MILITARY BOOKSHELF - 5
By MAJ Glenn MacDonald
U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
Welcome, dear readers, to the fifth edition of our very popular feature MILITARY BOOKSHELF.
We have listened to your suggestions, and now have increased our list of reviewed books to ten each time. Last BOOKSHELF, we had expanded to eight reviews, up two from the previous column.
MilitaryCorruption.com strives to bring you news of books not so widely-known, from smaller publishing houses, but that very much deserve your attention. Our selections here, we humbly submit, are the most interesting yet.
So, without further delay, let's get to them . . .
"HIT LIST: AN IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION
INTO THE MYSTERIOUS DEATHS OF WITNESSES
TO THE JFK ASSASSINATION"
By Richard Belzer and David Wayne
Only once before in the history of this featured column have we ever given a book our highest rating - five stars. Now, we do it again.
HIT LIST is a sleeper of a book, so meticulously researched and well-written, you cannot stop turning the pages.
An extremely valuable addition to the growing library of Kennedy assassination books, Belzer - yes, he's the comedian and actor you've seen on TV - and his writing partner have provided the most comprehensive list of JFK witnesses (and the sad fate that awaited them) than has ever been compiled before.
Skyhorse, one of our favorite publishers, has hit a home run with this one. Highly recommended. We rate it five stars.
"THE GIRL ON THE STAIRS: THE SEARCH FOR
A MISSING WITNESS TO THE JFK ASSASSINATION"
By Barry Ernest
The author of this fascinating book is a former crime reporter on the Syracuse Herald-Standard in New York. He brings all his writing skills to bear in this valuable book, which deserves space on the shelf of every Kennedy assassination buff in the country.
The "girl" he refers to is Victoria Elizabeth Adams, who was on a stairwell in the Texas School Book Depository Building in Dallas, Tex. on that dreadful day of Nov. 22, 1963.
Her testimony before the Warren (cover-up) Commission was altered and she was intimidated by those who sought to put across the "official story" of what happened to President John F. Kennedy.
Barry Ernest looked for Adams more than 40 years, and like the excellent investigative reporter he is and always will be, he finally located and interviewed her.
After you read this riveting book, you will know more than ever that the American people have been deceived by government liars and a docile mainstream media for nearly a half century.
Pelican Publishing Co. of Gretna. La. has many excellent books in their catalog. Please check them out.
This book is rated four stars.
"BOND OF SECRECY: MY LIFE WITH CIA SPY AND
WATERGATE CONSPIRATOR E. HOWARD HUNT"
By Saint John Hunt
Once again, courageous publisher Kris Mulligan of TrineDay in Walterville, OR, has performed another public service by bringing to light the story of St. John Hunt, son of Watergate conspirator and CIA agent, E. Howard Hunt.
Lovingly written by a son who cherished his father, young Hunt doesn't pull punches when he describes the pressure he was placed under not to tell the truth about his dad's role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The mainstream media, mostly AWOL when it comes to digging into the truth of the JFK assassination - and disinformation specialists like the smarmy Gerald Posner and, legend in his own mind, Vincent Buglosi - parrot the government line that Kennedy was killed by a lone sniper, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Only the brain-dead and gullible still believe that now, 50 years after Mark Lane led the way in destructing the lies and cover-up on who was responsible for murdering our President.
Reading the deathbed confession of Hunt to his son (yes, it's on tape) is worth the price of the book alone. Be sure to buy BOND OF SECRECY with a forward by Jesse Ventura.
We rate it four stars.
"THE CASE THAT NEVER DIES
THE LINDBERGH KIDNAPPING"
By Lloyd C. Gardner
(Rutgers University Press)
It's one of the most enduring crime mysteries in American history.
During the 1930's, no story - not even the disappearance of famed flier Amelia Earhart on a round-the-world flight - surpassed in interest the bizarre kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's son from his home in Hopewell, N.J.
Accused killer Bruno Richard Hauptmann was sent to the electric chair protesting his innocence. "Lucky Lindy" left the USA and lived abroad.
In this book we learn he fathered several children by women not his wife. Even heroes sometimes have "clay feet."
Anyway, Lloyd Gardner, a highly-respected professer of history at Rutgers University, has put together one of the best books to date on this mystery. Read it, and you won't be sorry.
We rate this book, four stars.
"A WILDERNESS OF ERROR: THE
TRIALS OF JEFFREY MacDONALD"
By Errol Morris
(Penguin Press, New York)
What an incredible background this author has!
Errol Morris is the Academy Award-winning director of THE FOG OF WAR, MR. DEATH and THE THIN BLUE LINE.
He has authored books as well, but none as brilliant as WILDERNESS.
We don't know if former Green Beret CPT Jeffrey MacDonald (no relation) killed his wife and children in 1970 or not. But we agree with Morris, he at least deserves a new trial.
If MacDonald is guilty, he ought to burn in hell. But if the government railroaded him, then we all should learn from it that the "official" story is usually a carefully contrived lie.
We couldn't put this book back on the night stand, and read until 0500. Now THAT is a great book. Destined to be a best-seller.
Highly recommended. Four stars..
" INSIDE LINDA LOVELACE'S DEEP THROAT
DEGRADATION, PORNO CHIC, AND THE
RISE OF FEMINISM"
By Darwin Porter
Long before we and Bill Clinton heard of Monica Lewinsky (and her anatomical "specialty") there was Linda Lovelace.
We doubt there are many veterans out there who didn't sneak into their local theater in the early 70's to catch the incredible talents of this girl who could always get a job as sword-swallower in the circus. There was none, nor will there ever be, like her.
Two rascals, the prolific writer Darwin Porter and his right-hand man Danforth Prince, run Blood Moon Productions, a publishing house that specializes in tits and titillation, among other things.
If you are easily shocked or offended by raw sex, best to keep away from this book. You may have to read it with asbestos mittens or rubber gloves, depending on your personal predilections.
We find Porter's opus - everything you ever wanted to know about Lovelace and more - to be a breezy and interesting read. We think you will too, even if you have to crawl under a blanket with a flashlight to savor the salacious tidbits Porter dishes out on every page.
This naughty book rates four stars..
"TOUGH AS NAILS: ONE WOMAN'S
JOURNEY THROUGH WEST POINT"
By Gail O'Sullivan Dwyer
(Hellgate Press, Ashland, OR)
Our old friend, Harley Patrick, of Hellgate Press has done it again. He's come up with a book that many of our readers will surely want to see.
Women have only be admitted to our country's military academies since 1976. The author was one of them, entering West Point in the Class of '81.
A witty writer with a great eye for dialog and detail, Gail O'Sullivan (Dwyer) - she married her husband Steve (Class of 1980) and raised four children (two sons - Steve and Tim are also USMA grads) - is no man-hating lesbian.
She's earned every achievement she has. Dwyer worked as an admissions officer at West Point and retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel.
Her account of her four years as a West Point cadet is refreshing and makes you wish there were more female officers like her.
She's humorous as well. Dwyer starts off her book with these words: My husband was naked when we met. Or so he says.
You've just got to read TOUGH AS NAILS after an opener like that!
We give this one four stars.
"UNDEFEATED; AMERICA'S HEROIC FIGHT
FOR BATAAN AND CORREGIDOR"
By Bill Sloan
(Simon & Schuster, New York)
The author is fast-becoming one of America's best military writers.
We first became familiar with Sloan's work when we read and were mesmerized by the excellent GIVEN UP FOR DEAD: AMERICA'S HEROIC STAND AT WAKE ISLAND.
He's written other acclaimed works, such such as BROTHERHOOD OF HEROES and THE LAST DISSENTING WITNESS.
A former investigative reporter at the Dallas TIMES-HERALD, Sloan has brought to life the harrowing experiences of men and women on Bataan and Corregidor during the early dark days of World War II when all seemed to be going wrong for the United States.
The POW camps and "hell ships" that carried captured Americans to slave labor camps in Japan, are written in such stark reality, sometimes you have to take a deep breath and put the book down before continuing on.
Simon & Schuster has a real winner in UNDEFEATED. And we have a most worthy addition to the literature chronicling a desperate time in our nation's history.
Unhesitatingly, we give this book four stars.
"BEFORE THE QUAGMIRE -
AMERICAN INTERVENTION IN LAOS 1954 - 1961"
By William J. Rust
How many of you know that the actual prelude to our disastrous involvement in Vietnam was played out just to the northwest, in the tiny, land-locked nation of Laos?
Mr. Rust, author of KENNEDY IN VIETNAM, AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY, 1960-63 has gained access to previously unavailable archives that give us a new insight into how America got sucked into a land war in Southeast Asia.
Many of the political mistakes made in Laos led to others of longer-lasting impact in South Vietnam. The folks at the Pentagon and State Department didn't understand the country's politics, history and culture and, the rest, as they say, is history.
A well-documented read.
We give it three stars.
"PACIFIC CRUCIBLE: WAR AT SEA
IN THE PACIFIC, 1941-1942"
By Lan W. Toll
(W.W. Norton & Company, New York)
The first six months of the Pacific War was a desperate time.
Pearl Harbor had been attacked and the fleet badly crippled. At Coral Sea, we held our own but lost the aircraft carrier Lexington and several smaller warships. It wasn't until the battle of Midway, where we finally decisively defeated the Japanese Navy.
Lan Toll has an excellent eye for bringing to life that period of U.S. history.
Using eyewitness accounts and primary sources, the author expertly recreates the atmosphere of the period, putting the reader on the deck of a heaving aircraft carrier and looking through the periscope of a deep sea submarine.
Want to know more about the enigmatic Admiral Yamamoto? Lan has done the best scholarship to date on Japan's wartime leader.
This is a definite must for your military history bookshelf.
CRUCIBLE is rated four stars.