Boxes: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes. By Douglas Wellman,
with research by Maj. Gen. Mark Musick, ANG (Ret). WriteLife LLC,
www.writelife.com. ISBN 978-1-60808-017-5. 192 pp. $13.31. Available at
Eva McLelland was good at keeping secrets, and she had a big
one. Sworn to secrecy for thirty-one years until the death of her husband, Eva
was at last able to come forward and share a story that turns twentieth century
history on its head and fills in puzzling blanks in the mysterious life of the
tycoon Howard Hughes. How could Hughes appear to witnesses as an emaciated,
long finger-nailed, mental incompetent, yet fly a jet aircraft four months
later? How could a doctor describe him as looking like a "prisoner of
war," when at the same time investment bankers, politicians, and diplomats
who met him said he was articulate and well-groomed? The answer is a perfect
example of the brilliance of the elusive billionaire. He simply found a
mentally incompetent man to impersonate him, drawing the attention of the
Internal Revenue Service and an army of lawyers who pursued him, while he
conducted his business in peace from Panama with his new wife, Eva McLelland.
Sound fantastic? It is. However, after seven years of research and verification,
Eva's story produces the final pieces in the mysterious puzzle that was Howard
Hughes. Douglas Wellman has been a television producer and director in
Hollywood since 1980. He is currently Assistant Dean of the School of Cinematic
Arts at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his
The CORE Leadership Development Model. By Col. Mary M.
Gillam, USAF (Ret), Ph.D., Life Member. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1495441905. 152
pp. $19.99, plus shipping. Available on www.amazon.com.
How powerful is your leadership brand? Do you have what it
takes to lead? Are you ready to take your personal growth and development to
the next level? With a little coaching and motivation, you can step up and step
out of your comfort zone, and become the leader that God designed and created
you to be. In the CORE Leadership Development Model, #1 Amazon bestselling
Christian author Dr. Mary M. Gillam, Col (Ret), USAF describes her new
step-by-step approach to leadership development. Using her 30+ years of
military, government, and industry experience coupled with biblical truths, Dr.
Gillam awakens the leadership giant in all of us. Her passion for developing
leaders is evident in every page of the book. By reading this dynamic and powerful
book, you will learn:
- A simple, step-by-step approach to unleashing your
- How to use your natural gifts and talents to develop a
powerful leadership brand
- How to unmask the leadership potential hidden inside of
- How to execute courage over fear and become the leader
that others want to follow If you are ready to LEAD – This book is for YOU!
Golf Wisdom From Under the Hat. By Cmdr. Michael “Reed”
Popovich, USN (Ret). Under the Hat LLC, www.underthehat.org. ISBN
978-0-9915553-0-7. 172 pp. $14.99.
Golf Wisdom From Under
the Hat is a funny, yet informative look at the great game of golf. Written
by first time author Reed Popovich and illustrated by Bill Russell, this book
represents 35 years of "in the dirt experience," including anecdotes,
funny stories and an assortment of characters and clever illustrations. The
book covers philosophy, physics, the full swing, the short game, the mental
game and strategy for playing. There is also a special chapter devoted to lady
friends, female golfers and golf widows. This book will teach you a lot about
golf while making you laugh in the process.
In Advance of Fate: Portrait of an Abolitionist. By Col.
Charles E. Heller, USA (Ret), Life Member, Jayhawk (Kan.) Chapter. StarCloudPress.com.
ISBN 978-1-932842-69-2. 276 pp. $19.95. Available at www.amazon.com.
This book is a biography of Major George L. Stearns
(1809-1867), a wealthy Boston manufacturer. Stearns, a conservative with ties
to the Concord literati vows to stamp out slavery. He heads up Massachusetts
Kansas Free state settlers relief to become the Leader of the Boston “Secret
Six.” He is the most significant financial backer of John Brown of Harpers
Ferry fame. Stearns owns the 200 Sharps Rifles Brown takes to Harpers Ferry and
buys other arms for Brown as well as giving him funds for his personal use.
Stearns is the recruiter of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry and the
55th. One of his agents is noted free Black Frederick Douglass. He
finally receives a commission from Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton as
Assistant Adjutant General for the Recruitment of Colored Troops and raising
over 13 regiments of “men of color.” After the Emancipation Proclamation he
goes on to advocate for civil rights. In Nashville he not only recruits Black
but has them taught to read and write and their wife training for jobs. His
last major achievement is a mass circulation of a newspaper throughout the
south advocating civil rights and the advantages of free labor over slavery.
Living a Balanced Life. By Cmdr. Glenn I. Miller, USN (Ret),
Life Member, Hilton Head Area (S.C.) Chapter. CrossBooks. ISBN
978-1-4627-3547-1. $30.99. Available from CrossBooks and www.amazon.com as a hardcover, softcover, or
Why do some people facing difficulties
in their lives not only survive but thrive through such experiences, while
others facing similar situations fall apart, lose their way, and have little
direction or purpose in their lives? Author Glenn I. Miller holds that the
difference rests on realities concerning relationships-specifically with ones
having to do with living a balanced life.
In this study, he shows how people who
listen to the teachings and follow the leadership of Jesus find ways to discover
durable balance despite the adversity they face. By providing a guided
exploration of the ministry of Jesus, Miller demonstrates that balance,
fullness, and purpose come when you practice the threefold ways of love of God,
others, and self. Devoting one section to each of these forms of love, Living a Balanced Life outlines how you
can learn to live in balance by avoiding the excesses illustrated in
contemporary culture, listening to the teachings of the Lord, and gaining
insights from Miller's experiences in military and civilian ministry. The final
section draws together the insights from the first three sections and suggests
ways to live with balance.
If you have taken stock of your life
and relationships and hope to find a pathway to living with greater balance, Living a Balanced Life can offer you an
informative and enjoyable resource filled with biblical wisdom, helpful truths,
intriguing illustrations, dashes of humor, and commonsense wisdom.
Where Is God...? By Col. Tywana F.C. Bowman, USAF (Ret).
Professional Educators Ready to Teach. ISBN 978-0-615-58312-9. $10, plus $1.50
postage and handling. Order at www.amazon.com
or email email@example.com. Order by
mail at Professional Educators Ready to Teach (PERT), PO Box 760801, San
Antonio, TX 78245.
Colonel Bowman will take you on an unforgettable journey
across the sea to Europe, to the jungles of Africa to the shiny shores of America,
to the streets of the homeless and behind prison doors. During her 26 years in
the military as a Registered Nurse, she encountered amazing individuals around
the world with devastating tragedies and losses. These few pages portray
awe-inspiring testimonies of how they conquered their life-shaking situations
and have continued to sustain on the rough-side of life. Where Is God … ? is about hope and survival for everyone!
Young Soldiers Amazing Warriors: Inside One of the Most Highly Decorated Battalions of Vietnam. By Col. Robert H. Sholly, USA (Ret).
Stonywood Publications, www.stonywood.com. ISBN 978-0-9796652-3-3. 460 pp.
$22.95. Available for Kindle.
The book is the story of my men and me, our actions and
those of our brothers in a combat rifle battalion during its first year in
Vietnam (1966). The 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment,
along with other battalions of the 4th Infantry Division, were
thrust into the infamous Ia Drang Valley and involved in similar battles as
have been portrayed on the popular screen. The accounts of the early firefights
and clashes as the battalion moved from peace to war are compelling and filled
with anguish. This powerful war story is taken from my daily journal and other
reports. Page after page depicts dramatic eye-witness stories of boys becoming
veteran soldiers and amazing warriors, as they recount the riveting events of
their war. These battles sustained great loss of life on both sides as
America’s young men were tested time and again. There are events many veterans
cannot talk about to this day, but they trusted the author to get their story
told and it has been done with vision and respect. Many heroic men battled in
the raging and horrific fights and four of them were awarded the Medal of Honor
for their actions. This book describes the courage, heroism and valor of the
young soldiers the United States sent to war. Tragically, too many did not come
back. — author Robert Sholly
Chita Quest: One Man’s Search for His POW/MIA Father. By Lt.
Col. Brinn Colenda, USAF (Ret). Southern Yellow Pine Publishing,
www.syppublishing.com. ISBN 978-1-940869-07-0. 288 pp. $14.45.
Were American POWs left behind at the
end of the Vietnam War-either by accident or design? Colonel Tom Callahan is
driven to find out-his own father is still listed as Missing In Action. What
Callahan doesn't understand is how politically explosive the issue is,
domestically and internationally. As he begins his quest, friends and
associates meet violent deaths. Aided by his Australian-born wife, Colleen, his
journey takes him halfway across the world to Vietnam, China, Mongolia, and
ultimately, Siberia. He is helped and hindered by unexpected friends and
cunning, deadly enemies.
Rogue Warrior: Curse of the Infidel. By Cmdr. Richard
Marcinko, USN (Ret), and Jim DeFelice. Tor/Forge. ISBN 978-0-7653-3294-3. 368
Hot on the trail of a bank official who
is laundering money for an al Qaeda-sponsored terrorist cell, Rogue Warrior
Richard Marcinko finds himself in the thick of a covert operation run
by the CIA—a.k.a. the Christians in Action. Angry that their operation has been
ruined, the CIA demands that Marcinko and his Red Cell International group work
for them. He agrees, then gets into a situation so dire only SEAL Team Six can
While grateful for help from the unit he helped establish, Marcinko realizes
there’s a lot more going on than the CIA will admit—and when the investigation
leads to a luxury liner loaded with explosives and contraband heading toward
the United States, he recruits members from the original SEAL Team Six
to help. But will the old-timers and young bucks be enough to prevent disaster
in a US port?
The Sea Swallows: Campaigning in the South Vietnam Delta With Chinese Catholic Exiles. By Col. Henry F. Dagenais, USAR (Ret), Life
Member. ISBN 9780615945415. 448 pp. $13.99, plus $3.59 shipping. Available at
In 1967 a MACV team of five U.S. Army
soldiers replace a Special Forces A Team as advisors to a Chinese Catholic
enclave deep in the delta of South Vietnam. The Chinese, exiled Nationalists
from mainland China and led by their priest, occupy an armed camp called Hai
Yen previously established with the aid of the CIA, surrounded by the Viet
Cong, and isolated from South Vietnamese government support by fifty
kilometers. Father Hoa, the charismatic spiritual and military leader, is
replaced by a Vietnamese officer who has doubtful control of the troops. The
American team’s mission - to assist in military operations and civil government
nation building programs - is hampered by the lack of combat and logistical
support, distrust between the Chinese and Vietnamese, and understanding the
cultural difference between the East and the West. Overcoming these
difficulties and fighting a determined and tenacious enemy on a daily basis
bring challenges the Americans could not have anticipated.
Thank You, America: Autobiography of a Naval Career. By CWO3
Robert R. Rotruck, USN (Ret). Wheatmark Publishing, www.mytya.com, www.thankyouamericabook.com.
ISBN 978-1-60494-318-4. 178 pp. $15.95, plus shipping. Available at www.amazon.com as a hard copy and in e-book
Author Robert R. Rotruck, Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Navy
(Retired) had a wonderful career serving the people of the United States from
1959 to 1979. He feels very blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of
a unique community of American citizens that choose to serve their country
through the military. This book details each of his duty stations in a short
story format, making it an easy and enjoyable read.
Bob Rotruck shows the indomitable spirit of American service
men and women in Thank You, America. He leaves a legacy for his two sons
and appeals to the younger generation who may be considering serving their
country. "It was a wonderful life," Bob says. "I wouldn't trade
it for anything!" Smooth seas and fair winds!
When Duty Called: Even Grandma Had to Go. By Maj. Dianah
Kwiatkowski, USAR (Ret), as told to Sandra Warren. Silk Label Books. ISBN
1-928767-34-6. 168 pp. $6.99. Available at www.amazon.com.
A 47 year-old Catholic nurse, wife,
mother and grandmother from Ohio joined the Army Reserves in 1990 to obtain an
advanced degree. Only a few months later she and her fellow medics found
themselves deployed to Saudia Arabia to serve in Operation Desert Shield and
Desert Storm. This is her story. It is a story of questions and hardships, of
emotional highs and lows and of the stress that war put on her religious faith.
The medics came from all walks of life and age groups. They were thrown
together in the most inhospitable of conditions. They had to learn quickly how
to create makeshift tented hospitals in the desert.
They were under constant threat of attack and had to function whilst wearing
heavy, charcoal lined suits, boots, gas-masks and gloves to protect against
chemical weapons. Showers were a rare luxury; exhaustion the most common
condition. Patients were from both sides of the conflict, and language and
cultural differences complicated the treatment of enemy prisoners.
Coming home and adjusting to life in Middle America again was not easy. This
book tells it how it was in the 1990s-an interesting and gripping story that
will not be far removed from present day experiences in Iraq.