December 2011

Military Book Look: 1901

Rober Conroy's "alternate history" of a U.S.-German war in 1901

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.

Military Book Look: At Dawn We Slept

A look at Gordon W. Prange's classic work on the Pearl Harbor attack


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!

It said:

“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.

Military Book Look - Rouge Warrior: Green Team

A look at one of Richard Marcinko's shoot 'em up adventures

Richard Marcinko is unique in that, after he wrote his bestselling autobiography Rouge Warrior he turned to action/adventure fiction written in a pseudo-autobiographical style with him as the lead character!  How come?  Well, the reason given in the back cover blurb of novels like the one being reviewed claims:

“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.