Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

From the previous secretary of safeguard, a strikingly candid, vividly written account of his event serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama throughout the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

earlier than Robert M. Gates obtained a choice from the White apartment in 2006, he notion he’d left Washington politics at the back of: after operating for 6 presidents in either the CIA and the nationwide safety Council, he used to be chuffed in his position as president of Texas A&M college. but if he used to be requested to aid a country mired in wars and to help the troops doing the battling, he replied what he felt was once the decision of accountability. Now, during this unsparing memoir, meticulously reasonable in its exams, he is taking us behind the curtain of his approximately 5 years as a secretary at conflict: the battles with Congress, the 2 presidents he served, the army itself, and the large Pentagon paperwork; his efforts to assist Bush flip the tide in Iraq; his position as a guiding, and sometimes dissenting, voice for Obama; the ardent devotion to and love for American soldiers—his “heroes”—he built at the task.

In touching on his own trip as secretary, Gates attracts us into the innermost sanctums of presidency and armed forces strength throughout the peak of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, illuminating iconic figures, very important negotiations, and important occasions in revealing, intimate aspect. supplying unvarnished value determinations of Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Presidents Bush and Obama between different key gamers, Gates exposes the entire spectrum of behind-closed-doors politicking inside of either the Bush and Obama administrations.

He discusses the nice controversies of his tenure—surges in either Iraq and Afghanistan,  how one can take care of Iran and Syria, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” Guantánamo Bay, WikiLeaks—as they performed out at the back of the tv cameras. He brings to lifestyles the placement Room throughout the Bin encumbered raid. And, searingly, he exhibits how congressional debate and motion or inactiveness on every thing from gear budgeting to troop withdrawals used to be usually inspired, to his expanding melancholy and anger, extra by way of occasion politics and media effect than by way of individuals’ wants to defend our squaddies and make sure their good fortune.

despite the fact that embroiled he turned within the trials of Washington, Gates makes transparent that his center was once continuously within the most vital theater of his tenure as secretary: front strains. We trip with him to either conflict zones as he meets with active-duty troops and their commanders, awed by means of their braveness, and in addition witness him greet coffin after flag-draped coffin back to U.S. soil, heartbreakingly acutely aware that he signed each deployment order. In frank and poignant vignettes, Gates conveys the human fee of battle, and his admiration for these courageous sufficient to adopt it while helpful.
Duty tells a robust and deeply own tale that permits us an unheard of examine administrations and the wars that experience outlined them.

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The Grace of Silence: A Memoir

By Michele Norris

Within the wake of speak of a “postracial” the US upon Barack Obama’s ascension as president of the us, Michele Norris, cohost of nationwide Public Radio’s flagship application All issues Considered, got down to write, via unique reporting, a booklet approximately “the hidden dialog” on race that's unfolding national. She might, she concept, base her publication at the frank disclosures of others at the topic, yet she was once quickly disabused of her presumption whilst compelled to confront the truth that “the dialog” in her circle of relatives had no longer been forthright.
Norris unearthed painful kinfolk secrets and techniques that forced her to question her personal self-understanding: from her father’s capturing through a Birmingham police officer weeks after his discharge from the army on the end of worldwide warfare II to her maternal grandmother’s peddling pancake combine as an itinerant Aunt Jemima to white farm ladies within the Midwest. In what grew to become a profoundly own and bracing trip into her family’s prior, Norris traveled from her adolescence domestic in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots within the Deep South to discover the explanations for the “things left unsaid” by way of her mom and dad whilst she was once starting to be up, the higher to come back to phrases along with her personal id. alongside the best way she stumbled on how her personality used to be solid via either revelation and silence.
Extraordinary for Norris’s candor in reading her personal racial legacy and what it potential to be an American, The Grace of Silence is additionally educated by means of rigorous study in its evocation of time and position, ratings of interviews with usual folks, and clever observations approximately evolving attitudes, right now encouraging and worrying, towards race in the USA this present day. For its particularity and universality, it's powerfully relocating, a travel de strength.

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The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War

By Daniel Stashower

"It's heritage that reads like a race-against-the-clock thriller." Harlan Coben
Daniel Stashower, the two-time Edgar award–winning writer of The appealing Cigar Girl, uncovers the riveting actual tale of the "Baltimore Plot," an audacious conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln at the eve of the Civil struggle within the HOUR OF PERIL.

In February of 1861, simply days ahead of he assumed the presidency, Abraham Lincoln confronted a "clear and fully-matured" risk of assassination as he traveled by means of educate from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Over a interval of 13 days the mythical detective Allan Pinkerton labored feverishly to realize and thwart the plot, assisted by way of an enthralling younger widow named Kate Warne, America's first girl deepest eye.

As Lincoln's teach rolled inexorably towards "the seat of danger," Pinkerton struggled to solve the ever-changing info of the homicide plot, while he contended with the intractability of Lincoln and his advisors, who refused to think that the chance was once actual. With time working out Pinkerton took a determined gamble, staking Lincoln's life―and the way forward for the nation―on a "perilous feint" that appeared to provide the single likelihood that Lincoln may live to tell the tale to turn into president. Shrouded in secrecy―and, later, mired in controversy―the tale of the "Baltimore Plot" is among the nice untold stories of the Civil struggle period, and Stashower has crafted this spellbinding ancient narrative with the velocity and urgency of a race-against-the-clock mystery.
A Washington submit Notable Nonfiction ebook of 2013
Winner of the 2014 Edgar Award for top truth Crime
Winner of the 2013 Agatha Award for most sensible Nonfiction
Winner of the 2014 Anthony Award for most sensible severe or Non-fiction paintings
Winner of the 2014 Macavity Award for most sensible Nonfiction

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The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush

In this significant reassessment of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty first president of the U.S., his former leader of employees deals an extended late appreciation of the fellow and his universally underrated and misunderstood presidency.

“I’m a quiet guy, yet I pay attention the quiet humans others don’t.”—George H. W. Bush

In this precise insider account, John H. Sununu can pay tribute to his former boss—an clever, considerate, modest leader—and his ignored accomplishments. although George H. W. Bush is remembered for orchestrating one of many greatest and such a lot profitable army campaigns in history—the Gulf War—Sununu argues that traditional knowledge misses lots of Bush’s different nice achievements.

During his presidency, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed. Bush’s calm and able management in this dramatic time assisted in shaping an international within which the USA emerged because the lone superpower. Sununu reminds us that President Bush’s household achievements have been both amazing, together with strengthening civil rights, enacting environmental protections, and securing passage of the american citizens with Disabilities Act and the 1990 contract which generated funds surpluses and a decade of monetary growth.

Sununu deals unheard of perception into this statesman who has been his longtime shut pal. He labored with Bush whilst he used to be vp less than Ronald Reagan, helped him via a contentious GOP basic season and election in 1988, and as his leader of employees, used to be an lively player and front-row observer to a few of the major occasions of Bush’s presidency. Reverential but scrupulously sincere, Sununu unearths coverage variations and clashes one of the diversified personalities out and in of the White condominium, giving credit—and candid criticism—where it’s due.

The Quiet Man is going behind the curtain of this unsung yet hugely consequential presidency, and illuminates the fellow at its middle as by no means before.

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A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America's Financial Disasters

By Scott Reynolds Nelson

Pundits will argue that the 2008 monetary main issue used to be the 1st crash in American heritage pushed through shopper debt. yet during this lively, hugely attractive account, Scott Reynolds Nelson demonstrates that customer debt has underpinned virtually each significant monetary panic within the nation’s background. From William Duer’s makes an attempt to learn off the country’s post-Revolutionary conflict debt to an 1815 plan to promote English coats to americans on credits, to the debt-fueled railroad enlargement that brought about the 1857 crash: in every one case, the chain of banks, agents, moneylenders, and insurance firms that separated debtors and creditors made it very unlikely to tell apart sturdy loans from undesirable. certain up during this historical past are tales of nationwide banks funded by means of smugglers, fistfights in Congress over the most excellent, America’s early dependence on British bankers, and the way presidential campaigns have been cast in controversies over deepest debt. An irreverent, absolutely obtainable, eye-opening book.

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The Civil War For Dummies

By Keith D. Dickson

The Civil battle was once America's trial by way of hearth; its battles cast the state we all know this day. we are nonetheless thinking about it -- the nationwide reckoning with slavery, the mythical generals and leaders, the epic and bloody clashes of armies, the influence at the day-by-day lives of normal humans. We stopover at its battlefields -- quite often idyllic patches of geographical region close to small cities and creeks -- the place extra americans died in wrestle than in all different wars mixed, with the exception of international battle . And we inform its tales -- of final fees, brother scuffling with brother, imprisonment and emancipation, and tragedy and rebirth. it truly is our country's epic; the tale of ways we turned who we're, and what cost we paid. The Civil warfare For Dummies is the complete creation to this seminal clash. Eschewing tedious old thinking about and army micro--analysis, this enjoyable and information--rich consultant supplies a correct review of the development, from the war's reasons in the course of the struggling with to the aftermath. within you will find: 1850--1860: what ended in battle * First Bull Run: illusions misplaced * Antietam: the bloodiest day * The Emancipation Proclamation * Heroes and goats of every significant conflict * Jackson's Valley crusade * Sherman's March to the ocean * give up at Appomattox * and masses extra jam-packed with sidebars and illustrations, The Civil warfare For Dummies brings background to existence with personalities, factoids, conflict studies, strategic maps, and "what ifs." as well as the army and political historical past, you will additionally learn about: * The African American adventure within the struggle * ladies and the Civil warfare * local americans and the conflict * The lifetime of the typical soldier * Banking and finance structures and the conflict "Firsts" that make the Civil conflict history's first glossy struggle * Civil warfare nutrients * Civil battle tourism: the easiest battlefields to go to, and the way to get the main from your journey Written in an available kind so that you can commence analyzing at any element within the tale, The Civil battle For Dummies makes a very good cornerstone for studying approximately this violent and compelling bankruptcy of yank heritage.

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All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw

All God's Dangers received the nationwide publication Award in 1975.

"There are just a number of American autobiographies of surpassing greatness. . . . Now there's one other one, Nate Shaw's."—New York Times

"On a chilly January morning in 1969, a tender white graduate scholar from Massachusetts, stumbling alongside the dim path of a long-defunct radical association of the Thirties, the Alabama Sharecropper Union, heard that there has been a survivor and went trying to find him. In a rural cost 20 miles or so from Tuskegee in east-central Alabama he came across him—the guy he calls Nate Shaw—a black guy, eighty four years outdated, in complete ownership of each second of his lifestyles and each aspect of its which means. . . . Theodore Rosengarten, the scholar, had discovered a black Homer, bursting along with his black Odyssey and ready to inform it with amazing highbrow energy, with ardour, with the virtually scary strength of reminiscence in a guy who may possibly neither learn nor write yet who sensed that the substance of his personal existence, and 1000000 different black lives like his, have been the very fiber of the nation's history." —H. Jack Geiger, New York instances ebook Review

"Extraordinarily wealthy and compelling . . . possesses an identical luminous strength we go together with Faulkner." —Robert Coles,Washington put up booklet World

"Eloquent and revelatory. . . . this is often an anthem to human endurance." —Studs Terkel, New Republic

"The genuine voice of a hot, courageous, and good person. . . . A excitement to learn. . . . Shaw's observations at the lifestyles and other people round him, clothed in splendidly expressive language, are clean and clear."—H.W. Bragdon, Christian technology Monitor

"Astonishing . . . Nate Shaw used to be an impressive bearer of thoughts. . . . Miraculously, this man's wrenching story sings of life's pleasures: sincere paintings, the rhythm of the seasons, the affection of kinfolk and buddies, the obdurate persiste

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Shadow Warfare: The History of America's Undeclared Wars

By Larry Hancock, Stuart Wexler

Contrary to its modern snapshot, deniable covert operations usually are not whatever new. Such actions were ordered via each president and each management because the moment global conflict. repeatedly covert operations have depended on surrogates, with American body of workers concerned purely at a distance, insulated through layers of deniability.

Shadow Warfare lines the evolution of those covert operations, detailing the strategies and instruments used from the Truman period via these of the modern Obama Administrations. It additionally explores the personalities and careers of some of the such a lot famous shadow warriors of the prior sixty years, tracing the decade-long dating among the CIA and the military.

Shadow Warfare offers a balanced, non-polemic exploration of yankee mystery conflict, detailing its styles, results and collateral harm and featuring its successes in addition to mess ups. Shadow Wars explores why each president from Franklin Roosevelt on, felt pressured to show to mystery, deniable army motion. It additionally delves into the political dynamic of the president’s courting with Congress and the truth that regardless of a long time of strive against, the U.S. Congress has selected to not workout its accountability to claim a unmarried nation of conflict - even for prolonged and hugely seen combat.

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An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America

By Nick Bunker

Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in History

Written from a strikingly clean viewpoint, this new account of the Boston Tea celebration and the origins of the yank Revolution indicates how a deadly mixture of politics, personalities, and economics ended in a battle that few humans welcomed yet not anyone may possibly prevent.  

“A nice Empire, like a superb Cake, is most simply decreased on the edges,” saw Benjamin Franklin, almost immediately sooner than the yank Revolution. In An Empire at the area, British writer Nick Bunker grants a robust and propulsive narrative of the line to conflict. on the center of the publication lies the Boston Tea celebration, while the British stumbled into an unexpected challenge that revealed deep flaws in an imperial procedure sprawling from the Mississippi to Bengal. laying off new mild at the Tea Party’s origins and at the roles of such generic characters as Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Thomas Hutchinson, and the British ministers Lord North and Lord Dartmouth, Bunker depicts the final 3 years of deepening anger on either side of the Atlantic, culminating within the irreversible descent into revolution.

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A Grizzly in the Mail and Other Adventures in American History

By Tim Grove

For greater than two decades, Tim Grove has labored on the hottest background museums within the usa, supporting thousands of individuals get familiar with the prior. This booklet interprets that have into an insider’s travel of a few of the main attention-grabbing moments in American historical past. Grove’s tales are populated with recognized ancient figures equivalent to John Brown, Charles Lindbergh, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Sacagawea—as good because the not-so-famous. have you ever heard of Mary Pickersgill, seamstress of the Star-Spangled Banner flag? Grove additionally has anything to assert a few few of our adored myths, for example, the lore surrounding Betsy Ross and Eli Whitney.

Grove takes readers to historical websites equivalent to Harpers Ferry, castle McHenry, the Ulm Pishkun buffalo bounce, and the Lemhi cross at the Lewis and Clark path and traverses time and house from eighteenth-century Williamsburg to the twenty-first-century Kennedy house middle. En path from Cape Canaveral at the Atlantic to Cape unhappiness at the Pacific, we know about planting a cotton patch at the nationwide Mall, driving a excessive wheel bicycle, flying the transcontinental airmail course, and harnessing a mule. Is historical past proper? This e-book solutions with a convincing sure and, within the such a lot pleasing type, indicates us why.

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