Boys of '67: From Vietnam to Iraq, the Extraordinary Story of a Few Good Men
At once a gritty, intimate account of combat, an inside look at military leadership in a turbulent era at home and abroad, and a sweeping saga of the modern-day United States Marine Corps, Boys of '67 tells the story of a trio of extraordinary Marines. James Jones rose to become the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. Ray E-Tool Smith saw combat in Grenada and Beirut in 1983. Marty Steele reshaped the Marines tank forces. Together, they represent a generation of Marines who met unprecedented challenges and made the Corps America's premier fighting force. Winner of the Military Writers Society of America Gold Medal for Biography, 2006
Red, White, or Yellow?: The Media and the Military at War in Iraq
Charles Jones spent his “summer vacation” in war-torn Iraq in 2007 as an embedded journalist with a U.S. Marine public affairs unit in Anbar Province. It was an eye-opening, behind-the-scenes experience with the military’s public affairs pros. They had the hard task of providing hometown press releases and broadcast reports while trying to counter some extremely sophisticated messaging by militant groups in Iraq. Another highlight was covering a meeting of Sunni leaders in the war-torn city of Haditha. Among those interviewed were Marine generals John Allen and Jim Jones; Jim Lehrer of PBS; Jamie McIntyre of CNN; Rick Atkinson of the Washington Post; and Joe Klein of Time.
War Shots: Norm Hatch and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Cameramen of World War II
Follow the harrowing exploits of a young, intrepid Marine named Norm Hatch on his history-making voyage across the South Pacific at the height of the fighting with Japan in World War Two. As The New York Times described him in its April 28, 2017 obituary:
“Armed with a .45 caliber pistol, Staff Sergeant Hatch, 22 years old at the time, waded ashore on tiny Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands in November 1943 at the beginning of a 76-hour battle that would claim the lives of an estimated 1,000 Marines and sailors and more than 4,000 Japanese soldiers. When the fighting ended, the United States had claimed one of its first victories in the Pacific.”
Norm Hatch bravely stood with his motion picture camera amid the fighting to capture invaluable footage of close combat with the dug-in and well-trained Japanese defenders. The images were considered so graphic at the time that their release was left up to President Roosevelt. The images later were edited into a film, “With the Marines at Tarawa,” winner of the 1945 Academy Award for best short documentary.
Follow Hatch with the Marines fighting their way onto the black volcanic shores of Iwo Jima as he dodged bullets and controversy alike over the events surrounding the epic raising of the flag at Mount Suribachi. He also documented America’s arrival in Japan after the second atomic bomb flattened Nagasaki.
Unfolding one historic frame at a time, War Shots was named the best biography of 2012 by the Marine Heritage Foundation.
CHIP JONES - PULITZER-NOMINATED JOURNALIST & AUTHOR