My Conversation With Thomas Lockley, Author Of African Samurai: The True Story Of Yasuke, A Legendary Black Warrior In Feudal Japan

Click Here To Listen Thomas Lockley The remarkable life of history’s first foreign-born samurai, and his astonishing journey from Northeast Africa to the heights of Japanese society. When Yasuke arrived in Japan in the late 1500s, he had already traveled much of the known world. Kidnapped as a child, he had ended up a servant and bodyguard to the head of the Jesuits in Asia, with whom he traversed India and China learning multiple languages as he went. His arrival in Kyoto, however, literally caused a riot. Most Japanese people had never seen an African man before, and many of them saw him as the embodiment of the black-skinned (in local tradition) Buddha. Among those [...]

By |May 9th, 2019|Africa, African Americans, Ancient, Asia, Biography, Military, Travel, Uncategorized, War|Comments Off on My Conversation With Thomas Lockley, Author Of African Samurai: The True Story Of Yasuke, A Legendary Black Warrior In Feudal Japan

My Conversation With Nioucha Homayoonfar, Author Of Taking Cover

Click Here To Listen Nioucha Homayoonfar This coming-of-age memoir, set during the Iranian Revolution, tells the true story of a young girl who moves to Tehran from the U.S. and has to adjust to living in a new country, learning a new language, and starting a new school during one of the most turbulent periods in Iran's history. When five-year-old Nioucha Homayoonfar moves from the U.S. to Iran in 1976, its open society means a life with dancing, women's rights, and other freedoms. But soon the revolution erupts and the rules of life in Iran change. Religion classes become mandatory. Nioucha has to cover her head and wear robes. Opinions at school are not welcome. [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Biography, History, Travel, War, Women, Youth|Comments Off on My Conversation With Nioucha Homayoonfar, Author Of Taking Cover

My Conversation With Samuel Katz, Author Of Beirut Rules: The Murder Of A CIA Station Chief And Hezbollah’s War Against America

Click Here To Listen Samuel Katz From the New York Times bestselling coauthors of Under Fire--the riveting story of the kidnapping and murder of CIA Station Chief William Buckley. After a deadly terrorist bombing at the American embassy in Lebanon in 1983, only one man inside the CIA possessed the courage and skills to rebuild the networks destroyed in the blast: William Buckley. But the new Beirut station chief quickly became the target of a young terrorist named Imad Mughniyeh. Beirut Rules is the pulse-by-pulse account of Buckley's abduction, torture, and murder at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists. Drawing on never-before-seen government documents as well as interviews with Buckley's co-workers, friends and family, Burton and [...]

By |November 9th, 2018|Politics, War|Comments Off on My Conversation With Samuel Katz, Author Of Beirut Rules: The Murder Of A CIA Station Chief And Hezbollah’s War Against America

My Conversation With Neal Bascomb, Author Of The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout Of The 20th Century

Click Here To Listen Neal Bascomb Neal Bascomb, author of The Nazi Hunters, returns with his next thrilling work of narrative nonfiction about a group of Allied POWs who staged an escape for the ages during World War I. Illustrated throughout with incredible photographs and published on the 100th anniversary of the Holzminden escape! At the height of World War I, as battles raged in the trenches and in the air, another struggle for survival was being waged in the most notorious POW camp in all of Germany: Holzminden. A land-locked Alcatraz of sorts, it was home to the most troublesome Allied prisoners--and the most talented at escape. The Grand Escape tells the remarkable tale [...]

By |October 29th, 2018|Politics, War, World War|Comments Off on My Conversation With Neal Bascomb, Author Of The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout Of The 20th Century

My Conversation With Benjamin Carter Hett, Author Of The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise To Power And The Downfall Of The Weimar Republic

Click Here To Listen Benjamin Carter Hett A riveting account of how the Nazi Party came to power and how the failures of the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians allowed it to happen. Why did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolf Hitler to seize power? In The Death of Democracy, Benjamin Carter Hett answers these questions, and the story he tells has disturbing resonances for our own time. To say that Hitler was elected is too simple. He would never have come to power if Germany’s leading politicians had not responded to a spate of populist insurgencies by trying [...]

By |June 27th, 2018|Biography, History, Military, War|Comments Off on My Conversation With Benjamin Carter Hett, Author Of The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise To Power And The Downfall Of The Weimar Republic

My Conversation With Sam Kleiner, Author Of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story Of The American Pilots Who Waged A Secret War Against Japan

Click Here To Listen Samuel Kleiner The thrilling story behind the American pilots who were secretly recruited to defend the nation’s desperate Chinese allies before Pearl Harbor and ended up on the front lines of the war against the Japanese in the Pacific Sam Kleiner’s The Flying Tigers uncovers the hidden story of the group of young American men and women who crossed the Pacific before Pearl Harbor to risk their lives defending China. Led by legendary army pilot Claire Chennault, these men left behind an America still at peace in the summer of 1941 using false identities to travel across the Pacific to a run-down airbase in the jungles of Burma. In the wake [...]

By |May 17th, 2018|Biography, History, Military, War|Comments Off on My Conversation With Sam Kleiner, Author Of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story Of The American Pilots Who Waged A Secret War Against Japan

Benn Steil, Author Of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Benn Steil-The Marshall Plan The award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today. In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events. [...]

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Rhys Bowen, Author of The Tuscan Child Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Rhys Bowen From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father’s hidden past to discover his secrets… “Pass the bread, the olives, and the wine. Oh, and a copy of The Tuscan Child to savor with them.” —NPR In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home [...]

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Matt Killeen, Author Of Orphan Monster Spy Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Matt Killeen Her name is Sarah. She's blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish in 1939 Germany. And her act of resistance is about to change the world. After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints [...]

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Kurt A. Raaflaub, Author Of The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works: Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African War, And Spanish War Chats On DrAlvin.Com

Click Here To Listen Kurt Raaflaub The Landmark Julius Caesar is the definitive edition of the five works that chronicle the mil­itary campaigns of Julius Caesar. Together, these five narratives present a comprehensive picture of military and political developments leading to the collapse of the Roman republic and the advent of the Roman Empire. The Gallic War is Caesar’s own account of his two invasions of Britain and of conquering most of what is today France, Belgium, and Switzerland. The Civil War describes the conflict in the following year which, after the death of his chief rival, Pompey, and the defeat of Pompey’s heirs and supporters, resulted in Caesar’s emergence as the sole power in [...]

By |December 12th, 2017|Biography, History, Leadership, Military, War|Comments Off on Kurt A. Raaflaub, Author Of The Landmark Julius Caesar: The Complete Works: Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War, African War, And Spanish War Chats On DrAlvin.Com