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Military Book group selection for November 6, 2014

download (4)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Blackett’s War, by Stephen Budiansky as the title for their November 6th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In March 1941, after a year of devastating U-boat attacks, the British War Cabinet turned to an intensely private, bohemian physicist named Patrick Blackett to turn the tide of the naval campaign. Though he is little remembered today, Blackett did as much as anyone to defeat Nazi Germany, by revolutionizing the Allied anti-submarine effort through the disciplined, systematic implementation of simple mathematics and probability theory. This is the story of how British and American civilian intellectuals helped change the nature of twentieth-century warfare, by convincing disbelieving military brass to trust the new field of operational research.

 

Military Book group selection for October 2, 2014

untitledThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq, by Richard Rubin as the title for their October 2nd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

Band of Sisters presents twelve amazing and often heart-wrenching stories of American women on the frontlines including America’s first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the U.S. military’s first black female combat pilot, a 21-year-old turret gunner defending a convoy, two military policewomen in a firefight, a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own, and more.

Military Book group selection for September 4, 2014

indexThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation, by Richard Rubin as the title for their September 4th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War I. But then, he found another. And another. Eventually he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now.

A decade-long odyssey to recover the story of a forgotten generation and their Great War led Rubin across the United States and France, through archives, private collections, and battlefields, literature, propaganda, and even music. But at the center of it all were the last of the last, the men and women he met: a new immigrant, drafted and sent to France,

 

Military Book group selection for August 7, 2014

download (2)The Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Citizens of London, by Lynne Olson as the title for their August 7th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The author reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R. Murrow, the handsome, chain-smoking head of CBS News in Europe; Averell Harriman, the hard-driving millionaire who ran FDR’s Lend-Lease program in London; and John Gilbert Winant, the shy, idealistic U.S. ambassador to Britain. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family. Drawing from a variety of primary sources, Lynne Olson skillfully depicts the dramatic personal journeys of these men who, determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious Franklin Roosevelt and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time. Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written, Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field.

Military Book group selection for July 3, 2014

downloadThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Guns of August: The Outbreak of WWI, by Barbara Tuchman & Robert Massie  as the title for their July 3rd discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize–winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Beginning with the funeral of Edward VII, Tuchman traces each step that led to the inevitable clash. And inevitable it was, with all sides plotting their war for a generation. Dizzyingly comprehensive and spectacularly portrayed with her famous talent for evoking the characters of the war’s key players, Tuchman’s magnum opus is a classic for the ages.

Military Book group selection for June 5, 2014

darkest summerThe Rye Public Library Military Book Group has chosen Darkest Summer: Pusan and Inchon 1950, by Bill Sloanr  as the title for their June 5th discussion at 6:30 PM. The Military Book Group meets on the first Thursday of the month.

The Darkest Summer is the dramatic story of the first three months of the Korean War as it has never been told before. A narrative studded with gripping eyewitness accounts, it focuses on the fateful days when the Korean War’s most decisive battles were fought and the Americans who fought them went— however briefly—from the depths of despair to the exultation of total conquest. Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of surviving U.S. veterans, it reveals how one ninety-day period changed the course of modern history and opens a unique and revealing window on an all-but-forgotten war.

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.