The General

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William Collins #ad - 1914 finds him an honourable, decent, brave and wholly unimaginative colonel. In his awkwardness and his marriage to a Duke’s unlovely, unhappy daughter, Curzon embodies Forester’s full powers as a storyteller. But also powerfully damned is the same spirit which caused a hundred real-life British generals to serve as high priests at the bloodiest human sacrifice in the nation’s history.

A masterful and insightful study about the perils of hubris and unquestioning duty in leadership, The General is a fable for our times. The book john kelly reads every time he gets a promotion to remind him of ‘the perils of hubris, moving – and devastating – word-portrait of a World War One British commander ever written, the pitfalls of patriotism and duty unaccompanied by critical thinking’The most vivid, here re-introduced by Max Hastings.

The General #ad - C. S. By 1916, whom he leads through the horrors of the somme and Passchendaele, he is a general in command of 100, 000 British soldiers, a position for which he is entirely unsuited and intellectually unprepared. Wonderfully human with forester’s droll relish for human folly on full display, this is the story of a man of his time who is anything but wicked, yet presides over appalling sacrifice and tragedy.

Forester’s 1936 masterpiece follows Lt General Herbert Curzon, who fumbled a fortuitous early step on the path to glory in the Boer War. His half-hero is patriotic, even courageous, diligent, driven by his sense of duty and refusal to yield to difficulties. Survival through the early slaughters in which so many fellow-officers perished then brings him rapid promotion.

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Brown on Resolution

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#ad - This is the first of C. S. Forester's novels about the sea. Alone on the barren island of Resolution in the South Pacific, he fights against the might of a German battleship. For all his young life albert brown had known that he was to join the Navy, and the beginning of the First World War finds him a Leading Seaman.

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The Good Shepherd

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#ad - The good shepherd is currently being adapted into a major motion picture, directed by Aaron Schneider, Greyhound, scripted by and starring Tom Hanks, and produced by Gary Goetzman. A convoy of thirty-seven merchant ships is ploughing through icy, submarine-infested North Atlantic seas during the most critical days of World War II, when the German submarines had the upper hand and Allied shipping was suffering heavy losses.

. In charge is commander George Krause, an untested veteran of the U. S. Navy. Exhausted beyond measure, he must make countless and terrible decisions as he leads his small fighting force against the relentless U-boats. Hounded by a wolf pack of german U-boats, he faces 48 hours of desperate peril trapped the bridge of the ship.

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Lord Nelson

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Reading Essentials #ad - The celebrated author of the hornblower series presents the biography of Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, the victor of the naval battle of Trafalgar.

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The Ship

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eNet Press Inc. #ad - Here we have an insight into the characters of the men who sailed in those ships, from this book, what they thought, how they did their jobs, and can better realize, the commitments and sacrifices they made to eventually bring peace. And malta in 1942 was threatened with every danger the imagination could conceive — the danger of attack from the air, of attack from the sea, of pestilence and of famine.

And to escort the convoy through there were only these five light cruisers and a dozen destroyers — the convoy had to get through, and if it were reckless to risk it with such an escort, then recklessness had to be tolerated. A civilian population of a quarter of a million, and a garrison of God only knew how many, were on short rations until the food these ships carried should be delivered to them.

The Ship #ad - The ship is the heroic tale of a few hours in the life of a British light cruiser in World War II, and of the men on it. The ship is part of the protecting screen of a convoy vital to the continued effectiveness of Malta, an island in the Mediterranean See south of Italy. Malta did hold out throughout the war, through the successes of the Ship and other naval efforts.

Before writing The Ship, C. S. Forester spent several weeks on a similar warship, and has given us a very clear picture of the actual thoughts and emotions of the men as they carry out their tasks of fighting in and maintaining a modern warship.

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The Man in the Yellow Raft

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eNet Press Inc. #ad - Forester fans have come to expect, and what's more, a brilliant display of the author's special love of the sea and his impressive knowledge of seamanship and advanced naval warfare. S. Here is all the excitement that C. This is a nostalgic and compelling picture of men at war, serving with the United States Navy during World War II.

S. This is a great collection, showing once more the Forester talent for telling a fine story and telling it well. You are a witness to courage and discipline amid great danger and the ever-present threat of death. With disarming insight into the laughter and pain, monotony, lack of privacy, Spartan discomfort, and never-ending threats that make war what it is, C.

The Man in the Yellow Raft #ad - Forester steers a tight course for the truth and a bright course of action and entertainment.

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Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea

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Random House #ad - When the german high seas fleet retreated, which, the kaiser unleashed unrestricted U-boat warfare, in its indiscriminate violence, brought a reluctant America into the war. They reached their climax when Germany, suffocated by an implacable naval blockade, decided to strike against the British ring of steel.

. In this way, the german effort to “seize the trident” by defeating the British navy led to the fall of the German empire. Massie, nicholas and alexandra, the pulitzer prize–winning author of Peter the Great, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War.

Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea #ad - A generation of european manhood was massacred, and a wound was inflicted on European civilization that required the remainder of the twentieth century to heal. The knowledge, understanding, and literary power Massie brings to this story are unparalleled. For the true story of military upheaval, we must look to the sea.

On the eve of the war in august 1914, Great Britain and Germany possessed the two greatest navies the world had ever seen. When war came, these two fleets of dreadnoughts—gigantic floating castles of steel able to hurl massive shells at an enemy miles away—were ready to test their terrible power against each other.

Massie’ s special and widely hailed literary mastery. Bonus: this edition contains an excerpt from Robert K.

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Chinese Whispers The Earl’s Other Son Series, Book 3

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The Electronic Book Company #ad - Lord magnus campbell is a lounger, and a naval lieutenant only because an uncle pays him a comfortable allowance while he remains in the service. Chinese whispers… magnus is sent as an attaché to the Legation in Peking where rumours of an uprising are rife. It is the final years of Queen Victoria’s long reign.

About the series The Earl’s Other Son Series. When his wife becomes pregnant, and deciding that dangers lay ahead in Peking, he travels with her to Shanghai where he is ordered to take command of a larger vessel and search for a gunrunning ship. As his naval career progresses, magnus is posted to various trouble spots around the world, where the Royal Navy is needed to protect the interests of the British Empire.

Chinese Whispers The Earl’s Other Son Series, Book 3 #ad - Published by the Electronic Book Company. Later in the book there is a confrontation with a Chinese cruiser that comes to an unexpected resolution. He is then sent on an unusual quest inland to rescue missionaries. They are both are disapproving of Magnus and his errant ways. After his indiscretion with an admiral’s daughter, Magnus is forced to leave England.

He engages in vicious actions with pirates and ‘mercenaries’ working for the other Great Powers and achieves a fair amount of success. He is a scottish earl with more title than income, and his elder brother is respectable but dim.

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HMS Ulysses

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HarperCollins #ad - The novel that launched the astonishing career of one of the 20th century’s greatest writers of action and suspense – an acclaimed classic of heroism and the sea in World War II. Now reissued in a new cover style. The story of men who rose to heroism, and then to something greater, HMS Ulysses takes its place alongside The Caine Mutiny and The Cruel Sea as one of the classic novels of the navy at war.

It is the compelling story of convoy fr77 to Murmansk – a voyage that pushes men to the limits of human endurance, crippled by enemy attack and the bitter cold of the Arctic.

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The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series

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Random House #ad - Praise for the proud Tower  “Barbara W. Tuchman’s pulitzer prize–winning the guns of August was an expert evocation of the first spasm of the 1914–1918 war. Tuchman’s classic histories of the first world war eraduring the fateful quarter century leading up to World War I, the climax of a century of rapid, unprecedented change, a privileged few enjoyed Olympian luxury as the underclass was “heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate.

In the proud Tower, Barbara W. It would be impossible to read The Proud Tower without pleasure and admiration. The new york times   “An exquisitely written and thoroughly engrossing work. She brings the same narrative gifts and panoramic camera eye to her portrait of the antebellum world. Newsweek “a rare combination of impeccable scholarship and literary polish.

The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914; Barbara W. Tuchman's Great War Series #ad - . Tuchman brings the era to vivid life: the decline of the edwardian aristocracy; the anarchists of europe and America; Germany and its self-depicted hero, Richard Strauss; Diaghilev’s Russian ballet and Stravinsky’s music; the Dreyfus Affair; the Peace Conferences in The Hague; and the enthusiasm and tragedy of Socialism, epitomized by the assassination of Jean Jaurès on the night the Great War began and an epoch came to a close.

. The author’s knowledge and skill are so impressive that they whet the appetite for more.

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Beat to Quarters

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#ad - A daunting enough set of orders-even if the happily married captain were not woefully distracted by the passenger he is obliged to take on in Panama: Lady Barbara Wellesley. Goodreads. Note: this is chronologically the sixth in the series, but it was the first published. June 1808, somewhere west of Nicaragua-a site suitable for spectacular sea battles.

The admiralty has ordered captain horatio hornblower, to form an alliance against the spanish colonial government with an insane Spanish landowner; to find a water route across the Central American isthmus; and “to take, now in command of the thirty-six-gun HMS Lydia, sink, burn or destroy” the fifty-gun Spanish ship of the line Natividad or face court-martial.

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