Fatal Command: Joseph D. McNamara
Historians have long considered the Battle of Monmouth one of the most complicated engagements of the American Revolution. Fought on Sunday, June 28, 1778, Monmouth was critical to the success of the Revolution. It also marked a decisive turning point in the military career of George Washington. Without the victory at Monmouth Courthouse, Washington´s critics might well have marshaled the political strength to replace him as the American commander-in-chief. Authors Mark Edward Lender and Garry Wheeler Stone argue that in political terms, the Battle of Monmouth constituted a pivotal moment in the War for Independence. Drawing on a wide range of historical sources—many never before used, including archaeological evidence—Lender and Stone disentangle the true story of Monmouth and provide the most complete and accurate account of the battle, including both American and British perspectives. In the course of their account it becomes evident that criticism of Washington’s performance in command was considerably broader and deeper than previously acknowledged. ´´This is a superb study, large in scope, detailed in content, and insightful in all that it considers… A marvelous book.” (Robert Middlekauff, author of Washington´s Revolution: The Making of America´s First Leader) ´´An extensively researched and well-written study that provides a new and fascinating perspective on the significance of the Battle of Monmouth.” (The Journal of Military History) ´´This is a landmark study of a battle too often overlooked… Lender and Stone have set the standard.” (Ricardo A. Herrera, author of For Liberty and the Republic) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Douglas R Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100250/bk_acx0_100250_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Shortly after midnight on July 30, 1945, the navy cruiser USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The ship had just left the island of Tinian, delivering components of the atomic bomb destined for Hiroshima. As the torpedoes hit, the Indianapolis erupted into a fiery coffin, sinking in less than 15 minutes and leaving 900 crewmen fighting for life in shark-infested waters. They expected a swift, routine rescue, unaware that the navy high command didn´t even realize that the Indianapolis was missing. Help would not arrive for another five days. Drawn from definitive interviews with key figures, Fatal Voyage recounts the horrific events endured as the number of water-treading survivors dwindled to just 316. Each gruesome day brought more madness and slow death from explosion-related injuries, dehydration, and, most terrifying of all, shark attacks. But the pain did not end when the men finally returned home: The Indianapolis´s commander, Captain Charles B. McVay III, was court-martialed for causing the clearly unavoidable disaster. With a new afterword chronicling the 55-year campaign by Indianapolis survivors and their supporters to win public vindication for Captain McVay, this classic is restored, along with memories of the Indianapolis crew. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Bramhall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/004595/bk_rand_004595_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fatal Insomnia. In the chaos of the ER, functioning without sleep is a prized skill. But even Dr. Angela Rossi will admit that five months is far too long, especially when accompanied by other worrisome symptoms: night sweats, tremors, muscle spasms, fevers. Then a dead nun speaks to her while Angela is holding the nun´s heart in her hand. ´´Find the girl,´´ the nun commands - although no one else in the trauma room can hear, the words drilling directly into Angela´s brain. ´´Save the girl.´´ Falling into catatonic states where she freezes in the middle of a resuscitation and hears dead nuns talking to her? Not good. Maybe she should check herself into her own hospital...except a lost girl´s life depends on Angela. Because the girl IS real. The threat to her is deadly. Aided by a police detective fallen from grace, Angela searches the midnight catacombs beneath the city, facing down a ruthless gangleader and stumbling onto a serial killer´s lair. Her desperate quest to save the girl leads her to the one thing she least expected to find: a last chance for love. As her symptoms escalate in bizarre and disturbing ways, Angie realizes exactly how serious her illness is. She might be dying, but she´s finally choosing how to live.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sarah Naughton, Chris Ruen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/018591/bk_acx0_018591_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An inspiring story everyone should know...and will never forget! Based on historical fact, this captivating novel tells the story of the legendary Edith Cavell, a British nurse whose duties as a healer clashed with the demands of a ruthless occupying regime during World War I. At the request of a brilliant, hot-headed surgeon, Edith went from London to Brussels to create Belgium´s first school of nursing. At the height of her success, the German army marched into neutral Belgium and took over her hospital and school. Knowing the dangers of working against the repressive and brutal control of the German occupiers, Edith joined the Resistance movement. Her life was then plunged into the dangerous and clandestine world of the Belgian Underground, where she became a key link in the rescuing of Allied soldiers separated from their units. For nine months, this quiet, religious nurse went about saving over a thousand soldiers under the very noses of the German command. ´´Patriotism is not enough.´´ - Edith Cavell This book is the British edition of Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell WWI Nurse by Terri Arthur. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laura Jane Watling. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036482/bk_acx0_036482_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fatal Flight brings vividly to life the year of operation of R.101, the last great British airship - a luxury liner three and a half times the length of a 747 jet, with a spacious lounge, a dining room that seated 50, glass-walled promenade decks, and a smoking room. The British expected R.101 to spearhead a fleet of imperial airships that would dominate the skies as British naval ships, a century earlier, had ruled the seas. The dream ended when, on its demonstration flight to India, R.101 crashed in France, tragically killing nearly all aboard. Combining meticulous research with superb storytelling, Fatal Flight guides us from the moment the great airship emerged from its giant shed - nearly the largest building in the British Empire - to soar on its first flight, to its last fateful voyage. The full story behind R.101 shows that, although it was a failure, it was nevertheless a supremely imaginative human creation. The technical achievement of creating R.101 reveals the beauty, majesty, and, of course, the sorrow of the human experience. The narrative follows First Officer Noel Atherstone and his crew from the ship´s first test flight in 1929 to its fiery crash on October 5, 1930. It reveals in graphic detail the heroic actions of Atherstone as he battled tremendous obstacles. He fought political pressures to hurry the ship into the air, fended off Britain´s most feted airship pilot, who used his influence to take command of the ship and nearly crashed it, and, a scant two months before departing for India, guided the rebuilding of the ship to correct its faulty design. Set against the backdrop of the British Empire at the height of its power in the early 20th century, Fatal Flight portrays an extraordinary age in technology, fueled by humankind´s obsession with flight. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hammack. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/090201/bk_acx0_090201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.