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1 Alexander, Bevin. HOW GREAT GENERALS WIN.
Avon, New York, 1995. 
320 pp, 7 7/8" H, soft cover. ISBN 0380724367 B&w photographs, maps. "Undaunted by Hannibal's elephants, Scipio Africanus ordered his outnumbered cavlary to charge directly toward the massive beasts - and, by doing so, saved Rome. Stonewall Jack son struck like l ightning throughout the Shenandoah Valley, with occasional feints toward Washington - and so frustrated a numerically superior Union Army. Despite few resouces and even less support from the German High Command, The 'Desert F o x ' , Erwin Rommel, cond ucted one of the most spectacular and successful campaigns in military history. In wars throughout the centuries, the fortunes of great armies have turned on surprise tactics and audacious maneuvers brilliantly conceiv ed b y un co n ventional officers. In this remarkable work, acclaimed historian Bevin Alexander examines some of the most astonishing campaigns and engagements of all time - providing a uniquely insightful look at the battlefield genius of Napole on, Sh er man , L aw rence of Arabia, Mac Arthur, and other military strategists who transformed rout into victory time and time again." Interior - minor browning to pages, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - mi nor edge we ar. Ver y G ood 
Price: 10.00 USD
Osprey, Reading, 1974, first edition. 
176 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs, maps. "The modern Chinese army has been in existence for twenty-five years and has been at war, somewhere, for most of that time. It is thus the most battle-hardened army in the worl d. Its four major campaigns have been in Tibet, Korea, India and the Russian confrontation in Mongolia - all on China's border....China's military achievements in these campaigns have not before been considered together as a single developin g s t o r y . Mr Corr does so now against the background of China's political advancement. He presents both sides of each argument, and demonstrates that the Chinese attitude is usually racial rather than political: they are Chinese first and Com mu n is t se co nd . He examines the internal political divisions of the People's Liberation Army, especially the 'Red versus expert' debate, culminating in the mysterious death in 1971 of Lin Piao. The book concudes with an up-to-date assessment of th e R ed Ar my' s s trength, potential, and political motivation." Moderate cigarette odor, slight browning to pages and edges of text block. Dust jacket has minor wear and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, very light browning. V ery Goo d-/ Very Goo d 
Price: 10.00 USD
1. THE CRIPPLED TREE.  2. A MORTAL FLOWER.  3. BIRDLESS SUMMER., Han Suyin.  (Elizabeth K C Comber, Born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow.)
3 Han Suyin. (Elizabeth K C Comber, Born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow.) 1. THE CRIPPLED TREE. 2. A MORTAL FLOWER. 3. BIRDLESS SUMMER.
London Jonathan Cape Hard Cover 
Han Suyin (1916-2012), daughter of a Chinese father and Belgium mother, was born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chow and is perhaps best known for her novel "A Many-Splendoured Thing", basis for the movie, "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". These are the first three volumes of her autobiography, tracing her family history from 1885, then her own story up to 1948. (Two later volumes, covering the years 1949-1991 are not included here.) All are in dust jackets, have pictorial endpapers, b&w photo-graphs & map, 8 3/4" H. 1. The Crippled Tree - 461 pp, 1970 reprint, ISBN 0224610058. "Han Suyin evokes, through the life of her two families (eastern and western), a panorama of the history of China from 1885 to 1928. It contains eyewitness accounts, from family papers, of the Sino-French War, of the revolution of 1911 and of the emergence of Chiang Kai-shek." 2. A Mortal Flower - 413 pp, 1966 first edition. "(Covers) the decade from 1928 to 1938, when Chiang Kai-shek rose to power and Mao Tsetung in his mountain fastness gathered the spent remnants of an almost destroyed communist army and rebuilt it as a force. The Japanese invasion, the Long March, the Student Revolt of 1936 - all these happened in China while Hitler and Mussolini hypnotized Europe with their preparations for war." 3. Birdless Summer - 347 pp, 1968 first edition, ISBN 224614711. "The events of Chinese history between 1938 and 1948 are vividly reconstructed (here). The story of Han Suyin's unhappy marriage to a fanatical army officer is told against the background of the appalling confusion and corruption of China at that time: the Japanese invasion, the misery and squalor of the retreating Chinese, the activi-ties of Chiang Kai-shek and his 'Blueshirts', the violent prelude to revolution. (Her) narrative is not merely the affecting and extraordinary lfie of a woman of immense courage. In the way that it brings to life more powerfully than ever before the spirit and politics of China, it is a significant contribution to the history of our time." Volume 1- fading to color at edges of boards and on front hinge, very light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has minor edge wear, light edge wrinkling, two edge tears archivally taped, slight fading to spine color. Volume 2 - light fading to color on top of spine - also a tiny stain, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper, very light browning to edges of text block, very light edge wear, very small bump to bottom corner of front board - migrates into half the pages, minor shelf soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has light browning on spine, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light wear at top of rear hinge and front flap, small ink stin on inside of rear flap, light rubbing. Volume 3 has very light edge wear. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has very light edge wrinkling. 
Price: 55.00 USD
London Pickering & Inglis 1965 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good - Good 
128 pp, 7 3/8" H. Colour frontispiece. "Communists had come and Chi-li had to flee for his life, and join the stream of refugees trying to reach Hong Kong. On his journey he meets up with Chang, a thief and a brigand, but Chang saves Chi-li from death and, becoming fond of him, thinks he will be able to make Chi-li do what he wants. But Chang is not aware Chi-li is a Christian, and is not only surprised but angry when he refuses to take part in wrongdoing. Full of adventure, suspense and excitement this story is ideal, and we rejoice when Chi-li finally reaches 'The House of the Good Shepherd', is re-united with his parents, and best of all Chang becomes interested in the Christian way of life." Minor toning to pages, light toning to edges of text block, slight fading to spine colour, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, several edge tears (archivally taped) and tiny chips, 1/1/2" x 1/2" piece missing at top of rear panel, colours are still bright, now protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
THE HARMONY OF THE WORLD:  CHINESE POEMS., Lattimore, David, translator.  (Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Liu Tsung-yuan, Su Shih, Tao-chi, Mao Ch'i-ling, Mao Tse-tung, et al.)
5 Lattimore, David, translator. (Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Liu Tsung-yuan, Su Shih, Tao-chi, Mao Ch'i-ling, Mao Tse-tung, et al.) THE HARMONY OF THE WORLD: CHINESE POEMS.
Copper Beech Press, Providence, 1980. 
48 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0914278312 Interior - previous owner's bookplate on first page, previous owner's chop (stamp) on title page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very small soft bump to top/ bottom corner of covers and textblock, small ghost sticker mark on rear cover, minor edge wear. Very Good 
Price: 19.95 USD
6 Mao Tse-Tung. Translated and with introduction by Brigadier General Samuel B. Griffith, USMC (Ret.). MAO TSE-TUNG ON GUERRILLA WARFARE.
Praeger, New York, 1961, book club edition. 
114 pp + appendix (8 pp), 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. "In 1937, Mao Tse-tung, in retreat after ten years of battling the Nationalist troops of Chiang Kai-shek, wrote a succinct pamphlet that has become one of the most influential doc uments of our time. This treatise, the first systematic analysis of guerrilla warfare, established Mao as the architect of a new method of warfare. Within the last two decades, Mao's study has become the basic textbook for waging Communist r e v o l u t ionary warfare in underdeveloped and emergent areas throughout the world. It provided the strategy for Ho Chi Minh's protracted campaigns in Indochina and for Castro's successful Cuban revolution." Ink name and notation on half-title p ag e, l ig ht w rinkling at top/bottom of spine - tiny tear at top. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing, light soiling on rear panel. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 10.00 USD
MAO TSETUNG POEMS., Mao Tsetung.  (Mao Tse-tung.)
7 Mao Tsetung. (Mao Tse-tung.) MAO TSETUNG POEMS.
Foreign Languages Press, Peking, 1976, first edition. 
53 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover (deep red cloth with gold lettering and characters on spine and front board) in dust jacket. Integral red ribbon book mark. Tipped-in, tissue-covered b&w photograph of Mao. Fold-out facsimile of poems in Mao's ha ndwriting. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown and chop (stamp) on free front endpaper, very small bump to three corners, spine slightly twisted. Dust jacket has slight ink offset on front flap, light edge wear/wrinkling, two ve r y s m a l l tears - archivally taped, very light browning on spine and flap-folds. Very Good-/ Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
Macfarlane Walter & Ross, Toronto, 1989, first edition. 
Unpaginated, 4to (11 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0921912013 51 b&w and colour photographs with text on opposing page. "(A) collection of remarkable images, drawn from over one hundred and fifty years of photographic history, that hav e shaped our perceptions of the world, even influenced the course of history. Unforgettable images such as Robert Capa's 'Death of a Loyalist Soldier', Eddie Adams's Saigon street execution, the shootings at Kent State recorded by student J o e F i l o , and 'Buzz' Aldrin on the moon, snapped by fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong are included here, along with classics of the art by acknowledged masters such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Hine, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bo ur ke - Wh il e, a nd Eugene Smith. There are portraits that forever fix a public figure in memory: Yousuf Karsh's arresting photograph of Winston Churchill; the ubiquitous official portrait of Mao Tse-tung; William Notman's commanding picture of Ch ief S itt ing Bu ll; th e publicity photograph of Garbo that created the legend; and the movie still of Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp. There are the achievements of photographic pioneers that amazed and delighted earlier generation s: D ague rre' s B oule vard du Temp le, catching the first image of a human being on film; Nadar's view of Paris from a balloon, the first aerial photograph; Eadweard Muybridge's landmark study of a galloping horse; and Harold Edgerton's drop of m ilk, one o f the fir st hi gh-sp eed, stop -act ion photographs. Each photograph is accompanied by an illuminating essay, describing the events surrounding the moment when the shutter clicked, offering details on the life and career of the photog raphe r, and invit ing t he rea der on a jo urney of di scovery." Slight waviness to edges of textblock. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
THE WAR IN THE YEMEN., O'Ballance, Edgard.
9 O'Ballance, Edgard. THE WAR IN THE YEMEN.
Archon, Hamden, Connecticut, 1971, first edition. 
218 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0208010386 "....a remarkable account of a bitter war fought in almost medieval conditions in a little-known country. It is also, inevitably, the story of a country forced by the necessities of its own warfare to advance with reckless speed into the twentieth century. Major O'Ballance is the best qualified historian, both from his long familiarity with the Middle East, and from his books on modern warfare and guerrilla fighting which h ave gained him such a wide reputation, to write this account - the only comprehensive one to date - of the Yemen War. He begins with the Yemen in 1948, a land as impenetrable as Tibet to the Western world, where the tyrannical Imam Yahya r e c e i v e d c omplaints from his people on little bits on paper and decorated the wall of his capital with the heads of argumentative subjects; and he ends twenty years later with a Republican government in the same capital, using foreign aid to bu il d ro ad s an d h ospitals, and keeping a precarious status quo with the help of tanks and aeroplanes. In between, we are given a fascinating and almost classic description of the meeting and struggle of two worlds: the world of the Imams who ke pt pe ace by t aki ng ho stages from each of the warring tribes and regarded motor cars with considerable distrust; and the world of the young officers trained abroad who found good military reasons for quoting Khrushchev, Nasser and Mao Tse- Tung in th eir succ ess ful eff orts to unseat a dynasty of kings. And the continuous self-seeking participation of Nasser and Faisal in this conflict, as Major O'Ballance is at pains to stress, highlights more cogently than ever the intricate w eb of sus pici ons and p reju dice s in whic h the nations of the Middle East find themselves struggling to coexist." Previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown, very light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor ed ge wea r/wri nklin g, o ne ver y sma ll cl osed tear, minor soiling on rear panel. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 75.00 USD
THE DIFFICULT WAR: PERSPECTIVES ON INSURGENCY AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES., Spencer, Emily, Dr., ed.  Foreword by Major-General J.P.Y.D. Gosselin.  Tony Balasevicius, Peter H. Denton, Bernd Horn, Andrew Brown, Greg Smith, Christopher Spearin, J. Paul de B. Taillon.
10 Spencer, Emily, Dr., ed. Foreword by Major-General J.P.Y.D. Gosselin. Tony Balasevicius, Peter H. Denton, Bernd Horn, Andrew Brown, Greg Smith, Christopher Spearin, J. Paul de B. Taillon. THE DIFFICULT WAR: PERSPECTIVES ON INSURGENCY AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES.
Canadian Defence Academy / Dundurn Press, Kingston / Toronto, 2009, first printing. 
277 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 9781554884414 "(D)eals with theoretical concepts related to insurgency as well as to the practice of irregular warfare. Since special operations forces are such an integral element to counterinsurgency, this volume also contains a large SOF component. Importantly, this book assists the practitioner of the profession of arms to understand insurgency or, perhaps, more accurately, counterinsurgency and those components that are germane to its employm ent. Moreover, (it) provides insight and knowledge about these complex forms of warfare that are useful and accessible to both the lay reader and the military expert. (I)ncludes chapters on intelligence, terrorism, the privatization of securit y i n conflicts abroad, unconventional warfare as practised in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, as well as operations conducted in Afghanistan today by coalition forces." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exte ri o r - clean and bright. Fine 
Price: 20.00 USD
Gerald Duckworth, London, 1989, first edition. 
230 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0715622862 B&w plates. "Was the late Sir Roger Hollis, Director-General of MI5, himself a Communist sympathiser? This astonishing allegation has been widely canvassed since Hollis's d eath in 1973, culminating in the attack by Peter Wright in 'Spycatcher'. Now, using newly discovered, irrefutable documentary evidence unknown to the 'Spycatcher' team, W.J. West has established basic facts linking Hollis with Communism and C o m m u n i st agents throughout his life, from his days as an undergraduate at Oxford where he was an associate of the Communist Claud Cockburn. The long-looked-for connection between Hollis and the Comintern during his years in China is revealed in c on te mp or ary evidence of Comintern infiltration of the firm for which Hollis worked in China. A colleague of Hollis's there was actually executed for accepting Soviet funds. In the war years Hollis is seen shielding the leaders of 'The Re vol uti on tha t N eve r Was', a failed revolution in Britain in 1941 organised by Moscow and Berlin and designed to bring Britain out of the war when the country was at its lowest ebb. Later in the war Hollis is proved to be the officer who cleare d Fu chs and Nun n Ma y de spite the fullest knowledge of their Communist sympathies. A mass of new evidence is cited about Guy Burgess, whose wartime activities, until now a close secret, are fully discussed, together with his vital role in steer ing B riti sh p olicy in C hina towards a recognition of Mao Tse Tung in the teeth of American opposition." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing. V ery Go od/Ve ry Go od 
Price: 15.00 USD

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