(2003/BMG ARIOLA) 15 tracks
The US Army entered World War II unprepared. In addition, lacking Germany´s blitzkrieg approach of coordinated armor and air power, the army was organized to fight two wars: one on the ground and one in the air. Previous commentators have blamed Congressional funding and public apathy for the army´s unprepared state. David E. Johnson believes instead that the principal causes were internal: army culture and bureaucracy, and their combined impact on the development of weapons and doctrine. Johnson examines the US Army´s innovations for both armor and aviation between the world wars, arguing that the tank became a captive of the conservative infantry and cavalry branches, while the airplane´s development was channeled by air power insurgents bent on creating an independent air force. He maintains that as a consequence, the tank´s potential was hindered by the traditional arms, while air power advocates focused mainly on proving the decisiveness of strategic bombing, neglecting the mission of tactical support for ground troops. Minimal interaction between ground and air officers resulted in insufficient cooperation between armored forces and air forces. Fast Tanks and Heavy Bombers makes a major contribution to a new understanding of both the creation of the modern US Army and the Army´s performance in World War II. The book also provides important insights for future military innovation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen McLaughlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/032028/bk_adbl_032028_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Unlikely pairs join forces to crack a slew of intriguing cases in an anthology edited by New York Times best-selling author Anne Perry, featuring original stories by Jacqueline Winspear, Jeffery Deaver, Allison Brennan, Charles Todd, and many more, including Perry herself.Throughout the annals of fiction, there have been many celebrated detective teams: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Nick and Nora Charles. Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings. Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. That last pair is the creation of beloved mystery writer Anne Perry, who, as the editor of Odd Partners and in conjunction with Mystery Writers of America, has enlisted some of today’s best mystery writers to craft all-new stories about unlikely duos who join forces - sometimes unwillingly - to solve beguiling whodunits.From Perry’s entry, in which an English sergeant and his German counterpart set out to find a missing soldier during World War I, to a psychological tale of an airplane passenger who wakes up unsure of who he is, each story deals in the wonderful complexities of human interactions.Featuring work by New York Times best-selling authors, Edgar Award winners, and up-and-coming members of the Mystery Writers of America, these tales of friends, enemies, and pairs who lie somewhere in the middle will satisfy every type of mystery listener.Audio Contents: Introduction by Anne Perry, read by Anne Perry´´Reconciliation” by Anne Perry, read by Simon Prebble´´The Nature of the Beast” by William Kent Krueger, read by Ray Porter´´Sad Onions: A Hap and Leonard Story” by Joe R. Lansdale, read by Christopher Ryan Grant´´The Wagatha Labsy Secret Dogtective Alliance: A Dog Noir Story” by Jacqueline Winspear, read by Macleod Andrews´´Glock, Paper, Scissors” by Shelley Costa, read by Lorna Raver´´Blood Money: An Inspector Rutledge Story” by Charles Todd, re 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anne Perry, Simon Prebble, Ray Porter, Christopher Ryan Grant, Macleod Andrews, Lorna Raver, Edoardo Ballerini, Amy Landon, Janina Edwards. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006883/bk_rand_006883_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
General aviation encompasses all the ways aircraft are used beyond commercial and military flying: private flights, barnstormers, cropdusters, and so on. This history examines the many airplanes used in general aviation, from early Wright and Curtiss aircraft to the Piper Cub and the Lear Jet. The authors trace the careers of birdmen, birdwomen, barnstormers, and others who shaped general aviation - from Clyde Cessna and the Stinson family of San Antonio to Olive Ann Beech and Paul Poberezny of Milwaukee. They explain how the development of engines influenced the development of aircraft, from the E-107 that powered the 1929 Aeronca C-2, the first affordable personal aircraft, to the Continental A-40 that powered the Piper Cub, and the Pratt and Whitney PT-6 turboprop used on many aircraft after World War II. In addition, the authors chart the boom and bust cycle of general aviation manufacturers, the rising costs and increased regulations that have accompanied a decline in pilots, the creation of an influential general aviation lobby in Washington, and the growing popularity of ´´type´´ clubs, created to maintain aircraft whose average age is 28 years. This book provides listeners with a sense of the scope and richness of the history of general aviation in the United States. An epilogue examining the consequences of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, provides a cautionary note. The book is published by Texas A&M University Press. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Seitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071691/bk_acx0_071691_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.