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    First Light Original Edition Geoffrey Wellum
    9780241987841 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:June 23, 2020
    $21.99 CAD 5.05 x 7.75 x 0.95 in | 0.62 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:48 Penguin UK
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      In 1918, the RAF was established as the world’s first independent air force. To mark the 100th anniversary of its creation, Penguin are publishing the Centenary Collection, a series of six classic books highlighting the skill, heroism esprit de corps that have characterised the Royal Air Force throughout its first century.

      Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, eighteen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF…

      Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s.

      Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum many never return.

      The Centenary Collection:
      1. The Last Enemy by Richard Hillary
      2. Tumult in the Clouds by James Goodson
      3. Going Solo by Roald Dahl
      4. First Light by Geoffrey Wellum
      5. Tornado Down by John Peters & John Nichol
      6. Immediate Response by Mark Hammond
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      Geoffrey Wellum was born in Walthamstow, and educated at Forest School, Snaresbrook. Aged seventeen, he joined the RAF on a short-service commission in August 1939 and served with 92 Squadron throughout the Battle of Britain. In March 1942 he went to 65 Squadron at Debden as a Flight Commander and from there to Malta later that year. He led a group of eight Spitfires off HMS Furious to Luqa during Operation Pedestal.

      Returning to England, Wellum became a test pilot on Typhoons at Gloster Aircraft. He later became a gunnery instructor until the end of the war. He stayed in the RAF after 1945, serving in Germany as a staff officer, followed by a four-year tour of duty with 192 Squadron. Wellum left the RAF in 1961 to take up a position with a firm of commodity brokers in the City of London until his retirement to Cornwall. He died in July 2018, aged ninety-six.
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      Vivid, wholly convincing, compelling. One of the best memoirs for years about the experience of flying in war—Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph

      It took him 35 years to turn his notebooks into a narrative, and the result is a highly personal account of what it is like to face mortal combat, day and night, and what it does to a man who is barely more than a boy—Ben Macintyre

      An intimate account…rich in detail—Wall Street Journal, ’Five Best World War II Memoirs’

      An extraordinarily deeply moving and astonishingly evocative story. Reading it, you feel you are in the Spitfire with him, at 20,000ft, chased by a German Heinkel, with your ammunition gone—Independent

      A brilliantly fresh, achingly written memoir. Thrilling and frightening on virtually every page…Wellum takes you into battle with him. A book for all ages and generations, a treasure—Daily Express

      Amazingly fresh and immediate…absolutely honest, it is an extraordinarily gripping and powerful story—Evening Standard

      There have been countless books about the Battle of Britain. But the combination of immediacy - Geoffrey Wellum had jotted down notes in an exercise book at the time - and distance - another 35 years would pass before he expanded his notes into a narrative - gives this account extraordinary depth and resonance…First Light will rank among the finest of Second World War memoirs—Independent

      One of the most gripping personal accounts of aerial warfare ever written—Guardian

      Wellum’s story is astonishing…moving yet startlingly clear-eyed—Telegraph

      No other account of flying in the Battle of Britain has been articulated as well as Geoffrey’s in First LightDaily Express

      An extraordinarily deeply moving and astonishingly evocative story. Reading it, you feel you are in the Spitfire with him, at 20,000ft, chased by a German Heinkel, with your ammunition gone—Independent

      A brilliantly fresh, achingly written memoir. Thrilling and frightening on virtually page…Wellum takes you into battle with him. A book for all ages and generations, a treasure—Daily Express

      Vivid, wholly convincing, compelling. One of the best memoirs for years about the experience of flying in war—Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph

      Amazing fresh and immediate…absolutely honest, it is an extraordinarily gripping and powerful story—Evening Standard
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    Hiroshima John Hersey
    9780593082362 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:June 23, 2020
    $16.00 CAD 5.15 x 8 x 0.6 in | 0.48 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:24 Vintage
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      In trade paperback for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winner John Hersey’s seminal work of narrative nonfiction, which has sold more than 3 million copies and defined the way we think about Hiroshima.

      Hiroshima is the story of six people—a clerk, a widowed seamstress, a physician, a Methodist minister, a young surgeon, and a German Catholic priest—who lived through the greatest single manmade disaster in history. In vivid prose, Pulitzer Prize-winner John Hersey traces the stories of these half-dozen individuals from 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a city, through the hours and days that followed. Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told. His account of what he discovered about them—the variety of ways in which they responded to the past and went on with their lives—is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima.

      Publication History: Knopf hardcover, 1945; Vintage mass market, 1985
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      JOHN HERSEY was born in Tientsin, China, in 1914 and lived there until 1925, when his family returned to the United States. He studied at Yale and Cambridge, served for a time as Sinclair Lewis’s secretary, and then worked several years as a journalist. Beginning in 1947 he devoted his time mainly to writing fiction. He won the Pulitzer Prize, taught for two decades at Yale, and was president of the Authors League of America and Chancellor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. John Hersey died in 1993.
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      “Nothing can be said about this book that can equal what the book has to say. It speaks for itself, and in an unforgettable way, for humanity.” —The New York Times

      “One of the great classics of the war.” —The New Republic

      “Everyone able to read should read it.” —Saturday Review of Literature
       
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    Sandakan Paul Ham
    9781784164348 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:June 23, 2020
    $21.99 CAD 5.1 x 7.7 x 2 in | 1.06 lb | 650 pages Carton Quantity:24 Black Swan
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      The brilliantly told but harrowing story of the Borneo Death Marches of 1944-5.
           After the fall of Singapore in 1942, the conquering Japanese Army transferred some 2500 British and Australian prisoners to a jungle camp at Sandakan, on the east coast of North Borneo. There they were beaten, broken, worked to death, thrown into bamboo cages on the slightest pretext and subjected to tortures so ingenious and hideous that the victims were driven to the brink of madness.

           But it was only to be the beginning of the nightmare. In late 1944 when Allied aircraft began bombing the coastal towns of Sandakan and Jesselton, the Japanese resolved to abandon the prison camp and move the prisoners 250 miles inland to Ranau. The journey there became known as the Sandakan Death marches. Of the thousand plus prisoners who set out on the epic marches, only six survived. This is both their story and the story of the fallen.
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      PAUL HAM is the author of the highly acclaimed Kokoda, Vietnam: The Australian War and Hiroshima Nagasaki. He is the Australia Correspondent of the Sunday Times. He was born in Sydney and educated in Australia and Britain. He now lives in Sydney, having spent several years working in Britain as a journalist and publisher. The author lives in Sydney, Australia.
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    The Bomber War Book 7 of the Ladybird Expert History of the Second World War James Holland
    9780718186531 Hardcover HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:January 19, 2021
    $19.99 CAD 4.7 x 7 x 0.4 in | 0.28 lb | 56 pages Carton Quantity:108 Michael Joseph
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      Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, The Bomber War is an accessible, insightful and authoritative introduction to the airborne Allied fight against Nazi Germany.

      - How did aeroplane technology change the theatre of war?
      - How did the Blitz affect Britain’s ability to fight?
      - How did the Allies finally triumph?

      DISCOVER how the complex impact of bomber technology shaped the outcome of World War II. From the Blitz to the Battle of the Ruhr, the Bomber War transformed the state of warfare in the twentieth century.

      GERMANY’S DEADLY TACTICS, THE ALLIES’ BRUTAL VICTORY

      Written by historian, author and broadcaster James Holland and with immersive illustrations by Keith Burns, THE BOMBER WAR is an accessible and enthralling introduction to these critical battles and their impact on the outcome of World War II.
      Bio
      James Holland is an award-winning historian, writer, and broadcaster. The author of a number of best-selling histories including Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, and most recently, The War in the West, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner novels. He has presented - and written - a large number of television programmes and series, and is also Co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival. He can be found on Twitter as @James1940.

      Keith Burns was born in Ireland but grew up on the Isle of Man. As well being an acclaimed comic book artist, collaborating with Garth Ennis on Jonny Red, he is an award winning member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum for their Extraordinary Heroes exhibition and work has been shown in the Royal Air Force Club.
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      Praise for WW2 Ladybird Experts Series-

      Shines a light on some of the darkest and most dramatic moments of the six-year conflict.—Daily Mail

      The artwork is gloriously retro, echoing the original Ladybird house style but containing completely up to date information.—Shiny New Books
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    The Autobiography Sir Alastair Cook
    9780241401446 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs On Sale Date:July 14, 2020
    $21.99 CAD 5 x 7.7 x 0.94 in | 0.65 lb | 384 pages Carton Quantity:40 Penguin UK
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      Get to know England legend Alastair Cook in his fascinating and remarkably honest autobiography

      THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & TELEGRAPH BOOKS OF THE YEAR

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      ’He is England’s greatest ever batsman…a hugely enjoyable book’
      Daily Mail, SPORTS BOOKS OF THE YEAR
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      Watch. The. Ball.

      It’s just you. Standing at the crease. Waiting. The bowler is running. His arm swinging. The ball - 155 grams of cork, string and leather - is hurled at you. At 90 mph it travels 22 yards in under half a second. You can barely see it and you’ve got to be swinging your bat before it’s halfway towards you. Because you are in its path…


      Alastair Cook, one of England’s most decorated players and highest test run scorer, knows what it is like to be your best under pressure. Yet at 33 he called time on his England career.

      Come with him as he relives the fraught hours on the pitch, the desperate lows and astonishing highs, the paralysing anxiety that can send the best back home and the extraordinary battle of wills with yourself, the opposing players and even those supposedly on your own side.

      This is cricket as you’ve never seen it. The view from the inside…

      LONGLISTED FOR THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR AUTOBIOGRAPHY AWARD

      ’Fascinating, timely. Delves into the psychological challenges of the game’
      Guardian

      ’Bracingly honest’
      Times
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      Alastair Nathan Cook was born in Gloucester, December 1984. He is an English cricketer. He plays for Essex County Cricket Club and previously for England. Cook is the fifth highest Test scorer of all time.

      He is regarded as England’s most successful batsman ever and now he is an icon and role model in sport.

      Outside of cricket, Alastair has written columns in the Telegraph and Metro, he is a talented saxophone player and donates his time to raising money for cancer charities and the David Randall Foundation. He is now married with three children.
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      Bracingly honest about the brutal nature of professional cricketThe Times

      He is England’s greatest ever batsman…but behind that choirboy exterior, Cook is as tough as tugboats, a man who has spent his life doing one of the hardest, scariest jobs in sports - opening the batting in Test cricket. This hugely enjoyable book gives you an idea of quite how challenging it is, and makes you see that finding a replacement for “The Chef” at the top of England’s batting order won’t be any picnic—Sports Books of the Year Daily Mail

      Hugely enjoyableSport Books of the Year, Daily Mail

      A fascinating and layered book which delves into the psychological challenges of the game…a timely read at the end of an exhilarating yet flawed summer for English cricketGuardian

      The best books to buy sports fans this ChristmasDaily Telegraph

      It makes for fascinating reading, as the former England captain recounts what it took to succeed at the top of his game - and reveals what made him decide to hang up his whites at the relatively early age of 33Radio Times

      Reveals Cook as a teak-tough, mentally powerful competitor…Brutally honest insight into professional sport at the highest levelPress Association

      Cricket legend Alastair Cook’s remarkably candid autobiography reveals the pressures of playing the sport at the highest level for more than a decadeChoice

      He details the complexity of the process, from technique to mental agonies, to draining team politics…there are also lots of endearing behind-the-scenes detailsStrong Words
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    Last Witnesses An Oral History of the Children of World War II Svetlana Alexievich, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
    9780399588761 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:June 16, 2020
    $24.00 CAD 5.17 x 7.98 x 0.67 in | 0.5 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:24 Random House Trade Paperbacks
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      From the Nobel Prize-winning author comes an oral history of children’s experiences in WWII across Europe and Russia, in the celebrated tradition of her masterpiece, The Unwomanly Face of War.

      Bringing together dozens of voices in her distinctive style, Last Witnesses is Svetlana Alexievich’s collection of the memories of those who were children during World War II. These men and women were both witnesses and sometimes soldiers as well, and their generation grew up with the trauma of the war deeply embedded in them—a trauma that would forever change the course of the Russian nation. This is a new version of the war we’re so familiar with. Alexievich gives voice to those whose stories are lost in the official narratives, uncovering a powerful, hidden history from the personal and private experiences of individuals. Collectively, these voices provide a kaleidoscopic portrait of the human consequences of the war.

      Story Locale: Europe and Russia, WWII

      Publication History: Modern Library HC (7/19)
      Bio
      Svetlana Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. She has received numerous additional awards for her writing, including the National Book Critics Circle Award and a prize from the Swedish PEN Institute for “courage and dignity as a writer.” She was born in Ukraine and studied journalism at the University of Minsk.

      Author Residence: Minsk, Belarus

      Author Hometown: Ukraine
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      Praise for Svetlana Alexievich, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”

      “[Svetlana] Alexievich presents less a straightforward oral history of World War II than a literary excavation of memory itself.”The New York Times Book Review

      “Alexievich has forged her own distinctive identity: as a witness to witnesses who usually go unheard…. In a ‘post-truth’ era when journalism is under pressure—susceptible to propaganda, sensationalism, and ‘alternative facts’—the power of documentary literature stands out more clearly than ever…. Listen to Alexievich.”The Atlantic

      “[Alexievich’s] books are woven from hundreds of interviews, in a hybrid form of reportage and oral history that has the quality of a documentary film on paper. But Alexievich is anything but a simple recorder and transcriber of found voices; she has a writerly voice of her own which emerges from the chorus she assembles, with great style and authority, and she shapes her investigations of Soviet and post-Soviet life and death into epic dramatic chronicles as universally essential as Greek tragedies…. A mighty documentarian and a mighty artist.”The New Yorker

      “Alexievich has gained probably the world’s deepest, most eloquent understanding of the post-Soviet condition…. [She] has consistently chronicled that which has been intentionally forgotten.”—Masha Gessen

      “Alexievich stations herself at a crossroads of history and turns on her tape recorder. The result is oral history that at times can feel more authentic than narrated history. Alexievich makes it feel intimate, as if you are sitting in the kitchen with the characters, sharing in their happiness and agony.”The Washington Post

      “Alexievich’s witnesses are those who haven’t had a say. She shows us from these conversations, many of them coming at the confessional kitchen table of Russian apartments, that it’s powerful simply to be allowed to tell one’s own story. This is the kind of history, otherwise almost unacknowledged by today’s dictatorships, that matters.”The Christian Science Monitor
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    Oceans Ventured Winning the Cold War at Sea John Lehman
    9780393367881 Paperback HISTORY / Military On Sale Date:June 16, 2020
    $23.95 CAD 5.46 x 8.25 x 0.84 in | 0.64 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:24 WW Norton
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      “Engrossing and illuminating.” —Arthur Herman, Wall Street Journal

      When Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, the United States and NATO were losing the Cold War. The USSR had superiority in conventional weapons and manpower in Europe, and it had embarked on a massive program to gain naval preeminence. But Reagan already had a plan to end the Cold War without armed conflict. In this landmark narrative, former navy secretary John Lehman reveals the untold story of the naval operations that played a major role in winning the Cold War.

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      John Lehman, a former U.S. Navy aviator, served as United States secretary of the navy from 1981 to 1987. From 2003 to 2004, he was a member of the 9/11 Commission. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
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      Everything an important book should be.—Robert Kaplan, author of The Revenge of Geography and The Return of Marco Polo’s World

      John Lehman has given us another naval classic in Oceans Ventured…. A must read. —Senator John McCain

      Lehman makes a valuable contribution to the yet-to-be-written definitive account of this era.—David F. Winkler, Naval Historical Foundation

      At times reading like a military thriller,… Oceans Ventured offers an interesting and illuminating look back at Cold War naval history. —Paul Davis, Washington Times

      Essential to understanding the Navy’s role and performance during the Cold War and its contribution to the downfall of the Soviet Union.—Richard R. Burgess, Seapower magazine
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    Exercise of Power American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World Robert M. Gates
    9781524731885 Hardcover POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process On Sale Date:June 16, 2020
    $39.95 CAD 6.39 x 9.43 x 1.63 in | 1.74 lb | 464 pages Carton Quantity:12 Canadian Rights: Y Knopf
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      From the former secretary of defense and author of the acclaimed #1 bestselling memoir, Duty, a candid, sweeping examination of power, and how it has been exercised, for good and bad, by American presidents in the post-Cold War world.
       
      Since the end of the Cold War, the global perception of the United States has progressively morphed from dominant international leader to disorganized entity. Robert Gates argues that this transformation is the result of the failure of political leaders to understand the complexity of American power, its expansiveness and its limitations. He makes clear that the successful exercise of power is not limited to the ability to coerce or demand submission, but must also encompass diplomacy, strategic communications, development assistance, intelligence, technology, and ideology. With forthright judgments of the performance of past presidents and their senior-most advisers, insightful ­firsthand knowledge, and compelling insider stories, Gates’s candid, sweeping examination of power in all its manifestations argues that U.S. national security in the future will require abiding by the lessons of the past, reimagining our approach, and revitalizing nonmilitary instruments of power essential to success and security.
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      ROBERT M. GATES is the author of Duty, and A Passion for Leadership. He served as secretary of defense under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He was an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the CIA before being appointed director of the agency. A member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations, he served eight presidents of both political parties. He was president of Texas A&M University from 2002 to 2006, is currently chancellor of the College of William & Mary, was national president of the Boy Scouts of America from 2014 to 2016, and has served on several corporate boards of directors. In 2018 he became chairman of Eisenhower Fellowships. He lives in Washington state.

      Author Residence: Washington state

      Author Hometown: Washington state
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      “[Gates’s] tone is judicious and nonpartisan, and he grades all the administrations fairly according to his standards of professional competence…The familiar stories gain new life and interest when told by somebody who’s been in the room where it happens. Gates says what he thinks and refuses to pull his punches and, as a result, the book offers in one volume the most accurate record available of recent American security policy, the most incisive critique of that policy and the most sensible guide to what should come next.”—Gideon Rose, The New York Times Book Review 

      “Few Americans have the depth and breadth of hands-on national security experience that Gates has…He skillfully blends the knowledge and discipline of a scholar with the hard-earned experience of a practitioner to produce a well-organized and superbly written book to lead America forward into a very different and challenging new world, and it is here that Gates’s admonitions are most compelling.”—Richard Moe, The Washington Post  

      “While the book certainly offers the former defense chief’s insights from being ’in the room,’ I was most impressed by his thoughtfulness and clarity when it comes to the imperative for strengthening America’s civilian toolkit. It’s an impressive message for a former defense secretary of both Republican and Democratic administrations to make the first chapter of his book a clarion call on the failure to invest in our nation’s civilian national security tools.”—Liz Schrayer, President & CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

      “Accessible…This important work dives deep into the past three decades of American foreign policy to provide a realistic picture of how key policy decisions were crafted. Highly recommended for those wanting an examination of America’s role within the global community.”—Jacob Sherman, Library Journal, starred review

      “An incisive treatise…[Gates is] both a sharp critic of Washington D.C.’s policy-making bureaucracies and a shrewd analyst of the dilemmas they wrestle with. The result is a judicious yet bracingly contrarian take on military and foreign policy from the ultimate insider.”—Publishers Weekly

      “Recent political leaders, Gates holds, have failed to understand and project American power properly…It’s refreshing to see a secretary of defense call for the use of the military as a choice of last resort.”—Kirkus 

      “Powerful…timely…Everything [Gates has] consistently advocated – moderation of ambition; realistic expectations; recognition of the limitation of our military power; a desire for sensible long-term engagement – is on display in this volume as a cautionary tale…We are far from becoming a defeated or a declining power – but without the prescription that Secretary Gates lays out in Exerciser of Power, we might become one.”—Admiral James Stavridis, author of Sailing True North

      “In a time of global instability, perhaps our nation’s most distinguished public servant, Robert M. Gates, has given us a compelling, thought-provoking, and much-needed assessment of how we got here—and what must be done to restore and extend the best of American power.”—Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America

      "The mastery with which Robert Gates wrestles with the fundamental question of the purposes to which America’s global power should be used reveals an astonishing combination of strengths — a narrative gift that captivates the reader from start to finish, an insightful mind, and a profound wisdom that comes from his own experience and wide-ranging historical knowledge.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership

      Exercise of Power is a timely, essential guide for all those committed to sustaining America’s experiment in democracy. It should also be required reading for anyone engaged in crafting, influencing and (especially) executing American foreign policy. It is truly a page-turner.”—General Jim Mattis, coauthor, Call Sign Chaos
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    Why We Serve Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces NMAI, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Jefferson Keel, Kevin Gover
    9781588346971 Hardcover HISTORY / Native American On Sale Date:September 15, 2020
    $39.95 CAD 7.4 x 10.3 x 1.02 in | 2.41 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:14 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      Rare stories from more than 250 years of Native Americans’ service in the military

      Why We Serve commemorates the 2020 opening of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the first landmark in Washington, DC, to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of Native veterans. American Indians’ history of military service dates to colonial times, and today, they serve at one of the highest rates of any ethnic group. Why We Serve explores the range of reasons why, from love of their home to an expression of their warrior traditions. The book brings fascinating history to life with historical photographs, sketches, paintings, and maps. Incredible contributions from important voices in the field offer a complex examination of the history of Native American service. Why We Serve celebrates the unsung legacy of Native military service and what it means to their community and country.
      Bio
      ALEXANDRA HARRIS and MARK HIRSCH are senior editor and historian, respectively, at the National Museum of the American Indian. Other contributors include Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne), Representative Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna), Representative Markwayne Mullin (Cherokee Nation), Kevin Gover (Pawnee), Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw), and Herman Viola.
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      KIRKUS REVIEWS
      Starred Review. “In a beautifully produced and illustrated volume commemorating the National Native American Veterans Memorial, Harris, senior editor and writer at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and Hirsch, a historian at the museum, offer probing, informative essays examining Native Americans’ participation in the armed forces. Drawing on interviews and historical documents, the authors show how motivations to serve were complex and varied […] Although the authors write that the book is “a chronicle of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things under often unforgiving circumstances,” many profiled seem far from ordinary.”

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      This lavishly illustrated volume from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian celebrates the dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. Harris and Hirsch address the federal government’s war against Native American tribes, which, later, did not prevent Native Americans from serving in the military. Though this is not a comprehensive history of Native American military service, it does cover a great deal of the stories, characters, and motivations behind it. As the main authors and other contributors, including Native Americans, delve into the complex relations between tribal nations and the U.S. in both chapters and many illuminating sidebars, they arrive at the inescapable conclusion that when called to service, Native Americans answered in numbers disproportionate to the population, and served with great bravery and honor. This many-faceted chronicle also contrasts the stereotype of a warrior culture held by white Americans with the facts about martial traditions, ceremonies, and the undeniable effectiveness of indigenous service members. This is a unique, handsomely produced, deeply enlightening, and invaluable volume ideal for public library collections.

      THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN MILITARY PAST 
      “The book does an excellent job of highlighting Native American service in the armed forces, and it is attractively laid out, with scores of illustrations.”
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    Why We Serve, Deluxe Edition Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces NMAI, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Jefferson Keel, Kevin Gover
    9781588346995 Hardcover HISTORY / Native American On Sale Date:September 15, 2020
    $66.00 CAD 7.39 x 10.28 x 0.97 in | 2.44 lb | 240 pages Carton Quantity:14 Canadian Rights: Y Smithsonian Books
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      Rare stories from more than 250 years of Native Americans’ service in the military

      Why We Serve, Deluxe Edition, limited to 500 copies, is a stunning keepsake or gift. The lavish cloth cover with a beautiful 4-color image tipped on is encased in a translucent jacket. Illustrations celebrating Native American service in the armed forces pop on 100# matte art stock. Why We Serve commemorates the 2020 opening of the National Native American Veterans Memorial at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the first landmark in Washington, DC, to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of Native veterans. American Indians’ history of military service dates to colonial times, and today, they serve at one of the highest rates of any ethnic group. Why We Serve explores the range of reasons why, from love of their home to an expression of their warrior traditions. The book brings fascinating history to life with historical photographs, sketches, paintings, and maps. Incredible contributions from important voices in the field offer a complex examination of the history of Native American service. Why We Serve celebrates the unsung legacy of Native military service and what it means to their community and country.
      Bio
      ALEXANDRA HARRIS and MARK HIRSCH are senior editor and historian, respectively, at the National Museum of the American Indian. Other contributors include Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne), Representative Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna), Representative Markwayne Mullin (Cherokee Nation), Kevin Gover (Pawnee), Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw), and Herman Viola.
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