Life on the front lines in Vietnam — 50 years ago

"What you read in these pages is what I remember-- every day."

~ Charles Kniffen, author

 

Charles Kniffen's true story reveals the lasting hardships and struggles of combat, even fifty years later. Seven months of combat in Vietnam transformed to hurtful, unforgettable effects for Kniffen and his loved ones. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, can rule Kniffen's life. Now, he reveals this unfair ruling through Fifty Years in a Foxhole.

Book overview:

Fifty Years in a Foxhole is an episodic account of the author's seven months in combat in Vietnam. He and his platoon were in several major engagements including the Battle of the Hills and Operation Utah. The main focus of these operations are the lives of the marines and attrition through action and "friendly fire" as they endure these pointless dangers.

Each chapter contains two parts, and the second part is about the author's fifty years of living with undiagnosed PTSD. He struggled to find a way to live in the thrall of the existential elan he developed in combat while insisting that this edgy verve could be enjoyed without the constant threat of fear, violence, and death. It explores PTSD from a new perspective, more as a shared betrayal with many other people in our society.

Book review:

"Charles Kniffen is a natural writer - the words just flow. Intense, to be sure, but also compelling. He tells the story of his time in Vietnam, and what followed that time. They say "war is hell" but just because the war ends does not mean the warriors can ever come home, at least not as the same person. If I say any more I'll say too much, and not as well as Kniffen does."

~ John D. Rule, Amazon Customer

 

About the author:

Charles Kniffen is a combat wounded veteran of the Vietnam war. He obtained a GED while serving in the Marine Corps and earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Uconn. Previous to his college education, Charles worked as a truck driver, a milkman, and a herdsman on a New England dairy farm. He was employed as a Mental Health Worker, a Licensed Social Worker, and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Albuquerque, NM. The uncontested high point in his job-hopping, entry-level career was working with autistic children to write, develop, and produce a series of puppet plays.

Charles attends a Combat Veteran's group in Machias, ME and has been an all-season solo kayaker for two decades, plying the North Atlantic from Spring Point to the Bay of Fundy. He and his wife, Rhonda Welcome are the co-owners of Turtle Dance Totems, a sea-junk assemblage art studio and they are leading a community project to recover and re-articulate the skeleton of a 55' finback whale buried in the mud flats of Mowry Beach, Lubec, Maine.

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by Charles Kniffen

SUNBURY PRESS

Trade paperback - 6 x 9 x .8

9781620061602

265 Pages

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War

HISTORY / United States / 20th Century

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Rommel’s Lurking Man

What if you died and were given a choice? Face to face with Death, he offers you a chance to right your wrongs with one more day on Earth, but for a steep price. This is the decision Cailean struggles with on an internal journey of repentence. She must wrestle with the reality of her many sins as she is forced to uncover her own dark memories. She is trapped beneath figurative and literal lights in a space unknown to man.

“The Lurking Man” is the second book in the page turning Thanatology by Keith Rommel. This thriller will have you guessing alongside Cailean as she tries to piece together a life she does not remember. Truly, it’s a psychological roller coaster.

Keith Rommel is a Florida author of horror and thriller. Each of the books in the Thanatology is based in truth and inspired by real people. “The Lurking Man” is imbued with themes of alcohol abuse, the trials of losing love, and battles against demons and addiction. Mr. Rommel says it is his hope that each reader will be able to identify with his characters for themselves or someone they know. His books are about making audiences pause and reflect on their own lifestyles.

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An unlikely love story set during the final collapse of medieval Islamic Spain

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"Extensively researched and beautifully written, Cressler's novel leads us into an exotic world of love, ghosts, intrigue, and betrayal. A must-read for all lovers of historical fiction." - Joan Fallon, author of the Al-Andalus Series

The focus of John D. Cressler's fiction includes strong, young women with an intent on crossing the artificial boundaries society imposes. He captures how love's power transforms us as well as the importance of religious tolerance, and the beauty of multiculturalism. Fortune's Lament is set within a riveting, historical context.

Book overview:

Much of modern Spain was under Muslim control for nearly 800 years (from 711 to 1492 C.E.). Medieval Islamic Spain was deeply influential in world history, for a multitude of reasons, including the rediscovery, translation, and dissemination of the lost works of medicine, science, and philosophy of the ancient Greeks. The Muslim Umayyads (with roots tracing back to Syria), were lovers of books and learning, and helped launch a cultural revolution in Córdoba which transformed the western world. An exceptional 200+ year period of peaceful coexistence occurred between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam under Muslim Umayyad rule, providing a powerful lesson in the practice of multiculturalism for our 21st-century world.

Fortune's Lament is the third release in the Anthems of al-Andalus series, which break open this largely forgotten and fascinating history for modern readers. All three historical novels are love stories set at pivotal moments in the history of medieval Islamic Spain. Fortune's Lament is set in Granada's Alhambra Palace, 120 years after Emeralds of the Alhambra, and tells the story of Danah, a young Muslim woman who aspires to be the first female physician in the city. Love unexpectedly blossoms between Danah and Yusef, a valiant prince of court from a rival clan, during the bloody final conquest of Granada by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Christian Spain. As the light of Islamic Spain dims, the Inquisition looms large on the horizon, as does the coming voyage of Columbus to discover the Americas.

Book reviews:

"John Cressler's most recent novel is a wonderful tale that appeals to all readers. The historical context may seem to only appeal to lovers of historical fiction, but the story of love, war, betrayal, and search for self interwoven into the complex history of Muslim Spain will captivate all. I felt myself turning page after page not waning to put the novel down! It is a story that highlights the beauty of finding Great Love in life and encourages the reader to seek out that kind of love in his or her own life."

~Angela Como

About the author:

John D. Cressler is Schlumberger Chair Professor of Electronics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in 1990. His academic research interests center on the creative use of nanoscale-engineering techniques to enable new approaches to electronic devices, circuits and systems.

Dr. Cressler and his students have published over 600 scientific papers in this field and he has received a number of awards for both his teaching and his research, including the 2010 Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award (Georgia Tech's top teaching honor) and the 2013 Class of 1934 Distinguished Professor Award (the highest honor that can be bestowed on a faculty member at Georgia Tech).

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by John D. Cressler
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Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x 1.4
9781620063729
602 Pages with maps and photographs
FICTION / Historical / Medieval
FICTION / Romance / Historical / Medieval
FICTION / Religious

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The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

Adams County native was one of the stars of Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – April 10, 2018 — Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, only a dozen years after the bloody Civil War battle, Eddie Plank grew up on a farm and was a late-bloomer. By his early twenties, he was a local star on the town ball team and enrolled in the Gettysburg Academy in order to pitch for the Gettysburg College team. Soon after, Connie Mack from the Philadelphia Athletics in the newly-formed American League came calling and the rest is history.

Eddie Plank was the mainstay of Connie Mack’s early success from 1901 through 1914. Plank’s unorthodox delivery and pinpoint control brought him consistent results. While others out-pitched him during individual seasons, “Steady-Eddie”provided Mack excellence year after year while others came and went.

Gettysburg Eddie chronicles the life of this clean-living baseball superstar who worked hard, saved his money, and was always the perfect gentleman. Upon hearing of Eddie’s premature death in 1926, Mack remarked, “I feel like a father must feel who has lost a son.”

“P is for Plank
The arm of the A’s;
When he tangled with Matty
Games lasted for days.”

– “Lineup for Yesterday” by Ogden Nash

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr has authored or co-authored over 20 books, mostly on history or biography. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Sons of the American Revolution, and numerous other historical organizations. He enjoys most writing about the formerly famous and his beloved Pennsylvania Dutch culture. He is a lifetime Penn State alum.

By Lawrence Knorr
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620061701
424 Pages indexed
SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
HISTORY / US History / Mid-Atlantic

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Philly’s forgotten 70s Rock ‘n’ Roll trio once performed with music greats

Philly’s forgotten 70s Rock ‘n’ Roll trio once performed with music greats

New biography of Philadelphia band BANG who hit it big in the early 1970s

PHILADELPHIA – April 5, 2018 — Our heads will always jam out to the classic heavy metal rock ‘n’ roll as radios still play the songs we grew up with or cherish from our parents. Relive those times in BANG’s book, The Bang Story. Follow Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken as they tell of their rise to fame starting from meeting in childhood to then performing with Hall of Famers. Re-experience the culture of the time from the trio’s memories and photos. In just under 200 pages, The Bang Story is a fun read filled with Rock ‘n’ Roll nostalgia.

In the summer of 1971, BANG, a trio from the Philadelphia area, decided to take a road trip to Florida to try their fortune. While buying some rolling papers in the Sunshine State, they learned about a Small Faces and Deep Purple concert nearby in Orlando. They showed up at the venue and brazenly declared they were ready to go on stage. The concert organizer asked them to set up and play for him. After a couple songs, he told them they were opening for Rod Stewart and Faces. Before they knew it, BANG was playing with Bachman Turner Overdrive, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Fleetwood Mac, Ike and Tina Turner, The Doobie Brothers, and even Black Sabbath. Capitol Records signed them, and three LPs were released. Join Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, and Frankie Gilcken, as they recall their rapid rise to fame, playing with numerous Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

Praise:

… the band “on first listen, sounds incredibly like Led Zeppelin … they play at the same frenetic pace as Zeppelin, and Frank Ferrara’s vocals are so similar to those of Robert Plant’s, as to be downright amazing”
— Billboard magazine (1972)

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr is the author or co-author of more than twenty books, most on regional history and biography. All are published by Sunbury Press, Inc.

By Lawrence Knorr, Frank Ferrara, Tony Diorio, Frank Gilcken
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x .5
9781620065822
192 Pages w/dozens of period photographs
Music: Genres & Styles – Rock
Biography & Autobiography: Composers & Musicians – General
Music: Genres & Styles – Heavy Metal

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Secret missile test witnessed by JFK off the coast of Cuba tied to his assassination in “The Compass Island Incident: November 1963”

Secret missile test witnessed by JFK off the coast of Cuba tied to his assassination in “The Compass Island Incident: November 1963”

MECHANICSBURG, PA – Sunbury Press has released The Compass Island Incident: November 1963 a novel by Wade Fowler, under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

John Franklin Kincaid clocks out at 4 PM on Thursday, August 27, 1953, after his shift at New York Shipbuilding Corporation’s sprawling shipyard in Camden, New Jersey, never to be seen or heard from again.

A little more than a decade later, a little girl is assailed by a terrible recurring nightmare. She dreams she is a man, buried alive in a dark compartment in the bowels of a ship under construction.

On November 16, 1963, President Kennedy helicopters to that ship, now a US Naval vessel called the USS Compass Island, as it steams off the coast of Florida to witness the firing of a Polaris missile clandestinely targeting Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

And so topple the first dominoes in a chain of events leading inexorably to the president’s assassination one week later in Dallas, Texas.

Who killed JFK — the president and shipyard worker? The answers abide on the Compass Island as the old ship casts off on its final voyage to the scrap yard in October of 2003 with descendants of John Franklin Kincaid on board and determined to solve not one, but two murder mysteries.

About the Author:

Wade Fowler is a career journalist with more than thirty years of experience with daily and weekly newspapers. He was a copy editor, feature writer and beat reporter for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years before leaving to become editor of the Perry County Times in New Bloomfield.

He has won Keystone Press Awards for investigative reporting, feature series writing, and headline writing and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Fowler is a native of North Carolina, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

He and his wife, Sharon, live in New Cumberland, PA. They have three children and two grandchildren.
by Wade Fowler
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620060063
258 Pages
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

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World War 2 atrocities in the Pacific recalled by Navy Seabee in new book “Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs”

World War 2 atrocities in the Pacific recalled by Navy Seabee in new book “Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs”

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Sunbury Press has released Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs by Scott Zuckerman, MD.

About the Book:

When a ninety-five-year-old World War II veteran from Utah agrees to reveal the untold details of his wartime experiences to a pediatrician from Brooklyn, an intense bond is formed between the two men, each of whom is taken on an unexpected journey in search of the truth.

Dreams of My Comrades chronicles the life of Murray Jacobs, a former Navy Seabee, who served in the Pacific Theater and was treated for PTSD until his death at the age of ninety-eight. He agreed to a series of interviews, under the strict conditions that his real name could not be used, and the details of the conversations could not be disclosed to anyone until after he was dead.

Murray’s story is not one of heroism, nor does he portray himself as heroic in his narrative. In the course of his dialogue with the author, Murray confesses to wartime atrocities the likes of which have never before been heard. Despite his advanced age, his recollections are entirely lucid, and he describes the events of his life in vivid detail. As the conversations progress, however, the author comes to recognize the challenges involved in trying to depict history based on the account of a single elderly man. Discrepancies lead to doubts, doubts lead to disbelief, disbelief leads to investigation, and after exhausting all possible avenues of research, unanswered questions linger and tantalize. This is a unique story, one that will not only appeal to connoisseurs of history but to anyone interested in the psychology of the human condition. It is unlike any narrative ever told about a veteran of the Second World War.

About the Author:

Dr. Scott Zuckerman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan. His high school English teacher, Frank McCourt—who would later win a Pulitzer Prize for his memoir, Angela’s Ashes—inscribed in his yearbook, “You have displayed the writer’s gift. Cultivate it.” Forty years later, after a successful career as a physician, Zuckerman has heeded McCourt’s advice. Dreams of My Comrades was awarded first place in the nonfiction category of the 2015 Utah Original Writing Competition.

What Others Are Saying:

“I found Dreams of My Comrades captivating. When I put it down at night I was eager to return to it the next day. The author was not only on top of his subject, I found him likable, funny, clever, sympathetic, insightful, and as fair as he could, in good conscience, be. How war atrocities gave way to an unexpected mystery midstream was particularly compelling. The title, which I didn’t think much of in the beginning, turns out to be brilliant.”  —Poe Ballantine, Award-winning author of Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

by Scott Zuckerman, MD
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x .7
9781620067451
296 Pages
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
HISTORY / Military / World War II
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

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Mystery of lost Marine air squadron in WW2 investigated by Mark Carlson in new book “The Marines’ Lost Squadron”

Mystery of lost Marine air squadron in WW2 investigated by Mark Carlson in new book “The Marines’ Lost Squadron”

LOS ANGELES, CA – Sunbury Press has released The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 by Mark Carlson.

About the Book:

Finally, there is a book that reveals the truth about the worst air disaster to strike a Marine Corps fighter squadron during the Second World War. Marine Fighter Squadron 422 was a group of twenty-four typical young Americans trained to fly the famous F4U Corsair into combat with the legendary Japanese Zero. When they arrived in the Pacific, they suddenly found that not all their enemies carried guns in savage Banzai charges. Their two most dangerous and merciless adversaries were the fury of a tropical typhoon and the cold heartless whims of a Marine Corps general. Together, these two foes seal the fate of VMF-422 and cause the greatest disaster ever to strike a Marine squadron.

Aviation historian Mark Carlson has written the first full account of a group of ordinary young men who were suddenly challenged beyond their experience and which forever changed the lives of the survivors. The Marines’ Lost Squadron is the dramatic true story of a desperate and courageous fight for survival against the forces of nature and a conspiracy of silence. The Marines’ Lost Squadron is a saga of courage and conspiracy, patriotism and pride, fate and futility in a struggle to survive the ferocity of a huge typhoon in the midst of the Second World War.

What Others Are Saying:

“Mark Carlson does it again, this time with a fast-moving revelation of a forgotten Second World War tragedy, one that should be remembered by all! Excellent! A compelling read.” — Colonel Walter J Boyne, USAF, (Retired), world-renowned author and historian, former curator of the National Air & Space Museum

by Mark Carlson
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 2
9781620067451
358 Pages
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Military / Aviation

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History of segregated Atlantic City beach recounted by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks in new book “Chicken Bone Beach”

History of segregated Atlantic City beach recounted by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks in new book “Chicken Bone Beach”

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Sunbury Press has released Chicken Bone Beach: A Pictorial History of Atlantic City’s Missouri Avenue Beach by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks.

About the Book:

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks has compiled this history of Atlantic City’s racially segregated beach during its heyday from the 1920s through the 1960s and the residents who lived on the Northside near the established Missouri Avenue Beach. Included are images, research, and oral interviews of Atlantic City residents. Despite racial division in America, Chicken Bone Beach functioned as an African-American resort attracting celebrities, civic leaders, and other races.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks is a legislative assistant with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who recently completed her Masters of Arts in American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Cheryl’s passion for writing began as a child and won her a Martha Holden Jennings Essay Scholarship in high school and another essay scholarship from the National Black MBA Association while pursuing her Masters from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Cheryl is also a professional vocalist, writing songs for her own music projects as well as other artists. Cheryl was featured in Currents Magazine (PSU Alumni Magazine). Spring/Summer 2016 issue, discussing the exhibit of Chicken Bone Beach photographs.and the history of the beach.Cheryl resides in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania with her husband and son.

by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 8 x 10 x .5
9781620067833
76 Pages
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
HISTORY / African American
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

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The Jerry Sandusky case is thoroughly rehashed in new book by suppressed memory expert author Mark Pendergrast

The Jerry Sandusky case is thoroughly rehashed in new book by suppressed memory expert author Mark Pendergrast

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Sunbury Press has released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast.

About the Book:

Everyone knows the story of Jerry Sandusky, the serial pedophile, the Monster. But what if that story is wrong? What if the former Penn State football coach and founder of the Second Mile is an innocent man convicted in the midst of a moral panic fed by the sensationalistic media, police trawling, and memory-warping psychotherapy? The Most Hated Man in America reads like a true crime psychological thriller and is required reading for everyone from criminologists to sports fans.

“If potential readers are convinced that Jerry Sandusky is guilty, they need to read The Most Hated Man in America. This meticulously researched, provocative, and wonderfully written book by Mark Pendergrast, an enormously important contributor to the repressed memory debate, will certainly make them see another side. Maybe they will think twice.”

— Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, author, The Myth of Repressed Memory and other books.

The Most Hated Man in America tells a truly remarkable story.  In all the media coverage the Sandusky case has received, it’s amazing that no one else has noticed or written about so many of these things, including all the ‘memories’ that were retrieved through therapy and litigation. One would think that the sheer insanity of so much of this will have to eventually come out.”

–Richard A. Leo, Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology, University of San Francisco, author, Police Interrogation and American Justice and The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four

“Virtually everybody knows with certainty that Jerry Sandusky is a serial child molester. He was, after all, found guilty by a jury of his peers. But what if what we think we know about Sandusky is at least in some ways incorrect? Regardless of their ultimate conclusions, readers will find The Most Hated Man in America to be thoughtful and provocative, addressing questions that deserve to be asked in a just society.”

–Fred S. Berlin, M.D., Ph.D. Director, The Johns Hopkins Sexual Behavior Consultation Unit, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Independent scholar and science writer Mark Pendergrast is the author of many critically acclaimed, deeply researched works of non-fiction, including Memory WarpThe Repressed Memory Epidemic, Victims of Memory, Uncommon Grounds, Inside the Outbreaks, Mirror Mirror, and For God, Country and Coca-Cola, among others. He lives in Vermont and can be reached through his website, www.markpendergrast.com

by Mark Pendergrast
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 2
9781620067659
400 Pages
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Child Abuse
LAW / Legal History

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