MILITARY BOOKSHELF - 7
By MAJ Glenn MacDonald
U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
Our apologies for being so long between this book review and the last, but some health challenges have taken place, and so this project got pushed to a back burner.
Now we are back, and with a grateful nod to our editor, former Navy LT and aviator David Smallwood, and our loyal webmaster and close friend, John H. Watson.
A big THANK YOU also, to the many of you who kept us sustained by your prayers and best wishes.
So, without further ado, let's get on with one of the most eclectic book review columns in the world.
"KONTUM - THE BATTLE TO
SAVE SOUTH VIETNAM"
By Thomas P. McKenna
It was the spring of 1972. The North Vietnamese Army (NVA) invaded South Vietnam in what became known as the Easter Offensive. Almost all the American ground forces had already been withdrawn except for a small group of American advisors to the South Vietnamese Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN).
The South Vietnamese troops and their American advisors were sent to defend the provincial capital of Kontum in the Central Highlands. They were surrounded and attacked by three enemy divisions with heavy artillery and tanks but, with the help of air power, managed to successfully defend Kontum and prevent South Vietnam from being cut in half and defeated.
This very readable book is the first in-depth account of this violent engagement and sheds new light on the events that led to the invasion and battle itself. We rate it a full four stars.
"RESOLVE - FROM THE JUNGLES OF WWII
BATAAN, THE EPIC STORY OF A SOLDIER,
A FLAG, AND A PROMISE KEPT"
By Bob Welch
This is one of the better books about brave Americans who fought against overwhelming odds against the Japanese in the early days of WWII.
We commend Penguin and their excellent Berkeley Caliber imprint for coming out with this soft cover edition which should be on the bookshelf of every American who wants to know about courage and valor in the fight on Bataan in the Philippines.
In this well-written account, we meet U.S. Army LT Clay Conner, who refused to surrender after the fall of Bataan and Corregidor. He became a guerilla leader, and despite constant threat of death and exposure to the enemy, he survived to the end of the war and was able to present to senior officers of the American forces who liberated the country, a tattered but treasured American flag.
This must-read book gets a tear in our eye and four stars.
"DR. FEELGOOD - THE SHOCKING STORY
OF THE DOCTOR WHO TREATED JFK, MARILYN,
ELVIS AND OTHER PROMINENT FIGURES"
By Richard Lertzman and William Birnes
Along with Casemate Publishers, Skyhorse has been one of the best "finds" we have made in recent years for smaller book publishers who have very interesting and readable items.
This one is no exception. DR FEELGOOD tells the story of Max Jacobson whose "miracle injections" pumped up, energy-wise, such well-known figures in our nation's history as President John F. Kennedy, film star and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, and music mega-star Elvis Presley.
The New York physician and his "bag of tricks" was ushered past Secret Service cordons and into the homes and hotel rooms of the rich and famous.
Did his "treatment" and booster shot to JFK just before the famed Kennedy-Nixon TV debate in 1960 change the course of political and world history? Read DR. FEELGOOD and see why.
This key political book is rated three stars.
"ESSENCE OF BLACK BEAUTY - A COLLECTION OF
INSPIRATIONAL, ROMANTIC AND EROTIC POETRY"
By Syneeda Penland
(privately printed by the author)
We've never reviewed a poetry book before, but this outstanding volume cries out to be read.
First of all, we have long admired former Navy Lt. Commander Syneeda Penland for her fortitude and determination to survive being the only female Naval officer ever jailed for "adultery," but also her unique talent as a poetess.
If you read the mainstream media obits of so-called famous contemporary poets, they will cite several lines that any five year-old could scribble.
Penland, however, is of the old school, where meter and rhyme matter. Her gift is such that - with the proper exposure of her unique poetry writing - her name could be up there someday with such greats as the famed Maya Angelou.
Check ESSENCE out. It's a four-star book.
"SINATRA - THE BOUDOIR SINGER - HOT,
UNAUTHORIZED AND UNAPOLOGETIC"
By Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince
Those two literary "bad boys" (so bad, they're very good) are at it again in this tome about Frank Sinatra, perhaps the most famous male singer this side of Elvis.
How about some of these gossip tidbits: Like the love affair with Elizabeth Taylor that ended with Frank and her aborting their baby.
The sexy brunette, Judith Campbell Exner, whom Sinatra shared with mob boss Sam Giancana and President John F. Kennedy.
The night a drunken Sinatra almost ordered the "execution" of music rival Elvis Presley.
We've boosted other Blood Moon books in the past. This one is another winner. Four stars.
"THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY"
Edited by Thomas C. Hone
(Naval Institute Press)
The Battle of Midway was surely the turning point in the war in the Pacific.
If the Japanese had won, and gone on to capture Midway Island, we might be speaking a different language besides Spanish in this country today.
If you want to know every detail of that epic naval fight, Thomas Hone, a former faculty member at the Naval War College, has assembled that for you here.
We had a hard time putting this book down to grab something to eat. Buy it. It gets three stars.
By Nicholas Veronico
Some of the best aviation books in the world come from Zenith Press, and HIDDEN WARBIRDS is no exception.
Of course, the title refers to the long-lost American aircraft shot down or crashed in remote jungles and rain-forests of Pacific islands and the men who recover and restore these treasured artifacts.
Read about the missing B-17 "Swamp Ghost" which crashed in New Guinea in WWII and what it took to get the lonely bomber out of the undergrowth and back where it could be salvaged and restored.
"Glacier Girl," a P-38 fighter entombed in Greenland's ice shelf is another fantastic story. All aviation enthusiasts will want a copy of this fantastic book.
Easy rating here. This one is "four stars" all the way.
"MIND CONTROL: OSWALD AND JFK"
By Ken Thomas and Lincoln Lawrence
(Adventures Unlimited Press)
What MILITARY BOOKSHELF on MilitaryCorruption.com would be complete without a review of a Kennedy assassination book? Especially in this, the 50th year since America's coup d'état took place.
We leave it up to you if you think Lee Havery Oswald was a mind-controlled subject with a small transistor device implanted in his skull. the authors think so.
This book has been called an "underground classic" in the annals of Kennedy assassination conspiracy books. Read it and see why.
Give it three stars..