Although over six years have passed since the Lebanon intervention ended, American leaders appear to be no closer to an appreciation of what went wrong than they were in 1984. Ralph Hallenbeck's authoritative account of the American intervention in Lebanon fills this significant void. His study goes a long way toward explicating those factors that contributed most to this foreign policy failure. America's role in Lebanon is examined in four chapters, with each chapter recounting the events that occurred during the successive phases of the intervention. At various junctures in the analysis, Hallenbeck compares his findings to those of other authors writing about the Vietnam War, an intervention that he feels strongly parallels the American experience in Lebanon. He also refers to the relevant body of politico-military and decision-making theory. The author's ultimate purpose in using this comparative approach is to suggest that conclusions derived from the study of the Lebanon intervention may be relevant both to an understanding of the past and to future attempts to achieve limited ends through the measured application of military force. Hallenbeck's case study is useful as both source material for students and scholars concerned with examining national security policy-making and as a critical discussion of recent events.
It has always been man's dream to fly. In this book we meet the brave pioneers of the skies who have made that dream come true. John Damian, The Flying Priest, was one of the first men to attempt to fly when he jumped off a Scottish castle in 1506. The Wright Brothers achieved what many before them had failed to do, and became the first men to fly an airplane in 1903. The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, was a daredevil pilot who ruled the skies over Germany and France in World War One. Charles Lindbergh was a fearless aviator who became the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. Amelia Earhart fulfilled her dream of being the first woman to attempt to fly around the world, but at what cost? Felix Baumgartner reminded us that you don't always need a plane to fly when he jumped from space in 2012. Flyers is published by Hippo Books, a publisher dedicated to producing interesting, readable and fun books. This book is suitable for English students with intermediate English or higher. Be sure to check out our other Hippo Graded Readers. About the Authors: Patrick Kennedy is the chief editor at Hippo Books. He is also one of Hippo's principal writers. He is a DELTA qualified English teacher with over ten years' experience teaching in Europe and Asia. Patrick has also written three English language textbook series. He is the author of the Mahoney Green mysteries and has contributed to many of Hippo's short story collections. Cooper Baltis is one of the writers and founders of Hippo Books. He is a former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the National University of Mongolia and is TESOL certified. He has taught English in Asia for five years and has published stories in several literary magazines in America. His Hippo books include Hassan and Lulu and My Brother the Giant, as well as many short story collections. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in linguistics, Jill Prior traveled across three continents, teaching English and doing volunteer work. She has contributed to several of Hippo Books' collections of short stories, including Silent Night and Tales of Mythical Creatures. Jill speaks fluent Chinese and is a licensed pilot.
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