Biographies & Memoirs
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The Explorer Gene: How Three Generations of One Family Went Higher, Deeper, and Further Than Any BeforeAuthor/Actors/Director/etc.: Tom Cheshire
Publisher: Atria Books/Marble Arch Press (2013, Dec 3rd).
On May 27, 1931, Auguste Piccard became the first human to enter the stratosphere, flying an experimental balloon he invented himself. Thirty years later, his son Jacques went to the bottom of the earth, descending to the Mariana Trench in a submarine built by him and Auguste. To this day, no one has gone deeper. Bertrand, the third generation, was the first person to fly around the world non-stop in a balloon. Now, he’s building his own craft: a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. In The Explorer Gene, Tom Cheshire asks how three generations of one family achieved such extraordinary feats, often with the consensus against them. None of the Piccards set out to explore: Auguste was a physicist, Jacques an economist and Bertrand a psychiatrist. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Ralph GaryMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Publisher: McFarland (2008, Aug 28th).
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Alan Ross
Publisher: AuthorHouse (2013, Sep 26th).
In the Viet Nam war, the battle around the base camp of Khe Sanh was probably the most publicized story of the war. The story of Khe Sanh started a year before the "Siege" that lasted for 77 days. It started because the area in the far northwest part of South Vietnam got the attention of the NVA. They couldn't allow a base that was so close to the border of Laos, so close to the border of North Viet Nam, to go about it's business as usual without a challenge by the army of the North. Giap was world famous for defeating the French army in 1954 in an area that looked a lot like the area around Khe Sanh. He used and developed tactics in the French Indochina war that continued in use against the Americans and South Vietnamese Army. He first tried to put his army in the high ground surrounding the air strip at Khe Sanh and was defeated in the Hill Fights of April and May, 1967, some of the bloodiest fighting in the war. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability