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.

Heart of a Lion: The Leadership of Lt. Michael P. Murphy

Title: Heart of a Lion: The Leadership of Lt. Michael P. Murphy
Author: Gary Williams
Genre: Military Navy
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0984835121

Over the course of his short life, Michael Patrick Murphy came to personify three critically important pillars of leadership. First, before you can lead, you must positively influence others. Second, you must develop an unshakable moral character. Third, you must always act with integrity consistent with that character… an integrity and character that transcends position-only leadership and provides the all-important moral authority to lead. On June 28, 2005 LT Michael P. Murphy faced two profound moral leadership questions; the first after capturing three civilian non-combatants. The second to deliberately put himself in the enemy’s direct line of fire in a final effort to get help for his men. How Michael P. Murphy chose to answer those two questions will forever separate him from those he fought. This book details the leadership traits of the most celebrated Medal of Honor recipient since World War II.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Williams, Gary

Unsinkable Sailors

Title: Unsinkable Sailors
Author: Paul Sherbo
Genre: Military Navy
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0979164230

"Unsinkable Sailors by retired US Navy Reserve Captain Paul Sherbo is a chilling historical account of the at-sea collision of the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-745), a United States Navy destroyer, and the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne. This book is the only comprehensive source of original interviews and research along with official naval records that centers on the Evans crewmembers. The story of the collision that sank the bow half of the Evans is told by those who lived the nightmare on the morning of 3 June in 1969. It is a story of personal tragedy, survival and perseverance."

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Sherbo, Paul

WWII: A Legacy of Letters

Title: WWII: A Legacy of Letters
Author: Clint Frederick
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Reviewer: Bill McDonald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0977849309

Clinton Frederick returned to his grandparents' house in 2002. In the attic, just as he'd remembered, were Japanese swords, parachutes, and other memorabilia from WWII. In a trunk stuck back under the rafters, Clinton made a discovery that would change his life forever. Inside were more than hundred letters written by his father, Captain George Frederick.

This correspondence, most of which Capt. Frederick had written to his mother, chronicled from a most personal standpoint some of the major events that shaped the world. The letters also allowed Clinton Frederick, for the first time in his life, to know what his father was really like.

WWII - A Legacy of Letters, is a true story of love and war. In it, Frederick artfully weaves together his father's letters with historical information about some of the most important military campaigns of the war. History is too often simply a dry recitation of dates, events, and people. Frederick's book puts a very human face on the events surrounding the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Readers will find the author's discoveries about his father to be extraordinarily moving.

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Frederick, Clint

When Grandma's False Teeth Fly

Title: When Grandma's False Teeth Fly
Author: Mary Lee
Genre: Children Under 12
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1617779741

Katie is not a little girl anymore--she is six years old! But some mean girls at school still tease her about her chipped baby tooth. Katies seeks advice from her grandma, who will tell her a hilarious story that encourages her to use humor instead of anger or sadness to solve her problems. Join Katie and Grandma for a touching, funny, and inspiring story about...

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Lee, Mary


Author: Michael F. Dilley
Genre: Non-Fiction History
Reviewer: Jim Greenwald

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1435758498

This book is a brief history of an American regimental sized unit (known popularly as "Merrill's Marauders") that fought in Burma during 1944 and, later, as part of Mars Task Force, as the 475th Infnatry Regiment. The book covers the organization, training, and most important missions of GALAHAD until it was redesignated at the 475th. It includes organization charts, sketch maps, photographs, examples of insignia, and a bibliography.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Dilley, Michael F.