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A Different Kind of War

By H. C. von Sponeck
  • ISBN Code: : 1782387528
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Pages : 336
  • Category : Political Science
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At a time when the international community is again threatening some countries with sanctions, this book comes as a warning. It should be mandatory reading for all those politicians and their foreign-policy advisors who continue to consider sanctions an effective form of policy. The author not only offers us a critical, lucid, and well-informed survey of political developments in Iraq, but also a heart-rending account of the suffering of the Iraqi people. It was they who bore the brunt of the 13-year's sanctions, while the members of Saddam's regime continued to live in luxury and accumulate huge fortunes. H.-C. von Sponeck, the former “UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq,” explores the UN's sanction policies against Iraq, their consequences, and the domestic conditions during this period. His extensive research is based on previously unpublished internal UN documents and discussions with UN decision makers (such as General Secretary Kofi Annan), Iraqi officials and politicians (including Saddam Hussein), and ordinary Iraqis. The author’s findings question who really benefited from the program, what role the UN Security Council and its various member states played, and whether there were then and are today alternatives to the UN's Iraq policies.

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Book Short Summary:

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Book Short Summary:

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Book Short Summary:

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Book Short Summary:

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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
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  • Total of Pages : 192
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Book Short Summary:

‘A Moment of War’ is the magnificent conclusion to Laurie Lee’s autobiographical trilogy begun in ‘Cider with Rosie’ and ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’. It was December 1937 when the young Laurie Lee crossed the Pyrenees and walked into the bitter winter of the Spanish Civil War. With great vividness and poignancy, Lee portrays the brave defeat of youthful idealism in Auden’s ‘low dishonest decade’. Writing in the Literary Review, John Sweeney praised the memoir as, ‘A great, heart-stopping narrative of one young Englishman’s part in the war in Spain ... crafted by a poet, stamping an indelible image of the boredom, random cruelty and stupidity of war’

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By Matthew P. Romaniello,Tricia Starks
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1474263143
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : History
  • Members : 431
  • Pdf File: russian-history-through-the-senses.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Bringing together an impressive cast of well-respected scholars in the field of modern Russian studies, Russian History through the Senses investigates life in Russia from 1700 to the present day via the senses. It examines past experiences of taste, touch, smell, sight and sound to capture a vivid impression of what it was to have lived in the Russian world, so uniquely placed as it is between East and West, during the last three hundred years. The book discusses the significance of sensory history in relation to modern Russia and covers a range of exciting case studies, rich with primary source material, that provide a stimulating way of understanding modern Russia at a visceral level. Russian History through the Senses is a novel text that is of great value to scholars and students interested in modern Russian studies.

Lord of the Flies

By William Golding
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  • Publisher : Faber & Faber
  • Book Code : 0571290582
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 233
  • Pdf File: lord-of-the-flies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys' delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behaviour starts to take on a murderous, savage significance. First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is one of the most celebrated and widely read of modern classics. Now fully revised and updated, this educational edition includes chapter summaries, comprehension questions, discussion points, classroom activities, a biographical profile of Golding, historical context relevant to the novel and an essay on Lord of the Flies by William Golding entitled 'Fable'. Aimed at Key Stage 3 and 4 students, it also includes a section on literary theory for advanced or A-level students. The educational edition encourages original and independent thinking while guiding the student through the text - ideal for use in the classroom and at home.

Unsilencing the Past

By David L. Phillips
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  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Book Code : 1782389385
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 455
  • Pdf File: unsilencing-the-past.pdf

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The Turkish-Armenian conflict has lasted for nearly a century and still continues in attenuated forms to poison the relationship between these two peoples. The author, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations and previously advisor to the United Nations, undertook, as head of the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Committee, to bring the two sides together and to work with them towards a peaceful resolution of the enmity that had made any contact between them taboo. His lively account of the difficult negotiations makes fascinating reading; it shows that the newly developed “track-two diplomacy” is an effective tool for reconciling even intractable foes through fostering dialog, contact and cooperation.

The Thought of Death and the Memory of War

By Marc Crépon
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  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Book Code : 1452939926
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 483
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Book Short Summary:

War lays bare death and our relation to it. And in the wars—or more precisely the memories of war—of the twentieth century, images of the deaths of countless faceless or nameless others eclipse the singularity of each victim’s death as well as the end of the world as such that each death signifies. Marc Crépon’s The Thought of Death and the Memory of War is a call to resist such images in which death is no longer actual death since it happens to anonymous others, and to seek instead a world in which mourning the other whose mortality we always already share points us toward a cosmopolitics. Crépon pursues this path toward a cosmopolitics of mourning through readings of works by Freud, Heidegger, Sartre, Patocka, Levinas, Derrida, and Ricœur, and others. The movement among these writers, Crépon shows, marks a way through—and against—twentieth-century interpretation to argue that no war, genocide, or neglect of people is possible without suspending how one relates to the death of another human being. A history of a critical strain in contemporary thought, this book is, as Rodolphe Gasché says in the Foreword, “a profound meditation on what constitutes evil and a rigorous and illuminating reflection on death, community, and world.” The translation of this work received financial support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Love in a Time of War (The Three Fry Sisters, Book 1)

By Adrienne Chinn
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Book Code : 0008501599
  • Total of Pages : 480
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 323
  • Pdf File: love-in-a-time-of-war.pdf

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The Internationally Bestselling Author of The English Wife ‘Beautifully epic, romantic & rich in detail’ #1 & USA Today bestseller Lorna Cook ‘Sweeping and evocative’ Rosanna Ley Three sisters The Great War The end of innocence...

The War of the Worlds

By H. G. Wells
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  • Publisher : First Avenue Editions ™
  • Book Code : 1467776211
  • Total of Pages : 206
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 334
  • Pdf File: the-war-of-the-worlds.pdf

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When a meteorite lands in Surrey, the locals don't know what to make of it. But as Martians emerge and begin killing bystanders, it quickly becomes clear—England is under attack. Armed soldiers converge on the scene to ward off the invaders, but meanwhile, more Martian cylinders land on Earth, bringing reinforcements. As war breaks out across England, the locals must fight for their lives, but life on Earth will never be the same. This is an unabridged version of one of the first fictional accounts of extraterrestrial invasion. H. G. Wells's military science fiction novel was first published in book form in 1898, and is considered a classic of English literature.

Emotions and War

By S. Downes,A. Lynch,K. O'Loughlin
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137374071
  • Total of Pages : 274
  • Category : History
  • Members : 476
  • Pdf File: emotions-and-war.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This volume addresses the place of the emotions in literary representations of war across six centuries of European history. It challenges modern assumptions about the passions and feelings attending violent conflict in order to reveal the multifarious historical emotions and emotional histories of war.

Breaking Ranks

By Matthew C. Gutmann
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  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Book Code : 0520947908
  • Total of Pages : 234
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 219
  • Pdf File: breaking-ranks.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Breaking Ranks brings a new and deeply personal perspective to the war in Iraq by looking into the lives of six veterans who turned against the war they helped to fight. Based on extensive interviews with each of the six, the book relates why they enlisted, their experiences in training and in early missions, their tours of combat, and what has happened to them since returning home. The compelling stories of this diverse cross section of the military recount how each journey to Iraq began with the sincere desire to do good. Matthew Gutmann and Catherine Anne Lutz show how each individual's experiences led to new moral and political understandings and ultimately to opposing the war.

Africa and the War on Terrorism

By John Davis
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317184513
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 947
  • Pdf File: africa-and-the-war-on-terrorism.pdf

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Abject poverty and official corruption make parts of Africa a very attractive destination for terrorist organizations. Opportunities have developed during the pre- and post-9/11 periods in Africa for the recruitment of terrorists, attainment of bases of operations and sources of funding for Al Qaeda or its affiliated terror groups. This comprehensive volume provides an extensive examination of major terrorist events in Africa. It highlights internal and external indices to illustrate why Africa is so ripe for terrorism, ostensibly in terms of recruitment as well as attainment and sources of funding due to the continent's continuing poverty and corruption. The volume will prove indispensable reading for anyone researching security issues, political sociology and African studies.