MILITARY BOOKSHELF - 6
By MAJ Glenn MacDonald
U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
Here we go again, gang.
It's the sixth edition of Military Bookshelf, and we've got a humdinger for you - all books that deserve much more publicity than they have garnered to date.
Buy them! You won't be sorry.
Political correctness and knee-jerk "establishment" reviews of boring books doesn't happen here.
With a nod toward that obnoxious egotist Bill O'Reilly - who would have intercourse with himself if he could twist into a pretzel - this review page really is a "NO-SPIN zone."
We choose authors, books and publishers who dare to tell it like it is, plus publishers brave enough to give them voice.
As long as freedom of expression still exists in America, count on us to steer you in the right direction.
So, without further ado, here's our HIT LIST (what a great book that is, see Bookshelf - 5), of must-read books. Enjoy.
"AN AMERICAN IN THE BASEMENT"
By Amy Waters Yarsinske
Winning our coveted "lead-off' spot this month is one of the best books we have read in many a year.
First of all, courageous publisher Kris Mulligan does it again, hooking up with top-notch investigative reporter and author Amy Waters Yarsinske.
You will not be able to read BASEMENT without a sense of shame and outrage.
Why, because this country's military "leadership" let Navy CMDR Scott Speicher die, when he could have been brought home alive.
This true hero and fighter-pilot, shot down during the first Gulf War back in 1991, performed super-human feats trying to survive in Iraq.
But he was betrayed and forsaken. Thank God, Amy - who's covered this story from day one - never give up.
A MUST-READ that rates all of our five stars.
" DEAD WRONG: STRAIGHT FACTS
ON THE COUNTRY'S MOST CONTROVERSIAL COVER-UPS"
By Richard Belzer and David Wayne
A close finalist for top-spot this edition is another book from the dynamic duo of Richard Belzer (yes, he's the TV cop) and his writing partner, David Wayne.
We praised their excellent book HIT LIST, on the Kennedy assassination, in BOOKSHELF - 5 and gave it our highest rating of five stars.
DEAD WRONG comes very close to that this time.
If you aren't a mind-numbed zombie, dumbed-down by the propaganda of the sycophantic "mainstream media," you will welcome this thoroughly-researched work which investigates the true facts behind the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Dr. Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy and of course, JFK.
Skyhorse Publishing scores again with this winner. We rate it a full four stars..
"THE EARHART ENIGMA"
By Dave Horner
Pelican Publishing Company out of Gretna, La. is one of those small houses that consistently put out superior products, compared to some of the "establishment" publishers.
We welcome yet another book on the mysterious disappearance of famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, not because it unequivocally tells us her fate, it doesn't, but because Horner resists the temptation to follow the "official" story of a certain media darling who has it all wrong.
OK, we just put on our flak vest.
Dave Horner is a retired Air Force colonel who dives for sunken treasure as a hobby and always wondered what really happened to Amelia.
His explanation for the most part, supports the view of another author we have reviewed here on Bookshelf.
When you read THE EARHART ENIGMA, you will come to appreciate the fact that Horner is correct in many of his suppositions because they dove-tail with those of Mike Campbell, author of AMELIA EARHART: THE TRUTH AT LAST.
Be sure to read our review of that excellent book in Bookshelf - 5. Horner has it right, for the most part. If you buy any books this year about Amelia Earhart, purchase this one along with Campbell's. Thank you.
ENIGMA gets four stars.
"THE PACIFIC WAR - UNCENSORED"
By Harold Guard with John Tring
What a valuable historical document this is!
Harold Guard was a United Press war correspondent during World War II.
Often mistaken for an American, this brave Englishman, was nearly captured by the Japanese when Singapore fell.
Guard got out on one of the last boats leaving the besieged island fortress.
He flew on bombing missions and slogged through the jungles on Pacific islands until finally, nearly four years after Pearl Harbor was attacked, this war reporter celebrated our victory over the Japanese.
If you want a bird's-eye view of what covering a war is like for a foreign correspondent, this book will fill the bill.
We rate it four stars.
"J. EDGAR HOOVER & CLYDE TOLSON
INVESTIGATING THE SEXUAL SECRETS
OF AMERICA'S MOST FAMOUS PEOPLE"
By Darwin Porter
The highly prolific writer Darwin Porter, aided by his faithful sidekick and fellow rascal Danforth Prince, are at it again. And we are better off because of it.
This time Porter - we reviewed his salacious book on Linda Lovelace in Bookshelf 5 - has set his sites on that old bastard J. Edgar Hoover.
By the time you finish reading this breezy tome, you'll be calling him "Gay Edgar Hoover," because that's what he was. A closeted homosexual who persecuted his own kind. And if there is anyone that the Gay community wants to decry and disown, it is the bull dog-faced black-mailer who kept his job as FBI director by gathering dirt on everyone else.
There is no question he and his lifelong boyfriend, Clyde Tolson, were lovers. That they both turned a blind eye to the Mafia, and may have even aided in a way, plotters like LBJ (Hoover's next-door neighbor and close pal) in killing President John F. Kennedy, is bad enough.
But the safety and security of this nation was placed at risk because the fat little man who liked to blackmail others, was very much a security risk himself.
Take off the blinders, folks. Like us, as a youth reading MASTERS OF DECEIT, not realizing it wasn't Hoover's words at all on those pages, but those of a ghostwriter - and the profits it earned went into gay Edgar's bank account - you may have bought into the myths built up around this dangerous man.
Just read about what he tried to do to former star agent Melvin Purvis and you'll lose your lunch.
This one is four-stars all the way.
"KILL ANYTHING THAT MOVES: THE REAL
AMERICAN WAR IN VIETNAM"
By Nick Turse
We wish we could highly recommend this book, but we can't.
Nick Turse is a good writer. It is true that more than a few war crimes and atrocities against the Vietnamese people took place.
The author chronicles these as a seemingly never-ending litany that portrays American forces as being on par with the Nazis.
He is wrong. I know, I was there - for years - and I never killed any women or children.
Yes, there was that little punk, Lt. Calley, using an M-16 as a substitute for his own "shortcomings," forever staining the honor of the Army with his blood-thirsty massacre at My Lai. And there were others.
But there were also Americans who performed feats of heroism and sacrifice. Some were my friends, and some of them were killed in action. Only a small fraction of the more than 500,000 of our countrymen who were in Vietnam during the height of the war, could be described as true war criminals.
KILL ANYTHING does a good job of chronicling the dark side. But it doesn't present a balanced view at all. It might as well have been written in Hanoi.
Because of that, we give it two stars, our lowest rating on Bookshelf to date.
"MISSION TO TOKYO: THE AMERICAN AIRMEN
WHO TOOK THE WAR TO THE HEART OF JAPAN"
By Robert F. Dorr
They were "the greatest generation," as Tom Brokaw called them, these men who fought in World War II and are dying off now at the rate of 1000 a day.
Veteran aviation author Robert Dorr does a good job of chronicling the exploits of Army Air Corps B-29 pilots who flew bombing raids on Tokyo.
Dorr, an Air Force veteran himself, writes in such a way you feel you are right there in the cockpit of those long-distance bombing planes as they unload their deadly cargo of incendiaries over Japan.
For those who are interested in these type of books, the author has another one which is worth buying. It's titled MISSION TO BERLIN. We recommend it, as we do this book MISSION TO TOKYO.
A GREEN BERET'S TRUE STORY OF A CLASSIFIED MISSION IN THE CONGO"
By Jack Lawson with Sully DeFontaine
When you think of the Green Berets you imagine the steamy jungles of Vietnam or South America. Folks don't connect Africa with American Special Forces, but there they were, back in the early 1960's
The mission was to save the lives of missionaries caught in a crossfire between rival fighting forces.
In 1960, the United Nations had granted the Congo, independence from Belgium. Patrice Lumumba, later assassinated, became prime minister of the new nation. Then all hell broke loose.
Green Beret LT Sully DeFontaine has his hands full on this classified mission. He knew if killed, the truth about his heroism and final fight might be never revealed.
This book goes a long ways towards telling the truth about that time.
We give it four stars..
"BATTLE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC
THE STRATEGIC NAVAL CAMPAIGN
THAT WON WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE"
By John R. Bruning
This is a coffee-table type book with breath-taking pictures.
The battle for the North Atlantic hasn't received the attention by historians that it should. But Bruning's first-rate writing and many, many excellent and perhaps unpublished until now photographs, go a long ways to correcting that imbalance.
We found the section on undersea warfare, the German U-boats and how the allies were able to over-come their serious threat as the war went on, to be especially fascinating.
Anyone with an interest in war at sea really should have a copy of this beautifully-designed and laid-out book.
Bruning has distinguished himself before when he did one of the best books published on the German counter-offensive in December 1944: BATTLE OF THE BULGE.
We are proud to award BATTLE FOR THE NORTH ATLANTIC a full four stars.
"CORVETTE - SIXTY YEARS"
By Randy Leffingwell
This is another large-size photo book, and what a terrific one it is!
We doubt there are many readers out there in the military, Guard, Reserve, retirees and veterans alike, who would not want to own this comprehensive volume of one of America's most popular motor cars.
How many of you know that Corvette goes back to 1953? It is very interesting to see the evolution of this luxury sports car over the years.
The copious number of color photographs and the easy-to-read format makes CORVETTE a gem of a book.
This one's easy - four stars.