The First Casualty

Author: Ben Elton

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448167515

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 1818


'A work of formidable imaginative scope' Daily Telegraph The first casualty when war comes is truth . . . Flanders, June 1917: a British officer and celebrated poet, is shot dead. , He is killed not by German fire, but while recuperating from shell shock well behind the lines. A young English soldier is arrested and, although he protests his innocence, charged with his murder. Douglas Kingsley is a conscientious objector, previously a detective with the London police, now imprisoned for his beliefs. He is released and sent to France in order to secure a conviction. Forced to conduct his investigations amidst the hell of The Third Battle of Ypres, Kingsley soon discovers that both the evidence and the witnesses he needs are quite literally disappearing into the mud that surrounds him. Ben Elton's tenth novel is a gut-wrenching historical drama which explores some fundamental questions: What is murder? What is justice in the face of unimaginable daily slaughter? And where is the honour in saving a man from the gallows if he is only to be returned to die in a suicidal battle?

The First Casualty

Author: Deborah Harrison,Lucie Laliberté

Publisher: James Lorimer & Company

ISBN: 9781550287417

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 2837


Military wives are among the women most vulnerable to abuse in our society: isolated from friends and family in a culture that ostracizes those who speak up, they face desperate financial circumstances and lack professional support in times of crisis. Deborah Harrison and her collaborators interview more than 100 survivors of abuse and their partners in this groundbreaking study of violence against women in military communities. Despite a policy of zero tolerance, abusive behavior continues, fostered by a culture centred on constant preparation for violent conflict and covered up by an ethos that demands members protect one another at all costs. The First Casualty is a riveting account of how military culture contributes to abuse, keeps it secret, and attempts to silence its victims.

The First Casualty of War

Author: William Howard Kazarian

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781449083205

Category: History

Page: 196

View: 4246


This novella is a compilation of stories based upon historical events that occurred prior to and following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Territorial Hawaii. The situations, issues, themes, and outcomes are partly derived from the experiences of the people who lived through those times and whose lives were either directly or indirectly affected by social, military, political, and economic fortunes. The main focus examines issues of discrimination, fate, determination, community versus the individual, charity versus greed, and the sheer will of ordinary people to transform a hostile environment into a fertile land of productivity, inclusion, and opportunity. It is hoped that this work might possibly provide a fresh window of insight into developing a more constructive future.

First Casualty

Author: Toby Harnden

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 031654096X

Category: History

Page: 380

View: 1280


An award-winning journalist reveals the dramatic true story of the CIA's Team Alpha, the first Americans to be dropped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan after 9/11. America is reeling; Al-Qaeda has struck and thousands are dead. The country scrambles to respond, but the Pentagon has no plan for Afghanistan—where Osama bin Laden masterminded the attack and is protected by the Taliban. Instead, the CIA steps forward to spearhead the war. Eight CIA officers are dropped into the mountains of northern Afghanistan on October 17, 2001. They are Team Alpha, an eclectic band of linguists, tribal experts, and elite warriors: the first Americans to operate inside Taliban territory. Their covert mission is to track down Al- Qaeda and stop the terrorists from infiltrating the United States again. First Casualty places you with Team Alpha as the CIA rides into battle on horseback alongside the warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum. In Washington, DC, few trust that the CIA men, the Green Berets, and the Americans’ outnumbered Afghan allies can prevail before winter sets in. On the ground, Team Alpha is undeterred. The Taliban is routed but hatches a plot with Al-Qaeda to hit back. Hundreds of suicidal fighters, many hiding weapons, fake a surrender and are transported to Qala-i Jangi—the “Fort of War.” Team Alpha’s Mike Spann, an ex-Marine, and David Tyson, a polyglot former Central Asian studies academic, seize America’s initial opportunity to extract intelligence from men trained by bin Laden—among them a young Muslim convert from California. The prisoners revolt and one CIA officer falls—the first casualty in America’s longest war, which will last two decades. The other CIA man shoots dead the Al-Qaeda jihadists attacking his comrade. To survive, he must fight his way out against overwhelming odds. Award-winning author Toby Harnden gained unprecedented access to all living Team Alpha members and every level of the CIA. Superbly researched, First Casualty draws on extensive interviews, secret documents, and deep reporting inside Afghanistan. As gripping as any adventure novel, yet intimate and profoundly moving, it tells how America found a winning strategy only to abandon it. Harnden reveals that the lessons of early victory and the haunting foretelling it contained—unreliable allies, ethnic rivalries, suicide attacks, and errant US bombs—were ignored, tragically fueling a twenty-year conflict. "Masterful, complex, and heartfelt, from the deeply personal to the critically strategic. Captures many lessons on many levels." —Ambassador Hank Crumpton, former senior CIA officer

The First Casualty

Author: William Powell

Publisher: Lyle Stuart

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 255

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The First Casualty

Author: Phillip Knightley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Reporters and reporting

Page: 574

View: 1403


This is the story of war reporting, of war correspondents, and the legion of influences that can distort and obstruct efforts to report the truth. It tells of the war correspondent and his search for truth or his role as a propagandist for his, or another government.

First Casualty

Author: Lucy Floyd

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 1783014237

Category: Fiction

Page: 571

View: 2350


Two very different families, one English, one Spanish, find themselves caught in the crossfire of the Spanish Civil War. Torn apart by divided loyalties, both are forced to take sides in a conflict which threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. Linking them are Jack Austen, an ambitious working class journalist determined to make his name as a war correspondent, and Dolores (Dolly) Carrasquez, daughter of an English mother and a wealthy Nationalist landowner. The consequences of a brief illicit affair between a youthful Jack and Dolly will reach far into the future as he now finds himself compelled to find and rescue a woman he had sworn never to forgive, whose whereabouts are unknown but whose life he fears must be danger. Meanwhile Dolly, now married with a child, has to face the repercussions of the choices she once made and employ desperate measures to ensure her own survival and that of her loved ones, including her two elder brothers, now on opposing sides.As Jack and Dolly's paths continually fail to cross, their fates remain nonetheless entwined in ways neither are aware of till both are ultimately faced with irrevocable and heartbreaking decisions, affecting not only themselves but an interlinked network of supporting characters. Their inner conflicts reflect the tumult all around them as an action-packed narrative shifts between London, Madrid, Estramadura, Andalucia and the Basque Country. As Jack and Dolly learn to their cost, the first casualty of war is truth, but it is the truth they must both confront at the end of their painful journeys towards self-knowledge.'Skillfully conjures up a dramatic slice of history, spicing it with delicious irony, romance, and sharp-witted, complex characters' - Publishers' Weekly.Originally published by The Bodley Head and Pan, this edition follows recent e-republication of YESTERDAY, and BAPTISM OF FIRE by the same author.

First Casualty

Author: Mike Moscoe

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101617667

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 9213


FOUR SOLDIERS. ONE WAR. Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth—a planet they’ve never even seen. Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause of the Unity Party—and its ambitious new president. These four soldiers on opposing sides of the battle are about to discover the true nature of this terrible war: a quest for profit—from the high command of both sides. What they will risk is nothing less than their lives. For although truth may be the first casualty of war, it’s not going to be the last…