MILITARY BOOKSHELF - 2
By MAJ Glenn MacDonald
U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
Welcome to our second edition of book reviews you may not get to see elsewhere. We at MilitaryCorruption.com are not interested in promoting "politically-correct" or even "popular" works. On these pages, we will publicize those books and publishers that should merit your attention.
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And now for the reviews . . .
"ABANDONED ON BATAAN - ONE MAN'S STORY OF SURVIVAL"
By Oliver "Red" Allen, as told to Mildred Allen
Crimson House, Boerne, Tex. (www.crimsonhouse.com)
As we observe the 71st anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor and the start of World War II for the United States, let us not forget the heroism and sacrifices of American fighting men in the Philippines.
Oliver "Red" Allen wanted to be a pilot in the Army Air Corps. Fate had other plans for the Texas farm boy, and he ended up a sergeant in the Army on Bataan.
Allen survived the infamous Bataan "Death March" and, for the next 42 months, was a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese. "Red" ended up working as a slave laborer in the POW camp at Mukden, Manchuria. The bitter cold of the camp was in stark contrast to the heat and humidity of the Philippines.
ABANDONED ON BATAAN tells of how Allen was subjected to fiendish medical "experiments" by his cruel captors at Mukden. The author describes what happened to one of his buddies who was "injected" with some kind of substance that caused him to become violently ill. The desperate soldier hanged himself just four days after being treated as a human "guinea pig."
It is hard not to be moved to tears by reading Red's story, as told to his journalist wife Mildred in the months before he died. In these days of fat-cat generals disgracing themselves and corruption up and down the ranks, it is refreshing to know that we have had men in the ranks like Allen, who never brought shame to his country or uniform.
We rate this book four stars
"SCALES OF JUSTICE"
By Christina Masewicz
Xlibris Corp. (888-795-4274) www.Xlibris.com
It's hard to believe it's been more than 40 years since one of the most sensational crimes in U.S. military history took place. We refer to the alleged murders of his wife and children at Fort Bragg by former Green Beret Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald (no relation to the editor of this review page).
We use the word "alleged" because fervent arguments can be made on both sides as to what really happened that night in 1970. Did a band of hippies kill the captain's family while leaving him relatively unscathed? Or did he fly into a rage, slaughter his pregnant wife and two little girls, and try and get away with it?
Christina Masewicz started out a supporter of MacDonald, convinced of his innocence, and later became one of his most determined critics. However, SCALES OF JUSTICE pretty much presents the facts in the case without bias. If you carefully read the documents presented, you can come to your own conclusion as to whether MacDonald is guilty or not.
There's a new book out on the MacDonald case that we hope to review soon. That one contends the ex-Green Beret is innocent. When we get it, we'll let you know what we think.
In the meantime, we rate the book reviewed above at three stars
"ME & LEE: HOW I CAME TO KNOW,
LOVE AND LOSE LEE HARVEY OSWALD"
By Judyth Vary Baker
Trine Day LLC (800-556-2012) www.TrineDay.com
Kris Millegan's politics - he is the publisher of TrineDay Books in Walterville, OR - and mine are not alike, and yet I can respect him as one of the most courageous men in America. He will take on the establishment and print the truth, no matter what the cost or risk to himself.
ME & LEE, written by Lee Harvey Oswald's former girlfriend in New Orleans, is such a book.
Once I started reading it - and we have over 100 Kennedy assassination-related books in our personal library - it was impossible to put down. One chapter leads into another. Compelling reading, to put it mildly.
Judyth Baker kept her silence for many years for good reason, which she spells out in this volume. Everything we read checked out with our massive card file of facts and names of individuals involved in the crime of the century. We believe Baker is telling the truth. But because her tale does not "fit" the "official story" put out by the government, it took a brave publisher to put her words into print.
If you are interested in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, you absolutely must get this book.
We rate ME & LEE four stars
"VALOR IN VIETNAM 1963 - 1977"
By Allen B. Clark
Casemate Publishers (610-853-9131) firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's another book from one of our favorite publishing houses. Check out our links box at the bottom of this MILITARY BOOKSHELF and you will see some other outstanding works - such as AXIS SALLY (the Nazi radio propagandist) - by this Havertown, Pa. located company.
Casemate scores again with VALOR IN VIETNAM 1963 - 1977 by a man who knows better than most the meaning of that word - valor. He is West Point graduate and a former Green Beret and Army captain, Allen Clark, who lost both his legs below the knee on a hill in Vietnam.
The gravely wounded officer was recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Today, Clark is a Christian motivational speaker. Learn more about him at www.woundedsoldierhealingwarrior.com. We will be reviewing his personal story, as told in his own book WOUNDED SOLDIER, HEALING WARRIOR soon on MilitaryCorruption.com.
In 19 chapters, Clark lets the individual service member tell their own story. How anyone could read this book and not have a profound admiration and respect for what these individuals went through, is hard to comprehend.
We rate this book four stars
"CEMETERY JOHN: THE UNDISCOVERED
MASTERMIND OF THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING"
By Robert Zorn
Overlook Press, Peter Mayer Publishers (www.overlookpress.com)
Many books have been written about the Lindbergh baby kidnapping case, but few with as much new material as this one.
"Based on strong and compelling evidence, CEMETERY JOHN identifies the two undiscovered German immigrant brothers who teamed with Bruno Richard Hauptmann to kidnap the Lindbergh baby," says former New Jersey Gov. Brenden Byrne.
Zorn has painstakingly dug up new facts on the mystery that merit wide attention. As we said earlier, regarding the book on Lee Harvey Oswald reviewed above, this is a "must read" book.
The price of the book is worth alone all the many pictures and illustrations of evidence and documents. Whether you think Hauptman was guilty or innocent, CEMETERY JOHN is essential to understanding what really happened.
We rate this book three stars
"MIKE WALLACE: A LIFE"
By Peter Rader
Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin's Press) www.stmartins.com
For the first time, an author has achieved what others thought impossible. Write a book that actually peels off the enigma of who was acerbic Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes fame. What was he really like - warts and all?
A filmmaker and screenwriter based in Los Angeles, Rader scores another hit for St. Martin's Press, a publishing house we have long admired for their powerful list of military-themed books, Actually, WALLACE also has a military connection. Who could forget the long, acrimonious courtroom battle between Mike Wallace, CBS and former Vietnam commander Gen. William W. Westmorland?
It has been revealed before, that Wallace was so depressed at the conclusion of that lawsuit ordeal he tried to commit suicide, but Rader goes even deeper, back to his early years, to define how complicated the person critics called "Mike Malice" was.
Through interviews with friends, enemies and associates, Rader has by far written the most comprehensive, even-handed biography of the famed CBS newsman that has thus far been published.
We rate this book three stars