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William C. Grayson

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Major William C. Grayson, USA (ret.) is “trained in intelligence and counterintelligence, and has authored three military histories. Leading USAF units in the US, Europe, and Vietnam, he was NSA s Transmission Security Chief at the time of his retirement. He provided security support to the White House, AF-1, joint commands, defense and intelligence agencies, and NATO. After NSA, Bill was a Commerce Department Telecommunications Specialist, securing networked computers of whole federal civil agencies, accomplishing missions in Latin America and aboard Customs Service AWACS aircraft, and then joined Northrop Grumman. Currently at a Washington think tank, Bill lives in Maryland and is a frequent visitor to the Delaware shore.”

 

Major William C. Grayson is the author of At Least I Know I'm Free, Ghost Towers, Second Edition: The Coast Artillery’s Forgotten Last Stand During the Darkest Days of World War II; and, Chicksands: A Millennium of History.

 

According to the book description of At Least I Know I'm Free, “The storm clouds over the western democracies since 1979 strikingly resemble the frightening 1930s climate that forewarned the horrors of World War II. Then as now, detached people and their anti-war leaders were swayed by wishful thinking that faraway troublemakers could be reasoned with and that they would keep their distance. Delaying until it was almost too late, democracies citizens paid a terrible price in the 1940s for their leaders naive tardiness. At Least I Know I’m Free takes a what-if look at how the decision not to fight by Western leaders could have cost Americans their basic rights and freedoms.”

 

One reader of At Least I Know I'm Free said, “Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the USA" provides both the title of this interesting book and the lyrics which generate a thought provoking look at how our world might have changed if WWII had gone differently. With his usual attention to detail and very intense grasp of serious aspects of war fighting and political processes, Author Grayson has put together a rather compelling scenario for a far difference result from America's war with Japan and Germany. The first great challenge the reader must face is that of suspending knowledge of the actual outcome of WWII. Once past that, the author has created a sequence of momentous events that weave both known important persons and invented players and their decisions and actions into a certainly plausible novel. The alternative history plays upon the actual or suspected ideology of such luminaries as the Socialist Norman Thomas as President, "America Firster" Charles Lindberg as Vice President and pacifist Jeanette Rankin as Secretary of War. The author then composes his novel by giving life and direction to the major antagonists and protagonists of the day, with Hitler, Von Ribbentrop, Stalin, Hirohito, Churchill, Roosevelt and their minions all involved in both actual and alternative scenarios. Strategic and tactical aspects of this history are described, with nuclear weapons serving as in important catalyst for much of the alternative outcome. What makes this book capture the reader's interest is the constant leavening of real events and detailed explanations of developments which give a sense of reality to events which are demonstrably different from what we know to be true. This effort is an easy read and provides some serious points to ponder, while at the same time a historian might find some of the concoctions a bit simplistic or beyond reasonable likelihood. The author does a particularly important service for the less initiated by providing an Annex which compares the actual events with the alternative events, with discussion of why the alternative has been posed. Altogether, this is a good piece of literary work and recommended reading.”


At Least I Know I'm Free
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Chicksands: A Millennium of History
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Delaware's Ghost Towers: Second Edition
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One reader of Chicksands: A Millennium of History said, “The work by Bill Grayson about Chicksands is professionalism at its best. His detailed study of Chicksands from the days early occupation by the Gilbertine Order to the occupation by the RAF and USAF/SS as an intelligence listening post is accurate and done in precise detail. His ability to convey the position of the military forces' use of Chicksands during WWII and the Cold War is excellent. This work by Mr. Grayson is a keepsake of knowledge that those of us who served our country at Chicksands will long hold in esteem and honor. A worthwhile addition to any library.”

 

One reader of Chicksands: A Millennium of History said, “This is an excellent book which details the history of Chicksands, a location near Shefford in Bedfordshire, England. Chicksands started out as a monastery, became a manor house, and ended up as a secret listening post for the RAF and later the USAF. The book details a lot of the medieval history of the site, and at times can be a little slow reading. Having lived and worked at Chicksands for about 2 1/2 years, I was glad to see a book that details the history of the place. The book is a fitting tribute to all who worked or lived there, from the monks in the 1100's to the USAF personnel who were there until closure in 1995.”

 

The MOAA said of Delaware’s Ghost Towers, Second Edition: The Coast Artillery’s Forgotten Last Stand During the Darkest Days of World War II, “Immediately after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor and the German declaration of war against the U.S. days later, the capabilities of the U.S. Navy and Air Force to defend against attack from the sea and invasion were marginal. The Army’s Coast Artillery, consisting largely of National Guard units, manned the front lines on all three coasts. The book discusses Coast Artillery guns, fire control, early radar, coastal minefields and the enormous challenge confronting gunners in targeting moving enemy ships against a background of world events in the 1940’s.”

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