By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate by Bradley Graham

By Bradley Graham

Once thought of the most effective and brightest of his new release, Donald Rumsfeld left workplace because the such a lot debatable protection Secretary seeing that Robert McNamara, generally criticized for his administration of the Iraq warfare and for his tricky relationships with Congress, management colleagues, and armed forces officials. used to be he rather the conceited, errant, controlling Pentagon chief usually portrayed—or, a super visionary stuck in a whirl of polarized Washington politics, dysfunctional federal forms, and undesirable luck?

Bradley Graham, an established Washington Post reporter who heavily lined Rumsfeld's not easy tenure on the Pentagon, deals an insightful biography of a fancy and immensely influential personality.

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Dollfuss: An Austrian Patriot by Johannes Messner

By Johannes Messner

Introduced during this publication is Englebert Dollfuss, the Austrian hero who plotted a path for Austria opposed to Nazism, opposed to Socialism, and opposed to unbridled capitalism till his assassination through the Nazis in 1934. this is often the tale of the Austrian chancellor who tried to behave as an ethical strength to deliver a divided, bankrupt, and sour Europe to its senses. It info how he persuaded humans of many various political persuasions to stick with and help that coverage, now not via dependent speeches, valueless courses, and empty delivers, yet via logic, strong humor, overpowering honesty, and super own sacrifice.

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Complete Idiot's Guide to the American Presidents by Patrick Sauer

By Patrick Sauer

Whereas there arey a couple of overviews of the forty-one Presidents of the USA released for the juvenile marketplace, few grownup books offer a simple examine each one guy and his presidency, the context of his time and the most important occasions that formed him. "The entire Idiot's consultant to American Presidents" does simply that. you will know about each one president by way of timelines, pictures, minutiae and different info.

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Paul D. Wolfowitz: Visionary Intellectual, Policymaker, and by Lewis D. Solomon

By Lewis D. Solomon

With the declaration of his resignation from the realm financial institution, the continuing saga of Paul Wolfowitz, performed out within the entrance pages of the world's newspapers, got here to a dramatic end. Paul D. Wolfowitz, as columnist George F. Will wrote within the Washington Post (May 12, 2005), hasn't ever been elected to workplace or served in a president's cupboard, yet he has mattered even more than such a lot who've. an established country division hand (Assistant Secretary of kingdom for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Ambassador to Indonesia), a number one scholar/intellectual (Dean of the Johns Hopkins college of complicated overseas Studies), Deputy Secretary of safeguard for 4 years, and one of many architects of the Bush Doctrine, Wolfowitz is an important determine in post-Cold conflict international and protection coverage. He so much lately served as President of the area financial institution. In each one of those roles, he has stood out for his neoconservative and sometimes uncompromising positions. it truly is no ask yourself that he's usually vilified through the Left and lionized through definitely the right. during this first full-length biography of Wolfowitz, Solomon makes an attempt to trap him now not via delineating the quotidian info of his occupation, yet by means of tracing his highbrow improvement and bureaucratic impact at key issues alongside the line to Baghdad and beyond.

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Eisenhower as Military Commander (Military Commander Series) by E.k.g. Sixsmith

By E.k.g. Sixsmith

"In the making of Allied strength Headquarters right into a actually unmarried Allied inter-service headquarters, Eisenhower begun on a role that used to be to proceed through the war--and past. Its success used to be might be greater than the other his designated contribution to the perform of war."Because he didn't really command troops in conflict, Eisenhower has sometimes been underestimated through army writers. The Eisenhower quantity within the vintage "Military Commanders" sequence essentially demonstrates that his association of the Allied attempt in Europe owed not anything to the practices in global conflict I and represented a decisive leap forward within the behavior of conflict, fairly in coalition conflict. Ike was once an army supervisor the ultimate, who additionally had the facility to motivate self assurance and loyalty between his subordinates of all nationalities. Eisenhower is so much heavily linked to the army precept of "Unity of Command," and his doctrines are extra correct this day than ever, on the planet of coalition armies and high-tech battlefields. common Sixsmith's accomplished description of Eisenhower's international battle II activities makes for rather fascinating comparisons with the teachings forgotten in Vietnam and re-applied within the Persian Gulf.

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The Most Promising Young Officer: A Life of Ranald Slidell by Prof. Michael D. Pierce

By Prof. Michael D. Pierce

not like the flashy and self-promoting George Armstrong Custer, Civil battle veteran and Indian fighter Ranald Slidell Mackenzie isn't really renowned at the present time. within the past due 19th century, even though, Mackenzie ranked probably the greatest recognized and optimum of a gaggle of younger military colonels who led within the defeat of the Plains Indians and the outlet of the West to white cost, as Michael D. Pierce indicates during this compelling and poignant biography.

a slightly shy and infrequently far-off character, Mackenzie, following his commencement from West aspect in 1862, confirmed early promise in Civil warfare provider. After peace used to be gained, he moved west to command the Fourth Cavalry.

Mackenzie misplaced no time in bringing the Fourth Cavalry to first rank one of the frontier horse regiments, and the Fourth grew to become troubleshooters for President provide and Generals Sherman and Sheridan all through Texas. Mackenzie was once such a lot striking for top forays into Mexico to subdue border raiders and bandits and for his half within the defeat of the Comanches and Kiowas, quite on the conflict of Palo Duro Canton. yet he used to be additionally fascinated with the crusade opposed to the Northern Plains Indians following Custer’s defeat, and in 1876 he accomplished the single significant victory opposed to them.

Like many army leaders within the West, Mackenzie had a real appreciate for the Indians and discovered to deal quite with them at the reservations. whereas commander at citadel Sill, at the Comanche-Kiowa reservation, he labored to make sure the overall healthiness of the Indians he had fought quite a few years ahead of. In Colorado in early 1880 his attractiveness and forcefulness confident the Utes to maneuver peacefully to their reservations in Utah.

In 1883, almost immediately after being promoted to brigadier basic and being assigned to command the dep. of Texas, Mackenzie suffered a psychological breakdown, most likely prompted through syphilis. Retired instantly from army carrier, he required consistent care and declined quickly till his demise in 1889. regrettably, his premature disease and loss of life avoided him from having direct impression at the final years of the Indian wars and the improvement of the twentieth-century military; however, in army strength and effectiveness, Ranald Slidell Mackenzie stands with the easiest of officials within the post–Civil battle army.

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McCoy's Marines: Darkside to Baghdad by John Koopman

By John Koopman

San Francisco Chronicle reporter and marine veteran Koopman used to be embedded within the 3rd Battalion, Fourth Marines, throughout the most up-to-date battle in Iraq. He loved a detailed operating courting with the CO, the battalion sergeant significant, and a number of other individuals of the battalion. This did not smash his skill to distance himself from facets of the army that he by no means beloved, or from political judgments at the battle. the combo of embedding and past provider did provide him an extraordinary point of view at the gritty (literally, while a sandstorm blew up) information of floor strive against in Iraq and the way the fashionable American marine pertains to his pals, his enemies, and his relatives again domestic. the belief of the ebook deals both infrequent fabric at the nation-building efforts that proceed, with sympathy for either the U.S. army and so much colours of Iraqi opinion.—ALA Booklist

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Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward by Charlyne Berens

By Charlyne Berens

In past due August 2004 the Republicans have been celebrating the nomination of incumbent George W. Bush for an additional time period as president of the us. in the course of the festivities, Chuck Hagel, a senator from Nebraska, was once telling journalists that the Republican social gathering had “come unfastened of its moorings.” This used to be a daring place for somebody pointed out through the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe as a potential 2008 presidential candidate, however it used to be no longer staggering coming from a Republican senator who had additionally lately remarked that the profession of Iraq used to be poorly deliberate and that it had inspired the unfold of terror cells during the international. who's Chuck Hagel, what's his tale, and is he a real participant at the nationwide political degree? Charlyne Berens units out to reply to those questions in her shut and cautious examine the most attention-grabbing and autonomous figures at the present American political scene.

Having survived a journey of accountability in Vietnam and having made a fortune as a pioneer within the mobile phone undefined, Chuck Hagel possible got here out of nowhere to overcome a favored sitting governor in a race for the U.S. Senate in 1996. Berens charts Hagel’s fast upward thrust to nationwide popularity and effect and examines the heritage that has led Hagel to an outspoken internationalism that frequently places him at odds together with his personal get together and president. This complicated, plain-spoken Nebraskan should be on his approach to the White apartment. Charlyne Berens explains why and how.

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John Henry Newman: The Challenge to Evangelical Religion by Frank M. Turner

By Frank M. Turner

One of the main debatable non secular figures of the 19th century, John Henry Newman (1801–1890) begun his occupation as a clergyman within the Church of britain yet switched over to the Roman Catholic Church in 1845. He grew to become a cardinal in 1879.

Between 1833 and 1845 Newman, now most sensible recognized for his autobiographical Apologia professional Vita Sua and the assumption of a college, was the competitive chief of the Tractarian circulation inside of Oxford collage. Newman, in addition to John Keble, Richard Hurrell Froude, and E. B. Pusey, introduced an uncompromising conflict opposed to the dominance of evangelicalism in early Victorian spiritual lifestyles. via 1845 Newman’s significantly outspoken perspectives had earned him censure from Oxford gurus and sharp feedback from the English bishops.

Departing from past interpretations, Turner portrays Newman as a disruptive and burdened schismatic engaging in an intensive spiritual test. Turner demonstrates that Newman’s passage to Rome principally resulted from relations quarrels, thwarted college pursuits, the shortcoming to manage his fans, and his wish to dwell in a neighborhood of celibate males.

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