D-Day With The Screaming Eagles By George Koskimaki

Written by General Maxwell Taylor’s Radio Operator George Koskimaki the noted historian of the 101st Airborne Division wrote “D-Day with the Screaming Eagles”.  Mr. Koskimaki was 101st Airborne Division Commanding General Maxwell Taylor’s radio operator. Written in 1970, Interviews with hundreds of paratroopers contributed to the book. Their stories are attention-grabbing and captivating. They cover… Continue reading D-Day With The Screaming Eagles By George Koskimaki

A Logic Named Joe

I love reading and writing short stories. A few years ago I came up with the idea of writing a nonfiction article on the five most influential pre-1950 computers in science fiction. In researching that list of potential computers, I read a number of books and short stories. E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” topped off… Continue reading A Logic Named Joe

The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara

Summary: The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara is the second novel in his Second World War historical fiction trilogy of the European and Mediterranean Theater. He has a fourth book dealing with the Pacific Thater of World War II. The Steel Wave’s theme is the planning and execution of Operation Overlord. Operation Overlord is the name of… Continue reading The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara

The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

Summary of Book: The Rising Tide is military historical fiction and the first novel of a continuing series by Jeff Shaara based on certain theaters of World War II. It covers the North African Campaign from its position in late May to Rommel’s defeat. It also covers Operation Husky in Italy. The main characters are… Continue reading The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara

Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II

505th PIR Phil Nordyke’s “Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) in World War II” is excellent. It is a must-read for any student of World War II. Mr. Nordyke does a great job as he takes us with the 505th PIR from its beginnings and training in… Continue reading Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II

The Gathering Storm

The Gathering Storm by Sir Winston Churchill is the first volume of Churchill’s Noble Prize winning six-part chronicle of World War II. This six-book series is Churchill’s personal memoirs. The Rise of Hitler and Indifference of European Leaders The Gathering Storm depicts the rise of Hitler and the indifference of the leaders of the European… Continue reading The Gathering Storm

Turning Pro

I first heard of the book “How to Turn Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work,” by Steven Pressfield while listening to Joanna Penn on “The Creative Penn” podcast.  She seemed to mention the book every few months. Curiosity had the best of me. I located it up on Amazon.com. One-click later… Continue reading Turning Pro

A Nightmare’s Prayer

A Memoir I highly recommend “A Nightmare’s Prayer” by Mike Franzak. It is a wonderful memoir of the early days of the Afghanistan campaign. You get the feeling you are with him as you go through the deployment from Yuma, AZ to Bagram. I was shocked to learn that the Harrier aircraft cannot take off… Continue reading A Nightmare’s Prayer

Into the Viper’s Nest: The First Pivotal Battle of the Afghan War

“Into the Viper’s Nest: The First Pivotal Battle of the Afghan War” by Stephen Grey is the story of American and Afghan forces cooperation in dealing with the Taliban stronghold on southern Afghanistan. Three-day Battle for Musa Qala It details the vivid three-day battle for the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala. The battle started on… Continue reading Into the Viper’s Nest: The First Pivotal Battle of the Afghan War

Predator: The Remote-Control Air War Over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot’s Story

A Great Story Wow! This is one well-written book. The story is well told. The book is surprisingly interesting exceeding my expectations. Flying Airplanes From Half a World Away My thought going in is a book about flying remote control airplanes from half a world away? No way this could be interesting. What I found… Continue reading Predator: The Remote-Control Air War Over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot’s Story