Cook graduated with a B.A. from the University of Delaware and has a Master’s Degree from Boston University.
He is considered an expert in counterinsurgency, having written doctrine on this subject for the U.S. Army Intelligence
Center & School. In addition, he is the recipient of the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart,
Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnamese Medal of Honor and several other combat and peacetime awards.
He has served as the publisher and editor for the Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Journal. His recollections
of Vietnam are included in Ron Steinman’s “A Soldier’s Story” both as a book and television documentary.
Colonel John Lewis Cook is the author of Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure: A War Doomed By The Coalition’s
Strategies, Policies And Political Correctness; Rescue Under Fire: The Story of DUST OFF in Vietnam; The Advisor: The Phoenix
Program in Vietnam; Armor at Fulda Gap: A Visual Novel of the War of Tomorrow; East Fork; Amos Tarr: Native Son; and, The
to the book description of Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure: A War Doomed By The Coalition's Strategies, Policies
And Political Correctness, “Unparalleled access to all levels of the Afghan government and coalition forces
is the result of John Cook’s tenure in Afghanistan. Over the past four and a half years, he has developed an intimate
and alarming insight into what has become a hand-wringing quagmire of politically correct, socially and culturally sensitive
policies and programs that continue to be implemented, and that can only result in catastrophic failure for the United States,
the coalition and the average Afghan.
Cook offers unprecedented insight as he digs deep to rip away at the misguided and destructive policies, including the infamous
“Rules of Engagement” that doom our soldiers for the sake of political correctness and cultural sensitivity. This
raw and disturbing account covers the truths regarding the appalling and cruel treatment of women, the squandering of foreign
aid by, and corruption of, the “Karzai-centric” government that includes the betrayal of its own people.
presents eye-opening insight into the tribal structure that has traditionally guided the Afghan mindset and, despite efforts
to “westernize”, will not go away. He details the inexplicable and infuriating policies regarding failures associated
with poppy eradication, and it is the poppies that are the fuel for terrorist activities. He further provides explanations
for the Taliban’s continuing control and the problems associated with our “well-intentioned” but misguided
Counterinsurgency strategies against the Taliban and al Qaeda - strategies that fail our mission and our soldiers. In this
reasoned, forceful and intellectually honest treatise, he also courageously dissects the disturbing role of Islam and forces
the reader to come face to face with the reality that Islam, not the Taliban, is the real enemy in Afghanistan. After reading
Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure, we can only conclude we must no longer turn a blind eye to what is happening in Afghanistan.
Mr. Cook’s dissection is powerful and provocative. The American public deserves more than the thin veil of reporting
that has been done on the subjects in this expose. Due to his longevity in this war torn country and high- level access, few,
if any, have had the opportunity to gain the inside and knowledge afforded John Cook; none have had the courage to publicly
reveal the shameful truth.”
to the book description of East Fork, “This is a story of life in a tiny coal town in West
Virginia, caught in the backwash of what passes for civilization. The characters are real; they represent life and human behavior
everywhere, but here they play out their story against a backdrop of poverty, ignorance, hypocrisy, and ingrained intolerance.
It's a story of hope triumphing over hopelessness and despair. Much more than a love story or an adventure, EAST FORK is a
powerful, often funny, and extremely moving saga of the struggle for personal redemption. Finally, EAST FORK is an uplifting
celebration of the human spirit and the true meaning of love, loyalty and friendship.”
to the book description of Amos Tarr: Native Son, it “is written from John Cook's personal
"you can't make this stuff up" recollections. Witty and disarming, this novel is laugh-out-loud funny. Without question,
West Virginia is different and this book shows you why. Follow Amos from one hilarious adventure to another as he pursues
Louise Mayhue, the woman of his dreams. Meet Amos' brother Tommy, a lawyer constantly searching for the big case; the old
Schrader sisters and their cigarette-smoking monkey; Amos' friend Ronnie, a genuine redneck, whose special talent is dynamite
fishing. The minister, the Japanese, and many more will convince you that everything you've heard about West Virginia is true.
It's all here in John Cook's wickedly funny and politically incorrect examination of life in his native state.”
to the book description of The Arrowhead Incident, “Saudi Arabia, 13 February, 1991. Midnight.
Desert Storms' ground war is just hours away. A US Army Apache attack helicopter has been called forward by an infantry unit
to check for Iraqi penetration of the Saudi border. The Apache locates an enemy vehicle and, in the darkness and blowing sand,
fires an Arrowhead anti-tank missile. Unfortunately, the Arrowhead slams into the top of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, killing
three American soldiers. The Army investigates and rules the tragic incident a case of fratricide, an unfortunate-but always
present-by-product of all wars. But was it an accident? Could it have been avoided? Was the highly regarded Arrowhead, the
Army's latest high-tech weapon, a fatally flawed killer and was the Army involved in a massive cover-up?”
reader of Armor at Fulda Gap: A Visual Novel of the War of Tomorrow said, it “is a great book
in the 'War of Tomorrow" series. The four books look at future (at that time, 1990 or so) of a possible conflict between
NATO and the Soviet Union in Europe. Armor at the Fulda Gap is more speculative of the four featuring several types of weapons
and systems that were apparently merely ideas back in 1990 such as automated logistics and resupply systems, robot tanks,
directed energy weapons on the battlefield, and automated mobile mines. Thus the book is very useful as a speculative look
at future armored warfare even now some 20 years later. The only weakness of the book is that it is a few years before the
internet so no mention of the possibilities it offers are mentioned.”