Member Books for April 2016

NONFICTION

U.S. Army Psychiatry in the Vietnam War: New Challenges In Extended Counterinsurgency Warfare. By Col. Norman M. Camp, USA (Ret), M.D., FACPsa. Progressive Management. ASIN: B0191WB6PA.  

The American ground war in Vietnam lasted from 1965 to 1973 and evolved into a protracted, bloody, mostly guerrilla war. At home it provoked intense media scrutiny and political controversy, which in turn fostered incendiary racial tensions, wide-spread drug use, and a burgeoning anti-war movement — an American nightmare that threatened its most basic institutions, including the Army. Although Army morale remained high for the first few years, as the war dragged on and the Army became increasingly draftee dependent, these cultural tensions strongly influenced those sent to Vietnam as replacements. Following the political and military events of 1968, the turning point in the war, these young troops came to express in every way short of collective mutiny, including a wide array of psychiatric and psychosocial pathologies, their inability or unwillingness to accept the risks of combat, acknowledge military authority, or tolerate the hardships of an assignment in Vietnam. Matters became substantially worse in 1970 when a heroin epidemic quickly spread among the lower ranks — an unprecedented problem that seriously undermined soldier health, morale, and military preparedness. In every respect the system was broken.  

It was with these features in mind that the author, Dr. Camp, a retired Army psychiatrist who led a psychiatric unit in Vietnam, set out to study Army Psychiatry experience in Vietnam. The result is a book that is both scholarly and intensely personal and reflects his eagerness to present the big picture while including anecdotes from colleagues who also served there.   

According to Dr. Camp, there were six novel areas of mental health risk for U.S. troops serving in Vietnam: (1) conventional troops fighting counterinsurgency/guerrilla warfare; (2) troops fighting for a divided America; (3) fixed, individual, one-year assignments; (4) deterioration of military morale and discipline near the tipping point, with troops opposing military authority and the military mission; (5) soldier-patients treated by military psychiatrists with limited military experience and allegiance; and (6) Vietnam veterans returning to a rejecting society.  

This book, which is replete with illustrations and correspondence from the Vietnam era, presents the story of Vietnam in a fresh manner — from a psychiatrist’s point of view. As seen through Dr. Camp’s eyes and sensibilities, the forty-plus years since the war ended seem like yesterday.     

The Warrior Life: What it is and how to live it. By former Army Capt. James T. Slattery. Northern Kingdom Publishing. ISBN 978-1-512-19676-4.  

This book teaches the attributes of the warrior life, describes how to live the warrior life, and is a call to action to make teaching and living the warrior life our mission.    

MEMOIR

Air Raid Nights & Radio Days: Hanging on for dear life. By former Army Capt. Donald Schroeder. Tate Publishing and Enterprises. ISBN 978-1-62902-225-3.   

Don Schroeder explores the sharp contrast between the dark nights and bright childhood memories that opened the doors for a boy growing up as part of the "Silent Generation." After the Depression and World War II, conditions improved for many Americans, including Schroeder and his family. With wit and humor, Schroeder invites the world to see Indianapolis as this “nasty little gutter tramp” saw it. Sample city chicken or scrambled brains with eggs, mow down imaginary Nazis, and turn off “Fibber McGee and Molly,” the favorite nighttime radio show, in time to confuse enemy bombers and save Indianapolis from destruction. Schroeder relishes those nearly forgotten years and the memories of God reaching for a boy slip sliding along during this difficult period of Air Raid Nights and Radio Days.  

I Used To Do That – A Fighter Pilot’s Story. By Maj. Darrel B. Couch, USAF (Ret). Couch Publishing. ISBN 978-0-578-15068-0.  

Come — take a walk with me! Travel down 100 years on memory lane. Experience the sheer exultation of author Darrel Couch's most improbable dreams being fulfilled beyond his wildest expectations.   

Starting his career as a poorly rated 1956 high school student, Couch become a 17-year-old Air Force enlisted man working on B-52 and B-47 electronics. "With time, work, and the grace of God," he became an Air Force pilot and eventually achieved the coveted aviation pinnacle of becoming a Cold War and Vietnam War single-seat, single-engine fighter pilot.   

This memoir covers his entire life, as well as the lives of his grandfather and father. It also includes selected stories taken from Couch's 426 Vietnam combat missions. Relive history as few today know it through the 687 stories and 220 pictures (125 in color) in this book. Let your easy chair, recliner, or rocking chair become your ejection seat in the complex supersonic office of the fighter pilot. Your ability to enjoy the experience is limited only by your imagination.  

In Vietnam, live the experiences of when 1/1000 of a second could mean the difference between life and death. Fly F-100 nighttime, low-level combat missions at speeds of 600 mph at 100 feet or less. As a forward air controller in a 100 mph 0-1 Bird Dog, hear and feel the shock waves of countless passing supersonic bullets; all aimed at you. Feel the crushing concussion of urgently requested bombs exploding way too close to your brothers, husbands, fathers, and grandfathers.   

Sit on top of a thermonuclear weapon and learn what you are really made of and believe. Experience riding an explosive-initiated and rocket-boosted ejection seat into the unknown. Grow old and experience the real cost of war and political indifference.     

FICTION

A Death at Camp David. By Capt. Harry A. Milman, USPHS, (Ret), Ph.D. Xlibris. ISBN 978-1-514-42317-2.  

A Death at Camp David is a novel of political intrigue and murder mystery set against the backdrop of the election of a woman for president of the U.S.  

Dr. Bob Kramer, a forensic toxicologist with the air and suave demeanor of a James Bond, is recruited to identify the cause of a woman’s death. The body was found on the grounds of Camp David the morning after a White House–sponsored Fourth of July celebration. The woman attended the event as an impostor, a result of political dirty tricks. Morgan Baker, an obese and unkempt private investigator from Louisiana is hired to sleuth and assist in the investigation. Unbeknownst to the president, her husband and the vice president, Eric Bunting, are lovers and are implicated in the death. But who was that woman? How did she die? Was she a woman? How will her death affect the upcoming presidential election of Jessica Worthing, who is running in her own right after the sudden death of her male predecessor, Leslie Breckenridge?