Joseph Chamberlain International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon

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Joseph Chamberlain: International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon by I. Cawood, C. Upton
The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe’s Most Important Commanders by Colin D. Heaton, Anne-Marie Lewis
Joseph Stalin : Images of War
For The Motherland! For Stalin! : A Red Army Officer’s Memoir of the Eastern Front
Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History by Norman Davies

Joseph Chamberlain: International Statesman, National Leader, Local Icon by I. Cawood, C. Upton

English | 2016 | ISBN: 1137528842 | 275 Pages | PDF | 10.4 MB

Winston Churchill described Joseph Chamberlain as ‘the man who made the weather’ for twenty years in British politics between the 1880s and the 1900s. This volume contains contributions on every aspect of Chamberlain’s career, including international and cultural perspectives hitherto ignored by his many biographers. It breaks his career into three aspects: his career as an international statesman, defender of British interests and champion of imperial federation; his role as a national leader, opposing Gladstone’s crusade for Irish home rule by forming an alliance with the Conservatives, campaigning for social reform and finally advocating a protectionist economic policy to promote British business; and the aspect for which he is still celebrated in his adopted city, as the provider of sanitation, gas lighting, clean water and cultural achievement for Birmingham – a model of civic regeneration that still inspires modern politicians such as Michael Heseltine, Tristram Hunt and David Willetts.

The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe’s Most Important Commanders by Colin D. Heaton, Anne-Marie Lewis

English | November 14, 2011 | ISBN: 076034115X | True EPUB | 368 pages | 5.5 MB

For the first time, four German WWII pilots share their side of the story.
Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the WWII fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the sixty-five-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots’ heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries—the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?
Of all of the Luftwaffe’s fighter aces, the stories of Walter Krupinski, Adolf Galland, Eduard Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck shine particularly bright. In The German Aces Speak, for the first time in any book, these four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II. Personally interviewed by author and military historian Colin Heaton, they bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their lives, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler. From thrilling air battles to conflicts on the ground with their own commanders, the aces’ memories disclose a side of World War II that has gone largely unseen by the American public: the experience of the German pilot.

Joseph Stalin : Images of War

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1526702037 | 112 Pages | PDF | 194 MB

Joseph Stalin was a monster. He sacrificed his friends and allies in pursuit of power, murdered thousands with sadistic brutality to maintain it and callously obliterated millions more of his own people over a quarter century of his leadership. Yet almost as frightening as the horrendous crimes he committed is the idolatry that allowed this ogre to flourish. Just like fellow monster of the twentieth century Adolf Hitler, Stalin saw himself as a master of destiny, a role that to him excused the vilest atrocities. And, bafflingly, just like his Nazi counterpart, he was allowed to dominate his nation and overrun others with the enthusiastic support of the majority of the citizens whom he had subjugated. Stalin was lauded as a national savior right up until his death, which was marked by mourning crowds so vast that untold numbers perished in the crush. This unquestioning adulation is not only a mystery to today’s historians but a cause for alarm. For, under the Soviet Union’s present regime, there are signs that the Stalin cult is being resurrected as the Russian bear again sharpens its claws. This concise book presents a cautionary study, in words and historic photographs, of the peasant’s son from Georgia who as a choirboy seemed destined for the priesthood but who grew up to be a street-fighting revolutionary using torture and terror as tools to attain power. It asks how the coarse, brutish drunkard that he became could nevertheless have been lauded abroad as a cultural giant and spellbind so many millions at home as an object of worship. It provides clues as to how Stalin the military incompetent came to be seen as a statesman of equal standing to war leaders like Churchill and Hitler (whose lives are covered by companion volumes in the Pen & Sword ‘Images of War’ series). And it points to the danger of rewriting history to allow the resurrection of Stalin as a ‘father’ of his people in the twenty-first century rather than a bloodstained idol with feet of clay.

For The Motherland! For Stalin! : A Red Army Officer’s Memoir of the Eastern Front

English | 2017 | ISBN: 1849047979 | 459 Pages | PDF | 13.3 MB

Boris Bogachev’s highly readable account of life as a young platoon commander during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 makes for a fascinating read.
The son of a Soviet military commissar, Bogachev volunteered to fight as soon as reached the age of seventeen. Life in the Red Army was harsh, with food shortages, inadequate equipment and fear – not only of the well-armed enemy ahead, but also of the trigger-happy political officers behind.
Bogachev fought in many campaigns throughout the war, including the 15-month Rzhev salien ‘meat-grinder’ which resulted in huge Soviet losses. On three occasions he was threatened with execution. Three times he was wounded. Determined and resourceful, he managed to obtain papers authorizing him to have his wounds treated in hospital, but instead smuggled himself aboard a train to travel across Russia to visit his family in Kazakhstan before returning to the front.
Boris Bogachev, who retired from the Soviet army in 1984 as a much-decorated colonel, tells his story of the hell that was the Eastern Front with freshness and candor. He vividly conveys the wide gap between ideology and reality in Stalin’s Russia, the warm camaraderie among those who fought the Nazis and his horror at the inhumanity of war.
“This informative, poignant memoir of a man who went straight from school into battle is a must-read for anyone interested in the horrors and pities of war, particularly on the brutal Eastern Front. Bogachev’s story is harrowing in places, but his humility and humanity make it impossible to put down.” – Jonathan Smele, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, Queen Mary University of London and author of The “Russian” Civil Wars

Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History by Norman Davies

English | 7 Dec. 2017 | ISBN: 1846148316 | ASIN: B078BR2DXC | 642 Pages | AZW3 | 17.19 MB

‘He writes history like nobody else. He thinks like nobody else … He sees the world as a whole, with its limitless fund of stories’ Byan Appleyard, Sunday Times
Where have the people in any particular place actually come from? What are the historical complexities in any particular place? This evocative historical journey around the world shows us.
‘Human history is a tale not just of constant change but equally of perpetual locomotion’, writes Norman Davies. Throughout the ages, men and women have endlessly sought the greener side of the hill. Their migrations, collisions, conquests and interactions have given rise to the spectacular profusion of cultures, races, languages and polities that now proliferates on every continent.
This incessant restlessness inspired Davies’s own. After decades of writing about European history, and like Tennyson’s ageing Ulysses longing for one last adventure, he embarked upon an extended journey that took him right round the world to a score of hitherto unfamiliar countries. His aims were to test his powers of observation and to revel in the exotic, but equally to encounter history in a new way. Beneath Another Sky is partly a historian’s travelogue, partly a highly engaging exploration of events and personalities that have fashioned today’s world – and entirely sui generis.
Davies’s circumnavigation takes him to Baku, the Emirates, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tasmania, Tahiti, Texas, Madeira and many places in between. At every stop, he not only describes the current scene but also excavates the layers of accumulated experience that underpin the present. He tramps round ancient temples and weird museums, summarises the complexity of Indian castes, Austronesian languages and Pacific explorations, delves into the fate of indigenous peoples and of a missing Malaysian airliner, reflects on cultural conflict in Cornwall, uncovers the Nazi origins of Frankfurt airport and lectures on imperialism in a desert oasis. ‘Everything has its history’, he writes, ‘including the history of finding one’s way or of getting lost.’
The personality of the author comes across strongly – wry, romantic, occasionally grumpy, but with an endless curiosity and appetite for knowledge. As always, Norman Davies watches the historical horizon as well as what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

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