History comes alive -- with ghosts! Anderson finds himself drawn to the old trunk of military relics in the basement of his family's junk shop again. His friends Greg and Julie warn him to stay away from it, but he can't help himself. This time Anderson discovers an old grenade with a strange message scratched into it. But an old grenade is dangerous . . . especially when the ghost of a soldier appears, claiming that it's his lucky grenade from during his service in the Vietnam War. What does this ghost want from Anderson, Greg, and Julie? Is he here for their help - or for something more sinister? It's a race against time as the friends work to solve the mystery!
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Fictional war narratives often employ haunted battlefields, super-soldiers, time travel, the undead and other imaginative elements of science fiction and fantasy. This encyclopedia catalogs appearances of the strange and the supernatural found in the war stories of film, television, novels, short stories, pulp fiction, comic books and video and role-playing games. Categories explore themes of mythology, science fiction, alternative history, superheroes and "Weird War."
It's been a month since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. America is officially at war with Germany and Japan, and everyone wants to do their part. In twelve-year-old Colton's case, that means stepping up at home once his older brother, Danny, ships out with the navy. But before Danny leaves for boot camp, the brothers are fishing on the Atlantic Ocean when Danny's boat is capsized by a Nazi U-boat, nearly killing him. When more U-boats start attacking the next day, Colton realizes just how close the enemy is to American shores. With Danny's life in the balance, Colton does the only thing he can think of to help his family and his country: He steals his brother's enlisting papers and joins up instead. Colton's bold decision leads to a deadly journey. Even if he can keep his age a secret and survive boot camp, he'll have to face Hitler's ruthless submarines. But the longer he's on the seas, the less sure sure Colton is that he and his shipmates can stop such a relentless enemy . . .
Inspired by the true story of the youngest boy who served in World War II, Steve Watkins weaves a story of courage in the face of danger and hope in the face of defeat.
"The Ghosts of Langley offers a detail-rich, often relentless litany of CIA scandals and mini-scandals. . . [and a] prayer that the CIA learn from and publicly admit its mistakes, rather than perpetuate them in an atmosphere of denial and impunity." —The Washington Post From the writer Kai Bird calls a “wonderfully accessible historian,” the first major history of the CIA in a decade, published to tie in with the seventieth anniversary of the agency’s founding During his first visit to Langley, the CIA’s Virginia headquarters, President Donald Trump told those gathered, “I am so behind you . . . there’s nobody I respect more, ” hinting that he was going to put more CIA operations officers into the field so the CIA could smite its enemies ever more forcefully. But while Trump was making these promises, behind the scenes the CIA was still reeling from blowback from the very tactics that Trump touted—including secret overseas prisons and torture—that it had resorted to a decade earlier during President George W. Bush’s war on terror. Under the latest regime it seemed that the CIA was doomed to repeat its past failures rather than put its house in order. The Ghosts of Langley is a provocative and panoramic new history of the Central Intelligence Agency that relates the agency’s current predicament to its founding and earlier years, telling the story of the agency through the eyes of key figures in CIA history, including some of its most troubling covert actions around the world. It reveals how the agency, over seven decades, has resisted government accountability, going rogue in a series of highly questionable ventures that reach their apotheosis with the secret overseas prisons and torture programs of the war on terror. Drawing on mountains of newly declassified documents, the celebrated historian of national intelligence John Prados throws fresh light on classic agency operations from Poland to Hungary, from Indonesia to Iran-Contra, and from the Bay of Pigs to Guantánamo Bay. The halls of Langley, Prados persuasively argues, echo with the footsteps of past spymasters, to the extent that it resembles a haunted house. Indeed, every day that the militarization of the CIA increases, the agency drifts further away from classic arts of espionage and intelligence analysis—and its original mission, while pushing dangerously beyond accountability. The Ghosts of Langley will be essential reading for anyone who cares about the next phase of American history—and the CIA’s evolution—as its past informs its future and a president of impulsive character prods the agency toward new scandals and failures.
The title connotes the tour of duty for a US Marine in Vietnam, for twelve months and twenty days. PFC Sean P. O’Hara embarks upon an adventure that would change his life forever. Twelve and Twenty is a riveting novel that takes place in the jungles of Southeast Asia and the quagmire of the Vietnam War. In a graphic and haunting naturalistic style, James Toomey adroitly tells the story of the madness of war and the paradox of valor in the early summer of 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam. With great skill, Colonel Toomey has created a page-turner. It reveals the arduous and sometimes horrific life of an infantry marine serving his country in a sustained and unpopular ground war. That war changed the country, and that change was not for the better. The book honestly and graphically presents the minute-to-minute, day-to-day, week-to-week dichotomy of insipid drudgery and violent combat that almost instantaneously transforms an Ivy League candidate into a highly trained, coldhearted killing machine. The psychological scars of these hellacious 385 days in 1968 and 1969 will never go away. O’Hara, during the course of his tour, is given a ribald and Mephistophelian education in life that he never would receive at Harvard. A macabre curriculum that included the sight of his fellow marines blown to bits; innocent indigenous villagers tortured by their own countrymen; commercial lust sold by adolescent prostitutes in Bangkok, Thailand. Lastly the ultimate, final examination, which is the manic-depressive phenomenon of an otherwise kind and gentle person having to kill other human beings to survive. O’Hara passed the exam physically but not mentally, and he will never be the same again! There is no glory in war, only heartache and despair.
"This is a must read book...captivating, evocative...Ball has compiled an outstanding account, detailed and factual, full of the fury of the battle and the feelings of the men...a great tribute to the many brave individual Marines who gave so much...of great significance to those who want to know what it was really like."--Red Clay (Khe Sanh Veterans, Inc.) "Reveals the face of war as viewed by the rifleman on the sharp end...a finely crafted and emotionally charged portrait of combat and the young men caught up in it, this narrative will certainly find an admiring audience...recommended."--Library Journal "Ball's honesty is the key to the general excellence of his story...this is not just another book about Vietnam...heart-wrenching."--Cincinnati Enquirer "Highly readable...Ball's no-nonsense approach, coupled with a clean, fast-paced writing style paints a clear picture of the harrowing year [the author] spent in-country as a private first-class with Fox Company."--Ohioana Quarterly "Ball, like the other youths of F Company, did a very difficult and deadly job...fear of death mingled with homesickness...little did they realize that the horrors of the Vietnam war would haunt them the rest of their lives...[an] unforgettable story."--Midwest Book Review "Detailed descriptions of 13 months of bloody Marine combat experiences...millions of readers will understand and many will identify with the author."--Cellar Arrivals (Cellar Book Shop) "Provides a detailed account of what combat was like."--Reference & Research Book News The author arrived at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego ill-prepared for the training and abuse that awaited him in boot camp. At the time, he would have done anything to escape; only upon reflection years later did he realize that the self-confidence instilled in him by his drill instructors had probably saved his life in Vietnam. A few months after boot camp, Private Ball was shipped out to Vietnam, joining F Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, near Khe Sanh. As a grunt, in the vernacular of the Corps, Ball, like the other youths of F Company, did a difficult and deadly job in such places as the A Shau Valley, Leatherneck Square, the DMZ and other obscure but critical I Corps locales. His--their--fear of death mingled with homesickness. Little did they realize that the horrors of the Vietnam War--horrors that while in-country they often claimed did not even exist--would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Draws on secret United States government records, personal letters, diaries, and eyewitness accounts to divulge the true story of the crucial Vietnam battle of Khe Sanh
Memories and history combine in these poems about the Vietnam War