Robert Conroy had a good idea: base a “what if” novel upon actual plans Germany once drew up to launch a limited invasion of the northeastern United States in order to demand lands won from Spain in the Spanish-American War of 1898. The result: his novel simply entitled 1901.
Gordon W. Prange was a historian to remember. An expert in European history, he was noted because of the lively way he taught his history classes at the University of Maryland. He became such a success that this campus phenomenon took place: he got lauded in the yearbook for his World War I and World War II classes!
“Students flock to his class and sit enraptured as he animates the pages of twentieth century European history through his goosesteps, "Sieg Heils", "Achtungs", machine gun retorts, and frantic gestures.” *
His most standout achievement, though, came posthumously, and the subject was not Europe but the Pacific. Its title: At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story Of Pearl Harbor.
“Richard Marcinko’s revelations in his explosive #1 bestselling autobiography, Rouge Warrior, reverberated through the highest levels of the U.S. Government. But, bound by government restrictions, he was forbidden to tell the whole story. The answer was fiction.”
I wonder just what is “fact” and what is “fiction” in this yarn which begins with Marcinko leading his “Green Team” of special ops experts on a mission in Cairo to snatch an Islamic terrorist who was arrested in the United States for a series of deadly attacks … and got out of jail free.