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  • by David Ryan
    £43.49 - 136.49

    A survey of US foreign relations and its perceived crusade to spread liberty and democracy in the two hundred years since the American Revolution. It is structured around central episodes and ideas in the history of US foreign policy.

  • by David Ryan
    £13.99

  • - Tactics, Lessons, Legacies and Ghosts
    by David Ryan
    £34.49

    More than most post-1970 conflicts involving US forces, the conflict in Iraq has been fought out against a background of frequently invoked memories from the era of the Vietnam War. The essays in this book offer a series of perspectives on connections and parallels between the Vietnam War and the 2003 invasion of, and conflict in, Iraq. The contributors particularly examine the impact of the Vietnam analogy on the War in Iraq, assessing the military tactical lessons learned from the Vietnam War and exploring the influence and persistence of its legacy in US politics, culture and diplomacy. The volume holds up to original interrogation some commonly held assumptions about historical analogy, and several distinguished authorities on the Vietnam War era, in particular, offer their thoughts on the value and applicability of Vietnam-Iraq parallels. If most contributions point out some obvious dissimilarities between the two eras, notably the transformed post-Cold War international environment, the similarities, particularly those relating to the problems of cultural misunderstanding, are also apparent.Vietnam in Iraq will be of great interest for all students and researchers of the Iraq War, strategic studies, international relations and American politics.

  • - Ireland's Greatest Adventurer
    by David Ryan
    £5.49 - 12.99

    Thomas 'Buck' Whaley was one of the greatest adventurers in Irish history. In 1788 he made an extraordinary 10-month journey from Dublin to Jerusalem for a wager of GBP15,000, equivalent to several million today. Nearly shipwrecked in the Sea of Crete, he almost died of plague in Constantinople, narrowly avoided a pirate attack, was waylaid by bandits, and met an infamous Ottoman governor known as 'the Butcher'. On his return, he became an overnight celebrity before suffering a catastrophic series of gambling losses that exiled him first to continental Europe (where he attempted to rescue Louis XVI from the guillotine) and then to the Isle of Man. When he died aged 34 in 1800 he had squandered an astronomical GBP400,000 (around 100 million) 'without ever purchasing or acquiring contentment or one hour's true happiness'. In his lifetime, Ireland was about to erupt in rebellion; France was on the brink of bloody revolution; and the Ottoman Empire was creaking at the seams. Whaley lit up this volatile world like a fast-burning candle but retained his ability to recognise the absurdity of his own actions and the world around him. Buck Whaley tells the full story of his remarkable life and adventures for the first time.

  • - The Irish Hellfire Clubs
    by David Ryan
    £8.99 - 39.49

    Prostitutes, pimps, cutpurses, murderers, and bawdy houses... What were the hellfire clubs of 18th-century Ireland?Were they really elite groups who engaged in obscene orgies, devil worship, and the ritual murder of servants? These questions have intrigued virtually everyone who has visited the supposed hellfire club meeting place in the Dublin Mountains, or heard the lurid stories that are associated with it.Cutting through this veil of myth and legend, Blasphemers and Blackguards: The Irish Hellfire Clubs reveals the truth about these mysterious societies.The book uncovers striking new information about the outrageous activities of these clubs - provocative blasphemy, taboo sexual activities, atrocities (most shockingly, the ritualistic murder of a servant), and the clubs' habit of toasting the devil.

  • by David Ryan
    £31.99

    US Foreign Policy in World History is a survey of US foreign relations and its perceived crusade to spread liberty and democracy in the two hundred years since the American Revolution. David Ryan undertakes a systematic and material analysis of US foreign policy, whilst also explaining the policymakers' grand ideas, ideologies and constructs that have shaped US diplomacy.US Foreign Policy explores these arguments by taking a thematic approach structured around central episodes and ideas in the history of US foreign relations and policy making, including:* The Monroe Doctrine, its philisophical goals and impact* Imperialism and expansionism* Decolonization and self-determination* the Cold War* Third World development* the Soviet 'evil empire', the Sandinistas and the 'rogue' regime of Saddam Hussein* the place of goal for economic integration within foreign affairs.

  • by David Ryan
    £28.49

    The relationship between the US and Europe in the 20th century is one of the key considerations in any understanding of international relations/international history during this period. David Ryan first sets the context by looking at the trends and traditions of America's foreign relations in the 19th century, and then considers the changing nature of America's vision of Europe from 1900 to the present. The book examines America's response to and involvement in the two World Wars, including the structure of international power after the First World War and American reaction to the rise of Nazi Germany. American/European relations during the Cold War (1945-1970) are discussed, and Ryan considers the contentious debate that America was trying to establish an empire by invitation. Finally, the book looks at the ever-increasing unification of Europe and how this has affected America's role and influence.

  • - Adaptations, Documentaries and Docudramas on Film and Television
    by David Ryan
    £63.49

    British author and essayist George Orwell shot to fame with two iconic novels:the anti-Stalinist satire Animal Farm and the dystopian masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four. A few years after his death in 1950, the CIA bankrolled screen adaptations of both novels as Cold War propaganda. Orwell's depiction of a totalitarian police state captivated the media in the 1980s. Today, mounting anxieties about digital surveillance and globalization have made him a hot property in Hollywood. Drawing on interviews with actors, writers, directors and producers, this book presents the first comprehensive study of Orwell on film and television. Beginning with CBS's 1953 live production of Nineteen Eighty-Four that mirrored the McCarthy witch hunts, the author covers 20 wide-ranging adaptations, documentaries and biopics, including two lost BBC dramatizations from 1965.

  • by David Ryan
    £4.49

    Major is a German Shepherd Dog. Like most police dogs he is arrogant and more than a little self-centred, with a strong sense of natural justice and a stronger sense of humour. He enjoys nothing more than taking down his criminal prey, and knows that selling meaty lumps in tins is a diabolical conspiracy. He despairs at humans' inability to use their senses, although his handler, Noddy, gets by with his help, and he regards most police dog instructors as superhuman (except the ones that are schafskpfe). Major tells of how and why he signed up, and of his first winter fighting crime. It is an epic saga of one dog's battle against human pond-life and a lurcher called Wendy, in four-dimensional space-time. Amongst other things it features a pitch invasion, a fire extinguisher and a Chindit. Oh, and people get bitten too. Don't expect a who-dunnit, or even a why-they-dunnit. This is better; this is a how-a-police-dog-dunnit.

  • by David Ryan
    £4.49

    Throwing a ball for a game of chase is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for many owners and their dogs. For other owners canine chase behaviour turns into a nightmare when their dog chases cyclists, cars or sheep. When their dogs choose what to chase it can compromise owners financially, cause the target severe injury or even death, and threaten the life of the dog. A good trainer or behaviour counsellor needs to be able to address inappropriate predatory chase behaviour swiftly and effectively. This book looks at the reasons for the problem, the more effective solutions and how to alter the behaviour.

  • by David Ryan
    £5.99

    Understanding dogs, what they are, and why they do the things they do, gives an insight into what makes them tick. Understanding how they are affected by the things we do enables us to train, and live with, our pets more effectively. These are the "e;Dog Secrets"e; that your dog wishes you knew. There is no mystical "e;secret"e; to training dogs, as professed by some dog trainers. Dog training and owning can be perfected through simple yet effective methods that are well known to science. Illustrated by real life examples of how they have helped others, Dog Secrets explains how understanding these methods can make you a better dog trainer and have a more rewarding relationship with your dog. David Ryan spent over twenty-five years as a police dog handler and instructor. He has a post graduate diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and is Certificated as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist. He works on a wide range of problem dog behaviour cases on referral from veterinary surgeons.

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