Military

Listening to the Voice of Reason as a Military Writer

by Ann DeWitt


Imagine before the first book is distributed by Ingram Book Company that an historian slams a novel based solely on the subject matter.  Now, imagine that you later find out that the goal of said historian is to "put 19th Century American slaves back in their rightful place in American Civil War military history."  Finally, imagine that the first young adult to read the same book receives an "A" on a school book report. 

The Coast Guard

Title: The Coast Guard
Author: Tom Beard
Genre: Military, Coast Guard
Reviewer: Don Farinacci

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0789320789

The definitive, official illustrated book on the U.S. Coast Guard, published in a fully updated and revised edition. Since September 11, the Coast Guard’s motto—Semper Paratus, "Always Ready"—has taken on new meaning. From protecting our coastlines to drug interdiction, combat missions, and guarding against terrorism as part of the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Coast Guard maintains a constant vigil in the safeguarding of Americans. Written by an outstanding team of historians and distinguished officers, including the current Commandant USCG Admiral Thad Allen, The Coast Guard has more than 350 pages that tell the story from its origins as both the Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Lifesaving Service to lighthouses, ice breakers, and the heroes of Hurricane Katrina. Essays on history, search and rescue, and aviation all have one common focus: the incredibly trained and highly motivated people that make up the Coast Guard.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Beard, Tom

The Seventh Angel

Title: The Seventh Angel
Author: Jeff Edwards
Genre: Military, Navy
Reviewer: Bob Flournoy

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0983008515

A military revolt in southeastern Russia puts a former hard-line Soviet leader in command of a ballistic missile submarine and its arsenal of nuclear weapons. His goal: re-ignite the communist revolution, and recapture the might and glory of the fallen Soviet Union. Without warning, Russia, Japan, and the United States become hostages in a scheme of international nuclear blackmail. When the warheads start falling and people begin dying, no one can pretend that it’s a bluff.

As the earth rushes toward extinction, a lone U.S. Navy warship must penetrate the Siberian ice pack to destroy the submarine before it can destroy the world.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Edwards, Jeff

The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman: A US Navy Hospital Corpsman with a US Marine Corps Reconnaissance Patrol Team in the 1950's on covert Korean missions.

Title: The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman: A US Navy Hospital Corpsman with a US Marine Corps Reconnaissance Patrol Team in the 1950's on covert Korean missions.
Author: C. Gilbert Lowery
Genre: Military, Navy
Reviewer: Dave Brown

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1456731637

The Untold Experiences of a Navy Corpsman: A US Navy Hospital Corpsman with a US Marine Corps Reconnaissance Patrol Team in the 1950's on covert Korean missions.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Lowery, C. Gilbert

Listening to Ghosts

Title: Listening to Ghosts
Author: Bob Stockton
Genre: Military, Navy
Reviewer: Bob Flournoy

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 145007653X

Listening To Ghosts is an accounting of the author's experience growing up in a Northeastern working class neighborhood and subsequent career as an enlisted man in the United States Navy before the Navy became an instrument for social engineering experimentation. Written in the first person the author takes the reader through his adventures - and misadventures - in frank, candid and politically incorrect language.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Stockton, Bob

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