From Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama, this is a presidential roll call from 1901 to the current day. This title provides an overview of the memorable figures who have made their mark on American political history including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt, John F Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Barack Obama. It includes an analysis of each leader as politician, statesman and private individual, setting each president in the context of major social, political and economic developments, and discussing their influence on the course of history. It charts the momentous social and economic history of the times, including the building of the Panama Canal, the San Francisco earthquake, the Wall Street Crash, silent movies, radio, television, space travel and the internet, as well as the rise of popular culture. It analyzes the implications and lasting legacies of war including World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, the Iraq War and the war on terror, as well as international crises that have altered the course of world diplomacy. The 20th century proved to be one of immense and rapid social and economic change for the United States of America. This illustrated encyclopedia of the presidents from 1901 presents a factual account of each of the presidents who have stood for office, and sets them within context of the times in which they each presided. Many have become synonymous with domestic and international events, such as Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, Richard Nixon and Watergate, Ronald Reagan and Star Wars, and Jimmy Carter and the Iranian hostage crisis. Alongside each of the presidential portraits are snapshots of industrial, economic, social and political developments that have changed the world, such as Henry Ford and the mass production of the motor car, the invention of the atomic bomb, the collapse of communism and international terrorism. More than 240 photographs, facsimile newsreel images, maps and fine art paintings help to provide a visual account of each presidential era, making this book a valuable reference for those interested in America's social and political history.
Following in the footsteps of Andy McNab's bestselling Bravo Two Zero, this is a blistering first-hand account of life in the world's most highly trained and efficient special forces unit. In "Bravo Two Zero", Andy McNab gave an account of his experiences as commander of an SAS patrol behind enemy lines in Iraq. Now he tells the story of his life, from the day he was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy's Hospital to the day he went to fight in the Gulf War.;As a delinquent youth, McNab kicked against society; as a young soldier he waged war against the IRA in the streets and fields of South Armagh; and as a member of 22 SAS Regiment he was at the centre of covert operations for nine years, on five continents. In this book he details his activities in a world of surveillance and intelligence-gathering, counter-terrorism and hostage rescue.
Helmand Province, October 2006: British soldiers are engaged in the most intense, sustained fighting they've faced since the Korean War. Against a tough, experienced and frighteningly motivated enemy, their lives too often depended on the success of danger-close, pin-point attacks pressed home from the air. When 800 Naval Air Squadron - callsign 'Recoil' - arrived in theatre, their Boss, Commander Ade Orchard, knew there could be no slip-ups. Day and night, the Fleet Air Arm crews were on constant alert, ready to scramble their heavily armed Harrier attack jets at a moment's notice in support of the men on the ground. The call wasn't slow in coming. Just fifteen minutes after getting airborne for the first time, Orchard and his wingman were in the thick of it, called in when an Apache helicopter gunship was forced back by heavy fire ...The first book written by a serving British fast jet pilot since the 1991 Gulf War, "Joint Force Harrier" offers an unprecedented, heart-stopping insight into the realities of modern air warfare.The complexity and sophistication of the equipment may have moved on since the epic war battles of WWII, but it's clear that the courage, skill and character of the men engaged in this struggle for a country's survival has not.
America's Economic Way of War: War and the US Economy from the Spanish-American War to the Persian Gulf War
This revealing book exposes the influence of economics and finance on how America waged war in the twentieth century.