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Initial post: Apr 11, 2009 10:11:22 AM PDT
Jenna says:
My name is Jenna Turnipseed and I just recently wrote my first book, it's about the military of course, and I'm curious to read some others like it. I was wondering if anyone can recommend any good books written recently by soldiers. Not ones just about Iraq, or any specific events, but are there any good ones out there that are just simply about peoples lives as soldiers.

Posted on Apr 25, 2009 8:19:17 PM PDT
R. Reynolds says:
hi jenna, i've writtend a couple vietnam era novels, "Firing at Shadows" and "A Perilous Place". Hope you enjoy and good luck to you with your booK! Robert Reynolds

Posted on May 2, 2009 7:48:30 AM PDT
Jenna says:

Posted on May 6, 2009 8:05:38 PM PDT
Jenna, one of the best soldier books I've read is "About Face" by David Hackworth. It details his career through the Korean and Vietnam wars. Hack is a cut above a lot of other soldiers' books, because in telling his own story he gives a history of the US Army after WWII and what is right and wrong about it.

Posted on May 7, 2009 7:27:50 PM PDT
Jenna says:
I'd love to see and old school view about what is right and wrong and compare to the present.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2009 10:22:18 AM PDT
Hi Jenna. I'm Dave Carden, Sergeant Major, US Army (Retired). I published my autobiography a few weeks ago. "The Army Insider." First 30 pages-growing up in Nebraska; next 220+ pages-my career; final 30 pages until about five weeks ago. 30 years Special Forces... MI, DIA, CIA, NSA, State. Five-star review. The Army Insider: Up Close and Personal

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 7:16:57 AM PDT
Joy says:

this a good one that comes highly recommended, and if I've heard right. It's by the youngest war author. I loved it.

Mass Casualties: A Young Medic's True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 3:35:23 PM PDT
Guest says:

one of my favorite war novels is "The 13th Valley" by 101st AB and Vietnam vet John DelVechio. It really captures the minutiae of life in the field and does an unparalleled job of developing its characters. "Fields of Fire" by Sen James Webb does the same but is about the Marines. Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 4:56:21 AM PDT
R. Thompson says:
Highly recommend Beyond Duty--recently published and getting great reviews. Great, fast read dealing with the very difficult issue of civilian casualties in Iraq. Really powerful stuff--a very frank memoir.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 10:34:59 PM PDT
Gary Thurman says:
I, as a army wife have recently read several very good books. I was often surprised by detail and thoroughness. The Road to Unafraid...Jeff Struecker was one of the very very best....also noteworthy is-- A More Elite Soldier --by Chuck Holton, In the Company of Soldiers - by Rick Atkinson (Pulitzer Prize winning author). Also, The Unforgiving Minute --by Craig Mullaney.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 6:13:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2009 6:16:06 PM PST
Jenna, I've had your book in my cart but have been see-sawing on buying it. I would love to do a swap with you. I'm a Cold War vet and wrote a memoir of my first hitch in the army - Soldier Boy: At Play in the ASA. Details on it at my website, . Take a look and let me know if you'd like to swap stories. Here's a coincidence. Right now I'm reading a military memoir from the first Gulf war called Baghdad Express, by Joel Turnipseed. It is terrific! Would love to meet that Turnipseed. He's in Minneapolis, I think. My email is at my website too. Lemme hear from you, okay? Congrats on your book. - Tim Bazzett P.S. Best book on Iraq war by a woman I've read so far is Kayla Williams' Love My Rifle More than You - a really brave and well-written memoir of what it is to female in today's army.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009 8:54:52 AM PST
Jenna says:
I would love to swap books with you. My e-mail is Drop me a line there and we can exchange info.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2009 8:58:56 AM PST
Jenna says:
I have been so swamped at work the last few months so I'm just now getting your post. The book sounds like something I'd really like to read. Thanks for telling me about it.

Also have you checked out the Military Writers Society of America?

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 9:53:17 PM PST
Skeep says:
Hi Jenna et al.,
I am a member of the Military Writers Society of America and was a Gold Star winner with them in 2006. Since my book Under Orders appeared in 2005 it has sold pretty soundly with 10 thousand copies in print. However, the greatest part of it for me as a Chaplain is that it helps Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to get their hands around faith for themselves. I have an author page on Amazon that you can check out. Struecker's book is about his journey to become a chaplain. And the Unforgiving Minute is an interesting read about another Lieutenant's journey. All great pieces. Hooah.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2010 10:56:36 PM PDT
Hi Jenna,

I want to recommend a book, published by a teacher-gone-soldier, called "Nine Weeks: a teacher's education in Army Basic Training" by Rich Stowell. It's serious and smart (the author is a college professor) but funny and irreverant (he enlisted with mostly 18- and 19-year olds). I felt like I was right there with him.

Nine Weeks: a teacher's education in Army Basic Training

Is your book, fiction or non-fiction? Is it based on your own experience?

I noticed a lot of books are about soldiers' experiences in combat. I liked Nine Weeks because it brings to light something more ordinary and universal - the basic training that all soldiers go through

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 1:16:33 PM PDT
Doug DePew says:
I just released a memoir about my time as security for Pershing II nuclear missiles in Heilbronn, West Germany. I was stationed with C 2/4 Infantry (Pershing) from 1986-1988 at the end of the Cold War. People always enjoyed my stories about my time in Germany and told me I should write a book, so I did!

It has nine five-star reviews on Amazon plus I've received many more positive comments and reviews on the facebook fan page for the book. The guys who were there LOVE it. I think it would appeal to anybody interested in military history or who just enjoys a good story. Everybody says it's an easy read and very entertaining and funny. It's available in print or Kindle, and Look Inside is active if you'd like to read a portion. I hope you check it out! I think you'd like it.
SAT & BAF!: Memories of a Tower Rat
Doug DePew
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