It's the summer of 1964. The bush hat, and not the steel helmet, is the favored headgear of the sixteen thousand American advisors in South Vietnam. They love their work, and they're very good at it. How can they possibly fail? Covering their war are a handful of foreign reporters, including novelist Daniel Ford. Armed with a camera and a notebook, he wanders the country on foot and by military transport--helicopter, jeep, landing craft, junk, armored personnel carrier, and an Air Force flare ship--from the Mekong Delta to the Central Highlands. Once or twice a week, or whenever he is reunited with his Hermes portable, he types up an account of what he has seen and done. Here is that journal, a generation after it was written. It is a freeze-frame picture of the Vietnam War before it became a quagmire. "How good-hearted we were!" Ford says of himself and the men he met in his travels. "And how badly it all turned out." Included is the trek to an abandoned French garrison that became the site of Ford's novel Incident at Muc Wa and the acclaimed Burt Lancaster film Go Tell the Spartans. Updated with photographs, 2017.
A Catholic who put things into perspective when philosophical ideas were at an all-time low
Italian philosopher, Thomas Aquinas, had a major impact on Christian theology, the rise of Scholasticism, and the Roman Catholic Church. His Summa Theologicaand other works are renowned, and they emphasize the five pieces of evidences that God exists. To get a basic understanding of this deep thinker, we will touch on topics such as:
Some of the most inspiring quotes from Thomas Aquinas’ worksInteresting side notes and Aquinas’ historical backgroundThe Marian prayerPhilosophical ideas and reasoning of this 13th-century theologistReferences to Aquinas’ books, as well as the explanation of the “natural law”And much more!
With all the agnostic philosophers around, an interesting perspective should be respectively acknowledged by a man who truly believed in God’s existence and the logic of proving the same.
Create a spiritual connection to your gender and incorporate it into your personal practice. While exploring gender from a sacred perspective, Ariana Serpentine introduces you to trans and nonbinary figures from Pagan pantheons as well as spirits and deities that can help you achieve self-actualization.With suggestions for making devotion more inclusive, Sacred Gender provides new ways to understand the gods and invites you talk to your ancestors through the stars. Learn how to manifest your desires with sigil magic and identify gender-affirming names, pronouns, clothes, and accessories with the smile test. Filled with thought-provoking journal prompts and reflection exercises, this book encourages you to see parts of yourself that may have been obscured and liberate your spirituality from the gender binary.
There is always hope, even when we cannot seem to seek it within ourselves.From the best advice you’ll ever get to the joy of crisps, the 101 brilliant contributors to The Book of Hope will help you to find hope whenever you need it most. Award-winning mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin, MBE, and co-editor Britt Pflüger bring together people from all walks of life – actors, musicians, athletes, psychologists and activists – to share what gives them hope.These 101 key voices in the field of mental health, from the likes of Lemn Sissay, Dame Kelly Holmes, Frank Turner and Zoe Sugg, to Joe Tracini, Elizabeth Day, Hussain Manawer and Joe Wicks, share not only their experiences with anxiety, psychosis, panic attacks and more, but also what helps them when they are feeling low. This joyful collection is a supportive hand to anyone looking to find light on a dark day and shows that, no matter what you may be going through, you are not alone.Jonny Benjamin is known for his book and documentary film, The Stranger on the Bridge, which fought to end stigma around talking about mental health, suicidal thoughts and schizoaffective disorder. When his campaign to find the man who prevented him from taking his own life went viral, Jonny was one of a wave of new figures lifting the lid on mental health struggles. In this book, he brings together a range of voices to speak to the spectrum of our experiences of mental health and the power of speaking up and seeking help.
"In 1943, there was no thought of good times for two battalions of Scottish soldiers. For them, India meant a new and unimaginably arduous kind of training. Some of the Black Watch boys had seen action in Somaliland, Crete and Tobruk. Some of the Cameronians had fought the Japs in the Burma retreat. Even for these, such training was trial by ordeal. Many more of the Jocks were new, just shipped out from Scotland, but all of them were ordinary men, men from the towns and villages whod taken the Kings shilling in their countrys peril. These were first-class British infantry, but not the super-selected special forces types that we know today. Nevertheless, it was a special-forces job they were supposed to do and that is what they were called, Special Force. The challenge in Madhya Pradesh was to turn themselves into jungle fighters as good as the Japanese. They had a few short months to become Chindits. The two brigades they joined numbered 7,677 officers and men going into the jungle, of whom 531 were killed, captured or missing, and around 1,600 were wounded. By the end, some 3,800 were too sick to fight. Only 1,754 could be classified as 'effective' when they came out and, in truth, half of those were fit for no more than a hospital bed. It was a miracle anybody survived at all. And that was just two of the five brigades that went in. Was this the greatest medical disaster of World War Two? Who caused it? This new book has the answers."
A New York Times–bestselling author’s account of the devastating military campaign that broke the Confederacy’s back in the last months of the Civil War. In November 1864, just days after the reelection of President Abraham Lincoln, Gen. William T. Sherman vowed to “make Georgia howl.” The hero of Shiloh and his 65,000 Federal troops destroyed the great city of Atlanta, captured Savannah, and cut a wide swath of destruction through Georgia and the Carolinas on their way to Virginia. A scorched-earth campaign that continues to haunt the Southern imagination, Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and ensuing drive north was a crucial turning point in the War between the States. Weaving together hundreds of eyewitness accounts, bestselling author Burke Davis tells the story of this infamous episode from the perspective of the Union soldiers and the Confederate men and women who stood in their path. Eloquent, heartrending, and vastly informative, Sherman’s March brilliantly examines one of the most polarizing figures in American military history and offers priceless insights into the enduring legacy of the Civil War.
Have you ever wanted to write a horror story, but didn’t know how to start or proceed? In this easy, step-by-step guide, HowExpert presents Randal Schaffer: a horror fiction writer, enthusiast, and fan who will walk you through the process of not only writing a compelling horror story, but writing fiction stories in general. In this book, you’ll learn:-How to pick a topic for your book that will bring your readers along until the very end.
-How to choose a setting for your book that your readers can understand and mentally insert themselves into.
-How to write characters that your readers will care about, and either root for or against.
-How to build suspense in order to create that perfect “page-turner” that all writers seek.
-How to use gore in such a way that you’ll make your readers squirm, but not be so disgusted that they put the book down.
-General tips on writing, such as keeping the story believable within the universe that you’re creating, and editing out anything that doesn’t serve the story.
-How to wrap your story up in a satisfying way that will make readers seek you out again to read more from you.
About the Expert
Randal Schaffer’s tastes were turned in the direction of horror with the first film that he saw at the age of four, The Pit and the Pendulum with Vincent Price. The first story that he “wrote” using comic-strip style panels was about a mad scientist who creates a giant moth-man who then bit his head off. As an early reader, Randal began devouring H. P. Lovecraft and E. A. Poe in grade school, moving on to Stephen King and Clive Barker. He is writing his own series called “Shivers: Tales of Erotic Nightmare”. The first of these, Going All the Way is currently on Amazon, to be followed soon by book 2, Lady Frankenstein’s Lover.
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