Outlaw Platoon

Author: Sean Parnell,John Bruning

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062066412

Category: History

Page: 416

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A riveting story of American fighting men, Outlaw Platoon is Lieutenant Sean Parnell’s stunning personal account of the legendary U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division’s heroic stand in the mountains of Afghanistan. Acclaimed for its vivid, poignant, and honest recreation of sixteen brutal months of nearly continuous battle in the deadly Hindu Kesh, Outlaw Platoon is a Band of Brothers or We Were Soldiers Once and Young for the early 21st century—an action-packed, highly emotional true story of enormous sacrifice and bravery. A magnificent account of heroes, renegades, infidels, and brothers, it stands with Sebastian Junger’s War as one of the most important books to yet emerge from the heat, smoke, and fire of America’s War in Afghanistan.

My Country to Defend

Author: A. E. Dimond

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595782809

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 394

View: 7368


I'm living my life one day at a time. Sitting here picturing home with a small tear in my eyes. Spending time with my brothers who will hold my life in their hands -PFC Diego Rincon, February 22, 2003, Kuwait His final letter home to his mother made international news. His death in the line of duty inspired U.S. law. In the passionate defense of his adopted homeland, Private First Class Diego Rincon lost his life to the first-known suicide attack on U.S. soldiers in Operation Iraqi Freedom. A.E. Dimond delivers the gripping account of an American hero in a tip of the spear fight to Baghdad with the Outlaw Platoon-a conviction that compels his proud immigrant family to assume not only the blessings but the extreme burdens of freedom. More than a timeless war story, this true account of devotion to the American dream pays tribute to liberty's brave defenders, and those they leave behind in the continued War on Terror. "It's my country to defend, Papi " They were wrenching words in the wake of the September 11 attacks, and momentous in the wake of the war. "Vayase." Go then, Jorge said quietly. America was Diego's soul mate "Join the Army," Diego's father gave his blessing again, and his mother turned her head. There was a haunting, piercing pain in her breast, taking her breath away.

Veteran Narratives and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War

Author: John A. Wood

Publisher: Ohio University Press

ISBN: 0821445626

Category: History

Page: 200

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In the decades since the Vietnam War, veteran memoirs have influenced Americans’ understanding of the conflict. Yet few historians or literary scholars have scrutinized how the genre has shaped the nation’s collective memory of the war and its aftermath. Instead, veterans’ accounts are mined for colorful quotes and then dropped from public discourse; are accepted as factual sources with little attention to how memory, no matter how authentic, can diverge from events; or are not contextualized in terms of the race, gender, or class of the narrators. Veteran Narratives and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War is a landmark study of the cultural heritage of the war in Vietnam as presented through the experience of its American participants. Crossing disciplinary borders in ways rarely attempted by historians, John A. Wood unearths truths embedded in the memoirists’ treatments of combat, the Vietnamese people, race relations in the United States military, male-female relationships in the war zone, and veterans’ postwar troubles. He also examines the publishing industry’s influence on collective memory, discussing, for example, the tendency of publishers and reviewers to privilege memoirs critical of the war. Veteran Narratives is a significant and original addition to the literature on Vietnam veterans and the conflict as a whole.

It's Complicated

Author: Salena Zito

Publisher: Creators Publishing

ISBN: 1949673359

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Journalist and author Salena Zito is celebrated for uncovering, as Rush Limbaugh explains, “an amazing national political realignment that was—and still is—completely invisible to the Wizards of Smart who inhabit our distant capital.” She finds America not through the media and Washington establishment but those she meets driving on the back roads from Pittsburgh to Cleveland. They are the misunderstood and forgotten men and women who elected President Donald Trump, and those unexpected voters who continue to shape our political landscape. In this collection of Zito’s syndicated columns from 2019, she provides a unique look at the cultural and political moments of today. Read about small-business struggles and hometown heroes, our cultural divide and communities coming together, to see where we could be headed in 2020.

The Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict

Author: Matthew Evans,Lesley Jeffries,Jim O'Driscoll

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 042960355X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 592

View: 2291


The Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict presents a range of linguistic approaches as a means for examining the nature of communication related to conflict. Divided into four sections, the Handbook critically examines text, interaction, languages and applications of linguistics in situations of conflict. Spanning 30 chapters by a variety of international scholars, this Handbook: includes real-life case studies of conflict and covers conflicts from a wide range of geographical locations at every scale of involvement (from the personal to the international), of every timespan (from the fleeting to the decades-long) and of varying levels of intensity (from the barely articulated to the overtly hostile) sets out the textual and interactional ways in which conflict is engendered and in which people and groups of people can be set against each other considers what linguistic research has brought, and can bring, to the universal aim of minimising the negative effects of outbreaks of conflict wherever and whenever they occur. The Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict is an essential reference book for students and researchers of language and communication, linguistics, peace studies, international relations and conflict studies.

White Collar Warrior

Author: Bill Hart,Bill Blankschaen

Publisher: Post Hill Press

ISBN: 1682615294

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 285

View: 7169


To be the best, you must learn from the best. Drawing on exclusive interviews with former members of the U.S. Special Forces and leading sales professionals from a variety of industries, executive coach Bill Hart shows you how to develop the mindset, habits, and disciplines to elevate your sales performance to become the elite of your industry. With Hart’s proven tips and practical tools, you’ll learn: · How to train for any situation you’ll encounter in the field · How to overcome fear and channel it into productivity · How to leverage failures for personal growth · How to find your “why” and keep it alive · How to build your team’s shared vision, purpose, and goals Get inspired by these real stories from the very best in action, and discover why “The Way of the Warrior” will put your success within reach.

Sun Tzu and the Rise of China

Author: Southern Jameson West

Publisher: Partridge Publishing Singapore

ISBN: 1543746926

Category: History

Page: 298

View: 1455


Herein the writer discusses the present rise of China from looking at a specific critical statement made by Sun Tzu in his ancient treatise “The Art of War.” The writer builds on this one particular quote in such a way as to obtain a “synthesis” for why Mainland China needs so desperately to bring back Taiwan “back into the fold.” Mainland China has for decades claimed that Taiwan is a “renegade province” and nothing more. Mainland China hopes and works desperately on a round-the-clock daily basis in order to try to convince the rest of the world that this in fact is the case. Because of the mainland’s unceasing rhetoric, often the rest of the world isn’t aware of the true state of affairs (as on the contrary all Chinese in the world are) that in fact Taiwan, because of its democratic and open society, it therefore is an absolute threat to the state security of mainland China. In fact, many of Taiwan’s open policies date back to the Japanese control of Taiwan from the years of 1895 until the end of WWII. This fact is something that mainland China refuses to officially accept and will without hesitation vehemently deny. However everyone who knows even some history and has travelled to Taiwan and spent time there can easily figure out. The writer has seen it for himself. Systemics and reductionism are discussed as part of the analytical framework of this synthesis using Sun Tzu’s theory as per several noted writers on the theories of International Relations. Mention will be made of how this present mainland policy has in fact seriously eroded the once very sound infrastructure that was once the fundamental social fabric and framework for Hong Kong, leaving many Hong Kong people in serious doubt for their future. Ultimately, all of this gets put on the “front door” of the U.S.A., whose position in the world, is by this very policy further under an even greater threat. Can China “out-flank” the USA in places such as the Pacific and continents such as Africa? The outcome remains to be seen. But this book will try to consider many of the possible scenarios. Notwithstanding, what also gets mentioned is the concept of Entropy in trying to analyze international political activity. Certain concepts such as the “entropy of mixing” are use to speculate that historical events cannot easily be “stopped” once political momentum and policies are put into place. The power of the “coalition” in game theory.

Different Drummers

Author: Tad Tuleja

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

ISBN: 1607329522

Category: Social Science

Page: 214

View: 9742


Different Drummers explores the disjunction between organizational solidarity and individual pushback in military organizations, examining how members of the armed forces express ambivalent attitudes about their service. The volume focuses not on antimilitary sentiment but on psychological complexity within a loyal opposition, considering examples of creative insubordination and analyzing the “oppositional positioning” of individuals whose military identity is conflicted. This multidisciplinary collection brings in the perspectives of scholars from folklore, literary studies, psychology, and media studies, as well as the first-person perspectives of veterans. It includes chapters on the vernacular genres of bodylore, folksong, personal narrative, and legend; literary items like soldiers’ memoirs and poetry; the artwork of soldier cartoonists; and accounts of defying the chain of command in the field. Ideally, the goal of military basic training is to replace recruits’ focus on their own individuality with an unquestioned devotion to group solidarity. In reality, unit cohesion is constantly challenged by humans clinging obstinately to their non-collective personalities. Different Drummers focuses on those in uniform who feel themselves to be both of the military culture and at odds with it. It shows how these loyal “discontents” find ways of communicating and interacting with others that sometimes defy institutional expectations. Contributors: Ron Ben-Tovim, Carol Burke, Richard Allen Burns, Catherine Calloway, James I. Deutsch, Ronald Fry, Angus Kress Gillespie, Christina M. Knopf, Jay Mechling, Matthew David Perry, Mark C. Russell, John Paul Wallis