MILITARY BOOKS

Scott Baron

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Silver Star: Navy and Marine Corps Gallantry in Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Conflicts (Blue Jacket Bks)
James E., Jr. Wise  More Info

International Stars at War
James E. Wise  More Info

They Also Served: Military Biographies of Uncommon Americans
Scott Baron  More Info

The Navy Cross: Extraordinary Heroism in Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Conflicts
James E. Wise  More Info

Soldiers Lost at Sea: A Chronicle of Troopship Disasters in Wartime
James E. Wise  More Info

Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts
James E. Wise  More Info
Military Hall of Fame: Famous Americans who served in the Armed Forces
Scott Baron  More Info

According to the book description of The Navy Cross: Extraordinary Heroism in Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Conflicts, “This collection of profiles in courage highlights the Sailors and Marines awarded the U.S. Navy's highest honor for valor, the Navy Cross. It is the first book to focus on the stories of those recognized for their heroic actions while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan--twenty-one in all, including a Marine sergeant who received his Cross on 19 January 2007. Unknown to most, they have been honored for putting their lives on the line to save others. The book also includes selected profiles of Navy Cross recipients from previous wars whose stories stand out as the best among an elite group. Coauthors James E. Wise and Scott Baron, whose previous collaboration cited exceptional women at war, wrote this book to call attention to those who have done extraordinary things to ensure the freedom of future generations of Americans.

 

The descriptions of bravery read like the scripts of Hollywood action films, but these are actual events about real people. Readers will be awestruck by the incredible courage shown by the Marines and Sailors during hellish firefights against the insurgents in Baghdad, Nasiriyah, Fallujah, Mazar-i-Sharif, and Kandahar. Yet the recipients remain modest about their actions, saying they were merely doing their duty as would any other Marine or Sailor. Among the recent Navy Cross recipients included are Chief Petty Officers Stephen Bass and Britt Slabinski, both Navy SEALs, and the "Fallujah Seven" Marines: Capt. Brent Morel, Sgt. Willie L. Copeland III, 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal, Sgt. Robert J. Mitchell, Cpl. Jeremiah Workman, Sgt. Jarrett Kraft, and Lance Cpl. Dominic D. Esquibel.”

 

According to the book description of Silver Star: Navy and Marine Corps Gallantry in Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Conflicts, “The authors have compiled this stirring collection of profiles in courage to honor the Sailors and Marines awarded the Silver Star by the U.S. Navy while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. It documents the extraordinary, award-winning actions of young American men in the war against global terrorism. A companion volume to The Navy Cross (Naval Institute Press, 2007), this book also includes selected profiles of Silver Star recipients from previous wars whose stories stand out as the best among an elite group. It is the first book to recognize and preserve for future generations the selfless dedication shown by Silver Star medalists in their fight for freedom.”

 

Booklist said of They Also Served: Military Biographies of Uncommon Americans, “Baron's collection of some 500 capsule biographies of famous Americans who served in the military is a browsing treat for celebrity lovers and military buffs alike. Baron leads off with the 24 presidents who have worn military uniforms and works down the scale of respectability (perhaps) through politicians, artists and writers, entertainers, and businessmen to the likes of John Dillinger, who, after five months in the U.S. Navy, deserted. Although the material on many a figure is on the skimpy side, the book as a whole clearly shows that America's wars have drawn increasingly on a wide range of skills and backgrounds. It shows, too, just how many Americans distinguished in other fields have at some time worn military uniforms, sometimes at a considerable price: Art Carney, for example, has a lifetime limp, thanks to a German mortar round. Baron plans a second volume, covering more Americans, and a third on non-American figures.”

Scott Baron served for two years as an enlisted man in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  Following his military service, he graduated from Cal State, Northridge with a degree in Constitutional Law and worked for ten years in law enforcement before beginning a teaching career at the Evergreen Criminal Justice Center.  He continued his teaching career at both the community college and grade school level. Scott Barron is the author of They Also Served: Military Biographies of Uncommon Americans and The Military Hall of Fame: Famous Americans Who Served in the Armed Forces.  Scott Barron is also the co-author of Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts; The Navy Cross: Extraordinary Heroism in Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Conflicts; Soldiers Lost at Sea: A Chronicle of Troopship Disasters in Wartime; Silver Star: Navy and Marine Corps Gallantry in Iraq, Afghanistan and Other Conflicts; and, International Stars at War.

 

According to the book description of Women at War: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Conflicts, “Today, women in all U.S. military services are involved in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. They serve as pilots and crewmen of assault helicopters, bombers, fighters, and transport planes, and are frequently engaged in firefights with enemy insurgents while guarding convoys, traveling in hostile territory. They perform pat down searches of Arab women at checkpoints, carry out military police duties, and serve aboard Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships at sea. Like their male counterparts, they carry out their missions with determination and great courage. The advent of the insurgency war, which has no rear or front lines, has made the debate regarding women in combat irrelevant. In such a war zone anyone can be killed or injured at any moment.

 

The stories of these courageous women are told here by James E. Wise and Scott Baron, who use a format similar to the one employed with such success in the book Stars in Blue. The profiles of some thirty women and their photographs are included.

 

To record their stories, the authors conducted numerous personal interviews, and utilized numerous oral history interviews conducted by staff at The Women’s Memorial, located in Arlington, Virginia. In every case Wise and Baron were struck by the women’s extraordinary display of dedication to their mission and to the soldiers and sailors with whom they served. Because the service of women in the military has been under reported to date, most of the women profiled here will be unknown to readers and reveal another dimension to the service of women in the desert and the vital role they play in the armed forces. While the book’s focus is on today’s women in combat, it also reaches back to Vietnam, Korea, and World War II to offer selected stories of inspiring women who served at the "cusp of the spear" as they fought and died for their country.”

 

According to the book description of Soldiers Lost at Sea: A Chronicle of Troopship Disasters in Wartime, “Heroism, tragedy, devotion to duty, and scandal are just a few of the ingredients that make up this dramatic first-time account of troopship losses in wartime. International in scope, it offers a compilation of stories about historic troopship disasters caused by torpedoes, aerial attacks, mines, surface fire, foul weather, friendly fire, and poor planning by military decision makers. Some are well known, like the explosion of the steamship Sultana on the Mississippi while transporting 2,000 Union soldiers home from Confederate prisons. Others, like the June 1945 sinking of the Japanese cruiser Ashigara by a British submarine that resulted in the loss of 800 Japanese soldiers, are little known. An extraordinary few far surpass the authors' criteria for selection of disasters with high troop loss and the involvement of heroic acts. Among the most memorable is the 1851 sinking of the British frigate Birkenhead with some 600 soldiers and their wives and children aboard. Lacking sufficient lifeboats, the men stood steady in their ranks on deck as the ship went down.

 

Board of Inquiry hearings, action reports, survivor debriefings, and personal correspondence collected from archives in Germany, Italy, Russia, Australia, Britain, and the United States tell the story of some fifty vessels that went down. Many of these disasters, the authors explain, were kept secret for decades. An introductory chapter provides an overview of troop losses at sea beginning with the age of galley warfare, but the majority of the book focuses on losses of World War II Allied and Axis ships followed by incidents from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.”

 

According to the book description of International Stars at War, “The last in a popular series on movie stars in the military, this handsome book provides readers with a guide to film actors of many nations who served in various branches of their own military forces. Because they appeared in Hollywood movies, many of these figures will be familiar to Americans.

 

A few even won Oscars. Others worked closer to home but are still readily recognizable. Most of them date their service to World War II, and the preponderance is British. Among the more than sixty stars featured are the British actors Richard Attenborough, Richard Burton, Michael Caine, Royal Navy gunner Sean Connery, Alex Guinness, Rex Harrison, Anthony Hopkins (who spent a year with the Royal Artillery during the Cold War), Ray Milland, Roger Moore (a first lieutenant with the British Army in occupied West Germany after World War II), David Niven, Michael Rennie, and Peter Ustinov. Those from Canada include Lorne Greene, Raymond Massey, and Walter Pidgeon. The Frenchmen include Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer. Also featured are Laurence Harvey of South Africa, Peter Finch of Australia, Oskar Werner of Germany, Toshiro Mifune of Japan, and Audrey Hepburn, who as a child was a courier for World War II resistance fighters in Holland.

 

While the book focuses on the stars' military experiences, it also provides information about their earlier lives and screen careers after their service. Like the other books in the series, it will have wide appeal.”

 

According to the book description of The Military Hall of Fame: Famous Americans Who Served in the Armed Forces, “Did you know that Alan Alda, Hawkeye of M*A*S*H, was an Army gunnery officer in the Korean War? Or that gourmet cook Julia Child served with the OSS-the predecessor of the CIA-in World War II? Or that Yankee Hall of Famer Yogi Berra participated in the D-Day landing at Normandy? These, and hundreds more fascinating facts make The Military Hall of Fame a fun-filled book that makes history come alive in an unexpected way.”

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