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The latest articles by CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'KATANGA 1960-63: MERCENARIES, SPIES AND THE AFRICAN NATION THAT WAGED WAR ON THE WORLD' and 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' (amazon.co.uk or amazon.com), plus announcements and updates.



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Katanga Book - September 2015

Mercenaries, Spies and the African Nation that Waged War on the World

Here's some more shameless publicity. KATANGA 1960-63: MERCENARIES, SPIES AND THE AFRICAN NATION THAT WAGED WAR ON THE WORLD will be published 7 September 2015. It's available from amazon.co.uk and bookshops nationwide. There's also an ebook version for those who prefer pixels to ink ... .


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Franco's International Brigades Available as eBook

Download the New Edition from Amazon

You can now read 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' on your Kindle. The ebook version is available from Amazon as of today. It has a nice new cover and some light revision to the previous Hurst edition text. Find out more ... .


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The Last Flight of the Albertina

Mercenaries, Conspiracies, and the Death of Dag Hammarskjöld, 18 September 1961

The Congo, 1961. The renegade province of Katanga has declared independence from the rest of the country. Violence erupts. United Nations peacekeepers arrive to stop the fighting but find themselves at war after an attempt to disarm the Katangese government's mercenary helpers goes badly wrong. In September UN chief Dag Hammarskjöld flies down to Northern Rhodesia for peace talks. His plane will never arrive. Murder? Accident? Conspiracy? CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' (amazon.co.uk or amazon.com), examines the facts in a chapter from his forthcoming book about the Katangese secession.


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In Search of Dominique Borella

A Man on the Militant Edge of French Anti-Communism 1932-1975

Indochina, Algeria, France, the Congo, Yemen, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lebanon. French mercenary Dominique Borella fought for rightist causes around the world. He left behind dead bodies and closed mouths. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' (amazon.co.uk or amazon.com), wipes away the blood to uncover the life of a man who thought he could change the world one bullet at a time.


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The Assassination of Stepan Bandera

When Ukrainian Nationalism, Soviet Revenge, and the Ghost of Nazi Collaboration Met in Munich, 1959

Stepan Bandera is a hero to many Ukrainians. Protesters in Kiev love him. But Moscow claims he was a Nazi collaborator and Polish politicians erect memories to their countrymen killed by his militia. In September 1959 someone murdered him in a Munich apartment block. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' finds out who did it.


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Don't Bury Me Alone

Three More Classic Non-Fiction Books

CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' looks at another three non-fiction greats.


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Self-Inflicted Wounds

Four Non-Fiction Books You Need to Read

CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' is sitting in a Warszawa cafe, thinking non-fiction, bank robbery, and girls.


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A Short History of Russian Roulette in Australia

Earless Gunmen, Vietnamese Gangsters, and a Pool Hall in Footscray c.1987

Another extract from my history of Russian Roulette. This time we're in Australia with gun loving standover man Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read and the cream of the Melbourne underworld. Did anyone ever win money by playing the suicidal gun game? Chopper did. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' has the details.


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Dead Man's Hand

Antonio Padilla's New Thriller About the Congo

A new novel about Congo mercenaries is available for Spanish readers. Antonio Padilla's 'La mano del muerto' is a sharp thriller about the links between Franco's Spain, Africa in the 1960s, and urban terrorism. CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, author of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR' takes a look.


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Wacky Hijinks in Publishing

From Columbia to Oxford with 'Franco's International Brigades'

The US edition of 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR', the first book from CHRISTOPHER OTHEN, has moved publishers from Columbia University to Oxford University. Wacky hijinks will no doubt ensue.


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Franco's International Brigades: On the Shelves Now

New Edition from Hurst & Co Published in January 2013

An expanded version of Christopher Othen's first book, 'FRANCO'S INTERNATIONAL BRIGADES: ADVENTURERS, FASCISTS, AND CHRISTIAN CRUSADERS IN THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR', is now available in the UK. American readers can get their hands on it when the Columbia University of New York edition is published in March 2013.


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