Why the First World War Failed to End, 1917-1923
Author: Robert Gerwarth
Publisher: Penguin UK
'This war is not the end but the beginning of violence. It is the forge in which the world will be hammered into new borders and new communities. New molds want to be filled with blood, and power will be wielded with a hard fist.' Ernst Jünger (1918) For the Western allies 11 November 1918 has always been a solemn date - the end of fighting which had destroyed a generation, and also a vindication of a terrible sacrifice with the total collapse of their principal enemies: the German Empire, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. But for much of the rest of Europe this was a day with no meaning, as a continuing, nightmarish series of conflicts engulfed country after country. In this highly original, gripping book Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of the First World War. In large part it was not the fighting on the Western front which proved so ruinous to Europe's future, but the devastating aftermath, as countries on both sides of the original conflict were wrecked by revolution, pogroms, mass expulsions and further major military clashes. If the War itself had in most places been a struggle purely between state-backed soldiers, these new conflicts were mainly about civilians and paramilitaries, and millions of people died across central, eastern, and south-eastern Europe before the USSR and a series of rickety and exhausted small new states came into being. Everywhere there were vengeful people, their lives racked by a murderous sense of injustice, and looking for the opportunity to take retribution against enemies real and imaginary. Only a decade later, the rise of the Third Reich and other totalitarian states provided them with the opportunity they had been looking for.
And Other Poems
Author: Fred W.
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
The world is not perfect; in his newest poetry collection, Song of the Vanquished, author Fred W. Herman presents a series of verses that explore these imperfections. Employing end rhyme in many of the selections, the haunting themes speak to the injustices of war, hatred, death, prejudice, bigotry, and evil. The poem The Perfect Excuse tackles intolerance and hate: The Perfect Excuse If their looks are not like ours, We are compelled to hate them. And if their gods are different, We are advised to kill them. And if their hair should be more curly, Or their chests appear more burly, That will make them different. So we go out and kill them. And if their speech keeps us perturbed For hours, Or their manners are not like ours, That will make them different. So we set out to kill them. And when some writers books are different, The mobs are urged to hate them. For writers are not like us, So the mobs are urged to lynch them.
Author: Brian Garfield
Publisher: Open Road Media
A California politician goes to Mexico to make himself king The Sonorans hire Henry Crabb to protect them from Apaches. In the lawless days that followed the Mexican-American War, bands of Indians roamed the countryside, preying on the hard-working peasants of northern Mexico. Desperate for help, a farming community offers Crabb land to establish a colony in exchange for a year’s protection from the marauders. The Sonorans do not recognize that Crabb—a Californian with frustrated political ambition—is the greatest threat of all. Although their deal was for peaceful settlement, Crabb’s thoughts turn quickly to conquest. In the tradition of American filibusters like William Walker, Crabb attempts to establish Sonora as an independent country—with him as the dictator. Based on a true story, this is a stunning narrative of conquest, adventure, and the shocking lengths to which ambition can drive men.
Author: César Andreu Iglesias
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Originally published in Puerto Rico in 1956, this action-packed novel follows the lives of three men who plot a terrorist action against the US presence in Puerto Rico.
Author: Austin N. Aaronson
The untainted childhood of Joey Ollafson takes an ugly turn during his fourteenth year when integration of the local school system sparks controversy and racial violence. The nefarious pulp and paper industrialist Devin McGraw, who essentially owns the town and all of its public officials, is dead-set on squelching the whole affair, and it becomes clear that there can be no meaningful prosecution and hence no justice unless the Feds are brought in. Joey and his family become so entwined in the saga that they are forced underground while the ends of justice hang in the balance.
Author: Jhony Augusty
James never thinks that his life will take a bitter turn after his family moves to a totally strange area. His loving father becomes a drunk and the biggest problem the family has to put up with. Having robbed of an enjoyable childhood, he is lured to the pleasures of the world. If Daisy Chechi, his elder cousin hooks him for a tumultuous erotic relationship, Janu, the daughter of his uncle's neighbour consumes much of his teenage charm. But, that's not all. Life has much more gloom in store for him. Every time, when it darkens his horizon, he fights it out with remarkable resilience. With the arrival of Jancy, his sweetheart into the scene, the evolution of his becoming a desirable righteous young man is complete. As usual, the ugly face of life once again shatters his dreams and aspirations. His love confronts the most calamitous moments of her life. Will she survive? Will James be able to secure her? The unfolding events of the novel leave you ecstatic, helpless and at times furious. It will never allow you to be out of it once you begin.
Author: Mark A. Trexler
The Vanquished tells the story of two young Americans who have returned to their ancestral home in rural Ohio. Through dissecting letters, photographs, and forgotten dreams they begin unraveling the story of Fielding Grey's unyielding love for his two strong daughters. Their lives are mapped out with precision by Fielding, but their idealism is shattered amidst the reality of the hellish trenches of World War I, the ensuing Red Scare, and the distant roar of the 1920s. The once promising family is finally dashed upon the rocks of the Depression. Among the wreckage of sibling betrayal, passionless love, and countless lies, the two descendants' own past and future is forever altered.
A Novel of Visigothic Spain
Author: Bernard Reilly
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Premio del Rey Prize winner Bernard Reilly has used his lifetime of research to fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge of Spain at the time of the Muslim Conquest. What might have happened in this fragment of the collapsing Roman Empire will entertain those who love historical fiction and the action-adventure story, and will raise some interesting questions for those concerned about our own troubled times.
The Crystal of Light
Author: Joseph Charles Sisk
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
One fairy. One prophecy. Everything to gain. Jddah, who is a fairy of the Crystal-Glass Realm, has a prophecy. In order to regain peace in the realmand the surrounding realm (the Blue-Water Realm), she had to find a crystal. Little did she know that she was about to encounter Eris, Prince of the Blue-Water Realm. According to the prophecy, she must marry the neighboring prince (Eris) before their twenty-third birthdays. During a talk with her father, Thaddeus Noland, Jddah is persistent and wants nothing to do with Eris. Nothing seems to change her fathers mind. Jddah then goes on an incredible journey to uncover the Crystal of Lighta crystal that kills witchesin hopes of destroying Theramina, who is an evil witch. Will she get the crystal before it is too late, or face the consequences that would result if she didnt get the crystal?
Author: Ida Alexa Ross Wylie
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Doran 1934.
A novel set in Germany against the background of Hitlerism and the rise of the Nazis.
Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, 1050–1300
Author: Brian A. Catlos
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This is a revisionary study of Muslims living under Christian rule during the Spanish 'reconquest'. It looks beyond the obvious religious distinctions and delves into the subtleties of identity in the thirteenth-century Crown of Aragon, uncovering a social dynamic in which sectarian differences comprise only one of the many factors in the causal complex of political, economic and cultural reactions. Beginning with the final stage of independent Muslim rule in the Ebro valley region, the book traces the transformation of Islamic society into mudéjar society under Christian domination. This was a case of social evolution in which Muslims, far from being passive victims of foreign colonisation, took an active part in shaping their institutions and experiences as subjects of the Infidel. Using a diverse range of methodological approaches, this book challenges widely held assumptions concerning Christian-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages, and minority-majority relations in general.
The Gold of Youth
Author: Joseph Charles Sisk
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
One fairy... One pirate... A prophecy fulfilled Mascar, the pirate, has stolen the Gold of Youtha substance that controls the fairy dust in the Crystal-Glass and Blue-Water Realms. Jddah, a fairy princess, is frightened when she discovers Mascar wants to steal her fairy dust and become immortal. She then goes on the run with Ignatius, the skunk. On their long journey, they meet many creatures, including monkeys, a forgetful badger, and dragons. Will the future be bright for the Fairy Realms, or will they be vanquished?
Tale of the Vanquished
Author: Anand Neelakantan
Publisher: LEADSTART PUBLISHING PVT LTD
The epic tale of victory and defeatÉ The story of the Ramayana had been told innumerable times. The enthralling story of Rama, the incarnation of God, who slew Ravana, the evil demon of darkness, is known to every Indian. And in the pages of history, as always, it is the version told by the victors, that lives on. The voice of the vanquished remains lost in silence. But what if Ravana and his people had a different story to tell? The story of the Ravanayana had never been told. Asura is the epic tale of the vanquished Asura people, a story that has been cherished by the oppressed outcastes of India for 3000 years. Until now, no Asura has dared to tell the tale. But perhaps the time has come for the dead and the defeated to speak. ÒFor thousands of years, I have been vilified and my death is celebrated year after year in every corner of India. Why? Was it because I challenged the Gods for the sake of my daughter? Was it because I freed a race from the yoke of caste-based Deva rule? You have heard the victorÕs tale, the Ramayana. Now hear the Ravanayana, for I am Ravana, the Asura, and my story is the tale of the vanquished.Ó ÒI am a non-entity Ð invisible, powerless and negligible. No epics will ever be written about me. I have suffered both Ravana and Rama Ð the hero and the villain or the villain and the hero. When the stories of great men are told, my voice maybe too feeble to be heard. Yet, spare me a moment and hear my story, for I am Bhadra, the Asura, and my life is the tale of the loser.Ó The ancient Asura empire lay shattered into many warring petty kingdoms reeling under the heel of the Devas. In desperation, the Asuras look up to a young saviour Ð Ravana. Believing that a better world awaits them under Ravana, common men like Bhadra decide to follow the young leader. With a will of iron and a fiery ambition to succeed, Ravana leads his people from victory to victory and carves out a vast empire from the Devas. But even when Ravana succeeds spectacularly, the poor Asuras find that nothing much has changed for them. It is when that Ravana, by one action, changes the history of the world.
A Bruno Johnson Thriller
Author: David Putnam
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Former cop and ex-con Bruno Johnson and his wife Marie, living in their safe haven in Costa Rica with the children they illegally rescued from certain death, find a message from their outlaw motorcycle gang enemies—written on the back of one of their beloved children. The motorcycle gang, Sons of Satan, out for revenge, will stop at nothing to lure the now furious Bruno back into their web. Bruno and Marie, forced to return to Southern California, battle additional demons in the form of an ex-spouse's entanglements. The FBI, watching the Sons of Satan, recognizes Bruno's unique skills and ties. They recruit him to recover a stolen military drone armed with Hellfire missiles, while Bruno struggles to keep pregnant Marie out of the crossfire. Ultimately, Bruno's inability to ignore a woman in peril yields unspeakable consequences.