No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal

No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal

No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal by Merrill B Twining
Presidio Press | 2004 | ISBN: 0891418261 | EPUB | 2.29MB


The Battle of Guadalcanal is one of the authentically epical conflicts of World War II. Twining saw it as operations officer of the key U.S. ground unit, the First Marine Division. What he saw and now recounts was a campaign in which a semitrained and understrength division was flung into battle and somehow not only survived, but prevailed. Those marines had to fight the Japanese, the jungle, tropical diseases, uncertain supplies, inept commanders (some of them even members of Twining's beloved marines), and a host of other adversaries. They overcame them all. Twining (brother to the late Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Nathan Twining) is a trifle jaundiced about anyone who is not a U.S. marine, but he adds notably to the literature on Guadalcanal and provides one of the best accounts of war as seen from the perspective of the often maligned yet absolutely indispensable headquarters staff.


Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War by Hal Vaughan
Vintage Books | 2012 | ISBN: 0307475913 | EPUB | 10.33MB


This explosive narrative reveals for the first time the shocking hidden years of Coco Chanel’s life: her collaboration with the Nazis in Paris, her affair with a master spy, and her work for the German military intelligence service and Himmler’s SS.


Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was the high priestess of couture who created the look of the modern woman. By the 1920s she had amassed a fortune and went on to create an empire. But her life from 1941 to 1954 has long been shrouded in rumor and mystery, never clarified by Chanel or her many biographers. Hal Vaughan exposes the truth of her wartime collaboration and her long affair with the playboy Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage—who ran a spy ring and reported directly to Goebbels. Vaughan pieces together how Chanel became a Nazi agent, how she escaped arrest after the war and joined her lover in exile in Switzerland, and how—despite suspicions about her past—she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and rebuild the iconic House of Chanel.


A Companion to World History

A Companion to World History

A Companion to World History edited by Douglas Northrop
Wiley-Blackwell | 2012 | ISBN: 1444334182 | EPUB | 3.06MB


A Companion to World History presents over 30 essays from an international group of historians that both identify continuing areas of contention, disagreement, and divergence in world and global history, and point to directions for further debate.


  • Features a diverse cast of contributors that include established world historians and emerging scholars
  • Explores a wide range of topics and themes, including and the practice of world history, key ideas of world historians, the teaching of world history and how it has drawn upon and challenged "traditional" teaching approaches, and global approaches to writing world history
  • Places an emphasis on non-Anglophone approaches to the topic
  • Considers issues of both scholarship and pedagogy on a transnational, interregional, and world/global scale