Veterans Day Reading List

As those who follow this blog know that I love books about the military, fiction and non-fiction. In honor of Veterans Day I thought I’d post a list of books I enjoyed over the past year or two about this subject. I assume we all love to read about something which is close to our hearts, whether it’s a place, a feeling or an experience. I know I do. Non-Fiction: Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose A fas­ci­nat­ing book about the Euro­pean the­ater in World War II, as told by the men on the front lines, not a media hug­ging offi­cer or a dry his­to­rian. Ambrose cap­tures the sense of his­tory from both sides of the fence, sticks to the facts as we know them and keeps his com­ments to a minimum. Command Influence By Robert A. Shaines A cap­ti­vat­ing book in which Mr. Shaines recounts his mem­o­ries as a defend­ing lawyer in the case of The United States v. Lt. George C. Schreiber.  Lt. Schreiber was the appointed scape­goat in a trial for the mur­der of a Korean man (whose real name was never found).  Mr. Shaines, a mil­i­tary attor­ney on the Lieutenant’s defense team, was fight­ing a bat­tle which…

Book Review: Command Influence By Robert A. Shaines
3 Stars , Biographies & Memoirs / January 5, 2011

I got this book for free. Article first published as Book Review: Command Influence: A Story of Korea and the Politics of Injustice by Robert A. Shaines on Blogcritics. My Rating for Command Influence – 3 About: “Command Influence: A story of Korea and the politics of injustice” by Robert A. Shaines (Website) is a first hand account of the trial of Lt. George C. Schreiber by his military defense attorney, who is the author.  At the time Mr. Shaines was a young idealistic attorney, part of a defense team which had a losing battle on their hands. A fascinating tale – Buy book here Thoughts: “Command Influence” by Robert A. Shaines is a captivating book in which Mr. Shaines recounts his memories as a defending lawyer in the case of The United States v. Lt. George C. Schreiber.  Lt. Schreiber was the appointed scapegoat in a trial for the murder of a Korean man (whose real name was never found).  Mr. Shaines, a military attorney on the Lieutenant’s defense team, was fighting a battle which outcome was already decided. Part of the book is a scathing criticism of what was then the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), part…

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