Winner of the New South Wales Premier's History Award and one of the New York Times' ten best books of 1999. In this searching and eloquent book, Inga Clendinnen explores the experience of the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' points of view. She discusses the remarkable survivor testimonies of writers such as Primo Levi and Charlotte Delbo, the vexed issue of resistance in the camps, and strategies for understanding the motivations of Nazis at all levels. Clendinnen focuses an anthropologist's precise gaze on the actions of the murderers in the police battalions and among the SS in the camps. And she considers how the Holocaust has been portrayed in poetry, fiction and film. Searching and eloquent, Reading the Holocaust is an uncompromising attempt to extract the comprehensible-the recognisably human-from the unthinkable. 'Inga Clendinnen claims for history the same power as poetry or fiction to enter the silences and make them speak.' David Malouf
As the first extermination camp established by the Nazi regime and the prototype of the single-purpose death camps of Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec, the Chelmno death camp stands as a crucial but largely unexplored element of the Holocaust. This book is the first comprehensive work in any language to detail all aspects of the camp's history, organization, and operations and to remedy the dearth of information in Holocaust literature about Chelmno, which served as a template for the Nazis' "Final Solution." Patrick Montague reveals events leading to the establishment of the camp, how the mobile killing squad employed the world's first gas van to terminate the lives of mentally-ill patients, and the assembly-line procedure employed in the camp to commit genocide on the Jewish population. Based on over 20 years of careful research, this book provides the first single-volume history of the camp and its handful of survivors and includes previously unpublished first-hand accounts and photographs. Chelmno and the Holocaust is a vital contribution to a critically important chapter in the history of the Holocaust.
Why Germany Nearly Won: A New History of the Second World War in Europe (War, Technology, and History)
Why Germany Nearly Won challenges today's conventional wisdom explaining Germany's Second World War defeat as inevitable primarily for brute force economic or military reasons created when Germany attacked the Soviet Union. Taking an entirely new perspective on explaining the Second World War in Europe, and its outcome, at its core Why Germany Nearly Won offers the reader three interrelated, unique, and potentially ground-breaking arguments. First, qualitative differences between the combatants proved more important in determining the War's outcome than have the quantitative brute force measures so commonly discussed in the past. Second, attacking the Soviet Union represented Germany's best opportunity to win a War which, by commonly cited measures of military potential, Germany never should have had even a remote chance of winning. Third, for reasons frequently overlooked and misunderstood Germany came far closer to winning the War than has previously been recognized.Features: Twenty-four detailed maps show the position and movement of opposing forces during the key campaigns and battles discussed in the book. Thirty-four charts and figures are provided, including detailed orders of battle, tables of organization and equipment, economic figures, and equipment comparisons. Highlights:Why Germany Nearly Won offers the reader a fresh perspective on World War II, including via: Creating a new framework for understanding the Second World War, one challenging today's conventional wisdom Advancing a new interpretation of Operation Barbarossa, usually seen as the great German blunder of the war by those subscribing to the brute force myth, as, in fact, Germany's last and best hope actually to win the war Demonstrating how closely fought the war actually was Explaining how the Mediterranean Theater of the War represented a crucial distraction and net drain on the primary German war effort in Eastern Europe Revealing why the combined arms panzer division proved key in bolstering the German army's renaissance; not the tank itself Profiling wartime changes to the German panzer arm as a metaphor for the larger story behind the Wehrmacht's rise and fall Exploring the Red Army's constantly evolving approach to war, including why the late war Red Army was so much more effective than its equally massive early war version And more....
“After the whole history of Vietnam is written, it’ll just be our photos.” —Eddie Adams to Nick Ut (author of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize–winning photo of the napalmed girl running)The first book by one of the world’s legendary photojournalists, Eddie Adams: Vietnam is a long-awaited landmark. Adams’ 1968 Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph cemented his reputation in the public eye and stands forever as an icon for the brutality of our last century: the image of Nguyen Ngoc Loan, police chief of Saigon, firing a bullet at the head of a Vietcong prisoner. Adams’ image fueled antiwar sentiment that ultimately changed the course of history.Adams’ life in the headlines took him to the remotest corners of this troubled, beautiful planet compiling a historic record of the days of our lives. His forty-five-year career covered thirteen wars and amassed some five hundred photojournalism awards. He was a man to whom Clint Eastwood said, “Good shot;” Fidel Castro said, “Let’s go duck hunting;” and the Pope said, “You’ve got three minutes.” This is the man behind the Pulitzer Prize–winning picture that changed the world in 1968.Through astonishing never-before-seen pictures, articles written by Adams, pages from journals, and other artifacts, one great journalist’s experience of the war is told in gripping detail.Edited by Alyssa Adams, with an essay by AP Bureau Chief Hal Buell, and contributions by Peter Arnett, Tom Brokaw, David Halberstam, George Esper, David Kennerly, Dirck Halstead, Tom Curley, Kerry Kennedy, and more, this is a classic of modern history and photography.
Ben’s story is unlike any you’ve ever heard. Ben Fainer spent the entire war as a Nazi prisoner, surviving for six years in six different camps. After losing his mother, three siblings, and over 250 other relatives in the Holocaust, Ben was liberated by American soldiers while on a final death-march in the spring of 1945. Ben didn’t just survive, he thrived. He was able to put his tragic childhood behind and live an incredible post-war life. Then after over sixty years of silence, he happened to meet and become best friends with one of his liberators! Together they began talking about all they’d been through so long ago. It is a moving and greatly inspirational story you’ll never forget.
Robert Lyman's deep knowledge and understanding of the war in Burma, and the great battles at Kohima and Imphal in 1944, are well known. In this book he uses original documents, published works and personal accounts to weave together an enthralling account of some of the bitterest fighting of WWII. Not only does he use British sources for his research but he has also included material from the Naga tribes of north-east India, on whose land these battles were fought, and from Japanese accounts, including interviews with Japanese veterans of the fighting. Thus he has been able to produce what is arguably the most balanced history of the battles that were pivotal in ending the Japanese empire. Fergal Keane, journalist and author of Road to Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 wrote to the author saying 'What a triumph! I finished it last night. You have done a wonderful job. I only wish I'd read it before writing my own book!' He goes on to say 'Robert Lyman is one of the great writers about men and war and in this book he has succeeded in conveying the courage, genius and folly of an epic struggle. I cannot think of a writer engaged in the subject of the Second World War who can match Lyman for his integrity or the soundness of his judgments.'
Narrtive of the expedition to the Baltic; with an account of the siege and capitulation of Copenhagen including the surrender of the Danish fleet
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1808 edition. Excerpt: ...the flames. Many shells took fire, and flew in every direction; but there were no sufferers on the occasion, except the soldier who was the cause of the accident, and another who was on sentry near him. After the ceremony of taking possession of the citadel, in the manner already related, a permanent garrison was appointed to do the duty of the place while the army should remain in Zeeland. The Fourth, or King's own Regiment, was ordered for this duty: the Commanding-officer, LieutenantColonel Wynch, was appointed Lieutenant Governor; and Major Bodecker, of the King's German Legion, Fort-Major. Lord Cathcart soon after took possession of the Governor's house, and the principal Staff having removed also to the citadel, headquarters were established there. A report having been circulated, immediately after the surrender of Copenhagen, that part of the ditch round the place was dry; it became necessary to expose the fallacy of such report, to those who had not had an opportunity of examining the Works. It has been already remarked, that a narrow streight divides the city nearly in the centre; the largest division is situated on the side of Zeeland; the smaller on that of Amack. The operations of our army were directed entirely against the Works that defend the former part, which reach from sea to sea, and are three miles in extent. The breadth of the ditch is from forty to sixty yards, and has in no part less than six feet depth of water: in many places it has seven, and even twelve feet, as was ascertained by Lieutenant-Colonel Wynch, who ordered the ditch to be fathomed shortly after his arrival in the citadel. There are three gates to enter the town on this side; in front of each is an advanced work, with a double wet ditch; and opposite the...
Just in time for the release of the blockbuster Summer movie, World War Z, this boxed set includes two New York Times bestsellers from Max Brooks: World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide. The box features line art from the graphic novel, Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.
Escaping the Trap: The U.S. Army X Corps in Northeast Korea, 1950 (Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series)
After its successful landing at Inchon and capture of Seoul in September 1950, the U.S. X Corps was joined by Eighth Army, and many people expected the two commands to be combined into one. Instead, General MacArthur ordered the X Corps to load onto ships and travel around the peninsula to northeastern Korea and the port city of Wonsan, which the South Korean I Corps had captured. Major elements of X Corps were to move west from their positions in northeast Korea and cut the supply lines of Chinese troops expected to cross the Yalu and confront Eighth Army. Other parts of X Corps would push north toward the border and thus control all of Korea. Neither goal was met. Escaping the Trap tells what happened when X Corps discovered that the Chinese had crossed the Yalu unseen and marched rapidly to Chosin Reservoir, where they landed a surprise attack against the 1st Marine Division and the army's 31st Regimental Combat Team of the 7th Infantry Division. The Chinese attack in late November 1950 virtually annihilated the 31st RCT east of Chosin, while the 1st Marine Division made an escape through treacherous terrain and a forty-mile roadblock, pushing on to the coast and the monumental evacuation of X Corps from North Korea. Roy E. Appleman's study of the day-to-day records of X Corps and of published material and his interviews and correspondence with survivors make the whole story of this portion of the Korean War available for the first time.
This interdisciplinary collection of primary and secondary readings encourages scholars and students to engage critically with current debates about the origins, implementation and postwar interpretation of the Holocaust. Interdisciplinary content encourages students to engage with philosophical, political, cultural and literary debate as well as historiographical issues. Integrates oral histories and testimonies from both victims and perpetrators, including Jewish council leaders, victims of ghettos and camps, SS officials and German soldiers. Subsections can be used as the basis for oral or written exercises. Whole articles or substantial extracts are included wherever possible.
Radiation Health Risk Sciences: Proceedings of the First International Symposium of the Nagasaki University Global COE Program "Global Strategic Center for Radiation Health Risk Control"
Radiation safety and risk management, a critical issue in the nuclear age, is an ongoing concern in the field of radiation health risk sciences. It is the particular mission and task of the Nagasaki University Global COE program to explore human health risks from radiation on a global scale and to come up with measures for overcoming its negative legacies. Ionizing radiation is a well-documented human cancer risk factor, and long-term health consequences in individuals exposed at a young age to such events as the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing are now being followed up. Unique and comprehensive, this book introduces updated radiation health-related issues, including the proper collection and analysis of biological samples, cancer research, psychological effects, fair disclosure, and the effects of low-dose exposure as they apply to future public health policy. Also addressed is the need for emergency radiation medicine in case of accidents.
Drafted in October 1968, John A. Nesser left behind his wife and young son to fight in the controversial Vietnam War. Like many in his generation, he was deeply at odds with himself over the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, instilled with a strong sense of duty to his country but uncertain about its mission and his role in it. Nesser was deployed to the Ashau Valley, site of some of the war's heaviest fighting, and served eight months as an infantry rifleman before transferring to become a door gunner for a Chinook helicopter. In this stirring memoir, he recalls in detail the exhausting missions in the mountainous jungle, the terror of walking into an ambush, the dull-edged anxiety that filled quiet days, and the steady fear of being shot out of the sky. The accounts are richly illustrated with Nesser's own photographs of the military firebases and aircraft, the landscapes, and the people he encountered.
Each quatrain of the Centuries of Nostradamus relates an event specific to one of three Antichrists, and startling details are reinforced by vast historical research. This grand light shed on messages through the divine prophet makes the entire context of the verses comprehensible with a consistent theme that relays an important message about the proven past, the active present, and the near future of the world. This clarification of the enigmatic verse of Nostradamus is the most comprehensive bringing the first true understanding that each surface verse discusses one of three temporal kings, commonly known as Antichrists.What if an understanding of the past, present, and future with all certainty halted naïve debate?In an age of uncertainty about the future many people look to the wisdom of the prophets. This monumental effort stimulates not only mental and emotional well being but also spiritual health. People want to know how truth impacts survival in an uncertain world nearing the vastly misunderstood, prophesied year of 2012. The highest difficulty remains in determining truth.The past helps develops understanding of what led to current conditions. Without emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual elements to fulfill the record of history the wealth of our past and the understanding of our future remains impotent.Nostradamus, a divine prophet, focused on revealing the spiritual and material destiny of the world in order to prepare humankind for the future and reconnection to the Divine. His prophecies have been in print for approximately 500 years -- which is longer than any book except the Holy Bible. The prophecies of Nostradamus are biblically sound coinciding directly with the honored messages of biblical prophets from Abraham through the Apostle John. Each new generation of people has continued to pour over the verses of Nostradamus seeking higher truth and understanding. A critical new understanding reveals that Nostradamus prophesied and wrote specifically about three Antichrists reigning from the year 1700 - 2000 A.D. and beyond. Two of these Antichrists dominated the human race culminating spiritual forces into the Third Antichrist - the One who will fully incarnate the supernatural forces of Satan ultimately torturing humanity in the final war against God bringing the End of Days.
The Forgotten War Remembered, Korea: 1950-1953: A War Correspondent's Notebook & Today's Danger in Korea
The Forgotten War Remembered reminds us that the precarious Korean Peninsula equation is the most dangerous piece of unfinished foreign policy business confronting the United States in Asia. Author Bill Shinn conveys his eyewitness accounts from the battlefield as an Associated Press correspondent along with incisive analysis of North Korean strategy to provide the best and most comprehensive book in print on the Korean question. Includes the key "China factor."
Research and Relevant Knowledge: American Research Universities Since World War II (Transaction Series in Higher Education)
The rise of American research universities to international preeminence constitutes one of the most important episodes in the history of higher education. Research and Relevant Knowledge follows Geiger's earlier volume on American research universities from 1900 to 1940. This second work is the first study to trace this momentous development in the post-World War II period. It describes how the federal government first relied on university scientists during the war, and how the resulting relationship set the pattern for the postwar mushrooming of academic research. The first half of the book analyzes the development of the postwar system of academic research, exploring the contributions of foundations, defense agencies, and universities. The second half depicts the rise of the "golden age" of academic research in the years after Sputnik (1957) and its eventual dissolution at the end of the 1960s graduate education. When the federal patron soon reduced its largesse, university students took the lead in challenging the putative hegemony of academic research. The loss of consensus quickly brought the malaise of the 1970s--stagnation, frustration, and equivocation about the research role. The final chapter appraises the renaissance of the 1980s, based largely on a rapprochement with the private sector, and ends by evaluating the embattled status of research universities at the beginning of the 1990s. Research and Relevant Knowledge provides the first authoritative analytical account of American research universities during their most fateful half-century. It will be of critical importance to all those concerned with the future of higher education in the United States. Roger L. Geiger is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the Pennsylvania State University. He has edited the History of Higher Education Annual since 1993, was a section editor for the Encyclopedia of Higher Education, and is the author of The American College in the Nineteenth Century, Private Sectors in Higher Education, and To Advance Knowledge, available from Transaction.
Crossroads and Cultures: A History of the World’s Peoples incorporates the best current cultural history into a fresh and original narrative that connects global patterns of development with life on the ground. As the title, “Crossroads,” suggests, this new synthesis highlights the places and times where people exchanged goods and commodities, shared innovations and ideas, waged war and spread disease, and in doing so joined their lives to the broad sweep of global history. Students benefit from a strong pedagogical design, abundant maps and images, and special features that heighten the narrative’s attention to the lives and voices of the world’s peoples. Test drive a chapter today. Find out how.
Conventional wisdom holds that the US Army in Vietnam, thrust into an unconventional war where occupying terrain was a meaningless measure of success, depended on body counts as its sole measure of military progress. In No Sure Victory, Army officer and historian Gregory Daddis looks far deeper into the Army's techniques for measuring military success and presents a much more complicated-and disturbing-account of the American misadventure in Indochina. Daddis shows how the US Army, which confronted an unfamiliar enemy and an even more unfamiliar form of warfare, adopted a massive, and eventually unmanageable, system of measurements and formulas to track the progress of military operations that ranged from pacification efforts to search-and-destroy missions. The Army's monthly "Measurement of Progress" reports covered innumerable aspects of the fighting in Vietnam-force ratios, Vietcong/North Vietnamese Army incidents, tactical air sorties, weapons losses, security of base areas and roads, population control, area control, and hamlet defenses. Concentrating more on data collection and less on data analysis, these indiscriminate attempts to gauge success may actually have hindered the army's ability to evaluate the true outcome of the fight at hand--a roadblock that Daddis believes significantly contributed to the many failures that American forces suffered in Vietnam. Filled with incisive analysis and rich historical detail, No Sure Victory is not only a valuable case study in unconventional warfare, but a cautionary tale that offers important perspectives on how to measure performance in current and future armed conflict. Given America's ongoing counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, No Sure Victory provides valuable historical perspective on how to measure--and mismeasure--military success.
This book relates the current, insidious plight facing the human race as a direct result of a grand deception that has been imposed upon it for tens of thousands of years if not longer. This has been perpetrated by the systematic, ongoing falsification of history in much the same way as perpetrated by the powers that be in the suspiciously prophetic novel '1984', by George Orwell. We have all been deceived on a monumental scale by a tiny clique of people who by their own birthright and bloodlines absolutely believe that they have the divine right to rule over us by whatever method best suits their purposes. In order to achieve this they have lied, deceived, murdered and even committed genocide down the millennia in an attempt to bring their ultimate goal to fruition. Find out about the use of drugs, vaccinations, micro-chipping, mind control, trans-humanism and 24/7 distractions such as non-stop sports, entertainments and the invasive 'celebrity culture' that attempts to pervade our whole lives.