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Military Book group selection for May 1, 2014

download (1)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Command and Control by Eric Schlosser as the title for their May 1st discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal. A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age:  how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?  That question has never been resolved–and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

Military Book group selection for April 3, 2014

untitledThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson as the title for their April 3rd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson’s acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II

It is the twentieth century’s unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now, in The Guns at Last Light, he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe.

 

Military Book group selection for March 6, 2014

untitledThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Deserters: A Hidden History of WWII by Charles Glass as the title for their March 6th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 A groundbreaking history of ordinary soldiers struggling on the front lines, The Deserters offers a completely new perspective on the Second World War. Charles Glass delves deep into army archives, personal diaries, court-martial records, and self-published memoirs to produce this dramatic and heartbreaking portrait of men overlooked by their commanders and ignored by history.

Surveying the 150,000 American and British soldiers known to have deserted in the European Theater, The Deserters: A Hidden History of World War II tells the life stories of three soldiers who abandoned their posts in France, Italy, and Africa. Their deeds form the backbone of Glass’s arresting portrait of soldiers pushed to the breaking point, a sweeping reexamination of the conditions for ordinary soldiers.

 

Military Book group selection for February 6, 2014

tlccontentG712QNV3The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen In the Garden of Beasts: love, terror, and an American family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson as the title for their February 6th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 In Berlin in 1933, William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

Suffused with the tense atmosphere of the period, and with unforgettable portraits of the bizarre Göring and the expectedly charming–yet wholly sinister–Goebbels,In the Garden of Beastslends a stunning, eyewitness perspective on events as they unfold in real time, revealing an era of surprising nuance and complexity. The result is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

 

Military Book group selection for January 2, 2014

The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Battle of the Tanks 51MjpbUAGxL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_by Lloyd and Clark as the title for their January 2nd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 On July 5, 1943, the greatest land battle in history began when Nazi and Red Army forces clashed near the town of Kursk, on the western border of the Soviet Union. Code named “Operation Citadel,” the German offensive would cut through the bulge in the eastern front that had been created following Germany’s retreat at the battle of Stalingrad. But the Soviets, well-informed about Germany’s plans through their network of spies, had months to prepare. Two million men supported by 6,000 tanks, 35,000 guns, and 5,000 aircraft convened in Kursk for an epic confrontation that was one of the most important military engagements in history, the epitome of “total war.” It was also one of the most bloody, and despite suffering seven times more casualties, the Soviets won a decisive victory that became a turning point in the war. With unprecedented access to the journals and testimonials of the officers, soldiers, political leaders, and citizens who lived through it, The Battle of the Tanks is the definitive account of an epic showdown that changed the course of history.

 

Military Book group for November 7, 2013

1947155The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson the title for their November 7th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 Atkinson joins a host of journalists and military men who have tried to explain the impact of Vietnam on the U.S. Army. His approach is to examine the experiences of the West Point Class of 1966, asking whether or not the traditional West Point dictum of “Duty, Honor, Country” is still relevant in the post-Vietnam era. Focusing on a half dozen or so cadets, Atkinson shows how their careers epitomized the problems faced by their generation and by members of their profession.

 

Military Book group for November 7, 2013

1947155The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Long Gray Line by Rick Atkinson the title for their November 7th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 Atkinson joins a host of journalists and military men who have tried to explain the impact of Vietnam on the U.S. Army. His approach is to examine the experiences of the West Point Class of 1966, asking whether or not the traditional West Point dictum of “Duty, Honor, Country” is still relevant in the post-Vietnam era. Focusing on a half dozen or so cadets, Atkinson shows how their careers epitomized the problems faced by their generation and by members of their profession.

 

Military Book group for October 3, 2013

41QSfVUBKKL__SY346_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Target Switzerland – Swiss Armed Neutrality in WWII by Stephen Halbrook as the title for their September 5th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 Halbrook vigorously and, inevitably, controversially argues a conservative defense agenda with his thesis that Switzerland’s federal system, which lacks a central authority capable of surrendering the country, and its militia-based defense (shades of the Minutemen, the Second Amendment, and the NRA!) effectively enabled Swiss neutrality during World War II. He offers much evidence that the Swiss armed and equipped themselves at considerable cost to defend their independence, for which most of them were prepared to fight even against the might of the Wehrmacht.

 

Military Book group for July 11th, 2013

176237The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen My War by Andy Rooney as the title for their July 11th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

 On July 7, 1941, a young Colgate University football player named Andy Rooney
reported for U.S. Army training. He was, Rooney allows, not prime military
material. He had a knack for enraging the drill instructors with his wisecracks,
and for pulling harsh assignments as a result, and his shenanigans got him
disqualified from officer candidacy. Still, Rooney survived boot camp and served
for a time as an artilleryman until being reassigned to the daily newspaper
Stars and Stripes. Lucky for him, too: in 1942 his old outfit ran into
trouble in North Africa, fighting against Erwin Rommel, and although few of them
were killed, Rooney writes, “there’s a good possibility I would have spent all
of 1943, 1944, and six months of 1945 in a German prison camp.”

 

Military Book group for May 2, 2013

MBG-MacArthurThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen MacArthur by Courtney Whitney as the title for their May 2nd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

A sympathetic account of his life by one of his senior staff officers.