Book Review: ‘The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11’


We have some planes. – Mohammad Atta, Hijacker I look at the clock, and every time I look at the clock, it seems to be 9:11. I’m like, “Oh, 9:11 again.” It just happens, something so simple like that. – Sharon Miller, Officer, Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) On September 10, 2019, Avid Reader PressContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11’”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s afternoon on Saturday, September 24, 2022, and even though it’s fall in the Tampa Bay area, you would not know it because of the summer-like heat. It’s not as hellishly hot as it was in August – the heat index is in the mid-90s rather than the low 100s (30sContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 24, 2022, or: A Quick & Dirty Weekend Update (No, Not That Kind of ‘Dirty’!)”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’


Dies Irae: The Story Continues…. In early 1982, Sidgwick & Jackson of London and Macmillan Publishing of New York published The Third World War: The Untold Story, a war novel co-written by General Sir John Hackett and seven collaborators, many of whom had co-written The Third World War: August 1985, published four years earlier and,Continue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: The Untold Story’”

Book Review: ‘The Third World War: August 1985’


On May 1, 1978, London-based Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd. published The Third World War: August 1985: A Future History, a work of near-future speculative fiction by Sir John Hackett, a retired general in the British Army, and a group of co-authors that, according to the publisher, included an admiral, an economist, and a diplomat, allContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Third World War: August 1985’”

Book Review: ‘SSN’ (originally published as ‘SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare’)


The Inspiration: Tom Clancy’s SSN On November 16, 1996, Simon & Schuster Interactive released Tom Clancy’s SSN, a computer video game/submarine simulator based on the Improved Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack sub USS Cheyenne (SSN-773). Co-produced by Clancy Interactive Entertainment and Virtus Corporation, SSN was a single-player third-person perspective game set in what was then theContinue reading “Book Review: ‘SSN’ (originally published as ‘SSN: Strategies of Submarine Warfare’)”

Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)


Title: The Lions of Leningrad (2022) Written by: Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem Art by: Thomas Du Caju Translated by: Joseph Laredo Publisher: Dead Reckoning (an imprint of the Naval Institute Press) Reviewer’s Note:  I received a copy of The Lions of Leningrad from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of this compilation book, withContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Lions of Leningrad’ (2022)”

Book Review: ‘West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film’


West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film Author: Laurent Bouzerau Illustrations: 20th Century Studios Pages: 256 Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Publication Date: November 16, 2021 TONY KUSHNER (screenwriter executive producer): Steven is an artist, first and foremost. Everything he makes comes from a deeply personal place; there’s great heart in his work,Continue reading “Book Review: ‘West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film’”

Book Review: ‘Apollo Explorations of the Moon: The NASA History – 50th Anniversary Edition’


There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may wellContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Apollo Explorations of the Moon: The NASA History – 50th Anniversary Edition’”

Book Review: ‘A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America’


A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America (2020 hardcover, 2021 paperback) Written by: Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig Publisher: Penguin Press (a division of Penguin Random House) Category: Domestic Politics Format: Paperback No. of Pages: 512 Publication Date: Hardcover: January 21, 2020; Paperback (Updated with New Reporting): February 23, 2021 “This taut and terrifyingContinue reading “Book Review: ‘A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America’”

Memories of a College Journalist: Promotions & Reviews


Greetings, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, August 23, 2021. It’s hot and sticky outside. The current temperature is 85˚F (29˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 60% and the wind blowing at a weak 1 MPH (1 KM/H) from the south-southwest, it feels like 94˚F (34˚C). Today’s forecastContinue reading “Memories of a College Journalist: Promotions & Reviews”