In the fall of 2009, Taliban insurgents ambushed a patrol of Afghan soldiers and Marine advisors in a mountain village called Ganjigal. Firing from entrenched positions, the enemy was positioned to wipe out 100 men who were pinned down and were repeatedly refused artillery support. Ordered to remain behind with the vehicles, 21 year-old Marine corporal Dakota Meyer disobeyed orders and attacked to rescue his comrades.
On the 12th of April 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia marched to the field in front of Appomattox Court-House, stacked their arms, folded their colors, and walked off empty handed to find their distant, blighted homes. These are detailed and moving first-hand accounts from a number of prominent witnesses to Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox.
"Appomattox as told by the participants"
Posted directly outside President Clinton's Oval Office, former Secret Service uniformed officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton's character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the first family in Crisis of Character, the most anticipated book of the 2016 election.
Over one million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past four years, but fewer than 500 from this group have earned a Silver Star, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, or the Medal of Honor. Those who have been awarded these distinguished honors all demonstrated an extraordinary courage under fire in the worst of circumstances.
"Men/Women Fighting for USA"
These are personal reminiscences of Grant which allow us to peer back in time to see him through the eyes of those who knew him. Some of the anecdotes describe brief encounters with Grant, while others are from historically prominent men who knew Grant well. What they have in common are the intimate details that reveal the personality and character of General Grant.
Keith Miller, a businessman, was asked to speak in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, to an Easter sunrise service. Not being an ordained minister, Keith decided to try to get inside Matthew and walk through the events of the crucifixion and resurrection during the first Easter. The results were startling. A young engineer broadcasting the service flipped on his recorder and captured the event. Thousands of people who heard the honest, poignant presentation have said that God used it to change their lives.
"A moving experience"
From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.
"Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
Sixty years after Mount Everest was first climbed, this unique book of letters celebrates, in a very personal way, this most majestic of mountains. With exclusive access to the private archives of pioneering New Zealand climber George Lowe, this is a welcome tribute to an unsung hero.The ascent of Everest in the summer of 1953 was one of the twentieth century’s great triumphs of exploration. George Lowe’s efforts on the mountain were crucial to the endeavour.
Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder. During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast. Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.
"A scarily plausible story"
An unforgettable and moving story of tragedy, heroism, resilience, and redemption that is sure to become an enduring document of American history, All the Brave Men is a sailor's moment-by-moment eyewitness account of the Japanese surprise attack that decimated the US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, and his inspiring return to active duty to carry on the Allied fight in the Pacific.
"DRUG ON NEAR THE END"
Hear a firsthand account of the life under cover within the violence-prone Montana Freemen organization. This disturbing memoir is also a subtly scathing commentary on the FBI and gives a revealing view of the extreme risks involved and courage demanded by undercover work of this type.
"a cautionary tale of working with the FBI"
This audiobook tells the story of the brave officers and men of the nuclear attack submarine USS Queenfish who made the first survey of an extremely important and remote region of the Artic Ocean. The unpredictability of deep-draft sea ice, shallow water, and possible Soviet discovery all played a dramatic part in this fascinating 1970 voyage.
"For naval and arctic explorers and Cussler fans"
Every person inherits a system of beliefs. Maybe yours came from community, or church, or society, or your parents. But one day you reach a breaking point. You look at the rituals and traditions and worship and theology and it all seems foggy. Foreign. Strange. You wonder why you believe what you believe. If you even believe anymore... Brothers Ryan and Josh Shook reached that breaking point. Their book, Firsthand, is a smart, honest and deeply felt journey that invites you to leave behind handed-down beliefs and find authentic faith.
Doc Cole was a 39-year-old Army combat medic serving at an Iraqi Police Station. During his tenure there, he treats multiple wounds, fights with the Army Medical Station for support and supplies, and relays a day by day account of blood, sweat, tears, and the ultimate triumph and tragedy of the human spirit. He finds himself with meager supplies, no air conditioning and a language barrier almost impossible to overcome even with an interpreter.
When President Obama stood in the shadows of Acropolis on Tuesday and talked about the crippling impact of austerity measures on Greece, I thought, wow, I could have told you that.
Too often we look for shortcuts in our relationship with God. But when life derails, we find that our view of God is nothing more than a patchwork of rumors and secondhand information - too thin to sustain us in our moment of crisis. In those critical moments, we can choose to walk away from God...or let our questions lead us home.