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Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel
Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel
by Alison Weir
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are interested in getting to the bottom of the problems in the Middle East starting in World War One, read this book, May 15, 2014
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Alison Weir in 93 pages of text, 108 pages of end notes plus "Works Cited," "Further Reading" and an Index has written a book that is readable, accurate and vitally important in view of the dangerous situation existing in the Middle East. Americans and Israelis both need to read this short and concise soft cover book if they ever hope to reach a peaceful settlement in Palestine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Found it on Amazon, May 15, 2014
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The Long Man
The Long Man
by Pauline Furey
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Personal Account of Great Britain's Finest Hour, March 3, 2014
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As a young teen when World War Two started in 1939 with the German Blitzkrieg overrunning Poland and sharing the spoils with Hitler's erstwhile ally, the Soviet Union, I was aware of the major events by listening to the radio with my father and seeing the headlines in the evening paper. But until I read Pauline Furey's historic story, written as a novel, of her experiences and observations living in England during that time I had little appreciation for the level of individual effort and national unity and spirit which stirred the Englishmen ( and women ) to give their "blood, sweat and tears" in defense of their island home as they faced the seemingly overwhelming forces of the Luftwaffe and threat of invasion.

To refresh your memory of what was happening more than 70 years ago after the Germans and Russians each occupied their half of Poland there was relative quiet on all fronts. The French and British Expeditionary Forces, which included Spitfire and Hurricane squadrons, were stationed behind the Maginot Line which extended from Switzerland to Luxembourg. The German Army with their Stuka dive bombers and armor divisions were deployed behind the Siegfried Line and there was very little action. It was quickly labeled the "Phony War " until Germany invaded Norway in April 1940. France was next and by May 1940 a mass exodus from Paris to the south was underway as French vehicles and pedestrians jammed the roads fleeing the enemy. Even worse the British Expeditionary Army, along with French forces were entrapped at the Dunkirk coastline with nowhere to go but into the sea.

At this moment with the entire British Army of 300,000 men and their equipment about to be killed or captured Pauline Furey gets into the heart of her story. From a viewpoint in United States the rescue of those forces was seen as a great feat by the Royal Navy, and it was, but we had no idea how it was really carried off since there were no piers or docks at Dunkirk and no way to get the troops from the beach to the deep water where the warships waited.

Ms. Furey employs her writing skill to explain in a vivid, but a completely accurate account, of how the British were able to get this mass of troops off the beach. In the words of Furey as Yvonne Parke ( the 18 year daughter of Henry and Janine Parke who had the helm of the family's 36 foot cruiser Summer Solstice approached the beach at Dunkirk "....look at them poor bloody mongrels up on the beach... Yvonne saw a an assortment of domestic dogs, some frantically trying to find a familiar hand to lick; others sitting forlornly high up on the beach away from the falling shells; while some lay still, stiffened and bloated....." Then as they moved into the shallow water and picked up the soldiers standing in line her only companion and deck hand shouted to those left behind, " we're full, we'll deliver this load to the destroyer and come right back..."

The four Parkes are the principal characters as her novel moves along with the "Battle for Britain" and David Parke flying a Hurricane fighter, his sister Yvonne becoming a ferry pilot and delivering Spitfires from the factory to the RAF fields, their mother, also an aviatrix, going into France to work with the Free French and the father Henry a surgeon in London.
Her description of the German Buzz Bombs, forerunner of the Tomahawk missile, and the V-2, the first Ballistic missile is a chilling reminder of how it all started and where it will end is something we should be thinking about.

There is also another part of this story and that is the focus on the British program to evacuate the children from London and other cities as the terror bombing campaign unfolded in 1940. Pauline Furey, with great understanding, almost as if she were Kate Hawkins herself, age 12, who is shipped out of London to a village in southeast England, is terribly homesick and meets members of the Parke family. I will let the reader enjoy this story as it unfolds without my comments as an especially tender heart warming relationship develops between Kate and the Parkes.

It should be of interest to American readers that this book is held in a special place in the hearts and minds of Englishmen and a copy of The Long Man sits proudly in the museum at The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. I think it will become clear as you read this personal account of those days of Britain's Finest Hour why this book is held in such high esteem in the British Isles.

Finally, my wife and have an grand daughter who just turned 17, and who is an avid reader and has a lively interest in politics and history. We are giving her a copy of The Long Man with the admonition that she not only read this novel to better understand the history of those critical days early in WW ll but also, and just as important, how people, and a nation united, conducted themselves in times that truly tried men's souls.

Thomas W. Schaaf Sr.


The Apostle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over two hours of fantastic entertainment and a fast moving and gripping story, January 22, 2014
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Robert Duvall is no doubt one of the top multi talented actors in Hollywood. The supporting cast is also outstanding.


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These helmets made a big hit with our grandchildren. Gavin age 11 put his on as soon as he unwrapped it and was still wearing it several hours later when we departed.


The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan
The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan
by James M. Scott
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Story of the US Submarine Campaign in the Pacific, July 23, 2013
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In this remarkable book James Scott has, in only 311 pages of text, told a complete story of US Navy submarine operations in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. He has been able to accomplish this task, starting on December 7th, 1941, when the United States had just 51 submarines in the Pacific, until the cease-fire order 1,347 days later when 182 subs were on duty, by focusing on three fleet submarines, USS Tang, USS Drum and USS Silversides and their combined thirty-two war patrols.

Scott, a former investigative reporter with the " The Post and Courier" in Charleston, South Carolina, spent five years researching and writing this book and it is in the detail and background development which actually takes you aboard these subs on their perilous missions. A good example is Chapter Four in which Scott describes the fourth war patrol of Silversides as she cut through the waves off the Japanese stronghold of Rabaul. Scott points out that submarines did not carry a doctor and Navy regulations instructed the pharmacist's mates ( one aboard every sub) never to resort to surgery. If confronted with a case of suspected appendicitis the Navy instructed that patients remain on absolute bed rest with an icepack over the right lower quadrant and sedatives to ease the pain and sulfa drugs to fight infection.

Then Scott gives a brief summary of the two cases where the Navy's conservative approach collided with medical necessity. In the words of the author, "......three months earlier on USS Seadragon. With the submarine submerged to 120 feet to avoid rough swells, Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Wheeler Lipes sliced open a young sailor on the wardroom table to discover his appendix had turned black and gangrenous. The successful surgery--- the first ever on a submarine--required extraordinary creativity, resourcefulness and a medical instruction book." Scott then adds that three days before Silversides departed Australia for the current patrol a pharmacist's mate on USS Grayback also operated successfully on a sailor whose appendix already had burst.

Back to Silversides and again in the words of Scott. " Creed Burlingame, the skipper, listened to the grim news from Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Tom Moore. The young medic had been up since about 5 a.m.carrying for Petty Officer 3rd Class George Platter, a nauseated fireman who complained of pain in his upper abdomen. Since Silversides had departed Australia, several sailors had suffered similar symptoms followed a day later by severe diarrhea before the men returned to normal. Moore had suspected Platter battled the same illness and gave him paregoric to ease his pain. But Platter had returned several hours later. His temperature had climbed and his abdomen was rigid and his right lower quadrant tender. The diarrhea that had stricken others had failed to materialize. This was not the same illness that had sidelined others. This was worse. Much worse."

After a series of meetings with the Captain at which Moore described Platter as writhing in pain all jackknifed up Captain Burlingame ordered the sub to dive after getting a full charge in the batteries. The next five pages of " The War Below" reveal in great detail the surgical feat that was carried at a depth of 100 feet. The boat surfaced prior to dawn to charge batteries. Seventy five minutes after surfacing the lookouts spotted a darkened ship, a Japanese destroyer. Two torpedoes were fired, one porpoised before it exploded prematurely, the other torpedo failed to hit. The skipper had no choice but to dive and rig for depth charges.

The final paragraph of Chapter Four contains a sentence from Creed Burlingame's report as follows. " The patient convalesced the morning following his amateur appendectomy to the tune of a torpedo firing, two depth charge attacks,two crash dives and an aerial bombing which knocked him out of his bunk on the wardroom transom."

In the last third of the book attacks in the East China Sea are intensified and the toll of Japanese merchant ships becomes a critical factor for the population in the Home Islands and their wartime industry. Late in October 1944 USS Tang intercepted a small convoy in the Formosa Strait at night and the skipper, Richard O'Kane, opted for a night surface attack. Scott's account of the melee which occurred is vivid and hair raising but the action which took place just 48 hours later was even more intense as they had spotted a 12 ship convoy. The submarine campaign was now being directed to sinking merchant ships and the role of the submarines of scouting for the fleet and rescuing downed flyers ( Tang had picked up 22 airmen on her last patrol and returned to Pearl Harbor with all 24 of her torpedoes, but with a load far more precious: twenty-two rescued American aviators. All toll submarines rescued 504 flyers during the war) now shifted to the heart of the Empire and shipping which was its lifeblood.

At this point Tang's story becomes central in the book as the unthinkable suddenly becomes stark reality when O'Kane, during a night surface attack, fires his last torpedo. The crew knows this means the end of the fifth patrol and homeward bound. Scott writes, "O'Kane watched in horror as the weapon suddenly surfaced in a spume of bright phosphorescence just yards in front of Tang's bow....O'Kane had fired enough fish to recognize immediately what had happened: an erratic torpedo, every skipper's nightmare.....Like a boomerang the out-of-control bomb now circled back toward Tang, each second growing closer. All ahead emergency, O'Kane shouted."

The torpedo ripped open the port side of Tang at 2:30 a.m. just twenty seconds after the skipper had fired his last shot and Scott's investigative reporter skill and experience then proceed to describe the scene as Tang went down by the stern and her survivors, there were nine, were cast in the sea along with the survivors of the ships they had just sunk.

The last 85 pages cover the final nine months of the war for not only the Tang POWs ( which included O'Kane) but also the thousands of prisoners being transported to the home Islands many of whom died when their unmarked ships ( the Japanese had refused to mark and illuminate ships carrying POWs) were torpedoed. Again Scott leaves no stone unturned in his account of the travails of the POWs. Chapter 22 is a bittersweet story of the liberation of the prisoners but it is also a story which should warm the heart and make every American proud of the massive plans and effort directed by the most senior naval officers, Nimitz and Halsey, and executed without delay after Emperor Hirohito addressed the Nation, even though General MacArthur had ordered the Navy to wait for the Army before liberating the prisoners.

This book is a " Teaching Moment" of our recent history made complete by the careful inclusion of the strategic situation in the Pacific Theater and how the naval leaders from the CNO down to the submarine commanders brought victory after the devastation of the surprise attacks from Pearl Harbor to the Philippine Islands. Admiral William (Bull) Halsey, a Naval Aviator, when asked about the weapons used to win the war offered the following, " If I had to give credit to the instruments and machines that won us the war in the Pacific, I would rate them in this order: submarines first, radar second, planes third, bulldozers fourth."

In my opinion " The War Below" should be a text book for a history and leadership course at all the Service Academies.


The Golden Few
The Golden Few
by Alan Wells
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Look Inside a Major Turning Point in Early 20th Century History, December 10, 2012
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There is an old saying cautioning us against judging a book ( or a person) by its cover. In the case of the Anthony Wells book, "The Golden Few"; I would add that one should not be prejudiced by the number of pages, which in this instance is a mere 114 with no notes and no index. Nevertheless, this story, beginning with the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, then across the Channel to a small, but significant, manufacturing company in England, Coventry Gear, which was starting to respond to he demand for its products as Great Britain faced the threat of German rearmament is a rare true story. Wells deftly brings people like Jesse Owens, a gold medal winner in the Olympics, and several British runners who competed with him, back to life again in the momentous saga of the pre-war Europe and early days of World War Two.

For Tony Wells this is a very personal story as his Grandfather was one of the most respected industrialists in Coventry and the Midlands and the owner of Coventry Gear. Mr Wells with great skill has brought together the roles of his family members and their connection to olympic track athletes in the drama which was unfolding from the halcyon days of the '36 Olympics to the Battle of Britain. It is a moving story written by a former Royal Navy Officer, now an American citizen, the author of a chilling novel about a confrontation with the Chinese Navy (Black Gold Finale ) and presently an Intelligence Professional serving the United States Government. From a historical aspect it provides first hand accounts of the terror bombing of Coventry on the night of November 14, 1940 by 515 German bombers but, most revealing , Wells describes in precise detail that Churchill, in order to protect the secrets of Enigma and Ultra, essentially had to leave Coventry unwarned about the forthcoming attack. It is an episode that only someone steeped in the most sensitive intelligence could explain.


Cascade Chaos: Or How Not to Put Your Grizzly in the Statehouse
Cascade Chaos: Or How Not to Put Your Grizzly in the Statehouse
by William Slusher
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tonic for Our Times, May 10, 2012
For those who do not know Bill Slusher I would like as part of full disclosure to say that it has been my pleasure and honor to know him for the past 20 years and to also inform readers who are not acquainted with his background that he was an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam, later flew helicopters to off shore oil rigs in the Gulf and finally was a pilot in the Fairfax, Virginia Police Helicopter Unit . It was there, where my son is a pilot, that I met Bill and we always had a lot to talk about as I had been a Naval Aviator involved in Rolling Thunder operations in Vietnam.

About the time he retired from Fairfax County and he and his Wife and their horses, dogs and cats moved to ranch in central Washington State his first book was published which was a very fast moving thriller, but this most recent publication, Cascade Chaos, is not only fast moving and at the same time side splitting humorous, as the previous reviewers have emphasized, and all the time rivets reader interest for a dramatic finish, truly the mark of a skillful and polished writer.

I say Bravo Bill. You have given us something that is a joy to read, a rollicking good story that has fun with conservatives and liberals and hangs out Political Correctness on the clothesline of humorous scorn.


Modern Arms and Free Men: A Discussion of the Role of Science in Preserving Democracy
Modern Arms and Free Men: A Discussion of the Role of Science in Preserving Democracy
by Vannevar Bush
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Relevant, October 15, 2011
Thomas W. Schaaf Sr. Fairfax, Virginia

This outstanding review of the development of modern arms starting with the First World War (The Great War) and through World War Two up to the detonation of an atomic bomb in The Soviet Union in 1949 is a stand alone book which makes the case that we Americans must preserve our liberty and freedom as free men in order to survive in the climatic 21st Century.

I was a plebe at the Naval Academy in 1949 when this book was published and then became a Book-of-the-Month selection and because of that many copies are still available at Amazon and ABEbooks.com. Recently when one of our sons, who is involved in a "Black Program," had his 50th birthday we gave him a copy of this book written by the man who guided the the most famous black program in history, Vannevar Bush, no family relation to the George Bushes.

Every American concerned about our security in these perilous time should read "Modern Arms and Free Men."


The Invisible Leash
The Invisible Leash
by Myrna M. Milani
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Nick of Time, October 11, 2010
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This book,The Invisible Leash, published in 1985, subtitle " A better way to communicate with your dog" was selected by my wife and I for presentation to our obedience training leader at graduation evening following our eight week course. Though 25 years old this first edition, with its dust jacket, was in near perfect condition ( just as the book seller had indicated) and had been promptly mailed (USPS) arriving on the day of graduation of our six month old Standard Poodle.

The " Invisible Leash" written by a veterinarian over a generation earlier, stressed the same points as our obedience trainer and was sincerely appreciated by our instructor who was a teenager in 1985. Our thanks to the book seller for the the high quality and expeditious handling of our purchase.

Thomas W. Schaaf Sr.


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