America’s Joint General: Leadership Analysis of Air Force General David C. Jones the Ninth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. By
Lt. Col. John R. Edwards, USAF, Life Member. BiblioScholar. ISBN 978-1249415510. 118 pp. $49.
leadership biography of General (ret) David Jones, 9th Chairman of the Chiefs
of Staff and Air Force Chief of Staff. The framework for analysis is US
Air Force Doctrine AFDD 1-1 Leadership. Gen Jones lead the Air Force
during the post-Vietnam War era from 1974-1978 where he was instrumental to the
creation of Exercise Red Flag; acquisition of the A-10, F-15, F-16 and E-3;
development of the F-117 Stealth Fighter; and the challenges of the
"Hollow Force." He later became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and its failed rescue attempt that
spurred efforts for reorganization, which was the genesis for
the Goldwater-Nichols Act.
Civil War Soldiers of Kendall County, Texas: A Biographical Dictionary. By Col. Frank W. Kiel, USA (Ret), Life Member, Texas Hill Country
Ranch Press, 133 Skyline Dr., Comfort, TX 78013. ISBN 978-0-9834160-1-2. $35
plus $4 shipping and handling.
373 biographies vary in size — some brief, some long. They include men with a
short time in Kendall County, or long; some at the time of the Civil War and
some afterwards. An essay on the subject precedes the biographies.
appendices analyze aspects of service, such as unit affiliation,
prisoner/wounded/dead, obituaries and cemeteries identified, last living
soldiers and last widows, etc.
Controlling Paris: Armed Forces and Counter-Revolution, 1789-1848. By Col. Jonathan M. House, USA (Ret). New York University Press. ISBN 978-1-4798-8115-4. 324 pp.
not at war, armies are often used to control civil disorders, especially in
eras of rapid social change and unrest. But in nineteenth century Europe,
without the technological advances of modern armies and police forces, an
army’s only advantages were discipline and organization—and in the face of
popular opposition to the regime in power, both could rapidly deteriorate. Such
was the case in France after the Napoleonic Wars, where a cumulative recent
history of failure weakened an already fragile army’s ability to keep the
the February 1848 overthrow of the last king of France, the new republican
government proved remarkably resilient, retaining power while pursuing moderate
social policies despite the concerted efforts of a variety of radical and
socialist groups. These efforts took numerous forms, ranging from
demonstrations to attempted coups to full-scale urban combat, and culminated in
the crisis of the June Days. At stake was the future of French government and
the social and economic policy of France at large.
Paris, Jonathan M. House offers us a study of revolution from the viewpoint
of the government rather than the revolutionary. It is not focused on military
tactics so much as on the broader issues involved in controlling civil
disorders: relations between the government and its military leaders, causes
and social issues of public disorder, political loyalty of troops in crisis,
and excessive use of force to control civil disorders. Yet somehow, despite all
these disadvantages, the French police and armed forces prevented regime change
far more often than they failed to do so.
Viper-7: Forward Air Controlling in South Vietnam in 1966. By
Lt. Col. Charles L. Pocock, USAF (Ret), Life Member. McNaughton & Gunn Inc.
ISBN 0-9703068-0-6. 448 pp. $36.
L. Pocock records what happened during his tour of duty as a FAC pilot. Viper-7
was his call sign. His account is gripping. While in country for 12 months, he
flew 628 combat missions; one night he walked out of the jungle when his plane
was hit by ground fire; has 12 notches on his M-16; on one intense encounter
against insurgents, he directed 24 flights providing 62 sorties; and became a
“brother” of one of the indigenous Montagnards tribes during one of their
Whips to Walls: Naval Discipline From Flogging to Progressive Era Reform at Portsmouth Prison. By Capt. Rodney K. Watterson,
USN (Ret), Life Member. Naval
Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-61251-445-1. 272 pp. $59.95.
The abolishment of flogging in 1850
started the U.S. Navy on a quest for a prison system that culminated with the
opening of Portsmouth Naval Prison in 1908. During World War I, that prison
became the center of the Navy's attempt to reform what many considered outdated
means of punishment. Driven by Progressive Era ideals and led by Thomas Mott
Osborne, cell doors remained opened, inmates governed themselves, and thousands
of rehabilitated prisoners were returned to the fleet. Championed by Secretary
of the Navy Josephus Daniels and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin
Roosevelt, Osborne's reforms proceeded positively until Vice Adm. William. Sims
and others became convinced that too many troublemakers were being returned to
the fleet. In response, FDR led an on-site investigation of conditions at
Portsmouth prison, which included charges of gross mismanagement and rampant
homosexual activity. Although exonerated, Osborne resigned and initiatives were
quickly reversed as the Navy returned to a harsher system.
Buckskin Scots: Book I of the Creation of America. By
Col. Art Loughry, USMC (Ret), Life Member. Booklocker.com. ISBN 978-1-62646-912-9. 282 pp. $16.95. Available
at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com as a book and e-book.
Scottish Mackenzies plan an escape from poverty and an oppressive English King.
John provides superior leadership with Scottish soldiers and militias to help
the English army control Indians. The Crown’s policies reduce the army as
soldiers are sent to confront American rebels who want independence. Events
separate the family. The oldest son finds his love at sea in the English Navy
while the second son follows his father into military service. Their daughter
is a talented artist. The Mackenzies adopt a Negro boy, Joseph who is freed
during a counter-attack on renegade Indians.
Mackenzies go to America and for seven years they join the quest for
independence. They are patriots learning the price is high in blood, separation
and distrust of friends. John and Tom create a ranger brigade. Bernard remains
an English naval officer. Sarah and Joseph find separate paths to independence.
at Yorktown, like Lexington and Concord are always celebrated. Between victories
come numerous defeats, stalemates, doubts with people trying to live every day
out of harm’s way. The English army stays two years with every dawn expecting
another battle until a patriot offers a solution sending the English army and
loyalists from American soil.
Long Range Patrol: A Novel of Vietnam. By
Lt. Col. Dennis Foley, USA (Ret). San Val. ISBN 978-1417714148. $9.99.
In 1965, Lieutenant Jim Hollister
become one of the first platoon leaders helping to develop the support skills
that would make LRRPs a legend of the war. Hollister quickly became an expert
at judging the abilities and weaknesses of his men--men who became closer than
brothers, men who fought for one another in a brutal, merciless jungle war
where one small mistake could mean sudden death for everyone...
The Other Eisenhower. By Lt. Col. Augustine Campana,
USAF (Ret), Life Member, and Marco Di Tillo. Webster House Publishing, www.campana-ditillo.com. ISBN
978-1-932635-35-5. 272 pp. $14.99.
Other Eisenhower is woven into a set of actual events
that occurred just prior to 6 June 1944. The tale takes the reader on an
exciting journey filled with plot twists, suspense, and danger, all experienced
by a simple London postman who unwittingly reads secret Operation Overlord
plans and becomes the target of both the Allies, who want to keep him from
talking, and the Germans, who are desperate to learn what he knows. The
adventure begins on a warm May day with a security breach at the British War
Office in Whitehall and progresses to an air base in the English countryside.
An abduction and escape then takes the reader on a thrilling adventure from
Germany, into Holland, and through Belgium. The story's climax begins in
German-occupied France where, with the help of the French Underground, the
postman deals with the high intrigue and ominous circumstances of the Nazi
Gestapo led by one of Hitler's most sinister generals. From the medieval town
of Laon, to a luxurious mansion in Paris, followed by captivity at Rommel's
headquarters at La Roche-Guyon, the excitement never stops. Nor does the
postman's quest to return home and to the woman he loves. Throughout, we look
in on General Dwight Eisenhower and his staff as they implement Allied plans to
invade Europe and free that continent from the grip of Hitler's despotism. The
reader also experiences the plotting and scheming of Nazi leaders to learn
those plans and foil what would be the greatest amphibious assault in
The Scarlet Shamrock: A Tale of the Troubles and a Path toVietnam. By
Col. John Murphy, USMC (Ret), Life Member. CreateSpace. ISBN 9781489598868. 350 pp. $11.31.
In the turmoil of the 1960s, two
strikingly different countries, Ireland and Vietnam, each shared a common
conviction-the unification of its country and the expulsion of foreign
aggressors. One man, Ned O'Shea, lands in the very heart of this darkness.
"The Scarlet Shamrock" is the debut military thriller by John Murphy
that charts the perilous journey of a partisan caught up in the brutal throes
of two wars. Fierce loyalties clash and betrayals abound. Fast-paced and richly
evocative of a turbulent time in world history, this absorbing story charts two
legendary conflicts through the lens of one relentless warrior. At the height
of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland, IRA operative Ned O'Shea will
stop at nothing to banish the British from his beloved Irish soil. When a
traitor reveals Ned's involvement with a plot to assassinate an English
official, the Irish patriot is forced to flee his homeland. He slips away
aboard a Polish freighter bound for Boston. There, he assumes a false identity
and joins the Marine Corps, which leads him to another clash in Vietnam.
"The Scarlet Shamrock" offers a vivid and arresting look at a world
in chaos, and one man's rigorous resolve to honor both his native land and his
newly ingrained Marine commitment. As the United States observes the 50th
anniversary of its involvement in Vietnam, this tome, as did the novel
"All Quiet on the Western Front," depicts the discord and trauma
experienced by those who both lived and served in this period of history.
Hangar Flying. By Lt. Col. Alfred J. D’Amario, USAF (Ret). AuthorHouse,
www.authorhouse.com. ISBN 978-1-4343-5529-4. 292 pp. $23.55. Order signed
copies from the author at www.ajdamario.com or email email@example.com.
Flying is sometimes defined as
"hours and hours of sheer boredom punctuated by moments of stark
panic." In HANGER FLYING, Lt/Col Alfred J. D'Amario shares many of those
"moments of stark panic" that punctuated the 5,000 or so flying hours
he accumulated during his twenty years in the Air Force. The author, who much
prefers to be called Joe, takes the reader through Basic and Advanced pilot
training, transition to jets, fighter gunnery and fighter bomber training and
real combat in Korea. Then there are six years of "peace time" flying
in Training Command followed by eleven years of Cold War missions in the six
engine B-47 and eight engine B-52. But, Hanger Flying is about in-flight
emergencies and hair-raising experiences, not about the hours and hours of just
boring holes in the sky. Hanger Flying (the practice, not the book) is what
assembled pilots do when they aren't flying. It is a "Can you top
this?" exercise in story telling. And that is what the author does in this
easy reading, fast paced account of many of the close calls he had both in and
out of combat.
A Life of Blood and Danger. By Capt. Daniel J. Hill, USAR
(Ret), Life Member, Ancient City (Fla.) Chapter. Dragunkelt Press. ISBN 978-149496576-1. 728 pp. $24.95.
Available at www.amazon.com.
From his early childhood, Dan Hill wanted to be a soldier.
At the age of 15, he forged his birth certificate and enlisted in the United
States Army. By the time he was 22 he had seen action as a covert sniper in the
Hungarian Revolution, a paratrooper during the Lebanon invasion, an infiltrator
during the Algerian Revolt, a gunrunner to Cuba, an undercover mercenary in the
Congo– and he had killed more than 200 men. That's when he stopped counting.
That was before two tours in Vietnam, before fighting with the Mujahedin in
Afghanistan, before going undercover to spy on Islamic and domestic terrorist
groups, before predicting both attacks on the World Trade Center, before doing
all those deeds that he officially did not do. Dan Hill has truly lived A Life of Blood and Danger.