♥ Book Title : Harry Flashman and the Invasion of Iraq
☯ Full Synopsis : "Through the winter of 2002/3, as Britain and the United States prepare for war with Iraq, one man above all others is doing his utmost to avoid conflict. Step forward Captain Harry Flashman, a staff officer with the Queen's Royal Hussars and distant descendant of legendary Victorian scoundrel General Sir Harry Flashman, VC. The passing generations have done nothing to fortify his moral fibre. Flashman's journey begins with a posting to Plymouth, home of the Royal Marines, in time to join the impending Gulf deployment. Despite his protestations he is shipped to Kuwait to begin a relatively secure job with Brigade Headquarters. But his plans for a cosy war spent safely behind a desk are rudely interrupted by an enforced move to a front-line unit. After bust-ups with the Americans and a foiled attempt to avoid the invasion altogether, Flashman finds himself in the one place he has tried so hard to avoid: the very vanguard of the assault. Landing by helicopter with the Royal Marines, he is soon footslogging through the mud and fighting for his life as the men of 42 Commando seize their objectives on the Al Faw Peninsula. Based on the experiences of the author, Harry Flashman and the Invasion of Iraq is a historically accurate account of events in the Gulf during spring 2003 – embellished only slightly for the enjoyment of the reader."Article| H C Tayler| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Flashman and the War Between the States
☯ Full Synopsis : "What was Flashman's role in the War between the American States? Much more than the Victorian 'hero' wanted, you may be sure. Shanghaied to California in late 1860, Flashy's genius for finding trouble (and ability to weasel right out again) asserts itself from the word go. Flashy finds himself caught up in the secret world of the Committee of Thirty and the Knights of the Golden Circle, evacuating Fort Fillmore with the Federals, then marching back in with the Confederates, joining in an audacious train raid (against his better judgment), fleeing across half a continent, and generally being pushed from Yankee pillar to Rebel post, before renewing his acquaintance with Abe Lincoln. And all Flashy has to protect him is his natural cowardice under fire, willingness to leave others in the lurch, and the luck of the wicked. Will it be enough?"Article| Barry Tighe| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : War Reporting for Cowards
☯ Full Synopsis : "Chris Ayres is a small-town boy, a hypochondriac, and a neat freak with an anxiety disorder. Not exactly the picture of a war correspondent. But when his boss asks him if he would like to go to Iraq, he doesn't have the guts to say no. After signing a 1 million dollar life-insurance policy, studying a tutorial on repairing severed limbs, and spending 20 thousand dollars in camping gear (only to find out that his bright yellow tent makes him a sitting duck), Ayres is embedded with a battalion of gung ho Marines who either shun him or threaten him when he files an unfavorable story. As time goes on, though, he begins to understand them (and his inexplicably enthusiastic fellow war reporters) more and more: Each night of terrifying combat brings, in the morning, something more visceral than he has ever experienced — the thrill of having won a fight for survival. In the tradition of MASH, Catch-22, and other classics in which irreverence springs from life in extremis, War Reporting for Cowards tells the story of Iraq in a way that is extraordinarily honest, heartfelt, and bitterly hilarious."Article| Chris Ayres| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flashman
☯ Full Synopsis : "Harry Flashman: the unrepentant bully of Tom Brown's schooldays, now with a Victoria Cross, has three main talents - horsemanship, facility with foreign languages and fornication. A reluctant military hero, Flashman plays a key part in most of the defining military campaigns of the 19th century, despite trying his utmost to escape them all."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flashman at the Charge
☯ Full Synopsis : "“Hilariously funny.”—The New York Times Book Review “Great dirty fun!”—Grand Rapids Press “The most entertaining anti-hero in a long time… Moves from one ribald and deliciously corrupt episode to the next… Wonderful and scandalous.”—Publishers Weekly The fourth volume of memoirs in which Harry Flashman confronts destiny with Lord Cardigan and the Light Brigade. Part of the Flashman series, comprising Flashman, Royal Flash, and Flash for Freedom, among others, which explores the successful though scandalous later career of the bully in Tom Brown's School Days. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Flashman on the March (The Flashman Papers, Book 11)
☯ Full Synopsis : "Coward, scoundrel, lover and cheat, but there is no better man to go into the jungle with. Join Flashman in his adventures as he survives fearful ordeals and outlandish perils across the four corners of the world."Article| George MacDonald Fraser| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : People Must Know the Truth
☯ Full Synopsis : "This exciting book opens the portals of thought connecting UFOs, 'back-engineering', the Bible and historical art. Sceptics and the converted will enjoy this comprehensive book. Declassified papers reveal that fifty years ago Sir Winston Churchill may have given orders that some incidents should lie hidden for fifty years. Those papers reveal that in America in 1953 President Dwight D Eisenhower had shown an interest in extraterrestrial incidents. The author has witnessed many mysterious incidents near Rugby Radio Station, Daventry Radio Station and along the A5, Watling Street. Car lights have turned off and the engine has stopped and restarted without assistance. Dark triangular craft have hovered overhead and saucers have shot away at incredible speeds."Article| Jean Herbert Bradley| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Remember Me?
☯ Full Synopsis : "The fact is that it is all far too easy to forget that someone we see as an elderly, dependent and sometimes demanding case once had a full and vibrant rewarding life, prior to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Both of these conditions are cruel, affect everyone and are nowadays, all too common an occurrence. This collection of short stories is based around the theme of the seven heavenly virtues. Most of us are familiar with Faith, Hope and Charity. The others are Prudence, Temperance (or Restraint, in today's modern language), Justice and Courage. The aim of this book is to illustrate that people and situations are not always as we see them. In other words, there is something of all of us in this book, or at least someone we know. After reading these stories, the reader should have a reflective reaction, as well as an extra dimension of appreciation when seeing or meeting an elderly person with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease."Article| Andrew Noble| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : John Smith? - No Problem!!!!!
☯ Full Synopsis : "Ernest William Smith, Sergeant, Royal Field Artillery, was said to have come from Croydon, married in Tiverton, Devon, and was gassed during the Great War. That was all that was knew of him, Just that - no dates, no service number. Nothing more. Yet the authors of this book, his grandson and great-granddaughter, managed to find out who he was and traced his family back through the county, back through the centuries to 1497. This is the story of that search."Article| Linda Welsford, J. Welsford, A. Welsford| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Of Course Tennis
☯ Full Synopsis : "P J Parsons takes a humorous look at the typical tennis club, inspired by his own experiences of club tennis at home and abroad over the past seventy-odd years. His observations on the characters that constitute a club’s membership and committee resonate with all those who are or who have been members of their local tennis club, from the Joke Teller to the fount of All Knowledge and the Gadget Master. The perils and pitfalls of committee membership are explained, and there are some useful hints and anecdotes for those wishing to improve their performance with the help of a little gamesmanship."Article| P. J. Parsons| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Moods of Future Joys
☯ Full Synopsis : "This enthralling account details Alastair Humphrey's epic journey across Africa, through Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. His experience is at times brutal, and though he faces loneliness, despair, and harsh conditions, he also survives through trust in the kindness of strangers. Moods of Future Joys is the story of the first remarkable stage of the expedition. Just two weeks into the ride the September 11th attacks, and the war that followed, changed everything. All Humphreys' plans went out the window and, instead of riding towards Australia, he suddenly found himself pedalling through the Middle East and Africa and on towards Cape Town. But his journey did not end there. In fact, this was only the beginning..."Article| Alastair Humphreys| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Long Book of Short Stories
☯ Full Synopsis : "Here, the author relates a few of his own humorous experiences in the hope that they will raise a laugh and brighten someone's day."Article| Robert York| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Directorate S
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the wake of the terrible shock of 9/11, the C.I.A. scrambled to work out how to destroy Bin Laden and his associates. The C.I.A. had long familiarity with Afghanistan and had worked closely with the Taliban to defeat the Soviet Union there. A tangle of assumptions, old contacts, favours and animosities were now reactivated. Superficially the invasion was quick and efficient, but Bin Laden's successful escape, together with that of much of the Taliban leadership, and a catastrophic failure to define the limits of NATO's mission in a tough, impoverished country the size of Texas, created a quagmire which lasted many years. At the heart of the problem lay 'Directorate S', a highly secretive arm of the Pakistan state which had its own views on the Taliban and Afghanistan's place in a wider competition for influence between Pakistan, India and China, and which assumed that the U.S.A. and its allies would soon be leaving. Steve Coll's remarkable new book tells a powerful, bitter story of just how badly foreign policy decisions can go wrong and of many lives lost."Article| Steve Coll| Statement ..."