Military

Immediate Response

Title: Immediate Response
Author: Mark Hammond
Genre: Military, Marines
Reviewer: Dave Brown

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0141039043

2006 in Helmand saw British forces engaged in the most ferocious fighting since the Korean War. For much of the time they were hanging on by their fingertips, holed up in remote platoon houses, outnumbered, facing relentless assault and nearly overwhelmed. Only the Chinooks kept them in the game. But that meant their crews putting down in hot LZs, exposing their aircraft to withering attack from an enemy for whom downing one of the big helos would be the ultimate prize. They had been lucky. So far. Then they launched their biggest operation yet: a complicated, high-risk airborne assault that launched a fleet of heavily armed helicopters into the Afghan Heart of Darkness. And then a report came over the net that one of the Chinooks was down...In "Immediate Response", Major Mark Hammond, a Royal Marine flying with the RAF, tells the gripping inside story of the Chinook squadrons' war for the first time. It's a visceral, unputdownable combination of hi-tech and old-fashioned grit; an action-packed story shot through with a mix of aviation fuel and cordite...

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Hammond, Mark

Road to Iwo Jima, The

Title: The Road to Iwo Jima
Author: Tom McGraham
Genre: Military, Marines
Reviewer: Joyce Gilmour

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 098279231X

Tom McGraham joined the Marines the day after Pearl Harbor. Throughout the next few years, he served in the Caribbean, but after he participates in the capture of a German Submarine crew, he is reassigned to the 4th Division in Hawaii. With his new buddies, he trains for some unknown but obviously big assault to come. It's not until he is on the ship, that he learns they are headed for Iwo Jima. This book is the story of that fateful event in his life -- and the years afterward.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
McGraham, Tom

And My Mother Danced with Chesty Puller

Title: And My Mother Danced with Chesty Puller
Author: Bruce Hoffman
Genre: Military, Marine
Reviewer: Hodge Wood

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): ISBN / EAN

Bruce Hoffman spent four years in the United States Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968. Two of those years were in Vietnam and Okinawa. This is a story about his adventures from Parris Island, serving in the rear with the beer, to flying as an Aerial Gunner in UH-1E Huey Helicopters. These four years left a lasting impression, some good some bad. It is a story worth telling.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Hoffman, Bruce

Texas Gun Club, The

Title: The Texas Gun Club
Author: Mark Bowlin
Genre: Military, Army
Reviewer: Lee Boyland

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 1933651555

The Texas Gun Club is the story of two cousins' journey from south Texas to wartime Italy in 1943. Perkin Berger and Sam Taft are officers in Able Company, 141st Infantry Regiment of the 36th Division, Texas National Guard. Although the cousins are closer than most brothers, they have differing views on the war and their role in it. Perkin is excited to test himself in combat; Sam just wants to survive the war and return to Texas.
D-Day was a shambles, and then the battle went from bad to worse. While Perkin is dispatched on a reconnaissance mission down the Italian peninsula, Sam is left to shore up crumbling defenses and prevent Salerno from becoming another Dunkirk.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
Bowlin, Mark

Porcelain On Steel | Women of West Point's Long Gray Line

Title: Porcelain On Steel | Women of West Point's Long Gray Line
Author: Donna M. McAleer
Genre: Military, Army
Reviewer: Bob Flournoy

ISBN (links go to the MWSA Amazon store): 0984551123

Porcelain on Steel is an insider's tour of one of America's most storied institutions and shares with the reader what it takes to succeed in the high-pressure, high-performance, high-testosterone lab that produces leaders for the Army and for our Nation.

In an era where the American public is saturated with women selling sexuality, this book highlights those who, blessed with strong character traits, use them to make a positive contribution to society. Leadership is a matter of character; leadership is matter of how to be, not how to do it. Leadership is something that is instilled in you--and great leaders in turn instill the ability in others. The women in Porcelain on Steel exemplify this--for all ages and wisdom for all time. Their qualities and strength of character would lead to success in any era but most importantly, their stories are especially relevant now, in today's times.

Porcelain on Steel is a book for your daughter, your sister, your best friend, and most of all, yourself.

The women in Porcelain on Steel are genuine role models. America's youth, whether male or female, as well as parents in search of stories of inspiration, courage, loyalty, public service and leadership that set a positive direction for our young people, should read this book.

Porcelain on Steel is a powerful and inspirational portrait of the women who serve--not just our country, but their families, their communities, and their own commitment to a purposeful and meaningful life. These women, like the author Donna McAleer herself, had the courage and strength to attend West Point--the toughest and most elite military school in the nation--and have the heart and soul to be role models for women everywhere. We can find courage in their courage, faith in their faith, and our own best selves in them. Porcelain on Steel is a book for your daughter, your sister, your best friend, and most of all, yourself.

West Point is an indispensible institution that has helped sustain our democracy for more than 200 years.

Author(s) Mentioned: 
McAleer, Donna M.

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