The Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff

Author: Daniel K. R. Crosswell

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UOM:39015022053543

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 482

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While specifically focusing on Smith's 39-year military career, this study critically examines the professionalization process within the officer corps in the inter-war years; analyzes the evolution of the American and Allied command and staff structures in the Second World War; and surveys the distillation and execution of Allied strategy in the Mediterranean and European theatres of war. Smith's formative relationships with Generals Eisenhower and Marshall are stressed. An epilogue treats Smith's post-Army years as Ambassador to Moscow, C.I.A. Director, and Ike's Assistant Secretary of State.

Italy's Sorrow

Italy's Sorrow

Author: James Holland

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780007176458

Category: Anzio, Battle of, Anzio, Italy, 1944

Page: 133

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James Holland's ground-breaking account expertly documents the German advance to the stalemate of the Gothic line and a segment of Italian history that has been largely neglected. The war in Italy was the most destructive campaign in the west as the Allies and Germans fought a long, bitter and highly attritional conflict up the mountainous leg of Italy during the last twelve months of the Second World War. While the Allies and Germans were slogging it out through the mountains, the Italians were fighting their own battles, one where Partisans and Fascists were pitted against each other in a bloody civil war. Around them, civilians tried to live through the carnage, terror and anarchy while, in the wake of the Allied advance, beleaguered and impoverished Italians were forced to pick their way through the ruins of their homes and country and often forced into making terrible and heart-rending decisions in order to survive.

Rome and the Enemy

Rome and the Enemy

Author: Susan P. Mattern

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520211669

Category: History

Page: 296

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This text draws on the literature, composed by the elite who conducted Roman foreign affairs. It shows that concepts of honour, competition for status and revenge drove Roman foreign policy.

The Poison King

The Poison King

Author: Adrienne Mayor

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691126838

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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A compelling biography of the legendary king, rebel, and poisoner who defied the Roman Empire Machiavelli praised his military genius. European royalty sought out his secret elixir against poison. His life inspired Mozart's first opera, while for centuries poets and playwrights recited bloody, romantic tales of his victories, defeats, intrigues, concubines, and mysterious death. But until now no modern historian has recounted the full story of Mithradates, the ruthless king and visionary rebel who challenged the power of Rome in the first century BC. In this richly illustrated book—the first biography of Mithradates in fifty years—Adrienne Mayor combines a storyteller's gifts with the most recent archaeological and scientific discoveries to tell the tale of Mithradates as it has never been told before. The Poison King describes a life brimming with spectacle and excitement. Claiming Alexander the Great and Darius of Persia as ancestors, Mithradates inherited a wealthy Black Sea kingdom at age fourteen after his mother poisoned his father. He fled into exile and returned in triumph to become a ruler of superb intelligence and fierce ambition. Hailed as a savior by his followers and feared as a second Hannibal by his enemies, he envisioned a grand Eastern empire to rival Rome. After massacring eighty thousand Roman citizens in 88 BC, he seized Greece and modern-day Turkey. Fighting some of the most spectacular battles in ancient history, he dragged Rome into a long round of wars and threatened to invade Italy itself. His uncanny ability to elude capture and surge back after devastating losses unnerved the Romans, while his mastery of poisons allowed him to foil assassination attempts and eliminate rivals. The Poison King is a gripping account of one of Rome's most relentless but least understood foes.