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Homer Lea

By Lawrence M. Kaplan
  • ISBN Code: : 0813140013
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Pages : 312
  • Category : History
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As a five-feet-three-inch hunchback who weighed about 100 pounds, Homer Lea (1876--1912), was an unlikely candidate for life on the battlefield, yet he became a world-renowned military hero. Homer Lea: American Soldier of Fortune paints a revealing portrait of a diminutive yet determined man who never earned his valor on the field of battle, but left an indelible mark on his times. Lawrence M. Kaplan draws from extensive research to illuminate the life of a "man of mystery," while also yielding a clearer understanding of the early twentieth-century Chinese underground reform and revolutionary movements. Lea's career began in the inner circles of a powerful Chinese movement in San Francisco that led him to a generalship during the Boxer Rebellion. Fixated with commanding his own Chinese army, Lea's inflated aspirations were almost always dashed by reality. Although he never achieved the leadership role for which he strived, he became a trusted advisor to revolutionary leader Dr. Sun Yat-sen during the 1911 revolution that overthrew the Manchu Dynasty. As an author, Lea garnered fame for two books on geopolitics: The Valor of Ignorance, which examined weaknesses in the American defenses and included dire warnings of an impending Japanese-American war, and The Day of the Saxon, which predicted the decline of the British Empire. More than a character study, Homer Lea provides insight into the establishment and execution of underground reform and revolutionary movements within U.S. immigrant communities and in southern China, as well as early twentieth-century geopolitical thought.

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  • Category : History
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  • Pdf File: preparing-for-war.pdf

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The U.S. Army has always regarded preparing for war as its peacetime role, but how it fulfilled that duty has changed dramatically between the War of 1812 and World War I. J. P. Clark shows how differing personal experiences of war and peace among successive generations of professional soldiers left their mark upon the Army and its ways.

Ranger

By Ralph Puckett,D.K.R. Crosswell
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 081316933X
  • Total of Pages : 306
  • Category : History
  • Members : 121
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On November 25, 1950, during one of the toughest battles of the Korean War, the US Eighth Army Ranger Company seized and held the strategically important Hill 205 overlooking the Chongchon River. Separated by more than a mile from the nearest friendly unit, fifty-one soldiers fought several hundred Chinese attackers. Their commander, Lieutenant Ralph Puckett, was wounded three times before he was evacuated. For his actions, he received the country's second-highest award for courage on the battlefield -- the Distinguished Service Cross -- and resumed active duty later that year as a living legend. In this inspiring autobiography, Colonel Ralph Puckett recounts his extraordinary experiences on and off the battlefield. After he returned from Korea, Puckett joined the newly established US Army Ranger Department, serving as an instructor and tactical officer, and commanding companies at Fort Benning and in the Ranger Mountain Camp in north Georgia. He went on to lead companies in Vietnam, train cadets at West Point, and organize the Escuela de Lancero leadership course in Colombia. Puckett's story is critical reading for soldiers, leaders, military historians, and others interested in the impact of conflict on individual soldiers as well as the military as a whole.

Generals of the Army

By James H. Willbanks
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813142148
  • Total of Pages : 264
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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Formally titled "General of the Army," the five-star general is the highest possible rank awarded in the U.S. Army in modern times and has been awarded to only five men in the nation's history: George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry H. Arnold, and Omar N. Bradley. In addition to their rank, these distinguished soldiers all shared the experience of serving or studying at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where they gained the knowledge that would prepare them for command during World War II and the Korean War. In Generals of the Army, James H. Willbanks assembles top military historians to examine the connection between the institution and the success of these exceptional men. Historically known as the "intellectual center of the Army," Fort Leavenworth is the oldest active Army post west of Washington, D.C., and one of the most important military installations in the United States. Though there are many biographies of the five-star generals, this innovative study offers a fresh perspective by illuminating the ways in which these legendary figures influenced and were influenced by Leavenworth. Coinciding with the U.S. Mint's release of a series of special commemorative coins honoring these soldiers and the fort where they were based, this concise volume offers an intriguing look at the lives of these remarkable men and the contributions they made to the defense of the nation.

The Great War, 1914–18

By R J Q Adams
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1349114545
  • Total of Pages : 195
  • Category : History
  • Members : 919
  • Pdf File: the-great-war-1914-18.pdf

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The Great War is a collection of seven original essays and three critical comments by senior scholars dealing with the greatest conflict in modern history to its time - the 1914-18 World War. The Great War is edited by the distinguished historian of the First World War, R.J.Q.Adams.

The Unfinished Revolution

By Tjio Kayloe
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  • Publisher : Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
  • Book Code : 9814779679
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  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 472
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The Unfinished Revolution is a superb new biography of Sun Yat-sen, whose life, like the confusion of his time, is not easy to interpret. His political career was marked mostly by setbacks, yet he became a cult figure in China after his death. Today he is the only 20th-century Chinese leader to be widely revered on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. In contrast, many Western historians see little in his ideas or deeds to warrant such high esteem. This book presents the most balanced account of Sun to date, one that situates him within the historical events and intellectual climate of his time. Born in the shadow of the Opium War, the young Sun saw China repeatedly humiliated in clashes with foreign powers, resulting in the loss of territory and sovereignty. When his efforts to petition the decrepit Manchu court to institute reforms failed, Sun took to revolution. Sun traversed the globe to canvass support for his cause. A notable feature of the book is its coverage of the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia and their contributions to his uprisings on the mainland, which set the stage for the overthrow of two millennia of imperial rule in 1911. But Sun’s vision of China was not to be. Within a few years the republic was hijacked and plunged into chaos. This fascinating and immensely readable work illuminates the man and his achievements, his strengths and his weaknesses, revealing how he came to spearhead the revolution that would transform his country and yet, at his death in 1925 and still today, remain agonizingly unfinished.

Perpetually Cool

By Anthony B. Chan
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  • Publisher : Scarecrow Press
  • Book Code : 1461670411
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 438
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This is the first biography about Anna May Wong, an extraordinary Asian American woman who became the country's most famous film actress of Chinese descent. This multi-faceted tale takes the reader on a compelling journey through Wong's early years in Los Angeles and her first Hollywood pictures—films that led to her international fame. It is also an examination into the scope of race, gender, and power and their impact on her personal growth as a Chinese American.

Sun Yat-Sen

By Marie-Claire Bergère
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  • Publisher : Fayard
  • Book Code : 2213642427
  • Total of Pages : 546
  • Category : History
  • Members : 771
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Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) a marqué de sa personnalité l'histoire de la Chine à l'époque où celle-ci s'engageait dans le long combat pour l'émancipation nationale et la modernisation. Cantonais, Sun Yat-sen appartient à la Chine côtière et cosmopolite. Il s'appuie sur les communautés émigrées outremer pour prendre la tête d'un parti républicain et nationaliste qui prépare la chute de l'empire. Après la révolution de 1911, il est l'éphémère président d'une république qui ne tarde pas à sombrer dans la dictature et le chaos. Replié à Canton, Sun Yat-sen se tourne alors vers la Russie soviétique dont il suit l'exemple pour réorganiser son parti, le Guomindang, et reformuler sa doctrine, le Triple Démisme. De nos jours, Taiwan et Pékin se disputent son héritage. Le culte qui entoure la mémoire de Sun Yat-sen ne saurait faire oublier les faiblesses du théoricien et les défaillances du dirigeant. Aux yeux des Occidentaux, le leader charismatique demeure un personnage énigmatique. La clé de l'énigme ne se trouverait-elle pas dans ce rôle de " passeur " culturel que Sun Yat-sen a assumé, avec toutes ses contraintes, et qu'il a su faire apparaître comme un destin historique? Ancienne élève de l'Ecole normale supérieure, agrégée et docteur d'Etat, Marie-Claire Bergère est professeur des universités à l'Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales et directeur d'études à l'Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales.

The Art of Command

By Harry S. Laver,Jeffrey J. Matthews
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  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Book Code : 0813174163
  • Total of Pages : 364
  • Category : History
  • Members : 876
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What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? The Art of Command demonstrates that great leaders become great through a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings. In the second edition of this classic resource, Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify eleven core characteristics of highly effective leaders, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and eleven significant figures in American military history who embody those qualities. Featuring new chapters on transitional leadership, innovative leadership, and authentic leadership, this insightful book offers valuable perspectives on the art of military command in American history.

The Great War and Americans in Europe, 1914-1917

By Kenneth D. Rose
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351805851
  • Total of Pages : 374
  • Category : History
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This book examines the experiences of Americans in Europe during the First World War prior to the U.S. declaration of war. Key groups include volunteer soldiers, doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers, reporters, diplomats, peace activists, charitable workers, and long-term American expatriate civilians. What these Americans wrote about the Great War, as published in contemporary books and periodicals, provides the core source material for this volume. Author Kenneth D. Rose argues that these writings served the critical function of preparing the American public for the declaration of war, one of the most important decisions of the twentieth century, and defined the threat and consequences of the European conflict for Americans and American interests at home and abroad.