Download E-books Great Escapes PDF

For such a lot prisoners of struggle, lifestyles was once not anything like such movies as The nice Escape, yet for a number of courageous escapees, truth was once extra amazing than fiction. utilizing own money owed, genuine studies from German guards, and debrief records within the nationwide data, this can be the real tale of the numerous interesting get away makes an attempt from POW camps throughout the moment global battle. a few have been profitable, others now not, yet in every one case the encouraged equipment devised and completed by way of the prisoners express bravery and ingenuity on a better scale than any movie. With excellent tales resembling the "Wooden Horse," the "French Tunnel," and the "Colditz Ghost,” this ground-breaking publication tells the tales of a few of the bravest males in history.

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Download E-books Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account PDF

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, they despatched nearly the complete Jewish inhabitants to Auschwitz. A Jew and a physician, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli used to be spared from loss of life for a grimmer destiny: to accomplish “scientific examine” on his fellow inmates less than the supervision of the notorious “Angel of Death”: Dr. Josef Mengele. Nyiszli used to be named Mengele’s own examine pathologist. Miraculously, he survived to provide this terrifying and sobering account.

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Download E-books Once We Were Brothers PDF

By Ronald H. Balson

The gripping story approximately boys, as soon as as shut as brothers, who locate themselves on contrary aspects of the Holocaust.

Elliot Rosenzweig, a revered civic chief and filthy rich philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser whilst he's abruptly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. even though the costs are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is confident he's correct and engages lawyer Catherine Lockhart to carry Rosenzweig to justice. Solomon persuades lawyer Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the genuine Piatek was once deserted as a toddler and raised by means of Solomon's family purely to betray them through the Nazi career. yet has Solomon accused the correct man?

Once We have been Brothers is Ronald H. Balson's compelling story of 2 boys and a relations who fight to outlive in war-torn Poland, and a tender love that struggles to undergo the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. lives, worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a relocating and strong story of affection, survival, and finally the triumph of the human spirit.

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Download E-books His Majesty's Hope: A Maggie Hope Mystery PDF

By Susan Elia MacNeal

NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER

For enthusiasts of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, whip-smart heroine Maggie wish returns to embark on a clandestine challenge in the back of enemy strains the place not anyone should be depended on, or even the smallest indiscretion should be deadly.

World battle II has eventually come domestic to Britain, however it takes greater than nightly air raids to rattle intrepid undercover agent and specialist code breaker Maggie wish. After serving as a undercover agent to guard Princess Elizabeth at Windsor fort, Maggie is now an elite member of the designated Operations Executive—a black ops association designed to assist the British attempt abroad—and her first project sends her instantly into Nazi-controlled Berlin, the very center of the German conflict desktop. hoping on her speedy wit and prepared instincts, Maggie infiltrates the top point of Berlin society, amassing info to go directly to London headquarters. however the secrets and techniques she unveils will disclose a darker, extra harmful part of the war—and of her personal past.

“You’ll be [Maggie Hope’s] unswerving topic, able to persist with her anyplace she goes.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

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Download E-books Allied Master Strategists: The Combined Chiefs of Staff in World War II PDF

By David Rigby

Provided NASOH's 2012 "John Lyman publication Award for most sensible U.S. Naval History," Allied grasp Strategists describes the original and important contribution to Allied victory in international warfare II made via the mixed Chiefs of employees. in accordance with a mixture of fundamental and secondary resource fabric, this ebook proves that the mixed Chiefs of employees association used to be the glue preserving the British-American wartime alliance jointly. As such, the mixed Chiefs of employees used to be essentially the most very important foreign association of the 20th Century. Readers gets an excellent view of the personalities of the principals, resembling box Marshal Sir Alan Brooke and Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. The booklet offers perception into the relationships among the mixed Chiefs of employees and Allied theater commanders, the position of the mixed Chiefs concerning monetary mobilization, and the sour inter-Allied strategic debates in regard to OVERLORD and the conflict within the Pacific. This e-book is a must-read for a person attracted to the British American alliance in international conflict II.

Careful consciousness is paid within the publication to the 3 firms that contributed the critical club of the mixed Chiefs of employees; i.e., the U.S. Joint Chiefs of employees, the British Chiefs of employees Committee, and (in the case of Sir John Dill) the British Joint employees challenge in Washington. After offering a biographical historical past of the significant member so the mixed Chiefs of employees, Rigby offers info on wartime Washington, D.C. because the domestic base for the mixed Chiefs of employees association.

Detailed info is given concerning the Casablanca convention, however the writer is cautious to tell apart among the formal nature of the large Allied wartime summit conferences and the less formal day by day supply and take which characterised British-American strategic debates among the British Joint employees project in Washington and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of employees. certainly, it's a significant rivalry of the ebook that it truly is severe to recollect that greater than 1/2 the conferences of the mixed Chiefs of employees happened in Washington, D.C. in an often scheduled weekly development and never on the titanic Allied meetings akin to Yalta.

The position of the mixed Chiefs of employees in directing the struggle within the Pacific and in making plans the OVERLORD cross-channel invasion of western Europe, respectively, is roofed intimately. those have been the 2 such a lot contentious concerns with which the mixed Chiefs of employees needed to deal. Rigby makes an attempt to respond to the query of why combative, fearless, warriors like Churchill and Brooke will be so unwilling to return around the Channel, and to give an explanation for the tug-of-war the British Chiefs of employees needed to behavior with Churchill earlier than a British conflict fleet may perhaps sign up for the yank principal Pacific force overdue within the war.

The publication additionally offers a wealth of knowledge at the position performed via participants of the mixed Chiefs of employees within the spheres of financial mobilization and wartime international relations. such a lot of all, what Allied grasp Strategists does is to offer the mixed Chiefs of employees what they've got lengthy deserved―a e-book in their personal; a e-book that isn't weighted in the direction of the U.S. Joint Chiefs at the one hand or the British Chiefs of employees at the different; a booklet that's not strictly a “naval” publication, an “army” booklet, or an “air” publication, yet a publication that just like the western alliance in the course of international warfare II, is actually “combined” in a world in addition to an interservice manner.

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Download E-books Motherland PDF

By Maria Hummel

Motherland is electrified by way of tales from the author’s father and his German early life, and letters among her grandparents that have been hidden in an attic wall for 50 years. it's the author’s try and reckon with the ambiguity of her father—a made of her grandparents’ fiercely protecting love and their prestige as Mitläufer, Germans who “went alongside” with Nazism, first reaping its advantages and later its consequences.
This page-turning novel makes a speciality of the Kappus kinfolk: Frank is a reconstructive health professional who misplaced his liked spouse in childbirth and months later married a tender lady who needs to take care of the newborn and his grieving sons whilst he's drafted into scientific army provider. by myself in the home, Liesl needs to try to hold the youngsters fed with dwindling foodstuff offers, secure from the consistent Allied air assaults, and guarded opposed to the swell of determined refugees flooding their city. while one baby starts off to mentally resolve, Liesl needs to observe the resource of the boy’s disease or lose him ceaselessly to Hadamar, the notorious sanatorium for “unfit” little ones. the unconventional bears witness to the disgrace and braveness of 3rd Reich households through the devastating final days of the warfare, as every one relations member’s fateful offerings lead them deeper into questions of complicity and innocence, to the novel’s heartbreaking and unforgettable conclusion.

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Download E-books A Persian Requiem PDF

Set within the southern Persian city of Shiraz within the final years of global conflict II with the British military in career, the unconventional chronicles the lifetime of Zari, a standard, frightened, and superstitious lady whose husband, Yusef  is an idealistic feudal landlord.  an online of political intrigue and hostility is created.  within the history, tribal leaders are in open uprising opposed to the govt and British occupation.  in the middle of this turbulence Zari includes on general lifestyles in the appealing courtyard of her apartment, trying to preserve the relatives secure from exterior events.  The corruption engendered by way of career is pervasive as Zari's relations existence is shattered and catastrophe moves. An immensely relocating tale, the radical is a strong indictment of colonization.

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Download E-books The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe PDF

By David I. Kertzer

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER

From nationwide booklet Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping tale of Pope Pius XI’s mystery relatives with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking paintings, in keeping with seven years of analysis within the Vatican and Fascist documents, together with stories from Mussolini’s spies contained in the maximum degrees of the Church, will without end switch our knowing of the Vatican’s position within the upward push of Fascism in Europe.
 
The Pope and Mussolini tells the tale of 2 males who got here to energy in 1922, and jointly replaced the process twentieth-century background. In such a lot respects, they can now not were extra diversified. One used to be scholarly and religious, the opposite thuggish and profane. but Pius XI and “Il Duce” had many stuff in universal. They shared a mistrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism. either have been susceptible to unexpected suits of mood and have been fiercely protecting of the prerogatives in their workplace. (“We have many pursuits to protect,” the Pope declared, quickly after Mussolini seized regulate of the govt in 1922.) every one depended on the opposite to consolidate his strength and attain his political goals.
 
In a problem to the normal heritage of this era, within which a heroic Church does conflict with the Fascist regime, Kertzer indicates how Pius XI performed a vital position in making Mussolini’s dictatorship attainable and retaining him in strength. In trade for Vatican help, Mussolini restored the various privileges the Church had misplaced and gave in to the pope’s calls for that the police implement Catholic morality. but within the final years of his life—as the Italian dictator grew ever in the direction of Hitler—the pontiff’s religion during this treacherous cut price began to waver. along with his wellbeing and fitness failing, he started to lash out on the Duce and threatened to denounce Mussolini’s anti-Semitic racial legislation sooner than it was once too past due. Horrified by way of the probability to the Church-Fascist alliance, the Vatican’s internal circle, together with the longer term Pope Pius XII, struggled to restrain the headstrong pope from destroying a partnership that had served either the Church and the dictator for lots of years.
 
The Pope and Mussolini brims with memorable photographs of the lads who helped let the reign of Fascism in Italy: Father Pietro Tacchi Venturi, Pius’s own emissary to the dictator, a wily anti-Semite referred to as Mussolini’s Rasputin; Victor Emmanuel III, the king of Italy, an item of frequent derision who lacked the stature—literally and figuratively—to face up to the domineering Duce; and Cardinal Secretary of country Eugenio Pacelli, whose political talents and ambition made him Mussolini’s strongest best friend contained in the Vatican, and situated him to be triumphant the pontiff because the arguable Pius XII, whose activities in the course of international conflict II will be topic for debate for many years to come.
 
With the new commencing of the Vatican records protecting Pius XI’s papacy, the whole tale of the Pope’s complicated dating along with his Fascist associate can ultimately learn. bright, dramatic, with surprises at each flip, The Pope and Mussolini is historical past writ huge and with the lightning hand of truth.
 
NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
 
“Kertzer has a watch for a narrative, an ear for the correct be aware, and an intuition for human tragedy. this can be a refined blockbuster.”—Joseph J. Ellis, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of Revolutionary Summer
 
“A attention-grabbing and tragic story.”—The New Yorker

“Revelatory . . . [a] distinctive portrait.”The ny assessment of Books

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