Pat and Dick by Will Swift

January 14, 2014

It's safe to say that the story of First Lady Pat Nixon's influence on her husband's Vietnam War policy making has not been addressed in any of the many books on the Nixon administration and…

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JFK’s Last Hundred Days by Thurston Clarke

August 30, 2013

The avalanche of books about John F. Kennedy timed to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination in 1963 has begun. Among the first is historian and journalist Thurston Clarke's JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation…

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Caught Off Guard by Delores J. Erby

August 2, 2013

John Erby, who died too early in 2008, was one of Vietnam Veterans of America's most accomplished members---before, during, and after his service in the Vietnam War. As his wife Delores J. Erby notes in…

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A Tithe of Their Lives by Jim Bloom

April 30, 2013

Jim Bloom's A Tithe of Their Lives: The Story of Don & Alta Warren (Tate Publishing, 206 pp., $13.99, paper) is a breezily written, religiously infused look at Don Warren--- a "lanky, trumpet-playing man with…

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Blowtorch by Frank Leith Jones

April 17, 2013

Robert Komer earned the colorful nickname "Blowtorch" for his decidedly unwarm personality. Komer was "prickly, irascible, and abrasive, but always in command, always willing to speak without reservation, his thoughts expressed directly, interlaced with curses and profanity, "…

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Zumwalt by Larry Berman

March 19, 2013

Admiral Elmo R. "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr., is one of the transcending figures of the Vietnam War. An Annapolis graduate and a veteran of the fighting in the Pacific in World War II, he served as…

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Loved Honor More by Sharon Wildwind

March 8, 2013

Sharon Wildwind's Loved Honor More (Five Star, 394 pp., $25.95) is the latest in a series of her Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen mysteries. The author, who  spent a year in Vietnam as an officer in the…

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Twelve Days in Viet Nam by Alex Liazos

January 22, 2013

Alex Liazos's Twelve Days in Viet Nam: The Life and Death of Nicholas Conaxis (238 pp.,  $14, paper) is a tribute to a young soldier from eastern Massachusetts who was drafted into the Army and who…

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The Journey of a Warrior by Gerald H. Turley

August 30, 2012

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Col. Gerald H. Turley says that his book,  The Journey of a Warrior  (iUniverse, 513 pp., $41.95, hardcover; $31.95, paper),  is not a biography of former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Alfred…

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Class of ’67 by Jack Wells

August 23, 2012

Jack Wells was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps' Sixth Basic Class of 1967, from which 498 newly minted second lieutenants graduated on November 1 of that year. "BC 6-67 sent more lieutenants off…

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