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In 1950, when Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-Sung met in Moscow to discuss the future, they had reason to feel optimistic. International communism seemed everywhere on the offensive: Stalin was at the height of his power; all of Eastern Europe was securely in the Soviet camp; America's monopoly on nuclear weapons was a thing of the past; and Mao's forces had assumed control over the world's most populous country. Everywhere on the globe, colonialism left the West morally compromised. The story of the previous five decades, which saw severe economic depression, two world wars, a nearly successful attempt to wipe out the Jews, and the invention of weapons capable of wiping out everyone, was one of worst fears confirmed, and... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Lawrence Lamb was one of the surgeons connected to the early United States of America space program. He gives an inside view on how the space program got a start in reaction to early Russian successes (like the first satellite in space, the first man in space). He describes the tension between the military interests in space travel (mainly the air force) and the scientific interests in space travel (which developed into Nasa during his career). A big influence on his career and on how he was seen by the military was his decision to not let the test pilot Deke Slayton go on one of the early Mercury flight because of a heart condition. This decision has followed Dr. Lamb for ages because the air force disagreed and he clearly documents his ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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It was no time to fear animals when the possibility of the enemy counteroffensive was increasing. It didn't suit a soldier to lose nerve in the presence of a mere crocodile . At the end of World War II, a garrison of the Twenty-eighth Japanese Army is deployed to Ramree Island, off the coast of Burma, to fight the Allies' severe counteroffensive. While on the island, Superior Private Minoru Kasuga questions a local villager about the terrible smell coming from the saltwater creek. To his horror, the old man tells him it is the stench of death from the breath of man-eating crocodiles that inhabit Myinkhon Creek. Fierce fighting drives the battalion to the island's east coast, and they must evacuate to Burma by crossing the creek. Just before... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Soldiers have the image of being Rambo-like persons with not much emotion. This book tells the real story of a soldier on active duty in Afghanistan in 2002. Getting involved in intense action in a rescue mission. And dealing with the personal effects afterwards, finding a new understanding in life with the help of God. Reading this book felt like listening to a close and personal story told by Nate Self.
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With a strange sounding subject like this a very readable and interesting book. The history of nuclear weapons design, both in the US and other countries has always been shrouded in secrecy but Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger have been able to visit a number of sites related to the history of nuclear weapons. They even took up the invitation to visit a site in Iran. A very well-written book in my opinion, I found it a joy to read. Wonderful descriptions of the surroundings and atmosphere at sites allowing the reader to get a real feel for the current state of nuclear weapons in the world.
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