Member Books for July 2015

Nonfiction

Ace: The Story of Lt. Col. Ace Cozzalio. By 1st Lt. Rex Gooch, USAR (Ret), Life Member. Lighthorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1508642466. 

Ace is the story of Ace Cozzalio, a bold and courageous U.S. Army helicopter pilot flying with Lighthorse Air Cavalry during the Vietnam War. In his eighteen-month tour of duty, Ace is shot down by enemy gunfire six times and is awarded every medal of valor with the exception of the Medal of Honor, some multiple times. The stories presented in this book tell of Ace's heroic exploits while fighting the enemy in the Mekong Delta-emphasizing the extraordinary character of this dedicated soldier hero. In reading these incredible, never-before-told stories, the reader gets a glimpse into who Ace Cozzalio is and why his dynamic presence is oftentimes the pivotal element that turns the tide against the enemy. A relentless warrior and a natural-born leader, Ace is always leading the charge, winning the battle, and bringing the troops home safely. Confident and charismatic, he endears himself to his fellow cavalry troopers and the tales of his courageous deeds soon become legendary. And, Ace is a maverick-never satisfied to follow the status quo. Uniquely attired in his signature military uniform with white Cavalry hat, saber, and yellow scarf, reminiscent of the U.S. Cavalry of the 1860s, Ace is singularly recognized as the classic image of the cavalry. Ace is a high-speed, low-level flight through the fascinating life of Ace Cozzalio, focusing on his escapades, adventures, and mishaps in the Vietnam War.  

African American Warrant Officers ... In Service to Our Country: Their History, Achievements and Contributions to the Military and to the United States. By CW4 Farrell J. Chiles, USA (Ret), Life Member, Mount Baldy (Calif.) Chapter. BookLocker.com. ISBN 978-1-63490-111-6.  

African American Warrant Officers...In Service to Our Country tells the stories of unsung African American warrant officers who have served our country in and out of the military. This collection of historical articles, inspiring biographies, and profiles highlights the significant contributions of individual African American warrant officers from World War II to the present, with remarkable detail and language befitting their valor.  

For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862. By Lt. Col. Brian R. McEnany, USA (Ret). University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-6062-7.  

During the tense months leading up to the American Civil War, the cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point continued their education even as the nation threatened to dissolve around them. Students from both the North and South struggled to understand events such as John Brown's Raid, the secession of eleven states from the Union, and the attack on Fort Sumter. By graduation day, half the class of 1862 had resigned; only twenty-eight remained, and their class motto―"Joined in common cause"―had been severely tested.

In For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862, Brian R. McEnany follows the cadets from their initiation, through coursework, and on to the battlefield, focusing on twelve Union and four Confederate soldiers. Drawing heavily on primary sources, McEnany presents a fascinating chronicle of the young classmates, who became allies and enemies during the largest conflict ever undertaken on American soil. Their vivid accounts provide new perspectives not only on legendary battles such as Antietam, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and the Overland and Atlanta campaigns, but also on lesser-known battles such as Port Hudson, Olustee, High Bridge, and Pleasant Hills.

There are countless studies of West Point and its more famous graduates, but McEnany's groundbreaking book brings to life the struggles and contributions of its graduates as junior officers and in small units. Generously illustrated with more than one hundred photographs and maps, this enthralling collective biography illuminates the war's impact on a unique group of soldiers and the institution that shaped them.  

Stronger: Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed. By George Everly Jr., Douglas A. Strouse, and Dennis K. McCormack, with foreword by Rear Adm. George R. Worthington, USN (Ret), Life Member. American Management Association. ISBN 978-0814436042.  

First responders, emergency medical personnel, star athletes-all perform remarkable feats in the face of intense stress. But how often have you heard of athletes, businesspeople, students, or performing artists who had remarkable talent and enormous potential, but never achieved the success for which they seemed destined?   

Why do some people rise above adversity and excel under pressure, and others doubt themselves and panic-or choke? What separates them is attitude. Resilient people meet adversity head-on and bounce back from setbacks. They seem to exude a natural inner strength. But studies show that they're rarely born with this outlook; rather, it develops over time. In fact, as this book will show, you can develop the attitudes that shield you from stress and help you overcome obstacles.   

Drawing on decades of research, scientific analysis, interviews with nearly 1,000 highly resilient people working in unusually stressful professions, and the unique perspectives of a standout team of authors-a stress-management expert, a skilled entrepreneur, and a Navy SEAL-Stronger analyzes the heroic exploits of the Navy SEALs and others who succeed against all odds, pinpoints the traits that define the most resilient people on earth, and reveals how you can develop this vital competitive advantage at any age.  

The U.S. Naval Institute on Naval Command. Edited by Lt. Cmdr. Thomas J. Cutler, USN (Ret). Naval Institute Press. ISBN 978-1-61251-800-8.  

Command is the pinnacle of leadership in a military organization. Navy regulations define both the authority and the responsibility of command as "absolute." This Naval Institute Wheel Book provides practical guidance and advice that actual and would-be commanders can use to carry out that absolute authority. Included in this carefully selected collection is the experience of those who have commanded as well as the expectations of those who are commanded. Aspirants as well as practitioners will do well to exploit this selected survey of what Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz described as the "one purpose" for entering the Navy.  

Your Drugs & Sex: How Prescription and Non-Prescription Drugs Can Affect Your Sex Life. By P.J. Bush, Ph.D., Auxiliary Life Member. Outskirts Press. ISBN 978-1-4787-3840-4.  

More than 400 drugs are in this book, are yours? Maybe your sex life isn't what it used to be. Maybe it isn't even what you hoped it would be at your age. Or perhaps you have disappointed your partner on more than one occasion by not being able to perform sexually as hoped or expected. "What's wrong?" you-or your partner-might ask. Good question. There is a possibility that you might not be aware of. The cause could be a medicine you are taking ... and that is the subject of this book. It's estimated that one third of adult males have a health problem affecting their sex performance, sometimes as an adverse effect of the medicine they are taking to treat their health problem. Lack of desire is believed to be the most common form of female sex dysfunction - affecting up to 10% of women. It may be caused by drugs they take. There are drugs to treat male and female sex performance problems. Read about them in this book. All drugs have some side effects. Side effects that can be caused by a drug include erectile dysfunction, difficulty achieving orgasm, ejaculation failure, impotence, decreased desire, pain during intercourse, and lower testosterone. Some commonly used drugs with known sexual performance side effects include cholesterol lowering drugs, blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, anti-anxiety and antipsychotic drugs, anti-fungals, anti-ulcer and anti-epileptic drugs, oral contraceptives, and cancer drugs.  

Fiction  

Beyond El Camino Del Diablo: Beyond the Devil's Highway. By Cmdr. Eugene L. Sierras Jr., USN (Ret). Trafford Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4907-5603-5.  

El Camino Del Diablo (the Devil's Highway) today is an unpaved 130 mile route along the border between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. The current route begins at Lukeville, Arizona 21 miles southwest of Ajo at the boundary between Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. From there it continues through barren and isolated Sonoran Desert to Yuma. Some of the features along the way are: San Cristobal Wash, the Agua Dulce Mountains, Papago Well; Camp Grip, the Pinta Sand Dunes and the Pinacate Volcanic Field. The road passes through the Tule Desert and Mountains and into Tule Tank Canyon to reach Tule Well where the road intersects with Christmas Pass Road. The road continues through the Lechuguilla Desert, Tordillo Mountain, and the Tinajas Altas Mountains. The route passes west of Raven Butte and Cipriano Pass. It then follows the western border of the Gila Mountains, passing by the abandoned Fortuna Mine before finally reaching the small community of Fortune Hills on the outskirts of Yuma.  

Cold Frame: A Novel. By Capt. P.T. Deutermann, USN (Ret), Life Member, Capitol Area (Mich.) Chapter. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-250-05933-8.  

The downtown area of today's Washington, D.C., has become an armed camp. Men with assault rifles crouch on top of monuments and buildings. Anti-missile sites bristle on the White House roof. Meter maids carry Glocks and tactical radios, all in the name of federal CT: counterterrorism.

In Cold Frame, the dramatic new thriller by P. T. Deutermann, a secret committee of government and civilian officials puts names on the Kill List, which targets overseas threats to America for termination. When a senior bureaucrat who is part of the Kill List process dies in Washington under mysterious circumstances that include a beautiful woman, a glass of wine, and a bouquet of flowers, Metro detective Av Smith is tasked to investigate. Smith and his fellow detectives soon find themselves besieged by a hornet's nest of intrigue and deception. With the aid of an FBI agent and a reclusive scientist who nurtures unusual interests, Av digs deeper into the mystery---only to become the target of a plan that reaches into the highest levels of the federal government, and far exceeds the mission of the Kill List itself.

Set in contemporary Washington, D.C., amidst the Byzantine counterterrorism bureaucracy, Cold Frame is a compelling thriller by masterful novelist P. T. Deutermann, whose insider knowledge of how the military, federal, and local intelligence agencies work---or don't---illuminates the dark world of Washington's War on Terror.  

Raven One. By Capt. Kevin P. Miller, USN (Ret). Stealth Books. ISBN 978-1-939398-22-2.  

UNARMED OVER HOSTILE TERRITORY... For a moment Wilson froze and looked at the white-helmeted pilot who sat high on the nose of the colossal fighter. Across the small void, he saw the pilot's eyes peer over his mask. Dark, chilling eyes… Wilson kicked right rudder to slide closer and jam any chance for a bandit gunshot. When the bandit pulled all the way over, almost on its back but in control, he cursed in frustration at what he knew was coming next. The hostile fighter reversed over the top in a negative-g maneuver, his nose tracking down on Wilson like a falling sledgehammer in slow motion. Horrified, Wilson realized he faced an imminent snapshot. With the little air speed he had, his inverted his Hornet to avoid the attack. His aircraft still rolling, Wilson saw that the monster had another weapon at its disposal…  

Memoir  

Changed By War. By Maj. Den Slattery, USAR (Ret). ISBN 978-1-61539-333-6.  

War has a very negative effect on people. Den's life was changed by the war in Vietnam. "Changed By War" is his personal story of the battles in combat and back at home. If you have aloved one who has been exposed to war, this might be a good book to help you understand them.  

Fighting the Cold War: A Soldier's Memoir. By Gen. John R. Galvin, USA (Ret), Life Member. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-6101-3.  

When four-star general John Rogers Galvin retired from the US Army after forty-four years of distinguished service in 1992, the Washington Post hailed him as a man "without peer among living generals." In Fighting the Cold War: A Soldier's Memoir, the celebrated soldier, scholar, and statesman recounts his active participation in more than sixty years of international history―from the onset of World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall and the post-Cold War era.

Galvin's illustrious tenure included the rare opportunity to lead two different Department of Defense unified commands: United States Southern Command in Panama from 1985 to 1987 and United States European Command from 1987 to 1992. In his memoir, he recounts fascinating behind-the-scenes anecdotes about his interactions with world leaders, describing encounters such as his experience of watching President José Napoleón Duarte argue eloquently against US intervention in El Salvador; a private conversation with Pope John Paul II in which the pontiff spoke to him about what it means to be a man of peace; and his discussion with General William Westmoreland about soldiers' conduct in the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia. In addition, Galvin recalls his complex negotiations with a number of often difficult foreign heads of state, including Manuel Noriega, Augusto Pinochet, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ratko Mladić.

As NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the tumultuous five years that ended the Cold War, Galvin played a key role in shaping a new era. Fighting the Cold War illuminates his leadership and service as one of America's premier soldier-statesmen, revealing him to be not only a brilliant strategist and consummate diplomat but also a gifted historian and writer who taught and mentored generations of students.