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Communications from the Front: An Ohio Soldier in World War II

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As Veterans Day approaches, we are reminded that few World War II veterans remain to tell their stories, and fewer still will write them.

October 15th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Editors' Picks,Life,World War II | Read More »

Veteran’s Journey Home: Life After Afghanistan and Iraq

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‘War is pathological, not the soldiers who experience it, writes Lori Holyfield. New book explains the emotional trauma that warriors receive and bring home if they continue their lives after War

September 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Causes,Life,Of Interest,Peace | Read More »

9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes Against Democracy Succeed

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Anyone who has actually studied Griffin’s writings on 9/11 knows that the evidence against the truth of the official account is overwhelming. It is not surprising that the mainstream response has been to ridicule and ignore rather than to engage in reasoned discussion.

September 10th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Causes,Editors' Picks,Life,Peace | Read More »

Lost in Shangri-La: True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

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Lost In Sanghri-La is a true story, Mitchell Zuckoff does an amazing job of telling it that reads much like a novel in that it grabs you right from the beginning. Of the 24 Americans only 3 survive the crash in the jungle all but one with serious injuries. But getting out or back to the base isn’t easy in a place with no roads or paths, just dense rain forest vegetation, a huge tree canopy and tangled vines both above and below you.

July 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

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When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six
SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world.

June 25th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Editors' Picks,Iraq War,Military,War | Read More »

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie Zamperini–a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. During a routine search mission over the Pacific, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued to the pages, eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time. You’ll cheer for the man who somehow maintained his selfhood and humanity despite the monumental degradations he suffered.

June 24th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,History,Life,Of Interest,World War II | Read More »

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

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In the Garden of Beasts is a vivid portrait of Berlin during the first years of Hitler’s reign, brought to life through the stories of two people: William E. Dodd, who in 1933 became America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s regime, and his scandalously carefree daughter, Martha.

June 24th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Editors' Picks,History,Life,World War II | Read More »

Henry Kissinger “On China”

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In this sweeping and insightful history, Henry Kissinger turns for the first time at book-length to a country he has known intimately for decades, and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape.

June 24th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,China,Global,History | Read More »

The Secret War Against the American People

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America is at war. But this is not a conventional war waged with tanks, battleships and planes in conventional battlefields –at least, not yet. It is a secret, insidious type of war whose battleground is the people’s minds. Its main weapons are mind viruses disseminating mass brain-washing through propaganda disinformation, cunning, deception and lies in a large scale not used against any people since Nazi Germany.

June 18th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

Expanding Our Souls With Good Reads

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With the Internet at our disposal, the amount of reading is simply impossible, so the masses will not taste much of it—there is more than enough pap and smokescreen to keep millions happy, however.

June 15th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life,Of Interest | Read More »

A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother

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A major publishing event: an unprecedented look into the life of the woman who most singularly shaped Barack Obama-his mother

June 15th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Editors' Picks,Life | Read More »

Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama

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What a terrific book! Scrupulously researched and beautifully told, Haunting Legacy proves that try as they might, our past seven presidents have—one after the next—failed to exorcize the ghost of Vietnam.

June 15th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Editors' Picks,Life,Vietnam War | Read More »

A Lifelong Pastor Sees Where He Was Wrong

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There is a book, available at Amazon.com, written by Glenn L. Hill, a Pastor for most of his active life; this is a book dripping with sincerity, that is truly a vital read in America today.

June 8th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life,Of Interest | Read More »

Serious Reads: The World According to Monsanto

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You don’t have to be an expert on global food systems to be familiar with Monsanto, a seed and chemical corporation whose stated goal is to “advance scientific knowledge and understanding, improve agriculture and the environment… and help farmers.” It sure sounds nice, until you delve into the seemingly endless controversy surrounding the company.

May 2nd, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

VT Exclusive: Warrior Poems and Poets – Can We Save Them? (Videos)

Let’s start with Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade and Kipling’s The Last of the Light Brigade. Videos included. Military heritage  poetry is threatened with virtual extinction. Among all the blood and gore of war we find a few oases from time to time. They help us to rise above the ugliness and horror, or [...]

April 30th, 2011 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Book Reviews,Life,Of Interest | Read More »

New Book Chronicles A Mounting Global Health Crisis

FROM THE GULF WAR TO THE GULF OF MEXICO AN INVESTIGATIVE REPORT Los Angeles, CA — In his alarming new book, “They’re Poisoning Us—From the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico, An Investigative Report,” acclaimed writer Arnold Mann draws our attention to a global health crisis of exponential proportions. A toxic plague consumes millions of [...]

April 8th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

Perhaps Some Relevance Today?

As I look back at some of the world’s military leaders and heroes, one that we cannot of course forget is General Vo Nguyen Giap. I understand his book “General Vo Nguyen Giap: The General Headquarters in the Spring of Brilliant Victory”has been translated to English. We might have/should have learned some lessons from Giap – and is perhaps more pertinent today as we slowly but steadily encroach on more and more sovereign territory throughout the world.

April 5th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

What’s It Like to Be a Pilot of a Refueling Tanker?

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Chuck Bailey had no second thoughts about a career as a pilot. When he was little and asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he already knew: a be-goggled pilot of a sleek aircraft. If You Fly…Don’t Crash! is the ultimate story of the career of one man who loved the sky and the planes that took him there. Read the story of pilot Chuck Bailey, who served tours of duty in Vietnam, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and during the Cold War, AND…became the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Air Medal.

April 4th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews | Read More »

Who Flew the Workhorse? Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

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Most books about WW II are about the “grunts” – the troops on the ground who face the enemy and fight for all of us, and Lt. Richard D. Harvey would be the first to say that’s the way it should be. But when Lt. Harvey noticed that no books were about the WW II troop carrier pilots, he saw an opportunity in the void. Harvey sat down and wrote his story for the pilots of the Air Force’s 60th Troop Carrier Group, 12th Squadron; of transporting the grunts…air lifting out the wounded….parachuting in the ammunition, supplies and food…and sometimes, flying out refugees and partisans. Read the review on the book that pays tribute to this quiet band of WW II heroes.

February 22nd, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Causes,Life | Read More »

Some Desperate Glory…a WWI Diary & Videos

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   “A treasure”…Wall Street Journal “Harrowing and searingly vivid” …Sunday Express, London “A major new literary discovery…brilliant and harrowing“…Max Hastings “An officer’s war diary to end all others.” …Los Angeles Herald-Examiner   The three battles for Ypres claimed 1.7 million lives from 1914 to 1918, the largest human slaughter on record for a few miles of [...]

January 21st, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life,Military,World War I | Read More »

Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope by Chalmers Johnson

Americans have long believed that the very notion of empire is an offense against our democratic heritage, yet in recent months, these two words — American empire — have been on everyone’s lips. At this moment of unprecedented economic and military strength, the leaders of the United States have embraced imperial ambitions openly. How did [...]

January 8th, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

War Stories of the Battle of the Bulge Book Review

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The Battle of the Bulge began on December 16, 1944, and lasted until January 25, 1945. There were over 80,000 American casualties. It was astounding to learn that our soldiers were at a disadvantage from the start. Read the riveting accounts of soldiers who were there and lived to talk about it in War Stories of the battle of the Bulge by authors Michael Green and James D. Brown.

January 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Book Reviews | Read More »

How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s—Tom Engelhardt

Tom Engelhardt says the Bush administration redefined patriotism and American identity, polarizing the country. Anyone who challenged the war, the Bush line went, must either be a “wuss” or a traitor … [or a "Defeatocrat"] The American Way of War: How Bush’s Wars Became Obama’s, Tom Engelhardt (Haymarket Books, 269 pages) Review by Brad Birzer in [...]

December 18th, 2010 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

New Primer for Civilian Counselor’s Helping Veterans Now Available

“A Civilian Counselor’s Primer for Counseling Veterans” (2nd edition) by Herbert A. Exum, Jose E. Coll & Eugenia L. Weiss is a practical and valuable resource for clinicians working with veterans and their families. Concisely written, the primer covers the essentials of what professional counselors and mental health practitioners need to know in order to work effectively with veterans.

December 5th, 2010 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life,Of Interest | Read More »

Book Review: “Lethal Warriors” by David Philipps

David Philipps’ new book, Lethal Warriors: Uncovering the Tragic Reality of PTSD, is an essential and heartbreaking account of the failures in preparing our soldiers and our society for the transition more than 2.1 million from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan to civilian communities at home.

November 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

The Oedipus Connection: Where Fiction and Fantasies Collide with the New World Order

Read Chapter One from “The Oedipus Connection: Where Fiction and Fantasies Collide with the New World Order” a new upcoming book being written by Jack Williams. The book will be out in 2011.

November 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Arts & Entertainment,Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

Book Review of Virtual Autopsy by Clyde Stagner

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In a highly personalized account in his book, Virtual Autopsy, Clyde Stagner documents his decades of medical visits and treatments with his own medical records and correspondence to and from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

November 19th, 2010 | Posted in Book Reviews,Life | Read More »

Book Review Of Tales From a Tin Can: The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay

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One of the first destroyers to escape from the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, was the USS Dale. It evaded machine gun fire, bombs and torpedoes without suffering one casualty. In Michael Keith Olson’s book Tales From a Tin Can: The USS Dale from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay, stories of the Pearl Harbor attack and WW II are told as seen from the eyes of the USS Dale crew. Reading their personal accounts is like sitting next to them on their front porch on a summer evening. Just as simple and just as wonderful. But war is un-wonderful, and one wonders in listening to their stories how these men survived such horrors and still came out gentle and kind.

October 31st, 2010 | Posted in Book Reviews,History,Life,World War II | Read More »

Skin in the Game – Book Review & Endorsement

About a month ago I asked Peggy Logue the author of the book Skin in the Game- Supporting the Troops Without Supporting the War – Journey of a Mother and her Marine Son to send me the book so that I could do a review. Suffice it to say that I just couldn’t put the [...]

September 28th, 2010 | Posted in Book Reviews,Peace | Read More »

Book Review: Search and Destroy by Keith W. Nolan

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From Chu Lai in August of 1967, Cigar Island in October, Que Son Mountains and the Pineapple Forest in November, to the fight for Hill 34 in the Tet counteroffensive, on to the battles of Tam Ky and Tien Phuoc in 1968, Keith W. Nolan’s Search and Destroy narrative is well researched and explicit. The words “whitewashing” and “vivid reminder” in the introduction trigger a keen curiosity about the 1/1Cav in Vietnam from 1967-1968, and the book does not disappoint.

September 11th, 2010 | Posted in Book Reviews | Read More »

 

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