MILITARY BOOKSHELF - 8
By MAJ Glenn MacDonald
U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
President John F. Kennedy was our commander-in-chief. He was murdered in Dallas almost exactly 50 years ago.
We begin this month's edition of MILITARY BOOKSHELF by reviewing two outstanding books from the fast-growing and excellent Skyhorse Publishing Both are essential reading for those who know ths government routinely lies toits citizens.
Sadly, even the aged Dan Rather and other apologists for the Warren Commission cover-up, still refuse to admit a preponderance of evidence points to Lyndon Baines Johnson as the ruthless and disloyal conspirator behind JFK's assassination.
Open your eyes, dear reader, and buckle your seat belts. You're in for a rough emotional ride. Thank God for those, who over the last half century, refused to swallow the "official story."
"THE MAN WHO KILLED KENNEDY
THE CASE AGAINST LBJ"
By Roger Stone
Few Americans were in a better position to know the inner secrets of the U.S. Govt. regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, than Roger Stone.
The author was a key aide to two Presidents, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. Find out what Nixon privately said to Stone when asked WHO was behind Kennedy's killing.
Stone does an expert analysis of the evidence and it leads to LBJ. As he writes in THE MAN WHO KILLED KENNEDY, both Nixon and Johnson were driven men in their pursuit of the Presidency, but only Johnson was willing to KILL to achieve that exalted office.
A key figure in Stone's book is a man named "Mac" Wallace. He was involved in more than just the assassination in Dallas. He had murdered for his "boss" before, and as many as seven killings can be attributed to him. Read about how his fingerprint was found in the sniper's nest in the Texas School Book Depository Building that directly linked him to the JFK murder.
This book gets our top rating: five stars.
"THEY'VE KILLED OUR PRESIDENT
63 REASONS TO BELIEVE THERE WAS
A CONSPIRACY TO ASSASSINATE JFK"
By Jesse Ventura - with Dick Russell
and David Wayne
Jesse Ventura may have been a cardboard character wrestler on TV, but don't let that fool you into thinking he hasn't got a steel-trap mind.
This outspoken former Navy SEAL served as Minnesota governor and has found success again on television with his conspiracy investigation programs.
Now, along with researchers and co-authors Dick Russell and David Wayne, Jesse has put together a compelling argument that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the "lone gunman," and that our government has been engaged in lies and cover-up of the truth in the JFK assassination since 1963.
The number "63" is deliberate in the title of this outstanding book. 1963 was 50 years ago, and there are at least 63 solid reasons to disbelieve that the "official story" as put out by a lap-dog media and fueled by the Warren "whitewash" Committee.
Give this book - another hit from Skyhorse publishing - five stars!
"LIFE AND DEATH IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
AN AMERICAN SERGEANT IN THE VIETNAM WAR"
By James T. Gillam
(University of North Texas Press)
James Gillam's riveting account of his time as an Army infantry soldier in the Central Highlands of Vietnam is of special interest to this reviewer, as we also fought there during our years in the war.
The author has a unique perspective as an African-American college student drafted out of Ohio University in 1968. Instead of going to OCS, Gillam attends what we used to call "shake-and-bake" school for sergeants - where he gets an accelerated promotion to NCO rank and a quick ticket to the fighting in Vietnam.
This, the jungle warfare, Gillam describes in vivid detail. A skilled writer, he puts you on patrol with him and his men. He describes what it felt like to kill his first enemy soldier. We go with Gillam on ambushes and crawling through tunnels in search of the Viet Cong.
Wounded twice, and promoted to staff sergeant during his time in Vietnam, Gillam returned to college a much wiser and "older" man. Today, Gillam is professor of history at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.
This book gets four stars.
"MY DEAR MOON," (REAR ADMIRAL
DON PARDEE MOON)"
By Jon Alter and Daniel Crouch
In the historical annals of the U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral Don P. Moon committed suicide because of a nervous breakdown. Case closed. Or so the Pentagon would want you to think.
The two authors of this little-known work, first published in 2005, disagree and by the time you are done reading "MY DEAR MOON," and studying the investigative documents reproduced therein, you might agree with us. This may indeed have been a case of murder.
The "official story" was Moon shot himself in the head with a handgun while his ship, the USS Bayfield, was in dock.
Despite testimony that Moon was found with a .45 automatic in his hand, one cartridge fired through his head, the authors wonder out loud if the weapon could have been used by someone else - a mystery visitor to the admiral's cabin - and then, wiped of incriminating fingerprints, been placed in the victim's hand.
We won't spoil the rest of the story for you. Just urge you to get this book and see what you think.
This book is rated four stars.
"INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT - THE MYSTERY
OF A DISGRACED WAR CORRESPONDENT"
By Don North
Here is a little known story of World War II from the distinguished former ABC NEWS
war correspondent, Don North.
Paul Morton was a brave Canadian war correspondent. HIs reputation was impeccable until 1944 when the Toronto STAR journalist was stabbed in the back by his own newspaper and the powerful influence of certain bigwigs in the British Army.
Parachuting behind enemy lines to cover the Italian Partisans as they battled the Nazis, Morton filed a series of dispatches that embarrassed high-ranking officers and led to a deceitful attempt to destroy his reputation and career.
His own newspaper in Toronto "spiked' his stories and he was discredited as a war correspondent. Later, Morton was cruelly fired.
Don North obtained access to Morton's previously unpublished memoir and used archival sources to write a seamless, powerful narrative that establishes beyond any doubt that Morton was the target of a smear, and victim of a shameful disinformation campaign.
We give this excellent book four stars.
"A STUDY IN VALOR - THE FAITH OF A
BATAAN DEATH MARCH SURVIVOR"
By William T. Garner
In this age of excess and political correctness, it's refreshing to see a book like this become available to the public.
Clarence Bramley had dreams of being a fighter-pilot in the then-Army Air Corps. While waiting for the results of his exams, he was ordered to the Philippines, where, as an enlisted man, he serviced the very planes he had hoped one day of flying.
The Philippines fell to the Japanese and then came the Bataan Death March. From prison camp to the sweltering holds of Jap "hell ships," Bramley found himself holding fast to his faith in Christ and his will to live.
He suffered disease and brutality in a prison camp at Kosaka, Japan. But finally, victory came for the United States. Bramley thanked God for the American supply planes that dropped vital medical supplies and food to the soon-to-be-released prisoners.
His story should be mandatory reading for every high school history student in America. But we can top that, with one better. How about every Japanese grade schooler learn about the crimes that occurred under the Rising Sun?
When are our Nipponese allies going to admit the barbaric crimes the Japs committed and pay restitution to the families of those they tortured and killed?
Four stars for this book.
"OR GO DOWN IN FLAME - A
NAVIGATOR'S DEATH OVER SCHWEINFURT"
By W. Raymond Wood
It was called "Black Thursday," October 13, 1943.
That was the most savagely-fought air battle in U.S. history - when 60 B-17 bombers and their crews were shot down over Germany.
The target was the ball-bearing works at Schweinfurt. Destroy that, and you could severely cripple the ability of the Nazi Luftwaffe to replace aircraft lost in battle.
The October raid marked the second attack on the target. The Germans were ready, this time. Heavy flak and relentless Nazi fighter-planes sliced up the American heavy bomber formations and made it the costliest (in terms of losses) U.S. bombing attack of the war.
One of the B-17's downed that day was the "Wicked WAAC." It's navigator, 2nd Lt. Elbert S. Wood, was severely wounded and bailed out. He died soon after he landed near Michelbach and was buried in the town cemetery following a funeral service held by the Burgermeister, and attended by German soldiers on leave who were ordered to be present.
Some 50 years after the incident, Wood's brother W. Raymond, a small child in 1943, traveled to Germany to find any witness to his brother's death. Incredibly, he located the man whom he believes was the ME-110 pilot who destroyed the American bomber with a rocket.
An inspiring read, we rate this book at four stars.
"SAVAGE WILL - THE DARING ESCAPE OF
AMERICANS TRAPPED BEHIND NAZI LINES"
By Timothy M. Gay
On a cold morning in war-ravaged Sicily in 1943, men and women of the 807th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron boarded a routine flight to the Italian mainland to care for wounded soldiers. En route, their plane became lost in a squall over the Ionian and Adriatic seas, drifted hundreds of miles off course, and crash-landed in remote, mountainous Albania.
Stranded without proper winter clothing or weapons, the Americans were trapped hundreds of blizzard-plagued miles from Allied lines, in a country torn apart by rival bands of pro- and anti-German guerrillas.
What followed is one of the most thrilling untold stories of World War II - a saga that would ensnare a cast of hundreds, from President Roosevelt and top Allied intelligence officials to a host of brave Albanian Resistance Fighters, the British and U.S. Mediterranean air forces, and the daring officers who operated behind enemy lines to rescue them.
Hunted by Germans soldiers, the American castaways were forced to rely on what one survivor called their "savage will" to elude their enemy and ultimately find their way to freedom. SAVAGE WILL is a testament to a generation who defied the odds.
Buy this book. Four stars.
"SERVING GOD AND COUNTRY - U.S.
MILITARY CHAPLAINS IN WORLD WAR II"
By Lyle W. Dorsett
During World War II, more than twelve thousand Protestant ministers, Catholic priests, and Jewish rabbis left the safety of home to join the Chaplain Corps, following the armed forces into battle across Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the high seas.
They were officers who displayed uncommon courage and sacrifice. They were men of faith under fire.
Armed with only Bibles, Torahs, and the tools of their holy trade, these men of God went wherever the troops went - from the bloody beaches of the Normandy invasion to the hellish jungles of Guadalcanal and Okinawa in the Pacific. They prayed over men about to march into combat on land, sailors facing Kamikaze attacks at sea, and bomber crews who could neither retreat or surrender in the air.
Most important and difficult of all, they guided fallen fighting men of every faith as they took their last breaths and gave up their lives fighting for our country.
These are the personal stories of some of the bravest and most selfless men who served with the armed forces. Many were killed or suffered debilitating wounds while serving as pastors to the troops. All of them battled the pain of separation from their own loved ones as they gave some of the best years of their lives to make sure military personnel were prepared to make the journey from this world to the next without fear and despair.
This book is rated three stars.
"B-52 STRATOFORTRESS - THE COMPLETE HISTORY
OF THE WORLD'S LONGEST SERVING BOMBER"
By Bill Yenne
In 1954, Secretary of the Air Force Donald Quarles looked up at the immense Boeing B-52 Stratofortress and described it as "the most formidable expression of air power in the history of military aviation."
Much the same could still be said today.
No other combat aircraft has remained in first-line service as long as the B-52. The Stratofortress first took off with the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command in the Cold War 1950's, ready to deliver nuclear strikes at any time and any place in the world. It would remain on alert for that possibility until 1991 ,in addition to flying conventional bombing missions over Vietnam in the 1960's and early1970's.
In the 1990's, the huge bombers flew missions in Iraq and the Balkans. In 2001, nearing it's fiftieth anniversary, the B-52 began pounding al-Qaeda terrorists hiding in Afghan caves.
Author Bill Yenne covers the whole story, from the strategic needs that called for a new bomber, to the drawing board, flight tests, and decades of operations and upgrades that have kept the B-52 going strong into a new century. All air war enthusiasts need to own this profusely-illustrated, coffee-table size book.
We rate it three stars.