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A Rumor of War

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A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo Book Resume:

The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Vietnam memoir—featured in the PBS documentary series The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick—with a new foreword by Kevin Powers In March of 1965, Lieutenant Philip J. Caputo landed at Danang with the first ground combat unit deployed to Vietnam. Sixteen months later, having served on the line in one of modern history’s ugliest wars, he returned home—physically whole but emotionally wasted, his youthful idealism forever gone. A Rumor of War is far more than one soldier’s story. Upon its publication in 1977, it shattered America’s indifference to the fate of the men sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam. In the years since then, it has become not only a basic text on the Vietnam War but also a renowned classic in the literature of wars throughout history and, as the author writes, of "the things men do in war and the things war does to them." "Heartbreaking, terrifying, and enraging. It belongs to the literature of men at war." —Los Angeles Times Book Review

Le Sympathisant

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Le Sympathisant by Viet Thanh NGUYEN Book Resume:

À la fois fresque épique, reconstitution historique et œuvre politique, un premier roman à l'ampleur exceptionnelle, qui nous mène du Saigon de 1975 en plein chaos au Los Angeles des années 1980. Saisissant de réalisme et souvent profondément drôle, porté par une prose électrique, un véritable chef-d'œuvre psychologique. La révélation littéraire de l'année. Au Vietnam et en Californie, de 1975 à 1980 Avril 1975, Saïgon est en plein chaos. À l'abri d'une villa, entre deux whiskies, un général de l'armée du Sud Vietnam et son capitaine dressent la liste de ceux à qui ils vont délivrer le plus précieux des sésames : une place dans les derniers avions qui décollent encore de la ville. Mais ce que le général ignore, c'est que son capitaine est un agent double au service des communistes. Arrivé en Californie, tandis que le général et ses compatriotes exilés tentent de recréer un petit bout de Vietnam sous le soleil de L.A., notre homme observe et rend des comptes dans des lettres codées à son meilleur ami resté au pays. Dans ce microcosme où chacun soupçonne l'autre, notre homme lutte pour ne pas dévoiler sa véritable identité, parfois au prix de décisions aux conséquences dramatiques. Et face à cette femme dont il pourrait bien être amoureux, sa loyauté vacille... Prix Pulitzer 2016, Prix Edgar du Meilleur Premier Roman 2016, finaliste du prix PEN/Faulkner, un premier roman choc. Translation Prize 2018 de la French-American Foundation MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, "Genius Grant", 2017 Lauréat de l'Association for Asian American Studies Award for Best Book in Creative Writing (Prose) 2017 Prix Pulitzer 2016 Prix Edgar 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction 2016 Prix Dayton Literary Peace for Fiction 2016 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature (Adult Fiction) 2015-2016 California Book Award for First Fiction 2016 Prix Center for Fiction First Novel 2015

La guerre des mondes

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La guerre des mondes by H. G. Wells Book Resume:

"La guerre des mondes", de H. G. Wells, traduit par Henry-D. Davray. Publié par Good Press. Good Press publie un large éventail d'ouvrages, où sont inclus tous les genres littéraires. Les choix éditoriaux des éditions Good Press ne se limitent pas aux grands classiques, à la fiction et à la non-fiction littéraire. Ils englobent également les trésors, oubliés ou à découvrir, de la littérature mondiale. Nous publions les livres qu'il faut avoir lu. Chaque ouvrage publié par Good Press a été édité et mis en forme avec soin, afin d'optimiser le confort de lecture, sur liseuse ou tablette. Notre mission est d'élaborer des e-books faciles à utiliser, accessibles au plus grand nombre, dans un format numérique de qualité supérieure.

Beyond the Quagmire

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Beyond the Quagmire by Geoffrey W. Jensen,Matthew M. Stith Book Resume:

In Beyond the Quagmire, thirteen scholars from across disciplines provide a series of provocative, important, and timely essays on the politics, combatants, and memory of the Vietnam War. Americans believed that they were supposed to win in Vietnam. As veteran and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Caputo observed in A Rumor of War, "we carried, along with our packs and rifles, the implicit convictions that the Viet Cong would be quickly beaten and that we were doing something altogether noble and good." By 1968, though, Vietnam looked less like World War II's triumphant march and more like the brutal and costly stalemate in Korea. During that year, the United States paid dearly as nearly 17,000 perished fighting in a foreign land against an enemy that continued to frustrate them. Indeed, as Caputo noted, "We kept the packs and rifles; the convictions, we lost." It was a time of deep introspection as questions over the legality of American involvement, political dishonesty, civil rights, counter-cultural ideas, and American overreach during the Cold War congealed in one place: Vietnam. Just as Americans fifty years ago struggled to understand the nation's connection to Vietnam, scholars today, across disciplines, are working to come to terms with the long and bloody war--its politics, combatants, and how we remember it. The essays in Beyond the Quagmire pose new questions, offer new answers, and establish important lines of debate regarding social, political, military, and memory studies. The book is organized in three parts. Part 1 contains four chapters by scholars who explore the politics of war in the Vietnam era. In Part 2, five contributors offer chapters on Vietnam combatants with analyses of race, gender, environment, and Chinese intervention. Part 3 provides four innovative and timely essays on Vietnam in history and memory. In sum, Beyond the Quagmire pushes the interpretive boundaries of America's involvement in Vietnam on the battlefield and off, and it will play a significant role in reshaping and reinvigorating Vietnam War historiography.

Les voies du destin

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Les voies du destin by Eric Lomax Book Resume:

Pendant plus de 50 ans, je n'ai pu oublier les camps de prisonniers, les tombes de mes camarades enterrés le long de la rivière Kwaï et le visage de l'officier japonais qui me torturait. Jusqu'au jour où j'ai retrouvé mon tortionnaire... Voici le témoignage le plus incroyable jamais écrit sur la vie bouleversante d'un prisonnier de guerre écossais dans un camp de détention japonais durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Capturé par les Japonais en 1942 durant la bataille de Singapour, Eric Lomax, passionné de train, participe comme prisonnier de guerre à la construction de la " voie ferrée de la mort " entre Bangkok en Thaïlande et Rangoon en Birmanie (la construction de cette ligne de chemin de fer aurait coûté la vie à 250.000 hommes), qui inspirera le célèbre film, Le Pont de la rivière Kwaï. Soupçonné d'être un espion qui communique les plans du tracé du train aux Américains, Eric Lomax sera atrocement torturé mais survivra à l'enfer de sa détention. Quarante ans plus tard, il rencontrera l'un de ses bourreaux, celui chargé de traduire ses déclarations et trouvera la force de lui pardonner. Publié aux États-Unis en 1995, ce livre a été un best-seller mondial, traduit dans une vingtaine de pays.

Retour à Matterhorn

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Retour à Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes Book Resume:

Dire une guerre aussi controversée que celle du Vietnam n’est pas aisé : à s’en tenir aux « faits », on risque de tomber dans la répétition infi nie de scènes de batailles ou de corvées. Quant à faire de ce qui se résume à tuer l’ennemi un récit héroïque, c’est aplatir la réalité sous le grandiose. Et la réalité de la Compagnie Bravo dirigée par le jeune lieutenant Mellas n’a rien d’excitant. Prendre la colline de Matterhorn et la fortifier pour résister à l’armée nord-vietnamienne, puis devoir l’abandonner pour exécuter une autre tâche, sans munitions et nourriture suffisantes, et devoir la réinvestir ensuite, telle est l’aventure absurde narrée dans ce roman que la critique américaine unanime met sur le même plan que Les Nus et les Morts, À l’Ouest, rien de nouveau et Catch-22. Ce que vivent ces « gamins » noirs et blancs pour la première fois intégrés dans le même corps des marines est tout à la fois terrifiant, héroïque, cruel, vain, tendre, ridicule, absurde, désespérant et sublime. Qu’ils marchent dans une jungle infestée de tigres et de sangsues, s’enfoncent dans leurs trous de combat boueux ou, pris de racisme ou de folie meurtrière, commettent l’irréparable, ils fascinent le lecteur tant la rigueur du récit est sans faille. « Chapitre après chapitre, bataille après bataille, Marlantes pousse le lecteur dans ce qui est peut-être le roman le plus profond et dévastateur à être jamais sorti sur la guerre du Vietnam. C’est moins un livre qu’un déploiement, et l’on n’en sort pas indemne. » The New York Times « Roman le plus sensationnel de l’année, Retour à Matterhorn de Karl Marlantes dit le combat de toute une vie contre les démons du souvenir, de la conscience et du deuil. Exceptionnel. » The Observer

Dangereusement à l'Est

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Dangereusement à l'Est by Fitzroy Maclean Book Resume:

" Il y a du Kessel dans cet homme doué à la fois pour l'action et pour l'écriture [...] Ce fils d'Albion ne se départ jamais de son flegme, racontant les choses les plus incroyables, les plus drôles sur un ton égal. " Le Figaro littéraire Tour à tour diplomate, militaire au sein du Special Air Service et espion, l'Écossais Fitzroy Maclean (1911-1996), doté d'une audace invraisemblable, s'amuse et excelle à semer les agents du NKVD dans son périple à travers l'Asie centrale soviétique – où aucun Occidental n'avait réussi à se rendre avant lui –, sauve sa peau in extremis lors d'une opération périlleuse contre l'Afrikakorps et devient compagnon d'armes de Tito sur ordre de Churchill. Au gré de ses tribulations, il croque des paysages et des scènes inouïs, brosse des portraits de grands et petits personnages de l'Histoire avec un flegme et un humour tout britanniques. Fitzroy Maclean aurait d'ailleurs inspiré le personnage de James Bond à son ami Ian Fleming, qui lui vouait une grande admiration. Son regard sur ce que fut le bloc communiste – des procès de Moscou aux déportations et collectivisations, jusqu'à la poudrière yougoslave –, d'une acuité féroce, offre une synthèse brillante des équilibres géopolitiques de l'Europe contemporaine tout en éclairant la montée des nationalismes ravivés par la chute du Mur. Ce récit – couvrant les années 1936 à 1945 – d'un aventurier hors pair, anticonformiste, amateur de contrastes et de paradoxes, manifeste une curiosité de l'autre et une culture rares ; son intelligence et sa capacité d'empathie en font un témoignage d'une étonnante actualité. Publié en Grande-Bretagne en 1949, il parut en France pour la première fois en 1952 aux éditions Gallimard sous le titre Diplomate et franc-tireur. Le lecteur en découvrira ici une édition revue, complétée et enrichie de cartes

The Things They Carried

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The Things They Carried by Harold Bloom Book Resume:

This collection of stories from Vietnam War writer Tim O'Briens paints a through picture of the soldiers' life in the Vietnam War.

The End of the World

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The End of the World by Mark Meek Book Resume:

There has been a vast amount of literature and books written over the past few decades about how the prophecies in the Bible about the last days of the world are taking shape in our times. Today, the majority of Fundamentalist Christians accept that we are living in what the Bible calls the “Last Days”. However, most of the recent literature and discussion about the subject has been rehashing the same facts as have been known for many years. The purpose of this book is not only to leave no doubt that we are indeed in the “Last Days’ but to bring the entire scenario into the new millennium.

Predictions for 2015

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Predictions for 2015 by kurt B. Barkley Book Resume:

Predictions for 2015 Revised Edition Will two great tidal waves, earthquakes, storms, volcano eruptions, terrorist attacks and wars hit the U.S. Eastern Coast Line or Western Coast Line or Mid-West on September 27, 2015? Will Billy Graham and Pat Robertson die on this same date or near it? Will on this same date the earth stop rotating causing three days of darkness then it starts again only to have Venus (=life) to rotate counterclockwise opposite what it rotates now making long life for everyone and the curse of the ground and animals will be gone. Will there be an evil rapture at this time taking every evil person off the earth and their bodies lay on the ground for eagles and vultures to eat? Will massive amounts of gold and oil be found in the U.S. and prospers everyone in the world? Demons and satan will be bound up in hell and/or the U.S. or Iraq for a 1000 years and good angels possess people souls bringing good health of mind, body and soul for a 1000 years. Half of this book was written by November 11, 2011 (11-11-11) and the last three chapters were written by February 14, 2015.

On the Verge of War

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On the Verge of War by Alison Deborah Anderson Book Resume:

Twice in the first decades of the seventeenth century the Julich-Kleve succession crises placed Europe on the verge of war. The triumph of diplomacy in the face of international enmities, suspicions, and mistrust lies at the heart of the Julich-Kleve story.

En attendant Eden

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En attendant Eden by Elliot Ackerman Book Resume:

Tous les jours, Mary est tout près de son époux, à l’hôpital. Tous les jours depuis trois ans, après son retour d’Irak. Eden est inconscient, et ses blessures ne guériront pas. Personne ne sait plus comment l’appeler, sauf elle : c’est son mari, et il est toujours en vie. Leur fille, qu’Eden n’a pas eu le temps de connaître, grandit dans cet hôpital où Mary attend avec patience et détermination un changement. Un jour, en son absence, Eden semble trouver un moyen de reprendre contact avec le monde extérieur. Dès lors, c’est Mary seule qui aura la responsabilité d’interpréter ces signaux et de prendre des décisions, ramenée tout d’un coup face à certaines vérités troublantes sur leur mariage.

Apocalypse Then

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Apocalypse Then by Robert R. Tomes Book Resume:

Prior to the Vietnam war, American intellectual life rested comfortably on shared assumptions and often common ideals. Intellectuals largely supported the social and economic reforms of the 1930s, the war against Hitler's Germany, and U.S. conduct during the Cold War. By the early 1960s, a liberal intellectual consensus existed. The war in Southeast Asia shattered this fragile coalition, which promptly dissolved into numerous camps, each of which questioned American institutions, values, and ideals. Robert R. Tomes sheds new light on the demise of Cold War liberalism and the development of the New Left, and the steady growth of a conservatism that used Vietnam, and anti-war sentiment, as a rallying point. Importantly, Tomes provides new evidence that neoconservatism retreated from internationalism due largely to Vietnam, only to regroup later with substantially diminished goals and expectations. Covering vast archival terrain, Apocalypse Then stands as the definitive account of the impact of the Vietnam war on American intellectual life.

Loving Arms

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Loving Arms by Karen Schneider Book Resume:

Loving Arms examines the war-related writings of five British women whose works explore the connections among gender, war, and story-telling. While not the first study to relate the subjects of gender and war, it is the first within a growing body of criticism to focus specifically on British culture during and after World War II. Evoking the famous "St. Crispin's Day" speech from Henry V and then her own father's account of being moved to tears on V-J Day because he had been too young to fight, Karen Schneider posits that the war story has a far-reaching potency. She admits -- perhaps for all of us -- that such stories "had powerfully shaped my consciousness in ways I could not completely resist." How a story is narrated and by whom are matters of no small importance. As widely defined and accepted, war stories are men's stories. If we are to hear an "other" story of war, then we must listen to the stories women tell. Many of the war stories written by women insist that war is not the condition of men but rather the condition of humanity, beginning with relations between the sexes. For the five women whose work is examined in Loving Arms -- Stevie Smith, Katharine Burdekin, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, and Doris Lessing -- this latter point was particularly relevant. Their positions as women within a patriarchal, militarist culture that was externally threatened by an overtly fascist one led to an acute ambivalence, says Schneider. Though all five women perceived the war from substantially different perspectives, each in her own way exposed and critiqued the seductive power of war and war stories, with their densely interwoven tropes of masculinity and nationalism. Yet these writers' conflicting impulses of loyalty to England and resistance to the war betray their ambivalence. Loving Arms will interest students of twentieth-century British literature and culture, gender studies, and narratology. Even today, we maintain an unabated love affair with the war story. But unless we listen to what the women had to say fifty years ago, we are doomed to hear only "the same old story."

The Name of War

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The Name of War by Jill Lepore Book Resume:

Winner of the Bancroft Prize King Philip's War, the excruciating racial war—colonists against Indians—that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the bloodiest in American history. Some even argued that the massacres and outrages on both sides were too horrific to "deserve the name of a war." The war's brutality compelled the colonists to defend themselves against accusations that they had become savages. But Jill Lepore makes clear that it was after the war—and because of it—that the boundaries between cultures, hitherto blurred, turned into rigid ones. King Philip's War became one of the most written-about wars in our history, and Lepore argues that the words strengthened and hardened feelings that, in turn, strengthened and hardened the enmity between Indians and Anglos. Telling the story of what may have been the bitterest of American conflicts, and its reverberations over the centuries, Lepore has enabled us to see how the ways in which we remember past events are as important in their effect on our history as were the events themselves. Winner of the the 1998 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of the Phi Beta Kappa Society

End Time Signs

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End Time Signs by Kurt B. Bakley Book Resume:

Will Israel and the U.S. be destroyed or partially destroyed in 2012-2019 or 2026-2030 and beyond and Muslims, Catholics and communism take over most of the world? Were there strange things going around the sun, the moon changing degrees and phases, stars that aren't where there suppose to be and the magnetic poles changing mostly reported secretly in 2001-2011? Did NASA or scientists and astronomers brush the pictures of them away so not to scare people? Did the Bible Code predict strange behavior of the moon in 2011? Will a great tidal wave hit the U.S. East Coast in 2012-2019 and Yellowstone Park super volcano erupt or a comet or asteroid hits the earth or Ocean in 2026-2030 and utterly destroy the entire United States if it still around after the war of 2012-2019? Will the Muslims, communism and Catholics persecute Christians, Americans and Jews all over the world bringing them before Kings and have them sent to prisons and torture and killed if they don't deny Christ and convert to Islam? Will Muslims and people all over the world begin to mock and scoff at Christians and the Bible because Israel and the U.S. are destroyed and no Rapture or end or Second Coming of Christ happened? Several of the Bible prophecies predict God will not make a full end of the U.S., Israel and the world at this time and pockets of people and nations may or may not survive. God may save the U.S., Israel and the world if the people repent and turn from their sins and begin to humble themselves and heed the harbingers. But if they don't then these events may start to happen. This book was written by June 12, 2012.