Days That Changed The World

Author: Hywel Williams
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1849166552
Size: 70.56 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
View: 5935
Download Read Online

Days That Changed The World from the Author: Hywel Williams. The currents of history run deep and often unseen beneath the everyday ripple of events. But now and again the current rises to the surface, and the events of a single day change the world for ever. Such events are the subject of Days that Changed the World. Some of the fifty days described here mark the end of an era; others the start of something new. Many are the dates of bloody battles or murders; of momentous decisions or breathtaking discoveries. All are remembered as powerful symbols of their time whose legacy continues to reverberate around the world.The book begins almost 2500 years ago on 28 September 480 BC, when the Athenian navy destroyed the Persian invasion fleet in the Bay of Salamis. Had the Persians won we might never have heard the names of Plato, Aristotle or Alexander, nor recognize the word democracy. Taking in the assassination of Julius Caesar, the fall of Constantinople, the first day of the Somme, Nelson Mandela's release from prison and concluding with 11 September 2001 and the destruction of New York's Twin Towers, Days that Changed the World is a unique and fascinating way to tell the story of world history.

December 1941

Author: Craig Shirley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc
ISBN: 1595554580
Size: 18.56 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 4402
Download Read Online

December 1941 from the Author: Craig Shirley. In the days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, eyes in America were focused on the war in Europe or distracted by the elevated mood sweeping the country in the final days of the Great Depression. But when planes dropped out of a clear blue sky and bombed the American naval base and aerial targets in Hawaii, all of that changed. December 1941 takes readers into the moment-by-moment ordeal of a nation waking to war. Best-selling author Craig Shirley celebrates the American spirit while reconstructing the events that called it to shine with rare and piercing light. By turns nostalgic and critical, he puts readers on the ground in the stir and the thick of the action. Relying on daily news reports from around the country and recently declassified government papers, Shirley sheds light on the crucial diplomatic exchanges leading up to the attack, the policies on internment of Japanese living in the U.S. after the assault, and the near-total overhaul of the U.S. economy for war. Shirley paints a compelling portrait of pre-war American culture: the fashion, the celebrities, the pastimes. And his portrait of America at war is just as vivid: heroism, self-sacrifice, mass military enlistments, national unity and resolve, and the prodigious talents of Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley aimed at the Axis Powers, as well as the more troubling price-controls and rationing, federal economic takeover, and censorship. Featuring colorful personalities such as Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull, and General Douglas MacArthur, December 1941 highlights a period of profound change in American government, foreign and domestic policy, law, economics, and business, chronicling the developments day by day through that singular and momentous month. December 1941 features surprising revelations, amusing anecdotes, and heart-wrenching stories, and also explores the unique religious and spiritual dimension of a culture under assault on the eve of Christmas. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the closest thing to war for the Americans was uncoordinated, mediocre war games in South Carolina. Less than thirty days later, by the end of December 1941, the nation was involved in a pitched battle for the preservation of its very way of life, a battle that would forever change the nation and the world.

Big Week

Author: Bill Yenne
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101618965
Size: 66.64 MB
Format: PDF
View: 2444
Download Read Online

Big Week from the Author: Bill Yenne. In just six days, the United States Strategic Air Forces changed the course of military offense in World War II. During those six days, they launched the largest bombing campaign of the war, dropping roughly ten thousand tons of bombs in a rain of destruction that would take the skies back from the Nazis . . . The Allies knew that if they were to invade Hitler’s Fortress Europe, they would have to wrest air superiority from the mighty Luftwaffe. The plan of the Unites States Strategic Air Forces was extremely risky. During the week of February 20, 1944—and joined by the RAF Bomber Command—the USAAF Eighth and Fifteenth Air Force bombers took on this vital mission. They ran the gauntlet of the most heavily defended air space in the world to deal a death blow to Germany’s aircraft industry and made them pay with the planes already in the air. In the coming months, this Big Week would prove a deciding factor in the war. Both sides were dealt losses, but whereas the Allies could recover, damage to the Luftwaffe was irreparable. Thus, Big Week became one of the most important episodes of World War II and, coincidentally, one of the most overlooked—until now.

Peacemakers Six Months That Changed The World

Author: Margaret MacMillan
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848546688
Size: 12.18 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 1956
Download Read Online

Peacemakers Six Months That Changed The World from the Author: Margaret MacMillan. After the war to end all wars, men and women from all over the world converged on Paris for the Peace Conference. At its heart were the three great powers - Woodrow Wilson, Lloyd George and Clemenceau - but thousands of others came too, each with a different agenda. Kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers with their crowds of advisers rubbed shoulders with journalists and lobbyists for a hundred causes, from Armenian independence to women's rights. Everyone had business that year - T.E. Lawrence, Queen Marie of Romania, Maynard Keynes, Ho Chi Minh. There had never been anything like it before, and there never has been since. For six extraordinary months the city was effectively the centre of world government as the peacemakers wound up bankrupt empires and created new countries. This book brings to life the personalities, ideals and prejudices of the men who shaped the settlement. They pushed Russia to the sidelines, alienated China and dismissed the Arabs, struggled with the problems of Kosovo, or the Kurds, and of a homeland for the Jews. The peacemakers, it has been said, failed dismally, and above all failed to prevent another war. Margaret MacMillan argues that they have been made scapegoats for the mistakes of those who came later. They tried to be evenhanded, but their goals could never in fact be achieved by diplomacy.

100 Days In Photographs

Author: Nicholas Yapp
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426201974
Size: 67.28 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
View: 1756
Download Read Online

100 Days In Photographs from the Author: Nicholas Yapp. More than three hundred photographs from the archives of Getty Images and National Geographic capture one hundred days that represent pivotal moments of the past 150 years, including Lincoln's assassination, the 1929 Wall Street crash, Kristallnacht, Chernobyl, September 11, and other events and personalities who shaped the world. 125,000 first printing.

909 Days That Changed The World

Author: Robert J. Dunne
Publisher: Leonine Publishers
ISBN: 9780986055270
Size: 29.98 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
View: 6484
Download Read Online

909 Days That Changed The World from the Author: Robert J. Dunne. Jesus Christ walked this earth for about 33 years. Of them, only the last 909 days (two and a half years) were spent in public ministry. After his death and resurrection, his words, deeds, and actions were recorded in four different gospels for all to read. But many Christians, and maybe you, read one gospel at a time and don't quite understand how the four fit together. Regular church attendees may get to the point where they unconsciously tune out parts of the readings because they "know how this one ends." They hear the same bits and pieces about the life of Jesus Christ, but don't know the full chronological context in which these events take place. This book changes all that. 909 Days that Changed the World features short, thoughtful, easy-to-read chapters in the order of events as they likely happened and includes a chronological table with the four gospels cross-referenced.

Books That Changed The World

Author: Robert B. Downs
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
ISBN: 1786259753
Size: 66.74 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
View: 4524
Download Read Online

Books That Changed The World from the Author: Robert B. Downs. Books Are Weapons Books have wielded an immense power for good and evil throughout the history of the human race. Here is a thoughtful and probing discussion of sixteen of the most important works of all time which influenced history, economics, culture, civilization, and scientific thought from the Renaissance to the present day. Such widely different, but immensely powerful books as Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which foreshadowed the death and destruction of World War II, Harvey’s famous volume on blood circulation which revolutionized medical theory and treatment, Einstein’s theories on relativity which opened the atomic age are clearly described in this provocative and readable volume. Dr. Downs, former President of the American Library Association and head of the University of Illinois Library, also shows the widespread and decisive influence of other great works, including Newton’s presentation of his discovery of the laws of gravity, a cornerstone in scientific theory today, Darwin’s Origin of Species which many churchmen thought contradicted the Bible, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin which is considered one of the major causes of the American Civil War, and Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, the great volume from the man who revolutionized modern man’s thoughts about himself. Altogether, here is a fascinating presentation of books from many times which shows the tremendous power of the printed word on human development.

Time 80 Days That Changed The World

Author: Editors of Time Magazine
Publisher: Time
ISBN: 9781932273021
Size: 29.61 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
View: 4221
Download Read Online

Time 80 Days That Changed The World from the Author: Editors of Time Magazine. More than two hundred superlative photographs complement a fascinating look back at the key events and personalities that transformed modern history, capturing such seminal episodes as Pearl Harbor, D-Day, the moon landing, and the computer age, as well as such individuals as Gandhi, Churchill, Muhammad Ali, and Charlie Chaplin.

Thirty Years That Changed The World

Author: Michael Green
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802827661
Size: 63.21 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
View: 6126
Download Read Online

Thirty Years That Changed The World from the Author: Michael Green. Green opens up the gripping story of the Book of Acts, highlighting the astonishing, volcanic eruption of faith found there and comparing it to the often halfhearted Christianity of the modern Western world.

Ten Days That Shook The World

Author: John Reed
Publisher: Merkaba Press (PublishDrive)
ISBN:
Size: 65.67 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
View: 5713
Download Read Online

Ten Days That Shook The World from the Author: John Reed. Ten Days That Shook the World is a book by the American journalist and socialist John Reed about the October Revolution in Russia in 1917, which Reed experienced firsthand.