The War of Return

The War of Return


  • Release: 2020-04-28
  • Publisher: All Points Books
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 304 page
  • ISBN: 9781250252982
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Two prominent Israeli liberals argue that for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to end with peace, Palestinians must come to terms with the fact that there will be no "right of return." In 1948, seven hundred thousand Palestinians were forced out of their homes by the first Arab-Israeli War. More than seventy years later, most of their houses are long gone, but millions of their descendants are still registered as refugees, with many living in refugee camps. This group—unlike countless others that were displaced in the aftermath of World War II and other conflicts—has remained unsettled, demanding to settle in the state of Israel. Their belief in a "right of return" is one of the largest obstacles to successful diplomacy and lasting peace in the region. In The War of Return, Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf—both liberal Israelis supportive of a two-state solution—reveal the origins of the idea of a right of return, and explain how UNRWA - the very agency charged with finding a solution for the refugees - gave in to Palestinian, Arab and international political pressure to create a permanent “refugee” problem. They argue that this Palestinian demand for a “right of return” has no legal or moral basis and make an impassioned plea for the US, the UN, and the EU to recognize this fact, for the good of Israelis and Palestinians alike. A runaway bestseller in Israel, the first English translation of The War of Return is certain to spark lively debate throughout America and abroad.

The War of Return

The War of Return


  • Release: 2020-04-28
  • Publisher: All Points Books
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 304 page
  • ISBN: 1250252768
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Two prominent Israeli leftists argue that the conflict between Israel and Palestine cannot end until Palestinians give up the idea of "right of return." In 1948, over eight hundred thousand Palestinians fled their homes in order to escape the Israeli War of Independence. They brought their keys with them, hoping to return home after the dust settled. More than seventy years later, most of those homes are gone, but several million Palestinian "refugees" are still living in camps, and they still have their keys. No one has ever explained why this group, unlike countless others that were displaced in the aftermath of World War II, has remained unsettled. This issue, known as the "right of return," is the single largest obstacle to lasting peace between Palestine and Israel. In The War of Return, Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf make the case that this conflict will never end until the Palestinians abandon the right of return once and for all. In this deeply-researched and unbiased political history, the authors—both liberal Israelis strongly in favor of a two-state solution—reveal the origins of this concept, prove that it has no legal or moral standing whatsoever, and argue that a two state solution will never be possible until the Palestinians give it up. They also make an impassioned call for the United States, the UN, and the EU to recognize this fact for the good of the Palestinian people and global peace. A runaway bestseller in Israel, the first English translation of The War of Return is certain to spark lively debate throughout the Jewish community in America and abroad.

Returns of War

Returns of War


  • Release: 2018-11-06
  • Publisher: NYU Press
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 256 page
  • ISBN: 9781479817061
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The legacy and memory of wartime South Vietnam through the eyes of Vietnamese refugees In 1975, South Vietnam fell to communism, marking a stunning conclusion to the Vietnam War. Although this former ally of the United States has vanished from the world map, Long T. Bui maintains that its memory endures for refugees with a strong attachment to this ghost country. Blending ethnography with oral history, archival research, and cultural analysis, Returns of War considers how the historical legacy of a nation that only existed for twenty years is being kept alive by its dispersed stateless exiles. Returns of War argues that Vietnamization--as Richard Nixon termed it in 1969--and the end of South Vietnam signals more than an example of flawed American military strategy, but a larger allegory of power, providing cover for U.S. imperial losses while denoting the inability of the (South) Vietnamese and other colonized nations to become independent, modern liberal subjects. Bui argues that the collapse of South Vietnam under Vietnamization complicates the already difficult memory of the Vietnam War, pushing for a critical understanding of South Vietnamese agency beyond their status as the war’s ultimate “losers.” Examining the lasting impact of Cold War military policy and culture upon the “Vietnamized” afterlife of war, this book weaves questions of national identity, sovereignty, and self-determination to consider the generative possibilities of theorizing South Vietnam as an incomplete, ongoing search for political and personal freedom.

The Return of the Cold War

The Return of the Cold War


  • Release: 2016-04-14
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 290 page
  • ISBN: 9781317409533
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This book examines the crisis in Ukraine, tracing its development and analysing the factors which lie behind it. It discusses above all how the two sides have engaged in political posturing, accusations, escalating sanctions and further escalating threats, arguing that the ease with which both sides have reverted to a Cold War mentality demonstrates that the Cold War belief systems never really disappeared, and that the hopes raised in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union for a new era in East-West relations were misplaced. The book pays special attention to the often ignored origins of the crisis within Ukraine itself, and the permanent damage caused by the fact that Ukrainians are killing Ukrainians in the eastern parts of the country. It also assesses why Cold War belief systems have re-emerged so easily, and concludes by considering the likely long-term ramifications of the crisis, arguing that the deep-rooted lack of trust makes the possibility of compromise even harder than in the original Cold War.

We Return Fighting

We Return Fighting


  • Release: 2019-11-05
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 144 page
  • ISBN: 9781588346797
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A richly illustrated commemoration of African Americans' roles in World War I highlighting how the wartime experience reshaped their lives and their communities after they returned home. This stunning book presents artifacts, medals, and photographs alongside powerful essays that together highlight the efforts of African Americans during World War I. As in many previous wars, black soldiers served the United States during the war, but they were assigned to segregated units and often relegated to labor and support duties rather than direct combat. Indeed this was the central paradox of the war: these men and women fought abroad to secure rights they did not yet have at home in the States. Black veterans' work during the conflict--and the respect they received from French allies but not their own US military--empowered them to return home and continue the fight for those rights. The book also presents the work of black citizens on the home front. Together their efforts laid the groundwork for later advances in the civil rights movement. We Return Fighting reminds readers not only of the central role of African American soldiers in the war that first made their country a world power. It also reveals the way the conflict shaped African American identity and lent fuel to their longstanding efforts to demand full civil rights and to stake their place in the country's cultural and political landscape.

Return to the Reich

Return to the Reich


  • Release: 2019-10-15
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 304 page
  • ISBN: 9781328529909
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The remarkable story of Fred Mayer, a German-born Jew who escaped Nazi Germany only to return as an American commando on a secret mission behind enemy lines. Growing up in Germany, Freddy Mayer witnessed the Nazis' rise to power. When he was sixteen, his family made the decision to flee to the United States—they were among the last German Jews to escape, in 1938. In America, Freddy tried enlisting the day after Pearl Harbor, only to be rejected as an “enemy alien” because he was German. He was soon recruited to the OSS, the country’s first spy outfit before the CIA. Freddy, joined by Dutch Jewish refugee Hans Wynberg and Nazi defector Franz Weber, parachuted into Austria as the leader of Operation Greenup, meant to deter Hitler’s last stand. He posed as a Nazi officer and a French POW for months, dispatching reports to the OSS via Hans, holed up with a radio in a nearby attic. The reports contained a goldmine of information, provided key intelligence about the Battle of the Bulge, and allowed the Allies to bomb twenty Nazi trains. On the verge of the Allied victory, Freddy was captured by the Gestapo and tortured and waterboarded for days. Remarkably, he persuaded the Nazi commander for the region to surrender, completing one of the most successful OSS missions of the war. Based on years of research and interviews with Mayer himself, whom the author was able to meet only months before his death at the age of ninety-four, Return to the Reich is an eye-opening, unforgettable narrative of World War II heroism.

Return to Cold War

Return to Cold War


  • Release: 2016-04-22
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 144 page
  • ISBN: 9781509501922
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The 2014 crisis in Ukraine sent a tottering U.S.-Russian relationship over a cliff - a dangerous descent into deep mistrust, severed ties, and potential confrontation reminiscent of the Cold War period. In this incisive new analysis, leading expert on Soviet and Russian foreign policy, Robert Legvold, explores in detail this qualitatively new phase in a relationship that has alternated between hope and disappointment for much of the past two decades. Tracing the long and tortured path leading to this critical juncture, he contends that the recent deterioration of Russia-U.S. relations deserves to be understood as a return to cold war with great and lasting consequences. In drawing out the commonalities between the original cold war and the current confrontation, Return to Cold War brings a fresh perspective to what is happening between the two countries, its broader significance beyond the immediate issues of the day, and how political leaders in both countries might adjust their approaches in order, as the author urges, to make this new cold war "as short and shallow as possible."

Return of a King

Return of a King


  • Release: 2013-04-16
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 560 page
  • ISBN: 9780307958297
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From William Dalrymple—award-winning historian, journalist and travel writer—a masterly retelling of what was perhaps the West’s greatest imperial disaster in the East, and an important parable of neocolonial ambition, folly and hubris that has striking relevance to our own time. With access to newly discovered primary sources from archives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and India—including a series of previously untranslated Afghan epic poems and biographies—the author gives us the most immediate and comprehensive account yet of the spectacular first battle for Afghanistan: the British invasion of the remote kingdom in 1839. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed helmets, and facing little resistance, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the mountain passes from India into Afghanistan in order to reestablish Shah Shuja ul-Mulk on the throne, and as their puppet. But after little more than two years, the Afghans rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into rebellion. This First Anglo-Afghan War ended with an entire army of what was then the most powerful military nation in the world ambushed and destroyed in snowbound mountain passes by simply equipped Afghan tribesmen. Only one British man made it through. But Dalrymple takes us beyond the bare outline of this infamous battle, and with penetrating, balanced insight illuminates the uncanny similarities between the West’s first disastrous entanglement with Afghanistan and the situation today. He delineates the straightforward facts: Shah Shuja and President Hamid Karzai share the same tribal heritage; the Shah’s principal opponents were the Ghilzai tribe, who today make up the bulk of the Taliban’s foot soldiers; the same cities garrisoned by the British are today garrisoned by foreign troops, attacked from the same rings of hills and high passes from which the British faced attack. Dalryrmple also makes clear the byzantine complexity of Afgha

The Return of Knecht Ruprecht

The Return of Knecht Ruprecht


  • Release: 2013-11
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 214 page
  • ISBN: 1494282585
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Olivia Black's latest work is destined to become a new children's classic. Along the lines of Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the first book in this series follows three very special children as they each learn to face their demons as they fight the battle of their lives to preserve good, despite a powerful and growing force of evil. An important foundation is formed as the transition of power from the old guard to the new is established. Join Jack, Chance, and Ashley in their adventures with Grandpa Hugo, Uncle Nicholas, Mr. Hecht, and the Cinnamon Men as they battle the evil soldiers of Krampus in this fun and memorable holiday story.

The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds


  • Release: 2017-01-01
  • Publisher: First Avenue Editions ™
  • Price: FREE
  • File: PDF, 206 page
  • ISBN: 9781467776219
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When a meteorite lands in Surrey, the locals don't know what to make of it. But as Martians emerge and begin killing bystanders, it quickly becomes clear—England is under attack. Armed soldiers converge on the scene to ward off the invaders, but meanwhile, more Martian cylinders land on Earth, bringing reinforcements. As war breaks out across England, the locals must fight for their lives, but life on Earth will never be the same. This is an unabridged version of one of the first fictional accounts of extraterrestrial invasion. H. G. Wells's military science fiction novel was first published in book form in 1898, and is considered a classic of English literature.