Did you know that Silly Putty is a by-product of World War II-era rubber rationing, or that the Anglo-Swedish War resulted in exactly zero direct deaths? And about the Richmond Golf Club, who posted an addendum to the official rules in case a round of golf was interrupted by a round of bombs dropped by the Nazi Luftwaffe?Even if you think you have a handle on all things trivia, you´re guaranteed a big surprise with Now I Know: Military. This special collection from the Now I Know archives will challenge your knowledge of the fascinating stories behind the world´s greatest facts. Now I Know: Military is the ultimate challenge for any know-it-all who thinks they have nothing left to learn about the military. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicholas Techosky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016455/bk_adbl_016455_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Military history as a fragment of extensive continuum of historical learning is in simple expressions the study of mankind in war. It denotes a wide range of subjects indistinguishably connected to the military activities of the past which include social, political, human, technological, and institutional aspects. Awareness of the wars from the past can help in understanding current problems and also benefit us by letting us guess what the future may have in store for us. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrea Giordani. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100732/bk_acx0_100732_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Of all the US Army posts in the West, none witnessed more history than Fort Laramie, positioned in the northern Great Plains join the Rocky Mountains. From its beginnings as a trading post in 1834 to its abandonment by the army in 1890, it was involved in the buffalo hide trade, overland migrations, Indian wars and treaties, the Utah War, Confederate maneuvering, and the coming of the telegraph and first transcontinental railroad. Douglas C. McChristian has written the first complete history of Fort Laramie, chronicling every critical stage in its existence, including its addition to the National Park System. He draws on an extraordinary array of archival materials — including those at Fort Laramie National Historic Site — to present new data about the fort and new interpretations of historical events. Emphasizing the fort´s military history, McChristian documents the army´s vital role in ending challenges posed by American Indians to US occupation and settlement of the region, and he expands on the fort´s interactions with the many Native peoples of the Central Plains and Rocky Mountains. He provides a particularly lucid description of the infamous Grattan fight of 1854, which initiated a generation of strife between Indians and US soldiers, and he recounts the 1851 Horse Creek and 1868 Fort Laramie treaties. Meticulously researched and gracefully told, this is a long-overdue military history of one of the American West´s most venerable historic places. The book is published by University of Oklahoma Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Utley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100389/bk_acx0_100389_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Scientific Way of War analyzes how the doctrine of military science evolved from teaching specific Napoleonic applications to embracing subjects that were useful for war in North America. Drawing from a wide array of materials, Ian C. Hope refutes earlier charges of a lack of professionalization in the antebellum American army and an overreliance on the teachings of Swiss military theorist Antoine de Jomini. Instead, Hope shows that inculcation in West Point´s American military curriculum eventually came to provide the army with an officer corps that shared a common doctrine and common skill in military problem solving. The proliferation of military science ensured that on the eve of the Civil War there existed a distinctly American, and scientific, way of war. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin F Spalding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/048935/bk_acx0_048935_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A leading expert reexamines history to offer a stunningly original portrait of Hitler as a competent military commander and strategist.After Germany´s humiliating World War II defeat, numerous German generals published memoirs claiming that their country´s brilliant military leadership had been undermined by the Führer´s erratic decision making. The author of three highly acclaimed books on the era, Stephen Fritz upends this characterization of Hitler as an ill-informed fantasist and demonstrates the ways in which his strategy was coherent and even competent.That Hitler saw World War II as the only way to retrieve Germany´s fortunes and build an expansionist Thousand-Year Reich is uncontroversial. But while his generals did sometimes object to Hitler´s tactics and operational direction, they often made the same errors in judgment and were in agreement regarding larger strategic and political goals. A necessary volume for understanding the influence of World War I on Hitler´s thinking, this work is also an eye-opening reappraisal of major events like the invasion of Russia and the battle for Normandy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: P.J. Ochlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/013525/bk_tant_013525_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Some fairy tales start after midnight. The crown prince and I have nothing in common. He´s a rugged, battle-hardened soldier who spent four years in the Royal Guard, an elite military unit. I met the king and queen for the first time wearing leggings and a sweatshirt. But there´s the way he looks at me. Like he knows every dirty thought I´ve had about him - and he likes them. There´s the way my pulse skyrockets every time his hand brushes mine. I´m the ambassador´s daughter. I know better than to mess around with a foreign head of state. But I don´t know how long I can resist. Not all princes are charming. I spent years in the Royal Guard, our most elite military unit, fighting like hell so I could rule one day - not so I could give my father an heir with some well-bred rich girl. I have a f--king country to run. My love life can take a back seat. It´s not like I´ve ever met a girl I had to have - until her. I can´t stop thinking about the way she laughs, about how she might taste. My father´s threatening to strip me of my title if I touch her, but she makes me want to break every one of my own rules. Contains mature themes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lidia Dornet, Will Thorne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/007079/bk_tant_007079_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Executive Order 9981, issued by President Harry Truman on July 26, 1948, desegregated all branches of the United States military by decree. EO 9981 is often portrayed as a heroic and unexpected move by Truman. But in reality, Truman´s history-making order was the culmination of more than 150 years of legal, political, and moral struggle. Beginning with the Revolutionary War, African Americans had used military service to do their patriotic duty and to advance the cause of civil rights. The fight for a desegregated military was truly a long war-decades of protest and labor highlighted by bravery on the fields of France, in the skies over Germany, and in the face of deep-seated racism on the military bases at home. Today, the military is one of the most truly diverse institutions in America. In The Double V, Rawn James, Jr. the son and grandson of African American veterans, expertly narrates the remarkable history of how the struggle for equality in the military helped give rise to their fight for equality in civilian society. Taking the reader from Crispus Attucks to President Barack Obama, The Double V illuminates the African American military tradition as a metaphor for their unique and dynamic role in American history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Cleveland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015890/bk_adbl_015890_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The famous Spartan helmet can be seen on a variety of products, especially on merchandising and marketing material for the Spartan Race challenges. Bumper stickers, shirts, pins, and hats with the phrase ´´Come and Take Them” are familiar sights as well. Both of these, the helmet and the phrase, belong to the Spartans, those warriors from ancient Greece whose ferocity in battle still holds our attention today. There is something undeniably thrilling about the idea of 300 Spartans holding off tens of thousands of invading Persians, but that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the fascinating history of the Greek city-state of Lacadaemonia, or Sparta. Sparta was a force of military power and philosophical might, and, as we can see, it continues to enthrall us. Learn more about the rise and fall of Sparta, about the fierce discipline and training of the Spartan military, and why we are still amazed with the Spartans thousands of years later. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Innerst. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/134665/bk_acx0_134665_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this thoroughly updated second edition, Derek S. Reveron provides a comprehensive analysis of the shift in US foreign policy from coercive diplomacy to cooperative military engagement. The US military does much more than fight wars; it responds to humanitarian crises and natural disasters, assists advanced militaries to support international peace, and trains and equips almost every military in the world. Rather than intervening directly, the United States can respond to crises by sending weapons, trainers, and advisers to assist other countries in tackling their own security deficits created by subnational, transnational, and regional challengers. By doing so, the United States seeks to promote partnerships and its soft power, strengthen the state sovereignty system, prevent localized violence from escalating into regional crises, and protect its national security by addressing underlying conditions that lead to war. Since coalition warfare is the norm, security cooperation also ensures partners are interoperable with US forces when the US leads international military coalitions. Exporting Security takes into account the Obama administration´s foreign policy, the implications of more assertive foreign policies by Russia and China, and the US military´s role in recent humanitarian crises and nation-building efforts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas R. Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070897/bk_acx0_070897_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An exploration of the age-old complicity between skywatchers and warfighters, from the best-selling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war. ´´The overlap is strong, and the knowledge flows in both directions´´, say the authors, because astrophysicists and military planners care about many of the same things: multi-spectral detection, ranging, tracking, imaging, high ground, nuclear fusion, and access to space. Tyson and Lang call it a ´´curiously complicit´´ alliance. ´´The universe is both the ultimate frontier and the highest of high grounds´´, they write. ´´Shared by both space scientists and space warriors, it´s a laboratory for one and a battlefield for the other. The explorer wants to understand it; the soldier wants to dominate it. But without the right technology - which is more or less the same technology for both parties - nobody can get to it, operate in it, scrutinize it, dominate it, or use it to their advantage and someone else´s disadvantage.´´Spanning early celestial navigation to satellite-enabled warfare, Accessory to War is a richly researched and provocative examination of the intersection of science, technology, industry, and power that will introduce Tyson´s millions of fans to yet another dimension of how the universe has shaped our lives and our world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Courtney B. Vance, Neil deGrasse Tyson - introduction. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006222/bk_rand_006222_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.