Introducing Claude R. Hurst Jr., author of The Ravings and Savings of a Vietnam Veteran

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Claude R. Hurst Jr. graduated from high school in May of 1966, joined the Marines in June 1966 and was in Vietnam by mid-December, 1966. He is active in a Vietnam Vet group in Huntington, WV, plays music for Chapel at the Woody Williams VA Hospital and still writes and sings about the war. He has a B.A. in Education and a Masters in Special Education. These activities help him deal with P.T.S.D. but mostly love and Christ get him through.

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Ever go on an impossible journey? Experience one with me – of war, faith and love by reading my book then you’ll realize you have been on one too! Unpopular war, faith and love are the three themes of “The Raving (I) and Savings (II) of a Vietnam Veteran.” Also Loose Ends (III) incorporates and connects all three themes. Part I incorporates poems and one short story to give the reader some insight into the Vietnam War in 1967 along the DMZ. Mamasan brings the war closer to everyday life of the people of Vietnam. Always there and the story “The Mad Minute” bring you closer to the war and to the writer’s life. Part II tells of faith in God and how it can help you in the journey that is life. Finally, Part III intertwines a variety of the consciousnesses of the writer. The long journey for this writer is woven into the poems and one short story. Forty-nine years of coping with P.T.S.D. without the help of anyone but his wife. Encountering faith, love, loss, frustration, injustice, rejection, disrespect, non-understanding, unpopular war, and coming home to a thankless America in 1968 are the fabric of this book’s writings. Now Vietnam is far away yet always near and faith and love are so dear. The journey continues with each new day and makes a way!

Introducing Harold Cohn, author of The Lost Dutchmen Mine and the Peg Leg Pete Mine

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Harold Cohn is a Disabled Vietnam Vet (U.S.S. Harnett County, LST 821. Mekong Delta, 1967-1968). In addition, I am a retired Park Ranger (31 years of service) from the County of San Diego (California).

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While I was working as a Park Ranger at El Monte Park, Lakeside, California, I wrote a book titled: “The El Monte Park History” (12 pages/13 months of research and writing). Years later, the forgoing book became basis of a museum Artist/Muralist Mona Mills and I created at El Monte Park in an abandoned pump house building (8’x16″ [World’s smallest museum?]) named the “El Monte Oaks Museum.” The interior walls of the museum’s wall were painted with murals, based on “The El Monte Park History” by Mona Mills, Artist Muralist that depicted the park’s history when it was an ancient Native American campground to the current day.

Introducing Gary R. Patterson, author of A President’s Dithering False Bravado

“I considered myself extremely fortunate to have published with Outskirts Press. My Author Representative was kind, courteous and professional in every way and just as important she is always prompt in responding to my questions and concerns. I will be publishing with Outskirts Press in the future as well.”

A President’s Dithering False Bravado is Gary R. Patterson’s sixth book over the last ten years-all of which chronicle and critique the eight-year, two-term Presidency of Barack Obama. garyrpatterson.com

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Obama Repeatedly Vacillated Over Bombing Syria. A President’s Dithering False Bravado meticulously examines and chronicles -hour-by-hour – exactly who and what happened that could have so abruptly caused President Barack Obama to make the consensus, greatest foreign policy blunder of his eight-year Presidency: to wit, backing down, ultimately for good, from enforcing his “Red Line” Ultimatum against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for launching an Internationally-banned chemical weapons attack against his own people in August 2013, killing over 1,300. Inexplicably, within less than 90 minutes after his unwavering announcement to the world (on September 30th, 2013) that the United States may indeed bomb Syria, President Obama suddenly changed course and was already contemplating calling the whole thing off. What’s more, dithering even further – less than 24 hours later – President Obama stunningly reversed himself a second time the very next day; by contradictorily declaring “Now after careful deliberation [apparently overnight], I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian Regime targets…So to all members of Congress of both parties, I ask you to take this vote (to grant Obama authority to act militarily] for our National Security… I’m ready to act in the face of this outrage.” And yet three years later in 2016, Barack Obama incomprehensively contradicted himself once again; insisting that, in truth, no such threat to U.S. National Security, in fact, ever existed in 2013 after all. Moreover, only six days later (on September 6th, 2013), President Obama utterly reversed himself for the third time in just eight days by ultimately conceding to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States would call off its military strike against Syria if Bashar al-Assad would just agree – as his only penalty – to surrender his country’s entire banned chemical weapons arsenal to the International Community. A condition to which Assad ultimately did not comply with and for which Assad and Syria were never punished militarily throughout the remainder of the Obama Presidency. And the President dithers even more…

Introducing James Allen Young, author of Red Geranium: A Kansas Family History In Letters 1880-1960

“I was pleased with the final product. As a first time author, I now understand the importance of copy-editing and proofreading.”

James Allen Young, M.D. M.M.M. is a Kansas native. He earned a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard College and has nourished a lifelong interest in history and genealogy. He had a 35-year career in adult cancer medicine and oncology program management prior to his retirement in 2016. The author lives with his wife Sarah on a small farm in Boulder County, Colorado. Red Geranium is his first book.

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Based upon a collection of thousands of family letters spanning several generations, Red Geranium tells the story of three families whose lives intersected in twentieth-century rural Sumner County, Kansas. The Mitchell-Young family, bereaved and impoverished at the dawn of the Great Depression, relied upon its wits, work ethic, and the timely assistance of friends, neighbors, and government, to slowly struggle to recovery. Their lives touched some of the most important and historic characters and events of the twentieth century; and their unique individual characteristics shaped their own destiny and that of the next generation. The touching, candid, and personal letters tell a remarkable story, and they illuminate some long-hidden family mysteries.

Introducing Steven D. Schultz, author of We Marched Through Hell: A Rural High School’s Service in the Vietnam War and Life in its Aftermath

“Since I had never written or published a book before, I was rather ignorant to the process and nervous about what to expect. The staff at Outskirts Press were patient with me and guided me through the process. If I write another book, I will most definitely do so through Outskirts Press.”

Steven Schultz enlisted in the Army prior to the end of the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. After completing his education, he was hired at Porterville College, eventually becoming the Vice President of Student Services. He was responsible for the development of the college’s first-ever Veterans Resource Center.

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The fighting stopped, but the war continues. We Marched Through Hell is not a book that merely compiles war stories during the Vietnam War. Rather, the book places readers in the various stages that students from a rural high school went through in the 1960s as our country was being torn apart at the seams by the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. Those stages included making the decision to volunteer or take their chances on the draft; going to college or moving to Canada; experiencing the ugliness of segregation while stationed in the South; leaving a home at peace to a home at war; living in Vietnam; experiencing the war while in the bush, in the air, on the rivers, on the bases, or while providing support to the troops. Then, when they went home after their time in the war was over, these veterans faced protesters at the airports and animosity from their own communities. But for many of them, the war never really ended as they continue to battle through their personal wars with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and physical injuries still needing rehabilitation. The book also looks at how the war affected the family members and friends of the veterans. Some suffered with the profound loss from the death of a loved one, while others still struggle with their family members as they deal with rehabilitation from the physical and psychological injuries they suffered as a result of their experiences in Vietnam. Their war never ends.

Introducing Michael D. Hankins, author of Arizona Rattlesnake Tales

“Smooth sailing are the words that best describe my experience with Outskirts Press. Any problems we had were easily handled by their inhouse experts. I’d definitely use Outskirts Press again and plan on doing so with my second book!”

Michael Hankins considers himself more of an adventurer than a writer. He spent the majority of his life exploring Alabama, Alaska, and now Arizona. Michael and wife Joleen enjoy hiking in the desert, ever careful to watch where they step and where they place their fingers.

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Life wasn’t easy for the early Arizona pioneers who settled in the rattlesnake kingdom of the world… Arizona Rattlesnake Tales takes the reader back in time to experience the unimaginable hardships cowboys and pioneers faced while living amongst the dreaded “rattler,” in a time when antivenom was nonexistent and a rattlesnake bite was often a death sentence. The book includes vintage clippings-unedited reports from 1866-1923 newspapers that paint a clear picture of the extreme adversity and tragedy early settlers dealt with. The tales are scary, exciting, humorous, and oftentimes sad, and they all help to illuminate this fascinating time and place in U.S. history. If you’re a true Arizona history buff, there’s no other book like Arizona Rattlesnake Tales!

Introducing Mark Simone, author of When Mourning Turned Into Dancing: Seeds of Hope in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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Mark Simone is a powerful force for good in the world. His words, his work, and his life bear witness to love, joy, and gratitude in a way that will make your heart smile. You will leave this book feeling better for knowing him. -Regina Brett, author of God Never Blinks

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“Oh, my Africa; Africa, my beginning, and Africa, my end.” The topic of South African Apartheid (1948-1994) is controversial, and the real-life stories featured in When Mourning Turned Into Dancing: An American’s Journey of Discovery of Post-Apartheid South Africa are passionate, inspirational, and heart-wrenching. Within these pages, there is also violence, hatred, and racism. Under Apartheid, people were hurt, and many died. People disappeared, never to be heard from again. Others profited hugely from the spoils of institutionalized racism. Now, South Africa is experiencing a period of unparalleled renewal and change. Non-Whites are looking through the uncertainty with new hope. Oppression is fading, and poverty is being slowly pushed back. Tethers have been broken, and justice is beginning to be restored. When Mourning Turned Into Dancing is a candid look at life in South Africa after the fall of Apartheid. The personal stories told within weave a patchwork quilt of devastation, hope, and finally, rebirth-a poignant reminder that even in the absence of prosperity, there is still beauty, and where there is the seed of new hope, the gift of renewal will blossom and flourish. Hope springs eternal in When Mourning Turned Into Dancing: Seed of Hope in Post-Apartheid South Africa, a collection of memoirs, interviews, and correspondence from author and youth minister Mark Simone’s 16 trips to South Africa to aid the victims of Apartheid.

Introducing Virginia Lohmann Nodhturft, author of F.W.E. Lohmann Elizabeth Van Lew’s Civil War Spy

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Dr. Virginia Nodhturft is the great, great grand-daughter of F.W.E. Lohmann a Civil War Spy for the Union.

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A story of the passion and courage of an Abolitionist Civil War Spy for the Union. “F.W.E, Lohmann is an unsung hero of the Union war effort, and Virginia Nodhturft’s loving and detailed effort, to remember his sacrifice, along with the service of Elizabeth Van Lew and many others, will be much appreciated by students of the war, especially those interested in Virginia’s Unionist Underground.” —Jeffry Burden, Former Commander-in Chief of the Loyal Legion and Director of Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, VA. “In sharing the story of F.W.E. Lohmann, Virginia Nodhturft has performed a valuable service to the descendents of F.W.E. Lohmann-and anyone interested in this often overlooked aspect of the Civil War.” -Bill Lohmann, reporter and author, Richmond, VA
“This book describes the extraordinary sacrifices my great, great, great grandfather made to preserve the Union and to abolish slavery. The dangerous missions he undertook with passion and courage has been an inspiration to my family over six generations. His principled life has impacted on how my family manages the numerous challenges the good life presents.” -Charles William Lohmann,V
“An important Civil War spy network in Richmond comes alive in Virginia Nodhturft’s engaging account of a family member who provided critical information and assistance to the Union cause. This fascinating volume entertains and informs both the scholar and layperson.” -John M. Belohlavek/Professor of History/University of South Florida

Introducing James C. Rollins, author of Emancipation Proclamation: The True Black History

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James C. Rollins is a retired D.C. Government civil servant. He is a resident of Prince Georges County, Md. the father of four kids and the grandfather of four super special kids, and great grandfather of two baby boys and a baby girl. He probably was one of the first single parent dads of the 1970s. He attended Antioch University. Rollins served in the US Air Force from 1961 (beginning construction of the Berlin Wall, The Cuban Missile Crisis, also known as the October Crisis of 1962, and the Viet Nam war) to 1965. The Author’s history is significant because he was born in 1942, 15 city blocks from the nation’s capital, in a house that had no indoor plumbing (it had an outhouse) nor electricity, and it was heated by a wood stove in the dining room. He was born mid-day, at home, by the mid-wife who was also his grandmother- not in the local hospital (that was 4 blocks away), because it only accepted black patients in emergency.

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EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION THE TRUE BLACK HISTORY. The journey from the valley of darkness by African slaves in 1619, to the mountain top in 2008 with the election of African American Barak Obama, President of the United States. African Americans searching for the African roots of their culture should begin by understanding that only about five percent of between 11 and 12 million enslaved Africans were brought to North America or the United States. By 1619 the first African indentured servants arrived in the American colonies. The indentured servant was not a slave; they were under contract to provide service, over some time, after which they were set free. “What an interesting book! This book is well written while covering such a wide variety of topics that each entry is interesting and enlightening. There was an excellent job of covering a large period before the EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION and after many in a clear and concise manner. It definitely gives the readers some food for thought, and they’ll still be thinking about this book and its revelations long after they’ve read the last page.” Author of the controversial book The Curse of Willie Lynch: How social engineering in the year 1712 continues to affect African Americans today.

Introducing Donald F. Kilburg, Jr., author of Hitler’s Last Christmas: The Day the Entire Mighty 8th Air Force Entered the Battle of the Bulge

“The overall experience exceeded my expectations.”

Donald F. Kilburg, Jr. is a retired business executive whose interest in history has led him to research and write numerous published articles about events of World War II. He is a member of the 487th Bomb Group Association and serves on its Board. A charter member of the World War II Museum, he is also a member of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, and the National Museum of the Air Force.

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Christmas Eve 1944 The Greatest Day in the History of Aerial Warfare. The events of World War II have been studied, analyzed and documented extensively. Yet, one of the greatest feats of aerial bombing warfare has been all but ignored. In Hitler’s Last Christmas, we revisit the Second World War and specifically Sunday, December 24, 1944-when the 8th Air Force launched the largest air armada in the history of warfare. It was a desperate effort by the Allies to support the troops hopelessly hunkered down in the frigid weather of the Battle of the Bulge. The eventual success of those beleaguered troops was to some great measure due to the success of that Christmas Eve air mission. The details of the 8th Air Force mission #760 were mis-filed shortly after the war and the magnitude of that day in December 1944 overlooked-until now. Hitler’s Last Christmas shares the accounts of the event both from the Air Force Archives and the memories of those brave flyers who participated in it.