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David Howarth - Az ​Armada pusztulása
1588 ​viharos nyarán történelmi esemény zajlott le a szürke atlanti vizeken: az angol flotta megtépázta II. Fülöp Armadáját, majd a vad viharok körbeűzték a spanyol vitorlásokat és evezős gályákat a zord skót és ír partok körül. A dráma emberi vonásai: miként élt és szenvedett hosszú heteken át harmincezer spanyol katona és tengerész úszó patkányfészkeiken, hidegben vacogva és forró láztól gyötörve, egy bigott király rögeszméje miatt. A mű eredeti alcíme: a spanyol "sztori". Nos, az angol történetírás mind a mai napig kevéssé érdeklődött az eredeti spanyol dokumentumok iránt. David Howarth, csaknem száz évvel a simancasi levéltár okmányainak publikálása után, spanyol szemszögből írja le a drámai eseményeket, amelyek nyomán Fülöp birodalmában leáldozott a Nap, illetve szabaddá vált az út a németalföldi és az angol polgári fejlődés, és egy új világpiac kialakulása előtt. Howarth végül bebizonyítja, mit és miért tudott eddig rosszul a kollektív emlékezet az Armada pusztulásáról.

David Howarth - Tahiti, ​az elveszett Paradicsom
1767 ​júniusában a Dolphin nevű angol fregatt legénysége egy addig ismeretlen csendes-óceáni szigetet pillant meg. A Gauguin képeiről is jól ismert Tahitin ekkor még idilli állapotok uralkodtak, így az európaiak egyfajta földi paradicsomra ismertek benne. A hajó érkezéséig a tahitiaknak fogalmuk sem volt arról, hogy a közeli szigeteken túl is létezik valami még a szomszédos civilizációktól is elzártan éltek, olyan társadalmat és vallást hozva létre, amelyben az emberek se nem gazdagok, se nem szegények, s boldogságukat legfeljebb az ismeretlentől és a természeti csapásoktól való félelem zavarhatta meg. A magukat felsőbbrendűnek tartó európaiak érkezésével azonban elkezdődött e több évszázados kultúra és az új betegségek megjelenésével az őslakosság haldoklása, melynek szemtanúja lehetett többek között a híres felfedező, James Cook kapitány, Herman Melville, a Moby Dick, a fehér bálna szerzője és Robert Louis Stevenson, A kincses sziget írója, valamint Paul Gauguin, a festőművész is...

David Howarth - The ​Voyage of the Armada
In ​May of 1588, on the order of Spain's King Philip, 30,000 soldiers and sailors armed with arquebus and musket set out to sea. A larger fleet had never before been assembled. In the Voyage of the Armada, David Howarth brilliantly conveys the drama of the Spanish Armada's progress and brings to life the personalities of the men who influenced its course, from the dogmatic and irrational Philip II to Don Juan Martinez de Recalde to Don Pedro and Don Diego de Valdes, who were cousins but also bitter enemies, to the Spanish soldiers and sailors who unquestioningly ventured into unknown seas to confront their fates. Basing his narrative on previously unexplored Spanish sources, David Howarth shows that there is always another side to every conflict. The Voyage of the Armada recounts the adventures of these brave men as they go from battles to storms to wrecks and then finally - for the lucky ones - return home.

David Howarth - Trafalgar
The ​battle of Trafalgar decided a nation's fate, and this fascinating account tells the story of that crucial confrontation as it has never been told before. Many people know the facts about Nelson's death, but far less of the battle in which he died: a single afternoon's fighting that forever ended Napoleon's hope of invading England. With Napoleon's failure, the British navy reigned supreme on the high seas-a supremacy that lasted until the age of air power. David Howarth, who served as a war correspondent during the battle of Dunkirk and won awards for his service as a secret agent during that war, writes with great understanding about fighting amidst the perils of the sea.

David Howarth - Shetland ​Bus
The ​occupation of Western Europe and Scandinavia in the spring of 1940 crippled Britain's ability to gather intelligence information. After the Germans invaded Norway, many Norwegians knew that small boats were constantly sailing from the Shetland Islands to land weapons, supplies, and agents and to rescue refugees. In The Shetland Bus, David Howarth, who was second in command of the Shetland base, recounts the hundreds of trips made by fishing boats in the dark of Arctic winter to resist the Nazi onslaught. For the Norwegians who remained in Norway, The Shetland Bus fortified them both physically and spiritually.Nothing but war would have made seamen attempt such dangerous journeys. Some stretched two thousand miles in length and lasted as long as three weeks in boats only fifty to seventy-five feet long. Fishing boats crossing the North Sea were sometimes attacked and sunk in minutes, hundreds of miles from a friendly ship or shore. Their crews had no hope of being saved. But to "take the Shetland Bus" meant escape when capture became the only other option. The Shetland Bus is the amazing true-life account of storms, attacks, danger, and the heroic efforts of brave men.

David Howarth - We ​Die Alone
We ​Die Alone recounts one of the most exciting escape stories to emerge from the challenges and miseries of World War II. In March 1943, a team of expatriate Norwegian commandos sailed from northern England for Nazi-occupied arctic Norway to organize and supply the Norwegian resistance. But they were betrayed and the Nazis ambushed them. Only one man survived--Jan Baalsrud. This is the incredible and gripping story of his escape. Frostbitten and snowblind, pursued by the Nazis, he dragged himself on until he reached a small arctic village. He was near death, delirious, and a virtual cripple. But the villagers, at mortal risk to themselves, were determined to save him, and--through impossible feats--they did. We Die Alone is an astonishing true story of heroism and endurance. Like Slavomir Rawicz's The Long Walk, it is also an unforgettable portrait of the determination of the human spirit.

David Howarth - Waterloo
The ​first shots were fired at about eleven-thirty on a Sunday morning in June, 1815; by nine o'clock that night, forty thousand men lay dead or wounded, and Napoleon had abandoned not only his army, but all hope of recovering his empire. From the recollections of the men who were there, esteemed author David Howarth has recreated the battle as it appeared to them on the day it was fought. He follows the fortunes of men of all ranks and on both sides. But it is on the French side that the mysteries remain. Why did Ney attack with cavalry alone? And was Napoleon's downfall really due to the minor ailment he suffered that day

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