A Secret History of Torture by Ian Cobain

By Ian Cobain

The reputable line is apparent: the uk doesn't “participate in, solicit, motivate or condone” torture. And but, the proof is irrefutable: while confronted with strength threats to their nationwide safety, the gloves constantly come off.

Drawing on formerly unseen reliable files and the debts of witnesses, sufferers and specialists, prize-winning investigative journalist Ian Cobain seems to be past the cover-ups, the equivocations, and the makes an attempt to push aside brutality because the paintings of some rogue interrogators, to get to the reality. From the second one international warfare to the struggle on Terror, through Kenya and northern eire, A mystery background of Torture exhibits how the West have time and again and systematically resorted to torture, turning a blind eye the place invaluable, bending the legislation the place they could, and issuing specific denials the entire whereas. What emerges is an image of england that demanding situations our complacency on human rights and exposes the lie in the back of their popularity for reasonable play.

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Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military by David Vine

By David Vine

The yankee army base at the island of Diego Garcia is likely one of the such a lot strategically vital and secretive U.S. army installations open air the USA. positioned close to the distant heart of the Indian Ocean and obtainable in basic terms through army delivery, the bottom was once a little-known release pad for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and should apartment a top-secret CIA legal the place terror suspects are interrogated and tortured. yet Diego Garcia harbors one other soiled mystery, one who has been saved from lots of the world--until now.

Island of disgrace is the 1st significant ebook to bare the stunning fact of the way the us conspired with Britain to forcibly expel Diego Garcia's indigenous people--the Chagossians--and deport them to slums in Mauritius and the Seychelles, the place so much stay in dire poverty to today. Drawing on interviews with Washington insiders, army strategists, and exiled islanders, in addition to thousands of declassified files, David Vine exposes the key background of Diego Garcia. He chronicles the Chagossians' dramatic, unfolding tale as they fight to outlive in exile and struggle to come back to their place of birth. Tracing U.S. international coverage from the chilly conflict to the battle on terror, Vine indicates how the U.S. has solid a brand new and pervasive form of empire that's quietly dominating the planet with 1000's of abroad army bases.

Island of disgrace is an unforgettable exposé of the human charges of empire and a must-read for somebody inquisitive about U.S. overseas coverage and its consequences.The writer will donate all royalties from the sale of this booklet to the Chagossians.


"[A] meticulously researched, coldly livid booklet that info accurately how London and Washington colluded in a scheme of inhabitants elimination extra redolent of the eighteenth or 19th century than the ultimate many years of the 20th. . . . [O]ne loves to imagine that if Barack Obama have been by some means to stumble throughout a replica of David Vine's advantageous booklet, he might immediately notice nice injustice has been done--one which can simply be positioned right."--Jonathan Freedland, long island evaluation of Books

"This indignant and angering ebook is easily researched, compelling, and precious to knowing and rising US 'empire.'"--Choice

"For Vine imperialism, army prerogative and racism have all mixed to disclaim a humans a house just because they have been within the method. His succinct sort and regulated outrage make for a damning indictment."--Phil Chamberlain, Tribune

"Island of disgrace is not only a gut-wrenching account of the way a tropical paradise of powder-white shorelines and palm fronds was once changed into a big release pad for America's army expansionist programme. a wide chew of the e-book is dedicated to how the Chagossians got here to construct their complicated yet chuffed society within the islands and the ensuing tragedy in their displacement. in particular, Vine is a best flight researcher. . . . We owe Vine an excellent debt for shining his mild in this island of horrors."--Latha Jishnu, enterprise Standard

"David Vine's tale of the Chagossians is an exemplary piece of either socially embedded reportage and investigative journalism, regardless of a bent to delight in the self-conscious idiom of educational ethnography and reflexive feedback folks 'imperialism.' At center, besides the fact that, he speaks fact to energy. strength, although, isn't listening."--Colin Murphy, Irish instances

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The Boer War: A History by Denis Judd, Keith Surridge

By Denis Judd, Keith Surridge

The Boer battle of 1899-1902 was once an epic of heroism and bungling, crafty and barbarism with a unprecedented solid of characters - together with Churchill, Rhodes, Conan Doyle, Smuts, Kipling, Gandhi, Kruger and Kitchener. The warfare printed the ineptitude of the British army and all of sudden uncovered the corrupt underside of imperialism - within the institution of the 1st focus camps, the capturing of Boer prisoners-of-war and the embezzlement of army provides by means of British officials. This acclaimed ebook offers a whole heritage of the Boer warfare - from the 1st symptoms of unrest to the eventual peace. within the strategy, it debunks numerous of the myths that have grown up round the clash and explores the lethal legacy it left for southern Africa.

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The Persian Wars to the Fall of Athens: Books 11-14.34 by Diodorus Siculus

By Diodorus Siculus

Just one surviving resource offers a continual narrative of Greek background from Xerxes' invasion to the Wars of the Successors following the demise of Alexander the Great--the Bibliotheke, or "Library," produced through Sicilian historian Diodorus Siculus (ca. 90-30 BCE). but generations of students have disdained Diodorus as a spectacularly unintelligent copyist who in basic terms reproduced, and sometimes mangled, the works of previous historians. Arguing for a radical serious reappraisal of Diodorus as a minor yet faraway from idiotic historian himself, Peter eco-friendly released Diodorus Siculus, Books 11-12.37.1, a clean translation, with wide observation, of the section of Diodorus's heritage facing the interval 480-431 BCE, the so-called "Golden Age" of Athens. this can be the single contemporary smooth English translation of the Bibliotheke in life. within the current volume--the first of 2 masking Diodorus's textual content as much as the loss of life of Alexander--Green expands his translation of Diodorus as much as Athens' defeat after the Peloponnesian warfare. not like the whole scholarly gear in his past quantity (the translation of that is included) the current volume's objective is to offer scholars, academics, and common readers an obtainable model of Diodorus's historical past. Its creation and notes are particularly designed for this viewers and supply an updated evaluation of fifth-century Greece in the course of the years that observed the unheard of flowering of drama, structure, philosophy, historiography, and the visible arts for which Greece nonetheless continues to be recognized.

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The Islamic Gunpowder Empires in World History (Essays in by Douglas E. Streusand

By Douglas E. Streusand

Islamic Gunpowder Empires provides readers with a heritage of Islamic civilization within the early glossy global via a comparative exam of Islam’s 3 maximum empires—the Ottomans (centered in what's now Turkey), the Safavids (in sleek Iran), and the Mughals (ruling the Indian subcontinent). writer Douglas Streusand explains the origins of the 3 empires; compares the ideological, institutional, army, and monetary participants to their good fortune; and analyzes the explanations in their upward thrust, enlargement, and supreme transformation and decline. Streusand depicts the 3 empires as part of an built-in foreign process extending from the Atlantic to the Straits of Malacca, emphasizing either the connections and the conflicts inside that approach. He offers the empires as advanced polities within which Islam is one political and cultural part between many. The remedy of the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires contains modern scholarship, dispels universal misconceptions, and gives an exceptional platform for extra examine.

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The First World War by Cyril Falls

By Cyril Falls


The years 1914 to 1918 observed Europe engaged in a clash concerning a better region and a better variety of males than heritage had ever prior to recorded. during this booklet, Captain Cyril Falls, recognized in British educational and governmental circles as a professional in army historical past, discusses the army part of worldwide warfare I within the gentle of its battles, strategies and guns; its difficulties of offer and delivery; its armies and their commanders.

The engagements within the many theaters of battle in Europe, Asia and Africa are defined in shiny element, yet specific awareness is concentrated at the Western entrance, the place the primary and decisive battles have been fought. even though it was once on land that the conclusive victories have been completed, where of sea energy and of the hot kind of battle waged within the air isn't ignored.

The function performed by means of civilian politics is roofed to boot, relatively in events the place it had direct relating the fighting--such as in Sarajevo in 1914 the place a spark touched off the valuable ecu powder keg and signaled the start of the battle; the political issues which brought on the USA in addition to Romania, Bulgaria, and Italy to go into the warfare past due; and the revolution which brought on Russia to depart it early. In telling how global conflict i used to be fought and why it constructed because it did, Captain Falls decisively refutes the proposal that global warfare i used to be an interlude of mindless and irresponsible slaughter in which army artwork stood nonetheless. He reminds us that it was once a battle awesome for the idealistic spirit during which it used to be fought.

Though the unparalleled, world-wide scale of conflict, and the impasse at the Western entrance, taxed the ability of army management sorely, the warfare produced its nice leaders: Haig, Allenby, Maude, Jellicoe, Beatty, Joffre, Foch, Petain, Pershing, Liggett, Sims, Falkenhayn, Hindenburg, Hipper, Conrad von Hotzendorf, and Mustapha Kemal. Their achievements in addition to the indomitable spirit of the lads they commanded are remembered the following.

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Who Is Derek Jeter? (Who Was...?) by Gail Herman, Andrew Thomson

By Gail Herman, Andrew Thomson

While Derek Jeter was once 8 years outdated, he introduced that he used to be going to play baseball for the hot York Yankees. Jeter earned the eye of significant league scouts in highschool and was once drafted to the hot York Yankees in 1992. Named Rookie of the yr, he helped the Yankees win the area sequence 5 occasions, and have become group captain in 2003. along with his attractiveness, easygoing character, and humorousness, Derek has constantly been a fan favourite. Retiring from baseball in 2014, Derek Jeter leaves in the back of a legacy.

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Creating the National Security State: A History of the Law by Douglas T. Stuart

By Douglas T. Stuart

For the final sixty years, American international and security policymaking has been ruled via a community of associations created via one piece of legislation--the 1947 nationwide protection Act. this is often the definitive research of the serious political and bureaucratic struggles that surrounded the passage and preliminary implementation of the legislations. concentrating on the serious years from 1937 to 1960, Douglas Stuart exhibits how disputes over the teachings of Pearl Harbor and global battle II expert the debates that culminated within the laws, and the way the hot nationwide safety firms have been thus reworked through battles over missions, budgets, and impact throughout the early chilly war.

Stuart offers an in-depth account of the struggle over Truman's plan for unification of the armed companies, demonstrating how this dispute coloured debates approximately institutional reform. He lines the increase of the workplace of the Secretary of protection, the transformation of the CIA, and the institutionalization of the nationwide defense Council. He additionally illustrates how the advance of this community of nationwide protection associations led to the revolutionary marginalization of the nation Department.

Stuart concludes with a few insights that would be of worth to someone drawn to the present debate over institutional reform.

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Doing History: Research and Writing in the Digital Age by Michael J. Galgano, J. Chris Arndt, Raymond M. Hyser

By Michael J. Galgano, J. Chris Arndt, Raymond M. Hyser

No matter if you're beginning down the trail as a background significant, or just trying to find an easy and systematic consultant to writing a profitable paper, you'll locate this article to be an essential instruction manual to old learn. This text's "soup to nuts" method of getting to know and writing approximately heritage addresses each step of the method, from finding your resources and accumulating info, to writing basically and making right use of assorted quotation types to prevent plagiarism. You'll additionally tips on how to utilize each device to be had to you-especially the expertise that is helping you behavior the method successfully and successfully.

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The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Justinian (Cambridge by Michael Maas

By Michael Maas

Ruled by way of the rules and character of emperor Justinian I (527-565), this era of grand achievements and far-reaching disasters witnessed the transformation of the Mediterranean international from Roman to Byzantine. Twenty experts discover crucial features of the ageincluding the mechanics and conception of empire, conflict, urbanism, and economic climate. in addition they speak about the impression of the good plague, the codification of Roman legislation, and the numerous non secular upheavals occurring on the time.

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