Member Books for August 2015

Nonfiction 

The Afghan Paradox. By Lt. Gennaro Buonocore, USN, Life Member. Jackson Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-9855762-2-6.

One of the most revealing and penetrating insights into Afghanistan and it's people since the beginning of the US involvement there following 9/11. Author, Gennaro Buonocore's (is Failure of European Multiculturalism, The Islamist Crusade) intellect is matched only by his intuitive grasp of the observations he makes as he explores the colorful culture of Afghanistan and the history of one of the most tumultuous countries in the world today. Readers will find this account of Afghan culture both entertaining and enlightening.

Failure of European Multiculturalism: The Islamist Crusade. By Lt. Gennaro Buonocore, USN, Life Member, and Christian Von Rosen-Kreutz. Jackson Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-9855762-0-2.

Failure of European Multiculturalism: The Islamist Crusade is an up to date look, from two insiders, at the clear failure of European member nations' policies with regards to the integration of the last wave of immigrants. Supported by an impressive load of facts and data, the book sounds the alarm to a continent that is headed to financial meltdown and an unprecedented economic crisis. At a time when Europe desperately needs to pull together, there is little room for self-serving groups with divisive goals. The authors point out, in no uncertain terms, that this proven reality, coupled with the threat of radicalization of the poorer disenfranchised immigrant classes, could very well lead to an imminent "European Spring" of Islamist matrix or, at the very least, to massive security threats and social strife. Not a call to arms, but a call to action, this book is an honest look at what European member nations must see in the mirror before it is too late.

Fire in My Bones: Memoir and Journals of Brother Joseph Hewitt 1811-1878. By Cmdr. Donald A. Weir, USN (Ret). WestBow Press. ISBN 978-1-4908-6035-0.

This book is the personal journal of Joseph Hewitt, a profligate and degenerate young Englishman, who was powerfully converted by the power of the Holy Spirit, an experience he describes as "a fire in my bones." He joined the Primitive Methodist Church, where he was commissioned a lay preacher and sent to America to preach the gospel to the Cornish miners on the American frontier. Brother Hewitt's journal is a day-by-day record of a circuit-riding preacher in the nineteenth century, the era of slavery, the Civil War, and Lincoln. He traveled on foot, on horseback, and by buggy through Wisconsin blizzards and floods, often preaching several times a week. Read his journal; it may kindle a fire in your bones.

Gray Horse Troop: Forever Soldiers. By Col. Charles R. Baker, USA (Ret). Powder River Publications. ISBN 978-0-9888111-0-2. Signed copy: $18. Write to the author at PO Box 330978, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233.

This searing memoir of the war in Vietnam, and again in Iraq, captures the emotions, fears, and concerns of young men facing life or death in far away lands. Gray Horse Troop is a testament to the gallantry of the men of the 5th Battalion 7th U.S. Cavalry - from Montana in the 1870s to the Middle East in 2005. The author narrates the story about the soldiers, honoring the men who served in this storied unit. From his perspective as the Battalion Operations Officer, he gives a first hand account of combat as part of the legendary 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam in the first half of 1968. 5/7th Cav fights its way into Hue during Tet of 1968, clears the NVA away from the perimeter at Khe Sahn, and pursues the enemy into the infamous A Shau Valley. He provides the big picture that surviving veterans did not get while fighting for survival down at squad level. Gray Horse Troop is a personal account of what the author saw, remembered, and further researched; which he writes about with traces of wit, political incorrectness, and cynicism. Being embedded with 5/7th Cav in Iraq in 2005 provides the framework for recalling the various Vietnam battles. He is blunt about the human costs of war. He writes in simple language, directed beyond the military reader to all who are interested in the Cold War Era.

Great Plains Warriors of World War II: Air Bases and Plants Built for War. By Lt. Col. George A. Larson, USAF (Ret), Black Hills (S.D.) Chapter. Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7643-4379-7.

Until now, Army Air Force Bases in Nebraska during World War II had never before been presented in a single book (most of the photographed structures are no longer visible). These stories and photographs mostly focus on America s Greatest Generation, which fought and won World War II. Also included are information on and images of the Martin B-26/Martin-Boeing B-29 Superfortress production plant at Fort Crook. One section deals with the building of modified B-29s for the 509th Composite Group, referred to after the war as the Atomic Bomb Group, which dropped the two atomic bombs on Japan, ending World War II. Also learn about German and Italian Prisoner of War camps, where POWs contributed to agricultural production in Nebraska, helping feed American troops, Allied troops, and civilian populations around the world. Most Americans are not aware of the huge numbers of Axis POWs held in America during the war.

Presidents in Crisis: Tough Decisions Inside the White House From Truman to Obama. By Cmdr. Michael K. Bohn, USN (Ret). Arcade Publishing. ISBN 978-1-62872-431-8.

Every American president, when faced with a crisis, longs to take bold and decisive action. When American lives or vital interests are at stake, the public—and especially the news media and political opponents—expect aggressive leadership. But, contrary to the dramatizations of Hollywood, rarely does a president have that option.

In Presidents in Crisis, a former director of the Situation Room takes the reader inside the White House during seventeen grave international emergencies handled by the presidents from Truman to Obama: from North Korea’s invasion of South Korea to the revolutions of the Arab Spring, and from the thirteen days of the Cuban Missile Crisis to the taking of American diplomats hostage in Iran and George W. Bush’s response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. In narratives that convey the drama of unfolding events and the stakes of confrontation when a misstep can mean catastrophe, he walks us step by step through each crisis. Laying out the key players and personalities and the moral and political calculations that the leaders have had to make, he provides a fascinating insider’s look at modern presidential decision making and the fundamental role in it of human frailty.

Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always: More than a Century of Service by Citizen-Sailors. By Cmdr. David F. Winkler, USNR (Ret). Navy Reserve Centennial Book Committee. ISBN 978-0-692-32765-4.

Ready Then, Ready Now, Ready Always: More than a Century of Service by Citizen Sailors coincides with the centennial anniversary of the U.S. Navy Reserve on March 3, 2015. However, as the title indicates, Americans have been leaving their civilian occupations since the birth of the Navy in 1775 to serve the nation at sea during times of crises. This heavily illustrated narrative aims to tell about the contributions of those civilians to the nation’s defense and security. Besides providing a broad chronology covering how citizen sailors served as privateers, naval militiamen, National Naval Volunteers, Naval Reservists, and finally simply as Sailors as part of a one Navy concept, the author elected to follow numerous individuals on their journeys in the Navy Reserve as representative stories of the millions of Americans who once wore Navy blue part-time. By highlighting the contributions of these individuals, the intent is to honor all who served in the USNR as well as salute their families for their service to country.

The U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Leadership. Edited by Lt. Cmdr. Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret). Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-61251-801-5.

In the U.S. Navy, "Wheel Books" were once found in the uniform pockets of every junior and many senior petty officers. Each small notebook was unique to the Sailor carrying it, but all had in common a collection of data and wisdom that the individual deemed useful in the effective execution of his or her duties. Often used as a substitute for experience among neophytes and as a portable library of reference information for more experienced personnel, those weathered pages contained everything from the time of the next tide, to leadership hints from a respected chief petty officer, to the color coding of the phone-and-distance line used in underway replenishments.

In that same tradition, the new Naval Institute Wheel Books will provide supplemental information, pragmatic advice, and cogent analysis on topics important to all naval professionals. Drawn from the U.S. Naval Institute's vast archives, the series will combine articles from the Institute's flagship publication Proceedings, selections from the oral history collection and from Naval Institute Press books to create unique guides on a wide array of fundamental professional subjects.

Leadership is vital to any highly functioning organization. The Naval Institute has devoted countless pages of its publications to the subject of naval leadership, providing start-up guidance to neophytes, giving voice to the accumulated wisdom and experience of those who have led, and serving as a forum in search of answers to the many questions that have always been a part of this vital but sometimes elusive practice. In the pages of this book are some of the most outstanding examples of this wealth of knowledge, gathered for use by both would-be and seasoned leaders in the never-ending quest for strong and effective leadership.

Fiction 

The Hittite Warrior. By Capt. Delbert Teachout, USAF (Ret). Tate Publishing. ISBN 978-1-63122-314-3.

When Uriahs hometown was attacked by enemy soldiers Uriah rallied his friends and encouraged them to fight. His plan worked and they saved the town. The story of his victory spread throughout the land from Anatolia to Egypt. He became the legendary Uriah the Hittite Warrior.

Memoir 

Giving the Infantry a Green Glow. By Lt. Col. Robert Quinn, USA (Ret), Southeastern (N.C.) Chapter. New Hanover. ISBN 978-1-939132-09-3.

In early 1961 the Cold War became colder and the activity in the 2d Armored Division became more intense. President Eisenhower was leaving office and his replacement was the much younger John F. Kennedy. President Eisenhower was the man that won the war in Europe and was considered a master at dealing with the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. The Warsaw Pact was a euphemism for the East European countries that the Soviet Union occupied and controlled when World War II ended and the Cold War began. The Cold War was a stand-off between NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), the Western Powers led by the United States and the Warsaw Pact led by the Communist Soviet Union. President Kennedy was tested very early in his presidency by the older more experienced Soviet Premier, Nikita Khrushchev. The provocations were serious ranging from missiles in Cuba, closing the border between Eastern and Western Europe and building a wall around West Berlin. To make matters worse, the Warsaw Pact outnumbered the NATO Forces in soldiers and most significantly in armored vehicles. To deal with this numerical disadvantage, President Eisenhower initiated the development of a special weapon that would give the NATO Forces time to respond to an attack. This special weapon and its effective tactical employment were to fall on the shoulders of young officers in the infantry. The challenge, the weapon, the tactics and the officers were all new. Could the challenge be met? The army leadership at the highest levels wanted to know.

When the Eagle Soared. By Brig. Gen. Donald R. Delauter, USAF (Ret), Life Member, Sandhills (N.C.) Chapter. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1503179776.

This is a chronological account in memoir form of a USAF officer/fighter pilot's career. It covers the military side (training, aircraft flown, operational and staff assignment, base locations and positions held, career path and promotions, etc.) and the family side (family separations, frequent uprooting of children to new schools and communities, wife's worry about the dangers of flying jet fighters, and more) of an Air Force career during the Cold War and the Vietnam War. The book does not address policy, strategy, doctrine and political considerations (except briefly regarding the Vietnam War). It is instead a lighter read about how one man answered his Country's call to duty and enjoyed flying high performance fighter aircraft and the opportunity to serve in various countries and from many different bases. It is a look back at a time in the Air Force when the mission was clear, and the enemy and his capabilities were well known. It was a time when morale always seemed to be high. Considering the situation then, one can almost be nostalgic for the Cold War as compared for example with the war on terrorism. It was a time when military life was at times hard on families, but no where near as tough as currently (2014). All told this is a story about a successful Air Force career that was most enjoyable and personally rewarding.