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December 1, 2013

Nonfiction

Adventures of a Tennessean. By Lt. Col. James Carl Duncan, USMC (Ret), Life Member. AuthorHouse, 1663 Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403, (800) 839-8640, www.authorhouse.com. ISBNs 978-1-4817-4156-9 (hard cover), 978-1-4817-4157-6 (soft cover), and 978-1-4817-4155-2 (e-book). 177 pp. $24.99 (hard cover). Available at www.amazon.com and www.bn.com. 

This book contains a large number of stories that were told to me as a young boy growing-up in Tennessee about the many adventures that my father experienced while serving in the United States Navy. Many of these stories cover specific events that my father participated in during the Korean Armed Conflict. The events and opinions contained within the individual stories represent those verbalized by my father. These stories contain rich and colorful language, and they reflect a United States Navy sailor's life during the mid-20th Century. My father, like all good story tellers, molded the events and experiences from his life into his stories to captivate the audience as well as create a larger than life version of what took place. Collectively, these stories provide insight into the thoughts and concerns of the generation of Americans that fought in the Korean Armed Conflict. 

The Coast Guardsman’s Manual, 10th Edition. By Lt. Jim Dolbow, USCGR, Life Member. Naval Institute Press, 291 Wood Rd., Annapolis, MD 21402, (800) 233-8764, www.nip.org. ISBN 978-1-5911-4218-8. 544 pp. $29.95. Available at www.amazon.com. 

Regardless of rank or time in service, all Coast Guard personnel find this manual an essential part of their professional development. First published in 1952, it remains the basic training manual for both enlisted personnel and officers alike. 

This tenth edition is designed to bring the reader into the twenty-first century of training and operations. New materials and photographs fully describe the modern Coast Guard and its platforms. Updated information is offered on Coast Guard missions, organization, and history, among other subjects. Continued emphasis is placed on safety of life, protection of national assets, and defending the homeland. From surviving basic training to facts about the Coast Guard's fleet of cutters and aircraft, this manual is an indispensible guide to the world s best Coast Guard. 

Deadly Consequences: How Cowards Are Pushing Women Into Combat. By Lt. Col. Robert L. Maginnis, USA (Ret). Regnery Publishing, 1 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001, (202) 216-0600. ISBN 978-1-6215-7190-2. 256 pp. $27.95. 

The Obama administration has announced its intention to change the long-standing combat exclusion policy that limited women to support jobs in the military; now women can hunker down in foxholes on the frontlines. President Obama is dead set on eviscerating our military by pushing women to the frontlines. He isn’t the only one to blame, however—this policy is the product of a naïve culture that blindly embraces government-hosted violence in the name of equal opportunity. But there is no evidence women are clamoring for ground combat assignments. Worse yet, there is significant reason to believe that women in combat will lead to a wide range of devastating consequences, many unforeseen and unintended by proponents, but no less dangerous. Pentagon insider Robert L. Maginnis exposes the cold truth behind this contentious topic, debunking barefaced myths about "gender equality" in combat situations in his new book Deadly Consequences: How Cowards are Pushing Women into CombatCivilian feminists view ground combat as a glass ceiling for women’s equal opportunity. They could not care less about our fighting ability or the threat it poses for women and for the men they serve with. 

Women in the U.S. Armed Forces are regularly held to lower training standards than men. That means that when they’re called into active combat situations, they won’t bring the same physical strength and skills training as men do. In training, male Marines are required to lift 40 pounds, while female trainees must only lift 20. If a ship is sinking and the only way to save it is to lift a 40-pound piece of equipment, the female Marines will be less qualified for the task. On top of this disparity is a looming draft. Security experts foresee another American draft within this generation; if women can serve in combat, every male and female over the age of 18 will be in danger of being called up.
Controversial and starkly factual, Deadly Consequences is a resounding indictment of a policy that is bound to erode not only the American military, but jeopardize American security and society as well.

Losing Vietnam: How America Abandoned Southeast Asia. By Maj. Gen. Ira A. Hunt Jr., USA (Ret). University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-4208-1. 399 pp. $40. 

In the early 1970s, as U.S. combat forces began to withdraw from Southeast Asia, South Vietnamese and Cambodian forces continued the fight against the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF), more commonly known as the Viet Cong. Despite the evacuation of its ground troops, the United States promised to materially support its allies' struggle against communist aggression. Over time, however, the American government drastically reduced its funding of the conflict, placing immense strain on the Cambodian and South Vietnamese armed forces, which were fighting well-supplied enemies. 

In Losing Vietnam, Major General Ira A. Hunt Jr. chronicles the efforts of U.S. military and State Department officials who argued that severe congressional budget reductions ultimately would lead to the defeat of both Cambodia and South Vietnam. Hunt details the catastrophic effects of reduced funding and of conducting "wars by budget." As deputy commander of the United States Support Activities Group Headquarters (USAAG) in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, Hunt received all Southeast Asia operational reports, reconnaissance information, and electronic intercepts, placing him at the forefront of military intelligence and analysis in the area. He also met frequently with senior military leaders of Cambodia and South Vietnam, contacts who shared their insights and gave him personal accounts of the ground wars raging in the region. 

This detailed and fascinating work highlights how analytical studies provided to commanders and staff agencies improved decision making in military operations. By assessing allied capabilities and the strength of enemy operations, Hunt effectively demonstrates that America's lack of financial support and resolve doomed Cambodia and South Vietnam to defeat. 

A (Patented) Heart Disease Cure That Works: What Your Doctor May Not Know. What Big Pharma Hopes You Don’t Find Out (No Rx Required). By Capt. David H. Leake, USN (Ret), Life Member. ISBN 978-1-4751-2292-3. Buy at www.amazon.com or www.bn.com. E-book version available. 

How to Reverse, Cure and Prevent Coronary Artery Disease. No Rx Required! Six months before his death 18 years ago, a 93-year-old genius gave mankind an incredible gift — a simple, low-cost way to reverse, even cure, heart disease. To keep it in the public domain, he and an associate registered U.S. Patent #5278189 so that pharmaceutical companies could not control it. Instead, he was made out to be an old fool. A desperate heart patient — allergic to all statin drugs — decided three years ago he had nothing to lose, and opted to try it. I am that patient, and after an invasive angiogram procedure conducted July 27, 2011, an expert cardiologist reported my heart to be "free of obstructive disease." As you read this book you will learn: 

  • Coronary Artery Disease can be reversed, cured and prevented
  • Cholesterol level is unrelated to heart disease
  • Statin drugs do not reduce death rates due to heart disease
  • Side effects of statin drugs are far more common than is being reported, and include permanent muscle damage, brain damage, loss of memory, and more. 

Imagine the lives that can be extended, the suffering that can be prevented, when more people learn there already exists a safe and inexpensive cure for coronary artery disease. This book is for them, and YOU.

Fiction

Command Screen. By Cmdr. Eugene Sierras, USN (Ret). Trafford Publishing, 1663 Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN 47403, (888) 232-4444, www.trafford.com, www.commandscreen.com. ISBN 978-1-4669-9427-0. 368 pp. $30.74. Available as an e-book. 

Commander Michael Canseco has arrived at a defining moment in his career. After completing a successful series of demanding assignments, he is assigned Temporary Additional Duty to the Washington, DC, area awaiting Permanent Change of Station orders. His assignment to the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, House Liaison Office, is to be for only a few months. He will work there awaiting the results of his Commander Command Selection Board, commonly referred to as Command Screen. While serving on what was supposed to be a brief assignment, his life becomes involved with two women. Dr. Sally Rosenberg is a brilliant research psychologist who is currently working on a highly classified research project involving human transference. Lieutenant Commander Deborah Barker is a United States Navy Methodist chaplain assigned to the Bethesda Navy Hospital. A former enlisted religious programs specialist, or chaplain's assistant, she experienced active combat while serving with the Marines in Iraq. Michael served as Sally's escort during her testimony to the House Select Committee on Intelligence. What happened during that brief association leads to his assignment to her classified project, temporarily sidetracking his Navy career. Their involvement quickly transcends a professional relationship to one intensely more personal. Michael's friendship with his good friend and confidant Deborah also more slowly transcends into a deeply personal affair. Michael is assigned to a dangerous mission that draws on his entire previous training and experience. This mission is one that places both him and his flight of two Navy FA 18 Super Hornets into harm's way with potential life-altering results. The success or failure of this mission has national security implications. 

Full Moon Saturday Night. By Col. John W. Ellis, USAF (Ret). Outskirts Press, 10940 S. Parker Rd. 515, Parker, CO 80134, (888) OP-BOOKS, http://outskirtspress.com. ISBN 978-1-4787-1895-6. 416 pp. $17.95. Available at www.amazon.com. 

Just out of medical school with a $200,000 college tuition loan looming, Ronny Campbell did not have a clue what to do. All he knew was that he had to do something, and fast. He chose to try out emergency medicine first, get his bearings, and move on to whatever would fall into his lap later. ER work required no commitments beyond a month's schedule and it paid enough to keep him afloat in a bachelor pad while he drove long distances to work in hospitals in the southeast. The work was just as advertised, hours and hours of boredom, then the inevitable terrors and gut-wrenching calamities. Little did Ronny know he was also destined to be one of the calamities, brought on from simply doing his job. A nurse, herself in a situation spinning out of control, turned out to be Ronny's saving grace. A fast-paced insight into a strange life few are fortunate to witness. Fewer jobs are more bizarre than the one Ronny picked. Constant reflections on his dad's equally bizarre life as a nuclear bomber pilot kept him focused when he needed it most to survive. 

Notes From the Other Side of the Mountain. By former Navy Lt. J. Allen Whitt. Blue Sky Writer, www.BlueSkyWriter.us. ISBN 978-0-5781-2485-8. A Finalist in the 2013 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. 312 pp. $14.39, plus $3.99 shipping. Available at www.amazon.com. 

By turns tender, gritty, and poignant, Gary Reed’s tale of love in a time of war follows him from the quiet security of a mountain village in the Southwest, through the destruction and carnage he witnesses onboard an aircraft carrier operating off Vietnam, and as he returns to the mountains he loves, where he hopes to recover from his traumatic experiences and restore meaning to his life by reuniting with Kristina Preston, his high school sweetheart. Yet, he and Kristy discover that the brutal consequences of war have spread even into the remote mountains of New Mexico, concealing menace within the shadows of their imagined Eden. 

Memoir

Boars, Bazaars, and Bugging Out: A Memoir of American Families in Iran, 1975-1979. By Sandra Kelton Pitts, with Col. Earl W. Pitts, USAF (Ret), Life Member. Hellgate Press. ISBN 978-1-5557-1733-9.

Iran, 1975. The Shah is firmly in power and Americans, including members of the U.S military, are living and working in the country. But by September of 1978, when martial law is declared and Iran is soon engulfed in the flames of revolution, everything changes. This is the amazing story of more than a dozen American Air Force families, transferred to Iran in the course of serving their country-a transfer that literally transforms their lives forever. It is a story of clashing cultures, improbable friendships, and, ultimately, the fear and uncertainty that comes in the midst of social upheaval. Taken from diaries, personal correspondence, official military documents, news reports and memories so vivid and deeply etched that they have not faded with time, Sandra Kelton Pitts and her fellow contributors provide details and colorful descriptions of both their magical and mundane experiences in a country and culture every concerned American needs to better understand. 

Born on the Fifth of July: Memoirs of Frontline Nurse Captain Fred Phelps During the Bloodiest Years of Vietnam. By Col. Fredrick O. Phelps, USA (Ret), Life Member, with notes by Chris Kassel. CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1-4841-3795-6. 124 pp. $20, postpaid. 

This book contains excerpts from a daily journal the author kept during his year as an emergency room head nurse at the 616th Medical Clearing Company located near the DMZ during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam. 

No other book has ever been written from an Army Nurse Corps Officer’s perspective during the Vietnam war. It covers the period between 5 July 1967 to 1 July 1968 and tells of the tremendous number of casualties and their injuries received in this military medical facility during this bloodiest time of the Vietnam War. 

My Enemy, My Friend: A Story of Reconciliation From the Vietnam War. By Brig. Gen. Dan Cherry, USAF (Ret), Cumberland Trace (Ky.) Chapter, with Fran Erickson. My Enemy, My Friend LLC, www.myenemymyfriend.com. ISBN 978-0-6920-0007-6. 104 pp. $20. 

On April 16, 1972, at 15,000 feet in the skies near Hanoi, North Vietnam, Major Dan Cherry first met Lieutenant Nguyen Hong My. In an intense five-minute aerial battle Dan shot down the MiG-21 piloted by Hong My. Major Cherry returned safely to his base. Lieutenant Hong My lived but was severely injured during the ejection. Both men returned to the cockpit to fly again. Thirty-six years later, Dan Cherry and Hong My met face-to-face in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, for the first time since that fateful day.