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Contractor Confessions: Tales from Iraq

Contractor Confessions: Tales from Iraq Lowest new price: $9.99
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Author: Russell Blair
Brand: Brand: The Independent Texan Press

My story starts like this: "I was introduced to Iraq up close and personal flying 100 ft off the ground in a Blackhawk helicopter. I was on my way to Mosul from Camp Anaconda and we flew with the doors open, gunners at the ready, rising and falling with the contours of the land. Following the Tigris River north, we passed over farms, villages, isolated mud huts and herds of sheep. Little children waved and smiled while their parents stared at us with sullen faces..... for thousands of years armies have marched across this same land seeking conquest and empire and treasure. And here I am and I'm wearing my Elvis shades."


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Hostage in Taipei : A True Story of Forgiveness and Hope

Hostage in Taipei : A True Story of Forgiveness and Hope Lowest new price: $9.50
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Author: McGill Alexander
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A re-enactment of this hostage crisis was broadcast by National Geographic Channel in their Locked Up Abroad series of docudramas (2008). Colonel McGill Alexander was serving as a South African diplomat in Taiwan in the late 1990s. His family felt safe there - until Taiwan's most-wanted criminal, Chen Chin-hsing, broke into their home and held them at gunpoint, using the diplomatic family as pawns to free his imprisoned wife. Used as human shields during a gun battle between the killer and the trigger-happy Taiwanese police, McGill and his daughter, Melanie, were shot. After a grueling 26 hours, the entire family was freed. Chen was captured and found guilty of multiple crimes.

The book includes on-the-scene news photos as well as personal, behind-the-scenes photos. One of Taiwan's biggest news stories ever, these events thrust the Alexander family into the media spotlight. As Christian believers, they showed Taiwan and the rest of the world a stunning example of Christ's forgiveness in the midst of terror, violence and revenge.


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Death of Dignity: Angola's Civil War

Death of Dignity: Angola's Civil War Lowest new price: $46.52
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Author: Victoria Brittain
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'Tells the miserable story of a revolution destroyed, analysing the moves of the mighty and speaking up for the millions who have suffered as a result.' Guardian 'Few journalists know Angola better than Victoria Brittain. This is an excellent and timely account of a conflict for which we in the West share much of the blame.' Jon Snow


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Human Traffic and Transnational Crime: Eurasian and American Perspectives

Human Traffic and Transnational Crime: Eurasian and American Perspectives Lowest new price: $77.18
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Brand: Brand: Rowman Littlefield Publishers

Human Trafficking is a growing transnational criminal phenomenon—conservative estimates put the total number of persons trafficked annually at two million. In this first in-depth study of human trafficking in Russia and Ukraine, scholars from the European, Siberian, and far-eastern parts of Russia offer groundbreaking analyses of the motivations behind and reactions to this horrifying trend.


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Restoring Cursed Earth: Appraising Environmental Policy Reforms in Eastern Europe and Russia

Restoring Cursed Earth: Appraising Environmental Policy Reforms in Eastern Europe and Russia Lowest new price: $86.29
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Among the most costly and complicated chapters in the former Eastern bloc countries' transitions to democracy is the clean up and restoration of the environment. Even as Communist-era environmental problems fade in significance-such as pollution from heavy industry-new threats have emerged. Urban sprawl, increasing pollution from mobile sources, and other problems familiar to Western European citizens now plague the East. These problems are compounded by the lack of transparency and accountability in former Eastern bloc environmental regulatory institutions and the general weakness of environmental authorities and nongovernmental organizations vis-^-vis powerful pro-development interests. Restoring Cursed Earth considers how rule-making, sanctions, incentives, and programs shape environmental protection efforts, and whether and to what extent these emerging policy structures are promoting environmental well-being for citizens in Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Estonia. In addition, informal institutions, such as illegal and corrupt acts, language, and ties of affection between family and friends are explored as key determinants of environmental reforms.


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A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy

A Time to Die: The Untold Story of the Kursk Tragedy Lowest new price: $182.10
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Author: Robert Moore
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On a quiet Saturday morning in August 2000, two explosions--one so massive it was detected by seismologists around the world--shot through the shallow Arctic waters of the Barents Sea. Russia’s prized submarine, the Kursk, began her fatal plunge to the ocean floor. Award-winning journalist Robert Moore presents a riveting, brilliantly researched account of the deadliest submarine disaster in history. Journey down into the heart of the Kursk to witness the last hours of the twenty-three young men who survived the initial blasts. Visit the highly restricted Arctic submarine base to which Moore obtained secret admission, where the families of the crew clamored for news of their loved ones.

In August 2000, explosions rocked the Russian nuclear submarine the Kursk, killing most crewmembers instantly and leaving the sub stranded in the Barents Sea where the remaining personnel would also soon perish. When the story was reported worldwide, it was met with considerably more questions than answers: What caused the explosion? Could the men be rescued? And why was the Russian military being so secretive about the incident? Journalist Robert Moore has gathered extensive information regarding the incident to answer those and numerous other questions in this exhaustive account. Moore pieces together a harrowing narrative of the events leading to the two on-board explosions that instantly killed 88 men while sparing, temporarily, 23 others. Soon, the story spreads beyond the Arctic Circle as the book offers tales of frightened families searching for information, international rescue teams attempting to reach the crew in time, a Russian government whose disorganization or obfuscation may have hampered those efforts, and American submarine crews poised just outside Russian waters. Where the book succeeds most is in the details: the fact that the rubber-wrapped Kursk was nearly impossible to detect on sonar, the speculation that the tapping noises often reported may have been tales invented by the Northern Fleet to add urgency to the rescue efforts, and the transcripts of notes left by the surviving crew members after the explosions had already occurred. --John Moe


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India: A Wounded Civilization

India: A Wounded Civilization Author: V. S. Naipaul

In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi’s “Emergency,” V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece: a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portrait of a society traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest and immured in a mythic vision of its past.

Drawing on novels, news reports, political memoirs, and his own encounters with ordinary Indians–from a supercilious prince to an engineer constructing housing for Bombay’s homeless–Naipaul captures a vast, mysterious, and agonized continent inaccessible to foreigners and barely visible to its own people. He sees both the burgeoning space program and the 5,000 volunteers chanting mantras to purify a defiled temple; the feudal village autocrat and the Naxalite revolutionaries who combined Maoist rhetoric with ritual murder. Relentless in its vision, thrilling in the keenness of its prose, India: A Wounded Civilization is a work of astonishing insight and candor.

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Risk-Taking in International Politics: Prospect Theory in American Foreign Policy

Risk-Taking in International Politics: Prospect Theory in American Foreign Policy Lowest new price: $83.90
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Author: Rose McDermott

Risk plays a dramatic role in international relations as leaders make decisions about such issues as war and peace, disarmament, and about lowering economic barriers to trade and investment. How a country's leaders think about risk in making foreign policy decisions is important in understanding why and how they make decisions.
Rose McDermott applies prospect theory, a theory developed by psychologists to understand decisionmaking under conditions of risk, to four cases in American foreign policy. Prospect theory suggests that decisionmakers who are confronting losses are more likely to take risks than are those decisionmakers who are satisfied with the status quo. The cases used to demonstrate this dynamic include: the Suez Crisis, the U-2 affair, the decisions surrounding the admission of the Shah of Iran to the United States in 1979, and the attempted rescue of the American hostages in Iran in 1980. McDermott shows how prospect theory enables us to understand cases that are otherwise inexplicable.
Risk Taking in International Relations offers a unique application of a sophisticated psychological model to international relations theory. The book will be of interest to political scientists and psychologists interested in decision making, in international relations and in American foreign policy.
Rose McDermott is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Cornell University.

Iran & America: Rekindling A Love Lost

Iran & America: Rekindling A Love Lost Lowest new price: $15.90
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Author: Badi Badiozamani
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Iran & America: Rekindling A Love Lost provides extensive information about: The love affair that started in 1830, The young American who gave his life for Iran, Iran's "father of modern education", Iran's contribution to the U.S., Iran as a super power, Similarities between Iran and America, Why relations should be resumed, And much more...


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The Arabs and the West:The Contributions and the Inflictions

The Arabs and the West:The Contributions and the Inflictions Lowest new price: $230.57
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Author: Abdullah Mohammad Sindi

A politically and historically correct book written by an Arab professor who is a specialist in International Relations. The book dispels the common Western fairy tales about the imperialist West and Israel. It also corrects the Western distortion about the Arabs and their history. It sets the record straight about Arab contribution to Western and world civilizations; Arab legitimate grievances against Israel and the imperialist West; and the Arabs' continuous struggle to be free from Western and Israeli domination in order to be the masters of their own fate.

Written in a lucid and informative fashion, the book covers some of the most important historical, cultural, scientific, religious, political, and military interactions between the Arabs and the West since ancient times. Its 302 pages contain 11 chapters with an introduction (chapter 1), epilogue (chapter 11), index, and bibliography.

The book is divided into two main parts. Part one contains 3 chapters that deal with the various scientific and religious contributions that the Arabs and their Semitic ancestors made available to the West. These include: the contributions of the ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent to ancient Greece and Rome (chapter 2); the contributions of the three Semitic religions to the West and to the rest of the world (chapter 3); and the various contributions of Arab civilization to the European Renaissance (chapter 4).

Part two contains 6 chapters that deal with various brutal atrocities inflicted by the imperialist West on the Arabs during the entire second millennium. These include: the Crusades (chapter 5); the colonization and dismemberment of the Arab nation (chapter 6); the installment and protection of Arab puppet regimes (chapter 7); the theft of Palestine by Western Zionists at the tragic expense of its native Arabs (chapter 8); Israeli wars against the Arabs since 1948 (chapter 9); and US imperialist hegemony over the Arab world as well its wars on Libya and Iraq (chapter 10).

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