From this background, Onwumechili makes readers appreciate that modern African armies are deviant institutions, with no roots in traditional Africa. Rather, he argues, one has to seek those roots in Africa's recent, colonial history. Dr. Onwumechili goes on to describe the reasons for coups and their tactics. Finally, he examines how military coups can be prevented. While previous solutions have largely failed, Onwumechili provides convincing solutions based on case studies.
A political moderate during a period of extremes, Boissy served for so long because he was committed to ideals, rather than to groups. Yet, during several periods in his career, Boissy also placed himself in danger by acting on his ideals. He held political beliefs that were both appropriate to his time and effective in application. He made many enemies, but the greatest testament to Boissy's life was the constant call of the French people for him to serve.
The organizational structure created to manage the supply effort was, Horgan reveals, in constant flux, characterized by the abandoning of one failed experiment in favor of another that would soon be exposed as equally unsuccessful. The two major weapons of the period, the big guns of Army artillery and navel ordnance and Navy ships, are examined within this framework. Horgan explores how the Congress managed their acquisition, including procedures related to the manufacture of artillery in private sector founders and government facilities, as well as the construction projects for Navy ships. She demonstrates how policy decisions made during these early years relate to the present policy environment for the acquisition of major weapon systems.
Western policies toward the Iranian mullah regime have thus far been reactionary rather than proactive. The regime in Iran has been an incubator of international terrorism, aiding and abetting international terrorist groups in and out of the Middle East. The author argues that now is the time for the United States to substitute rhetoric with action in policies toward the ruling clerics in Iran.
Brabant, 1473. A clandestine brotherhood hides a secret that could bring down the Catholic Church. Their chosen hiding place - the art of Hieronymus Bosch.
A TERRIBLE CONSPIRACY.
London, 2014. An excommunicated priest approaches both the Church and the art world, claiming to possess an artefact that will destroy their reputations.
A TICKING CLOCK.
This man, Nicholas Laverne, is poised to end over 500 years of silence and injustice. Yet, unknown to Nicholas, he has just summoned a killer intent on silencing him.
In the present day, a famous portrait by Titian has been discovered. Its subject: the Fifteenth-century suspected murderer Angelico Vespucci, known as The Skin Hunter.
Leading New York dealer, Triumph Jones, encourages the rumor that "when the portrait arises, so will the man." And when flayed bodies start turning up in Tokyo, London and Venice, it begins to look like more than just a superstition.
Previously a location finder for the film industry, Nino Bergstrom has just recovered from a serious illness. As a favor to the friend who helped him, the dealer, Gasser Reni, he investigates the murder and flaying of Seraphina Morgan. In Venice he comes across Seraphinaâ??s louche husband and the flamboyant Johnny Ravenscourt, moving onto Tokyo where he encounters the Japanese dealer of the macabre, Jobo Kido.
As the dealers vie to get their hands on the Titian portrait--some for its beauty, others for its notoriety as being the first portrait of a serial killer--each becomes a suspect. And then Nino makes the connection between the Fifteenth century murderer and his Twenty-first-century imitator. Each of the contemporary century victims had something in common with their Fifteenth-century counterpart.
Further investigations lead Nino deeper into the depraved world of Angelico Vespucci, the original Skin Hunter. Then, after the deaths and mutilation of three women--on the anniversaries of Vespucciâ??s crimes â?? Nino realizes that the date for the fourth killing is due.
He has to find the last victim and save her. And he has only ten days to do it.
Creating a centuries-old conspiracy ready to explode with devastating consequences, art historian and author Alex Connor has written an incredible page turner that will keep readers guessing until the very end.
When the art historian, Leon Golding, finds Goyaâ??s skull his rivals gather: a ruthless female collector in New York; an immoral scion of the notorious Ortega family; and a killer hired by the most dangerous man in London. All of them are after the skull--and the man who has it.
The evidence, a painting by William Hogarth done in 1732, was supposedly destroyed. But hundreds of years later, on a private jet, Sir Oliver Peters learns that it still exists. Dying of cancer, and desperate to secure his family's well-being, Sir Oliver resolves to find the missing work. But when a fellow passenger who also knows the secret is murdered, he realizes he's battling more than time.