Winning Ugly

Winning Ugly
Author: Brad Gilbert,Steve Jamison
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-05-28
ISBN: 1476715092
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Winning Ugly Book Excerpt:

The tennis classic from Olympic gold medalist and ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, now featuring a new introduction with tips drawn from the strategies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and more, to help you outthink and outplay your toughest opponents A former Olympic medalist and now one of ESPN’s most respected analysts, Brad Gilbert shares his timeless tricks and tips, including “some real gems” (Tennis magazine) to help both recreational and professional players improve their game. In the new introduction to this third edition, Gilbert uses his inside access to analyze current stars such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, showing readers how to beat better players without playing better tennis. Written with clarity and wit, this classic combat manual for the tennis court has become the bible of tennis instruction books for countless players worldwide.

Winning Ugly

Winning Ugly
Author: Ivo H. Daalder,Michael E. O'Hanlon
Publsiher: Brookings Institution Press
Total Pages: 362
Release: 2004-05-13
ISBN: 9780815798422
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Winning Ugly Book Excerpt:

After eleven weeks of bombing in the spring of 1999, the United States and NATO ultimately won the war in Kosovo. Serbian troops were forced to withdraw, enabling an international military and political presence to take charge in the region. But was this war inevitable or was it the product of failed western diplomacy prior to the conflict? And once it became necessary to use force, did NATO adopt a sound strategy to achieve its aims of stabilizing Kosovo? In this first in-depth study of the Kosovo crisis, Ivo Daalder and Michael O'Hanlon answer these and other questions about the causes, conduct, and consequences of the war. Based on interviews with many of the key participants, they conclude that notwithstanding important diplomatic mistakes before the conflict, it would have been difficult to avoid the Kosovo war. That being the case, U.S. and NATO conduct of the war left much to be desired. For more than four weeks, the Serbs succeeded where NATO failed, forcefully changing Kosovo's ethnic balance by forcing 1.5 million Albanians from their home and more than 800,000 from the country. Had they chosen to massacre more of their victims, NATO would have been powerless to stop them. In the end, NATO won the war by increasing the scope and intensity of bombing, making serious plans for a ground invasion, and moving diplomacy into full gear in order to convince Belgrade that this was a war Serbia would never win. The Kosovo crisis is a cautionary tale for those who believe force can be used easily and in limited increments to stop genocide, mass killing, and the forceful expulsion of entire populations. Daalder and O'Hanlon conclude that the crisis holds important diplomatic and military lessons that must be learned so that others in the future might avoid the mistakes that were made in this case.

Humanitarian Hypocrisy

Humanitarian Hypocrisy
Author: Andrea L. Everett
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2018-02-15
ISBN: 1501714813
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Humanitarian Hypocrisy Book Excerpt:

Devil in the details : peace operations, civilian protection, and policy design -- Political will, organized hypocrisy, and ambitions-resources gaps -- Quantitative evidence -- France in Rwanda -- The United States in Darfur -- Australia in the Southwest Pacific

In the Zone

In the Zone
Author: J. Mitchell Perry,Steve Jamison
Publsiher: JM Perry Learning Technolog
Total Pages: 204
Release: 1997
ISBN: 9780809231959
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In the Zone Book Excerpt:

Like a runner hitting a stride or an athlete on a winning streak, there are times when everything falls into place. This compelling book reveals how the nation's most effective coaches, athletes, and teams use mental techniques to reach an optimal performance level and how these techniques can be translated in the business environment. Photos & illustrations.

NATO s Gamble

NATO s Gamble
Author: Dag Henriksen
Publsiher: Naval Institute Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2013-11-15
ISBN: 161251555X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

NATO s Gamble Book Excerpt:

In this revealing work, Dag Henriksen discloses the origins and content of NATO's strategic and conceptual thinking on how the use of force was to succeed politically in altering the behavior of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY). The air campaign, known as Operation Allied Force, was the first war against any sovereign nation in the history of NATO and the first major combat operation conducted for humanitarian purposes against a state committing atrocities within its own borders. This book examines the key political, diplomatic, and military processes that shaped NATO and U.S. management of the Kosovo crisis and shows how air power became the main instrument in their strategy to coerce the FRY to accede to NATO's demands. The book further shows that the military leaders set to execute the campaign had no clear strategic guidance on what the operation was to achieve and that the level of uncertainty was so high that the officers selecting the bombing targets watched NATO's military spokesman on CNN for guidance in choosing their targets. Henriksen argues that structures preceding the Kosovo crisis shaped the management to a much greater degree than events taking place in Kosovo and that the air power community's largely institutionalized focus on high-intensity conflicts, like the 1991 Gulf War, hampered them from developing strategies to fit the political complexities of crises. Because fighting and wars in the lower end of the intensity spectrum are likely to surface again, study of the Kosovo crisis offers lessons for future international conflicts in which the combination of force and diplomacy will play a very significant role.

Tennis and Philosophy

Tennis and Philosophy
Author: David Baggett
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2021-05-11
ISBN: 0813182883
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tennis and Philosophy Book Excerpt:

Tennis smashed onto the worldwide athletic scene soon after its modern rules and equipment were introduced in nineteenth-century England. Exciting, competitive, and uniquely accessible to people of all ages and talent levels, tennis continues to enjoy popularity, both as a recreational activity and a spectator sport. Life imitates sport in Tennis and Philosophy. Editor David Baggett approaches tennis not only as a game but also as a surprisingly rich resource for philosophical analysis. He assembles a team of champion scholars, including David Foster Wallace, Robert R. Clewis, David Detmer, Mark Huston, Tommy Valentini, Neil Delaney, and Kevin Kinghorn, to consider numerous philosophical issues within the sport. Profiles of tennis greats such as John McEnroe, Roger Federer, the Williams sisters, and Arthur Ashe are paired with pertinent topics, from the ethics of rage to the role of rivalry. Whether entertaining metaphysical arguments or examining the nature of beauty, these essays promise insightful discussion of one of the world's most popular sports.

Shields of the Republic

Shields of the Republic
Author: Mira Rapp-Hooper
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2020-06-09
ISBN: 0674246020
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shields of the Republic Book Excerpt:

Is America’s alliance system so quietly effective that politicians and voters fail to appreciate its importance in delivering the security they take for granted? For the first century and a half of its existence, the United States had just one alliance—a valuable but highly controversial military arrangement with France. Largely out of deference to George Washington’s warnings against the dangers of “entangling alliances,” subsequent American presidents did not consider entering another until the Second World War. Then everything suddenly changed. Between 1948 and 1955, US leaders extended defensive security guarantees to twenty-three countries in Europe and Asia. Seventy years later, the United States had allied with thirty-seven. In Shields of the Republic, Mira Rapp-Hooper reveals the remarkable success of America’s unprecedented system of alliances. During the Cold War, a grand strategy focused on allied defense, deterrence, and assurance helped to keep the peace at far lower material and political costs than its critics allege. When the Soviet Union collapsed, however, the United States lost the adversary the system was designed to combat. Its alliances remained without a core strategic logic, leaving them newly vulnerable. Today the alliance system is threatened from without and within. China and Russia seek to break America’s alliances through conflict and non-military erosion. Meanwhile, US politicians and voters are increasingly skeptical of alliances’ costs and benefits and believe we may be better off without them. But what if the alliance system is a victim of its own quiet success? Rapp-Hooper argues that America’s national security requires alliances that deter and defend against military and non-military conflict alike. The alliance system is past due for a post–Cold War overhaul, but it remains critical to the country’s safety and prosperity in the 21st century.

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2012-05-22
ISBN: 0300136021
Category: Reference
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs Book Excerpt:

Collects more than 1,400 English-language proverbs that arose in the 20th and 21st centuries, organized alphabetically by key words and including information on date of origin, history and meaning.

How Wars are Won and Lost

How Wars are Won and Lost
Author: John A. Gentry
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 314
Release: 2011-11-30
ISBN: 0313395829
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Wars are Won and Lost Book Excerpt:

Interviews and data drawn from the author's personal experiences as a U.S. Army officer Six case study chapters on U.S. conflicts where military superiority alone was not the decisive factor in the outcome (the Philippines, World War II, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Afghanistan)

Post Cold War Anglo American Military Intervention

Post Cold War Anglo American Military Intervention
Author: James F. D. Fiddes
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2019-11-07
ISBN: 0429673450
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Post Cold War Anglo American Military Intervention Book Excerpt:

Exploring case studies from the first Gulf War to the Syria crisis, this book discusses different approaches to the use of international law and the role it plays in international power politics. Analysis of the post-Cold War overseas military involvements of Western powers has focused on their legality and legitimacy, allowing for a conflation of the concepts and distracting from the true source of international legitimacy. Demonstrating compliance with international law can be helpful, but it plays a secondary role to other, more powerful considerations such as national interest and shared national security concerns. Exploring the key drivers for decision-makers, this book identifies the impact of previous experience on the use of international law in the quest for legitimacy ahead of launching military action. Patterns in approach and of relations between close Western allies (in particular the UK and US) are identified, offering valuable lessons for future strategic decision-making. This book will appeal to scholars and students of International Relations and International Law. Think Tanks focussing on International Relations and the use of force and practitioners working in the realm of foreign policy with a focus on the UN and international law will also be interested in the study and conclusions drawn.

NATO and the UN

NATO and the UN
Author: Lawrence S. Kaplan
Publsiher: University of Missouri Press
Total Pages: 281
Release: 2010-02-24
ISBN: 0826218830
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

NATO and the UN Book Excerpt:

Examines the intimate and often contentious relations between NATO and the UN and describes how this relationship has changed over the course of two generations, documenting the many interactions between the two organizations throughout their interconnected history.

Frontiers and Ghettos

Frontiers and Ghettos
Author: James Ron,Harold E Stassen Chair of International Affairs James Ron
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 262
Release: 2003-05-19
ISBN: 0520230809
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Frontiers and Ghettos Book Excerpt:

"Frontiers and Ghettos is based on the idea that when it comes to ethnopolitical conflict, lousy is better than horrible. How outcomes better than horrible arise, despite ideological imperatives, hatreds, and predatory opportunities, is brilliantly analyzed in this empirically rich, vividly written, and provocative comparison of Serbian and Israeli policies toward Croatians, Muslims and Palestinians. A terrific book!"—Ian S. Lustick, author of Unsettled States, Disputed Lands "Abusive governments try to avoid leaving fingerprints on acts of repression, often using paramilitaries or death squads for deniability. James Ron reveals that territorial boundaries can serve a similar function. Abuse is more likely, he shows, as one crosses the frontiers of established state power, obscuring the signature of official action. This original and insightful book encourages us to expose cross-border involvement in human rights violations and re-establish official accountability."—Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch "With terrifying lucidity, Ron uses the experiences of Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Israel, and Palestine to examine how a state's definition of the boundary separating its favored population from a different people authorizes, channels, or inhibits its use of force. This veteran participant-observer uses first-hand observation tellingly."—Charles Tilly, author of Durable Inequality "Frontiers and Ghettos represents a major step forward in social science's effort to understand state violence. James Ron shows that while all states use violence, they do so differently in their well-policed interiors and at their margins. This book is powerful, timely, and important for both scholars, policy-makers, and those who would advance respect for human rights."—Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council "James Ron has written a strikingly clear and convincing study of the factors affecting controlled and uncontrolled state-directed violence in the current period, with an analysis that adds substantially to the sociology of the state. His book will be important for all those concerned—for scholarly reasons and for broader ones—with modern confrontations of world norms, state power and human rights. And its gripping accounts will be important for those concerned with the specific violent conflicts it examines, in Serbia and Israel."—John W. Meyer, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, Stanford University "This ingenious and courageous comparison of the types of violence used by nationalist regimes should transform the way we think about borders and state sovereignty. In demonstrating that even the most unsavory governments can be sensitive to international norms and the appearance of legality, Ron also strikes a serious blow at standard policy prescriptions -- from imposing sanctions and isolation on offending regimes to offering autonomy packages and soft borders for ethnic minorities. This book deserves wide circulation and serious reflection."—Susan L. Woodward, author of Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War "As the horrific escalation of violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories grips international headlines, the inability of commentators to locate these tragic events in a comparative analytical frame is striking. This book is an impressive exception. Ron's elegant comparative analysis of Serbia and earlier periods of Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes the dynamics of the present conflict and its future possibilities comprehensible in a way that few others have managed to do. It is a signal contribution to our understanding of modern state violence."—Peter Evans, Eliaser Chair of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia

Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia
Author: Louis Sell
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 430
Release: 2003-08-04
ISBN: 9780822332237
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia Book Excerpt:

A former U.S. foreign service officer chronicles the disintegration of Yugoslavia by focusing on the life and career of its principle executioner, Slobodan Milosevic.

Military Intervention After the Cold War

Military Intervention After the Cold War
Author: Andrea Kathryn Talentino
Publsiher: Ohio University Press
Total Pages: 364
Release: 2005
ISBN: 0896802450
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Military Intervention After the Cold War Book Excerpt:

"The specter of terrorism has further emphasized the need to understand why military intervention is undertaken and how it could be more effective. Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and readers interested in understanding global interdependence will find Military Intervention After the Cold War an indispensable book."--BOOK JACKET.

Twenty first century Peace Operations

Twenty first century Peace Operations
Author: William J. Durch
Publsiher: US Institute of Peace Press
Total Pages: 651
Release: 2006
ISBN: 9781929223916
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Twenty first century Peace Operations Book Excerpt:

This superbly edited volume addresses the question of what has been accomplished and what lessons have been learned from ten years of peace operations in post-conflict societies.

US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War Era

US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War Era
Author: T. Onea
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2013-10-17
ISBN: 1137359358
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War Era Book Excerpt:

Why has the US proven unable to enact a foreign policy of restraint in the post-Cold War era? For all but a brief period in the 1990s, US foreign policy is marked by an assertive appearance despite relative hegemony. This book examines the causes and impact of US foreign policy - measuring its successes, pitfalls, and what the future has in store.

The CNN Effect in Action

The CNN Effect in Action
Author: B. Bahador
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2007-04-16
ISBN: 0230604226
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The CNN Effect in Action Book Excerpt:

This project advances the existing theoretical work on the CNN effect, a claim that innovations in the speed and quality of technology create conditions in which the media acts as an independent factor with significant influence. It provides a novel interpretation of the factors that drove Western policy towards military intervention in this area.

Pudge

Pudge
Author: Doug Wilson
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-10-20
ISBN: 1466872349
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pudge Book Excerpt:

Carlton Fisk retired having played in more games and hit more home runs than any other catcher before him. A baseball superstar in the 1970s and 80s, Fisk was known not just for his dedication to the sport and tremendous plays but for the respect with which he treated the game. A homegrown icon, Fisk rapidly became the face of one of the most storied teams in baseball, the Boston Red Sox of the 1970s. As a rookie making only $12,000 a year, he became the first player to unanimously win the American League Rookie of the Year award in 1972, upping both his pay grade and national recognition. Fisk's game-winning home run in Game Six of the hotly-contested 1975 World Series forever immortalized him in one of the sport's most exciting televised moments. Fisk played through an epic period of player-owner relations, including the dawn of free agency, strikes, and collusions. After leaving Boston under controversy in 1981, he joined the Chicago White Sox, where he played for 12 more major league seasons, solidifying his position as one of the best catchers of all time. Doug Wilson, finalist for both the Casey Award and Seymour Medal for his previous baseball biographies, uses his own extensive research and interviews with childhood friends and major league teammates to examine the life and career of a leader who followed a strict code and played with fierce determination.

The New Arab Revolt What Happened What It Means and What Comes Next

The New Arab Revolt  What Happened  What It Means  and What Comes Next
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Council on Foreign Relations
Total Pages: 498
Release: 2011
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Arab countries
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Arab Revolt What Happened What It Means and What Comes Next Book Excerpt:

Clean Bombs and Dirty Wars

Clean Bombs and Dirty Wars
Author: Robert H. Gregory, Jr.
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2015-10-01
ISBN: 161234786X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Clean Bombs and Dirty Wars Book Excerpt:

After the United States, along with NATO allies, bombed the Serbian forces of Slobodan Milosevic for seventy-eight days in 1999, Milosevic withdrew his army from Kosovo. With no troops on the ground, political and military leaders congratulated themselves on the success of Operation Allied Force, considered to be the first military victory won through the use of strategic air power alone. This apparent triumph motivated military and political leaders to embrace a policy of using "clean bombs" (precision munitions and air strikes)--without a dirty ground war--as the preferred choice for answering military aggression. Ten years later it inspired a similar air campaign against Muammar Gaddafi's forces in Libya as a groundswell of protests erupted into revolution. Clean Bombs and Dirty Wars offers a fresh perspective on the role, relevance, and effectiveness of air power in contemporary warfare, including an exploration of the political motivations for its use as well as a candid examination of air-to-ground targeting processes. Using recently declassified materials from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library along with primary evidence culled from social media posted during the Arab Spring, Robert H. Gregory Jr. shows that the argument that air power eliminates the necessity for boots on the ground is an artificial and illusory claim.