Book Review: Grunt by Mary Roach
5 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / January 15, 2020

The book covers what it takes to keeping soldiers effective in the field. The author mostly concentrates on science and technology, but touches on policy as well. Actually, she is more amazed by the policy and how it has been implemented, but that’s a small part of the overall narrative.

Book Review: Breaking the Code by Karen Fisher-Alaniz
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / December 10, 2012

About: Breaking the Code: A Father’s Secret, A Daughter’s Journey and the Question That Changed Everything by Karen Fisher-Alaniz is a non-fiction book which tells about the author’s research into her father’s service in World War II. The publisher is giving away one print copy US address or one eCopy any e-mail address, enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of the post. 336 pages Publisher: Sourcebooks Language: English ISBN-10: 1402261128   My rat­ing for Breaking the Code — 4 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic format* Check out this & more World War II books on Man of la BookStore Thoughts: As followers of this blog Know, I love reading about World War II and especially memoirs of the “Greatest Generation” who, unfortunately  is leaving us by the thousands each week. Many of those dying have amazing stories which will forever be untold, projects like Speilberg’s “Survivors of the Shoah Visual History ” are extremely important not only for for the children of the “Greatest Generation” but also for future historians and for a better world. Which is why, when I was offered to join the tour for Breaking the Code by Karen Fisher-Alaniz (website | Facebook) I jumped at the opportunity – I was not disappointed. The book is much more than a memoir, it is a heartfelt tribute to a man who…

Book Review: Fragments From Iraq by Zsolt T. Stockinger, M.D.
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / August 2, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: Fragments from Iraq by Zsolt T. Stockinger on Blogcritics. “[W]hen Allah created hell, it wasn’t terrible enough, so he made Iraq – and added flies.” Old Arab saying (page 81). About: Fragments from Iraq: Diary of a Navy Trauma Surgeon by Zsolt T. Stockinger is a non-fiction book which recounts the daily life of a trauma surgeon on the front line. The book is in diary format written by the doctor which seems as if he was talking to his wife. 255 pages Publisher: Mcfarland (May 3, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 078646951X My rating for Fragments From Iraq – 4 Buy this book in paper format Thoughts: Fragments from Iraq: Diary of a Navy Trauma Surgeon by Zsolt T. Stockinger relates the daily activities this front line trauma surgeon encountered in his base in Iraq. From the boring daily routine, to the military’s “hurry up and wait” mentality and to the serious injuries, whether from an IED, to local babies, self inflicted wounds and more. The diary is written in an informal style, but it seemed to me that it was edited and maybe sanitized to make it more palatable to a larger audience. Personally I see…

Book Review: Fly Navy by Alvin Townley
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / July 18, 2011

The book is divided into five parts; Home Port, The Atlantic, The Arabian Sea, The Eastern Seas, and The Pacific. Each of these parts is divided into more descriptive sections.

For example, Home Port actually talks about the beginning of the Navy’s aviation program while The Pacific talks about POWs, survivors, etc.

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