American journalist Michael Weiss and Syrian analyst Hassan Hassan explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who behead Western hostages in slickly produced videos and have conquered territory equal to the size of Great Britain. (Read more...)
Beginning with the early days of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the founder of ISIS's first incarnation as
al-Qaeda in Iraq, Weiss and Hassan explain who the key players are, from their elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to the former Saddam Baathists in their ranks; where they come from; how the movement has attracted both local and global support; and where their financing comes from.
For more than a decade, Jane Whitefield pursued her unusual profession:
I'm a guide... I show people how to go from places where somebody is trying to kill them to other places where nobody is.
Then she promised her husband she would never work again, and settled in to live a happy, quiet life as Jane McKinnon, the wife of a surgeon in Amherst, New York. But when a bomb goes off in the middle of a hospital fundraiser, Jane finds herself face to face with the cause of the explosion: a young pregnant girl who has been tracked across the country by a team of guns-for-hire. That night, regardless of what she wants or the vow she's made to her husband, Jane must come back to transform one more victim into a runner. Her quest for safety sets in motion a mission that may be as much of a rescue operation as it is a chance for revenge.
Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. (Read more...)
Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, Napoleon was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times. This biography is the first to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation.
At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.
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