Author: Stephen Paul Stewart
Publisher: Newton Compton Editori
Una storia di sopravvivenza unica al mondo Una storia vera L'incredibile vita del giornalista diventato soldato 2009. Stephen Paul Stewart è un giornalista, un reporter. Quando chiede e ottiene l’incarico di unirsi alle truppe britanniche per documentare alcune operazioni in Afghanistan, si aspetta un lavoro di routine. Non immagina che quell’esperienza in prima linea lo cambierà per sempre. Una volta rientrato in patria dopo essere stato testimone della devastazione messa in atto dai talebani, Stephen sente infatti di non poter riprendere il suo tranquillo lavoro dietro una scrivania. Decide quindi di seguire l’addestramento militare per arruolarsi nell’esercito britannico e tornare in Afghanistan. Da soldato questa volta. Si ritrova così assegnato a una delle più remote basi inglesi del Paese, dove resterà per oltre sei mesi prendendo parte ad alcuni momenti chiave della campagna. In queste pagine, Stephen Stewart racconta in modo vivido, onesto e spesso scioccante la sua personale odissea, la realtà della guerra e l’impatto devastante che un lungo conflitto può avere sui soldati e sulle loro famiglie. Operazione Commando è una storia di sopravvivenza: quella di un uomo che ha rischiato la vita per offrire al lettore una prospettiva inedita e autentica sulla vera natura della guerra globale al terrorismo. La sua guerra era raccontare la verità «Operazione Commando è una testimonianza di prima mano sulla guerra in Afghanistan. Un libro intimo e coraggioso, che ti conquista dalla prima riga e non ti lascia più. Un’opera straordinaria.» Harry Leslie Smith, eroe della seconda guerra mondiale «Una prospettiva inedita e reale sull’Afghanistan. Un libro che coinvolge e si legge d’un fiato.» Stephen Paul StewartGiornalista e scrittore scozzese, per anni ha collaborato con il quotidiano «The Herald» e con la BBC. È anche uno storico e ha contribuito a pagine di varie enciclopedie storiche e al BBC History Magazine.
Author: Andy McNab
He is one of the most highly decorated soldiers alive. He is also the first to break the code of silence about the most elite fighting force in the world. What Andy McNab has to say is so explosive that the British government tried to stop him. A street fighter, a hard case, and a flawless soldier, Andy McNab became one of the elite fighting men in "the Regiment"--Britain's covert SAS. His actions behind the lines in the Gulf War made him a hero. But the full story of his life and his amazing career in Special Forces has remained a secret...until now. In harrowing detail, McNab takes us inside the Regiment, chronicling nine years of covert operations on five continents. Plunging us into a world of surveillance, counterintelligence, and hostage rescue, he takes us behind the scenes on some of their top secret missions. For the first time, he reveals the shocking details of their training--physically severe, mentally grueling, and sometimes deadly. And he dares to expose some of their highly confidential codes and rules--including the one that sanctions murder. This is the story of the fighting men of the SAS. Here is how they live. And here is how they die...
First published in 1970, the year after his death, Liddell Hart's History of the Second World War is a highly acclaimed account by one of the greatest military writers of the twentieth century. Providing searing insights and drawing on an unparalleled knowledge of tactics and strategy, it is the culmination of a lifetime's analysis and study. Condensing six bloody years into one volume, Liddell Hart examines the moral and strategic choices made by those in power and the way these decisions affected ordinary soldiers on the ground. With meticulous attention to detail and epic scope, his work is a true classic and indispensable for those seeking to understand this most devastating of conflicts.
The Time Travel Handbook
Author: James Wyllie, Johnny Acton, David Goldblatt
Publisher: Profile Books
Not many of us can claim to have dipped our handkerchiefs in Charles I's blood after his execution, or to have watched Vesuvius erupt, but that's about to change... Wyllie, Acton & Goldblatt's Time Travel Handbook offers eighteen exceptional trips to the past, transporting you back to the greatest spectacles in history. We offer the chance to join Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold, and to march on Versailles with the revolutionary women of Paris. You can sail with Captain Cook to Tahiti and Australia, and spend time at Xanadu with Marco Polo and Kubla Khan. Or, closer to the present, you might accompany Charlie Parker at the birth of bebop or The Beatles in Hamburg, and take part in the VE Day celebrations in London or the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The notable authors and time travel agents, Wyllie, Acton & Goldblatt are your guide to these and other unmissable events, charting the action as it will unfold, and advising on local customs, and what to wear, eat and drink, for the most authentic of experiences. Forget museums, forget history books - the only way to do history is to live it.
The white flag
Author: Marcello Venturi
Author: Masha Gessen
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
In 2006, an eccentric Russian mathematician named Grigori Perelman solved one of the world's greatest intellectual puzzles. The Poincare conjecture is an extremely complex topological problem that had eluded the best minds for over a century. In 2000, the Clay Institute in Boston named it one of seven great unsolved mathematical problems, and promised a million dollars to anyone who could find a solution. Perelman was awarded the prize this year - and declined the money. Journalist Masha Gessen was determined to find out why. Drawing on interviews with Perelman's teachers, classmates, coaches, teammates, and colleagues in Russia and the US - and informed by her own background as a math whiz raised in Russia - she set out to uncover the nature of Perelman's astonishing abilities. In telling his story, Masha Gessen has constructed a gripping and tragic tale that sheds rare light on the unique burden of genius.
Journalist Stephen Paul Stewart was given a taste of the war in Afghanistan when he was embedded alongside British troops as they battled the Taliban. But his journalistic mission to the front line would change his life forever. He gave up his career reporting for one of the UK's biggest newspapers to join the British Army before deploying to Afghanistan as a combat infantryman. We follow Stewart's personal odyssey from civilian to soldier, gaining a truly unique perspective on one of the world's bloodiest conflicts.
Author: Diego Armando Maradona, Daniel Arcucci, Ernesto Cherquis Bialo
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Features the life of Diego Maradona, from his poverty-stricken childhood to his emergence as the greatest soccer player of his generation.
An NYRB Classics Original Simone Weil—philosopher, activist, mystic—is one of the most uncompromising of modern spiritual masters. In “On the Abolition of All Political Parties” she challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order, making an argument that has particular resonance today, when the apathy and anger of the people and the self-serving partisanship of the political class present a threat to democracies all over the world. Dissecting the dynamic of power and propaganda caused by party spirit, the increasing disregard for truth in favor of opinion, and the consequent corruption of education, journalism, and art, Weil forcefully makes the case that a true politics can only begin where party spirit ends. This volume also includes an admiring portrait of Weil by the great poet Czeslaw Milosz and an essay about Weil’s friendship with Albert Camus by the translator Simon Leys.
Letter to a Priest
Author: Simone Weil
Hailed by Albert Camus as ‘the only great spirit of our times’, Simone Weil was one of great essayists and activists of the twentieth century. Her writings on the nature of religious faith and spirituality have inspired many subsequent thinkers. Wrestling with the moral dilemmas entailed by commitment to the Catholic Church, Letter to a Priest is a brilliant meditation on the perennial battle between faith and doubt and resonates today as much as when it was first written. This edition also includes one of her most inspiring and celebrated essays, ‘Human Personality’, where Weil offers a moving and unorthodox account of the preciousness of human beings. With a new foreword by Raimond Gaita.
Author: Andrew Holden
This is the first major study of the enigmatic religious society. By examining the Jehovah's Witnesses' dramatic recent expansion, Andrew Holden reveals the dependency of their quasi-totalitarian movement on the physical and cultural resources have brought about the privatization of religion, the erosion of community, and the separation of 'fact' from faith.