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Nine Weeks: a teacher's education in Army Basic Training
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More About the Author
Weird, because he is also a Soldier in the California National Guard. Two years ago his unit, the 69th Public Affairs Detachment, deployed to Kosovo, where he served as the Video Section Leader for Multi-National Task Force East, under NATO command. While there he wrote for the magazine, Guardian East. He also finished his first book, Nine Weeks, about his unique experience at Army basic training, and joined the ranks of military bloggers with "My Public Affairs."
Rich holds a masters degree in Mathematics Education from Western Governors University. Before that he roused rabble at CSU East Bay (previously "Hayward"). At CSUEB he founded a student newspaper, The California Statesman. While in school, he met his wife, Esther, at a political forum.
In between teaching assignments and his National Guard commitments, Rich works on his upcoming books. You can read about them by going to the "Books" menu above.
He resides in Salt Lake City with Esther and their two young sons.
Top Customer Reviews
As civilians we don't often understand or see the hardships these men and women go through except in movies. Mr. Stowell's book, Nine Weeks, gives us a rarely seen honest glimpse into this time as he shares his experiances. It was an interesting book to read and I found it very detailed, well written and honest.
If you're a civilian who has wondered what goes on in a basic training camp then pick this book up. I think it will give many people a newfound respect for those who serve in the Army.
If you do happen to pick up the book, note two oddities that I have found. One is that the chapter one title is the heading for the entire book. Two is that his spell check determined that quite is a perfect substitute for quiet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing really groundbreaking in the book, but I think the book set out to be a diary of BCT. I enjoyed it enough, but I would have liked to see more connections between the life... Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Agb451
This guy is a teacher? because, he must've ran the drama club, This book is so over-dramatic, i'm trying to read a book where i can possibly assume a military workout and all i am... Read morePublished on June 23, 2011 by NickyLou
This book talks about Rich Stowell's experience in the Army National Guard as he spends nine weeks at a rigorous training camp. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by stusf
I admit when I first picked up this book I was filled with contempt prior to investigation. I am generally uninterested in anything that relates to the Army even though I know... Read morePublished on November 7, 2010 by Ashley
This is the kind of book that you might not mind spending money for in a used book store, but not so much one that you would order online and also pay shipping... Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Snapdragon
It's not often you have the opportunity to read a book written by someone you know. So you get insight into their lives that you otherwise would never have. Read morePublished on September 5, 2010 by OrphanAnnie
before enlisting in any military committment, potential enlistees and their families should read this very informative bookPublished on May 9, 2010 by amazon affecianado
The book, Nine Weeks, by Rich Stowell, was both poignant and frustrating. I could just feel how he felt as he went through the nine, or rather ten weeks of basic training. Read morePublished on April 20, 2010 by A. Estrin