Tim Kane analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the US armed forces leadership culture and personnel management. He proposes a blueprint for reform that empowers troops as well as local commanders. Kane's proposals extend the All-Volunteer Force reforms of 1973 further along the spectrum of volunteerism, emphasize greater individual agency during all stages of a US military career, and restore diversity among the services. The Leader/Talent Matrix-an analytic framework Kane develops in the book-offers a multidimensional view of an organization's personnel practices. A survey of hundreds of veterans and active-duty troops reveals world-class strengths in the US armed forces leadership culture but a wide array of weaknesses in talent management. The Total Volunteer Force returns autonomy to the army, navy, air force, and Marine Corps. Kane offers an array of reforms to improve performance evaluations, create a talent market for job-matching, and revolutionize compensation to better reward merit and skill. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780817920753 20170522
Victor Arnautoff reigned as San Francisco's leading mural painter during the New Deal era. Yet that was only part of an astonishing life journey from Tsarist officer to leftist painter. Robert W. Cherny's masterful biography of Arnautoff braids the artist's work with his increasingly leftist politics and the tenor of his times. Delving into sources on Russian emigres and San Francisco's arts communities, Cherny traces Arnautoff's life from refugee art student and assistant to Diego Rivera to prominence in the New Deal's art projects and a faculty position at Stanford University. As Arnautoff's politics moved left, he often incorporated working people and people of color into his treatment of the American past and present. In the 1950s, however, his participation in leftist organizations and a highly critical cartoon of Richard Nixon landed him before the House Un-American Activities Committee and led to calls for his dismissal from Stanford. Arnautoff eventually departed America, a refugee of another kind, now fleeing personal loss and the disintegration of the left-labor culture that had nurtured him, before resuming his artistic career in the Soviet Union that he had fought in his youth to destroy. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780252082306 20171204
Toen de Eerste Wereldoorlog uitbrak, werden België en Rusland eensklaps militaire bondgenoten. De Russische propaganda noemde België het 'Land der Helden' en vond dat Rusland een voorbeeld moest nemen aan de kleine, dappere natie. In werkelijkheid was België de speelbal van de strijdende partijen. Om België in de pas te laten lopen, zond Rusland kapitein Andrej Prezjbjano naar het Belgische hoofdkwartier. Vier jaar lang was de man getuige van de gebeurtenissen aan het Belgische front en probeerde hij zijn stempel te drukken op de Belgisch-Russische relaties, ook ten tijde van de woelige Septemberrevolutie in 1917. 'Voor vorst, voor vrijheid en voor recht' vertelt het verhaal van de Belgisch-Russische oorlogsidylle aan de hand van Prezjbjano's fascinerende memoires. Het boek ontkracht enkele hardnekkige mythes over de Belgisch-Russische relaties tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog.
2nd revised edition. - [Berlin] : Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit der Stiftung Topographie des Terrors, 
Book — 271 pages : Illustrations ; 27 cm
"The exhibition shows the everyday lives of the men, women and children carted off to work -- at the camp, duirng work, and in dealing with Germans. It illustrated the extent to which the forced labourers' lives were dominated by the strict racist hierarchy of the Nazi regime. This catalogue records key content from the permanent exhibition with many, in some cases unknown photographs, documents and objects on the history of Nazi Forced Labour and its consequences. It also includes numerous biographies of forced labourers and of Germans -- perperators, profiteers, onlookers and helpers"-- p.4 of cover.
Stanford, California : Hoover Institution Press, 2016.
Book — xxxv, 60 pages ; 18 cm.
In late 1921, then secretary of commerce Herbert Hoover decided to distill from his experiences a coherent understanding of the American experiment he cherished. The result was the 1922 book American Individualism. In it, Hoover expounded and vigorously defended what has come to be called American exceptionalism: the set of beliefs and values that still makes America unique. He argued that America can make steady, sure progress if we preserve our individualism, preserve and stimulate the initiative of our people, insist on and maintain the safeguards to equality of opportunity, and honor service as a part of our national character. American Individualism asserts that equal opportunity for individuals to develop their abilities is "the sole source of progress" and the fundamental impulse behind American civilization for three-now four-centuries. More than ninety years have passed since this book was first published; it is clear, in retrospect, that the volume was partly motivated by the political controversies of the time. But American Individualism is not simply a product of a dim and receding past. To a considerable degree the ideological battles of Hoover's era are the battles of our own, and the interpretations we make of our past-particularly the years between 1921 and 1933-will mold our perspective on the crises of the present. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780817920159 20170213