Book Reviews

Reviews of books by MWSA members. Reviews appear in reverse chronological order, with the most recent review posted appearing first.
Note: Some older reviews are being reposted to this site and those will appear out of order.

Beyond the Call, Memoirs of a Medical Visionary Vol I

Title: Beyond the Call, Memoirs of a Medical Visionary Vol I
Author: William E. Mayer
Genre: Non-Fiction, Reference
Reviewer: Don Arndt

Beyond the Call, a gripping account of the life and times of William (Bud) Mayer, a distinguished citizen-physician-soldier, in frequent conflict with the status quo and in combat with bureaucrats in and out of uniform and the entrenched politicians. He speaks out about the unconscionable treatment of the mentally ill and alcoholic persons among us; the mind-twisting methods of tyrants, past and present, who seek to destroy freedom; and about the miracles of modern military medicine that keep countless soldiers alive. Seen from the inside of the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Army and the Public Health Service and at the end, the Pentagon itself, these thoughts and experiences are essential to an understanding of what freedom allows us to do, and what our adversaries would destroy.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Mayer, William E.

182 Days in Iraq, 2nd edition

by Phil Kiver
Published by (date): word association (10/2006)
ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 159571135X
Price: $15.95

Phil Kiver's real-life, moment-to-moment journal of his assignment as an Army journalist in Iraq is honest, irreverent gripping and emotional one moment a howl the next. Kiver's journals are raw reaction, impression, and introspection. This, folks, is what it feels like to be Phil Kiver in this war in Iraq missing home, lounging at one of Saddam s pools, angry with the brass, witnessing the deaths of children and comrades, nighttime explosions too close for comfort, pasta with the Italians, toasting the fallen with the Ukrainians. It s a delirium of experience with this journalist sorting through the rubble and smoke in search of the story that will one day be history.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Kiver, Phil

5 Brothers in Arms

by Raymond C. Heimbuch
Publisher: XLibris (May 2008)
Price: $19.99
Special discount $15.00 plus $2.00 Shipping

This book starts with our becoming POW's, with a brief flash back telling how we got there, then goes on to tell about my POW life, and as each of my brothers who is not already mentioned joins the service, he gets a separate chapter telling his war experience, and goes on to tell what happens to each of them up until the present time. Essentially it tells what we did during the war and then what we did up until the present time.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Heimbuch, Raymond C.


by Denise Boulet
Published by (date): PublishAmerica (December, 2009)
ISBN (links go to MWSA Amazon store): 1615825932 / 978-1615825936
Price: $16.95
Tags: Memoir

Synopsis: This is one Navy woman's journey through a miserable childhood to emerge victorious over such odds. I turned out well because I still have a strong faith and love for God and what little family I have left.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Boulet, Denise