Moon 101 Great Hikes San Francisco Bay Area (Moon Outdoors), 6th Edition

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Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea by John Lehman
Moon 101 Great Hikes San Francisco Bay Area (Moon Outdoors), 6th Edition by Ann Marie Brown
H. P. Willmott, “The Last Century of Sea Power, Volume 2: From Washington to Tokyo, 1922–1945”
Chris Feliciano Arnold, “The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon”
Rising in Flames: Sherman’s March and the Fight for a New Nation by J. D. Dickey

Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea by John Lehman

English | June 5th, 2018 | ISBN: 0393254259 | 328 Pages | EPUB | 58.47 MB

A thrilling story of the Cold War, told by a former navy secretary on the basis of recently declassified documents.
When Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, the United States and NATO were losing the Cold War. The USSR had superiority in conventional weapons and manpower in Europe, and had embarked on a massive program to gain naval preeminence. But Reagan already had a plan to end the Cold War without armed conflict.
Reagan led a bipartisan Congress to restore American command of the seas by building the navy back to six hundred major ships and fifteen aircraft carriers. He adopted a bold new strategy to deploy the growing fleet to northern waters around the periphery of the Soviet Union and demonstrate that the NATO fleet could sink Soviet submarines, defeat Soviet bomber and missile forces, and strike aggressively deep into the Soviet homeland if the USSR attacked NATO in Central Europe. New technology in radars, sensors, and electronic warfare made ghosts of American submarines and surface fleets. The United States proved that it could effectively operate carriers and aircraft in the ice and storms of Arctic waters, which no other navy had attempted. The Soviets, suffocated by this naval strategy, were forced to bankrupt their economy trying to keep pace. Shortly thereafter the Berlin Wall fell, and the USSR disbanded.
In Oceans Ventured, John Lehman reveals for the first time the untold story of the naval operations that played a major role in winning the Cold War.

Moon 101 Great Hikes San Francisco Bay Area (Moon Outdoors), 6th Edition by Ann Marie Brown

English | June 5th, 2018 | ISBN: 1640490035 | 425 Pages | EPUB | 13.48 MB

Your Adventure Starts Here with Moon Travel Guides!
Are you at home in the golden hills of Berkeley, or the lush redwood forests of Marin? Explore the paradise just outside your door with Moon 101 Great Hikes of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Inside you’ll find:
• A Hike for Everyone: Hikes range from short, flat routes suitable for families to daylong, steep treks for more ambitious hikers, with options to extend or shorten the hikes. All hikes are rated for difficulty and marked for features such as dog-friendly or wheelchair accessible
• Explore the Trails: Highlights like waterfalls, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, and wildflowers are noted on each hike
• Maps and Directions: Explore with easy-to-use maps and point-by-point navigation for each trail, and including driving directions to each trailhead with GPS coordinates and public transit options when available
• Top Hikes: Lists like “Best Redwood Forests,” “Best Short Backpacking Trips,” and “Best Bird-Watching” will help you choose where to hike in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, the East Bay, San Francisco, the Peninsula, and the South Bay
• Trusted Advice: Anne Marie Brown shares the experience and knowledge she’s gained from hiking, biking, and camping in and around the Bay Area more than 150 days a year
• Tips and Tools: Find essentials like health, safety, and trail etiquette, background information on the landscape and history of the trails, and volunteer opportunities so you can help keep the trails as beautiful as you found them
Whether you’re a veteran or a first-time hiker, Moon’s comprehensive coverage and trusted advice will have you ready to lace up your hiking boots and head out on your next adventure.

H. P. Willmott, “The Last Century of Sea Power, Volume 2: From Washington to Tokyo, 1922–1945”

English | ISBN: 0253353599 | 2010 | 705 pages | PDF | 7 MB

In this second volume of his history of naval power in the 20th century, H. P. Willmott follows the fortunes of the established seafaring nations of Europe along with two upstarts―the United States and Japan. Emerging from World War I in command of the seas, Great Britain saw its supremacy weakened through neglect and in the face of more committed rivals. Britain’s grand Coronation Review of 1937 marked the apotheosis of a sea power slipping into decline. Meanwhile, Britain’s rivals and soon-to-be enemies were embarking on significant naval building programs that would soon change the nature of war at sea in ways that neither they nor their rivals anticipated. By the end of a new world war, the United States had taken command of two oceans, having placed its industrial might behind technologies that further defined the arena of naval power above and below the waves, where stealth and the ability to strike at great distance would soon rewrite the rules of war and of peace. This splendid volume further enhances Willmott’s stature as the dean of naval historians.

Chris Feliciano Arnold, “The Third Bank of the River: Power and Survival in the Twenty-First-Century Amazon”

ISBN: 1250098947 | 2018 | EPUB | 352 pages | 9 MB

A sweeping look at the war over the Amazon―as activists,locals, and indigenous tribes struggle to save it from the threat of loggers, drug lords, and corrupt cops and politicians
Following doctors and detectives, environmental activists and indigenous tribes, The Third Bank of the River traces the history of the Amazon from the arrival of the first Spanish flotilla to the drones that are now mapping unexplored parts of the forest. Grounded in rigorous firsthand reporting and in-depth research, Chris Feliciano Arnold reveals a portrait of Brazil and the Amazon that is complex, bloody, and often tragic.
During the 2014 world cup, an isolated Amazon tribe emerged from the rain forest on the misty border of Peru and Brazil, escaping massacre at the hands of loggers who wanted their land. A year later, in the jungle capital of Manaus, a bloody weekend of reprisal killings inflame a drug war that has blurred the line between cops and kingpins. Both events reveal the dual struggles of those living in and around the world’s largest river. As indigenous tribes lose their ancestral culture and territory to the lure and threat of the outside world, the question arises of how best to save isolated tribes: Keep them away from the modern world or make contact in an effort to save them from extinction? As Brazil looks to be a world leader in the twenty-first century, this magnificent and vast region is mired in chaos and violence that echoes the atrocities that have haunted the rain forest since Europeans first traveled its waters.

Rising in Flames: Sherman’s March and the Fight for a New Nation by J. D. Dickey

English | June 5th, 2018 | ISBN: 1681777576 | 400 Pages | EPUB | 40.03 MB

A New York Times bestselling historian sheds new light on Sherman’s epic “March to the Sea,” especially the soldiers, doctors, nurses, and civilians who would change the nation for the better.
America in the antebellum years was a deeply troubled country, divided by partisan gridlock and ideological warfare, angry voices in the streets and the statehouses, furious clashes over race and immigration, and a growing chasm between immense wealth and desperate poverty.
The Civil War that followed brought America to the brink of self-destruction. But it also created a new country from the ruins of the old one—bolder and stronger than ever. No event in the war was more destructive, or more important, than William Sherman’s legendary march through Georgia—crippling the heart of the South’s economy, freeing thousands of slaves, and marking the beginning of a new era.
This invasion not only quelled the Confederate forces, but transformed America, forcing it to reckon with a century of injustice. Dickey reveals the story of women actively involved in the military campaign and later, in civilian net- works. African Americans took active roles as soldiers, builders, and activists. Rich with despair and hope, brutality and compassion, Rising in Flames tells the dramatic story of the Union’s invasion of the Confederacy, and how this colossal struggle helped create a new nation from the embers of the Old South.