Author: James Webb
“In my opinion, the finest of the Vietnam novels.”—Tom Wolfe Now featuring a new introduction by the author They each had their reasons for being a soldier. They each had their illusions. Goodrich came from Harvard. Snake got the tattoo—Death Before Dishonor—before he got the uniform. And Hodges was haunted by the ghosts of family heroes. They were three young men from different worlds plunged into a white-hot, murderous realm of jungle warfare as it was fought by one Marine platoon in the An Hoa Basin, 1969. They had no way of knowing what awaited them. Nothing could have prepared them for the madness to come. And in the heat and horror of battle they took on new identities, took on each other, and were each reborn in fields of fire. . . . Fields of Fire is James Webb’s classic, searing novel of the Vietnam War, a novel of poetic power, razor-sharp observation, and agonizing human truths seen through the prism of nonstop combat. Weaving together a cast of vivid characters, Fields of Fire captures the journey of unformed men through a man-made hell—until each man finds his fate. Praise for Fields of Fire “In swift, flexible prose that does everything he asks of it—including a whiff of hilarious farce just to show he can do it—Webb gives us an extraordinary range of acutely observed people, not one a stereotype, and as many different ways of looking at that miserable war . . . Fields of Fire is a stunner.”—Newsweek “James Webb has rehabilitated the idea of the American hero—not John Wayne, to be sure, but every man, caught up in circumstances beyond his control, surviving the blood, dreck, and absurdity with dignity and even a certain elan. Fields of Fire is an antiwar book, yes, but not naively, dumbly anti-soldier or anti-American . . . Webb pulls off the scabs and looks directly, unflinchingly on the open wounds of the Sixties.”—Philadelphia Inquirer “Webb’s book has the unmistakable sound of truth acquired the hard way. His men hate the war; it is a lethal fact cut adrift from personal sense. Yet they understand that its profound insanity, its blood and oblivion, have in some way made them fall in love with battle and with each other.”—Time “Few writers since Stephen Crane have portrayed men at war with such a ring of steely truth.”—The Houston Post “A novel of such fullness and impact, one is tempted to compare it to Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead.”—The Oregonian
Author: James Webb
Written by an ex-Marine who served in the conflict, this celebrated novel of the Vietnam War follows a platoon of battle-weary soldiers through the jungles of Southeast Asia in 1969. Reprint.
The Canadians in Normandy: Second Edition
Author: Terry Copp
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
With Fields of Fire, Terry Copp challenges the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was a “failure” – that the allies won only through the use of brute force, and that the Canadian soldiers and commanding officers were essentially incompetent. His detailed and impeccably researched analysis of what actually happened on the battlefield portrays a flexible, innovative army that made a major, and successful, contribution to the defeat of the German forces in just seventy-six days. Challenging both existing interpretations of the campaign and current approaches to military history, Copp examines the Battle of Normandy, tracking the soldiers over the battlefield terrain and providing an account of each operation carried out by the Canadian army. In so doing, he illustrates the valour, skill, and commitment of the Allied citizen-soldier in the face of a well-entrenched and well-equipped enemy army. This new edition of Copp's best-selling, award-winning history includes a new introduction that examines the strategic background of the Battle of Normandy.
Flying the Sturmovik in Action on the Eastern Front 1942-45
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
Category: Biography & Autobiography
During the 1930s the Soviet Union launched a major effort to create a modern Air Force. That process required training tens of thousands of pilots. Among those pilots were larger numbers of young women, training shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts. A common training program of the day involved studying in 'flying clubs' during leisure hours, first using gliders and then training planes. Following this, the best graduates could enter military schools to become professional combat pilots or flight navigators. The author of this book passed through all of those stages and had become an experienced training pilot when the USSR entered the war. Volunteering for frontline duty, the author flew 130 combat missions piloting the U2 biplane in a liaison squadron. In the initial period of the war, the German Luftwaffe dominated the sky. Daily combat sorties demanded bravery and skill from the pilots of the liaison squadron operating obsolete, unarmed planes. Over the course of a year the author was shot down by German fighters three times but kept flying nevertheless. In late 1942 Anna Egorova became the first female pilot to fly the famous Sturmovik (ground attack) plane that played a major role in the ground battles of the Eastern Front. Earning the respect of her fellow male pilots, the author became not just a mature combat pilot, but a commanding officer. Over the course of two years the author advanced from ordinary pilot to the executive officer of the Squadron, and then was appointed Regimental navigator, in the process flying approximately 270 combat missions over the southern sector of the Eastern Front initially (Taman, the Crimea) before switching to the 1st Belorussian Front, and seeing action over White Russia and Poland. Flying on a mission over Poland in 1944 the author was shot down over a target by German flak. Severely burned, she was taken prisoner. After surviving in a German POW camp for 5 months, she was liberated by Soviet troops. After experiencing numerous humiliations as an 'ex-POW' in 1965 the author finally received a top military award, a long-delayed 'Golden Star' with the honorary title of 'Hero of the Soviet Union'. This is a quite unique story of courage, determination and bravery in the face of tremendous personal adversity. The many obstacles Anna had to cross before she could fly first the Po-2, then the Sturmovik, are recounted in detail, including her tough work helping to build the Moscow Metro before the outbreak of war. Above all, Over Fields of Fire is a very human story - sometimes sad, sometimes angry, filled with hope, at other times with near-despair, abundant in comradeship and professionalism - and never less than a large dose of determination! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Anna Alexandrovna Timofeeva-Egorova was born on 23 September 1916. After attending school she had hoped to learn to fly but this wish was delayed due to one of her brother's becoming a victim of the Communist security system, which deemed him an 'enemy of the people'. After a number of setbacks Anna learned to fly, and during the first part of the Great Patriotic War flew Po-2 biplanes for the 130th Aviation Signals Squadron, being shot down three times. She then switched to flying the fearsome Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack aircraft with the 805th Ground Attack Regiment (805 ShAP), 197th Ground Attack Division. Anna flew approximately 270 combat missions before being shot down in the summer of 1944, being severely injured and taken prisoner by the Germans. Thanks to her determination, and the skill, dedication, care and kindness of numerous individuals, she made a remarkable recovery and was liberated when the Soviets overran her POW camp near Küstrin in 1945. However, her troubles were not over, as the Soviet authorities initially believed her to be a traitor and collaborator and subjected her to 11 days of continuous interrogations. She was released, although her injuries were such that was medically discharged from the Air Force in 1945. She continued to fight to clear her name after the war - she was eventually reinstated into the Communist Party and in 1965 finally received the award of 'Hero of the Soviet Union'. She died in October 2009. REVIEWS "...a very insightful slice of Russian thinking....this woman's treatment still manages to shine through brightly with her courage and honesty." Windscreen Winter 2011
Author: Marko Kloos
The time has come to take the fight to the Lankies. Mars has been under Lanky control for more than a year. Since then, the depleted forces of Earth's alliances have rebuilt their fleets, staffing old warships with freshly trained troops. Torn between the need to beat the Lankies to the punch and taking enough time to put together an effective fighting force, command has decided to strike now. Once again, seasoned veterans Andrew and Halley find themselves in charge of green troops and at the sharp tip of the spear as the combined military might of Earth goes up against the Lankies. But if there's one constant in war, it's that no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy...and the Lankies want to hold on to Mars as badly as humanity wants to reclaim it.
A Life of Sir William Hamilton
Author: David Constantine
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The life of Sir William Hamilton is rich in contradictions: hedonist, scholar and an aesthete with a Rabelaisian streak, he represented the epitome of honourable public service until, as the eighteenth century drew to its climax, his personal life and career were flung into freefall when he became involved in the most scandalous menage a trois of the century. After several years as a soldier, courtier and MP, he turned to the diplomatic world and, in 1764, was sent to Naples as Envoy Extraordinary to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. There Hamilton could indulge the two passions: volcanoes and vases. His observations of Vesuvius earned him a Fellowship of the Royal Society. His collection of vases was eventually acquired by the British Museum. Yet, for most people, William Hamilton is not remembered as a diplomat, art-collector and scholar but as the cuckolded husband of Emma Hamilton, mistress of the heroic Lord Nelson. Using the substantial correspondence between them and, for the first time, Hamilton's unpublished notebooks, David Constantine throws new light on the relationship between Sir William and the relentlessly self-improving Emma.
Fields of Fire
Author: R. M. Barela
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Dreams of Glory, Fields of Fire The war in Vietnam changed the history of the United States in ways that affect us still today. Its influence remains greater for those who served there. Out of that conflict have come many films, books, and histories. From a journal that sat on a Marine's bookshelf for years, comes a book that offers a powerful, intimate and rare look at the transformation from a world of innocence, into the reality of struggles, hardship, tears, and the sorrows of war. R.M. "Cook" Barela's Dreams of Glory: Fields of Fire offers a riveting account of one Marine's tour of duty that provides a clearer understanding of what our fighting men endured during the Vietnam War. The detailed historical research combines with personal experience to provide a narrative written in gripping prose. Anecdotes of all sorts break up the combat narratives. Some provide humor, others inspiration, and some provoke tears. Barela writes of combat in graphic detail that sometimes borders on the mystic. At times the writing approaches the spiritual level in a discussion of good and evil. This is not a typical war story, but a story of war, of fear, honor, courage, commitment, and American values at War. Barela's writing pulls you in and places you uncomfortably close to the action. The book may be easy to read, but it is not an easy read. The reader will find themselves moved by the experience of reading it, and in the end feel good about our country and eternally grateful for those who serve in our military.
A Shadowrun Sourcebook
Author: Tom Dowd,FASA Corporation
The Inside Story of Hurling's Great Renaissance
Author: Damian Lawlor
Publisher: Random House
Category: Sports & Recreation
These are exceptional times for the game of hurling. The skill, speed and summer long edge of the seat drama of recent All Ireland championships has led many to conclude that something very special is happening in the ancient game. The Kilkenny team of the last decade has undoubtedly been the greatest in the history of hurling. Their extraordinary record speaks for itself. But has a chink finally begun to appear in Kilkenny’s armour? Or is it that the challengers have begun to catch up, at last recognising the immense effort required to compete at the highest level? Fields Of Fire tells the story of Kilkenny’s phenomenal success and explores how the Cats became an almost indomitable force. But it also looks at the profound challenge which their supremacy presented to other counties, revealing how the struggle for competitiveness has positively transformed the game. Old rivals have adapted and learned. But new powers too have emerged – from Clare and from Limerick, from Dublin and from Waterford - young bloods who do not fear the Kings of the Game. Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of current and former legends, among them Eddie Brennan, Cha Fitzpatrick, Brendan Cummins, John Mullane, Davy Fitzgerald, Damien Hayes, Liam Dunne, DJ Carey and Ger Cunningham, award-winning journalist Damian Lawlor offers a unique and compelling insight into hurling’s spectacular renaissance.
An Atlas of Ethnic Conflict
Category: Ethnic conflict
"Fields of fire - an atlas of ethnic conflict provides a concise, authoritative commentary on each of the nearly one hundred ethnic conflicts around the world, with a summary of key dates, events and demographic data, together with specially drawn maps providing a geographical context."--Amamzon.co.uk.
The Greatest Football Matches Ever
Author: John Ludden
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company
Category: Sports & Recreation
Fields of Fire kicks off in a warton Ukraine in 1942, telling the tale of a Dynamo Kiev side forced into a series of matches against their Nazi occupiers for propaganda purposed. They are ordered to lose but repeatedly hammer the Germans and finally forced to pay a tragic forfeit - their lives. This terrible but factual tale is the first of many landmark games in John Ludden's comprehensive and fascinating collections of milestone matches in football history. Fields of Fire takes the reader, chapterby chapter, decade by decade, on a journey through some of the game's most dramatical and controversial encounters. The tales are laced with wonderful characters - some good, some bad, some downright scandalous: the cherry-red shirts of Hungary romping through the '50s; a tubby little genius called Puskas; Di Stefano and his wizards and magicians form Madrid; Busby and his tragic, but brilliant babes; the diddy-men of North Korea in '66: the; villainous Argentinean Rattin at Wembley. Moving in '74; Argentinean skulduggery in '78 and, who could forget, Scotland's self destruction, despite wee Archie'smemoable goal. In the '80 we revisit the France-Germany World Cup Semi-final and the infamous arrival of Diego Armando Maradona.
Author: Steven Pressfield
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steven Pressfield's The Profession. The national bestseller! At Thermopylae, a rocky mountain pass in northern Greece, the feared and admired Spartan soldiers stood three hundred strong. Theirs was a suicide mission, to hold the pass against the invading millions of the mighty Persian army. Day after bloody day they withstood the terrible onslaught, buying time for the Greeks to rally their forces. Born into a cult of spiritual courage, physical endurance, and unmatched battle skill, the Spartans would be remembered for the greatest military stand in history--one that would not end until the rocks were awash with blood, leaving only one gravely injured Spartan squire to tell the tale....
Letters of the Civil War
Author: Rod Gragg
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Facsimile reproductions of twenty Civil War letters that can be removed to open and read are accompanied by brief essays that place each letter in its historical context, biographical profiles (when available) of each letter writer, period photographs, and more, in an interactive history of the American Civil War.
The Story of the 438Th Troop Carrier Group During World War Ii
Author: Austin J. Buchanan,W. L. George Collins
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
This story is taken from notes Austin Buck Buchanan wrote in notebooks he carried in his pocket all during World War II. Buck is no longer with us. W. L. George Collins edited and compiled Bucks notes into a manuscript that became this book. Here you will ride with Buck as he flies his plane through a field of fire so intense that one shell blows a hole in the plane big enough for a man to go through and uncountable bullet holes perforated the plane. All aircraft controls are shot out except elevator and ailerons. You will ride with him as he manages to complete his mission and bring his barely flying plane back to England. And you will ride with him through hundreds more such harrowing trips, in his C-47 with no armor plate and no guns, into other fields of fire and often impossible weather. W. L. George Collins was a pilot in the same Troop Carrier Group as Buck. His writings have been published in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, among other writing awards.
Author: Carol Ogg
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Category: Social Science
To read this book is to flip through scenes that rivet us with the intimate intensity of snapshots, both comic and tragic. From the hills of Wyoming to the back streets of Saigon, we see the narrator encounter experiences that test her mettle. Enlisting in the Army early, she learns codes of loyalty, secrecy, and courage. We see her confront suffering and warfare in Vietnam, even as she discovers her feelings for another woman soldier. Carol Ogg has written a story too seldom known: what it is to be a woman in war, a fellow soldier, tough, tender, and loving. She tells this story with the grace and humor of a western girl, who gives no quarter in the service of her country.
Author: Jay Michael Jones
The prologue to Flight of the Armada, Fields of Fire tells of the last days of the planet Thuringa and its survivors' struggle. Armed with their awesome military might and cloaked in tradition and willpower, the Thuringi set out for a distant world. King Lycasis Phillipi and his frail queen Oriel guide their people along with their children: Crown Prince Stuart, burdened with an unhappy marriage; Stuart's twin Warrior Prince Darien, a non-conformist who gleefully antagonizes the Elders; and their recently widowed younger sister Princess Carrol. Among the people are Stuart's frosty Aquatic wife Aura; her brother the irrepressible Brent Ardenne; the very proper royal guard Glendon Garin; and brilliant mechanic Gareth Duncan, who befriends the grief-stricken royal princess. The Thuringi people face the future with unflagging optimism and determination. Their ships are hastily built, their enemy could show up at any moment and their history and traditions are in danger of being forgotten, but they will not be counted out just yet!
Author: Carol Caldwell
Publisher: Belgrave House
In 1770 Captain Taylor Traynor is assigned by the Revenue Service to find and destroy the numerous illegal distilleries along the Irish coastline. Jalene Somerville, bookkeeper for her family’s legal distillery, crosses paths with Taylor when he becomes suspicious of the Somerville operation. And then Jalene’s brother is murdered. Jalene struggles to learn the truth—while a dangerous attraction grows between Taylor and her. Historical Romance by Carol Caldwell; originally published by Pinnacle
Author: William Thornton
Publisher: WestBow Press
Alex Alterman is a mystery worshipper hired by churches to experience their worship services as a member of the congregation and evaluate what works and what doesnt. Grass growing in the parking lot? Unkempt bathrooms? Bad sound systems? These may turn away people as much as the singing and the sermon. To whom much is given, much is required. But when Alex and his dedicated band of nitpicking zealots are hired to evaluate a Florida church and its prominent pastor, they are presented with a set of mysteries: Who hired them? And who hired their main competition? And why are they being shadowed by a couple of atheists running a dirt-dealing blog? Oil spills, dwarf spies, choir room surveillance, church league basketball cheats and parking lot security all combine in a splendid caper that stretches from Wall Street to the beachfront. As Altermans group finds itself in the eye of the storm, the work takes on a new dimension as they untangle the reasons they believe in their work, and why they believe at all.
A Cultural History of Wildland and Rural Fire
Author: Stephen J. Pyne
Publisher: University of Washington Press
From prehistory to the present-day conservation movement, Pyne explores the efforts of successive American cultures to master wildfire and to use it to shape the landscape.