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)
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
Book — ix, 452 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
List of illustrations-- Acknowledgements-- List of abbreviations-- Prologue: innocent?--
1 Back in Norway--
2. The Russian dream--
3. A reluctant leader--
4. Mussolini or Hitler?--
5. A time of crisis--
6. Leader on probation--
7. Revolution from above--
8. Betrayed by Hitler--
9. On the edge of the volcano--
10. An enemy of the people-- Epilogue: dangerous?-- Archive sources-- Bibliography-- Index.
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The word 'Quisling' is used all over the world as a synonym for 'traitor' or 'treachery'. The original Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945) was a gifted Norwegian army officer who earned notoriety when he sided with the Nazis on the first day of Norway's entry into the Second World War. Quisling's coup d'etat in Oslo on 9 April 1940 was immediately denounced as an act of arch-treason, and even Churchill spoke of 'the vile race of Quislings'. Hans Fredrik Dahl's biography makes use of a complete range of source material from Nordic, German, Italian and Russian archives, and of family archives now in the USA. He traces Quisling's ultimately futile career from his earlier internationalist career as a diplomat and businessman to the drama of his trial and execution for high treason in 1945. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
The author of this study shows how, with Boris Yeltsin struggling to maintain his health, the Kremlin elite are plotting his successor while the most popular man in Russian politics is outside the Kremlin. He is General Alexander Lebed, the gruff Cossack whom Yeltsin first appointed and then removed as Russia's defence and security supremo. A hero of the Afghan war and the man who brought peace to Chechnya, he was ignominiously sacked by Yeltsin in 1996 after a bitter power struggle in the Kremlin. But he is still the man most Russians would like to be President. He is also a politician whose unpredictable views on Russia's policy towards its neighbours and NATO expansion have worried western security analysts. Harold Elletson, a former Member of Parliament, had access to General Lebed and his team, to the Chechen rebels with whom Lebed negotiated a ceasefire, and to Russian political sources. His text aims to provide a detailed insight into the methods and motives of a man who could become President of Russia, and into those who oppose him. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — ix, 332 p., 16 p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Born in West Belfast in 1948 into a family with close ties to both the trade union and republican movements, Gerry Adams is the eldest of ten children. He writes with affection of his mother, "an articulate and gentle woman, " of his father, a republican activist who had been jailed at the age of sixteen, and of his grandmother, who nurtured in him a love of reading. He describes his childhood, despite its material poverty, in glowing and humorous terms, recollecting golden hours spent playing on the slopes of the mountain behind his home and celebrating the intimate sense of community in the tightly packed streets of working-class West Belfast. But even before leaving school to work as a barman, he had become aware of the inequities and inequalities of life in the north of Ireland. Soon he was engaged in direct action on the issues of housing, unemployment, and civil rights. Gerry Adams brings a unique perspective to the years of conflict, insurrection, and bitter struggle that ensued when, in his view, peaceful political agitation was met with hysterical reaction, and the sectarian tinder-box of Britain's last colony erupted. From the pogroms of 1969 to the hunger strikes of 1981, from the streets of West Belfast to the cages of Long Kesh, this powerful memoir is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand modern Ireland. (source: Nielsen Book Data)