 bombs for each one of many 10,000 British troops were planted within the area. IEDs at the moment are the most killer of British troops in Afghanistan and the final word mental weapon. Bomb Hunters paintings in 50-degree warmth as they take the 'long walk' into the kill quarter, defusing as many as 15 bombs an afternoon. long ago 12 months the casualty cost has soared because the troops became locked right into a lethal online game of cat and mouse -- to find and deactivate the lethal bombs prior to they maim and kill squaddies, police and civilians. ability, chilly braveness and unavoidably natural success play a big half within the survival of those males and because the British public have already visible -- a unmarried lapse of focus can lead to speedy dying. Ex-paratrooper, now defence journalist, Sean Rayment, takes the reader on a trip into the warmth and mud of Helmand Province as he meets those brave squaddies whereas they placed their lives in danger to avoid different British troops falling sufferer to the IED. He interviews the Bomb Hunters as they practice their tasks at the frontline and paints a wide ranging photograph of what existence is like for the lads who play poker with their very own lives on a daily basis, who dwell understanding the enemy watches their each flow, watching for a weak spot to teach itself, a trend in strategy to be exploited, or an errors to be made that triggers the gadget itself. this is often as bright and dramatic as conflict reporting will get, blending 'close to the bone' narrative and dead-pan black humour from the Bomb Hunters themselves, a few of whom have been in this case killed in motion. No punches can be pulled on what those males believe concerning the struggle, their position in it, the politicians and generals who ship them there, and the way they care for the relentless strain of the task itself within the middle of the world's such a lot opposed wrestle environment.

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Download E-books The Splendor of Portugal (Portuguese Literature Series) PDF

"The beauty of Portugal"'s 4 narrators are participants of a as soon as well-to-do relations whose plantation used to be misplaced within the Angolan conflict of Independence; the matriarch of this unhappiest of clans and her 3 grownup youngsters communicate in a nightmarish, remorseless gush to provide us the main points in their gruesome relatives existence. Like a personality out of Faulkner's decayed south, the mummy clings to the wish that her childrens will come again, store her from destitution, and restoration the family's imagined former glory. the youngsters, for his or her half, have not noticeable one another in years, and of their isolation are affected by feverish stories of Angola. The vitriol and self-hatred of the characters comprehend no bounds, for they're straight away sufferers and culprits, accountable of atrocities dedicated within the identify of colonialism in addition to the harsh humiliations and betrayals in their personal family members. Antunes back proves that he's the main stylist of his iteration, a fearless investigator into the worst excesses of the human animal.

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Download E-books Total Resistance - Swiss Army Guide to Guerrilla Warfare and Underground Operations PDF

By H. Von Dach Bern

It is a mythical paintings by means of the famed Swiss professional on guerrilla conflict, significant H. von Dach. Survivalists have rediscovered this significant learn on resistance and underground operations, a few making it the keystone in their libraries. Well-written and illustrated with easy-to-understand drawings, overall Resistance analyzes and overviews the thoughts had to triumph over an invading strength, formation of guerrilla devices, guns, nutrition and scientific issues, ambushes, sabotage and masses extra.

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