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Tea Time with Terrorists: A Motorcycle Journey into the Heart of Sri Lanka's Civil War

By Mark Stephen Meadows

Armed with a map, a motorbike, an infectious humorousness, and a dim realizing of Sri Lanka’s battle, writer, artist, and adventurer Mark Stephen Meadows arrives within the nation desiring to have, because it have been, afternoon tea with terrorists. Figuring that step one to fixing an issue is knowing it, he trips north into the warfare quarter, interviewing terrorists, generals, and heroin purchasers alongside the way.
He discovers an island of good looks and abundance flooring down through 3 a long time of battle. As he travels north via Colombo, Kandy, and the broken urban of Jaffna, Meadows provides his riveting tackle the battle. identified for baby conscription and drawn-out torture tools, he explains, the Tamil Tigers additionally invented suicide bombing and have been the 1st to lace jointly terrorists and financiers into overseas networks of militant uprising.
In Sri Lanka, Meadows discovers a deep view into an historic tradition. alongside the best way, he learns to seize an elephant, weave rope from coconut husks, and forged out devils, and he truly has tea with a couple of terrorists. this can be the inspiring tale of his trip and an enlightening meditation at the interconnectedness of globalization, the media, and glossy terrorism.

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The Chinese People's Liberation Army since 1949: Ground Forces (Elite)

By Benjamin Lai

The chinese language People's Liberation military (PLA) is the most important military on the earth. China is anticipated to be close to overtaking america because the world's greatest economic climate, and China's army functions and international targets are the only maximum long term pre-occupation of Western governments. The PLA has stepped forward progressively – if slowly – on account that its production in 1949, from a mass military of unsophisticated infantry restricted to 'human wave' strategies right into a hugely refined strength with broad services. the newest reforms (1989 to the current day) were made attainable by way of significant financial liberalization, and feature visible not just the modernization of all of the militia however the beginnings of worldwide outreach, even together with chinese language participation in UN peace-keeping missions to Africa, the center East, and Haiti. that includes infrequent images and in particular commissioned colour art, this examine explores the constructing constitution, association, gear, visual appeal, and personality of the chinese language People's Liberation military from its construction until eventually this day.

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The Shed That Fed a Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary's Meals

By Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow

In 1992, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow used to be having fun with a pint together with his brother whilst he received an idea that may swap his existence – and seriously change the lives of others.

After gazing a news broadcast approximately war-torn Bosnia, the 2 brothers agreed to take a week’s hiatus from paintings to help.

What neither of them anticipated is that what all started as a one-time highway journey in a beaten-up Landrover quickly became Magnus’s life’s paintings – major him to depart his task, promote his residence and direct all his efforts to feeding hundreds of thousands of the world’s poorest children.

Magnus retells how a sequence of astonishing situations and an overpowering show of affection from these round him ended in the construction of Mary’s foodstuff; an enterprise which could carry the most important to removing baby starvation altogether. This humble, heart-warming but robust tale hasn't ever been extra appropriate in our society of lots and privilege. it's going to open your eyes to the extreme influence that one individual could make.

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The Oxford Illustrated History of World War II

Global battle was once the main devastating clash in recorded human historical past. It was once either worldwide in quantity and overall in personality. It has understandably left an extended and darkish shadow around the many years. but it's 3 generations due to the fact hostilities officially resulted in 1945 and the clash is now a lived reminiscence for just a few. And this transforming into distance in time has allowed historians to imagine otherwise approximately how you can describe it, tips on how to clarify its path, and what matters to target whilst contemplating the wartime event.

For example, as global battle recedes ever additional into the prior, even a question as it appears easy as while it all started and ended turns into much less convinced. was once it 1939, whilst the battle in Europe begun? Or the summer season of 1941, with the start of Hitler's struggle opposed to the Soviet Union? Or did it develop into actually worldwide in simple terms whilst the japanese introduced america into the conflict on the finish of 1941? And what of the lengthy clash in East Asia, starting with the japanese aggression in China within the early Thirties and simply finishing with the triumph of the chinese language Communists in 1949?

In The Oxford Illustrated heritage of worldwide battle Two a staff of major historians re-assesses the clash for a brand new new release, exploring the process the conflict not only by way of the Allied reaction but additionally from the point of view of the Axis aggressor states. lower than Richard Overy's specialist editorial counsel, the contributions take us from the genesis of conflict, in the course of the motion within the significant theatres of clash through land, sea, and air, to checks of scuffling with energy and army and technical innovation, the economics of overall conflict, the tradition and propaganda of battle, and the adventure of battle (and genocide) for either warring parties and civilians, concluding with an account of the transition from international conflict to chilly battle within the past due Forties. jointly, they supply a stimulating and thought-provoking new interpretation of 1 of the main poor and engaging episodes in international history.

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The Burning Land: A Novel (Saxon Tales)

By Bernard Cornwell

The 5th installment of Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling Saxon stories chronicling the epic saga of the making of britain, “like video game of Thrones, yet actual” (The Observer, London)—the foundation for The final Kingdom, the hit BBC the US tv series.

At the top of the 9th century, King Alfred of Wessex is in ailing wellbeing and fitness; his inheritor, an untested adolescence. His enemy, the Danes, having didn't overcome Wessex, now see their likelihood for victory. Led by way of the sword of savage warrior Harald Bloodhair, the Viking hordes assault. yet Uhtred, Alfred’s reluctant warlord, proves his worthy, outwitting Harald and handing the Vikings one among their maximum defeats.

For Uhtred, the wonder of victory is quickly overshadowed via tragedy. Breaking with Alfred, he joins the Vikings, swearing by no means back to serve the Saxon king. in its place, he'll reclaim his ancestral castle at the Northumbrian coast. Allied along with his outdated good friend Ragnar-and his previous foe Haesten-he goals to invade and triumph over Wessex itself.  yet destiny has various plans . . .

In The Burning Land, Bernard Cornwell, “the reigning king of ancient fiction” (USA Today), offers a rousing saga of Anglo-Saxon England-an impossible to resist new bankruptcy in his exciting Saxon stories, the epic tale of the start of britain and the mythical king who made it possible.

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Who Dares Wins

By Chris Ryan

One mission.
And an entire international of trouble

Sam and Jacob Redman. brothers, SAS via and during. they struggle along one another; they watch each one other’s backs. they're ruthlessly expert within the box of warfare, fiercely unswerving anyplace they're. but if Jacob is booted from the Regiment for a second of insanity, he disappears. no longer even his family members understands the place he's, or perhaps if he’s nonetheless alive.

All that's approximately to alter. On his go back from a brutal venture in Afghanistan, Sam is ordered to behavior one other harmful operation into an inhospitable a part of the area. He quickly learns, notwithstanding, that their executive paymasters are usually not telling his unit every little thing; and so he's compelled to select from his responsibility to the boys round him and his loyalty to the brother that he loves.

Is Jacob a part of a plan that threatens international peace? because the physique count number rises, purely Sam can cease those occasions from attaining their terrifying end.

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Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery: Where War Comes Home

By Robert M. Poole

While On Hallowed flooring chronicled the historical past of the cemetery, part 60: Arlington nationwide Cemetery is the robust modern biography of a five-acre plot the place a lot of these killed in Iraq and Afghanistan were laid to relaxation along provider individuals from prior wars.

Gifted author and reporter Robert Poole opens the tale with arrangements for Memorial Day, Arlington's greatest occasion, while millions of households come to go to these buried within the 624-acre cemetery, legions of Rolling Thunder motorcyclists patrol the streets with fluttering POW flags, and repair individuals position miniature flags earlier than every one of Arlington's graves. What emerges is a portrait of our nationwide cemetery as a dwelling, respiring neighborhood, and a story approximately how improvised explosive units, suicide bombs, and enemies who mixture in with neighborhood populations have replaced the character and aftermath of clash. numerous of the latest recruits for part 60 were introduced there through suicide or post-traumatic pressure sickness, a conflict harm newly defined yet relationship to precedent days.

Using part 60 as a window into the newest wars, Poole recounts tales of braveness and sacrifice via fallen heroes, and explores the ways that infantrymen' comrades, associates, and households honor and take into account these misplaced to war-carrying on with lifestyles within the aftermath of wartime tragedy. Section 60 is a relocating tribute to those that have fought and died for our kingdom, and to people who love them.

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Tongues of Serpents: A Novel of Temeraire

By Naomi Novik

Convicted of treason regardless of their heroic security opposed to Napoleon’s invasion of britain, Temeraire and Capt. Will Laurence were transported to a jail colony in far-off Australia—and right into a hornet’s nest of unpolluted issues. The colony is in turmoil after the overthrow of army governor William Bligh—aka Captain Bligh, overdue of HMS Bounty. And whilst Bligh attempts to enlist them in his bid to regain place of work, the dragon and his captain are stuck in the midst of a political strength fight. Their purely likelihood to flee the fray is accepting a undertaking to blaze a course during the forbidding Blue Mountains and into the inner of Australia. however the robbery of a worthwhile dragon egg turns their excursion right into a determined restoration operation—leading to a stunning discovery and a deadly new problem within the worldwide struggle among Britain and Napoleon.

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Byzantine Imperial Guardsmen 925-1025: The Tághmata and Imperial Guard (Elite, Volume 187)

By Raffaele D'Amato

The hundred-year interval finishing in 1025, from the reign of the Emperor Constantine VII to that of Basil II 'the Bulgar-Slayer', encompassed the final nice period of Byzantine aggression and dominance within the close to East and Balkans. in the course of that point, a succession of soldier-emperors challenged and defeated an array of competitors on land and at sea and reconquered gigantic swathes of territory. on the middle of the Emperors' forces have been the pro, hugely cellular Tagmata or Imperial shield regiments, initially shaped to protect the Emperor¹s individual within the capital yet perpetually deployed as elite wrestle troops. becoming a member of those heavy cavalry devices, have been numerous unique mercenary devices recruited from foreigners, particularly the mythical Varangians. that includes particularly commissioned full-colour art, this vigorous research sheds new mild at the vibrant regiments of the Byzantine Imperial protect, the ambitious warriors who supplied the Byzantine emperors with an insurance coverage within the capital, and the elite in their box armies while on crusade.

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Towton 1461: England's bloodiest battle (Campaign)

By Christopher Gravett

On a bitterly chilly Palm Sunday, 29 March 1461, the military of King Edward IV met that of his Lancastrian enemies on a snow-covered battlefield south of the village of Towton in Yorkshire. The fight lasted all day within the longest and bloodiest conflict of the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). With the arriving of Yorkist reinforcements less than the Duke of Norfolk, the Lancastrian line finally broke and their troops fled, many being stuck and slaughtered within the loss of life seize often called 'Bloody Meadow'. Christopher Gravett examines the crusade that marked the resurgence of the Yorkist reason and validated Edward IV as king

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