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By Kelly S. Thompson. 2019
At eighteen years old, Kelly Thompson enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in a military family --… she would, in fact, be a fourth-generation soldier -- she couldn't shake the feeling that she didn't belong. From the moment she arrives for basic training at a Quebec military base, a young woman more interested in writing than weaponry, she quickly realizes that her conception of what being a soldier means, forged from a desire to serve her country after the 9/11 attacks, isn't entirely accurate. A career as a female officer will involve navigating a masculinized culture and coming to grips with her burgeoning feminism. In this compulsively readable memoir, Thompson writes with wit and honesty about her own development as a woman and a soldier, unsparingly highlighting truths about her time in the military. In sharply crafted prose, she chronicles the frequent sexism and misogyny she encounters both in training and later in the workplace, and explores her own feelings of pride and loyalty to the Forces, and a family legacy of PTSD, all while searching for an artistic identity in a career that demands conformity. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Thompson fearlessly re-examines her identity as a soldier. 2019.
By Mark Hasara, Rush Limbaugh. 2017
From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Afghan War, and Iraq… War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and moral lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.Get a glimpse of life in the pilot’s seat and experience modern air warfare directly from a true American hero. Lt. Col Mark Hasara—who has twenty-four years experience in flying missions around the world—provides keen and eye-opening insights on success, failure, and emphasizes the importance of always being willing to learn. He provides twelve essential lessons based on his wartime experience and his own personal photographs from his missions during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War. With a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author and radio host Rush Limbaugh, this is a military memoir not to be missed.
By Noah Galloway. 2016
Military hero and beloved Dancing with the Stars alum Noah Galloway shares his life story and how losing his… arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live--and live to the fullest Inspirational humorous and thought provoking Noah Galloway s LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama his military experience and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his new normal after losing his arm and leg in combat Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds Noah s gripping story is a shining example that with laughter and the right amount of perspective you can tackle anything Whether it be overcoming injury conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom or taking the next steps forward in life with his young family - Noah demonstrates how to live life to the fullest with no excuses
By Lesley Blanch, Georgia De Chamberet. 2005
A stunning tale set in England, Paris, and Moscow, chronicling Blanch's love for an older Russian man and the passionate… obsession that takes her to Siberia and beyond.“My book is not altogether autobiography, nor altogether travel or history either. You will just have to invent a new category,” Lesley Blanch wrote about Journey into the Mind’s Eye, a book that remains as singularly adventurous and intoxicating now as when it first came out in 1968. Russia seized Lesley Blanch when she was still a child. A mysterious traveler—swathed in Siberian furs, bearing Fabergé eggs and icons as gifts along with Russian fairy tales and fairy tales of Russia—came to visit her parents and left her starry-eyed. Years later the same man returned to sweep her off her feet. Her love affair with the Traveller, as she calls him, transformed her life and fueled an abiding fascination with Russia and Russian culture, one that would lead her to dingy apartments reeking of cabbage soup and piroshki on the outskirts of Paris in the 1960s, and to Siberia and beyond.
By Gare Thompson, Nancy Harrison. 2004
For a long time, the main role of First Ladies was to act as hostesses of the White House...until Eleanor… Roosevelt. Born in 1884, Eleanor was not satisfied to just be a glorified hostess for her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor had a voice, and she used it to speak up against poverty and racism. She had experience and knowledge of many issues, and fought for laws to help the less fortunate. She had passion, energy, and a way of speaking that made people listen, and she used these gifts to campaign for her husband and get him elected president-four times! A fascinating historical figure in her own right, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of First Lady forever.
By Rick Steves, Steve Smith. 2016
Hit France s can t-miss art sights and bites in two weeks or less with Rick Steves Best… of France Inside you ll find Strategic advice from Rick Steves on what s worth your time and moneyShort itineraries covering the best of Paris Normandy the Loire Dordogne Provence the French Riviera and Burgundy including Versailles Nice the D-Day beaches C tes du Rh ne Monaco Avignon and moreRick s tips for beating the crowds skipping lines and avoiding tourist trapsThe best of local culture flavors and haunts including walks through museums and atmospheric neighborhoodsTrip planning strategies like how to link destinations and design your itinerary what to pack where to stay and how to get aroundOver 400 full-color pages with detailed maps and vibrant photosSuggestions for side trips and excursionsExperience France s old-world romance and modern-day excitement for yourself with Rick Steves Best of France Planning a longer trip Rick Steves France 2018 is the classic in-depth guide to exploring the country updated annually Looking for a quick getaway Try Rick Steves Pocket Paris
Hit the Road with Moon Travel Guides From the waterfalls of Yosemite and the colorful Grand Canyon to the Hollywood… Walk of Fame and the Golden Gate Bridge cruise through the best of the West with Moon California Road Trip Inside you ll find Maps and Driving Tools Over 40 easy-to-use maps keep you oriented on and off the highway along with site-to-site mileage driving times and detailed directions for the entire routeEat Sleep Stop and Explore With lists of the best hikes views restaurants and more you can ride a cable car in San Francisco or hike Half Dome descend deep into the Grand Canyon or hit the waves in a classic SoCal surf town Wander through history at Alcatraz snap a photo at Big Sur or marvel at jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Chow down on an authentic Mission burrito lunch on fish tacos by the beach or watch the sunset from a rooftop bar in Los AngelesFlexible Itineraries Drive the entire two-week Best of the West mix and match destinations for shorter road trips or follow strategic itineraries for spending time in San Francisco Yosemite Las Vegas the Grand Canyon Los Angeles and smaller towns along the Pacific Coast HighwayLocal Insight Surfer and adventurer Stuart Thornton shares his thirst for the next secluded beach quirky pit stop and mountaintop vista Planning Your Trip Know when and where to get gas how to avoid traffic tips for driving in different road and weather conditions and suggestions for international visitors LGBTQ travelers seniors and road trippers with kidsWith Moon California Road Trip s practical tips detailed itineraries and local expertise you re ready to fill up the tank and hit the road Doing more than driving through Check out Moon California Moon Grand Canyon or Moon Yosemite Sequoia Kings Canyon
By Jake Kulju. 2018
Hike through tranquil pine forests and across vast prairies of wildflowers With Moon 75 Great Hikes Minneapolis … St Paul adventure is just outside your door Inside you ll find A Hike for Everyone ranging from short flat routes suitable for families to daylong treks for more ambitious hikers with options to extend or shorten the journey All hikes are rated for difficulty and indicate if they are wheelchair-accessible or dog-friendlyExplore the Trails Highlights like lakes rivers waterfalls historic sites wildlife and wildflowers are noted for each hike Maps and Directions Get around with easy-to-use maps point-by-point navigation and detailed driving directions to each trailhead with GPS coordinates and public transit options when availableTop Hikes throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area including Brainerd Lakes and the Mississippi River Valley the St Croix River Valley the Minnesota River Valley and Southern MinnesotaTrusted Advice Expert outdoorsman and Minnesota native Jake Kulju has been hiking the greater Twin Cities since childhoodTips and Tools Essentials like health and safety information trail etiquette and background on the landscape and history of the trailsWhether you re a veteran hiker or a first-timer Moon s comprehensive coverage and strategic advice will have you ready to lace up your hiking boots and head out on your next adventure Looking to experience more of the Midwest s beauty Try Moon Michigan s Upper Peninsula or Moon Wisconsin
By Noah Strycker. 2017
Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more… than half the world’s 10,000 species of birds in one year. In 2015, Noah Strycker set himself a lofty goal: to become the first person to see half the world’s birds in one year. For 365 days, with a backpack, binoculars, and a series of one-way tickets, he traveled across forty-one countries and all seven continents, eventually spotting 6,042 species—by far the biggest birding year on record.This is no travelogue or glorified checklist. Noah ventures deep into a world of blood-sucking leeches, chronic sleep deprivation, airline snafus, breakdowns, mudslides, floods, war zones, ecologic devastation, conservation triumphs, common and iconic species, and scores of passionate bird lovers around the globe. By pursuing the freest creatures on the planet, Noah gains a unique perspective on the world they share with us—and offers a hopeful message that even as many birds face an uncertain future, more people than ever are working to protect them.
By Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt. 2018
Stroll Dubrovnik s ancient walls hike the idyllic Julian Alps and set sail on the glimmering Adriatic … with Rick Steves on your side Croatia and Slovenia can be yours Inside Rick Steves Croatia Slovenia you ll find Comprehensive coverage for spending a week or more in Croatia and Slovenia with side trips to Montenegro and Bosnia-HerzegovinaRick s strategic advice on how to get the most out of your time and money with rankings of his must-see favoritesTop sights and hidden gems from Roman ruins in the heart of bustling Split to stunning waterfalls and mountains in SloveniaHow to connect with culture Taste wines at a vineyard in Hvar tour museums and Baroque churches in Zagreb and sample seafood fresh from the Adriatic at an open-air market in DubrovnikBeat the crowds skip the lines and avoid tourist traps with Rick s candid humorous insightThe best places to eat sleep and relax with a glass of local wineSelf-guided walking tours of lively towns and fascinating museumsDetailed maps for exploring on the goUseful resources including a packing list Slovenian and Croatian phrase books a historical overview and recommended readingOver 800 bible-thin pages include everything worth seeing without weighing you downComplete up-to-date information on Zagreb Plitvice Lakes National Park Istria Split Hvar Korcula Dubrovnik the Bay of Kotor Mostar Sarajevo Ljubljana Lake Bled the Julian Alps Logarska Dolina and the Northern Valleys Ptuj Maribor the Karst Piran and moreMake the most of every day and every dollar with Rick Steves Croatia Slovenia
By Kevin Dann. 2018
The acclaimed author of Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau traverses on foot from Manhattan… to Walden Pond, retracing Thoreau's steps and unlocking the practical principles of the mystic's life in the woods.When Henry David Thoreau launched his experiment in living at Walden Pond, he began by walking beyond the narrow limits of his neighbors, simply by putting himself at a mile remove from Concord's bourgeois epicenter - and a thousand-mile remove from stasis, complacency, and conformity. Kevin Dann emulates and extends Thoreau's experiment in radical self-education. Alternating between personal anecdotes from his spring 2017 walking pilgrimage and other "traveler" encounters and episodes told by Thoreau, Dann structures his book around 12 "injunctions"--distillations of seminal stories about overcoming convention and stasis. In this essential reading for every Thoreau enthusiast, naturalist and historian Kevin Dann brings to life an essential American icon in refreshing and modern way.
By S. C. Gwynne. 2014
From the author of the prizewinning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling account of… how Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country's greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jackson's strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future. In April 1862 Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. By June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. He had, moreover, given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked--hope--and struck fear into the hearts of the Union. Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne's hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson's private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It traces Jackson's brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.
By Helen Thorpe. 2014
From an award-winning meticulously observant The New Yorker and masterful Booklist… writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and how their military service affected their friendship their personal lives and their families America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001 This has been a matter of bitter political debate of course but what is uncontestable is that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women The experience in the American military is it s safe to say quite different from that of men Surrounded and far outnumbered by men imbedded in a male culture looked upon as both alien and desirable women have experiences of special interest In Soldier Girls Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military overseas to combat and back home and then overseas again for two of them These women who are quite different in every way become friends and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated We see their families their lovers their spouses their children We see them work extremely hard deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones and struggle to stay connected to their families back home We see some of them drink too much have illicit affairs and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road blowing it up She survives but her life may never be the same again Deeply reported beautifully written and powerfully moving Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking
By The Editors of Southern Living. 2015
In Southern Living s Best Drives Dives enjoy all-new road trips and discover the best eats from Cajun… Country Ashveille NC the Florida Keys and more
By Nick Brokhausen. 2018
A Green Beret’s gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1970, on his… second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls “an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity,” undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. But they didn’t infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards—oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. Together this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor—but at a terrible cost. “In colorful, military-jargon-laced prose leavened by gallows humor, Brokhausen pulls few punches describing what it was like to navigate remote jungle terrain under the constant threat of enemy fire. A smartly written, insider’s view of one rarely seen Vietnam War battleground.” —Booklist
By Cyndy Hall. 2018
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By Clinton Romesha. 2016
The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient… Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.<P><P> "'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself—Keating—had become a kind of backhanded joke."<P> In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. <P> On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 14-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost 8 men their lives. <P> Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Aidan MacCarthy, Pete McCarthy. 2006
As an RAF medical officer Aidan MacCarthy served in France survived Dunkirk and was interned by the… Japanese in Java where his ingenuity helped his fellow prisoners through awful conditions While en route to Japan in 1944 his ship was torpedoed sending him into the Pacific Miraculously MacCarthy was rescued by a whaling boat only to be re-interned in Japan Ironically it was the dropping of the atomic bomb at Nagasaki that saved his life though it also meant being an eyewitness to the horror and devastation it caused Long out of print this remarkable war memoir was rediscovered during a journey through Ireland by Pete McCarthy author of McCarthy s Bar who describes it as jaw-dropping