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By R. C. George

- On sale April 30, 2019 -

“A glowing reminder that some things in life are worth fighting for.”

—Marcus Brotherton, New York Times bestselling author of We Who Are Alive & Remain, A Company of Heroes, and Shifty’s War

“This is how history should be written—in vivid detail and with all the emotion of the best-told stories. Fans of Flyboys and Unbroken should push this book to the top of their reading list.”

—John Gilstrap, New York Times bestselling author of Scorpion Strike and the Jonathan Grave thriller series

“A suspenseful masterpiece—a heart-tugging page-turner every bit as captivating as Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken and Erik Larson’s Dead Wake.”

—Denise George, bestselling author of The Secret Holocaust Diaries, Behind Nazi Lines and Orchestra of Exiles

From military writer R. C. George comes LIGHTING SKY (Citadel/Kensington Books; May 2019; Hardcover, $26.00), the remarkable, poignant, true story of a young pilot caught by the enemy, who was rescued by his father and went on to serve in three wars in three branches of the military.

David Warren MacArthur was born between wars, raised into an athletic family whose father went from Methodist minister to Army chaplain. Enrolling in Clemson’s ROTC program, he began his training as a fighter pilot, training at bases in Texas and Oklahoma. MacArthur arrived in Europe in 1944, flying spitfire sorties in north Africa and southern Italy. When he was shot down on a mission over Greece by German anti-aircraft shells, he was moved between successive prisoner camps – including Dachau.

Dave’s father, Lieutenant Colonel Vaughn MacArthur, also served as an Army chaplain in General Patton’s Army on Germany’s front lines. Using his son’s letters, maps, guides, and hints, Vaughn spent weeks searching POW camps for his son (who tried and failed to escape). In May 1945, Vaughn visited the Stalag VII-A in Moosburg, Germany camp, his last hope; scanning the skeletal figures through the barbed wire, he caught sight of his son’s signature shock of red hair.

Father and son were reunited for two glorious weeks in Europe, until tragedy struck. But Dave’s story continued, and valiantly so. He was given The Distinguished Service Cross for saving the lives of 126 men in the Korean conflict; served as a chief test pilot as technologies advanced in military aviation; appeared in the movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!” playing a fighter pilot participating in the attack on Pearl Harbor; flew for The Air Force; and lectured on air craft carriers to Navy soldiers.

Physically damaged by Nazi gasses and again by Agent Orange, Dave never lost his fighter’s spirit or desire for adventure. And he never forgot his father.

R. C. George excels at celebrating the service of America’s most remarkable of American patriots, who participated in three wars (WWII, Korea, and Vietnam) and served three branches of The Armed Services (Army, Navy, and Air Force). Told in a descriptive, compelling voice, this beautifully told biography reveals the unbreakable bonds of one singular family, the wrenching cruelties of war, the depths of patriotism, and America’s optimism during its darkest hours.

R. C. George (Louisiana) is a writer who chronicles untold stories of heroism, resilience, and triumph. For more information, visit

A U.S. Fighter Pilot Captured During WWII and His Father’s Quest to Find Him
By R. C. George
Citadel/Kensington Books
On-sale date: April 30, 2019
Hardcover, $26.00
366 pages
ISBN 978-0-8065-3896-9; eISBN 978-0-8065-3897-6

At Nearly 90, This Inspiring Man Shares Wisdom And Life Experiences
We Can All Learn From

The story of Dr. Titus Plomaritis reads like a pitch for a Hollywood movie. The third of seven children born to Greek immigrants in Lowell, Mass., during the Great Depression, Plomaritis had to work on a chicken farm at age 12 to help support his family. From there, through pure gut determination and nose to the grindstone focus, he went on to make his mark on the football fields of his high school and college alma maters; serve his country as a US Army paratrooper; excel in the world of business; and become a highly respected doctor whose insight was sought out by President Jimmy Carter. From start to finish, this is a remarkable story of achieving the American dream. This is the story of Titus. And every word of it is true.

Titus is a nostalgia-filled autobiography packed cover to cover with remarkable memories and 250 photos — many from the White House — that support the motivational stories throughout the memoir. Plomaritis and Sam Weisberg, who was associated with the Lowell Sun for 60 years as a writer, librarian and Sunday sports editor, collaborated to write Titus. Winner of the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book in the 2018 Shelf Unbound Indie Book Competition, Titus is an inspirational tale for young and old and everyone in between.

Author Titus Plomaritis was born in 1929 and became a living legend in Lowell, Mass., after leading the Lowell High School football team to its first undefeated season. Plomaritis would later play four seasons at Boston University. He served as a US Army paratrooper during the early post World War II occupation of Japan. He earned a doctor of chiropractic degree from the Chiropractic Institute of New York in 1957 and a master of science in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Conn., in 1979. Plomaritis was a fulltime practicing chiropractor for over forty years.

He established the Plomaritis Family Foundation in 2012, which has funded over $70,000 in college scholarships for students graduating from Lowell and Pelham high schools. In addition, Plomaritis recently established a perpetual scholarship at Boston University. Plomaritis and his high school sweetheart, Claire, were married for sixty-five remarkable years and had four children.

Absolutely every dollar from the sale of Titus goes directly to the Plomaritis Family Foundation to scholarships for deserving students.

A Bigger Field Awaits Us is a sobering tale of courage and loss during the First World War

CHICAGO: The Hearts of Midlothian football team rallied pride in Scotland when they first volunteered to march off to battle in the prime of their season, but the brutal realities of World War I left returning players at a loss as they returned home without their line mates. A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Football Team That Fought the Great War (Chicago Review Press, May 2018) by Andrew Beaujon shares the true story of the company that traded the game of soccer for the game of war.

In 1914, Britain and Scotland wanted to raise recruits for a war many boasted would be over by Christmas. Strong, lithe and able, football players and their fans quickly became the target of public outcry, which leveled that such men would make perfect soldiers if not for their apparent cowardice. The Hearts of Midlothian answered the call, with 11 players signing up for the 16th Royal Scotts battalion. The cheering crowds thought that the Germans would be no match for the best team in Scottish football.

But the local heroes discovered something much different than the glorious fields of battle they had imagined. As papers continued to report a war as easily won as one of the Hearts’ games, the trenches remained locked in a bloody stalemate surrounded by the carnage of no-man’s-land. Men who had an excellent shot on the pitch stood no chance against the machine guns fired by the German artillery. With the government censoring war correspondents, Scottish citizens had no idea that the battalion lost 80 percent of its men at the Somme until families received death notices in the mail. Only a few Hearts returned, ravaged by gasses, bullets and the horrors of what was called “shell shock” as they struggled to come back to a home that didn’t understand their war or their wounds.

Presenting a thoroughly researched account of the First World War through the little-known regiment that fought as a team, author Andrew Beaujon introduces the Hearts and those who led them into the fray: Paddy Crossan, the “Handsomest Man in the World” whose dark gaze had attracted female fans to the stadium; Sir George McCrae, a politician with his own rags-to-riches story who vowed to raise the Scottish battalion; and John McCartney, the team manager who sent footballs to soldiers to keep their spirits up.

A Bigger Field Awaits Us explores how the battle landed on everyday people and how the players who fought it returned to find a pitch not quite as rich and green as they had left it.

About the author:
Andrew Beaujon is a senior editor at Washingtonian magazine in Washington, DC. He previously reported on the media industry and ran a daily blog, MediaWire, for the Poynter Institute. Beaujon also has worked as a music critic for Spin, a recipe editor for Martha Stewart Living and as the managing editor of Washington City Paper, and is the author of Body Piercing Saved My Life: Inside the Phenomenon of Christian Rock. He lives near Washington, DC.

A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Football Team That Fought the Great War by Andrew Beaujon
Chicago Review Press, Distributed by IPG
History / Sports | 288 pages | 6 x 9| Cloth, $26.99 (CAN $35.99)
10 B/W Photos | ISBN: 978-0-89733-736-6|Publication Date: May 2018

Q&A -CODE GIRLS by Liza Mundy

1. What interested you about writing (subject matter of the book)?

My god, everything. The women. Their lives, growing up. Why they went to college at a time when only 4 percent of American women did so. What were their aspirations? What was the code-breaking course like. Their time in Washington. What Washington was like? The work they did. The opportunity to contribute to the body of literature on what remains the worst conflict the globe has ever seen, and try to get this cohort of redoubtable women some long-overdue credit for their contribution.

1. How did you first find out about the Code Girls?

I read a declassified NSA history of Venona, the code-breaking project that deciphered Soviet messages and led to the exposure of spies. This history, written by an NSA historian, mentioned that a lot of the code-breakers who worked on Venona, both during the war and for decades afterward, were women, and that a lot of them were former schoolteachers. Unusual for historians, he thought to interview those women about how they were recruited. The stories were amazing. Then I went and talked to Betsy Smoot, a current NSA historian, and Jennifer Wilcox, a curator at the Cryptology Museum, and they sketched out how the Venona women were part of a much, much larger cohort of women recruited during the war, working on Japanese and German systems. I couldn’t believe the story had not already been told.

2. How difficult was it to locate and interview the surviving Code Girls? Were any reluctant to discuss this part of their lives?

I worried about this, starting out—I knew that the women would be in their early 90s, if I could find them. I consulted a lot of rosters and put out a lot of letters and calls. It was hard because during the war, many women joined under their maiden names, and their names had changed since then, sometimes more than once. So locating their contact information based on rosters from the 1940s was a challenge, but in some cases, doable. The NSA also put me in touch with some families who had made inquiries about what their mothers did, and that email chain led me to a living codebreaker, Dot Braden Bruce. I also consulted alumnae records from colleges, some of whom, like Goucher and Wellesley, have begun to collect this information and recover this history. But some of it was happenstance. One friend went to visit her mother at an assisted living facility in Maine, of all places, and came back exclaiming that she had found not just one code-breaker, but three. And she did!

And you’re right, I did sometimes have to convince the women that after nearly 75 years, it is okay to talk. Sometimes it took some cajoling. When I was telling Dot Braden Bruce that it’s okay to talk, she hesitated, but then mused; “Well, what are they going to do to me at my age? Send me to prison?” I told her that if they did, it would probably be a nice prison, and she laughed. My sense was that they were still very respectful of their vow of secrecy—now lifted—but after all this time of having their work ignored, they were also eager to get some credit and have their contribution recognized. Understandably so.

3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in your research?

The extent of the women’s contributions, even going back to the period before the war began. These women were not secretaries or assistants or ancillaries. They made major, major contributions to the course of the war and to the development of computers, code-breaking, and cybersecurity. And the extent to which history had ignored them. It made me angry.

4. How did family members you spoke to react to the revelation that their mother/grandmother was involved in the program?

With fascination and pride. In some cases, the family had been begging for years, asking their mothers and grandmothers to talk about their work. People are so proud to have a codebreaker in their family. They have so much respect for these women.

5. How difficult, or not, was it for the women to return to their lives after the war?

Difficult, in virtually every case. In some cases, quite traumatic. Some of the women were very traumatized by the stress of the work, the knowledge of the lives they could not save even as they did save so many. And their new lives were such a contrast to their old ones: suddenly they were married (usually) and pregnant (usually), scrambling for housing, living isolated in apartments and post-war houses, cut off from their old lives and their valuable work. (The same was true, of course, of returning men.) This is why one group of female code-breakers started a round-robin letter; to counter their isolation and stay in touch and preserve their friendship, even though, in their letters to one another, they could not talk about the work they did or even allude to it.

6. Why do you think the contributions the code girls made to ending the war remained such a secret for so long?

Because they were so good about keeping the secret, and because for decades—centuries—people just assumed that any work a woman did must be low-level and secretarial and not important. This is the great irony: precisely because of this stereotype about women workers, because of the general belief that their work is often rote and low-level, it was very easy for women codebreakers to fend off inquiry during the war. But alas, the stigma persisted afterward. It’s astonishing how their work is neglected in so many codebreaking histories, which often state, sometimes in an actual parenthetical: “Oh, by the way, most of this work was done by women.” And then the books press on and write about only the men. It’s not that the women were more important. But they were certainly as important.


“I cannot overstate the importance of this book; Mundy has rescued a piece of forgotten history, and given these American heroes the recognition they deserve.”

—Nathalia Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls

“A thrilling page-turner that illuminates the patriotism, rivalry and sexism of the code-breakers’ world.”

—Lynn Povich, author of The Good Girls Revolt

“Code Girls is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary author. Liza Mundy’s portraits of World War II codebreakers are so skillfully and vividly drawn that I felt as if I were right there with them—mastering ciphers, outwitting the Japanese army, sinking ships, breaking hearts…. I am an evangelist for this book: You must read it.”

—Karen Abbott, New York Times-bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

In 1942, reeling from Japan’s devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States military launched a secret program to recruit young, female college graduates to serve as code breakers in the newly ramped up war effort. In CODE GIRLS: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (Hachette Books; on-sale October 10, 2017; $28.99; ISBN 9780316352536) award-winning journalist and bestselling author Liza Mundy, reveals for the first time the revolutionary achievements and patriotic service of these remarkable young women. As Mundy shows, their astonishing code breaking triumphs against the Germans and Japanese helped secure an Allied victory, before their vow of secrecy nearly erased their vital contributions from U.S. history.

Recruited from settings as diverse as elite women's colleges and small Southern towns, more than ten-thousand young American women served as codebreakers for the U.S. Army and Navy during World War II. While their brothers, boyfriends, and husbands took up arms, these women went to the nation's capital with sharpened pencils--and even sharper minds--taking on highly demanding top secret work, involving complex math and linguistics. Running early IBM computers and poring over reams of encrypted enemy messages, they worked tirelessly in a pair of overheated makeshift code-breaking centers in Washington, DC, and Arlington, Virginia, from late 1941 to 1945. Their achievements were immense: they cracked a crucial Japanese code, which gave the U.S. an acute advantage in the Battle of Midway and changed the course of the war in the Pacific Theater; they helped create the false communications that caught the Germans flat-footed in the lead-up to the Normandy invasion; and their careful tracking of Japanese ships and German U-boats saved countless American and British sailors’ lives.

Through extensive archival research and numerous interviews conducted with the surviving code girls (now in their nineties), Mundy has constructed a dazzling narrative that expertly conjures up the war years--the battles abroad and the uncertainty and excitement on the home front. Mundy hones in on the lives and labors of several exemplary code-breakers, including Ann Caracristi and Agnes Driscoll, while providing a broader portrait that celebrates the entire cohort of talented women, whose top secret work went without any public recognition for nearly seventy years. She expertly weaves the story among the larger events of the war and the daily activities of the codebreakers, anchoring the story to the figure of Dot Braden, a schoolteacher recruited by the Army, who--before her arrival at Arlington Hall--had scarcely left Virginia (Dot is still living today at age 96 and open to doing limited publicity alongside Mundy). For many of these young women, breaking codes was one of the most thrilling times of their lives: they were engaged in stimulating, truly essential work--enjoying challenges and opportunities that had never been open to them before—while, in many cases, getting their first taste of big city life, falling in and out of love, amid the excitement and heartbreak of wartime.

Ordered by military officials never to reveal the scope of their war work, these women and their incredible stories and accomplishments were all but written out of history until Mundy discovered a cache of recently declassified documents at the archives of the NSA. Based on these documents, other rich archival sources, and interviews with the women themselves, CODE GIRLS offers a page-turning narrative of broad popular appeal while establishing a vital new historical record; and it brings to life this riveting story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment.

Liza Mundy is the New York Times bestselling author of The Richer Sex: How the New Majority of Female Breadwinners Is Transforming Sex, Love and Family and Michelle: A Biography. She was a long-time reporter at the Washington Post and has contributed to numerous publications including The Atlantic, TIME, The New Republic, Slate, Mother Jones, and Politico. She is a frequent commentator on prominent national television shows, radio, and online news outlets. A senior fellow at New America, Mundy is one of the nation's foremost experts on women and work issues.


A Complete Team History of the Boston Red Sox by Uniform Number
By Bill Nowlin
With Matthew

The Boston Red Sox have jumped out to a red-hot 2016 season. They sit atop the American League East and are making a compelling case for a fourth World Series trophy in the past thirteen years. Join Bill Nowlin and Matthew Silverman on a journey into Red Sox history as they break down the most compelling stats, facts, and tidbits of Red Sox history in Red Sox by the Numbers. Since 1931, the Red Sox have issued seventy-four different numbers to more than 1,500 players. In this newly updated edition, Nowlin and Silverman tell the story of every Red Sox player since ’31—from Bill Sweeney (the first Red Sox player to don #1) to J.T. Snow (#84, the highest-numbered non-coach in Sox history). Each chapter also features a fascinating sidebar that reveals obscure players who wore certain numbers and also which numbers produced the most wins, home runs, and stolen bases in club history.
Bill Nowlin was born in Boston. He is the author of twenty-five Red Sox–related books. In 2004, Nowlin was elected vice president of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Matthew Silverman is coauthor of Mets by the Numbers (with Jon Springer), Cubs by the Numbers (with Al Yellon and Kasey Ignarski), and Shea Goodbye (with Keith Hernandez). He is the author of Mets Essential, 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, and Baseball Miscellany.

Winning personal wars
Uncovering lessons to transcend trauma

MESA, Ariz. – As Americans sound off about the critically acclaimed movie American Sniper, a dialogue about the hard truths concerning wars and those who fight in them is surfacing across the country.

In his autobiography, Sitting in the Flames: Uncovering Fearlessness to Help Others, Dr. John Edwin DeVore describes his experience while serving in the Vietnam War, as well as his search for inner calmness after the war ended.
“Writing this book was therapeutic and helped me learn that to transcend mental and emotional trauma requires that one sit in silence and solitude with personal wars,” Dr. DeVore said.
By detailing his path of escape from emotional suffering, Dr. DeVore hopes to be an inspiration for others to take one step at a time and uncover peace of mind, purpose, and connections created on a foundation of compassion.
“This work can stir compassion in family members of combat veterans and inspire them to reconnect with loved ones who may have chosen not to sit in the flames of their combat experiences and personal Vietnam wars,” Dr. DeVore said. For more information, visit

Sitting in the Flames: Uncovering Fearlessness to Help Others
By Dr. John Edwin DeVore
ISBN: 978-1-4917-4437-6; book is returnable through Ingram’s distribution
Available in hardcover, softcover and e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Xlibris, Exclus1ves and Kalahari

About the author
Dr. John Edwin DeVore graduated from West Point with a bachelor’s degree. He earned a master’s degree in religious studies from Naropa University, as well as a master’s degree in business administration and a doctorate degree in human communication studies from the University of Denver. He has an associate’s degree in business from the Golf Academy of America, and has recently published Golfer’s Palette: Preparing for Peak Performance. He served eight years in the U.S. Army, including two years of combat during the Vietnam War. DeVore’s civilian career spanned 27 years as a corporate executive and consultant. He is a spouse, father, grandfather, golfer and pianist.

Voices of Change: Eight War Babies Who Entertained America

Born between 1939 and 1945, singer/songwriters, directors, and actors from the “war baby” generation are largely responsible for reshaping American music and film after World War II. Here’s a look at 12 war baby entertainers and how elements of their childhoods were instrumental in shaping their careers. By Richard Pells

Do you find yourself stopping on Taxi Driver every time you run across it while channel flipping? Or shedding a tear each time you watch The Godfather? How about singing along to “Mrs. Robinson” when it’s on the radio or adding tunes by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to new playlists you create?

If so, you owe a “thank you” to the war babies. Born between 1939 and 1945, the war babies are often overshadowed by the two generations that bookend them: the “greatest generation” and the baby boomers. And while boomers often take a lot of the credit for reshaping American culture in the second half of the 20th century, the war babies had by far the biggest impact on American postwar music and movies.

In my book War Babies, I look closely at this distinctive generation, focusing on individuals who were instrumental in shaping the country’s culture and politics during the past half-century. Here, I explain how elements of American life influenced eight war baby entertainers as they were growing up in the 1940s and 1950s:

Francis Ford Coppola was born in Detroit in 1939. As a child, Francis contracted polio—the most dreaded disease of the first half of the 20th century. Confined to a bed, he created a puppet theater, a traditional form of Italian entertainment, one he reproduced in the early 20th century segment of The Godfather: Part II. The experience of polio also taught Coppola how to flourish alone, entertaining himself.

Martin Scorsese was born in 1942 in Queens. As a boy, Scorsese (like Coppola) was ill; he had severe asthma and was unable to play sports or engage in other physically demanding activities. So Scorsese was isolated from other people, a lonesome introvert spending much of his childhood staring out the window of his house and later his apartment in Little Italy in Manhattan. As an adult, Scorsese’s movies captured the vibrancy and violence of the streets in Little Italy.

Robert De Niro, whose background is both Italian and Irish, was born in New York in 1943 and grew up in Little Italy. As a young man, De Niro studied Method acting, which emphasized the need for an actor to draw on his or her own psychological resources, and on memories and past experiences. It’s easy to see how De Niro’s upbringing in Little Italy prepared him for his Oscar-winning role as Vito Corleone in Coppola’s The Godfather: Part II.

Faye Dunaway was born in 1941 in relatively impoverished conditions in Florida. She picked cotton as a child and had a difficult, painful relationship with her father, a career soldier who had affairs with other women. All of these experiences inspired in Dunaway an early ambition to flee from her feelings of childhood alienation, escape to the big city, and become a star. It was precisely these incipient influences that prepared her for the movie role of a lifetime in 1967, as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde, another desperate, lonely young woman who hungers for fame.

Bob Dylan wasn’t always Bob Dylan—he was born Robert Zimmerman in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota. Like many war babies who became filmmakers or songwriters, Zimmerman came from a musical background; his father played violin. Zimmerman himself, even as a child, was taciturn, remote, and secretive—qualities that would mark his persona as an adult. He devoted a good part of his youth to listening to blues and country music on the radio. By the late 1950s, as he embarked on his own singing career, Zimmerman renamed himself Bob Dylan in honor of one of his favorite writers, Dylan Thomas.

Joan Baez was born in 1941 on Staten Island to a Mexican father and Scottish mother. Baez soon moved with her parents to Menlo Park, California, where her father studied at Stanford for a master’s degree in mathematics and taught military engineers during the war. But despite his background in math and physics, he was a pacifist and refused to work on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. His pacifism influenced his daughter, who became a lifelong pacifist herself. While growing up in California, Baez began experimenting with rhythm and blues on a ukulele. From childhood, she was also blessed with an exquisite singing voice—one she learned early to develop as a way of fitting in, as half-Mexican, with her white cohorts.

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were both born in 1941 and grew up in Queens. Simon came from a family of professional musicians and loved to listen to his father perform in bands. When Simon was 11 years old, he became friends with a classmate, Art Garfunkel, who lived just three blocks away. Garfunkel’s grandparents had migrated to America from Romania, so both he and Simon came from similar Jewish backgrounds and harbored similar musical ambitions, which Garfunkel’s parents (like Simon’s) encouraged. Once they discovered that they appreciated each other’s voices in harmony, they started to perform as a teenage duo in the 1950s in school and before audiences, even making a recording—all this before they emerged in the 1960s as two of the most poetic singers of the war baby generation.

Of course, this is only a small sampling of war baby entertainers and artists who modernized music and film in America. The point is, members of this unique generation (which has been unfairly overshadowed by the boomers) were born, grew up, and became adults during the most stressful and transformative years of the 20th century—and their responses to the crises they faced were ingenious. Using their own pasts, experiences, and private struggles, they crafted a cultural revolution from which we’re still reaping the benefits today.

Introducing the Angels of Bataan: Heroic WWII Nurses, Our First Women in Combat

Raab Associates
Today American women serve alongside men in the military and are trained to face combat. In 1941, that was not the case, but seventy-nine military nurses did face combat and near death. Left behind when MacArthur was forced to retreat from the Philippines, the Army and Navy nurses were taken prisoner by the Japanese, and subjected to hunger, disease and repeated bombings. Miraculously they survived and were saved when the American liberators arrived. What’s more, they had held to their code of honor and saved the lives of thousands of soldiers. Pure Grit (Abrams, February) by Mary Cronk Farrell tells their nearly forgotten story. In 1940, Army Nurse Ethel Thor arrived for duty in heels, stockings and gloves. She barely returned home. Many nurses joined because they were looking for meaningful experience and adventure. When Frankie Lewey of Dalhardt, Texas signed up, she told her mother, "If ever there is a war, I hope I get right in the thick of it”.

Some were about to leave the corps before plans changed. Peggy Nash, who had supervised surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Guam was preparing to leave to get married, but in October 1941 she was transferred to Manila and became one of eleven naval hospital nurses incarcerated in Santo Tomas Internment Camp. Maude Denny Williams was a ten-year veteran nurse who had resigned to marry in Manila. When the war started, Chief Army Nurse to the Philippines Maude Davidson asked her to return to service. Denny later had to leave her soldier husband behind as a patient in Hospital #2 in Bataan when nurses were evacuated to Corrigador. Her husband did not survive to come home. Millie Dalton, an Army nurse from Georgia said, "There was no way in the world we were prepared for war”. Frances Nash, who learned life and death nursing at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, may have been the best prepared of all for combat duty. She’d joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1935. In 1941 when she and others were ordered to stay in Manila until troops had evacuated to Bataan. She was told to “prepare to be taken prisoner”. She continued working, destroying paperwork to keep it from enemy hands; and when she did get orders to flee, she took enough morphine pills to provide nurses with lethal doses if needed.

Maude Davidson was assigned to organize a large camp hospital with fifty-six Army nurses and eleven Navy nurses in Santa Catalina convent. Her second-in-command, Chief Nurse Josephine (Josie) Nesbit, supervised Hospital #2 in Bataan. When orders were given for her to have all American nurses evacuate Manila for Corrigador, Nesbit insisted on taking the Filipino nurses who’d worked beside them. Many nurses who served were ill and could barely function. Sally Blaine, an Army nurse assigned to Hospital #2 was one of many who contracted malaria. She managed her hospital ward lying down from her cot. When the nurses returned home, two received the Purple Heart for their injuries. Many were interviewed by reporters and welcomed by family, but there wasn’t the type of counseling or antidepressants needed to help recover, so most suffered emotionally in silence the rest of their lives. But, to those who knew, they were heroines who lead by examples of great courage and conviction.

Mary Cronk Farrell is the author of two books for young people, Fire in the Hole! and Daughters of the Desert: Stories of Remarkable Women from Christian, Jewish and Muslim Traditions, and a parenting book, Celebrating Faith: Year-Round Activities for Catholic Families. She’s a former newspaper and magazine writer and an award-winning television journalist.

February 2014
Pure Grit
Mary Cronk Farrell
Ages 10-up Abrams
ISBN: 9781419710285
$24.95 Hardcover


New military fiction helps readers cope with loss

Author Robert Cohen announces release of ‘Tough Guy Legends’

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – In his new military fiction novel, “Tough Guy Legends” (published by AuthorHouse), author Robert Cohen uses war as a framework to explore the theme of loss.

"Tough-Guy Legends" provides readers with an intimate and provocative insight into the deeper levels of self as they touch upon the core questions of relationships and the very nature of their existence.

 “The reader shares these same raw, true emotions and feelings of the unsaid and for some, the unthought,” Cohen says. “They may haunt them, but more so they open the readers' eyes and heart with a tearing understanding and deep reflection that can motivate them to a new level.”

Although the book follows the hurt and loss experienced by soldiers at war, Cohen believes readers will identify with the book based on the daily stressors they experience at work, in relationships and in times of tragedy or loss. “I want readers to understand that whatever turmoil they are encountering, it is not unique to them,” he says. “Others have gone down similar roads and survived.”

About the Author

Robert Cohen is a freelance writer and poet. He has a master’s degree in physiology from Southern Connecticut State University and an MBA from Central Michigan University. Cohen was also a U.S. Navy corpsman with the 26th Marines in Vietnam.

Surrounded By Thunder-The Story Of Unsung Heroes Who Made Space Travel Possible

Marco Island, FL – From America’s first satellite Explorer I, through Apollo and putting the first man on the moon, aeronautical engineer Darrell Loan had a hand in them all! Surrounded by Thunder: The story of Darrell Loan and the Rocket Men (Inspire on Purpose Publishing), by Tom Williams, tells the true story of this extraordinary man, his family, friends and colleagues, and of a time not to be forgotten in America’s history - a time that has never been surpassed and that truly was and always will be, Surrounded by Thunder.

Only twelve years separated the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik and Americans landing on the moon but during those golden years of space exploration the most fearless aviators ever climbed aboard the most dangerous creations ever assembled to rocket into space and claim a true pinnacle of human achievement. Information on the mission dates, the astronauts, and many of the unforgettable characters that made up this account of America’s race for space and then to the moon are all factual; however, thanks to the author’s talent for gripping storytelling, this historical narrative reads more like an incredible science-fiction adventure!

Tom Williams has spent many fascinating hours with Darrell Loan, an astute and active 83 year-old (fall and winter) resident of Marco Island, hearing of his exploits and secrets to give readers a factual look at what it took to put Americans into space and on the moon; at the same time paying homage to the brilliant men ‘behind the scenes’ who actually made it all happen!

“It was only twelve years from Sputnik to boots on the moon,” says Williams. “Darrell was one of the top engineers at NASA from the 1950s, when Sputnik was launched and the space race started. He was on the main team and was in the front row when you see the engineers during Apollo 13. He worked side-by-side with Wernher von Braun and Kurt Debus, the German-American rocket scientists. If it hadn’t been for them, we never would have gone to the moon. Those two Germans figured out how to lift one hundred twenty five tons into a hundred mile orbit and fifty tons to the moon.”

While Surrounded by Thunder is a non-fiction narrative of the early years of the American Space Program, the exciting, fast-paced dialogue makes it more like a front seat rocket ride at warp speed. So, climb onboard, strap yourself in, and get ready to ride a true rocket of adventure as the thrill of early space exploration rises above controlled explosions and soars all the way to the mountains on the moon and the Sea of Tranquility!

Tom Williams already has two action-packed novels under his belt, the second of which drew acclaim from New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten, and resulted in interviews on numerous television and radio programs nationwide. Tom is also a highly successful columnist and feature article writer for a series of Scripps newspapers in southwest Florida, and has had many of his articles featured in magazines and publications across the country. A 29-year veteran Master Merchant Marine Officer licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Tom lives on Marco Island, FL, with his wife Victoria.

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Available at fine bookstores, online outlets and author’s website
Surrounded by Thunder: The story of Darrell Loan and the Rocket Men
by Tom Williams
Publisher: Inspire on Purpose
Library of Congress Control Number: 2013901849
ISBN 10: 0988753367
ISBN 13: 978-0-9887533-6-5

Don Farmer, novelist/former CNN News anchor and ABC News correspondent and bureau chief: "Tom Williams has the tale-telling talent to mix tons of factual history with a gripping style more often seen in works of pure fiction…[book] is beautifully crafted. It makes the reader eager to stay glued to the page, while yearning to look skyward, as if to see first-hand the events Tom brings to life so well."

Al Hallonquist, Aerospace Historian/Life Member - National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Flight Test Historical Foundation: “Books about our heroes of flight, astronaut biographies and program histories are generally considered exciting and ‘sexy’ to readers smitten by the ‘Golden Age’ of aviation and space exploration…rarely do we get a true “behind the scenes” glimpse from the perspective of those unsung heroes who actually put our guys ‘up there’… [book is] a highly informative and a true ‘must read’ for space program aficionados.”

Chris Curle, former CNN News anchor and print journalist: "…a story of science-truth more exciting than any science-fiction tale. From his exhaustive interviews with one of America’s pioneer rocket scientists, [author] delivers an enthralling account of how earthlings became spacemen in NASA’s early days. This read is a real-life space thriller.”

Roger Guillemette, aerospace journalist, former Space Online producer/reporter, correspondent: “Darrell Loan’s thrilling experiences during the dawn of the Space Age read almost like a ‘Forrest Gump’ adventure. An Iowa farm boy grows into a key player behind scenes we know only from history books – the first American satellite launch, the pioneering Mercury flights of Alan Shepard and John Glenn, the oft-overlooked but vital Project Gemini missions, culminating in the tragedy and ultimate triumph of Apollo. A true unsung hero, Darrell Loan witnessed history from a front-row seat, always Surrounded by Thunder.”

Cooper’s Revenge:

When seeking Vengeance Becomes A Brother’s Right

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Cooper’s Revenge (First Coast Publishers), the first novel by Terrence L. Williams - a thirty-year decorated veteran of the CIA, is a gripping thriller that draws attention to the devastating toll improvised explosive devices (IED’s) have taken on our military men and women serving in the Middle East, and highlights Iran’s complicity in this tragedy through its training of proxies – the Taliban and Al Qaeda – to further their objectives. This became the inspiration for Williams’ book and is why he dedicated it to Wounded Warriors in honor of these brave soldiers.

Williams’ suspenseful novel pits recently retired Logan Alexander, a Navy Seal attempting to put his life back together following a career-ending injury in Afghanistan, against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp’s elite unit, the Qods Force, which is training terrorists at a secret facility in the Middle East. Logan learns that his younger brother Cooper has been killed by an IED in an ambush while on patrol with his Ranger unit in Iraq.

While the Alexander family grapples with their loss, Logan delves into the circumstances leading to Cooper’s death. Partnering with an unlikely source, a Kuwaiti billionaire whose own family has been devastated by terrorism, he recruits a group of Special Forces operatives to mount a covert operation against the Qods Force training facility. This secret arm of the Revolutionary Guard plays a huge part in exporting terror while shielding Iran’s leadership from the public eye – keeping the main focus of the U.S. and its allies on Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the threat it poses.

Logan conceives a complex plan that takes his team to the Sonora Desert, Europe, and the Middle East, where he comes face-to-face with the man responsible for his brother’s death. The breakneck pacing of the expertly woven twists and turns in this action-packed read have many believing it would make a blockbuster movie hit.

In this riveting account of a soldier’s pledge to avenge his brother’s untimely death, Cooper’s Revenge grabs the reader’s attention from the first page and keeps up the electrifying pace all the way to the explosive ending. Readers soon realize Logan could not have known the world of mystery and intrigue he was about to step into…

Terrence L. Williams is a veteran CIA Operations Officer who trained with and supported U.S. Special Forces. The recipient of numerous awards and medals, he was awarded a Congressional Fellowship under the auspices of the American Political Science Association, during which he conducted graduate coursework at Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and worked on Legislative Affairs in the Senate.

The eldest of five children born into a military family, Williams attended Bridgewater State University near Boston. He has lived in various places around the globe but now calls Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida home, where he enjoys hiking with his wife, Carol. For more information on this talented author whose new book confirms his status as a writer to watch in the thriller genre, please visit his website: A sequel to Cooper’s Revenge will debut sometime this year.

Available at fine bookstores and online outlets
Cooper’s Revenge
By Terrence L. Williams
Publisher: First Coast Publishers, LLC
ISBN-10: 0988440008
ISBN-13: 978-0988440005

The Hands of War

A Tale of Endurance and Hope, from a Survivor of the Holocaust
By Marione Ingram
Foreword by Keith Lowe

As a young girl, Marione Ingram knew she was an outsider. This was Hamburg in the 1930s and 1940s. She was Jewish. In 2013, she lives in Washington, DC and she is telling her story.

The Hands of War: A Tale of Endurance and Hope, from a Survivor of the Holocaust (Skyhorse Publishing, March 2013) is a stirring true account of World War II told through the eyes of the child Marione Ingram once was. Now over seventy years later, she recalls the darkest moments of her own history, and the world’s, in this inspiring debut.

Complete with photographs of the actual people and places that shaped the story, Marione’s recollections will elicit hope and compassion from readers. She grew up in an apartment building where her neighbors were happy to report Jews to the Gestapo. Her mother attempted suicide after receiving a deportation notice, but Marione was able to revive her. Shortly after, the bombs started to fall, as the Allies leveled her city in eight straight days of bombing.

Marione and her family miraculously escaped and sought shelter in the countryside. Eventually, she took shelter in a children’s home, where she met a troubled orphan who tells a bleak tale of life in the concentration camps, exploring a different side of the Nazi terror in Germany. Highly captivating, this eloquent narrative will leave readers thinking: never again.

About the Author
Marione Ingram is a writer, artist, and civil rights activist who survived the Holocaust, the fire-bombing of Hamburg, Germany, and the incendiary efforts of Mississippi’s Ku Klux Klan. She immigrated to the United States and, having experienced racial discrimination in Europe, became engaged in the civil rights movement. Excerpts of her work have been published in The Best American Essays 2007 anthology, Granta, and Women Writers: A Zine. Marione resides in Washington, DC.

The Hands of War
A Tale of Endurance and Hope, from a Survivor of the Holocaust
By Marione Ingram
Foreword by Keith Lowe
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover, also available as an ebook
On Sale: March 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62087-185-0
Price: $24.95

Women in King Philip’s War

Though often overlooked by historians, a number of remarkable women played major roles in King Philip’s War: making history-changing decisions, performing heroic deeds, enduring hardships, chronicling their experiences, lending support in innovative ways.

Join author Edward Lodi and members of the Lakeville Historical Society on Wednesday, April 24, at 7PM inside the Meeting Room of the Lakeville Public Library at 4 Precinct Street to learn what roles women played during King Philip’s War. This is a free program. You are invited to remain after the presentation for refreshments and the Historical Society’s monthly business meeting.

Included are three squaw-sachems—Awashonks of the Sakonnets, Weetamoo of the Pocassets, and Quaiapen of the Narragansetts—who together with Philip rose up against the English; Mary Rowlandson, the Englishwoman taken captive in a raid against Lancaster, whose extraordinary narrative of her captivity became America’s first best-selling book; Ann Brackett; Wootonekanuske; Amie; Penelope Winslow; and others whose names have been lost to history, but whose exploits have become the stuff of legend.

Lodi rounds out his talk with accounts of what daily life was like for women in the settlements and on the frontier; the “stealth and stratagems” employed by Indian women acting as spies; restrictive laws and how some Englishwomen defied them; and the terrible vengeance wreaked by the women of Marblehead on two hapless captives.

He welcomes questions during and after his talk; a book signing follows.

This event is the first in a series of free to the public 2013 Cultural Presentations being held at the Lakeville Public Library supported in part from a grant by the Lakeville Arts Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

For dates of additional 2013 Cultural Presentation Series events to be held at the Lakeville Public Library this year, visit the Lakeville Arts Council website at .

Patriots Of Treason:

Civil War In The 21st Century?

Spring, TX – The stakes couldn’t get any higher. “Liberty and justice for all” is the heart of this riveting story of a United States on the brink of civil war - again. It takes a courageous federal whistleblower, an ordinary Texan, and a governor who won’t sit still for the shredding of the Constitution to stop a devastating conspiracy within the federal government. The nation is in crisis; Congress can’t agree on anything, and the country is totally divided.

With his timely book Patriots of Treason (AKA-Publishing), author David Thomas Roberts captures the passion and fears so prevalent in public life today. The book has all the elements of a riveting political thriller: fraud, scandal, climbing oil and food prices – and the perfect scapegoat to blame for everything that’s wrong with America. David Roberts skillfully weaves a picture of our country on the knife-edge of civil war, grabbing the readers’ attention from the first page and propelling them through a pulse-pounding, roller-coaster ride of excitement to the explosive end.

Dave Roberts has lived in Texas since 1967. It was family trips to the Alamo, with its rich history and the spirit of the many Texan heroes who fought for their liberty that made a lasting impression on him throughout his life. He is active in politics and the movement for modern-day Texas Independence. Dave and his wife of 29 years have four children and one grandchild, all of whom have been blessed to have been born “Native Texans.”

Roberts himself believes that Texas should secede from the Union; his home state maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, among other things. And more so because he believes: “The nation is clearly divided; I side with those who believe we should return to the literal meaning of Constitutional principles.” Adding, “This theme of political, cultural and economic polarization is evident everywhere but especially in Texas, the traditional South and certain Western states. This seismic gap in belief systems created the impetus for the theme in my book, Patriots of Treason, which now likely rings more true than ever.”

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The true-to-life experiences of a Cold War soldier in Berlin

University dean/professor and former Army soldier Harold Schwartz describes true events in ‘Outpost Berlin’

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. – University student Helmut Wegner curses himself for his procrastination as he waits in the rain in the muddy woods for his Flüchthelfer, the escape helpers. Twelve weeks earlier, prior to Aug. 13, 1961, he could have strolled easily across the border separating East Berlin from the section occupied by the three Western allies. Now, crossing the border is a dangerous endeavor. In his new book, “Outpost Berlin: Cold War 1961-1964” (published by Trafford Publishing), author and retired Army man Harold Schwartz raises readers’ awareness of what it was like to serve and live in Berlin at the height of the Cold War.

But Wegner is far from the only man who seeks to escape. “Outpost Berlin” chronicles the tales of both successful and failed escape attempts over the Berlin Wall since its erection in 1961. Each chapter begins with a short historical background and description of the location, a dedication to an American or German who played a significant role in the defense of West Berlin and a prologue detailing the implications that the incidents had for West Berlin’s future.

“Outpost Berlin” is divided into 16 chapters, each describing the true events and real Americans and Germans who were involved, as seen through soldiers’ eyes. The book also contains a set of four appendixes by retired CIA agent Richard Topping, giving readers a better feeling for the glorious and tragic background of Germany and Berlin in particular.

Capturing the essence of the era, Schwartz presents a historical look at the stories of American military intelligence officers, German escapees and those who helped them escape.

About the Author
Harold Schwartz was a young U.S. Army military intelligence specialist in West Berlin from January 1961 through December 1964 and witnessed the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961. He received the Purple Heart in 1966. He and his wife, Christine, have been married 50 years. They have four children.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

Before It Was History, It Was News

By Todd Andrlik

November 2012; ISBN: 9781402269677; $39.99 US; Hardcover; History

Did You Know…?

• Who said “I have not yet begun to fight”? No one! Captain John Paul Jones is perhaps best known for his immortal words "I have not yet begun to fight" when asked if he was prepared to surrender to the British Royal Naval. Except, those are not the words he actually uttered. What Jones really said ("I'll be damned if I strike”) is reported in the British newspapers. (Chapter 10)

•Benedict Arnold was actually essential to the Revolution. Although we know him today as one of the greatest traitors of all time, Benedict Arnold managed to do what no one else had: revitalized the American Revolution . Newspaper accounts show how the treason charges injected new life into the war, with Americans joining together against the plot for one of the first times since announcing independence. (Chapter 11)

•The Battle of Lexington and Concord might not really be the start of the war. The “shot heard round the world” supposedly took place in Lexington and Concord, but some historians claim the start of the war was four months earlier. The first armed exchange between American and British military units took place in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, when four hundred colonists stormed Fort William and Mary after a warning from Paul Revere that the Royal Navy was coming. To some historians, this confrontation signals the start of the Revolutionary War because it was the first deliberate fight and the first use of deadly force (two British soldiers were injured) to seize territory. (Chapter 5)

•We still don’t know what side shot first. Only two newspapers in all of colonial America (of about 40 being printed at the time) published the start of the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Lexington and Concord on its front page, and only one newspaper used a headline for its story. Many witnesses reported a shot first coming from behind a stone wall, which is important because we still to this day don’t know who shot first. (Chapter 6)

•The Declaration of Independence was actually a military recruitment tool. While today’s generations have come to emphasize the stirring evocation of natural rights enshrined in the Declaration – “that all Men are created equal” – revolutionary leaders were intently aware of the Declaration’s more immediate value at improving enlistments and inspiring troops to face the British. (Chapter 7)

•Paul Revere was one of just thousands of men caught up in the start of the war. One part of the Revolution that didn’t appear in the newspapers was the story of Paul Revere. As dramatic as his experiences were, they had a limited effect on the fight and Massachusetts officials did not want to publicize how they had prepared for war. (Chapter 6)

The Supercommandos: First Special Service Force, 1942-1944 An Illustrated History

With The Black Devils offers readers a rare first-hand account of life with an elite group of American and Canadian World War II soldiers known as the First Special Service Force or Black Devils.

Based on the letters and diary entries of Sam Byrne, who served with the Force from the early days in Montana through the units inactivation in France, the book shares the thoughts and emotions of a front line soldier chronicling his activities as they take place.

The book follows Sams experiences after the Forces breakup, as he served in both the 504th and 507th Parachute Infantry Regiments. The author surrounds Sams letters and diary entries with background information thereby placing Sams words into a meaningful context for the reader.

The Last Fighting General: The Biography of Robert Tryon Frederick

This is the full story of the legendary U.S. Army officer who formed, trained, and led the unique bi-national First Special Service Force (popularly known as the "Devil's Brigade"). Robert T. Frederick was the youngest ground forces general, the youngest division commander, and one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War II. But Frederick was not just a warrior. Highly intelligent, he was an independent thinker who was as courageous and innovative in peacetime as he was in combat. He pioneered racial integration on army training bases, devised training regimens used throughout North America, and left a record that would seem mythical if not documented. The author also reveals why Frederick ended his brilliant career prematurely.

This book tells the story of the U.S. Armys elite Rangers and Special Forces ... U. S. Army Rangers and Special Forces of WWII: Their War in Photographs. Close ... ISBN-13: 9780764316821; Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

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