Stammheim. Der Vollzugsbeamte Horst Bubeck und die RAF-Häftlinge


Kurt Oesterle - June 1, 2007

Stammheim. Der Vollzugsbeamte Horst Bubeck und die RAF-Häftlinge Buch-CoverHorst Bubek, so heißt der Mann, der im Gefängnis von Stammheim jahrelang für den siebten Stock zuständig war, in dem in den 1970ern die RAF-Terroristen der ersten Generation einsaßen. Tagtäglich hatte er Umgang mit ihnen. Und obwohl er von Baader, Meinhof & Co beleidigt, geschlagen, getreten wurde, hat er nie dagegen gehalten. Nach Jean-Paul Sartres legendärem Stammheim-Besuch wusste Bubeck, welche Lügen die Terroristen über die Haftbedingungen in Umlauf brachten. Doch nicht nur die inhaftierten Terroristen setzten den Vollzugsbeamten zu, sondern auch die Presse von rechts und links. Und auch vom Staat fühlten sie sich im Stich gelassen. Auf nahezu aussichtslosem Posten, einer Art letzten Bastion des Rechtsstaats, wird der ohnmächtige Vollzugsbeamte zum Chronisten und Erzähler der berühmten Staatsfeinde im Knast. Sichtbar wird ein verzweifelt-perfider Kampf um die Freiheit, und mittendrin ein einfacher Amtsinspektor als Zeitzeuge, eine ganz andere Perspektive: ›Stammheim‹, eine Komposition aus Erzählung, literarischer Reportage und historischem Essay.

Von Ratlosen und Löwenherzen


Rebecca Gablé - May 20, 2011

Von Ratlosen und Löwenherzen Buch-CoverSchluss mit dem Mythos über die düstere Zeit willkürlicher Kriege, blutrünstiger Hexenverfolgungen und hygienischer Katastrophen - her mit dem Mittelalter, wie es auch war. In ihrem ersten Sachbuch erzählt uns die Bestsellerautorin Rebecca Gablé die Geschichte des englischen Mittelalters neu: kompetent und informativ, herrlich farbenprächtig - und immer mit einem Schmunzeln. Mitreißend wie ein Roman!

Israel - Land der Hoffnung, Land des Leids


Annette Bruhns & Annette Großbongardt - January 13, 2016

Israel - Land der Hoffnung, Land des Leids Buch-CoverSeit dem Wahlsieg des als Hardliner bekannten israelischen Premiers Benjamin Netanyahu scheinen die Chancen einer friedlichen Einigung mit den Palästinensern weiter drastisch gesunken. Ist eine Zwei-Staaten-Lösung noch möglich? Warum ist es überhaupt so schwierig, einen Ausgleich zwischen den beiden Völkern zu erreichen? Um Israel und den Nahost-Konflikt zu verstehen, muss man zurückblicken. Das E-Book "Israel - Land der Hoffnung, Land des Leids" bietet eine historische Rückschau und erzählt die einzigartige Geschichte des jüdischen Staates. Viele Kriege und blutige Konflikte mit den arabischen Nachbarn und besonders den Palästinensern bestimmen die Entwicklung Israels. Dabei stand am Anfang ein großer Traum: die Sehnsucht der bedrängten europäischen Juden, eine eigene "Heimstätte" in Palästina zu gründen, vom zionistischen Vordenker Theodor Herzl 1896 zum politischen Programm formuliert. Vom 19. Jahrhundert schlägt das E-Book den Bogen über die erste Einwanderung, die britische Mandatszeit in Palästina bis zur Staatsgründung, um von dort Kriege, palästinensische Aufstände und den Friedensprozess zu beschreiben, aber auch Konflikte im Inneren der israelischen Gesellschaft.

Early Jet Fighters


Leo Marriott - May 30, 2018

Early Jet Fighters Buch-CoverIn almost 200 archive photographs Leo Marriott traces the course of the development of British and American jet fighters during the first pioneering decade of their production. In many ways the period from 1944 to 1954 was one of the most exciting and innovative in the history of military aviation. Rare images show the first jet fighters flown by the RAF towards the end of the Second World War and takes the story forward to the most advanced designs that played a key role in the war in Korea. The range of experimental and operational warplanes that were conceived and built during this short time was remarkable. The initial straight-wing jets began with the Gloster Meteor and Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star which were later superseded by the first operational swept-wing fighters such as the Hawker Hunter, North American F-86 Sabre and Grumman F9F-6 Cougar. Development of all these benefited greatly from German Second World War advances in aerodynamics that were exploited by the British and Americans when the war ended. Progress was so swift that, by the mid-1950s, the prototypes of the next generation of truly supersonic fighters were starting to appear, and these are featured in Leo Marriott's fascinating selection of images. He even includes a variety of prototypes which for various reasons did not result in production orders, as well as several unusual concepts such as flying boat fighters and mixed-power designs. Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954 is a graphic and informative introduction to an extraordinary stage in the evolution of the modern warplane.

Battleships: WWII Evolution of the Big Guns


Philip Kaplan - June 15, 2015

Battleships: WWII Evolution of the Big Guns Buch-CoverBeginning with a pictorial essay on battleship construction in the 1930s and 1940s, this new book looks at the various design facets of the last great capital ships of the world's navies. Kaplan offers us a glimpse into those massive American and German navy yards and construction facilities that were put to use during this time, acquainting us with the arenas in which these final examples of battleship technology were laid down, built up, launched, fitted out, commissioned and taken out to sea.The book roots itself in a period of monumental change within the history of contemporary warfare. With the baton being passed from the battleship community to that of the aircraft carrier, the iconic battleship was gradually superseded by a new and even more threatening weapons system. It was destined to be consigned to the history books, whilst newer, slicker and more efficient fighting machines took precedence. This publication serves as a tribute to a lost legend of naval warfare.There is a look at some of modern history's most significant battleships, relaying their thrilling stories, defining characteristics and eventual fates. Ships featured include Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Warspite, Tirpitz and Yamato.The book is completed with 'Fast and Last', a visit on board the four final examples of battleship technology and design, the last serving battleships USS Iowa, USS New Jersey, USS Wisconsin, and USS Missouri. Their Second World War careers are recounted, as are the qualities that made them special.

Artillery Warfare, 1939–1945


Simon Forty - December 30, 2020

Artillery Warfare, 1939–1945 Buch-CoverIt is said that artillery won the Second World War for the Allies – that Soviet guns wore down German forces on the Eastern Front, negating their superior tactics and fighting ability, and that the accuracy and intensity of the British and American artillery was a major reason for the success of Allied forces in North Africa from El Alamein, in Italy and Normandy, and played a vital role in the battles of 1944 and 1945. Yet the range of weapons used is often overlooked or taken for granted – which is why this highly illustrated history by Simon and Jonathan Forty is of such value. They stress the importance of artillery on every front and analyze how artillery equipment, training and tactical techniques developed during the conflict. The selection of wartime photographs – many from east European sources – and the extensive quotations from contemporary documents give a graphic impression of how the guns were used on all sides. The photographs emphasize the wide range of pieces employed as field, antiaircraft and antitank artillery without forgetting self-propelled guns, coastal and other heavyweights and the development of rockets. The authors offer a fascinating insight into the weapons that served in the artillery over seventy years ago.