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By Kelly S. Thompson. 2019
At eighteen years old, Kelly Thompson enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite growing up in a military family --… she would, in fact, be a fourth-generation soldier -- she couldn't shake the feeling that she didn't belong. From the moment she arrives for basic training at a Quebec military base, a young woman more interested in writing than weaponry, she quickly realizes that her conception of what being a soldier means, forged from a desire to serve her country after the 9/11 attacks, isn't entirely accurate. A career as a female officer will involve navigating a masculinized culture and coming to grips with her burgeoning feminism. In this compulsively readable memoir, Thompson writes with wit and honesty about her own development as a woman and a soldier, unsparingly highlighting truths about her time in the military. In sharply crafted prose, she chronicles the frequent sexism and misogyny she encounters both in training and later in the workplace, and explores her own feelings of pride and loyalty to the Forces, and a family legacy of PTSD, all while searching for an artistic identity in a career that demands conformity. When she sustains a career-altering injury, Thompson fearlessly re-examines her identity as a soldier. 2019.
By Mark Hasara, Rush Limbaugh. 2017
From a veteran air-refueling expert who flew missions for over two decades during the Cold War, Afghan War, and Iraq… War comes a thrilling eyewitness account of modern warfare, with inspirational stories and moral lessons for people on the battlefield, in boardrooms, and in their everyday lives.Get a glimpse of life in the pilot’s seat and experience modern air warfare directly from a true American hero. Lt. Col Mark Hasara—who has twenty-four years experience in flying missions around the world—provides keen and eye-opening insights on success, failure, and emphasizes the importance of always being willing to learn. He provides twelve essential lessons based on his wartime experience and his own personal photographs from his missions during the Cold War, Gulf War, and Iraq War. With a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author and radio host Rush Limbaugh, this is a military memoir not to be missed.
Riveting, novelistic, and startlingly candid, John T. Halliday's combat memoir begins in 1970, when Halliday has just landed in the… middle of the Vietnam War, primed to begin his assignment with the 606th Special Operations Squadron. But there's a catch: He's stationed in a kind of no-man's-land. No one on his base flies with ID, patches, or rank. Even as Richard Nixon firmly denies reporters' charges that the United States has forces in Laos, Halliday realizes that from his base in Thailand, he will be flying top-secret, black-ops night missions over the Laotian Ho Chi Minh Trail. A naive yet thoughtful twenty-four-year-old, Halliday was utterly unprepared for the horrors of war. On his first mission, Halliday's C-123 aircraft dodges more than a thousand antiaircraft shells, and that is just the beginning. Nothing is as he expected -- not the operations, not the way his shell-shocked fellow pilots look and act, and certainly not the squadron's daredevil, seat-of-one's-pants approach to piloting. But before long, Halliday has become one of those seasoned and shell-shocked pilots, and finds himself in a desperate search for a way to elude certain death. Using frank, true-to-life dialogue, potent imagery, and classic 1970s song lyrics, Halliday deftly describes the fraught Laotian skies and re-creates his struggle to navigate the frustrating Air Force bureaucracy, the deprivations of a remote base far from home and his young wife, and his fight to preserve his sanity. The resulting nonfiction narrative vividly captures not only the intricate, distorted culture of war but also the essence of the Vietnam veteran's experience of this troubled era. A powerhouse fusion of pathos and humor, brutal realism and intimate reflection, Flying Through Midnight is a landmark contribution to war literature, revealing previously top-secret intelligence on the 606th's night missions. Fast-paced, thrilling, and bitingly intelligent, Halliday illuminates it all: the heart-pounding air battles, the close friendships, the crippling fear, and the astonishing final escape that made the telling of it possible.
By Noah Galloway. 2016
Military hero and beloved Dancing with the Stars alum Noah Galloway shares his life story and how losing his… arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live--and live to the fullest Inspirational humorous and thought provoking Noah Galloway s LIVING WITH NO EXCUSES sheds light on his upbringing in rural Alabama his military experience and the battle he faced to overcome losing two limbs during Operation Iraqi Freedom From reliving the early days of life to his acceptance of his new normal after losing his arm and leg in combat Noah reveals his ambition to succeed against all odds Noah s gripping story is a shining example that with laughter and the right amount of perspective you can tackle anything Whether it be overcoming injury conquering the Dancing with the Stars ballroom or taking the next steps forward in life with his young family - Noah demonstrates how to live life to the fullest with no excuses
By Charles Johnson. 2016
From Charles Johnson--a National Book Award winner Professor Emeritus at University of Washington and one of America s… preeminent scholars on literature and race--comes an instructive inspiring guide to the craft and art of writing An award-winning novelist philosopher essayist screenwriter professor and cartoonist Charles Johnson has devoted his life to creative pursuit His 1990 National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage is a modern classic revered as much for its daring plot as its philosophical underpinnings For thirty-three years Johnson taught and mentored students in the art and craft of creative writing The Way of the Writer is his record of those years and the coda to a kaleidoscopic boundary-shattering career Organized into six accessible easy-to-navigate sections The Way of the Writer is both a literary reflection on the creative impulse and a utilitarian guide to the writing process Johnson shares his lessons and exercises from the classroom starting with word choice sentence structure and narrative voice and delving into the mechanics of scene dialogue plot and storytelling before exploring the larger questions at stake for the serious writer What separates literature from industrial fiction What lies at the heart of the creative impulse How does one navigate the literary world And how are philosophy and fiction concomitant Luminous inspiring and imminently accessible The Way of the Writer is a revelatory glimpse into the mind of the writer and an essential guide for anyone with a story to tell
By From The Editors Of Writer's Digest. 2010
Everything You need to Write and Sell Your Work This is the ultimate crash course in writing and publishing! Inside… you'll find comprehensive instruction, up-to-date market listings, and more. Writer's Digest University is the perfect resource for you, no matter your experience level. This one-stop resource contains: Quick and comprehensive answers to common questions including: "How do I write a successful novel?" and "How do I know if self-publishing is right for me?" Instruction and examples for formatting and submitting fiction, nonfiction, articles, children's writing, scripts, and verse. Advanced instruction on business-related issues like marketing and publicity, using social media, freelancing for corporations, keeping finances in order, and setting the right price for your work. A detailed look at what agents want and how to get one that best fits your needs. Market listings for publishers and agents open to unsolicited work and new writers, contests and awards, and conferences and workshops. Get started now with everything you need to build a thriving writing career. Whether you're starting from scratch or have a bit of experience, you'll find the tools you need for success.
By S. C. Gwynne. 2014
From the author of the prizewinning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon comes a thrilling account of… how Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country's greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jackson's strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future. In April 1862 Jackson was merely another Confederate general in an army fighting what seemed to be a losing cause. By June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western world. He had, moreover, given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked--hope--and struck fear into the hearts of the Union. Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne's hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson's private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It traces Jackson's brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.
By Helen Thorpe. 2014
From an award-winning meticulously observant The New Yorker and masterful Booklist… writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq and how their military service affected their friendship their personal lives and their families America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001 This has been a matter of bitter political debate of course but what is uncontestable is that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women The experience in the American military is it s safe to say quite different from that of men Surrounded and far outnumbered by men imbedded in a male culture looked upon as both alien and desirable women have experiences of special interest In Soldier Girls Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military overseas to combat and back home and then overseas again for two of them These women who are quite different in every way become friends and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated We see their families their lovers their spouses their children We see them work extremely hard deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones and struggle to stay connected to their families back home We see some of them drink too much have illicit affairs and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road blowing it up She survives but her life may never be the same again Deeply reported beautifully written and powerfully moving Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking
By Nick Brokhausen. 2018
A Green Beret’s gripping memoir of American Special Forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. In 1970, on his… second tour to Vietnam, Nick Brokhausen served in Recon Team Habu, CCN. Officially, it was known as the Studies and Observations group. In fact, this Special Forces squad, which Brokhausen calls “an unwashed, profane, ribald, joyously alive fraternity,” undertook some of the most dangerous and suicidal reconnaissance missions ever in the enemy-controlled territory of Cambodia and Laos. But they didn’t infiltrate the jungles alone. They fought alongside the Montagnards—oppressed minorities from the mountain highlands, trained by the US military in guerilla tactics, armed, accustomed to the wild, and fully engaged in a war against the North Vietnamese. Together this small unit formed the backbone of ground reconnaissance in the Republic of Vietnam, racking up medals for valor—but at a terrible cost. “In colorful, military-jargon-laced prose leavened by gallows humor, Brokhausen pulls few punches describing what it was like to navigate remote jungle terrain under the constant threat of enemy fire. A smartly written, insider’s view of one rarely seen Vietnam War battleground.” —Booklist
By Sue Moorcroft. 2012
Love sells and sex sells and you can earn your living writing about them for novels, novellas and short stories… as well as serials for magazines, anthologies and websites. This book holds the secrets of how to achieve success. As well as drawing on her experience as a fiction writer and creative writing tutor, in this 'must-have' book Sue has included questions from aspiring writers - with illuminating responses from published writers and industry experts. Romantic fiction encompasses everything from chart-topping chick lit and romantic comedies, through gritty sagas, sweeping historicals and smouldering erotica to liver-twisting affairs with vampires. Bright, emotional, involving, intelligent storytelling about love and desire is what readers want and will pay for. Do you want to know how to create emotional punch? (Or even what emotional punch is?) How to control dual time lines? Spring your work out of the slush pile? Write a tender love scene that excites passion rather than hilarity? This book reveals all. Sue Moorcroft writes novels, serials and short stories, articles for writing magazines and writing courses. As a creative writing tutor she has taught at the University of Leicester, the London School of Journalism, Adult Learning Services Northants, Writing School Leicester and Writers' News Home Study. A committee member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, she is the editor of their anthology, Loves Me, Loves Me Not. She's a past winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary Award.
This all-in-one reference is a quick and easy way for book, magazine, online, academic, and business writers to look up… sticky punctuation questions for all styles including AP (Associated Press), MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and Chicago Manual of Style.Punctuate with Confidence--No Matter the Style Confused about punctuation? There's a reason. Everywhere you turn, publications seem to follow different rules on everything from possessive apostrophes to hyphens to serial commas. Then there are all the gray areas of punctuation--situations the rule books gloss over or never mention at all. At last, help has arrived. This complete reference guide from grammar columnist June Casagrande covers the basic rules of punctuation plus the finer points not addressed anywhere else, offering clear answers to perplexing questions about semicolons, quotation marks, periods, apostrophes, and more. Better yet, this is the only guide that uses handy icons to show how punctuation rules differ for book, news, academic, and science styles--so you can boldly switch between essays, online newsletters, reports, fiction, and magazine and news articles.This handbook also features rulings from an expert "Punctuation Panel" so you can see how working pros approach sticky situations. And the second half of the book features an alphabetical master list of commonly punctuated terms worth its weight in gold, combining rulings from the major style guides and showing exactly where they differ. With The Best Punctuation Book, Period, you'll be able to handle any punctuation predicament in a flash--and with aplomb.From the Trade Paperback edition.
By Clinton Romesha. 2016
The only comprehensive, firsthand account of the fourteen hour firefight at the Battle of Keating by Medal of Honor recipient… Clinton Romesha, for readers of Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden and Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell.<P><P> "'It doesn't get better.' To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself—Keating—had become a kind of backhanded joke."<P> In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of the Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend. <P> On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing 14-hour battle—and eventual victory—cost 8 men their lives. <P> Red Platoon is the riveting first-hand account of the Battle of Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire, and received the Medal of Honor for his actions. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>
By Aidan MacCarthy, Pete McCarthy. 2006
As an RAF medical officer Aidan MacCarthy served in France survived Dunkirk and was interned by the… Japanese in Java where his ingenuity helped his fellow prisoners through awful conditions While en route to Japan in 1944 his ship was torpedoed sending him into the Pacific Miraculously MacCarthy was rescued by a whaling boat only to be re-interned in Japan Ironically it was the dropping of the atomic bomb at Nagasaki that saved his life though it also meant being an eyewitness to the horror and devastation it caused Long out of print this remarkable war memoir was rediscovered during a journey through Ireland by Pete McCarthy author of McCarthy s Bar who describes it as jaw-dropping
By Jeffrey Dvorkin. 2019
<p>In an era of "fake news" and a seemingly insurmountable influx of data on the Internet, it is critical for… both journalists and citizens to understand the digital media we consume daily. This introductory textbook gives students the tools they need to think critically about the news, and to see reliable news as an essential aspect of what it means to be an informed citizen in a democracy. <p>After reading this text, students will be able to: <p> <li>Analyze key elements of news reports by weighing evidence, evaluating sources, noting context and transparency to judge reliability. <li>Distinguish among journalism, informed opinion and unsupported opinions. <li>Identify and distinguish between news media bias and audience bias. <li>Use examples from the daily news media to show critical thinking about civic engagement. <li>Develop a skeptical and engaged approach to social media and digital technology.</li>
By Adrian Magson. 2011
Have you got a book in you? Write On! will help get the words out of the wood and down… on paper, from hesitant beginnings right through to THE END.Adrian reveals the tricks of the trade for fiction writing which can also be applied to non-fiction. There's even advice on editing and submitting your work for publication. Edited from his collection of articles from the 'Beginners' pages of Writing Magazine, with top tips for quick reference, Adrian covers every part of the writing process, tackles writer's block, solves problems and kick-starts your mojo. His personal, friendly tone will inspire, encourage and fire up the reader-writer.
By A. E. Hotchner. 1966
An intimate, joy-filled portrait and New York Times bestseller, written by one of Hemingway’s closest friends: “It is hard to… imagine a better biography” (Life). In 1948, A. E. Hotchner went to Cuba to ask Ernest Hemingway to write an article on “The Future of Literature” for Cosmopolitan magazine. The article never materialized, but from that first meeting at the El Floridita bar in Havana until Hemingway’s death in 1961, Hotchner and the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize–winning author developed a deep and abiding friendship. They caroused in New York City and Rome, ran with the bulls in Pamplona, hunted in Idaho, and fished the waters off Cuba. Every time they got together, Hemingway held forth on an astonishing variety of subjects, from the art of the perfect daiquiri to Paris in the 1920s to his boyhood in Oak Park, Illinois. Thankfully, Hotchner took it all down. Papa Hemingway provides fascinating details about Hemingway’s daily routine, including the German army belt he wore and his habit of writing descriptive passages in longhand and dialogue on a typewriter, and documents his memories of Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Martha Gellhorn, Marlene Dietrich, and many of the twentieth century’s most notable artists and celebrities. In the literary icon’s final years, as his poor health began to affect his work, Hotchner tenderly and honestly portrays Hemingway’s valiant attempts to beat back the depression that would lead him to take his own life. Deeply compassionate and highly entertaining, this “remarkable” New York Times bestseller “makes Hemingway live for us as nothing else has done” (The Wall Street Journal).
By Theo Knell. 2012
Theodore Knell went through hell in the SAS - but his biggest battle began when he left A Hell… for Heroes is a searingly honest autobiography about what life in the military service is really like This is my life story and the story of my time in the SAS I hope that any soldier who reads it will find some sort of connection with their own I have tried to share my experiences honestly and as such all of the incidents portrayed within this book are true some so dark and painful that I often questioned whether I wanted to remain part of the human race I hope it will provide you an insight into the life and mind of a soldier - what makes us the way we are what drives us on when other men would fold what binds us together like no other brotherhood on earth what makes us laugh and what scares us shitless Watching men die violently for the first time is not something I would wish on any young man Yes many who have not served will say It will make a man out of you son but what do they know In reality it will destroy far more men than it makes leaving many dead or crippled for life some with wounds you can see but far more with wounds which you cannot
The fires on Bataan burned on the evening of April 9, 1942--illuminating the white flags of surrender against the nighttime… sky. Woefully outnumbered, outgunned, and ill-equipped, battered remnants of the American-Philippine army surrendered to the forces of the Rising Sun. Yet amongst the chaos and devastation of the American defeat, US Army Captain Donald D. Blackburn refused to lay down his arms. With future Army Special Forces legend Russell Volckmann, Blackburn escaped from Bataan and fled to the mountainous jungles of North Luzon, where they raised a private army of more than 22,000 men against the Japanese. Once there, Blackburn organized a guerrilla regiment from among the native tribes in the Cagayan Valley. "Blackburn's Headhunters," as they came to be known, devastated the Japanese 14th Army within the western provinces of North Luzon and destroyed the Japanese naval base at Aparri--the largest enemy anchorage in the Philippines. After the war, Blackburn remained on active duty and played a key role in initiating Army Special Forces operations in Southeast Asia. In 1958, as commander of the 77th Special Forces Group, he spearheaded Operation White Star in Laos--the first major deployment of Army Special Forces to a country with an active insurgency. Seven years later, Blackburn took command of the highly classified Studies and Observations Group (SOG), charged with performing secret missions now that main-force Communist incursions were on the rise. In the wake of the CIA's disastrous Leaping Lena program, in 1964 Blackburn revitalized the Special Operations campaign in South Vietnam. Sending cross-border reconnaissance teams into Cambodia and North Vietnam, he discovered the clandestine networks and supply nodes of the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Taking this information directly to General Westmoreland, Blackburn received authorization to conduct full-scale operations against the NVA and Viet Cong operating in Laos and Cambodia. In combats large and small, the Communists realized they had met a master of insurgent tactics--and he was on the US side. Following his return to the United States, Blackburn was appointed "Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities," where he was the architect of the infamous Son Tay Prison Raid. Officially termed Operation Ivory Coast, the Son Tay raid was the largest prisoner-of-war rescue mission--and indeed, the largest Army Special Forces operation--of the Vietnam War. During a period when United States troops in Southeast Asia faced guerrilla armies on every side, it has been little recognized today that America had a superb covert commander of its own, his guerrilla skills honed in resistance against Japan. This book follows Donald D. Blackburn through both his youthful days of desperate combat against an Empire, and through his days as a commander, imparting his lessons to the newly realized ranks of America's own Army Special Forces.
At the height of the Vietnam conflict, a complex system of secret underground tunnels sprawled from Cu Chi Province to… the edge of Saigon. In these burrows, the Viet Cong cached their weapons, tended their wounded, and prepared to strike. They had only one enemy: U.S. soldiers small and wiry enough to maneuver through the guerrillas' narrow domain. The brave souls who descended into these hellholes were known as "tunnel rats." Armed with only pistols and K-bar knives, these men inched their way through the steamy darkness where any number of horrors could be awaiting them-bullets, booby traps, a tossed grenade. Using firsthand accounts from men and women on both sides who fought and killed in these underground battles, authors Tom Mangold and John Penycate provide a gripping inside look at this fearsome combat. The Tunnels of Cu Chi is a war classic of unbearable tension and unforgettable heroes.
By Emily Gosling. 2018
Great Minds Don t Think Alike surveys some of the most brilliant minds of the past and present Discover… the methods and rituals they used to forge a constructive creative pathway from the downright peculiar to the reassuringly pedestrian Learn the importance of daily routines with Sylvia Plath embrace randomness with David Bowie and transcend tragedy with Frida Kahlo With 56 tried and tested creative techniques from inspired and inspiring minds - among them architects musicians playwrights painters and philosophers - enjoy an illustrated compendium of ingenious insights to kickstart your own creative process