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The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945
Sir Max Hastings.
 
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From one of the foremost historians of the period and the acclaimed author of Inferno and Catastrophe: 1914.
The Secret War is a sweeping examination of one of the most important yet underexplored aspects of World War II, intelligence showing how espionage successes and failures by the United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, and Japan influenced the course of the war and its final outcome.
 
Spies, codes, and guerrillas played unprecedentedly critical roles in the Second World War, exploited by every nation in the struggle to gain secret knowledge of its foes, and to sow havoc behind the fronts.
In The Secret War, Max Hastings presents a worldwide cast of characters and some extraordinary sagas of intelligence and resistance, to create a new perspective on the greatest conflict in history

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Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes.

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Intense, powerful, and compelling, Matterhorn is an epic war novel in the tradition of Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead and James Jones's The Thin Red Line. 
It is the timeless story of a young Marine lieutenant, Waino Mellas, and his comrades in Bravo Company, who are dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam as boys and forced to fight their way into manhood. 
Standing in their way are not merely the North Vietnamese but also monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, disease and malnutrition. 
Almost as daunting, it turns out, are the obstacles they discover between each other: racial tension, competing ambitions, and duplicitous superior officers. 
But when the company finds itself surrounded and outnumbered by a massive enemy regiment, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all consuming terror of combat. 
The experience will change them forever.

Written over the course of thirty years by a highly decorated Marine veteran, Matterhorn is a visceral and spellbinding novel about what it is like to be a young man at war. 
It is an unforgettable novel that transforms the tragedy of Vietnam into a powerful and universal story of courage, camaraderie, and sacrifice: a parable not only of the war in Vietnam but of all war, and a testament to the redemptive power of literature.

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Steaming In: The Classic Account of Life on the Football Terraces by Colin Ward.

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Colin Ward spent much of the 1970's and 1980's on the terraces of football grounds around the country, and following England across the continent. 
It was a time when passionate support of your team did not mean wearing the team shirt and subscribing to your club's TV station. 
Instead, it often meant having to defend your part of the stadium against attacks from opposition fans, confrontations with the police, and some decidedly hair raising encounters.

Although, post Hillsborough, this seems like a vanished era, the world of the football hooligan still has the power to fascinate. 
No one has captured the atmosphere with the same authenticity as Ward, who reveals the truth behind the easy headlines: the camaraderie, the unexpected friendships between rival groups, the characters who attained near mythical status. 
Controversial, provocative and above all brilliantly told, Steaming Intakes the reader right to the heart of the action.

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Saigon by Anthony Grey.
 
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Vietnam's heady tropical landscape captivates fifteen year old Joseph Sherman on a hunting expedition to French colonial Saigon with his family in 1925.
He is lured back again and again by his enduring fascination for the country and for Lan, a beautiful Vietnamese mandarin's daughter he could never forget.
Over five haunting decades Joseph's life becomes deeply enmeshed with Vietnam's turbulent, war torn fate, until he attempts to salvage something of lasting value during the final desperate helicopter scramble to flee defeated Saigon.
 
First published in 1982, it has stood the test of time as critics predicted, and is now providing a new generation of readers with insights into that historic conflict and its tragic echoes in Iraq.
It has since become a bestseller in 15 countries and in eight other languages.

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Overkill by James Barrington.
 
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The Cold War is over, but Russia's arsenal of nuclear weapons is still in place.
And when an emissary from an international terrorist group makes a disaffected Russian minister an offer he can't refuse, the survival of the West hangs in the balance.
America and Europe have been seeded with nuclear weapons strategically located in major city centers, by a group of renegade Russians and their secretive Arab allies.
Maverick trouble shooter Paul Richter finds himself up against a mastermind determined to bomb America back into the Stone Age.
Caught up in a tense battle of wits and bullets, he only realizes the full horror of what is about to be unleashed on the world as the attack on the West begins.
Richter is the only man with the knowledge and ability to stop it. And time is running out.

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The Crossing by Michael Connelly.
 
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Harry Bosch teams up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller in the new thriller from #1 bestselling author Michael Connelly.
 
Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help.
The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup.
Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department.
But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

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River Of Time by Jon Swain.
 
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Between 1970 and 1975 Jon Swain, the English journalist portrayed in David Puttnam's film, The Killing Fields, lived in the lands of the Mekong river.
This is his account of those years, and the way in which the tumultuous events affected his perceptions of life and death as Europe never could.
He also describes the beauty of the Mekong landscape, the villages along its banks, surrounded by mangoes, bananas and coconuts, and the exquisite women, the odours of opium, and the region's other face, that of violence and corruption.

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Chickenhawk by Robert Mason.
 
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A stunning book about the right stuff in the wrong war.
 
As a child, Robert Mason dreamed of levitating.
As a young man, he dreamed of flying helicopters and the U.S. Army gave him his chance.
They sent him to Vietnam where, between August 1965 and July 1966, he flew more than 1,000 assault missions.
In Chickenhawk, Robert Mason gives us a devastating bird's eye view of that war in all its horror, as he experiences the accelerating terror, the increasingly desperate courage of a man 'acting out the role of a hero long after he realises that the conduct of the war is insane and we can't stop ourselves from identifying with it.'

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A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee.
 
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A Gesture Life is a haunting, compelling exploration of the Japanese experience of the Second World War, and the fate of their 'comfort women'.

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Lollipop Fury by Michael Deveney.
 
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Lollipop Fury follows the fortunes of author, Michael Deveney, as he runs the rule over the cultural intricacies of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Solo road trips by bicycle allow plenty of time for reflection as the story becomes laced with insights and observations gained from long term residence in the region.
 
Whilst the travelogue steers a straight, though sometimes wobbly course, the narrative takes the reader on any number of hilarious excursions.
You will experience the energy of the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, the dangers of cycling in Bangkok and the loneliness of back roads in Cambodia.
 
But you will also have to get to grips with all manner of sundry chestnuts such as Thai-style sex for sale, being beautiful, earwax removal, deadly dogs, memes, bad dreams and, of course, accidental defecation.
A 'Lollipop' is an easy ride by the way, a fast bit in the middle is naturally enough a 'Fury'.

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Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
by Daniel Ellsberg.
 
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In 1971 former Cold War hard-liner Daniel Ellsberg made history by releasing the Pentagon Papers-a 7,000-page top-secret study of U.S. decision-making in Vietnam-to the New York Times and Washington Post.
The document set in motion a chain of events that ended not only the Nixon presidency but the Vietnam War.
In this remarkable memoir, Ellsberg describes in dramatic detail the two years he spent in Vietnam as a U.S. State Department observer, and how he came to risk his career and freedom to expose the deceptions and delusions that shaped three decades of American foreign policy.
The story of one man's exploration of conscience, Secrets is also a portrait of America at a perilous crossroad.

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History of Punishment and Torture by Karen Farringdon.
 
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Who lived in fear of the inquisitors?
What were the hangman's Secrets?
Where are the most notorious jails in the world?
This work contains the answers to these and other questions about punishment and torture methods.

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The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers by Michael Newton.
 
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This guide examines the realities of serial murder versus popular myths depicted in film and television.
From Jack the Ripper to Ted Bundy, the encyclopedia gives readers an overview of what is undoubtedly the most macabre and fascinating branch of crime and modern criminology.

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The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography
by Sidney Poitier.
 
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"I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I've suddenly come up with the answers to all life's questions.
Quite that contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in self-questing.
In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and complicated life, with many twists and turns, how well I've done at measuring up to the values I myself have set."
Sidney Poitier
 
In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career.
His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles.
Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure, as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.
 
Poitier credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of self worth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world.
"In the kind of place where I grew up," recalls Poitier, "what's coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and momma's voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters...and that's it."
Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life.
 
Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents.
Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career.
Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates to who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition.
 
Here is Poitier's own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life.
Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, price and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity.
What emerges is a picture of a man in the face of limits, his own and the world's.
A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier.

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Relativity (Great Minds Series) by Albert Einstein.

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Albert Einstein (1879-1955), pacifist and humanitarian, has been universally acclaimed the greatest theoretical physicist who ever lived. 
Adapting the old laws of physics to Einstein's space time resulted in "relativistic" physics. 
He, more than anyone else, realized that every physical theory is largely an invention of the mind, a mathematical model used to "mimic" a certain domain of experimental facts. 
Einstein's work on relativity is indeed the greatest contribution to the philosophy of science.

It has long been thought that only a handful of scientists could comprehend Einstein's theory of relativity. 
But in this book the inventor himself explains both the special and the general theories in terms that the layman can understand.

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Utopia by Thomas More.
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A Utopia is a community or society possessing highly desirable or near perfect qualities.
The word was coined by Sir Thomas More in Greek for his 1516 book Utopia (in Latin), describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean.
The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and imagined societies portrayed in fiction.
It has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia.
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America's Deadliest Export: Democracy – The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else, by William Blum.
 
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For over sixty-five years, the United States war machine has been on automatic pilot.
Since World War II we have been conditioned to believe that America's motives in 'exporting' democracy are honorable, even noble.
In this startling and provocative book, William Blum, a leading dissident chronicler of US foreign policy and the author of controversial bestseller Rogue State, argues that nothing could be further from the truth.
Moreover, unless this fallacy is unlearned, and until people understand fully the worldwide suffering American policy has caused, we will never be able to stop the monster.

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F. N. G. by Donald Bodey.
 
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Everyone is gunning for the New Guy
 
Gabriel Sauers of Two Squad is a soldier, newly arrived in Vietnam, a country too beautiful to invite so savagely unreal a war.
But Gabriel won’t be a New Guy for long.
He’ll go through incoming mortars, he’ll see the enemy alive. He’ll wander through a hell that will turn the green recruit lucky enough to survive into a death-hardened veteran, longing for nothing more than a return to the world of hot baths and cold beer, no bullets, and no noise.
Now, 40 years later, he is grappling with an action on the verge of his grandson Seth’s deployment to Iraq that will change both their lives forever.
 

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Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos
by Michio Kaku.
 
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In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, bestselling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.
Kaku skillfully guides us through the latest innovations in string theory and its latest iteration, M-theory, which posits that our universe may be just one in an endless multiverse, a singular bubble floating in a sea of infinite bubble universes.
If M-theory is proven correct, we may perhaps finally find answer to the question, “What happened before the big bang?”
This is an exciting and unforgettable introduction into the new cutting edge theories of physics and cosmology from one of the pre eminent voices in the field.

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A Stranger in Tibet: The Adventures of a Wandering Zen Monk
by Scott Berry.
 
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A Stranger in Tibet: The Adventures of a Wandering Zen Monk
To reach the "forbidden city" of Lhasa was the dream of generations of Western explorers.
But until 1900 when Kawaguchi Ekai, a young Zen monk, donned a disguise and walked all the way there, few foreigners had ever done so.
Clinging staunchly to his chastity; leaving a trail of broken hearts across the Himalayas; oppressed by the cultural impossibility of bathing, yet frequently almost drowned in river crossings; often lost and on the verge of starving or freezing to death; robbed by highwaymen, and taken for a spy; speaking fluently the language of a people he preferred not to understand.
This brave, bigoted, and enterprising traveler was eventually to cross Tibet from west to east, study in one of the country's greatest monasteries, and keep his secret there for over a year.

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The Family Business by Byron Bales.
 
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An American ex-serviceman vanishes in Manila's sleazy after hours scene, and a foreign businessman turns up dead at the same time.
Apparently both were customers at the same honky-tonk dive. One is a love sick loser, but the other is insured for 1.5 million dollars, which he aims to collect on his own body.
 
Enter femme fatale Lori McMillian, who plays the grieving widow to perfection, smoothing the way to big pay days, snaring those unfortunate enough to fall under her spell, including Peter, her jealous partner in crime, and a hapless American consul, a lonely star crossed bureaucrat just fool enough to unwittingly expedite her ambitious scheme.
 
As Lori and Peter leave a trail of dupes and bodies from Manila to LA to New York, they must reluctantly enter into a dangerous and unplanned alliance.
Their new and volatile partnership is laced with double and triple crosses where death is the only option for dissolution. Meanwhile a shadowy investigation is unfolding in the background.

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Entering Hades: The Double Life of a Serial Killer Mass Market 
by John Leake.

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Prolific author, playwright, bon vivant of the literary set, Hollywood insider.
Everybody loved and trusted Jack Unterweger. 
Unfortunately, eleven women saw a different side to the charmed celebrity: a cold blooded serial killer whose gift for manipulation was genius; pure and evil.

While serving a life sentence for the murder of a young girl, Jack Unterweger wrote seven books, saw his critically acclaimed autobiography made into a film, and became a cause celebre among influential Austrian literati who successfully campaigned for his release. 
Riding high on the fame, he arrived in Los Angeles where he nurtured his career as a journalist. 
Then, one by one, Hollywood prostitutes started turning up dead.
Unterweger covered the story, there was a reason why his reporting of the crimes seemed so vivid.

With unprecedented access to Unterweger’s private papers, John Leake peels back the layers of deception to reveal the alarming story of an international celebrity and reviled serial killer and a lifetime of shocking twists no Hollywood screenwriter could have invented.

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Vengeance by George Jonas.
 
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In 1972, 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics.
This is the chilling account of how they were avenged.
First published in 1984, George Jonas’s #1 bestseller Vengeance has become a real-life espionage classic.
The story of five ordinary young Israelis whose mission it was to hunt down and kill the terrorists responsible for the massacre of eleven athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, Vengeance plunges the reader into an explosive world of terrorism and political murder.
This is an account of what happened when five idealistic volunteer agents were sent to track down and kill the central figures of the PLO's Munich operation, told from the point of view of "Avner," a member of the team chosen to avenge the monstrous crime, and the first Mossad agent to come out of "deep cover" to tell his story.
His description of the mechanics, the horrors and the unrelenting suspense of this mission surpasses the wildest fabrications of today’s blockbuster movies and best selling crime thrillers.
As these men moved from country to country, changing identities and risking their lives, they soon became targets themselves, tracked, hunted and even killed.
A profoundly human story, Vengeance explores first hand the revulsion and doubt that came to torment the Israeli agents, inexorably changing their view of the mission and ultimately how they felt about themselves.
It is also a stark examination of the timeless concerns that continue to plague our consciousness today: the nature of good and evil, and the difference between right and wrong.

 

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A Field Guide to the Mammals of Thailand and Southeast Asia: Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia
Charles M. Francis.
 
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