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Michael K. Bohn

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Commander Michael K. Bohn, USN (ret.) was “a career naval intelligence officer, 1968 – 1988, Mr. Bohn served the President twice.  During 1970-72, he was a Military Social Aide to President Nixon.  He helped manage White House social events ranging from afternoon coffees to Tricia Nixon’s wedding. During the second Reagan administration, Mr. Bohn was the Director of the White House Situation Room.  He organized the flow of critical information into the White House and National Security Council throughout the Middle East kidnappings and international terrorism of the mid-1980s.  He wrote daily summaries of world events for the President, Vice President and senior White House officials.”


In Vietnam, Commander Michael K. Bohn “served in the Brown Water Navy, operating in the rivers of the Mekong Delta.  He was an intelligence duty officer and briefer for the Chief of Naval Operations, and Aide to the Director of Naval Intelligence.  Mr. Bohn also served aboard ships and at intelligence centers in San Diego, Honolulu, and Washington, DC.  In 1984-85, he was a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a foreign policy research organization in Washington.”


Commander Michael K. Bohn is the author of: Nerve Center: Inside the White House Situation Room; The Achille Lauro Hijacking: Lessons in the Politics and Prejudice of Terrorism; and, Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin' on Birdies.


According to the book description of Nerve Center: Inside the White House Situation Room, “The White House Situation Room is arguably the most important facility in the most important building in the world. As the president’s intelligence and alert center, it provides vital communication and crisis management capabilities to the chief executive and his advisers. It can also be “an island of calm,” as a top adviser for Vice President Al Gore once described it. So little is known about the Situation Room that, until the publication of Nerve Center, the American public’s knowledge of it is almost entirely based on its portrayal by the entertainment industry.


Yet, as Michael K. Bohn points out, Hollywood has failed to capture the real drama of the Situation Room. Numerous crises come alive in Nerve Center, from the Vietnam War (when President Johnson made late night visits to the Situation Room wearing his pajamas and went so often that he moved his Oval Office chair there), to the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, to today’s high-tech war on terrorism. Created in the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs fiasco by advisers to President John Kennedy, presidents, cabinet members, and National Security Council staff members have all come to depend on the Situation Room. “I knew that I could always rely on the Situation Room,” President Jimmy Carter recalled, “and it never let me down.”


Bohn, who served as director of the Situation Room for the first President George Bush, has recruited numerous officials, including former and current staff, to tell the colorful forty-year history of the Situation Room. In a final chapter, Bohn uses a fictional crisis to describe how the Situation Room will evolve to help the president meet the challenges of an increasingly dangerous future.”


Publisher’s Weekly said of The Achille Lauro Hijacking: Lessons in the Politics and Prejudice of Terrorism, “Bohn, who directed the White House situation room under Reagan, relates the harrowing tale of one of the most spectacular terrorist acts of the 1980s and its aftermath. In October 1985, Palestinian gunmen under the command of Abu Abbas commandeered an Italian cruise ship, murdered the wheelchair-bound Jewish-American Leon Klinghoffer and tossed his body overboard. Negotiations yielded the perpetrators safe passage in an Egyptian aircraft, but the U.S. intercepted the flight and the terrorists were put on trial in Italy. During the crisis, Arab-American activist Alex Odeh appeared on television and seemed to justify Palestinian terrorism; his remarks were quoted out of context. Police suspected that Jewish extremists were responsible for his subsequent murder. Bohn, a former navy officer, juxtaposes the murders of Odeh and Klinghoffer, two Americans killed because of their differing affiliations in a still-simmering conflict, in drawing lessons about the "politics and prejudice" of terrorism. He attempts to understand the motivations and grievances of the terrorists, not to justify them but to encourage a more effective policy for confronting terror. For Bohn, terrorism is "not just about good versus evil" but exists in a political and cultural context; his book effectively illuminates the back-story of a gruesome example of it.”

Nerve Center: Inside the White House Situation Room
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The <i>Achille Lauro</i> Hijacking: Lessons in the Politics and Prejudice of Terrorism
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Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin' on Birdies
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According to the book description of Money Golf: 600 Years of Bettin' on Birdies, “You can't play Major League Baseball and bet on a game; just ask Pete Rose. Don't try running a betting ring in the NHL, either. Want the surest ticket out of NCAA sports? Betting's the way to do it. In stark contrast, however, the United States Golf Association officially sanctions betting among players during their games. And it's not just the pros who bet. Every man, out with his buddies, asks at the first tee, "Shall we make this interesting?" Yet there has never been a betting scandal in organized golf.


Money Golf is the first book that tells the complete story of golf's unique association with wagering and how that relationship evolved. It features anecdotes from fifteenth-century Scots to Tiger Woods and all the smooth-swinging flatbellies, movie stars, athletes, politicians, women golfers, Joe Six-Packs, hustlers, and sharks in between. It also serves as a primer for novice golf bettors, providing explanations of Calcuttas (betting auctions), odds-making, on-course games, and the art and history of golf hustling. It even highlights movies and books that include golf wagers, showing that even writers understand the marriage of the two.


Wagering on golf has been part of the game since it migrated to the United States in 1888. All of the early icons of American golf bet when they played-Francis Ouimet, Walter Hagen, and Gene Sarazen. Even Bobby Jones, the simon-pure amateur, wagered on his game. Sam Snead and Ben Hogan always had a little something on the side; so did Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson learned how to bet on golf when they were little kids. All the personalities, stories, and history of betting on birdies are included in Money Golf.”

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