MILITARY BOOKSHELF - 1

By MAJ Glenn MacDonald
U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)

Welcome, dear reader, to our first edition of MILITARY BOOKSHELF, a new regular feature here on MilitaryCorruption.com.

We will alert you to books we think you should be aware of. That means well-known publishers like St. Martins Press as well as courageous small publishing houses like Trine-Day and Paragon Agency in California will be featured.

Unlike some national book review pages, we don't tie our approval to anyone buying advertisements on this site. In fact, we prize our independence to say just what we think about any book, so you will get the straight stuff, written without fear or favor. Also, unlike some of our competitors, we provide full contact information to you so you can order the books you want direct from the publishers or at your local bookstore.

Please let us know what you want to see reviewed here. Thank you. Now to the reviews…


"SEAL TEAM SIX - MEMOIRS OF AN ELITE NAVY SNIPER"
(St. Martin's Press - stmartins.com) by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin.

This book was written before the famed Seal Team Six struck a blow for America by killing our arch-enemy, the mass-murderer of 911, Osama Bin Laden. The author, holder of the Silver Star, had already been medically retired. But that doesn't detract one bit from its account of Navy Seal Howard Wasdin, whose fast-paced account keeps you on the edge of your seat as your read about Team Six's sniper team.

Wasdin and his men were tasked with the mission of the capture or killing of Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

From rooftops, helicopters, and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his band of terrorists whenever possible. But everything went to hell when Wasdin's Seal team found themselves cut off from help and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The battle of Mogadishu, as it became known, left eighteen American soldiers dead and seventy-three wounded.

Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His dramatic combat tales, combined with inside details of becoming one of the world's deadliest snipers, makes this one of the most explosive military memoirs in years.

We rate this book THREE STARS


"DISCOVERY OF FLIGHT 19 - A 30-YEAR SEARCH FOR THE LOST PATROL IN THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE"
(Paragon - SpecialBooks.com) by Jon F. Myhre

Who doesn't like a good military mystery? We think more than just Navy aviation types will find this beautifully-illustrated book to be fascinating reading.

Five Navy Avenger bombers vanished over the Atlantic Ocean on December 5, 1945. Forty-five years later, a former Army pilot and aviation historian - Jon Myhre - salvaged a TBM-1C Avenger off Cape Canaveral. Florida.

This is the story of that pilot's quest to find those planes, solve the Flight 19 mystery, and bring the fourteen missing Navy and Marine Corps airmen home.

We recently became friends with Doug Westfall, Paragon's publisher, and want to tell you what we said to him. The stunning color photography, reproduced on high-quality paper, of DISCOVERY OF FLIGHT 19 is a must addition to anyone who remembers the best-selling book from the 70's, THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE by Charles Berlitz. Buy this worthy update!

We rate this book FOUR STARS


"FOREIGN PLANES IN THE SERVICE OF THE LUFTWAFFE"
(Pen & Sword Books Ltd - pen-and-sword.co.uk) by Jean Louis Roba

No air force in World War II would make more use of captured planes than the Luftwaffe.

With this in mind, Jean Louis-Roba completed a monumental task, tracking down records of hundreds of allied aircraft used by the Nazi Luftwaffe, illustrating their uses, careers, and eventual fates.

Translated into English for the first time, Roba's investigative work is supported by over a hundred pictures of the planes themselves, and gives a rare opportunity to see British and American planes repainted in German colors and symbols.

We rate this book THREE STARS


"AMERICAN GUERRILLA - THE FORGOTTEN HEROICS OF
RUSSELL W. VOLCKMANN"

(Casemate Publishers, 610 853-9131) by Mike Guardia.

Casemate is rapidly becoming one of the best publishers of military books in America.

We already (see below) have reviewed their excellent work on Nazi radio propagandist AXIS SALLY. It seems this publisher in Pennsylvania knows how to tap into a talent pool of authors that results in first rate writing for the historical record.

Few people remember his name. In fact, of all the major works on Gen. Douglas MacArthur, any mention of Russell Volkmann is missing. Why? This controversial guerrilla leader in the Philippines, who rose in rank from captain to colonel while battling the Japanese occupation forces, is today regarded as the father of counter-insurgency warfare.

Mike Guardia, the young author of AMERICAN GUERRILLA, is an active-duty Army officer and top-notch military historian who's done a masterful job of revealing an unknown chapter of World War II.

We rate this book THREE STARS


"THE LAST CIRCLE - DANNY CASOLARO'S INVESTIGATIONS"
(Trine Day Publishers - TrineDay.com) by CHERI SEYMOUR

Who was Danny Casolaro and why is his death important to the fight for truth and justice in our country?

All of us who serve or have served in the military need to know there are powerful forces out there who are "enemies domestic" we swore an allegiance to fight against the day we entered the armed forces.

Casolaro, a Washington D.C. based journalist, paid with his life in an effort to investigate the theft of a revolutionary new software program called PROMIS, Prosecutor's Management Information Systems, developed for the U.S. Justice Department to upgrade their case management tracking system. Found dead in a bathtub in a Martinsburg, Va. motel, his wrists "slit" in a so-called suicide, this intrepid reporter's quest for the truth was halted forever by what the author (and we at MilitaryCorruption.com) consider a cold-blooded murder.

Read this book and see why.

Cheri Seymour is a private detective who lives in California. We don't necessarily agree with her liberal politics - she also wrote COMMITTEE OF THE STATES: INSIDE THE RADICAL RIGHT - but we admire her tenacity and fearlessness in penning this tribute to a fellow investigative journalist who paid the ultimate price.

We rate this book FOUR STARS


"DISTANT WAR - RECOLLECTIONS OF VIETNAM, LAOS AND CAMBODIA"
(Navigator Books - navigator-books.com) by Marc Phillip Yablonka

This one is for all you Vietnam veterans out there.

Marc Yablonka was too young to have served during the Vietnam war, yet he has an uncanny way of writing about that period that makes one think "he must have been there."

The gifted military historian first traveled to Nam in 1990 to try and capture some of the stories from people who lived and fought in that war. He has assembled an impressive number of recollections on and about the POWs, "donut dollies" of the American Red Cross, Green Beret fighters, first-person accounts by retired MAJ Jim Morris, the AP's Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, our old friend, Nick Ut, and that great Marine combat correspondent Steve Stibbens.

The photographs, especially one of an abandoned Huey helicopter almost obscured by jungle vines, is worth the price of the book alone.

If you served in Vietnam, you need a copy of DISTANT WAR.

We rate this book FOUR STARS


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