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Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead
by , Bing West

Language

English

Pages

341

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<b>A clear-eyed account of learning how to lead in a chaotic world, by General Jim Mattis--the former Secretary of Defense and one of the most formidable strategic thinkers of our time--and Bing West, a former assistant secretary of defense and combat Marine.</b><br /><br /><i>Call Sign Chaos </i>is the account of Jim Mattis's storied career, from wide-ranging leadership roles in three wars to ultimately commanding a quarter of a million troops across the Middle East. Along the way, Mattis recounts his foundational experiences as a leader, extracting the lessons he has learned about the nature of warfighting and peacemaking, the importance of allies, and the strategic dilemmas--and short-sighted thinking--now facing our nation. He makes it clear why America must return to a strategic footing so as not to continue winning battles but fighting inconclusive wars. <br /><br />Mattis divides his book into three parts: direct leadership, executive leadership, and strategic leadership. In the first part, Mattis recalls his early experiences leading Marines into battle, when he knew his troops as well as his own brothers. In the second part, he explores what it means to command thousands of troops and how to adapt your leadership style to ensure your intent is understood by your most junior troops so that they can own their mission. In the third part, Mattis describes the challenges and techniques of leadership at the strategic level, where military leaders reconcile war's grim realities with political leaders' human aspirations, where complexity reigns and the consequences of imprudence are severe, even catastrophic.<br /><i></i><br /><i>Call Sign Chaos</i> is a memoir of lifelong learning, following along as Mattis rises from Marine recruit to four-star general. It is a journey learning to lead and a story about how he, through constant study and action, developed a unique leadership philosophy--one relevant to us all.
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
by Garrett M. Graff

Language

English

Pages

513

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淭his is history at its most immediate and moving鈥 marvelous and memorable book.鈥?鈥擩on Meacham</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淩emarkable鈥 priceless civic gift鈥n page after page, a reader will encounter words that startle, or make him angry, or heartbroken.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淰isceral...I repeatedly cried鈥his book captures the emotions and unspooling horror of the day.鈥?鈥擭PR</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淗ad me turning each page with my heart in my throat鈥here鈥檚 been a lot written about 9/11, but nothing like this. I urge you to read it.鈥?鈥擪atie Couric</b><br /> <br /><b>The first comprehensive oral history of September 11, 2001鈥攁 panoramic narrative woven from the voices of Americans on the front lines of an unprecedented national trauma.</b><br /><br />Over the past eighteen years, monumental literature has been published about 9/11, from Lawrence Wright鈥檚 <i>The Looming Tower</i>, which traced the rise of al-Qaeda, to <i>The 9/11 Commission Report</i>, the government鈥檚 definitive factual retrospective of the attacks. But one perspective has been missing up to this point鈥攁 360-degree account of the day told through the voices of the people who experienced it.<br /> <br />Now, in <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i>, award-winning journalist and bestselling historian Garrett Graff tells the story of the day as it was <i>lived</i>鈥攊n the words of those who lived it. Drawing on never-before-published transcripts, recently declassified documents, original interviews, and oral histories from nearly five hundred government officials, first responders, witnesses, survivors, friends, and family members, Graff paints the most vivid and human portrait of the September 11 attacks yet.<br /> <br />Beginning in the predawn hours of airports in the Northeast, we meet the ticket agents who unknowingly usher terrorists onto their flights, and the flight attendants inside the hijacked planes. In New York City, first responders confront a scene of unimaginable horror at the Twin Towers. From a secret bunker underneath the White House, officials watch for incoming planes on radar. Aboard the small number of unarmed fighter jets in the air, pilots make a pact to fly into a hijacked airliner if necessary to bring it down. In the skies above Pennsylvania, civilians aboard United Flight 93 make the ultimate sacrifice in their place. Then, as the day moves forward and flights are grounded nationwide, Air Force One circles the country alone, its passengers isolated and afraid.<br /> <br />More than simply a collection of eyewitness testimonies, <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i> is the historic narrative of how ordinary people grappled with extraordinary events in real time: the father and son working in the North Tower, caught on different ends of the impact zone; the firefighter searching for his wife who works at the World Trade Center; the operator of in-flight telephone calls who promises to share a passenger鈥檚 last words with his family; the beloved FDNY chaplain who bravely performs last rites for the dying, losing his own life when the Towers collapse; and the generals at the Pentagon who break down and weep when they are barred from rushing into the burning building to try to rescue their colleagues.<br /> <br />At once a powerful tribute to the courage of everyday Americans and an essential addition to the literature of 9/11, <i>The Only Plane in the Sky</i> weaves together the unforgettable personal experiences of the men and women who found themselves caught at the center of an unprecedented human drama. The result is a unique, profound, and searing exploration of humanity on a day that changed the course of history, and all of our lives.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong><br /><strong>Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 </strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."鈥擭PR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive 鈥?until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold...
by Ben Macintyre

Language

English

Pages

418

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥⒙?lt;b>The celebrated author of聽<i>Double Cross</i>聽and聽<i>Rogue Heroes</i>聽returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling聽<i>Americans</i>-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.</b><br /><br />鈥淭he best true spy story I have ever read.鈥濃€擩OHN LE CARR脡<br /></b><br /> If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky. The son of two KGB agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine. He took his first posting for Russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. For nearly a decade, as the Cold War reached its twilight, Gordievsky helped the West turn the tables on the KGB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war. Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, MI6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. Their obsession ultimately doomed Gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.聽<br /><br /> Unfolding the delicious three-way gamesmanship between America, Britain, and the Soviet Union, and culminating in the gripping cinematic beat-by-beat of Gordievsky's nail-biting escape from Moscow in 1985, Ben Macintyre's latest may be his best yet. Like the greatest novels of John le Carr茅, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
by , Leif Babin

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English

Pages

317

Publication Date

November 21, 2017

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<p><b>An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.</b></p><p>Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin鈥檚 SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed 鈥渁ll but lost.鈥?In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three鈥檚 Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership鈥攁t every level鈥攊s the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. </p><p>Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.</p><p>Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.</p><p>A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, <i>Extreme Ownership</i> revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.</p>
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

Language

English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
Thank You for My Service
by , Nils Parker

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English

Pages

213

Publication Date

August 20, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?The unapologetic, laugh-your-ass-off military memoir both vets and civilians have been waiting for, from a five-tour Army Ranger turned YouTube phenomenon and zealous advocate for veterans</b><br />聽<br /> Members of the military鈥檚 special operations branches share a closely guarded secret: They love their jobs. They relish the opportunity to fight. They are thankful for it, even, and hopeful that maybe, possibly, they鈥檒l also get to kill a bunch of bad guys while they鈥檙e at it. You don鈥檛 necessarily need to thank them for their service鈥攖he pleasure is all theirs.<br /><br /> In this hilarious and personal memoir, readers ride shotgun alongside former Army Ranger and private military contractor and current social media phenomenon Mat Best, into the action and its aftermath, both abroad and at home. From surviving a skin infection in the swampy armpit of America (aka Columbus, Georgia) to kicking down doors on the outskirts of Ramadi, from blowing up a truck full of enemy combatants to witnessing the effects of a suicide bombing right in front of your face,<i> Thank You for My Service</i>聽gives readers who love America and love the good guys fresh insight into what it鈥檚 really like inside the minds of the men and women on the front lines.<br /><br /> It鈥檚 also a sobering yet steadying glimpse at life for veterans after the fighting stops, when the enemy becomes self-doubt or despair and you begin to wonder why anyone should be thanking you for anything, least of all your service. How do you keep going when something you love turns you into somebody you hate? For veterans and their friends and families,聽<i>Thank You for My Service</i> will offer comfort, in the form of a million laughs, and counsel, as a blueprint for what to do after the war ends and the real fight begins.<br /><br /> And for civilians, this is the insider account of military life you won鈥檛 find anywhere else, told with equal amounts of heart and balls. It鈥檚 <i>Deadpool</i> meets <i>Captain America</i>, except one went to business school and one went to therapy, and it鈥檚 anyone鈥檚 guess which is which.
A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People ...
by Ray Raphael

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

May 24, 2011

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<b>鈥淭he best single-volume history of the Revolution I have read.鈥?鈥擧oward Zinn</b><br /> 聽<br /> Upon its initial publication, Ray Raphael鈥檚 magisterial聽<i>A People鈥檚 History of the American Revolution</i>聽was hailed by聽NPR鈥檚 <i>Fresh Air</i>聽as 鈥渞elentlessly aggressive and unsentimental.鈥?With impeccable skill, Raphael presented a wide array of fascinating scholarship within a single volume, employing a bottom-up approach that has served as a revelation.<br /> 聽<br /><i>A People鈥檚 History of the American Revolution</i>聽draws upon diaries, personal letters, and other Revolutionary-era treasures, weaving a thrilling 鈥測ou are there鈥?narrative鈥斺€渁 tapestry that uses individual experiences to illustrate the larger stories鈥? Raphael shifts the focus away from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to the slaves they owned, the Indians they displaced, and the men and boys who did the fighting (<i>Los Angeles Times Book Review</i>).<br /> 聽<br /> This 鈥渞emarkable perspective on a familiar part of American history鈥?helps us appreciate more fully the incredible diversity of the American Revolution (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淭hrough letters, diaries, and other accounts, Raphael shows these individuals鈥攚hite women and men of the farming and laboring classes, free and enslaved African Americans, Native Americans, loyalists, and religious pacifists鈥攁cting for or against the Revolution and enduring a war that compounded the difficulties of everyday life.鈥?鈥?lt;i>Library Journal聽</i><br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎 tour de force聽.聽.聽. Ray Raphael has probably altered the way in which future historians will see events.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Sunday Times</i>
The Spy in Hitler's Inner Circle: Hans-Thilo Schmidt and the Alli...
by Paul Paillole

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

March 19, 2016

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Ten years after the publication of his Services Sp茅ciaux (1935-1945), Paillole took up his pen once again in order to shed further light on the critical role that the French Secret Service played in the infiltration of German agencies. In this first English edition of The Spy in Hitler鈥檚 Inner Circle, Paillole brings us to the very heart of the world of espionage and counterintelligence, providing unique insight into the key figures that led to the decoding of the Enigma machine at Bletchley and the ultimate collapse of Hitler鈥檚 Third Reich, most notably through Hans-Thilo Schmidt, France鈥檚 German spy embedded in the very heart of the Third Reich. In compelling narrative style Paillole details how Schmidt delivered intelligence to France right from the source of the German Cipher Office. Schmidt, who鈥檚 brother Rudolf occupied one of the highest postings in the Third Reich, commander of 2nd Panzer Army in Russia, created an intelligence network between France, Poland and England, and successfully transmitted crucial details about Hitler鈥檚 strategic plans. From information about Germany鈥檚 rearmament and the reoccupation of the Rhineland, to fundamental technical intelligence about the Enigma machine, Schmidt鈥檚 contributions are key to the Allied victory in the intelligence war, despite the fact that France largely ignored his communications. Revealed here are the most secret aspects of the 鈥榮ecret war,鈥?the 鈥榳ar of numbers.鈥?By way of Hans-Thilo Schmidt Paillole sheds further light on the interaction of secret agents working inside the German government, bringing attention to the cooperation between the French, English and Polish agencies surrounding the challenges of decoding the Enigma machine. We learn the innermost details of the roles that men such as Gustave Bertrand, Rudolphe Lemoine, and Richard Sorge played in this dramatic history and ultimately the pivotal role that Bletchley鈥檚 Alan Turing was able to perform as a result. Paillole brings renewed focus onto one of the most important espionage affairs of the war and sheds new light on already existent Anglo-Saxon and Polish historiography, revealing new aspects of the participation of Enigma during the decisive phases of the Second World War: the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, the Battle of Libya and the Battle of Normandy.
Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations
by William H. McRaven

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<b>In this instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, the celebrated author of <i>Make Your Bed </i>shares amazing adventure stories from his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces.</b><br />Admiral William H. McRaven is a part of American military history, having been involved in some of the most famous missions in recent memory, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden.<br /><br /><i>Sea Stories</i> begins in 1960 at the American Officers' Club in France, where Allied officers and their wives gathered to have drinks and tell stories about their adventures during World War II -- the place where a young Bill McRaven learned the value of a good story. <i>Sea Stories</i> is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.<br /><br />Action-packed, inspiring, and full of thrilling stories from life in the special operations world, <i>Sea Stories </i>is a remarkable memoir from one of America's most accomplished leaders.

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