William Van der Kloot examines the experiences of seven future national leaders during the First World War. Adolf Hitler served on the Western Front for four years; Charles de Gaulle was bayonetted and captured at Verdun; Benito Mussolini was so badly wounded that he was discharged as a hero; Gustav Mannerheim was a cavalry commander who fought on the Eastern Front; Mustafa Kemal Ataturk commanded a division at the Battle of Gallipoli; Harold Macmillan was wounded at Loos and again at the Somme; and Herbert Hoover, although a civilian, organized humanitarian relief in German-occupied Europe, especially Belgium. Combining information gleaned from memoirs, diaries, biographies and regimental histories, this book illustrates how these experiences formed them into the men remembered by history. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781845886349 20160528
On February 11th, 1892, Major Yasumasa Fukushima, stationed at the Berlin Embassy, departs on a journey of 9,000 miles, alone and on horseback, across two continents and seven countries to arrive at Vladivostok 488 days later, with the objective of inspecting the situation of the Trans-Siberian Railway construction. His daily diary entries tell of his perilous journey.
'A simple account, concentrating mainly on the daily hardships and danger faced by individual Brigaders, and the banter and grumbling which were necessary survival tactics in desperate military situations. Every additional memoir of this kind tells us a little more about those who risked their lives in Spain' - "Times Literary Supplement". 'Fisher's book is important for its acute descriptions of life in the International Brigades, and it surely will capture the attention of its readers' - "Choice". '[A] welcome addition to the literature of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade's involvement in the Spanish Civil War. Honest, straightforward, and moving, it shares with us the struggles of an idealist among the shifting politics and brutal realities of an ideological war' - John Sayles. 'The Abraham Lincoln Brigade story is beautifully and movingly told' - Lena Horne. 'Sheds much-needed light with warmth and passion. A wonderful story. And wonderfully he tells it' - Ossie Davis'. Harry Fisher has been a department store worker, a seaman, a labor activist, and an engineer gunner on a B-26. For many years he served as chief of communications for the TASS news agency in New York City. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780803220065 20160528
Boulder : East European Monographs ; New York : Distributed by Columbia University Press, 1998.
Book — xii, 182 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
This is the story of a Czech soldier in the Austro-Hungarian Imperial and Royal Armed Forces during World War I who switched sides and joined the newly formed Czechoslovak Legion. He then fought in Slovakia against the Hungary revolutionary army of Bela Kun in order to help Czechoslovakia secure its borders and its freedom. Jan F. Triska, the soldier's son, provides commentaries throughout on his father's story, as well as on the effects of World War I on the spread of nationalism, fascism and communism; the break-up of the colonies and empires; and the growth of the universal communications systems, technology and globalization of the world. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780880333979 20160528