Member Books for April 2017

NONFICTION

Intervention! The Americans in Haiti, 1915-1934. By Cmdr. Richard L. Schreadley, USN (Ret), Charleston (S.C.) Chapter. Evening Post Books. ISBN 978-1-92964-731-6.

July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines and bluejackets from the armored cruiser Washington landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, for the purpose of “preventing further rioting and for the protection of foreigners’ lives and property.”

Thus began a military occupation of nearly 20 years. Intervention! begins with a broad overview of Haitian history leading to President Woodrow Wilson’s order to land U.S. forces and occupy the Western Hemisphere’s second-oldest republic. It tells the fascinating story of a long, frustrating, and politically divisive exercise in nation building (one of many yet to come) that ended in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first term.

FICTION

Palo Duro. By Lt. Col. Max L. Knight, USA, (Ret). Page Publishing Inc. ISBN 978-1-68409-101-0.

Palo Duro looks at the Indian Wars in the Southwestern U.S. at the end of the 19th century. With westward expansion following the end of the Civil War, confrontations with the Comanche, Kiowa, Southern Cheyenne, Arapaho, and the Apache over hunting grounds and sacred lands were inevitable. Treaties offered temporary respite, but abrogation of these agreements and the inability by both sides to understand the others culture guaranteed ongoing conflict and an end to the Plains Indians way of life.