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Peace & War A Theory of International Relations, Aron, Raymond
1 Aron, Raymond Peace & War A Theory of International Relations
New York Frederick A. Praeger 1966 Paperback Very Good 
Translated from the French by Richard Howard and Annette Baker Fox

"This is the mot intellectually ambitious work that has ever been written about international relations. Aron is a great teacher because he brings to his critical task not only a formidable analytical talent but also a piercing common sense - the art of going straight to the heart of an issue... At the same time, he manages to see all sides of every problem." - Stanley Hoffmann in The New Replublic.  
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A wartime log, Beltrone, Art and Lee
2 Beltrone, Art and Lee A wartime log
Charlottesville, Va. Howell Press c1994. 0943231906 / 9780943231907 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
With watercolors extracted from food can labels and paint brushes made from their own hair, downed WWII American flyers recreated their recollections of combat and experiences as prisoners of war in blank books provided by the YMCA. A WARTIME LOG compiles selections from some of these original books. 82 color paintings, 112 b&w photos and illustrations. 
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The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire, Clarke, Peter
3 Clarke, Peter The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire
London Allen Lane 2007 071399830X / 9780713998306 Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
Peter Clarke's book is the first to analyse in detail the losing hand that Britain was dealt in the last year of World War Two, and then to see how that hand was played over the next two years by Churchill's successors. It makes superb use of the copious letters and diaries now available of the major participants and many involved observers, to show how decisions were taken and received. Not least, it analyses dispassionately the role of the USA: how Roosevelt and his successors were determined that Britain must be sustained both during the war and after, but that the British Empire must not. The book thus also describes the short pivotal period when American influence finally took over from the British in world politics. 
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Area 51: the Dreamland Chronicles, Darlington, David
4 Darlington, David Area 51: the Dreamland Chronicles
Holt Paperbacks 1998 0805060405 / 9780805060409 Paperback As New 
Area 51, Dreamland, Groom Lake, Paradise Ranch, Watertown Strip, the Box: all refer to the top-secret research installation, located a hundred miles north of Las Vegas, which, for many, has come to stand for all that is shadowy and nefarious about the military-industrial-intelligence complex. Built under the direction of the CIA in the 1950s, the base served as the original test site for the U-2 spy plane and F-117 stealth fighter jet. In more recent years, Area 51 has spurred public interest from its role in the government's $30 billion "Black Budget," from legal claims of worker illness due to toxic burning, and from sensational charges about captured alien spacecraft. It has also given birth to a feisty guerrilla subculture bent on exploding the secrecy surrounding this mysterious spot. David Darlington unfolds the history, legs, and characters involved with Area 51, weaving a weird tale of intrigue and outrage that speaks volumes about popular culture and American democracy at the of the twentieth century. 
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When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: a Vietnamese woman's journey from war to peace, Hayslip, Le Ly with Jay Wurts
5 Hayslip, Le Ly with Jay Wurts When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: a Vietnamese woman's journey from war to peace
New York Plume 1990 0452271681 / 9780452271685 Paperback Good 
A memoir of the Vietnam war from a woman's point of view - seen through the eyes of a child who survived the horror. Le Ly Hayslip, the inspiration for the musical "Miss Saigon", tells the story of a young peasant girl's struggle to survive. Pressed into service at the age of 12 by the Vietcong, Le Ly Hayslip was captured and tortured by government forces. She found sanctuary at last with an American soldier and after affairs with several GIs, she fled to America to escape the horrors of the war. But as the traumas of the war years lingered on in painful nightmares, Le Ly Hayslip returned to her homeland in 1986. Horrified and shocked to discover the country and the people still profoundly scarred by the war, she took the biggest decision of her life - selling her property to start a foundation dedicated to building health clinics jointly staffed by Americans and Vietnamese. 
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Unbroken  A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Hillenbrand, Laura
6 Hillenbrand, Laura Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
New York Random House 2010 1400064163 / 9781400064168 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. 
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, Hillenbrand, Laura
7 Hillenbrand, Laura Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
New York Random House 2010 1400064163 / 9781400064168 Hardcover As New in As New dust jacket 
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. 
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Richmond Burning: the last days of the Confederate capital, Lankford, Nelson
8 Lankford, Nelson Richmond Burning: the last days of the Confederate capital
New York Viking 2002. 0670031178 / 9780670031177 Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
Inscription in front of book. ; Through the winter and early spring of 1865, while Union armies ranged at will across the South, Richmond still glittered with the hard defiance of a city long at war. But this last flicker of resolve only made the city's fall all the more devastating. On the night of April 2, faced with the inevitability of Grant's triumph, Jefferson Davis and his cabinet fled, leaving Richmond to its fate-fire, capture, and the end of hope for a Southern nation. In this enthralling, meticulously researched book, Nelson Lankford draws on a treasure trove of diaries, letters, memoirs, and newspaper reports to create a narrative of novelistic immediacy. Here are unforgettable scenes of Abraham Lincoln's sailing up the James River to take possession of the Confederate White House and of Robert E. Lee's returning to Richmond to survey the still-smoldering ruins. Here too are vivid eyewitness accounts of the destruction of Richmond's commercial and governmental core, the hardships that its citizens, both black and white, suffered in the aftermath of the war, and the stubborn, sometimes violent resistance to reunification. 
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The Boat, Lothar-Gunther Buchhein
9 Lothar-Gunther Buchhein The Boat
New York Bantam Books 1976 Paperback Fair 
Yellowed with some stains on bottom of book, but still very readable. ; Autumn 1941. A U-boat is on a hazardous patrol in the Battle of the Atlantic, but the tide is beginning to turn against the Germans. As the U-boat is forced to hide beneath the surface of the sea, the increasing claustrophobia of the submarine becomes an enemy as frightening as any depth charge. 
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My American Journey, Powell, Colin L. and Joseph Persico
10 Powell, Colin L. and Joseph Persico My American Journey
New York Ballantine Books 1996 0345407288 / 9780345407283 Paperback Fair 
This is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell's passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own words, "the greatness of America and the opportunities it offers" inspire hope and present a blueprint for the future. An utterly absorbing account, it is history with a vision. 
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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, Scahill, Jeremy
11 Scahill, Jeremy Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
New York Nation Books 2007 156858394X / 9781568583945 Revised Edition Paperback Very Good 
On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled “Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday, ” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U. S. Soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the “War on Terror. ” In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U. S. War machine. 
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Screaming Eagle: Memoirs of a B-17 Group Commander, Smith, Dale O.
12 Smith, Dale O. Screaming Eagle: Memoirs of a B-17 Group Commander
Dell 1990 0440208475 / 9780440208471 Paperback 
The commander of an American bomber unit describes the role it played in the air war against Nazi Germany. 
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