Rising '44

The Battle for Warsaw

Author: Norman Davies

Publisher: Pan Macmillan


Category: History


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Rising '44 is a brilliant narrative account of one of the most dramatic episodes in 20th century history, drawing on Davies' unique understanding of the issues and characters involved. In August 1944 Warsaw offered the Wehrmacht the last line of defence against the Red Army's march from Moscow to Berlin. When the Red Army reached the river Vistula, the people of Warsaw believed that liberation had come. The Resistance took to the streets in celebration, but the Soviets remained where they were, allowing the Wehrmacht time to regroup and Hitler to order that the city of Warsaw be razed to the ground. For 63 days the Resistance fought on in the cellars and the sewers. Defenceless citizens were slaughtered in their tens of thousands. One by one the City's monuments were reduced to rubble, watched by Soviet troops on the other bank of the river. The Allies expressed regret but decided that there was nothing to be done, Poland would not be allowed to be governed by Poles. The sacrifice was in vain and the Soviet tanks rolled in to the flattened city. It is a hugely dramatic story, vividly and authoritatively told by one of our greatest historians.

Sentinels: Alpha Rising

Author: Doranna Durgin

Publisher: Harlequin


Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Time is running out for the Alpha to seduce his reluctant houseguest… Holly Faulkes's entire life had been spent in hiding, steering clear of the Sentinels. But now she is their prisoner, kept by Lannie Stewart, an undeniably sexy alpha wolf determined to initiate her into their world. Lannie's special gift of influence has never failed him, until Holly. The full-blooded field Sentinel, though, can sense her untapped power. It is a power he is deeply drawn to, a power they all desperately need. For a new enemy has risen, one determined to destroy their kind. Holly can reveal this danger, but only if Lannie can convince her to accept…to embrace…to release, what she really is.

Beyond the Uprising

A Polish Girl's Journey

Author: Cynthia Grant Bowman

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 187

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Cynthia Grant Bowman is a professor of law at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York. She met the subject of this biography, Maria Chudzinski, while teaching at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where Maria worked in the international section of the law library. Maria was born in Poland before the German invasion and the Second World War and joined the underground resistance, or Home Army, as a teenager. She fought during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and was taken prisoner by the Germans when the city fell. In 1945 Maria moved to England, where she was a member of the Polish Air Force, ultimately settling in Chicago in 1952. She has been very active in the Polish-American community in Chicago since that time. Intrigued by Marias past, Professor Bowman asked her to tell her story. This book is the result.

My Life

Author: Christopher Abiodun Stephen

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 52

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I feel that, all that happen to man is pre-ordained in our GENES and that God does not make mistakes. Many are always called but only those who sees the light are chosen, and those that are chosen also select those that are known to them. They all started like me, without money, gold or silver and so they are gods or lords. While some people move out of their countries and returned successful, some does not but I am glad that, I moved out of my country and at least for now, I am happy in a foreign land, when I finally return I hope that I would have every course to say LAUS DEO which to me means PRAISE GOD. I struggled through difficult situations, in my land, left my land for a greener pasture, got to different lands with people of different cultures and behaviors, under severe weather conditions of summer and winter, hoping to gain good life, sometimes working and other times not having work to do. Mum and brothers always calling from my land to bring or send something. My dear fellows, this is my situation for now and I wish you all goodluck as I wish my self.

Isaac's Army

A Story of Courage and Survival in Nazi-Occupied Poland

Author: Matthew Brzezinski

Publisher: Random House


Category: History

Page: 496

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Starting as early as 1939, disparate Jewish underground movements coalesced around the shared goal of liberating Poland from Nazi occupation. For the next six years, separately and in concert, they waged a heroic war of resistance against Hitler’s war machine that culminated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Isaac’s Army, Matthew Brzezinski delivers the first-ever comprehensive narrative account of that struggle, following a group of dedicated young Jews—some barely out of their teens—whose individual acts of defiance helped rewrite the ending of World War II. Based on first-person accounts from diaries, interviews, and surviving relatives, Isaac’s Army chronicles the extraordinary triumphs and devastating setbacks that befell the Jewish underground from its earliest acts of defiance in 1939 to the exodus to Palestine in 1946. This is the remarkable true story of the Jewish resistance from the perspective of those who led it: Isaac Zuckerman, the confident and charismatic twenty-four-year-old founder of the Jewish Fighting Organization; Simha Ratheiser, Isaac’s fifteen-year-old bodyguard, whose boyish good looks and seeming immunity to danger made him an ideal courier; and Zivia Lubetkin, the warrior queen of the underground who, upon hearing the first intimations of the Holocaust, declared: “We are going to defend ourselves.” Joined by allies on the left and right, they survived Gestapo torture chambers, smuggled arms, ran covert printing presses, opened illegal schools, robbed banks, executed collaborators, and fought in the two largest rebellions of the war. Hunted by the Germans and bedeviled by the “Greasers”—roving bands of blackmailers who routinely turned in resistance fighters for profit—the movement was chronically short on firepower but long on ingenuity. Its members hatched plots in dank basements, never more than a door knock away from summary execution, and slogged through fetid sewers to escape the burning Ghetto to the forests surrounding the city. And after the initial uprising was ruthlessly put down by the SS, they gambled everything on a bold plan for a citywide revolt—of both Jews and Gentiles—that could end only in victory or total destruction. The money they raised helped thousands hide when the Ghetto was liquidated. The documents they forged offered lifelines to families desperate to escape the horror of the Holocaust. And when the war was over, they helped found the state of Israel. A story of secret alliances, internal rivalries, and undying commitment to a cause, Isaac’s Army is history at its most heart-wrenching. Driven by an unforgettable cast of characters, it’s a true-life tale with the pulse of a great novel, and a celebration of the indomitable spirit of resistance. Advance praise for Isaac’s Army “Told with care and compassion, Matthew Brzezinski’s Isaac’s Army is a riveting account of the Jewish resistance in wartime Poland. This is an intense story that transcends the horror of the time and finds real inspiration in the bravery of those who fought back—some of whom lived to tell their stories. Highly recommended.”—Alan Furst, author of Mission to Paris

Gender, Sexuality, and Material Objects in English Renaissance Verse

Author: Pamela S. Hammons

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

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"...an exceptionally strong study of seventeenth-century British poetry and its important---even crucial---relationship to a still larger, richer discourse of subjects and objects, gifts and debts, owners and renters, sovereigns and petitioners, which informed the early modern worlds of economies and politics, organized an emerging print culture, and shaped many ideas about sexuality and gender."---Elizabeth Mazzola, The City College of New York, author of Women's Wealth and Women's Writing in Early Modern England An important contribution to recent critical discussions about gender, sexuality, and material culture in Renaissance England. this study analyzes female and male-authored lyrics to illuminate how gender and sexuality inflected sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poets' conceptualization of relations among people and things, human and non-human subjects and objects. Pamela S. Hammons examines lyrics from both manuscript and print collections including the verse of authors ranging from Robert Herrick, John Donne, and Ben Jonson to Margaret Cavendish, Lucy Hutchinson, and Acmilia Lanyer---and situates them in relation to legal theories, autobiographies, biographies, plays, and epics. Her approach fills a crucial gap in the conversation, which has focused upon drama and male-authored works, by foregrounding the significance of the lyric and women's writing. Hammons exposes the poetic strategies sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English women used to assert themselves as subjects of property and economic agents---in relation to material items ranging from personal property to real estate---despite the dominant patriarchal ideology insisting they were ideally temporary, passive vehicles for men's wealth. The study details how women imagined their multiple, complex interactions with the material world: the author shows that how a woman poet represents herself in relation to material objects is a flexible fiction she can mobilize for diverse purposes. Because this book analyzes men's and women's poems together, it isolates important gendered differences in how the poets envision human subjects' use, control, possession, and ownership of things and the influences, effects, and power of things over humans. It also adds to the increasing evidence for the pervasiveness of patriarchal anxieties associated with female economic agency in a culture in which women were often treated as objects. The eighteenth-century practitioners of anatomy saw their own period as `the perfection of anatomy'. This book looks at the investigation of anatomy in the `long' eighteenth century in disciplinary terms. This means looking in a novel way not only at the practical aspects of anatomizing but also at questions of how one became an anatomist, where and how the discipline was practised, what the point was of its practice, what counted as sub-disciplines of anatomy, and the nature of arguments over anatomical facts and priority of discovery. In particular pathology, generation and birth, and comparative anatomy are shown to have been linked together as sub-disciplines of anatomy. At first sight anatomy seems the most long-lived and stable of medical disciplines, from Galen and Vesalius to the present. But Cunningham argues that anatomy was, like so many other areas of knowledge, changed irrevocably around the end of the eighteenth century, with the creation of new disciplines, new forms of knowledge and new ways of investigation. The `long' eighteenth century, therefore, was not only the highpoint of anatomy but also the endpoint of old anatomy.

Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of His Time

Author: Tom Walker

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Irish poetry

Page: 216

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Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time is a key new study on the poetry of Louis MacNeice, one of the major figures in British and Irish poetry in the twentieth-century. It draws on new archival research to suggest ways in which his poetry is closely linked to contemporaneous developments in Irish literature and culture. This is a fresh perspective on the usual critical placement of MacNeice's work in relation to either 1930s British poetry orhis later influence on more recent Northern Irish poets. It also has a lot to say about the reception of Yeats in modern anglophone poetry in Ireland, Britain and beyond. In doing so, it offers a freshcontribution to on the literary history of Ireland and modern poetry more generally too. It is written in a clear and accessible style, balancing close reading of texts to broader historical, conceptual and critical perspectives.